USAC Race Results & Press Releases

Courtesy, Dick Jordan

BRIGHT SHINES IN LAST-LAP BAPS EASTERN MIDGET WIN

York Haven, PA........Alex Bright of Royersford, Pa. scored a thrilling last-lap victory in Saturday night's 20-lap USAC Eastern Midget race at BAPS Motor Speedway, passing Adam Pierson on the final lap for the win. Pierson took second ahead of Tommy Kunsman Jr., Ryan Wilson and Shawn Jackson. The series continues May 18 at Pottsville, Pa.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 21, 2018 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - BAPS Motor Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andrew Layser (#35 Bright), 2. Adam Pierson (#74 Mancini), 3. Reed Salony (#22R Salony), 4. Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), 5. Lee Nardelli (#85 Nardelli), 6. Robert Spino (#46x Johnson), 7. Brett Conkling (#0nj Conkling), 8. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 9. Kenny Miller (#23 Miller). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 2. Tommy Kunsman Jr. (#21k Kunsman), 3. Mark Lowery (#3U Woodland), 4. Shawn Jackson (#7s Jackson), 5. Ryan Wilson (#29 Wilson), 6. Mike Meyers (#10m Meyers), 7. Steve Craig (#55 Craig), 8. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 9. Johnny Smith (#4s Smith). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Jason Rice (#57 Rice).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Adam Pierson, 3. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 4. Ryan Wilson, 5. Shawn Jackson, 6. Mark Lowery, 7. Mike Myers, 8. Johnny Smith, 9. Steve Craig, 10. Andrew Layser, 11. Ryan Greth, 12. Reed Salony, 13. Josh Heckman, 14. Brett Conkling. NT ---------------------------- **Miller, Smith and Nardelli all flipped during the first heat. Salony flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Pierson, Lap 20 Bright.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kunsman-267, 2-Jackson-238, 3-Meyers-210, 4-Layser-202, 5-Miller-188, 6-Greth-185, 7-Nardelli-181, 8-Pierson-166, 9-Bright-140, 10-Daniel Robinson-122.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 18 - Pottsville, PA - Big Diamond Speedway - "Red, White & Blue Autos Night"

 

 


 

LEMKE LEADS ALL BUT ONE AT LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas, NV........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all but the first lap of Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Western Speed2 Midget race at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tony Breidinger led the opening lap and finished second ahead of Blake Brannon, Joey Iest and Elvis Rankin.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: April 21, 2018 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - "Hometown Heroes Night"

QUALIFYING: 1. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.509; 2. Toni Breidinger, 26, Breidinger-15.509; 3. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-15.726; 4. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-16.043; 5. Elvis Rankin, 54, Rankin-16.328.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Toni Breidinger, 3. Blake Brannon, 4. Joey Iest, 5. Elvis Rankin. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Breidinger, Laps 2-30 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-244, 2-Brannon-225, 3-Johnny Nichols-146, 4-Iest-87, 5-Breidinger-72

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-244, 2-Brannon-225, 3-Johnny Nichols-146, 4-Iest-87, 5-Breidinger-72

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE: May 5 - Madera (CA) Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

 

THE DEMON WINS PERRIS' "SOKOLA CLASSIC"

Perris, CA........Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. grabbed Saturday night's 30-lap "Sokola Classic" AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway. He got by Jake Swanson on lap 16 and led the final half of the race to beat fast qualifier Brody Roa, Swanson, Danny Faria Jr. and Charles Davis Jr. Danny Sheridan led the first three laps of the race but flipped on lap four.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 21, 2018 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "Sokola Shootout"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.378; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.571; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.799; 4. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.844; 5. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-16.918; 6. Jason McDougal, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-16.966; 7. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-16.975; 8. Danny Sheridan, 12, Allen-16.989; 9. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.214; 10. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.219; 11. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.269; 12. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.277; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.290; 14. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.375; 15. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.395; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.424; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.430; 18. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.566; 19. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.600; 20. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-17.645; 21. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.660; 22. Trent Williams, 52V, 17.938; 23. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.002; 24. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.678; 25. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.976.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. Malcolm, 4. L.Williams, 5. Rossi, 6. A.Williams, 7. T.Williams, 8. Marshall, 9. Johnson. 2:57.12

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faria, 3. Davis, 4. Sheridan, 5. Gansen, 6. Stewart, 7. Waitman, 8. Sweeney. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Adams, 3. Bender, 4. McCarthy, 5. McDougal, 6. Mihocko, 7. Rayborne, 8. Smith. 3:01.09

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Rossi, 2. McDougal, 3. Mihocko, 4. Waitman, 5. A.Williams, 6. Gansen, 7. T.Williams, 8. Stewart, 9. Smith, 10. Rayborne, 11. Marshall, 12. Sweeney, 13. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Max Adams, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Matt Stewart, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. Matt Rossi, 12. Cody Williams, 13. Logan Williams, 14. A.J. Bender, 15. Tommy Malcolm, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Jason McDougal, 18. Joel Rayborne, 19. Randy Waitman, 20. Cal Smith, 21. Trent Williams, 22. Danny Sheridan, 23. Matt McCarthy. NT --------------------------- **Sheridan flipped on lap 4 of the feature. A.Williams, McDougal, Malcolm, and Bender flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Sheridan, Laps 4-14 Gardner, Lap 15 Swanson, Laps 16-30 Gardner

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (19th to 8th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Gardner-237, 2-Roa-221, 3-Swanson-208, 4-Johnson-164, 5-C.Williams-154, 6-Davis-133, 7-L.Williams-132, 8-Bender-128, 9-Rossi-126, 10-.Williams-121.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: May 5- Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

CARROLL WINS CREEK COUNTY WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA 25-LAPPER

Sapulpa, OK........Craig Carroll of Collinsville, Okla. won Friday night's 25-lap USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at Creek County Speedway. He led the final 23 laps after passing David McDuffee on lap three. Zach Chappell, Kyle Clark, Michael Day and Alex DeCamp rounded out the "top-five." The series continues May 11 at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 20, 2018 - Sapulpa, Oklahoma - Creek County Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson), 2. David McDuffee (#43 McDuffee), 3. Ricky Crawford (#11C Crawford), 4. Dillon Laden (#18 Laden), 5. Matt Moore (#22M Barksdale), 6. Justin Dunn (#19 Dunn), 7. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 8. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 2. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 3. Michael Day (#2 Day), 4. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 5. Kevin Cummings (#97 Cummings), 6. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 7. Matt Cash (#22x Cash), 8. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joe Wood Jr. (28 Holloway), 2. Alex DeCamp (#84 DeCamp), 3. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 4. Zach Chappell (#50Z Chappell), 5. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 6. James Shoun (#62 Shoun), 7. G.L. Lowman (#54 Scribner), 8. Jaiden Hughes (#222 Hughes). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 2. Ryan Dean (#79 Dean), 3. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 4. Casey Bierman (#5B Bierman), 5. Brian Harvey (#29H Harvey). (Bailey Hughes (#777 Hughes - disqualified) NT

B FEATURE #1: (10 laps) 1. Laden, 2. Wills, 3. Wilson, 4. Hagin, 5. J.Hughes, 6. B.Hughes, 7. Harvey, 8. Moore, 9. Lowman. NT

B FEATURE #2: (10 laps) 1. Dunn, 2. Tyre, 3. Wresche, 4. Shawn, 5. Weaver, 6. Bierman, 7. Cash, 8. Noah Harris (#20H Lewis). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Craig Carroll, 2. Zach Chappell, 3. Kyle Clark, 4. Michael Day, 5. Alex DeCamp, 6. Brett Wilson, 7. Michael Tyre II, 8. Casey Wills, 9. David Stephenson, 10. Johnny Kent, 11. Danny Smith, 12. Cameron Hagin, 13. Cody Jarvis, 14. David McDuffee, 15. Joe Wood Jr., 16. Justin Dunn, 17. Dillon Laden, 18. Ricky Crawford, 19. Kevin Cummings, 20. Grant Wresche, 21. Ryan Dean. NT ------------------------------------------ **Harvey flipped during the first B-Main.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 McDuffee, Laps 3-25 Carrroll.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Wilson-272, 2-Carroll-260, 3-Clark-254, 4-Smith-250, 5-J.Kent-245, 6-Tyre-232, 7-Wood-230, 8-Hagin-222, 9-Wills-214, 10-McDuffee-194.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 11 - Meeker, OK - Red Dirt Raceway - "Ladies Night"

 

 

USAC WIN #9 FOR BEAN AT ANDERSON MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Williamston, SC........Jessica Bean of Farmland, Ind. scored her ninth career USAC feature victory in Friday night's 35-lap Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Anderson Motor Speedway. Johnny Bridges led the first 19 laps and finished second while Bean led the final 16 laps for the win. Neal Allison, fast qualifier Sam Hatfield and Nolan Allison rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: April 20, 2018 - Williamston, South Carolina - Anderson Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Sam Hatfield, 9, Lamb-15.443; 2. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.475; 3. .778; 3. Nolan Allison, 56, Allison-15.615; 4. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.778; 5. Johnny Bridges, 28, Lewis-15.845; 6. Dameron Taylor, 8, Radical-15.858; 7. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-15.931; 8. Jordan Empie, 3, Radical-16.878.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Johnny Bridges, 3. Neal Allison, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Nolan Allison, 6. Connor Gross, 7. Jordan Empie, 8. Dameron Taylor. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Bridges, Laps 20-35 Bean.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Neal Allison-136, 2-Bean-134, 3-Nolan Allison-132, 4-Taylor-110, 5-Empie-101, 6-Jake Garcia-74, 7-Bridges-69, 8-Hatfield-67, 9-Chris Lamb-64, 10-Gross-55.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: April 21 - Hickory, NC - Hickory Motor Speedway

 

 

DAVIS SCORES VICTORY AT CASA GRANDE’S COTTON CLASSIC
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 18, 2018... Slipping by “The Bull” Tye Mihocko on the last lap, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) won last Saturday’s “Cotton Classic” at Central Arizona Speedway. For Davis, the 30-lap triumph was his second $1,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory of the campaign. Mihocko, Jason McDougal, Josh Pelkey, and hard charger Chris Bonneau rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, “Chargin” Charles started on the pole position and led the first 25 circuits. Looking to rebound from a wild flip at Canyon on March 31st, “The Bull” raced from sixth and grabbed the top spot from Davis. Mihocko had his first series win in his sights, but it was not to be on this night. Davis powered by the young driver and earned his 23rd career SouthWest victory.

Earlier in the program, “Chargin” Charles ran second to Mihocko in his heat race and placed sixth in passing points. With R.J. Johnson racing in California with USAC/CRA, Davis has taken over the point lead with on heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) led four laps and had a heartbreaking second at the “Cotton Classic.” Piloting the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko won the third 8-lap heat race and earned his second Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award over the eighteen car field. At press time, “The Bull” is second in the point chase with two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) made his USAC SouthWest debut and finished third at Casa Grande. Driving Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood’s #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, McDougal won the night’s first heat race and ranked third in the night’s passing points. The young driver left Central Arizona Speedway placed eighteenth in the point chase.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) claimed fourth in the Central Arizona Speedway feature. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes RSS, Pelkey ran second to Matt Lundy in his heat race and placed second in the night’s passing points. The former ASCA Champion is currently seventh in points with three top-10 finishes on the year.

Chris Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from eleventh. Driving his #15 Priced Right Auto Sales Triple X, Bonneau finished third in his heat race and ranked eleventh in passing points. The veteran driver left the Pinal County Fairgrounds sitting eleventh in the standings with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, Arizona) claimed victory in the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Piloting his #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X, Lundy was fourth in passing points and finished seventh in the “Cotton Classic.” To date, Matt ranks sixth in the point standings with four top-10 finishes on the season.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, April 28th, at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. The fifth point race will also will also feature Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, Bomber Stocks, and Lady Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway – “Cotton Classic”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jason McDougal (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Lealand Fuller (#3X Fuller), 4. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 5. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams), 6. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 5. Kyle Shipley (#4 Shipley), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Wayne Siddle (#7 Siddle). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (1st), 2. Tye Mihocko (6th), 3. Jason McDougal (4th), 4. Josh Pelkey (5th), 5. Chris Bonneau (11th), 6. Mike Martin (2nd), 7. Matt Lundy (3rd), 8. Ronnie Clark (10th), 9. Dennis Gile (7th), 10. Michael Curtis (13th), 11. Kyle Shipley (14th), 12. Daylin Perreira (12th), 13. Asa Kesterson (8th), 14. Tyler Adams (15th), 15. Tyler Most (17th), 16. Larry Kesterson (16th), 17. Lealand Fuller (9th), 18. Wayne Siddle (18th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Davis, Laps 26-29 Mihocko, Lap 30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Chris Bonneau (11th to 5th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Tye Mihocko

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Charles Davis Jr.-305, 2. Tye Mihocko-260, 3. R.J. Johnson-240, 4. Mike Martin-236, 5. Michael Curtis-231, 6. Matt Lundy-209, 7. Josh Pelkey-200, 8. Dennis Gile-196, 9. Tyler Adams-145, 10. Stevie Sussex-139, 11. Chris Bonneau-123, 12. Larry Kesterson-112, 13. Sterling Cling-106, 14. Tyler Most-101, 15. Daylin Perreira-92, 16. Andy Reinbold-86, 17. Jake Swanson-78, 18. Jason McDougal-76, 19. Colton Maroney-73, 20. Mason Keefer-69.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SCHUTTE TOPS TULARE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET FEATURE
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 18, 2018… Taking command after mechanical woes sidelined Ryan Bernal, Alex Schutte (Redding, California) scored last Saturday’s victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. With the $1,200 Light Up the World USAC Western States Midget presented by CBD Living Water win, the 2010 Champion leads to point chase heading to Santa Maria. Hard charger Austin Liggett, Cory Elliott, fast qualifier Shannon McQueen, and Robert Dalby followed Schutte to the checkered flags.

Before capturing the seventh win of his career, Alex Schutte qualified fourth out of twenty entries and won the 8-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Starting seventh, the pilot of the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike inherited the lead on the ninth lap. From there, Alex held off all challengers as several caution flags and attrition forced officials to shorten the main event.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a second place run from thirteenth. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Bullet, Liggett was thirteenth fast in time trials and placed fifth in his heat race. The former USAC West Coast 360 Champion would later win the companion USAC/CRA feature and left Tulare ranked fourth in midget points.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) debuted a new chassis at Tulare and finished third after starting ninth. Racing the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy CS9, Elliott qualified seventh overall and won the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2015 Rookie of the Year is third in the point chase heading to Santa Maria.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) placed fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds after starting sixth. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Boss, Shannon earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Cory Elliott in her heat race. At press time, the 2012 Champion is second in the point standings.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) had a solid night at Tulare and finished fifth in the 25-lap main event. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby was eleventh quick in time trials and ran second to Clayton Ruston in his heat race. Entering the second point race, Robert is currently fifth in the chase for the championship.

Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Racing the CR Motorsports #7R S&J Service Incorporated / Alumin-Art Powder Coating Spike, Ruston qualified eighth overall and finished eighth in the main event. The young driver left the Tulare County Fairgrounds sitting eighth in points.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water are back in action on Saturday, April 28th, at Santa Maria Raceway. The second point race will also feature the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, QRC Outlaw Karts, and Junior Midgets. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Advance tickets are on sale and visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232 for more information.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.091; 2. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-16.294; 3. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-16.371; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-16.430; 5. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-16.516; 6. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-16.688; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.701; 8. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-16.731; 9. Ronnie Gardner, 19, Sala-16.734; 10. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-16.839; 11. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.904; 12. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-16.905; 13. Austin Liggett, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.959; 14. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-17.021; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-17.135; 16. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-17.268; 17. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-17.340; 18. Ron Hazleton, 15, Hazelton-17.954; 19. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-17.954; 20. Marvin Mitchell, 68, Mitchell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. McQueen, 3. Josett, 4. Guerrini, 5. Liggett, 6. Drollinger, 7. Ito. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ruston, 2. Dalby, 3. Matt.Mitchell, 4. Sarna, 5. Faccinto, 6. Beilman. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Bernal, 3. Prickett, 4. Gardner, 5. Cofer, 6. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Alex Schutte (7th), 2. Austin Liggett (13th), 3. Cory Elliott (9th), 4. Shannon McQueen (6th), 5. Robert Dalby (5th), 6. Ronnie Gardner (12th), 7. Frankie Guerrini (10th), 8. Clayton Ruston (8th), 9. Marvin Mitchell (20th), 10. Dylan Ito (19th), 11. C.J. Sarna (11th), 12. Maria Cofer (15th), 13. Ron Hazelton (18th), 14. Matt Mitchell (2nd), 15. Robby Josett (3rd), 16. Ryan Bernal (4th), 17. Bryan Drollinger (16th), 18. Kyle Beilman (17th), 19. David Prickett (1st), 20. Michael Faccinto (14th). NT
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**Faccinto flipped during qualifications. Drollinger flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Bernal, Laps 9-25 Schutte.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (13th to 2nd)

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS:
1. Alex Schutte-79, 2. Shannon McQueen-74, 3. Cory Elliott-72, 4. Austin Liggett-71, 5. Robert Dalby-65, 6. Ronnie Gardner-60, -. Frankie Guerrini-60, 8. Clayton Ruston-57, 9. Marvin Mitchell-46, --. C.J. Sarna-46, 11. Dylan Ito-45, 12. Maria Cofer-43, --. Matt Mitchell-43, 14. Ryan Bernal-42, 15. Ron Hazelton-40, 16. Robby Josett-39, 17. Bryan Drollinger-32, --. Michael Faccinto-32, 19. David Prickett-31, 20. Kyle Beilman-30

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
June 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
July 21: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DREVICKI WIRE-TO-WIRE IN DELAWARE EAST COAST SPRINT OPENER

Delmar, Del........Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. led all 25 laps to win Wednesday night's "Battle of the Bay Race 1" inaugural USAC East Coast Sprint race at Delaware International Speedway. Eddie Strada took the runner-up spot, ahead of Mark Bitner, Ryan Godown and Joey Biasi. Drevicki and Bitner won heat races. The series continues May 18 at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville Pa.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 18, 2018 - Delmar, Delaware - Delaware International Speedway - "Battle of the Bay Race 1"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 2. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher), 3. Ryan Godown (#4F Freyer), 4. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 5. J.R. Berry (#74jr Berry), 6. Eric Jennings (#14 Jennings), 7. Thomas Radavoy (#1Q Radavoy), 8. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 2. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 3. Larry McVay (#83 McVay), 4. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 5. Kevin Darling (#9D Darling), 6. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing), 7. Luke Thomas (#9X Darling), 8. Tray Hivner (#7 TH Racing). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Eddie Strada, 3. Mark Bitner, 4. Ryan Godown, 5. Joey Biasi, 6. Ryan Greth, 7. Chandler Leiby, 8. Kevin Darling, 9. Ryan Quackenbush, 10. Eric Jennings, 11. Larry McVay, 12. Luke Thomas, 13. J.R. Berry, 14. Tray Hivner, 15. Thomas Radavoy, 16. Brian Riccio. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Drevicki.

FRANK'S FINE SWINE & BEEF HARD CHARGER: Ryan Quackenbush (12th-9th)

NEW USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Drevicki-78, 2-Strada-74, 3-Bitner-72, 4-Godown-67, 5-Biasi-63, 6-Greth-62, 7-Leiby-57, 8-Darling-53, 9-Quackenbush-49, 10-McVay-47.

NEXT USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 18 - Pottsville, PA - Big Diamond Speedway - "Red, White & Blue Autos Night"

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

 

GARDNER LEADS USAC/CRA SPRINTS TO PERRIS FOR “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT”
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 18, 2018... After battling at Tulare, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, April 21st, at Perris Auto Speedway.” Promoted by Don Kazarian, the annual “Sokola Shootout” is the 205th USAC/CRA “home track” event and will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and the PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. The spectator gates at the American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the Up, Down 'n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run 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 www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “Medium” is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 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.

The "Sokola Shootout" has been a popular race on the West Coast since "The Cowboy" Tony Jones won the inaugural show at Manzanita Speedway on March 17, 2001. Originally called the "Sokola Classic" to honor past CRA President and USAC Sprint Supervisor Gary Sokola, the event has grown to also honor former driver Mark Sokola and their contributions to racing. Last year, Richard Vander Weerd earned his second “Sokola Shootout” victory ahead of “The Demon” Damion Gardner, R.J. Johnson, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and Brody Roa. The “Sokola Shootout” win list is at the end of this release.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) enters the third point race on top of the standings. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner led seven laps at Tulare before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. To date, “The Demon” has posted one feature win, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led. The six-time champion has two “Sokola Classic” wins and will be looking to claim his 77th USAC/CRA victory.

After scoring third at Tulare, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has climbed to second in the point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa has two top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has three career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on adding the “Sokola Shootout” to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits third in the championship standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson earned Tulare’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award” with a fifth place run from twentieth. With two top-10 finishes and 8 feature laps led, last year’s USAC West Coast 360 Champion will be looking to score his second USAC/CRA feature win.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Johnson scored thirteenth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. The five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has one top-10 finish and will have his sights on his seventh USAC/CRA triumph.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) has risen to fifth in the USAC/CRA standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams finished sixth in the Tulare main event. With one top-10 finish, the 2008 National Non-Wing Co-Rookie of the Year will be looking to earn his second series victory.

Currently twenty-fifth in points, Gary Paulson (Woodland, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Logan Williams, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Richard Vander Weerd, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Chris Gansen, Max Adams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, Jason McDougal, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Damion Gardner, 1-Austin Liggett.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-154, 2. Brody Roa-141, 3. Jake Swanson-136, 4. R.J. Johnson-112, 5. Cody Williams-107, 6. Austin Williams-89, 7. Logan Williams-87, 8. A.J. Bender-87, 9. Matt Rossi-81, 10. Matt McCarthy-80, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-79, --. Austin Liggett-79, 13. Tommy Malcolm-72, 14. Chad Boespflug-69, 15. Charles Davis Jr.-67, 16. Chris Gansen-62, 17. Stevie Sussex-58, 18. Max Adams-55, 19. Zack Madrid-54, 20. Isaac Chapple-49, --. Ryan Bernal-49.

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

LIGGETT EARNS FIRST USAC/CRA SPRINT WIN AT TULARE
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 17, 2018... Last Saturday night, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) secured the lead on lap fifteen and powered to his first career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory. Facing changing track conditions at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway, Liggett became the 68th driver to earn a series win and earned $3,000 for his efforts. Fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and hard charger Jake Swanson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Liggett took the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim past Gardner on the second lap. Damion was able to return the favor seven laps later but Austin had other plans. After settling into second, Liggett regrouped and managed to regain the top spot from Gardner at the midway point. >From there, Austin held off a late charge by Vander Weerd to take the checkered flags at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Austin Liggett began his night by qualifying fifth out of twenty racers. The former USAC West Coast 360 Rookie of the Year finished second in his 10-lap heat race to Jace Vander Weerd and is now tied for eleventh in points. Liggett nearly swept the night by charging from thirteenth to second in the companion USAC Western Midget feature.

Starting sixth, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) mounted a late charge but had to settle for second at Tulare. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and took third in his heat race. The 2011 USAC West Coast 360 Champion heads to Perris tied with Liggett for eleventh place in the standings.

After winning a Hanford West Coast 360 show a week earlier, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) finished third at Thunderbowl Raceway. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was third fast in time trials and ran second to Ryan Bernal in his heat race. The 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion left Tulare ranked second in the chase for the championship.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) started fifth and took the lead on the first lap. Slipping back, the pilot of Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike regained the top spot for six laps before running fourth at Tulare. This six-time champion qualified second overall and ran third in his heat race. “The Demon” heads to Saturday’s “Sokola Shootout” with a 13-point lead.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from twentieth. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson flipped in time trials, qualified twentieth, and placed fifth in his heat race. The 2017 USAC West Coast 360 Champion heads to Perris Auto Speedway ranked third in the point chase.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) returned to USAC/CRA action and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria was fourth quick in time trials and finished sixteenth in the main event. The two-time USAC West Coast 360 Champion left Tulare placed twenty-third in the standings.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) won the 10-lap Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2 at Tulare. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified eleventh overall and scored eighteenth in the feature. The 2010 Rookie of the Year enters the “Sokola Shootout” tied for twenty-sixth in points.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) claimed victory in the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Racing the #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Bernal was ninth fast in time trials and claimed eleventh in the feature. The two-time USAC Western Classic Champion is currently tied for twentieth in the USAC/CRA standings.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to action this Saturday, April 21st, at Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Sokola Shootout.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the Up, Down 'n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. More event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.871; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.991; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.021; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.145; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.220; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.327; 7. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhans-16.334; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.341; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.369; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.375; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.412; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.434; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.495; 14. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.599; 15. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.661; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.792; 17. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.943; 18. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-16.976; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.232; 20. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-23.371.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. C.Williams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Bender, 5. Paulson, 6. Gansen, 7. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Liggett, 3. Gardner, 4. A.Williams, 5. Swanson, 6. L.Williams, 7. Rossi. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. Malcolm, 4. McCarthy, 5. Johnson, 6. Adams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Austin Liggett (2nd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (6th), 3. Brody Roa (4th), 4. Damion Gardner (5th), 5. Jake Swanson (20th), 6. Cody Williams (10th), 7. Max Adams (12th), 8. A.J. Bender (13th), 9. Matt Rossi (14th), 10. Logan Williams (8th), 11. Ryan Bernal (9th), 12. Matt McCarthy (15th), 13. R.J. Johnson (18th), 14. Chris Gansen (16th), 15. Jeremy Ellertson (19th), 16. Danny Faria Jr. (3rd), 17. Austin Williams (17th), 18. Jace Vander Weerd (11th), 19. Tommy Malcolm (1st), 20. Gary Paulson (7th). NT
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**Swanson flipped during qualifications. Paulson flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Gardner, Laps 2-8 Liggett, Laps 9-14 Gardner, Laps 15-30 Liggett.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (20th to 5th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-154, 2. Brody Roa-141, 3. Jake Swanson-136, 4. R.J. Johnson-112, 5. Cody Williams-107, 6. Austin Williams-89, 7. Logan Williams-87, 8. A.J. Bender-87, 9. Matt Rossi-81, 10. Matt McCarthy-80, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-79, --. Austin Liggett-79, 13. Tommy Malcolm-72, 14. Chad Boespflug-69, 15. Charles Davis Jr.-67, 16. Chris Gansen-62, 17. Stevie Sussex-58, 18. Max Adams-55, 19. Zack Madrid-54, 20. Isaac Chapple-49, --. Ryan Bernal-49.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 5: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.



 

 

MOUTH-WATERING MONTPELIER USAC SPRINT RACE RETURNS SATURDAY, APRIL 21

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Montpelier, Indiana.........It took six decades for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars to make their Montpelier Motor Speedway debut. Now, after two successful events in 2016 and 2017 and, following an unforgettable tilt just less than seven months ago, the waiting is over and the anticipations is on as the series makes its return trip to the quarter-mile dirt oval this Saturday, April 21.

In that event last fall, Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary admitted he was content to run third late in the going. However, after a late-race red flag, Leary's newfound spirit saw him split between heavy-hitters Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr. on the back straightaway of the final lap to emerge with a stunning victory.

The two pilots Leary defeated on the unforgettable last-lap are the defending series champ and the driver who has risen to the top of the standings during this early season. Windom, of Canton, Ill, the 2017 series champ, finished third in last year's event and, last Friday, won an unsanctioned sprint race at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Windom trails the standings by eight behind Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. Consistency through the first three events has elevated Thomas to the lead by virtue of 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishes. The winningest driver in the series from a year ago looks to get the proverbial rolling this Saturday at Montpelier with the Hoffman/Dynamics, Inc. No. 69, the same team that won the series debut at the track in 2016 with driver Brady Bacon.

Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., set fast time and captured the feature two years ago on his way to a title season. The two-time USAC Sprint champ recently underwent a change of scenery in the sprint car where he will now take the reins of his own No. 99 after competing in the first three events at Ocala in February for the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports team.

The winningest competitor in USAC thus far in 2018 is Tyler Courtney. The Indianapolis driver won two of those three previously-mentioned Sprint Car contests at Ocala and, just last Friday, picked up the win in a USAC National Midget at the "Kokomo Grand Prix." His lone sprint car appearance at Montpelier netted him a sixth-place finish in 2017, but the track does happen to be the home of his first career USAC National Midget feature win in June of 2017.

Though the records only encompass two events over the last two seasons, no driver has been as consistent as USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland. The Lincoln, Indiana native is the only driver to lead feature laps and finish in the top-five of both Montpelier USAC Sprint appearances. In 2016, Darland led the first 11 laps before finishing third. In 2017, he set a new one-lap track record in qualifying, then led two on his way to a fourth-place result.

Fort Branch, Indiana driver Chase Stockon (7th in points) opened up the season with a victory on the opening night of "Winter Dirt Games" in Ocala, Fla. He finished fifth at Montpelier in 2016. Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins, a runner-up finisher at Montpelier in 2016, lies sixth in points. Robert Ballou of Rocklin, Calif. (8th in points) collected a fifth-place finish a season ago. Californians Chad Boespflug of Hanford (4th in points) and Ione's Justin Grant (9th in points) were victorious in heat race events at Montpelier in 2017.

The timetable for events this Saturday at Montpelier are slightly different than the norm. The front gates open at 3pm. Cars are on track at 5pm. General admission tickets are $20. Kids (12 & Under) are free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 each.

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10-RACE EAST COAST SPRINT CAMPAIGN DEBUTS TOMORROW AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

The 2018 USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series debuts tomorrow night (Wednesday) at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del.

The first of 10 series races will be followed by events at seven other venues, with Delaware International and Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. hosting two races each. Other venues are Accord (N.Y.) Speedway, Bedford (Pa.) Speedway, New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway, Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J., Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa. and Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway, which hosts the closer August 25.

It's been nearly a half-century since USAC competed in the "First State," A.J. Foyt captured stock car victories at Dover in 1969 and 1970 and Art Pollard won a National Championship race at Dover in 1969.

Ryan Greth, who won USAC's Eastern Midget crown last year, is one of the drivers expected to compete in this year's Eastern Sprint Car series. Others include Chandler Leiby, who competed in USAC's "Eastern Storm" feature last year at Bechtelsville, Pa., plus Trey Hivner, Kyle Lick and Steve Wilbur, who also participated in last year's "Eastern Storm."

 

 

DAVIS TOPS IN "COTTON CLASSIC" AT CASA GRANDE

Casa Grande, CA........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. scored a spectacular last-lap victory in Saturday night's 30-lap "Cotton Classic" USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint race at Central Arizona Speedway. Davis led the first 25 laps, then passed Tye Mihocko on the final lap for the win over Mihocko, Jason McDougal, Josh Pelkey and Chris Bonneau/ The series continues April 28 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 - Casa Grande, Arizona - Central Arizona Speedway - "Cotton Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jason McDougal (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Lealand Fuller (#3X Fuller), 4. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 5. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams), 6. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 5. Kyle Shipley (#4 Shipley), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Wayne Siddle (#7 Siddle). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Josh Pelkey, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Matt Lundy, 8. Ronnie Clark, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Kyle Shipley, 12. Daylin Perreira, 13. Asa Kesterson, 14. Tyler Adams, 15. Tyler Most, 16. Larry Kesterson, 17. Lealand Fuller, 18. Wayne Siddle. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Davis, Laps 26-29 Mihocko, Lap 30 Davis.

HARD CHARGER: Chris Bonneau (11th to 5th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSSING MASTER: Tye Mihocko

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.Davis-305, 2-Mihocko-273, 3-R.J. Johnson-240, 4-Martin-236, 5-Curtis-234, 6-Lundy-209, 7-Pelkey-200, 8-Gile-196, 9-Adams-145, 10-Stevie Sussex-123.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 28 - San Tan Valley, Arizona -Arizona Speedway


 

LIGGETT WINS TULARE USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE

Tulare, CA........Austin Liggett of Tracy, Calif. nearly scored a "clean sweep" of Saturday's USAC Sprint/Midget doubleheader at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. He won the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race after finishing second to Alex Schutte in the 25-lap USAC Western Midget feature. In the USAC/CRA main he led the final 16 laps after passing Damion Gardner on lap 15. Fast Qualifier Richard Vander Weerd took second ahead of Brody Roa, Gardner and Jake Swanson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.871; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.991; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.021; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.145; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.220; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.327; 7. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhans-16.334; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.341; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.369; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.375; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.412; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.434; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.495; 14. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.599; 15. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.661; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.792; 17. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.943; 18. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-16.976; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.232; 20. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-23.371.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. C.Williams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Bender, 5. Paulson, 6. Gansen, 7. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Liggett, 3. Gardner, 4. A.Williams, 5. Swanson, 6. L.Williams, 7. Rossi. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. Malcolm, 4. McCarthy, 5. Johnson, 6. Adams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Cody Williams, 7. Max Adams, 8. A.J. Bender, 9. Matt Rossi, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Ryan Bernal, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17. Austin Williams, 18. Jace Vander Weerd, 19. Tommy Malcolm, 20. Gary Paulson. NT

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**Swanson flipped during qualifications. Paulson flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Gardner, Laps 2-8 Liggett, Laps 9-14 Gardner, Laps 15-30 Liggett.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (20th to 5th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Gardner-154, 2-Roa-141, 3-Swanson-136, 4-Johnson-112, 5-C.Williams-107, 6-A.Williams-89, 7-L.Williams-87, 8-Bender-87, 9-Rossi-81, 10-McCarthy-75.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: April 21- Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - "Sokola Shootout"


 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

SCHUTTE #1 IN TULARE MIDGET FEATURE

Tulare, CA........Alex Schutte of Redding, Calif. won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Light Up the World Beverages/CBD Living Water Midget feature at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. He passed Ryan Bernal on lap nine and led the rest of the way for the win, beating Austin Liggett, Cory Elliott, Shannon McQueen and Robert Dalby to the finish line.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.091; 2. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-16.294; 3. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-16.371; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-16.430; 5. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-16.516; 6. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte.McElwee-16.16.688; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.701; 8. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-16.731; 9. Ronnie Gardner, 19, Sala-16.734; 10. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-16.839; 11. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.904; 12. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-16.905; 13. Austin Liggett, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.959; 14. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-17.021; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-17.135; 16. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-17.268; 17. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-17.340; 18. Ron Hazleton, 15, Hazelton-17.954; 19. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-17.954; 20. Marvin Mitchell, 68, Mitchell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. McQueen, 3. Josett, 4. Guerrini, 5. Liggett, 6. Drollinger, 7. Ito. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ruston, 2. Dalby, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Sarna, 5. Faccinto, 6. Beilman. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Bernal, 3. Prickett, 4. Gardner, 5. Cofer, 6. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Alex Schutte, 2. Austin Liggett, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Shannon McQueen, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Frankie Guerrini, 8. Clayton Ruston, 9. Marvin Mitchell, 10. Dylan Ito, 11. C.J. Sarna, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Ron Hazelton, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. Robby Josett, 16. Ryan Bernal, 17. Bryan Drollinger, 18. Kyle Beilman, 19. David Prickett, 20. Michael Faccinto. NT

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**Faccinto flipped during qualifications. Drollinger flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Bernal, Laps 9-25 Schutte

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (13th to 2nd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS: 1-Schutte-79, 2-McQueen-74, 3-Elliott-72, 4-Liggett-71, 5-Dalby-65, 6-Gardner-60, 7-Guerrini-60, 8-Ruston-57, 9-Marvin Mitchell-46, 10-Sarna-46.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE: April 28 - Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

COURTNEY CLAIMS REDEMPTION ON KOKOMO GP NIGHT ONE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Waiting for redemption is a challenge. That's just what Tyler Courtney faced Friday at Kokomo Speedway on night one of the "Kokomo Grand Prix," featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

One month after missing the feature in the season-opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill., Courtney was champing at the bit to return to what everyone has become accustomed to at Kokomo since August of last year by getting back to victory lane.

Courtney overcame an appetizing see-saw battle for the lead with the driver who became the star of Du Quoin last month, Logan Seavey. With one final slider to close the door, an avoidance of lapped traffic mayhem and a late-race restart, Courtney overcame all those obstacles to come through with his fourth-career series win and first of the season. It's a long way, figuratively and literally, from the lonely sideline he stood on in the most recent race.

"It was frustrating having to wait a month," Courtney begins. "You just have to take those nights. Unfortunately, you're going to have those and just hope that everyone else has a night like that at some point, but you have to come back and rebound as best you can. There hasn't been any racing lately, so we couldn't do anything. Our motto is 'you're only as good as your last race,' so you don't want to end on missing the show. "We tried to maximize points tonight, but just came up short in qualifying there. We were really good in the feature and Tim (Clauson) gave me a really good racecar. I think we definitely rebounded and showed that we're still in contention for this thing for the rest of the year."

Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., would roll off from the fifth position for the 30-lap feature while, up front, series point leader Seavey motored around the outside of pole sitter Kevin Thomas, Jr. to take the early lead. Seavey would stretch the lead out following a brief challenge from reigning series champ Spencer Bayston until a lap nine red flag for a Dave Darland "Tommy Tipover" in turn four. Darland would restart.

On the ensuing restart, Bayston drew the bow back and the let the arrow fly toward the cushion, sliding up in front of Seavey near the exit of turn two, nearly forcing Seavey into a complete halt, which created an opening for third-running Courtney to enter the fray on the inside and make it three-wide midway down the back straightaway. Seavey rolled through the alley between Courtney and Bayston like an Earl Anthony strike, pinning himself to the top spot as he drifted up to the turn three cushion.

Courtney remained on the bottom as Seavey ripped the top, with Courtney clasping to the advantage by a mere car length at the line at the conclusion of laps 10 and 11. On the 12th circuit, however, Courtney moved up to the middle to slow Seavey's charge, but the impressive series Rookie from Sutter, Calif. looked anything but a Rookie when he stuck it on the cushion, went right for the jugular and reclaimed the lead from Courtney at the exit of turn four.

Instantly, Courtney aimed for the bottom of turn one and threw his slider, briefly taking the lead before Seavey cut back downhill off turn two to take back possession into turn three. Courtney reloaded and aimed for the bottom of turn four to slide back to the front yet again to lead lap 13. Seavey packed the gunpowder and fired another Bullet (by Spike) at Courtney in turn three, sliding all the way up to the cush which left the door open for Courtney to carry the momentum back to the point to pull ahead on the 14th lap.

"This place is all about momentum, so you just have to try and kill his momentum as much as possible. It was tough to do," Courtney explained. "The kid (Seavey) is a tough racer and he's proven that by winning the first race of the year and a POWRi championship last year. He's a smart racer and people have taken note of that. I think it was a deal where a little bit more experience on my part came into play. I kind of knew where to cut his momentum off and where to pick mine back up. We made the right moves at the right time tonight and it worked in our favor."

A lap past halfway, Seavey whacked the turn four wall in pursuit of Courtney. As he gathered up his horse, Chad Boat got by him for second as Courtney extended his lead to a second-and-a-half, although the lead would begin to shrink as the frontrunners encountered lapped traffic.

The closest encounter came with five laps remaining as series Rookies Kyle Craker and Chase Jones tangled on the back straight, sending Jones sideways toward the infield grass just as the leaders were arriving on the scene, putting Courtney into a brief scare.

"It was pure pucker factor," Courtney said matter-of-factly. "I thought the 33 (Jones) was going to come right into the side of my right rear and I was going to go for a ride. I just jammed the throttle and squeaked out of there."

Despite the close calls in gridlock, Courtney was hoping for a clean and green run down the stretch.

"I wasn't hoping for a yellow," Courtney admits. "I wanted it to stay green because I thought we were really good through lapped traffic. I know that's where you can win or lose these races. Restarts are definitely tough. Then, to have to restart after the white flag came out, it's a tough deal. You really have to stay focused, hit your marks and make them perfect. These races aren't easy to win. Guys like Chad and Brady are veterans, so they know when to pounce and how to pounce. That's definitely in the back of your mind, but you just have to keep your nose down and do what you've been doing the whole race."

With Courtney seemingly control, the chessboard was reset when 12th running Tyler Thomas stalled atop the turn four cushion just as the white flag was waving, setting up a green-white checkered finish. On the GWC, Boat was able to hang with Courtney, just two car lengths separating the top-two as they crossed under the white. However, Courtney incrementally inched away from Boat on the final go-around to take the victory by a half-second over Boat, Brady Bacon, Bayston and fast qualifier Justin Grant.

With a pair of "Sprint Car Smackdown" wins and a "Kokomo Klash" score to close out 2017 and now a "Kokomo Grand Prix" triumph to begin 2018, Courtney has posted an undefeated mark since August of last year when he's made an appearance at Kokomo. Yet, with the competition as fierce as it is right now, Courtney won't allow himself to get complacent.

"If you get yourself too confident, you kind of get yourself in trouble," Courtney reminded himself. "I think anytime we come to this place, I feel pretty confident that I'm going to do my job to win. I've won with two different teams here now that have given me great cars and that definitely makes my job easier. Every win here is special. It's such a neat place and the O'Connors are great people who do a lot for our sport and put up a lot of our marquee events throughout the year. The best thing we can do to repay him is to put on a show like we did tonight."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Kokomo Speedway included Tucker Klaasmeyer (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Tyler Nelson (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 13, 2018 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.154; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.168; 3. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.241; 4. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.261; 5. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.274; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 15, Petry/Goff-13.373; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.385; 8. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.400; 9. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.402; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.428; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.549; 12. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.550; 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.592; 14. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-13.604; 15. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.612; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 63, Dooling-13.688; 17. Andrew Felker, 7F, Boss-13.689; 18. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.696; 19. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-13.722; 20. Dave Darland, 91D, Thomas-13.770; 21. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.771; 22. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.804; 23. C.J. Leary, 4, TOPP-13.944; 24. Matt Moore, 9, Hergott/RayPro-13.976; 25. Tyler Nelson, 88T, Nelson-14.007; 26. Andrew Layser, 35, Bright-14.125; 27. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.176; 28. Chase Jones, 33, RayPro-14.219; 29. Ethan Mitchell, 19M, Mitchell-14.301; 30. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-14.302; 31. Chris Hettinger, 71H, Hettinger-14.487; 32. Bear Wood, 8JR, Wood-15.718; 33. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-19.423; 34. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Seavey, 3. Grant, 4. Felker, 5. Shelton, 6. Walker, 7. Nelson, 8. Mitchell, 9. Windom. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Courtney, 4. Carrick, 5. Craker, 6. Hendricks, 7. Layser, 8. Studley, 9. Bright. 2:16.86

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Bacon, 3. Robinson, 4. Schuett, 5. Leary, 6. Lynch, 7. Johnson, 8. Hettinger. 2:16.86

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Wise, 3. Boat, 4. Bayston, 5. Darland, 6. Jones, 7. Moore, 8. Wood. 2:16.66

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Darland, 3. Bright, 4. Craker, 5. Jones, 6. Lynch, 7. Nelson, 8. Leary, 9. Hendricks, 10. Walker, 11. Moore, 12. Layser, 13. Johnson, 14. Studley, 15. Mitchell, 16. Wood, 17. Hettinger, 18. Windom. 2:46.01

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Chad Boat (8), 3. Brady Bacon (7), 4. Spencer Bayston (3), 5. Justin Grant (6), 6. Zeb Wise (12), 7. Logan Seavey (2), 8. Thomas Meseraull (16), 9. Ryan Robinson (4), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 11. Holly Shelton (9), 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer (13), 13. Dave Darland (20), 14. Andrew Felker (17), 15. Jerry Coons Jr. (18), 16. Brayton Lynch (15), 17. Tanner Carrick (10), 18. Kyle Craker (14), 19. Gage Walker (23). 20. Alex Bright (21), 21. Tyler Thomas (11), 22. Chase Jones (22), 23. Kyle Schuett (19), 24. Matt Moore (24). NT ---------------------------- **Moore flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Darland flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Seavey, Laps 10-11 Courtney, Lap 12 Seavey, Laps 13-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Thomas Meseraull (16th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dave Darland

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Tyler Nelson

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-131, 2-Grant-128, 3-Wise-126, 4-Boat-125, 5-Robinson-117, 6-Bacon-106, 7-Bayston-100, 8-Courtney-91, 9-K. Thomas Jr.-84, 10-Carrick-75.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 14 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS READY TO RUMBLE AT CASA GRANDE
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 11, 2018... This Saturday, April 14th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their first of four appearances at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Arizona. Promoted by Dave Ellis, the “Cotton Classic” will also feature Late Models, Winged Power 600 Micro Sprints, Pure Stocks, and Bombers. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 muffler is MANDATORY at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply with the muffler rule risks disqualification from the event.

The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted nine USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the March 23, 2013 debut and is tied with R.J. Johnson for the series lead with three victories. Johnson set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.058 on October 29, 2016 and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the standings with a seven-point advantage. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson finished second at the March 31st “Easter Eggstravaganza” at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the five-time champion has posted two feature wins, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes and 48 feature laps led. R.J. will miss the Casa Grande action to compete with USAC/CRA in Tulare, California.

After winning the March 31st “Easter Eggstravaganza,” “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) has taken over second in the point chase. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis has one feature win, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led to his credit. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion will be looking to gain valuable points by winning the “Cotton Classic.”

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko scored fifteenth at Canyon Speedway Park after an early flip ended his night. To date, the young driver has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and three top-10 finishes. Tye will have his sights on rebounding with a “Cotton Classic” victory.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Driving Kevin Turner and Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis finished ninth in the “Easter Eggstravaganza.” At press time, the young driver has three top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael will be looking to earn his first career USAC SouthWest triumph at Central Arizona Speedway.

After scoring fourth in the March 31st feature, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) has risen to fifth in the championship standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and two top-10 finishes. The former Hall of Fame Classic winner will have his sights on adding the “Cotton Classic” to his resume.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Lundy, Dennis Gile, Josh Pelkey, Sterling Cling, Tyler Adams, Andy Reinbold, Larry Kesterson, Colton Maroney, Tyler Most, Jonas Reynolds, Jason McDougal, and more.

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east five miles to 11 Mile Corner Road, then head south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior/Military tickets are $12, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

CASA GRANDE SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows)
3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-240, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-233, 3. Tye Mihocko-192, 4. Michael Curtis-187, 5. Mike Martin-172, 6. Matt Lundy-146, 7. Dennis Gile-144, 8. Josh Pelkey-127, 9. Stevie Sussex-123, 10. Sterling Cling-107, 11. Tyler Adams-106, 12. Andy Reinbold-86, 13. Larry Kesterson-78, --. Jake Swanson-78, 15. Colton Maroney-73, 16. Mason Keefer-69, 17. Tyler Most-65, 18. Zack Madrid-63, 19. Chris Bonneau-59, 20. Landon Cling-56.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 14: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Cotton Classic)
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS EYE TULARE RETURN
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 11, 2018... After a couple of rainouts, the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water will head to Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the Saturday, April 14th, season opener will also feature the AMSOIL USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Cars and the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 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
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Heading into Saturday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted eight USAC Western Midget races. P.J. Jones won the September 7, 1988 Tulare debut and rain washed out last year’s show. At press time, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010 and the series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

Last November, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) clinched his fifth consecutive championship. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner posted three feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 93 feature laps led. Ronnie has been searching for a new ride and will be looking for his twenty-third series victory.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) took second in the 2017 Western Midget point standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini had one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 13feature laps on the year. The former BCRA Champion has one career USAC victory and will have his sights on winning at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Veteran David Prickett (Fresno, California) scored third in the championship point standings. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett had two heat race victory, one hard charger award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2012 Dirt Series Champion will be looking to add Tulare to his resume.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) finished fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott had one feature win, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. The 2015 Rookie of the Year will have his sights on earning a victory at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) placed fifth in the 2017 USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting the family owned #4D RD Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby posted three heat race victories, one hard charger award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. Robert will be looking to earn his first series triumph this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Shannon McQueen, Mason Daniel, Maria Cofer, Robby Josett, Jake Swanson, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, Clayton Ruston, C.J. Sarna, Kyle Beilman, Bryan Drollinger, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Adult Tickets are $25 Grandstand and $20 Bleachers, Senior Tickets are $23 Grandstand and $18 Bleachers, Kids (6-12) Tickets are $13 Grandstand and $10 Bleachers, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER 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.

TULARE LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS:
1-Brady Bacon, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-P.J. Jones, 1-Trey Marcham, 1-Sleepy Tripp

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
June 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
July 21: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS THUNDER AT TULARE SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 11, 2018... After a break in the schedule, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, April 14th, at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the second point race will also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water and the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 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.

Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval has held seven USAC/CRA Sprint Car races and Mike Spencer won the last appearance on May 18, 2013. “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman topped the May 27, 2007 debut and Bryan Clauson set the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.606 on November 14, 2009. The series win list at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

Entering Saturday’s race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has an eight point advantage over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner won the March 9th “Spring Showcase” at Canyon Speedway Park. The six-time champion has seventy-six USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson led the first eight laps at Canyon Speedway Park before finishing second. Last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on Saturday’s $3,000 payday.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Making his debut in Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Johnson scored third in the “Spring Showcase.” The five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has six career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to gain valuable points with a Tulare victory.

“The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug (Hanford, California) is fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood’s #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Boespflug earned the March 9th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran fifth in the main event. The former SCRA 360 Sprint Car Champion has returned to the Midwest to compete with the USAC National Sprints and local Indiana shows.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA championship standings. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis scored a fifth place finish in the “Spring Showcase.” The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion will miss Tulare to race in the USAC SouthWest “Cotton Classic” at Casa Grande.

Currently twenty-fourth in points, Gary Paulson (Woodland, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Brody Roa, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, A.J. Bender, Chris Gansen, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Adult Tickets are $25 Grandstand and $20 Bleachers, Senior Tickets are $23 Grandstand and $18 Bleachers, Kids (6-12) Tickets are $13 Grandstand and $10 Bleachers, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Damion Gardner.

TULARE AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Jon Stanbrough.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-82, 2. Jake Swanson-74, 3. R.J. Johnson-71, 4. Chad Boespflug-69, 5. Charles Davis Jr.-67, 6. Brody Roa-66, 7. Stevie Sussex-58, 8. Austin Williams-55, 9. Zack Madrid-54, 10. Isaac Chapple-49, 11. Cody Williams-45, 12. Mike Martin-43, 13. Logan Williams-41, 14. Tommy Malcolm-40, --. Tye Mihocko-40, 16. Matt McCarthy-36, 17. Matt Rossi-33, --. A.J. Bender-33, 19. Chris Bonneau-26, --. Matt Lundy-26.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 5: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

ROA RETURNS TO HANFORD’S VICTORY CIRCLE
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 9, 2018... After winning a three-wide “champions” battle for the lead with Jake Swanson and Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) topped last Saturday’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car race at Hanford. By claiming the 30-lap victory at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds, Roa earned $1,500 for his efforts ahead of fast qualifier Vander Weerd, Swanson, Jace Vander Weerd, and Ryan Timmons.

Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Brody Roa qualified seventh out of the twenty-car roster and ran second to Richard Vander Weerd in his heat race. Starting fourth, the 2016 champion powered to the lead on lap twenty-four and scored his second win of the season. With five career victories, the second generation driver ranks thirteenth in the point chase with two heat race wins, two top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led.

Starting third, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) pressured Jake Swanson for the top spot before finishing second at the checkered flags. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2011 champion has taken over the point lead with two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Subbing for Ryan Bernal, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) started second and led twenty laps at Hanford before scoring a third place finish. Driving Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Swanson grabbed the lead from Steve Hix and had a torrid battle with Vander Weerd and Roa. Earlier in the program, the defending champion was fifth fast in time trials and won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. At press time, Swanson is fourteenth in the standings with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes to his credit.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) battled from seventh to place fourth at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified fourth overall and took third in his heat race. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has climbed to second in points with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) had a solid night at Hanford with an eleventh to fifth place run in the 30-lap main event. Racing the family owned #29T Snap-On Tools / Evergreen Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons was eleventh quick in time trials and ran fourth in his heat race. The 2016 Rookie of the Year sits ninth in the standings with one top-10 finish in 2018.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place run from sixteenth. Driving the family owned #88K PMS Investments / Shaw Structures Unlimited KPC, Shaw qualified nineteenth with mechanical issues and placed sixth in his heat race. Heading to Santa Maria, Koen is tied for sixth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes.

Steve Hix (Ventura, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Piloting his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix was sixth fast in time trials and led the first three laps of the feature before scoring sixth. Now ranked sixth in championship points, Steve has also posted two top-10 finishes on the year.

On Saturday, April 28th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their first of four appearances at Santa Maria Raceway. The third point race will also feature the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, QRC Outlaw Karts, and Junior Midgets. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Advance tickets are on sale and visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232 for more information.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
April 7, 2018 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.352; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.474; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.478; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.533; 5. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-16.536; 6. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.790; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.934; 8. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-17.147; 9. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.178; 10. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-17.181; 11. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.231; 12. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.326; 13. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-17.368; 14. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-17.453; 15. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.467; 16. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.662; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.557; 18. Hobie Conway, 7K, Kruseman-19.108; 19. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-NT; 20. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Bock, 5. Stolz, 6. Shaw, 7. Owens. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Swanson, 2. Liggett, 3. Guardino, 4. Timmons, 5. Carter, 6. Barnes, 7. Ervine. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Hix, 2. Wiley, 3. McQueen, 4. Faria, 5. Edwards, 6. Conway. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Brody Roa (4th), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (3rd), 3. Jake Swanson (2nd), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (7th), 5. Ryan Timmons (11th), 6. Steve Hix (1st), 7. Tristan Guardino (8th), 8. Shannon McQueen (9th), 9. Koen Shaw (16th), 10. Britton Bock (10th), 11. Austin Liggett (5th), 12. Brandon Wiley (6th), 13. Trent Carter (14th), 14. Hobie Conway (18th), 15. Kevin Barnes (17th), 16. Kyle Edwards (15th), 17. Danny Faria Jr. (12th), 18. Brent Owens (19th), 19. Austin Ervine (20th), 20. Ryan Stolz (13th). NT
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**Faria flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Hix, Laps 4-23 Swanson, Laps 24-30 Roa.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (16th to 9th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd-156, 2. Jace Vander Weerd-137, 3. Austin Liggett-131, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-112, 5. Steve Hix-110, 6. Koen Shaw-109, -. Shannon McQueen-109, 8. Tristan Guardino-108, 9. Ryan Timmons-103, 10. Brandon Wiley-102, 11. Britton Bock-96, 12. Ryan Bernal-80, 13. Brody Roa-77, 14. Jake Swanson-74, 15. Ryan Stolz-67, 16. Austin Ervine-64, 17. Trent Carter-41, 18. Hobie Conway-38, 19. Johnathon Henry-37, 20. Kevin Barnes-36.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

ROA WINS WEST COAST SPRINT AT KELLER AUTO SPEEDWAY

Hanford, CA........Brody Roa of Garden Grove, Calif. won Saturday night's 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint race at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd fimished second ahead of Jake Swanson, Jace Vander Weerd and Ryan Timmons. Steve Hix led the first three laps, Swanson led the next 20 and Roa led the last seven after a lap-24 restart following a flip by Danny Faria Jr.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 7, 2018 - Hanford, California - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.352; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.474; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.478; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.533; 5. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-16.536; 6. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.790; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.934; 8. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-17.147; 9. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.178; 10. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-17.181; 11. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.231; 12. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.326; 13. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-17.368; 14. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-17.453; 15. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.467; 16. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.662; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.557; 18. Hobie Conway, 7K, Kruseman-19.108; 19. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-NT; 20. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Bock, 5. Stolz, 6. Shaw, 7. Owens. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Liggett, 3. Guardino, 4. Timmons, 5. Carter, 6. Barnes, 7. Ervine. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hix, 2. Wiley, 3. McQueen, 4. Faria, 5. Edwards, 6. Conway. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Ryan Timmons, 6. Steve Hix, 7. Tristan Guardino, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Koen Shaw, 10. Britton Bock, 11. Brandon Wiley, 12. Austin Liggett, 13. Trent Carter, 14. Hobie Conway, 15. Kevin Barnes, 16. Kyle Edwards, 17. Danny Faria Jr., 18. Brent Owens, 19. Austin Ervine, 20. Ryan Stolz. NT ---------------------------- **Faria flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Hix, Laps 4-23 Swanson, Laps 24-30 Roa.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (16th to 9th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-R.Vander Weerd-156, 2-J.Vander Weerd-137, 3-Liggett-129, 4-Faria-112, 5-Hix-110, 6-Shaw-109, 7-McQueen-109, 8-Guardino-108, 9-Wiley-104, 10-Timmons-103.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 28 - Santa Maria (CA) Raceway


 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 6-7, 2018 - Phoenix, Arizona - ISM Raceway - "Phoenix Copper Cup"

QUALIFYING: (Held April 6) 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-25.326; 2. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ Racing-25.363; 3. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-25.438; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-25.550; 5. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-25.623; 6. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-25.653; 7. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-25.836; 8. Eric Gordon, 21, Armstrong-25.893; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-25.986; 10. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-26.012; 11. A.J. Russell, 3, Finkenbinder-26.384; 12. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-26.569; 13. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Gerhardt-27.450; 14. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-27.466; 15. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR Racing-27.476; 16. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-27.624; 17. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-27.914; 18. Jesse Dunham, 126, Pierce-28.262.

FEATURE: (100 laps - Held April 7) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Eric Gordon, 5. Cody Gerhardt, 6. Travis Welpott, 7. David Byrne, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Matt Goodnight, 10. Aaron Pierce, 11. Kyle Hamilton, 12. Bill Rose, 13. Jesse Dunham, 14. Toni Breidinger, 15. Austin Nemire, 16. A.J. Russell, 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 18. Kyle Robbins. 58:07.875 ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Byrne, Laps 12-65 Hamilton, Laps 66-79 Swanson, Laps 80-100 Santos.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Cody Gerhardt (13th-5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jesse Dunham

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Santos & Swanson-70, 3-Grant-64, 4-Gordon-51, 5-Gerhardt-48, 6-Welpott-45, 7-Byrne-42, 8-Windom-39, 9-Goodnight-36, 10-Hamilton-34.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE April 29 - Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track - "Sumar Classic"

 

 

KUNSMAN TAKES EASTERN OPENER; SATURDAY RACE AT LANCO'S CANCELLED

Jonestown, PA........Tommy Kunsman Jr. of Bethlehem, Pa. led all 25 laps of Friday night's 2018 "Groundbreaker" opener for the USAC Eastern Midgets at Linda's Speedway. Kunsman was trailed to the checkered flag by Kenny Miller, Shawn Jackson, Daniel Robinson and Lee Nardelli. Saturday's race at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway has been cancelled. The series resumes April 21 at BAPS Motor Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 6, 2018 - Jonestown, Pennsylvania - Linda's Speedway - "Groundbreaker"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tommy Kunsman Jr. (#21k Kunsman), 2. Andrew Layser (#35 Lesher), 3. Kenny Miller (#23 Miller), 4. Shawn Jackson (#7s Jackson), 5. Mike Meyers (#10m Meyers). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 2. Daniel Robinson (#57D Robinson), 3. Lee Nardelli (#85 Nardelli), 4. Adam Pierson (#9 Mancini). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 2. Kenny Miller, 3. Shawn Jackson, 4. Daniel Robinson, 5. Lee Nardelli, 6. Mike Meyers, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Ryan Greth. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Kunsman.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kunsman-140, 2-Miller-130, 3-Jackson-124, 4-Robinson-122, 5-Nardelli-115, 6-Meyers-108, 7-Layser-107, 8-Greth-105, 9-Pierson-34.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 21 - York Haven, PA - BAPS Motor Speedway (April 7 race at Newmanstown, PA cancelled)

 

 

SWANSON WINS THE POLE FOR SATURDAY'S PHOENIX COPPER CUP

Phoenix, Arizona.........Kody Swanson set the mark in Friday's qualifying session to capture the pole position for Saturday's "Phoenix Copper Cup" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series event at ISM Raceway.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, California, was the last car to make a qualifying attempt when he laid down the fastest lap of the session, defeating 2017 race winner Bobby Santos by just a tick under four-hundredths of a second with a lap of 25.326 seconds/142.146 mph around the one-mile tri-oval. Swanson's lap was just nine-thousandths of a second off the track's one-lap Silver Crown record of 25.317 seconds, set by the late Dave Steele in 2004.

Swanson, the three-time Silver Crown champion, has 19 career series victories (2nd all-time), but is eying his first win at Phoenix. In his last two visits to the track in 2009 and 2017, Swanson finished in the runner-up position.

Swanson will be joined on the front row by Santos of Franklin, Mass. In the ensuing rows lie Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wis.), Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) and Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) who occupy the first three rows for the 100-mile event.

Saturday's race begins at 3:15pm Pacific. Download the USAC app to listen to all the action live from the track's public address system and the voices of Pat Sullivan and Dean Strom.

Saturday's full docket is as follows: 1pm: Silver Crown Drivers Meeting. 1:55-2:05pm: Silver Crown Shake Down. 2:05-2:15pm: Silver Crown to Pit Road. 3:15pm: "Phoenix Copper Cup" 100-mile Silver Crown Race.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES QUALIFYING RESULTS: April 6, 2018 - Phoenix, Arizona - ISM Raceway - "Phoenix Copper Cup"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-25.326; 2. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-25.363; 3. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-25.438; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-25.550; 5. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-25.623; 6. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-25.653; 7. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-25.836; 8. Eric Gordon, 21, Armstrong-25.893; 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20, Nolen-25.986; 10. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-26.012; 11. A.J. Russell, 3, Finkenbinder-26.384; 12. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-26.569; 13. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Gerhardt-27.450; 14. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-27.466; 15. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-27.476; 16. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-27.624; 17. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-27.914; 18. Jesse Dunham, 126, Pierce-28.262

 

PHOENIX COPPER CUP RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Phoenix, Arizona.........With cold weather blanketing many parts of the U.S.A., the warm climes and picturesque scenes of Arizona are always a welcome sight for sore eyes, especially for the teams of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, which begin its 2018 season at the newly-renamed ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway) this Friday and Saturday, April 6-7.

Practice and qualifying is set to take place on the one-mile tri-oval on Friday while the 100-mile finale is schedule for Saturday afternoon.

One year ago, it was Franklin, Massachusetts' Bobby Santos sweeping the pole and the race victory in his DJ Racing No. 22, becoming the first driver from the Northeast to capture a Silver Crown event at Phoenix in 23 runnings. In fact, 15 different winners have celebrated Silver Crown wins at Phoenix since the series' debut at the track in 1987. The only driver in this year's field who can claim that right is Santos.

Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson finished second in last year's race following a late surge to the front. Phoenix remains elusive to the three-time series champ thus far. He's finished in the runner-up spot in his last two Phoenix Silver Crown outings in 2009 and 2017. He stands just four wins behind Jack Hewitt's Silver Crown record of 23 wins on the all-time list.

David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisconsin led a race-high 69 laps during the 2017 contest. He aims to become the first driver from Wisconsin to win a USAC-sanctioned event at Phoenix since Stan Fox captured the Midget portion of the 1993 "Copper World Classic." The native Badger, Byrne's homeland of Wisconsin is one of seven states represented in the field alongside Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio and Indiana, which has a race-high six drivers in this year's race lineup.

The home state of Arizona is represented by USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car veteran Brent Yarnal of Phoenix, who will make his series debut when he hits the track for practice this Friday. Tucson's USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr., who aims to make his 10th career Phoenix Silver Crown start this weekend, has 165 starts in the series, placing him fifth on the all-time rankings.

The only driver with more Silver Crown starts at Phoenix than Coons is Greenfield, Indiana's Eric Gordon who returns to the series after a six-year hiatus. The first of Gordon's 12 Phoenix starts came all the way back in 1990! His best finish in the "Valley of the Sun" came the following year in 1991 when he grabbed second-place honors behind winner Jeff Gordon, no relation.

Chris Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown champion, and Justin Grant had less-than-desirable conclusions in last year's "Phoenix Copper Cup." Windom, of Canton, Illinois, escaped serious injury after pounding the backstretch wall in Friday practice. He returned to the track the following day, jumping into the car of fellow driver Patrick Lawson, which he moved up steadily through the field before the car went up in smoke. Ione, California's Grant met a similar fate as Windom, ending his afternoon against the SAFER barrier between turns three and four.

Like Windom and Grant, Aaron Pierce of Muncie, Indiana is a Silver Crown race winner and is, in fact, the driver who recorded the fastest official lap in Silver Crown competition during the 2006 season with a lap speed of 175.012mph at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.

Hillsborough, California's Toni Breidinger is the lone female and the youngest driver in the field at age 18 as she returns to the spot where she made her series debut a year ago, finishing eighth. She is one of nine drivers from last year's starting field returning to competition for 2018, including Byrne, Coons, Grant, Pierce, Santos, Swanson, Windom and Clovis, California's A.J. Russell, who finished one spot behind Breidinger in ninth at the 2017 race.

Seven drivers are making their Phoenix Silver Crown debuts, including Yarnal, Cody Gerhardt of Fresno, California, Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Indiana, Kyle Hamilton of Danville, Indiana, Austin Nemire of Sylvania, Ohio, Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Indiana and Pendleton, Indiana's Travis Welpott.

Bill Rose, a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner is the most "experienced" driver in the field at age 53 as he plans to make his first Phoenix Silver Crown start since a 24th place run in 1992!

Daily Schedule:
FRIDAY, APRIL 6: 10am: Silver Crown Drivers Meeting. 11-11:30am: Silver Crown to Pit Road. 11:30am-12:30pm: Silver Crown Practice #1. 12:45pm-1:15pm: Silver Crown Practice #2. 2:15-2:45pm: Silver Crown Autograph Session. 4:15pm: Silver Crown Qualifying.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7: 1pm: Silver Crown Drivers Meeting. 1:55-2:05pm: Silver Crown Shake Down. 2:05-2:15pm: Silver Crown to Pit Road. 3:15pm: "Phoenix Copper Cup" 100-mile Silver Crown Race.

Media:
Listen LIVE on the USAC app or following along on USAC's social media pages: USAC Racing on Facebook and @usacnation on Twitter and Instagram. Watch the full race on-demand within a day after the event is run at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

Entry List:
# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
3 A.J. RUSSELL/Clovis, CA (Ted Finkenbinder)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
29 BRENT YARNAL/Phoenix, AZ (Yarnal Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
60 CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Motorsports)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
118 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS SET FOR HANFORD RETURN
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 4, 2018... This Saturday, April 7th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first of two appearances at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the second point race will also feature the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The front gates will open at 4:30pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 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.

To date, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-seven USAC West Coast Sprint Car shows. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with nine victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. Last season, Austin Liggett won the March 25th and June 17th races while “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. took the checkered flags on April 29th. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

Heading into Saturday’s event, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) has a slim two point advantage over the competition. Driving Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Bernal led the last two laps to win at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on March 9th. Bernal leads all drivers with thirty-four West Coast victories and will be looking to add another Hanford trophy to his collection.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) ranks second in the point standings. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett led the first 28 laps before finishing second to Bernal at Tulare. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has five series wins and will have his sights on the $1,500 payday.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the USAC West Coast point chase. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard earned his seventeenth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and placed fourth in the Tulare feature. The 2011 Champion has nineteen series wins and will be looking for his tenth Hanford triumph.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) is fourth in the championship point chase. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria scored a third place finish at the March 9th main event. The two-time (2013, 2015) champion is currently tied with Bryan Clauson for fourth in series wins and will have his sights on his eleventh victory.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks fifth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace scored a fifth place finish at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has eight West Coast wins to his credit and will be looking for another win at the Kings County Fairgrounds.

Currently tenth in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California) and Dalton Hill (Madera, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Koen Shaw, Brandon Wiley, Shannon McQueen, Tristan Guardino, Steve Hix, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Stolz, Johnathon Henry, Brody Roa, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets are $12, Student tickets are $8, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Brody Roa.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races)
9-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Ryan Bernal, 6-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-80, 2. Austin Liggett-78, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-75, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-74, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-67, 6. Koen Shaw-60, 7. Brandon Wiley-56, 8. Shannon McQueen-54, 9. Tristan Guardino-50, 10. Britton Bock-48, 11. Steve Hix-46, 12. Ryan Timmons-40, --. Ryan Stolz-40, 14. Austin Ervine-37, --. Johnathon Henry-37.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
April 7: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

DAVIS IS BACK ON TOP AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 3, 2018... Last Saturday night, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) earned his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the year at Canyon Speedway Park. Starting fifth, the five-time Arizona champion took the lead from Michael Curtis on lap five and held off all challengers to score the $1,500 “Easter Eggstravaganza” triumph. Point leader R.J. Johnson, top qualifier Jake Swanson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and hard charger Dennis Gile followed Davis to the checkered flags.

Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Charles Davis Jr. opened the night by placing third in the first 8-lap heat race. Ranked second out of a sixteen car roster in passing points, Davis charged to his first win as a car owner and the twenty-second SouthWest victory of his career. “Chargin” Charles has climbed to second in the point chase with one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season.

Starting fourth, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) took second in last Saturday’s “Easter Eggstravaganza.” Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the program’s first 8-lap heat race and sat third in passing points. The five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has a seven point lead over the competition with two feature wins, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led to his credit.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) returned to USAC SouthWest action and scored third in the 30-lap feature after starting sixth. Piloting the John Grau and Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson won the night’s second heat race and earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master / Top Qualifier Award. Last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has posted three top-10 finishes and is now tied for thirteenth in the point standings.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) claimed a solid fourth place finish at the “Easter Eggstravaganza.” Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin placed fourth in his heat race and sat fourth in the night’s passing points. To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has risen to fifth in championship points with one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and two top-10 finishes.

Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Arizona) earned his second hard charger award with a fifth place run from eleventh in the main event. Driving Gene Gile’s #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile ran sixth in his heat race and placed eleventh in the night’s passing points. The former rookie of the year has climbed to seventh in the point chase with one feature win, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in 2018.

On Saturday, April 14th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their first appearance of the year at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. The “Cotton Classic” will also feature Late Models, Power 600 Micro Sprints (winged), Pure Stocks, and Bombers. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 31, 2018 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Easter Eggstravaganza”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 6. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 8. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 4. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 5. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 6. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 8. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 2. R.J. Johnson (4th), 3. Jake Swanson (6th), 4. Mike Martin (3rd), 5. Dennis Gile (11th), 6. Andy Reinbold (10th), 7. Sterling Cling (9th), 8. Matt Lundy (12th), 9. Michael Curtis (1st), 10. Dalten Gabbard (7th), 11. Daylin Perreira (2nd), 12. Larry Kesterson (14th), 13. Jonas Reynolds (13th), 14. Tyler Most (16th), 15. Tye Mihocko (8th), 16. Tyler Adams (15th). NT
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**Mihocko flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Curtis, Laps 5-30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Dennis Gile (11th to 5th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER / TOP QUALIFIER: Jake Swanson

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-240, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-233, 3. Tye Mihocko-192, 4. Michael Curtis-187, 5. Mike Martin-172, 6. Matt Lundy-146, 7. Dennis Gile-144, 8. Josh Pelkey-127, 9. Stevie Sussex-123, 10. Sterling Cling-107, 11. Tyler Adams-106, 12. Andy Reinbold-86, 13. Larry Kesterson-78, --. Jake Swanson-78, 15. Colton Maroney-73, 16. Mason Keefer-69, 17. Tyler Most-65, 18. Zack Madrid-63, 19. Chris Bonneau-59, 20. Landon Cling-56.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 14: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Cotton Classic)
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TWO-RACE WEEKEND KICKS OFF
USAC EASTERN MIDGET SEASON ON APRIL 6 & 7

Newmanstown, PA - A pair of big races within easy driving distance of one another will kick off the 2018 season for the USAC Eastern Midgets this weekend, April 6 & 7, and the two most recent champions of the division will lead the assault in the action-packed doubleheader.

Friday, April 6, the 2018 Groundbreaker event will jump start the new year for the mighty Midgets at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa. Joining the ground-pounding Midgets will be the wingless 600 and the winged 270 Sprints. Gates will open at 5:30 and race time is set for 7:30. Last season, rain outs plagued the speedway just about every time the Midgets were on the schedule, with just one race, the last one of the year for the USAC Eastern Midgets, getting into the books at the quarter-mile. That event was a dandy, though, as Alex Bright authored a last lap pass of his teammate, Andrew Layser, to score the win by mere inches when the duo crossed the finish line.

With his top ten finish in that final race at Linda's, Ryan Greth clinched his first USAC Eastern Midget point championship. Both Greth and Bright (the 2016 champion) will be in the field this Friday at Linda's and on Saturday, April 7, as the clay-tossing Midgets take their broadsliding brand of motorsports mayhem to Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. as the speedway presents its 2018 No Wing Spring Fling.

Back in 2015, New Cumberland, Pa.'s Greth captured the very first Midget race ever run at Clyde Martin. There have been six Midget events since (four Eastern Midget and two USAC National Midget races), and Greth is still looking for his second triumph at the Clyde. Collegeville, Pa.'s Alex Bright has annexed the victories in all four stand-alone Eastern Midget races, while Tanner Thorson has emerged victorious in both of the National Midget Championship events. Anticipation for this event is high as fans and competitors alike yearn to see if this will be the race when someone other than Bright is holding the checkered flag at the end of the evening. Greth has come close to dethroning "the Phenom" a few times and he's looking for a strong start to defend his 2017 point title.

Joining the USAC Eastern Midgets on Saturday at Clyde Martin will be the wingless 600 and wingless 270 Sprints, with a 6:00 p.m. starting time. Strong fields are expected in both the wingless 600's and 270's as Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway constantly provides thrill-a-minute racing for wingless warriors in those two divisions.

It will be a busy day at the Clyde on Saturday, with the speedway's five weekly classes going through pre-season car inspection at the track beginning at 9:00 a.m. Practice for Lanco members who compete in the 600cc, 270cc, Sportsman, 125cc, and 250cc Four-Stroke classes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The pits will then be cleared before gates re-open to race teams competing in that night's No Wing Spring Fling.

The USAC Eastern Midgets look forward to a big season beginning with this weekend's doubleheader at Linda's and the Clyde. Greth notched his first championship in '17, scoring a single feature win and lots of top five and top ten efforts. He returns to defend his title aboard the WSL Inc., Letter Works Sign Company Spike/Stanton No. 4.

Bright, who won three times and finished second in the standings last year, is armed with a new Elite Chassis powered by a Stanton SR-11 engine. He is aiming for his second point crown in the past three seasons.

The division's Rookie of the Year in 2017, Kenny Miller III from Birdsboro, Pa., is looking to improve on his impressive fourth place finish in points. He registered just one top five last season - a third place effort at Clyde Martin - and is searching for his initial Midget triumph as he steers a Spike/ Esslinger No. 23m.

2017 was a break-through year for New England's Adam Pierson, who often makes the long trek from his home to run with the USAC Eastern Midgets. Pierson engineered his first two victories with the club and wound up third in points. He will do battle in a Spike/ Esslinger combination in 2018.

Others expected to compete this weekend include Josh Heckman, Andrew Layser, Shawn Jackson, Christopher Dyson, and newcomer Lee Nardelli.

Nardelli purchased the car driven several times by Kyle Spence, and will make his Midget debut at Linda's on Friday night. Nardelli is a multi-time 600 Sprint champion at Bridgeport's Spirit Auto Center Speedway and has numerous feature wins in that class. The car is a proven commodity, as Spence recorded some impressive drives with it, so Nardelli should be a contender right out of the gate.

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 31, 2018 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Easter Eggstravaganza"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 6. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 8. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 4. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 5. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 6. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 8. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Andy Reinbold, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Matt Lundy, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Dalten Gabbard, 11. Daylin Perreira, 12. Larry Kesterson, 13. Jonas Reynolds, 14. Tyler Most, 15. Tye Mihocko, 16. Tyler Adams. NT
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**Mihocko flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Curtis, Laps 5-30 Davis.

