USAC Race Results & Press Releases


 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 21, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.254; 2. Robby Josett, 68, Six8-12.334; 3. Braden Chiaramonte, 14JR, Streeter-12.486; 4. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-12.615; 5. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-12.703; 6. Matt Mitchell, 68W, Six8-12.731; 7. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.758; 8. Blake Bower, 9, Boasacci-12.766; 9. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.812; 10. Cade Lewis, 73X, Ford-12.832; 11. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.944; 12. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols/Peckfelder-13.006; 13. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-13.010; 14. Troy Rutherford, 8W, Woodland-13.015; 15. Sage Bordenave, 35, Felkins-13.034; 16. Cody Williams, 73B, Ford-13.081; 17. Danika Jo Parker, 13, Parker-13.187; 18. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-13.199; 19. Greg Edenholm, 73, Ford-13.523; 20. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.651; 21. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-13.723; 22. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-NT; 23. Racin Silva, 5S, Silva-NT; 24. Steve Paden, 37M, Paden-NT.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Sarale, 3. Williams, 4. Lewis, 5. Fuson, 6. Edenholm, 7. Hix, 8. Hodges. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Sarna, 3. Bender, 4. Bower, 5. Josett, 6. Pankratz, 7. Silva, 8. Parker. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Buckley, 2. Worth, 3. Bordenave, 4. Nichols, 5. Mitchell, 6. Chiaramonte, 7. Paden, 8. Leach. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (2), 2. Brody Fuson (6), 3. Blake Bower (1), 4. Robby Josett (5), 5. Cade Lewis (12), 6. Travis Buckley (8), 7. Braden Chiaramonte (9), 8. Troy Rutherford (7), 9. Caden Sarale (15), 10. C.J. Sarna (13), 11. Ben Worth (11), 12. Sage Bordenave (16), 13. Cody Williams (17), 14. Terry Nichols (14), 15. Jake Hodges (10), 16. Randi Pankratz (20), 17. A.J. Bender (4), 18. Racin Silva (23), 19. Matt Mitchell (3), 20. Mike Leach Jr. (21), 21. Steve Paden (24), 22. Greg Edenholm (19), 23. Steve Hix (22), 24. Danika Jo Parker (18). NT.
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**Josett flipped on lap 1 of the first heat. Paden flipped on lap 7 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faccinto,
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Cade Lewis (12th to 5th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Cody Williams
HIGH TECH PERFORMANCE LUCKY PILL DRAW: Racin Silva

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-389, 2-A.J. Bender-336, 3-Brody Fuson-333, 4-Ben Worth-330, 5-Travis Buckley-329, 6-Blake Bower-318, 7-Jake Andreotti-254, 8-Michael Snider-211, 9-C.J. Sarna-205, 10-Austin Liggett-179.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Ben Worth-20, 2-Michael Faccinto-19, 3-Shane Golobic-12, --Jake Andreotti-12, 5-Brody Fuson-9, 6-Chase Johnson-6, --Mitchel Moles-6, 8-Austin Liggett-5, --Robby Josett—5.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-20, 2-Travis Buckley-19, 3-Brody Fuson-15, --Randi Pankratz-15, 6-Thomas Esberg-13, 7-Ben Wiesz-12, 8-Danika Jo Parker-11, 9-Blake Bower-10, 10-Michael Faccinto-10.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: June 18 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – “Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series Round #4” - Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 21, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.974; 2. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-14.054; 3. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.324; 4. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.380; 5. Travis Buckley, 21K, Kruseman-14.464; 6. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-14.559; 7. Randy Nelson, 9X, Nelson-14.564; 8. Brent Yarnal, 29, Yarnal-14.575; 9. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-14.589; 10. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-14.598; 11. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14,623; 12. Tyler Hatzikian, 27, Hatzikian-14.653; 13. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.759; 14. Elexa Herrera, 16J, Herrera-15.128; 15. Camie Bell, 29C, Bell-15.129; 16. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-16.229; 17. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Buckley, 2. Rutherford, 3. Bishop, 4. Nelson, 5. Carter, 6. Majors, 7. Hendrix, 8. J.Herrera, 9. Bell. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / VAHLCO WHEELS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Edwards, 2. Boul, 3. Hix, 4. Lewis, 5. Hatzikian, 6. Mayhew, 7. Yarnal, 8. E.Herrera. NT.

FEATURE: (25 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Troy Rutherford (6), 2. Ricky Lewis (5), 3. Trent Carter (4), 4. Kyle Edwards (7), 5. Randy Nelson (8), 6. Steve Hix (3), 7. Brent Yarnal (9), 8. Joey Bishop (10), 9. Tyler Hatzikian (12), 10. James Herrera (11), 11. Rick Hendrix (17), 12. Hannah Mayhew (16), 13. Camie Bell (15), 14. Elexa Herrera (14), 15. Travis Buckley (2), 16. Tanner Boul (1), 17. Cody Majors (13). NT.
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**Mayhew flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Buckley. Laps 3-25 Rutherford.
BR MOTORSPORTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Rick Hendrix (17th to 11th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Camie Bell
HIGH TECH PERFORMANCE LUCKY PILL DRAW: Elexa Herrera

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Ricky Lewis-233, 2-Trent Carter-194, 3-Kyle Edwards-180, 4-Tanner Boul-162, 5-Hannah Mayhew-155, --Travis Buckley-155, 7-Troy Rutherford-152, 8-Brent Yarnal-150, 9-Joey Bishop-140, 10-Brody Fuson-136.

NEW TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Ricky Lewis-13, 2-Trent Carter-7, 3-Kyle Edwards-6, --Tanner Boul-6, --Troy Rutherford-6, 6-Chase Johnson-5, 7-Brody Fuson-4, --Ryan Timmons-4, --Logan Calderwood-4, 10-Steve Hix-3.

NEW PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Travis Buckley-18, 2-Tyler Hatzikian-14, --Hannah Mayhew-14, 4-Camie Bell-13, --Joey Bishop-13, 6-Brent Yarnal-9, --Troy Rutherford-9, 8-Ricky Lewis-8, 9-Bridy Fuson-7, 10-Rick Hendrix-6.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 4 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California


FINALLY!
LEARY LANDS LONG-AWAITED
TERRE HAUTE USAC SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 20, 2022)………C.J. Leary had waited, waited and patiently waited for this night to arrive – a first career USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature victory at the hallowed grounds of the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

He’d actually won his first career USAC national event at the half-mile dirt oval back in 2016, piloting a Silver Crown car. However, despite his best efforts over the past decade, the Greenfield, Ind. native had never finished higher than fourth in a sprinter at Terre Haute.

That narrative changed in an instant during Friday night’s 12th running of the Don Smith Classic when a late caution bunched up the field and allowed Leary a renewed opportunity to pen his own triumphant script with just 11 laps remaining.

Diving to the bottom of turn one on the lap 20 restart, Leary surpassed Moles and discarded all the hurdles that had previously stood in his path.

After once and for all exorcising those Terre Haute demons, Leary checked out and checked off his first career victory at the western Indiana track, pulling away to a commanding 6.328 second margin of separation between he and his nearest competition at the finish line.

After exiting his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/Cressman Ford, C.J.’s father, Chuck, greeted him on the front straightway with the universal verbal sigh of relief, shouting, “finally!”

”We’ve been racing for 10 years, and we’ve never been able to win a sprint car race here,” C.J. exclaimed. “This place has escaped me time and time again. I’ve never really been that good here, so it feels pretty special to park this thing in victory lane. I worked my butt off there those last 10 laps. Mitchel was really good and, before that yellow, I think he had the race won; he was so far out there.”

In fact, Moles had dominated since the drop of the green flag from his pole position in his first appearance for the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports team, which had fielded driver Tanner Thorson, who recently vacated the seat that he had competed in for the past two seasons.

Moles looked every bit the part of a series veteran early on as he appeared to be a prime contender to become the first driver since Tanner Swanson at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 2008 to win in his USAC National Sprint Car debut.

By lap seven, Moles had constructed a half-straightaway lead, but the early ascendancy was hushed when Brady Bacon, who had climbed from eighth to fourth in the early going, had his right rear tire give way midway down the front straightaway. Bacon miraculously managed to whoa the car down enough to avoid crunching the outside turn one Armco barrier, but the damage proved to be too much, thus prematurely and permanently ending Bacon’s evening with a 19th place result.

The yellow flag seemed to be just a quick hiccup for Moles, who resumed his prowess following the restart as he sprayed the outer guardrails with western Indiana soil while completely rebuilding his lead, and then some, to the tune of more than three seconds with just 11 laps remaining.

Back a bit to the battle for sixth and seventh, contact between Jason McDougal and Robert Ballou damaged McDougal’s rear bumper and dislodged Ballou’s wheel cover, which fell to the racing surface and forced officials to call for a debris yellow on lap 20.

Much to the chagrin of Moles who was on a comfort cruise up front, the yellow deleted his freeway to history and put him in the unenvious position of having to defend a patented Terre Haute slide job on the restart with the likes of Leary and defending Don Smith Classic winner Logan Seavey tailing him into turn one. Leary ably shot past to the lead while Seavey followed suit by sneaking underneath Moles to grab second spot. Moles, meanwhile, had freefallen back to third within the blink of an eye.

“I felt like if I could break his momentum there on the restart, and maybe get in front of him, we had a car fast enough to win,” Leary explained.

Eluded no more, Leary sprinted away to officially put his name in the book as a series winner at Terre Haute, followed in the distance by Seavey, or so it appeared initially. However, in post-race tech inspection, Seavey’s car was found to be under the minimum weight requirement, which relegated him from second back to a 22nd place finish.

Officially, Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) led a race-high 19 laps and came home as the second place finisher in his AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy. The leading Rookie on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail turned in one of the finest debuts in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car history, securing the best finish for a driver in his USAC National Sprint Car debut since his predecessor, Tanner Thorson, finished second in his first start for the same Reinbold-Underwood outfit in 2020 at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway.

“We definitely had the car to win; I screwed that one up on the restart,” Moles admitted. “This is only my second non-wing sprint car race, so I struggled a little bit just knowing where to be, like on the restarts. C.J. ran lower in the grip and I was kind of in the slick stuff trying to get to the top. I think that just allowed him to get a run on me. On green flag laps, I don’t think there was a car better than ours.”

Following a mid-pack qualifying run, Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) turned his night into gold as he moved from 13th to a 3rd place result as the night's hard charger. Ballou has now finished each of his past four USAC National Sprint Car starts on the podium with a 2nd at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway, followed by a 2nd at Kansas’ Lakeside Speedway and a victory at Missouri’s I-70 Motorsports Park aboard his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Dragonfly Aviation – Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy. Despite possessing the best average finish of all his peers in this ongoing span, Ballou isn’t ready to settle.

“We’ve just got to get our ducks in a row a little better,” said Ballou. “I tried some things tonight with different gears and stuff in hot laps and qualifying. A tenth of a second would have put me on the front row. Shame on me for trying, but the only way you get better in this deal is to try.”

After hurting an engine during last weekend’s events, Leary’s team owner Bill Michael had been nose-to-the-grindstone in the shop to get the powerplant put back together and back in the car in time for Terre Haute, where they came out early in the night with both guns blazing. Leary’s quick time in Fatheadz Qualifying was the 31st of his USAC National Sprint Car career, tying him for 10th all-time alongside 1977-81-82 series champion Sheldon Kinser.

Furthermore, Leary’s 17th career USAC National Sprint Car feature win moved him past Damion Gardner and Jud Larson into 33rd on the list. He now resides alongside Jerry Coons Jr., Jim Hurtubise and Bud Kaeding in the all-time tally.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 20, 2022 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 12th Don Smith Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-19.739; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-19.861; 3. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-19.965; 4. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-19.975; 5. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-20.070; 6. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-20.108; 7. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-20.156; 8. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-20.175; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-20.215; 10. Max Adams, 5A, Adams-20.241; 11. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.272; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.312; 13. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-20.353; 14. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-20.589; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-20.658; 16. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-20.759; 17. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-20.785; 18. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-20.867; 19. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-20.879; 20. Mitch Wissmiller, 29, RMB-20.901; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-21.043; 22. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-21.077; 23. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-21.234; 24. Brian Hayden, 2H, Hayden-21.759; 25. Ivan Glotzbach, i1, Hayden-22.709.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Nick Bilbee, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Max Adams, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Jadon Rogers, 8. Evan Mosley, 9. Ivan Glotzbach. 2:47.67

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Mitch Wissmiller. 2:48.55

PIT STOP USA / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Alex Banales, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Corey Smith, 8. Brian Hayden. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Zach Daum, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Dallas Hewitt, 5. Mitch Wissmiller, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Evan Mosley, 8. Corey Smith, 9. Brian Hayden, 10. Ivan Glotzbach. 3:36.61

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (6), 2. Mitchel Moles (1), 3. Robert Ballou (13), 4. Jake Swanson (3), 5. Shane Cottle (7), 6. Justin Grant (5), 7. Chase Stockon (9), 8. Nick Bilbee (14), 9. Jason McDougal (2), 10. Emerson Axsom (10), 11. Jadon Rogers (20), 12. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 13. Matt Westfall (15), 14. Zach Daum (18), 15. Brandon Mattox (16), 16. Alex Banales (17), 17. Max Adams (12), 18. Dallas Hewitt (21), 19. Brady Bacon (8), 20. Mitch Wissmiller (19), 21. Evan Mosley (22), 22. Logan Seavey (4) (Seavey was initially the second place finisher but was repositioned to 22nd after his car was found to be underweight in post-race tech inspection.) NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Mitchel Moles, Laps 20-30 C.J. Leary.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-466, 2-Justin Grant-461, 3-Robert Ballou-432, 4-Brady Bacon-425, 5-Chase Stockon-424, 6-C.J. Leary-408, 7-Logan Seavey-390, 8-Jason McDougal-385, 9-Matt Westfall-317, 10-Jake Swanson-295.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-27, 2-Jadon Rogers-27, 3-Buddy Kofoid-26, 4-Brady Bacon-25, 5-Tanner Thorson-23, 6-Justin Grant-20, 7-Thomas Meseraull-20, 8-Matt Westfall-17, 9-Chase Stockon-15, 10-Logan Seavey-15.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 21, 2022 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 52nd Annual Tony Hulman Classic Presented by Jake Dodds

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Mitchel Moles

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Shane Cottle

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Feature Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Shane Cottle

Feature Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (13th to 3rd)


IT’S ALL T.H.A.T.!
USAC SPRINTS OPEN AT TERRE HAUTE
WITH FRIDAY’S DON SMITH CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 18, 2022)………Just prior to last year’s Don Smith Classic, Logan Seavey possessed just two career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature wins in a span of 50 starts.

With his first career victory at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track last July, the Sutter, California native surpassed his entire win output throughout his first three seasons by scoring a third consecutive victory at the famed half-mile.

Entering this weekend’s Terre Haute double on Friday and Saturday night, May 20-21, Seavey finds himself looking to break into the win column for the first time this season. By all indications of his recent performances, he’s well on his way.

The Don Smith Classic opens the weekend this Friday night with Seavey among the three past event winners expected to compete in the 12th annual event along with 2020 winner Justin Grant and 2016 victor Chase Stockon. Seavey will attempt to become the second driver to repeat as a Don Smith winner, following Tyler Courtney in 2018-19.

During his 2021 Don Smith Classic post-race celebration, Seavey described the exhilaration that winning a USAC National Sprint Car race at Terre Haute provides.

“To win at Terre Haute is unlike anything I’ve ever done in my career; this is awesome,” Seavey exclaimed.

And it takes every bit of 110 percent to get the job done. He’s one of three drivers to finish inside the top-ten in all six events run this year along with Grant and series point leader Emerson Axsom and he’s finished both of his Don Smith Classic starts inside the top-seven with a 7th in his first outing during the 2020 season.

Grant (Ione, Calif.), meanwhile, has finished inside the top-10 seven years in a row at the Don Smith Classic, including inside the top-three in each of his last four outings, with a 3rd in 2018 followed by a 2nd in 2019, a win in 2020 and another 2nd in 2021. The two-time USAC Sprint Car winner and two-time USAC Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute is also coming off a recent Sumar Classic Silver Crown victory on May 1 at Terre Haute.

Stockon, from nearby Fort Branch, Ind., owns three USAC National Sprint Car victories at Terre Haute in his career, among them being the 2016 Don Smith Classic. He’s been stout throughout his career in the event with a 3rd in 2017 and 2020 to go along with a 5th in both 2013 and 2015.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has been achingly close to breaking through for a Don Smith Classic victory to add on to his two career USAC National Sprint Car victories at Terre Haute. The 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champ, and last Saturday’s I-70 Motorsports Park winner, has placed 2nd in the event an astounding four times in 2014-15-16-18 in addition to a 4th in both 2011 and 2013.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) resides in a similar boat as Ballou, being a two-time USAC National Sprint Car winner at Terre Haute, but absent in the Don Smith Classic win column. In nine “Don Smith” starts, the four-time series champion has never finished outside the top-seven. He owns a 3rd in 2013 and 2014, a 4th in 2016-17-18-19-21, a 6th in 2020 and a 7th in 2015.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) scored a USAC Silver Crown victory at Terre Haute back in 2016, but is still on the warpath to tracking down a first USAC Sprint Car win at T.H.A.T. He was a best of 4th back in 2020.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) was 5th during the inaugural Don Smith Classic in 2011 and equaled that performance with a 5th in 2020.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) aims to follow fellow Broken Arrow native Bacon as a Terre Haute USAC Sprint Car winner after notching a 5th for himself in 2021 and a 7th back in 2018.

Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) collected a best of 8th in the Don Smith Classic for 2019 while Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), a Midwest Sprint Car Series winner at Terre Haute in May of 2021, was 9th in the 2017 Don Smith Classic and 10th in 2019.

Looking to move up the charts and improve upon their past Don Smith Classic performances are USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Jake Swanson and Matt Westfall. Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) has been stuck on 12 with three consecutive 12th place finishes in the event in 2018-20-21. Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), meanwhile, was a best of 15th back in 2018.

Lawrenceburg Speedway track champ Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 13th in the 2021 Don Smith Classic. Mitch Wissmiller (Saybrook, Ill.) was the event’s fastest qualifier and a 22nd place finisher back in 2015. Hometown hero Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) took 15th in back-to-back years in 2019 and 2020. Nate McMillin (Rosedale, Ind.) scored a 17th in 2020. Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.), coming off a career-best 6th place performance at I-70, snared a 19th at the 2021 Don Smith Classic.

Seeking their first career Don Smith Classic starts on Friday are series point leader Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) who recently finished 5th in his Terre Haute debut on May 1 in a Silver Crown, after restarting 26th. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), 12th in the standings, was the 2020 series Rookie of the Year, but spies an A-Main start in this particular event for the first time as is 2022 Rookie Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.), teammate on the Baldwin-Fox Racing team to defending race winner Seavey.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) was recently tabbed by Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports to make his series debut this Friday at Terre Haute, replacing the departing Tanner Thorson who left to pursue other racing endeavors. The Reinbold-Underwood ride, with Thorson at the wheel, finished 8th in the 2021 Don Smith Classic and 6th with C.J. Leary in 2019.

The Don Smith Classic honors the man who has been enshrined in both the USAC Hall of Fame and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Smith was the longtime promoter of the Terre Haute Action Track as well as a successful car owner of the Sumar Special on the AAA and USAC National Championship trails while maintaining his status as a successful businessman in the city of Terre Haute.

This weekend presents the 12th running of the $5,000-to-win Don Smith Classic on Friday night, May 20, and closes with the 52nd annual $10,000-to-win Tony Hulman Classic on Saturday night, May 21.

On the docket for Friday’s Don Smith Classic, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates at 4pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. UMP Modifieds will also be in action. A concert by country music recording artist Jake Dodds will follow Friday’s racing festivities.

For Saturday’s Tony Hulman Classic at Terre Haute, the pits open at 1pm Eastern, front gates at 3pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars will also be on the event card.

Each night, general admission grandstand tickets are $30. Kids age 10 and under are free. Infield tickets are $20. Kids age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

A rain date (if needed) has been established for Sunday night, May 22.

Both nights of racing at Terre Haute can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-417, 2-Justin Grant-396, 3-Brady Bacon-392, 4-Chase Stockon-364, 5-Robert Ballou-361, 6-Logan Seavey-359, 7-Jason McDougal-333, 8-C.J. Leary-326, 9-Matt Westfall-275, 10-Kyle Cummins-238.

DON SMITH CLASSIC WINS:

2-Tyler Courtney & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Bryan Clauson, Daron Clayton, Aaron Farney, Justin Grant, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

DON SMITH CLASSIC WINNERS:

2011: Chris Windom (7/13)

2012: Daron Clayton (7/18)

2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7/17)

2014: Bryan Clauson (7/16)

2015: Aaron Farney (7/15)

2016: Chase Stockon (7/17)

2017: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10/14)

2018: Tyler Courtney (7/25)

2019: Tyler Courtney (7/24)

2020: Justin Grant (7/29)

2021: Logan Seavey (7/28)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT THE TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK:

1 Lap - 5/21/2014 - Brady Bacon - 19.225 - 93.628 mph

4 Laps - 5/4/1986 - Larry Gates - 1:36.18 - 74.860 mph

6 Laps - 5/17/2003 - Kurt Gross - 2:07.21 - 84.899 mph

8 Laps - 10/12/2012 - Hunter Schuerenberg - 2:39.40 - 90.339 mph

10 Laps - 6/17/2000 - Jon Stanbrough - 3:29.13 - 86.071 mph

12 Laps - 9/10/2011 - Jon Stanbrough - 4:02.90 - 88.925 mph

30 Laps - 10/1/2021 - Chris Windom - 10:31.97 - 85.447 mph

40 Laps - 5/4/1975 - Pancho Carter - 15:52.96 - 75.554 mph

50 Laps - 8/13/1967 - Rollie Beale - 22:41.72 - 66.093 mph

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINS:

8-Gary Bettenhausen, Jack Hewitt & Chris Windom

6-Bubby Jones, Sheldon Kinser & J.J. Yeley

5-Jim Hurtubise, Levi Jones, Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

4-Bud Kaeding & Roger McCluskey

3-Don Branson, Steve Butler, Pancho Carter, Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Jay Drake, Cary Faas, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Joe Saldana & Chase Stockon

2-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow, Dave Darland, Justin Grant, Cory Kruseman, Johnny Rutherford, Dick Tobias, Kevin Thomas Jr., Bruce Walkup & Greg Weld

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

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

1957: Ed Elisian (6/16) & Andy Linden (8/18)

1958: Eddie Sachs (6/22) & Tommy Hinnershitz (8/17)

1959: Don Branson (6/21) & Jim McWithey (8/16)

1960: Don Branson (6/12) & Jim Hurtubise (8/21)

1961: Jim Hurtubise (6/11) & Jim Hurtubise (8/13)

1962: Jim Hurtubise (6/17) & Jim Hurtubise (8/12)

1963: Roger McCluskey (6/16) & Bobby Marshman (8/11)

1964: A.J. Foyt (6/14) & Don Branson (8/9)

1965: Johnny Rutherford (6/13) & Johnny Rutherford (8/15)

1966: Roger McCluskey (6/19), Roger McCluskey (6/19) & Roger McCluskey (9/14)

1967: Bobby Unser (6/11), Greg Weld (6/11), Rollie Beale (8/13) & Greg Weld (9/10)

1968: Gary Bettenhausen (6/16), Larry Dickson (8/11) & Gary Bettenhausen (9/8)

1969: Gary Bettenhausen (8/10) & Gary Bettenhausen (10/19)

1970: Jim McElreath (6/21), Dick Tobias (8/9) & Bruce Walkup (9/13)

1971: George Snider (5/1) & Gary Bettenhausen (8/8)

1972: Bruce Walkup (4/30), Charlie Masters (6/11) & Rollie Beale (8/19)

1973: Joe Saldana (5/5), Mel Cornett (6/9) 7 Sammy Sessions (8/5)

1974: Gary Bettenhausen (4/14) & Sheldon Kinser (8/4)

1975: Pancho Carter (5/4), Joe Saldana (6/1), Gary Bettenhausen (8/3) & Tom Bigelow (9/21)

1976: Jan Opperman (5/1), Tom Bigelow (6/6), Gary Bettenhausen (8/1) & Chuck Gurney (10/31)

1977: James McElreath (5/7), Sheldon Kinser (6/5), Bubby Jones (7/31) & Pancho Carter (9/25)

1978: Dick Tobias (5/6), Billy Cassella (6/4) & Bubby Jones (9/24)

1979: Pancho Carter (5/5), Bubby Jones (5/6), Bubby Jones (6/3), Bubby Jones (8/5) & Bubby Jones (9/23)

1980: Eddie Leavitt (5/3), Steve Chassey (5/4), Joe Saldana (6/29), Rich Vogler (8/3) & Rich Vogler (9/21)

1981: Sheldon Kinser (5/3), Rich Vogler (8/9) & Sheldon Kinser (9/7)

1982: Chet Johnson (5/9), Sheldon Kinser (6/20), Steve Kinser (8/8) & Larry Rice (9/5)

1983: Jack Hewitt (5/8), Rich Vogler (6/19) & Jack Hewitt (8/28)

1984: Rick Hood (6/10) & Steve Butler (8/26)

1985: Ron Shuman (5/5), Rick Hood (6/9) & Rick Hood (8/25)

1986: Rich Vogler (5/4) & Sheldon Kinser (8/3)

1987: Steve Butler (5/3) & Steve Butler (5/23)

1990: Jack Hewitt (7/8)

1991: Jack Hewitt (7/7)

1992: Rusty McClure (7/12) & Cary Faas (10/11)

1993: Dave Darland (5/2) & Robbie Stanley (7/11)

1994: Cary Faas (5/1) & Tray House (7/17)

1995: Jack Hewitt (4/30) & Jack Hewitt (7/16)

1996: Doug Kalitta (5/12), Kevin Thomas (7/12) & Jack Hewitt (10/5)

1997: J.J. Yeley (6/27), J.J. Yeley (7/23) & Jack Hewitt (10/4)

1998: Cary Faas (5/29) & Tony Elliott (8/14)

1999: Tracy Hines (5/8), Tony Jones (6/17), Jerry Coons Jr. (6/18), Frankie Kerr (6/19) & Terry Pletch (7/21)

2000: Jay Drake (6/15), Richard Griffin (6/16), Jay Drake (6/18) & Jay Drake (7/28)

2001: Tracy Hines (5/19), Bud Kaeding (10/20) & Bud Kaeding (10/20)

2002: Jon Stanbrough (5/11), Cory Kruseman (7/27) & J.J. Yeley (10/5)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/17), Tracy Hines (7/26), J.J. Yeley (8/14 Special Event) & J.J. Yeley (10/4)

2004: Cory Kruseman (5/22), J.J. Yeley (7/24) & Bud Kaeding (9/4)

2005: Levi Jones (7/22), Levi Jones (9/30) & Levi Jones (10/1)

2006: Daron Clayton (10/6) & Daron Clayton (10/7)

2007: Jon Stanbrough (5/19)

2008: Levi Jones (5/22)

2009: Levi Jones (5/21), Brad Sweet (7/15) & Jon Stanbrough (9/12)

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (5/27), Jon Stanbrough (7/14) & Jon Stanbrough (9/11)

2011: Chris Windom (7/13) & Chris Windom (9/10)

2012: Bud Kaeding (5/24), Daron Clayton (7/18) & Chase Stockon (10/12)

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/17) & Jerry Coons Jr. (8/31)

2014: Dave Darland (5/21), Bryan Clauson (7/16) & Brady Bacon (9/18)

2015: Aaron Farney (7/15) & Robert Ballou (9/18)

2016: Robert Ballou (5/25), Chase Stockon (7/17) & Chris Windom (10/15)

2017: Chris Windom (9/15) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (10/14)

2018: Tyler Courtney (5/23), Tyler Courtney (7/25) & Brady Bacon (9/14)

2019: Chase Stockon (5/22), Tyler Courtney (7/24) & Justin Grant (9/13)

2020: Chris Windom (7/1), Justin Grant (7/29) & Chris Windom (9/18)

2021: Chris Windom (5/26), Logan Seavey (7/28) & Chris Windom (10/1)

PAST DON SMITH CLASSIC RESULTS:

2011 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Keith Bloom, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Mike Spencer, 10. Levi Jones, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Wes McIntyre, 13. Dustin Morgan, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Critter Malone, 16. Blake Fitzpatrick, 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19. Chase Stockon, 20. Justin Grant, 21. Jonathan Hendrick, 22. Daron Clayton, 23. Coleman Gulick. NT

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Daron Clayton, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Coleman Gulick, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 16. Blake Fitzpatrick, 17. Wes McIntyre, 18. Thomas Meseraull, 19. Chad Boespflug, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Kevin Thomas Jr., 22. Justin Grant. NT

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Hunter Schuerenberg, 7. Brady Short, 8. Wes McIntyre, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Christopher Bell, 12. Bryan Clauson, 13. Ryan Bernal, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Bill Rose, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Gary Taylor, 19. Jerry Coons Jr., 20. Casey Shuman, 21. Jake Simmons, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Justin Grant. NT

2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Brady Short, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Chase Briscoe, 13. Aaron Farney, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Tyler Courtney, 16. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17. Logan Jarrett, 18. Thomas Meseraull, 19. Brody Roa, 20. Casey Shuman, 21. Kody Swanson, 22. Brian Hayden, 23. Jarett Andretti, 24. Jon Stanbrough. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Aaron Farney, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. J.J. Hughes, 17. Landon Simon, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Carson Short, 21. Brady Short, 22. Mitch Wissmiller. NT

2016 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, Jr., 22. Tom Harris. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Justin Grant, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Kyle Cummins, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Stevie Sussex, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Joe Bares, 18. Brandon Mattox, 19. Joss Moffatt, 20. Dylan Shaw, 21. Shane Cottle, 22, Robert Ballou. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Robert Ballou (9), 3. Justin Grant (10), 4. Brady Bacon (2), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 6. Chris Windom (14), 7. Jason McDougal (13), 8. Timmy Buckwalter (15), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (17), 10. Dave Darland (11), 11. C.J. Leary (4), 12. Jake Swanson (7), 13. Chase Stockon (6), 14. Chad Boespflug (16), 15. Matt Westfall (12), 16. Thomas Meseraull (21), 17. Isaac Chapple (20), 18. Scotty Weir (8), 19. Josh Hodges (19), 20. Carson Short (22), 21. Tyler Thomas (1), 22. Tony DiMattia (23), 23. Shane Cockrum (18), 24. Robert Bell (24). 12:03.22

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 4. Brady Bacon (14), 5. Chris Windom (1), 6. C.J. Leary (5), 7. Carson Short (12), 8. Max Adams (16), 9. Chase Stockon (8), 10. Kyle Cummins (3), 11. Josh Hodges (10), 12. Isaac Chapple (11), 13. Dustin Smith (18), 14. Scotty Weir (20), 15. Brandon Mattox (15), 16. Brian VanMeveren (7), 17. Brody Roa (17), 18. Nate McMillin (22), 19. Dustin Christie (21), 20. Jason McDougal (19), 21. Terry Richards (13), 22. Tom Harris (9). NT

2020 FEATURE: (32 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (4), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Chase Stockon (2), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Shane Cottle (8), 6. Brady Bacon (3), 7. Logan Seavey (10), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 9. Dave Darland (13), 10. Robert Ballou (19), 11. Kyle Cummins (14), 12. Jake Swanson (1), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (17), 14. Carson Short (11), 15. Brandon Mattox (16), 16. Matt Westfall (20), 17. Nate McMillin (22), 18. Clinton Boyles (15), 19. Dennis Gile (9), 20. Dustin Smith (21), 21. Chase Johnson (12), 22. Max Adams (18). NT

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Justin Grant (4), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. Brady Bacon (12), 5. Jason McDougal (15), 6. Chase Stockon (3), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 8. Tanner Thorson (8), 9. Shane Cottle (13), 10. C.J. Leary (5), 11. Kyle Cummins (21), 12. Jake Swanson (10), 13. Nick Bilbee (2), 14. Shane Cockrum (16), 15. Tye Mihocko (9), 16. Brandon Mattox (20), 17. Charles Davis Jr. (18), 18. Matt Westfall (19), 19. Mario Clouser (11), 20. Max Guilford (22), 21. Robert Ballou (14), 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (17). NT

 

 

THE HULMAN: THE 52ND EDITION COMMENCES WITH USAC SPRINTS SATURDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

 By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 19, 2022)………Mirror, mirror on the wall, which race’s history is the grandest of them all?

There’s only one that fits that mold as the longest-annually held USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event on the calendar – the Tony Hulman Classic.

“The Hulman,” which held the first edition of the tradition in 1971, has arrived yet again for the 52nd consecutive year, and will take place at the famed Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on Saturday night, May 21, with the winner taking home a $10,000 reward.

The Don Smith Classic featuring the USAC National Sprint Cars will precede the Tony Hulman Classic Presented by Jake Dodds the night before at Terre Haute on Friday, May 20.

Two drivers in this Saturday night’s Hulman Classic field have experienced triumph in the event in recent years, with Robert Ballou scoring twice and Chase Stockon once.

Both of Ballou’s USAC victories at Terre Haute have come during the Hulman Classic. The 2015 series champ from Rocklin, Calif. captured back-to-back rounds in 2015 and 2016, and this Saturday night, has plans to ascend to the top line of all-time Hulman Classic winners with his third, a feat shared by Cary Faas (1992-94-98), Levi Jones (2005-08-09) and Chris Windom (2011-20-21). Ballou’s stellar “Hulman” record also includes a 4th back in 2011 and again in 2019.

Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) bagged the “Hulman Classic” during the 2019 season, his third USAC feature victory at the track which is located just within earshot of where he grew up in Sullivan, Ind. Among his five top-fives in the Hulman Classic are a 3rd in 2017 and 2020 as well as a 5th in both 2014 and 2018.

Action Track winners reside all over the map, and a handful of those are shooting to join the illustrious list of Hulman Classic winners for the first time come this Saturday.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has won at Terre Haute, but a win in the Hulman Classic still eludes him. Grant won the Jim Hurtubise Classic (2019) and Don Smith Classic (2020) USAC Sprint Car features at Terre Haute in recent seasons and he’s also twice been a USAC Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute, capturing the headlines for the Sumar Classic in both 2018 and as recently as three weeks ago on May 1. He earned his best career Hulman Classic finish with a 2nd in 2020. He was also 5th in 2019 and in 2021.

Four-time series champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) recorded the fastest time ever by a USAC Sprint Car driver at Terre Haute during the 2014 Hulman Classic, a 19.225 second lap around the half-mile. He also might’ve recorded the fastest ever exit of the famed track when he flipped over the turns one and two wall during his heat race at the 2021 Hulman Classic. Astonishingly, he jumped into a backup car, then promptly finished 3rd in the semi-feature and 3rd again in the main event. As fate has it, every time Bacon sets quick time at the Hulman Classic, he goes on to win the USAC National Sprint Car title that same season (2016-20-21). The two-time Terre Haute USAC Sprint winner (2014 & 2018), however, is seeking his first Hulman Classic triumph after five career top-four runs: 2nd (2013), 3rd (2014 & 2021) and 4th (2016-2017).

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is seeking his first Hulman Classic score as well. He was the fastest qualifier at the Hulman Classic in 2019 but has yet to record a top-five feature finish in his Hulman Classic career. The 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion knows how to get around the place as evidenced by his 2016 Silver Crown win at the Terre Haute Action Track. He equaled his best career Hulman Classic result with a 6th place finish in 2021, just as he did in 2018.

Last summer, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) became a first-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner at Terre Haute, tearing around the Vigo County Fairgrounds with all his might in the Baldwin-Fox Racing machine, the team which also nailed down a Hulman Classic victory with Windom behind the wheel in 2011. Seavey’s lone Hulman Classic result returned a 10th a year ago in 2021.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) recorded a Terre Haute victory in Midwest Sprint Car Series competition in 2021. Later that same month, he collected his best Hulman Classic result, laying down a solid 2nd place finish, besting his previous result of 9th in the 2017 event.

With eight finishes inside the top-seven during his Hulman Classic career, Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) is hungry to tally one in the win column this weekend. A 3rd in 2018 has been his best thus far along with a 4th in 2006 and 2012 and a 5th in 2011.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) snagged his lone USAC National Sprint Car victory of his career on a half-mile dirt oval at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in 2021. He relishes the opportunity to add the Terre Haute half to his hit list on Saturday following a pair of solid performances in the past two Hulman Classics, a 4th in 2020 and an 8th in 2021.

Two-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) returns to the Hulman Classic for the first time since finishing 7th in 2019. Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) has a Hulman Classic resume that dates back to 2003 where he finished 11th. He equaled that mark with another 11th in 2020.

Hulman Classic vets returning to the lineup this weekend include Loomis, California’s Max Adams (8th in 2020), Jasonville, Indiana’s Brandon Morin (9th in 2020), Terre Haute’s own Brandon Mattox (12th in 2020), Indianapolis, Indiana’s Nick Bilbee (12th in 2018), Auburn, Illinois’ Mario Clouser (17th in 2021), Saybrook, Illinois’ Mitch Wissmiller (20th in 2016) and Worthington, Indiana’s Jadon Rogers (22nd in 2018), the 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year. Rogers took 3rd with MSCS at Terre Haute in May of 2021.

Aiming for a first career Tony Hulman Classic start on Saturday are series point leader Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) who recently finished 5th in his Terre Haute debut on May 1 in a Silver Crown, after restarting 26th. Series Rookie Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.) seeks his first start in the event as does Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), who was recently tabbed by Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports to make his debut with the team this weekend at Terre Haute, replacing the departing Tanner Thorson.

The event is named after successful Terre Haute businessman Tony Hulman, who purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway following World War II and rescued it from complete ruin. He also was the founder of the United States Auto Club and, for decades, gave the command for drivers to start their engines at the Indianapolis 500, bellowing the often imitated refrain of “Gentlemen, start your engines!”

This weekend presents the 12th running of the $5,000-to-win Don Smith Classic on Friday night, May 20, and closes with the 52nd annual $10,000-to-win Tony Hulman Classic on Saturday night, May 21.

On the docket for Friday’s Don Smith Classic, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates at 4pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. UMP Modifieds will also be in action. A concert by country music recording artist Jake Dodds will follow Friday’s racing festivities.

For Saturday’s Tony Hulman Classic at Terre Haute, the pits open at 1pm Eastern, front gates at 3pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars will also be on the event card.

Each night, general admission grandstand tickets are $30. Kids age 10 and under are free. Infield tickets are $20. Kids age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

A rain date (if needed) has been established for Sunday night, May 22.

Both nights of racing at Terre Haute can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-417, 2-Justin Grant-396, 3-Brady Bacon-392, 4-Chase Stockon-364, 5-Robert Ballou-361, 6-Logan Seavey-359, 7-Jason McDougal-333, 8-C.J. Leary-326, 9-Matt Westfall-275, 10-Kyle Cummins-238.

TONY HULMAN CLASSIC WINS:

1971: George Snider

1972: Bruce Walkup

1973: Joe Saldana

1974: Gary Bettenhausen

1975: Pancho Carter

1976: Jan Opperman

1977: James McElreath

1978: Dick Tobias

1979: Pancho Carter

1980: Eddie Leavitt

1981: Sheldon Kinser

1982: Chet Johnson

1983: Jack Hewitt

1984: Rick Hood

1985: Ron Shuman

1986: Rich Vogler

1987: Steve Butler

1988: Steve Butler (Indianapolis Raceway Park)

1989: Rich Vogler (Indianapolis Raceway Park)

1990: Jeff Bloom (Indianapolis Raceway Park)

1991: Eric Gordon (Indianapolis Raceway Park)

1992: Cary Faas

1993: Dave Darland

1994: Cary Faas

1995: Jack Hewitt

1996: Doug Kalitta

1997: J.J. Yeley

1998: Cary Faas

1999: Terry Pletch

2000: Jay Drake

2001: Tracy Hines

2002: Jon Stanbrough

2003: J.J. Yeley

2004: Cory Kruseman

2005: Levi Jones

2006: Daron Clayton

2007: Jon Stanbrough

2008: Levi Jones

2009: Levi Jones

2010: Jerry Coons Jr.

2011: Chris Windom

2012: Bud Kaeding

2013: Jerry Coons Jr.

2014: Dave Darland

2015: Robert Ballou

2016: Robert Ballou

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018: Tyler Courtney

2019: Chase Stockon

2020: Chris Windom

2021: Chris Windom

TONY HULMAN CLASSIC WINS:

3-Cary Faas, Levi Jones & Chris Windom

2-Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, Jack Hewitt, Jerry Coons, Jr, Jon Stanbrough, Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Robert Ballou & Steve Butler

1-Bud Kaeding, Chase Stockon, Chet Johnson, Cory Kruseman, Daron Clayton, Dick Tobias, Doug Kalitta, Eddie Leavitt, Eric Gordon, Gary Bettenhausen, George Snider, James McElreath, Jan Opperman, Jay Drake, Jeff Bloom, Joe Saldana, Kevin Thomas Jr., Rick Hood, Ron Shuman, Sheldon Kinser, Terry Pletch, Tracy Hines, Tyler Courtney & Bruce Walkup

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT THE TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK:

1 Lap - 5/21/2014 - Brady Bacon - 19.225 - 93.628 mph

4 Laps - 5/4/1986 - Larry Gates - 1:36.18 - 74.860 mph

6 Laps - 5/17/2003 - Kurt Gross - 2:07.21 - 84.899 mph

8 Laps - 10/12/2012 - Hunter Schuerenberg - 2:39.40 - 90.339 mph

10 Laps - 6/17/2000 - Jon Stanbrough - 3:29.13 - 86.071 mph

12 Laps - 9/10/2011 - Jon Stanbrough - 4:02.90 - 88.925 mph

30 Laps - 10/1/2021 - Chris Windom - 10:31.97 - 85.447 mph

40 Laps - 5/4/1975 - Pancho Carter - 15:52.96 - 75.554 mph

50 Laps - 8/13/1967 - Rollie Beale - 22:41.72 - 66.093 mph

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINS: (167 Points Races)

8-Gary Bettenhausen, Jack Hewitt & Chris Windom

6-Bubby Jones, Sheldon Kinser & J.J. Yeley

5-Jim Hurtubise, Levi Jones, Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

4-Bud Kaeding & Roger McCluskey

3-Don Branson, Steve Butler, Pancho Carter, Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Jay Drake, Cary Faas, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Joe Saldana & Chase Stockon

2-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow, Dave Darland, Justin Grant, Cory Kruseman, Johnny Rutherford, Dick Tobias, Kevin Thomas Jr., Bruce Walkup & Greg Weld

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

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

1957: Ed Elisian (6/16) & Andy Linden (8/18)

1958: Eddie Sachs (6/22) & Tommy Hinnershitz (8/17)

1959: Don Branson (6/21) & Jim McWithey (8/16)

1960: Don Branson (6/12) & Jim Hurtubise (8/21)

1961: Jim Hurtubise (6/11) & Jim Hurtubise (8/13)

1962: Jim Hurtubise (6/17) & Jim Hurtubise (8/12)

1963: Roger McCluskey (6/16) & Bobby Marshman (8/11)

1964: A.J. Foyt (6/14) & Don Branson (8/9)

1965: Johnny Rutherford (6/13) & Johnny Rutherford (8/15)

1966: Roger McCluskey (6/19), Roger McCluskey (6/19) & Roger McCluskey (9/14)

1967: Bobby Unser (6/11), Greg Weld (6/11), Rollie Beale (8/13) & Greg Weld (9/10)

1968: Gary Bettenhausen (6/16), Larry Dickson (8/11) & Gary Bettenhausen (9/8)

1969: Gary Bettenhausen (8/10) & Gary Bettenhausen (10/19)

1970: Jim McElreath (6/21), Dick Tobias (8/9) & Bruce Walkup (9/13)

1971: George Snider (5/1) & Gary Bettenhausen (8/8)

1972: Bruce Walkup (4/30), Charlie Masters (6/11) & Rollie Beale (8/19)

1973: Joe Saldana (5/5), Mel Cornett (6/9) 7 Sammy Sessions (8/5)

1974: Gary Bettenhausen (4/14) & Sheldon Kinser (8/4)

1975: Pancho Carter (5/4), Joe Saldana (6/1), Gary Bettenhausen (8/3) & Tom Bigelow (9/21)

1976: Jan Opperman (5/1), Tom Bigelow (6/6), Gary Bettenhausen (8/1) & Chuck Gurney (10/31)

1977: James McElreath (5/7), Sheldon Kinser (6/5), Bubby Jones (7/31) & Pancho Carter (9/25)

1978: Dick Tobias (5/6), Billy Cassella (6/4) & Bubby Jones (9/24)

1979: Pancho Carter (5/5), Bubby Jones (5/6), Bubby Jones (6/3), Bubby Jones (8/5) & Bubby Jones (9/23)

1980: Eddie Leavitt (5/3), Steve Chassey (5/4), Joe Saldana (6/29), Rich Vogler (8/3) & Rich Vogler (9/21)

1981: Sheldon Kinser (5/3), Rich Vogler (8/9) & Sheldon Kinser (9/7)

1982: Chet Johnson (5/9), Sheldon Kinser (6/20), Steve Kinser (8/8) & Larry Rice (9/5)

1983: Jack Hewitt (5/8), Rich Vogler (6/19) & Jack Hewitt (8/28)

1984: Rick Hood (6/10) & Steve Butler (8/26)

1985: Ron Shuman (5/5), Rick Hood (6/9) & Rick Hood (8/25)

1986: Rich Vogler (5/4) & Sheldon Kinser (8/3)

1987: Steve Butler (5/3) & Steve Butler (5/23)

1990: Jack Hewitt (7/8)

1991: Jack Hewitt (7/7)

1992: Rusty McClure (7/12) & Cary Faas (10/11)

1993: Dave Darland (5/2) & Robbie Stanley (7/11)

1994: Cary Faas (5/1) & Tray House (7/17)

1995: Jack Hewitt (4/30) & Jack Hewitt (7/16)

1996: Doug Kalitta (5/12), Kevin Thomas (7/12) & Jack Hewitt (10/5)

1997: J.J. Yeley (6/27), J.J. Yeley (7/23) & Jack Hewitt (10/4)

1998: Cary Faas (5/29) & Tony Elliott (8/14)

1999: Tracy Hines (5/8), Tony Jones (6/17), Jerry Coons Jr. (6/18), Frankie Kerr (6/19) & Terry Pletch (7/21)

2000: Jay Drake (6/15), Richard Griffin (6/16), Jay Drake (6/18) & Jay Drake (7/28)

2001: Tracy Hines (5/19), Bud Kaeding (10/20) & Bud Kaeding (10/20)

2002: Jon Stanbrough (5/11), Cory Kruseman (7/27) & J.J. Yeley (10/5)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/17), Tracy Hines (7/26), J.J. Yeley (8/14 Special Event) & J.J. Yeley (10/4)

2004: Cory Kruseman (5/22), J.J. Yeley (7/24) & Bud Kaeding (9/4)

2005: Levi Jones (7/22), Levi Jones (9/30) & Levi Jones (10/1)

2006: Daron Clayton (10/6) & Daron Clayton (10/7)

2007: Jon Stanbrough (5/19)

2008: Levi Jones (5/22)

2009: Levi Jones (5/21), Brad Sweet (7/15) & Jon Stanbrough (9/12)

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (5/27), Jon Stanbrough (7/14) & Jon Stanbrough (9/11)

2011: Chris Windom (7/13) & Chris Windom (9/10)

2012: Bud Kaeding (5/24), Daron Clayton (7/18) & Chase Stockon (10/12)

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/17) & Jerry Coons Jr. (8/31)

2014: Dave Darland (5/21), Bryan Clauson (7/16) & Brady Bacon (9/18)

2015: Aaron Farney (7/15) & Robert Ballou (9/18)

2016: Robert Ballou (5/25), Chase Stockon (7/17) & Chris Windom (10/15)

2017: Chris Windom (9/15) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (10/14)

2018: Tyler Courtney (5/23), Tyler Courtney (7/25) & Brady Bacon (9/14)

2019: Chase Stockon (5/22), Tyler Courtney (7/24) & Justin Grant (9/13)

2020: Chris Windom (7/1), Justin Grant (7/29) & Chris Windom (9/18)

2021: Chris Windom (5/26), Logan Seavey (7/28) & Chris Windom (10/1)

PAST TONY HULMAN CLASSIC FEATURE RESULTS:

1971 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. George Snider, 2. Don Nordhorn, 3. Sammy Sessions, 4. Jim McElreath, 5. Larry Cannon, 6. Rollie Beale, 7. Merle Bettenhausen, 8. Butch Wilkerson, 9. Karl Busson, 10. Jimmy Oskie, 11. Pancho Carter, 12. Bobby Black, 13. Jimmy Caruthers, 14. Jim Malloy, 15. Jerry Poland, 16. Dee Jones, 17. Johnny Parsons, 18. Lennie Waldo, 19. Jerry McClung, 20. Joe Saldana. NT

1972 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bruce Walkup, 2. George Snider, 3. Sammy Sessions, 4. Lee Kunzman, 5. Larry Cannon, 6. Jim McElreath, 7. Tom Bigelow, 8. Don Nordhorn, 9. Bill Puterbaugh, 10. Gary Ponzini, 11. Johnny Parsons, 12. Joe Saldana, 13. Sonny Ates, 14. Merle Bettenhausen, 15. Larry Dickson, 16. Carl Williams, 17. Billy Cassella, 18. Dick Tobias, 19. Pancho Carter, 20. Gary Bettenhausen.

1973 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Joe Saldana, 2. Rollie Beale, 3. Don Nordhorn, 4. Bruce Walkup, 5. Sammy Sessions, 6. John Toth, 7. Lee Kunzman, 8. Tony Simon, 9. Jerry Poland, 10. Johnny Parsons, 11. Fred Linder, 12. Bob Kinser, 13. Rich Leavell, 14. Mel Cornett, 15. Chuck Booth, 16. Jim McElreath, 17. Larry Dickson, 18. Pancho Carter, 19. Billy Cassella, 20. Larry Cannon, 21. A.J. Foyt, 22. Sheldon Kinser, 23. Greg Weld, 24. Billy Shuman, 25. Bill Puterbaugh, 26. Jerry Nemire, 27. Ralph Liguori, 28. Charlie Masters.

1974 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Gary Bettenhausen, 2. Jan Opperman, 3. George Snider, 4. A.J. Foyt, 5. Pancho Carter, 6. Sheldon Kinser, 7. Billy Cassella, 8. Mel Cornett, 9. Greg Leffler, 10. Rollie Beale, 11. Don Nordhorn, 12. Tom Bigelow, 13. Joe Saldana, 14. Butch Wilkerson, 15. Bruce Walkup, 16. Johnny Parsons, 17. Jackie Howerton, 18. Lee Osborne, 19. Bill Puterbaugh, 20. Chuck Booth.

1975 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Pancho Carter, 2. Lee Osborne, 3. George Snider, 4. Tom Bigelow, 5. Sheldon Kinser, 6. Jimmy Caruthers, 7. Thad Dosher, 8. Steve Cannon, 9. Tommy Astone, 10. Sonny Ates, 11. Bruce Walkup, 12. Larry Cannon, 13. Chuck Booth, 14. Chuck Gurney, 15. Gary Bettenhausen, 16. Joe Saldana, 17. Sammy Sessions, 18. Billy Engelhart, 19. Gordy Lee, 20. Jim McElreath.

1976 FEATURE: (39 laps) 1. Jan Opperman, 2. Pancho Carter, 3. Bubby Jones, 4. Dana Carter, 5. Bruce Walkup, 6. Chuck Gurney, 7. Sheldon Kinser, 8. Rollie Beale, 9. Billy Cassella, 10. Larry Dickson, 11. Karl Busson, 12. Tom Bigelow, 13. Roger Rager, 14. Kenny Weld, 15. Lee Osborne, 16. Tommy Astone, 17. James McElreath, 18. Bill Puterbaugh, 19. Joe Saldana, 20. Bobby Olivero.

1977 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. James McElreath, 2. Clark Templeman, 3. Roger Rager, 4. Billy Cassella, 5. Jerry Weeks, 6. Bubby Jones, 7. Jackie Howerton, 8. Larry Rice, 9. Rich Vogler, 10. Dana Carter, 11. Greg Leffler, 12. Johnny Parsons, 13. Mark Alderson, 14. Gary Bettenhausen, 15. Tom Bigelow, 16. Ron Shuman, 17. Sheldon Kinser, 18. Steve Chassey, 19. Bob Frey, 20. Joe Saldana.

1978 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Dick Tobias, 2. Duke Cook, 3. Lealand McSpadden, 4. Rich Leavell, 5. Rich Vogler, 6. Chuck Gurney, 7. Bobby Olivero, 8. Clark Templeman, 9. Greg Leffler, 10. Roger Rager, 11. Tom Bigelow, 12. Billy Cassella, 13. Ron Shuman, 14. Junior Parkinson, 15. Bruce Walkup, 16. Pancho Carter, 17. Sheldon Kinser, 18. Roy Hicks, 19. Johnny Parsons, 20. Eddie Leavitt.

1979 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Pancho Carter, 2. Sheldon Kinser, 3. Larry Rice, 4. Johnny Parsons, 5. Bob East, 6. Bruce Walkup, 7. Billy Cassella, 8. Rich Vogler, 9. Tom Bigelow, 10. Jim McElreath, 11. Joe Saldana, 12. Mark Alderson, 13. Mack McClellan, 14. Hal Browning, 15. Duke Cook, 16. Steve Chassey, 17. Bubby Jones, 18. Dave Peperak, 19. Paul Pitzer, 20. Dana Carter.

1980 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Eddie Leavitt, 2. Steve Chassey, 3. Pancho Carter, 4. Sheldon Kinser, 5. Bobby Olivero, 6. Mack McClellan, 7. Gary Iulg, 8. Jerry Weeks, 9. Larry Dickson, 10. Phil Miller, 11. Johnny Parsons, 12. Larry Rice, 13. Larry Gates, 14. Rich Vogler, 15. Gary Bettenhausen, 16. Curt Kelley, 17. Mark Alderson, 18. Paul Pitzer, 19. Bill Tyler, 20. Tom Bigelow, 21. Joe Saldana. NT

1981 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Sheldon Kinser, 2. Smokey Snellbaker, 3. Eddie Leavitt, 4. Tom Bigelow, 5. Bubby Jones, 6. Joe Saldana, 7. Bill Tyler, 8. Jerry Potter, 9. Larry Rice, 10. Steve Ball, 11. Rick Nichols, 12. Dave Peperak, 13. Tim Boyd, 14. Johnny Coogan, 15. Johnny Parsons, 16. Red Bledsoe, 17. Larry Gates, 18. Jack Hewitt, 19. Ron Shuman, 20. Duke Cook.

1982 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chet Johnson, 2. Randy Kinser, 3. Roger Rager, 4. Chuck Amati, 5. Duke Cook, 6. Kelly Kinser, 7. Allen Barr, 8. Steve Long, 9. Jac Haudenschild, 10. Bob Christian, 11. Andy Hillenburg, 12. Leon Gentry, 13. Jerry Nemire, 14. David Smith, 15. Jerry Weeks, 16. Ken Schrader, 17. Rich Vogler, 18. Sheldon Kinser, 19. Johnny Parsons, 20. Eddie Leavitt.

1983 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Ken Schrader, 3. Kelly Kinser, 4. Larry Dickson, 5. Randy Kinser, 6. Roger Rager, 7. Sheldon Kinser, 8. Brent Kaeding, 9. Dean Shirley, 10. Larry Rice, 11. Leon Gentry, 12. Steve Long, 13. Johnny Kemp, 14. Tom Bigelow, 15. Bob Kinser, 16. Larry Martin, 17. Van Gurley, 18. Greg Staab, 19. Rich Vogler, 20. David Smith. NT

1984 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rick Hood, 2. Larry Martin, 3. Larry Rice, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Steve Butler, 6. Ken Schrader, 7. Denny Donaldson, 8. Johnny Parsons, 9. Gary Gray, 10. Joe Saldana, 11. Sheldon Kinser, 12. Keith Campbell, 13. Mike Johnson, 14. Jerry Russell, 15. Jerry Nemire, 16. Gay Rolofson, 17. David Smith, 18. Tray House, 19. Tom Bigelow, 20. Warren Mockler. NT

1985 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ron Shuman, 2. Sheldon Kinser, 3. Larry Rice, 4. Jeff Heywood, 5. Brad Noffsinger, 6. Mike Sweeney, 7. Gary Bettenhausen, 8. Bobby Michnowicz, 9. Rick Hood, 10. Eddie Wirth, 11. Bob Meli, 12. Tony Elliott, 13. Jimmy Oskie, 14. Terry Shepherd, 15. Bill VonHelmolt, 16. Kevin Thomas, 17. Warren Mockler, 18. Bubby Jones (#92c), 19. Steve Butler, 20. Johnny Parsons, 21. Eddie Leavitt, 22. Jerry Russell. NT

1986 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rich Vogler, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Steve Butler, 4. Larry Gates, 5. Tony Elliott, 6. Andy Stapp, 7. Larry Rice, 8. Jeff Donelson, 9. Jack Ziegler, 10. Craig Keel, 11. Louie Mann, 12. Dave Feese, 13. David Smith, 14. Alan Brown, 15. Nick Fornoro Jr., 16. Sheldon Kinser, 17. Rick Hood, 18. Manny Rockhold, 19. Ron Shuman, 20. Leon Gentry, 21. Tom Bigelow. NT

1987 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Steve Butler, 2. Randy Kinser, 3. Kelly Kinser, 4. Tom Bigelow, 5. Tray House, 6. Larry Rice, 7. Dave Feese, 8. Rick Hood, 9. Rich Vogler, 10. Kevin Thomas, 11. Andy Stapp, 12. Duke Cook, 13. Jack Ziegler, 14. Warren Mockler, 15. Kevin Huntley, 16. Keith Campbell, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Dave Peperak, 19. Rick Ungar, 20. Manny Rockhold. NT

1988 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Steve Butler, 2. Mark Alderson, 3. Kevin Huntley, 4. Bob Frey, 5. Greg Staab, 6. Jack Hewitt, 7. Jim Childers, 8. Tray House, 9. Rick Hood, 10. Larry Rice, 11. Jerry Nemire, 12. Charlie Fisher, 13. Paul Stender, 14. Gene Lee Gibson, 15. Rich Vogler, 16. Mack McClellan, 17. Mike Blake, 18. Jeff Bloom, 19. Tony Elliott, 20. Blake Hollingsworth. NT

1989 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rich Vogler, 2. Steve Butler, 3. Wayne Hammond, 4. Gary Fedewa, 5. Mark Alderson, 6. Jeff Gordon, 7. Eric Gordon, 8. David Harrison, 9. Bob Frey, 10. Frank Weiss, 11. Jack Hewitt, 12. Jerry Nemire, 13. Jim Moulis, 14. Tim Champlin, 15. Kevin Huntley, 16. Dave Durnwald, 17. John Murphy, 18. Jim Mahoney, 19. Gary Bettenhausen, 20. Greg Staab. NT

1990 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jeff Bloom, 2. Bob Frey, 3. Jeff Gordon, 4. Johnny Parsons, 5. Bob Cicconi, 6. Eric Gordon, 7. Jim Mahoney, 8. Roy Caruthers, 9. Dave Durnwald, 10. Charlie Workman, 11. Curt Kelley, 12. Doug Heveron, 13. Don Schilling, 14. Rick Howerton, 15. Brad Marvel, 16. Steve Butler, 17. Greg Staab, 18. Gene Lee Gibson, 19. Red Stauffer, 20. Bruce Field. NT

1991 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Eric Gordon, 2. Robbie Stanley, 3. Mark Alderson, 4. Bob Cicconi, 5. Steve Butler, 6. Tony Stewart, 7. Donnie Adams, 8. Jim Mahoney, 9. Randy Sweet, 10. Rick Howerton, 11. Frank Riddle, 12. Doug Kalitta, 13. Jim Keeker, 14. Tommy Nichols, 15. Brad Marvel, 16. Gene Lee Gibson, 17. Bill Rose, 18. Tim Champlin, 19. Tray House, 20. Greg Staab. 10:50.35

1992 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Cary Faas, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Steve Butler, 4. Tony Elliott, 5. Robbie Stanley, 6. Joe Roush, 7. Eric Gordon, 8. Kent Christian, 9. Tony Stewart, 10. Manny Rockhold, 11. Brad Marvel, 12. Gary Cameron II, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Tony Ploughe, 15. Dave Peperak, 16. Tray House, 17. Doug Kalitta, 18. Blake Hollingsworth, 19. Rusty McClure, 20. Brian Hayden. NT

1993 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Jack Hewitt, 3. Tray House, 4. Steve Butler, 5. Kevin Thomas, 6. Eric Gordon, 7. Byron Reed, 8. Brad Marvel, 9. Larry Bland, 10. Bill Rose, 11. Kim Mock, 12. Greg Reed, 13. Robbie Stanley, 14. Cary Faas, 15. Gary Cameron II, 16. Leon Gentry, 17. Tony Elliott, 18. Jim Moughan, 19. Blake Hollingsworth, 20. Terry Shepherd. NT

1994 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Cary Faas, 2. Robbie Stanley, 3. Gary Fisher, 4. Brian Hayden, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Tony Elliott, 7. Tray House, 8. Ray Morgan, 9. Jack Hewitt, 10. Todd Kane, 11. Rusty McClure, 12. Tim Cox, 13. Greg Wilson, 14. Greg Staab, 15. Terry Pletch, 16. Derek Davidson, 17. Bill Rose, 18. Kevin Thomas, 19. Doug Kalitta, 20. Blake Hollingsworth. NT

1995 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Eric Gordon, 3. Tray House, 4. Kevin Thomas, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Terry Shepherd, 7. Terry Pletch, 8. Tony Elliott, 9. Bill Rose, 10. Brian Hayden, 11. Tony Stewart, 12. Doug Kalitta, 13. Derek Davidson, 14. Gary Fisher, 15. Brad Marvel, 16. Kevin Doty, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Mark Cassella, 19. Byron Reed, 20. Cary Faas. NT

1996 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Doug Kalitta, 2. Brad Marvel, 3. Kevin Thomas, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Dave Steele, 6. Brian Tyler, 7. Brian Hayden, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Rusty McClure, 10. Greg Staab, 11. Derek Davidson, 12. Bill Rose, 13. Danny Williams Jr., 14. Gus Wasson, 15. Wil Newlin, 16. Dean Billings, 17. Mark Cassella, 18. Brett Pool, 19. Terry Pletch, 20. Jack Hewitt, 21. Dave Peperak, 22. Tray House. NT

1997 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. J.J. Yeley, 2. Jack Hewitt, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kent Christian, 5. Cory Kruseman, 6. Kevin Thomas, 7. Mark Cassella, 8. Cary Faas, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Tony Elliott, 11. Rusty McClure, 12. Tim Cox, 13. Brian Hayden, 14. Brian Tyler, 15. Jason McCord, 16. Gus Wasson, 17. Dave Steele, 18. Greg Stephens, 19. Dave Peperak, 20. Derek Davidson, 21. Robbie Rice, 22. Wil Newlin. NT

1998 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Cary Faas, 2. Kevin Doty, 3. J.J. Yeley, 4. Tony Elliott, 5. Kevin Thomas, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Brian Hayden, 8. Tim Cox, 9. Terry Pletch, 10. Todd Kane, 11. Derek Davidson, 12. Robbie Rice, 13. Rusty McClure, 14. Brian Tyler, 15. Jack Hewitt, 16. Eric Gordon, 17. Jason McCord, 18. Brad Fox, 19. Kenny Carmichael, 20. Dave Steele, 21. Jon Stanbrough, 22. Dave Darland. 10:56.90

1999 FEATURE: (30 Laps) 1. Terry Pletch, 2. Jack Hewitt, 3. J.J. Yeley, 4. Tony Elliott, 5. Todd Kane, 6. Kevin Briscoe, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Kevin Thomas, 9. Kevin Doty, 10. Kenny Carmichael, 11. Bill Rose, 12. Rusty McClure, 13. Robbie Rice, 14. Cory Kruseman, 15. Derek Scheffel, 16. Eric Gordon, 17. Kevin Miller, 18. Tracy Hines, 19. Brad Fox, 20. Jay Drake, 21. Jerry Coons, Jr., 22. Mike Mann. NT

2000 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jay Drake, 2. Kasey Kahne, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Derek Davidson, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Terry Pletch, 8. Jack Hewitt, 9. Cory Kruseman, 10. Tony Elliott, 11. Brian Tyler, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Jonathan Vennard, 14. Bill Rose (#77), 15. Brandon Petty, 16. Justin Marvel, 17. Eric Gordon, 18. Eric Burns, 19. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20. J.J. Yeley, 21. Derek Scheffel, 22. Kevin Briscoe. NT

2001 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Tony Elliott, 3. Kevin Briscoe, 4. Gregg Dillion, 5. Terry Pletch, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Derek Davidson, 9. Robbie Rice, 10. Jonathan Vennard, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Chris Gurley, 13. Jason Knoke, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Dustin Smith, 16. Eric Burns, 17. J.J. Yeley, 18. Dickie Gaines, 19. Brian Hayden, 20. Jimmy Laser, 21. Bud Kaeding, 22. Brian Tyler. NT

2002 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Tony Elliott, 4. Jay Drake, 5. Boston Reid, 6. A.J. Anderson, 7. J.J. Yeley, 8. Derek Davidson, 9. Justin Marvel, 10. Levi Jones, 11. Brian Tyler, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Derek Scheffel, 14. Jason Knoke, 15. Terry Pletch, 16. Kevin Thomas, 17. Dickie Gaines, 18. Wil Newlin, 19. Jack Hewitt, 20. Rick Hayden, 21. Brandon Petty, 22. Kent Christian. NT

2003 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. J.J. Yeley, 2. Cory Kruseman, 3. Boston Reid, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Brian Tyler, 7. Jonathan Vennard, 8. Tony Elliott, 9. Bill Rose, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Matt Westfall, 12. Derek Scheffel, 13. Mat Neely, 14. Jay Drake, 15. Marc Jessup, 16. John Scott, 17. Kyle Wissmiller, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20. Jimmy Laser, 21. Tracy Hines, 22. John Wolfe, 23. A.J. Anderson. NT

2004 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Jay Drake, 3. J.J. Yeley, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Tony Elliott, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Josh Wise, 8. Levi Jones, 9. Marc Jessup, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Brian Tyler, 12. Matt Westfall, 13. Kevin Huntley, 14. Shane Hollingsworth, 15. Bud Kaeding, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Brian Hayden, 18. Josh Ford, 19. Derek Scheffel, 20. John Scott, 21. Justin Marvel, 22. Boston Reid, 23. Kyle Wissmiller. NT

2005 FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Levi Jones, 2. Mat Neely, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Daron Clayton, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Bud Kaeding, 10. Tom Hessert, 11. Justin Marvel, 12. Bill Rose, 13. Don Droud Jr., 14. Dickie Gaines, 15. Kent Christian, 16. Jay Drake, 17. Josh Wise, 18. Scott Hatton, 19. A.J. Anderson, 20. Critter Malone, 21. Ryan Pace, 22. Marc Jessup, 23. Jonathan Vennard, 24. Shane Cottle. NT

2006 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Daron Clayton, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Dustin Morgan, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Dickie Gaines, 7. Jonathan Vennard, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Brady Short, 10. Mat Neely, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Bud Kaeding, 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 14. Brady Bacon,15. Lucas Wolfe, 16. Charles Davis Jr., 17. Josh Wise, 18. Levi Jones, 19. Shane Hollingsworth, 20. Jimmy Light, 21. Scotty Weir, 22. Bret Mellenberndt. NT

2007 FEATURE: (30 laps – Halted at 24 due to curfew) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Jesse Hockett, 4. Darren Hagen, 5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 6. Mat Neely, 7. Brady Short, 8. Levi Jones, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Brad Sweet, 11. Critter Malone, 12. Jake Martens, 13. Dustin Morgan, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Chris Windom, 18. Daron Clayton, 19. Neil Shepherd, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Kyle Wissmiller, 22. Danny Williams Jr., 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Kevin Swindell, 25. Shane Cottle. NT

2008 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Levi Jones, 2. Brad Kuhn, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Daron Clayton, 5. Cole Whitt, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Chad Boat, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Hunter Schuerenberg, 15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 16. Brad Sweet, 17. Neil Shepherd, 18. Jesse Hockett, 19. Brady Short, 20. Jeff Bland Jr., 21. Robert Ballou, 22. Damion Gardner. NT

2009 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Levi Jones, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Jesse Hockett, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Chris Windom, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Jeff Bland Jr., 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Chad Boat, 10. Brad Sweet, 11. Shane Hmiel, 12. Cole Whitt, 13. Darren Hagen, 14. Brady Short, 15. Thomas Meseraull, 16. Josh Wise, 17. Jonathan Hendrick, 18. Damion Gardner, 19. Bill Rose, 20. Ryan Kaplan, 21. Bud Kaeding, 22. Jon Stanbrough. NT

2010 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Levi Jones, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Ricky Williams, 9. Brady Short, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Blake Fitzpatrick, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Russ Harper, 14. Daren Krockenberger, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. J.C. Bland, 17. Brandon Mattox, 18. Critter Malone, 19. Eric Krockenberger, 20. Shawn Krockenberger, 21. Kurt Gross, 22. Shane Hmiel, 23. Justin Grant, 24. Jon Stanbrough, 25. Chris Windom, 26. Henry Clarke. NT

2011 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Keith Bloom Jr., 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Mike Spencer, 10. Levi Jones, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Wes McIntyre, 13. Dustin Morgan, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Critter Malone, 16. Blake Fitzpatrick, 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19. Chase Stockon, 20. Justin Grant, 21. Jonathan Hendrick, 22. Daron Clayton, 23. Coleman Gulick. NT

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Coleman Gulick, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Justin Grant, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Kyle Larson, 15. Darren Hagen, 16. Bobby East, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19. Chase Stockon, 20. Thomas Meseraull, 21. Blake Fitzpatrick, 22. Wes McIntyre, 23. Jonathan Hendrick. NT

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Daron Clayton, 11. Kyle Cummins, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Tyler Courtney, 16. Korey Weyant, 17. Nick Drake, 18. Kevin Studley, 19. Braylon Fitzpatrick, 20. Blake Fitzpatrick, 21. Jake Simmons, 22. Kurt Gross, 23. Brandon Mattox. 14:43.98

2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Bryan Clauson, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Daron Clayton, 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 14. Shane Cockrum, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Carson Short, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Brandon Mattox, 20. Justin Grant, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Mark Smith, 23. Jerry Coons Jr. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Chase Stockon, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Tracy Hines, 17. Brady Short, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. J.J. Hughes, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Mario Clouser, 22. Chad Boespflug. NT

2016 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

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Justin Grant, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Kyle Cummins, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Stevie Sussex, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Joe Bares, 18. Brandon Mattox, 19. Joss Moffatt, 20. Dylan Shaw, 21. Shane Cottle, 22, Robert Ballou. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (2), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 3. Shane Cottle (1), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Chase Stockon (3), 6. C.J. Leary (5), 7. Robert Ballou (11), 8. Justin Grant (14), 9. Brady Bacon (4), 10. Chad Boespflug (8), 11. Jerry Coons Jr. (13), 12. Nick Bilbee (16), 13. Dave Darland (9), 14. Kyle Cummins (7), 15. Isaac Chapple (19), 16. Bill Rose (17), 17. Aric Gentry (23), 18. Brandon Morin (21), 19. Nate McMillin (20), 20. Robert Bell (22), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (15), 22. Jadon Rogers (18), 23. Brandon Mattox (12). NT

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chase Stockon (2), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Tyler Courtney (4), 4. Robert Ballou (7), 5. Justin Grant (10), 6. Brady Bacon (3), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Carson Short (1), 9. C.J. Leary (6), 10. Isaac Chapple (16), 11. Bill Balog (9), 12. Chad Boespflug (14), 13. Brandon Mattox (13), 14. Brian VanMeveren (15), 15. Steve Thomas (18), 16. Paul May (17), 17. Nate McMillin (12), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 19. Eric Perrott (19), 20. Tye Mihocko (20). NT

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (1), 2. Justin Grant (5), 3. Chase Stockon (7), 4. Jake Swanson (8), 5. Carson Short (14), 6. Tanner Thorson (10), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 8. Max Adams (2), 9. Brandon Morin (18), 10. Anton Hernandez (9), 11. Matt Westfall (11), 12. Brandon Mattox (15), 13. Chris Phillips (19), 14. Kendall Ruble (12), 15. Nate McMillin (20), 16. Steve Thomas (21), 17. Dustin Smith (16), 18. Brady Bacon (6), 19. C.J. Leary (22), 20. Nick Bilbee (13), 21. Mitchell Davis (17), 22. Mitch Wissmiller (3).

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (6), 2. Kyle Cummins (3), 3. Brady Bacon (9), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 5. Justin Grant (1), 6. C.J. Leary (4), 7. Robert Ballou (15), 8. Jake Swanson (13), 9. Riley Kreisel (5), 10. Logan Seavey (10), 11. Tanner Thorson (22), 12. Chase Stockon (8), 13. Cole Bodine (11), 14. Davey Ray (2), 15. Matt Westfall (17), 16. Nick Bilbee (19), 17. Mario Clouser (20), 18. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 19. Brandon Mattox (24-P), 20. Paul Nienhiser (23-P), 21. Chase Johnson (14), 22. Tye Mihocko (18), 23. Mitch Wissmiller (21), 24. Max Adams (16). NT

(P) = Provisional Starter

 

 

VENTURA HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET AND WEST COAST 360 SPRINT CAR BATTLE
By Lance Jennings

MAY 18, 2022... The USAC Western States Midget Series will take center stage this Saturday, May 21st, at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the sixth point race will also feature the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, California Lightning Sprints, Hobby Stocks, and Kids Classes. Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since May 24, 1986, 152 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. Jake Andreotti took the checkered flags at the last Ventura event on October 16th. At press time, Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

After sweeping the May 7th “Mother’s Day Madness” at Placerville, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has taken over the point lead. Driving the Graunstadt Enterprises #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. The 2018 Champion has ten career triumphs and is tied with Johnny Cofer, Jerry Coons Jr., “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, and “The Flying Shoe” Ron Shuman for tenth on the series win list. Michael is a favorite to watch and a threat to win on any given night.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) ranks second in the point standings. Piloting the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender scored twenty-second at Placerville after having engine problems. To date, the leading rookie contender has posted one heat race victory, one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday night, A.J. will be looking for the first USAC Western Midget win of his career.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth ran eighteenth at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2019 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes in the campaign. With two career wins, Ben will have his sights on adding another Ventura winning trophy to his collection.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand) is fourth in the championship chase. Piloting the family owned #7NZ Buckley Systems / Esslinger Engineering Spike, Buckley charged from twenty-second to tenth at Placerville Speedway. To date, the rookie contender has one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes and 18 feature laps led in the campaign. Buckley will have his sights on claiming his first win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) has climbed to fifth in the point standings. Racing Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, Fuson powered to fifth at Placerville after starting eighth. At press time, the young driver has one feature win, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the year. Brody has three career wins and will be looking to add a Ventura win to his resume.

While A.J. Bender leads the chase for rookie of the year, Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand), Thomas Esberg (Kelseyville, California), Anthony Esberg (Kelseyville, California), Caden Sarale (Stockton, California), Dawson Faria (Tipton, California), Dylan Bloomfield (Oakley, California), Ben Wiesz (Colfax, California), Beau Lemire (Placerville, California), and Colton Raudman (Redding, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Andreotti, Blake Bower, Michael Snider, C.J. Sarna, Randi Pankratz, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Matt Mitchell, Robby Josett, Dylan Ito, Cade Lewis, Jake Hodges, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. General Admission Adult tickets are $22, General Admission Senior (60 and older), Active Military (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $18. Kids tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service Inc., AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Elk Grove Ford, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower.

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

VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4- P.J. Jones, 4-Robby Josett, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Christopher Bell, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Jake Andreotti, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Robert Dalby, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Tommy White, 1-Hayden Williams, 1-Ben Worth.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-311, 2. A.J. Bender ®-299, 3. Ben Worth-282, 4. Travis Buckley ®-266, 5. Brody Fuson-256, 6. Jake Andreotti-254, 7. Blake Bower-249, 8. Michael Snider-211, 9. Austin Liggett-179, 10. Thomas Esberg ®-172, 11. Shane Golobic-159, 12. C.J. Sarna-155, 13. Anthony Esberg ®-149, 14. Danika Jo Parker-143, 15. Dylan Bloomfield ®-133, 16. Randi Pankratz-131, 17. Caden Sarale ®-123, 18. Chase Johnson-121, 19. Ben Wiesz ®-101, 20. Terry Nichols-92, 21. Mitchel Moles-84, 22. Matt Mitchell-74, 23. Shannon McQueen-68, 24. Robby Josett-66, 25. Dawson Faria-65, 26. Beau Lemire ®-62, 27. Zach Telford ®-61, 28. Jake Morgan-60, 29. Colton Raudman ®-56, 30. Dylan Ito-55, 31. Cade Lewis-53, 32. Jake Hodges-52, 33. Braden Chiaramonte ®-50, 34. Nick Velasquez ®-42, 35. Kyle Beilman-40, ---. Racin Silva ®-40, 37. Dave Stoltz-38, 38. Ryan Bernal-37, 39. Floyd Alvis-31, 40. Dakota Albright-24.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 4: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Rained Out)
March 5: *Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Rained Out)
March 26: *#Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Jake Andreotti)
April 2: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
April 16: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Mitchel Moles)
April 23: *#Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Shane Golobic)
May 7: *#Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Michael Faccinto)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 18: *#Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 23: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 13: TBA
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 1: TBA
October 15: *The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

CARB NIGHT CLASSIC ENTRY LISTS REVEAL
50+ USAC SILVER CROWN & MIDGETS AT IRP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 18, 2022)………More than 50 combined USAC Silver Crown and Brown’s Oil Service Midget drivers are expected to compete in the Carb Night Classic, set for Friday night, May 27, on the paved .686-mile oval at Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

That’s 27 Silver Crown entries and 25 midgets entered for the event and includes a star-studded array of open wheel racing talent.

It’s a field that includes the likes of USAC national champions Kody Swanson, Ryan Newman, C.J. Leary, Russ Gamester, Brian Tyler, Justin Grant, Logan Seavey, Josh Wise and Buddy Kofoid, plus IRP standouts Bobby Santos and Tanner Swanson, just to name a few.

The Carb Night Classic returns to Lucas Oil Raceway in 2022 on Friday, May 27, and features a rare quadruple header of open wheel racing on the Friday before the Indianapolis 500, and it sure to be a night to remember.

The USF2000 event will be the milestone 300th USAC sanctioned event on the IRP oval since its construction in 1961.

The 2022 edition of the Carb Night Classic will feature Road to Indy’s Cooper Tire Indy Pro 2000 (90 laps) and USF2000 (75 laps) Championships, as well as a 30-lap non-points USAC Special Event National Pavement Midget Championship feature paying $5,000 to win and a 100-lap points-paying USAC Silver Crown National Championship race which pays $10,000 to win.

Spectator gates open at 3pm Eastern with practice also beginning a 3pm. Qualifying is set to begin at 5:50pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 6:55pm with the USF2000 Freedom 75 race at 7:05pm, the Indy Pro 2000 Freedom 90 race at 8:05pm, the midget race at 9:05pm and the USAC Silver Crown race at 9:35pm.


USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST: (27 CARS)

02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Gossel)

1 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Dyson)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Lawson)

2v RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Vance)

6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR)

11 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Hamilton-Byrd)

14 DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID (Hamilton-Puglio)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer)

32 GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams)

42 JAKE DAY/Abilene, TX (Day)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

67 KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

80 NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Breidinger)

81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn)

92 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark)

94 MIKE McVETTA/Grafton, OH (Myers)

99 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Bischak)

222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice)


MIDGET ENTRY LIST: (25 CARS)

2 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS)

4 DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID (Klatt)

7 COLE CARTER/Brownsburg, IN (Bertrand)

7A DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (Armstrong)

7K NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Irwin)

7x TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (RMS)

8 JAKE TRAINOR/Medway, MA (Seymour)

9 JOHNNY ZYCH/Mendon, MA (Zych)

14 BRANDON MAURER/Sherman, IL (Maurer)

17 CHAD NICHOLS/Danville, CA (Nichols)

40 BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Brannon)

44 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bertrand)

47 TODD BERTRAND/Suffield, CT (Bertrand)

47x NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Bertrand)

55 JOSH WISE/Riverside, CA (Bowman)

60 CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Gerhardt)

66 BRET SANDERSON/Ladoga, IN (Sanderson)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (West/KKM)

67K KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

75 RYAN SHILKUSKI/Spring Valley, IL (Shilkuski)

80 ANNIE BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger)

88 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Arata)

98 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (West)

99 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Guess)

514 CHUCK GURNEY JR./Livermore, CA (West)

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS RETURN TO VENTURA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 18, 2022... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will invade the Ventura Raceway, this Saturday, May 21st. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the third point race will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets, IMCA Modifieds, California Lightning Sprints, Hobby Stocks, and Kids Classes. Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held nineteen West Coast 360 events and thirteen different drivers have claimed victory. USAC/CRA regular A.J. Bender added his name to the USAC 360 winner’s list on November 27th at the “80th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Led by Tristan Guardino and Jake Swanson with three wins, Guardino also set the 1-lap track record of 11.958 on March 23, 2019. A complete Ventura winner’s list is at the end of the release.

After earning his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and feature win at Bakersfield Speedway on March 12th, Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, California) leads the point standings. Racing his #41 Physical Medical Consultant / Stensland Racing DRC with Ford power, Lewis has also posted one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. Ricky is traveling from the Midwest and will be looking to score the victory at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) has climbed to second in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #51 W.E. / Taylor Backhoe Spike, Fuson charged from tenth to third at the March 12th Bakersfield show. At press time, Brody has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, the versatile driver will have his sights on earning his first career win at Ventura.

Tanner Boul (Auberry, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X, Boul placed fifth in the March 12th main event. With two top-10 finishes to his credit, Tanner will be looking to claim his first main event win on Saturday.

Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) ranks fourth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville Collision Center Maxim, Carter finished twelfth in the Bakersfield feature. The three-time Santa Maria Sprint Car Champion will have his sights on his first USAC triumph at Ventura Raceway.

Hannah Mayhew (Acton, California) has climbed to fifth in the West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #43 One 11 Ink / C&G Farms Maxim, Mayhew charged from eleventh to fifth at Bakersfield. To date, the 2017 Perris Young Guns Sprint Car Champion has two top-10 finishes in the campaign and will be looking for her first win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Currently sitting ninth in points, Brent Yarnal (Phoenix, Arizona) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Tyler Hatzikian (El Segundo, California), Joey Bishop (Camarillo, California), and Camie Bell (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Travis Buckley, Kyle Edwards, Jacob Tuttle, James Herrera, Jarrett Soares, Troy Rutherford, Cody Majors, Ryan Timmons, Steve Hix, Rick Hendrix, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. General Admission Adult tickets are $22, General Admission Senior (60 and older), Active Military (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $18. Kids tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, ROW Signs and Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson.

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORD: Tristan Guardino – 11.958 (03/23/19)

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Jake Swanson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Troy Rutherford, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-A.J. Bender, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Ryan Timmons.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Ricky Lewis.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ricky Lewis-156, 2. Brody Fuson-136, 3.Tanner Boul-123, 4. Trent Carter-122, 5. Hannah Mayhew-113, 6. Travis Buckley-112, 7. Kyle Edwards-111, 8. Jacob Tuttle-107, 9. Brent Yarnal ®-96, 10. Joey Bishop ®-85, --. Tyler Hatzikian ®-85, 12. Chase Johnson-82, 13. James Herrera-77, --. Camie Bell ®-77, 15. Jarrett Soares-76, 16. Matt Day-74, 17. Troy Rutherford-69, 18. Cody Majors-67, 19. Ryan Timmons-64, 20. Steve Hix-49, 21. Ben Worth ®-44, 22. Logan Calderwood ®-42, 23. Tuesday Calderwood ®-13.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 26: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 12: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ricky Lewis)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
August 13: TBA
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 10: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 15: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: TBA (SE)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 14, 2022 – Bakersfield Speedway– Bakersfield, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-12.967; 2. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-13.143; 3. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.367; 4. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-13.417; 5. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-13.533; 6. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-13.541; 7. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-13.547; 8. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-13.587; 9. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-13.611; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-13.781; 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.804; 12. Ben Worth, 73, Ford-13.815; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-13.828; 14. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-13.858; 15. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-13.911; 16. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-14.010; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.088; 18. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.113; 19. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-14.539; 20. Gordon Rodgers, 94, Dusin-15.415; 21. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-NT; 22. Ikaika O’Brien, 11O, O’Brien-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grabowski, 2. Mitchell, 3. A.Williams, 4. McCarthy, 5. Calderwood, 6. C.Williams, 7. Dyer, 8. O’Brien. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hix, 2. Schank, 3. Gardner, 4. Bender, 5. Tafoya, 6. T.Williams, 7. Rodgers. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Sweeney, 3. Edwards, 4. Malcolm, 5. Hodges, 6. Worth, 7. Gansen. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Cody Williams (7), 2. Matt Mitchell (13), 3. Kyle Edwards (2), 4. Logan Williams (15), 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (11), 6. Chris Gansen (21), 7. Verne Sweeney (18), 8. Austin Grabowski (16), 9. Austin Williams (1), 10. A.J. Bender (3), 11. Logan Calderwood (9), 12. Tommy Malcolm (5), 13. Trent Williams (10), 14. Jeff Dyer (19), 15. Gordon Rodgers (20), 16. Matt McCarthy (4), 17. Jake Hodges (8), 18. Nate Schank (14), 19. Damion Gardner (6), 20. Ikaika O’Brien (22), 21. Ben Worth (12), 22. Steve Hix (17). NT.
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*Worth flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 A.Williams, Laps 7-11 Edwards, Laps 12-16 Malcolm, Laps 17-30 C.Williams.
HARD CHARGER: Chris Gansen (21st to 6th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Trent Williams

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-673, 2-Austin Williams-545, 3-Matt Mitchell-544, 4-Charles Davis Jr.-336, 5-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-474, 6-Logan Williams-465, 7-Cody Williams-410, 8-Tommy Malcolm-394, 9-Chris Gansen-345, 10-Matt McCarthy-335.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 28 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Salute to Indy”


 

FRIDAY’S U.S. 36 USAC SPRINT RACE RAINED OUT
Osborn, Missouri (May 13, 2022)………The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association event at Osborn, Missouri’s U.S. 36 Raceway, scheduled for Friday, May 13, has been canceled due to saturated grounds following overnight rain.

The event will not be rescheduled.

“We were really looking forward to having USAC National Sprint Car racing at U.S. 36 Raceway but, unfortunately, our unlucky season with the weather has continued,” stated track promoter Jon Boller. “We look forward to bringing USAC back in 2023.”

USAC’s AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season resumes this Saturday night, May 14, at Odessa, Missouri’s I-70 Motorsports Park for the first time in over a quarter-century.

Saturday’s event features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship along with Show Me Vintage Racing.

Gates open at 5pm Central on Saturday with the drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm followed immediately by qualifying and racing.

Advance tickets for the show at I-70 Motorsports Park are now on sale at: https://tickets.thefoat.com/I70MotorsportsPark/USAC+Sprints+%26+Show+Me+Vintage/tickets/event-239597/. Adult general admission tickets are $25.


 


WORTH THE WAIT:
IT’S A BACK-TO-BACK BACON BEAT DOWN
AT LAKESIDE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kansas City, Kansas (May 12, 2022)………With the havoc that Mother Nature had been playing on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship of late, it nearly seemed as if it had been five years since the series last completed a feature event.

While, in reality, just a tick less than a month ago had passed by since the last feature was completed, and it just so happened to be five years since the series had last competed at Kansas City, Kansas’ Lakeside Speedway.

Either way – one month or five years – the song remained the same with Brady Bacon backing up his victory with yet another. The Broken Arrow, Okla. driver entered Thursday night’s event as the most recent victor at the 4/10-mile dirt oval in 2017 and had also captured the most recent round contested at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway in mid-April.

The four-time series champion spent little time doddling on this evening’s co-sanctioned race with the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association as he sprinted to the front from his fifth starting position by lap four and produced a K.C. Masterpiece of a drive with a drubbing of the 22-car field throughout the 30-lap main event, piloting his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Gressman Sanitation – DriveWFX.com – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy to a 4.595 second margin of victory.

His 42nd career series score was yet another in his succession of successes, as he rose to a tie for sixth on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list alongside Pancho Carter while surpassing Bryan Clauson in that department.

Bacon knows victory all too well at Lakeside, winning a TNT Sprint Bandits feature as far back as 2009 in KCK before winning once more in 2017 and again on Thursday night, which reminded him of the old times when he was a budding teenager just beginning to make his mark on the sport. As a now established veteran and champ, the good times are the same as it ever was.

“The track was more like it was 13 years ago when we used to run here and had a lot of success,” Bacon compared. “The banking has changed a little bit and it was spotty in the past like it was tonight. I knew if I could get my car to roll around the bottom, it’d be pretty hard for the top to be as fast. It kind of shelves off on exit.

(Turns) three and four had me scared,” Bacon continued. “I didn’t know how slow I was getting in lapped traffic. They had all my lanes taken up and I didn’t feel good enough on the bottom. I was hoping I could keep enough speed up to keep everybody at bay. I felt really, really good in one and two on the bottom and, luckily, I found it on the first lap and just stuck to it from then on.”

Pole sitter and series point leader Emerson Axsom took the top to surge to the lead on the opening circuit, but inside second row starter C.J. Leary skimmed the bottom to ride to the lead between turns one and two on lap two. Bacon briefly swung to the outside of Leary on the opposite end in three and four, trailing at the stripe by a single car length at the conclusion of lap two before ducking back to the bottom entering the first turn.

Bacon was committed to the bottom now and clung to it down the back straightaway and into the third turn on lap three. The trio entered the corner three abreast with Bacon down low, Leary to the middle and Axsom up on the high line and carrying the momentum to beat Bacon to the line by a half car length.

