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4-CROWN NATIONALS TO BE STREAMED LIVE FROM ELDORA THIS SATURDAY

Rossburg, Ohio.........Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway mark the lone time each season when all three of USAC's Nationals divisions converge on one racetrack for one night.

Now you can catch all the excitement with live, flag-to-flag pay-per-view coverage of the event at http://www.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

Featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, the USAC Midget National Championship and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Saturday's 36th edition of the event is bigger and better than ever with four premier open-wheel series on one event card.

You may purchase a viewing pass right now for $29.95 at http://live.eldoraspeedway.com/liveevents/2017/9/4-crown-nationals-4084/?d=4128 and get set to watch Saturday's show anywhere from your computer or mobile device.

The "4-Crown" begins at 4:30pm ET when cars take to the track for warmups, followed by hot laps and qualifying. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm. You can also watch flag-to-flag coverage a day after the event on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

DARLAND DECLARED DRIVER OF 2ND THOMAS MIDGET FOR SATURDAY'S 4-CROWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Dave Darland, one of the most decorated drivers in the history of the United States Auto Club now has a ride in all three USAC National divisions for this Saturday's 36th "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

The Lincoln, Indiana USAC Triple Crown champ has been tabbed to drive in the USAC National Midget portion of the program in a second car fielded by Brian Thomas as a teammate to driver Tyler Thomas.

Darland had previously secured rides for Saturday's event in a USAC Silver Crown car for Phillips Motorsports and a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car ride for Mark Hery.

Darland's prowess at Eldora has him ranked as the second winningest USAC driver at the famed half-mile dirt oval with 14 wins, trailing only Jack Hewitt's 24. He is one of only four drivers to win a Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget feature at the "4-Crown" along with Hewitt, Kyle Larson and Jerry Coons, Jr.

Darland's seven total "4-Crown" victories include twice in a midget (1999 & 2004), once in a sprint car (1999) and four times in a Silver Crown car (2004, 2005, 2008 & 2009).

Darland's resume includes four USAC National championships, including the 1997 Silver Crown, 1999 Sprint and 2001-2002 Midget titles. No driver owns more USAC National Sprint Car feature wins than Darland's 59.

Gates open Saturday, September 23 at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC's drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four at 3pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.

Live coverage of the event will be streamed on http://www.EldoraSpeedway.com/. You can also watch flag-to-flag coverage a day after the event on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

CHAD BOAT SHINES IN VENTURA USAC WESTERN MIDGET FEATURE

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017… Starting on the outside of the front row, Chad Boat (Phoenix, Arizona) led all 30-laps to claim last Saturday’s Light Up the World Beverages USAC Western States Midget main at Ventura Raceway. Primarily racing in the Midwest, Boat’s $1,200 triumph was the first Western series win of his career. Point leader Ronnie Gardner, Robert Dalby, David Prickett, and hard charger J.J. Ercse chased Boat to the checkered flags.

Making his fourth Western start of the year, Chad Boat qualified second out of nineteen racers and won the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Now ranked fifteenth in points, the pilot of the #84 PristineAuction.com / K&C Drywall Spike has one feature win, three heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit.

Starting sixth, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) claimed second at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Springs Stewart, Gardner was third quick in time trials and ran second to Matt Mitchell in his heat race. The four-time champion and current point leader has posted 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.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) had one of his best nights with a third place run from eighth at Ventura Raceway. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby qualified fifth overall and placed third in his heat race. The young driver heads to Bakersfield ranked sixth in the point chase with two heat race victories, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, and five top-10 finishes.

David Prickett (Fresno, California) scored fifth at the Ventura checkered flags. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett was eighth fast in time trials and ran second to Chad Boat in his heat race. The 2012 Dirt Series Champion is currently fourth in points with 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.

J.J. Ercse (Orange, California) earned the night’s Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from thirteenth. Racing Sean Dodenhoff’s #9E Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Ercse qualified thirteenth overall and took fifth in his heat race. In limited starts, the two-time USAC TQ Midget Champion is twenty-first in points with two top-10 finishes on the season.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the nineteen car roster. Driving her #7 Simpson Racing Products / Lucas Oil Spike, McQueen ran second to Clayton Ruston in her heat race and placed sixth in the main event. The 2012 Champion is ninth in the point standings with four top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Rookie Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) raced to his first heat race victory in the Extreme Mufflers sponsored event. Piloting the CR Motorsports’ #7R S&J Service Incorporated / Alumin-Art Powder Coating Spike, Ruston was tenth fast in time trials and placed seventh in his heat race. The rookie contender left Ventura ranked nineteenth in points with on top-10 finish.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. Racing Wiley Miller’s #75 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Bros. Storage Spike, Mitchell qualified ninth overall and scored fifteenth in the main event. The 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion left Ventura ranked twenty-ninth in points.

On Saturday, September 30th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series will return to action to Bakersfield Speedway. Located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California, the event will also showcase Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and NMRA TQ Midgets. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The 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 SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.337; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.382; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.435; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.531; 5. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.548; 6. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.571; 7. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.591; 8. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.643; 9. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-12.647; 10. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-12.869; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.980; 12. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.992; 13. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-13.015; 14. Brennan Rogers, 20X, Rogers-13.090; 15. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.129; 16. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.539; 17. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.724; 18. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-NT; 19. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-NT;

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ruston, 2. McQueen, 3. Josett, 4. Guerrini, 5. Ercse, 6. Beilman, 7. Drollinger. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Prickett, 3. Dalby, 4. Pankratz, 5. Rogers, 6. Nichols. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Gardner, 3. Swanson, 4. Crone, 5. Sarna, 6. Elliott. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Chad Boat (2nd), 2. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 3. Robert Dalby (8th), 4. David Prickett (5th), 5. J.J. Ercse (13th), 6. Shannon McQueen (4th), 7. Clayton Ruston (1st), 8. Kyle Beilman (16th), 9. C.J. Sarna (15th), 10. Frankie Guerrini (10th), 11. Robby Josett (7th), 12. Randi Pankratz (11th), 13. Terry Nichols (17th), 14. Brennan Rogers (14th), 15. Matt Mitchell (3rd), 16. Jake Swanson (9th), 17. Courtney Crone (12th). NT ----------------------- **Elliott flipped during the third heat. Pankratz flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Boat ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: J.J. Ercse (13th to 5th)

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.

 

 

3 PAST MULTI-TIME WINNERS
HEADLINE 4-CROWN SILVER CROWN ENTRIES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Saturday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS season finale at Eldora Speedway is unlike any other on the schedule.

First, the "4-Crown Nationals" champ car race is a mere 50 laps in distance on a half-mile track, making it more akin to a sprint than a traditional 100-lap grind. Secondly, Eldora's dirt high banks are a challenge that drivers don't come face-to-face with in these cars at the Terre Haute and Williams Grove half-miles or the one-mile fairgrounds ovals in Indy, Springfield and Du Quoin, all of which are relatively flat in comparison to the "Big E."

Few have mastered the art of hustling a Silver Crown car around Eldora, yet once those few discover the recipe for success, they become difficult to beat as is the case with this Saturday's three past event winners who are entered, all of which have captured victory here multiple times.

Dave Darland returns to the Phillips Motorsports' No. 27 after a one-race sabbatical. The Lincoln, Indiana Triple Crown champ has the second-most USAC victories of any driver at Eldora, trailing only the great Jack Hewitt. Darland has won on four occasions in a Silver Crown car at Eldora (2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009).

Fellow Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. has won at Eldora in all three USAC National divisions during his illustrious career. Saturday, he wheels one of Gene Nolen's three entries on the high banks alongside teammates Hunter Schuerenberg and Dakota Jackson. Coons captured Silver Crown victories at Eldora in 2007 and 2014, his most recent series triumph.

Defending series champ and defending race winner Chris Windom was simply dominant in last year's event, leading all 50 laps and holding the advantage by nearly a lap during the late stages of the race. Windom also scored a champ car victory at Eldora in 2013 when he doubled-up by taking the USAC Sprint Car win the same night. With Gene Kazmark's No. 92, he could bookend the season following his lone win in April's season opener at Terre Haute.

Kody Swanson has won at every dirt venue on the Silver Crown schedule except Eldora. Although, he is fully capable as evidenced by leading 28 laps in the 2014 race and finishing 2nd in 2015. Swanson has practically sewed up his third series championship in four years, but a win at Eldora would be the icing on the cake for the Kingsburg, California native and his Lima, Ohio-based DePalma Motorsports team.

Klatt Enterprises will field 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion and five-time Eldora USAC Sprint Car winner Robert Ballou in car No. 6 for the second-straight race with USAC Hall of Fame crew chief and car builder Bob East on the wrenches.

Justin Grant was victorious in last season's "4-Crown" USAC Sprint Car portion of the program, then backed it up with another win this May. Grant also recently picked up his first career Silver Crown win on the Springfield Mile a month ago for the Carli/Hemelgarn Racing team. The versatile Ione, California native is the only driver to win in all three of USAC's national divisions in 2017.

Speaking of versatility, Brady Bacon intends to compete in all four legs of the "4-Crown" this Saturday night. The 2014 USAC Sprint Car "4-Crown" victor has won in both a sprint car and midget with USAC this season, but is still seeking his first career Silver Crown checkered flag. Perhaps that weekend has arrived after being tabbed as the driver of Fred Gormly's No. 199, the same team that's captured the pole and won the race in each of the past three "4-Crown" events.

Gates open Saturday at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC's drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four at 3pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.


ELDORA SPEEDWAY "4-CROWN NATIONALS" USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRIES
Saturday, September 23, 2017

08 ®JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC
Cornell-Petrozelle Racing/Oak Leaf Properties - JNT Ltd./Beast/Stanton Toyota

4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL
Liguori Racing/Sunshine Trailer Park - Kercher Engines/DRC/Kercher Chevy

6 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA
Klatt Enterprises/Beast - Klatt Enterprises/Beast/Ford

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH
Bob Lesko/Wayne Subaru - Bell Helmets/Beast/Chevy

20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ
Gene Nolen/KECO - Indy Race Parts/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

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

27 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN
Carla & Steve Phillips/Frank Daigh - Lucas Oil/Phillips/Foxco Chevy

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN
Chuck & Tammi Leary/Leary Construction - Gray Auto/DRC/1-Way Toyota

32 ®JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN
Williams & Wright Racing/E3 Sparkplugs - Lucas Oil/Maxim/Williams

39 ®MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN
Goodnight Racing/Lumber & Things - Benic Enterprises/Maxim/Claxton

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

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

54 ®MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA
Mal Lane/Lane's Yamaha - Fastener Specialties/Maxim/Williams Chevy

63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA
DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy

75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN
Bill Rose Racing/Reliable Laser Screeding/Beast/Chevy

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN
Curtis Williams/Jack's Auto Body - Roger Williams Precision Engines/Maxim/Williams Chevy

89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO
Chris Fetter/F & S Collision Repair - Infinity Shocks/Beast/TMS Chevy

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
Carli-Hemelgarn Racing/Carli Motorsports - Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Ford

92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL
Gene Kazmark/Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing - Remin Kart-A-Bag/Maxim/Wallace Mopar

95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL
Full Throttle Racing/Mobil 1 - Cain's Marine Welding/Beast/Speedway Toyota

97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN
Hans Lein/Lein Acres/DRC/Stanton Mopar

120 ®HUNTER SCHUERENBERG/Sikeston, MO
Gene Nolen/Roof Bolt Xpress - Wesco Trailers/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

199 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK
RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise - Fred & Gloria Gormly/JEI/J & D

201 ®DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN
Gene Nolen Racing/The Cure Starts Now Foundation - KECO Coatings/Twister/Tranter

 

 

BACON GOES WITH GORMLY FOR SATURDAY'S 4-CROWN CHAMP CAR RUN AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The most dominant USAC Silver Crown team at the "4-Crown Nationals" over the past three years has come out of Fred Gormly's RPM Auto Enterprise stable. This Saturday, September 23 in the 36th running of the event at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway, two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon will take his turn to become Gormly's fourth different winner in as many years when he makes his debut in the team's No. 199.

Bacon, a 2014 winner of the USAC Sprint Car portion of the "4-Crown," has made two previous Eldora Silver Crown starts, both for Paul Martens' Oklahoma-based team. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native driver finished 5th in 2015 and 4th in 2014 in each of his pair of starts.

Gormly's team, however, has yet to finish outside the "top-one" at Eldora over the past three years. Jerry Coons, Jr. won for the team in 2014, followed by dominating, flawless performances by Christopher Bell (2015) and Chris Windom (2016), which he used to clinch the Silver Crown driver's title a year ago.

In fact, Gormly-owned cars have led the last 101 laps at Eldora dating to 2014. Additionally, his cars have won the ProSource Pole Position in each of the past three years: Coons (2014), Bell (2015) and Tyler Courtney (2016).

However, Gormly's team scaled back from competing on the full schedule in 2017, racing solely on the pavement (until this coming weekend) where drivers Davey Hamilton, Davey Hamilton, Jr. and Joe Liguori have each raced to top-five finishes this season.

Bacon has made 15 career Silver Crown starts since his 2014, including two in 2017: a 6th at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and a 5th at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

At press time, Bacon appears to be the sole driver competing in all four legs of Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals." In addition to Gormly's Silver Crown car, Bacon has rides in the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports No. 63 USAC Sprint Car, the FMR Racing No. 76m USAC Midget and the Bacon/Marshall Motorsports No. 99 wing sprint car for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions portion of the program.

Gates open Saturday at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC's drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four at 3pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.

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A USAC RACING FEAST: 36TH 4-CROWN NATIONALS ARRIVE AT ELDORA SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Only one event brings together USAC's best of the best from a variety of disciplines. Only one event brings all three of USAC's national divisions together at one venue. Only one event showcases what race fans could only dream of: a racer's delight featuring a pit overflowing with the baddest racing machines on planet earth.

All converge on Eldora Speedway this Saturday night, September 23rd for the 36th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" - a grand event that's seen its share of heroes instantly become legends at this fabled dirt track stadium. You could say to win one of these is a feather in a driver's cap or, in this case, a prong on their crown.

At press time, the only one anticipated to go for all four crowns is Brady Bacon. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native picked up a sprint car win on this weekend under the sunshine on his way to the series title in 2014.

Among his arsenal this weekend is the Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise No. 199, the very same team that's won the last three 4-Crown Silver Crown events with drivers Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2014, Christopher Bell in 2015 and Chris Windom in 2016. Bacon is still seeking career Silver Crown victory number one.

4-Crown weekend last year was the beginning of Justin Grant and Sam McGhee Motorsports' winning ways. After capturing the victory in the 2016 sprint portion, the team has carried the momentum into 2017 where they won at Eldora earlier this May and have been at the top of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings since day one.

Chris Windom trails Grant by 70, but Eldora and, specifically the 4-Crown, have been kind to him over the years. The Canton, Illinois driver picked off both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown features in 2013, the most recent driver to win both of those particular features in the same night.

Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou followed up Grant's victory in May at Eldora with a win the next night in the series' last visit to the Big E. Five of Ballou's 28 career USAC National Sprint Car victories have come at Eldora, including his first three as well as the 4-Crown a decade ago back in 2007.

Fellow Californian Thomas Meseraull finally broke through for his first USAC National Sprint Car win at the 2015 "4-Crown." Since then, he's become one of the series' most spectacular, highly-acclaimed drivers. This Saturday, he's aboard the SC Racing No. 9x, which he started last year's event in from the front row.

Only Jack Hewitt owns more 4-Crown victories than Dave Darland's 14, half of which have come at the 4-Crown. The "People's Champ" from Lincoln, Indiana aims to make this weekend's stop the place to extend his record streak of consecutive seasons with a USAC National win from 24 to 25.

Like Darland, the versatile Jerry Coons, Jr. has also won his fair share at the 4-Crown with four victories in the midget, sprint and Silver Crown divisions and currently runs second in the Silver Crown standings aboard Gene Nolen's #20 behind Kody Swanson.

Swanson has yet to win a USAC race at Eldora, last scoring a pair of runner-up finishes during the 2015 4-Crown in both DePalma Motorsports' sprint car and Silver Crown car. This Saturday, he makes his USAC debut under the Nolen Racing banner behind the wheel of the team's new Maxim Sprint Car with which he recorded a victory with in a non-sanctioned event at Lawrenceburg Speedway last weekend.

As the Kingsburg, California native closes out another banner season by wrapping up his third Silver Crown title in a four-year span, another past USAC champ and two-time 4-Crown winner makes his 4-Crown return in Keith Kunz's top-notch midget as well as his own sprinter in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions portion of the program.

The always-exciting Rutherford, California native swept last year's midget program with fast time, a heat win and a stirring drive in the feature to back up his victory in 2013.

Spectator gates open Saturday at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC's drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.

All drivers competing in the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway this Saturday must fill out a membership. NO COST! Please fill out the driver info portion of the sheet, print off and bring with you to the track. The form can be found at http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/forms/competitor-membership-app.pdf.

 

 

BAUGH EMERGES WITH SPOON RIVER 25-LAP VICTORY

Canton, IL........Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. ended up in victory lane Saturday night at spoon River Speedway, leading the final five laps of the 25-lap USAC Speed2 Deery Brothers IMRA Midget race. He trailed Adam Taylor and Dillon Morley for the first 20 laps as those two battled back and forth for the lead. Tyson Hart finished second ahead of Morley, Brent Burrows and Robby McQuinn. Taylor was sixth.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 2. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers), 4. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 5. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee) 6. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 4. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 5. Daltyn England (#19E England). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Tyson Hart, 3. Dillon Morley, 4. Brent Burrrows, 5. Robby McQuinn, 6. Adam Taylor, 7. Chase McDermand, 8. Jacob Sollenberger, 9. Broc Hunnell, 10. John Springer, 11. Jeff Mallonee, 12. Daltyn England, 13. Tracy Hull, 14. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Taylor, Lap 4 Morley, Laps 5-8 Taylor, Laps 9-20 Morley, Laps 21-25 Baugh.

NEW SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 23 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

BRIGGS LEADS ALL 20 AT MONTPELIER

Montpelier, IN........Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget race at Montpelier Motor Speedway. Aaron Leffel was second ahead of Alex Watson, who came from the back of the pack, Bill Dunham and Chuck Taylor. Briggs fought back pressure from Dunham in the early laps, then held off Leffel in the late stages for the win.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER "MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 2. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 3. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 4. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 5, Chuck Taylor (#11T Taylor), 6. Thomas Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 7. Corey Bedwell (#11 Bedwell), 8. Cory Guingrich (#11C Guingrich), 9. Gage Etgen (#41 Sexton), 10. Bret Fordyce (#4 Fordyce). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Briggs

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER STANDINGS: 1-Leffel-728, 2-Briggs-666, 3-Bedwell-583, 4-Korbyn Hayslett-421, 5-Watson-404, 6-Jim Jones-324, 7-Taylor-318, 8-Guingrich-311, 9-Bigelow-309, 10-Nick Corea-248.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: September 30 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

LOVE WIRE-TO-WIRE IN "HARVEST CLASSIC" FINALE

Madera, CA........Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif. won Saturday night's "Harvest Classic Night" 30-lap USAC Speed2 Western US Midget race at Madera Speedway. Annie Breidinger took second ahead of Joey Iest, Tom Paterson and Adam Lemke. Love led all 30 laps for the win.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - 45th Annual "Harvest Classic Night"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.032; 2. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-15.035; 3. Joey Iest 17, Iest-15,056; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.075; 5. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.091; 6. Jackson Dukes, 44, Love-15.339; 7. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.529; 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-15.718.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Lemke, 2. Love, 3. Iest, 4. Brannon. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Dukes, 4. Nichols. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Joey Iest, 4. Tom Paterson, 5. Adam Lemke, 6. Jackson Dukes, 7. Johnny Nichols, 8. Blake Brannon. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Love.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-610, 2-A.Breidinger-577, 3-Paterson-548, 4-Lemke-519, 5-Brannon-446, 6-Iest-412, 7-Nichols-401, 8-Toni Breidinger-398, 9-Antonia Boscacci-206, 10-Cody Jessop-174.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,204, 2-Paterson-1,138, 3-Lemke-1,109, 4-A.Breidinger-1,049, 5-Brannon-639, 6-Iest-412, 7-Nichols-401, 8-Toni Breidinger-398, 9-Cody Jessop-293, 10-Antonia Boscacci-288.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: September 30 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

BOAT LEADS ALL 30 TO WIN VENTURA MIDGET FEATURE

Ventura, CA........Chad Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western Midget race at Ventura Raceway. Series point leader Ronnie Gardner was second, while Robert Dalby took third ahead of David Prickett and J.J. Ercse.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.337; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.382; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.435; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.531; 5. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.548; 6. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.571; 7. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.591; 8. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.643; 9. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-12.647; 10. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-12.869; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.980; 12. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.992; 13. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-13.015; 14. Brennan Rogers, 20X, Rogers-13.090; 15. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.129; 16. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.539; 17. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.724; 18. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-NT; 19. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-NT;

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ruston, 2. McQueen, 3. Josett, 4. Guerrini, 5. Ercse, 6. Beilman, 7. Drollinger. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Prickett, 3. Dalby, 4. Pankratz, 5. Rogers, 6. Nichols. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Gardner, 3. Swanson, 4. Crone, 5. Sarna, 6. Elliott. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. David Prickett, 5. J.J. Ercse, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Clayton Ruston, 8. Kyle Beilman, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Frankie Guerrini, 11. Robby Josett, 12. Randi Pankratz, 13. Terry Nichols, 14. Brennan Rogers, 15. Matt Mitchell, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. Courtney Crone. NT

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**Elliott flipped during the third heat. Pankratz flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Boat

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: J.J. Ercse (13th to 5th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-586, 2-Elliott-514, 3-Guerrini-502, 4-Prickett-461, 5-Crone-452, 6-Dalby-436, 7-Pankratz-404, 8-Michael Faccinto-374, 9-McQueen-332, 10-Maria Cofer-321.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: September 30 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

THOMAS GETS TRI-STATE REVENGE; DEFEATS CUMMINS BY 0.053 SECONDS TO WIN "HAUBSTADT HUSTLER"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. was bound and determined not to let history repeat itself in Saturday night's USAC AMSOIL National/MSCS Sprint Car "Haubstadt Hustler" at Tri-State Speedway.