HARD CHARGER: Dennis Gile (11th to 5th)

BEAVER STRIPES TOP QUALIFIER: Jake Swanson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-240, 2-Davis-233, 3-Mihocko-192, 4-Curtis-187, 5-Martin-172, 6-Lundy-146, 7-Gile-144, 8-Pelkey-127, 9-Stevie Sussex-123, 10-S.Cling-107.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 14 - Casa Grande, Arizona - Central Arizona Speedway - "Cotton Classic"

 

 

LEMKE GRABS POMBO-SARGENT SPEED2 FEATURE AT MADERA

Madera, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. paced all 30 laps to win Saturday night's "Pombo-Sargent Classic" 2018 USAC Speed2 Western US Midget opener at Madera Speedway. He was followed by Blake Brannon, Johnny Nichols and Elvis Rankin in the race which featured "double" points. The series now gears up for an April 21 event at The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: March 31, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Pombo-Sargent Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.164; 2. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.205; 3. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-15.513; 4. Elvis Rankin, 54, Rankin-15.648; 5. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-16.289.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Lemke, 2. Brannon, 3. Rankin, 4. Nichols, 5. Iest. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Blake Brannon, 3. Johnny Nichols, 4. Elvis Rankin. NT
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NOTE: Joey Iest car disqualified in feature for failing to pass post-race technical inspection.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-168, Brannon-158, 3-Nichols-146, 4-Iest-12.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-168, Brannon-158, 3-Nichols-146, 4-Iest-12.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE: April 21 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring - "Hometown Heroes Night"

 

 

WILSON GRABS WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA OPENER AT RED DIRT

Meeker, OK........Brett Wilson of Coweta, Okla. captured Friday night's 25-lap USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma opener at Red Dirt Raceway. He passed Casey Wills on lap six and led the rest of the way to beat Danny Smith, Johnny Kent, Joe Wood Jr. and Ty Hulsey. Tri-State Claims awarded Wilson an extra $100 for a "clean sweep" while Hardwood Innovations also split $100 in bonus money to three feature competitors. The series continues April 20 at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.

USAC WINLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: March 30, 2018 - Meeker, Oklahoma - Red Dirt Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 2. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith) 3. Noah Harris (#20H Lewis), 4. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), 5. Andrew Deal (#15D Deal), 6. Dwayne Forsgren (#16 Forsgren), 7. Brian Harvey (#29H Harvey). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 2. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 3. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre), 4. Cameron Hagin (#5H Hagin), 5. Dillon Laden (#18 Laden), 6. Justin Dunn (#19 Dunn). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 2. Grady Chandler (#5 Barksdale/Johnson), 3. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 4. Morgan Fletcher (#94F Fletcher), 5. David McDuffee (#43 McDuffee). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 2. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 3. Joe Wood Jr. (#28 Holloway), 4. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 5. Steven Shebester (#22 Barksdale), 6. Dane Fields (#98 Fields). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Brett Wilson, 2. Danny Smith, 3. Johnny Kent, 4. Joe Wood Jr., 5. Ty Hulsey, 6. Andrew Deal, 7. Kyle Clark, 8. Cameron Hagin, 9. Michael Tyre II, 10. Craig Carroll, 11. Tim Kent, 12. Steven Shebester, 13. Grady Chandler, 14. Noah Harris, 15. Dwayne Forsgren, 16. Casey Wills, 17. Brian Harvey, 18. Ryan Dean, 19. David McDuffee, 20. Justin Dunn, 21. Dillon Laden, 22. Grant Wresche, 23. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 24. Morgan Fletcher, 25. Dane Fields. NT ------------------------------------------ **Chandler flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Wills, Laps 6-25 Wilson.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Wilson-150, 2-Smith-142, 3-Kent-135, 4-Wood-130, 5-Hulsey-125, 6-A.Deal-122, 7-Clark-119, 8-Hagin-116, 9-Tyre-113, 10-Carroll-110.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 20 - Sapulpa, OK - Creek County Speedway

 

 

LAWRENCEBURG USAC SPRINT RACE CANCELLED

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........Wet grounds and a less than desirable weather forecast leading up to race day, and on race day, have forced cancellation of this Saturday's Midwest opener for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

"As much as we want to get the season started, there is just no way to get our facility in racing condition for Saturday," Lawrenceburg Speedway promoter Dave Rudisell said. "Unfortunately, the forecast calls for rain every day including Saturday, and we've already had rain every day this week."

The event was to have been the 60th series event held at the southeastern Indiana dirt oval, one of seven venues to have reached that mark. The series will return on July 22 for the 31st annual edition of "Indiana Sprint Week" and on September 29 for the "Fall Nationals." Additionally, the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship makes its lone visit of the season on June 2.

The AMSOIL National Sprints get back on the trail April 21 at Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the standings heading into the event. Chase Stockon and Tyler Courtney (twice) won the first three events of the season in February at Ocala, Florida.

 


 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS HEADLINE EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA AT CSP
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 26, 2018... The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, March 31st, at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the “Easter Eggstravaganza” is the second of seven appearances for the traditional 360 sprints at the fast 1/3-mile oval. The action packed card will also showcase the Leading Edge IMCA Modifieds, Arizona Differential IMCA Northern Sport Mods, and the Power 600 Non-Wing Micro Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Saturday’s event marks the third point race of the campaign and the return of the “Easter Eggstravaganza” to the schedule. The spring classic was first held in 2016 and Stevie Sussex took the main event win. Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-eight USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events (including non-point shows) and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with eighteen victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (4), Ryan Bernal (4), Dave Darland (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon is at the end of this release.

Heading to Canyon, five-time champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the standings with a seven-point advantage. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson earned his second win of the year at Arizona Speedway on March 17th. To date, the second generation driver has posted 48 feature laps led and will be looking to add the “Easter Eggstravaganza” to his resume.

After finishing third on March 17th, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) has climbed to second in the point chase. Piloting the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and three top-10 finishes. Tye will have his sights on making the “Easter Eggstravaganza” his first series triumph.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis led the first nine laps and finished second at San Tan Valley. At press time, the five-time Arizona sprint car champion has one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles will be looking to claim his first win of 2018 this Saturday night.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Driving Kevin Turner and Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis charged from twelfth to score fifth in the March 17th main event. Heading to Canyon, the young driver has two top-10 finishes and will have his sights on his first Canyon Speedway Park victory.

Veteran Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) is fifth in the championship point chase. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Pelkey scored sixth at Arizona Speedway on March 17th. At press time, the 1997 ASCA Champion has two top-10 finishes and will be looking to earn his first win of the season.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Matt Lundy, Dennis Gile, Tyler Adams, Colton Maroney, Mason Keefer, Zack Madrid, Chris Bonneau, Landon Cling, Jeff Lowery, Joe Scheopner, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (11 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA WINNER:
2016-Stevie Sussex.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows)
18-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 7-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-161, 2. Tye Mihocko-154, 3. Charles Davis, Jr.-152, 4. Michael Curtis-133, 5. Josh Pelkey-127, 6. Stevie Sussex-123, 7. Mike Martin-101, 8. Matt Lundy-95, 9. Dennis Gile-83, 10. Tyler Adams-74, 11. Colton Maroney-73, 12. Mason Keefer-69, 13. Zack Madrid-63, 14. Chris Bonneau-59, 15. Landon Cling-56, 16. Sterling Cling-51, 17. Jeff Lowery-48, 18. Johnny Shelton-45, 19. Steve Stone-43, 20. Joe Scheopner-39.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 31: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Easter Eggstravaganza)
April 14: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Cotton Classic)
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

R.J. JOHNSON IS BACK ON TOP AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 19, 2018... Racing past polesitter “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. on the tenth lap, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) led the rest of the way to claim last Saturday’s victory at Arizona Speedway. The five-time champion earned his second $1,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win ahead of Davis, top qualifier “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, hard charger Zack Madrid, and Michael Curtis.

Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson ran second to Mihocko in his heat race and ranked second in passing points out of twenty-three entries. After starting fifth in the main event, the second generation driver left the San Tan Valley oval with a seven point lead on the strength of two wins and 48 feature laps led.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) led the first nine laps but had to settle for second last Saturday night. Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis ran second to Chris Bonneau in his heat race and placed sixth in passing points. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion heads to Canyon’s March 31st “Easter Eggstravaganza” sitting third in points with one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) scored a third place finish at San Tan Valley after starting sixth. Racing the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko won the third heat race and earned his first Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award of the year. After finishing third, “The Bull” climbed to second in points with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes.

Zack Madrid (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s hard charger award with a fourth place run after starting twentieth. Driving the #5M WSM Auctioneers / Martin Auto Museum Maxim, Madrid finished seventh in his heat race and sat twentieth in the Beaver Stripes Passing Points. To date, Zack is thirteenth in the point chase with on top-10 finish on the season.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) charged from twelfth to score fifth in the 30-lap main event. Racing Kevin Turner and Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis placed fourth in his heat race and ranked twelfth in passing points. To date, Michael is fourth in championship points with two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Piloting the John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Sussex was fourth in passing points and took seventh in the main event. At press time, the hard charger is sixth in the point chase with one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps led.

Chris Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona) took the checkered flags in the third heat race. Driving his #15 Priced Right Auto Sales / Triple X Race Company entry, Bonneau ranked fifth in passing points and scored eighth in the feature. The veteran driver left Arizona Speedway ranked fourteenth in points with one heat race victory and one top-10 finish.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will be back on action at Canyon Speedway Park’s “Easter Eggstravaganza” on March 31st. The showcase will also feature the Leading Edge IMCA Modifieds, Arizona Differential IMCA Northern Sport Mods, and the Power 600 non-wing Micro Sprints. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 17, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Stevie Sussex (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 2. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold), 5. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 6. Mason Keefer (#7 Keefer), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 8. Vicki Faber (#50V Faber). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 7. Colton Maroney (#66 Maroney). 8. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Steve Stone (#57 Stone), 6. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams), 7. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. R.J. Johnson (5th), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (1st), 3. Tye Mihocko (6th), 4. Zack Madrid (20th), 5. Michael Curtis (12th), 6. Josh Pelkey (7th), 7. Stevie Sussex (3rd), 8. Chris Bonneau (2nd), 9. Sterling Cling (14th), 10. Matt Lundy (10th), 11. Jeff Lowery (8th), 12. Steve Stone (15th), 13. Joe Scheopner (19th), 14. Mike Martin (11th), 15. Tyler Adams (18th), 16. Mason Keefer (16th), 17. Dennis Gile (13th), 18. Colton Maroney (17th), 19. Vicki Faber (21st), 20. Bruce St. James (4th), 21. Tyler Most (22nd), 22. Andy Reinbold (9th). NT
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**Maroney flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Davis, Laps 10-30 Johnson.
HARD CHARGER: Zack Madrid (20th to 4th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Tye Mihocko

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGSS:
1. R.J. Johnson-161, 2. Tye Mihocko-154, 3. Charles Davis, Jr.-152, 4. Michael Curtis-133, 5. Josh Pelkey-127, 6. Stevie Sussex-123, 7. Mike Martin-101, 8. Matt Lundy-95, 9. Dennis Gile-83, 10. Tyler Adams-74, 11. Colton Maroney-73, 12. Mason Keefer-69, 13. Zack Madrid-63, 14. Chris Bonneau-59, 15. Landon Cling-56, 16. Sterling Cling-51, 17. Jeff Lowery-48, 18. Johnny Shelton-45, 19. Steve Stone-43, 20. Joe Scheopner-39.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 31: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Easter Eggstravaganza)
April 14: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Cotton Classic)
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.


 


ARIZONA WIN #42 FOR JOHNSON AT SAN TAN VALLEY

San Tan Valley, AZ........R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz. scored his 42nd career USAC Sprint victory in Arizona Saturday night as he led the final 21 laps of the 30-lap Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest feature at Arizona Speedway. Wheeling the Bobby Martin entry, he passed Charles Davis Jr. on lap 10 and led the rest of the way to beat Davis, Tye Mihocko, Zack Madrid and Michael Curtis.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 17, 2018 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 2. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold), 5. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 6. Mason Keefer (#7 Keefer), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 8. Vicki Faber (#50V Faber). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 7. Colton Moroney (#66 Moroney). 8. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Steve Stone (#57 Stone), 6. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams), 7. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid). NT

FEATURE: 30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Zack Madrid, 5. Michael Curtis, 6. Josh Pelkey, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Chris Bonneau, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Jeff Lowery, 12. Steve Stone, 13. Joe Scheopner, 14. Mike Martin, 15. Tyler Adams, 16. Mason Keefer, 17. Dennis Gile, 18. Colton Moroney, 19. Vicki Faber, 20. Bruce St. James, 21. Tyler Most, 22. Andy Reinbold. NT
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**Moroney flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Davis, Laps 10-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Zack Madrid (20th to 4th)

BEAVER STRIPES TOP QUALIFIER: Tye Mihocko

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS:1.R.J. Johnson-161, 2-Tye Mihocko-154, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-152, 4-Michael Curtis-133, 5-Josh Pelkey-127, 6-Stevie Sussex-123, 7-Mike Martin-101, 8-Matt Lundy-95, 9-Dennis Gile-83, 10-Tyler Adams-74.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 31 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Easter Eggstravaganza"

 

2018 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SEASON KICKS OFF APRIL 7

Kicking off its third year, the USAC Midwest Thunder Midgets (MTM) Series has planned its most ambitious season yet. The series has added new race facilities and a number of special races, including a co-sanctioned special four race series with the USAC SpeeD2 Illinois Midget Racing Association. This schedule was made possible by the growing support of D2 racing, as nearly all series regulars from the past two years are returning, and a significant number of new racers have committed to support the series.4

Once again, the MTM series will partner with Montpelier Motor Speedway to support the Montpelier Midget Series, now in its seventh year of bringing grass roots midget racing to Indiana. Big news this season is a special D2 only race at Montpelier, recognizing the support D2 racers have provided to the series since its inception in 2012. Racing action kicks off on April 7th and April 28th with the first two of 11 Montpelier Midget Series races, where the MTM SpeeD2 cars compete in a 'race within a race' format with open midgets, but eligible to earn MTM points toward the USAC 'Race of Champions' season championship. A special MTM Speed2 only bonus is paid to the highest finishing D2 car for each race, in addition to Montpelier's regular $700 to win, $125 to start purse structure.

The month of May opens with Race One of the USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Championship series at Kokomo Speedway on Sunday May 6th as part of its 'King of Kokomo' event, recognizing the support that D2 racers provided to Kokomo's 2017 midget schedule. GYATK! The famed bullring will host the first of four MTM/IMRA co-sanctioned races restricted to D2 midgets only. The series will feature the premier D2 racers from across the country, competing at some of the finest Midwest racing facilities, with a focus on fair and fun grass roots racing, bringing midget racing back to the working man's budget. A separate points series will be maintained for these four races, with USAC recognition and its own points payout.

Action returns to Montpelier Speedway for Race Three of the Montpelier Midget Series on May 12th. Indiana open wheel fans were excited to hear that Jerry Gappens has committed to bringing open wheel racing back to Gas City Speedway in 2018. Friday May 18th is the first of two open midget races at Gas City, mirroring the format of the Montpelier Midget Series. The weekend presents an opportunity for both D2 and open midget racers to race twice for the same gas money, as the Montpelier Midget Series will be in action on Saturday May 19th. The two tracks are only 23 miles apart, offering an attractive option for midget racers from across the Midwest looking to maximize their racing budget and seat time.

Saturday June 9th is Race Two of the USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Championship, with action shifting to Spoon River Speedway in Illinois for the Aaron Hull Memorial. The track is the home of the Engler USAC IMRA SpeeD2 Midget Series. The "high banks" have produced some great SpeeD2 midget racing in 2016 and 2017 and has included IMRA in 16 races for its 2018 schedule, helping grow affordable grass roots midget racing series in Illinois. Support the tracks that support D2 midget racing! Travelers willing to stay in Illinois an extra night can participate in the POWRi Speedweek race at Lincoln Speedway on Sunday, where D2 cars will compete in a separate division on the same bill as the POWRi National midgets, although it is not a MTM points race.

The following weekend is a very special opportunity for D2 racers to compete at two of Indiana's finest speedways as a featured class. Friday June 15th at Gas City and Saturday June 16th at Montpelier will host MTM SpeeD2 only races. Again, travelers have an opportunity to stretch their racing budget with two races in northeast Indiana on the same weekend. MTM is already hearing from racers across the country interested in making the trip. A busy June schedule wraps up with the fifth Montpelier Midget Series race on June 23rd.

July kicks off with race three of the USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Championship, with the MTM/IMRA D2 midgets making their first appearance at the famed Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN. Mark Friday July 6th on your calendar - this is a special opportunity to race on the same program as the USAC National Sprints, who will also be in competition that night. The track is conveniently located an hour west of Indy, making it an ideal meeting place for Indiana, Ohio and Illinois drivers. Races six and seven of the Montpelier Midget Series calendar fall on July 14th and 21st.

August bringing another very special racing weekend, as MTM returns to Gas City on Friday 8/3 for another D2 only race, followed by a quick trip across Rt 18/US 33 to Waynesfield Motorsports Park for the Hewitt Classic on Saturday 8/4. MTM has supported the Hewitt Classic for the past two years, combining forces with the track's mini sprint division in non-wing action to honor the racing legend, Jack Hewitt. The following weekend, August 11 is race eight of the Montpelier Midget Series.

A busy September kicks off with race nine of the Montpelier Midget Series on 9/1, Followed by the fourth and final race of the USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Championship returning to Spoon River 9/8. The USAC MTM Points championship finishes up with the Montpelier Midget Series race ten on 9/15 and race eleven on 9/29. Although not a points race, many MTM members have supported the Kokomo Klash for the past several years, with the Sprint/Midget doubleheader scheduled for Friday Oct 19 this year.

The 2017 season saw 58 D2 drivers make at least one USAC MTM race. The series championship came down to a five-driver battle between two Ecotecs, a Focus and two mini sprints with Aaron Leffel appearing on the USAC Race of Champions stage in Indy. Who will be wearing the crown at the end of 2018? Visit the MTM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/midwestthundermidgets/ for regular updates, and our Web page at http://www.midwestthundermidgets.com/ for rules and schedule information.

2018 USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SCHEDULE
Apr 7: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Apr 28: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
May 6: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
May 12: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
May 18: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
May 19: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Jun 9: Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway
Jun 15: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
Jun 16: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Jun 23: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Jul 6: Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
Jul 14: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Jul 21: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Aug 3: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
Aug 4: Waynesfield, OH - Waynesfield Raceway Park
Aug 11: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Sep 1: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Sep 8: Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway
Sep 15: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Sep 29: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway

 

 

2018 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SEASON KICKS OFF APRIL 7

Kicking off its third year, the USAC Midwest Thunder Midgets (MTM) Series has planned its most ambitious season yet. The series has added new race facilities and a number of special races, including a co-sanctioned special four race series with the USAC SpeeD2 Illinois Midget Racing Association. This schedule was made possible by the growing support of D2 racing, as nearly all series regulars from the past two years are returning, and a significant number of new racers have committed to support the series.4

Once again, the MTM series will partner with Montpelier Motor Speedway to support the Montpelier Midget Series, now in its seventh year of bringing grass roots midget racing to Indiana. Big news this season is a special D2 only race at Montpelier, recognizing the support D2 racers have provided to the series since its inception in 2012. Racing action kicks off on April 7th and April 28th with the first two of 11 Montpelier Midget Series races, where the MTM SpeeD2 cars compete in a 'race within a race' format with open midgets, but eligible to earn MTM points toward the USAC 'Race of Champions' season championship. A special MTM Speed2 only bonus is paid to the highest finishing D2 car for each race, in addition to Montpelier's regular $700 to win, $125 to start purse structure.

The month of May opens with Race One of the USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Championship series at Kokomo Speedway on Sunday May 6th as part of its 'King of Kokomo' event, recognizing the support that D2 racers provided to Kokomo's 2017 midget schedule. GYATK! The famed bullring will host the first of four MTM/IMRA co-sanctioned races restricted to D2 midgets only. The series will feature the premier D2 racers from across the country, competing at some of the finest Midwest racing facilities, with a focus on fair and fun grass roots racing, bringing midget racing back to the working man's budget. A separate points series will be maintained for these four races, with USAC recognition and its own points payout.

Action returns to Montpelier Speedway for Race Three of the Montpelier Midget Series on May 12th. Indiana open wheel fans were excited to hear that Jerry Gappens has committed to bringing open wheel racing back to Gas City Speedway in 2018. Friday May 18th is the first of two open midget races at Gas City, mirroring the format of the Montpelier Midget Series. The weekend presents an opportunity for both D2 and open midget racers to race twice for the same gas money, as the Montpelier Midget Series will be in action on Saturday May 19th. The two tracks are only 23 miles apart, offering an attractive option for midget racers from across the Midwest looking to maximize their racing budget and seat time.

Saturday June 9th is Race Two of the USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Championship, with action shifting to Spoon River Speedway in Illinois for the Aaron Hull Memorial. The track is the home of the Engler USAC IMRA SpeeD2 Midget Series. The "high banks" have produced some great SpeeD2 midget racing in 2016 and 2017 and has included IMRA in 16 races for its 2018 schedule, helping grow affordable grass roots midget racing series in Illinois. Support the tracks that support D2 midget racing! Travelers willing to stay in Illinois an extra night can participate in the POWRi Speedweek race at Lincoln Speedway on Sunday, where D2 cars will compete in a separate division on the same bill as the POWRi National midgets, although it is not a MTM points race.

The following weekend is a very special opportunity for D2 racers to compete at two of Indiana's finest speedways as a featured class. Friday June 15th at Gas City and Saturday June 16th at Montpelier will host MTM SpeeD2 only races. Again, travelers have an opportunity to stretch their racing budget with two races in northeast Indiana on the same weekend. MTM is already hearing from racers across the country interested in making the trip. A busy June schedule wraps up with the fifth Montpelier Midget Series race on June 23rd.

July kicks off with race three of the USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Championship, with the MTM/IMRA D2 midgets making their first appearance at the famed Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN. Mark Friday July 6th on your calendar - this is a special opportunity to race on the same program as the USAC National Sprints, who will also be in competition that night. The track is conveniently located an hour west of Indy, making it an ideal meeting place for Indiana, Ohio and Illinois drivers. Races six and seven of the Montpelier Midget Series calendar fall on July 14th and 21st.

August bringing another very special racing weekend, as MTM returns to Gas City on Friday 8/3 for another D2 only race, followed by a quick trip across Rt 18/US 33 to Waynesfield Motorsports Park for the Hewitt Classic on Saturday 8/4. MTM has supported the Hewitt Classic for the past two years, combining forces with the track's mini sprint division in non-wing action to honor the racing legend, Jack Hewitt. The following weekend, August 11 is race eight of the Montpelier Midget Series.

A busy September kicks off with race nine of the Montpelier Midget Series on 9/1, Followed by the fourth and final race of the USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Championship returning to Spoon River 9/8. The USAC MTM Points championship finishes up with the Montpelier Midget Series race ten on 9/15 and race eleven on 9/29. Although not a points race, many MTM members have supported the Kokomo Klash for the past several years, with the Sprint/Midget doubleheader scheduled for Friday Oct 19 this year.

The 2017 season saw 58 D2 drivers make at least one USAC MTM race. The series championship came down to a five-driver battle between two Ecotecs, a Focus and two mini sprints with Aaron Leffel appearing on the USAC Race of Champions stage in Indy. Who will be wearing the crown at the end of 2018? Visit the MTM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/midwestthundermidgets/ for regular updates, and our Web page at http://www.midwestthundermidgets.com/ for rules and schedule information.

2018 USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SCHEDULE
Apr 7: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Apr 28: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
May 6: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
May 12: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
May 18: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
May 19: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Jun 9: Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway
Jun 15: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
Jun 16: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Jun 23: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Jul 6: Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
Jul 14: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Jul 21: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Aug 3: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
Aug 4: Waynesfield, OH - Waynesfield Raceway Park
Aug 11: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Sep 1: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Sep 8: Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway
Sep 15: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
Sep 29: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

DAMION GARDNER GRABS CANYON’S SPRING SHOWCASE OPENER
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 12, 2018... Starting fourth, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) powered by Jake Swanson on the ninth lap and led the rest of the way to claim last Friday’s main event at Canyon Speedway Park. For Gardner, the $3,000 “Spring Showcase” triumph was the 76th AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory of his career. Swanson, R.J. Johnson, Brody Roa, and fast qualifier Chad Boespflug followed “The Demon” to the checkered flags.

Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner qualified third out of twenty-four racers and won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Fresh off his fifth consecutive (sixth overall) USAC/CRA crown, Damion heads to the April 14th Tulare show with an eight point lead over the competition.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) led the first eight laps from the pole position and claimed second in the Canyon Speedway Park return. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson was seventh fast in time trials and ran second to Logan Williams in his heat race. Last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion left Arizona ranked second in the point chase.

Making his debut in Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) scored third in the “Spring Showcase.” The five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car champion qualified sixth overall and placed third in his heat race. Currently third in points, Johnson and the Cheney Racing Team will make a bid for the USAC/CRA championship.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) charged from eleventh to fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was eleventh fast in time trials and took fourth in his heat race. The 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion heads to Tulare ranked sixth in the point standings.

“The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug (Hanford, California) traveled from Indiana and claimed fifth in the “Spring Showcase” after starting sixth. Driving Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood’s #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Boespflug earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and finished fourth in his heat race. The former SCRA 360 Sprint Car Champion left Arizona sitting fourth in championship points.

“Thunder” Tommy Malcolm (Corona, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a thirteenth place run from twenty-third. Racing Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Rockstar Coatings entry, Malcolm qualified twenty-fourth overall after his time was disallowed and took sixth in his heat race. At press time, the young driver sits fourteenth in the standings.

Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, California) raced to victory in the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting Jack Jory’s #5 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was thirteenth fast in time trials and claimed fifteenth in the main event. The 2014 Rookie of the Year heads to Tulare ranked thirteenth in the point chase.

Zack Madrid (Phoenix, Arizona) won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Driving the #5M WSM Auctioneers / Martin Auto Museum Maxim, Madrid qualified fourteenth overall and scored ninth in the “Spring Showcase.” After rain washed away the Saturday night show, Zack sits ninth in the chase for the championship.

Unfortunately for race fans, rain claimed the Saturday show at Canyon Speedway Park.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, April 14th, at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. The second point race will also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water and the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets, more event information, can be found at www.tularethunderbowl.com or calling 559.688.0909.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2018 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Spring Showcase”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Chad Boespflug, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-13.465; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-13.566; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.622; 4. Stevie Sussex, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.661; 5. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.718; 6. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-13.799; 7. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.816; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.894; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.942; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.953; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.085; 12. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-14.102; 13. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.164; 14. Zack Madrid, 5M, Madrid-14.214; 15. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-14.305; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.361; 17. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhans-14.393; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.411; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.449; 20. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.467; 21. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Harland-14.961; 22. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.190; 23. Asa Kesterson, 18, Kesterson-16.868; 24. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. L.Williams, 2. Swanson, 3. Sussex, 4. Boespflug, 5. Martin, 6. A.Williams, 7. Bender, 8. Gansen. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Madrid, 2. Davis, 3. Chapple, 4. Roa, 5. Rossi, 6. Lundy, 7. Paulson, 8. Kesterson. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Gardner, 2. McCarthy, 3. Johnson, 4. Mihocko, 5. C.Williams, 6. Malcolm, 7. Reynolds, 8. Bonneau. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Damion Gardner (4th), 2. Jake Swanson (1st), 3. R.J. Johnson (2nd), 4. Brody Roa (11th), 5. Chad Boespflug (6th), 6. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 7. Austin Williams (10th), 8. Stevie Sussex (3rd), 9. Zack Madrid (14th), 10. Isaac Chapple (8th), 11. Cody Williams (9th), 12. Mike Martin (16th), 13. Tommy Malcolm (23rd), 14. Tye Mihocko (12th), 15. Logan Williams (13th), 16. A.J. Bender (21st), 17. Matt McCarthy (17th), 18. Matt Rossi (7th), 19. Chris Bonneau (15th), 20. Jonas Reynolds (20th), 21. Chris Gansen (18th), 22. Matt Lundy (19th), 23. Asa Kesterson (22nd). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Swanson, Laps 9-30 Gardner.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Tommy Malcolm (23rd to 13th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-82, 2. Jake Swanson-74, 3. R.J. Johnson-71, 4. Chad Boespflug-69, 5. Charles Davis Jr.-67, 6. Brody Roa-66, 7. Stevie Sussex-58, 8. Austin Williams-55, 9. Zack Madrid-54, 10. Isaac Chapple-49, 11. Cody Williams-45, 12. Mike Martin-43, 13. Logan Williams-41, 14. Tommy Malcolm-40, --. Tye Mihocko-40, 16. Matt McCarthy-36, 17. Matt Rossi-33, --. A.J. Bender-33, 19. Chris Bonneau-26, --. Matt Lundy-26.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 5: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.

 

 

RYAN BERNAL’S LATE CHARGE TOPS TULARE FEATURE
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 12, 2018... Taking the lead from Austin Liggett with two laps to go, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) won last Friday’s event at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. For Bernal, the $1,500 triumph was his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of 2018 and the thirty-fourth of his career. Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, and Jace Vander Weerd rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Ryan Bernal qualified fourth out of fifteen racers and ran second to Jace Vander Weerd in his heat race. Starting third on the grid, Bernal slipped by Faria for second and pressured Liggett for the lead. Liggett managed to avoid several of Ryan’s challenges until a near tangle cost Bernal the runner-up spot. Faria regained second and gave chase after the leader. With a handful of laps remaining, Bernal took over second and kept his momentum to grab the lead for good. With the victory, Ryan heads to the April 7th race at Hanford with a two point lead.

After leading twenty-eight laps, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) had to settle for second at Tulare. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett was second fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. Starting on the pole position, Austin held off several early challenges from Faria and kept Bernal at bay. With the win nearly in his grasp, Liggett could not stop Bernal’s late charge and left the Tulare County Fairgrounds ranked second in points.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) pressured for the top spot and scored third in the first point race. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria qualified third overall and scored third in his heat race. The two-time champion heads to Hanford ranked fourth in the chase for the championship.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) raced to fourth at Tulare after starting sixth. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard earned his seventeenth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers’ Heat Race #1. At press time, the 2011 champion sits third in the point standings.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) took fifth at Tulare’s checkered flags. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified sixth overall and won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year heads to Hanford ranked fifth in the point chase.

Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place run from fourteenth. Piloting the #67 West Evans Motorsports / Abreu Vineyards Eagle, Bock was fourteenth fast in time trials and scored seventh in his heat race. Currently ranked tenth in points, Britton is going for rookie of the year honors.

Unfortunately for race fans, rain claimed the Saturday show at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, April 7th, at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the Winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.kellerautospeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.320; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.447; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.523; 4. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-15.579; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.604; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.636; 7. Johnathon Henry, 8, Richardson-15.719; 8. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.079; 9. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.141; 10. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.198; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-16.211; 12. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.279; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.320; 14. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-16.959; 15. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.688.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Guardino, 3. Faria, 4. McQueen, 5. Henry, 6. Stolz, 7. Ervine, 8. Timmons. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Bernal, 3. Liggett, 4. Shaw, 5. Wiley, 6. Hix, 7. Bock. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Ryan Bernal (3rd), 2. Austin Liggett (1st), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd), 4. Richard Vander Weerd (6th), 5. Jace Vander Weerd (5th), 6. Koen Shaw (8th), 7. Brandon Wiley (10th), 8. Shannon McQueen (7th), 9. Britton Bock (14th), 10. Steve Hix (12th), 11. Tristan Guardino (4th), 12. Ryan Timmons (15th), 13. Ryan Stolz (11th), 14. Austin Ervine (13th), 15. Johnathon Henry (9th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Liggett, Laps 29-30 Bernal
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Britton Bock (14th to 9th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-80, 2. Austin Liggett-78, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-75, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-74, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-67, 6. Koen Shaw-60, 7. Brandon Wiley-56, 8. Shannon McQueen-54, 9. Tristan Guardino-50, 10. Britton Bock-48, 11. Steve Hix-46, 12. Ryan Timmons-40, --. Ryan Stolz-40, 14. Austin Ervine-37, --. Johnathon Henry-37.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
April 7: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach / Non-Points)

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS RETURN TO ARIZONA SPEEDWAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 13, 2018… This Saturday, March 17th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action at Arizona Speedway. Located within ET Motopark in San Tan Valley and promoted by Jonah Trussel, the second point race will also showcase IMCA Sport Mods, Modlites, Pure Stocks, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

To date, Arizona Speedway has held thirty-two USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “The Magic Man” Mike Martin won the April 13, 2013 debut and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with sixteen victories. Last season, Johnson and Stevie Sussex had two wins at the San Tan Valley oval as “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Brady Bacon, and Chris Windom had one triumph.

Entering the second point race, five-time champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) sits atop the point standings. The pilot of Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman did not compete at Las Vegas, but won the February 3rd “Steve Stroud Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. The second generation driver leads the series with fifty-two career victories and will be looking to take the checkered flags at Arizona Speedway.

Just two points behind Johnson is veteran “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona). Driving his #50 MP Environmental / Massey Motorsports RSS, Davis had sixth and eighth place runs in the Las Vegas doubleheader. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion has twenty-one SouthWest wins and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a San Tan Valley triumph.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) ranks third in the point standings. Racing John Grau’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall Maxim, Sussex posted fifteenth and fourth place finishes in Las Vegas. To date, Stevie has twelve SouthWest wins to his credit and will be looking to earn the $1,500 payday.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis scored seventeenth at Las Vegas on February 28th after a flip ended his night. Michael will have his sights on earning his first USAC SouthWest win this Saturday night.

Veteran Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) is fifth in the point standings. The pilot of Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim skipped the non-point Las Vegas shows and finished sixth at Canyon. The 1997 ASCA Champion has five USAC SouthWest wins and will be looking to add another winning trophy to his collection.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Landon Cling, Dennis Gile, Matt Lundy, Johnny Shelton, Colton Moroney, Larry Kesterson, Tyler Adams, Mason Keefer, and Wayne Siddle round out the USAC SouthWest standings.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
16-R.J. Johnson, 6-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Dennis Gile, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1-R.J. Johnson-79, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-77, 3-Stevie Sussex-76, 4-Michael Curtis-67, 5-Josh Pelkey-66, 6-Tye Mihocko-63, 7-Mike Martin-60, 8-Landon Cling-56, 9-Dennis Gile-50, 10-Matt Lundy-47, 11-Johnny Shelton-45, 12-Colton Moroney-44, 13-Larry Kesterson-38, --Tyler Adams-38, 15. Mason Keefer-35, 16-Wayne Siddle-33.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 17: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
March 31: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Easter Eggstravaganza)
April 14: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Cotton Classic)
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGETS BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 13, 2018... This Saturday, March 17th, the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water will open their 2018 season at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the first point race is co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) and will also feature IMCA Stock Cars, American Stocks, and the California Lightning Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 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
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 108 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 triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Ronnie Gardner (6), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s event, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

Last November, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) clinched his fifth consecutive championship. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner posted three feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 93 feature laps led. Ronnie has been searching for a new ride and will be looking for his twenty-third series victory.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) took second in the Western Midget point standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini had one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 13feature laps on the year. The former BCRA Champion has one career USAC victory and will have his sights on the Bakersfield triumph.

Veteran David Prickett (Fresno, California) scored third in the championship point standings. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett had two heat race victory, one hard charger award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2012 Dirt Series Champion will be looking to claim the Bakersfield main event win.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) finished fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott had one feature win, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. The 2015 Rookie of the Year will have his sights on earning a victory in front of his hometown fans.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) placed fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting the family owned #4D RD Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby posted three heat race victories, one hard charger award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday, Robert will be looking to earn his first win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Shannon McQueen, Mason Daniel, Maria Cofer, Robby Josett, Jake Swanson, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, Clayton Ruston, C.J. Sarna, Kyle Beilman, Bryan Drollinger and more.

Maria Cofer (Macdoel, California) earned last season’s BCRA championship. Floyd Alvis, JR Williams, Alex Schutte, Chad Nichols, Cory Elliott, David Goodwill, Michael Faccinto, Scott Pierovich, and Danny Carroll rounded out the top-10 in points.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior and Military tickets (ID Required) are $13, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $8, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982-*Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

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-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-Michael Faccinto, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 17: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
March 21: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown)
April 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
June 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
June 30: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
July 21: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SEAVEY SEAMLESS IN "SHAMROCK CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........In its brief three-year history, the "Shamrock Classic" has annually been the home of first-time USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature winners.

In the inaugural running in 2016, it was Shane Golobic. One year ago, it was Justin Grant.

Saturday night's third annual proved to be no exception as Logan Seavey, in his first USAC start aboard the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian No. 67, captured the pot of gold at the Southern Illinois Center, leading all 50 laps to score his first career series win in the season opener.

With the departure of 2016 series champ Tanner Thorson, Seavey is and was fully aware of the big shoes he had to fill when he strapped into his new ride. But the 2017 POWRi champ was more than ready to step into the role seamlessly.

"Driving the number 67 is pretty iconic," Seavey acknowledged. "When you get hired for a job to do, you have to do your job. After the Chili Bowl, I raised my own expectations a lot. We ran really well, and I got comfortable really quickly. I figured we could win some races if everything fell our way, but I didn't think this would be the place we'd do it. Everything went our way tonight and that's how it goes sometimes."

The 1/6-mile indoor dirt track regularly presents a unique set of challenges that make it stand apart from other venues on the schedule. In fact, the stout KKM team only had three of its seven cars qualify for the feature by transferring through the preliminary events Saturday night. As the third-straight first-time series winner in the race, the question comes to mind whether this track has a character that puts all competitors at square one, or whether it's being in the right equipment at the right time and the right place. Seavey believes each factor play a prominent role.

"I definitely think it's a little of both," Seavey agreed. "I don't know if 'random' is the right word, but at this track a lot of really good drivers don't run very well and a lot of guys that might not run great at other places show up here and run really well."

A track rework prior to the main event presented a narrow groove at the start of the 50-lapper, which played to Seavey's benefit as he glued his car to the bottom on corner entry and never let go of his grip, despite a brief foray to the middle as he started to work on lapped traffic.

"One of the first times I got to the lappers, the track was still pretty good, and I thought I had to do something," Seavey recalled. "I kind of moved up to the middle and Ryan (Robinson) showed me a nose. At that point, I pretty much committed to the bottom. Traditionally here, a lot of times, you'll start on the bottom and then they'll jump up to the top. The top just never really cleaned off, built a ledge or anything to hold you. It seemed like you would just fall off and weren't able to carry any speed up there. After I saw the top wasn't really cleaning off up there, I just knew as long as I stuck the bottom, and no one did anything really crazy on the top, I was going to be all right."

With less than 10 laps remaining, Seavey encountered a slew of lapped traffic that briefly threw a wrench in his pursuit of victory. As he, Brent Beauchamp and Zeb Wise ran nose-to-tail, one-two-three, Seavey had a split decision to make, but the Sutter, California native stuck to his guns.

"I knew the laps were winding down, so I knew one of those guys might get antsy and maybe try to move me off the bottom or make a hero lap on the top and get something going," Seavey recounted. "I knew I just had to make perfect laps, especially the restarts, and nail the bottom of one and two. As long as we went through there clean, I felt like I could get around the bottom as good as anybody. As long as I went through there cleanly, I felt like I was clean until I ran down lapped traffic."

"I was just watching the lappers and seeing if they were making up any ground on the top and if maybe I'd be able to do it," Seavey continued. "But any lapper that went up there lost ground, so I figured as long as I stuck to the bottom, I'd much rather see somebody rip around me on the top than me going to the top and letting them pass me on the bottom."

With three to go, the traffic would clear by virtue of a caution for the stopped cars of Jerry Coons, Jr. and Tony Roney in turn one. That provided Seavey an open racetrack, which he fully took advantage of, immediately opening up an eight car-length lead on Beauchamp once the green flag fell.

"The thing took off so good," Seavey beamed. "A lot of times, the yellows just fell our way, right when we got to the lappers. They would start to slow us down, but the cautions came out perfectly for us. Sometimes everything goes your way. That's how it was for us tonight "

Seavey captured the victory ahead of two other drivers seeking their first USAC National Midget win - Beauchamp and fellow Rookie Zeb Wise. Teammate Ryan Robinson was fourth while Justin Grant had to use a provisional, yet managed to charge through the field and finish fifth after starting 21st.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at the Southern Illinois Center include Brent Beauchamp (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Dave Darland (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner, Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Matt Moore (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Terry Babb (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Kyle O'Gara & Tyler Courtney (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfers).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 10, 2018 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts "Shamrock Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Terry Babb (#37 Felker), 2. C.J. Leary (#11A Gray), 3. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 4. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 5. Thomas Meseraull (#63 Dooling), 6. Glen Saville (#37T Felker), 7. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 8. Howard Moore (#41 Chappue). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFH), 2. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 4. Zane Hendricks (#27z Tucker/Boat), 5. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 6. Kyle May (#39 May), 7. Joe B. Miller (#51B Neuman), 8. Andy Bradley (#49 Bradley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brent Beauchamp (#11 B & B), 2. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 3. Harli White (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Dave Darland (#68 SFH), 5. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 6. Josh Hawkins (#80 Hawkins), 7. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Colten Cottle (#37x Felker). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#15 Petry/Goff), 5. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 6. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 7. Robert Bell (71½ Bell). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 3. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Chris Andrews (#95 Miller), 5. Kory Schudy (#28 Sawyer), 6. Tony Lawrence (#45 Lawrence). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Wesley Smith (#44 Smith), 4. Matt Moore (#9 Hergott), 5. Ryan Hall (#2 Bush), 6. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR). NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Neuman, 3. R. Robinson, 4. Carrick, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Hall, 7. Boat, 8. Schudy, 9. Bayston, 10. Johnson, 11. Meseraull. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Seavey, 3. Bacon, 4. H. Moore, 5. Nelson, 6. Courtney, 7. Hendricks, 8. May, 9. Grant, 10. Saville, 11. Smith. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Leary, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Roney, 5. Walker, 6. Babb, 7. Miller, 8. Chisholm, 9. Lynch, 10. Bradley. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. M. Moore, 2. Andrews, 3. Wise, 4. Coons, 5. D. Robinson, 6. Hawkins, 7. R. Bell, 8. O'Gara, 9. Lawrence, 10. White, 11. C. Cottle. 2:18.22 (New Track Record)

FIRST SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Boat, 3. Neuman, 4. Babb, 5. O'Gara, 6. H. Moore, 7. White, 8. Chisholm, 9. Johnson, 10. Miller, 11. Cottle, 12. Smith, 13. Klaasmeyer, 14. Bradley, 15. Lynch, 16. Bell. NT

SECOND SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Roney, 2. D. Robinson, 3. Bacon, 4. Hawkins, 5. Courtney, 6. Saville, 7. May, 8. Bayston, 9. Meseraull, 10. Lawrence, 11. Hendricks, 12. Schudy, 13. Grant, 14. May, 15. Greth, 16. Andrews. NT

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
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**Chisholm flipped during the first heat. Chisholm flipped during the third qualifier. Bradley flipped during the third qualifier. Hawkins flipped on lap 32 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Seavey.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Terry Babb (18th to 9th)

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Kyle O'Gara & Tyler Courtney

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Matt Moore

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-70, 2-Wise-64, 3-R. Robinson-61, 4-Grant-58, 5-Darland-55, 6-Boat-52, 7-Walker-49, 8-Carrick-41, 9-Neuman-39, 10-M. Moore-37.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 13-14 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

 

 

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

March 10, 2018 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts "Shamrock Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Terry Babb (#37 Felker), 2. C.J. Leary (#11A Gray), 3. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 4. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 5. Thomas Meseraull (#63 Dooling), 6. Glen Saville (#37T Felker), 7. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 8. Howard Moore (#41 Chappue). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFH), 2. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 4. Zane Hendricks (#27z Tucker/Boat), 5. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 6. Kyle May (#39 May), 7. Joe B. Miller (#51B Neuman), 8. Andy Bradley (#49 Bradley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brent Beauchamp (#11 B & B), 2. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 3. Harli White (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Dave Darland (#68 SFH), 5. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 6. Josh Hawkins (#80 Hawkins), 7. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Colten Cottle (#37x Felker). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#15 Petry/Goff), 5. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 6. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 7. Robert Bell (71½ Bell). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 3. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Chris Andrews (#95 Miller), 5. Kory Schudy (#28 Sawyer), 6. Tony Lawrence (#45 Lawrence). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Wesley Smith (#44 Smith), 4. Matt Moore (#9 Hergott), 5. Ryan Hall (#2 Bush), 6. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR). NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Neuman, 3. R. Robinson, 4. Carrick, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Hall, 7. Boat, 8. Schudy, 9. Bayston, 10. Johnson, 11. Meseraull. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Seavey, 3. Bacon, 4. H. Moore, 5. Nelson, 6. Courtney, 7. Hendricks, 8. May, 9. Grant, 10. Saville, 11. Smith. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Leary, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Roney, 5. Walker, 6. Babb, 7. Miller, 8. Chisholm, 9. Lynch, 10. Bradley. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. M. Moore, 2. Andrews, 3. Wise, 4. Coons, 5. D. Robinson, 6. Hawkins, 7. R. Bell, 8. O'Gara, 9. Lawrence, 10. White, 11. C. Cottle. 2:18.22 (New Track Record)

FIRST SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Boat, 3. Neuman, 4. Babb, 5. O'Gara, 6. H. Moore, 7. White, 8. Chisholm, 9. Johnson, 10. Miller, 11. Cottle, 12. Smith, 13. Klaasmeyer, 14. Bradley, 15. Lynch, 16. Bell. NT

SECOND SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Roney, 2. D. Robinson, 3. Bacon, 4. Hawkins, 5. Courtney, 6. Saville, 7. May, 8. Bayston, 9. Meseraull, 10. Lawrence, 11. Hendricks, 12. Schudy, 13. Grant, 14. May, 15. Greth, 16. Andrews. NT

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 ---------------------------- **Chisholm flipped during the first heat. Chisholm flipped during the third qualifier. Bradley flipped during the third qualifier. Hawkins flipped on lap 32 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Seavey.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Terry Babb (18th to 9th)

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Kyle O'Gara & Tyler Courtney

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Matt Moore

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-70, 2-Wise-64, 3-R. Robinson-61, 4-Grant-58, 5-Darland-55, 6-Boat-52, 7-Walker-49, 8-Carrick-41, 9-Neuman-39, 10-M. Moore-37.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 13-14 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

 

 

DEFENDING CHAMP GARDNER TAKES CRA OPENER AT CANYON

Peoria AZ........Defending USAC AMSOIL CRA Sprint Car Champion Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. piloted the Mark Alexander entry to victory in Friday night's 30-lap "Spring Showcase" series opener at Canyon Speedway Park. He led the final 22 laps after passing Jake Swanson on lap nine. Swanson finished second ahead of USAC Southwest Sprint Car Champ R.J. Johnson, Brody Roa and fast qualifier Chad Boespflug. The series returns to Canyon for Saturday night's events.

USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2018 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - "Spring Showcase"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chad Boespflug, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-13.465; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-13.566; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.622; 4. Stevie Sussex, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.661; 5. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.718; 6. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-13.799; 7. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.816; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.894; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.942; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.953; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.085; 12. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-14.102; 13. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.164; 14. Zack Madrid, 5M, Madrid-14.214; 15. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-14.305; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.361; 17. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhans-14.393; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.411; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.449; 20. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.467; 21. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Harland-14.961; 22. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.190; 23. Asa Kesterson, 18, Kesterson-16.868; 24. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Swanson, 3. Sussex, 4. Boespflug, 5. Martin, 6. A.Williams, 7. Bender, 8. Gansen. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Madrid, 2. Davis, 3. Chapple, 4. Roa, 5. Rossi, 6. Lundy, 7. Paulson, 8. Kesterson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. McCarthy, 3. Johnson, 4. Mihocko, 5. C.Williams, 6. Malcolm, 7. Reynolds, 8. Bonneau. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Austin Williams, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Zack Madrid, 10. Isaac Chapple, 11. Cody Williams, 12. Mike Martin, 13. Tommy Malcolm, 14. Tye Mihocko, 15. Logan Williams, 16. A.J. Bender, 17. Matt McCarthy, 18. Matt Rossi, 19. Chris Bonneau, 20. Jonas Reynolds, 21. Chris Gansen, 22. Matt Lundy, 23. Asa Kesterson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Swanson, Laps 9-30 Gardner.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Tommy Malcolm (23rd to 13th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-82, 2-Swanson-74, 3-Johnson-71, 4-Boespflug-69, 5-Davis- 67, 6-Roa-66, 7-Sussex-58, 8-A. Williams-55, 9-Madrid-54, 10-Chapple-49.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: March 10 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Spring Showcase"

 

 

BERNAL GRABS WEST COAST OPENER AT TULARE

Tiulare, CA........Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. passed Austin Liggett on the white-flag lap and led the final two circuits in his Keith Ford entry to win Friday night's 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint Car opener at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Liggett took second ahead of Danny Faria, Jr., fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd and Jace Vander Weerd. The series continues Saturday night at Tulare.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2018 - Tulare, CA - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.320; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.447; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.523; 4. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-15.579; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.604; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.636; 7. Johnathon Henry, 8, Richardson-15.719; 8. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.079; 9. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.141; 10. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.198; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-16.211; 12. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.279; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.320; 14. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-16.959; 15. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.688.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Guardino, 3. Faria, 4. McQueen, 5. Henry, 6. Stolz, 7. Ervine, 8. Timmons. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Bernal, 3. Liggett, 4. Shaw, 5. Wiley, 6. Hix, 7. Bock. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Austin Liggett, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Koen Shaw, 7. Brandon Wiley, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Britton Bock, 10. Steve Hix, 11. Tristan Guardino, 12. Ryan Timmons, 13. Ryan Stolz, 14. Austin Ervine, 15. Johnathon Henry. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Liggett, Laps 29-30 Bernal

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Britton Bock (14th to 9th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Bernal-80, 2-Liggett-78, 3-R.Vander Weerd-75, 4-Faria-74, 5-J.Vander Weerd-67, 6-Shaw-60, 7-Wiley-56, 8-McQueen-54, 9-Guardino-50, 10-Bock-48.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 10 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

 

USAC SOPHOMORE CARRICK PREPARED FOR 2ND SEASON STARTING THIS SATURDAY AT Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Sophomore sensation or sophomore slump are the two avenues that a driver can take after a successful Rookie campaign. For as many success stories as there are in a driver's second year of USAC P1 Insurance National Midget competition, there are many who weren't able to break into victory lane.

Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick, the 2017 series Rookie of the Year, aims to be the sensation in 2018 when the season begins this Saturday, March 10 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Since the inception of the USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year award in 1969, there have been 14 drivers who have earned a victory in the year following their recognition as the top first year driver. Drivers such as Tommy Astone (1973), Bobby East (2002) and Bryan Clauson (2007) have earned three in their sophomore year, Billy Engelhart (1970), Larry Patton (1976) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2015) with two apiece and Russ Gamester (1985), Darren Hagen (2006) and Spencer Bayston (2016) with one each.

However, there've been a few others who've reached the top of their game in that second season. Jeff Gordon racked up an incredible nine wins and the series title in the Rollie Helmling-owned, Diet Pepsi-sponsored No. 4 in 1990, which launched him to super stardom. Two years later, in 1992, Doug Kalitta earned four wins in that second year, which preceded a USAC National Sprint Car title in 1994 and, eventually, a long successful career as a Top Fuel Dragster competitor in the NHRA.

Perhaps more telling is Carrick's team, the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian outfit, that has been the machine that has produced several of the best seasons period, let alone second seasons, in recent memory.

Kyle Larson was a standout right from the start in his Rookie campaign in 2011, then answered the bell in his second verse with another standout year in 2012 that produced six victories. In the ensuing years, Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell's second years were two of the most successful of all-time. Abreu broke through for his first victory midway through 2013 and finished the year with four wins. Christopher Bell's Rookie year was simply spectacular, becoming the second driver (Danny Caruthers in 1971) to take both the championship as well as RoY honors in one fell swoop in 2013. A year later, Bell responded with a seven-win campaign.

It's those recent examples that set the template for expectations of success. This year is by no means a make-or-break year for a second-year driver like Carrick, but it is a good indicator of future successes. However, several Rookie of the Year winners spent their early years cutting their teeth, getting the necessary experience to compete with such talent for multiple years before breaking through for their first prior to becoming a mainstay of success in the series, namely Lonnie Caruthers, Brian Gerster, Ryan Newman, Michael Lewis, A.J. Fike, Aaron Fike, Chad Boat and Zach Daum.

Keep in mind, Carrick just recently turned 16-years old! Right now, making strides in all areas of the game in year two is equally as important as anything else. A ninth-place finish in points after starting 22 of 23 features in 2017, nine top-tens, a top-five run at Susquehanna Speedway (now BAPS Motor Speedway) and a quick time, Carrick is poised to set forth on a path that will elevate him to be one of the top contenders on the circuit.

In one of, if not the largest and deepest fields of talent in series history, the toughest competition may come from his own teammates, surrounded by six others striving to reach the same goals as he: defending series champ Spencer Bayston, returnees Ryan Robinson and Holly Shelton (who will miss the opener at Du Quoin following shoulder surgery), plus newcomers Tucker Klaasmeyer, Logan Seavey and Sam Johnson.

Season two will be a true test of abilities, not only for Carrick, but for the entire field. Judging by the equipment, the key people surrounding him, and recent history, expect Carrick to step his game up in 2018 and maybe even knock down a win or two. Carrick joins an entry list of 48 Midgets featuring the biggest names in short track, open wheel racing.

TIMES The timetable for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on Friday, March 9, from 4-7pm. Saturday's raceday schedule begins with pits opening at 8am. Spectator gates open at 10am, followed by a "pit sweep" at 11am. The micro sprint drivers' meeting gets underway at 11:30am, with micro sprint hot laps set for noon and their heat races immediately following. A public drivers' meeting for the midgets is open to all race fans at 3pm in the turn one grandstand. Midget hot laps begin at 4pm with racing for both the micro sprints and midget immediately following. The night concludes with the 50-lap midget feature event.

TICKETS "Shamrock Classic" tickets are on sale now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Reserved seats are $25 for the highly-anticipated event that brought over 50 of the top midget drivers in the country in each of the past two seasons, and the highest car count of any USAC National Midget points event during the 2017 season. Fans will receive a free "Shamrock Classic" event t-shirt with their purchase of a reserved ticket.

Adult general admission tickets are $20; kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC Members/$35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.tracpass.com/.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

For any questions regarding the event, email "Shamrock Classic" promoter Lauren Stewart at lauren@laurenstewartpromotions.com.

 

 

INFLUX OF TALENTED DRIVERS, TEAMS MARK THE START OF 2018 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Unprecedented is a word not to be used lightly, but with a new title sponsor and a plethora of new teams and talented drivers joining the fray, the 2018 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget season is shaping up to be something that these eyes haven't seen.

At press time, an impressive 19 teams intend to compete on a full-time basis with the series this year, trouncing last year's 11 who took on the full schedule.

Another unprecedented part of the equation is Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian's team of septuplets. Returnees include 2017 series champion Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind., 2017 Rookie of the Year Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), plus returnees Ryan Robinson (Foresthill, Calif.) and Holly Shelton (Sacramento, Calif.), although she has previously announced that she will miss this Saturday's season opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin with a shoulder injury. Newcomers to the team include the experienced Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kan.) as well as Rookie of the Year contenders Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.) and 2017 POWRi Midget champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.).

Clauson/Marshall Racing burst onto the scene last year by winning the season opener and putting all three of its full-time drivers in the top-six of the standings. Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) led CMR with three wins in 2017, while Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) won two for the team a year ago and returns sporting a new number, taking over the car driven to second in the standings by Shane Golobic. In his place, newcomer Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) joins the team in pursuit of Rookie of the Year honors.

USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons, Jr. and current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. occupy the two seats of a potent Petry/Goff Motorsports lineup for 2018. Coons, the 2006 and 2007 series titlist out of Tucson, Ariz. is back for his second season in the No. 25 following a partial USAC schedule last year. Cullman, Alabama's Thomas, meanwhile, is back in a midget full-time for the first time since 2015 when he captured two USAC victories. Thomas got off to a hot start in 2018, sweeping both nights of POWRi's stop in Ocala, Fla. in February.

Tucker/Boat Motorsports has added a second car to its stable alongside Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.), a winner of six series races for the team over the past two seasons. Stillwater, Oklahoma's Zane Hendricks, a micro sprint racing veteran and relative newcomer to midgets, joins TBM for a full-time run in his Rookie USAC campaign.

Crew chief Rusty Kunz will have wrench two different rides this year with grandson Brayton Lynch (Springfield, Ill.) returning for his sophomore season in the RKR No. 1K. Joe Dooling's No. 63 will run the full schedule with a pair of well-known gassers - 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) - splitting duties throughout the season.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon is a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, but he and Frank Manafort Racing have also been in contention for a USAC National Midget title in each of the previous two years with four wins and a pair of third-place finishes in the standings in 2016 and 2017.

Tyler Thomas has been a regular on the circuit for several seasons now, but the Collinsville, Okla. driver is ready to take next step as he and the family-owned team eye their first career series win and a full-season run at a title. Fellow Oklahoman Matt Moore and Hergott Racing Development are newcomers to the scene as they make their initial foray to the series in a car that pays homage to famed "Nine" cars of year's past.

The 21-race championship schedule begins with the "Shamrock Classic" this Saturday, March 10 on the 1/6-mile dirt oval inside the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. Forty-eight midgets have entered the third annual event which also features micro sprints.

TIMES The timetable for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on Friday, March 9, from 4-7pm. Saturday's raceday schedule begins with pits opening at 8am. Spectator gates open at 10am, followed by a "pit sweep" at 11am. The micro sprint drivers' meeting gets underway at 11:30am, with micro sprint hot laps set for noon and their heat races immediately following. A public drivers' meeting for the midgets is open to all race fans at 3pm in the turn one grandstand. Midget hot laps begin at 4pm with racing for both the micro sprints and midget immediately following. The night concludes with the 50-lap midget feature event.

TICKETS "Shamrock Classic" tickets are on sale now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Reserved seats are $25 for the highly-anticipated event that brought over 50 of the top midget drivers in the country in each of the past two seasons, and the highest car count of any USAC National Midget points event during the 2017 season. Fans will receive a free "Shamrock Classic" event t-shirt with their purchase of a reserved ticket.

Adult general admission tickets are $20; kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC Members/$35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.tracpass.com/.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

For any questions regarding the event, email "Shamrock Classic" promoter Lauren Stewart at lauren@laurenstewartpromotions.com.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT TULARE FRIDAY & SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 6, 2018... After two successful nights at Las Vegas, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Friday (March 9) and Saturday (March 10) at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The famed World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars will headline both point races and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars will join Saturday’s card. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm on both nights. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 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.

Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted thirty-seven USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with thirteen victories and Jake Swanson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.984, set on March 17th. Last season, Bernal (twice), Kyle Hirst, and Swanson took the checkered flags at the fast 1/3-mile oval. The series win list at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

Driving three different cars, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) earned last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship. Starting the year in Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Moose Racing Triple X, Swanson also piloted the Larry Henry / Tony Jones #41 DRC and Matt Dale’s #12 Maxim before claiming the title. Last week, the defending champion piloted John Grau’s #34 Western Premier Hauling Maxim to a fifth and ninth place finish at Las Vegas. Jake will miss the Tulare doubleheader to compete with USAC/CRA in Peoria, Arizona.

Despite missing a few races, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) finished second in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett had three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led on the year. Austin ranks ninth on the win list and will have his sights on his sixth career victory.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) ranked third in last year’s USAC West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino scored one feature win, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 52 feature laps led on the season. Tristan has three career wins and will be looking to sweep the Tulare doubleheader.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) ran fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria posted one feature win, eight heat race victories, one pole shuffle win, ten top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps to his credit. The two-time (2013, 2015) champion is tied with Bryan Clauson for fourth in series wins and will have his sights on his eleventh victory.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) had a strong season and placed fifth in the West Coast point chase. Racing his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance ART, Adams had one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, a new Santa Maria track record, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led. The 2016 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one series win and will be looking to add Tulare to his resume.

Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Brandon Wiley, Jace Vander Weerd, Steve Hix, Cody Majors, Shannon McQueen, Ryan Stolz, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, Kyle Smith, “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr., Steven Garris, Jeff Sibley, and Cory Elliott rounded out the top-20 in last year’s points.

At press time, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California), Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California) and Dalton Hill (Madera, California) are contending for rookie of the year honors.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Friday Grandstand Tickets are $45, Bleacher Seats are $40, and all seats are RESERVED. Saturday Grandstand Tickets are $50 and, Bleacher Seats are $45. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Dennis Gile, 1-Brody Roa.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
13-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
March 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 10: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 7: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

48 DRIVER FIELD SET FOR SATURDAY'S
"SHAMROCK CLASSIC" IN Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The field for the "Shamrock Classic" is set with 48 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget teams set to do battle this Saturday, March 10 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

The state of Indiana leads the way with 11 driver representatives while seven apiece come from Oklahoma and six from Missouri. Five arrive from California and Illinois while two each from Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Texas have entered the third annual event on the 1/6-mile, indoor dirt oval. Alabama, Tennessee and Wyoming have one lone driver carrying the flag for their respective state.

Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston has an opportunity to join an exclusive list that only seven individuals have achieved in their career, by capturing the USAC National Midget title, then following it up with a victory in the season-opener in the following season. Fellow Lebanon native Mel Kenyon was the first to do so back in 1967-68, followed by Jimmy Caruthers (1970-71), Rich Vogler (1983-84), Russ Gamester (1989-90), Jason Leffler (1998-99), J.J. Yeley (2003-04) and Bryan Clauson (2010-11).

Bayston is part of a Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable that brings seven drivers, including Californians Ryan Robinson (Foresthill), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln), Logan Seavey (Sutter), Tucker Klaasmeyer of Paola, Kans., Sam Johnson, of St. Peters, Mo. and Harli White of Lindsay, Okla., who is substituting for Holly Shelton while she recovers from a shoulder injury.

Only six drivers in USAC National Midget history have won the season opener and gone on to win the season championship in the same year: Kenyon (1968), Vogler (1978), Steve Lotshaw (1979), Leffler (1999), Clauson (2011) and Rico Abreu (2014). None of those season-opening victories occurred in the state of Illinois. However, three of them have come indoors.

Justin Grant made history last year at the "Shamrock Classic" when he became the first driver in USAC history to capture season-opening victories in both the National Sprint and National Midget divisions in the same year. This Saturday, an opportunity lies ahead for the Ione, California driver to become the sixth driver to win USAC National Midget season-opening features in consecutive years, joining Vogler (1984-85), Kenny Irwin, Jr. (1992-93), Tony Stewart (1997-98), J.J. Yeley (2004-05), Brad Sweet (2009-10).

Grant's Clauson/Marshall Racing team has won four of the five USAC-sanctioned Midget events at the Southern Illinois Center dating to 2015, including the only two "Shamrock Classic" that have been held. He and teammate Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) as well as USAC Rookie of the Year candidate Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. form a strong three-car Clauson/Marshall Racing lineup.

USAC National Sprint Car point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. And USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. make up a stout two-car team for Petry/Goff Motorsports. Mitchell, Indiana's Chase Briscoe, the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year, is entered to drive his own No. 5 along with standouts Thomas Meseraull of San Jose, Calif. (Joe Dooling No. 63) and Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas (Tyler Thomas No. 91T).

Two-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Brady Bacon and FMR Racing have teamed up for another go at a title run. Chad Boat, winner of six career USAC National Midget races, has entered the event as one of two drivers in the Tucker/Boat Motorsports stable along with series Rookie of the Year contender Zane Hendricks of Stillwater, Okla. Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary intends to make a rare midget start for Gray Auto, for who he made a pair of starts with back in 2015.

Billy Wease of Noblesville, Indiana has found big success in his midget racing career, winning the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2006. Additionally, he's won a USAC Midget race indoors at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum in 2007. Both experiences bode well for the veteran driver as he pilots the Amanda Wease No. 12.

Wayne Lesher has entered his No. 4 for 2017 ARDC Midget champion Ryan Greth of Newport, Pa. Meanwhile, 2016 Bloomington Speedway "Indiana Sprint Week" feature winner Brent Beauchamp has entered his own familiar No. 11.

The $3900-to-win USAC Midget purse honors the memory of Bryan Clauson's success in car No. 39 at the Southern Illinois Center over the years. The additional $900 added to the winner's share is courtesy of Stenhouse Jr. Racing. Factory Canopies has also come aboard to pledge their support to the event.

In addition, micro sprints are on the card with a $750-to-win prize. The format will utilize passing points to lock 12 drivers into the night's feature through the heat races, with four more from each B-Main to lock in the 20-car lineup.

TIMES
The timetable for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on Friday, March 9, from 4-7pm. Saturday's raceday schedule begins with pits opening at 8am. Spectator gates open at 10am, followed by a "pit sweep" at 11am. The micro sprint drivers' meeting gets underway at 11:30am, with micro sprint hot laps set for noon and their heat races immediately following. A public drivers' meeting for the midgets is open to all race fans at 3pm in the turn one grandstand. Midget hot laps begin at 4pm with racing for both the micro sprints and midget immediately following. The night concludes with the 50-lap midget feature event.

TICKETS
"Shamrock Classic" tickets are on sale now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Reserved seats are $25 for the highly-anticipated event that brought over 50 of the top midget drivers in the country in each of the past two seasons, and the highest car count of any USAC National Midget points event during the 2017 season. Fans will receive a free "Shamrock Classic" event t-shirt with their purchase of a reserved ticket.

Adult general admission tickets are $20; kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC Members/$35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.tracpass.com/.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

For any questions regarding the event, email "Shamrock Classic" promoter Lauren Stewart at lauren@laurenstewartpromotions.com.

MIDGET ENTRY LIST
(48 Midgets entered as of March 5, 2018)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1T TONY RONEY/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4 RYAN GRETH/Newport, PA (Wayne Lesher)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
6D DON DAWSON II/Indianola, IA (Don Dawson II)
7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
9 MATT MOORE/Bethany, OK (Hergott Racing Development)
11 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Brent Beauchamp)
11A C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Auto)
12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
15 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall/Matt Wood Racing)
21H SCOTT SAWYER/Bixby, OK (Kelly Hinck)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
28 KORY SCHUDY/Springfield, MO (Jon Sawyer)
37 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (A.J. Felker)
37x TBA (A.J. Felker)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 HOWARD MOORE/Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
44 WESLEY SMITH/Nixa, MO (Wesley Smith)
45 TONY LAWRENCE/Cambria, IL (Tony Lawrence)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
50 DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO (Daniel Adler)
51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Jim Neuman)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
63 THOMAS MESERUALL/San Jose, CA (Joe Dooling)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K HARLI WHITE/Lindsay, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67x KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
68 RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71½ ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
80 JOSH HAWKINS/Whitehouse, TX (Josh Hawkins)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, KS (Jack Harris)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas)
95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Jim Miller)
97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST
(37 Micro Sprints Entered as of March 5, 2018)
2 COOPER WELCH/Sheridan, IN (Chris Welch)
2R RYAN MONTGOMERY/Evansville, IN (Ryan Montgomery)
3G GARET WILLIAMSON/Columbia, MO (Garet Williamson)
3J JORDAN HOWELL/Columbia, MO (Jordan Howell)
4 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Wayne Lesher)
5 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Zach Boden)
5 BRYANT PAVER/Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
11 ALEX MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Alex Midkiff)
14c CHAD ORR/Hartford City, IN (Chad Orr)
16 JAMES MORRIS/Riegelsville, PA (James Morris)
18 MICHAEL BRUMMITT/Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)
20 MIKE VALLETTE/Ellery, IL (Mike Vallette)
21H TBA (Kelly Hinck)
21L TBA (Levi Hinck)
21M MATT MORTON/Collinsville, IL (Matt Morton)
33m RYAN MUELLER/Wildwood, MO (Ryan Mueller)
34 K.J. SNOW/Kingsburg, CA (K.J. Snow)
35 TYLER ROBBINS/St. Jacob, IL (Tyler Robbins)
37 AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (Rodney Purdue)
37F JACOB JONES/Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
42 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Joe Axsom)
44 TREVIN LITTLETON/Jacksonville, IL (Greg Littleton)
49K LUKE KILGORE/Steeleville, IL (Luke Kilgore)
51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Joe B. Miller)
53 SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)
57v MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Matt Veatch)
71 JAKE CHEATHAM/Bethalto, IL (Jake Cheatham)
71 TBA (Paul May)
79J JACOB PATTON/Bethalto, IL (Jacob Patton)
88 B.J. GATEWOOD/Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)
88G ABBIE GATEWOOD/Caruthersville, MO (Abbie Gatewood)
88G GARRETT HULSEY/Lone Jack, MO (Garrett Hulsey)
97 AUSTIN NIGH/Greenfield, IN (A.J. Nigh)
99 DANIEL ROBINSON/Mt. Vernon, IL (Dale Greene)
101 TOBIAS MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Tobias Midkiff)
711 TBA (Paul May)
880 KAMERON MORRRAL/Smithsburg, MD (Wayne Lesher)

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 5, 2018... After rain washed out the “So-Cal Showdown,” the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will head to Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the two-night “Sands Chevrolet Spring Showcase” will start this Friday, March 9th. The Leading Edge IMCA Modifieds, Arizona Differential IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Modlites, and IMCA Sport Compacts will join the action packed card. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223). In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Thursday, March 8th, at 7:00pm.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED AT CANYON SPEEEWAY PARK. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

Canyon Speedway Park last hosted the traditional 410 sprints on October 1, 2016 and R.J. Johnson took the checkered flags. In the previous fifteen events at the 1/3-mile oval, nine different drivers have claimed victory and Bryan Clauson leads with five main wins. On November 15, 2014, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.072 and a series win list at Canyon is at the end of this release.

Armed with a new sponsor, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) will be going for his sixth consecutive (7th overall) USAC/CRA Championship. Last season, the pilot of Mark Alexander's #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike posted five feature wins, seven Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eleven heat race victories, one semi-main win, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 150 feature laps led. “The Demon” has seventy-five USAC/CRA victories to his credit and will be looking to add the “Spring Showcase” to his resume.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) had a breakout year and finished second in the point standings. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa had two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one dash win, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twenty top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led in 2017. The second generation driver has three career wins and will have his sights on the Canyon Speedway Park triumph.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranked third in the chase for the championship. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil and Eileen King Triple X, Swanson had five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Jake earned his only USAC/CRA victory at CSP on September 30, 2016 and will be looking to claim the “Spring Showcase.”

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) finished fourth in his last year of sprint car racing. Piloting the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer had one feature win, five heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the season. The five-time champion retired with sixty-three USAC/CRA fast time awards and thirty-eight main event wins.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) sat fifth in the championship point chase. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams posted four heat race victories, two hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led in 2017. The 2009 Rookie of the Year has five career USAC/CRA triumphs and will be looking to join the winner’s list at Canyon Speedway Park.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Max Adams, Chris Gansen, Matt McCarthy, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, R.J. Johnson, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Brady Short, Justin Grant, rookie contender Gary Paulson, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $20 on Friday, $25 on Saturday, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday, and Children (11 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

PEORIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
5-Bryan Clauson, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 9: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 10: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
April 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 5: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC West Coast & Southwest Sprint Car updated results from Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada (March 4, 2018) – After two days of a special mid-week racing event from the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the stars of the USAC West Coast and Southwest Series head home in anticipation of the remaining balance of the 2018 championship season.

The California based USAC West Coast series will dive right into a double header at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway this Friday and Saturday March 9 and 10. The series will again join the World of Outlaws as they kick off the 2018 USAC West Coast Championship Season.

The Arizona based Southwest Sprint Cars will lay idle this coming weekend and return to action in San Tan Valley, Arizona March 17. Defending champion, RJ Johnson, will take a narrow point lead over Charles Davis Jr. for the first appearance of 2018 at Arizona Speedway.

After several days and many hours of due diligence, USAC Western Director Chris Kearns, has taken both Las Vegas wins away from Justin Grant and team owner Bill Michael due to an unfortunate misinterpretation of the current USAC West Coast/Southwest Sprint Car Rules.

“Bill Michael is one of the most respected car owners in USAC. He runs his operation with Class, and there is no doubt in my mind that this was unintentional" stated Kearns.

The Michaels team competed in Las Vegas with an older engine that previously conformed to the rules but does not meet the latest USAC West Coast and Southwest Rules. This engine conformed to early ASCS engine rules that governed the Southwest Series for many years.

Since the conversion to USAC Southwest Sprint Cars in 2013, the Michaels team had switched to Roush/Yates ASCS branded engines that brought them many Victories and several USAC Championships.

“It is unfortunate for the Michael team because they are such great people and this is clearly an oversight of rules for the 360 engines and the USAC Series that conform to them.”

USAC Officials stated that after its investigation and due diligence it was clear this was unintentional and there will be no further penalty for the team.

Revised USAC West Coast/Southwest Results:

February 28, 2018 – Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

1. Dennis Gile, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dalton Hill, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Brady Short, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Landon Cling, 10. Colton Hardy, 11. Koen Shaw, 12. Michael Fanelli, 13. Ryan Stolz, 14. Johnnie Butler, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Austin Ervine, 17. Michael Curtis, 18. Brody Roa, 19. Kevin Thomas Jr., 20. Tanner Carrick, 21. Brandon Halverson, 22. Colby Copeland, 23. Larry Kesterson, 24. Justin Grant

March 1, 2018 – Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

1. Brody Roa, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Brady Short, 6. Colby Copeland, 7. Colton Hardy, 8. Charles Davis Jr., 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Landon Cling, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Tanner Carrick, 14. Michael Fanelli, 15. Koen Shaw, 16. Johnnie Butler, 17. Austin Ervine, 18. Larry Kesterson, 19. Dennis Gile, 20. Dalton Hill, 21. Ryan Stolz, 22. Justin Grant

 

 

SHAMROCK ENTRY LIST UP TO 45
FOR MARCH 10 USAC MIDGET OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The field for the "Shamrock Classic" has grown to 45 with the latest entries received over the weekend for the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship season opener on Saturday, March 10.

New entries come from Illinois racing veterans Terry Babb (Decatur) and Daniel Robinson (Ewing) who are among the seven representatives from the Land of Lincoln. Gage Walker (Fairland) is the newest Indiana driver to join the field, one of 11 Hoosiers to throw their hat into the ring. USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year contender Matt Moore (Bethany) is one of seven Oklahomans.

The drivers and cars previously entered make up a star-studded lineup for the 50-lap showdown. Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable will bring seven drivers, including defending USAC National Midget champion Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Indiana, Californians Ryan Robinson (Foresthill), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln), Logan Seavey (Sutter), Tucker Klaasmeyer of Paola, Kans., Sam Johnson, of St. Peters, Mo. and Harli White of Lindsay, Okla., who is substituting for Holly Shelton while she recovers from a shoulder injury.

The two past Southern Illinois Center winners, and teammates, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) as well as USAC Rookie of the Year candidate Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. to form a formidable three-car Clauson/Marshall Racing lineup.

Current USAC National Sprint Car point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. And USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. make up a stout two-car team for Petry/Goff Motorsports. Mitchell, Indiana's Chase Briscoe, the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year, is entered to drive his own No. 5 along with standouts Thomas Meseraull of San Jose, Calif. (Joe Dooling No. 63) and Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas (Tyler Thomas No. 91T).

Two-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Brady Bacon and FMR Racing have teamed up for another go at a title run. Chad Boat, winner of six career USAC National Midget races, has entered the event as one of two drivers in the Tucker/Boat Motorsports stable along with series Rookie of the Year contender Zane Hendricks of Stillwater, Okla. Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary intends to make a rare midget start for Gray Auto, for who he made a pair of starts with back in 2015.