Axsom’s resurgence to the lead was brief as Bacon launched off turn two on the fourth go-around to rip past Axsom and, for all intents and purposes, put a lock on the remainder of the feature as he continuously grew his lead throughout the balance of the A, sticking to his guns all the way home.

“The bottom was my bread and butter, and I didn’t think it was going to last the whole race, so I wanted to make hay while the sun was shining, I guess, and make sure that I passed any cars on the bottom that I needed to while it was still there, but fortunately, in one and two, it stayed there the whole race.”

The race behind Bacon was not as much of a foregone conclusion down the stretch. Sixth-starting Robert Ballou, who picked up his first fast qualifying time since 2018 earlier in the night, and previously the lone multi-time USAC National Sprint Car winner at Lakeside entering the evening, climbed his way to second utilizing a turn three slide job on Axsom to gain the position with 12 laps remaining.

Bacon dealt with three lanes of traffic during the final laps, but it was of no hindrance to him in any form or fashion as he punctuated his dominance with a victorious performance over Ballou and Logan Seavey who overtook Axsom with four laps remaining to secure the last spot on the podium. Axsom and Leary, meanwhile, rounded out the top-five.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) earned his second consecutive runner-up finish on the USAC National Sprint Car trail Thursday night in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Dragonfly Aviation – Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy. It was the 2015 series champion’s third career top-two finish with USAC at the track after winning in both 2015 and 2016.

“We were the second place car tonight,” Ballou acknowledged. “Brady (Bacon) and (crew chief) Matt Hummel and those guys were the class of the field. It took me a little while to get to second, and then we got the racecar a little too tight, and we were just kind of riding. I knew we were good enough to be second after hot laps no matter what, and it turned out to be the Brady/Ballou show as always. We weren’t very good tonight, and that’s why he was a half-track ahead of us.”

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has finished all five of his USAC National Sprint Car starts this season inside the top-ten. Starting with a 9th, 9th, 7th and 6th, the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion picked up a 3rd place result on Thursday night in his first career series visit to Lakeside aboard his Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Chevy. All that success came despite an inauspicious start to his run.

“I just got a really bad start,” Seavey explained. “I was pinned on the top and I knew early that the race would be on the bottom. Then, we kind of moved up, but I was just pinned up there and fell to fifth. I biked on my warmup lap and was super timid after that. I gave up a few spots and, once I got confident there at the end, I ran down C.J. and was able to get him in traffic. It was kind of the same with Emerson. My car was really good, but I just spooked myself on the warmup and it took me too long to get feeling comfortable again in my car. We were so fast all night; I’ve just got to do my job a little bit better earlier in the race and not let too many guys get by me. Overall, I’m really happy. We had good speed and I thought we were pacing with Robert right at the end. I’m excited to head into the next couple of nights.”

Thursday’s Lakeside event was the inaugural race of the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster mini-series for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, which will pay $5,000 to the overall points champion for the 10-race series within a series.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 12, 2022 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, Kansas – 4/10-Mile Dirt Track – Co-Sanctioned by the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association – Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Race #1

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.783; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.895; 3. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-17.030; 4. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-17.052; 5. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-17.123; 6. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.190; 7. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-17.204; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-17.246; 9. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-17.268; 10. Mario Clouser, 6, EZR-17.334; 11. Wesley Smith, 44, Smith-17.407; 12. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-17.451; 13. Cody Baker, 9, Tribble/Hall-17.469; 14. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-17.500; 15. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-17.566; 16. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-17.715; 17. Wyatt Burks, 11w, Burks-17.765; 18. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-17.811; 19. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-18.012; 20. Xavier Doney, 74, Doney/Lawson-18.150; 21. Braydon Cromwell, 90, Smith-18.254; 22. Chad Frewaldt, 2x, Lewis-18.262; 23. Dakota Earls, 15E, Earls-18.365; 24. Rece Wommack, 33, Wommack-18.554; 25. Zach Clark, 26, C & C-18.670; 26. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-18.676; 27. Jason Billups, 2J, Billups-18.940; 28. Justin Johnson, 27, Johnson-19.386; 29. Tyler Burton, 03, Burton-19.616; 30. Buddy Parker, 93, Weld/Parkinson-20.152; 31. Chad Tye, 88, Tye-20.185.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Wyatt Burks, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Cody Baker, 6. Braydon Cromwell, 7. Zach Clark, 8. Tyler Burton. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Mario Clouser, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Alex Banales, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Chad Frewaldt, 7. Chase Howard, 8. Buddy Parker. 2:24.40

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Wesley Smith, 5. Chris Parkinson, 6. Dakota Earls, 7. Jason Billups, 8. Chad Tye. 2:25.79

ROD END SUPPLY FOURT HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Xavier Doney, 5. Rece Wommack, 6. Justin Johnson, 7. Zach Daum. 2:24.90

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Cody Baker, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Chris Parkinson, 5. Rece Wommack, 6. Zach Clark, 7. Chase Howard, 8. Justin Johnson, 9. Braydon Cromwell, 10. Jason Billups, 11. Chad Tye, 12. Tyler Burton, 13. Dakota Earls, 14. Chad Frewaldt, 15. Buddy Parker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (5), 2. Robert Ballou (6), 3. Logan Seavey (2), 4. Emerson Axsom (1), 5. C.J. Leary (3), 6. Matt Westfall (11), 7. Jason McDougal (8), 8. Chase Stockon (9), 9. Jadon Rogers (13), 10. Justin Grant (12), 11. Xavier Doney (18), 12. Jake Swanson (4), 13. Mario Clouser (7), 14. Wesley Smith (14), 15. Wyatt Burks (10), 16. Zach Daum (16), 17. Brandon Mattox (15), 18. Chris Parkinson (22), 19. Zach Clark (20), 20. Rece Wommack (19), 21. Alex Banales (21), 22. Cody Baker (17). 9:56.04 (New Track Record)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Emerson Axsom, Lap 2 C.J. Leary, Lap 3 Emerson Axsom, Laps 4-30 Brady Bacon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-349, 2-Justin Grant-327, 3-Chase Stockon-318, 4-Brady Bacon-312, 5-Logan Seavey-295, 6-Robert Ballou-284, 7-Jason McDougal-276, 8-C.J. Leary-256, 9-Kyle Cummins-238, 10-Matt Westfall-226.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-26, 2-Tanner Thorson-23, 3-Brady Bacon-22, 4-Thomas Meseraull-20, 5-Jadon Rogers-18, 6-Robert Ballou-16, 7-Justin Grant-15, 8-Logan Seavey-15, 9-Matt Westfall-15, 10-Ethan Mitchell-14.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-82, 2-Robert Ballou-80, 3-Logan Seavey-71, 4-Emerson Axsom-68, 5-C.J. Leary-68, 6-Jason McDougal-60, 7-Matt Westfall-58, 8-Chase Stockon-57, 9-Jadon Rogers-52, 10-Justin Grant-49.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 13, 2022 – U.S. 36 Raceway – Osborn, Missouri – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – Co-Sanctioned by the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Zach Clark

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Robert Ballou

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Wyatt Burks

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Mario Clouser

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Feature Winner:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Robert Ballou

Feature Hard Charger: Xavier Doney (18th to 11th)

 

USAC BENEVOLENT FOUNDATION CHARITY GOLF
TOURNAMENT ON MAY 25 IN INDY

Indianapolis, Indiana (May 12, 2022)………Tee up for the Bill Marvel Women's Charity Golf Outing, honoring the generosity of Mary Fendrich Hulman to benefit the USAC Benevolent Foundation and sponsored by the Tony Stewart Foundation.

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 25, at the Eagle Creek Golf Course in Indianapolis, Ind.

Registration and breakfast is set for 7:30am Eastern with a shotgun start at 8:30am, and will be followed by a luncheon.

The price is $75 per player for the event, which will also feature a silent auction, door prizes, a chance to win a new car, a nine-hole scramble, a putting contest and fun in the sun. All skill levels are welcome.

For more information on the event, call or text (317) 796-3289.

Thanks to sponsors, golfers and partners, this event has raised more than $400,000 over the years. The USAC Benevolent Foundation has awarded grants to more than 100 families totaling more than $1,250,000.

You can help make this year’s golf tournament another success by partnering in any of the following ways: playing in the tournament, sponsoring a hole or team, giving a financial donation, providing door prizes or by donating auction items.

In 1959, The USAC Benevolent Foundation was founded. Its purpose is to meet both short and long-term needs of auto racing families. Examples include assisting those with disabilities who find themselves with overwhelming financial debt, providing equipment and resources to ease daily struggles, and, sadly, helping with funeral expenses.

The USAC Benevolent Foundation’s mission statement is to provide financial assistance to injured or needy auto racing participants and their families with ties to the United States Auto Club or INDYCAR.

 

HIGHWAY SONG:
I-70 COMPLETES USAC SPRINT TRIFECTA
WEEKEND ON SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Odessa, Missouri (May 11, 2022)………It’s been more than a quarter century since USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing has hit the high banks of Odessa, Missouri’s I-70 Motorsports Park.

But this Saturday night, May 14, the two fixtures pair up for the first time since 1996, and this occasion once again provides a new challenge for the competition in the $6,000-to-win and $600-to-start main event.

The racing night is co-sanctioned by the Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association that’ll compete in conjunction with the national series. The USAC national portion will pay full points toward the championship while the MWRA event is considered a non-points special event.

None of this weekend’s expected field of entrants have competed under the USAC banner at I-70, which had been shuttered and overrun by mother nature from its 2008 closure until its grand reopening in 2021.

Despite only hosting USAC National Sprint Car events on six occasions over the past half-century, this is, in fact, the third different iteration of I-70 Motorsports Park the series will compete on. In 1970, 1978, 1990, 1995 and 1996, the track was in a half-mile pavement configuration. In 1982, the half-mile surface was covered by dirt.

All six of those events had victories claimed by National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductees, evidence that it takes extra special attributes to conquer this place: Gary Bettenhausen (1970), Sheldon Kinser (1978), Jeff Swindell (1982), Steve Butler (1990), Tony Stewart (1995) and Eric Gordon (1996).

This weekend will feature a new first-time USAC National Sprint Car winner at I-70, which now measures as a 3/8-mile dirt oval, but retains its high banks, high stakes and high precision.

Among the leading contenders to accomplish the feat are USAC National Sprint Car championship regulars who’ve already tamed victory lane early in this 2022 season. Among them are top Rookie, two-time winner and championship point leader Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.).

Second in the standings is Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) who captured the most recent series event in the state of Missouri during 2020 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely and is a one-time winner this season in USAC National Sprint Car competition.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), third in points, looks to slide back into victory lane for the first time since 2020 this weekend. Four-time series champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) enters as the most recent series winner at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway in mid-April and sits fifth in points.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has won with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in Missouri during his championship season of 2018 at Sweet Spring Motorsports Complex and resides sixth in the current sprint car standings.

Seventh in points, Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), likewise, has USAC winning experience in Missouri, taking the National Sprint Car stop at I-55 in 2018.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), eighth in the series standings, scored a Missouri USAC National Sprint Car feature win at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley a decade ago in 2012.

Ballou, the 2015 champ, will be one of three USAC National Sprint Car titlists in Saturday’s lineup along with Bacon (2014-16-20-21) and C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 series king, who was sixth in his last Missouri run in 2020 at Pevely and holds the 10th position in the current standings coming in.

Winning experience at I-70 comes from the USAC MWRA contingent. Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kan.), the 2020 MWRA champ, scored a victory with the POWRi WAR Sprint Car series at the track in 2021 and finished 6th the night before. The opener of the 2021 race weekend was notched by Wesley Smith (Billings, Mo.) who traded places with Burks by running 6th on night two.

They’ll both be in the field as they vie for their respective first career USAC National Sprint Car wins. The I-70 experienced also includes Zach Clark (Olathe, Kan.), 11th and 15th in 2021; plus J.D. Black (Grain Valley, Mo.), 14th and 16th with WAR in 2021.

The majority of the field is rowing in the same boat with Saturday marking their initial I-70 experiences. That includes USAC National Sprint Car feature winners such as 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion and 2021 USAC National Most Improved Driver Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) as well as Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), all single-time series winners thus far.

Series regulars and first-time USAC National Sprint Car winning hopefuls in Saturday’s field will sport the likes of 2020 Rookie of the Year Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) along with current USAC West Coast Sprint Car point leader Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, Calif.) and series Rookie Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.).

The USAC MWRA series provides a healthy contingent of Kansas and Missouri natives looking to hold down the fort in their backyard. That’s a group that sees 2014 WAR Sprint Car champion Chris Parkinson (Gladstone, Mo.), Chad Tye (Independence, Mo.), Dakota Earls (Independence, Mo.) and one-time MWRA feature winner Xavier Doney (Odessa, Mo.).

Veteran sprint car and midget racer Chad Frewaldt Kansas City, Kan. is in that sector as well and will race a car owned by fellow MWRA competitor Kyle Lewis for this weekend’s USAC swing. Five-time USAC National Sprint Car feature starter Mitchell Davis (Auburn, Ill.) will be in the hunt as well. They’re joined by competitors on the brink of their first career USAC National Sprint Car appearance and their first career series start, a list that includes Mark Lane (Grain Valley, Mo.), Justin Johnson (Platte City, Mo.), Chase Howard (Olive Branch, Miss.) and A.J. Gilbert (Tonganoxie, Kan.).

Saturday’s event features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship along with Show Me Vintage Racing.

Gates open at 5pm Central with the drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm followed immediately by qualifying and racing.

Advance tickets are now on sale at: https://tickets.thefoat.com/I70MotorsportsPark/USAC+Sprints+%26+Show+Me+Vintage/tickets/event-239597/. Adult general admission tickets are $25.

Saturday’s event at I-70 Motorsports Park can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3KZSqAP.

It’s all part of a mega three-race weekend for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in Kansas and Missouri. Thursday starts the weekend on May 12 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. for the first time in five years; followed by the return of the series to Osborn, Missouri’s U.S. 36 Raceway after a decade absence on Friday night, May 13; and the first run at Odessa, Missouri’s I-70 Motorsports Park’s dirt track in 40 years on Saturday night, May 14.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-281, 2-Justin Grant-278, 3-Chase Stockon-261, 4-Kyle Cummins-238, 5-Brady Bacon-230, 6-Logan Seavey-224, 7-Jason McDougal-216, 8-Robert Ballou-204, 9-Buddy Kofoid-200, 10-C.J. Leary-188.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT I-70 MOTORSPORTS PARK:

None established yet on the 3/8-mile dirt oval – first race on this configuration.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT I-70 MOTORSPORTS PARK:

1-Gary Bettenhausen, Steve Butler, Eric Gordon, Sheldon Kinser, Tony Stewart & Jeff Swindell

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT I-70 MOTORSPORTS PARK:

1970: Gary Bettenhausen (6/5)

1978: Sheldon Kinser (7/9)

1982: Jeff Swindell (6/6)

1990: Steve Butler (9/16)

1995: Tony Stewart (9/16)

1996: Eric Gordon (4/13)

PAST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE RESULTS AT I-70 MOTORSPORTS PARK:

1970 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Gary Bettenhausen, 2. Todd Gibson, 3. Rollie Beale, 4. Larry Dickson, 5. Jerry Poland, 6. Don Nordhorn, 7. Al Smith, 8. Dick Sutcliffe, 9. Sammy Sessions, 10. Johnny Parsons, 11. Cy Fairchild, 12. Jon Backlund, 13. Karl Busson, 14. Gordy Lee, 15. Greg Weld. NT

1978 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Sheldon Kinser, 2. Billy Cassella, 3. Ron Shuman, 4. Bob Frey, 5. Roy Hicks, 6. Tom Bigelow, 7. Chuck Gurney, 8. Larry Rice, 9. Greg Leffler, 10. Mark Alderson, 11. Rich Leavell, 12. Gary Gray, 13. Dave Peperak, 14. Roger Rager, 15. Billy Engelhart, 16. Bubby Jones, 17. Dana Carter, 18. Gary Bettenhausen, 19. Rich Vogler, 20. Bob East. NT

1982 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Danny Milburn, 3. Duke Cook, 4. Steve Long, 5. Bill Robison, 6. Jim Moughan, 7. Mike Thomas, 8. Buddy Wallen, 9. Dave Peperak, 10. Gay Rolofson, 11. Manny Rockhold, 12. Johnny Coogan, 13. Sheldon Kinser, 14. Rich Vogler, 15. Jerry Walkingstick, 16. T.J. Giddings, 17. Joe Saldana, 18. Jack Hewitt. NT

1990 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Steve Butler, 2. Eric Gordon, 3. Bob Cicconi, 4. Rick Howerton, 5. Jim Keeker, 6. Greg Staab, 7. Jeff Bloom, 8. Jim Mahoney, 9. Mike Zimmerman, 10. Charlie Workman, 11. Greg Wheeler, 12. Mike Vandermaas, 13. Tim Champlin, 14. Johnny Parsons, 15. Mark Alderson, 16. Don Schilling, 17. Donnie Adams. NT

1995 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tony Stewart, 2. Chet Fillip, 3. Kenny Irwin, Jr., 4. Robby Flock, 5. Andy Michner, 6. Doug Kalitta, 7. Eric Gordon, 8. Jason McCord, 9. Brian Tyler, 10. Tray House, 11. Steve Barth, 12. Greg Staab, 13. Tim Cox, 14. Dave Throckmorton, 15. Mike Blake, 16. Jesse Plummer, 17. Mark Cassella, 18. Brett Pool, 19. Ed Kenens, 20. Rick Baker. 8:07.56

1996 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Eric Gordon, 2. Brian Tyler, 3. Dave Steele, 4. Doug Kalitta, 5. Tim Cox, 6. Gary Fedewa, 7. Tray House, 8. Mark Cassella, 9. Brian Hayden, 10. Gus Wasson, 11. Greg Staab, 12. Tony Elliott, 13. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 14. Doug Saunier, 15. Andy Michner, 16. Chet Fillip, 17. Brad Armstrong, 18. Jason McCord, 19. Jerry Hepworth, 20. Dave Throckmorton. NT

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 10, 2022... The cars and stars of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will headline the action at Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, May 14th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the ninth point race will also feature the California Lightning Sprints, Hobby Stocks, and NMRA TQ Midgets. Located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California, the Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval" is scheduled for 6:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- Protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since October 23, 2004, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted five AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman won that night and is tied with “The Demon” Damion Gardner with two victories at the speedway. On May 8, 2021, Chase Johnson raced to victory form sixteenth using an iron block 360 cubic inch engine. Gardner currently holds the 1-lap track record of 12.356 that was set on March 12, 2005. The Bakersfield USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to Bakersfield, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 140-point advantage over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner finished third at Perris Auto Speedway’s “Sokola Shootout” on April 30th. To date, the point leader and nine-time champion has posted five feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 126 feature laps led to his credit. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has ninety-four series wins and will be looking to add another Bakersfield win to his resume.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker DRC, Davis nearly took the Perris “Sokola Shootout” victory away from Matt Mitchell but had to settle for second. At press time, the 1993 CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, six top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the season. The seven-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has four USAC/CRA triumphs and might skip Bakersfield as he gets ready to race in the Midwest.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) sits third in the championship standings. Racing the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC, Williams scored a fourth place finish at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. “The Big Game Hunter” has eleven series wins and will be looking to add a Bakersfield winning trophy to his collection.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Mitchell led all 30-laps to win the “Sokola Shootout” on April 30th. At press time, the former USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, and six top-10 finishes on the season. Matt has eight career USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights the Saturday night win.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, California) is currently fifth in the championship standings. Racing the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / DRC Chassis entry, Tafoya ran eighth in the April 30th main event. To date, the 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year has one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award and five top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Eddie will be looking for his first career USAC/CRA win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks tenth in the point chase. The pilot of the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine Maxim will have his sights on his first win "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval."

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Matt McCarthy, Chris Gansen, Verne Sweeney, “T-Dub” Trent Williams, Austin Grabowski, A.J. Bender, Jeff Dyer, Jake Hodges, Kyle Edwards, Steve Hix, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $20, Senior Tickets (65 and older) are $18, Military Tickets are $18, Kids Tickets (6 to 12) are $10, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Floracing.com, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Vahlco Wheels, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell.

BAKERSFIELD AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Damion Gardner – 12.356 (03/12/05)

BAKERSFIELD AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Cory Kruseman, 1-Chase Johnson.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-637, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-497, 3. Austin Williams-493, 4. Matt Mitchell-470, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-412, 6. Logan Williams-396, 7. Tommy Malcolm-346, 8. Cody Williams-331, 9. Matt McCarthy-296, 10. Nate Schank ®-290, 11. Chase Johnson-289, 12. Chris Gansen-288, 13. Verne Sweeney-268, 14. Brody Roa-258, 15. Trent Williams-257, 16. Ricky Lewis ®-235, 17. Mike Martin-213, 18. Austin Grabowski-211, 19. Shane Sexton-208, 20. A.J. Bender-152, 21. Austin Liggett-135, 22. Jeff Dyer-114, --. Dustin Cormany-114, 24. Travis Buckley-109, 25. Ryan Bernal-106, 26. Danny Parrish-102, 27. Logan Calderwood-99, 28. Tanner Boul-92, 29. Danny Sheridan-90, 30. Jake Hodges-89, 31. Jonas Reynolds-88, 32. Jess Beckett-87, 33. Dustin Burkhart-74, 34. Kyle Edwards-71, 35. Brody Fuson-66, 36. Dan Taylor-65, 37. Chris Bonneau-61, --. Shon Deskins-61, 39. Randy Nelson-57, 40. Dawson Faria-53, 41. J.J. Yeley-47, 42. Steve Hix-44, --. Gary Marshall Jr.-44, 44. Richard McCormick-42, 45. Austin Ervine-37, 46. Stevie Sussex-35, --. Christopher Muraoka-35, 48. Andrew Sweeney-34, 49. Trent Carter-30, 50. Ikaika O'Brien-29, 51. Joel Rayborne-28, 52. Ryan Timmons-24, 53. Sterling Cling-13, 54. Tuesday Calderwood-10, --. Jim Vanzant-10, --. Camie Bell-10.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
March 4: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Rained Out)
March 5: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Rained Out)
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Matt Mitchell)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial)
July 2: TBA
July 8: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
July 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
August 6: TBA
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 4: TBA
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 1: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 28: *Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Western World Championships)
October 29: * Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

MICHAEL FACCINTO MAKES MOST OF PLACERVILLE RETURN

By Lance Jennings

PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA – MAY 10, 2022… Starting sixth, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) swept last Saturday’s “Mother’s Day Madness” at Placerville Speedway. The 2018 Champion set fast time, won his heat race, and topped the USAC Western States / BCRA Midget 30-lap main event. By winning the third round of the Elk Grove Ford Mini Series, Faccinto has taken over the USAC Western States point lead and the Elk Grove Ford point chase. Teammate Dylan Bloomfield, Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, and Brody Fuson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Polesitter Austin Liggett got the jump on the field to take the early lead. The former USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion found the bottom groove to his liking but soon had to deal with Jake Andreotti. Andreotti, who won the last Placerville visit on March 26th, was carrying more momentum from the outside line. Jake’s patience paid off and the young driver grabbed the top spot from Liggett on the twelfth lap. Once out front, Andreotti set a torrid pace, but faced heartbreak two laps later as mechanical issues ended his night. Liggett regained the lead but was challenged by Faccinto. Michael slipped past Austin for the lead on the twenty-third circuit. Liggett looked to make a counter move that was dashed by the Placerville cushion. Faccinto looked to sail away from the competition but his teammate Dylan Bloomfield began to apply pressure. Bloomfield’s challenge fell short as Faccinto took the checkered flags at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Driving the Graunstadt Enterprises’ #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year by posting a time of 11.870 seconds over the 23-car roster. Next, Michael won the night’s 10-lap Jordan Hanni Well Drilling Heat Race #1 and scored the tenth win of his career, putting him in a tie with Johnny Cofer, Jerry Coons Jr., “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, and “The Flying Shoe” Ron Shuman.

Jake Morgan (Fair Oaks, California) made his first start of the campaign and won the 10-lap Ammonia Refrigeration Service Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #45 Pacific Valley Fire Protection Inc. / Sala Racing entry, Morgan qualified eighth overall and placed seventh in the feature. The local driver left Placerville Speedway ranked twenty-second in series points and twenty-second in the Elk Grove Ford mini-series.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) topped the 10-lap Wireless 101 Heat Race #3. Piloting Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, Fuson was ninth quick in time trials and charged to fifth in the feature after starting eighth. The young driver is currently fifth in series points and eleventh in the Elk Grove Ford standings.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand) earned the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award with a tenth place run from twenty-second. Driving the family owned #7NZ Buckley Systems / Kruseman Motorsports Spike, Buckley did not qualify which put him in twenty-third and finished seventh in his heat race. The rookie contender left Placerville ranked fourth in USAC Western points and eighth in the Elk Grove Ford mini-series.

Long time BCRA veteran Dave Stoltz (Auburn, California) returned to USAC Western States action and earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.” Racing his #77 Pacific Flyer machine, Stoltz qualified twentieth overall and scored eighth in his heat race. Dave left the El Dorado County Fairgrounds ranked thirty-seventh in points and twenty-ninth in the Elk Grove Ford standings.

The USAC Western States Midgets will return to action on Saturday, May 21st, at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, California. The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will also share center stage at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service, AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Elk Grove Ford, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 7, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – “Mother’s Day Madness / Elk Grove Ford Mini Series Round #3” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-11.870; 2. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-11.979; 3. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.173; 4. Dylan Bloomfield, 14JR, Streeter-12.174; 5. Colton Raudman, 2C, Schutte-12.276; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.278; 7. Cade Lewis, 73, Ford-12.312; 8. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-12.313; 9. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.324; 10. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-12.405; 11. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.434; 12. Michael Snider, 6K, Snider-12.524; 13. Chase Johnson, 73X, Ford-12.549; 14. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.588; 15. Danika Jo Parker, 13, Parker-12.604; 16. Zach Telford, 22G, GR-12.614; 17. Ben Wiesz, 21, Wiesz-12.841; 18. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.874; 19. Anthony Esberg, 1K, Esberg-13.596; 20. Dave Stoltz, 77, Stoltz-13.854; 21. Thomas Esberg, 8X, Esberg-16.082; 22. Beau Lemire, 14, Lemire-NT; 23. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-NT.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Lewis, 3. Bloomfield, 4. A.Esberg, 5. Lemire, 6. Telford, 7. Johnson, 8. Bender. NT

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Morgan, 2. Worth, 3. Bower, 4. Raudman, 5. Sarale, 6. Wiesz, 7. Buckley, 8. Stoltz. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Liggett, 3. Andreotti, 4. Snider, 5. Pankratz, 6. Parker, 7. T.Esberg. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (6), 2. Dylan Bloomfield (3), 3. Chase Johnson (12), 4. Austin Liggett (1), 5. Brody Fuson (8), 6. Blake Bower (10), 7. Jake Morgan (7), 8. Ben Wiesz (16), 9. Cade Lewis (9), 10. Travis Buckley (22), 11. Randi Pankratz (17), 12. Colton Raudman (2), 13. Dave Stoltz (19), 14. Beau Lemire (21), 15. Jake Andreotti (4), 16. Michael Snider (11), 17. Danika Jo Parker (14), 18. Ben Worth (5), 19. Caden Sarale (13), 20. Anthony Esberg (18), 21. Zach Telford (15), 22. A.J. Bender (23). NT. ---------------------------- **Snider flipped during hotlaps. Sarale flipped on lap 2 of the feature. T.Esberg did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Liggett, Laps 12-13 Andreotti, Laps 14-22 Liggett, Laps 23-30 Faccinto.

ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Travis Buckley (22nd to 10th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Dave Stoltz

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-311, 2-A.J. Bender-299, 3-Ben Worth-282, 4-Travis Buckley-266, 5-Brody Fuson-256, 6-Jake Andreotti-254, 7-Blake Bower-249, 8-Michael Snider-211, 9-Austin Liggett-179, 10-Thomas Esberg-172.

NEW ELK GROVE FORD MINI SERIES POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-241, 2-Austin Liggett-179, 3-Jake Andreotti-169, 4-A.J. Bender-161, 5-Shane Golobic-159, --Ben Worth-159, 7-Blake Bower-152, 8-Travis Buckley-149, 9-Dylan Bloomfield-133, 10-Caden Sarale-123.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Ben Worth-20, 2-Michael Faccinto-19, 3-Shane Golobic-12, --Jake Andreotti-12, 5-Chase Johnson-6, --Mitchel Moles-6, 7-Austin Liggett-5, Shannon McQueen-4, --Travis Buckley-4, --Blake Bower-4.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-20, 2-Travis Buckley-17, 3-Thomas Esberg-13, 4-Ben Wiesz-12, 5-Danika Joe Parker-11, --Brody Fuson-11, --Randi Panktratz-11, 8-Blake Bower-10, 9-Michael Faccinto-9, --Chase Johnson-9.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: May 21 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

 

 

GONE RACIN’: USAC SPRINTS TAKE THE SHOW TO LAKESIDE ON THURSDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kansas City, Kansas (May 10, 2022)………For non-racing folk, when the weather gets nice, plans are made to head to the lake. For racing drivers, teams and fans alike, this weekend, the plans call for a trip to Lakeside.

For the first time in five years, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship is tuned up to compete at the 4/10-mile dirt oval of Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. this Thursday night, May 12, for $6,000-to-win and $600-to-start.

The event is co-sanctioned by the Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association that’ll compete in conjunction with the national series. The USAC National portion will pay full points toward the championship while the MWRA event is considered a non-points special event.

The weekend presents the first visit for the series to Lakeside since 2017. Two different Lakeside Speedways in KCK have contested a total of 18 USAC national events dating back to 1963. In that span, only one driver has scored multiple victories at the joint. That’s Robert Ballou.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) notched successive Lakeside victories during his 2015 championship season and again in 2016. Ballou also holds Lakeside’s 8-lap USAC Sprint track record of 2:17.20, set in 2017.

Four-time USAC National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is the reigning USAC Sprint winner at Lakeside, which came in 2017 when he led all 30 laps. In fact, in Bacon’s four series starts at Lakeside, in addition to his win, he’s finished 3rd in 2015, and was 2nd on both nights in 2016, the latter of which he led a race-high 19 laps before seeing the win slip away with two laps remaining.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) owns the one-lap USAC Sprint Car track record of 16.438 at Lakeside, set in 2017. In fact, he was also the fastest qualifier on night one at Lakeside in 2016. He’s yet to finish outside the top-six in his four attempts at Lakeside with a best of 2nd in 2015, plus 4th place results on night two in 2016 and in 2017, with the 6th place finish coming on night one of 2016.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) won his heat race and finished 2nd in his only previous Lakeside USAC Sprint start in 2017. On May 1, Grant became the second quickest driver in USAC history to win a Silver Crown race, National Sprint Car race and NOS Energy Drink National Midget race in a season.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champ, has been a consistent top-ten finisher in his four previous runs at Lakeside, bested with a 6th in 2017 to go along with a 7th in 2015, and an 8th & 9th across two nights in 2016.

Series point leader, and the lone multi-time series winner in 2022, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), is making his Lakeside debut as are top-ten pointsmen, Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey (6th) and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal (7th).

Series feature winners making their Lakeside debuts include 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion and 2021 USAC National Most Improved Driver, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), plus Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio).

Also making Lakeside debuts are a handful looking to make their first appearance into USAC National Sprint Car victory lane – 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) and 2020 Rookie of the Year, Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.).

It’s a similar scenario for three-time USAC National Midget feature winner Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) who’ll make his USAC national debut at Lakeside following a 3rd place result there with MWRA in August of 2020. Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, Calif.), Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.) and 2021 POWRi WAR Sprint Car champ Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) will also be on board for their initial Lakeside USAC national runs.

USAC national regulars will be joined by a number of representatives from the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association series.

The 2020 MWRA titlist, Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kan.), is the winningest driver in series history with eight scores. He’s made one previous USAC national start at Lakeside, finishing 16th in 2016. In 2020 with MWRA at Lakeside, Burks never finished outside the top-two in three starts, winning in August and finishing as the runner-up in both June and October.

Five-time MWRA winner Wesley Smith (Billings, Mo.) finished 4th with MWRA at Lakeside in both August and October of 2020. Chris Parkinson (Gladstone, Mo), the 2014 WAR Sprint Car champion, has made three previous USAC National starts at Lakeside with a pair of 15th place results in 2016 serving as his best. The third generation of the legendary Parkinson family, grandson of Ralph and son of Junior, Chris finished 4th with MWRA at Lakeside in June of 2020.

Joining the group are a number of drivers shooting for their first career USAC National Sprint Car feature start of any kind. Among them are one-time MWRA feature winner Xavier Doney (Odessa, Mo.) who was 3rd with MWRA at Lakeside in August of 2021.

Mix in MWRA regulars and Lakeside experienced wheelmen such as Zach Clark (Olathe, Kan.) who took a 10th and 9th with MWRA back in 2020; Dakota Earls (Independence, Mo.), a 13th place finisher in 2021; Chad Tye (Independence, Mo.), 13th in 2020; and Justin Johnson (Platte City, Mo.), 17th in 2021, along with first-timers Chase Howard (Olive Branch, Miss.) and A.J. Gilbert (Tonganoxie, Kan.).

USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods are on Thursday night’s event card.

Tickets will be available at the gate on race day. General admission tickets are $25 and, for seniors/military, they’re $20. Tickets for children aged 12-15 are $10 while kids aged 11 and under are admitted for free. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Pit gates open at 3pm CDT with the grandstands/ticket office opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing.

The Spring Showdown can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

Thursday’s USAC National Sprint Car event kicks off a mega three-race weekend for the series in Kansas and Missouri, followed by the first appearance of the series to Osborn, Missouri’s U.S. 36 Raceway in a decade on Friday night, May 13, and the first run at Odessa, Missouri’s I-70 Motorsports Park’s dirt track in 40 years on Saturday night, May 14.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-281, 2-Justin Grant-278, 3-Chase Stockon-261, 4-Kyle Cummins-238, 5-Brady Bacon-230, 6-Logan Seavey-224, 7-Jason McDougal-216, 8-Robert Ballou-204, 9-Buddy Kofoid-200, 10-C.J. Leary-188.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT LAKESIDE:

1 Lap - 7/29/2017 - Chase Stockon - 16.438 - 109.502

8 Laps - 7/29/2017 - Robert Ballou - 2:17.20 - 104.956

10 Laps - 7/6/2001 - Jay Drake - 2:58.19 - 101.016

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY:

2-Robert Ballou

1-Brady Bacon, Don Branson, Tony Elliott, Kenny Irwin Jr., Arnie Knepper, Jud Larson, Jim Mahoney, Thomas Meseraull, Smokey Snellbaker, Robbie Stanley, Dave Steele, Brian Tyler, Greg Weld, Carl Williams, Doug Wolfgang & J.J. Yeley

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY:

1963: Don Branson (9/1)

1965: Jud Larson (7/23)

1966: Arnie Knepper (7/15)

1967: Greg Weld (7/7)

1968: Carl Williams (7/5)

1978: Doug Wolfgang (7/8)

1981: Smokey Snellbaker (6/5)

1991: Jim Mahoney (9/13)

1992: Robbie Stanley (6/5)

1995: Kenny Irwin Jr. (9/15)

1996: Dave Steele (4/12)

1998: Brian Tyler (4/24)

2001: Tony Elliott (7/6) & J.J. Yeley (7/7)

2015: Robert Ballou (4/26)

2016: Robert Ballou (6/25) & Thomas Meseraull (6/26)

2017: Brady Bacon (7/29)

PAST LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT RESULTS AT “NEW” LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY ON DIRT:

2001 NIGHT ONE FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Tony Elliott, 2. Jay Drake, 3. Bill Rose, 4. Robbie Rice, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. J.J. Yeley, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Derek Davidson, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Clay Klepper, 12. Jonathan Vennard, 13. Gregg Dillion, 14. Dustin Smith, 15. Tracy Hines, 16. Craig Dori, 17. Ed Carpenter, 18. Dickie Gaines. NT

2001 NIGHT TWO FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. J.J. Yeley, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Bill Rose, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Derek Davidson, 8. Robbie Rice, 9. Tony Elliott, 10. Ed Carpenter, 11. Jonathan Vennard, 12. Gregg Dillion, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Craig Dori, 15. Jay Drake, 16. Dickie Gaines, 17. Dustin Smith, 18. Clay Klepper. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Casey Shuman, 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Jarett Andretti, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Danny Thoman, 15. Riley Kriesel, 16. Ryan Kitchen, 17. Josh Stephens, 18. Mike Moore, 19. Chris Parkinson, 20. Ricky Stangl, 21. Warren Johnson, 22. Bret Mellenberndt. NT

2016 NIGHT ONE FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Aaron Farney, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Max McGhee, 11. Riley Kreisel, 12. Clinton Boyles, 13. Bret Mellenberndt, 14. Joe Bares, 15. Chris Parkinson, 16. Rob Caho, Jr., 17. Kenny Potter, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Mike Ell, 21. Warren Johnson. NT

2016 NIGHT TWO FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Landon Simon, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Bret Mellenberndt, 13. Rob Caho, Jr., 14. Max McGhee, 15. Chris Parkinson, 16. Wyatt Burks, 17. Terry Richards, 18. Clinton Boyles, 19. Riley Kreisel, 20. Danny Thoman, 21. Kenny Potter, 22. Warren Johnson. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Brandon Stevenson, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Patrick Budde, 14. Rob Caho, Jr., 15. Terry Richards, 16. Robert Bell, 17. Steve Thomas, 18. Riley Kreisel, 19. Mike Sosebee, 20. Ryan Kitchen. NT

 

 

FRIDAY THE 13TH: PART II FOR USAC SPRINTS AT MISSOURI’S U.S. 36 ON FRIDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Osborn, Missouri (May 10, 2022)………Over the decades, a total of twelve Friday the 13th movies have been produced. In USAC racing’s history, 19 such events have taken place on the 13th day of the month on a Friday.

Number 20 arrives this Friday night, May 13, when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship returns to Osborn, Missouri’s U.S. 36 Raceway after a decade away from the speedy 3/8-mile dirt oval for the $6,000-to-win and $600-to-start 30-lap main event.

The race is co-sanctioned by the Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association that’ll compete in conjunction with the national series. The USAC national portion will pay full points toward the championship while the MWRA event is considered a non-points special event toward its season championship.

Robert Ballou and Justin Grant are among the array of drivers who’ve won on Friday the 13th in their USAC National Sprint Car careers. Ballou did so in 2015 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway while Grant got it done in 2019 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Those two also just so happen to be among the proud and the few in this Friday’s driver lineup who competed with the USAC National Sprint Cars at U.S. 36 in the one and only appearance back in 2012. Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) won his heat and finished 11th in the feature that night while Grant (Ione, Calif.) finished 10th and Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) corralled a 4th place result.

Dynamics, Inc. and the Baldwin-Fox teams were in the field a decade ago as well, with Darren Hagen driving the Dynamics car to a 13th place finish and Thomas Meseraull piloting the Baldwin machine to 14th. Those two stalwart teams continue strong to this day with Dynamics and Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) leading the charge after scoring a victory in the series’ last outing at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway in April, while Baldwin-Fox brings Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.) to the show for their U.S. 36 USAC debuts.

A slew of first-time U.S. 36 visitors, who have been prevalent in USAC National Sprint Car victory lane in recent years, are traveling to the Show-Me State this weekend. That group includes series point leader, and the lone multi-time series winner or 2022, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) as is 2019 series champion C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and series winners Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion and 2021 USAC National Most Improved Driver Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), plus Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio).

In the lineup for their U.S. 36 debuts are recent award winners seeking their first USAC triumph this weekend – 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) and 2020 Rookie of the Year, Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) along with current USAC West Coast Sprint Car point leader Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, Calif.).

The high, high majority of U.S. 36 sprint car experience in Friday’s field comes from the USAC MWRA contingent. Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kan.), the 2020 MWRA champ, has captured victory in all three of MWRA’s visits to the track between 2020 and 2021.

In those same three events, Wesley Smith (Billings, Mo.) notched three successive top-five results with 3rd place finishes in both 2020 features along with a 5th in 2021.

Chris Parkinson (Gladstone, Mo.), the 2014 WAR Sprint Car champion, scored a third with WAR in 2017 at U.S. 36. The third generation of the legendary Parkinson family, grandson of Ralph and son of Junior, also finished as the runner-up behind Burks in the 2020 MWRA contest at U.S. 36.

Zach Clark (Olathe, Kan.) finished in the 9th position twice at U.S. 36 with WAR in 2017 and again with MWRA in 2021. Chad Tye (Independence, Mo.) was a top-ten runner with MWRA there in 2020. Fellow independent wheelman Dakota Earls (Independence, Mo.) garnered a 15th in 2020. One-time MWRA feature winner Xavier Doney (Odessa, Mo.) slotted into 19th in 2021.

Veteran sprint car and midget racer Chad Frewaldt Kansas City, Kan. will race a car owned by fellow MWRA competitor Kyle Lewis for this weekend’s USAC swing. He’s joined by competitors on the brink of their first career USAC National Sprint Car appearance and their first career series start, a list that includes Justin Johnson (Platte City, Mo.), Chase Howard (Olive Branch, Miss.) and A.J. Gilbert (Tonganoxie, Kan.).

Levi Jones captured the only previous USAC National Sprint Car feature at U.S. 36 Raceway in 2012, leading just the final three laps following a late-race pass of Kevin Thomas Jr. Bryan Clauson owns the one-lap track record of 12.075 mph.

On Friday, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars will be accompanied by E-Modifieds and Pure Stocks.

Pits open at 5pm Central with the grandstands opening at 6pm, the drivers meeting at 6:30 and cars on track at 7pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Tickets are $25 with military/senior age 65 or older tickets priced at $22. Kids age 7 to 12 are $8 while children age 6 years and younger are free. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Friday’s action from U.S. 36 Raceway can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

It’s all part of a mega three-race weekend for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in Kansas and Missouri. Thursday starts the weekend on May 12 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. for the first time in five years; followed by the return of the series to Osborn, Missouri’s U.S. 36 Raceway after a decade absence on Friday night, May 13; and the first run at Odessa, Missouri’s I-70 Motorsports Park’s dirt track in 40 years on Saturday night, May 14.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-281, 2-Justin Grant-278, 3-Chase Stockon-261, 4-Kyle Cummins-238, 5-Brady Bacon-230, 6-Logan Seavey-224, 7-Jason McDougal-216, 8-Robert Ballou-204, 9-Buddy Kofoid-200, 10-C.J. Leary-188.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT U.S. 36 RACEWAY:

1 Lap - 8/5/2012 - Bryan Clauson - 12.075

8 Laps - 8/5/2012 - Tracy Hines - 1:42.70

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT U.S. 36 RACEWAY:

1-Levi Jones

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT U.S. 36 RACEWAY:

2012: Levi Jones (8/5)

PAST U.S. 36 RACEWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Levi Jones, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Darren Hagen, 14. Thomas Meseraull, 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 16. Jeff Lowery, 17. Austin Alumbaugh, 18. Curtis Evans, 19. Joe Boyles, 20. Stu Snyder, 21. John Helm. NT

FRIDAY THE 13TH USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES WINNERS:

9/13/1991: Kansas City, KS - Lakeside Speedway - Jim Mahoney

9/13/1996: Mechanicsburg, PA - Williams Grove Speedway - Billy Pauch

7/13/2001: Toledo, OH - Toledo Speedway - Brian Tyler

7/13/2007: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Daron Clayton

7/13/2012: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Bryan Clauson

11/13/2015: Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway - Robert Ballou

9/13/2019: Terre Haute, IN – Terre Haute Action Track – Justin Grant

FRIDAY THE 13TH USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES WINNERS:

8/13/1965: Ionia, MI - Ionia Free Fair - Chuck Rodee

9/13/1968: Springfield, IL - Springfield Speedway - Bob Wente

6/13/1969: Jackson, MI - Jackson Motor Speedway - Mel Kenyon

8/13/1971: Hales Corners, WI - Hales Corners Speedway - Danny Caruthers

10/13/1972: Chula Vista, CA - South Bay Speedway - Larry Rice

8/13/1982: Springfield, IL - Springfield Speedway - Rich Vogler

9/13/1985: Indianapolis, IN - Indianapolis Speedrome - Rich Vogler

9/13/1985: Indianapolis, IN - Indianapolis Speedrome - Rich Vogler

11/13/1987: Tucson, AZ - Raven Raceway - Sleepy Tripp

6/13/2014: Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway - Christopher Bell

4/13/2018: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway - Tyler Courtney

11/13/2020: San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway - Tanner Thorson

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 7, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – “Mother’s Day Madness / Elk Grove Ford Mini Series Round #3” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-11.870; 2. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-11.979; 3. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.173; 4. Dylan Bloomfield, 14JR, Streeter-12.174; 5. Colton Raudman, 2C, Schutte-12.276; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.278; 7. Cade Lewis, 73, Ford-12.312; 8. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-12.313; 9. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.324; 10. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-12.405; 11. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.434; 12. Michael Snider, 6K, Snider-12.524; 13. Chase Johnson, 73X, Ford-12.549; 14. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.588; 15. Danika Jo Parker, 13, Parker-12.604; 16. Zach Telford, 22G, GR-12.614; 17. Ben Wiesz, 21, Wiesz-12.841; 18. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.874; 19. Anthony Esberg, 1K, Esberg-13.596; 20. Dave Stoltz, 77, Stoltz-13.854; 21. Thomas Esberg, 8X, Esberg-16.082; 22. Beau Lemire, 14, Lemire-NT; 23. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-NT.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Lewis, 3. Bloomfield, 4. A.Esberg, 5. Lemire, 6. Telford, 7. Johnson, 8. Bender. NT

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Morgan, 2. Worth, 3. Bower, 4. Raudman, 5. Sarale, 6. Wiesz, 7. Buckley, 8. Stoltz. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Liggett, 3. Andreotti, 4. Snider, 5. Pankratz, 6. Parker, 7. T.Esberg. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (6), 2. Dylan Bloomfield (3), 3. Chase Johnson (12), 4. Austin Liggett (1), 5. Brody Fuson (8), 6. Blake Bower (10), 7. Jake Morgan (7), 8. Ben Wiesz (16), 9. Cade Lewis (9), 10. Travis Buckley (22), 11. Randi Pankratz (17), 12. Colton Raudman (2), 13. Dave Stoltz (19), 14. Beau Lemire (21), 15. Jake Andreotti (4), 16. Michael Snider (11), 17. Danika Jo Parker (14), 18. Ben Worth (5), 19. Caden Sarale (13), 20. Anthony Esberg (18), 21. Zach Telford (15), 22. A.J. Bender (23). NT.
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**Snider flipped during hotlaps. Sarale flipped on lap 2 of the feature. T.Esberg did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Liggett, Laps 12-13 Andreotti, Laps 14-22 Liggett, Laps 23-30 Faccinto.

ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Travis Buckley (22nd to 10th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Dave Stoltz

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-311, 2-A.J. Bender-299, 3-Ben Worth-282, 4-Travis Buckley-266, 5-Brody Fuson-256, 6-Jake Andreotti-254, 7-Blake Bower-249, 8-Michael Snider-211, 9-Austin Liggett-179, 10-Thomas Esberg-172.

NEW ELK GROVE FORD MINI SERIES POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-241, 2-Austin Liggett-179, 3-Jake Andreotti-169, 4-A.J. Bender-161, 5-Shane Golobic-159, --Ben Worth-159, 7-Blake Bower-152, 8-Travis Buckley-149, 9-Dylan Bloomfield-133, 10-Caden Sarale-123.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Ben Worth-20, 2-Michael Faccinto-19, 3-Shane Golobic-12, --Jake Andreotti-12, 5-Chase Johnson-6, --Mitchel Moles-6, 7-Austin Liggett-5, Shannon McQueen-4, --Travis Buckley-4, --Blake Bower-4.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-20, 2-Travis Buckley-17, 3-Thomas Esberg-13, 4-Ben Wiesz-12, 5-Danika Joe Parker-11, --Brody Fuson-11, --Randi Panktratz-11, 8-Blake Bower-10, 9-Michael Faccinto-9, --Chase Johnson-9.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: May 21 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

 

 

USAC SPRINTS' BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER SERIES DEBUTS THURSDAY AT LAKESIDE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 7, 2022)………The Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment mini-series for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship debuts this Thursday night, May 12, at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

Meanwhile, the original date at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway has now been moved to September 24 during the running of the 40th 4-Crown Nationals.

A new generation of racers will be chasing the $5,000 reward named in Jones’ honor throughout the 2022 USAC National Sprint Car season. The Bubby Jones series encompasses 10 events on the USAC National Sprint Car schedule this season, all of which will take place at some of the most legendary tracks on the schedule, including half-miles and some of Bub’s favorite places throughout his storied career as a driver and crew chief.

In May, the “series within a series” begins at Kansas City, Kansas’ Lakeside Speedway on May 12, and follows to Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track for the 52nd annual Tony Hulman Classic on May 21.

Two Eastern Storm dates are part of the series in June, at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway on June 17 and Port Royal Speedway on June 18. A pair of Indiana Sprint Week dates are slated for Kokomo Speedway on July 23 and at Bloomington Speedway on July 29.

The final stretch of the Bubby Jones series features a trio of high-paying events. The $12,000-to-win Haubstadt Hustler kicks off the autumn on September 17 at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway followed by the $10,000-to-win Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg Speedway on October 1 and the $20,000-to-win Oval Nationals at California’s Perris Auto Speedway on November 5.

Points will be tabulated throughout the 10-race series and an inaugural Bubby Jones Racing Master of Going Faster champion will be crowned, which will also include a custom trophy provided by Potter Metal Art and a year-end acknowledgement at USAC’s Night of Champions in December.

Norman “Bubby“ Jones was a 27-time winner in USAC National competition during his National Sprint Car Hall of Fame career. Among his 27 wins are seven each at Eldora and Terre Haute, two tracks featured prominently on the schedule.

Nicknamed Ol’ Bub, the racing barber who originally hailed from Danville, Illinois, established himself as an “outlaw” racer, winning from coast-to-coast until notching high-profile victories with USAC, including the CBS-televised Du Quoin Silver Crown in 1976, as well as the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in 1976 and the Hut 100 at Terre Haute in 1977.

Bubby reigned victorious at the Western World Championships in 1976 and, one year later, Jones made his one and only start in the Indianapolis 500 in 1977, starting 33rd and finishing 21st for car owner, Bobby Hillin.

Jones made his biggest impact with USAC on the National Sprint Car trail during the late 1970s, winning 22 total feature events. 1979 proved to be his breakout year with the series, winning on 11 occasions in one of the prolific seasons in the history of the division at places like Terre Haute, New Bremen, Eldora and the Indiana State Fairgrounds for car owner Don Siebert, and during one stretch, won four in a row before finishing as the championship runner-up.

At the dawn of the 1980s, Bubby moved west to begin the next chapter of his racing career. Competing with the California Racing Association, Jones piloted the Kazarian’s Gas Chem Products entry. In their first year together, Jones and Kazarian earned nine victories, including his first of four season-ending “Don Peabody Classics.”

By the time he hung up his helmet for good in 1991, Bubby had claimed 80 CRA feature wins (2nd overall), including a record 18 triumphs in 1983 and was a multi-time winner of the Firecracker 50, the Pacific Coast Nationals and the Don Peabody Classic. Bubby stayed active in racing as a crew chief and team manager. He continued to innovate in chassis designs and the development of Surelock shifter. In 1996, Bubby played a part in the construction of Perris Auto Speedway.

The Jones family’s involvement with USAC racing continues to this day. Bubby’s sons have made an indelible mark with the series, specifically in sprint car racing. As a driver, Tony Jones captured the 2007 USAC CRA Sprint Car title and his 20 victories with the series ranks fourth all-time. Currently, he serves as the series director for the division.

Bubby’s son, Davey Jones, has won a multitude of feature events on the USAC National Sprint Car tour as a crew chief, becoming a series champion in 2019 while turning the wrenches for driver C.J. Leary. That same year, Davey was honored as the recipient of USAC’s Chief Mechanic of the Year award.

Spire Sports + Entertainment will serve as the presenting sponsor of the series. SS+E has been involved in numerous race promotion and marketing efforts for tracks and events on the USAC schedule in recent years.

Founded in 2010, Spire Sports + Entertainment (SS+E) has blossomed into a multi-tiered entity. Since then, SS+E has become a subsidiary of parent organization Spire Holdings, which includes a a diverse sports portfolio, including Spire Motorsports, SS+E, ECHL hockey teams the Rapid City (S.D.) Rush and the Greenville (S.C.) Swamp Rabbits and short track promotions company Track Enterprises.

Saturday’s inaugural event at Lakeside will have the USAC National Sprint Cars compete in a co-sanctioned event with the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association. The USRA B-Mods and USRA Stock Cars will also be on hand. Pits open at 3pm CT, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 while seniors/military are $20. Kids age 12-15 are $10 and children age 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

2022 BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER SCHEDULE:

May 12: Lakeside Speedway | Kansas City, KS

May 21: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN

Jun 17: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

Jul 23: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN

Jul 29: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN

Sep 17: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH

Oct 1: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN

Nov 5: Perris Auto Speedway | Perris, CA

 

 

BRYSON TO MAKE USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT AT PORT ROYAL

Speedway, Indiana (May 4, 2022)……… Kaylee Bryson will make her USAC Silver Crown debut when the series makes its first ever appearance at Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, June 18.

Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) will team up with Sam Pierce Racing, a three-time USAC Silver Crown winning team. Bryson, a standout in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship ranks, will pilot the #26 AP Driver Development Maxim chassis.

In a tweet posted on mid-day Wednesday, Bryson stated succinctly, “We’re going Silver-Crown racing!”

The 21-year-old Bryson, a 2015 Tulsa Shootout winner and current USAC Midget competitor, has already logged impressive results this season, winning her B-Main at the 2022 Chili Bowl in January to become the first woman ever to transfer to the coveted A-Main where she finished 18th.

In April, Bryson won the Micro Sprint A-Main at her home track of Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla., then charged to her second career USAC National Midget podium with a third-place finish to become only the second woman in USAC history to score multiple podium finishes. Bryson has ambitions of transitioning to pavement racing and developing a lifelong career in professional motorsports.

Indianapolis-based Sam Pierce Racing has fielded event and championship winning race cars for over four decades in Trans Am, USAC Silver Crown, winged and non-wing Sprint Cars, Midgets, Legend Cars and Late Model stock cars.

Nine women have previously started a USAC Silver Crown feature. Among them are Taylor Ferns (14 starts), Toni Breidinger (9), Annie Breidinger (6), Miranda Throckmorton (4), Erin Crocker (3), Cheryl Glass (1), Kaylene Verville (1), Sondi Eden (1) and Tiffany Wyzard (1).

Meanwhile, the best result for a woman in USAC Silver Crown competition is held by Ferns, who finished 4th during the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in 2013.

The AP Driver Development organization is spearheaded by SPR primary driver Aaron Pierce. “AP” is a multi-time open wheel champion with numerous wins, including three in Silver Crown and one with the USAC National Sprint Cars, plus Trans Am, winged pavement sprint cars, legend cars and late model stock cars. Pierce is also a former Bondurant Racing School instructor.

The firm was recently formed to aid aspiring young race car drivers in their transition to professional motorsports. The company will leverage SPR’s extensive race car inventory ranging from go carts to dirt and pavement open wheel cars and fleet of Trans Am machines. While the company’s professional staff is adept at the art of race craft on any surface or track configuration in virtually any type of race car, additional skillsets including public speaking, media appearances and sponsor relations can also be honed.

 

 

#LETSRACETWO AT ELDORA RAINED OUT, NO MAKEUP

Rossburg, Ohio (May 4, 2022)………This weekend’s edition of #LetsRaceTwo, featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, scheduled for May 6-7 at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, has been canceled.

The event will not be rescheduled.

A substantial amount of rain has already fallen this week on the Eldora Speedway grounds, and the forecast is calling for more storms and a heavy amount of precipitation to arrive this weekend, thus, forcing cancellation of the event.

“Based on all the information we have gathered today, including current extreme saturation on the track and negative forecasts from our all of weather consultant resources, we made this difficult decision to cancel,” said Jerry Gappens, general manager of Eldora Speedway, which has received approximately two inches of rain since Sunday and is expecting another two inches by the weekend. “Hopefully, this early notice will help fans, teams, officials, and vendors reduce unnecessary travel costs.”

#LetsRaceTwo reserved tickets, general admission tickets, and campsites will be converted to account credits within each respective patron account. This is an automated process that will be completed on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Account credits never expire and can be used on any future ticket or campsite purchase. After the account credit process is complete, an email update will be dispatched to each patron.

In that same email, there will be a refund request form link. Any #LetsRaceTwo credit may be converted to a refund by completing the form. Refund requests must be received no later than 11:59 pm on May 31, 2022. #LetsRaceTwo suite holders will be contacted on an individual basis over the course of the next few days.

USAC racing returns to Eldora Speedway for the 40th running of the 4-Crown Nationals on September 23-24, a jam-packed weekend featuring USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget series along with the Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions.

At this Fall’s 4-Crown, each of three USAC features on Saturday night will pay $10,000-to-win! Friday night’s midget A-Main will pay $5,000-to-win.

USAC’s AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season gets back on track next weekend on May 12-13-14 in Kansas and Missouri. First up, on Thursday, May 12, is a visit to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Friday, May 13, marks the series’ first trip to Osborn, Missouri’s U.S. 36 Raceway in a decade. The weekend closes out on Saturday night, May 14, at Odessa, Missouri’s I-70 Motorsports Park for the first time in a quarter-century.


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

PLACERVILLE HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET “MOTHER’S DAY MADNESS”
By Lance Jennings

MAY 3, 2022... This Saturday, May 7th, the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will battle for bragging rights at Placerville Speedway (Placerville, California). Promoted by Scott Russell and Kami Arnold, the “Mother’s Day Madness” is the third round of the four race Elk Grove Ford Mini Series. The action packed card will also feature Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Mini Trucks, and BCRA Lightning Sprints. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, the Pit Gates will open at 12:00PM, the Front Gates open at 3:00PM, with Racing scheduled at 6:30PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at placervillespeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since October 11, 1996, nine USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills claimed the inaugural victory and “Sugar” Shane Golobic leads all drivers with two Placerville wins. When the series last visited the 1/4-mile oval on March 26th, Jake Andreotti took the checkered flags over Michael Faccinto, A.J. Bender, Golobic, and Shannon McQueen. On that night, Shane Golobic established a new track record of 11.663, breaking the November 2019 standard set by Dillon Welch. A complete series win list at Placerville is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the fifth point race, A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) has a 32-point lead over the competition. Piloting the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender charged to fourth after starting tenth at Merced on April 23rd. Also ranked third in the Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series, the leading rookie contender has posted one heat race victory, one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday night, A.J. will be looking for the first USAC Western Midget win of his career.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth scored third at the Merced County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2019 Rookie of the Year is fifth in the Elk Grove Ford standings with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes in the campaign. With two career wins, Ben will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a win at Placerville Speedway.

After running second to Shane Golobic at Merced, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has climbed to second in the point standings. Driving the Graunstadt Enterprises #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto is currently second in the Elk Grove Ford mini-series with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2018 Champion has nine career triumphs and will be a favorite to watch this Saturday night.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand) sits fourth in the championship chase. Piloting the family owned #7NZ Buckley Systems / Esslinger Engineering Spike, Buckley raced from eleventh to eighth at Merced Speedway. Currently ranked second in rookie points and seventh in Elk Grove Ford standings, Travis has four top-10 finishes and 18 feature laps led in the campaign. Buckley will have his sights on claiming his first win at the “Mother’s Day Madness.”

Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, California) is currently fifth in the point standings. Racing Pete Davis’ #00 Hot Head Competition Heaters / Buchannan Automotive Stealth, Andreotti placed twelfth in the April 23rd main event. At press time, Jake ranks fourth in Elk Grove Ford points with one feature win, two heat race victories, one top-10 finish, and 24 feature laps led on the year. Andreotti will be looking for his third career win this Saturday at “Knoxville on the Hill.”

While A.J. Bender leads the chase for rookie of the year, Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand), Thomas Esberg (Kelseyville, California), Anthony Esberg (Kelseyville, California), Caden Sarale (Stockton, California), Dawson Faria (Tipton, California), Dylan Bloomfield (Oakley, California), Ben Wiesz (Colfax, California), Beau Lemire (Placerville, California), and Colton Raudman (Redding, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Brody Fuson, Blake Bower, Michael Snider, “Sugar” Shane Golobic, C.J. Sarna, Danika Jo Parker, Austin Liggett, Randi Pankratz, Zach Telford, Floyd Alvis, and more.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California at 100 Placerville Drive. Adult tickets are $20, Military/Senior tickets are $18, Junior Tickets (12-17) are $18, Kids tickets (6-11) are $8, and Children (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets can be purchased online and for more event information, visit the track’s website at placervillespeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service Inc., AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Elk Grove Ford, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower.

PLACERVILLE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Shane Golobic – 11.663 (03/26/22)

PLACERVILLE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Shane Golobic, 1-Jake Andreotti, 1-Scotty Farmer, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Gio Scelzi, 1-Jimmy Sills.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. A.J. Bender ®-275, 2. Ben Worth-243, 3. Michael Faccinto-227, 4. Travis Buckley ®-221, 5. Jake Andreotti-211, 6. Brody Fuson-190, 7. Blake Bower-188, 8. Michael Snider-175, 9. Thomas Esberg ®-160, 10. Shane Golobic-159, 11. C.J. Sarna-155, 12. Anthony Esberg ®-121, 13. Danika Jo Parker-111, 14. Austin Liggett-110, 15. Caden Sarale ®-94, 16. Terry Nichols-92, 17. Randi Pankratz-86, 18. Mitchel Moles-84, 19. Matt Mitchell-74, 20. Shannon McQueen-68, 21. Robby Josett-66, 22. Dawson Faria ®-65, 23. Dylan Bloomfield ®-57, 24. Chase Johnson-55, --. Dylan Ito-55, 26. Jake Hodges-52, 27. Braden Chiaramonte ®-50, 28. Ben Wiesz ®-49, 29. Nick Velasquez ®-42, 30. Kyle Beilman-40, --. Racin Silva ®-40, 32. Ryan Bernal-37, 33. Zach Telford ®-35, 34. Floyd Alvis-31, 35. Dakota Albright-24, 36. Beau Lemire ®-23, 37. Colton Raudman ®-10.

2022 BCRA MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Snider-182, 2. Thomas Esberg ®-178, 3. Danika Jo Parker ®-125, 4. Anthony Esberg ®-116, 5. Floyd Alvis-34, 6. Dakota Albright-24.

2022 ELK GROVE FORD MINI-SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Shane Golobic-159, 2. Michael Faccinto-157, 3. A.J. Bender ®-137, 4. Jake Andreotti-126, 5. Ben Worth-120, 6. Austin Liggett-110, 7. Travis Buckley ®-104, 8. Caden Sarale ®-94, 9. Blake Bower-91, 10. Danika Jo Parker-82, 11. Michael Snider-77, 12. Thomas Esberg ®-71, 13. Shannon McQueen-68, 14. Dawson Faria ®-65, 15. Dylan Bloomfield ®-57, 16. Randi Pankratz-55, 17. Jake Hodges-52, 18. Brody Fuson-51, 19. Ben Wiesz ®-49, 20. C.J. Sarna-42, 21. Anthony Esberg ®-41, 22. Kyle Beilman-40, 23. Terry Nichols-38, 24. Ryan Bernal-37, 25. Floyd Alvis-31, 26. Dakota Albright-24, 27. Beau Lemire ®-23, 28. Colton Raudman ®-10.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 4: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Rained Out)
March 5: *Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Rained Out)
March 26: *#Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Jake Andreotti)
April 2: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
April 16: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Mitchel Moles)
April 23: *#Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Shane Golobic)
May 7: *#Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Mother’s Day Madness)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 18: *#Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 23: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 13: TBA
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 1: TBA
October 15: *The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

MATT MITCHELL WINS PERRIS SOKOLA SHOOTOUT!

by Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CALIFORNIA – MAY 3, 2022… In one of the closest finishes in recent memory at Perris Auto Speedway, Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) won last Saturday’s “Sokola Shootout.” With a winning margin of 0.053 seconds over a surging “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Mitchell earned the eighth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph of his career. Piloting his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Matt led all 30-laps to score the win over hard charger Davis, point leader “The Demon” Damion Gardner, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Mitchell got the jump on Austin Williams to grab the lead. Mitchell soon began to increase his lead as a torrid battle for position followed. As the laps counted down, most of the field had preferred to run the outside groove but Davis found the bottom line to his linking and moved forward. Charles broke free from the pack once in the runner-up spot and set his sights after Mitchell. Coming for the checkered flags, it was a sprint to the finish and Mitchell emerged victorious.

Before claiming his first win of the season, Matt Mitchell was seventh quick in time trials and won the 10-lap Flowdynamics Incorporated / Laserworx Manufacturing / Factory Wraps First Heat race. The former USAC West Coast 360 Champion left the Lake Perris Fairgrounds ranked fourth in the point standings.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) got the action underway by earning his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 16.601 over the 24-car roster. Driving the family owned #21 Bender Pool & Spa / K&R Motorsports DRC, Bender ran second to Mitchell in his heat race and finished twelfth in the feature. At press time, the USAC Western States Midget Series point leader is twentieth in USAC/CRA points.

Jake Hodges (Camarillo, California) earned the first USAC/CRA heat race win of his career. Racing his #4 Laserworx Manufacturing / Race Crafters Manufacturing Maxim, Hodges qualified fourteenth overall, won the 10-lap Billsjerky.net / Laserworx Manufacturing / Factory Wraps Second Heat Race, and placed twentieth in the main event. In limited action, Jake sits thirtieth in the chase for the championship.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) returned to USAC/CRA action and topped the 10-lap In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Third Heat Race. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa was ninth fast in time trials and earned the Shawn McDonald Memorial Feature Award with a sixth place finish in the main event. In limited starts, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion ranks fourteenth in championship points.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) nearly won the “Sokola Shootout” by earning the night’s Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a second place run from seventh. Driving his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker DRC, Davis qualified fourth overall and scored eighth in his heat race after being collected in a tangle. The multi-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion is currently second in the point standings.

Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award at the “Sokola Shootout.” Racing the family owned #39E Safehouse Security / Van Dyne Engineering Triple X, Edwards was fifteenth quick in time trials and placed fifth in his heat race. In limited action, the veteran driver is thirty-fourth in the USAC/CRA point chase.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, California) took home the Shawn McDonald Memorial Qualifying Award by qualifying sixth overall. Piloting the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / Bell Helmets DRC, Tafoya placed sixth in his heat race and finished eighth in the main event. The former USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year heads to Bakersfield ranked fifth in the championship point standings.

On Saturday, May 14th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will make their first of two appearances at Bakersfield Speedway. For more event information, visit bakersfieldspeedway.com.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Billsjerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, In Memory of Shawn McDonald, Rod End Supply, Vahlco Wheels, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 30, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Sokola Shootout”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.601; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.641; 3. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.773; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.779; 5. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.787; 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.847; 7. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.853; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.863; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.932; 10. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-16.952; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.026; 12. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-17.192; 13. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.230; 14. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-17.311; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.515; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.556; 17. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-17.746; 18. Danny Sheridan, 12, Allen-17.968; 19. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-17.986; 20. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-18.043; 21. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.104; 22. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.577; 23. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-19.439; 24. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING / FACTORY WRAPS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Bender, 3. Sweeney, 4. T.Williams, 5. Taylor, 6. Rayborne, 7. Grabowski, 8. Davis. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. Malcolm, 3. A.Williams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Schank, 7. Reynolds, 8.Marshall. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Sheridan, 4. L.Williams, 5. Edwards, 6. Tafoya, 7. Sexton, 8. McCarthy. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Matt Mitchell (2), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (7), 3. Damion Gardner (4), 4. Austin Williams (1), 5. Cody Williams (5), 6. Brody Roa (9), 7. Tommy Malcolm (3), 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (8), 9. Austin Grabowski (13), 10. Trent Williams (10), 11. Logan Williams (12), 12. A.J. Bender (6), 13. Kyle Edwards (15), 14. Nate Schank (17), 15. Verne Sweeney (16), 16. Chris Gansen (11), 17. Jonas Reynolds (20), 18. Dan Taylor (19), 19. Joel Rayborne (22), 20. Jake Hodges (14), 21. Danny Sheridan (18), 22. Shane Sexton (21). NT. ---------------------------- *McCarthy and Marshall did not start feature. Sexton flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Mitchell. HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (7th to 2nd) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Kyle Edwards SHAWN MCDONALD MEMORIAL QUALIFYING AWARD: Eddie Tafoya Jr. SHAWN MCDONALD MEMORIAL FEATURE AWARD: Brody Roa

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-637, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-497, 3-Austin Williams-493, 4-Matt Mitchell-470, 5-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-412, 6-Logan Williams-396, 7-Tommy Malcolm-346, 8-Cody Williams-331, 9-Matt McCarthy-296, 10-Nate Schank-290.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 14 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California

 

REPEAT GRANTED:
GRANT GRASPS 2ND STRAIGHT
SUMAR CLASSIC VICTORY AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 1, 2022)………Justin Grant was forced to endure a wait of four years to receive an opportunity to defend his Sumar Classic victory from 2018.

Four years later, in the ensuing edition of the event on Sunday night, the Ione, Calif. native retained his throne to become the first driver ever to reign victorious in consecutive runnings of the event at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Grant led 13 laps throughout the mid-portion of Sunday’s 100-lap USAC Silver Crown season opener around the newly-refurbished half-mile dirt oval, which featured a new nine-foot high guardrail in the turns. Yet, after losing the lead 13 laps later to first time series starter Buddy Kofoid, Grant felt as if he’d given the race away as he faded into the distance, falling back to third.

Granted a reprieve of sorts when Kofoid’s masterful drive came to an end as the right front arm on his car came off and unscrewed the shock, sending him flipping in turn two with 14 laps remaining, and elevating Grant to second.

When a caution arrived with four laps remaining for seventh running Kyle Robbins who stalled in turn three, Grant shot his shot on the first lap following the restart, sticking his maneuver to the bottom of turn three under leader Jerry Coons Jr., then exited turn four as the race leader and never looked back, taking the $8,000-to-win race by a 1.094 second margin in his Hemelgarn Racing/NOS Energy Drink – Super Fitness – Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Ford.

Grant’s score was his first Silver Crown victory on dirt since the 2018 Sumar Classic, and the fourth overall win of his career with the series. Grant has captured feature victories in five of the nine USAC National points-paying events contested thus far this season and became the first driver to win this season in USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition.

“I really thought I gave the race away,” Grant admitted. “I was riding and riding and I let some guys go. We got that red there at the end, then I climbed out and looked at my tires and I’m like ‘ahh.’ I got on the radio and apologized to the guys. I really put us in a hole here, but when you’ve got the best racecar, you’ve got to win the race.”

Initially, Grant had tracked down C.J. Leary just prior to midway on lap 46. Leary, who led a race-high 45 laps, was slid past by Grant in turn one, then subsequently experienced his right rear tire going flat just two laps later. While changing his tire under the yellow flag, Leary lost two laps in the work area. Despite the trouble, Leary managed to climb his way back into the top-ten by race’s end, finishing 10th.

Grant set the pace into the early portions of the second half when a suddenly surging Kofoid powered around the outside of Coons for the second spot on a lap 55 restart, then slid by Grant for the lead in turn one on lap 58. As Kofoid strengthened his lead to 2.5 seconds, Coons slotted into second past Grant in a drag race down the back straightaway, adjacent to the Action Dragway that runs parallel with the back straight, with 33 laps to go.

“I wasn’t doing a very good job through the middle of the race,” Grant acknowledged. “I kept getting in the holes, and just not really doing my job. Fortunately, these races are long enough for a guy like me to figure out. We picked our way through the holes, and once I found my way through the holes, I could rip the fence off two. I knew we were really good, but I thought I just wasted too much time.”

It became a sprint race with 30 to go as Kofoid pulled away by two seconds over Coons. Although Coons was gassing it on the topside and, at times, edged closer and closer to Kofoid, Kofoid broke away from the lapped traffic, splitting between the trio of Brian Ruhlman, Terry Babb and Dallas Hewitt to escape the pressure while Coons nearly kissed the outside turn two guardrail and lost all the ground he had recently gained.

Just as soon as you might’ve thought you knew how it all was going to unfold, on lap 87, all by his lonesome with a commanding 3.462 second lead, Kofoid’s mechanical issue tripped him up and sent him flipping over, handing the lead to Coons, the 2008 USAC Silver Crown titlist.

Grant got right to the back bumper of Coons for the lead in turn three with 10 laps to go but backed out and fell back into line behind Coons for the time being, then reloaded and conjured up his next modus operandi with Coons holding onto a two car length lead over Grant as the laps tick, tick, ticked away. Grant tried once more in turn three on lap 96 and squeezed his way between Coons and the inner rail, but, once again, it didn’t stick.

When seventh running Robbins’ troubles brought out the yellow on lap 97, lapped cars were absent from the equation, and it came down Coons vs. Grant with Brady Bacon a distant third. Grant threaded the needle on the first circuit of the lap 97 restart between the inner rail and Coons, slid across Coons’ nose as he drifted back to the top, and closed the book on the 19th running of the Sumar Classic as Grant won over Coons, Bacon, Logan Seavey and Emerson Axsom who finished fifth in his first career series appearance despite having starting issues prior to the the green flag, then was forced to begin his race from the tail and the 26th position.

“That wasn’t your normal Silver Crown race,” Grant exclaimed. “Normally, you kind of ride around until the end, but I don’t know if I’ve ever ran a sprint car around this place that hard. The track was technical and choppy. It was a ton of fun.”

Coons (Tucson, Ariz.) led 10 laps late and nearly pulled off his first USAC Silver Crown victory in eight seasons aboard his Patty Bateman/Tucker Automotive & Tire Repair of Alton, IL/DRC/Foxco Chevy. He wound up finishing second for his best Silver Crown result since a second at the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks in 2015.

“I’m bummed being that close with four to go and leading it,” Coons said. “To be bummed about a second place is a good thing for sure. (Car owner) Patty (Bateman) and the whole crew, they’re just so much fun to race with. It’s like a family team; there’s no pressure, and they gave me a great racecar tonight. Coming from 12th, we’ll take it, but it certainly hurts.”

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) thought he had Grant passed at one point, and same for Coons at the very end. In the end, he made the largest advancement from his starting spot to finishing position, charging from 16th to 3rd in his Five Three Motorsports/Fatheadz Eyewear – Smith Titanium – Indy Powdercoat/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

“(Justin) was fading on the longer runs and we were better,” Bacon pointed out. “When he passed Jerry, Jerry was expecting us to come after him and pinched us down there to protect his spot, but with less than three to go, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. I caught my runs wrong and it was a little hard to pass getting into three. If you made a mistake, you were going to pay for it dearly.”

Three drivers experienced substantial crashes during the 10-lap qualifying race preceding the feature. Ronnie Wuerdeman barrel rolled in turn three on the opening lap and suffered a broken collarbone. Chris Fetter ramped over Casey Buckman’s right rear tire while battling for the fourth position in turn three, becoming the first to test the strength of the new guardrail, and experienced a deep laceration on his knee that required stitches. Dave Berkheimer, going for the sixth and final transfer spot on the last lap, flipped end-over-end into the front straightaway catchfence following contact with Patrick Lawson, but was able to walk away from the wreckage on his own.

Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) was the night’s Fatheadz Fast Qualifier for the 37th time during his USAC Silver Crown career. It was his third career Sumar Classic pole award (2015-2017-2022) and it was also the fourth consecutive fast qualifying time on dirt in the series for a Chris Dyson-owned car dating back to 2021.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 1, 2022 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 19th Sumar Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Top-20 locked into the feature) 1. Kody Swanson, 1, Doran/Dyson-20.410; 2. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-20.573; 3. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-20.662; 4. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-20.689; 5. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice-20.765; 6. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-20.780; 7. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-20.786; 8. Buddy Kofoid, 97, Lein-20.964; 9. Shane Cockrum, 71, BLS-20.994; 10. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-21.011; 11. Shane Cottle, 74, Hodges-21.060; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 55, Bateman-21.063; 13. Emerson Axsom, 20, Nolen-21.130; 14. Jason McDougal, 27, Daigh/Phillips-21.199; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-21.238; 16. Brady Bacon, 53, Five Three-21.356; 17. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-21.544; 18. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-21.559; 19. Eric Gordon, 99, Armstrong-21.593; 20. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-21.600; 21. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-21.632; 22. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.761; 23. Casey Buckman, 110, DMW-21.785; 24. Terry Babb, 88, Babb-21.927; 25. Davey Ray, 8, Cornell-22.002; 26. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-22.312; 27. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-22.377; 28. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-22.454; 29. Tommy Nichols, 26, Pierce-22.658; 30. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-23.115; 31. Jake Simmons, 3, Simmons-23.259; 32. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams-23.769; 33. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 33, Wuerdeman-NT (Time of 21.688 disallowed); 34. Brian Tyler, 81, BCR-NT; 35. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-NT; 36. Chase Stockon, 69, Pink 69-NT.

QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Steffens, 2. Davey Ray, 3. Terry Babb, 4. Casey Buckman, 5. Travis Welpott, 6. Tommy Nichols, 7. Gregg Cory, 8. Dave Berkheimer, 9. Patrick Lawson, 10. David Byrne, 11. Chris Fetter, 12. Brian Tyler, 13. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 14. Jake Simmons. NT

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (12), 3. Brady Bacon (16), 4. Logan Seavey (5), 5. Emerson Axsom (13), 6. Bill Rose (17), 7. Kody Swanson (1), 8. Carmen Perigo (10), 9. Terry Babb (22), 10. C.J. Leary (2), 11. Dallas Hewitt (15), 12. Brian Ruhlman (19), 13. Austin Nemire (18), 14. Travis Welpott (24), 15. Kyle Robbins (4), 16. Shane Cottle (11), 17. Casey Buckman (23), 18. Buddy Kofoid (8), 19. Kyle Steffens (20), 20. Jason McDougal (14), 21. Shane Cockrum (9), 22. Brian Tyler (26-P), 23. Matt Westfall (7), 24. Jake Swanson (6), 25. Tommy Nichols (25), 26. Davey Ray (21), 27. Eric Gordon (27). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

**Ronnie Wuerdeman flipped during the qualifying race. Chris Fetter flipped during the qualifying race. Dave Berkheimer flipped during the qualifying race. Buddy Kofoid flipped on lap 87 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-45 C.J. Leary, Laps 46-58 Justin Grant, Laps 59-86 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 87-96 Jerry Coons Jr., Laps 97-100 Justin Grant.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-70, 2-Jerry Coons Jr.-67, 3-Brady Bacon-64, 4-Logan Seavey-61, 5-Emerson Axsom-58, 6-Bill Rose-55, 7-Kody Swanson-55, 8-Carmen Perigo-49, 9-Terry Babb, 10-C.J. Leary-49.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-26, 2-Tanner Thorson-23, 3-Thomas Meseraull-20, 4-Brady Bacon-18, 5-Andrew Felker-18, 6-Logan Seavey-15, 7-Ethan Mitchell-14, 8-Jadon Rogers-14, 9-Justin Grant-13, 10-Emerson Axsom-13.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 27, 2022 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Carb Night Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Justin Grant

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Qualifying Race Winner: Kyle Steffens

Hard Charger: Brady Bacon (16th to 3rd)

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 30, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Sokola Shootout”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.601; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.641; 3. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.773; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.779; 5. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.787; 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.847; 7. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.853; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.863; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.932; 10. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-16.952; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.026; 12. Logan Williams, 5W,McCarthy-17.192; 13. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.230; 14. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-17.311; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.515; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.556; 17. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-17.746; 18. Danny Sheridan, 12, Allen-17.968; 19. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-17.986; 20. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-18.043; 21. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.104; 22. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.577; 23. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-19.439; 24. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING / FACTORY WRAPS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Bender, 3. Sweeney, 4. T.Williams, 5. Taylor, 6. Rayborne, 7. Grabowski, 8. Davis. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. Malcolm, 3. A.Williams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Schank, 7. Reynolds, 8.Marshall. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Sheridan, 4. L.Williams, 5. Edwards, 6. Tafoya, 7. Sexton, 8. McCarthy. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Matt Mitchell (2), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (7), 3. Damion Gardner (4), 4. Austin Williams (1), 5. Cody Williams (5), 6. Brody Roa (9), 7. Tommy Malcolm (3), 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (8), 9. Austin Grabowski (13), 10. Trent Williams (10), 11. Logan Williams (12), 12. A.J. Bender (6), 13. Kyle Edwards (15),14. Nate Schank (17), 15. Verne Sweeney (16), 16. Chris Gansen (11), 17. Jonas Reynolds (20), 18. Dan Taylor (19), 19. Joel Rayborne (22), 20. Jake Hodges (14), 21. Danny Sheridan (18), 22. Shane Sexton (21). NT. ---------------------------- *McCarthy and Marshall did non start feature. Sexton flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Mitchell. HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (7th to 2nd) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Kyle Edwards SHAWN MCDONALD MEMORIAL QUALIFYING AWARD: Eddie Tafoya Jr. SHAWN MCDONALD MEMORIAL FEATURE AWARD: Brody Roa

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-637, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-497, 3-Austin Williams-493, 4-Matt Mitchell-470, 5-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-412, 6-Logan Williams-396, 7-Tommy Malcolm-346, 8-Cody Williams-331, 9-Matt McCarthy-296, 10-Nate Schank-290.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 14 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California

 

 

Five For The 5G, as Danner Wins Again at Bridgeport

Swedesboro, NJ. April 30th, 2022, Nick Fillman, USAC ECSC.

One night after picking up his worst finish of the season with a sixth place at Delaware International, Briggs Danner of Allentown, PA found himself right back where he’s most comfortable, in the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series Victory Lane at the Bridgeport Speedway.

The 2021 series Rookie of the Year is always the top car to beat, especially at the Bridgeport Speedway where Danner picked up his first career win in their first ever start in the fall of 2020.

In what was the second ever event in series history featuring a points inversion handicap for positions at the front of the field, David Swanson and Ed Aikin brought the field to green on the high banks of the Bridgeport Speedway for the 25 lap main event.

Swanson was able to get out to the early race lead and lead the opening circuit with a hungry pack of drivers spreading out three and sometimes four wide for position behind the leader. Joey Amantea was the first driver to give charge to the leader Swanson, and took the lead away on lap three to lead his first laps with the series of the season.

Behind race leader Amantea, Danner and Alex Bright had begun their chase of the top spot after starting fifth and sixth in the feature event. As Danner and Bright tried to charge forward, they were met with heavy retaliation from drivers like Kenny Miller lll, Ed Aikin, and heat race winner Billy Pauch Jr as they too were not about to back out of the top five.

Ultimately on lap six, Briggs Danner was able to utilize the low side of the speedway to get by leader Joey Amantea and assume the race lead. Kenny Miller ll would follow along into second, with Bright also moving into third and Amantea settling in to third. The first caution flag of the feature event was displayed on lap seven, as Jonathan Swanson went for a spin in turns one and two.

The ensuing restart brought Kenny Miller lll directly to the tail tank of leader Danner, with Bright, Joey Amantea, and Billy Pauch Jr rounding out the top five. Danner was able to get a great restart and take off from the front of the field and put a bit of distance on the runner up of Alex Bright.

Meanwhile at the tail end of the top ten an ferocious battle was taking place between Ed Aikin, Kyle Spence, Colin White, and Steven Drevicki who was utilizing his patented bottom groove excellence to work his way forward from the fourteenth place starting spot.

As the field neared the halfway point of the feature, Kenny Miller and Alex Bright would put on an absolute show for three to four laps trading big slide jobs back and forth for the second place position, before Bright ultimately won out and began to further his quest for race leader Danner.

The second caution flag again flew on lap fifteen as Billy Ney, who slowed for losing a fuel line, was not able to make it all the way into the infield behind the barriers and was in a more than precarious position.

Danner remained the leader and had a solid half straightaway lead over Bright for second, with Amantea, Miller, and Pauch Jr still remaining the top five. Danner, utilizing the big banking of the Bridgeport Speedway, again gapped Bright for the race lead. However the big mover on this restart at the front of the field was Billy Pauch Jr who utilized a pair of big slide jobs to pick up a pair of spots and move into the third place position.

Bright was reeling in Danner as the laps wound down in the feature event, as Bright was using a slightly lower line through the entire speedway in the slick and making big ground up on leader Danner as they raced into lapped traffic. The red flag was displayed on lap 22 as Preston Lattomus made heavy contact with the wall in turns one and two and went for a vicious series of flips. While the red flag call was coming out, Brian Spencer made heavy contact with the car of Brent Shearer who was slowing for the red flag call, and went for his own series of big flips down half of the front straight away. Luckily Spencer and Lattomus were both ok, but both drivers machines were severely damaged from the incidents.

A red flag with three laps to go was an interesting dynamic that was brought into the feature event, not only due to the cooling cycle that the rear tires were experiencing as the cars sat idle around the speedway, but also bringing Alex Bright and Billy Pauch Jr directly to the tail of race leader Briggs Danner.

On the restart, Danner remained flawless and again was able to get a gap over runner up Alex Bright, who quickly found himself under attack from Billy Pauch Jr who had taken second place from Bright, before Bright yet again took the spot back on at the white flag.

As Bright battled with Pauch for second it only allowed Briggs Danner to experience more smooth sailing up front as he went on to collect his fifth win of the season at the Bridgeport Speedway. Bright followed in second over Pauch Jr, Joey Amantea with yet another top five run, and, Kyle Spence who was in his second start of the season rounding out the top five.

Briggs Danner and the Heffner Racing team have been good just about everywhere they go, but they have another level of speed when it comes to the Bridgeport Speedway. Whether the track is slick or tacky, Danner finds his way to the front on the high banks. As the team experienced a bit of an off night with a sixth place effort on Friday at Delaware International, they were right back into fighting form on Saturday.

Alex Bright and the Hummer Motorsports team continue to be a pestering force for the Danner team, as they are beginning to get back to where the team expects to be. Bright explained in the pit area following the feature event that he’s extremely excited for the rest of the season: “We’ve hit on something that we were missing at the beginning of the year” Bright explained. Bright was not a fan of seeing the caution flags fly as he and the team were utilizing the harder Medium compound tire that was just beginning to come in as the feature event was concluding, while race leader Danner, and second place Pauch had the softer H compound.

Billy Pauch Jr is the current modified points leader at the Bridgeport Speedway, but Billy was right at home aboard the Hogue Motorsports 39 entry for his second start of the year on Saturday at Bridgeport. Pauch was able to win heat one and hold off Alex Bright, which put him into the points inversion. Luckily for Pauch, two other drivers who were not eligible for the full points inversion made it in, and it propelled Pauch from starting ninth, to starting seventh. Pauch was very impressive on Saturday night throwing sliders with the best in the series, and nearly pulling off a runner up finish. Look for Pauch and the Hogue team to continue to build speed as they work together more this season.

Joey Amantea has quickly found himself points racing on the 2022 USAC East Coast Series trail, as the team has found another level of speed so far this season. Amantea had an extremely solid weekend finishing in third at Delaware, and backing it up with a fourth at Joey’s favorite track the Bridgeport Speedway. Amantea is more focused than ever on winning a feature event this season, and if the speed remains for the young driver they have had so far, it is a very realistic feat.

Rounding out the top five was Bridgeton, NJ’s Kyle Spence. Spence, like Pauch Jr picked up another heat race win on Saturday at Bridgeport. However, with the team only making their second start of the season they were left starting behind the drivers who were eligible for the points inversion. Spence started the feature in eighth and did fall back some in the feature event. Spence like Bright, was on the harder Medium tire and came to life at the end of the feature picking off drivers one by one on the high side and low side of the speedway. Two top ten runs for the micro sprint veteran Spence as he makes his return to sprint car action in 2022.

Brent Shearer, a regular with the winged 410’s of central PA made his first ever start on Saturday night at Bridgeport, and looked fairly comfortable for his first time out. Shearer was running inside the top twelve before being involved in the Brian Spencer crash that ended up taking out the front axle on his 12 machine. Hopefully we see more of Shearer as the season goes on.

USAC EC at Bridgeport Results:

Heat 1 (8 Laps, All transfer, 3 Handicap): 1. 39 Billy Pauch Jr, 2. 20 Alex Bright, 3. 88J Joey Amantea, 4. 21K Tommy Kunsman, 5. 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr, 6. 15 Mark Bitner, 7. 23B Preston Lattomus.

Heat 2 (8 Laps, All Transfer, 3 Handicap): 1. 22 Kyle Spence, 2. 7 Ed Aikin, 3. 117 David Swanson, 4. 83s Billy Ney, 5. 19 Steven Drevicki, 6. 62 Brian Spencer, 7. 96 Lee Kauffman.

Heat 3 (8 Laps, All Transfer, 3 Handicap): 1. 90 Colin White, 2. 5G Briggs Danner, 3. 23M Kenny Miller lll, 4. 71 Chris Allen Jr, 5. 12 Brent Shearer, 6. 17J Jonathan Swanson, 7. 67 Jason Cherry.

Feature Event (25 Laps): 1. 5G Briggs Danner, 2. 20 Alex Bright, 3. 39 Billy Pauch Jr, 4. 88J Joey Amantea, 5. 22 Kyle Spence, 6. 19 Steven Drevicki, 7. 23M Kenny Miller lll, 8. 7 Ed Aikin, 9. 71 Chris Allen Jr, 10. 90 Colin White, 11. 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr, 12. 15 Mark Bitner,13. 17J Jonathan Swanson, 14. 117 David Swanson, 15. 67 Jason Cherry 16. 96 Lee Kauffman, 17. 12 Brent Shearer (DNF), 18. 62 Brian Spencer (DNF), 19. 23B Preston Lattomus (DNF), 20. 21K Tommy Kunsman (DNF), 21. 83s Billy Ney (DNS).

Lap Leaders: David Swanson (1-2), Joey Amantea (3-5), Briggs Danner (6-25).

Vahlco Wheels Hard Charger: Steven Drevicki (14th-6th)

 


 

Bright Scores Second Career Win At Delaware International

Delmar, DE. April 29th, 2022. Nick Fillman, USAC ECSC

2021 USAC East Coast Series Champion Alex Bright, of Collegeville, PA out dueled fellow former winner at Delaware International, Kenny Miller lll to score his second win of the 2022 season.