For the second time in a row at the southwestern Indiana quarter-mile paperclip, a green-white-checker duel for the victory came down to he and July Tri-State winner Kyle Cummins.

The setting was the same in the Thomas v. Cummins sequel on the final restart. Thomas led Cummins when the green flag dropped, but heading into the final corner on the final lap, the roles became reversed when Thomas responded to Cummins' final haymaker by crossing underneath off turn four to defeat Cummins by the blink of an eye, a scant margin of 0.053 seconds to win the $12,500 prize.

"You have to restart on a very racy racetrack with Kyle Cummins on your tail, what do you do," Thomas pondered. "You just got to drive your (rear) off and hope for the best. These guys gave me a great racecar. To set up a car here to run 40 laps with as much as the track changes, that's pretty amazing. Hats off to them for reading the racetrack right and making all the right changes. Kyle Cummins is the king of this place. To beat him here doesn't happen very often and, last time, it didn't happen."

In fact, it was even a similar scenario as the night before at the Terre Haute Action Track. Thomas led until four laps to go when Chris Windom used a slider to get by for the top spot. Thomas didn't have much of an opportunity to respond as he ran out of fuel two laps short of the finish. At Tri-State, lack of fuel came into play on the 40th and final lap. Another lap or another caution would've spelled doom for the Cullman, Alabama native who freely admitted in the post-race that his first investment is going to be the purchase of a larger tail tank heading into next Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

"I had to get going, so I tightened myself up and gave it as much throttle as I could to keep the wheels spinning," Thomas detailed. "I slung it in there and hoped for the best. All you can do here is choose the right line. The bottom started to dry up a little bit, so I tightened up and got some momentum. Going down the back straight on the last lap, I ran out of fuel. Cummins slid me getting into turn three, but the car picked up just enough to cross him under and get the bite coming off the corner to get back by him. Honestly, if he doesn't mess up or wheelie, he wins that race."

With all of his past accolades at Tri-State, Cummins was odds-on favorite after picking up the $500 Unique Breedz bonus for recording ProSource Fast Qualifying time, then winning his heat race. After pole-sitter C.J. Leary's car jumped out of gear as he led the field into turn one on the opening lap, the inside rows were moved up, placing Cummins in the envious position on the pole.

However, Thomas wouldn't let Cummins get away scot-free as he ran him down from his outside second row starting position, making the move for the lead with an inside turn two pass on the fourth circuit.

Thomas immediately stretched his lead out to as much as a half-straightaway over Cummins during the next few laps. Yet, the faster you break away, the faster you enter lap traffic, which Thomas did on lap 15. However, Thomas seemingly caught a break when the yellow flag waved for the stopped car of Shane Cottle in turn one, erasing the potential hazard of wading through the lappers for the time-being.

Thomas was gone again when he saw green on the lap 16 restart, but once again, eight laps later, just as Thomas was about to encounter the tail-end of the field, another yellow forced the stoppage of action when Jon Stanbrough spun off turn four in front of the second-place cars of Cummins and Thomas Meseraull, forcing the two to take evasive action to escape unscathed.

With that said, Cummins felt the traffic wouldn't have made much of a difference at that point in the race as his car hadn't fully came to him yet.

"Even in traffic, he was still better," Cummins credits Thomas. "In traffic, I still wasn't catching him. As the race went on, the car got a little bit better. I was always just bound up a little too tight. Once he passed me, I'm half throttle trying not to wheelie. I knew he was going to be quicker at the get-go. I kind of let him get out front there. Forty laps is a long race and I knew once it got slick, we were going to have a better car."

On the other hand, Thomas has a love-hate relationship with the lapped cars and, just like many things in racing, sometimes they can help in one instance and may be a hindrance on another occasion.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (middle) proudly displays the $12,500 combined prizes for winning Saturday night's "Haubstadt Hustler" at Tri-State Speedway. Thomas is joined in victory lane by second-place finisher Kyle Cummins (right) and third-place finisher Thomas Meseraull. (David Nearpass Photo)

"Sometimes I like lap traffic and sometimes I don't," Thomas admits. "Tonight, a few of those times, I liked it. Then, there were a couple times, they were three-wide and there was nowhere to go. If you made one mistake and pushed, Kyle Cummins is going to peel your stickers off on his way by. You have to focus so hard on, not necessarily hitting your marks, but keeping your car rotated. You have to run the car so tight here. The corners are so sharp that, if you make a mistake, you'll push for a hundred yards it feels like. It's a big concentration track. It's mentally and physically tough. It's 40 laps around this place as hard as you can go. There's no cruising whatsoever. You're always working at the wheel."

On a restart with 13 laps remaining following a Dakota Jackson spin, Cummins finally stuck close to Thomas when the field got up to speed. For the next eight laps, Cummins was just two car-lengths away as both rode the lip of the cushion, ready to strike when opportunity arose until Dave Darland's left rear tire went flat with four to go, leaving rubber scattered on the racing surface to bring out the yellow once again.

On the lap 37 resumption, Thomas responded with a great restart, gapping Cummins by about four car-lengths over the next two trips around the oval. With two to go, Thomas' recurring nightmare reemerged when yet another late-race caution interrupted his run to the checker. The four-car incident in turn four involved Josh Hodges, Chase Stockon, Donny Brackett and Isaac Chapple. All were able to restart.

Once again, Thomas was set up in a green-white-checker situation with Tri-State Speedway master Kyle Cummins breathing down his HANS device. Thomas didn't exactly know who was behind him on the final restart, but he had an inkling.

"These corners are so sharp, you can turn your head and see a color of a car," Thomas explained. "On that longer green flag run toward the end, I could see a big white car. I just knew that had to be Cummins. It always is. Near the end, I kept looking back and I didn't see a white car, but I knew he didn't drop out, so I had the feeling he was on my tail."

Cummins threw his first shot heading into turn one on the restart, sliding past Thomas momentarily before snagging the turn two cushion with the right rear.

"I knew if I could break his momentum and get in front of him, he wouldn't be able to catch me," Cummins believed. "It was like we were the same speed. I knew I couldn't slide him. On the restart, I knew I was going to have to do something. I was all over him when we took the green. I got just enough of a run and just threw it in there. When I came up there, I was hard on the throttle and I was just trying to touch the cushion a little bit. It threw the front end and got me behind. If I wouldn't have messed the cushion up, I would've been a lot closer and I think it would've been a lot better."

Yet Cummins wasn't completely out of the picture frame. As he fell back roughly five to six car-lengths, he shadowed Thomas for a full circuit before sizing up his next move midway down the back straightaway on the final lap. At the same moment, Thomas was experiencing issues of his own.

"I had to get going, so I tightened myself up and gave it as much throttle as I could to keep the wheels spinning," Thomas details. "I slung it in there and hoped for the best. All you can do here is choose the right line. The bottom started to dry up a little bit, so I tightened up and got some momentum. But going down the back straight, that's when I ran out of fuel."

Cummins quickly erased the gap as he threw his car to the bottom on the entry to turn three as Thomas rode the cushion, surprising even Cummins to an extent.

"I thought there was no way I'd be that close to him," Cummins admitted. "I'm like 'where'd he go?'

Cummins took over the lead when he slid up in front of Thomas at the exit of turn four. Thomas quickly countered under Cummins and, in a drag race to the line, defeated Cummins by a mere 0.053 seconds to win his second "Haubstadt Hustler." Meseraull, Chet Williams and Tyler Courtney rounded out the top-five.

Thomas picked up his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points-paying feature of the year in his KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy. It marked the first National victory with newly-hired crew chief Davey Jones who the team brought aboard during USAC/CRA's "California Sprint Week" a couple weeks back, marking three wins out of six for the combo since joining forces.

After throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Thomas on the final restart, Princeton, Indiana's Cummins came up just short, finishing in the runner-up position in his Rock Steady Racing/Debra Corn Foster Care - ProGlide Bearings/Mach-1/Cummins.

Throughout the race, Cummins' mount continually got better and better, but was quite a handful at the beginning of the 40-lapper.

"I knew at the beginning we were going to be way too tight," Cummins acknowledges. "The track looked like it had moisture, but then I thought it was going to blow off a little bit better, so we tightened it up quite a bit more. At the beginning, I had to be careful. The car was wanting to wheelie. I thought as the race went on, every time we had a yellow, the car got a little better."

"We know next time to go ahead and keep it a little looser," Cummins said in retrospect. "I got it as loose as I could with the shocks. At the end, I just got it to where it was good. If we had a chance to do it all over again, it would've been so much better. But at the last race, we said 'this is what we're going to do. We're going to tighten her up just a hair more.' But the track just didn't get slick enough for us. On the last lap, I didn't think it was even going to be close. I was so tight, even the middle was decent. But, now we know for the next time and we'll get it a little looser."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway included Kyle Cummins (Unique Breedz/ProSource Fast Qualifier & Indy Race Parts Heat 4 winner), Chet Williams (13th Fastest Qualifier - Free Right Rear Tire from Roger & Barb Tapy), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products Heat 1 Winner), Chet Williams (Competition Suspension, Inc. Heat 2 Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Heat 3 Winner), Brady Short (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Haubstadt Hustler" (Co-Sanctioned by MSCS)

UNIQUE BREEDZ/PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.624; 2. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.843; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.916; 4. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.942; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.032; 6. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Schnapf-14.046; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.126; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-14.126; 9. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-14.180; 10. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.185; 11. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.202; 12. Dave Darland, 17GP, Dutcher-14.238; 13. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-14.285; 14. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.305; 15. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-14.339; 16. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-14.368; 17. Scotty Weir, 17G, On The Gass-14.388; 18. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.396; 19. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.417; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.448; 21. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.476; 22. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble-14.492; 23. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-14.504; 24. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.639; 25. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-14.643; 26. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.670; 27. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-14.714; 28. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.819; 29. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-15.050; 30. Ben Knight, 45K, Knight-16.114; 31. Jeff Pritchett, 2J, Pritchett-NT; 32. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Brackett, 3. Hodges, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Mattox, 6. Ambrose, 7. Knight, 8. Pritchett. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Williams, 2. Leary, 3. Chapple, 4. Courtney, 5. Boespflug, 6. Clouser, 7. Schmidt, 8. Karraker. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Stockon, 3. Gentry, 4. Jackson, 5. Darland, 6. C. Short, 7. B. Short, 8. Weir. 2:20.46

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT (10 laps): 1. Cummins, 2. Grant, 3. Cottle, 4. Windom, 5. Ballou, 6. Bacon, 7. Schnapf, 8. Ruble. 2:17.45

SEMI (12 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Ballou, 3. C. Short, 4. Darland, 5. B. Short, 6. Mattox, 7. Weir, 8. Bacon, 9. Schanpf, 10. Ruble, 11. Ambrose, 12. Clouser, 13. Schmidt, 14. Knight, 15. Pritchett. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chet Williams, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Brady Short, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Carson Short, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Donny Brackett, 15. Chase Stockon, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Josh Hodges, 18. Brady Bacon, 19. Dakota Jackson, 20. Aric Gentry, 21. Brandon Mattox, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Shane Cottle, 24. Kendall Ruble. NT ------------------------------------------ **Karraker flipped during the second heat. Knight flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Cummins, Laps 4-40 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Short (21st to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dave Darland

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Grant-1775, 2-Windom-1705, 3-Courtney-1622, 4-Boespflug-1593, 5-K. Thomas-1587, 6-Stockon-1515, 7-Leary-1385, 8-Bacon-1329, 9-Ballou-1266, 10-Darland-1158.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 23 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 36th "4-Crown Nationals"

 

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS:

Madera, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. won Friday night's 25-lap "Harvest Classic Night" USAC Speed2 Western US Midget race at Madera Speedway, He trailed Tom Paterson for 11 laps, then led the final 14 for the win over Paterson, Annie Breidinger, Joey Iest and Johnny Nichols.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2017 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - 45th Annual "Harvest Classic Night"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.649; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.728; 3. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.924; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.928; 5. Joey Iest, 17, Iest015.025; 6. Jackson Dukes, 44, Love-15.062; 7. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.426; 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-15.586.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Lemke (#98 Lemke), 2. Joey Iest (#17 Iest), 3. Tom Paterson (#9 Paterson), 4. Blake Brannon (#40, Brannon). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV (#38 Love), 2. Annie Breidinger (#75 Breidinger), 3. Jackson Dukes (#44 Love), 4. Johnny Nichols (#14 Nichols). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Joey Iest, 5. Johnny Nichols, 6. Jackson Dukes, 7. Jesse Love IV, 8. Blake Brannon. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Paterson, Laps 12-25 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-531, 2-A.Breidinger-500, 3-Paterson-474, 4-Lemke-447, 5-Toni Breidinger-398, 6-Brannon-392, 7-Nichols-343, 8-Iest-338, 9-Antonia Boscacci-206, 10-Cody Jessop-174.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,125, 2-Paterson-1,064, 3-Lemke-1,037, 4-A.Breidinger-972, 5-Brannon-685, 6-Toni Breidinger-398, 7-Nichols-344, 8-Iest-338, 9-Cody Jessop-293, 10-Antonia Boscacci-288.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: September 16 - Madera (CA) Speedway - 45th Annual "Harvest Classic Night"

 

 

CARLSON LEADS MATCZAK PODIUM "SWEEP" AT LEGION

Wentworth, NH........Seth Carlson of Brimfield, Mass. led a podium "sweep" for car owner Skip Matczak Friday night at Legion Speedway in the 25-lap USAC Speed2 DMA Midget feature. Teammates Derek O'Hearn and Will Hull rounded out the "thop three, followed by Joe Krawiec and Jeff Horn. Hull led the first five laps and Carlson led the rest.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2017 - Wentworth, New Hampshire - Legion Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 2. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 3. Robert Spino (#64 Spino), 4. Bobby White (#68 White), 5. Jim Mossman (#1R Mossman), 6. Mark Cole (#6x Cole). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1b Miller), 3. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 4. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 7. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 8. Jeff Champagne (#77 Champagne), 9. Alex Rose (#11 Rose). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Seth Carlson, 2. Derek O'Hearn, 3. Will Hull, 4. Joe Krawiec, 5. Jeff Horn, 6. Dean Christensen, 7. John Heydenreich, 8. Manny Dias, 9. Adam Whitney, 10. Jeff Champagne, 11. Bobby White, 12. Jim Mossman, 13. Robert Spino. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Hull, Laps 6-25 Carlson.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Christensen-958, 2-O'Hearn-936, 3-Krawiec-933, 4-Whitney-924, 5-Carlson-817, 6-Horn-802, 7-Dias-792, 8- Champagne-617, 9-Cole-436, 10-Jake Higginson-373.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: September 23 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

WINDOM STRIKES AGAIN FOR 2ND STRAIGHT
"JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC" VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Since its inception more than six decades ago, the Terre Haute Action Track has had distinct eras that seem to resonate with a particular driver.

Lately, this era at the famed half-mile dirt oval has belonged to Chris Windom who ran fourth with just four laps remaining and used a daring late-race move on Kevin Thomas, Jr. to capture his third-straight USAC victory at Terre Haute in Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car "Jim Hurtubise Classic" aboard the Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

The Windom/Baldwin connection has now netted four USAC Sprint Car feature wins at Terre Haute dating to 2011. The victory also allowed Windom to join Jack Hewitt as just the second driver to win the "Hurtubise Classic" three times. Windom also became the first to win back-to-back "Hurtubise Classic" races since Hewitt in 1990-1991.

"This place is special to me," Windom praised. "Crew chief Derek (Claxton) and I are always good here. Even when we don't have the fastest car, we just dig deep at the end of the race and get the wins here. I wish we could race here about ten times a year!"

Terre Haute served as a sweet renaissance for the Canton, Illinois driver who hadn't been victorious in the series in nearly three months. Although, the 30-lap feature wouldn't start as triumphantly for the second-place driver in the series standings as it would turn out.

For much of the race, Thomas maintained the dominant car. In the first half, Thomas was clicking off laps a half-second faster than second-running Robert Ballou as he extended his lead to a full-straightaway by the seventh lap.

By the 12th lap, Windom had worked his way to third with a turn two slider on Aaron Farney, then set forth on a mission to run down Thomas and Ballou running one-two.

By mid-race, Ballou was able to hang with Thomas, staying within three car-lengths from the tail of the 9K as the cushion pushed all the way to the concrete at the exits of turns two and four while the two past Action Track winners worked the tail end of lapped traffic. Thomas continuously gapped himself from Ballou by chipping away one car at a time, first getting around the outside of Chapple exiting turn four. As soon as Ballou cleared Chapple, Thomas had regained precious ground once again by diving under Mario Clouser in turn three to pin Ballou, the 2015 USAC champ, behind the trailing car.

With six laps remaining, Windom traded sliders with Farney and fell to fourth where he would remain with four laps to go with the race seemingly out of reach. However, a domino of circumstances befell the front runners to aid Windom's resurgent emergence. First, as Ballou worked on Thomas for the race lead, his right rear tire gave way, sending him to the infield work area for fresh rubber, thus, relegating him to the tail for the lap 27 resumption.

Though standing third in line on the restart behind Thomas and Farney, Windom knew this was the moment of attack to have any chance at victory. Windom dove to the bottom of turn one as the green dropped, disposing of Farney and pulling alongside Thomas before falling back into line in second behind Thomas exiting the second turn.

However, the move would quickly be negated as Chapple slowed to a stop in turn two, sending Windom back to third and forcing him to repeat the exercise once again.

On take two, it appeared to be a carbon copy of the events that had just transpired moments before. Windom dove to the bottom of one, leaving Farney behind as he went toe-to-toe with Thomas before ducking in behind the leader exiting two. That's where he knew his golden opportunity had arrived.

"I just tucked in behind KT and there was a little strip of rubber off turn two you could catch," Windom explained. "I caught that and slid him going into turn three. For the first three-quarters of the race, we weren't the best car, but sometimes on those late-race restarts, you just got to dig deep and make something of it. I knew that was my only shot to get there and I knew there was less than five to go. I knew I had to do something."


Shortly thereafter, on lap 28, second-running Thomas began to slow coming off turn two with, as it turns out, a lack of fuel. That created a bunch up that collected Thomas, the third-place running car of Farney and fourth-running Boespflug who all climbed over each other to varying degrees down the back straightway, yet all remained afloat and continued. Eighth running Shane Cottle wasn't as fortunate, though, and came to a stop while trying to avoid the wreckage to no avail.

On the ensuing restart, Windom broke away while second-running Thomas coasted on fumes to the inside and Boespflug slid by Farney for the runner-up spot. Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant would follow suit on the final lap to take over third and fourth, respectively, as Farney fell to fifth.

Meanwhile, Windom rose head and shoulders above the fray to win by a tick under two seconds over Boespflug, Courtney, Grant and Farney, who gingerly walked away from a nasty-looking barrel-roll flip down the front straightaway underneath the checkered flag after contact with Grant. Farney climbed from the car under his own power, but was transported to the hospital for further observation.

For the second year in a row, Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug finished in the runner-up position behind Windom in the "Hurtubise Classic." This occasion occurred under different circumstances as Boespflug utilized a brand-new crew after shuffling the deck in an attempt to right the ship that had seen its share of choppy waters over the past several weeks in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - PAC Springs/Maxim/Claxton.

"We made some changes over the past couple weeks," Boespflug acknowledges. "We're just trying to get things fun and exciting again. I hired Robert (Brown) and A.J. (Parker) to come help. Things went well tonight right from the start. In hot laps, we didn't have the speed we wanted, but we found something pretty good for qualifying and just continued to progress. It's comforting to work with Robert at such a fast pace to get this thing comfortable. We were actually too good early and really good at the end. The car definitely came to us in the end. It's good to finally run second again after running so terribly the past month and a half or so. It's been pretty up and down to run second, then run bad, then good, then bad."

"Early in the night with a new crew, it can definitely make you tentative, I guess, especially with the tendencies the car has had in the past several races," Boespflug believes. "I tip-toed into it and wasn't as comfortable as I wanted to be early. In qualifying, we made the right changes, got it great and made another good, big change for the heat race. At that point, I had a lot of confidence in what Robert was going to do next. Were we a second-place car? I think we were close, at least third if everything worked out. I'll take it any way I can get it. It's a race to the end, not the middle."

Following a pair of victories in the two most recent series races at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August, Tyler Courtney emerged from his 16th starting position to score a solid third in his TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts - Custom Pump & Controls/Maxim/Gaerte by TOPP.

"We have a really good racecar," Courtney stated. "I put us behind the eight ball in qualifying. It's not what you want to do at a place like this, especially without cautions. We were mired back there in 10th or 11th. With some luck on those cautions, it really played into our hands. You have to get every spot you can if you want a chance (at the championship) at the end of the year, but it's tough when Chris (Windom) and Justin (Grant) run top-five too."

"We had to run everywhere guys weren't," Courtney said. "I made sure that if I had to wait one more lap to get a better run to make sure I cleared a guy so I don't have to mess with him again after that. On restarts, I made sure to protect myself or, if I got a really good run into one, I'd try to kill a guy's momentum and slide him off into one, then hopefully clear him off of two and get the rubber coming off to propel down the back straight. It was tricky to not blow through it and to make sure not to run over the guy you're sliding because you knew he was going to have a run coming down the hill. Luckily, we were in the right place at the right time. A couple times, guys were banging wheels there, but we came out mostly unscathed. We had a couple dings and dents here and there, but that's racing. Sixteenth to third, coming off two wins and another podium, you can't be disappointed about that."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Terre Haute included Robert Ballou (B & W Auto Mart/ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products Heat 1 Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Heat 2 Winner), Chase Stockon (Chalk Stix Heat 3 Winner), Justin Grant (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Jarett Andretti (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2017 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

B & W AUTO MART & PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.477; 2. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-20.602; 3. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.674; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.873; 5. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-20.880; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-20.953; 7. Scotty Weir, 17G, On The Gass-21.069; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-21.083; 9. Dave Darland, 17GP, Dutcher-21.136; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-21.225; 11. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-21.238; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-21.263; 13. Carson Short, 21, RCM-21.307; 14. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-21.316; 15. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-21.418; 16. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-21.516; 17. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-21.529; 18. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-21,588; 19. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.735; 20. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-21.767; 21. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-21.779; 22. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-21.982; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-22.101; 24. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-22.404; 25. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-22.457; 26. Eric Burns, 99, Gasway/Rolison-23.996. (Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-21.986-Time Disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Ballou, 4. Short, 5. Weir, 6. Mattox, 7. McMillin, 8. Robbins, 9. Budde. 2:51.95

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Courtney, 3. Cottle, 4. Leary, 5. Farney, 6. Grant, 7. Chapple, 8. Clouser, 9. Burns. 2:52.56

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Bacon, 3. Boespflug, 4. Darland, 5. Gentry, 6. Hodges, 7. Andretti, 8. Hughes, 9. S. Thomas. 2:56.68

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Hodges, 3. Andretti, 4. Clouser, 5. Chapple. 6. Hughes, 7. Robbins, 8. Mattox. 9. McMillin, 10. Budde, 11. S. Thomas. 12. Burns. 4:34.38

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Aaron Farney, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Scotty Weir, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Carson Short, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19. Shane Cottle, 20. J.J. Hughes, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Aric Gentry. NT
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**Farney flipped at the checkered flag.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 K. Thomas, Laps 27-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (22nd to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jarett Andretti

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Grant-1732, 2-Windom-1650, 3-Courtney-1564; 4-Boespflug-1552, 5-K. Thomas-1519, 6-Stockon-1482, 7-Leary-1339, 8-Bacon-1302, 9-Ballou-1217, 10-Andretti-1145.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 16 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Haubstadt Hustler" - Co-sanctioned by MSCS

 

CREAM OF THE CROP USUALLY RISES TO THE TOP AT TERRE HAUTE AND TRI-STATE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The layouts of this weekend's two USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car stops couldn't possibly be any more different than they are on paper.