Billy Wease of Noblesville, Indiana has found big success in his midget racing career, winning the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2006. Additionally, he's won a USAC Midget race indoors at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum in 2007. Both experiences bode well for the veteran driver as he pilots the Amanda Wease No. 12.

Wayne Lesher has entered his No. 4 for 2017 ARDC Midget champion Ryan Greth of Newport, Pa. Meanwhile, 2016 Bloomington Speedway "Indiana Sprint Week" feature winner Brent Beauchamp has entered his own familiar No. 11.

The $3900-to-win USAC Midget purse honors the memory of Bryan Clauson's success in car No. 39 at the Southern Illinois Center over the years. The additional $900 added to the winner's share is courtesy of Stenhouse Jr. Racing. Factory Canopies has also come aboard to pledge their support to the event.

In addition, micro sprints are on the card with a $750-to-win prize. The format will utilize passing points to lock 12 drivers into the night's feature through the heat races, with four more from each B-Main to lock in the 20-car lineup.

TIMES
The timetable for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on Friday, March 9, from 4-7pm. Saturday's raceday schedule begins with pits opening at 8am. Spectator gates open at 10am, followed by a "pit sweep" at 11am. The micro sprint drivers' meeting gets underway at 11:30am, with micro sprint hot laps set for noon and their heat races immediately following. A public drivers' meeting for the midgets is open to all race fans at 3pm in the turn one grandstand. Midget hot laps begin at 4pm with racing for both the micro sprints and midget immediately following. The night concludes with the 50-lap midget feature event.

ENTRIES
Free entry for the "Shamrock Classic" is available for all USAC Midget competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Use the coupon code griesemer. The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 5. Entries filed after March 5 are $30.

600cc Performance has posted a $500 hard charger award for the micro sprints. Speed Shack Performance and Littleton's Storm & Timber Services are proud supporters of the micro sprint portion of the event as well. Micro sprint entry is $40 and only the first 40 micro sprint driver entries are eligible to compete by registering at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Entry registration opens 7pm on Thursday, Feb. 8. No micro sprint entries will be taken at the gate on race day.

TICKETS
"Shamrock Classic" tickets are on sale now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Reserved seats are $25 for the highly-anticipated event that brought over 50 of the top midget drivers in the country in each of the past two seasons, and the highest car count of any USAC National Midget points event during the 2017 season. Fans will receive a free "Shamrock Classic" event t-shirt with their purchase of a reserved ticket.

Adult general admission tickets are $20; kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC Members/$35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.tracpass.com/.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

For any questions regarding the event, email "Shamrock Classic" promoter Lauren Stewart at lauren@laurenstewartpromotions.com.

MIDGET ENTRY LIST
(45 Midgets entered as of March 4, 2018)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1T TONY RONEY/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4 RYAN GRETH/Newport, PA (Wayne Lesher)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
6D DON DAWSON II/Indianola, IA (Don Dawson II)
7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
9 MATT MOORE/Bethany, OK (Hergott Racing Development)
11 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Brent Beauchamp)
11A C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Auto)
12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
15 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall/Matt Wood Racing)
21H SCOTT SAWYER/Bixby, OK (Kelly Hinck)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
27z ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
28 KORY SCHUDY/Springfield, MO (Jon Sawyer)
37 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (A.J. Felker)
37x TBA (A.J. Felker)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
44 WESLEY SMITH/Nixa, MO (Wesley Smith)
45 TONY LAWRENCE/Cambria, IL (Tony Lawrence)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
50 DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO (Daniel Adler)
51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Jim Neuman)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
63 THOMAS MESERUALL/San Jose, CA (Joe Dooling)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
67K HARLI WHITE/Lindsay, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
67x KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
68 RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
71½ ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, MO (Jack Harris)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas)
95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Jim Miller)
97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)

MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST
(37 Micro Sprints Entered as of March 4, 2018)
2 COOPER WELCH/Sheridan, IN (Chris Welch)
2R RYAN MONTGOMERY/Evansville, IN (Ryan Montgomery)
3G GARET WILLIAMSON/Columbia, MO (Garet Williamson)
3J JORDAN HOWELL/Columbia, MO (Jordan Howell)
4 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Wayne Lesher)
5 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Zach Boden)
5 BRYANT PAVER/Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
11 ALEX MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Alex Midkiff)
14c CHAD ORR/Hartford City, IN (Chad Orr)
16 JAMES MORRIS/Riegelsville, PA (James Morris)
18 MICHAEL BRUMMITT/Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)
20 MIKE VALLETTE/Ellery, IL (Mike Vallette)
21H TBA (Kelly Hinck)
21L TBA (Levi Hinck)
21M MATT MORTON/Collinsville, IL (Matt Morton)
33m RYAN MUELLER/Wildwood, MO (Ryan Mueller)
34 K.J. SNOW/Kingsburg, CA (K.J. Snow)
35 TYLER ROBBINS/St. Jacob, IL (Tyler Robbins)
37 AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (Rodney Purdue)
37F JACOB JONES/Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
42 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Joe Axsom)
44 TREVIN LITTLETON/Jacksonville, IL (Greg Littleton)
49K LUKE KILGORE/Steeleville, IL (Luke Kilgore)
51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Joe B. Miller)
53 SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)
57v MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Matt Veatch)
71 JAKE CHEATHAM/Bethalto, IL (Jake Cheatham)
71 TBA (Paul May)
79J JACOB PATTON/Bethalto, IL (Jacob Patton)
88 B.J. GATEWOOD/Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)
88G ABBIE GATEWOOD/Caruthersville, MO (Abbie Gatewood)
88G GARRETT HULSEY/Lone Jack, MO (Garrett Hulsey)
97 AUSTIN NIGH/Greenfield, IN (A.J. Nigh)
99 DANIEL ROBINSON/Mt. Vernon, IL (Dale Greene)
101 TOBIAS MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Tobias Midkiff)
711 TBA (Paul May)
880 KAMERON MORRRAL/Smithsburg, MD (Wayne Lesher)

 

 

 

SHAMROCK CLASSIC ENTRIES SURPASS 40
FOR USAC MIDGET SEASON OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The entry list for the "Shamrock Classic" has soared above 40 for the 2018 USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship season opener on Saturday, March 10 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Among the latest drivers entered are those from the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable who will bring, count them, seven cars for the third annual event.

Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston headlines the group as the defending USAC National Midget champion. Californians Ryan Robinson (Foresthill) and Tanner Carrick (Lincoln) return to the lineup once again. Robinson in his third full season while 2017 Rookie of the Year Carrick takes on his sophomore campaign.

Newcomers to the team include reigning POWRi Midget champ Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif., who is also currently gunning for top Rookie honors in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division. Tucker Klaasmeyer of Paola, Kans. moves over to the KKM team after successful seasons in his family-owned ride the past few years. Sam Johnson, of St. Peters, Mo., is the youngest of the group at age 15 in his first season behind the wheel of a midget. Harli White, of Lindsay, Okla., will make her debut for KKM at the "Shamrock," substituting for Holly Shelton who is recovering from a shoulder injury.

The KKM team is the latest to win in USAC Midget competition at the Southern Illinois Center, capturing last December's "Junior Knepper 55" with driver Christopher Bell.

Additional new entries were filed by car owner Wayne Lesher for 2017 ARDC Midget champion Ryan Greth of Newport, Pa. Meanwhile, 2016 Bloomington Speedway "Indiana Sprint Week" feature winner Brent Beauchamp has entered his own familiar No. 11.

Previously announced entries include the two past Southern Illinois Center winners, and teammates, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) as well as USAC Rookie of the Year candidate Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. to form a formidable three-car Clauson/Marshall Racing lineup.

Current USAC National Sprint Car point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. And USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. make up a stout two-car team for Petry/Goff Motorsports. Mitchell, Indiana's Chase Briscoe, the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year, is entered to drive his own No. 5 along with standouts Thomas Meseraull of San Jose, Calif. (Dooling-Hayward No. 63) and Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas (Tyler Thomas No. 91T).

Two-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Brady Bacon and FMR Racing have teamed up for another go at a title run. Chad Boat, winner of six career USAC National Midget races, has entered the event as one of two drivers in the Tucker/Boat Motorsports stable along with series Rookie of the Year contender Zane Hendricks of Stillwater, Okla. Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary intends to make a rare midget start for Gray Auto, for who he made a pair of starts with back in 2015.

Billy Wease of Noblesville, Indiana has found big success in his midget racing career, winning the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2006. Additionally, he's won a USAC Midget race indoors at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum in 2007. Both experiences bode well for the veteran driver as he pilots the Amanda Wease No. 12.

The $3900-to-win USAC Midget purse honors the memory of Bryan Clauson's success in car No. 39 at the Southern Illinois Center over the years. The additional $900 added to the winner's share is courtesy of Stenhouse Jr. Racing. Factory Canopies has also come aboard to pledge their support to the event.

In addition, micro sprints are on the card with a $700-to-win, $3000 total feature purse. The format will utilize passing points to lock 12 drivers into the night's feature through the heat races, with four more from each B-Main to lock in the 20-car lineup.

TIMES
The timetable for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on Friday, March 9, from 4-7pm. Saturday's raceday schedule begins with pits opening at 8am. Spectator gates open at 10am, followed by a "pit sweep" at 11am. The micro sprint drivers' meeting gets underway at 11:30am, with micro sprint hot laps set for noon and their heat races immediately following. A public drivers' meeting for the midgets is open to all race fans at 3pm in the turn one grandstand. Midget hot laps begin at 4pm with racing for both the micro sprints and midget immediately following. The night concludes with the 50-lap midget feature event.

ENTRIES
Entries continue to pour in for the "Shamrock Classic." Free entry is available for all USAC Midget competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Use the coupon code griesemer. The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 5. Entries filed after March 5 are $30.

600cc Performance has posted a $500 hard charger award for the micro sprints. Speed Shack Performance and Littleton's Storm & Timber Services are proud supporters of the micro sprint portion of the event as well. Micro sprint entry is $40 and only the first 40 micro sprint driver entries are eligible to compete by registering at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Entry registration opens 7pm on Thursday, Feb. 8. No micro sprint entries will be taken at the gate on race day.

TICKETS
"Shamrock Classic" tickets are on sale now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Reserved seats are $25 for the highly-anticipated event that brought over 50 of the top midget drivers in the country in each of the past two seasons, and the highest car count of any USAC National Midget points event during the 2017 season. Fans will receive a free "Shamrock Classic" event t-shirt with their purchase of a reserved ticket.

Adult general admission tickets are $20; kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC Members/$35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.tracpass.com/.
Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

For any questions regarding the event, email "Shamrock Classic" promoter Lauren Stewart at lauren@laurenstewartpromotions.com.

MIDGET ENTRY LIST
(As of March 3, 2018)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1T TONY RONEY/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4 RYAN GRETH/Newport, PA (Wayne Lesher)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
6D DON DAWSON II/Indianola, IA (Don Dawson II)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
11 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Brent Beauchamp)
11A C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Auto)
12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
15 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall/Matt Wood Racing)
21H SCOTT SAWYER/Bixby, OK (Kelly Hinck)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
27z ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
28 KORY SCHUDY/Springfield, MO (Jon Sawyer)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
44 WESLEY SMITH/Nixa, MO (Wesley Smith)
45 TONY LAWRENCE/Cambria, IL (Tony Lawrence)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
50 DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO (Daniel Adler)
51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Jim Neuman)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing)
63 THOMAS MESERUALL/San Jose, CA (Dooling-Hayward Motorsports)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
67K HARLI WHITE/Lindsay, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
67x KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
68 RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
71½ ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, MO (Jack Harris)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas)
95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Jim Miller)
97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports - Curb-Agajanian)

MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST
(As of March 3, 2018)
2 COOPER WELCH/Sheridan, IN (Chris Welch)
2R RYAN MONTGOMERY/Evansville, IN (Ryan Montgomery)
3G GARET WILLIAMSON/Columbia, MO (Garet Williamson)
3J JORDAN HOWELL/Columbia, MO (Jordan Howell)
4 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Wayne Lesher)
5 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Zach Boden)
5 BRYANT PAVER/Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
11 ALEX MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Alex Midkiff)
14c CHAD ORR/Hartford City, IN (Chad Orr)
16 JAMES MORRIS/Riegelsville, PA (James Morris)
18 MICHAEL BRUMMITT/Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)
20 MIKE VALLETTE/Ellery, IL (Mike Vallette)
21H TBA (Kelly Hinck)
21L TBA (Levi Hinck)
21M MATT MORTON/Collinsville, IL (Matt Morton)
33m RYAN MUELLER/Wildwood, MO (Ryan Mueller)
34 K.J. SNOW/Kingsburg, CA (K.J. Snow)
35 TYLER ROBBINS/St. Jacob, IL (Tyler Robbins)
37 AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (Rodney Purdue)
37F JACOB JONES/Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
42 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Joe Axsom)
44 TREVIN LITTLETON/Jacksonville, IL (Greg Littleton)
49K LUKE KILGORE/Steeleville, IL (Luke Kilgore)
51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Joe B. Miller)
53 SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)
71 JAKE CHEATHAM/Bethalto, IL (Jake Cheatham)
71 TBA (Paul May)
88 B.J. GATEWOOD/Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)
88G ABBIE GATEWOOD/Caruthersville, MO (Abbie Gatewood)
88G GARRETT HULSEY/Lone Jack, MO (Garrett Hulsey)
97 AUSTIN NIGH/Greenfield, IN (A.J. Nigh)
99 DANIEL ROBINSON/Mt. Vernon, IL (Dale Greene)
101 TOBIAS MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Tobias Midkiff)
711 TBA (Paul May)
880 KAMERON MORRRAL/Smithsburg, MD (Wayne Lesher)

 

 

GRANT SWEEPS LAS VEGAS' "FVP SHOWDOWN" WITH THURSDAY VICTORY

Las Vegas, NV........Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. completed a "clean sweep" of the 7th FVP Showdown for USAC West Coast and Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Cars at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Thursday night's 25-lap feature victory. Wednesday's winner started sixth in Thursday's race but ran down early leaders Brady Short and Brady Bacon to grab the lead on lap four in Bill Michael's #77M Kodiak Products/Beal's Auto Body Sherman/Ford. He proceeded to lead the final 22 laps to beat Brody Roa, Tyler Courtney and Bacon, who waged a race-long battle for the runner-up spot. Stevie Sussex rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag. "These guys are awesome," said Grant about his team. The car really stuck wherever we put it but the rest of the field kept us honest tonight. "I really had to work for this one." Grant was also the fastest qualifier and won his heat race. Colton Hardy came from 17th to 8th to claim the Saldana Racing Products/Racing Optics Hard Charger award.

 

March 1, 2018 – Las Vegas, Nevada – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – "7th FVP Outlaw Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 77M, Michael-19.000; 2. Colby Copeland, 24, Copeland-19.218; 3. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-19.348; 4. Landon Cling, 54, Cling-19.580; 5. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-19.593; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.606; 7. Jake Swanson, 34, Grau-19.619; 8. Stevie Sussex, 34AZ, Grau-19.642; 9. Tanner Carrick, 83T, Carrick-19.729; 10. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-19.920; 11. Brady Bacon, 73, Ford-19.986; 12. Dalton Hill, 81D, Double D-19.988; 13. Michael Fanelli, 2, Fanelli-20.042; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 42, Cheney-20.042; 15. Brady Short, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-20.296; 16. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-20.349; 17. Colton Hardy, 74, Williams-20.374; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-20.885; 19. Larry Kesterson, F2, Kesterson-21.642; 20. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-22.287; 21. Johnnie Butler, 54X, Butler-22.615; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Courtney, 3. Swanson, 4. Cling, 5. Gile, 6. Fanelli, 7. Kesterson, 8. Ervine. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Sussex, 3. Mihocko, 4. Copeland, 5. Thomas, 6. Hardy, 7. Stolz. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Short, 3. Davis, 4. Hill, 5. Carrick, 6. Shaw, 7. Butler. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Brady Short, 7. Colby Copeland, 8. Colton Hardy, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Jake Swanson, 11. Landon Cling, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 14. Tanner Carrick, 15. Michael Fanelli, 16. Koen Shaw, 17. Johnnie Butler, 18. Austin Ervine, 19. Larry Kesterson, 20. Dennis Gile, 21. Dalton Hill, 22. Ryan Stolz. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Short, Lap 3 Bacon, Laps 4-25 Grant.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Colton Hardy (17th to 8th)

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACES: March 9&10 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 17 – San Tan Valley, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

GRANT TAKES 7TH "FVP SHOWDOWN" OPENER AT LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas, NV........Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. led all 25 laps to win Wednesday night's USAC West Coast/Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint feature at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Grant passed pole starter Kevin Thomas Jr. in turn three and built a 2.5-second lead by halfway in his Michaels Special. Thomas broke on lap four and runnerup Brody Roa lost a tire on lap five. Grant had built an eight-second lead by lap 21 then the second of two feature red flags flew for a flip by Michael Curtis. He resumed his lead on the restart and finished with a comfortable lead over second-place finished Dennis Gile.

Brady Bacon took third at the checkered flag ahead of Dalton Hill and Tyler Courtney.

"The car was amazing, a real rocket ship," said Grant in victory lane. "I really didn't even have to hustle it. I knew it was a good car and was looking forward to running it long before I got here."

Brandon Halverson brought the first feature red when he flipped on lap two. Stevie Sussex was second before he pulled off the track on the restart on lap 22.

The "Shootout" continues with night two Thursday at Las Vegas.

USAC WEST COAST/SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR "Special Event" RACE RESULTS: February 28, 2018 - Las Vegas, Nevada - The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - 7th "FVP Showdown"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 77M, Michael-17.663; 2. Brady Bacon, 73, Ford-17.771; 3. Colby Copeland, 24, Copeland-17.807; 4. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-17.842; 5. Brady Short, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-17.953; 6. Landon Cling, 54, Cling-17.988; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 42, Cheney-17.990; 8. Stevie Sussex, 34AZ, Grau-17.994; 9. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-18.027; 10. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-18.059; 11. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-18.064; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-18.142; 13. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-18.182; 14. Jake Swanson, 34, Grau-18.193; 15. Colton Hardy, 74, Williams-18.333; 16. Dalton Hill, 81D, Double D-18.448; 17. Brandon Halverson, 13MJ, Halverson-18.523; 18. Tanner Carrick, 83T, Carrick-18.706; 19. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-19.049; 20. Larry Kesterson, F2, Kesterson-20.673; 21. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-20.866; 22. Johnnie Butler, 54X, Butler-21.103; 23. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-NT; 24. Michael Fanelli, 2, Fanelli-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Grant, 3. Courtney, 4. Mihocko, 5. Hill, 6. Davis, 7. Shaw, 8. Butler. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gile, 2. Sussex, 3. Short, 4. Bacon, 5. Swanson, 6. Halverson, 7. Stolz, 8. Kesterson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Copeland, 3. Curtis, 4. Cling, 5. Carrick, 6. Hardy, 7. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Dennis Gile, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dalton Hill, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Brady Short, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Landon Cling, 11. Colton Hardy, 12 Koen Shaw, 13. Michael Fanelli, 14. Ryan Stoltz, 15. Johnnie Butler, 16. Stevie Sussex, 17. Austin Ervine, 18. Michael Curtis, 19. Brody Roa, 20. Kevin Thomas Jr., 21. Tanner Carrick, 22. Brandon Halverson, 23. Colby Copeland, 24. Larry Kesterson. NT ---------------------------- **Kesterson flipped during the second heat. Halverson flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Curtis flips on lap 22 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Grant.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Michael Fanelli (24th-13th)

NEXT USAC WEST COAST/SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: March 1 - Las Vegas, Nevada - The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - 7th "FVP Showdown"

 

 

BACON, BOAT SIGN IN FOR SHAMROCK CLASSIC
USAC MIDGET OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The "Shamrock Classic" entry list continues to climb for the 2018 USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship season opener on Saturday, March 10 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Two-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Brady Bacon and FMR Racing have teamed up for another go at a title run. The last two years, the Broken Arrow, Okla. driver has twice finished in the third position in the final USAC National Midget standings.

Chad Boat, winner of six career USAC National Midget races, has entered the event as one of two drivers in the Tucker/Boat Motorsports stable along with series Rookie of the Year contender Zane Hendricks of Stillwater, Okla. Boat, of Phoenix, Ariz., led 34 laps en route to a fourth-place finish in the series most recent visit to the Southern Illinois Center last December.

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary had a breakout year in USAC's National Sprint Car series last year with five victories. At the Southern Illinois Center, he intends to make a rare midget start for Gray Auto, for who he made a pair of starts with back in 2015.

Billy Wease of Noblesville, Indiana has found big success in his midget racing career, winning the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2006. Additionally, he's won a USAC Midget race indoors at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum in 2007. Both experiences bode well for the veteran driver as he pilots the Amanda Wease No. 12.

Previously announced entries include the two past Southern Illinois Center winners, and teammates, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) as well as USAC Rookie of the Year candidate Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. to form a formidable three-car Clauson/Marshall Racing lineup.

Current USAC National Sprint Car point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. And USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. make up a stout two-car team for Petry/Goff Motorsports. Mitchell, Indiana's Chase Briscoe, the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year, is entered to drive his own No. 5 along with standouts Thomas Meseraull of San Jose, Calif. (Dooling-Hayward/RCR No. 63) and Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas (Tyler Thomas No. 91T).

The $3900-to-win USAC Midget purse honors the memory of Bryan Clauson's success in car No. 39 at the Southern Illinois Center over the years. The additional $900 added to the winner's share is courtesy of Stenhouse Jr. Racing. Factory Canopies has also come aboard to pledge their support to the event.

In addition, micro sprints are on the card with a $700-to-win, $3000 total feature purse. The format will utilize passing points to lock 12 drivers into the night's feature through the heat races, with four more from each B-Main to lock in the 20-car lineup.

TIMES
The timetable for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on Friday, March 9, from 4-7pm. Saturday's raceday schedule begins with pits opening at 8am. Spectator gates open at 10am, followed by a "pit sweep" at 11am. The micro sprint drivers' meeting gets underway at 11:30am, with micro sprint hot laps set for noon and their heat races immediately following. A public drivers' meeting for the midgets is open to all race fans at 3pm in the turn one grandstand. Midget hot laps begin at 4pm with racing for both the micro sprints and midget immediately following. The night concludes with the 50-lap midget feature event.

ENTRIES
Entries continue to pour in for the "Shamrock Classic." Free entry is available for all USAC Midget competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Use the coupon code griesemer. The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 5. Entries filed after March 5 are $30.

600cc Performance has posted a $500 hard charger award for the micro sprints. Speed Shack Performance and Littleton's Storm & Timber Services are proud supporters of the micro sprint portion of the event as well. Micro sprint entry is $40 and only the first 40 micro sprint driver entries are eligible to compete by registering at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Entry registration opens 7pm on Thursday, Feb. 8. No micro sprint entries will be taken at the gate on race day.

TICKETS
"Shamrock Classic" tickets are on sale now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Reserved seats are $25 for the highly-anticipated event that brought over 50 of the top midget drivers in the country in each of the past two seasons, and the highest car count of any USAC National Midget points event during the 2017 season. Fans will receive a free "Shamrock Classic" event t-shirt with their purchase of a reserved ticket.

Adult general admission tickets are $20; kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC Members/$35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.tracpass.com/.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

For any questions regarding the event, email "Shamrock Classic" promoter Lauren Stewart at lauren@laurenstewartpromotions.com.

MIDGET ENTRY LIST
(As of February 28, 2018)
1T TONY RONEY/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
6D DON DAWSON II/Indianola, IA (Don Dawson II)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
11A C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Auto)
12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
15 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall/Matt Wood Racing)
21H SCOTT SAWYER/Bixby, OK (Kelly Hinck)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
27z ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
28 KORY SCHUDY/Springfield, MO (Jon Sawyer)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
44 WESLEY SMITH/Nixa, MO (Wesley Smith)
45 TONY LAWRENCE/Cambria, IL (Tony Lawrence)
50 DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO (Daniel Adler)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing)
63 THOMAS MESERUALL/San Jose, CA (Dooling-Hayward Motorsports/RCR)
67 KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
68 RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71½ ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, MO (Jack Harris)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas)

MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST
(As of February 27, 2018)
2 COOPER WELCH/Sheridan, IN (Chris Welch)
2R RYAN MONTGOMERY/Evansville, IN (Ryan Montgomery)
3G GARET WILLIAMSON/Columbia, MO (Garet Williamson)
3J JORDAN HOWELL/Columbia, MO (Jordan Howell)
4 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Wayne Lesher)
5 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Zach Boden)
5 BRYANT PAVER/Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
11 ALEX MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Alex Midkiff)
14c CHAD ORR/Hartford City, IN (Chad Orr)
16 JAMES MORRIS/Riegelsville, PA (James Morris)
18 MICHAEL BRUMMITT/Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)
20 MIKE VALLETTE/Ellery, IL (Mike Vallette)
21H SCOTT SAWYER/Bixby, OK (Kelly Hinck)
21L KAMERON KEY/Warrensburg, MO (Levi Hinck)
21M MATT MORTON/Collinsville, IL (Matt Morton)
33m RYAN MUELLER/Wildwood, MO (Ryan Mueller)
34 K.J. SNOW/Kingsburg, CA (K.J. Snow)
35 TYLER ROBBINS/St. Jacob, IL (Tyler Robbins)
37 AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (Rodney Purdue)
42 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Joe Axsom)
44 TREVIN LITTLETON/Jacksonville, IL (Greg Littleton)
49K LUKE KILGORE/Steeleville, IL (Luke Kilgore)
51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Joe B. Miller)
53 SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)
71 JAKE CHEATHAM/Bethalto, IL (Jake Cheatham)
71 TBA (Paul May)
88 B.J. GATEWOOD/Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)
88G ABBIE GATEWOOD/Caruthersville, MO (Abbie Gatewood)
88G GARRETT HULSEY/Lone Jack, MO (Garrett Hulsey)
97 AUSTIN NIGH/Greenfield, IN (A.J. Nigh)
99 DANIEL ROBINSON/Mt. Vernon, IL (Dale Greene)
101 TOBIAS MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Tobias Midkiff)
711 TBA (Paul May)
880 KAMERON MORRRAL/Smithsburg, MD (Wayne Lesher)

 


 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

PERRIS “SO-CAL SHOWDOWN” OPENS 15TH USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SEASON
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 27, 2018... This Saturday, March 3rd, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will open their historic fifteenth season at Perris Auto Speedway. The “5th Annual So-Cal Showdown” will also feature the famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint Cars and the PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. In addition, the event is “American Cancer Society Night Benefitting the Up, Down ‘n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run.” Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws “Fan Pit Pass” are available online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=52711&agency=WRG_SNG&pid=8525909. 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 www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

The "So-Cal Showdown" has become one of the “must see” races on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA schedule. Featuring both non-winged and winged 410 cubic inch powered sprint cars, fans can enjoy both styles of racing at one of the finest dirt tracks in the country. “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the inaugural event in 2014 and Richard Vander Weerd dominated the following year. Josh Hodges scored the 2016 win with a dramatic last corner pass and Gardner stood atop the podium last season. At press time, “The Demon” leads all drivers with 43 Perris USAC/CRA victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

Armed with a new sponsor, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) will be going for his sixth consecutive (7th overall) USAC/CRA Championship. Last season, the pilot of Mark Alexander's #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike posted five feature wins, seven Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eleven heat race victories, one semi-main win, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 150 feature laps led. “The Demon” has seventy-five USAC/CRA victories to his credit and will be looking to win his third “So-Cal Showdown.”

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) had a breakout year and finished second in the point standings. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa had two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one dash win, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twenty top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led in 2017. The second generation driver has three career wins and will have his sights on adding the “So-Cal Showdown” to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranked third in the chase for the championship. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil and Eileen King Triple X, Swanson had five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Jake has one career USAC/CRA win and will be looking to earn the $2,500 victory.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) finished fourth in his last year of sprint car racing. Piloting the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer had one feature win, five heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the season. The five-time champion retires with sixty-three USAC/CRA fast time awards and thirty-eight main event wins.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) sat fifth in the championship point chase. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams posted four heat race victories, two hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led in 2017. The 2009 Rookie of the Year has five career USAC/CRA triumphs and will be looking to join the winner’s list of the “So-Cal Showdown.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Max Adams, Chris Gansen, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt McCarthy, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, R.J. Johnson, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Jace Vander Weerd, Brady Short, Logan Seavey, rookie contender Gary Paulson, 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 www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134. Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws “Fan Pit Pass” are available online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=52711&agency=WRG_SNG&pid=8525909.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

SO-CAL SHOWDOWN WINNERS:
2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Josh Hodges, 2017-Damion Gardner.

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

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 3: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
March 9: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 10: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
April 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 5: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

CMR, KTJ, COONS, TMEZ, BRISCOE
HIGHLIGHT EARLY SHAMROCK ENTRIES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The initial entry list for the Saturday, March 10 "Shamrock Classic" features some of the most successful standouts in USAC today.

The third annual event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin launches the 2018 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget season that features a team that has been at the top of its game in their recent season debuts, namely Clauson/Marshall Racing, which has raced to a pot of gold in each of the past two seasons.

One season ago, it was Justin Grant who won his first career USAC National Midget race on the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval. By doing so, he became the first driver in the history of USAC to win both the National Midget and National Sprint Car season openers in the same year. This year, the Ione, Calif. native slides over to the 17BC for CMR/Matt Wood Racing that was formerly occupied by Shane Golobic, winner of the first "Shamrock" in 2016.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney (CMR No. 7BC) has yet to collect the "Shamrock" hardware, but is a Du Quoin USAC Midget winner himself, taking the non-points "Junior Knepper 55" in 2016, which incidentally, was his first USAC-sanctioned Midget victory as well.

Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise (CMR No. 39BC), the 2017 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Rookie of the Race, but a series rookie with USAC, is the lone driver on CMR's lineup without a Du Quoin win. Although, like Courtney, Grant and Golobic, he's in good hands. Both "Shamrock" wins and four of the five USAC Midget races held at the Southern Illinois Center have been wrenched by CMR's Tim Clauson and Tyler Ransbottom.

Additionally, the Petry/Goff Motorsports team has entered a pair of cars for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. (No. 15) and USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. (No. 25).

Mitchell, Indiana's Chase Briscoe, the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year, is entered to drive his own No. 5 along with standouts Thomas Meseraull of San Jose, Calif. (Dooling-Hayward/RCR No. 63) and Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas (Tyler Thomas No. 91T).

The $3900-to-win USAC Midget purse honors the memory of Bryan Clauson's success in car No. 39 at the Southern Illinois Center over the years. The additional $900 added to the winner's share is courtesy of Stenhouse Jr. Racing. Factory Canopies has also come aboard to pledge their support to the event.

In addition, micro sprints are on the card with a $700-to-win, $3000 total feature purse. The format will utilize passing points to lock 12 drivers into the night's feature through the heat races, with four more from each B-Main to lock in the 20-car lineup.

TIMES

The timetable for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on Friday, March 9, from 4-7pm. Saturday's raceday schedule begins with pits opening at 8am. Spectator gates open at 10am, followed by a "pit sweep" at 11am. The micro sprint drivers' meeting gets underway at 11:30am, with micro sprint hot laps set for noon and their heat races immediately following. A public drivers' meeting for the midgets is open to all race fans at 3pm in the turn one grandstand. Midget hot laps begin at 4pm with racing for both the micro sprints and midget immediately following. The night concludes with the 50-lap midget feature event.

ENTRIES

Entries continue to pour in for the "Shamrock Classic." Free entry is available for all USAC Midget competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Use the coupon code griesemer. The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 5. Entries filed after March 5 are $30.

600cc Performance has posted a $500 hard charger award for the micro sprints. Speed Shack Performance and Littleton's Storm & Timber Services are proud supporters of the micro sprint portion of the event as well. Micro sprint entry is $40 and only the first 40 micro sprint driver entries are eligible to compete by registering at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Entry registration opens 7pm on Thursday, Feb. 8. No micro sprint entries will be taken at the gate on race day.

TICKETS

"Shamrock Classic" tickets are on sale now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-shamrock-classic-tickets. Reserved seats are $25 for the highly-anticipated event that brought over 50 of the top midget drivers in the country in each of the past two seasons, and the highest car count of any USAC National Midget points event during the 2017 season. Fans will receive a free "Shamrock Classic" event t-shirt with their purchase of a reserved ticket.

Adult general admission tickets are $20; kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC Members/$35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.tracpass.com/.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

For any questions regarding the event, email "Shamrock Classic" promoter Lauren Stewart at lauren@laurenstewartpromotions.com.

MIDGET ENTRY LIST
(As of February 27, 2018)
1T TONY RONEY/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
6D DON DAWSON II/Indianola, IA (Don Dawson II)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
15 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall/Matt Wood Racing)
21H SCOTT SAWYER/Bixby, OK (Kelly Hinck)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
28 KORY SCHUDY/Springfield, MO (Jon Sawyer)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
44 WESLEY SMITH/Nixa, MO (Wesley Smith)
45 TONY LAWRENCE/Cambria, IL (Tony Lawrence)
50 DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO (Daniel Adler)
63 THOMAS MESERUALL/San Jose, CA (Dooling-Hayward Motorsports/RCR)
91 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, MO (Jack Harris)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas)

MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST
(As of February 27, 2018)
2 COOPER WELCH/Sheridan, IN (Chris Welch)
2R RYAN MONTGOMERY/Evansville, IN (Ryan Montgomery)
3G GARET WILLIAMSON/Columbia, MO (Garet Williamson)
3J JORDAN HOWELL/Columbia, MO (Jordan Howell)
4 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Wayne Lesher)
5 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Zach Boden)
5 BRYANT PAVER/Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
11 ALEX MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Alex Midkiff)
14c CHAD ORR/Hartford City, IN (Chad Orr)
16 JAMES MORRIS/Riegelsville, PA (James Morris)
18 MICHAEL BRUMMITT/Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)
20 MIKE VALLETTE/Ellery, IL (Mike Vallette)
21H SCOTT SAWYER/Bixby, OK (Kelly Hinck)
21L KAMERON KEY/Warrensburg, MO (Levi Hinck)
21M MATT MORTON/Collinsville, IL (Matt Morton)
33m RYAN MUELLER/Wildwood, MO (Ryan Mueller)
34 K.J. SNOW/Kingsburg, CA (K.J. Snow)
35 TYLER ROBBINS/St. Jacob, IL (Tyler Robbins)
37 AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (Rodney Purdue)
42 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Joe Axsom)
44 TREVIN LITTLETON/Jacksonville, IL (Greg Littleton)
49K LUKE KILGORE/Steeleville, IL (Luke Kilgore)
51B JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Joe B. Miller)
53 SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)
71 JAKE CHEATHAM/Bethalto, IL (Jake Cheatham)
71 TBA (Paul May)
88 B.J. GATEWOOD/Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)
88G ABBIE GATEWOOD/Caruthersville, MO (Abbie Gatewood)
88G GARRETT HULSEY/Lone Jack, MO (Garrett Hulsey)
97 AUSTIN NIGH/Greenfield, IN (A.J. Nigh)
99 DANIEL ROBINSON/Mt. Vernon, IL (Dale Greene)
101 TOBIAS MIDKIFF/Belleville, IL (Tobias Midkiff)
711 TBA (Paul May)
880 KAMERON MORRRAL/Smithsburg, MD (Wayne Lesher)

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS READY FOR SHOWDOWN AT LAS VEGAS
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 22, 2018... The historic tenth season for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will kickoff on Wednesday, February 28th and Thursday, March 1st at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Co-sanctioned with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars, the non-point "7th Annual FVP Sin City Showdown" will pay an impressive $3,000-to-win and $300-to-start the main event on BOTH NIGHTS. In addition, the famed World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will join the action packed card. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, the spectator gates open at 5:00pm, with racing set for 7:30pm on Wednesday and 8:00pm on Thursday. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt, call 702.644.4444, or visit www.dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=258 for advance tickets. A schedule for both nights is at the end of this release.

NOTICE TO RACERS: MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED AT LAS VEGAS. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Held during NASCAR weekend, the "FVP Outlaw Showdown" has become one of the most popular dates on both the USAC West Coast and SouthWest schedules. A talented roster of drivers from California, Arizona, and the Midwest will battle on the large half-mile clay oval to win the prestigious event. Also known as the “Sin City Showdown,” Bud Kaeding (California) won the inaugural race on his way to the USAC West Coast championship in 2012. Bryan Clauson (Indiana) won in 2013, followed by Austin Liggett (California) in 2014 and Stevie Sussex (Arizona) in 2015. Clauson returned to victory circle in 2016 and Ryan Bernal won last year’s jackpot from twenty-second ahead of Brady Bacon (Oklahoma), Brody Roa (California), Jace Vander Weerd (California), and Stevie Sussex (Arizona). Landon Cling (Arizona) set fast time both nights and established a new track record of 17.470. A complete series win list at Las Vegas is at the bottom of this release.

Last October, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) earned the USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship at Santa Maria. Starting the year in Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Moose Racing Triple X, Swanson also piloted the Larry Henry / Tony Jones #41 DRC and Matt Dale’s #12 Maxim before claiming the title. In all, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year posted two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led to his credit. Jake has three career West Coast wins and will be looking to start the season with a Las Vegas triumph.

Despite missing a few races, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) finished second in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett had three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led on the year. Austin ranks ninth on the win list and will have his sights on his sixth victory at the “Outlaw Showdown.”

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) ranked third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino scored one feature win, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 52 feature laps led on the season. Tristan has three career wins and will be looking to score the Las Vegas doubleheader.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) ran fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria posted one feature win, eight heat race victories, one pole shuffle win, ten top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps to his credit. The two-time (2013, 2015) champion is tied with Bryan Clauson for fourth in series wins and will have his sights on his eleventh victory.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) had a strong season and placed fifth in the West Coast point chase. Racing his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance ART, Adams had one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, a new Santa Maria track record, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led. The 2016 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one series win and will be looking to add Las Vegas to his resume.

Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Brandon Wiley, Jace Vander Weerd, Steve Hix, Cody Majors, Shannon McQueen, Ryan Stolz, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, Kyle Smith, “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr., Steven Garris, Jeff Sibley, and Cory Elliott rounded out the top-20 in last year’s points.

5-time champion R.J. Johnson sits atop the USAC SouthWest point chase ahead of “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Stevie Sussex, Michael Curtis, Josh Pelkey, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Landon Cling, Dennis Gile, Matt Lundy, Johnny Shelton, Colton Moroney, Larry Kesterson, Tyler Adams, Mason Keefer, and Wayne Siddle.

Two-day Pit Passes are $100 and single-day Pit Passes are $50.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 2:00pm and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/dirt or calling (702) 644-4444. Two-day Reserved and General Admission tickets are on sale for $80 (with fan pit pass). Single-day Reserved tickets are $40, General Admission tickets are $39, and Children (12 and Under) are FREE. For more ticket information, visit www.dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=258 or call 844-DIRT-TIX (844-347-8849).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.

LAS VEGAS OUTLAW / SIN CITY SHOWDOWN WINNERS:
2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Austin Liggett, 2015-Stevie Sussex, 2016-Bryan Clauson, 2017-Ryan Bernal.

LAS VEGAS USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Bryan Clauson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC LAS VEGAS FVP OUTLAW SHOWDOWN SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH:
Tickets & Will Call: 2:00pm
Pit Gate: 2:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 4:00pm
Grandstands: 5:00pm
Wheel Pack: 5:45pm
USAC Hot Laps: 7:00pm
Opening Ceremonies: 7:30pm
Racing to Follow

THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST:
Tickets & Will Call: 2:00pm
Pit Gate: 2:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 5:00pm
Grandstands: 5:00pm
Wheel Pack: 6:30pm
USAC Hot Laps/Qualifying: 7:45pm
Opening Ceremonies: 8:00pm
Racing to Follow

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
February 28: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown / Non-Points / $3,000-to-win)
March 1: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown / Non-Points / $3,000-to-win)
March 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 10: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 7: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

COURTNEY CHECKS OUT FOR 2ND STRAIGHT
"WINTER DIRT GAMES" WIN IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida.........In the spirit of the Winter Olympic games, Tyler Courtney's performance on Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park could only be described as flawless - even coming from the Russian judge.

No, you won't find any triple axels or double lutzes in his 30-lap performance, but you will find the precise execution of a race where nary a single wheel was turned wrong lap-after-lap on his way to a commanding USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature win, his second in as many nights at "Winter Dirt Games" in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy.

"I think it handled even better tonight," Courtney revealed. "We were able to go pretty much anywhere I put it. Hats off to Tim (Clauson) and the guys. They've worked their tails off since the week after the Chili Bowl leading up to this. This is the least I can do to repay those guys for the hours and the blood, sweat and tears that go into this. This is a really a good way to start off the year. Obviously, it's early, so you can't really worry about points, but it definitely puts us in a good spot heading into Lawrenceburg."

From the drop of the green, pole sitter Courtney checked out, last seen headed northbound on I-75 out of Ocala carrying the winner's check under his arm. Only Chris Windom was able to present a brief challenge in the early stages of the event before falling back into line.

Windom, the defending series champ, charged from fifth to second on the opening lap past a stout group that included C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug and Dave Darland. Yet, by midway, Courtney had ridden the cushion to more than a half-straightaway lead over Windom, who could never get close enough to present a challenge to Courtney in a race that went caution-free for the final 27 laps following a lap three caution for the stoppage of Garrett Aitken.

"I knew on that one and only restart, I could hear a guy behind me, so I kind of picked it up a little bit to see if I could either gain or lose the motor sound in my ear," Courtney explained. "It kept getting quieter and quieter, so I knew I had to be doing something right. I just kept chugging away and hitting my marks as I searched to see if the track was changing or not. We were able to work through lapped traffic nicely. When they got the move over flag, they either held their ground or moved once and didn't move again. It makes it a lot easier when the lapped cars are good like that. You try not to worry about the guys behind you, you try to worry about your own race, but it's nice when you come in and they say you had a pretty big lead."

"We had a semi-frustrating night the first time out, we just put our nose to the ground and kept digging. I think it obviously proved that if you stay focused on your goals, you can achieve them." - Tyler Courtney
(Al Steinberg Photo)

When all was said and done, Courtney wrapped up a dominating 2.5 second victory over Windom, Boespflug, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Darland to become the first driver to win back-to-back USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features this early in the season since Tracy Hines in 2013.

"Winter Dirt Games" is unique in that it is almost like a mini-season within a season. It's a three-race excursion separated on its own island on the schedule in the month of February, preceding the bulk of the season which typically gets underway in late March, early April. In this case, it's a full six weeks until the next series event, March 31 at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway.

There may not be much, mechanically-speaking, that a team can take away from what they learned at a uniquely-shaped venue such as the 3/8-mile D-shaped track at Bubba Raceway Park and apply it to the high-banks of Lawrenceburg, but there are certain aspects of it that a driver and crew can learn from each other that will benefit them when the season gets in full swing despite the substantial time off over the next month-and-a-half. After a relatively rough showing, and an 11th place finish in Thursday night's season opener, Courtney and CMNR found something amongst themselves.

"Don't give up," Courtney noted. "We had a semi-frustrating night the first time out, we just put our nose to the ground and kept digging. I think it obviously proved that if you stay focused on your goals, you can achieve them."

"You have to stay humble and keep plugging away," Courtney continued. "I know these guys are going to go back to the shop and get her all maintenanced up and go through everything, just like we're restarting the season again. Luckily, for me, I get to go to Vegas and get to run for Mike Phulps and his 360 team here in the next week or so, so I get to stay fresh, then I get to hop into the midget at Du Quoin (on March 10). As a team, we really don't have a whole lot of downtime here. It makes things a little easier, but anytime you can stay in a racecar, it's beneficial to driving. The more laps you get, the better you're going to get."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park include Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Indiana Mafia Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kody Swanson (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Timmy Buckwalter (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger), Kyle Cummins (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Johnny Petrozelle (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer), Mario Clouser (ProSource Hard Work Award) and Isaac Chapple (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2018 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.900; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.033; 3. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-14.094; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.241; 5. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.249; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.274; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-14.275; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.312; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.343; 10. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-14.375; 11. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.375; 12. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling-Hayward/RCR-14.412; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.439; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.458; 15. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.482; 16. Nick Bilbee, 2E, Epperson-14.483; 17. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.492; 18. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-14.675; 19. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.707; 20. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.860; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.863; 22. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.887; 23. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.924; 24. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-15.007; 25. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-15.078; 26. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.330; 27. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-15.355; 28. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-16.271.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Thomas, 3. Chapple, 4. Darland, 5. Schmidt, 6. Clouser, 7. Mattox. 1:56.48

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Swanson, 2. Cummins, 3. Andretti, 4. Windom, 5. Grant, 6. Martin, 7. Bell. 1:55.66

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Short, 3. Stockon, 4. Boespflug, 5. Seavey, 6. Simon, 7. Helt. 1:56.18

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Bacon, 3. Leary, 4. Aitken, 5. Bilbee, 6. Petrozelle, 7. Carlsson. 1:56.06

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Bilbee, 3. Seavey, 4. Mattox, 5. Clouser, 6. Simon, 7. Petrozelle, 8. Schmidt, 9. Martin, 10. Bell, 11. Helt, 12. Carlsson. NT

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
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (5th to 2nd)

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Johnny Petrozelle

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kyle Cummins

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Mario Clouser

INDIANA MAFIA FAST QUALIFIER AWARD: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-227, 2-Windom-219, 3-Courtney-209, 4-Boespflug-182, 5-Leary-179, 6-Cummins-172, 7-Stockon-170, 8-Ballou-170, 9-Grant-168, 10-Short-164.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: March 31 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

February 17, 2018 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.900; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.033; 3. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-14.094; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.241; 5. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.249; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.274; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-14.275; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.312; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.343; 10. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-14.375; 11. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.375; 12. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling-Hayward/RCR-14.412; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.439; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.458; 15. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.482; 16. Nick Bilbee, 2E, Epperson-14.483; 17. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.492; 18. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-14.675; 19. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.707; 20. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.860; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.863; 22. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.887; 23. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.924; 24. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-15.007; 25. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-15.078; 26. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.330; 27. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-15.355; 28. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-16.271.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Thomas, 3. Chapple, 4. Darland, 5. Schmidt, 6. Clouser, 7. Mattox. 1:56.48

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Swanson, 2. Cummins, 3. Andretti, 4. Windom, 5. Grant, 6. Martin, 7. Bell. 1:55.66

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Short, 3. Stockon, 4. Boespflug, 5. Seavey, 6. Simon, 7. Helt. 1:56.18

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Bacon, 3. Leary, 4. Aitken, 5. Bilbee, 6. Petrozelle, 7. Carlsson. 1:56.06

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Bilbee, 3. Seavey, 4. Mattox, 5. Clouser, 6. Simon, 7. Petrozelle, 8. Schmidt, 9. Martin, 10. Bell, 11. Helt, 12. Carlsson. NT

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 ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (5th to 2nd)

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Johnny Petrozelle

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kyle Cummins

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Mario Clouser

INDIANA MAFIA FAST QUALIFIER AWARD: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-227, 2-Windom-219, 3-Courtney-209, 4-Boespflug-182, 5-Leary-179, 6-Cummins-172, 7-Stockon-170, 8-Ballou-170, 9-Grant-168, 10-Short-164.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: March 31 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway

 

 

FLORIDA IS SUNSHINE'S STATE AFTER WINNING "WINTER DIRT GAMES" NIGHT 2

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida.........The evolution of Tyler Courtney's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past few seasons. In 2016, he broke into the win column for the first time. In 2017, he had a career-high five series wins. For 2018, the next logical step would be to contend for a series title.

Although the season is admittedly early, Courtney took a big leap toward that goal after a dominating performance Friday on night two of "Winter Dirt Games 9" at Bubba Raceway Park as he drove his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy to the front on lap three and led the remaining 28 laps to score his first victory for the team in their new sprinter.

Ocala has been a battleground that has proven to be a thorn in Courtney's side throughout his career. Four of his five starts at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track coming into Friday had resulted in finishes of 11th or worse. After a rough start a year ago and an equally tumultuous beginning on Thursday night, the Indianapolis, Indiana native licked his war wounds and arrived in a new frame of mind, a trait he said he didn't possess at this point last season.

"If I was in this position a year ago, I probably would've struggled again tonight," Courtney admits. "I took last year and learned how to handle myself from one night to the next, especially on a long trip like this. You just have to take last night and put it behind you and reset and give your team your best effort because you know they're going to give you their best effort every night. This is a really good way to start off the trip and year, especially since last year I think I came out either 14th or 15th in points. That makes the road to hoe a long one. This is really cool to start this way with a new team. There's always question marks, but I think we kind of threw those away tonight and, hopefully, made a statement that we're here to be a contender all year."

In 2017, Courtney's performance was clicking at a steady beat with TOPP Motorsports as he posted the best numbers of his career across the board. During the offseason, however, Courtney made the bold jump to Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing full-time, the same team he competes with on the USAC Midget National Championship trail. For most, it takes more than a moment to jell properly with the team and its operations, but Courtney has a familiarity with these particular surroundings as a driver that is second to none, making the adaptation to each other in just the snap of a finger.

"Tim (Clauson) has been a huge part of my career since I started in sprint cars and midgets," Courtney said. "Tim and I have such a close relationship with our head guy, and my roommate, Rizzy (Tyler Ransbottom). We're one big family here, so it's really special, especially to bring out a throwback car that Rizzy and Tim and everyone got to be a part of. Having a family atmosphere like this makes a transition like switching from a team that you ran with for two years a lot easier. The trust and the confidence level is there because I ran with them in the midgets last year, and I think we proved that tonight.

Indeed, they proved that, and it didn't take very long. As C.J. Leary and Kevin Thomas, Jr. tussled for position up front for the first two circuits, fourth-starting Courtney was precise, motoring to the outside of Thomas in turn two on lap three for second, then splitting between he and Leary to his outside as he dove to the bottom in turn three to snare the lead.

The sense of urgency was palpable in Courtney's mind and he knew he needed to take advantage of the space on the track afforded to him before it was discovered by Leary and/or Thomas.

"If I was in this position a year ago, I probably would've struggled again tonight. I took last year and learned how to handle myself from one night to the next, especially on a long trip like this. You just have to take last night and put it behind you and reset and give your team your best effort because you know they're going to give you their best effort every night." - Tyler Courtney (Rich Forman Photo)

"I knew I needed to get there," Courtney obliges. "I was running that next groove up from where they were and it stuck. I knew it was only a matter of time before they got there too. So, I knew I needed to get by them and get going. Luckily, I was able to get that done in one lap and didn't have to mess around too long. Once you get out front, you can maintain your own pace and run your own race instead of having to chase them and push your stuff. This place is pretty abrasive on tires, so to be able to get out and feel comfortable and manage my stuff, it's a huge advantage compared to those guys."

Seemingly nothing could slow Courtney's pace despite multiple cautions in the first half of the 30-lapper. Courtney simply walked away each time, spurting out to a half-straightaway lead by the eighth lap as he rode the lip up front.

An inadvertent yellow closed up things at the midway point when fifth-running Carson Short made a miraculous save to somehow avoid crunching the tail tank against the outside concrete. Short was repositioned to eighth in the order, the position he was in when the yellow flag was thrown.

That, in turn, erased Courtney's substantial advantage. On the lap 16 restart, an under-the-weather Leary managed to hang with Courtney for the ensuing two laps, but, gradually, Courtney and his CMNR ride proved to be too much for anybody else to handle on this night.

The only flip during the feature event came on lap 19 when Chris Windom and pole sitter Jarett Andretti made wheel-to-wheel contact while battling for the fourth position. Andretti got the worst end of the deal after hopping Windom's right rear and careening hard into the backstretch wall before flipping over. Andretti was uninjured. Windom continued.

On the ensuing restart, Courtney took the tried and true line on the cushion to distance himself from Leary. Nearing the final lap, Courtney's biggest challenge was a bevy of lapped traffic that included Isaac Chapple, Kent Schmidt and Brandon Mattox who ran high, low and middle as they battled for their own positions. Fortunately, for Courtney, he was able to part the sea of machinery and cut through the gridlock without a hindrance to his interval between he and second-place Leary as he raced to a 1.791-second victory over Leary, Thomas, Windom and fast qualifier Kyle Cummins.

As opposed to last year, the start of Courtney's 2018 season has been golden. A title is quite far off in the grand scheme of things, but getting out of the gate in such a positive manner not only provides points toward that goal, but boosts team morale and confidence to the point where running successfully comes second nature.

"Winning races is the reason we race, but there's the big picture at the end and that's a championship," Courtney said without missing a beat. "Not having to play catchup makes life a little easier, but you can't just take three nights like this and think you're good for the rest of the year. You have to finish this trip out strong and keep doing what you're doing. It's 40-plus nights of grueling, intense racing and this is probably the deepest field we've had in many years. It's going to be a fun season!"

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bubba Raceway Park include Kyle Cummins (Indiana Mafia Fast Qualifier), Nick Bilbee (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner, KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Kent Schmidt (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Mike Martin (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer), Brandon Mattox (ProSource Hard Work Award) and Brady Bacon (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2018 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-14.297; 2. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.358; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.389; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-14.410; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.500; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.538; 7. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-14.562; 8. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.605; 9. Tyler Clem, 14c, Clem/TSR-14.620; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.678; 11. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.679; 12. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.683; 13. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling-Hayward/RCR-14.688; 14. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-14.717; 15. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.741; 16. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.752; 17. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.768; 18. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-14.800; 19. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-14.806; 20. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.808; 21. Nick Bilbee, 2E, Epperson-14.840; 22. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.904; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.076; 24. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-15.272; 25. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-15.304; 26. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.403; 27. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.493; 28. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.586; 29. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-15.810.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bilbee, 2. Bacon, 3. Cummins, 4. Leary, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Petrozelle, 7. Carlsson, 8. Clem. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Boespflug, 3. Windom, 4. Short, 5. Stockon, 6. Clouser, 7. Simon. 1:59.36

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Chapple, 3. Swanson, 4. Grant, 5. Seavey, 6. Martin, 7. Mattox. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Schmidt, 2. Darland, 3. Thomas, 4. Andretti, 5. Aitken, 6. Bell, 7. Helt. 2:.05.16

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Seavey, 2. Stockon, 3. Aitken, 4. Clouser, 5. Mattox, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Martin, 8. Bell, 9. Carlsson, 10. Simon, 11. Helt. 3:12.52

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 ---------------------------- **Clem flipped during the first heat. Andretti flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Leary, Laps 3-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (20th to 13th)

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Mike Martin

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Robert Ballou

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Brandon Mattox

INDIANA MAFIA FAST QUALIFIER AWARD: Kyle Cummins

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brady Bacon

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-153, 2-Windom-142, 3-Courtney-131, 4-Cummins-128, 5-Stockon-125, 6-Grant-117, 7-Leary-115, 8-Boespflug-113, 9-Ballou-110, 10-Short-108.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: Feb. 17 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

 

STOCKON STRONG IN "WINTER DIRT GAMES" NIGHT 1 VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida.........Strong finishes lead to strong beginnings in the case of Chase Stockon.

After finishing last season with two USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National victories in the final four races, the 29-year-old Fort Branch, Indiana racer has seemingly carried the momentum gracefully into the new year, winning the season opener for the series Thursday on night one of "Winter Dirt Games 9" at Bubba Raceway Park.

When the proverbial ball gets rolling downhill, the last thing you'd think you want to do is change it up, but Stockon felt he had to stay ahead of the game rather than play it safe and stand pat. Now what's old is new and what's new is working splendidly for Stockon and his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Angle Buildings/DRC/Fisher Chevy.

"A lot is different from last year," Stockon confided. "We struggled so badly through the middle part of last year, we went through everything. We went through old notes and found something we thought we were missing out on. We went back to our shock setup that we ran five or six years ago and that seemed to work really well for us. It seems like the tires have been changing for us a little bit. We were pretty quick out of the gate when we switched to this tire. Again, we went back to our old notes on those and stuck with it."

"We ended this thing last year with two wins and, throughout the offseason, we knew we didn't want to change a dang thing," Stockon continued. "Joe (Devin) from DRC built us two new cars and they're just as good as the one we ended last season with. Whenever you get things rolling and you've got a car you like, you don't want to get rid of it, but it was time to start fresh and I think we've got good pieces this year."

At the drop of the green, Stockon raced around the outside of pole sitter Dave Darland to take the early advantage as a mad scramble ensued for the runner-up position between Darland and second row combatants Carson Short and Justin Grant.

Seven cautions disrupted the first half of the 30-lapper and hindered Darland's approach to the front. Patience was a virtue for Darland who, on multiple occasions in the early going, appeared he had the chops to possibly become the eventual successor to the point from as he relentlessly hounded Stockon, captaining his way to within a whisker of Stockon when the yellow flag flew for a pair of spins of laps eight and 11.

When racing ultimately resumed, Darland's impressive bid for his first series win since 2016 came to an abrupt conclusion when his car slowed suddenly exiting turn two on lap 13 to bring out the yellow flag. He would not restart.

Just before halfway, the surface of the 3/8-mile D-shaped oval began to change. Stockon quickly took note and adapted to the new terrain.

"The first part of the race, I was running the top in (turns) one and two and kind off diamonding off (turns) three and four," Stockon recalled. "I felt pretty decent there and I could see Dave (Darland) kept putting his nose underneath me. I kind of knew the bottom was pretty good there, especially with Dave down there. He likes to run the top, so when he was getting good runs on me like that, I kind of knew something was happening."

A new contender to dethrone Stockon emerged in the early portion of the second half in the form of Justin Grant, winner of last year's opener in Ocala. Grant ducked underneath Stockon on multiple occasions, but was unable to make the pass stick as the front two separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

With six to go, Kevin Thomas, Jr. emerged at the forefront in his debut in the famed Dynamics, Inc. machine, applying pressure to Stockon for the race lead. The ever-changing track surface required such precision that a single misstep could prove costly for Stockon. You can increase the pressure ten-fold when someone who has been as red-hot as Thomas is closing in on you. Thomas was the winner of a pair of POWRi Midget races less than a week ago at the very same track.

"Winter Dirt Games" Night 1 winner Chase Stockon (middle) poses in victory lane alongside 2nd place finisher Kevin Thomas, Jr. (left) and 3rd place finisher Chris Windom (right). (Rich Forman Photo)

"We kept having so many yellows there at the start of the race, (my crew) was giving me a few pointers on where we needed to maneuver," Stockon explained. "When we had the long green flag run in the middle part of the race, I felt my exit speed slowing up so much that, on that last restart, I decided to move back up to the top and see if I could keep my momentum built up to stay out front. I kind of noticed there, with probably five or six laps to go, it was taking rubber in the middle through the exit of (turn) four. I kind of found that and, luckily, had enough momentum once KT got to me to get back down to the bottom and get down in the rubber in (turns) one and two. The track conditions changing from slimy/greasy at the beginning to what it ended up being was kind of unique. When you lead the whole race like that, you feel like a sitting duck out there and don't really know where to go. Luckily, everything went our way tonight."

"He doesn't make many mistakes," Stockon said of Thomas. "He was back there where he could kind of maneuver and knew where the track was changing at and where to be. When it took rubber and I finally moved down there, you didn't really want to cheat it too much and be in the slick and have a guy drive around on the top or bottom. I tried to pay attention to where the sheen was on the racetrack and put the right rear where it needed to be."

Thomas threw the kitchen sink at Stockon, but coming to the white flag, drifted slightly high on the entry into turn one and, on the final lap, lost momentum in turn two as Stockon battened the hatches to tie board up the number one spot and take his first "Winter Dirt Games" victory in 20 tries, winning by a half-second over Thomas, Chris Windom, Grant and Robert Ballou.

"Winter Dirt Games" has been a strong suit for Stockon over the years with 11 top-five finishes in 20 starts. In fact, his 8.05 average finishing position was the best of any active driver without a "Winter Dirt Games" win coming into Thursday's event.

"I'm just a late bloomer I guess," Stockon said with a laugh. "We've always been pretty strong down here. I don't really know why. I like this racetrack. It's different. I wouldn't say we do anything completely out of the norm down here. I don't know if it just suits my style, diamonding off and exiting straight. But I really like this place and, before I came down here, I told my wife that we've won at least one race in almost every state that we run regularly in non-wing sprint cars. Florida was one of those states we'd yet to do it, so I know she's definitely happy back home right now."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Bubba Raceway Park include Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Indiana Mafia Fast Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Carson Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger), Brandon Mattox (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer), Brady Bacon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Jarett Andretti (ProSource Hard Work Award) and Logan Seavey (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2018 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.750; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.915; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.981; 4. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.007; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.077; 6. Nick Bilbee, 2E, Epperson-14.145; 7. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.174; 8. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling-Hayward/RCR-14.286; 9. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.341; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.386; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-14.395; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.406; 13. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-14.407; 14. Tyler Clem, 14c, Clem/TSR-14.411; 15. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-14.411; 16. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.431; 17. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-14.436; 18. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-14.443; 19. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.452; 20. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.500; 21. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-14.591; 22. Coleman Gulick, 14, Scorpion-14.669; 23. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.699; 24. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.731; 25. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.804; 26. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.980; 27. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-15.055; 28. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-15.151; 29. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.535; 30. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-16.129; 31. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Thomas, 3. Stockon, 4. Seavey, 5. Aitken, 6. Mattox, 7. Bell, 8. Clouser. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Ballou, 3. Windom, 4. Clem, 5. Bilbee, 6. Gulick, 7. Martin, 8. Carlsson. 2:01.46

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Swanson, 3. Grant, 4. Darland, 5. Cummins, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Petrozelle. 2:02.91

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Short, 2. Simon, 3. Bacon, 4. Chapple, 5. Schmidt, 6. Goodnight, 7. Helt. 2:05.09

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Bilbee, 2. Cummins, 3. Aitken, 4. Andretti, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Schmidt, 7. Mattox, 8. Martin, 9. Goodnight, 10. Petrozelle, 11. Bell, 12. Gulick, 13. Carlsson. 3:08.79

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 ---------------------------- **Clouser flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Stockon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Chad Boespflug (18th to 8th)

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Brandon Mattox

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brady Bacon

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Jarett Andretti

INDIANA MAFIA FAST QUALIFIER AWARD: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Logan Seavey

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-80, 2-Stockon-78, 3-Windom-75, 4-Grant-71, 5-Ballou-65, 6-Cummins-58, 7-Chapple-57, 8-Boespflug-57, 9-Seavey-51, 10-Courtney-49.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: Feb. 16-17 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series
USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

NEW MUFFLER RULE FOR USAC/CRA & WEST COAST SPRINT CARS
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 15, 2018... Officials with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series have issued a list of approved mufflers for competition in 2018. The mufflers have been tested and will help meet the sound levels required at the racetracks on the schedule.

The Flowmaster “Suitcase” 53545-10 is legal for every racetrack and event on the USAC/CRA schedule. The “Suitcase” is the only muffler allowed at Petaluma and Watsonville, while recommended/preferred at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway.

For USAC West Coast, the new muffler rule will go into effect by the March 9th event at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway.

For USAC/CRA, the new muffler rule will go into effect by the April 14th race at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway.

The approved mufflers (with part numbers) are:

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

The USAC West Coast and SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, Nevada) on February 28th and March 1st. The non-point “Outlaw Showdown” will pay $3,000-to-win each night. MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED AT LAS VEGAS.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, California) on March 3rd at the annual “So Cal Showdown.”

For more information on any of the USAC racing divisions, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content for several of the groups on their respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 28: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown / Non-Points)
March 1: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown / Non-Points)
March 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 10: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 7: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 30: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 3: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
March 9: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 10: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
April 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 5: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WINDOM FASTEST IN WINTER DIRT GAMES PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida.........Reigning USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Chris Windom led all 30 drivers on practice night of "Winter Dirt Games 9" by recording the fastest lap of the night at Bubba Raceway Park.

Windom, of Canton, Illinois, put his Baldwin Brothers Racing machine right at the top of the leaderboard with an unofficial lap of 13.601, which was under the existing one-lap track record of 13.683, set by Justin Grant during qualifying one year ago. Windom was followed by Dave Darland (13.671), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (13.700), Justin Grant (13.784) and Jarett Andretti (13.817) in the open practice.

Also of note, in the numerical oddity department, four drivers: Nick Bilbee (10th), Timmy Buckwalter (11th), Isaac Chapple (12th) and Mario Clouser (13th) all recorded identical times of 14.013 around the 3/8-mile D-shaped oval.

"Winter Dirt Games" continues the next three nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Feb. 15-16-17. Cars hit the track at 6:30pm ET on both Thursday and Friday while Saturday begins at 5:30. Live coverage of each night of racing is available via pay-per-view on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. On-demand coverage of all three nights of racing will be available for viewing the day following the event on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 14, 2018 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

PRACTICE TIMES: 1. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.601; 2. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight-13.671; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.700; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.784; 5. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.817; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.858; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-13.864; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-13.942; 9. Tyler Clem, 14c, Clem/TSR-13.973; 10. Nick Bilbee, 2E, Epperson-14.013; 11. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.013; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.013; 13. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-14.013; 14. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.014; 15. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.016; 16. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.110; 17. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.111; 18. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.140; 19. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.152; 20. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-14.221; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.245; 22. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.306; 23. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-14.357; 24. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-14.503; 25. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.583; 26. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.685; 27. Coleman Gulick, 14, Scorpion-14.994; 28. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-15.358; 29. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.219; 30. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-NT

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FIVE PAST WINTER DIRT GAMES WINNERS AMONG ENTRIES FOR OCALA USAC SPRINT OPENERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida.........Five past "Winter Dirt Games" feature winners have entered the 2018 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season openers Feb. 15-16-17 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

The ninth edition of the three-race series in the heart of Florida has had 11 different winning drivers in its 22-race history. The winner of the opener at the most recent trip by the series to Ocala was Ione, California's Justin Grant. The 2018 series runner-up finds himself in new digs this year as the driver of the TOPP Motorsports No. 4.

In an offseason chock-full of ride swapping, Kevin Thomas, Jr., a 2015 "Winter Dirt Games" feature winner, has added the Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. colors and the No. 69 to his arsenal for 2018. The Cullman, Alabama driver led the series with six points wins last season, including the season finale "Oval Nationals" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in November.

Dave Darland, the winningest driver in the history of the series, has gone back to the future for 2018 as he will pilot a car for Gene Goodnight with an oh-so-familiar number that was the Lincoln, Indiana driver's calling card early in his racing career. Darland will take the wheel of the No. 36D for a full-season campaign beginning at Ocala where he was victorious in 2015.

Robert Ballou, the 2015 series champ, is the winningest active driver of "Winter Dirt Games" with three scores between 2015 and 2016. The Rocklin, California veteran driver returns for a full championship assault in his own No. 12 after missing the first portion of last season's campaign while recovering from injuries.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon is twice a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ and twice a "Winter Dirt Games" feature winner. He raced to a pair of top-fives and was the "hard charger" on both nights of last year's event and returns in the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports No. 63 that now adds support from NASCAR champion car owner Richard Childress.

Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois and the Baldwin Brothers Racing No. 5 come into the season as the defending series champs, yet lady luck hasn't been on Windom's side all that much when it comes to racing in Florida. He's the only driver to start all 22 "Winter Dirt Games" shows since 2010, but has only found the top-ten on 10 of those occasions. With that said, two of those top-tens have been runner-ups and, following a strong run last year at Ocala, the team will not lack for confidence.

Three-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson has dominated the big cars over the past handful of seasons, but is still seeking to make his mark in USAC Sprint Car competition on the dirt. His machinery for Florida is potent as he has aligned with the Rock Steady Racing No. 3R team that Kyle Cummins has driven for in recent years when he posted three top-three finishes at Ocala in 2016.

Five additional winners on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail in 2017 aim to make their debut visit to Bubba Raceway Park victory lane this time around.

Kyle Cummins of Princeton, Indiana has four top-five finishes in Ocala, including a runner-up finish at the 2016 opener. This year marks a new chapter for the three-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner as he heads back to his own No. 3c along with Eberhardt/Zirzow Racing.

Tyler Courtney had a breakout 2017 season with five series wins, but the Indianapolis, Indiana driver had made the jump to Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing's new sprint car outfit for the full season this year. Courtney racked up a second-place finish at Ocala in his Rookie season back in 2013.

Chad Boespflug, a Bloomington winner in April of last year, has made the change back to his own No. 98, which he drove to a total of six USAC-sanctioned Sprint Car victories in his unforgettable 2016 season. The driver, who hails from Hanford, California, snagged a second and a fourth at Ocala a year ago.

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary (Leary Racing No. 30) and Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon (32 TBI Racing No. 32) have each been at this game for a while, but haven't yet taken the checkered flag first at Ocala. Leary finished in the top-five in last year's Ocala opener while Stockon has tallied up an incomparable 15-straight top-tens in "Winter Dirt Games" competition since 2013.

Carson Short has routinely been fast in his family-owned No. 21 in Florida. A third-place finish in last season's Ocala opener was negated after missing the scales following the checkered flag. The Marion, Illinois driver followed it up a night later by setting fast time in qualifying. Short has shown the speed and is more than capable of conquering the competition once again as he did during his lone series victory in "Indiana Sprint Week" at Haubstadt, Indiana in 2016.

"Winter Dirt Games" entries across the board include past USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookies of the Year: Binghamton, New York's Coleman Gulick (2011), Mooresville, North Carolina's Jarett Andretti (2014) and Willow Branch, Indiana's Isaac Chapple (2016).

A solid crop of 2018 USAC Sprint Car Rookies going to Ocala include Sutter, California's Logan Seavey (Chase Briscoe Motorsports #5B), Owensville, Indiana's Kent Schmidt (Kent Schmidt #5K), Auburn, Illinois' Mario Clouser (Mario Clouser Motorsports #6), Pottstown, Pennsylvania's Tim Buckwalter (LNB Motorsports #7), St. Petersburg, Florida's Tyler Clem (Bubba Clem #14c), Paris, Illinois' Garrett Aitken (Garrett Aitken #32A) and Denton, North Carolina's Johnny Petrozelle (Petrozelle Autosport #59).

Veterans looking to break through in the series' lone visit to Sunshine State include Indianapolis, Indiana's Nick Bilbee (Epperson Racing #2E), Tipp City, Ohio's Landon Simon (Landon Simon Racing #24), Terre Haute, Indiana's Brandon Mattox (Mattox Racing #28), Winchester, Indiana's Matt Goodnight (Gene Goodnight #39) and Robert Bell (Robert Bell Motorsports #71).

Watch "Winter Dirt Games IX" LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Watch each race a day later on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

DYNAMIC DUO: KTJ & HOFFMAN SET FOR USAC SPRINT DEBUT AT OCALA FEB.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Over the course of the past several decades, Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. has been synonymous with USAC Sprint Car success.

Likewise, over these past two seasons, no driver has won more traditional sprint car features than Kevin Thomas, Jr.

When the announcement came down in late 2017 that these two success stories would illustrate a new chapter in the coming year by combining resources, it made complete sense. Thomas' car will be dressed in the storied No. 69 that the Hoffman family has utilized in 93 of its 101 USAC-sanctioned Sprint Car victories.

However, Thomas' team maintains the structure that led himself and the No. 9K to a series-leading six USAC National Sprint Car points wins last year with returning crew members Davey Jones and Brad Alexander, and now the additions of Hoffman Auto Racing staples Richard Hoffman and Tim Waechter. The last time the car hit the track with KTJ, the cork was popped on the champagne in victory lane - something that the Cullman, Alabama driver aims to make a regular occurrence in 2018.

"It's the same chassis and the same engines, literally the same everything," Thomas reiterated. "Once I got back from California (last November), we stripped everything down. Then, we built one car back up and had one car already built that we didn't have to use and changed a few little things on it. We threw some white bodies and some bright vinyl on them and Mean Green on the side and we're going to roll them back into the trailer (for the season openers) the way we finished last year."

"We've got the same crew with Davey and Brad back and my wife, Whitney, who keeps everything running with all the paperwork, T-shirt sales, arranging flights and sponsors," Thomas continued. With the addition of Richard and Tim, I think it'll be a good combination. Along with that, they expect results and it does bring a little bit of stress, but you must to be mentally prepared for that going in and know that they expect to win races as much as you expect to win races."

Seemingly, the only noticeable differences are the skin of the car with black, red and white giving way to green, orange and white. Based on last year, on paper, this seems like a surefire bet to contend for a title. As most know, it takes several factors to be a front runner from the start in the southeast in February until they cross the finish line in November out west, including good fortune. But Thomas and the Hoffmans have proved time and time again, separately, they've got what it takes to accomplish the task at hand in terms of victories. But the Hoffman's championship pedigree may prove to be the ingredient that is the ultimate recipe for success in 2018.

"Considering where I started, whether it's people doubting me or whether it's me doubting myself, from winning all those races last year to now being in the Hoffman car, is really cool," Thomas contends. "Everybody who's ever done anything in a sprint car has driven for Hoffman. To put your name on that list is a really cool honor. I'm blessed to be in the position that I'm in to where they wanted to come on board with us."

"It's just a lot a history behind everything that they do," Thomas praised. "When (Richard and Tim) come to the shop in Brownsburg, (Ind.), it's just cool to have them there. When you put the colors on the racecar, which are quite brighter than what I'm used to, it's humbling to look at these cars and see what's on the side of them with Hoffman, Mean Green and Jonathan Byrd's. I'm just glad I'm along for the ride!"

Though Thomas has won numerous times as he's climbed up the charts of USAC's National Sprint Car win list (now 27th all-time with 18 wins), he's yet to claim a title. He finished fifth in sprint points in 2013 and third in midget points in 2015. However, it was 2017 when Thomas emerged as a true title contender with a valiant effort toward a first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship despite missing the first two races of the campaign. He quickly made up for lost time and only finished a mere 58 points out of the lead.

This year, the full slate lies ahead of Thomas. The Hoffmans have gotten there 11 times since 1989 with drivers Rich Vogler, Steve Butler, Robbie Stanley, Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Brady Bacon. It's an illustrious list of drivers that Thomas could join, but, as a driver who admits to not enjoying running for points, a complete season of performances he displayed last year will surely put him in contention.

"Whenever you're racing for points or going for any kind of championship like that, it's a little stressful," Thomas maintains. "During the winter, you must build all the spares for the whole year to make it easy on you, so you can focus on driving. I don't necessarily enjoy running for points because it's always a thought process on the racetrack instead of just going out there and racing."

"I've run for sprint car and midget titles before and I've made mistakes," Thomas admits. "I've learned from them and I've stressed myself out before. Every time I get on the racetrack, if I qualify eighth, I'll get mad because I didn't get my qualifying points instead of just going out there and having a good time and racing as well as I can to take the pressure off myself. You can basically make yourself mentally implode whether (the season) starts out good and ends up bad or it starts off bad and ends up good. There's a fine line right there."

Thomas and Dynamics, Inc. return to USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car action Feb. 15-16-17, 2018 for "Winter Dirt Games IX" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. An open practice begins the festivities Feb. 14 on the 3/8-mile D-Shaped dirt track in the Sunshine State.

"I think with our team being the same as it was last year, with Hoffman Auto Racing and Mean Green coming on board, it's just kind of adding fuel to the fire," Thomas said. "It does create a little bit of a safety barrier for me financially, but, with us keeping the team chemistry the same, it will be fun. It's obviously a lot of stress, but the way I'm mentally wired, I stress all the time because I hate losing. I expect myself to win."

Watch "Winter Dirt Games IX" LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Watch each race a day later on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON WINS CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK’S “STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 5, 2018... Fresh off his fifth consecutive Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car championship, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) continued his winning ways last Saturday night. Racing past Stevie Sussex on the fourth lap, Johnson led the rest of the way to claim the “2nd Annual Steve Stroud Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. Sussex, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Michael Curtis, and “The Bull” Tye Mihocko rounded out the top-five drivers.

Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson opened the season by finishing second in his heat race to Davis and ranking fifth in passing points. Starting on the outside of the front row, R.J. added the “Steve Stroud Memorial” to his resume and scored his series leading fifty-second feature. The second generation driver left Canyon with a two-point lead over the competition.

After starting third and leading the first three laps, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) had to settle for second at Canyon Speedway Park. Racing John Grau’s #34 Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall Maxim, Sussex placed third in his heat race and was fourth in passing points. Last season’s USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year heads to Las Vegas ranked third in the point chase.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) had a solid night in the season opener with a third place finish after starting fifth. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the second 8-lap heat race and placed second in the night’s passing points. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion left the “Stroud Memorial” ranked second in the standings.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) scored fourth at the “Steve Stroud Memorial.” Piloting Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis ran fourth in his 8-lap heat race and placed sixth in the program’s passing points. Michael left the Peoria 1/3-mile oval ranked fourth in the series point standings.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) raced from seventh to fifth in front of his hometown fans. Driving the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko took fourth in his heat race and placed seventh in passing points. The young driver left the “Steve Stroud Memorial” ranked sixth in championship points.

Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s hard charger award with an eighth place run at the “Steve Stroud Memorial” after starting fourteenth. Racing Gene Gile’s #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile scored eight in his heat race and placed fourteenth in passing points. Dennis heads to Las Vegas sitting ninth in the chase for the championship.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award over the sixteen car field. Piloting his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin won the season’s first 8-lap heat race and finished ninth at the checkered flags. The former Hall of Fame Classic winner left Canyon Speedway Park ranked seventh in the point chase.

After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will travel to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 28th and March 1st. Co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprints, the non-point “Outlaw Showdown” will pay $3,000-to-win each night and also features the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
February 3, 2018 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “2nd Annual Steve Stroud Memorial”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Johnny Shelton (#9 Shelton), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 6. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson), 7. Wayne Siddle (#7 Siddle), 8. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Stevie Sussex (#34 Grau), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Colton Moroney (#66 Maroney), 7. Mason Keefer (#7K Keefer), 8. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. R.J. Johnson (2nd), 2. Stevie Sussex (3rd), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 4. Michael Curtis (1st), 5. Tye Mihocko (7th), 6. Josh Pelkey (4th), 7. Landon Cling (11th), 8. Dennis Gile (14th), 9. Mike Martin (6th), 10. Matt Lundy (10th), 11. Colton Moroney (12th), 12. Johnny Shelton (8th), 13. Tyler Adams (15th), 14. Larry Kesterson (9th), 15. Mason Keefer (16th), 16. Wayne Siddle (13th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Sussex, Laps 4-30 Johnson.
HARD CHARGER: Dennis Gile (14th to 8th)
BEAVER STRIPES TOP QUALIFIER: Mike Martin

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1-R.J. Johnson-79, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-77, 3-Stevie Sussex-76, 4-Michael Curtis-67, 5-Josh Pelkey-66, 6-Tye Mihocko-63, 7-Mike Martin-60, 8-Landon Cling-56, 9-Dennis Gile-50, 10-Matt Lundy-47.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
February 28: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win / Non-Points)
March 1: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win / Non-Points)
March 17: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
March 24: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
March 31: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Easter Eggstravaganza)
April 14: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Cotton Classic)
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BACON, HAMILTON TO SPLIT DUTIES FOR 2018 SILVER CROWN RUN WITH KLATT, EAST

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon and past USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year Kyle Hamilton will split duties during the 2018 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series season for Terry Klatt Enterprises and USAC Hall of Fame crew chief Bob East.

Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, will compete in all five of the dirt races on the schedule at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on Apr. 29, the Indiana State Fairgrounds on May 24, the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Aug. 18, the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds on Sep. 2 and Eldora Speedway on Sep. 22.

The 2014 and 2016 USAC National Sprint Car titlist, Bacon possesses 19 career USAC Sprint wins and six in the midgets, including five over the past two seasons, both of which had East turning the wrenches.

Bacon moves over to the Klatt team following the dissolvement of Paul Martens' team, which Bacon had piloted over the past three seasons to 11 top-ten finishes in 14 starts. Coming into the season still seeking his first series win, a team with Bacon and East could prove to be a more than formidable pairing to break into victory lane.

"I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to drive for Terry Klatt and Bob East in the dirt Silver Crown races this year. The room for error is so small in the series and it will be a huge asset working with Bob who has as much experience and success as anybody."

Meanwhile, the pavement side of the schedule will be contested by Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton. The Purdue University graduate and car salesman by trade will take the reins of the Klatt No. 6 on the six pavement races at ISM Raceway (Phoenix) on Apr. 7, Ohio's Toledo Speedway on May 4, Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, Ind.) on May 25 & Sep. 8, Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway on Jun. 29 and Salem (Ind.) Speedway on Aug. 11.

Hamilton was the 2012 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year and, just last May, captured the victory in the coveted Payless "Little 500" at Anderson Speedway for Klatt and East.

"I've worked with several teams over the years, but there's few out there who are straight to the point and you know are going to give you no-nonsense answers. Bob (East) is definitely one of them," Hamilton said. "You show up, you do your job, they do their job and you leave. It's very cut and dry and very simple. Bob tells you what he sees, and you tell him what you feel. He makes the change and you go out and try to win. It's pretty easy for me and it makes me feel more relaxed and confident at the track."

The highly-accomplished Hamilton has been out of the Silver Crown game since sitting on the front at Iowa Speedway in 2015, but he relishes the opportunity that has after being out of the game for nearly three years.

"I feel like I've proven myself in other forms of pavement racing, but Silver Crown is something I don't really have much to show for," Hamilton conceded. "It's a really big opportunity getting to be in a car I know is going to be competitive right off the bat. I want to prove to everybody that I'm a good pavement driver and the stuff I've done in midgets and sprint cars wasn't a fluke."

Splitting roles between dirt and pavement provides East with one specific goal by putting each driver in the best position to succeed. That's winning races, which East has done quite a bit of in his racing career.

"Kyle's run for me the last three years in the Little 500 and has done a really good job," East acknowledged. "I feel like he deserves a chance with the Silver Crown car. I've worked with Brady for two years now in the midget and have worked together with the sprint car, so it's just a natural progression."

 


 

SATURDAY’S “STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL” AT CANYON OPENS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SEASON
By Lance Jennings

JANUARY 30, 2018... This Saturday, February 3rd, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will open their sixth season at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the second annual “Steve Stroud Memorial” will also feature IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Modlites, and Dwarf Cars. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Saturday’s event honors Steve Stroud, a respected sponsor and friend of the racing community. Known for owning Parker Store, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store, the avid race fan backed several racers in Arizona and the Midwest. In addition, he supported the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, Canyon Speedway Park, and special events in Arizona. To share his love for racing, Stroud founded the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum in Phoenix and it has become a popular destination for racers and fans alike. Steve’s passing was a great loss and Gabbard, Canyon Speedway Park, and the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series are proud to honor his memory with the annual event.

Starting eleventh, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana) raced Charlotte Aragon’s #99 Yelp / Beaver Stripes J&J to victory at the inaugural “Steve Stroud Memorial.” Taking the lead from polesitter Stevie Sussex on the twenty-first lap, the veteran driver took the checkered flags in honor of his friend and sponsor, Steve Stroud.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-eight USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with seventeen victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (4), Ryan Bernal (4), Dave Darland (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon is at the end of this release.

Coming off his fifth consecutive Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest championship, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads all drivers with 51 series wins. Primarily racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson posted seven feature wins, twelve heat race victories, five passing master awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, twenty-two top-10 finishes, and 220 feature laps led in 2017. The second generation driver will be looking to add the “Steve Stroud Memorial” to his resume and earn another title.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ran second in last year’s point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis had seven feature wins, ten heat race victories, six passing master awards, two hard charger awards, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 165 feature laps led on the year. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion has 21 career SouthWest wins and will have his sights on another victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) finished third in the championship point chase. Mainly piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / Simpson Racing entry, the veteran racer had two heat race victories, one passing master award, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit. The newly crowned NMMRA Sprint Car Champion has 1 career SouthWest win and may miss Saturday’s event as he prepares for the upcoming season.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranked fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko claimed six heat race victories, two passing master awards, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led in 2017. The young driver will be looking to earn his first USAC SouthWest win at the “Steve Stroud Memorial.”

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) placed fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin posted four heat race victories, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey and Brady Bacon for sixth on the series win list and will have his sights on making the “Steve Stroud Memorial” his sixth victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Bonneau, Nick Aiuto, Michael Curtis, Landon Cling, Stevie Sussex, Matt Lundy, Jeff Lowery, Andy Reinbold, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Dennis Gile, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (11 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL WINNER:
2017-Dave Darland.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
17-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 7-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
February 3: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Steve Stroud Memorial)
February 28: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win / Non-Points)
March 1: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win / Non-Points)
March 17: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
March 24: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
March 31: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Easter Eggstravaganza)
April 14: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Cotton Classic)
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

2018 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE HAS 25 DATES AT 7 TRACKS
By Lance Jennings

JANUARY 29, 2018... Entering their sixth season, the cars and stars of the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series are set for twenty-five events at seven racetracks. Opening with the February 3rd “Steve Stroud Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park, the traditional 360s will close out their schedule with Arizona Speedway’s 2-day “51st Western World Championships” on November 3rd. The popular non-point 4-race “Freedom Tour” remains a highlight on the calendar with shows in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

Promoted by Doug Gabbard, Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona will host seven dates on the calendar. Starting with February 3rd’s “Steve Stroud Memorial,” the 1/3-mile oval will also host the March 31st “Easter Eggstravaganza,” May 26th & 27th “Salute to Indy,” September 21st & 22nd “Sands Chevrolet SouthWest Championships,” and the October 20th “Race For The Cure.” Last season, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (3), R.J. Johnson (2), Dave Darland (1), and Matt Rossi (1), took the checkered flags at CSP. Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona and for more details, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada will host the “Outlaw Showdown” on February 28th and March 1st. Held during NASCAR weekend, the non-point events with the USAC West Coast Sprints will pay $3,000-to-win each night and will also feature the famed World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. Last March, Ryan Bernal claimed both main events at the fast 1/2-mile oval in front of a packed grandstand. The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). For more information, visit www.lvms.com/dirt or call 800.644-4444.

Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona will host seven nights on the 2018 schedule. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the fast 1/3-mile oval will feature the USAC SouthWest Sprints on March 17th, April 28th, May 19th, June 9th, September 8th’s “Lealand McSpadden Tribute,” and the 2-day “Western World Championships” with the USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprints starting November 2nd. Last year, R.J. Johnson (2), Stevie Sussex (2), Brady Bacon (1), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (1), and Chris Windom (1), won at the ET Motopark. Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, Arizona and for more details, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Arizona has five dates on the calendar. The traditional 360 sprints will invade the 3/8-mile clay oval on March 24th, April 14th’s “Cotton Classic,” September 1st and 2nd “Hank Arnold Memorial,” and the October 27th “Howl-O-Ween Bash.” Last season, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. and USAC National standout Kevin Thomas Jr. earned wins at Casa Grande. Central Arizona Speedway is located at 512 N 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande, Arizona and for more details, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.07148.

For the second year in a row, the non-point “Freedom Tour” will open at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas. The August 15th event at the high banked 1/4-mile oval will pay $2,500-to-win and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. scored last year’s victory. I-30 Speedway is located at 12297 Interstate 30 in Little Rock, Arkansas and for more information, visit www.i-30speedway.com or call 501.455.4567.

Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Oklahoma will host the second round of the “Freedom Tour” on August 16th. The non-point show at the semi-banked 1/4-mile oval will pay $2,500-to-win and Blake Hahn claimed top honors last year. Creek County Speedway is located on the historic Route 66 at 18450 West Highway 66 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. For more details, visit www.creekcountyspeedway.co or call 918.693.7223 (RACE).

81 Speedway in Wichita, Kansas will host the third and fourth rounds of the “Freedom Tour.” The August 17th and 18th non-point races at the 3/8-mile clay oval will pay $2,500-to-win. Last season, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. added the Wichita facility to his win list. 81 Speedway is located at 7700 North Broadway Street in Park City, Kansas. For more information, visit www.race81speedway.com or call 316.755.1781.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
7-Charles Davis Jr., 7- R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Chris Windom.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
February 3: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Steve Stroud Memorial)
February 28: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win / Non-Points)
March 1: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win / Non-Points)
March 17: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
March 24: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
March 31: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Easter Eggstravaganza)
April 14: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Cotton Classic)
April 28: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 19: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 26: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

UNITED STATES AUTO CLUB AND RACING ELECTRONICS
ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Jan. 22, 2018) - The country's premier grassroots racing organization and the national leader in motorsports communication technology are now official partners.

The United States Auto Club (USAC), which sanctions more than 1,000 motorsports events, today announced a multi-year agreement with Racing Electronics granting exclusive vending and communications services and the designation of " Official Radio Supplier of USAC."

"Racing Electronics was the clear choice in a two-way communications supplier for USAC," said Kevin Miller, President & CEO of the United States Auto Club. "We believe strongly our competitors will find that Racing Electronics offers the best and most reliable equipment for USAC teams and drivers."

Through the partnership, Racing Electronics will equip USAC's race officials and will provide technical support and expertise to enhance two-way radio communication for all USAC sanctioned series. Additionally, Racing Electronics will service race teams' communications equipment at marquee USAC events across the country.

"USAC represents the best of the best in grassroots racing in America, and we look forward to the opportunity to provide our three decades of experience, quality service, and technical innovation to the more than 17,000 competitors who race in this great series," said Kevin Hughes, Vice President of Racing Electronics' Motorsports Services.

USAC will also join Racing Electronics' Dealer network and will offer the company's new Switch micro-receiver and accessories via their online store at www.usacracing.com.

About United States Auto Club
Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) has proven itself as being the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today's largest racing series including its own suite of circle track series in Sprint, Midget and .25 Midget racing (quarter midgets), Pirelli World Challenge, Red Bull Global Rallycross, American Rally Association, International Snowmobile Racing, Robby Gordon Stadium Trucks, TORC Off Road Championship, Ultra 4 Racing, Formula Race Promotions and Karting. USAC has over 17,000 competitors racing at more than 1,000 sanctioned events globally.

About Racing Electronics
Racing Electronics is the worldwide leader in motorsports communications technology and equipment for motorsports drivers, teams, series, venues, and fans, as well as the exclusive provider of FanVision technology to NASCAR, NHRA and Red Bull Global Rallycross. Racing Electronics offers reliable, industry-tested equipment and best-in-class customer service throughout the motorsports industry. Founded in New Jersey in 1988, Racing Electronics has called Concord, N.C., home since 2005. For more information, visit www.racingelectronics.com.

Contacts
Danielle Frye
Director of Community Engagement
USAC
danielle@usacracing.com
(317) 247-5151

Chad Willis
Vice President, Marketing
Racing Electronics
chad.willis@racingelectronics.com
(704) 886-1675

 

 

USAC WESTERN RACERS TO BE HONORED AT JANUARY 27TH LAS VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET

By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 27, 2017... On Saturday, January 27th, the United States Auto Club’s Western Racing Divisions will celebrate their 2017 season at the annual Awards Banquet and Roast. Hosted by the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, racers with the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, SouthWest Sprint Car, Western States Midget, Speed 2 Western Midget, and National Micro Sprint Series will be honored.

The festivities will begin the previous night at 8:00pm with the USAC Western Bowling Tournament. Voted “Best of Las Vegas Bowling Alley” by the Las Vegas Review Journal, the Bowling Center in the Orleans Hotel features 70 lanes, a full service pro shop, and more. Tickets are $25 per person and includes 3 games with shoe rental. Teams can be made in advance and should have six bowlers.

Starting at 12:00pm on Saturday, the Awards Banquet will honor the top-10 and Rookie of the Year drivers with the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, SouthWest Sprint Car, and Western States Midget series. The top-5 drivers in the three Speed 2 Western Midget divisions and top-3 in the six National Micro Sprint groups will also be recognized. In addition, several honorees will be given special awards for their contribution and dedication to racing. Tickets are $75 per person.

Both events are open to all drivers, crews, family, and friends. The ticket order form for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/2017/banquet2017.docx and must be received by January 20th.

Champion drivers being honored include “The Demon” Damion Gardner (CRA Sprint Car), Jake Swanson (West Coast Sprint Car), R.J. Johnson (SouthWest Sprint Car), Ronnie Gardner (Western States Midget), and Jesse Love IV (Western Overall Speed 2 Midget, Western Dirt Speed 2 Midget, and Western Pavement Speed 2 Midget).

After another successful season, champions in the National Micro Sprint divisions are Jimmy Leal (Coastal Clash), Dex Morris (Coastal Clash Restricted), Josh Ames (Non Wing 600), Trevor Years (Wing 600), Daison Pursley (Restricted 600), and Jade Avedisian (Junior Sprint),

These drivers were also honored at the USAC “Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 8th.

Drivers that earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2017 are Matt McCarthy (CRA Sprint Car), Brandon Wiley (West Coast Sprint Car), Matt Lundy (SouthWest Sprint Car), and Mason Daniel (Western States Midget).

The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Nevada and for more hotel information, visit www.orleanscasino.com or call 800.675.3267.

 

 

2018 USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE HAS 26 DATES AT 11 TRACKS
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 26, 2017... Heading to their fifteenth campaign, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will feature twenty-six events at eleven racetracks in 2018. Starting with the March 3rd "So Cal Showdown" and closing with the November 10th "Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” at Perris, the traditional 410s are poised for another competitive season. The popular “5th Annual California Sprint Week” remains a highlight on the calendar with six races in eight nights at five speedways.

Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, Perris Auto Speedway will host ten races on the schedule. Promoted by Don Kazarian, “America’s Premier Dirt Track” continues to showcase events like the “So Cal Showdown” with the World of Outlaws on March 3rd and the “Sokola Shootout” on April 21st. The “Salute to Indy” on May 26th, the August 18th “California Racers Hall of Fame Night," and the "Glenn Howard Classic" on September 22nd are “must see events.” Starting November 8th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprints will clash for three nights at the prestigious “23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction.” Last season, “The Demon” Damion Gardner and R.J. Johnson tied with three “home track” wins and other victories were claimed by Richard Vander Weerd, Justin Grant, Chase Stockon, Brody Roa, and Kevin Thomas Jr. By adding his name to the Oval Nationals winner’s list, Thomas earned $25,000 for his efforts. Perris Auto Speedway is located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California and for more information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Canyon Speedway Park returns to the AMSOIL USAC/CRA calendar with the 2-day “Spring Showcase” starting on March 9th. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the Peoria, Arizona oval last featured the non-winged 410s on October 1, 2016 and R.J. Johnson took the checkered flags. Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway and for more details, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare will host USAC/CRA Sprint Cars on April 14th along the USAC Western States Midgets. Promoted by Steve Faria, last April’s event at the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval was rained out. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway will feature the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars on May 7th. Last season, five-time champion Mike Spencer raced to the 38th series win of his career at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The popular Santa Maria Raceway will host two nights on the schedule. The traditional 410 sprints will headline the action at the July 7th “Doug Fort Memorial” and August 4th. Max Adams earned his first series win last July and Brody Roa topped the August main event. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The scenic Calistoga Speedway will open the “5th Annual California Sprint Week” on September 1st with two nights of action. Promoted by Tommy Hunt and HMC Promotions, "11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic" will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets, vintage cars, an autograph session, auctions, wine tasting, and more. Last season, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Rico Abreu took the checkered flags at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

On Monday, September 3rd, Petaluma Speedway will host the third round of “California Sprint Week.” Promoted by Rick Faeth, “The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” has become a popular stop on the schedule. Last season, Indiana’s “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney added his name to the record books at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

On Thursday, September 6th, the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Promoted by Dennis Gage, the fourth round of “California Sprint Week” is held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions." Last September, “The Demon” Damion Gardner” scored his fourth win of the season on his way to his sixth championship. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway will host the fifth round of “California Sprint Week” on Friday, September 7th. Promoted by John Prentice, the 1/4-mile oval at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is a fan favorite. Last year, Kevin Thomas Jr. earned a hard fought victory for his second “Sprint Week” win. Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California and for more details, visit www.racepmg.com or call 855.410.7223.

The USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will invade the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford on September 8th. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the 3/8-mile Central Valley oval will host the sixth and final round of “California Sprint Week.” Last September, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. won the 30-lap feature and Damion Gardner earned his third “Sprint Week” crown. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona will host four nights on the 2018 schedule. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the 2-day “Hall of Fame Classic” will begin on October 28th. The USAC National co-sanctioned “51st Annual Western World Championships” will also feature the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. Last year, Thomas Meseraull and Chase Stockon raced to victory at the fast 1/3-mile oval. Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, Arizona and for more details, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC Western Awards Banquet (and Roast) will be held Saturday, January 27th at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel will also host a Bowling Tournament the previous night at 8:00pm. Tickets for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/2017/banquet2017.docx and orders must be received by January 20th. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Nevada and for more hotel information, visit www.orleanscasino.com or call 800.675.3267.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Series officials are looking for associate and contingency sponsors for the upcoming season. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS:
2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
5-Damion Gardner, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Chase Stockon, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Max Adams, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
January 26: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (Bowling Tournament / 8pm)
January 27: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (USAC Western Awards Banquet / 12pm)
March 3: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
March 9: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 10: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
April 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 5: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

2018 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE HAS 15 DATES AT 7 TRACKS
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 21, 2017... Entering their 36th official season, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets are poised for fifteen races at seven racetracks. Starting March 17th at Bakersfield, the “mighty midgets” will close out the schedule with Ventura’s “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 22nd.

Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, Bakersfield Speedway will host three dates on the calendar. The March 17th season opener will be co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA). The Western States Midgets will return on June 16th and the “November Classic” with the USAC National Midgets on November 17th. Last year, Ronnie Gardner (twice) and Brady Bacon claimed victories at "The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more information, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

Located at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville Speedway has one race on the schedule. Promoted by Scott Russell and Kami Arnold, the 1/4-mile oval is hosting the Wednesday, March 24th “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown” along with the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. Last season, Shane Golobic outdueled Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte to take the Placerville checkered flags. Placerville Speedway is located at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, California and for more details, visit www.placervillespeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare will host the “mighty midgets” on April 14th. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will also showcase the USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Cars. The highly anticipated race at the Tulare County Fairgrounds was rained out last year and this will be a “must see” event for race fans in the Central Valley. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California and for more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Santa Maria Raceway will host three nights on the schedule. The USAC Western States Midgets will battle at “The West’s Best Short Track” on April 28th, August 11th’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial,” and October 6th. Last August, Cory Elliott added his name to the winner’s list at the Central Coast 1/3-mile clay oval. As a bonus, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will join the card for all three shows in 2018. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Raceway has four events on the schedule. Promoted by Jim Naylor, “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will host the June 30th, September 15th, October 27th, and November 22nd events. Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Midgets, November’s “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. Last year, Ronnie Gardner, Chad Boat, Carson Macedo, and Christopher Bell won at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

Petaluma Speedway will host the BCRA co-sanctioned “Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event” on July 21st. Promoted by Rick Faeth, “The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” has become a popular stop and Michael Faccinto scored last season’s victory at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more information, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

The scenic Calistoga Speedway will showcase two nights of action, starting on September 1st. Promoted by Tommy Hunt and HMC Promotions, the two-day "11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic" will also feature the USAC/CRA 410 Sprints, vintage cars, an autograph session, wine tasting, and more. Last year, Tanner Thorson and Rico Abreu earned $10,000 victories at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

The USAC Western Awards Banquet (and Roast) will be held Saturday, January 27th at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel will also host a Bowling Tournament the previous night at 8:00pm. Tickets for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/2017/banquet2017.docx and orders must be received by January 20th. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Nevada. Online room reservations can be made at www.orleanscasino.com/groups for a special block rate (Group Code: A8SAC01) of $50 for Thursday, $117 for Friday, $117 for Saturday, and $50 for Sunday. For more room reservation information, call 800.675.3267.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Series officials are looking for associate and contingency sponsors for the upcoming season. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES 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.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Christopher Bell, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
January 26: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (Bowling Tournament / 8pm)
January 27: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (USAC Western Awards Banquet / 12pm)
March 17: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
March 21: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown)
April 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
June 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
June 30: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
July 21: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE HAS 19 DATES AT 6 TRACKS
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 19, 2017... Entering their tenth campaign, the cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are set for nineteen events at six racetracks. Opening with the two-day, non-point “Outlaw Showdown” at Las Vegas on February 28th, the traditional 360s will close out the schedule with Ventura’s two-day (non-points) “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 22nd.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the season openers on February 28th and March 1st. Held during NASCAR weekend, the non-point events will also showcase the famed World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. Last March, Ryan Bernal claimed both main events at the fast 1/2-mile oval in front of a packed grandstand. The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). For more information, visit www.lvms.com/dirt or call 800.644-4444.

Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway has five dates on the schedule. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will feature the USAC 360s and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on March 9th and 10th. The popular two-day “Peter Murphy Classic” will open on May 18th, and the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” is scheduled for June 2nd. Last season, Jake Swanson, Ryan Bernal (twice), and Kyle Hirst scored victories at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California and for more details, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Raceway will host five dates on the calendar. Promoted by Jim Naylor, “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will host the “Battle of the Beach” races on March 31st, July 14th, August 25th, along with the non-point “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 21st and 22nd. The November 22nd “Battle of the Beach” finale will also showcase the USAC National and Western States Midgets. Last season, Ryan Bernal, Jake Swanson, Brady Bacon, and “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney earned victories at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprints will make two appearances at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the 3/8-mile oval will host the April 7th and May 12th dates on the schedule. Last year, Austin Liggett scored two Hanford wins and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. also took the checkered flags. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

Santa Maria Raceway will host four nights on the schedule. The traditional 360 sprints will headline the action at “The West’s Best Short Track” on April 28th, June 9th “Ron Otto Memorial,” August 11th “Bud Stanfield Memorial,” and the October 6th “Championship Night.” Last season, Ryan Bernal, Max Adams, and Tristan Guardino raced to victory at the at the Central Coast 1/3-mile clay oval. As a bonus, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will join the card at the April, August, and October shows. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

Bakersfield Speedway returns to the USAC West Coast Sprint calendar on July 28th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval” last featured the non-winged 360s on March 9, 2016 and Troy Rutherford earned the main event win. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more information, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western Awards Banquet (and Roast) will be held Saturday, January 27th at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel will also host a Bowling Tournament the previous night at 8:00pm. Tickets for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/2017/banquet2017.docx and orders must be received by January 20th. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Nevada. Online room reservations can be made at www.orleanscasino.com/groups for a special block rate (Group Code: A8SAC01) of $50 for Thursday, $117 for Friday, $117 for Saturday, and $50 for Sunday. For more room reservation information, call 800.675.3267.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Series officials are looking for associate and contingency sponsors for the upcoming season. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
January 26: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (Bowling Tournament / 8pm)
January 27: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (USAC Western Awards Banquet / 12pm)
February 28: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown / Non-Points)
March 1: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown / Non-Points)
March 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 10: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 31: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
April 7: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
July 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BELL BLOWS OUT THE CANDLES ON 2017
WITH "KNEPPER 55" TRIUMPH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style Saturday night at the Southern Illinois Center after taking the lead with four laps remaining to win the third annual "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special event at the indoor, one-sixth-mile dirt oval in Du Quoin.

Rarely has the 2013 USAC National Midget champion from Norman, Oklahoma not been at the top of his game when he's behind the wheel of a midget, but 2017 saw him take it up another notch with 10 wins in just 13 Midget starts, an incomparable 77% average.

After wrapping up a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, Bell has been two-for-two in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota, concluding USAC's National Midget points season in November with his second career "Turkey Night Grand Prix" victory at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway and following it up by delivering his team their first victory at the Southern Illinois Center.

"To be able to win the last race of the year like that is pretty cool," Bell said. "I've been pretty close and really fast here in the past, but I just haven't been able to win. The team's always been really good here too, but finally, it all came together tonight."

Bell would start third in the feature behind a front row occupied by Trey Marcham and Chad Boat. As Marcham rode near the mountainous berm on the bottom, Boat and Bell swarmed high and low a car length behind. The high line eventually paid off for Boat as he rode the rim to the lead around Marcham off the fourth turn on lap 18.

Bell taste-tested the high side as well to make his way around Marcham between turns three and four a lap later. Once he did, Zeb Wise snookered both on the bottom to go from fourth to second. Meanwhile, Boat opened up a two-plus second lead before a Shane Golobic spin put things at ease momentarily.

"At the beginning of the race, I was really good, but was kind of biding my time," Bell recalls. "Once Chad got the lead, I was really struggling. (Justin) Grant got by me, then Zeb got by me. I was just trying to figure out what I could do to make something happen. I remember Bryan (Clauson) was always really good at sliding himself here. That was something I started doing and I'm like, 'man, I'm making up time here' and that seemed to be the key."

Early in the second half of the 55-lapper, new second-place runner put the chase on Boat through lapped traffic. As lappers Justin Peck and Tyler Nelson swapped sliders, Boat took matters into his own hands and dove under Nelson in turn three on lap 41 to gain the slightest bit of a separation. Moments later, disaster nearly struck Boat as Shane Cottle spun right in front him between turns three and four. Boat took evasive action and avoided any carnage.

On the restart with 13 laps to go, Boat and Grant lined up nose-to-tail with the lapped car of Nelson as a buffer between third-running Bell. Bell instantly went to work with a turn three slider on Grant for second on lap 44. Grant vetoed that notion and slid past Bell in turn one to retake second. Bell put the tussle to rest in turn three as he dove to the bottom and snared the runner-up position from the March Du Quoin winner.

While Bell was attacking, Tyler Courtney was hustling. Courtney had entered the top-three with seven to go after starting shotgun on the field via promoter's option. Things got interesting when one wondered what was in store with Bell and Courtney next to each other after multiple on-track excursions between the two in their qualifying race earlier in the night.

Yet, with five to go, before Courtney was close enough to make a move, the 2017 USAC Most Improved Driver and 2016 "Knepper 55" winner looped his ride in turn one on the cushion, erasing one of the hardest charges witnessed all season.

On the lap 51 restart, Boat went back to the top lane as Bell tucked in on the low line. By the time the two hit the start/finish line at the completion of the lap, the two were in a dead-heat, Polaroid moment with Boat credited as the leader by the narrowest of margins. But Boat's lead wasn't long for this world as Bell roped him in and lassoed the spot for good exiting turn two as Briscoe ducked underneath for second after starting 19th!

"I was pretty much determined to go where he wasn't," Bell surmised. "He was kind of a sitting duck out there. This place, once it gets so far around the top, you can make up time there whenever you can get your momentum built up, but you're so vulnerable, especially on restarts. The door is wide open and it's so easy to throw a slider here. Whenever he opened up the inside like that, I knew I had to take advantage of it."

The duel was now on between the two dirt track stars who stood out in NASCAR's Truck Series this season with the champ (Bell) battling the Rookie of the Year (Briscoe) for Southern Illinois racing supremacy on this night. With two to go, though, Shane Cottle's loose left rear wheel jettisoned toward the turn four wall, necessitating a yellow and setting up one final restart. The position at the front of the field that Boat once found himself in as a "sitting duck" was now occupied by Bell.

"A little bit, but I was in that situation behind Chad too," Bell explains. "I was able to use that and learn from it to know how to be better for the next restarts. It was all up to me to protect the bottom. Whenever I saw Briscoe was behind me, I knew that he was going to run the bottom. At that point in time, I knew I just had to protect."

On the ensuing green, Briscoe was ruled to be out of line, the penalty of which is being docked one spot. That returned Boat to second and relegated Briscoe back to third. When racing resumed, Briscoe quickly got back by Boat, yet Bell remained just out of reach. Bell went the distance, leading the final four laps for a .295 second victory over Briscoe, Shane Golobic (from 20th after spinning at the halfway point), Boat and Grant.

Bell's had midget seasons of glory in the past, including a pair of seven-win campaigns in 2013 and 2014, but this year was simply phenomenal with five wins in eight USAC Midget starts, plus 10 out of 13 across all his combined midget starts. It's a success he attributes to the miles he's trekked in stock cars and trucks that he's been able to translate to his time in the driver's seat of a midget.

"Going to NASCAR has made me a better racecar driver just because it's taught me things I didn't learn here on the dirt," Bell said. "That's something I've been able to find that when you run these really long races, you learn that you don't have to lead lap five. You don't have to lead lap 10. You only have to lead the last lap. That's something I've really tried to apply in midget racing and it seems to have worked."

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USAC MIDGET "SPECIAL EVENT" RACE RESULTS: December 16, 2017 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Junior Knepper 55"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 3. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson-Marshall/Wood), 5. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 6. Joey Moughan (#29 Casson), 7. Kevin Woody, Jr. (#0 Buckwalter), 8. Derek Hagar (#9JR Hagar-Proctor). 1:37.54

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jody Rosenboom (#14R Rosenboom), 2. Chris R. Andrews (#91A Thomas), 3. Tim Crawley (#4J James), 4. Brian Shirley (#3s Neuman), 5. J.D. Black (#7JR Blackened), 6. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 7. Austin Blair (#3B Neuman), 8. Chase Briscoe (#5 Briscoe). 1:40.09

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Zeb Wise (#39 Clauson/Marshall), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Tanner Berryhill (#17B Tucker/Boat), 4. Justin Peck (#7K Irwin), 5. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 6. Kyle Schuett (#9K Schuett), 7. Dylan Peterson (#25p Peterson), 8. Danny Frye, Jr. (#5x Frye). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Parker Price-Miller (#9p PPM), 2. Dillon Welch (#99p PPM), 3. Josh Most (#92m Most), 4. Alex Watson (#3 3W), 5. Alex Schriever (#25s Peterson), 6. Brent Beauchamp (#11 B & B), 7. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 8. Nick Drake (#55D Cline). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 2. Trey Marcham (#32 Marcham), 3. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 4. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 5. Gio Scelzi (#7 Clauson/Marshall), 6. Chris L. Andrews (#95 Miller), 7. Clayton Christensen (#1cc Rosenboom), 8. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Tony Bruce Jr. (#18 One Eight), 3. Riley Kreisel (#93K DKR), 4. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 5. Jacob Patton (#D33 Davis), 6. Lee Lengel (#21LL Lengel), 7. Tyler Robbins (#35 Robbins), 8. Chris Urish (#77u Casson). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Billy Wease (#12w Wease), 2. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 3. Shane Cottle (#1s Saucier/Hmiel), 4. Matt Crafton (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Nick Hamilton (#32x Hamilton), 6. Howard Moore (#41 Chappue), 7. Brad Kraus (#6B Kraus), 8. Don Dawson II (#6D Dawson). NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Briscoe, 2. Moughan, 3. Blair, 4. Peterson, 5. Hagar, 6. Meseraull, 7. Moore, 8. Dawson, 9. Drake, 10. Lengel, 11. Kraus, 12. Woody, 13. Robbins, 14. Frye. NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Wise, 3. Robinson, 4. Kreisel, 5. Price-Miller, 6. Schuett, 7. Scelzi, 8. Crafton, 9. C. Cottle, 10. Wease. 2:08.87

SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Marcham, 2. Welch, 3. Grant, 4. Neuman, 5. Peck, 6. Golobic, 7. C.R. Andrews, 8. Patton, 9. Black. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Crawley, 3. Adler, 4. Bruce, 5. Schriever, 6. Stenhouse, 7. Chisholm, 8. Shirley, 9. C.L. Andrews, 10. Courtney. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Nelson, 2. Roney, 3. Berryhill, 4. S. Cottle, 5. Carrick, 6. Hamilton, 7. Most, 8. Watson, 9. Babb, 10. Rosenboom. NT

B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Robinson, 2. Crawley, 3. Peck, 4. Briscoe, 5. Kreisel, 6. Blair, 7. Wease, 8. Most, 9. Hagar, 10. Watson, 11. Babb, 12. Shirley, 13. Schriever, 14. Scelzi, 15. Hamilton, 16. Black. NT

B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Neuman, 2. Berryhill, 3. Stenhouse, 4. Golobic, 5. Chisholm, 6. Patton, 7. Schuett, 8. Meseraull, 9. C. Cottle, 10. C.L. Andrews, 11. Adler, 12. Moughan, 13. Crafton, 14. Peterson, 15. C.R. Andrews, 16. Rosenboom. NT

FEATURE: (55 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Chase Briscoe, 3. Shane Golobic, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Dillon Welch, 7. Tanner Berryhill, 8. Parker Price-Miller, 9. Tanner Carrick, 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Tony Bruce Jr., 12. Daniel Robinson, 13. Tim Crawley, 14. Zeb Wise, 15. Trey Marcham, 16. Tyler Nelson, 17. Shane Cottle, 18. Justin Peck, 19. Tony Roney, 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 21. Jake Neuman. NT
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**Christensen flipped during the fifth heat. Urish flipped during the sixth heat. Black flipped during the first B-Main.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Marcham, Laps 18-51 Boat, Laps 52-55 Bell.

 

SPEED SHIFT TV HAS THE JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 LIVE ON SATURDAY NIGHT

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Speed Shift TV will have LIVE, flag-to-flag coverage of this Saturday's third annual "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event from the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

The indoor, dirt racing event features an entry list of 58 drivers from coast-to-coast in the final USAC race on the 2017 calendar. Past Du Quoin Midget winners Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) have all entered.

Additionally, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champions Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.) and Matt Crafton (Tulare, Calif.) are set for action on the 1/6-mile bullring along with 2017 NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.).

Two-time Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Cottle, 2016 "Belleville Midget Nationals" winner Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.), 2006 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner Billy Wease and the always-exciting Thomas Meseraull are headliners of a stout field from top to bottom.

Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 4pm (Central). Pits open at 10am and spectator gates open at 3pm. A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups.

In addition to the live coverage on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/, all USAC National and West Coast events will be posted on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ with complete coverage of all the action the day following the race.

 

 

DARLAND SAYS HELLO TO GOODNIGHT FOR 2018 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Dave Darland has joined Matt and Gene Goodnight's Hartford City, Indiana-based team for a full run at the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule in 2018.

Darland, USAC's winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver of all-time with 59 victories, will sport No. 36D, a number that has ridden along with Darland to numerous titles and victories, including his very first USAC win at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 1993.

The Lincoln, Indiana driver is one of just six drivers who owns titles in all three USAC National divisions, including Silver Crown (1997), Sprint Car (1999) and Midget (2001 & 2002). He will pilot a second Goodnight-owned entry with Scott Benic on the wrenches. Darland and Benic teamed up for six USAC National Sprint Car victories in 2008 and 2009.

In 2010, Darland drove for the Goodnight family for much of the USAC Sprint schedule, picking up a win in the Indiana Sprint Week opener at Lawrenceburg Speedway. In three starts with Goodnight in 2017, Darland was ProSource Fast Qualifier in all three and had finishes of fourth at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway and fifth at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. At the "Fall Nationals" in Lawrenceburg, Ind., he was in contention for the lead when mechanical trouble sidelined him.

In addition to the full USAC schedule, Darland will be competing in select local events around the Midwest in Goodnight's Maxim chassis with a Claxton engine. Darland will make his season debut in the car in the USAC season-opening "Winter Dirt Games" on February 15-16-17 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

 

 

THOMAS JR. JOINS PETRY MOTORSPORTS FOR 2018 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Dub Publications & Media

Petry Motorsports is pleased to announce that Kevin Thomas Jr. will come on board to pilot the No.15, and make a run for a USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship. Thomas Jr., has previously driven for the team at the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix, at Ventura, Raceway.

"It's really cool to be able to jump back in a midget," explained Thomas. "I didn't know that a Turkey Night ride would turn into a full-time deal, but I'm thankful Scott (Petry) and the whole team are behind me. They're a great group of guys and I'm looking forward to see what we can make happen this season."

Thomas is scheduled to run the entire USAC National Midget season aboard the Petry Motorsports/Spike Chassis/Toyota No.15. Teammate and veteran driver, Jerry Coons Jr., is slated to run a full season as well aboard the No.25, as he and Thomas will both be vying for a midget title.

"We're excited to have Kevin on board," commented Scott Petry, owner. "He is intense, serious about winning, and a pleasure to be around. We didn't have the best finish at Turkey Night, but we definitely figured out a few things. We're looking forward to a successful 2018 season and are ready to get back to racing."

Thomas and Petry Motorsports will kick off their season with the USAC National Midgets in March at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois. The 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year has previously driven midgets for Keith Kunz Motorsports, Austin Brown Racing, and others. Thomas finished third in national points standings during his last full season of midget action in 2015.

Kevin Thomas Jr. would like to thank the following sponsors; Petry Excavating, Schroth Harness, Walker Filters, CSI Shocks, KT Construction Services, Spike Chassis, Speedway Engines, Bell Helmets, Indy Metal Finishings, Hinchman Racing Uniforms, Gridsport, and MPI.

 

 

T-MEZ BACK WITH AMATI FOR "KNEPPER 55" SATURDAY AT Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Thomas Meseraull has been tabbed as the driver of the Amati Racing No. 66 for this Saturday's "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Meseraull and Amati have paired up in the past for four USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories in 2015 and 2016. In the 2016 "Knepper 55," the San Jose, California posted an eighth place finish for the Amati team.

"We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with T-Mez once again," Amati Racing stated in a post on its Facebook page. "We hope that we can carry over the success we had on the USAC sprint car tour in 2015-2016 into the opener of the indoor midget racing season."

While Meseraull's prowess in recent years has been in the seat of a sprint car with seven career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins, Meseraull has a collection of midget racing successes in the past, including a second-place finish at Du Quoin's indoor midget race in 2011.

Additionally, he won a USAC Midget non-points special event at California's Irwindale Speedway in 2004, plus three career USAC Western States Midget victories and a Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) title in 2004.

Meseraull has joined a "Knepper 55" field that anticipates at least 58 entries for the Saturday, December 16th indoor dirt midget race with a driver lineup that includes past Du Quoin Midget winners Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.).

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champions Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.) and Matt Crafton (Tulare, Calif.) are set for action on the 1/6-mile bullring along with 2017 NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.), two-time Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Cottle, 2016 "Belleville Midget Nationals" winner Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.) and 2006 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner Billy Wease.

Past feature midget race winners at Du Quoin in the month of December include Casey Shuman (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011), Tony Stewart (2012), Joey Saldana (2014), Stenhouse (2015) and Courtney (2016).

Fans can purchase their tickets and souvenir t-shirts for the third running of the "Knepper 55" at http://www.usactickets.com/.

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 4pm (Central). Pits open at 10am and spectator gates open at 3pm. A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups.

The event will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can also catch on-demand coverage of the event a day after the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

56 ENTRIES FILED FOR JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 AT Du QUOIN!

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Dillon Welch, Parker Price-Miller and Chris R. Andrews have filed their entries Sunday on the final night of the free entry period for the third running of the "Junior Knepper 55."

The list for the Saturday, December 16 race at the Southern Illinois Center now boasts a field of 56 USAC Midgets for the non-points special event at the purpose-built, indoor racing facility at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, including the Clauson Marshall team with six entries, four of which are past Southern Illinois Center winners: multiple-time NASCAR Cup winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., reigning "Knepper 55" winner Tyler Courtney, USAC National Midget season-opener winner Justin Grant and Spring 2016 winner Shane Golobic.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports brings three of their own, including Christopher Bell and Matt Crafton, owners of three of the last five NASCAR Truck Series titles, plus USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Tanner Carrick.

A star-studded cast is also represented by two-time Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle, NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe, "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner Billy Wease, "Belleville Midget Nationals" winner Chad Boat and many, many others.

Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual "Junior Knepper 55" at http://www.usactickets.com/. The race will serve as the final event of the 2017 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $18 in advance compared to the $20 price at the gate on race day.

Furthermore, on http://www.usactickets.com/, you may order your "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

The event carries no points toward the USAC National Midget season championship, but has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win on the series calendar, annually boasting a large car count and a star-studded field to boot.

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 4pm (Central). Pits open at 10am and spectator gates open at 3pm. A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups.

The event will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can also catch on-demand coverage of the event a day after the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.


56 CARS ENTERED AS OF DECEMBER 10, 2017:
CAR # / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
0 KEVIN WOODY, JR./Victor, NY (Buckwalter Motorsports)
0B MIKE McSPARIN/Stonefort, IL (Mike McSparin)
1cc CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN/Spencer, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier/Shane Hmiel)
1T TONY RONEY/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
3 ALEX WATSON/Columbus, OH (3W Racing)
3B AUSTIN BLAIR/St. Louis, MO (Jim Neuman)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s BRIAN SHIRLEY/Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5c COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Rick Cottle)
5x DANNY FRYE/St. Charles, MO (Danny Frye Motorsports)
6D DON DAWSON II/Indianola, IA (Don Dawson II)
7 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
7JR J.D. BLACK/Grain Valley, MO (J.D. Black)
7K JUSTIN PECK/Monrovia, IN (Kenny & Reva Irwin)
9JR DEREK HAGAR/Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
9K KYLE SCHUETT/Philo, IL (Schuett Racing)
9p PARKER PRICE-MILLER/Kokomo, IN (Scott Ronk)
11 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Brent Beauchamp)
12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14R JODY ROSENBOOM/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
15m SHANE MORGAN/Morton, IL (Morgan Motorsports)
15s JIM PICARDI/Mapleton, IL (Morgan Motorsports)
17B TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
17BC RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson Marshall Racing)
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)
18 TONY BRUCE, JR./Liberal, KS (Tony Bruce, Jr.)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)
23LL LEE LENGEL/Wellsville, KS (Lee Lengel)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
32 TREY MARCHAM/Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham)
32x NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Nick Hamilton)
D33 JACOB PATTON/Bethalto, IL (Jeff & Jill Davis)
35 TYLER ROBBINS/Bethalto, IL (Tyler Robbins)
39 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
39BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
41 HOWARD MOORE/Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
50 DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO (Adler Motorsports)
55D NICK DRAKE/Sherrills Ford, NC (Troy Cline)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Race Team)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
66 TBA (Amati Racing)
67 MATT CRAFTON/Tulare, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TERRY BABB/Harristown, IL (Terry Babb)
91 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, KS (Harris Racing)
91A CHRIS R. ANDREWS/Sandusky, OH (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
93K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)
95 CHRIS L. ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)
99p DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Scott Ronk)

 

 

STENHOUSE, BELL, COURTNEY, GRANT ENTER
AS "KNEPPER 55" LIST EXCEEDS 50!

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Clauson Marshall Racing, Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports and Tucker/Boat Motorsports have all filed their entries for the Saturday, December 16 "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget "Special Event" indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

CMR has entered six cars for the event, including the driver who won the very first "Knepper 55" in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Mississippi. Stenhouse won twice, at Talladega Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup circuit in 2017 and is one of just eight drivers to win a NASCAR Cup, USAC Silver Crown, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint and USAC National Midget race in his career, joining Mario Andretti, A. J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, and Tony Stewart.

His teammates include 2017 USAC Most Improved Driver and 2016 "Knepper 55" winner Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana, plus Ione, California's Justin Grant, the winner of the most recent race at the Southern Illinois Center, March's "Shamrock Classic," and Shane Golobic of Fremont, California, winner of the Shamrock Classic in 2016.

In fact, CMR's head wrenches Tim Clauson and Tyler Ransbottom were a part of the winning team in all four of USAC's appearances at the Southern Illinois Center. Joining those previous winners for the upcoming race are 2017 Don Basile "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Rookie of the Race Zeb Wise of Angola, Indiana as well as King of the West/NARC standout Gio Scelzi of Fresno, California.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports has entered three cars for the "Knepper 55." Two of which will be driven by a pair of drivers who own three of the last five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships.

Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell needs no introduction to midget racing fans. The 2013 USAC National Midget champ recently wrapped up the NASCAR Truck title, then proceeded to travel to Ventura, California to win the "Turkey Night Grand Prix." On the other hand, Matt Crafton of Tulare, California has made over 400 starts in the NASCAR Truck Series, but the "Knepper 55" will mark the two-time NASCAR Truck champ's initial midget start. Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick rounds out the team's driver lineup. Carrick was honored last Friday as the USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year.

Phoenix, Arizona' Chad Boat, a three-time winner on the USAC National Midget trail in 2017, will partner up with Bixby, Oklahoma's Tanner Berryhill on a two-car Tucker-Boat Motorsports team.

The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 16th "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-knepper-car-entry, use the coupon code "KNEPPER" to enter your car for the race at no charge. The offer expires Sunday, December 10th, 2017. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Monday, December 11th.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual "Junior Knepper 55" at http://www.usactickets.com/. The race will serve as the final event of the 2017 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $18 in advance compared to the $20 price at the gate on race day.

Furthermore, on http://www.usactickets.com/, you may order your "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

The event carries no points toward the USAC National Midget season championship, but has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win on the series calendar, annually boasting a large car count and a star-studded field to boot.

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups.

The event will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can also catch on-demand coverage of the event a day after the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.


53 CARS ENTERED AS OF DECEMBER 9, 2017:
CAR # / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
0 KEVIN WOODY, JR./Victor, NY (Buckwalter Motorsports)
0B MIKE McSPARIN/Stonefort, IL (Mike McSparin)
1cc CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN/Spencer, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier/Shane Hmiel)
1T TONY RONEY/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
3 ALEX WATSON/Columbus, OH (3W Racing)
3B AUSTIN BLAIR/St. Louis, MO (Jim Neuman)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s BRIAN SHIRLEY/Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5c COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Rick Cottle)
5x DANNY FRYE/St. Charles, MO (Danny Frye Motorsports)
6D DON DAWSON II/Indianola, IA (Don Dawson II)
7 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
7JR J.D. BLACK/Grain Valley, MO (J.D. Black)
7K JUSTIN PECK/Monrovia, IN (Kenny & Reva Irwin)
9JR DEREK HAGAR/Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
9K KYLE SCHUETT/Philo, IL (Schuett Racing)
11 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Brent Beauchamp)
12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14R JODY ROSENBOOM/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
15m SHANE MORGAN/Morton, IL (Morgan Motorsports)
15s JIM PICARDI/Mapleton, IL (Morgan Motorsports)
17B TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
17BC RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson Marshall Racing)
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)
18 TONY BRUCE, JR./Liberal, KS (Tony Bruce, Jr.)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)
23LL LEE LENGEL/Wellsville, KS (Lee Lengel)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
32 TREY MARCHAM/Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham)
32x NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Nick Hamilton)
D33 JACOB PATTON/Bethalto, IL (Jeff & Jill Davis)
35 TYLER ROBBINS/Bethalto, IL (Tyler Robbins)
39 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
39BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
41 HOWARD MOORE/Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
50 DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO (Adler Motorsports)
55D NICK DRAKE/Sherrills Ford, NC (Troy Cline)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Race Team)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
66 TBA (Amati Racing)
67 MATT CRAFTON/Tulare, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TERRY BABB/Harristown, IL (Terry Babb)
91 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, KS (Harris Racing)
93K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)
95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)

 

 

SWANSON, WINDOM, BAYSTON SHARE SPOTLIGHT

AT FRIDAY'S 62nd "NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" CELEBRATION
 
 
            USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, Chris Windom and Spencer Bayston shared the spotlight along with other 2017 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 62nd USAC "Night of Champions" celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.
            Swanson, of Kingsburg, CA, Windom, of Canton, IL and Bayston, of Lebanon, IN, earned National championships. Swanson was a third-time Silver Crown titlist, Windom a first-time AMSOIL Sprint Car king and Bayston a first-time National Midget champ.
            Justin Grant of Ione, CA secured the $5,000 Mike Curb "Super License" in memory of Bryan Clauson and the $2,500 ProSource "Fast Time" Award. The former was for scoring the most National points combined in the three series, while the latter was for posting the most National fast qualifying efforts during the campaign.
            Car owner National champions for 2017 included DePalma Motorsports of Lima, OH (Silver Crown), the Baldwin Brothers of West Lafayette, IN (Sprint) and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports of Columbus, IN (Midget).
            Emcees Pat Sullivan, Dillon Welch and Butch Lamb orchestrated the presentations, which included driver and car entrant champions, Rookies of the Year, Most Improved Drivers and special award recipients.
            Among items presented to the 2017 champions were championship rings from Josten's, trophies, plaques, Hoosier jackets, medallions, distinctive art canvases and remote-control TRAXXAS trucks.
            Sprint Car driving champions in addition to the aforementioned include Damion Gardner of Concord, CA (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints); Jake Swanson of Anaheim, CA (West Coast Sprints) and R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, AZ (Southwest Sprints).
            Other 2017 champions included Ronnie Gardner of Riverside, Calif. (Light up the World Beverages Western States Midget); Ryan Greth of Newport, PA USAC/ARDC Midget) Dean Christensen of Granby, CT (DMA Speed2 Midget); Aaron Leffel of Springfield, OH (Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget); Dillon Morley of Moline, IL  (IMRA Speed2 Midget), Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif.. (Western US Overall, Pavement and Midget Speed2 Midget); Kyle Jones of Kennedale, TX (Gulf Coast Speed2 Midget) and Jessica Bean of Farmland, Ind. (Eastern Speed2 Midget). Maxwell Industries Micro Sprint Champions honored were Trevor Years of Livonia, NY, Josh Ames of Rochester, NY, Daison Pursley of Locust Grove, OK and Jade Avedisian of Fresno, Calif.
            Rod Henning of Middletown, OH earned the USAC National Lightning Sprint title.
            Also honored for their 2017 championships at Kutztown, Pa.'s ActionTrack USA were Tim Buckwalter. of Douglassville, NJ (SpeedSTRs and Hyper Racing Wingless 600 Sprints); Dylan Hoch of Mertztown, PA. (NAPA All Star Slingshots) and Reese Nowotarsky of Leesport, PA (NAPA Junior Slingshots).
            Honored as USAC .25 Midget National Champions as a result of their accomplishments were drivers Connor Gross (Heavy 160 Dirt and Heavy Honda, Heavy 160 and Heavy World Formula Pavement), Landon Baldwin (Junior Honda Dirt), Preston Lattomus (Senior Honda Dirt), Kenny Beinhower (Heavy Honda Dirt), Ethan Bill (Light 160 and Light World Formula Dirt), Gunnar Pio (Junior Animal Dirt), Hunter Wise (Senior Animal Dirt), J.J. Horstman (Unrestricted Animal Dirt), Adrianna Delliponti (Heavy World Formula) Dirt),  Steven Snyder Jr. (Light Formula Mod Dirt), Tori O'Neal (Heavy Formula Mod Dirt), Jackson White (Junior Honda and Light 160 Pavement), Colby Sokol (Senior Honda Pavement), Collin Mitchell (Junior Animal Pavement), Christian Bruno (Senior Animal Pavement), Bobby Elliott Unrestricted Animal Pavement), Nick Loden (Light World Formula and Light Formula Mod Pavement), Chase Spicola (Light Mod Pavement) and Owen Carlson (Heavy Formula Mod Pavement).
            USAC President Kevin Miller presented USAC Special Appreciation Awards to President and CEO Greg Gill, representing the Pirelli World Challenge (corporate) long-time USAC Western publicity director Lance Jennings (individual) and long-time USAC supporters and car owners Roger and Barb Tapy. for their contributions and dedicated service to the racing community.
            Kody Swanson received the Jason Leffler Award, in recognition of his intense appreciation of the sport's history reflected in his professionalism and outstanding representation as an ambassador of the United States Auto Club, exhibiting the same standard of ideals upheld by the late Jason Leffler during his USAC racing career.
            USAC's 2016 National "Race Organizer of the Year" award was presented to Dave and Kim Rudisell of Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
            Joss Mofatt of Columbus, IN earned the 2017 USAC Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" honor. Stevie Sussex of Tempe, AZ was honored as the AMSOIL National Sprint Car "Rookie of the Year" and the Bob Stroud Memorial National Midget "Rookie of the Year" Award for the National Midget Series went to Tanner Carrick of Lincoln, CA.
            Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, IN was named USAC's "Most Improved" National Driver of 2017.
            USAC's 2017 "Chief Mechanic of the Year" award went to Derek Claxton, who orchestrated Windom's drive to the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title.
            Second and third-place drivers and car entrants in USAC's National racing series also received their year-end recognition and awards.
            All USAC driving champions were also presented one-year memberships by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.
            Floral decorations were provided by Jockish Flowers of Indianapolis.
 

 

 

RYAN NEWMAN PARTNERS WITH CLAUSON MARSHALL RACING FOR
USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TITLE RUN; TYLER COURTNEY NAMED DRIVER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana.........Clauson/Marshall Racing, with the addition of NASCAR driver and USAC champion Ryan Newman to the team ownership role, will field veteran driver Tyler Courtney full-time on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail in 2018.

Tyler Courtney, USAC's Most Improved driver in 2017, moves over to the CMNR ride following a successful two-year run with TOPP Motorsports in which they teamed up for six USAC National Sprint Car feature wins. Meanwhile, this past season, CMR was the home for Courtney's first three career USAC National Midget victories. For 2018, CMR's home is where Courtney's heart lies in the sprint car as well.

"It's an opportunity I felt like I couldn't pass up with the people who are going to be involved," Courtney said. "I don't want to have any regrets ten years down the road for not doing it. I talked to a lot of people who helped me make this decision. They all said to go with my heart. My heart is staying right here at Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing."

Newman, meanwhile, returns to his roots as he joins Courtney and team for the run at a USAC title.

"Both Tim (Clauson) and Richard (Marshall) gave me the opportunity to be involved with something that I've thought about for a while," Newman said. "I wanted to do this at the right place at the right time. It's a no brainer for me to be a part of something that I think will be great. This was a path in my career that made a difference. It was several rungs on the ladder that made a difference, being a part of USAC Midget, Sprint car and Silver Crown racing. It's an honor to be a part of what they're putting together."

The prospect of having not only the Clauson/Marshall Racing team on your side, but that of 1999 USAC Silver Crown champion and 2008 Daytona 500 winner Newman, has Courtney elated.

"It's pretty dang cool," Courtney exclaimed. "The fact that Ryan wants to come back and support a USAC team is really special. The fact they wanted to do this with a kid like me is even cooler. I get to work with Tim, who's been a part of my career basically since it started. It's such a big comfort level over here. They've got everything to go for a championship."

Newman has maintained a presence in USAC racing throughout his NASCAR career, which includes 18 victories and 51 poles at the Cup level. He annually competes in the Silver Crown series each year and keeps a keen eye on the schedule/results and maintains friendships with several USAC drivers.

"I think it's some of the best racing there is in the world," Newman assures. "It was what I was born and raised in. With their horsepower-to-weight ratio, big tires, tacky racetracks, wheel stands and methanol, you name it, it's pretty spectacular if you like racing."

Clauson Marshall Racing made its initial on-track appearance late in 2016 and has instantly become a force on the USAC National Midget trail, picking up five wins in 2017. However, in addition to the midget program, team owner Tim Clauson desired an eventual expansion of the team to USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car series.

"Ever since Bryan and I won the 2012 USAC Sprint Car Championship, I have had a passion to get back to chasing another title," team owner Tim Clauson said. "Richard and I had discussed the prospect and I think we both knew at some point it would be a part of Clauson/Marshall Racing, but we both thought we were a few years away. Building a championship team takes a lot of moving pieces and, when Ryan expressed interest in being involved, it accelerated the conversation and the pieces started to fall into place. The key piece to the puzzle was making sure we had the driver we wanted and, when Tyler Courtney became available, it became inevitable that we would put something together."

"Having Ryan Newman involved in our program is both exciting and humbling as is his history in not only USAC, but motorsports as a whole," Clauson continued. "It is something I feel we will all be able to lean on as we continue to build CMR. As proud as I am of this partnership, I am also proud that Ryan wants to be involved and support the USAC series which we all feel has the best on-track product in motorsports. While it will be a busy next two months getting ready for Florida, we are excited to add another top, quality ride to the USAC Sprint Car series."

Prior to Bryan's passing, Marshall and Tim Clauson put together a three-year plan to take Bryan Clauson, Inc. to another level. But, as Marshall stated, Bryan would want us to race on and that they did. After blasting through that three-year plan in one year, Marshall, and Newman, made the decision to go USAC Sprint Car racing with CMR.

"Ryan's a great friend," Marshall begins. "We were talking a couple times last month over dinner how cool it would be to go USAC racing. I thought it would be really cool. I talked to Ryan quite a bit and he's very passionate. He said he wanted to support the sport and be involved again. Tim, Ryan and I put our heads together and here we are. Game on!"

Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing's debut with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car series begins February 15-16-17 with "Winter Dirt Games" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

 

 

BALANCED PAVEMENT/DIRT MIX THE INGREDIENT
FOR 2018 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana.........A helping of six pavement and five dirt races make up a balanced USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series schedule for the 2018 season, which marks the series' return to the state of Wisconsin for the first time since 2011.

The Silver Crown cars will make their debut appearance on the half-mile, paved Madison International Speedway on June 29 for the "Cheesemakers 100." While it's the big cars' first go at the Oregon, Wisconsin joint, USAC's National Sprint and Midget series did make a visit to the track in 1997 when Dave Steele (Sprint) and Jimmy McCune (Midget) captured their respective ends of the doubleheader. Bobby East won Silver Crown's last race in the Badger State at the Milwaukee Mile six years ago.

Madison is the lone addition to a schedule that features the most pavement races on the series' card since 2007. Of those six paved races, the largest in terms of size on the schedule is the season-opening "Phoenix Copper Cup" April 7 on Arizona's one-mile ISM Raceway (formerly known as Phoenix International Raceway). May brings two more to the hardtop on the 4th at Ohio's Toledo Speedway for the "Rollie Beale Classic" and to Brownsburg, Indiana and Lucas Oil Raceway for the "Carb Night Classic" on the 25th. The prestigious "Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial," a race with origins that date to 1953, is back on the high banks of Salem (Ind.) Speedway on August 11. Lucas Oil Raceway's "Rich Vogler Classic" closes out the pavement set of the season on September 8.

The dirt schedule is solidified with a lineup of some of the most legendary and historic racetracks in the sport. The "Sumar Classic" comes to the half-mile Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on April 29. The 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" on May 24 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds precedes the following night's pavement stop at Lucas Oil Raceway, marking just the fifth occurrence of dirt and pavement Silver Crown races taking place within a 24-hour span.

Deep fried corn dogs and elephant ears signal the State Fair season to some, but to race fans, it means Silver Crown racing on two of the most-storied one-mile dirt ovals in the history of auto racing. First up is the "Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield where racing's daredevils have competed for over a century. Two weeks later, on Labor Day weekend September 2, the call of the "Magic Mile" beckons for the "Ted Horn 100" on the scenic Du Quoin State Fairgrounds mile.

On 14 occasions, Ohio's Eldora Speedway has served in its role as the Silver Crown season-ender. The 2018 season will carry on that tradition with the 37th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" on September 22, which provides the only opportunity for fans to witness all three of USAC's national divisions, plus the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, at one event.

2018 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
Apr 7: **(P) ISM Raceway (Phoenix, AZ)
Apr 29: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
May 4: (P) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)
May 24: (D) Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, IN)
May 25: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Jun 29: (P) Madison International Speedway (Oregon, WI)
Aug 11: (P) Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery (Salem, IN)
Aug 18: **(D) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)
Sep 2: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)
Sep 8: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Sep 22: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
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** represents a daytime event.
(D) represents an event at a dirt track.
(P) represents an event at a pavement track.

 

 

NEW TITLE SPONSOR, NEW VENUES RING IN
RECHARGED USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES IN 2018

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana.........A brand new title sponsor and a pair of new venues amongst a slate of popular series mainstays bring an invigorated USAC National Midget scene in 2018 with 23 events, 21 venues and nine states occupying the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship schedule.

The series has partnered with an innovative technology launching in January 2018 that rewards good drivers with great rates for car insurance, which will go hand-in-hand with benefits to the series and racers as a whole.

"P1 is the first insurance company to rate your driving skills on how you drive using smart phone technology," USAC CEO Kevin Miller explained. "P1 rewards great drivers and also rewards our great drivers at USAC with incentives that will enhance purses and point funds in addition to contributing to individual driver sponsorships based on activations within their app. USAC will be promoting P1 throughout the year to a vast fan and competitor base to increase activation. This program has the ability to dramatically impact the direction of USAC circle track dirt racing."

After a memorable 2017 season in which the deepest field of full-time competitors in years took part in countless memorable moments from the east to the west, race-after-race, the stage is set for another year of constant thrills. Those points include two venues serving as the host of USAC Midget racing for the first time.

Meeker, Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway begins a five-race, four-state central states invasion in mid-July at "Tuesday Night Thunder" on the 10th. The race will be the first USAC National Midget event held in the state of Oklahoma since an Oklahoma City Sports Arena doubleheader in February of 1975 won by John Batts and Sleepy Tripp.

Red Dirt is followed up by the annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kansas on July 11. After a night off, the Midgets double-hit Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Nebraska for two consecutive nights at the 1/5-mile oval. Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex rounds out the busy week with its initial appearance on the schedule and the first race for the series in the "Show Me State" since 2006.

The remainder of the schedule holds steady with familiar and popular stops along the tour. The season opens indoors under the roof of the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for the "Shamrock Classic" on March 10. April's docket brings on the "Kokomo Grand Prix" at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway on April 13 and 14.

The 14th edition of the six-race "Indiana Midget Week" series starts off at Montpelier Motor Speedway on May 29, followed by five successive events at Gas City I-69 Speedway (May 30), Lincoln Park Speedway (May 31), Bloomington Speedway (June 1), Lawrenceburg Speedway (June 2) and Kokomo Speedway (June 3).

Concurrent with the turning of the calendar to August is the start of Pennsylvania Midget Week which begins August 1 at Path Valley Speedway Park with subsequent stops at Linda's Speedway (August 2), Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (August 3) and BAPS Motor Speedway - formerly known as Susquehanna - on August 4.

The USAC Midgets' 37th annual run at the "4-Crown Nationals" at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway finishes out the Midwest part of the schedule on September 22.

"Go west," USAC Midget teams say in the month of November when the travel guide shows the next stop as the "November Classic" on the 17th at California's Bakersfield Speedway for the penultimate round of points-paying races. The conclusion of the 2018 points season takes place at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway on Thanksgiving night, November 22, for one of the most legendary races in dirt track racing, the 78th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

The now traditional late-season 55-lap romp at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, named in honor of the late USAC car owner Junior Knepper, is slated for December 14. Meanwhile, the date and venue for the "Jason Leffler Memorial" is still to be determined.

2018 USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Mar 10: Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)
Apr 13: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Apr 14: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
May 29: (i) Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
May 30: (i) Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
May 31: (i) Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jun 1: (i) Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jun 2: (i) Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jun 3: (i) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jul 10: Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK)
Jul 11: Solomon Valley Raceway (Beloit, KS)
Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Jul 14: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Jul 15: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO)
Aug 1: (P) Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 2: (P) Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
Aug 3: (P) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Aug 4: (P) BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Sep 22: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Nov 17: (W) Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA)
Nov 22: (W) Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)
Dec 14: (SE) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)
TBA: "Jason Leffler Memorial"
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(i) represents an Indiana Midget Week event.
(P) represents a Pennsylvania Midget Week event.
(W) represents an event with the USAC Light Up the World Beverages Western States Midgets.
(SE) represents a non-points special event.

 

 

USAC SPRINTS SLATED FOR 45 EVENTS
FROM COAST-TO-COAST IN 2018

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana.........Following a year of renaissance with a new breed of drivers ascending to the top of the standings, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship reloads for a 2018 schedule that includes 45 events between the months of February and November.

Leading off the schedule once again for the ninth-straight season is "Winter Dirt Games" at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park on February 15-16-17. The wintertime defroster begins a season that carries with it a number of tried and true tour staples including Eastern Storm and Indiana Sprint Week.

Eastern Storm expands to six races for the first time with annual Pennsylvania dates at Grandview (June 14), Williams Grove (June 15), Port Royal (June 16) and BAPS Motor Speedway (June 17). Furthermore, for the initial time, three different states will be represented in Eastern Storm with the 12th edition entering first-time USAC venues in New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway on June 18 and New York's Weedsport Speedway on June 19.

The 31st running of Indiana Sprint Week begins July 20 at a yet-to-be-announced venue, followed by six more events throughout the Hoosier state as the trail hits midsummer: Kokomo (July 21), Lawrenceburg (July 22), Terre Haute (July 25), Lincoln Park (July 26), Bloomington (July 27) and Tri-State (July 28).

A slew of benchmark Indiana tracks dot the landscape throughout the season in addition to its July "Indiana Sprint Week" slots. Kokomo Speedway's non-points, special event #GYATK Night on August 22 leads into three nights of "Sprint Car Smackdown" on August 23-24-25. The famed Terre Haute Action Track welcomes the series to the fast and racy Wabash Valley Fairgrounds dirt oval for the 48th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" on May 23, the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" on September 14 and the newly-christened "Wabash Clash" on October 12.

Lawrenceburg opens the Midwest portion of the season with its traditional Springtime welcome on March 31 and closes out the month of September with the "Fall Nationals" on September 29. Bloomington's April 27 race begins the first doubleheader USAC Sprint weekend of the season, followed by Tri-State Speedway's "Spring Showdown" on April 28 in Haubstadt, Indiana and co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series. USAC and MSCS collaborate once again at Tri-State on September 15th's "Haubstadt Hustler." Just prior to "Indiana Sprint Week," competitors tackle their last tune-up before the commencing of "Indiana Sprint Week" in the Bill Gardner Sprintacular on July 6.

Two additions to the schedule over the past couple seasons, Montpelier Motor Speedway and Plymouth Speedway, serve up an enticing dose of USAC Sprint Car action on April 21 and May 5, respectively.

The famed half-mile Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio will host three USAC Sprint Car appearances in 2018 with two consecutive nights at #LetsRaceTwo with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars on May 11-12 and the 37th "4-Crown Nationals" on September 22.

Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois returns to the USAC Sprint Car fold for the first time since 2006 on May 18. Just across the Mississippi River one night later on May 19, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri is back as a first-time USAC venue after last year's wash out.

The series ventures to the Cornhusker state on June 8 for its second stop in as many years at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska on June 8 before heading to the legendary Knoxville Raceway in Iowa on June 9. Making its return for the first time in 12 years is Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri on October 5, which kicks off a double-header weekend in the Heartland that concludes with a trip to the half-mile Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on October 6.

As the frigid temps converge on much of the country in the month of November, the series migrates west for warmer climes as well as two of the most-renowned races in the country: the 51st "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway on November 2-3 and the 23rd annual "Oval Nationals" on November 8-9-10 at Perris Auto Speedway in southern California.

2018 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Feb 15: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 17: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Mar 31: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Apr 21: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Apr 27: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Apr 28: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
May 5: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
May 11: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 12: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 18: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
May 19: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
May 23: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jun 8: I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE)
Jun 9: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Jun 14: (E) Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Jun 15: (E) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jun 16: (E) Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Jun 17: (E) BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Jun 18: (E) Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)
Jun 19: (E) Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)
Jul 6: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 20: (i) 31st Indiana Sprint Week Opener
Jul 21: (i) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jul 22: (i) Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jul 25: (i) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jul 26: (i) Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 27: (i) Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jul 28: (i) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Aug 22: (SE) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 23: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sep 14: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Sep 15: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Sep 22: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Sep 29: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Oct 5: Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO)
Oct 6: Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Oct 12: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Nov 2: (C) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 3: (C) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 8: (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov 9: (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov 10: (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
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(M) represents an event co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.
(E) represents an Eastern Storm event.
(i) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event.
(SE) represents a non-points special event.
(C) represents an event with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.

 

 

KNEPPER 55 MIDGET FIELD NEARS 40;
WEASE, BEAUCHAMP & PECK ENTER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........A "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner, an Indiana Sprint Week feature winner and an All Star Circuit of Champions feature winner are among the latest of 38 entries, thus far, for the Saturday, December 16th "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget special event at the Southern Illinois Center.

Billy Wease, the 2006 "Turkey Night" winner, finished 9th at Du Quoin in March's "Shamrock Classic." The Noblesville, Ind. driver has entered for the indoor dirt race in Amanda Wease's No. 12w. Brent Beauchamp has filed his entry to pilot his own No. 11 at the "Knepper 55." Beauchamp was a 5th place finisher at Du Quoin in March and has been strong on the tough, local Indiana bullring scene in a sprint car where he is a two-time Lincoln Park Speedway champion (2012 & 2017) and captured an Indiana Sprint Week feature win at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway in 2016. Justin Peck of Monrovia, Indiana is set to wheel Kenny and Reva Irwin's No. 7K in Du Quoin. Back in June, Peck topped the competition in an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions feature at Macon (Ill.) Speedway.

As entries continue to pour in daily, the field already features a talented field of champions and race winners across the board including 2016 ARCA champ and 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe of Mitchell, Indiana, two-time Indiana Midget Week champ and four-time Kokomo Speedway titlist Shane Cottle of Kokomo, Indiana.

Third-place "Knepper 55" finisher Chris Andrews of Oklahoma is entered along with Tony Bruce, Jr. (6th), Nick Drake (14th) and Daniel Adler (20th). Jim Neuman has entered three cars for Jake Neuman, late model standout Brian Shirley and Austin Blair.
Philo, Illinois driver Kyle Schuett, the 2015 "Indy Invitational" victor, aims to repeat his indoor racing success from a few years back while Chris Ursih, of Elkhart, Illinois, has already tamed the "Magic Mile" at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in a USAC Silver Crown car back in 2013, but hopes to bring the magic indoors in his Tom Casson-owned No. 77u.

The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 16th "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-knepper-car-entry, use the coupon code "KNEPPER" to enter your car for the race at no charge. The offer expires Sunday, December 10th, 2017. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Monday, December 11th.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual "Junior Knepper 55" at http://www.usactickets.com/. The race will serve as the final event of the 2017 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $18 in advance compared to the $20 price at the gate on race day.

Furthermore, on http://www.usactickets.com/, you may order your "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

The event carries no points toward the USAC National Midget season championship, but has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win on the series calendar, annually boasting a large car count and a star-studded field to boot.

In the inaugural running in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. electrified the crowd in the 55-lap feature, coming from the back of the pack to score the victory in the final laps. In 2016, Tyler Courtney earned his first career USAC-sanctioned Midget feature victory in his first start for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team.

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups.

The event will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can also catch on-demand coverage of the event a day after the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

38 CARS ENTERED AS OF DECEMBER 4, 2017:
CAR # / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
0 KEVIN WOODY, JR./Victor, NY (Buckwalter Motorsports)
0B MIKE McSPARIN/Stonefort, IL (Mike McSparin)
1cc CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN/Spencer, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier/Shane Hmiel)
1T TONY RONEY/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
3 ALEX WATSON/Columbus, OH (3W Racing)
3B AUSTIN BLAIR/St. Louis, MO (Jim Neuman)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s BRIAN SHIRLEY/Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5c COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Rick Cottle)
5x DANNY FRYE/St. Charles, MO (Danny Frye Motorsports)
6D DON DAWSON II/Indianola, IA (Don Dawson II)
7JR J.D. BLACK/Grain Valley, MO (J.D. Black)
7K JUSTIN PECK/Monrovia, IN (Kenny & Reva Irwin)
9JR DEREK HAGAR/Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
9K KYLE SCHUETT/Philo, IL (Schuett Racing)
11 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Brent Beauchamp)
12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14R JODY ROSENBOOM/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
15m SHANE MORGAN/Morton, IL (Morgan Motorsports)
15s JIM PICARDI/Mapleton, IL (Morgan Motorsports)
18 TONY BRUCE, JR./Liberal, KS (Tony Bruce, Jr.)
23LL LEE LENGEL/Wellsville, KS (Lee Lengel)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
32 TREY MARCHAM/Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham)
D33 JACOB PATTON/Bethalto, IL (Jeff & Jill Davis)
35 TYLER ROBBINS/Bethalto, IL (Tyler Robbins)
50 DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO (Adler Motorsports)
55D NICK DRAKE/Sherrills Ford, NC (Troy Cline)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Race Team)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
66 TBA (Amati Racing)
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
91 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, KS (Harris Racing)
95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)

 

 

SWANSON & DePALMA RETURN TO THE TOP WITH 2017 USAC SILVER CROWN TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

When one sits and begins to dig into the numbers that Kody Swanson has put up during his four-year tenure with DePalma Motorsports' USAC Silver Crown program, the figures jump off the page.