The first ever points inversion feature in series history came on Friday night at the Delaware International Speedway, putting Bruce Buckwalter Jr and Christian Bruno on the front row of the 25 lap main event. With the top three in series points Briggs Danner, Steven Drevicki, and Alex Bright starting seventh, sixth, and fifth, following the inversion.

On the green flag of the feature event, Kenny Miller lll got a great start off the bottom side of the speedway, quickly working by both Bruno and Buckwalter for the race lead out of turn two. Alex Bright, also utilizing the bottom side of the speedway, worked his way up to second by the completion of lap one as well from his fifth place starting spot.

Miller would work his way out to a two car-length lead over Bright as both drivers were utilizing the same line on the speedway. Both were working the cushion on the extreme high side of the speedway in turns one and two, while working the extreme low side, nearly against the infield wall, in turns three and four.

Meanwhile, Joey Amantea had settled himself into the third place position over Bruce Buckwalter, Steven Drevicki, Christian Bruno and Briggs Danner. With the exception of Amantea, the rest of the top ten was fiercely contested with drivers trying a multitude of different line combinations to get around the very technical Delaware International Speedway.

Up front, Bright and Miller seemed to have about equal cars as the field completed lap ten, with the Bright needing a caution or a slight mistake from Miller to take the lead. Ultimately on lap 11, Bright was able to secure a big run on Miller off of the bottom side of turn four, and pull off the massive slide job for the lead in turn one and two, to take the lead down the back straightaway.

Steven Drevicki had begun to work his magic on the bottom side of the speedway and had worked away from the battle for fifth and drew in closer on the tail tank of Joey Amantea. Briggs Danner had begin to make some ground up on the high side of the speedway and picked off a few cars after trading places multiple times with Ed Aikin.

Bright had worked his way to over a straightway lead over Miller as the field came to the ten to go signal with Amantea still holding strong in third, Drevicki in fourth, and Christian Bruno battling hard to keep the fifth place spot away from Briggs Danner. While behind the battle for fifth, Ed Aikin, Bruce Buckwalter, and Kyle Spence fought hard to settle spots at the tail end of the top ten.

Even with a bit of lapped traffic coming into play and making things very interesting, Kenny Miller lll do nothing to reel in the lead of Alex Bright, as Bright would go on to collect his second feature event win of the 2022 season.

The win for Bright was his second career win at the Delaware International Speedway after picking up the victory last fall on his way to securing the championship. Bright and the Hummer Motorsports team have been fighting hard to find that extra touch of speed that they have been missing from last season later on in the feature events. Bright and team nailed the set up on Friday night at Delaware International and have begun to close the gap further on second place in the points standings.

Kenny Miller lll picked up his first runner up finish of the season at Delaware International, a track where the young driver picked up his first career win in the fall of 2020. Since coming into the series Miller has been impressive each and every time out aboard the the controls of the family owned entry. While Miller has a summer full of commitments that will prevent the team from running full time with the series, the early season success and consistency has found them sitting fifth in points.

Joey Amantea picked up a solid third place run Friday night, a nice rebound for the Mount Pocono, PA driver following an early feature event crash that ended their night early last week at the Port Royal Speedway. Amantea and team as of now intend on running the full series trail, and find them selves fourth in points heading into the summer months.

Steven Drevicki yet again picked up a top five finish with the series on Friday at Delaware International, a track where Drevicki has had success as well picking up a feature event win, and securing series championships. Drevicki has been back to fighting form all season long, and is just 21 points out of the championship lead, as the series heads to Bridgeport on Saturday.

Rounding out the top five with yet another impressive run was Deptford, NJ’s Christian Bruno. The micro sprint stand out, coming into what is now his junior year of running sprint cars has been an absolute pleasure to watch this season. The recent high school graduate has a very meticulous and methodical approach behind the wheel, and picks off drivers late in the going. While I’m sure Bruno and the family owned team would have liked better results after starting on the front row of the feature event, digging their way back up into a top five run is no small feat.

Friday night marked the return after almost two years for Bridgeton, NJ’s Kyle Spence. Spence who had been nursing a back injury, had a few off season surgeries that left him out of the seat of all racing a large period of time. Spence was back in action Friday night, picking up the heat race two victory. Unfortunately due to Friday being the teams debut of the season, and having no points, it left the team starting eighth in the feature event. Spence and team fought hard all night as they relearned sprint car racing a bit, and were rewarded with a solid top ten run.

Up next for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade, is the second trip of the season to the high banks of the Bridgeport Motorsports Park on tomorrow, April 30th!

USAC East Coast at Delaware International Results:

Heat 1 (8 Laps, All transfer, 4 Handicap): 1. 20 Alex Bright, 2. 23M Kenny Miller lll, 3. 19 Steven Drevicki, 4. 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr, 5. 7 Ed Aikin, 6. 117 David Swanson, 7. 23B Preston Lattomus, 8. 42 John Fraker.

Heat 2 (8 Laps, All transfer, 4 Handicap): 1. 22 Kyle Spence, 2. 17B Christian Bruno, 3. 88J Joey Amantea, 4. 5G Briggs Danner, 5. 67 Jason Cherry, 6. 83s Billy Ney, 7. 17J Jonathan Swanson (DNS).

Feature event (25 Laps): 1. 20 Alex Bright, 2. 23M Kenny Miller lll, 3. 88J Joey Amantea, 4. 19 Steven Drevicki, 5. 17B Christian Bruno, 6. 5G Briggs Danner, 7. 7 Ed Aikin, 8. 22 Kyle Spence, 9. 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr, 10. 23B Preston Lattomus, 11. 117 David Swanson, 12. 17J Jonathan Swanson, 13. 67 Jason Cherry, 14. 83s Billy Ney (DNF), 15. 42 John Fraker (DNF).

 

SATURDAY’S SPRING SHOWDOWN CANCELED
DUE TO FORECASTED STORMS

Haubstadt, Indiana (April 30, 2022)………The 10th running of the Spring Showdown featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and Midwest Sprint Car Series, scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway, has been canceled due to severe thunderstorms that are forecasted to arrive during the night’s racing event.

Using an immense amount of vigilance with costs in mind and the severity of the weather set to arrive, Tri-State Speedway and USAC officials have determined that making a decision early on race day was the prudent choice in this instance for the safety of race teams and race fans planning to attend the event.

“We’ve never been in favor of canceling a race ahead of time, and don’t intend to be in the future,” Tri-State Speedway promoter Tom Helfrich stated. “But in this instance, it is the responsible thing to do.”

USAC racing returns to Tri-State Speedway four more times in 2022. The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship is back on July 30 for Indiana Sprint Week and on September 17 for the Haubstadt Hustler. The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship is in action at The Class Track on June 5 for Indiana Midget Week and on October 8 for Harvest Cup.

This Sunday night’s May 1 Sumar Classic is on as scheduled with the USAC Silver Crown season opener at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. The 19th running of the event begins with pits opening at 1pm Eastern, the front gates opening at 2pm, the drivers meeting at 4pm and practice beginning at 5pm, followed by Fatheadz Qualifying, the last chance qualifying race and the 100-lap Sumar Classic feature event. Tickets are $30 for the grandstands, $20 for the infield and $35 for the pits. Kids age 10 and under are free.

USAC’s AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season gets back on track next weekend on May 6-7 with #LetsRaceTwo at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship & the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

SHANE GOLOBIC SWEEPS MERCED ELK GROVE FORD RACE
By Lance Jennings

MERCED, CA – APRIL 27, 2022… After early leader Ryan Bernal retired, “Sugar” Shane Golobic (Fremont, California) outdueled Ben Worth for the top spot and raced to victory last Saturday night at Merced Speedway. Racing Matt Wood’s #17W NOS Energy Drink / Elk Grove Ford Spike, Golobic claimed his seventh career USAC Western States Midget triumph after starting sixth. Michael Faccinto, Worth, point leader A.J. Bender, and Dawson Faria rounded out the top-five drivers in the second round of the BCRA co-sanctioned Elk Grove Mini-Series.

When the checkered flags waved at the Merced County Fairgrounds, Golobic had swept the fourth point race. The versatile driver earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year by posting a time of 12.390 over the 19-car roster. Then, Shane topped night’s 10-lap Jordan Hanni Well Drilling Heat Race #1 and now heads to Placerville ranked tenth in the standings and took over the lead in the Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series.

2018 Champion, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) won Merced’s 10-lap Ammonia Refrigeration Service Heat Race #2. Driving the Graunstadt Enterprises’ #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto qualified second overall and charged to second in the feature after starting fifth. Michael sits third in standings and has climbed to second in the Elk Grove Ford points.

Veteran driver, Michael Snider (Kelseyville, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Wireless 101 Heat Race #3. Piloting the family owned #6K S&K Automotive / T&A Automotive Eagle, Snider was fifteenth quick in time trials and scored sixteenth in the feature after an early exit. Michael left Merced ranks eighth in the point chase and eleventh in the mini-series.

Caden Sarale (Stockton, California) earned the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award with a sixth place run from fourteenth. Driving the family owned #32 Tel-Tac / Sarale Trucking CS9, Sarale qualified thirteenth overall and ran second to Shane Golobic in his heat race. In limited starts, the rookie contender is fifteenth in series points and has climbed to eighth in the Elk Grove Ford standings.

Austin Liggett (Linden, California) returned to USAC Western States action and earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.” Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett was fourth fast in time trials, placed third in his heat race, and was running in the top-five in the feature, before mechanical issues resulted in a thirteenth place finish. The former USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion sits fourteenth in the standings and sixth in the mini-series point chase.

The “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) will return to action on Saturday, May 7th, at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California. The “Mother’s Day Madness” will be the third round of the Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service, AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Elk Grove Ford, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 23, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – “Elk Grove Ford Mini Series Round #2” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-12.390; 2. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.791; 3. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.813; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.858; 5. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-12.894; 6. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.941; 7. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-12.981; 8. Dawson Faria, 14JR, Streeter-13.098; 9. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-13.099; 10. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-13.178; 11. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols/Peckfelder-13.220; 12. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-13.248; 13. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-13.281; 14. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-13.343; 15. Michael Snider, 6K, Snider-13.469; 16. Danika Jo Parker, 13, Parker-13.528; 17. Thomas Esberg, 8X, Esberg-13.750; 18. Anthony Esberg, 1K, Esberg-14.112; 19. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-NT.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Sarale, 3. Liggett, 4. Buckley, 5. Parker. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Faria, 3. Bernal, 4. Fuson, 5. T.Esberg, 6. Nichols. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Snider, 2. Andreotti, 3. Bender, 4. Bower, 5. Worth, 6. A.Esberg. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Shane Golobic (6), 2. Michael Faccinto (5), 3. Ben Worth (1), 4. A.J. Bender (10), 5. Dawson Faria (9), 6. Caden Sarale (14), 7. Jake Hodges (8), 8. Travis Buckley (11), 9. Brody Fuson (15), 10. Danika Jo Parker (16), 11. Thomas Esberg (17), 12. Jake Andreotti (13), 13. Austin Liggett (3), 14. Terry Nichols (12), 15. Blake Bower (4), 16. Michael Snider (7), 17. Ryan Bernal (2).
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**Pankratz and A.Esberg did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Bernal, Laps 7-30 Golobic.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Caden Sarale (14th to 6th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Austin Liggett

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-275, 2-Ben Worth-243, 3-Michael Faccinto-227, 4-Travis Buckley-221, 5-Jake Andreotti-211, 6-Brody Fuson-190, 7-Blake Bower-188, 8-Michael Snider-175, 9-Thomas Esberg-160, 10-Shane Golobic-159.

NEW ELK GROVE FORD MINI SERIES POINTS: 1-Shane Golobic-159, 2-Michael Faccinto-157, 3-A.J. Bender-137, 4-Jake Andreotti-126, 5-Ben Worth-120, 6-Austin Liggett-110, 7-Travis Buckley-104, 8-Caden Sarale-94, 9-Blake Bower-91, 10-Danika Jo Parker-82.

NEW TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Ben Worth-15, 2-Michael Faccinto-13, 3-Shane Golobic-12, 4-Jake Andreotti-8, 5-Chase Johnson-6, --Mitchel Moles-6, 7-Shannon McQueen-4, --Travis Buckley-4, --Austin Liggett-4, --Blake Bower-4.

NEW PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-20, 2-Thomas Esberg-13, 3-Dankia Jo Parker-11, 4-Brody Fuson-8, --Caden Sarale-8, 6-Michael Snider-7, --Shane Golobic-7, 8-Blake Bower-6, 9-Randi Pankratz-5, --Anthony Esberg-5, --C.J. Sarna-5, --Mitchel Moles-5, --Travis Buckley-5.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: May 7 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – “Mother’s Day Madness” / “Elk Grove Ford Mini Series Round #3” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

 

 

DAMION GARDNER ADDS MOHAVE VALLEY TO WIN LIST

By Lance Jennings

MOHAVE VALLEY, AZ – APRIL 27, 2022… Starting fifth, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) continued his assault on the record books by winning last Saturday’s debut at Mohave Valley Raceway. Leading all 30-laps, the pilot of Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike powered to his fifth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph of the campaign. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Eddie Tafoya Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Chase Johnson followed the Damion to the checkered flags.

Before scoring the ninety-fourth win of his career, “The Demon” qualified second overall and topped the night’s 10-lap BillsJerky.net Heat Race #2. The nine-time champion and current point leader heads to the Perris “Sokola Shootout” with a stout 136-point advantage.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) opened the program by setting a new track record and posting his eighth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 13.974 over the 27-car roster. Driving his #44 Team Guertin Prime Lending / W.C. Friend Company DRC, Williams was one of thirteen drivers under the 1995 SCRA track record established by Steve Ostling. Later, “The Cadillac” ran second to “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. in his heat race and finished twentieth in the main event. As this writing goes to press, Cody ranks tenth in championship points.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) raced to victory in the 10-lap Flowdynamics Incorporated Heat Race #1. Racing his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker DRC, Davis was fourth quick in time trials and placed fourteenth in the feature. The multi-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion heads to the “Sokola Shootout” ranked second in the point standings.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, California) took the checkered flags in the In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Heat Race #3. Piloting the Yeley Racing #2J Avanti Windows & Doors / Apache Scapes Twister, Johnson qualified ninth overall and scored fifth in the Mohave Valley feature. At press time, the versatile driver is seventh in the point chase.

Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) topped the 12-lap Factory Wraps Semi-Main. Driving the family owned #28M Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, McCarthy was third quick in time trials, placed fifth in his heat race, and finished tenth in the main event. The 2017 Rookie of the Year left Mohave Valley tied for eighth with “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm in the standings.

Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) returned the USAC/CRA action and earned the night’s Hard Charger Award at Mohave Valley with a sixth place run from eighteenth. Racing his #20 Mesilla Valley Transportation / Bell Helmets DRC, Deskins qualified nineteenth overall and scored third in his heat race. The former NMMRA Champion left Mohave Valley ranked thirty-fourth in points.

Logan Calderwood (Goodyear, Arizona) earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.” Piloting the family owned #6 MP Environmental Services Maxim, Calderwood was twenty-first fast in qualifying, placed eighth in his heat race, and ran ninth in the semi-main. In limited action, the young driver sits twenty-seventh in the chase for the championship.

Mohave Valley Raceway promoter Ron Meyer offered a $300 bonus to the highest finishing 360 powered sprint car. That award was claimed by Randy Nelson (Peoria, Arizona) who placed eighth in the 30-lap main event. Driving his #9 A.R.C. Coatings / Beaver Stripes Triple X, Nelson qualified fifth overall and finished third in his heat race. After one event, Nelson ranks thirty-seventh in USAC/CRA standings.

The USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, California) this Saturday, April 30th, for the “Sokola Shootout.”

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Floracing.com, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Vahlco Wheels, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 23, 2022 – Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-13.974 (New Track Record); 2. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-14.129; 3. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.318; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.387; 5. Randy Nelson, 9X, Nelson-14.544; 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.544; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.576; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-14.587; 9. Chase Johnson, 2J, Yeley-14.723; 10. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.732; 11. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-14.826; 12. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.852; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.866; 14. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-14.988; 15. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-14.998; 16. Trent Carter, 91, BRAT-15.001; 17. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-15.012; 18. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-15.034; 19. Shon Deskins, 20, SDR-15.116; 20. Dustin Cormany, 29, Holloway-15.151; 21. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-15.386; 22. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-15.413; 23. Jim Vanzant, 3V, Vanzant-15.429; 24. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-15.464; 25. Richard McCormick, 71, Luport-15.464; 26. Camie Bell, 29C, Bell-19.413; 27. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. C.Williams, 3. Deskins, 4. Carter, 5. Mitchell, 6. Gansen, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Sexton, 9. Dyer. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. T.Williams, 3. Nelson, 4. Bonneau, 5. Cormany, 6. A.Williams, 7. Grabowski, 8. Vanzant, 9. Bell. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. L.Williams, 3. Tafoya, 4. Martin, 5. McCarthy, 6. A.Sweeney, 7. McCormick, 8. Calderwood. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Mitchell, 3. Cormany, 4. Gansen, 5. A.Sweeney, 6. McCormick, 7. A.Williams, 8. Grabowski, 9. Calderwood, 10. Sexton, 11. Vanzant, 12. Bell, 13. V.Sweeney, 14. Dyer. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (5), 2. Austin Williams (9), 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (2), 4. Mike Martin (11), 5. Chase Johnson (1), 6. Shon Deskins (18), 7. Chris Gansen (8), 8. Randy Nelson (3), 9. Trent Williams (16), 10. Matt McCarthy (7), 11. Richard McCormick (22), 12. Shane Sexton (21), 13. Logan Calderwood (20), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (4), 15. Andrew Sweeney (17), 16. Matt Mitchell (12), 17. Chris Bonneau (10), 18. Austin Grabowski (13), 19. Trent Carter (15), 20. Cody Williams (6), 21. Dustin Cormany (19), 22. Logan Williams (14). NT. ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner. HARD CHARGER: Shon Deskins (18th to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Logan Calderwood.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-562, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-426, --Austin Williams-426, 4-Matt Mitchell-392, 5-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-359, 6-Logan Williams-350, 7-Chase Johnson-289, 8. Tommy Malcolm-285, --Matt McCarthy-285, 10. Cody Williams-263.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 30 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Sokola Shootout”

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS HEADLINE PERRIS “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT” THIS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 27, 2022... After a successful debut at Mohave Valley, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, April 30th. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the “Sokola Shootout” will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and IMCA Modifieds. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- Protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 234 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-two different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 50 “home track” wins, including the “So-Cal Showdown” on March 26th. Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012 and a complete USAC/CRA win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

The "Sokola Shootout" has been a popular race on the West Coast since "The Cowboy" Tony Jones won the inaugural show at Manzanita Speedway on March 17, 2001. Originally called the "Sokola Classic" to honor past CRA President and USAC Sprint Supervisor Gary Sokola, the event has grown to also honor former driver Mark Sokola and their contributions to racing. Last season, Gardner claimed his fourth “Sokola Shootout” over “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm. The win list for the “Sokola Shootout” is at the end of this release.

After winning the series debut at Mohave Valley Raceway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 136-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner has also posted five feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 126 feature laps led to his credit. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has ninety-four series wins and will be looking to claim his fifth “Sokola Shootout.”

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker DRC, Davis scored a fourteenth place finish at Mohave Valley Raceway. At press time, the 1993 CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, five top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the season. The seven-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has four USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on adding the “Sokola Shootout” to his resume.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is tied with Davis for second in the championship standings. Racing the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC, Williams ran second to Gardner at Mohave Valley last Saturday night. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. “The Big Game Hunter” has eleven series wins and will be looking to claim his first “Sokola Shootout.”

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Mitchell placed sixteenth last Saturday night. At press time, the former USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, and five top-10 finishes on the season. Matt has seven career USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on another victory at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, California) is currently fifth in the championship standings. Piloting the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / DRC Chassis entry, Tafoya finished third last Saturday night at Mohave Valley Raceway. To date, the 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year has one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award and four top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Eddie will be looking for his first career USAC/CRA win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks twelfth in the point chase. The pilot of the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine Maxim will have his sights on his first win at the “Sokola Shootout.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Chris Gansen, Verne Sweeney, “T-Dub” Trent Williams, Brody Roa, “Shugah” Shane Sexton, Austin Grabowski, Jeff Dyer, A.J. Bender, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, Chris Bonneau, Jake Hodges, Steve Hix, Dan Taylor, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $30, Senior tickets (65 & over) are $25, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $5, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. The Fairgrounds charges $10 for parking. Advance tickets are available and for more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Floracing.com, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Vahlco Wheels, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Austin Liggett.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Nic Faas – 15.833 (02/25/12)

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 50-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Brody Roa, 3-Brady Bacon, 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

SOKOLA CLASSIC / SHOOTOUT WINNERS: 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Jeremy Sherman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Mike Kirby, 2006-Mike Kirby, 2007-Not Held, 2008-Not Held, 2009-Rickie Gaunt, 2010-Damion Gardner, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Nic Faas, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Bryan Clauson, 2017-Richard Vander Weerd, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Richard Vander Weerd, 2020-Cancelled, 2021-Damion Gardner.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-562, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-426, -. Austin Williams-426, 4. Matt Mitchell-392, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-359, 6. Logan Williams-350, 7. Chase Johnson-289, 8. Tommy Malcolm-285, -. Matt McCarthy-285, 10. Cody Williams-263, 11. Chris Gansen-253, 12. Nate Schank ®-252, 13. Ricky Lewis ®-235, 14. Verne Sweeney-229, 15. Mike Martin-213, 16. Trent Williams-209, 17. Brody Roa-195, 18. Shane Sexton-183, 19. Austin Grabowski-163, 20. Austin Liggett-135, 21. Jeff Dyer-114, --. Dustin Cormany-114, 23. Travis Buckley-109, 24. Ryan Bernal-106, 25. Danny Parrish-102, 26. A.J. Bender-100, 27. Logan Calderwood-99, 28. Tanner Boul-92, 29. Jess Beckett-87, 30. Dustin Burkhart-74, 31. Brody Fuson-66, 32. Danny Sheridan-61, --. Chris Bonneau-61, --. Shon Deskins-61, 35. Jake Hodges-58, 36. Jonas Reynolds-57, --. Randy Nelson-57, 38. Dawson Faria-53, 39. J.J. Yeley-47, 40. Steve Hix-44, 41. Richard McCormick-42, 42. Austin Ervine-37, 43. Stevie Sussex-35, --. Christopher Muraoka-35, 45. Dan Taylor-34, --. Andrew Sweeney-34, 47. Gary Marshall Jr.-33, 48. Kyle Edwards-30, --. Trent Carter-30, 50. Ikaika O'Brien-29, 51. Ryan Timmons-24, 52. Sterling Cling-13, 53. Tuesday Calderwood-10, --. Jim Vanzant-10, --. Camie Bell-10.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
March 4: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Rained Out)
March 5: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Rained Out)
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial)
July 2: TBA
July 8: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
July 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
August 6: TBA
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 4: TBA
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 1: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 28: *TBA (Western World Championships)
October 29: *TBA (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.


 


SPRINGTIME IN BLOOMINGTON:
USAC SPRINTS HIT RED CLAY FRIDAY
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (April 27, 2022)………As much a fixture of spring as the blooming of the flowers and trees, it seems apropos that the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes an annual early season trip to southern Indiana’s Bloomington Speedway.

The 11th such springtime series event at the 1/4-mile red clay oval since the first edition in 1986 brings the series to round number five of the 2022 season and its 42nd event ever held at Bloomington over the past 40 years.

Brady Bacon enters Friday’s event at Bloomington coming off a victory in the series’ most recent race on April 16 at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway. He’s the lone springtime Bloomington USAC National Sprint Car feature winner expected in the field, capturing the 30-lap feature in 2019, which stands as the 30-lap track record for the series at a clip of 6:47.18. Additionally, the four-time series champ was 2nd in 2021 and has finished his last seven spring Bloomington starts inside the top-eight along with being a three-time fast qualifier there this time of the year in 2012-13-15.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) eyes one spot better than he got a decade ago in May of 2012 when he finished second behind Bobby East at Bloomington. Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) is looking for two better after the seven-time track champion tallied a 3rd place result in the spring of 2013.

Like Short, the quad of Chase Stockon, Jason McDougal, Logan Seavey and Kyle Cummins are all looking to return to the podium, where they’ve all stood before with third-place finishes in the spring at Bloomington in recent years. Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) took third in both 2015 and 2017 while Stockon holds Bloomington’s 12-lap track record of 2:20.84, set in April of 2017.

Stockon’s KO Motorsports’ teammate, McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) notched a third in his only previous spring Bloomington start in 2019. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) made his only spring Bloomington start a good one in 2018 where he finished third. Cummins scored a third in the most recent edition in 2021.

February Ocala winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) seeks a return to victory lane this Friday after finishing 4th in the spring of 2017 at Bloomington and was the Fatheadz Fast Qualifier a year ago in 2021. Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car driving champion, collected a top-five run with a fifth in 2016. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 series titlist, took 5th in both 2018 and 2019, while also being a three-time fast qualifier during the event in 2016-17-19, the latter of which stands as the one-lap track record for the series at 10.685 seconds.

Likewise, Tanner Thorson, Carson Short, Brent Beauchamp and Matt Westfall are all previous spring Bloomington top-ten finishers who are planning to edge their way into the top-five and more this Friday night. Short (Marion, Ill.) collected a 6th in 2015 while Thorson (Minden, Nev.), the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion, was 6th in his first and only early-season series start at Bloomington in 2021. Brent Beauchamp (Fairland, Ind.), a one-time USAC National Sprint Car victor at Bloomington in July of 2016, finished 9th there in the spring of 2017. Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) bagged a 10th back in 2013.

Jadon Rogers, Jake Swanson and Max Adams, meanwhile, are coming off seasons in which they all won on the local level at Bloomington in 2021. Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) captured three victories with Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) picking up two and Adams once during the early part of the campaign. Rogers vies for his first spring Bloomington start while Swanson finished 11th and Adams 18th in 2021.

A handful of drivers from last year’s spring lineup aim to better their results from their 2021 showings. Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) finished 14th while Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) was 19th, Brayden Fox (Avon, Ind.), the son of 1997 track champ Brad Fox, was 20th. Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.), a 2019 USAC Regional Midget winner at Bloomington, was 23rd there a year ago and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, Calif.) was 24th.

Veteran Brandons, Brandon Morin and Brandon Mattox, will be on the gas to put it in Bloomington’s spring show for the first time in a number of years this Friday. Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) snared a 22nd in 2016 while Morin (Jasonville, Ind.) was 25th back in 2015.

Series point leader, and a two-time feature winner down in Ocala, Fla. in the month of February, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), will make his USAC Sprint Car debut on the red clay this Friday. He finished 11th with the USAC National Midgets in 2021 at Bloomington. Additional debuts will arrive from Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, Calif.), last week’s winner on the local level at Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway, plus Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.), Gabriel Gilbert (Greenwood, Ind.), Harley Burns (Brazil, Ind.) and five-time Paragon (Ind.) Speedway track champ Jake Scott (Morgantown, Ind.).

Alec Sipes (Bloomington, Ind.) is the lone Bloomington native in Friday’s lineup. Braxton Cummings (Bedford, Ind.) will attempt to become the first son a past spring Bloomington USAC National Sprint Car feature starter, following in the footsteps of his dad, Bub Cummings, who finished 14th in the 2011 race.

Friday’s Larry Rice Classic honors the life and career of the three-time USAC National driving champion, 1978 Indianapolis 500 co-Rookie of the Year and ESPN Thunder color analyst. Rice captured the USAC National Midget title in 1973, plus USAC Silver Crown championships in both 1977 and 1981.

The event features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, plus IMCA RaceSaver Sprints Cars and Hornets.

Pits open at 4pm Eastern with the grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing to immediately follow.

General admission tickets are $30 for ages 11 & up. General admission tickets are free for ages 10 & under with proof of age. Pit passes are $35 for ages 11 & up. Pit passes are $15 for ages 10 & under.

The Larry Rice Classic can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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EXPECTED BLOOMINGTON ENTRIES:

04 GEOFF ENSIGN/Sebastopol, CA

2E CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

5 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA

5m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN

5x ALEX BANALES/Lafayette, IN

6 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL

10G GABRIEL GILBERT/Greenwood, IN

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA

14 JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN

16 HARLEY BURNS/Brazil, IN

17 MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA

19AZ TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV

21AZ JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN

29 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN

33 JAKE SCOTT/Morgantown, IN

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ

41 RICKY LEWIS/Oxnard, CA

47BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN

53 BRAYDEN FOX/Avon, IN

57 COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN

61m BRADY SHORT/Bedford, IN

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK

71B BRAXTON CUMMINGS/Bedford, IN

74x SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL

77m C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN

98 BRANDON MORIN/Jasonville, IN

99 ALEC SIPES/Bloomington, IN

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SPRING USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

2-Bryan Clauson & Dave Darland

1-Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Bobby East, Jack Hewitt, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

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SPRING USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

1986: Jack Hewitt (5/2)

2011: Chris Windom (5/20)

2012: Bobby East (5/18)

2013: Dave Darland (5/17)

2015: Bryan Clauson (4/17)

2016: Bryan Clauson (4/15)

2017: Chad Boespflug (4/14)

2018: Dave Darland (4/27)

2019: Brady Bacon (4/12)

2021: Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/16)

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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

5-Bryan Clauson

4-Kevin Thomas Jr.

3-Dave Darland

2-Brady Bacon, Chris Windom, Kevin Briscoe & Tony Elliott

1-A.J. Anderson, Bob Kinser, Bobby East, Brad Fox, Brady Short, Brent Beauchamp, C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug, Cory Kruseman, Hunter Schuerenberg, J.J. Yeley, Jack Hewitt, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas, Larry Martin, Rich Vogler, Rick Hood, Sheldon Kinser & Tracy Hines

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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

1982: Rich Vogler (9/11)

1983: Larry Martin (9/10)

1984: Sheldon Kinser (7/27)

1985: Rick Hood (6/28) & Bob Kinser (8/23)

1986: Jack Hewitt (5/2)

1996: Kevin Thomas (7/26)

1997: Brad Fox (7/25)

1998: Tony Elliott (7/24)

1999: Cory Kruseman (7/23) & Tony Elliott (8/27)

2000: Jay Drake (7/21)

2001: A.J. Anderson (7/27)

2002: Kevin Briscoe (7/26)

2003: J.J. Yeley (7/25)

2004: Kevin Briscoe (7/23)

2005: Tracy Hines (7/15)

2006: Brady Short (7/14)

2007: Dave Darland (7/20)

2008: Jerry Coons Jr. (7/18)

2009: Bryan Clauson (7/17)

2010: Jon Stanbrough (7/16)

2011: Chris Windom (5/20) & Hunter Schuerenberg (7/15)

2012: Bobby East (5/18) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/20)

2013: Dave Darland (5/17) & Bryan Clauson (7/19)

2014: Bryan Clauson (7/18)

2015: Bryan Clauson (4/17)

2016: Bryan Clauson (4/15) & Brent Beauchamp (7/15)

2017: Chad Boespflug (4/14) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/14)

2018: Dave Darland (4/27) & C.J. Leary (7/27)

2019: Brady Bacon (4/12) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/26)

2020: Chris Windom (9/11)

2021: Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/16) & Brady Bacon (7/30)

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TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT BLOOMINGTON:

1 Lap - 4/12/2019 - C.J. Leary - 10.685 - 84.230 mph

6 Laps - 7/25/2003 - Kent Christian - 1:13.96 - 73.012 mph

8 Laps - 7/18/2008 - Jesse Cramer - 1:36.63 - 74.511 mph

10 Laps - 4/14/2017 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 1:51.72 - 80.559 mph

12 Laps - 4/14/2017 - Chase Stockon - 2:20.84 - 76.683 mph

30 Laps - 4/12/2019 - Brady Bacon - 6:47.18 - 66.310 mph

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PAST SPRINGTIME BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

1986 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Randy Kinser, 3. Ron Shuman, 4. Warren Mockler,
5. Rick Hood, 6. Bob Kinser, 7. Andy Stapp, 8. Jac Haudenschild, 9. Craig Keel, 10. Tony Elliott, 11. Alan Brown, 12. Stevie Reeves, 13. Dick Colburn, 14. Mark Owsley, 15. Sheldon Kinser, 16. Bobby Adkins, 17. Kelly Kinser, 18. Kevin Huntley, 19. Charlie Swartz, 20. Rich Vogler. NT

2011 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Levi Jones, 6. Danny Holtsclaw, 7. Bobby East, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Keith Bloom Jr., 10. Jon Sciscoe, 11. Blake Fitzpatrick, 12. Brady Short, 13. Casey Riggs, 14. Bub Cummings, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Bryan Clauson, 19. Casey Shuman, 20. Daron Clayton, 21. Chris Babcock, 22. Brady Bacon. NT

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bobby East, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9. Josh Burton, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Casey Shuman, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Damion Gardner, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Jonathan Hendrick, 17. Chase Briscoe, 18. Coleman Gulick, 19. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20. Brent Beauchamp, 21. Brady Short, 22. Darren Hagen, 23. Bud Kaeding, 24. Jeff Bland, Jr. NT

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Kevin Thomas, 3. Brady Short, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Levi Jones, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Matt Westfall, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Jordan Kinser, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Tyler Courtney, 18. Nick Drake, 19. Chase Briscoe, 20. Bobby East, 21. Dakota Jackson, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Danny Holtsclaw. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Carson Short, 7. Brady Short, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Logan Jarrett, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Chase Briscoe, 17. Kyle Cummins, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Jarett Andretti, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Max McGhee, 22. Aaron Farney, 23. Ted Hines, 24. Shane Cockrum, 25. Brandon Morin. NT

2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Brady Short, 10. Max McGhee, 11. Carson Short, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Jon Stanbrough, 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Brandon Mattox, 23. Jeff Bland Jr., 24. Brent Beauchamp. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Brady Short, 7. Jeff Bland Jr., 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Brent Beauchamp, 10. Nick Bilbee, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Max McGhee, 21. Clinton Boyles, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Jerry Coons Jr., 24. Hunter Schuerenberg. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dave Darland (2), 2. Chris Windom (4), 3. Logan Seavey (15), 4. Chad Boespflug (3), 5. C.J. Leary (5), 6. Jeff Bland Jr. (8), 7. Chase Stockon (1), 8. Brady Bacon (13), 9. Joe Stornetta (10), 10. Tyler Courtney (12), 11. Justin Grant (14), 12. Tyler Thomas (7), 13. Jordan Kinser (11), 14. Kyle Cummins (17), 15. Nick Bilbee (18), 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 17. Robert Ballou (16), 18. Isaac Chapple (19), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (21), 20. Lee Underwood (22), 21. Stevie Sussex (9), 22. Kody Swanson (23), 23. Dakota Jackson (20). NT

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 3. Jason McDougal (4), 4. Tyler Courtney (9), 5. C.J. Leary (6), 6. Justin Grant (3), 7. Chad Boespflug (5), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Chris Windom (12), 10. Robert Ballou (13), 11. Jordan Kinser (11), 12. Josh Hodges (8), 13. Dakota Jackson (15), 14. Carson Short (16), 15. Dave Darland (20), 16. Isaac Chapple (17), 17. Stephen Schnapf (10), 18. Joe Stornetta (19), 19. Lee Underwood (14), 20. T.J. Artz (21), 21. Dustin Christie (18), 22. Zach Daum (22). 6:47.18 (New Track Record)

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 2. Brady Bacon (5), 3. Kyle Cummins (7), 4. Shane Cottle (1), 5. Chris Windom (4), 6. Tanner Thorson (11), 7. C.J. Leary (9), 8. Justin Grant (6), 9. Scotty Weir (16), 10. Robert Ballou (20), 11. Jake Swanson (13), 12. Dave Darland (15), 13. Carson Garrett (8), 14. Mario Clouser (10), 15. Tye Mihocko (22), 16. Paul Nienhiser (3), 17. Carson Short (17), 18. Max Adams (12), 19. Cole Bodine (19), 20. Brayden Fox (14), 21. Matt Westfall (23) (P), 22. A.J. Hopkins (21), 23. Sterling Cling (24) (P), 24. Ricky Lewis (18). NT

 

NIFTY!
USAC SPRINTS TAKE ON TRI-STATE
FOR THE 50TH TIME SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (April 28, 2022)………An extraordinary moment in the history of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway arrives this Saturday night, April 30, during the 10th running of the Spring Showdown, co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

The venerable southern Indiana 1/4-mile dirt oval hosts its 50th USAC National Sprint Car event, becoming just the 11th racetrack to reach that milestone, joining Ohio’s Eldora Speedway (203); the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track (168); Winchester (Ind.) Speedway (143); Salem (Ind.) Speedway (105); Indianapolis (Ind.) Raceway Park (79); Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway (71); Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway (67); Reading (Pa.) Fairgrounds (60); New Bremen (Ohio) Speedway (59); and Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway (50).

The 2021 Spring Showdown, much like the first, the 47th, the 48th or the 49th USAC Sprint Car events held at Tri-State, had its fair share of memorable moments, all the way down to the last drop. Kyle Cummins, who has long since honed his knack for taking the most extraordinary moments and making them seem almost ordinary at Tri-State, did so once again this time last year.

In his 11th to first charge during the 2021 Spring Showdown, Cummins ran down Jadon Rogers just four laps from the finish to deny the teenager’s first career USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship victory of his own. By doing so, Cummins earned a “first” for himself.

Up to that point, Cummins had won practically every named race at Tri-State, but the first eight editions of the Spring Showdown had eluded him until April of 2021. Cummins’ journey that evening entailed continuous alterations, trials and errors and improvements on the car throughout the course of the night following mag trouble, and even prompted a phone call to his father, Mark, a sprint car hero himself at Tri-State during the 1980s and 1990s, who arrived on the scene and helped pitch in.

Now, this Saturday night, Kyle will attempt to become the first driver to go back-to-back at the Spring Showdown, which enters its 10th edition in what will be the 50th USAC National Sprint Car feature held at the 1/4-mile dirt oval since Rick Hood captured the initial victory in September of 1983.

While no driver owns more Tri-State USAC Sprint Car victories than Cummins, he needs one more to stand alone at the top. He’s currently tied at six with Kevin Thomas Jr. Six of Cummins’ 10 overall USAC Sprint Car victories have come at his home track of Tri-State.

Cummins is among four past Spring Showdown winners in this Saturday’s field. That group includes Stephen Schnapf (Newburgh, Ind.) who stunned the field in 2020 to become the only driver to capture his first career USAC National Sprint Car win during the Spring Showdown.

Just two drivers have started all eight previous Spring Showdown events since the inaugural edition in 2012: Cummins and Chase Stockon from nearby Fort Branch, Ind. Stockon scored in the 2016 Showdown and has yet to finish outside the top-11 in his 10 previous Spring Showdown feature starts. Stockon also possesses the 12-lap track record for the series at TSS, a 2:42.02 set on 9/14/2013.

Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) is a two-time winner at Tri-State with the USAC National Sprint Cars, earning back-to-back wins in 2015. The first of those two visits to victory lane resulted in a 30-lap track record, a mark of 7:31.50 that was set on 7/18/2015 and still stands to this day. B. Short has never finished outside the top-ten in his seven Spring Showdown starts, with a best of 4th on three occasions in 2013-15-17.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has been solid in his past four Spring Showdown runs, all of which have resulted in top-five finishes: a 3rd in 2017, a 5th in 2018, 5th in 2020 and 4th in 2021. In July of 2021, he became a first-time USAC National Sprint Car winner at Tri-State during Indiana Sprint Week.

Likewise, Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) is also a USAC National Sprint Car feature winner at Tri-State. In fact, he’s the only driver to have both his first career USAC National Sprint Car (2016) and World of Outlaws (2020) wins come at TSS. His best Spring Showdown performance came in 2016 with a 3rd place result.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) was victorious with USAC at Tri-State in July of 2014, his lone win at the track under USAC sanction thus far. He’s been the runner-up at the Spring Showdown on three occasions, in 2013, 2015 and again in 2020.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has made a start in each of the past eight Spring Showdown features, leading a lap and finishing 5th in 2016, then setting fast time in qualifying and leading a race-high 14 laps en route to a runner-up result in 2018.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) earned his best career USAC National Sprint Car result in the 2021 Spring Showdown, leading 26 of the 30 laps before finishing as the runner-up. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) finished on the podium in his Spring Showdown debut in 2018.

Spring Showdown top-ten combatants include the likes of Tanner Thorson, Kendall Ruble and Kent Schmidt. Thorson (Minden, Nev.) collected an 8th in 2021 with Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.) finishing one spot behind. Kent Schmidt (Owensville, Ind.), meanwhile, earned himself a 10th in 2016.

Heatseekers bubbling just outside the chart of a top-10 hit performance at the Spring Showdown are Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson (11th in 2021); Fort Branch, Indiana’s Donny Brackett (11th in 2020); Loomis, California’s Max Adams (12th in 2021); Terre Haute, Indiana’s Brandon Mattox (13th in 2018 & 2020); Pittsboro, Indiana’s Critter Malone (13th in 2021); Newburgh, Indiana’s Chet Williams (14th in 2017) and Robards, Kentucky’s Aric Gentry (17th in 2020).

The Spring Showdown Rookie class is stout. Point leader Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) is among those on the first-timer list. Axsom charged from 23rd to 5th at TSS in USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship competition in 2020. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is among the event Rookies as well, having won the 2019 USAC National Midget feature there during the Harvest Classic.

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) has competed in just about every type of racecar and just about every racetrack in the Midwest. However, the one-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner has not yet made a feature start at the Spring Showdown.

Fellow Spring Showdown first-timers for Saturday include 2021 MSCS Rookie of the Year Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.), Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.), Ryan Bond (Haubstadt, Ind.), Sam Scott (Patoka, Ind.), Eddie Vancil (Olney, Ill.), Koby Barksdale (Norman, Okla.), Dylan Moan (Sumner, Ill.), Cindy Chambers (Bloomington, Ind.) and Stan Beadles (Owensville, Ind.).
Saturday’s Spring Showdown features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship (co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series) and the Midwest Mini Sprint Association.

Pits open Saturday at 3pm (Central), with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

General admission tickets for Saturday are $25 for ages 19 and up. General admission for students ages 13-18 is $20. Children ages 12 and under are free.

The Spring Showdown can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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EXPECTED SPRING SHOWDOWN ENTRIES:

2E CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

4B DONNY BRACKETT/Fort Branch, IN

5 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA

5K KENT SCHMIDT/Owensville, IN

5m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN

5x ALEX BANALES/Lafayette, IN

7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN

7R RYAN BOND/Haubstadt, IN

7s SAM SCOTT/Patoka, IN

7v EDDIE VANCIL/Olney, IL

10 ARIC GENTRY/Robards, KY

11 STEPHEN SCHNAPF/Newburgh, IN

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA

14 JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN

15 CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO

16K KOBY BARKSSALE/Norman, OK

17 MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA

17D DYLAN MOAN/Sumner, IL

17K KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN

18c CINDY CHAMBERS/Bloomington, IN

19AZ TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV

21AZ JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH

38 CHET WILLIAMS/Newburgh, IN

47BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN

61m BRADY SHORT/Bedford, IN

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK

77m C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN

84 STAN BEADLES/Owensville, IN

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PAST SPRING SHOWDOWN WINNERS:

2012: Hunter Schuerenberg

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2014: Daron Clayton

2015: Brady Bacon

2016: Chase Stockon

2017: Chris Windom

2018: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2019: Rained Out

2020: Stephen Schnapf

2021: Kyle Cummins

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TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS

6-Kyle Cummins & Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Daron Clayton

4-Cory Kruseman

3-Rick Hood

2-Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Jon Stanbrough & Chase Stockon

1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Blake Fitzpatrick, Damion Gardner, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Kenny Jacobs, Levi Jones, Casey Riggs, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

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TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS

1983: Rick Hood (9/4)

1984: Steve Butler (5/28) & Rick Hood (9/2)

1988: Kenny Jacobs (8/7)

1989: Rick Hood (6/3)

2000: Cory Kruseman (7/30)

2001: Tony Elliott (5/13) & Jay Drake (7/22)

2002: Tracy Hines (5/19) & Cory Kruseman (7/21)

2003: J.J. Yeley (7/20)

2004: Cory Kruseman (7/18)

2005: Cory Kruseman (7/17)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (7/15) & Daron Clayton (9/2)

2007: Daron Clayton (7/21)

2008: Hunter Schuerenberg (7/19)

2009: Levi Jones (7/18)

2010: Blake Fitzpatrick (7/17)

2011: Damion Gardner (7/16) & Casey Riggs (9/17)

2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (5/12), Jon Stanbrough (7/21) & Daron Clayton (9/15)

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr. (5/11) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (9/14)

2014: Daron Clayton (4/26), Robert Ballou (7/19) & Daron Clayton (9/13)

2015: Brady Bacon (4/18), Brady Short (7/18) & Brady Short (9/19)

2016: Chase Stockon (4/16), Carson Short (7/16) & Kyle Cummins (9/17)

2017: Chris Windom (4/15), Kyle Cummins (7/15) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (9/16)

2018: Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/28), Dave Darland (7/28) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (9/15)

2019: Kyle Cummins (7/27) & Kyle Cummins (9/14)

2020: Stephen Schnapf (6/14), Kyle Cummins (8/2) & Chase Stockon (9/19)

2021: Kyle Cummins (4/17), Justin Grant (7/31) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (9/18)

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TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY

1 Lap - 7/30/2000 - Levi Jones - 12.644 - 71.180 mph

6 Laps - 7/07/2005 - Hud Cone - 1:20.59 - 67.006 mph

8 Laps - 7/15/2006 - Shane Hollingsworth - 1:49.6565.664 mph

10 Laps - 9/2/2006 - Dave Darland - 2:09.026 - 9.757 mph

12 Laps - 9/14/2013 - Chase Stockon - 2:42.02 - 66.658 mph

30 Laps - 7/18/2015 - Brady Short - 7:31.50 - 59.801 mph

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PAST SPRING SHODOWN FEATURE RESULTS:

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Daron Clayton, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Brady Short, 7. Jeff Bland Jr., 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Kyle Cummins, 10. Wes McIntyre, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. Casey Shuman, 14. Casey Riggs, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Jonathan Hendrick, 17. Chase Briscoe, 18. Chet Williams, 19. Dakota Jackson, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Brandon Mattox, 22. Nic Faas, 23. Bobby East. 9:33.03

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brady Short, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Wes McIntyre, 8. Landon Simon, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Casey Shuman, 12. Kyle Cummins, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Nick Drake, 15. Chase Briscoe, 16. Danny Holtsclaw, 17. Shane Cottle, 18. Dakota Jackson, 19. Josh Burton, 20. Daron Clayton, 21. Seth Parker, 22. C.J. Leary, 23. Tyler Courtney, 24. Bryan Clauson, 25. Jon Stanbrough. NT

2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Daron Clayton, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Brady Short, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Carson Short, 12. Kyle Cummins, 13. Robert Ballou, 14. Tracy Hines, 15. Thomas Meseraull, 16. Bradley Sterrett, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Shane Cockrum, 19. Jeff Bland Jr., 20. Brandon Mattox, 21. Kevin Thomas Jr., 22. Chris Windom. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Brady Short, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Carson Short, 11. Chase Briscoe, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Logan Jarrett, 15. Ted Hines, 16. Shane Cockrum, 17. Chet Williams, 18. Donnie Brackett, 19. Justin Grant, 20. James Lyerla, 21. Jeff Bland Jr., 22. Travis Hery. NT

2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Short, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Brady Short, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Kent Schmidt, 11. Dakota Jackson, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. James Lyerla, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Brandon Morin, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Nevil Algieo, 22. Max McGhee. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Brady Short, 5. Carson Short, 6. Jarett Andretti, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Max McGhee, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Stevie Sussex, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Chet Williams, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Landon Simon, 18. Brandon Morin, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Clinton Boyles, 22. Aric Gentry, 23. Dakota Jackson, 24. Donny Brackett, 25. Josh Hodges. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 2. C.J. Leary (6), 3. Logan Seavey (7), 4. Dave Darland (4), 5. Justin Grant (2), 6. Chris Windom (10), 7. Robert Ballou (20), 8. Kody Swanson (1), 9. Carson Short (3), 10. Chase Stockon (14), 11. Joe Stornetta (19), 12. Tyler Courtney (15), 13. Brandon Mattox (21), 14. Brady Bacon (18), 15. Donny Brackett (9), 16. Stephen Schnapf (12), 17. Isaac Chapple (16), 18. Kyle Cummins (8), 19. Collin Ambrose (22), 20. Aric Gentry (13), 21. Brian Karraker (11), 22. Tyler Thomas (23), 23. Stevie Sussex (17). NT

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Stephen Schnapf (1), 2. Robert Ballou (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 4. Carson Short (4), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Chris Windom (9), 7. Chase Stockon (11), 8. Brady Bacon (10), 9. Jadon Rogers (12), 10. Brady Short (21), 11. Donny Brackett (6), 12. C.J. Leary (7), 13. Brandon Mattox (16), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (14), 15. Kendall Ruble (13), 16. Max Adams (17), 17. Aric Gentry (20), 18. Kent Schmidt (24), 19. Dustin Clark (19), 20. Logan Seavey (23), 21. Dakota Jackson (8), 22. Kyle Cummins (3), 23. Anton Hernandez (22), 24. Jonathan Vennard (18), 25. Dave Darland (25), 26. Chayse Hayhurst (26). NT

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (11), 2. Jadon Rogers (5), 3. Chase Stockon (1), 4. Justin Grant (7), 5. Brady Bacon (8), 6. Robert Ballou (12), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 8. Tanner Thorson (13), 9. Kendall Ruble (19), 10. Chris Windom (4), 11. Jake Swanson (2), 12. Max Adams (15), 13. Critter Malone (14), 14. Kent Schmidt (3), 15. Paul Nienhiser (22), 16. C.J. Leary (16), 17. Cole Bodine (23) (P), 18. Carson Short (21), 19. Shane Cottle (17), 20. Chet Williams (18), 21. Nic Harris (20), 22. Brandon Mattox (10), 23. Aric Gentry (24) (P), 24. Stephen Schnapf (9). NT

 

 

A MODERN CLASSIC: USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON OPENS SUNDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (April 27, 2022)………A classic track with a new look. A classic racing series with a new beginning.

After a four-year absence, the Sumar Classic returns for the 19th running this Sunday, May 1, at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track for the 2022 USAC Silver Crown season opener.

The scene of 36 champ cars will be at the forefront against the backdrop of a staggering amount of refurbishment to the grand ol’ half-mile dirt oval at the Vigo County Fairgrounds, including a new nine-foot high guardrail, fresh paint, plus tower, bathroom and concession stand upgrades, you know, the works.

A field of 36 is the largest anticipated lineup of cars and drivers for the Sumar since the 1997 event, just a quarter-century ago, if you’re counting. The tradition of the Sumar Classic – named after the wives of Terre Haute businessmen and Sumar Special car owners Chapman Root and Don Smith (Sue and Mary) – began in 1995, and few editions since have had the same type of anticipation as this Sunday’s running.

THE WILL TO COMPETE, THE THRILL TO REPEAT!

Five past Sumar Classic winners are among the bunch, all of whom are one-time winners. In fact, there have been 14 different race winners in the past 14 runnings of the event dating back to 1999.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), the 2020 series champion, turned in a winning performance in the most recent Sumar Classic, held in 2018, which was his fourth start in the event.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) made the winning move with seven laps remaining to capture the 2016 race and has finished inside the top-five in all four of his Sumar Classic starts. The victory made him the first son of a past USAC Silver Crown winner (Chuck Leary) to win a race of his own.

Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) will become the first reigning USAC Silver Crown driving champion to compete with the #1 on his ride this Sunday as he too goes for a second career Sumar Classic win after winning back in 2014. He’s finished inside the top-10 in all seven of his event starts.

Shane Cockrum’s first half-mile dirt Silver Crown win came in 2015 at the Sumar Classic. The veteran of five Sumar starts from Benton, Ill. will be one to watch for after winning last year’s dirt season opener at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway.

Parma, Michigan’s Brian Tyler owns 10 Sumar Classic starts, but none since 2012. His 2004 Sumar Classic victory came after he transferred through the qualifying race, then charged from 22nd place on the grid to win, the furthest back any driver has started and done so.

AH, HA, HA, HA, IS THE STREAK GOING TO BE STAYIN’ ALIVE, STAYIN’ ALIVE?

There’s a number of drivers aiming to keep the streak of first-time Sumar Classic winners alive on Sunday, including Brady Bacon, Jerry Coons Jr., Chase Stockon and Logan Seavey, who have all won at Terre Haute in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition.

At the Sumar, Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has made four starts, finishing a best of 4th in 2016. Coons (Tucson, Ariz.) has made more Sumar Classic starts than anybody in the field with 13th but would love to notch a first triumph in the event after runner-up finishes in both 2008 and 2012. Stockon’s most recent, and only, Sumar start came in 2015, finishing 11th. Meanwhile, USAC Silver Crown racing’s 2021 Rookie of the Year and two-time series feature winner, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), will be making his Sumar Classic debut.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), making his debut for the new Hodges Motorsports team, has made eight Sumar starts, taking 2nd in 2006. Veteran Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.) made has made two Sumar starts, one of which resulted in his best career Silver Crown finish, a 4th in 2010. Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) has five starts, but none since 2010, and collected solid 5th place finishes in the event back in 2002-2003. Eric Gordon (Greenfield, Ind.) is the lone driver who can boast having competed in the first Sumar Classic in 1995, finishing 11th, the best of his four career starts in the event.

Returning to the Sumar grid are Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio) who earned a 12th in 2018; Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) finished 12th in 2014; Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) was 13th in 2018; David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wis.) collected a 13th in 2016; Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.) snagged a 16th in 2017; Davey Ray (Davenport, Iowa) placed 17th in 2014; Kyle Steffens (St. Charles, Mo.), making his first Sumar appearance since 2005, was 18th in 2002; and Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) recorded a 19th back in 2018.

SUMAR VETERANS, SOME ARE ROOKIES

Just because you’ve never been in a Sumar Classic doesn’t mean you can’t win it, although it’s been rare. Donnie Beechler (1995) and Josh Wise (2005) are the only drivers to win in their first start in the event.

Five drivers, in fact, are aiming to make their first ever Silver Crown series start on Sunday. That includes 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif) for the Hans Lein-owned team which won the pole for the Sumar in 2018 with driver Tyler Courtney. Current USAC National Sprint Car point leader Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) is entered for his first foray in the big cars with Nolen Racing, which won the 1998 and 2002 installments of the Sumar Classic with driver Tony Elliott.

Florida sprint car champion Tommy Nichols (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) will make his first Silver Crown appearance since DNQ’ing at Tennessee’s Memphis Motorsports Park in 1998 and aims to qualify for his first main event start on Sunday. Signing in for their first ever Silver Crown race is 2006 Paragon (Ind.) Speedway sprint car track champion Gregg Cory (Shelbyville, Ind.) as well as Eldora Speedway’s four-time late model and two-time modified titlist, Brian Ruhlman (Clarklake, Mich.) as well as northern Indiana’s pavement winged sprint car vet Tom Paterson (Argos, Ind.).

SUMAR ROOKIES, SERIES VETS WHO'VE GOT THE JETS

They’ll be joined by a slew of Silver Crown experienced drivers who find themselves among the Sumar Classic’s 2022 Rookie class. The 2021 USAC National Most Improved Driver Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) has been a regular contender for a win on the Silver Crown trail as has been USAC National Midget and Sprint Car winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) who makes his return to the series for a first career Sumar appearance.

Dave Peperak (Clinton, Ind.) is a former USAC National Sprint Car track record holder at Terre Haute but is fairly new to the Silver Crown cars. He’s joined by Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio), nephew of 1999 Sumar winner Jack Hewitt. Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.) is the great nephew of Terre Haute’s 1955 Hut Hundred midget winner, Chuck Weyant.

Sumar Classic first-timers also include the likes of Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.), Casey Buckman (Chandler, Ariz.) and series full-timer Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.). Ronnie Wuerdeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) returns to the fold after a devastating Williams Grove crash last year sidelined his car for the remainder of the season. Chris Fetter (Troy, Mo.) is back in action as is Danny Long (Bonne Terre, Mo.), a Vietnam War veteran who is the most veteran driver in the field at 72 years old.

THE DETAILS

It all begins Sunday, May 1, at the Terre Haute Action Track in western Indiana. Pits open at 1pm Eastern with the front gates opening at 2pm, the drivers meeting at 4pm and practice beginning at 5pm, followed by Fatheadz Qualifying, the last chance qualifying race and the 100-lap Sumar Classic feature event.

Tickets are $30 for the grandstands, $20 for the infield and $35 for the pits. Kids age 10 and under are free!

The 19th running of the Sumar Classic can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N

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SUMAR CLASSIC ENTRY LIST: (38 Entries)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Steffens Motorsports)

1 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Dyson Racing)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

8 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Cornell Racing Stables)

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 (R) EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Nolen Racing)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

26 (R) TOMMY NICHOLS/Wesley Chapel, FL (Sam Pierce)

27 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

32 (R) GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing)

33 (R) RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Wuerdeman Family Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

49 (R) BRIAN RUHLMAN/Clarklake, MI (Brian Ruhlman)

52 CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

53 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Five Three Motorsports)

54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Motorsports)

55 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Patty Bateman)

57 DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

69 (R) CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (BLS Motorsports)

74 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

77 (R) DAVE PEPERAK/Clinton, IN (Dave Peperak Motorsports)

81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Chris Fetter)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

97 (R) BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Hans Lein)

99 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Brad & Tara Armstrong)

110 CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (DMW Motorsports)

111 TOM PATERSON/Argos, IN (Tom Paterson)

199 KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

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USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS AT THE TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK:

1980: Gary Bettenhausen (11/2)

1995: Donnie Beechler (7/7)

1996: Kevin Thomas (7/5)

1997: Donnie Beechler (7/4)

1998: Tony Elliott (7/3)

1999: Jack Hewitt (9/17)

2002: Tony Elliott (6/1)

2003: J.J. Yeley (6/14)

2004: Brian Tyler (6/5)

2005: Josh Wise (6/4)

2006: Bud Kaeding (8/5)

2008: Dave Darland (7/23)

2010: Levi Jones (10/9)

2012: Bobby East (10/13)

2014: Kody Swanson (4/6)

2015: Shane Cockrum (7/2)

2016: C.J. Leary (4/3)

2017: Chris Windom (4/2)

2018: Justin Grant (4/29)

USAC SILVER CROWN WINS AT THE TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK:

2-Donnie Beechler & Tony Elliott

1-Gary Bettenhausen, Shane Cockrum, Dave Darland, Bobby East, Justin Grant, Jack Hewitt, Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, C.J. Leary, Kody Swanson, Kevin Thomas, Brian Tyler, Chris Windom, Josh Wise & J.J. Yeley

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN AT THE TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK:

1 Lap - 6/4/2005 - Josh Wise - 20.139 - 89.379 mph

10 Laps - 7/3/1998 - Derek Davidson - 3:40.40 - 81.670 mph

15 Laps - 6/5/2004 - Cary Faas - 5:47.78 - 77.635 mph

100 Laps - 4/3/2016 - C.J. Leary - 44:20.125 - 67.666 mph

PAST USAC SILVER CROWN RESULTS AT THE TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK:

1980 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Gary Bettenhausen (2), 2. Johnny Parsons (11), 3. Ken Schrader (1), 4. Larry Dickson (12), 5. Pancho Carter (6), 6. Rich Vogler (20), 7. Larry Rice (14), 8. Sheldon Kinser (9), 9. Jim McElreath (5), 10. Tom Bigelow (3), 11. Steve Cannon (15), 12. Steve Chassey (7), 13. Jerry Weeks (22), 14. Larry Gates (18), 15. Billy Engelhart (17), 16. Joe Saldana (8), 17. Eddie Leavitt (13), 18. Steve Kinser (4), 19. Chris Cumberworth (19), 20. Bobby Olivero (10), 21. Paul Pitzer (16), 22. Kramer Williamson (21). 50:37.20

1995 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Donnie Beechler (15), 2. Jack Hewitt (17), 3. Jimmy Sills (6), 4. Rocky Hodges (19), 5. Kenny Irwin Jr. (24), 6. Tony Stewart (3), 7. Richard Griffin (14), 8. Chuck Gurney (4), 9. Robby Flock (1), 10. Cary Faas (20), 11. Eric Gordon (10), 12. Brian Hayden (23), 13. Jack Runyon (9), 14. Dave Darland (16), 15. Lee Dunn (21), 16. Kevin Thomas (2), 17. Jon Stanbrough (11), 18. Brad Noffsinger (8), 19. Tony Elliott (5), 20. Ron Shuman (18), 21. Kevin Doty (13), 22. Mark Cassella (12), 23. Johnny Parsons (22), 24. Dan Drinan (7). 50:41.55

1996 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas (12), 2. Jimmy Sills (11), 3. Tony Stewart (7), 4. Tony Elliott (8), 5. Cory Kruseman (3), 6. Chuck Gurney (13), 7. Dave Darland (17), 8. Kevin Doty (15), 9. Jon Stanbrough (23), 10. Jim Keeker (24), 11. Richard Griffin (21), 12. Brad Marvel (19), 13. Kenny Irwin Jr. (2), 14. Johnny Parsons (18), 15. Rip Williams (22), 16. Kenny Jacobs (6), 17. Mark Cassella (14), 18. Jack Hewitt (16), 19. Donnie Beechler (1), 20. John Heydenreich (20), 21. Bill Rose (9), 22. Cary Faas (3), 23. Bill Baue (4), 24. Robby Flock (10). NT

1997 FEATURE (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Donnie Beechler (1), 2. Kevin Thomas (9), 3. Jimmy Sills (3), 4. Dave Darland (17), 5. Russ Gamester (13), 6. Brian Tyler (24), 7. Robby Flock (12), 8. Brian Gerster (4), 9. Derek Davidson (21), 10. Wally Pankratz (7), 11. Brian Hayden (11), 12. Tony Elliott (18), 13. Chuck Leary (15), 14. Tony Stewart (8), 15. Tim Clark (6), 16. Ryan Newman (23), 17. Jack Hewitt (19), 18. Jason Leffler (14), 19. Terry Pletch (10), 20. Cary Faas (2), 21. Jimmy Kite (5), 22. J.J. Yeley (16), 23. Chuck Gurney (20), 24. Johnny Parsons (22). NT

1998 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tony Elliott (2), 2. J.J. Yeley (3), 3. Brian Tyler (5), 4. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (4), 5. Todd Kane (11), 6. Ryan Newman (18), 7. Wally Pankratz (10), 8. Kevin Doty (14), 9. Robby Flock (7), 10. Jerry Coons Jr. (20), 11. Derek Davidson (15), 12. Jason Leffler (12), 13. Dave Darland (9), 14. Lou Cicconi Jr. (21), 15. Kenneth Nichols (24), 16. Tracy Hines (6), 17. Jimmy Sills (16), 18. Jack Hewitt (1), 19. Eric Gordon (19), 20. Bill Rose (23), 21. Kevin Thomas (22), 22. Russ Gamester (8), 23. Donnie Beechler (13), 24. Aaron Mosley (17). NT

1999 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jack Hewitt (3), 2. Dave Darland (7), 3. Jimmy Sills (9), 4. Greg Wilson (23), 5. Brad Noffsinger (1), 6. Tony Elliott (4), 7. Todd Kane (15), 8. Ryan Newman (21), 9. Brad Fox (20), 10. Jay Drake (13), 11. Tracy Hines (8), 12. Dave Steele (12), 13. Paul White (22), 14. Cory Kruseman (10), 15. Eric Gordon (16), 16. Craig Dori (25), 17. Brian Tyler (17), 18. Tom Capie (24), 19. Russ Gamester (5), 20. Dane Carter (26), 21. J.J. Yeley (2), 22. Jason Leffler (19), 23. Bill Rose (14), 24. Donnie Beechler (6), 25. Rick Treadway (11), 26. Johnny Parsons (18). 55:58.18

2002 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tony Elliott (14), 2. J.J. Yeley (4), 3. Tracy Hines (3), 4. Kevin Huntley (18), 5. Matt Westfall (17), 6. Rich Tobias Jr. (11), 7. John Starks (21), 8. Gary Hieber (19), 9. Jason McCord (6), 10. Jonathan Vennard (13), 11. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 12. Randy Bateman (20), 13. Dave Darland (9), 14. John Heydenreich (16), 15. Dave Steele (12), 16. Derek Davidson (1), 17. Russ Gamester (15), 18. Kyle Steffens (5), 19. Dane Carter (22), 20. Jay Drake (10), 21. Nick Lundgreen (8), 22. Jack Hewitt (24), 23. Paul White (25), 24. Aaron Fike (7), 25. Jim Mills (23), 26. Jason Leffler (26). NT

2003 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. J.J. Yeley (3), 2. Kevin Huntley (2), 3. Dave Darland (6), 4. Paul White (16), 5. Matt Westfall (19), 6. Dave Steele (18), 7. Brian Tyler (15), 8. Levi Jones (9), 9. Jason McCord (17), 10. Rich Tobias Jr. (7), 11. Tyler Walker (14), 12. Teddy Beach (10), 13. Eric Gordon (5), 14. Jerry Nemire (22), 15. Jay Drake (1), 16. David Bridges (26), 17. Tracy Hines (4), 18. Jerry Coons Jr. (8), 19. Jonathan Vennard (12), 20. Daryl Campbell (24), 21. Craig Dori (23), 22. John Heydenreich (13), 23. Nick Lundgreen (21), 24. Brad Noffsinger (11), 25. Russ Gamester (20), 26. Tony Elliott (25). NT

2004 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brian Tyler (22), 2. Levi Jones (1), 3. Dave Darland (3), 4. Cory Kruseman (23), 5. Bud Kaeding (4), 6. Donnie Beechler (12), 7. Dave Steele (20), 8. Tony Elliott (10), 9. Jon Stanbrough (2), 10. Jay Drake (16), 11. John Heydenreich (25), 12. Rob Chaney (11), 13. Shane Hollingsworth (19), 14. Russ Gamester (9), 15. Boston Reid (15), 16. Tom Capie (26), 17. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (28), 18. Jim Moughan (27), 19. Paul White (17), 20. Aaron Fike (5), 21. Jason McCord (24), 22. Aaron Pierce (7), 23. Matt Westfall (6), 24. Tracy Hines (8), 25. Rich Tobias Jr. (13), 26. Kyle Wissmiller (29), 27. Teddy Beach (14), 28. Kevin Huntley (18), 29. Cary Faas (21). NT

2005 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Josh Wise (1), 2. Brian Tyler (20), 3. Dave Darland (2), 4. Jon Stanbrough (7), 5. Jesse Hockett (3), 6. Levi Jones (8), 7. Bud Kaeding (9), 8. Kevin Huntley (15), 9. Aaron Pierce (10), 10. Jerry Coons Jr. (4), 11. Jay Drake (5), 12. Tom Capie (25), 13. Teddy Beach (19), 14. Russ Gamester (24), 15. Nick Lundgreen (13), 16. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (27), 17. Paul White (17), 18. John Heydenreich (14), 19. Rich Tobias Jr. (16), 20. Matt Westfall (23), 21. Dave Steele (21), 22. Tom Hessert III (12), 23. Jason McCord (6), 24. Shane Hollingsworth (18), 25. Mat Neely (22), 26. Tony Elliott (11), 27. Kyle Steffens (26). NT

2006 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bud Kaeding (2), 2. Shane Cottle (3), 3. Levi Jones (11), 4. Dickie Gaines (9), 5. Tom Capie (26), 6. Chris Urish (23), 7. Jay Drake (14), 8. Cole Carter (24), 9. Justin Allgaier (19), 10. Shane Hollingsworth (10), 11. Aaron Pierce (17), 12. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (25), 13. Mat Neely (5), 14. Ron Gregory (6), 15. Jon Stanbrough (13), 16. Russ Gamester (15), 17. Jerry Coons Jr. (4), 18. John Heydenreich (1), 19. Dave Darland (8), 20. Mitch Wissmiller (22), 21. Josh Wise (7), 22. Donnie Beechler (12), 23. Brian Tyler (16), 24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (20), 25. Jeff Swindell (21), 26. Steve Buckwalter (18). NT

2008 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dave Darland (1), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 3. Shane Cottle (11), 4. Brian Tyler (13), 5. Mat Neely (17), 6. Levi Jones (6), 7. Jesse Hockett (15), 8. Tom Capie (21), 9. Chris Urish (20), 10. Patrick Bruns (22), 11. Russ Gamester (19), 12. Craig Dori (18), 13. Kevin Huntley (16), 14. Shane Hollingsworth (5), 15. Rex Norris III (23), 16. Bud Kaeding (10), 17. Darren Hagen (14), 18. Jon Stanbrough (4), 19. Tyler Walker (8), 20. Cole Whitt (12), 21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (7), 22. Tracy Hines (2), 23. Chris Windom (9). NT

2010 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Levi Jones (2), 2. Bryan Clauson (5), 3. Shane Cottle (19), 4. Terry Babb (18), 5. Kody Swanson (24), 6. Shane Hollingsworth (10), 7. Bobby East (6), 8. Tom Capie (9), 9. Jeff Swindell (13), 10. Dave Darland (3), 11. A.J. Fike (12), 12. Kellen Conover (28), 13. Tanner Swanson (21), 14. Todd Kane (20), 15. Bud Kaeding (4), 16. Jon Stanbrough (1), 17. Brian Tyler (7), 18. Russ Gamester (25), 19. Tracy Hines (11), 20. Zach Daum (16), 21. Matt Westfall (14), 22. John Heydenreich (15), 23. Mike Hess (23), 24. Jerry Coons Jr. (8), 25. Justin Carver (17), 26. Derek Hagar (22), 27. Randy Bateman (26), 28. Donnie Beechler (27). NT

2012 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby East (2), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (5), 3. Russ Gamester (11), 4. Bud Kaeding (7), 5. Tracy Hines (4), 6. Bryan Clauson (1), 7. Brian Tyler (9), 8. Robert Ballou (3), 9. Kody Swanson (6), 10. Tanner Swanson (13), 11. Rich Tobias Jr. (12), 12. Dave Darland (10), 13. Shane Hollingsworth (8), 14. Shane Cottle (14). NT

2014 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (2), 2. Tracy Hines (1), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (6), 4. Bobby East (3), 5. Zach Daum (10), 6. Shane Cockrum (4), 7. Dave Darland (9), 8. A.J. Fike (12), 9. John Hunt (17), 10. Joe Liguori (13), 11. Jacob Wilson (14), 12. Patrick Lawson (20), 13. Chris Windom (5), 14. Aaron Pierce (7), 15. Caleb Armstrong (8), 16. Christopher Bell (11), 17. Davey Ray (15), 18. Dakota Jackson (16), 19. Taylor Ferns (18), 20. Jake Simmons (21), 21. Jarett Andretti (19). NT

2015 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Shane Cockrum (2), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (4), 4. Shane Cottle (6), 5. Brady Bacon (3), 6. Justin Grant (7), 7. Kody Swanson (1), 8. Chris Windom (10), 9. Tracy Hines (11), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 11. Chase Stockon (18), 12. Tyler Courtney (15), 13. A.J. Fike (13), 14. Jacob Wilson (17), 15. Patrick Lawson (20), 16. Terry James (21), 17. Rex Norris III (19), 18. Dave Darland (22), 19. Joey Moughan (16), 20. Aaron Pierce (12), 21. Russ Gamester (14), 22. Kent Wolters (23), 23. Austin Nemire (24), 24. Steve Buckwalter (8). NT

2016 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Justin Grant (1), 3. Kody Swanson (4), 4. Brady Bacon (6), 5. Chris Windom (5), 6. Shane Cottle (7), 7. Shane Cockrum (9), 8. Bryan Clauson (14), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 10. Dave Darland (8), 11. Robert Ballou (13), 12. Casey Shuman (16), 13. David Byrne (15), 14. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (11), 15. Neil Shepherd (20), 16. Terry James (17), 17. Austin Nemire (19), 18. Terry Babb (12), 19. Steve Buckwalter (10), 20. J.C. Bland (18). 44:20.125 (New Track Record)

2017 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (9), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Kody Swanson (1), 4. Hunter Schuerenberg (11), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (16), 6. Brady Bacon (6), 7. Dave Darland (20), 8. Damion Gardner (19), 9. Dakota Jackson (13), 10. Joss Moffatt (22), 11. Johnny Petrozelle (12), 12. Joe Liguori (14), 13. Patrick Bruns (15), 14. David Byrne (3), 15. Austin Nemire (23), 16. Bill Rose (21), 17. Steve Buckwalter (10), 18. Shane Cockrum (4), 19. Mark Smith (17), 20. Aaron Pierce (8), 21. Shane Cottle (18), 22. Justin Grant (7), 23. J.C. Bland (24), 24. Casey Shuman (2). 49:16.103

2018 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. Kody Swanson (18), 3. Tyler Courtney (1), 4. Chris Windom (13), 5. C.J. Leary (4), 6. Shane Cockrum (7), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 8. Joe Liguori (21), 9. Johnny Petrozelle (12), 10. Neil Shepherd (23), 11. Mike Haggenbottom (24), 12. Austin Nemire (25), 13. Kyle Robbins (19), 14. Shane Cottle (8), 15. Jacob Wilson (10), 16. Casey Shuman (11), 17. Steve Buckwalter (20), 18. Aaron Pierce (6), 19. Travis Welpott (14), 20. David Byrne (17), 21. Joss Moffatt (16), 22. Matt Goodnight (22), 23. Coleman Gulick (9), 24. Austin Mundie (15), 25. Brady Bacon (5). NT

 

 

APRIL 26, 2022
BIGGEST TERRE HAUTE USAC SILVER CROWN FIELD SINCE 1997 EXPECTED FOR SUNDAY
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (April 26, 2022)………The largest car count for the Sumar Classic in a quarter century is expected to compete in this Sunday’s, May 1, Sumar Classic USAC Silver Crown season opener at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Thirty-six entries are on the list, the most since 36 also appeared at the 1997 edition of the event.

This year’s race encompasses many of the most accomplished racers in the history of USAC racing. Five past Sumar Classic winners are in the field, including Parma, Michigan’s Brian Tyler (2004); Kingsburg, California’s Kody Swanson (2014); Benton, Illinois’ Shane Cockrum (2015); Greenfield, Indiana’s C.J. Leary (2016) and Ione, California’s Justin Grant (2018).

The lineup consists of three past USAC Silver Crown champions, including six-time titlist Swanson (2014-15-17-18-19-21), plus Grant (2020) and Tucson, Arizona’s Jerry Coons Jr. (2008). Eight USAC National champions in total make up the field, with those three along with 1996-97 USAC National Sprint Car king Tyler, plus 2014-16-20-21 Sprint champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and 2019 Sprint titlist C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.).

USAC National Midget champs Coons, along with Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey (2018) and first-time Silver Crown racer, Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid (2021), are in the lineup. Past USAC Silver Crown race winners David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wis.), Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Eric Gordon (Greenfield, Ind.) are seeking Sumar Classic win number one.

The Sumar Classic remains one of the most hotly-contested and unpredictable events of the season with no repeat winners over the past 14 runnings since 1999.

It all begins Sunday, May 1, at the Terre Haute Action Track in western Indiana. Pits open at 1pm Eastern with the front gates opening at 2pm, the drivers meeting at 4pm and practice beginning at 5pm, followed by Fatheadz Qualifying, the last chance qualifying race and the 100-lap Sumar Classic feature event.

Tickets are $30 for the grandstands, $20 for the infield and $35 for the pits. Kids age 10 and under are free!

The 19th running of the Sumar Classic can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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SUMAR CLASSIC ENTRY LIST: (36 Entries)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Steffens Motorsports)

1 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Dyson Racing)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

8 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Cornell Racing Stables)

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 (R) EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Nolen Racing)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

27 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

32 (R) GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing)

33 (R) RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Wuerdeman Family Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

49 (R) BRIAN RUHLMAN/Clarklake, MI (Brian Ruhlman)

52 CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

53 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Five Three Motorsports)

54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Motorsports)

55 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Patty Bateman)

57 DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

69 (R) CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (BLS Motorsports)

74 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

77 (R) DAVE PEPERAK/Clinton, IN (Dave Peperak Motorsports)

81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Chris Fetter)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

97 (R) BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Hans Lein)

99 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Brad & Tara Armstrong)

110 CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (DMW Motorsports)

199 KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender


 


THE NEXT GENERATION:
AXSOM & NOLEN TEAM UP FOR USAC SILVER CROWN RUN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (April 26, 2022)………Just a few short years ago, Joe Axsom got his chance behind the wheel of Gene Nolen’s USAC Silver Crown car, making eight series starts on the pavement between 2015 and 2017.

Now, just a few short years later, the next generation of Axsom and Nolen are going USAC Silver Crown racing themselves as their sons, driver Emerson Axsom and team owner Greg Nolen, will make their debut with the iconic yellow number 20 in the series’ season opener this Sunday, May 1, the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

The team’s initial plan is to compete on the dirt at Terre Haute, and on the miles of the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 20 and at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds on September 3, marking the return of the Greenwood, Indiana-based team which has been a fixture with the series for the majority of the time since the time the surname Nolen first appeared in the in the 1989 standings.

For Axsom, a two-time feature winner in both the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at press time, Sunday will mark his first foray in the big cars.

However, it won’t be Emerson’s first tango with the Nolen Racing team as he made three 125-lap pavement sprint car starts with them at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 2021, finishing 4th, 4th and 6th. Additionally, during his father’s time driving for Nolen, starting as a 10-year-old, Emerson spent time around the shop and the cars dreaming of a day he’d have the chance to pilot one of these behemoths. Years later, everything’s come full circle and Emerson now has his very own shot to drive the Nolen champ car.

“I’m pumped,” Emerson exclaimed. “I’ve been a big fan of the crown cars for a while. I’ve been around Silver Crown racing, and I kind of grew up around the Nolen shop when my dad ran for Gene Nolen. My dad always said to show your face and maybe something will come of it one day. He learned as much as he could about the racecars while driving for them, what they needed to be fast and how to work on them, and if an opportunity for me ever came, he’d be able to make sure I’d have the best opportunity to win. I’m super thankful for this opportunity and I’m ready to get in a crown car this weekend.”

Gene Nolen was the eighth winningest car owner in USAC Silver Crown history at the time of his death in April of 2020. His son Greg spent many of those years alongside the team in the 1990s as a crewman until school and business took him in his own direction. From his standpoint, when he and the crew roll the car out of the trailer and it hits the track on Sunday, it’s going to be an emotional experience.

“It’s going to be very special,” Greg anticipates. “There’s been a lot of years with that yellow number 20 and it’s just amazing that we’re going to get a chance to run a few races this year and get it back out in memory of dad.”

Greg is particularly excited about the prospects of having 17-year-old Emerson in the seat, who he considers a natural in the racecar. Although Greg has set his expectations for Sunday’s debut as a learning experience, he certainly won’t be surprised it they’re running near the front at the end of 100 laps.

“My dad would’ve been really excited about Emerson,” Greg stated. “Emerson is a very levelheaded kid, and mature way beyond his age. I think anytime he gets in a car, he’s capable of winning the race. It’s going to be exciting to see what he can do, but we’re going this first time out just to learn. With that said, he’s a quick learner and, anytime he’s in a car, I wouldn’t rule him out, that’s for sure.”

There’s no lack of confidence from Greg, and Emerson certainly feels the same way. After all, Emerson’s track record thus far has proven it. After substantial success in micro sprints, he prospered immediately in midgets. He followed that with near instantaneous sensational performance in sprint cars. Now he plans on following the same track of progression in the Silver Crown car, and looks forward to the challenges that it brings with its longer races and the adaptation to a slightly different approach.

“Just the big heavy nature of a crown car is going to be the challenge,” Emerson noted. “But I feel like I’ve adapted really well from the midget to the sprint car. Obviously, a sprint car is a lot bigger than a midget and a crown car is a lot bigger than a sprint car. I think it’ll just be a little bit slower motion version of a sprint car. When I ran the pavement sprint car, those were 125-lappers. You had to save your tires and be smart there. I think it’ll be a similar racing style to that.”

The yellow number 20 has been around in some form or fashion on the USAC circuit since the 1970s between Glen Niebel and Gene Nolen, spanning generation after generation who’ve gotten to witness its everlasting success in USAC racing. Now, it’s time for the next generation of Axsom and Nolen to make their mark with the series, and same as the yellow number 20, everything seems to come full circle.

Emerson Axsom, Greg Nolen and their Driven2SaveLives – KECO Coatings – Goodridge – K & N Filters sponsored machine will be on track this Sunday, May 1, at the Terre Haute Action Track in western Indiana.

Pits open at 1pm Eastern with the front gates opening at 2pm, the drivers meeting at 4pm and practice beginning at 5pm, followed by Fatheadz Qualifying, the last chance qualifying race and the 100-lap Sumar Classic feature event.

Tickets are $30 for the grandstands, $20 for the infield and $35 for the pits. Kids age 10 and under are free!

The 19th running of the Sumar Classic can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

 

 

SWANSON WILL SPORT #1 FOR DORAN-DYSON ON USAC SILVER CROWN TRAIL

 By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (April 25, 2022)………It’s been 16 years since the defending driving champion sported the number 1 on his car for the following season’s USAC Silver Crown trail.

Sixteen years after Dave Steele last ran the numero uno, Kody Swanson will become the next to drive a Silver Crown car proudly adorned with the number 1, fitting for the humble record-setting driver as he looks to add on to his unprecedented accolades with the series that includes six previous championships and 34 feature wins.

The Kingsburg, Calif. native will drive the entire 2022 schedule for the same two teams he won for in 2021 – Doran Racing and Dyson Racing. However, this year will have a slightly different look on paper as the newly-christened Doran-Dyson Racing team have combined forces to chase after an entrant title while Swanson vies for a seventh driving crown.

While each outfit will remain separate entities with separate shops to house Doran’s pavement car and Dyson’s dirt car, the shared team name and the shared number have presented an opportunity for all to compete for the same shared goal, to win a season championship.

“The chance to drive the number one came about as a way to merge Doran and Dyson to compete for an entrant championship,” Swanson explained. “We needed to figure out how to merge the team names and the number and what that might look like. We were weighing our options, and, out of the Doran shop, it was said, ‘why don’t we run the number one?’ That solved it without either team giving up their individual identities to one another. The idea gained momentum and got Kevin Doran and Chris Dyson in touch on it, and they thought that was the best idea yet.”

What’s uniquely interesting about the Doran and Dyson pairing is their shared backgrounds in road racing. In fact, a photo from the 1980s currently hangs in the Doran team shop and features Al Holbert at speed in IMSA Camel GT competition, driving the famed Lowenbrau Porsche 962 that Kevin Doran was the crew chief of. In the background of that photo, as fate would have it, was a Dyson Racing machine.

All these years later, the two are teamed up to turn left, something which they’ve done with a high rate of success as multi-time winners on the USAC Silver Crown circuit last year between Doran and Dyson, twice an American Le Mans Series champion driver himself.

“It’s cool that that was already there,” Swanson stated of the photo. “Kevin and Chris are pretty excited to get the chance to race together. They’ve had a good competitive rivalry and were always on good terms and got along. It’s really cool that these two teams made the trip from road racing to Silver Crown, and both have great programs.”

In yet another twist of fate, Doran’s association with Al Holbert involved both working with Alex Morales Motorsports in Indy Car racing, for whom Johnny Capels was the chief mechanic and team manager at the time. Capels’ Silver Crown champ car, driven by Pancho Carter, captured the 1978 USAC Silver Crown title, and the team promptly utilized the number 1 the following season. Doran restored that very same car just a few years ago, putting it back in its 1979 livery with the number 1 boldly displayed on the nose and tail tank.

In 2022, Swanson and Doran-Dyson Racing will attempt to become the first to win a Silver Crown race utilizing number 1 since Dave Steele in 2006 at Iowa Speedway. Furthermore, they’ll shoot their shot at taking down another long-standing absence of the 1 in the championship column. Number 1 has never once won the USAC Silver Crown entrant title in the series’ 52-year history.

With a driver and multiple teams that are highly-familiar with making history themselves, that is one piece of history they’d like to alter in the favor for the new year. That quest begins this Sunday, May 1, at the Terre Haute Action Track in western Indiana where Swanson captured a victory back in 2014.

Pits open at 1pm Eastern on Sunday at Terre Haute with the front gates opening at 2pm, the drivers meeting at 4pm and practice beginning at 5pm, followed by Fatheadz Qualifying, the last chance qualifying race and the 100-lap Sumar Classic feature event.

Tickets are $30 for the grandstands, $20 for the infield and $35 for the pits. Kids age 10 and under are free!

The 19th running of the Sumar Classic can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.


$10,000 REWARD SET FOR
MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPION IN 2022
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (April 25, 2022)………USAC drivers will have an even bigger to prize to chase throughout the 2022 season.

The Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship will pay $10,000 to the driver tallying the most combined points throughout the 2022 USAC national racing season, which encompasses the Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing divisions.

Curb’s reward of $10,000 is a 100 percent increase over the previous $5,000 that had been provided to the most recent champions of the award, which had been known as the Super License in the majority of years over the past quarter century.

Curb has offered the reward annually since the 1999 USAC season, and now in his 24th year of bestowing the honor upon USAC’s best, had the ambition to make the prize bigger and better than ever.

“I am very proud to be part of preserving the history of USAC and building the future for the great drivers who have helped build USAC over the years,” Curb stated.

The title has been rechristened to the National Drivers Championship to more properly represent the accomplishment of achieving the feat, which so few have done. Curb’s prize had previously been known as the USAC National Drivers Championship for a span of three years between 2010-2012, yet the criteria has and will remains the same for each driver; gain as many points night-in and night-out.

Previous titlists of the Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship include many of the greatest names of the sport over the past generation. The two-time and defending champion is Justin Grant (2017 & 2021) while Dave Darland captured the inaugural in 1999 and once more in 2015. Tracy Hines has won the award more times than anybody else, on four occasions in 2000, 2008, 2013 and 2014.

J.J. Yeley (2001-2002-2003) and Bryan Clauson (2010-2011-2012) have each won it three times and are the only two to win it three years in a row. Meanwhile, Josh Wise (2005-2006) and Tyler Courtney (2018-2019) are two-time recipients. Jay Drake (2004), Jerry Coons Jr. (2007), Cole Whitt (2009) and Brady Bacon (2016) have each earned the reward once.

The new Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Champion will be honored at USAC’s Night of Champions in December of 2022.

The USAC National Drivers Championship goes along with previous announced rewards for any driver who can capture all three USAC National driving championships in 2022 – Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget. Any driver who can accomplish the feat will earn a staggering $300,000. For any driver who can score two of the three titles in 2022, that’ll put $150,000 in their pocket at season’s end.

Furthermore, the overall point fund for USAC’s National divisions now totals $320,000, an increase of 60 percent since the 2019 season.

The pay for USAC’s AMSOIL Sprint Car National champion has risen to $50,000 to win in 2022 as part of a total point fund of $200,000. By comparison, the series’ point fund was $125,000 just two seasons ago in 2019.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National champion will now collect a $25,000 reward in 2022, as part of a point fund overhaul for the series, which has seen a three-year increase from $50,000 to $80,000 since 2019.

USAC Silver Crown’s champion in the coming year will take home $20,000 as part of an overall $40,000 point fund.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2022 – Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-13.974 (New Track Record); 2. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-14.129; 3. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.318; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.387; 5. Randy Nelson, 9X, Nelson-14.544; 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.544; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.576; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-14.587; 9. Chase Johnson, 2J, Yeley-14.723; 10. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.732; 11. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-14.826; 12. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.852; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.866; 14. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-14.988; 15. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-14.998; 16. Trent Carter, 91, Carter-15.001; 17. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-15.012; 18. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-15.034; 19. Shon Deskins, 20, SDR-15.116; 20. Dustin Cormany, 29, Holloway-15.151; 21. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-15.386; 22. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-15.413; 23. Jim Van Zant, 3V, Van Zant-15.429; 24. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-15.464; 25. Richard McCormick, 71, Luport-15.464; 26. Camie Bell, 29C, Bell-19.413; 27. Tommy Malcolm, 5X,, Napier-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. C.Williams, 3. Deskins, 4. Carter, 5. Mitchell, 6. Gansen, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Sexton, 9. Dyer. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1.Gardner, 2. T.Williams, 3. Nelson, 4. Bonneau, 5. Cormany, 6. A.Williams, 7. Grabowski, 8. Van Zant, 9. Bell. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. L.Williams, 3. Tafoya, 4. Martin, 5. McCarthy, 6. A.Sweeney, 7. McCormick, 8. Calderwood. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Mitchell, 3. Cormany, 4. Gansen, 5. A.Sweeney, 6. McCormick, 7. A.Williams, 8. Grabowski, 9. Calderwood, 10. Sexton, 11. Van Zant, 12. Bell, 13. V.Sweeney, 14. Dyer. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (5), 2. Austin Williams (9), 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (2), 4. Mike Martin (11), 5. Chase Johnson (1), 6. Shon Deskins (18), 7. Chris Gansen (8), 8. Randy Nelson (3), 9. Trent Williams (16), 10. Matt McCarthy (7), 11. Richard McCormick (22), 12. Shane Sexton (21), 13. Logan Calderwood (20), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (4), 15. Andrew Sweeney (17), 16. Matt Mitchell (12), 17. Chris Bonneau (10), 18. Austin Grabowski (13), 19. Trent Carter (15), 20. Cody Williams (6), 21. Dustin Cormany (19), 22. Logan Williams (14). NT. ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner. HARD CHARGER: Shon Deskins (18th to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Logan Calderwood.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-562, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-426, --Austin Williams-426, 4-Matt Mitchell-392, 5-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-359, 6-Logan Williams-350, 7-Chase Johnson-289, 8. Tommy Malcolm-285, --Matt McCarthy-285, --Cody Williams-263.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 30 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Sokola Shootout”


 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – “Elk Grove Ford Mini Series Round #2” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-12.390; 2. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.791; 3. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.813; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.858; 5. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-12.894; 6. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.941; 7. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-12.981; 8. Dawson Faria, 14JR, Streeter-13.098; 9. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-13.099; 10. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-13.178; 11. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols/Peckfelder-13.220; 12. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-13.248; 13. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-13.281; 14. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-13.343; 15. Michael Snider, 6K, Snider-13.469; 16. Danika Jo Parker, 13, Parker-13.528; 17. Thomas Esberg, 8X, Esberg-13.750; 18. Anthony Esberg, 1K, Esberg-14.112; 19. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-NT.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Sarale, 3. Liggett, 4. Buckley, 5. Parker. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Faria, 3. Bernal, 4. Fuson, 5. T.Esberg, 6. Nichols. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Snider, 2. Andreotti, 3. Bender, 4. Bower, 5. Worth, 6. A.Esberg. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Shane Golobic (6), 2. Michael Faccinto (5), 3. Ben Worth (1), 4. A.J. Bender (10), 5. Dawson Faria (9), 6. Caden Sarale (14), 7. Jake Hodges (8), 8. Travis Buckley (11), 9. Brody Fuson (15), 10. Danika Jo Parker (16), 11. Thomas Esberg (17), 12. Jake Andreotti (13), 13. Austin Liggett (3), 14. Terry Nichols (12), 15. Blake Bower (4), 16. Michael Snider (7), 17. Ryan Bernal (2).
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**Pankratz and A.Esberg did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Bernal, Laps 7-30 Golobic.

ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Caden Sarale (14th to 6th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Austin Liggett

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-275, 2-Ben Worth-243, 3-Michael Faccinto-227, 4-Travis Buckley-221, 5-Jake Andreotti-211, 6-Brody Fuson-190, 7-Blake Bower-188, 8-Michael Snider-175, 9-Thomas Esberg-160, 10-Shane Golobic-159.

NEW ELK GROVE FORD MINI SERIES POINTS: 1-Shane Golobic-159, 2-Michael Faccinto-157, 3-A.J. Bender-137, 4-Jake Andreotti-126, 5-Ben Worth-120, 6-Austin Liggett-110, 7-Travis Buckley-104, 8-Caden Sarale-94, 9-Blake Bower-91, 10-Danika Jo Parker-82.

NEW TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Ben Worth-15, 2-Michael Faccinto-13, 3-Shane Golobic-12, 4-Jake Andreotti-8, 5-Chase Johnson-6, --Mitchel Moles-6, 7-Shannon McQueen-4, --Travis Buckley-4, --Austin Liggett-4, --Blake Bower-4.

NEW PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-20, 2-Thomas Esberg-13, 3-Dankia Jo Parker-11, 4-Brody Fuson-8, --Caden Sarale-8, 6-Michael Snider-7, --Shane Golobic-7, 8-Blake Bower-6, 9-Randi Pankratz-5, --Anthony Esberg-5, --C.J. Sarna-5, --Mitchel Moles-5, --Travis Buckley-5.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: May 7 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – “Mother’s Day Madness” / “Elk Grove Ford Mini Series Round #3” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

 

BUDDY’S TOWN:
KOFOID RAKES IN 2ND STRAIGHT T-TOWN WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 23, 2022)………It’s with a fair amount of certainty to say that Buddy Kofoid has Saturday night USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing at Port City Raceway down pat.

For the second consecutive season, the Penngrove, Calif. native captured the Saturday night 50-lap edition of the Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown Presented by Priority Aviation at the Tulsa, Okla. 1/8-mile dirt oval, making the winning move on series Rookie Mitchel Moles just prior to halfway, then cruising to a victory worth $8,881.

Kofoid also became the first driver not named Justin Grant to stand in USAC National Midget victory lane in 2022 after winning a record three-in-a-row to start the season on Friday night. Kofoid had run second to Grant in that one but refused to play second fiddle again during Saturday’s finale aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“Glad to finally put the kibosh on the 2J’s streak,” exclaimed Kofoid, the defending series champion. “Hopefully, we can start a streak ourselves.”

Yet, Kofoid’s main contestant on this night was pole sitter Moles, who was the standard bearer throughout much of the first half, withstanding an initial shot from outside front row starter Kaylee Bryson as she attempted a slider between turns one and two on the 13th lap, with Moles keeping his foot on the pedal and escaping to the outside in turn two. Bryson, now dropped back another five lengths, thusly had to fend off her KKM teammate Kofoid for the runner-up spot.

On a bullring such as Port City, you can catch traffic in a hurry, and there was no exception to that rule on this evening. By lap 20, the locomotive breath of Moles, Bryson and Kofoid were smothered in the gridlock. Rounding the top of turns one and two, second-running Bryson suddenly took a lindy hop, then washed up the racetrack at the exit of turn two, but the wall of voodoo sucked the right rear tire right smack dab into the concrete, turning her around 180 degrees and sending her rolling in reverse down the back straightaway. Her bid to win was closed, but she did manage to climb back to a respectable 9th place result after restarting from the tail.

Upon the lap 20 resumption, Kofoid promptly slid past Moles to take over the lead entering turn one. However, Moles immediately countered and defiantly returned the favor to repass Kofoid with a slide job of his own in turn three. As the two drag-raced off turn four, Moles lifted the front wheels and drifted into Kofoid’s line, with the two making slight contact at the start/finish line, while Moles punched the throttle to retain the lead getting into turn one.

A lap to regroup was all Kofoid needed as he gathered himself up and made a run at Moles once more. Shooting to the bottom of turn one, Kofoid slid to the top of two, with the right rear tire of Kofoid providing a slight nudge to the left front of Moles’ machine. Moles attempted a recovery mission to fire off a shot at Kofoid moments later in turn three, but wasn’t close enough, forcing him to fall into line behind Kofoid who assumed control nearing the midway point.

“I was probably playing it a little too safe early on,” Kofoid admitted. “I figured I might as well ‘cowboy up’ and started entering four (wheels) over (the cushion) entering three, and I made so much more speed to the center. I just basically drove it like a wing car, nice and straight, and started riding the brakes a bit more and that kept me even more settled. I feel like this came into my wheelhouse and into the KKM cars’ wheelhouse too. These cars are amazing in the rough when you can get it right.”

Kofoid subsequently opened a near straightaway lead over Moles, but soon met a throng of two-wide traffic that stifled his procession. As soon as Moles clawed his way back to within four car lengths of Kofoid on the 33rd circuit, the red flag was displayed for a double-flip between turns one and two involving Ethan Mitchell (13th) and Brenham Crouch (14th) getting upside down, while also involving Bryson, who stopped in the incident, but was able to refire with no harm done.

Checking out on the field was Kofoid who reconstructed his full-straight advantage over Moles following the restart, and when the race dipped under 10 laps to go. Yet, once again, traffic lurked ahead, forcing Kofoid to split through the middle between the likes of Taylor Reimer and Dominic Gorden to keep Moles at bay. That he did. Despite the cluster, Kofoid extended his lead ever more to 2.3 seconds and mounting until Australian Kaidon Brown (18th) slowed with a flat left rear tire which necessitated a caution and a restart once more.

Moles hung with Kofoid somewhat more successfully on the restart, but it wasn’t quite enough, as Kofoid expertly trekked the high side to collect the 10th victory of his USAC National Midget career, tying him for 71st all-time alongside Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung and Chuck Weyant. It was also the 123rd victory for Keith Kunz as a USAC National Midget car owner, moving him to within 10 of Steve Lewis’ all-time leading 133.

Since an auspicious start at Port City back in 2020, Kofoid has repeatedly excelled at Port City, finishing second and first in each of his two experiences this weekend. It’s a venue that not only he’s taken a liking to after a “figuring out” process, but it’s a place that he and his team have worked together to achieve great things at, and they appear to have hit the sweet spot.

“I feel like we’ve come here enough times now and we’ve got our package right, at least more to my liking,” Kofoid explained. “This place is really finnicky. I don’t set the car up, but I’d bet as a crew chief, it’s pretty tough to get this place figured out. Then, I finally figured it out, and (crew chief) Jarrett (Martin) and I kept putting our heads together and it’s worked out.”

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) turned in the best performance of his USAC National Midget career on Saturday night at Port City. He collected $4,540 for his efforts after leading the opening 22 laps and finishing a career best second place in his first T-Town Midget Showdown run behind the wheel of the CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall – NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Speedway Toyota. But, despite the banner result, Moles couldn’t help but be a little bummed out that it didn’t translate into a first career victory.

“It’s good for the guys, running second, and it’s good for points,” Moles said. “For my first time with USAC here, I feel like we did a good job. The track was definitely different from the last time I was here, and I feel like we adapted to it really well. We just got beat by Buddy; it’s just experience getting through the holes and stuff. He was just a little smarter about it; I didn’t really know where to go and I was just kind of cruising around until he went by me. We’ll get there one of these days, I promise.”

For the first time this season, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) wasn't standing in USAC National Midget victory lane at the end of the night. However, after Saturday night at Port City, he remained the only driver to finish on the podium in all four features this season following a 3rd place result in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota and came out of the weekend retaining his series point lead.

“We came home third tonight and you can’t be disappointed with that,” Grant obliged. “We had to start a little bit deep because I didn’t get through my heat race, which started us 10th. We picked our way through pretty good, and, by the end, it got pretty tricky against the curb. I was having a hard time making any speed to capitalize on anything.”.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 23, 2022 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown Presented by Priority Aviation – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-10.039; 2. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-10.084; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-10.124; 4. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-10.143; 5. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-10.193; 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.206; 7. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.210; 8. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-10.221; 9. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.233; 10. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-10.256; 11. Ryan Timms, 89x, CBI-10.267; 12. Hayden Reinbold, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-10.285; 13. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-10.296; 14. Kyle Jones, 7u, Trifecta-10.317; 15. Kevin Bayer, 91K, Bayer-10.326; 16. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-10.332; 17. Kaidon Brown, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.350; 18. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-10.352; 19. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.374; 20. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.388; 21. Jonathan Beason, 8K, Hard Eight-10.396; 22. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.401; 23. Austin Shores, 00, Chandler-10.413; 24. Jace Park, 87, CBI-10.417; 25. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-10.433; 26. Tanner Berryhill, 17, Shophouse-10.453; 27. Alex Sewell, 15, Mounce/Stout-10.457; 28. Dominic Gorden, 83, CBI-10.467; 29. Gavin Miller, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.511; 30. Andrew Deal, 15D, Deal-10.528; 31. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-10.538; 32. Trey Gropp, 17B, Dave Mac-10.592; 33. Kevin Reed, 36, Reed-10.688; 34. Glenn Bratti, 24T, Bratti-10.883.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaidon Brown, 2. Jonathan Beason, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Gavin Miller, 8. Trey Marcham, 9. Kevin Reed. 1:45.08

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Maria Cofer, 2. Kyle Jones, 3. Tanner Berryhill, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Mariah Ede, 8. Andrew Deal, 9. Glenn Bratti. 1:45.36

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Andrew Felker, 4. Kevin Bayer, 5. Alex Sewell, 6. Austin Shores, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Ryan Timms. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Jace Park, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Dominic Gorden, 5. Ethan Mitchell, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Trey Gropp, 8. Taylor Reimer. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Alex Sewell, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Trey Marcham, 8. Ryan Timms, 9. Andrew Deal, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Gavin Miller, 12. Mariah Ede, 13. Taylor Reimer, 14. Chance Crum, 15. Trey Gropp, 16. Kevin Reed, 17. Austin Shores, 18. Glenn Bratti. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (4), 2. Mitchel Moles (1), 3. Justin Grant (10), 4. Thomas Meseraull (6), 5. Chase McDermand (3), 6. Bryant Wiedeman (5), 7. Kyle Jones (14), 8. Cannon McIntosh (11), 9. Kaylee Bryson (2), 10. Maria Cofer (9), 11. Zach Daum (7), 12. Jace Park (17), 13. Logan Seavey (13), 14. Andrew Felker (21), 15. Trey Marcham (22-FA), 16. Alex Sewell (19), 17. Dominic Gorden (20), 18. Tanner Berryhill (18), 19. Kaidon Brown (8), 20. Taylor Reimer (24-P), 21. Hayden Reinbold (23-P), 22. Ethan Mitchell (12), 23. Brenham Crouch (15), 24. Jonathan Beason (16). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter. (FA) represents a first alternate.

**Taylor Reimer flipped during the fourth heat. Ethan Mitchell & Brenham Crouch flipped on lap 33 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Mitchel Moles, Laps 23-50 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-305, 2-Buddy Kofoid-300, 3-Mitchel Moles-244, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-238, 5-Cannon McIntosh-233, 6-Thomas Meseraull-219, 7-Logan Seavey-215, 8-Kaylee Bryson-211, 9-Ethan Mitchell-176, 10-Tanner Thorson-172.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-26, 2-Tanner Thorson-23, 3-Thomas Meseraull-20, 4-Logan Seavey-14, 5-Jadon Rogers-14, 6-Ethan Mitchell-14, 7-Robert Ballou-12, 8-Shane Cockrum-12, 9-Mario Clouser-12, 10-Justin Grant-11.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 2, 2022 – Tri-City Speedway – Granite City, Illinois – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kaidon Brown

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Maria Cofer

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Zach Daum

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

Hard Charger: Justin Grant (10th to 3rd)

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Ethan Mitchell


 

GRANT GOES 3-FOR-3,
SETS NEW USAC MIDGET RECORD AT PORT CITY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 22, 2022)………Throughout the first 66 years of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing competition, the longest winning streak any driver had strung together to begin a season was two.

In year 67, a different story has been written as Justin Grant etched his name into the books as the first driver to capture three consecutive series feature victories to begin a season during the opening night of the Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown Presented by Priority Aviation at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway.

As it turned out, it was an unnaturally subdued celebration, especially for an unprecedented accomplishment in the annals of USAC National Midget racing. This all came about after an incident with eight laps remaining during the 30-lapper in which second running Grant and race-long leader Chase McDermand banged wheels in turn two, sending McDermand upside down and, ultimately, out of the race, ending his bid for a first career series victory in just his fifth career series start.

Grant, meanwhile, continued onward to victory for the third time in as many races with the series in 2022 and was greeted by a raucous display of umbrage from the throng of fans that filled the grandstands around the 1/8-mile as he stepped from his car in victory lane, eschewing his traditional can-to-helmet smash celebration in lieu of a public apology.

“I feel terrible with what happened there to Chase,” Grant admitted. “I tried to slide him eight, ten times there and never hit him. I just faded up behind him. (The officials) called yellow as I was peeling across on my slider, and I don’t know if he slowed up a little bit and didn’t get all the way to the cushion where he had been or if I just plugged him. Either way, I feel terrible about that. I feel like I crashed a guy under yellow, but it certainly wasn’t my intent. It’s good to win, but I hate to win them like that. I’m sorry it happened.”

Grant’s 12th career USAC National Midget feature score aboard his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota tied him for 58th on the all-time series win list alongside Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim and Ron Shuman.

McDermand, starting from the outside of the front row alongside Grant, blasted his way to the lead on the initial start and built a sizable four-car length lead over Grant in the early stages, which was interrupted by a lap three stack-up in turn four between Andrew Deal, Hayden Reinbold and Noah Harris. All stopped, but all resumed action.

Nearing halfway, McDermand continued to withstand the heat brought about by both Grant and third-running Kaylee Bryson to retain his position up front. Past halfway, traffic loomed both high and low, but McDermand, the three-time Badger Midget champion, ably split every gap, nook and cranny to glide between lappers while Grant was draped all over and ready to pounce and was able to slide even with McDermand on several occasions but was unable to complete the pass.

The complexion of the race drastically changed on lap 23 when the left rear wheel on 13th place Noah Harris’ ride jettisoned itself off his car, sending the now three-wheeled Harris flipping at the exit of turn two and, subsequently, collected Tanner Berryhill (16th), who also flipped, as well as Thomas Meseraull (18th), who both became innocent victims in the melee. Meseraull was the only one involved to restart, and promptly drove his way back to a 10th place result. As cars were refiring following the red flag period, however, sixth-running Tanner Thorson’s car fell victim to a mechanical issue, forcing him to the sideline.

Earlier in the night during Fatheadz Qualifying, Taylor Reimer became just the third woman in series history to set fast time on multiple occasions in her career, joining Sarah McCune and Bryson as the only other individuals to do so, all achieving the feat exactly twice. Reimer’s feature made an unfortunate turnaround, literally, in turns three and four nearly a full lap following the lap 23 restart, which saw her and Ethan Mitchell make contact while tussling for the seventh position, and resulting in Reimer spinning around to a stop.

Mere moments later, as the yellow was being displayed for the spinning Reimer, Grant attempted a slide job on McDermand for the lead between turns one and two. The contact between the two popped McDermand into the outside wall before toppling him over. A displeased McDermand raised both hands squarely in the direction of Grant, but the damage was done and McDermand was out of the race after leading a race-high 23 laps and relegated to an 18th place finish.

Grant’s main interrogator for the final restart was fifth-starting and defending T-Town winner Buddy Kofoid, who hounded Grant from the resumption on lap 23. With five to go, Kofoid was in hot pursuit, and attempted a slider on Grant that came up short. A bang of the cushion resulted in Kofoid’s loss of several car lengths and a half-second of ground between he and Grant. Another slam of the cush in turns three and four sealed the deal for Grant who closed out a 0.990 second victory over Kofoid, Bryson, Thursday’s Dash for Cash winner Cannon McIntosh and Logan Seavey.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) finished second on Friday night at to kick off his 2022 USAC National Midget season with three consecutive top-five finishes. In fact, it was his eighth straight top-five result with the series dating back to the end of last season in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I almost got to him one time,” Kofoid recalled of trying to track to down Grant late. “I felt like I got rolling really good on the top of three and four, where no one else really had. He kind of moved up when I tried to slide him, and I just wasn’t really good in the rough. I think we were just too soft and couldn’t get through the holes as good as we would’ve liked.”

Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) entered the midget feature having won the preceding micro sprint race just moments before. Bryson recorded her second career podium finish in USAC National Midget competition, piloting her Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio – Toyota - TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota to a third-place finish on Friday night. By doing so, she became just the second woman to record multiple podium finishes with the series along with Holly Shelton.

“A podium is really cool, but I want to get a win; hopefully we do that this year,” Bryson exclaimed. “It’s pretty cool to be at my home track with my whole family here. I’m just having a blast.”

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 22, 2022 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown Presented by Priority Aviation – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.494; 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.538; 3. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-9.635; 4. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.691; 5. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-9.708; 6. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.712; 7. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-9.714; 8. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-9.776; 9. Ryan Timms, 89x, CBI-9.839; 10. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.854; 11. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-9.889; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.890; 13. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-9.895; 14. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-9.916; 15. Tanner Berryhill, 17, Shophouse-9.944; 16. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-9.956; 17. Jace Park, 87, CBI-9.959; 18. Andrew Deal, 15D, Deal-9.972; 19. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.988; 20. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.991; 21. Dominic Gorden, 83, CBI-10.012; 22. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-10.022; 23. Noah Harris, 20H, Turley-10.051; 24. Kaidon Brown, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.155; 25. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-10.185; 26. Jonathan Beason, 8J, Hard Eight-10.218; 27. Alex Sewell, 15, Mounce/Stout-10.218; 28. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-10.222; 29. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-10.330; 30. Gavin Miller, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.343; 31. Kyle Jones, 7u, Trifecta-10.373; 32. Brendon Wiseley, 7w, Horn-10.402; 33. Trey Gropp, 17B, Dave Mac-10.438; 34. Kevin Bayer, 91K, Bayer-10.490; 35. Kevin Reed, 36, Reed-10.515; 36. Austin Shores, 00, Chandler-10.539; 37. Glenn Bratti, 24T, Bratti-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) -1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Dominic Gorden, 3. Taylor Reimer, 4. Chase McDermand, 5. Ryan Timms, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Jace Park, 8. Trey Marcham, 9. Trey Gropp, 10. Glenn Bratti. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Andrew Deal, 3. Hayden Reinbold, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Jonathan Beason, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Gavin Miller, 9. Kevin Bayer. NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Maria Cofer, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Tanner Berryhill, 5. Kyle Jones, 6. Alex Sewell, 7. Mariah Ede, 8. Noah Harris, 9. Kevin Reed. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Kaylee Bryson, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Kaidon Brown, 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Brendon Wiseley, 9. Austin Shores. 1:41.24

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Ryan Timms, 5. Noah Harris, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Gavin Miller, 10. Trey Gropp, 11. Kevin Bayer, 12. Kyle Jones, 13. Kaidon Brown, 14. Alex Sewell, 15. Jace Park, 16. Kevin Reed, 17. Trey Marcham, 18. Jonathan Beason, 19. Austin Shores, 20. Glenn Bratti. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Buddy Kofoid (5), 3. Kaylee Bryson (3), 4. Cannon McIntosh (12), 5. Logan Seavey (4), 6. Ethan Mitchell (14), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (10), 8. Mitchel Moles (9), 9. Zach Daum (17), 10. Thomas Meseraull (15), 11. Andrew Felker (22), 12. Ryan Timms (13), 13. Maria Cofer (7), 14. Taylor Reimer (6), 15. Dominic Gorden (19), 16. Mariah Ede (24-P), 17. Hayden Reinbold (20), 18. Chase McDermand (2), 19. Tanner Thorson (8), 20. Noah Harris (21), 21. Tanner Berryhill (16), 22. Andrew Deal (18), 23. Trey Gropp (23-P), 24. Brenham Crouch (11). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

**Noah Harris & Tanner Berryhill flipped on lap 23 of the feature. Chase McDermand flipped on the lap 23 restart during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Chase McDermand, Laps 23-30 Justin Grant.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-231, 2-Buddy Kofoid-222, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-177, 4-Cannon McIntosh-176, 5-Logan Seavey-174, 6-Tanner Thorson-172, 7-Mitchel Moles-172, 8-Kaylee Bryson-159, 9-Ethan Mitchell-149, 10-Thomas Meseraull-147.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-23, 2-Tanner Thorson-23, 3-Thomas Meseraull-18, 4-Logan Seavey-14, 5-Jadon Rogers-14, 6-Ethan Mitchell-14, 7-Robert Ballou-12, 8-Shane Cockrum-12, 9-Mario Clouser-12, 10-Chase Stockon-11.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 23, 2022 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown Presented by Priority Aviation – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Taylor Reimer

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Maria Cofer

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

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

Hard Charger: Andrew Felker (22nd to 11th)

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Tanner Berryhill

 

CANNON GETS IN THE FIRST SHOT
AT T-TOWN’S DASH FOR CASH

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 21, 2022)………Cannon McIntosh has plenty of laps around Port City Raceway in his career. He’s won at the Tulsa, Okla. venue before in both micro sprints and midgets and he even owns the fastest lap ever turned by a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget at the 1/8-mile dirt oval.

Every single bit of that experience came in handy for the Bixby, Okla. native on Thursday night as he successfully passed challenger Justin Grant back on the last lap, after being slid by the 2020 T-Town Midget Showdown winner in turn one. McIntosh then cut back underneath, then fended Grant off between turns three and four to score the special eight-lap, six-car Dash for Cash Presented by Dragonfly Aviation in the prelude to the third annual Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown Presented by Priority Aviation.

McIntosh picked up a quick $500 for his efforts, not bad for eight laps of work in his Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/Crescent Tools – GearWrench – DriveWFX.com/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Starting outside the front row was McIntosh, alongside pole sitter Grant, in the event that had its lineup determined by the fastest practice speeds turned earlier in the night, followed by each of those drivers drawing for their starting positions. However, a handful of those at the top of the speed charts opted not to compete, shuffling the order a bit. Ultimately, it was McIntosh taking the victory by a single car length, 0.159 second, ahead of Grant at the finish line.

“I had to fight hard,” McIntosh explained. “The top was getting tough right in the center of one and two, just getting tight and upsetting the car, while he was able to carry more momentum and not upset the car. I saw him peek a nose there, and I was able to get back under him when he slid me, and I got a launch under him. I just tried to protect there on that last lap, and we were able to do it.”

Although it involved just a quick jaunt to victory for McIntosh, it was special, having been the first time he’s taken the final checkered flag of the night in USAC competition since September of 2020. For him, it was a much needed and much desired triumph that he and his team needed going into the next two nights of full-out racing on Friday and Saturday night, April 22-23, at Port City.

“We finally won something,” McIntosh exhaled. “I know it’s not a feature win, but it’s huge for us as a team and it’s a big confidence builder going into this weekend.”

Meanwhile, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) recorded the fastest lap of Thursday night’s practice sessions, clocking in with a lap of 9.405 to best a field of 25 cars that made it on track. The 2018 USAC National Midget champion’s time was just .07 of a second shy of McIntosh’s track record of 9.398, set in 2020. A car count in the mid to high-30s is expected for race day on Friday and Saturday.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 21, 2022 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown Presented by Priority Aviation – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

PRACTICE: 1. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-9.405; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.434; 3. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-9.448; 4. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-9.453; 5. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-9.492; 6. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.497; 7. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.515; 8. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.528; 9. Tanner Berryhill, 17, Shophouse-9.531; 10. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.552; 11. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.555; 12. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-9.618; 13. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-9.648; 14. Jace Park, 87, CBI-9.653; 15. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-9.772; 16. Alex Sewell, 15, Mounce/Stout-9.775; 17. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-9.777; 18. Kaidon Brown, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.824; 19. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.839; 20. Dominic Gorden, 83, CBI-9.868; 21. Trey Gropp, 17B, Dave Mac-9.931; 22. Gavin Miller, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.968; 23. Noah Harris, 20H, Turley-10.105; 24. Kevin Reed, 36, Reed-NT; 25. Trey Gropp, 08x, Dave Mac Dalby-NT.

DASH FOR CASH PRESENTED BY DRAGONFLY AVIATION: (8 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (2), 2. Justin Grant (1), 3. Ethan Mitchell (4), 4. Tanner Thorson (6), 5. Tanner Berryhill (5), 6. Hayden Reinbold (3). 1:19.86

DASH FOR CASH LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Cannon McIntosh.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 22-23, 2022 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown Presented by Priority Aviation – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

 


 

TULSA TIMES 2: USAC MIDGETS READY FOR TWO NIGHTS AT PORT CITY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 20, 2022)………At a track he once described as his personal kryptonite, Buddy Kofoid played the role of Superman to a T in the 2021 T-Town Midget Showdown at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway, charging his way from his 16th starting position to win the 50-lapper, the deepest starting spot any USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature winner came from during the year.

In fact, Port City has produced the hardest charges of both the 2020 and 2021 USAC National Midget seasons: Logan Seavey, 19th to 2nd in 2020, and Kofoid 16th to 1st in 2021.

Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) will shoot for another big payday at the 1/8-mile dirt oval this Friday and Saturday night, April 22-23, as he seeks to become the first repeat victor of the event which will pay $4,000-to-win for Friday’s 30-lap feature and $7,001-to-win for Saturday’s 50-lap grand finale at the third annual Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown Presented by Priority Aviation.

In his debut at Port City in 2020, Kofoid finished 8th and 11th on each of the two nights, which he readily admitted were not up to par with his expectations. Those expectations were undoubtedly met, and exceeded, in 2021 as he was victorious in one and 7th in the other. Since then, the defending USAC champ has won once more at Port City, taking the POWRi round in October of 2021.

Series point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) will be looking to repeat his magic from 2020 where he won the T-Town finale. He finished 7th on the first night of 2020, and last year, added a 5th on night one and a runner-up result on night two. Grant has won the first two points-paying features of the USAC National Midget season, but none have won the first three to start a season. He’ll have his shot this weekend.

Grant’s RMS Racing teammate, Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), finished inside the top-six of both his T-Town starts a year ago, with a 3rd and 6th on night one and two, respectively. Between the two points events and the two non-points events, RMS is undefeated in 2021, with Meseraull adding a victory at the Southern Illinois Center in March and Grant doing likewise the following night.

Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) will attempt to make his first T-Town Midget Showdown feature lineup this weekend. His Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports team captured the victory in the most recent series event at Port City in 2021. Throughout the event’s four features in 2020 and 2021, four different teams have won features: Tyler Courtney (Clauson Marshall Racing), Grant (RAMS Racing), Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb/Agajanian Motorsports) and Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood).

HEY, WE’VE WON HERE TOO

Aside from Kofoid and Grant, there are a handful of others in this weekend’s field who’ve reached victory lane in a midget at Port City outside of USAC competition. Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), a micro sprint star at the track, scored victory in POWRi’s Turnpike Challenge at Port City in 2020. He also owns the USAC National Midget one-lap track record at Port City of 9.398 seconds, set on night two of T-Town in 2020. McIntosh took 5th in the feature that night and added an 8th in 2021.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was victorious at Port City in 2020 during POWRi’s Donnie Ray Crawford Sooner State 55. He ripped through the field from the 19th starting spot to a runner-up finish in 2020 at USAC’s T-Town Midget Showdown. Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Midget champ, went forward again on T-Town night two in 2020, racing from 16th to 5th, and equaled it with another 5th place result in 2021.

Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.) kept the winning trophy in state as the victor of the 2019 Port City Turnpike Challenge, then won once more in September of 2021 with POWRi West. His best result with USAC at the T-Town came in 2021 where he finished 12th. Andrew Deal (Caney, Kan.) scored a victory at Port City with POWRi West in 2016 and is shooting for his first T-Town Midget feature start this weekend.

LOOKING FOR AN EVEN BETTER TULSA TIME

Ethan Mitchell recorded his best career USAC National Midget finish of 3rd in the 2021 event, taking his Honda engine to its first ever podium finish with the series. Kyle Jones, (Kennedale, Texas), the 2016 USAC Gulf Coast SpeeD2 Midget titlist, earned his two best career USAC National Midget results in 2021 at Port City with a 6th on night one and a 10th on night two. Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) made his maiden T-Town Midget Showdown voyage in 2021, taking a best performance of 8th in the opener. Most recently, back in March, Wiedeman took 2nd in POWRi’s Turnpike Challenge.

Oklahomans Trey Marcham (Newcastle, Okla.) and Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) both have extensive experience at Port City, both making recent starts in the T-Town Midget Showdown. Marcham collected a 14th on night one of the 2021 event while Bryson tabbed a 16th in the inaugural running in 2020. Multi-time Port City Raceway micro sprint track champ Alex Sewell made his first career series starts in the 2021 T-Town, finishing 17th. Second-year USAC driver Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) debuted with a 22nd in the 2021 T-Town.

FIRST TIME T-TOWNERS

A large contingent of competitors have midget experience at Port City, but this weekend will be what they plan as their first T-Town Midget Showdown feature start. Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) finished 2nd and 5th with POWRi back in 2016. Leading USAC National Midget Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) turned in a 3rd in March with POWRi, one spot ahead of teammate Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.), a 4th place finisher in his debut. Jace Park (Overland Park, Kan.), one of three CB Industries cars competing this weekend at Port City, took 13th in March.

Gavin Miller (Allentown, Pa.), the 2015 USAC .25 National Junior Honda and Junior Animal Dirt champion, scored a runner-up result with the Outlaw Non-Wing Micro Sprints at Port City last October and will be making his USAC National Midget debut this weekend with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports. He’s joined in the field by March’s 7th place POWRi finisher Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) and NASCAR Cup and Truck Series veteran Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, Okla.), 5th with POWRi at Port City last October and 3rd with POWRi West there in September of 2021.

Like Moles, who won a USAC Western States Midget feature at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway last Saturday, Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.) enters the event riding the wave of a victory within the past week. McDermand scored with POWRi last Saturday at Federated Auto Parts Raceway in Pevely, Mo., which was preceded by an 18th place finish at Port City with POWRi back in March of this year. Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.) notched a 13th with POWRi at Port back in 2021, while Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.) tallied a 16th there this past March. Austin Shores (Atoka, Okla.) took 8th at Port City in 2016 POWRi action. Just last month, Zac Millikin (Pryor, Okla.) was a 14th place finisher with POWRi at Port.

Seeking first T-Town Midget feature starts are Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), the winningest woman ever in micro sprint competition at Port City. Australian Speedcar champ Kaidon Brown (Sydney, N.S.W.) will represent the southern hemisphere as he returns to the States for his first USAC appearance since 2019. Curtis Jones (Sand Springs, Okla.) captured Port City’s 2018 Non-Wing Micro Sprint title. Veteran Chad Frewaldt (Kansas City, Kan.) is another T-Town hopeful as is Brendon Wiseley (Sand Springs, Okla.), Noah Harris (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Port City Micro superstar Kevin Bayer (Bixby, Okla.).

THE DETAILS:

The Elite Racing Promotions event is spearheaded by four-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion driver Brady Bacon and his wife, Xia Xianna, who will serve as the promoters of the event for the third consecutive year.

Thursday night action at the T-Town Midget Showdown begins at 7pm Central. Pits open at 5pm. Front gates open at 6pm. Open practice for midgets and micros is on tap as well as a $500, winner-takes-all Midget Dash for Cash Presented by Dragonfly Aviation and a $500 to win Restrictor Showdown presented by Velox Racing. General admission tickets on Thursday night are $10 apiece while pit passes are $20.

Advance tickets for the T-Town Midget Showdown are on sale now at www.usacracing.ticketspice.com/elite-promotions.

For Friday’s April 22 show, which features a $4,000-to-win, 30-lap feature, the pits open at 3pm Central. Grandstands open at 5pm. Drivers meeting at 5:30pm. Cars on track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $23. General admission for ages 6-12 is $10. For ages 5 and under, it’s free! USAC member pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

It’s $7,001-to-win and a 50-lap main event on Saturday night, April 23. Pits open at 3pm Central. Grandstands open at 5pm. Drivers meeting at 5:30pm. Cars on track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $28. General admission for ages 6-12 is $10. For ages 5 and under, it’s free! USAC member pit passes are $35 apiece for members and $40 for non-members.

The Outlaw Non-Wing Micro Sprints will join the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship for complete events on both Friday and Saturday.

Watch flag-to-flag coverage of the T-Town Midget Showdown on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.


 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS DEBUT AT MOHAVE VALLEY SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 19, 2022... For the first time in series history, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at Mohave Valley Raceway this Saturday, April 23rd. Promoted by Ron Meyer, the seventh point race will also feature Street Stocks, Mini Sports, and Non-Winged 600 Micro Sprints. Located at 2750 Laguna Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona, the pit gates at the 1/3-mile track will open at 3:00pm, the spectator gates will open at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit mohavevalleyracceway.com or call 928.346.3000.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: Mufflers ARE NOT REQUIRED at Mohave Valley Raceway.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- Protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

SPECIAL NOTICE AT MOHAVE VALLEY:
- CASH ONLY: Mohave Valley Raceway is a cash only facility. Pit Passes can be paid in advance using the Pit Pay App. The app is available for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play.
- 360 BONUS: Track promoter Ron Meyer will pay an extra $300 to the highest finishing 360 Sprint Car. Racers must declare at registration / pill pick.
- PIT AREA PARKING: Personal vehicles or side by sides, etc are NOT allowed in the pits. If it is not towing the race car/truck, on the trailer with the car, or in the trailer with the car, then it will NOT be allowed. NO exceptions!

While new to USAC/CRA, the 1/3-mile oval has hosted the wingless SCRA 410 Sprint Cars on four occasions. Ron Shuman (1994), Steve Ostling (1995), J.J. Yeley (1996), and Richard Griffin (1998) raced to victory at Mohave Valley. Ostling set the SCRA track record of 14.95 on September 30, 1995.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) heads to Mohave Valley with a stout 99-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner has four main event wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race wins, six top-10 finishes, and 96 feature laps led on the year. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has ninety-three series wins and will be looking to claim his first win at Mohave Valley.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker DRC, Davis has one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, five top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led to his credit. The seven-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has four USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on the Mohave Valley win.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) sits third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Mitchell has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one semi-main win, and five top-10 finishes on the season. The 2014 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has seven career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to celebrate another victory this Saturday night.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is tied for third in the championship standings. Piloting the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC, Williams has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. “The Big Game Hunter” has eleven series triumphs and will have his sights on winning at Mohave Valley.

Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is fifth in the USAC/CRA championship points. Piloting John McCarthy’s #5W Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, Williams has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes on the season. Logan will be looking for the first win of his career this Saturday night.

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Piloting the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine Maxim, Schank has one heat race victory, two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, and one top-10 finish to his credit.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Eddie Tafoya Jr., “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Verne Sweeney, Chris Gansen, “T-Dub” Trent Williams, “Shugah” Shane Sexton, Austin Grabowski, Jeff Dyer, Jake Hodges, Steve Hix, Chris Bonneau, and more.

Mohave Valley Raceway is located at 2750 Laguna Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona. For more event information, visit the track’s website at mohavevalleyracceway.com or call 928.346.3000. Mohave Valley Raceway is a cash only facility and grandstand tickets are available on race day. General Admission tickets are $20, Senior tickets (60 & over) are $18, Military tickets (with ID) are $18, Children tickets (6 to 12) are $10, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. Outside food, beverages, and ice chests are not permitted.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Bill’s Jerky, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Vahlco Wheels, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Damion Gardner, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Austin Liggett.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-479, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-380, 3. Matt Mitchell-358, -. Austin Williams-358, 5. Logan Williams-320, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-288, 7. Tommy Malcolm-275, 8. Nate Schank ®-252, 9. Ricky Lewis ®-235, 10. Matt McCarthy-234, 11. Cody Williams-227, 12. Chase Johnson-223, 13. Verne Sweeney-219, 14. Chris Gansen-200, 15. Brody Roa-195, 16. Trent Williams-156, 17. Mike Martin-147, 18. Shane Sexton-143, 19. Austin Grabowski-135, --. Austin Liggett-135, 21. Travis Buckley-109, 22. Ryan Bernal-106, 23. Jeff Dyer-104, 24. Danny Parrish-102, 25. A.J. Bender-100, 26. Tanner Boul-92, 27. Dustin Cormany-89, 28. Jess Beckett-87, 29. Dustin Burkhart-74, 30. Brody Fuson-66, 31. Danny Sheridan-61, --. Logan Calderwood-61, 33. Jake Hodges-58, 34. Jonas Reynolds-57, 35. Dawson Faria-53, 36. J.J. Yeley-47, 37. Steve Hix-44, 38. Austin Ervine-37, 39. Stevie Sussex-35, --. Christopher Muraoka-35, 41. Dan Taylor-34, 42. Gary Marshall Jr.-33, 43. Kyle Edwards-30, 44. Ikaika O'Brien-29, 45. Chris Bonneau-27, 46. Ryan Timmons-24, 47. Sterling Cling-13, 48. Tuesday Calderwood-10.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
March 4: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Rained Out)
March 5: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Rained Out)
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial)
July 2: TBA
July 8: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
July 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
August 6: TBA
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 4: TBA
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 1: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 28: *TBA (Western World Championships)
October 29: *TBA (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

FIVE-THREE TABS BACON & FIKE
FOR 2022 USAC SILVER CROWN DIRT SLATE

Joliet, Illinois (April 20, 2022)………Armed with experience in hopes of capturing its first ever USAC Silver Crown National Championship race victory, Joliet, Illinois-based Five Three Motorsports has tabbed Brady Bacon and A.J. Fike as its two drivers for the 2022 season.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a two-time Silver Crown winner, will return for a second season with the team in 2022, but in a different capacity than 2021 due to scheduling conflicts. Bacon will pilot the car on all three of the dirt half-mile track events, starting May 1 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track followed by June 18 at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway and on September 24 at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

In four starts for the team in 2021, Bacon never finished outside the top-eight, scoring a best finish of 4th at both Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway and at Eldora. The four-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National champion looks to up his game even more on the Silver Crown trail at a trio of venues that he’s been victorious at, in a sprint car, in recent years.

“I’m looking forward to racing with Five Three Motorsports again this year and building on our consistent speed and performance,” Bacon said. “The half-mile dirt tracks suit my driving style and I believe, with their equipment and preparation, we will be a threat to win every time we hit the track.”

With scheduling conflicts limiting Bacon to just the half-mile events, that left a vacancy in the cockpit for the pair of races on the two famed Illinois one-mile dirt tracks. For the miles of the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 20 and the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds on September 3, FTM has added seasoned veteran and Illinois native A.J. Fike to pilot the number 53 Maxim.

Fike comes with an impressive résumé, which includes wins at the Illinois State Fairgrounds’ Springfield Mile in both the USAC Silver Crown series (2012 & 2013) as well as the ARCA Stock Car series (2015). Along with those wins, Fike has found speed and consistency at those tracks, earning himself an average top-10 finish over the course of his career. Emotions are high for the three-time Silver Crown winner and 103-time starter who will return to the series for the first time since 2019.

“I am beyond excited to get back with the Silver Crown series, especially with FTM at both Illinois miles,” Fike stated. “I saw my first race at Springfield in 1989 and it is a special place for me. I have seen FTM grow into a team over the past two or three seasons, and they’re always up front and contending for wins and podiums, which says a lot about their equipment and preparation.”

The 2022 USAC Silver Crown National Championship season begins with the 19th running of the Sumar Classic on Sunday, May 1, at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

 

 

MURAL BEING PLANNED TO HONOR BOB JENKINS

Liberty, Indiana (April 18, 2022)………The residents of the town of Liberty, Indiana are pitching in to support an effort to honor one of their very own, Bob Jenkins, the original voice of ESPN’s Thunder series of USAC racing on television between 1979-2002, who passed away in August of 2021 at the age of 73.

Funds are now being raised for a permanent mural to be painted onto a two-story building in Jenkins’ hometown of Liberty, where he was born and raised. Thus far, the mock-up is not the finished product as they are working with renowned artist Pamela Bliss to create an incredible work of art featuring Jenkins, who also anchored countless IndyCar and NASCAR events on television and radio throughout his illustrious broadcasting career.

Finances are needed to proceed with the project and the funds raised will provide compensation to the artist and any required maintenance over time.

You can donate to the project now at: www.gofund.me/fc14d2cf. However, if writing a check is your preferred method of payment, you may also donate to:

Union County Development Corporation

5 West High Street

Liberty, IN 47353

Memo: Bob Jenkins Mural

The artist, Bliss, has previously created murals for such Indiana natives Eva Kor, Reggie Miller and John Mellencamp, and a sampling of her artist gallery can be found at www.pamelabliss.gallery.

“If you are any type of racing fan, you know the voice of Bob Jenkins,” said Melissa Browning, UCDC Director. “Since the late seventies, his voice brought live racing events, as well as commentary to radio listeners and TV viewers alike.”

“Bob never forgot where he came from, a small community 70 miles southeast of Indianapolis, Liberty, Ind.,” Browning continued. “His cherished community would like to create this heartfelt tribute to a humble man that truly believed ‘he was a race fan that just got lucky.’ However, this project depends upon the ease of access and transparency of this page and its success. The mural will honor his life and encourage our youth to Dare to Dream that all things in life our possible.”

 

 

DASH FOR CASH ADDED TO THURSDAY’S T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN FESTIVITIES

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 18, 2022)………A winner-take-all dash for cash has been added to the festivities for USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship contenders on the opening night of the 3rd annual Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by Priority Aviation at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway on Thursday, April 21.

The event will take place during practice night for the midgets as the series gears up for the two-straight nights of full programs on Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, at Port City.

Thursday’s Midget Dash For Cash presented by Dragonfly Aviation will feature eight drivers. The dash will be 10 laps in length and a draw will be held to determine the starting lineup. The top-six fastest drivers in practice, who want to participate, will be eligible along with previous T-Town Midget Showdown Saturday main event winners. If either of the previous champions do not require provisionals, the seventh and eighth fastest cars in practice times will be added. If a driver does not want to participate, the next fastest in time has the option to join the field.

Previous T-Town Midget Showdown Saturday night main event winners will be able to use a provisional and tag the tail if they are not among the top-eight on time. Past Saturday night winners include Justin Grant (2020) and Buddy Kofoid (2021).

The fastest top-four drivers in practice will draw for the first four spots on the grid. Positions five, six, seven and eight will draw for the remaining positions. There is no entry fee. The reward is $500, and the winner takes all.

Thursday night action at the T-Town Midget Showdown begins at 7pm Central. Pits open at 5pm. Front gates open at 6pm. Open practice for midgets and micros is on tap as well as $500 Restrictor Showdown presented by Velox Racing. General admission tickets on Thursday night are $10 apiece while pit passes are $20.

Advance tickets for the T-Town Midget Showdown are on sale now at www.usacracing.ticketspice.com/elite-promotions. You will save $5 by purchasing your ticket in advance online.

For Friday’s April 22 show, which features a $4,000-to-win, 30-lap feature, the pits open at 3pm Central. Grandstands open at 5pm. Drivers meeting at 5:30pm. Cars on track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $23. General admission for ages 6-12 is $10. For ages 5 and under, it’s free! USAC member pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

It’s $7,001-to-win and a 50-lap main event on Saturday night, April 23. Pits open at 3pm Central. Grandstands open at 5pm. Drivers meeting at 5:30pm. Cars on track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $28. General admission for ages 6-12 is $10. For ages 5 and under, it’s free! USAC member pit passes are $35 apiece for members and $40 for non-members.

The Outlaw Non-Wing Micro Sprints will join the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship for complete events on both Friday and Saturday.

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 16, 2022 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATONS: 1. Mitchel Moles, 73X, Ford-13.488; 2. Michael Faccinto, 14, Brown-13.535; 3. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-13.614; 4. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-13.644; 5. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-13.657; 6. Matt Mitchell, Six8-13.751; 7. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-13.809; 8. Robby Josett, 73B, Ford-13.892; 9. Braden Chiaramonte, 14JR, Streeter-14.235; 10. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-14.251; 11. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.301; 12. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols/Peckfelder-14.464; 13. Michael Snider, 6K, Snider-14.516; 14. Racin Silva, 5S, Silva-14.697; 15. Danika Jo Parker, 13, Parker-14.834; 16.Nick Velasquez, 1EM, Nichols/Peckfelder-14.895; 17. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.906; 18. Thomas Esberg, 8X, Esberg-15.159; 19. Zach Telford, 22G, GR-15.589; 20. Anthony Esberg, 1K, Esberg-NT; 21. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-NT.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Moles, 2. Snider, 3. Fuson, 4. Bender, 5. Buckley, 6. Velasquez, 7. Telford. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andreotti, 2. Faccinto, 3. Sarna, 4. Josett, 5. Pankratz, 6. Silva, 7. A.Esberg. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Worth, 2. Chiaramonte, 3. Mitchell, 4. Nichols, 5. Parker, 6. T.Esberg, NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Mitchell Moles (6), 2. Matt Mitchell (1), 3. A.J. Bender (10), 4. Robby Josett (8), 5. Michael Faccinto (5), 6. C.J. Sarna (11), 7. Brody Fuson (7), 8. Terry Nichols (12), 9. Travis Buckley (3), 10. Braden Chiaramonte (9), 11. Thomas Esberg (18), 12. Nick Velasquez (16), 13. Racin Silva (14), 14. Ben Worth (4), 15. Zach Telford (19), 16. Michael Snider (13), 17. Jake Andreotti (2), 18. Randi Pankratz (17), 19. Danika Jo Parker (15), 20. Blake Bower (21, #6X Snider), 21. Anthony Esberg (20). NT.
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**Bower flipped during hotlaps.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Andreotti, Laps 5-22 Buckley, Laps 23-30 Moles.

ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: A.J. Bender (10th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-208, 2-Ben Worth-174, 3-Travis Buckley-167, 4-Jake Andreotti-165, 5-C.J. Sarna-155, 6-Michael Faccinto-147, 7-Blake Bower-146, 8-Brody Fuson-139, 9-Michael Snider-136, 10-Thomas Esberg-115.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Ben Worth-14, 2-Jake Andreotti-8, --Michael Faccinto-8, 4-Shane Golobic-6, --Chase Johnson-6, --Mitchel Moles-6, 7-Shannon McQueen-4, --Travis Buckley-4, 9-Brody Fuson-3, 10-Dylan Ito-2.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-14, 2-Michael Snider-7, --Thomas Esberg-7, 4-Blake Bower-6, 5-Randi Pankratz-5, --Danika Jo Parker-5, --Anthony Esberg-5, --C.J. Sarna-5, --Mitchel Moles-5, 10-Ben Wiesz-4, --Robby Josett-4, --Terry Nichols-4, --Nick Velasquez-4, --Zach Telford-4.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: April 23 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – “Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series Round #2” - Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

 

ATOMIC MACHO:
BACON RETURNS TO USAC SPRINT WIN COLUMN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Chillicothe, Ohio (April 16, 2022)………Following a season in which he only finished outside the top-ten on two occasions, Brady Bacon opened his defense of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with a pair of 15th and 16th place results.

But that was the story of February, a prelude of sorts to the grind that is the bulk of the season. Now, this is April, the beginning of the “regular season” that the Broken Arrow, Okla. native excels at practically without exception on an annual basis.

That was then; this is now. That’s old news, and this was the kind of performance Bacon can finally hang his hat on early in this young season.

Bacon did the job by thwarting several advances from both Justin Grant and Robert Ballou throughout the 30-lap slider fest to complete his 40th career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory on Saturday night at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway, tying himself with Gary Bettenhausen for eighth on the all-time list.

“We’ve had a disappointing year so far despite having really fast cars,” Bacon relayed. “I’ll take it to get the regular season started here. It’s been a long spring. We’ve been ready to get back racing, making money and selling some t-shirts.”

The four-time series champ repelled the challenge of traffic away with his left hand while figuratively casting aside repeated attacks to his throne at the forefront, most notably from Grant who drew closer and closer with repeated bids for the lead down the stretch to put himself in USAC National Sprint Car victory lane for the 12th consecutive season, and now trails only Sheldon Kinser’s run of 13-straight years with at least one series win between 1974-1986.

“We were coming up on lapped traffic and, if you broke your momentum, you lost a lot of time,” Bacon explained. “To be able to get into the corner hard and keep your momentum up without spinning your tires was huge. I caught a couple lapped cars wrong and I’m sure (Grant) did too, but it was tough.”

Bacon and his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Gressman Sanitation – DriveWFX.com – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy started on the pole for the 30-lap event, which marked the series’ first feature at Atomic Speedway since 1994, and the first visit to the 3/8-mile dirt oval since the rain-abbreviated racing program in 2010.

While Bacon got the edge on the initial start, it was fourth-starting Ballou who made waves with a big maneuver around the edge of the earth on the steep bank of turn two to travel to second by both Grant and point leader Emerson Axsom before diving low into turn three to go wheel-to-wheel with Bacon for the lead. However, Ballou’s work was all for naught as 18th running Austin Graby stopped backwards at the top of turn two with a broken rear end, ending his USAC National Sprint Car debut before it really began.

On the complete restart, front row starters Bacon and Axsom held serve to run one-two as they completed the first circuit with Grant and Ballou giving chase in third and fourth. By lap three, Grant dove to the bottom of turn one, and slid up in front of Axsom by the time the duo reached turn two. Immediately after, Axsom quickly fell back, from second to fifth, as a result of a rapidly deflating left rear tire as both Ballou and C.J. Leary slipped by to occupy third and fourth, respectively.

Axsom caught a small break when 15th running Brandon Mattox slowed to a stop on the front straightaway, bringing out the yellow flag, which allowed Axsom to stop in the work area for fresh rubber. He’d return and rejoin the tail of the field for the restart, then salvaged his evening with a ninth-place finish, which kept him atop the series point standings heading out of Atomic.

On the ensuing lap five restart, Ballou went right for the jugular with an absolute monster of a slide job in turn three. He and Grant came within inches of contact, but Grant kept his foot on the throttle and kept on keepin’ on in the runner-up spot while Ballou lost ground but recalibrated and reloaded while remaining in third.

Meanwhile, Bacon worked heavy traffic at the halfway point, and promptly saw his lead dwindle from two seconds down to a car length within a two-lap span as Grant closed right to the bumper of Bacon. A high speed chess match commenced as Grant repeatedly attempted to slide Bacon for the lead lap-after-lap to no avail, even getting completely sideways after briefly passing Bacon in turn two with 10 laps to go, which allowed Bacon to cut back underneath and resume his stance at the front with Grant and Ballou now in complete lockstep just behind.

Grant’s pursuit of a second series victory in 2022 paused when his left rear tire gave away at the exit of turn four with eight laps remaining. Bacon now found Ballou right on his tail tank for the lap 23 restart, but it was of no hindrance to Bacon who mastered the restart and instantly shot away at the drop of the green and never relented, building up a 2.514 second gap by the time the checkered flag fell, with Ballou slotting into second, Leary third, Chase Stockon fourth and Kyle Cummins fifth.

Ballou’s tumultuous day finished much better than it started. En route to the track, a flat steer tire on the Rocklin, California native’s trailer put him on the side of the road. After making repairs, he arrived at the track just in time for the driver’s meeting, then found his generator to be broken. Living up to his nickname, Ballou steered from sixth to first to win his heat race, which earned him a $100 bonus as the recipient of the GSP Quality Driving Performance, then recorded a strong runner-up finish in the feature aboard his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Dragonfly Aviation – Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy, just one spot short of his first series victory since last June.

“I’ve just got to get my racecar a little bit better,” Ballou admitted. “We’re trying to find a balancing act with (crew chief) Derrick (Bye) back and trying to find our groove. Once we get about 10 more races into it, hopefully we can get this car up front. I’m really pushing hard but I’ve had a lot of setbacks here lately. It’s nothing to hang our heads about but we definitely had nothing for the 69 tonight. We’ve got to sharpen our pencil a little bit and I’ve got to do a better job racing.”

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) put himself back on the podium with a third place result, emerging ahead in a ferocious late-race duel with Stockon for the position. After a best finish of 12th during his first three outings of the USAC season in Ocala, Leary returned to a bit of normality, driving his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/Cressman Ford to its best result of the season. That all came after setting a new track record in Fatheadz Qualifying, which erased Dave Darland’s former mark from 2010 by nearly nine tenths, while also winning his heat from the sixth starting spot.

“Chase (Stockon) and I went back-and-forth, and he passed me on that original restart there,” Leary recalled. “I felt like they were just a little bit better than us at one point, then we were like the same speed. Overall, we were good all night. We’ve been fast all year and I think we’ve got a good package moving forward, so I’m pleased.”

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 16, 2022 – Atomic Speedway – Chillicothe, Ohio – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.862 (New Track Record); 2. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-12.949; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.979; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.982; 5. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-13.023; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.088; 7. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.197; 8. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.227; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.279; 10. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-13.283; 11. Dallas Hewitt, 21, Hewitt-13.544; 12. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.620; 13. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-13.700; 14. Ricky Lewis, 43, Tibbitts/Stensland/Halley-13.727; 15. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-13.784; 16. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-13.855; 17. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-14.079; 18. Austin Graby, 7, Lotier/Nemeth-14.225; 19. Keith Baxter, 1B, Baxter-14.668; 20. Josh Davis, 8D, Davis-14.676.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Kent Schmidt, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Alex Banales, 7. Keith Baxter. 1:55.52 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Ricky Lewis, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Dallas Hewitt, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Korbyn Hayslett, 7. Josh Davis. 1:58.81

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Austin Graby. 2:01.29

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Robert Ballou (4), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Chase Stockon (8), 5. Kyle Cummins (10), 6. Logan Seavey (5), 7. Justin Grant (3), 8. Jadon Rogers (15), 9. Emerson Axsom (2), 10. Jason McDougal (11), 11. Matt Westfall (9), 12. Dallas Hewitt (12), 13. Alex Banales (14), 14. Korbyn Hayslett (17), 15. Ricky Lewis (7), 16. Josh Davis (20), 17. Keith Baxter (19), 18. Kent Schmidt (16), 19. Brandon Mattox (13), 20. Austin Graby (18). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-273, 2-Justin Grant-269, 3-Chase Stockon-254, 4-Kyle Cummins-232, 5-Brady Bacon-220, 6-Logan Seavey-216, 7-Jason McDougal-210, 8-Buddy Kofoid-200, 9-Robert Ballou-193, 10-C.J. Leary-181.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-23, 2-Buddy Kofoid-20, 3-Logan Seavey-14, 4-Jadon Rogers-14, 5-Thomas Meseraull-13, 6-Robert Ballou-12, 7-Mario Clouser-12, 8-Shane Cockrum-12, 9-Chase Stockon-11, 10-Kyle Cummins-11.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 29, 2022 – Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Larry Rice Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Robert Ballou

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Ricky Lewis

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Justin Grant

 

ATOMIC ENERGY:
USAC SPRINTS RUMBLE SATURDAY IN OHIO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Chillicothe, Ohio (April 13, 2022)………For many, Atomic Speedway will be a new experience come this Saturday night, April 16, when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship returns to the Chillicothe, Ohio racetrack for the first time since 2010’s abbreviated event.

For several others, their level of Atomic experience comes in droves, with several Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series events taking place at the 3/8-mile dirt oval over the past decade.

USAC’s lone trip of the millennium to Atomic came 12 years ago when the track was still known as K-C Raceway. After two heats, however, Mother Nature doused the surface, and the remainder of the evening was called off. Five previous visits for USAC to Atomic (aka K-C) came both with and without wings.

Kenny Jacobs captured the first USAC contest at Atomic, with a wing, in 1987. Kelly Kinser delivered another winged score in 1991. Jack Hewitt went back-to-back without a wing in 1992 and 1993, while Dave Darland followed Hewitt in picking up his third career USAC National Sprint Car victory in 1994.

GOING NUCLEAR:

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was in attendance at the 2010 round, and only experienced a few brief laps before the rain. He qualified 12th, but his heat race was never held due to the weather interruption. The 2021 Mike Curb USAC Super License champ has already won once this season with the series back in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park, finishing in the top-six in all three of his starts.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) has already won two of the first three features, both in Ocala, finishing inside the top-three in each of the three as well. He would welcome becoming the fifth driver – and the sixth occasion – to start the season by winning three of the first four features. Only Don Branson (1959-60), A.J. Foyt (1961), Larry Dickson (1970) and Damion Gardner (2010) are on that select list at the moment.

BUCKEYE WINNERS:

Five past winners of USAC National Sprint Car features in the state of Ohio are on board for Saturday’s event, all of which have previously come at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. However, all five are seeking a first USAC win at Atomic, a list that includes Grant, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, C.J. Leary and Matt Westfall. Grant is among the handful, as is four-time series champion Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), 2015 champ Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) and 2019 titlist Leary (Greenfield, Ind.). Bacon, Ballou and Leary are all aiming to break out at Atomic after uncharacteristically rough starts in Ocala, with Bacon 10th, Ballou 16th and Leary 18th in the current standings entering the weekend.

RADIATING WITH ATOMIC EXPERIENCE:

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) celebrated his lone USAC National Sprint Car victory in his home state back in 2006 at Eldora. Westfall has winning experience at Atomic too, capturing the BOSS Sprint Car feature at the track in 2019, and was 3rd there in 2020 and 6th in 2017.

Atomic Speedway can claim multiple generations of Hewitt participants in its history books. Jack Hewitt is the lone two-time USAC National Sprint Car feature victor at the track, having won in back-to-back seasons during 1992-93. His nephew, Dallas Hewitt, will try to join Jack as an Atomic USAC winner on Saturday. Dallas has come close to victory in recent years with BOSS, finishing as the runner-up in 2020, and 3rd in both 2016 and 2017.

Fellow Ohioan Landon Simon (Tipp City, Ohio) took 2nd with BOSS at Atomic in 2015 as well as 5th in 2019 and 8th in 2017. Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, Calif.), fresh off a USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway in March, finished as the runner-up in July of 2021 with BOSS at Atomic.

Korbyn Hayslett (Troy, Ohio), Cody Gardner (Milford, Ohio) and Paul Dues (Minster, Ohio) will each make their first USAC appearances of the season on Saturday at Atomic, where the trio has earned their share of recent success with BOSS. Gardner raced to a 5th place result in 2019 and a 7th in 2021 while Hayslett notched a 10th in 2020 and Dues tallied a 10th in 2017.

ATOM SMASHERS:

Several individuals in the driver lineup will make their Atomic debut this weekend, a list that includes Jason McDougal, Chase Stockon, Kyle Cummins, Jake Swanson and Logan Seavey, all of whom possess top-ten finishes thus far this year. McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) finished as the runner-up in Ocala’s February opener. Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) ran two nights inside the top-four with a 3rd and a 4th. Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) collected two in the top-six with a 4th and a 6th place effort. Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) notched a 7th on night two. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is one of five to finish inside the top-ten in each of the first three races this year along with Grant and Stockon as well as Buddy Kofoid and Carson Short.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, will look to turn it around as he seeks his first career USAC win following a career-best second place finish 364 days prior to this Saturday’s race. The USAC National Most Improved Driver of 2020, Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), will seek to do the same in getting back into the top-five of the finishing order for the first time with the series since April of 2021. Second year driver and USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year candidate, Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.), will attempt to crack the starting field for the first time in 2022.

Meanwhile, micro sprint, PA Sprint Series 305 and USAC East Coast 360 Sprint Car veteran Austin Graby (Lebanon, Pa.) will make his USAC National Sprint Car debut at Atomic, driving for the same Lotier-Nemeth Motorsports team that Timmy Buckwalter made 38 series starts with between 2018 and 2021. Graby has served as the car chief for the team in recent years.

THE DETAILS:

On Saturday, the pits open at 2pm ET with the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 5pm. Adult general admission is $30. Senior general admission is $25. Military general admission is $25. Adult pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Kids age 6-10 pit passes are $20.

Full coverage of Saturday’s event at Atomic Speedway can be watched LIVE on www.FloRacing.com at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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2022 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 220 Emerson Axsom (R), Franklin, Ind.

2 207 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

3 200 Buddy Kofoid (R), Penngrove, Calif.

4 189 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

5 169 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

6 164 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

7 162 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.

8 153 Carson Short, Marion, Ill.

9 152 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

10 142 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

(R) represents a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie

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2022 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 220 Clauson Marshall Newman Racing, Fishers, Ind. (#47BC)

2 207 TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Ind. (#4)

3 200 Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

4 189 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5s)

5 169 Rock Steady Racing, Dupont, Ind. (#3R)

6 164 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

7 162 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5m)

8 153 RCM Motorsports, Marion, Ill. (#21x)

9 152 Baldwin-Fox Racing, West Lafayette, Ind. (#5)

10 142 Dynamics, Inc., Milford, Ohio (#69)

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ATOMIC SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:

2-Jack Hewitt

1-Dave Darland, Kenny Jacobs & Kelly Kinser

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ATOMIC SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

1987: Kenny Jacobs (6/20)

1991: Kelly Kinser (8/24)

1992: Jack Hewitt (8/29)

1993: Jack Hewitt (8/28)

1994: Dave Darland (8/27)

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TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT ATOMIC SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 7/31/2010 - Dave Darland - 13.712 - 98.454 mph

10 Laps - 8/28/1993 - David Harrison - 2:27.28 - 91.662 mph

12 Laps - 8/29/1992 - Gary Fisher - 3:07.91 - 86.212 mph

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ATOMIC SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE RESULTS:

1987 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kenny Jacobs, 2. Rick Ungar, 3. Al Liskai, 4. Rodney Duncan, 5. Steve Butler, 6. Rich Vogler, 7. C.J. Holley, 8. Harry Garrett, 9. Dave Fisher, 10. Tray House, 11. Gary Fisher, 12. Steve Bixler, 13. Mike Imler, 14. Bud Jacobs, 15. Randy Fink, 16. Ross Rogers, 17. Jack Hewitt, 18. Sheldon Kinser, 19. Rusty McClure, 20. Mike Bowling, 21. Pepi Marchese, 22. Tony Reed, 23. Steve McCann, 24. Kevin Huntley. NT

1991 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kelly Kinser, 2. Charlie Fisher, 3. Rocky Hodges, 4. Steve Butler, 5. Bobby Allen, 6. Terry Shepherd, 7. Craig Keel, 8. Kevin Huntley, 9. Todd Kane, 10. Dave Fisher, 11. Danny Smith, 12. Rodney Duncan, 13. Byron Reed, 14. Robbie Stanley, 15. Kerry Madsen, 16. Tony Elliott, 17. Eric Gordon, 18. Rick Ungar, 19. Jack Hewitt, 20. David Snell. NT

1992 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Tray House, 3. Cary Faas, 4. Steve Butler, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Robbie Stanley, 8. Gary Fisher, 9. Byron Reed, 10. Jerry Nemire, 11. Gary Cameron II, 12. C.J. Holley, 13. Eric Gordon (#8), 14. Brad Marvel, 15. Tim Jodrey, 16. Ken Kimbler, 17. Rick Holley, 18. Tony Jarrett, 19. Tommy Nichols, 20. Todd Kane. NT

1993 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Tray House, 3. Rusty McClure, 4. Kevin Thomas, 5. Doug Kalitta, 6. Johnny Parsons, 7. David Harrison, 8. Eric Gordon, 9. Robbie Stanley, 10. Steve Butler, 11. Gary Fisher, 12. Mark Goodfleisch, 13. Brad Marvel, 14. Jerry Nemire, 15. Tony Stewart, 16. Duffy Smith, 17. Brian Hayden, 18. Tony Elliott, 19. Dave Darland, 20. Bill Rose. NT

1994 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Jimmy Stinson, 3. Tony Elliott, 4. Charlie Fisher, 5. Kevin Thomas, 6. Tray House, 7. Doug Kalitta, 8. Todd Kane, 9. Gary Fisher, 10. Jerry Nemire, 11. Chip Thomas, 12. Bill Rose, 13. Kent Christian, 14. Eric Gordon, 15. Ken Rice, 16. Troy Link, 17. Cary Faas, 18. Tracy Hoover, 19. Greg Staab, 20. Jack Hewitt. NT

2010 FEATURE: Rained Out


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

A.J. BENDER LEADS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS TO BAKERSFIELD
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 11, 2022... This Saturday, April 16th, the USAC Western States Midgets will return to Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the third point race is co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) and will also feature Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Mod Lites, and the California Lightning Sprints. Located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California, the Spectator Gates will open at 4:00PM and Racing will start at 6:00PM. For more information at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval," visit bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 114 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield wins and Ricky Shelton set the track record of 12.339 on June 21, 1997. Last March, Chase Johnson raced the famed Six8 Motorsports entry to victory at the only USAC Western appearance at the 1/3-mile oval. A complete Bakersfield series win list is at the bottom of this release.

After racing from seventh to fourth at Tulare on April 2nd, A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) has taken over the point lead. Piloting the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season. The leading rookie contender will race double duty at Bakersfield with the California Lightning Sprints and will be looking for his first USAC Midget win.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, California) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Racing Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth finished third at the Tulare County Fairgrounds after starting fifth. The 2019 Rookie of the Year has one top-10 finish and will have his sights on the third win of his career.

Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, California) ranks third in the USAC Western States point standings. Driving Pete Davis’ #00 Hot Head Competition Heaters / Buchannan Automotive Stealth, Andreotti scored twelfth at Tulare and mechanical issues ended his night. To date, Jake has one feature win, one heat race victory, one top-10 finish, and 20 feature laps led on the season. Andreotti will be looking to regain the point lead with a Saturday night triumph.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, California) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Racing Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Mountain Cascade Incorporated Spike, Bower ran second to Brody Fuson at Thunderbowl Raceway after starting eighth. At press time, the defending champion has two top-10 finishes in the campaign. Blake will have his sights on his first USAC victory at Bakersfield Speedway.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand) ranks fifth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #7NZ Buckley Systems / Esslinger Engineering Spike, Buckley scored fifth in the April 2nd main event at Tulare. With two top-10 finishes on the season, the rookie contender just raced in Oklahoma City and might miss the action at Bakersfield.

While A.J. Bender leads the chase for rookie of the year, Travis Buckley, Anthony Esberg (Kelseyville, California), Thomas Esberg (Kelseyville, California), Dylan Bloomfield (Oakley, California), Ben Wiesz (Colfax, CA), Caden Sarale (Stockton, California), Beau Lemire (Placerville, California), and Colton Raudman (Redding, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Michael Snider, C.J. Sarna, Brody Fuson, Austin Liggett, Dylan Ito, Randi Pankratz, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Zach Telford, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult General Admission Tickets are $20, Senior (65 plus) and Military Tickets are $18, Kids Tickets (6 to 12) are $10, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more Bakersfield event information, visit the track’s website at bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service Inc., AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Elk Grove Ford, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Jake Andreotti, 1-Brody Fuson.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Ricky Shelton – 12.339 (06/21/97)

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 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-Michael Faccinto, 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-Brady Bacon, 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-Chase Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Buddy Kofoid, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams, 1-Ben Worth.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. A.J. Bender ®-139, 2. Ben Worth-127, 3. Jake Andreotti-126, 4. Blake Bower-123, 5. Travis Buckley ®-114, 6. Michael Snider-98, 7. C.J. Sarna-94, 8. Anthony Esberg ®-83, 9. Brody Fuson-81, 10. Michael Faccinto-77, 11. Shane Golobic-75, 12. Thomas Esberg ®-71, 13. Shannon McQueen-68, 14. Austin Liggett-64, 15. Dylan Bloomfield ®-57, 16. Chase Johnson -55, --. Dylan Ito-55, 18. Ben Wiesz ®-49, 19. Randi Pankratz-45, 20. Kyle Beilman-40, 21. Danika Jo Parker-35, 22. Caden Sarale ®-32, 23. Floyd Alvis-31, 24. Dakota Albright-24, 25. Beau Lemire ®-23, 26. Colton Raudman ®-10.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 4: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Rained Out)
March 5: *Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Rained Out)
March 26: *#Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Jake Andreotti)
April 2: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
April 16: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
April 23: *#Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
May 7: *#Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Mother’s Day Madness)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 18: *#Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 23: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 13: TBA
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 1: TBA
October 15: *The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

LAMB WINS EASTERN MIDGET OPENER AT DILLON

Dillon, South Carolina (April 9, 2022)………Chris Lamb concluded last year’s point season as a winner at South Carolina’s Dillon Motor Speedway. He opened 2022 the same exact way, capturing victory during Saturday’s USAC Eastern SpeeD2 Midget opener.

Lamb (Colfax, N.C.) worked his way to the lead with just five laps remaining to score the triumph, the 56th of his USAC career. Eric Lewis (Syracuse, N.Y.) led the first 30 circuits around the 4/10-mile asphalt oval before finishing second. A.J. Sanders (Mocksville, N.C.) took third with Logan Sulyi (Raleigh, N.C.) and Dillon Thomas (Clover, S.C.) rounding out the top-five.

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USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: April 9, 2022 – Dillon Motor Speedway – Dillon, South Carolina

QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Allum, 87JR, Allum-16.374; 2. Hunter Wise, 47, Wise-16.388; 3. A.J. Sanders, 1, Radical-16.397; 4. Chris Lamb, 9, Radical-16.456; 5. Eric Lewis, 4w, Lewis-16.606; 6. Nathan Byrd, 88, Creevan-17.034; 7. Logan Sulyi, 19, Sulyi-17.124; 8. Dillon Thomas, 4, Thomas-17.754.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Eric Lewis, 3. A.J. Sanders, 4. Logan Sulyi, 5. Dillon Thomas, 6. Nathan Byrd, 7. Hunter Wise, 8. Brady Allum. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Eric Lewis, Laps 31-35 Chris Lamb.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1. Chris Lamb-73, 2. Eric Lewis-69, 3. A.J. Sanders-68, 4. Logan Sulyi-61, 5. Dillon Thomas-58, 6. Hunter Wise-57, 7. Nathan Byrd-56, 8. Brady Allum-55.

NEXT USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: April 23, 2022 – Orange County Speedway – Rougemont, North Carolina

 

2022 KOKOMO GRAND PRIX CANCELED
DUE TO SNOW, COLD

Kokomo, Indiana (April 6, 2022)………The 2022 Kokomo Grand Prix, scheduled for Friday and Saturday night, April 8-9, has been canceled due to forecasted cold weather that calls for 30-degree temperatures and a mix of rain and snow during both nights of the event.

The Kokomo Grand Prix will not be rescheduled in 2022.

USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing returns to Kokomo Speedway for the 18th annual Indiana Midget Week finale on Saturday night, June 11.

The series season resumes on Friday and Saturday night, April 22-23, for the third annual Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. A practice night and a $500-to-win midget Dash for Cash begins the festivities on Thursday night, April 21. Advance event tickets are available now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/elite-promotions.

Racing action for USAC’s national divisions gets back on track on Saturday night, April 16, with the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Chillicothe, Ohio’s Atomic Speedway.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

BRODY FUSON WINS “FARIA MEMORIAL” AT TULARE
By Lance Jennings

TULARE, CA – APRIL 3, 2022… Starting third, Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) raced to victory at last Saturday’s BCRA co-sanctioned “Faria Memorial” at Thunderbowl Raceway (Tulare, California). Making his first start in Bobby Brown’s #14J T&T Trucking / Silva Ranches Spike, Fuson took command of the last eleven laps after the engine on fast qualifier Chase Johnson’s mount expired. From there, Brody sailed to his third career USAC Western States win over Blake Bower, Ben Worth, new point leader A.J. Bender, and Travis Buckley.

Outside front row starter Dylan Ito led the opening two circuits at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Looking for his first win, Ito soon had to contend with Josh Ford Motorsports teammate Chase Johnson. Johnson, who found the outside groove to his liking sailed past the young driver and looked to run away from the field. Johnson had a big advantage until engine problems ended his night.

Brody Fuson opened his night by qualifying fourth overall and winning the 8-lap Ammonia Refrigeration Service Heat Race #2. The young driver heads to his hometown racetrack ranked ninth in the point standings.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year by posting a time of 15.823 over the 12-car roster. The driver of Keith Ford’s #73X Naturipe / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X placed third in his heat race and scored tenth in the 25-lap main event. Chase will run a limited USAC Western States Midget schedule and is sixteenth in the points.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, CA) raced to victory in the night’s 8-lap Jordan Hanni Well Drilling Heat Race #2. Piloting the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, the leading rookie contender was ninth fast in time trials and fourth in the feature. Bender has taken over the point lead with a twelve point advantage heading to Bakersfield.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, CA) earned the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award with a second place run from eighth. Driving Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Mountain Cascade Incorporated Spike, Bower qualified seventh overall and ran second to Bender in his heat race. The defending champion has climbed to fourth in the point standings.

The “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) will return to action on Saturday, April 16th, at Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, California.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service, AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 2, 2022 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATONS: 1. Chase Johnson, 73X, Ford-15.823; 2. Ben Worth, 5X, Alexander-15.920; 3. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-16.190; 4. Brody Fuson, 14J, Brown-16.255; 5. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-16.286; 6. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-16.356; 7. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-16.404; 8. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.458; 9. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-16.515; 10. Thomas Esberg, 8X, Esberg-17.891; 11. Michael Snider, 6K, Snider-18.314; 12. Anthony Esberg, 1K, Esberg-19.276.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Bower, 3. Johnson, 4. Snider, 5. Ito, 6. Andreotti. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Worth, 3. Sarna, 4. Buckley, 5. T.Esberg, 6. A.Esberg. 2:43.39.

FEATURE: (25 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Fuson (3), 2. Blake Bower (8), 3. Ben Worth (5), 4. A, J, Bender (7), 5. Travis Buckley (1), 6. Michael Snider (11), 7. Anthony Esberg (12), 8. Dylan Ito (2), 9. C.J. Sarna (9), 10. Chase Johnson (6), 11. Thomas Esberg (10), 12. Jake Andreotti (4). NT.
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**Sarna flipped on lap 17 of the feature. Ito flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Ito, Laps 3-14 Johnson, Laps 15-25 Fuson.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Blake Bower (8th to 2nd)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-139, 2-Ben Worth-127, 3-Jake Andreotti-126, 4-Blake Bower-123, 5-Travis Buckley-114, 6-Michael Snider-98, 7-C.J. Sarna-94, 8-Anthony Esberg-83, 9-Brody Fuson-81, 10-Michael Faccinto-77.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Ben Worth-10, 2-Shane Golobic-6, --Jake Andreotti-6, --Chase Johnson-6, 5-Shannon McQueen-4, 6-Michael Faccinto-3, --Brody Fuson-3, 8-Dylan Ito-2, 9-Austin Liggett-1, --Travis Buckley-1.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-7, --Michael Snider-7, 3-Blake Bower-6, 4-Randi Pankratz-5, --Danika Jo Parker-5, 7-Ben Wiesz-4, 8-Dylan Bloomfield-3.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: April 16 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

 


 

RYAN BERNAL WINS USAC/CRA THRILLER AT TULARE

TULARE, CA – APRIL 2, 2022… After one of the most hotly contested AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car main events, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, CA) emerged with Saturday’s victory at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Bernal got the better of Chase Johnson to claim the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” victory. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Matt Mitchell, A.J. Bender, and fast qualifier “The Demon” Damion Gardner chased Ryan to the checkered flags.

Before scoring the tenth win of his career, Bernal qualified eighth overall and ran second in his heat race to Nate Schank. The former two-time USAC Western Classic Champion is running a limited USAC/CRA schedule and has climbed to twenty-second in points.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) posted his 101st career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 15.457 over the 24-car roster. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner won the 10-lap Flowdynamics Incorporated Heat Race #1 and finished fifth in the feature. The nine-time champion and point leader heads to the Mohave Valley debut with a 99-point advantage.

Leading rookie contender Nate Shank (Santa Rosa, CA) won Tulare’s 10-lap BillsJerky.net Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine Maxim, Schank was fourteenth quick in time trials and scored seventeenth in the main event. Nate left the Tulare County Fairgrounds ranked eighth in points.

Hanford victor, Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) raced to victory in the In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Heat Race #3. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett qualified ninth overall. The former USAC West Coast 360 Champion in running a limited schedule and sits twentieth in the point chase.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, CA) earned the night’s Hard Charger Award with third place run from eighth in the feature. Piloting his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Mitchell was fifth quick in time trials and fifth in his heat race. The former USAC West Coast 360 Champion heads to Mohave Valley Raceway ranked third in the standings.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.” Racing his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker DRC, Davis qualified eighteenth and ran second to Austin Liggett in his heat race. The multi-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion is currently second in USAC/CRA points.

The USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will make their first ever appearance at Mohave Valley Raceway (Mohave Valley, AZ) on Saturday, April 23rd.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 2, 2022 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-15.457; 2. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-15.709; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-15.709; 4. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.776; 5. Chase Johnson, 8M, May-15.786; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-15.846; 7. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-15.881; 8. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-15.921; 9. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.930; 10. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-15.935; 11. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-16.006; 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.102; 13. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-16.109; 14. Nate Shank, 1$, Schank-16.175; 15. Dawson Faria, 12B, Faria-16.232; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-16.338; 17. Christopher Muraoka, 25, Muraoka-16.352; 18. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.560; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.638; 20. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-16.650; 21. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.699; 22. Travis Buckley, 21K, Kruseman-16.853; 23. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-NT; 24. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Lewis, 3. Bender, 4. T.Williams, 5. Mitchell, 6. Sweeney, 7. McCarthy, 8. Buckley. NT

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schank, 2. Bernal, 3. Johnson, 4. L.Williams, 5. Boul, 6. Grabowski, 7. Muraoka, 8. Dyer. NT

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Davis, 3. A.Williams, 4. Tafoya, 5. Malcolm, 6. Hix, 7. Faria. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Ryan Bernal (1), 2. Austin Williams (4), 3. Matt Mitchell (8), 4. A.J. Bender (3), 5. Damion Gardner (6), 6. Austin Liggett (9), 7. Chase Johnson (2), 8. Tommy Malcolm (7), 9. Trent Williams (13), 10. Ricky Lewis (10), 11. Dawson Faria (15), 12. Logan Williams (5), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (18), 14. Tanner Boul (11), 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (12), 16. Steve Hix (21), 17. Nate Schank (14), 18. Matt McCarthy (19), 19. Austin Grabowski (23), 20. Christopher Muraoka (17), 21. Travis Buckley (22), 22. Verne Sweeney (16), 23. Jeff Dyer (20). NT.
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*Calderwood flipped during hotlaps. Grabowksi flipped during qualifications.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Johnson, Lap 18 Bernal, Laps 19-23 Johnson, Lap 24 Bernal, Lap 25 Johnson, Lap 26-30 Bernal.
HARD CHARGER: Matt Mitchell (8th to 3rd)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-479, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-380, 3-Matt Mitchell-358, --Austin Williams-358, 5-Logan Williams-320, 6-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-288, 7-Tommy Malcolm-267, 8-Nate Schank-252, 9-Ricky Lewis-235, 10-Matt McCarthy-234.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 23 – Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, Arizona

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 1, 2022 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-15.641; 2. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-15.715; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-15.744; 4. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-15.810; 5. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-15.826; 6. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.852; 7. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-15.880; 8. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.911; 9. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-15.925; 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.969; 11. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.977; 12. Brody Fuson, 51, Van Meter-15.981; 13. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.008; 14. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-16.252; 15. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-16.330; 16. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.343; 17. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.347; 18. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-16.416; 19. Dawson Faria, 12B, Faria-16.480; 20. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-16.491; 21. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-16.496; 22. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.513; 23. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.611; 24. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-16.616; 25. Tuesday Calderwood, 4X, Calderwood-16.807; 26. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-16.967; 27. Christopher Muraoka, 25, Muraoka-17.778; 28. Travis Buckley, 21K, Kruseman-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. McCarthy, 3. Bernal, 4. C.Williams, 5. Tafoya, 6. Mitchell, 7. Timmons, 8. Faria, 9. T.Calderwood, 10. Buckley. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T.Williams, 2. Gardner, 3. Malcolm, 4. Bender, 5. Liggett, 6. Grabowski, 7. Schank, 8. Hix, 9. Dyer. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. L.Calderwood, 2. Lewis, 3. A.Williams, 4. Fuson, 5. Davis, 6. Hodges, 7. Sweeney, 8. Boul, 9. Muraoka. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2; Davis, 3. Liggett, 4. Grabowski, 5. Tafoya, 6. Hodges, 7. Timmons, 8. Schank, 9. Dyer, 10. Boul, 11. Hix, 12. Muraoka, 13. T.Calderwood, 14. Faria, 15. Buckley, 16. Sweeney. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Austin Liggett (10), 2. Damion Gardner (5), 3. Matt Mitchell (7), 4. Brody Fuson (12), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 6. Nate Schank (22), 7. Tanner Boul (21), 8. Tommy Malcolm (17), 9. Trent Williams (14), 10. Logan Calderwood (15), 11. Logan Williams (13), 12. Jeff Dyer (19), 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (11), 14. Austin Grabowski (8), 15. Matt McCarthy (16), 16. Jake Hodges (18), 17. Austin Williams (4), 18. Ricky Lewis (2), 19. A.J. Bender (1), 20. Ryan Bernal (3), 21. Ryan Timmons (20), 22. Cody Williams (6). ---------------------------- *Faria flipped on lap 11 of the semi. A.Williams flipped on lap 22 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Bender, Laps 16-24 Gardner, Laps 25-30 Liggett HARD CHARGER: Nate Schank (22nd to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Eddie Tafoya Jr.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-407, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-336, 3-Matt Mitchell-290, 4-Austin Williams-281, 5-Logan Williams-271, 6-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-250, 7-Cody Williams-227, 8-Tommy Malcolm-221, 9-Nate Schank ®-215, 10-Matt McCarthy-205.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 2 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

 

 

USAC CONCLUDES OCALA TIRE ANALYSIS

Speedway, Indiana (March 31, 2022)………Officials of the United States Auto Club released information on Thursday, March 31, relating to extensive tire analysis following the testing of tire samples following a USAC National Sprint Car event in Ocala, Florida in February.

Routine post-race tire samples were taken by USAC officials, following all protocols in securing samples and submitting for lab analysis. The initial testing resulted in all four samples, from four unique race teams, being returned as “not meeting the benchmark,” which is a measurement versus the original manufacturing date code of the tire samples taken. Additionally, those traits found to have not met the manufacturer benchmark were not those typically found in tires which have proven to be altered from the manufacturer specification for the purpose of competitive advantage.

The analysis of the original results not meeting the benchmark, as well as having an atypical pattern of all samples failing the benchmark in an identical manner, resulted in USAC requesting extensive additional testing and analysis being completed to verify initial testing results.

Tire samples which failed the original test, along with the original benchmark samples, were sent to three prominent testing labs, including the original testing lab, for further analysis. While the known failed sample again failed at the original testing lab, this same tire sample was tested during the same time window at two additional labs and both labs deemed the samples as not altered from the factory specifications.

After receiving guidance from the two alternative testing labs that these samples met benchmarks, specific instruction was given to both labs to retest in an attempt to identify a specific chemical trait that was prominent in both the initial failed test and retest by the original lab. With the specific chemical trait as their guide, both alternative labs reported they could not find this chemical trait that prompted the original failed test.

Additionally, based on the professional opinions of the two additional testing facilities, the tire samples presented were not deemed to be chemically-altered from the manufacturer benchmark. A third-party executive professional compounder from one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers reviewed all results and concurred with the end analysis.

USAC takes any alteration of specified tires as an attempt to gain an unfair advantage and a serious rule violation. Penalties associated with treating tires to gain an advantage are severe, including a first offense of a six-race suspension and a $2500 fine in addition to lost purse money and points. Based on the unprecedented four initial failed tests, USAC spent considerable time and resources to assure a fair review and due process was completed to protect the integrity of the series, competition officials and teams competing for the Sprint Car National Championship.

Results from all completed National Sprint Car events are upheld, and all parties remain in good standing going forward to this Saturday’s event at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, where stringent ongoing testing will continue to ensure fair competition. In the event of a similar test result with the same abnormal chemicals detected, the same measures will be followed to confirm those results are accurate.

To assure full transparency of the process that USAC underwent to complete the entire analysis, a team owner meeting will be held on Monday, April 4, at 3:00pm Eastern at the USAC office in Speedway, Indiana. Licensed USAC National Sprint Car series team owners are invited.


 

JAKE ANDREOTTI TOPS PLACERVILLE SPRING FEVER FRENZY

by Lance Jennings

PLACERVILLE, CA – MARCH 30, 2022… Leading all 20-laps, Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, CA) scored last Saturday’s “Spring Fever Frenzy” triumph at Placerville Speedway. Driving Pete Davis’ #00 Hot Head Competition Heaters / Buchannan Automotive Stealth, Andreotti’s USAC Western States & BCRA Midget victory came over Michael Faccinto, A.J. Bender, fast qualifier “Sugar” Shane Golobic, and Shannon McQueen.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Andreotti faced constant challenges from Faccinto and Golobic. While several caution flags halted the action, track officials had to shorten the main event. With a five lap shootout remaining, Jake hit his marks on the quarter-mile oval and powered to the second USAC Western victory of his career.

Before claiming the season opener, Andreotti qualified fifth overall and won the 10-lap Ammonia Refrigeration Service Heat Race #2. The young driver heads to Tulare’s “Faria Memorial” as the point leader in both the USAC standings and the four-race Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series.

In Woodland Auto Display Time Trials, “Sugar” Shane Golobic (Fremont, CA) established a new USAC Western States track record (11.663) and bested the 23-cars in attendance. After breaking Dillon Welch’s 2019 standard, the pilot of the Matt Wood Racing #17W NOS Energy Drink / Elk Grove Ford Spike, Golobic won the 10-lap Jordan Hanni Well Drilling Heat Race #1 and scored fourth in the main event. The versatile driver left ‘Knoxville on the Hill” ranked third in USAC Western points and the Elk Grove Ford mini-series.

Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) returned to USAC Western States action and won the Wireless 101 Heat Race #3. Racing the family owned Excel Environmental / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett was sixth quick in time trials and finished sixth in the 20-lap feature. The former USAC West Coast 360 Champion left Placerville sixth in both the championship points and mini-series.

Sporting a new paint scheme, Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, CA) earned the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award with an eleventh place run from sixteenth. The driver of the family owned #8 HASA Pool Products / Oreq Corporation Edmunds qualified seventeenth overall and ran fifth in her heat race. The veteran driver heads to Tulare ranked twelfth in series points, mini-series point chase, and is tied for the Passing Master point lead.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) claimed the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.” Piloting the Beilman Motorsports’ #31B Dave.com / B.P. Fab Spike, Beilman was fourteenth fast win qualifying and placed sixth in his heat race. The former rookie of the year left the El Dorado County Fairgrounds ranked fourteenth in series and Elk Grove Ford points.

The USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will return to action this Saturday, April 2, at Thunderbowl Raceway (Tulare, CA) for the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service, AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hanni Well Drilling, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 26, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – “Spring Fever Frenzy” / “Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series Round #1” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATONS: 1. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-11.663 (New Track Record); 2. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-11.747; 3. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-11.755; 4. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Brown-11.760; 5. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-11.990; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.039; 7. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-12.052; 8. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci,-12.086; 9. Colton Raudman, 2C, Schutte-12.155; 10. Dylan Bloomfield, 14JR, Streeter-12.180; 11. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-12.268; 12. Danika Jo Parker, 13, Parker-12.296; 13. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.338; 14. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.371; 15. Ben Wiesz, 21W, Weisz-12.508; 16. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.528; 17. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.560; 18. Michael Snider, 6K, Snider-12.610; 19. Anthony Esberg, 1K, Esberg-12.766; 20. Dakota Albright, 6X, Snider-12.835; 21. Floyd Alvis, 18, Champion-12.849; 22. Thomas Esberg, 8X, Esberg-14.329; 23. Beau Lemire, 14, Lemire-14.884.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Faccinto, 3. Bender, 4. Bloomfield, 5. Pankratz, 6. Beilman, 7. Alvis, 8. Albright. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andreotti, 2. Worth, 3. Weisz, 4. Snider, 5. Buckley, 6. T.Esberg. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Sarna, 3. McQueen, 4. Sarale, 5. Parker, 6. A.Esberg. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Jake Andreotti (2), 2. Michael Faccinto (3), 3. A.J. Bender (7), 4. Shane Golobic (6), 5. Shannon McQueen (4), 6. Austin Liggett (1), 7. Dylan Bloomfield (10), 8. Blake Bower (8), 9. Travis Buckley (11), 10. Ben Weisz (14), 11. Randi Pankratz (16), 12. Ben Worth (5), 13. Kyle Beilman (13), 14. C.J. Sarna (15), 15. Michael Snider (17), 16. Danika Jo Parker (21), 17. Floyd Alvis (19), 18. Caden Sarale (12), 19. Anthony Esberg (18), 20. Thomas Esberg (20), 21. Dakota Albright (22), 22. Beau Lemire (23). NT ---------------------------- **Lemire flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Raudman did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Andreotti ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Randi Pankratz (16th to 11th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Kyle Beilman

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jake Andreotti-80, 2-Michael Faccinto-77, 3-Shane Golobic-75, 4-A.J. Bender-70, 5-Shannon McQueen-68, 6-Austin Liggett-64, 7-Dylan Bloomfield-57, 8-Ben Worth-51, 9-Blake Bower-49, --Travis Buckley-49, --Ben Weisz-49.

