USAC Race Results & Press Releases

 


USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 13, 2022 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Johnson, 73X, Ford-14.193; 2. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-14.445; 3. T.J. Smith, Six8-14.521; 4. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-14.568; 5. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-14.607; 6. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-14.609; 7. Daniel Whitley, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.908; 8. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-15.082; 9. Cade Lewis, 73, Ford-15.094; 10. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-15.339; 11. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-15.386; 12. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-15.441; 13. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-NT; 14. Brandon Wiley, 14JR, Streeter-NT; 15. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-NT.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Johnson, 3. Smith, 4. Lewis, 5. Hix, 6. Hodges, 7. Whitley, 8. Buckley. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1.Faccinto, 2. Worth, 3. Andreotti, 4. Sarale, 5. Fuson, 6. Sarna, 7. Wiley. NT.

WIRELESS 101 & HOT HEAD COMPETITION ENGINE HEATERS FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (1), 2. Ben Worth (3), 3. Chase Johnson (6), 4. Brody Fuson (8), 5. A.J. Bender (2), 6. T.J. Smith (4), 7. Brandon Wiley (14), 8. Cade Lewis (9), 9. Travis Buckley (13), 10. Daniel Whitley (7), 11. Jake Andreotti (5), 12. C.J. Sarna (12), 13. Caden Sarale (10), 14. Steve Hix (11). NT.
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**Hodges flipped during hotlaps.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faccinto
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (14th to 7th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Caden Sarale

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-629, 2-Brody Fuson-531, 3-Ben Worth-526, 4-Travis Buckley-489, 5-A.J. Bender-450, 6-Blake Bower-445, 7-Jake Andreotti-439, 8-Caden Sarale-345, 9-Michael Snider-292, 10-C.J. Sarna-286.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-32, 2-Ben Worth-28, 3-Jake Andreotti-17, 4-Shane Golobic-12, --Blake Bower-12, --Chase Johnson-12, 7-Brody Fuson-10, 8-Mitchel Moles-6, --Travis Buckley-6, 10-Austin Liggett-5, --Robby Josett-5, --Colton Raudman-5, --Caden Sarale-5.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Travis Buckley-24, 2-Brody Fuson-21, 3-A.J. Bender-20, 4-Caden Sarale-18, --Michael Faccinto-18, --Danika Jo Parker-18, 7-Randi Pankratz-15, 8-Thomas Esberg-15, 9-Anthony Esberg-14, 10-Ben Wiesz-12, --Jake Andreotti-12, --Chase Johnson-12.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: August 27 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

BRODY ROA TOPS USAC/CRA RETURN TO SANTA MARIA
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 8, 2022… History was made last Saturday night as “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) won the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car return to Santa Maria Raceway. Retaking the lead for good from Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm on lap 21, Roa went on to earn the seventh victory for an iron-block 360 powered car with the series. Malcolm, hard charger Daniel Whitley, Logan Williams, and Chase Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting on the pole position, Roa’s May Motorsports’ #8M RDM Mechanics / Fastenal Eagle fell behind winged driver Kaleb Montgomery at the green flag. Montgomery, who won a USAC 360 show at Santa Maria in 2019, was looking to claim his first non-winged 410 main event. Those hopes were dashed as a multi-car tangle brought out the caution. On the restart, Roa got the jump and held the top spot on the technical surface.

Brody increased his advantage and was well in control of the main event. By the halfway point, the former USAC SouthWest Sprint Car champion was challenged by the fifth starting Malcolm. Malcolm made a bold move and took command on lap sixteen with his sights on his first career victory. After a couple of laps, Roa hit his marks and reeled in the leader. From there, Brody powered to the lead and sailed to his second win in a row.

With his twelfth career USAC/CRA triumph, Brody Roa moves into a tie for fifth overall on the win list with Bryan Clauson. The 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion began his night by qualifying seventh out of a season high 31 race cars and scored third in his heat race.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) began the sold out event by claiming his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the season. Piloting his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Mitchell posted a time of 14.160 on the 1/3-mile clay oval. From there, the former USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion placed fourth in his heat race and scored twenty-first in the feature after an early exit.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Flowdynamics Incorporated First Heat Race. Driving the family owned #21 Bender Pool and Spa / Schweitzer Motorsports DRC, Bender was seventeenth fast in time trials and scored twenty-second in the main event.

Veteran driver Verne Sweeney (Lomita, California) easily won the 10-lap BillsJerky.net Second Heat Race. Racing Ken Tracy’s #98 Bill’s ‘Ol Fashion Jerky / Faas Cores DRC, Sweeney qualified eighteenth overall and placed nineteenth after being involved in the first lap tangle.

Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, California) made his first USAC/CRA start of the campaign and won the 10-lap In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Third Heat Race. Piloting Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray entry, Whitley qualified nineteenth overall and earned the night’s In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with an eighteenth to third place run.

Dawson Faria (Tipton, California) claimed his first USAC/CRA checkered flags at Santa Maria Raceway. Driving the family owned #12BF Hooterville Hay / Quail Farms 360 powered ART, Faria won the night’s 10-lap Laserworx Manufacturing Fourth Heat Race, qualified twentieth in time trials, and finished fifteenth in the main event.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, California) won the 12-lap Factory Wraps Semi-Main. Racing the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / Bell Helmets DRC, Tafoya was fifth fast in time trials, scored fifth in his heat race, and finished eighth in the 30-lap feature.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, Austin Grabowski (Riverside, California) earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award at Santa Maria Raceway. Piloting his #72 Grabowski Speed Shop / Mustang Motel Eagle, the 2021 Rookie of the Year qualified sixteenth overall and placed fourth in the main event.

On Saturday, August 20th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, California) for the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. For more event information, visit perrisautospeedway.com.

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

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 6, 2022 – Santa Maria Raceway– Santa Maria, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.160; 2. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.223; 3. Chase Johnson, 73, Ford-14.254; 4. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-14.284; 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.288; 6. Kaleb Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-14.435; 7. Brody Roa, 8M, May-14.498; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-14.515; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-14.529; 10. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-14.535; 11. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.555; 12. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-14.556; 13. Brody Fuson, 51, Van Meter-14.587; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.624; 15. Grant Sexton, 18, Sexton-14.687; 16. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-14.699; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.709; 18. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.736; 19. Daniel Whitley, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.842; 20. Dawson Faria, 12BF, Faria-14.918; 21. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-14.968; 22. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-15.043; 23. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-15.119; 24. James Herrera, 16J, Herrera-15.258; 25. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-15.278; 26. Troy DeGaton, 39T, DeGaton-15.560; 27. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-15.862; 28. Joe Pontin Jr., 11O, O’Brien-16.310; 29. Bill Jones, 5J, Herrera-16.800; 30. Camie Bell, 29, Bell-17.883; 31. Vaughn Schott, 67, Schott-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. C.Williams, 3. Fuson, 4. Mitchell, 5. Tafoya, 6. Rayborne, 7. Jones, 8. Boul. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sweeney, 2. Butcher, 3. Malcolm, 4. Montgomery, 5. Schank, 6. McCarthy, 7. DeGaton, 8. Bell. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Whitley, 2. Rutherford, 3. Roa, 4. Johnson, 5. Hix, 6. Sexton, 7. Taylor. NT.

LASERWORX MANUFACTURING FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. L.Williams, 3. Gardner, 4. A.Williams, 5. Grabowski, 6. Herrera, 7. Pontin. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Tafoya, 2. Schank, 3. McCarthy, 4. Grabowski, 5. Boul, 6. Rayborne, 7. Herrera, 8. Hix, 9. DeGaton, 10. Pontin, 11. Sexton, 12. Bell, 13. Taylor, 14. Jones. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Roa (1), 2. Tommy Malcolm (5), 3. Daniel Whitley (18), 4. Logan Williams (12), 5. Chase Johnson (4), 6. Cody Williams (9), 7. Kaleb Montgomery (2), 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (7), 9. Nate Schank (10), 10. Troy Rutherford (11), 11. Brody Fuson (13), 12. Damion Gardner (3), 13. Austin Grabowski (15), 14. Tanner Boul (20), 15. Dawson Faria (19), 16. Joel Rayborne (22), 17. Austin Williams (8), 18. Matt McCarthy (14), 19. Verne Sweeney (17), 20. Charlie Butcher (21), 21. Matt Mitchell (6), 22. A.J. Bender (16). NT.
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**Schott flipped during time trials. A.Williams flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Roa, Laps 16-20 Malcolm, Laps 21-30 Roa.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Daniel Whitley (18th to 3rd)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Austin Grabowski

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-876, 2-Matt Mitchell-769, 3-Austin Williams-740, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-722, 5-Logan Williams-709, 6-Cody Williams-616, 7-Tommy Malcolm-610, 8-Brody Roa-560, 9-Nate Schank-500, 10-Charles Davis Jr.-497, --Matt McCarthy-497.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: August 20 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

 

 

TAKIN’ NAMES: SWANSON SURPASSES BEALE’S 46-YEAR-OLD RECORD WITH #6 AT TOLEDO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (August 6, 2022)………Since 1976, there’s been one individual who’s stood head and shoulders above all others in terms of USAC national feature victories at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway. That’s Rollie Beale.

On Saturday night, Kody Swanson moved atop the list, topping the 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champion’s long-standing record at his hometown track, and he did in the race named after the legend he passed.

Swanson’s sixth career USAC Silver Crown victory during Saturday night’s Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Fueled By Marco’s Pizza at the half-mile paved oval in Toledo surpassed Beale’s five USAC National Sprint Car feature triumphs between 1971 and 1976 at the track.

The feat completed a “perfect game” of sorts for Swanson who picked off the fastest lap in Dirt Draft Practice, fast time in Fatheadz Qualifying along with leading all 100 laps in his Doran-Dyson Racing/Glenn Farms – Henry U.S.A. – Duncan Oil/Beast/Lanci Ford.

To boot, it was the Kingsburg, California native’s fourth consecutive win in the event, adding victories to his previous top-flight performances in 2011-15-18-19-21. Swanson, the only driver to have started all nine USAC Silver Crown events at Toledo, has now led 655 of the 1,000 total laps ever run in Silver Crown competition at Toledo.

Earlier in the evening, Swanson added to his Toledo accolades with a sixth career pole position at the track, the 39th of his career to go along with his 36th career win.

Only three drivers have won six career USAC Silver Crown poles at a single track. Swanson became the first to have at least six poles at two different tracks (Indianapolis Raceway Park & Toledo). His younger brother, Tanner Swanson (IRP) and Dave Steele (Phoenix International Raceway) are the others.

That’s six poles and six wins at Toledo for the six-time champ. That sort of six-pack is one that Swanson never tires of.

“You race to win; you race to have fun and you race to do it with your team and comrades, and you try to go out and do the best job you can for them,” Swanson praised. “These guys put in the effort that they want to win and so do I, so that’s the goal and that’s what we come for, and I’m really fortunate to be a part of this team.”

Prior to the start, Swanson’s fellow front row compadre, C.J. Leary, experienced an issue with the battery on his ride. That forced the June Madison winner to the pits and, by rule, relegated him to the back of the field for the start (officially 20th on the grid) while Taylor Ferns became the new occupant of the outside front row. In qualifying, Ferns recorded the best starting position for a woman in USAC Silver Crown history with a third-place qualifying run, besting the previous series record of fifth, set by herself at Toledo in 2021.

Swanson swooped to the lead right from the start as third-starting Justin Grant slipped under Ferns to gain the second position on the opening lap. Meanwhile, Leary was hustling from the back of the pack, gaining entry into the top-10 on the 27th lap and into the top-five on lap 47 as he dashed around the outside of Logan Seavey on the back straightaway on lap 42.

Just past halfway, while Swanson hastened to a commanding two-second advantage on the rest of the field on lap 56, the battle for second raged on. Third-running Ferns found some bite at the exit of turn two and made a run to the inside of Grant at the entry to turn three when the two drivers tires touched – Ferns’ right front and Grant’s left rear.

As a result, Ferns spun sideways, punching through the outside Styrofoam wall while both fifth-running Leary and 15th place Travis Welpott careened nose-first into the foam. Grant spun into the infield but motored on without stopping. Ferns and Welpott were finished for the night while Grant continued and Leary soldiered on, but wasn’t quite the same following the incident, dropping back to an 11th place result when all was said and done.

When racing resumed, Swanson raced away through traffic and maintained a sizable two second lead that dwindled only slightly through traffic, but not enough to place an enormous amount of pressure on Swanson’s advantage. Despite turning the majority of his fastest laps of the race during the latter stages, Swanson tried to maintain that razor’s edge balance between going hard while also trying to conserve as he worked his way through the traffic.

“It’s hard because you feel like you break your rhythm and it almost makes it worse,” Swanson explained. “There were a couple of times when I tried to change my pace and I got looser off and that made it harder on the tires. So, I just tried to find my rhythm and make it count. Lapped cars are a part of racing; you work your way through them and hope you don’t give up too much of a lead and just try to keep on going because you know these guys are coming behind you that make you have to earn it every time.”

Meanwhile, Santos looked high and low to get by Grant for the second position for several laps, and his perseverance paid off when he powered around the outside of Grant for the runner-up spot in turn two on lap 92. Yet, still, Santos had a long row to hoe with a nearly three second deficit and the clock running out.

Swanson’s clock was right on time as he passed under the checkered flag for the second consecutive points race after scoring a similarly dominant win in mid-July at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. Swanson closed the door with a 3.114 second advantage to win once more at Toledo over Santos, Grant, Seavey and Russ Gamester who tallied his first USAC Silver Crown top-five result since finishing third at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track a decade ago in 2012.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) possesses an impeccable record at Toledo in his DJ Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions – Simpson Race Products/Beast/Speedway Chevy. On Saturday night, he made an impressive late charge to a fourth consecutive second place Rollie Beale Classic result after winning the event back in 2017.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) experienced a rollercoaster last half of a race at Toledo. After a few donuts in the grass infield following a lap 56 incident with Ferns, he came home to finish third in his Hemelgarn Racing/NOS Energy Drink – Super Fitness – Hemelgarn Enterprises/Beast/Speedway Ford. It's his best USAC Silver Crown result since winning at Terre Haute on May 1.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 6, 2022 – Toledo Speedway – Toledo, Ohio – Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Fueled by Marco's Pizza

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 1, Doran/Dyson-15.244; 2. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-15.261; 3. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-15.270; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-15.342; 5. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-15.372; 6. Logan Seavey, 222, Rice-15.422; 7. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-15.454; 8. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-15.518; 9. Nick Hamilton, 80, Breidinger-15.532; 10. Mario Clouser, 92, Kazmark-15.542; 11. Brian Tyler, 81, BCR-15.613; 12. Mike McVetta, 94, Ram-15.814; 13. Kyle O'Gara, 67, SFHR-15.828; 14. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-15.829; 15. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-15.894; 16. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-15.919; 17. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-15.996; 18. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams-16.142; 19. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-16.429; 20. Tom Paterson, 11, Paterson-17.215; 21. Jake Day, 42, Day-19.572; 22. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (4), 3. Justin Grant (3), 4. Logan Seavey (5), 5. Russ Gamester (7), 6. Derek Bischak (19), 7. Kyle Robbins (6), 8. Brian Tyler (10), 9. Mario Clouser (9), 10. Nick Hamilton (8), 11. C.J. Leary (20), 12. Mike McVetta (11), 13. Kaylee Bryson (16), 14. Kyle O’Gara (12), 15. Mike Haggenbottom (18), 16. Gregg Cory (17), 17. Taylor Ferns (2), 18. Travis Welpott (14), 19. Jake Day (21), 20. Austin Nemire (13), 21. Tom Paterson (19), 22. Dave Berkheimer (22). 1:05:57.617

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 Kody Swanson.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-384, 2-Logan Seavey-366, 3-C.J. Leary-346, 4-Brian Tyler-288, 5-Justin Grant-285, 6-Bobby Santos-239, 7-Taylor Ferns-209, 8-Travis Welpott-203, 9-Gregg Cory-178, 10-Kyle Robbins-176.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-116, 2-Thomas Meseraull-100, 3-Brady Bacon-98, 4-Buddy Kofoid-85, 5-Robert Ballou-75, 6-Logan Seavey-75, 7-Kaylee Bryson-72, 8-C.J. Leary-68, 9-Shane Cottle-67, 10-Matt Westfall-67.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 19, 2022 – World Wide Technology Raceway – Madison, Illinois – 1.125-Mile Paved Oval – Gateway 100

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kody Swanson (15.261)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson (15.244)

Hard Charger: Derek Bischak (19th to 6th)


 

 

THE BIGGEST WIN:
KOFOID SLIDES TO BC39 VICTORY AT INDY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 4, 2022)………”This is the biggest win of my midget career.”

On the biggest stage in what has been the biggest year of his burgeoning racing career thus far, Buddy Kofoid soaked in his moment in the limelight as he stood proudly in victory lane on Thursday night.

He’d won at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Penngrove, California native pulled out all the stops to capture the $15,000 top prize for prevailing in the fourth running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented By WeatherTech at The Dirt Track at IMS, which constituted a seemingly never-ending, see-saw exchange of slide jobs with Cannon McIntosh.

Using the cushion as a ramp and the outside concrete wall as a launching pad of sorts, Kofoid raced to the lead, fell out of the top spot, then regained it for good all in the final 10-lap sprint, taking the lead for the final time just five laps from the finish line in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“Some of it was intentional and some of it was on accident,” Kofoid remarked regarding his use of the cushion and the extension of the cushion that led, on occasion, a meeting of his right rear tire against the outside wall. “A lot of the time, it worked out. Luckily, I didn’t get bit. Hats off to Cannon. It was so fun racing with him. It was probably one of most fun midget races I’ve ever been a part of.”

Kofoid, the reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion and current series point leader, tallied up a triumph for the ages, one that he’ll never forget – not only for where he did it, but how he did it.

“At first, I didn’t think the track was going to widen up enough,” Kofoid recalled. “I was kind of stuck in fourth and fifth, so I just started ripping the fence, and if I put it upside down, I put it upside down. Luckily, that didn’t happen. It was a good points night, but also even better that we won at probably the coolest track in the world.”

Starting from the sixth spot, Kofoid’s position remained relatively unchanged well into the second half of the 39-lap event before finding his stride and making his move to establish his presence at the forefront of the field in the race honoring the late, great USAC champion Bryan Clauson.

“To honor Bryan, the whole Clauson family and Driven2SaveLives, it’s hard to put into words what that means,” Kofoid said. “And also, 15-grand is pretty damn cool too.”

The eighth series win of the season was the 17th of Kofoid’s USAC National Midget career, tying him with Jay Drake and J.J. Yeley for 40th all-time.

Meanwhile, Kofoid’s Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team picked up its first BC39 win, becoming the fourth team in as many years to capture a victory in the event. The score was the 131st for car entrant Keith Kunz in USAC National Midget competition, moving him to within two of the all-time series win record held by Steve Lewis at 133.

Kofoid began his race from the outside of the third row all while outside front row starter and first-time BC39 participant Mitchel Moles raced away with the lead in his hands.

Trouble on the opening lap put a halt to the proceedings just as they were getting underway when 20th starting Kyle Cummins hopped three times entering the third turn, which pitched his car on its left side and sent him flipping over, promptly ending his night prematurely.

Twice in the early going, McIntosh swiped the lead from Moles only to have the pass negated due to a subsequent yellow flag, which reverted the running order to the most recently scored lap, thus placing Moles back in front of McIntosh at the head of the field.

On lap 13, McIntosh shot to the lead around the outside in turn four just as Moles slipped sideways on exit. Moments later, the yellow flag was displayed yet again, this time for debris in turn one, but luckily for McIntosh, the timing was right and the pass finally stuck as the lap was completed before the caution, making him officially the new race leader.

At that time, Kofoid began to inch his way forward, moving to fourth on lap 17. On the 20th lap, amid a tussle to retain fourth with Ethan Mitchell, Kofoid ramped up the turn four cushion, then ricocheted into Mitchell at the start finish line. As a result, Mitchell veered straight into the infield, sliding through the grass in turns three and four before returning to the dirt after free-falling to 10th.

Following a yellow for a spin by Chase McDermand on lap 23, Kofoid began to make his major surge forward. Dropping back to fifth just before the caution, Kofoid picked his way to fourth on lap 24, to third on lap 25 and to second on lap 26 after rocketing underneath Moles in turn two.

Moles’ race came to a sudden and nasty conclusion on lap 29 when the third-place combatant biked on the turn three cushion and took a sidewinder into the outside wall, sending him flipping five-and-a-half times before coming to a rest on his side. At the same time, fourth-place Thomas Meseraull narrowly escaped the calamity by avoiding contact with Moles’ flipping machine. Moles, the series’ leading Rookie driver, walked away but was forced to bid adieu from the action.

Now with 11 laps to go, the fight at the front was turned up another several notches to DEFCON 1 as McIntosh and Kofoid waged an epic, unrelenting slider war that seemed as if it would never cease.

Starting with 10 to go, Kofoid shot to the bottom in turn three as McIntosh countered back under off turn four to retake the position on lap 30. With the lead continuously changing hands, the pair exchanged slide jobs an incomprehensible 10 times in a six-lap span between laps 30 and 35. Kofoid officially led at the stripe on laps 31-32 with McIntosh regaining a slight edge on the 33rd and 34th circuits.

Using the skyscraper cushion as a sort of springboard, Kofoid dug in and created some much needed separation when he crossed over McIntosh off the top of turn four with five laps remaining and bounced out from McIntosh to the tune of seven-tenths of a second.

When an infield tire marker was clipped and pushed into the racing groove in turn three, the yellow flag fell and, thus, set up one final restart with three laps to go. McIntosh took advantage of the opportunity to throw a slider on Kofoid for the lead, briefly slipping ahead before Kofoid dipped back underneath off turn two to hold serve.

“I almost gave it away on the last restart,” Kofoid recalled. “But (beforehand) I told (crew chief) Jarrett Martin that I wanted to kiss the bricks. He said ‘okay, noted.’ When I told him and (crewman) Shane (Marquez) that again, they were like, ‘yes sir.’”

McIntosh reloaded and refired again in turn one with two laps remaining, but Kofoid denied the attempt, sending himself as far up on top of the “hill” as humanly possible, running downhill off the turn two cushion to narrowly escape with the spot as a suddenly emerging Justin Grant made it three-wide for the number one position. A tick of the watch later, Meseraull entered the frame and double-slid both Grant and McIntosh briefly in turn three before slotting in behind McIntosh coming to the white flag.

Kofoid’s final measure proved to be the decisive moment and propelled him far enough ahead to where his challengers possessed nary a single bullet in the chamber to fire on the final lap as Kofoid sped away for a 0.845 second advantage at the finish line as the winner over McIntosh, Meseraull, Grant and Kyle Larson.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) led a race-high 20 laps in his Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/Crescent Tools – GearWrench – DriveWFX/Spike/Speedway Toyota. After losing the lead with less than 10 to go, the Okie battled his way back to the lead and fought tooth-and-nail to the final gun. In the end, he brought it home in second-place, his best result in three BC39 starts.

“I just think he found something there,” McIntosh said of the difference between he and Kofoid during the latter stages. “Battling through traffic early, he was just able to get something going in one and two. I just didn’t have enough time to figure it out. I was able to gain enough speed to get to the lead, but I just couldn’t get through one and two as good as him on the top. We were really good on the bottom and, if it had stayed down there, it would’ve worked out well. I feel like we put up the best fight we could’ve with what we had, and we brought it home second. It was fun racing with him there and I feel like we were able to push each other to the limit without going over the limit.”

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) led laps in each of his last two starts at the BC39 in 2019 and 2021. On this night, he led no laps, but he did come away with his best career finish in the event, notching third after starting back in 11th in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

From the C to the B to the A. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) had a long row to hoe Thursday night at the BC39. He advanced from 9th to 2nd in the C-Main, from 16th to 2nd in the semi-feature and from 18th to 4th in the feature, passing a whopping total of 35 cars in the final three events of the alphabet soup in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota. He remains the only driver to finish in the top-10 in all four editions of the BC39 since 2018.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 3-4, 2022 – The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, Indiana – Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chris Windom (#89x CBI), 2. Trey Gropp (#08x Dave Mac Dalby), 3. Austin Barnhill (#17B Dave Mac Dalby), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (#85 Central), 5. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 6. Rylan Gray (#06 Gray), 7. Dillon Welch (#71w May), 8. Travis Buckley (#7 BSL). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Jade Avedisian (#84 CBI), 2. Ryan Timms (#97K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Michael Pickens (#17 Shophouse), 4. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Jacob Denney (#61 Mounce-Stout), 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (08s Dave Mac Dalby), 7. Chris Baue (#36 Baue), 8. Jeff Schindler (#8x Schindler), 9. Ian Creager (#36c Creager).

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Kyle Larson (#86 CBI), 4. Sheldon Creed (#74 Abacus), 5. Blake Brannon (#40B Western Speed), 6. Kyle Jones (#7u Trifecta), 7. Zach Veach (#21 Ripper), 8. Jason McDougal (#68 Six8), 9. Josh Hodge (#5J Rose).

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 2. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac Dalby), 3. Jace Park (#87 CBI), 4. Donny Schatz (#15 Spike/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Cade Lewis (#71m Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Greyson Springer (#81G Gray), 7. Braden Chiaramonte (#25 Malloy), 8. Timmy Buckwalter (#29 Seymour), 9. Zach Boden (#51 Dohner).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Michael Faccinto (#15F Mounce-Stout), 2. Emerson Axsom (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 3. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 4. Bill Rose (#6 Rose), 5. Steve Buckwalter (#25B Buckwalter), 6. A.J. Hopkins (#7R RAMCO).

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Mitchel Moles (#89 CBI), 2. Brady Bacon (#21H TKH), 3. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. C.J. Leary (#25L Petry), 5. Alex Watson (#11T Taylor), 6. Shannon McQueen (#7 McQueen), 7. Kyle Keaton (#6K Keaton), 8. Jim Jones (#97J Jones), 9. Jadon Rogers (#7m RAMCO).

PIT STOP USA SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres), 3. Karter Sarff (#21K Sarff), 4. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester), 5. Colby Copeland (#25m Malloy), 6. Michelle Decker (#7D Decker), 7. Anton Hernandez (#37x Felker), 8. Jordan Kinser (#5LK Briscoe).

ROD END SUPPLY EIGHTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 3. Mariah Ede (#71E Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Maria Cofer (#57 Abacus), 5. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Ryan Newman (#39N Clauson Marshall), 7. Isaac Chapple (#6x Hall), 8. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS NINTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Dominic Gorden (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 3. J.J. Yeley (#0G Styres), 4. Nick Drake (#55 Cline), 5. Barrie Valentino (#Q23 Valentino), 6. John Heydenreich (#22 Heydenreich), 7. Jimi Quin (#37x Felker), 8. Casey Burkham (#7MR RAMCO).

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) TENTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Zach Daum (#9m Bundy Built), 2. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 3. Riley Kreisel (#19K Cox), 4. Logan Seavey (#19 Reinbold-Underwood), 5. Chase McDermand (#40 Mounce-Stout), 6. Bryan Stanfill (#75AU Griffiths), 7. Scott Orr (#88 Orr), 8. Alex Nalon (#18N Nalon), 9. Ryan Thomas (#1 Wingo).

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Clinton Boyles (#11 Beierle)

STOOPS PURSUIT: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dominic Gorden (1), 2. Zach Daum (7), 3. Trey Gropp (3), 4. Cannon McIntosh (20), 5. Ethan Mitchell (5), 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (21-P), 7. C.J. Leary (25-P), 8. Jerry Coons Jr. (22-P), 9. Brady Bacon (11), 10. Jade Avedisian (19), 11. Buddy Kofoid (16), 12. Donny Schatz (24-P), 13. Karter Sarff (9), 14. Mitchel Moles (17), 15. Tyler Courtney (18), 16. Chase Briscoe (23-P), 17. J.J. Yeley (2), 18. Chris Windom (6), 19. Kyle Larson (12), 20. Michael Faccinto (4), 21. Chance Crum (8), 22. Emerson Axsom (15), 23. Justin Grant (10), 24. Michael Pickens (13), 25. Thomas Meseraull (14).

REMAINDER OF EVENT HELD ON AUGUST 4

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Jacob Denney, 2. Dominic Gorden, 3. Michael Pickens, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 7. Nick Drake, 8. Kyle Jones, 9. Timmy Buckwalter, 10. Austin Barnhill, 11. Braden Chiaramonte, 12. Ryan Thomas, 13. Jim Jones, 14. John Heydenreich.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Jace Park, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Hayden Reinbold, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Ryan Timms, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Greyson Springer, 9. Michelle Decker, 10. Ian Creager, 11. Adam Taylor, 12. Zach Veach, 13. J.J. Yeley.

PIT STOP USA THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Jade Avedisian, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Chase Briscoe, 7. Russ Gamester, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Donny Schatz, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Jimi Quin, 12. Peter Paulson (#Q32 Valentino), 13. Josh Hodge, 14. Kyle Keaton.

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Zach Daum, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Jordan Kinser, 7. Anton Hernandez, 8. Travis Buckley, 9. Riley Kreisel, 10. Alex Watson, 11. Barrie Valentino, 12. Chris Baue, 13. Bill Rose.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIFTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Cade Lewis, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Bryan Stanfill, 8. Ryan Newman, 9. Justin Dickerson, 10. Alex Nalon, 11. Maria Cofer, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Taylor Reimer.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SIXTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Sheldon Creed, 3. Trey Gropp, 4. Karter Sarff, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Blake Brannon, 7. Dillon Welch, 8. Rylan Gray, 9. Zach Boden, 10. Jeff Schindler, 11. Scott Orr, 12. Colby Copeland, 13. Logan Seavey.

FIRST D-MAIN: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the C-Main) 1. Mariah Ede, 2. Timmy Buckwalter, 3. Travis Buckley, 4. Colby Copeland, 5. J.J. Yeley, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Chris Baue, 8. Ian Creager, 9. Bill Rose, 10. Ryan Newman, 11. Kyle Keaton, 12. Adam Taylor, 13. Kyle Jones, 14. Alex Watson, 15. Shannon McQueen, 16. Alex Nalon, 17. Jim Jones.

SECOND D-MAIN: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the C-Main) 1. Rylan Gray, 2. Riley Kreisel, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Braden Chiaramonte, 6. Justin Dickerson, 7. Ryan Thomas, 8. Jimi Quin, 9. Josh Hodge, 10. Zach Boden, 11. Austin Barnhill, 12. Zach Veach, 13. Jeff Schindler, 14. Barrie Valentino, 15. Scott Orr, 16. Peter Paulson, 17. Maria Cofer, 18. Michelle Decker.

C-MAIN: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the semi) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 4. Cade Lewis, 5. Chase Briscoe, 6. Nick Drake, 7. Anton Hernandez, 8. Dillon Welch, 9. Bryan Stanfill, 10. Russ Gamester, 11. Timmy Buckwalter, 12. Riley Kreisel, 13. Rylan Gray, 14. Donny Schatz, 15. Greyson Springer, 16. Mariah Ede, 17. Travis Buckley, 18. Blake Brannon, 19. Jordan Kinser, 20. Isaac Chapple.

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (20 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Sheldon Creed, 9. Cade Lewis, 10. Chase Briscoe, 11. Brenham Crouch, 12. Chance Crum, 13. Nick Drake, 14. Jace Park, 15. Jade Avedisian, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. C.J. Leary, 18. Hayden Reinbold, 19. Ryan Timms, 20. Michael Faccinto.

FEATURE: (39 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (6), 2. Cannon McIntosh (1), 3. Thomas Meseraull (11), 4. Justin Grant (18), 5. Kyle Larson (10), 6. Zach Daum (3), 7. Kaylee Bryson (15), 8. Brady Bacon (5), 9. Dominic Gorden (8), 10. Brenham Crouch (23-U), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (14), 12. Chris Windom (9), 13. Emerson Axsom (19), 14. Taylor Reimer (24-U), 15. Trey Gropp (7), 16. Jason McDougal (21), 17. Tyler Courtney (25-P), 18. Chase McDermand (17), 19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (22), 20. Karter Sarff (13), 21. Chase Briscoe (26-P), 22. Michael Pickens (16), 23. Mitchel Moles (2), 24. Jacob Denney (12), 25. Ethan Mitchell (4), 26. Kyle Cummins (20).

**(P) represents an Indianapolis Motor Speedway promoter’s option

**(P) represents a USAC provisional

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Mitchel Moles, Laps 13-30 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 31-32 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 33-34 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 35-39 Buddy Kofoid.

STOOPS PURSUIT LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Dominic Gorden.

**Cannon McIntosh flipped during the fourth heat. Michael Faccinto flipped on lap 1 of the Stoops Pursuit. J.J. Yeley flipped during the second qualifier. Alex Nalon & Chris Baue flipped during the first D-Main. Alex Watson flipped during the first D-Main. Nick Drake flipped during the semi. Kyle Cummins flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Mitchel Moles flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1258, 2-Justin Grant-1172, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1014, 4-Cannon McIntosh-976, 5-Mitchel Moles-965, 6-Bryant Wiedeman-928, 7-Kaylee Bryson-919, 8-Logan Seavey-763, 9-Ethan Mitchell-750, 10-Brenham Crouch-749.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-116, 2-Thomas Meseraull-100, 3-Brady Bacon-98, 4-Buddy Kofoid-85, 5-Robert Ballou-75, 6-Logan Seavey-74, 7-Kaylee Bryson-69, 8-Shane Cottle-67, 9-Matt Westfall-67, 10-Emerson Axsom-65.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 4, 2022 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, Wisconsin – Firemen’s Nationals – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Cannon McIntosh (12.136) & Michael Pickens (12.074)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jade Avedisian

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Chance Crum

Simpson Race Products Fifth Heat Winner: Michael Faccinto

Competition Suspension, Inc. Sixth Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Pit Stop USA Seventh Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

Rod End Supply Eighth Heat Winner: Ethan Mitchell

Simpson Race Products Ninth Heat Winner: Dominic Gorden

Competition Suspension, Inc. Tenth Heat Winner: Zach Daum

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Jacob Denney

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner: Jace Park

Pit Stop USA Third Qualifier Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Rod End Supply Fourth Qualifier Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Simpson Race Products Fifth Qualifier Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Competition Suspension, Inc. Sixth Qualifier Winner: Kaylee Bryson

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

Hard Charger: Justin Grant (18th to 4th)


 

GLASS CITY BOUND! USAC SILVER CROWN TAKES ON TOLEDO SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (August 4, 2022)………During last fall’s Rollie Beale Classic at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway, as if it wasn’t already evident enough, it became even more abundantly clear that Kody Swanson possesses the rare and unique talent to make the extraordinary seem commonplace.

He made that happen again in the last round of the USAC Silver Crown season in July as the six-time series champion took over possession of the point lead entering this Saturday night’s 100-lap Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Fueled By Marco’s Pizza on August 6.

For the high majority of the 2021 race at Toledo’s high-banked, half-mile paved oval, Swanson performed just as you’d come to expect from the series’ winningest driver. The first 83.5 trips around the half-mile paved oval were relatively free of stress for Swanson, but a bit of turn three duress nearly derailed both his bid for the race win and the driving title.

It was then that Swanson got caught up in a melee, smashing his left front of his nose and wheel into the rear bumper of a spinning car, testing the maximum limits of metal’s unmalleable flexibility. A major puncture wound to the nose and a bent axle became the battle scars Swanson carried for the final 13 circuits en route to victory, and despite all the lingering circumstances, Swanson remained untouchable and unmalleable in his own right.

Swanson enters Saturday’s event as the defending race winner and has won each of the last three at Toledo, among his grand total of five USAC Silver Crown race victories at the venue in 2011-15-18-19-21. He’s also the only driver to have started all eight USAC Silver Crown events at Toledo and has yet to finish outside the top-four in any of those eight starts.

Swanson has led 555 of the 900 laps ever run by Silver Crown cars at Toledo at a clip of 61.66 percent. He’s also won the pole five times at Toledo in 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021. His first, in 2011, remains the one-lap Silver Crown track record – 14.809 sec. (121.548 mph avg.).

However, he’s not the only driver who can dominate the asphalt as a loaded field of 24 USAC Silver Crown racers and teams file into Toledo to pound the pavement in the Glass City.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) is the only driver to win at Toledo Speedway in a USAC Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown car in his career, and took the checkered at the Rollie Beale Classic in 2017. A feather in his cap is being the most recent driver not named Kody Swanson to win with the series at Toledo. The pavement ace has finished inside the top-three in a Crown car at Toledo on five occasions, 3rd in 2012, 1st in 2017, 2nd in 2018, 2nd in 2019 and 2nd again in 2021 in addition to a King of the Wing Sprint Car win there in 2017.

A mere three-points separate the top-three in the USAC Silver Crown championship fight with Swanson leading over Logan Seavey and C.J. Leary who are each tied, three points apiece behind Swanson. Both Seavey and Leary are pursuing a first Silver Crown driving title.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has emerged as a frontrunner to contend with on the pavement. Known primarily for his dirt prowess, the 2019 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion not only won, but dominated the Silver Crown visit to Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway this past June. He’ll be making his first Toledo appearance in three seasons. He finished a best of 11th at Toledo in 2015.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will be aiming to make gains toward a Silver Crown championship run with a solid Toledo finish. He’s already been in victory lane on the dirt with the series this season at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway. Seavey is a past USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion from the 2018 season and, at Toledo, he earned a 10th place result in 2021.

Brian Tyler (Parma, Mich.) owns USAC winning experience at Toledo, capturing a National Sprint Car round there during the 2001 season. Tyler put together his best Toledo Silver Crown result in 2021 with a late surge to finish 3rd. Back in 2010 and 2011, the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion notched back-to-back 6th place Silver Crown runs at Toledo.

Past series champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) set quick time in qualifying at Toledo in 2018. He’s earned top-ten Toledo Silver Crown finishes with a 10th in both 2017 and 2018, then turned in a personal best 4th in 2019. His car is owned by race sponsor Ron Hemelgarn, who was also the winning owner for Buddy Lazier’s 1996 Indianapolis 500 entry. Dennis LaCava was with the team on its big day a quarter century ago and will be turning the wrenches for Grant at Toledo this Saturday.

Eric Gordon (Greenfield, Ind.), likewise, has been victorious in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at Toledo, winning his first career USAC race there back in 1989. In Silver Crown competition at Toledo, Gordon has tallied a 4th in 2018 and a 10th back in 2011.

Austin Nemire, from nearby Sylvania, Ohio, made his first career Silver Crown start at Toledo in 2015, finishing 7th, followed it up in 2018 with a solid 6th. Nemire has been consistently steady over the years at Toledo, taking a best finish of 6th in 2018, then was the hard charger in 2019, moving his way through the field to a 7th place finish after starting 20th. In 2021, the story unfolded similarly with Nemire charging from 15th to finish 8th.

Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) has made four Toledo Silver Crown starts with a best of 11th in 2019. He took 8th with the USAC National Sprint Cars at Toledo in 2011 and was 4th during an Auto Value Super Sprint feature there in 2019.

Nathan Byrd, Kyle O'Gara and Taylor Ferns each recorded their best Toledo Silver Crown results the last time around in 2021. Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) scored a career-best 6th in the event while O’Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.) came home 7th and Silver Crown racing’s most successful woman, Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.), notched a 9th.

Returning for Toledo action this Saturday are 2018 series Rookie of the Year, New Castle, Indiana’s Kyle Robbins (11th in 2018); Pendleton, Indiana’s Travis Welpott (9th in 2018); Levittown, Pennsylvania’s Mike Haggenbottom (11th in 2021); Abilene, Texas’ Jake Day (12th in 2021), Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Dave Berkheimer (22nd in 2021) and Grafton, Ohio’s Mike McVetta (16th in 2021).

McVetta is one of two Ohio natives in Saturday’s field along with Nemire. McVetta captured Midwest Supermodified Series (MSS) championships in 2018 and 2019 as well as the Buckeye Super Sprint title in 2011. The Dick and Deborah Myers owned team sure knows the fast way around Toledo. Their winged sprint car possesses the fastest lap ever turned at Toledo, a 12.096 set in 2018.

Getting their first taste of USAC Silver Crown experience at Toledo are pavement stud Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), plus five USAC Silver Crown Rookies, including USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standout Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), leading Silver Crown Rookie Gregg Cory (Shelbyville, Ind.), Nick Hamilton (Danville, Ind.), Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) and Tom Paterson (Argos, Ind.).

THE DETAILS:

Saturday’s event honors legendary Toledo native and 1973 USAC Sprint Car champion driver and also marks the ninth appearance by the series at Toledo since 2010.

The Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Fueled by Marco’s Pizza will feature the USAC Silver Crown National Championship plus Late Model Sportsman and Factory Stocks. Vintage Race Cars will also be on display.

The USAC pit gate opens/rig parking begins at 2pm Eastern on race day Saturday. The track ticket office opens and spectator gates open at 4:30pm. USAC Silver Crown practice runs from 4:30-5:15pm. USAC Silver Crown Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying begins at 5:45pm. Parade laps for the vintage cars is slated for 6:35pm. USAC Silver Crown cars and drivers will be called to front stretch at 6:50pm.

Getting closer to showtime, there will be a Beale family introduction, a brief racer reunion, the national anthems starting at 6:50 followed by driver introductions and the Rollie Beale Classic main event at 7pm.

Tickets are $25, kids 6-12 are $5, while ages 5 and under are free. Add $1 per ticket for online ticket purchases at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-308, 2-Logan Seavey-305, 3-C.J. Leary-305, 4-Brian Tyler-239, 5-Justin Grant-221, 6-Taylor Ferns-180, 7-Travis Welpott-176, 8-Bobby Santos-172, 9-Gregg Cory-147, 10-Brady Bacon-128.

2022 ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC ENTRY LIST:

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

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

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

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

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

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 (R) KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

32 (R) GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing)

42 (R) JAKE DAY/Abilene, Texas (Jake Day)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing)

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

80 (R) NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Breidinger Motorsports)

81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 (R) MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

94 (R) MIKE MCVETTA/Grafton OH (Dick & Deborah Myers)

99 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Brad & Tara Armstrong)

111 (R) TOM PATERSON/Argos, IN (Tom Paterson)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN AT TOLEDO SPEEDWAY

1 Lap - 10/15/2011 - Kody Swanson - 14.809 - 121.548 mph

100 Laps - 6/29/2012 - Jerry Coons Jr. - 27:07.40 - 110.606 mph

TOLEDO USAC SILVER CROWN WINS:

5-Kody Swanson

2-Jerry Coons Jr.

1-Bobby Santos

TOLEDO USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS:

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (10/16)

2011: Kody Swanson (10/15)

2012: Jerry Coons Jr. (6/29)

2015: Kody Swanson (5/1)

2017: Bobby Santos (7/28)

2018: Kody Swanson (5/4)

2019: Kody Swanson (4/28)

2021: Kody Swanson (10/10)

PAST USAC SILVER CROWN RESULTS AT TOLEDO SPEEDWAY:

2010 FEATURE: (150 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Bobby East, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. A.J. Fike, 6. Brian Tyler, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Bud Kaeding, 9. Justin Carver, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Russ Gamester, 13. Derek Hagar, 14. Zach Martini, 15. Tanner Swanson, 16. Tracy Hines, 17. Shane Hollingsworth, 18. Jeff Swindell, 19. Troy DeCaire, 20. Jacob Wilson. NT

2011 FEATURE: (150 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Bobby East, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Brian Tyler, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Kyle Hamilton, 9. Shane Hollingsworth, 10. Eric Gordon, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. David Byrne, 13. Kyle Larson, 14. Derek Hagar, 15. A.J. Fike, 16. Russ Gamester, 17. Jimmy Kite, 18. Tanner Swanson, 19. Doug Berryman. NT

2012 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Bobby East, 3. Bobby Santos, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Kyle Hamilton, 7. Tanner Swanson, 8. A.J. Fike, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Jacob Wilson, 11. Bud Kaeding, 12. Eric Gordon, 13. Brian Tyler, 14. Doug Berryman, 15. Taylor Ferns. 27:07.40

2015 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Jacob Wilson, 3. A.J. Fike, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Aaron Pierce, 6. David Byrne, 7. Austin Nemire, 8. Dave Baumgartner, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Rex Norris III, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Tim Barber, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Jimmy McCune, 15. Tanner Swanson, 16. Bobby Santos, 17. Kyle Hamilton, 18. Patrick Lawson. NT

2017 FEATURE: (103 laps) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Joe Liguori, 6. Davey Hamilton, 7. Joe Axsom, 8. David Byrne, 9. Annie Breidinger, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Troy Thompson, 12. Aaron Pierce, 13. Joss Moffatt, 14. Damion Gardner, 15. Matt Goodnight. 28:48.16

2018 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson (9), 2. Bobby Santos (4), 3. David Byrne (7), 4. Eric Gordon (16), 5. Aaron Pierce (6), 6. Austin Nemire (8), 7. Cody Gerhardt (15), 8. Matt Goodnight (10), 9. Travis Welpott (11), 10. Justin Grant (1), 11. Kyle Robbins (12, 12. Toni Breidinger (14), 13. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 14. Kyle Hamilton (3), 15. Chris Windom (5), 16. Dave Darland (13). NT

2019 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (11), 3. Aaron Pierce (3), 4. Justin Grant (6), 5. Chris Windom (10), 6. Kyle Hamilton (2), 7. Austin Nemire (20), 8. Derek Bischak (12), 9. Joey Schmidt (13), 10. Brian Gerster (19), 11. Russ Gamester (16), 12. Mike Haggenbottom (22), 13. Cody Gerhardt (21), 14. Kyle Robbins (17), 15. Cody Gallogly (18), 16. Chris Dyson (14), 17. Matt Goodnight (15), 18. Eric Gordon (4), 19. David Byrne (7), 20. Jason Conn (9), 21. C.J. Leary (5), 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8). NT

2021 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (4), 3. Brian Tyler (7), 4. David Byrne (3), 5. Davey Hamilton Jr. (14), 6. Nathan Byrd (10), 7. Kyle O'Gara (6), 8. Austin Nemire (15), 9. Taylor Ferns (5), 10. Logan Seavey (12), 11. Mike Haggenbottom (19), 12. Jake Day (21), 13. Tyler Roahrig (8), 14. Annie Breidinger (20), 15. Russ Gamester (11), 16. Mike McVetta (17), 17. Justin Grant (2), 18. Jim Anderson (13), 19. Travis Welpott (18), 20. Aaron Pierce (16), 21. Kyle Robbins (9), 22. Dave Berkheimer (22). NT

 

DOMINANT GORDEN:
USAC MIDGET ROOKIE SCOOPS UP
STOOPS PURSUIT AT IMS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 3, 2022)………The surname “Gordon” has long resonated around the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

After all, Jeff Gordon did score five career Brickyard 400 wins throughout his illustrious career with NASCAR on the 2.5-mile paved oval.

On Wednesday night, this time it was a “Gorden” who made his initial flash on the quarter-mile dirt oval at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Clovis, California’s Dominic Gorden led wire-to-wire for all five segments, 25 laps in total, to win the unique Stoops Pursuit special event race for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, part of the opening night festivities for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech.

The 16-year-old’s first ever IMS experience was punctuated with his first ride aboard Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports’ Eibach Springs-sponsored Bullet By Spike powered by a Speedway Toyota. Utilizing his new digs, Gorden started up front and stayed up front throughout the distance with little resistance.

The objective of the Stoops Pursuit is fairly straightforward – don’t get passed and don’t be involved in an incident in which you stop. Gorden thwarted what threats did come his way as the USAC series Rookie officially put his name in the record books as a winner on the grounds of IMS.

“I was pretty nervous going into it,” Gorden acknowledged. “But after we got past the first and second yellow, I got a little more comfortable with every green flag run we got.”

After a relatively brief, but heavy shower earlier in the night, Gorden earned his way into the Pursuit after collecting a heat race win. When the time came to put up, Gorden stuck his number 71K on the bottom and kept the 25-car field at arm’s length throughout.

Among other objectives is successfully navigating the built-in restarts for the event, and Gorden succeeded in devising his own gameplan to endure any run made at him.

“I didn’t try too many tricks,” Gorden noted. “I had to switch up my restarts a little bit and not miss the bottom.”

Gorden’s first and foremost challenge was trying to keep it clean for 25 laps without a hiccup from either himself or the field bearing down on him. However, that sure wasn’t quite the case behind him.

Trouble ensued on the opening lap when fourth-starting Michael Faccinto’s left front tire connected with the right rear of Ethan Mitchell. The contact sent Faccinto suddenly veering right in turn four, then barrel-rolling twice over and avoiding injury.

Any driver involved in a caution was subsequently eliminated from the contest, spelling doom for heavy hitters Justin Grant, Thomas Meseraull and Chance Crum on the initial start. Kyle Larson, the winner of the last two Stoops Pursuits in 2019 and 2021, plowed into the still Crum’s left front wheel, ramping over it with his left front wheel. Boom. Just like that. All five drivers were done before a lap was even completed.

Entering the last five-lap segment, it was go time. Second-running Trey Gropp made his bid for the lead, pulling even with Gorden on the bottom at the entry to turn three on lap 22, to no avail. Zach Daum, who sat fourth for most of the duration, swept by his Bundy Built Motorsports teammate Mitchell on lap 23, then tracked down Gropp and overtook him at the exit of turn four coming to the white flag.

By then, it was too late. Gorden had firmly established his dominance at the start and finished off an impressive victory in the non-points special event. Of note, Gorden, who made eight USAC National Midget feature starts earlier this season with CB Industries, had only once finished inside the top-ten, scoring a 10th on June 5 at Tri-State Speedway during Indiana Midget Week.

Gorden also become the third different winner in the Stoops Pursuit’s four-year history, joining Zeb Wise (2018) and Kyle Larson (2019 & 2021).

Daum grabbed second, 0.678 sec. behind Gorden at the stripe. Gropp collected third with Cannon McIntosh advancing from 20th to 4th. Ethan Mitchell rounded out the top-five.

Eight different states were represented by the top-eight finishers: Gorden (California), Daum (Illinois), Gropp (Nebraska), McIntosh (Oklahoma), Mitchell (North Carolina), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Mississippi), C.J. Leary (Indiana) and Jerry Coons Jr. (Arizona).

Ten heat races were held earlier on Wednesday evening with teammates Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) tied for the number one position for the BC39 event points, earning 160 points each for their eighth to first runs during their respective heat races.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 3, 2022 – The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, Indiana – Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chris Windom (#89x CBI), 2. Trey Gropp (#08x Dave Mac Dalby), 3. Austin Barnhill (#17B Dave Mac Dalby), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (#85 Central), 5. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 6. Rylan Gray (#06 Gray), 7. Dillon Welch (#71w May), 8. Travis Buckley (#7 BSL). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Jade Avedisian (#84 CBI), 2. Ryan Timms (#97K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Michael Pickens (#17 Shophouse), 4. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Jacob Denney (#61 Mounce-Stout), 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (08s Dave Mac Dalby), 7. Chris Baue (#36 Baue), 8. Jeff Schindler (#8x Schindler), 9. Ian Creager (#36c Creager).

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Kyle Larson (#86 CBI), 4. Sheldon Creed (#74 Abacus), 5. Blake Brannon (#40B Western Speed), 6. Kyle Jones (#7u Trifecta), 7. Zach Veach (#21 Ripper), 8. Jason McDougal (#68 Six8), 9. Josh Hodge (#5J Rose).

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 2. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac Dalby), 3. Jace Park (#87 CBI), 4. Donny Schatz (#15 Spike/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Cade Lewis (#71m Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Greyson Springer (#81G Gray), 7. Braden Chiaramonte (#25 Malloy), 8. Timmy Buckwalter (#29 Seymour), 9. Zach Boden (#51 Dohner).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Michael Faccinto (#15F Mounce-Stout), 2. Emerson Axsom (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 3. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 4. Bill Rose (#6 Rose), 5. Steve Buckwalter (#25B Buckwalter), 6. A.J. Hopkins (#7R RAMCO).

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Mitchel Moles (#89 CBI), 2. Brady Bacon (#21H TKH), 3. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. C.J. Leary (#25L Petry), 5. Alex Watson (#11T Taylor), 6. Shannon McQueen (#7 McQueen), 7. Kyle Keaton (#6K Keaton), 8. Jim Jones (#97J Jones), 9. Jadon Rogers (#7m RAMCO).

PIT STOP USA SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres), 3. Karter Sarff (#21K Sarff), 4. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester), 5. Colby Copeland (#25m Malloy), 6. Michelle Decker (#7D Decker), 7. Anton Hernandez (#37x Felker), 8. Jordan Kinser (#5LK Briscoe).

ROD END SUPPLY EIGHTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 3. Mariah Ede (#71E Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Maria Cofer (#57 Abacus), 5. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Ryan Newman (#39N Clauson Marshall), 7. Isaac Chapple (#6x Hall), 8. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS NINTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Dominic Gorden (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 3. J.J. Yeley (#0G Styres), 4. Nick Drake (#55 Cline), 5. Barrie Valentino (#Q23 Valentino), 6. John Heydenreich (#22 Heydenreich), 7. Jimi Quin (#37x Felker), 8. Casey Burkham (#7MR RAMCO).

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) TENTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Zach Daum (#9m Bundy Built), 2. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 3. Riley Kreisel (#19K Cox), 4. Logan Seavey (#19 Reinbold-Underwood), 5. Chase McDermand (#40 Mounce-Stout), 6. Bryan Stanfill (#75AU Griffiths), 7. Scott Orr (#88 Orr), 8. Alex Nalon (#18N Nalon), 9. Ryan Thomas (#1 Wingo).

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Clinton Boyles (#11 Beierle) & Peter Paulson (#Q32 Valentino)

STOOPS PURSUIT: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dominic Gorden (1), 2. Zach Daum (7), 3. Trey Gropp (3), 4. Cannon McIntosh (20), 5. Ethan Mitchell (5), 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (21-P), 7. C.J. Leary (25-P), 8. Jerry Coons Jr. (22-P), 9. Brady Bacon (11), 10. Jade Avedisian (19), 11. Buddy Kofoid (16), 12. Donny Schatz (24-P), 13. Karter Sarff (9), 14. Mitchel Moles (17), 15. Tyler Courtney (18), 16. Chase Briscoe (23-P), 17. J.J. Yeley (2), 18. Chris Windom (6), 19. Kyle Larson (12), 20. Michael Faccinto (4), 21. Chance Crum (8), 22. Emerson Axsom (15), 23. Justin Grant (10), 24. Michael Pickens (13), 25. Thomas Meseraull (14).

**(P) represents a promoter’s option

STOOPS PURSUIT LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Dominic Gorden.

**Cannon McIntosh flipped during the fourth heat. Michael Faccinto flipped on lap 1 of the Stoops Pursuit.

BC39 EVENT POINTS: 1-Mitchel Moles & Chris Windom-160, 3-Cannon McIntosh-153, 4-Zach Daum-150, 5-Justin Grant-148, 6-Trey Gropp & Thomas Meseraull-143, 8-Kyle Larson-141, 9-Ethan Mitchell-140, 10-Emerson Axsom & Brady Bacon.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 4, 2022 – The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, Indiana – Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Cannon McIntosh (12.136)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jade Avedisian

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Chance Crum

Simpson Race Products Fifth Heat Winner: Michael Faccinto

Competition Suspension, Inc. Sixth Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Pit Stop USA Seventh Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

Rod End Supply Eighth Heat Winner: Ethan Mitchell

Simpson Race Products Ninth Heat Winner: Dominic Gorden

Competition Suspension, Inc. Tenth Heat Winner: Zach Daum

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

DAMION GARDNER LEADS USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS TO SANTA MARIA
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 3, 2022... After a break in the schedule, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will headline the action at Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, August 6th. The thirteenth championship point race will also showcase the winged California Lightning Sprints, IMCA SportMods, and Dwarf Cars. Located in Nipomo, California, the pit gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 1:00pm, front gates open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:30pm, and racing will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

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

Saturday’s event marks the reopening of "The West's Best Short Track." The 1/3-mile facility has been a popular stop for non-winged sprint car racing since May 31, 1964 when Hal Minyard took the checkered flags with the original CRA. Santa Maria Raceway has held twenty-eight USAC/CRA Sprint Car events since June 18, 2005 and “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with four victories. “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.230 on June 14, 2008 and the complete Santa Maria USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

Gardner (Concord, California), who won the last Santa Maria event on July 3, 2021, leads the USAC/CRA standings with a 93-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner earned his 103rd career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and finished tenth in the June 25th “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial” at Perris Auto Speedway. At press time, the nine-time champion has posted five feature wins, four fast time awards, six heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 134 feature laps led to his credit. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has ninety-four series wins and will be looking to add another Santa Maria triumph to his resume.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) ranks second in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Mitchell ran second to Brody Roa at the “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial.” To date, The 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season. Matt has eight career USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on his first win at Santa Maria Raceway.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC, Williams placed seventh at Perris Auto Speedway on June 25th. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Big Game Hunter” has eleven career wins and will be looking to add another Santa Maria trophy to his collection.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, California) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / DRC Chassis entry, Tafoya ran fourth in the “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial.” At press time, the 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award and nine top-10 finishes on the season. Eddie will have his sights on his first career USAC/CRA triumph this Saturday night.

Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, California) ranks fifth in championship points. Piloting John McCarthy’s #5W Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, Williams finished fifth in the “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial.” To date, the 2014 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. Logan will be looking to earn the first USAC/CRA victory of his career at Santa Maria Raceway.

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks eleventh in the point chase. The pilot of the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine entry will be looking for his first series win at “The West’s Best Short Track.”.

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

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $30 and parking is $10. For more event information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

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

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

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 2-Cody Williams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Tanner Boul, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Brody Roa.

SANTA MARIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Blake Miller – 13.230 (06/14/08)

SANTA MARIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Damion Gardner, 3-Ryan Bernal, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Max Adams, 2-Rickie Gaunt, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Mike Kirby, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Rip Williams.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: (Only Licensed Drivers Are Eligible for Year Fund Point Fund) 1. Damion Gardner-828, 2. Matt Mitchell-735, 3. Austin Williams-706, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-667, 5. Logan Williams-641, 6. Cody Williams-554, 7. Tommy Malcolm-532, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-497, 9. Brody Roa-484, 10. Matt McCarthy-468, 11. Nate Schank ®-451, 12. Verne Sweeney-438, 13. Austin Grabowski-398, 14. Trent Williams-391, 15. Chris Gansen-371, 16. A.J. Bender-370, 17. Kyle Edwards-292, 18. Chase Johnson-289, 19. Ricky Lewis ®-235, 20. Mike Martin-213, 21. Shane Sexton-208, 22. Jake Hodges-192, 23. Tanner Boul-168, 24. Jeff Dyer-162, 25. Dan Taylor-146, 26. Logan Calderwood-144, 27. Austin Liggett-135, 28. Chris Bonneau-134, 29. Dustin Cormany-114, 30. Max Adams-111, 31. Travis Buckley-109, 32. Ryan Bernal-106, 33. Danny Parrish-102, 34. Steve Hix-101, 35. Brody Fuson-100, 36. Joel Rayborne-93, 37. Danny Sheridan-90, 38. Jonas Reynolds-88, 39. Jess Beckett-87, 40. Ikaika O'Brien-80, 41. R.J. Johnson-76, 42. Troy Rutherford-75, 43. Dustin Burkhart-74, 44. Shon Deskins-61, --. Gordon Rodgers-61, 46. Randy Nelson-57, 47. Dawson Faria-53, 48. J.J. Yeley-47, 49. Gary Marshall Jr.-44, --. Chris Tramel-44, 51. Richard McCormick-42, 52. Daylin Perreira-40, 53. Austin Ervine-37, 54. Stevie Sussex-35, --. Christopher Muraoka-35, 56. Andrew Sweeney-34, 57. Trent Carter-30, 58. Ben Worth-26, --. Tony Everhart-26, 60. Ryan Timmons-24, 61. Sterling Cling-13, 62. Grant Sexton-11, 63. Tuesday Calderwood-10, --. Jim Vanzant-10, --. Camie Bell-10.

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


 

THE BC39: THE 2022 RACE PREVIEW
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 3, 2022)………Whether it’s the 2.5-mile paved oval or the quarter-mile dirt oval, this is Indy.

Nothing measures up to the call it beckons to racers from all corners of the earth when an event is schedule on (or within) its hallowed grounds.

The same can be said for those who chase immortality as a winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Few have done it when the test has been 500 miles. Even fewer have done the deed when the distance measures a mere 39 laps, as has been the standard since the inaugural edition in 2018 and a tradition that continues with this Wednesday and Thursday night’s Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech.

The date of August 3-4 has been circled on calendars for drivers, teams and fans alike as dirt racing and the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship returns to life at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a once-a-year, one-of-a-kind event, a victory that all drivers covet, a trophy that only one will possess, a feeling unlike any other.

Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race kick off the action Wednesday night. Qualifying races, last chance races and the $15,000-to-win 39-lap main event will conclude the two-night affair on Thursday night. Feature points only will be awarded to all licensed USAC National Midget drivers and entrants toward the season-long championship.

One year ago, it was chaos. It was mayhem. It was heart palpitating. But, in the end, the third running of the BC39 will best be remembered by a one word description - “Larson.”

The Elk Grove, Calif. native became the first to sweep both the Stoops Pursuit and the BC39 on back-to-back nights. In the finale, Larson warded off a continuous onslaught of haymakers, bombs and sliders, all while simultaneously wheeling his way to the front, enduring the mental gymnastics along the way, then holding off challenges from the likes of USAC national champions Justin Grant and Brady Bacon during the final five lap stint to win the furious fight.

Nearly 90 entries, among the largest in USAC National Midget history, will take center stage with a field that contains a who’s who of short track racing, representing 18 different United States and three different countries – United States, Australia and New Zealand.

PAST WINNERS:

The event boasts two past BC39 winners in Larson (2021) and Brady Bacon (2018).

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Larson has captured each of the last two Stoops Pursuits in 2019 and 2021 before winning it all in a wild 39-lap main event on the final night of 2021.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Bacon captured the inaugural BC39 victory four years ago in 2018, leading the last nine laps after making the winning move in traffic. The four-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion led laps in both 2018 and 2019 and nearly pulled off a second win in 2021, winding up 3rd.

THE CHAMPS:

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) are the lone two drivers to finish inside the top-ten in all three of the BC39’s ever held.

Grant finished as the runner-up in 2021 after leading the opening lap. The 2020 USAC Silver Crown champ and recently crowned USAC Indiana Sprint Week titlist also scored a 7th in 2018 and a 10th in 2019.

Courtney finished 4th at the BC39 in 2018, 2nd in 2019 after starting 20th, which is the biggest ever charge through the field in the event’s history. In the 2019 USAC National Midget champion’s most recent run, he took an 8th in 2021.

USAC Triple Crown champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) finished a best of 3rd in 2019. The 2020 champ is one of seven past USAC National Midget champions in this year’s BC39 field alongside Russ Gamester (1989), J.J. Yeley (2003), Jerry Coons Jr. (2006 & 2007), Logan Seavey (2018), Courtney (2019) and Buddy Kofoid (2021).

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) finished 5th in the 2019 BC39 while Coons (Tucson, Ariz.) collected a best of 9th in both 2018 and 2021. Current series point leader Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) grabbed a 10th in 2021. Gamester (Peru, Ind.) and Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.), meanwhile, are shooting for their first BC39 start. USAC Triple Crown champion Yeley is the lone driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 and the BC39 in his career.

THE CUSP:

Depth is in abundance throughout the BC39 field. The last chance races, in many ways, will appear somewhat similar to a feature event on any other given night.

Among the many, many USAC National Midget feature winners in the field, 24 in fact, is Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) who led the first 19 laps of the 2019 BC39 before being involved in an accident midway, then brought the fans to their feet by leading a race-high 16 laps in 2021 before a late race incident put him out of contention.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was 16th in 2018 after running near the top-five late before getting embroiled in a tangle. Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) flipped late in 2019 to finish 18th. Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) ran from 19th to 5th in 2021 while Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) slotted into sixth behind his fellow BC39 Rookie.

Chase Briscoe and Maria Cofer are both seeking first career USAC National Midget feature wins. NASCAR’s Cup Series Rookie of the Year and 2020 IMS Road Course winner with the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.), traveled 22nd to 11th for his best BC39 performance thus far in 2021. Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), a multi-time winner on the USAC Western States Midget trail and a BCRA Midget champ to boot, was 17th in 2018.

Twice a NASCAR Cup Series winner and eight times a Brickyard 400 starter, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.) snagged a 7th place BC39 result in 2019. Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.) was part of the broadcasting crew for the Indianapolis 500 this past May. He also has on-track prowess too, notching an 11th at the 2019 BC39.

Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.) returns to the states following a three-year hiatus where he finished 3rd at the 2019 BC39. From the 2021 BC39 Rookie class are 2022 returnees, Princeton, Indian’s Kyle Cummins (17th in 2021), Mason City, Illinois’ Karter Sarff (18th in 2021), Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson (19th in 2021). C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champ, returns to the BC39 for the first time since finishing 26th in 2019. He’ll drive a car for Petry Motorsports’ Scott Petry, who was instrumental in the construction of The Dirt Track at IMS.

BREAKING AWAY:

The entry list boasts a hefty number of BC39 returnees looking to crack the A-Main feature starting lineup for the first time after making previous appearances in the event.

Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 winner Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.) is among the group. The 1999 USAC Silver Crown champ has collected 13 career USAC National Midget victories.

Also in this particular classification are fellow USAC National Midget feature winners Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.) and John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) along with series full-timers seeking USAC victory number one, Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.) and Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.).

Reimer is one of seven women entered for the event, each seeking to become the first woman to win a USAC National Midget feature along with: Bryson and Cofer as well as first-time BC39 starting hopefuls, USAC Western States Midget champion Shannon McQueen (Tehachapi, Calif.), Michelle Decker (Guthrie, Okla.), Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.) and Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.).

Gas City Sprint Car track champion Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) is back in the BC39 field as is POWRi WAR Sprint Car champion Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, Mo.)., Bloomington Indiana Midget Week runner-up Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.), midget racing vet Justin Dickerson (Pittsboro, Ind.), sprint car and midget vet Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) and USAC IMRA SpeeD2 Midget champ Bryan Stanfill (Bakersfield, Calif.).

USAC Western HPD Restricted Midget champion Blake Brannon (Morgan Hill, Calif.) is back in the lineup as is USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget winner Ian Creager (Covington, Ohio), TQ Midget victor Rylan Gray (Greenfield, Ind.), mini sprint standout Jeff Schindler (Evansville, Ind.), as well as fellow returnees Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.), Chris Baue (Indianapolis, Ind.), Oliver Akard (Fort Myers, Fla.), Nick Drake (Mooresville, N.C.) and Ben Varner (Harbor Springs, Mich.).

BC39: THE NEW CLASS

The list of BC39 “Rookies” and first-timers is staggering. It’s a scroll that includes an Indianapolis 500 veteran, a NASCAR Truck champion, a World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion, Indiana Sprint Car track champs and USAC national feature winners.

Ten-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Donny Schatz (Fargo, N.D.) is making his USAC National Midget debut, and his first appearance of any kind in a USAC event since competing with the Silver Crown series in 2003.

Four-time Indianapolis 500 starter Zach Veach will make his first USAC National Midget appearance in just his third appearance on dirt following two recent wing sprint car starts in Ohio. Sheldon Creed (Alpine, Calif.) is also making his initial USAC Midget appearance after capturing the 2020 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crown.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) has taken the USAC world by storm in 2022 as a winner in both USAC National Midget and Sprint Car competition already and looks to make a splash on the big stage at Indy.

USAC National Sprint Car winner Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.) will make a rare midget appearance at the BC39 as will past USAC National Sprint Car Rookies of the Year Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.), Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) and Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), plus Bloomington Speedway track champ Jordan Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.), Bloomington/Lincoln Park/Paragon titlist A.J. Hopkins (Brownsburg, Ind.), USAC Western States Midget king Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.), USAC Gulf Coast Midget champ Kyle Jones (Kennedale, Texas) and USAC Midwest HPD Midget champion Alex Watson (Columbus, Ohio).