Of course, 2017's series title was his third driver championship, which equaled him with fellow Californians Bud Kaeding and Jimmy Sills as the only drivers to earn three series titles.

His 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th victories moved him past some tall cotton on the way to second-place on the series' all-time win list at the conclusion of the 2017 season: J.J. Yeley, then Dave Steele and, finally, Brian Tyler.

Thirteen drivers have won on both the pavement and dirt in a Silver Crown car during a single season. One driver has done it twice (Yeley in 1998 & 2003). But, get this. Swanson has accomplished this feat in three-straight seasons!

Prior to 2014, only Rickey Hood (1985), Jack Hewitt (1986), Yeley (2003) and Steele (2005) had won four Silver Crown races in a single season, but never more than once. Since that point, Swanson has won at least that many in three of the last four seasons. During the season, he led all drivers in every major statistical category with 241 laps led, 9 top-fives, 10 top-tens in 10 starts and 5 ProSource Fast Qualifying times.

Of all the accolades, numbers, statistics, facts and figures you can conjure up, the most rewarding number to the humble and appreciative Swanson is four. The four represents the number of car owner titles the DePalma family has earned in Swanson's four years at the helm of the Radio Hospital-sponsored No. 63.

"I might be more proud and excited to be a part of that record than I am anything else," Swanson said regarding the team that tied East/Stewart Racing's four title run from 2002-05. "I've always taken my role as a driver to help my team succeed. To have been part of an incredible last four seasons and accomplish what we have together is very special to me."

It was the latest into the season Swanson had gone without a victory since 2014. Okay, so it was the third race when he reached victory lane for the first time in 2017. But there was no inkling of a hitch in his giddy-up as he took control of the points by race two and never lost grip with victories following at Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway, Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway, Salem (Ind.) Speedway and at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.

Throughout Silver Crown's history, many drivers and teams seem to have spurts of excellence in which they are the dominant force within the series for multiple years before another team, another driver, claims the throne.

Drivers capturing back-to-back titles and never returning to the top of the standings include Hewitt (1986-87), Yeley (2002-03), Steele (04-05), Levi Jones (2010-11) and Bobby East (2012-13). Previously, only Bud Kaeding was able to garner three in a four-year span from 2006-09 while Sills took three of seven between 1990-96.

After Chris Windom rose to the top in 2016 with a narrow defeat of Swanson by a five-point margin, Swanson and the DePalmas easily could've packed it in and settled for the success they had already attained, but that didn't interest this group who marched on with the same approach and the same laser-sharp focus that was ingrained in their approach to every challenge they encountered.

"It was tough on all of us to miss it in 2016, but maybe even more because it was so close," Swanson admits. "This year, I don't think we really refocused on any changes. For the most part, I think our approach was the same. This team does a great job on preparing for each race as it comes, and I think that helps us to do the best we can at every race on the schedule."

With a remarkable 16 wins in four seasons, that would be enough to rewrite most of the pages in Silver Crown's record book. Yet, Swanson and the DePalmas have gone a step further by merely writing their own book, doing it their own way that has seen them rise to incredible heights with much more lying ahead on the horizon.

"It has been an incredible journey to this point," Swanson realizes. "When you think about just what has taken place with our team these past few years, it has been almost hard to believe. There are times when the magnitude of it all sinks in, but I really try not to think about it too much. I'm definitely grateful to have made it this far, but I'm planning to keep working hard at it and see what the future holds."

The USAC Silver Crown, along with all of USAC's National Series schedules, will be released Thursday morning, December 7.

 

 

AUSTIN NEMIRE RETURNS FULL-TIME TO USAC SILVER CROWN IN 2018

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

A new season, new equipment and a new plan has 18-year-old Austin Nemire back on track for 2018 where he will compete full-time on the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series trail.

Nemire/Lesko Racing has upgraded their equipment on both the dirt and pavement surfaces. On the dirt, they have acquired the equipment that Mal Lane campaigned for driver Mark Smith in 2017. For the pavement, the team has purchased the equipment formerly piloted by Tracy Hines for Lightfoot Racing and, most recently, by Rex Norris III.

Though just a teenager, Sylvania, Ohio's Nemire already has three years of Silver Crown experience under his belt. Yet, after 20 starts and two consecutive 8th place point finishes in his first two seasons in 2015 and 2016, last year's campaign was much more of an abbreviated tone.

In five starts, all on dirt, for Bob Lesko's outfit, Nemire ran a best of 7th after starting 15th in the "Horn/Schindler Memorial" at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway. The 2014 USAC Midwest Dirt and Pavement HPD Midget champion raced to his, thus far, career-best finish of 3rd in his sophomore season at Gateway Motorsports Park (Madison, Illinois) in 2016.

This year, however, Nemire has his rides aligned and his ducks in a row as he aims to make the next big jump in his young career. Transitioning from an HPD Midget to a Silver Crown car is a big leap, but Nemire has demonstrated a steadying rise as he adapts to the feel of a "big car" for 100-miles on two vastly different surfaces, which is a step that many young drivers must learn through experience.

"Learning how to survive the long races was definitely a struggle for a while," Nemire admits. "It seemed like when we got that figured out, the results improved even though it was nowhere near where I wanted them to be. I think that racing dirt for the first time in a USAC HPD Midget in 2013 to qualifying in the top-10 at the Indy Mile in 2016 proved there was at least some adaption in those short years."

Nemire doesn't intend to simply ride around all season. Each year, his goals are focused on reaching the pinnacle, this year being no exception.

"I set the bar high each and every year," Nemire stated. "My first year, I wanted to win Rookie of the Year honors, but came up just short to C.J. Leary. This year, I want to win the championship and I will give it my all each and every race to try and make that happen."

The USAC Silver Crown, along with all of USAC's National Series schedules, will be released Thursday morning, December 7.

 

 

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA DEBUTS IN 2018

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

USAC Sprint Car racing is coming to the Sooner State in 2018 as the newly-formed Wingless Sprints Oklahoma (WSO) makes its on-track debut.

A number of dirt track venues have already signed on to host the series in the upcoming season, including Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, Okla.), Oklahoma Sports Park (Ada, Okla.), Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Okla.) and Enid (Okla.) Speedway.

Wingless Sprint Car racing has been a fixture in Oklahoma for the past handful of years under the WOW Wingless Fast5Fridays banner, but this year, USAC WSO is expanding the rulebook to an economy engine rule that allows racers to utilize existing engines being raced in sprint cars and sport modifieds throughout the region, including current WOW/WLS engines with two or four-barrel carburetor options, current two-barrel champ sprint legal engines and sealed 305 c.i. engines. In addition, a Hoosier tire point fund will reward USAC WSO drivers throughout the season.

"We are extremely excited to join USAC and its great tradition for the 2018 season," WSO Director of Competition Kevin Barksdale said. "We feel this series will allow 90% of the sprint cars in Oklahoma to race wingless and provide an avenue for not only up-and-coming micro sprint drivers, but also seasoned racers who want to go wingless sprint car racing."

USAC Sprint Car history in the state of Oklahoma is fairly brief. Just seven National events have been held there since 1966 with races won by the likes of Larry Dickson, Roger McCluskey, Ralph Liguori, Greg Weld, Mike Sweeney, Rickey Hood and, most recently, Jay Drake in 2004. Over the past few seasons, the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series has made Oklahoma a regular stop on its "Freedom Tour" with nine appearances since 2013.

Barksdale and Michelle Walden, public relations for WSO, have worked tirelessly to make the series a reality and to make inroads with wingless sprint car racing into a region rich in racing heritage.

"With the growing popularity of wingless racing throughout the U.S., we felt the timing was perfect to join USAC on this venture," Barksdale said. "We believe this series will be popular among competitors and fans as wingless racing's reach expands to the south."

A full USAC WSO racing schedule will be announced at a later date. For more information on the series and the series' rulebook, search USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma for all the details.

 

 

SWANSON, WINDOM, BAYSTON CELEBRATE USAC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN INDIANAPOLIS FRIDAY; WESTERN CHAMPS CELEBRATE JANUARY 27 IN LAS VEGAS

USAC's 62nd "Night of Champions" National Awards Dinner is scheduled for Friday night, December 8, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Champions of USAC's 2017 racing series will be honored during the gala evening. Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, CA earned his third USAC Silver Crown Championship while Chris Windom of Canton, IL captured the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. The National Midget Championship went to Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, IN. The affair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), which will be held December 7-9 at the Indiana Convention Center, located just one block south of the banquet facility. Numerous other performance awards are also part of the ceremonies as well as special recognition awards. USAC's .25 Midget National Champions will also be featured at the banquet, during a special awards ceremony held prior to the National Awards Dinner, beginning at 3 pm. The .25 champions will also be headlined during the "Night of Champions" celebration later in the evening. USAC broadcasters Pal Sullivan and Butch Lamb will again serve as this year's emcees with assistance from USAC broadcaster Dillon Welch. The Indiana Roof Ballroom is located at 140 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. USAC's Western racing champions will celebrate their 2017 accomplishments on January 27, 2018 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Addition information regarding that affair will be released soon.

 

 

BRISCOE & COTTLE HEADLINE
EARLY "KNEPPER 55" USAC MIDGET ENTRIES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Racing champions Chase Briscoe and Shane Cottle are among the 30, thus far, early entries for the Saturday, December 16th "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget special event at the Southern Illinois Center.

Briscoe, of Mitchell, Indiana, is the 2016 ARCA champ and recently wrapped up NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year honors and his first series win in the finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November. Briscoe is certainly no rookie when it comes to open wheel dirt track racing where he cut his teeth before moving into the NASCAR ranks. Briscoe made his midget racing debut at the "Knepper 55" one year ago, finishing 17th. Briscoe will compete in his own No. 5 in his second "Knepper 55" appearance.

Two-time Indiana Midget Week champ and four-time Kokomo Speedway titlist Shane Cottle has entered the event for a team fielded by Daryl Saucier and Shane Hmiel. It was with Saucier for whom Cottle won his two most recent USAC Midget features, back in 2007 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and in 2010 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway. In March of 2016 at the Southern Illinois Center, Cottle, of Kokomo, Ind., led 28 laps and finished second at the "Shamrock Classic" drivng for Hmiel.

Third-place "Knepper 55" finisher Chris Andrews of Oklahoma is entered along with Tony Bruce, Jr. (6th), Nick Drake (14th) and Daniel Adler (20th). Jim Neuman has entered three cars for Jake Neuman, late model standout Brian Shirley and Austin Blair.
Philo, Illinois driver Kyle Schuett, the 2015 "Indy Invitational" victor, aims to repeat his indoor racing success from a few years back while Chris Ursih, of Elkhart, Illinois, has already tamed the "Magic Mile" at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in a USAC Silver Crown car back in 2013, but hopes to bring the magic indoors in his Tom Casson-owned No. 77u.

The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 16th "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-knepper-car-entry/, use the coupon code "KNEPPER" to enter your car for the race at no charge. The offer expires Sunday, December 10th, 2017. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Monday, December 11th.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual "Junior Knepper 55" at http://www.usactickets.com/. The race will serve as the final event of the 2017 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $18 in advance compared to the $20 price at the gate on race day.

Furthermore, on http://www.usactickets.com/, you may order your "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

The event carries no points toward the USAC National Midget season championship, but has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win on the series calendar, annually boasting a large car count and a star-studded field to boot.

In the inaugural running in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. electrified the crowd in the 55-lap feature, coming from the back of the pack to score the victory in the final laps. In 2016, Tyler Courtney earned his first career USAC-sanctioned Midget feature victory in his first start for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team.

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups.

The event will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can also catch on-demand coverage of the event a day after the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.


30 CARS ENTERED AS OF DECEMBER 4, 2017:
CAR # / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
0 KEVIN WOODY, JR./Victor, NY (Buckwalter Motorsports)
0B MIKE McSPARIN/Stonefort, IL (Mike McSparin)
1cc CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN/Spencer, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier/Shane Hmiel)
1T TONY RONEY/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
3 ALEX WATSON/Columbus, OH (3W Racing)
3B AUSTIN BLAIR/St. Louis, MO (Jim Neuman)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s BRIAN SHIRLEY/Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5x DANNY FRYE/St. Charles, MO (Danny Frye Motorsports)
6D DON DAWSON II/Indianola, IA (Don Dawson II)
7JR J.D. BLACK/Grain Valley, MO (J.D. Black)
9JR DEREK HAGAR/Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
9K KYLE SCHUETT/Philo, IL (Schuett Racing)
14R JODY ROSENBOOM/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
15m SHANE MORGAN/Morton, IL (Morgan Motorsports)
15s JIM PICARDI/Mapleton, IL (Morgan Motorsports)
18 TONY BRUCE, JR./Liberal, KS (Tony Bruce, Jr.)
23LL LEE LENGEL/Wellsville, KS (Lee Lengel)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
D33 JACOB PATTON/Bethalto, IL (Jeff & Jill Davis)
35 TYLER ROBBINS/Bethalto, IL (Tyler Robbins)
50 DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO (Adler Motorsports)
55D NICK DRAKE/Sherrills Ford, NC (Troy Cline)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
66 TBA (Amati Racing)
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
91 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, KS (Harris Racing)
95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)

 

 

PROSOURCE FAST TIME CHALLENGE IS ALL GRANT'S

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

On eight occasions in 2017, Justin Grant was atop the board in time trials, leading all USAC National drivers in that category to capture the season's ProSource Fast Time Award Challenge.

Grant, of Ione, California, was the only USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver during the season to record ProSource Fast Qualifying time and win the feature in the same night, which he did in the season-opening "Winter Dirt Games" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Along the way, Grant was quick time on six other occasions in a sprint car at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, Lincoln (PA) Speedway, Port Royal (PA) Speedway, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway, Missouri's Randolph County Raceway and Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. Additionally, Grant was the fastest qualifier at the USAC Midget "Kokomo Grand Prix" in April.

Grant has picked up several honors this season, including being just one of two drivers to win in all three USAC national divisions in 2017. Furthermore, he topped all USAC drivers by accumulating the most combined national points between all three series to win the Mike Curb Super License.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. was Grant's closest challenger with six while 2016 ProSource Challenge winner Brady Bacon was involved in a three-way tie for third with Chase Stockon and Kody Swanson who each scored five apiece.

Please join Justin and the rest of USAC's 2017 champions at the Indiana Roof Ballroom as the United States Auto Club celebrates its best at the 62nd Annual USAC Night of Champions at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indy on Friday night, December 8, 2017.

Each of USAC's champions and special award winners will be honored in the ceremony that will take place on PRI weekend at the beautiful facility located atop the Indiana Repertory Theater at 140 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Cocktails are set to begin at 6pm with dinner and the awards ceremony scheduled to begin at 6:30pm.

Tickets are $65 each and must be reserved by Friday, December 1st. To reserve your seat, please contact Nikki Klepper at nikki@usacracing.com or by phone at (317) 247-5151 Ext. 103.

PROSOURCE FAST TIME AWARD CHALLENGE STANDINGS

1. (8) Justin Grant

2. (6) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

3. (5) Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon & Kody Swanson

6. (4) Dave Darland

7. (3) Kyle Larson & Tanner Thorson

9. (2) Spencer Bayston, Chad Boat, Jerry Coons, Jr., Damion Gardner, Shane Golobic & Carson Short

15. (1) Jarett Andretti, Robert Ballou, Tanner Carrick, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, C.J. Leary, Michael Pickens, Bobby Santos, Stevie Sussex, Tanner Swanson, Tyler Thomas & Chris Windom

 

 

BELL OUTDUELS LARSON IN "TURKEY NIGHT" THRILLER AT VENTURA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........Thanksgiving is the day each year when we take a little extra time to realize how fortunate we are.

For those in attendance at Thursday's "Turkey Night Grand Prix," the realization quickly came to how thankful we are to have witnessed Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson duking it out against each other for 98 laps in USAC Midgets at Ventura Raceway.

The three official lead changes listed in the box score aren't indicative of the back-and-forth battle these two titans waged with sliders being exchanged like currency on both ends of the racetrack.

On the 54th lap, Bell ultimately made the winning pass on Larson with a daring outside move on the front straightaway, but would have to endure the relentless persistence of Larson all the way down to turn one of the final lap when he stifled Larson's slider before it even had time to develop.

Bell, of Norman, Oklahoma, joined the ranks of two-time "Turkey Night" winners just six days after wrapping up his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title at Homestead (Fla.) Speedway. Though he and Larson have reached success in the NASCAR ranks in recent years, their home lies in the dirt tracks, just like old times when they were regulars on the USAC trail.

"Oh my god, it's so much fun," Bell exclaimed. "I just told Kyle that if he would've beat me, I would've been, maybe not just as happy, but still happy because it was just that much fun. That race was one of the most fun races I've run in a long time."

Straight from the outset, polesitter Larson had the upper hand as inside second row starter Bell followed in his wake on the bottom.

As Larson ringed around the berm lining the bottom of the racing surface, Bell became the first in line to venture to the top on the 12thlap, using a big bite off turn four to pull to a dead-heat at the line alongside Larson before nudging into the lead by a sliver into the first turn.

Bell never wavered in his decision to go top-shelf and it would pay off one lap later when he slipped by Larson off turn four to secure the lead.

"I could tell that the top was going to be good," Bell theorized. "Watching the sprint car feature, we saw that it got pretty good. They tilled the bottom and I could tell it was going to be really good at the beginning. Once it started going away, I tried the top and it was right there."

On lap 40, Brayton Lynch got sideways in a shuffle for position at the exit of turn four. Facing oncoming traffic, Chad Boat met front-bumper to front-bumper with Lynch, melding the noses of each car together as Boat attempted to peel away to no avail. Courtney Crone and newly-crowned five-time USAC Light Up the World Beverages Western States Midget champ Ronnie Gardner were also involved, but would restart.

When racing resumed on lap 52, Larson went to the bottom and slid his teammate Bell to snare the lead. One lap later, Bell returned the favor and slithered by Larson with just inches to spare as he tunneled between Larson's right-side wheels and the front straightaway wall. Larson attacked again into turn one with a slider, but the motion was denied, and Bell cleared away the Tryptophan after the wake-up call and sprinted back into the lead. "Oh my god, it's so much fun. I just told Kyle (Larson) that if he would've beat me, I would've been, maybe not just as happy, but still happy because it was just that much fun. That race was one of the most fun races I've run in a long time."

Following a lap 57 tangle between the two most recent USAC National Midget feature winners - Brady Bacon and series champion Spencer Bayston - Larson harassed Bell, putting it all on the line in the prestigious race in an attempt to become just the third driver to win the event three times. On lap 66, Larson got on the bike, lifting the left side wheels as he ripped the edge of the turn three cushion in his tireless pursuit.

With three-quarters of the race in the rearview mirror, it was time to turn up the wick. The bottom became just a distant memory as the two were now inside the barrel, riding the wave in turns three and four above the cushion. On lap 80, Larson slid Bell into turn one momentarily. Bell retaliated by crossing underneath Larson off the second turn to recapture the point. In turn three, the second verse played out the same as the first as Larson slid to the lead and Bell, so Allen Iverson-esque, used a killer crossover to bolt back to the front.

"The majority of drivers understand you have to be good at the end of the race to win the race," Bell said. "At the beginning, you're just cruising and making sure you make It to the end of the race. That's the biggest thing. Kyle and I were both rolling around there about quarter-throttle at the beginning, trying to save our tires and kill some laps. It worked out and we were racing our butts off at the end."

Larson, the five-time NASCAR Monster Energy Cup winner, set up another Hail Mary that was denied as Bell wheelied away off the top of turn two to remain in front. Tyler Courtney, the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Car feature winner earlier in the night, slowed to a stop in turn one to bring out the yellow and provide a breather for both the drivers and fans alike.

On the ensuing restart, Bell jetted away from Larson and, with ten to go, held a lead of over one second with a full nest of lappers resting in the distance. Just prior to lapped traffic possibly becoming a factor with a mere four laps to go, Holly Shelton and Bacon performed a synchronized spin between turns one and two that brought out the final yellow and one more stanza that Bell had to deal with Larson.

"The track was so technical," Bell explained. "It was all about hitting your marks and minimizing mistakes because you weren't going to make a mistake-free lap tonight. You just had to make sure when you made a mistake that you could recover from it. Once I got going on those green flag runs, I could get my momentum built up and make good, competitive laps. But after the yellow flags, it was tough to pick your rhythm back up. I knew I was a sitting duck their leading on the restarts. On the final one, Kyle got one last bomb on me and I was able to get him back."

Larson's first lob of a bomb was a success in turn one on the lap 95 restart as he scraped across the surface to snag the race lead from Bell. Bell counter-punched and ripped away the lead back away from Larson with a slider into turn three. Entering turn one with two laps remaining, wheels banged and nerf bars clanged as Larson shot to the lead past Bell once again.

As a uncertain as a game of tug-of-war teetering on a see-saw, Bell launched like a missile on a hellbound train to slide across the nose of Larson and into the lead between turns three and four to capture the lead for good. Larson threw a haymaker entering turn three coming to the white flag, pulling side-by-side with Bell at the exit of four where it momentarily became three-wide with Shane Golobic arriving seemingly out of the clear blue sky to mount a challenge for the lead.

Larson tried once more on the final lap, but Bell savagely, and wisely, took a lower entrance into turn one, thus preventing a final pull of the pin from Larson. Bell carried on with a 0.193 second lead across the finish line as Larson blasted off the top of the final corner to nip Golobic by a wheel at the line for the runner-up spot. Past "Turkey Night" winner Tanner Thorson was fourth and Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" Zeb Wise was fifth in his second-career USAC National Midget start.

Bell was 4 for 7 in USAC National Midget feature appearances in 2017 for a .571 batting average. His 21st career series victory tied him with Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton and Ken Schrader for 27th all-time.

The fourth-straight "Turkey Night" win for the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team began with Bell's victory in 2014. Firsts are always special in any circumstance, but this one has even more meaning for the 22-year-old, 2013 USAC National Midget titlist.

"I definitely had to work harder for this one. This one was even more fun and more special."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Ventura Raceway were Kyle Larson (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Qualifier Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Chad Boat (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Qualifier Winner), Zeb Wise (Chalk Stix/Keizer Aluminum Wheels/Saldana Racing Products/Indy Race Parts Last Chance Winner) and Ryan Robinson (KSE Racing Products/Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger).

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USAC NATIONAL & LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 23, 2017 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 77th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: (Top-12 locked into the Feature) 1. Kyle Larson, 1, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.888; 2. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-11.909; 3. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.933; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-12.060; 5. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.081; 6. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-12.119; 7. Logan Seavey, 4A, RAMS-12.200; 8. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.210; 9. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.238; 10. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.249; 11. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.266; 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-12.269; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.274; 14. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.276; 15. Brad Sweet, 63x, Dooling/Hayward-12.282; 16. Michael Pickens, 25x, Rodela-12.290; 17. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.326; 18. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.342; 19. Zeb Wise, 39, Clauson/Marshall-12.391; 20. Chase Briscoe, 5, Briscoe-12.393; 21. Carson Macedo, 73x, Ford-12.460; 22. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.471; 23. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.490; 24. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.505; 25. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-12.512; 26. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.520; 27. Tyler Nelson, 47, Mason-12.535; 28. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-12.593; 29. Danny Stratton, 98, Blondel-12.605; 30. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.608; 31. Cody Swanson, 17, Swanson-12.680; 32. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.696; 33. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.702; 34. Dave Darland, 73T, Ford-12.729; 35. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.745; 36. Colton Heath, 99, Heath-12.802; 37. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.820; 38. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.847; 39. Daniel Robinson, 56, Fifty6x-12.872; 40. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols-12.878; 41. Carson Garrett, 15G, Garrett-12.882; 42. Tyler Edwards, 2JD, Shenanigans/Neverlift-12.894; 43. Mack DeMan, 9E, Dodenhoff-12.924; 44. Jake Vermeer, 87JR, Vermeer-12.938; 45. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-12.972; 46. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.020; 47. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.113; 48. Bryan Drollinger, 71x, Drollinger-13.385; 49. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-15.658; 50. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature, 5-12 transfer to Last Chance Race) 1. Thomas, 2. Wise, 3. Macedo, 4. Sweet, 5. Shelton, 6. C. Swanson, 7. Stratton, 8. Courtney, 9. Ruston, 10. Dalby, 11. Carrick, 12. Nelson, 13. D. Robinson, 14. Smith, 15. DeMan, 16. Garrett, 17. Hazelton, 18. Guerrini. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the Feature, 5-12 transfer to Last Chance) 1. Boat, 2. Pickens, 3. Crone, 4. Elliott, 5. Gardner, 6. Briscoe, 7. Cofer, 8. D. Golobic, 9. R. Robinson, 10. Edwards, 11. Pankratz, 12. Heath, 13. Nichols, 14. Prickett, 15. Darland, 16. Beilman, 17. Vermeer, 18. Drollinger. NT

CHALK STIX/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/INDY RACE PARTS LAST CHANCE RACE: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Shelton, 2. Gardner, 3. Courtney, 4. Briscoe, 5. R. Robinson, 6. Edwards, 7. Heath, 8. Ruston, 9. Dalby, 10. Carrick, 11. Cofer, 12. Pankratz, 13. Stratton, 14. Nelson, 15. D. Golobic, 16. C. Swanson. NT

FEATURE: (98 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Christopher Bell (3), 2. Kyle Larson (1), 3. Shane Golobic (4), 4. Tanner Thorson (9), 5. Zeb Wise (15), 6. Carson Macedo (17), 7. Justin Grant (5), 8. Ryan Robinson (25), 9. Brad Sweet (19), 10. Michael Faccinto (10), 11. Tanner Carrick (27), 12. Brady Bacon (11), 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (13), 14. Holly Shelton (21), 15. Logan Seavey (7), 16. Spencer Bayston (8), 17. David Prickett (29), 18. Ronnie Gardner (22), 19. Jake Swanson (2), 20. Courtney Crone (18), 21. Chase Briscoe (24), 22. Tyler Courtney (23), 23. Chad Boat (14), 24. Brayton Lynch (6), 25. Tucker Klaasmeyer (12), 26. Tyler Edwards (26), 27. Cory Elliott (20), 28. Frankie Guerrini (28), 29. Michael Pickens (16). NT ---------------------------- **C. Swanson flipped during the Last Chance Race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Larson, Laps 13-52 Bell, Lap 53 Larson, Lap 54-98 Bell.

DON BASILE ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Zeb Wise

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Ryan Robinson (25th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

FINAL USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-1472, 2-S. Golobic-1416, 3-Bacon-1413, 4-Thorson-1392, 5-Grant-1316, 6-Courtney-1290, 7-Boat-1154, 8-Shelton-1055, 9-Carrick-995, 10-Jerry Coons, Jr.-849.

FINAL USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-810, 2-Guerrini-693, 3-Prickett-665, 4-Elliott-632, 5-Dalby-580, 6-Crone-562, 7-Faccinto-547. 8-Pankratz-427, 9-Shannon McQueen-424, 10-S. Golobic-416.

 

 

SUNSHINE FRIES BACON IN VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT SHOWDOWN

Ventura, California.........Tyler Courtney worked his way around previous night's winner Brady Bacon with 11 laps remaining to score Thursday's 77th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" USAC West Coast Sprint Car "Special Event" victory at Ventura Raceway co-sanctioned by VRA.

Courtney has now notched wins in five different USAC divisions in 2017 with triumphs in the Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint, National Midget, CRA Sprint and West Coast Sprint divisions.

Behind Courtney at the checkered of the 30-lap feature were Bacon, who led 16 laps before Courtney got by. Chase Briscoe was third ahead of early leader Klint Simpson with Brody Roa rounding out the top-five.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS: November 23, 2017 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway - "77th Turkey Night Grand Prix" / "Battle of the Beach Race #4" - co-sanctioned with VRA

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Carson Macedo (#73 Ford), 2. Jake Swanson (#92 Sertich), 3. Shawn Arriaga (#56J Arriaga), 4. Matt Mitchell (#12 Dale), 5. Brandon Wiley (#33B Team 33), 6. Dave Darland #21K Kruseman), 7. Koen Shaw (#88K Shaw), 8. Albert Pombo (#35 Pombo), 9. Guy Woodward (#24 Woodward) 10. Tyler Wiliams (#5K Kruseman), 11. Austin Ervine (#51 AJ), 12. Dalton Hill (#81D Double D). NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Chase Johnson (#24X Johnson) , 2. Michael Pickens (#81 Watt), 3. Justyn Cox (#31X Cox), 4. Slater Helt (#14 Watt), 5. Kaleb Montgomery (#3K Montgomery), 6. Jeremy Ellertson (#98 Ellertson), 7. Stewart Friesen (#81X Watt), 8. Brent Owens (#71 Martin), 9. Tom Hendricks (#14X Hendricks), 10. Reed Broschart (#93 B&B), 11. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 12. Sterling Cling (#2K Kruseman), 13. Charlie Butcher (#96 B&B). NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS THIRD SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Brody Roa (#91BR), 2. Max Adams (#5M Adams), 3. Cory Elliott (#11E Elliott), 4. Tanner Carrick (#83T Carrick), 5. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix), 6. Bruce Douglass (#13 Davis), 7. Steve Hix (#57 Hix), 8. Damian Lopez (#4K Kruseman), 9. Cody Majors (#29 Steele), 10. Geoffrey Strole (#09S Strole), 11. Geoff Ensign (#3F), 12. Kyle Smith (#55 Smith), 13. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (#81m Watt), 2. Brady Bacon (#63 Dooling/Hayward), 3. Chase Briscoe (#5 Briscoe), 4. Klint Simpson (#101 Edison), 5. Brody Roa, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Colby Copeland (#24c Copeland), 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Michael Pickens, 10. Stevie Sussex (#34 Grau), 11. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 12. Max Adams, 13. Shawn Arriaga, 14. Cory Elliott, 15. Matt Mitchell, 16. Chase Johnson, 17. Tanner Carrick, 18. Slater Helt, 19. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 20. Justyn Cox. NT ----------------------- **Rutherford flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Simpson, Laps 4-19 Bacon, Laps 20-30 Courtney.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (11th to 5th)

 

 

GOLOBIC FASTEST IN TURKEY NIGHT PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........Shane Golobic led a field of 52 drivers by recording the fastest lap in Wednesday's open practice for the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway.

Four different teams represented the top-four in practice, which all came in the second of the four sessions held with Fremont, California's Golobic taking the top time for Clauson-Marshall/Wood Racing. The second through fourth positions were held by Brady Bacon (FMR Racing), Spencer Bayston (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports) and Brad Sweet (Dooling/Hayward Motorsports).

The fastest past winner of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" was 2015 winner Tanner Thorson (5th). Christopher Bell, the 2014 winner, was 10th. Kyle Larson, 2012 and 2016 winner, was 13th. Dave Darland, 2007 and 2013 winner, was 33rd.

The fastest Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" contender was Zeb Wise, who timed in sixth quickest for Clauson/Marshall Racing.

Only one incident with contact took place during practice when Kyle Beilman spun sideways in turn two. Tucker Klaasmeyer clipped Beilman's car with his right rear tire, sending him flipping over. He was uninjured and returned to practice where he timed in 18th fastest.

On Thursday, Nov. 23, the event card includes a full program for the midgets, concluding with a 98-lap feature, plus USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Car semi-features and A-Main. Pits open at 11am with the drivers meeting taking place at 2:45pm. Cars hit the track at 3:30pm.

"Turkey Night" is LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ on Thursday. As always, you can watch every USAC race on demand, a day following the event, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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USAC NATIONAL & LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRACTICE RESULTS: November 22, 2017 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 77th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

1. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-12.038; 2. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.059; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.088; 4. Brad Sweet, 63, Dooling/Hayward-12.095; 5. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.103; 6. Zeb Wise, 39, Clauson/Marshall-12.120; 7. Michael Pickens, 25x, Rodela-12.121; 8. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.157; 9. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.167; 10. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.169; 11. Logan Seavey, 4A, RAMS-12.189; 12. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.205; 13. Kyle Larson, 1, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.225; 14. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.260; 15. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.406; 16. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-12.411; 17. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.425; 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-12.445; 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.446; 20. Chase Briscoe, 5, Briscoe-12.449; 21. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-12.452; 22. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.462; 23. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.484; 24. Carson Macedo, 73x, Ford-12.529; 25. Danny Stratton, 98, Blondel-12.536; 26. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.543; 27. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.613; 28. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.629; 29. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols-12.641; 30. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.702; 31. Daniel Robinson, 56, Fifty6x-12.740; 32. Tyler Nelson, 47, Mason-12.743; 33. Dave Darland, 73T, Ford-12.745; 34. Cody Swanson, 17, Swanson-12.768; 35. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-12.780; 36. Tyler Edwards, 2JD, Shenanigans/Neverlift-12.813; 37. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-12.814; 38. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.877; 39. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.882; 40. Colton Heath, 99, Heath-12.916; 41. Carson Garrett, 15G, Garrett-12.932; 42. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.941; 43. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman- 13.039; 44. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.052; 45. Bryan Drollinger, 71x, Drollinger-13.072; 46. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.117; 47. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.129; 48. Mark Chisholm, 56x, Fifty6x-13.181; 49. Max Adams, 68, Six8-13.209; 50. Mack DeMan, 9E, Dodenhoff-13.228; 51. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.466; 52. Jake Vermeer, 87JR, Vermeer-13.512; 53. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-NT; 54. Mason Daniel, 33m, Daniel-NT.

 

 

Windom to Join Coons at Nolen Racing

For Full USAC Silver Crown Campaign in 2018

WHITELAND, Ind., Nov. 23 — Nolen Racing is pleased to announce it has re-signed USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons Jr. and added 2016 series champion Chris Windom as its drivers for the complete 2018 USAC Silver Crown series presented by TRAXXAS.

Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz., who now lives in Greencastle, Ind., is one of only six USAC Triple Crown champions. He won the Silver Crown championship in 2008 and he finished second in the series in three of the last four years, including this year. He has seven USAC Silver Crown victories, including the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds twice and the Silver Crown race at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway’s Four-Crown Nationals twice.

Windom, 26, of Canton, Ill., finished right behind Coons in third place in the final point standings for 2017 in USAC’s top division. His victory in the 2017 season opener at the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind., was his sixth career USAC Silver Crown victory. In 2016 he won at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa.; at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Ill., and at Eldora Speedway’s Four-Crown Nationals, when he put all but the podium finishers a lap down enroute to victory.

Both Coons’ and Windom’s Silver Crown cars will be sponsored in part by KECO Coatings and Indy Race Parts. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

“I’m really excited to be joining Nolen Racing for the 2018 USAC Silver Crown season,” Windom said. “Gene [Nolen, the team owner] wants to win the championship, just like I do. It’s an iconic team, and I think we’ll be able to put a good car together.”

“I’m happy to be back with the Nolen team for 2018,” Coons said. “We had a decent year, finishing second in points. We just need to improve in a couple areas to win the championship. We had solid cars and finished every race, which is a feat in itself. Chris and I have been teammates before and work well together.”

“We’re very pleased to add Chris to our team,” said team owner Gene Nolen of Greenwood, Ind. “I think he and Jerry will work well together, and we’re hoping it will help us get more wins. We’re definitely looking forward to the new season.”

Nolen Racing primarily uses Maxim and Beast USAC Silver Crown cars. Their Chevrolet engines are prepared by Tranter Engines.

The team will announce the drivers of its asphalt and dirt sprint cars at a later date.

The team’s Web site is at nolenracing.com. It also has a Facebook page and a Twitter account. For information on marketing partnerships for the 2018 season, contact Restart Communications at LKMRestart@gmail.com.

USAC's Web site is at USACRacing.com. The 2018 schedule, which is held on a combination of paved and dirt tracks, is typically announced in early December.

 

 

BACON FEASTS AT VENTURA
FOR USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WIN

Ventura, California.........Brady Bacon captured Wednesday's USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Car feature on night one of the 77th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway.

The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma zipped around Troy Rutherford on the fifth lap of the 20-lap points-free "Special Event" feature and cruised to a commanding two-and-a-half second victory ahead of Rutherford, Carson Macedo, Tyler Courtney and Max Adams.

Also timing in second during midget practice Wednesday night, Bacon appears to be the frontrunner to capture Automotive Racing Products' $50,000 bonus that will go to a driver who can win both the midget and sprint car feature on Thanksgiving night. Four other drivers possessing rides in both races for Thursday night finished in the top-ten Wednesday: Tyler Courtney (4th), Chase Briscoe (7th), Jake Swanson (9th) and Michael Pickens (10th).

On Thursday, Nov. 23, the event card includes a full program for the midgets, concluding with a 98-lap feature, plus USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Car semi-features and A-Main. Pits open at 11am with the drivers meeting taking place at 2:45pm. Cars hit the track at 3:30pm.

"Turkey Night" is LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ on Thursday. As always, you can watch every USAC race on demand, a day following the event, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS: November 22, 2017 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway "77th Turkey Night Grand Prix" - co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tyler Courtney, 81M, Watt-12.289; 2. Kaleb Montgomery, 3K, Montgomery-12.307; 3. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-12.388; 4. Colby Copeland, 24C, Copeland-12.444; 5. Matt Mitchell, 12, Dale-12.523; 6. Stevie Sussex, 34 Grau-12.567; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.12.570; 8. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.588; 9. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-12.635; 10. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-12.652; 11. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.656; 12. Klint Simpson, 101, Edison-12.672; 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-12.680; 14. Chase Briscoe, 5, Briscoe-12.724; 15. Dalton Hill, 81D, Double D-12.785; 16. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.786; 17. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-12.796; 18. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.806; 19. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-12.832; 20. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-12.871; 21. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.872; 22. Chase Johnson, 24X, Johnson-12.878; 23. Slater Helt, 14, Watt-12.905; 24. Tanner Carrick, 83T, Carrick-12.914; 25. Shawn Arriaga, 56J, Arriaga-12.917; 26. Justyn Cox, 31C, Cox-12.963; 27. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-12.988; 28. Carson Macedo, 73, Ford-13.028; 29. Charlie Butcher, 96, B&B-13.062; 30. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.108; 31. Dave Darland, 21K, Kruseman-13.115; 32. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.169; 33. Sterling Cling, 2K, Kruseman-13.186; 34. Tyler Williams, 5K, Kruseman-13.261; 35. Tom Hendricks, 14X, Hendricks-13.261; 36. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-13.345; 37. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.357; 38. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-13.406; 39. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-13.471; 40. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.481; 41. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-13.512; 42. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-13.525; 43. Damian Lopez, 5X, Perkins-13.962; 44. Albert Pombo, 35, Pombo-13.996; 45. Reed Broschart, 93, B&B-14.219; 46. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-14.527; 47. Cody Majors, 29, Steele-14.765; 48. Stewart Friesen, 81X, Watt-NT; 49. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Simpson, 2. Courtney, 3. Arriaga, 4. Hix, 5. Elliott, 6. Ervine, 7. Hendrix, 8. Mitchell. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Briscoe, 2. Rutherford, 3. Helt, 4. Butcher, 5. Owens, 6. Hendricks, 7. Majors, 8. Montgomery. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Carrick, 3. Bacon, 4. Darland, 5. Friesen, 6. Shaw, 7. Deskins, 8. Lopez. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Copeland, 3. Wiley, 4. Smith, 5. Cox, 6. Douglass, 7. Hill, 8. Strole. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Pickens, 2. Swanson, 3. Sussex, 4. Woodward, 5. Timmons, 6. Ensign, 7. Pombo, 8. Cling. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Roa, 3. Johnson, 4. Williams, 5. Broschart, 6. Ellertson, 7. Rossi, 8. St. James. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Troy Rutherford, 3. Klint Simpson, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Colby Copeland, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Chase Briscoe, 8. Tristan Guardino, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Michael Pickens, 11. Max Adams, 12. Carson Macedo, 13. Chase Johnson, 14. Geoff Ensign, 15. Brandon Wiley, 16. Kaleb Montgomery, 17. Tanner Carrick, 18. Shawn Arriaga, 19. Slater Helt, 20. Brody Roa, NT
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**Friesen flipped during qualifications. Deskins flipped during third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-4 Rutherford, Laps 5-30 Bacon.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Klint Simpson (9th to 3rd)

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: November 23 - Ventura (CA) Raceway - "77th Turkey Night Grand Prix" - co-sanctioned with VRA

 

LARSON, BELL, SWEET AND BRISCOE RETURN TO THEIR ROOTS FOR TURKEY NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........Have you heard the one about when Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Brad Sweet and Chase Briscoe walk into a racetrack? Well, when that happens, it's definitely no joke.

These four may not be series regulars, but when they strap into a USAC Midget this Thursday night, Nov. 23 at Ventura Raceway for the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix," this "vacation" away from their regular duties becomes strictly business.

All have earned a reputation for success in a diverse set of disciplines outside wingless sprint car and midget racing, yet still dabble when their schedules allow. But, "dabble" is most certainly an understatement.

Elk Grove, California's Larson has five career wins on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit and was a championship contender for much of his 2017 campaign. In his two USAC Midget appearances this season, he was fast qualifier in both and comes in as a two-time "Turkey Night" winner (2012 & 2016).

Less than a week ago, Christopher Bell was celebrating a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title. This week, the Norman, Oklahoma native's focus is set on becoming a two-time "Turkey Night" winner, duplicating his 2014 triumph.

Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, California was the runner-up behind Donny Schatz in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car standings this season with five victories. However, he's no outsider when it comes to midget racing as evidenced by his 11 career USAC National wins between 2008 and 2010.

Chase Briscoe was a regular on Indiana's tough local sprint car scene in recent years, but over the past two years has made a spectacular rise through the stock car/NASCAR ranks with a 2016 ARCA title and a 2017 NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of the Year award to his name.

For some of these guys who've seemingly been out of the loop in midget racing, it may seem like a tall order to jump right in and be a contender, but, think again. Over the past three decades, drivers who have achieved success in a wide array of series have consistently risen to the occasion on Thanksgiving night.

Sure, Leffler was one of the most accomplished USAC Midget drivers ever with three consecutive titles between 1997 and 1999. However, by 2005, he was firmly entrenched as a regular in NASCAR's Cup and Busch series. Yet, the Long Beach, California driver's only USAC Midget feature start of 2005 resulted in a "Turkey Night" victory.

Same thing with Tony Stewart in 2000, who had already conquered USAC as a four-time National champ, but came back to collect one of the most-prized victories of his career at Irwindale Speedway after already establishing himself as an IndyCar champ and a NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year.

Billy Boat was a dominant force on the midget racing scene in the mid-1990s where he scored "Turkey Night" victories in 1995 and 1996. By the time of his third-straight "Turkey Night" crown in 1997, the Phoenix, Arizona driver was a veteran of the Indianapolis 500 and had a full-time ride with A.J. Foyt Enterprises in the Indy Racing League where he quickly became a pole winner and a regular front runner.

Speaking of dominance, no one has been more dominant at "Turkey Night" than Tempe, Arizona's Ron Shuman. With eight victories in a 15-year span between 1979 and 1993, Shuman may have seemed like a "regular." Yet, Shuman was a true outlaw and was able to adapt to any racecar he set foot into whether it was a Silver Crown car, midget, sprint car, wing or non-wing. Shuman was simply magical on Thanksgiving and his success in the race stands head and shoulders above all others.

Like Shuman, Chuck Gurney could drive the wheels off anything. But, by the late 1980s, he only made sporadic appearances in the midget, but each time, you could count on him to rise to the occasion. On the half-mile and the mile tracks, the Livermore, California driver was an untouchable force. It was the Ascot Park half where Gurney reached the pinnacle of the sport with back-to-back wins in 1988-89.

The first images of Brent Kaeding that come to mind are in a wing spring car. As the owner of 13 driving championships in both the King of the West and Northern Auto Racing Club Series, it's easy to see why. The Campbell, California driver possesses a lengthy resume that also includes Silver Crown racing and even a brief foray into NASCAR Winston Cup. But, Kaeding will forever be known as a "Turkey Night" winner as well with his lone USAC National Midget victory coming at Ascot in 1985.

Like an all-star race or sorts, "Turkey Night" brings out the best of the best: the regulars vs. the one-offs - the guys who have no worries about points or championship races. "Turkey Night" stands as a chance for these daredevils to buckle into their seats and simply go racing, back to their roots with just a steering wheel, a gas and brake pedal and 98 laps separating them from one of racing's greatest prizes.

"Turkey Night" begins Wednesday, Nov. 22 with a full program featuring the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars, plus an open practice for midgets. The following night, Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23, will once again include the sprint cars as well as the prestigious, 98-lap midget race.

Cars are set to hit the track at 3:30pm Pacific at Ventura Raceway both nights. "Turkey Night" is LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ on both Wednesday and Thursday. As always, you can watch every USAC race, including "Turkey Night," on demand, a day following the event, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

TURKEY NIGHT LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV BOTH WED. & THURS.!

Ventura, California.........Both nights of the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" from Ventura Raceway will be LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

"Turkey Night" from the seaside oval begins Wednesday, Nov. 22 with a full program featuring the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars, plus an open practice for midgets. The following night, Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23, will once again include the sprint cars as well as the prestigious, 98-lap midget race.

At press time, a hefty field of 52 drivers have entered for the famed midget race, which includes heavy hitters such as past "Turkey Night" winners Dave Darland (2007 & 2013), Kyle Larson (2012 & 2016), Christopher Bell (2014) and Tanner Thorson (2015), plus 2017 USAC National Midget winners Justin Grant, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Michael Pickens, series point leader Spencer Bayston and Chad Boat as well diverse racing standouts Brad Sweet and Chase Briscoe among many others.

The Sprint Car field is stacked as well with two handfuls of drivers preparing for double-duty by competing in both divisions. Those drivers are eligible for the Automotive Racing Products' $50,000 bonus that goes to the driver who can win both the midget and sprint feature on Thursday night.

Cars are set to hit the track around 3:30pm Pacific at Ventura Raceway both nights. As always, you can watch every USAC race, including "Turkey Night," on demand, a day following the event, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

TALENTED TURKEY NIGHT ROOKIE CLASS READY TO ROCK AT VENTURA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........One of the deepest "Turkey Night Grand Prix" fields in years brings with it one of the most talented rookie classes for the race as well.

At press time, 23 of the 52 entries will be contenders for Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" honors for the 77th annual race on Thursday night, Nov. 23, including three drivers currently in the top-ten of the USAC National Midget point standings: Tyler Courtney (5th), Justin Grant (6th) and Tanner Carrick (9th). While Carrick is a true midget racing rookie and is the leader in the series' rookie standings, Courtney and Grant are veterans who just happen to be making their "Turkey Night" debut.

The Clauson/Marshall team brings along three race rookies in Ione, California's Grant, Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney and Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise, who made his USAC debut last Saturday night at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway, just days after celebrating his 15thbirthday. Grant and Courtney have teamed up for five total USAC National Midget victories this season with Grant, the 2007 BCRA Midget champ, taking the checkered in the season opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin and a spectacular last lap, final corner pass to win at Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Speedway in August. Meanwhile, Courtney, who got his start in USAC National racing in the seat of a midget, is one of five drivers to pick off three wins this season, which he did at Montpelier, Ind., Bloomington, Ind. and the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena in Springfield.

The top-rookie for USAC's National Midget division in 2017 is Lincoln, California's Carrick, one of seven pieces of the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian powerhouse that has won the past three "Turkey Night" races in a row. Carrick leads all Rookies in top-tens (9), heat race wins (5) and feature starts (21) and is the lone Rookie to record a ProSource Fast Qualifying time this season in June at Lawrenceburg Speedway during "Indiana Midget Week."

Mitchell, Indiana's Chase Briscoe already has a Rookie of the Year award under his belt in 2016 from a vastly different racing discipline - the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Fresh off his win in the trucks at the season finale in Homestead, Florida last Friday night, the sprint car racing veteran makes a return to his racing roots in a bid for his first career USAC National Midget feature start in a points-paying race. Additionally, he will be competing in the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Car portion of the program with hopes of capturing Automotive Racing Products' $50,000 bonus paid out to the driver who can win both the midget and sprint car feature on Thursday night.

The National Midget division's second-leading Rookie, Brayton Lynch of Springfield, Illinois, has his grandfather and, famed crew chief, Rusty Kunz turning the wrenches on his first foray to Ventura. Also making the long tow to the beach are Tyler Nelson (Kansas City, Kansas), Daniel Robinson (Wayne City, Illinois), Mark Chisholm (Cheyenne, Wyoming), Tyler Edwards (Salina, Oklahoma), Rocky Mountain's Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colorado) and Mack DeMan (Mississauga, Ontario), one of two drivers arriving from outside of the United States.

Sutter, California's Logan Seavey has already made his mark on the midget racing scene in his first season, capturing not only POWRi's Rookie of the Year award, but also the season championship with two victories while Mason Daniel of Visalia, Calif. is the USAC Light Up the World Beverages top Rookie in 2017.

Additional "Turkey Night" Rookies from the west include Delano, California's Terry Nichols (14th in Western States points), Upland, California's Clayton Ruston (18th), Santa Monica, California's Kyle Beilman (24th), Lomita, California's Bryan Drollinger (26th), 2016 "Turkey Night" Sprint Car winner Geoff Ensign of Sebastopol, California (28th), Fremont, California's Dustin Golobic (36th) as well as Tony Everhart (El Cajon, California), Jake Vermeer (El Cajon, California) and Waddell, Arizona's Shon Deskins.

"Turkey Night" from the seaside oval begins Wednesday, Nov. 22 with a full program featuring the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars, plus an open practice for midgets. The following night, Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23, will once again include the sprint cars as well as the prestigious, 98-lap midget race.

This Rookie class will have a tough hill to climb with a star-studded field prepared to do battle on the one-fifth mile dirt oval in Ventura. Past "Turkey Night" winners Dave Darland (2007 & 2013), Kyle Larson (2012 & 2016), Christopher Bell (2014) and Tanner Thorson (2015) are entered, plus 2017 USAC National Midget winners Brady Bacon, Michael Pickens, series point leader Spencer Bayston and Chad Boat as well diverse racing standout Brad Sweet.

"Turkey Night" begins Wednesday, Nov. 22 with a full program featuring the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars, plus an open practice for midgets. The following night, Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23, will once again include the sprint cars as well as the prestigious, 98-lap midget race.

Cars are set to hit the track at 3:30pm Pacific at Ventura Raceway both nights. "Turkey Night" is LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ on both Wednesday and Thursday. As always, you can watch every USAC race, including "Turkey Night," on demand, a day following the event, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

"TURKEY NIGHT" MIDGET PRE-ENTRY LIST HITS 52!

Ventura, California.........The midget entry list for the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" continues to grow, currently sitting at 52 confirmed midget entries thus far for the Nov. 23rd race at Ventura Raceway. Two more race rookies, Carson Garrett of Colorado and Dustin Golobic of California have announced their intentions of competing in the famed race featuring the USAC National & Light Up the World Beverages Western States Midgets.

Among the 52 entries, four past winners have signed up: Dave Darland (2007 & 2013), Kyle Larson (2012 & 2016), Christopher Bell (2014) and Tanner Thorson (2015) as well as 23 contenders for the Don Basile "Rookie of the Race," including Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant and Chase Briscoe.

"Turkey Night" begins Wednesday, Nov. 22 with a full program featuring the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars, plus an open practice for midgets. The following night, Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23, will once again include the sprint cars as well as the prestigious, 98-lap midget race.

Watch both nights of "Turkey Night" LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/!


CAR# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT / SPONSOR / CHASSIS / ENGINE

1 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA
Keith Kunz Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Walker Filtration Systems/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL
Rusty Kunz Racing/Adam Lopez Country Financial - Snap Fitness/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 1p TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA
Terry Nichols/BSC - Masters Design & Construction/Spike/Chevy

2 ROBBY JOSETT/Santa Clarita, CA
Robby Josett/RL & Sons Construction - JHC Heating & Air/Spike/Esslinger

® 2JD TYLER EDWARDS/Salina, OK
Shenanigans-Neverlift Motorsports/Shenanigans Bar & Grill - Western Performance Parts/Spike/AMS Chevy

® 3F GEOFF ENSIGN/Sebastopol, CA
Ted Finkenbinder/Western Industrial X-Ray/ Bullet/Warrior

® 4A LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA
RAMS Racing/Rockwell Security/BOSS/Speedway Toyota

4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA
Ken Dalby/R-D Spring & Stamping - Monster Seal/Spike/Esslinger

® 5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN
Chase Briscoe/Big Tine - Tex-a-Con Cut Stone/Spike/Honda

® 7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN
Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 7R CLAYTON RUSTON/Upland, CA
CR Motorsports/S & J Service Inc. - Alumin/Spike/Esslinger

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA
Wally Pankratz/HASA Pool Products - Trench Shoring/Edmunds/Fontana

9D MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA
Sean Dodenhoff/Torco Oil - Rocket Sports & Entertainment/Spike/Fontana

® 9E MACK DeMAN/Mississauga, ON
Sean Dodenhoff/Torco Oil - Rocket Sports & Entertainment l/Spike/Fontana

11E CORY ELLIOTT/Bakersfield, CA
Mitch Elliott/Capital E Trucking - FK Indy/Spike/Esslinger

® 15 CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO
Broc Garrett/Harmon Construction - BGE, Inc./Spike/RSI Esslinger

17 CODY SWANSON/Covina, CA
Swanson Family/West Evans Motorsports - Lucas Oil/Spike/Esslinger

® 17G DUSTIN GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA
Matt Wood/Elk Grove Ford - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Esslinger

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA
Clauson-Marshall-Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 20AZ SHON DESKINS/Waddell, AZ
Shon Deskins Racing/Performance Plus Engines - Simpson Racing/Spike/Chevy

21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK
Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/DeWalt - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

22Q DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA
Neverlift Motorsports/Crysalli Artesian Water - Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes/Spike/AMS Chevy

25 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL
Petry-Goff Motorsports/Petry Excavating - Gray Auto/Spike/Stanton Toyota

25c COURTNEY CRONE/Corona, CA
Jerome Rodela/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines/Breka/Ed Pink Toyota

25x MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ
Jerome Rodela/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines/King/Ed Pink Toyota

27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS
Dale Klaasmeyer/WCI - Boss Chassis/Boss/Speedway Toyota

® 31 KYLE BEILMAN/Santa Monica, CA
Bill Beilman/Stong Surety/Beast/Mopar

® 33m MASON DANIEL/Visalia, CA
Scott Daniel/Young's Racing - Dylon Risk Management/Spike/Esslinger

® 39 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN
Clauson-Marshall Racing/ Driven 2 Save Lives - Priority AviationSpike/Stanton SR-11

® 39BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 47 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, KS
Cappy Mason/IMM - Wilwood Disc Brakes/Spike/Mopar

® 55 TONY EVERHART/El Cajon, CA
Tony Everhart/Everhart Construction/Ellis/Ford

® 56 DANIEL ROBINSON/Wayne City, IL
Fifty6x Racing/Automatic Garage Door, Inc. - Precision Driveline & Fabrication/Boss/Fontana

® 56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY
Fifty6x Racing/Automatic Garage Door, Inc. - Precision Driveline & Fabrication/Boss/Stanton Toyota

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA
Johnny Cofer/Tule Vista Ranches - Edmunds Auto Research/Spike/Esslinger

63 BRAD SWEET/Grass Valley, CA
Dooling-Hayward Motorsports/Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton SR-11

63x FRANKIE GUERRINI/San Rafael, CA
Frank Guerrini/F & F Racing - Davis Motorsports/Spike/Esslinger

67 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV
Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA
Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Black & Decker - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

68 RONNIE GARDNER/Riverside, CA
Six8 Motorsports/PAC Springs - Wilwood Brakes/Stewart/Esslinger

71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA
Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Abreu Vineyards - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA
Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Spike Chassis - CVC Concrete/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA
Drollinger Bros. Racing/Simpson Race Products - Walker Air Filtration/Stealth/Arias

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA
Keith Ford/Walker Filtration Systems - King Racing Products/TCR/Esslinger

73T CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA
Keith Ford/Walker Filtration Systems - King Racing Products/TCR/Esslinger

73x DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN
Keith Ford/Walker Filtration Systems - King Racing Products/TCR/Esslinger

75 MATT MITCHELL/Yorba Linda, CA
Wiley Miller/Roy Miller Freight Lines - Campbell Bros. Storage/TCR/Esslinger

76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK
FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota

84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ
Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 87 JAKE VERMEER/Bakersfield, CA
Johnny Vermeer/Richmar Farms - Mobile AG/TCR/Esslinger

97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN
Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/IWX - Curb Records - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

98 DANNY STRATTON/Riverside, CA
Ron Blondel/American Motorsports - Orange County Muffler/Edmunds/Fontana

® represents a "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Rookie / Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" contender.

 

 

ANNIE BREIDINGER TOPS LVMS SPEED2 FINALE; LOVE ADDS 2 TITLES TO DIRT CROWN

Las Vegas, NV........Annie Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. led the final 12 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Speed2 Western US Midget finale at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sister Toni led the first 18 laps. Nolan Allison finished second ahead of Jessica Bean, Joey Iest and Tyler Slay. Jesse Love IV claimed both the Overall and Pavement season championships.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 18, 2017 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring

QUALIFYING: 1. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.236; 2. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.245; 3. Nolan Allison, 56, Allison-15.528; 4. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.321; 5. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-15.369; 6. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.388; 7. Tyler Slay, 26B, Breidinger-15.408; 8. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.412; 9. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.468; 10. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.483; 11. Tom Paterson, 9P, Paterson-15.513; 12. Mike Daniels, 87, Daniels-15.557; 13. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.591; 14. Adam Lemke, 44, Love-15.769; 15. Chaz Groat, 13, Groat-15.823; 16. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.844; 17. Natalie Waters, 1, Waters-16.173; 18. Tim Fahrner, 2, Fahrner-16.379.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Breidinger, 2. Allison, 3. Jessop, 4. Slay, 5. Iest, 6. Paterson, 7. Garcia, 8. Groat, 9. Waters. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T,Breidinger, 2. Love, 3. Daniels, 4. Leemke, 5. Lamb, 6. Ban, 7. Brannon, 8. Parker, 9. Fahrner. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Annie Breidinger, 2. Nolan Allison, 3. Jessica Bean, 4. Joey Iest, 5. Tyler Slay, 6. Jake Garcia, 7. Mike Daniels, 8. Chris Lamb, 9. Toni Breidinger, 10. Cody Jessop, 11. Jagger Parker, 12. Adam Lemke, 13. Blake Brannon, 14. Chaz Groat, 15. Tim Fahrner, 16. Jesse Love Iv, 17. Tom Paterson, 18. Natalie Waters. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 T.Breidinger, Laps 19-30 A.Breidinger,

Final USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,537, 2-Lemke-1,418, 3-A.Breidinger-1,404, 4-Paterson-1,226, 5-Brannon-932, 6-Iest-707, 7-T,Breidinger-651, 8-Johnny Nichols-564, 9-Jessop-517, 10-Slay-331.

Final USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-943, 2-A.Breidinger-936, 3-Lemke-828, 4-T.Breidinger-751, 5-Iest-681, 6-Brannon-637, 7-Paterson-636, 8-Johnny Nichols-564, 9-Jessop-412, 10-Slay-288.

 

 

BACON A BLUR EN ROUTE
TO BAKERSFIELD MIDGET TRIUMPH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California.........With one of the busiest racing schedules of any driver in the United States, Brady Bacon annually competes in excess of 100 events a year on tracks from coast-to-coast.

In Saturday night's "November Classic," it might've appeared the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native had been an experienced master of Bakersfield Speedway. But, wouldn't you know it? Saturday night was the first time Bacon had even laid eyes on the track.

Bacon, originally lining up seventh on the grid, worked the outside line to climb to the lead on lap seven. It was a lead he would never relinquish as he picked up his third USAC National Midget victory of the year in his FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota in the National series' first stop at Bakersfield in 17 years.

"At the start, I was on the inside and I saw the outside got a pretty good run," Bacon observed. "The bottom was kind of glazed over from the moisture in the air or something. I knew it would eventually move back down there, but I figured I'd try to make the moves while I could. I went to the top and it worked out. We were the first ones in the front to do it and had a clear lane to the front."

The beginning was tumultuous as Light Up the World Beverages USAC Western States Midget regular Michael Faccinto stepped out to the lead from the outside of the front row on the initial start. Meanwhile, pole sitter Michael Pickens slotted into second. While riding the high side in turn three, contact was made between he and Holly Shelton. As Pickens sat sideways in the middle of the track, he was slammed into by Shannon McQueen, who had nowhere to go. Frankie Guerrini and Dustin Golobic also became involved, but would restart along with Pickens. McQueen headed back to the hauler earlier than she had planned with a hurt racecar.

The ensuing restart would only get back on track for a pair of laps before fifth-running Shelton got the back end loose in turn three. As she slid sideways, Zeb Wise, making his USAC debut, careened in while Ryan Robinson took evasive action to avoid the melee and climbed the outside wall before coming to a stop. Shelton's night was finished, but Wise and Robinson would restart.

Once the race got back on the rails, Faccinto led the way on the bottom with series point leader Spencer Bayston just behind. Glancing behind Bayston, one could see Bacon running a slightly higher line than those he trailed, which took him to second around the outside of Bayston off turn two on the fourth lap. Bayston scrapped back, but Bacon had enough of a head of steam off turns two and four to clamp down on the top spot.

As Bacon and Bayston tussled for the runner-up position, both simultaneously chipped away at Faccinto's lead. Quickly, it became a three-car race for the lead with the top-three appearing in Blue Angels formation exiting turn two. On lap seven, Bacon surged ahead of Faccinto midway down the back straightaway to secure the lead and instantly constructed a one-second gap over Faccinto and Bayston. With an open highway comfort cruise lying in front of him, Bacon was free to run his race as he pleased.

In his first ever visit to Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway Saturday night, Brady Bacon picked up his 3rd USAC National Midget win of 2017 and 6th career.
(Rich Forman Photo)

"I ran the middle in (turns) one and two a lot," Bacon explained. "I diamonded three and four and came off as straight as I could. It was really heavy, so it was easy to get pointed in the wrong direction. I just thought it was going to be too far around the top and my car was pretty good on the bottom and in the middle, so I stuck with it. I started feeling a little less grip in one and two, but I moved around and pedaled it a little more."

With Bacon pulling away, Bayston fought Faccinto for second throughout the next four laps until clearing him on lap 12. Bayston would receive a reprieve two laps later when new five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner slid sideways to a stop on the front straightaway to bring out the caution. With the substantial lead erased, Bacon would have to get back on the saddle once again. On the first try, Bacon stumbled and Bayston was able to hang in contention. Yet, when Cory Elliott slowed to bring out the yellow moments later, Bacon would get a reprieve and another shot at that restart.

When that chance arrived on lap 14 restart version two, Bacon left Bayston on his own and instantly spurted away to a ten car-length lead that wouldn't get any closer despite Bacon having to fight through traffic in the final five laps. Bacon would race away to his sixth career series victory over two seconds ahead of Bayston, Tanner Thorson, Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant.

In an odd circumstance, following the checkered flag, Courtney found himself on his side in Tommy Tipover fashion in turn two. He was uninjured.

Despite finishing one spot behind Bacon at the finish line at Bakersfield, Bayston extended his USAC National Midget point lead by one to 67 in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/IWX - Curb Records - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota. All the Lebanon, Indiana driver has left to do to clinch his first title is to simply sign-in at this Thursday's season-finale at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway's "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

Bayston's teammate, Thorson, of Minden, Nevada set the tone by recording the ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifying time before going on to finish third in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Two USAC National Midget track records were broken at Bakersfield. Jimmy Christian's 8-lap mark set in 2000 was surpassed by Shane Golobic in heat race two. The late Kevin Doty's 12-lap record from 1998 was passed by Brady Bacon during the semi-feature.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway include Tanner Thorson (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Chad Boat (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Shane Golobic (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger), Zeb Wise (Chalk Stix/Keizer Aluminum Wheels/Saldana Racing Products 3rd Heat Winner), David Prickett (Indy Race Parts/Pyrotect Racing Cells 4th Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Semi Winner) and Courtney Crone (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC NATIONAL & LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 18, 2017 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield California - "November Classic"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.849; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.912; 3. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.933; 4. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.973; 5. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.035; 6. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.037; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.043; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.059; 9. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-13.103; 10. Michael Pickens, 25x, Rodela-13.103; 11. D.J. Netto, 88N, Netto-13.181; 12. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-13.192; 13. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.219; 14. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-13.225; 15. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.230; 16. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.253; 17. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.272; 18. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.311; 19. Zeb Wise, 39, Clauson/Marshall-13.344; 20. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-13.357; 21. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.368; 22. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.376; 23. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-13.400; 24. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-13.460; 25. Mason Daniel, 33m, Daniel-13.559; 26. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols-13.587; 27. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.591; 28. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-13.676; 29. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-14.193; 30. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. Faccinto, 3. Guerrini, 4. Thorson, 5. Robinson, 6. Daniel, 7. Cofer, 8. Beilman. 1:45.13

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. S. Golobic, 2. Pickens, 3. Bayston, 4. Carrick, 5. Gardner, 6. Schutte, 7. Nichols, 8. Hazelton. 1:44.14 (New Track Record)

CHALK STIX/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Wise, 2. Mitchell, 3. Grant, 4. Shelton, 5. McQueen, 6. Dalby, 7. Netto. 1:44.78

INDY RACE PARTS/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Prickett, 2. D. Golobic, 3. Courtney, 4. Elliott, 5. Bacon, 6. Crone, 7. Pierovich. 1:46.51

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Robinson, 3. Schutte, 4. McQueen, 5. Crone, 6. Gardner, 7. Netto, 8. Dalby, 9. Daniel, 10. Pierovich, 11. Cofer, 12. Nichols, 13. Hazelton, 14. Beilman. 2:35.69 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (7), 2. Spencer Bayston (5), 3. Tanner Thorson (6), 4. Tyler Courtney (3), 5. Justin Grant (14), 6. Shane Golobic (16), 7. Ryan Robinson (8), 8. Alex Schutte (9), 9. Michael Faccinto (2), 10. Tanner Carrick (20), 11. Frankie Guerrini (12), 12. Chad Boat (19), 13. Courtney Crone (11), 14. Matt Mitchell (21), 15. David Prickett (18), 16. Ronnie Gardner (13), 17. Michael Pickens (1), 18. Cory Elliott (15), 19. Zeb Wise (17), 20. Robert Dalby (23), 21. Mason Daniel (24), 22. Holly Shelton (4), 23. Dustin Golobic (22), 24. Shannon McQueen (10). NT
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**Courtney flipped after the checkered flag.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Faccinto, Laps 7-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (16th to 6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Courtney Crone

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-1441, 2-Bacon-1374, 3-S. Golobic-1349, 4-Thorson-1331, 5-Courtney-1267, 6-Grant-1262, 7-Boat-1131, 8-Shelton-1020, 9-Carrick-954, 10-Jerry Coons, Jr.-849.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-783, 2-Guerrini-670, 3-Prickett-636, 4-Elliott-609, 5-Dalby-570, 6-Crone-539, 7-Faccinto-504. 8-McQueen-424, 9-Randi Pankratz-417, 10-Daniel-393.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 23 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 77th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

 

LEMKE DOMINATES BULLRING SPEED2s

Las Vegas, NV........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Friday night's USAC Speed2 Western US Midget race at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chris Lamb took second ahead of Toni Breidinger, Mike Daniels and Jessica Bean.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 17, 2017 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring

QUALIFYING: 1. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.215; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.339; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.410; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.422; 5. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.445; 6. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.448; 7. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.463; 8. Tyler Slay, 26B, Breidinger-15.521; 9. Nolan Allison, 56, Allison-15.535; 10. Mike Daniels, 87, Daniels-15.553; 11. Chaz Groat, 13, Groat-15.589; 12. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.610; 13. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-15.668; 14. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.750; 15. Tom Paterson, 9 Paterson-15.805; 16. Natalie Waters, 1, Waters-16.069; 17. Tim Fahrner, 2, Fahrner-16.091; 18. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-16.169; 19. Nick Stafford, 44, Stafford-17.847.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Mike Daniels, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Annie Breidinger, 7. Jesse Love IV, 8. Jake Garcia, 9. Tyler Slay, 10. Jagger Parker, 11. Tom Paterson, 12. Chaz Groat, 13. Blake Brannon, 14. Nick Stafford, 15. Natalie Waters, 16. Cody Jessop, 17. Joey Iest, 18. Tim Fahrner. (NOTE: Car #56 Nolan Allison disqualified for failing to pass post-race technical inspection) NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Lemke.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,498, 2-Lemke-1,374, 3-A.Breidinger-1,320, 4-Paterson-1,189, 5-Brannon-893, 6-T.Breidinger-694, 7-Iest-640, 8-Johnny Nichols-564, 9-Jessop-468, 10-Antonia Boscacci-288.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-904, 2-A.Breidinger-852, 3-Lemke-784, 4-T.Beidinger-694, 5-Iest-650, 6-Brannon-600, 7-Paterson-599, 8-Johnny Nichs-564, 9-Jessop-349, 10-Slay-225.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS RACE: November 18 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

FREE CAR ENTRY OPEN TO KNEPPER 55 COMPETITORS! TICKETS ON SALE TOO!

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 16th "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-knepper-car-entry, use the coupon code "KNEPPER." The offer to complete a free car entry expires December 10, 2017. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Monday, December 11.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual "Junior Knepper 55" at http://www.usactickets.com/. The race will serve as the final event of the 2017 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $18 in advance compared to the $20 price at the gate on race day.

Furthermore, on http://www.usactickets.com/, you may order your "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

The event carries no points toward the USAC National Midget season championship, but has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win on the series calendar, annually boasting a large car count and a star-studded field to boot.

In the inaugural running in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. electrified the crowd in the 55-lap feature, coming from the back of the pack to score the victory in the final laps. In 2016, Tyler Courtney earned his first career USAC-sanctioned Midget feature victory in his first start for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team.

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups.

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VENTURA’S “77TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” CLOSES USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAMPAIGN

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 16, 2017... On Thursday, November 23rd, Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway will host the “77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Presented by Agajanian Promotions, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States and USAC National Midgets will battle in one of the most prestigious and longest running motorsports events in the country. The USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will join the action packed card in the non-point “Battle of the Beach.” The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at Noon, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, and the program starts at 3:30pm.

2017 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 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

The festivities for the “77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will start on Wednesday, November 22nd. That night, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will clash in a special non-points event and the USAC National and Western States Midgets will have their practice sessions. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will have their semi-mains and feature, while the midgets will qualify, run their last chance races, and compete in a 98-lap main event. There will be a special driver autograph session at intermission on both nights.

Since Bob Swanson took the checkered flags at Gilmore Stadium in 1934, the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” (TNGP) has been a “must win” race for drivers from across the country. While other venues like Gardena, Speedway 605, Saugus, Bakersfield, Irwindale, and Perris have showcased the event, it is perhaps best known at the legendary Ascot Park. In 1997, Ventura Raceway hosted the “granddaddy of all midget races” and Billy Boat claimed his third-straight “Thanksgiving Classic.” Last year, NASCAR’s Kyle Larson added his name for the second time to the perpetual “Aggie Trophy” alongside many legends of the sport. A complete win list of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix is at the end of this release.

This year, Rick Goudy will serve as Grand Marshall of the prestigious race. Goudy, who won the Thanksgiving Classic at Ascot Park in 1978, is the only driver to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix and the California Racing Association (CRA) Sprint Car Championship in the same year. Piloting Stan Lee’s #66 Continental Airlines VW powered Edmunds, Rick won the 100-lap race ahead of Sleepy Tripp, Johnny Anderson, Jon Rahe, and Mike Gregg. Before adding his name to the Turkey Night winner’s list, Goudy gave the Morales Brothers their sixth CRA Sprint Car Championship and closed out the season with nine victories, including a World of Outlaws victory in the famed “Tamale Wagon.” In addition, Rick earned the 1970 URA Midget Championship, the 1974 CRA Midget Championship, and has three USAC National Midget wins to his credit. At the time of his retirement in 1979 from CRA, he posted fifteen fast time awards, twenty-six trophy dash wins, thirty-one sprint car feature wins, and five midget triumphs.

ARP BONUS: Automotive Racing Products is offering a special $50,000 bonus to the driver that wins both the Thursday night sprint car and midget main events. A talented roster of drivers from across the country are expected at this prestigious event.

Since May 24, 1986, 141 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. At press time, 1994 Champion 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.

Before heading to Ventura, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States and USAC National Midgets will battle at Bakersfield’s “November Classic” on Saturday, November 18th. Both events are available on pay-per-view and will be live streamed at www.speedshifttv.com.

At press time, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) has a 128-point lead over the competition. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner ran second to Carson Macedo at Ventura on October 28th. To date, the point leader has three feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 93 feature laps led on the year. Gardner ranks fourth on the win list and will be looking to claim his twenty-third series victory.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) ranks second in the USAC Western States point chase. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini ran eighth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on October 28th. At press time, the 2015 BCRA Champion has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Frankie will have his sights on earning his second career USAC main event.

Veteran David Prickett (Fresno, California) is third in the championship point standings. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett took fifth in the October 28th main event. To date, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. David will be looking to claim his second career series win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott returned to action at Ventura and finished seventh in the feature. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on earning a victory at the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) is fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting the family owned #4D RD Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby finished fourteenth in the Ventura 30-lap feature. To date, the young driver has posted three heat race victories, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. Robert will be looking to earn his first win at Ventura Raceway.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is tenth in the championship point standings. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California), Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California), and Kyle Beilman (Santa Monica, California).

Over 50 drivers are expected to be in action at Ventura. Among them are Courtney Crone, Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Robby Josett, Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, C.J. Sarna, Nate Wait, Ron Hazelton, Cody Swanson, Kyle Larson, Brad Sweet, Chase Briscoe, Shon Deskins, Christopher Bell, Carson Macedo, Dave Darland, and Matt Mitchell.

Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Indiana) leads the USAC National Midget Series point chase. “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “Sugar” Shane Golobic, Tanner Thorson, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Chad Boat, Holly Shelton, Tanner Carrick, and Jerry Coons Jr. round out the top-10 in points.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-*Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX WINNERS: 1934-Bob Swanson; 1935-Ted Sizemore; 1936-Ronney Householder; 1937-Ronney Householder; 1938-Bob Swanson; 1939-Mel Hansen; 1940-Roy Russing; 1941-Roy Russing; 1945-Danny Oakes; 1946-Perry Grimm; 1947-Johnny McDowell; 1948-Bill Vukovich; 1949-Perry Grimm; 1950-Bill Zaring; 1955-Johnnie Parsons; 1956-Edgar Elder; 1957-George Amick; 1958-Joe Garson; 1959-Tony Bettenhausen; 1960-A.J. Foyt; 1961-A.J. Foyt; 1962-Billy Cantrell; 1963-Mel Kenyon; 1964-Parnelli Jones; 1965-Dick Atkins; 1966-Parnelli Jones; 1967-Gary Bettenhausen; 1968-Sam Sessions; 1969-George Benson; 1970-Gary Bettenhausen; 1971-Bill Englehart; 1972-Tony Simon; 1973-Bill Englehart; 1974-Danny McKnight; 1975-Mel Kenyon; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Gary Patterson; 1978-Rick Goudy; 1979-Ron Shuman; 1980-Ron Shuman; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Ron Shuman; 1983-Kevin Olson; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Brent Kaeding; 1986-Warren Mockler; 1987-Ron Shuman; 1988-Chuck Gurney; 1989-Chuck Gurney; 1990-Stan Fox; 1991-Stan Fox; 1992-Ron Shuman; 1993-Ron Shuman; 1994-Jordan Hermansader; 1995-Billy Boat; 1996-Billy Boat; 1997-Billy Boat; 1998-Jay Drake; 1999-Jason Leffler; 2000-Tony Stewart; 2001-Dave Steele; 2002-Michael Lewis; 2003-Dave Steele; 2004-Bobby East; 2005-Jason Leffler; 2006-Billy Wease; 2007-Dave Darland; 2008-Bobby Santos; 2009-Bryan Clauson; 2010-Bryan Clauson; 2011-Caleb Armstrong; 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Christopher Bell, 2015-Tanner Thorson, 2016-Kyle Larson.