ELK GROVE FORD MINI-SERIES POINTS: 1-Jake Andreotti-80, 2-Michael Faccinto-77, 3-Shane Golobic-75, 4-A.J. Bender-70, 5-Shannon McQueen-68, 6-Austin Liggett-64, 7-Dylan Bloomfield-57, 8-Ben Worth-51, 9-Blake Bower-49, --Travis Buckley-49, --Ben Weisz-49.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Shane Golobic-6, 2-Ben Worth-5, 3-Shannon McQueen-4, 4-Michael Faccinto-3, 5-Jake Andreotti-2, 6-Austin Liggett-1.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Randi Pankratz-5, --Danika Jo Parker-5, 3-A.J. Bender-4, --Ben Weisz-4, 5-Dylan Bloomfield-3, 6-Shane Golobic-2, --Travis Buckley-2, --Michael Snider-2, --Floyd Alvis-2.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: April 2 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

 

 

DAMION GARDNER GOES 4-FOR-4 AT PERRIS “SO-CAL SHOWDOWN”
By Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CA – MARCH 30, 2022… Continuing his assault on the record books, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) is having the best start of his career with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. Racing Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner scored his fourth win of the campaign in as many races last Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. The nine-time champion topped the “So-Cal Showdown,” posted his 50th “home track” win under the USAC/CRA banner, and tied his 2005 and 2014 record of four consecutive victories. Fast qualifier Matt Mitchell, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting fourth, Gardner had a torrid battle with Cody Williams and Davis before taking command of the main event on the twelfth circuit. With changing track conditions and a treacherous cushion, Davis led the opening laps as drivers fought for position. “The Demon” was not to be denied at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds and claimed the 93rd series win of his career.

Earlier in the program, Gardner qualified third overall and won the night’s 10-lap Laser X Manufacturing Heat Race #3. The point leader heads to Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway with a stout 54-point advantage over the competition.

Driving his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, CA) posted his ninth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 23-car roster. The former USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion ran second in his heat race to Verne Sweeney and charged to second in the feature after starting sixth. Matt left Perris ranked fifth in championship points.

Verne Sweeney (Lomita, CA) raced to victory in the night’s 10-lap Flowdynamics Incorporated Heat Race #1. Piloting Ken Tracy’s #98 Bill’s Jerky / Faas Cores DRC, Sweeney was sixteenth quick in time trials and placed twelfth in the main event after starting sixteenth. The veteran Ascot driver has climbed to tenth in the point chase.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) won the night’s Bill’s Jerky Heat Race #2. Driving Rip Williams’ #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC, Williams qualified eleventh overall and charged to fourth in the feature after starting eleventh. The former co-rookie of the year has climbed to third in the USAC/CRA point standings.

“Sugah” Shane Sexton (Warner Springs, CA) earned the night’s In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with a fourteenth place run from twenty-second. Racing the Sexton/Gatlin Racing #74 GAS Chassis / Mike Pridgeon Racing Engines GAS, Sexton was twenty-second fast in time trials and ran seventh in his heat race. The second year driver left Perris ranked seventeenth in the chase for the championship.

By qualifying sixth, Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) was the Shawn McDonald Memorial Qualifying Award Winner. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Cam 2 Blue Blood Oil Maxim, Gansen ran fourth in his heat race and placed eighth in the 30-lap feature. The veteran driver is currently seventh in the point standings.

“Showtime” Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, CA) returned to USAC/CRA action and claimed the night’s Shawn McDonald Memorial Feature Award with a sixth place finish. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Ventures / Beaver Stripes Maxim, Sheridan was tenth quick in qualifying and placed third in his heat race. After the checkered flags, the former Bandit 360 Sprint Car Champion is twenty-fourth in the point chase.

Making his first start of the year, Jeff Dyer (Yucca Valley, CA) placed thirteenth in the feature and earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award. Driving the Cal-Sun Racing owned #39 Specialty Fasteners / Justice Brothers ITI, Dyer qualified eighteenth overall and ran sixth in his heat race. The California Lightning Sprint standout heads to the Kings County Fairgrounds ranked twenty-eighth in USAC/CRA points.

This Friday, April 1st, the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will invade the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, California. The following night, the non-winged 410s will battle at the Thunderbowl Raceway in nearby Tulare for the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial.” The USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will join the action at Tulare.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Bill’s Jerky, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laser X Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Rod End Supply, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 26, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “So-Cal Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.420; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.434; 3. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.624; 4. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.675; 5. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.703; 6. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.832; 7. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-16.904; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.910; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.941; 10. Danny Sheridan, 12, Allen-16.993; 11. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.066; 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.079; 13. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.105; 14. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.111; 15. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.160; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.217; 17. Chase Johnson, 2J, Yeley-17.257; 18. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.684; 19. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-17.695; 20. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-17.838; 21. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-17.910; 22. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.428; 23. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-19.116.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sweeney, 2. Mitchell, 3. Sheridan, 4. Edwards, 5. McCarthy, 6. Hodges, 7. Sexton, 8. Taylor. NT.
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BILL’S JERKY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. L.Williams, 3. C.Williams, 4. T.Williams, 5. Bonneau, 6. Schank, 7. Marshall, 8. Johnson. NT.

LASER X MANUFACTURING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Davis, 3. Grabowski, 4. Gansen, 5. Tafoya, 6. Dyer, 7. Lewis. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (4), 2. Matt Mitchell (6), 3. Cody Williams (5), 4. Austin Williams (11), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (1), 6. Danny Sheridan (10), 7. Matt McCarthy (7), 8. Chris Gansen (2), 9. Trent Williams (14), 10. Chase Johnson (17), 11. Logan Williams (3), 12. Verne Sweeney (16), 13. Jeff Dyer (18) 14. Shane Sexton (22), 15. Dan Taylor (19), 16. Gary Marshall Jr (23). 17. Nate Schank (20), 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (12), 19. Kyle Edwards (13), 20. Chris Bonneau (9), 21. Austin Grabowski (15), 22. Jake Hodges (8), 23. Ricky Lewis (21). NT.
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*Tafoya and Schank flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Davis, Laps 12-30 Gardner.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Shane Sexton (22nd to 14th)
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL QUALIFYING AWARD: Chris Gansen
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL FEATURE AWARD: Danny Sheridan
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Jeff Dyer

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-328, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-274, 3-Austin Williams-242, 4-Logan Williams-222, 5-Matt Mitchell-219, 6-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-212, 7-Chris Gansen-200, 8-Brody Roa-195, 9-Cody Williams-193, 10-Verne Sweeney-183.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 1 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, California

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS SET FOR HANFORD AND TULARE RETURN
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 30, 2022... After a hard fought battle at Perris, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are set for a rare doubleheader in Central California. Starting this Friday, April 1st, the non-winged 410 sprints will tackle the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford for the fifth point race of the season. Promoted by Peter Murphy, the event will be the first of two appearances at the Kings County Fairgrounds after rain cancelled the March 5th date. The action packed card will also showcase the winged Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars and IMCA Stock Cars. The Pit Gates open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates open at 4:00PM, Hot Laps at 6:15pm, with Time Trials and Racing to follow. For more event information, visit the track’s website at racekingsspeedway.com.

The following night, Saturday, April 2nd, the traditional 410s will head to the Thunderbowl Raceway in nearby Tulare. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” will also feature the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets, winged Kings of Thunder 360 Sprint Cars, and Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the Spectator Gates will open at 4:00PM, Hot Laps at 5:00PM, Time Trials at 6:00PM, with Racing scheduled at 7:00PM. For more Tulare information, visit the track’s website at tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- Protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

The Keller Auto Speedway (formerly Kings Speedway and Giant Chevrolet Speedway) last hosted the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars on September 8, 2018 and Jace Vander Weerd took the checkered flags. In the previous eleven appearances at Hanford, “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three triumphs. Other winners were Ricci Faria, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Bud Kaeding, Levi Jones, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, and “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr. Bud Kaeding set the 1-lap track record of 14.793 on November 12, 2011.

Since May 27, 2007, the Thunderbowl Raceway has hosted nine USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and nine different drivers have claimed victory. Last season, Max Adams added his name to the winner’s list on March 26th over “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Austin Liggett, Matt Mitchell, and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams. Other drivers to have claimed victory at Tulare are “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Matt Mitchell, Garrett Hansen, Jon Stanbrough, “Bullet” Blake Miller, Bud Kaeding, Mike Spencer, and Austin Liggett. Bryan Clauson set the 1-lap track record of 14.646 on November 14, 2009.

After winning the first four races of the season, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 54-point advantage over the competition. Last Saturday at Perris, the pilot of Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, was third quick in time trials, won his heat race, and scored his 50th “home track win” under the USAC/CRA banner. To date, the nine-time champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, and 87 feature laps led to his credit. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has ninety-three series wins and will be looking to sweep the races at Hanford and Tulare.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) ranks second in the championship point standings. Driving his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker DRC, Davis led the first eleven laps at Perris before scoring fifth. The 1993 CRA Rookie of the Year has posted one heat race victory and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. The seven-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has four USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on his first wins in the Central Valley.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) ranks third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rentals DRC, Williams charged from eleventh to fourth in last Saturday’s “So-Cal Showdown.” The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and three top-10 finishes on the season. “The Big Game Hunter” has eleven career triumphs and will be looking for his first wins at the Kings and Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting John McCarthy’s #5W Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, Williams scored eleventh last Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. The 2014 Rookie of The Year has posted three top-10 finishes on the year and will have his sights on the first USAC/CRA win of his career.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, CA) sits fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Mitchell earned last Saturday’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Gardner in the feature. To date, the former USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Matt has seven USAC/CRA wins to his credit and will be one of the favorites to watch at Hanford and Tulare.

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Piloting the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine Maxim, Schank is fourteenth in the point chase after finishing seventeenth at Perris Auto Speedway. Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Eddie Tafoya Jr., Chris Gansen, Brody Roa, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Verne Sweeney, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, “Shugah” Shane Sexton, Austin Grabowski, “T-Dub” Trent Williams, Jeff Dyer, Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal, Brody Fuson, Dawson Faria, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway is located at the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, General Admission Senior (62 and older), Active Military (ID Required), and General Admission Junior tickets (7 to 17) are $15. Kids tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit kellerautospeedway.com or the track’s social media.

Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Pit Passes are $45, Adult Grandstand tickets are $30, Adult Bleacher Tickets are $25, Senior Grandstand Tickets are $28, Senior Bleacher Tickets are $23, Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $15, Kids (6-12) Bleacher Tickets are $13, Kids tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Bill’s Jerky, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tire, Laser X Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Damion Gardner

HANFORD AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Bud Kaeding – 14.793 (11/12/11)

HANFORD AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Ricci Faria, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

TULARE AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Bryan Clauson – 14.646 (11/14/09)

TULARE AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Max Adams, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Jon Stanbrough.

CHRIS AND BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-No Race, 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Austin Liggett, 2017-Ryan Bernal, 2018-Tristan Guardino, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-Cancelled, 2021-Cancelled.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-328, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-274, 3. Austin Williams-242, 4. Logan Williams-222, 5. Matt Mitchell-219, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-212, 7. Chris Gansen-200, 8. Brody Roa-195, 9. Cody Williams-193, 10. Verne Sweeney-183, 11. Tommy Malcolm-166, 12. Matt McCarthy-165, 13. Chase Johnson-163, 14. Nate Schank ®-159, 15. Ricky Lewis ®-151, 16. Mike Martin-147, 17. Shane Sexton-143, 18. Danny Parrish-102, 19. Dustin Cormany-89, 20. Jess Beckett-87, 21. Travis Buckley-75, 22. Dustin Burkhart-74, 23. Austin Grabowski-69, 24. Danny Sheridan-61, 25. Jonas Reynolds-57, 26. Trent Williams-51, 27. J.J. Yeley-47, 28. Jeff Dyer-40, 29. Austin Ervine-37, 30. Stevie Sussex-35, 31. Dan Taylor-34, 32. Gary Marshall Jr.-33, 33. Kyle Edwards-30, 34. Ikaika O'Brien-29, 35. Chris Bonneau-27, 36. Jake Hodges-26, 37. Sterling Cling-13.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
March 4: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Rained Out)
March 5: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Rained Out)
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial)
July 2: TBA
July 8: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
July 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
August 6: TBA
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 4: TBA
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 1: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 28: *Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Western World Championships)
October 29: *Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

JAKE ANDREOTTI LEADS USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGETS TO TULARE
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 30, 2022... After a successful opener at Placerville, the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets are ready to clash this Saturday, April 2nd, at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” will also feature the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, winged Kings of Thunder 360 Sprint Cars, and Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the Spectator Gates will open at 4:00PM, Hot Laps at 5:00PM, Time Trials at 6:00PM, with Racing scheduled at 7:00PM. For more Tulare information, visit the track’s website at tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since September 7, 1988, Thunderbowl Raceway has hosted ten USAC Western States Midget events and ten different drivers have claimed victory. Last season, Austin Liggett added his name to the winner’s list on April 17th over Ben Worth, Shannon McQueen, Jake Andreotti, and Mitchel Moles. Other drivers to have claimed victory at Tulare are Brady Bacon, Michael Faccinto, Robby Flock, Ronnie Gardner, Tracy Hines, P.J. Jones, Trey Marcham, Alex Schutte, and Sleepy Tripp. Bryan Clauson set the 1-lap track record of 15.628 on November 13, 2010.

After winning Placerville’s “Spring Fever Frenzy,” Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, CA) has a slim 3-point lead over the competition. Driving Pete Davis’ #00 Hot Head Competition Heaters / Buchannan Automotive Stealth, Andreotti qualified fifth overall, won his heat race, and led all 20-laps of the main event. Jake has two career wins and will be looking to win the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial.”

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing Bobby Brown’s #14J T&T Trucking / Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto was fourth fast in qualifying, ran second to Shane Golobic in his heat race, and finished second in the feature. The 2018 Champion will be a favorite to watch at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

“Sugar” Shane Golobic (Fremont, CA) ranks third in the championship point standings. Piloting the Matt Wood Racing #17W NOS Energy Drink / Elk Grove Ford Spike, Golobic set a new series record in qualifying, won his heat race, and scored fourth in the Placerville main event. The versatile driver is running a limited Midget schedule and it is unknown if the fan favorite will be at Tulare.

Leading rookie contender A.J. Bender (San Diego, CA) is fourth in the USAC Western point chase. Driving the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender was seventh fast in time trials, placed third in his heat race, and finished third in the feature after starting seventh. The versatile driver will have his sights on his first victory this Saturday night.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) sits fifth in the chase for the point standings. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen qualified third overall, ran third in her heat race, and scored fifth in the main event. The 2012 Champion will be looking to add a Tulare win to her resume.

While A.J. Bender leads the chase for rookie of the year, Dylan Bloomfield (Oakley, CA), Ben Wiesz (Colfax, CA), Travis Buckley (Auckland, NZ), Caden Sarale (Stockton, CA), Beau Lemire (Placerville, CA), and Colton Raudman (Redding, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ben Worth, Blake Bower, Randi Pankratz, C.J. Sarna, Kyle Beilman, Dylan Ito, Chase Johnson, and more.

Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Pit Passes are $45, Adult Grandstand tickets are $30, Adult Bleacher Tickets are $25, Senior Grandstand Tickets are $28, Senior Bleacher Tickets are $23, Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $15, Kids (6-12) Bleacher Tickets are $13, Kids tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service Inc., AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Elk Grove Ford, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower.

TULARE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Bryan Clauson – 15.628 (11/13/10)

TULARE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-P.J. Jones, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Trey Marcham, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Sleepy Tripp.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Andreotti-80, 2. Michael Faccinto-77, 3. Shane Golobic-75, 4. A.J. Bender ®-70, 5. Shannon McQueen-68, 6. Austin Liggett-64, 7. Dylan Bloomfield ®-57, 8. Ben Worth-51, 9. Blake Bower-49, 10. Ben Wiesz ®-49, ---. Travis Buckley ®-49, 12. Randi Pankratz-45, 13. C.J. Sarna-42, 14. Kyle Beilman-40, 15. Michael Snider-35, 16. Caden Sarale ®-32, 17. Floyd Alvis-31, 18. Anthony Esberg-28, 19. Danika Jo Parker-27, 20. Thomas Esberg-25, 21. Dakota Albright-24, 22. Beau Lemire ®-23, 23. Colton Raudman ®-10.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 4: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Rained Out)
March 5: *Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Rained Out)
March 26: *#Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Jake Andreotti)
April 2: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
April 16: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
April 23: *#Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
May 7: *#Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Mother’s Day Madness)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 18: *#Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 23: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 13: TBA
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 1: TBA
October 15: *The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

SPRING TO THE BURG:
USAC SPRINT SEASON RESUMES
SATURDAY AT LAWRENCEBURG

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (March 31, 2022)………While three rounds of racing in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway have long served as the official grand opening to the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season, it’s the late March/early April opener that has distinguished itself as the start of the big picture, when the pace of the schedule begins to quicken and race days become as frequent as eating and breathing.

Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway has long held that role, hosting an annual spring date in April since the 2006 season, and that continues this Saturday, April 2, with the series’ Midwest opener at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

In past years, the traditional early season dates have regularly taken the series to Pennsylvania’s Reading Fairgrounds ranging from USAC’s inaugural campaign in 1956 until the venue’s closure in the late 1970s. Ohio’s Eldora Speedway was the familiar backdrop for many an early April event starting right from the get-go in 1962, on occasion being snowed out.

In several instances, the high banked dirt oval was backed up by a run on Winchester Speedway’s high banked paved oval on the other side of the border in Indiana, either a week apart or on the very next day. In some cases, Eldora was held on one night with Winchester hot laps looming bright and early the very next morning. That schedule posed quite a polarizing, eye-opening first weekend for series Rookies who were just trying to get their feet underneath them.

USAC’s tradition at Lawrenceburg has few comparisons and has annually hosted National Sprint Car events at the track for 30 consecutive seasons, since 1992, the second longest active streak behind the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, which has held a series event each year since 1990.

In the time Lawrenceburg has greeted USAC with an April date, the result has seen 10 races and 10 different winning drivers emerge: Jon Stanbrough (2006), Levi Jones (2007), Josh Wise (2009), Jerry Coons Jr. (2010), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2013), Justin Grant (2014), Logan Jarrett (2015), Dave Darland (2016), Chris Windom (2017) & Brady Bacon (2021).

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) enters Saturday’s race as the defending April winner and would prefer to become not only the first driver to duplicate his 2021 victory, but also go back-to-back. After all, he’s the most recent driver to capture consecutive USAC Sprint Car wins at the track, taking the 2020 closer and the 2021 lid-lifter.

Same goes for Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), a February winner in Ocala who is tied for fourth-place in all-time USAC Sprint Car wins at Lawrenceburg with four. Grant’s first ever series win came at Lawrenceburg in 2012. His second came in April of 2014 when he took advantage of a late-race restart, then used the extreme upper reaches of the surface to shoot to the lead.

Stanbrough captured the first April round at Lawrenceburg in 2006, scoring a thrilling last-lap triumph when he passed Bud Kaeding on the 30th and final lap after starting all the way back in the 14th starting spot. The next year saw virtually the same type of finish when Levi Jones grabbed one of the closest photo finishes in series history as he came from behind to beat Bacon by less than ten-thousands of a second.

Josh Wise got the best of Jones in the follow-up edition in April of 2009, passing him with eight laps to go in what was the 2006 series champion’s last series victory. Jerry Coons Jr. displayed his dominance in the April 2010 event, leading all 30 laps in the Dynamics, Inc. No. 69, which is the only entrant to win twice in the fourth month on the calendar at Lawrenceburg.

The late-race heroics returned in a renewal of April activities at Lawrenceburg in 2013 when Kevin Thomas Jr. waited until the last lap to steal victory after starting 10th, coming on late to make a spirited charge on the high side to pull past Chase Stockon off turn two on the final circuit and narrowly held him off to pick up the win.

It’s a rare feat to pull both an absolute upset and absolutely domination in one fell swoop, but Logan Jarrett did just that at Lawrenceburg in April 2015 when he jumped to the lead at the green and laid a beatdown on the field to win his first and only USAC National Sprint Car feature.

In what became a contest of survival of the fittest under a barrage of flurries by the time the checkered flew, Dave Darland was the last man standing, making his equipment endure to the finish line in April of 2016 to extend his all-time USAC National Sprint Car record at Lawrenceburg to seven wins while his win also notched his record 24th consecutive season with a USAC National series feature win

In April of 2017, Chris Windom shed the label of perennial Lawrenceburg runner-up by leading all 30 laps on his way to his first USAC victory at the track, and first USAC National Sprint Car driving championship, after finishing second on five prior occasions at The Burg.

Two-time Lawrenceburg USAC Sprint winner C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), as well as one-time winners Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), are among the active talent vying for a first career series win in April at the track. Leary has finished as the Spring runner-up on three occasions in 2015, 2016 and 2021, as has Stockon once in 2013. Ballou finished a best of third in April of his 2015 championship season.

Seavey has never before started the April feature at Lawrenceburg, and the same goes for series point leader Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), who’s won two of the first three races of the 2022 USAC season and leads the standings entering Saturday’s race after nearly winning last October’s Fall Nationals at the track, where he led the first 26 laps of the 30-lap feature before his right rear tire went flat.

The next installment of springtime USAC racing on Saturday, April 2, at Lawrenceburg Speedway will be the 68th points race, and the 69th overall in series history at the southeastern Indiana venue, which is nice. Take note that the event will feature a new time schedule that pushes all on-track activities to a little bit earlier start than the usual. Pit gates will now open at 1pm Eastern with the grandstands opening at 3pm, the drivers meeting at 3:15pm and cars on track at 4pm with qualifying and racing to immediately follow.

The decision by USAC and Lawrenceburg Speedway officials to move the event schedule up two hours earlier was made to prioritize the comfort of fans and teams due to the forecasted chilly temperatures, who will now experience the show in the sunlight of the day.

Saturday’s docket includes the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds and Bessler's U Pull & Save Hornets.

Adult general admission tickets are $30, kids 7-12 are $7 and children age 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Saturday’s event can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-220, 2-Justin Grant-207, 3-Buddy Kofoid-200, 4-Chase Stockon-189, 5-Kyle Cummins-169, 6-Tanner Thorson-164, 7-Jason McDougal-162, 8-Carson Short-153, 9-Logan Seavey-152, 10-Brady Bacon-142.

APRIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS:

2006: Jon Stanbrough

2007: Levi Jones

2009: Josh Wise

2010: Jerry Coons Jr.

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2014: Justin Grant

2015: Logan Jarrett

2016: Dave Darland

2017: Chris Windom

2021: Brady Bacon

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT LAWRENCEBURG:

1 Lap - 7/9/2008 - Levi Jones - 12.926 - 104.441 mph

8 Laps - 9/28/2013 - Tracy Hines - 1:51.91 - 96.506 mph

10 Laps - 7/10/2008 - Cole Whitt - 2:18.19 - 97.692 mph

12 Laps - 10/1/2016 - Stevie Sussex - 2:51.39 - 94.521 mph

30 Laps - 10/1/2016 - Josh Hodges - 7:21.09 - 91.818 mph

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

7-Dave Darland

5-Jon Stanbrough & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Justin Grant & Jack Hewitt

3-Brady Bacon, Kevin Briscoe, Bryan Clauson & Rick Hood

2-Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Danny Milburn & Brian Tyler

1-Robert Ballou, Jeff Bland Jr., Mark Cassella, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Kevin Doty, Jay Drake, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, Logan Jarrett, Thomas Meseraull, Rodney Ritter Jr., Logan Seavey, Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Chris Windom, Josh Wise & J.J. Yeley

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1983: Danny Milburn (9/18)

1984: Rick Hood (6/9) & Danny Milburn (9/16)

1985: Rick Hood (6/8)

1986: Rick Hood (6/7)

1988: Jack Hewitt (6/4)

1989: Rodney Ritter Jr. (7/1)

1992: Kevin Thomas (8/8)

1993: Jack Hewitt (7/10)

1994: Jon Stanbrough (6/18)

1995: Jack Hewitt (7/1)

1996: Mark Cassella (8/31)

1997: Brian Tyler (7/19) & Brian Tyler (8/30)

1998: Kevin Doty (5/30), Dave Darland (7/18) & Dave Darland (8/29)

1999: Kevin Briscoe (6/5), Jack Hewitt (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/28)

2000: Kevin Briscoe (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/26)

2001: Dave Darland (7/26)

2002: Kevin Briscoe (7/25)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/31), Jay Drake (6/1) & Jon Stanbrough (7/24)

2004: Jon Stanbrough (7/22)

2005: Dickie Gaines (7/21)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (4/22)

2007: Levi Jones (4/21), Jon Stanbrough (7/11) & Dave Darland (7/12)

2008: Jeff Bland (7/9) & Brady Short (7/10)

2009: Josh Wise (4/18), Dave Darland (7/10), Jerry Coons Jr. (8/22 Special Event) & Damion Gardner (10/2)

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (4/17) & Dave Darland (7/9)

2011: Robert Ballou (7/10), Levi Jones (10/1)

2012: Justin Grant (7/15) & Chase Stockon (9/29)

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/6), Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/14) & Bryan Clauson (9/28)

2014: Justin Grant (4/5) & Bryan Clauson (9/27)

2015: Logan Jarrett (4/4), Brady Bacon (7/12) & Thomas Meseraull (10/3)

2016: Dave Darland (4/2), Bryan Clauson (7/10) & Josh Hodges (10/1)

2017: Chris Windom (4/1), C.J. Leary (7/9) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (9/30)

2018: Tyler Courtney (7/22) & Justin Grant (9/29)

2019: Justin Grant (7/21) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (10/5)

2020: C.J. Leary (7/26) & Brady Bacon (10/3)

2021: Brady Bacon (4/3), Logan Seavey (7/25) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (10/2)

PAST APRIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE RESULTS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

APRIL 2006 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Jay Drake, 5. Mat Neely, 6. Josh Wise, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Dickie Gaines, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Matt Westfall, 11. Derek O’Dell, 12. Jason Knoke, 13. Brady Short, 14. John Wolfe, 15. Daron Clayton, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Cory Kruseman, 18. Justin Marvel, 19. Brandon Petty, 20. Ted Hines, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Jerry Coons Jr. NT

APRIL 2007 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Levi Jones, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Kevin Swindell, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Josh Wise, 6. Brett Burdette, 7. Jesse Hockett, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Shane Hollingsworth, 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Chris Windom, 16. Damion Gardner, 17. Mat Neely, 18. Jimmy Light, 19. Brady Short, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 22. Dustin Morgan, 23. Matt Westfall. NT

APRIL 2009 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Wise, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Brad Sweet, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Jesse Hockett, 8. Cole Whitt, 9. Brady Short, 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. Brett Burdette, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 16. Robert Ballou, 17. Jonathan Hendrick, 18. Jimmy Light, 19. Bryan Clauson, 20. Nic Faas, 21. Jeff Bland Jr., 22. Shane Cottle, 23. Hunter Schuerenberg. NT

APRIL 2010 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Brady Short, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Darren Hagen, 13. Blake Fitzpatrick, 14. Shane Hmiel, 15. Tracy Hines, 16. Jonathan Hendrick, 17. Ricky Williams, 18. Brett Burdette, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Henry Clarke, 21. Dave Darland, 22. John Memmer. NT

APRIL 2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Coleman Gulick, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Landon Simon, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Dave Darland, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Tyler Courtney, 15. Logan Hupp, 16. Ted Hines, 17. Nick Drake, 18. Kyle Robbins, 19. Christopher Bell, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. C.J. Leary, 22. Matt Westfall, 23. Chris Windom. NT

APRIL 2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. Logan Jarrett, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Travis Hery, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Shane Cockrum, 17. Parker Price-Miller, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Chris Gurley, 21. Kevin Thomas Jr., 22. Thomas Meseraull. NT

APRIL 2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Logan Jarrett, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Kyle Cummins, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Tyler Courtney, 15. Chad Boespflug, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Landon Simon, 18. Daron Clayton, 19. Travis Hery, 20. Logan Hupp, 21. Bryan Clauson, 22. Chris Windom, 23. Casey Shuman, 24. Kevin Thomas Jr. NT

APRIL 2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Max McGhee, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Landon Simon, 17. Carson Short, 18. Cole Ketcham, 19. Shawn Westerfeld, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Shane Cottle, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Joss Moffatt. NT

APRIL 2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Landon Simon, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Shawn Westerfeld, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Dallas Hewitt, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Tyler Thomas, 14. Corey Smith, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Jeff Bland Jr., 17. Max McGhee, 18. Kody Swanson, 19. Nick Bilbee, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Carson Short, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Chase Stockon. NT

APRIL 2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (6), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Chris Windom (10), 4. Justin Grant (1), 5. Thomas Meseraull (9), 6. Jadon Rogers (11), 7. Paul Nienhiser (5), 8. Cole Bodine (3), 9. Robert Ballou (22), 10. Stevie Sussex (4), 11. Sterling Cling (7), 12. Nick Bilbee (14), 13. Tanner Thorson (13), 14. Jake Swanson (16), 15. Max Adams (20), 16. Dave Darland (8), 17. Scotty Weir (19), 18. Matt Westfall (12), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 20. J.J. Hughes (15), 21. Kyle Cummins (18), 22. Brandon Mattox (P) (24), 23. Garrett Abrams (21), 24. Chase Stockon (P) (23). NT

 

2 HOURS EARLIER:
LAWRENCEBURG USAC SPRINT CAR
SCHEDULE MOVED UP FOR SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (March 30, 2022)………The Midwest opener for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship to be held this Saturday, April 2, at southeastern Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway will feature a new time schedule a little bit earlier than the usual.

The event at the speedy 3/8-mile dirt oval will now have the pit gates opening at 1pm Eastern on Saturday, with the grandstands opening at 3pm, the drivers meeting at 3:15pm and cars on track at 4pm with qualifying and racing to immediately follow.

The decision by USAC and Lawrenceburg Speedway officials to move the event schedule up two hours earlier was made to prioritize the comfort of fans and teams due to the forecasted chilly temperatures.

Saturday’s docket includes the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds and Bessler's U Pull & Save Hornets.

Adult general admission tickets are $30, kids 7-12 are $7 and children age 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Saturday’s event can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 

 

BC39 IS BACK! USAC MIDGETS RETURN TO IMS DIRT ON AUG. 3-4

 Indianapolis, Indiana (March 29, 2022)………Ladies and gentlemen, the BC39 is back in 2022!

Following one of the most dramatic, chaotic, mayhem-inducing, heart palpitating USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature events ever, won by reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson, the series returns to The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4 for the fourth running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink.

Tickets are now on sale at www.IMS.com. Reserved seat ticket prices for qualifying races, last chance events and the 39-lap A-Main on Thursday start at $35, with tickets for Wednesday’s opening night festivities – highlighted by heat races and the Stoops Pursuit event – starting at $25.

Annually boasting the highest car count of the USAC season, the BC39 packs a punch with exhilarating competition for two consecutive nights and more than 70 competitors vying to race their way into one of the coveted 24 starting spots in Thursday night’s finale where the urgency is palpable for driver, team, fan, and track presidents alike.

“It was a big highlight for everyone at IMS last year to see the BC39 come back after a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “This new tradition of an incredible two nights of dirt action continues to grow at the Racing Capital of the World thanks to our loyal fans and the continued support of great charitable partners like the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives, and NOS Energy Drink’s commitment to USAC racing.”

The BC39 has quickly established itself as one of the most highly-anticipated short track events of the season, and one of the crown jewels of USAC National Midget racing. The event on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside turn three of the world famous 2.5-mile paved oval will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

“Everyone at Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives is thrilled to see the BC39 return to its rightful place on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget schedule for the fourth year,” said Taylor McLean, Bryan’s sister and marketing program specialist at Indiana Donor Network. “It is an honor to be able to be a part of an event that Bryan would be proud of. The Driven2SaveLives BC39 has become a place for race fans and teams alike to honor Bryan and share how their lives have been impacted by organ donation and transplantation. We cannot wait to, once again, bring the positive message of organ donation and transplantation to the racing community at this year’s BC39.”

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 2, with team parking followed by a heat race position draft in which all cars entered will be randomized into a draft order and teams will be able to pick their heat race starting spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot.

On track action commences Wednesday, August 3, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the thrilling Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the first evening of racing action. Kyle Larson scored his second career Stoops Pursuit victory in 2021 after also winning in 2019. Zeb Wise captured the inaugural 25-lap pursuit race in 2018.

The finale, on Thursday, August 4, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and are immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Three different drivers – Brady Bacon (2018), Zeb Wise (2019) and Larson (2021) – have reigned triumphant on the final night during the first three installments of the BC39.

The Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink will mark the conclusion of nearly a week of thrilling action on the road course and The Dirt Track at IMS. The NASCAR-INDYCAR tripleheader takes place July 29-31, with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR Xfinity Series conducting separate races Saturday, July 30 with the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard, and the NASCAR Cup Series racing Sunday, July 31 in the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard.

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

 


 

WESTERN WORLD GETS A NEW HOME AT COCOPAH, USAC SPRINTS ARRIVE OCT. 28-29

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Somerton, Arizona (March 28, 2022)………The prestigious Western World Championships have found a new home in 2022 at Somerton, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway.

The 55th annual edition of Western World brings the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, in conjunction with the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars, to the 3/8-mile dirt oval for two consecutive evenings on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29.

For USAC’s National Sprint Car division, the dates mark the series’ debut at Cocopah, which will pay $6,000 to Friday night’s feature winner and $10,000 to the victor of Saturday night’s finale.

As the newest venue to host Western World, one of the most prestigious and history-laden events on the entire USAC calendar, Cocopah Speedway is proud to become the home of this legendary event.

“The Western World has always been a great tradition in Arizona,” Cocopah Speedway Brad Whitfield stated. “We are looking forward to hosting this long standing Southwest tradition.”

“Our facility produced great two and three-wide racing for the USAC CRA season openers in January. After talking to the racers that weekend, they asked how to get the Western World to Cocopah Speedway,” added Jerry Vansickel, Special Events Coordinator for the track.

The Western World Championships had been held at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway annually between 2016 and 2021, but the event now moves to Cocopah for the first time due to the permanent closure of Arizona Speedway at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

Nine USAC sanctioned events have taken place at Cocopah Speedway dating back to the 1980s. The only USAC national event at Cocopah took place in 1989 when Robby Flock scored a victory in midget competition. Arizonians R.J. Johnson and Stevie Sussex collected USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature wins at Cocopah in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Six USAC CRA Sprint Car races have been held at Cocopah with Brody Roa capturing the debut in 2012, while Damion Gardner has been victorious in each of the last five, starting with back-to-back wins in 2013 and three consecutive in January of 2022.

Bob Cleberg was victorious in the inaugural Western World Championships held in 1968 at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. Other venues to host Western World include Manzanita Speedway from its inception in 1968 through the 2008 season, when the track was shuttered. USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. welcomed the event from 2009-2011 and once again in 2015. Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park was the home of Western World between 2012-2014.

In the most recent installment of the Western World Championships in November of 2021, Brady Bacon triumphed on opening night while Logan Seavey basked in the glory of victory lane after scoring the win on the final night of the weekend.

A practice night precedes the two race nights on Thursday night, October 27. Following practice, a driver appreciation party will be held for competitors and crews featuring a meal and live music provided by Yuma Auto and RV Center.

Reserved tickets and camping for the Western World Championships will go on sale starting July 1 at www.racecocopahspeedway.com.

The 2022 Western World Championships begin the final stretch run of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and AMSOIL USAC Sprint Cars out in the western states. The seasons for both series conclude a week following Western World on November 3-4-5 with the 26th running of the Oval Nationals at California’s Perris Auto Speedway.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 26, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – “Spring Fever Frenzy” / “Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series Round #1” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATONS: 1. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-11.663 (New Track Record); 2. . Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-11.747; 3. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-11.755; 4. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Brown-11.760; 5. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-11.990; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.039; 7. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-12.052; 8. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci,-12.086; 9. Colton Raudman, 2C, Schutte-12.155; 10. Dylan Bloomfield, 14JR, Streeter-12.180; 11. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-12.268; 12. Danika Jo Parker, 13, Parker-12.296; 13. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.338; 14. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.371; 15. Ben Wiesz, 21W, Weisz-12.508; 16. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.528; 17. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.560; 18. Michael Snider, 6K, Snider-12.610; 19. Anthony Esberg, 1K, Esberg-12.766; 20. Dakota Albright, 6X, Snider-12.835; 21. Floyd Alvis, 18, Champion-12.849; 22. Thomas Esberg, 8X, Esberg-14.329; 23. Beau Lemire, 14, Lemire-14.884.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Faccinto, 3. Bender, 4. Bloomfield, 5. Pankratz, 6. Beilman, 7. Alvis, 8. Albright. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andreotti, 2. Worth, 3. Weisz, 4. Snider, 5. Buckley, 6. T.Esberg. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Sarna, 3. McQueen, 4. Sarale, 5. Parker, 6. A.Esberg. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Jake Andreotti (2), 2. Michael Faccinto (3), 3. A.J. Bender (7), 4. Shane Golobic (6), 5. Shannon McQueen (4), 6. Austin Liggett (1), 7. Dylan Bloomfield (10), 8. Blake Bower (8), 9. Travis Buckley (11), 10. Ben Weisz (14), 11. Randi Pankratz (16), 12. Ben Worth (5), 13. Kyle Beilman (13), 14. C.J. Sarna (15), 15. Michael Snider (17), 16. Danika Jo Parker (21), 17. Floyd Alvis (19), 18. Caden Sarale (12), 19. Anthony .Esberg (18), 20. Thomas Esberg (20), 21. Dakota Albright (22), 22. Beau Lemire (23). NT ---------------------------- **Lemire flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Raudman did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Andreotti ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Randi Pankratz (16th to 11th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Kyle Beilman

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jake Andreotti-80, 2-Michael Faccinto-77, 3-Shane Golobic-75, 4-A.J. Bender-70, 5-Shannon McQueen-68, 6-Austin Liggett-64, 7-Dylan Bloomfield-57, 8-Ben Worth-51, 9-Blake Bower-49, --Travis Buckley-49, --Ben Weisz-49.

ELK GROVE FORD MINI-SERIES POINTS: 1-Jake Andreotti-80, 2-Michael Faccinto-77, 3-Shane Golobic-75, 4-A.J. Bender-70, 5-Shannon McQueen-68, 6-Austin Liggett-64, 7-Dylan Bloomfield-57, 8-Ben Worth-51, 9-Blake Bower-49, --Travis Buckley-49, --Ben Weisz-49.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Shane Golobic-6, 2-Ben Worth-5, 3-Shannon McQueen-4, 4-Michael Faccinto-3, 5-Jake Andreotti-2, 6-Austin Liggett-1.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Randi Pankratz-5, --Danika Jo Parker-5, 3-A.J. Bender-4, --Ben Weisz-4, 5-Dylan Bloomfield-3, 6-Shane Golobic-2, --Travis Buckley-2, --Michael Snider-2, --Floyd Alvis-2.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: April 2 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 26, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “So-Cal Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.420; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.434; 3. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.624; 4. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.675; 5. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.703; 6. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.832; 7. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-16.904; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.910; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.941; 10. Danny Sheridan, 12, Allen-16.993; 11. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.066; 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.079; 13. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.105; 14. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.111; 15. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.160; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.217; 17. Chase Johnson, 2J, Yeley-17.257; 18. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.684; 19. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-17.695; 20. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-17.838; 21. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-17.910; 22. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.428; 23. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-19.116.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sweeney, 2. Mitchell, 3. Sheridan, 4. Edwards, 5. McCarthy, 6. Hodges, 7. Sexton, 8. Taylor. NT.
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BILL’S JERKY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. L.Williams, 3. C.Williams, 4. T.Williams, 5. Bonneau, 6. Schank, 7. Marshall, 8. Johnson. NT.

LASER X MANUFACTURING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Davis, 3. Grabowski, 4. Gansen, 5. Tafoya, 6. Dyer, 7. Lewis. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (4), 2. Matt Mitchell (6), 3. Cody Williams (5), 4. Austin Williams (11), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (1), 6. Danny Sheridan (10), 7. Matt McCarthy (7), 8. Chris Gansen (2), 9. Trent Williams (14), 10. Chase Johnson (17), 11. Logan Williams (3), 12. Verne Sweeney (16), 13. Jeff Dyer (18) 14. Shane Sexton (22), 15. Dan Taylor (19), 16. Gary Marshall Jr (23). 17. Nate Schank (20), 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (12), 19. Kyle Edwards (13), 20. Chris Bonneau (9), 21. Austin Grabowski (15), 22. Jake Hodges (8), 23. Ricky Lewis (21). NT.
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*Tafoya and Schank flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Davis, Laps 12-30 Gardner.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Shane Sexton (22nd to 14th)
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL QUALIFYING AWARD: Chris Gansen
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL FEATURE AWARD: Danny Sheridan
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Jeff Dyer

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-328, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-274, 3-Austin Williams-242, 4-Logan Williams-222, 5-Matt Mitchell-219, 6-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-212, 7-Chris Gansen-200, 8-Brody Roa-195, 9-Cody Williams-193, 10-Verne Sweeney-183.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 1 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, California

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGETS EYE PLACERVILLE “SPRING FEVER FRENZY”
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 21, 2022... After Tulare and Hanford rained out, the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will open their season this Saturday, March 26th, at Placerville Speedway. Promoted by Scott Russell and Kami Arnold, the “Spring Fever Frenzy” will also feature the Sprint Car Challenge Tour winged sprint cars and BCRA Lightning Sprints. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, the Pit Gates will open at 2:00PM, the Front Gates open at 3:00PM, with Racing scheduled at 6:30PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at placervillespeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since October 11, 1996, eight USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills claimed the inaugural victory and “Sugar” Shane Golobic leads all drivers with two Placerville wins. When the series last visited the 1/4-mile oval on July 10th, Austin Liggett took the checkered flags. Dillon Welch set the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.979 on November 19, 2019 and a complete series win list at Placerville is at the bottom of this release.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, CA) earned last season’s championship and rookie of the year honors. Piloting Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Mountain Cascade Inc. Spike, Bower had one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the year. Blake will be looking to defend his championship with his first win at “Knoxville on the Hill.”

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) ran second in the chase for the championship and rookie points. Driving Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, Fuson had two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Award, four heat race wins, nine top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led to his credit. The young driver was waiting to get his engine ready and could miss Placerville.

C.J. Sarna (Brea, CA) scored third in the championship point standings. Racing his #20 ZMAX / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna had four heat race victories, three Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has one series triumph and will have his sights on his first win at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) finished fourth in USAC Western Midget point standings. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett had two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes and 57 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2018 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has four career wins and will run a limited schedule.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA) ranked fifth in the chase for the championship. Driving Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth had one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led. The 2019 Rookie of the Year has two career wins and will be looking to add a Placerville trophy to his collection.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Shannon McQueen, Ron Hazelton, Jarrett Soares, David Prickett, Jake Andreotti, Dylan Ito, Randi Pankratz, Kyle Beilman, Colton Raudman, Alex Schutte, Caden Sarale, Matt Streeter, Matt Mitchell, A.J. Bender, and more.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California at 100 Placerville Drive. Adult tickets are $25, Military/Senior tickets are $25, Junior Tickets (12-17) are $25, Kids tickets (6-11) are $10, and Children (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets can be purchased online and for more event information, visit the track’s website at placervillespeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service Inc., AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower.

PLACERVILLE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Dillon Welch – 11.979 (11/19/19)

PLACERVILLE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Shane Golobic, 1-Scotty Farmer, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Gio Scelzi, 1-Jimmy Sills.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 4: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Rained Out)
March 5: *Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Rained Out)
March 26: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Spring Fever Frenzy)
April 2: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
April 16: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
April 23: *Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
May 7: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Mother’s Day Madness)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 18: *Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 23: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 13: TBA
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 1: TBA
October 15: *The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.


 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “SO-CAL SHOWDOWN”
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 21, 2022... The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, March 26th, for the “So-Cal Showdown.” The fourth point race will also feature the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint Cars, and the PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, the Spectator Gates will open at 4:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- Protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 233 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-two different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 49 “home track” wins and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. A complete USAC/CRA win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

While covid mandates cancelled the last two “So-Cal Showdowns,” “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa topped the popular event in 2019. Gardner won the 2014 and 2017 shows and Richard Vander Weerd scored the victory in 2015. In 2016, Josh Hodges started fifteenth and took the checkered flags to win after a last corner pass.

After winning the season’s first three races at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 37-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, and 68 feature laps led to his credit. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has ninety-two series wins and will be looking to claim his third “So-Cal Showdown.”

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) ranks second in the championship point standings. Driving his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker RSS, Davis ran fifth, fourth, and fourth at Cocopah Speedway. The 1993 CRA Rookie of the Year has also posted one heat race victory in the campaign. The seven-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has four USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on another Perris triumph.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa scored fourth, sixth, and fifth at Yuma. In addition, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has one heat race victory on the season. With ten career USAC/CRA wins, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion will be a favorite to win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) is currently fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / DRC Chassis machine, Tafoya claimed seventh, ninth, and second at Cocopah Speedway. The 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year will be looking for his first career USAC/CRA win this Saturday night.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC. Williams placed second, eighth, and eighth at the January Yuma shows. In addition, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and one heat race victory on the season. “The Big Game Hunter” has eleven series wins and will have his sights on winning at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Piloting the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine Maxim, Schank is twelfth in the point chase after running eleventh, thirteenth, and thirteenth at Cocopah Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Chris Gansen, Matt Mitchell, Verne Sweeney, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Matt McCarthy, Shane Sexton, Austin Grabowski, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, Brent Owens, Jake Hodges, Jeff Dyer, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Bill’s Jerky, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Laser X Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Nic Faas – 15.833 (02/25/12)

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 49-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Brody Roa, 3-Brady Bacon, 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

SO-CAL SHOWDOWN WINNERS: 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Josh Hodges, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Rained Out, 2019-Brody Roa, 2020-Cancelled, 2021-Cancelled.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-246, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-209, 3. Brody Roa-195, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-181, 5. Austin Williams-173, 6. Logan Williams-172, 7. Tommy Malcolm-166, 8. Mike Martin-147, 9. Chris Gansen-145, 10. Matt Mitchell-139, 11. Verne Sweeney-136, 12. Nate Schank ®-127, 13. Ricky Lewis-126, 14. Chase Johnson-119, 15. Cody Williams-118, 16. Matt McCarthy-106, ---. Shane Sexton-106, 18. Danny Parrish-102, 19. Dustin Cormany-89, 20. Jess Beckett-87, 21. Travis Buckley-75, 22. Dustin Burkhart-74, 23. Jonas Reynolds-57, 24. J.J. Yeley-47, 25. Austin Grabowski-40, 26. Austin Ervine-37, 27. Stevie Sussex-35, 28. Ikaika O'Brien-29, 29. Sterling Cling-13.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
March 4: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Rained Out)
March 5: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Rained Out)
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (So Cal Showdown)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial)
July 2: TBA
July 8: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
July 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
August 6: TBA
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 4: TBA
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 1: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 28: *TBA (Western World Championships)
October 29: *TBA (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

SATURDAY’S OPEN WHEEL OPENING DAY AT IRP
POSTPONED TO AUGUST 1

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (March 21, 2022)………The Open-Wheel Opening Day USAC Midget Special Event and 500 Sprint Car Tour doubleheader, scheduled for Saturday, March 26 at Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, has been postponed to Monday night, August 1.

The new date on the first night of August immediately follows the NASCAR/INDYCAR weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We apologize for the change of plans, but the extended weather forecast was not going to cooperate for a successful kickoff to our Open-Wheel season,” IRP’s Vice President, Track Management and Operations Kasey Coler said.

The reason for the early decision is due to a number of race teams that were preparing to travel cross country in order to participate in Saturday’s event.

To move forward with Saturday’s event, track officials were seeking a race day forecast of at least 50 degrees in ambient temperature and less than an 80 percent chance precipitation, but that threshold was not met by mid-day Monday.

This Saturday’s midget event was to be the milestone 300th USAC sanctioned event on the IRP oval since its construction in 1961. Now, number 300 is scheduled to take place on Friday night, May 27, with a USAC quadruple header featuring the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, a Midget Special Event and the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.

All tickets, including free general admission, as well as reserved seat bundles, will be good for the Monday, August 1 race date for Open-Wheel Opening Day. In addition, FREE parking and camping will be honored as well. Individuals may still reserve free general admission tickets – or paid options such as the Raceway Park Club and reserved seat bundles – at www.RaceIRP.com.

 

 

USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour results for the USCS Winter Heat Series Round 11 event on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at North Alabama Speedway

 Tuscumbia, AL

USCS Outlaw Thubder Sprint Cars 28 Entries

Feature 30 Laps | 00:30:50.212

1. 28F-Davie Franek[11]; 2. 9JR-Derek Hagar[1]; 3. 3-Howard Moore[8]; 4. 47-Dale Howard[3]; 5. 71-Brady Baker[5]; 6. 22-Riley Goodno[2]; 7. 8-Brad Bowden[10]; 8. 66-Danny Smith[7]; 9. 07-Johnny Bridges[15]; 10. 10-Terry Gray[14]; 11. 44-Ronny Howard[13]; 12. 07T-Brandon Taylor[18]; 13. 71M-Caden Englehart[12]; 14. 13-Chase Howard[19]; 15. 16-Carter Caldwell[22]; 16. 28-Jeff Willingham[16]; 17. 21-Spencer Meredith[17]; 18. (DNF) 29-Jeff Oliver[6]; 19. (DNF) 37-Ayden Gatewood[4]; 20. (DNF) 7J-Gregg Jones[21]; 21. (DNS) 5M-Max Stambaugh; 22. (DNS) 10K-Dewayne White

B Main 15 Laps | 00:24:49.975

1. 07-Johnny Bridges[2]; 2. 28-Jeff Willingham[3]; 3. 21-Spencer Meredith[1]; 4. 07T-Brandon Taylor[8]; 5. 13-Chase Howard[9]; 6. 10K-Dewayne White[4]; 7. 7J-Gregg Jones[5]; 8. 16-Carter Caldwell[7]; 9. 48-Wade Buttrey[12]; 10. 33-Rece Wommack[11]; 11. 7E-Eric Gunderson[13]; 12. (DNF) 2T-Todd Bradford[6]; 13. (DNF) 11E-Kyle Edwards[10]; 14. (DNS) 12M-Greg Merritt

Hoosier Speed Dash 6 Laps | 00:16:16.791

1. 9JR-Derek Hagar[2]; 2. 22-Riley Goodno[1]; 3. 47-Dale Howard[6]; 4. 37-Ayden Gatewood[3]; 5. 71-Brady Baker[5]; 6. (DNF) 29-Jeff Oliver[4]

ENGLER Heat 1 10 Laps | 00:04:52.000

1. 71-Brady Baker[3]; 2. 47-Dale Howard[5]; 3. 22-Riley Goodno[6]; 4. 28-Jeff Willingham[1]; 5. 10-Terry Gray[7]; 6. 13-Chase Howard[4]; 7. 33-Rece Wommack[2]

JJ Supply of NC Heat 2 10 Laps | 00:05:12.000

1. 37-Ayden Gatewood[1]; 2. 29-Jeff Oliver[6]; 3. 71M-Caden Englehart[2]; 4. 21-Spencer Meredith[4]; 5. 7J-Gregg Jones[3]; 6. 16-Carter Caldwell[7]; 7. (DNS) 48-Wade Buttrey

Hero Graphics Heat 3 10 Laps | 00:05:00.000

1. 9JR-Derek Hagar[1]; 2. 3-Howard Moore[3]; 3. 28F-Davie Franek[4]; 4. 8-Brad Bowden[7]; 5. 2T-Todd Bradford[2]; 6. 07T-Brandon Taylor[5]; 7. 11E-Kyle Edwards[6]

Schoenfeld Headers Heat 4 10 Laps

1. 66-Danny Smith[1]; 2. 5M-Max Stambaugh[3]; 3. 44-Ronny Howard[2]; 4. 07-Johnny Bridges[4]; 5. (DNF) 10K-Dewayne White[6]; 6. (DNS) 7E-Eric Gunderson; 7. (DNS) 12M-Greg Merritt

 

 

SWANSONS, SANTOS & WISE ENTER IRP’S MIDGET OPENER ON MARCH 26

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (March 18, 2022)………Four past USAC Midget winners at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park have entered for the Saturday, March 26 Open-Wheel Opening Day Special Event at the .686-mile paved oval in Brownsburg, Ind.

Among those filing their entries for the USAC Midget non-points event are the second ranking driver in terms of overall USAC victories at IRP, Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.). Swanson owns 13 total USAC feature victories at IRP, two behind all-time leader Tracy Hines with 15. Three of Swanson’s 13 IRP USAC wins have come behind the wheel of a midget, including two in 2021. This time around, he’ll be making his debut in a car owned by perennial NEMA frontrunners Bertrand Motorsports.

Hailing from the northeast is Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.), who scored his third career IRP USAC Midget victory at IRP last June. He’ll be sporting a somewhat new look in the event, in the seat of the Jeff West No. 51.

Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) will also have a different car to wheel in 2022 at IRP, this one for RMS Racing. Tanner captured his lone USAC Midget win at IRP all the way back in 2010.

Josh Wise (Riverside, Calif.) enters the event as the most recent winner of a USAC Midget feature at IRP, getting the job done in August of 2021. He’ll make his return in a car owned by seven-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Alex Bowman.

Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park is celebrating Open-Wheel Opening Day in style with FREE general admission to the racing events on Saturday, March 26.

Courtesy of Bald Spot Sports, fans are invited to attend Open-Wheel Opening Day for FREE with complimentary general admission for a can't miss doubleheader featuring a USAC Midget Special Event and the 500 Sprint Car Tour presented by Auto Value & Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores.

FREE tickets for the event can be had now at https://bit.ly/OpeningDayFREE. Additional race info can be found at https://raceirp.com/openingday2022/.

The March 26 program begins with a 30-lap, $5,000 to win midget feature as well as a 30-lap, $5,000 to win sprint car feature. The midget program is considered a USAC non-points special event, meaning no points will be awarded toward the USAC National series' championship standings.

The midget event will be the milestone 300th USAC sanctioned event on the IRP oval since its construction in 1961.

An open test is scheduled for the previous day, on Friday, March 25, from 3:00 to 6:00pm ET preceding this event to allow one final tune-up before race day.

On race day, March 26, the pits open at 10am ET with the drivers meeting at 12:30pm. Sprint car and midget practice begins at 1pm, followed by sprint car qualifying at 3:15pm, midget qualifying at 3:40pm, opening ceremonies at 4pm, the sprint car feature at 4:15pm and the midget feature at 5:05pm.

For Open-Wheel Opening Day, Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park is offering free primitive camping to all fans. Visit the link at https://raceirp.com/openingday2022/ to reserve your space.

All parking for Open-Wheel Opening Day will be placed in Lot 2. Fans will still enter through the Main Gate off US Highway 136/Crawfordsville Road.

Individuals interested in reserved tickets, pit passes, or the Raceway Park Club for Open-Wheel Opening Day can visit https://raceirp.com/openingday2022/ to purchase.

The track will still offer a $25 reserved ticket (that also includes a Hot Dog, Chips and 20 oz Water/Soft Drink). Pit passes are $35 apiece.

MIDGET ENTRY LIST:

1BR KYLE O’GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR Development)

3 TBA (Nick Bohanon Racing)

4 DAVEY HAMILTON JR./ (Klatt Enterprises)

7 COLE CARTER/Brownsburg, IN (Bertrand Motorsports)

7A DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (C & A Motorsports)

7K NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Kenny & Reva Irwin)

9 JOHNNY ZYCH/Mendon, MA (John Zych)

14 BRANDON MAURER/Sherman, IL (Brandon Maurer)

17 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (RMS Racing)

17x CHAD NICHOLS/Colma, CA (Chad Nichols)

40 BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed Racing)

44 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bertrand Motorsports)

47 TODD BERTRAND/Suffield, CT (Bertrand Motorsports)

47D NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Bertrand Motorsports)

51 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (Jeff West)

55 JOSH WISE/Riverside, CA (Alex Bowman Racing)

60 CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Western Speed Racing)

75 RYAN SHILKUSKI/Spring Valley, IL (Ryan Shilkuski)

88 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Arata Brothers Racing)

99 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Guess Racing)

 

 

ST. PATRICK’S USAC CONNECTIONS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 17, 2022)………On this, the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day, it got us to thinking about USAC drivers, car owners and notable personalities named Patrick, Pat, or some variation of the primary patron saint of Ireland, the fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop known as the "Apostle of Ireland," St. Patrick.

Pat O’Connor was the Midwest Sprint Car driving champion in USAC’s inaugural season of 1956. The 1995 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee won on USAC’s National Championship trail twice, first on the banks of Darlington (S.C.) Raceway in 1956 and New Jersey’s Trenton Speedway in 1957. That same season in ’57, O’Connor captured the pole position for the Indianapolis 500.

Sporting a prominent green shamrock on his helmet, Pat Flaherty was the Indianapolis 500’s first winner under the sanctioning of the United States Auto Club in 1956, doing so after winning the pole position for the event. In the following race at Milwaukee, the Chicagoan won again en route to a runner-up finish in the final USAC National Championship standings. To boot, Flaherty also picked up a pair of USAC Stock Car wins, at Santa Fe Speedway in Hinsdale, Ill. in 1956 as well at the Milwaukee Mile in 1958.

Although Ueal Eugene Patrick happened to be his birth name, three-time Indianapolis 500 winning car owner Pat Patrick had double the Irish luck with his moniker. His teams captured Indy wins in 1973 and 1982 with driver Gordon Johncock, and in 1989 with Emerson Fittipaldi. In 1974, his team won its only career USAC Silver Crown Dirt Championship race in an upset victory with driver Jackie Howerton at the Hoosier Hundred.

Blake Fitzpatrick captured his one and only USAC National Sprint Car feature in the 2010 Indiana Sprint Week finale at Tri-State Speedway. Younger brother Braylon established a new one-lap track record at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track during qualifying for a USAC National Sprint Car event in 2012.

Pavement specialist Pat Abold scored a pair of USAC Silver Crown wins for Hoffman Auto Racing during the 1997 season at both Indianapolis Raceway Park during the spring as well as the first ever race held at the Gateway Motorsports Park oval late in the season.

Jack Fitzpatrick owned cars won three USAC National Midget feature events, first with Pancho Carter in 1972 at Santa Fe Speedway in Hinsdale, Illinois as well as with Rich Vogler on consecutive nights at Colorado National Speedway in 1979.

Pat Bartils put three tallies in the win column during the 1978 USAC National Midget season with Pancho Carter at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Rodger Ward’s Owosso Speedway in Michigan while Billy Cassella won for the team at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.

Of all drivers named Patrick, none have more career Silver Crown starts than Patrick Lawson with 42. Patrick Bruns has made 13 starts in the Silver Crown cars, plus one USAC National Sprint Car start, in addition to the title he earned with the USAC Midwest Ford Focus Dirt Midgets in 2011. Pat Quinn’s one career Silver Crown start was a relative success, winning the Qualifying Race and taking home an 11th place finish in 1999 at California’s Irwindale Speedway.

Patrick Budde has made 10 career USAC National Sprint Car starts. Larry Kirkpatrick made all four career USAC National Sprint Car starts in 1976 with a 12th at Terre Haute serving as his best. Patrick Sallaway made a single career USAC National Sprint Car start for famed car owner Steve Stapp in 1997 at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway. Pat York made one career start with the series at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1994, finishing 17th.

Pat Bliss made 15 career USAC National Midget feature starts between 1991 and 1997, racking up a top-finish of 7th in his final season of competition with the series at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway.

Patrick Wilda from Illinois made two career USAC National Midget starts, both in 2013, with a 10th place result at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill. serving as his best.

Pat Lysell Jr.’s two career USAC National Midget feature starts came on the same day! The St. Louis, Mo. native finished 13th and 10th in each of those appearances during 1988 in the Bob Tattersall Memorial at Missouri’s St. Charles Speedway.

Pat Sholtis made eight starts with the USAC National Midgets between 1982-84. The 1980 Badger Midget Rookie of the Year saved his best for last, taking 6th the Hut Hundred at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track during his final USAC start in 1984.

A veteran of five career USAC National Midget starts, Patrick Stasa regularly campaigned a ride when the series traveled to the Great Plains states, where his best series finish occurred, a 6th at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas during the first dirt race of the 2011 season.

Hall of Fame announcer, writer, author and racing historian Pat Sullivan has announced more USAC events than any other individual.

In the history of USAC National racing, only three events have taken place on St. Patrick’s Day, all of which have taken place in the state of Arizona. Merle Bettenhausen won the first, in a midget, at Phoenix’s Manzanita Speedway in 1972. Michael Lewis captured a dramatic late-race win at Phoenix International Raceway in 2001. Dave Steele won a Silver Crown main event on St. Patrick’s Day in 2002 at Phoenix International Raceway.

 

 

RICKY LEWIS SPRINTS TO FIRST VICTORY AT BAKERSFIELD

BAKERSFIELD, CA – MARCH 12, 2022… Starting sixth, Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) dodged several early tangles and led all 30 laps to score the $1,500 victory at Bakersfield Speedway. Piloting his #41 Physical Medical Consultant / Stensland Racing DRC, Lewis shook free from challengers Jacob Tuttle and Troy Rutherford to claim the first USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car win of his career. Tuttle, Brody Fuson, Rutherford, and Hannah Mayhew rounded out the top-five drivers.

Before becoming the 56th winning driver in series history, Lewis also earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Ricky’s time of 13.006 bested the 20-car roster and the young driver finished third in his heat race. Ricky left Bakersfield as the new point leader heading to Ventura Raceway on May 21st.

Troy Rutherford (Ojai, CA) made his first start of the season and raced to victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving his #11 Trench Shoring / Grimes Rock Spike, Rutherford qualified thirteenth overall and charged from eighth to place fourth in the main event. The former Ventura track champion is now ranked seventeenth in the point chase.

Trent Carter (Terra Bella, CA) topped the 10-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville Collision Center Maxim, Carter was eleventh quick in Woodland Auto Display time trials. The multi-time Santa Maria champion was running in the top-five in the feature, before escaping from a fire that relegated him to a twelfth place finish. Trent left Bakersfield sitting fourth in the point standings.

New Kern County record holder, Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, CA) won the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes Heat Race #3. Driving the family owned #39 Safehouse Security / Van Dyne Engineering Triple X, Edwards was fifteenth fast in time trials and finished seventeenth in the main event after an early exit. The second generation driver ranks seventh in championship points.

Rookie contender Tyler Hatzikian (El Segundo, CA) earned Bakersfield’s BR Motorsports Hard Charger Award with a ninth place run from twentieth. Piloting his #27 Original Roadhouse Bar & Grill / ZARP Incorporated Triple X, Hatzikian had early mechanical issues that resulted in qualifying twentieth and finishing seventh in his heat race. Tyler heads to Ventura ranked eleventh in West Coast standings.

Making the first West Coast start, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA) claimed the night’s Rod End Supply “Lucky 13 Award.” Driving the Josh Ford Motorsports’ #73 Sun Valley Ag Transport / Raney Racing Engines Triple X, Worth qualified eighth overall and finished thirteenth in the feature after an early exit. At press time, the 2019 USAC Western States Midget Rookie of the Year is twenty-first in the point chase.

The third point race for the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will be held on Saturday, May 21st, at Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA). Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds, "The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will also host the USAC Western States Midgets, IMCA Modifieds, California Lightning Sprints, Hobby Stocks, and Kids Classes.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Rod End Supply, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 12, 2022 – Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATONS: 1. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-13.006; 2. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-13.031; 3. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-13.034; 4. Brody Fuson, 51, Van Meter-13.150; 5. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-13.165; 6. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-13.189; 7. Jacob Tuttle, 87P, Tuttle-13.242; 8. Ben Worth, 73, Ford-13.278; 9. Brent Yarnal, 29, Yarnal-13.299; 10. Jarrett Soares, 12. Soares-13.342; 11. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-13.431; 12. Tuesday Calderwood, 4, Calderwood-13.468; 13. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.567; 14. Travis Buckley, 7K, Kruseman-13.629; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-13.918; 16. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-13.927; 17. Matt Day, 97, Day-14.019; 18. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-14.256; 19. Camie Bell, 29C, Bell-16.027; 20. Tyler Hatzikian, 27, Hatzikian-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Tuttle, 3. Lewis, 4. Soares, 5. Herrera, 6. Bell, 7. Fuson. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Carter, 2. Worth, 3. Day, 4. Boul, 5. Buckley, 6. Mayhew, 7. Hatzikian. NT.

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Edwards, 2. L.Calderwood, 3. Majors, 4. Yarnal, 5. Bishop, 6. T.Calderwood. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Ricky Lewis (6), 2. Jacob Tuttle (2), 3. Brody Fuson (10), 4. Troy Rutherford (8), 5. Hannah Mayhew (11), 6. Tanner Boul (5), 7. Travis Buckley (15), 8. Brent Yarnal (12), 9. Tyler Hatzikian (20), 10. Joey Bishop (18), 11. Camie Bell (19), 12. Trent Carter (7), 13. Ben Worth (1), 14. Matt Day (17), 15. James Herrera (16), 16. Logan Calderwood (4), 17. Kyle Edwards (9), 18. Cody Majors (3), 19. Jarrett Soares (13). NT ---------------------------- **T.Calderwood flipped on lap one of the third heat and did not start feature. Soares flipped on lap one of the feature. Herrera flipped on lap seven of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Lewis BR MOTORSPORTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Hatzikian (20th to 9th) ROD END SUPPLY LUCKY 13 AWARD: Ben Worth

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Ricky Lewis-156, 2-Brody Fuson-136, 3-Tanner Boul-123, 4-Trent Carter-122, 5-Hannah Mayhew-113, 6-Travis Buckley-112, 7-Kyle Edwards-111, 8-Jacob Tuttle-107, 9-Brent Yarnal-96, 10-Joey Bishop-85, -Tyler Hatzikian-85.

NEW PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Travis Buckley-18, 2-Camie Bell-11, -Joey Bishop-11, -Tyler Hatzikian-11, 5-Hannah Mayhew-10, 6-Brent Yarnal-7, -Brody Fuson-7, 8-Ricky Lewis-5, 9-Chase Johnson-4, 10-Troy Rutherford-4.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 21 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California


 


GOLDEN VICTORY:
GRANT WINS SHAMROCK CLASSIC'S $10K POT OF GOLD
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 12, 2022)………While RMS Racing seemingly has a stranglehold of the competition at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, you might say that Justin Grant has a similar grip on the 2022 USAC season thus far.

On Saturday night, the Ione, Calif. native mastered both the high and low grooves and capitalized on teammate Thomas Meseraull’s early race misfortune to bag the $10,000 prize and become the first multi-time winner of the Shamrock Classic Presented by Dooling Machine Products at the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval after previously winning the event back in 2017.

The victory makes Grant three for four in USAC-sanctioned Midget races during the 2022 season. He captured the non-points special event in Du Quoin after earlier sweeping both full-points paying features in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Meanwhile, RMS Racing has now tallied wins in each of the last five USAC sanctioned midget events its entered dating back to December of 2021. Three of those have come at the Southern Illinois Center with three different drivers behind the wheel. Christopher Bell scored the December 2021 Jason Leffler Memorial while Thomas Meseraull pocketed Friday’s Shamrock Classic opener followed by Grant’s reign on Saturday in his NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I can’t believe it,” Grant exclaimed. “This midget has been so, so fast for the past year now. Tonight, we were able to get this car back to victory lane and keep RMS on top of everything so far this year; it’s been incredible. I’m getting to live my dream.”

As it turned out, the RMS pair of Grant and Meseraull were the top-two total point earners in Friday and Saturday’s preliminary events, which put both on the front row for Saturday’s 50-lap feature. With Grant on the pole and Meseraull outside, it was Meseraull who gained the early advantage as he sliced underneath Grant exiting turn two, then held the point in commanding fashion, quite reminiscent of his dominating display 24 hours earlier.

However, instead of striking gold, it was disaster that struck Meseraull on the 14th lap as he negotiated traffic. That’s when 16th running Kyle Cummins performed a half-spin at the high side entrance of turn one. With nowhere to escape, Meseraull plowed into Cummins, with both stopping. Grant narrowly avoided double RMS trouble as he bounced off Meseraull, then split between him and the 17th running car of Dominic Gorden. Meseraull was eliminated due to extensive damage on the right front while Grant took his place as the new race leader.

“My poor teammate, Thomas,” Grant tributed. “He’s fast every night, he’s one heck of a racecar driver and he’s on one of those rolls where nothing goes right. He’s way more supportive of me being in victory lane than I probably would be of him. I’d like to think I’d be as big as he is in these situations but he’s all about this RMS team, and as long as one of us is winning, Thomas is happy. I know he wants to be up here and, tonight, he probably should be. He just caught a really bad break there and I feel bad for him.”

With a new re-racked top of the leaderboard, Cannon McIntosh entered the fray to submit a challenge for the lead with Grant. On the 20th lap, McIntosh slid from bottom to top in turns three and four to assume the number one spot. Grant cut back under, but McIntosh managed to still nip him at the line by a half car length.

The run up front wasn’t long for the world as McIntosh slid wide as he attempted to close the door at the entry of turn one, allowing Grant to poke his nose back under and get a run down the back straightaway and into turn three. There, the two tapped wheels midway through three and four, and McIntosh subsequently floated over the cushion while Grant surged past underneath to retake the lead after a one-lap sabbatical.

As Grant opened a 1.2 second lead, McIntosh found himself fighting with Brady Bacon for the runner-up position. Bacon drifted under McIntosh for the spot on lap 30 entering turn three. McIntosh dove back under Bacon exiting the corner and the two went wheel-to-wheel, side-by-side into turn one. McIntosh momentarily became airborne as his right rear ramped over Bacon’s left front tire, sending both into a spin cycle, coming to rest just a few feet from the outside concrete barrier in turn one. Although it knocked both out of contention for the win, Bacon made a furious charge back to a fifth place finish while McIntosh restarted, but dropped out soon after, taking a 15th place result.

With 20 to go, Grant had a handle up front, but a group of new challengers waged a raging fight that saw Mitchel Moles find a spark to sprint from fourth to second as Ryan Timms and Chance Crum sought a way to fend him off. Nonetheless, Moles’ sudden spurt was suddenly kaput as he clipped the outside wall with his right rear tire between turns one and two on lap 33, sending him upside down and out for the remainder of the evening.

The ensuing restart saw Crum put a clamp on the second position as he flicked his machine under and past Timms in turn three, while Daniel Robinson did the same a lap later to take third from Timms, then set forth on tracking down Grant who occupied the lead.

Utilizing the bottom of the racetrack, Crum quickly closed right to the tail of the high-riding Grant, and even edged ahead by a car length on the 36th lap before Grant altered his gameplan, zipping by Crum around the outside on the back straight before cutting across Crum’s nose to steal the bottom away. Slight bumper-to-bumper contact between Crum and Grant in turn three was no harm, no foul, but it signaled a permanent changing of the guard at the head of the pack.

Grant doesn’t much care for rolling the bottom of the racetrack, but when the occasion arose and the large sum of money beckoned to bring it down from the top, he heeded its call.

“Here at Du Quoin, it flips really fast,” Grant said of the sudden change in the track’s preferred groove. “The bottom gets cleaned off and comes in really quick, and it’s tough with the lanes changing like that. I’m not very good at crawling the bottom; that’s not really my jam. I get worried when it starts doing that and, fortunately, I was able to bail across there.”

Following the final restart with seven laps to go after fourth-running Jace Park tangled and stopped in turn two, Crum stayed right with Grant but was mostly unable to gain any sort of headway down the stretch as Grant notched the win once more by a 0.875 second margin over Crum, Daniel Robinson, micro sprint feature winner Joe B. Miller and Bacon.

Chance Crum has now finished inside the top-10 in all three of his USAC-sanctioned Midget starts at the Southern Illinois Center. After a 3rd place result last December and a 9th on Friday, the Snohomish, Wash. native turned in his best performance of them all on Saturday night, starting 11th and finishing 2nd in his Rudeen Racing/Hager Realty Services – Rayce Rudeen Foundation/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I probably didn’t have enough to get him anyways, but we got close there,” Crum acknowledged. “I’m really thankful to be in that position to get to run with Justin there, and I feel like I learned a lot in that race.”

After winning a USAC Regional Midget Special Event feature last September at the Southern Illinois Center, Daniel Robinson (Ewing, Ill.) returned to the podium for his best career Shamrock Classic finish with a 3rd place finish Saturday night in his RAB Racing/Howard Law – Bill Ecker – The Barn Bar/Bullet/Fontana.

“I really thought I had a shot at them, but we made the most of it and I’ll take a podium,” Robinson stated. “We’ll win one of these someday.”

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USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: March 12, 2022 – Southern Illinois Center – Du Quoin, Illinois – 6th Shamrock Classic Presented by Dooling Machine Products – 1/6-Mile Dirt Track – Non-Points Special Event

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-14 in qualifying race points transfer to the feature) 1. Daniel Robinson (#57 RAB), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 3. Chris Andrews (#95 Miller), 4. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 5. Zach Daum (#91 Harris), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (#2MD Dailey), 7. Brad Wyatt (#1H Horn), 8. Chase McDermand (#40 Mounce-Stout). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-14 in qualifying race points transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles (#89 CBI), 2. Brady Bacon (#21H TKH), 3. Jace Park (#87 CBI), 4. Shane Cottle (#86 Stamper), 5. Jacob Denney (#61 Mounce-Stout), 6. Zach Boden (#51 Dohner), 7. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 8. Sean Robbins (#53 Robbins). NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-14 in qualifying race points transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms (#00 Chandler), 2. Dominic Gorden (#83 CBI), 3. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac Dalby), 4. Joe B. Miller (#51B Lewis), 5. Travis Berryhill (#77s Sturgeon), 6. Rylan Gray (#06 Gray), 7. Matt Veatch (#56 McCreery-Fifty6x), 8. R.J. Corson (#15 Corson). NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-14 in qualifying race points transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 2. Will Armitage (#57A RAB), 3. Anton Hernandez (#81G Gray), 4. Chris Baue (#36 Baue), 5. Matt Lux (#5 Wells), 6. Kendall Ruble (#11m Martin), 7. Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres), 8. Austin Shores (#8G Shores). NT

SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Dominic Gorden, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Travis Berryhill, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Chris Andrews, 7. Chris Baue, 8. Kendall Ruble, 9. Matt Lux, 10. Zach Boden, 11. Chase McDermand, 12. Matt Veatch, 13. Mark Chisholm, 14. Brad Wyatt, 15. Austin Shores, 16. Sean Robbins, 17. R.J. Corson, 18. Rylan Gray. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Chance Crum (11), 3. Daniel Robinson (7), 4. Joe B. Miller (8), 5. Brady Bacon (3), 6. Shane Cottle (13), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (15), 8. Ryan Timms (6), 9. Jace Park (14), 10. Will Armitage (10), 11. Dominic Gorden (16), 12. Anton Hernandez (5), 13. Chris Andrews (20), 14. Jacob Denney (12), 15. Cannon McIntosh (4), 16. Travis Berryhill (18), 17. Mitchel Moles (9), 18. Kyle Cummins (19), 19. Thomas Meseraull (2), 20. Zach Daum (17). NT

**Mitchel Moles flipped on lap 33 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 14-19 Justin Grant, Lap 20 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 21-50 Justin Grant.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: March 26, 2022 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – Open-Wheel Opening Day – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Non-Points Special Event

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Daniel Robinson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Ryan Timms

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Thomas Meseraull (10.046)

 

 

SHAMROCK SPECIAL: MESERAULL COMMANDS NIGHT ONE AT Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 11, 2022)………Thomas Meseraull kept RMS Racing’s unbeaten streak intact to begin the 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season with his authoritative performance on night one of the Shamrock Classic Presented by Dooling Machine Products Friday at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

After Justin Grant scored two-in-a-row for the team to begin the year in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park, it was the San Jose, California native’s turn to carry on the unblemished trend in the non-points, special event at the 1/6-mile dirt oval, publishing a drive that was as pure as the driven snow flurries that blanketed the surroundings of the indoor facility.

Meseraull had the 20-car field covered for all 40 laps from start to finish in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota, his second career USAC Midget triumph at the Southern Illinois Center and first since the 2018 Junior Knepper 55, which served as RMS Racing’s first ever USAC-sanctioned midget win.

After Grant’s February success, Meseraull felt that with the flip of the calendar over to March, it was now his time to enjoy the spoils of victory.

“Nothing against him because he’s awesome but, lately, I feel like my teammate has had all the luck, and he’s been picking off wins,” Meseraull said. “But tonight was my night. We started deep enough in our heat race and won it, which put us up front in the feature.”

Meseraull charged from fifth to first in his heat race which, with the format consisting of passing points for the heat races, positioned him as the highest point-earner and, subsequently, placed him on the pole of the feature, setting him up for a run as close to flawless as you’ll witness anywhere this year.

“I do think we had the best car,” Meseraull admitted. “When we’re on, we’re on, and I tell everybody that, about every third to fifth night, we have the absolute fastest car on the track, and tonight was our night.”

Meseraull checked out on the initial lap to a full second lead, but the merry-go-round came to a halt on the second lap as Justin Grant (8th) and Daniel Robinson (10th) made contact in turn two, sending Robinson over and collecting his RAB Racing teammate Will Armitage (13th) as well as Kendall Ruble (18th). All restarted except for Ruble.

Gone again was Meseraull on the ensuing restart by another second over outside front row starter Shane Cottle. On lap four, six cars became stacked against one another in between turns three and four, and involved Kyle Cummins (10th), Zach Daum (11th), Joe B. Miller (12th), Mitchel Moles (14th), Dominic Gorden (15th) and Rylan Gray (16th), knocking both CB Industries teammates Moles and Gorden out of competition.

Fourth starting Bacon was antsy to make things happen in a hurry after an uncharacteristic flip during the preceding micro sprint feature. Bacon simultaneously jousted Cottle for the second position in front of him while also fending off Cannon McIntosh’s challenge for third. Bacon looked topside and bottom before blowing by Cottle for the position on lap nine just as the yellow flew for a Cummins and Daum turn one tangle that reset the field back to the last completed lap, and repositioned Bacon back behind Cottle and forced him into a do-over.

Bacon finally found his way into second amid a wild lap 11 scramble, diving under Cottle for the runner-up spot in turn three. McIntosh wasted no more time as he surged past Cottle for third a lap later on the 12th circuit. Meanwhile, ninth-starting Jace Park had edged his way into fifth in the squabble among the top-five runners.

Both Bacon and McIntosh knocked wheels for the second position multiple times as the two traded the second spot back-and-forth with Bacon solidifying his position shortly thereafter as the contest crossed over the halfway mark.

That was all well and good for Meseraull who continued unheeded as the leader, 2.354 seconds ahead of the pack. But, as had been the case on throughout, the yellow flag arrived just as Meseraull began to pry his way through the back of the field, providing him an unimpeded path for the distance, not that Meseraull needed any of it on this night as strong as he was performing, but any little bit helps on these tight confines.

This caution period arrived when Park snagged the wall between turns one and two, sending him flipping, where he was hit by the trailing cars of Travis Berryhill (12th) and Kyle Cummins (13th), who both stopped.

Meseraull was a carnivore on the restarts all night and, each time, he quickly constructed a sturdy advantage that was impenetrable, whipping up a full-straightaway lead, maintained it and saw it all the way through as he passed under Tom Hansing’s welcoming checkered flag.

Brady Bacon took home second with Cannon McIntosh third, Justin Grant fourth and Jerry Coons Jr. fifth.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is the most experienced Shamrock Classic driver of all-time, starting all six feature events since the inaugural edition in 2016. However, Friday came to be his best result of the bunch after starting fourth and finishing second in his TKH Motorsports/Fatheadz – FK Indy – Champion Oil – A & B Café/Triple X/Stanton SR-11x. But his tooth-and-nail battle with McIntosh to attain the runner-up spot took everything he had in the proverbial tank to keep the fellow Oklahoman behind him in the final pecking order.

“He threw a bomb, and I really didn’t think he had room, so I just did it back, gently and professionally,” Bacon explained. “But you kind of have to do that here. There was really only one way to go, right around the top. But we’ve had a really good car really every time we’ve had the 21H out. We changed some stuff in the pits, hoping to change our luck a little bit, and it obviously worked because we had some bad mojo from the micro. Hopefully we’ve got things turned around for the big money tomorrow.”

Cannon McIntosh returned to the Shamrock Classic podium Friday night. The Bixby, Okla. native and 2019 event winner started and finished 3rd in his Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/Crescent Tools – GearWrench – DriveWFX.com/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I felt like we had a better car than where we finished,” McIntosh lamented. “When we kept getting a run for second, I felt like (Bacon) did everything he could to keep shutting us down, but that’s racing. I’m happy to finish on the podium and I feel like we’ve got good momentum heading into tomorrow. We’ve got a good car and a great group of guys around me. Hopefully we can get a couple spots better tomorrow.”

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USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: March 11, 2022 – Southern Illinois Center – Du Quoin, Illinois – 6th Shamrock Classic Presented by Dooling Machine Products – 1/6-Mile Dirt Track – Non-Points Special Event

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-14 in heat race points transfer to the feature) 1. Jacob Denney (#61 Mounce-Stout), 2. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 3. Travis Berryhill (#77s Sturgeon), 4. Joe B. Miller (#51B Lewis), 5. Mitchel Moles (#89 CBI), 6. Kendall Ruble (#11m Martin), 7. Brad Wyatt (#1H Horn), 8. R.J. Corson (#15 Corson). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-14 in heat race points transfer to the feature) 1. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 2. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac Dalby), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (#2MD Dailey), 4. Will Armitage (#57A RAB), 5. Ryan Timms (#00 Chandler), 6. Zach Boden (#51 Dohner), 7. Sean Robbins (#53 Robbins), 8. Austin Shores (#8G Shores). NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-14 in heat race points transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 2. Brady Bacon (#21H TKH), 3. Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres), 4. Jace Park (#87 CBI), 5. Rylan Gray (#06 Gray), 6. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 7. Chase McDermand (#40 Mounce-Stout). NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-14 in heat race points transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle (#86 Stamper), 2. Zach Daum (#91 Harris), 3. Daniel Robinson (#57 RAB), 4. Dominic Gorden (#83 CBI), 5. Matt Lux (#5 Wells), 6. Chris Andrews (#95 Miller), 7. Thomas Harris (#51R Johnson). NT

SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Joe B. Miller, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Dominic Gorden, 4. Kendall Ruble, 5. Anton Hernandez (#81 Gray), 6. Rylan Gray, 7. Chris Andrews, 8. Zach Boden, 9. R.J. Corson, 10. Sean Robbins, 11. Matt Lux, 12. Chase McDermand, 13. Ryan Timms, 14. Austin Shores, 15. Brad Wyatt, 16. Mark Chisholm. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Matt Veatch (#56 McCreery-Fifty6x)

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (1), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Cannon McIntosh (3), 4. Justin Grant (7), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (14), 6. Jacob Denney (5), 7. Joe B. Miller (15), 8. Anton Hernandez (19), 9. Chance Crum (6), 10. Shane Cottle (2), 11. Rylan Gray (20), 12. Kyle Cummins (13), 13. Zach Daum (10), 14. Jace Park (9), 15. Travis Berryhill (11), 16. Will Armitage (12), 17. Daniel Robinson (8), 18. Mitchel Moles (16), 19. Dominic Gorden (17), 20. Kendall Ruble (18). NT

**Daniel Robinson flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Jace Park flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Thomas Meseraull.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: March 12, 2022 – Southern Illinois Center – Du Quoin, Illinois – 6th Shamrock Classic Presented by Dooling Machine Products – 1/6-Mile Dirt Track – Non-Points Special Event

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jacob Denney

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chance Crum

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Shane Cottle

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Chase McDermand (9.762)

 

USAC MIDGETS IN THE HOUSE:
SHAMROCK CLASSIC RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 10, 2022)………Don’t you remember when you were a kid and your mom told you to take off your shoes, so you don’t leave a track of dirt indoors?

Well, none of those requests apply this Friday and Saturday night, March 11-12, at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin where the USAC Midgets arrive on the purpose-built, 1/6-mile indoor dirt track for the sixth running of the Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine Products.

Forty-two cars and drivers are entered for the two-night USAC Midget program, consisting of two complete programs with feature events concluding each night of action, a $2,000-to-win 40-lapper on Friday night, and the biggie, a $10,000-to-win 50-lap finale on Saturday night. Both races are special events, meaning zero points will be awarded toward the national championship.

It’s quite a turnover of talent throughout the field with just 17 of the 42 drivers in the lineup previously making a Shamrock Classic feature start in their career. Two past winners of the event lead the charge, that being Justin Grant in 2017 and Cannon McIntosh in 2019.

PAST SHAMROCK WINNERS:

Grant (Ione, Calif.) won the event five years ago, his first aboard a midget in USAC competition. The current USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship point leader, and winner of the first two events in Ocala, Fla., has also posted an additional two more 5th place results at the Shamrock Classic in both 2018 and 2019.

McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) has started on the pole in each of the last two editions of the Shamrock Classic in both 2019 and 2020. The 2021 event did not take place due to COVID-19 restrictions. Like Grant, though, McIntosh picked up his first midget win under the USAC banner during the 2019 Shamrock Classic, after catching fire during a hot laps mishap, then returned in a borrowed fire suit from crew member Grady Chandler to score the win.

NO “SHAM” IN RUNNING UP FRONT:

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) led the most laps (28) and scored a runner-up finish in the inaugural Shamrock Classic in 2016, his only previous start in the event. Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) finished right behind Cottle in that 2016 race, winding up third in what remains his lone previous Shamrock Classic start as well. However, he is a former winner in USAC Midget competition at the Southern Illinois Center, picking up the Junior Knepper 55 victory in 2018.

USAC career Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) finished a best of 3rd in the 2017 race. Four-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is the only driver to make feature starts in all five previous runnings of the Shamrock Classic, finishing a career-best 4th in both 2016 and 2017. Two-time POWRi champ Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) also notched a best of 4th in 2019 and was 10th in the first race back in 2016.

Past Shamrock Classic top-10 finishers revisiting the event this weekend are New Berlin, Illinois’ Jake Neuman (8th in 2017) and Decatur, Illinois’ Terry Babb (9th in 2018). Travis Berryhill (American Canyon, Calif.) took 9th in his first and only Shamrock Classic run in 2016 while Daniel Robinson (Ewing, Ill.) collected a 10th place result in the 2018 contest. However, Robinson was the victor of a USAC Regional Midget Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in September of 2021.

BACK IN THE ‘ROCK:

Returning to Shamrock lineup in 2022 is Arlington, Texas’ Anton Hernandez, an 11th place finisher in his only past start in 2016, along with Vincennes, Indiana’s Kendall Ruble (12th in 2020), McLeansboro, Illinois’ Matt Veatch (16th in 2019), Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Chris Andrews (18th in 2017), Cheyenne, Wyoming’s Mark Chisholm (19th in 2017) and Millersville, Missouri’s Joe B. Miller (22nd in 2017), who has been victorious in a Shamrock Classic feature before, that coming with the Micro Sprints in 2019, and was also the runner-up finisher with the USAC Regional Midgets last September.

SHAM-ROOKS:

A whole slew of Shamrock Classic Rookies are on board for their first run in the event, 25 of them in fact, including hot shoes, champs, veterans and young lions. Among those at the forefront are a pair of USAC National Midget feature winners in Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.), the youngest winner in USAC National Midget history. Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), the two time and defending USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget titlist, is entered as well.

Three CB Industries cars are entered, all of whom are making their first Shamrock appearances. Current USAC National Midget leading Rookie of the Year candidate, Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), finished 5th in last winter’s Jason Leffler Memorial USAC Midget Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center. He’s joined on the team by event and series Rookies Jace Park (Overland Park, Kan.) and Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.).

A two-time USAC Regional Midget event winner in 2021, Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.), finished 3rd last winter in the Leffler Memorial while Bryan Stanfill (Bakersfield, Calif) finished 8th last September at Du Quoin’s indoor dirt oval. Stanfill, like Coons, has won USAC sanctioned feature events in four different decades.

They are among a number of Shamrock first-time feature starting hopefuls who own previous midget racing experience at the Southern Illinois Center. Also on the list are Greenfield, Indiana’s Rylan Gray (4th), Springfield, Illinois’ Brayton Lynch (10th), Athens, Illinois’ Will Armitage (11th) and Collinsville, Illinois’ Sean Robbins (12th), who all competed in last September’s Regional feature. Meanwhile, Cambridge, Wisconsin’s Zach Boden finished 18th in December’s Leffler Memorial.

Decorated three-time Badger Midget champion Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.) is set for his first Shamrock Classic run as are TQ Midget standout Matt Lux (Manilla, Ind.) and R.J. Corson (Markham, Ill.), son of the 2005 Fort Wayne, Ind. USAC indoor midget winner Rich Corson.

Chris Baue (Indianapolis, Ind.) is back in the midget ranks for the Shamrock along with the racing Camfields – Dalton, Dave and Devin – from Decatur, Ill. as is Missouri’s Cam Horton (High Ridge, Mo.) and Brad Wyatt (Kearney, Mo.), plus Austin Shores (Atoka, Ill.), Logan Anderson (Vincennes, Ind.) and Thomas Harris (Havana, Ill.).

NOW YOU KNOW MUCH ABOUT INDOOR HISTORY:

This weekend will mark the 173rd and 174th indoor events in USAC Midget history. USAC’s first ever sanctioned event occurred on January 8, 1956, at Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, won by Gene Hartley. Rich Vogler owns the most USAC indoor midget wins with 10.

Additionally, these races are the 18th and 19th indoor midget races held on dirt, the first being at the Houston Astrodome on March 8, 1969, and won by Gary Bettenhausen. Bettenhausen, Tripp and Christopher Bell are the only driver to win two career USAC indoor midget races.