Making their first ever visits to the BC39 are Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.), July Lincoln Park USAC Sprint Car fast-timer Ryan Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.), Josh Hodge (Brownsburg, Ind.), Kyle Keaton (Wheelersburg, Ohio), Casey Burkham (Combine, Texas), Travis Buckley (Auckland, N.Z.) and Badger Midget standout Adam Taylor (Shorewood, Ill.).

Alex Nalon (Pittsboro, Ind.) is the great grandson of 1949 and 1951 Indianapolis 500 pole winner Duke Nalon and will bring the famed surname back to Indy for the BC39. He’s joined by burgeoning USAC National Midget Rookies Cade Lewis (Bakersfield, Calif.), Jace Park (Overland Park, Kan.) and Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.), west coast frontrunner Colby Copeland (Roseville, Calif.), as well as USAC Western States Midget top-10 runner Braden Chiaramonte (El Cajon, Calif.), Barrie Valentino (Brisbane, Qld.), Peter Paulson (Woodland, Calif.), Jimi Quin (Palmerston North, N.Z.), Jim Jones (Ventura, Calif.), Scott Orr (Columbia City, Ind.), Zach Boden (Cambridge, Wis.) and Greyson Springer (Lafayette, Ind.).

THE DETAILS

Heat race lineups were set by the drivers during a “draft” process on Tuesday night. Each car in each of Wednesday’s ten 10-lap heat races will gain points based on passes and their finishing position, which will determine starting position in the qualifying races on Thursday night.

Points for the heats will be accumulated by finishing position and total number of positions gained or lost. Cars will be positioned into qualifying races Thursday based on the “passing points” accumulated in Wednesday's heats.

Wednesday night’s festivities will conclude with The Stoops Pursuit race, a 25-lap race split into five-lap segments. The field will include 24 starters – heat race winners plus the highest point earner in each heat are eligible, along with promoter’s options.

The starting lineup for the pursuit is inverted by fastest heat race time, with promoter’s options starting at the rear. Every five laps, USAC will throw a competition flag, and cars with a net loss in position will be called to exit the track. A checkered flag ends the final segment, with the winner earning $1,500 plus $100 for each position gained.

On track action begins Wednesday, August 3, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 3pm Eastern. Public gates open at 4pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 6pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 4, will have the public gates opening at 4pm and cars on track for practice at 5pm, with qualifying races to follow at 6pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Advance race tickets can be purchased via www.TheBC39.com.

Every lap of the BC39 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3AMU46z.

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ENTRY LIST FOR THE DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 PRESENTED BY WEATHERTECH:

(87 Entries)

0G J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Glenn Styres Racing)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

08s RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

08x TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

1 RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

5J JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

5LK JORDAN KINSER/Bedford, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

6K KYLE KEATON/Wheelersburg, OH (Kyle Keaton)

6x ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (Doug & Wanda Hall)

7 SHANNON McQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7D MICHELLE DECKER/Guthrie, OK (Michelle Decker)

7m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7MR CASEY BURKHAM/Combine, TX (RAMCO Speed Group)

7NZ TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7R A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7T ADAM TAYLOR/Shorewood, IL (Adam Taylor Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)

8x JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Jeff Schindler)

9m ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Bundy Built Motorsports)

11 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Scott Beierle)

11T ALEX WATSON/Columbus, OH (Team Taylor)

15 DONNY SCHATZ/Fargo, ND (Mark Cooper)

15F MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

17 MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Shophouse Racing)

17B AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

17v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Ben Varner)

18N ALEX NALON/Pittsboro, IN (Alex Nalon)

19 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21 ZACH VEACH/Stockdale, OH (Team Ripper)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Karter Sarff Racing)

22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)

Q23 BARRIE VALENTINO/Brisbane, QLD (Barrie Valentino)

25 BRADEN CHIARAMONTE/El Cajon, CA (Tom Malloy)

25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25L C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Petry Motorsports)

25m COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

29 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Matt Seymour Racing)

Q32 PETER PAULSON/Woodland, CA (Barrie Valentino)

36 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing)

36c IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager)

37 JIMI QUIN/Palmerston North, N.Z. (A.J. Felker Racing)

37x ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (A.J. Felker Racing)

39BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

39N RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

40B BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (OMR Motorsports)

46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

51 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Boden Racing)

55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

61 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71w DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Paul May Motorsports)

74 SHELDON CREED/Alpine, CA (Abacus Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81 GREYSON SPRINGER/Lafayette, IN (Gray Racing)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

85 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Central Motorsports)

86 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (CB Industries)

87 JACE PARK/Overland Park, KS (CB Industries)

88 SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Scott Orr)

89 MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

89x CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97J JIM JONES/Ventura, CA (Jim Jones Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1188, 2-Justin Grant-1111, 3-Thomas Meseraull-950, 4-Mitchel Moles-942, 5-Cannon McIntosh-909, 6-Bryant Wiedeman-887, 7-Kaylee Bryson-867, 8-Logan Seavey-753, 9-Ethan Mitchell-727, 10-Jacob Denney-710.

PAST BC39 FEATURE WINNERS:

2018: Brady Bacon

2019: Zeb Wise

2021: Kyle Larson

PAST STOOPS PURSUIT WINNERS:

2018: Zeb Wise

2019: Kyle Larson

2021: Kyle Larson

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT THE DIRT TRACK AT IMS:

10 Laps - 8/19/2021 - Emerson Axsom - 2:04.91

PAST BC39 FEATURE RESULTS:

2018 FEATURE: (39 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (7), 2. Chad Boat (10), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Christopher Bell (17), 6. Alex Bright (8), 7. Justin Grant (6), 8. Holly Shelton (9), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (5), 10. Ryan Robinson (3), 11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (11), 12. Chris Windom (22), 13. Logan Seavey (23), 14. Zeb Wise (14), 15. Shane Cottle (13), 16. Jason McDougal (25), 17. Maria Cofer (24), 18. Terry Babb (20), 19. Brayton Lynch (4), 20. David Budres (19), 21. Brian Karraker (21), 22. Tyler Thomas (18), 23. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 24. Jake Neuman (16), 25. Dillon Welch (12), 26. Dave Darland (26). NT

2019 FEATURE: (39 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Zeb Wise (5), 2. Tyler Courtney (20), 3. Chris Windom (6), 4. Chad Boat (16), 5. Logan Seavey (14), 6. Jesse Colwell (24), 7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (15), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 9. Kyle Larson (12), 10. Justin Grant (11), 11. Dillon Welch (8), 12. Tanner Carrick (23), 13. Michael Pickens (4), 14. Gio Scelzi (9), 15. Christopher Bell (17), 16. Brady Bacon (10), 17. Jason McDougal (7), 18. Cannon McIntosh (22), 19. Thomas Meseraull (1), 20. Spencer Bayston (2), 21. Tyler Thomas (13), 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 23. Jerry Coons Jr. (19), 24. Chase Briscoe (21), 25. Jake Neuman (26), 26. C.J. Leary (25). NT

2021 FEATURE: (39 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (4), 2. Justin Grant (1), 3. Brady Bacon (6), 4. Daison Pursley (3), 5. Emerson Axsom (19), 6. Ryan Timms (2), 7. Tanner Thorson (21-P), 8. Tyler Courtney (7), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (9), 10. Buddy Kofoid (13), 11. Chase Briscoe (22), 12. Spencer Bayston (14), 13. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 14. Zeb Wise (25-P), 15. Logan Seavey (20), 16. Cole Bodine (12), 17. Kyle Cummins (16), 18. Karter Sarff (17), 19. Kaylee Bryson (18), 20. Chase Randall (24-P), 21. Chris Windom (8), 22. Cannon McIntosh (10), 23. Hayden Williams (23), 24. Thomas Meseraull (5), 25. Corey Day (15). NT

 

ENTRY LIST REVEALED FOR SATURDAY'S
TOLEDO USAC SILVER CROWN 100-LAPPER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (August 3, 2022)………A loaded field of 24 USAC Silver Crown racers and teams will file into Ohio’s Toledo Speedway this Saturday night, August 6, as the champ cars pound the pavement in the Glass City.

The field includes a pair of past Rollie Beale Classic winners and two of the best pavement racers in the entire country as they vie or another victory in the 100-lapper on the half-mile paved oval.

The last time the champ cars competed at Toledo was last fall, in October of 2021, with USAC’s most prolific driver, six-time champion Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif., celebrating in victory lane. Swanson enters the event as defending race winner, and has won each of the last three, among his grand total of five USAC Silver Crown race victories at Toledo in 2011-15-18-19-21. He’s also the Silver Crown Series’ most recent winner at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in mid-July.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) will be among the contenders to capture the 100-lap victory after he previously scored the Rollie Beale Classic win at Toledo in 2017. He’s also already been in Silver Crown victory this season with a dazzling performance in May of this year at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Series point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has emerged as a frontrunner to reckon with on the pavement. The highly-decorated dirt racer and past USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion won in his last time on the asphalt with the series in June at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway. He’ll be making his first Toledo appearance since 2019.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will be aiming to make gains toward a Silver Crown championship run with a solid Toledo finish. He’s already been in victory lane on the dirt with the series this season at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway. Seavey is a past USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion from the 2018 season and, at Toledo.

A mere three-points separate the top-three in the USAC Silver Crown championship fight with Swanson leading over Seavey and Leary who are each tied, three points apiece behind Swanson. Both Seavey and Leary are pursuing a first Silver Crown driving title.

Past champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) will attempt to earn his first victory at Toledo on Saturday. The 2020 Silver Crown titlist’s car is owned by Toledo-area native and 1996 Indianapolis 500 winning car owner Ron Hemelgarn.

Local racer Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio) will make the short trek to Toledo where he’s made four previous Toledo Silver Crown starts, all of which have resulted in top-eight finishes.

Brian Tyler (Parma, Mich.) is among the plethora of champions in the lineup slated to make a run at Toledo. The 1996 and 1997 USAC National Sprint Car champ was a third-place finisher in his most recent Toledo outing with the Silver Crown series in 2021.

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Eric Gordon (Greenfield, Ind.) is a veteran racer who possesses past Toledo success as a USAC Sprint Car feature winner.

Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) will look to best her history-making record in USAC Silver Crown competition when she finished third in May at IRP, which stands as the best finish by a woman in Silver Crown history.

The Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic Fueled by Marco’s Pizza will feature the USAC Silver Crown National Championship plus Late Model Sportsman and Factory Stocks. Vintage Race Cars will also be on display.

The USAC pit gate opens/rig parking begins at 2pm Eastern on race day Saturday. The track ticket office opens and spectator gates open at 4:30pm. USAC Silver Crown practice runs from 4:30-5:15pm. USAC Silver Crown Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying begins at 5:45pm. Parade laps for the vintage cars is slated for 6:35pm. USAC Silver Crown cars and drivers will be called to front stretch at 6:50pm.

Getting closer to showtime, there will be a Beale family introduction, a brief racer reunion, the national anthems starting at 6:50 followed by driver introductions and the Rollie Beale Classic main event at 7pm.

Tickets are $25, kids 6-12 are $5, while ages 5 and under are free. Add $1 per ticket for online ticket purchases at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

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ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC ENTRY LIST:

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

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

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

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

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

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 (R) KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

32 (R) GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing)

42 (R) JAKE DAY/Abilene, Texas (Jake Day)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing)

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

80 (R) NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Breidinger Motorsports)

81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 (R) MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

94 (R) MIKE MCVETTA/Grafton OH (Dick & Deborah Myers)

99 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Brad & Tara Armstrong)

111 (R) TOM PATERSON/Argos, IN (Tom Paterson)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-308, 2-Logan Seavey-305, 3-C.J. Leary-305, 4-Brian Tyler-239, 5-Justin Grant-221, 6-Taylor Ferns-180, 7-Travis Welpott-176, 8-Bobby Santos-172, 9-Gregg Cory-147, 10-Brady Bacon-128.

2022 ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC ENTRY LIST:

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

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

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

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

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

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 (R) KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

32 (R) GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing)

42 (R) JAKE DAY/Abilene, Texas (Jake Day)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing)

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

80 (R) NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Breidinger Motorsports)

81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 (R) MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

94 (R) MIKE MCVETTA/Grafton OH (Dick & Deborah Myers)

99 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Brad & Tara Armstrong)

111 (R) TOM PATERSON/Argos, IN (Tom Paterson)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN AT TOLEDO SPEEDWAY

1 Lap - 10/15/2011 - Kody Swanson - 14.809 - 121.548 mph

100 Laps - 6/29/2012 - Jerry Coons Jr. - 27:07.40 - 110.606 mph

TOLEDO USAC SILVER CROWN WINS:

5-Kody Swanson

2-Jerry Coons Jr.

1-Bobby Santos

TOLEDO USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS:

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (10/16)

2011: Kody Swanson (10/15)

2012: Jerry Coons Jr. (6/29)

2015: Kody Swanson (5/1)

2017: Bobby Santos (7/28)

2018: Kody Swanson (5/4)

2019: Kody Swanson (4/28)

2021: Kody Swanson (10/10)


 

WEDNESDAY’S BC39 HEAT RACE LINEUPS ARE SET
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 2, 2022)………The heat race lineups are set for the opening night of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented By WeatherTech on Wednesday, August 3.

Lineups were handpicked by the driver themselves, or by a team representative, during a heat race draft on Main Street in Speedway, Ind. on Tuesday night.

While the heat races during the fourth running of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event on The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be paramount, the battle for points will be just as essential and filled with pressure.

Each car in each of the ten 10-lap heat races will gain points based on passes and their finishing position, which will determine starting position in the qualifying races on Thursday night.

Points for the heats will be accumulated by finishing position and total number of positions gained or lost. Cars will be positioned into qualifying races Thursday based on the “passing points” accumulated in Wednesday's heats.

Wednesday night’s festivities will conclude with The Stoops Pursuit race, a 25-lap race split into five-lap segments. The field will include 24 starters – heat race winners plus the highest point earner in each heat are eligible, along with promoter’s options.

The starting lineup for the pursuit is inverted by fastest heat race time, with promoter’s options starting at the rear. Every five laps, USAC will throw a competition flag, and cars with a net loss in position will be called to exit the track. A checkered flag ends the final segment, with the winner earning $1,500 plus $100 for each position gained.

On track action begins Wednesday, August 3, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 4pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 6pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 4, will have the public gates opening at 4pm and cars on track for practice at 5pm, with qualifying races to follow at 6pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Advance race tickets can be purchased via www.TheBC39.com.

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SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT:

ROW 1: Travis Buckley (#7 BSL) - Austin Barnhill (#17B Dave Mac Dalby)

ROW 2: Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood) - Rylan Gray (#06 Gray)

ROW 3: Jerry Coons Jr. (#85 Central) - Dillon Welch (#71w May)

ROW 4: Trey Gropp (#08x Dave Mac Dalby) - Chris Windom (#89x CBI)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. SECOND HEAT:

ROW 1: Ryan Timms (#97K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian) - Jade Avedisian (#84 CBI)

ROW 2: Chris Baue (#36 Baue) - Jeff Schindler (#8x Schindler)

ROW 3: Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian) - Michael Pickens (#17 Shophouse)

ROW 4: Ian Creager (#36c Creager) - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (08s Dave Mac Dalby)

ROW 5: Jacob Denney (#61 Mounce-Stout)

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT:

ROW 1: Zach Veach (#21 Ripper) - Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

ROW 2: Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian) - Kyle Jones (#7u Trifecta)

ROW 3: Sheldon Creed (#74 Abacus) - Blake Brannon (#40B Western Speed)

ROW 4: Josh Hodge (#5J Rose) - Jason McDougal (#68 Six8)

ROW 5: Kyle Larson (#86 CBI)

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT:

ROW 1: Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen) - Jace Park (#87 CBI)

ROW 2: Donny Schatz (#15 Spike/Curb-Agajanian) - Cade Lewis (#71m Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

ROW 3: Braden Chiaramonte (#25 Malloy) - Zach Boden (#51 Boden)

ROW 4: Timmy Buckwalter (#29 Seymour) - Greyson Springer (#81G Gray)

ROW 5: Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac Dalby)

FIFTH HEAT:

ROW 1: Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor) - Michael Faccinto (#15F Mounce-Stout)

ROW 2: Bill Rose (#6 Rose) - A.J. Hopkins (#7R RAMCO)

ROW 3: Oliver Akard (#41 OMR) - Steve Buckwalter (#25B Buckwalter)

ROW 4: Clinton Boyles (#11 Beierle) - Emerson Axsom (#39BC Clauson Marshall)

SIXTH HEAT:

ROW 1: Kyle Keaton (#6K Keaton) - Jadon Rogers (#7m RAMCO)

ROW 2: Shannon McQueen (#7 McQueen) - Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

ROW 3: Jim Jones (#97J Jones) - Alex Watson (#11T Taylor)

ROW 4: Brady Bacon (#21H TKH) - C.J. Leary (#25L Petry)

ROW 5: Mitchel Moles (#89 CBI)

SEVENTH HEAT:

ROW 1: Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester) - Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall)

ROW 2: Michelle Decker (#7D Decker) - Colby Copeland (#25m Malloy)

ROW 3: Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres) - Jordan Kinser (#5LK Briscoe)

ROW 4: Anton Hernandez (#37x Felker) - Karter Sarff (#21K Sarff)

EIGHTH HEAT:

ROW 1: Ryan Newman (#39N Clauson Marshall) - Mariah Ede (#71E Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

ROW 2: Maria Cofer (#57 Abacus) - Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built)

ROW 3: Isaac Chapple (#6x Hall) - Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson)

ROW 4: Peter Paulson (#Q32 Valentino) - Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS)

ROW 5: Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

NINTH HEAT:

ROW 1: Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe) - Casey Burkham (#7MR RAMCO)

ROW 2: Barrie Valentino (#Q23 Valentino) - Dominic Gorden (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

ROW 3: Jimi Quin (#37x Felker) - Nick Drake (#55 Cline)

ROW 4: J.J. Yeley (#0G Styres) - John Heydenreich (#22 Heydenreich)

ROW 5: Jeff Schindler (#8x Schindler)

TENTH HEAT:

ROW 1: Ryan Thomas (#1 Wingo) - Alex Nalon (#18N Nalon)

ROW 2: Scott Orr (#88 Orr) - Chase McDermand (#40 Mounce-Stout)

ROW 3: Riley Kreisel (#19K Cox) - Bryan Stanfill (#75AU Griffiths)

ROW 4: Zach Daum (#9m Bundy Built) - Logan Seavey (#19 Reinbold-Underwood)

ROW 5: Justin Grant (#2J RMS)

 

LARSON UNDENIED,
DELIVERS FIRST IRP USAC MIDGET WIN
IN 11 YEARS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (August 1, 2022)………Quite simply, you can’t keep Kyle Larson down.

That’s been evident throughout his entire racing career, and also was on full display during his first pavement midget start in nearly a decade during Monday’s USAC Midget Special Event at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Larson was penalized following the first two attempts to begin the 30-lap feature when race officials deemed that he was a tad too quick on the trigger and jumped the start.

Prior to the third attempt, Larson’s punishment was a one row penalty, which moved him from the inside of the second row to the inside of the third row. That try was also aborted due to a turn three spin by 13th running Blake Brannon.

The fourth try proved to be the charm for the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion from Elk Grove, Calif. as he raced his way from fifth to third on the first scored lap.

In short order, Larson chased down second-running Kody Swanson for second off the bottom of turn four at the end of lap two, then scurried under leader Todd Bertrand at the exit of the second turn on lap three to grab the lead, a position he never relinquished in his Jerome Rodela/Rodela Fabrication – Trench Shoring Company/Gerhardt/Ed Pink Toyota.

Larson’s first pavement midget appearance in nine years proved fruitful as he earned his second career IRP midget victory, winning for the first time in 11 years, nearly to the day, back in 2011.

The drive was a dream, and the car was a dream to drive as the Californian wheelman and the Californian car owner teamed up for the first time, and the result was a dream match.

“This is such a beautiful racecar,” Larson praised. “It’s kind of a dream to get to be able to run it. I’ve always seen this car, and everything that Jerome works on is just beautiful. We were really fast, and I hope to get to do it again someday.”

Once gaining the lead, Larson pulled away to a substantial half-straightaway advantage in just the first five laps, which translated to a full two second lead and did it all while racing his own race.

“I went back to fifth and I knew my car was really good from the start,” Larson explained. “I just wanted to get to the lead and set my own pace. Every time we hit the track today, I got looser and looser. Jerome made a lot of adjustments to tighten me up and I felt really good to fire off. I actually got tight there towards the end, and for the last half, I was really tight.”

However, once Santos cleared Bertrand for the second position on lap six, the May IRP midget winner began making major headway in his full-on pursuit of Larson.

What blossomed into a 1.9 second lead for Larson was aggressively chopped as Santos knocked a tenth off Larson’s lead each time around the .686-mile paved oval in the ensuing laps – to 1.8 seconds on lap eight, to 1.7 on lap nine, to 1.6 on lap 10 and to 1.5 by lap 11.

Just as soon as Santos worked his way into play as a challenger to Larson, it all came to an abrupt end as he dropped off the pace dramatically before pulling into the infield on lap 17. From there, Larson expanded his lead to an increasingly insurmountable 5.561 seconds, never to be headed again.

In the end, Larson pulverized the field by a 6.521 second margin with Kyle O’Gara second and Nick Hamilton third. Hard charger Cole Carter (Brownsburg, Ind.) finished fourth after starting in the 14th position. Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) rounded out the top-five.

“I ran hard the whole time,” Larson said. “I had no idea where second was behind me. I saw that Kyle (O’Gara) got to second and I didn’t know if he was running me down or what. I just tried to run hard the whole time but also wanted to conserve our right front tire and get the win.”

While Larson captured the $5,000 top prize, Kyle O’Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.) backed up his June IRP midget victory with another consistent run and a fine runner-up performance in his SFHR Development/Chick-Fil-A – Speedway Indoor Karting – Business Art Designs/Beast/Stanton SR-11x.

Meanwhile, Nick Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) skillfully turned in his best career performance at IRP with a third-place result after starting 11th in his Kenny & Reva Irwin/Kenny Irwin Jr. Foundation – Curtis Motor Sales/Beast/Stanton SR-11x.

Chuck Gurney Jr. (Livermore, Calif.) set the night’s quickest time in qualifying. His most recent fast qualifying performance at IRP came when he timed in as the best overall during the 2010 Night Before the 500.

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USAC MIDGET NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: August 1, 2022 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Track – Monday Night Racing

QUALIFYING: (Two laps combined) 1. Chuck Gurney Jr., 51, 3 Stooges-42.357; 2. Alex Bowman, 55, Bowman-42.490; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 67, 3 Stooges/Kunz-42.639; 4. Jake Trainor, 29, 3 Stooges-42.749; 5. Kody Swanson, 44, Bertrand-42.769; 6. Bobby Santos, 98, 3 Stooges-42.771; 7. Tanner Swanson, 26, Pierce-42.781; 8. Kyle Larson, 25, Rodela-42.869; 9. Todd Bertrand, 47, Bertrand-43.086; 10. Kyle O'Gara, 67K, SFHR-43.367; 11. Nick Hamilton, 7K, Irwin-43.517; 12. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Western Speed-44.483; 13. Blake Brannon, 40, Western Speed-44.620; 14. Cole Carter, 7, Bertrand-44.672; 15. Dakoda Armstrong, 7A, C & A-44.805; 16. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-45.112; 17. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-45.306; 18. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-45.825; 19. Brandon Maurer, 14, Maurer-57.286; 20. Nathan Byrd, 47D, Bertrand-NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (3), 2. Kyle O’Gara (1), 3. Nick Hamilton (11), 4. Cole Carter (14), 5. Kody Swanson (6), 6. Tanner Swanson (4), 7. Dakoda Armstrong (15), 8. Todd Bertrand (2), 9. Jake Trainor (7), 10. Maria Cofer (17), 11. Cody Gerhardt (12), 12. Blake Brannon (13), 13. Kevin Studley (16), 14. Bobby Santos (5), 15. Buddy Kofoid (8), 16. Alex Bowman (9), 17. Chuck Gurney Jr. (10), 18. Brandon Maurer (19), 19. Toni Breidinger (18).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Todd Bertrand, Laps 3-30 Kyle Larson.

NEXT USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT: October 22, 2022 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Track – Howard Companies Championship Saturday


 

 

A DREAM GRANTED:
2022 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK
INDIANA SPRINT WEEK REVIEW

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 31, 2022)………Thirteen years of trying. Thirteen years of frustration. Thirteen years of yearning to become a USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week champion.

All of it came to fruition in 2022 for Justin Grant, who had won from coast-to-coast in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competition but had this particular piece missing from his impressive racing resume.

A myriad of close calls has marked Grant’s ISW career, including in 2020 when he led the standings entering the finale, but saw it slip through his fingers.

Grant was adamant, and made it abundantly clear from the outset, that Indiana Sprint Week 2022 was going to be dictated on his terms and his alone.

“It feels incredible to finally get it done,” Grant exclaimed. “To add my name to all the huge names on that trophy, it feels like my name is a little out of place on there, but I’m happy to have it. Hats off to the guys. It’s a long week and it’s a lot of work. I can’t say enough good things about (crewman & right hand man) Dylan Cook. He works his tail off for me and 99 percent of the time, it’s just him and me on the car. He’s got a big, big workload and he handles it incredibly well.”

Only one driver finished inside the top-five of all six features. Only one driver finished inside the top-ten in all six features. For both categories, the answer was Grant as he tallied a succession of quality runs with a 2nd at Gas City, a 2nd at Circle City, a 1st at Kokomo, a 5th at Lincoln Park, a 3rd at Bloomington and another 3rd in the closer at Tri-State to become a first-time series champ.

It was a notable turn of the tables for the Ione, Calif. native who took a level-headed approach to all scenarios when finding himself on the mountaintop or dwelling in the valleys throughout the rigorous and grueling week.

“In the past, I’ve tended to fall apart in these deals when the going got tough,” Grant admitted. “I’ve worked really hard on that and tried to be more prepared this year than I’ve been in the past and I feel like it’s paid off.”

Meanwhile, longtime car owner Kevin Birchmeier of TOPP Motorsports has also been on the waiting list for several years, coming close to the Indiana Sprint Week brass ring with Tyler Courtney initially followed by Grant since 2018.

Like his driver, Birchmeier has weathered the storm and pounded up and down the road. As a result, the Rochester, Indiana car owner earned himself a seat in the coveted John Youngs-designed rocking chair, which has been a longtime tradition of the event and is presented annually to the Indiana Sprint Week entrant champion.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing initially for Grant, however. During a couple of nights throughout Indiana Sprint Week, the task required Grant to overcome being buried somewhat deep in the field. His Circle City charge to the 2nd position came from a starting spot of 12th. Likewise, his Lincoln Park run to 5th came from even deeper, back in 14th. The perseverance of those performances was substantial in Grant’s and TOPP’s pursuit of the crown.

“We had a good week, but it wasn’t without hiccups,” Grant acknowledged. “We buried ourselves a few times and had to come from deep a few nights, but our car was just so good all week, we were able to dig out of those holes when we did get in them. Dylan and I have been working really well together and we found a package that we really like and can work with.”

Six different winners emerged in the six feature events that were run: Shane Cottle (Gas City), C.J. Leary (Circle City), Justin Grant (Kokomo), Mitchel Moles (Lincoln Park), Kyle Cummins (Bloomington) and Robert Ballou (Tri-State). It marked the first time, since six years earlier in 2016, that each round featured a different winner.

Two race winners started in a double-digit number starting position. Both Cottle and Cummins began their charges to the front from outside of the fifth row (10th) during their respective triumphs.

On the wild statistic side, Cottle has now won two career Indiana Sprint Week features with both coming at Gas City (2019 & 2022) and each coming in a situation in which he led only one lap – the last one.

Grant also ended an unusual streak of four consecutive seasons in which the Indiana Sprint Week champion went winless throughout the week.

The 63-point margin of championship victory by Grant was the third largest in Indiana Sprint Week’s 35-year history. In 2000, Jay Drake prevailed by 76 points over Tony Elliott while, in 2003, J.J. Yeley stormed to the title by 75 points over Jay Drake.

Audiences were captivated by the performances of Indiana Sprint Week first-timer Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), who not only scored his first career ISW win during the week, but also set Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time on five occasions in seven tries. The time trial prowess of Moles was the second best ISW performance of all-time, trailing only Richard Griffin’s six fast times in six appearances during the 1997 edition.

Eleven drivers started all six features throughout the week: Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.), Justin Grant, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Mitchel Moles, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio).

Several events were plagued by the wrath of Mother Nature. The first Saturday’s originally scheduled Kokomo round was a complete washout and rescheduled successfully to Tuesday. Sunday at Lawrenceburg witnessed unrelenting showers just as the feature was pushed to the track and was not reschedule. Wednesday’s go at the Terre Haute Action Track was the lone complete washout cancellation. Thursday at Lincoln Park saw 49 of 52 qualifiers complete their time trial run before rain hit the speedway, forcing a complete requalifying session and the continuation of the evening after a lengthy delay.

Ninety-nine drivers participated in Indiana Sprint Week with 13 United States represented: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. California drivers won three features (Ballou, Grant & Moles), two for Indiana (Leary & Cummins) and one for Illinois (Cottle).

Three countries were represented with 96 from the United States, two from Australia (Troy Carey and Todd Hobson) and one from England (Tom Harris).

While each feature event throughout Indiana Sprint Week paid $6,000-to-win and $600-to-start, a $23,000 total purse was up for grabs for the top-eight in the final standings of the tour throughout the Hoosier state.

Grant, the new ISW champion, collected a top reward of $10,000 in addition to his weeklong earnings followed by Leary ($5,000), Bacon ($2,500), Stockon ($1,500), Moles ($1,250), Ballou ($1,100), Cummins ($900) and Axsom ($750).

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2022 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK STAT LEADERS

Champion: Justin Grant

Most Wins: 1-Robert Ballou, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary & Mitchel Moles

Most Laps Led: 58-Robert Ballou

Most Top-Fives: 6-Justin Grant

Most Top-Tens: 6-Justin Grant

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 5-Mitchel Moles

Most Heat Race Wins: Robert Ballou, C.J. Leary, Jadon Rogers & Chase Stockon

Most Feature Starts: 6-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Briggs Danner, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Jason McDougal, Mitchel Moles, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon & Matt Westfall

Biggest Charge: 7/25: Circle City Raceway – Shane Cottle (22nd to 7th)

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2022 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 464 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

2 403 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

3 399 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

4 393 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

5 374 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

6 367 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif.

7 364 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

8 328 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

9 306 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.

10 305 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

11 293 Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pa.

12 286 Jadon Rogers, Worthington, Ind.

13 271 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio

14 262 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

15 245 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

16 173 Brent Beauchamp, Fairland, Ind.

17 168 Scotty Weir, Marion, Ind.

18 164 Ryan Timms, Oklahoma City, Okla.

19 162 Tye Mihocko, Phoenix, Ariz.

20 155 Brody Roa, Garden Grove, Calif.

21 150 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

22 137 Dave Darland, Lincoln, Ind.

23 127 Dalton Stevens, Scurry, Texas

24 112 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

25 104 Cole Bodine, Rossville, Ind.

26 102 Max Adams, Loomis, Calif.

27 99 Brandon Mattox, Terre Haute, Ind.

28 95 Xavier Doney, Odessa, Mo.

29 91 Carson Garrett, Littleton, Colo.

30 78 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.

31 70 Troy Carey, Tullamore, N.S.W.

32 62 Jack Hoyer, Frankfort, Ind.

33 61 Shane Cockrum, Benton, Ill.

34 60 Critter Malone, Pittsboro, Ind.

35 60 Kyle Shipley, Sun City, Ariz.

36 59 Brayden Fox, Avon, Ind.

37 50 Matt McDonald, Brownsburg, Ind.

38 50 Koby Barksdale, Norman, Okla.

39 50 Braydon Cromwell, Lone Jack, Mo.

40 48 Mario Clouser, Auburn, Ill.

41 40 Alex Banales, Lafayette, Ind.

40 Travis Berryhill, American Canyon, Calif.

40 Tom Harris, Banbury, Oxfordshire

40 Todd Hobson, Clyde, Vic.

40 Zack Pretorius, Yorktown, Ind.

46 31 Dustin Beck, Petersburg, Ind.

47 31 A.J. Hopkins, Brownsburg, Ind.

48 31 Nick Bilbee, Indianapolis, Ind.

49 30 Brandon Morin, Jasonville, Ind.

50 30 Saban Bibent, Cincinnati, Ohio

51 30 Ryan Barr, Piqua, Ohio

30 Harley Burns, Brazil, Ind.

30 Rylan Gray, Greenfield, Ind.

30 Allen Howard Jr., Terre Haute, Ind.

30 Jack James, Harlan, Ind.

30 Brady Short, Bedford, Ind.

57 26 J.J. Hughes, Jasper, Ind.
58 25 Joss Moffatt, Columbus, Ind.

59 24 Chad Boespflug, Hanford, Calif.

60 24 Kendall Ruble, Vincennes, Ind.

61 24 Jordan Kinser, Bloomington, Ind.

62 20 Stan Beadles, Owensville, Ind.

20 Colten Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

20 Geoff Ensign, Sebastopol, Calif.

20 Gabriel Gilbert, Greenwood, Ind.

20 Frankie Guerrini, San Rafael, Calif.

20 Dustin Ingle, Lima, Ohio

20 Ricky Lewis, Oxnard, Calif.

20 Hunter Maddox, Bedford, Ind.

20 Evan Mosley, Lapel, Ind.

20 Corey Smith, Russiaville, Ind.

20 Travis Thompson, Brazil, Ind.

73 10 Garrett Aitken, Paris, Ill.

10 Ryan Bond, Haubstadt, Ind.

10 Donny Brackett, Fort Branch, Ind.

10 Cindy Chambers, Bloomington, Ind.

10 Brayden Clark, Tipton, Ind.

10 Michael Clark, Brazil, Ind.

10 Andrew Cockman, Elkhart, Ind.

10 Michael Fischesser, Cincinnati, Ohio

10 Parker Frederickson, Kokomo, Ind.

10 Dickie Gaines, Mitchell, Ind.

10 Aric Gentry, Robards, Ky.

10 Ivan Glotzbach, Fillmore, Ind.

10 Matt Goodnight, Winchester, Ind.

10 Austin Graby, Lebanon, Pa.

10 Dustin Griffitts, Bloomington, Ind.

10 Brian Hayden, Fillmore, Ind.

10 Anton Hernandez, Arlington, Texas

10 Dylan Moan, Bridgeport, Ill.

10 Jerry Petty, Litchfield Park, Ariz.

10 Davey Ray, Davenport, Iowa

10 Chris Robling, Petersburg, Ind.

10 John Sluss, Indianapolis, Ind.

10 Sam Scott, Patoka, Ind.

10 Eddie Vancil, Olney, Ill.

10 Dustin Webber, Bethel, Ohio

10 Cooper Welch, Sheridan, Ind.

10 Tayte Williamson, Rushylvania, Ohio

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2022 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE & RESULTS

July 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN

WINNER: Shane Cottle (Hodges Motorsports #74x)

July 23: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Rained Out

July 24: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN

WINNER: Rained Out

July 25: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

July 26: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

July 27: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN

WINNER: Rained Out

July 28: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN

WINNER: Mitchel Moles (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

July 29: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN

WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

July 30: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Robert Ballou (Ballou Motorsports #12)


2022 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FEATURE WINS

1-Robert Ballou (July 30 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Shane Cottle (July 22 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

1-Kyle Cummins (July 29 at Bloomington Speedway)

1-Justin Grant (July 26 at Kokomo Speedway)

1-C.J. Leary (July 25 at Circle City Raceway)

1-Mitchel Moles (July 28 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

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RACE RECAPS: FRIDAY, JULY 22 – GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY – GAS CITY, INDIANA:

Shane Cottle certainly possesses a flair for the dramatics at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Three years after winning his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week feature with a last lap pass at the 1/4-mile dirt oval, the Kansas, Ill. veteran did the deed once again in Friday night’s ISW opener.

Three years earlier, Cottle charged from the 18th starting position en route to victory. On this night, he got a bit of a head start, but not by much, rolling off from the 10th position, and started picking his way through the field one-by-one all the way down to the last drop.

Running second to leader Justin Grant on the green-white-checkered restart, Cottle utilized his patented maneuver on the low line to race past Grant for good, leading only a single lap in the process, but it just so happened to be the money lap.

In the end, Cottle churned out his second career Indiana Sprint Week feature victory, and the first during Indiana Sprint Week for the Hodges Motorsports/Hodges Automotive - JB Henderson - Ortega’s Appliance/DRC/J & D Chevy team.

Just how much is Cottle part of the racing fabric at Gas City? Of his nine career USAC national feature victories, six of them have come at Gas City – four sprint and two midget. And just like those instances, Cottle’s display on Friday night was quite reminiscent of his past five wins there, running a line that seems as if it was tailor-made just for him.

“I love running the bottom here,” exclaimed Cottle, the 2004 and 2009 Gas City sprint car track champion. “I’ve won a lot of races around here just like that.”

Furthermore, the 50-year-old Cottle joined an exclusive club with his triumph. He became the seventh driver over the age of 50 to win a USAC National Sprint Car main event, putting him in the same company as Bob Kinser (54), Terry Pletch (52), Dean Shirley (51), Hank Lower (51), Dave Darland (51) and Jack Hewitt (50).

FEATURE RESULTS: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Shane Cottle (10), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Mitchel Moles (6), 4. Robert Ballou (1), 5. Chase Stockon (5), 6. Kyle Cummins (17), 7. Scotty Weir (12), 8. Tye Mihocko (16), 9. Jake Swanson (20), 10. Emerson Axsom (7), 11. Briggs Danner (8), 12. Brent Beauchamp (11), 13. Logan Seavey (15), 14. Jadon Rogers (9), 15. Thomas Meseraull (13), 16. Jason McDougal (14), 17. Jack Hoyer (22), 18. Cole Bodine (18), 19. Matt Westfall (21), 20. Chad Boespflug (19), 21. C.J. Leary (3), 22. Brady Bacon (4). NT

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kevin Thomas Jr. (11.673)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (11.927)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Briggs Danner

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Brady Bacon

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Tye Mihocko

Hard Work Award: Jack Hoyer

Bryan Clauson’s Racers For Autism Bonus Bucks: Shane Cottle

Feature Hard Charger: Kyle Cummins (17th to 6th)

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RACE RECAPS: SATURDAY, JULY 23 – KOKOMO SPEEDWAY – KOKOMO, INDIANA:

Saturday night’s scheduled round of USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week at Kokomo Speedway has been postponed to Tuesday night, July 26, after continuous heavy thunderstorms hit the area Saturday morning and afternoon and are expected to continue throughout the evening.

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RACE RECAPS: SUNDAY, JULY 24 – LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY – LAWRENCEBURG, INDIANA:

Mother Nature captured victory in the second round of USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week on Sunday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Rain hit the 3/8-mile speedway just after 8pm Eastern time when the 23-car field was being pushed away for the start of the 30-lap feature event.

Unfortunately, despite waiting out the weather front for well over an hour, the rain and the lightning never relented once it started, forcing cancellation of the feature event just before 9:30pm.

The event is considered a complete show. The feature payout and points were shared among the main event starters. Competitors earned standard qualifying and preliminary race points. With the rain out, slated feature starters were issued 23 points while non-feature starters received 10 points toward the Indiana Sprint Week and USAC National Sprint Car standings.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Logan Seavey (14.190)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (13.910)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Nick Bilbee

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Justin Grant

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Thomas Meseraull

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

Hard Work Award: Cole Bodine

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RACE RECAPS: MONDAY, JULY 25 – CIRCLE CITY RACEWAY – INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA:

C.J. Leary spent the majority of Monday night’s USAC NOS Energy Indiana Sprint Week debut at Circle City Raceway tooling around the bottom in pursuit of Brady Bacon.

With five laps remaining, the Greenfield, Ind. native stood at a crossroads, whether to be a follower or whether to step out of line and forge a new path forward.

Leary chose the latter once he heard the engine of surging Justin Grant just within earshot to his outside. It took a good three laps for Leary to wind it up on the top before finally surging past the bottom-rolling Bacon with three laps to go to bring home his sixth career Indiana Sprint Week feature victory, tied with Jay Drake, Danny Smith and Kevin Thomas Jr. for sixth all-time.

“That’s the way to win a race right there,” Leary exclaimed. “I followed Brady on the bottom, and I felt like I was a bit better than him down there. I heard Justin ripping the top there late, and I went up to the top and banged the boards.”

The third win of Leary’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/Chevy was the 19th overall of his career, moving him to within two of 1967 series champion Greg Weld for 32nd all-time.

Victory couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for the 2019 USAC Indiana Sprint Week champion. After Friday night’s much ballyhooed kerfuffle – a commotion that began with Leary getting upside down on his way to the white flag at Gas City – Leary and the Michael Motorsports team spent several manhours piecing together their wrecked racecar, which was still sans a number on the right side of the tail tank on Monday night.

It was a bit of a difference in approach for Leary and Michael, which ultimately resulted in just what Leary was striving for all along, to win and to put himself back into contention for another Indiana Sprint Week title.

“After Friday night, I felt like all we could do is to come out here and try to win races,” Leary stated. “I felt like our Sprint Week title chances might have been over, but if we just keep knocking off some wins, maybe we’ll crawl back into this thing.”

FEATURE RESULTS: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (8), 2. Justin Grant (12), 3. Brady Bacon (4), 4. Chase Stockon (7), 5. Jason McDougal (3), 6. Matt Westfall (16), 7. Shane Cottle (22), 8. Jake Swanson (5), 9. Robert Ballou (10), 10. Ryan Timms (6), 11. Dave Darland (18), 12. Matt McDonald (20), 13. Brandon Mattox (P-23), 14. Briggs Danner (2), 15. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 16. Emerson Axsom (9), 17. Brent Beauchamp (14), 18. Logan Seavey (19), 19. Brody Roa (21), 20. Dalton Stevens (17), 21. Mitchel Moles (11), 22. Kyle Cummins (13), 23. Scotty Weir (15). NT

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Chase Stockon (12.322)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (12.005)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Emerson Axsom

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Shane Cottle

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Mitchel Moles

Hard Work Award: Shane Cottle

Bryan Clauson’s Racers For Autism Bonus Bucks: C.J. Leary

Feature Hard Charger: Shane Cottle (22nd to 7th)

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RACE RECAPS: TUESDAY, JULY 26 – KOKOMO SPEEDWAY – KOKOMO, INDIANA:

Beginning with the midway point of Tuesday night’s 30-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week feature at Kokomo Speedway, Justin Grant saw the race lead slip from his grip three different times.

However, the Ione, Calif. driver belied that fact with three answers of his own amid his resurgence to the lead to prevail in a near racelong tug-of-war with Robert Ballou, then fended off a late burst from Kyle Cummins in the final laps to earn his first victory of Indiana Sprint Week 2022 following runner-up results in each of the first two features run to date.

The lap-after-lap barrage of lead changes resulted in seven swaps of the number one spot between Grant and Ballou in a riveting 12-lap span during the middle portion of the event.

The exchanging of the lead that many times within a 30-lap feature tied an all-time Indiana Sprint Week record for the most lead changes in a single feature event, equaling the mark of seven set during the rounds at Lincoln Park in 2001 and Bloomington in 2016.

The last hurrah of the evening’s continuous changing of the guard went Grant’s way on this night, leading the final nine laps to score an Indiana Sprint Week feature victory for the second consecutive season at Kokomo, the third driver to accomplish the feat following Jon Stanbrough in 2006-07 and Thomas Meseraull in 2017-18.

Grant’s sixth career Indiana Sprint Week feature triumph moved him into a tie for sixth all-time alongside Jay Drake, C.J. Leary, Danny Smith and Kevin Thomas Jr. Furthermore, Grant’s 32nd career USAC National Sprint Car feature win moved him past Tyler Courtney and into 15th all-time beside 1973 champ Rollie Beale.

“Champ” is the title Grant has first and foremost on his mind as he extended his Indiana Sprint Week lead to 43 with four races remaining and his overall USAC National Sprint Car lead to a season-high 109.

This victory is also held in high regard by Grant as he became the first-two-time feature winner of the inaugural 10-race Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy, a series which honors the memory of his late father-in-law whose family was well-represented at Kokomo afterward, standing in unison with Grant in victory lane at a place that Grant has achieved several of his most spectacular moments.

“I love winning any race at Kokomo, let alone a Sprint Week show,” Grant exclaimed. “Everybody brings the intensity; Sprint Week at Kokomo is as cool as it gets. It’s a Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster race and those feel really good to win. All the Jones family is here, and all my in-laws are here running around. It feels good to win for them.”

Additionally, no driver has mastered Kokomo Speedway since its reconfiguration in 2005 more often than Grant who picked up his 25th career win on the 1/4-mile dirt oval, surpassing both Dave Darland and Jon Stanbrough for first all-time.

“That’s really, really special. Now I’m going to try to not cry up here and look like Kody Swanson,” Grant stated with a hearty laugh. “When I first moved to Indiana, I worked for (car owner) Jeff Walker and Kokomo was where we came every Sunday. I’d come up here and watch Dave Darland and Jon Stanbrough just wax guys night-in and night-out. To win one race at a track those guys have won at is really special, but to be the all-time winner, I don’t know if I have words for that.”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (4), 2. Kyle Cummins (3), 3. Robert Ballou (2), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Brady Bacon (13), 6. Emerson Axsom (5), 7. Ryan Timms (9), 8. Jadon Rogers (8), 9. Chase Stockon (7), 10. Briggs Danner (16), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Cole Bodine (22), 14. Matt Westfall (20), 15. Shane Cottle (18), 16. Brent Beauchamp (19), 17. Tye Mihocko (21), 18. Jack Hoyer (12), 19. Jason McDougal (15), 20. Mitchel Moles (1), 21. Scotty Weir (10), 22. Dave Darland (14), 23. Brandon Mattox (23-P). NT

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary (12.465)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (12.284)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Ryan Timms

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Kyle Cummins

Chalk Racing Products Heat Race Bonus: Ryan Timms, Jadon Rogers, Chase Stockon & Kyle Cummins

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Kyle Cummins

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Scotty Weir

Bryan Clauson’s Racers For Autism Bonus Bucks: Justin Grant

Hard Work Award: Cole Bodine

Feature Hard Charger: Cole Bodine (22nd to 13th)

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RACE RECAPS: WEDNESDAY, JULY 27: TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK – TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA:
Wednesday night’s scheduled round of USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week at the Terre Haute Action Track has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
Saturated grounds from Tuesday’s showers coupled with more rain on Wednesday morning have made the 1/2-mile dirt oval track unsuitable for racing competition in time for tonight’s program.

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RACE RECAPS: THURSDAY, JULY 28 – LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY – PUTNAMVILLE, INDIANA:

Just minutes before the clock struck midnight, Mitchel Moles put the finishing touches on a magical evening during Thursday night’s round five of USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week at Putnamville’s Lincoln Park Speedway.

However, this was no Cinderella story as the Raisin City, Calif. native moved to the front of the pack on lap two and led the final 29 laps to score his first career Indiana Sprint Week victory, and his second win thus far during an impressive USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie season.

Following a lengthy rain delay that plagued the early portion of the night, Moles slipped by Jadon Rogers on the bottom, then switched his method of operation from the low line to the high groove and back to the bottom in search of a path to victory.

Despite briefly losing the lead to a surging Brady Bacon two laps from the finish, a yellow flag reprieve positioned Moles back up front where he went unheeded for the final two trips around the 5/16-mile dirt oval following a green-white-checkered scenario.

Known for a wide-open, pound the cushion style, Moles utilized nuance and balance on this night, doing so in somewhat unfamiliar territory throughout the 30-lap distance. In the end, though, he wound up in what has become a familiar destination in the month of July – victory lane – as he’s collected his first three USAC national series triumphs in the past 20 nights (2 sprint and 1 midget).

“That’s probably the first race I’ve ever won on the bottom to be honest with you,” Moles admitted. “I’ve never been a bottom feeder guy. Jadon was bumping me on the rear bumper telling me to get going. I’m glad I could at least pick up the pace a little. He didn’t hit me on the last restart, so maybe I was doing it wrong the whole time.”

For the second-straight season, it was the same team celebrating victory following the Indiana Sprint Week round at Lincoln Park. Last year, it was Tanner Thorson scoring his first Indiana Sprint Week win and, this year, it came to be Moles driving the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy to glory.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mitchel Moles (2), 2. Jadon Rogers (1), 3. Brady Bacon (6), 4. Shane Cottle (3), 5. Justin Grant (14), 6. C.J. Leary (5), 7. Briggs Danner (12), 8. Brent Beauchamp (15), 9. Ryan Timms (13), 10. Dave Darland (7), 11. Chase Stockon (21), 12. Emerson Axsom (16), 13. Tye Mihocko (10), 14. Matt Westfall (11), 15. Mario Clouser (20), 16. Brayden Fox (8), 17. Kyle Shipley (22), 18. Logan Seavey (18), 19. Robert Ballou (17), 20. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 21. Jason McDougal (19), 22. A.J. Hopkins (9). NT

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Chase Stockon (12.708) & Mitchel Moles (12.797)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon (12.848)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Dave Darland

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tye Mihocko

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Brayden Fox

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: A.J. Hopkins

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Chase Stockon

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Matt Westfall

Bryan Clauson’s Racers For Autism Bonus Bucks: Mitchel Moles

Hard Work Award: Kyle Shipley

Feature Hard Charger: Chase Stockon (21st to 11th)

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RACE RECAPS: FRIDAY, JULY 29 – BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY – BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA:

Following one of the most disenchanting outings of his career the night before, Kyle Cummins flipped the script on his journey to victory Friday night during round six of USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week at Bloomington Speedway.

On Thursday, the Princeton, Ind. native set fast qualifying time during an aborted rain-interrupted qualifying session, then discovered an engine issue that prematurely ended his night before the requalifying session. Forced to find another ride to finish out the night, Cummins came up short of a transfer spot to the feature and missed the show, thus abruptly ending his Indiana Sprint Week title aspirations.

One night later, the storyline was written differently despite a rocky start which saw Cummins get wiped out in his heat, forcing him to race his way into the main event through the semi-feature. Starting 10th in A-Main, Cummins streaked to fourth by lap five and held steady for the majority of the 30-lap distance in the Sheldon Kinser Memorial / Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series race number six.

However, on a late-race restart with 13 laps to go, Cummins tried a different approach, cutting a path through the middle of the 1/4-mile red clay oval from fourth to third to second to first in a five-lap successive span that thrusted him into the lead and, ultimately, victory for the first time during this USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season aboard his Rock Steady Racing/Ultimate Predator Boats - Mid-America Safety Solutions/Mach-1/Cummins Chevy.

Cummins became the third driver over the past five nights to hit six career Indiana Sprint Week feature victories after Justin Grant and C.J. Leary recently elevated themselves to sixth on the all-time list earlier in the week. Furthermore, Cummins’ 11th career USAC National Sprint Car triumph moved him to 48th all-time alongside Daron Clayton, Elmer George, Tommy Hinnershitz and Greg Leffler.

But this one, with the deck seemingly stacked against them following a crash that hurt their car on Monday at Circle City and engine difficulties at Lincoln Park, Cummins and the Rock Steady crew wholly and truly earned this one, even though it may have come the hard way.

“The crew has been sleeping three or four hours a night, so this is pretty special,” Cummins revealed. “We’ve driven back to North Vernon (Indiana) four nights in a row after destroying a car and switching motors. Carl Thomas gave us this motor last week just in case we needed it. I really didn’t want to have to use it. I called him yesterday and he didn’t hesitate to let us run it. We owe everything to him because we wouldn’t be here. This is his motor and it’s the only one we have left.”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (10), 2. Brady Bacon (1), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Jason McDougal (16), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 7. Chase Stockon (9), 8. Mitchel Moles (6), 9. Jadon Rogers (7), 10. Emerson Axsom (15), 11. Dalton Stevens (3), 12. Shane Cottle (18), 13. Brandon Mattox (12), 14. Matt Westfall (22), 15. Briggs Danner (11), 16. Brody Roa (21), 17. Robert Ballou (14), 18. Logan Seavey (23-P), 19. Brandon Morin (17), 20. Carson Garrett (5), 21. Max Adams (20), 22. Koby Barksdale (19), 23. Jordan Kinser (13). NT

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary (11.200)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (11.039)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Dalton Stevens

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Dalton Stevens

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

Bryan Clauson’s Racers For Autism Bonus Bucks: Kyle Cummins

Hard Work Award: Matt Westfall

Feature Hard Charger: Jason McDougal (16th to 5th)

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RACE RECAP: SATURDAY, JULY 30 – TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY – HAUBSTADT, INDIANA:

Robert Ballou and Justin Grant spent the majority of Saturday night’s 35th annual USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week finale at Tri-State Speedway dueling for a feature victory.

In many cases, one driver prevails while the other walks away with empty handed disappointment that is absent the fanfare and glory.

However, in this particular instance, both exited the stage at the conclusion of the night sharing the limelight of a performance well worth the accolades.

Rocklin, California’s Ballou fended off the competition to become the sixth different feature winner of Indiana Sprint Week during its six event run.

After 13 years of trying, Ione, California’s Grant was rewarded as the Indiana Sprint Week champion for the first time in his career, rounding out his efforts with six consecutive top-five results in the series and capping the week with a third at Tri-State.

Ballou led all 30 laps from start to finish after beginning his race from the outside of the front row, then kept Grant at bay for the first 20 laps before successfully withstanding the pressure applied to him from six-time Tri-State USAC National Sprint Car victor Kyle Cummins.

For Ballou, the Indiana Sprint Week triumph was his first since taking the finale at Lincoln Park Speedway five years earlier in 2017. It was also a homecoming of sorts for Ballou who, in 2014, won his initial ISW feature in which he utilized his own No. 12. On this night, he rode the 12 to the pinnacle once again in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru - Dragonfly Aviation - Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy.

“Hard work and perseverance pay off,” Ballou noted of the collective effort from the driver, crew and sponsors that makes winning big races like this a possibility for him. “I kind of fine-tuned my racecar and threw an audible yesterday by going back to what we used to do all the time. We just finally got our groove going tonight. I wish I would’ve thrown an audible about six nights ago and things may have been a little better, but hindsight is 20/20.”

On the other hand, Grant ran second just a short distance behind Ballou for the first 21 laps of the main event before Cummins ran past with the baton to become Ballou’s new challenger for the final nine laps.

Making his Indiana Sprint Week debut in 2010, Grant had finished inside the top-five of the ISW standings three consecutive years in 2019-20-21 before finally knocking down the barrier in convincing fashion behind the wheel of his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy with a 61-point cushion over runner-up C.J. Leary, which is the most lopsided title race in the series since Bryan Clauson’s 70-point interval eight years earlier in 2014.

“It feels incredible to finally get it done,” Grant exclaimed. “To add my name to all the huge names on that trophy, it feels like my name is a little out of place on there, but I’m happy to have it. Hats off to the guys. It’s a long week and it’s a lot of work. I can’t say enough good things about (right hand crewman) Dylan Cook. He works his tail off for me and, 99 percent of the time, it’s just him and me on the car. He’s got a big, big workload and he handles it incredibly well.”

TOPP Motorsports car owner Kevin Birchmeier (Rochester, Ind.) has also been on the waiting list for the ultimate Indiana Sprint Week glory as a champion for several years following a bevy of close calls and valiant efforts. He, like his driver Grant, weathered the storm and the forks in the road over the years to prevail with a first ISW title. By virtue of being the car entrant champ for the week, he earned the traditional rocking chair presented and constructed by master craftsman John Youngs.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (2), 2. Kyle Cummins (5), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Chase Stockon (8), 5. Logan Seavey (4), 6. C.J. Leary (10), 7. Brady Bacon (15), 8. Mitchel Moles (6), 9. Jason McDougal (12), 10. Critter Malone (20), 11. Emerson Axsom (11), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 13. Jadon Rogers (16), 14. Shane Cockrum (18), 15. Briggs Danner (9), 16. Brody Roa (17), 17. Matt Westfall (22), 18. Xavier Doney (21), 19. Dustin Beck (19), 20. J.J. Hughes (13), 21. Thomas Meseraull (3), 22. Kendall Ruble (14). NT

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Thomas Meseraull (13.474)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (13.442)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Thomas Meseraull

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Matt Westfall

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Briggs Danner

Bryan Clauson’s Racers For Autism Bonus Bucks: Robert Ballou

Hard Work Award: Matt Westfall

Feature Hard Charger: Critter Malone (20th to 10th)

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2022 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK STATISTICS

FEATURE LAPS LED

58-Robert Ballou

41-Brady Bacon

32-Justin Grant

29-Mitchel Moles

9-Kyle Cummins

7-Briggs Danner

3-C.J. Leary

1-Shane Cottle

1-Jadon Rogers

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES

6-Justin Grant

4-Brady Bacon

3-Robert Ballou

3-Kyle Cummins

3-C.J. Leary

3-Chase Stockon

2-Shane Cottle

2-Jason McDougal

2-Mitchel Moles

1-Jadon Rogers

1-Logan Seavey

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES

6-Justin Grant

5-Brady Bacon

5-C.J. Leary

5-Chase Stockon

4-Robert Ballou

4-Kyle Cummins

4-Mitchel Moles

3-Emerson Axsom

3-Shane Cottle

3-Jason McDougal

3-Jadon Rogers

3-Ryan Timms

2-Briggs Danner

2-Jake Swanson

1-Brent Beauchamp

1-Dave Darland

1-Critter Malone

1-Tye Mihocko

1-Logan Seavey

1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Scotty Weir

1-Matt Westfall

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FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (Presented by Fatheadz Eyewear)

5-Mitchel Moles

1-Brady Bacon

1-C.J. Leary

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HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension Inc., Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply)

3-Robert Ballou

3-C.J. Leary

3-Jadon Rogers

3-Chase Stockon

2-Emerson Axsom

2-Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Nick Bilbee

1-Kyle Cummins

1-Briggs Danner

1-Dave Darland

1-Brayden Fox

1-Justin Grant

1-A.J. Hopkins

1-Thomas Meseraull

1-Tye Mihocko

1-Mitchel Moles

1-Dalton Stevens

1-Ryan Timms

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SEMI WINS

1-Briggs Danner

1-Tye Mihocko

1-Mitchel Moles

1-Logan Seavey

1-Chase Stockon

1-Scotty Weir

1-Matt Westfall

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C-MAIN WINS

2-Max Adams

2-Brody Roa

1-Cole Bodine

1-Xavier Doney

1-Sam Scott

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FEATURE STARTS

6-Emerson Axsom

6-Brady Bacon

6-Robert Ballou

6-Briggs Danner

6-Justin Grant

6-C.J. Leary

6-Jason McDougal

6-Mitchel Moles

6-Logan Seavey

6-Chase Stockon

6-Matt Westfall

5-Shane Cottle

5-Kyle Cummins

5-Jadon Rogers

5-Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Brent Beauchamp

3-Dave Darland

3-Brandon Mattox

3-Tye Mihocko

3-Brody Roa

3-Ryan Timms

3-Scotty Weir

2-Cole Bodine

2-Jack Hoyer

2-Thomas Meseraull

2-Dalton Stevens

2-Jake Swanson

1-Max Adams

1-Koby Barksdale

1-Dustin Beck

1-Chad Boespflug

1-Mario Clouser

1-Shane Cockrum

1-Xavier Doney

1-Brayden Fox

1-Carson Garrett

1-A.J. Hopkins

1-J.J. Hughes

1-Jordan Kinser

1-Critter Malone

1-Matt McDonald

1-Brandon Morin

1-Kendall Ruble

1-Kyle Shipley

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

7/22: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Brady Bacon

7/24: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

7/25: Circle City Raceway – Shane Cottle

7/26: Kokomo Speedway – Kyle Cummins

7/28: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Stockon

7/29: Bloomington Speedway – Dalton Stevens

7/30: Tri-State Speedway – Matt Westfall

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“HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

7/22: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Kyle Cummins (17th to 6th)

7/25: Circle City Raceway – Shane Cottle (22nd to 7th)

7/26: Kokomo Speedway – Cole Bodine (22nd to 13th)

7/28: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Stockon (21st to 11th)

7/29: Bloomington Speedway – Jason McDougal (16th to 5th)

7/30: Tri-State Speedway – Critter Malone (20th to 10th)

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DIRT DRAFT HOT LAPS FASTEST DRIVER

7/22: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

7/24: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Logan Seavey

7/25: Circle City Raceway – Chase Stockon

7/26: Kokomo Speedway – C.J. Leary

7/28: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Stockon (12.708) & Mitchel Moles (12.797)

7/29: Bloomington Speedway – C.J. Leary (11.200)

7/30: Tri-State Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (13.474)

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HARD WORK AWARD:

7/22: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Jack Hoyer

7/24: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Cole Bodine

7/25: Circle City Raceway – Shane Cottle

7/26: Kokomo Speedway – Cole Bodine

7/28: Lincoln Park Speedway – Kyle Shipley

7/29: Bloomington Speedway – Matt Westfall

7/30: Tri-State Speedway – Matt Westfall

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BRYAN CLAUSON’S RACERS FOR AUTISM BONUS BUCKS:

7/22: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Shane Cottle

7/25: Circle City Raceway – C.J. Leary

7/26: Kokomo Speedway – Justin Grant

7/28: Lincoln Park Speedway – Mitchel Moles

7/29: Bloomington Speedway – Kyle Cummins

7/30: Tri-State Speedway – Robert Ballou

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INDIANA SPRINT WEEK STATS: (1988-2022)

ALL-TIME INDIANA SPRINT WEEK WINS:

20-Dave Darland

16-Jon Stanbrough

12-Cory Kruseman

9-J.J. Yeley

7-Bryan Clauson

6-Kyle Cummins, Jay Drake, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Danny Smith & Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Robert Ballou, Kevin Briscoe, Tyler Courtney, Tony Elliott, Brady Short & Kevin Thomas

4-Brady Bacon, Jack Hewitt, Levi Jones, Kelly Kinser & Logan Seavey

3-Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons Jr., Tracy Hines & Hunter Schuerenberg

2-Chuck Amati, Shane Cottle, Kevin Doty, Tim Gee, Rick Hood, Bud Kaeding, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

1-A.J. Anderson, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Chad Boat, Derek Davidson, Cary Faas, Aaron Farney, Blake Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Tray House, Bob Kinser, Mike Mann, Brad Marvel, Mitchel Moles, Mat Neely, Terry Pletch, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Carson Short, Mickey Smith, Brad Sweet, Tanner Thorson, Brian Tyler & Cole Whitt

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ALL-TIME INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TOP-FIVE FINISHES (1988-2022)

66-Dave Darland

51-Jon Stanbrough

45-Levi Jones

36-Brady Bacon

33-Tony Elliott & Chris Windom

31-J.J. Yeley

29-Bryan Clauson

28-Justin Grant

27-Kevin Thomas

26-Robert Ballou

25-Cory Kruseman & Kevin Thomas Jr.

24-Shane Cottle

22-C.J. Leary & Chase Stockon

20-Jerry Coons Jr.

19-Jay Drake & Tracy Hines

16-Kyle Cummins

15-Brady Short

14-Kevin Briscoe, Bill Rose & Hunter Schuerenberg

13-Tyler Courtney & Bud Kaeding

10-Jack Hewitt & Randy Kinser

9-Derek Davidson & Danny Smith

8-Damion Gardner, Brian Hayden, Bob Kinser, Kelly Kinser & Thomas Meseraull

7-Kevin Doty, Tim Gee, Darren Hagen, Tray House, Jason McDougal, Terry Pletch & Josh Wise

6-Chuck Amati, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Dickie Gaines, Mat Neely, Logan Seavey, Terry Shepherd, Brian Tyler, Scotty Weir & Cole Whitt

5-A.J. Anderson, Chad Boat & Joe Roush

4-Mike Mann, Carson Short, Brad Sweet & Tanner Thorson

3-Jeff Bland Jr., Bobby East, Aaron Farney, Jesse Hockett, Rick Hood, Kevin Huntley, Tony Jarrett, Dustin Morgan, Robbie Rice, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Gary Trammell & Jeff Walker

2-Brent Beauchamp, Christopher Bell, Larry Bland, Tom Chalk, Blake Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Jeff Gordon, Coleman Gulick, Kurt Hawkins, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Mitchel Moles, Dave Peperak, Boston Reid, Casey Riggs, Jon Sciscoe, John Scott, Jeremy Sherman, Eric Shively, Casey Shuman, Mike Spencer & Jake Swanson

1-Garrett Aitken, Jarett Andretti, Chris Beaver, Ryan Bernal, Keith Bloom Jr., Mike Bowling, Kent Christian, Hud Cone, Troy Cline, Mike English, Cary Faas, Gary Fisher, Josh Ford, Russ Gamester, Dink Glidden, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jonathan Hendrick, Josh Hodges, Blake Hollingsworth, Shane Hollingsworth, Danny Holtsclaw, A.J. Hopkins, Kasey Kahne, Doug Kalitta, Todd Kane, Todd Kelley, Mike Kirby, Frankie Kerr, Chris LaFollette, Troy Link, Brad Marvel, Brandon Mattox, Wes McIntyre, Joe Miller, Brandon Petty, Jadon Rogers, Joey Saldana, Derek Scheffel, Stephen Schnapf, Todd Shields, Jimmy Sills, Mickey Smith, Greg Staab, Steve Surniak, Tyler Thomas, Lee Underwood, Rick Ungar, Jonathan Vennard, Mike Ward, Matt Westfall, Rip Williams & Greg Wilson

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INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TOP-10 FINISHES (USAC ERA 1996-2022)

98-Dave Darland

74-Jon Stanbrough

66-Levi Jones

59-Chris Windom

58-Brady Bacon

53-Robert Ballou

50-Shane Cottle

47-Justin Grant

46-Jerry Coons Jr.

45-Bryan Clauson

44-Chase Stockon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

43-Cory Kruseman

42-Tracy Hines

40-J.J. Yeley

39-Tony Elliott & C.J. Leary

31-Jay Drake

30-Brady Short

29-Kyle Cummins

24-Hunter Schuerenberg

21-Tyler Courtney, Damion Gardner, Bud Kaeding & Bill Rose

20-Kevin Thomas

19-Chad Boespflug

17-Kevin Briscoe & Scotty Weir

16-Derek Davidson, Darren Hagen & Brian Hayden

15-Thomas Meseraull

14-Dickie Gaines

13-Daron Clayton, Carson Short & Josh Wise

12-Kevin Doty & Jason McDougal

11-Mat Neely, Terry Pletch, Logan Seavey, Brad Sweet & Cole Whitt

9-A.J. Anderson, Jack Hewitt & Josh Hodges

8-Jarett Andretti, Jeff Bland Jr. & Jadon Rogers

7-Chad Boat, Bobby East, Blake Fitzpatrick, Coleman Gulick, Todd Kane, Justin Marvel, Boston Reid, Casey Shuman & Brian Tyler

6-Brent Beauchamp, Kent Christian, Troy Cline, Eric Shively, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jake Swanson

5-Christopher Bell, Shane Hollingsworth, Tony Jarrett, Critter Malone, Dustin Morgan, Jeremy Sherman, Mike Spencer & Matt Westfall

4-Hud Cone, Aaron Farney, Jesse Hockett, A.J. Hopkins, Wes McIntyre, Mitchel Moles, Brandon Petty, Robbie Rice, Brody Roa, Jimmy Sills, & John Wolfe

3-A.J. Anderson, Emerson Axsom, Josh Ford, Brad Fox, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jonathan Hendrick, Dakota Jackson, Rusty McClure, Casey Riggs, Derek Scheffel, Jon Sciscoe, Neil Shepherd, Steve Surniak & Ryan Timms

2-Ryan Bernal, Eric Burns, Kenny Carmichael, Henry Clarke, Briggs Danner, Charles Davis Jr., Mike English, Danny Holtsclaw, Kasey Kahne, Mike Kirby, Jason Knoke, Chris LaFollette, Mike Mann, Brad Marvel, Brandon Mattox, Max McGhee, Tye Mihocko, Kevin Miller, Tim Montgomery, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Kendall Ruble, Stephen Schnapf, John Scott, Tim Spindler, Kevin Swindell, Tyler Thomas, Richard Vander Weerd & Jeff Wilson

1-Max Adams Garrett Aitken, Chris Beaver, Kevin Besecker, Keith Bloom Jr., Timmy Buckwalter, Brett Burdette, Mark Cassella, Mark Clark, Shane Cockrum, Chris Coers, Tim Cox, Zach Daum, Cary Faas, Nic Faas, Russ Gamester, Kurt Gross, Tom Hessert III, Tray House, J.J. Hughes, Kevin Huntley, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Chase Johnson, Doug Kalitta, Joey Kerr, Jimmy Light, Jason McCord, Matt Mitchell, Vince Osman, Richard Ott, Dave Peperak, Davey Ray, Jason Robbins, Kyle Robbins, Eric Roberts, Joe Roush, Alex Shanks, Corey Smith, Dustin Smith, Stevie Sussex, Tanner Thorson, Lee Underwood, Jonathan Vennard, Danny Williams Jr., Rip Williams, Greg Wilson & Kyle Wissmiller

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ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK LAPS LED (USAC ERA 1996-2022)

431-Dave Darland

413-Jon Stanbrough

276-Cory Kruseman

216-Kevin Thomas Jr.