Terre Haute is a large, relatively flat half-mile with sweeping turns. On the other hand, Tri-State is a high-banked quarter-mile paperclip-shaped oval with tight turns.

These two Indiana venues are what lie ahead for the competitors of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship this weekend when drivers hit Terre Haute for Friday's 18th "Jim Hurtubise Classic" and Tri-State's "Haubstadt Hustler" on Saturday.

Fifteen drivers have been able to master both venues during their USAC Sprint Car careers by scoring victories at Terre Haute and Tri-State: Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Daron Clayton, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Levi Jones, Cory Kruseman, Jon Stanbrough, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chris Windom and J.J. Yeley.

The list gets cut in half when you consider drivers who've won USAC Sprint features at both tracks in a single season: Butler, Clayton, Hood, Kruseman, Stockon, Thomas and Yeley.

That list gets significantly shorter when you take into account drivers who've won at both in the span of a single week: Kruseman.

One of the prevailing thoughts in the sport is if you can win at a track like Terre Haute, you can win anywhere. However, there are a couple of this weekend's entrants who've won at Terre Haute, but have yet to conquer Tri-State.

In Dave Darland's illustrious career that is marked with 59 USAC National Sprint Car victories, two have come in the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at Terre Haute. In fact, he's one of just four drivers to win a USAC National Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown race at the Action Track in his career along with Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Elliott and Jack Hewitt. However, none have come at Tri-State, one of the few tracks in the state of Indiana that has eluded him. Aaron Farney, whose lone career win came in dominating fashion at Terre Haute in 2015, has also not won at Tri-State yet.

There are four expected entrants for this weekend's events who've done the opposite by winning at Tri-State, but are still looking for their first Terre Haute USAC win: Hunter Schuerenberg and Brady Short have each won twice at Tri-State while Kyle Cummins and Carson Short have each tallied one.

The list of drivers who have the potential to knock off a first USAC National Sprint Car win at one track or the other, or perhaps both, this weekend is a star-studded list that includes point leader Justin Grant, five-time 2017 series winner Tyler Courtney, April Bloomington winner Chad Boespflug, three-time 2017 series winner C.J. Leary, past series Rookie of the Year Jarett Andretti and Thomas Meseraull, twice a winner this season.

All those drivers listed above are knocking on the door for a victory at one of the two. Grant finished second in a Silver Crown race at Terre Haute in 2016 and was fast qualifier this summer in the Indiana Sprint Week round at Tri-State. Courtney finished second last fall at Tri-State and was third in his most recent appearance at Terre Haute. Boespflug led 13 laps and finished second last fall at Terre Haute and scored a runner-up finish as well in the "Spring Showdown" back in April at Tri-State.

Furthermore, Leary has won and finished second in his last two Silver Crown appearances at Terre Haute. Andretti was fast qualifier in the spring at Tri-State. Meseraull led 20 laps and finished second at Terre Haute's "Tony Hulman Classic" in 2016.

Though the characteristics of the tracks vary greatly in several aspects, one key component similar amongst drivers who've won at both is that they were some of the best of their era. Bacon, Ballou, Butler, Drake, Elliott, Hines, Hood, Jones, Windom and Yeley are all USAC National champions. Meanwhile, Clayton, Kruseman, Stanbrough, Stockon and Thomas have combined for 83 USAC National Sprint Car wins and five Indiana Sprint Week titles.

The most versatile drivers are the ones who can win on any track regardless of the given circumstances no matter how big or small. When the points are tallied at the end of a season, this is the pivotal attribute that pushes an individual to the top of the standings.

History tells us the cream usually rises to the top on tracks like Terre Haute and Tri-State. There's no backing into a victory at either of these places. You've got to sit up in the seat and earn it. Come this weekend, consider that a cinch to occur once again.

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 6pm with cars set to hit the track at 6:30pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 10 and under are free.

For Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm with on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

 

 

VENTURA HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET BATTLE

 By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017... This Saturday, September 16th, the cars and stars of the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series are back in action at Ventura Raceway. The ninth point race and second of four appearances at the Ventura County Fairgrounds will also feature Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, 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, 139 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen wins at the 1/5-mile oval. Four-time champion Ronnie Gardner claimed victory on May 13th and 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.

Heading to Ventura, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) has a slim eight point lead over the competition. After engine woes at Calistoga parked the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs Stewart, Gardner jumped in two different rides to keep his title hopes alive. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Bullet, Ronnie scored eighth at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway on September 7th. To date, the point leader has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led to his credit. Gardner ranks fourth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his twenty-second victory this Saturday night.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott placed ninth at Chico’s Gold Cup Race of Champions. 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 will have his sights on adding a Ventura Raceway triumph to his resume.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) has climbed to third in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini claimed sixth at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. To date, the 2015 BCRA Champion has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. At Ventura Raceway, Frankie will be looking for his second career USAC victory.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) sits fourth in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone scored twelfth at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. 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 have her sights on her first series win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

After taking third at Chico, David Prickett (Fresno, California) has risen to fifth in the point standings. Piloting 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 four top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2012 Dirt Series Champion will be looking for his second career win this Saturday night.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is eleventh in the championship points. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) and Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Michael Faccinto, Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, Shannon McQueen, Jake Swanson, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, Robby Josett, C.J. Sarna, Nate Wait, Brennan Rogers, Ron Hazelton, 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: 2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 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-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-508, 2. Cory Elliott-500, 3. Frankie Guerrini-451, 4. Courtney Crone-418, 5. David Prickett-393, 6. Michael Faccinto-374, 7. Robert Dalby-364, 8. Randi Pankratz-360, 9. Maria Cofer-321, 10. Shane Golobic-286, 11. Mason Daniel-269, 12. Shannon McQueen-264, 13. Jake Swanson-232, 14. Terry Nichols-217, 15. Alex Schutte-216, 16. Robby Josett-190, 17. Chad Boat-166, 18. C.J. Sarna-154, 19. Spencer Bayston-150, 20. Holly Shelton-141.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA 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.

 

 

2ND HALF SURGES MAKE PRIME CONTENDERS OUT OF USAC SPRINT VETERANS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Since the beginning of Indiana Sprint Week in mid-summer, a handful of drivers have turned on the proverbial switch to convert themselves into prime contenders down the stretch of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season.

With 11 races taking place since the beginning of ISW on July 8 and now 11 events remaining on the series schedule, let's take a look at some of the biggest movers and shakers in the series over the past couple of months heading into this weekend's pair of Indiana events Friday at the Terre Haute Action Track and Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou was absent for the first six events of the 2017 season, which put the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champ in a deficit that would practically be impossible to overcome to get into title contention.

However, since the ISW opener at Kokomo Speedway, no driver has accumulated more points than Ballou, which has helped him climb all the way to ninth in the standings. He has just one win in that span since July - the ISW finale at Lincoln Park Speedway - but has finished in the top-five in seven of those 11 features, and only one result outside the top-ten, a race in which he was running third before an accident on the final lap.

Like Ballou, Kevin Thomas, Jr. missed some time at the very beginning of the season, but quickly got back into the swing of things utilizing extreme consistency, but particularly of late. In July, the Cullman, Alabama native captured his first Indiana Sprint Week title, notching one victory at Bloomington Speedway. Additionally, he picked up his second-straight "Special Event" win on #GYATK Night at Kokomo in August, which has advanced him from sixth to fourth in the series standings.

Along with C.J. Leary, the winningest driver in that span since the beginning of ISW is Tyler Courtney. Both have three wins apiece, but Courtney has the third-most points over the past two months which has shot him from 7th to 3rd in the points since then - the biggest move of any driver in the series. Courtney won at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri to end July, then won the final two nights of "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" at Kokomo to vault himself to a season-leading five series victories.

Ione, California's Justin Grant has been at the forefront of the standings since his season-opening win at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Along the way, he's picked up four series wins, but none since the beginning of June at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway. He's earned the fourth-most points in the series since ISW, but the National Sprint Car series point leader has managed to increase his lead from 65 coming into ISW to 93 currently with a string of strong qualifying runs, top-fives and top-tens.

Leary, of Greenfield, Indiana, has the fifth-most points since July with those three victories, including back-to-back scores during Indiana Sprint Week at Lawrenceburg Speedway and Gas City I-69 Speedway as well as a triumph on the opening night of "Smackdown" at Kokomo in August. He currently resides seventh in the overall standings.

Since the 8th of July, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings appear as so: 1-Robert Ballou-719, 2-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-701, 3-Tyler Courtney-687, 4-Justin Grant-604, 5-C.J. Leary-602, 6-Chad Boespflug-591, 7-Chris Windom-576, 8-Brady Bacon-533, 9-Josh Hodges-515, 10-Chase Stockon-512.

With the title race on the line over the next two months, these next 11 stops will be crucial. With drivers like Courtney and Thomas surging at the right time, perhaps their names could enter the fray for the title if those at the top like Grant (1st) or Chris Windom (2nd) do not continue the consistency they've had throughout the season. It may be a long season calendar-wise, but every race does count, especially at this juncture.

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 10 and under are free.

For Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm with on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

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DARLAND TEAMS WITH DUTCHER THIS WEEKEND FOR TERRE HAUTE & HAUBSTADT USAC SPRINT RACES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

USAC's winningest National Sprint Car driver Dave Darland will take over the reins of the Michael Dutcher Motorsports No. 17GP this weekend when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes stops on Friday to the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on Friday, September 15 and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Saturday, September 16.

Darland has yet to compete for Dutcher's team in USAC competition this season, instead driving much of the year aboard the Phillips Motorsports No. 71p and, most recently, in the No. 40 for Mark Hery. However, Darland has had success with Dutcher in 2017 in local Indiana sprint car action, capturing the victory last Saturday night at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Darland also made three starts in Dutcher's Silver Crown car in 2016, finishing in the top-ten twice, including at Terre Haute, site of this Friday's "Jim Hurtubise Classic."

Darland will be the fifth driver to wheel Dutcher's sprinter in USAC competition this season, following Jeff Bland, Jr., Stevie Sussex, Ryan Bernal and Tyler Thomas, who came within a lap of scoring a huge victory in August's "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Dutcher's cars have won at both Terre Haute and Tri-State Speedway with USAC. In 2013, Kevin Thomas, Jr. drove Dutcher's ride to a pair of Tri-State victories and a Terre Haute win during Indiana Sprint Week where, ironically, it was Darland who Thomas had to hold off in the final laps.

The pairing of Darland and Dutcher could be a boon for both sides as both aim for their first "Hurtubise Classic" win. Darland remains in search of his first USAC National victory of 2017, a streak he has kept intact since 1993! Dutcher, the 2012 USAC Mechanical Achievement Award winner, hasn't scored a USAC National Sprint Car win since February of 2015 at Florida's East Bay Raceway Park with Kevin Thomas, Jr., a span of 102 races.

Darland has won five times at Terre Haute: twice in sprints, once in Silver Crown and twice in midgets. However, Tri-State hasn't been as kind to Darland, one of the few places he has yet to reach victory lane, and where he hopes to snap that record in this Saturday night's "Haubstadt Hustler," which pays $12,500 to win!

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 10 and under are free.

For Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm with on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

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USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CARS SET TO DEBUT IN 2018

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

USAC Sprint Car racing is coming eastbound on a full-time basis in 2018 when the newly-formed USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series makes its debut.

USAC's newest division joins the slate after series director Curt Michael and the United Racing Club conducted a pair of wingless sprint car events during the 2017 season.

"The very first one at Big Diamond, we had 16 cars and the place was packed," Michael explained. "(The promoter) took two races this year because he's seen it's something to build on. The next time out at Path Valley, we had 26 cars and I think it's only going to get better."

Michael believes the series, which will utilize engines that are 360 c.i., 358 and under in size, creates a place for young drivers competing in wingless micros to step up to where they can run sprint cars without the wing, a foundation he saw being laid down in this past year's events.

"They're cool cars and it's different," Michael said of wingless sprint car racing. "The biggest thing is these kids coming up are racing 600 micros, 270s and SpeedSTRs. It's a big thing in the lower ranks. We brought in a whole bunch of new guys to race with us this year. It didn't hurt URC's wing deal. We even had a couple wingless guys buy wing cars."

The East Coast and, particularly, the state of Pennsylvania is obviously well-known for wing sprint car racing. Michael, who, himself, has made a living racing with the wing as a 9-time URC champion and will continue to race with URC in addition to his new side endeavor leading the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars, sees an opportunity for a different breed of racing to feed the appetite of drivers, teams and fans in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware region.

"I know there's a lot of classes and that's a bad thing in racing," Michael admits. "But on the east coast, nobody can tell me where to go to see wingless sprint cars. It's one thing we don't have out here yet, but it seems like fans and racers want it. There's no doubt about it that it's cheaper. I've done both now. It's less fuel, it's easier on the tires, you don't need wings and you don't need a big trailer. I'm not putting down the wing deal, but it's a fact. It's cheaper to run a wingless sprint car."

Michael is adamant that the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars will not be competing with URC, where he serves as vice-president. The wingless series will be competing on URC's open weekends. A full 2018 schedule is in the works and will be announced at a later date.

"It just seems like it would be best if I did it on my own on the side and didn't book against URC races," Michael explained. "I'm hoping both series will help each other. URC is known as a wing series, which it will remain, and the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars will be the wingless series."

 

 

WINDOM AIMS TO MAKE UP GROUND AS USAC SPRINTS HEAD TO TERRE HAUTE (FRI.) AND HAUBSTADT (SAT.)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

As one curtain closes on the final weekend of summer, another curtain rises on a spectacular stretch of racing that hits the Midwest over the next few weekends that will play a pivotal role in determining the next USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion.

With nearly three-quarters of the schedule in the history books, the season comes down to its dramatic conclusion. The top-seven in USAC National Sprint Car standings have yet to hoist a USAC National Sprint Car title trophy and, after a three-week break to mentally prepare, these driven souls are champing at the bit to see who's the boldest, who's the wisest and who can put themselves in position to capture the ultimate prize.

First up this weekend is Friday night, September 15th "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at western Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track. The legendary "Herk" was unstoppable on the half-mile from late 1960 through the 1962 season where he was an undefeated 5 and 0.

While no driver has since equaled that mark, Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois does happen to have his own current streak of two wins at Terre Haute, albeit in two different kinds of racecars: a Silver Crown Car in May's "Sumar Classic" and capped off the Midwest portion of the Sprint Car season a year ago in the "Hurtubise Classic" when he outdueled Chad Boespflug for the victory in a 30-lap race that saw 26 unofficial lead changes!

Windom, who's won three times in a USAC Sprint Car at Terre Haute in his career, trails series point leader Justin Grant by 93 markers heading into this weekend's two events. But this pair of races could be where he could make up significant ground. Windom is the only driver to win USAC features at both Terre Haute and at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway this season, home of this Saturday night, September 16th $12,500-to-win "Haubstadt Hustler," co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

In fact, Windom is one of 14 drivers to have won USAC National Sprint Car features at both Terre Haute and Haubstadt in his career. Another driver on that list is Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., who has been on a roll of late, taking three out of six at last week's USAC/CRA "California Sprint Week" tour at Calistoga, Watsonville and Hanford.

Recent series champions Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California and Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma have mastered the task of winning at both the Wabash Valley half-mile fairgrounds oval and at the two dragstrips connected by a pair of turns in southwestern Indiana. So has Chase Stockon and Jon Stanbrough, who are both still seeking their first victories of the 2017 season.

Justin Grant may very well be on his way to a first USAC National Sprint Car title, but he hasn't yet won at either of this weekend's venues. However, his two most recent series wins have come on half-mile tracks like Terre Haute and, in his last two Haubstadt appearances, he hasn't qualified or finished outside the top-four.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney leads all drivers with five USAC National Sprint Car victories this season, including the series' most recent event, where he collected a big payday in "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" at Kokomo Speedway. "Sunshine" took third in his most recent Terre Haute visit and has finished in the top-three in two of his last three Haubstadt appearances.

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 10 and under are free.

For Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at with on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

 

 

McDERMAND WINS AT SPOON RIVER

Canton, IL........Chase McDermand of Springfield, Ill. won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget race at Spoon River Speedway. Five drivers led Saturday night's feature, with McDermand taking the lead from Andy Baugh on lap 20 and leading the final six circuits to beat Baugh, Adam Taylor, Brent Burrows and Broc Hunnell.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 9, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#31 Mallonee), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 4. Justin Behrens (#17 Behrens), 5. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 6. Beau Burnett (#1 Murdock). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 2. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers), 3. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 4. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 5. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 6. Brad Denney (#2 Murdock). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bret Tripplet (#7x Mahan), 2. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 3. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 4. Kurt Mayhew (#21 Mayhew), 5. Daitlyn England (#19E England). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Andy Baugh, 3. Adam Taylor, 4. Brent Burrows, 5. Broc Hunnell, 6. Dillon Morley, 7. Kurt Mayhew, 8. Jacob Sollenberger, 9. Justin Behrens, 10. Todd Baker, 11. Jeremy Hull, 12. Robby McQuinn, 13. Beau Burnett, 14. Bret Tripplet, 15. Johnny Murdock (#0 Murdock), 16. Bred Denney, 17. Kurt Mueller, 18. Daitlyn England, 19. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Morley, Laps 2-3 Burrows, Laps 4-7 Morley, Laps 8-13 McQuinn, Laps 14-19 Baugh, Laps 20-25 McDermand.

NEW SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-1,374, 2-Taylor-1,356, 3-McDermand-1,118, 4-Sollenberger-984, 5-Hull-960, 6-Burrows-810, 7-Tyson Hart-760, 8-Mueller-724, 9-Hunnell-721, 10-A.Baugh-634.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 16 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

JOHNSON LEADS ALL 30 TO EXTEND SOUTHWEST LEAD

San Tan Valley, AZ........R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint race at Arizona Speedway. The win extended his point lead. Tye Mihocko took second ahead of Mike Martin, Landon Cling and Nick Aiuto.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 9, 2017 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Curtis), 6. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 7. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner), 8. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 7. Cody Sickles (#18 Simington), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Mike Martin, 4. Landon Cling, 5. Nick Aiuto, 6. Shon Deskins, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Chris Bonneau, 9. Matt Lundy, 10. Jeff Lowery, 11. Joe Schoepner, 12. Asa Kesterson, 13. Cody Sickles, 14. Bruce St. James, 15. Michael Curtis, 16. Brent Yarnal. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson

HARD CHARGER: Nick Aiuto (16th to 5th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Tye Mihocko

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,032, 2-Davis-931, 3-Deskins-791, 4-Mihocko-717, 5-Aiuto-713, 6-Martin-632, 7-Bonneau-621, 8-Lundy-523, 8-Cling-500, 10-Stevie Sussex-496.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: September 29 & 30 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic"

 

 

KRAWIEC WINS AT BEAR RIDGE

Bradford, VT........Joe Krawiec of Bristol, Conn. won Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Speed2 DMA Midgte race at Bear Ridge Speedwya. He led the final 14 laps after passing Manny Dias on lap 12. Seth Carlson finished second, ahead of Dean Christensen, Adam Whitney and Derek O'Hearn.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 9, 2017 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 2. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 3. Joe Krawiec (#1b Miller), 4. Shilo Boyce (#10 Haskell), 5. Bobby White (#68 White), 6. Robert Spino (#64 Spino). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 2. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak), 3. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 4. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 5. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 6. Mark Cole (#6x Cole). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec, 2. Seth Carlson, 3. Dean Christensen, 4. Adam Whitney, 5. Derek O'Hearn, 6. Manny Dias, 7. Will Hull, 8. Jeff Horn, 9. Mark Cole, 10. Shilo Boyce, 11. Robert Spino. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Dias, Laps 12-25 Krawiec.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Christensen-899, 2-Whitney-879, 3-Krawiec-865, 4-O'Hearn-863, 5-Carlson-741, 6-Horn-741, 7-Dias-738, 8-Jeff Champagne-573, 9-Cole-423, 10-Jake Higginson-373.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: September 15 - Wentworth, NH - Legion Speedway

 

 

KT #1 AT HANFORD; GARDNER TAKES CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK TITLE

Hanford, CA........Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. won Saturday night's AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car "California Sprint Week" finale at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Damion Gardner finished second and claimed the "California Sprint Week" championship. Geoff Ensign, Logan Williams and Jace Vander Weerd rounded out the "top-five" in the 30-lap race. Thomas passed Gardner on lap 26 and led the final five laps for his third win in six "California Sprint Week" starts.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 9, 2017 - Hanford, California - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.932; 2. Austin Liggett, 3T, Finkenbonder-16.083; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.122; 4. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-16.187; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.210; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-16.379; 7. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.427; 8. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-16.459; 9. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.503; 10. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.526; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.572; 12. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.622; 13. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.631; 14. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.668; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.704; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.797; 17. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.833; 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.876; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.882; 20. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.955; 21. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-17.046; 22. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.089; 23. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Ensign, 3. Spencer, 4. Thomas, 5. Courtney, 6. C.Williams, 7. Gansen, 8. Shaw. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Swanson, 3. Sussex, 4. Liggett, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Adams, 7. Faria, 8. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Gardner, 3. L.Williams, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Boespflug, 6. Johnson, 7. McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Logan Williams, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Austin Williams, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Cody Williams, 13. Chase Johnson, 14. Richard Vander Weerd, 15. Koen Shaw, 16. Matt McCarthy, 17. Danny Faria Jr., 18. Austin Liggett, 19. Max Adams, 20. Tyler Courtney, 21. Ryan Bernal, 22. Chris Gansen, 23. Jeremy Ellertson. NT ----------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Sussex, Laps 24-25 Gardner, Laps 26-30 Thomas.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (14th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,135, 2-Roa-1,062, 3-Swanson-1,049, 4-Spencer-869, 5-A.Williams-801, 6-C.Williams-721, 7-L.Williams-675, 8-Adams-623, 9-Gansen-611, 10-McCarthy-524.

FINAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1. Gardner-436, 2. Thomas-415, 3. Ensign-381, 4. Swanson-380, 5. Courtney-370, 6. Roa-345, 7. Liggett-275, 8. C.Williams-230, 9. Johnson-227, 10. L.Williams-224.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 23 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - "Glenn Howard Classic"

 

KT COMES FROM 3RD IN FINAL LAPS TO WIN AT OCEAN

Watsonville, CA........Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. was running third in the closing laps but ended up in victory lane Friday night in the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Ocean Speedway. Thomas won the "California Sprint Week" feature, leading the final three laps to beat Damion Gardner, Jake Swanson, Austin Liggett and Chad Boespflug. Tyler Courtney, who led three laps from the end, slipped back to sixth and now trails Gardner by 18 points in the :California Sprint week" standings enter Saturday's finale at Hanford, Calif.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 8, 2017 - Watsonville, California - Ocean Speedway - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.848; 2. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-12.873; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.983; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.993; 5. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-13.021; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.026; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.052; 8. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.119; 9. Austin Liggett, 3T, Finkenbinder-13.145; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.149; 11. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.209; 12. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-13.224; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.240; 14. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.266; 15. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-13.274; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.436; 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.470; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-13.525.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Gardner, 3. Adams, 4. Thomas, 5. Gansen, 6. L.Williams. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Boespflug, 3. Ellertson, 4. Courtney, 5. Johnson, 6. Ensign. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Swanson, 3. Roa,, 4. Sussex, 5. Shaw, 6. McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Geoff Ensign, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Logan Williams, 12. Max Adams, 13. Matt McCarthy, 14. Jeremy Ellertson, 15. Koen Shaw, 16. Chase Johnson, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Austin Williams. NT
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**Gansen flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Swanson,Laps 14-16 Gardner, Laps 17-27 Courtney, Laps 28-30 Thomas.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chad Boespflug (11th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,057, 2-Roa-999, 3-Swanson-996, 4-Mike Spencer-817, 5-A.Williams-750, 6-C.Williams-679, 7-L.Williams-615, 8-Adams-600, 9-Gansen-586, 10-McCarthy-491.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1-Gardner-358, 2-Courtney-340, 3-Thomas-334, 4-Swanson-327, 5-Ensign-310, 6-Roa-282, 7-Liggett-238, 8-Rico Abreu-198, 9-C.Williams-188, 10-Johnson-187.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 9 - Hanford, CA - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - "California Sprint Week"

 

 

WIRE-TO-WIRE FOR GARDNER AT CHICO

Chico, CA........Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. is back atop the AMSOIL USAC/CRA points after leading all 30 laps to win Thursday night's 64th "Cold Cup Race of Champions" feature at Silver Dollar Speedway. He also grabs the California Sprint Week" point lead as well entering the final two races at Watsonville Friday and Hanford Saturday. Jake Swanson took second Thursday ahead of Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Geoff Ensign.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 7, 2017 - Chico, California - Siller Dollar Speedway - 64th "Gold Cup Race of Champions" - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cory Eliason, 83SA, Tiner-13.916; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.054; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.071; 4. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.089; 5. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-14.200; 6. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-14.204; 7. Austin Liggett, 3T, Finkenbinder-14.211; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.279; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.282; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.291; 11. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-14.314; 12. Chase Majdic, 19, Wolf-14.329; 13. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.375; 14. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-384; 15. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-14.507; 16. Colby Copeland, 24C, Copeland-14.531; 17. Jeremy Chisum, 8X, Chisum-14.545; 18. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.552; 19. Rico Abreu, 24, Abreu-14.559; 20. Steven Ingraham, 93, Ingraham-14.563; 21. Jeremy Hawes, 21, Hawes-14.633; 22. Buddy Kofoid, 4X, Kofoid-14.641; 23. Kalib Henry, 7, Snow-14.758; 24. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-14.771; 25. Jimmy Trulli, 33T, Trulli-14.795; 26. Kyler Shaw, F4, Shaw-14.894; 27. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.909; 28. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-15.024; 29. Brian Grier, 35, Grier-15.030; 30. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-15.169; 31. Scott Males, 14, Males-15.374; 32. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-16.144; 33. Adam Brenton, 28B, Brenton-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Eliason, 2. Hawes, 3. A.Williams, 4. Spencer, 5. L.Williams, 6. Grier, 7. Trulli, 8. Chisum. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gansen, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. Macedo, 5. Kofoid, 6. Adams, 7. Kyler Shaw. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Gardner, 3. Liggett, 4. Abreu, 5. Johnson, 6. Henry. 7. McCarthy, 8. Males. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Ingraham, 3. Ellertson, 4. Ensign, 5. Madgic, 6. Copeland, 7. Richardson, 8. KoenShaw. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Copeland, 2. Johnson, 3. Majdic, 4. Ky.Shaw, 5. Henry, 6. Kofoid, 7. L.Williams, 8. Trulli, 9. Adams, 10. McCarthy, 11. Ko.Shaw, 12. Males, 13. Richardson, 14. Grier. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Geoff Ensign, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Cory Eliason, 9. Austin Liggett, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. Colby Copeland, 12. Rico Abreu, 13. Buddy Kofoid, 14. Jeremy Hawes, 15. Kyler Shaw, 16. Jeremy Ellertson, 17. Kalib Henry, 18. Steven Ingraham, 19. Brody Roa, 20. Chase Majdic, 21. Austin Williams, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Mike Spencer. NT
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**Brenton flipped during hotlaps. Chisum flipped during the first heat. Grier flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (12th to 4th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:1-Gardner-980, 2-Roa-937, 3-Swanson-924, 4-Spencer-817, 5-A.Williams-715, 6-Cody Williams-628, 7-L.Williams-571, 8-Adams-555, 9-Gansen-553, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-455.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1. D.Gardner-281, 2. Courtney-278, 3. Ensign-261, 4. Swanson-255, 5. Thomas-253, 6. Roa-221, 7. Abreu-198, 8. Liggett-169, 9. Spencer-152, 10. Ryan Bernal-146.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 8 - Watsonville, CA - Ocean Speedway - "California Sprint Week"

 

 

SCHUTTE LEADS ALL 30 AT CHICO'S "GOLD CUP

Chico, CA........Alex Schutte of Redding, Calif. led all 30 laps to dominate Thursday night's USAC Light up the World Beverages USAC Western Midget race at Silver Dollar Speedway, part of the track's 64th "Gold Cup Race of Champions." The race, co-sanctioned by BCRA, saw fast qualifier Shane Golobic take second ahead of David Prickett, Michelle Decker and Mason Daniel.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 7, 2017 - Chico, California - Silver Dollar Speedway - 64th "Gold Cup Race of Champions" - Co-sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1.Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-14.256; 2. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.275; 3. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.318; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.379; 5. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-14.435; 6. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.532; 7. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.567; 8. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.591; 9. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-14.667; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.671; 11. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.702; 12. Michelle Decker, 7D, McQueen-14.724; 13. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.735; 14. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.822; 15. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-14.825; 16. Cody Hodgson, 35M, MF-14.970; 17. Floyd Alvis, 1, Champion-15.440; 18. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.545; 19. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-NT; 20. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Golobic, 3. Pankratz, 4. Dalby, 5. Gardner, 6. Hodgson. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Crone, 3. Cofer, 4. Guerrini, 5. Elliott, 6. Alvis. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Decker, 2. Boat, 3. Daniel, 4. Prickett, 5. McQueen, 6. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Alex Schutte, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. David Prickett, 4. Michelle Decker, 5. Mason Daniel, 6. Frankie Guerrini, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Cory Elliott, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Cody Hodgson, 12. Courtney Crone, 13. Robert Dalby, 14. Michael Faccinto, 15. Chad Boat, 16. J.R. Williams, 17. Maria Cofer, 18. Floyd Alvis. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Schutte

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (16th to 2nd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-508, 2-Elliott-500, 3-Guerrini-451, 4-Crone-418, 5-Prickett-393, 6-Faccinto-374, 7-Dalby-364, 8-Pankratz-360, 9-Cofer-321, 10-Golobic-286.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: September 16 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

 

2018 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULED
FOR JULY 20-28

Seven dates for the 31st annual edition of Indiana Sprint Week have been set for the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season.

The prestigious summertime tradition will have a familiar look with seven races in nine nights from July 20-28, 2018, featuring a slate of the top sprint car tracks in the Hoosier state.

For the eighth consecutive year, Indiana Sprint Week will begin at Gas City I-69 Speedway on Friday, July 20 before following it up a night later just a little over 30 miles to the west at Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, July 21. The first weekend concludes Sunday, July 22 in the southeastern part of the state at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

After a two-day hiatus, the series returns for a final four-day stretch that begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 25. Then, it's off to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 26, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 27 and concludes with the ISW finale Saturday, July 28 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

The changing landscape on the racing calendar within the Midwest region opened new opportunities, instigating a change to a slightly later date in the month of July for ISW to create a better balance for the series' drivers and teams during a busy summer stretch.

"We know this is a change for the promoters, our teams and fans, but we feel the need to take advantage of the opportunity to keep growing the event as a whole," USAC Series Director Levi Jones said. "We plan to carry the momentum we've built over the last couple of decades and make Indiana Sprint Week an even bigger success for everyone involved."

The tracks on the ISW schedule each include its own characteristics, ranging from relatively flat to high banks, from quarters to half-miles and from wide-sweeping turns to paperclip-shaped venues, offering a unique challenge to both driver and machine.

Indiana Sprint Week debuted in 1988, but first became USAC-sanctioned in 1996. Since then, the event has grown from three races to seven and has become the marquee event on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail that draws massive crowds and welcomes travelers from around the world, both driver and fan alike.

The USAC National Sprint Car division's winningest driver, Dave Darland, owns the most Indiana Sprint Week victories with 18. Levi Jones and Kevin Thomas have the most ISW titles with four.

2018 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:
Fri., July 20: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana
Sat., July 21: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana
Sun., July 22: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Wed., July 25: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana
Thu., July 26: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana
Fri., July 27: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana
Sat., July 28: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana

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R.J. JOHNSON SWEEPS LAS CRUCES BORDER TOUR WEEKEND
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017... After winning his third Perris USAC/CRA show, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) continued his winning ways at Las Cruces, New Mexico’s Southern New Mexico Speedway. Last weekend, the four-time Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car champion swept both “Border Tour” co-sanctioned races with the New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA). Taking home $2,000-to-win each night, Johnson also increased his point lead after scoring his fifth win of the campaign.

Opening on Saturday, September 2nd, thirty-one drivers battled at Southern New Mexico Speedway. Using the USAC SouthWest passing point format, R.J. Johnson earned the Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award after heat races were won by Robert Marfia, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Chris Bonneau, and “The Magic Man” Mike Martin. Starting sixth in the feature, Johnson passed NMMRA point leader Shon Deskins on the eighteenth lap and sprinted to the checkered flags. Davis, Nick Aiuto, hard charger “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, and Deskins rounded out the top-five drivers. Mihocko raced to victory in the semi-main.

The Sunday Las Cruces “Border Tour” finale had thirty-one racers in the pit area. Chris Bonneau was the night’s top-qualifier after winning the program’s first heat race. The other 8-lap events were claimed by Johnson, Kyle McCutcheon, and Mihocko. Starting on the inside of the third row, Johnson powered by Deskins on the tenth lap and ran away from all challengers to earn the $2,000 triumph. Deskins, hard charger Nick Aiuto, Bonneau, and “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl followed Johnson to the checkered flags. Michael Curtis transferred to the feature by winning the semi-main.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action this Saturday, September 9th, at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. 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 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SEPTEMBER 2ND LAS CRUCES FEATURE: (30 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Nick Aiuto, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Caleb Saiz, 8. Jeff Lowery, 9. Brent Yarnal, 10. J.R. Bonesteel, 11. Matt Ziehl, 12. Rick Ziehl, 13. Michael Curtis, 14. Travis Oldfield, 15. Nick Rael, 16. Robert Marfia, 17. Jesse Baker, 18. Richard Wilbee, 19. Landon Cling, 20. Dillon Tanner, 21. David Burns, 22. Michael Fanelli, 23. Andy Reinbold, 24. Chris Bonneau. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Deskins, Laps 18-30 Johnson
HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (17th to 4th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson
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SEPTEMBER 3RD LAS CRUCES FEATURE: (30 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Shon Deskins, 3. Nick Aiuto, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Rick Ziehl, 6. Kyle McCutcheon, 7. Michael Curtis, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Andy Reinbold, 11. Jeff Lowery, 12. Caleb Saiz, 13. Don Grable, 14. Richard Willbee, 15. Landon Cling, 16. Jesse Baker, 17. J.R. Bonesteel, 18. Nick Rael, 19. Randy Smith, 20. Robert Marfia, 21. Travis Oldfield, 22. Charles Davis Jr., 23. Joseph Hernandez, 24. Dillon Tanner. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Deskins, Laps 10-30 Johnson
HARD CHARGER: Nick Aiuto (13th to 3rd)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Chris Bonneau

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-949, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-868, 3. Shon Deskins-733, 4. Nick Aiuto-654, 5. Tye Mihocko-636, 6. Chris Bonneau-566, 7. Mike Martin-561, 8. Michael Curtis-535, 9. Stevie Sussex-496, 10. Matt Lundy-473, 11. Andy Reinbold-458, 12. Landon Cling-434, 13. Brent Yarnal-404, 14. Bruce St. James-396, ... Jeff Lowery-396, 16. Cody Sickles-353, 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 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
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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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

THOMAS, ABREU & COURTNEY EARN USAC/CRA CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK WINS
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017... Entering the second half of the six-race “4th Annual California Sprint Week,” three different drivers have earned AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car wins. Opening at Calistoga, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Rico Abreu stood atop the podium, while Tyler Courtney had a late race charge to win at Petaluma.

Opening on Saturday, September 2nd, twenty-nine drivers raced at the opening night of Calistoga Speedway’s “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Starting third, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Alabama) took the lead from polesitter Rico Abreu on lap twenty-seven and sailed to victory at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Abreu, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Ryan Bernal, and Brody Roa rounded out the top-five drivers as Chase Johnson earned the hard charger award. “The Demon” Damion Gardner earned fast time honors and heat races were claimed by Thomas, “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr., Richard Vander Weerd, and “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug. Courtney raced to victory in the 12-lap semi-main event.

The following night, twenty-eight racers were ready for action at Calistoga Speedway. Ryan Bernal set the early tone by breaking Blake Miller’s seven year old track record and becoming the first non-wing sprint car in the 18-second bracket. Stornetta, Jace Vander Weerd, Abreu, and Courtney took heat race victories and Roa topped the 12-lap semi-main. With $5,000 on the line, Cory Eliason led the first twelve laps in his first non-wing start. Bernal took over the top spot, but the night belonged to Abreu, who took the lead for good on the 26th circuit. Courtney had the night’s best passing job with a ninth place run from twenty-second.

The traditional 410 cubic inch sprint cars tackled Petaluma Speedway for a rare Monday night show on September 4th. Eighteen cars were ready to battle at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign earned his first USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Chris Gansen, Jake Swanson, and Max Adams claimed 10-lap heat race victories. Starting on the pole position, Gardner led the first twenty-six laps on the sticky adobe clay before Courtney mounted a late race charge and earned his first USAC/CRA triumph. Swanson earned the hard charger award by starting seventeenth and finishing sixth.

The “4th Annual California Sprint Week” featuring the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will resume on Thursday, September 7th at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions," The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will share the spotlight with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

The following night, Friday, September 8th, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will host the fourth round of the northern tour. The American Stocks, Four Bangers, and Police-N-Pursuit will join the action as qualifying starts at 6:00pm. Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California and for more details, visit www.racepmg.com/oceanspeedway or call 855.410.7223.

Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds will host the finale of the “California Sprint Week” on Saturday, September 9th. The action packed card will also feature the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and Mini Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. 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.

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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SEPTEMBER 2ND FEATURE: (30 laps)
1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Geoff Ensign, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Colby Copeland, 10. Chase Johnson, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. Mike Spencer, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Klint Simpson, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 18. Logan Williams, 19. Max Adams, 20. Austin Liggett, 21. Joe Stornetta Jr., 22. Chris Gansen, 23. Cody Williams, 24. Chad Boespflug. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Abreu, Laps 27-30 Thomas.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chase Johnson (22nd to 10th)
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SEPTEMBER 3RD CALISTOGA FEATURE: (30 laps)
1. Rico Abreu, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Cory Eliason, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Colby Copeland, 11. Chase Johnson, 12. Buddy Kofoid, 13. Mike Spencer, 14. Klint Simpson, 15. Max Adams, 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 17. Cody Williams, 18. Kevin Thomas Jr., 19. Austin Liggett, 20. Ronnie Gardner, 21. Logan Williams, 22. Joe Stornetta Jr. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Eliason, Laps 13-25 Bernal, Laps 26-30 Abreu
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (22nd to 9th)
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SEPTEMBER 4TH PETALUMA FEATURE: (30 laps)
1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Austin Liggett, 9. Ryan Timmons, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. John Clark, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Max Adams, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Ronnie Gardner, 18. Logan Williams. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 D.Gardner, Laps 27-30 Courtney
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (17th to 6th)
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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.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS:
2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Damion Gardner, 3-R.J. Johnson, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Max Adams, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-905, 2. Damion Gardner-899, 3. Jake Swanson-846, 4. Mike Spencer-787, 5. Austin Williams-686, 6. Cody Williams-628, 7. Logan Williams-548, 8. Max Adams-545, 9. Chris Gansen-502, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-455, 11. Matt McCarthy-441, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-399, 13. Ronnie Gardner-386, 14. Tommy Malcolm-316, 15. R.J. Johnson-306, 16. Jace Vander Weerd-302, 17. Danny Faria Jr.-288, 18. Chase Johnson-256, 19. A.J. Bender-247, 20. Verne Sweeney-236.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINT STANDINGS:
1. Tyler Courtney-206, 2. Damion Gardner-200, 3. Geoff Ensign-195, 4. Brody Roa-188, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr.-184, 6. Jake Swanson-177, 7. Rico Abreu-154, 8. Ryan Bernal-146, 9. Cody Williams-127, 10. Mike Spencer-122, 11. Ronnie Gardner-118, 12. Austin Liggett-117, 13. Richard Vander Weerd-110, 14. Max Adams-105, 15. Colby Copeland-96, 16. Chase Johnson-92, 17. Chris Gansen-84, 18. Austin Williams-83, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-81, --- Logan Williams-81.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
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)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

2018 USAC SPRINT SEASON OPENERS SET FOR OCALA FEB. 15-16-17

For the eighth consecutive year, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season is set to launch in Ocala, Florida at Bubba Raceway Park where "Winter Dirt Games" will open the 2018 season.

Dates have been set for the annual three-race weekend at the D-Shaped dirt oval on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 15-16-17, with an open practice beginning the festivities on Wednesday, February 14.

"One of USAC's great traditions over the last several years has been kicking off its season at Bubba Raceway Park," said Levi Jones, USAC Series Coordinator. "Over the last seven years, 'Winter Dirt Games' has quickly become one of USAC's marquee events and has annually produced some of the best racing action we see all season."

Eighteen USAC National Sprint Car events have been held at the Ocala, Florida track since 2011 and it has proven to be a harbinger of good things for drivers who've won the season opener there in recent years. In fact, three of the four most recent USAC National Sprint Car champions have begun their season as a winner in Ocala: Bryan Clauson (2013), Brady Bacon (2014) and Robert Ballou (2015). Current series point leader Justin Grant won the 2017 season opener at Bubba's.

Clauson is the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at Bubba's with four victories in four different seasons. Damion Gardner has won three times while Tracy Hines, Bacon and Ballou have each scored a pair of victories. Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Justin Grant and Hunter Schuerenberg have all won once.

While "Winter Dirt Games" has certainly proven to be a top-notch event among drivers seeking to get their season started off on the right foot, it's also been the same for fans who exit the winter weather for a much-needed foray into the "Sunshine State" to witness the most competitive racing series' lone appearance in the state during the year.

"'Winter Dirt Games' is one of those events fans and teams circle on their calendars each year," track owner Bubba Clem said. "We can't wait to have the USAC Sprint Cars back at Bubba Raceway Park once again in 2018 to kick off the start of a great racing season."

Additionally, further USAC dates in Florida during February 2018 are under discussion.