THE SHAMROCK DEETS:
The makeup of the field consists of 15 home-state drivers from Illinois, six each from California and Indiana, five from Oklahoma, three from Missouri, and one apiece from Arizona, Kansas, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Friday’s program will consist of heat races lined up by a draw with points being the name of the game based on finishing position and passing points. Those points will line up the subsequent two semi-features and the 40-lap feature, which pays $2,000-to-win.

On Saturday, it’s another complete racing program. However, the points will carry over from Friday to set the lineups for the qualifying races. Points will be tabulated once more and those will determine the lineups for the C-Main, Semi-Feature and the feature, which culminates with a $10,000 payday for the victor of the 50-lap feature.

Micro Sprints will be on the event card for both nights.

On Friday, March 11, the building opens at Noon Central time with the stands opening at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5pm, with cars on track at 5:30.

On Saturday, March 12, the building opens at 8am Central time with the stands opening at 11am. The micro sprint drivers meeting will take place Noon, with micros on track for hot laps and heat races at 12:30. The midget drivers meeting starts at 3pm, followed by hot laps and racing at 4pm. Tickets and pit passes will also be available at the door both days.

FloRacing will have live coverage for both nights of the Shamrock Classic at https://bit.ly/39tpwbp.

SHAMROCK CLASSIC MIDGET ENTRY LIST: (42 ENTRIES)

0 CAM HORTON/High Ridge, MO (Zero Moto)

00 RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Grady Chandler Racing)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports)

1H BRAD WYATT/Kearney, MO (Rick Horn)

1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

2MD JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Marc Dailey Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)

5 MATT LUX/Manilla, IN (Kaden Wells Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

8G AUSTIN SHORES/Atoka, OK (Shores Racing)

10c DALTON CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (Camfield Racing)

11L LOGAN ANDERSON/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)

11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)

15 R.J. CORSON/Markham, IL (Corson Racing)

16c DAVE CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (Camfield Racing)

17c DEVIN CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (Camfield Racing)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

36 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

51 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Dohner Racing)

51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Chris Lewis)

51R THOMAS HARRIS/Havana, IL (Johnson Farms Racing)

53 SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Robbins Racing)

56 MATT VEATCH/McLeansboro, IL (McCreery Motorsports/Fifty6x Racing)

56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing)

57 DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (RAB Racing)

57A WILL ARMITAGE/Athens, IL (RAB Racing)

61m JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

77s TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Tyler Sturgeon Racing)

81 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Gray Racing)

83 DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

86 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Danny Stamper)

87 JACE PARK/Overland Park, KS (CB Industries)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb Racing)

89 MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

91 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Harris Racing)

95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Jim & Theresa Miller)

SHAMROCK CLASSIC WINNERS:

2016: Shane Golobic (3/19)

2017: Justin Grant (3/18)

2018: Logan Seavey (3/10)

2019: Cannon McIntosh (3/9)

2020: Tanner Thorson (3/6)

USAC MIDGET WINNERS AT THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CENTER:

2015: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12/19)

2016: Shane Golobic (3/19) & Tyler Courtney (12/17)

2017: Justin Grant (3/18) & Christopher Bell (12/16)

2018: Logan Seavey (3/10) & Thomas Meseraull (12/15)

2019: Cannon McIntosh (3/9)

2020: Tanner Thorson (3/6)

2021: Daniel Robinson (9/1) & Christopher Bell (12/18)

USAC MIDGET INDOOR DIRT FEATURE WINNERS:

1969: Gary Bettenhausen (3/8 at the Houston Astrodome | Houston, TX)

1969: Lee Kunzman (3/9 at the Houston Astrodome | Houston, TX)

1970: A.J. Foyt (3/14 at the Houston Astrodome | Houston, TX)

1972: Gary Bettenhausen (3/11 at the Houston Astrodome | Houston, TX)

1988: Sleepy Tripp (3/12 at the Livestock Events Center | Reno, NV)

1990: Sleepy Tripp (2/10 at the Livestock Events Center | Reno, NV)

2015: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12/19 at the Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL)

2016: Shane Golobic (3/19 at the Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL)

2016: Tyler Courtney (12/17 at the Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL)

2017: Justin Grant (3/18 at the Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL)

2017: Christopher Bell (12/16 at the Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL)

2018: Logan Seavey (3/10 at the Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL)

2018: Thomas Meseraull (12/15 at the Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL)

2019: Cannon McIntosh (3/9 at the Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL)

2020: Tanner Thorson (3/6 at the Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL)

2021: Daniel Robinson (9/1 at the Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL)

2021: Christopher Bell (12/18 at the Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL)


USAC MIDGET INDOOR DIRT FEATURE WINS:

2-Gary Bettenhausen, Christopher Bell & Sleepy Tripp

1-Tyler Courtney, A.J. Foyt, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Lee Kunzman, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Daniel Robinson, Logan Seavey, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Tanner Thorson

PAST SHAMROCK CLASSIC FEATURE RESULTS:

2016 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tony Roney, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. David Budres, 9. Travis Berryhill, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Anton Hernandez, 12. Terry Babb, 13. Chad Boat, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Holly Shelton, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Justin Peck, 18. Daniel Robinson, 19. Michelle Decker, 20. Dereck King, 21. Andrew Felker, 22. Bryan Clauson. NT

2017 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Tony Roney, 7. Josh Most, 8. Jake Neuman, 9. Billy Wease, 10. Christopher Bell, 11. Colten Cottle, 12. Spencer Bayston, 13. Gage Walker, 14. Tanner Carrick, 15. Daniel Adler, 16. Korey Weyant, 17. Chad Boat, 18. Chris Andrews, 19. Mark Chisholm, 20. Justin Peck, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Joe B. Miller. NT

2018 FEATURE: (50 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Brent Beauchamp (2), 3. Zeb Wise (9), 4. Ryan Robinson (4), 5. Justin Grant (21), 6. Dave Darland (3), 7. Chad Boat (14), 8. Gage Walker (8), 9. Terry Babb (18), 10. Daniel Robinson (15), 11. Tanner Carrick (10), 12. Jake Neuman (16), 13. Matt Moore (5), 14. Brady Bacon (17), 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 16. Spencer Bayston (20), 17. Jerry Coons, Jr. (7), 18. Tony Roney (13), 19. Tyler Thomas (22), 20. Tyler Nelson (6), 21. Josh Hawkins (19), 22. C.J. Leary (12). NT

2019 FEATURE: (50 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (1), 2. Chad Boat (15), 3. Zeb Wise (4), 4. Zach Daum (6), 5. Justin Grant (13), 6. Logan Seavey (2), 7. Tyler Courtney (21), 8. Andrew Layser (3), 9. Chris Windom (18), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 11. Holley Hollan (8), 12. Jesse Colwell (7), 13. Tanner Carrick (14), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 15. Dave Darland (12), 16. Matt Veatch (10), 17. Kyle O’Gara (17), 18. Brady Bacon (16), 19. Colten Cottle (22), 20. Tyler Thomas (19), 21. Daniel Robinson (5). NT

2020 FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (15), 2. Tyler Thomas (10), 3. Chris Windom (5), 4. Robert Dalby (7), 5. Kyle Simon (13), 6. Cole Bodine (8), 7. Buddy Kofoid (2), 8. Tanner Carrick (21), 9. Daison Pursley (17), 10. Trey Robb (16), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (19), 12. Kendall Ruble (20), 13. Ace McCarthy (9), 14. Justin Grant (11), 15. Cannon McIntosh (1), 16. Jake Neuman (6), 17. Brady Bacon (4), 18. Sam Johnson (12), 19. Robert Bell (18), 20. Tyler Courtney (3), 21. Trey Gropp (14). NT

2021: No Race

 

 

GONE RACIN’: MOLES GOES FULL-TIME USAC MIDGET RACING WITH CB INDUSTRIES IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 9, 2022)………It was just a few short years ago that Mitchel Moles hung up the racing helmet and suit to go full-time bass fishing.

Just few years later, with the fishing line reeled in and the worms in the tackle box, the 22-year-old driver is going full-time with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in 2022 for CB Industries.

Moles, the Raisin City, Calif. native who now resides in Oklahoma with Gene and Dennis Gile and builds an array of racecars for a living by day, currently resides fifth in the standings as the top series Rookie in the sixth position following finishes of 10th and 5th in his first two outings of the year in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park.

Getting to go full-time USAC National Midget racing is a sweet deal in itself but getting the opportunity to do it with the same team (and car number) that Chris Windom won the 2020 series with, that has Moles grinning, knowing he’s in good hands moving forward.

“I think (team owner) Chad (Boat) and (crew chief) Grant (Penn) run a really great operation,” Moles said. “I can’t thank those guys enough for giving me a shot and we’ll see what we can do coming up here this season.”

Moles began his racing career like so many others, racking up wins in quarter midgets before moving onto Restricted 600 and Non-Wing Micro Sprints in his native California. A half-decade foray into the world of fishing came next during his teenage years as he competed with the Fishing League Worldwide Pro Series and in local tournaments.

“I was all-in, fishing five days a week, every day,” Moles explained. “I fished on the weekends for money, then went fishing during the week with the money I made on the weekends.”

At times, though, when the summers in California became a bit too toasty, the fishing activities slowed down. Moles found himself at the racetrack one summer day and met a friend and past crew chief who offered him an opportunity to jump back into the seat. A few races later, Moles was already back in victory lane and the professional fishing career was officially put on hold and his racing career resumed.

While racing his father’s winged sprint car and competing in micro sprints – he won the Tulsa Shootout Winged Outlaw feature in 2021 – Moles also found work as a crew member for Matt Wood Racing. It was there where Wood made him an offer he just couldn’t refuse, which involved eating a thick Australian food spread made from leftover brewers' yeast extract with various vegetable and spice additives.

“Matt had some Vegemite, and he said, ‘if you eat this vegemite, I’ll give you a midget ride.’ I’m like, ‘all right.’ It might’ve not been worth it. It’s pretty bad.”

The bite of Vegemite kickstarted a midget racing career that led to early success with a USAC Western States Midget victory in April of 2021 at Hanford, California’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. When Wood decided to enter Moles into a few USAC National Midget shows, there was one instance that gave Moles the confidence that he could run up front with the big dogs.

“When I drove by Chris Windom on the bottom at Huset’s coming to the checkered, I kind of figured, ‘man, I think this is something I can actually do.’”

It could’ve easily resulted in victory as he charged from fourth to first on the final restart, past Shane Golobic, Thomas Meseraull and Windom in turn three just as the yellow came out for an incident back in the pack, resulting in a revert to the last completed lap and Moles being moved back to fourth for the ensuing restart.

He caught the eye of many with that performance, then opened the nation’s eyes even more as he powered past Kyle Larson to score a career-best third-place finish in November’s Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, which earned him Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors.

Considering his knack as a quick study and the success he’s already accumulated thus far, combined with competing for a championship caliber team has given him high expectations, although it’s still the same he’s always expected from himself every time he’s ever strapped into a racecar.

“My expectations are the same anywhere I go, no matter where I go,” Moles said. “Second is unacceptable. Sixth through tenth is its own league. Second through fifth is its own league. But there’s nothing like winning.”

Moles will pilot his CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall – NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Speedway Toyota throughout 2022, and in this weekend’s sixth running of the Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine Products indoors at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center on March 11-12.

The Shamrock Classic encompasses back-to-back evenings of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with two complete programs across two nights with a 40-lap, $2,000-to-win midget feature on Friday night and culminating with Saturday’s $10,000-to-win, 50-lap A-Main.

Both races are considered non-points special events for the USAC Midgets, meaning zero points will be awarded toward the national championship as the field vies for the pot of gold trophy and the checks.

On Friday, March 11, the building opens at Noon Central time with the stands opening at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5pm, with cars on track at 5:30.

On Saturday, March 12, the building opens at 8am Central time with the stands opening at 11am. The micro sprint drivers meeting will take place Noon, with micros on track for hot laps and heat races at 12:30. The midget drivers meeting starts at 3pm, followed by hot laps and racing at 4pm.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale now at ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be available at the door both days.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

BAKERSFIELD HOSTS USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CLASH
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 7, 2022... The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will take center stage this Saturday, March 12th, at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the second point race will also feature Stock Cars, Mod Lites, and Mini Stocks at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, Spectator Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm. Located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California, more event information can be found at bakersfieldspeedway.com or by calling 661.393.3373.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since April 25, 2009, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted sixteen West Coast Sprint Car events. Eleven different drivers have claimed victory, led by Davey Pombo with three wins. Chase Johnson won the last Bakersfield show on September 18th and Brody Fuson broke Jace Vander Weerd’s seven year old 1-lap track record with a time of 12.354. A complete Bakersfield series win list is at the bottom of this release.

After winning the February 26th season opener at Kern County, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) sits atop the point standings. Racing the May Motorsports’ #8M Fastenal / Coopers Propane entry, Johnson had broken his track record before settling for second quick in time trials. The versatile driver ran second in his heat race to Ricky Lewis before earning the sixth win of this career. This Saturday, Chase is scheduled to race with the World of Outlaws.

Trent Carter (Terra Bella, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville Collision Center Maxim, Carter qualified fourth overall, placed fourth in his heat race, and finished second in the main event. The three-time Santa Maria Sprint Car Champion will be looking for his first USAC victory this Saturday night.

Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, CA) sits third in the West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #39 Safehouse Security / Van Dyne Engineering Triple X, Edwards set the new track record at Kern County and earned the first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of his career. The veteran driver ran second to Cody Majors in his heat race and scored fourth in the main event. Kyle will have his sights on his first USAC triumph at Bakersfield Speedway.

Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) is tied for third in the championship point standings. Racing his #41 Physical Medical Consultant / Stensland Racing DRC, Lewis qualified fifth overall, won his heat race, and scored third in a photo finish at Kern County. Ricky will be looking for his first USAC West Coast win before returning to the Midwest.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #51 W.E. / Taylor Backhoe Spike, Fuson was sixth fast in time trials, won his heat race, and scored fifth in the main event. Brody holds the Bakersfield track record and will be looking for his first win in front of his hometown fans.

Currently sitting twelfth in points, Brent Yarnal (Phoenix, AZ) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Tyler Hatzikian (El Segundo, CA), Joey Bishop (Camarillo, CA), and Camie Bell (Bakersfield, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Timmons, Tanner Boul, Travis Buckley, Hannah Mayhew, Steve Hix, Jarrett Soares, James Herrera, Cody Majors, Jacob Tuttle, Matt Day, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult General Admission Tickets are $20, Senior (65 plus) and Military Tickets are $18, Kids Tickets (6 to 12) are $10, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more Bakersfield event information, visit the track’s website at bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORD: Brody Fuson – 12.354 (09/18/21)

BAKERSFIELD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Davey Pombo, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Chase Johnson, 2-Troy Rutherford, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Ricky Kirkbride, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Chase Johnson.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Chase Johnson-82, 2. Trent Carter-75, 3. Kyle Edwards-74, --. Ricky Lewis-74, 5. Brody Fuson-67, 6. Ryan Timmons-64, 7. Tanner Boul-58, 8. Travis Buckley-56, 9. Hannah Mayhew-50, 10. Steve Hix-49, 11. Jarrett Soares-46, 12. Brent Yarnal ®-42, 13. James Herrera-40, 14. Joey Bishop ®-38, 15. Tyler Hatzikian ®-37, 16. Cody Majors-33, ---. Jacob Tuttle-33, ---. Matt Day-33, ---. Camie Bell ®-33.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 26: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 12: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
April 9: TBA
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
August 13: TBA
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 10: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 15: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: TBA (SE)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

FIELD OF 42 USAC MIDGETS SET FOR SHAMROCK CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 8, 2022)………The field is set, with 42 entries representing 12 states primed for the sixth running of the Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine Products indoors at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center on March 11-12.

For the first time ever, the Shamrock Classic encompasses back-to-back evenings of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with two complete programs across two nights with a 40-lap, $2,000-to-win midget feature on Friday night and culminating with Saturday’s $10,000-to-win, 50-lap A-Main.

Both races are considered non-points special events for the USAC Midgets, meaning zero points will be awarded toward the national championship as the field vies for the pot of gold trophy and the checks.

Two past Shamrock Classic winners are in this year’s field with 2017 victor Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) entering the event having won the first two USAC National Midget events of the 2022 season in February in Ocala, Fla. Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) captured the 2019 event and aims to return to victory lane in a USAC-sanctioned event for the first time since 2020.

Grant’s RMS Racing teammate Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) is entered after having won a USAC Midget event inside the Southern Illinois Center in December of 2018. Daniel Robinson (Ewing, Ill.) will return to the site of his triumph last September during a USAC Regional Midget special event.

The makeup of the field consists of 15 home-state drivers from Illinois, six each from California and Indiana, five from Oklahoma, three from Missouri, and one apiece from Arizona, Kansas, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

USAC National champions in the lineup include four-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car king Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and USAC Triple Crown titlist Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) along with Grant, the 2020 USAC Silver Crown titlist.

Grant, McIntosh, Meseraull, Bacon and Coons are among the nine USAC National feature event winners in the field, as are two-time Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) and the youngest ever USAC National Midget feature winner, Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

Additionally, the top 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship Rookie through two races is entered, Mitchel Moles of Raisin City, Calif., along with many more. On Friday, March 11, the building opens at Noon Central time with the stands opening at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5pm, with cars on track at 5:30.

On Saturday, March 12, the building opens at 8am Central time with the stands opening at 11am. The micro sprint drivers meeting will take place at Noon, with micros on track for hot laps and heat races at 12:30. The midget drivers meeting starts at 3pm, followed by hot laps and racing at 4pm.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale now at ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be available at the door both days.

SHAMROCK CLASSIC USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST: (42 ENTRIES)

0 CAM HORTON/High Ridge, MO (Zero Moto)

00 RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Grady Chandler Racing)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports)

1H BRAD WYATT/Kearney, MO (Rick Horn)

1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

2MD JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Marc Dailey Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)

5 MATT LUX/Manilla, IN (Kaden Wells Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

8G AUSTIN SHORES/Atoka, OK (Shores Racing)

10c DALTON CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (Camfield Racing)

11L LOGAN ANDERSON/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)

11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)

15 R.J. CORSON/Markham, IL (Corson Racing)

16c DAVE CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (Camfield Racing)

17c DEVIN CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (Camfield Racing)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

36 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

51 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Dohner Racing)

51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Chris Lewis)

51R THOMAS HARRIS/Havana, IL (Johnson Farms Racing)

53 SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Robbins Racing)

56 MATT VEATCH/McLeansboro, IL (McCreery Motorsports/Fifty6x Racing)

56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing)

57 DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (RAB Racing)

57A WILL ARMITAGE/Athens, IL (RAB Racing)

61m JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

77s TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Tyler Sturgeon Racing)

81 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Gray Racing)

83 DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

86 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Danny Stamper)

87 JACE PARK/Overland Park, KS (CB Industries)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb Racing)

89 MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

91 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Harris Racing)

95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Jim & Theresa Miller)

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series USAC Western States Midget Series

TULARE AND HANFORD’S USAC SPRINT CAR AND MIDGET RACES ARE CANCELLED DUE TO FORECASTED RAIN

MARCH 3, 2022………With an impending forecast of heavy rain on both Friday and Saturday, officials with Thunderbowl Raceway, Keller Auto Speedway, and USAC have cancelled their upcoming races. This is also in consideration of the current fuel prices for racers and fans. USAC officials are looking into options for rescheduling the events.

Tomorrow’s show, March 4th, at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway was scheduled to host the fourth point race for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series and the season openers for the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets. The winged Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars were also on the card.

The following night, Saturday, March 5th, the same classes were slated to compete at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will be back in action on Saturday, March 26th, at Perris Auto Speedway for the “So Cal Showdown” with the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and PAS Senior Sprint Cars.

The USAC Western States Midgets will open their season, along with BCRA, at Placerville Speedway’s “Spring Fever Frenzy” on Saturday, March 26th. The winged Sprint Car Challenge Tour will also be featured that night.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS EYE TULARE AND HANFORD RETURN
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 1, 2022... The cars and stars of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series are set for a rare doubleheader in Central California. Starting this Friday, March 4th, the non-winged 410 sprints will tackle the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare for their first of three stops in 2022. Promoted by Steve Faria, the fourth point race will also feature the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets, along with the winged Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the Spectator Gates will open at 4:00PM, Hot Laps at 5:00PM, Time Trials at 6:00PM, with Racing scheduled at 7:00PM. For more Tulare information, visit the track’s website at tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The following night, Saturday, March 5th, the traditional 410s will head to the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. Promoted by Peter Murphy, the event will be the first of three appearances at the Kings County Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also showcase the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets, along with the winged Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars. The Front Gates open at 4:00PM, Hot Laps at 6:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at racekingsspeedway.com.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- Protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since May 27, 2007, the Thunderbowl Raceway has hosted nine USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and nine different drivers have claimed victory. Last season, Max Adams added his name to the winner’s list on March 26th over “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Austin Liggett, Matt Mitchell, and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams. Other drivers to have claimed victory at Tulare are “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Matt Mitchell, Garrett Hansen, Jon Stanbrough, “Bullet” Blake Miller, Bud Kaeding, Mike Spencer, and Austin Liggett. Bryan Clauson set the 1-lap track record of 14.646 on November 14, 2009.

The Keller Auto Speedway (formerly Kings Speedway and Giant Chevrolet Speedway) last hosted the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars on September 8, 2018 and Jace Vander Weerd took the checkered flags. In the previous eleven appearances at Hanford, “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three triumphs. Other winners were Ricci Faria, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Bud Kaeding, Levi Jones, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, and “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr. Bud Kaeding set the 1-lap track record of 14.793 on November 12, 2011.

After winning the season’s first three races at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 37-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, and 68 feature laps led to his credit. The defending and nine-time champion won a non-sanctioned race at Tulare last year, but has yet to claim a USAC/CRA feature at the fast 1/3-mile oval. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has ninety-two series wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid with victories at Tulare and Hanford.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) ranks second in the championship point standings. Driving his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker RSS, Davis ran fifth, fourth, and fourth at Cocopah Speedway. The 1993 CRA Rookie of the Year has also posted one heat race victory in the campaign. Fresh off of racing with the USAC National Sprints in Florida, the seven-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has four USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on adding Tulare and Hanford wins to his resume.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa scored fourth, sixth, and fifth at Yuma. In addition, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has one heat race victory on the season. With ten career USAC/CRA wins, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has also been racing with a wing and is not scheduled to race at the doubleheader.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) is currently fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / DRC Chassis machine, Tafoya claimed seventh, ninth, and second at Cocopah Speedway. The 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year will be looking for his first career USAC/CRA wins at Tulare and Hanford.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC. Williams placed second, eighth, and eighth at the January Yuma shows. In addition, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and one heat race victory on the season. “The Big Game Hunter” has eleven series wins and will have his sights on his first Tulare and Hanford victories.

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Piloting the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine Maxim, Schank is twelfth in the point chase after running eleventh, thirteenth, and thirteenth at Cocopah Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Chris Gansen, Matt Mitchell, Verne Sweeney, Ricky Lewis, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Matt McCarthy, Shane Sexton, Austin Grabowski, and Brody Fuson.

Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Pit Passes are $45, Adult Grandstand tickets are $30, Adult Bleacher Tickets are #25, Senior Grandstand Tickets are $28, Senior Bleacher Tickets are $23, Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $15, Kids (6-12) Bleacher Tickets are $13, Kids tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

Keller Auto Speedway is located at the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, General Admission Senior (62 and older), Active Military (ID Required), and General Admission Junior tickets (7 to 17) are $15. Kids tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit kellerautospeedway.com or the track’s social media.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.com, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Laser X Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner

TULARE AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Bryan Clauson – 14.646 (11/14/09)

TULARE AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Max Adams, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Jon Stanbrough.

HANFORD AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Bud Kaeding – 14.793 (11/12/11)

HANFORD AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Ricci Faria, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-246, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-209, 3. Brody Roa-195, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-181, 5. Austin Williams-173, 6. Logan Williams-172, 7. Tommy Malcolm-166, 8. Mike Martin-147, 9. Chris Gansen-145, 10. Matt Mitchell-139, 11. Verne Sweeney-136, 12. Nate Schank ®-127, 13. Ricky Lewis-126, 14. Chase Johnson-119, 15. Cody Williams-118, 16. Matt McCarthy-106, ---. Shane Sexton-106, 18. Danny Parrish-102, 19. Dustin Cormany-89, 20. Jess Beckett-87, 21. Travis Buckley-75, 22. Dustin Burkhart-74, 23. Jonas Reynolds-57, 24. J.J. Yeley-47, 25. Austin Grabowski-40, 26. Austin Ervine-37, 27. Stevie Sussex-35, 28. Ikaika O'Brien-29, 29. Sterling Cling-13.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
March 4: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
March 5: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (So Cal Showdown)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial)
July 2: TBA
July 8: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
July 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
August 6: TBA
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 4: TBA
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 1: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 28: *TBA (Western World Championships)
October 29: *TBA (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGETS CLASH AT TULARE AND HANFORD
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 1, 2022... The “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) will open their season with a special doubleheader in Central California. Starting this Friday, March 4th, the midgets will clash at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare for their first of two stops on the schedule. Promoted by Steve Faria, the first point race will also feature the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and the winged Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the Spectator Gates will open at 4:00PM, Hot Laps at 5:00PM, Time Trials at 6:00PM, with Racing scheduled at 7:00PM. For more Tulare information, visit the track’s website at tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The following night, Saturday, March 5th, the USAC and BCRA Midgets will invade the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. Promoted by Peter Murphy, the event will be the first of two appearances at the Kings County Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also showcase the AMSOIL USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Cars and the winged Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars. The Front Gates open at 4:00PM, Hot Laps at 6:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at racekingsspeedway.com.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since September 7, 1988, Thunderbowl Raceway has hosted ten USAC Western States Midget events and ten different drivers have claimed victory. Last season, Austin Liggett added his name to the winner’s list on April 17th over Ben Worth, Shannon McQueen, Jake Andreotti, and Mitchel Moles. Other drivers to have claimed victory at Tulare are Brady Bacon, Michael Faccinto, Robby Flock, Ronnie Gardner, Tracy Hines, P.J. Jones, Trey Marcham, Alex Schutte, and Sleepy Tripp. Bryan Clauson set the 1-lap track record of 15.628 on November 13, 2010.

The Keller Auto Speedway (formerly Kings Speedway and Giant Chevrolet Speedway) has hosted 46 USAC Western States Midget races and thirty-two different drivers have claimed victory. Robby Flock scored the inaugural victory as Mitchel Moles, Brody Fuson, and Michael Faccinto joined the winner’s list last season. Billy Boat leads all drivers with six Hanford triumphs and Ronnie Day set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.555 on October 3, 1998. The series win list at Hanford is at the end of this release.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, CA) earned last season’s championship and rookie of the year honors. Piloting Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Mountain Cascade Inc. Spike, Bower had one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the year. Blake will be looking to defend his championship with his first wins at Tulare and Hanford.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) ran second in the chase for the championship and rookie points. Driving Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, Fuson had two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Award, four heat race wins, nine top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led to his credit. Brody is waiting to get his engine ready for the season and is expected to miss the doubleheader.

C.J. Sarna (Brea, CA) scored third in the championship point standings. Racing his #20 ZMAX / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna had four heat race victories, three Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has one series triumph and will have his sights on victories at Tulare and Hanford.

Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) finished fourth in USAC Western Midget point standings. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett had two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes and 57 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2018 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has four career wins and may miss the midget portions of the Tulare and Hanford races.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA) ranked fifth in the chase for the championship. Driving Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth had one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led. The 2019 Rookie of the Year has two career wins and will be looking to add Tulare and Hanford trophies to his collection.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Shannon McQueen, Ron Hazelton, Jarrett Soares, David Prickett, Jake Andreotti, Dylan Ito, Randi Pankratz, Kyle Beilman, Kyle Mentch, Colton Raudman, Alex Schutte, Caden Sarale, Matt Streeter, Matt Mitchell, A.J. Bender, K.J. Snow, and more.

Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Pit Passes are $45, Adult Grandstand tickets are $30, Adult Bleacher Tickets are #25, Senior Grandstand Tickets are $28, Senior Bleacher Tickets are $23, Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $15, Kids (6-12) Bleacher Tickets are $13, Kids tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

Keller Auto Speedway is located at the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, General Admission Senior (62 and older), Active Military (ID Required), and General Admission Junior tickets (7 to 17) are $15. Kids tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit kellerautospeedway.com or the track’s social media.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service Inc., AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Finish Line Promotions by Stephanie Odom, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Superior Bearing and Supply, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower.

TULARE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Bryan Clauson – 15.628 (11/13/10)

TULARE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-P.J. Jones, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Trey Marcham, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Sleepy Tripp.

HANFORD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Ronnie Day – 15.555 (10/3/98)

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-Michael Faccinto, 1-Brody Fuson, 1-Joe Gaerte, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Dallen McKenney, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Andy Michner, 1-Mitchel Moles, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Ricky Shelton, 1-Tony Stewart, 1-Danny Stratton, 1-Matt Streeter, 1-Sleepy Tripp, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Josh Wise.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 4: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
March 5: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
March 26: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Spring Fever Frenzy)
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
April 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
April 23: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
May 7: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Mother’s Day Madness)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 18: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 23: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 13: TBA
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 1: TBA
October 15: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SHAMROCK CLASSIC CLOSES IN ON 40 ENTRIES: TEAM BOAT, CUMMINS ENTER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 2, 2022)………The number of entries has closed in on 40 cars and drivers as three CB Industries cars and a perennial USAC Sprint Car and Midget winner have each filed their entries for the sixth running of the Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine Products indoors at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center on March 11-12.

Thus far, 39 midgets are entered for the Shamrock Classic, both races which are considered non-points special events for the USAC Midgets, meaning zero points will be awarded toward the national championship as the field vies for the pot of gold trophy and the big check at the end of two nights work.

Less than a week remains for competitors to file their entries for the event that features back-to-back nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with two complete programs across two nights with a 40-lap, $2,000-to-win midget feature on Friday night and culminating with Saturday’s $10,000-to-win, 50-lap A-Main for the midgets!

For midget competitors, filing an entry is FREE courtesy of Dooling Machine. Enter coupon code DoolingMachine to receive your discount. The cutoff for pre-entries is Monday, March 7 at midnight. Both Midget and Micro competitors can enter the event online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2022-shamrock-entry.

CB Industries, the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Entrant champion, will bring a trio of cars to the event for talented series Rookies Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), Jace Park (Overland Park, Kan.) and Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.). The team is owned by Chad Boat, a four-time starter as a driver in the Shamrock Classic.

They’ll be joined by a pair of Glenn Styres Racing machines for Kyle Cummins and the man himself, Glenn Styres. Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) owns a single USAC Midget win at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. during Indiana Midget Week in 2021. Canadian Styres (Ohsweken, Ont.) will aim to make his first Shamrock Classic start.

Also among the latest entries are 2017 Chili Bowl prelim feature winner Travis Berryhill (American Canyon, Calif.), plus Shamrock Classic returnees Chris Andrews (Tulsa, Okla.) and Brayton Lynch (Springfield, Ill.) as well as USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget winner Will Armitage (Athens, Ill.), Brad Wyatt (Kearney, Mo.) and Cam Horton (High Ridge, Mo.).

Among those previously entered are a pair of past Southern Illinois Center midget winners in RMS Racing entries. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), the 2020 USAC Silver Crown champion, won the Shamrock Classic in March of 2017. Teammate Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) is a 2018 midget winner at the 1/6-mile dirt oval, picking up RMS Racing’s first victory.

Four-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is entered in the TKH Motorsports No. 21H while USAC Triple Crown titlist Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) will strap in the No. 2MD for Marc Dailey Racing. Coons is the 2006-07 USAC National Midget champion.

Entered in a Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports machine is Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) who scored a Shamrock Classic victory in 2019, which was his first career USAC National Midget victory. Daniel Robinson (Ewing, Ill.) will drive a familiar No. 57, but this time, it’s for RAB Racing. Robinson tallied a USAC Midwest Regional Midget triumph at SIC in September of 2021.

Two-time Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) will pilot a Hodges Automotive entry in the Shamrock Classic, with whom he’s competed for in the USAC National Sprint Car ranks over the past couple of seasons. He’s joined by three-time POWRi Midget champ Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill. in a car owned by Harris Racing.

Three-time and defending Badger Midget king Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.) will be in one of two Mounce-Stout Motorsports entries alongside teammate Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), a two-time and defending USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget titlist. Bryan Stanfill (Bakersfield, Calif.), one of 14 drivers to win a USAC-sanctioned feature in four different decades, is back in the saddle of the Griffiths Motorsports No. 75AU along with many more.

Past Shamrock Classic midget winners include Shane Golobic (2016), Justin Grant (2017), Logan Seavey (2018), Cannon McIntosh (2019) and Tanner Thorson (2020). The event was not held in 2021.

On Friday, March 11, the building opens at Noon Central time with the stands opening at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5pm, with cars on track at 5:30.

On Saturday, March 12, the building opens at 8am Central time with the stands opening at 11pm. The micro sprint drivers meeting will take place Noon, with micros on track for hot laps and heat races at 12:30. The midget drivers meeting starts at 3pm, followed by hot laps and racing at 4pm.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale now at ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be available at the door both days.

SHAMROCK CLASSIC MIDGET ENTRY LIST: (39 entries as of March 2, 2022)

0 CAM HORTON/High Ridge, MO (Team Zero)

0G GLENN STYRES/Ohsweken, ON (Glenn Styres Racing)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports)

1H BRAD WYATT/Kearney, MO (Rick Horn)

1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (RMS-Rusty Kunz Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

2MD JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Marc Dailey Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

10c DALTON CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (David Camfield)

11L LOGAN ANDERSON/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)

11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)

15 R.J. CORSON/Markham, IL (Corson Racing)

16c DAVE CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (David Camfield)

17c DEVIN CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (David Camfield)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

36 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

51 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Dohner Racing)

51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Chris Lewis)

51R THOMAS HARRIS/Havana, IL (Johnson Farms Racing)

53 SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Robbins Racing)

56 MATT VEATCH/McLeansboro, IL (Mark Chisholm)

56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)

57 DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (RAB Racing)

57A WILL ARMITAGE/Athens, IL (RAB Racing)

61m JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsports)

77s TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Tyler Sturgeon Racing)

81 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Gray Racing)

83 DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

86 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Automotive)

87 JACE PARK/Overland Park, KS (CB Industries)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb Racing)

89 MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

91 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Harris Racing)

95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Jim & Theresa Miller)


 


PAST WINNERS GRANT & McINTOSH AMONG
INITIAL USAC SHAMROCK CLASSIC ENTRIES

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (February 28, 2022)………A rock solid scroll of winners, champs, young talent and veterans have already filed their entries for the sixth running of the Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine Products at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center on March 11-12.

One week remains for competitors to file their entries for the event that features back-to-back nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with two complete programs across two nights with a 40-lap, $2,000-to-win midget feature on Friday night and culminating with Saturday’s $10,000-to-win, 50-lap A-Main for the midgets!

For midget competitors, filing an entry is FREE courtesy of Dooling Machine. Enter coupon code DoolingMachine to receive your discount. The cutoff for pre-entries is Monday, March 7 at midnight. Both Midget and Micro competitors can now enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2022-shamrock-entry.

Thus far, 28 midget drivers and teams have entered the Shamrock Classic, both races which are considered non-points special events for the USAC Midgets, meaning zero points will be awarded toward the national championship. It’s all about pride and glory with drivers shooting for the pot of gold trophy and the check with their name on it at the end of the night.

Among those already entered are a pair of past Southern Illinois Center midget winners in RMS Racing entries. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), the 2020 USAC Silver Crown champion, won the Shamrock Classic in March of 2017. Teammate Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) is a 2018 midget winner at the 1/6-mile dirt oval, picking up RMS Racing’s first victory.

Four-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is entered in the TKH Motorsports No. 21H while USAC Triple Crown titlist Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) will strap in the No. 2MD for Marc Dailey Racing. Coons is the 2006-07 USAC National Midget champion.

Entered in a Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports machine is Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) who scored a Shamrock Classic victory in 2019, which was his first career USAC National Midget victory. Daniel Robinson (Ewing, Ill.) will drive a familiar No. 57, but this time, it’s for RAB Racing. Robinson tallied a USAC Midwest Regional Midget triumph at SIC in September of 2021.

Two-time Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) will pilot a Hodges Automotive entry in the Shamrock Classic, with whom he’s competed for in the USAC National Sprint Car ranks over the past couple of seasons. He’s joined by three-time POWRi Midget champ Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill. in a car owned by Harris Racing.

Three-time and defending Badger Midget king Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.) will be in one of two Mounce-Stout Motorsports entries alongside teammate Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), a two-time and defending USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget titlist. Bryan Stanfill (Bakersfield, Calif.), one of 14 drivers to win a USAC-sanctioned feature in four different decades, is back in the saddle of the Griffiths Motorsports No. 75AU along with many more.

Past Shamrock Classic midget winners include Shane Golobic (2016), Justin Grant (2017), Logan Seavey (2018), Cannon McIntosh (2019) and Tanner Thorson (2020). The event was not held in 2021.

On Friday, March 11, the building opens at Noon Central time with the stands opening at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5pm, with cars on track at 5:30.

On Saturday, March 12, the building opens at 8am Central time with the stands opening at 11pm. The micro sprint drivers meeting will take place Noon, with micros on track for hot laps and heat races at 12:30. The midget drivers meeting starts at 3pm, followed by hot laps and racing at 4pm.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale now at ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be available at the door both days.

SHAMROCK CLASSIC MIDGET ENTRY LIST: (28 entries as of Feb. 28, 2022)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

2MD JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Marc Dailey Racing)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

10c DALTON CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (David Camfield)

11L LOGAN ANDERSON/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)

11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)

15 R.J. CORSON/Markham, IL (Corson Racing)

16c DAVE CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (David Camfield)

17c DEVIN CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (David Camfield)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

36 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

51 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Dohner Racing)

51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Chris Lewis)

51R THOMAS HARRIS/Havana, IL (Johnson Farms Racing)

53 SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Robbins Racing)

56 MATT VEATCH/McLeansboro, IL (Mark Chisholm)

56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)

57 DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (RAB Racing)

61m JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsports)

81 ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Gray Racing)

86 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Automotive)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb Racing)

91 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Harris Racing)

 

CHASE JOHNSON IS BACK ON TOP AT KERN COUNTY

BAKERSFIELD, CA – FEBRUARY 26, 2022… Taking control from Brody Fuson on the fourth circuit, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) led the rest of the way to claim the $1,500 season opening victory at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. Piloting the May Motorsports’ #8M Fastenal / Coopers Propane entry, Johnson’s sixth career USAC West Coast Sprint Car win came ahead of Trent Carter, Ricky Lewis, fast qualifier Kyle Edwards, and Fuson.

Looking for his first win, pole sitter Fuson shook free from Lewis to lead the opening laps, but could not fend off Johnson. Starting fifth, Johnson soon took command as the young driver held strong. A bobble cost Brody several positions as Carter settled into the runner-up spot. Chase had separated himself from the field, but Trent closed the gap. A few caution flags halted the action, including a lap nine flip by Jacob Tuttle. Tuttle walked away, but had been reported to be a little sore.

Back out front, Johnson looked to regain his advantage with Carter in tow. The laps counted down at a torrid pace and the leaders were left with a green-white-checkered finish. Chase got a great restart and streaked to the checkered flags. Third running Lewis surged off the last corner and almost took second from Carter at the finish line.

After earning the 30-lap triumph, Johnson left Kern County as the new point leader after qualifying second overall and running second in his heat race to Ricky Lewis.

Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, CA) got things started early by shattering the track record with a time of 14.394 over the 19-car roster. Former track record holder Chase Johnson and Ryan Timmons had also qualified under the old standard. Driving the family owned #39 Safehouse Security / Van Dyne Engineering Triple X, Edwards earned the first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of his career. Later, Kyle ran second to Cody Majors in his heat race and powered to fourth in the main event after starting sixth. Kyle heads to Bakersfield tied for second in the point chase with Ricky Lewis.

Cody Majors (Simi Valley, CA) returned to USAC West Coast action and won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Racing the family owned #54 Next Auto Body Spike, Majors was thirteenth quick in time trials and scored nineteenth in the feature after an early exit. Looking for sponsors, Cody left KCRP tied with Jacob Tuttle, Matt Day, and Camie Bell for sixteenth in the point standings.

Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) claimed victory in the night’s 10-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated Heat Race #2. Piloting his #41 Physical Medical Consultant / Stensland Racing DRC, Lewis qualified fifth overall and scored third in the main event. Splitting his racing between California and Indiana, Ricky is currently tied for second with Kyle Edwards in the chase for the championship.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) took the checkered flags in the 10-lap Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Driving Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #51 W.E. / Taylor Backhoe Spike, Fuson was sixth fast in qualifying and placed fifth in the feature after leading the first three laps. As this writing goes to press, Brody sits fifth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point chase.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, NZ) earned Kern County’s BR Motorsports Hard Charger Award with an eighth place run from eighteenth. Piloting the Kruseman Motorsports owned #7K Lucas Oil / Cory Kruseman Sprint Car and Midget Driving School machine, Buckley qualified eighteenth overall and finished second to Brody Fuson in his heat race. Sitting eighth in championship standings, Travis leads the Passing Master points heading to Bakersfield Speedway on March 12th.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, James Herrera (New Cuyama, CA) claimed the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.” Piloting his #5J Cuyama Buckhorn / The Buck Stop Coffee Shop Maxim, Herrera was tenth fast in qualifying and took sixth in his heat race. At press time, James is ranked thirteenth in West Coast point standings.

The second point race for the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will be held on Saturday, March 12th at Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA). "The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval” will also host Stock Cars, Mod Lites, and Mini Stocks.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Rod End Supply, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the series Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: February 26, 2022 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATONS: 1. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-14.394 (New Track Record); 2. Chase Johnson, 8M, May-14.456; 3. Ryan Timmons, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.594; 4. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.607; 5. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-14.648; 6. Brody Fuson, 51, Van Meter-14.649; 7. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-14.782; 8. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-15.012; 9. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-15.080; 10. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.082; 11. Jacob Tuttle, 87P, Tuttle-15.123; 12. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew- 15.275; 13. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-15.383; 14. Matt Day, 97, Day-15.547; 15. Brent Yarnal, 29, Yarnal-15.562; 16. Tyler Hatzikian, 27, Hatzikian-15.631; 17. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-15.829; 18. Travis Buckley, 7K, Kruseman-16.050; 19. Camie Bell, 29C, Bell-18.151.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. Edwards, 3. Boul, 4. Carter, 5. Hatzikian, 6. Herrera, 7. Bell. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Lewis, 2. Johnson, 3. Tuttle, 4. Soares, 5. Day, 6. Bishop. NT.

ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Buckley, 3. Hix, 4. Timmons, 5. Mayhew, 6. Yarnal. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Chase Johnson (5), 2. Trent Carter (3), 3. Ricky Lewis (2), 4. Kyle Edwards (6), 5. Brody Fuson (1), 6. Ryan Timmons (4), 7. Tanner Boul (8), 8. Travis Buckley (18), 9. Hannah Mayhew (13), 10. Steve Hix (10), 11. Jarrett Soares (9), 12. Brent Yarnal (15), 13. James Herrera (11), 14. Joey Bishop (17), 15. Tyler Hatzikian (16), 16. Camie Bell (19), 17. Matt Day (14), 18. Jacob Tuttle (12), 19. Cody Majors (7). NT.
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**Tuttle flipped on lap nine of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Fuson, Laps 4-30 Johnson.
BR MOTORSPORTS HARD CHARGER: Travis Buckley (18th to 8th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: James Herrera

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Chase Johnson-82, 2-Kyle Edwards-74, -Ricky Lewis-74, 4-Trent Carter-72, 5-Brody Fuson-67, 6-Ryan Timmons-64, 7-Tanner Boul-61, 8-Travis Buckley-56, 9-Hannah Mayhew-50, 10-Steve Hix-49.

NEW PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Travis Buckley-10, 2-Chase Johnson-4, -Hannah Mayhew-4, 4-Camie Bell-3, -Brent Yarnal-3, -Joey Bishop-3, 7-Kyle Edwards-2, 8-Tanner Boul-1, 9-Trent Carter-1.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 12 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California


 


BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER
CHAMP TO BE CROWNED IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 25, 2022)………One of USAC’s finest sprint car drivers will have a new generation of racers chasing after an award named in his honor throughout the 2022 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The Bubby Jones Racing Master of Going Faster mini-series Presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment will encompass 10 events on the USAC National Sprint Car schedule this season, all of which will take place at some of the most legendary tracks on the schedule, including half-miles and some of Bub’s favorite places throughout his storied career as a driver and crew chief.

”The Jones family appreciates USAC taking the time and energy to make sure that Bub is being remembered,” Bubby’s wife, Patti Jones, stated. “This is exactly what he would’ve wanted – a little extra support going to the drivers, and it all takes place at his favorite tracks that he raced on.”

In May, the 10-race “series within a series” begins at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway for #LetsRaceTwo on May 7; Kansas City, Kansas’ Lakeside Speedway on May 12; and at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track for the 52nd annual Tony Hulman Classic on May 21.

Two Eastern Storm dates are part of the series in June, at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway on June 17 and Port Royal Speedway on June 18. A pair of Indiana Sprint Week dates are slated for Kokomo Speedway on July 23 and at Bloomington Speedway on July 29.

The final stretch of the Bubby Jones series features a trio of high-paying events. The $12,000-to-win Haubstadt Hustler kicks off the autumn on September 17 at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway followed by the $10,000-to-win Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg Speedway on October 1 and the $20,000-to-win Oval Nationals at California’s Perris Auto Speedway on November 5.

Points will be tabulated throughout the 10-race series and an inaugural Bubby Jones Racing Master of Going Faster champion will be crowned, which will include a custom trophy provided by Potter Metal Art and a year-end acknowledgement at USAC’s Night of Champions in December.

“This is a way to honor one of the all-time greats in a fun way at some of our biggest races of the year,” USAC National Race Director Kirk Spridgeon said. “Bub had a huge impact on USAC Sprint Car racing in several ways, and his family continues that to this day. This is another feather for the best drivers in sprint car racing to shoot for this season.”

Norman “Bubby“ Jones was a 27-time winner in USAC National competition during his National Sprint Car Hall of Fame career. Among his 27 wins are seven each at Eldora and Terre Haute, two tracks featured prominently on the schedule.

Nicknamed Ol’ Bub, the racing barber who originally hailed from Danville, Illinois, established himself as an “outlaw” racer, winning from coast-to-coast until notching high-profile victories with USAC, including the CBS-televised Du Quoin Silver Crown in 1976, as well as the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in 1976 and the Hut 100 at Terre Haute in 1977.

Bubby reigned victorious at the Western World Championships in 1976 and, one year later, Jones made his one and only start in the Indianapolis 500 in 1977, starting 33rd and finishing 21st for car owner, Bobby Hillin.

Jones made his biggest impact with USAC on the National Sprint Car trail during the late 1970s, winning 22 total feature events. 1979 proved to be his breakout year with the series, winning on 11 occasions in one of the prolific seasons in the history of the division at places like Terre Haute, New Bremen, Eldora and the Indiana State Fairgrounds for car owner Don Siebert, and during one stretch, won four in a row before finishing as the championship runner-up.

At the dawn of the 1980s, Bubby moved west to begin the next chapter of his racing career. Competing with the California Racing Association, Jones piloted the Kazarian’s Gas Chem Products entry. In their first year together, Jones and Kazarian earned nine victories, including his first of four season-ending “Don Peabody Classics.”

By the time he hung up his helmet for good in 1991, Bubby had claimed 80 CRA feature wins (2nd overall), including a record 18 triumphs in 1983 and was a multi-time winner of the Firecracker 50, the Pacific Coast Nationals and the Don Peabody Classic. Bubby stayed active in racing as a crew chief and team manager. He continued to innovate in chassis designs and the development of Surelock shifter. In 1996, Bubby played a part in the construction of Perris Auto Speedway.

The Jones family’s involvement with USAC racing continues to this day. Bubby’s sons have made an indelible mark with the series, specifically in sprint car racing. As a driver, Tony Jones captured the 2007 USAC CRA Sprint Car title and his 20 victories with the series ranks fourth all-time. Currently, he serves as the series director for the division.

Bubby’s son, Davey Jones, has won a multitude of feature events on the USAC National Sprint Car tour as a crew chief, becoming a series champion in 2019 while turning the wrenches for driver C.J. Leary. That same year, Davey was honored as the recipient of USAC’s Chief Mechanic of the Year award.

Spire Sports + Entertainment will serve as the presenting sponsor of the series. SS+E has been involved in numerous race promotion and marketing efforts for tracks and events on the USAC schedule in recent years.

“USAC Racing has played a hugely significant role in both mine and my partner T.J. Puchyr’s personal and professional lives,” explained Spire Sports + Entertainment CEO and Co-Founder Jeff Dickerson. “T.J. and I are honored to have our business aligned with the Jones family and this prestigious award. From New Bremen to Ascot to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Bubby was a winner, a champion and, ultimately, a Hall of Famer. Ol’ Bub was a true gasser and as versatile of a driver as anyone. Whoever wins this award is sure to be as well.”

Founded in 2010, Spire Sports + Entertainment (SS+E) has blossomed into a multi-tiered entity. Since then, SS+E has become a subsidiary of parent organization Spire Holdings, which includes a a diverse sports portfolio, including Spire Motorsports, SS+E, ECHL hockey teams the Rapid City (S.D.) Rush and the Greenville (S.C.) Swamp Rabbits and short track promotions company Track Enterprises.

2022 BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER SCHEDULE:

May 7: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH

May 12: Lakeside Speedway | Kansas City, KS

May 21: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN

Jun 17: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

Jul 23: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN

Jul 29: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN

Sep 17: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN

Oct 1: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN

Nov 5: Perris Auto Speedway | Perris, CA

 

 

FREE ADMISSION FOR IRP’S MARCH 26 OPEN-WHEEL OPENING DAY!

Brownsburg, Indiana (February 24, 2022)………Midgets, Sprints and free admission? Oh my!

Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park is celebrating Open-Wheel Opening Day in style with FREE general admission to the racing events on Saturday, March 26.

Courtesy of Bald Spot Sports, fans are invited to attend Open-Wheel Opening Day for FREE with complimentary general admission for a can't miss doubleheader featuring a USAC Midget Special Event and the 500 Sprint Car Tour presented by Auto Value & Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores.

FREE tickets for the event can be had now at https://bit.ly/OpeningDayFREE. Additional race info can be found at https://raceirp.com/openingday2022/.

The 2022 schedule at the .686-mile paved oval begins on March 26 with a 30-lap, $5,000 to win midget feature as well as a 30-lap, $5,000 to win sprint car feature. The midget program will be considered a USAC non-points special event, meaning no points will be awarded toward the USAC National series' championship standings.

The midget event will be the milestone 300th USAC sanctioned event on the IRP oval since its construction in 1961.

An open test is scheduled for the previous day, on Friday, March 25, from 3:00 to 6:00pm ET preceding this event to allow one final tune-up before race day.

On race day, March 26, the pits open at 10am ET with the drivers meeting at 12:30pm. Sprint car and midget practice begins at 1pm, followed by sprint car qualifying at 3:15pm, midget qualifying at 3:40pm, opening ceremonies at 4pm, the sprint car feature at 4:15pm and the midget feature at 5:05pm.

For Open-Wheel Opening Day, Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park is offering free primitive camping to all fans. Visit the link at https://raceirp.com/openingday2022/ to reserve your space.

All parking for Open-Wheel Opening Day will be placed in Lot 2. Fans will still enter through the Main Gate off US Highway 136/Crawfordsville Road.

Individuals interested in reserved tickets, pit passes, or the Raceway Park Club for Open-Wheel Opening Day can visit https://raceirp.com/openingday2022/ to purchase.

The track will still offer a $25 reserved ticket (that also includes a Hot Dog, Chips and 20 oz Water/Soft Drink). Pit passes are $35 apiece.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS BATTLE AT KERN COUNTY THIS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 22, 2022... This Saturday, February 26th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will open their 2022 campaign at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP). The action packed card will also feature the Southern California Dwarf Cars. Located in Bakersfield, California, the Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, Hot Laps are scheduled for 4:20pm, Time Trials at 4:45pm, and Racing is scheduled at 6:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- MUFFLERS: Mufflers ARE NOT REQUIRED at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP).
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

To date, The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP) has hosted one USAC West Coast Sprint Car show. Chase Johnson won the September 19th debut over A.J. Bender, Brody Fuson, Jarrett Soares, and Jacob Tuttle. Johnson also established the 1-lap qualifying track record of 14.604.

After returning to USAC West Coast action in 2021, D.J. Johnson (Stockton, CA) earned the championship. Racing his #33 Bill’s Tire Service of Pacheco / The Halstead Realty Eagle, Johnson did not post a feature win but his championship run came on the strength of four heat race victories, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, eight top-five finishes, and 5 feature laps led. The defending champion has two career wins, but will not be ready in time for the season opener.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) finished second in the chase for championship. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons opened 2021 by claiming the March 12th USAC/CRA 410 win at Kern County with an iron block 360 engine. In West Coast action, the 2016 Rookie of the Year had one feature win, one heat race victory, two Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and seven top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led on the season. With five career victories, Ryan will pilot the famed Ted Finkenbinder #3F this Saturday night.

By finishing third in the point chase, Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Piloting the family owned #12 DenBeste Water Solutions / C&H Veteran Enterprises Maxim, Soares recorded one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led to his credit. Jarrett will be looking to start his championship bid with a victory at KCRP.

Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) ranked fourth in the USAC West Coast 360 point standings. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett posted has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the year. The 2018 Champion will run a limited schedule this season and might miss the Kern County opener.

Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA) placed fifth in the championship point chase. In limited action, the driver of the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X had one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. Tanner has been moving up the ranks and will have his sights on his first win this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Kyle Edwards, Jake Hodges, Jacob Tuttle, Brody Fuson, Chase Johnson, Trent Carter, James Herrera, Hannah Mayhew, Matt Day, Cody Majors, Ricky Lewis, Tyler Hatzikian, Camie Bell, and more.

The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP) is located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard in Bakersfield, California. To get to the speedway, take Interstate-5 and exit at Enos Lane (CA 43, Exit 246) and drive to Raceway Blvd. The track is on the west side of the interstate. Adult tickets are $20, Kids Tickets (10 and under) are FREE. CAMPING IS FREE. For more event information, visit kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 26: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA
March 12: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
April 9: TBA
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
August 13: TBA
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 10: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 15: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: TBA (SE)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA HONORS RACERS AT TEMECULA AWARDS BANQUET
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 22, 2022... Last Saturday, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series celebrated their 2021 season at the Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery in Temecula, California. USAC/CRA Director Tony Jones along with Perris Auto Speedway announcers Scott Daloisio and Chris Holt served as master of ceremonies. The event had a western theme and gave recognition to the rookie of the year, top-ten in driver points, top-ten in entrant points, hard charger, mechanic of the year, and special awards. Series champion, “The Demon” Damion Gardner was also honored at the December 11th “USAC Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A special thanks goes to BillsJerky.com, Factory Wraps, Gordie’s Speed Center, In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner, JJK Roll Off & Disposal, Orange County Tank Testing, Sander Engineering, Schoenfeld Headers, Specialty Fasteners, and Sweeney’s Custom Mufflers for supporting the banquet. Special prizes were given to the teams in attendance.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) was honored for his eighth consecutive (ninth overall) AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 Spike, Gardner posted six feature wins, eight Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, 14 top-five finishes, 14 top-ten finishes, two Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Awards,” and 125 feature laps led on the year. Steve Alexander earned the Mechanic of the Year Award and accepted his brother’s Car Owner championship trophy, the ninth of his career. Using a pill draw system, “The Demon” won a wheel, courtesy of Sander Engineering.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) was celebrated for finishing second in the point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R Eagle, Roa had two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one semi-main win, 12 top-five finishes, 16 top-ten finishes, two Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Awards,” and 59 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) finished third in the point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 DRC, Williams recorded two main event wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, nine top-five finishes, fifteen top-ten finishes, and 72 feature laps led in the campaign. Austin earned a set of headers, courtesy of Schoenfeld.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) ranked fourth in championship points. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports Maxim, Gansen’s best finish was third place at Kern County on March 12th and Perris on October 23rd. In addition, Chris had one heat race victory, one In Memory of Jeff & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, one Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award,” four top-five finishes, fifteen top-ten finishes, and 9 feature lap led on the season. Gansen presented some of his sponsors with a special thank you plaque and won a set of mufflers, courtesy of Schoenfeld.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Norco, CA) placed fifth in the chase for the championship. Racing his #44 DRC, Williams’ best finish was a second place run at Perris on October 23rd. “The Cadillac” also posted three heat race victories, seven top-five finishes, nine top-ten finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the year. Cody took home a set of bolts, courtesy of Specialty Fasteners.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) was honored for finishing sixth in driver points and seventh in owner points. Splitting time between his #47 RSS and the Turner/Wheeler #11C Maxim, Davis had one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one semi-main win, four top-five finishes, eleven top-ten finishes, and 37 feature laps led in the campaign.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) ranked seventh in driver points and his car owner Dino Napier placed sixth in entrant points. Driving the #5X Maxim, Malcolm’s best finish came at San Tan Valley on October 2nd. Tommy posted five heat race victories, one In Memory of Jeff & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, two top-five finishes, eleven top-ten finishes, and two feature laps led to his credit. Malcolm earned a set of mufflers, courtesy of Schoenfeld.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) claimed eighth in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #51T DRC, Tafoya’s best finish came at Perris on July 17th. The former rookie of the year also had one heat race victory, one semi-main win, two In Memory of Jeff & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Awards, four top-five finishes, and six top-ten finishes on the season. Eddie earned a drum of fuel, courtesy of BillsJerky.com.

Verne Sweeney (Lomita, CA) scored ninth in the chase for the championship. Driving Ken Tracy’s #98 DRC, Sweeney had his best run at Santa Maria with a fifth place finish on July 2nd. The veteran driver also posted two heat race victories, one semi-main win, one In Memory of Jeff & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, one Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award,” one top-five finish, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the season. Verne took home a tire courtesy of Goldie’s Speed Center.

Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) returned to USAC/CRA action and finished tenth in the point standings. Racing John “Tom” McCarthy’s #5W DRC, Williams best finish came at Perris on June 19th with a sixth place run. The former rookie of the year recorded one Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” and five top-ten finishes in the campaign. Logan won a tire, courtesy of BillsJerky.com.

Austin Grabowski (Riverside, CA) earned rookie of the year honors. Racing his #72 Triple 7, Grabowski had his best finish at Tulare on March 26th with an eighth place run. Austin finished fifteenth in driver and entrant points on the strength of one In Memory of Jeff & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award and three top-ten finishes. Grabowski took home a drum of fuel, courtesy of BillsJerky.com.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm earned the 2021 In Memory of Jeff & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award. Malcolm had passed the most cars during the main events and earned a $1,000 cash bonus for his efforts.

Julie Tanaka was recognized with the “Evelyn Pratt Award” for her contributions to racing.

Becky Williams earned a special dedication to racing award. The wife of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver “The Ripper” Rip Williams and mother to drivers Cody, Austin, and Logan has been part of racing going back to the days of Ascot Park.

Thanks to series sponsors All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jeff & Chet Gardner, and Woodland Auto Display, over $18,000 was awarded in cash prizes throughout the 2021 season.

Thanks to USAC Western Contingency sponsors Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes, almost $20,000 in product certificates were awarded to USAC/CRA racers in 2021.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to action on Friday, March 4th, at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. The following night, the non-winged 410s will battle at the nearby Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. The USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will join the action packed card on both nights.

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

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
February 19: Longshadow Ranch & Winery – Temecula, CA (2021 USAC/CRA Awards Banquet)
March 4: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
March 5: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (So Cal Showdown)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial)
July 2: TBA
July 8: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
July 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
August 6: TBA
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 4: TBA
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 1: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 28: *TBA (Western World Championships)
October 29: *TBA (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.


SECOND HELPING:
AXSOM POCKETS $10,000
WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT FINALE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 19, 2022)………Following Friday night’s Winter Dirt Games XIII USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion feature, Emerson Axsom expressed the sentiment that he was pleased with his third-place result because, by doing so, it proved that his victory in Thursday’s season opener was no fluke.

The collective sentiment of the racing world following his second series victory in a span of three nights at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park is that Emerson Axsom, unequivocally and without a doubt, is no fluke.

The 17-year-old series Rookie is $10,000 richer after Saturday night’s victory, which he began from the fourth position but chased down race-long leader Chase Stockon for the lead with 11 laps remaining in only the second ever 35-lap feature held in series history. The only other event of that distance – a rain-shortened race in May of 2006 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway – was won by Darren Hagen.

From there, Axsom closed the lid on a breakout weekend by becoming the first driver since Kevin Swindell in 2008 to capture his first two career USAC National Sprint Car wins within a 48-hour span. Axsom did his work at the controls of the Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

“This is way better than two nights ago; we had to race for this one,” Axsom exclaimed. “Like I said after that one, I just had to get after it non-wing sprint car style. This thing was on rails. It wasn’t me; it kind of drove itself out there to be honest. This team is one whole big family and I love these guys to death. I wouldn’t want to drive a racecar for any other team.”

With a unique format in place for Saturday’s event, Emerson Axsom had already locked himself into the feature lineup by virtue of his points accumulation throughout the previous two nights of racing. A six-lap dash featured the top-five in Winter Dirt Games sprint car points, plus three more qualifying race winners from Saturday night. There, Axsom finished fourth and lined up outside the second row for the main event.

A front row with a delectable southern Indiana flavor led the field to the green flag, with Stockon emerging as the early leader following several side-by-side laps around the 3/8-mile dirt track versus pole sitter Kyle Cummins. Meanwhile, it took 11 laps for Axsom to muscle his way past Cummins into the runner-up spot on the bottom of turn two.

Stockon hit his stride using the top side, but gradually began to lose ground when Axsom got ahold of the bottom right around the midway point. On lap 20, however, Stockon finally got wind of Axsom’s nose, front bumper and front wheels, which entered the peripheral vision of Stockon. Stockon responded by protecting the bottom between turns three and four to keep on hangin’ on, just as the yellow flag was displayed.

In this incident with 16 laps remaining, eighth running Robert Ballou and ninth-place Jake Swanson collided on the front straightaway, sending Swanson into the outside wall before crawling to a stall on the bottom of turn one. Swanson took umbrage due to the incident and, after climbing from his car, pump faked a steering wheel throw at the passing car of Ballou under yellow. Swanson was knocked out of the race while Ballou continued onward to finish eighth, but the fireworks that started on the track between the two continued into the pits following the checkered.

Back up front, the sly Axsom knew Stockon had spotted his attacker on the radar prior to the caution. However, a brief move to the top shelf by Axsom with 13 laps remaining on the ticker forced a counter-reaction from Stockon, who inched off the bottom, and parted the seas for Axsom to take advantage, although both Justin Grant and, ultimately, Tanner Thorson soon posed a potent threat.

“(Chase) saw me on the bottom there and moved down but he didn’t fully see what I was doing,” Axsom revealed. “So, I was still able to get a run on him and kind of trick him there in three and four and just pull up to the side of him. He moved up and left me a lane.”

It took a couple shots, and a caution period to ponder, but Axsom now had course of direction and a course of action to take, which he attacked.

“I was trying the slider line into one and two and just rolling the bottom in three and four,” Axsom explained. “Chase was definitely the best car when he was on the top all the way around, but I just went for it on the bottom of three and four and tried it and it just so happened that it was good. I kind of saw the top getting so far up that it was above the flat. Usually when it does that, it slows down a lot. I just went down there and tried it and I gained about a straightaway on him in two laps. I didn’t know if anybody behind was just as good, but I knew we were really good and that’s when I knew I had to stick with what I was doing.”

With eight laps to go, Thorson fired by Stockon to take over second and began his pursuit of Axsom for the race lead. A caution for the slowing Shane Cottle on lap 30 impeded the proceedings momentarily just as Thorson was cutting his way into Axsom’s lead. With the frontrunners bunched up for the final restart, Axsom inserted the dagger as he burst away from Thorson and the remainder of the field to exponentially extend his commanding lead down the final stretch.

Axsom left all challengers in the rearview as he crossed the stripe 2.536 seconds ahead of second place finisher Thorson with Stockon third, Friday night winner Justin Grant fourth and Brady Bacon fifth.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) carved his way through the field to challenge for the lead late, finishing 2nd after starting 14th in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy, a performance which netted him a $100 bonus as the night's Irvin King Hard Charger, recovering from a tumultuous couple of nights in which he finished 19th and 5th.

“It makes it better,” Thorson said of his runner-up finish compared to the past couple of evenings. “It goes to show how good my guys are without giving up on me and letting me do what I do; my guys didn’t give up in me. I just came up a little bit short. I wish we would’ve started a little further up and we might’ve had a shot at the 47, but we’ll try again next time.”

Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) led a race-high 24 laps and concluded a successful Winter Dirt Games with a 3rd place result in his KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere – Superior Tank & Trailer – AMSOIL/Flea RC/J & D Chevy. With a 7th, 4th and a 3rd this weekend, it's the first time Stockon has finished three-straight USAC National Sprint Car features inside the top-7 since the end of 2020.

“The first part of that race, we were really good, almost too good,” Stockon lamented. “I kind of knew we’d be a sitting duck running out front and the track started taking rubber in a few places. I saw Emerson coming and I knew I needed to move. We just fell two spots short, and we have nothing to hang our head about. That’s for sure.”

With 26 positions advanced throughout Winter Dirt Games sprint cars weekend, including 10 on Saturday night, Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) earned a come-from-behind prevailing performance to score a sweet $800 bonus as the Hughes Racing / Indiana Mafia / Flamingo Sandy Passing Master aboard his Engler Family/Engler Machine & Tool – AMSOIL – Sherrill’s Pest Control/DRC/SPEC Chevy.

“The crew worked their butts off,” Rogers praised. “We changed everything possible on that racecar and ended up coming around full circle, getting back to where we started, and we ended up being pretty fast.”


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 19, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle (#39 Hogue), 2. Brady Short (#61m Edwards), 3. Landon Simon (#24 LSR), 4. Jason McDougal (#5m KO), 5. Logan Seavey (#5 Baldwin-Fox), 6. Chad Boespflug (#2B 2B Racing), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (#47 Davis), 8. Steve Irwin (#0 Flying Zero), 9. Jack Hoyer (#57c DCT-Crow-Bodine), 10. Dallas Hewitt (#21 Hewitt), 11. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). 2:03.40

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Short (#21x RCM), 2. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 3. Shane Cockrum (#66 Amati), 4. Braxton Cummings (#71B Cummings), 5. Jadon Rogers (#14 Engler), 6. Matt Westfall (#33m Marshall), 7. Briggs Danner (#5G Heffner), 8. Kory Schudy (#28K Sawyer), 9. Alex Banales (#5x Baldwin-Fox), 10. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 11. Brian Ruhlman (#49 Ruhlman). NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson (#21AZ Team AZ), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#20m Dyson), 3. Tanner Thorson (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 4. C.J. Leary (#77m Michael), 5. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou), 6. Alex Bright (#20 Hummer), 7. Cole Bodine (#57B DCT-Crow-Bodine), 8. Carson Garrett (#15 BGE-Dougherty), 9. Josh Turner (#4T Turner), 10. Jeremy Kerzman (#3K Kerzman), 11. Austin Hawkins (#5A Hawkins). 2:06.01

C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Josh Turner, 2. Robert Bell, 3. Jack Hoyer, 4. Jeremy Kerzman, 5. Alex Banales, 6. Brian Ruhlman, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Austin Hawkins, 9. Brandon Mattox. NT

DASH: (6 laps, finishing order determined the first four rows of the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady), 2. Chase Stockon (#5s KO), 3. Carson Short, 4. Emerson Axsom (#47BC Clauson Marshall Newman), 5. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Jake Swanson. 1:32.62 (New Track Record)

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Briggs Danner, 7. Kory Schudy, 8. Cole Bodine, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Steve Irwin, 11. Carson Garrett, 12. Jack Hoyer, 13. Josh Turner, 14. Charles Davis Jr., 15. Robert Bell, 16. Jeremy Kerzman. NT

FEATURE: (35 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Emerson Axsom (4), 2. Tanner Thorson (14), 3. Chase Stockon (2), 4. Justin Grant (6), 5. Brady Bacon (10), 6. Buddy Kofoid (5), 7. Logan Seavey (19), 8. Robert Ballou (18), 9. Carson Short (3), 10. Shane Cockrum (13), 11. Jason McDougal (15), 12. C.J. Leary (17), 13. Kyle Cummins (1), 14. Alex Bright (20), 15. Jadon Rogers (22), 16. Brady Short (9), 17. Matt Westfall (21), 18. Shane Cottle (7), 19. Jake Swanson (8), 20. Thomas Meseraull (11), 21. Landon Simon (12), 22. Braxton Cummings (16). NT

**Charles Davis Jr. flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Chase Stockon, Laps 25-35 Emerson Axsom.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-220, 2-Justin Grant-207, 3-Buddy Kofoid-200, 4-Chase Stockon-189, 5-Kyle Cummins-169, 6-Tanner Thorson-164, 7-Jason McDougal-162, 8-Carson Short-153, 9-Logan Seavey-152, 10-Brady Bacon-142.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-23, 2-Buddy Kofoid-20, 3-Logan Seavey-14, 4-Thomas Meseraull-13, 5-Shane Cockrum-12, 6-Mario Clouser-12, 7-Shane Cottle-11, 8-Robert Ballou-10, 9-Matt Westfall-10, 10-Brenham Crouch-8.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XIII SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Jadon Rogers-26, 2-Buddy Kofoid-23, 3-Shane Cottle-23, 4-Logan Seavey-19, 5-Mario Clouser-19, 6-Kory Schudy-19, 7-Tanner Thorson-17, 8-Shane Cockrum-17, 9-Robert Ballou-13, 10-C.J. Leary-13.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 2, 2022 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Braxton Cummings

Simpson Race Products First Qualifying Race Winner: Shane Cottle

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifying Race Winner: Carson Short

Pit Stop USA Third Qualifying Race Winner: Jake Swanson

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Robert Ballou

ProSource Hard Work: Jadon Rogers

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Buddy Kofoid

Irvin King Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson (14th to 2nd)

Hughes Racing / Indiana Mafia / Flamingo Sandy Winter Dirt Games XIII Sprint Car Passing Master Champion: Jadon Rogers (26)


 


WINTER GRANT GAMES:
JUSTIN GRANT SCORES AGAIN
WITH USAC IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 18, 2022)………If there was to be a proposition to rename the second month on the 2022 calendar, it would most likely have to be changed to “Justin Grant.”

For the third time in less than a week, the Ione, Calif. native won a USAC national feature event at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park. The latest of the batch came in Friday night’s Mother Nature plagued USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature, this coming a week after sweeping both USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship main events at the 3/8-mile dirt track.

In a feature that started at 1am local time due to a nearly three-hour rain delay, Grant swept around the outside of Carson Short on lap three, then staved off a handful of late race cautions to earn his first series victory of the year in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries – LA Poly/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

The win was the 29th of Grant’s USAC National Sprint Car career, moving him into sole possession of 18th all-time ahead of Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley on the list.

And, perhaps more extraordinary, the triumph added Grant to an elite list of six drivers who’ve won features in at least two USAC National series prior to the end of February: Billy Vukovich (Sprint & Midget in 1968), Tony Stewart (Silver Crown & Midget in 1998), Dave Steele (Silver Crown & Midget in 2006), Darren Hagen (Sprint & Midget in 2009), Levi Jones (Silver Crown & Sprint in 2010) and now Grant (Midget & Sprint in 2022).

For a winning performance to transpire on this evening, the recipe was there, and the ingredients were such that even if he had absorbed a lethal challenge to his stranglehold on the race lead, it would only occur because of his own undoing. However, Grant wasn’t about to let any of that happen.

“I was really confident in our car,” Grant explained. “I felt like I could make enough time getting off four and going back to the bottom of one, that even if someone was really better, I didn’t know what they were really going to be able to do with me. I felt pretty good there and I just needed to not make any mistakes and bring the thing home.’

Grant started his race from the pole position and, for the first two laps, dueled with one-lap track record holder Carson Short for the top spot. Short held the upper hand for the first two circuits, leading at the line by a single car length at the conclusion of lap one and a full two lengths at the completion of lap two as Grant continued to present a challenge to the inside of Short.

On the third lap, Grant’s persistence paid off as he carved to the inside of Short and burst off turn two with the lead in his grasp. Short, nonetheless, continued to scrap and bolted around the outside of Grant on the back straightaway while completing the fourth lap. As Short exited turn four, however, a slight step-out slashed his momentum as Grant powered by at the exit to reassume the lead.

Short’s tenure near the front of the field came to a close when he slowed on the front straightaway with 16 laps completed. He’d return to finish a decent eighth. When racing resumed, Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier Buddy Kofoid plotted his charge up the running order, sliding to the inside of Thursday night winner Axsom in turn one for the second position on lap 16, promptly gapping Axsom, but still had a mountainous one second interval to erase between he and leader Grant.

On the 24th lap, contact between Thomas Meseraull’s right front and Jason McDougal’s left rear in between turns one and two sent the eighth running Meseraull spinning to a stop and the seventh-place car of McDougal slowing dramatically with a flat left rear tire. As Meseraull’s car rest near the outside wall, a brief moment later, Ballou nosed right into Meseraull’s right rear, sending Ballou’s machine snapping around and catching the wall.

Ballou, who earlier in the night had endured five flips during a semi-feature incident, was undeterred as he sprinted all the way across the track following the accident in order to prepare the backup car for a provisional feature starting position and had charged from 23rd to 11th prior to the crash amid a monumental milestone in which he became the seventh driver ever to make 400 career USAC National Sprint Car feature starts. Ballou finished 19th, Meseraull 20th, and McDougal in 12th after restarting.

Grant escaped Kofoid’s pursuit on the ensuing lap 24 restart and reconstructed a 1.2 second lead with three laps to go when, suddenly, eighth running C.J. Leary lost power in turn four. Ninth place Brady Bacon had nowhere to go and ran into the back of Leary, resulting in both drivers stopping. Leary finished with an 18th place result while Bacon took 15th.

Diverting from his racelong path, Grant went topside down the stretch with Kofoid hanging in the wings about five car lengths back of Grant and not in position to make a last ditch effort to put it in victory lane for the first time in his USAC National Sprint Car career.

Grant closed it up, locked it away and chalked up the 0.636 margin of victory for the night over Buddy Kofoid, Emerson Axsom, Chase Stockon (11) and Tanner Thorson.

It was a podium featuring the veteran Grant as the undeniable force up front all while a pair of series Rookies and midget racing standouts gave Grant a chase throughout much of the 30-lap, $5,000-to-win feature event.

“These guys are tough, Buddy and Emerson, they race so hard coming out of midgets,” Grant said. “I’m having a ton of fun racing with those guys and am looking forward to racing with them as the year goes on in the sprint cars.”

Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) zipped from 6th to 2nd tonight at to earn his best career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car finish aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records – Mobil 1 – IWX/Spike/Speedway Chevy. In just seven series starts he's run this far since 2020, he’s been 4th, 4th, 5th, 8th, 3rd, 5th & 2nd.

“This was by far the best I’ve ever felt in a non-wing sprint car,” Kofoid praised. “I think we were a little on the tight side this time and a little low air pressure hurt us at times. Once I got going, I felt like I was just as fast as Justin. He’s been really good here and hopefully tomorrow we can beat him.”

It hasn’t been a bad two nights to start the 2022 USAC National Sprint Car season for Emerson Axsom. After winning Thursday’s season opener, he finished a strong 3rd earn high points status entering Saturday's Winter Dirt Games finale.

Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) is both the USAC National Sprint Car point leader and is the high point man in the Winter Dirt Games XIII Sprint Car standings going into Saturday night where he’ll be among the favorites after backing up his win another fine performance in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

“I’m just glad we had a good run tonight so we can’t say last night was a fluke,” Axsom stated. “That was on me to have a good run and I feel like we did. We were really solid; it’s just that these guys are really good up here in front of me. It’s tough to beat them and we must be on our A-game.”

On Friday, Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) became the 19th driver to start 300 career USAC National Sprint Car features, and he made it a pretty stout one. He blitzed from 21st to 10th to earn a $100 bonus from Irvin King as the night's feature hard charger in his Hogue Enterprises/Boulevard Truck Repair – Bout The Hops Brewing – VP Racing Fuels/DRC/Rider Chevy.

“It was definitely hard to make a pass but down in turns three and four, we could stick it on the bottom, and if they missed it, they’d slide up in the slick and we could shoot underneath them,” Cottle explained. “It was a real technical, tricky track, but it was fun.”

In the grand schemed of Winter Dirt Games, Grant, Kofoid and Axsom are the five drivers locked into Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win feature, along with Kyle Cummins and Chase Stockon.

One-and-a-third Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying sessions were technically held on Friday night. The initial attempt at qualifying lasted only through 16 of the 43 cars being qualified when the rain hit. With the substantial downpour and subsequent complete track rework, by rule, time trials completely started over. This is so all drivers will have the opportunity to compete uninterrupted on the same track surface.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ QUALIFYING: 1. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.100; 2. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.149; 3. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-14.237; 4. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-14.266; 5. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.292; 6. Carson Short, 21x, RCM-14.327; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.340; 8. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.378; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.394; 10. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.436; 11. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-14.513; 12. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.551; 13. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.604; 14. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.607; 15. Chad Boespflug, 2B, 2B-14.655; 16. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.664; 17. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE/Dougherty-14.715; 18. Brady Short, 61m, Edwards-14.734; 19. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.736; 20. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.769; 21. Braxton Cummings, 71B, Cummings-14.794; 22. Steve Irwin, 0, Flying Zero-14.843; 23. Kyle Shipley, 17GP, Dutcher-14.855; 24. Thomas Meseraull, 20D, Dyson-14.857; 25. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.861; 26. Shane Cockrum, 66, Amati-14.879; 27. Shane Cottle, 39, Hogue-14.894; 28. Cole Bodine, 57B, DCT/Crow/Bodine-14.955; 29. Dallas Hewitt, 21, Hewitt-15.020; 30. Kory Schudy, 28K, Sawyer-15.030; 31. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-15.050; 32. Mario Clouser, 6, Eberhardt/Zirzow-15.090; 33. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-15.105; 34. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-15.240; 35. Jack Hoyer, 57c, DCT/Crow/Bodine-15.407; 36. Jeremy Kerzman, 3K, Kerzman-15.602; 37. Jackson Slone, 16, Slone-15.665; 38. Josh Turner, 4x, Turner-15.756; 39. Austin Hawkins, 5A, Hawkins-15.770; 40. Eddie Vancil, 7v, Vancil-15.903; 41. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-16.124; 42. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.717; 43. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Braxton Cummings, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Dallas Hewitt, 9. Jackson Slone, 10. Brian Ruhlman. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Short, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Steve Irwin, 4. Carson Short, 5. Landon Simon, 6. Shane Cockrum, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Kory Schudy, 9. Josh Turner, 10. Jadon Rogers, 11. Robert Bell. NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Jack Hoyer, 8. Dustin Clark, 9. Austin Hawkins. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Cole Bodine, 8. Mario Clouser, 9. Jeremy Kerzman, 10. Eddie Vancil. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Alex Banales, 2. Jeremy Kerzman, 3. Josh Turner, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Jack Hoyer, 6. Robert Bell, 7. Brian Ruhlman, 8. Eddie Vancil, 9. Jackson Slone. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Kory Schudy, 5. Landon Simon, 6. Shane Cockrum, 7. Cole Bodine, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Jadon Rogers, 10. Alex Banales, 11. Dallas Hewitt, 12. Josh Turner, 13. Charles Davis Jr., 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Carson Garrett, 16. Kyle Shipley, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Jeremy Kerzman. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Buddy Kofoid (6), 3. Emerson Axsom (4), 4. Chase Stockon (11), 5. Tanner Thorson (9), 6. Kyle Cummins (7), 7. Jake Swanson (14), 8. Carson Short (2), 9. Logan Seavey (3), 10. Shane Cottle (21), 11. Shane Cockrum (20), 12. Jason McDougal (5), 13. Matt Westfall (17), 14. Brady Short (8), 15. Brady Bacon (15), 16. Alex Bright (13), 17. Kory Schudy (22), 18. C.J. Leary (16), 19. Robert Ballou (23-P), 20. Thomas Meseraull (10), 21. Landon Simon (12), 22. Braxton Cummings (18), 23. Steve Irwin (19). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

**Robert Ballou flipped during the semi. Kyle Shipley & Mario Clouser flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Carson Short, Laps 3-30 Justin Grant.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-150, 2-Justin Grant-146, 3-Buddy Kofoid-145, 4-Kyle Cummins-132, 5-Chase Stockon-125, 6-Jason McDougal-121, 7-Carson Short-107, 8-Thomas Meseraull-103, 9-Logan Seavey-100, 10-Tanner Thorson-97.

WINTER DIRT GAMES XIII OVERALL SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-686, 2-Justin Grant-686, 3-Buddy Kofoid-670, 4-Kyle Cummins-655, 5-Chase Stockon-642, 6-Jason McDougal-641, 7-Carson Short-616, 8-Thomas Meseraull-606, 9-Tanner Thorsone-591, 10-Brady Bacon-589.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-20, 2-Thomas Meseraull-13, 3-Mario Clouser-12, 4-Tanner Thorson-11, 5-Shane Cottle-11, 6-Shane Cockrum-9, 7-Brenham Crouch-8, 8-Chase Stockon-7, 9-Jake Swanson-7, 10-Taylor Reimer-7.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XIII SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-21, 2-Shane Cottle-20, 3-Mario Clouser-19, 4-Jadon Rogers-16, 5-Kory Schudy-15, 6-Shane Cockrum-13, 7-Kyle Cummins-10, 8-Chase Stockon-9, 9-Josh Turner-9, 10-Jason McDougal-8.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 19, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Buddy Kofoid

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Buddy Kofoid

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Brady Short

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

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

ProSource Hard Work: Kory Schudy

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jason McDougal

Irvin King Hard Charger: Shane Cottle (21st to 10th)

 

FIRST STRIKE:
AXSOM SCORES USAC SPRINT WIN #1 AT OCALA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 17, 2022)………For Emerson Axsom, a ride that began as merely a brief, three-race stint for Clauson Marshall Newman Racing’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship team late last season, ultimately turned into a full-time deal for 2022 based on the flashes of brilliance the Franklin, Ind. teenager displayed when he received his initial shot.

The 17-year-old rewarded the team’s faith in him by recording his first career series feature victory in what was just his eighth career series start on Thursday night in the season opener at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park, round number one of Winter Dirt Games XIII.

Axsom made his series debut for CMNR in late August of 2021 and finished a best of 7th on two occasions, in the Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. But it was the final start of last season at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway that stuck in his craw, one in which he led every lap until four to go when his right rear tire gave way, denying him a shot at victory.

But it was those types of flashes that just whetted the appetite and generated excitement for a chance at redemption with a full-scale run as a series Rookie this coming year.

“Last year was supposed to be like a three-race deal and it just went so good that I talked (team co-owner) Tim (Clauson) into letting me run a full season,” Axsom explained. “I want to stay with this team as long as possible. These guys gave me a great racecar and I can’t thank them enough. I’m speechless. I’m glad we got one out of the way early because I felt we got robbed in that one last year. I’m so happy for this team.”

Prior to Axsom, it had been 19 years since a driver won his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature in the season opening race, not since Aaron Pierce in 2003. In all, 11 drivers have accomplished the feat: Bob Sweikert (1956), James McElreath (1977), Paul Pitzer (1979), Dave Peperak (1981), Jack Hewitt (1982), Jeff Gordon (1989), Robbie Stanley (1991), Frankie Kerr (1994), Dave Steele (1996), Pierce (2003) and now Axsom (2022).

However, after setting the fastest time in Wednesday’s practice and securing a spot on the outside of the front row for Thursday’s feature, Axsom had the utmost confidence that this could very well be the night of his breakthrough in the Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

On the opening lap, Axsom drifted around the outside of pole sitter Jason McDougal on the back straightaway entering turn three for the race lead and held strong and content at the front of the field by a half-straight in the early going.

However, the fun and games halted on the fifth lap when fifth-running Brady Bacon uncharacteristically spun sideways on his own in turn three, then was plowed into by the sixth-place car of Ballou. Bacon got kickstarted and resumed under power and promptly drove away from the scene while Ballou’s ride came to a complete stop.

The middle portion was plagued by a bevy of cautions, with Bacon’s not-so-good night getting worse on lap eight when he spun again in turn four. Meanwhile, another tangle ensued and claimed several cars in the latter half of the field from 12th on back with Mario Clouser hopping a right rear, and the ensuing entanglement catching Shane Cockrum and Tanner Thorson in its web as both stopped alongside the infield berm.

The most serious accident of the night occurred on the 13th lap when Wesley Smith tagged the back straightaway wall and flipped several times into turn three. He was able to walk away from the incident with assistance from the medical personnel.

Down the stretch, it appeared as if it was going to be a tale of tire and equipment conservation. He who pushed hard, but not too hard, would last and, thus, would find themselves in comfortable shape at the end of 30 laps. Axsom found and maintained that perfect balance as both McDougal and Meseraull followed closely behind – a single car length separating first from second and from second to third – but not able to budge into the leader’s gap.

That proved to be short lived in the final 10-lap stanza as Axsom steadily increased his lead as each successive lap clicked off, building to a crescendo of 4.002 seconds when he crossed under the checkered flag ahead of McDougal, Meseraull, Kyle Cummins and Buddy Kofoid in the distance, rounding out the top-five.

Axsom’s victory was the third for the Clauson Marshall Newman Racing sprinter at Bubba Raceway Park, having won on consecutive nights in 2018 with Tyler Courtney.

For all intents and purposes, Jason McDougal partied like it was 2019. In his first Winter Dirt Games sprint car start since 2019, the Broken Arrow, Okla. driver snared his best result since finishing 2nd at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway in 2019. On Thursday night, McDougal started the 2022 season strong with an impressive runner-up finish in his KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere – S & C Machine – Chrome Dome/Flea RC/J & D Chevy.

“When it started taking rubber, I thought we had something for a minute, but they got really good,” McDougal explained. “I felt my stuff start to vibrate with about seven laps to go, so I just rode it because I figured it’s better to run second than to blow a right rear.”

With just a single podium finish throughout the 2021 USAC National Sprint Car season, Thomas Meseraull already equaled his output after a single race in 2022. The San Jose, Calif. native traveled from 7th to finish 3rd in the A-Main aboard his Chris Dyson Racing/Concord American Flagpole – Racer Magazine/Maxim/Ott Chevy.

"I don’t know what (Crew Chief) Sean (Michael) does, but he does a great job with the car,” Meseraull praised. “He hits and misses USAC shows, but they win every year. I’m super stoked to be a part of the team. We have an awesome car and Chris Dyson always has really nice stuff.”

Following a complete multi-day rebuild of their Curb Records – Mobil 1 – IWX/Spike/Speedway Chevy car following a devastating practice crash last Sunday at Bubba Raceway Park, the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team nearly headed home. But it was the determination of the entire crew who stuck it out, stripped down the car and pieced it back together for the team’s first USAC National Sprint Car appearance since the 2013 Smackdown at Kokomo with driver Christopher Bell.

In the newly rebuilt KKM ride, Buddy Kofoid charged from 18th to finish 5th tonight in only his sixth career USAC National Sprint Car start, five of which have concluded with top-five finishes. The Penngrove, Calif. driver’s performance through the pack on this night earned him the Irvin King Hard Charger award.

“We had really good speed yesterday (in practice) and we were good in hot laps today, but I kind of made a mistake and I feel like we didn’t go far enough for qualifying for how late we had to go out,” Kofoid detailed. “We just missed it there, then got a little better, but we were still chasing it in the heat race, then finally got it better in the main event. But I was able to bide my time and ride in the rubber, keep my tires under me and use my knowledge from the wing car of driving it straight and keeping the tires secure and not blowing them off with how abrasive it was. Eighteenth to fifth wasn’t bad, and hopefully we can have a way better day tomorrow so I don’t have to pass that many cars.”