204-Robert Ballou

200-Brady Bacon

187-J.J. Yeley

176-Jay Drake & C.J. Leary

173-Bryan Clauson

148-Chris Windom

127-Justin Grant

124-Levi Jones

121-Tracy Hines

103-Hunter Schuerenberg

101-Tyler Courtney

98-Kevin Briscoe

97-Brady Short

94-Jerry Coons Jr. & Logan Seavey

92-Kyle Cummins

82-Jack Hewitt

80-Chase Stockon

76-Tony Elliott

68-Daron Clayton & Thomas Meseraull

57-Bud Kaeding

52-Brad Sweet

50-Shane Cottle & Derek Davidson

43-Cole Whitt

42-Chad Boespflug

38-Carson Short

36-Damion Gardner

35-Aaron Farney & Dickie Gaines

33-Josh Wise

30-Chad Boat & Brad Marvel

29-Mitchel Moles & Bill Rose

26-Robbie Rice, Stephen Schnapf & Scotty Weir

25-Brad Fox

24-John Memmer

23-Cary Faas, Brandon Petty & Jake Swanson

22-Darren Hagen, & Brian Tyler

21-A.J. Anderson, Brent Beauchamp & Eric Shively

20-Kevin Doty

18-Boston Reid

16-Justin Marvel & Casey Riggs

14-Mike Mann & Wes McIntyre

13-Jeff Bland Jr.

12-Christopher Bell

11-Bobby Stines

10-Brian Hayden & Jason McDougal

9-Kevin Thomas

8-Mat Neely & Jimmy Sills

7-Briggs Danner

6-Jarett Andretti, Cole Bodine, Terry Pletch & Dustin Smith

5-John Wolfe

4-Kent Christian, Blake Fitzpatrick & Derek Scheffel

3-Keith Bloom Jr., Rickie Gaunt & Tanner Thorson

1-Jesse Hockett, Logan Jarrett, Rusty McClure, Dustin Morgan, Jadon Rogers, Jeremy Sherman & Jonathan Vennard

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ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK HEAT RACE WINS (USAC ERA 1996-2022)

32-Dave Darland

30-Jon Stanbrough

28-Robert Ballou

26-Shane Cottle

19-Brady Bacon & Cory Kruseman

18-Chris Windom

17-C.J. Leary & Brady Short

13-Jerry Coons Jr., Thomas Meseraull & Chase Stockon

12-Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Tony Elliott & Tracy Hines

11-Chad Boespflug, Justin Grant, Levi Jones, Kevin Thomas Jr. & J.J. Yeley

10-Bryan Clauson

9-Hunter Schuerenberg

8-Kent Christian, Jay Drake, Carson Short & Kevin Thomas

7-Kenny Carmichael, Damion Gardner & Terry Pletch

6-Kevin Briscoe, Dickie Gaines, Darren Hagen & Scotty Weir

5-Blake Fitzpatrick, Josh Hodges, Shane Hollingsworth, Bud Kaeding, Mat Neely, Brandon Petty, Bill Rose, Eric Shively, Mike Spencer & Brian Tyler

4-Daron Clayton, Hud Cone, Brian Hayden, Danny Holtsclaw, Logan Jarrett, Jason McDougal, Corey Smith, Matt Westfall, Cole Whitt & Mitch Wissmiller

3-A.J. Anderson, Jarett Andretti, Brad Fox, Jack Hewitt, Mike Kirby, Justin Marvel, Brandon Mattox, Wes McIntyre, Boston Reid, Jadon Rogers, Derek Scheffel, John Scott, Casey Shuman, Dustin Smith, Brad Sweet & Tanner Thorson

2-Emerson Axsom, Brent Beauchamp, Nick Bilbee, Jeff Bland Jr., Troy Cline, Tim Cox, Derek Davidson, Charles Davis Jr., Kris Deckard, Bobby East, Aaron Farney, Josh Ford, Richard Griffin, Coleman Gulick, A.J. Hopkins, Tray House, Dakota Jackson, Todd Kane, Mike Mann, Bret Mellenberndt, Tye Mihocko, Dustin Morgan, Casey Riggs, Brody Roa, Stephen Schnapf, Logan Seavey, Alex Shanks, Jake Swanson, Kody Swanson, Greg Wilson, Josh Wise & Kyle Wissmiller

1-Max Adams, Rodney Argo, Chris Beaver, Ryan Bernal, Keith Bloom Jr., Cole Bodine, Eric Burns, Josh Burton, Mark Cassella, Isaac Chapple, Roger Chaudion, Dustin Clark, Henry Clarke, Anthony D’Alessio, Briggs Danner, Ron Dennis, Kevin Doty, Cary Faas, Brayden, Jared Fox, Brian Gerster, Travis Gregg, Bart Grider, Kurt Gross, Chris Gurley, Chayse Hayhurst, Tom Hessert III, Jesse Hockett, J.J. Hughes, Marc Jessup, Chase Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Joey Kerr, Jordan Kinser, Jason Knoke, Critter Malone, Brad Marvel, Rusty McClure, Max McGhee, John Memmer, Jerry Miller Jr., Kevin Miller, Mitchel Moles, Jim Moughan, Derek O'Dell, Ande Possman, Michael Pickens, Robbie Rice, Kyle Robbins, Joe Roush, Bryan Ruble, Jon Sciscoe, Jason Setser, Neil Shepherd, Jimmy Sills, Landon Simon, Tim Spindler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Stephens, Dalton Stevens, Gary Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Ryan Timms, Michael Trimble, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Ricky Williams & John Wolfe

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ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (USAC ERA 1996-2022)

12-Dave Darland

9-Brady Bacon & Justin Grant

8-Levi Jones

7-Tracy Hines, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas Jr. & J.J. Yeley

6-Daron Clayton & Richard Griffin

5-Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons Jr., Tony Elliott, C.J. Leary, Mitchel Moles & Hunter Schuerenberg

4-Tyler Courtney & Jay Drake

3-Cory Kruseman, Carson Short, Chase Stockon, Brad Sweet & Josh Wise

2-Robert Ballou, Brent Beauchamp, Chad Boat, Chad Boespflug, Justin Marvel, Kevin Miller, Brandon Petty, Boston Reid, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Scotty Weir

1-Nick Bilbee, Keith Bloom Jr., Kevin Briscoe, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Derek Davidson, Kevin Doty, Bobby East, Nic Faas, Blake Fitzpatrick, Brayden Fox, Jared Fox, Damion Gardner, Rickie Gaunt, Darren Hagen, Jonathan Hendrick, Josh Hodges, Ray Kenens, Dustin Morgan, Mat Neely, Ande Possman, Jadon Rogers, Bill Rose, Neil Shepherd, Jeremy Sherman, Jimmy Sills, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Thomas, Shawn Westerfeld, Rip Williams, Chris Windom, Mitch Wissmiller & John Wolfe

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ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FEATURE STARTS (USAC ERA 1996-2022)

158-Dave Darland

119-Jon Stanbrough

96-Jerry Coons Jr.

91-Robert Ballou & Shane Cottle

88-Chris Windom

86-Tracy Hines

84-Levi Jones

76-Brady Bacon

75-Kevin Thomas Jr.

72-Chase Stockon

68-Justin Grant

67-C.J. Leary

65-Cory Kruseman

62-Hunter Schuerenberg

60-Brady Short

58-Tony Elliott

56-Bryan Clauson

55-Thomas Meseraull

54-Chad Boespflug

53-Damion Gardner

54-Kyle Cummins

50-Scotty Weir & J.J. Yeley

47-Jay Drake

41-Darren Hagen

40-Tyler Courtney

39-Bill Rose

37-Bud Kaeding

36-Daron Clayton

34-Derek Davidson

33-Jarett Andretti

32-Kevin Briscoe

31-Brian Hayden

30-A.J. Anderson & Carson Short

28-Kent Christian, Dickie Gaines & Justin Marvel

27-Josh Hodges & Kevin Thomas

25-Brent Beauchamp, Mat Neely & Brandon Petty

24-Matt Westfall & Josh Wise

23-Jason McDougal, Terry Pletch & Casey Shuman

22-Jeff Bland Jr., Brandon Mattox & Brian Tyler

21-Isaac Chapple, Jack Hewitt, Mike Spencer & Brad Sweet

19-Brody Roa, Derek Scheffel & Cole Whitt

18-Blake Fitzpatrick & Logan Seavey

17-Kevin Doty, Aaron Farney & Critter Malone

16-Hud Cone, Bobby East, Shane Hollingsworth, Dustin Morgan & Jadon Rogers

15-Dustin Smith, Jake Swanson & Tyler Thomas

14-Henry Clarke, Jesse Hockett, A.J. Hopkins, Dakota Jackson, Wes McIntyre & Eric Shively

13-Chad Boat, Troy Cline, Coleman Gulick & Richard Vander Weerd

12-Logan Jarrett, Robbie Rice & Jonathan Vennard

11-Max Adams, Ryan Bernal, Josh Ford, Eric Gordon, Tony Jarrett, Todd Kane, Mike Mann & Corey Smith

10-Eric Burns, Kenny Carmichael, Charles Davis Jr., Jonathan Hendrick, Boston Reid, Kyle Robbins, John Scott, Tim Spindler, Kyle Wissmiller & John Wolfe

9-Shane Cockrum, Tom Hessert III, Danny Holtsclaw, Kevin Miller, Matt Mitchell, Steve Surniak & Kody Swanson

8-Cole Bodine, Richard Griffin, J.J. Hughes, Chase Johnson, Mike Kirby, Jimmy Laser, Dave Peperak, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Casey Riggs, Jeremy Sherman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Kevin Swindell

7-Timmy Buckwalter, Tim Cox, Andrew Elson, Brad Fox, Jason Knoke, Rusty McClure, Max McGhee, Tye Mihocko, Joe Roush, Neil Shepherd, Josh Spencer, Tanner Thorson, Jace Vander Weerd & Mitch Wissmiller

6-Emerson Axsom, Christopher Bell, Briggs Danner, Tony DiMattia, Jared Fox, Marc Jessup, Jordan Kinser, Mitchel Moles, Ryan Pace, Jason Robbins, Troy Rutherford, Jimmy Sills, Stevie Sussex & Michael Trimble

5-Keith Bloom Jr., Clinton Boyles, Mario Clouser, Cary Faas, Chris Gurley, Shane Hmiel, Jon Sciscoe, Brian VanMeveren & Ricky Williams

4-Caleb Armstrong, Nick Bilbee, Dustin Clark, Rickie Gaunt, Bart Grider, Ted Hines, Aaron Mosley, Kendall Ruble, Kent Schmidt, Stephen Schnapf, Landon Simon, Mark Smith, Gus Wasson & Greg Wilson

3-Chris Beaver, Mike Boat, Donny Brackett, Chase Briscoe, Brett Burdette, Michael Burthay, Zach Daum, Mike English, A.J. Fike, Kurt Gross, Kasey Kahne, Brad Kuhn, Brad Marvel, Jason McCord, Cannon McIntosh, Nate McMillin, Bret Mellenberndt, John Memmer, Jeff O’Banion, Richard Ott, Ande Possman, Davey Ray, Alex Shanks, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Gary Taylor, Ryan Timms, Danny Williams Jr., Rip Williams & Jeff Wilson

2-Rodney Argo, Koby Barksdale, Ethan Barrow, Donnie Beechler, Robert Bell, Kevin Besecker, Greg Bragg, Mark Cassella, Roger Chaudion, Mark Clark, Braydon Cromwell, Kris Deckard, Ty Deckard, Ron Dennis, Gregg Dillion, Nic Faas, Russ Gamester, Chris Gansen, Aric Gentry, Travis Gregg, Max Guilford, Tom Harris, Rick Hayden, Tray House, Jack Hoyer, Kevin Huntley, Cole Ketcham, Sheldon Kinser Jr., Chris LaFollette, Jimmy Light, Zach Martini, Joss Moffatt, Tim Montgomery, Derek O’Dell, Scott Orr, Tony Ploughe, Davey Pombo, Terry Richards, Eric Roberts, Bryan Ruble, Bryan Stanfill, Dave Steele, Greg Stephens, Dalton Stevens, Leon Thickstun, & Shawn Westerfeld

1-Garrett Abrams, Nick Adams, Garrett Aitken, Marc Arnold, Chris Babcock, Dustin Beck, Dean Billings, J.C. Bland, Steve Buckwalter, Wyatt Burks, Josh Burton, Cole Carter, Kevin Chambers, Rob Chaney, Chris Coers, Colten Cottle, Jesse Cramer, Buddy Cunningham, Anthony D’Alessio, Eric Davis, Mitchell Davis, Xavier Doney, J.R. Douglas, Nick Drake, Brayden Fox, Carson Garrett, Brian Gerster, Dennis Gile, Matt Goodnight, Russ Harper, Jared Harris, Ed Hassler, Kurt Hawkins, Chayse Hayhurst, Zane Hendricks, Jordan Hermansader, Gary Howard, Chris Hoyer, Logan Hupp, Sammy Imel, Dustin Ingle, R.J. Johnson, Chase Jones, Tony Jones, Doug Kalitta, Ryan Kaplan, Brian Karraker, Tyler Kendall, Ray Kenens, Joey Kerr, Riley Kreisel, David McCreary, Matt McDonald, Austin Mero, Jerry Miller Jr., Ray Morgan, Brandon Morin, Jim Moughan, Nick Naber, Wil Newlin, Paul Nienhiser, Vince Osman, Steve Ott, Seth Parker, Mark Perry III, Chris Phillips, Michael Pickens, Bart Pletch, Brett Pool, Zack Pretorius, Travis Rilat, Charlie Sarver, Jason Setser, Danny Sheridan, Kyle Shipley, Jake Simmons, Bobby Smith, Eric Smith, Brandon Spencer, J.T. Stapp, Bobby Stines, Joe Stornetta, Lee Underwood, Chris Urish, Chet Williams & Rick Ziehl

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INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FEATURE WINNERS

1988

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 27, 1988 | Avilla Speedway | Rick Hood | Campbell #1N | Wing

July 28, 1988 | Paragon Speedway | Rick Hood | Campbell #1N | Wing

July 29, 1988 | Bloomington Speedway | Kelly Kinser | Kinser #4K | Wing

July 31, 1988 | Kokomo Speedway | Tim Gee | Gee #88 | Wing

Aug 6, 1988 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Tim Gee | Gee #88 | Wing


1989

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 26, 1989 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Danny Smith | Gohr #56 | Wing

July 28, 1989 | Bloomington Speedway | Chuck Amati | Tate #66 | Wing

July 29, 1989 | Paragon Speedway | Mickey Smith | Smith #14 | Wing

July 30, 1989 | Kokomo Speedway | Danny Smith | Gohr #56 | Wing


1990

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 25, 1990 | Paragon Speedway | Danny Smith | Gohr #56 | Wing

July 27, 1990 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Briscoe | Briscoe #5 | Wing

July 28, 1990 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Darland #36D | Non-Wing

Aug 5, 1990 | Kokomo Speedway | Chuck Amati | Tate #66 | Non-Wing


1991

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 25, 1991 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jack Hewitt | Hampshire #63 | Non-Wing

July 26, 1991 | Bloomington Speedway | Danny Smith | Gohr #56 | Wing

July 27, 1991 | Paragon Speedway | Danny Smith | Gohr #56 | Wing

July 28, 1991 | Kokomo Speedway | Dave Darland | Darland #36D | Non-Wing

1992

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 31, 1992 | Bloomington Speedway | Bob Kinser | Bayless #17B | Wing

Aug 1, 1992 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Kevin Thomas | Hazen #57 | Non-Wing

Aug 9, 1992 | Kokomo Speedway | Tony Elliott | Newkirk #17 | Non-Wing


1993

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 15, 1993 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Dave Darland | Earlywine #36D | Non-Wing

July 16, 1993 | Bloomington Speedway | Cary Faas | Faas #37 | Non-Wing

Aug 1, 1993 | Kokomo Speedway | Kevin Thomas | Black #2B | Non-Wing

Aug 6, 1993 | Paragon Speedway | Tray House | Frampton #95 | Non-Wing

1994

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 14, 1994 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Kelly Kinser | Kinser #4K | Wing

July 15, 1994 | Bloomington Speedway | Kelly Kinser | Kinser #4K | Wing

July 16, 1994 | Paragon Speedway | Danny Smith | Bodkins #00 | Wing

July 17, 1994 | Kokomo Speedway | Kelly Kinser | Kinser #4K | Wing


1995

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

Jun 15, 1995 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Tony Elliott | Hazen/Walker #57 | Non-Wing

Jun 16, 1995 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Thomas | Applebee #3 | Non-Wing

Jun 17, 1995 | Paragon Speedway | Kevin Thomas | Applebee #3 | Non-Wing

Jun 18, 1995 | Kokomo Speedway | Mike Mann | Mann #37m | Non-Wing


1996

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 26, 1996 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Thomas | Applebee #3 | USAC

July 27, 1996 | Paragon Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Law #77 | USAC

July 28, 1996 | Kokomo Speedway | Brad Marvel | Black #2m | USAC


1997

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 19, 1997 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Brian Tyler | Contos #4c | USAC

July 20, 1997 | Kokomo Speedway | J.J. Yeley | Yeley #4J | USAC

July 23, 1997 | Terre Haute Action Track | J.J. Yeley | Yeley #4J | USAC

July 24, 1997 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Kevin Doty | Chrisman #25 | USAC

July 25, 1997 | Bloomington Speedway | Brad Fox | Fox #53 | USAC

July 26, 1997 | Paragon Speedway | Bill Rose | Gardner #96 | USAC

July 27, 1997 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jack Hewitt | Hampshire #63 | USAC


1998

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 18, 1998 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dave Darland | Dynamics #69 | USAC

July 19, 1998 | Evans Kokomo Speedway | Tony Elliott | Vance/Walker #2 | USAC

July 23, 1998 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Kevin Doty | Chrisman #25 | USAC

July 24, 1998 | Bloomington Speedway | Tony Elliott | Vance/Walker #2 | USAC

July 25, 1998 | Paragon Speedway | Derek Davidson | BWB #62 | USAC

July 26, 1998 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Dynamics #69 | USAC


1999

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 21, 1999 | Terre Haute Action Track | Terry Pletch | Pletch #29 | USAC

July 22, 1999 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Jack Hewitt | Newkirk #17 | USAC

July 23, 1999 | Bloomington Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Ellis #21 | USAC

July 24, 1999 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Dynamics #69 | USAC

July 25, 1999 | Kokomo Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Ellis #21 | USAC

July 28, 1999 | Eldora Speedway | Tracy Hines | Willoughby #97 | USAC


2000

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 20, 2000 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Bud Kaeding | BK #129 | USAC

July 21, 2000 | Bloomington Speedway | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 22, 2000 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Kevin Briscoe | Briscoe #5 | USAC

July 23, 2000 | Kokomo Speedway | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 28, 2000 | Terre Haute Action Track | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 29, 2000 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 30, 2000 | Tri-State Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Potter #3p | USAC


2001

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 21, 2001 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Hazen #57H | USAC

July 22, 2001 | Tri-State Speedway | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 24, 2001 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Jack Hewitt | Kaser #31 | USAC

July 26, 2001 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dave Darland | DeSalle #3AC | USAC

July 27, 2001 | Bloomington Speedway | A.J. Anderson | Edison #10 | USAC

July 29, 2001 | Kokomo Speedway | Tony Elliott | Walker/Gratton #66 | USAC


2002

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 19, 2002 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 20, 2002 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 21, 2002 | Tri-State Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 22, 2002 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | J.J. Yeley | GT Racing #76 | USAC

July 25, 2002 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Kevin Briscoe | Briscoe #5 | USAC

July 26, 2002 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Briscoe | Briscoe #5 | USAC

July 27, 2002 | Terre Haute Action Track | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC


2003

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 17, 2003 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | J.J. Yeley | Stewart #20 | USAC

July 18, 2003 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | J.J. Yeley | Stewart #20 | USAC

July 19, 2003 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 20, 2003 | Tri-State Speedway | J.J. Yeley | Stewart #20 | USAC

July 23, 2003 | Kokomo Speedway | Bud Kaeding | BK #29 | USAC

July 24, 2003 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Hazen #57 | USAC

July 25, 2003 | Bloomington Speedway | J.J. Yeley | Stewart #20 | USAC

July 26, 2003 | Terre Haute Action Track | Tracy Hines | Dynamics #69 | USAC


2004

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 15, 2004 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | J.J. Yeley | Stanton #75 | USAC

July 17, 2004 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Stewart #21 | USAC

July 18, 2004 | Tri-State Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Stewart #21 | USAC

July 22, 2004 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Dynamics #69 | USAC

July 23, 2004 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Briscoe | Briscoe #5 | USAC

July 24, 2004 | Terre Haute Action Track | J.J. Yeley | Stanton #75 | USAC


2005

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 14, 2005 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 15, 2005 | Bloomington Speedway | Tracy Hines | Dynamics #69 | USAC

July 17, 2005 | Tri-State Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 19, 2005 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Walker/Guiducci #11 | USAC

July 20, 2005 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC

July 21, 2005 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dickie Gaines | Roberts #21x | USAC

July 22, 2005 | Terre Haute Action Track | Levi Jones | 2B Racing #2B | USAC


2006

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 13, 2006 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Mat Neely | 2B Racing #2B | USAC

July 14, 2006 | Bloomington Speedway | Brady Short | Short #36 | USAC

July 15, 2006 | Tri-State Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC

July 16, 2006 | Kokomo Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC

July 19, 2006 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC


2007

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 11, 2007 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC

July 12, 2007 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dave Darland | Pace #44 | USAC

July 13, 2007 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Daron Clayton | Dynamics #69 | USAC

July 14, 2007 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC

July 15, 2007 | Kokomo Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC

July 19, 2007 | Kamp Motor Speedway | Jerry Coons Jr. | Dynamics #69 | USAC

July 20, 2007 | Bloomington Speedway | Dave Darland | Pace #44 | USAC

July 21, 2007 | Tri-State Speedway | Daron Clayton | Walker/Guiducci #11D | USAC


2008

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 9, 2008 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Jeff Bland Jr. | Bland #21s | USAC

July 10, 2008 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Brady Short | Short #36 | USAC

July 11, 2008 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Cole Whitt | Kunz #67K | USAC

July 13, 2008 | Kokomo Speedway | Dave Darland | 2B Racing #2B | USAC

July 17, 2008 | Kamp Motor Speedway | Jerry Coons Jr. | Dynamics #69 | USAC

July 18, 2008 | Bloomington Speedway | Jerry Coons Jr. | Dynamics #69 | USAC

July 19, 2008 | Tri-State Speedway | Hunter Schuerenberg | Walker/Guiducci #11 | USAC


2009

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 10, 2009 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dave Darland | RWB #2B | USAC

July 11, 2009 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Levi Jones | Stewart #20 | USAC

July 12, 2009 | Kokomo Speedway | Chad Boat | Boat #30 | USAC

July 15, 2009 | Terre Haute Action Track | Brad Sweet | Kahne/Curb #9 | USAC

July 16, 2009 | Kamp Motor Speedway | Dave Darland | RWB #2B | USAC

July 17, 2009 | Bloomington Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Tucker #7 | USAC

July 18, 2009 | Tri-State Speedway | Levi Jones | Stewart #20 | USAC


2010

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 9, 2010 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dave Darland | Goodnight #39 | USAC

July 10, 2010 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC

July 11, 2010 | Kokomo Speedway | Levi Jones | Stewart #20 | USAC

July 14, 2010 | Terre Haute Action Track | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC

July 15, 2010 | Brownstown Speedway | Brady Short | Short #36 | USAC

July 16, 2010 | Bloomington Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC

July 17, 2010 | Tri-State Speedway | Blake Fitzpatrick | Fitzpatrick #10F | USAC


2011

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 8, 2011 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Dave Darland | Roberts/Tate #21x | USAC

July 9, 2011 | Kokomo Speedway | Hunter Schuerenberg | Byram #35 | USAC

July 10, 2011 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Robert Ballou | MPHG #81 | USAC

July 13, 2011 | Terre Haute Action Track | Chris Windom | Baldwin #5x | USAC

July 14, 2011 | Brownstown Speedway | Casey Riggs | Indiana Underground #37 | USAC

July 15, 2011 | Bloomington Speedway | Hunter Schuerenberg | Byram #35 | USAC

July 16, 2011 | Tri-State Speedway | Damion Gardner | DG #71 | USAC


2012

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 13, 2012 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian #7 | USAC

July 15, 2012 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Justin Grant | Hery #40 | USAC

July 16, 2012 | Kokomo Speedway | Dave Darland | Walker #11 | USAC

July 18, 2012 | Terre Haute Action Track | Daron Clayton | Clayton #92 | USAC

July 20, 2012 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Black Jack #9K | USAC

July 21, 2012 | Tri-State Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Roberts/Tate #21x | USAC

July 22, 2012 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Walker #11 | USAC


2013

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 12, 2013 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Wade #66 | USAC

July 13, 2013 | Kokomo Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star #17RW | USAC

July 14, 2013 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star #17RW | USAC

July 17, 2013 | Terre Haute Action Track | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star #17RW | USAC

July 18, 2013 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Stewart/Curb-Agajanian #20 | USAC

July 19, 2013 | Bloomington Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Stewart/Curb-Agajanian #20 | USAC


2014

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 11, 2014 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Dutcher #37RW | USAC

July 12, 2014 | Kokomo Speedway | Dave Darland | Phillips #71p | USAC

July 16, 2014 | Terre Haute Action Track | Bryan Clauson | Stewart/Curb-Agajanian #20 | USAC

July 17, 2014 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Robert Ballou | Ballou #12x | USAC

July 18, 2014 | Bloomington Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Stewart/Curb-Agajanian #20 | USAC

July 19, 2014 | Tri-State Speedway | Robert Ballou | Ballou #12x | USAC


2015

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 10, 2015 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Chase Stockon | 32 TBI #32 | USAC

July 12, 2015 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Brady Bacon | Dynamics #69 | USAC

July 15, 2015 | Terre Haute Action Track | Aaron Farney | Farney #15F | USAC

July 16, 2015 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Brady Bacon | Dynamics #69 | USAC

July 18, 2015 | Tri-State Speedway | Brady Short | Pottorff #11p | USAC


2016

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 8, 2016 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Tyler Courtney | TOPP #23c | USAC

July 9, 2016 | Kokomo Speedway | Kyle Cummins | Rock Steady #3R | USAC

July 10, 2016 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Dooling/Hayward #63 | USAC

July 14, 2016 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Brady Short | Pottorff #11p | USAC

July 15, 2016 | Bloomington Speedway | Brent Beauchamp | Olson #34 | USAC

July 16, 2016 | Tri-State Speedway | Carson Short | Short #21 | USAC

July 17, 2016 | Terre Haute Action Track | Chase Stockon | 32 TBI #32 | USAC


2017

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 8, 2017 | Kokomo Speedway | Thomas Meseraull | Briscoe #5B | USAC

July 9, 2017 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | C.J. Leary | Leary #30 | USAC

July 10, 2017 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | C.J. Leary | Leary #30 | USAC

July 14, 2017 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | KT #9K | USAC

July 15, 2017 | Tri-State Speedway | Kyle Cummins | Rock Steady #3R | USAC

July 16, 2017 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Robert Ballou | Ballou #12 | USAC


2018

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 20, 2018 | Plymouth Speedway | Brady Bacon | Bacon #99 | USAC

July 22, 2018 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Tyler Courtney | Clauson Marshall Newman #7BC | USAC

July 24, 2018 | Kokomo Speedway | Thomas Meseraull | Briscoe #5B | USAC

July 25, 2018 | Terre Haute Action Track | Tyler Courtney | Clauson Marshall Newman #7BC | USAC

July 26, 2018 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian #36D | USAC

July 27, 2018 | Bloomington Speedway | C.J. Leary | Leary #30 | USAC

July 28, 2018 | Tri-State Speedway | Dave Darland | Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian #36D | USAC


2019

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 18, 2019 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Shane Cottle | Epperson Racing #2E | USAC

July 19, 2019 | Plymouth Speedway | Tyler Courtney | Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC | USAC

July 20, 2019 | Kokomo Speedway | Chris Windom | Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G | USAC

July 21, 2019 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | USAC

July 24, 2019 | Terre Haute Action Track | Tyler Courtney | Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC | USAC

July 25, 2019 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Kyle Cummins | Rock Steady Racing #3R | USAC

July 26, 2019 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Hayward/Thomas Motorsports #19 | USAC

July 27, 2019 | Tri-State Speedway | Kyle Cummins | Rock Steady Racing #3R | USAC


2020

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 24, 2020 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Logan Seavey | Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ | USAC

July 25, 2020 | Kokomo Speedway | C.J. Leary | Leary Racing #30 | USAC

July 26, 2020 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | C.J. Leary | Leary Racing #30 | USAC

July 29, 2020 | Terre Haute Action Track | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | USAC

Aug 2, 2020 | Tri-State Speedway | Kyle Cummins | Rock Steady Racing #3R | USAC

2021

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 24, 2021 | Kokomo Speedway | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | USAC

July 25, 2021 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Logan Seavey | Baldwin-Fox Racing #5 | USAC

July 26, 2021 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Logan Seavey | Baldwin-Fox Racing #5 | USAC

July 28, 2021 | Terre Haute Action Track | Logan Seavey | Baldwin-Fox Racing #5 | USAC

July 29, 2021 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Tanner Thorson | Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ | USAC

July 30, 2021 | Bloomington Speedway | Brady Bacon | Dynamics, Inc. #69 | USAC

July 31, 2021 | Tri-State Speedway | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | USAC

2022

DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE

July 22, 2022 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Shane Cottle | Hodges Motorsports #74x | USAC

July 25, 2022 | Circle City Raceway | C.J. Leary | Michael Motorsports #77m | USAC

July 26, 2022 | Kokomo Speedway | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | USAC

July 28, 2022 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Mitchel Moles | Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ | USAC

July 29, 2022 | Bloomington Speedway | Kyle Cummins | Rock Steady Racing #3R | USAC

July 30, 2022 | Tri-State Speedway | Robert Ballou | Ballou Motorsports #12 | USAC

 

 

BALLOU BAGS TRI-STATE FINALE, GRANT GRABS USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (July 30, 2022)………Robert Ballou and Justin Grant spent the majority of Saturday night’s 35th annual USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week finale at Tri-State Speedway dueling for a feature victory.

In many cases, one driver prevails while the other walks away with empty handed disappointment that is absent the fanfare and glory.

However, in this particular instance, both exited the stage at the conclusion of the night sharing the limelight of a performance well worth the accolades.

Rocklin, California’s Ballou fended off the competition to become the sixth different feature winner of Indiana Sprint Week during its six event run.

After 13 years of trying, Ione, California’s Grant was rewarded as the Indiana Sprint Week champion for the first time in his career, rounding out his efforts with six consecutive top-five results in the series and capping the week with a third at Tri-State.

Ballou led all 30 laps from start to finish after beginning his race from the outside of the front row, then kept Grant at bay for the first 20 laps before successfully withstanding the pressure applied to him from six-time Tri-State USAC National Sprint Car victor Kyle Cummins.

For Ballou, the Indiana Sprint Week triumph was his first since taking the finale at Lincoln Park Speedway five years earlier in 2017. It was also a homecoming of sorts for Ballou who, in 2014, won his initial ISW feature in which he utilized his own No. 12. On this night, he rode the 12 to the pinnacle once again in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru - Dragonfly Aviation - Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy.

“Hard work and perseverance pays off,” Ballou noted of the collective effort from the driver, crew and sponsors that makes winning big races like this a possibility for him. “I kind of fine-tuned my racecar and threw an audible yesterday by going back to what we used to do all the time. We just finally got our groove going tonight. I wish I would’ve thrown an audible about six nights ago and things may have been a little better, but hindsight is 20/20.”

On the other hand, Grant ran second just a short distance behind Ballou for the first 21 laps of the main event before Cummins ran past with the baton to become Ballou’s new challenger for the final nine laps.

Making his Indiana Sprint Week debut in 2010, Grant had finished inside the top-five of the ISW standings three consecutive years in 2019-20-21 before finally knocking down the barrier in convincing fashion behind the wheel of his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy with a 61-point cushion over runner-up C.J. Leary, which is the most lopsided title race in the series since Bryan Clauson’s 70-point interval eight years earlier in 2014.

“It feels incredible to finally get it done,” Grant exclaimed. “To add my name to all the huge names on that trophy, it feels like my name is a little out of place on there, but I’m happy to have it. Hats off to the guys. It’s a long week and it’s a lot of work. I can’t say enough good things about (right hand crewman) Dylan Cook. He works his tail off for me and, 99 percent of the time, it’s just him and me on the car. He’s got a big, big workload and he handles it incredibly well.”

TOPP Motorsports car owner Kevin Birchmeier (Rochester, Ind.) has also been on the waiting list for the ultimate Indiana Sprint Week glory as a champion for several years following a bevy of close calls and valiant efforts. He, like his driver Grant, weathered the storm and the forks in the road over the years to prevail with a first ISW title. By virtue of being the car entrant champ for the week, he earned the traditional rocking chair presented and constructed by master craftsman John Youngs.

Entering the feature, Grant was playing with house money, so to speak, after clinching the Indiana Sprint Week title following the heat races. To top it off, Grant started the feature from the pole alongside outside front row starter Ballou who spurted out to the early lead as he and Grant separated themselves by six car lengths from the rest of the field in the early going.

Ballou began to wander into traffic 11 laps into the contest and, in doing so, even gained a couple more lengths on Grant. However, moments later, 17th running Kendall Ruble flipped between turns one and two. He climbed from his car under his own power, but heavy damage to the front end and left rear of his machine signaled an end to the Tri-State regular’s evening.

Grant zipped right to Ballou's rear bumper following the lap 11 restart and pulled even for the lead to the inside of Ballou exiting turn four on lap 14. Meanwhile, third starting Thomas Meseraull, debuting with KO Motorsports on this night after an abrupt split with the Yeley-Petty Racing a few nights earlier, had charged by Logan Seavey for third, then began to rope in the top-two.

Simultaneously, Tri-State favorite Kyle Cummins made his patented elevation toward the front as he navigated his way into the top-five just before halfway, then nipped his way under Seavey for fourth on lap 15 and slipped under Meseraull for third on the 17th lap at the exit of turn four.

Meseraull attempted to slide Cummins back moments later in turn two, but got just a tad sideways, resulting in the trailing Cummins ramping over Meseraull's left front wheel. Meseraull promptly spun and collected sixth-running Kevin Thomas Jr., forcing both to stop. Meseraull exited the competition with a 21st place result while Thomas returned and managed to get back to 12th.

Ballou pulled out to a 1.6 second lead with 10 to go, but the familiar sight of the red number 3R began to emerge at the forefront as he shot by Grant for second place at the exit of turn two with eight laps remaining, but still had quite a bit of ground to chomp up in such a short amount of time.

The timely caution arrived to aid Cummins’ pursuit of Ballou in the form of a turn four slide and stop by first-time USAC National Sprint Car starter Dustin Beck who came to a halt with just two laps remaining. That erased Ballou's 1.2 second lead over Cummins and now placed the pair nose-to-tail coming to the green-white-checkered finish and, by that point in time, Ballou knew full well what he was working with.

“I knew that my racecar was really good,” Ballou noted. “I wanted to go up to the top the whole race, but I moved up to the middle, and then Justin (Grant) showed me a nose. I’m pretty good on the bottom and I’ve seen a lot of races where Kyle (Cummins) got a good run and slingshots past you on the last lap.”

Once the green flag dropped, Ballou pedaled away from Cummins who remained in constant hot pursuit a mere two car lengths in arrears throughout the final two trips around the 1/4-mile dirt oval. Cummins was unable to make substantial headway and Ballou was unrelenting and unwavering at the moment as he became the first five-time series feature winner of the 2022 season.

Ballou’s 0.431 second victory was the 36th of his USAC National Sprint Car career, which surpassed both Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler on the all-time list, and moved him into a tie for 11th all-time alongside Kevin Thomas Jr. Cummins took second in the final feature rundown with Grant third, Chase Stockon fourth and Logan Seavey fifth.

After enduring his fair share of ups and downs throughout Indiana Sprint Week, Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) finished the week with a bang. One night after prevailing at Bloomington Speedway, he came home as the runner-up at Tri-State to finish seventh in the final ISW standings in his Rock Steady Racing/Ultimate Predator Boats - Mid-America Safety Solutions/Mach-1/Cummins Chevy.

In Fatheadz Qualifying earlier in the evening, Mitchel Moles’ electric performances continued as the Indiana Sprint Week Rookie turned in his fifth fast qualifying time in seven tries throughout the week. As it turned out, it was the second best qualifying performance in Indiana Sprint Week history, trailing only the six fast times earned by Richard Griffin in 1997.

Meanwhile, Shane Cottle was treated and released after flipping end-over-end high into the turn three billboards on his qualifying attempt.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 30, 2022 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.442; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.516; 3. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-13.599; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5K, KO-13.726; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.728; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.801; 7. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner South-13.838; 8. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-13.845; 9. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-13.870; 10. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-13.910; 11. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-13.911; 12. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble-13.961; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.977; 14. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-13.991; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15K, BGE Dougherty-14.083; 16. Brady Short, 61m, Edwards-14.129; 17. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.161; 18. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.176; 19. Shane Cockrum, 66, Amati-14.232; 20. Dustin Beck, 75, Henson-14.242; 21. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.315; 22. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.320; 23. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.329; 24. Dalton Stevens, 99x, Stevens-14.348; 25. Garrett Aitken, 32, Aitken-14.359; 26. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.379; 27. Xavier Doney, 5R, KO-14.400; 28. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.444; 29. Todd Hobson, 77AU, Sturgeon-14.472; 30. Max Adams, 37, Felker-14.481; 31. Sam Scott, 7s, Scott-14.486; 32. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.559; 33. Koby Barksdale, 16K, Knight-14.650; 34. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.674; 35. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-14.929; 36. Dylan Moan, 17D, Moan-14.967; 37. Eddie Vancil, 7v, Vancil-14.996; 38. Stan Beadles, 84B, Beadles-15.009; 39. Troy Carey, 45N, Carey-15.245; 40. Allen Howard Jr., 4u, AJR-15.624; 41. Chris Robling, 23, Kolehouse/Scott-15.634; 42. Ryan Bond, 7R, Czoer-15.737; 43. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-NT; 44. Jerry Petty, 2, Yeley/Petty-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Critter Malone, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Garrett Aitken, 8. Koby Barksdale, 9. Todd Hobson, 10. Eddie Vancil, 11. Chris Robling. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Tom Harris, 7. Aric Gentry, 8. Donny Brackett, 9. Stan Beadles, 10. Ryan Bond, 11. Max Adams. 2:15.04

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Shane Cockrum, 4. Xavier Doney, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. J.J. Hughes, 7. Briggs Danner, 8. Sam Scott, 9. Travis Berryhill, 10. Troy Carey. 2:16.79

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Dustin Beck, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Dalton Stevens, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Allen Howard Jr., 8. Dylan Moan, 9. Kendall Ruble, 10. Brady Short. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi-feature) 1. Sam Scott, 2. Donny Brackett, 3. Koby Barksdale, 4. Travis Berryhill, 5. Troy Carey, 6. Allen Howard Jr., 7. Chris Robling, 8. Stan Beadles, 9. Eddie Vancil, 10. Max Adams. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Briggs Danner, 2. J.J. Hughes, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Kendall Ruble, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Dalton Stevens, 8. Tom Harris, 9. Garrett Aitken, 10. Koby Barksdale, 11. Donny Brackett, 12. Carson Garrett, 13. Travis Berryhill, 14. Sam Scott, 15. Brandon Mattox, 16. Brady Short, 17. Aric Gentry, 18. Todd Hobson. 2:50.86

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (2), 2. Kyle Cummins (5), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Chase Stockon (8), 5. Logan Seavey (4), 6. C.J. Leary (10), 7. Brady Bacon (15), 8. Mitchel Moles (6), 9. Jason McDougal (12), 10. Critter Malone (20), 11. Emerson Axsom (11), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 13. Jadon Rogers (16), 14. Shane Cockrum (18), 15. Briggs Danner (9), 16. Brody Roa (17), 17. Matt Westfall (22), 18. Xavier Doney (21), 19. Dustin Beck (19), 20. J.J. Hughes (13), 21. Thomas Meseraull (3), 22. Kendall Ruble (14). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Robert Ballou.

**Shane Cottle flipped during qualifying. Eddie Vancil flipped during the C-Main. Kendall Ruble flipped on lap 11 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1709, 2-Brady Bacon-1598, 3-C.J. Leary-1546, 4-Robert Ballou-1542, 5-Emerson Axsom-1473, 6-Logan Seavey-1449, 7-Chase Stockon-1288, 8-Matt Westfall-1199, 9-Jadon Rogers-1127, 10-Jake Swanson-1020.

FINAL USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-464, 2-C.J. Leary-403, 3-Brady Bacon-399, 4-Chase Stockon-393, 5-Mitchel Moles-374, 6-Robert Ballou-367, 7-Kyle Cummins-364, 8-Emerson Axsom-328, 9-Jason McDougal-306, 10-Shane Cottle-305.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-102, 2-Brady Bacon-98, 3-Thomas Meseraull-92, 4-Buddy Kofoid-80, 5-Robert Ballou-75, 6-Logan Seavey-74, 7-Shane Cottle-67, 8-Matt Westfall-67, 9-Kaylee Bryson-61, 10-Emerson Axsom-59.

FINAL USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-33, 2-Matt Westfall-31, 3-Kyle Cummins-24, 4-Justin Grant-23, 5-Brady Bacon-20, 6-Chase Stockon-19, 7-Jason McDougal-14, 8-C.J. Leary-13, 9-Tye Mihocko-12, 10-Briggs Danner-11.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 25-26-27, 2022 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Sprint Car Smackdown XI Presented by Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Thomas Meseraull (13.474)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (13.442)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Thomas Meseraull

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Matt Westfall

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Briggs Danner

Bryan Clauson’s Racers For Autism Bonus Bucks: Robert Ballou

Hard Work Award: Matt Westfall

Feature Hard Charger: Critter Malone (20th to 10th)


BC39 FIELD IS SET:
89 ENTRIES READY
FOR AUGUST 3-4 USAC MIDGET EVENT AT IMS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 30, 2022)………The field is set with 89 cars filling a massive entry list for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech set to take place on August 3-4 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The event annually boasts the highest car count of the year for the series, and the 89 entries for this year’s fourth running of the BC39 is among the largest in series history. A record 110 appeared in the inaugural edition of the event in 2018 while 84 appeared in 2019 and 71 in 2021.

Headlining the list are a pair of BC39 winners, which includes reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) and four-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), who captured the 2018 victory.

The entry list also consists of three of the seven USAC Triple Crown champions to have won the Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget titles in their career. Ten-time NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 starter J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.) is the only driver to win all three USAC titles in a single season and will be joined his brethren in the club, Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) and Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.).

USAC national champions are in abundance throughout the field, a list which includes defending USAC National Midget champion Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.).

This year’s BC39 field also consists of those who don’t get to jump into the seat a midget that often. Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.) is a Daytona 500 winner and a Brickyard 400, plus a 13-time USAC National Midget feature winner and 1999 USAC Silver Crown champ. For Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.), these are the dirt track roots he built his foundation on en route to a NASCAR Xfinity Series win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in 2020. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.) is a past USAC national Rookie of the Year, an eight-time Brickyard 400 starter and a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champ.

Making their BC39 debuts this time are 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car titlist Donny Schatz (Fargo, N.D.), four-time Indianapolis 500 starter Zach Veach (Stockdale, Ohio) and 2020 NASCAR Gander Mountain Truck Series king Sheldon Creed (Alpine, Calif.).

Several past USAC National Midget winners will be on hand to try and put their name on the exclusive list of BC39 winners, including Cannon Mcintosh (Bixby, Okla.), Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.), John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.), Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

Seven women are entered for the event, each seeking to become the first woman to win a USAC National Midget feature: Shannon McQueen (Tehachapi, Calif.), Michelle Decker (Guthrie, Okla.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.) and Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.).

Three countries (United States, Australia & New Zealand) are represented along with 18 different United States (Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington & Wisconsin).

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 2 with team parking at Noon Eastern followed by the heat race position draft from 6-9pm Eastern on Main Street in Speedway, an event which is open to the public. There, all cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot.

On track action begins Wednesday, August 3, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 4, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Advance race tickets can be purchased via www.TheBC39.com.

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ENTRY LIST FOR THE DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 PRESENTED BY WEATHERTECH:

(89 Entries)

0G J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Glenn Styres Racing)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

08s RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

08x TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

1 RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

5J JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

5LK JORDAN KINSER/Bedford, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

6K KYLE KEATON/Wheelersburg, OH (Kyle Keaton)

6x ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (Doug & Wanda Hall)

7 SHANNON McQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7D MICHELLE DECKER/Guthrie, OK (Michelle Decker)

7m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7MR CASEY BURKHAM/Combine, TX (RAMCO Speed Group)

7NZ TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7R A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7T ADAM TAYLOR/Channahon, IL (Adam Taylor Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)

8x JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Jeff Schindler)

9m ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Bundy Built Motorsports)

11 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Big Dog Racing)

11T ALEX WATSON/Columbus, OH (Team Taylor)

15 DONNY SCHATZ/Fargo, ND (Mark Cooper)

15F MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

17 MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Shophouse Racing)

17B AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

17v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Ben Varner)

17x KURT STELLHORN/Red Bud, IL (Kurt Stellhorn)

18N ALEX NALON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

19 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21 ZACH VEACH/Stockdale, OH (Team Ripper)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Karter Sarff Racing)

22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)

Q23 BARRIE VALENTINO/Brisbane, QLD (Barrie Valentino)

25 BRADEN CHIARAMONTE/El Cajon, CA (Tom Malloy)

25 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Petry Motorsports)

25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25m COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

29 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Matt Seymour Racing)

Q32 PETER PAULSON/Woodland, CA (Barrie Valentino)

36 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing)

36c IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager)

37 JIMI QUIN/Brisbane, QLD (A.J. Felker Racing)

37x TBA (A.J. Felker Racing)

39BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

39N RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

40B BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (OMR Motorsports)

46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

51 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Boden Racing)

55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)

61 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71w DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Paul May Motorsports)

74 SHELDON CREED/Alpine, CA (Abacus Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81 GREYSON SPRINGER/Lafayette, IN (Gray Racing)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

85 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Central Motorsports)

86 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (CB Industries)

87 JACE PARK/Overland Park, KS (CB Industries)

88 SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Scott Orr)

89 MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

89x CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97J JIM JONES/Ventura, CA (Jim Jones Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)


THE MIDDLE MAN:
CUMMINS GOES 10TH TO 1ST TO SCORE BLOOMINGTON'S ROUND OF USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (July 29, 2022)………Following one of the most disenchanting outings of his career the night before, Kyle Cummins flipped the script on his journey to victory Friday night during round six of USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week at Bloomington Speedway.

On Thursday, the Princeton, Ind. native set fast qualifying time during an aborted rain-interrupted qualifying session, then discovered an engine issue that prematurely ended his night before the requalifying session. Forced to find another ride to finish out the night, Cummins came up short of a transfer spot to the feature and missed the show, thus abruptly ending his Indiana Sprint Week title aspirations.

One night later, the storyline was written differently despite a rocky start which saw Cummins get wiped out in his heat, forcing him to race his way into the main event through the semi-feature. Starting 10th in A-Main, Cummins streaked to fourth by lap five and held steady for the majority of the 30-lap distance in the Sheldon Kinser Memorial / Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series race number six.

However, on a late-race restart with 13 laps to go, Cummins tried a different approach, cutting a path through the middle of the 1/4-mile red clay oval from fourth to third to second to first in a five-lap successive span that thrusted him into the lead and, ultimately, victory for the first time during this USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season aboard his Rock Steady Racing/Ultimate Predator Boats - Mid-America Safety Solutions/Mach-1/Cummins Chevy.

Cummins became the third driver over the past five nights to hit six career Indiana Sprint Week feature victories after Justin Grant and C.J. Leary recently elevated themselves to sixth on the all-time list earlier in the week. Furthermore, Cummins’ 11th career USAC National Sprint Car triumph moved him to 48th all-time alongside Daron Clayton, Elmer George, Tommy Hinnershitz and Greg Leffler.

But this one, with the deck seemingly stacked against them following a crash that hurt their car on Monday at Circle City and engine difficulties at Lincoln Park, Cummins and the Rock Steady crew wholly and truly earned this one, even though it may have come the hard way.

“The crew has been sleeping three or four hours a night, so this is pretty special,” Cummins revealed. “We’ve driven back to North Vernon (Indiana) four nights in a row after destroying a car and switching motors. Carl Thomas gave us this motor last week just in case we needed it. I really didn’t want to have to use it. I called him yesterday and he didn’t hesitate to let us run it. We owe everything to him because we wouldn’t be here. This is his motor and it’s the only one we have left.”

Starting from the outside of row five, Cummins had his work cut out for him with the top-three in Indiana Sprint Week points residing one, two and three in the running order right from the drop of the green. Pole sitter and defending Indiana Sprint Week Bloomington winner Brady Bacon skipped out to the early lead, utilizing the top shelf in turns one and two and the bottom in turns three and four to build up a 1.764 second lead in the first five laps with Leary and Grant in tow.

Bacon led a high-wire act when the time came to take on his first hurdle of the feature event just after the midway point as he raced around the outside of lapped traffic while Leary made up substantial ground, slicing Bacon’s advantage from a full second to just a pair of car lengths while Grant and Cummins resided in close quarters just behind in third and fourth.

Behind the top-four, Robert Ballou was on the surge, breaking into the top-five underneath Mitchel Moles on the 18th lap just before attempting a four-wheel drift over the top of the infield tire markers, which bit him at the entrance to turn three and sent him bouncing several times before being tapped by the trailing Moles, which sent Ballou flipping over.

As a result, Ballou’s right rear tire was flattened, which dropped him to 17th in the final tally while Fatheadz Fast Qualifier Moles continued onward, but fell to eighth in the final tally.

The ensuing restart was truly Cummins’ time to rise and shine as he placed his No. 3R right smack dab in the middle of the racetrack and powered by Justin Grant for third on lap 18, then by Leary for fourth on lap 19 all while using the road less traveled.

“After Justin’s and my deal in the heat race, he had one coming,” Cummins remarked. “So, I was trying a way to where I could at least get third and I just told him, ‘I’m not going to take anybody out,’ but I was at least going to make him think about it. When I dove in down there, the bottom stuck, so I was like, ‘it’s not too bad.’”

Following his disposal of Grant and Leary, Cummins began edging rapidly toward Bacon who denied him just barely at the stripe on laps 20 and 21, but on the back stretch on lap 22, Cummins got a drive that propelled him into the top spot by the time he reached turn three to secure his spot on the top rung.

“I feel like that was the Brady Bacon line and I passed him doing it,” Cummins exclaimed. “I thought for sure Brady was going to go to the bottom, and I just got low enough. The track was just different, and I’m not used to running the middle. I didn’t know what I was doing the last five or six laps.”

A yellow flag on lap 24 found Logan Seavey, who had worked from 23rd to 8th after opting to use a provisional, jumping over the cushion between turns one and two. As he tried to recover and keep his head above the proverbial water, his car was clipped by the ninth-running ride of Jadon Rogers. Seavey slowed to a stop, but restarted and finished 18th.

Nobody had anything to throw at Cummins following the final restart with seven laps to go as Cummins pulled away for a commanding 1.973 second margin of victory over Bacon. Grant slid his way past Leary with three laps remaining to round out the podium in third. Leary grabbed fourth while Jason McDougal made a hard-charging performance from his 16th starting position to finish fifth.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) admitted his car just wasn’t quite good enough to run the middle like Cummins did in his ascent to victory. Nonetheless, Bacon came oh-so-close to breaking into the win column once again as he led a race-high 21 laps en route to a second place finish in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy. The runner-up finish was Bacon's best result of Indiana Sprint Week 2022 thus far after previous finishes of third, fifth and third in his previous three starts leading into Bloomington.

Justin Grant's consistency has been paramount throughout Indiana Sprint Week. The Ione, California native’s third place run was his fifth top-five in five starts this week behind the wheel of his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy. Now, he carries a 49-point cushion in the Indiana Sprint Week standings entering Saturday night's series finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 29, 2022 – Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial – Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Race #6

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.039; 2. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-11.248; 3. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.303; 4. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-11.306; 5. Brent Beauchamp, 11, Beauchamp-11.344; 6. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-11.488; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-11.492; 8. Dalton Stevens, 99x, Stevens-11.534; 9. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-11.547; 10. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner South-11.550; 11. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.591; 12. Jordan Kinser, 04, Burton-11.592; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.607; 14. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-11.612; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15K, BGE Dougherty-11.632; 16. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.646; 17. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-11.661; 18. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-11.712; 19. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-11.738; 20. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-11.749; 21. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-11.812; 22. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-11.835; 23. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-11.854; 24. Koby Barksdale, 16K, Knight-11.867; 25. Davey Ray, 14AJ, FattFro-11.877; 26. Shane Cockrum, 66, Amati-11.922; 27. Todd Hobson, 77AU, Sturgeon-11.962; 28. Kyle Shipley, 17GP, Dutcher-11.963; 29. Tye Mihocko, 2E, Epperson-11.991; 30. Max Adams, 37, Felker-12.039; 31. Mario Clouser, 2, Yeley/Petty-12.046; 32. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.081; 33. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-12.161; 34. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-12.188; 35. Scotty Weir, 2B, 2B Racing-12.206; 36. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.241; 37. Geoff Ensign, 9E, Sylvia-12.292; 38. Cindy Chambers, 18c, DC-12.391; 39. Troy Carey, 45N, Carey-12.439; 40. Dustin Griffitts, 9, Griffitts-12.857; 41. Allen Howard Jr., 4u, AJR-13.073; 42. Xavier Doney, 74, Doney/Lawson-NT; 43. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-NT; 44. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland/Curb-Agajanian-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Davey Ray, 6. Brayden Fox, 7. Allen Howard Jr., 8. Travis Berryhill, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Brent Beauchamp, 11. Geoff Ensign. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Carson Garrett, 3. Max Adams, 4. Brandon Morin, 5. Shane Cockrum, 6. Xavier Doney, 7. Tom Harris, 8. Briggs Danner, 9. Cindy Chambers, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Sterling Cling. NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Todd Hobson, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Scotty Weir, 9. Mario Clouser, 10. Troy Carey. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dalton Stevens, 2. Koby Barksdale, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Harley Burns, 8. Jordan Kinser, 9. Kyle Shipley, 10. Dustin Griffitts. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi-feature) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Tom Harris, 3. Brayden Fox, 4. Xavier Doney, 5. Cindy Chambers, 6. Dustin Griffitts, 7. Troy Carey. 1:50.97

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Jordan Kinser, 5. Briggs Danner, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Shane Cockrum, 9. Brayden Fox, 10. Brent Beauchamp, 11. Tom Harris, 12. Davey Ray, 13. Kyle Shipley, 14. Mario Clouser, 15. Harley Burns, 16. Todd Hobson, 17. Travis Berryhill, 18. Xavier Doney. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (10), 2. Brady Bacon (1), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Jason McDougal (16), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 7. Chase Stockon (9), 8. Mitchel Moles (6), 9. Jadon Rogers (7), 10. Emerson Axsom (15), 11. Dalton Stevens (3), 12. Shane Cottle (18), 13. Brandon Mattox (12), 14. Matt Westfall (22), 15. Briggs Danner (11), 16. Brody Roa (21), 17. Robert Ballou (14), 18. Logan Seavey (23-P), 19. Brandon Morin (17), 20. Carson Garrett (5), 21. Max Adams (20), 22. Koby Barksdale (19), 23. Jordan Kinser (13). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Brady Bacon, Laps 22-30 Kyle Cummins.

**Tye Mihocko flipped during the first heat. Xavier Doney flipped during the semi. Robert Ballou flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1639, 2-Brady Bacon-1544, 3-C.J. Leary-1480, 4-Robert Ballou-1466, 5-Emerson Axsom-1427, 6-Logan Seavey-1380, 7-Chase Stockon-1219, 8-Matt Westfall-1165, 9-Jadon Rogers-1089, 10-Jake Swanson-1020.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-394, 2-Brady Bacon-345, 3-C.J. Leary-341, 4-Chase Stockon-324, 5-Mitchel Moles-313, 6-Shane Cottle-295, 7-Robert Ballou-287, 8-Kyle Cummins-286, 9-Emerson Axsom-282, 10-Briggs Danner-256.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-102, 2-Thomas Meseraull-92, 3-Brady Bacon-90, 4-Buddy Kofoid-80, 5-Robert Ballou-74, 6-Logan Seavey-74, 7-Shane Cottle-67, 8-Matt Westfall-62, 9-Kaylee Bryson-61, 10-Emerson Axsom-59.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-33, 2-Matt Westfall-26, 3-Justin Grant-23, 4-Kyle Cummins-21, 5-Chase Stockon-15, 6-Brady Bacon-12, 7-Tye Mihocko-12, 8-Jason McDougal-11, 9-Briggs Danner-11, 10-Jake Swanson-11.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-437, 2-Justin Grant-417, 3-C.J. Leary-390, 4-Logan Seavey-372, 5-Robert Ballou-371, 6-Emerson Axsom-348, 7-Chase Stockon-313, 8-Matt Westfall-305, 9-Jadon Rogers-261, 10-Jason McDougal-204.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 29, 2022 – Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial – Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Race #6

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary (11.200)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (11.039)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Dalton Stevens

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Dalton Stevens

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

Bryan Clauson’s Racers For Autism Bonus Bucks: Kyle Cummins

Hard Work Award: Matt Westfall

Feature Hard Charger: Jason McDougal (16th to 5th)


 

KYLE LARSON ENTERS BC39! ENTRY LIST ECLIPSES 80 FOR AUGUST 3-4 USAC MIDGET EVENT AT IMS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 29, 2022)………The driver lineup for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech has exploded to 85 entries!

Headlining the list is defending BC39 winner and reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson who’ll attempt to become the first multi-time winner of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event on August 3-4 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) is one of five entries from the CB Industries shop who are entered for the BC39 along with USAC Triple Crown champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), top series Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) and fellow first year full-timers Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) and Jace Park (Overland Park, Kan.).

Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports has entered its fleet of cars and drivers, which includes two-time NASCAR Cup Series winner and two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series titlist Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.) and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), a recent $22,000 winner at the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in South Dakota.

The event field consists of drivers hailing from all corners of the United States, including North Dakota, Texas, California and Pennsylvania. Among the Pennsylvania contingent now entered for the event is USAC National Midget feature winner Steve Buckwalter in the family-owned No. 25.

They’ll all be joined by the likes of inaugural BC39 winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), USAC Triple Crown champions J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), along with fellow USAC national champions Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.), plus Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.), 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car titlist Donny Schatz (Fargo, N.D.), NASCAR Cup Series winner Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.) and NASCAR Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed (Alpine, Calif.), nine-time New Zealand Midget champion Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.), along with many, many more.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 2 with team parking at Noon Eastern followed by the heat race position draft from 6-9pm Eastern on Main Street in Speedway, an event which is open to the public. There, all cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot.

On track action begins Wednesday, August 3, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 4, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Driver/team registration and race tickets can be purchased via www.TheBC39.com. The deadline for teams and drivers to register for the BC39 is Friday, July 29 at midnight eastern.

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ENTRY LIST FOR THE DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 PRESENTED BY WEATHERTECH:

(85 entries as of July 29, 2022)

0G J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Glenn Styres Racing)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

08s RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

08x TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

1 RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

5J JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

5LK JORDAN KINSER/Bedford, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

6K KYLE KEATON/Wheelersburg, OH (Kyle Keaton)

6x ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (Doug & Wanda Hall)

7 SHANNON McQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7D MICHELLE DECKER/Guthrie, OK (Michelle Decker)

7m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7MR CASEY BURKHAM/Combine, TX (RAMCO Speed Group)

7NZ TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7R A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7T ADAM TAYLOR/Channahon, IL (Adam Taylor Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)

8x JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Jeff Schindler)

9m ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Bundy Built Motorsports)

11 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Big Dog Racing)

15 DONNY SCHATZ/Fargo, ND (Mark Cooper)

15F MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

17 MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Shophouse Racing)

17B AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

17v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Ben Varner)

17x KURT STELLHORN/Red Bud, IL (Kurt Stellhorn)

18N ALEX NALON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

19 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21 ZACH VEACH/Stockdale, OH (Team Ripper)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Karter Sarff Racing)

22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)

Q23 BARRIE VALENTINO/Queensland, AU (Barrie Valentino)

25 BRADEN CHIARAMONTE/El Cajon, CA (Tom Malloy)

25 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Petry Motorsports)

25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25m COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

29 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Matt Seymour Racing)

Q32 PETER PAULSON/Woodland, CA (Barrie Valentino)

36 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing)

36c IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager)

39BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

39N RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

40B BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (OMR Motorsports)

46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

51 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Boden Racing)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)

61 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71w DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Paul May Motorsports)

74 SHELDON CREED/Alpine, CA (Abacus Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81 GREYSON SPRINGER/Lafayette, IN (Gray Racing)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

85 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Central Motorsports)

86 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (CB Industries)

87 JACE PARK/Overland Park, KS (CB Industries)

88 SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Scott Orr)

89 MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

89x CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97J JIM JONES/Ventura, CA (Jim Jones Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

 


MIDNIGHT SPECIAL!
MOLES ROLLS TO A USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK
FIRST AT LINCOLN PARK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (July 28, 2022)………Just minutes before the clock struck midnight, Mitchel Moles put the finishing touches on a magical evening during Thursday night’s round five of USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week at Putnamville’s Lincoln Park Speedway.

However, this was no Cinderella story as the Raisin City, Calif. native moved to the front of the pack on lap two and led the final 29 laps to score his first career Indiana Sprint Week victory, and his second win thus far during an impressive USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie season.

Following a lengthy rain delay that plagued the early portion of the night, Moles slipped by Jadon Rogers on the bottom, then switched his method of operation from the low line to the high groove and back to the bottom in search of a path to victory.

Despite briefly losing the lead to a surging Brady Bacon two laps from the finish, a yellow flag reprieve positioned Moles back up front where he went unheeded for the final two trips around the 5/16-mile dirt oval following a green-white-checkered scenario.

Known for a wide-open, pound the cushion style, Moles utilized nuance and balance on this night, doing so in somewhat unfamiliar territory throughout the 30-lap distance. In the end, though, he wound up in what has become a familiar destination in the month of July – victory lane – as he’s collected his first three USAC national series triumphs in the past 20 nights (2 sprint and 1 midget).

“That’s probably the first race I’ve ever won on the bottom to be honest with you,” Moles admitted. “I’ve never been a bottom feeder guy. Jadon was bumping me on the rear bumper telling me to get going. I’m glad I could at least pick up the pace a little. He didn’t hit me on the last restart, so maybe I was doing it wrong the whole time.”

For the second-straight season, it was the same team celebrating victory following the Indiana Sprint Week round at Lincoln Park. Last year, it was Tanner Thorson scoring his first Indiana Sprint Week win and, this year, it came to be Moles driving the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy to glory.

Moles possessed a prime view from outside the front row for the start, and it didn’t take long for him to move to the top of the leaderboard. Pole sitter Rogers patrolled the bottom for the opening lap, but at the start of lap two, Rogers left an opening of daylight underneath. Moles stuck his nose in and remained side-by-side with Rogers for the entire length of the back straightaway. Entering turn three, Moles was able to scoot along the bottom and into the lead as Rogers swung out wide and dropped to second.

Just after midway, Moles altered his course and began to venture to the high line. Three-straight laps of Rogers pulling even-steven with Moles, but not quite make the pass stick, was enough to convince Moles to get himself back to the bottom.

“About halfway through, I was like, ‘you know what, I’m going to try the top,’” Moles recalled. “So, I tried the top, but he was a little better on the bottom, so I went back down. I think what won me the race was getting back down to the bottom. I didn’t want to leave the door open for somebody to try and stick it in there.”

Moles continued to be hounded by Rogers throughout the majority of the distance, clutching a single car length lead all the way into the late stages when a blanket could be thrown over the entire top-six of Moles, Rogers, Shane Cottle, Brady Bacon, C.J. Leary and Justin Grant.

While Moles and Rogers maintained an unrelenting presence on the low line, Bacon took the show to the topside. Running fourth with three to go, Bacon disposed of Cottle for third in turn two on lap 28, then hustled forward and was on the verge of pouncing on the two front runners. Coming to two to go, Moles was tapped on the rear bumper by Rogers at the exit of turn four while Bacon carried a head of steam to make it nearly three-wide at the start/finish line, all three within a single car length.

Moments later, Bacon charged around the outside of both Rogers and Moles to go third to first successfully in succession between turns one and two to take ownership of the lead. Bacon clamped down and swept to the bottom of turn three in front of Moles to seemingly lock up the top spot.

However, just as soon as Bacon put himself atop the leaderboard, the yellow flag was displayed for Kevin Thomas Jr. (8th) and Robert Ballou (10th) who tangled and stopped in turn two. The caution negated Bacon’s maneuvers and relegated him back to third. The running order reverted to the last completed lap while Moles landed a pardon and was positioned back into the lead for the green-white-checkered resumption on lap 29.