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

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-751, 2. Frankie Guerrini-623, 3. David Prickett-595, 4. Cory Elliott-577, 5. Robert Dalby-547, 6. Courtney Crone-501, 7. Michael Faccinto-451, 8. Randi Pankratz-417, 9. Shannon McQueen-400, 10. Mason Daniel-370, 11. Robby Josett-366, 12. Maria Cofer-364, 13. Jake Swanson-342, 14. Terry Nichols-334, 15. Shane Golobic-286, 16. Clayton Ruston-254, 17. C.J. Sarna-253, 18. Chad Boat-249, 19. J.J. Ercse-245, 20. Alex Schutte-216.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Spencer Bayston-1363, 2. Brady Bacon-1297, 3. Shane Golobic-1286, 4. Tanner Thorson-1256, 5. Tyler Courtney-1200, 6. Justin Grant-1198, 7. Chad Boat-1084, 8. Holly Shelton-988, 9. Tanner Carrick-906, 10. Jerry Coons Jr.-849, 11. Ryan Robinson-671, 12. Tyler Thomas-633, 13. Brayton Lynch-603, 14. Alex Bright-542, 15. Dave Darland-528, 16. Michael Pickens-380, 17. Gage Walker-359, 18. Ryan Greth-326, 19. Jake Neuman-304, 20. Zach Daum-266.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

VENTURA HOSTS “77TH ANNUAL TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” SPRINT CAR DOUBLEHEADER

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 16, 2017... Starting Wednesday, November 22nd, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will clash at Ventura Raceway for two nights of action. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the prestigious “77th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix” will begin with a special Wednesday non-point program for the 360 sprints and practice for the USAC National and Western States Midgets. On Thursday, the sprint cars will return for their non-point semi and main events for the “Battle of the Beach” along with the complete midget show. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at Noon, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, and the program starts at 3:30pm.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: A $50 Entry fee covers both nights. (If you run Thursday only, it is still $50 and you tag back of a B-Main) The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC/CRA, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

Ventura Raceway has a strict mandated sound rule and the track legal mufflers are Extreme (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part #3615-3535), Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech (180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series), B&B Performance (FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet), Flowmaster (Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.), and Schoenfeld (14272535). The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal muffler for Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Failure to comply with the Ventura muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

This year, Rick Goudy will serve as Grand Marshall of the prestigious race. Goudy, who won the Thanksgiving Classic at Ascot Park in 1978, is the only driver to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix and the California Racing Association (CRA) Sprint Car Championship in the same year. Piloting Stan Lee’s #66 Continental Airlines VW powered Edmunds, Rick won the 100-lap race ahead of Sleepy Tripp, Johnny Anderson, Jon Rahe, and Mike Gregg. Before adding his name to the Turkey Night winner’s list, Goudy gave the Morales Brothers their sixth CRA Sprint Car Championship and closed out the season with nine victories, including a World of Outlaws victory in the famed “Tamale Wagon.” In addition, Rick earned the 1970 URA Midget Championship, the 1974 CRA Midget Championship, and has three USAC National Midget wins to his credit. At the time of his retirement in 1979 from CRA, he posted fifteen fast time awards, twenty-six trophy dash wins, thirty-one sprint car feature wins, and five midget triumphs.

ARP BONUS: Automotive Racing Products is offering a special $50,000 bonus to the driver that wins both the Thursday night sprint car and midget main events. A talented roster of drivers from across the country are expected at this prestigious event.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held six West Coast Sprint Car races and five different drivers have claimed victory. This season, Ryan Bernal and Jake Swanson celebrated “Battle of the Beach” wins and Kenny Perkins set a new track record (12.085) on June 3rd. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) earned the USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship at Santa Maria Raceway on October 7th. Starting the year in the Tom and Laurie Sertich #92 Moose Racing Triple X, Swanson also piloted the Larry Henry / Tony Jones #41 DRC and Matt Dale’s #12 Maxim before claiming the title. In all, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year posted two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led to his credit. Jake will drive the Moose Racing #92 at Ventura and will be looking for his fourth series triumph.

Despite missing a few races, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) finished second in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett had three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led on the year. Austin ranks ninth on the series win list and will have his sights on his sixth victory at Ventura.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) ranked third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino scored one feature win, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 52 feature laps led on the season. Tristan has three career series wins and will be looking to win the Ventura doubleheader.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) ran fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria posted one feature win, eight heat race victories, one pole shuffle win, ten top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps to his credit. The two-time (2013, 2015) Champion is tied with Bryan Clauson for fourth in series wins and will have his sights on earning his eleventh victory.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) had a strong season and placed fifth in the West Coast point chase. Racing his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance ART, Adams had one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, a new Santa Maria track record, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led. The 2016 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one series win and will be looking to add Ventura to his resume.

Finishing ninth in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Driving the Team 33 #33B Sandy’s Registration Service / Kittle Motorsports Schnee, Wiley had two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards and six top-10 finishes on the season.

Over 50 drivers are expected to be in action at Ventura. Among them are Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Jace Vander Weerd, Steve Hix, Ryan Stolz, Cory Elliott, Dave Darland, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Chase Briscoe, Brody Roa, Matt Mitchell, Shon Deskins, Stevie Sussex, and Shawn Arriaga.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, California) earned his third VRA Sprint Car Championship over Charlie Butcher, Kenny Perkins, Rick Hendrix, Kyle Edwards, Guy Woodward, Tristan Guardino, Brent Owens, Reed Broschart, and Tom Hendricks.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

The event is available on pay-per-view and will be live streamed at www.speedshifttv.com. ----------------------------------------------- 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.

TURKEY NIGHT WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2016-Geoff Ensign.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst.

VENTURA WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry.

FINAL 2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-939, 2. Austin Liggett-871, 3. Tristan Guardino-847, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-772, 5. Max Adams-718, 6. Ryan Bernal-699, 7. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 8. Ryan Timmons-629, 9. Brandon Wiley-625, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-618, 11. Steve Hix-582, 12. Cody Majors-549, 13. Shannon McQueen-413, 14. Ryan Stolz-412, 15. Geoff Ensign-401, 16. Kyle Smith-386, 17. Joe Stornetta Jr.-336, 18. Steven Garris-327, 19. Jeff Sibley-280, 20. Cory Elliott-217.

FINAL 2017 VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Kyle Smith-1615, 2. Charlie Butcher-1300, 3. Kenny Perkins-1170, 4. Rick Hendrix-995, 5. Kyle Edwards-755, 6. Guy Woodward-745, 7. Tristan Guardino-700, 8. Brent Owens-685, 9. Reed Broschart-645, 10. Tom Hendricks-590, 11. Cody Majors-575, 12. Troy Rutherford-515, 13. Jake Swanson-450, 14. Jeremy Ellertson-395, 15. Ryan Stolz-380, 16. Brandon Wiley-315, 17. Matt Mitchell-235, 18. Ed Schwarz-185, --. Trenton Sparks-185, --. Steve Hix-185.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle of the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points) ----------------------------------------------- This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BAKERSFIELD AND VENTURA LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV

The final west coast USAC National events of the 2017 season from Bakersfield and Ventura will be streamed LIVE on Speed Shift TV. Beginning this Saturday night, Speed Shift TV will have live, flag-to-flag coverage of USAC racing on three nights in a span of six nights.

First up is the USAC National Midgets' first visit to California's Bakersfield Speedway since 2000, the penultimate round of the series' season on the one-third-mile dirt oval.

On Wednesday night, Nov. 22, the first of two nights from Ventura Raceway will be live as the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" begins with a full show, concluding with a feature event for the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars.

Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 23, features another complete show for the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars, finishing up with the tastiest dessert anyone could ask for: 98 laps on the dirt at the seaside oval Ventura Raceway dirt oval featuring the USAC National and Light Up the World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets.

Bakersfield's field includes 2017 USAC National Midget winners Spencer Bayston, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Tanner Thorson, Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, plus Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Golobic, west coast standouts Ronnie Gardner, Michael Faccinto, Cory Elliott, Jake Swanson and New Zealand's Michael Pickens.

For "Turkey Night," add those star drivers to a list that includes Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Dave Darland, Brad Sweet, Chase Briscoe and Kevin Thomas, Jr. and you have a can't miss event!

The November 23rd "Turkey Night Grand Prix" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Watch it again a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

USAC WESTERN & NATIONAL MIDGETS SET TO BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 15, 2017... This Saturday, November 18th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States and USAC National Midgets will clash at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the “November Classic” is the twelfth point race and marks the return of national series to the Bakersfield oval after seventeen years. The action packed card will also feature the California Lightning Sprints, Hobby Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

2017 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 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 107 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 triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Ronnie Gardner (6), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s event, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

At press time, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) has a 128-point lead over the competition. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner ran second to Carson Macedo at Ventura on October 28th. To date, the point leader has three feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 93 feature laps led on the year. Gardner ranks fourth on the win list and will be looking to claim his twenty-third series victory at Bakersfield Speedway.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) ranks second in the USAC Western States point chase. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini ran eighth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on October 28th. At press time, the 2015 BCRA Champion has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Frankie will have his sights on earning his second career USAC victory this Saturday night.

Veteran David Prickett (Fresno, California) is third in the championship point standings. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett took fifth in the October 28th main event. To date, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. David will be looking to claim his second career series win at the “November Classic.”

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott returned to action at Ventura and finished seventh in the feature. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on celebrating a victory in front of his hometown fans.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) is fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting the family owned #4D RD Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby finished fourteenth in the Ventura 30-lap feature. To date, the young driver has posted three heat race victories, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday, Robert will be looking to earn his first win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is tenth in the championship point standings. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California), Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California), and Kyle Beilman (Santa Monica, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Courtney Crone, Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Shannon McQueen, Robby Josett, Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, C.J. Sarna, J.J. Ercse, Nate Wait, Ron Hazelton, Cody Swanson, and more.

Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Indiana) leads the USAC National Midget Series point chase. “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “Sugar” Shane Golobic, Tanner Thorson, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Chad Boat, Holly Shelton, Tanner Carrick, and Jerry Coons Jr. round out the top-10 in points.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior and Military tickets (ID Required) are $14, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $8, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-*Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

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-Garrett Hansen, 2-P.J. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Alex Schutte, 2-Shane Scully, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-751, 2. Frankie Guerrini-623, 3. David Prickett-595, 4. Cory Elliott-577, 5. Robert Dalby-547, 6. Courtney Crone-501, 7. Michael Faccinto-451, 8. Randi Pankratz-417, 9. Shannon McQueen-400, 10. Mason Daniel-370, 11. Robby Josett-366, 12. Maria Cofer-364, 13. Jake Swanson-342, 14. Terry Nichols-334, 15. Shane Golobic-286, 16. Clayton Ruston-254, 17. C.J. Sarna-253, 18. Chad Boat-249, 19. J.J. Ercse-245, 20. Alex Schutte-216.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Spencer Bayston-1363, 2. Brady Bacon-1297, 3. Shane Golobic-1286, 4. Tanner Thorson-1256, 5. Tyler Courtney-1200, 6. Justin Grant-1198, 7. Chad Boat-1084, 8. Holly Shelton-988, 9. Tanner Carrick-906, 10. Jerry Coons Jr.-849, 11. Ryan Robinson-671, 12. Tyler Thomas-633, 13. Brayton Lynch-603, 14. Alex Bright-542, 15. Dave Darland-528, 16. Michael Pickens-380, 17. Gage Walker-359, 18. Ryan Greth-326, 19. Jake Neuman-304, 20. Zach Daum-266.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

KYLE LARSON LOOKS TO GO BACK-TO-BACK AT TURKEY NIGHT NOV. 23RD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........The number 1 is an apt number for Kyle Larson to carry on his USAC Midget's tail tank in this year's 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix." After all, number 1 is the finishing result we've become accustomed to in practically every racecar we've seen him strap into, whether it's Monday, Friday, Sunday or any day of the week that ends in the letter "y" for that matter.

Twice over the last five seasons late in the month of November, Thursday night has been kind to Yung Money's racing career. More on the point, a Thanksgiving night spent at a racetrack has served the Elk Grove, California native well.

As Larson steps into the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports No. 1 on Thanksgiving night 2017, Nov. 23rd, at California's Ventura Raceway, the 2012 and 2016 race winner has an opportunity to be included on a few exclusive lists that not even some of the best USAC and AAA Midget drivers of their era can boast about.

With another win in the TNGP featuring USAC's National and Light Up the World Beverages Western States Midgets, Larson would become just the third driver to win at least three Turkey Night midget races in his career. It's something that's only been accomplished twice over the 76 runnings of the prestigious event, first by Ron Shuman, whose incomparable record at Turkey Night includes eight wins in a 15-year span between 1979 and 1993. Billy Boat was the last to do so when he won his third in three years in 1997, the last of which, coincidentally enough, came at Ventura.

Eight drivers have gone back-to-back at "Turkey Night." Just four years into its beginning, Ronney Householder became the first to do the deed in 1936-37 at Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles, now the home to CBS Television City where such shows at the Price is Right is filmed. Roy Russing repeated the roar at Gilmore in 1940-41. It would be another 20 years before A.J. Foyt christened the new Ascot Park with victories in 1960-61.

Ron Shuman was Grover Cleveland-esque in his dominance for a decade-in-a-half beginning in the late-70s and running through the early-to-mid-nineties, serving two distinct, non-consecutive terms as the man in charge. The "Flying Shu" from Tempe, Arizona won four-straight from 1979-82, picked up two more wins in 1984 and 1987, then put together another two-straight years of victories for his final two in 1992-93.

Chuck Gurney was the first of two drivers to win consecutively near the turn of the decade to the 1990s. Gurney, of Livermore, California, won in 1988-89. Janesville, Wisconsin's Stan Fox closed out Ascot in grand style by winning the finale in 1990, then dominated Saugus Speedway one year later in 1991 to become the first and only driver thus far to win consecutively on dirt and pavement surfaces. Phoenix, Arizona's Billy Boat, whose son Chad will be competing at Turkey Night this year, is the only driver to win consecutively at three different venues: Bakersfield, Perris and Ventura. Bryan Clauson, of Noblesville, Indiana was the last to get the job done in 2009 and 2010.

In 2016, Larson, the reigning winner of the 98-lap race, became the sixth driver to win the TNGP at two different venues following his 2012 score at Perris Auto Speedway, joining the ranks of Mel Kenyon (Ascot & 605), Stan Fox (Ascot & Saugus), Ron Shuman (Ascot & Bakersfield) and Dave Darland (Irwindale & Perris). No one has touched Billy Boat's record of three-straight at three different tracks between 1995 and 1997 (Bakersfield, Perris & Ventura).

Despite a limited USAC Midget schedule over the past few years due to his regular duties as one of Chip Ganassi's top NASCAR pilots, Larson always takes to the dirt like a duck to water when he jumps behind the wheel of a midget. Though he lacks a tally in the USAC win column for 2017, he was the ProSource Fast Qualifier at both of his appearances this season during the first two rounds of Indiana Midget Week at Montpelier and Gas City. He was in contention to win both, finishing 3rd at Montpelier and battling for the lead at Gas City when he spun with 10 laps remaining, ultimately finishing 18th.

The November 23rd "Turkey Night Grand Prix" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Watch it again a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

2017 "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX" ENTRY LIST

CAR# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT / SPONSOR / CHASSIS / ENGINE

1 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA Keith Kunz Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Walker Filtration Systems/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL Rusty Kunz Racing/Adam Lopez Country Financil - Snap Fitness/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 1p TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA Terry Nichols/BSC - Masters Design & Construction/Spike/Chevy

2 ROBBY JOSETT/Santa Clarita, CA Robby Josett/RL & Sons Construction - JHC Heating & Air/Spike/Esslinger

® 2JD TYLER EDWARDS/Salina, OK Shenanigans-Neverlift Motorsports/Shenanigans Bar & Grill - Western Performance Parts/Spike/AMS Chevy

® 3F GEOFF ENSIGN/Sebastopol, CA Ted Finkenbinder/Western Industrial X-Ray/ Bullet/Warrior

® 4A LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA RAMS Racing/Rockwell Security/BOSS/Speedway Toyota

4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA Ken Dalby/R-D Spring & Stamping - Monster Seal/Spike/Esslinger

® 5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN Chase Briscoe/Big Tine - Tex-a-Con Cut Stone/Spike/Honda

® 7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 7R CLAYTON RUSTON/Upland, CA CR Motorsports/S & J Service Inc. - Alumin/Spike/Esslinger

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA Wally Pankratz/HASA Pool Products - Trench Shoring/Edmunds/Fontana

9D MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA Sean Dodenhoff/Torco Oil - Rocket Sports & Entertainment/Spike/Fontana

® 9E MACK DeMAN/Mississauga, ON Sean Dodenhoff/Torco Oil - Rocket Sports & Entertainment l/Spike/Fontana

11E CORY ELLIOTT/Bakersfield, CA Mitch Elliott/Capital E Trucking - FK Indy/Spike/Esslinger

17 CODY SWANSON/Covina, CA Swanson Family/West Evans Motorsports - Lucas Oil/Spike/Esslinger

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA Clauson-Marshall-Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 20AZ SHON DESKINS/Waddell, AZ Shon Deskins Racing/Performance Plus Engines - Simpson Racing/Spike/Chevy

21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/DeWalt - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

22Q DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA Neverlift Motorsports/Crysalli Artesian Water - Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes/Spike/AMS Chevy

25 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL Petry-Goff Motorsports/Petry Excavating - Gray Auto/Spike/Stanton Toyota

25c COURTNEY CRONE/Corona, CA Jerome Rodela/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines/Breka/Ed Pink Toyota

25x MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ Jerome Rodela/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines/King/Ed Pink Toyota

27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS Dale Klaasmeyer/WCI - Boss Chassis/Boss/Speedway Toyota

® 31 KYLE BEILMAN/Santa Monica, CA Bill Beilman/Stong Surety/Beast/Mopar

® 33m MASON DANIEL/Visalia, CA Scott Daniel/Young's Racing - Dylon Risk Management/Spike/Esslinger

® 39 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN Clauson-Marshall Racing/ Driven 2 Save Lives - Priority AviationSpike/Stanton SR-11

® 39BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 47 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, KS Cappy Mason/IMM - Wilwood Disc Brakes/Spike/Mopar

® 55 TONY EVERHART/El Cajon, CA Tony Everhart/Everhart Construction/Ellis/Ford

® 56 DANIEL ROBINSON/Wayne City, IL Fifty6x Racing/Automatic Garage Door, Inc. - Precision Driveline & Fabrication/Boss/Fontana

® 56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY Fifty6x Racing/Automatic Garage Door, Inc. - Precision Driveline & Fabrication/Boss/Stanton Toyota

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA Johnny Cofer/Tule Vista Ranches - Edmunds Auto Research/Spike/Esslinger

63 BRAD SWEET/Grass Valley, CA Dooling-Hayward Motorsports/Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton SR-11

63x FRANKIE GUERRINI/San Rafael, CA Frank Guerrini/F & F Racing - Davis Motorsports/Spike/Esslinger

67 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Black & Decker - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

68 RONNIE GARDNER/Riverside, CA Six8 Motorsports/PAC Springs - Wilwood Brakes/Stewart/Esslinger

71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Abreu Vineyards - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Spike Chassis - CVC Concrete/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA Drollinger Bros. Racing/Simpson Race Products - Walker Air Filtration/Stealth/Arias

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA Keith Ford/Walker Filtration Systems - King Racing Products/TCR/Esslinger

73T CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA Keith Ford/Walker Filtration Systems - King Racing Products/TCR/Esslinger

73x DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN Keith Ford/Walker Filtration Systems - King Racing Products/TCR/Esslinger

75 MATT MITCHELL/Yorba Linda, CA Wiley Miller/Roy Miller Freight Lines - Campbell Bros. Storage/TCR/Esslinger

76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota

84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 87 JAKE VERMEER/Bakersfield, CA Johnny Vermeer/Richmar Farms - Mobile AG/TCR/Esslinger

97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

98 DANNY STRATTON/Riverside, CA Ron Blondel/American Motorsports - Orange County Muffler/Edmunds/Fontana

 

 

USAC'S EXPANDED 2018 EASTERN STORM
ADDS BRIDGEPORT AND WEEDSPORT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The dates and venues have been set for the 12th annual USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Eastern Storm tour in 2018. Two first-time venues: Bridgeport Speedway and Weedsport Speedway have been locked-in as the newest additions to the six-race series scheduled for June 14-19.

It will mark the first time Eastern Storm schedule has been six races and the first time the series has spanned across three states in a single week with New York's initial appearance in Eastern Storm along with annual treks to Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Traditional Eastern Storm stops Grandview Speedway (June 14), Williams Grove Speedway (June 15), Port Royal Speedway (June 16) and Susquehanna Speedway (June 17) return to the lineup as the first four events Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

From there, the series heads back to the Garden State of New Jersey for the first time in two years to Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro on Monday, June 18.

"We're thrilled to bring what the fans have asked for," Bridgeport Speedway owner Brian Ramey said. "We are beyond excited to be a part of Eastern Storm for 2018."

The following night, Tuesday, June 19, Eastern Storm concludes at Weedsport Speedway, marking USAC's first ever visit to the track and the AMSOIL National Sprint Car division's first trip to New York since 2006.

"As we try to propel Weedsport Speedway further into the national spotlight, it's important to us to bring the top series here for our local fans," Weedsport promoter Jim Phelps said. "USAC fits that perfectly with its history and prestige and we have fans here who want to see USAC wingless sprint cars come back to New York."

Last year's Eastern Storm saw five different winners in five races, concluding with eventual USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Chris Windom taking the title. In fact, Eastern Storm has been a launching pad of sorts for drivers who've won its title throughout its history. Eight of the 11 previous champions have gone on to win the national title that very same year.

2018 EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE
Thursday, June 14: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Friday, June 15: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, June 16: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Sunday, June 17: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Monday, June 18: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)
Tuesday, June 19: Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS BACK IN BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY AFTER 17-YEAR HIATUS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California.........After a 17-year hiatus, USAC National Midgets are back at Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday night, November 18.

That last visit in 2000, 17 years to the day of this year's event, was won by Jay Drake that night driving for car owner Keith Kunz. All these years later, Kunz's team remains at the top of its game as the Columbus, Indiana-based team arrives at the final two-race West Coast set occupying the top spot in the National standings with driver Spencer Bayston.

The Lebanon, Indiana native is firmly in the driver's seat of a first national driving title with a 66-point advantage in the standings coming into Bakersfield. With a maximum 160 points available over the next two races, four drivers remain mathematically in contention for the title. Second-place Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) is the closest challenger, 66 points back, with Shane Golobic (Fremont, California) 77 points behind in third and defending series champ Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nevada) in fourth, 107 back.

Clauson/Marshall Racing has been Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports' largest thorn this season with the second-most victories in the series (5) between drivers Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana (3) and Justin Grant of Ione, California (2). All five of those victories have come at tracks one-third-of-a-mile in length or smaller, which Bakersfield and Nov. 23rd's Ventura (Calif.) Raceway are. Golobic (3rdin points) has been a contender all year with an Indiana Midget Week title under his belt, but is still seeking his first series win of 2017. Zeb Wise (Angola, Indiana) makes his long-awaited debut in a fourth car for CMR.

While it's been nearly two decades since the national boys and girls last took on the one-third-mile dirt oval at Bakersfield, the venue has been home to USAC National Midget racing since 1959 when Davey Moses captured the victory. Saturday's race will be the 20th such event held at Bakersfield. Drake (1997, 1998 & 2000) and Billy Vukovich (1966 & twice in 1967) own the most National victories there with three apiece.

While USAC National Midget appearances have been scarce, it has been a traditional stop on the USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget calendar, 106 times in fact, in all but one season since 1987.

Riverside, California's Ronnie Gardner has won six times at Bakersfield and the last three dating to last November's event. Gardner has swept both events at Bakersfield this season including March's season opener and the most recent visit in late September, leading 55 of the 60 total laps run in the process. However, he has yet to capture his first career USAC National feature victory.

Gardner leads the Western States contingent with a 128-point lead and has his sights set on clinching his fifth consecutive series title this Saturday, but he hasn't locked it up yet with Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) and David Prickett (Fresno, California) the only the remaining drivers with a sliver of hope to dethrone Gardner.

The Bakersfield race is the penultimate round of the 2017 USAC National Midget season. Interestingly enough, the National Midget schedule hasn't concluded with two-straight races in the Golden State since 2010. Of note, when the schedule has concluded with California events in the next-to-last and final race of the year, only three times has one driver won both: George Amick in 1957 (Clovis & Gardena), Parnelli Jones in 1964 (San Jose & Ascot) and Billy Boat in 1995 (Bakersfield & Perris).

Saturday at Bakersfield, pits open at 2pm, gates open at 4pm with racing scheduled to begin at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $16, senior and military tickets are $14, kids 6-12 are $8 and kids age 5 and under are FREE!

You can catch all the night's action live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. If you'd like to re-watch the flag-to-flag coverage for all of Saturday night's action at Bakersfield, catch it again a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

THOMAS TAKES OVAL NATIONALS;
WINDOM IS USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CHAMP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. unloaded his racecar from his hauler last Wednesday night as the man to beat when practice began for the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction.

When the time came to roll his car back into the hauler following Saturday night's 40-lap main event, the Cullman, Alabama was a richer man - by $25,000 - and had the hardware to show for it after scoring the victory in the 22nd annual event at Perris Auto Speedway.

Meanwhile, Chris Windom emerged as USAC's newest AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, defeating Justin Grant by a mere six points to earn his first series title just one year after capturing the Silver Crown championship. It was in late August that Windom found himself trailing Grant by 93 points and firmly believed his championship dreams had been dashed.

"Two months ago, when we got knocked out of the race at Kokomo, I thought our season was over," Windom said. "This means everything. Derek (Claxton), Billy (Grace) and I fought hard all year long for this. With Margo and Kenny Baldwin, we almost did this back in 2011. They've done so much for my career. I can't be any happier doing it for them."

Coming into this weekend, Thomas himself was a major player in the points race and was lurking in third, ready to pounce if either Windom or Grant faltered in any form or fashion during the three nights of racing at Perris. The championship wasn't in the cards this time around for Thomas, but, after being absent for the opening two races of the year, then constructing his own race team in the middle of the season, an "Oval Nationals" eagle trophy on his mantle sure is a shining testament to how strong he and his KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy were down the stretch.

"This is the top of the line right here," Thomas exclaimed. "This is everything you could ever want. You run all year to get your team ready and prepped, wanting to tweak on your cars and try to get faster each and every week, then cap it all off with an 'Oval Nationals' win. That's what our goals are. It's remarkable what our team's been able to do. I'm speechless. I don't even know what to do."

Thursday night winner Chase Stockon began the race from the outside of the front row and took the high side around Grant en route to the lead on the opening lap of the 40-lap A-Main where he would remain for the first 17 circuits.

Meanwhile, eyes were also affixed to the "race-within-a-race" scenario unfolding behind the leader in which Windom entered the event just 12 points ahead of Grant in the series standings. Inside the top-ten, each spot is worth three points and Windom had to remain within at least four positions behind Grant to maintain his grip atop the leaderboard.

By lap seven, fourth-starting Thomas had cleared Grant with a turn four maneuver to slide into second. At the same time, Windom dropped back a spot to fifth after Friday night winner Brody Roa took away the fourth spot.

As most of the field ringed around the topside, Thomas found a bit lower line to his liking between turns one and two as he began to hunt down Stockon for the race lead.

"It was definitely something I was thinking about earlier when I watched the B-mains," Thomas acknowledged. "I watched R.J. Johnson roll through the middle and turn some pretty good lap times. The Yamaha cars went out there with their skinny tires and I knew that would create a little more moisture in the middle of the track. I thought I could use it to my advantage until it wore out. When I got the lead, I was using it. I was almost worried that I just didn't know when it was going to go away. I felt myself slowing up just a little bit, then I got slid, then I had to start racing a little bit harder."

Stockon was able to answer each slider cast by Thomas, but just as Thomas put the move on him between turns three and four, the yellow flag flew for the sideways machines of Tommy Malcolm and Jace Vander Weerd that came to a rest on the front straightaway.

It took just a couple laps for Thomas to be in position for another crack at Stockon, which he made stick on the 18th lap with a turn three slider to assume the race lead. Just two laps later, Grant followed suit into second past Stockon for the runner-up spot at the halfway mark.

Grant seemed to come alive in the second-half and, when Thomas began to get hung up in lapped traffic, Grant was nearly in position to take advantage. However, with traffic running high and low, the exit ramp was blocked for both and Thomas was able to maintain his advantage.

With 10 laps remaining, the table was cleared for a mono y mono shootout between Thomas and Grant sans traffic with a clear track lying ahead of them following Max Adams' misfortune into the back straightaway wall on lap 31. With Windom laying in wait in fourth, Grant found himself in the midst of two separate races, but with the single goal of winning on his mind to maximize points.

Grant stuck right on Thomas' tail and was able to slide into the lead in turn three with eight laps remaining. One lap later, Thomas employed the same tactic, but Grant countered underneath Thomas off turn four to lead at the stripe by a half-car length. Grant slid up to the cushion in turn one with Thomas just inches behind. The two made slight bumper-to-bumper contact up top. The déjà vu scene repeated itself on lap 34 when Thomas dove to the bottom of the third turn, slid up and ripped the lead back away from Grant.

C.J. Leary was back in third, anticipating his next maneuver in this sprint car chess match, biding his time before sliding past Grant into second in turn one with five laps to go. Grant came right back at Leary into turn three with a slider. The two ran out of room up against the outside turn four wall with Leary kissing the concrete twice, resulting in damage on the right front.

With four to go on the ensuing restart, Thomas was merely a sitting duck fully aware what Grant's next move was going to be. Yet, Thomas felt he had a way to retain control of his own destiny on the first and second turn end of the half-mile oval.

"The only time I think that I had an advantage is I could kind of manipulate when Justin was going to slide me," Thomas explained. "If he slid me in three and four, it was so slick down there, you couldn't cross under. If I could manipulate where he slid me in one and two, I could get the cross under and get him going down the back straightaway. As much as I wanted to race in front of me, I was still racing behind me. They say that's a big no-no, but these guys are aggressive."

As Grant slid past Thomas into one, Thomas did exactly that and turned underneath off turn two to pull even with Grant on the back straightaway. In turn three, Thomas slid evenly with Grant up to the cushion. Grant snagged the curb just enough to hinder his progress and Thomas raced away to a ten car-length lead.

Seemingly, throughout the race, each time Grant was able to pick up a spot, Windom was a like a hawk, swooping in to take another spot and get those precious three points back instantly. When one dropped a spot, the other seemed to fall back. With Grant in second and Windom third on the final lap, Windom had some breathing room to spare as Chad Boespflug slipped by for third on the back straight and Windom slotted into fourth.

Up front, though, Thomas finished off the biggest payday of his career, winning by a second with Grant, hard charger Boespflug (from 13th), Windom and Robert Ballou rounding out the top-five.

"You see the white flag and you're leading the 'Oval Nationals,' you think 'don't screw up,' Thomas said. "Don't get white flag fever. I usually never even think about it. On this night, I did. I'm just glad that it all worked out. There's a lot of great teams out here. To be able to top all of them is pretty special."

On the final laps, Windom admitted to tiptoeing around the cushion, hoping to avoid a costly mistake. Like a bend, but don't break defense, every time Grant made a move to pick up a position, Windom seemingly had an answer. Windom knew where he had to be and what it was going to take to secure the title.

Many racers such as Windom seem to have an aura that make them seem like superheroes to the average person, as if they have ice water in their veins. However, as Windom admits, a championship on the line can put a racer on edge, amplifying the meaning of a seemingly ordinary task (to them).

"I was so nervous today, I don't think I sat still for two seconds," Windom admitted. "I didn't know how good the 11 car was going to be. I just knew where I needed to finish. Starting behind him, I knew where I needed to stay. I got to fourth and I just kind of hung out there until Justin and C.J. got into each other and I got to third. I wanted no part of that battle for the lead. You want to win the 'Oval Nationals,' but I wanted to win a USAC championship. I've won the 'Oval Nationals' before. I was here to win a USAC national championship. And we did it."

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," Windom continued. "I think tomorrow it will feel a little better. I've been so antsy and anxious this whole past week, coming here, taking the point lead and trying to maintain it. Once you get there, it's nerve-wracking. I can't be any happier than I am for this team. I know they wanted this just as much as I did. It just means so much."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Damion Gardner (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier & Competition Suspension, Inc. 1st Semi Winner), Mike Spencer (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger), Richard Vander Weerd (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Logan Williams (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Keizer Aluminum Wheels Super 6 Dash Winners), R.J. Johnson (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Semi Winner & (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 11, 2017 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.550; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.570; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.690; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.700; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.736; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-16.800; 7. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.852; 8. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-16.856; 9. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.873; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.920; 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.942; 12. Austin Liggett, 56, Phulps-16.973; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.995; 14. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.043; 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.080; 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-17.102; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.127; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.135; 19. Dave Darland, 21K, Kruseman-17.148; 20. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.203; 21. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-17.230; 22. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.262; 23. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.276; 24. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.285; 25. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-17.294; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.300; 27. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.364; 28. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.370; 29. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.414; 30. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.452; 31. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.478; 32. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-17.511; 33. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.108.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. Spencer, 2. Ballou, 3. Gardner, 4. A. Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Malcolm, 7. Chapple, 8. Edwards. 2:52.06

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Adams, 3. Martin, 4. Darland, 5. Sweeney, 6. Waitman, 7. C. Williams, 8. Meseraull. NT

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. R. Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Johnson, 4. Bacon, 5. McCarthy, 6. T. Williams, 7. J. Vander Weerd, 8. Gile. 2:49.64

INDY RACE PARTS/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS: FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. L. Williams, 2. Courtney, 3. Swanson, 4. Liggett, 5. Pickens, 6. Ellertson, 7. Marshall. 2:53.67

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SUPER 6 DASH: (6 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#11 McGhee), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#9K KT), 5. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 6. Brody Roa (#91R BR). 1:41.87

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Gardner, 2. Swanson, 3. Martin, 4. Gile, 5. Bacon, 6. McCarthy, 7. Darland, 8. Ellertson, 9. Waitman, 10. Liggett, 11. T. Williams. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Johnson, 2. Chapple, 3. C. Williams, 4. J. Vander Weerd, 5. Malcolm, 6. A. Williams, 7. Pickens, 8. Gansen, 9. Sweeney, 10. Marshall. 3:29.10

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 2. Justin Grant (1), 3. Chad Boespflug (13), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Robert Ballou (7), 6. Brody Roa (6), 7. Chase Stockon (2), 8. Damion Gardner (15), 9. Tyler Courtney (8), 10. Logan Williams (14), 11. Mike Spencer (10), 12. Austin Williams (25), 13. R.J. Johnson (16), 14. Cody Williams (20), 15. Jake Swanson (17), 16. Danny Faria, Jr. (11), 17. Isaac Chapple (18), 18. Mike Martin (19), 19. Chris Gansen (26), 20. Dennis Gile (21), 21. C.J. Leary (5), 22. Brady Bacon (23), 23. Max Adams (12), 24. Jace Vander Weerd (22), 25. Tommy Malcolm (24), 26. Richard Vander Weerd (9). NT
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**Meseraull flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Stockon, Laps 18-31 Thomas, Laps 32-33 Grant, Laps 34-40 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chad Boespflug (13th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: R.J. Johnson

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2290, 2-Grant-2284, 3-Thomas-2232; 4-Courtney-2166, 5-Stockon-2052, 6-Boespflug-1974, 7-Leary-1869; 8-Ballou-1820, 9-Bacon-1765, 10-Darland-1492.

FINAL USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1547, 2-Roa-1475, 3-Swanson-1376, 4-Spencer-1212, 5-A. Williams-1058, 6-C. Williams-960, 7-L. Williams-874, 8-Adams-799, 9-Gansen-768, 10-Thomas-756.

 

ROA RACKS WIN #1 ON "OVAL NATIONALS" NIGHT 2

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Following his career-best third-place finish the previous night, Brody Roa stated that, just a year and a half ago, he would've been laughing had you told him he was going to be on the podium at the "Oval Nationals."

One night later, the question had to be asked. Who's laughing now?

"I'm still laughing, just for a different reason," Roa exclaimed. "This is, by far, the biggest one. To do it at Perris, a track I grew up at and have always wanted to win at, and to do it during 'Oval Nationals' weekend, even if it's on a prelim night, it's against all the same guys we're running against tomorrow."

The Garden Grove, California native led all 30 laps Friday night to capture his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory on night two of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction. In doing so, he became the first driver to break into the win column for the first time in his career during the 2017 season, the latest in the year the series has had a first-time winner emerge.

An all CRA front row held down the front row when the green flag waved for the start of the 30-lap feature in memory of Evelyn Pratt. Roa wasn't content to bide his time and fall into line. He went on the attack, first sliding the now six-time CRA champ Damion Gardner for the advantage in turn one. Gardner quickly countered underneath Roa off turn two to retake the lead momentarily as Roa reached into his back pocket, pulled out the slingshot, and aimed his BR Performance/HD Industries - Burris Racing/Maxim/Shaver Chevy to the bottom of three before sliding back into the top spot.

By the fifth lap, Roa ran the fastest lap of the race on his way to constructing a half-straightaway lead over new second-place combatant Chad Boespflug. Roa's lead continued to grow ever larger to three-quarters of a straightaway when, on lap 13, Logan Williams climbed the turn two wall before coming back to earth on all four wheels to bring out the race's first caution.

From that point, Roa was in the midst of stop signs and red lights at seemingly every corner with a succession of incidents disrupting the rhythm of the race just on the other side of the halfway mark.

Stevie Sussex got upside down on lap 16, Austin Liggett found himself backward against the wall on lap 19, then ninth-running R.J. Johnson tagged the turn four wall with his right rear tire and tumbled over as Justin Grant, involved in a tight USAC National Sprint Car points race, barely escaped trouble. All drivers were uninjured.

On the restart with ten laps remaining, it became a battle between the green of Roa and the Mean Green of Boespflug. On prior restarts, Boespflug tested the waters with attempted sliders tossed at Roa to no avail as Roa kept his right foot glued to the throttle and powered away on the razor's edge of a cushion.

"On that first restart, I got a good enough start to where Chad showed me a nose, but he could never get there," Roa recalled. "I just kept trying to do the same thing over-and-over again. I knew our car had good forward bite and I could get down to turn one quickly. I just had to get to the center quick enough to where they couldn't slide me."

"I put it on the cushion getting into turn one on the restarts," Roa continued. "I think I had my left eye closed. If a slider was coming, I wasn't going to lift. I was going to drive around it. I didn't want to see it coming and screw up all my momentum. I tried not to look down the whole race. I just tried to keep my eye on my line and running the cushion around it. It was tough tonight, especially at the end, when it started taking rubber, I think. It started getting a little left rear tight on the cushion. A couple times off turn four, I jumped over it and I was just waiting for it coming down into one and it never happened."



Boespflug's Timehop revealed that it had been one year to the day since he scored an "Oval Nationals" prelim victory. On this night, it appeared that a repeat performance could be in the cards for Boespflug if there was any slip-up that Roa endured. On the 21st lap, that slip-up occurred, but, instead, it was Boespflug who became entangled in the ensuing web of misfortune.

Roa entered turn three and bounced his right rear rubber off the concrete. As he fought to regain control atop the cush, second-running Boespflug mimicked the same slap of the wall, but the result was much more intense. Boespflug climbed the wall, nearly flipping, before coming to a rest on the track. In the resulting madness, several cars became involved as they scrambled for safety, including top-ten runners Damion Gardner, Dave Darland and Chase Stockon. Robert Ballou was miraculously able to escape to daylight between the wall and the three sprinters that formed an auto blockade.

The high line between turns three and four represented a figurative tightrope that drivers had to balance down the stretch. Navigating it required precise detail and poise to the utmost degree.

"It was about six inches of solid dirt against the K-Rail. It wasn't very forgiving," Roa noted. "I could drive to it and try to connect the dots. I would get in, drive it to the next point and keep the car rolling somewhat straight around it, but on the throttle enough that it wouldn't get tight. I got the thing rolling straight down the straightaway and I knew we had good forward bite even if I drove off it, which I started doing a little bit in turn two toward the end of the race. Turning down off and just getting it rolling straight down the hill, I just gave the wall a little kiss halfway down the back straightaway to get it to stop sliding and get into three. I never saw a nose. And honestly, I wasn't even looking for the nose. We were going to win it or wear it tonight."

Roa wore leftover remnants of white wall dust, but was no worse for the wear as he was in a class of his own for 30-straight laps. Even Thomas, arguably the most consistently fast driver of late, couldn't do much with Roa on the final restart. Roa was downright surgical down the stretch as he stitched this deal up on his way to what would also be the third USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of his career and first at Perris ahead of Thomas, Windom, Grant and Ballou.

Roa's performance over the two preliminary nights locked him into a guaranteed spot in Saturday's A-Main along with Windom, Leary, Grant, Stockon and Thomas. Though there was a big cause for celebration in the wee hours of Friday night/Saturday morning, Roa had plans to get some rest and be fresh for the following day with his mind set on the biggest prize - Saturday night's $25,000-to-win finale.

"It's going to be tough, but you have to get some sleep," Roa acknowledges. "But this isn't like a Saturday night win at a normal show. You have to put your head back down 14 hours from now and get after it again. We'll get up in the morning, service the car and go through it. It does take a little bit of stress off tomorrow being locked in. It's a big weekend. The best of the best come out here and bring their A-game, but we brought ours too."

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas was the high-point man for the weekend after finishing second Friday night in his KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy. Despite the performance, he was not able to gain much ground in the race for the USAC National Sprint Car title with Windom and Grant finishing directly behind him in the running order. Now trailing by 67 points entering the final race and the reality of a 2017 USAC National championship appears to have dissipated.

Windom, of Canton, Illinois, and Grant came into the night's feature separated by just nine markers. With every position on the track worthier than gold at this moment, the fight for third came down to the final corner between the two with Windom besting Grant by a half-car length - and the extra three points - at the line in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

With a single race left Saturday night at Perris, Windom leads Grant by 12 points (four positions). A maximum of 70 points are available to the driver who wins the event.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), C.J. Leary (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Danny Faria, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner), Austin Liggett (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger), Logan Williams (Pyrotect Racing Cells 5th Heat Winner) and Max Adams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 10, 2017 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-16.302; 2. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-16.517; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.599; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.722; 5. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-16.738; 6. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-16.778; 7. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.791; 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.802; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.814; 10. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.851; 11. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.870; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.878; 13. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.883; 14. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-16.936; 15. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-16.941; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.956; 17. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.958; 18. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.987; 19. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-16.995; 20. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.002; 21. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.006; 22. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-17.028; 23. Austin Liggett, 56, Phulps-17.033; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.035; 25. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.045; 26. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.070; 27. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.113; 28. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.135; 29. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.161; 30. Carson Macedo, 73T, Ford-17.169; 31. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.213; 32. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.216; 33. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-17.243; 34. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-17.309; 35. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.326; 36. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.336; 37. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.383; 38. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.441; 39. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.474; 40. Shon Deskins, 42x, Cheney-17.669; 41. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.018; 42. Ronnie Gardner, 7K, Kruseman-18.022; 43. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Courtney, 3. Thomas, 4. Martin, 5. Malcolm, 6. Darland, 7. J. Vander Weerd, 8. Bender, 9. Marshall. 2:48.26

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Faria, 2. Chapple, 3. D. Gardner, 4. A. Williams, 5. Bacon, 6. Grant, 7. Meseraull, 8. Gile, 9. R. Gardner. 2:50.28

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Liggett, 2. Spencer, 3. Stockon, 4. Johnson, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. T. Williams, 7. Gansen, 8. Waitman, 9. Ellertson. 2:51.16

INDY RACE PARTS/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS: FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Adams, 3. Windom, 4. Roa, 5. C. Williams, 6. Pickens, 7. Edwards, 8. Sweeney. 2:50.15

PYTROTECT RACING CELLS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. L. Williams, 2. Sussex, 3. R. Vander Weerd, 4. Boespflug, 5. Swanson, 6. Deskins, 7. McCarthy, 8. Macedo. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Macedo, 3. Swanson, 4. Darland, 5. Malcolm, 6. Bender, 7. Meseraull, 8. J. Vander Weerd, 9. Gansen, 10. T. Williams, 11. Edwards, 12. Pickens, 13. Gile, 14. Ellertson, 15. Deskins, 16. Sweeney, 17. Waitman, 18. Marshall, 19. C. Williams, 20. Schuerenberg, 21. Bacon, 22. McCarthy. NT

EVELYN PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brody Roa (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (4), 4. Justin Grant (7), 5. Robert Ballou (23), 6. Tyler Courtney (10), 7. Richard Vander Weerd (16), 8. C.J. Leary (21), 9. Brady Bacon (25), 10. Jake Swanson (9), 11. Mike Spencer (14), 12. Chase Stockon (5), 13. Max Adams (15), 14. Danny Faria, Jr. (18), 15. Damion Gardner (2), 16. Austin Williams (11), 17. Isaac Chapple (22), 18. Austin Liggett (19), 19. Mike Martin (17), 20. Jeremy Ellertson (27), 21. Chad Boespflug (3), 22. Dave Darland (8), 23. R.J. Johnson (12), 24. Stevie Sussex (13), 25. Carson Macedo (24), 26. Logan Williams (20), 27. Cody Williams (26). NT
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**Sussex flipped on lap 16 of the feature. Johnson flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Roa.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (23rd to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Max Adams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2229, 2-Grant-2217, 3-Thomas-2162; 4-Courtney-2120, 5-Stockon-2000, 6-Boespflug-1910, 7-Leary-1846; 8-Ballou-1762, 9-Bacon-1742, 10-Darland-1482.

NEW USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1498, 2-Roa-1420, 3-Swanson-1343, 4-Spencer-1171, 5-A. Williams-1019, 6-C. Williams-925, 7-L. Williams-831, 8-Adams-776, 9-Gansen-743, 10-Thomas-686.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 11 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

 

STOCKON REELS OFF 2ND STRAIGHT WIN
ON NIGHT 1 OF "OVAL NATIONALS"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........It's almost a shame the racing season is nearing its end. After all, Chase Stockon's season feels like it's just beginning.

After waiting more than 15 months to get his ninth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory last Saturday night at Arizona Speedway, the Fort Branch, Indiana driver had to wait just five more nights to get his 10th on night one of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway, tying him with Tony Stewart for 46th on the series' career win list.

Additionally, he's just the third driver in the history of the series to win his first two USAC National Sprint Car features of the season after the month of November, following in the steps of Damion Gardner in 2005 and Kevin Swindell in 2008.

Stockon has achieved success when the series has traveled west in prior years, but had not yet tamed Perris where he has a second-place finish to his credit during an "Ovals" prelim in 2013. That was the same era in which the team has based their recent set-ups on over the past month, and by all accounts, appears to be paying large dividends for Stockon and his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher.

"We changed some stuff around in the shock package to get things a little more comfortable for me," Stockon reiterated from his interview following last week's 'Western World' victory. "On our own, with this setup and the rest of the racecar, we went back to four or five years ago and did kind of the same thing with the shock package. We've got something that works really well for us and it seems like we've been trying to hit that all year, but have struggled finding it. I'm trying to stay humble, but we go race-by-race and it can always change tomorrow."

With seemingly a new lease on life in racing terms, Stockon secured the lead at the drop of the green from his outside front row starting position and was quickly able to split to a near half-straight lead while C.J. Leary and Brody Roa worked the bottom to slip underneath pole sitter Danny Faria, Jr. on the ensuing two laps to snag second and third, respectively.

By the 11th lap, Stockon was Neil Diamondesque as he served as a solitary man, all by his lonesome, at the front of the field possessing a 1.7 second advantage. However, Josh Hodges engine began to billow with smoke as he slowed in turn two to bring out the yellow flag, bringing an end to his night and his "Oval Nationals" weekend in one fell swoop.

With the lead now erased, Stockon blasted from the launching pad and quickly constructed a sizable advantage over Leary and Roa yet again. However, soon after the halfway mark, that deficit began to shrink and the tension started to grow as Leary was close enough to duck a nose underneath Stockon in a bid for the lead on lap 19.

One lap later, Leary used a picture-perfect run on the high side of turns three and four to glide around Stockon for the race lead. Undeterred, Stockon fought his way back into the frame to rip the spot away from Leary with a turn three slider on lap 21.

"We changed some stuff around in the shock package to get things a little more comfortable for me. On our own, with this setup and the rest of the racecar, we went back to four or five years ago and did kind of the same thing with the shock package. We've got something that works really well for us and it seems like we've been trying to hit that all year, but have struggled finding it. I'm trying to stay humble, but we go race-by-race and it can always change tomorrow."
- Chase Stockon -
(Rich Forman Photo)

Stockon's trusted line of high in turns one and two and on the bottom of three and four became a rug tugged away from him as he entered lapped traffic with Leary in tow throughout the final two-thirds of the 30-lapper. With track conditions everchanging, no piece of real estate was off-limits as the pair searched high, low and middle.

"It was kind of a tough race for me," Stockon explained. "I could feel myself slowing down in (turns) three and four as the bottom started to wear out. With C.J. behind me, I knew he was going to be charging the top. With lapped cars up there, I started moving around down in three and four. I was still able to get above a few of them before they came out to the wall on the front stretch. For the longest time, I thought the lapped cars were helping me out a little bit in that aspect. Then I kept seeing C.J.'s nose. For the whole race, he kept pressuring me and pressuring me, making me drive a little harder."

With three laps remaining, Leary raised the stakes and made his bid for the lead, entering turn one low as Stockon rode high. The two drag-raced side-by-side down the back straight as they followed the lapped car of Austin Liggett into turn three. Stockon lunged ahead entering the third turn while Leary followed him on the cushion. As the two came off four, Leary appeared poised to set up a turn one slider on Stockon. Instead, the caution was displayed for the former CFL quarterback and current Southwest Sprint Car regular Dennis Gile, who slowed to a stop in turn two and bringing an end to his USAC National and CRA Sprint Car debut.

"There at the end, at the point of the race I thought lapped traffic was helping me, from what the guys tell me, it was actually kind of hurting me," Stockon revealed. "I think that caution kind of saved us there at the end. It gave us one last chance to have a clean track for three laps and just run it as hard as we could to the finish."

And that's exactly what Stockon did as he took advantage of the traffic-less expressway that lie ahead of him and never allowed Leary another chance to retaliate, racing to a one-second victory over Leary, Roa, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney.

"C.J. and I have always raced hard and clean against each other," Stockon said. "I know there's respect between the two of us. He wants to win just as badly as I do. On that restart, I knew I had to get off four really well and get into one without making a mistake. I feel like I did that and stretched it out on him."

C.J. Leary posted a fine second-place performance in his Leary Racing/Leary Construction - Highsmith Guns/DRC/1-Way Chevy. The 2014 360-Sprint Car "Oval Nationals" champion out of Greenfield, Indiana felt that, without that last caution, this night could've belonged to him.

"It's tough to come up short there at the end," Leary lamented. "I think that if it would've stayed green, I would've had a better shot to win. Chase was pretty good and we set a really fast pace the entire time. At one point, I finally went to the top in three and four and I got by. I just don't know how he got back by us."

Garden Grove, California's Brody Roa was the top of the CRA contingent with a career-best USAC National Sprint finish of third in his BR Performance/HD Industries - Burris Racing/Maxim/Shaver Chevy.

"A year and a half ago, I would've been laughing if you told me I was going to be on the podium on any night of the 'Oval Nationals.' I think we're really getting our stuff together and my confidence is up. Everyone on the team is clicking right now and making good decisions."

Chris Windom hustled his way from 15th to seventh to earn KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger of the Race honors. But, the seventh-place finish was even more personally rewarding as he extended his lead from three to nine over ninth-place finisher Justin Grant with just two races remaining, Friday and Saturday at Perris, until the championship is settled.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner and KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger), R.J. Johnson (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Logan Williams (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner), Austin Liggett (Pyrotect Racing Cells 5th Heat Winner) and Jake Swanson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 9, 2017 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-16.303; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.312; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-16.428; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.573; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.576; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.633; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.659; 8. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.673; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.679; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.696; 11. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.715; 12. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.718; 13. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.741; 14. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.744; 15. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.758; 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.774; 17. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.780; 18. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.822; 19. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-16.847; 20. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.909; 21. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-16.973; 22. Max Adams, 5, Adams-16.999; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.044; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.047; 25. Austin Liggett, 56, Phulps-17.047; 26. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-17.066; 27. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.100; 28. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.150; 29. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.169; 30. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.202; 31. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.226; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.256; 33. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.304; 34. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-17.355; 35. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-17.387; 36. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.478; 37. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.499; 38. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.550; 39. Ronnie Gardner, 7K, Kruseman-17.551; 40. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.632; 41. Carson Macedo, 73T, Ford-18.261; 42. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.446; 43. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Stockon, 4. Thomas, 5. Gansen, 6. Pickens, 7. Martin, 8. Meseraull, 9. Macedo. 2:55.22

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Adams, 3. Faria, 4. Malcolm, 5. R. Vander Weerd, 6. Sweeney, 7. Marshall, 8. D. Gardner. NT

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Johnson, 2. Spencer, 3. Chapple, 4. Hodges, 5. Grant, 6. J. Vander Weerd, 7. Ellertson, 8. Edwards. 2:53.36

INDY RACE PARTS/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS: FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. L. Williams, 2. C. Williams, 3. Courtney, 4. Roa, 5. Darland, 6. Ballou, 7. Sussex, 8. R. Gardner. 2:51.74

PYTROTECT RACING CELLS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Liggett, 2. Swanson, 3. Leary, 4. Gile, 5. Bacon, 6. T. Williams, 7. A. Williams, 8. Waitman. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Ballou, 3. R. Vander Weerd, 4. Meseraull, 5. D. Gardner, 6. A. Williams, 7. Bacon, 8. Darland, 9. Pickens, 10. Martin, 11. T. Williams, 12. J. Vander Weerd, 13. Edwards, 14. Sussex,
15. Macedo, 16. Ellertson, 17. Bender, 18. R. Gardner, 19. Sweeney, 20. Gansen, 21. Waitman, 22. Marshall. 3:26.55

BILL PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chase Stockon (2), 2. C.J. Leary (4), 3. Brody Roa (5), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 5. Tyler Courtney (12), 6. Robert Ballou (10), 7. Chris Windom (15), 8. Damion Gardner (26), 9. Justin Grant (7), 10. Thomas Meseraull (8), 11. R.J. Johnson (11), 12. Richard Vander Weerd (9), 13. Jake Swanson (13), 14. Mike Spencer (16), 15. Brady Bacon (25), 16. Danny Faria, Jr. (1), 17. Chad Boespflug (21), 18. Hunter Schuerenberg (14), 19. Cody Williams (19), 20. Austin Liggett (20), 21. Isaac Chapple (18), 22. Tommy Malcolm (22), 23. Logan Williams (23), 24. Max Adams (17), 25. Dennis Gile (24), 26. Austin Williams (27), 27. Josh Hodges (3). NT
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**McCarthy flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Stockon, Lap 20 Leary, Laps 21-30 Stockon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (15th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jake Swanson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2156, 2-Grant-2147, 3-Thomas-2083; 4-Courtney-2058, 5-Stockon-1951, 6-Boespflug-1880, 7-Leary-1789; 8-Bacon & Ballou-1696, 10-Darland-1457.

NEW USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1459, 2-Roa-1345, 3-Swanson-1298, 4-Spencer-1123, 5-A. Williams-983, 6-C. Williams-902, 7-L. Williams-800, 8-Gansen-733, 9-Adams-732, 10-McCarthy-628.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 10-11 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

THOMAS THE FASTEST
ON "OVAL NATIONALS" PRACTICE NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. led all drivers by recording the fastest lap in Wednesday's open practice session at Perris Auto Speedway in preparation for the Nov. 9-10-11 Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction.

The Cullman, Alabama driver timed in with a lap of 16.576 seconds around the half-mile dirt oval in the first of four sessions to lay down the top time of the night. Following Thomas with fastest overall times were Josh Hodges (16.748), Brady Bacon (16.872), Danny Faria, Jr. (16.880) and C.J. Leary (16.926).

Thomas, Robert Ballou, Hodges, and Richard Vander Weerd were the fastest drivers in each of the four sessions.

Thomas is among four drivers that remain mathematically eligible to win the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. He sits third in the points, 85 out of the lead. Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, fifth in points and 102 behind the leader was seventh quickest in practice. Neither series point leader Chris Windom nor second-place Justin Grant competed in the open practice. Windom holds a slim three-point lead in the standings with three races left, all at Perris this weekend.

Complete programs concluding with 30-lap features hit the track on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10. Pits open at noon both nights with front gates opening at 4pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 4:30 with cars set for on-track activities at 5pm. For Saturday's $25,000-to-win main event, pits open at noon, front gates at 3pm, an autograph session at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 4:45pm.

All three nights of racing at the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. If you miss it or want to re-watch it again, http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ will have flag-to-flag on-demand coverage of each night posted a day following the event.

WEDNESDAY PRACTICE TIMES:
1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-16.576
2. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.748
3. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.872
4. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.880
5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.926
6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.984
7. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.992
8. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.050
9. Austin Liggett, 56, Phulps-17.130
10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.164
11. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.166
12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.188
13. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.235
14. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.248
15. Stevie Sussex, 42, Chaney-17.319
16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.350
17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.427
18. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.479
19. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-17.492
20. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-17.632
21. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.638
22. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-17.640
23. Ronnie Gardner, 7K, Kruseman-17.712
24. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-17.840
25. Carson Macedo, 73T, Ford-18.146
26. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.500

DID NOT PRACTICE:
Austin Williams, 2, Jory
Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder
Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander
Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen
Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen
Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin
Logan Williams, 5J, Jory
Justin Grant, 11, McGhee
Mike Martin, 16, Martin
Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy
Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI
Cody Williams, 44, Jory
R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin
Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics
Brody Roa, 91R, BR
Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich
Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson
Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy

 

 

OVAL NATIONALS LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT NOV. 9-10-11

Perris, California.........This weekend's 22nd Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction from Perris Auto Speedway will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

The prestigious race on Nov. 9-10-11 features three consecutive nights of complete racing programs, concluding with A-Main events each night and finishing up with the grand finale Saturday - a $25,000-to-win affair that will serve as the season closer for both the USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars.

This year's "Ovals" are chock full of storylines, including a tight USAC National Sprint Car points race in which five drivers remain mathematically eligible to win. Chris Windom leads Justin Grant by a mere three points while the top-four of Windom, Grant, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney are separated by just 102 points, both the closest margins for the series in at least the past 20 years.

The festivities for the "Oval Nationals" begin Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10. Pits open at noon both nights with front gates opening at 4pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 4:30 with cars set for on-track activities at 5pm. For Saturday's $25,000-to-win main event, pits open at noon, front gates at 3pm, an autograph session at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 4:45pm.

Also announced recently is that the Nov. 18 USAC National & Light Up the World Beverages Western States Midgets from Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway as well as the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" from Ventura (Calif.) Raceway featuring USAC Western States Midgets and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars on Nov. 22-23 will be streamed LIVE on Speed Shift TV.

If you miss the "Ovals" or want to re-watch it again, http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ will have flag-to-flag on-demand coverage of each night posted a day following the event.

 


 

THOMAS & COURTNEY LURKING IN THE SHADOWS FOR USAC SPRINT TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Much of the attention throughout the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season has focused on the only two men who have held down the top-spot in the standings: Chris Windom and Justin Grant.

While those two have undoubtedly been the class of the standings for the majority of the season, there are, in fact, five drivers who remain mathematically eligible to win the title. Although, realistically, four drivers: Windom, Grant, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney have a shot coming into this weekend's final three events Nov. 9-10-11 in the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

The race at the top has been well documented. The three-point separation between point leader Windom and second-place Grant at this juncture is the closest the standings have been in the last 20 seasons. But, the margin between the drivers who can potentially walk away with the title this weekend is just as unprecedented.

In fact, the differential from first through fourth in this year's standings with three races left is 102. That may seem like a large amount at first glance. However, consider this. Since 1997, no points race has been as tight as this year's. Only the years 2001 and 2008 even come close at 144, 32 more than this year's points chase.

To illustrate this fact, consider the points difference between first and fourth in the USAC National Sprint Car standings in that time frame: 1997: 528, 1998: 458, 1999: 707, 2000: 245, 2001: 144, 2002: 453, 2003: 580, 2004: 227, 2005: 254, 2006: 263, 2007: 336, 2008: 144, 2009: 329, 2010: 293, 2011: 207, 2012: 159, 2013: 229, 2014: 175, 2015: 195, 2016: 415, 2017: 102.

Sure, Thomas and Courtney will have their work cut out for them. Yet, nobody has put their car in victory lane more than these two in USAC competition this season at five times a piece. A maximum of 84 points are available to a driver if he sweeps the night's racing card on Thursday and Friday at Perris if he records fast time (6 points), wins his heat race (8 points) and captures the feature victory (70 points). Saturday night's format will reward only feature starting points as well as appearance points (to those who miss the feature) for a max of 70.

For instance, Grant's mechanical trouble last Friday at Arizona Speedway put him 19th at the checkered, resulting in a gain of 25 points. The race winner, meanwhile, was +45 on Grant that night. Ground can be made up in a hurry if mechanical trouble befalls a team throughout the weekend or if a driver gets caught up in an accident. While these are not unusual occurrences during a long, arduous season, each position and each setback is magnified at this juncture.

The season-opening events in Ocala, Florida seemed to have had a profound effect on setting the tone in the points race. Cullman, Alabama's Thomas has been superb since rejoining the series in April, but his absence at Ocala while racing elsewhere did not provide any points to help his cause. Likewise, Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney struggled mightily, to begin the season, recording five-straight finishes of 12th or worse to begin the season. Since then, he's only had five total that were 12th or worse.

At this point, nearly everything needs to be perfect to win a title. With everything on the line, mistakes can be ultra-costly. And with four drivers in the hunt, that means, more than likely, one of those guys will be in a position to capitalize if another falters. On the flip side, the driver needs to be aggressive. In sprint car racing, "riding around" isn't much of an option, especially those with nothing to lose and $25,000 to gain as Perris is this weekend.

That's what makes this coming weekend so special. So many storylines are contained within a single event: a "marathon" that rewards those who were the best throughout the entire season as well as a "sprint" that brings riches to the best on one particular night. The best will emerge at the forefront at Perris and we are the fortunate ones who will get to witness history regardless of how it plays out. Absolutely nothing can be counted out this weekend. Although, counting points will play a major role throughout the weekend. Count on it.

Practice night on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5-9pm begins the festivities for the 22nd "Oval Nationals" at Perris. Complete programs with 30-lap features hit the track on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10. Pits open at noon both nights with front gates opening at 4pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 4:30 with cars set for on-track activities at 5pm. For Saturday's $25,000-to-win main event, pits open at noon, front gates at 3pm, an autograph session at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 4:45pm.

All three nights of racing at the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. If you miss it or want to re-watch it again, http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ will have flag-to-flag on-demand coverage of each night posted a day following the event.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA & USAC NATIONAL SPRINTS BATTLE FOR $25,000-TO-WIN AT 22ND PERRIS OVAL NATIONALS

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 7, 2017... After a hard fought Western World Championships in Arizona, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and National Sprint Car Series are ready to clash at Don Kazarian's Perris Auto Speedway for the "22nd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by All Coast Construction." Opening with a special Wednesday night practice, close to fifty racers from across the country have entered the three-day event. Capped off with a 40-lap main event on Saturday, the prestigious event has a total purse over $100,000 and will pay $25,000 to the winner. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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

The festivities will begin on Wednesday, November 8th with a special practice session for cars that are only entered in the Oval Nationals. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 6:00pm. The concession stand will be open with $2 pizza, $2 soda, and $2 beers for sale. Spectator gates will open at 4:00pm on Thursday & Friday with Racing at 7:00pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open and 3:00pm, an autograph session on the front straightaway will be at 3:00pm, and Racing is set for 6:45pm. The current Oval Nationals pre-entry list is at the end of this release.

This year, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman will serve as Grand Marshall of the prestigious race. The future hall of fame driver made his sprint car debut in 1994 with the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) and scored wins at Chico and Imperial as a rookie. Since then, Kruseman won the Non-Wing World Championship (1999), Chili Bowl Championship (2000, 2004), SCRA Sprint Car Championship (2001), Indiana Sprint Week Championship (2002, 2005), USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship (2006), USAC Western States Midget Championship (2011), and the VRA Midget Championship (2011). In addition, “The Kruser” has won some of the most the prominent races on the West Coast such as the Budweiser Oval Nationals (2003, 2004), 360 Western World Championships (2005, 2006, 2007), Bagley Classic (2001, 2003, 2005) California Racers Hall of Fame Night (2013), Copper On Dirt / Midget (2007), Doug Fort Memorial (2012, 2013), Firecracker (1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009), Glenn Howard Classic (2010), Jack Kindoll Classic (1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007), Louie Vermeil Midget Classic (2010), Ron Otto Memorial (2006), Salute to Indy (1997, 2001, 2005), and Sokola Classic (2004). In USAC/CRA history, Kruseman is currently tied for third with fifteen Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards and ranks third in series wins with 35 victories.

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

Entering the twenty-first point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 132-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored eleventh in last Saturday’s Western World finale at Arizona Speedway. To date, the five-time champion has five feature wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eleven heat race victories, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 150 feature laps led on the year. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” leads all drivers with 75 career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to earn his fourth Oval Nationals victory and sixth USAC/CRA crown.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has reclaimed second in the championship point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa led the opening lap before placing sixth in the Western World Championships. At press time, last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one dash win, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led to his credit. Brody has two career USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on adding the Oval Nationals to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer Triple X, Swanson ran sixteenth in the Arizona Speedway feature. To date, the newly crowned USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the season. Jake has one career USAC/CRA victory and will be looking to score the $25,000 victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer finished nineteenth in the Western World Championships. At press time, the five-time champion has one feature win, four heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the year. Mike ranks second with 38 career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on his second Oval Nationals triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is fifth in the point standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams placed twentieth in last Saturday’s main event. To date, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and eleven top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied with Garrett Hansen for twentieth on the USAC/CRA win list and will be looking to earn the $25,000 payday.

Currently tenth in points, Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) is also in contention.

Chris Windom (Canton, Illinois) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. Justin Grant, Kevin Thomas Jr., “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Chase Stockon, “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug, C.J. Leary, “Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “The Madman” Robert Ballou, and “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland round out the top-10 in points.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS WINNERS: 1996-Jimmy Sills, 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Rodney Argo, 1999-Rickie Gaunt, 2000-Tony Jones, 2001-Bud Kaeding, 2002-Bud Kaeding, 2003-Cory Kruseman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Dave Darland, 2006-Dave Darland, 2007-Bud Kaeding, 2008-Jesse Hockett, 2009-Damion Gardner, 2010-Chris Windom, 2011-Damion Gardner, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Robert Ballou, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 3-R.J. Johnson, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Max Adams, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 43-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2- Austin Williams, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

2017 BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS PRE-ENTRY LIST: (Provided by Perris Auto Speedway) 2-Austin Williams, 4-Damion Gardner, 4D-TBA, 4G-Chris Gansen, 4S-Mike Spencer, 5-Logan Williams, 5-Chris Windom, 5M-Max Adams, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 7K-Ronnie Gardner, 8-Joe Stornetta Jr., 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr., 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 11-Justin Grant, 17V-Danny Faria Jr., 17GP-Tyler Thomas, 19-Brady Short, 19S Hunter Schuerenberg, 21-A.J. Bender, 21K-Landon Cling, 23C-Tyler Courtney, 28M-Matt McCarthy, 30-C.J. Leary, 32-Chase Stockon, 39-Kyle Edwards, 42-Stevie Sussex, 44-Cody Williams, 51-Eddie Tafoya, 52-Isaac Chapple, 56-Ryan Bernal, 69-Chad Boespflug, 73-Dave Darland, 73T-Carson Macedo, 74X-Josh Hodges, 81-Michael Pickens, 83-Austin Liggett, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 90-Randy Waitman, 91-Brody Roa, 92-Jake Swanson, 92M-TBA, 98-Verne Sweeney, 98-Jeremy Ellertson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1405, 2. Brody Roa-1273, 3. Jake Swanson-1254, 4. Mike Spencer-1081, 5. Austin Williams-960, 6. Cody Williams-870, 7. Logan Williams-769, 8. Chris Gansen-723, 9. Max Adams-702, 10. Matt McCarthy-618, 11. Jeremy Ellertson-601, 12. Richard Vander Weerd-560, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr.-535, 14. R.J. Johnson-506, 15. Tyler Courtney-502, 16. Danny Faria Jr.-427, 17. Jace Vander Weerd-409, 18. Tommy Malcolm-393, 19. Chase Johnson-391, 20. Ronnie Gardner-386.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Chris Windom-2096, 2. Justin Grant-2093, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr.-2011, 4. Tyler Courtney-1994, 5. Chase Stockon-1875, 6. Chad Boespflug-1843, 7. C.J. Leary-1714, 8. Brady Bacon-1663, 9. Robert Ballou-1638, 10. Dave Darland-1447, 11. Thomas Meseraull-1267, 12. Jarett Andretti-1243, 13. Josh Hodges-1233, 14. Aaron Farney-871, 15. Isaac Chapple-868, 16. Shane Cottle-751, 17. Kyle Cummins-739, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg-606, 19. Jerry Coons Jr.-514, 20. Carson Short-506

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series
Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series

RICK GOUDY NAMED GRAND MARSHAL OF THE TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 7, 2017... Ventura Raceway promoter Jim Naylor and Agajanian Promotions are pleased to announce that Rick Goudy has been named Grand Marshal of the 77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Featuring the USAC National and Light Up The World Beverages Western States Midgets along with the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars, the popular 2-day event starts Wednesday, November 22nd.

Goudy, who won the Thanksgiving Classic at Ascot Park in 1978, is the only driver to win the prestigious race and the CRA (California Racing Association) Sprint Car Championship in the same year. “I'm very proud and honored to be selected to be the Grand Marshal of this year’s USAC Turkey Night Grand Prix. To win the Grand Prix has been a goal of mine since the 1950s and the winning Grand Prix drivers of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s were my heroes. The win in 1978 was so very special for me and my family,” said Goudy.

Piloting Stan Lee’s #66 Continental Airlines VW powered Edmunds, Rick won the 100-lap race ahead of Sleepy Tripp, Johnny Anderson, Jon Rahe, and Mike Gregg. Goudy recalled, “I purposely lagged back in the field to save my energy as well as the car performance. Ascot's surface was very heavy and tacky that Thanksgiving, which required extra stamina by the driver as well as the car. One hundred laps on such a surface would be the most demanding race a midget driver would experience during the year racing around the country. We were very happy when our plan to conserve for the end of the race played out. I passed Rich Vogler and Sleepy Tripp about lap 92 and won. Racing at Ascot was a very special experience for midget racers and fans.”

Before adding his name to the Turkey Night winner’s list, Goudy gave the Morales Brothers their sixth CRA Sprint Car Championship in 1978. Racing the famed #2 Alex Xlnt Foods Edmunds “Tamale Wagon,” Rick earned his first victory on September 4th at Ascot, where he claimed the twin main events. From September 16th to October 7th, Rick won five races in a row and closed out the season with nine victories, including a World of Outlaws victory at Chula Vista on October 22nd.

Born in Akron, Ohio in 1946, Goudy was raised in Norwalk, California and began racing quarter midgets at eight years old. With a crew consisting of his father George and brother Gary, Rick raced against future stars Dean Thompson, Bobby Olivero, Mike Mosley, and Danny Caruthers. Gaining valuable experience, Goudy moved up the ranks and graduated to half midgets before jumping directly to CRA Sprint Cars in 1967, where he earned Rookie of the Year honors.

Goudy’s racing career nearly came to an end at an Ascot CRA Sprint Car race on April 27, 1968. Racing the Baker & Altrip #10 entry, Rick’s throttle stuck on the last lap of the feature and a crash into the wall resulted in a fiery blaze. The safety crews arrived quickly to extinguish the fire and he was transported to a local hospital. Suffering multiple first, second, and third degree burns throughout his body, Goudy underwent skin grafts and surgery on his road to recovery.

After recuperating, Rick returned to racing the following year with the NMRA TQ Midgets and later with the URA and USAC Midgets. Gaining confidence and winning main events, Goudy’s efforts were rewarded by claiming the 1970 URA Championship and finishing second to Gary Bettenhausen at the Turkey Night Grand Prix that same year.

Goudy returned to the CRA Sprint Car wars in 1971 and placed seventeenth in points despite missing the first five races. The following season, Rick won his first sprint car race at a 100-lap unsanctioned event in San Jose, California on June 1st. Driving the Leonard Faas owned “King O’ Lawn” Midget, Goudy scored USAC National victories at Springfield, Illinois on July 29th and Phoenix, Arizona’s Manzanita Speedway on November 3rd. As his schedule allowed, Rick also competed with the USAC National Sprints and Dirt Champ Cars.

Employed as an engineer, Rick’s full-time job would keep his racing close to home like many racers on the West Coast. Racing for car owners Leonard Faas, Bill Pratt, Rocky Grimsley, and Alex Morales, Goudy enjoyed success with CRA and became one the most popular drivers on the circuit with his smooth driving style. This includes winning the CRA Midget Championship driving for Stan Lee in 1974.

After a career year in 1978, Rick won two early season races at Ascot in the Morales “Tamale Wagon” and then announced his retirement. With his wife Kathy, two children to raise, and his Streaker Wheels company, Goudy hung up his racing helmet as the reigning champion. Rick later sold his company and worked on projects for NASA and the space shuttle.

At the time of his retirement from CRA in 1979, Rick Goudy had posted fifteen fast time awards, twenty-six trophy dash wins, thirty-one sprint car feature wins, and five midget triumphs.

On Wednesday, November 22nd, the festivities for the 77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix will begin with qualifying and racing for the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars. The USAC National and Western States Midgets will have a special practice session. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will have their semi-mains and feature, while the midgets will qualify, race their semi-mains, and compete in a 98-lap main event. There will be a special driver autograph session at intermission on both nights.