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.959; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.979; 3. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.027; 4. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.128; 5. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.190; 6. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-14.191; 7. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-14.206; 8. Carson Short, 21x, RCM-14.214; 9. Shane Cottle, 39, Hogue-14.324; 10. Brady Short, 61m, Edwards-14.404; 11. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.406; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 20D, Dyson-14.410; 13. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.420; 14. Wesley Smith, 44, Smith-14.433; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.477; 16. Kory Schudy, 28K, Sawyer-14.478; 17. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.528; 18. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.536; 19. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.547; 20. Shane Cockrum, 66, Amati-14.548; 21. Braxton Cummings, 71B, Cummings-14.549; 22. Cole Bodine, 57B, DCT/Crow/Bodine-14.583; 23. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.642; 24. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE/Dougherty-14.662; 25. Mario Clouser, 6, Eberhardt/Zirzow-14.685; 26. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.739; 27. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-14.755; 28. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner-14.763; 29. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.830; 30. Chad Boespflug, 2B, 2B-14.875; 31. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-14.878; 32. Steve Irwin, 0, Flying Zero-14.971; 33. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-15.059; 34. Dallas Hewitt, 21, Hewitt-15.075; 35. Jackson Slone, 16, Slone-15.277; 36. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-15.343; 37. Jack Hoyer, 57c, DCT/Crow/Bodine-15.397; 38. Jeremy Kerzman, 3K, Kerzman-15.533; 39. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-15.668; 40. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.793; 41. Josh Turner, 4x, Turner-15.808; 42. Kyle Shipley, 17GP, Dutcher-15.838; 43. Eddie Vancil, 7v, Vancil-16.523.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Mario Clouser, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Braxton Cummings, 8. Jadon Rogers, 9. Jack Hoyer, 10. Josh Turner, 11. Jake Swanson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Brady Short, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Wesley Smith, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Kyle Shipley, 10. Dallas Hewitt, 11. Jeremy Kerzman. NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Landon Simon, 7. Dustin Clark, 8. Alex Bright, 9. Jackson Slone, 10. Brian Ruhlman, 11. Eddie Vancil. 2:03.66

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Shane Cockrum, 4. Kory Schudy, 5. Carson Short, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Briggs Danner, 8. Steve Irwin, 9. Alex Banales, 10. Robert Bell. 2:05.47

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Dustin Clark, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Steve Irwin, 4. Alex Banales, 5. Jack Hoyer, 6. Jackson Slone, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Kyle Shipley, 9. Brian Ruhlman, 10. Josh Turner, 11. Robert Bell, 12. Jeremy Kerzman. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Carson Short, 3. Landon Simon, 4. Mario Clouser, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Wesley Smith, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Braxton Cummings, 9. Cole Bodine, 10. Briggs Danner, 11. Carson Garrett, 12. Brandon Mattox, 13. Alex Bright, 14. Dustin Clark, 15. Chad Boespflug, 16. Steve Irwin, 17. Jadon Rogers, 18. Alex Banales. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Emerson Axsom (2), 2. Jason McDougal (1), 3. Thomas Meseraull (7), 4. Kyle Cummins (9), 5. Buddy Kofoid (18), 6. Justin Grant (6), 7. Chase Stockon (3), 8. Carson Short (10), 9. Logan Seavey (23-P), 10. Mario Clouser (22), 11. Shane Cottle (11), 12. Brady Short (12), 13. Matt Westfall (15), 14. Jake Swanson (14), 15. Kory Schudy (16), 16. Brady Bacon (5), 17. Landon Simon (13), 18. Robert Ballou (8), 19. Tanner Thorson (17), 20. Shane Cockrum (20), 21. Charles Davis Jr. (21), 22. C.J. Leary (4), 23. Wesley Smith (19). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

**Wesley Smith flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Emerson Axsom.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-77, 2-Jason McDougal-73, 3-Thomas Meseraull-72, 4-Kyle Cummins-69, 5-Justin Grant-69, 6-Buddy Kofoid-65, 7-Chase Stockon-59, 8-Carson Short-52, 9-Shane Cottle-48, 10-Logan Seavey-46.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-16, 2-Thomas Meseraull-13, 3-Mario Clouser-12, 4-Brenham Crouch-8, 5-Tanner Thorson-7, 6-Taylor Reimer-7, 7-Kaylee Bryson-7, 8-Ethan Mitchell-6, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-6, 10-Kyle Cummins-5.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XIII SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Mario Closuer-19, 2-Buddy Kofoid-13, 3-Thomas Meseraull-7, 4-Jason McDougal-6, 5-Kyle Cummins-6, 6-Kyle Shipley-6, 7-Justin Grant-5, 8-Logan Seavey-5, 9-Brady Bacon-5, 10-C.J. Leary-4.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 18-19, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Brady Short

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Kyle Cummins

ProSource Hard Work: Mario Clouser

Irvin King Hard Charger: Buddy Kofoid (18th to 5th)


 


AXSOM WAXES ‘EM
IN WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 16, 2022)………Emerson Axsom, turning his first ever laps in a sprint car at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park, turned the fastest lap of all to best the field of 43 drivers in Wednesday night’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship practice.

The three-hour session is the first, and final, preparation for teams and drivers before the beginning of Winter Dirt Games XIII featuring three consecutive nights of full programs for the series at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track.

The Franklin, Ind. native and series Rookie of the Year candidate set the quickest single lap during the second of six sessions with a time of 13.925 seconds, which translates to a 96.948 mph average in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

Axsom does have prior experience at Bubba’s with four USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship starts, which includes a best of 4th last Saturday. The Clauson Marshall Newman sprinter, meanwhile, has won twice at Bubba’s with driver Tyler Courtney, both in 2018.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), making his sprint car debut for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, timed in second at 13.946. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), who swept both midget races at Bubba’s last weekend, was third at 13.973. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was fourth at 14.085 while Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) rounded out the top-five at 14.086.

Only one incident occurred with about an hour remaining in the three-hour practice. Eddie Vancil (Olney, Ill.) spun sideways at the entry to turn one. The trailing cars driven by Brandon Mattox and Dustin Clark were both collected and stopped. Clark also made slight contact with the outside wall. All contact appeared relatively minor and all three cars were pushed back to the pit area.

Three full nights of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing are on tap, February 17-18-19, at Bubba Raceway Park. Racers will be chasing a $5,000 winner’s share on the first two nights while Saturday’s finale will reward the victor with $10,000.

Pits open each night at 4pm ET, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

For Thursday and Friday’s USAC Sprint Car events, adult general admission tickets are $30 with kids age 11 and under are free with pit passes $40 apiece. On Saturday, adult general admission tickets are $35 with kids age 11 and under are free with pit passes $45 apiece. Race day tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.

Each and every night of Winter Dirt Games XIII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

PRACTICE: 1. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-13.925; 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.946; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.973; 4. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-14.085; 5. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.086; 6. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.107; 7. Wesley Smith, 44, Smith-14.110; 8. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.136; 9. Carson Short, 21x, RCM-14.154; 10. Shane Cockrum, 66, Amati-14.162; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 20m, Dyson-14.201; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, Eberhardt/Zirzow-14.219; 13. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.221; 14. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.265; 15. Shane Cottle, 39, Hogue-14.288; 16. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.328; 17. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.361; 18. Braxton Cummings, 71B, Cummings-14.455; 19. Chad Boespflug, 2B, 2B-14.462; 20. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner-14.539; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.617; 22. Cole Bodine, 57B, DCT/Crow/Bodine-14.618; 23. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.673; 24. Kory Schudy, 28K, Sawyer-14.694; 25. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-14.810; 26. Dallas Hewitt, 21, Hewitt-14.933; 27. Jackson Slone, 16, Slone-14.981; 28. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-15.032; 29. Steve Irwin, 0, Flying Zero-15.093; 30. Jeremy Kerzman, 3K, Kerzman-15.105; 31. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-15.188; 32. Jack Hoyer, 57c, DCT/Crow/Bodine-15.200; 33. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-15.237; 34. Brady Short, 61m, Edwards-15.331; 35. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE/Dougherty-15.431; 36. Kyle Shipley, 17GP, Dutcher-15.446; 37. Josh Turner, 4T, Turner-15.646; 38. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-15.717; 39. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.743; 40. Eddie Vancil, 7v, Vancil-16.895; 41. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.877; 42. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-18.473; 43. Austin Hawkins, 5A, Hawkins-NT.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 17-18-19, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

 

$10,000 WINNER’S SHARE SET
FOR IOW BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (February 17, 2022)………It’s spectacular. It’s sprintacular. And it’s now $10,000-to-win!

The eighth annual IndianaOpenWheel.com Bill Gardner Sprintacular comes to Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway on July 1-2, and will feature the best of the best fighting for $5,000-to-win on Friday night and $10,000-to-win in Saturday night’s finale.

Co-sanctioned by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Series, the event honors the life and memory of Bill Gardner, who passed away in July of 2014. Gardner was born and raised in Putnam County, Ind., but you could also say he was practically raised at Lincoln Park Speedway where he was a fixture throughout his life.

Gardner was a crew member for best friend Brian Hayden who won the 1995 and 2013 Lincoln Park Speedway sprint car track championship. Gardner co-owned a sign and graphics business and created and designed one of his greatest lasting legacies to the racing community, indianaopenwheel.com. Through it all, he developed a special bond with the 5/16-mile dirt track and with a lasting impact on track promoters Joe and Jill Spiker.

“Once in a lifetime, a friend comes along who is your greatest ally and also your outspoken critic,” Jill Spiker said of Gardner. “Bill was that person for us and Lincoln Park Speedway. It is impossible to honor this man in a way that demonstrates how much he means to Lincoln Park Speedway. However, this race would have been something he would love. Bill never wanted a race named after him but gave us permission with added curse of ‘I’ll make it rain on you.’ Hence, why there is always a chance of rain. But these two nights of racing and the final night purse being increased would have Bill all fired up in anticipation of great racing action.”

Friday’s Bill Gardner Sprintacular event will utilize the MSCS format, which features group qualifying as well as an H15 or Medium on the right rear and concludes with a 30-lap feature. All licensed USAC National Sprint Car drivers and entrants will receive 50 appearance points, regardless of finishing position, on Friday.

Saturday’s show will use the USAC format of single-car qualifying to seed the starting lineups, and full points for all events, leading up to the night’s 40-lap feature race.

C.J. Leary (Friday) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (Saturday) are the reigning winners of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular. Past winners during the event also include Jerry Coons Jr. (2015), Robert Ballou (2015 & 2016), Thomas Meseraull (2016), Thomas Jr. (2017 & 2021), Tyler Courtney (2018), Justin Grant (2018), Kyle Cummins (2019), Shane Cottle (2020), Brady Bacon (2020) and Leary (2021).

Information regarding event times and ticket prices will be made available soon at www.usacracing.com and www.lincolnparkspeedway.com.

 

 

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD: GRANT STRIKES AGAIN IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 12, 2022)………You only get one chance to make a first impression. But when that impression lasts throughout the entirety of the weekend, that’s when you know you’ve got something special.

For the second time in as many nights, Justin Grant raced his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota straight into victory lane at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park, sweeping to victory during both nights of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget opening weekend at Winter Dirt Games XIII.

The Ione, Calif. native prevailed through an early race rain delay, then shadowed series Rookie Jade Avedisian for the first 18 laps before making his move entering turn one to capture his second straight win to begin the 2022 season.

With the victory, Grant became just the ninth driver in the 67-year history of the series to start off the year with back-to-back wins in the first two races of the season, joining Lee Kunzman (1972), Gary Bettenhausen (1975), Rich Vogler (1984-85), Dave Steele (2002), Brad Sweet (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011), Rico Abreu (2014) and Tyler Courtney (2019).

For Grant’s sake, it’s a good omen, as each of those last three on the list went on to win the USAC National Midget championship later that same season. That’s now four wins in the last six starts for this burgeoning combination.

“We really got on a roll at the end of last year and have just kept building on that night after night after night,” Grant explained. “We’ve got ourselves in a box where we can make real small tweaks and really keep finding more and more speed.”

The evening was fraught with rain, with a lengthy precipitation period delaying the first heat race, then also moisturizing the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track three laps into the feature following an incident involving eighth running Thomas Meseraull who tagged the turn three wall and flipped over. During the rain delay, however, Meseraull’s RMS Racing team repaired the car and rejoined the field from the back of the pack for the restart.

Avedisian started from the pole and was in control prior to and following the red flag condition on a lightning fast surface that put passing at a premium due to two separate showers hitting the track during the event. The 15-year-old Avedisian held strong against the constant pressure form Grant and held her own throughout the first half as she sought to become the first woman to ever win a USAC National series feature event.

At midway, Avedisian’s lead was just a tick under a full second ahead of Grant, but traffic loomed and that spelled trouble for the driver making just her ninth career series start.

On lap 19, she caught up to the 17th and 18th place cars of Mariah Ede and Hayden Reinbold. Avedisian took the median lane down the front straightaway while Grant put his ride right up on the outside fence, then swung low, sweet chariot to the bottom of turn one, underneath Avedisian. Grant’s right rear tire and Avedisian’s left front scrubbed against each other, as Grant raced past to take over the lead of the field.

“I was having trouble getting to her,” Grant recalled. “I was having to run really, really hard just to hang with her. As three and four slicked up and got a little more technical as we got to lapped traffic, I was hoping it would kind of play back into my hands. It gets tricky and that’s when you can capitalize on that. I’ve been on both sides of that situation a lot and I’ve lost a lot of races just the same exact way she lost that one. I learned from those and now I get to capitalize on them.”

With 10 to go, reigning series champion Buddy Kofoid stuck his car low between turns three and four as Avedisian attempted to find a path in between or around Reinbold and Ede, to no avail. Kofoid capitalized, cut under Avedisian to gain the lead by an inch at the line, then carried the line into turn one and walked away with the runner-up spot.

On lap 24, Meseraull’s no good very bad day took a turn for the worse when his rear axle snapped, folding the right rear wheel under his car in turn four and sending the defending race winner of this event upside down for the second time during the feature. Once again, Meseraull walked away without injury.

Upon resumption, a clear line of sight was present for the leaders. Kofoid was able to pull even midway through the corner on both ends of the racetrack for the first three laps following the restart, but each time, Grant slipped away into the darkness.

Grant finished off the 30-lap distance ahead of Kofoid by a 0.478 second margin, and by doing so, became the winningest driver in USAC competition at Bubba Raceway Park with his fifth overall victory (3 sprint, 2 midget), breaking a tie he held briefly with Brady Bacon and Tyler Courtney. Avedisian, Emerson Axsom and Mitchel Moles rounded out the top-five.

While Grant earned his 11th career USAC National Midget feature win, which tied Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos and Brad Sweet for 64th all-time, he also gave major props to another competitor who’s yet to score that initial victory in Avedisian.

“Jade, she’s a racer,” Grant stated. “She’s got speed and she’s got a lot of racecraft. I’m pretty good at starting races and she worked me over on that initial start. She knows some tricks and she’s pretty savvy. She’s going to win one of these things before too long. She’ll be the first girl to win a USAC national race, I guarantee it.”

Fresno, California’s Avedisian has already become just the second woman to record multiple top-four finishes in USAC National Midget competition along with Holly Shelton. Utilizing her CB Industries/CMT – Sheesh – PristineAuction.com/Spike/Speedway Toyota, Avedisian bested her previous top series finish of fourth at Merced (Calif.) Speedway in November of 2021. Although, she feels the result could’ve been even better had she made the right decisions at the right time.

“I wish I could’ve got through traffic better,” Avedisian lamented. “We’ll take this third place and just keep trying to get better.”

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) believed he was just as good, if not better than, Grant at the end, but just couldn’t make his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota stick down the stretch, as he earned a runner-up finish on Saturday night.

“I feel like we’ve got really good car speed,” Kofoid said. “It’s hard to say with how fast the track was, but I felt like I had the fastest car at the end and could work three and four really well and make speed. I feel like that’s where I could pounce on people and get them. I could carry a unique line into one and kind of cheat the entry and get back to the bottom on exit really well. It was tough to pass, but fifth to second isn’t bad tonight.”

Kaylee Bryson reached a milestone by recording her 47th career USAC National Midget feature start, which moved her into second all-time among all women with the series, surpassing Sarah McCune at 46. Bryson, of Muskogee, Okla., remains just six starts behind Holly Shelton’s all-time record of 53.

Brenham Crouch and Corey Joyner escaped injury during a violent incident during the first heat race of the night. Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) flipped eight times after tangling in the first turn with Kevin Thomas Jr. on the initial lap. Joyner (Concordia, Kan.) attempted to miss the carnage, but skidded into the wall and flipped. Joyner walked away unscathed, but Crouch was treated and released from an area hospital after being diagnosed with a concussion.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 12, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-14.424; 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.473; 3. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-14.496; 4. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-14.510; 5. Emerson Axsom, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-14.512; 6. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-14.526; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 08x, Dave Mac Dalby-14.527; 8. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-14.538; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.541; 10. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.562; 11. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.570; 12. Dominic Gorden, 83, CBI-14.579; 13. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.597; 14. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-14.630; 15. Jace Park, 87, CBI-14.631; 16. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.665; 17. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-14.731; 18. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.768; 19. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.855; 20. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.999; 21. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-15.160; 22. Corey Joyner, 52J, Mounce/Stout-15.711; 23. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-NT; 24. Frank Beck, 17J, Jordan-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Corey Joyner. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Jade Avedisian, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Mariah Ede. 1:57.42

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jace Park, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Dominic Gorden, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Steve Buckwalter. 1:54.83

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Buddy Kofoid (5), 3. Jade Avedisian (1), 4. Emerson Axsom (3), 5. Mitchel Moles (4), 6. Tanner Thorson (9), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (6), 8. Taylor Reimer (12), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 10. Jace Park (7), 11. Dominic Gorden (13), 12. Logan Seavey (14), 13. Cannon McIntosh (10), 14. Kaylee Bryson (18), 15. Ethan Mitchell (17), 16. Chase McDermand (8), 17. Hayden Reinbold (16), 18. Mariah Ede (19), 19. Thomas Meseraull (11), 20. Steve Buckwalter (20). NT

**Brenham Crouch & Corey Joyner flipped during the first heat. Thomas Meseraull flipped on lap 3 of the feature. Thomas Meseraull flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Jade Avedisian, Laps 19-30 Justin Grant.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-154, 2-Buddy Kofoid-145, 3-Tanner Thorson-139, 4-Emerson Axsom-118, 5-Bryant Wiedeman-117, 6-Mitchel Moles-115, 7-Jade Avedisian-111, 8-Cannon McIntosh-110, 9-Logan Seavey-106, 10-Thomas Meseraull-98.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-9, 2-Brenham Crouch-8, 3-Tanner Thorson-7, 4-Taylor Reimer-7, 5-Kaylee Bryson-7, 6-Ethan Mitchell-6, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-6, 8-Steve Buckwalter-4, 9-Buddy Kofoid-3, 10-Justin Grant-2.

FINAL WINTER DIRT GAMES PROSOURCE MIDGET PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-10, 2-Kaylee Bryson-10, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-9, 4-Buddy Kofoid-8, 5-Tanner Thorson-8, 6-Brenham Crouch-8, 7-Taylor Reimer-7, 8-Justin Grant-6, 9-Ethan Mitchell-6, 10-Emerson Axsom-5.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: March 11-12, 2022 – Southern Illinois Center – Du Quoin, Illinois – 6th Shamrock Classic Presented by Dooling Machine Products – 1/6-Mile Dirt Track – Non-Points Special Event

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Cannon McIntosh

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase McDermand

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Jace Park

Irvin King Hard Charger: Kevin Thomas Jr. (15th to 9th)

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Justin Grant

Winter Dirt Games ProSource Passing Master: Thomas Meseraull (10)

 

OPEN SEASON:
GRANT STARTS OFF USAC MIDGET TOUR
WITH A WIN IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 11, 2022)………”I’m out here driving racecars for a living. Life’s not bad.”

Life’s been good so far to Justin Grant on the 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship tour as the Ione, Calif. native raced to the lead on the second lap of Friday night’s series opening Winter Dirt Games XIII 30-lap feature at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park, then had the 23-car field covered en route to capturing his 10th career series win.

For Grant, life has been particularly good at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track. His most recent appearance at Bubba’s resulted in a third USAC National Sprint Car feature triumph in February of 2021, and this one in the midget makes him the fourth driver to win both a USAC Sprint Car and USAC Midget feature at the track, following Tyler Courtney, Thomas Meseraull and Chris Windom.

In fact, Grant’s four combined victories at Bubba’s equals him with Brady Bacon and Courtney as the winningest driver at the track in USAC competition.

Grant’s 10th career USAC National Midget victory moved him alongside Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung and Chuck Weyant for 70th on the all-time list.

His latest victory was the second occasion he’s won the USAC National Midget season opening race, also doing so during his first career series win in 2017 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, which makes him just the 13th driver to win the first race of the year on multiple occasions.

Steve Lotshaw, Tony Stewart and Rich Vogler each accomplished the feat three times while Steve Cannon, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Mel Kenyon, Johnny Parsons, Henry Pens, Dave Steele, Brad Sweet and J.J. Yeley each did it twice.

However, out of all the statistics being tossed about, of upmost importance is the one which tells the story of opening night victories translating to championships. It’s happened in three of the past four years in the division with Logan Seavey doing so in 2018, Tyler Courtney in 2019 and Buddy Kofoid in 2021. Additionally, each of the past three champions (Courtney in 2019, Chris Windom in 2020 and Kofoid in 2021) had won features earlier in their title season at Bubba’s.

With this particular notch under his belt in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota, Grant is confident he can continue the trend.

“We’ve got the team, we’ve got the car and RMS Racing does a great job for me along with everybody that supports this 2J,” Grant said. “The effort goes a long way; we’ve got a really good group around us. We worked all last year building, and we were able to capitalize on a lot of that at the end of last year. We went into the Chili Bowl with speed, into Florida with speed, and I’m just really happy and having a lot of fun.”

After taking 23 races to grab his first win with RMS in 2021, Grant put one in the win column ASAP this time around. Grant chalks it up to a process that truly began to hit its stride late last season, which resulted in four total wins, including two in his last four outings. Now, you can make that three out of five dating back to last November.

“It took me a long time to get my feet under me with a new team, and it was frustrating there for a long time last year,” Grant admitted. “We were able to get there toward the end of last year, and to unload again with a lot of speed is really good. This car was awesome tonight, and it was good from start to finish. It felt really, really good there in the feature and I still had aways to go on my shocks if I needed to as the track was slickening up.”

Grant began his race from the outside of the front row but found himself mired in third at the line at the conclusion of lap one a car length behind pole sitter/leader Cannon McIntosh and a wheel behind Emerson Axsom. However, things changed rapidly when Grant immediately dove to the bottom of turn one, sliding even-Steven with McIntosh through turn two and halfway down the back straightaway before emerging ahead on the top in turn three.

A tenacious scramble saw Axsom momentarily drop to fourth behind Kofoid on lap four, then retaliate with a double slider into turn three past both Kofoid and McIntosh to regain the second spot, a position he’d occupy throughout much of the remainder of the event.

By halfway, Grant’s one second lead began to shrink as he became stagnated in the throes of traffic. As Grant attempted to navigate his way past the 20th place car of Floridian Frank Beck, Axsom closed the gap up right to the tail tank of Grant. An evasive move by Grant underneath Beck in turn one on lap 16 negated all the ground Axsom made up. As Grant gapped his rivals, Thorson pulled even with Axsom midway down the back straight, but Axsom escaped the fray by driving around the outside of Beck, while Thorson connected his front bumper with Beck’s back bumper, sending Beck into an unexpected drift with all continuing on.

With three laps remaining, Thorson gained an enormous amount of momentum off turn two and made an energetic run at Axsom entering turn three. As Thorson pulled even, Axsom pushed up the track, and Thorson was able to scoot by. The battled raged into the final lap as Thorson split low and Axsom high around 19th running Mariah Ede in turn one. But, by the time Axsom reached turn two, his right rear tire began to deflate.

Up front, all alone, Grant had crossed under the checkered flag to score the victory. Behind him, following contact to his rear bumper from a trailing car, Axsom glanced the outside wall and began flipping wildly in turn three. He was able to crawl from the wreckage under his own power but gone was a potential podium finish which had quickly deviated into a crumpled racecar and bitter disappointment with a 12th place result.

Thorson finished second with Brenham Crouch third. Irvin King Hard Charger Thomas Meseraull finished fourth after starting 13th while Buddy Kofoid rounded out the top-five in fifth.
Earlier in the evening, Thorson (Minden, Nev.) earned the 24th Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time of his USAC National Midget career, tying him with USAC’s first ever feature winner, Gene Hartley, for 17th all-time. After driving from his 6th starting position to a runner-up finish in two consecutive years during the Ocala opener, Thorson has now also finished inside the top-two in each of the last three season openers, including Friday night in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – MVT – Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

“We were really fast, and we had a good car,” Thorson stated. “I felt like if I hadn’t gotten caught up behind some of the lapped cars almost every lap, I might’ve been able to give Justin a shot. We’ve just got to get this thing a little bit better and have a little bit of luck with lapped cars, but, overall, I’m happy with it.”

Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) enjoyed the best finish of his USAC National Midget career, finishing 3rd in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Toyota – TRD – Curb Records/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota. Crouch and team opted to use a softer compound in their impressive run from the 11th starting spot, besting Crouch’s previous best series finishes of 5th at both Lawrenceburg Speedway and Circle City Raceway during Indiana Midget Week in 2021.

“This was awesome,” an elated Crouch exclaimed. “We struggled a little bit last year, and it feels good to start off on the right foot this time around.”

Four drivers made their first career USAC National Midget feature starts on Friday night: Clovis, California’s Dominic Gorden was 18th; Fresno, California’s Mariah Ede was 20th; Sarasota, Florida’s Frank Beck was 21st; Concordia, Kansas’ Corey Joyner was 22nd.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 11, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-14.646; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 08x, Dave Mac Dalby-14.801; 3. Emerson Axsom, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-14.806; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.818; 5. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-14.822; 6. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-14.861; 7. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-14.868; 8. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.872; 9. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.892; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.962; 11. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-14.969; 12. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.979; 13. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-14.986; 14. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.016; 15. Jace Park, 87, CBI-15.095; 16. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.180; 17. Dominic Gorden, 83, CBI-15.196; 18. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.320; 19. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.372; 20. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-15.506; 21. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-15.534; 22. Frank Beck, 17J, Jordan-15.925; 23. Corey Joyner, 52J, Mounce/Stout-16.814; 24. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-16.959.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jade Avedisian, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Frank Beck. 2:01.98

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Dominic Gorden, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Mitchel Moles, 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Corey Joyner. 2:03.68

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Jace Park, 6. Mariah Ede, 7. Chase McDermand, 8. Oliver Akard. 2:02.22

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Tanner Thorson (6), 3. Brenham Crouch (11), 4. Thomas Meseraull (13), 5. Buddy Kofoid (3), 6. Cannon McIntosh (1), 7. Logan Seavey (7), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (8), 9. Ethan Mitchell (12), 10. Mitchel Moles (10), 11. Kaylee Bryson (14), 12. Emerson Axsom (4), 13. Taylor Reimer (16), 14. Jade Avedisian (9), 15. Jace Park (15), 16. Steve Buckwalter (20), 17. Hayden Reinbold (19), 18. Dominic Gorden (17), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 20. Mariah Ede (18), 21. Frank Beck (21), 22. Corey Joyner (22), 23. Oliver Akard (23). NT

**Chase McDermand flipped during the third heat. Emerson Axsom flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

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

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-78, 2-Tanner Thorson-77, 3-Brenham Crouch-69, 4-Buddy Kofoid-68, 5-Thomas Meseraull-67, 6-Cannon McIntosh-60, 7-Logan Seavey-60, 8-Bryant Wiedeman-57, 9-Ethan Mitchell-51, 10-Emerson Axsom-49.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-9, 2-Brenham Crouch-8, 3-Tanner Thorson-4, 4-Ethan Mitchell-4, 5-Steve Buckwalter-4, 6-Kaylee Bryson-3, 7-Taylor Reimer-3, 8-Hayden Reinbold-2, 9-Justin Grant-1.

WINTER DIRT GAMES PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-9, 2-Brenham Crouch-8, 3-Tanner Thorson-5, 4-Justin Grant-4, 5-Ethan Mitchell-4, 6-Steve Buckwalter-4, 7-Buddy Kofoid-3, 8-Kaylee Bryson-3, 9-Emerson Axsom-3, 10-Taylor Reimer-3.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 12, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jade Avedisian

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Irvin King Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (13th to 4th)

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Cannon McIntosh


 


T-Mez Tops USAC Midget Practice at Bubba's
FEBRUARY 10, 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 10, 2022)………After capturing the victory in last year’s Winter Dirt Games finale, Thomas Meseraull picked up right where he left off.

The San Jose, Calif. native set the fastest time in Thursday night’s practice session at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park in preparation for the first two events of the 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season at the 3/8-mile dirt oval on Friday and Saturday night, February 11-12.

Meseraull took his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota straight to the top of the charts on Thursday with a time of 14.561 mph. Second was Franklin, Indiana’s Emerson Axsom, debuting for Clauson Marshall Racing, at 14.682. Third was Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey for the Tom Malloy-owned team at 14.688.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) occupied the fourth and fifth spots in the session in two different Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports cars. The faster of the two was the No. 08x at 14.703, which will be piloted by Kevin Thomas Jr. for both of this weekend’s races. In his own No. 08, McIntosh laid down a 14.729 to round out the top-five.

Twenty-four cars took time during the three-hour session, including defending USAC National Midget driving champion, Buddy Kofoid, who was ninth overall at 14.796, the fastest of six Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports cars in the field.

Winter Dirt Games XIII begins with the 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers on Feb. 11-12 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Pits open at 4pm ET, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $30 with kids age 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece. Race day tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.

Each and every night of Winter Dirt Games XIII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 10, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

PRACTICE: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.561; 2. Emerson Axsom, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-14.682; 3. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-14.688; 4. Cannon McIntosh, 08x, Dave Mac Dalby-14.703; 5. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-14.729; 6. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-14.740; 7. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.747; 8. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-14.778; 9. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.796; 10. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.803; 11. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.815; 12. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.829; 13. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-14.865; 14. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-14.960; 15. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.042; 16. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-15.231; 17. Dominic Gorden, 83, CBI-15.260; 18. Jace Park, 87, CBI-15.307; 19. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.428; 20. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.536; 21. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-15.890; 22. Frank Beck, 17J, Jordan-16.443; 23. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-16.992; 24. Corey Joyner, 52J, Mounce/Stout-17.192.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 11-12, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

 

BREAK THE ICE:
USAC SPRINT CARS HEAT UP
IN OCALA FEB. 17-18-19

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 8, 2022)………Six past Bubba Raceway Park Winter Dirt Games feature winners are ready to fire off for the start of the 2022 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season when the cavalcade of cars, drivers, teams and fans converge on the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track on February 17-18-19 in Ocala, Fla.

Two $5,000-to-win events begin the festivities with 30-lap features on Thursday and Friday night with Saturday night’s 35-lap finale offering a $10,000 top prize.

A dedicated practice night for Sprint Cars is scheduled for Wednesday night, February 16, from 7-10 pm ET.

Forty-two (42) USAC Sprint Cars are projected to compete in the three-night event, representing 12 different states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

The importance of Winter Dirt Games can’t be understated. It’s routinely been a harbinger of series champions, with a feature winner at Ocala going on to win the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title that same year on six occasions: Bryan Clauson (2013), Brady Bacon (2014), Robert Ballou (2015), Tyler Courtney (2018), C.J. Leary (2019) and Brady Bacon (2020).

THE PAST WINNERS:

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) seeks more Winter Dirt Games fortune in 2022 after capturing the victory on the final night of the event in 2021 at Ocala after previous triumphs there in both 2017 and 2019. The 2020 USAC Silver Crown king rolls in with four consecutive WDG Sprint Car top-five finishes, tops among all drivers. He also returns this season to TOPP Motorsports for the fifth consecutive season, which is the longest continuous full-time driver/entrant tandem with the series entering 2022.

Four-time and defending series champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) heads the field in terms of previous USAC National Sprint Car feature victories at Ocala with four. He swept both nights of Winter Dirt Games in 2020 after previous triumphs in 2014 and 2015, all in the seat of the famed Dynamics, Inc. No. 69.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) is one of four drivers in this year’s field to have competed in the very first Winter Dirt Games feature at Ocala in 2011, along with Grant, Shane Cottle and Brady Short. Ballou has nabbed a pair of wins at Ocala, first in his USAC championship season of 2015 and again in 2016, while also notching an additional one at East Bay in 2015. Ballou also holds multiple track records at Ocala, setting the 8-lap mark in 2019 at 1:50.92 and the 12-lap standard of 2:52.77 in 2013.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is one of seven USAC National champions in this year’s Ocala USAC Sprint field along with Grant, Bacon, Ballou, Tanner Thorson, Buddy Kofoid and Logan Seavey. Leary, the 2019 titlist, led the way to victory in the 2019 WDG closer and enters with nine-straight WDG top-ten finishes dating back to 2018.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has knocked out both a USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget feature win at Ocala in his career, notching the midget victory in 2021 and the sprint win on the final lap of the final night in 2016. With the sprint car, he hasn’t appeared at WDG since 2017. He’s also recorded a 3rd in both 2016 and 2017 and has finished inside the top-five in all five of his Ocala sprint car starts.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind) won the 2018 Winter Dirt Games opener, one of his 11 career top-five finishes at Ocala over the years, which includes runner-up finishes in 2015 (twice), a 4th in 2013, 2016, 2019 (twice) and 2020, plus a 5th in 2014.

LOOKING TO BREAK THE ICE AT WDG:

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), the 2021 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, has already tasted victory at Ocala with USAC, but it came in the Midgets, in the WDG opener in 2020. Thorson’s two sprint car starts at Ocala have brought about a 4th and a 6th, both in 2021. The 2016 USAC National Midget champion also owns the track record in a Midget at Ocala and his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports team has been victorious there with the sprint car, with Leary, in 2019.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) will make his second Winter Dirt Games USAC Sprint appearance for the relaunch of the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team. The 2021 USAC National Midget champion won the midget opener season opener that year at Ocala, and a week later, in the sprint car, he finished 8th and a career best 3rd.

Thus far, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has only raced sprint cars at Ocala in the even-numbered years in his career. He debuted in 2018, then left Ocala in 2020 with his best USAC Sprint Car performance at the track, finishing 3rd. In 2022, he’s back to start his first bid for a USAC National Sprint Car championship, driving for Baldwin-Fox Racing, a combo in which both sides are looking for win number one at Ocala.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has been a Rock Steady performer at Ocala, finishing 2nd in both 2016 and 2020 as well as 3rd in 2016 (twice) and again in 2021. Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver, finished a best of 12th at Ocala in 2020, the same as Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.), who was 12th in both 2018 and 2020.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) led a race-high 21 laps on the second night of the 2021 WDG at Ocala before, ultimately, finishing 7th in his first weekend of action at the track. He’d later go on to win the 2021 USAC National Most Improved Driver award for his stout season.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) owns the one-lap track record for USAC National Sprint Cars at Ocala with a time of 13.398 seconds, set in 2019. The one-time series winner will make his return to WDG for the first time since 2020 and owns nine top-ten finishes at the track but is looking to slide into the top-five for the first time this year.

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) has been a steady presence at Winter Dirt Games throughout the past decade. The versatile past NAMARS Midget champion and Eldora late model titlist took 14th at Ocala with the USAC Sprint Cars back in 2020 for his best performance so far.

LONG-AWAITED RETURNS:

For Chad Boespflug (Hanford, Calif.), it’s been a longtime coming as the 2016 USAC National Most Improved Driver returns to WDG for the first time since 2019. One of just 40 drivers to make at least 200 career USAC National Sprint Car starts, Boespflug finished as the runner-up at Ocala in 2017, was 3rd in 2018, 4th in 2017 and 2019, and 5th in 2016.

Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) aims to make his first WDG start since 2016 and has tallied finishes of 3rd and 4th in 2010. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), meanwhile, is shooting for his first start in the event since 2017 after grabbing a pair of 4th place results in both 2010 and 2014.

Three years since his last WDG appearance, Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is back in action, finishing 7th in his most recent start with the series at Ocala in 2019. Shane Cockrum and Zach Daum both made their most recent Winter Dirt Games stop in 2015. Cockrum (Benton, Ill.) finished in the 8th position on night one while Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) positioned 7th one night later.

Steve Irwin (Fenton, Mich.) corralled one previous WDG start, a 21st in 2011. Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio) last visited in 2017, but recorded his best result with a 15th in 2013. Landon Simon (Tipp City, Ohio) last traveled to the Sunshine State in 2018, but his best results of the bunch came in years prior in 2013, 2016 and 2017 where he finished 15th each time.

MAKING THEIR NAMES:

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) the 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, has graduated from high school and is hitting the full USAC series tour for the first time in his young career. He came in 13th during his Ocala debut in 2021, but he’s been gaining speed and experience over the past couple of years and is primed for a breakthrough in 2022.

Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) made his USAC National Sprint Car debut at Ocala in 2021, finishing 21st, but throughout the year, quickly made his name known with sterling performances in National series competition while finishing up a nine-win Rookie of the Year season with the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars.

Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) also made his Ocala debut in 2021, finishing 22nd. The USAC National Midget veteran is fairly new to the sprint car wars but will be one to watch as he goes full-time with the USAC trail in the coming year.

An early season accident and subsequent injury derailed Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) and his progress as a first-year sprint car driver in 2021. Prior to the injury, he finished 23rd in his first and lone Ocala appearance. Returning later in the year, Garrett picked up speed and became a solid frontrunner with the Midwest Sprint Car Series where he was named Rookie of the Year.

Reigning USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association champion Kory Schudy (Battlefield, Mo.) has routinely been a solid citizen during Winter Dirt Games over the past few seasons, bested with a 14th place performance in his most recent start in 2021.

Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Ariz.), a former Canadian Football League quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and a member of the New England Patriots training camp roster, will return to Winter Dirt Games this year for the first time since 2020 where he turned a pair of solid performances, led by a 10th on night two.

WINTER DIRT GAMES DEBUTS:

Drivers looking for their first career Winter Dirt Games sprint car starts include a heavily talented bunch with heavy right feet. Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) finished 5th and 7th in two midget starts there a year ago and will pilot a Clauson Marshall Newman sprinter, which won two-in-a-row with Tyler Courtney in 2018.

Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) chimes in as the defending USAC East Coast Sprint Car titlist with a whopping 11 wins during the year. He’s joined by fellow USAC regional series champion Charles Davis Jr., the 2018 Southwest Sprint Car champ who finished top-five twice with the National series in 2021.

Wesley Smith (Nixa, Mo.) is a frequent winner with the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association. Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), meanwhile, make his USAC National Sprint Car debut after earning Rookie of the Year honors at the Turkey Night Grand Prix last November. Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.) and Kyle Shipley (Sun City, Ariz.), each of whom have previous USAC Sprint Car feature starting experience, will both be making their WDG debuts.

Three-time TBARA Sprint Car champ, and the lone Floridian in the field, Shane Butler (Bushnell, Fla.) seeks his first career WDG and USAC National Sprint Car feature start, as do Jack Hoyer (Frankfort, Ind.), Braxton Cummings (Bedford, Ind.), Jackson Slone (Noblesville, Ind.) and Josh Turner (Hanover, Mich.).

THE HISTORY, THE MYSTIQUE:

USAC racing and the “Sunshine State” have a history that dates back to the club’s origins in 1956. In fact, the first three USAC Sprint Car races ever held took place in Florida in February of 1956. Bob Sweikert won the first such event at Southland Speedway in West Palm Beach, followed by Chuck Weyant at Jacksonville Speedway and Pat O’Connor at Medley Speedway in Miami.

The inaugural Winter Dirt Games took place at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. The series debut at Bubba Raceway Park arrived in 2011. Both events were won by Damion Gardner, the all-time leader in Winter Dirt Games wins with five.

THE DEETS:

Over the first two nights of USAC Sprint Car events at Ocala, total points will be calculated, which will “lock-in” the top-five in total combined points into Saturday night’s feature event and formulate the lineups for Saturday’s finale. The program on Saturday night will have no qualifying, and will instead consist of three qualifying races, each 10 laps in length, lined up “straight-up” based on points from the first two nights. If either Thursday or Friday’s events are rained out, Saturday will then revert to the traditional format.

Winter Dirt Games XIII begins with the 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers on Feb. 11-12 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night on Feb. 10 will precede the two nights of racing from 7-10pm ET. Grandstand admission is free for practice. Pit passes are $20 apiece.

The second half of WDG brings on the beginning of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season Feb. 17-18-19 at Bubba Raceway Park. A practice night on Feb. 16 will precede the three nights of racing from 7-10pm ET. Grandstand admission is free for practice. Pit passes are $20 apiece.

On race days, pits open at 4pm ET, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

For Thursday and Friday’s USAC Sprint Car events, adult general admission tickets are $30 with kids age 11 and under are free with pit passes $40 apiece. On Saturday, adult general admission tickets are $35 with kids age 11 and under are free with pit passes $45 apiece. Race day tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.

Each and every night of Winter Dirt Games XIII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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PROBABLE ENTRIES: USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS

0 STEVE IRWIN/Fenton, MI (Flying Zero Racing)

2B CHAD BOESPFLUG/Hanford, CA (2B Racing)

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

4x JOSH TURNER/Hanover, MI (Josh Turner Racing)

5 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Baldwin-Fox Racing)

5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)

5G BRIGGS DANNER/Allentown, PA (Heffner Racing Enterprises South)

5m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (KO Motorsports)

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports)

5x ALEX BANALES/Lafayette, IN (Baldwin-Fox Racing)

6 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

13 DENNIS GILE/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile Racing)

13m MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Gene Gile Racing)

14 JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Tim Engler/Kyle Rogers)

15 CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (BGE Dougherty Motorsports)

16 JACKSON SLONE/Noblesville, IN (Josh Slone)

17GP KYLE SHIPLEY/Sun City, AZ (Michael Dutcher Motorsports)

18 SHANE BUTLER/Bushnell, FL (Butler Motorsports)

19AZ TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Hummer Motorsports)

20D THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Chris Dyson Racing)

21 DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Jennifer Hewitt)

21AZ JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ Racing)

21x CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (RCM Motorsports)

24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

28K KORY SCHUDY/Battlefield, MO (Jon Sawyer)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports)

39 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Tim Hogue)

44 WESLEY SMITH/Nixa, MO (Bryan Smith)

47 CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Davis Race Team)

47BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing)

57B COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (DCT Racing)

57c JACK HOYER/Frankfort, IN (DCT Racing)

61m BRADY SHORT/Bedford, IN (Randy Edwards)

66 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Amati Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

71 BRAXTON CUMMINGS/Bedford, IN (Bub & Amanda Cummings)

77m C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Michael Motorsports)

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WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT WINS:

5-Damion Gardner

4-Brady Bacon & Bryan Clauson

3-Robert Ballou & Justin Grant

2-Tyler Courtney, Tracy Hines & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

1-Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

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FLORIDA USAC NATIONAL SPRINT WINS:

5-Damion Gardner

4-Brady Bacon & Bryan Clauson

3-Robert Ballou & Justin Grant

2-Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Tracy Hines & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Rich Vogler & Chris Windom

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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORDS AT BUBBA RACEWAY PARK:

1 Lap - 2/15/2019 - Carson Short - 13.398 - 100.761 mph

8 Laps - 2/14/2019 - Robert Ballou - 1:50.920 - 97.368 mph

12 Laps - 2/23/2013 - Robert Ballou - 2:52.770 - 93.766 mph

30 Laps - 2/11/2021 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 7:45.762 - 86.954 mph

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PAST WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2010 – Gibsonton, Florida – East Bay Raceway Park - “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Brady Short, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Casey Riggs, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Shane Hmiel, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Henry Clarke, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 17. Kent Christian, 18. Brett Burdette, 19. Caleb Armstrong, 20. Bobby East, 21. Kyle Cummins, 22. Ricky Williams, 23. Jeff Bland Jr. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 10, 2010 – Gibsonton, Florida – East Bay Raceway Park - “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Short, 5. Levi Jones, 6. Jeff Bland Jr., 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Robert Ballou. 9. Henry Clarke, 10. Brett Burdette, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Shane Hmiel, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Thomas Meseraull, 16. Bobby East, 17. Ricky Williams, 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Kurt Gross, 20. Kent Christian, 21. Casey Riggs, 22. Caleb Armstrong, 23. Chris Windom. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2011 – Ocala, Florida – Ocala Speedway – 2nd “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Brady Short, 7. Bobby East, 8. Coleman Gulick, 9. Bill Rose, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Casey Shuman, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Casey Riggs, 18. Tracy Hines, 19. Wes McIntyre, 20. Blake Fitzpatrick, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Shane Cottle. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2011 – Ocala, Florida – Ocala Speedway – 2nd “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2, Blake Fitzpatrick, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Casey Riggs, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Bobby East, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Bill Rose, 17. Brady Short, 18. Coleman Gulick, 19, Jerry Coons Jr., 20. Chase Stockon, 21. Wes McIntyre, 22. Kyle Robbins. 8:27.00

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 19, 2011 – Ocala, Florida – Ocala Speedway – 2nd “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Blake Fitzpatrick, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Casey Shuman, 6. Casey Riggs, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Bud Kaeding, 10. Bobby East, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Brady Short, 17. Chris Windom, 18. Wes McIntyre, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Chase Stockon, 21. Steve Irwin, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Scotty Weir. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 9, 2012 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – 3rd “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals” presented by eBay Motors

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9. Justin Grant, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Robert Ballou, 14. Blake Fitzpatrick, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. Coleman Gulick, 17. Kody Swanson, 18. Chase Stockon 19. Jonathan Hendrick, 20. Mitch Wissmiller, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Bobby East, 23. Kyle Cummins, 24. Darren Hagen.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 11, 2012 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – 3rd “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals” presented by eBay Motors

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Wes McIntyre, 8. Kody Swanson, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Dave Darland, 13. Coleman Gulick, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Jonathan Hendrick, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Bobby East, 18. Casey Shuman, 19. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Chase Stockon, 22. Mitch Wissmiller, 23. Kyle Cummins. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 21, 2013 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games IV”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Jac Haudenschild, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Brady Short, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Mark Smith, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Chris Gurley, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Kurt Gross, 20. Nick Drake, 21. Coleman Gulick, 22. Shane Cottle. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2013 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games IV”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. Mark Smith, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Brady Short, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. A.J. Hopkins, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Dallas Hewitt, 16. Brian Hayden, 17. Chris Gurley, 18. Coleman Gulick, 19. Chris Windom, 20. Levi Jones, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Nick Drake, 23. Tyler Courtney. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 23, 2013 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games IV”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Dave Darland, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Bryan Clauson, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Scotty Weir, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Chris Gurley, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Brady Short, 17. Nick Drake, 18. A.J. Hopkins, 19. Shane Cottle, 20. Kurt Gross, 21. Mark Smith, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Dallas Hewitt. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2014 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games V”

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

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2014 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games V”

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

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2015 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VI”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Brady Short, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Shane Cockrum, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Carson Short, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Kody Swanson, 19. Zach Daum, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Chris Gurley, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Kyle Cummins, 24. Tracy Hines. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 21, 2015 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VI”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Carson Short, 7. Zach Daum, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Bryan Clauson, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Brady Short, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Casey Shuman. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2015 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VI”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Kyle Robbins, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Carson Short, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Kody Swanson, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Brady Short, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Logan Jarrett. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 26, 2015 – Gibsonton, Florida – East Bay Raceway – “Winter Dirt Games VI”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Brady Short, 13. Bryan Clauson, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Casey Shuman, 16. Carson Short, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Trevor Kobylarz, 21. Shane Cockrum, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Kody Swanson, 24. Kyle Robbins. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 27, 2015 – Gibsonton, Florida – East Bay Raceway – “Winter Dirt Games VI”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Justin Grant, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Carson Short, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Brady Short, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Scotty Weir, 22. Landon Simon. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2016 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VII”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Max McGhee, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Brady Short, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Casey Shuman, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Kody Swanson, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chris Windom, 19. Jon Stanbrough, 20. Carson Short, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Aric Gentry, 23. Jarett Andretti. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 19, 2016 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VII”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Carson Short, 13. Brady Short, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Kody Swanson, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Casey Shuman, 19. Jarett Andretti, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Mitch Wissmiller, 23. Kent Schmidt. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2016 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VII”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Carson Short, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Brandon Spithaler, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Kody Swanson, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Brady Short. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 24, 2017 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VIII”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Hunter Schuerenberg, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Joe Liguori, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Isaac Chapple, 21. Jeff Bland, Jr., 22. Carson Short. (Short originally finished third but was repositioned to the tail of the field after missing the scales). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 25, 2017 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VIII”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Carson Short, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. C.J. Leary, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Jeff Bland, Jr., 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Max McGhee, 20. Rob Caho, Jr., 21. Dallas Hewitt, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Aaron Farney. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2018 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games 9”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chase Stockon (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (5), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. Kyle Cummins (11), 7. Isaac Chapple (12), 8. Chad Boespflug (18), 9. Logan Seavey (13), 10. Nick Bilbee (7), 11. Tyler Courtney (17), 12. Kody Swanson (15), 13. Brady Bacon (8), 14. Carson Short (3), 15. C.J. Leary (20), 16. Tyler Clem (14), 17. Jarett Andretti (21), 18. Landon Simon (19), 19. Garrett Aitken (9), 20. Dave Darland (1), 21. Kent Schmidt (16), 22. Timmy Buckwalter (22). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2018 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games 9”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 4. Chris Windom (9), 5. Kyle Cummins (6), 6. Dave Darland (10), 7. Carson Short (5), 8. Chad Boespflug (12), 9. Brady Bacon (11), 10. Chase Stockon (7), 11. Justin Grant (13), 12. Mario Clouser (15), 13. Robert Ballou (20), 14. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 15. Nick Bilbee (19), 16. Logan Seavey (8), 17. Kody Swanson (16), 18. Landon Simon (23), 19. Kent Schmidt (17), 20. Isaac Chapple (21), 21. Brandon Mattox (22), 22. Jarett Andretti (1), 23. Garrett Aitken (18). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2018 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games 9”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Chad Boespflug (2), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 5. Dave Darland (3), 6. C.J. Leary (4), 7. Robert Ballou (9), 8. Carson Short (11), 9. Justin Grant (8), 10. Brady Bacon (12), 11. Logan Seavey (7), 12. Chase Stockon (15), 13. Kyle Cummins (10), 14. Jarett Andretti (14), 15. Nick Bilbee (16), 16. Kody Swanson (17), 17. Timmy Buckwalter (18), 18. Isaac Chapple (13), 19. Mario Clouser (22), 20. Garrett Aitken (19), 21. Brandon Mattox (20), 22. Landon Simon (21). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2019 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – “Winter Dirt Games X”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (4), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 3. Justin Grant (12), 4. Chase Stockon (5), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. C.J. Leary (11), 7. Brady Bacon (3), 8. Kyle Cummins (2), 9. Dave Darland (18), 10. Carson Short (6), 11. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 12. Chad Boespflug (22), 13. Dakota Jackson (9), 14. Jason McDougal (16), 15. Damion Gardner (15), 16. Matt Westfall (23), 17. Travis Hery (13), 18. Tyler Courtney (8), 19. Kent Schmidt (7), 20. Joey Biasi (21), 21. Isaac Chapple (20), 22. Matt Goodnight (17), 23. Stephen Schnapf (19). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2019 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – “Winter Dirt Games X”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (22), 4. Chad Boespflug (11), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 6. Damion Gardner (7), 7. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 8. Chase Stockon (8), 9. Dave Darland (21), 10. Kyle Cummins (12), 11. Dakota Jackson (13), 12. Isaac Chapple (15), 13. Robert Ballou (20), 14. Carson Short (6), 15. Brady Bacon (4), 16. Jason McDougal (16), 17. Joey Biasi (17), 18. Matt Goodnight (10), 19. Matt Westfall (19), 20. Stephen Schnapf (18), 21. Chris Windom (5), 22. Kent Schmidt (14). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2019 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – “Winter Dirt Games X”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (9), 4. Chase Stockon (3), 5. Chris Windom (5), 6. Robert Ballou (1), 7. Jason McDougal (6), 8. Damion Gardner (8), 9. Carson Short (10), 10. Timmy Buckwalter (7), 11. Brady Bacon (12), 12. Kyle Cummins (11), 13. Chad Boespflug (15), 14. Joey Biasi (13), 15. Isaac Chapple (20), 16. Stephen Schnapf (22), 17. Matt Westfall (18), 18. Matt Goodnight (23), 19. Noah Gass (21), 20. Dakota Jackson (14), 21. Justin Grant (16), 22. Dave Darland (19), 23. Kent Schmidt (17). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2020 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XI

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (9), 2. Kyle Cummins (2), 3. C.J. Leary (5), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Chris Windom (6), 6. Chase Stockon (11), 7. Logan Seavey (4), 8. Anton Hernandez (8), 9. Carson Short (7), 10. Dave Darland (17), 11. Dennis Gile (10), 12. Brandon Mattox (16), 13. Sterling Cling (12), 14. Matt Westfall (19), 15. Mario Clouser (18), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 17. Kent Schmidt (15), 18. Katlynn Leer (20), 19. Chris Phillips (14), 20. Kory Schudy (22), 21. Matt Goodnight (13), 22. Connor Leoffler (21). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2020 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XI

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (9), 2. Chris Windom (3), 3. Logan Seavey (1), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Carson Short (4), 7. C.J. Leary (6), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (12), 10. Dennis Gile (10), 11. Dave Darland (7), 12. Mario Clouser (17), 13. Stephen Schnapf (19), 14. Anton Hernandez (21), 15. Matt Westfall (24), 16. Kory Schudy (18), 17. Scotty Weir (16), 18. Kyle Robbins (15), 19. Anthony D’Alessio (22), 20. Chris Phillips (8), 21. Sterling Cling (13), 22. Brandon Mattox (23), 23. Tyler Gunn (20), 24. Katlynn Leer (14). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 11, 2021 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Kyle Cummins (1), 4. Brady Bacon (12), 5. Tyler Courtney (5), 6. Tanner Thorson (4), 7. C.J. Leary (11), 8. Buddy Kofoid (8), 9. Chris Windom (13), 10. Timmy Buckwalter (6), 11. Jake Swanson (9), 12. Robert Ballou (15), 13. Noah Gass (19), 14. Chase Stockon (22), 15. Mario Clouser (17), 16. Paul Nienhiser (21), 17. Dave Darland (10), 18. Stevie Sussex (7), 19. Jadon Rogers (14), 20. Brandon Mattox (23), 21. Briggs Danner (16), 22. Matt Westfall (24), 23. Carson Garrett (18), 24. Kory Schudy (20). 7:45.762 (New Track Record)

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 12, 2021 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (8), 2. Brady Bacon (10), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Tanner Thorson (7), 5. C.J. Leary (13), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 7. Jake Swanson (5), 8. Tyler Courtney (6), 9. Chris Windom (11), 10. Robert Ballou (2), 11. Chase Stockon (15), 12. Chase Johnson (16), 13. Jadon Rogers (21), 14. Kory Schudy (22), 15. Matt Westfall (17), 16. Noah Gass (19), 17. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 18. Mario Clouser (24), 19. Kyle Cummins (1), 20. Davey Ray (9), 21. Paul Nienhiser (12), 22. Cole Bodine (20), 23. Dave Darland (18), 24. Stevie Sussex (23). NT


 


LET THE SUNSHINE IN:
THE DAWN OF A NEW USAC MIDGET SEASON
BEGINS IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 7, 2022)………Ocala, Florida, widely known as the horse capital of the world, becomes the USAC racing capital of the world in mid-February with the launch of Winter Dirt Games XIII at Bubba Raceway Park.

Exactly 76 days following our last glimpse of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship action, the series hits the dirt for the first time in 2022 to begin its 67th season of competition this weekend, February 11-12, at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track located in the northern region of the Sunshine State.

The 13th installment of Winter Dirt Games marks the dawning of a new year and a slew of new combos, new drivers and new expectations starting with Friday’s opener paying $4,000-to-win and Saturday night’s finale, in which the victor will receive $5,000.

This weekend marks the seventh and eighth USAC National Midget events to be held at Bubba’s, dating back to the series debut there in 2019. Three one-time Ocala winners will be jousting to repeat their previous accomplishments when the time comes this weekend: Buddy Kofoid, Tanner Thorson and Thomas Meseraull.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) enters as the defending series champion and as the reigning opening night/day winner at Ocala. In four starts there, he’s yet to finish outside the top-six, with a 3rd and 6th in 2020, to go along with a 1st and a 3rd in 2021 for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) has started all six previous USAC National Midget races held in Ocala. The 2016 series champ was victorious in the 2020 season opener in dominating fashion. Thorson, who recently captured the victory in January’s Chili Bowl Midget Nationals for Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, finished as the runner-up in the 2021 Ocala opener to Kofoid. His qualifying time of 13.724, set in 2020, still stands as the one-lap USAC National Midget track record at Ocala.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has won both a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget feature at Ocala, getting the latter feat completed in the 2021 finale while leading all 30 laps. He finished a decent 6th in the 2021 opener. His USAC Sprint Car expertise at Ocala resulted in a victory during a last lap shuffle back in 2016.

Meseraull’s RMS Racing teammate Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is also a previous Ocala USAC winner. Grant owns three USAC National Sprint Car feature victories at Ocala, winning there in 2017, 2019 and again in 2021. The 2020 USAC Silver Crown champion finished 7th and 4th in his first two Ocala Midget feature events in 2021.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), likewise, picked up his first Ocala USAC National Sprint Car feature triumph on the opening night of 2021. Wildly enough, last year, KTJ became the first driver ever to record the fastest qualifying time during the USAC National Midget season opener in three consecutive years and will try to extend it to four years running this weekend. He also swept both night’s feature victories with POWRi at Ocala in 2018, was 2nd on both nights with USAC in 2019, was 7th & 4th in 2020 and 10th in 2021, with nary a finish outside the top-ten.

The newly combined forces of Dave Mac Motorsports and Robert Dalby have resulted in Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports, which will field both Thomas Jr. and series full-timer Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) in Ocala. McIntosh led the first three laps during night two at Ocala in 2020 and finished 5th on both nights the very same year.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) ended the 2021 USAC season as the first driver to win the final dirt race of the season in all three of USAC’s National open wheel series, including the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway last November. He’d like to lead off in very much the same manner in 2022 at Ocala where the 2018 USAC National Midget champ has made starts in all six previous visits with the series at Ocala, garnering a best result of 8th on night two in 2019.

One-time USAC National Midget feature winner Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.) returns to Ocala with the Brian Buckwalter owned midget after notching his best result in three career series starts there in 2021, finishing 11th.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports brings six cars to the first dance, with all but one having previous Ocala experience. Joining Kofoid on the team are Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), a 16th place finisher in 2021; Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), who collected a heat win and an 18th place result in her 2021 debut; Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) scored a 12th in 2021; while Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) possesses a 15th place finish from 2021.

Four women will be in this weekend’s field. Along with Bryson and Reimer on team KKM is series Rookie Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.), who is looking to make her first career series feature start after a handful of appearances on the west coast late last year.

CB Industries’ Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) earned one of the best finishes ever by a woman with the series in 2021, taking 4th at Merced (Calif.) Speedway. This weekend will be her Winter Dirt Games debut as it will for the entire cast of Chad Boat’s all-Rookie team. Joining her are 2021 Turkey Night Grand Prix 3rd place finisher Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), Jace Park (Overland Park, Kan.) and Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.).

Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) is an Ocala USAC Midget veteran, having made four career starts in the events between 2019 and 2021. Fellow Winter Dirt Games returnees also include Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), who is still seeking to crack the lineup for his first starting field at Ocala, and Oliver Akard (Fort Myers, Fla.), the lone Floridian in the field., who finished 14th in 2020.

The Midwest is well represented with first-time midget racing visitors to Ocala. The Mounce-Stout Motorsports team will bring a two-car effort consisting of three-time and defending Badger Midget champion Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.) and teammate Corey Joyner (Concordia, Kan.), a micro sprint veteran who made his USAC debut a year ago, plus micro, midget and sprint maestro Joe B. Miller (Millersville, Mo.) for car owner Chris Lewis.

Florida and USAC Midget racing have a history dating back to the initial years of the club. Only 24 times have USAC Midgets ventured to Florida over the years. Prior to the 2019 visit to Bubba’s, the series took part in a 11-race series entitled the Tangerine Tournament in early 1957. Jimmy Knight, Sonny McDaniel, Andy Linden, Al Keller, Al Alpern, Leroy Warriner and Len Duncan were among the winners held at several different Florida venues. Linden took home the overall Tangerine Tournament crown.

USAC Midgets took on the pavement of New Smyrna Speedway for two nights in 2013, won by Bobby Santos and Kyle Larson. The first full USAC National Midget points races in Florida came in a weeklong span during 1963. Johnny Riva and Bob Wente were victorious at Palmetto Speedway while Chuck Rodee and Wente also picked up victories at Golden Gate Speedway. It was another 42 years before the series returned in 2005 for a non-points special event at Orlando Speed World Speedway, won by Josh Wise.

Winter Dirt Games XIII begins with the 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers on Feb. 11-12 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night on Feb. 10 will precede the two nights of racing from 7-10pm ET. Grandstand admission is free for practice. Pit passes are $20 apiece.

The second half of WDG brings on the beginning of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season Feb. 17-18-19 at Bubba Raceway Park. A practice night on Feb. 16 will precede the three nights of racing from 7-10pm ET. Grandstand admission is free for practice. Pit passes are $20 apiece.

On race days, pits open at 4pm ET, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Each night, adult general admission tickets are $30 with kids age 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece. Race day tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.

Each and every night of Winter Dirt Games XIII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

PROBABLE ENTRIES: USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS

01 Bryant Wiedeman/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports)

08T Kevin Thomas Jr./Cullman, AL (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports)

2J Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

19AZ Hayden Reinbold/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19m Ethan Mitchell/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

19T Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

25 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Tom Malloy)

25B Steve Buckwalter/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)

25K Taylor Reimer/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

40 Chase McDermand/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

41 Oliver Akard/Fort Myers, FL (OMR Motorsports)

49 Joe B. Miller/Millersville, MO (Chris Lewis)

52J Corey Joyner/Concordia, KS (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

67 Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 Kaylee Bryson/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K Mariah Ede/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

83 Dominic Gorden/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

84 Jade Avedisian/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

87 Jace Park/Overland Park, KS (CB Industries)

89 Mitchel Moles/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

97 Brenham Crouch/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

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BUBBA RACEWAY PARK USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TRACK RECORDS:

1 Lap - 2/8/2020 - Tanner Thorson - 13.724 - 98.368 mph

8 Laps - 2/8/2020 - Zeb Wise - 1:52.636 - 95.884 mph

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FLORIDA USAC MIDGET WINS:
2-Tyler Courtney & Bob Wente
1-Buddy Kofoid, Kyle Larson, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Riva, Chuck Rodee, Bobby Santos, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

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BUBBA RACEWAY PARK USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS:

2019: Tyler Courtney (2/8) & Tyler Courtney (2/9)

2020: Tanner Thorson (2/7) & Chris Windom (2/8)

2021: Buddy Kofoid (2/6) & Thomas Meseraull (2/8)

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PAST BUBBA RACEWAY PARK USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:

2/8/2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (11), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Zeb Wise (9), 6. Tanner Carrick (3), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (1), 8. Chad Boat (4), 9. Tanner Thorson (17), 10. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 11. Cole Bodine (8), 12. Logan Seavey (14), 13. Tyler Thomas (16), 14. Jesse Colwell (15), 15. Sam Johnson (13), 16. Karsyn Elledge (21), 17. Karter Sarff (22), 18. Holley Hollan (18), 19. Zane Hendricks (12), 20. Adam Pierson (19), 21. Andrew Layser (7), 22. Noah Gass (20). NT

2/9/2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 3. Chad Boat (3), 4. C.J. Leary (4), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (1), 6. Jesse Colwell (9), 7. Tanner Thorson (24), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Chris Windom (15), 10. Andrew Layser (7), 11. Tanner Carrick (16), 12. Tyler Thomas (20), 13. Zane Hendricks (17), 14. Karter Sarff (21), 15. Karsyn Elledge (18), 16. Jerry Coons, Jr. (8), 17. Sam Johnson (19), 18. Holley Hollan (14), 19. Ethan Mitchell (13), 20. Zeb Wise (2), 21. Noah Gass (12), 22. Cole Bodine (10), 23. Chase Jones (23), 24. Adam Pierson (22). NT

2/7/2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (5), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (1), 5. Cannon McIntosh (10), 6. Zeb Wise (12), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 8. Jerry Coons, Jr. (2), 9. Daison Pursley (15), 10. Andrew Layser (13), 11. Tanner Carrick (8), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Steve Buckwalter (17), 14. Dennis Misuraca (20), 15. Oliver Akard (18), 16. Mark Cole (19), 17. Michael Magic (21), 18. Chase Jones (16), 19. Robert Dalby (14), 20. Jesse Colwell (9), 21. Cole Bodine (4), 22. Ethan Mitchell (22). NT

2/8/2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (10), 2. Tyler Courtney (1), 3. Andrew Layser (9), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 5. Cannon McIntosh (2), 6. Buddy Kofoid (5), 7. Zeb Wise (7), 8. Daison Pursley (12), 9. Jesse Colwell (13), 10. Tanner Carrick (3), 11. Cole Bodine (8), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Tanner Thorson (6), 14. Oliver Akard (17), 15. Michael Magic (15), 16. Mark Cole (16), 17. Steve Buckwalter (19), 18. Dennis Misuraca (14), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (18). NT

2/6/2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Tanner Thorson (6), 3. Chris Windom (5), 4. Daison Pursley (1), 5. Emerson Axsom (10), 6. Thomas Meseraull (4), 7. Justin Grant (3), 8. Tanner Carrick (14), 9. Jake Neuman (15), 10. Jason McDougal (9), 11. Steve Buckwalter (16), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Bryant Wiedeman (18), 14. Cannon McIntosh (20), 15. Brenham Crouch (12), 16. Kaylee Bryson (13), 17. Max McLaughlin (8), 18. Chase Elliott (17), 19. Ethan Mitchell (21), 20. Sam Johnson (7), 21. Kade Morton (22), 22. Chase Randall (19). NT

2/8/2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (1), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. Daison Pursley (10), 6. Jason McDougal (5), 7. Emerson Axsom (9), 8. Tanner Thorson (6), 9. Tanner Carrick (12), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 11. Cannon McIntosh (14), 12. Bryant Wiedeman (16), 13. Logan Seavey (13), 14. Chase Elliott (8), 15. Chase Randall (17), 16. Brenham Crouch (19), 17. Kaylee Bryson (18), 18. Taylor Reimer (7), 19. Trey Gropp (15), 20. Daniel Robinson (20), 21. Kade Morton (22), 22. Ethan Mitchell (21). NT

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SEASON PREVIEW
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 7, 2022... The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars are poised for at least nine (9) dates at three (3) different racetracks in 2022. At press time, there are also three dates to be announced as Series Director Stephanie Odom looks for more shows to be added to the schedule. The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, CA) hosts the season opener on February 26th and the “Championship Night” on October 15th. The series will also share the spotlight with the non-point 81st Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA) in late November.

The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP) in Bakersfield, California has two dates on the calendar. The season will kick off at the fast 1/3-mile oval on February 26th and the champion will be crowned at the October 15 “Championship Night.” Chase Johnson won the series’ inaugural appearance at Kern County on September 19th and posted the 1-lap track record of 14.604. The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park is located at 13500 Raceway Blvd. at the intersection of Interstate 5 and Enos Lane. For more information, visit kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, Bakersfield Speedway will host two events on the schedule. "The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval” will feature the non-winged 360s on March 12th and September 10th. On September 18th, Chase Johnson raced to victory following a new 1-lap track record of 12.354 that was posted by Brody Fuson. To date, Davey Pombo leads all series drivers with three triumphs at Bakersfield. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more details, visit bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Raceway has five shows on the calendar. Promoted by Jim Naylor, “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will host the traditional 360s on May 21, June 4, August 27, September 24, and the non-point Turkey Night Grand Prix on November 25th. Last year, Troy Rutherford, Ryan Timmons, and A.J. Bender claimed wins at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. Jake Swanson and 2019 champion Tristan Guardino lead all drivers with three Ventura victories and the 1-lap track record of 11.958 was posted by Guardino on March 23, 2019. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email Stephanie Odom at Odom.Stephanie@me.com or Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 26: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA
March 12: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
April 9: TBA
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
August 13: TBA
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 10: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 15: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: TBA (SE)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

KUNZ RETURNS TO USAC SPRINT FIELD
FOR 2022 SEASON, KOFOID TO DRIVE IN FLORIDA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Columbus, Indiana (February 7, 2022)………For the first time in nearly a decade, Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports will field an entry on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour.

Penngrove, Calif. driver Buddy Kofoid will begin the 2022 season as the pilot of a brand new Spike chassis with a Speedway Chevy engine in KKM’s Curb Records sponsored No. 67 for Winter Dirt Games XIII on February 17-18-19 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Keith Kunz Motorsports is known across the racing landscape for the enormous amount of success the team has attained in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition. With a series record 11 entrant championships and 122 features wins (second all-time), the Columbus, Ind. operation ranks as one of the most successful in the history of the organization.

However, KKM’s USAC National Sprint Car record is exceptional as well, amassing 35 victories in the series between 2000 and 2010. Those 35 wins rank among the upper echelon, eighth all-time in fact, in series history. While their midget team has continued to flourish throughout the past decade, the USAC Sprint Car team has sat idle, last competing during the 2013 season with driver Christopher Bell.

One accolade that has, thus far, eluded KKM is a USAC National Sprint Car entrant title. There have been a couple close calls, namely 2003 and 2009, when the team finished as the series-runner-up. This year, the intention is to change that fact by once again running full-time for the USAC National Sprint Car title, if proper funding becomes available to make it a reality, beginning with Kofoid in the car for the season’s initial events.

The groundwork for Kunz’s USAC Sprint Car comeback actually began last year. With the midget side of things being run successfully by a group of guys like Jarrett Martin, Beau Binder and Kaz Townsend, Kunz felt he didn’t have to be as hands-on. In turn, that provided him the opportunity to bring other disciplines back into the team for 2022.

“I had this vision of wanting to run some non-wing sprint car races again and chase the USAC National Sprint Car title; it’s one thing that I’ve never won,” Kunz explained. “Toward the end of last year, my thought going into the winter was to put something together for Daison (Pursley). My real plan was to get Daison’s feet wet in a sprint car with me this year until he got hurt.”

Pursley, one of the breakout drivers for KKM’s midget program in 2020 and 2021, suffered neck and spine injuries in an accident at Arizona Speedway last November. Kunz, along with team CEO Pete Willoughby, opted to continue onward with the plan, putting reigning USAC National Midget champion Kofoid in the seat.

“I’m excited for it,” Kofoid exclaimed. “I haven’t done a lot of non-wing sprint car racing, but the few that I have done over the past couple of years on the USAC National Sprint Car side, we’ve been pretty fast. It’s something I’ve rarely gotten to do, so that makes it really enjoyable. To do it with Keith, it will be really special because it’s been a while.”

Kofoid’s five appearances in a USAC National Sprint Car event have been exceptional with five top-tens and four finishes inside the top-five. In 2020, he finished 4th, 4th and 5th at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway for Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports. In 2021, he scored an 8th and a career-best 3rd for Chris Dyson Racing at Bubba Raceway Park.

Going into KKM’s Columbus, Ind. shop on a regular basis piqued Kofoid’s interest in multiple ways to go USAC Sprint Car racing, from the cars to the people.

“There’s a couple of those Bullet non-wing coil cars upstairs in the shop that we’ve all seen, and we’re thinking, ‘let’s put the Bullet together,’” Kofoid relayed. “But now we’ve got a brand-new Spike and it’s going to be a really nice car. It’s something I’m kind of familiar with when I ran for Reinbold-Underwood at Smackdown.”

KKM team manager Jay Drake remains the team’s all-time winningest USAC Sprint Car driver, totaling 13 victories for Kunz between 2000 and 2003, and another two under the Pete Willoughby banner in 2000.

“I see Jay Drake every day and he was one of the best non-wing sprint car drivers out there and won a lot for Keith and Pete,” Kofoid said. “It’ll be cool to be the next guy to get in their car, and hopefully we can knock off a win and see where it goes.”

Over the past two decades, nine drivers have won USAC National Sprint Car features for KKM: Jay Drake (13), Cory Kruseman (7), Cole Whitt (5), Bryan Clauson (3), Darren Hagen (2), Josh Wise (2), Henry Clarke (1), Marc Jessup (1) and Brian Tyler (1), and Kofoid fully intends to add his name to that list in the Sunshine State.

“We want to go to Florida and hit the first races and see what happens and I think we’ll go from there,” Kofoid said. “We want to, at least, be at the first points races, then make our game plan after that, and see what’s really doable.”

Kunz echoes those same sentiments, taking it one step at a time, with a big goal in mind.

“My ultimate goal is to run for the USAC National Sprint Car championship as a car owner and I didn’t want to miss out on the first races in Florida,” Kunz echoed. “Once we get through Florida, it will give us time for Buddy to finish working out his schedule and see what we can make with him. We just want to get through Florida and not miss anything and see where it takes us.”

Three straight nights of racing await at Bubba Raceway Park for the 2022 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season openers on February 17-18-19. Each night, the pits open at 4pm ET, with front gates opening at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm.

Each night, adult general admission tickets are $30 with kids age 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece.

A practice night for all event competitors will occur from 7-10pm ET on Wednesday night, February 16. Grandstand admission is free for practice. Pit passes are $20 apiece.

Each and every night of Winter Dirt Games XIII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.


 

 

WORKINGMAN:
BALLOU BLAZES HIS OWN TRAIL
INTO 2022 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 4, 2022)………Few individuals have done it in the manner Robert Ballou has throughout much of his racing career. And, the truth of the matter is, he doesn’t mind it being that way.

With 31 career feature wins in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competition, Ballou’s past 26 victories have come in a car owned and operated by the Madman himself, making him the winningest driver/owner in the history of the series, which dates back to 1956.

With a full USAC National Sprint Car schedule planned for the 2022 season, the Rocklin, Calif. native, who now resides in Tipton, Ind., is still operating like Sinatra said, doing it “his way.”

After picking up the first of his five career series victories for the MPHG Promotions team between 2007 and 2012, Ballou has seen both sides as a hired gun, and as a driver/owner. He explained some of the benefits of being your own boss, your own crew chief, and the intrinsic motivation that it requires to run your own team from top to bottom.

“I don’t have to worry about the opportunity to be fired,” Ballou noted about driving for himself. “Car owners are a unique breed and spend a lot of money to do what they do, and they expect results. There’s a little more peace of mind for myself knowing I always have a ride, plus I have more control of what’s going on as far as the parts on the car and the engines.

It’s stressful to do it on your own,” Ballou continued. “I’ve got to work 60 hours a week to try and make enough to get to the racetrack, and then you’ve got to have good enough stuff to beat those guys. But that brings gratification with it when you know you’ve gone to work all week and then come out and beat these guys. That’s some of the best satisfaction you can ever have.”

Ballou is a trucker by trade, and makes routine trips from state to state throughout the Midwest during the daylight hours all while chasing a full slate of USAC Sprint Car racing by night and finding those moments in between to prepare his racecars in the shop.

During the season openers at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. on February 17-18-19, Ballou has the opportunity to become just the seventh driver in series history to reach the 400 starts mark with the series, joining Dave Darland (785), Tracy Hines (484), Chris Windom (470), Jon Stanbrough (448), Tom Bigelow (447) and Brady Bacon (401). Ballou currently stands at 398 and has been driving his own car regularly on the tour dating back to the 2014 season.

The most recent season was Ballou’s most successful in a while, winning for the first time with USAC in three seasons, emerging ahead in a classic duel with Tyler Courtney during May at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. Ballou followed up in June with another score at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park en route to his second career Eastern Storm championship, his first crown in the mini-series since winning the USAC National Sprint Car driving title in 2015.

Those wins, and the satisfying feeling that comes along with standing in victory lane, are among the parts of the sports that never get old. Through the work and the grind, and the recovery from a serious neck injury in 2016 and a compound fracture of the arm in 2019, winning truly makes all the effort and time invested just that much sweeter.

“It’s one of those things you always wonder; you know that if you’ve done it before, you ought to be able to do it again; it’s all about getting your ducks in a row,” Ballou explained. “The USAC Sprint Car series is an unbelievable grind, and everyone puts forth their best effort whether it’s the guy wiping dirt off, mounting tires or making the setup decisions for any of these teams. To show you can do it again gives you a shot of B12 in the arm, if you will, showing that we can still do this and that we have good enough stuff, and that I’m not completely washed up yet. It does give you a shot of life.”

Winning is not taken lightly by Ballou, and he treasures those moments past, present and future that have led to a celebratory situation, and he ensures you to know that he’s got plenty left in the tank.

“It just goes to show you how tough the series is as a whole at the moment, which is great,” Ballou praised. “The sport of non-wing sprint car racing is in a great spot. To be able to win one is huge, and there’s guys who’ve gone their whole career without one. To look back and see how fortunate I’ve been to win as many as I’ve won at this point, it’s really remarkable.”

 


BUNDY’S BOY:
ETHAN MITCHELL CARRIES ON
FOR 2022 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Mooresville, North Carolina (February 3, 2022)………Ethan Mitchell remembers the day vividly.

December 1, 2021, just a handful of days removed from the conclusion of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season, his father, Bundy Built Motorsports’ patriarch Bundy Mitchell returned to the shop after a visit to the dentist that very morning.

Shortly thereafter, Bundy began to feel pain in his chest, and expressed his sudden ailment to an employee of his. Initially thinking he was just messing around, the situation soon became a serious matter. A drive to the hospital followed, and moments after walking into the building, all the signs were clear, Bundy was having a heart attack.

Immediately, the medical team went to work, placing a stent in his leg, which worked momentarily, and a shock from a defibrillator was delivered in order to restore a normal heartbeat. Shortly after, the stent clotted, and Bundy went into cardiac arrest. An estimated 15-20 shocks were applied to Bundy, which brought him back for a second time.

Since that point in time, the struggle for Bundy has been real as he deals with the ongoing aftereffects from that day that forced him onto a ventilator for over a month while he lay in a medically induced coma. When he came to, Bundy had no recollection of the amount of time that had passed.

After nearly two months in the hospital, Bundy was recently released to begin rehabilitation. Now 50 pounds lighter, Bundy continues to make great daily strides, putting in the work to regain his strength and return to the Bundy that is known and loved across USAC pit areas, a place, in time, he’ll make his return to.

“He’s kind of just dealing with his body right now,” Ethan explained. “With the battle scars and wounds he has, it’s just going to take time.”

That makes the start of the 2022 USAC season quite different for Ethan, the 20-year-old driver who hails from Mooresville, N.C. Usually working on the car and traveling up-and-down the road with his father by his side, Ethan will be there to race without his guidance when the time arrives to begin with the season openers on February 11-12 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. along with all the USAC national points races throughout year.

However, Ethan has already indicated he will be absent for the (non-points) race in March at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. That way, he can maximize the time he can spend with his dad and tend to his needs while he’s on the mend.

“That’ll give me another month and a half to get situated,” Ethan said. “If my dad needs re-learning how to walk, building a railing for his house, really anything, I would like to be near him and help him out.”

The family business is racing engines. From dirt bikes to micro sprints to midgets, that’s the name of the game for the Mitchells. But less than a decade ago, Ethan embarked on his own racing career, following in the steps of his father who initially made his name on two wheels.

Ethan lived with his mother in Tennessee at the time when his father was making the cross country move from California to North Carolina. Ethan stayed the summers with his dad, then got started behind the wheel of an outlaw kart at nearby Millbridge Speedway. After that, Ethan never left North Carolina and, a couple years later, Ethan’s mom also made the move to the Tar Heel State.

After outlaw karts came the purchase of a modified. However, after Ethan tested a midget for family friend Steve Reynolds – who his dad knew through building engines while Ethan drove Reynolds’ outlaw kart on occasion – Ethan knew the course he and his dad wanted to take moving forward.

“I came back down to North Carolina and told dad, ‘I think I want to sell the modified and go midget racing. I think this is more up my alley and something I’d rather do than race a modified.’”

The modified was promptly sold and a midget chassis was purchased from Reynolds. And, after weeks of research, the Mitchells decided to go with an engine style outside the norm of midget racing, but very familiar to themselves. Bundy went with the Honda K24 platform due to his familiarity with the setup while building dirt bike engines.

Being self-starters and all, the Mitchells made theirs a Bundy Built, plugging one of their own Honda engines in it to help minimize their costs and bring it all in-house.

Ethan has been staying on top of it throughout the winter, keeping the midget operation together while his father recuperates, and admitted to growing pains with the car with the lighter motor, much different from the setup of other teams. The setup has seen success in qualifying with fast times in each of the past four seasons with USAC but has encountered struggles when the track surface gets slick, which they attempted to remedy with weight distribution to the left side of the car, which began by leaning the engine at a 45-degree angle before bringing it back to “straight up and down,” noting that they need to get equal before they can get ahead of the competition.

Although, a top-three run in April of 2021 at Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway took the cake for Ethan and Bundy Built’s finest performance with the series thus far, gaining respect and attention from fans along with his fellow competitors in the pit area.

“We haven’t given up on it,” Ethan emphatically stated. “We’ve come this far and, trust me, we’ve thought about quitting on it a few times with how many times we’ve blown up. But it’s part of any engine development, I’d say. We’re doing what we can and getting there little by little.”

Those little-by-little adjustments include making wholesale changes on the car, which got it going in the right direction during January’s Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, providing him more insight and a newfound confidence entering his fifth season on the USAC tour.

“Everybody says that first win is the hardest, then after that, it comes a little bit easier; I don’t know if that’s true or not,” Ethan admitted. “First off, we’ve got to mark that first win off the list to even be in contention for a second and third. The goal is to be more consistent and to put a string of top-fives and top-tens together. If we can consistently get there, we’re one step away at that point from being in victory lane.”

Ethan Mitchell and the Bundy Built Motorsports No. 19m will begin the full 37-race series schedule begins on February 11-12 with the season opening Winter Dirt Games XIII at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

 


NEW FORMAT UNVEILED FOR
WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT FINALE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 3, 2022)………The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of Winter Dirt Games XIII will take on a different look for its $10,000-to-win Saturday night, Feb. 19, finale at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Over the first two nights of USAC Sprint Car events at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track on Feb. 17-18, total points will be calculated, which will “lock-in” the top-five in total combined points into Saturday night’s feature event.

The program for the USAC Sprints on Saturday night will have no qualifying, and will instead consist of three qualifying races, each 10 laps in length, lined up “straight-up” based on points from the first two nights. The lineup will snake with 6th overall in points on the pole of the first qualifying race, 7th in points on the pole for the second qualifying race and 8th in points on the pole for the third qualifying race, and so on.

The top-four finishers from each qualifying race will transfer to the feature. Those finishing 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th in each qualifying race will be placed into the semi-feature. Those finishing 10th on back in each qualifying race will be placed into a 10-lap C-Main, if needed, where the top-3 finishers will transfer to the semi-feature and occupy the final three starting positions of that race.

The winning drivers of each qualifying race will transfer into a dash with the top-5 locked in drivers. Starting positions for the dash will be drawn for with the qualifying race winners selecting first when they stop for their winner’s interview, followed by the lock-ins. Positions 1 and 2 on the front row for the feature will only be available in the draw to the five drivers previously locked in. The finish of the 8-car, 4-lap dash will determine the first 4 rows of the feature.

The top-5 finishers from the 12-lap semi-feature will transfer into the night’s feature, filling the final five positions in the feature starting lineup.

Saturday’s feature will consist of 22 cars (not counting up to two provisionals) and 35 laps, as determined by the finishing order of the dash – 1st place finisher starts 1st, 2nd place finisher starts 2nd and so on. Thursday and Friday night feature races will be 30 laps in length.

If Thursday’s or Friday’s events are canceled, Saturday night’s event will retain the standard format.

Winter Dirt Games XIII begins with the 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers on Feb. 11-12 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night will precede the festivities on Feb. 10.

The second half of WDG brings on the beginning of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season Feb. 17-18-19 at Bubba Raceway Park. A practice night on Feb. 16 for the series precedes three consecutive full nights of racing.

On race days, pits open at 4pm ET, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Race day tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.
For practice nights, on track action runs from 7-10pm ET. Grandstand admission is free for practice while pit passes are $20 apiece.

All nights of Winter Dirt Games XIII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY POINTS BREAKDOWN:

On the first two nights, 100 points goes to the fastest qualifier each night, decreasing by one-point throughout the remainder of the field.

For heats, the winner will receive 60 points, with each position decreasing by 4 points throughout the balance of the field.

In the D-Main (if needed), transfers will not receive points. Non-transfers from positions five on back will receive points, starting with 25 for the fifth-place finisher and decreasing by 1 on back through the rest of the field.

In the C-Main (if needed), transfers will not receive points. Non-transfers from positions four on back will receive points, starting with 60 for the fifth-place finisher and decreasing by 2 on back through the rest of the field.

The semi-feature will once again have no points for the top-six transfers. The seventh place finisher will earn 90 points with each position decreasing by 2 points throughout the pack.

For the feature, 200 points goes to the winner and decreases by 5 points throughout the top-five. For positions 6-10, the points will decrease by 4 for each starting with 176 for 6th. From the 11th place finisher on back, the points will decrease by 3 for each position, starting with 157 for 11th.


 

QUAL    HEAT     D           C            B            A
100        60           -             -             -             200
99          56           -             -             -             195
98          52           -             -             -             190
97          48           -             -             -             185
96          44           25          60          -             180
95          40           24          58          -             176
94          36           23          56          90          172
93          32           22          54          88          168
92          28           21          52          86          164
91          24           20          50          84          160
90          20           19          48          82          157
89          16           18          46          80          154
88          12           17          44          78          151
87          8             16          42          76          148
86          4             15          40          74          145
85                         14          38          72          142
84                         13          36          70          139
83                         12          34          68          136
82                         11          32          66          133
81                         10          30          64          130
80                                                     62          127
79                                                     60          124
78                                                                   121
77                                                                   118

 


THE SOPHOMORE:
KANSAN WIEDEMAN GOES ALL-IN WITH KKM FOR 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Colby, Kansas (February 2, 2022)………On a cool northwestern Kansas afternoon, Bryant Wiedeman’s school has called the day off due to a major snowstorm that rolled into the city of a little more than 5,000.

There’s time to catch up on reading, writing and arithmetic assignments, but the Colby High School sophomore has also spent his time off dreaming of racecars on this Groundhog Day.

Just one week before heading to sunshine and the state of Florida where he’ll begin his first full season of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship competition for the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team, the 16-year-old driver reflects on a season of firsts, and his aspirations of more firsts in the season to come.

His 2021 campaign included 34 USAC starts with three top-fives, eight top-tens and even a fast qualifying time at Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway on his way to an admirable 12th place finish in the standings, also doubling up his first full year of midget racing exploits as the POWRi champion where he also added three feature victories.

It was a year in which Weideman learned lot about car control, about knowing where to put the car on the racetrack and how best to hit your marks – the fundamentals of the sport that he feels has him prepared to make a stronger case coming into the next year of his midget racing career.

“Some of it was definitely trial and error,” Weideman acknowledges. “At first, I was maybe driving a little bit over my head, trying to figure out things quicker than I needed to. Then, I began to slow my thought process down, and gradually let the race come to me as time went on.”

Admittedly, there were ups and downs on his USAC stat sheet in 2021 as he notched an early season top-five at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, a midseason top-five at his home state track of Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kan., then topped all of his other performances with an impressive run on the second night at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway where he led his first two laps and finished a career-best third, a result that occurred due to a change in his approach to aggressiveness from the start in February to the end of the year in November.

“At first, I was kind of following along in line with some of the bigger names, just trying to keep up with them,” Wiedeman recalled. “But, as time went along, I could see myself catching up to race with them and battling for position rather than just finishing where I started. By the end, I was making moves and was able to race with the big guns of USAC.”

Seeing firsthand his teammate Buddy Kofoid win the 2021 championship, and witnessing teammate Daison Pursley score a pair of victories, can put pressure on a young driver to perform and perform fairly quickly. Wiedeman is fully aware of that part of the equation, but, on the other hand, he relishes the opportunity to compete with a team of its caliber, a team that owns 122 career USAC National Midget wins (2nd all-time) and 11 entrant championships (1st all-time).

“It’s a lot to look forward to knowing you’re behind such a great team that has the capability to win races like that,” Wiedeman said. “While it can be a nerve wracking thing racing with this level of team, it’s also a great thing for me knowing I have the opportunity to be in such a great situation.”

Wiedeman had a bit of a different racing upbringing than many in the sport. He’s a first-generation driver whose parents were fans of the sport and only became involved following a chance opportunity to attend a friend’s kart race. Both Bryant and his dad were immediately hooked, and from there, the desire to compete became too strong of an appetite not to devour.

A young Bryant competed for seven years in karts, which led to multiple seasons of micro sprints, but he soon began to turn his attention toward midgets. After attending the Chili Bowl a few times, a love affair began.

“It really caught my eye,” Wiedeman exclaimed about midget racing. “I really loved it and I couldn’t resist it.”

The biggest thing for Wiedeman, outside of his gained experience behind the wheel of a midget, is that he will be experiencing several of the racetracks on the schedule for a second, third or even fourth time this season, which will certainly aid in his progress to success as he continues to gain more seat time and familiarity.

“Last year was pretty much my first time at every track I went to, but I’ve been to most of these tracks now,” Wiedeman said. “I’m really looking forward to this year, and I’m hoping to pick off a few wins the 2022 season and move up into the top-five of the standings.”

Wiedeman’s will begin the full 37-race series schedule begins on February 11-12 with the season opening Winter Dirt Games XIII at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

DAMION GARDNER MAKES STATEMENT AT COCOPAH
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 1, 2022... After the checkered flags waved last Saturday night at Cocopah Speedway (Yuma, AZ), “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) served notice that he wants his tenth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #1 Performance Online.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner won all three nights of the season opening tripleheader and heads to Thunderbowl Raceway (Tulare, CA) with a 37-point advantage.

Gardner opened the Thursday night program by breaking former Alexander teammate Nic Faas’ 2013 track record with a time of 16.295 over the 27-car roster. For “The Demon,” that effort marked the 100th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of his career. The following night, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) had his eighth career fast time with a 16.660 over the 25-car field. On Saturday, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) established a new track record of 16.213 at Cocopah Speedway and earned the sixth fast time award of his career with 22 cars in attendance.

In heat race action, Gardner raced to victory all three nights at the fast 3/8-mile oval. Other drivers to claim their 10-lap events were “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ), “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm (Corona, CA), Matt McCarthy (Riverside, CA), “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA), and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams. Dustin Cormany (Surprise, AZ) won his Saturday night heat race using an iron block 360 engine.

While the Thursday night main event had several flips, Danny Parrish took the #21K Cory Kruseman Sprint Car and Midget Driving School entry to hard charger honors with thirteenth place run from twenty-second. Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, CA) blazed from twenty-second to tenth in Friday’s non-stop feature and “Sugar” Shane Sexton (Warner Springs, CA) was the Saturday hard charger after racing to eleventh from eighteenth.

Leaving Cocopah, Damion Gardner sits atop the standings over Charles Davis Jr., Brody Roa, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), Austin Williams, Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, CA), Tommy Malcolm, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ), Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA), and Matt Mitchell. Leading rookie contender, Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, CA) is currently twelfth in the point chase.

The USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are will return to action for two nights in the Central Valley of California. On Friday, March 4th, the series will battle at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare. The following night, the traditional 410s will clash at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. The USAC Western States Midgets will join the action packed card on both shows.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.com, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laser X Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, and Extreme Mufflers for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Series Director Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 27 FEATURE: (30 laps, with Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6), 2. Austin Williams (4), 3. Ricky Lewis (3), 4. Brody Roa (7), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 6. Logan Williams (9), 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 8. Chris Gansen (12), 9. Mike Martin (14), 10. Verne Sweeney (16), 11. Nate Schank (19), 12. Dustin Burkhart (17), 13. Danny Parrish (22), 14. Shane Sexton (21), 15. Austin Grabowski (15), 16. Travis Buckley (20), 17. Jess Beckett (23), 18. Ikaika O’Brien (18), 19. Tommy Malcolm (1), 20. Matt Mitchell (8), 21. Cody Williams (2), 22. Matt McCarthy (10), 23. Austin Ervine (25), 24. Stevie Sussex (5), 25. J.J. Yeley (24). NT.
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**Cling flipped on lap 5 of the third heat. McCarthy flipped on lap 15 of the feature. Mitchell flipped on lap 18 of the feature. O’Brien flipped on lap 22 of the feature. Sexton flipped on lap 28 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Lewis, Laps 4-6 C.Williams, Laps 7-30 Gardner
HARD CHARGER: Danny Parrish (22nd to 13th)
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 28 FEATURE: (30 laps, with Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (2), 2. Tommy Malcolm (1), 3. Chase Johnson (3), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 5. Cody Williams (4), 6. Brody Roa (10), 7. Logan Williams (9), 8. Austin Williams (6), 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (8), 10. Matt Mitchell (22), 11. Mike Martin (16), 12. Verne Sweeney (13), 13. Nate Schank (19), 14. Chris Gansen (11), 15. Matt McCarthy (14), 16. Dustin Cormany (12), 17. Travis Buckley (20), 18. Dustin Burkhart (15), 19. Danny Parrish (18), 20. Jess Beckett (21), 21.Shane Sexton (25), 22. Jonas Reynolds (17), 23. Ricky Lewis (7), 24. J.J. Yeley (24). NT.
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**Lewis flipped on lap 2 of the first heat. Ervine did not start feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Malcolm, Laps 15-30 Gardner.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Matt Mitchell (22nd to 10th)
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 29 FEATURE: (30 laps, with Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6), 2. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (1), 3. Matt Mitchell (4), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 5. Brody Roa (7), 6. Tommy Malcolm (9), 7. Logan Williams (8), 8. Chris Gansen (11), 9. Dustin Cormany (14), 10. Mike Martin (12), 11. Shane Sexton (18), 12. Verne Sweeney (15), 13. Nate Schank (17), 14. Matt McCarthy (13), 15. Danny Parrish (20), 16. Chase Johnson (2), 17. Jess Beckett (21), 18. Jonas Reynolds (19), 19. Austin Williams (3), 20. Ricky Lewis (10). NT.
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**Johnson flipped on lap 16 of the feature. Buckley did not start the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Johnson, Laps 3-30 Gardner.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Shane Sexton (18th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-246, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-209, 3. Brody Roa-195, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-181, 5. Austin Williams-173, 6. Logan Williams-172, 7. Tommy Malcolm-166, 8. Mike Martin-147, 9. Chris Gansen-145, 10. Matt Mitchell-139, 11. Verne Sweeney-136, 12. Nate Schank ®-127, 13. Ricky Lewis-126, 14. Chase Johnson-119, 15. Cody Williams-118, 16. Matt McCarthy-106, ---. Shane Sexton-106, 18. Danny Parrish-102, 19. Dustin Cormany-89, 20. Jess Beckett-87, 21. Travis Buckley-75, 22. Dustin Burkhart-74, 23. Jonas Reynolds-57, 24. J.J. Yeley-47, 25. Austin Grabowski-40, 26. Austin Ervine-37, 27. Stevie Sussex-35, 28. Ikaika O'Brien-29, 29. Sterling Cling-13.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
February 19: Longshadow Ranch & Winery – Temecula, CA (2021 USAC/CRA Awards Banquet)
March 4: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
March 5: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
March 19: TBA
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (So Cal Showdown)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial)
July 2: TBA
July 8: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
July 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
August 6: TBA
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: TBA
September 3: TBA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: TBA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: TBA
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 1: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 28: *TBA (Western World Championships)
October 29: *TBA (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

TRIPLE THREAT:
SEAVEY GOES FULL-TIME IN ALL 3
USAC NATIONAL SERIES FOR 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 1, 2022)………When you become the first driver in the history of USAC National racing to win all three dirt finales in a season, odds are you have a bit of momentum on your side moving into the new year.

Logan Seavey has exactly that as he plans a full assault on all 99 USAC National events throughout 2022 as a Triple Crown contender for the USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget championships.

Also riding the wave of momentum alongside the Sutter, Calif. driver is the fact that he returns to all three of the same rides in the coming year, in the Rice Motorsports No. 222 Silver Crown car, the Baldwin-Fox Racing No. 5 Sprint Car and the Tom Malloy No. 25 Midget.

The same teams bring the same plans and the same outlooks – to win races and compete for championships, and that’s just what Seavey intends to do in the new year and brings along with it the unheralded joys of returning to the same seats for another year.

“I’m just excited I won’t have to mount any new seats this year,” Seavey said with a laugh. “I’m small, so I’ve got to get all these different spacers, drill all these holes. It’s simple for the bigger guys, they just mount the seat as far back as they can. For me, I’ve got to be able to reach the steering wheel and whatnot. I don’t have to mount any new seats and I get to work with the same group of people pretty much for all three classes.”

Seavey has already experienced a pair of USAC National championship celebrations in his career, in two different manners. In 2018, he became just the third Rookie driver ever to capture the USAC National Midget driving title. In 2021, his performances netted him the runner-up position in the USAC Silver Crown driver standings, but it was good enough to earn his Rice Motorsports team the series entrant championship.

He realizes the sacrifices it requires to earn a championship at this level – to have the right teams, the right equipment and the right people. Seavey feels he has that. But, with that, he knows it’s a challenging task to take on, but it a challenge he’s game for.

“It’s hard as it ever is to win one, let alone two or three,” Seavey acknowledged. “There’s been a big extra payout put up this year, so we’re all trying to win at least a couple championships and pick up that extra money.”

Seavey’s referring to the USAC Triple Crown payout, which would provide a driver with a $300,000 prize for winning all three series titles in a single season, or $150,000 for capturing two of the three championships.

Thus far, to win all three, it’s a contest between Seavey and Justin Grant, who earlier announced his intentions to compete full-time in all three divisions in 2022. Seavey likes his chances of being able to compete up front after finishing inside the top-10 of the final standings for all three series a year ago.

This year will mark Seavey’s first full attempt at a USAC National Sprint Car championship. That was the initial plan in 2020 before a midseason midget injury sidelined him for several weeks, forcing him to miss a substantial chunk of the schedule in June and July. This past year served as Seavey’s best season yet with the series, finishing 10th in the standings after joining Baldwin-Fox a quarter of the way into the season in May and starting just 29 of the 43 events, tripling his career win total from two to six, highlighted by a three-race winning streak during July’s Indiana Sprint Week.

With Malloy’s midget, Seavey sparked the combo’s first win together during Indiana Midget Week in June at Lawrenceburg Speedway, then finished with a bang by collecting the victory in the 80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway to conclude the year, a huge win for the all-California team in their home state, and serving as a huge boon going into next season after Seavey felt they were really good at the end of the year, but pretty solid throughout and continually getting better.

Seavey received the full Silver Crown experience in 2021, starting all 10 events and scoring two victories, both on the dirt, at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway and Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. He obtained his first foray on the pavement in the Silver Crown series which was, admittedly, a learning process that the team has gathered their info and data from, and recalibrated for an ever stronger run in 2022, a season which they hope results in an outright championship.

His theme for the Silver Crown races is practically the theme for the season – no holding back. It was in those close, near-win misses with the Silver Crown cars where Seavey discovered he’d been saving a little too much throughout the distance. The first two races he ran in 2020 were tire conservation events, giving Seavey a false sense of how to properly navigate a long distance race. Finding that edge is the key, along with doing everything in their power to keep pace with six-time and defending champion Kody Swanson on the pavement, Seavey intends to push even harder to find that edge.

“It seemed like every race last year, I saved too much tire,” Seavey recalled of his Silver Crown campaign. “I realized I wasn’t running hard enough, but that’s part of the learning process. You can think you’re running hard and not hurting your tire or you can think you’re saving you’re tire, but you’re actually hurting it a lot. That’s just something that experience brings. Every race I learned a little bit more and more and I realized that I was overthinking it which I feel lost me a couple races because of that. I think it’s going to be all about pushing a harder moving forward.”

Seavey’s season begins with the Winter Dirt Games XIII USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers on February 11-12 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. The following week, at the same venue, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars are on the prowl at Ocala for three nights on February 17-18-19. The USAC Silver Crown season opener takes place on May 1 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.


 

RONK & STUEBGEN NAMED NEW PROMOTERS AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (January 31, 2022)………Scott Ronk and Bernie Stuebgen will serve as the co-promoters of Indiana’s lone half-mile dirt track, the Terre Haute Action Track, starting with the 2022 racing season.

Ronk and Stuebgen have both been event promoters, car owners and business owners over the past several years. Kokomo, Indiana’s Ronk owns Chalk Stix and Schroeder Torsion Bars while Stuebgen owns Indy Race Parts, all names familiar in dirt track racing circles.

But it was the chance to promote one of the most famed dirt tracks in the world, an opportunity that was impossible to pass up.

“John Fitzpatrick from the Wabash Valley Fair Association reached out to me and told me they were wanting to go in a different direction, and he asked if we would be interested,” Stuebgen recalled. “I reached out to Scott, and he said, ‘hell yeah, we’re doing it.’”

Among the improvements slated to be implemented in time for the start of this season is a tiered guardrail set up on each end of the famed racetrack, similar to the outer retaining guardrail currently seen at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway and Minnesota’s Jackson Motorplex.

“There are a lot of projects that have to be done in a short amount of time,” Stuebgen admitted. “But the guardrail is obviously a very big deal; the number one priority is to get rid of the concrete blocks on each end of the racetrack and put tiered guardrail in at each end of the racetrack.”

Also on tap are restroom and concession stand updates. In fact, 2015 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Robert Ballou, a two-time Terre Haute USAC Sprint winner who works for Ronk during the week, recently attended an auction to help purchase kitchen equipment needed for the concession stand upgrades.

Kokomo Speedway’s Reece O’Connor has been tabbed as the right hand man by Ronk and Stuebgen to prepare the track surface at the Terre Haute Action Track, a role he had previously undertaken during the early part of the 2010s. Track equipment such as water trucks, graders and tractors have already been purchased for track preparations.

The Terre Haute Action Track is an iconic figure in the dirt track racing world, hosting a combined 248 USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget events since the year of USAC’s inception in 1956. Among his long-term ideals, Stuebgen lists the resurrection of the Hut 100 as one of his ambitions in the years to come.

Stuebgen sees the Terre Haute Action Track as an icon in the present and the future. Despite growing up in Pennsylvania, he was keenly aware of the place from an early age via television, and his first in-person visit evoked even stronger emotions. The Terre Haute Action Track is truly special.

“I think it’s really neat,” Stuebgen stated. “I had heard of Terre Haute as a kid, and I remember ABC Wide World of Sports showing sprint car races there on TV way back in the day and the track was always a part of their commercials. I moved to Indiana in 1996 and I got to go there for the first time for a USAC Sprint show, and as I watched the cars go down the back straightaway, I knew this place was cool. This place is what everybody said it was.”

Four USAC national events are on the docket for the 2022 season at the Terre Haute Action Track. THAT kicks off the USAC Silver Crown season on Sunday night, May 1 with the 19th running of the Sumar Classic. Terre Haute is also one of eight tracks on the Indiana Sprint Week slate in 2022, hosting its round on Wednesday night, July 27.

The 52nd annual Tony Hulman Classic is the longest-tenured race on the series’ schedule, dating back to 1971. The event has moved to the weekend for the upcoming season and has now doubled in size, going from one night to two on Friday and Saturday night, May 20-21, where it will now occupy two boxes on the calendar, with the second of two nights now paying $10,000-to-win at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

 


NO COMPLACENCY:
BACON SHOOTS FOR USAC 3-PEAT IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 31, 2022)………Although it’s not the be-all, end-all for his personal drive and will to succeed, simply put, Brady Bacon is on the brink of history in 2022.

The back-to-back series titlist from Broken Arrow, Okla., who rose to the top of the charts in both 2020 and 2021, is pursuing a third-straight crown in the coming year, something which has only been accomplished by three other individuals in 66 years of competition.

Steve Butler was the first to three-peat with successive USAC National Sprint Car trophies in 1986-87-88 followed by Robbie Stanley in 1991-92-93 and Levi Jones in 2009-10-11.

Speaking of Levi, he stands at the top of the heap in all-time USAC National Sprint Car championships with five in total, also adding a couple at the front end of his career in both 2005 and 2007.

Bacon currently stands at four career titles, and one more would ascend him to the forefront alongside Jones in that category as the king of championships with the series.

Gazing into the horizon at the possibility of title number five, and the notion of immortality that accompanies it within the record books, may be the sole charge of a driver’s reason to compete. However, Bacon sees it as a sidebar of an incredible ongoing career entering his 17th year of USAC competition. When it comes right down to it for Bacon, it’s getting the chance to live and fulfill a dream he had when he was just getting going in the sport. Right now, he’s in a place he never could’ve imagined all those years ago.

“When you’re young getting things started, you’re just racing to do it, just trying to survive and stay involved, basically, trying to make things happen year-to-year to be able to make a living,” Bacon reflected. “My goal has always been to just make a living driving racecars. Fortunately, we’ve been able to do that up to this point, with a lot of success along the way and some championships to go along with it. I think we still have a pretty good recipe to get some more. Our program is very consistent, which lends itself to winning multiple championships, it seems.”

Bacon’s consistency is paramount to his success. In fact, his 36 top-fives and 41 top-tens in 43 feature starts on the 2021 trail was the most in series history, breaking records that had both been held by Sheldon Kinser for the past 44 years (1977).

The performances turned in by Bacon in 2021 also include a pair of heroic runs after two devastating accidents that would’ve derailed a night, a weekend, and possibly a month or a year, for many. Instead, he, along with crewmen Matt Hummel and D.J. Lebow, dusted themselves off and got right back to it, and had another car ready to go finish inside the top-five in the feature each time.

When others may freefall through the field on an “off night,” or struggle mightily when mechanical issues or incidents occur, Bacon and the Dynamics, Inc. team remain right in the thick of the hunt, up front, night-after-night. The calm, cool and collected 32-year-old’s personality, and the team surrounding him, is the rudder that steers the ship, and has done so for four series titles in 2014-16-20-21.

“It’s a combination of a lot of things,” Bacon relayed. “My personality is set to just keep plugging away and do the best I can to fix any problems that may arise. It definitely helps that I have team members who buy into that same philosophy and have been with me for several years now; everyone’s on the same page.”

While Bacon takes a humble appreciation of the numbers he’s put up over the years – his 40 wins rank 8th all-time and his 43 fast qualifying times sit 4th on the sheet – they don’t define him. Bacon remains adamant he should’ve won more than the five series victories he posted a year ago, displaying the fire and desire that still burn greatly within.

Seemingly, with his operation winning races and championships on a consistent basis, Bacon isn’t content to rest at this moment. His hunger is never fully satisfied. He’s got more work to do.

“That might be a dangerous place to put yourself to think you have everything where you want it,” Bacon cautioned. “We definitely try not to be complacent; we try to keep getting better all the time.”

The quest for a third-straight USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and a record-tying fifth career series title begins on February 17-18-19 for Winter Dirt Games XIII at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., a place he’s won at in 2014, 2015 and twice in 2020.


AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

January 29, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.213 (New Track Record); 2. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.284; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.394; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.430; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.483; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.533; 7. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.589; 8. Chase Johnson, 2Y, Yeley-16.601; 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.615; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.635; 11. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-16.711; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.922; 13. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.035; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.050; 15. Dustin Cormany, 29, Holloway-17.198; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.264; 17. Travis Buckley, 21X, Kruseman-17.531; 18. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-17.668; 19. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-17.729; 20. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-17.805; 21. Danny Parrish, 21K, Kruseman-18.092; 22. Jess Beckett, 10, Powers-18.382.

FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Sweeney, 3. Davis, 4. Martin, 5. Sexton, 6. Beckett, 7. C.Williams, 8. L.Williams. NT.

BILLSJERKY.COM SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Johnson, 3. Mitchell, 4. McCarthy, 5. Reynolds, 6. Lewis, 7. Buckley. NT.

LASERXMFG THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cormany, 2. A.Williams, 3. Gansen, 4.Tafoya, 5. Schank, 6. Parrish, 7. Roa. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6), 2. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (1), 3. Matt Mitchell (4), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 5. Brody Roa (7), 6. Tommy Malcolm (9), 7. Logan Williams (8), 8. Chris Gansen (11), 9. Dustin Cormany (14), 10. Mike Martin (12), 11. Shane Sexton (18), 12. Verne Sweeney (15), 13. Nate Schank (17), 14. Matt McCarthy (13), 15. Danny Parrish (20), 16. Chase Johnson (2), 17. Jess Beckett (21), 18. Jonas Reynolds (19), 19. Austin Williams (3), 20. Ricky Lewis (10). NT.
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**Johnson flipped on lap 16 of the feature. Buckley did not start the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Johnson, Laps 3-30 Gardner.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Shane Sexton (18th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-246, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-209, 3-Brody Roa-195, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-181, 5-Austin Williams-173, 6-Logan Williams-172, 7-Tommy Malcolm-166, 8-Mike Martin-147, 9-Chris Gansen-145, 10. Matt Mitchell-139.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: March 4 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California


AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

January 28, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.660; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.687; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.708; 4. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-16.726; 5. Chase Johnson, 2Y, Yeley-16.773; 6. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.878; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.921; 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.985; 9. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-17.015; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.130; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.195; 12. Dustin Cormany, 29, Holloway-17.273; 13. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.387; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.421; 15. Dustin Burkhart, 22AZ, Burkhart-17.519; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.601; 17. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-17.606; 18. Danny Parrish, 21K, Kruseman-17.652; 19. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-17.855; 20. Travis Buckley, 21X, Kruseman-18.217; 21. Jess Beckett, 10, Powers-22.987; 22. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-NT: 23. Austin Ervine, 21, A.J.-NT; 24. J.J. Yeley, 2J, Yeley-NT; 25. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Martin. 3. A.Williams, 4. Malcolm, 5. Sweeney, 6. Schank, 7. Lewis. NT.

BILLSJERKY.COM SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Davis, 3. Tafoya, 4. Johnson, 5. Gansen, 6. Reynolds, 7. Buckley. 2:59.65.

LASERXMFG THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. C.Williams, 3. L.Williams, 4. Burkhart, 5. Cormany, 6. Parrish, 7. Beckett. 3:01.34

FEATURE: (30 laps, with Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (2), 2. Tommy Malcolm (1), 3. Chase Johnson (3), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 5. Cody Williams (4), 6. Brody Roa (10), 7. Logan Williams (9), 8. Austin Williams (6), 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (8), 10. Matt Mitchell (22), 11. Mike Martin (16), 12. Verne Sweeney (13), 13. Nate Schank (19), 14. Chris Gansen (11), 15. Matt McCarthy (14), 16. Dustin Cormany (12), 17. Travis Buckley (20), 18. Dustin Burkhart (15), 19. Danny Parrish (18), 20. Jess Beckett (21), 21.Shane Sexton (25), 22. Jonas Reynolds (17), 23. Ricky Lewis (7), 24. J.J. Yeley (24). NT.
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**Lewis flipped on lap 2 of the first heat. Ervine did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Malcolm, Laps 15-30 Gardner.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Matt Mitchell (22nd to 10th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-163, 2-Austin Williams-140, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-139, 4- Brody Roa-131, 5-Logan Williams-119, 6-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-109, 7-Tommy Malcolm-103, 8-Cody Williams-100, -Ricky Lewis-100, 10-Mike Martin-99.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: January 29 – Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, Arizona


 


AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

January 27, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.295 (New Track Record); 2. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Grau-16.419; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.492; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.589; 5. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-16.632; 6. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.641; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.647; 8. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.688; 9. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.704; 10. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.813; 11. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.828; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.881; 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.009; 14. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.036; 15. Chase Johnson, 2Y, Yeley-17.065; 16. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.088; 17. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.112; 18. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.119; 19. Dustin Burkhart, 22AZ, Burkhart-17.341; 20. Ikaika O’Brien, 11O, O’Brien-17.742; 21. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-17.807; 22. Travis Buckley, 21X, Kruseman-17.905; 23. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.232; 24. Danny Parrish, 21K, Kruseman-18.348; 25. Jess Beckett, 10, Powers-18.752; 26. J.J. Yeley, 2J, Yeley-NT; 27. Austin Ervine, 21, A.J.-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Grabowski, 3. Malcolm, 4. Tafoya, 5. Roa, 6. Burkhart, 7. McCarthy, 8. Buckley, 9. Beckett. NT.

BILLSJERKY.COM SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Sussex, 3. Lewis, 4. Martin, 5. Sweeney, 6. Sexton, 7. O’Brien, 8. Mitchell, 9. Yeley. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. C.Williams, 3. L.Williams, 4. Schank, 5. Ervine, 6. Cling, 7. Gansen, 8. Parrish. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6), 2. Austin Williams (4), 3. Ricky Lewis (3), 4. Brody Roa (7), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 6. Logan Williams (9), 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 8. Chris Gansen (12), 9. Mike Martin (14), 10. Verne Sweeney (16), 11. Nate Schank (19), 12. Dustin Burkhart (17), 13. Danny Parrish (22), 14. Shane Sexton (21), 15. Austin Grabowski (15), 16. Travis Buckley (20), 17. Jess Beckett (23), 18. Ikaika O’Brien (18), 19. Tommy Malcolm (1), 20. Matt Mitchell (8), 21. Cody Williams (2), 22. Matt McCarthy (10), 23. Austin Ervine (25), 24. Stevie Sussex (5), 25. J.J. Yeley (24). NT.
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**Cling flipped on lap 5 of the third heat. McCarthy flipped on lap 15 of the feature. Mitchell flipped on lap 18 of the feature. O’Brien flpped on lap 22 of the feature. Sexton flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Lewis, Laps 4-6 C.Williams, Laps 7-30 Gardner
HARD CHARGER: Danny Parrish (22nd to 13th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-84, 2-Austin Williams-79, 3-Ricky Lewis-72, 4-Brody Roa-68, 5-Charles Davis Jr.-66, 6-Logan Williams-61, 7-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-57, 8-Chris Gansen-51, -Mike Martin-51, Verne Sweeney-47.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: January 28 – Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, Arizona

 

SOONER THE BETTER:
REIMER GOES FULL-TIME WITH KUNZ
FOR 2022 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Columbus, Indiana (January 27, 2022)………After joining Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports midway through her Rookie season in 2021, Taylor Reimer is all-in for a full season of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing for the team in 2022.

Currently in her Senior capstone course at the University of Oklahoma and preparing to graduate this spring with a major in Health & Exercise Science and a minor in Business, Reimer has taken a circuitous route to becoming a regular on the series tour.

Her father raced a wide variety of machinery in his day from jet skis to drag cars to micros, so when the time came for then six-year-old Taylor to take the leap and begin her own racing career in the mid-2000s, she took the chance and began her racing career, as so many Oklahoma racers do, on the highly competitive micro sprint ranks at Port City Raceway in her native Tulsa.

By the age of 14, Reimer had racked up enough wins to become the winningest female driver in the history of the 1/8-mile dirt oval. The next step, or so it seemed, was to continue climbing the ladder in her racing endeavors. However, with so many interests outside of racing and so little time allotted to do it all, racing was put on the shelf for the time being.

Throughout high school and continuing through college, Reimer actively pursued her academics and cheerleading with gusto all while the racing world carried on in her personal rearview mirror. Looking back on it all now, Reimer regrets giving up racing during that period of time, however, as it turned out, in that half-a-decade-plus span of time, the racing bug never completely abandoned her.

A couple years back, Reimer came to Port City just to sit in the stands and take in the racing activities as a spectator. USAC National Midget series regulars, driver Cannon McIntosh and team owner Dave McIntosh, were in attendance with their car that night when they saw Taylor and offered her a shot to get back in the seat of midget and take some laps, just for fun.

When the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, and with college courses now being held online and restrictions keeping her from cheerleading activities at University of Oklahoma’s sporting events, that free time Reimer could never seem to find in recent years was now available.

When the opportunity to race with the Dave Mac Motorsports team came about, she jumped at the chance, with no regrets, ultimately making her debut with USAC at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park in February 2021, missing the feature on opening night, but returned on Monday evening by winning her heat and making her first feature appearance.

With all that time away from the wheel and getting acclimated to a completely new discipline, Reimer admitted to enduring a quite large learning curve that required her to adjust to the car on the fly, and on top of it, just getting settled and back into the swing of things.

“Jumping into the midget was a huge challenge, just because of the huge difference in horsepower,” Reimer said. “Just trying to figure out what worked best for myself and the team, it was a bit of a struggle as it was just trying to get back into racing again. Gaining that seat time is mainly what I needed, just getting comfortable in the car.”

After making two starts with Dave Mac, Reimer got a shot at competing with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports in August for the five-race eastern swing, which saw her break into the top-10 for the first time, twice, with an eighth at Pennsylvania’s Action Track USA and a 10th at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway.

With a record 11 career USAC National Midget entrant titles and 122 feature victories, Reimer knows full well the weight that the Columbus, Ind. based team carries and what an opportunity she has to showcase her ability in the coming year on a full-time basis.

“I’m super grateful to run for them,” Reimer said. “Everything they do is top-level with their maintenance, and also how they take care of their drivers. Beau (Binder) is my crew chief and he’s one of the best crew chiefs I’ve had. He helps me on and off the track, giving me pointers and makes sure that I’m comfortable in the car, which was a huge thing for me. Their stats show they’ve had so much success. They make sure I have what I need to be successful, and I think that started to show over the last couple of months, especially during the western swing.”

During the latter stages of the western swing with USAC in November 2021, at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway, Reimer became the sixth woman to record a fast qualifying time with the series. She earned a solid ninth place finish in that night’s feature, then was part of history in the season finale at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway where she qualified second alongside teammate Kaylee Bryson to form the first ever all-woman front row in USAC history, then equaled her career best finish of eighth mere hours later.

Leaving the past year with her own bit of history gives Reimer the confidence to make even more history in 2022 by becoming the first woman to win a USAC national feature event. Her current pinned tweet on her personal Twitter page simply reads, “I will win a midget race in 2022.”

Reimer’s pursuit of history and the full 37-race series schedule begins on February 11-12 with the season opening Winter Dirt Games XIII at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

 

 

BODINE GOES FULL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR RACING WITH DCT IN 2022

Rossville, Indiana (January 27, 2022)………Cole Bodine will take on the full, 51-race USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour in 2022 with DCT Racing as the team expands its operation to compete on the full trail for the first time.

The team will field two sprint cars with Cole Bodine tabbed to drive the No. 57B and select development drivers in the No. 57c throughout the campaign.

For its first event of 2022, DCT will compete in Winter Dirt Games XIII at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. on February 17-18-19 with 23-year-old Rossville, Indiana’s Bodine along with 16-year-old Jack Hoyer.

Bodine, a veteran of 17 career USAC National Sprint Cars and coming off a 19th place finish in the standings one year ago, will be making his return to the series while Frankfort, Indiana’s Hoyer will be making his first appearance in a USAC national event.

Created by Lynn Crow and Kevin Bodine in June of 2019 to provide top-quality and sustainable operations and equipment for 410 non-winged sprint car racing, DCT Racing brings with them race day organization and preparedness, as well as business and financial experience to optimize ROI for sponsors, drivers and the entire racing team.

Today, Lynn and Kevin’s passion for racing has found them dedicating a great portion of time to helping young, aspiring drivers fulfill their racing dreams. Lynn and Kevin’s favorite part of being in the racing industry is working with talented drivers and helping them further their racing careers, such as Bodine and Hoyer.

“We are extremely excited for this opportunity to grow and be a part of sprint car racing’s biggest series,” team co-owner Lynn Crow said. “When co-owner Kevin Bodine and I looked at building a team, we had one goal – to build a quality team that could compete at the highest level. Today, we feel like we have the pieces in place to do that. We are also grateful that with good sponsors, we have the opportunity to field a second car that will open the door for new talent and other drivers looking for a team to race with.”

 

BUILDING THE BOOK:
LEARY & MICHAEL TEAM
FOR 2ND USAC SPRINT SEASON IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 26, 2022)………In several instances throughout C.J. Leary’s career, he’s found himself in a new situation with new digs, a new car, new engine, a new program and a full assortment of itinerary to decode in the brief “offseason.”

Entering his 11th full year on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship trail, Leary has found the comfort of home in more ways than one with his return to the Michael Motorsports team once again for the 2022 journey.

Despite car owner Bill Michael making his official home in Chino Valley, Ariz., the physical shop the team operates out of is located right in Leary’s backyard, relatively speaking, in Greenfield, Ind., a newly-built space at the beginning of last year, which provides the 25-year-old Leary with an all-access pass to practically come-and-go to the shop any time as he dials in his race cars alongside Charlie, his trusted pure breed English Black Lab.

With everything from top to bottom new in 2021, this coming year provides a bit of solace for Leary with the fact that he can now take his mind off constructing and pondering about the myriad of unknowns such as he did last season as opposed to concentrating on fine-tuning and improving in preparation for this season’s series openers on February 17-18-19 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., a place he won at in 2019.

“It takes a lot of stress off at this point in the year where, last year, Bill and I were new to each other; we were extremely busy trying to get stuff done in time for Florida, which was going on all the way up until when we left,” Leary recalled. “There were new cars, new motors and just a lot of unknowns going into a new deal like that.”

With a year under the belt, the focus shifts to other aspects of the machine. After a five-win season in which the team finished fifth in the 2021 standings, Leary knows there’s still work to do. After all, this is their passion; this is their way of life; and there’s no sense of relaxation until it’s mission accomplished, especially when you eat, sleep and breathe racecars like this pairing does.

“After racing with Bill, we have a lot better understanding of who each other are,” Leary explained. “We had success last year and, through this past winter, we’ve had time to work on some stuff that we didn’t know we needed to work on. I’ve always said that when you go racing, it typically takes a good two years to get a solid shot at accomplishing what you’ve set out to do, although 2019 was a little out of the ordinary.”

Leary reached the pinnacle three seasons ago as the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National driving champion. He was also the 2012 series Rookie of the Year and, last April at Pennsylvania’s BAPS Motor Speedway, he provided the first victory for a Ford engine in the series since 2011.

The blue oval is back under the hood again this season, and through its ups and downs, provided Leary with a whole new set of experiences he believes pay dividends this year with even more power and even more success coming to the table in the coming year.

“It’s a night and day difference from anything I’ve ever driven,” Leary noted. “When we got deep into the season, I felt like we were lacking in areas, and I had to get used to driving it a little bit. I think we hit on things the last five races during the west coast swing that can help the drivability of the engine. It’s not so much that I can feel it, but the stopwatch showed a definite improvement. We feel the changes we’ve made throughout the winter have made it better and we should come out of the gate swinging instead of trying to learn like we did last year.”

Leary has an innate knowledge of the car at this point of the career, and one aspect he cites as a godsend is his formation of an in-house shock program – Leary Shock Technology.

It’s a foundation of know-how from both sides of the team that he links back to both his father, Chuck, the 1993 USAC National Midget & 1995 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, as well as USAC Triple Crown champion Tracy Hines, who drove to his first career USAC feature victory in 1996 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway while wheeling a midget for the Leary family.

These particular words struck a chord with young C.J. - “if you’re going to be a racecar driver, you’re going to have to learn how to work on these things.” C.J. took that to heart all those years ago and still applies them to everything he does today. Leary fully appreciates his ability to diagnose and fix a racecar inside and out, which has developed him into the driver he is today.

“I’ve gotten to race with a lot of really good car owners and crew chiefs, and I feel that the pure knowledge and the building of the notebook over the last 10 years has been the biggest things that has helped me,” Leary stated. “Ten years of learning is a lot, and I’m really hands on. Having that notebook about the things that worked on the car and the things that didn’t work on the car has been huge.”

Being able to know those aspects in and out is a matter that Leary highly invests in that will never go out of style and goes hand-in-hand with what he desires to accomplish behind the wheel of a racecar in the now and in the future.

“I enjoy the innovation of racing and I think there’s a lot of innovation in sprint car racing left to go,” Leary said. “At the end of the day, if I mess something up setup wise, there’s no one to blame but myself. I’m already hard enough on myself and I don’t want there to be a finger pointed in any direction. Bill and I go to have fun and enjoy it, but it’s a professional race team and we want the best results possible. I think I can supply us with those results with the wheel and the setup stuff too.”


 

MISSION POSSIBLE: BUDDY KOFOID AIMS TO DEFEND USAC MIDGET TITLE IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Columbus, Indiana (January 25, 2022)………“What’s better than one? Two of ‘em!”

Buddy Kofoid made his intentions clear as he embarks on defending his USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship throne in 2022 and sets his sights on the season’s 37-race schedule aboard the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports No. 67.

The Penngrove, Calif. native claimed the series championship in 2021 on the strength of six victories that were punctuated with a memorable evening, standing on the stage to accept his championship reward. It’s a feeling he’s aiming to replicate when the curtain closes on the 2022 campaign.

“I know how special my first one was and it’s kind of hard to beat that feeling,” Kofoid admitted. “But somebody mentioned to me that not too many people have gone back-to-back, and it’s been a long time since it’s happened. I feel like we have a chance to make that happen and we’re in a good position to do that. It would prove how strong we are and that KKM is the top team for a reason. I feel like that would cement myself in the record books of USAC.”

Eleven previous drivers have won the USAC National Midget championship in consecutive years. Three, Shorty Templeman (1956-57-58), Jimmy Davies (1960-61-62) and Jason Leffler (1997-98-99), are the lone individuals to three-peat.

Eight others have accomplished what Kofoid is keen on pulling off – back-to-back titles. Those include Mike McGreevy (1965-66), Mel Kenyon (1967-68), Sleepy Tripp (1975-76), Stevie Reeves (1992-93), Tony Stewart (1994-95), Dave Darland (2001-02), Jerry Coons Jr. (2006-07) and the most recent to do so, Bryan Clauson (2010-11).

With one championship in the book and ambitions of another on the horizon, Kofoid sees little difference in his personal approach entering the season, claiming that since they know they can do it once, they can do it again.

“I don’t want to say winning the championship last year takes the pressure off, that’s because I put pressure on myself, and when I have a goal, I want to do it,” Kofoid explained. “It’s a similar mindset really; do the best we can, win the championship and win some crown jewel races.”

After bagging a few jewels over the past couple of seasons, including the Western World Championships final night feature and the Indiana Midget Week title, there are several items on the checklist Kofoid would like to mark off on his journey this year that just barely slipped through his fingers.

“I’d love to win the 4-Crown Nationals; Turkey Night would be awesome; and Angell Park is a special one,” Kofoid reeled off. “I finished second at every long race last year between 98 and 100 laps, so now, I’d just like to be one spot better at Placerville, Huset’s and Ventura.”

Kofoid’s back, his hunger is strong, and he’s got his right hand man, 2021 USAC National Chief Mechanic of the Year Jarrett Martin, turning the wrenches. A stone cold, solid core is the backbone of the long-running string of success Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports has attained to record an all-time best 11 entrant titles with the series.

“For the whole team and I, we pretty much have the same core group of guys,” Kofoid noted. “We’re going to stick to the same package we’ve used the last couple of years. I’ve got the same crew chief, and I think that’s a great thing for us. We know that it works for us and Keith (Kunz) and (team owner/CEO) Pete (Willoughby) have put their trust and belief in us. We believe it’s the best group of guys for us.”

Kofoid and team began last season in victory lane during the season opener at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. It’s where the series begins in 2022 on February 11-12 at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track and it’s where the hopes, goals and dreams of a season commence, and the beginning of already envisioning where he’ll be standing a little more than 10 months from today.

“My goal is to be the last person on the stage to be announced at the banquet, and we did that last year,” Kofoid points out. “Hopefully, we can just do it again, and I think we can.”

 

DROP THE HAMMA:
CHET CHRISTNER RETURNS AS THE VOICE OF USAC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 24, 2022)………Chet Christner will return to announcing duties as the play-by-play voice for all 99 USAC National events throughout the 2022 season on FloRacing.

Christner previously announced a high majority of USAC events between the 2017-18 seasons and returns to the fold in the coming year, a role that he considers as a homecoming.

“I’m extremely excited,” Christner said. “I’ve always been a huge fan of USAC and, in my opinion, it’s the most exciting racing on dirt. There’s a lot of good racers and there’s a lot of good people surrounding USAC. For me, it’s a lot like coming home. It’s a style of racing I love and it’s a style of racing I love to announce.”

Christner’s talents are diverse. In recent weeks, he served as the play-by-play announcer for the World Championship Snowmobile Derby at the Ice Oval in Wisconsin, and has been employed as the announcer at such venues as Las Vegas Motor Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill.

The former middle school teacher also knows the ins and outs of a racing broadcast and will be looking to implement his technical expertise to add to the quality of the presentation at each USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget event.

“I just want to help out with the broadcast, make it easier for the people doing the broadcast, add some elements to the broadcast that we don’t have and just be more involved because USAC is such a big part of FloRacing,” Christner stated. “We want to see it succeed. There’s a huge audience out there right now that is watching these races and we just want to make it the best product possible.”

Christner will be joined by producer Devan Burckley and will feature reporting from both Kristy Bemmes and Drake York throughout the year. In addition, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Pat Sullivan will join Christner for a two-man announcing team at all the USAC Silver Crown events, plus some of the premier Midget and Sprint Car races during the year, such as the BC39 and the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals.

The 2022 USAC National racing season officially begins on February 11-12 with NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing at the Winter Dirt Games XIII openers at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS OPEN 2022 SEASON WITH TRIPLEHEADER AT YUMA
By Lance Jennings

JANUARY 22, 2022... The cars and stars of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will open the 2022 season with a special tripleheader at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona. Promoted by Brad Whitfield, the January 27 (Thursday), 28 (Friday), and 29 (Saturday) events will mark USAC/CRA’s return to the 3/8-mile oval since April 2013. The action packed card will also showcase the IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Stock Cars, and IMCA Sport Compacts. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, the spectator gates open at 4:00pm, hotlaps at 6:00pm, followed by time trials and racing. For more information, visit the track’s website at racecocopahspeedway.com or call 602.292.7607.

For those that cannot be at the races, a live stream will be broadcast locally by speedsport.tv over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- Protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- MUFFLERS: MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED at Cocopah Speedway.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- TIRES / FUEL: Tires and fuel will be available at the race track. Gordie's Speed Center will supply tires at the track and call ahead to place your order at 928-782-4744. The Hoosier HTW Right Rear Tires have been discontinued.
- PURSE: All three nights will pay a standard USAC/CRA purse.

Since June 12, 2012, Cocopah Speedway has held three (3) AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and two drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner has two wins and Brody Roa has one triumph. Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 16.451 on April 19, 2013 and the complete series win list at Yuma is at the end of this release.

Cocopah Speedway (formerly known as Yuma Speedway) has also showcased the original California Racing Association (CRA) and Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) traditional 410 sprint cars. On March 6, 1998, "The Gasman" Richard Griffin drove Ron Chaffin's car to victory with SCRA. In 1992, CRA hosted a TNN televised event on March 7th and "The Tempe Tornado" Lealand McSpadden won in a Frank Lewis entry. On November 7th of that same year, Mike Kirby claimed victory driving for Danny Pivovaroff. On September 29, 1989, "The Flying Shoe" Ron Shuman won the 30-lap main event in the famed Morales "Tamale Wagon."

After earning his ninth championship, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) is back at the helm of Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike. Gardner closed out his championship run with six feature wins, eight Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 125 feature laps led. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has eighty-nine series wins and will be looking to start another title run with victories at Yuma.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) finished second in the championship point standings. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa had two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, sixteen top-10 finishes and 59 feature laps led in the campaign. With ten career victories, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion will have his sights on sweeping the Yuma tripleheader.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Corona, CA) ranked third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams posted two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes and 72 feature laps led to his credit. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year will be looking for the twelfth victory of his career at Cocopah Speedway.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) scored fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Cam 2 Blue Blood Oil Maxim, Gansen had one heat race victory, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and 9 feature laps led on the season. Chris will have his sights on earning his first USAC/CRA triumph at Yuma.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Norco, CA) placed fifth in the series point chase. Racing his #44 Trench Shoring / CRW Designs and Machining DRC, Williams posted three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2010 Victorville Sprint Car Champion will be looking for the second USAC/CRA win of his career at Cocopah.

Austin Grabowksi (Riverside, CA) earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2021. Piloting his #72 Grabowski Speed Shop / Mustang Motel Eagle, Grabowski ran fifteenth in points on the strength of one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and three top-10 finishes on the season. Austin will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA main event win at Yuma.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Verne Sweeney, Logan Williams, Matt McCarthy, A.J. Bender, Matt Mitchell, R.J. Johnson, “Sugar” Shane Sexton, Austin Ervine, and more.

Cocopah Speedway is located at 3450 West County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street. Adult tickets are $20, Senior/Military tickets are $18, and Kids (11 & Under) are FREE. Pit Passes are $35. For more information, visit racecocopahspeedway.com or call 602.292.7607.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact USAC/CRA Director Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Damion Gardner, 2-Max Adams, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Carson Short, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Ryan Timmons.

YUMA AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Nic Faas – 16.451 (04/19/13)

YUMA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 1-Brody Roa.

YUMA NON-WINGED 410 SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS:
09/29/89: Ron Shuman - Alex Morales Inc. #2 (CRA)
03/07/92: Lealand McSpadden - Frank Lewis #91 (CRA)
11/07/92: Mike Kirby - Danny Pivovaroff #59 (CRA)
03/06/98: Richard Griffin - Ron Chaffin #50 (SCRA)
06/02/12: Brody Roa - BR Performance #91R (USAC/CRA)
04/19/13: Damion Gardner - Mark Alexander #4A (USAC/CRA)
04/20/13: Damion Gardner - Mark Alexander #4A (USAC/CRA

FINAL 2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1352, 2. Brody Roa-1314, 3. Austin Williams-1183, 4. Chris Gansen-1036, 5. Cody Williams-993, 6. Charles Davis Jr.-941, 7. Tommy Malcolm-929, 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-708, 9. Verne Sweeney-676, 10. Logan Williams-605, 11. Matt McCarthy-590, 12. A.J. Bender-589, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-521, 14. Matt Mitchell-519, 15. Austin Grabowski ®-492, 16. Stevie Sussex-474, 17. Chase Johnson-406, 18. R.J. Johnson-386, 19. C.J. Leary-357, 20. Brady Bacon-354.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
February 19: Longshadow Ranch & Winery – Temecula, CA (2021 USAC/CRA Awards Banquet)
March 4: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
March 5: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
March 19: TBA
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (So Cal Showdown)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial)
July 2: TBA
July 8: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
July 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
August 6: TBA
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: TBA
September 3: TBA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: TBA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: TBA
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 1: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 28: *TBA (Western World Championships)
October 29: *TBA (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.


 

 

GRANT EYES USAC TRIPLE CROWN
& 300K BONUS IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 20, 2022)………One year after setting an all-time record by starting all 93 USAC National feature events, Justin Grant is at it again with a busy 2022 in the plans to compete in all 99 scheduled events between Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition.

The Ione, Calif. drive will gun for the coveted USAC Triple Crown in the new year as he takes on 51 USAC National Sprint Car events in the TOPP Motorsports No. 4, all 37 USAC National Midget showdowns in the RMS Racing No. 2J and the full 11-race slate in the Hemelgarn Racing No. 91 USAC Silver Crown car.

Grant returns to all three of the same teams for the 2022 campaign following a successful 2021 season in which he finished third in all three USAC National series. He also completed a season in which he scored a total of 12 USAC National feature victories, tied for most in the series alongside Tanner Thorson.

JG’s presence at the forefront of USAC competition was evidenced by the fact that he was one of just three drivers to win races in all three divisions in 2021, as did Logan Seavey and Tyler Courtney.

The perennial success is a long way from the humble beginnings Grant lived after venturing to the Midwest, then onto the National scene, more than a decade ago as he fought his way tooth-and-nail up the ranks to become one of the premier drivers of today.

The footprint he’s traveled is one he hasn’t forgotten.

“At one point, at best, I was hoping I might get to drive a sprint car at some point,” Grant recalled. “Then, I kind of found my way into some rides and thought, ‘man, it’d sure be cool to make a USAC race at some point.’ Then, we made a couple USAC races, and I started thinking, ‘man, it would be pretty cool to win a USAC race. Then, we were able to end up doing that. It kept progressing into new situations with different cars and different teams.”

Drivers are nomadic by nature and are prone to migrate to find the perfect combination. It’s part of the game for many. However, Grant has found a home with all three teams he competes for and brings a rare air of continuity that so many seek but have not found. Grant has that right now.

“I never imagined I’d be where I am now,” Grant admitted. “But I’m so fortunate to have not only the opportunities I have currently, but also the opportunities that got me to this point. I’ve had a lot of things work out timing wise that narrowly could have not happened, and I’m just really fortunate.”

In addition to the adulation and importance of winning three USAC national championships in a single season are the rewards that go along with it.

Any driver who can capture all three USAC National driving championships in 2022 – Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget – will earn a staggering $300,000 with the inclusion of their base payout.

Any driver who can score two of the three titles in 2022, that’ll put $150,000 in their pocket at season’s end.

After collecting the 2020 USAC Silver Crown driving title, Grant is hungry for more as he looks to grab hold of a unique opportunity to join an elite crew of drivers that have won all three USAC national championships in one season: Tony Stewart (1995) and J.J. Yeley (2013).

Count on JG to be among those who have the best shot at accomplishing the feat in the coming year.

Grant’s season begins with the Winter Dirt Games XIII USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers on February 11-12 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. The following week, at the same venue, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars are on prowl at Ocala for three nights on February 17-18-19. The USAC Silver Crown season opener takes place on May 1 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

 

 

RICH HART, WINNING USAC MIDGET & SILVER CROWN OWNER, PASSES AT 86

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana………Rich Hart, the Glendale, Calif. car owner who counted victories in USAC Silver Crown, National Midgets and Western States Midgets among his greatest triumphs during the 1990s, passed away on December 30, 2021. He was 86 years old.

The majority of Hart’s successes came with Robby Flock at the wheel of his red number 24 midget, co-owned by Rich’s wife, Carol. Together, Flock and Hart captured the 1993 USAC Western States Midget driver and entrant championships.

The tandem of driver and team won a total of 11 USAC Western States Midget features, 10 with Flock between 1992 and 1997, and the final one with Bryan Stanfill in 2000.

Hart’s success translated to the USAC National series as well where Flock and the team won on three occasions. The first came in the season closer of 1992 with a score in the co-sanctioned USAC National and Western States A-Main at Imperial Valley Raceway in El Centro, Calif.

Their biggest triumph together came during the 1996 running of the Belleville (Kan.) Midget Nationals, the first under USAC sanction. They’d win once more on the USAC National Midget trail, traveling all the way to the Hoosier State to win on the baseball diamond converted paved racetrack of New Castle, Indiana’s Mount Lawn Speedway in 1997.

Hart’s car was also a regular on the USAC Silver Crown tour, making 47 starts between 1994 and 1999 with drivers Flock, Brad Noffsinger, Brian Tyler and Wally Pankratz. Flock found success early with the team, winning a pair of pole awards in 1996 at Indianapolis (Ind.) Raceway Park and at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

The team’s greatest USAC Silver Crown season came in 1998 when newly-hired gun Brian Tyler earned a last-lap victory in the season opener at Orlando, Florida’s Walt Disney World Speedway. The team led the points entering the final race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., but suffered a myriad of mechanical issues that relegated them back to second in the points in the final tally, just 16 behind champion Jason Leffler.

Hart notched three consecutive seasons of top-ten USAC Silver Crown points finishes in the late-1990s, taking 6th in 1996, 9th in 1997 and a best of 2nd in 1998.


 

 

99 USAC NATIONAL POINTS RACES
SET TO GO IN 2022!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 17, 2022)………If you miss going racing, I feel bad for you son. We’ve got 99 races, but you can’t pick just one.

USAC’s 2022 schedule includes a total of 99 points races between the Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, plus an additional seven events that are special, one-off non-points races.

The total combined tally for the year is a schedule of 51 sprint, 37 midget and 11 Silver Crown events, making it the third busiest season in the club’s history dating back to the advent of the Silver Crown series in 1971, if all events go to plan.

A record 103 USAC National events were contested during the 1977 season with 96 taking place in 1971. Ninety-three races were held during the 2021 campaign, the most in a season in 44 years.

COMBINED 2022 USAC NATIONAL SCHEDULE:

Feb 11: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | National Midget

Feb 12: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | National Midget

Feb 17: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | National Sprint

Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | National Sprint

Feb 19: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | National Sprint

Mar 11: Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL | Shamrock Classic | Midget Non-Points Special Event

Mar 12: Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL | Shamrock Classic | Midget Non-Points Special Event

Mar 26: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Open-Wheel Opening Day | Midget Non-Points Special Event

Apr 2: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | National Sprint

Apr 8: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | National Midget

Apr 9: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | National Midget

Apr 16: Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, OH | National Sprint

Apr 22: Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK | T-Town Midget Showdown | National Midget

Apr 23: Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK | T-Town Midget Showdown | National Midget

Apr 29: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Larry Rice Classic | National Sprint

Apr 30: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Spring Showdown | National Sprint

May 1: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Sumar Classic | Silver Crown

May 6: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | National Sprint

May 7: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | National Sprint

May 12: Lakeside Speedway | Kansas City, KS | National Sprint

May 13: U.S. 36 Raceway | Osborn, MO | National Sprint

May 14: I-70 Motorsports Park | Odessa, MO | National Sprint

May 20: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | National Sprint

May 21: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Tony Hulman Classic | National Sprint

May 25: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Week of Indy | National Sprint

May 26: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Week of Indy | National Sprint

May 27: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Carb Night Classic | Midget Non-Points Special Event

May 27: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Carb Night Classic | Silver Crown

Jun 2: Tri-City Speedway | Granite City, IL | National Midget

Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Midget Week | National Midget

Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Midget Week | National Midget

Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Midget Week | National Midget

Jun 8: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Midget Week | National Midget

Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Midget Week | National Midget

Jun 10: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Midget Week | National Midget

Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Midget Week | National Midget

Jun 14: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA | Eastern Storm / Jesse Hockett Classic | National Sprint

Jun 15: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ | Eastern Storm | National Sprint

Jun 16: Selinsgrove Speedway | Selinsgrove, PA | Eastern Storm | National Sprint

Jun 17: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA | Eastern Storm | National Sprint

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Eastern Storm | National Sprint

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Silver Crown

Jun 19: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA | Eastern Storm | National Sprint

Jun 24: Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Dairyland 100 | Silver Crown

Jun 25: Wilmot Raceway | Wilmot, WI | National Sprint

Jun 26: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | National Sprint

Jun 30: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming | Midget Non-Points Special Event

Jun 30: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | USAC Silver Crown Shootout | Silver Crown Non-Points Special Event

Jul 1: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | National Sprint

Jul 2: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | National Sprint

Jul 8: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals | National Midget

Jul 8: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals | National Sprint

Jul 9: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals | National Midget

Jul 9: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals | National Sprint

Jul 10: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals | National Midget

Jul 10: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals | National Sprint

Jul 12: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | Tuesday Night Thunder | National Midget

Jul 13: Solomon Valley Raceway | Beloit, KS | Chad McDaniel Memorial | National Midget

Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | National Midget

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | National Midget

Jul 21: Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic | Silver Crown

Jul 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | National Sprint

Jul 23: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | National Sprint

Jul 24: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | National Sprint

Jul 25: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | National Sprint

Jul 27: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Don Smith Classic | National Sprint

Jul 28: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | National Sprint

Jul 29: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial | National Sprint

Jul 30: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | National Sprint

Aug 6: Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic | Silver Crown

Aug 19: World Wide Technology Raceway | Madison, IL | Silver Crown

Aug 20: Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100 | Silver Crown

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | National Sprint

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | National Sprint

Aug 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | National Sprint

Sep 3: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100 | Silver Crown

Sep 4: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen's Nationals | National Midget

Sep 9: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO | John Hinck Championship | National Midget

Sep 10: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO | John Hinck Championship | National Midget

Sep 16: TBA | National Sprint

Sep 17: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Haubstadt Hustler | National Sprint

Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | National Midget

Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | National Sprint

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | BeFour The Crowns | National Midget

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | National Sprint

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | National Midget

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | Silver Crown

Sep 30: TBA | National Sprint

Oct 1: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals | National Sprint

Oct 7: Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, IL | Jason Leffler Memorial | National Midget

Oct 8: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Harvest Cup | National Midget

Oct 22: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Open-Wheel Championship Saturday | Midget Non-Points Special Event

Oct 22: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Open-Wheel Championship Saturday | Silver Crown

Oct 28: TBA | National Sprint

Oct 29: TBA | National Sprint

Nov 3: Perris Auto Speedway | Perris, CA | Oval Nationals | National Sprint

Nov 4: Perris Auto Speedway | Perris, CA | Oval Nationals | National Sprint

Nov 5: Perris Auto Speedway | Perris, CA | Oval Nationals | National Sprint

Nov 15: Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA | November Classic | National Midget

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | National Midget

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | National Midget

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | National Midget

Nov 22: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness | National Midget

Nov 23: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness | National Midget

Nov 26: Ventura Raceway | Ventura, CA | Turkey Night Grand Prix | National Midget

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | National Midget

 

 

6-TIME USAC WINNER KEVIN HUNTLEY PASSES AWAY AT 56

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 8, 2022)………Kevin Huntley, a six-time USAC National feature winning driver across three decades in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, passed away in his sleep overnight on January 8, 2022. He was 56 years old.

Affectionately known as “The Pup,” Huntley began his sprint car racing career on the bullrings near his Bloomington, Ind. home with a sprint car purchased with the help of his father, Rex, and three-time USAC National Sprint Car champion Sheldon Kinser.

In 1985, Huntley made his USAC National Sprint Car debut, finishing 19th at Paragon Speedway. He captured his first career sprint car victory on the local level during the 1986 season at Bloomington Speedway, and ultimately capped off the successful campaign with dual track championships at both Bloomington and at southeastern Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Branching out the following season, Huntley took on the USAC National Sprint Car series in 1987, winning his first series event for car owner Terry Winterbotham at Oregon, Wisconsin’s Impact Speedway en route to a career-best 4th place finish in the championship standings. He’d follow up in 1988 with a 9th place result in the final points.

Nearly a full decade later, Huntley scored his second career USAC National Sprint Car win, this time for team owner Dennis Stone at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, the half-mile dirt oval in which we won five of his six career USAC features at. He’d win twice more in USAC competition at Eldora in 1997, both for car owner Rick Daugherty, during a June matinee Sprint show, and for his first and only career Silver Crown score in September’s 4-Crown Nationals.

In 2004, Huntley earned the most lucrative triumph of his USAC Sprint Car career, fending off none other than Sammy Swindell to pocket $50,000 in the Mopar Thunder at Eldora for car owner Dan Roberts. Huntley and Roberts teamed up once again in 2005 to snare his final career USAC Sprint victory, in June of that season at Eldora.

He made 34 starts in his USAC Silver Crown career between 1992 and 2008, while his USAC National Sprint Car career spanned from 1985-2008, before stepping away to devote his main focus on his growing excavation, composting and recycling businesses.

Huntley, however, was not completely absent from the driver’s seat in the following years, and returned to Bloomington in 2015 to win a RaceSaver 305 Sprint Car feature, promptly retiring in victory lane at the venue where he won his first career feature at 30 years prior.

His 44 career All Star Circuit of Champions victories rank 9th all-time. He also notched two championships with the ASCoC in 1992 and 1993, the latter of which resulted in a rare tie in the final standings with rival Frankie Kerr.


 


SILVER CROWN’S CHIEF:
COCKRUM TO CHASE USAC TITLE IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 3, 2022)………For the first time in his career, Shane Cockrum will chase a USAC Silver Crown championship in 2022.

The Benton, Ill. native, and fire chief for the city by trade, owns 47 career series starts since 2011, but just three of them have occurred on pavement. Now, the four-time Silver Crown race winner is prepared to run the whole 11-race deal on dirt and pavement in the coming year in the BLS Motorsports No. 71, with five dirt races and six on pavement on the docket.

The dirt has been his been Cockrum’s playground in the series, winning the Ted Horn 100 on back-to-back occasions at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in 2014-15, the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 2015, and the Williams Grove 100 at the Mechanicsburg, Pa. dirt oval in 2021.

The 2021 victory also came in Cockrum’s first career start for the brand-new BLS team, and the instant success on the tour’s dirt tracks gave the team confidence to expand their operation to the entire schedule in the new year.

“We knew that it would be a process,” Cockrum admitted. “We have some experienced team members, but we had a new team, so getting them to jell and get good results quickly is sometimes easier said than done. Fortunately, on the dirt side of things, we were pleasantly surprised it came around as fast as it did, which opened this thing up and allowed us to venture into the races that it’s going to take to win a championship.”

Of course, he’s speaking of the pavement tracks, which make up more than half the Silver Crown schedule in 2022. Cockrum’s previous series starts on asphalt have all come at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., finishing 17th in 2014 and in 9th and 17th in 2016 for Hardy Boys Motorsports. These were moments in time Cockrum chalks up to pure learning experiences, the notes of which he’ll apply toward this venture.

“We got our feet wet in the pavement deal a few years ago and, honestly, we learned what we didn’t know,” Cockrum explained. “So, we’ve kind of had some time to prepare and change some things to where we can contend without one operation taking from the other. Obviously, it’s the same team for both (surfaces), but sometimes you can hurt your dirt program and help your pavement program when you’re a strong dirt team, and vice versa. Getting all those little issues worked out and understanding each program, I think that’s what’s going to help us be more successful than we have been in the past.”

Cockrum’s pavement experience is relatively limited, estimating just and handful of Kenyon Midget appearances to go along with the three Silver Crown starts, and a few others in a variety of vehicles. However, Cockrum feels that his style of driving lends itself to forthcoming success on both surfaces.

“I wouldn’t say my pavement experience is extensive by any means,” Cockrum acknowledges. “The pavement car really fits my smooth and straight driving style, so I’ve got my fingers crossed, but I certainly hope my style translates and we can battle the Swansons for some wins.”

Despite his role as primarily a sole dirt competitor throughout the majority of his career, Cockrum has still positioned himself within the top echelon of drivers in the year-end Silver Crown standings. He earned a career-best 5th place finish in 2015 and has finished 8th in 2014 as well as in each of the past two seasons in 2020 and 2021.

One thing Cockrum hasn’t had weighing on his mind in previous seasons is points racing. But he’s been there before in championship fights, winning three sprint car track championships at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway in 2016, 2018 and 2019. However, as a full season Silver Crown competitor now, Cockrum fully intends to retain his modus operandi of qualifying well, winning races, and letting the rest take care of itself.

“I think I’m going to try to take an in-between approach,” Cockrum laid out. “I’m just going to try to win races and hope the points will follow. In any series I’ve ever been a part of, our mind set has been to go win races, and if we do that, everything else will take care of itself.”

In the meantime, the ever-busy Cockrum will compete in several USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events for team owner Shane Wade. Among the events earmarked for the team in 2022 are June’s Eastern Storm, July’s Indiana Sprint Week and the Western trip in November. His first foray in the car with USAC will come February 17-18-19 at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park.

The new USAC Silver Crown season for Cockrum and his Maxim/Kistler dirt car begins on the dirt at Terre Haute on May 1. The pavement beckons on May 27 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Ind.

 

TYLER THE MENTOR
GOES FULL-TIME WITH USAC SILVER CROWN IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 3, 2022)………Brian Tyler’s three decades of USAC Silver Crown experience have seen him rise the ranks into becoming one of the series’ all-time greats.

With experience – especially winning experience – comes knowledge. The Parma, Mich. native, whose 201 career Silver Crown starts are tied for the most all-time, doesn’t skimp on parting with some of that knowledge to his team, to his crew and to those on his side aiding him to victory lane.

However, these days, Tyler also relishes his role as a mentor to his fellow competitors despite full-well knowing that those on the listening end are the same individuals trying to defeat him.

Tyler, who made his series debut in 1990, remembers where he came from, how it felt to be in those same Nomex shoes as a young racer, and how he dealt with those early years with the help of someone like himself, a role he now finds himself in, as that of a wise racing sage.

“I was the kid one day who ran wide open and then was beaten on experience by the old guy. Now, it’s my turn to do that,” the 54-year-old Tyler said. “I enjoy talking to these kids and giving them advice. If they ask me a question, I straight up give them the best answer I can because I had an older guy do that for me when I was coming up. People ask me why I do that when I’ve got to race against them. I’m at the end of my career and they’re beginning theirs. If I pass this information on to them, hopefully it’ll save them a little bit on the learning curve. All I expect of them when they get to be my age is that they’ll pass it on to the next kid.”

With that said, Tyler isn’t quite ready to step aside and let the young drivers of today pull away with all that knowledge. Tyler has plenty left in the tank and that’ll be on full display throughout the 2022 season as he contests the full Silver Crown schedule for the first-time since 2013, driving in all 11 events for the BCR Group, based out of Springfield, Ohio.

Plenty left of the tank? Yeah, that’s an understatement, and he’s got loads of it coming into the upcoming season.

“When I walk through the gates of a racetrack, look around and think ‘I’ve got as good of a chance winning as anybody here,’ I said I’m going to keep doing it. When I walk through the gates, look around and think, ‘I hope I can run 10th today,’ it’s probably going to be the last run.”

His first start for the team last September resulted in a victory on the Magic Mile of the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds dirt track, his first start of the season and his first ever start for the team. Two starts later, he finished 3rd for the team in the season finale on the pavement at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway.

BCR Group’s majority owner, crew chief, builder and designer Malcolm Lovelace relishes the opportunity to work with Tyler, whose 18 career Silver Crown wins ranks third all-time. Lovelace, a veteran of 36 career USAC National Sprint Car starts as a driver in the 1970s and 1980s, was out of the sport for a while, but over the last seven years, has built the team into one of the top contenders.

But, without any Silver Crown experience behind the wheel as a driver, Lovelace admitted he’s had to learn these cars from scratch. Enter Tyler, who’s freely swapped ideas back-and-forth with Lovelace during their three-race stint and throughout the winter, as they prepare for the full season ahead.

“Brian has taught me so much about these cars and everything; he and I think along the same lines, and I can understand what he’s telling me,” Lovelace said. “He’s probably one of the best teachers there’s ever been. He helped Kody Swanson when he came up, Tyler Roahrig, and a lot of other guys. Just by having him around for a few races, it’s been tremendous.”

Tyler enjoys the give and take of it all, everything it takes to do it the right way, to figure out and solve the puzzle together, as a team.

“I think some of my knowledge is going to help them on the pavement and some of what they know is going to help me on the dirt,” Tyler explained. “I’m used to running a coil car on the dirt, but they run a bar car, so I’ll have to relearn that a little bit. What we did at Du Quoin seemed to work pretty well. It’s going to be a give and take, and I think it’s a team that can contend for a championship.

Malcolm’s easy to get along with and when we sit down to talk about setups and what our gameplan is, I can go to him and tell him, ‘I’ve done this and it’s worked really well for me,’ and he can come to me and say, ‘I’ve done this and it’s worked really well for us,” Tyler continued. “We hash things over and can get together and come up with the best solution and go for it. He’s not afraid to try something new and neither am I.”

Lovelace is always searching to find that little aspect, that little nuance to help the team reach its pinnacle. Last year’s career best second place finish in entrant points just made the hunger grow even stronger, and he’s prepared to what it takes to reach that level. A new Kercher engine will be under the hood of the pavement car; Corey Fillip has been helping in the shock department. With Brian’s arrival, the team has also added the assistance of Brian’s brother, longtime successful racer Bill Tyler, and Brian’s wife Donna, daughter of American Racer Tire’s Dave Dayton, who aids in the tire department.

“You’re always trying to find that little edge,” Lovelace said. “There’s a lot of little things you can find, but it’s really all about getting the right combinations with the driver, crew, car, setup, all the things that matter. If one of those things isn’t right, it can keep you from finding success.”

Several years of one-off shots and spot appearances in the Silver Crown series since has brought Tyler back into the fold as one of the full-timers. Tyler holds the record streak for the most consecutive Silver Crown starts (97 starts between 2005-2013) and will take over the number one spot in all-time starts in 2022, but one thing that has forever eluded him is a Silver Crown championship, something he’d love to change after previous capturing the 1996 and 1997 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championships.

“A (Silver Crown) championship would be fun because it has gotten away from me so many times,”. Tyler admitted. “But our main goal is to go and be competitive every race. If we do that, and win some races, the points will come. I’m not saying I’m going to come out of the box and be a points chaser. I’m going to run every race like it’s my only race and we’ll take what we get at the end of the end of the year.”

The 2022 USAC Silver Crown season begins on the dirt at Terre Haute on May 1. The pavement portion of the schedule kicks off on May 27 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Ind.

 

 

TOP USAC STORYLINES OF 2021
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 31, 2021)………It was a year of triumph for drivers and teams both experienced and new. It was a year of comebacks, both on track and off. It was a year that inspired us. It was a year that thrilled us. It was a year that gave us everything we desired and delivered. It was year that won’t soon be forgotten.

Here, we take a look back at the biggest storylines of the 2021 USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget seasons.

BACON TACKES A LICKING, KEEPS ON TICKING

To win a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, sometimes you’ve got to take your lumps and persevere through the valleys to make it back to the top. Brady Bacon ran through the full gamut of emotions in a singular night on at least two major occasions in 2021.

Bacon’s remarkable comeback story in May’s Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track was one that will be talked about for a long time to come. His night began by setting the fastest qualifying time, but in the first heat race, following contact from Anthony D’Alessio, Bacon nearly touched the clouds in a sky-high crash that sent him flipping viciously over the turn one wall.

Following the incident, Bacon and Hoffman Auto Racing’s Matt Hummel and D.J. Lebow led team rolled out the backup car and raced from the tail (14th) to finish 3rd and transfer to the main event, then, to cap it all off, he made another charge from his 9th starting spot to a 3rd place finish in the feature.

In October at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, in what became an all too familiar storyline in 2021, Bacon flipped hard between turns one and two during the second heat race as a result of contact with C.J. Leary. The backup Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 was then rolled from the trailer where Bacon promptly utilized it to charge from 15th to 3rd in the semi-feature, then from 11th to 4th in the feature.

BUDDY OVERCOMES BROKEN BONES TO WIN USAC MIDGET TITLE

After capturing Rookie of the Year honors in 2020, the Penngrove, Calif. driver elevated his game even more the following year, scoring the series title in his second full season of competition on the strength of six victories in a campaign that saw its share of triumphs and tribulations, including an injury that very easily could’ve derailed what became the 19-year-old driver’s destiny.

A late model crash at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway in July resulted in a broken right wrist and a broken left foot for Kofoid. With an arm cast grooved to fit the curvature of his steering wheel, ala Jim Hurtubise, Kofoid was forced to acclimate to his new clime inside the racecar, firstly merely discovering a new comfort level in the car.

Since he couldn’t close his right hand all the way, the team beefed up the steering wheel with extra padding on one side to make it fatter and easier to grip. Furthermore, the body on the right side of the car was spaced out a bit more in order for him to lift his arm up higher since he had no wrist movement.

Kofoid reclaimed the point lead late in the going after swapping back-and-forth with defending champion Chris Windom. In the end, Kofoid won six times with the series and became the sixth teenager to win the USAC National Midget driving title, joining Jeff Gordon (1990), Bobby East (2004), Christopher Bell (2013), Spencer Bayston (2017) and Cole Whitt (2008), who was the youngest to win it at age 17.

THREE-CAR KODY

This was a championship that, admittedly, wasn’t in the plans for Kody Swanson. Without a full-time Silver Crown ride on both dirt and pavement, Swanson had to utilize a full assortment of resources.

A ride in the No. 77 with sports car racing standout and new Silver Crown entrant Doran Racing was secure for all four pavement events, three of which he won at Lucas Oil Raceway twice and Toledo once. But the dirt plan was a different story.

Swanson obtained a ride with the Mark Swanson Encore Team No. 21 for both Eldora rounds, then was tabbed for driving duties in Chris Dyson Racing’s No. 9 for Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway and the two Illinois dirt miles in Springfield and Du Quoin, winning at Springfield for the team.

In fact, on just 10 previous occasions did a driver win the Silver Crown championship by utilizing multiple cars throughout the season and no driver had ever won the championship while competing for three different teams in a year. That is, until Kody Swanson did it in 2021.

ALL WOMAN FRONT ROW AT TURKEY NIGHT

November’s Turkey Night Grand Prix was chock-full of historical USAC moments. The tops came in qualifying as Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) recorded Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time to become the first woman to win the pole in Turkey Night’s grand history, which dates back to its inaugural running in 1934.

Her Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports counterpart, Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), qualified second and started alongside Bryson on the front row, making it the first time in USAC National Midget history that two women qualified first and second.

The duo led the field to the green with Bryson controlling the pace early on, leading the initial 17 laps of the event, which were the first ever laps led by a woman in Turkey Night history.

Prior to that night, the best Turkey Night Grand Prix finish by a woman was 13th by Denise Bennet in 1988. In 2021, three drivers finished 13th or better with Kaylee Bryson leading the way in fifth, Taylor Reimer eighth and Macdoel, California’s Maria Cofer 13th.

PURSLEY INJURED, MAKING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

The most serious accident of the season occurred during the third heat race of the USAC National Midget Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway in November when Daison Pursley was involved in a vicious flip at the entrance to the high side of turn three while battling for position.

After several flips and somersaults, Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) was removed from the car and transported to an area hospital for further observation.

Suffering a significant spinal cord injury, Pursley has made an inspiration rally ever since. After spending weeks in an Arizona hospital, Pursley was transferred to a rehab center in Atlanta, Georgia where, just before New Year’s Eve, he is now walking without assistance as his balance and strength have made significant strides. He will even find himself back behind the wheel of a passenger car for the first time since on January 20.

KODY, THE $77,100 MAN

On a night in which he pocketed a total of $77,100 in total prizes, Kody Swanson saved his best for his last in an encore performance during August’s inaugural Hoosier Classic USAC Silver Crown feature at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

After winning the Sprint Car feature and finishing third in the midget earlier in the evening, the Kingsburg, Calif. native wrapped up the evening with a dominant, picture-perfect Silver Crown performance at the .686-mile paved oval, leading all 100 laps in his Doran Enterprises ride.

By winning two of the three features throughout the program, Swanson netted the Fatheadz Challenge $50,000 bonus and, added in with his $12,500 Silver Crown victory, $1,100 pole award courtesy of Fatheadz Eyewear and PJ1, along with his winnings from the sprint car and midget events, it totaled the richest day for any driver walking out of a Lucas Oil Raceway USAC event, surpassing the $60,280 captured by Dave Steele following his sweep of the Mopar Twin 25 Midget races in 2002.

USAC RETURNS TO WINCHESTER

In the first USAC sanctioned event at the famed eastern Indiana venue, Justin Grant had to muster every ounce of grit, determination and moxie on the last lap of Thursday night’s 100-lap Rich Vogler Classic presented by The Pallet Builder USAC Silver Crown National Championship race at Winchester Speedway.

Driving that point home is the fact that the driver chasing Grant on the green-white-checkered dash to the finish, Kody Swanson, posted his fastest lap of the race on the 100th and final lap in his pursuit of the win.

Simultaneously, Grant answered the bell by laying down his fastest lap of the entire race on the 100th and final lap to keep Swanson behind him.

At the line, Grant finished just a miniscule half car length ahead of Swanson in a dramatic ending to the heavyweight slugfest in the series’ debut on the 37-degree banked, three stories high oval. For Grant, it was his first pavement win with USAC and a triumph that he considered surreal after thinking it was the gnarliest thing he’d ever seen as a kid.

BRIAN TYLER JOINS NEW TEAM, WINS FIRST USAC RACE IN A DECADE AT Du QUOIN

In his storied USAC Silver Crown career, which has spanned three decades and 199 starts, perhaps none were more improbable than his performance on Labor Day afternoon at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.

For instance, it was his first run in the BCR Group, taking the reins of the ride exactly two weeks earlier following the parting of ways between the team and longtime driver Shane Cottle.
Secondly, it had been two years since the Parma, Michigan driver last sat in the seat of a USAC Silver Crown car, keeping the fires burning in the meantime by winning in a Gold Crown car at several of the most famed road racing circuits in the United States.

Tyler returned to the series in grand fashion to “steal their lunch money” so to speak, by charging from 11th to 1st to win his second career Ted Horn 100, and first since 2008, at the Magic Mile.

With a mid-race snooker of Kody Swanson for the lead, then thwarting repeated challenges from Logan Seavey down the stretch, Tyler’s performance put him in the win column with the series for the first time in more than a decade, since a victory on the Springfield Mile in 2011.

Furthermore, Tyler’s stretch of 10 years and 17 days between USAC Silver Crown wins is the second longest gap in series history. Cottle set the record in 2020 at 12 years, 11 months and 7 days, and achieved the feat in the same BCR Group No. 81 that Tyler won with at Du Quoin on Monday afternoon.

In doing so, at 53 years, 10 months and 10 days old, Tyler became USAC Silver Crown’s oldest race winner, surpassing the record of Chet Fillip, who was 51 years, 2 months and 25 days when he won at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in 2008.

FROM 0 TO 9 IN 365 DAYS: KTJ HAS CAREER BEST YEAR

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) earned a series best, and career best, nine USAC National Sprint Car victories in 2021 following a winless 2020 season. En route to a runner-up finish in the standings, Thomas scored the opener in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park, then added an April win at Bloomington and a June triumph in the series debut at Pennsylvania’s Bloomsburg Fair Raceway.

Moving into July, Thomas added an early July victory at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway after starting all the way back in 14th, then tabbed a second career Indiana Sprint Week championship in late July.

In August, KTJ notched a victory at Indiana’s Paragon Speedway, the first series race held at the track in 23 years. A daytime prelim Sprint Car Smackdown win followed at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway in August, as did a $12,000 Haubstadt Hustler victory at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway in September, a $10,000 win at the Lawrenceburg Speedway Fall Nationals in October and a third Oval Nationals victory lane celebration worth $10,000 at Perris in November.

AROUND THE USA IN 93 USAC RACES FOR GRANT

The 93 combined USAC National Sprint, Midget & Silver Crown events collectively held in 2021 were the third most all-time and the most since the 1977 season. Justin Grant was the lone driver to compete in all 93 USAC national features during the year, blowing away the former all-time record of starts in a season, 77 set in 2010.

Jumping between the Hemelgarn Racing Silver Crown car, the TOPP Motorsports Sprint Car and the RMS Racing Midget, Grant won a series-best-tying 12 times between the three series in 2021 – 7 Sprint, 4 Midget & 1 Silver Crown.

Furthermore, Grant is also just the sixth driver to finish inside the top-three in all three series in a single year, joining Rich Vogler (1980, 1981 & 1989), Ken Schrader (1983), Tony Stewart (1995), J.J. Yeley (2002 & 2003) and Chris Windom (2020).

Along the way, Grant added a ProSource Passing Master Award, passing 230 total cars in feature events throughout the season and also captured a second career Mike Curb Super License after scoring the most combined points between the three series.

SEAVEY’S INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TRIFECTA

Logan Seavey’s three-straight Indiana Sprint Week victories in July were the most since Kevin Thomas Jr. won three consecutively in 2013 and marked the longest winning streak in all of USAC National racing in 2021.

Jay Drake also captured three-straight Indiana Sprint Week wins in 2000 as did Cory Kruseman during the 2002 series. The longest winning streak in Indiana Sprint Week history belongs to Jon Stanbrough with four-in-a-row between 2006-07.

Seavey took over the reins of the standings after the rounds at Lincoln Park and Bloomington and led the standings entering the feature on the final night at Tri-State by nine over Brady Bacon and by 10 over Kevin Thomas Jr.

LEARY & WINDOM NET $20K AT HUSET’S

Repeating their performances from the night before, C.J. Leary and Chris Windom won again for their personal largest paydays of the 2021 season, taking $20,000 each in September’s inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in South Dakota.

In a race where multiple leaders fell by the wayside, Windom found himself in a seemingly envious position with 15 laps to go in the 100-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature. However, Windom had already been entrenched in this scenario multiple times throughout the weekend with varying degrees of success.
With just less than five laps left in the preceding, accompanying USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature, for just a brief, fleeting moment, Windom thought he had the $20,000 prize just within his grasp. However, he didn’t let the midget feature slip from his grasp.
Furthermore, when C.J. Leary gets on a roll, he’s routinely displayed his ability to ride that hot streak as long as he possibly can. In fact, since 2016, no driver has won two-in-a-row more often in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature events than the Greenfield, Ind. native with five.
In the Sprint feature, Leary became the first driver in the series’ 2021 season to win consecutive races on multiple occasions, turning the 1/3-mile dirt oval into his personal ATM as he followed Saturday’s preliminary win with the biggest payday of his racing career in the 40-lapper.

JAKE SWANSON WINS FIRST BY 1 ONE HUNDREDTHS

With four runner-up finishes throughout his first full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, Jake Swanson wasn’t about to settle for yet another in his ongoing pursuit of a first career series victory during November’s opener for the 25th Oval Nationals at southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway.

In fact, running second entering the final set of turns on the last lap wasn’t sufficient enough to satisfy the Anaheim, Calif. native who was making his first trip back to his home track since becoming a permanent resident of Indiana about a year ago.

Swanson threw a “Hail Mary” through the marbles on the final circuit, removing himself from the bottom to take one last shot at the top of turn four. Swanson ignited the sky with a shower of sparks as his right-side wheels glanced off the outside front straightaway wall, then promptly brushed Thomas’ left side wheels in a drag race to the finish line with Swanson ahead at the stripe by a mere 0.010 of a second for the closest finish of the year, and one of the closest in series history.

SEAVEY WINS ALL 3 DIRT FINALES

Logan Seavey knows how to close the curtain, fade to black and roll credits in style. Seavey slammed the door on the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship campaign with a monumental score in November’s 80th running of the 98-lap Turkey Night Grand Prix.

The season closing victory with the series at southern California’s Ventura Raceway allowed Seavey to become the first driver to win the season finales on dirt for all three of USAC’s National divisions.

In September, he etched his name as the winner of the final USAC Silver Crown race of the year on dirt at Eldora Speedway. In mid-November, he shut down the Arizona Speedway dirt oval for the final time with a triumph in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season finale.

CHASE ELLIOTT GOES USAC MIDGET RACING

He followed the tour to Florida, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana and California, just to have some fun in his “spare” time. Chase Elliott, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion, was a frequent visitor throughout the 2021 USAC National Midget season and showed well for a racing discipline in which he wasn’t accustomed to and hadn’t before attempted.

His highlight came at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park in February where the Dawsonville, Ga. native trounced the competition to win his heat race. In four feature starts, his best result was a 14th later that same night.

Moving out west, in November, at California’s Placerville Speedway, the night marked the first time that two NASCAR Cup Series champions started a USAC National Midget feature as both Elliott, along with Hendrick Motorsports teammate and 2021 titlist Kyle Larson, competed in the event.

RICE-A-RONI BECOMES FIRST SECOND GENERATION SILVER CROWN CHAMP

Robbie Rice had a dream to become a USAC Silver Crown champion, and in 2021, that dream was fully realized as the series’ entrant champion in 2021, making him the first ever second-generation Silver Crown champ, following his father, Larry Rice, who won titles as a driver in 1977 and 1981.

The team materialized as a dirt-only outfit on the 2020 USAC Silver Crown trail, contesting three events with 2018 USAC National Midget champion and 2021 Silver Crown Rookie, Logan Seavey, at the wheel where they displayed immediate speed and brilliance that just scraped the surface of the potential the Brownsburg, Ind. team possessed.

During the offseason prior to the start of the 2021 campaign, the team’s initial plans were to have Seavey compete solely on the dirt side of the equation. However, mere weeks before the season opener on the pavement of Brownsburg’s Lucas Oil Raceway in late May, a pavement car was added to the team’s arsenal, setting the course for an assault on the series championship.

Seavey finished second in the driver standings behind champion Kody Swanson after winning two races for Rice, both on dirt, at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway and Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

THORSON, A RECORD SETTING USAC SPRINT ROOKIE

Tanner Thorson’s first season in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition was downright historic. His five wins are the most ever by a Rookie with the series. His fourth-place finish in the final standings was the best for any driver in the past 31 years. His seven fast qualifying times were also the most for a series Rookie ever.

Starting all 43 events, he accumulated 22 top-fives and 32 top-tens. He’s a past USAC National Midget champion in 2016. Now, the Minden, Nevada driver is the 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year for the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports team.

GAMESTER & TYLER REACH 200 SILVER CROWN STARTS

Brian Tyler and Russ Gamester both surpassed the 200th USAC Silver Crown start mark in 2021. Together, both reached number 201 during the season finale at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway, which tied them for the all-time record in that category alongside Dave Darland.

Gamester became the second ever driver to reach the 200 start mark in August at Lucas Oil Raceway while Tyler became the third individual to hit 200 at Eldora in September.

IRONMAN'S STREAK ENDS AT 324

Perhaps the most incredible of all longevity streaks in the history of USAC National Sprint Car racing came to an end in April at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway when Chase Stockon finished 10th in the semi-feature, coming up shy of a transfer spot to the feature event.

Although the team did have a provisional starting position available, they elected not to utilize it. Thus, Stockon’s all-time record streak of 324 consecutive feature starts in USAC National Sprint Car competition was over, a record which dated back to every series race run since 2012.

TIMMS BECOMES YOUNGEST USAC MIDGET WINNER

At just 15 years, 3 months and 12 days old, Ryan Timms made history in November on night one of the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 at California’s Placerville Speedway by becoming the youngest feature winner in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

The Oklahoma City, Okla. native rewrote the record books just a mere five months after Corey Day’s triumph during Indiana Midget Week at Circle City Raceway, which he accomplished at 15 years, 6 months and 12 days old.

In just his 12th career USAC National Midget feature start, Timms earned not only his first career win, but also his first career top-five finish.

 

 

33 RACES FOR USAC’S EAST COAST SPRINT CARS IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 28, 2021)………Thirty-three events make up the 2022 schedule for the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars Presented by Capitol Trailers.

All 33 feature events will pay at least $2,000 to win & $300 to start during the series’ fifth season of competition, which begins on April 2 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, the first of five races at the New Jersey dirt oval. The series returns to Bridgeport on April 30 and July 2 as well as a two-day show on October 29-30 with heats on Saturday and features on Sunday. The series finale will take place there a week later on November 4.

Likewise, Pennsylvania’s Bloomsburg Fair Raceway will host five dates of its own on May 5, June 2, July 7, July 29 and August 18.

Three trips are slated for Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway on April 15, June 3 and July 8. The April date will mark the inaugural Bill Gallagher Memorial, paying $5,000-to-win.

Like Williams Grove, Pennsylvania’s Bedford Speedway and New Jersey’s New Egypt Speedway will welcome the series on three occasions. Bedford’s time comes April 22, May 20 and October 15. New Egypt is the place to be on May 28, July 30 and October 22.

Two visits apiece are on tap for Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway, Selinsgrove Speedway and Action Track USA in Kutztown. The big half-mile of Port Royal will host on both April 23 and August 20 while the half at Selinsgrove is the location for a pair of stops on May 21 and August 6. After a scintillating debut in 2021, the series returns to the Action Track USA bullring on July 13 and August 3.

One venue will make its debut on the USAC East Coast Sprint Car schedule in 2022 – Clinton County Speedway in Mill Hall, Pa. on August 19. It’s one of eight tracks that’ll see the series make a single tour stop in the coming year along with Delaware International Speedway on April 29, Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. on May 14, Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. on May 27, and Abbottstown, Pa.’s Lincoln Speedway on June 4.

Throughout the summer months, USAC East Coast travels for lone visits to Middletown, New York’s Orange County Fair Speedway on June 30, Virginia’s Winchester Speedway on September 17, and once again in the first state of Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway on September 30.

Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) is the series’ reigning champion after capturing the USAC East Coast title in 2021. Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) scored the first three series championships consecutively in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

2022 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:

Apr 2: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

Apr 15: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

Apr 22: Bedford Speedway | Bedford, PA

Apr 23: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

Apr 29: Delaware International Speedway | Delmar, DE

Apr 30: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

May 5: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

May 14: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA

May 20: Bedford Speedway | Bedford, PA

May 21: Selinsgrove Speedway | Selinsgrove, PA

May 27: Big Diamond Speedway | Pottsville, PA

May 28: New Egypt Speedway | New Egypt, NJ

Jun 2: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

Jun 3: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

Jun 4: Lincoln Speedway | Abbottstown, PA

Jun 30: Orange County Fair Speedway | Middletown, NY

Jul 2: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

Jul 7: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

Jul 8: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

Jul 13: Action Track USA | Kutztown, PA

Jul 29: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

Jul 30: New Egypt Speedway | New Egypt, NJ

Aug 3: Action Track USA | Kutztown, PA

Aug 6: Selinsgrove Speedway | Selinsgrove, PA

Aug 18: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

Aug 19: Clinton County Speedway | Mill Hall, PA

Aug 20: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

Sep 17: Winchester Speedway | Winchester, VA

Sep 30: Georgetown Speedway | Georgetown, DE

Oct 15: Bedford Speedway | Bedford, PA

Oct 22: New Egypt Speedway | New Egypt, NJ

Oct 29: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

Oct 30: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

Nov 4: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

 

 

USAC MIDWEST RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINTS ANNOUNCE 2022 SCHEDULE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 28, 2021)………Scheduled for 15 events at 11 different venues, the 2022 USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Car tentative schedule has been set, with the possibility of a handful of more dates to be added later.

The series’ third season will feature events at dirt tracks throughout Missouri and Kansas in 2022, with the opener slated for U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. on April 23. Missouri’s Nevada Speedway welcomes the series back on May 7.

Three consecutive nights of co-sanctioned events alongside the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship are on tap for May 12 at Lakeside in Kansas City, Kan., on May 13 at U.S. 36 and on May 14 at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo.

It’s back to U.S. 36 on June 3 for a Show Me State double race weekend with Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo. set for the following night, June 4. The month of June closes out with a date at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. on the 25th.

July is the time for new venues for the series with Butler, Missouri’s Electric City Speedway hosting MWRA on July 13 and Kansas’ Humboldt Speedway welcoming the series on July 15. A return visit to the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo. awaits on July 23.

August 5 takes the series back to Lakeside while August 27 brings Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan. to the forefront. The title stretch of September possesses two final events in Missouri, on September 4 at Bethany Speedway and the season finale Helm Memorial on September 24 at Valley Speedway.

Two yet-to-be-announced dates are locked in for May 28-29 at a yet-to-be-determined venue.

Previous series champs include Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kan.) in 2020 and Kory Schudy (Battlefield, Mo.) in 2021.

2022 USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE:

Apr 23: U.S. 36 Raceway | Osborn, MO

May 7: Nevada Speedway | Nevada, MO

May 12: Lakeside Speedway | Kansas City, KS (N)

May 13: U.S. 36 Raceway | Osborn, MO (N)

May 14: I-70 Speedway | Odessa, MO (N)

May 28: TBA

May 29: TBA

Jun 3: U.S. 36 Raceway | Osborn, MO

Jun 4: Valley Speedway | Grain Valley, MO

Jun 25: 81 Speedway | Park City, KS

Jul 3: Electric City Speedway | Butler, MO

Jul 15: Humboldt Speedway | Humboldt, KS

Jul 23: I-35 Speedway | Winston, MO

Aug 5: Lakeside Speedway | Kansas City, KS

Aug 27: Salina Speedway | Salina, KS

Sep 4: Bethany Speedway | Bethany, MO

Sep 24: Valley Speedway | Grain Valley, MO

(N) represents an event with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

 

 


 

D.J. QUICK: D.J. JOHNSON REACHES THE TOP AS 2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CHAMP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 27, 2021)……… After making just two series starts throughout the past four years, Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson returned with authority en route to becoming a first-time USAC champ with the West Coast Sprint Cars in 2021.

Making 10 feature appearances, Johnson’s campaign was highlighted by a trio of runner-up finishes in the Golden State of California, at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway, Merced Speedway and Ventura Raceway.

The Stockton, California driver’s eight top-fives, eight top-tens and four heat race wins led all drivers in each category and placed him in total control of the championship race from mid-May onward.

While D.J. missed out on victory lane in 2021, it was another Johnson – Chase Johnson – who won more times (3) and led more laps (69) than anybody else throughout the season. His three feature victories came in succession in the latter part of the season at Merced, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, making the Penngrove, Calif. driver the first to win three-in-a-row with the series since Ryan Bernal in 2017.

Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) returned to victory lane with the series for the first time since 2018 when he captured the opener in April at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif. A second victory followed for the 2011 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year in July at Merced to boost his all-time series record total to 35 points-paying feature wins.

Two drivers earned first career USAC West Coast Sprint Car victories in July of 2021, including series Rookie Cody Fendley (Fair Oaks, Calif.) at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway and Shawn Arriaga (Antioch, Calif.) at Petaluma (Calif.) Speedway.

Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, Calif.) added a victory in his lone start with the series in May at Petaluma (Calif.) Speedway. Also adding single wins to the list this past year were 2016 champion Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) in April in Tulare along with Troy Rutherford (Ojai, Calif.) who scored at Ventura in June, as well as 2016 series Rookie of the Year Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) at Ventura in October’s season finale, which solidified a runner-up finish in the standings for Timmons for the second-straight season.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, Calif.) snagged a spectacular victory in the non-points special event for the series in November as part of the 80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura.

Jarrett Soares (Discovery Bay, Calif.) was named series Rookie of the Year following his third-place finish in the standings. Austin Liggett (Tracy, Calif.), the 2017 series champion, finished fourth in the standings in 2021. Tanner Boul (Auberry, Calif.) tallied a career-best fifth in the final standings.

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2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS:

Driver Champion: D.J. Johnson

Rookie of the Year: Jarrett Soares

Most Feature Wins: 3-Chase Johnson

Laps Led: 69-Chase Johnson

Top-Fives: 8-D.J. Johnson

Top-Tens: 8-D.J. Johnson

Fast Qualifying Times: 2-Chase Johnson & Kaleb Montgomery

Heat Race Wins: 4-D.J. Johnson

Feature Starts: 10-D.J. Johnson

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 658 D.J. Johnson, Stockton, Calif.

2 532 Ryan Timmons, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

3 451 Jarrett Soares (R), Discovery Bay, Calif.

4 373 Austin Liggett, Tracy, Calif.

5 353 Tanner Boul, A