Obtaining a second breath of fresh air, Moles put the lock on this one as he spurted away from Rogers on the restart, controlling the final two circuits with a five car length advantage. Moles crossed under the checkered with no imminent pressure being applied, reigning triumphant with a 0.706 second margin of victory over Rogers, Bacon, Cottle and Grant, who advanced from the 14th starting position and maintained his healthy Indiana Sprint Week championship point lead.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) turned in his most impressive performance of the USAC National Sprint Car season. After leading a single lap, his second place finish tied the best result of his career with the series in his Engler Family/Engler Machine & Tool – AMSOIL – Sherrill’s Pest Control/DRC/SPEC Chevy. He also previously finished as the runner-up at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway in both 2020 and 2021.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) nearly had it. In fact, he did have it momentarily. He raced from third to first coming to the white flag, but the pass was negated due to a yellow. Nonetheless, Bacon equaled his best finish of 2022 Indiana Sprint Week with a third-place result in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 28, 2022 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 5/16-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.848; 2. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.903; 3. Max Adams, 37, Felker-12.903; 4. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner South-12.911; 5. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.934; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.990; 7. Dalton Stevens, 99x, Stevens-12.996; 8. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-13.006; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15K, BGE Dougherty-13.009; 10. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.040; 11. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.062; 12. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-13.074; 13. Brent Beauchamp, 34B, Olson-13.086; 14. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-13.108; 15. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.113; 16. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-13.137; 17. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland/Curb-Agajanian-13.140; 18. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-13.148; 19. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.181; 20. A.J. Hopkins, 04, Burton-13.184; 21. Geoff Ensign, 9, Sylvia-13.202; 22. Tye Mihocko, 2E, Epperson-13.270; 23. Mario Clouser, 6, EZR-13.285; 24. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-13.291; 25. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.322; 26. Brady Short, 61m, Edwards-13.337; 27. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-13.387; 28. Kyle Shipley, 17GP, Dutcher-13.391; 29. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-13.395; 30. Gabriel Gilbert, 10G, Gilbert-13.399; 31. Scotty Weir, 2B, 2B Racing-13.401; 32. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.415; 33. Matt McDonald, 5mc, McDonald-13.434; 34. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-13.484; 35. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-13.494; 36. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.496; 37. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.520; 38. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-13.594; 39. Xavier Doney, 74, Doney/Lawson-13.655; 40. Brian Hayden, 2H, Hayden-13.687; 41. John Sluss, 4R, FattFro-13.716; 42. Shane Cockrum, 66, Amati-13.825; 43. Travis Thompson, 7, Thompson-13.894; 44. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-13.908; 45. Troy Carey, 45N, Carey-13.937; 46. Kyle Cummins, 2, Yeley/Petty-13.950; 47. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-14.055; 48. Michael Clark, 8, Clark-14.099; 49. Ivan Glotzbach, i1, Hayden-14.345; 50. Allen Howard Jr., 4u, AJR-14.423; 51. Rylan Gray, 81G, Gray-NT; 52. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-NT. (Anton Hernandez also in the Yeley-Petty #2).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Brent Beauchamp, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Ryan Timms, 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Matt McDonald, 10. Harley Burns, 11. John Sluss, 12. Troy Carey, 13. i1 Ivan Glotzbach. 2:15.85

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tye Mihocko, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Shane Cockrum, 8. Brady Short, 9. Gabriel Gilbert, 10. Zack Pretorius, 11. Kyle Cummins, 12. Allen Howard Jr. 2:13.54

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brayden Fox, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Mario Clouser, 5. Max Adams, 6. Dalton Stevens, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Alex Banales, 9. Xavier Doney, 10. Braydon Cromwell, 11. Travis Thompson. 2:10.54

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. A.J. Hopkins, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Kyle Shipley, 6. Briggs Danner, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Tom Harris, 10. Brian Hayden, 11. Hunter Maddox, 12. Michael Clark. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi-feature) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Scotty Weir, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Xavier Doney, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Zack Pretorius, 7. Braydon Cromwell, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Shane Cockrum, 10. John Sluss, 11. Hunter Maddox, 12. Travis Thompson, 13. Troy Carey, 14. Ivan Glotzbach, 15. Allen Howard Jr., 16. Michael Clark, 17. Matt McDonald. 2:13.51

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Briggs Danner, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Max Adams, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Tom Harris, 10. Brady Short, 11. Xavier Doney, 12. Dalton Stevens, 13. Alex Banales, 14. Scotty Weir, 15. Brandon Mattox, 16. Harley Burns, 17. Gabriel Gilbert, 18. Geoff Ensign. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mitchel Moles (2), 2. Jadon Rogers (1), 3. Brady Bacon (6), 4. Shane Cottle (3), 5. Justin Grant (14), 6. C.J. Leary (5), 7. Briggs Danner (12), 8. Brent Beauchamp (15), 9. Ryan Timms (13), 10. Dave Darland (7), 11. Chase Stockon (21), 12. Emerson Axsom (16), 13. Tye Mihocko (10), 14. Matt Westfall (11), 15. Mario Clouser (20), 16. Brayden Fox (8), 17. Kyle Shipley (22), 18. Logan Seavey (18), 19. Robert Ballou (17), 20. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 21. Jason McDougal (19), 22. A.J. Hopkins (9). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Jadon Rogers, Laps 2-30 Mitchel Moles.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1569, 2-Brady Bacon-1471, 3-Robert Ballou-1431, 4-C.J. Leary-1411, 5-Emerson Axsom-1379, 6-Logan Seavey-1350, 7-Chase Stockon-1158, 8-Matt Westfall-1125, 9-Jadon Rogers-1035, 10-Jake Swanson-1020.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-324, 2-C.J. Leary-272, 3-Brady Bacon-272, 4-Chase Stockon-263, 5-Mitchel Moles-253, 6-Robert Ballou-252, 7-Shane Cottle-249, 8-Emerson Axsom-234, 9-Briggs Danner-222, 10-Kyle Cummins-209.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-101, 2-Thomas Meseraull-92, 3-Brady Bacon-90, 4-Buddy Kofoid-80, 5-Robert Ballou-74, 6-Logan Seavey-74, 7-Shane Cottle-61, 8-Kaylee Bryson-61, 9-C.J. Leary-55, 10-Emerson Axsom-54.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-27, 2-Justin Grant-22, 3-Matt Westfall-18, 4-Chase Stockon-13, 5-Kyle Cummins-12, 6-Brady Bacon-12, 7-Tye Mihocko-12, 8-Briggs Danner-11, 9-Jake Swanson-11, 10-Brent Beauchamp-10.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 29, 2022 – Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial – Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Race #6

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Chase Stockon (12.708) & Mitchel Moles (12.797)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon (12.848)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Dave Darland

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tye Mihocko

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Brayden Fox

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: A.J. Hopkins

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Chase Stockon

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Matt Westfall

Bryan Clauson’s Racers For Autism Bonus Bucks: Mitchel Moles

Hard Work Award: Kyle Shipley

Feature Hard Charger: Chase Stockon (21st to 11th)

 

 

BC39 SURPASSES 70 ENTRIES
FOR MEGA AUGUST 3-4 USAC MIDGET EVENT AT IMS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 28, 2022)………The field for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech has officially surpassed 70 entries!

Nine Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian entries, multiple USAC national champions and even an Indianapolis 500 veteran have joined the field for the mega USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event on August 3-4 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The nine entries from the KKM stable includes reigning USAC National Midget champion and current point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif), plus two-time USAC National Midget feature winner, and first-time BC39 participant, Ryan Timms of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Also in the field are standout women drivers for KKM, Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.). Meanwhile, Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) each return for their second BC39 appearances.

Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.) raced the first half of the year with the CB Industries team but has picked up a ride with KKM for his first run at the BC39 along with fellow series Rookie Cade Lewis (Bakersfield, Calif.).

Also in this year’s BC39 lineup is 1989 USAC National Midget champion Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) in the family-owned Gamester Racing entry.

Making a surprise appearance on the entry list for this year’s edition of the BC39 is four-time Indianapolis 500 starter Zach Veach (Stockdale, Ohio), who will perform in his debut USAC National Midget appearance for Team Ripper. Veach recently obtained some dirt track experience in a winged sprint car.

They’ll be joined by the likes of inaugural BC39 winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), USAC Triple Crown champions J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), along with fellow USAC national champions Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), plus Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.), 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car titlist Donny Schatz (Fargo, N.D.), NASCAR Cup Series winner Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.) and NASCAR Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed (Alpine, Calif.), nine-time New Zealand Midget champion Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.), along with many, many more.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 2 with team parking at Noon Eastern followed by the heat race position draft from 6-9pm Eastern on Main Street in Speedway, an event which is open to the public. There, all cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot.

On track action begins Wednesday, August 3, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 4, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Driver/team registration and race tickets can be purchased via www.TheBC39.com.

The deadline for teams and drivers to register for the BC39 is Friday, July 29.

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ENTRY LIST FOR THE DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 PRESENTED BY WEATHERTECH:

(72 entries as of July 28, 2022)

0G J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Glenn Styres Racing)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

1 RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

5J JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

5LK JORDAN KINSER/Bedford, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

6K KYLE KEATON/Wheelersburg, OH (Kyle Keaton)

6x ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (Doug & Wanda Hall)

7 SHANNON McQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7D MICHELLE DECKER/Guthrie, OK (Michelle Decker)

7m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7MR CASEY BURKHAM/Combine, TX (RAMCO Speed Group)

7NZ TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7R A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7T ADAM TAYLOR/Channahon, IL (Adam Taylor Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

8x JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Jeff Schindler)

9m ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Bundy Built Motorsports)

11 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Big Dog Racing)

15 DONNY SCHATZ/Fargo, ND (Mark Cooper)

15F MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

17 MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Shophouse Racing)

17v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Ben Varner)

17x KURT STELLHORN/Red Bud, IL (Kurt Stellhorn)

18N ALEX NALON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

19 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21 ZACH VEACH/Stockdale, OH (Team Ripper)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)

Q23 BARRIE VALENTINO/Queensland, AU (Barrie Valentino)

25 BRADEN CHIARAMONTE/El Cajon, CA (Tom Malloy)

25 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Petry Motorsports)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25m COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

29 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Matt Seymour Racing)

Q32 PETER PAULSON/Woodland, CA (Barrie Valentino)

36 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing)

36c IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager)

39BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

39N RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

40B BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (OMR Motorsports)

46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

51 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Boden Racing)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)

61 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71w DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Paul May Motorsports)

74 SHELDON CREED/Alpine, CA (Abacus Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81 GREYSON SPRINGER/Lafayette, IN (Gray Racing)

85 JERRY COONS JR/Tucson, AZ (Central Motorsports)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97J JIM JONES/Ventura, CA (Jim Jones Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)


 

TERRE HAUTE’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK ROUND RAINED OUT

Terre Haute, Indiana (July 27, 2022)………Wednesday night’s scheduled round of USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week at the Terre Haute Action Track has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

Saturated grounds from Tuesday’s showers coupled with more rain on Wednesday morning have made the 1/2-mile dirt oval track unsuitable for racing competition in time for tonight’s program.

USAC Indiana Sprint Week will continue with round five on Thursday night, July 28, at Putnamville’s Lincoln Park Speedway featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

Thursday at Lincoln Park, the pits and front gates open at 4:30pm with the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm, followed immediately by qualifying and racing.

General admission grandstand tickets at Lincoln Park are $30. Kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members and free for kids 10 and under.

The next scheduled USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event at the Terre Haute Action Track arrives on Friday night, September 30, for the 23rd running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic.

2022 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:

Jul 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | WINNER: Shane Cottle

Jul 24: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | WINNER: Mother Nature

Jul 25: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | WINNER: C.J. Leary

Jul 26: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | WINNER: Justin Grant

Jul 27: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | WINNER: Mother Nature

Jul 28: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN

Jul 29: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN

Jul 30: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN

 

TUG OF WAR:
GRANT LEADS LAST & LAUGHS BEST
TO PREVAIL AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (July 26, 2022)………Beginning with the midway point of Tuesday night’s 30-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week feature at Kokomo Speedway, Justin Grant saw the race lead slip from his grip three different times.

However, the Ione, Calif. driver belied that fact with three answers of his own amid his resurgence to the lead to prevail in a near racelong tug-of-war with Robert Ballou, then fended off a late burst from Kyle Cummins in the final laps to earn his first victory of Indiana Sprint Week 2022 following runner-up results in each of the first two features run to date.

The lap-after-lap barrage of lead changes resulted in seven swaps of the number one spot between Grant and Ballou in a riveting 12-lap span during the middle portion of the event.

The exchanging of the lead that many times within a 30-lap feature tied an all-time Indiana Sprint Week record for the most lead changes in a single feature event, equaling the mark of seven set during the rounds at Lincoln Park in 2001 and Bloomington in 2016.

The last hurrah of the evening’s continuous changing of the guard went Grant’s way on this night, leading the final nine laps to score an Indiana Sprint Week feature victory for the second consecutive season at Kokomo, the third driver to accomplish the feat following Jon Stanbrough in 2006-07 and Thomas Meseraull in 2017-18.

Grant’s sixth career Indiana Sprint Week feature triumph moved him into a tie for sixth all-time alongside Jay Drake, C.J. Leary, Danny Smith and Kevin Thomas Jr. Furthermore, Grant’s 32nd career USAC National Sprint Car feature win moved him past Tyler Courtney and into 15th all-time beside 1973 champ Rollie Beale.

“Champ” is the title Grant has first and foremost on his mind as he extended his Indiana Sprint Week lead to 43 with four races remaining and his overall USAC National Sprint Car lead to a season-high 109.

This victory is also held in high regard by Grant as he became the first-two-time feature winner of the inaugural 10-race Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy, a series which honors the memory of his late father-in-law whose family was well-represented at Kokomo afterward, standing in unison with Grant in victory lane at a place that Grant has achieved several of his most spectacular moments.

“I love winning any race at Kokomo, let alone a Sprint Week show,” Grant exclaimed. “Everybody brings the intensity; Sprint Week at Kokomo is as cool as it gets. It’s a Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster race and those feel really good to win. All the Jones family is here, and all my in-laws are here running around. It feels good to win for them.”

Additionally, no driver has mastered Kokomo Speedway since its reconfiguration in 2005 more often than Grant who picked up his 25th career win on the 1/4-mile dirt oval, surpassing both Dave Darland and Jon Stanbrough for first all-time.

“That’s really, really special. Now I’m going to try to not cry up here and look like Kody Swanson,” Grant stated with a hearty laugh. “When I first moved to Indiana, I worked for (car owner) Jeff Walker and Kokomo was where we came every Sunday. I’d come up here and watch Dave Darland and Jon Stanbrough just wax guys night-in and night-out. To win one race at a track those guys have won at is really special, but to be the all-time winner, I don’t know if I have words for that.”

Grant began his race from the fourth starting spot while Ballou, from the outside of the front row, carried the initial advantage throughout the first one-third of the event after spurting around the outside of pole sitter Mitchel Moles to take the lead on the opening lap.

While Ballou jumped away to a full second advantage by lap seven, Grant was in the midst of prying underneath Moles to take over the second spot with a bottom-swiping move in turn four.

On lap nine, the now third-running Moles found trouble as he biked his way on entry of turn one, slammed the outside wall and 180’d his way to a stop, heavily damaging both the front and rear end of his ride, and putting him out of the race.

Grant dug deep on the bottom when the race resumed on lap nine and continuously edged closer to Ballou before finally clearing him for the lead off the bottom of turn four on lap 11. After a turn three spin by 12th running Jason McDougal, Ballou fired back on the lap 13 restart and missed Grant by a foot at the line on both the 14th and 15th laps, signaling the ignition of one of the finest duels ever witnessed at Kokomo.

Ballou’s persistence paid off as he enveloped the low line to bring him ahead to the lead by a scant 0.002 sec. margin over Grant at the line. Grant returned the favor by snagging the lead back for himself on lap 17 before Ballou see-sawed back to the front once more by the exact same 0.002 sec. margin he demonstrated just two laps earlier. That also proved to be short-lived for Ballou as Grant went topside to clear Ballou for the lead once more on lap 19.

Facetiously speaking, Grant was able to settle in for laps 19 and 20 as Ballou hung within a car length in arrears. On lap 21, Ballou answered the bell again as he edged ahead on the bottom to lead by a half car length at the stripe over Grant.

Grant, with no panic in his psyche, promptly kept his foot in it on top and found enough oomph to motor past Ballou with a car length to spare at the line on lap 22. Though Ballou kept close tabs during the ensuing laps, remaining within a car length, Grant denied Ballou’s bid to make another run at him for the win.

The Grant/Ballou cascade ended for good as the frontrunners entered lapped traffic on lap 25. Leader Grant separated himself from Ballou while Cummins flat drove around the outside of Ballou to garner second on lap 26.

Coming to the white flag, Cummins, like a blanket, basically covered Grant’s rear bumper in turn three. Cummins, however, stumbled atop the cushion, costing him an opportunity to make a move for the next half lap. Giving it one last go in turn three, Grant diamonded turns three and four, which successful ironclad Cummins at bay, as Grant completed his fifth career USAC National Sprint Car feature win at Kokomo by 0.155 sec. over Cummins, Ballou, C.J. Leary and Brady Bacon (from 13th).

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) nearly ran down Grant for the win, coming just a tad over a car length short in his Rock Steady Racing/Ultimate Predator Boats - Mid-America Safety Solutions/Mach-1/Cummins Chevy. After an uncharacteristic crash the previous night at Circle City Raceway, the team switched engines overnight, but Cummins lamented the fact that he might have went to the top too early during the feature. Cummins wound up with a season-best second for his best run during Indiana Sprint Week at Kokomo since winning in 2016. His heat race performance from sixth to first, meanwhile, earned him the GSP Quality Driving Performance of the Night.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) led five different times for a total of 13 laps en route to a third-place finish in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru - Dragonfly Aviation - Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy, which is his best result of this edition of Indiana Sprint Week thus far.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) obliterated Kokomo’s USAC National Sprint Car track record with a time of 12.284 seconds during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying. That broke the eight-year-old record of 12.405 held by Dave Darland since 2014. Leary’s eighth fast qualifying time of the USAC National Sprint Car season was also the 37th of his career, tying him with Larry Dickson for sixth all-time.

After his heat race flip in turn four, Jake Swanson was transported to an area hospital. His CT scan came back good with no broken bones. However, he did require a few stitches on his face.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 26, 2022 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week / Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Race #5

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.284 (New Track Record); 2. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-12.534; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.578; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.602; 5. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-12.627; 6. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-12.656; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.661; 8. Jack Hoyer, 11H, Hoyer-12.689; 9. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.710; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.752; 11. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland/Curb-Agajanian-12.753; 12. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-12.759; 13. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner South-12.777; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15K, BGE Dougherty-12.785; 15. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.804; 16. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-12.835; 17. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-12.898; 18. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-12.953; 19. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley/Petty-12.967; 20. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-12.973; 21. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.022; 22. Brent Beauchamp, 34B, Olson-13.042; 23. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.060; 24. Jake Swanson, 5T, Daming-13.068; 25. Xavier Doney, 74, Doney/Lawson-13.120; 26. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-13.123; 27. Dalton Stevens, 99x, Stevens-13.134; 28. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-13.140; 29. Tye Mihocko, 2E, Epperson-13.212; 30. Parker Frederickson, 34F, Frederickson-13.216; 31. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-13.236; 32. Cole Bodine, 57c, DCT/Crow/Bodine-13.256; 33. Todd Hobson, 77AU, Sturgeon-13.295; 34. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-13.308; 35. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.319; 36. Max Adams, 2B, 2B Racing-13.335; 37. Colten Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.403; 38. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-13.485; 39. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.817; 40. Troy Carey, 45N, Carey-13.920; 41. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.934; 42. Jack James, 99, James-14.123; 43. Cooper Welch, 2w, Welch-14.291; 44. Andrew Cockman, 0c, Cockman-14.902.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Xavier Doney, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Todd Hobson, 9. Briggs Danner, 10. Colten Cottle, 11. Sterling Cling.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Carson Garrett, 8. Parker Frederickson, 9. Travis Berryhill, 10. Jack James, 11. Critter Malone.

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Dalton Stevens, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Corey Smith, 10. Tom Harris, 11. Cooper Welch. 2:11.35

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Jack Hoyer, 6. Braydon Cromwell, 7. Max Adams, 8. Zack Pretorius, 9. Troy Carey, 10. Andrew Cockman, 11. Jake Swanson. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi-feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Travis Berryhill, 5. Corey Smith, 6. Tom Harris, 7. Troy Carey, 8. Jack James, 9. Cooper Welch, 10. Andrew Cockman, 11. Todd Hobson. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Briggs Danner, 4. Jack Hoyer, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Brent Beauchamp, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Braydon Cromwell, 10. Xavier Doney, 11. Max Adams, 12. Brandon Mattox, 13. Parker Frederickson, 14. Zack Pretorius, 15. Carson Garrett, 16. Thomas Meseraull, 17. Dalton Stevens, 18. Travis Berryhill. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (4), 2. Kyle Cummins (3), 3. Robert Ballou (2), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Brady Bacon (13), 6. Emerson Axsom (5), 7. Ryan Timms (9), 8. Jadon Rogers (8), 9. Chase Stockon (7), 10. Briggs Danner (16), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Cole Bodine (22), 14. Matt Westfall (20), 15. Shane Cottle (18), 16. Brent Beauchamp (19), 17. Tye Mihocko (21), 18. Jack Hoyer (12), 19. Jason McDougal (15), 20. Mitchel Moles (1), 21. Scotty Weir (10), 22. Dave Darland (14), 23. Brandon Mattox (23-P). NT

**(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Robert Ballou, Laps 11-15 Justin Grant, Lap 16 Robert Ballou, Lap 17 Justin Grant, Lap 18 Robert Ballou, Laps 19-20 Justin Grant, Lap 21 Robert Ballou, Laps 22-30 Justin Grant.

**Critter Malone flipped during qualifying. Sterling Cling flipped during the first heat. Chase Stockon flipped after the checkered flag during the third heat. Jake Swanson flipped during the fourth heat.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1509, 2-Robert Ballou-1400, 3-Brady Bacon-1396, 4-C.J. Leary-1351, 5-Emerson Axsom-1334, 6-Logan Seavey-1317, 7-Chase Stockon-1115, 8-Matt Westfall-1081, 9-Jake Swanson-1020, 10-Jadon Rogers-961.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-264, 2-Robert Ballou-221, 3-Chase Stockon-220, 4-C.J. Leary-212, 5-Kyle Cummins-199, 6-Brady Bacon-197, 7-Emerson Axsom-189, 8-Shane Cottle-183, 9-Mitchel Moles-176, 10-Briggs Danner-166.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-92, 2-Thomas Meseraull-92, 3-Brady Bacon-87, 4-Buddy Kofoid-80, 5-Robert Ballou-74, 6-Logan Seavey-74, 7-Shane Cottle-61, 8-Kaylee Bryson-61, 9-C.J. Leary-55, 10-Matt Westfall-54.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-27, 2-Matt Westfall-18, 3-Justin Grant-13, 4-Kyle Cummins-12, 5-Tye Mihocko-12, 6-Jake Swanson-11, 7-C.J. Leary-9, 8-Brady Bacon-9, 9-Cole Bodine-9, 10-Matt McDonald-8.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-364, 2-Justin Grant-347, 3-Logan Seavey-342, 4-Robert Ballou-336, 5-C.J. Leary-321, 6-Emerson Axsom-300, 7-Matt Westfall-265, 8-Chase Stockon-252, 9-Jadon Rogers-207, 10-Jake Swanson-197.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 27, 2022 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week / Dorsett Automotive Classic

NEXT BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER RACE: July 29, 2022 – Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary (12.465)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (12.284)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Ryan Timms

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Kyle Cummins

Chalk Racing Products Heat Race Bonus: Ryan Timms, Jadon Rogers, Chase Stockon & Kyle Cummins

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Kyle Cummins

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Scotty Weir

Bryan Clauson’s Racers For Autism Bonus Bucks: Justin Grant

Hard Work Award: Cole Bodine

Feature Hard Charger: Cole Bodine (22nd to 13th)


BC39 ENTRY LIST HITS 60!
TRIO OF USAC NATIONAL CHAMPS
ENTER THE AUG. 3-4 RACE AT IMS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 23, 2022)………Sixty-one entries, including a trio of USAC national champions, are among the latest additions to the field for the fourth running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech.

Jerry Coons Jr., C.J. Leary and Logan Seavey will make their return visits to the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event on August 3-4 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Coons (Tucson, Ariz.) is one of seven USAC Triple Crown champions, having won titles in Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, and is a multi-time USAC National Midget champ, having won a pair of series crowns in 2006 and 2007. He’ll pilot an entry for Central Motorsports.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) collected the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car title and will team with Petry Motorsports, who will field a car in the USAC National Midget series for the first time this season after scoring four wins as an entrant over the past few seasons.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) captured the top-ranking in USAC National Midgets during the 2018 season and is one of two Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports entries to join the lineup alongside teammate Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.).

Also among the recent additions to the entry list are the Bundy Built Motorsports team featuring three-time USAC National Midget feature winner and POWRi champ Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) along with teammate Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.).

They’ll be joined by the likes of inaugural BC39 winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), USAC Triple Crown champion J.J. Yeley, along with fellow USAC national champions Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), plus Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.), 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car titlist Donny Schatz (Fargo, N.D.), NASCAR Cup Series winner Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.) and NASCAR Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed (Alpine, Calif.), nine-time New Zealand Midget champion Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.), along with many, many more.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 2 with team parking at Noon Eastern followed by the heat race position draft from 6-9pm Eastern on Main Street in Speedway, an event which is open to the public. There, all cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot.

On track action begins Wednesday, August 3, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 4, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Driver/team registration and race tickets can be purchased via www.TheBC39.com.

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ENTRY LIST FOR THE DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 PRESENTED BY WEATHERTECH:

(61 entries as of July 26, 2022)

0G J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Glenn Styres Racing)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

1 RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

5J JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

5LK JORDAN KINSER/Bedford, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

6x ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (Doug & Wanda Hall)

6K KYLE KEATON/Wheelersburg, OH (Kyle Keaton)

7 SHANNON MCQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7D MICHELLE DECKER/Guthrie, OK (Michelle Decker)

7m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7MR CASEY BURKHAM/Combine, TX (RAMCO Speed Group)

7NZ TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7R A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7T ADAM TAYLOR/Channahon, IL (Adam Taylor Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

8x JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Jeff Schindler)

9m ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Bundy Built Motorsports)

11 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Big Dog Racing)

15 DONNY SCHATZ/Fargo, ND (Mark Cooper)

15F MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

17 MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Shophouse Racing)

17v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Ben Varner)

17x KURT STELLHORN/Red Bud, IL (Kurt Stellhorn)

18N ALEX NALON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

19 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)

Q23 BARRIE VALENTINO/Queensland, AU (Barrie Valentino)

25 BRADEN CHIARAMONTE/El Cajon, CA (Tom Malloy)

25 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Petry Motorsports)

25m COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

29 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Matt Seymour Racing)

Q32 PETER PAULSON/Woodland, CA (Barrie Valentino)

36 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing)

36c IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager)

39BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

39N RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

40B BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (OMR Motorsports)

51 ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Boden Racing)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)

61 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71w DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Paul May Motorsports)

74 SHELDON CREED/Alpine, CA (Abacus Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81 GREYSON SPRINGER/Lafayette, IN (Gray Racing)

85 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Central Motorsports)

97J JIM JONES/Ventura, CA (Jim Jones Motorsports)

 


TOP OF THE LINE:
LEARY MOVES UP TO COLLECT CIRCLE CITY’S
USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK DEBUT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (July 25, 2022)………C.J. Leary spent the majority of Monday night’s USAC NOS Energy Indiana Sprint Week debut at Circle City Raceway tooling around the bottom in pursuit of Brady Bacon.

With five laps remaining, the Greenfield, Ind. native stood at a crossroads, whether to be a follower or whether to step out of line and forge a new path forward.

Leary chose the latter once he heard the engine of surging Justin Grant just within earshot to his outside. It took a good three laps for Leary to wind it up on the top before finally surging past the bottom-rolling Bacon with three laps to go to bring home his sixth career Indiana Sprint Week feature victory, tied with Jay Drake, Danny Smith and Kevin Thomas Jr. for sixth all-time.

“That’s the way to win a race right there,” Leary exclaimed. “I followed Brady on the bottom, and I felt like I was a bit better than him down there. I heard Justin ripping the top there late, and I went up to the top and banged the boards.”

The third win of Leary’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/Chevy was the 19th overall of his career, moving him to within two of 1967 series champion Greg Weld for 32nd all-time.

Victory couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for the 2019 USAC Indiana Sprint Week champion. After Friday night’s much ballyhooed kerfuffle – a commotion that began with Leary getting upside down on his way to the white flag at Gas City – Leary and the Michael Motorsports team spent several manhours piecing together their wrecked racecar, which was still sans a number on the right side of the tail tank on Monday night.

It was a bit of a difference in approach for Leary and Michael, which ultimately resulted in just what Leary was striving for all along, to win and to put himself back into contention for another Indiana Sprint Week title.

“After Friday night, I felt like all we could do is to come out here and try to win races,” Leary stated. “I felt like our Sprint Week title chances might have been over, but if we just keep knocking off some wins, maybe we’ll crawl back into this thing.”

Leary started his run from eighth but had already found his way to fifth by the end of lap one as he utilized the middle groove of the 1/4-mile dirt oval located on the southeast side of Indianapolis. Meanwhile, it was USAC East Coast Sprint Car star Briggs Danner who was the force up front as he led the opening seven circuits.

After initially stealing the lead away from Danner just before the yellow, Bacon had to give it back on lap seven when Scotty Weir snagged the cushion with his right rear tire and stopped at the top of turn four, forcing out a yellow which reverted the running order to the previous scored lap. Nonetheless, Bacon picked up the baton and ran with it, carving out a lane on the bottom to slide past Danner in between turns three and four at the completion of lap eight.

Leary continued to chomp away on the bottom and slipped underneath Danner for the second position on lap 12, then nearly beat Bacon to the line for the lead, missing out by a foot on both lap 12 and 13. Thereafter, Leary fell into line behind Bacon who led a methodical procession around the infield tires.

The feature’s only red flag was waved when seventh running Kyle Cummins encountered a flat left front tire as he dipped into the turn three cushion and toppled over on lap 24. Brent Beauchamp (12th), Mitchel Moles (14th) and Brody Roa (16th) also piled into the altercation and stopped. Suffering heavy damage to his ride, Cummins was finished for the evening.

Grant, who started his race all the way back in 12th, slid into the conversation as he did just that to pass Danner for third in between turns one and two on lap 24. Showcasing that the top lane was now wide-open for business, Grant chomped down the gap between he and the front two of Bacon and Leary in a hurry while Danner banged the cushion and collected contact from another car late, which sent him careening all the way back to 14th in the final running order.

But with five laps to go, Leary sensed Grant to his right and moved up accordingly to occupy the line for himself while leader Bacon stayed firm, eyes forward and eyes on the prize. Bacon’s lead visibly and rapidly dwindled in the ensuing laps until Leary whisked past Bacon with a difference of mere inches separating the two at the line, just after the sound of Grant’s powerplant became sort of a bat signal that indicated that it was time to move up, something that Bacon did not experience while being a little bit further up the road by his lonesome.

”When you’re leading, you’re kind of a sitting duck,” Leary explained. “I’ve been in Brady’s shoes plenty of times. I’ve won races that way and lost races that way. It’s what makes it super competitive. It’s Indiana Sprint Week.”

Afterword, Leary then was able to stretch away from Bacon over the next two laps, ultimately to the tune of 0.538 sec. while Grant shot around Bacon off the final corner for a buzzer beater moment to score second with Bacon third, Chase Stockon fourth and Stockon’s KO Motorsports’ teammate Jason McDougal rounding out the top-five.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) became the new Indiana Sprint Week point leader after ripping his way through the field from his outside sixth row starting spot, then made a spirited charge at the end to earn a valuable runner-up result in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) led a race-high 20 laps and commanded the race with as late as three laps to go before settling for a third place result in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy. It was a solid points night, however, for the four-time USAC National Sprint champ as he moved from 15th to 8th in the latest Indiana Sprint Week points.

For the first time since Richard Griffin in 1997, a driver has recorded three consecutive fast times to start Indiana Sprint Week. Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) set Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time with a new Circle City Raceway USAC National Sprint Car track record of 12.005. It was the third fast qualifying time of his Indiana Sprint Week career and the third fast qualifying time of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 25, 2022 – Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.005 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.191; 3. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.247; 4. Xavier Doney, 74, Doney/Lawson-12.262; 5. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.288; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.318; 7. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-12.370; 8. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner South-12.372; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15K, BGE Dougherty-12.374; 10. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.414; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.465; 12. Brent Beauchamp, 11, Beauchamp-12.478; 13. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.481; 14. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-12.493; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.593; 16. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-12.609; 17. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-12.743; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley/Petty-12.756; 19. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.794; 20. Rylan Gray, 81G, Gray-12.813; 21. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-12.818; 22. Dalton Stevens, 99x, Stevens-12.846; 23. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland/Curb-Agajanian-12.875; 24. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-12.891; 25. Max Adams, 2B, 2B Racing-12.892; 26. Gabriel Gilbert, 10G, Gilbert-13.009; 27. Matt McDonald, 5mc, McDonald-13.062; 28. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.088; 29. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-13.102; 30. Cole Bodine, 57B, DCT/Crow/Bodine-13.104; 31. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.115; 32. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-13.125; 33. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.195; 34. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-13.196; 35. Tye Mihocko, 2E, Epperson-13.204; 36. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.233; 37. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-13.351; 38. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.358; 39. Kyle Shipley, 17GP, Dutcher-13.370; 40. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-13.383; 41. Troy Carey, 45N, Carey-13.563; 42. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-17.134; 43. Jack James, 99, James-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Travis Berryhill, 7. Max Adams, 8. Jadon Rogers, 9. Alex Banales, 10. Ricky Lewis, 11. Troy Carey. 2:06.49

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Dalton Stevens, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Gabriel Gilbert, 8. Braydon Cromwell, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Frankie Guerrini. 2:06.03 (New Track Record)

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Ryan Timms, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Kyle Shipley, 10. Matt McDonald, 11. Jack James. 2:07.57

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Briggs Danner, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Xavier Doney, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Rylan Gray, 9. Ryan Barr, 10. Zack Pretorius. 2:12.64

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi-feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Zack Pretorius, 4. Sterling Cling, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Ryan Barr, 8. Braydon Cromwell, 9. Troy Carey, 10. Alex Banales. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Brent Beauchamp, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Matt McDonald, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Jadon Rogers, 9. Travis Berryhill, 10. Rylan Gray, 11. Xavier Doney, 12. Sterling Cling, 13. Ricky Lewis, 14. Gabriel Gilbert, 15. Max Adams, 16. Cole Bodine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (8), 2. Justin Grant (12), 3. Brady Bacon (4), 4. Chase Stockon (7), 5. Jason McDougal (3), 6. Matt Westfall (16), 7. Shane Cottle (22), 8. Jake Swanson (5), 9. Robert Ballou (10), 10. Ryan Timms (6), 11. Dave Darland (18), 12. Matt McDonald (20), 13. Brandon Mattox (P-23), 14. Briggs Danner (2), 15. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 16. Emerson Axsom (9), 17. Brent Beauchamp (14), 18. Logan Seavey (19), 19. Brody Roa (21), 20. Dalton Stevens (17), 21. Mitchel Moles (11), 22. Kyle Cummins (13), 23. Scotty Weir (15). NT

**Frankie Guerrini flipped during the first heat. Kyle Cummins flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Briggs Danner, Laps 8-27 Brady Bacon, Laps 28-30 C.J. Leary.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1428, 2-Brady Bacon-1331, 3-Robert Ballou-1331, 4-C.J. Leary-1278, 5-Logan Seavey-1274, 6-Emerson Axsom-1268, 7-Chase Stockon-1061, 8-Matt Westfall-1040, 9-Jake Swanson-1010, 10-Jadon Rogers-904.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-183, 2-Chase Stockon-166, 3-Robert Ballou-152, 4-Mitchel Moles-146, 5-Shane Cottle-143, 6-Jake Swanson-140, 7-C.J. Leary-139, 8-Brady Bacon-132, 9-Jason McDougal-127, 10-Emerson Axsom-123.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-92, 2-Justin Grant-89, 3-Buddy Kofoid-80, 4-Brady Bacon-79, 5-Robert Ballou-74, 6-Logan Seavey-74, 7-Kaylee Bryson-61, 8-Shane Cottle-58, 9-C.J. Leary-53, 10-Emerson Axsom-50.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-24, 2-Matt Westfall-12, 3-Kyle Cummins-11, 4-Jake Swanson-11, 5-Justin Grant-10, 6-Tye Mihocko-8, 7-Matt McDonald-8, 8-C.J. Leary-7, 9-Dave Darland-7, 10-Scotty Weir-5.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 26, 2022 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Chase Stockon

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Emerson Axsom

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Shane Cottle

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Mitchel Moles

Hard Work Award: Shane Cottle

Feature Hard Charger: Shane Cottle (22nd to 7th)

 

 

UP TO 50! KIWIS AMONG THE LATEST BC39 ENTRIES FOR AUG. 3-4 USAC MIDGET EVENT AT IMS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 23, 2022)………The entry list has hit 50 for the fourth running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech.

A New Zealand Speedcar champion and a past Chili Bowl Midget Nationals champ headline the latest entries filed for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship events on August 3-4 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Michael Pickens, Travis Buckley, John Heydenreich, Michelle Decker, Chris Baue and Peter Paulson have pushed the field over the half-century mark with just a week-and-a-half remaining until race day at the 1/4-mile dirt oval.

Auckland’s Pickens is a nine-time New Zealand Midget champion and four-time USAC National Midget feature winner who will make his return to the United States following a three-year hiatus. He’ll drive the Shophouse Racing number 17. Fellow New Zealander Travis Buckley, also from Auckland, will make his BC39 debut in the seat of the BSL Racing number 7NZ.

Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) comes in as a winner of both the Chili Bowl and the Hut 100 in his career and will pilot his own number 22 for the BC39 event. Decker (Guthrie, Okla.) was the first female to win a points championship at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds and is also a winner in USAC Western States Midget competition.

They’ll be joined by the likes of inaugural BC39 winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), USAC Triple Crown champion J.J. Yeley, along with fellow USAC national champions Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), plus Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.), 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car titlist Donny Schatz (Fargo, N.D.), NASCAR Cup Series winner Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.) and NASCAR Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed (Alpine, Calif.), along with many, many more.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 2 with team parking at Noon Eastern followed by the heat race position draft. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot.

On track action begins Wednesday, August 3, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 4, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Driver/team registration and race tickets can be purchased via www.TheBC39.com.

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ENTRY LIST FOR THE DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 PRESENTED BY WEATHERTECH:

(50 entries as of July 23, 2022)

0G J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Glenn Styres Racing)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

1 RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

5J JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

5LK JORDAN KINSER/Bedford, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

6x ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (Doug & Wanda Hall)

7 SHANNON MCQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7D MICHELLE DECKER/Guthrie, OK (Michelle Decker)

7m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7MR CASEY BURKHAM/Combine, TX (RAMCO Speed Group)

7NZ TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7R A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7T ADAM TAYLOR/Channahon, IL (Adam Taylor Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

11 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Big Dog Racing)

15 DONNY SCHATZ/Fargo, ND (Mark Cooper)

15F MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

17 MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Shophouse Racing)

17v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Ben Varner)

17x KURT STELLHORN/Red Bud, IL (Kurt Stellhorn)

18N ALEX NALON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)

Q23 BARRIE VALENTINO/Queensland, AU (Barrie Valentino)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

29 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Matt Seymour Racing)

Q32 PETER PAULSON/Woodland, CA (Barrie Valentino)

36 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing)

36c IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager)

39BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

39N RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

40B BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (OMR Motorsports)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)

61 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71w DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Paul May Motorsports)

74 SHELDON CREED/Alpine, CA (Abacus Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81 TBA (Gray Racing)

97J JIM JONES/Ventura, CA (Jim Jones Motorsports)

 


KOKOMO’S USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK ROUND
POSTPONED TO TUESDAY, JULY 26

Kokomo, Indiana (July 23, 2022)………Saturday night’s scheduled round of USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week at Kokomo Speedway has been postponed to Tuesday night, July 26, after continuous heavy thunderstorms hit the area Saturday morning and afternoon and are expected to continue throughout the evening.

Tuesday at Kokomo, gates open at 4pm Eastern with cars on track at 6:30pm. The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will be the only division on hand.

USAC Indiana Sprint Week will continue with round two on Sunday night, July 24, at Lawrenceburg Speedway. The event will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship along with the KOI Auto Parts Modifieds.

Sunday at Lawrenceburg, the pits open at 3pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm, followed immediately by qualifying and racing.

General admission tickets are $30, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Friday night’s ISW Gas City I-69 Speedway opening night winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) are tied atop the series point standings with seven races remaining entering Sunday’s event at Lawrenceburg.

2022 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:

Jul 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | WINNER: Shane Cottle

Jul 24: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN

Jul 25: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN

Jul 26: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN

Jul 27: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN

Jul 28: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN

Jul 29: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN

Jul 30: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN

 


THE BOTTOM LINE:
COTTLE A LAST LAP WINNER
AT GAS CITY’S INDIANA SPRINT WEEK KICK OFF

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (July 22, 2022)………Shane Cottle certainly possesses a flair for the dramatics at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Three years after winning his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week feature with a last lap pass at the 1/4-mile dirt oval, the Kansas, Ill. veteran did the deed once again in Friday night’s ISW opener.

Three years earlier, Cottle charged from the 18th starting position en route to victory. On this night, he got a bit of a head start, but not by much, rolling off from the 10th position, and started picking his way through the field one-by-one all the way down to the last drop.

Running second to leader Justin Grant on the green-white-checkered restart, Cottle utilized his patented maneuver on the low line to race past Grant for good, leading only a single lap in the process, but it just so happened to be the money lap.

In the end, Cottle churned out his second career Indiana Sprint Week feature victory, and the first during Indiana Sprint Week for the Hodges Motorsports/Hodges Automotive - JB Henderson - Ortega’s Appliance/DRC/J & D Chevy team.

Just how much is Cottle part of the racing fabric at Gas City? Of his nine career USAC national feature victories, six of them have come at Gas City – four sprint and two midget. And just like those instances, Cottle’s display on Friday night was quite reminiscent of his past five wins there, running a line that seems as if it was tailor-made just for him.

“I love running the bottom here,” exclaimed Cottle, the 2004 and 2009 Gas City sprint car track champion. “I’ve won a lot of races around here just like that.”

Furthermore, the 51-year-old Cottle joined an exclusive club with his triumph. He became the seventh driver over the age of 50 to win a USAC National Sprint Car main event, putting him in the same company as Bob Kinser (54), Terry Pletch (52), Dean Shirley (51), Hank Lower (51), Dave Darland (51) and Jack Hewitt (50).

While Cottle’s modus operandi at the start of the 30-lap feature was to carve his way into contention with precision from the outside of the fifth row, but far out ahead in the distance in the early going was pole sitter Robert Ballou who firmly established the point as he slid up in front of outside front row’s Grant in between turns one and two on the opening lap.

Ballou held serve throughout the majority of the first half as he took ownership of the bottom line while Grant attempted to diamond off the corners – high on entry and low on exit. On lap 14, the payoff finally came to Grant. Briefly. Grant beat Ballou to the bottom of turn three and held it down around the infield tires to beat Ballou to the stripe.

A tick of the watch later at the start/finish line, Ballou readjusted, then shot down to the bottom of one and slipped in front of Grant, which included in a meeting of the chrome horns with slight bumper-to-bumper contact between Ballou’s rear bumper and Grant’s front bumper, resulting in Ballou’s reestablishment of the lead a lap before the caution was signaled due to a cone lying in the middle of the front straightaway.

Upon the lap 16 resumption, Grant shadowed Ballou for a lap before resuming his diamond-studded pattern once more, and on this occasion, the move stuck, and Grant assumed control of the pace with just 14 laps remaining. Meanwhile, Ballou pushed wide and fell back to more than a second behind Grant, but that’s when the whole complexion of the clean and green event fell into another dimension.

With 11 laps to go, Ballou found himself in a heated dogfight between himself, Brady Bacon and C.J. Leary for the second position. In turn two, Leary initially lost ground when he monster-trucked the infield turn two tires, sending himself airborne before continuing onward behind Ballou and Bacon.

A lap later, Bacon edged ahead on the outside of Ballou midway down the back straightaway when, suddenly, the two drivers clipped wheels – Ballou’s right rear and Bacon’s left rear – which sent Bacon spiraling like a football and flipping four times before landing on all fours with his nose flush against the outside guardrail. Bacon was none-too-pleased by the circumstances, and power walked across the infield from turn three to turn one to confront Ballou and discuss things over, animatedly, as the standing room only crowd roared in the backdrop of the heated situation that was unfolding.

Things got feisty when racing resumed on the lap 21 restart when Grant, Ballou and the emerging Cottle stood tall, three-wide in turn three. In response, Cottle skated by Ballou on the bottom for second while Grant eked out to a five car length lead over the next couple of laps. Soon after, on lap 25, it was Leary’s turn to take the final step up to the podium as he clawed underneath Ballou to overtake the third position in turn one.

With Grant seemingly home free after racing under the white flag indication one lap to go, the battle raged on for third when, all of a sudden, carnage struck again. While racing to the white flag, Ballou and Leary collided at the exit of turn four, reminiscent of Ballou’s earlier incident with Bacon, with Leary receiving the worst end of the deal as he belted the outside guardrail along the front straightaway nose-first before flipping on his lid and spinning like a top on his head.

Leary popped out of his heavily damaged racecar and made a beeline to the opposite side of the track in turn three to do an impromptu meet-and-greet with Ballou, Kung Fu style, as it turned out. Leary took a run at Ballou and delivered a swift kick to Ballou who was still strapped in his racecar under the red flag condition. After falling on his back to the track’s surface in his first kick attempt, Leary delivered another blow to Ballou’s upper body with his left foot before being escorted away from the scene by USAC officials.

As it turned out, the physical fighting on the racetrack was merely a prelude for the fight that was just about to be displayed on the track. Right away, Cottle put it up front as he slid up in front of Grant on the bottom of turn one. Grant made a valiant comeback through the middle of turns three and four to edge Cottle at the line by a sliver. Delivering the same bill of goods as he did a lap earlier, Cottle put a clamp on the top spot when he bolted back underneath Grant for the lead in turn one on the “overtime” lap 31.

Following a hop, a skip and a jump down the back straightaway one final time, Cottle closed out yet another come-from-deep victory in his USAC career by a 0.265 second margin over Grant, Mitchel Moles, Ballou and Chase Stockon.

Without that final stoppage that arrived when Grant was one-third of the way through his final lap and on the path to certain victory, Cottle felt that chances were slim-to-nil for a miracle without the aid of what resulted following the Ballou and Leary altercation.

“I got to trying too hard,” Cottle acknowledged. “I missed my marks and Grant would get out on me, then I’d catch back up with him a little bit. But before that last red there, I didn’t have anything for Justin. But we made a couple adjustments and now, here we are.”

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led half of the race and came just one lap shy of winning the USAC Indiana Sprint Week opening race for the second straight season. Instead, he settled for a close second, albeit in a performance in which he extended his USAC National Sprint Car point lead to a season-high 73 points in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

“I just didn’t do a very good job on the last restart,” Grant lamented. “I don’t know if the top got dustier on the restart or if I just didn’t do a very good job, but I just didn’t have the grip I’d had up there before, and Shane was able to fill the hole. It’s tough to lose the ones that you feel you had a car to win with.”

In what was one of the finest Indiana Sprint Week debuts in recent history, Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) set fast time during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, then raced to a third place finish in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy.

“I’m not really good at these rough little bullrings,” Moles pointed out. “To run third here tonight, I feel like that’s pretty good. I just struggle running the bottom. Cottle went by me, and I could see how good he was running it. I wasn’t nearly that good, so I just stuck it on the fence and did what we know how to do. I ripped the curb and tried not to fall off turn two. Cottle, he’s like the man to beat here, and Grant’s pretty good everywhere, so if we can be near those guys, we’ll be all right this week.”

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 22, 2022 – Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.927; 2. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-11.951; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.965; 4. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-11.984; 5. Brent Beauchamp, 11, Beauchamp-12.007; 6. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.008; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.023; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.029; 9. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-12.087; 10. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-12.120; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley/Petty-12.127; 12. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-12.128; 13. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-12.246; 14. Tye Mihocko, 2E, Epperson-12.264; 15. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.306; 16. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner South-12.307; 17. Cole Bodine, 57B, DCT/Crow/Bodine-12.314; 18. Chad Boespflug, 2B, 2B Racing-12.324; 19. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-12.355; 20. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland/Curb-Agajanian-12.396; 21. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-12.438; 22. Jake Swanson, 5T, Daming-12.486; 23. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-12.504; 24. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.508; 25. Dalton Stevens, 99x, Stevens-12.525; 26. Colten Cottle, 57, Hazen-12.603; 27. Xavier Doney, 74, Doney/Lawson-12.620; 28. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-12.639; 29. Jack Hoyer, 11H, Hoyer-12.642; 30. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-12.658; 31. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-12.708; 32. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-12.710; 33. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.747; 34. Max Adams, 79B, Goodnight-12.755; 35. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-12.765; 36. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15K, BGE Dougherty-12.789; 37. Koby Barksdale, 16K, Knight-12.804; 38. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-12.835; 39. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.899; 40. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-12.911; 41. Kyle Shipley, 17GP, Dutcher-12.999; 42. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.038; 43. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-13.053; 44. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-13.117; 45. Travis Thompson, 7T, Thompson-13.134; 46. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.235; 47. Brayden Clark, 42G, Clark/Jackson-13.267; 48. Jack James, 99, James-13.396; 49. Rylan Gray, 81G, Gray-13.450; 50. Troy Carey, 45N, Carey-13.471; 51. Stan Beadles, 84, Beadles-13.591; 52. Austin Graby, 7, Lotier/Nemeth-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Jack Hoyer, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Kyle Shipley, 8. Dalton Stevens, 9. Brayden Fox, 10. Koby Barksdale, 11. Rylan Gray, 12. Travis Thompson, 13. Brent Beauchamp. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. Colten Cottle, 8. Max Adams, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Dustin Ingle, 11. Brandon Mattox, 12. Matt Goodnight, 13. Troy Carey. 2:03.61

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Frankie Guerrini, 8. Xavier Doney, 9. Harley Burns, 10. Brayden Clark, 11. Corey Smith, 12. Stan Beadles. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Briggs Danner, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Braydon Cromwell, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Zack Pretorius, 8. Ryan Barr, 9. Alex Banales, 10. Jack James, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Shane Cottle. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Koby Barksdale, 4. Harley Burns, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Zack Pretorius, 7. Braydon Cromwell, 8. Kyle Shipley, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Rylan Gray, 12. Ryan Barr, 13. Brayden Clark, 14. Jack James, 15. Travis Thompson, 16. Troy Carey, 17. Stan Beadles, 18. Frankie Guerrini. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Tye Mihocko, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Brent Beauchamp, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Cold Bodine, 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. Brayden Fox, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Xavier Doney, 10. Dalton Stevens, 11. Koby Barksdale, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Max Adams, 14. Colten Cottle, 15. Harley Burns, 16. Alex Banales, 17. Dustin Ingle, 18. Corey Smith. 2:35.27

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Shane Cottle (10), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Mitchel Moles (6), 4. Robert Ballou (1), 5. Chase Stockon (5), 6. Kyle Cummins (17), 7. Scotty Weir (12), 8. Tye Mihocko (16), 9. Jake Swanson (20), 10. Emerson Axsom (7), 11. Briggs Danner (8), 12. Brent Beauchamp (11), 13. Logan Seavey (15), 14. Jadon Rogers (9), 15. Thomas Meseraull (13), 16. Jason McDougal (14), 17. Jack Hoyer (22), 18. Cole Bodine (18), 19. Matt Westfall (21), 20. Chad Boespflug (19), 21. C.J. Leary (3), 22. Brady Bacon (4). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Robert Ballou, Lap 14 Justin Grant, Laps 15-16 Robert Ballou, Laps 17-30 Justin Grant, Lap 31 Shane Cottle.

**Austin Graby flipped during practice. Kyle Shipley flipped during qualifying. Kevin Thomas Jr. flipped during qualifying. Brady Bacon flipped on lap 21 of the feature. C.J. Leary flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1319, 2-Robert Ballou-1246, 3-Brady Bacon-1231, 4-Logan Seavey-1214, 5-Emerson Axsom-1196, 6-C.J. Leary-1171, 7-Chase Stockon-963, 8-Matt Westfall-960, 9-Jake Swanson-923, 10-Jadon Rogers-871.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-76, 2-Mitchel Moles-76, 3-Justin Grant-74, 4-Chase Stockon-68, 5-Robert Ballou-67, 6-Kyle Cummins-61, 7-Scotty Weir-58, 8-Tye Mihocko-53, 9-Jake Swanson-53, 10-Emerson Axsom-51.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-92, 2-Buddy Kofoid-80, 3-Justin Grant-79, 4-Brady Bacon-78, 5-Robert Ballou-73, 6-Logan Seavey-73, 7-Kaylee Bryson-61, 8-Emerson Axsom-50, 9-C.J. Leary-46, 10-Cannon McIntosh-46.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Kyle Cummins-11, 2-Jake Swanson-11, 3-Shane Cottle-9, 4-Tye Mihocko-8, 5-Scotty Weir-5, 6-Jack Hoyer-5, 7-Mitchel Moles-3, 8-Logan Seavey-2, 9-Matt Westfall-2.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 23, 2022 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 35th USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Briggs Danner

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Brady Bacon

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Tye Mihocko

Hard Work Award: Jack Hoyer

Feature Hard Charger: Kyle Cummins (17th to 6th)


 

BC39 ENTRIES PUSH PAST 40 FOR AUG. 3-4 USAC MIDGET EVENT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 22, 2022)………The entry list for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech has pushed past the 40 mark for the August 3-4 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Forty-four entries have been filed thus far with less than two weeks until race day. Among the latest to file are a slew of national champions from a variety of racing disciplines.

Clauson Marshall Racing has entered three cars for two-time USAC national champion Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), USAC Silver Crown champion and Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.), as well as leading USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.).

Donny Schatz (Fargo, N.D.) is a 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car champ and will be making his USAC National Midget debut during the BC39 aboard Mark Cooper’s Spike Chassis.

Two-time USAC National Midget feature winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will be the pilot of the Six8 Motorsports ride out of California, which captured five consecutive USAC Western States Midget entrant championships between 2013-17.

Speaking of USAC Western States success, 2018 champ and current series point leader Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) will be behind the wheel of one of three Mounce-Stout Motorsports entries alongside June’s Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Midget Week round winner Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) and fellow series Rookie, and Badger Midget titlist, Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.).

Over the coming days and weeks, the entries will continue to pour in from all over the country as a huge field will congregate toward the mecca of auto racing for the fourth-running of the BC39. Brady Bacon (2018), Zeb Wise (2019) and Kyle Larson (2021) have captured victories in the first three editions of the event.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 2 with team parking at Noon Eastern followed by the heat race position draft. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot.

On track action begins Wednesday, August 3, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 4, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Driver/team registration and race tickets can be purchased via www.TheBC39.com.

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ENTRY LIST FOR THE DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 PRESENTED BY WEATHERTECH:

(44 entries as of July 22, 2022)

0G J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Glenn Styres Racing)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

1 RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

5J JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

5LK JORDAN KINSER/Bedford, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

6x ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (Doug & Wanda Hall)

7 SHANNON MCQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7M JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7MR CASEY BURKHAM/Combine, TX (RAMCO Speed Group)

7R A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7T ADAM TAYLOR/Channahon, IL (Adam Taylor Motorsports)

7X THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

11 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Big Dog Racing)

15 DONNY SCHATZ/Fargo, ND (Mark Cooper)

15F MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

17v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Ben Varner)

17x KURT STELLHORN/Red Bud, IL (Kurt Stellhorn)

18N ALEX NALON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

Q23 BARRIE VALENTINO/Queensland, AU (Barrie Valentino)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

29 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Matt Seymour Racing)

36 IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager)

39BC EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

39N RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

40 CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

40B BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed Racing)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (OMR Motorsports)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)

61 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71w DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Paul May Motorsports)

74 SHELDON CREED/Alpine, CA (Abacus Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81 TBA (Gray Racing)

97J JIM JONES/Ventura, CA (Jim Jones Motorsports)

 

10-SECOND WHOOPIN’:
SWANSON DECIMATES USAC SILVER CROWN
FIELD AT WINCHESTER’S VOGLER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Winchester, Indiana (July 21, 2022)………After experiencing defeat during last year’s USAC Silver Crown debut at Indiana’s Winchester Speedway by a narrow half car length margin, was there any doubt that Kody Swanson would come ready to play in Thursday night’s return?

Couple that with the fact that the Kingsburg, Calif. driver had gone winless with the series throughout the first four points races of this season, the longest such drought he’s endured to start a campaign since 2013.

During Thursday night’s Rich Vogler Classic Presented By The Pallet Builder, those ingredients made for a recipe that called for a whooping of epic proportions on the 37-degree banked, half-mile paved oval.

The six-time series champ led all 100 circuits and lapped all but one driver in the 21-car field en route to a mind-blowing 10.062 second margin of victory in his Doran-Dyson Racing/Glenn Farms – Henry U.S.A. – Duncan Oil/Beast/Lanci Ford, which resulted in his 35th career USAC Silver Crown victory, and the first of his career at Winchester, one that he was bound and determined to find redemption for after how last year transpired.

“I left Tuesday morning for the race shop and still haven’t been home,” Swanson revealed. “We had a job to do and wanted to put this car in victory lane for this team, and I didn’t do any of it alone.”

To accomplish the deal, he had to defy the initial instincts that he held a year ago. This time around, it was a complete 100-mile sprint from start to finish that not a single other car or driver in the field could match on this night.

“I had a car good enough last year, I just did it wrong,” Swanson lamented. “I hate to admit that, but I did. My team deserved to win and, today, maybe a couple things went our way, and we had a whole different mindset. Last year, I was conservative because I was nervous about what would happen if I ran out of tire at the end. This time, I wanted to make sure we all ran out and see how it went because this car was so good.”

The triumph was Swanson’s third in the Rich Vogler Classic, each coming an even three years apart from each other following previous victorious celebrations in 2016 and 2019 and now 2022.

The win carried extra special weight with Swanson greeting Rich’s mother Eleanor in victory lane on a night 32 years to the day that the world lost Vogler, USAC’s winningest driver. Vogler was a 10-time USAC winner on the banks, while another USAC legend, Tracy Hines, captured eight. It was these inspirations for Swanson that firmly established his deep-seated acknowledgement of the history of the sport, those who came before him and the revere that they all have for Winchester’s hills.

“I appreciate the history of the sport,” Swanson stated. “Someone who helped me learn how to race on the banks was Tracy Hines. Five or six years ago before (a race at) Salem (Speedway), I gave him a call and he helped me out and taught me a lot which still holds true to this day. Even last fall, I got to sit down with Mack McClellan, Tom Bigelow and Johnny Parsons and they told stories about this place. There’s a lot of it that I took to heart that made sense; those guys did it, and it was super tough. There was maybe a trick or two I learned from them. I am thankful for that, for everybody who’s in my life and the chance to do this.”

Earlier in the evening, Swanson was the fastest overall in Dirt Draft practice, then proceeded to notch the pole position for the 38th time in his USAC Silver Crown career during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, which, in turn, gave him the prime position in order to dart out to the initial lead with Chris Windom running second about three car lengths behind. That was about as close as anybody got to Swanson for the remainder of the night.

Two prime contenders fell by the wayside relatively early, with fourth-running Bobby Santos having his shock tower break off after just 35 laps into it. Defending race winner Justin Grant, running fifth at the time, blistered a right rear tire, which cost him five laps during the pit stop.

By the halfway mark, Swanson was leaving no doubt who was in charge as he had already lapped up to fifth with 50 laps still left to go, and no signs of relenting.

The race’s one and only stoppage came on lap 55 when Ferns got loose on the high side of turn two and looped it down to the bottom of the racetrack. As it turned out, it was not as much of a heartbreak as it seemed at first glance. After her spin, she was forced to start at the tail of the field. She was running fourth at the time, but there were only four cars on the lead lap. By rule, a driver doesn’t lose a lap following a spin unless he or she retreats to the work area, which she did not. Thus, she restarted at the back of the pack without losing a spot and remained scored fourth in the running order.

Logan Seavey jumped to second on the lap 63 restart as he fenagled his way past Windom. Ferns subsequently charged to third by Windom amid gridlock-style traffic. While running fourth with 78 laps completed, Windom was surpassed by Swanson and put a lap down. Moments later, with a blistered right rear tire, Windom slowed and made the journey back to the pits.

And the beat went on as Swanson put Ferns a lap down on the 95th circuit with a turn one bottom-side pass, leaving only the half-lap leading Swanson and second-running Seavey on the same lap, while all others were at least one lap down.

In the end, it was complete annihilation and decimation of the field led by Swanson in a performance for the ages as he finished off the job by a 10.062 second margin over Logan Seavey, Taylor Ferns, C.J. Leary and Brian Tyler.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) turned in his best career Silver Crown performance on pavement with a runner-up finish in his Rice Motorsports/STIDA.com – Lucas Oil – Legacy Motorsports/Beast/Felker Chevy. Seavey’s best career pavement finish with the series prior to Thursday night came in May at Indianapolis Raceway Park with a 5th. And, on this night, he was the only driver other than Kody Swanson to finish on the lead lap.

“Second in a pavement race is like five wins for me,” Seavey exclaimed. “(Crew chief) Ronnie (Gardner) gave me a great car all day. I just felt so comfortable today and I don’t know what was different about it, but I just felt so good about the racecar. I felt calm and I could see everything that was going on around me. I finally felt like I could feel the racecar and maneuver and I got through lapped traffic really well. Kody was on a different level all day, obviously. I got to second there and I could see him for a few laps, but then I backed it down because I knew I wasn’t going to run him down in open traffic, so I kind of slowed down hoping for a late yellow. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But I’m physically and mentally drained after that one.”

Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) tied her own record as the best finishing woman in USAC Silver Crown history with a third-place result in her Taylor Ferns Racing/Sam Bernstein Law Firm – Tyme Auto Transportation/Beast/Stanton Mopar. This all came after a practice crash in which she and Dave Berkheimer collided on the front straightaway before glancing backwards into the turn one wall, followed by a mid-race spin during the feature.

“Today, for me, was just about overcoming adversity,” Ferns admitted. “After the incident in practice, we were driving the car with a bent Panhard bar and using scraps from people in the pits. I felt like we had something for Logan, but I was pushing the car really hard, and it bit me. I passed (Justin) Grant to make it three-wide going into turn one and, luckily, with my dirt experience, I saved it, but it bit me not too long after. I’m honestly surprised we came home third after that spin. I know that win is coming soon, but I wanted that second today. Maybe next time.”

C.J. Leary’s fourth-place run came after starting back in the 19th spot before advancing 15 positions in the main event. On his qualifying run, the Panhard bar broke at the exit of turn two on the Greenfield, Ind. driver’s second lap. After narrowly avoiding outside wall contact, Leary slid to the inside of the track and ramped up onto the infield grass mound before driving away back to the pit area. The flat spot of his right front tire, however, necessitated a right front tire change, which relegated him to the 10th row for the start.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 21, 2022 – Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Indiana – 1/2-Mile Paved Oval – Rich Vogler Classic Presented By The Pallet Builder

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 1, Doran/Dyson-14.629; 2. Chris Windom, 26, Pierce-15.101; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-15.170; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-15.187; 5. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-15.256; 6. Eric Gordon, 99, Armstrong-15.264; 7. Logan Seavey, 222, Rice-15.265; 8. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-15.383; 9. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-15.503; 10. Kyle O'Gara, 67, SFHR-15.537; 11. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-15.582; 12. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-15.700; 13. Brian Tyler, 81, BCR-15.829; 14. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-15.911; 15. Mike McVetta, 94, Ram-15.963; 16. Nathan Byrd, 11, Hamilton/Byrd-16.234; 17. Mario Clouser, 92, Kazmark-16.279; 18. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams-16.322; 19. Tom Paterson, 111, Paterson-17.792; 20. Jake Day, 42, Day-NT; 21. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Taylor Ferns (8), 4. C.J. Leary (19), 5. Brian Tyler (12), 6. Derek Bischak (10), 7. Mike McVetta (14), 8. Kyle Robbins (7), 9. Travis Welpott (13), 10. Kyle O’Gara (9), 11. Nathan Byrd (15), 12. Matt Goodnight (11), 13. Mario Clouser (16), 14. Justin Grant (4), 15. Gregg Cory (17), 16. Chris Windom (2), 17. Bobby Santos (3), 18. Eric Gordon (5), 19. Jake Day (20), 20. Tom Paterson (18), 21. Dave Berkheimer (21). 35:44.816 (New Track Record)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 Kody Swanson.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-308, 2-Logan Seavey-305, 3-C.J. Leary-305, 4-Brian Tyler-239, 5-Justin Grant-221, 6-Taylor Ferns-180, 7-Travis Welpott-176, 8-Bobby Santos-172, 9-Gregg Cory-147, 10-Brady Bacon-128.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-92, 2-Buddy Kofoid-80, 3-Justin Grant-79, 4-Brady Bacon-78, 5-Robert Ballou-73, 6-Logan Seavey-71, 7-Kaylee Bryson-61, 8-Emerson Axsom-50, 9-C.J. Leary-46, 10-Cannon McIntosh-46.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 6, 2022 – Toledo Speedway – Toledo, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Paved Oval – Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic 100 fueled by Marco's Pizza

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kody Swanson (15.057)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson (14.629)

Hard Charger: C.J. Leary (19th to 4th)

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

MICHAEL FACCINTO LEADS USAC/BCRA MIDGETS TO PETALUMA
By Lance Jennings

JULY 20, 2022... After a schedule break, the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets resume their rivalry this Saturday, July 23rd, at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the eighth point race is the only appearance of the “mighty midgets” at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in 2022. The event will also feature Wingless Sprints, Modifieds, and 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at noon, Front Gates open at 4:00pm, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

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

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

Since October 6, 2012, fourteen USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. “Sugar” Shane Golobic claimed the inaugural victory as “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Ronnie Gardner, and Alex Schutte lead all drivers with three Petaluma wins. When the series last visited the 3/8-mile oval on July 31, 2021, Brody Fuson took the checkered flags. Gardner set the 1-lap USAC and BCRA qualifying record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013 and a complete series win list at Petaluma is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Petaluma, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has a 68-point lead over the competition. Driving the Graunstadt Enterprises #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto led 19 laps at Merced on June 18th before finishing second to Ryan Bernal. To date, the 2018 Champion has one two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Josh Wise for fifteenth on the series win list with twelve, Michael will be looking for another victory at Petaluma Speedway.

After finishing fourth at Merced, Ben Worth (Coalinga, California) has climbed to second in the championship point chase. Piloting Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes on the season. The 2019 Rookie of the Year has two career wins and will have his sights on his first triumph at Petaluma.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) ranks third in the USAC Western Midget point standings. Racing Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports/ W.E. Spike, Fuson scored seventh at the Merced County Fairgrounds. At press time, the young driver has posted one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in the campaign. Brody has three career series wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #7NZ Buckley Systems / Esslinger Engineering Spike, Buckley placed eleventh at Merced Speedway. The new leading rookie contender has posted one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the year. Travis will have his sights on his first career win this Saturday night at Petaluma.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, California) has climbed to fifth in the point standings. Piloting Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Mountain Cascade Incorporated Spike, Bower finished ninth in the June 18th feature at Merced. To date, the defending champion has one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award and five top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday, Blake will be looking for his first USAC win at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

While Travis Buckley leads the chase for rookie of the year honors, A.J. Bender (San Diego, California), Caden Sarale (Stockton, California), Thomas Esberg (Kelseyville, California), Anthony Esberg (Kelseyville, California), Braden Chiaramonte (El Cajon, California), Jake Hodges (Camarillo, California), Dylan Bloomfield (Oakley, California), Ben Wiesz (Colfax, California), Colton Raudman (Redding, California), and Sage Bordenave (French Camp, California), are also in contention.