 

 

"SUNSHINE" PREVAILS AT PETALUMA

Petaluma, CA........Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. is the new leader in the "California Sprint Week" standings after winning Monday night's 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Petaluma Speedway. He tracked down Damion Gardner on lap 27 and led the final four laps to beat Gardner, Geoff Ensign, Cody Williams and Kevin Thomas Jr.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2017 - Petaluma, California - Petaluma Speedway - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Geoff Ensign, 44E, Ensign-13.774; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.822; 3. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-13.915; 4. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-13.935; 5. Cody Wlliams, 44, Jory-13.976; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.103; 7. Austin Liggett, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.154; 8. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.198; 9. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.234; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.269; 11. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.280; 12. Ronnie Gardner, 3T, Finkenbinder-14.357; 13. John Clark, 12J, Clark-14.444; 14. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-14.491; 15. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-14.511; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.537; 17. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.726; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-15.009.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gansen, 2. A.Williams, 3. Ensign, 4. Spencer, 5. Liggett, 6. Clark. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. D.Gardner, 3. Thomas, 4. C.Williams, 5. Timmons, 6. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. McCarthy, 3. Courtney, 4. R.Gardner, 5. Roa, 6. L.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Austin Liggett, 9. Ryan Timmons, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. John Clark, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Max Adams, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Ronnie Gardner, 18. Logan Williams. NT ----------------------- **Thomas flipped during second heat. Roa flipped during third heat. Adams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 D.Gardner, Laps 27-30 Courtney

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (17th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-905, 2-D.Gardner-899, 3-Swanson-846, 4-Spencer-787, 5-A.Williams-686, 6-C.Williams-628, 7-L.Williams-548, 8-Adams-545, 9-Gansen-502, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-455.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1. Courtney-206, 2. D.Gardner-200, 3. Ensign-195, 4. Roa-188, 5. Thomas-184, 6. Swanson-177, 7. Abreu-154, 8. Bernal-146, 9. C.Williams-127, 10. Spencer-122.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 7 - Chico, CA - Silver Dollar Speedway - "64th Gold Cup Race of Champions"

 

 

TAYLOR TOPS MORLEY IN SPOON RIVER IMRA 20-LAPPER

Canton, Ill........Adam Taylor of Shorewood, Ill. outraced USAC IMRA Speed2 Deery Brothers Midget point leader Dillon Morley to wi n Sunday night's 20-lap race at Spoon River Speedway. Morley led the first three laps, then Taylor led the rest to beat Morley, Brent Burrows, Broc Hunnell and Austin Archdale.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 3, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 2. Austin Archdale (#2a Archdale), 3. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 4. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 5. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 6. Denny England (#19E England), 7. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 8. Mike Brooks (#15s Morgan). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 2. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 3. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 4. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers), 5. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 6. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 7. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 8. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Taylor, 2. Dillon Morley, 3. Brent Burrows, 4. Broc Hunnell, 5. Austin Archdale, 6. Robby McQuinn, 7. Shane Morgan, 8. Andy Baugh, 9. Chase McDermand, 10. Jeremy Hull, 11. Jacob Sollenberger, 12. Dave Baugh, 13. Kurt Mueller, 14. Johnny Murdock, 15. Denny England, 16. Mike Brooks. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Morley, Laps 4-20 Taylor.

NEW SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-1,312; 2-Taylor-1,287, 3-McDeRmand-1,040, 4-Sollenberger-929, 5-Hull-913, 6-Tyson Hart-760, 7-Burrows-742, 8-Mueller-691, 9-Hunnell-657, 10-Andy Baugh-559.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 9 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

ALLISON 4-FOR-4 AFTER CARAWAY VICTORY

Asheboro, NC........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, NC scored his fourth straight USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget victory Monday night at Caraway Speedway. That's five wins in six starts for Allison, who passed Sam Hatfield on lap 12 and led the rest of the 35-lapper to beat series point leader Jessica Bean, Neal Allison, Hatfield and Jake Trainor.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2017 - Asheboro, North Carolina - Caraway Speedway - "Labor Day Special"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-17.063; 2. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-17.178; 3. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-17.214; 4. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-17.260; 5. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-17.276; 6. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-17.634; 7. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-17.671; 8. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Neal Allison, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Jake Trainor, 6. Jake Garcia, 7. Chris Lamb, 8. Jagger Parker. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-11 Hatfield, Laps 12-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-1,047, 2-Nolan Allison-972, 3-George Kurtz-858, 4-Neal Allison-800, 5-Trainor-794, 6-Parker-652, 7-Hatfield-620, 8-Lamb-560, 9-Garcia-456, 10-Eric Lewis-282.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: September 30 - Shenandoah (VA) Speedway

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 3, 2017 – Las Cruces, New Mexico – Southern New Mexico Speedway – “Border Tour” – Co-sanctioned with NMMRA

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Randy Smith (#26 Smith), 4. Joseph Hernandez (#5H Hernandez), 5. Travis Oldfield (#11W Oldfield), 6. Jesse Baker (#22 Baker), 7. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Don Grable (#148 Grable), 3. Caleb Saiz (#42 Saiz), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 7. Bill Waltman (#09 Waltman), 8. Nick Rael (#73 Rael). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kyle McCutcheon (#5X McCutcheon), 2. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Richard Willbee (#65 Willbee), 7. J.R. Bonesteel (#0JR Bonesteel), 8. Ted Schlote (#29X Schlote). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 3. Dillon Tanner (#92 Tanner), 4. Robert Marfia (#24 Marfia), 5. Matt Ziehl (#88 Ziehl). 6. David Dykes (#4 Dykes), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Curtis, 2. Lowery, 3. Cling, 4. Willbee, 5. Oldfield, 6. Baker, 7. Rael, 8. Bonesteel, 9. Waltman, 10. Yarnal, 11. Kesterson, 12. Schlote, 13. Sickles, 14. Dykes, 15. M.Ziehl. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Shon Deskins, 3. Nick Aiuto, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Rick Ziehl, 6. Kyle McCutcheon, 7. Michael Curtis, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Andy Reinbold, 11. Jeff Lowery, 12. Caleb Saiz, 13. Don Grable, 14. Richard Willbee, 15. Landon Cling, 16. Jesse Baker, 17. J.R. Bonesteel, 18. Nick Rael, 19. Randy Smith, 20. Robert Marfia, 21. Travis Oldfield, 22. Charles Davis Jr., 23. Joseph Hernandez, 24. Dillon Tanner. NT

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

HARD CHARGER: Nick Aiuto (13th to 3rd)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Chris Bonneau

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 9 – San Tan Valley, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

SWANSON A SHOE-IN WITH "TED HORN 100"
WIN AT Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Over the past eight seasons, Kody Swanson has steadily climbed the ranks to become the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car presented by TRAXXAS division's second winningest driver. The foundation for the Kingsburg, California native's remarkable run of success in the decade of the 2010s was laid at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds where he notched victory number one back in 2010.

Since then, Swanson had picked up 17 additional series victories, including seven more on one-mile dirt ovals. Yet, another win at Du Quoin had eluded him until Sunday night when the two-time series champ flipped on the figurative switch in his patented style with less than ten laps remaining, passing Jeff Swindell in traffic to win his second career "Ted Horn 100" in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy.

"To have a chance to win any Silver Crown race is a neat opportunity. To drive this car and win for this team is special no matter where it is. We've been fast here a number of times, but just couldn't catch the breaks," Swanson recalls. "There's a lot that can happen that can take you out of a Silver Crown race. That's why they're so special when you do get them. Tonight, it was a battle. There's so many good cars nowadays, you don't get to rest or ride to save your tires."

Among those good cars running up front early on was C.J. Leary who led the opening seven laps from the outside of the front row before Swanson ripped the top spot away briefly on lap eight with an inside pass coming out of turn four. Leary immediately responded by snatching the lead back away from Swanson on the outside into turn one where he would lead through the 22nd circuit.

As opposed to starting 28th such as he did at Springfield, Swindell didn't have as much traffic to wade his way through this time around following a solid sixth-place qualifying effort. Just shy of a quarter-way through the 100-miler, Swindell rode the inner rail inside turn two past Leary to capture the lead and, by lap 30, had built up a half-straightaway cushion.

After halfway, Swanson put a charge on Leary just as Swindell did earlier, getting underneath in turn two to grab the second spot where he would remain until the final restart brought out by the slowing car of Robert Ballou in turn three, which bunched up the field and erased Swindell's sizable advantage.

On the lap 77 restart, Swindell shot away just as he had done time-and-time again, slamming the screen door shut behind him before his followers even had a chance to react. Third-running Chris Windom did react though when Swanson stumbled in second. Windom dove inside on the front straightaway to take second and began his pursuit on Swindell for the race lead.

A repeat of last year's epic duel between Swindell and Windom commenced, but a bid for a second consecutive Windom victory at the "Magic Mile" ended abruptly just four laps later, on lap 81, when he began to slow coming off turn four before pulling into the infield, sidelining him for the night. Swanson inherited second with 19 laps remaining, but had a half-straightaway of ground to erase to catch up with Swindell, plus the issue he encountered on the restart that he couldn't immediately identify.

"I didn't know if we had a bleeder stick or what," Swanson explains. "As we were coming to green, I came over the radio and said 'hey, you got to keep an eye out because something's wrong.' I don't know what happened to the car, but it felt like it was down on the left side. I didn't know if we had a torsion bar stop or something going funny. With us being so loose with the tire situation we had, I didn't think we were ever going to see Windom again. I still don't know if we would've if he hadn't had that trouble."

"After the race, I saw the left rear go flat," Swanson added. "We were loose, way worse than we had been all race long. The longer we ran, the better we got, but we were still not the same as we had been throughout the middle of the race. I just had my fingers crossed that we wouldn't have another caution."

 

Swanson's wish would be granted as the race would continue without a yellow, but it did force he and Swindell to maneuver through the throes of heavy lapped traffic in the final ten-lap run which was to Swanson's advantage and Swindell's disadvantage.

On the 91st lap, Swindell had trouble negotiating the lapped car of Aaron Pierce in turn three. As he stepped to the outside of Pierce, that opened the door for Swanson to capitalize on the bottom to snare the lead away with nine laps remaining. Swindell didn't go away lightly as he came back a lap later to avenge his turn three defeat to no avail.

"It was tough trying to track down Jeff," Swanson said. "Those guys were really good all day. Yeah, we run for the championship, but I want to win races. I said 'it's time to lay it down. I don't know if the tires are going to last or not, but I want to try to win.' It took everything we had to try to catch up. As we got loose, I had to keep moving, keep changing my line a little bit and try to figure how you can help your racecar. We got a little better just in time. I got a little bit of a run on him and closed enough to where if something happened, hopefully we could capitalize and we did."

A lap later, Swanson knew if he didn't get through the lappers in a timely manner, he could envision Swindell doing the same thing that just occurred to him. Swanson went on the aggressive heading into turn three, splitting through the middle between David Shain and Joey Moughan to escape Swindell who saw access to the opening close in a hurry.

"Lapped traffic is so tough on these miles," Swanson said. "The way the racetrack is, as narrow as it gets, makes it hard to predict. We were able to capitalize on a moment there in lapped traffic and get to the lead. I got stuck a few laps later and was worried if I didn't make the right decisions, Jeff would return the favor. I had to make a pretty big move down the backstretch by splitting between two lapped cars. I don't know if that was a good idea or not, but tonight, it worked out. Maybe that was what sealed the deal."

That move and the clearing of J.C. Bland - the final car in the pack - provided Swanson a road paved in gold toward the finish line where he finished off his fourth win of the season by five seconds over Shane Cockrum, who got by Swindell for second with four laps remaining. Swindell took third ahead of C.J. Leary and ProSource pole winner Jerry Coons, Jr.

Local favorite Shane Cockrum of Benton, Illinois, finished a season-best second in his Hardy Boys Motorsports/Financial Transportation Services - Infinity Shocks/Maxim/Claxton Chevy. Top-tier finishes have become commonplace for Cockrum at Du Quoin in recent years, but the two-time "Ted Horn 100" winner's bid to even compete on Sunday was up in the air until recently after brake and engine issues at Springfield gave the team a major setback. The team loaned an engine from Carli Motorsports that had previously been used by Justin Grant to sit on the pole at Syracuse and Springfield in recent years and was the powerplant of choice for Tracy Hines' final Silver Crown on the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks in 2013.

"I want to thank the Carli bunch again," Cockrum praised. "To loan a motor out that may potentially outrun them, hats off to them. If it wouldn't have been for them, we wouldn't even be out here."

Annually, there is no louder cheer for anyone than there is for Cockrum at Du Quoin as a large throng of fans certainly had something to cheer about this night with a runner-up finish.

"I go to all the miles and I don't think there's anybody that cheers any louder for anybody at any track than they do here for me. We're pretty tickled," Cockrum beamed. "I want to get half my hometown here. We're 15 minutes away and I think we keep getting a few more every year, which is really cool."

A number of records and milestones were on the line Sunday night if Germantown, Tennessee's Jeff Swindell could've brought home his Swanson Racing/Jet Star - Rosewood Machine & Tool - Jeff Freel/Maxim/Toyota to victory lane at Du Quoin, such as he did in 1990. It's been 24 years since his most recent series victory and he would've become the series' oldest ever race winner. Yet, after borrowing a pair of shoes from Kody Swanson (that were too small for his feet), leading 68 laps and earning his third-straight podium finish with a third-place run, Swindell came up just short of getting the only record he wanted on this night: 2017 "Ted Horn 100" winner.

"We gave it away," Swindell point blanked. "We had the dominant car the whole feature. We kept pulling away on all the restarts and my crew kept giving me the 'wide open' hand signals. We lost the radio about 25 laps in and, once we got to lapped traffic, I couldn't tell where we were. I didn't know (Kody) was that close. I tried to sneak around one of those lapped cars going into (turn) three. When I did, he slid out and about sent me out to the wall. That cost me dearly and left a hole open for Kody to come through. If I had known he was that close behind, I probably would've just sat behind the guy and waited. We got back around Kody on the outside there, then he split two lap cars going into three, but they closed up on me and that was the end of it. He got a good lead after that. It's really sad because I think we definitely had the car to win."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds include Jerry Coons, Jr. (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Casey Shuman (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dakota Jackson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: September 3, 2017 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - "Ted Horn 100"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-31.216; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-31.514; 3. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-31.670; 4. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-31.722; 5. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-31.808; 6. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-31.836; 7. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-31.935; 8. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-31.962; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-32.024; 10. Justin Grant, 91, Carli/Hemelgarn-32.077; 11. Mark Smith, 54, Lane-32.207; 12. Dave Darland, 97, Lein-32.238; 13. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-32.283; 14. Austin Nemire, 16, Lesko-32.392; 15. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-32.405; 16. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.423; 17. David Shain, 7, Hardy-32.436; 18. Dakota Jackson, 201, Nolen-32.511; 19. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-32.841; 20. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams & Wright-33.198; 21. Ken Schrader, 14, McQuinn-33.282; 22. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-33.286; 23. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-33.309; 24. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-33.341; 25. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-33.547; 26. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-33.644; 27. Johnny Petrozelle, 08, Cornell/Petrozelle-33.871; 28. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-34.235; 29. Terry Babb, 42, Babb-34.261; 30. Bill Rose, 75, Rose-34.328; 31. Keith Burch, 24, Burch-34.629; 32. Danny Long, 44, Long-35.368; 33. Robert Ballou, 6, Klatt-NT; 34. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-NT; 35. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Shane Cockrum, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. 6. Justin Grant, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Brian Tyler, 9. Mark Smith, 10. Casey Shuman, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Dakota Jackson, 14. David Shain, 15. Joey Moughan, 16. Aaron Pierce, 17. Chris Urish, 18. Joss Moffatt, 19. Ken Schrader, 20. J.C. Bland, 21. Matt Goodnight, 22. Austin Nemire, 23. Danny Long, 24. Chris Windom, 25. Patrick Bruns, 26. Robert Ballou, 27. Terry Babb, 28. David Byrne, 29. Keith Burch, 30. Johnny Petrozelle, 31. Steve Buckwalter, 32. Patrick Lawson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Leary, Lap 8 Swanson, Laps 9-22 Leary, Laps 23-90 Swindell, Laps 91-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Casey Shuman (24th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR POINTS: 1-Swanson-624, 2-Coons-519, 3-Windom-458, 4-Grant-415, 5-Byrne-387, 6-Pierce-380, 7-Bobby Santos-350, 8-Moffatt-269, 9-Joe Liguori-258, 10-Damion Gardner-248.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR RACE: September 23 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - 36th "4-Crown Nationals"

 

 

ABREU TOPS BERNAL IN VERMEIL'S SUNDAY SPRINT

Calistoga, CA........Rico Abreu of St. Helena, Calif. capped a perfect night Sunday at Calistoga Speedway, winning the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint feature, part of the track's 10th "Louie Vermeil Classic." He earlier won the 30-lap Midget race too. He passed Ryan Bernal on lap 26 and led the final five Sprint laps to beat Bernal, Damion Gardner, Cory Eliason and Brody Roa.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 3, 2017 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway - "10th Louie Vermeil Classic" - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 57, Silva-18.869 (New Track Record); 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-19.103; 3. Rico Abreu, 24, Abreu-19.115; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-19.122; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.182; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-19.188; 7. Cory Eliason, 83SA, Tiner-19.201; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-19.259; 9. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-19.322; 10. Geoff Ensign, 44E, Ensign-19.362; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-19.389; 12. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-19.401; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-19.413; 14. Klint Simpson, 3, Finkenbinder-19.446; 15. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-19.516; 16. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-19.543; 17. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-19.631; 18. Colby Copeland, 24C, Copeland-19.659; 19. Buddy Kofoid, 4X, Kofoid-19.659; 20. Ronnie Gardner, 3F, Finkenbinder-19.674; 21. Joe Stornetta Jr., 8, Richardson-19.680; 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-19.735; 23. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-19.762; 24. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-19.875; 25. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-20.110; 26. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-20.215; 27. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-20.366; 28. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-20.991.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stornetta, 2. Johnson, 3. Liggett, 4. Bernal, 5. Roa, 6. A.Williams, 7. Gansen. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Swanson, 3. Ensign, 4. D.Gardner, 5. Simpson, 6. Copeland, 7. McCarthy. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. C.Williams, 3. Eliason, 4. Kofoid, 5. Adams, 6. Bock, 7. L.Williams. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. R.Gardner, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Thomas, 5. Spencer, 6. Boespflug. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Roa, 2. L.Williams, 3. Spencer, 4. Adams, 5. Copeland, 6. Simpson, 7. A.Williams, 8. Boespflug, 9. Bock, 10. Gansen, 11. McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Cory Eliason, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Colby Copeland, 11. Chase Johnson, 12. Buddy Kofoid, 13. Mike Spencer, 14. Klint Simpson, 15. Max Adams, 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 17. Cody Williams, 18. Kevin Thomas Jr., 19. Austin Liggett, 20. Ronnie Gardner, 21. Logan Williams, 22. Joe Stornetta Jr. NT ----------------------- **Ellertson flipped during qualifications.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Eliason, Laps 13-25 Bernal, Laps 26-30 Abreu

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (22nd to 9th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: Roa-848, 2-D.Gardner-825, 3-Swanson-783, 4-Spencer-742, 5-A.Williams-646, 6-C.Williams-560, 7-L.Williams-511, 8-Adams-497, 9-R.Vander Weerd-455, 10-Gansen-451.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1-Abreu-154, 2-Bernal-146, 3-Roa-131, 4-Courtney-126, 5-D.Gardner-126, 6-Ensign-119, 7-Thomas-115, 8-Swanson-114, 9-R.Vander Weerd-110, 10-Copeland-96.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 4 - Petaluma (CA) Speedway - "California Sprint Week"

 

ABREU GRABS VERMEIL'S SUNDAY MIDGET FEATURE

Calistoga, CA........Rico Abreu of St. Helena, Calif. captured Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Western Midget feature at the 10th "Louie Vermeil Classic" at Calistoga Speedway. He took the lead from Shane Golobic on lap 20 and led the rest of the way to beat Spencer Bayston, Michael Faccinto, Holly Shelton and Frankie Guerrini. Abreu was the fourth feature lap leader.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 3, 2017 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway - 10th "Louie Vermeil Classic"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-19.676 (New Track Record); 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-19.920; 3. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-19.950; 4. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.000; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.087; 6. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-20.099; 7. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-20.188; 8. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-20.214; 9. Tyler Courtney, 73, Ford-20.388; 10. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-20.485; 11. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-20.522; 12. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-20.625; 13. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-20.679; 14. Ronnie Gardner, 73T, Ford-20.690; 15. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-20.864; 16. Randi Pankatz, 8, Pankratz-20.995; 17. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-21.013; 18. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-21.210; 19. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-22.499; 20. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Faccinto, 3. Crone, 4. Shelton, 5. Pankratz, 6. Cofer. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Carrick, 3. Josett, 4. Swanson, 5. Dalby, 6. Gardner. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Abreu, 3. Courtney, 4. Elliott, 5. Guerrini, 6. Prickett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Michael Faccinto, 4. Holly Shelton, 5. Frankie Guerrini, 6. Cory Elliott, 7. Tanner Carrick, 8. Maria Cofer, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Robert Dalby, 11. Chad Boat, 12. Shane Golobic, 13. Jake Swanson, 14. Courtney Crone, 15. Robby Josett, 16. David Prickett, 17. Tyler Courtney, 18. Nate Wait. NT ----------------------- **Swanson flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Courtney, Lap 2 Crone, Lap 3 Courtney, Laps 4-8 Golobic, Lap 9 Abreu, Laps 10-19 Golobic, Laps 20-30 Abreu

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Frankie Guerrini (15th to 5th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Elliott-450, 2-Gardner-437, 3-Guerrini-391, 4-Crone-387, 5-Faccinto-331, 6-Prickett-324, 7-Dalby-322, 8-Pankratz-311, 9-Cofer-284, 10-Swanson-232.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: September 7 - Chico, CA - Silver Dollar Speedway - 64th "Gold Cup Race of Champions"

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS:

 September 3, 2017 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - "Ted Horn 100"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-31.216; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-31.514; 3. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-31.670; 4. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-31.722; 5. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-31.808; 6. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-31.836; 7. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-31.935; 8. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-31.962; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-32.024; 10. Justin Grant, 91, Carli/Hemelgarn-32.077; 11. Mark Smith, 54, Lane-32.207; 12. Dave Darland, 97, Lein-32.238; 13. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-32.283; 14. Austin Nemire, 16, Lesko-32.392; 15. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-32.405; 16. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.423; 17. David Shain, 7, Hardy-32.436; 18. Dakota Jackson, 201, Nolen-32.511; 19. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-32.841; 20. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams & Wright-33.198; 21. Ken Schrader, 14, McQuinn-33.282; 22. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-33.286; 23. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-33.309; 24. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-33.341; 25. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-33.547; 26. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-33.644; 27. Johnny Petrozelle, 08, Cornell/Petrozelle-33.871; 28. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-34.235; 29. Terry Babb, 42, Babb-34.261; 30. Bill Rose, 75, Rose-34.328; 31. Keith Burch, 24, Burch-34.629; 32. Danny Long, 44, Long-35.368; 33. Robert Ballou, 6, Klatt-NT; 34. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-NT; 35. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Shane Cockrum, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. 6. Justin Grant, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Brian Tyler, 9. Mark Smith, 10. Casey Shuman, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Dakota Jackson, 14. David Shain, 15. Joey Moughan, 16. Aaron Pierce, 17. Chris Urish, 18. Joss Moffatt, 19. Ken Schrader, 20. J.C. Bland, 21. Matt Goodnight, 22. Austin Nemire, 23. Danny Long, 24. Chris Windom, 25. Patrick Bruns, 26. Robert Ballou, 27. Terry Babb, 28. David Byrne, 29. Keith Burch, 30. Johnny Petrozelle, 31. Steve Buckwalter, 32. Patrick Lawson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Leary, Lap 8 Swanson, Laps 9-22 Leary, Laps 23-90 Swindell, Laps 91-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Casey Shuman (24th-10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) POINTS: 1-Swanson-624, 2-Coons-519, 3-Windom-458, 4-Grant-415, 5-Byrne-387, 6-Pierce-380, 7-Bobby Santos-350, 8-Moffatt-269, 9-Joe Liguori-258, 10-Gardner-248.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE (presented by TRAXXAS): September 23 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - 36th "4-Crown Nationals"

 

 

MORLEY EXTENDS IMRA LEAD WIH 34 VICTORY

Burlington, IA........Dillon Morley of Moline, Ill. won Saturday night's 15-lap USAC Deery Brothers Speed2 IMRA Midget race at 34 Raceway. He led the final 2ix laps to beat Tyson Hart, who led the first nine. Adam Taylor was third ahead of Jeff Mallonee and Kurt Mueller.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2017 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 2. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 3. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 4. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 5. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 7. Blake Haynes (#9B Haynes). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull).