ARP Bolts is offering a special $50,000 bonus to the driver that wins both the Thursday night sprint car and midget main events. A talented roster of drivers from across the country are expected at this prestigious event.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. More event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

*Thanks to Dick Jordan, Rick Goudy, and Tim Kennedy for their assistance on this press release.
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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX WINNERS:
1934-Bob Swanson; 1935-Ted Sizemore; 1936-Ronney Householder; 1937-Ronney Householder; 1938-Bob Swanson; 1939-Mel Hansen; 1940-Roy Russing; 1941-Roy Russing; 1945-Danny Oakes; 1946-Perry Grimm; 1947-Johnny McDowell; 1948-Bill Vukovich; 1949-Perry Grimm; 1950-Bill Zaring; 1955-Johnnie Parsons; 1956-Edgar Elder; 1957-George Amick; 1958-Joe Garson; 1959-Tony Bettenhausen; 1960-A.J. Foyt; 1961-A.J. Foyt; 1962-Billy Cantrell; 1963-Mel Kenyon; 1964-Parnelli Jones; 1965-Dick Atkins; 1966-Parnelli Jones; 1967-Gary Bettenhausen; 1968-Sam Sessions; 1969-George Benson; 1970-Gary Bettenhausen; 1971-Bill Englehart; 1972-Tony Simon; 1973-Bill Englehart; 1974-Danny McKnight; 1975-Mel Kenyon; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Gary Patterson; 1978-Rick Goudy; 1979-Ron Shuman; 1980-Ron Shuman; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Ron Shuman; 1983-Kevin Olson; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Brent Kaeding; 1986-Warren Mockler; 1987-Ron Shuman; 1988-Chuck Gurney; 1989-Chuck Gurney; 1990-Stan Fox; 1991-Stan Fox; 1992-Ron Shuman; 1993-Ron Shuman; 1994-Jordan Hermansader; 1995-Billy Boat; 1996-Billy Boat; 1997-Billy Boat; 1998-Jay Drake; 1999-Jason Leffler; 2000-Tony Stewart; 2001-Dave Steele; 2002-Michael Lewis; 2003-Dave Steele; 2004-Bobby East; 2005-Jason Leffler; 2006-Billy Wease; 2007-Dave Darland; 2008-Bobby Santos; 2009-Bryan Clauson; 2010-Bryan Clauson; 2011-Caleb Armstrong; 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Christopher Bell, 2015-Tanner Thorson, 2016-Kyle Larson.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle of the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WINDOM/GRANT DUKE IT OUT AT PERRIS IN CLOSEST USAC SPRINT POINT RACE IN YEARS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........In the last 20 years of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing, no points race has been closer than the one between Chris Windom and Justin Grant entering this weekend's Nov. 9-10-11 Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

Grant, of Ione, California, had led the points for all but one day during the season. That is, until the opening night of last weekend's "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway. After mechanical troubles hit Grant at the end of Friday's feature, dropping him to 19th, Windom of Canton, Illinois, went on to score a 4th, launching him into the lead for the first time since the middle of July.

On Saturday night of the "Western World," Grant was able to gain four points back on Windom with an 8th place result to cut the deficit to three, where the points battle stands today heading into the "Oval Nationals."

The difference between three points in USAC is just one position, magnifying the fact that each and every position on-track this weekend will be critical. A glance through USAC's history books over the last two decades shows that there has never been a points race closer than this one between Windom and Grant, right here, right now, in 2017.

With three races remaining in 1998, Kevin Thomas held a 7-point lead over Tony Elliott. With strong efforts at Eldora (3rd) and Red Hill Raceway in Sumner, Ill. (5th), Elliott surged ahead by 28 points over Thomas entering the final race at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. However, for all intents and purposes, Red Hill would ultimately be the conclusion of the championship race as Thomas was suspended by USAC for Winchester due to actions taken following his and Elliott's on-track skirmish at Red Hill. Elliott wound up with a 62-point advantage at year's end to capture the first of his two series titles.

In 2001, Jay Drake was in the midst of a tight points race with J.J. Yeley entering a rare double-feature event at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Drake and Yeley were both strong that night with the two finishing 4th and 6th, respectively, in the first feature. For the second feature, Drake qualified 6th, which would've set him up for the pole position had all things gone accordingly while Yeley laid down 2nd quick time and would've held down a spot on the inside of the third row if everyone in the top-six transferred.

However, Drake's season would come to a sudden end when, during the USAC Regional Midget portion of the event, the Val Verde, California driver would endure one of the worst crashes seen in the history of the track. After suffering serious injuries, the biggest championship won that night was that Drake had survived the accident. After gaining 0 points for the feature that night, Drake actually still held onto the title by 18 points over Yeley. All Yeley had to do was make an appearance in the following afternoon's feature on the pavement at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and the first of five USAC National titles was his as he won the crown by 19 markers.

The following year, Yeley had a shot to gain back-to-back titles. Trailing Tracy Hines by 17, Yeley did his part by winning the finale at Terre Haute. Yet, Hines did the next best thing, finishing second behind Yeley to score his lone career USAC National Sprint Car title by a mere 13 points.

In 2005, young, upstart Levi Jones led the established star Dave Darland by nine points with three races left heading into the "Western World Championships" at Phoenix, Arizona's Manzanita Speedway. Darland would execute to near perfection with finishes of 5th and 3rdon the preliminary nights before winning Saturday night's finale. However, the consistent Jones would be even more perfect by answering with results of 4th, 4th and 2nd to keep Darland from getting any closer, ultimately winning by a margin of 13 ticks.

Per usual, Darland was involved in another close point race at the end of the 2012 season. Darland was up by 22 over Bryan Clauson with three to go. On the final night of the "Hall of Fame Classic" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz., Darland's 17th place finish would put him in a rut that he just couldn't overcome as Clauson finished out the campaign with a 7th at Canyon and a win, plus a 6th at Perris to finish the season a scant five points ahead of Darland, one of the closest margins in the history of USAC.

Practice night on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5-9pm begins the festivities for the 22nd "Oval Nationals" at Perris. Complete programs with 30-lap features hit the track on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10. Pits open at noon both nights with front gates opening at 4pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 4:30 with cars set for on-track activities at 5pm. For Saturday's $25,000-to-win main event, pits open at noon, front gates at 3pm, an autograph session at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 4:45pm.

All three nights of racing at the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. If you miss it or want to re-watch it again, http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ will have flag-to-flag on-demand coverage of each night posted a day following the event.

 

 

STOCKON BREAKS THROUGH FOR FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR AT "WESTERN WORLD"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........It's been a while since Chase Stockon has tasted victory with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars.

It's been even longer since he's gotten the chance to perform a series of celebratory victory donuts following a triumph in a USAC feature win.

These past 16 months have been trying on the Fort Branch, Indiana native, but the hungry Stockon had an appetite to devour that drought and earn his first series win of 2017 by leading the final 18 laps to capture the crown in the 50th Annual Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships" Saturday night at Arizona Speedway.

"We started off the season pretty good," Stockon recalls. "We won a couple local shows, but as far as the USAC side of things, we really haven't been performing that great. But everybody stuck with us all year. We've tried different things to get back on track to where we should be and where we are now. I don't typically show that much emotion, but to do those donuts and hold everybody off tonight felt great."

Stockon's first series win since the July 2016 "Indiana Sprint Week" finale at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track came on a type of racetrack that he admits isn't one he usually shines on. Yet, Stockon had to earn his keep by getting past both the previous night's winner in Thomas Meseraull, but also the track's winningest sprint car driver, R.J. Johnson, in order to return to victory lane.

"It's been a long time," Stockon said with a sense of relief. "A cushion kind of racetrack, especially when it's that tall, is not my forte. Believe it or not, before the track started taking rubber, I think we were better on the cushion than everybody else. To be able to move around to get by guys like Meseraull and R.J. when the track's in that kind of condition felt so good."

Stockon started the 30-lapper from the fifth spot as pole starter Meseraull slid his way to the lead on the first turn of the first lap after he and outside front row starter Brody Roa banged wheels. Roa got the short end of the stick on the deal and dropped back as he fought to maintain control on the cushion while Johnson and Stockon scooted past Roa to move into second and third.

Just less than a third of the way through the race, Stockon carved his way to second past Johnson and began his ascent on Meseraull. Off turn four on the 12th lap, Stockon lined his front bumper right behind Meseraull's tail tank and set up a picture-perfect turn one slider that stuck.

You wouldn't expect Meseraull to go away quietly and that was the case when, four laps later, he returned the favor, sliding past Stockon in turn three to momentarily retake the top spot on the 17th lap. Stockon, however, countered Meseraull's move and ducked underneath to exit off four and maintain the lead.

From there, Stockon's main competition was the racetrack itself, which Stockon refused to let defeat him on this night.

"After Meseraull slid me down in (turns) three and four and I was able to cross over, I really started paying attention to the racetrack," Stockon said. "I noticed a few lapped cars a straightaway ahead of me that were smoking their tires. That's when I started moving down on entry trying to find something. A lot of times when you're out front like that and it starts taking rubber, you're pretty much just a sitting duck. We've lost races in the past that way and I've seen a lot of other guys lose them that way too. As trying as this year's been on us, I was going to do everything in my power not to let that happen."

"We started off the season pretty good. We won a couple local shows, but as far as the USAC side of things, we really haven't been performing that great. But everybody stuck with us all year. We've tried different things to get back on track to where we should be and where we are now. I don't typically show that much emotion, but to do those donuts and hold everybody off tonight felt great." - Chase Stockon (Rich Forman Photo)

Toward the end, Stockon anticipated the changing condition of the surface, which led him to move around a little earlier than did everybody else. When he eyed the flagman hold up five fingers indicating five laps to go, Stockon muscled his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher for all it was worth, burning the tires off it as he worked his way through lapped traffic with his top-five cohorts bearing down on him on a rail at the top.

Stockon split his way past the lapped cars of Logan Williams and Danny Faria, Jr. exiting turn two to escape any possible jab Meseraull had left to throw at him. With smoke pouring off the rear tires and nearly missing the rubber between turns three and four on the final lap, Stockon put his personal USAC drought to bed with his ninth career USAC National Sprint Car win, and second in the state of Arizona, following a 2013 Canyon Speedway score. He was followed to the line by Meseraull, Johnson, Robert Ballou and Tyler Courtney.

Stockon's sixth consecutive year with a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win ties him for the second longest active win streak with Brady Bacon and trails Darland's incomparable run of 24 consecutive years with at least one win. But, this particular win was well worth the wait. After a meeting of the minds, Stockon and crew chief D.J. Ott reached into their bag of past successes to pull out their formula that had served them so well in the past.

"We changed around a lot of things on the car," Stockon explained. "D.J. and I went back to our old notes and found some things there that we were kind of stagnant on and we've been really good since then. Last night, we had a pretty decent car, but I let a few other drivers around me dictate the line I was running. Today, we got together and discussed what went wrong last night. I knew it wasn't the car's fault. D.J. hit the setup last night and was perfect tonight. I had to run my own race and not let anybody else get inside my head to dictate what I was going to do and try and keep my nose clean."

One night after winning the opening night of "Western World," Meseraull's encore performance was impressive in its own right as he drove the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Beaver Stripes/Spike/Wesmar to its second-straight top-two finish in as many nights.

"The car was awesome both nights," Meseraull exclaimed. "I felt like I could've gotten back by Chase, but I ended up losing my brakes at the end. At that point, it's really hard bombing a slider on a guy out of the rubber. And if you end up across it, with that big of a curb, I'm upside down. I'm good at overdriving the car, though. Every time I had a run on Chase, we got to lapped traffic. I kind of wish it was a 40-lapper tonight. I kept telling everyone I hope it's not a 40-lapper because it's going to lay rubber at the end. Now I'm kind of wishing it was."

On the very same night he locked up his fifth-straight USAC Southwest Sprint Car title, Phoenix, Arizona's R.J. Johnson showcased his abilities against the National guys by finishing a career-best third in his Bobby Martin/Martin Family Auto Museum - Pecon Builders/Sherman/Pro Flyer.

"I was honestly waiting for five (laps) to go to try to do something crazy," Johnson admitted. "I never saw the five to go sign, so I guess I wasn't paying attention. When the white flag came out, I threw a slide job on Meseraull, but on the same token, I didn't want to crash us because my best past finish in the 'Western World' isn't even in the top-ten."

"Everybody's been on me about how I need to go back east and go racing, though I've never had the opportunity to go do it," Johnson continued. "For us to be able to run with them is huge. Maybe next year we can get some stuff rolling and get back there."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Cody Williams (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner), Stevie Sussex (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger) and Brady Bacon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 4, 2017 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 50th Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-15.104; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.175; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.312; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.392; 5. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-15.406; 6. Landon Cling, 34, Cling-15.422; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.423; 8. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-15.435; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.441; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.446; 11. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-15.470; 12. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-15.474; 13. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-15.497; 14. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.511; 15. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Massey-15.528; 16. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-15.548; 17. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.551; 18. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-15.595; 19. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.602; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5m, TMR-15.604; 21. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.737; 22. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.756; 23. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.797; 24. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-15.844; 25. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.957; 26. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.971; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.125; 28. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-16.202; 29. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-16.221; 30. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-NT; 31. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Boespflug, 3. Grant, 4. Thomas, 5. Chapple, 6. Swanson, 7. L. Williams. 2:10.97

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C. Williams, 2. Hodges, 3. Courtney, 4. Stockon, 5. Davis, 6. Gansen, 7. Ballou. NT

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Faria, 3. Spencer, 4. Johnson, 5. Mihocko, 6. Darland, 7. Ellertson. 2:11.10

INDY RACE PARTS/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Bacon, 3. A. Williams, 4. Roa, 5. Martin, 6. Gardner, 7. McCarthy. 2:06.48

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Gardner, 3. Darland, 4. Davis, 5. Chapple, 6. L. Williams, 7. Ellertson, 8. Leary, 9. Swanson, 10. Martin, 11. Mihocko, 12. Gansen, 13. McCarthy. 3:13.65 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Chris Windom, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. Charles Davis, Jr., 18. Danny Faria, Jr., 19. Mike Spencer, 20. Austin Williams, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Cody Williams. NT ------------------------------- **Cling flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Meseraull, Laps 13-30 Stockon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (20th to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brady Bacon

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2096, 2-Grant-2093, 3-Thomas-2011; 4-Courtney-1994, 5-Stockon-1875, 6-Boespflug-1843, 7-Leary-1714; 8-Bacon-1663, 9-Ballou-1638, 10-Darland-1447.

NEW USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1405, 2-Roa-1273, 2-Swanson-1254, 4-Spencer-1081, 5-A. Williams-960, 6-C. Williams-870, 7-L. Williams-769, 8-Gansen-723, 9-Max Adams-702, 10-McCarthy-618.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 9-10-11 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 4, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – 50th Western World Championships”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / PROSOURCE QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.104; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.175; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.312; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.392; 5. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-15.406; 6. Landon Cling, 34, Cling-15.422; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.423; 8. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-15.435; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.441; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.446; 11. Tyler Courtney, 23C, TOPP-15.470; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-15.474; 13. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-15.497; 14. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.511; 15. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.528; 16. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-15.548; 17. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.551; 18. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-15.595; 19. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.602; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5M, Mihocko-15.604; 21. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.736; 22. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.756; 23. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-15.797; 24. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-15.844; 25. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.957; 26. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.971; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.125; 28. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-16.202; 29. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.221; 30. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-NT; 31. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS / SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Boespflug, 3. Grant, 4. Thomas, 5. Chapple, 6. Swanson, 7. L.Williams. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Wiliams, 2. Hodges, 3. Courtney, 4. Stockon, 5. Davis, 6. Gansen, 7. Ballou. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Faria, 3. Spencer, 4. Johnson, 5. Mihocko, 6. Darland, 7. Ellertson. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS / INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Bacon, 3. A.Williams, 4. Roa, 5. Martin, 6. Gardner, 7. McCarthy. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Gardner, 3. Darland, 4. Davis, 5. Chapple, 6. L.Williams, 7. Ellertson, 8. Leary, 9. Swanson, 10. Martin, 11. Mihocko, 12. Gansen, 13. McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Chris Windom, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. Charles Davis Jr., 18. Danny Faria Jr., 19. Mike Spencer, 20. Austin Williams, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Cody Williams. NT
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**Cling flipped during the feature.

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

 November 4, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – 50th Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 5. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Curtis), 8. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#99 Aragon), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#77M Michael), 3. Tyler Courtney (#73T Ford), 4. Dylan Westbrook (#2 Yeley), 5. Ryan Stolz (#63 Stolz), 6. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Hunter Schuerenberg (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#63D Dooling/Hayward), 2. Gary Taylor (#42 KACE), 3. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Westbrook, 2. Pelkey, 3. Sussex, 4. Curtis, 5. Cling, 6. Lowery, 7. St. James, 8. Scheopner, 9. Bonesteel, 10. Aiuto, 11. Lundy, 12. Stolz, 13. Yarnal, 14. Gile. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Geoff Ensign, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Gary Taylor, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Mike Martin, 11. Matt Rossi, 12. Dylan Westbrook, 13. Zack Madrid, 14. Chris Bonneau, 15. Josh Pelkey, 16. Landon Cling, 17. Michael Curtis, 18. Shon Deskins, 19. Tyler Courtney, 20. Tye Mihocko, 21. Jeff Lowery, 22. Stevie Sussex. NT

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**Bonesteel and Cling flipped during the second heat. Lundy flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Bacon, Laps 7-17 Johnson, Laps 18-30 Windom.

HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (15th to 7th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Dave Darland

FINAL SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

 

 

MESERAULL COWBOYS UP FOR WILD
"WESTERN WORLD" NIGHT 1 WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Thomas Meseraull has proven time and time again that, regardless of the situation he's faced with, he figures out the way to get to victory lane.

Winning for a team he's never driven for? Check. Taking an admitted "fourth-place car" to first in the final laps? Check. Having your initial instinct take a detour, yet still managing to find the quickest way around? Checkmate.

On night one of the 50th Annual Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway, chaos created opportunity for Meseraull. A wild sequence of events put forth in motion an unlikely scenario that pitted a driver who, as of a week and a half ago, was without a ride and had no plans on racing in the "Western World" versus a driver who flipped his car on the tenth lap of the feature.

After five consecutive laps of Bacon snuggling the bottom line and Meseraull rim-riding the top shelf, Meseraull prevailed on the final lap to win his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the year. For his third different team.

"I got a call a week and a half ago," Meseraull recalled from the Reinbold/Underwood team. "I told them I'd love to come out, but I don't have the funds. Last year, I kind of broke myself to come out here and do the points deal. They helped me out and Mike White with Beaver Stripes helped me get a plane ticket, gave me a place to stay and here we are."

"They have a brand-new Spike with brand new shocks on it, brand new tires and a fresh motor," Meseraull detailed. "We have good equipment. You just have to do your best. It's what I do, jump around to different rides. They were nice enough to let me set it up. I think I'm more excited about that. I put together a combination of what we've been doing this year with Kevin Briscoe, Donnie Gentry and Michael Dutcher and it's just really paid off."

For two-thirds of the 30-lap feature, the race appeared to be owned by Courtney, who ripped around the outside of Thomas coming off turn four on the second circuit to grab the lead. Courtney instantly opened a gap over Thomas of 1.5 seconds before being encumbered by the tail end of lap traffic on the eighth trip around the one-third-mile.

Thomas was able to poke a nose under Courtney at the flag stand on lap nine and appeared poised to set up a turn one slider for the lead, but traffic stood in the way, thus negating any notion he may have had for the time being. An instant later, Courtney biked on the top, but maintained control and carried on without issue.

Just behind, seventh-running Brady Bacon ran into trouble in nearly the same spot that Courtney biked.

"I slid up, got above the cushion, got up on the right front and I can't really tell you what happened after that," Bacon explained. "I was waiting for a big hit, but it never really came. We bent a couple things (on the car) here and there, but nothing major. We pulled it into the infield and changed the left rear radius rod. We checked everything else over and pushed back off. It might've actually helped me because I had to commit to the bottom. That was the only way I was going to get up through there."

Seemingly, the incidents fell in Courtney's favor as he saw his lead dwindle when meeting up with lapped traffic on lap 17 when Isaac Chapple sailed over the turn two guardrail without getting upside, landing on his wheels in the area between the backside of the barrier and the billboards. On lap 23, Courtney caught another break when Chet Williams barrel-rolled hard through turn one in an accident that also involved C.J. Leary. All involved were okay.

On the ensuing restart, barring another caution, Thomas encountered what may have been his last chance at to make a run at Courtney for the lead. As Thomas slid to the inside of Courtney, the battleground for track position was not fit for two occupants.

Exiting the second turn, the two made contact, but both got back up to speed to remain in the tussle. Courtney, now trailing slightly, attempted to slide Thomas right back between turns three and four. The two banged wheels again. Thomas would get the worst end of the equation initially when he kissed the rail with his right-side tires before getting back on track, though now mired all the way back in ninth.

While chaos ensued between positions one through six, Bacon tip-toed on the bottom from seventh to the lead and built up a half-straightaway lead before 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ Jake Swanson spun at the exit of turn four with five laps remaining to bring out the final yellow of the evening.

Though Meseraull was sitting in third, he had a pair of war-wounded racecars running first and second just ahead of him with Bacon's car suffering from a bent Jacob's ladder and a cracked brake fitting while Courtney's mount had a left front tire giving out on him.

"I was killing the curb, but it was on the fence, sketchy, and I was so close to wearing it out. I thought, 'just move down a little bit, drive the thing straight and don't spin the tires.' I did that and it was like, boom, rubber. I drove by Bacon on last lap. It just all fell together at the right time. It was an awesome race. USAC always puts on a good show, the best in the country, best in the world!"
- Thomas Meseraull -
(Rich Forman Photo)

When it was time for the San Jose, California native to strike, Meseraull altered his plan of attack on the fly, putting him in the spot that fits him to a T.

"I just kept pounding down the top like I do because I live or die by the top," Meseraull put it matter of factly. "On the final restart, I was thinking I was going to bomb a slider on Sunshine (Courtney), but he moved to the bottom and Bacon moved to the bottom. All of a sudden, it was like the seas parted and I had the top all to myself."

From that point forward, it was a tale of a two strategies with Bacon on the bottom and Meseraull topside. Meseraull managed to nose ahead on lap 27, but on laps 28 and 29, Bacon found a surge off the bottom to propel himself to satisfaction by a single car-length at the line.

Though Meseraull still trailed Bacon, albeit by a miniscule margin, he found something that turned out to be a path paved to victory.

"With two to go, I kind of felt some rubber. It was looking dark," Meseraull noticed. "I was killing the curb, but it was on the fence, sketchy, and I was so close to wearing it out. I thought, 'just move down a little bit, drive the thing straight and don't spin the tires.' I did that and it was like, boom, rubber. I drove by Bacon on last lap. It just all fell together at the right time. It was an awesome race. USAC always puts on a good show, the best in the country, best in the world!"

Meseraull emerged with the lead coming off turn two on the final trip around the oval and, though, Bacon made one last ditch effort at Meseraull off four, it was to no avail as Meseraull secured the win by 0.334 seconds over Bacon, Robert Ballou, new series point leader Chris Windom and Courtney rounding out the top-five.

Meseraull's Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Beaver Stripes/Spike/Wesmar ride is the sixth different car he's raced to a top-five finish this season alone in USAC competition. It's also the second time he's won a USAC race in his debut in a ride this year following his "Indiana Sprint Week" win at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in July. His other win this season came in his second race aboard the Heffner Racing ride at Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania during "Eastern Storm."

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon nearly pulled off an improbable victory that would've resulted in one of the most unique box score stats ever recorded by returning to win after flipping during the very same feature. However, it was not to be as the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ completed an overall successful night when it comes right down to it, finishing second in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton Mopar after earlier capturing the victory in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature.

"The thing that hurt us the most tonight was that we must've cracked a brake fitting or something," Bacon detailed. "In the last two or three laps, I ran out of brake fluid because it was leaking just a little bit. I still had brakes up until then. I still had a little bit, but I couldn't cut the bottom like I was able to up until that point. It was just a combination of things at the end. I knew it was going to be hard to hold off somebody with a clear track on the top, then it took rubber, which I was afraid of."

Robert Ballou's first ever visit to Arizona Speedway was a roller coaster ride. After qualifying 20th and starting 18th in the feature, the Rocklin, California native overcame all obstacles to race to third, thus earning KSE Racing Products, Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger honors for the night.

"I want to thank track owner Jonah (Trussel) for reworking the track and making it so that the fans got their money's worth because I definitely believe they got their money's worth tonight," Ballou praised. "When you start as far back as I did, you just got to try something. We were so off when we started at the beginning of the night. I thought we had something figured out last night (in practice). We've been pretty good when the track's wet. We started that way and it was way off, so we tried to fix and didn't fix it. So, we just threw a Hail Mary set up at it for the feature. It was either going to be really good or really bad."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway included Damion Gardner (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner), Isaac Chapple (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger) and Josh Hodges (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 3, 2017 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 50th Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.892; 2. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.998; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.034; 4. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-15.230; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.338; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.373; 7. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.405; 8. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Massey-15.493; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-15.515; 10. Landon Cling, 34, Cling-15.521; 11. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-15.523; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.640; 13. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.646; 14. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.655; 15. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.723; 16. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-15.788; 17. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-15.836; 18. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.855; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.885; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.917; 21. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-16.021; 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.036; 23. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.064; 24. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.074; 25. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.148; 26. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-16.294; 27. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-16.295; 28. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-16.295; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.449; 30. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-16.521; 31. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. Darland, 5. Stockon, 6. Co. Williams, 7. Faria, 8. Gansen. 2:12.28

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Windom, 3. Meseraull, 4. Ch. Williams, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Cling, 7. Martin, 8. Ellertson. 2:12.13

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (8 laps) 1. Chapple, 2. Grant, 3. Johnson, 4. Sussex, 5. Leary, 6. L. Williams, 7. Spencer, 8. Hodges. 2:17.10

INDY RACE PARTS/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Courtney, 3. Boespflug, 4. A. Williams, 5. Davis, 6. Swanson, 7. McCarthy. 2:16.97

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Stockon, 3. Davis, 4. Swanson, 5. Hodges, 6. Cling, 7. Spencer, 8. Co. Williams, 9. McCarthy, 10. L. Williams, 11. Martin, 12. Gansen, 13. Ellertson, 14. Faria, 15. Schuerenberg. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. R.J. Johnson, 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Brody Roa, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Mike Spencer, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Charles Davis, Jr., 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Austin Williams, 19. Justin Grant, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. C.J. Leary, 22. Chet Williams, 23. Isaac Chapple, 24. Landon Cling. NT
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**Bacon flipped on lap 10 of the feature. Ch. Williams flips on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Thomas, Laps 2-22 Courtney, Laps 23-26 Bacon, Lap 27 Meseraull, Laps 28-29 Bacon, Lap 30 Meseraull.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (18th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Josh Hodges

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2045, 2-Grant-2038, 3-Thomas-1954; 4-Courtney-1930, 5-Stockon-1795, 6-Boespflug-1782, 7-Leary-1704; 8-Bacon-1619, 9-Ballou-1573, 10-Darland-1410.

NEW USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1358, 2-Swanson-1223, 3-Roa-1213, 4-Spencer-1050, 5-A. Williams-931, 6-Co. Williams-839, 7-L. Williams-745, 8-Max Adams-702, 9-Gansen-700, 10-McCarthy-608.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 4 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 50th Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 3, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – 50th Western World Championships”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / PROSOURCE QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.892; 2. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.998; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.034; 4. Tyler Courtney, 23C, TOPP-15.230; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.338; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.373; 7. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.405; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.493; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.515; 10. Landon Cling, 34, Cling-15.521; 11. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-15.523; 12. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.592; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.640; 14. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.655; 15. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.723; 16. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-15.788; 17. Danny Faria Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-15.836; 18. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.855; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.885; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.917; 21. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-16.021; 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-16.036; 23. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.064; 24. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.074; 25. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.148; 26. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-16.294; 27. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-16.295; 28. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.295; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.449; 30. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-16.521; 31. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS / SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. Darland, 5. Stockon, 6. Co.Williams, 7. Faria, 8. Gansen. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Windom, 3. Meseraull, 4. Ch.Williams, 5. Schurenberg, 6. Cling, 7. Martin, 8. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chapple, 2. Grant, 3. Johnson, 4. Sussex, 5. Leary, 6. L.Williams, 7. Spencer, 8. Hodges. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS / INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Courtney, 3. Boespflug, 4. A.Williams, 5. Davis, 6. Swanson, 7. McCarthy. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Stockon, 3. Davis, 4. Swanson, 5. Hodges, 6. Cling, 7. Spencer, 8. C.Williams, 9. McCarthy, 10. L.Williams, 11. Martin, 12. Gansen, 13. Ellertson, 14. Faria, 15. Schurenberg. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brady Bacon, 3, Robert Ballou, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. R.J. Johnson, 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Brody Roa, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Mike Spencer , 15. Dave Darland, 16. Charles Davis Jr., 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Austin Williams, 19. Justin Grant, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. C.J. Leary, 22. Chet Williams, 23. Isaac Chapple, 24. Landon Cling. NT

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**Bacon flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Thomas, Laps 2-22 Courtney. Laps 23-26 Bacon, Lap 27 Meseraull, Laps 28-29 Bacon, Lap 30 Meseraull

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY / KSE RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (18th to 3rd)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 4 – San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway –“50th Western World Championships”

 

 

BACON GRABS "WESTERN WORLD" 30-LAPPER AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

San Tan Valley, AZ........Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. led the final 15 laps of Friday night's 50th "Western World Championship" USAC Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint race at Arizona Speedway. Matt Rossi took second ahead of Kevin Thomas Jr., Dave Darland and Chris Windom.

USAC SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 3, 2017 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - 50th "Western World Championships" - "Desert Dash"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. R.J .Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 8. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Gary Taylor (#42 KACE), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#77M Michael), 4. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 5. Tyler Courtney (#73T Ford), 6. Dylan Westbrook (#2 Yeley), 7. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 8. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid), 5. Dave Darland (#99 Aragon), 6. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 7. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#63D Dooling/Hayward), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 7. Ryan Stolz (#63 Stolz). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Chad Boespflug (#34 Grau)

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Aiuto, 3. Deskins, 4. Lundy, 5. Sussex, 6. Westbrook, 7. Bonesteel, 8. Curtis, 9. Yarnal, 10. Scheopner, 11. Stolz, 12. Courtney, 13. Pelkey, 14. Lowery. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Matt Rossi, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Dave Darland, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Landon Cling, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Chris Bonneau, 13. Dennis Gile, 14. Zack Madrid, 15. Gary Taylor, 16. Andy Reinbold, 17. Dylan Westbrook, 18. Shon Deskins, 19. Nick Aiuto, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Bruce St. James, 22. Stevie Sussex. NT

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**Aiuto flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Johnson, Laps 8-11 Davis, Laps 12-15 Johnson, Laps 16-30 Bacon.

HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (17th to 5th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Geoff Ensign

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.Johnson-1,406, 2-Davis-1,298, 3-Deskins-1,069, 4-Mihocko-993, 5-Martin-952, 6-Aiuto-922, 7-Bonneau-904, 8-Curtis-807, 9-L.Cling-667, 10-Lundy-655.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 4 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway- "50th Western World Championships"

 

 

WESTERN WORLD HISTORY ON THE LINE
FOR WINDOM, BACON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Jan Opperman, Steve Kinser, Brady Bacon, Donny Schatz and Bryan Clauson. Those five names would make up a dream team of drivers when it comes to sprint car racing over the past four-plus decades.

They also have one thing in common when it comes to the Torco Race Fuels "Western World Championships." Each have won an A-Main on the final night of the event in consecutive years. This weekend, November 3-4 at Arizona Speedway, Chris Windom has an opportunity to join this murderer's row of sprint car sages and repeat his mastery from 2016.

Windom was simply magnificent in last year's "Western World" no matter how many cubic inches were under the hood of his Baldwin Brothers Racing No. 5. The Canton, Illinois native took three of the four victories: both 410 National/CRA features as well as the Friday night Southwest main event. In the three features that Windom was victorious, he led 80 of the 90 laps run. He did not lead a lap in Saturday's 360 feature, but remained strong, finishing third.

Windom was on a tear at this point last season, but wasn't in the mix for the National points title. That changes this year as Windom has cut into season-long leader Justin Grant's lead to close within 29 points with two shows this weekend in Arizona and the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on Nov. 9-10-11.

A Saturday night victory in the National/CRA Sprint portion of the "Western World" this weekend would pay major dividends toward the race for the title, but it also would have historical connotations. It would put him in exclusive company of drivers who've repeated their "Western World" accomplishments in successive years.

Jan Opperman was the first to go back-to-back in 1971-1972 without a wing. A decade later in 1982-83, Steve Kinser won two-straight years with a wing. It would be nearly three decades later before the feat would be seen again when Brady Bacon captured non-wing 360 sprint car features in 2009-10. After winning last year's Southwest 360 Sprint Car feature, this Saturday night, Bacon would become the first driver to repeat on two separate occasions if he can defeat the 360 field once again.

Overlapping Bacon's successes at the beginning of the decade was Donny Schatz who won successive winged 360 sprint main events in 2010 and 2011. Like Windom, Bryan Clauson actually triumphed three times in a two-year span with an ASCS 360 non-wing sprint win in 2012 followed up by a sweep of both ends on Saturday night in 2013 in the USAC National Midgets and USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Cars.

The "Western World" has run the gamut of the types of open-wheel cars that have competed in the event. From wingless and winged sprint cars of the 410 and 360 variety to midgets, the event has alternated sanctioning bodies over the years between USAC, World of Outlaws and ASCS, just to name a few. One mainstay for much of the event's history was Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, which served as host for four decades following the event's 1968 debut. Since then, "Western World" has found homes in Tucson and Peoria, Arizona before settling in San Tan Valley last November.

An open practice begins the 50th annual "Western World" festivities on Thursday, Nov. 2. On Friday racing begins. Pits open at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:25pm. On Saturday, pits open at 3pm, with an autograph session set for 4pm, a drivers meeting taking place at 5pm and cars on track at 5:25pm.

Friday and Saturday night's racing at the "Western World" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO “50TH WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS”
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 1, 2017... This Friday, November 3rd, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will battle for two nights of action at Arizona Speedway’s “50th Annual Western World Championships.” Located within ET Motopark in San Tan Valley and promoted by Jonah Trussel, the season finale will also feature the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. On both days, the Pit gates will open at 12:00pm, spectator gates will open at 3:00pm, and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. The event will be live on pay-per-view at www.speedshifttv.com and a special autograph session will be held on Saturday at 4:00pm. The festivities will begin on Thursday with an open practice from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Arizona Speedway is mandating that all cars for the Western World Championships have unaltered mufflers that maintain 100db @ 100ft.

Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World Championships” has been a premier event for sprint car racing. While the headlining divisions and host tracks may have changed, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. The non-winged 360 sprints have been a part of the Western World history dating back to 1991 when Wayne Bennet claimed the Manzanita victory. Last year, Chris Windom claimed the preliminary feature and “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon added his name to the 360 winner’s list.

To date, Arizona Speedway has held thirty USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “The Magic Man” Mike Martin won the April 13, 2013 debut and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with sixteen victories. A complete series win list at the San Tan Valley oval is at the end of this release.

Heading to the Western World, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) has a 123-point lead over the competition. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson ran second to Kevin Thomas Jr. last Saturday at Casa Grande. To date, the four-time champion has seven feature wins, eleven heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, twenty top-10 finishes, and 198 feature laps led on the season. R.J. leads all drivers with fifty-one series wins and will be looking to cap off his championship bid with a 360 Western World victory.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored third at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. At press time, the five time Arizona Sprint Car champion has seven feature wins, nine heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one hard charger award, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 161 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles has twenty-one series wins and will have his sights on his first triumph of the 360 Western World Championships.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Bill Richards’ #7 Just Racin’ LLC / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins finished sixth in the Casa Grande 30-lap feature. As this writing goes to press, the 2017 NMMRA Sprint Car Champion has two heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the season. Shon will be looking to earn his second USAC SouthWest feature win at the 360 Western World.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko charged from fourteenth to clime ninth at Central Arizona Speedway. To date, the young driver has six heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on earning his first career USAC SouthWest win at Arizona Speedway.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) has climbed to fifth in the USAC SouthWest standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin scored fourth in the Casa Grande main event. At press time, Mike has posted four heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. The former “Hall of Fame Classic” winner will be looking to add the “360 Western World Championships” to his resume.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Matt Lundy, Stevie Sussex, Landon Cling, Jeff Lowery, Andy Reinbold, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, and many more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. On Friday, General Admission tickets are $10 Kids, $20 Adults, $35 All Access with pit pass, Kids (6 and under) are FREE. Premium Seating (top 8 rows) are $10 Kids (6 and under), $15 Kids (7-12), $25 Adults, $40 All Access with pit pass. On Saturday, General Admission tickets are $10 Kids, $25 Adults, $35 All Access with pit pass, Kids (6 and under) are FREE. Premium Seating (top 8 rows) are $10 (kids 6 and under), $15 Kids (7-12), $30 Adults, $40 All Access with pit pass. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

360 WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS:
1991-Wayne Bennet, 1992-Bob Ream Jr., 1995-Ricky Johnson, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Jeremy Sherman, 2004-Josh Ford, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Cory Kruseman, 2008-Jesse Hockett, 2009-Brady Bacon, 2010-R.J. Johnson, 2011-Tracy Hines, 2012-Bryan Clauson, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Brody Roa, 2016-Brady Bacon.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
7-Charles Davis Jr., 7- R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
16-R.J. Johnson, 6-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Chris Windom.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-1354, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-1231, 3. Shon Deskins-1040, 4. Tye Mihocko-946, 5. Mike Martin-899, 6. Nick Aiuto-894, 7. Chris Bonneau-858, 8. Michael Curtis-797, 9. Matt Lundy-631, 10. Stevie Sussex-621, 11. Landon Cling-612, 12. Jeff Lowery-602, 13. Andy Reinbold-595, 14. Bruce St. James-575, 15. Brent Yarnal-572, 16. Cody Sickles-521, 17. Matt Rossi-374, 18. Jake Swanson-288, 19. Dennis Gile-216, 20. Brian Hosford-191.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & NATIONAL SPRINTS CLASH AT 50TH WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 1, 2017... Starting, this Friday, November 3rd, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and National Sprint Cars are set for two nights of action at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the “50th Annual Western World Championships” will also showcase the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. On both days, the Pit gates will open at 12:00pm, spectator gates will open at 3:00pm, and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. The event will be live on pay-per-view at www.speedshifttv.com and a special autograph session will be held on Saturday at 4:00pm. The festivities will begin on Thursday with an open practice from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA & NATIONAL COMPETITORS:
Arizona Speedway is mandating that all cars for the Western World Championships have unaltered mufflers that maintain 100db @ 100ft. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC National, USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. The series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World Championships” has been a premier event for sprint car racing. While the headlining divisions and host tracks may have changed, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. Last year, Illinois’ Chris Windom swept both nights of the San Tan Valley debut and a winner’s list is posted at the end of this release.

Entering the nineteenth point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 101-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored third at Perris Auto Speedway on October 21st. To date, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has five feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eleven heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 150 feature laps led on the year. The five-time champion leads all drivers with 75 career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to add the Western World to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) has climbed to second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer Triple X, Swanson claimed fifth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. At press time, the newly crowned USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the season. Jake has one career USAC/CRA victory and will have his sights on the Western World triumph at Arizona Speedway.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) sits third in the championship point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa had a furious battle for the lead with Justin Grant before scoring fourteenth at the Perris checkered flags. To date, last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led to his credit. Brody has two career USAC/CRA triumphs and will be looking for his first win at San Tan Valley, Arizona.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer ran second to Justin Grant in the Perris 30-lap feature. At press time, the five-time champion has one feature win, four heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the year. Mike ranks second with 38 career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to add a Western World trophy to his collection.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is fifth in the point standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams led seven laps before scoring fourth in the October 21st main event. To date, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and eleven top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied with Garrett Hansen for twentieth on the USAC/CRA win list and will have his sights on the Arizona Speedway victory.

Currently eleventh in points, Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, Max Adams, Chris Gansen, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, and more.

Justin Grant (Ione, California) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. Chris Windom, Kevin Thomas Jr., “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Chase Stockon, “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug, C.J. Leary, “Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “The Madman” Robert Ballou, and “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland round out the top-10 in points.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. On Friday, General Admission tickets are $10 Kids, $20 Adults, $35 All Access with pit pass, Kids (6 and under) are FREE. Premium Seating (top 8 rows) are $10 Kids (6 and under), $15 Kids (7-12), $25 Adults, $40 All Access with pit pass. On Saturday, General Admission tickets are $10 Kids, $25 Adults, $35 All Access with pit pass, Kids (6 and under) are FREE. Premium Seating (top 8 rows) are $10 (kids 6 and under), $15 Kids (7-12), $30 Adults, $40 All Access with pit pass. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

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

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
5-Damion Gardner, 3-R.J. Johnson, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Max Adams, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SAN TAN VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
2- Chris Windom.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-1294, 2. Jake Swanson-1193, 3. Brody Roa-1167, 4. Mike Spencer-1015, 5. Austin Williams-899, 6. Cody Williams-829, 7. Logan Williams-735, 8. Max Adams-702, 9. Chris Gansen-677, 10. Matt McCarthy-598, 11. Jeremy Ellertson-581, 12. Richard Vander Weerd-560, 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr.-415, 14. Jace Vander Weerd-409, 15. Tommy Malcolm-393, 16. Chase Johnson-391, 17. Ronnie Gardner-386, 18. Danny Faria, Jr.-383, 19. R.J. Johnson-381, ... Geoff Ensign-381.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

50TH WESTERN WORLD TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........The 50th Annual Torco Race Fuels "Western World Championships" brings out the heavy hitters from USAC's AMSOIL National, CRA and Southwest Sprint Car divisions to Arizona Speedway this weekend.

"Western World" also bring out the spotlight from the cameras of http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/, who will stream both nights of the prestigious event LIVE via Pay-Per-View on Friday and Saturday night, November 3rd and 4th.

Tune into the excitement and catch a stacked field that includes past "Western World" 410 winners Dave Darland (2005) and defending winner Chris Windom. Plus, a Southwest Sprint lineup that includes three-time and reigning "Western World" 360 feature winner Brady Bacon, who will be among several pulling double-duty in both the 410 and 360 this weekend, as well as Matt Rossi (2014) and Brody Roa (2015).

This weekend's program features the first of five occasions in November that the National and CRA Sprint Cars will compete on-track together. Justin Grant leads a tight national points race by 29 over Windom while Damion Gardner holds a 101-point advantage over Jake Swanson as Gardner searches for his fifth-straight CRA crown and sixth overall.

This Friday at Arizona Speedway, pits open at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:25pm. On Saturday, pits open at 3pm, with an autograph session set for 4pm, a drivers meeting taking place at 5pm and cars hit the track at 5:25pm.

If you miss the "Western World" or want to re-watch all the flag-to-flag coverage, you can watch it a day after the race is run, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

WEST COAST SPRINT CHAMP FARIA TAKES THE WHEEL OF DUTCHER'S 17GP FOR USAC WESTERN SWING

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Two-time USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Danny Faria, Jr. has been tabbed as Michael Dutcher Motorsports' newest driver for November's western swing at Arizona Speedway Nov. 3-4 and Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway Nov. 9-10-11.

The Tipton, California native has been a stalwart on the West Coast trail for a number of years with the 360 sprint car where he owns nine career series wins, including one at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, Calif. back in April of this season.

Faria has found success in the 410s as well, scoring a win at Hanford in 2012. Faria did not appear at the "Western World" in 2016, but his last appearance in the event in 2015 at Tucson's USA Raceway netted him finishes of 13th in the Thursday prelim feature and a 24th place result in the Saturday night finale.

Last season, Dutcher ran Aaron Farney in his 17GP at the "Western World" at Arizona Speedway, finishing 19th in the prelim and did not qualify for Saturday's A-Main. Faria will be Dutcher's ninth different pilot this season. Tyler Thomas secured the Dutcher team's best finish this season, a second at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway during the finale of "Sprint Car Smackdown VI."

This Friday at Arizona Speedway, pits open at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:25pm. On Saturday, pits open at 3pm, with an autograph session set for 4pm, a drivers meeting taking place at 5pm and cars hit the track at 5:25pm.

Both nights of the "Western World" and all three nights of the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

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DARLAND TO BE FORD TOUGH
AT ARIZONA AND PERRIS SPRINT SHOWS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

When Dave Darland and Ford Motorsports teamed up for a trip to the western states in November of 2013, the duo reached the peak of the sport when they captured one of midget racing's marquee events, the "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

Over the next two weekends, Darland and Ford hope to translate that past success to their sprint car effort for the Nov. 3 and 4 Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway and the Nov. 9-10-11 Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway featuring USAC's AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Car divisions.

Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, is one of three drivers to hoist "Western World" and "Oval Nationals" USAC National feature winner trophies in his career, sharing those honors with Bud Kaeding and Bryan Clauson. Darland was a "Western World" champ in 2005 at the now-defunct Manzanita Speedway and picked up a pair of big paydays at the "Oval Nationals" in both 2005 and 2013.

In last year's "Western World" finale, Darland took home a fourth-place result in his debut weekend at Arizona Speedway. At the 2016 "Ovals," Darland was sixth and eighth on Thursday and Saturday, but sandwiched between those two nights at Perris was a magical evening for the series' winningest driver as he ripped the top side past Chad Boespflug just past the halfway point to score his 59th USAC National Sprint Car win.

With five races remaining, that moment remains Darland's most recent USAC National feature highlight. His all-time record streak of 24 consecutive seasons with at least a single National win is on the line over the upcoming two weeks. The 1999 USAC Sprint Car champ has seen a resurgence of late that includes recording ProSource Fast Qualifying times in his last three outings at Indiana's Montpelier, Lawrenceburg and Terre Haute dirt ovals.

Meanwhile, the Ford No. 73 has been stout in USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car competition this season, collecting four victories with Ryan Bernal behind the wheel. While Darland will control the 410, Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney will wheel the team's 360 car at Arizona. Courtney is one of just two drivers to win in all three USAC National divisions this season (Justin Grant), in addition to tallying a CRA win at Petaluma in September.

An open practice night begins the "Western World" festivities from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Thursday. On Friday, pits open at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:25pm. On Saturday, pits open at 3pm, with an autograph session set for 4pm, a drivers meeting taking place at 5pm and cars on track at 5:25pm.

Both nights of the "Western World" and all three nights of the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

 

 

WESTERN WORLD BRINGS THE BEST OF NATIONAL & CRA WORLDS TO ARIZONA NOV. 3-4

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

As the winter months draw nearer, a frost begins to blanket the fields and the chill of the air begins to settle in as much of the country heads indoors.

When the cold front hits, racers don't fret over the thought of old man winter, frigid temperatures and a frozen tundra of dirt tracks sitting idle.

Instead, racers find another place to play. They've all pointed their compasses west to bring us the best of both worlds as the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars meet head-to-head for bragging rights and the prestige of becoming a "Western World" champion.

The season-long national AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship race has reached its final stretch, involving the drivers who've run one-two in the standings for much of the season. Ione, California's Justin Grant clings to a 29-point advantage over Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois with five western races remaining.

Grant's Western World marquee highlight dates to the 2015 season when he captured the victory on the opening night of the 360 portion of the program at USA Raceway in Tucson, interestingly enough, driving at the time for the Baldwin Brothers team that his nearest challenger Windom now occupies.

Windom was simply dominant during the 2016 "Western World," leaving with a complete sweep of both nights of the National & CRA programs, while winning and finishing third in his two 360 outings.

Though he stands a distant third in the National standings, Kevin Thomas, Jr. has been like Pacman lately, gobbling up points left and right in recent months. He's been victorious in three of the last five events, including the last two. He even got his Southwest trip started off on the right foot with a Southwest Sprint Car victory at Central Arizona Speedway last Saturday night.

Three-time "Western World" race winner Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma returns to the Dooling/Hayward team that won the 2015 "Western World" with Bryan Clauson at the wheel. They will be joined alongside by a few pairings of west coast teams with Midwest-based drivers including 2005

"Western World" USAC Sprint victor Dave Darland and Ford Motorsports as well as drivers Thomas Meseraull and Hunter Schuerenberg with Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports.

To show how the west was won, these individuals will have to break through against a crop who intends to defend their home turf. 360 king R.J. Johnson, a 2010 "Western World" 360 winner out of Phoenix, Arizona, has become a force in the 410 ranks this season while maintaining his dominance in the Southwest division where he's all but locked up his fifth-straight series crown.

Concord, California's Damion Gardner has a 101-point lead as he eyes his fifth consecutive CRA title and sixth overall. Last year, "The Demon" raced to back-to-back runner-up finishes behind Windom at the "Western World."

Anaheim, California's Jake Swanson has already locked down USAC's West Coast Sprint Car title this season, but a first CRA title hangs in the balance as he sits second behind Gardner. Behind Swanson is the driver he dethroned in the West Coast series, Brody Roa of Garden Grove, California who himself is a 360 winner at the "Western World" in 2015 while two-time West Coast champ Danny Faria, Jr. takes over the reins of Midwest car owner Michael Dutcher's No. 17GP.

The 50th annual "Western World" gets underway with an open practice night on Thursday night, November 2 followed by complete programs each night on November 3 & 4 for the National Sprints with CRA as well as the season finales for the Southwest Sprint Cars.

An open practice night begins the festivities from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Thursday. On Friday, pits open at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:25pm. On Saturday, pits open at 3pm, with an autograph session set for 4pm, a drivers meeting taking place at 5pm and cars on track at 5:25pm.

Friday adult general admission tickets are $20, kids age 7-12 are $10, kids age 6 and under are $5 and pit passes are $35. Friday reserved tickets are $25, kids age 7-12 are $15, kids age 6 and under are $10 and pit passes are $35.

Saturday adult general admission tickets are $25, kids age 7-12 are $10, kids age 6 and under are $5 and pit passes are $35. Friday reserved tickets are $30, kids age 7-12 are $15, kids age 6 and under are $10 and pit passes are $35.

A package that includes tickets for both Friday and Saturday's events are $55 for adults, $25 for kids age 7-12, $20 for kids 6 and under and $75 for pit passes.

Both nights of the "Western World" and all three nights of the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

USAC LINKS

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KEVIN THOMAS, JR. ADDS CASA GRANDE USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO 2017 WIN LIST

Kevin Thomas, Jr. continued his roll of late by winning Saturday night's Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande. Cullman, Alabama's Thomas took the lead with seven laps remaining after a see-saw battle between Charles Davis, Jr. and R.J. Johnson throughout the first 24 laps of the 30-lapper. Thomas went on to capture his first career win in the Southwest series in his first start of the year over Johnson, Davis, Mike Martin and Matt Rossi.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 28, 2017 - Casa Grande, Arizona - Central Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Hunter Schurenberg (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 7. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Chad Boespflug (#34 Grau), 3. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 4. Dennis Gile (#13), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 8. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#77M Michael), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 8. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Mike Martin, 5. Matt Rossi, 6. Shon Deskins, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Landon Cling, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Chris Bonneau, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Nick Aiuto, 13. Isaac Chapple, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Chad Boespflug, 16. Andy Reinbold, 17. Matt Lundy, 18. Jeff Lowery, 19. Joe Scheopner, 20. Cody Sickles, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Jordan Stetson, 23. Stevie Sussex, 24. Brent Yarnal. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Davis, Lap 5 Johnson, Laps 6-15 Davis, Laps 16-24 Johnson, Laps 25-30 Thomas.

HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (14th to 9th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,354, 2-Davis-1,231 1-Johnson-1,354, 2-Davis-1,231;-Deskins-1,040, 4-Mihocko-946, 5-Martin-899, 6-Aiuto-894, 7-Bonneau-858, 8-Curtis-795, 9-Lundy-636, 10-Sussex-621.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 3 & 4 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "50th Annual Western World Championships"

 

 

CARSON MACEDO'S LATE CHARGE EARNS FIRST VENTURA USAC WESTERN MIDGET VICTORY

Ventura, CA........ Taking advantage of a late race bobble by Ronnie Gardner, Carson Macedo led the final three laps to claim Saturday's main event at Ventura Raceway. For Macedo, the 30-lap victory was his first career Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget triumph. Macedo took the Ventura checkered flags ahead of fast qualifier Ronnie Gardner, Jake Swanson, Robby Josett, and David Prickett. Cody Swanson earned the night's Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award with a 15th to 6th place finish.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 28, 2017 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.056; 2. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.304; 3. Carson Macedo, 73X, Ford-12.349; 4. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.384; 5. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-12.410; 6. Randi Pankratz, 25, Rodela-12.471; 7. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-12.483; 8. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.502; 9. Cody Swanson, 17, Swanson-12.511; 10. Brody Roa, 3F, Finkenbinder-12.515; 11. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.541; 12. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerini-12.580; 13. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-12.643; 14. Cody Williams, 5, Van Dyne-12.689; 15. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.826; 16. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.910; 17. Tristan Guardino, 16K, Kruseman-13.145; 18. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-13.236; 19. Jake Vermeer, 87JR, Vermeer-13.299; 20. Kyle Beilman, 33, Beilman-13.461; 21. Sterling Cling, 12K, Kruseman-13.498; 22. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-15.954; 23. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-NT; 24. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa. 3. J.Swanson, 4. Ercse, 5. Cofer, 6. Nichols, 7. Vermeer, 8. Drollinger. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josett, 2. Prickett, 3. Elliott, 4. Daniel, 5. Dalby, 6. Guardino, 7. Williams, 8. Beilman. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Guerrini, 3. Ruston, 4. Smith, 5. C.Swanson, 6. Cling, 7. Pankratz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Robby Josett, 5. David Prickett, 6. Cody Swanson, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Frankie Guerrini, 9. J.J. Ercse, 10. Brody Roa, 11. Mason Daniel, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Robert Dalby, 15. Terry Nichols, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Clayton Ruston, 18. Kyle Beilman, 19. Jake Vermeer, 20. Sterling Cling, 21. Tristan Guardino, 22. Bryan Drollinger. NT ----------------------- **Cling flipped during qualifications. Drollinger flipped on lap 5 of the feature. Guardino flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Josett, Laps 3-5 Macedo, Laps 6-27 Gardner, Laps 28-30 Macedo.

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Cody Swanson (15th to 6th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-751, 2-Guerrini-623, 3-Prickett-595, 4-Elliott-577, 5-Dalby-547, 6-Courtney Crone-501, 7-Michael Faccinto-451, 8-Pankratz-417, 9-Shannon McQueen-400, 10-Daniel-370.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 18 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS BATTLE AT CASA GRANDE

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 26, 2017... This Saturday, October 28th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their last appearance of the year at Central Arizona Speedway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds in Casa Grande, Arizona, the “Trunk and Treat” and “Pinal County Federal Credit Union Night” event will also feature Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, and Bomber Stocks. The pit gates will open at 4:00pm, the front gates will open at 5:00pm, and racing will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 muffler is MANDATORY at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply with the muffler rule risks disqualification from the event.

Since March 23, 2013, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted eight USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the Casa Grande debut and is tied with R.J. Johnson for the series lead with three victories. Johnson holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.058, set on October 29, 2016 and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to the eighteenth point race, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) has a 113-point lead over the competition. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson finished second last Saturday night at Canyon Speedway Park’s “Race For The Cure.” To date, the four-time champion has seven feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 188 feature laps led on the season. R.J. leads all series drivers with fifty-one series wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid with another victory.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the “Race For The Cure” last Saturday night. At press time, the five time Arizona Sprint Car champion has seven feature wins, nine heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one hard charger award, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 147 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles has twenty-one series wins and will have his sights on the Central Arizona Speedway triumph.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Bill Richards’ #7 Just Racin’ LLC / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins placed ninth in the Canyon Speedway Park main event. As this writing goes to press, the 2017 NMMRA Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the season. Shon will be looking to earn his second career USAC SouthWest feature win this Saturday night.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko scored sixth in last Saturday’s main event. To date, the young driver has six heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on earning his first career USAC SouthWest win at Casa Grande.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) ranks fifth in the USAC SouthWest standings. Racing his #27 Hughey & Phillips / XOIW Eagle, Aiuto scored eleventh in the “Race For The Cure.” At press time, Nick has posted three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, and ten top-10 finishes on the season. The veteran driver will be looking to score his first series feature win this Saturday at Casa Grande.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Stevie Sussex, Matt Lundy, Jeff Lowery, Andy Reinbold, Landon Cling, Brent Yarnal, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Cody Sickles, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Hunter Schuerenberg, and more.

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east five miles to 11 Mile Corner Road, then head south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 7-Charles Davis Jr., 7- R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi.

CASA GRANDE SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1273, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-1160, 3. Shon Deskins-973, 4. Tye Mihocko-897, 5. Nick Aiuto-851, 6. Mike Martin-831, 7. Chris Bonneau-805, 8. Michael Curtis-756, 9. Stevie Sussex-622, 10. Matt Lundy-605, 11. Jeff Lowery-573, 12. Andy Reinbold-561, 13. Landon Cling-557, 14. Brent Yarnal-548, 15. Bruce St. James-530, 16. Cody Sickles-497, 17. Matt Rossi-311, 18. Jake Swanson-288, 19. Brian Hosford-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) ———————————————– This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN TO VENTURA RACEWAY

 By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 26, 2017... This Saturday, October 28th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series will invade Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the eleventh point race and third of four appearances at the 1/5-mile oval will also feature Dwarf Cars, California Lightning Sprints, VRA Senior Sprints, and Focus Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2017 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 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since May 24, 1986, 140 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. At press time, 1994 Champion Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995. A complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Entering Saturday’s race, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) has a 103-point lead over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner has three feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led to his credit. The four-time champion ranks fourth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his twenty-third victory.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, the 2015 BCRA Champion will have his sights on his second career USAC win.

David Prickett (Fresno, California) sits third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett has one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and six top-10 finishes on the season. At Ventura, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion will be looking for his second career main event win.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott has one feature win, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. Cory has two career series wins and will have his sights on adding a Ventura main event to his resume.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) has climbed to fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby has posted three heat race victories, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. The young driver will be looking to earn his first win this Saturday night.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is tenth in the championship point chase. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California), Kyle Beilman (Santa Monica, California), and Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Courtney Crone, Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Robby Josett, Jake Swanson, C.J. Sarna, Alex Schutte, J.J. Ercse, Nate Wait, Brennan Rogers, Matt Mitchell, Ron Hazelton, Cody Swanson, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older), Active Military tickets (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $11. Kids tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES 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 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson.

VENTURA LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Ronnie Gardner, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4- P.J. Jones, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Robby Josett, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-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-Tommy White.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-670, 2. Frankie Guerrini-567, 3. David Prickett-530, 4. Cory Elliott-514, 5. Robert Dalby-508, 6. Courtney Crone-501, 7. Michael Faccinto-451, 8. Randi Pankratz-404, 9. Shannon McQueen-400, 10. Mason Daniel-322, 11. Maria Cofer-321, 12. Terry Nichols-298, 13. Robby Josett-297, 14. Shane Golobic-286, 15. Jake Swanson-269, 16. Chad Boat-249, 17. C.J. Sarna-243, 18. Clayton Ruston-219, 19. Alex Schutte-216, 20. J.J. Ercse-194.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DAVIS CHARGES TO SEVENTH USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT VICTORY

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 24, 2017... Nearly sweeping the show, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) won last Saturday’s “Race For The Cure” at Canyon Speedway Park. The veteran driver took to lead from Michael Curtis on lap five and sailed to his seventh USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win over R.J. Johnson, Chris Bonneau, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Curtis.

Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Charles Davis Jr. won the night’s first heat race and ranked second in passing points. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion also earned the night’s hard charger award by earning his twenty-first series win after starting fifth. Davis left the Peoria, Arizona oval ranked second in points with nine heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 147 feature laps led.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) sliced his way from sixth to claim second in the “Race For The Cure.” Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson ran second to Davis in his heat race and claimed the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award. The four-time champion heads to Casa Grande with a 113-point lead on the strength of seven feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 188 feature laps led.

Chris Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona) had a solid night at Canyon Speedway Park with a third place finish from seventh. Piloting his #15 Priced Right Auto Sales / Triple X machine, Bonneau finished second to Bruce St. James in his heat race and ranked seventh in passing points. At press time, the veteran driver is seventh in points with four heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) raced from eighth to score fourth in the “Race For The Cure.” Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin finished third in his heat race and placed eighth in passing points. To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner is sixth in the point standings with four heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season.

After leading the first four laps, Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) claimed fifth at Canyon Speedway Park. Racing Kevin Turner and Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering machine, Curtis ran second to Tye Mihocko in his heat race and ranked sixth in passing points. At press time, the young driver is eighth in the point standings with two heat race victories, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, and nine top-10 finishes on the year.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s second heat race. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko ranked third in passing points and scored sixth in the 30-lap main event. The young driver is fourth in the point chase with sixth heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, Arizona) took the checkered flags in the program’s third heat race. Driving his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Priority Aviation Maxim, St. James was fourth in passing points and finished eighth in the “Race For The Cure.” The veteran driver is currently fifteenth in points with two heat race victories, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led in the campaign.

This Saturday, October 28th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their final appearance at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, the “Trunk or Treat” and “Pinal County Federal Credit Union Night” will also showcase Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes, for their support.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Race For The Cure”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Sterling Cling (#34 Grau), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 6. Bill Waltman (#09 Waltman). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 2. R.J. Johnson (6th), 3. Chris Bonneau (7th), 4. Mike Martin (8th), 5. Michael Curtis (1st), 6. Tye Mihocko (4th), 7. Landon Cling (11th), 8. Bruce St. James (3rd), 9. Shon Deskins (9th), 10. Matt Rossi (14th), 11. Nick Aiuto (2nd), 12. Sterling Cling (10th), 13. Brent Yarnal (15th), 14. J.R. Bonesteel (12th), 15. Cody Sickles (18th), 16. Bill Waltman (16th), 17. Jeff Lowery (17th), 18. Dennis Gile (13th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Curtis, Laps 5-30 Davis. HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (5th to 1st) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1273, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-1160, 3. Shon Deskins-973, 4. Tye Mihocko-897, 5. Nick Aiuto-851, 6. Mike Martin-831, 7. Chris Bonneau-805, 8. Michael Curtis-756, 9. Stevie Sussex-622, 10. Matt Lundy-605, 11. Jeff Lowery-573, 12. Andy Reinbold-561, 13. Landon Cling-557, 14. Brent Yarnal-548, 15. Bruce St. James-530, 16. Cody Sickles-497, 17. Matt Rossi-311, 18. Jake Swanson-288, 19. Brian Hosford-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) ———————————————– This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TMEZ DRIFTS WEST FOR WESTERN WORLD & OVALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

After all, Thomas Meseraull will indeed be heading west when the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars stop at Arizona Speedway and Perris (Calif.) Auto
Speedway during the month of November for the 2017 season finales.

The San Jose, California native has been named as the driver of the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports No. 19 for the Nov. 3-4 "Western World Championships" at Arizona and the Nov. 9-10-11 Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris.

Meseraull hasn't had any prior experience for the Reinbold/Underwood team, but this fact hasn't deterred his success of late as evidenced by what he's accomplished this season. Meseraull has earned six series wins since 2015, including a pair this season for two different teams. In June, Meseraull was victorious in his second start for the Heffner Racing team during the Eastern Storm trip to Pennsylvania's Lincoln Speedway. One month later in his USAC debut for Chase Briscoe Racing, Meseraull captured the victory in the Indiana Sprint Week opener at Kokomo Speedway. In fact, Meseraull has driven five different teams to top-five finishes with USAC this season alone!

The No. 19 was originally entered for Brady Short who had to bow out due to other commitments. Meseraull will, however, have February Ocala, Fla. winner Hunter Schuerenberg as a teammate in a second Reinbold/Underwood car. The west coast based team has competed on the national trail this season, including leading eight laps and recording back-to-back top-five finishes with Schuerenberg in "Sprint Car Smackdown" at Kokomo in August.

Meseraull has not yet won at Arizona or Perris in USAC National Sprint Car competition. However, he did score a USAC Western States Midget victory at Perris in 2001. Meseraull's best "Western World" finish to date was a third in last year's opening night. Meanwhile, his top "Oval Nationals" result is a sixth, which he procured in 2012 and 2015.

Both nights of the "Western World" and all three nights of the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

 

 

JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Tickets are now on sale for the final USAC event of the 2017 season when the Midgets invade the Southern Illinois Center for the third annual "Junior Knepper 55" on Saturday December 16.

Tickets for the race on the indoor dirt oval are on sale now at http://www.usactickets.com/. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $18 - two dollars off the price at the gate on race day.

In addition, you may order your "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

The special event carries no points toward the USAC National Midget season championship, but has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win on the series calendar, annually boasting a large car count and a star-studded field to boot.

In the inaugural running in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. electrified the crowd in the 55-lap feature, coming from the back of the pack to score the victory in the final laps. In 2016, Tyler Courtney earned his first career USAC-sanctioned Midget feature victory in his first start for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team.

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups.

 

 

LAST-LAP VICTORY FOR LOVE AT THE "BULLRING"

Las Vegas, NV........USAC Speed2 Western US Midget leader Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif. scored a last-lap win in Saturday's "Senator's Cup Fall Classic" at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Annie Breidinger led the first 29 laps and finished second ahead of Toni Breidinger, Cody Jessop and Joey Iest.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2017 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring - "Senator's Cup Fall Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Jessop, 44L , Love-15.522; 2. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.530; 3. Joey Iest 17, Iest-15.558; 4. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.572; 5. Tyler Slay, 26B, Breidinger-15.661; 6. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.732; 7. Chaz Groat, 13, Groat-15.947; 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.023; 9. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-1.053; 10. Adam Lemke, 21, West-16.215.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jessop, 2. T.Breidinger, 3. Iest, 4. Nichols, 5. Lemke. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Slay, 4. Brannon, 5. Groat. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Cody Jessop, 5. Joey Iest, 6. Tyler Slay, 7. Blake Brannon, 8. Chaz Groat, 9. Adam Lemke, 10. Johnny Nichols. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 A.Breidinger, Lap 30 Love.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-847, 2-A.Breidinger-794, 3-Lemke-707, 4-T.Breidinger-630, 5-Iest-611, 6-Nichols-565, 7-Brannon-563, 8-Tom Paterson-558, 9-Jessop-318, 10-Antonia Boscacci-206.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,441, 2-Lemke-1,297, 3-A.Breidinger-1,262, 4-Tom Paterson-1,148, 5-Brannon-856, 6-T.Breidinger-630, 7-Iest-609, 8-Nichols-565, 9-Jessop-437, 10-Antonia Boscacci-288.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: November 18 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring - "West Coast Short Track Championships"

 

 

DAVIS BEATS JOHNSON TO CANYON FLAG

Peoria, AZ........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. won Saturday night's 30-lap "Race for the Cure" USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car race at Canyon Speedway Park. Series point leader R.J. Johnson was second ahead of Chris Bonneau, Mike Martin and Michael Curtis, who led the first five laps.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2017 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Race for the Cure"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Sterling Cling (#34 Grau), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 6. Bill Waltman (#09 Waltman). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Chris Bonneau, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Michael Curtis, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Landon Cling, 8. Bruce St. James, 9. Shon Deskins, 10. Matt Rossi, 11. Nick Aiuto, 12. Sterling Cling, 13. Brent Yarnal, 14. J.R. Bonesteel, 15. Cody Sickles, 16. Bill Waltman, 17. Jeff Lowery, 18. Dennis Gile. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Curtis, Laps 5-30 Davis.

HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (5th to 1st)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.Johnson-1,273, 2-Davis-1,160, 3-Deskins-973, 4-Mihocko-897, 5-Aiuto-851, 6-Martin-831, 7-Bonneau-805, 8-Curtis-756, 9-Matt Lundy-605, 10-Stevie Sussex-593.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 28 - Casa Grande, AZ - Central Arizona Speedway

 

 

"INVADER" GRANT GRABS TOP DOLLARS AT THE PAS

Perris, CA........AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. walked off with the 30-lap victory Saturday in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA feature at Perris Auto Speedway. In a feature containing seven lead changes, Grant outduelled Brody Roa, then led the final 11 laps for the win over Mike Spencer, Damion Gardner, Ausin Williams and fast qualifier Jake Swanson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2017 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.519; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.604; 3. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.696; 4. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-16.712; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.761; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.790; 7. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.817; 8. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.838; 9. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.079; 10. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.187; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.221; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-17.287; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.328; 14. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.347; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.519; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.540; 17. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.588; 18. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-17.641; 19. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.831; 20. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-18.071; 21. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-19.111.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Spencer, 3. Grant, 4. T.Williams, 5. McCarthy, 6. Ellertson, 7. Stewart. 3:01.63.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. Chapple, 4. Sussex, 5. Bender, 6. Gansen, 7. Marshall. 2:58.40.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Malcolm, 3. A.Williams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Waitman, 6. Sweeney. 3:08.75.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Issac Chapple, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. A.J. Bender, 9. Cody Williams, 10. Jeremy Ellertson, 11. Matt McCarthy, 12. Verne Sweeney, 13. Trent Williams, 14. Brody Roa, 15. Matt Stewart, 16. Gary Marshall Jr., 17. Randy Waitman, 18. Max Adams, 19. Chris Gansen, 20. Tommy Malcolm. NT ----------------------- **L.Williams flipped during qualifications. Malcolm flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Roa, Laps 2-8 A.Williams, Laps 9-10 Gardner, Laps 11-16 Grant, Lap 17 Roa, Lap 18 Grant, Lap 19 Roa, Laps 20-30 Grant

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (17th to 7th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,294, 2-Swanson-1,193, 3-Roa-1,167, 4-Spencer-1,015, 5-A.Williams-899, 6-C.Williams-829, 7-L.Williams-735, 8-Adams-702, 9-Gansen-677, 10-McCarthy-599.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 3&4 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway -"50th Western World Championships"

 

 

LABASTIE, CUGINI TAKE SPEED2 EASTERN "SPECIALS" AT DOMINION

Spotsylvania, VA........Chad Labastie of Uxbridge, Mass. and Dan Cugini of Marshfield, Mass. scored 35-lap feature wins in USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget "special non-points" races at Dominion Raceway Saturday night. Fast Qualifier Cugini was second in the opener ahead ofJake Stegios, Neal Allison and Ryan Locke. Labastie led all but the opening lap. In the nightcap, Cugini passed Nolan Allison on lap 29 and led the final seven laps to beat Nolan and Neal Allison, Labastie and Jessice Bean.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET (Special non points") Winged RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2017 - Spotsylvania, Virginia - Dominion Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dan Cugini, 51, Seymour14.565; 2. Ryan Locke, 88, Locke-14.588; 3. Jake Stergios, 11, Stergios-14.951; 4. Chad Labastie, 14, Labastie-14.962; 5. Connor Gross, 8, Radical-15.027; 6. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.101; 7. J.J. Horstman, 99, Radical-15.114; 8. Jeff Locke, 9, Radical-15.169; 9. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.206; 10. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.211; 11. Kevin Park, 52, Park-15.365; 12. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-16.127; 13. Jordan Empie, 3, Radical-NT.

FIRST FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chad Labastie, 2. Dan Cugini, 3. Jake Stergios, 4. Neal Allison, 5. Ryan Locke, 6. Jake Trainor, 7. Jeff Locke, 8. J.J. Horstman, 9. Jordan Empie, 10. Kevin Park, 11. Jessica Bean, 12. Jake Smith, 13. Connor Gross. NT

SECOND FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Dan Cugini, 2. Nolan Allison, 3. Neal Allison, 4. Chad Labastie, 5. Jessica Bean, 5. Jake Trainor, 7. Jeff Locke, 8. Ryan Locke, 9. Jake Smith, 10. Kevin Park, 11. Jordan Empie, 12. J.J. Horstman, 13. Jake Stergios. NT ------------------------------

FIRST FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Neal Allison, Laps 2-35 Labastie.

SECOND FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Neal Allison, Laps 16-28 Nolan Allison, Laps 29-35 Cugini.

 

 

TONI BREIDINGER NOW AT 14 AFTER BULLRING VICTORY

Las Vegas, NV........Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. scored an all-time USAC female feature victpory record 14th win Friday night in the "Senator's Cup Fall Classic" at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. She led the final eight laps after passing Jesse Love IV in a race featuring four different lap leaders. Love finishd second ahead of Annie Breidinger, Cody Jessop and Joey Iest.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2017 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring - "Senator's Cup Fall Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.366; 2. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.433; 3. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.447; 4. Joey Iest 17, Iest-15.695; 5. Tyler Slay, 26B, Breidinger-15.812; 6. Cody Jessop, 44L , Love-15.864; 7. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.922; 8. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-16.051; 9. Ethan DeGuevara, 21, West-16.280. (Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.125 time disallowed)

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. Love, 3. A,Breidinger, 4. Slay, 5. Nichols. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Lemke, 2. Jessop, 3. Iest, 4. Brannon, 5. DeGuevara. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Cody Jessop, 5. Joey Iest, 6. Blake Brannon, 7. Johnny Nichols, 8. Ethan DeGuevara, 9. Adam Lemke, 10. Tyler Slay. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 A.Breidinger, Laps 6-21 Lemke, Lap 22 Love, Laps 23-30 T.Breidinger.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-766, 2-A.Breidinger-715, 3-Lemke-657, 4-Tom Paterson-558, 5-T.Breidinger-588, 6-Iest-432, 7-Nichols-517, 8-Brannon-506, 9-Jessop-243, 10-Antonia Boscacci-206.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,360, 2-Lemke-1,247, 3-A.Breidinger-1,183, 4-Tom Paterson-1,148, 5-Brannon-799, 6-T,Breidinger-558, 7-Iest-543, 8-Nichols-517, 9-Jessop-362, 10-Antonia Boscacci-288.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: October 21 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring - "Senator's Cup Fall Classic"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS HEADLINE SATURDAY’S “RACE FOR THE CURE” AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 18, 2017... This Saturday, October 21st, the popular Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their seventh and final appearance of the year at Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the “Race For The Cure” at the Peoria, Arizona oval will also feature IMCA Stock Cars, Dwarf Cars, and the Power 600 Non-Wing Micro Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-six USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with seventeen Canyon victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (6), Ryan Bernal (4), “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway Park is at the end of this release.

Entering the twenty-first point race, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the chase for the championship with a 106-point advantage. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the September 30th “Hall of Fame Classic” at Canyon. To date, the four-time champion has seven feature wins, ten heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 188 feature laps led. R.J. leads all drivers with fifty-one USAC SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the “Race For The Cure” to his resume.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the September 29th “Hall of Fame Classic” preliminary before taking fourth in the finale. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has six feature wins, eight heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 121 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has twenty series wins and will have his sights on the victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) ranks third in the championship point chase. Piloting Bill Richards’ #7 Just Racin’ LLC / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins ran fifth in the “Hall of Fame Classic.” As this writing goes to press, the newly crowned NMMRA Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the year. Shon will be looking to earn his second career USAC SouthWest feature win this Saturday night.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko placed eleventh in the September 30th main event. To date, the young driver has five heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on making the “Race For The Cure” his first career series win.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) sits fifth in the championship standings. Racing his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Driving School Eagle, Aiuto charged from sixteenth to ninth in the “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, Nick has three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, and ten top-10 finishes on the season. The veteran driver will be looking to score his first USAC SouthWest triumph at the “Race For The Cure.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Matt Lundy, Stevie Sussex, Andy Reinbold, Jeff Lowery, Brent Yarnal, Landon Cling, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Cody Sickles, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets (60 and over) are $15, Active Military (with ID) tickets are $15, and Kids tickets (11 and under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 602.258.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
7-R.J. Johnson, 6-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
17-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 6-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-1193, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-1077, 3. Shon Deskins-922, 4. Tye Mihocko-830, 5. Nick Aiuto-802, 6. Mike Martin-764, 7. Chris Bonneau-734, 8. Michael Curtis-690, 9. Matt Lundy-605, 10. Stevie Sussex-593, 11. Andy Reinbold-561, 12. Jeff Lowery-541, 13. Brent Yarnal-507, 14. Landon Cling-500, 15. Bruce St. James-470, 16. Cody Sickles-463, 17. Jake Swanson-288, 18. Matt Rossi-264, 19. Brian Hosford-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

 

 

$20,000 ON THE LINE AT SUNDAY'S
"LEFFLER MEMORIAL" IN WAYNE CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois.........In the late 1990s, Jason Leffler made tracks big and small his personal playground as he raced to three consecutive USAC National Midget titles. Though Leffler may have been small in stature, his legacy in the sport of midget racing remains that of a giant.