Michael Snider (Kelseyville, California) sits atop the BCRA point standings over Thomas Esberg, Anthony Esberg, Danika Jo Parker, Dave Stoltz, Floyd Alvis, and Dakota Albright.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Andreotti, C.J. Sarna, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Racin Silva, Beau Lemire, and more.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $18 and Senior Tickets (65 & Over) are $15. Military Tickets are $15, Junior Tickets (12-15) are $10, Children Tickets (6-11) are $10, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

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

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Jake Andreotti, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brody Fuson, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Mitchel Moles.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Ronnie Gardner – 14.200 (10/05/13)

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Maria Cofer, 3-Ronnie Gardner, 3-Alex Schutte, 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Brody Fuson, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Frankie Guerrini.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-470, 2. Ben Worth-402, 3. Brody Fuson-390, 4. Travis Buckley ®-376, 5. Blake Bower-372, 6. A.J. Bender ®-366, 7. Jake Andreotti-318, 8. Austin Liggett-251, 9. C.J. Sarna-244, 10. Michael Snider-236, --. Caden Sarale ®-236, 12. Randi Pankratz-208, 13. Thomas Esberg ®-203, 14. Danika Jo Parker-196, 15. Anthony Esberg ®-189, 16. Shane Golobic-159, --. Braden Chiaramonte ®-159, 18. Jake Hodges ®-144, 19. Robby Josett-136, 20. Dylan Bloomfield ®-133, 21. Terry Nichols-132, 22. Chase Johnson-121, 23. Cade Lewis ®-116, --. Ryan Bernal-116, 25. Matt Mitchell-104, 26. Ben Wiesz ®-101, --. Colton Raudman ®-101, 28. Mitchel Moles-84, 29. Sage Bordenave ®-81, 30. Racin Silva ®-69, 31. Shannon McQueen-68, 32. Dawson Faria ®-65, 33. Beau Lemire ®-62, 34. Zach Telford ®-61, 35. Jake Morgan ®-60, 36. Troy Rutherford-57, 37. Dylan Ito-55, 38. Cody Williams ®-43, 39. Nick Velasquez ®-42, 40. Kyle Beilman-40, 41. Dave Stoltz-38, 42. Floyd Alvis-31, 43. Greg Edenholm-26, 44. Steve Hix ®-25, --. Steve Paden-25, 46. Kevin Gray ®-25, 47. Dakota Albright-24, --. Mike Leach Jr.-24.

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


 

 

FIRST REVEAL:
BC39 ENTRIES UP ABOVE 30 SO FAR
FOR AUG. 3-4 USAC MIDGET EVENT AT IMS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 19, 2022)………The first batch of Driven2SaveLives BC39 Presented by WeatherTech entries have arrived.

Thus far, 32 teams have filed their entries for the August 3-4 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ten USAC national championships are comprised from three of the those 32 entries, which include four-time champ and 2018 BC39 winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) as well as five-time USAC national titlist J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.) and single-time champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.).

NASCAR Cup Series winner Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.) will make his return to the BC39 along with 2020 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed (Alpine, Calif.) along with Kokomo Speedway track record holder and motorsports commentator Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.).

USAC feature winners Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) return to the BC39 fray while Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.) will make a rare midget start in his BC39 debut.

Over the coming days and weeks, the entries will continue to pour in from all over the country as a huge field will congregate toward the mecca of auto racing for the fourth-running of the BC39. Brady Bacon (2018), Zeb Wise (2019) and Kyle Larson (2021) have captured victories in the first three editions of the event.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, August 2 with team parking at Noon Eastern followed by the heat race position draft. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot.

On track action begins Wednesday, August 3, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the incredibly exciting Stoops Pursuit feature race will conclude the night’s racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, August 4, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Driver/team registration and race tickets can be purchased via www.TheBC39.com.

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ENTRY LIST FOR THE DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 PRESENTED BY WEATHERTECH:

(32 entries as of July 19, 2022)

0G J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Glenn Styres Racing)

06 RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing)

1 RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing)

5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

5J JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

5LK JORDAN KINSER/Bedford, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)

6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

7 SHANNON MCQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing)

7m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7MR CASEY BURKHAM/Combine, TX (RAMCO Speed Group)

7R A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (RAMCO Speed Group)

7T ADAM TAYLOR/Channahon, IL (Adam Taylor Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

17v BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Ben Varner)

17x KURT STELLHORN/Red Bud, IL (Kurt Stellhorn)

18N ALEX NALON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

19K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox)

21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

29 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Matt Seymour Racing)

40B BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed Racing)

41 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Big Dog Racing)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)

71w DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Paul May Motorsports)

74 SHELDON CREED/Alpine, CA (Abacus Racing)

75AU BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsport)

81 TBA (Gray Racing)

97J JIM JONES/Ventura, CA (Jim Jones Motorsports)

 

 

IT’S ON! 2022 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 19, 2022)………It’s an enduringly happy place isolated from the world of work, bills to pay and nine-to-fives. It’s paradise and it’s your kingdom to command just once each summer. It’s Shangri-La for eight races over a nine-night span.

For race fans, that is USAC’s NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week in a nutshell. For racers, it can be grueling, yet rewarding. It can be energizing, yet, at the same time, be a test of endurance both mentally and physically that can ultimately spell the tale of the outcome of the week.

In its 35th year, there’s still nothing quite like it for USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing. It’s truly one-of-a-kind.

And this year, each event is one-of-eight, with the schedule boasting its largest slate of races, equaled only by the 2003, 2007 and 2019 editions of ISW. ISW pushes off July 22 at Gas City, then continues July 23 at Kokomo, July 24 at Lawrenceburg, July 25 at Circle City, July 27 at Terre Haute, July 28 at Lincoln Park, July 29 at Bloomington and July 30 at Tri-State.

All the hoopla and excitement each summer is paramount for ISW, but now it’s time to get down to business. It’s time to fire off for one of the greatest traditions in all of motorsports, which began back in 1988, and it all begins this Friday night at Gas City.

THE CHAMPS:

Six past Indiana Sprint Week champs are represented in this year’s field. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), the 2017 and 2021 ISW titlist and a six-time feature winner in the series, had been absent from the USAC scene all season long until early July when he made his return to action. Starting this week, he’ll begin his quest to become the first repeat ISW champ since Levi Jones in 2008-09.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) translated his 2015 Indiana Sprint Week success to a USAC National Sprint Car title at season’s end, one of six drivers to achieve the feat along with J.J. Yeley (2003), Levi Jones (2009), Bryan Clauson (2013), Brady Bacon (2016) and C.J. Leary (2019). Ballou owns four career ISW feature triumphs.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) scored the ISW championship three years ago and is among a line of ISW champions to do so without the aid of a victory over each of the past four years: Chris Windom (2018), Leary (2019), Chase Stockon (2020) and Thomas (2021). However, Leary does own his fair share of wins, clicking off five in his career to this point in his ISW career.

Four-time ISW feature winner Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is among those who are itching to make ISW a springboard en route to a title run at the end of the year. The importance of ISW cannot be understated. Its eight-race docket makes up roughly 20 percent of the entire USAC Sprint Car schedule mashed into a little over a weeklong span.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), along with Leary, aim to join the ranks of Hoosier natives to win multiple ISW crowns. The 2020 champ and two-time feature winner eyes the mark of Kevin Thomas (no relation to Jr.) who scored four in a five-year span in 1992-93-95-96 as well as Dave Darland who notched three in 1998-2001-2007; Jon Stanbrough took two in 2006 and 2010 while Bryan Clauson scored twice, back-to-back, in 2013-14.

Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) returned to USAC action in July following more than a year away from competition. Darland leads practically every stat category in ISW history: 20 wins and 66 top-fives, plus tops the following columns, which only constitute the USAC era of ISW, which began in 1996: 431 laps led, 31 heat race wins, 12 fast qualifying times and 155 starts.

ON THE VERGE:

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has finished inside the top-five of the ISW standings in each of the past three seasons: 3rd in 2019, 2nd in 2020 and 5th in 2021. The five-time ISW feature winner and 2020 USAC Silver Crown champ enters ISW as the USAC National Sprint Car point leader and, just last year, became the sixth driver to win both the first and the last feature race during a single Indiana Sprint Week, and the first to do it in 17 years, joining Danny Smith (1989), Kelly Kinser (1994), Dave Darland (1998), Cory Kruseman (2002) and J.J. Yeley (2004).

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) finished a career-best third in ISW points during 2021 on the strength of three consecutive victories at Lawrenceburg, Gas City and Terre Haute, which put the 2018 USAC National Midget king in rarified air as one of just four individuals to win three-in-a-row during ISW: Jon Stanbrough (4-straight in 2006-07), Jay Drake (2000), Cory Kruseman (2002) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (2013).

VETS ON THE CUSP:

There are a group of veterans who are always in contention and have won throughout their career during Indiana Sprint Week. These individuals are highly capable of stringing wins and consistency together in pursuit of a first Indiana Sprint Week championship.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has captured a pair of wins at ISW, both at Kokomo, while Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) captured perhaps the closest finish in ISW history at Gas City in 2019 when he started 18th deep in the field. Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has reached the top-seven in the final ISW standings in each of the past three seasons with a 5th in 2019, a 4th in 2020 and a 7th in 2021 to go along with five feature victories.

FIRST TASTE OF ISW SUCCESS:

This group has tasted USAC National Sprint Car victory but hasn’t experienced Indiana Sprint Week jubilation thus far.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) will be making their ISW debuts this coming week. Axsom won two of the first three to start the year while Moles recently picked up $12,000 in the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals.

Two-time USAC Sprint winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will give it a whirl as will one-time USAC victor Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), who’ll both take in the full week of racing activity as they seek their first ISW wins. Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), a frequent winner locally in Indiana and during an Oval Nationals prelim in 2021 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, will eye his first ISW win too.

KICKING IN THE DOOR:

Twenty drivers have found the ultimate way of breaking through by grabbing their first career USAC National Sprint Car feature win during Indiana Sprint Week. Among them are 2022 participants Justin Grant (2012), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2012) and Kyle Cummins (2016) as well as five-time winner Brady Short of Bedford, Ind. (2006) and one-timer Brent Beauchamp of Fairland, Ind. (2016).

Shooting for that target this time around are USAC full-timers Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.), plus a number of invaders from outside the national ranks.

SPRINT WEEK INVADERS:

USAC CRA Sprint Car series’ most recent winner Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) arrives from the west coast for the first time since 2019 while 2019 USAC CRA Rookie of the Year Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.) makes his third-straight trip out to the Hoosier state.

Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) is the USAC East Coast Sprint Car point leader and has finished inside the top-10 in all five of his 2022 USAC National Sprint Car starts. He’s making his first voyage out to the Midwest for the first five events only before heading back home while United Kingdom’s Tom Harris (Banbury, Oxfordshire) makes his first Indiana Sprint Week appearance since 2018 for the final four events only.

Xavier Doney (Odessa, Mo.) will run the full ISW tour for the first time in his career starting this week. The USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association feature winner and 2021 Rookie of the Year recently finished 6th at Huset’s.

THE LOCAL PROTECTORS:

One of the aspects of ISW that provides extra entertainment is the local protectors, the ones who have competed on a regular basis at the tracks on the Indiana Sprint Week slate and provide that local edge that can regularly stand up against USAC national’s best when going head-to-head.

Among those looking to test the national guys are include Sebastopol, California’s Geoff Ensign (Lincoln Park), Bloomington, Indiana’s Jordan Kinser (Bloomington), Fillmore, Indiana’s Brian Hayden (Lincoln Park), Brazil, Indiana’s Harley Burns (Gas City), Indianapolis, Indiana’s Nick Bilbee (Lawrenceburg), Marion, Indiana’s Scotty Weir (Gas City), Justin Owen (Lawrenceburg), Brownsburg, Indiana’s A.J. Hopkins (Lincoln Park & Circle City), Davenport, Iowa’s Davey Ray (Bloomington), Pittsboro, Indiana’s Critter Malone (Tri-State), Phoenix, Arizona’s Tye Mihocko (Gas City & Lincoln Park) and Marion, Illinois’ Shane Cockrum (Lincoln Park), just to name a few.

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2022 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:

Jul 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN

Jul 23: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN

Jul 24: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN

Jul 25: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN

Jul 27: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN

Jul 28: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN

Jul 29: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN

Jul 30: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN

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INDIANA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS

1988: Randy Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.)

1989: Chuck Amati (Freeman Spur, Ill.)

1990: Chuck Amati (Freeman Spur, Ill.) & Gary Trammell (Bloomington, Ind.)

1991: Bob Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.)

1992: Kevin Thomas (Danville, Ind.)

1993: Kevin Thomas (Danville, Ind.)

1994: Kelly Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.)

1995: Kevin Thomas (Danville, Ind.)

1996: Kevin Thomas (Danville, Ind.)

1997: J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.)

1998: Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.)

1999: Tony Elliott (Warsaw, Ind.)

2000: Jay Drake (Val Verde, Calif.)

2001: Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.)

2002: Cory Kruseman (Ventura, Calif.)

2003: J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.)

2004: Levi Jones (Olney, Ill.)

2005: Cory Kruseman (Ventura, Calif.)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (Avon, Ind.)

2007: Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.)

2008: Levi Jones (Olney, Ill.)

2009: Levi Jones (Olney, Ill.)

2010: Jon Stanbrough (Avon, Ind.)

2011: Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.)

2012: Levi Jones (Olney, Ill.)

2013: Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Ind.)

2014: Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Ind.)

2015: Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.)

2016: Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.)

2018: Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.)

2019: C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.)

2020: Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.)

2021: Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.)

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MOST INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TITLES:

4 - Levi Jones & Kevin Thomas

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CLOSEST POINTS BATTLE:

1990 - TIE (Amati and Trammell)

MOST LOPSIDED POINTS BATTLE:

2000 - 76 points (Drake over Elliott)

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INDIANA SPRINT WEEK STATS: (1988-2021)

ALL-TIME INDIANA SPRINT WEEK WINS:

20-Dave Darland

16-Jon Stanbrough

12-Cory Kruseman

9-J.J. Yeley

7-Bryan Clauson

6-Jay Drake, Danny Smith & Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Kevin Briscoe, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Tony Elliott, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Brady Short & Kevin Thomas

4-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Jack Hewitt, Levi Jones, Kelly Kinser & Logan Seavey

3-Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons Jr., Tracy Hines & Hunter Schuerenberg

2-Chuck Amati, Kevin Doty, Tim Gee, Rick Hood, Bud Kaeding, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

1-A.J. Anderson, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Chad Boat, Shane Cottle, Derek Davidson, Cary Faas, Aaron Farney, Blake Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Tray House, Bob Kinser, Mike Mann, Brad Marvel, Mat Neely, Terry Pletch, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Carson Short, Mickey Smith, Brad Sweet, Tanner Thorson, Brian Tyler & Cole Whitt

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ALL-TIME INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TOP-FIVE FINISHES (1988-2021)

66-Dave Darland

51-Jon Stanbrough

45-Levi Jones

33-Tony Elliott & Chris Windom

32-Brady Bacon

31-J.J. Yeley

29-Bryan Clauson

27-Kevin Thomas

25-Cory Kruseman & Kevin Thomas Jr.

23-Robert Ballou

22- Shane Cottle, Justin Grant

20-Jerry Coons Jr.

19-Jay Drake, Tracy Hines, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon

15-Brady Short

14-Kevin Briscoe, Bill Rose & Hunter Schuerenberg

13-Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins & Bud Kaeding

10-Jack Hewitt & Randy Kinser

9-Derek Davidson & Danny Smith

8-Damion Gardner, Brian Hayden, Bob Kinser, Kelly Kinser & Thomas Meseraull

7-Kevin Doty, Tim Gee, Darren Hagen, Tray House, Terry Pletch & Josh Wise

6-Chuck Amati, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Dickie Gaines, Mat Neely, Terry Shepherd, Brian Tyler, Scotty Weir & Cole Whitt

5-A.J. Anderson, Chad Boat, Jason McDougal, Joe Roush, Logan Seavey

4-Mike Mann Carson Short, Brad Sweet, Tanner Thorson

3-Jeff Bland Jr., Bobby East, Aaron Farney, Jesse Hockett, Rick Hood, Kevin Huntley, Tony Jarrett, Dustin Morgan, Robbie Rice, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Gary Trammell & Jeff Walker

2-Brent Beauchamp, Christopher Bell, Larry Bland, Tom Chalk, Blake Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Jeff Gordon, Coleman Gulick, Kurt Hawkins, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Dave Peperak, Boston Reid, Casey Riggs, Jon Sciscoe, John Scott, Jeremy Sherman, Eric Shively, Casey Shuman, Mike Spencer, Jake Swanson

1-Garrett Aitken, Jarett Andretti, Chris Beaver, Ryan Bernal, Keith Bloom Jr., Mike Bowling, Kent Christian, Hud Cone, Troy Cline, Mike English, Cary Faas, Gary Fisher, Josh Ford, Russ Gamester, Dink Glidden, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jonathan Hendrick, Josh Hodges, Blake Hollingsworth, Shane Hollingsworth, Danny Holtsclaw, A.J. Hopkins, Kasey Kahne, Doug Kalitta, Todd Kane, Todd Kelley, Mike Kirby, Frankie Kerr, Chris LaFollette, Troy Link, Brad Marvel, Brandon Mattox, Wes McIntyre, Joe Miller, Brandon Petty, Joey Saldana, Derek Scheffel, Stephen Schnapf, Todd Shields, Jimmy Sills, Mickey Smith, Greg Staab, Steve Surniak, Tyler Thomas, Lee Underwood, Rick Ungar, Jonathan Vennard, Mike Ward, Matt Westfall, Rip Williams & Greg Wilson

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INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TOP-10 FINISHES (USAC ERA 1996-2021)

97-Dave Darland

74-Jon Stanbrough

66-Levi Jones

59-Chris Windom

53-Brady Bacon

49-Robert Ballou

47-Shane Cottle

46-Jerry Coons Jr.

45-Bryan Clauson

43-Cory Kruseman, Kevin Thomas Jr.

42-Tracy Hines

41-Justin Grant

40-J.J. Yeley

39-Tony Elliott & Chase Stockon

34-C.J. Leary

31-Jay Drake

30-Brady Short

25-Kyle Cummins

24-Hunter Schuerenberg

21-Tyler Courtney, Damion Gardner, Bud Kaeding & Bill Rose

20-Kevin Thomas

19-Chad Boespflug

17-Kevin Briscoe

16-Derek Davidson, Darren Hagen, Brian Hayden & Scotty Weir

15-Thomas Meseraull

14-Dickie Gaines

13-Daron Clayton, Carson Short & Josh Wise

12-Kevin Doty

11-Mat Neely, Terry Pletch, Brad Sweet & Cole Whitt

10-Logan Seavey

9-A.J. Anderson, Jack Hewitt, Josh Hodges, Jason McDougal

8-Jarett Andretti & Jeff Bland Jr.

7-Chad Boat, Bobby East, Blake Fitzpatrick, Coleman Gulick, Todd Kane, Justin Marvel, Boston Reid, Casey Shuman & Brian Tyler

6-Kent Christian, Troy Cline, Eric Shively & Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

5-Brent Beauchamp, Christopher Bell, Shane Hollingsworth, Tony Jarrett, Dustin Morgan, Jadon Rogers, Jeremy Sherman & Mike Spencer

4-Hud Cone, Aaron Farney, Jesse Hockett, A.J. Hopkins, Critter Malone, Wes McIntyre, Brandon Petty, Robbie Rice, Brody Roa, Jimmy Sills, Jake Swanson, Matt Westfall & John Wolfe

3-A.J. Anderson, Josh Ford, Brad Fox, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jonathan Hendrick, Dakota Jackson, Rusty McClure, Casey Riggs, Derek Scheffel, Jon Sciscoe, Neil Shepherd & Steve Surniak

2-Ryan Bernal, Eric Burns, Kenny Carmichael, Henry Clarke, Charles Davis Jr., Mike English, Danny Holtsclaw, Kasey Kahne, Mike Kirby, Jason Knoke, Chris LaFollette, Mike Mann, Brad Marvel, Brandon Mattox, Max McGhee, Kevin Miller, Tim Montgomery, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Kendall Ruble, Stephen Schnapf, John Scott, Tim Spindler, Kevin Swindell, Tyler Thomas, Richard Vander Weerd & Jeff Wilson

1-Max Adams Garrett Aitken, Chris Beaver, Kevin Besecker, Keith Bloom Jr., Timmy Buckwalter, Brett Burdette, Mark Cassella, Mark Clark, Shane Cockrum, Chris Coers, Tim Cox, Zach Daum, Cary Faas, Nic Faas, Russ Gamester, Kurt Gross, Tom Hessert III, Tray House, J.J. Hughes, Kevin Huntley, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Chase Johnson, Doug Kalitta, Joey Kerr, Jimmy Light, Jason McCord, Tye Mihocko, Matt Mitchell, Vince Osman, Richard Ott, Dave Peperak, Davey Ray, Jason Robbins, Kyle Robbins, Eric Roberts, Joe Roush, Alex Shanks, Corey Smith, Dustin Smith, Stevie Sussex, Tanner Thorson, Lee Underwood, Jonathan Vennard, Danny Williams Jr., Rip Williams, Greg Wilson & Kyle Wissmiller

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ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK LAPS LED (USAC ERA 1996-2021)

431-Dave Darland

413-Jon Stanbrough

276-Cory Kruseman

216-Kevin Thomas Jr.

187-J.J. Yeley

176-Jay Drake

173-Bryan Clauson & C.J. Leary

159-Brady Bacon

148-Chris Windom

146-Robert Ballou

124-Levi Jones

121-Tracy Hines

103-Hunter Schuerenberg

101-Tyler Courtney

98-Kevin Briscoe

97-Brady Short

95-Justin Grant

94-Jerry Coons Jr. & Logan Seavey

83-Kyle Cummins

82-Jack Hewitt

80-Chase Stockon

76-Tony Elliott

68-Daron Clayton & Thomas Meseraull

57-Bud Kaeding

52-Brad Sweet

50-Derek Davidson

49-Shane Cottle

43-Cole Whitt

42-Chad Boespflug

38-Carson Short

36-Damion Gardner

35-Aaron Farney & Dickie Gaines

33-Josh Wise

30-Chad Boat & Brad Marvel

29-Bill Rose

26-Robbie Rice, Stephen Schnapf & Scotty Weir

25-Brad Fox

24-John Memmer

23-Cary Faas, Brandon Petty & Jake Swanson

22-Darren Hagen, & Brian Tyler

21-A.J. Anderson, Brent Beauchamp & Eric Shively

20-Kevin Doty

18-Boston Reid

16-Justin Marvel & Casey Riggs

14-Mike Mann & Wes McIntyre

13-Jeff Bland Jr.

12-Christopher Bell

11-Bobby Stines

10-Brian Hayden & Jason McDougal

9-Kevin Thomas

8-Mat Neely & Jimmy Sills

6-Jarett Andretti, Cole Bodine, Terry Pletch & Dustin Smith

5-John Wolfe

4-Kent Christian, Blake Fitzpatrick & Derek Scheffel

3-Keith Bloom Jr., Rickie Gaunt & Tanner Thorson

1-Jesse Hockett, Logan Jarrett, Rusty McClure, Dustin Morgan, Jeremy Sherman & Jonathan Vennard

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ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK HEAT RACE WINS (USAC ERA 1996-2021)

31-Dave Darland

30-Jon Stanbrough

26-Shane Cottle

25-Robert Ballou

19-Brady Bacon & Cory Kruseman

18-Chris Windom

17-Brady Short

14-C.J. Leary

13-Jerry Coons Jr.

12-Tyler Courtney, Tony Elliott, Tracy Hines & Thomas Meseraull

11-Chad Boespflug, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

10-Bryan Clauson, Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant & Chase Stockon

9-Hunter Schuerenberg, & Kevin Thomas Jr.

8-Kent Christian, Jay Drake, Carson Short & Kevin Thomas

7-Kenny Carmichael, Damion Gardner & Terry Pletch

6-Kevin Briscoe, Dickie Gaines, Darren Hagen & Scotty Weir

5-Blake Fitzpatrick, Josh Hodges, Shane Hollingsworth, Bud Kaeding, Mat Neely, Brandon Petty, Bill Rose, Eric Shively, Mike Spencer & Brian Tyler

4-Daron Clayton, Hud Cone, Brian Hayden, Danny Holtsclaw, Logan Jarrett, Jason McDougal, Corey Smith, Matt Westfall, Cole Whitt & Mitch Wissmiller

3-A.J. Anderson, Jarett Andretti, Brad Fox, Jack Hewitt, Mike Kirby, Justin Marvel, Brandon Mattox, Wes McIntyre, Boston Reid, Derek Scheffel, John Scott, Casey Shuman, Dustin Smith, Brad Sweet & Tanner Thorson

2-Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Troy Cline, Tim Cox, Derek Davidson, Charles Davis Jr., Kris Deckard, Bobby East, Aaron Farney, Josh Ford, Richard Griffin, Coleman Gulick, Tray House, Dakota Jackson, Todd Kane, Mike Mann, Bret Mellenberndt, Dustin Morgan, Casey Riggs, Brody Roa, Stephen Schnapf, Logan Seavey, Alex Shanks, Jake Swanson, Kody Swanson, Greg Wilson, Josh Wise & Kyle Wissmiller

1-Max Adams, Rodney Argo, Chris Beaver, Ryan Bernal, Nick Bilbee, Keith Bloom Jr., Cole Bodine, Eric Burns, Josh Burton, Mark Cassella, Isaac Chapple, Roger Chaudion, Dustin Christie, Henry Clarke, Anthony D’Alessio, Ron Dennis, Kevin Doty, Cary Faas, Jared Fox, Brian Gerster, Travis Gregg, Bart Grider, Kurt Gross, Chris Gurley, Chayse Hayhurst, Tom Hessert III, Jesse Hockett, A.J. Hopkins, J.J. Hughes, Marc Jessup, Chase Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Joey Kerr, Jordan Kinser, Jason Knoke, Critter Malone, Brad Marvel, Rusty McClure, Max McGhee, John Memmer, Tye Mihocko, Jerry Miller Jr., Kevin Miller, Jim Moughan, Derek O'Dell, Ande Possman, Michael Pickens, Robbie Rice, Kyle Robbins, Joe Roush, Bryan Ruble, Jon Sciscoe, Jason Setser, Neil Shepherd, Jimmy Sills, Landon Simon, Tim Spindler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Stephens, Gary Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Michael Trimble, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Ricky Williams & John Wolfe

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ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (USAC ERA 1996-2021)

12-Dave Darland

9-Justin Grant

8-Brady Bacon & Levi Jones

7-Tracy Hines, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas Jr. & J.J. Yeley

6-Daron Clayton & Richard Griffin

5-Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons Jr., Tony Elliott & Hunter Schuerenberg

4-Tyler Courtney, Jay Drake & C.J. Leary

3-Cory Kruseman, Carson Short, Chase Stockon, Brad Sweet & Josh Wise

2-Robert Ballou, Brent Beauchamp, Chad Boat, Chad Boespflug, Justin Marvel, Kevin Miller, Brandon Petty, Boston Reid, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Scotty Weir

1-Nick Bilbee, Keith Bloom Jr., Kevin Briscoe, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Derek Davidson, Kevin Doty, Bobby East, Nic Faas, Blake Fitzpatrick, Brayden Fox, Jared Fox, Damion Gardner, Rickie Gaunt, Darren Hagen, Jonathan Hendrick, Josh Hodges, Ray Kenens, Dustin Morgan, Mat Neely, Ande Possman, Jadon Rogers, Bill Rose, Neil Shepherd, Jeremy Sherman, Jimmy Sills, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Thomas, Shawn Westerfeld, Rip Williams, Chris Windom, Mitch Wissmiller & John Wolfe

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ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FEATURE STARTS (USAC ERA 1996-2021)

155-Dave Darland

119-Jon Stanbrough

96-Jerry Coons Jr.

88-Chris Windom

86-Shane Cottle & Tracy Hines

85-Robert Ballou

84-Levi Jones

70-Brady Bacon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

66-Chase Stockon

65-Cory Kruseman

62-Justin Grant & Hunter Schuerenberg

61-C.J. Leary

60-Brady Short

58-Tony Elliott

56-Bryan Clauson

53-Chad Boespflug, Damion Gardner & Thomas Meseraull

50-J.J. Yeley

49-Kyle Cummins

47-Jay Drake & Scotty Weir

41-Darren Hagen

40-Tyler Courtney

39-Bill Rose

37-Bud Kaeding

36-Daron Clayton

34-Derek Davidson

33-Jarett Andretti

32-Kevin Briscoe

31-Brian Hayden

30-A.J. Anderson & Carson Short

28-Kent Christian, Dickie Gaines & Justin Marvel

27-Josh Hodges & Kevin Thomas

25-Mat Neely & Brandon Petty

24-Josh Wise

23-Terry Pletch & Casey Shuman

22-Jeff Bland Jr. & Brian Tyler

21-Brent Beauchamp, Isaac Chapple, Jack Hewitt, Mike Spencer & Brad Sweet

19-Brandon Mattox, Derek Scheffel & Cole Whitt

18-Blake Fitzpatrick & Matt Westfall

17-Kevin Doty, Aaron Farney & Jason McDougal

16-Hud Cone, Bobby East, Shane Hollingsworth, Critter Malone, Dustin Morgan & Brody Roa

15-Dustin Smith & Tyler Thomas

14-Henry Clarke, Jesse Hockett, Dakota Jackson, Wes McIntyre & Eric Shively

13-Chad Boat, Troy Cline, Coleman Gulick, A.J. Hopkins, Jake Swanson & Richard Vander Weerd

12-Logan Jarrett, Robbie Rice, Logan Seavey & Jonathan Vennard

11-Ryan Bernal, Josh Ford, Eric Gordon, Tony Jarrett, Todd Kane, Mike Mann, Jadon Rogers & Corey Smith

10-Max Adams, Eric Burns, Kenny Carmichael, Charles Davis Jr., Jonathan Hendrick, Boston Reid, Kyle Robbins, John Scott, Tim Spindler, Kyle Wissmiller & John Wolfe

9-Tom Hessert III, Danny Holtsclaw, Kevin Miller, Matt Mitchell, Steve Surniak & Kody Swanson

8-Shane Cockrum, Richard Griffin, Chase Johnson, Mike Kirby, Jimmy Laser, Dave Peperak, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Casey Riggs, Jeremy Sherman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Kevin Swindell

7-Timmy Buckwalter, Tim Cox, Andrew Elson, Brad Fox, J.J. Hughes, Jason Knoke, Rusty McClure, Max McGhee, Joe Roush, Neil Shepherd, Josh Spencer, Tanner Thorson, Jace Vander Weerd & Mitch Wissmiller

6-Christopher Bell, Cole Bodine, Tony DiMattia, Jared Fox, Marc Jessup, Ryan Pace, Jason Robbins, Troy Rutherford, Jimmy Sills, Stevie Sussex & Michael Trimble

5-Keith Bloom Jr., Clinton Boyles, Cary Faas, Chris Gurley, Shane Hmiel, Jordan Kinser, Jon Sciscoe, Brian VanMeveren & Ricky Williams

4-Caleb Armstrong, Nick Bilbee, Dustin Clark, Mario Clouser, Rickie Gaunt, Bart Grider, Ted Hines, Tye Mihocko, Aaron Mosley, Kent Schmidt, Stephen Schnapf, Landon Simon, Mark Smith, Gus Wasson & Greg Wilson

3-Chris Beaver, Mike Boat, Donny Brackett, Chase Briscoe, Brett Burdette, Michael Burthay, Zach Daum, Mike English, A.J. Fike, Kurt Gross, Kasey Kahne, Brad Kuhn, Brad Marvel, Jason McCord, Cannon McIntosh, Nate McMillin, Bret Mellenberndt, John Memmer, Jeff O’Banion, Richard Ott, Ande Possman, Davey Ray, Kendall Ruble, Alex Shanks, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Gary Taylor, Danny Williams Jr., Rip Williams & Jeff Wilson

2-Rodney Argo, Ethan Barrow, Donnie Beechler, Robert Bell, Kevin Besecker, Greg Bragg, Mark Cassella, Roger Chaudion, Mark Clark, Braydon Cromwell, Kris Deckard, Ty Deckard, Ron Dennis, Gregg Dillion, Nic Faas, Russ Gamester, Chris Gansen, Aric Gentry, Travis Gregg, Max Guilford, Tom Harris, Rick Hayden, Tray House, Kevin Huntley, Cole Ketcham, Sheldon Kinser Jr., Chris LaFollette, Jimmy Light, Zach Martini, Joss Moffatt, Tim Montgomery, Derek O’Dell, Scott Orr, Tony Ploughe, Davey Pombo, Terry Richards, Eric Roberts, Bryan Ruble, Bryan Stanfill, Dave Steele, Greg Stephens, Leon Thickstun & Shawn Westerfeld

1-Garrett Abrams, Nick Adams, Garrett Aitken, Marc Arnold, Chris Babcock, Koby Barksdale, Dean Billings, J.C. Bland, Steve Buckwalter, Wyatt Burks, Josh Burton, Cole Carter, Kevin Chambers, Rob Chaney, Chris Coers, Colten Cottle, Jesse Cramer, Buddy Cunningham, Anthony D’Alessio, Eric Davis, Mitchell Davis, J.R. Douglas, Nick Drake, Brian Gerster, Dennis Gile, Matt Goodnight, Russ Harper, Jared Harris, Ed Hassler, Kurt Hawkins, Chayse Hayhurst, Zane Hendricks, Jordan Hermansader, Gary Howard, Chris Hoyer, Logan Hupp, Sammy Imel, Dustin Ingle, R.J. Johnson, Chase Jones, Tony Jones, Doug Kalitta, Ryan Kaplan, Brian Karraker, Tyler Kendall, Ray Kenens, Joey Kerr, Riley Kreisel, David McCreary, Austin Mero, Jerry Miller Jr., Ray Morgan, Jim Moughan, Nick Naber, Wil Newlin, Paul Nienhiser, Vince Osman, Steve Ott, Seth Parker, Mark Perry III, Chris Phillips, Michael Pickens, Bart Pletch, Brett Pool, Zack Pretorius, Travis Rilat, Charlie Sarver, Jason Setser, Danny Sheridan, Jake Simmons, Bobby Smith, Eric Smith, Brandon Spencer, J.T. Stapp, Bobby Stines, Joe Stornetta, Lee Underwood, Chris Urish, Chet Williams & Rick Ziehl

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INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FEATURE WINNERS

1988 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 27, 1988 | Avilla Speedway | Rick Hood | Campbell #1N | Wing Jul 28, 1988 | Paragon Speedway | Rick Hood | Campbell #1N | Wing Jul 29, 1988 | Bloomington Speedway | Kelly Kinser | Kinser #4K | Wing Jul 31, 1988 | Kokomo Speedway | Tim Gee | Gee #88 | Wing Aug 6, 1988 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Tim Gee | Gee #88 | Wing

1989 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 26, 1989 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Danny Smith | Gohr #56 | Wing Jul 28, 1989| Bloomington Speedway | Chuck Amati | Tate #66 | Wing Jul 29, 1989| Paragon Speedway | Mickey Smith | Smith #14 | Wing Jul 30, 1989 | Kokomo Speedway | Danny Smith | Gohr #56 | Wing

1990 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 25, 1990 | Paragon Speedway | Danny Smith | Gohr #56 | Wing Jul 27, 1990 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Briscoe | Briscoe #5 | Wing Jul 28, 1990 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Darland #36D | Non-Wing Aug 5, 1990 | Kokomo Speedway | Chuck Amati | Tate #66 | Non-Wing

1991 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 25, 1991 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jack Hewitt | Hampshire #63 | Non-Wing Jul 26, 1991 | Bloomington Speedway | Danny Smith | Gohr #56 | Wing Jul 27, 1991 | Paragon Speedway | Danny Smith | Gohr #56 | Wing Jul 28, 1991 | Kokomo Speedway | Dave Darland | Darland #36D | Non-Wing

1992 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 31, 1992 | Bloomington Speedway | Bob Kinser | Bayless #17B | Wing Aug 1, 1992 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Kevin Thomas | Hazen #57 | Non-Wing Aug 9, 1992 | Kokomo Speedway | Tony Elliott | Newkirk #17 | Non-Wing

1993 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 15, 1993 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Dave Darland | Earlywine #36D | Non-Wing Jul 16, 1993 | Bloomington Speedway | Cary Faas | Faas #37 | Non-Wing Aug 1, 1993 | Kokomo Speedway | Kevin Thomas | Black #2B | Non-Wing Aug 6, 1993 | Paragon Speedway | Tray House | Frampton #95 | Non-Wing

1994 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 14, 1994 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Kelly Kinser | Kinser #4K | Wing Jul 15, 1994 | Bloomington Speedway | Kelly Kinser | Kinser #4K | Wing Jul 16, 1994 | Paragon Speedway | Danny Smith | Bodkins #00 | Wing Jul 17, 1994 | Kokomo Speedway | Kelly Kinser | Kinser #4K | Wing

1995 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jun 15, 1995 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Tony Elliott | Hazen/Walker #57 | Non-Wing Jun 16, 1995 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Thomas | Applebee #3 | Non-Wing Jun 17, 1995 | Paragon Speedway | Kevin Thomas | Applebee #3 | Non-Wing Jun 18, 1995 | Kokomo Speedway | Mike Mann | Mann #37m | Non-Wing

1996 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 26, 1996 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Thomas | Applebee #3 | USAC Jul 27, 1996 | Paragon Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Law #77 | USAC Jul 28, 1996 | Kokomo Speedway | Brad Marvel | Black #2m | USAC

1997 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 19, 1997 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Brian Tyler | Contos #4c | USAC Jul 20, 1997 | Kokomo Speedway | J.J. Yeley | Yeley #4J | USAC Jul 23, 1997 | Terre Haute Action Track | J.J. Yeley | Yeley #4J | USAC Jul 24, 1997 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Kevin Doty | Chrisman #25 | USAC Jul 25, 1997 | Bloomington Speedway | Brad Fox | Fox #53 | USAC Jul 26, 1997 | Paragon Speedway | Bill Rose | Gardner #96 | USAC Jul 27, 1997 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jack Hewitt | Hampshire #63 | USAC

1998 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 18, 1998 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dave Darland | Dynamics #69 | USAC Jul 19, 1998 | Evans Kokomo Speedway | Tony Elliott | Vance/Walker #2 | USAC Jul 23, 1998 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Kevin Doty | Chrisman #25 | USAC Jul 24, 1998 | Bloomington Speedway | Tony Elliott | Vance/Walker #2 | USAC Jul 25, 1998 | Paragon Speedway | Derek Davidson | BWB #62 | USAC Jul 26, 1998 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Dynamics #69 | USAC

1999 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 21, 1999 | Terre Haute Action Track | Terry Pletch | Pletch #29 | USAC Jul 22, 1999 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Jack Hewitt | Newkirk #17 | USAC Jul 23, 1999 | Bloomington Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Ellis #21 | USAC Jul 24, 1999 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Dynamics #69 | USAC Jul 25, 1999 | Kokomo Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Ellis #21 | USAC Jul 28, 1999 | Eldora Speedway | Tracy Hines | Willoughby #97 | USAC

2000 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 20, 2000 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Bud Kaeding | BK #129 | USAC Jul 21, 2000 | Bloomington Speedway | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 22, 2000 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Kevin Briscoe | Briscoe #5 | USAC Jul 23, 2000 | Kokomo Speedway | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 28, 2000 | Terre Haute Action Track | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 29, 2000 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 30, 2000 | Tri-State Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Potter #3p | USAC

2001 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 21, 2001 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Hazen #57H | USAC Jul 22, 2001 | Tri-State Speedway | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 24, 2001 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Jack Hewitt | Kaser #31 | USAC Jul 26, 2001 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dave Darland | DeSalle #3AC | USAC Jul 27, 2001 | Bloomington Speedway | A.J. Anderson | Edison #10 | USAC Jul 29, 2001 | Kokomo Speedway | Tony Elliott | Walker/Gratton #66 | USAC

2002 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 19, 2002 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 20, 2002 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 21, 2002 | Tri-State Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 22, 2002 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | J.J. Yeley | GT Racing #76 | USAC Jul 25, 2002 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Kevin Briscoe | Briscoe #5 | USAC Jul 26, 2002 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Briscoe | Briscoe #5 | USAC Jul 27, 2002 | Terre Haute Action Track | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC

2003 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 17, 2003 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | J.J. Yeley | Stewart #20 | USAC Jul 18, 2003 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | J.J. Yeley | Stewart #20 | USAC Jul 19, 2003 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jay Drake | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 20, 2003 | Tri-State Speedway | J.J. Yeley | Stewart #20 | USAC Jul 23, 2003 | Kokomo Speedway | Bud Kaeding | BK #29 | USAC Jul 24, 2003 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Hazen #57 | USAC Jul 25, 2003 | Bloomington Speedway | J.J. Yeley | Stewart #20 | USAC Jul 26, 2003 | Terre Haute Action Track | Tracy Hines | Dynamics #69 | USAC

2004 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 15, 2004 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | J.J. Yeley | Stanton #75 | USAC Jul 17, 2004 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Stewart #21 | USAC Jul 18, 2004 | Tri-State Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Stewart #21 | USAC Jul 22, 2004 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Dynamics #69 | USAC Jul 23, 2004 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Briscoe | Briscoe #5 | USAC Jul 24, 2004 | Terre Haute Action Track | J.J. Yeley | Stanton #75 | USAC

2005 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 14, 2005 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 15, 2005 | Bloomington Speedway | Tracy Hines | Dynamics #69 | USAC Jul 17, 2005 | Tri-State Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 19, 2005 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Walker/Guiducci #11 | USAC Jul 20, 2005 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Cory Kruseman | Kunz #67 | USAC Jul 21, 2005 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dickie Gaines | Roberts #21x | USAC Jul 22, 2005 | Terre Haute Action Track | Levi Jones | 2B Racing #2B | USAC

2006 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 13, 2006 | Twin Cities Raceway Park | Mat Neely | 2B Racing #2B | USAC Jul 14, 2006 | Bloomington Speedway | Brady Short | Short #36 | USAC Jul 15, 2006 | Tri-State Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC Jul 16, 2006 | Kokomo Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC Jul 19, 2006 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC

2007 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 11, 2007 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC Jul 12, 2007 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dave Darland | Pace #44 | USAC Jul 13, 2007 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Daron Clayton | Dynamics #69 | USAC Jul 14, 2007 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC Jul 15, 2007 | Kokomo Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC Jul 19, 2007 | Kamp Motor Speedway | Jerry Coons Jr. | Dynamics #69 | USAC Jul 20, 2007 | Bloomington Speedway | Dave Darland | Pace #44 | USAC Jul 21, 2007 | Tri-State Speedway | Daron Clayton | Walker/Guiducci #11D | USAC

2008 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 9, 2008 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Jeff Bland Jr. | Bland #21s | USAC Jul 10, 2008 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Brady Short | Short #36 | USAC Jul 11, 2008 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Cole Whitt | Kunz #67K | USAC Jul 13, 2008 | Kokomo Speedway | Dave Darland | 2B Racing #2B | USAC Jul 17, 2008 | Kamp Motor Speedway | Jerry Coons Jr. | Dynamics #69 | USAC Jul 18, 2008 | Bloomington Speedway | Jerry Coons Jr. | Dynamics #69 | USAC Jul 19, 2008 | Tri-State Speedway | Hunter Schuerenberg | Walker/Guiducci #11 | USAC

2009 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 10, 2009 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dave Darland | RWB #2B | USAC Jul 11, 2009 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Levi Jones | Stewart #20 | USAC Jul 12, 2009 | Kokomo Speedway | Chad Boat | Boat #30 | USAC Jul 15, 2009 | Terre Haute Action Track | Brad Sweet | Kahne/Curb #9 | USAC Jul 16, 2009 | Kamp Motor Speedway | Dave Darland | RWB #2B | USAC Jul 17, 2009 | Bloomington Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Tucker #7 | USAC Jul 18, 2009 | Tri-State Speedway | Levi Jones | Stewart #20 | USAC

2010 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 9, 2010 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Dave Darland | Goodnight #39 | USAC Jul 10, 2010 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC Jul 11, 2010 | Kokomo Speedway | Levi Jones | Stewart #20 | USAC Jul 14, 2010 | Terre Haute Action Track | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC Jul 15, 2010 | Brownstown Speedway | Brady Short | Short #36 | USAC Jul 16, 2010 | Bloomington Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Fox #53 | USAC Jul 17, 2010 | Tri-State Speedway | Blake Fitzpatrick | Fitzpatrick #10F | USAC

2011 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 8, 2011 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Dave Darland | Roberts/Tate #21x | USAC Jul 9, 2011 | Kokomo Speedway | Hunter Schuerenberg | Byram #35 | USAC Jul 10, 2011 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Robert Ballou | MPHG #81 | USAC Jul 13, 2011 | Terre Haute Action Track | Chris Windom | Baldwin #5x | USAC Jul 14, 2011 | Brownstown Speedway | Casey Riggs | Indiana Underground #37 | USAC Jul 15, 2011 | Bloomington Speedway | Hunter Schuerenberg | Byram #35 | USAC Jul 16, 2011 | Tri-State Speedway | Damion Gardner | DG #71 | USAC

2012 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 13, 2012 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian #7 | USAC Jul 15, 2012 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Justin Grant | Hery #40 | USAC Jul 16, 2012 | Kokomo Speedway | Dave Darland | Walker #11 | USAC Jul 18, 2012 | Terre Haute Action Track | Daron Clayton | Clayton #92 | USAC Jul 20, 2012 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Black Jack #9K | USAC Jul 21, 2012 | Tri-State Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Roberts/Tate #21x | USAC Jul 22, 2012 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Walker #11 | USAC

2013 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 12, 2013 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Wade #66 | USAC Jul 13, 2013 | Kokomo Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star #17RW | USAC Jul 14, 2013 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star #17RW | USAC Jul 17, 2013 | Terre Haute Action Track | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star #17RW | USAC Jul 18, 2013 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Stewart/Curb-Agajanian #20 | USAC Jul 19, 2013 | Bloomington Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Stewart/Curb-Agajanian #20 | USAC

2014 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 11, 2014 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Dutcher #37RW | USAC Jul 12, 2014 | Kokomo Speedway | Dave Darland | Phillips #71p | USAC Jul 16, 2014 | Terre Haute Action Track | Bryan Clauson | Stewart/Curb-Agajanian #20 | USAC Jul 17, 2014 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Robert Ballou | Ballou #12x | USAC Jul 18, 2014 | Bloomington Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Stewart/Curb-Agajanian #20 | USAC Jul 19, 2014 | Tri-State Speedway | Robert Ballou | Ballou #12x | USAC

2015 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 10, 2015 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Chase Stockon | 32 TBI #32 | USAC Jul 12, 2015 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Brady Bacon | Dynamics #69 | USAC Jul 15, 2015 | Terre Haute Action Track | Aaron Farney | Farney #15F | USAC Jul 16, 2015 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Brady Bacon | Dynamics #69 | USAC Jul 18, 2015 | Tri-State Speedway | Brady Short | Pottorff #11p | USAC

2016 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 8, 2016 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Tyler Courtney | TOPP #23c | USAC Jul 9, 2016 | Kokomo Speedway | Kyle Cummins | Rock Steady #3R | USAC Jul 10, 2016 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Dooling/Hayward #63 | USAC Jul 14, 2016 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Brady Short | Pottorff #11p | USAC Jul 15, 2016 | Bloomington Speedway | Brent Beauchamp | Olson #34 | USAC Jul 16, 2016 | Tri-State Speedway | Carson Short | Short #21 | USAC Jul 17, 2016 | Terre Haute Action Track | Chase Stockon | 32 TBI #32 | USAC

2017 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 8, 2017 | Kokomo Speedway | Thomas Meseraull | Briscoe #5B | USAC Jul 9, 2017 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | C.J. Leary | Leary #30 | USAC Jul 10, 2017 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | C.J. Leary | Leary #30 | USAC Jul 14, 2017 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | KT #9K | USAC Jul 15, 2017 | Tri-State Speedway | Kyle Cummins | Rock Steady #3R | USAC Jul 16, 2017 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Robert Ballou | Ballou #12 | USAC

2018 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 20, 2018 | Plymouth Speedway | Brady Bacon | Bacon #99 | USAC Jul 22, 2018 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Tyler Courtney | Clauson Marshall Newman #7BC | USAC Jul 24, 2018 | Kokomo Speedway | Thomas Meseraull | Briscoe #5B | USAC Jul 25, 2018 | Terre Haute Action Track | Tyler Courtney | Clauson Marshall Newman #7BC | USAC Jul 26, 2018 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian #36D | USAC Jul 27, 2018 | Bloomington Speedway | C.J. Leary | Leary #30 | USAC Jul 28, 2018 | Tri-State Speedway | Dave Darland | Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian #36D | USAC

2019 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 18, 2019 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Shane Cottle | Epperson Racing #2E | USAC Jul 19, 2019 | Plymouth Speedway | Tyler Courtney | Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC | USAC Jul 20, 2019 | Kokomo Speedway | Chris Windom | Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G | USAC Jul 21, 2019 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | USAC Jul 24, 2019 | Terre Haute Action Track | Tyler Courtney | Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC | USAC Jul 25, 2019 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Kyle Cummins | Rock Steady Racing #3R | USAC Jul 26, 2019 | Bloomington Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Hayward/Thomas Motorsports #19 | USAC Jul 27, 2019 | Tri-State Speedway | Kyle Cummins | Rock Steady Racing #3R | USAC

2020 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 24, 2020 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Logan Seavey | Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ | USAC Jul 25, 2020 | Kokomo Speedway | C.J. Leary | Leary Racing #30 | USAC Jul 26, 2020 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | C.J. Leary | Leary Racing #30 | USAC Jul 29, 2020 | Terre Haute Action Track | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | USAC Aug 2, 2020 | Tri-State Speedway | Kyle Cummins | Rock Steady Racing #3R | USAC

2021 DATE | TRACK | DRIVER | CAR | TYPE Jul 24, 2021 | Kokomo Speedway | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | USAC Jul 25, 2021 | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Logan Seavey | Baldwin-Fox Racing #5 | USAC Jul 26, 2021 | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Logan Seavey | Baldwin-Fox Racing #5 | USAC Jul 28, 2021 | Terre Haute Action Track | Logan Seavey | Baldwin-Fox Racing #5 | USAC Jul 29, 2021 | Lincoln Park Speedway | Tanner Thorson | Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ | USAC Jul 30, 2021 | Bloomington Speedway | Brady Bacon | Dynamics, Inc. #69 | USAC Jul 31, 2021 | Tri-State Speedway | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | USAC


 

 

3RD TO 1ST!
KOFOID SWIPES LAST LAP USAC MIDGET VICTORY
AT JEFFERSON COUNTY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 16, 2022)………Amid a season in which a lot has gone right for Buddy Kofoid, a little bit of extra good fortune is something the Penngrove, Calif. native will gladly embrace when the situation calls for it.

After a rare stumble over the turn two cushion at the midway point, a red flag for an incident on the other side of the 1/5-mile dirt oval gave Kofoid his fourth spot back. And on the first try at a final lap, a spinning car just before the checkered flag was thrown granted Kofoid a stay of execution.

After the multiple fortuitous pardons, Kofoid ran third on the final lap of Saturday night’s Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway. At that moment, the top-two of Ryan Timms and Cannon McIntosh collided with each other, sending both sliding over the turn two banking and out of contention.

Kofoid rushed underneath both Timms and McIntosh, then beat the bottom-rolling Jerry Coons Jr. to the line by a single car length for his seventh feature victory of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

The $10,000 reward for Kofoid came after he led one lap and one lap only, the 41st of the scheduled 40-lap distance, which was extended into overtime due to a caution on the final lap that initiated a green-white-checkered restart scenario.

Kofoid’s seventh win of 2022 has already surpassed his output from his 2021 title season when he achieved six feature victories. It was the 16th triumph of the current championship point leader’s career with the series, tying him with Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero and Henry Pens for 42nd all-time.

In turn, Kofoid notched another tally in the win column for car owner Keith Kunz, who earned his 130th victory as an entrant with the USAC National Midgets, elevating him to within three of the all-time record held by Steve Lewis at 133.

Kofoid chalks up his come-from-behind victory to a bit of last lap intuition as the two drivers he’d sought a path to get by suddenly vanished and opened a clear path to one of the most major wins of his midget career thus far, concluding a busy stretch of seven midget races over nine nights in the same manner in which he started the road trip – as a winner.

“I haven’t been racing that long, but I feel like I’ve raced long enough to where I can almost see how a situation is going to play out and I can snooker them a little bit,” Kofoid explained. “I feel like that’s kind of what happened. I got a little bit lucky, but our car was just good enough to put them away and stay out front for that last lap. I’m glad to finally get the 10-grand win at one of my favorite tracks.”

Kofoid started his journey from the fourth spot while pole sitter Justin Grant stepped out to lead the initial laps for the second night in a row. Timms, however, was the one who caught the eye of the observers as the biggest mover early on as he charged from sixth to second in the opening five laps, first seeing him make a magnificent split between Jerry Coons Jr. and Zach Daum for third in turn one on lap three, then by McIntosh for second with a slide and dive in turn three.

That instigated a race-long feud between the two Oklahomans of Timms and McIntosh, with the pair trading barbs literally twice a lap for three-laps straight until Timms finally cleared him on lap nine, then took his run at Grant, who he dipped under in the third turn, then emerged on the other side of turn four as the new race leader on the 10th circuit with McIntosh following suit to second two laps later.

Meanwhile, Friday night’s feature winner Mitchel Moles found an enemy in turns three and four of the racetrack throughout the entirety of Saturday. During his heat race, the leading series Rookie of the Year contender flipped over the banking, necessitating a move to a CB Industries backup car.

After traveling tenth to first during the semi-feature, Moles was running ninth on lap 17 of the feature when he got over the turn four ledge and bounced his right rear wheel off the outside wall, ricocheting him into the path of Bryant Wiedeman. The two collided with brute force, but both managed to keep going. Three laps later, Moles wasn’t as lucky as he pancaked the turn four wall in practically the same spot. This time, the contact was much harder and the result much crueler, as it sent him tumbling over twice to bring out the red flag. Moles was okay, but his tumultuous night had come to an end after two cars and two flips.

At the same exact moment as Moles’ incident, fourth-running Kofoid had slipped over the banking on the back straightaway and was in the process of being freight-rained by much of the field, which would’ve spelled doom and disaster as he fell out of the top-ten. However, Moles’ incident brought out the red and provided Kofoid a reprieve that put him back into fourth for the restart since scoring reverted to the last completed lap.

Between laps 21 and 23, McIntosh routinely checked out, but each time, Timms tracked down McIntosh just in the nick of time to nip his heels at the start/finish line. Finally, on lap 24, McIntosh cleared Timms as he velcroed his grip to the topside and beat Timms to the stripe. The moment turned out to be short-lived, though, as Timms yoinked the lead back into his possession on lap 29.

From that point onward, Timms clasped onto a six-tenths of a second advantage over McIntosh and was well on his way to a lucrative victory until the proverbial red carpet that led to victory lane was ripped out right from beneath Timms’ wheels. However, the 20th running car of Corey Joyner spun sideways to a stop in the middle of turn four right in front of the leaders as they were sliding through turn three. That incident reset the deck and set up a green-white-checkered finish.

McIntosh used the second-wind to swipe the lead from Timms in turns one and two on the lap 40 restart. Timms ripped it back with an identical maneuver in turns three and four, but McIntosh crossed over and drove by Timms to lead by a car length at the line.

Entering turn one on lap 41, Kofoid entered the fight and was fully alongside Timms and McIntosh in turn two as the trio went three-wide for the lead. Timms drifted up the racetrack, however, and his rear bumper and McIntosh’s front bumper met chrome-to-chrome, sending the two over the cliff while Kofoid scooted off scot-free. He took possession of the top in three and four while a rapidly-closing Coons gave chase on the bottom with 0.218 sec. ultimately deciding the difference at the line with Kofoid the late-race hero, Coons second, Daum third, Jade Avedisian fourth and Jacob Denney rounding out the top-five.

“I wouldn’t say I saw it coming, but I knew that Cannon was going to throw a slider on him,” Kofoid explained. “Obviously, with the rubber, there’s only one good lane to be, so with two laps left, you’ve got nothing to lose. I knew Ryan was going to throw something, so I tried to stick the bottom later and slide up all the way in front of them. I wasn’t sure what to do going into turn three coming to the checkered. I knew I had to run the top because it would give me lane choice and the momentum to turn down if I need to. Luckily, I didn’t have to fight with any of them coming to the checkered.”

Jerry Coons Jr.'s runner-up finish was his best USAC National Midget feature result in nine years, since 2013 at Illinois’ Belle-Clair Speedway. The 2006 and 2007 series champion came a car length short of completing a Coons sweep of the evening at Jefferson County. His son, Cale, won the accompanying micro sprint feature. It was Jerry’s second podium finish in as many nights after taking third 24 hours earlier in his Central Motorsports/Schmidt’s Inc. – Gateway Paintball – Paintball Dave/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

“My plan was to roll the bottom and let them take themselves out on the top and that’s what happened,” Coons said of his plan. “It’s frustrating to be that close because we were pretty close, but at the same time, that deal gained us a lot of spots so I can’t be disappointed.”

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) put it on the podium for the second time this season in his Bundy Built Motorsports/5d Speed Shop – Diesel Exhaust Services/Spike/Bundy Built-PME Honda, which made it a podium finish involving three different engine manufactures with Kofoid (Toyota) followed by Coons (Stanton) and Daum (Honda) occupying the top-three positions.

“I knew on the last lap, somebody was going to end up crashed somehow,” Daum admitted. “I didn’t know who was going to do it to who, but I knew it was going to be ugly, so I just tried to roll the bottom there. Our motor was blowing up or something was going on; it sounded like a tractor, but not a good tractor. I don’t know what happened yet, but we’ll figure it out. Our only bet was to roll the bottom and try to keep our nose clean. I thought I was better than Jerry at times, but he was better than me at times. It was a little bit of give and take there, but, luckily, we ended up on the right side of it.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 16, 2022 – Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, Nebraska – 1/5-Mile Dirt Track – Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation – Co-Sanctioned by USAC and the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-five transfer to the feature) 1. Jade Avedisian (#84 CBI), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 3. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 4. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Logan Seavey (#19 Reinbold-Underwood), 6. Ben Rhodes (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Ben Haney (#3 Haney), 8. Mitchel Moles (#89 CBI), 9. J.R. Ewing (#2c Ewing). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-five transfer to the feature) 1. Cade Lewis (#71m Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 3. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 4. Ryan Timms (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Luke Icke (#91v Mason), 7. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 8. Dalten Collins (#18c Collins). NT

PIT STOP USA/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-five transfer to the feature) 1. Zach Daum (#9m Bundy Built), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (#85 Central), 3. Braden Chiaramonte (#25 Malloy), 4. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Trey Gropp (#08x Dave Mac), 6. Corey Joyner (#52J Joyner), 7. Lance Bennett (#91 Mason), 8. Jacob Denney (#61 Mounce-Stout). NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE (12 laps, top-seven transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Jacob Denney, 3. Ben Rhodes, 4. Hayden Reinbold, 5. Luke Icke, 6. Lance Bennett, 7. Corey Joyner, 8. Dalten Collins, 9. J.R. Ewing, 10. Ben Haney. NT

FEATURE: (41 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (4), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (5), 3. Zach Daum (2), 4. Jade Avedisian (7), 5. Jacob Denney (11), 6. Justin Grant (1), 7. Kaylee Bryson (10), 8. Ethan Mitchell (13), 9. Thomas Meseraull (17), 10. Cannon McIntosh (3), 11. Ryan Timms (6), 12. Trey Gropp (16), 13. Bryant Wiedeman (14), 14. Cade Lewis (8), 15. Logan Seavey (12), 16. Braden Chiaramonte (18), 17. Hayden Reinbold (15), 18. Ben Rhodes (19), 19. Lance Bennett (22), 20. Corey Joyner (21), 21. Mitchel Moles (9), 22. Luke Icke (20). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Justin Grant, Laps 10-23 Ryan Timms, Laps 24-28 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 29-39 Ryan Timms, Lap 40 Cannon McIntosh, Lap 41 Buddy Kofoid.

**Mitchel Moles flipped during the first heat. Mitchel Moles flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1188, 2-Justin Grant-1111, 3-Thomas Meseraull-950, 4-Mitchel Moles-942, 5-Cannon McIntosh-909, 6-Bryant Wiedeman-887, 7-Kaylee Bryson-867, 8-Logan Seavey-753, 9-Ethan Mitchell-727, 10-Jacob Denney-710.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-92, 2-Buddy Kofoid-80, 3-Justin Grant-79, 4-Brady Bacon-78, 5-Robert Ballou-73, 6-Logan Seavey-67, 7-Kaylee Bryson-61, 8-Emerson Axsom-50, 9-Cannon McIntosh-46, 10-Alex Bright-46.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 3-4, 2022 – The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, Indiana – Driven2Save BC39 Presented by WeatherTech – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Ryan Timms (10.979)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jade Avedisian

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Cade Lewis

Pit Stop USA / Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Zach Daum

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

Feature Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (17th to 9th)


BREAKTHROUGH!
MOLES DIGS IN FOR FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN
AT JEFFERSON COUNTY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 15, 2022)………Mitchel Moles has made the month of July the month of breakthroughs for himself in USAC competition.

Just five nights after registering his first USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature victory, the Raisin City, Calif. native tallied his initial USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship triumph at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway during Friday’s opening night of the Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation.

The series’ leading Rookie of the Year contender traveled in rapid-fire succession from third to second to first between laps five, six and seven, then controlled the final 24 laps to collect his first career series win in his CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall – NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

At times, Moles had felt kind of snakebitten, coming “oh-so-close” on several occasions throughout his first 21 feature starts. But number 22 was a catch, and the 22-year-old made sure to not let it escape his grasp in his first ever visit to the 1/5-mile dirt oval.

Moles led more feature laps than any other driver at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway last weekend in both the midgets and sprint cars before wall contact pulled the rug out from underneath him. It was the advice from a fellow competitor, one who just won the most recent USAC Midget feature two nights prior, that signaled a turning point in Moles’ season and has ultimately led him to winning in both divisions within a week span.

“Thomas Meseraull told me just as I was climbing into the sprint car last week, “Hey bud, when the racetrack slows down, so does everybody else. You don’t have to run so hard,” Moles recalled. “I kind of took that into consideration there and actually slowed down a little bit. I felt like we got a lot faster there toward the end, and I was glad to finally put one away.”

Friday night’s win also put one on the board for CB Industries, who finally got to celebrate their first win of the season. Team owner Chad Boat is familiar with the sight and the site, having won the series debut at Jefferson County back in 2016 on a similarly oven-baked, sweat-drenched afternoon and evening.

“It feels like it’s 116 degrees outside,” Moles estimated, which wasn’t much of an exaggeration. “These guys are working their tails off whether we’re good or we’re bad. They gave me a damn good racecar tonight, and I had to finish that one off for them.”

With Friday night’s score, Moles became just the second driver to win both his first USAC National Sprint Car feature and USAC National Midget feature within the span of a single week, joining Jeff Gordon who did the deed in May of 1989.

Moles started from the outside of the front row for the 30-lap main event but wasn’t quite able to find his footing during the first several laps while pole sitter Justin Grant flashed away to the lead and inside second row starter Ryan Timms joined in the fray by motoring to second on the opening lap.

Timms carried the torch on the bottom and came within a whisker of the lead at the stripe at the conclusion of lap two, and his stick-to-it-iveness paid off a lap later as he overtook Grant on the inside of turns three and four to assume the number one position.

Once Moles dropped to third, he recalibrated and began to surge forward, first taking Grant as he eked by on the outside for second on lap six. A half-lap later, 22nd running J.R. Ewing became sideways at the exit of turn four, which got Timms all crossed up and on the binders to avoid contact and subsequent catastrophe, which allowed Moles to jet around the outside of Timms to the tune of a half car length at the line.

As the laps wound down to under 10 to go, the storyline became the navigation of lapped traffic for race leader Moles all while Timms had chopped the interval between he and Moles to a mere morsel as he closed right to the leader’s tail tank with nine laps remaining.

On lap 22, Timms made a bid to return to the lead, diving underneath Moles in turn one, but closed up on the lapped car of Ewing once more, nearly resulting in contact. As Timms whoa’d himself up and pulled back on the reins, in the blink of an eye, his shot at winning had all but dissipated when he dropped to a full 1.5 second behind.

The non-stop, caution-free feature ceased to exist on lap 26 when 15th running Nebraska native Trey Gropp slowed to a stop in turn four. On the ensuing restart, Meseraull’s ride stalled on the back straightaway, relegating the ninth-place driver back to 16th place result in the final rundown.

That aborted restart soon proved to be the nail for Timms’ opportunity as officiating ruled Timms to be out of line when the field took the green flag, necessitating the repositioning of Timms from second to third in the order, moving his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Buddy Kofoid in front of him to second.

Timms retaliated by sliding Kofoid in turn two with four laps to go to take the second position back for his possession, then ringed the top when Kofoid attempted to return fire with a slider in turn three moments later, with Kofoid coming up short, and falling into line in third just as Grant reemerged in the fray for the podium.

As the pair battled side-by-side down the back straight, Jerry Coons Jr. dove to the bottom and briefly made it three-wide for the position before securing the third spot by algae-eating the bottom ahead of the slider throwing contest between Kofoid and Grant.

Up front, Moles went unchallenged from the final restart onward, completing his first trip to victory lane with the series by a 0.793 second margin over Timms, Coons and Kofoid while Cannon McIntosh made a late-race beeline to complete the top-five after starting back in 16th.

In Ryan Timms’ first 18 career USAC National Midget starts between 2021 and 2022, the Oklahoma City, Okla. native had finished inside the top-five just once. Now, in his past three starts, all coming this week, he notched a first on Tuesday, a third on Wednesday and a second tonight for his third-straight podium finish with the series in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/iBuyPower – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“(If I had to change one thing) I’d say I wouldn’t have gotten out of line and screwed myself out of a win,” said Timms, who led four laps early. “We definitely had a car to win but it was kind of tricky there at the start. I got out to the lead pretty early and I expected someone to come around me eventually. I went for a slider a few times thinking that the lapped cars ahead of me on the bottom were far enough ahead, but they weren’t.”