FEATURE: (12 laps) 1. Dillon Morley, 2. Tyson Hart, 3. Adam Taylor, 4. Jeff Mallonee, 5. Kurt Mueller, 6. Blake Haynes, 7. Chris Bolander, (#2 Zero), 8. Jacob Sollenberger. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Hart, Laps 10-15 Morley.

NEW SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-1,237, 2-Taylor-1,211, 3-Chase McDermand-990, 4-Sollenberger-883, 5-Hull-866, 6-Hart-760, 7-Brent Burrows-673, 8-Mueller-652, 9-Broc Hunnell-588, 10-Mallonee-535.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 3 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

JOHNSON WINS "BORDER TOUR" OPENER AT LAS CRUCES

Las Cruces, NM........R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz. won Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Southwest Sprint Car rae at Southern New Mexico Speedway which kicked off the "Border Tour" co-sancioned y NMMRA. Johnson led the final 13 lapd after passing Shon Deskins on lap 18. Charles Davis was second ahead of Nick aiuto, Tye Micocko and Deskins.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2017 - Las Cruces, New Mexico - Southern New Mexico Speedway - "Border Tour" - Co-sanctioned with NMMRA

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Robert Marfia (#24 Marfia), 2. Rick Ziehl (#20 Ziehl), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 6. Caleb Saiz (#42 Saiz), 7. Richard Wilbee (#65 Wilbee), 8. Randy Smith (#26 Smith). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Michael Fanelli (#2 Fanelli), 5. Don Grable (#148 Grable), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington), 7. Matt Ziehl (#88 Ziehl), 8. David Dykes (#4 Dykes). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 3. Nick Rael (#73 Rael), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Jesse Baker (#22 Baker), 6. Dillon Tanner (#92 Tanner), 7. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 8. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Ted Schlote (#29X Schlote), 4. David Burns (#52NM Burns), 5. J.R. Bonesteel (#0JR Bonesteel), 6. Travis Oldfield (#11W Oldfield), 7. Bill Waltman (#09 Waltman). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Mihocko, 2. Saiz, 3. Bonesteel, 4. Tanner, 5. Baker, 6. Oldfield, 7. Ziehl, 8. Grable, 9. Schlote, 10. Smith, 11. Sickles, 12. Wilbee, 13. Waltman, 14. Dykes. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Nick Aiuto, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Caleb Saiz, 8. Jeff Lowery, 9. Brent Yarnal, 10. J.R. Bonesteel, 11. Matt Ziehl, 12. Rick Ziehl, 13. Michael Curtis, 14. Travis Oldfield, 15. Nick Rael, 16. Robert Marfia, 17. Jesse Baker, 18. Richard Wilbee, 19. Landon Cling, 20. Dillon Tanner, 21. David Burns, 22. Michael Fanelli, 23. Andy Reinbold, 24. Chris Bonneau. NT

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**Reinbold flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Deskins, Laps 18-30 Johnson

HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (17th to 4th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-866, 2-Davis-839, 3-Deskins-658, 4-Aiuto-585, 5-Mihocko-579, 6-Martin-507, 7-Stevie Sussex-496, 8-Bonneau-491, 9-Curts-479, 10-Matt Lundy-473.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 3 - Las Cruces, NM - Southern New Mexico Speedway - "Border Tour" - Co-sanctioned with NMMRA

 

 

THOMAS OVERHAULS ABREU TO TAKE "VERMEIL CLASSIC" SPRINT OPENER

Calistoga, CA........Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, AL ran down Rico Abreu in the closing laps to win Saturday night's 30-lap 10th "Louie Vermeil Classic" AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Calistoga Speedway, the opening event of "California Sprint Week." Thomas trailed Abreu for 26 laps, then led the final four to beat Abreu, Tyler Courtney, Ryan Bernal and Brody Roa, who continues as the USAC/CRA leader after the race.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2017 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway - "10th Louie Vermeil Classic" - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-19.756; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-19.766; 3. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-19.824; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.875; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-19.911; 6. Ryan Bernal, 57, Silva-19.953; 7. Rico Abreu, 24, Abreu-20.009; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-20.117; 9. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-20.161; 10. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-20.203; 11. Terry Schank Jr, 1, Gleeson-20.246; 12. Ronnie Gardner, 3F, Finkenbinder-20.278; 13. Colby Copeland, 24, Copeland-20.355; 14. Joe Stornetta Jr., 8, Richardson-20.361; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-20.420; 16. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-20.430; 17. Buddy Kofoid, 4X, Kofoid-20.542; 18. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-20.552; 19. Geoff Ensign, 4E, Ensign-20.616; 20. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-20.638; 21. Klint Simpson, 3, Finkenbinder-20.668; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-20.709; 23. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-20.733; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-20.863; 25. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-20.935; 26. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-21.459; 27. John Clark, 12J, Clark-21.660; 28. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-21.923; 29. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. D.Gardner, 3. Copeland, 4. Swanson, 5. Johnson, 6. Kofoid, 7. Bock, 8. Simpson. NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stornetta, 2. L.Williams, 3. Bernal, 4. Liggett, 5. Adams, 6. Ellertson, 7. McCarthy. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Ensign, 4. Abreu, 5. Courtney, 6. Clark, 7. Schank. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Spencer, 3. Roa, 4. R.Gardner, 5. A.Williams, 6. C.Williams, 7. Gansen. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Adams, 3. A.Williams, 4. Simpson, 5. Johnson, 6. Ellertson, 7. Kofoid, 8. C.Williams, 9. Gansen, 10. Bock, 11. Clark, 12. McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Geoff Ensign, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Colby Copeland, 10. Chase Johnson, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. Mike Spencer, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Klint Simpson, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 18. Logan Williams, 19. Max Adams, 20. Austin Liggett, 21. Joe Stornetta Jr., 22. Chris Gansen, 23. Cody Williams, 24. Chad Boespflug. NT ----------------------- **Liggett, D.Gardner, and Stornetta flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Abreu, Laps 27-30 Thomas.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chase Johnson (22nd to 10th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:1-Roa-784, 2-Gardner-751, 3-Swanson-726, 4-Spencer-703, 5-A.Williams-636, 6-C.Williams-524, 7-L.Williams-485, 8-Adams-463, 9-Gansen-441, 10-R.Vander Weerd-394.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1-Thomas-80, 2-Abreu-72, 3-Courtney-72, 4-Bernal-68, 5-Roa-67, 6-Ensign-61, 7-Swanson-57, 8-R.Gardner-54, 9-Copeland-52, 10-D.Gardner-52.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 3 - Calistoga (CA) Speedway - "10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic" - "California Sprint Week"

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

Calistoga, CA........Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev. led just one lap Saturday night, but it was the one that counted! He snatched the lead from Shane Golobic on the 30th and final lap to win the "10th Louie Vermeil Classic" opener for the Lightup the World Beverages USAC Western Midgets at Calistoga Speedway. Golobic held on for second ahead of Holly Shelton and Rico Abreu. Abreu, Golobic and Ronnie Gardner all led laps during the first 29.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2017 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway - 10th "Louis Vermeil Classic"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-19.719 (New Track Record), 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-19.847; 3. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-19.900; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-19.960; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-20.009; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-20.256; 7. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.276; 8. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-20.289; 9. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.329; 10. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-20.535; 11. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-20.591; 12. Tyler Courtney, 73, Ford-20.662; 13. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-20.695; 14. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Burb-Agajanian-20.718; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-20.770; 16. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-20.910; 17. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-21.001; 18. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-21.054; 19. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-21.264; 20. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-21.763; 21. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-22.164.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Abreu, 3. Thorson, 4. Bayston, 5. Carrick, 6. Prickett, 7. Wait. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Faccinto, 3. Crone, 4. Cofer, 5. Josett, 6. Courtney. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Gardner, 3. Golobic, 4. Elliott, 5. Pankratz, 6. Guerrini, 7. Dalby. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Holly Shelton, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Tanner Carrick, 8. Tyler Courtney, 9. Robby Josett, 10. Maria Cofer, 11. David Prickett, 12. Frankie Guerrini, 13. Randi Pankratz, 14. Courtney Crone, 15. Nate Wait, 16. Michael Facinto, 17. Ronnie Gardner, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Robert Dalby, 20. Cory Elliott. NT ----------------------- **Swanson flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Abreu, Laps 10-11 Gardner, Laps 12-29 Golobic, Lap 30 Thorson.

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (17th to 8th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Gardner-424, 2-Elliott-390, 3-Guerrini-329, 4-Crone-326, 5-Prickett-290, 6-Dalby-275, 7-Pankratz-261, 8-Faccinto-260, 9-Cofer-232, 10-Nichols-217.

NEXT USAC LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: September 3 - Calistoga (CA) Speedway - 10th "Louie Vermeil Classic"

 

 

NOLAN ALLISON LEADS ALL 35 AT HICKORY

Hickory, NC........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, N.C. led all the way to win Saturday night's 35-lap USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget race at Hickory Motor Speedway. Jagger Parker took second ahead of Chris Lamb, series point leader Jessica Bean and Neal Allison.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2017 - Hickory, North Carolina - Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-14.817; 2. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.104; 3. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.105; 4. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.281; 5. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.391; 6. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.496; 7. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-15.584; 8. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-16.288; 9. Jordan Empie, 3, Radical-16.289; 10. Tommy Johnson, 8, Hatfield-16.543.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Jagger Parker, 3. Chris Lamb, 4. Jessica Bean, 5. Neal Allison, 6. Jake Trainor, 7. Jake Garcia, 8. Jake Smith, 9. Tommy Johnson, 10. Jordan Empie. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-975, 2-Nolan Allison-896, 3-George Kurtz-858, 4-Trainor-736, 5-Neal Allison-733, 6-Parker-599, 7-Sam Hatfield-557, 8-Lamb-507, 9-Garcia-401, 10-Eric Lewis-282.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: September 4 - Asheboro, NC - Caraway Speedway - "Labor Day Special"

 

 

BLASTS FROM PAST BRING ADDED ELEMENT TO SUNDAY'S "TED HORN 100" AT Du QUOIN

By: Jay Hardin - Track Enterprises Staff

The movie Field of Dreams may have had "build it and they will come" as its signature line, but the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds may be able to modify that to "build it and they will keep coming back" as its signature line, at least when it comes to the "Ted Horn 100" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car race on the Magic Mile. There should be a number of veterans in the field Sunday, September 3 that just can't stay away from the southern Illinois clay.

First, how about USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland? The Lincoln, Indiana driver has yet to find victory lane at Du Quoin. The southern Illinois mile remains the only one-mile dirt oval on the current schedule he hasn't conquered, but it isn't for lack of trying. Dave's led three races for 123 laps, including 2001 when the fuel tank ran dry toward the end and he ended the race on the wall. In 19 starts, Dave has 12 top-10 finishes, three 2nd place finishes and two poles.

2008 Ted Horn 100 champ Brian Tyler made a triumphant return to the series and Du Quoin last year, flying the familiar orange and white colored number 12 of car owner Bob Galas, formerly of O'Fallon, Illinois. Galas made the colors and number famous when he wrenched Silver Crown cars owned by Chicago's Tim Delrose and driven by the legendary Gary Bettenhausen. In fact, the combination won five times on the mile between 1980 and 1988. Tyler started 11th and finished 8th last year, completing all 100 miles. He nearly won the "Bettenhausen 100" at Springfield this year in the same car, leading before halfway then running near the top when the car suffered mechanical failure.

1990 "Horn 100" champ Jeff Swindell also made a triumphant return to Du Quoin last season. After crashing his mount heavily at Indianapolis, Swindell and team were an unknown commodity coming into the next to last race of the season. Jeff also hadn't made a start at Du Quoin since 2010. However, Swindell picked up right where he left off, starting 4th and finishing 2nd after leading 55 miles. Jeff was a Du Quoin rookie when he sat on the pole in 1987. After a two-year absence, he won in 1990 and finished 2nd in 1993, driving cars wrenched by Bob Galas. Swindell finished 3rd at Springfield this year after starting 28th.

One returning Du Quoin veteran may stand out among the group, although he hasn't won a Silver Crown race on one of the dirt miles. NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader of Fenton, Missouri has driven everything from sprint cars to late models, from stock cars to Indy cars. He made his Silver Crown debut in 1980, won the 1982 Silver Crown title with an assist from Sheldon Kinser before heading to NASCAR.

Du Quoin is where Schrader made his USAC Stock Car debut in 1979. Two years later, he finished 11th in his first "Ted Horn 100," then led nine laps before finishing 3rd in 1983. Schrader last raced in the "Horn" in 1985 and tried to make the field in 1986, but the car broke and he missed the show. Ken has won in a dirt late model, four times in modified cars and three times in ARCA on the Du Quoin mile. He has 17 ARCA starts, five USAC starts and several starts in the "Oldani Memorial" modified event. Suffice to say, it's a good bet Schrader has raced more at Du Quoin than any other dirt mile in the country. He may also set another record September 3. Last year, Tad Roach set a record for most years in between "Ted Horn 100" starts at 16. Schrader would double that record with a start Sunday!

What will Ken Schrader and the other returning veterans do September 3? Come find out! The "Ted Horn 100" begins with pits opening at 1pm and grandstands opening at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5-6:10pm with ProSource Qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. Pre-race ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm with the 100-mile race ready to fire at 8pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult tickets are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. An adult pit pass is $35 while children 11 and under are $20.

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ILLINI NATIVES HAVE WINNING HISTORY IN "TED HORN 100" AT Du QUOIN

By: Jay Hardin - Track Enterprises Staff

No less than 14 participants in this Sunday, September 3rd's "Ted Horn 100" at Du Quoin have ties to the home soil of Illinois whether they are a car owner or driver. Little wonder that some on the USAC Silver Crown entry list might feel they have a 'home field' advantage as the series comes to the Du Quoin State Fair. There is reason for optimism among the Illini crowd.

Nine different Illinois drivers account for 16 championship dirt car victories on the Magic Mile. In fact, in the last ten years, five Ted Horn 100 races have been won by a driver with ties to the state of Illinois.

Drivers from Illinois in 2017 include Shane Cockrum of Benton, Patrick Bruns of Champaign, Chris Windom of Canton, Terry Babb of Decatur, Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville, David Shain of Sullivan, Chris Urish of Elkhart, Shane Cottle of Kansas (now in Kokomo, IN), J.C. Bland, Korey Weyant and Joey Moughan, all of Springfield.

Car owners with Illinois ties include Cornell Racing of the Chicago area (with driver Johnny Petrozelle), Bob Galas formerly of O'Fallon (with driver Brian Tyler), Patty Bateman of Murphysboro (with driver Casey Shuman) and Dennis McQuinn of Springfield (with driver Ken Schrader). Several drivers and owners from Illinois stand a good chance of finding victory lane.

Illinois has been well represented in Du Quoin victory lane since the first race in 1948. Tony Bettenhausen of Tinley Park, a two-time national champion, won three consecutive races in 1949 and two in 1951. Springfield, Illinois car owner Bessie Lee Paoli wasn't allowed in the pit area but that didn't stop her driver, Chuck Stevenson, from winning Du Quoin in 1952 on his way to a national championship. Thirteen years later, Champaign's Don "Grandpa" Branson stopped A.J. Foyt's four race win streak on the Magic Mile.

In 1976, Danville barber and central Illinois short track star Bubby Jones aced the field at Du Quoin before a CBS television audience. In May of 1980, Gary Bettenhausen, chief mechanic Bob Galas and Joliet owner Tim Delrose started a streak of five consecutive Du Quoin wins going to Illinois drivers. Meanwhile, Gary became the first winner's son to pull into victory lane at Du Quoin.

Gary, also from Tinley Park, won both races held in 1980 and again in 1982 and 1983. Glen Ellyn's Rich Vogler broke the Bettenhausen hold with his 1981 victory. Gary won again in 1988 with Bob Galas turning the wrenches. Galas and Delrose would win again in 1990 with Jeff Swindell.

It would be nearly two decades before someone with Illinois ties won at Du Quoin again. Shane Cottle established himself as a top modified and sprint car driver and moved to Indiana to be closer to the racing operation. He still had family in Kansas, Illinois when he got a televised win in 2007. Six years later, Elkhart's Chris Urish scored one of the biggest upset wins in series history when he had just enough fuel to get to the checkers first. Benton's Shane Cockrum scored back-to-back popular wins in 2014 and 2015, while Canton's Chris Windom is the defending "Horn 100" winner and the defending Silver Crown champion.

Will a driver and/or owner from the home state prevail again? Find out this Sunday, September 3 when the "Ted Horn 100" begins with pits opening at 1pm and grandstands opening at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5-6:10pm with ProSource Qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. Pre-race ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm with the 100-mile race ready to fire at 8pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult tickets are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. An adult pit pass is $35 while children 11 and under are $20.

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Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

LAS CRUCES USAC SOUTHWEST & NMMRA “BORDER TOUR” STARTS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 30, 2017... After a successful “Freedom Tour” through Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, the Arizona based Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series is ready to battle the New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA). Starting this Saturday, September 2nd, the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces will host two nights of the popular “Border Tour.” The main events will pay $2,000-to-win as drivers from each series will battle for bragging rights and a nice payday.

The “USAC vs. NMMRA Non-Wing Labor Day Fling” promises to be a must see event at the Southern New Mexico Speedway. Since July 20, 2013, five USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events have been held at the fast 5/16-mile oval. Four different drivers have claimed wins at Las Cruces and four-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with two victories. The traditional 360 sprints will be joined by X-Mods, Casa Nissan Legends Cars, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Mini Stocks, and Claimers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call 575.524.7913.

Entering the twelfth point race, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the standings by a twenty-four point margin. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson has posted three feature wins, seven heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 98 feature laps led. The four-time champion leads all USAC SouthWest drivers with forty-seven victories and will be looking to sweep the “Border Tour.”

“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 has five feature wins, seven heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has nineteen series wins and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with Las Cruces victories.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) ranks third in the championship point standings. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis entry and the Richards #7 machine, Deskins has posted two hard charger awards and twelve top-10 finishes on the season. The veteran driver is now promoting races at the Show Low Speedway Park and might miss the Las Cruces events.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Driving School Eagle, Aiuto has three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. Nick will be looking to win his first USAC SouthWest main event at Southern New Mexico Speedway.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fifth in the point standings. Racing the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko has two heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and nine top-10 finishes to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on his career USAC SouthWest victory at Las Cruces.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, Matt Lundy, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Andy Reinbold, Landon Cling, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, Jeff Lowery, Brian Hosford, and more.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) leads the NMMRA point standings over Caleb Saiz, Michael Fanelli, Randy Smith, J.R. Bonesteel, Ted Schlote, Robert Marfia, Davis Burns, Bill Waltman, and Travis Oldfield rounding out the top-10 drivers.

Southern New Mexico Speedway is located at 12125 Robert Larson Boulevard in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To get to the track, I-10 to exit 132, then south to the frontage road, then 3.1 miles west on Robert Larson Blvd. Adult Tickets are $15, Family Packs are $35, Kids Tickets (10 & Under) are FREE, and Pit Passes are $35. For more event information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call 575.524.7913.

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.

BORDER TOUR WINS:
6-R.J. Johnson, 2-Rickey Hood, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Rick Ziehl.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
5-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi.

LAS CRUCES SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Rick Ziehl.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-783, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-759, 3. Shon Deskins-592, 4. Nick Aiuto-515, 5. Tye Mihocko-513, 6. Stevie Sussex-496, 7. Matt Lundy-473, 8. Chris Bonneau-460, 9. Mike Martin-440, 10. Michael Curtis-436, 11. Bruce St. James-396, 12. Andy Reinbold-380, 13. Landon Cling-374, 14. Matt Rossi-364, 15. Brent Yarnal-342, 16. Cody Sickles-333, 17. Jeff Lowery-296, 18. Jake Swanson-191, ...Brian Hosford-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
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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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN TO CALISTOGA AND CHICO
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 30, 2017... The cars and stars of the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series are gearing up for the anticipated 3-race swing in Northern California. Starting this Saturday, September 2nd, “the mighty midgets” will tackle Calistoga Speedway for the 2-day “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” On Thursday, September 7th, the group will travel to Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway and battle the rival Bay City Racing Association (BCRA) during the “Gold Cup Race of Champions.”

NOTICE TO RACERS:
-MUFFLER RULE: 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.

-CALISTOGA ENTRY FEE: The entry fee to all competitors will be $35 at Calistoga.

-CHICO USAC POINTS: To earn USAC Western States Midget points at Chico, competitors must check in with USAC officials. 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.

-CHICO BCRA POINTS: For BCRA points, BCRA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE RECOGNIZED at this event.

-CHICO WEIGHT RULE: The weight rule for the combined BCRA & USAC Western States Midget shows is 1060 lbs. This will also be in effect at the September 7th Chico show.