One look at the one-eighth-mile dirt oval of Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois gives the impression of diminutive. But that's just a front for the spectacular wheel-banging, ultra-competitive style that has become the norm on this southern Illinois soil nestled between farmland during this harvest season.

This Sunday, we race in Leffler's name with the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial." Like Jason, don't underestimate size. Small cars on a small track will bring out the big hearts and the big right feet when there's big money on the line this Sunday, October 22 with $20,000 big ones going to the one with the biggest will to win.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon is the defending winner at Wayne City, leading the final 33 laps to capture an emotional victory - the first for car owner Frank Manafort and a meaningful win for USAC Hall of Fame crew chief and car builder Bob East who guided Jason Leffler to USAC National Midget titles in 1997-98-99 and a Silver Crown championship in 1998.

Clauson/Marshall Racing made its debut in the event a season ago. This year, they've taken on a full-assault of the series championship with five wins and it's three-driver arsenal of Shane Golobic, Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant all reside in the top-six of the standings.

The Clauson name has been victorious at the "Leffler Memorial" before when, in 2015, Bryan Clauson outdueled Rico Abreu in a memorable finish that we won't soon forget.

Almost astonishingly, this is one of the few races that the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team has not tamed yet, though they have finished as the runner-up three years in a row with drivers Christopher Bell, Rico and Tanner Thorson.

KKM's top-pilot this season has been Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Indiana who holds a 66-point lead over Bacon coming into Sunday's race, which serves as the final event in the Midwest before the series heads west to Cali for season-enders at Bakersfield and Ventura in November.

The "Leffler Memorial" also holds a unique place on the racing calendar in that it brings out drivers who normally don't compete with the series during the outdoor season. 2013 World of Outlaws Sprint Car champ Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Oklahoma won the race in 2014 and finished fourth in 2015. He will be a contender Sunday along with the likes of fellow sprint car standouts making rare midget appearances: San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull in the Amati Racing No. 66 and recent "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic" victor Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Alabama at the wheel of Austin Brown's No. 7B, among many others.

The USAC/POWRi co-sanctioned event also features a format dissimilar to the majority of USAC events with no qualifying, but instead utilizing qualifier races and heats seeding the A-Main starting field.

Big names have missed the field in past years and nothing is a given at Wayne City. Drivers are going to have get up on the wheel, stand on the gas and put it in the show on these tight confines, which more than certainly will be a show for the fans in itself.

The "Jason Leffler Memorial" begins with pits opening at 11am, front gates opening at 3pm, drivers meeting at 3:30pm and cars on track at 4pm.
Adult general admission tickets are $15. Children 12 and under are free with paid adult. Pit passes are $35.

You can watch flag-to-flag coverage of all the racing action a day after the race is run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

T-MEZ AND AMATI TEAM UP FOR "LEFFLER MEMORIAL" SUNDAY IN WAYNE CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois.........Throughout his career, Thomas Meseraull has proven adept at adapting to new situations and new rides quickly. For this Sunday's, Oct. 22 USAC National Midget event at Wayne County Speedway in Illinois, the San Jose, California driver returns to a familiar situation as he climbs aboard the Amati Racing No. 66 for the "Jason Leffler Memorial."

This season alone, Meseraull has won twice on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail for two different teams, yet he has yet to make a USAC Midget start in 2017. In fact, neither Meseraull or Amati have competed in a USAC National Midget event since the 2016 season-opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. There, they scored a strong third-place finish in the 50-lap feature.

However, Meseraull and Amati attained much of their success together on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour where they partnered up for four feature wins during the 2015 and 2016 seasons in Rossburg, Ohio (Eldora Speedway), Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, Ocala, Fla. (Bubba Raceway Park) and Kansas City, Kans. (Lakeside Speedway).

Meseraull is still seeking his first career USAC National Midget win. He won a non-points, special event at California's Irwindale Speedway in 2004 and is the owner of four career USAC Western States Midget victories. He hasn't finished outside the top-ten in each of his last four series starts, three of which resulted in top-fives!

The fifth annual $20,000-to-win event, co-sanctioned by POWRi, begins with pits opening at 11am, front gates opening at 3pm, drivers meeting at 3:30pm and cars on track at 4pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $15. Children 12 and under are free with paid adult. Pit passes are $35.

You can watch flag-to-flag coverage of all the racing action a day after the race is run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RUMBLE AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 17, 2017... This Saturday, October 21st, the powerful AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the eighteenth point race will be the last “home track” tune up before the 22nd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction. Saturday’s action packed card will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. The spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT RACER’S FIRST EVENT and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 200 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and 34 different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 43 wins and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. In 2017, R.J. Johnson and Gardner have earned three Perris victories while Richard Vander Weerd claimed the March 4th season opener. A complete Perris series win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to the PAS, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 94-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 S.P. Beagle Plumbing / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored his fifth win of the campaign at the September 23rd “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris. To date, “The Demon” has five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, ten heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 148 feature laps led on the year. The five-time champion leads all drivers with 75 career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is second in the championship point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa scored eighth in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” At press time, last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led to his credit. Brody has two career USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer Triple X, Swanson placed fourth in the September 23rd main event. To date, the newly crowned USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the season. Jake has one career USAC/CRA victory and will be looking to gain valuable points with a win this Saturday night.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer claimed third at the “Glenn Howard Classic.” At press time, the five-time champion has one feature win, four heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the year. Mike ranks second with 38 career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on another $2,500 payday.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is fifth in the point standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams scored twenty-third at Perris after an early exit. To date, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and ten top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied with Garrett Hansen for twentieth on the USAC/CRA win list with five victories and will be looking to rebound with a Perris victory.

Currently eleventh in points, Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, Max Adams, Chris Gansen, Richard Vander Weerd, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Jace Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Austin Liggett, Verne Sweeney, A.J. Bender, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 3-R.J. Johnson, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Max Adams, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 43-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2- Austin Williams, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1217, 2. Brody Roa-1123, 3. Jake Swanson-1121, 4. Mike Spencer-941, 5. Austin Williams-831, 6. Cody Williams-778, 7. Logan Williams-725, 8. Max Adams-667, 9. Chris Gansen-649, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-560, 11. Matt McCarthy-554, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-535, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr.-415, 14. Jace Vander Weerd-409, 15. Chase Johnson-391, 16. Ronnie Gardner-386, 17. Danny Faria Jr.-383, 18. Geoff Ensign-381, ... R.J. Johnson-381, 20. Tyler Courtney-370.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

THOMAS TAMES TERRE HAUTE IN "HULMAN/SMITH CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........It was just a month ago when Kevin Thomas, Jr. saw hopes of a Terre Haute Action Track victory dashed in the final laps as he ran out of fuel while leading on a late race restart.

On the final restart of Saturday night's "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic," Thomas was fueled by determination and a sense of redemption as he slid his way past Dave Darland with five laps remaining, then ran down leader Chase Stockon with three to go to win his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at the Action Track in four seasons.

With his third victory in the last five events, Thomas became the third member of the five-win club with the series in 2017 alongside Tyler Courtney and C.J. Leary. But, on Saturday night, the Cullman, Alabama driver added a victory in one of the premier events on the schedule, as well as the traditional rifle awarded in victory lane, in his KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

"Winning the 'Hulman' is such a great honor," a proud Thomas exclaimed. "Not many people have one of those rifles. To be able to have one of those sitting up in your living room is pretty amazing. This is such a legendary track. It's tough to get around and tough to tame."

Thomas became just the third driver to win both the "Tony Hulman Classic" and "Don Smith Classic" in his career. Yet, it would take all he could muster to accomplish the feat as Stockon held the command up front for much of the 30-lap event. Stockon's most recent series victory came at the Action Track 15 months earlier and the series' current consecutive starts leader with 215 was playing the lead role to perfection.

With Thomas bearing down in second as the laps dwindled to less than ten remaining, Stockon had to be on the attack as he guided his way through lapped traffic with slider after slider to create separation between he and Thomas. However, Thomas answered every move of Stockon's on Terre Haute's half-mile chessboard with a slew of successful sliders of his own to stay within shouting distance of Stockon, but, to that point, had not yet erased any of the deficit.

"I was right behind him and couldn't catch him," Thomas admitted. "When I was sliding lapped cars, I realized I really wasn't losing that much ground to Chase. I figured the only way I was going to be able to pass those guys is by just throwing dive bombs. At the end of the race, that's what you got to do. I'm sitting third in points and don't have much to lose. It's either try to run those guys down or crash trying to do it. The only way you're going to gain points is if you win."

Meanwhile, ProSource Fast Qualifier and heat race winner Darland was hauling in third and closing rapidly on both Stockon and Thomas. It was now a three-car race with just seven laps remaining and Thomas felt the time was now to throw a haymaker at Stockon for the race lead with a slide job entering turn three. Thomas momentarily grabbed the lead until hitting the turn four cushion where he got bogged down and dropped to a distant third while Darland capitalized by moving to second with an inside pass on Thomas exiting the fourth corner.

"Once you get to the center of the corner, and you get two car lengths away from the cushion, you have to whoa yourself down quite a bit," Thomas said. "The first time, I didn't do that. I trusted the cushion a little too much, blasted off in there and got four wheels above it. It got kind of mushy up there and I couldn't get back going. You had to be patient with it, but also very aggressive. It's just a matter of timing, honestly. You get lucky a few times, then you figure it out and you just keep doing whatever you did that got you there. I just stuck to that game plan."

While Thomas stuck to his plan, it appeared that Darland might be destined for his first series victory of the season as he clamped down on Stockon for the lead. Just as the stage was set for that duel to play out in front of the large throng of race fans with a mere five laps to go, Dylan Shaw, who was making his first career USAC start, climbed the wall between turns three and four before flipping over. He walked away uninjured.

During the red, thoughts run through each driver's mind as they hatch their plan to get around the car in front of them. Thomas had two dominoes that needed to fall for him to reach his goal, but first, he had to devise a plan to take on the series' all-time master, Dave Darland.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. celebrates with the traditional rifle awarded to the winner of the "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. (David Nearpass Photo)

"Under the red, I'm just thinking to myself how to get by Dave because I know he has such a good awareness of where other cars are and he's also pretty aggressive," Thomas explained. "I didn't know if he was going to slide the guy in front of me or not. I was just sitting there thinking on how to manipulate what he was going to do."

"If they restart off the bottom and their car hangs just the slightest bit to the right, you can run down to the bottom on the straightaway and get a good run on the entry of the corner," Thomas continued. "The sketchy part tonight was that there was a hole right on entry. If you didn't have your angle right, you'd hit that hole and bounce. It's so far around here, the shortest distance is to the middle of the corner. It's just what I had to do and it ended up working out."

On the lap 26 restart, Darland chose to ride the high line, opening up the bottom for Thomas who slid past Darland for second right away and then set his sights on Stockon for the race lead. It only took one lap for Thomas to fire his next shot at Stockon entering turn one, but he wasn't close enough quite yet.

Lap 28 would be the charm, however, though not initially. Thomas' first attempt in turn one worked momentarily, but Stockon was able to counter back underneath off turn two and recapture the point. Thomas reloaded the chamber and immediately went right back to work on Stockon entering turn three, making amends for his similar move on lap 24 by making this one stick. Thomas instantly stretched out the advantage while Windom also was able to get around Stockon as well to secure second on the 29th lap. Thomas locked it up and threw away the key at the end, capturing the victory by eight-tenths of a second over Windom, Stockon, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Brady Bacon (from 13th) and Darland.

With the win by Thomas, Windom's three-race winning streak at Terre Haute came to a close. The Canton, Illinois driver had won all three USAC National events at the Action Track since October of 2016 and had the opportunity coming in to become the first driver ever to sweep every USAC National event held at Terre Haute in a single season, but had to take home a solid second in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

"The first half of the race, I was really trying to be consistent and trying to save my tires," Windom detailed. "With the line we were running, I knew the top will wear down the right rear tire. We probably didn't have four or five more laps in ours. Late race restarts here are key, though. If you know what to do, you can make stuff happen. Unfortunately, KT was in front of me there and was doing the same thing I was and that made it hard to get by him."

The big picture scenario for Windom shows that he closed his 45-point deficit to just 29 points behind Justin Grant heading into the final five-race stretch at Arizona Speedway Nov. 3-4 and Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway Nov. 9-11. Windom has won at both venues before in his career, including a sweep of both nights last season at Arizona.

"We closed the gap on the points, but it's definitely something I try not to think a lot about," Windom admits. "But, definitely, this late in the year, it's what's on your mind every time you're on the racetrack."

Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon owns two career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories at Terre Haute and number three looked like a good bet for the first 27 laps of the feature as he paced the field throughout the duration, but, in the end, placed third in his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher.

"I knew we were going to have to get out front and I committed to run the top the whole race because, anytime you win here, it's going to be on the top," Stockon explained. "We were able to pull away through the middle of the race, but I don't if under that red flag, our tire pressure just went down too much or what the deal was. We couldn't really get going after that restart. We won the 'Don Smith Classic' and the 'Jim Hurtubise Classic,' but it's very, very disappointing after leading 27 of the 30 laps to not hang that (Hulman Classic) rifle on the wall."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at the Terre Haute Action Track included Dave Darland (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Kyle Robbins (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner) and Stevie Sussex (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 14, 2017 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - 47th "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic'

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 39G, Goodnight-19.895 2. Kevin Thomas, 9k, KT-19.985; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-20.122; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.187; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.348; 6. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.390; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.405; 8. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-20.464; 9. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.467; 10. Shane Cottle, 17GP, Dutcher-20.478; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3c, Cummins-20.489; 12. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-20.511; 13. Joe Bares, 19, Test-20.551; 14. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Haywrd-20.595; 16. Jerry Coons Jr. 21K, Krockenberger-20.653; 16. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-20.660; 17. Scotty Weir, 17G, On the Gass-20.712; 18. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-20.835; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.912; 20. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-21.030; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.055; 22. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-21.116; 23. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-21.121; 24. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-21.415; 25. Stevie Sussex, 21x, Pollock-21.439; 26. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-21.454; 27. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-21.744; 28. Tony McVey, 7M, McVey-21.972; 29. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-22.359; 30. Dylan Shaw, 12k, Meneely-NT; 31. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Leary, 3. Stockon, 4. Weir, 5. Maddox, 6. Bares, 7. Sussex, 8. Budde. 2:44.66

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Thomas, 3. Andretti, 4. Cottle, 5. Gentry, 6. Moffatt, 7. McMillin. 2:44.29

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT (8 laps) 1. Robbins, 2. Ballou, 3. Cummins, 4, Grant, 5. Chapple, 6. Coons, 7. Rogers. 2:48.01

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Windom, 3. Hodges, 4. Boespflug, 5. Hewitt, 6. Williams, 7. McVey. 2:48.72

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bares, 2. Moffatt, 3. Coons, 4. Sussex, 5. Mattox, 6. Shaw, 7. Chapple, 8. McMillin, 9. Hewitt, 10. Budde, 11. McVey, 12. Rogers, 13. Williams, 14. Gentry. NT

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 -------------------------------- **Williams flipped during the semi. Shaw flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-27 Stockon, Laps 28-30 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (13th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Stevie Sussex

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-2006, 2-Windom-1977, 3-Thomas-1891; 4-Courtney-1862, 5-Stockon-1741, 6-Boespflug-1735, 7-Leary-1673; 8-Bacon-1539, 9-Ballou-1501, 10-Darland-1372.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 3-4 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway - 50th Annual "Western World Championships"

 

 

KT GRABS 47TH "TONY HULMAN/DON SMITH CLASSIC"

Terre Haute, IN........Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. came from behind to win Saturday night's 47th "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic" AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race at the Terre Haute Action Track. He passed Chase Stockon on lap 28 and led the last three laps to beat Chris Windom, Chase Stockon, Brady Bacon and Dave Darland. Windom's finish sliced Justin Grant's series point lead to just 29. Grant was seventh in Saturday's race.

AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 14, 2017 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - 47th "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic'

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 39G, Goodnight-19.895 2. Kevin Thomas, 9k, KT-19.985; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-20.122; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.187; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.348; 6. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.390; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.405; 8. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-20.464; 9. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.467; 10. Shane Cottle, 17GP, Dutcher-20.478; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3c, Cummins-20.489; 12. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-20.511; 13. Joe Bares, 19, Test-20.551; 14. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Haywrd-20.595; 16. Jerry Coons Jr. 21K, Krockenberger-20.653; 16. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-20.660; 17. Scotty Weir, 17G, On the Gass-20.712; 18. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-20.835; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.912; 20. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-21.030; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.055; 22. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-21.116; 23. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-21.121; 24. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-21.415; 25. Stevie Sussex, 21x, Pollock-21.439; 26. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-21.454; 27. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-21.744; 28. Tony McVey, 7M, McVey-21.972; 29. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-22.359; 30. Dylan Shaw, 12k, Meneely-NT; 31. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Leary, 3. Stockon, 4. Weir, 5. Maddox, 6. Bares, 7. Sussex, 8. Budde. 2:44.66

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Thomas, 3. Andretti, 4. Cottle, 5. Gentry, 6. Moffatt, 7. McMillin. 2:44.29

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT (8 laps) 1. Robbins, 2. Ballou, 3. Cummins, 4, Grant, 5. Chapple, 6. Coons, 7. Rogers. 2:48.01

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Windom, 3. Hodges, 4. Boespflug, 5. Hewitt, 6. Williams, 7. McVey. 2:48.72

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bares, 2. Moffatt, 3. Coons, 4. Sussex, 5. Mattox, 6. Shaw, 7. Chapple, 8. McMillin, 9. Hewitt, 10. Budde, 11. McVey, 12. Rogers, 13. Williams, 14. Gentry. NT

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. Jarrett, Andretti, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Stevie Sussex, 14. John 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

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Williams flipped during the semi. Shaw flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-27 Stockon, Laps 28-30 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (13-4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Stevie Sussex

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-2,006, 2-Windom-1,977, 3-Thomas-1,891; 4-Courtney-1,862, 5-Stockon-1,741, 6-Boespflug-1,735, 7-Leary-1,673; 8-Bacon-1,539, 9-Ballou-1,501, 10-Darland-1,372.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 3 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "50th Annual Western World"

 

 

SUSSEX MAKES USAC SPRINT RETURN WITH POLLOCK SATURDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana......USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car leading rookie Stevie Sussex will make his return to the series this Saturday night, October 14 at the Terre Haute Action Track for the "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic."

The Tempe, Arizona native will make his Terre Haute debut in the No. 21x for longtime car owner Rick Pollock Saturday at Terre Haute. Sussex hasn't made a start in the series since June during the "Eastern Storm" tour of Pennsylvania.

In Sussex's limited appearances this season, he's finished in the top-ten in three of his six starts, including a fifth-place run at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway in April. He also picked up ProSource Fast Qualifier honors at Greenwood, Nebraska's I-80 Speedway in June.

Prior to making regular appearances on the National scene, Sussex has shown prowess near his stomping grounds in the Grand Canyon State where he's the owner of 12 career USAC Southwest Sprint Car victories, including two this season.

Meanwhile, Pollock has regularly fielded rides in the series for a number of years and, along the way, has earned a pair of victories with Chris Windom as his driver, both at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, in 2012 and 2015. The car has only appeared briefly during the 2017 season, but did manage a strong third-place result with driver Thomas Meseraull during "Winter Dirt Games VII" in Ocala, Fla. back in February.

Pit gates open for the "Hulman/Smith Classic" at 2pm. A free, open pit party will take place from 3:30 to 5:30pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet the driver, get autographs, take pictures and win prizes. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm.

Adult grandstand admission is $25 while infield admission is just $15. Children age 11 and under are free!

You can witness the event on-demand with flag-to-flag coverage at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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Matt Covington

CG Motorsports- Glenpool, Ok. (Oct. 11th, 2017) Matt Covington grabbed another top-5 with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour last Saturday at El Paso County Raceway during the Colorado ASCS Fall Nationals.

Covington took on the unique, short track after a rain out on Friday, which postponed racing until Saturday. Matt made the best of the pill draw, earning the heat race win after starting outside the front row of the 3rd heat.

The win put Covington into the nights redraw where he pulled the 5th starting spot for the A-main.

At the drop of the green, Covington aimed to move forward. Working the low groove, Matt was able to make his way into 3rd in the early laps. He held his ground until a caution waved with 7 laps to go. A battle on the restart caused Matt to slip back into the 5th position where he remained until the checkers waved, obtaining another top-5.

“We had a decent and competitive run last Saturday,” stated Covington. “We were up to 3rd and should have finished there, but I just didn’t have a great restart there with that last caution. That track was very unique and we got a little tight in the closing laps. But we grabbed another heat win and top-5, so all in all it was a good night for us. We will go to STN this week and try to have some good runs the first couple nights that will put us in position for a good finish on Saturday.”

Matt and his CG Motorsports team would like to thank all partners who have helped make the current 2017 season possible. We look forward to the continued relationship throughout the year, along with many seasons to come: T&L Foundry, Triple X Chassis, A-Rock Materials, Winters, Brodix, C.G. Martin Company, Factor 1 Racing, All-Star Performance, Outlaw Wings, DMI Components, Keizer Wheels, ButlerBuilt, Best Graphics, Simpson Race Products, Wesmar Racing Engines, Bob Hurley RV, Eaton Industrial, Maxwell Oil, Schoenfeld Headers, CSI Shocks, KSE Steering, STW Trailer sales, Edison Auto

2017 STATS: Starts-52, Wins-1, Top 5’s-15, Top 10’s-39

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COTTLE THE NEWEST PILOT FOR DUTCHER SATURDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Veteran racer Shane Cottle has been tabbed as Michael Dutcher Motorsports' driver when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars visit the Terre Haute Action Track this Saturday, October 14 for the "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic."

Cottle, of Kokomo, Indiana, has been a mainstay in USAC for much of the past two decades, earning wins in each of USAC's three national divisions during his career.

Though Cottle is making his first USAC start in Dutcher's familiar, black No. 17GP this season, it is far from their first time teaming up. In fact, the duo found immediate success when they paired up for a couple races in 2012.

While regular driver Bryan Clauson was busy tending to duties during his rookie campaign at the Indianapolis 500, Cottle filled-in with a fine fourth-place result at the "Hulman Classic" at Terre Haute. One month later, Cottle was called on once again to substitute for Clauson and finished third at Wilmot (Wisc.) Raceway.

This past June, Cottle started last and finished third for Dutcher in the non-sanctioned "No Way Out 40" at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway.

Cottle has made 17 series starts this year with six top-ten finishes, all in the Paul Hazen-owned No. 57, and is the owner of three career USAC National Sprint Car victories.

Cottle will be Dutcher's eighth wheelman of the season, following in the steps of Jeff Bland, Jr., Stevie Sussex, Ryan Bernal, Tyler Thomas, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull and Shawn Westerfeld as Dutcher, the 2012 USAC Mechanical Achievement Award winner, seeks the first victory for his team in 2017.

Pit gates open for the "Hulman/Smith Classic" at 2pm. A free, open pit party will take place from 3:30 to 5:30pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet the driver, get autographs, take pictures and win prizes. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm.

Adult grandstand admission is $25 while infield admission just $15. Children age 11 and under are free!

You can witness the event on-demand with flag-to-flag coverage at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

WINDOM HOPES TO CONTINUE TERRE HAUTE MASTERY IN SATURDAY'S "HULMAN/SMITH CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

In the long, storied history of the Terre Haute Action Track, less than a handful of drivers have exhibited the stretch of mastery in USAC competition that Chris Windom has attained over the past season.

The half-mile "Action Track" has seen its share of dominators over the past half-century. Of course, the five consecutive USAC Sprint wins Jim Hurtubise accumulated from 1960 to 1962 immediately comes to mind. Roger McCluskey swept all three USAC Sprint features at Terre Haute in 1966. Bubby Jones earned four-straight USAC Sprint victories in 1979, narrowly missing a five-race USAC winning streak by one position after finishing second in a National Midget event behind Johnny Parsons. Rich Vogler was victorious in three USAC National events in a row in 1980 (2 Sprint, 1 Midget) and six in a row in the midget between 1983 and 1986.

Yet, only two drivers have swept a year's worth of USAC events at Terre Haute. Steve Butler did so in a pair of USAC Sprint Car races in 1987 while Chris Windom achieved the same feat in 2011. This Saturday night, October 14, Windom has an opportunity to duplicate his success from six years prior if he can reach victory lane in the 47th running of the "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic."

The Canton, Illinois driver has won both of USAC's Terre Haute visits this season, including the "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown season opener in April and the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' "Jim Hurtubise Classic" in September.

In fact, Windom's run of Terre Haute victories extends to the 2016 finale when he outdueled Chad Boespflug in a memorable see-saw battle. Dave Darland was the most recent driver to earn three USAC National victories at one venue in a single season when he did so in a trio of Sprint Car features at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in 2014.

In recent years, only Tanner Thorson's Tri-City Speedway streak of five consecutive USAC Midget wins in a row can compare to Windom's Terre Haute dominance. With that said, those wins have not been completely dominance, instead putting himself in position to persevere near the end. Windom led the final four laps of last month's "Hurtubise Classic" and just the last three in last October's race. Although, he did lead 51 of the 100 laps at the "Sumar Classic."

Furthermore, Windom could very well use this Saturday's race as a boon toward a National Sprint Car title. He stands behind Justin Grant in the standings heading into Saturday's USAC National Sprint Car Midwest season finale. Last season, Windom reeled off a three-race win streak including the finale at Terre Haute and a sweep of both nights at the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway.

However, time (and history) are not on Windom's side at this stretch of the season. Since the USAC National Sprint Cars began concluding its season out west in 2004, only one driver has overcome a deficit to win the series title after heading west. Bryan Clauson erased Dave Darland's 23-point lead to win the championship in 2012. Windom trails Grant by nearly double that, 45 points.

Yet, Windom's five USAC wins at Terre Haute may prove to be a punch in the gut to that theory in addition to his previous victories at the two remaining venues to conclude the season at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway and Arizona Speedway. Grant has yet to win USAC National features at each of the three venues, but holds the upper hand as the lone driver to sit atop the points this season and one of two drivers (Tyler Courtney) to win in all three USAC national divisions in 2017.

Races aren't decided on paper and statistics alone. Windom and Grant's title battle resumes on-track this Saturday. Pit gates open for the "Hulman/Smith Classic" at 2pm. A free, open pit party will take place from 3:30 to 5:30pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet the driver, get autographs, take pictures and win prizes. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm.

Adult grandstand admission is $25 while infield admission just $15. Children age 11 and under are free!

You can witness the 47th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" on-demand with flag-to-flag coverage at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

BALLOU GOES FOR UNPRECEDENTED 3-IN-A-ROW SATURDAY IN 47TH "HULMAN/SMITH CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Few races on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail conjure up the history, the memorable moments and the prestige that the "Tony Hulman Classic" brings.

Since 1971, many of the sport's best have added the traditional "Hulman" rifle to their trophy collection. Names like Bettenhausen, Pancho, Opperman, Hewitt, Shuman, Kalitta, Yeley and Kruseman are among the proud few who have graced victory lane in previous 46 runnings of the famed event at the Terre Haute Action Track half-mile.

However, no driver has ever won the "Hulman Classic" three years in a row. This Saturday night, October 14, one driver has an opportunity to add the unprecedented feat to his resume.

In the second half of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, few drivers have run up front as consistently as Robert Ballou. Ballou has captured the last two "Hulman Classics," both of which came in a fairly spectacular manner.

In 2015, Ballou ran down Chris Windom with just three laps remaining to earn one of his 13 wins on his way to a series title. Last season, Ballou swapped the lead with Thomas Meseraull numerous times with each exchanging sliders back-and-forth before Ballou surged ahead with eight laps left to score the victory and become just the third driver to win the race in consecutive years, joining Steve Butler in 1987 and 1988 as well as Levi Jones in 2008 and 2009.

However, Chris Windom has the hot-hand right now at Terre Haute. He's attempting to become the first driver since Levi Jones in 2005 to win three USAC National Sprint Car features in a row at Terre Haute dating to last season.

In fact, Windom has won the last three USAC events of any kind at the Action Track in two different types of cars. In April, the versatile Canton, Illinois driver won the Silver Crown season-opening "Sumar Classic." And, just a few weeks ago, Windom took his fourth career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Terre Haute, emerging with the win after a late-race restart with four laps to go, backing up his victory from last fall at the "Hurtubise Classic" where he outdueled Chad Boespflug, who's finished second in the two most recent Terre Haute USAC Sprint stops behind Windom.

The final USAC National Sprint Car race in the Midwest will also be crucial toward the championship race as Windom trails season-long leader Justin Grant by a mere 45 points heading into this Saturday's event.

Ballou and Windom are among five past winners expected to compete in Saturday night's race. National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Dave Darland has the longest span between "Hulman Classic" victories, winning his first ever USAC feature there in 1993 before returning to glory 21 years later to get his second in 2014. The Lincoln, Indiana USAC Triple Crown champ has seen a resurgence in recent weeks, recording ProSource Fast Qualifying time and running consistently and knocking on the door of victory at both Montpelier and Lawrenceburg.

Jerry Coons, Jr. (2010 and 2013 winner) and Jon Stanbrough (2002 and 2007 winner) are two-time "Hulman" winners vying for their third in the event that also honors famed Terre Haute businessman Don Smith, a man vital to the success of the Terre Haute Action Track from its formation in the early 1950s through its first three decades.

Pit gates open for the "Hulman Classic at 2pm. A free, open pit party will take place from 3:30 to 5:30pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet the driver, get autographs, take pictures and win prizes. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm.

Adult grandstand admission is $25 while infield admission just $15. Children age 11 and under are free!

You can witness the 47th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" on-demand with flag-to-flag coverage at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 7, 2017 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Championship Night” – Co-Sanctioned with Santa Maria Sprints

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.688; 2. Jimmy Thompson, 71, Thompson-13.773; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.963; 4. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.973; 5. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.049; 6. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.054; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-14.055; 8. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-14.134; 9. Jordan Linson-14.221; 10. Garrett Long, 38, Long-14.236; 11. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-14.292; 12. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.298; 13. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.373; 14. Gary Nelson Jr., 2K, Keller-14.451; 15. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.465; 16. Grant Anderson, 81X, Watt-14.477; 17. Dalton Hill, 81D, Hill-14.505; 18. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-14.634; 19. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.010; 20. Bill Jones, 16J, Herrera-15.509; 21. Austin Ervine, 51, Ervine-NT; 22. Benjamin Catron, 4, Catron-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Adams, 3. Anderson, 4. Long, 5. Hix, 6. Herrera, 7. Timmons, 8. Catron. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Smith, 3. Carter, 4. Nelson, 5. Steve Demott (#16J Herrera), 6. Thompson, 7. Hill. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Linson, 3. Wiley, 4. Liggett, 5. Hendricks, 6. Stolz, 7. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tristan Guardino, 2. Max Adams, 3. Austin Liggett, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Grant Anderson, 6. Kyle Smith, 7. Brandon Wiley, 8. Tom Hendricks, 9. Steve Hix, 10. Dalton Hill, 11. Ryan Timmons, 12. Gary Nelson, 13. Garrett Long, 14. Jordan Linson, 15. James Herrera, 16. Trent Carter, 17. Austin Ervine, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Steve Demott, 20. Ben Catron, 21. Ryan Stolz. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Guardino.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dalton Hill (20th to 10th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS: November 22&23 – Ventura Raceway (CA) Raceway – “Turkey Night Grand Prix”

 

 

JAKE SWANSON LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA MARIA’S CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 4, 2017... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, October 7th. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the “Championship Night” is co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will also feature Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, USAC Micro Sprints, Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc. SANTA MARIA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE HONORED at this event.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-two USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. Peter Murphy won the May 2, 2009 debut and Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with five victories. On August 12th, Max Adams set a new USAC West Coast qualifying record of 13.384 and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan holds the all-time 360 non-wing record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004.

Entering the final point race, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) has a 106-point lead over the competition and will be crowned the series champion. Racing three different cars to secure the crown, Swanson began the year in the Sertich / Moose Racing #92 Triple X and drove the Larry Henry / Tony Jones #41 DRC before moving to Matt Dale’s #12 Maxim. After finishing seventh at Santa Maria’s Bud Stanfield Memorial on August 12th, Jake has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led. Swanson is currently tied with Dave Darland, Josh Hodges, Cory Kruseman, Brody Roa, and Danny Sheridan for thirteenth on the series win list and will be looking add the “Championship Night” to his resume.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. The pilot of the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil Maxim skipped the Stanfield Memorial and has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led to his credit. The 2012 Rookie of the Year ranks ninth on the series win list and will have his sights on his first Santa Maria victory.

After running third in the Stanfield Memorial, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) has climbed to third in the point chase. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino has three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the year. Currently tied with nine other drivers for nineteenth on the win list, the young driver will be looking to claim his third USAC West Coast victory this Saturday night.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria ran second to Max Adams in the August 12th Santa Maria feature. At press time, the two-time champion has one feature win, seven heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps led in the campaign. “Hollywood” is tied with Bryan Clauson for fourth on the West Coast win list and will have his sights on his eleventh triumph.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. The driver of Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works ART has missed the last two races but has six feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 69 feature laps led to his credit. Bernal leads all drivers with thirty-three USAC West Coast wins and it is unknown if he will be at Santa Maria.

Currently tenth in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, California), Steven Garris (Escalon, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, Jace Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Stolz, Kyle Smith, Hobie Conway, Gary Nelson Jr., “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Austin Ervine, and more.

“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) leads the Santa Maria 360 point chase. “Junkyard” Jimmy Thompson, Ryan Stolz, James Herrera, Jordan Linson, “G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Bill Jones, Max Adams, Jake Swanson, and Brandon Wiley round out the top-10 in points.

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

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-904, 2. Austin Liggett-798, 3. Tristan Guardino-768, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-703, 5. Ryan Bernal-699, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 7. Max Adams-638, 8. Jace Vander Weerd-618, 9. Ryan Timmons-586, 10. Brandon Wiley-567, 11. Cody Majors-549, 12. Steve Hix-529, 13. Shannon McQueen-413, 14. Geoff Ensign-401, 15. Ryan Stolz-386, 16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-336, 17. Steven Garris-327, 18. Kyle Smith-324, 19. Jeff Sibley-280, 20. Cory Elliott-217.

 

 

OVER $108,000 IN PRIZES AWAIT USAC SPRINTS AT PERRIS "OVAL NATIONALS" NOV. 9-10-11

Perris, California.........Big money awaits competitors at the 22nd annual running of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction Nov. 9-10-11 at Perris Auto Speedway.

Featuring the best from USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC/CRA Sprint Car divisions, the three-night event provides a total purse of $108,280 to competitors, including $5000 to preliminary A-Main winners on Thursday and Friday and a $25,000 grand prize to the winner of Saturday night's finale.

The "Oval Nationals" are the 2017 season-enders for both the USAC National and CRA series and a pair of chases for the title will be on the line. Concord, California's Damion Gardner is the defending winner of the "Oval Nationals" and currently owns a 96-point lead over Garden Grove, California's Brody Roa in the USAC/CRA standings as he aims for a sixth series title. Meanwhile, Ione, California's Justin Grant currently presides over a 45-point lead ahead of Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom, winner of the 2010 "Oval Nationals."

Perris has hosted the "Oval Nationals" since 1996 when Jimmy Sills captured the victory. Since then, a number of USAC champion drivers have won Saturday night's A-Main including Rip Williams, Tony Jones, Cory Kruseman, Bud Kaeding, Dave Darland, Mike Spencer, Robert Ballou and Bryan Clauson. USAC began sanctioning of the event in 2004.

 

 

JAKE SWANSON LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA MARIA’S CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 4, 2017... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, October 7th. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the “Championship Night” is co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will also feature Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, USAC Micro Sprints, Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc. SANTA MARIA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE HONORED at this event.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-two USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. Peter Murphy won the May 2, 2009 debut and Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with five victories. On August 12th, Max Adams set a new USAC West Coast qualifying record of 13.384 and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan holds the all-time 360 non-wing record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004.

Entering the final point race, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) has a 106-point lead over the competition and will be crowned the series champion. Racing three different cars to secure the crown, Swanson began the year in the Sertich / Moose Racing #92 Triple X and drove the Larry Henry / Tony Jones #41 DRC before moving to Matt Dale’s #12 Maxim. After finishing seventh at Santa Maria’s Bud Stanfield Memorial on August 12th, Jake has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led. Swanson is currently tied with Dave Darland, Josh Hodges, Cory Kruseman, Brody Roa, and Danny Sheridan for thirteenth on the series win list and will be looking add the “Championship Night” to his resume.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. The pilot of the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil Maxim skipped the Stanfield Memorial and has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led to his credit. The 2012 Rookie of the Year ranks ninth on the series win list and will have his sights on his first Santa Maria victory.

After running third in the Stanfield Memorial, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) has climbed to third in the point chase. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino has three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the year. Currently tied with nine other drivers for nineteenth on the win list, the young driver will be looking to claim his third USAC West Coast victory this Saturday night.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria ran second to Max Adams in the August 12th Santa Maria feature. At press time, the two-time champion has one feature win, seven heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps led in the campaign. “Hollywood” is tied with Bryan Clauson for fourth on the West Coast win list and will have his sights on his eleventh triumph.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. The driver of Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works ART has missed the last two races but has six feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 69 feature laps led to his credit. Bernal leads all drivers with thirty-three USAC West Coast wins and it is unknown if he will be at Santa Maria.

Currently tenth in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, California), Steven Garris (Escalon, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, Jace Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Stolz, Kyle Smith, Hobie Conway, Gary Nelson Jr., “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Austin Ervine, and more.

“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) leads the Santa Maria 360 point chase. “Junkyard” Jimmy Thompson, Ryan Stolz, James Herrera, Jordan Linson, “G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Bill Jones, Max Adams, Jake Swanson, and Brandon Wiley round out the top-10 in points.

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

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-904, 2. Austin Liggett-798, 3. Tristan Guardino-768, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-703, 5. Ryan Bernal-699, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 7. Max Adams-638, 8. Jace Vander Weerd-618, 9. Ryan Timmons-586, 10. Brandon Wiley-567, 11. Cody Majors-549, 12. Steve Hix-529, 13. Shannon McQueen-413, 14. Geoff Ensign-401, 15. Ryan Stolz-386, 16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-336, 17. Steven Garris-327, 18. Kyle Smith-324, 19. Jeff Sibley-280, 20. Cory Elliott-217.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night) November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle of the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points) -----------------------------------------------

 

 

3RD ANNUAL USAC MIDGET "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55"
SET FOR DEC. 16 IN Du QUOIN

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The third running of the "Junior Knepper 55" returns to the USAC Midget calendar on Saturday, December 16 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

In the inaugural running in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. electrified the crowd in the 55-lap feature, coming from the back of the pack to score the victory in the final laps. In 2016, Tyler Courtney earned his first career USAC-sanctioned Midget feature victory in his first start for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team.

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

"Derek and I are very excited to announce the third running of the 'Junior Knepper 55,'" Nick Knepper said. "The previous versions of this event have been tremendous and we will continue to build upon our past successes. I'd like to thank my family, friends, and USAC for the continued support. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Southern Illinois Center on December 16th."

Cars are scheduled to get on track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups. Event times, ticket prices and additional information will be announced in the near future.

 

 

BAUGH WINS IMRA "SPECIAL" AT QUINCY

Quincy, IL........Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. won Sunday night's 20-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midgte "Special event" at Quincy Raceways. Mitchell Davis was second ahead of Chase McDermand, Broc Hunnell and Ryan Johnson.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET "Special Event" RACE RESULTS: October 1, 2017 - Quincy, Illinois - Quincy Raceways

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 2. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 3. Ryan Johnson (#24 Hull), 4. Derek Goble (#55 Goble), 5. Mark Billings (#60E Billings). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#37 Raymond), 2. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 3. Austin Archdale (#2 Archdale), 4. Mark McMahill (#57 McMahill). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Mitchell Davis, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Broc Hunnell, 5. Ryan Johnson, 6. Austin Archdalle, 7. Mark McMahill, 8. Mark Billins, 9. Derek Goble. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 McDermand, Laps 4-20 Andy Baugh.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: October 15 - Quincy, IL - Quincy Raceways (Special event - No Points)

 

 

JOHNSON SCORES 40TH USAC ARIZONA VICTORY IN PEORIA'S "HALL OF FAME" FINALE

Peoria, AZ........R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz. earned his 40th career USAC feature win in Arizona Saturday night, leading the final 20 laps of the Sands Chevrolet "Hall of Fame Classic" USAC Southwest Sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park. Josh Pelkey led the ffirst 10 laps and Johnson led the rest to beat Chris Bonneau, Steve Sussex, Charles Davis Jr. and Shon Deskins.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2017 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 3. Charles Davis Jr., (#50 Massey), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Stevie Sussex (#7K Kiefer), 6. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), 7. Steve Sussex (#4Q Vegas). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Jake Swanson (#34 Grau), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Lonnie Oliver (#11T Oliver). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles), 7. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Chris Bonneau, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Michael Curtis, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Nick Aiuto, 10. Zach Madrid, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Jeff Lowery, 13. Matt Lundy, 14. Brent Yarnal, 15. Cody Sickles, 16. Josh Pelkey, 17. Lonnie Oliver, 18. Steve Sussex, 19. Rick Shuman, 20. Jake Swanson, 21. Dennis Gile. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Pelkey, Lapss 11-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (13th to 3rd)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,193, 2-Davis-1,077, 3-Deskins-922, 4-Mihocko-830, 5-Aiuto-802, 6-Martin-764, 7-Bonneau-734, 8-Curtis-690, 9-Lundy-605, 10-Stevie Sussex-593.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 21 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - "Race For The Cure"

 

 

BRIGGS WINS AT MONTPELIER; LEFFEL GRABS MTM CHAMPIONSHIP

Montpelier, IN........Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio closed out the 2017 USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget Series with a victory at Montpelier Motor Speedway Saturday night. He led all 20 laps to beat Cory Guingrich, Aaron Leffel, Tayte Williamson and Alex Watson. Leffel emerged as the series champion with a 56-point margin over Briggs in the final standings.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER "MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2017 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 2. Cory Guingrich (#11C Guingrich), 3. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 4. Tayte Williamson (#88T Williamson), 5. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 6. Corey Bedwell (#11B Bedwell), 7. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 8. Bret Fordyce (#4 Fordyce), 9. Gage Etgen (#41 Sexton), 10. Thomas Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 11. John Heydenreich (#29 Sexton), 12. Tom Hessel (#7T Hessel), 13. Jim Jones (#11T Taylor).

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Briggs.

FINAL USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER STANDINGS: 1-Leffel-792, 2-Briggs-736, 3-Bedwell-638, 4-Watson-462, 5-Korbyn Hayslett-421, 6-Guingrich-378, 7-Jones-361, 9-Bigelow-352, 10-Chuck Taylor-318.

 

 

GARDNER EXTENDS WESTERN LEAD WITH BAKERSFIELD VICTORY

Bakersfield, CA........Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget race at Bakersfield Speedway. Michael Faccinto took second ahead of Robert Dalby, David Prickett and Frankie Guerrini.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2017 - Bakersfield, California - Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.729; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.805; 3. Michael Faccinto, 11E, Elliott-12.919; 4. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.925; 5. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.985; 6. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.999; 7. J.J. Ercse, 9E. Dodenhoff-13.092; 8. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-13.173; 9. Sterling Cling, 6K, Kruseman-13.175; 10. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.177; 11. Danny Faria Jr., 46, Brutton-13.270; 12. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.328; 13. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.376; 14. Landon Cling, 12K, Kruseman-13.446; 15. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-13.524; 16. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.649; 17. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.674; 18. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-13.790; 19. Jake Vermeer, 87, Vermeer-NT; 20. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Guerrini, 3. Ercse, 4. Crone, 5. Sarna, 6. Vermeer, 7. Hazelton. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Daniel, 3. Josett, 4. L.Cling, 5. Nichols, 6. Beilman, 7. Faria. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Prickett, 3. Faccinto, 4. S.Cling, 5. Ruston, 6. Drollinger. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. David Prickett, 5. Frankie Guerrini, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Robby Josett, 8. Landon Cling, 9. Mason Daniel, 10. J.J. Ercse, 11. Courtney Crone, 12. Sterling Cling, 13. Clayton Ruston, 14. C.J. Sarna, 15. Kyle Beilman, 16. Bryan Drollinger, 17. Ron Hazelton, 18. Terry Nichols, 19. Jake Vermeer, 20. Danny Faria Jr. NT ----------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto (9th to 2nd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-670, 2-Guerrini-567, 3-Prickett-530, 4-Cory Elliott-514, 5-Dalby-508, 6-Crone-501, 7-Faccinto-451, 8-Randi Pankratz-404, 9-McQueen-400, 10-Daniel-322.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: October 14 - Petaluma (CA) Speedway

 

 

THOMAS FINDS REDEMPTION AND $10K
WITH "FALL NATIONALS" WIN AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. made all the right moves in Saturday night's Lawrenceburg Speedway "Fall Nationals," becoming $10,000 richer with a flawless drive for his fourth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points win of the season.

It was certainly a reversal of roles and fortunes for Thomas from the night before at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway when he pulled no punches in his post-race interview lamenting how he cost himself the race on the final lap due to his decision making.

"Tonight, where there's a fine line, you have to know the racetrack you're racing on," Thomas begins. "Last night I did a poor job of that. Tonight, we knew we were catching lapped cars and we knew we had to put some distance between us and whoever was back there. I knew it either had to be (Justin) Grant or (C.J.) Leary. They're always good. It's not about racing the person behind you. It's about racing the people in front of you. Last night, I was racing people behind me and I made a mistake on the last lap that cost us the race. I had to be a little smarter tonight, a little bit more aggressive to know what I was dealing with."

Thomas has been one of the most scorching-hot drivers in the series since late July, running in the top-five night-after-night over the past two months. Yet, the Cullman, Alabama native seemed to show an extra sense of determination and focus Saturday night, when he disposed of fellow second row starter Leary, then front row combatants Robert Ballou and Justin Grant in a rapid-fire succession of precision with an outside move off turn two that propelled him from fourth to first.

"There was quite a bit of moisture coming off four at the start," Thomas detailed. "I peeked out a little bit and got a good run. I thought they were both going to slide each other, then I was going to try to slide them. Instead, they both went bottom/middle and left the top open for me and I took advantage of it."

"Starting fourth, you got to go," Thomas continued. "With Robert (Ballou) starting on the front row alongside Grant and Leary starting inside of you, there's no time to waste. With the way the track was, track position was really everything, especially timing yourself when you get to lap cars and trying to put cars between you and second. You can't just sit there and be patient. There's certain races where you can, but this just wasn't one of them."

Thomas quickly opened up a six to seven car-length lead by lap two when the race saw its first caution of the night as Chad Boespflug came to a stop on the front straightaway with the right front corner absent from his ride following contact with another car. He would not restart.

On the ensuing restart, previous night's winner Leary threw himself into contention by elbowing his way into second past Ballou between turns one and two for the third spot, dropping Ballou to sixth. Yet, one lap later, Dave Darland made a daring move into turn one, threading the eye of the needle between both Chris Windom and Leary to move into the top-three.

Meanwhile, Thomas had extended his lead to a commanding half-straightaway advantage that he constructed during the first ten laps as he moved his line from the bottom to the top.

"I was a little worried that we were too good too early," Thomas explained. "This place can get really black and icy. I'm just glad it held together and everything was nice and balanced for me because, in the beginning, I was running middle to bottom in turns three and four. It finally slowed up enough and I had to jump up to the top. It was good down on the bottom and good up there on the big ol' curb. That's all you can really ask for in a racecar."

Darland, though, seemed destined to throw a wrench into Thomas' plans when he secured the second position with a lap nine, turn one slider on Justin Grant.

"Tonight, where there's a fine line, you have to know the racetrack you're racing on. Last night I did a poor job of that. Tonight, we knew we were catching lapped cars and we knew we had to put some distance between us and whoever was back there. I knew it either had to be (Justin) Grant or (C.J.) Leary. They're always good. It's not about racing the person behind you. It's about racing the people in front of you. Last night, I was racing people behind me and I made a mistake on the last lap that cost us the race. I had to be a little smarter tonight, a little bit more aggressive to know what I was dealing with." - Kevin Thomas, Jr.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)

Up ahead, a logjam of lapped traffic gridlocked all lanes of the highway for Thomas as Darland deleted the space between first and second to close right on the tail of Thomas just before midway. As Darland seemed poised to make his bid for the lead, suddenly, he began to slow to a crawling pace off turn two with a broken U-joint, relegating him to the sidelines.

Thereafter, Leary reentered contention, first sliding across the nose of Grant for second in turn one for the second spot, yet remained a half-straightaway behind Thomas who was as precise as an X-ACTO Knife at the front.

Once again, lapped traffic was on the horizon and Leary managed to whittle Thomas' lead down to just a two car-length separation entering turn three with a couple laps remaining. Thomas amended his previous night's foible by going on the attack, diving to the bottom of three by the lapped car of Joss Moffatt to create separation between he and Leary which would not be overcome as Thomas raced to a half-second victory over Leary, Grant, Ballou and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tyler Courtney from 16th.

Thomas took the race into his own hands down the stretch in his KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy, making the right decisions at the right moments to win for the 16th time in his career to tie Damion Gardner for 31st all-time on USAC's National Sprint Car win list.

"There's always a little bit of urgency here," Thomas noted. "When the track's fast like that, those guys run the cushion just as good as I do or, like Dave (Darland), he's the best at it. Whenever you're running the cushion that hard, you know somebody's going to be chasing you. Restarts bunch everybody up and put them right back on your tail. Whenever you see lap cars, you try your best to split 'em, slide 'em and do whatever you got to do. We just made the right moves at the right time. That's the luxury of leading. Some places it's good to be in the lead, some places it's not. Tonight, it was good. Tonight, timing was everything."

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary came just short of repeating his September magic once again, coming one spot shy of becoming the first driver in the series this season to win three-in-a-row, ultimately finishing second in his Leary Racing/Leary Construction - Highsmith Guns/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

"I wish it was a 40-lapper tonight," Leary lamented. "But, man, we just needed more time, or a yellow, there at the end to try and have something for him. I reeled him in from a straightaway back. I thought we had the better car at the end. It's just unfortunate we didn't have a chance to race him at the end. KT just timed that pass better than I did and made it to where I didn't have a shot at him."

"We weren't really happy with our racecar most of the night," Leary admitted. "We got through qualifying fourth quick and I felt like that was the hardest part of the night, which gave us an opportunity to start up front. In these races, it's so hard to pass because everyone's so fast. Tonight, Lawrenceburg was hammer down up on the fence, which made it really tough. We'll just continue on to Terre Haute (Oct. 14) and, hopefully, we can continue this momentum."

It wasn't quite a win for Justin Grant, but considering the tumultuous night he endured Friday at Montpelier in which he got upside down, a third-place result was a sigh of relief for the Ione, California driver who wheeled the Sam McGhee Motorsports/ProGlide Bearings - Mike McGhee & Associates/Maxim/Foxco to a solid finish to bump up his series point lead to 45 with just six races remaining.

"In the past, when I was tight on the curb, if I turned over, I turned over trying to win," Grant explained. "Setting out to chase the points deal, you have in your mind that you can't do that anymore. If I'm a third-place guy, I'm a third-place guy. It doesn't mean I don't want to win or that I'm not trying my hardest to win, but I also know I can't turn the car over when I shouldn't. That definitely plays on your mind and that mindset has made me a better all-around racer. Maybe I could have used that mindset a couple years ago and I'd be a little ahead of where I am now! You think about it a little bit, but you're still out to win races. The guys in the points behind you are trying to catch you just as hard as you're trying to go forward. You can't afford to ride around and let them catch you. Every car you pass means more points and it pays more money the closer to the top you are."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway included Dave Darland (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products Heat 1 Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Heat 2 Winner), Isaac Chapple (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Heat 3 Winner), Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Joss Moffatt (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2017 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 39G, Goodnight-14.016; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.098; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-14.160; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.185; 5. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-14.197; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.210; 7. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.211; 8. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-14.237; 9. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.283; 10. Shawn Westerfeld, 17GP, Dutcher-14.314; 11. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-14.318; 12. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-14.345; 13. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-14.355; 14. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.366; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.387; 16. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-14.431; 17. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-14.515; 18. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.531; 19. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.689; 20. Jerry Coons, Jr., 21K, Krockenberger-14.692; 21. Tony McVey, 7m, McVey-14.863; 22. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-14.976; 23. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-NT; 24. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Moffatt, 3. Darland, 4. Hodges, 5. Leary, 6. Westerfeld, 7. Stanbrough, 8. Weir. 1:54.46

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Bilbee, 3. Grant, 4. Windom, 5. Hughes, 6. Gentry, 7. Coons, 8. Robbins. NT

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chapple, 2. Boespflug, 3. Ballou, 4. Bacon, 5. Thomas, 6. McVey. 1:57.96

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. Nick Bilbee, 12. Scotty Weir, 13. Joss Moffatt, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Kyle Robbins, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Garrett Abrams, 18. J.J. Hughes, 19. Tony McVey, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Aric Gentry, 22. Shawn Westerfeld, 23. Chad Boespflug. NT
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**Gentry flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-30 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (16th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Joss Moffatt

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-1945, 2-Windom-1900, 3-Thomas Jr.-1809; 4-Courtney-1799, 5-Boespflug-1691, 6-Stockon-1669, 7-Leary-1617, 8-Ballou-1471, 9-Bacon-1470, 10-Darland-1300.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 14 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic"

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 30, 2017 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.729; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.805; 3. Michael Faccinto, 11E, Elliott-12.919; 4. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.925; 5. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.985; 6. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.999; 7. J.J. Ercse, 9E. Dodenhoff-13.092; 8. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-13.173; 9. Sterling Cling, 6K, Kruseman-13.175; 10. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.177; 11. Danny Faria Jr., 46, Brutton-13.270; 12. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.328; 13. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.376; 14. Landon Cling, 12K, Kruseman-13.446; 15. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-13.524; 16. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.649; 17. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.674; 18. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-13.790; 19. Jake Vermeer, 87, Vermeer-NT; 20. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Guerrini, 3. Ercse, 4. Crone, 5. Sarna, 6. Vermeer, 7. Hazelton. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Daniel, 3. Josett, 4. L.Cling, 5. Nichols, 6. Beilman, 7. Faria. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Prickett, 3. Faccinto, 4. S.Cling, 5. Ruston, 6. Drollinger. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. David Prickett, 5. Frankie Guerrini, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Robby Josett, 8. Landon Cling, 9. Mason Daniel, 10. J.J. Ercse, 11. Courtney Crone, 12. Sterling Cling, 13. Clayton Ruston, 14. C.J. Sarna, 15. Kyle Beilman, 16. Bryan Drollinger, 17. Ron Hazelton, 18. Terry Nichols, 19. Jake Vermeer, 20. Danny Faria Jr. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto (9th to 2nd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: October 14 – Petaluma (CA) Speedway

 

 

DAVIS LEADS ALL 30 TO WIN "HALL OF FAME CLASSIC" AT PEORIA

Peoria, AZ........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. led all 30 laps to win Friday night's "Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic" opener at Canyon Speedway Park. R.J. Johnson was second and was followed by Jake Swanson, Mike Martin and Shon Deskins. The two-night event continues Saturday at Canyon.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2017 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Charles Davis Jr., (#50 Massey), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 7. Sterling Cling (#34 Grau), 8. Mason Keifer (#7M Keifer). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 3. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 4. Jake Swanson (#34X Grau), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Lonnie Oliver (#11T Oliver), 7. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Josh Pelkey, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Jeff Lowery, 11. Zack Madrid, 12. Andy Reinbold, 13. Matt Lundy, 14. Nick Aiuto, 15. Cody Sickles, 16. Mason Keifer, 17. Brent Yarnal, 18. Chris Bonneau, 19. Bruce St. James, 20. Stevie Sussex, 21. Lonnie Oliver, 22. Sterling Cling. NT ---------------------------- **St. James flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Davis.

HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (16th to 9th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Shon Deskins

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,107, 2-Davis-1,008, 3-Deskins-857, 4-Mihocko-772, 5-Aiuto-751, 6-Martin-701, 7-Bonneau-655, 8-Curtis-622, 9-Lundy-564, 10-Sussex-525. NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: September 30 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic"

 

LINDA'S FINALE TO BRIGHT; USAC/ARDC CROWN TO GRETH

Jonesboro, PA........Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. scored a last-lap victory in Friday night's USAC Eastern Regional Midget finale presented by ARDC at Linda's Speedway. He trailed Andrew Layser for 24 -plus laps before making the winning move. Layser took second ahead of Scott Arndt, Adam Pierson and newly crowned USAC/ARDC Champion Ryan Greth. Greth finished with a 122-point cushion over Bright in the final series standings.

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP and EASTERN REGIONAL (presented by ARDC) RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2017 - Jonestown, Pennsylvania - Linda's Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kenny Miller (#23 Miller), 2. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 3. Tommy Kunsman Jr. (#21k Kunsman), 4. Ryan Greth (#4R Lesher). 5. Johan Beasley (#14b Beasley), 6. Josh Chess (#72 Chess). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andrew Layser (#77L Bright), 2. Adam Pierson (#76E Mancini), 3. Brett Arndt (#46 Arndt), 4. Mark Lowrey (#86 Woodlan), 5. Christopher Dyson (#20 Dyson), 6. Nick Denyse (#87 Denyse).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Scott Arndt, 4. Adam Pierson, 5. Ryan Greth, 6. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 7. Mark Lowrey, 8. Christopher Dyson, 9. John Chess, 10. Johan Beasley, 11. Kenny Miller. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Layser, Lap 25 Bright.

FINAL USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP (Presented by ARDC) POINTS: 1-Greth-1,488, 2-A.Bright-1,366, 3-Miller-1,246, 4-Pierson-1,244, 5-Shawn Jackson-1,019, 6-Layser-990, 7-Arndt-941, 8-Trevor Kobylaz-831, 9-Kunsman-788, 10-Josh Heckman-730.

 

 

LEARY LUNGES FROM 3RD TO 1ST ON FINAL LAP TO SCORE IMPROBABLE MONTPELIER WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Montpelier, Indiana.........C.J. Leary was content to run third late in Friday's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Montpelier Motor Speedway. However, after a late-race red flag, Leary's newfound spirit saw him split between both Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr. on the back straightaway on the final lap to emerge with his second consecutive series victory and equaling a series-best with his fifth win of the year.

"We just fell in line and started riding at the beginning," Leary recalls. "I didn't really feel like we had that great of a racecar. We had some yellows and adjusted on the shocks a little bit. Once the track slicked up, we picked off a car, then another car. I was content with third, but then the red came out on the last lap. I thought we'd have a chance to win because I knew KT and Windom were going to go at it pretty hard."

Leary began the race from the third position, but would run in the fifth or sixth spot throughout the majority of the 30-lapper as Windom captured the early race lead from the outside of the front row. However, a pair of red flags in the first half would stifle the action on multiple occasions.

On lap seven, Cooper Clouse broadsided the stopped car of Jarett Andretti before tipping over on his side. One lap following the restart, a similar-looking incident occurred on the opposite end of the racetrack with a different set of players. Jon Stanbrough spun sideways between turns one and two as series point leader Justin Grant plowed into the left side of Stanbrough and flipped over. The incident proved damaging to Grant's championship hopes with his lead shrinking from 77 to 35 over Windom by night's end.

When racing resumed, Dave Darland was the man on the move in his first ride of the season in Gene Goodnight's No. 39G. After working and working on Windom for the position, Darland edged ahead on the outside to lead both laps 14 and 15. On the 16th lap, Windom held serve by sliding up off four in front of Darland to secure the lead.

Meanwhile, that brief side-by-side battle allowed Thomas to enter the fray and, by lap 19, he slid by Darland entering turn four, as Darland snagged the cushion, to secure second and immediately began to chase down Windom as lap traffic loomed.

After dodging a Kyle Robbins spin right in front of the leaders with three laps remaining, lap traffic would be cast to the background, although the surging Shane Cottle and C.J. Leary would soon be cast with lead roles on the quarter-mile stage.

Cottle, running fourth, applied pressure to Darland for third on the restart and, on lap 28, made a move to the inside of Darland for the position entering the bottom of turn three. With minimal room to spare, the two made slight contact, sending Cottle sliding sideways to a halt in the middle of turn three. With no place to go, Chad Boespflug made heavy contact with the sitting duck that was Cottle. Boespflug immediately ran over to check on Cottle following the crash, but both walked away from the scene albeit with a pair of battered racecars.

On the lap 28 restart, Windom stayed true on the bottom as Thomas worked the high side. Coming to the white flag, Windom slipped off the bottom between turns three and four, drifting to no man's land in the middle while Thomas used a monster run off four to snare the lead and appeared to lock it up and bury the key as he took over the low line from Windom heading into one.

"It's just one of those wait-and-be-patient deals," Thomas explained. "I knew I was faster through turns three and four. He didn't know the top was there. He'd been leading where he'd been running the entire race. I was trying to run the top in turns one and two and it was getting a little dusty. Then we started wearing the bottom out, but it was still just a little bit better. Once we had the caution with three to go, I decided to follow him into one and two. That's where I was losing ground and tried to get him in three and four."

Winner C.J. Leary (middle) is joined on the podium with fellow top-three finishers Chris Windom (left, 2nd place finisher) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (right, 3rd place finisher). (Ryan Sellers Photo)

Windom took one last shot at Thomas into three, but wasn't close enough to pull off a slider as Thomas headed for a surefire victory. However, with victory cradled in both arms coming off four, the red flag was displayed when Robbins got upside down in turn two. Clouse was also involved, but both were uninjured.

By rule, that set up a green-white-checker finish with a top-three running order of Thomas, Windom and Leary. Leary appeared to be the wild card of the bunch, yet just prior to the red, Leary hung right with the lead pack and it seemed as if one slip up by the front two could put him in just the right position at the right time.

"Our car got really good at the end," Leary explained. "My guys were watching Race-Monitor and said our times were getting faster and faster at the end while theirs stayed the same or slowed down a little bit."

Thomas led the green-white-checker finish by tip-toeing around the infield tires as he directed the field to the green flag. Thomas and Windom clung to the bottom while Leary was the lone bandit up top. Thomas held a four car-length advantage over Windom as the two raced off the second turn. Windom dove to the bottom of Thomas in three, successfully completing the slide job to lead lap 29 at the line by a single car-length.

Simultaneously, Leary had pulled even with Thomas on the outside in second at the flag stand. Windom missed the bottom in turn one, allowing Thomas to squeeze underneath to take the lead as Leary raced around the outside of Windom off turn two. Thomas drifted up to the top of the back straight in front of Leary as Windom surged back to pull side-by-side with Thomas just as Leary moved to the inside of Thomas.

Midway down the back straightaway, Windom, Leary and Thomas were three-wide for the lead. Emerging through the middle with the lead into three was the third-place car of Leary who dove to the bottom of turn three with a full head of steam before sliding back up to the top to score the improbable win as Windom slid past Thomas for second on the final corner. Darland and Robert Ballou rounded out the top-five.

Whether it was lap 1, 15 or 30, Leary admits that, provided the same opportunity, he would take advantage of the chance he saw to win Friday night. As he quipped, if you quit taking those chances when opportunity arises, you're no longer a racecar driver.

"Coming off turn two, KT came from the bottom all the way to the top," Leary remembered. "I turned it down and I didn't really know if I was going to be able to drag race by him back across the line, but he wasn't even there. When I slid myself, I just banged off the curb and was able to get off the corner really good. I was so worried about banging the cushion because it was so big off turn four."

It marked Leary's first win with this particular DRC/1-Way Chevy combination in his Leary Racing/Leary Construction - Highsmith Guns-sponsored No. 30. It was intended to be the team's primary car for 2017, but Leary admits that he just didn't feel all that fast with it after competing the first half of the season in it.

Despite everything clicking right now for the team from top to bottom, the most power comes from the confidence beaming from the driver's seat, which Leary has an abundance of right now.

"My confidence is up for sure," Leary acknowledges. "We've got really fast race cars right now. You put us up front and it's going to be hard to beat us. This team's on a roll right now and I don't see much stopping us at this point."

Although victory eluded him after leading a race-high 27 laps, Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois made up an enormous amount of ground in the championship race with a second-place run in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar. Grant's misfortune was Windom's gain as more than half of his deficit was erased Friday night with now just seven races remaining.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. seemingly had the winner's check signed, sealed and delivered to him as he headed for victory on the final lap, but misfortune befell him once again after a magnificent late-race charge. However, the driver of the KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy had to settle for third after leading with just half a lap to go.

"I didn't know if it was Leary or Darland behind me," Thomas admitted. "When I restarted behind Windom, I saw somebody up there. I figured it was Dave. I didn't know it was Leary. Once I got by Windom on the last lap, he missed the bottom a little bit and I got under him down there where the track was a little greasy. That got it a little tight, a little push-tight. I just let it float and kept my speed up. Obviously, that was the wrong move. I got slid by C.J. and tried to cross him under. I just didn't have enough grip to get by him on the cross under. I really don't like losing races, especially on the last lap. It (ticked) me off. I'll just go faster tomorrow."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Montpelier Motor Speedway included Dave Darland (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products Heat 1 Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc. Heat 2 Winner), Justin Grant (Chalk Stix Heat 3 Winner), Colten Cottle (Indy Race Parts Heat 4 Winner & KSE Racing Products/The Lightle Family in Honor of Bryan Clauson Hard Charger Award) and Isaac Chapple (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2017 - Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, Indiana

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 39G, Goodnight-13.585 (New Track Record); 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-13.615; 3. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.754; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.761; 5. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.804; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.823; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.832; 8. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.904; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.916; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.931; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.985; 12. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-13.987; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 17GP, Dutcher-13.995; 14. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-14.052; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.070; 16. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-14.076; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-14.121; 18. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-14.179; 19. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-14.244; 20. Colten Cottle, 1RL, RL-14.283; 21. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.321; 22. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-14.339; 23. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, DPI-14.468; 24. Matt Westfall, 54. Westfall-14.488; 25. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-14.595; 26. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-14.612; 27. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-14.784; 28. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.854.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Darland, 3. Meseraull, 4. Robbins, 5. Spencer, 6. Underwood, 7. Chapple. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Thomas, 3. S. Cottle, 4. Windom, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Etgen, 7. Koontz. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Andretti, 3. Stockon, 4. Courtney, 5. Hodges, 6. Ingle, 7. D. Hewitt. 2:22.83 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C. Cottle, 2. Weir, 3. Clouse, 4. Leary, 5. Westfall, 6. T. Hewitt, 7. Goodnight. 2:25.82

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Chapple, 2. Stanbrough, 3. T. Hewitt, 4. Hodges, 5. Koontz, 6. Westfall, 7. D. Hewitt, 8. Ingle, 9. Spencer, 10. Goodnight, 11. Underwood, 12. Etgen. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Dave Darland, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Colten Cottle, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Tyler Hewitt, 13. Isaac Chapple, 14. Matt Westfall, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Cooper Clouse, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Chad Boespflug, 20. Jon Stanbrough, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Michael Koontz. NT -------------------------------- **Underwood flipped during the semi. Clouse flipped on lap 7 of the feature. Grant flipped on lap 9 of the feature. Robbins flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-13 Windom, Laps 14-15 Darland, Laps 16-28 Windom, Lap 29 Thomas, Lap 30 Leary.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/THE LIGHTLE FAMILY IN HONOR OF BRYAN CLAUSON HARD CHARGER: Colten Cottle (20th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-1873, 2-Windom-1838, 3-Courtney-1733, 4-Thomas-1731; 5-Boespflug-1661, 6-Stockon-1626, 7-Leary-1543, 8-Brady Bacon-1410, 9-Ballou-1403, 10-Darland-1265.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 30 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

 

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

CANYON’S USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC” STARTS FRIDAY
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017... After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park for two nights of action. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the annual “Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic” starts this Friday, September 29th, and will pay $2,000-to-win and $225 to start the main events. In addition, the Napa Sprint Cars, Modlites, Power 600 Micro Sprints, and AVRA Vintage Cars will share the spotlight. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing at 7:30pm both days. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-four USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with sixteen Canyon victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), Ryan Bernal (4), “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway Park is at the end of this release.

Originally a 410 Non-Winged Sprint Car race sanctioned by SCRA and later with the USAC/CRA and USAC National Series, the “Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic” has been an Arizona tradition going back to Manzanita Speedway. In 2000, “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman won the inaugural event and also claimed victory in 2006. Canyon Speedway Park revived the event in 2011 and it has become one of the most popular dates on the track’s schedule. Now headlined by the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, the winner’s list is at the end of the release.

A special autograph session will be held on Saturday with many Arizona racing legends and Dennis Matousek will serve as Grand Marshall. Wayne Bennet, Al Dean, The Goosic Family, “Fast” Eddy Kennemer, Jimmy Stewart, and Steve Stroud will be inducted into the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. “Mr. Excitement” Terry Belcher, Gary Blum, Larry Clark, Dave Culp, Russell Faucet, Jerry Miller, Bob Ream Sr., “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman, Lonnie Sherman, Marty Wilcox, and Eric Wilkins will join the inductees at the autograph session and meet the fans.

After scoring his 50th career USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory at San Tan Valley on September 9th, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the standings by a 101 point advantage. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson has six feature wins, nine heat race victories, three Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 162 feature laps led. The four-time champion won the USAC/CRA “Hall of Fame Classic” last season and will be looking to add another event trophy to his collection.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis finished seventh at Arizona Speedway on September 9th. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has five feature wins, eight heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has nineteen series wins and will have his sights on his second “Hall of Fame Classic” triumph.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Driving Bill Richards’ #7 Just Racin’ LLC / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins ran sixth in the September 9th feature. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has two hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led in the campaign. With one career USAC SouthWest victory, Shon will be looking to add the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his resume.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fourth in the SouthWest point standings. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko finished second to R.J. Johnson at the San Tan Valley oval. To date, the young driver has four heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on claiming his first career USAC SouthWest win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) sits fifth in the championship point chase. Driving his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Driving School Eagle, Aiuto charged from sixteenth to score fifth at Arizona Speedway. At press time, Nick has three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, and nine top-10 finishes on the year. Aiuto will be looking to win his first USAC SouthWest feature at the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Matt Lundy, Landon Cling, Stevie Sussex, Andy Reinbold, Jeff Lowery, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, Matt Rossi, Jake Swanson, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets (60 and over) are $15, Active Military (with ID) tickets are $15, and Kids tickets (11 and under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 602.258.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

SANDS CHEVROLET HALL OF FAME CLASSIC WINNERS:
2000-Jeremy Sherman, 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Damion Gardner, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Mike Kirby, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Danny Sheridan, 2008-Cancelled, 2009-Not Held, 2010-Not Held, 2011-Bryan Clauson, 2012-Mike Martin, 2013-Chase Stockon, 2014-Bryan Clauson, 2015-Mike Spencer, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
6-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
16-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-1032, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-931, 3. Shon Deskins-791, 4. Tye Mihocko-717, 5. Nick Aiuto-713, 6. Mike Martin-632, 7. Chris Bonneau-621, 8. Michael Curtis-572, 9. Matt Lundy-523, 10. Landon Cling-500, 11. Stevie Sussex-496, 12. Andy Reinbold-458, 13. Jeff Lowery-447, 14. Bruce St. James-440, 15. Brent Yarnal-436, 16. Cody Sickles-392, 17. Matt Rossi-264, 18. Brian Hosford-191, ... Jake Swanson-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DARLAND RETURNS TO GOODNIGHT FOR MONTPELIER/LAWRENCEBURG USAC SPRINT DOUBLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland will jump into the seat of Gene Goodnight's No. 39G for this weekend's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car double-dip Friday, Sept. 29 at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 30 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

The car regularly driven by Matt Goodnight is a familiar ride to Darland. For it was the Goodnight Racing team he competed with for the bulk of the 2010 USAC Sprint Car season that included an "Indiana Sprint Week" feature victory at Lawrenceburg during July of that season seven years ago.

The Goodnight ride marks the fourth team Darland will compete with during the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, following stints in the Phillips Motorsports No. 71p, Michael Dutcher Motorsports No. 17GP and Mark Hery #40 as he seeks to extend his record to a 60th career USAC Sprint Car win.

Darland has seen success at both of this weekend's venues. In the series' lone visit to Montpelier in April of 2016, Darland led the first 11 laps before finishing third. He is the winningest driver in the history of USAC Sprint Car racing at Lawrenceburg with seven victories between 1998 and 2016 - the 6th and 58th USAC Sprint victories of his illustrious career.

On Friday at Montpelier, gates open at 3pm with the drivers meeting taking place at 5:30pm and cars taking the track at 6pm.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm and front gates open at 5pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 5:30pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm.

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Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series

RONNIE GARDNER LEADS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS TO BAKERSFIELD

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017... This Saturday, September 30th, the cars and stars of the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series will return to Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the action packed card will also showcase Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and NMRA TQ Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at 3:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 5:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 7:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2017 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 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 106 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 triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), Ronnie Gardner (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

Heading to the tenth point race, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) has a 72-point lead over the competition. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner ran second to Chad Boat at Ventura on September 16th. To date, the point leader has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led on the year. Gardner ranks fourth on the series win list and will be looking to claim his twenty-second victory this Saturday night.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott flipped in his Ventura heat race and went to a local hospital for a follow-up. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led. Cory has two career series wins and it is unknown if he will be in action at his hometown racetrack.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits third in the USAC Western States point chase. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini scored tenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2015 BCRA Champion has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Frankie will be looking for his second career USAC victory at Bakersfield.

After scoring fourth at Ventura, David Prickett (Fresno, California) has climbed to fourth in the point standings. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett has one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and five top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2012 Dirt Series Champion will have his sights on his second career series win this Saturday night.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) is fifth in the chase for the championship. Racing Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone scored seventeenth in the Ventura main event. As this writing goes to press, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has four top-10 finishes and 7 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, the popular driver will be looking to earn her first series win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is twelfth in the championship point standings. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California), Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California), and Kyle Beilman (Santa Monica, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, Michael Faccinto, Shannon McQueen, Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Robby Josett, C.J. Sarna, J.J. Ercse, Nate Wait, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior and Military tickets (ID Required) are $14, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $6, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-*Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 5-Jay Drake, 5-Ronnie Gardner, 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-Garrett Hansen, 2-P.J. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Alex Schutte, 2-Shane Scully, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-586, 2. Cory Elliott-514, 3. Frankie Guerrini-502, 4. David Prickett-461, 5. Courtney Crone-452, 6. Robert Dalby-436, 7. Randi Pankratz-404, 8. Michael Faccinto-374, 9. Shannon McQueen-332, 10. Maria Cofer-321, 11. Shane Golobic-286, 12. Mason Daniel-269, 13. Jake Swanson-269, 14. Terry Nichols-257, 15. Chad Boat-249, 16. Robby Josett-237, 17. Alex Schutte-216, 18. C.J. Sarna-204, 19. Clayton Ruston-178, 20. Spencer Bayston-150.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA October 14: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER CLAIMS 75TH USAC/CRA SPRINT WIN AT HISTORIC 200TH PERRIS EVENT

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017... Continuing his assault on the record books, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) scored his 75th career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win last Saturday night. The 30-lap “10th Annual Glenn Howard Classic” was the 200th series event at Perris Auto Speedway and marked Gardner’s fifth triumph of the campaign.

Racing past outside front row starter “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams on the fourth lap, Gardner faced heavy pressure from Williams and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. for the top spot. Just before the halfway mark, “The Demon” nearly lost the lead to Faria and avoided disaster after climbing Danny’s rear wheel as the caution flag waved. Back out front, the fourth starting Gardner was able to shake free from his challengers and looked to run away from the field. Enteri