Making his 410th career USAC National Midget start, the savvy veteran, Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), picked his way from sixth to third on the final restart with five laps to go. The USAC Triple Crown champ earned a solid third-place result, which equaled his best showing of the season in the Central Motorsports/Schmidt’s Inc. – Gateway Paintball – Paintball Dave/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

“With five to go on a restart like that, I knew slide job city was coming up there in front of me, so I just kind of parked it on the bottom,” Coons explained. “I had a left rear tire leaking which was getting really flat. I didn’t know how it was going to drive off the top there, so that was one reason I went to the bottom. I knew on restarts like that, everybody starts sliding each other up there, so I went to the bottom and committed for the last five laps. If it had been 15 to go, I probably wouldn’t have done that, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2022 – Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, Nebraska – 1/5-Mile Dirt Track – Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation – Co-Sanctioned by USAC and the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.285; 2. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-11.329; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-11.387; 4. Ryan Timms, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.437; 5. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-11.447; 6. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-11.454; 7. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.462; 8. Trey Gropp, 08x, Dave Mac-11.479; 9. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.531; 10. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.537; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.585; 12. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-11.614; 13. Jacob Denney, 61, Mounce/Stout-11.616; 14. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-11.617; 15. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.644; 16. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-11.666; 17. Braden Chiaramonte, 25, Malloy-11.830; 18. Ben Rhodes, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.211; 19. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-12.980; 20. Luke Icke, 2, Icke-13.023; 21. Dalten Collins, 18c, Collins-13.596; 22. J.R. Ewing, 2c, Ewing-13.860; 23. Corey Joyner, 52J, Joyner-14.220; 24. Ben Haney, 3, Haney-NT; 25. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT (Time of 11.590 disallowed-light at scales).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-five transfer to the feature) 1. Ethan Mitchell, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Hayden Reinbold, 5. Jacob Denney, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Cade Lewis, 8. Lance Bennett, 9. J.R. Ewing. 2:00.34

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-five transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Braden Chiaramonte, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Luke Icke, 6. Trey Gropp, 7. Corey Joyner, 8. Jade Avedisian. NT

PIT STOP USA/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-five transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Kaylee Bryson, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Ben Rhodes, 7. Dalten Collins, 8. Ben Haney. 1:55.80

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE (12 laps, top-seven transfer to the feature) 1. Jade Avedisian, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Trey Gropp, 4. Cade Lewis, 5. Ben Rhodes, 6. Corey Joyner, 7. J.R. Ewing, 8. Dalten Collins, 9. Lance Bennett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mitchel Moles (2), 2. Ryan Timms (3), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (4), 4. Buddy Kofoid (6), 5. Cannon McIntosh (16), 6. Zach Daum (5), 7. Justin Grant (1), 8. Kaylee Bryson (11), 9. Jacob Denney (14), 10. Logan Seavey (13), 11. Ethan Mitchell (7), 12. Bryant Wiedeman (9), 13. Jade Avedisian (15), 14. Hayden Reinbold (12), 15. Trey Gropp (10), 16. Thomas Meseraull (8), 17. Cade Lewis (22), 18. Braden Chiaramonte (17), 19. Ben Rhodes (18), 20. Luke Icke (19), 21. Corey Joyner (21), 22. J.R. Ewing (20). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Justin Grant, Laps 3-6 Ryan Timms, Laps 7-30 Mitchel Moles.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1118, 2-Justin Grant-1056, 3-Mitchel Moles-919, 4-Thomas Meseraull-904, 5-Cannon McIntosh-866, 6-Bryant Wiedeman-850, 7-Kaylee Bryson-815, 8-Logan Seavey-720, 9-Brenham Crouch-706, 10-Taylor Reimer-694.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-84, 2-Justin Grant-79, 3-Brady Bacon-78, 4-Buddy Kofoid-77, 5-Robert Ballou-73, 6-Logan Seavey-67, 7-Kaylee Bryson-58, 8-Emerson Axsom-50, 9-Cannon McIntosh-46, 10-Alex Bright-46.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 16, 2022 – Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, Nebraska – 1/5-Mile Dirt Track – Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation – Co-Sanctioned by USAC and the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Cade Lewis (11.170)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Buddy Kofoid (11.285)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Ethan Mitchell

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Pit Stop USA / Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

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

Hard Charger: Cannon McIntosh (16th to 5th)


180 DEGREES:
T-MEZ TURNS IT AROUND TO WIN
USAC MIDGETS' CHAD McDANIEL MEMORIAL

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Beloit, Kansas (July 13, 2022)………Twenty-four hours prior, Thomas Meseraull had literally let one slip away.

After leading nearly the entire first half of Tuesday night’s feature, the San Jose, Calif. native slipped off the bottom and left the door open for victory to escape his grasp.

One night later at Solomon Valley Raceway, it turned out to be a 180-degree difference for Meseraull which, ironically, came on a day in which the north central Kansas air temperature felt close to 180-degrees.

But when the sun went down and the full moon rose up, Meseraull went up to the top, splitting between the side-by-side party of Buddy Kofoid and Cannon McIntosh to go from third-to-first on lap 10 of the 30-lapper en route to cashing in his second USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship victory of the year in Wednesday night’s 11th running of the Chad McDaniel Memorial.

“Last night was tough,” Meseraull recalled. “We all didn’t know the bottom was going to go the way it did and the bottom just ain’t my thing. Tonight, it was a totally different deal – ripping the lip. We qualified where we needed to and made the invert, which is really important for me because I’m not that great at qualifying. In the heat race, we weren’t that great. I’m in the coil car so the thing was kind of bouncy, but (crew chief) Bill Guess made some good calls, and the car just came right to us.”

Meseraull’s triumphant performance on the 1/4-mile dirt oval was the eighth of his career with the series, elevating him into 82nd all-time alongside Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr., Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner, Logan Seavey and Josh Wise.

Starting fourth in the 22-car field, Meseraull had a sizable hill to climb with the winners of four of the past five features starting ahead of him in Buddy Kofoid (3rd) and Cannon McIntosh (2nd), plus Ethan Mitchell on the pole.

On the opening lap, however, Fatheadz Fast Qualifier and sixth-starting Taylor Reimer found trouble in turns one and two as she ramped over the right rear wheel of her teammate, Kofoid, and ground to a halt over the edge of the turn two banking. Reimer restarted but managed just a 14th place finish.

With a complete restart in play, McIntosh jumped away to the early advantage and immediately broke out to a half-straightaway lead just two laps into it. Kofoid, meanwhile, busted his way up into the second position on the opening lap, slipping underneath Mitchell in the second turn. After exchanging punches, Meseraull successfully slid Mitchell for third between turns and three in four on lap three.

Now it became a heated three-car chase for the race lead. Kofoid slung the first shot as he slid across the nose of McIntosh in four on lap nine. McIntosh consequently crossed over to the inside of Kofoid, who clipped McIntosh by a half car length at the line.

While those two were wrapped up in their own duel, Meseraull was waiting in the wings. Both Kofoid and McIntosh entered turn one on the low to middle lines, forcing both to lose their momentum. Simultaneously, Meseraull diamonded his line off the top of turn one before shooting to the middle of turn two, then split straight down the boulevard between McIntosh and Kofoid to snare away the lead in a dazzling third-to-first display.

“I seemed to be better in one and two,” Meseraull explained. “I seemed to be getting through the rough a little bit better, so when Buddy slid Cannon, I just kind of opened my entry up, hoping that they both came off two without a lot of momentum because they both went in on a slide job. I was able to diamond and drive by both of them, which doesn’t happen a lot. It’s tough to get by Buddy and Cannon, let alone drive by both at once. It just goes to show you how good this car really was tonight.”

Kofoid took what would be his last gasp at Meseraull for the lead in turn four on lap 12 but was thoroughly denied as Meseraull fended off the attack.

“I knew I just had to stay in front of Buddy,” Meseraull acknowledged. “He was throwing sliders and I just wasn’t giving up. I was going to let him crash me or I was going to stay out in front, and that’s where I was.”

Previous night’s Red Dirt Raceway winner Ryan Timms came storming through the field at Solomon Valley and thrusted to third by fellow Oklahoman McIntosh with a slider in turn four on lap 20 all while, up front, Meseraull had sped away to a two-second lead entering lapped traffic.

Meseraull couldn’t be contained as he piloted his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota to a convincing victory by a 1.937 second margin of victory over Kofoid, Timms, McIntosh and Mitchell.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) picked up his 10th top-two finish in just 15 series starts this season. His runner-up performance on Wednesday night increased his championship point lead from 33 to 46 in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“It was a good points night tonight,” Kofoid admitted. “We got some of our speed back compared to where we were yesterday, so that was nice. We were just a little off tonight and just needed to get a little bit more drive. We’ll take second over our finishes the last two nights.”

One night after scoring a victory at Red Dirt, Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) returned to the podium stage by making a supersonic charge through the field from his 16th starting position to a third-place finish on Wednesday night in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/iBuyPower – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I think the big deal that got me through (the field) was catching cautions at the right time,” Timms revealed. “Down there in three and four, I could run the bottom and enter on the slider line and just keep my momentum up. You couldn’t really do anything down in one and two if you left the top, so I’m definitely happy to get a third from 16th.”

For the first time in USAC National Midget history, women set the fastest qualifying time in consecutive series events. On Tuesday at Red Dirt, it was Reimer, and, on Wednesday at Solomon Valley, it was Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) picking up the second fast time award of her career.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2022 – Solomon Valley Raceway – Beloit, Kansas – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 11th Chad McDaniel Memorial

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-12.029; 2. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.121; 3. Trey Gropp, 08x, Dave Mac-12.226; 4. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.259; 5. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.261; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.293; 7. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.300; 8. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.310; 9. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.312; 10. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.316; 11. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.320; 12. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.323; 13. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.327; 14. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.353; 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-12.374; 16. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.376; 17. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.389; 18. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-12.468; 19. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-12.497; 20. Jacob Denney, 61, Mounce/Stout-12.563; 21. Corey Joyner, 52J, Joyner-13.452; 22. J.R. Ewing, 2c, Ewing-13.942; 23. Shaun Shapel, 84J, Shapel-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Chase McDermand, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. J.R. Ewing, 8. Jade Avedisian. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Brenham Crouch, 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 4. Taylor Reimer, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Jacob Denney, 7. Cade Lewis. NT

PIT STOP USA/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Zach Daum, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Ethan Mitchell, 6. Trey Gropp, 7. Corey Joyner. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (4), 2. Buddy Kofoid (3), 3. Ryan Timms (16), 4. Cannon McIntosh (2), 5. Ethan Mitchell (1), 6. Mitchel Moles (5), 7. Justin Grant (7), 8. Cade Lewis (11), 9. Jade Avedisian (9), 10. Logan Seavey (13), 11. Zach Daum (18), 12. Jerry Coons Jr. (8), 13. Brenham Crouch (17), 14. Taylor Reimer (6), 15. Chase McDermand (19), 16. Bryant Wiedeman (15), 17. Jacob Denney (20), 18. Trey Gropp (10), 19. Kaylee Bryson (14), 20. Hayden Reinbold (12), 21. Corey Joyner (21), 22. J.R. Ewing (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Cannon McIntosh, Lap 9 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 10-30 Thomas Meseraull.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1045, 2-Justin Grant-999, 3-Thomas Meseraull-865, 4-Mitchel Moles-840, 5-Cannon McIntosh-805, 6-Bryant Wiedeman-803, 7-Kaylee Bryson-759, 8-Brenham Crouch-706, 9-Taylor Reimer-694, 10-Logan Seavey-672.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-84, 2-Justin Grant-79, 3-Brady Bacon-78, 4-Buddy Kofoid-75, 5-Robert Ballou-73, 6-Logan Seavey-64, 7-Kaylee Bryson-55, 8-Emerson Axsom-50, 9-Alex Bright-46, 10-Zach Daum-46.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 15-16, 2022 – Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, Nebraska – 1/5-Mile Dirt Track – Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation – Co-Sanctioned by USAC and the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Mitchel Moles

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jade Avedisian

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Pit Stop USA / Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Jerry Coons Jr.

Hard Charger: Ryan Timms (16th to 3rd)

 

 

SOONER THE BETTER: TIMMS TAMES RED DIRT FOR HOME STATE USAC MIDGET TRIUMPH

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Meeker, Oklahoma (July 12, 2022)………Cast as the pilot of a Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports car for the first time in his USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship career, Ryan Timms performed to perfection.

When the time came to roll credits, the Oklahoma City, Okla. native played the starring role during Tuesday Night Thunder at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. where he celebrated his second career USAC National Midget feature victory.

If running the bottom is quote-unquote like “having a job,” then Timms earned time-and-a-half for his dedication and effort. Starting fourth, Timms fell back to sixth as the field exited turn two on the opening lap in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/iBuyPower – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Rather than the long way around, Timms found a short cut by taking matters into his own hands. Midway down the back straight, Timms sliced from the top to the bottom of turn three. That got his nose underneath Crouch and, by the time he exited turn four, Timms had eked out of the corner a lane lower ahead of Crouch to secure the second position.

On the fifth lap, Timms briefly jumped to the top in turns one and two, hiking the left front on the cushion and losing ground before quickly deciding that was a “no go” and tucked himself right back to the bottom behind race leader Thomas Meseraull.

Timms trailed Meseraull for the first 12 circuits, but as soon as Meseraull slid a lane out on the exit of turn four on lap 13, Timms sunk his teeth into the surface and got the bite that powered him past for the lead, using the path he had an inkling that he needed to be on.

“After the micro sprint feature, I knew the bottom was definitely going to be a lot better,” Timms stated. “I started on the outside and just got down there as quickly as I could, then just waited for T-Mez to make a mistake, capitalized on it, then went from there.”

From that point onward, Timms maintained a consistent five to six car length lead over Meseraull until 17th running Bryant Wiedeman’s lap 23 spin in turn three that brought out the caution and erased Timms’ 1.176 second lead.

However, Timms picked up right where he left off on the ensuing restart, bouncing out to a five car length lead while Meseraull, Brenham Crouch and more dug in on the bottom while in the midst of his vapor trail. Up top was Justin Grant who restarted sixth but picked his challengers off one-by-one while blazing his own trail as the lone ranger up on the cushion, going from 6th to 5th to 4th to 3rd in rapid-fire succession.

At the head of the field, Timms had the field covered as he sailed smoothly into the night with a 0.993 second triumph. Meanwhile, Grant ripped the long way around the 1/4-mile dirt oval to nip Meseraull at the line for second. Meseraull collected the final spot on the podium while Crouch scored a fourth and Buddy Kofoid rounded out the top-five after starting all the way back in the 18th position.

For the second straight year, a native Oklahoman was the hero at Red Dirt. Last year, it was Daison Pursley, also in a KKM ride, who kept the glory within the confines of the Sooner State. On Tuesday night, it was Timms’ turn, as he provided car owner Kunz with his 129th series win as an entrant, moving him to within four victories of the all-time record held by Steve Lewis at 133.

Timms possesses one of the more interesting stat lines in the USAC National Midget ranks. In 19 career series starts to date, he’s finished inside the top-five just twice. Both of those top-five finishes have resulted in victories.

It requires a complete team effort for one to jump in a car midway through the season in a “plug and play” situation and for the pairing to work as smoothly and successfully as the one Timms, KKM and crew chief Jarrett Martin took part in on Tuesday. It’s like comfort. It’s like Oklahoma. It’s like home for Timms.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) committed to the top for practically the entire duration while most never strayed from the bottom. Starting on the outside of the front row, Grant dropped all the way back to seventh near the midway point, then charged from sixth to second in the final eight-lap stretch to finish as the runner-up for the second straight year at Red Dirt in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“It took me half the race to get (the top side) cleaned off and shaped in right,” Grant explained. “We weren’t very good on the bottom; I’m never very good on the bottom. So, I just kept pounding away at it and trying. I figured I’d go up there and pound around up there or get in line and run fifth on the bottom. I’d much rather be up there pounding around. At the end, it was a lot of fun, and everyone was starting to come back to us. We just needed to get going a little sooner.”

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) admitted he's not the greatest racer on the bottom. Nonetheless, that's the spot in which he led the first 12 laps of the feature. In the end, he came home to a third-place finish for his best career result at Red Dirt in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I’m not the best on the bottom so I was probably the second best car here on the bottom; we’ll just take that,” Meseraull said.

In Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) became the first woman in USAC National Midget history to record three fast time awards in her career. Although she's an Oklahoma native, Tuesday was her first ever visit to Red Dirt.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 12, 2022 – Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, Oklahoma – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Tuesday Night Thunder

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.522; 2. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.555; 3. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.571; 4. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.588; 5. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.593; 6. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.624; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.627; 8. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-13.639; 9. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.642; 10. Jonathan Beason, 8J, Hard Eight-13.645; 11. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-13.672; 12. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.684; 13. Jacob Denney, 61, Mounce/Stout-13.704; 14. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.706; 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-13.711; 16. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.755; 17. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.774; 18. Kyle Jones, 7u, Trifecta-13.789; 19. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.793; 20. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-13.822; 21. Anton Hernandez, 00, Chandler-13.830; 22. Mason Daugherty, 17, Shophouse-14.038; 23. Trey Gropp, 08x, Dave Mac-14.114; 24. Matt Sherrell, 7R, Ramco-14.459; 25. Corey Joyner, 52J, Joyner-14.466; 26. Trey Marcham, 7m, Ramco-14.734; 27. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Hayden Reinbold, 2. Jacob Denney, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Jonathan Beason, 5. Taylor Reimer, 6. Buddy Kofoid, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Mason Daugherty, 9. Corey Joyner. 1:53.91

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Cade Lewis, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Chase McDermand, 7. Mitchel Moles, 8. Trey Gropp, 9. Trey Marcham. 1:54.19

PIT STOP USA/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Ethan Mitchell, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Justin Grant, 4. Ryan Timms, 5. Matt Sherrell, 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 7. Anton Hernandez, 8. Shaun Shapel. 1:55.68

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Anton Hernandez, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Trey Gropp, 8. Trey Marcham, 9. Corey Joyner, 10. Mason Daugherty. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ryan Timms (4), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Thomas Meseraull (1), 4. Brenham Crouch (5), 5. Buddy Kofoid (18), 6. Zach Daum (14), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (17), 8. Anton Hernandez (19), 9. Mitchel Moles (11), 10. Jacob Denney (15), 11. Taylor Reimer (6), 12. Chase McDermand (21), 13. Cannon McIntosh (16), 14. Logan Seavey (10), 15. Trey Gropp (22), 16. Bryant Wiedeman (12), 17. Kaylee Bryson (3), 18. Matt Sherrell (20), 19. Hayden Reinbold (8), 20. Cade Lewis (9), 21. Jonathan Beason (13), 22. Ethan Mitchell (7). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 13-30 Ryan Timms.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-972, 2-Justin Grant-939, 3-Thomas Meseraull-789, 4-Mitchel Moles-777, 5-Bryant Wiedeman-766, 6-Cannon McIntosh-736, 7-Kaylee Bryson-728, 8-Brenham Crouch-662, 9-Taylor Reimer-649, 10-Logan Seavey-625.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-81, 2-Justin Grant-79, 3-Brady Bacon-78, 4-Buddy Kofoid-74, 5-Robert Ballou-73, 6-Logan Seavey-61, 7-Kaylee Bryson-55, 8-Emerson Axsom-50, 9-Alex Bright-46, 10-Jadon Rogers-42.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 13, 2022 – Solomon Valley Raceway – Beloit, Kansas – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 11th Chad McDaniel Memorial

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jonathan Beason (13.094)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Taylor Reimer (13.522)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Hayden Reinbold

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Cade Lewis

Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Ethan Mitchell

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

Hard Charger: Buddy Kofoid (18th to 5th)

 

 

MARCH TO THE CORNHUSKER STATE! USAC MIDGETS RACE FOR 10-GRAND IN NEBRASKA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 12, 2022)………There are few events that capture the sort of local involvement that Fairbury, Nebraska has with Jefferson County Speedway’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

It’s a full community celebration, and one that has become a marquee event not only in southeastern Nebraska, but on the whole for midget racing.

The Mid-America Midget swing concludes with two nights at the 1/5-mile dirt oval of Jefferson County Speedway with back-to-back events on Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, for the fifth annual edition of the Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation, co-sanctioned by USAC and the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association.

Friday’s race entails 30 laps and $4,000-win while Saturday’s 40-lap finale pays out a sweetened pot highlighted by a $10,000 winner’s share, which annually produces high quality entertainment.

The Midwest Midget Championship officially begins on Thursday night, July 14, with practice from 5-7pm Central followed by a shrimp boil and barbecue to follow, which is open to all race teams, crews and fans at the campground north of the track.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) enters the event as a past Jefferson County USAC Midget victor, taking the win back in 2018 with a wire-to-wire 40-lap performance. He scored a pair of top-fives a year ago in the event with a 4th and a 5th. His 10-lap heat race time of 1:50.36 in 2021 stands as the track record for the distance.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) owns the one-lap Jefferson County Speedway USAC National Midget track record of 10.685 sec., set in 2019. In fact, the 2018 series champ has been the fastest qualifier on four occasions at the track, first in 2018, twice in 2019 and again in 2021. He finished a best of 2nd in 2018 and 3rd in 2019, 6th in 2021 and added a 7th in 2019. He led 31 of the 40 laps in the $10K finale in 2021 before an altercation sent him spinning out of the lead and out of victory lane.

Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) has finished in the top-ten in seven of his eight USAC National Midget starts at Jefferson County since 2017 with a best of 4th and 5th in 2019. The USAC Triple Crown champion also scored a 6th in 2018, 7th in 2020, 8th in 2017 & 2021, and 10th in 2020.

Current series point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) has been in contention to win on multiple occasions at Jefferson County. He’s collected multiple 2nd place finishes there opening night 2020 and again on night two of 2021 after starting all the way back in 15th. The reigning USAC National Midget champ and current point leader also added a 5th on night two in 2020.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) collected a quick time award in 2020 before snagging 5th and 8th place finishes throughout the weekend. He posted a pair more top-tens in 2021 with a 6th and a 10th. He posted fast time honors on the second evening of action in 2020.

Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) collected a solid 6th place result in 2020 and nearly replicated it in 2021 by scoring a 7th. Nebraska’s own, Lincoln’s Trey Gropp, scored a top-ten with an 8th on night one of 2021.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) slotted into the top-ten of both nights at Jeff. Co. in 2021 with a 9th and a 10th. Meanwhile, Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) put together similar solid results on the same two nights, garnering a hard-charging 22nd to 11th on the first leg followed by a 9th in the finale.

Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) returns after making a single start in 2021 on night one in which he finished 13th as does teammate Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), who was 15th in 2020, as well as 2017 USAC Gulf Coast SpeeD2 Midget champion Kyle Jones (Kennedale, Texas) who was 15th on night two in 2021.

For the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association contingent, both nights are considered non-points special events toward their season long championship. Among the representatives are Lance Bennett (Aurora, Colo.) who finished a best of 14th in 2016.

First-time starting hopefuls at the Midwest Midget Championship bring USAC National Midget leading Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), USAC National Midget winner Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Midget Week winner Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) and Jace Park (Overland Park, Kan.) while Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) aims for his first start in the event.

Badger Midget champ Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.) also will arrive for his first taste of Jefferson County Speedway on Friday and Saturday as will Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.), plus Great Plains racers Corey Joyner (Concordia, Kan.), J.R. Ewing (Phillipsburg, Kan.) and Blake Spicer (Phillipsburg, Kan.) whose father, Curtis, made four starts in the event between 2018 and 2020.

Thirty previous USAC National Midget races have been held in the state of Nebraska. USAC Triple Crown champion Tracy Hines has the most victories of any driver in the state with three. Wilke-Pak Racers has won the most of any team in the state with five.

THE DETAILS:

On both nights, the gates will open at 5pm Central with qualifying at 6:30pm. and racing at 7:00 p.m. with a free concert after the races.

Unlimited general admission tickets will be sold day of show beginning at 5pm with reserved seating only presale as described above. All-access pit passes will be unlimited and available at the pit gate on day of show only.

All Access pit passes are $35 (kids 5 and under are only $10) and will be available at the pit gate and front gate on the day of show only.

Campground spots at the track with hookups are sold-out but there is a few “dry camping” spots available on the southside of the track and they are first come, first serve or there are full hook-up camping spots at Crystal Springs just a mile away. Camping and area info can be found at www.visitoregontrail.org or at the Fairbury, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce.

The NOW 600/Jay-Husker Non-Wing and Restricted “A” Class Micro Sprints will also be in action each night.

General admission tickets to the event are just $20 for adults on Friday night and $30 on Saturday with High School students and younger just $5 each night. Reserved seating is $50 (available in two-day packages only) and are available online at www.jeffersoncountyspeedway.com under the “Buy Tickets” tab.

Both nights of the Midwest Midget Championship from Jefferson County Speedway will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN NEBRASKA:

3-Tracy Hines

2-Steve Cannon, Tyler Courtney, Kasey Kahne & Tanner Thorson

1-Emerson Axsom, Dean Billings, Chad Boat, Dave Darland, Tony Elliott, Robby Flock, Jeff Gordon, Justin Grant, Page Jones, Jason Leffler, Jason McDougal, Bobby Olivero, Davey Ray, Ricky Shelton, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danny Stratton, Dave Strickland Jr., Sleepy Tripp & Chris Windom

JEFFERSON COUNTY SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:

2-Tyler Courtney & Tanner Thorson

1-Emerson Axsom, Chad Boat, Justin Grant, Jason McDougal & Chris Windom

JEFFERSON COUNTY SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

2016: Chad Boat (8/2)

2017: Tanner Thorson (8/1)

2018: Justin Grant (7/14)

2019: Jason McDougal (7/12)

2019: Tyler Courtney (7/13)

2020: Chris Windom (7/17) & Tyler Courtney (7/18)

2021: Tanner Thorson (7/16) & Emerson Axsom (7/17)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT JEFFERSON COUNTY SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 7/12/2019 - Logan Seavey - 10.685

10 Laps - 7/16/2021 - Justin Grant - 1:50.360

12 Laps - 7/17/2020 - Sam Johnson - 2:24.855

PAST RESULTS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT JEFFERSON COUNTY SPEEDWAY:

2016 FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 8. Holly Shelton, 9. Ryan Robinson, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Brayton Lynch, 12. Chett Gehrke, 13. Keith Rauch, 14. Lance Bennett, 15. Bob Harr, 16. John Klabunde, 17. Dustin Weland, 18. Terry Goodwin, 19. Ryan Greth, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Anton Hernandez, 22. Jeff Stasa. NT

2017 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Christopher Bell, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Tyler Courtney, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Ryan Robinson, 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 11. Chad Boat, 12. Holly Shelton, 13. Tanner Carrick, 14. Joe B. Miller, 15. Clinton Boyles, 16. Brayton Lynch, 17. Chett Gehrke, 18. Paul Babich, 19. Jeff Stasa, 20. John Klabunde, 21. Tyler Nelson, 22. Justin Grant. NT

2018 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 4. Tanner Carrick (3), 5. Brady Bacon (10), 6. Jerry Coons, Jr. (7), 7. Jason McDougal (9), 8. Tyler Thomas (11), 9. Spencer Bayston (5), 10. Kyle Craker (15), 11. Cole Bodine (16), 12. Chad Boat (8), 13. Brayton Lynch (12), 14. Sam Johnson (14), 15. Tyler Courtney (1), 16. Maria Cofer (17), 17. Dustin Weland (19), 18. Glenn Waterland (20), 19. Lance Bennett (18), 20. Zane Hendricks (13), 21. Blaze Bennett (21), 22. Curtis Spicer (22). NT

2019 NIGHT ONE FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (4), 2. Tyler Courtney (12), 3. Chris Windom (3), 4. Chad Boat (9), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 6. Tyler Thomas (14), 7. Logan Seavey (6), 8. Andrew Layser (7), 9. Zeb Wise (11), 10. Robert Dalby (2), 11. Brady Bacon (16), 12. Tanner Carrick (13), 13. Tanner Thorson (1), 14. Ethan Mitchell (18), 15. Sam Johnson (15), 16. Shannon McQueen (17), 17. Lance Bennett (19), 18. Curtis Spicer (22), 19. Olivia Bennett (20), 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 22. Tyler Seavey (23), 23. A.J. Valim (21). NT

2019 NIGHT TWO FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 3. Logan Seavey (6), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (4), 5. Tyler Thomas (11), 6. Jason McDougal (8), 7. Tanner Carrick (7), 8. Tanner Thorson (3), 9. Chris Windom (9), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 11. Zeb Wise (15), 12. Chad Boat (5), 13. Shannon McQueen (13), 14. Andrew Layser (18), 15. Sam Johnson (16), 16. Ethan Mitchell (12), 17. Curtis Spicer (22), 18. Brady Bacon (14), 19. Robert Dalby (17), 20. Lance Bennett (19), 21. Tyler Seavey (20), 22. Olivia Bennett (23), 23. A.J. Valim (21).

2020 NIGHT ONE FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (5), 2. Buddy Kofoid (8), 3. Daison Pursley (12), 4. Tyler Thomas (9), 5. Cannon McIntosh (4), 6. Ethan Mitchell (1), 7. Andrew Layser (15), 8. Emerson Axsom (13), 9. Sam Johnson (19), 10. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 11. Tanner Carrick (11), 12. Tanner Thorson (6), 13. Cole Bodine (14), 14. Keith Rauch (16), 15. Chris Sheil (22), 16. Zac Taylor (21), 17. Emilio Hoover (17), 18. Tony Rossi (18), 19. Kaylee Bryson (10), 20. Carson Garrett (20), 21. Robert Dalby (2), 22. Tyler Courtney (7). NT

2020 NIGHT TWO FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Emerson Axsom (9), 3. Tanner Thorson (4), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Buddy Kofoid (2), 6. Daison Pursley (11), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (13), 8. Cannon McIntosh (6), 9. Sam Johnson (7), 10. Tanner Carrick (14), 11. Robert Dalby (18), 12. Ethan Mitchell (5), 13. Kaylee Bryson (12), 14. Andrew Layser (16), 15. Cole Bodine (8), 16. Carson Garrett (19), 17. Curtis Spicer (21), 18. Keith Rauch (20), 19. Tyler Thomas (15), 20. Trey Gropp (17), 21. Emilio Hoover (10), 22. Tony Rossi (22). NT

2021 NIGHT ONE FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (1), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 3. Chris Windom (4), 4. Emerson Axsom (5), 5. Justin Grant (8), 6. Logan Seavey (11), 7. Ethan Mitchell (3), 8. Trey Gropp (13), 9. Thomas Meseraull (18), 10. Cannon McIntosh (20), 11. Brenham Crouch (22), 12. Daison Pursley (12), 13. Bryant Wiedeman (17), 14. Buddy Kofoid (6), 15. Chase Randall (14), 16. Ryan Timms (16), 17. Sam Johnson (19), 18. Kyle Jones (7), 19. Jason McDougal (21), 20. Kaylee Bryson (15), 21. Tyler Thomas (9), 22. Jerry Coons Jr. (10). NT

2021 NIGHT TWO FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Emerson Axsom (3), 2. Buddy Kofoid (15), 3. Chris Windom (4), 4. Justin Grant (2), 5. Daison Pursley (14), 6. Cannon McIntosh (8), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 8. Jerry Coons Jr. (20), 9. Brenham Crouch (13), 10. Thomas Meseraull (7), 11. Trey Gropp (12), 12. Tyler Thomas (19), 13. Chase Randall (16), 14. Logan Seavey (1), 15. Kyle Jones (18), 16. Sam Johnson (17), 17. Shannon McQueen (22), 18. Keith Rauch (21), 19. Tanner Thorson (6), 20. Zac Taylor (10), 21. Hayden Williams (23-P), 22. Jake Bubak (9), 23. Ethan Mitchell (11). NT

 

 

IN THE VALLEY! USAC MIDGETS’ CHAD McDANIEL MEMORIAL BACK IN BELOIT JULY 13
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media
Beloit, Kansas (July 11, 2022)………Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’ll be returning to Kansas!
Those exact words weren’t uttered quite that way in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. However, they were stated loud and clear by those on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail this week. That is, except for the Toto part.
A new Chad McDaniel Memorial winner will emerge this Wednesday night, July 13, in one of the great annual events on the series calendar when the field converges on Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kan., the hometown of 1959 and 1962 Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward.
The quarter-mile dirt oval in the heart of north central Kansas has served as the host of all 10 previous runnings of the Chad McDaniel Memorial race since 2010. McDaniel, from nearby Concordia, Kan., lost his life in a USAC National Midget event at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway in 2009.
The Chad McDaniel Memorial boasts four different winners in its previous 10 editions with Brad Kuhn winning the inaugural race in 2010, Scott Hatton in 2012, Christopher Bell in 2013 & 2017, Bryan Clauson in 2014 & 2016, Kevin Thomas Jr. in 2015 & 2018, and Tanner Thorson a year ago in 2021. The 2011 race was rained out just prior to the feature.
The 11th running this Wednesday night is expected to consist of a field of hungry veterans and newcomers looking to add their name to the list.
Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), the 2020 USAC Silver Crown champion, has finished on the podium in all three of his Solomon Valley runs with a 2nd in 2017 and a 3rd in both 2018 and 2021.
Defending series champion and current point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) racked up a 4th place result in his Solomon Valley debut in the summer of 2021.
Kansan Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) had one of his finer runs in his home state track of Solomon Valley in 2021 with a 5th place finish in his first series start in home state.
Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has made the transition back to Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports team for Mid-America Midget Week, the team which won the 2021 Chad McDaniel Memorial with Thorson behind the wheel. The 2018 series champion finished as the runner-up in 2018 and earned hard charger honors in 2021 with a 17th to 7th run.
Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) has been on the cusp of a Solomon Valley victory numerous times in his career. He has scored runner-up results at the Chad McDaniel Memorial four times, starting on both nights in 2010 as well as in 2012 and 2014 to go along with a 6th in 2013 and an 8th in 2021.
Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), the 2006-2007 series champion, has made four previous starts at Solomon Valley. He finished a best of 3rd in 2013 and added another top-10 with a 10th in 2017.
A bevy of individuals who made Solomon Valley debuts in 2021 will return to the fold this Wednesday night. That includes Lubbock, Texas’ Brenham Crouch (11th), Mooresville, North Carolina’s Ethan Mitchell (14th), Bixby, Oklahoma’s Cannon McIntosh (16th), Lincoln, Nebraska’s Trey Gropp (17th), Kennedale, Texas’ Kyle Jones (18th), Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson (20th) and San Jose, California’s Thomas Meseraull who was a 23rd place finisher after setting the fastest qualifying time. Meanwhile, Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas), the 2015 POWRi West Midget titlist, will return to the event for the first time since finishing 21st in 2016.
Looking to crack the starting lineup for the first time at the Chad McDaniel Memorial on Wednesday are series regular Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), plus Corey Joyner (Concordia, Kan.), Blake Spicer (Phillipsburg, Kan.) and J.R. Ewing (Phillipsburg, Kan.), all of whom fell shy of a transfer spot in the 2021 edition.
Solomon Valley debuts come from the likes of USAC National Midget leading Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Midget Week winner Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), home-stater Jace Park (Overland Park, Kan.), Badger Midget champ Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.), Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) and Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.).
This Wednesday’s race will be the 81st USAC National Midget event held in the state of Kansas dating back to Bob Tattersall’s 100-lap triumph in 1957 at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. This week’s main event will be 30 laps in length and will pay $4,000 to the winner.
Wednesday’s 11th running of the Chad McDaniel Memorial features the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the NOW600 Non-Wing & Restricted Micro Sprints. Gates open at 5pm Central with the drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing to follow.
General admission tickets are just $20 with high school students and younger just $5. All access passes are available as well for $35 and available at the pit gate on the day of the show only.
The Chad McDaniel Memorial from Solomon Valley Raceway will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.
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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-911, 2-Justin Grant-865, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-731, 4-Mitchel Moles-730, 5-Thomas Meseraull-719, 6-Kaylee Bryson-693, 7-Cannon McIntosh-692, 8-Taylor Reimer-598, 9-Brenham Crouch-591, 10-Logan Seavey-586.
CHAD McDANIEL MEMORIAL WINS:
2-Christopher Bell, Bryan Clauson & Kevin Thomas Jr.
1-Scott Hatton, Brad Kuhn & Tanner Thorson
CHAD McDANIEL MEMORIAL WINNERS:
2010: Brad Kuhn (6/4)
2011: Rained Out (7/28)
2012: Scott Hatton (7/27)
2013: Christopher Bell (7/30)
2014: Bryan Clauson (7/29)
2015: Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/28)
2016: Bryan Clauson (8/3)
2017: Christopher Bell (8/2)
2018: Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/11)
2021: Tanner Thorson (7/15)
TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT SOLOMON VALLEY RACEWAY:
1 Lap - 7/11/2018 - Holly Shelton - 11.944
10 Laps - 8/3/2016 - Ryan Greth - 2:02.67
12 Laps - 7/15/2021 - Daison Pursley - 2:32.00
PAST CHAD McDANIEL FEATURE RESULTS:
2010 NIGHT ONE FEATURE: 1. Brad Kuhn, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Brad Loyet, 4. Austin Brown, 5. Matt Sherrell, 6. Daniel Adler, 7. Mike Hess, 8. Keith Rauch, 9. Patrick Stasa, 10. Shane Cockrum, 11. Joe Boyles, 12. Chris Sheil, 13. Jeff Stasa, 14. Todd Plemons, 15. Julee Jamison, 16. Andrew Felker, 17. Bob Harr, 18. Greg Schaefer, 19. John Campbell, 20. Chett Gehrke, 21. Tony Rossi, 22. Cole Wood.
2010 NIGHT TWO FEATURE: 1. Brad Kuhn, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Brad Loyet, 4. Austin Brown, 5. Daniel Adler, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Chett Gehrke, 8. Keith Rauch, 9. Matt Sherrell, 10. Mike Hess, 11. Todd Plemons, 12. Patrick Stasa, 13. Tim Siner, 14. Chris Sheil, 15. Jeff Stasa, 16. Joe Boyles, 17. Justin Mallo, 18. Garett Hood, 19. Kevin Bayer, 20. Greg Schaefer, 21. Rich Camfield, 22. John Campbell, 23. Shane Cockrum.
2011: RAINED OUT
2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Scott Hatton, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Jonathan Beason, 4. Matt Sherrell, 5. Chett Gehrke, 6. Blake Hahn, 7. Austin Brown, 8. Daniel Robinson, 9. Garrett Aitken, 10. Tim Siner, 11 Andy Malpocker, 12. Cameron Hagin, 13. Riley Emmel, 14. Garett Hood, 15. C.J. Johnson, 16. Darren Kingston, 17. Jake Blackhurst, 18. Don Droud Jr., 19. Brad Kuhn, 20. Gavin Galbraith, 21. Randy Bowyer, 22. Andrew Felker, 23. Terry Goodwin.
2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Brad Kuhn, 8. Bryan Clauson, 9. Tanner Thorson, 10. Cody Ledger, 11. Shane Golobic, 12. Andrew Felker, 13. C.J. Johnson, 14. Garett Hood, 15. Dalton Armstrong, 16. Bob Harr, 17. Jeff Stasa, 18. Caleb Armstrong, 19. Chett Gehrke, 20. Cody Brewer, 21. Cole McDaniel, 22. Randy Boyer. NT
2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Christopher Bell, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Isaac Chapple, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Michael Pickens, 11. Bob Harr, 12. C.J. Johnson, 13. Randy Boyer, 14. Cody Brewer, 15. Garett Hood. NT
2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 6. Cody Brewer, 7. Keith Rauch, 8. Bob Harr, 9. David Wheeler, 10. Mark Hamilton, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Christopher Bell, 13. C.J. Johnson, 14. Garett Hood, 15. Troy Simpson, 16. Zach Daum, 17. Jerry Coons, Jr. 18. Chett Gehrke, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Tyler Thomas. NT
2016 FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Chad Boat, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 11. Holly Shelton, 12. Chett Gehrke, 13. Casey Shuman, 14. Bob Harr, 15. Keith Rauch, 16. Jeff Stasa, 17. Ryan Oerter, 18. Terry Goodwin, 19. Ryan Greth, 20. Matt Johnson, 21. Anton Hernandez, 22. Cody Brewer, 23. Brayton Lynch. NT
2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Holly Shelton, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Brayton Lynch, 8. Tanner Carrick, 9. Shane Golobic, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Chad Boat, 12. Tyler Nelson, 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 14. Joe B. Miller, 15. Troy Simpson, 16. Tyler Thomas, 17. Tyler Courtney, 18. Chett Gehrke, 19. Ryan Robinson, 20. Matt Johnson, 21. Cody Brewer, 22. Paul Babich. NT
2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Logan Seavey (2), 3. Justin Grant (5), 4. Jason McDougal (8), 5. Tanner Carrick (9), 6. Holly Shelton (6), 7. Chad Boat (3), 8. Tyler Courtney (7), 9. Kyle Craker (10), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 11. Spencer Bayston (13), 12. Brady Bacon (11), 13. Ryan Robinson (4), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (12), 15. Maria Cofer (17), 16. Zane Hendricks (16), 17. Holley Hollan (20), 18. Cole Bodine (21), 19. Sam Johnson (19), 20. Dave Darland (18), 21. Tyler Thomas (14), 22. Shaun Shapel (22). NT
2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (5), 2. Emerson Axsom (7), 3. Justin Grant (9), 4. Buddy Kofoid (1), 5. Bryant Wiedeman (2), 6. Chris Windom (13), 7. Logan Seavey (17), 8. Zach Daum (14), 9. Ryan Timms (12), 10. Hayden Williams (18), 11. Brenham Crouch (10), 12. Chase Randall (20), 13. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 14. Ethan Mitchell (8), 15. Jake Bubak (16), 16. Cannon McIntosh (4), 17. Trey Gropp (22), 18. Kyle Jones (21), 19. Shannon McQueen (19), 20. Kaylee Bryson (3), 21. Daison Pursley (11), 22. Jason McDougal (15), 23. Thomas Meseraull (23-P). NT
 


NO MORE HEARTBREAK:
MOLES MOTORS TO FIRST
USAC SPRINT WIN AT HUSET’S

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (July 10, 2022)………Mitchel Moles had found an unwelcomed companion in heartbreak at Huset’s Speedway over the past two seasons.

The true USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie from Raisin City, Calif. was hellbent on slaying that narrative Sunday night during the $12,000-to-win finale during the second running of the USAC Nationals in Brandon, S.D.

At the conclusion of the 2021 opening night midget feature at Huset’s, Moles went third to first on the final lap and was a turn away from victory when the yellow flag was displayed for a spun car, thus denying him his initial win. Two nights prior, in Friday’s midget opener, Moles led a race-high 19 laps before losing the lead, tagging the wall and flipping.

In Saturday’s sprint car feature, Moles was the class of the field until he smacked the wall and flipped on his own while leading with 10 laps remaining, denying him yet again from that seemingly elusive taste of a first USAC national triumph. He entered the final night of the USAC Nationals with 39 total laps led between the two series this weekend, most among all drivers in the event.

Then there was Sunday night, a 40-lap race in which Moles dominated from start-to-finish yet was met with a flurry of late-race cautions that forced him to endure umpteen restart opportunities versus the series’ top veterans, including defending race winner C.J. Leary, throughout the final laps.

Nobody said it would be easy, but even fewer said it would be as daunting of a task as Moles discovered it to be down the stretch after he rolled off from the pole position in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy during what was just his seventh career USAC National Sprint Car feature start.

“I think I won that race like three times there,” Moles exclaimed after withstanding a bevy of restarts in the waning laps en route to victory. A night after Ryan Bernal capitalized on Moles’ misfortune to earn his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature triumph, it was Moles’ turn to experience the same reward.

In fact, back-to-back Bernal and Moles victories marked the first time since 2016 that first-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winners emerged in consecutive races. Six seasons ago, nearly to the day, Brent Beauchamp scored at Bloomington Speedway for his first series win followed the next day by first-time victor Carson Short at Tri-State Speedway, both occurring during Indiana Sprint Week.

An invert of 12 placed the top-12 overall in USAC Nationals event points inverted in the first six rows of the feature. Thus, Moles, 12th in the standings, drew the pole starting position, an important aspect that Moles was happy to be the benefactor of.

“Track position was key in this one and drawing the 12 was lucky on our end.”

Moles jumped to the early lead for the second-straight night at the drop of the green while fourth-starting Thomas Meseraull muscled his way to second past outside front row’s Matt Westfall on the back straight on lap five. However, Meseraull’s early surge ended abruptly on lap 11 when he spun sideways between turns one and two, then nailed the infield berm, which stopped him in his tracks. He’d restart on the tail and race back to an eighth-place finish.

While Moles went virtually untouched in the lead, a three-car tussle for second waged on between Eddie Tafoya Jr. Jake Swanson and Emerson Axsom for third, fourth and fifth. On lap 16, Swanson smashed the outside front straight wall with his right rear tire, forcing him to the work area under yellow with damage to the Jacob's Ladder. Swanson returned and made his way back through the pack to a solid ninth-place result.

Moles worked traffic nearing 10 laps remaining, threading the needle with a bold move in turn one as Axsom hounded him a foot away from his rear bumper. Negotiating the lapped car of Clinton Bruns on lap 30, Leary reeled in Axsom for second and stormed underneath for the position in three and four but still remained eight-tenths back.

Then came the succession of yellow flag periods, starting on lap 33 with Logan Seavey (8th) slowing in the middle of the track with a right rear tire problem. Leary took a shot at Moles in turns three and four on the lap 34 restart, sliding side-by-side alongside through the corner, but Moles escaped with the lead in his possession.

Brandon Mattox (16th) slows to a stop in turn three with a right rear tire issue on lap 38 while Bruns (19th) slowed on the front straight in a ball of flame on the final lap and Bernal (6th) crashed into the outside wall on the first green-white-checkered attempt, forcing Moles to start over from scratch time and time again in order to keep the rabid pack behind him on each subsequent resumption of action.

Nonetheless, none of it rattled Moles, and on take two for the green-white-checkered, Moles knew what was coming and expected Leary to deliver the heat. Leary managed to pull even with Moles entering turn one as soon as the green dropped, but Moles thwarted Leary in this round, which came a month-and-a-half after Leary tracked down then first-time series starter Moles for the lead and the win in May at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

This time, however, played out differently for Moles as he fended off Leary to claim the top prize ahead of Leary, Axsom, Brady Bacon and Robert Ballou.

“I felt like C.J. was eventually going to drop a bomb and that was his hope there on the restart,” Moles recalled thinking prior to the last restart. “These guys on this team gave me a great racecar and I can’t thank them enough for everything they do.”

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) came up one spot short of repeating his Huset’s final night victory from 2021, charging from ninth to bring home second in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/Chevy. This all came after the team made wholesale changes to the car overnight, including a swap from a Ford to a Chevy engine underneath the hood.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) read it right on this night following back-to-back ninth-place results on nights one and two. He earned his best career Huset’s finish of third to round out the podium in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

Meanwhile, Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) advanced from 12th to 5th to collect an extra $10,000 as the overall weekend point champion for the sprint car portion of the USAC Nationals in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru - Dragonfly Aviation - Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 10, 2022 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – USAC Nationals

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 2. Braydon Cromwell (#4x Cromwell), 3. Wyatt Burks (#11w Burks), 4. Jake Swanson (#21AZ Team AZ), 5. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 6. Logan Seavey (#5 Baldwin-Fox), 7. Jadon Rogers (#14 Engler), 8. Chad Frewaldt (#4F Frewaldt). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (#51T Tafoya), 2. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou), 3. C.J. Leary (#77m Michael), 4. Emerson Axsom (#47BC Clauson Marshall Newman), 5. Alex Banales (#5x Baldwin-Fox), 6. Zach Daum (#5d Daum), 7. Eric Schulz (#38 Franks-Grein), 8. Clinton Bruns (#7 Bruns). NT

PIT STOP USA & ROD END SUPPLY THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Xavier Doney (#74 Doney), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#2 Yeley-Petty), 3. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 4. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 5. Ryan Bernal (#17w Wood), 6. Matt Westfall (#33m Marshall), 7. Alex Schriever (#0 Davis), 8. Cam Schafer (#97 G & S). 2:10.63

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mitchel Moles (1), 2. C.J. Leary (9), 3. Emerson Axsom (6), 4. Brady Bacon (10), 5. Robert Ballou (12), 6. Xavier Doney (14), 7. Justin Grant (11), 8. Thomas Meseraull (4), 9. Jake Swanson (7), 10. Matt Westfall (2), 11. Wyatt Burks (18), 12. Jadon Rogers (13), 13. Braydon Cromwell (17), 14. Logan Seavey (5), 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (3), 16. Chad Frewaldt (23), 17. Alex Schriever (21), 18. Ryan Bernal (8), 19. Brandon Mattox (16), 20. Clinton Bruns (22), 21. Eric Schulz (19), 22. Cam Schafer (20), 23. Zach Daum (15), 24. Alex Banales (24). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Mitchel Moles.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1245, 2-Brady Bacon-1199, 3-Robert Ballou-1179, 4-Logan Seavey-1170, 5-Emerson Axsom-1145, 6-C.J. Leary-1139, 7-Matt Westfall-928, 8-Chase Stockon-895, 9-Jake Swanson-870, 10-Jadon Rogers-828.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-81, 2-Justin Grant-79, 3-Brady Bacon-78, 4-Robert Ballou-73, 5-Buddy Kofoid-61, 6-Emerson Axsom-50, 7-Logan Seavey-50, 8-Kaylee Bryson-49, 9-Alex Bright-46, 10-Jadon Rogers-42.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 22, 2022 – Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 35th Annual NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Eddie Tafoya Jr.

Pit Stop USA/Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Xavier Doney

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Mitchel Moles

Feature Hard Charger: Xavier Doney (14th to 6th)

 

GRAND CANNON!
McINTOSH’S SECOND HALF SURGE
NETS $22,000 USAC MIDGET WIN AT HUSET’S

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (July 10, 2022)………One year ago, Cannon McIntosh was the dominant figure in the first half of the 100-lap Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals midget feature event.

With everything seemingly going to perfection and possessing a four second lead in the 2021 event, McIntosh began to slow dramatically with a flat right rear tire. Ultimately, the Bixby, Okla. racer fell to the wayside, finishing an unindicative 23rd in the order at the checkered.

Fast forward to Sunday night and that race was still fresh on McIntosh’s mind. It’s a marathon, not a sprint and he knew he needed to turn the tables and be present when it counted in the second half, and at the finish line.

McIntosh became the fourth and final leader, advancing past Jacob Denney on lap 64 to lead the final 37 laps on his way to capturing the longest-distance victory of his career in the Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/Crescent Tools – GearWrench – DriveWFX/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Additionally, McIntosh accumulated the most overall points in USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship competition throughout the entirety of the weekend at the Brandon, S.D. 1/3-mile dirt oval, which made for a grand total payday of $22,000 with $12,000 allotted for the feature victory and an extra $10,000 going toward the points crown.

“I’m stoked right now,” McIntosh exclaimed following his second series victory of the season. “To be standing in victory lane and winning the points deal as well after our finish here last year, this is just awesome.”

McIntosh’s fifth career series triumph took him to 118th on the all-time USAC National Midget win list alongside Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jerry Weeks.

An eight-car invert based on the cumulative weekend points placed Denney on the pole for the long-distance runaround and McIntosh in position seven where he bided his time in the early stages before finding his footing.

“Early in the race, we weren’t that great,” McIntosh admitted. “I was just kind of maintaining there early and I didn’t want to put myself in a bad spot and take us out of the fight. As the race went on and on, at the halfway break, we made a lot of changes, and I was able to do more of what I wanted to do after the halfway point. That was huge.”

In the meantime, front row combatants Denney and Justin Grant waged an early-race side-by-side battle which saw Denney control the first two circuits before Grant swept around the outside in turns three and four to assume the number one position on lap three.

Just behind and charging was Buddy Kofoid, the odds-on favorite who had already picked his way from eighth to third by lap nine after winning the midget feature event on each of the first two nights at the USAC Nationals. However, quite unexpectedly, Kofoid entered above the turn one cushion on lap 10, banged the right rear off the outside wall and was sent into a series of spiraling gyrations, flipping five times before coming to a rest on all fours. Though shaken, Kofoid walked away from the incident under his own power.

Kofoid’s incident was the first of four massive crashes that all transpired within the first half of the event, all of which saw the occupants walk away unscathed. Jade Avedisian, running 19th, flipped in turn two in a big way on lap 41. Taylor Reimer, a 14th place runner on lap 45, received some major airtime as she flipped sky high into the catchfence.

That incident initiated the scheduled eight-minute “mid-race” red flag for the field to add fuel and make adjustments to their cars for the second wave of the event. However, when action resumed, it didn’t resume for long. In turn one on the lap 45 restart, McIntosh’s attempted slide job for second place wound up with his right rear contacting Grant's left front wheel, promptly launching Grant into orbit as he flipped wildly alongside the outside wall.

“I feel terrible with what happened between Justin and I,” McIntosh stated. “He kind of got loose or something on the restart and I just dove it in. I felt like I had a good run and I thought I had him cleared. I never want to drive somebody like that and I hate to do it to Justin like that.”

Just before the mid-race break, Grant had given way to Denney for the race lead, on lap 44 to be precise. Denney, already a feature winning racer in his Rookie year on the trail, looked the part of a veteran as he held his own against Grant in the first stanza and then McIntosh in the second.

However, McIntosh was undeniably just finding his sweet spot as he slid Denney repeatedly in turn three on laps 58, 59, 60, 62 and 63, but each time, Denney crossed over without panic to ascend back to the lead. Yet lap 64 was a different story as McIntosh dove to the bottom of turn three, slid up to the top and crowded Denney’s line, forcing Denney’s hand to back off the throttle, thrusting McIntosh ahead of Denney and into the lead for good.

“When I got to Denney, it was kind of hard to make a move on him because he was running a different line and he was able to come off a little bit better than me when I’d slide him,” McIntosh explained of his pursuit.

McIntosh motored away into lapped traffic and ultimately opened up the same four second advantage he held last year before he was befallen by misfortune.

“It started to get tricky there when I got to traffic,” McIntosh revealed. “I couldn’t really tell where to run in one and two and I couldn’t figure it out. I knew I wasn’t really catching them that fast, so I knew we were doing something wrong. On that last restart, I made a little bit of a change, and it seemed to work.”

The restart came with eight laps to go when second running Bacon slowed dramatically on the cushion between turns one and two. Third running Shane Golobic got into the rear bumper of Bacon, resulting in Bacon spinning to a stop while also collecting fifth-running Bryant Wiedeman who also came to a halt.

Down the stretch, Golobic reined in McIntosh to within three car lengths but that was as close as it got as McIntosh distanced himself to a 0.850 sec. margin of victory over Golobic, Logan Seavey, Zach Daum and Denney.

Runner-up Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) recorded his best USAC National Midget feature result since the 2017 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. He felt he might’ve been a little too patient at the end to win it, but nonetheless, sent in a fine showing in his Matt Wood Racing/NOS Energy Drink – Elk Grove Ford – Royal Truck Body/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

It was an eventful Sunday for Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) who said he didn’t know he wasn’t going to be racing until just a few hours before hot laps when he and the Tom Malloy team parted ways. No questions asked, Seavey walked through the pits and ended up at the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports camp where the team pulled down a second car from the rig for the 2018 USAC National Midget champion who responded in kind with a hard-charging performance from 14th to a season-best finish of 3rd in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 10, 2022 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – USAC Nationals

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 Mounce-Stout), 2. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Zach Daum (#9m Bundy Built), 5. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 7. Jade Avedisian (#84 BCI), 8. Cade Lewis (#71m Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 9. Alex Schriever (#0T Davis). 2:10.61 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 2. Mitchel Moles (#89 BCI), 3. Maria Cofer (#57 Abacus), 4. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 7. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 8. Blake Brannon (#40B Western Speed), 9. Jody Rosenboom (#14x Rosenboom). 2:10.84

PIT STOP USA & ROD END SUPPLY THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Trey Gropp (#08x Dave Mac), 2. Logan Seavey (#19 Reinbold-Underwood), 3. Jacob Denney (#61 Mounce-Stout), 4. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 5. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 6. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 7. Brady Bacon (#21H TKH), 8. Jace Park (#87 BCI). 2:12.38

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (7), 2. Shane Golobic (11), 3. Logan Seavey (14), 4. Zach Daum (13), 5. Jacob Denney (1), 6. Brenham Crouch (5), 7. Mitchel Moles (10), 8. Chance Crum (9), 9. Kaylee Bryson (15), 10. Chase McDermand (16), 11. Brady Bacon (3), 12. Jade Avedisian (21), 13. Bryant Wiedeman (6), 14. Thomas Meseraull (4), 15. Cade Lewis (25), 16. Maria Cofer (18), 17. Jace Park (19), 18. Alex Schriever (24), 19. Trey Gropp (20), 20. Ethan Mitchell (17), 21. Justin Grant (2), 22. Taylor Reimer (12), 23. Blake Brannon (23), 24. Hayden Reinbold (22), 25. Jody Rosenboom (26), 26. Buddy Kofoid (8). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Jacob Denney, Laps 3-43 Justin Grant, Laps 44-63 Jacob Denney, Laps 64-100 Cannon McIntosh.

**Buddy Kofoid flipped on lap 10 of the feature. Jade Avedisian flipped on lap 41 of the feature. Taylor Reimer flipped on lap 45 of the feature. Justin Grant flipped on lap 45 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-911, 2-Justin Grant-865, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-731, 4-Mitchel Moles-730, 5-Thomas Meseraull-719, 6-Kaylee Bryson-693, 7-Cannon McIntosh-692, 8-Taylor Reimer-598, 9-Brenham Crouch-591, 10-Logan Seavey-586.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-81, 2-Justin Grant-79, 3-Brady Bacon-78, 4-Robert Ballou-73, 5-Buddy Kofoid-61, 6-Logan Seavey-61, 7-Kaylee Bryson-55, 8-Emerson Axsom-50, 9-Alex Bright-46, 10-Jadon Rogers-42.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 12, 2022 – Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, Oklahoma – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Tuesday Night Thunder

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase McDermand

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Ethan Mitchell

Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Trey Gropp

Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (14th to 3rd)


 

“THE GREATEST THING" BERNAL BREAKS THROUGH AT HUSET’S FOR FIRST USAC SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (July 9, 2022)………Ryan Bernal had been waiting for this moment to come for more than a decade.

Eleven years since his 2011 debut, the part-time racer from Hollister, Calif. finally reached that seemingly distant realm that had long eluded him throughout his first 41 career USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship starts coming into Saturday’s second night of the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in Brandon, S.D.

Start number 42 turned out much differently for the 2013-14 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car champ and the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car series’ all-time winningest driver.

Following a disastrous late-race incident which eliminated the top-two drivers in the field from competition with 10 laps remaining, Bernal was thrust into the limelight and decided that, after 11 years, he wasn’t going to wait around any longer.

Bernal capitalized on race leader Robert Ballou’s rare misstep in turn four, which allowed Bernal to slip under and lead the remaining seven laps of the main event to score his long-awaited first career USAC National Sprint Car feature triumph.

His 61 total USAC feature wins rank inside the top-25 all time, but without a USAC national win, his personal portfolio wasn’t quite as complete as he’d have liked to be. That special night finally arrived for Bernal as he took his Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford – NOS Energy Drink – FK Rod Ends/Spike/Stanton Chevy to the biggest racing moment of his career, a night he won’t soon forget.

“This is, by far, the greatest thing that’s happened to me in racing,” Bernal exclaimed. “It’s been such a long time coming. I’m just glad it finally happened. I hope you enjoyed that because that was the most special win of my career.”

The victory was sort of a surprise to Bernal, although his pedigree says otherwise, as he became the second first-time USAC National Sprint Car winner of the season, joining Emerson Axsom in that company while also providing the event’s promoter, Matt Wood, his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory as well. It was Wood’s first USAC national win as an entrant since Shane Golobic captured the 2016 National Midget opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

“I’ve been trying for so damn long. You guys really don’t realize what this win means to me,” Bernal stated as he channeled Al Unser Jr. following his Indianapolis 500 victory in 1992. “We have no business being here; we really don’t. I’m a part-time racer who’s racing with a couple of wing guys, but Matt Wood gave us a great opportunity to come out here with great equipment.”

Bernal started fifth on the grid and hovered around the fifth and sixth spot for the first two-thirds of the event while outside front row starter Mitchel Moles had the field covered throughout the 30-lap feature. However, pole sitter Xavier Doney initially assumed control of the race, leading the first lap of his USAC National Sprint Car career on the opening circuit before Moles ripped around the outside to take over the top spot at the exit of turn four at the end of lap two.

Moles tore into the field as he opened up a convincing four-second advantage after slicing into the heart of lapped traffic. Fourth-starting Jadon Rogers attempted to keep pace with Moles as he cut through the narrow gap left open between the lapped car of Chad Frewaldt and Doney midway down the back straightaway to slot into the second position on lap 12.

Six laps later, 14th running Braydon Cromwell shredded a right rear tire right in front of race leader Moles on the back straight, forcing Moles to check up and dive to the inside to narrowly avoid catastrophe. It was the only sign of slowing up the USAC National Sprint Car Rookie displayed all race long while constructing a whopping 5.663 second lead before the lap 18 yellow.

At the time, three of the first four positions were held by drivers seeking their first career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins with Moles first, Rogers second and Doney fourth with only the previous night’s winner, Robert Ballou, intermingling himself with the young crop in the third spot. Notably absent from the list at the moment was Bernal who sat back in sixth.

Once the green flag redropped, Moles resumed his thorough waxing of the field and, with 10 to go, was already up 1.5 seconds over second-running Rogers and, as the class of the field, appeared well on his way to notching victory number one. Not so fast my friend.

On lap 21, the entire face of the event turned on a dime as Moles got into turn three over the edge of the cushion, then climbed the outside wall, sending him into a series of flips. As Moles bounced down the racetrack, second-running Rogers shot to the bottom, but became the innocent victim instead when his right rear tire just barely clipped Moles’ front bumper, sending Rogers into a dueling tumble alongside Moles.

Heavy damage to both cars prevented any sort of return for either driver, but both individuals walked away unscathed but heartbroken with the realization that a first USAC victory was not in the cards on this evening. However, for Bernal, it signaled new life.

“When the red came out, it was super unfortunate to see that happen,” Bernal observed. “But when that red came out and seeing that those guys were out, I looked at my guys in the infield and said, ‘this is ours.’”

Now running fourth on the restart, Bernal shot through the middle on the lap 21 restart to steal third from the bottom-running Grant, then cleared Bacon for second around the outside, beating him to the stripe by a foot before setting course for Ballou and the race lead.

Ballou jumped the turn four cushion with seven to go, allowing Bernal to zip by underneath. Ballou came right back at Bernal and slid back past him entering turn one moments later before Bernal countered back underneath to secure the spot while bringing Grant and Bacon along in tow to second and third, respectively, while Ballou fell to fourth.

Up front, it was all Bernal’s show for the remainder of the 30-lap frame around the 1/3-mile dirt oval as the veteran racer capped a topsy-turvy affair with a 1.576 margin of victory over Grant, Bacon, Ballou and Logan Seavey.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) made a spirited charge from 12th to 2nd, earning his second consecutive runner-up result after also securing a 2nd place finish the previous night at Huset’s. The current USAC National Sprint Car point leader’s third career second place finish at the track put him first overall in the combined event points for the weekend entering Sunday’s finale in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

After running fourth one night ago, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) did one spot better on Saturday night’s feature by scoring a 3rd place result after starting 7th in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 9, 2022 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – USAC Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-13.004; 2. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.016; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.026; 4. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-13.058; 5. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-13.164; 6. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.239; 7. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-13.290; 8. Wyatt Burks, 11w, Burks-13.524.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-12.825; 2. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.826; 3. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.927; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.933; 5. Ryan Bernal, 17w, Wood-13.106; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley/Petty-13.154; 7. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-13.227; 8. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-14.027.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP THREE: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.921; 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.923; 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.180; 4. Xavier Doney, 74, Doney/Lawson-13.752; 5. Eric Schulz, 38, Franks/Grien-13.857; 6. Cam Schafer, 97, G & S-13.881; 7. Clinton Bruns, 7, Bruns-14.134; 8. Alex Schriever, 0, Davis-14.143.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Wyatt Burks, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Braydon Cromwell.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Alex Banales, 6. Mitchel Moles, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Chad Frewaldt.

PIT STOP USA & ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. Xavier Doney, 5. Alex Schriever, 6. Eric Schultz, 7. Clinton Bruns, 8. Cam Schafer.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ryan Bernal (5), 2. Justin Grant (12), 3. Brady Bacon (7), 4. Robert Ballou (9), 5. Logan Seavey (6), 6. Jake Swanson (8), 7. Thomas Meseraull (19), 8. Xavier Doney (1), 9. Emerson Axsom (10), 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (3), 11. C.J. Leary (11), 12. Braydon Cromwell (17), 13. Matt Westfall (13), 14. Brandon Mattox (14), 15. Alex Banales (18), 16. Wyatt Burks (21), 17. Eric Schulz (16), 18. Alex Schriever (20), 19. Chad Frewaldt (24), 20. Clinton Bruns (23), 21. Cam Schafer (22), 22. Mitchel Moles (2), 23. Jadon Rogers (4), 24. Zach Daum (15).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Xavier Doney, Laps 2-20 Mitchel Moles, Laps 21-23 Robert Ballou, Laps 24-30 Ryan Bernal.

**Mitchel Moles & Jadon Rogers flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1195, 2-Brady Bacon-1149, 3-Robert Ballou-1129, 4-Logan Seavey-1120, 5-Emerson Axsom-1095, 6-C.J. Leary-1089, 7-Chase Stockon-895, 8-Matt Westfall-878, 9-Jake Swanson-820, 10-Jadon Rogers-778.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-75, 2-Thomas Meseraull-67, 3-Robert Ballou-66, 4-Brady Bacon-66, 5-Buddy Kofoid-56, 6-Logan Seavey-48, 7-Emerson Axsom-47, 8-Alex Bright-46, 9-Jadon Rogers-41, 10-Matt Westfall-36.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 10, 2022 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – USAC Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jadon Rogers

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Emerson Axsom

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Ryan Bernal

Pit Stop USA/Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Jadon Rogers

Feature Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (19th to 7th)

 

FASTEST TO SIX:
KOFOID BREAKS VOGLER’S RECORD
WITH 2ND STRAIGHT USAC MIDGET WIN AT HUSET’S

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (July 9, 2022)………Among the most dominating runs in USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship history was Rich Vogler’s 1978 campaign in which he kicked off the year with six victories in his first 13 starts to begin the season.

In 2022, Buddy Kofoid has bettered that by becoming the fastest driver in the 67-year history of the series to collect his sixth victory of the season, accomplishing the feat in just the 12th event of the year during Saturday’s night two of the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in Brandon, S.D.

It was yet another exhilarating drive from the reigning series champion and current point leader who hails from Penngrove, Calif. and carved his way from the sixth starting position and into the lead with 11 laps remaining when race leader Cannon McIntosh biked on the turn three cushion.

Kofoid subsequently slithered by to the point and into the history books with his 15th career USAC National Midget feature triumph, which tied Don Branson and Larry Rice for 48th on the all-time list.

Meanwhile, Kofoid brought his car owner, Kunz, his 128th series win as an entrant, moving him to within five victories of the all-time win record held by Steve Lewis at 133.

However, Kofoid was slightly mired in fourth for much of the first half of the 30-lapper with a stout bunch dicing it up in front of him, but his ability to drive his finely-prepared and tuned Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota deep into turns one and three on the cushion allowed him to move to the front of the field posthaste on the racy, 1/3-mile dirt oval.

“I didn’t feel great out of (turn) two, but I felt like I could sail it off into one harder than most people could,” Kofoid explained. “Luckily, it wasn’t too tricky or technical to where you’d get over it and it’d make you bike. A couple times, I got tight later in the corner, and I felt like it almost cost me a couple of times.”

As the highest point earner following the heat races, an invert of six placed Kofoid on the outside of row three for the start of the 30-lapper. Chance Crum controlled the pace early from the pole position and led the first 10 trips ahead of Jacob Denney and Cannon McIntosh.

Meanwhile, Kofoid was already up to fourth by lap one utilizing the high line and initially appeared as if he was going to cruise with ease past the top-three occupants. However, third-running McIntosh held firm to his ground and withstood not one, not two, but three slide-bys from Kofoid to retain third.

Now, with his elbows firmly up, McIntosh began to surge forward, and on lap 11, split the difference between Crum and Denney on the back straight to zip from third to first and carry on like a wayward son as the new race leader.

Undaunted, Kofoid regrouped to blast by Crum for third on lap 13, then promptly slid Denney for second using the turn one infield berm in the process. However, the yellow flag was displayed moments later for eighth running Ethan Mitchell who stopped in turn four with smoke pouring from his No. 19m, forcing Kofoid back to third behind Denney as scoring reverted to the last completed lap.

At least momentarily.
Kofoid picked up right where he left off on the lap 14 restart to scooter around the outside of Denney to secure second while McIntosh remained a half second ahead of Kofoid out front for the time being. All of McIntosh’s advantage was wiped clean when he got on two wheels above the turn three cushion on the 20th lap. Kofoid slung by underneath to take control a single lap sooner than he did during his previous night’s triumph.

Now Kofoid was in a comfort zone, in the lead and on a surface fit to his liking.

“I knew once it slicked off in the middle, we’d be really good on the fence in turns three and four,” Kofoid noted. “I feel like our cars are always good against something big, treacherous and fast. I guess I don’t mind putting it up there and putting it up on the fence. I love it like that.”

With the roles now reversed, McIntosh became the chaser and Kofoid the chasee with a car length separation between the two as Kofoid hopped along on the turn one cushion on lap 24. McIntosh closed to within a car length of Kofoid and fired off a shot at Kofoid on the bottom entrance to turn three. Both slid side-by-side through the corner a foot apart, but Kofoid denied him any sense of daylight, forcing McIntosh to fall back into line behind him.