Looking for his record setting fifth consecutive championship, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a twenty-five point lead over the competition. Cory Elliott, Frankie Guerrini, Courtney Crone, Robert Dalby, David Prickett, Randi Pankratz, Michael Faccinto, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, and Shannon McQueen round out the top-10 drivers. In the five previous races, four different drivers have claimed victory and four drivers have earned fast/top qualifier honors.

On September 2nd and 3rd, Calistoga Speedway will host the “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Promoted by HMC Promotions, the highly anticipated event honors the former NARC director and will also have a vintage car show, driver autograph session, raffle, wine tasting, silent auction, and a beer garden for fans to enjoy. Since July 2, 1993, twenty-six USAC Western States Midget races have been held at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Rico Abreu leads all drivers with five wins and Spencer Bayston set the 1-lap qualifying record of 19.774 on September 3, 2016. The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and Vintage Cars will share the spotlight. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC MIDGET WINNERS:
2008-Johnny Rodriguez, 2009-Josh Ford, 2010-Cory Kruseman, 2011-Johnathon Henry, 2012-Rico Abreu, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014- Christopher Bell, 2015-Rico Abreu, 2016-Michael Faccinto.

CALISTOGA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS:
5-Rico Abreu, 4-Billy Boat, 2-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Christoper Bell, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Jim Keene, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Evan Margeson, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Scott Pierovich, 1-Tony Stewart, 1-Tanner Thorson.

After a short break, the Northern California swing will continue on Thursday, September 7th, at Dennis Gage's Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions," the event is co-sanctioned with the BCRA. The Silver Dollar Fairgrounds has hosted eight USAC Western States Midget shows and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with two wins. Four-time and defending champion Ronnie Gardner set the 1-lap track record of 14.047 on September 4, 2014. The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will share the spotlight with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

GOLD CUP RACE OF CHAMPIONS MIDGET WINNERS:
2011-David Prickett, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014-Brian Gard, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Alex Schutte.

CHICO USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brian Gard, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-David Prickett, 1-Alex Schutte. 1-Kody Swanson.

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.
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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 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-387, 2. Cory Elliott-362, 3. Frankie Guerrini-287, 4. Courtney Crone-285, 5. Robert Dalby-248, 6. David Prickett-246, 7. Randi Pankratz-220, .. Michael Faccinto-220, 9. Terry Nichols-207, ... Shannon McQueen-207, 11. Mason Daniel-205, 12. Maria Cofer-184, 13. Jake Swanson-155, 14. C.J. Sarna-154, 15. Alex Schutte-138, 16. Geoff Ensign-131, 17. Clayton Ruston-118, 18. Tyler Dolacki-113, 19. Robby Josett-101, 20. J.J. Ercse-83.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 7: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
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)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

“4TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK” BEGINS SATURDAY AT CALISTOGA
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 30, 2017...After a wild “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” at Perris, the powerful AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are ready for the “4th Annual California Sprint Week.” The six-race mini-series at five different tracks will open this Saturday, September 2nd, at Calistoga’s “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” over two nights. >From there, the traditional 410s will tackle the clay ovals of Petaluma, Chico, Watsonville, and Hanford. As this writing goes to press, the Calistoga events will pay a minimum of $5,000-to-win and the other shows will pay $3,000-to-win. With valuable points up for grabs, the “California Sprint Week” will play a major factor in the chase for the championship.

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 an entry fee to all competitors and will be $35 at Calistoga and $25 for Petaluma, Chico, Watsonville, and Hanford. 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.

MUFFLER RULES: Calistoga and Hanford have a 95db at 100 feet sound rule and mufflers are required. Petaluma, Chico, and Watsonville have a tougher sound rule and the Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part 53545-USAC) is the ONLY LEGAL MUFFLER for Petaluma and Watsonville. The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the preferred/recommended muffler at Chico and cars with other mufflers will be checked for sound. If the sound levels are broken, the racer will be disqualified and not allowed to compete.

PETALUMA PITS TARP RULE: At Petaluma, tarps are mandatory under all race cars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Entering the “Louie Vermeil Classic,” there have been six different winners and four drivers have claimed fast time honors. The chase for the championship is heating up as Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has taken over the point lead and carries an 18-point advantage. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Jake Swanson, Mike Spencer, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Max Adams, Chris Gansen, and Matt McCarthy round out the top-10 drivers.

On September 2nd and 3rd, Calistoga Speedway will host the “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Promoted by HMC Promotions, the highly anticipated event honors the former NARC director and will also have a vintage car show, driver autograph session, raffle, wine tasting, silent auction, and a beer garden for fans to enjoy. Since August 30, 2008, eighteen USAC/CRA races have been held at the Napa County Fairgrounds and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with 3 wins. On September 4, 2010, “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the 1-lap qualifying track record at the scenic half-mile by posting a time of 19.078. The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets and Vintage Cars will share the spotlight. 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.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC SPRINT CAR WINNERS:
2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Mike Spencer; 2010-Damion Gardner; 2011-Mike Spencer; 2012-Kyle Hirst, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014-Rico Abreu, 2015-Rico Abreu, 2016-Thomas Meseraull.

CALISTOGA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Rico Abreu, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Kevin Swindell, 1-Robert Ballou, 1-Christopher Bell, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Tim Kaeding, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Thomas Meseraull.

On Monday, September 4th, the “California Sprint Week” will shift to Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the “The Fastest 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” has showcased five USAC/CRA events. Mike Spencer leads all drivers with two victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 13.457 on September 7, 2015. The action packed card will also feature Super Stocks and 600 Micro Sprints. The front gates will open at 4:00pm and Racing is set for 6:00pm. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

PETALUMA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Mike Spencer, 1-David Cardey, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Austin Williams.

After a short break, the popular mini-series will continue on Thursday, September 7th, at Dennis Gage's Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions," the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds has hosted four USAC/CRA appearances. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with two wins and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 13.353 on September 8, 2016. The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will share the spotlight with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

CHICO AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Damion Gardner, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Kyle Larson.

The following night, Friday, September 8th, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will host the fourth round of the northern tour. Promoted by John Prentice, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds oval has held nine USAC/CRA events and Mike Spencer leads all drivers with three triumphs. “The Demon” Damion Gardner set the 1-lap qualifying record of 12.500 on September 5, 2014. The American Stocks, Four Bangers, and Police-N-Pursuit will join the action as qualifying starts at 6:00pm. Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California and for more details, visit www.racepmg.com/oceanspeedway or call 855.410.7223.

WATSONVILLE AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Mike Spencer, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Cory Kruseman, 1-Marty Hawkins, 1-Thomas Meseraull.

Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds will host the finale of the “California Sprint Week” on Saturday, September 9th. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the event marks the tenth USAC/CRA appearance at the Kings County Fairgrounds. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and Bud Kaeding set the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.793 on November 12, 2011. The action packed card will also feature the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and Mini Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. 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.

HANFORD AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Damion Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Ricci Faria, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman.

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.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS:
2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Damion Gardner, 3-R.J. Johnson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-717, 2. Damion Gardner-699, 3. Jake Swanson-669, 4. Mike Spencer-659, 5. Austin Williams-603, 6. Cody Williams-501, 7. Logan Williams-451, 8. Max Adams-435, 9. Chris Gansen-418, 10. Matt McCarthy-375, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-345, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-319, 13. R.J. Johnson-306, 14. Danny Faria Jr.-288, 15. Ronnie Gardner-268, 16. Tommy Malcolm-250, 17. A.J. Bender-247, 18. Verne Sweeney-236, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-221, 20. Kyle Edwards-182.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
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)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV TO STREAM THIS WEEKEND'S "LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC" FROM CALISTOGA

The tenth edition of the "Louie Vermeil Classic" from California's Calistoga Speedway will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ this Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd.

The action-packed event features two consecutive nights of complete programs for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets on the famed half-mile. The best of the West Coast take on the National series invaders who aim to take home a coveted "Louie" trophy.

CRA point leader Brody Roa, five-time CRA champ Damion Gardner and defending race winner Ryan Bernal lead the western contingent against National representation from Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney and Chad Boespflug in the sprint car portion of the program.

In the midgets, four-time Western States titlist Ronnie Gardner and reigning Sunday night "Louie" winner Michael Faccinto head a California pack against National invaders Chad Boat, Shane Golobic and the Keith Kunz pack that includes last year's Saturday night midget winner Tanner Thorson and current National point leader Spencer Bayston, plus versatile racing star Rico Abreu, who will pull double-duty in both the sprint and midget.

Each broadcast features a 150-mile blackout surrounding Calistoga Speedway. A one-night "Louie Vermeil Classic" pay-per-view package on Speed Shift TV can be purchased for $29.95 while a two-night package is available for the discounted price of $54.95. Cars hit the track at 5:30pm both nights.

Miss the live show or want to rewatch all the excitement again? You are covered as http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ will have on-demand coverage the following day after each event.

 

 

Two-time "Ted Horn 100" winner Shane Cockrum of Benton, Illinois is one of 38 drivers entered for this Sunday, September 3rd's USAC Silver Crown race at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. (Rich Forman Photo)

LARGEST Du QUOIN CAR COUNT IN OVER A DECADE EXPECTED FOR SUNDAY'S TED HORN 100!

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The largest "Ted Horn 100" car count in over a decade is expected this Sunday, September 3, for the return of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS racing to the "Magic Mile" at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Thirty-eight cars have entered, making it the most expected entrants for the event since 2004.

The list is highlighted by eight past Du Quoin victors leading off with defending race winner Chris Windom. The St. Louis resident engaged a spirited duel with 1990 race winner Jeff Swindell down the stretch, taking the lead from Swindell with just three laps remaining to score his first win on a dirt mile. Windom used that victory as a springboard to a Silver Crown title in 2016, but he hasn't won in the series since the season-opening "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in April.

Germantown, Tennessee's Swindell, meanwhile, has made his last two Silver Crown appearances memorable. He led a race-high 55 laps at Du Quoin on his way to a second-place run last September. Just two weeks ago, Swindell blitzed from 28th to 2nd at Springfield before Kody Swanson got back by coming to the white flag to drop him to a memorable 3rd place run to earn KSE Hard Charger of the Race honors.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., has won on all the dirt miles occupying the Silver Crown schedule, but Du Quoin has a special place in his heart as it was the venue that hosted his first series win back in 2010. The two-time Silver Crown champ and current point leader has since reeled off 17 more, but none in southern Illinois since that day.

Shane Cockrum of nearby Benton, Illinois, is the only two-time winner of the "Ted Horn 100" entered for this Sunday's race. Back in 2015, he became just the tenth driver to win the race in back-to-back years, joining Tony & Gary Bettenhausen, Sam Hanks, Jimmy Bryan, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Mario Andretti, Jack Hewitt and Tracy Hines. This weekend, he can join the ranks of drivers who've won at Du Quoin at least three times in their champ car careers alongside Tony & Gary Bettenhausen, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Tom Bigelow, Jack Hewitt and Chuck Gurney.

Additionally, four drivers aim on Sunday to repeat their past Du Quoin glory: Russ Gamester (1997 winner), Shane Cottle (2007), Brian Tyler (2008) and Chris Urish (2013).

Just as impressive of a list includes drivers still seeking their first Silver Crown triumph at Du Quoin, including USAC Triple Crown Champions Dave Darland and Jerry Coons, Jr. as well as longtime NASCAR star and past USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car titlist Ken Schrader, plus 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Robert Ballou.

Lincoln, Indiana's Darland makes his debut appearance in Hans Lein's No. 97 Sunday. The pair raced together on the USAC National Midget scene as recently as 2013. Similarly, Ballou of Rocklin, Calif., will take the reins of the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 for the initial time as he makes his first trip back to Du Quoin since dominating the 2013 race before running out of fuel while leading late in the race.

Four years between starts is hardly a blip compared to Schrader's 32-year absence from action in a USAC Silver Crown car on a dirt surface. Though his last appearance in a dirt car at Du Quoin came in 1985, Schrader has been no stranger to Du Quoin's victory lane. Not only has he won in an ARCA Stock Car on three occasions, he's also won in a modified at Du Quoin in four of his last five appearances.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. set ProSource quick time in the series' most recent event at the Springfield Mile and sits second in points behind Swanson. A Du Quoin victory not only would be his first there, it would also be his first victory in the series in three seasons.

The "Ted Horn 100" begins this Sunday with pits opening at 1pm and grandstands opening at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5-6:10pm with ProSource Qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. Pre-race ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm with the 100-mile race ready to fire at 8pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult tickets are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. An adult pit pass is $35 while children 11 and under are $20.

Watch the full race a day after the event, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

2017 "TED HORN 100" ENTRY LIST AT THE Du QUOIN STATE FAIRGROUNDS

CAR # DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT / SPONSOR / CHASSIS / ENGINE

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN Wilson Brothers Racing/Wilson's Towing - D.D. Eyes/Beast/Claxton Toyota

08 ®JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC Cornell-Petrozelle Racing/Oak Leaf Properties - JNT Ltd./Beast/Stanton Toyota

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL Patrick Lawson/Mittler Brothers - Rebel Smokers/DRC/Chevy

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

6 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA Klatt Enterprises/Beast - Klatt Enterprises/Beast/Ford

7 ®DAVID SHAIN/Sullivan, IL Hardy Boys Motorsports/Financial Transportation Services - Central Roofing/Maxim/Brown Chevy

12 BRIAN TYLER/Mount Pleasant, NC Galas Motorsports/Magnum Rotating & Pumps/Beast/Galas Chevy

14 KEN SCHRADER/Fenton, MO Dennis & Dave McQuinn/McQuinn Motorsports - Cashless Racing/JR-1/McQuinn Chevy

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH Bob Lesko/Wayne Subaru - Bell Helmets/Beast/Chevy

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

20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ Gene Nolen/KECO - Indy Race Parts/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN Swanson Racing/Jet Star - Rosewood Machine & Tool - Jeff Freel/Maxim/Toyota

24 ®KEITH BURCH/Farmington, MO Keith Burch/Drain Buster Plumbing Service - Boen's Signs/Beast/Kistler

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

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

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN Chuck & Tammi Leary/Leary Construction - Gray Auto/DRC/1-Way Toyota

32 ®JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN Williams & Wright Racing/E3 Sparkplugs - Lucas Oil/Maxim/Williams

39 ®MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN Goodnight Racing/Lumber & Things - Benic Enterprises/Maxim/Claxton

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

42 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL Terry Babb/Illini Aerofab - APT Powder Coating/Beast/Babb Chevy

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO Danny Long/Farmington Auto Plaza - Alky Diggers/Beast/Z-Man Chevy

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN Gamester Racing/Gamester's Green Gable Village/GRP/Toyota

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

54 ®MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA Mal Lane/Lane's Yamaha - Fastener Specialties/Maxim/Williams Chevy

55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ Patty Bateman/Chance's Chassis Repair/Beast/Foxco Chevy

63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy

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

75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN Bill Rose Racing/Reliable Laser Screeding/Beast/Chevy

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL Chris Urish/Pacesetter Solutions/Conaway Handyman Service/Beast/Foxco Chevy

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN Curtis Williams/Jack's Auto Body - Roger Williams Precision Engines/Maxim/Williams Chevy

88 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO Chris Fetter/Fetter Tile - F & S Collision/Beast/Foxco

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA Carli-Hemelgarn Racing/Carli Motorsports - Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Ford

92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL Gene Kazmark/Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing - Remin Kart-A-Bag/Maxim/Wallace Mopar

95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL Full Throttle Racing/Mobil 1 - Cain's Marine Welding/Beast/Speedway Toyota

97 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN Hans Lein/Lein Acres/DRC/Stanton Mopar

99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL Scott Weyant/Weebles Bar & Grill - Ealey Transportation/Beast/Automotive Machine

120 ®HUNTER SCHUERENBERG/Sikeston, MO Gene Nolen/Roof Bolt Xpress - Wesco Trailers/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

201 ®DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN Gene Nolen Racing/The Cure Starts Now Foundation - KECO Coatings/Twister/Tranter

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON ADDS PERRIS USAC/CRA CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT TO RESUME
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 29, 2017... Powering past Max Adams on the second lap, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) led the rest of the way to claim last Saturday’s “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” at Perris Auto Speedway. The 30-lap victory marked Johnson’s third consecutive $2,500 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph at Perris that also netted over $3,000 in bonus money. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, fast qualifier Jake Swanson, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, and Mike Spencer rounded out the top-five drivers.

While Johnson dominated the main event, it was not an easy win by any means. The driver of Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman narrowly escaped disaster several times while passing slower traffic. Before scoring his sixth career USAC/CRA win, the four-time Arizona sprint car champion qualified fifth out of twenty-two racers and finished second to Damion Gardner in his heat race. At press time, R.J. has moved to thirteenth in the point chase with three feature wins, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 89 feature laps led.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) battled hard from ninth to take second at the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was ninth fast in time trials and ran second to his older brother Cody in his heat race. The 2009 Rookie of the Year sits fifth in the point standings with two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and nine top-10 finishes on the season.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) had a solid night with a third place finish at Perris after starting sixth. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer Triple X, Swanson earned the $600 Billy Wilkerson / Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, took second in the Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash, and placed second to Danny Faria Jr. in his heat race. To date, the USAC West Coast Sprint Champion is third in points with four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, and eight top-10 finishes.

Debuting a brand new car, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm (Corona, California) had his best USAC/CRA finish with a fourth place run from twelfth. Driving Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Rockstar Coatings Maxim, Malcolm qualified twelfth overall and scored fifth in his heat race. The young driver is currently sixteenth in the standings with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) took fifth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Piloting the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer was third quick in time trials, finished third in the Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash, and placed third in his heat race. At press time, the five-time champion is fourth in the point chase with one feature win, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the year.

Making his first start of the year in John Bellegante’s #23 Persall Masonry ITI, Matt Stewart (Menifee, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with an eleventh place run from twentieth. The second generation driver qualified twentieth overall and scored sixth in his heat race.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) earned top honors in the Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash over Swanson, Spencer, and Ronnie Gardner. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was second quick in time trials, ran third in his heat race, and fought power steering troubles to score seventh in the main event. Last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Champion has taken over the point lead from Damion Gardner and has posted one feature win, two heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led on the season.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) raced to victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria qualified tenth overall and scored fourteenth in the 30-lap main event. At press time, the two-time USAC West Coast Champion is fourteenth in the point standings with three top-10 finishes in limited appearances.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 S.P. Beagle Plumbing / Scott Sales Company Spike, Gardner was eighth fast in time trials and scored fifteenth in the main event after a flip ended his night. The five-time champion has dropped to second in points with three feature wins, nine heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified fifteenth overall and placed sixteenth in the main event. At press time, “The Cadillac” is sixth in the point chase with two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 14 feature laps led in the campaign.

On Saturday, September 2nd, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will kickoff the fourth “California Sprint Week” at Calistoga Speedway. Located on the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, California, the “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” will also feature the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets and Vintage cars. More event information can be found at www.calistogaspeedway.org or calling 916.773.7225.

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, and Instagram pages.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.623; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.639; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.809; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.981; 5. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.993; 6. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-17.110; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.141; 8. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-17.142; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.166; 10. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.279; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.334; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.350; 13. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.457; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.533; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.596; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.678; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.775; 18. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.026; 19. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.290; 20. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-18.882; 21. Bobby Bender, 21, Bender-19.128; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-NT.

JUNIOR KURTZ TROPHY DASH: 1. Roa (9pts), 2. Swanson (7pts), 3. Spencer (6pts), 4. R.Gardner (2pts).

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Swanson, 3. R.Gardner, 4. L.Williams, 5. Sweeney, 6. Ellertson, 7. Marshall, 8. St. James. 3:02.64.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Johnson, 3. Roa, 4. McCarthy, 5. Gansen, 6. Stewart, 7. Tafoya. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. A.Williams, 3. Spencer, 4. Adams, 5. Malcolm, 6. Waitman, 7. Bender. 2:57.98.

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (2nd), 2. Austin Williams (9th), 3. Jake Swanson (6th), 4. Tommy Malcolm (12th), 5. Mike Spencer (4th), 6. Matt McCarthy (14th), 7. Brody Roa (5th), 8. Ronnie Gardner (3rd), 9. Chris Gansen (11th), 10. Verne Sweeney (16th), 11. Matt Stewart (20th), 12. Gary Marshall Jr. (19th), 13. Max Adams (1st), 14. Danny Faria Jr. (10th), 15. Damion Gardner (8th), 16. Cody Williams (15th), 17. Jeremy Ellertson (22nd), 18. Bobby Bender (21st), 19. Randy Waitman (18th), 20. Logan Williams (7th), 21. Bruce St. James (13th), 22. Eddie Tafoya (17th). NT
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**Tafoya flipped during the second heat. D.Gardner and Adams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Adams, Laps 2-30 Johnson
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Matt Stewart (20th to 11th)

USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-717, 2. Damion Gardner-699, 3. Jake Swanson-669, 4. Mike Spencer-659, 5. Austin Williams-603, 6. Cody Williams-501, 7. Logan Williams-451, 8. Max Adams-435, 9. Chris Gansen-418, 10. Matt McCarthy-375, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-345, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-319, 13. R.J. Johnson-306, 14. Danny Faria Jr.-288, 15. Ronnie Gardner-268, 16. Tommy Malcolm-250, 17. A.J. Bender-247, 18. Verne Sweeney-236, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-221, 20. Kyle Edwards-182.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
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)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BALLOU GETS SILVER CROWN SHOT WITH KLATT SUNDAY AT Du QUOIN!

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Robert Ballou has teamed up with USAC Hall of Fame crew chief Bob East and Klatt Enterprises to compete in this Sunday, September 3rd's "Ted Horn 100" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS event at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois.

The Rocklin, California driver has made 11 champ car starts since 2010 with the last appearance coming at the 2016 season-opening "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Du Quoin was the location of, arguably, Ballou's finest performance in a Silver Crown car to date. In the 2013 "Ted Horn 100," he led 80 laps before running out of fuel while leading late in the race.

The 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion has made three career Silver Crown starts on one-mile dirt ovals, all coming during the 2013 season. At that May's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Ballou started 4th and finished 24th after being involved on an opening-lap accident. Later that summer, Ballou qualified 14th and finished 9th at the Springfield Mile in Illinois.