Kofoid split through the tail end of the field and escaped any threat of a challenge from McIntosh in the waning laps. Nonetheless, a series of stoppages bunched the two back up when 13th running Shane Golobic spun sideways to a stop on the back straight on the final lap.
Upon the resumption, McIntosh made a run right at Kofoid on the lap 29 restart as McIntosh nearly collided with the tail tank of Kofoid’s ride on the cushion in turn one. Kofoid responded by shooting away from McIntosh by the time they hit turn two.

Despite that, Kofoid was forced to fend McIntosh off again when 15th running Trey Gropp, celebrating his 19th birthday on this particular evening, tipped over on his lid between turns one and two. He was uninjured and the car was towed back to the pits on the hook.

The third finish attempt was the charm for Kofoid who jetted away from the rest of the pack on the final restart. McIntosh nearly met an undesirable conclusion to his race as he biked once more, this time in turn one on the top side, before mashing the throttle and getting back to business but not before losing two spots to Denney and Justin Grant to momentarily fall back to fourth.

McIntosh, with his car’s nosepiece hanging askew by a thread, split back between Denney and Grant a half lap later into turn three to retake second coming to the white flag. On the final lap, Grant found the same exact fate as McIntosh the lap before in turn one, dropping to eighth as he wrangled control of his machine. As Grant came back down the track in turn two, his left rear tire made contact with the right rear of seventh-running Bryant Wiedeman, resulting in Grant’s tire collapsing off the wheel and dropping him all the way back to 12th in the final running order for his first finish outside the top-ten all season in his 12th start.

Up front, Kofoid was in total control as he carried a 0.876 margin of victory with him across the finish line ahead of McIntosh, Denney, Mitchel Moles and Brady Bacon.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) led nine laps through the middle of the feature en route to a second place result. It was his third consecutive top-five finish with the series after only having two during the first nine events this year as the pilot of the Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/Crescent Tools – GearWrench – DriveWFX/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

It was yet another stout run for sensational USAC National Midget Rookie Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) as he picked up a third place finish for his third podium finish in his last four series starts aboard his Mounce-Stout Motorsports/Rockwell Security – MPV Express – Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 9, 2022 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – USAC Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.892; 2. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.907; 3. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.929; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.974; 5. Jacob Denney, 61, Mounce/Stout-12.974; 6. Jace Park, 87, CBI-13.029; 7. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.031; 8. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.115; 9. Trey Gropp, 08x, Dave Mac-13.294.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.965; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.018; 3. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.028; 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.048; 5. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.060; 6. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-13.099; 7. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-13.101; 8. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-13.174.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP THREE: 1. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-12.926; 2. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.966; 3. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-13.028; 4. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.066; 5. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.087; 6. Blake Brannon, 40B, Western Speed-13.143; 7. Brady Bacon, 21H, TKH-13.183; 8. Jody Rosenboom, 14x, Rosenboom-13.363; 9. Alex Schriever, 0T, Davis-13.789.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jace Park, 2. Jacob Denney, 3. Taylor Reimer, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Trey Gropp, 9. Logan Seavey. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Jade Avedisian, 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 4. Chase McDermand, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Cade Lewis. NT

PIT STOP USA & ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Chance Crum, 5. Maria Cofer, 6. Blake Brannon, 7. Alex Schriever, 8. Jody Rosenboom, 9. Hayden Reinbold. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (6), 2. Cannon McIntosh (5), 3. Jacob Denney (2), 4. Mitchel Moles (3), 5. Brady Bacon (11), 6. Zach Daum (14), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (7), 8. Brenham Crouch (15), 9. Chance Crum (1), 10. Thomas Meseraull (24), 11. Kaylee Bryson (25), 12. Justin Grant (8), 13. Maria Cofer (4), 14. Chase McDermand (16), 15. Shane Golobic (12), 16. Taylor Reimer (18), 17. Jade Avedisian (13), 18. Jace Park (10), 19. Logan Seavey (21), 20. Hayden Reinbold (20), 21. Cade Lewis (17), 22. Trey Gropp (23), 23. Alex Schriever (22), 24. Ethan Mitchell (9), 25. Blake Brannon (19). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Chance Crum, Laps 11-19 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 20-30 Buddy Kofoid.

**Hayden Reinbold flipped during the third heat. Trey Gropp flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-861, 2-Justin Grant-815, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-681, 4-Mitchel Moles-680, 5-Thomas Meseraull-669, 6-Kaylee Bryson-643, 7-Cannon McIntosh-642, 8-Taylor Reimer-548, 9-Brenham Crouch-541, 10-Logan Seavey-536.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-81, 2-Justin Grant-75, 3-Brady Bacon-72, 4-Robert Ballou-66, 5-Buddy Kofoid-61, 6-Logan Seavey-50, 7-Kaylee Bryson-49, 8-Emerson Axsom-47, 9-Alex Bright-46, 10-Jadon Rogers-41.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 10, 2022 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – USAC Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Cannon McIntosh

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Buddy Kofoid

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jace Park

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Zach Daum

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

Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (24th to 10th)

 

4…3…2…1 KOFOID COMPLETES THE CYCLE, LAUNCHES TO HUSET’S USAC MIDGET VICTORY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (July 8, 2022)………Four…three…two…one is the familiar refrain for any type of countdown.

It also may have been the same phrase that was recurring in Buddy Kofoid’s mind as he counted down the final days leading into Friday night’s Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals opener for the NOS Energy Drink Midget National Midgets.

But mainly, the countdown applies to Kofoid’s first four career midget feature starts at the Brandon, South Dakota 1/3-mile dirt oval. In his three Huset’s midget starts during 2021, the Penngrove, Calif. native recorded a 4th place result on night one, a 3rd on night two and a 2nd on night three.

Sensing a omen in numerology based on last year’s results and, judging by Kofoid’s prowess of the circuit this season, the trend had a realistic chance of continuation. Kofoid made sure of it despite starting all the way back in the 12th position for the 30-lapper due to a 12-car invert based on points accumulated throughout the night’s qualifying session and heat races.

“That was the highest invert they could’ve drawn, and I happened to be the high point guy,” Kofoid exclaimed. “I knew it was going to be hard with everyone who was starting up front and with only 30 laps to get it done. Tonight, you didn’t get the extra 70 laps like we do on Sunday.”

In start number four on Friday night, Kofoid raced to the front of the field with just 10 laps remaining to tally his series-leading fifth victory of the season in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, providing car owner Kunz with his 127th series win as an entrant, moving him to within six markers of the all-time win record held by Steve Lewis at 133.

Meanwhile, Kofoid’s 14th victory moved him inside the top-50 all-time in terms of career USAC National Midget driver wins alongside Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner and Leroy Warriner.

Leading series Rookie Mitchel Moles showed the way early on from the pole position as he flexed by outside front row starter Justin Grant to maintain his presence in the top spot.

Commotion stopped the motion on lap three, however, as 19th running Maria Cofer got upside down in between turns one and two to bring out an early red flag. Cofer, celebrating a birthday on this night, was okay, but it turned out not to be the happiest of birthdays with a damaged racecar and an early exit to her racing endeavors for the evening.

Kofoid was in a hurry on the forthcoming restart and, by lap 10, was waging war with Thomas Meseraull in an escapade of sorts in a tedious tussle for fourth. Kofoid and Meseraull glanced wheels in turn one as Kofoid moved his way past Meseraull. As Meseraull regained control, he tapped Kofoid’s tail tank on the back stretch, which lifted his own front wheels to the sky as he slid over the turn three cushion on entry and subsequently lost substantial ground to Kofoid who was now on a Friday night cruise.

“The first few laps, our car was so good,” Kofoid recalled. “Nothing’s easy here but it’s just so easy to drive when the car is so nice. Jarrett (Martin), Shane (Marquez) and Tanner (Ashmore) have taken a lot of pride and put a lot of work into this car to make it drive that well and to be able to come from that deep. Man, I love Huset’s.”

Nearing halfway, the battle of the front was wicked with the top-four clamped down and thrusted into traffic. Attempting to navigate past the 21st running car of Kaylee Bryson, Moles became stifled on the bottom, which allowed Brenham Crouch to pull even alongside Moles midway down the back straightaway. Moles was able to re-clear Crouch while using Bryson as a pick in the third turn. However, suddenly surging Justin Grant entered the fray on the bottom while Kofoid was hammer down up top looking forward to a situation looming ahead that he’d normally dread, but not this time.

“Ever since I started in go-karts and in my early years of sprint car racing, I feel like I’ve always been really good in traffic and I actually feel like I’m champing at the bit for traffic,” Kofoid explained. “But once you get to the lead, you don’t really want traffic. I feel like we can just get through it well and our car is just so maneuverable.”

On lap 16, Kofoid shot around the outside of Grant for third at the flag stand, then on the 19th lap, slid across the nose teammate Crouch at the top of turn two for second, forcing Crouch to stand on the binders to avoid contact.

Full steam ahead, Kofoid put the challenge squarely on Moles for the lead with 11 laps remaining. Moles nearly ensnarled his CB Industries teammate, Jace Park, on the top between turns one and two. Kofoid, full charge, powered across the nose of Moles in turn three as Moles cranked his car sideways above the cushion, spraying rooster tails against the outside concrete in the process, possibly setting the stage for what transpired next.

Moles, still running second with eight laps to go, experienced a front end breakage on his ride, which pancaked the right side into the outside turn four wall. Moles, still on the gas, attempted to manhandle his car down the straightway in an effort to soldier on, but with the steering out of whack, he careened straight into the turn one wall and flipped over. He was okay, but a disappointing conclusion after leading a race-high 20 laps wound up in heartbreaking fashion.

Kofoid went untouched the remaining five laps while Grant hiked it on the turn two cushion on the lap 26 restart, which created a fast lane on the low line for Meseraull to shoot past and take over second.

That’s the order they’d finish up in a handful of circuits later with Kofoid 1.862 seconds ahead of Meseraull at the line while Grant, Crouch and Cannon McIntosh filled out the remainder of the top-five.

One year after winning the USAC Nationals opener on a green-white-checkered restart, Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) scored a solid runner-up finish in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

It was another successful night at the office for Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) who earned his best USAC National Midget finish at Huset’s with a 3rd place result in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota. Grant has now finished inside the top-five nine times in eleven series starts this season while also adding his 11th straight top-10.

Last year on USAC Nationals opening night, Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) set Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time and a new track record. On Friday night, he did the same exact thing with a new USAC Midget track standard of 12.718 seconds.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 8, 2022 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – USAC Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.872; 2. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.876; 3. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.898; 4. Brady Bacon, 21H, TKH-12.931; 5. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.971; 6. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-13.083; 7. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-13.124; 8. Jody Rosenboom, 14x, Rosenboom-13.485; 9. Alex Schriever, 0T, Davis-13.905.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.718 (New Track Record); 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.754; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.969; 4. Jacob Denney, 61, Mounce/Stout-12.972; 5. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-12.996; 6. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.137; 7. Trey Gropp, 08x, Dave Mac-13.151; 8. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-13.155; 9. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.425.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP THREE: 1. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.763; 2. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.902; 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.980; 4. Jace Park, 87, CBI-12.986; 5. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.039; 6. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.079; 7. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.080; 8. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-14.162; 9. Blake Brannon, 40B, Western Speed-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jody Rosenboom, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Taylor Reimer, 5. Maria Cofer, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Mitchel Moles, 9. Alex Schriever. 2:14.27

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Trey Gropp, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Jade Avedisian, 7. Jacob Denney, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Cade Lewis. NT

PIT STOP USA & ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Bryant Wiedeman, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Jace Park, 8. Blake Brannon, 9. Chad Frewaldt. 2:13.37

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (12), 2. Thomas Meseraull (6), 3. Justin Grant (2), 4. Brenham Crouch (4), 5. Cannon McIntosh (11), 6. Bryant Wiedeman (3), 7. Shane Golobic (10), 8. Logan Seavey (5), 9. Brady Bacon (9), 10. Taylor Reimer (7), 11. Chance Crum (8), 12. Trey Gropp (14), 13. Kaylee Bryson (21), 14. Jacob Denney (18), 15. Ethan Mitchell (17), 16. Jace Park (19), 17. Zach Daum (15), 18. Jade Avedisian (20), 19. Hayden Reinbold (23), 20. Blake Brannon (24), 21. Alex Schriever (25), 22. Mitchel Moles (1), 23. Chase McDermand (13), 24. Jody Rosenboom (16), 25. Maria Cofer (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Mitchel Moles, Laps 21-30 Buddy Kofoid.

**Cade Lewis flipped during the second heat. Maria Cofer flipped on lap 3 of the feature. Mitchel Moles flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-811, 2-Justin Grant-765, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-631, 4-Mitchel Moles-630, 5-Thomas Meseraull-619, 6-Kaylee Bryson-593, 7-Cannon McIntosh-592, 8-Taylor Reimer-498, 9-Brenham Crouch-491, 10-Logan Seavey-486.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-65, 2-Brady Bacon-62, 3-Robert Ballou-61, 4-Buddy Kofoid-56, 5-Thomas Meseraull-55, 6-Logan Seavey-47, 7-Emerson Axsom-46, 8-Alex Bright-46, 9-Jadon Rogers-41, 10-Matt Westfall-36.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 9-10, 2022 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – USAC Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Brady Bacon

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Shane Golobic

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jody Rosenboom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Zach Daum

Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Hard Charger: Buddy Kofoid (12th to 1st)

 


BALLOU’S MAGIC 8 BALL RESULTS
IN GOOD FORTUNE AT HUSET’S USAC NATIONALS
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (July 8, 2022)………An eighth place starting spot proved to be no hindrance for Robert Ballou’s methodical procession to victory during Friday night’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship portion of the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals.

Doing just that is old hat to the Rocklin, Calif. native. After all, he had performed the same trick just less than two weeks earlier when he captured a similar eighth-to-first triumph at Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway.

Ballou’s fourth victory of the year has already produced his most prolific year in terms of victories since the 2016 season, a fine return to form for the 2015 champ who moved up one more notch on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car feature win list. Ballou’s 35th career series victory elevated him to 12th all-time alongside Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler.

Rapidly maneuvering to the front, Ballou went unheeded once he reached the top of the pylon as he collected a 0.992 second victory over series point leader Justin Grant.

Finding the Brandon, South Dakota 1/3-mile dirt oval to be a bit of a bugaboo in his career with his past two showings at Huset’s resulting in a pair of finishes outside the top-10. Ballou displayed complete mastery of the course as he moved up from his outside fourth row starting position to take the lead a lap before the midway point of the 30-lap feature.

“This place is really tricky,” Ballou noted of Huset’s. “It’s got a really good lane around the bottom in turns one and two, but not as much in three and four. It’s slick to a curb, which a non-wing sprint car will eat up. Thanks to the track guys for blading the top off. I wasn’t brave enough to go up there in one and two. I saw it kept growing.”

With a track that’s tricky and a car that’s finicky, the perfect mix between the two ingredients made for a superb performance in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru - Dragonfly Aviation - Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy.

“We got the thing better,” Ballou revealed. “This car is finicky. It’s kind of like an angry woman. We’re just trying to figure out what it likes.”

Outside front row starter Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.), in his USAC National Sprint Car season debut, soared around the outside of Thomas Meseraull in turn four to lead the initial lap of the feature. However, Meseraull, making his first start of the year for the Yeley-Petty team, stuck the bottom and cruised right on by to retake his spot at the head of the field.

The feature’s lone red flag arrived on lap six when 16th running Xavier Doney received some major airtime as he flipped at the entrance to turn one. Doney walked away unscathed, although the damage to his racecar required a tow back to the pits.

After shearing a path from eighth to fourth in the first five laps, following the lap six restart, the race became Ballou’s show as he went right back to work and immediately picked off both Jadon Rogers and Bernal on the bottom of turns three and four go fourth-to-second in the blink of an eye.

Standing a full second behind race leader Meseraull when he assumed second, Ballou inched his way closer to his back bumper as the front of the field encroached upon the tail end. Meseraull was first to dip his toes in as he approached 21st running Alex Schriever. Meseraull lost just a touch of his momentum as he entered turn one on the high line behind Schriever, which cleared a path on the bottom for Ballou to scoot by both with relative ease and he was off on his merry way.

With 10 laps remaining, Ballou was full sail to the wind with a 1.615 second lead over Meseraull as he parted the sea through traffic with precision in the waning laps. Back behind Ballou, Rogers slipped over the turn two cushion and lost the third spot to Grant as he sped by in turn three on lap 23. A lap later, Brady Bacon followed suit past Rogers for fourth entering turn three.

Grant ultimately tracked down Meseraull for the second position on lap 27 in turn two, and the two briefly scraped sidewalls before Grant slipped away into the runner-up spot.

Ballou was all by his lonesome up front, right where he preferred to be, as he collected another convincing victory over Grant, Meseraull, Bacon and a season-best performance by Rogers in fifth.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) equaled his best career USAC National Sprint Car finish at Huset’s with a runner-up finish after starting back in the ninth position aboard his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy. Grant also tacked on the night’s GSP Quality Driving Performance Award following his heat race run from sixth to second.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) led 13 laps en route to a third-place result in his Yeley-Petty Racing/Avanti Windows & Doors – Glenn Styres Racing/Twister/Claxton Chevy. The third place finish was his best with the series since February’s season opener in Ocala, Fla.

For the second time of his USAC National Sprint Car career, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) became a Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier. Also, for the second time, he set a new one-lap track record in the process. He also established a new record in May of this year at Missouri’s I-70 Motorsports Park.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 8, 2022 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – USAC Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-12.464 (New Track Record); 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.596; 3. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.634; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.691; 5. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-12.691; 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-12.721; 7. Eric Shulz, 38, Franks/Grien-13.281; 8. Tony Rustad, 105, Rustad-NT.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.467; 2. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.470; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.518; 4. Ryan Bernal, 17w, Wood-12.747; 5. Wyatt Burks, 11w, Burks-12.945; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley/Petty-13.146; 7. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-13.167; 8. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.466; 9. Doug Martens, 17, Thompson-15.889.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP THREE: 1. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-12.571; 2. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.655; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.671; 4. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-12.741; 5. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-12.866; 6. Cam Schafer, 97, G & S-12.969; 7. Xavier Doney, 74, Doney/Lawson-13.288; 8. Alex Schriever, 0, Davis-13.564; 9. Clinton Bruns, 7, Bruns-13.662.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Eric Schulz, 8. Tony Rustad. 2:12.07

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Wyatt Burks, 6. Mitchel Moles, 7. Braydon Cromwell, 8. Chad Frewaldt. NT

PIT STOP USA & ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Cam Schafer, 6. Xavier Doney, 7. Alex Schriever, 8. Alex Banales, 9. Clinton Bruns. 2:13.00

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (8), 2. Justin Grant (9), 3. Thomas Meseraull (1), 4. Brady Bacon (10), 5. Jadon Rogers (3), 6. C.J. Leary (6), 7. Ryan Bernal (2), 8. Mitchel Moles (13), 9. Emerson Axsom (7), 10. Matt Westfall (5), 11. Jake Swanson (11), 12. Logan Seavey (12), 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (15), 14. Zach Daum (4), 15. Wyatt Burks (16), 16. Alex Banales (18), 17. Braydon Cromwell (20), 18. Clinton Bruns (25), 19. Eric Schulz (21), 20. Cam Schafer (17), 21. Alex Schriever (22), 22. Brandon Mattox (14), 23. Xavier Doney (19), 24. Tony Rustad (24), 25. Chad Frewaldt (23). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Ryan Bernal, Laps 2-14 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 15-30 Robert Ballou.

**Xavier Doney flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1145, 2-Brady Bacon-1099, 3-Robert Ballou-1079, 4-Logan Seavey-1070, 5-Emerson Axsom-1045, 6-C.J. Leary-1039, 7-Chase Stockon-895, 8-Matt Westfall-828, 9-Jake Swanson-770, 10-Jadon Rogers-728.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-65, 2-Brady Bacon-62, 3-Robert Ballou-61, 4-Thomas Meseraull-51, 5-Logan Seavey-47, 6-Emerson Axsom-46, 7-Alex Bright-46, 8-Buddy Kofoid-45, 9-Jadon Rogers-41, 10-Matt Westfall-36.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 9-10, 2022 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – USAC Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Mitchel Moles

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Emerson Axsom

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Pit Stop USA/Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Zach Daum

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Justin Grant

Feature Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (8th to 1st)

 


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

AUGUST 13TH SANTA MARIA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RETURN TO PAY $2,000-TO-WIN
By Lance Jennings

JULY 7, 2022... USAC Western States Midget Series Director Stephanie Odom has announced that the August 13th return to Santa Maria Raceway will have extra money up for grabs. Thanks to the support from Hot Head Competition Heaters and Wireless 101, the event will now pay $2,000-to-win.

The action packed card will also feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, Dwarf Cars, and WRA Vintage Cars. For more information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

Since 1985, "The West's Best Short Track" has been a popular stop on the schedule. The 1/3-mile oval near the Central Coast of California has held 40 series events and last hosted the mighty midgets on August 10, 2019. Robert Dalby claimed the last appearance on his way to the championship and multi-time champion Sleepy Tripp leads all drivers with six wins at Santa Maria.

At press time, 2018 Champion Michael Faccinto leads the point chase over Ben Worth, Brody Fuson, Travis Buckley, defending champion Blake Bower, A.J. Bender, Jake Andreotti, Austin Liggett, C.J. Sarna, Michael Snider, and Caden Sarale. Buckley, Bender, and Sarale are in a battle for rookie of the year honors.

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

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES POINT STANDINGS
1. Michael Faccinto-470, 2. Ben Worth-402, 3. Brody Fuson-390, 4. Travis Buckley ®-376, 5. Blake Bower-372, 6. A.J. Bender ®-366, 7. Jake Andreotti-318, 8. Austin Liggett-251, 9. C.J. Sarna-244, 10. Michael Snider-236, --. Caden Sarale ®-236, 12. Randi Pankratz-208, 13. Thomas Esberg ®-203, 14. Danika Jo Parker-196, 15. Anthony Esberg ®-189, 16. Shane Golobic-159, --. Braden Chiaramonte ®-159, 18. Jake Hodges-144, 19. Robby Josett-136, 20. Dylan Bloomfield ®-133, 21. Terry Nichols-132, 22. Chase Johnson-121, 23. Cade Lewis ®-116, --. Ryan Bernal-116, 25. Matt Mitchell-104, 26. Ben Wiesz ®-101, --. Colton Raudman ®-101, 28. Mitchel Moles-84, 29. Sage Bordenave ®-81, 30. Racin Silva ®-69, 31. Shannon McQueen-68, 32. Dawson Faria ®-65, 33. Beau Lemire ®-62, 34. Zach Telford ®-61, 35. Jake Morgan ®-60, 36. Troy Rutherford-57, 37. Dylan Ito-55, 38. Cody Williams ®-43, 39. Nick Velasquez ®-42, 40. Kyle Beilman-40, 41. Dave Stoltz-38, 42. Floyd Alvis-31, 43. Greg Edenholm-26, 44. Steve Hix ®-25, --. Steve Paden-25, 46. Kevin Gray ®-25, 47. Dakota Albright-24, --. Mike Leach Jr.-24.

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

 

 

CRAZY FAST HIGH BANKS: USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVERS EXPLAIN WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Winchester, Indiana (July 7, 2022)………Eastern Indiana’s Winchester Speedway conjures up a myriad of revelations from competitors who’ve tackled the half-mile paved oval’s 37-degree banking.

“High banks,” “Crazy,” “Fast” and even a wordless expression of ventilation are among the adjectives that some of the top USAC Silver Crown racers of today expressed when posed the question, “What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words ‘Winchester Speedway?’”

Justin Grant, Kody Swanson, C.J. Leary and Bobby Santos are frequent frontrunners with the series and can count themselves among the favorites to score victory in the Thursday night, July 21, Rich Vogler Classic Presented by The Pallet Builder at Winchester.

Even though this four-pack has grown accustomed to taming racetracks and taking checkered flags on a regular basis in their careers, for them, Winchester Speedway brings out a different set of emotions and response than practically any racetrack in the United States of America, and they revealed to us their feelings about the renowned “World’s Fastest Half Mile,” which began operations more than a century ago.

JUSTIN GRANT | “Fast”

“Fast.” That’s an inherent attribute at Winchester Speedway and there’s only one driver to have won a USAC Silver Crown race at Winchester Speedway. That’s Justin Grant. Furthermore, not many drivers can lay claim to winning in their first visit to track, but the Ione, Calif. driver did just that after leading the final 43 laps of the 100-lapper. The 2020 series champion has notched scores of victories in Silver Crown, Sprint Cars and Midgets, but the one at Winchester, well, that stands among the most memorable. It just hit a little bit different.

“The first time I walked into Winchester, I thought, ‘oh boy, this is going to be a lot of fun,’” Grant remembered. “I think it’s a fairly intimidating joint. The banks are tall and you’re ripping around there at a pretty good clip. There’s a ton of history with all the big names that have won races there. It certainly has that feel when you walk in; it feels a bit hallowed and there’s the red and white everywhere. It almost feels eerie; it feels still. There’s a lot of big moments that have happened there and I think you can feel it in the place when you’re there.”

KODY SWANSON | “(Deep Breath)”

Kody Swanson didn’t have one word in particular when describing Winchester Speedway. Just a deep inhale and exhale. Ironically, that’s something he didn’t quite do when he made his qualifying run in the 2021 event as he held his breath for two full laps, clicking off a blistering 14.459 second lap on his second go-around, which translated to 124.490 miles per hour. The six-time series titlist and all-time winningest driver established the track record and finished a car length away from the victory there in 2021.

“(Inhales and exhales), maybe it’s just that - a deep breath,” Swanson stated when asked his first thoughts on Winchester. “It’s one of the wildest places to me. I started on the west coast, and we didn’t have anything that even had a percent of Winchester’s banking. Winchester is an animal all its own. It’s a tough, daunting place to get around. It demands your attention and respect and takes everything to the next level. For a lap, I don’t know if I took a single breath or not, and when I turned onto pit road, I was huffing and puffing. I was hoping it was a good lap because I don’t think I could’ve tried any harder.”

C.J. LEARY | “High Banks”

“High banks” was the first phrase that came to the Greenfield, Ind. driver’s mind. He will enter the Winchester event as the series point leader after capturing his first career pavement USAC victory at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway in late June.

“I ran a CRA Super Late Model there,” Leary recalled of his 2011 Winchester start in the World Stock Car Festival 100 at the age of 15. “Going there in an open wheel car will probably feel more like home than the late model did, but I’m a dirt guy who grew up running at Bloomington, Gas City and Kokomo, so it’s just a bit different. I’ve never ran anything open wheel there, so the speed and lack of downforce will be different, but I think it’ll be right in my wheelhouse, though. I’m really looking forward to it even though I’ve never really looked forward to the pavement a whole lot, but (car builder) Bob East has made it more fun, and to be competitive and racing for wins.”

BOBBY SANTOS | “Crazy”

Bobby Santos describes Winchester Speedway as “Crazy.” The silky smooth and fast pavement specialist is regularly among the top-three when it comes to the asphalt in USAC competition and snared a convincing victory back in May at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. A year ago, he led 18 laps at Winchester early before finishing 3rd in his first Silver Crown experience at the track. The Franklin, Mass. native took 3rd there in a 2019 Auto Value Super Sprint race and has started three USAC Sprint Car features at the track with a best of 6th in 2011. Progressively getting better on the high banks, Santos seems poised for a breakthrough come July 21.

“It’s crazy and it’s definitely a unique racetrack, that’s for sure,” Santos noted. “I’ve raced at Winchester a handful of times and, honestly, I don’t have the results that I’ve wanted to this point. I’ve got to keep working harder to do a better job there, so I’m looking forward to it and coming away with a good result.”

EVENT DETAILS:

The Rich Vogler Classic presented by The Pallet Builder featuring the USAC Silver Crown National Championship takes place on Thursday night, July 21, at Indiana's Winchester Speedway.

USAC Silver Crown rig unloading and parking takes place from 9am-3pm Eastern. Vintage car parking will be in the display area from 11am-2pm. Pits open at 2pm with a sweep at 3:40pm. Spectator gates open at 4pm. Vintage cars will be on track from 4:10-4:45pm.

Silver Crown practice begins at 5pm. Vintage cars and the Thunder Roadster heat race will hit the speedway from 6-6:40pm. Silver Crown qualifying commences at 7pm followed by the Thunder Roadster feature from 7:40-7:50pm. USAC Silver Crown cars will be gridded on track at 8pm with an autograph session on the front stretch from 8:10-8:25pm, followed by pre-race ceremonies at 8:30pm and the 100-lap Silver Crown main event at 8:45pm.

General admission tickets are $28 for ages 13 & up. General admission tickets are free for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Fans can save $5 by purchasing advance tickets online at www.eliteracingpromotions.com. There is no reserved seating. All tickets will be available at the gate on race day.

 

TUESDAY NIGHT THUNDER!
USAC MIDGETS SLING THE RED DIRT ON JULY 12

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Meeker, Oklahoma (July 7, 2022)………Motorin’ from the north to the south and back again, the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship is in a busy state of mind in July – four states in fact.

We’ll have been everywhere, man.

After the festivities at South Dakota are all buttoned up, the traveling show gathers up and makes the nearly 10 hour trek to Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway for Tuesday Night
Thunder on July 12, the fifth series visit to the 1/4-mile dirt oval.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) enters as the lone Red Dirt USAC Midget winner in Tuesday’s field. He finished inside the top-two in each of his first two Red Dirt starts. He led the final seven circuits to capture the 2019 race, which came one year after he led a race-high 13 laps and finished as the runner-up during his 2018 championship season. Most recently, he ran 9th in 2021.

Current championship point leader and defending series champ Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) took 4th in his debut Red Dirt appearance in 2020 and grabbed a 6th in 2021. He scored a feature win in the most recent USAC National Midget event in the Sooner State, scoring in April at Port City Raceway in Tulsa.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has raced to top-six finishes in each of his two Red Dirt starts, tallying a runner-up result in 2021 to go along with a 6th on his resume in 2018. His 2nd place finish last year came after starting 13th which made him the hard charger of the night. Grant was an Oklahoma winner with the USAC Midgets in April at Port City. His two career victories in Oklahoma have him in a four-way tie atop the list as the winningest USAC National Midget driver in the state alongside Kofoid, Tanner Thorson and Bob Wente.

Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) is the only driver to finish within the top-seven in all four of USAC’s Red Dirt USAC Midget races run since 2018. The USAC Triple Crown champion took 4th in 2018 and 4th again in 2019 after leading four laps late in the going. His best result there came in 2020, finishing 3rd, then followed up with a 7th in 2021.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) made his very first career USAC National Midget feature start at his home state Red Dirt Raceway in 2018, finishing 18th. McIntosh upped his performance in the following years with a best thus far of 7th in 2020 while leading briefly for one lap. His eight-lap time of 1:49.120 in a 2021 heat race is the track’s all-time USAC Midget track record for the distance.

Three-time USAC National Midget winner Zach Daum will be in one of two Bundy Built Motorsports cars alongside teammate Ethan Mitchell. Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) corralled a 3rd place result in 2021 while Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) knocked out a 13th in 2020.

Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has been the hard charger at Red Dirt twice in 2019 and 2020, starting 17th and finishing 5th in 2019, then proceeded from 18th to 8th in 2020. He once again put it inside the top-10 in 2021 with an 8th place result while leading a single lap early.

Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) was the frontrunner for much of the early going in 2021, leading nine of the first ten laps in a duel with Beason. Bryson found herself entangled with a lapped car late in the race, ending her bid for victory after the incident dropped her all the way back to the 18th position in the final rundown.

Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) set fast qualifying time in the 2021 event but experienced a short-lived night in the end after a flip on lap one of the feature. He’s among the returnees to the Red Dirt lineup as are San Jose, California’s Thomas Meseraull (12th in 2021), Lubbock, Texas’ Brenham Crouch (15th in 2021), Bixby, Oklahoma’s Tanner Berryhill (20th in 2021) and Kennedale, Texas’ Kyle Jones (22nd in 2021) and Macdoel, California’s Maria Cofer (23rd in 2018) while Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) aims for his first feature start at the track.

Red Dirt debuts come courtesy of USAC National Midget leading Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Midget Week winner Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), Jace Park (Overland Park, Kan.), Badger Midget champ Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.), Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.), Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.), Trey Marcham (Newcastle, Okla.), Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas), Corey Joyner (Concordia, Kan.) and more.

At Red Dirt, the gates open at 5pm Central, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing to follow. The NOW600 Non-Wing Micros are also on the event card.

General admission is just $25 with high school students and younger just $5 and children under five are admitted for free. Tickets are available online at www.reddirtraceway.com under the “Buy Tickets” tab and will be sold the day of the show as well. All access passes are available as well for $35 and available at the pit gate on the day of the show only.

“Tuesday Night Thunder” featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship & the NOW600 Restricted & Non-Wing Micro Sprints will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT RED DIRT RACEWAY:

1-Christopher Bell, Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey & Tanner Thorson

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT RED DIRT RACEWAY:

2018: Christopher Bell (7/10)

2019: Logan Seavey (7/9)

2020: Tanner Thorson (7/21)

2021: Daison Pursley (7/13)

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN OKLAHOMA:

2-Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Tanner Thorson & Bob Wente

1-John Batts, Christopher Bell, Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Tyler Courtney, Jimmy Davies, Daison Pursley, Lloyd Ruby, Logan Seavey, Sleepy Tripp & Roger West

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT RED DIRT RACEWAY:

1 Lap - 7/21/2020 - Tyler Courtney - 13.108

8 Laps 7/13/2021 - Cannon McIntosh - 1:49.120

10 Laps - 7/10/2018 - Tyler Thomas - 2:24.03

PAST RED DIRT RACEWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS:

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Christopher Bell (6), 2. Logan Seavey (5), 3. Tanner Carrick (7), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 5. Brady Bacon (3), 6. Justin Grant (4), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (14), 9. Spencer Bayston (18), 10. Tyler Courtney (2), 11. Chad Boat (19), 12. Holly Shelton (15), 13. Ryan Robinson (1), 14. Tucker Klaasmeyer (21), 15. Tyler Thomas (17), 16. Brayton Lynch (24), 17. Jonathan Beason (9), 18. Cannon McIntosh (20), 19. Zane Hendricks (8), 20. Kyle Craker (16), 21. Cole Bodine (23), 22. Ace McCarthy (12), 23. Maria Cofer (22), 24. Dave Darland (13). NT

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (9), 2. Zeb Wise (7), 3. Chris Windom (11), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (15), 5. Jonathan Beason (17), 6. Matt Sherrell (16), 7. Chad Boat (13), 8. Tanner Thorson (3), 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 10. Tyler Thomas (19), 11. Jesse Colwell (14), 12. Tanner Carrick (6), 13. Shannon McQueen (18), 14. Hank Davis (22), 15. Robert Dalby (21), 16. Tyler Courtney (1), 17. Jason McDougal (2), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 19. Andrew Deal (20), 20. Holley Hollan (12), 21. Cannon McIntosh (4), 22. Zane Hendricks (8). NT

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (6), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (8), 4. Buddy Kofoid (5), 5. Chris Windom (3), 6. Emerson Axsom (11), 7. Cannon McIntosh (4), 8. Jonathan Beason (18), 9. Tyler Thomas (9), 10. Andrew Layser (10), 11. Robert Dalby (20), 12. Daison Pursley (13), 13. Ethan Mitchell (2), 14. Sam Johnson (7), 15. Cole Bodine (17), 16. Tanner Carrick (15), 17. Trey Gropp (14), 18. Steven Shebester (12), 19. Shannon McQueen (22), 20. Chance Morton (21), 21. Kaylee Bryson (16), 22. Ace McCarthy (19). NT

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Daison Pursley (5), 2. Justin Grant (13), 3. Zach Daum (7), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 5. Chris Windom (12), 6. Buddy Kofoid (15), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (18), 8. Jonathan Beason (1), 9. Logan Seavey (11), 10. Chase Randall (10), 11. Tanner Thorson (17), 12. Thomas Meseraull (16), 13. Emerson Axsom (4), 14. Cannon McIntosh (14), 15. Brenham Crouch (9), 16. Ethan Mitchell (8), 17. Hayden Williams (19), 18. Kaylee Bryson (2), 19. Tyler Thomas (22), 20. Tanner Berryhill (20), 21. Trey Gropp (23-P), 22. Kyle Jones (21), 23. Bryant Wiedeman (6). NT


 


SO. DAK MOMENT:
IT’S NORTHBOUND TO HUSET’S
FOR USAC SPRINTS JULY 8-9-10

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (July 6, 2022)………When C.J. Leary gets on a roll, he’s routinely displayed his ability to ride that hot streak as long as he possibly can.

He showed that in droves during the inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in 2021 as he turned the Brandon, South Dakota 1/3-mile dirt oval into his personal ATM, winning Saturday’s preliminary and followed it up with a major score in Sunday’s finale.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) became the third different race leader on lap 19 amid the sixth different lead change before the halfway point before riding off to a lucrative victory.

After becoming the event’s first winner, the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champion would sure like to become the first two-time final night winner and the first repeat winner of the main event when the time arrives this weekend during the second annual USAC Nationals, which features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing at Huset’s on Friday-Saturday-Sunday, July 8-9-10, alongside the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Nights one and two will feature 30-lap USAC Sprint Car main events for the USAC Sprint Cars, paying $5,000-to-win. Meanwhile, Sunday night’s 40-lap finale will pay $12,000 to the winner. Throughout the weekend, points will continuously be accumulated, and the top point gainer for all three events combined will earn a $10,000 prize.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday night’s events will award 50 appearance points only to all USAC nationally-licensed drivers and entrants. No qualifying, heat race, preliminary or feature points will be issued.

On hand for the event will be many of the finest performers with USAC at Huset’s, including current USAC National Sprint Car point leader and the series’ most recent winner, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), who finished 3rd and 2nd on each night back in 2016 and, last year, garnered a 7th on night one and a 6th on night two.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) captured a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature win on opening night at Huset’s in 2021. His sprint car performances have been up to snuff as well, finishing as the runner-up on night one a year ago followed by a pair of 9th place performances, and was 4th back in 2016. Meseraull will be wheeling a sprint car for Yeley-Petty Racing in the event.

Four-time USAC National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) notched three consecutive top-six finishes at Huset’s in 2021, highlighted by a runner-up result on the final evening. He was also buoyed by a 3rd in the opener and a 6th on night two.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) collected his best result of the bunch with a 4th on the first night of 2021. The 2015 USAC National Sprint Car titlist was the hard charger in his Huset’s debut during the 2016 campaign, racing from his 18th starting position to finish 8th and, a night later, earned a 10th.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) owns the one-lap USAC Sprint Car track record at Huset’s, with the 2018 USAC National Midget champ punctuating his trip around the high-banked dirt oval in a time of 12.576 seconds before finishing a best of 8th on each of the first two night.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) was a primetime performer in his first visit to Huset’s in 2021. The 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ etched results of 6th on night one and upped it to a 4th on night two.

Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), USAC’s 2020 National Most Improved Driver, bagged a quality 10th place result on night two of Huset’s in 2021. During the event, he set the mark to beat with a USAC Sprint Car 8-lap track record time of 2:00.15.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.), likewise, is a Huset’s USAC Sprint Car track record holder himself, ripping around the joint during a 10-lap heat race in a time of 2:09.61. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car division’s all-time winningest driver as well as the 2013-14 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car champ finished 10th on the third and final night of the 2021 event.

Looking to bump into the top-ten for the first time in their return visits to Huset’s after appearances in 2021 are NAMARS Midget champ, BOSS Sprint king and Eldora Speedway late model titlist Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) who took 14th on night three of 2021. Alex Schriever (Hartford, S.D.) made his last USAC showing at Huset’s in 2016 with a 14th place result. Chad Frewaldt (Kansas City, Kan.) was 18th on night two in 2021 and was trailed by Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series champ Cam Schafer (Little Canada, Minn.) in 19th and USAC National Sprint Car Rookie Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.) in 20th.

First-time Huset’s USAC Sprint Car competitors include two-time 2022 USAC National Sprint Car feature winner and leading Rookie of the Year candidate Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), a 10th place finisher in a midget at Huset’s in 2021, as well as 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.). Axsom resides fifth in USAC Sprint points entering the weekend while Rogers stands 10th.

Additional first-time entries come from USAC Sprint Car Rookie and Huset’s midget track record holder Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), past POWRi Midget champion Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), 2020 USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Car champion and current point leader Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kan.), recent Angell Park 8th place finisher Braydon Cromwell (Lone Jack, Mo.), 2019 USAC CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.), one-time USAC Midwest Wingless winner Xavier Doney (Odessa, Mo.), Eric Schulz (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and more.

For the first two nights of racing at Huset’s on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 3pm with the drivers meeting at 4pm, an autograph session from 5-5:30 behind the grandstands, engine heat at 6:30pm and hot laps at 7pm followed by qualifying and racing action.

On the final night, championship night, Sunday, July 10, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 3pm with the drivers meeting at 4:15pm, cars on track for engine heat at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

Tickets, multi-day packages, and limited camping spots are going fast. Visit www.usacnationals.com and get yours today. Follow @USACnationals on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event news, updates, and information.

If you can’t make it to the event in person, all three nights of racing action at the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1095, 2-Brady Bacon-1049, 3-Robert Ballou-1029, 4-Logan Seavey-1020, 5-Emerson Axsom-995, 6-C.J. Leary-989, 7-Chase Stockon-895, 8-Matt Westfall-778, 9-Jake Swanson-720, 10-Jadon Rogers-678.

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PAST HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

2016: Chad Boespflug (8/20) & Chad Boespflug (8/21) – Both races were non-points special events

2021: Tanner Thorson (9/10), C.J. Leary (9/11) & C.J. Leary (9/12)

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TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT HUSET’S SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 9/10/2021 - Logan Seavey - 12.576

8 Laps - 9/11/2021 - Brandon Mattox - 2:00.15

10 Laps - 9/12/2021 - Ryan Bernal - 2:09.61

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PAST HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

2016 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Brady Short, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Ryan Bernal, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Bud Kaeding, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Dustin Smith, 14. Mark Dobmeier, 15. Rob Caho, Jr., 16. Tim Kaeding, 17. Mike Martin, 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Alex Schriever, 20. Scotty Weir, 21. Bret Mellenberndt, 22. Brady Bacon, 23. Dylan Peterson, 24. Landon Simon. NT

2016 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Dustin Smith, 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 8. Brady Short, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Mark Dobmeier, 14. Alex Schriever, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Thomas Meseraull, 17. Chris Windom, 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Rob Caho Jr., 20. Mike Martin, 21. Bret Mellenberndt, 22. Dylan Peterson, 23. Tim Kaeding, 24. Aaron Reutzel. NT

2021 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (1), 2. Thomas Meseraull (2), 3. Brady Bacon (10), 4. Robert Ballou (3), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 6. Jake Swanson (4), 7. Justin Grant (8), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Jason McDougal (5), 10. Chris Windom (6), 11. C.J. Leary (12), 12. Brandon Mattox (14), 13. Chase Stockon (7), 14. Ryan Bernal (17), 15. Mario Clouser (13), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (19), 17. Matt Westfall (16), 18. Isaac Chapple (15), 19. Glen Saville (24), 20. Jeff Pellersels (18), 21. Alex Banales (22), 22. Robert Bell (23), 23. Cam Schafer (20), 24. Chad Frewaldt (21). NT

2021 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (6), 2. Tanner Thorson (7), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (1), 4. Jake Swanson (9), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 6. Brady Bacon (2), 7. Chris Windom (10), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Thomas Meseraull (12), 10. Brandon Mattox (18), 11. Mario Clouser (4), 12. Chase Stockon (24), 13. Terry Richards (21), 14. Justin Grant (13), 15. Isaac Chapple (19), 16. Ryan Bernal (3), 17. Robert Ballou (14), 18. Chad Frewaldt (16), 19. Cam Schafer (22), 20. Alex Banales (20), 21. Robert Bell (23), 22. Jason McDougal (5), 23. Matt Westfall (15), 24. Glen Saville (17). NT

2021 NIGHT #3 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (9), 2. Brady Bacon (8), 3. Chris Windom (4), 4. Tanner Thorson (10), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 6. Justin Grant (3), 7. Chase Stockon (6), 8. Jason McDougal (12), 9. Thomas Meseraull (7), 10. Ryan Bernal (14), 11. Robert Ballou (2), 12. Jake Swanson (13), 13. Mario Clouser (15), 14. Matt Westfall (18), 15. Brandon Mattox (17), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 17. Logan Seavey (1), 18. Isaac Chapple (16), 19. Terry Richards (19), 20. Cam Schafer (22), 21. Chad Frewaldt (20), 22. Glen Saville (23), 23. Jeremy Kerzman (24), 24. Alex Banales (21). NT

 

…AND ACTION!
USAC MIDGETS TAKE ON 3-NIGHT ADVENTURE
JULY 8-9-10 AT HUSET’S
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (July 6, 2022)………With the checkered flag in his sight, Thomas Meseraull had resigned himself to a third-place finish during the 2021 opening night Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals feature for the NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in Brandon, South Dakota.

Running inside the top-five throughout the first 29 laps, Meseraull thought he saw his hopes of victory dashed on the final lap as the leaders raced into the distance on the back straightaway while Meseraull seemed destined for a third-place fate.

However, divine intervention swept over the speedway in the form of a yellow flag due to a stopped car in turn two which brought about not only a halt to the race, but also reverted to the last completed lap, thus sending Meseraull back into second and provided him another shot with a green-white-checkered bout waiting ahead.

Meseraull assaulted the cushion without hesitation and stuck to his guns to charge by for the win, ultimately completing the winning pass at the exit of turn four while charging to the white flag. Not to be denied, Meseraull sealed the deal on the final lap by turning his best lap of the contest.

The San Jose, Calif. driver has his eye on the ball once again for this weekend’s return to the 1/3-mile dirt oval as he seeks consecutive years of Huset’s success.

THE INTRODUCTION:

Three-straight nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing arrives at Huset’s on Friday-Saturday-Sunday, July 8-9-10, alongside the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in a delectable triple-threat doubleheader.

Nights one and two will feature 30-lap USAC National Midget main events, paying $5,000-to-win. Meanwhile, Sunday night’s 100-lap finale will pay $12,000 to the winner. Throughout the weekend, points will continuously be accumulated, and the top point gainer in the midget division for all three events combined will earn a $10,000 prize.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday night’s events will award 50 appearance points only to all USAC nationally-licensed drivers and entrants. No qualifying, heat race, preliminary or feature points will be issued.

RUSHMORE HISTORY:

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets have competed in the state of South Dakota just nine times in the 67-year history of the series. Nine previous South Dakota USAC National Midget races have produced eight different winners between 1976-2021: Steve Cannon (1976 in Huron), Sleepy Tripp (1976 in Rapid City), Johnny Parsons (1977 in Huron), Rich Vogler (1977 in Hartford), Ken Schrader (1982 in Hartford), Kenny Irwin Jr. (1996 at Huset’s), Meseraull (2021 at Huset’s) and Chris Windom (twice in 2021 at Huset’s).

THE RETURNEES:

Among the top returnees in the field include the man who won his first career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car feature just two weeks ago at this very same place. That’s defending USAC National Midget champion and current point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.). Kofoid’s three Huset’s midget starts last year resulted in a 4th on night one, a 3rd on night two and a 2nd on night three. Kofoid is sensing a trend here, and he’ll be shooting to get back into victory lane for the fifth time this season starting Friday.

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) was solid in all three of his starts a year ago at Huset’s, with the 2017 USAC Indiana Midget Week titlist tallying a 3rd on night one, a 5th on night two and a 7th on night three.

Golobic was the first to break the track record in the 2021 opener, but the ensuing evening saw Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) up the ante once more by setting a new track record for the series at 12.776 seconds. This year’s leading Rookie of the Year candidate nearly pulled off a victory on the first night of 2021’s festivities, taking the lead on the final lap before the yellow fell. On the restart, he dropped to 6th and is primed to become the series’ newest first-time winner.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) possesses the USAC Sprint Car one-lap track record at Huset’s, but his prowess in a midget there is just as strong. The 2018 USAC National Midget champ rose to 7th, 4th and 6th during his three runs at the track in 2021.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is the lone driver to win in all three USAC National divisions thus far this year. The 2020 USAC Silver Crown champ, and three times a 2022 USAC National Midget victor, scored a best of 6th at Huset’s on night two in the inaugural 2021 edition.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) was the dominant force early on during the final night of 2021’s USAC Nationals when he led a total of 23 laps before suffering a flat right rear tire, which dashed his hopes and dreams of victory. The winner of the series’ most recent round at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in June collected a best of 9th on the second night of action.

Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) placed 9th on the final night of 2021 while Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) performed solidly with 10th place results on each of the first pair of racing nights. Lurking just outside the top-ten last year and hungry to move up through the field this time around are 2021 race returnees Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), 13th on night one, as well as Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), 14th on night one. Four-time USAC National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oka.) suffered trouble on his run last year, relegating him to 17th in the night one finishing order.

THE ROOKS:

The USAC Nationals Rookie class in the midget division includes many of the series’ shining new stars. Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) captured his first career USAC National Midget victory during USAC Indiana Midget Week in June at Lincoln Park Speedway.

The Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports pack include three drivers currently positioned inside the top-eight in the overall standings, and all hungering after their first series victory. Third in points is Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) as well as sixth-place residing Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) and in the eighth-slot is Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.). Cade Lewis (Bakersfield, Calif.) is a newcomer to the team and is making his first South Dakota voyage this weekend.

Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.), like Reimer, is a recent feature winner with the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets and is also making her Huset’s debut along with CB Industries teammate and fellow series Rookie Jace Park (Overland Park, Kan.).

POWRi Midget champ Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) will be among those pulling double-duty in both the USAC Midgets and Sprints at Huset’s as will Alex Schriever (Hartford, S.D.), not exactly a newbie to USAC racing at Huset’s after finishing 14th with the sprints there in 2016. Badger Midget champion Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.) is in the lineup as is USAC Western Restricted HPD Midget champ Blake Brannon (Morgan Hill, Calif.) and more.

For the first two nights of racing at Huset’s on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 3pm with the drivers meeting at 4pm, an autograph session from 5-5:30 behind the grandstands, engine heat at 6:30pm and hot laps at 7pm followed by qualifying and racing action.

On the final night, championship night, Sunday, July 10, pit gates open at Noon Central. The front gates will open at 3pm with the drivers meeting at 4:15pm, cars on track for engine heat at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

Tickets, multi-day packages, and limited camping spots are going fast. Visit www.usacnationals.com and get yours today. Follow @USACnationals on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event news, updates, and information.

If you can’t make it to the event in person, all three nights of racing action at the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals will be aired live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N
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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-761, 2-Justin Grant-715, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-581, 4-Mitchel Moles-580, 5-Thomas Meseraull-569, 6-Kaylee Bryson-543, 7-Cannon McIntosh-542, 8-Taylor Reimer-448, 9-Brenham Crouch-441, 10-Logan Seavey-436.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT HUSET’S SPEEDWAY:

2-Chris Windom

1-Kenny Irwin Jr. & Thomas Meseraull

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT HUSET’S SPEEDWAY:

1996: Kenny Irwin Jr. (7/30)

2021: Thomas Meseraull (9/10), Chris Windom (9/11) & Chris Windom (9/12)

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN SOUTH DAKOTA:

2-Chris Windom

1-Steve Cannon, Kenny Irwin Jr., Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Parsons, Ken Schrader, Sleepy Tripp & Rich Vogler

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT HUSET’S SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 9/11/2021 - Mitchel Moles - 12.776 - 93.832 mph

8 Laps - 7/30/1996 - Kenny Irwin Jr. - 1:58.03 - 81.254 mph

10 Laps - 9/12/2021 - Emerson Axsom - 2:12.56 - 90.435 mph

12 Laps - 7/30/1996 - Cory Kruseman - 3:02.33 - 78.899 mph

30 Laps - 9/11/2021 - Chris Windom - 7:31.12 - 79.722 mph

PAST HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS:

1996 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kenny Irwin Jr., 2. Kevin Doty, 3. Jay Drake, 4. Brian Gerster, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jeff Sands, 7. Cory Kruseman, 8. Donnie Lehmann, 9. Carl Olsen, 10. Gary Howard, 11. John Heydenreich, 12. Boyd Calvert, 13. Mark Boice, 14. Scott Hansen, 15. Dave Strickland Jr., 16. Steve Barth, 17. Keith Rauch, 18. Dennis Parker. (David Bridges disqualified for failing to meet specs regarding fuel). NT

2021 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (31 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (6), 2. Chris Windom (4), 3. Shane Golobic (5), 4. Buddy Kofoid (7), 5. Daison Pursley (1), 6. Mitchel Moles (12), 7. Logan Seavey (13), 8. Jason McDougal (9), 9. Chase Randall (3), 10. Chance Crum (17), 11. Brenham Crouch (16), 12. Maria Cofer (20), 13. Ethan Mitchell (18), 14. Hayden Reinbold (19), 15. Austin Barnhill (22), 16. Cannon McIntosh (11), 17. Brady Bacon (8), 18. Ryan Timms (15), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 20. Chad Frewaldt (24), 21. Tanner Thorson (14), 22. Justin Grant (21), 23. Brant O'Banion (23), 24. Emerson Axsom (10). NT

2021 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (6), 2. Daison Pursley (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (7), 4. Logan Seavey (3), 5. Shane Golobic (12), 6. Justin Grant (13), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 8. Thomas Meseraull (16), 9. Cannon McIntosh (10), 10. Chance Crum (5), 11. Emerson Axsom (8), 12. Mitchel Moles (11), 13. Tanner Thorson (15), 14. Chase Randall (18), 15. Ryan Timms (14), 16. Jason McDougal (17), 17. Maria Cofer (19), 18. Brenham Crouch (2), 19. Hayden Reinbold (20), 20. Chad Frewaldt (21), 21. Austin Barnhill (4), 22. Aaron Werner (23), 23. Casey Hicks (25), 24. Lance Bennett (22), 25. Blaze Bennett (24). 7:31.12 (New Track Record)

2021 NIGHT #3 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (7), 2. Buddy Kofoid (11), 3. Daison Pursley (12), 4. Tanner Thorson (18), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 6. Logan Seavey (6), 7. Shane Golobic (10), 8. Jason McDougal (4), 9. Brenham Crouch (15), 10. Emerson Axsom (2), 11. Ryan Timms (16), 12. Chad Frewaldt (20), 13. Brant O'Banion (24), 14. Austin Barnhill (19), 15. Aaron Werner (21), 16. Casey Hicks (22), 17. Chase Randall (1), 18. Lance Bennett (23), 19. Chance Crum (13), 20. Justin Grant (14), 21. Thomas Meseraull (9), 22. Mitchel Moles (5), 23. Cannon McIntosh (8), 24. Hayden Reinbold (17). NT


 


GRANTACULAR!
GRANT SPEEDS TO SPRINTACULAR USAC SCORE
AT LINCOLN PARK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (July 2, 2022)………Justin Grant wasn’t asking for much during Saturday night’s Bill Gardner Sprintacular finale at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Grant had qualified fantastically, but his feature result of eighth hadn’t come close to fulfilling his wishes, dreams and desires.

After qualifying a personally unsatisfying 16th on Saturday night, all the Ione, Calif. racer sought was a complete reversal of his fortunes from the night before.

What’s old is new. What’s red is blue. And what seemed like a foreshadowing omen turned out to be untrue.

As it turned out, this was going to be Justin Grant’s night and he was just fine with that.

Mired back in eighth for the start of the 40-lap feature co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series at the 5/16-mile dirt oval, Grant marched his way forward to the point on the 17th lap as he whistled past Kyle Cummins on the inside of turn three to assume the lead and carried onward to a $10,000 victory in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

Grant’s third series triumph of the season is his 31st overall in USAC National Sprint Car competition, moving him past Chris Windom and into a tie for 16th all-time alongside Tyler Courtney on the all-time list.

Oh, how things can change from not only night-to-night but from within a span of just a few hours. Grant rebounded to win his heat race following a quote/unquote “temper tantrum” after his qualifying run, then solidified his successful evening by leading the final 24 laps while extending his point lead in the USAC Sprint Car National Championship title race to its biggest margin of the season at 46.

“The racetrack just changes so much here from the beginning of the night to the end of the night, and what it takes to be fast here in qualifying isn’t necessarily what it takes to be good in the feature,” Grant explained. “Last night, I felt like we were really good in qualifying, then we weren’t so good in the feature. Tonight, it was kind of vice versa. Luckily, I was able to pull myself out of my ‘pout’ and got the job done in the heat race.”

Furthermore, the end result marked a homecoming of sorts for Grant and his team, harkening back to where it all began for the duo on this same Sprintacular weekend four years ago.

“I’d never won a USAC race at Putnamville,” Grant revealed. “The only race I’d won here was an MSCS show in 2018. It was my first ever win with TOPP Motorsports and it’s good to win again.”

Previous night’s Lincoln Park winner C.J. Leary bolted to the early lead from his pole starting position to lead by a car length at the line over high-side surging Kyle Cummins who started from the outside of row two. Cummins shot around the outside of Leary at the exit of turn two on lap two to briefly hold the lead until the yellow flag was displayed for 16th starting Jake Scott who spun in turn two.

Reverting to the last completed lap. Leary was positioned back in front of Cummins to lead the whopping 26-car field to the restart, forcing Cummins to show his work once more. This time, Cummins alternated his path on the restart, firing away and blasting under Leary for the lead in turn three just moments into the lap two restart.

Cummins stretched his legs out to a full-straightaway lead by lap 13, to 3.406 seconds, as he started working lapped traffic. Meanwhile, Grant slid past series Rookie Mitchel Moles for the third spot in turns three, slotting right in behind second-running Leary.

A lap later, Austin Graby (24th) and Jake Scott (23rd) knocked bumpers in between turns one and two with Graby getting the worst end of the ordeal, sliding sideways to a stop between turns one and two. The ensuing restart set Grant up to make a big run on Leary for second, digging off the bottom on the back straightaway.

It wasn’t long before Grant took the fight right to Cummins, getting a drive in turns three and four to pull even in a side-by-side drift with Cummins prevailing for the time being on lap 14. Grant reloaded and squeezed the trigger entering turn three on lap 17, sliding by Cummins on the inside in what ultimately proved to be the winning move.

Cummins posed a threat to chase Grant back down but jumped the turn four cushion on the 18th lap, causing him to lose momentum as well as valuable ground, which backed him up to a 1.378 second deficit behind Grant.

A tick later, the yellow flag flew as Kevin Thomas Jr. (11th), Brady Bacon (12th) and Dave Darland (14th) all tangled and stopped between turns one and two. Brandon Mattox (15th) also got caught up in the incident, which knocked out his front end and forced him to the sidelines along with Darland who had won his first USAC heat race in 15 months earlier in the program.

The story nearing the halfway mark of the race was 11th starting Logan Seavey who dipped under Cummins in turn four on the lap 19 restart and grabbed the second spot. Axsom followed suit and rolled the bottom to third on lap 22 past Cummins in turns three and four. Cummins then stumbled on the cushion in turns one and two and got punched in the rear bumper by Moles as a result, slowing both down just enough to allow Jason McDougal to take advantage as he zipped under both for fourth on the 23rd circuit.

Grant remained up a second over Seavey as the leaders entered lapped traffic. Grant, Seavey and Axsom remained loyal to the bottom of the racing surface in one and two while Axsom was the lone adventurer on the bottom in three and four but was unable to make much headway until four laps remaining when an inadvertent yellow was called when 13th running Tye Mihocko shot sideways off course in turn four on lap 37.

A hefty high/low battle took place on the ensuing restart as Grant rode the high line through turns three and four to a car length ahead of the bottom-dwelling Seavey at the line. However, Grant clamped down and locked the bottom up as he shot to the low line in turn one just across the nose of Seavey. Nearby was Axsom who glided past Seavey for the runner-up spot around the infield tire marker while coming to the white flag.

But still out front was Grant who became $10,000 richer as he crossed under flagman Tom Hansing’s twin checkers by a 0.690 second margin over Axsom, Seavey, McDougal and Cummins.

Grant’s path around Lincoln Park down the stretch was unique in nature as he chose its best characteristics, high on one end and low on the flip side of the speedway, providing him the best of both worlds in pursuit of victory.

“There were definitely two different ends there,” Grant reflected. “Toward the end, in three and four, even though it was on the curb, it slowed down so much. I knew, as long as I didn’t bang it off four and get messed up and I didn’t miss it off two, I would probably be all right unless somebody got the top cleaned off. It was so tricky up there I figured I’d at least hear them up there before I saw them. There early, it was all about shutting it down, idling the bottom of one and two and then getting back up on the pipe and smashing the curb in three and four. Toward the end, the whole race slowed down.”

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) climbed from his ninth starting position to finish second as he snuck by Seavey coming to the white flag. It's the leading series Rookie’s second podium finish in his last three USAC National Sprint Car feature starts and his best result since winning in February in Ocala, Fla. in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

“I kind of committed to the bottom there and I think we were just as good as Logan up top,” Axsom explained. “Grant was kind of in his own zip code up on the cushion, which is pretty typical. I just felt like it was better to go where he wasn’t. if I could try to gain anywhere, it was on the bottom of three and four. I felt like it was definitely on the bottom of one and two. It kind of fanned out in three and four but I committed to the bottom because that’s where no one else was. We all worked really hard last night to figure out what we needed to be better. Obviously, it paid off and I’m glad it did.”

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) raced his way from all the way back in the 11th starting position to finish an impressive third, which earned him hard charger honors for the race. Seavey has performed admirably of late, finishing seven-straight inside the top-ten and five of his last seven inside the top-three aboard the Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Chevy.

“We’re trying to get a little bit better, and we are getting a lot better,” Seavey acknowledged. “After coming from 11th there and driving up to second, I thought I had a chance at the lead at the end. I tried to tighten myself up a lot by committing to the bottom, and as soon as I opened my entry, I saw Emerson and he nudged me off the bottom. Then, I did lose third there for a second to Jason (McDougal) too. But all in all, it was a great night for us.”

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 2, 2022 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 5/16-Mile Dirt Track – IndianaOpenWheel.com Bill Gardner Sprintacular – Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.944; 2. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-13.040; 3. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-13.043; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15K, BGE Dougherty-13.047; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.067; 6. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.074; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.148; 8. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.165; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.167; 10. Brian Hayden, 2H, Hayden-13.185; 11. Max Adams, 17, On The Gass-13.243; 12. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-13.263; 13. Jake Scott, 33, Miller-13.287; 14. Jake Swanson, 5T, Daming-13.333; 15. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-13.348; 16. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.371; 17. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-13.424; 18. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-13.469; 19. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland/Curb-Agajanian-13.482; 20. Koby Barksdale, 16K, Knight-13.507; 21. Tye Mihocko, 2E, Epperson-13.511; 22. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.540; 23. Cole Bodine, 57B, DCT/Crow/Bodine-13.551; 24. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.563; 25. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.610; 26. Kyle Shipley, 17GP, Dutcher-13.636; 27. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-13.660; 28. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-13.661; 29. Ryan Bond, 7R, Czoer-13.687; 30. Brent Beauchamp, 11, Beauchamp-13.690; 31. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-13.719; 32. Chase Johnson, 2, Yeley/Petty-13.737; 33. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-13.748; 34. Travis Thompson, 7T, Thompson-13.770; 35. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-13.770; 36. Alec Sipes, 99, Sipes-13.784; 37. Todd Hobson, 77AU, Sturgeon-13.793; 38. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.823; 39. Gabriel Gilbert, 10G, Gilbert-13.829; 40. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-13.852; 41. Geoff Ensign, 04, Burton-13.877; 42. Ivan Glotzbach, i1, Hayden-13.982; 43. Derek Crane, 19WI, Crane-14.098; 44. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.114; 45. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.170; 46. Austin Graby, 7, Lotier/Nemeth-14.204; 47. Cody Trammell, 27T, Densford-14.271; 48. Tony Helton, 87, Miller-14.339; 49. Tres Mehler, 5A, Hawkins-14.488; 50. Broc Hunnell, 8, Smith/Robertson-14.493; 51. Brandon Smith, 11s, Smith-14.754; 52. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-14.803.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Jake Scott, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Todd Hobson, 9. Geoff Ensign, 10. Ryan Bond, 11. Collin Ambrose, 12. Tres Mehler, 13. Donny Brackett. 2:13.81

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Zack Pretorius, 3. Brent Beauchamp, 4. Brian Hayden, 5. Brayden Fox, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Austin Graby, 10. Broc Hunnell, 11. Travis Thompson, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Ivan Glotzbach. NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Cole Bodine, 4. Harley Burns, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Evan Mosley, 7. Max Adams, 8. Gabriel Gilbert, 9. Cody Trammell, 10. Brandon Smith, 11. Derek Crane, 12. Jason McDougal, 13. Alex Banales. 2:19.49

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Koby Barksdale, 7. Carson Garrett, 8. Travis Berryhill, 9. Chase Johnson, 10. Alec Sipes, 11. Aric Gentry, 12. Tony Helton, 13. Hunter Maddox. 2:18.73

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Evan Mosley, 2. Todd Hobson, 3. Sterling Cling, 4. Alec Sipes, 5. Alex Banales, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Gabriel Gilbert, 8. Ivan Glotzbach, 9. Travis Thompson, 10. Cody Trammell, 11. Austin Graby, 12. Aric Gentry, 13. Broc Hunnell, 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Tony Helton, 16. Derek Crane, 17. Collin Ambrose, 18. Geoff Ensign, 19. Tres Mehler, 20. Chase Johnson. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Jake Scott, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Brayden Fox, 9. Jadon Rogers, 10. Travis Berryhill, 11. Max Adams, 12. Kyle Shipley, 13. Koby Barksdale, 14. Alec Sipes, 15. Evan Mosley, 16. Sterling Cling, 17. Todd Hobson, 18. Ryan Bond. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (8), 2. Emerson Axsom (9), 3. Logan Seavey (11), 4. Jason McDougal (12), 5. Kyle Cummins (4), 6. Shane Cottle (14), 7. Robert Ballou (5), 8. Mitchel Moles (3), 9. Jake Swanson (7), 10. C.J. Leary (1), 11. Brady Bacon (15), 12. Brian Hayden (2), 13. Tye Mihocko (18), 14. Jadon Rogers (U-23), 15. Cole Bodine (19), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 17. Brent Beauchamp (22), 18. Jake Scott (16), 19. Zack Pretorius (17), 20. Austin Graby (U-26), 21. Carson Garrett (M-24), 22. Harley Burns (21), 23. Dave Darland (10), 24. Brandon Mattox (20), 25. Chase Stockon (6), 26. Aric Gentry (M-25). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 C.J. Leary, Laps 2-16 Kyle Cummins, Laps 17-40 Justin Grant.

(U) represents a USAC provisional feature starter. (M) represents an MSCS provisional feature starter.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1095, 2-Brady Bacon-1049, 3-Robert Ballou-1029, 4-Logan Seavey-1020, 5-Emerson Axsom-995, 6-C.J. Leary-989, 7-Chase Stockon-895, 8-Matt Westfall-778, 9-Jake Swanson-720, 10-Jadon Rogers-678.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-58, 2-Brady Bacon-56, 3-Robert Ballou-54, 4-Thomas Meseraull-51, 5-Logan Seavey-47, 6-Emerson Axsom-46, 7-Alex Bright-46, 8-Buddy Kofoid-45, 9-Jadon Rogers-41, 10-Matt Westfall-36.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 8-9-10, 2022 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, South Dakota – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – USAC Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Sterling Cling

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Chase Stockon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Dave Darland

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Justin Grant

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

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Harley Burns

Feature Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (11th to 3rd)

 

TOP GUN:
LEARY RIDES THE HIGH LINE
TO SPRINTACULAR OPENING NIGHT WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (July 1, 2022)………In order to become a winner, one cannot simply settle on merely being a follower. One must discover their own path, their own journey, to reach their desired destination.