Ballou is one of the nation's top Sprint Car chauffeurs. After recovering from serious injuries sustained last Labor Day weekend, he returned to victory lane in his second start back in May at Ohio's Eldora Speedway. He won again at the Indiana Sprint Week finale at Lincoln Park Speedway in July.

Damion Gardner, a five-time AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion and the leader in of Silver Crown's "Rookie of the Year" standings, has been the sole driver of the Klatt No. 6 this season. This weekend, he is occupied with CRA duties weekend at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway's "Louie Vermeil Classic."

The "Ted Horn 100" begins this Sunday with pits opening at 1pm and grandstands opening at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5-6:10pm with ProSource Qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. Pre-race ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm with the 100-mile race ready to fire at 8pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult tickets are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. An adult pit pass is $35 while children 11 and under are $20.

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DARLAND TABBED TO RACE LEIN MACHINE THIS SUNDAY AT Du QUOIN'S "TED HORN 100"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland has been tabbed as the driver of Hans Lein's No. 97 for this Sunday, September 3rd's "Ted Horn 100" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS event at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois.

Darland, a recent National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, has won many of the biggest races on USAC's calendar, but a win at Du Quoin still eludes him. The Lincoln, Indiana driver's Du Quoin resume features nine top-5 finishes, including runner-up results in 1997, 1999 and 2008, plus a pair of pole positions in 1997 and 1999. As recently as 2014, Darland was in contention to win, leading 15 laps, before an accident sidelined him with 37 laps remaining.

Though this will be Darland's first run in Lein's Silver Crown car, the combination of these two goes back aways. As recently as 2013, Darland competed for Lein in six USAC National Midget events, including "Indiana Midget Week" and the "Sue Thiel Memorial" at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc.

Lein, a past competitor as a driver and owner in the midget ranks, made his debut as a Silver Crown car owner this season with driver Tyler Courtney. Courtney will be absent at Du Quoin as he competes in this weekend's "Louie Vermiel Classic" at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway, an event which features both AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets.

Lein's car has made one start this year two weeks ago at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield with Courtney at the wheel where they ran as high as fourth with 15 laps remaining before dropping out.

Darland, the winningest driver in the history of USAC National Sprint Car racing, ranks sixth on the USAC Silver Crown all-time win list with 14 and was the series champion in 1997. This season, the "People's Champ" has made three starts in the series for Phillips Motorsports. He earned KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors by racing from 20th to 7th in the season-opening "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and earned a season-best 5th in the "Bettenhausen 100" at Springfield.

The "Ted Horn 100" begins this Sunday with pits opening at 1pm and grandstands opening at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5-6:10pm with ProSource Qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. Pre-race ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm with the 100-mile race ready to fire at 8pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult tickets are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. An adult pit pass is $35 while children 11 and under are $20.

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CHRISTENSEN WINS AT BEAR RIDGE, GRABS DMA POINT LEAD

Bradford, VT........Dean Christensen of Granby, Conn. won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Speed2 DMA Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway. He took the lead from Jeff Horn on lap six and led the rest of the way to beat Seth Carlson, Derek O'Hearn, Joe Krawiec and Horn. Christensen emerged from the race with a 16-point lead over Adam Whitney.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2017 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1b Miller), 3. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 4. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 5. Jake Higginson (#46 Johnson), 6. Robert Spino (#64 Spino), 7. Shilo Boyce (#10 Haskell). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak), 2, Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 3. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 4. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 5. David Moniz (#9m Moniz), 6. JeffChampagne (#77 Champagne), 7. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Dean Christensen, 2. Seth Carlson, 3. Derek O'Hearn, 4. Joe Krawiec, 5. Jeff Horn, 6. Adam Whitney (#3 Matczak), 7. Mark Cole, 8. David Moniz, 9, Jake Higginson, 10. Shilo Boyce, 11. Manny Dias, 12. Jeff Champagne, 13. Robert Spino. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Horn, Laps 6-25 Christensen.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Christensen-829, 2-Whitney-813, 3-O'Hearn-799, 4-Krawiec-790, 5-Horn-688, 6-Dias-675, 7-Carlson-666, 8-Champagne-573, 9-Cle-374, 10-Higginson-373.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: September 9 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

COURTNEY CONQUERS KOKOMO FOR SMACKDOWN VI VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Rarely does an event truly live up to its moniker, but Saturday night's "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" was an apt description of how the final laps and post-race theatrics unfolded Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway.

Tyler Courtney utilized a slider to grab the lead from race-long leader Tyler Thomas on the final green-white-checkered restart to win his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at the quarter-mile in as many nights.

Such as it was the night prior when he flipped in qualifying before returning to win the Friday feature at Kokomo, the trail for Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney to victory lane on Saturday night wasn't quite a point A to B type of deal. After fighting engine issues early on in the night, Courtney encountered a maze that took just two laps, but resulted in jubilation for some, heartbreak for others and grass stains for a few who rolled around in the infield after voicing their displeasure with the way things played out down the stretch.

Tyler Thomas simply dominated from the drop of the green every single time action resumed, using the turn two wall as an extension of the racing surface by tapping the right rear rubber against the concrete to propel himself down the back straightaway.

One-hundred-eighty-seven USAC National Sprint Car wins were present throughout Saturday night's stacked feature lineup, yet none belonged to Tyler Thomas coming in. On the final lap, with victory a near certainty for the Collinsville, Oklahoma native, the yellow flag flew for the spun car of Brady Bacon in turn four. By rule, that set up a green-white-checker, two-lap dash situation.

It became a duel between the two unrelated Thomases - Tyler and Kevin Jr. - when racing resumed. K. Thomas attempted a slider for the lead in turn one on the restart to no avail as T. Thomas sped away once again. On the final lap, T. Thomas banged the turn two wall with the right rear. Just behind him, mimicking the same concrete kiss was K. Thomas, who snagged it just a bit harder and flipped wildly to end his bid at a repeat "Smackdown" victory.

On the next GWC try, Chris Windom was lined up right on the tail tank of T. Thomas in the second position. Windom had no doubt in his mind what his plan was as he immediately dove to the bottom of one to successfully slide up in front of T. Thomas on the top midway between turns one and two. T. Thomas once again hooked the wall, but recovered and was able to slide past Windom into turn three as did Courtney nearly simultaneously. Dropping to third momentarily, Windom, using a diamond pattern off turn three, miraculously dove from the top to the bottom from turn three to four to drive underneath both drivers to reclaim the lead as the white flag waved.

Windom once again slid up to the top in front of both Courtney and T. Thomas running side-by-side in turn one. T. Thomas rocketed around the outside of Courtney first, then nudged the turn two wall with the right rear and split between Courtney and Windom off of two. T. Thomas pulled alongside Windom down the back straight and the two made contact! T. Thomas' right rear hurdled Windom's left front, sending Windom sideways as T. Thomas continued on. Third-running Courtney couldn't completely avoid the carnage either and ramped over the nose of Windom, tearing off the nose of Windom's car and sending him into a 360-degree spin and ending his race.

During the yellow, Windom took umbrage with T. Thomas. T. Thomas was mandated by officials to stop for a safety check to remove Windom's steering wheel that was stuck in the left side nerf bar of his car before he could continue at the front of the pack.

Some say the third time is the charm, but that would not be the case for T. Thomas on the third attempt at a GWC finish. T. Thomas changed up the plan and went topside off turn four on the lap 39 restart. Courtney shadowed every T. Thomas movement until turn one when he took the middle and reared back for his shot at the race lead, this time pulling it off successfully. T. Thomas tried to counter to the inside, but lost momentum between turns one and two, but still had one remaining breath left in the tank.

With the white flag in the air, T. Thomas went to the bottom of one and aimed for his last shot, sliding wheel-to-wheel beside Courtney between one and two, so close you could hardly slide a credit card between each's tires. Courtney anticipated the action, but kept his foot in it and sped around the outside of T. Thomas to remain in front where he would finish off the biggest win of his career just ahead of T. Thomas, Robert Ballou, Scotty Weir and Dave Darland.

One night following a prelim victory at the track in which he made his USAC Sprint Car debut, Courtney added another sweet note to his ever-growing resume by scoring the $10,000 check. Picking up a win at any track in USAC National competition is a tall task, but a win after overcoming so much adversity makes the nectar of success taste even sweeter.

Tyler Courtney (#23c) passes Tyler Thomas on the final restart to win Saturday night's "Smackdown VI" finale at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

"It's a lot sweeter," Courtney exclaimed. "Last night was obviously pretty special getting my first sprint car win at Kokomo. That's a hard feat to accomplish in itself. To back it up in the biggest race at the track is amazing. Really, all this goes to my guys. They busted their tails all weekend. Tonight, we fought engine troubles all the way up until King of the Hill Qualifying. These guys never give up and this is the least I can do to repay them. To keep coming back from adversity really the shows the kind of team we have."

"When we turned it over, it hurt the magneto in the engine," Courtney explained. "Today, it just didn't fire. We changed one thing and it didn't run, so we changed another thing and finally got it running. Thank god it did!"

To win, one must first put themselves in a position to win. Despite a few close calls and running between third and sixth throughout much of the 40-lapper, Courtney was there when it counted to score his series-leading fifth USAC National Sprint Car win of 2017 in his TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts - Custom Pump & Controls/Maxim/Gaerte by TOPP.

"We weren't a winning car for 99% of that race," Courtney admits. "But we put ourselves in the right position to stay up there and remain in the hunt and it paid off. We got ourselves into second after Tyler (Thomas) and Chris (Windom) got together and I was able to capitalize on the restart."

"On the restart, I did exactly what I wanted to do," Courtney explains. "I was going to make him lift. Sure enough, he did. I got a good head of steam going down into three and was able to rip it pretty good. I slid myself back into one and two and just made sure to protect. This is special. It's kind of hard to put into words right now. If you ask me a couple days from now, I might be able to. This is the biggest one yet."

On the flipside of the thrill of victory is the agony of defeat. After answering every bell on an emotional roller coaster ride in which he admits he thought he had the race won at least four times, Tyler Thomas still came home with a career-best second-place finish in his Michael Dutcher Motorsports/Griffin's Propane - Tri-Star Motorsports - Indiana Underground/Maxim/Fisher. So, so close, yet there is still a sense of pride in Thomas' voice in what he accomplished Saturday night and what lies ahead for him and Dutcher.

"What makes me feel good is these are the best race car drivers in the country, in my opinion," Thomas begins. "Last year, I was just pumped to make the A-feature on Saturday night. I'm pretty heartbroken about how this one ended. I guess it'll just make the first win that much sweeter. I thought we had it, but it's just not your night sometimes."

Shortly after the checkered flag, there was a little bit of extracurricular activity that took place on the front straightaway as Windom confronted Thomas following their on-track incident. Words and actions were exchanged and several crew members ended up on the infield grass in a tussle as a dejected Thomas could only look on and wonder what could've been. Thomas was deeply apologetic to Windom in the immediate aftermath.

"I was expecting a slider from Chris on the restart in turn one," Thomas recalled. "I knew if I could just get through turn one smooth and not hit the wall, I'd be in good shape. But he cleared me and I hit the wall. I got back underneath him and I tried to leave him a lane, but it's so slick on the straightaway. I'm not sure if he came down or if I came up. The bottom line is I ran over his left front. I hate doing that. I don't race that way. I hate to cost somebody else a win."

Restart after restart can be mentally wearing on any driver, let alone one seeking his first USAC win. Thomas was flawless on each of them, but it was the final one that bit him.

"I did really well staying calm, cool and collected even after that first time when we were coming to the checkered flag," Thomas said. "I was doing alright. I knew I could get through turns one and two okay. After the third GWC restart, my mind was going crazy trying to figure out what I could do to get the jump I needed, which was tricky because it was slick. You don't know whether to slide yourself or go right to the top. I figured if I could just get my momentum up as quickly as possible, I'd be okay. Tyler slid by me and got to the cushion and there wasn't anything I could do with him after that."

Robert Ballou's topsy-turvy race took him from pursuing T. Thomas for the lead in second with six laps remaining to waxing the turn two wall and dropping to fifth, then regathering himself to take his Robert Ballou Motorsports/Deaton's Waterfront Services - Dickinson Farms/Boss/Ott to a solid third-place finish.

Despite a slider attempt at Thomas on a restart with 11 laps to go, Ballou never believed he had the car to compete for the victory.

"I was too free," Ballou said. "In six years of Smackdown, if I haven't crashed, I've been too tight the whole race until the last five laps. You just can't race that way. We were pretty tight in King of the Hill Qualifying, so I went up and watched the race track, came back and Derrick had tightened the racecar up. I knew I wasn't going to make it past the first corner. I had to go up and do driver intros and I told him this wasn't going to work. Then, he went the other way too far. It's just one of them deals. You have to be able to communicate perfectly every time. It's a shame on me. I'm the one who spooked him and I knew we were going to be struggling at the end. I didn't think the cushion would build up as high as it did in turns three and four. I was too good too early and I was just a sitting duck at the end."

USAC contingency award winners Saturday night at Kokomo included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (B & W Auto Mart King of the Hill Qualifying Winner), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products Qualifying Race 1 Winner), Jarett Andretti (Competition Suspension, Inc. Qualifying Race 2 Winner), Chris Windom (Chalk Stix Qualifying Race 3 Winner), Justin Grant (Indy Race Parts Qualifying Race 4 Winner), Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Kody Swanson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2017 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown VI"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug (#69 Dynamics), 2. Scotty Weir (#17G On The Gass), 3. Isaac Chapple (#52 LNR/Chapple), 4. Mario Clouser (#6 MCM), 5. Brady Short (#19AZ Reinbold/Underwood), 6. Logan Jarrett (#29 Jarrett), 7. Travis Hery (#21H Hery). 2:11.53

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Aaron Farney (#15F DCT), 4. Tom Harris (#5E Harris), 5. Matt Goodnight (#39 Goodnight), 6. Chet Williams (#38 Williams), 7. Colten Cottle (#1RL Lambertson). NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 2. Dave Darland (#40 Hery), 3. Josh Hodges (#74x Hodges), 4. Kyle Robbins (#17R Robbins), 5. Brian Karraker (#23 Karraker), 6. Josh Spencer (#66J Spencer), 7. Parker Frederickson (#34 Frederickson). 2:10.23 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#11 McGhee), 2. Shane Cottle (#57 Hazen), 3. Kody Swanson (#2E Epperson), 4. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 5. Tyler Hewitt (#97x One More Time), 6. Cole Ketcham (#41 Ketcham), 7. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). 2:11.67

B & W AUTO MART "KING OF THE HILL" 2-CAR SHOOTOUTS: (3 laps each) Round 1: C.J. Leary (#30 Leary) defeated Brady Bacon (#63 Dooling/Hayward); Tyler Thomas (#17GP Dutcher) defeated Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady); Hunter Schuerenberg (#19 Reinbold/Underwood) defeated Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (#9K KT) defeated Tyler Courtney (#23c TOPP). Round 2: T. Thomas defeated Leary and K. Thomas defeated Schuerenberg Final Round: K. Thomas defeated T. Thomas.

SEMI: (15 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Hodges, 3. Chapple, 4. Swanson, 5. Hewitt, 6. Clouser, 7. B. Short, 8. Mattox, 9. Karraker, 10. Robbins, 11. Goodnight, 12. Williams, 13. Hery, 14. Spencer, 15. Bell, 16. Harris, 17. Frederickson, 18. Ketcham, 19. Jarrett. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Kody Swanson, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Tyler Hewitt, 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Chris Windom, 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Shane Cottle. NT -------------------------------- **Jarrett flipped during the Semi. Harris flipped during the Semi. Chapple flipped on lap 16 of the feature. K. Thomas flipped on lap 40 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-38 T. Thomas, Laps 39-40 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (15th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kody Swanson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Grant-1662, 2-Windom-1569, 3-Courtney-1493, 4-K. Thomas-1484, 5-Boespflug-1478, 6-Stockon-1419, 7-Leary-1288, 8-Bacon-1243, 9-Ballou-1166, 10-Andretti-1102.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 15 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

 

 

TAYLOR LEADS ALL THE WAY AT 34 RACEWAY

Burlington, IA........Adam Taylor of Shorewood, lll. Led all 12 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Speed2 Derry Brothers IMRA Midget race at 34 Raceway. Dillon Morley took second ahead of Jacob Sollenberger, Kurt Mueller and Chris Bolander.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2017 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley),3. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger),4. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller),5. Chris Bolander (#2 Zero).

FEATURE: (12 laps) 1. Adam Taylor, 2. Dillon Morley, 3. Jacob Sollenberger, 4. Kurt Mueller, 5. Chris Bolander. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Taylor.

NEW SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-1,161, 2-Taylor-1,139, 3-Chase McDermand-990, 4-Jeremy Hull-856, 5-Sollenberger-830, 6-Tyson Hart-686, 7-Brent Burrows-683, 8-Mueller-591, 9-Broc Hunnell-588, 10-Gedd Ross-509.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 2 - Burlington, IL - 34 Raceway

 

 

NOLAN ALLISON TOPS AT CARTERET COUNTY SPEEDWAY

Swansboro, NC........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, N.C. won Saturday night's 35-lap USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget race at Carteret County Speedway. He passed Neal Allison on lap 16 and led the rest of the wway to beat Neal, George Kurtz, Jake Trainor and Jessica Bean.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2017 - Swansboro, North Carolina - Carteret County Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.465; 2. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-16.542; 3. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-16.638; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-16.660; 5. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-16.679; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-16.789; 7. Bradley Reithmeyer, 8, Hatfield-16.823; 8. Tommy Johnson, 99, Radical-17.147; 9. Jordan Empie, 3, Radical-19.257;

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Neal Allison, 3. George Kurtz, 4. Jake Trainor, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Tommy Johnson, 7. Jordan Empie, 8. Chris Lamb. (Bradley Riethmeyer disqualified after finishing fifth). ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-13 Bean, Laps 14-15 Neal Allison, Laps 16-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-910, 2-Kurtz-858, 3-Nolan Allison-820, 4-Trainor-679, 5-Neal Allison-674, 6-Sam Hatfield-557, 7-Jagger Parker-527, 8-Lamb-440, 9-Jake Garcia-349, 10-Eric Lewis-282.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: September 1 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 26, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.623; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.639; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.809; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.981; 5. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.993; 6. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-17.110; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.141; 8. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-17.142; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.166; 10. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.279; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.334; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.350; 13. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.457; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.533; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.596; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.678; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.775; 18. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.026; 19. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.290; 20. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-18.882; 21. Bobby Bender, 21, Bender-19.128; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-NT.

JUNIOR KURTZ TROPHY DASH: 1. Roa (9pts), 2. Swanson (7pts), 3. Spencer (6pts), 4. R.Gardner (2pts).

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Swanson, 3. R.Gardner, 4. L.Williams, 5. Sweeney, 6. Ellertson, 7. Marshall, 8. St. James. 3:02.64.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Johnson, 3. Roa, 4. McCarthy, 5. Gansen, 6. Stewart, 7. Tafoya. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. A.Williams, 3. Spencer, 4. Adams, 5. Malcolm, 6. Waitman, 7. Bender. 2:57.98.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Matt McCarthy, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Chris Gansen, 10. Verne Sweeney, 11. Matt Stewart, 12. Gary Marshall Jr., 13. Max Adams, 14. Danny Faria Jr., 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 18. Bobby Bender, 19. Randy Waitman, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Bruce St. James, 22. Eddie Tafoya. NT

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**Tafoya flipped during the second heat. D.Gardner and Adams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Adams, Laps 2-30 Johnson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Matt Stewart (20th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 2&3 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” – “California Sprint Week”

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

August 26, 2017 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown VI"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug (#69 Dynamics), 2. Scotty Weir (#17G On The Gass), 3. Isaac Chapple (#52 LNR/Chapple), 4. Mario Clouser (#6 MCM), 5. Brady Short (#19AZ Reinbold/Underwood), 6. Logan Jarrett (#29 Jarrett), 7. Travis Hery (#21H Hery). 2;11.53

CONPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Aaron Farney (#15F DCT), 4. Tom Harris (#5E Harris), 5. Matt Goodnight (#39 Goodnight), 6. Chet Williams (#38 Williams), 7. Colten Cottle (#1RL Lambertson). NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 2. Dave Darland (#40 Hery), 3. Josh Hodges (#74x Hodges), 4. Kyle Robbins (#17R Robbins), 5. Brian Karraker (#23 Karraker), 6. Josh Spencer (#66J Spencer), 7. Parker Frederickson (#34 Frederickson). 2:10.23 (NTR)

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#11, McGhee), 2. Shane Cottle (#57 Hazen), 3. Kody Swanson (#2E Epperson), 4. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 5. Tyler Hewitt (#97x One More Time), 6. Cole Ketcham (#41 Ketcham), 7. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). 2:11.67

B & W AUTO MART "KING OF THE HILL" 2-CAR SHOOTOUTS: (3 laps each) Round 1: C.J. Leary (#30 Leary) defeated Brady Bacon (#63 Dooling/Hayward); Tyler Thomas (#17GP Dutcher) defeated Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady); Hunter Schuerenberg (#19 Reinbold/Underwood) defeated Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (#9k KT) defeated Tyler Courtney (#23c TOPP).Round 2: T.Thomas defeated Leary and K.Thomas defeated Schuerenberg Final Round: K.Thomas defeated T.Thomas.

B MAIN: (15 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Hodges, 3. Chapple, 4. Swanson, 5. Hewitt, 6. Clouser, 7. B.Short, 8. Mattox, 9. Karraker, 10. Robbins, 11. Goodnight, 12. Williams, 13. Hery, 14. Spencer, 15. Bell, 16. Harris, 17. P.Frederickson, 18. Ketcham, 19. Jarrett. NT

FEATURE: (43 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Kody Swanson, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Tyler Hewitt, 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Chris Windom, 19. Kevin Thomas Jr., 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Shane Cottle. NT
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**Jarrett flipped on lap 1 of the B Main. Harris flipped during the B-Main. Chapple flipped on lap 16 of the feature. K.Thomas flipped on lap 41 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 T.Thomas, Lap 41 Windom, Laps 42-43 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (15th-5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kody Swanson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Grant-1,662, 2-Windom-1,569, 3-Courtney-1.493, 4-K.Thomas Jr.-1,484, 5-Boespflug-1,478, 6-Stockon-1,419, 7-Leary-1,288, 8-Bacon-1,243, 9-Ballou-1,166, 10-Andretti-1,102.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 15 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

 

 

 

 


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