Such was the case for C.J. Leary who refused to stand pat midway through Friday night's 30-lap Indiana Open Wheel Bill Gardner Sprintacular feature at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway.

Following a mid-race caution, the Greenfield, Ind. native made an in-car adjustment and a race-changing under the helmet adjustment, ultimately deciding on a new plan of attack which took him from the bottom of the 5/16-mile dirt oval to the top in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and Midwest Sprint Car Series co-sanctioned event.

In quick succession on the lap 15 restart, Leary darted straight to the high line, first gliding around bottom feeding Kevin Thomas Jr. for second, then by race leader Robert Ballou on the 16th lap by mere inches at the line.

That made all the difference and set Leary forth to his second consecutive “Sprintacular” opener victory, repeating his triumphant performance from one year ago in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/Cressman Ford.

The midstream change and refusal to stand pat, paid off for Leary as he gained his second USAC National Sprint Car feature win of the season, which was also the 18th of his career, moving him past Jerry Coons Jr., Jim Hurtubise and Bud Kaeding for 33rd on the all-time list.

“I just went to the top there and started pounding the curb,” Leary recalled. “I never heard anyone up there when I was running second and third, but I felt like since there were no points for us tonight, I just needed to move around and try to win the race. I went up there and our car was really good and stable. It’s a lot of fun to come out and bang the curb; there’s only a handful of guys that can do it. It’s super technical.”

To clarify, there weren’t exactly “no points” available on this evening with 50 points being issued to all licensed USAC National Sprint Car drivers and entrants who signed in on this night regardless of finishing position. But the occasion afforded Leary the opportunity to throw caution to the wind, so to speak, in order to do what needed to be done for him to be standing in victory lane once more.

Leary began his journey from the third position in the 23-car field, and briefly fell back to fourth while pole sitter Kevin Thomas Jr. shot out to the early lead in what was his first USAC start of the season. Thomas looked like he hadn’t missed a beat until he snagged the turn four cushion on the first lap, which knocked his car askew and dropped him from first all the way back to fourth in no time flat.

That opened the door on the bottom for Leary who cruised the bottom past Chase Stockon, Robert Ballou and Thomas Jr. for the lead at the stripe. Leary’s grip of the top spot was short-lived as Ballou nosed underneath moments later in turn one, then edged away at the exit of turn two.

The running order remained unchanged with Ballou ringing the bottom while Leary ran a distant three seconds behind with Thomas reemerging to challenge Leary. On lap 12, Thomas played the limbo line to perfection, overtaking Leary in turns three and four to take over second.

By the time the yellow flag flew for 17th running Mitchel Moles’ spin and stop between turns three and four on lap 14, Ballou had ballooned his advantage to a full-straightaway, 4.071 second margin over Thomas while Leary rested a distant third. But now, Ballou’s lead was erased heading into the fateful restart which would ultimately tell the tale.

First, Leary disposed of Thomas on the initial lap of his high line excursion on lap 15. Now running second, Leary repeated the same verse and flew around Ballou to lead lap 16 at the line by the miniscule margin of 0.018 sec.

“Robert was really good on the bottom,” Leary acknowledged. “I don’t know if anybody had much for him around the bottom. I made some shock adjustments under that first yellow. I was a little bit better but still wasn’t good enough to beat him on the bottom. Then, I kind of went the other direction on the shocks.”

With the laps waning down to six to go, Leary continued to stretch his way out from Ballou to the tune of 1.3 seconds. With Ballou seeing his winning chances fade into oblivion, he briefly altered his line to the top. After the surging Brady Bacon nearly ripped away second from him, and seeing Leary up his lead to 2.25 sec., Ballou decided enough was enough and traveled back to the bottom to resecure the line.

Leary had everything well under his control up front down the stretch as he crossed the line for his second overall Bill Gardner Sprintacular feature victory by a 3.267 margin all while chaos was breaking loose behind him. One corner from the finish line, second running Ballou clipped the turn four infield tire with his left front, causing him to spin sideways. Caught up in the melee as an innocent bystander was third-place Thomas who plowed in and came to a halt as well.

With two-thirds of the podium knocked out in the blink of an eye, that elevated Bacon second and Kyle Cummins to third while Chase Stockon scored a fourth and Shane Cottle rounded out the top-five.

Bacon’s runner-up result was the Broken Arrow, Okla. racer’s third-straight USAC National Sprint Car podium finish and his fifth consecutive top-five showing in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Gressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy

“Running on a big curb like that, that’s not really our bread and butter, but it’s encouraging that our car is capable of doing that,” Bacon stated. “I just didn’t get a very good start to the race, and I put myself in some bad spots. There were a couple of yellows that fell right after I passed cars, so we had to pass them again. No one was really sure if the top was going to come or not; C.J. was the first one to get up there and do it. We were kind of forced up there; we did okay but I definitely wasn’t as good as him.”

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) was superb in his first USAC National Sprint Car feature start in two-and-a-half months, collecting a third in his Rock Steady Racing/Ultimate Predator Boats – Mid-America Safety Solutions/Mach-1/Cummins Chevy.

“I really feel like we had an unbelievable racecar,” Cummins praised. “My dad built this motor yesterday and we put it in today. This thing is a rocket ship. We put on new shocks, put new torsion bars in and Hank and Michelle Byram gave me a great car. Tim Spindler sets it up and my wife takes care of the baby the whole time and she’s a handful.”

Utilizing the MSCS format of group qualifying, Ryan Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded his first career USAC National Sprint Car Fatheadz Fast Qualifying award of his career, besting a field of 58 cars.

The 58 cars on hand were the most for a USAC National Sprint Car event since the Western World Championships of 2008 at the defunct Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 1, 2022 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 5/16-Mile Dirt Track – IndianaOpenWheel.com Bill Gardner Sprintacular – Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.622; 2. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-12.842; 3. Brent Beauchamp, 34B, Olson-12.859; 4. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-12.876; 5. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-12.884; 6. Jake Scott, 33, Miller-13.008; 7. Seth Parker, 38p, Parker-13.249; 8. Austin Graby, 7, Lotier/Nemeth-13.259; 9. Geoff Ensign, 04, Burton-13.278; 10. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-13.292.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Ryan Thomas, 77FR, Wingo-12.439; 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.705; 3. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-12.923; 4. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.956; 5. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.006; 6. Ivan Glotzbach, i1, Hayden-13.209; 7. Blake Vermillion, 73, Vermillion-13.334; 8. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-13.350; 9. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-13.370; 10. Chase Johnson, 2, Yeley/Petty-NT.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP THREE: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.577; 2. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-12.713; 3. A.J. Hopkins, 77, Wingo-12.719; 4. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-12.722; 5. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.834; 6. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-12.962; 7. Todd Hobson, 77AU, Sturgeon-13.215; 8. Cody Trammell, 27T, Densford-13.377; 9. Tony Helton, 87, Miller-13.787; 10. Michael Clark, 8, Clark-NT.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP FOUR: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.635; 2. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-12.768; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15K, BGE Dougherty-12.899; 4. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-12.914; 5. Tye Mihocko, 2E, Epperson-12.954; 6. Cole Bodine, 57B, DCT/Crow/Bodine-12.989; 7. Kyle Shipley, 17GP, Dutcher-13.119; 8. Max Adams, 17, On The Gass-13.151; 9. Jesse Vermillion, 5v, Vermillion-13.708; 10. Tres Mehler, 5A, Hawkins-13.987.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP FIVE: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.771; 2. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-12.952; 3. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland/Curb-Agajanian-12.975; 4. Brian Hayden, 2H, Hayden-13.063; 5. Gabriel Gilbert, 10G, Gilbert-13.111; 6. Koby Barksdale, 16K, Knight-13.306; 7. Cindy Chambers, 18c, Chambers-13.621; 8. Derek Crane, 19WI, Crane-13.877; 9. Brandon Smith, 11, Smith-14.623.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP SIX: 1. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-12.633; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.025; 3. Jake Swanson, 5T, Daming-13.104; 4. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-13.395; 5. Alec Sipes, 99, Sipes-13.561; 6. Matt McDonald, 5mc, McDonald-13.603; 7. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-13.660; 8. Ryan Bond, 7R, Czoer-13.829; 9. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Brent Beauchamp, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Donny Brackett, 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Seth Parker, 9. Austin Graby, 10. Jake Scott. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Blake Vermillion, 7. Ryan Thomas, 8. Ivan Glotzbach, 9. Collin Ambrose, 10. Aric Gentry. NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Brayden Fox, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Garrett, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. A.J. Hopkins, 6. Cody Trammell, 7. Todd Hobson, 8. Tony Helton, 9. Michael Clark, 10. Travis Berryhill. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Kyle Shipley, 5. Zack Pretorius, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Tres Mehler, 8. Jesse Vermillion, 9. Max Adams, 10. Evan Mosley, NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Sterling Cling, 4. Koby Barksdale, 5. Gabriel Gilbert, 6. Cindy Chambers, 7. Brandon Smith, 8. Derek Crane, 9. Brian Hayden. NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Harley Burns, 5. Alex Banales, 6. Matt McDonald, 7. Alec Sipes, 8. Ryan Bond, 9. Hunter Maddox. NT

D-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the C-Main) 1. Seth Parker, 2. Max Adams, 3. Tony Helton, 4. Jake Scott, 5. Ryan Bond, 6. Travis Berryhill, 7. Ivan Glotzbach, 8. Collin Ambrose, 9. Derek Crane, 10. Austin Graby, 11. Michael Clark, 12. Jesse Vermillion. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Geoff Ensign, 2. Cody Trammell, 3. Cole Bodine, 4. Blake Vermillion, 5. Tres Mehler, 6. Ryan Thomas, 7. Donny Brackett, 8. Max Adams, 9. Brandon Smith, 10. Alec Sipes, 11. Cindy Chambers, 12. Seth Parker, 13. Matt McDonald, 14. Jake Scott, 15. Todd Hobson, 16. Tony Helton. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Koby Barksdale, 5. A.J. Hopkins, 6. Harley Burns, 7. Cody Trammell, 8. Geoff Ensign, 9. Chase Johnson, 10. Cole Bodine, 11. Alex Banales, 12. Gabriel Gilbert, 13. Brent Beauchamp, 14. Blake Vermillion, 15. Zack Pretorius, 16. Kyle Shipley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (3), 2. Brady Bacon (6), 3. Kyle Cummins (9), 4. Chase Stockon (4), 5. Shane Cottle (12), 6. Tye Mihocko (10), 7. Jake Swanson (18), 8. Justin Grant (16), 9. Logan Seavey (7), 10. Jadon Rogers (14), 11. Matt Westfall (8), 12. Emerson Axsom (21), 13. Sterling Cling (17), 14. Brandon Mattox (20), 15. Mitchel Moles (19), 16. Dave Darland (11), 17. Brayden Fox (2), 18. Robert Ballou (5), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 20. Collin Ambrose (23-P), 21. Carson Garrett (15), 22. Jason McDougal (13), 23. Koby Barksdale (22). NT

(P) MSCS Provisional Starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 C.J. Leary, Laps 2-15 Robert Ballou, Laps 16-30 C.J. Leary.
**Jesse Vermillion flipped during the D-Main.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1017, 2-Brady Bacon-1006, 3-Robert Ballou-968, 4-Logan Seavey-947, 5-C.J. Leary-939, 6-Emerson Axsom-920, 7-Chase Stockon-860, 8-Matt Westfall-768, 9-Jake Swanson-666, 10-Jadon Rogers-643.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-54, 2-Brady Bacon-52, 3-Justin Grant-51, 4-Thomas Meseraull-51, 5-Alex Bright-46, 6-Buddy Kofoid-45, 7-Jadon Rogers-41, 8-Logan Seavey-39, 9-Emerson Axsom-39, 10-Matt Westfall-36.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 2, 2022 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 5/16-Mile Dirt Track – IndianaOpenWheel.com Bill Gardner Sprintacular – Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Ryan Thomas

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Ryan Thomas

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Brayden Fox

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Mitchel Moles

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Jason McDougal

Feature Hard Charger: Jake Swanson (18th to 7th)

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

HANFORD & TULARE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED
By Lance Jennings

JULY 1, 2022……… AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Director Tony Jones has announced that the Friday, July 8th event at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway and the Saturday, July 9th show at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway have been cancelled.

“Due to all of the circumstances that we have been plagued with for the last 2 years with the tire shortages, fuel prices, and now we are dealing with a water shortage particularly in the Central Valley, we regret to inform you that the July 8th (Hanford) and 9th (Tulare) races will be cancelled. If the promoters cannot get enough water on those tracks, the more tires we will burn up and as you know we cannot afford doing that. Enjoy your time off and have a safe 4th of July weekend. See you at Santa Maria on August 6th,” remarked Jones.

The recently added event at the Santa Maria Raceway (Santa Maria, California) on August 6th will be the next event for the wingless 410 sprint cars. The winged California Lightning Sprints, IMCA Sport Mods, and Dwarf Cars will join the card.

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

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Matt Mitchell)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Cody Williams)
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Cody Williams)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tanner Boul)
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 1: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 28: *Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Western World Championships)
October 29: *Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WINNER, WINNER CHICK-FIL-A DINNER: O’GARA BREAKS THROUGH IN IRP USAC MIDGET SPECIAL

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (June 30, 2022)………On so many occasions throughout the past decade, Kyle O’Gara found himself so close yet so far away from the elusive top step of the podium at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

What seemed just out of reach finally came into the Beech Grove, Indiana racer’s grasp during Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming’s 35-lap USAC Midget Special Event feature at IRP.

On this evening, the luck of the Irish finally smiled upon the veteran driver who started on the outside of the front row but was treading water early as he dropped back to fifth by the third lap before methodically picking his way back into contention by virtue of changing his line around the .686-mile paved oval midstream.

On the 20th lap, O’Gara raced his way to the point past Kody Swanson, then carried onward to a long-awaited first IRP triumph in his SFHR Development/Chick-fil-A – Speedway Indoor Karting – Business Art Designs/Beast/Stanton SR-11x.

After finishing third in the preceding sprint car feature held earlier in the night, O’Gara lamented the fact that he found himself once more inside the top-three, but just out of arm’s reach of that coveted breakthrough triumphant performance.

The “what ifs” finally, once and for all, subsided in the midget main as O’Gara pounced at the opportunity to officially place his name on IRP’s storied win list.

“I was just saying after the sprint car race how we’ve podiumed here so many times and this place has always eluded us,” O’Gara recalled. “(Crew chief) Brad (Larsen) worked his tail off on this thing. I could do no wrong in it, honestly. It was so good; he nailed the setup tonight.”

At the start, pole sitter Jake Trainor and third-starting Kody Swanson contested each other side-by-side throughout the entirety of the first lap with Trainor getting the best of Swanson by a wheel at the start/finish line. Swanson cut to the bottom of turn one at the initiation of lap two and powered by Trainor to overtake the top spot on the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, past IRP midget winners Chuck Gurney Jr. and Bobby Santos slotted into second and third as each worked their way past Trainor on laps three and four, respectively. Back a bit further was O’Gara who regathered himself and began his forward trajectory, dicing past Trainor for fourth on the fifth lap and then tracked down Santos for third on lap 11.

The top-three running order of Swanson, Gurney and O’Gara began to bunch up like the squeeze of an accordion. However, O'Gara wasn’t content to stand still as he rifled his way to second under Gurney using the middle-low groove in turn three on lap 16.

O'Gara continued to mount his charge toward Swanson, wriggling the lead away in between turns three and four on the 20th lap to edge ahead by a wheel at the line. Swanson wasn’t planning to go away that easily and got back around O’Gara by zooming the outside at the entry to turn one.

Swanson noticeably gained ground at the entry to the corners while O’Gara found a proverbial starting block midway through the corners on both ends, which launched him clear past Swanson as the pair jousted wheel-to-wheel through the fourth corner on lap 20.

“I had to change up my line a little bit early to try and make the thing work,” O’Gara recalled. “We were just too tight to run up top. If I could keep my left front close to the bottom seam, we could really rotate the car. I was just praying that I wouldn’t hurt the right front or the right rear down there because we were sliding it a little bit.”

Both Gurney and Santos slipped by Swanson for second and third in the subsequent moments, dropping Swanson to fourth and, ultimately, as far back as sixth when his teammate, ninth-running Todd Bertrand, slowed to a stop at the entry to pit lane in turn three on lap 31. Swanson pitted with a flat left rear tire during the caution period, but did not return for the restart, placing him 15th in the final rundown.

The yellow flag bunched up the field for the restart with five laps remaining, leaving O'Gara's 1.206 second advantage null and void as an effect. Gurney made his move and showed a nose to O'Gara on the restart between turns one and two. O'Gara fended off the attack and bounced out to a breathable eighth car length lead.

O’Gara was smooth and steady down the stretch and stuck the landing in victory lane for the first time in his career at IRP over runner-up Chuck Gurney Jr. and Buddy Kofoid who stole third from Bobby Santos on the final corner of the race. Santos came home fourth with Jake Trainor collecting fifth.

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USAC MIDGET NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: June 30, 2022 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming – .686-Mile Paved Track – Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming

QUALIFYING: (Two laps combined) 1. Bobby Santos, 98, 3 Stooges-42.154; 2. Chuck Gurney Jr., 51, 3 Stooges-42.547; 3. Cole Carter, 7, Bertrand-42.631; 4. Kody Swanson, 44, Bertrand-42.669; 5. Jake Trainor, 29, 3 Stooges-42.847; 6. Tanner Swanson, 26, Pierce-42.872; 7. Kyle O'Gara, 67K, SFHR-42.897; 8. Buddy Kofoid, 67, 3 Stooges/Kunz-43.002; 9. Davey Hamilton Jr., 4, Klatt-43.148; 10. Todd Bertrand, 47, Bertrand-43.215; 11. Dakoda Armstrong, 7A, C & A-43.365; 12. Blake Brannon, 40, Western Speed-44.282; 13. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Western Speed-44.456; 14. Nathan Byrd, 47D, Bertrand-44.482; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-44.772; 16. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-45.035; 17. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-45.260; 18. Brandon Maurer, 14, Maurer-52.572; 19. Ryan Shilkuski, 48, Shilkuski-NT; 20. Nick Hamilton, 7K, Irwin-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle O’Gara (2), 2. Chuck Gurney Jr. (5), 3. Buddy Kofoid (10), 4. Bobby Santos (6), 5. Jake Trainor (1), 6. Cole Carter (4), 7. Nick Hamilton (18), 8. Tanner Swanson (8), 9. Blake Brannon (12), 10. Dakoda Armstrong (11), 11. Cody Gerhardt (13), 12. Nathan Byrd (14), 13. Maria Cofer (15), 14. Kevin Studley (16), 15. Kody Swanson (3), 16. Todd Bertrand (9), 17. Davey Hamilton Jr. (7), 18. Brandon Maurer (17), 19. Ryan Shilkuski (19). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Jake Trainor, Laps 2-19 Kody Swanson, Laps 20-35 Kyle O’Gara.

NEXT USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT: August 1, 2022 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming – .686-Mile Paved Track

 

 

STRAIGHT TO THE POINT: KODY SWANSON SCORES USAC SILVER CROWN SHOOTOUT AT IRP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (June 30, 2022)………Throughout the first four races of the USAC Silver Crown season, Kody Swanson felt a bit guilty that he hadn’t yet broken through for victory in 2022.

Entering the first turn on the opening lap of Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming’s unique 10-car USAC Silver Crown Shootout at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, the Kingsburg, Calif. native pulled no punches, taking a deep dive to the apron to successfully pass both occupants of the front row.

After making a close shave of the turn one infield grass blades, Swanson went virtually unchallenged for the 25-lap distance in his Doran-Dyson Racing/Glenn Farms – Henry U.S.A. – Duncan Oil/Beast/Lanci Ford.

In doing so, Swanson became the first winner of a USAC Silver Crown non-points special event since Jack Hewitt at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 1996. Swanson is also the first victor of such an event on a paved oval since George Snider tamed Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Mile in 1979.

Swanson’s early season winless drought remains the furthest along in a Silver Crown season he’s gone without a victory since 2013. Points or no points, the six-time series champion wanted this one badly, and he made sure he took care of business immediately.

“This time, I really wanted to show what a good car these guys give me because they’ve been giving me great cars all year,” Swanson said. “I hate that I hadn’t won anything for them yet.”

Due to the nature of the event, it was, for all intents and purposes, a sprint race featuring Silver Crown cars. That afforded Swanson the opportunity to be uncharacteristically aggressive on the opening lap instead of having to preserve and conserve for a normal 100-lap distance.

“Silver crown races are tough because when your car is good, you can’t show it. You’ve got to take care of it until the end,” Swanson explained. “It was a blast to go four wheels on the apron there to try and get the lead and just show them what these cars are capable of.”

The resulting 14th career USAC feature triumph at IRP moved Swanson to within one score of 15-time IRP winner Tracy Hines on the track’s all-time USAC win list.

Swanson jetted from third to first on the first corner of the opening lap, briefly making it three-wide for the lead, by charging past pole sitter Nick Hamilton and outside front row starter C.J. Leary. Leary immediately slipped under Hamilton off turn two and ventured his way toward Swanson.

Nearing midway, Swanson’s lead stood strong at a clip of two full seconds over Leary, but a sudden charge from fifth row combatants Tanner Swanson (9th) and Bobby Santos (10th) formed a formidable duo in positions four and five, respectively, both of whom were on the hunt to track down Kody in the latter stages.

Suddenly, second-running Leary spun all by his lonesome in between turns one and two on lap 16, the culprit being a flat left rear tire which initiated the spin. Leary did not return for the restart.

Bumped up another position due to Leary’s incident, Tanner ultimately cleared Hamilton at the exit of turn two to snare second on the lap 16 restart. Santos followed suit a lap later and blitzed underneath Hamilton to take over third on lap 17.

Yet, once Tanner and Santos were in the clear, they were no match for Kody throughout the last eight circuits around the .686-mile paved oval as Kody steadily increased his lead to 1.969 seconds at the finish line in the $2,500-to-win, $1,000-to-start event.

Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) corralled a second in the final tally with Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) third, Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) in the fourth position and Nick Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) rounding out the top-five in just his second time behind the wheel of a Silver Crown car.

Twelve cars and drivers made an attempt to qualify for the 10-car field. Among the top-10 qualifiers, a blind draw was held prior to the main event to determine the starting positions. Series veterans Brian Tyler and Russ Gamester, who missed the cut to make the starting lineup for the event by qualifying in positions 11 and 12, respectively. Tyler and Gamester rank first and second in all-time career Silver Crown starts.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 30, 2022 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming – Non-Points Special Event

QUALIFYING: (Two laps combined, top-10 transfer to the feature) 1. Kody Swanson, 1, Doran/Dyson-42.007; 2. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-42.188; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-42.226; 4. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-42.590; 5. Davey Hamilton Jr., 14, Hamilton/Puglio-42.799; 6. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-42.908; 7. Logan Seavey, 222, Rice-42.997; 8. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-43.081; 9. Nick Hamilton, 80, Breidinger-43.161; 10. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-43.206; 11. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-43.239; 12. Brian Tyler, 81, BCR-43.557.

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (3), 2. Tanner Swanson (9), 3. Bobby Santos (10), 4. Taylor Ferns (7), 5. Nick Hamilton (1), 6. Travis Welpott (5), 7. Derek Bischak (8), 8. Davey Hamilton Jr. (6), 9. C.J. Leary (2), 10. Logan Seavey (4). 15:19.705

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Kody Swanson.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 21, 2022 – Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Indiana – 1/2-Mile Paved Oval – Rich Vogler Classic

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

BRODY ROA SPRINTS TO PERRIS “JONES & SCHEETZ MEMORIAL” VICTORY

By Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 28, 2022… Taking advantage of a late restart, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) powered by Matt Mitchell and earned his first victory of the year last Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway. Starting on the pole position, Roa led the opening lap and had fallen back to fourth by the halfway point of the “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial.” Faced with changing track conditions, the second generation driver made his way forward and topped the $2,500 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car main event. Mitchell, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Eddie Tafoya Jr., and Logan Williams chased Roa to the checkered flags.

Racing a brand new BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Brody Roa began his night by qualifying seventh overall. The former USAC West Coast and SouthWest Sprint Car Champion finished third in his heat race before claiming the eleventh USAC/CRA triumph of his career.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) posted his fourth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign. With 103 career fast time awards, the pilot of Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike ran a time of 16.895 seconds over the 20-car roster and ran second to Matt Mitchell in his heat race. Starting sixth, Gardner bounced back from a tangle to finish tenth in the 30-lap feature. The nine-time champion leads the point chase heading to the July 8th event at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) won the night’s 10-lap Flowdynamics Incorporated / Laserworx Manufacturing / Factory Wraps First Heat Race. Driving his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Mitchell was fourth quick in time trials and had a hard fought battle with Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm in the feature before scoring second in the “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial.”

Max Adams (Loomis, California) returned from the Midwest and won the 10-lap Billsjerky.net / Laserworx Manufacturing / Factory Wraps Second Heat Race. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Walker Performance Filtration / Naturipe Triple X, Adams qualified fifth overall and scored fifteenth in the main event.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) won the 10-lap In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Third Heat Race. Racing the family owned #21 Bender Pool & Spa / K&R Motorsports DRC, Bender was fifteenth fast in time trials and finished sixteenth at Perris Auto Speedway after a tangle ended his night.

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, California) earned the night’s In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a ninth place run from eighteenth. Driving the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine entry, the leading rookie contender qualified eighteenth overall and placed sixth in his heat race.

Making his first start of the year, “The Pineapple” Daylin Perreira (Hilo, Hawaii) earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award at Perris Auto Speedway. Piloting his #21P Southwest Building Solutions / Mike Martin Racing Spike, Perreira was nineteenth quick in time trials and placed sixth in his heat race.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) took home the Shawn McDonald Memorial Qualifying Award by qualifying sixth at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm was third in his heat race. The young driver found the bottom line to his liking and led the main event twice before settling for third at the “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial.”

Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) earned the night’s Shawn McDonald Memorial Feature Award by finishing sixth. Racing the family owned #39E Safehouse Security / Van Dyne Engineering Triple X, Edwards was fourteenth fast in time trials and placed second to Max Adams in his heat race.

On Friday, July 8th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will travel to Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, California) for the “Spanky Mathews Memorial” at the Kings County Fairgrounds. For more event information, visit racekingsspeedway.com. The following night, the wingless 410 sprints will clash at Thunderbowl Raceway (Tulare, California), which is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. For more Tulare information, visit tularethunderbowl.com.

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

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

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 25, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway– Perris, California – “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.895; 2. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.941; 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.954; 4. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.053; 5. Max Adams, 73, Ford-17.106; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.137; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.188; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.265; 9. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.292; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.309; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.351; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-17.360; 13. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-17.368; 14. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.395; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.455; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.475; 17. Chris Tramel, 77, Tramel-18.279; 18. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-18.573; 19. Daylin Perreira, 21P, Perreira-18.627; 20. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-18.834.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING / FACTORY WRAPS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Gardner, 3. Roa, 4. A.Williams, 5. Sweeney, 6. Perreira, 7. Hodges. 2:55.00.

BILLSJERKY.NET / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Edwards, 3. McCarthy, 4. Bonneau, 5. L.Williams, 6. Tramel, 7. Taylor. 2:59.53.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Tafoya, 3. Malcolm, 4. C.Williams, 5. Grabowski, 6. Schank. 2:57.01.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Roa (1), 2. Matt Mitchell (4), 3. Tommy Malcolm (2), 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (5), 5. Logan Williams (7), 6. Kyle Edwards (14), 7. Austin Williams (10), 8. Matt McCarthy (11), 9. Nate Schank (18), 10. Damion Gardner (6), 11. Chris Tramel (17), 12. Jake Hodges (13), 13. Daylin Perreira (19), 14. Verne Sweeney (16), 15. Max Adams (3), 16. A.J. Bender (15), 17. Chris Bonneau (8), 18. Dan Taylor (20), 19. Cody Williams (12), 20. Austin Grabowski (9). NT. ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Roa, Laps 2-16 Malcolm, Laps 17-18 Mitchell, Laps 19-25 Malcolm, Laps 26-28 Mitchell, Laps 29-30 Roa.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Nate Schank (18th to 9th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Daylin Perreira IN MEMORY OF SHAWN MCDONALD QUALIFYING AWARD: Tommy Malcolm IN MEMORY OF SHAWN MCDONALD FEATURE AWARD: Kyle Edwards

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-828, 2-Matt Mitchell-735, 3-Austin Williams-706, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-667, 5-Logan Williams-641, 6-Cody Williams-554, 7-Tommy Malcolm-532, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-497, 9-Brody Roa-484, 10-Matt McCarthy-468.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: July 8 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, California – “Spanky Mathews Memorial”


 


TWIN BILL:
TWO SPRINTACULAR NIGHTS
OF USAC/MSCS SPRINTS AT LPS JULY 1-2

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (June 29, 2022)………Kevin Thomas Jr. began his Sprintacular winning quest from the back half of the field during the 2021 event at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway.

Now, a year later, Thomas is back in form as he looks to make his season debut with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in the eighth annual Indiana Open Wheel Bill Gardner Sprintacular, which encompasses two consecutive evenings of co-sanctioned USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and Midwest Sprint Car Series events at LPS’ 5/16-mile dirt oval on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2.

Mired deep – 14th in the 22-car feature lineup – the Cullman, Ala. native rapidly ascended through the field, securing the lead just six laps from the finish of the 40-lap event to quench his thirst with a monumental victory.

In fact, it was an unprecedented triumph in KTJ’s career. His 13 spot advancement to the top of the leaderboard is one he estimated as a personal-best.

“I’ve never won from that far back, I don’t think,” Thomas pondered. “That was a lot of fun there, just battling through the field and doing whatever we had to do to win.”

Thomas also engineered a Sprintacular win in 2017 and finished as a runner-up in both 2015 and 2019. He most recently won at Lincoln Park’s Fast Freddy Classic on June 18.

He’s also one of several past winners of a Sprintacular feature who are vying for this weekend’s winner’s share of $5,000 on Friday and $10,000 on Saturday along with Robert Ballou (2015 & 2016), Justin Grant (2018), Kyle Cummins (2019), Shane Cottle (2020), Brady Bacon (2020) and C.J. Leary (2021).

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) is one of two multi-time feature winners in the history of the Sprintacular, along with Thomas, winning on the second night of 2015 followed by another score in the 2016 opener.

Like Ballou, Bacon is a three-time LPS USAC Sprint winner in his career. His latest came at the Sprintacular where Bacon prevailed in the closest three-car finish of the season with a mere car length separating the top-three at the finish line on the final night of 2020.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has finished within the top-four in each of his last four Sprintacular starts, notching a victory in the 2021 opener after starting back in 11th and followed it up with a 4th the next night. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champion was 2nd and 4th on each night in 2020.

Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) scored his Sprintacular victory in a stirring drive from 6th to 1st in the early stages to win the 2020 opener. He’s actually finished inside the top-five in all of his last four Sprintacular starts, taking 2nd in 2019, 1st in 2020 and a 3rd and 5th on each of the two nights during 2021 while also setting quick time in the 2021 opener.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) captured a Sprintacular win during the 2018 event at LPS. The current series point leader notched a 2nd in the event during both 2020 and 2021.

Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) finds himself in the Sprintacular winning group as well, having taken the gold back in 2019. He also added an Indiana Sprint Week feature victory at LPS in 2019. He won with MSCS at LPS in late May and owns the 10-lap USAC Sprint Car track record at LPS with a time of 2:09.325, set in 2021.

Among the individuals searching for a first Sprintacular victory are Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) who earned his first career USAC Sprint Car win at LPS in September of 2020. At the Sprintacular, he finished a best of 3rd in 2015. KO Motorsports teammate Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) made his first career USAC National Sprint Car start of any kind a memorable one during the 2018 Sprintacular when he charged from his 22nd starting position to finish 3rd.

Recent Eastern Storm champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will make his Sprintacular debut this weekend after finishing 5th in his most recent USAC Sprint Car start at LPS during Indiana Sprint Week in July of 2021 and won a weekly program at the track that same year.

Leading USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contender Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) won the track’s most recent event on June 25. Fellow Rookie Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.), like Axsom, is taking in his first Sprintacular experience.

The 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver, Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), has been 8th twice in 2018 and 9th in 2020 in his recent Sprintacular performances. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, was the fastest qualifier on night one of the Sprintacular in 2020 and scored a 15th in that same year in the event. Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) recorded an 18th in 2017.

A.J. Hopkins (Brownsburg, Ind.) is the reigning two-time Lincoln Park Speedway track champion and was victorious at LPS on the local level back in June of this year. At the Sprintacular, Hopkins turned in his best career USAC performance with a 2nd in 2018. Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) turned in a 7th in 2019.

Hopkins is among the bevy of Lincoln Park Speedway winners this season vying for their first Lincoln Park USAC Sprint Car win. It’s a lengthy list which includes Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), who collected a Racin’ Fest victory at LPS in April and finished as the runner-up on the opening night of the 2021 Sprintacular after leading eight laps late. Lincoln Park Speedway Sprint Car point leader Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, Calif.) has already won twice at the track this year and he’ll be joined in the field by Silver Crown standout, 2016-18-19 track champion and 2018-19 9th place Sprintacular finisher Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), who won the April season opener at LPS while Tye Mihocko (Phoenix, Ariz.) used the top shelf to win there in early May.

Track champions of Lincoln Park are prevalent throughout the field with Hopkins and Cockrum in the fold along with Fairland, Indiana’s Brent Beauchamp (2012 & 2017) as well as Fillmore, Indiana’s Brian Hayden (1995 & 2013). Beauchamp was the fastest qualifier at the 2020 Sprintacular and possesses a pair of top-five finishes in the event with a best of 4th in 2018 and a 5th in 2016.

The sons of track champions are making their waves as well with Avon, Indiana’s Brayden Fox, son of 1997 champ Brad Fox, as well as Brazil, Indiana’s Hayden Burns, son of 2000 titlist Eric Burns, in the lineup. Fox grabbed 16th in the 2021 Sprintacular. Burns, meanwhile, was a 17th place finisher in the 2019 event.

The event honors the life and memory of Bill Gardner, who passed away in July of 2014. Gardner was born and raised in Putnam County, Indiana, but you could also say he was practically raised at Lincoln Park Speedway where he was a fixture throughout his life and was a crew member for best friend Brian Hayden. Gardner co-owned a sign and graphics business and created and designed one of his greatest lasting legacies to the racing community, indianaopenwheel.com.

The eighth annual Bill Gardner Sprintacular features two consecutive nights of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing on July 1-2 at Lincoln Park Speedway with Friday night paying $5,000-to-win and $500 to start and Saturday night paying the elevated purse of a $10,000 winner’s share and $600 to start.

Friday’s Bill Gardner Sprintacular event will utilize the MSCS format, which features group qualifying as well as an H15 or Medium on the right rear and concludes with a 30-lap feature. All licensed USAC National Sprint Car drivers and entrants will receive 50 appearance points, regardless of finishing position, on Friday.

Saturday’s show will use the standard USAC format of single-car qualifying to seed the starting lineups, the use of a Medium right rear tire and full points for all events, leading up to the night’s 40-lap feature race.

On Friday, the pits open at 4:30pm Eastern, front gates open at 4:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm, with qualifying and racing immediately following.

On Saturday, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm, with qualifying and racing immediately following.

General admission tickets for each night are $30 apiece with kids age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 with kids age 10 and under free.

FloRacing will provide live coverage for both nights of the USAC/MSCS Bill Gardner Sprintacular at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-967, 2-Brady Bacon-956, 3-Robert Ballou-918, 4-Logan Seavey-897, 5-C.J. Leary-889, 6-Emerson Axsom-870, 7-Chase Stockon-810, 8-Matt Westfall-718, 9-Jake Swanson-616, 10-Jadon Rogers-593.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 7/26/2018 - Brady Bacon - 12.276 - 91.642 mph

6 Laps - 8/23/1997 - Bill Rose - 1:22.90 - 81.423 mph

8 Laps - 7/29/2001 - Bryon Walters - 1:46.75 - 84.309 mph

10 Laps - 7/29/2021 - Kyle Cummins - 2:09.325 - 86.990 mph

12 Laps - 7/14/2014 - Jon Stanbrough - 2:40.15 - 84.296 mph

ALL-TIME BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS

2-Robert Ballou & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Brady Bacon, Jerry Coons Jr., Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary & Thomas Meseraull

BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR FEATURE WINNERS

2015: Jerry Coons Jr. (7/4) & Robert Ballou (7/5)

2016: Robert Ballou (7/1) & Thomas Meseraull (7/2)

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/1)

2018: Tyler Courtney (7/6) & Justin Grant (7/7)

2019: Kyle Cummins (7/5)

2020: Shane Cottle (7/3) & Brady Bacon (7/4)

2021: C.J. Leary (7/2) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/3)

ALL-TIME LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS

6-Dave Darland

5-Sheldon Kinser

3-Brady Bacon & Robert Ballou

2-Steve Butler, Jerry Coons Jr., Jay Drake, Cory Kruseman & Jon Stanbrough

1-Chuck Amati, Chad Boespflug, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Brad Fox, Dickie Gaines, Jack Hewitt, Kelly Kinser, C.J. Leary, Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Tanner Thorson

ALL-TIME LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS

1981: Sheldon Kinser (9/16)

1983: Kelly Kinser (5/25) & Sheldon Kinser (8/24)

1984: Chuck Amati (5/23) & Sheldon Kinser (7/18)

1985: Sheldon Kinser (5/4) & Steve Butler (9/7)

1986: Steve Butler (5/17) & Sheldon Kinser (8/23)

1997: Jack Hewitt (7/27) & Dave Darland (8/23)

1998: Dave Darland (7/26) & Brad Fox (8/15)

1999: Dave Darland (7/24)

2000: Jay Drake (7/29)

2001: Jon Stanbrough (7/21)

2002: Cory Kruseman (7/20)

2003: Jay Drake (7/19)

2004: Cory Kruseman (7/17)

2005: Dave Darland (7/19)

2010: Dickie Gaines (7/24) & Jon Stanbrough (9/10)

2012: Dave Darland (7/22)

2013: Chad Boespflug (7/4) & Bryan Clauson (7/18)

2014: Jerry Coons Jr. (7/4) & Robert Ballou (7/17)

2015: Jerry Coons Jr. (7/4) & Brady Bacon (7/16)

2016: Robert Ballou (7/1) & Brady Short (7/14)

2017: Robert Ballou (7/16)

2018: Tyler Courtney (7/6) & Dave Darland (7/26)

2019: Kyle Cummins (7/25)

2020: Shane Cottle (7/3), Brady Bacon (7/4), Chase Stockon (9/12) & Brady Bacon (9/12)

2021: C.J. Leary (7/2), Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/3) & Tanner Thorson

PAST BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR RESULTS:

2015 USAC FEATURE RESULTS: (30 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Josh Hodges, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Cole Smith, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Carson Short, 17. Brady Bacon, 18. Chris Babcock, 19. Brandon Mattox, 20. Brent Beauchamp, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Aaron Farney. NT

2015 MSCS FEATURE RESULTS: 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Dave Darland, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Max McGhee, 13. Carson Short, 14. Mike Gass, 15. A.J. Hopkins, 16. Josh Spencer, 17. Kyle Cummins, 18. Kurt Gross, 19. Donny Brackett, 20. Mitch Wissmiller, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg. NT

2016 USAC FEATURE RESULTS: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Max McGhee, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Cole Ketcham, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Brent Beauchamp, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Bret Mellenberndt, 22. Thomas Meseraull, 23. Logan Jarrett, 24. Landon Simon. NT

2016 MSCS FEATURE RESULTS: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Jeff Bland Jr., 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Dickie Gaines, 10. Brady Short, 11. A.J. Hopkins, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Carson Short, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Brandon Morin, 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 18. Colten Cottle, 19. Chad Boespflug, 20. Tyler Hewitt, 21. Jarett Andretti.

2017 USAC FEATURE RESULTS: Rained Out

2017 MSCS FEATURE RESULTS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. A.J. Hopkins, 7. Carson Short, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Brady Short, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Garrett Aitken, 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Brent Beauchamp, 17. Kent Schmidt, 18. Matt Westfall, 19. Matt McDonald, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Tyler Hewitt. NT

2018 USAC FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. A.J. Hopkins (4), 3. Jason McDougal (22), 4. Chris Windom (21), 5. Jordan Kinser (1), 6. Thomas Meseraull (13), 7. Dave Darland (20), 8. Brandon Mattox (12), 9. Robert Ballou (17), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Brady Bacon (6), 12. C.J. Leary (10), 13. Carson Short (7), 14. Kody Swanson (8), 15. Chase Stockon (11), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 17. Isaac Chapple (23), 18. Mario Clouser (19), 19. Justin Grant (15), 20. Tony DiMattia (3), 21. Tim Creech (14), 22. Brent Beauchamp (16), 23. Colten Cottle (18). NT

2018 MSCS FEATURE: 1. Justin Grant, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Carson Short, 4. Brent Beauchamp, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Shane Cockrum, 10. A.J. Hopkins, 11. Colten Cottle, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Jeff Bland Jr., 14. Stephen Schnapf, 15. Donny Brackett, 16. Joe Stornetta, 17. Kody Swanson, 18. Kent Schmidt, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Jason McDougal.

2019 USAC FEATURE: Rained Out

2019 MSCS FEATURE: 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Jordan Kinser, 4. Brady Short, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Dakota Jackson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Bill Rose, 9. Shane Cockrum, 10. Koby Barksdale, 11. Garrett Aitken, 12. Hunter O'Neal, 13. Clinton Boyles, 14. Stephen Schnapf, 15. Donny Brackett, 16. Travis Berryhill, 17. Harley Burns, 18. Sterling Cling, 19. Blake Vermillion, 20. A.J. Hopkins. NT

2020 USAC/MSCS NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Shane Cottle (6), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. C.J. Leary (5), 5. Chase Stockon (11), 6. A.J. Hopkins (1), 7. Brent Beauchamp (8), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 9. Dakota Jackson (15), 10. Kyle Cummins (17), 11. Tanner Thorson (18), 12. Dave Darland (4), 13. Garrett Aitken (19), 14. Mario Clouser (13), 15. Jadon Rogers (23), 16. Carson Short (3), 17. Brayden Fox (14), 18. Dustin Smith (12), 19. Brandon Mattox (16), 20. Jake Bland (10), 21. Aric Gentry (22), 22. Anton Hernandez (21), 23. Dickie Gaines (20), 24. Brady Bacon (24). NT

2020 USAC/MSCS NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (8), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Chase Stockon (7), 5. Tanner Thorson (2), 6. Brent Beauchamp (6), 7. Dave Darland (10), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 9. Brandon Mattox (11), 10. Carson Short (9), 11. Chris Windom (16), 12. Kyle Cummins (14), 13. Jordan Kinser (13), 14. Jonathan Vennard (17), 15. Mario Clouser (20), 16. Jadon Rogers (24), 17. Dakota Jackson (23), 18. Travis Berryhill (18), 19. Garrett Aitken (19), 20. Jake Swanson (21), 21. Max Adams (4), 22. Aric Gentry (22), 23. Stephen Schnapf (15), 24. Thomas Meseraull (12). NT

2021 USAC/MSCS NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (11), 2. Jake Swanson (3), 3. Shane Cottle (6), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 5. Brady Bacon (2), 6. Chris Windom (4), 7. Justin Grant (10), 8. Cannon McIntosh (20), 9. Zach Daum (1), 10. Chase Stockon (12), 11. Paul Nienhiser (21), 12. Robert Ballou (13), 13. Mario Clouser (19), 14. Riley Kreisel (15), 15. Kyle Cummins (5), 16. Alec Sipes (17), 17. Carson Garrett (23-P), 18. Carson Short (9), 19. Harley Burns (14), 20. Cole Bodine (18), 21. Tanner Thorson (7), 22. Thomas Meseraull (22), 23. Ryan Thomas (16). NT

2021 USAC/MSCS NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (14), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Brady Bacon (3), 4. C.J. Leary (4), 5. Shane Cottle (6), 6. Jake Swanson (7), 7. Tanner Thorson (5), 8. Kyle Cummins (18), 9. Riley Kreisel (1), 10. Cannon McIntosh (12), 11. Chase Stockon (16), 12. Cole Bodine (8), 13. Carson Short (19), 14. Carson Garrett (10), 15. Paul Nienhiser (13), 16. Brayden Fox (11), 17. Robert Ballou (20), 18. Chris Windom (15), 19. Mario Clouser (9), 20. Stephen Schnapf (21), 21. Collin Ambrose (22), 22. Harley Burns (17). NT

 

SPECIAL DELIVERY:
25-LAP, 10-CAR USAC SILVER CROWN SHOOTOUT
THURSDAY AT IRP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (June 29, 2022)………Non-points special events have been prevalent throughout USAC Sprint Car and Midget history.

For instance, between 1985-2001 , the Thunder in the Dome Midget race took place inside the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. On the Sprint Car side, you can point to the Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, which was held under the USAC banner between 2001-2009.

For USAC Silver Crown, these types of events are few and far between. But one is coming up this Thursday night, June 30, at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park with a 25-lap, 10-car Silver Crown Shootout taking place at the .686-mile paved oval with the field vying for $2,500-to-win and $1,000-to-start.

It’s an all-out sprint for the Silver Crown cars as the field will first jockey for one of the 10 coveted positions in the field through qualifying, which will be followed by a starting spot draw.

Thursday night’s Silver Crown non-points special event is the first of its kind since 1996 when a five-car, ten-lap race was contested on dirt at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and won by Jack Hewitt. IRP’s race, however, will be the first of its kind on pavement since 1979 at Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Mile, a 25-lapper captured by George Snider.

Tentatively, there are 14 drivers in the field. Six-time series champ and seven-time IRP Silver Crown winner Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) is among those as well as six-time IRP Silver Crown victor Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.).

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.), a five-time IRP Silver Crown winner and the triumphant driver from May’s 100-lapper at the track, will be on hand as will Silver Crown point leader and 2019 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.).

Champions are all across the board in the stout lineup with 2020 USAC Silver Crown king Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), as well as 1996-97 USAC National Sprint Car champion Brian Tyler (Parma, Mich.) and 1989 USAC National Midget titlist Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.), who scored an IRP Silver Crown win in 2000.

Also in the lineup are Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.), who finished 3rd at IRP in May, the highest finishing position by a woman in Silver Crown history. Kyle O'Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.), the 2014 USAC Regional Pavement Midget champion, will be on hand as will Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Nick Hamilton (Danville, Ind.), Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) and Davey Hamilton Jr. (Boise, Idaho).

THE HISTORY

As we dig deep into the archives, let’s review a number of the past – and very few – occasions of non-points special events throughout USAC Silver Crown’s interesting history.

1979 MILWAUKEE MILE

George Snider concluded the Milwaukee Mile's day of racing by winning a special five-car, 25-mile exhibition race for USAC Championship Dirt cars, escaping from a race-long battle with Dana Carter and Roger Rager for the win. Snider's win was the first at Milwaukee for a Dirt Car since Art Bisch won the Rex Mays Classic in 1958. A.J. Foyt did, however, place second in a Dirt Car in that memorable 1965 Tony Bettenhausen Classic.

Duane Sweeney, who was seriously injured in a highway accident on his way to Texas World Speedway just three months before, was able to take the stand and flag the event.

1982 ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS

Dubbed “The Dream Event of '82,” race organizer Jim DePalma offered race fans just that, with six driving stars each from USAC and the World of Outlaws squaring off in a $15,000, 12-mile team concept feature.

The participants were selected by race fans purchasing advance sale tickets to the event, resulting in the largest advance ticket sale in Illinois State Fairgrounds racing history. The event was held in addition to the regular complete programs for both the USAC Silver Crown and WoO.

The Dream Event incorporated 12 USAC Silver Crown Championship machines, with each row in the lineup containing one USAC and one WoO driver with their starting positions determined by a draw.

USAC drivers nominated for the race were Larry Rice, Gary Bettenhausen, Ken Schrader, Rich Vogler, Tom Bigelow and Jack Hewitt. Representing the World of Outlaws were Sammy Swindell, Steve Kinser, Doug Wolfgang, Danny Smith, Dean Shirley and Bobby Marshall.

Each driver on the winning team received $1,500, with all others getting $800 each, plus a $1,200 bonus paid to the race winning driver, which was Jack Hewitt in the Johnny Vance Racing Aristocrat Products Chevy.

The race was ultimately captured by the USAC team, which defeated the World Of Outlaws by placing its six drivers in the first eight finishing positions in the 12-car match race.

1983-1986: OKLAHOMA CITY FAIRGROUNDS

Oklahoma radio station KXY offered an additional incentive in the form of a special 15-lap Challenge Race featuring cars and stars from both the United States Auto Club (USAC) and the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) between 1983-1986 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.

The two night event featured qualifying on the first evening and the 50-lap main event the following night. The top-10 qualifiers from USAC and the top-10 qualifiers from NCRA made the challenge race, with a draw determining starting positions.

Billy Vukovich, who replaced Mike Peters at the wheel of race organizer Larry Hill's car, sped to victory in the inaugural Challenge Race in 1983, leading all 15 laps after subbing for Mike Peters, who had suffered a broken arm 24 hours before and was unable to repeat.

Rickey Hood and the Damon “Blackie” Fortune Rose Brothers Trucking Chevy were the class of the field 1984 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, winning both Saturday night's 15-lap challenge and Sunday night’s 50-lap Silver Crown Championship points race. Hood led the USAC team to a convincing victory over NCRA at the 1/2-mile dirt track, beating Shane Carson and Dave Blaney to the checkered flag and bringing home a quick $1,600 payday.

USAC’s Rich Vogler led all 15 laps in driving the Seymour Enterprises Chevy to victory in the challenge event of 1985, but it was the NCRA drivers who claimed the team championship by a clear margin. It was a much better night for Vogler who found himself fending off a raucous crowd following a first-lap incident with local hero Jon Johnson the very next year.

On the precise day yours truly was born in 1986, the top 10-USAC and top 10 NCRA qualifiers squared off with Rickey Hood who scored his second Oklahoma City challenge victory in a three-year span, but the NCRA stars compiled enough points to beat the USAC team 114-96.

1985 FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS

C.J. "Buck" Weaver, manager and promoter of auto racing at the Florida State Fairgrounds 1/2-mile dirt oval in Tampa, expressed an interest in bringing the USAC Championship Cars south for Florida's first-ever event featuring the USAC Silver Crown machines.

Weaver had recently visited the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds for the USAC/NCRA Shootout and aimed to present a similar format in the winter of 1985.

The last time the USAC Championship Cars had ventured to a dirt track south of the Mason-Dixon line was in 1956, 1957 and 1958 when they competed at the Southeastern Fair at Lakewood Park in Atlanta, Ga.

Jack Hewitt won what turned out to be the one and only special non-points challenge race in Florida, leading all but the first lap of the 15-lap affair. The NCRA veterans, however, once again won the challenge, amassing 106 points to 103 for the USAC drivers. Hewitt collected $1,500, $100 bucks for each lap completed.

1996 TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK

As part of October’s U.S. Dirt Nationals program in 1996, the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track brought a smorgasbord of activity to its half-mile dirt oval with USAC National Sprint Cars, USAC National Midgets, Winged Sprint Cars and even a 10-lap Bowen Oldsmobile USAC Silver Crown exhibition event.

The race originally was intended to feature five cars but was pared down to four when Kevin Thomas didn’t make the call. Tony Elliott commanded the first six laps in the Gary Beaver-owned machine before Jack Hewitt roared by four laps from the finish to the backdrop of an adoring crowd.

Hewitt closed it out for his third career non-point special event USAC Silver Crown triumph over Elliott, Dave Darland in the Ralph Potter ride while Dan Drinan rounded out the field in Ricky Nix’s mobile.

DETAILS

USAC’s Hall of Fame ceremony is slated to take place during opening ceremonies prior to the three feature events, which is scheduled to begin at 7:50pm Eastern as the new class of inductees are honored.

The Hall of Fame ceremony will be followed by a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win 500 Sprint Car Tour feature, a 25-lap, 10-car, $2,500-to-win race for the Silver Crown cars and finish up with the midgets going for $5,000 in a 35-lap A-Main.

The United States Auto Club has previously announced its eight inductees into its latest class. The list includes car owner/mechanic Doug Caruthers; driver Jay Drake; car owner/mechanic Galen Fox; driver Jeff Gordon; driver/car owner/builder/innovator Dan Gurney; car owner/mechanic Ray Nichels; car owner/official/promoter Johnny Vance; and track owner/promoter Joe Shaheen.

Jeff Gordon and representatives for the late Dan Gurney received their Hall of Fame awards during separate ceremonies in 2021.

Spectator gates will open at 4pm Eastern with practice set to begin for the three series starting at 4pm. Qualifying will start at 6:25pm with the opening ceremonies tabbed for 7:50pm and followed each of the three feature events.

General admission tickets are $25 apiece while tickets for kids age 12 and under are free.

The entire event from IRP will be shown live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

PRELIMINARY ENTRY LIST:

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

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

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

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ)

26 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Pierce)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

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

80 NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Breidinger)

81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Bischak)

222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice)

USAC SILVER CROWN NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENT WINNERS:

6/10/1979: Milwaukee Mile | West Allis, WI | George Snider | Dave LeFevre #59 | 25 L

5/1/1982: Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Illinois State Fairgrounds | Jack Hewitt | Johnny Vance #3 | 12 L

7/23/1983: Oklahoma City Fairgrounds | Oklahoma City, OK | Billy Vukovich | Larry Hill #86 | 15 L

7/21/1984: Oklahoma City Fairgrounds | Oklahoma City, OK | Rick Hood | Damon Fortune #39 | 15 L

2/9/1985: Florida State Fairgrounds | Tampa, FL | Jack Hewitt | Kenny Jarrett #10 | 15 L

7/20/1985: Oklahoma City Fairgrounds | Oklahoma City, OK | Rich Vogler | Louie Seymour #29 | 15 L

7/19/1986: Oklahoma City Fairgrounds | Oklahoma City, OK | Rick Hood | Gohr Distributing #56 | 20 L

10/5/1996: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Jack Hewitt | Six-R Racing #63 | 10 L

USAC SILVER CROWN NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENT WINS:

3-Jack Hewitt

2-Rick Hood

1-George Snider, Rich Vogler & Billy Vukovich

 

 

HOMECOMING: IRP, USAC MIDGETS & THURSDAY NIGHT SEEM JUST RIGHT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (June 28, 2022)………Bobby Santos had a night to remember during last year’s Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Santos (Franklin, Mass.) had won the sprint car feature earlier in the night at the paved .686-mile paved oval, then finished the evening by scoring a win in the nightcap’s 40-lap Brown’s Oil Champion midget feature.

It sounds awfully similar to the fashion that Santos spent his most recent visit to IRP in May of this season when he followed up his midget victory with a USAC Silver Crown score.

During this week’s Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming, Santos and others will hold an opportunity in their hands to sweep all three features on June 30 at IRP.

The open wheel racing tripleheader encompasses the 500 Sprint Car Tour, the Browns Oil Champion Midgets and a Silver Crown Shootout. The Midget and Silver Crown races are sanctioned by USAC but are considered non-points special events under the USAC banner.

Santos charged from his fourth starting position to the lead in last year’s homecoming, making his way to the front with a turn one pass on lap three to secure his position at the front of the field, and now owns four midget victories at the IRP.

He and Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) possess 13 USAC wins apiece at IRP in their careers, tied for second all-time behind Tracy Hines at 15. With a triple sweep on Thursday, one of the two would find their way to the top of the chart.

Kody, himself, has won three midget features at IRP in his career. He was the fastest qualifier and runner-up finisher in the 2021 Homecoming. His younger brother, Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), has earned his fair share of success at IRP, winning seven times total, including once in a midget during the 2010 Night Before the 500. Tanner finished 3rd in the Homecoming feature a year ago and was 5th this past May.

Cole Carter (Brownsburg, Ind.), son of four-time IRP USAC winner Pancho Carter, took 6th in the Homecoming feature last year. He turned in another top-ten performance with a 9th back in May.

Nick Hamilton (Danville, Ind.), Jake Trainor (Medway, Mass.) and Cody Gerhardt (Fresno, Calif.) each completed the distance of the Homecoming feature last year inside the top-ten. Hamilton collected a 7th, Trainor 8th and Gerhardt 9th. Trainor came back this past May and turned quite a few heads as the 17-year-old NEMA series regular finished as the runner-up to Santos.

Nathan Byrd’s grandfather, Jonathan Byrd, owned the car that Rich Vogler raced to four USAC National Midget victories at IRP between 1988-89. Now, Nathan (Goodyear, Ariz.) is in the process of establishing his own footprint behind the wheel. He scored an 11th at Homecoming in 2021 and upped his performance to a 10th this past May.

Rejoining the field from last year’s Homecoming lineup are Plainfield, Indiana’s Kevin Studley (12th), Hillsborough, California’s Toni Breidinger (13th) and Beech Grove, Indiana’s Kyle O’Gara (16th in 2021 & 15th in May), the 2014 USAC Pavement Midget champ.

The top-two drivers on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship circuit this year will be hitting the pavement this Thursday night. That includes point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.). Kofoid, the defending USAC National Midget champ, scored a 6th place result this past May. Grant ran 5th in the midget at IRP in May of 2021.

They will both be making their Homecoming debuts as will a slew of others who competed last month during the Carb Night Classic. On that evening, Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, Ind.) led the first 11 laps and finished 3rd. Chuck Gurney Jr. (Livermore, Calif.) posted back-to-back USAC Midget wins at IRP in 2008-09 and enters Thursday coming off a 4th place result in May.

Davey Hamilton Jr. (Boise, Idaho) was an 8th place finisher in May, ahead of 2016 USAC Western HPD Midget champ, Morgan Hill, California’s Blake Brannon (11th), plus 2017 Bay Cities Racing Association Midget titlist, Macdoel, California’s Maria Cofer (12th), Suffield, Connecticut’s Todd Bertrand (13th) and Mendon, Massachusetts’ Johnny Zych (19th).

Also aiming for their first Homecoming starts are Chad Nichols (Danville, Calif.) who captured three consecutive USAC Western States Pavement Midget titles in 2012-13-14 as well as POWRi WAR Sprint Car champion Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.), Ryan Shilkuski (Spring Valley, Ill.) and Brandon Maurer (Sherman, Ill.)

USAC’s Hall of Fame ceremony is slated to take place during opening ceremonies prior to the three feature events, which is scheduled to begin at 7:50pm Eastern as the new class of inductees are honored.

The Hall of Fame ceremony will be followed by a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win 500 Sprint Car Tour feature, a 25-lap, 10-car, $2,500-to-win race for the Silver Crown cars and finish up with the midgets going for $5,000 in a 35-lap A-Main.

The United States Auto Club has previously announced its eight inductees into its latest class. The list includes car owner/mechanic Doug Caruthers; driver Jay Drake; car owner/mechanic Galen Fox; driver Jeff Gordon; driver/car owner/builder/innovator Dan Gurney; car owner/mechanic Ray Nichels; car owner/official/promoter Johnny Vance; and track owner/promoter Joe Shaheen.

Jeff Gordon and representatives for the late Dan Gurney received their Hall of Fame awards during separate ceremonies in 2021.

Spectator gates will open at 4pm Eastern with practice set to begin for the three series starting at 4pm. Qualifying will start at 6:25pm with the opening ceremonies tabbed for 7:50pm and followed each of the three feature events.

General admission tickets are $25 apiece while tickets for kids age 12 and under are free.

The entire event from IRP will be shown live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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MIDGET ENTRY LIST: (24 CARS)

2 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Rams)

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

7 COLE CARTER/Brownsburg, IN (Bertrand)

7A DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (C & A)

7K NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Irwin)

7x TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (RMS)

9 JOHNNY ZYCH/Mendon, MA (Zych)

14 BRANDON MAURER/Sherman, IL (Maurer)

29 JAKE TRAINOR/Medway, MA (Seymour)

40 BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed)

44 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bertrand)

47 TODD BERTRAND/Suffield, CT (Bertrand)

47x NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Bertrand)

48 RYAN SHILKUSKI/Spring Valley, IL (Shilkuski)

51 CHUCK GURNEY JR./Livermore, CA (3 Stooges)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus)

57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Studley)

60 CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Gerhardt)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (3 Stooges/KKM)

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

67z CHAD NICHOLS/Danville, CA (Nichols)

80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger)

98 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (3 Stooges)

99 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Guess)

THURSDAY NIGHT THUNDER HOMECOMING MIDGET RESULTS:

2021 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Tanner Swanson, 4. Josh Wise, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Cole Carter, 7. Nick Hamilton, 8. Jake Trainor, 9. Cody Gerhardt, 10. Tyler Roahrig, 11. Nathan Byrd, 12. Kevin Studley, 13. Toni Breidinger, 14. John Sluss, 15. Dalton Armstrong, 16. Kyle O'Gara, 17. Taylor Ferns. NT

THURSDAY NIGHT THUNDER HOMECOMING MIDGET WINS AT IRP:

1-Bobby Santos

THURSDAY NIGHT THUNDER HOMECOMING USAC MIDGET WINNERS AT IRP:

2021: Bobby Santos (6/17 – SE)

(SE) represents a non-points special event

USAC MIDGET WINS AT IRP:

7-Johnny Parsons

6-Dan Drinan, Tracy Hines, Mel Kenyon & Kenneth Nichols

5-Ryan Newman, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart & Rich Vogler

4-Jeff Gordon, Doug Kalitta, Jason Leffler & Bobby Santos,

3-Bob Cicconi, Stan Fox, Kasey Kahne, Don Schilling, Kody Swanson, Sleepy Tripp & Bob Wente

2-Mike Bliss, Billy Engelhart, Bryan Clauson, Jack Calabrase, Jimmy Caruthers, Aaron Fike, Nick Fornoro Jr., Brian Gerster, Chuck Gurney Jr., Darren Hagen, Jim Hettinger, Kenny Irwin Jr., Lee Kunzman, Mack McClellan & Andy Michner

1-Tommy Astone, Gary Bettenhausen, Merle Bettenhausen, Don Branson, Pancho Carter, Bobby East, Mike Fedorcak, Mike Gregg, Ron Gregory, Ted Hines, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Kyle Larson, Greg Leffler, Michael Lewis, Steve Lotshaw, Jan Opperman, Henry Pens, Stevie Reeves, Ken Schrader, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Swindell, Randy Tolsma, Billy Vukovich & Josh Wise

USAC MIDGET WINNERS AT IRP:

1961: Don Branson (8/27)

1965: Bob Wente (9/26)

1968: Billy Vukovich (8/10) & Merle Bettenhausen (9/21)

1969: Bob Wente (5/29), Henry Pens (5/29), Billy Engelhart (7/12), Mel Kenyon (8/2) & Lee Kunzman (9/20)

1970: Lee Kunzman (5/29) & Jimmy Caruthers (7/16)

1971: Jimmy Caruthers (5/28)

1974: Tommy Astone (5/25)

1975: Billy Engelhart (5/24), Johnny Parsons (7/16) & Sleepy Tripp (8/20)

1976: Sleepy Tripp (4/11), Bob Wente (5/29), Johnny Parsons (6/30), Sleepy Tripp (7/14) & Jan Opperman (8/18)

1977: Gary Bettenhausen (4/17), Mel Kenyon (5/28), Johnny Parsons (6/15), Johnny Parsons (7/20) & Johnny Parsons (8/10)

1978: Johnny Parsons (4/30), Rich Vogler (5/27) & Pancho Carter (6/14)

1979: Mel Kenyon (5/26) & Mel Kenyon (5/27)

1980: Mel Kenyon (5/24) & Mel Kenyon (8/31)

1981: Mack McClellan (5/23) & Mack McClellan (8/29)

1982: Greg Leffler (7/3)

1983: Ken Schrader (5/28)

1984: Steve Lotshaw (5/26)

1985: Nick Fornoro Jr. (5/25)

1986: Sam Isenhower (5/24)

1987: Nick Fornoro Jr. (5/23)

1988: Jack Calabrase (5/28), Jim Keeker (6/23), Bob Cicconi (6/30), Mike Gregg (7/14), Jack Calabrase (7/21), Rich Vogler (8/4) & Rich Vogler (8/11)

1989: Jeff Gordon (5/27), Rich Vogler (6/22), Jeff Gordon (7/6), Don Schilling (7/20), Rich Vogler (8/3) & Don Schilling (8/17)

1990: Jeff Gordon (5/26), Jeff Gordon (7/28) & Don Schilling (8/11)

1991: Bob Cicconi (5/4), Mike Fedorcak (5/25), Stan Fox (6/22), Stan Fox (7/6), Bob Cicconi (7/20), Jim Hettinger (8/23 – SE) & Stan Fox (8/24)

1992: Kenneth Nichols (5/2), Dan Drinan (5/16), Doug Kalitta (5/23), Doug Kalitta (5/30), Kenny Irwin Jr. (7/18), Dan Drinan (7/18) & Kenneth Nichols (8/15)

1993: Kenneth Nichols (5/8), Stevie Reeves (5/22), Mike Bliss (5/29), Kenneth Nichols (6/12), Randy Tolsma (6/19), Jim Hettinger (7/10) & Kenny Irwin Jr. (8/21)

1994: Tony Stewart (5/14), Brian Gerster (5/21), Ted Hines (5/28), Andy Michner (6/11), Tony Stewart (6/30), Dan Drinan (7/21) & Mike Bliss (8/18)

1995: Brian Gerster (5/6), Dan Drinan (5/13), Andy Michner (5/28), Dan Drinan (7/13), Johnny Parsons (7/27), Dan Drinan (8/2) & Tony Stewart (8/17)

1996: Kenneth Nichols (5/11), Kenneth Nichols (5/25), Doug Kalitta (6/23), Doug Kalitta (7/17) & Tony Stewart (8/14)

1997: Tony Stewart (5/10), Ryan Newman (5/24), Tracy Hines (7/23) & Ryan Newman (8/13)

1998: Dave Steele (5/24), Tracy Hines (8/12) & Ryan Newman (9/19)

1999: Ryan Newman (5/29), Ryan Newman (8/18) & Jason Leffler (9/18)

2000: Kasey Kahne (5/27), Jason Leffler (8/23) & Jason Leffler (9/16)

2001: Kasey Kahne (5/27) & Kasey Kahne (9/15)

2002: Jason Leffler (5/25), Dave Steele (9/27) & Dave Steele (9/27)

2003: Aaron Fike (5/24), Aaron Fike (9/27) & Dave Steele (9/27 – SE)

2004: Ron Gregory (5/29)

2005: Michael Lewis (5/28)

2006: Bobby Santos (5/27) & Dave Steele (7/1)

2007: Kevin Swindell (5/26) & Bryan Clauson (6/16)

2008: Bobby East (5/24) & Chuck Gurney Jr. (7/24)

2009: Chuck Gurney Jr. (5/23) & Bryan Clauson (7/23)

2010: Tanner Swanson (5/29) & Kody Swanson (7/22)

2011: Darren Hagen (5/28) & Kyle Larson (7/28)

2012: Tracy Hines (5/26) & Tracy Hines (7/26)

2013: Darren Hagen (5/25) & Tracy Hines (7/27)

2014: Tracy Hines (5/24 - P)

2020: Bobby Santos (8/22 – SE)

2021: Kody Swanson (5/29 – SE), Bobby Santos (6/17 – SE), Kody Swanson (7/3 – SE) & Josh Wise (8/14 – SE)

2022: Bobby Santos (5/27 – SE)

(SE) represents a non-points special event

(P) represents a USAC Pavement Series Midget event

 

 

USAC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY SET FOR THURSDAY AT IRP

Brownsburg, Indiana (June 27, 2022)………The newest class of USAC Hall of Fame inductees will be officially introduced in a ceremony during this this week’s Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming on June 30 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Ind.

The racing portion of the event will feature an open wheel racing tripleheader on the .686-mile paved oval with the 500 Sprint Car Tour, the Browns Oil Champion Midgets and the Silver Crown Shootout. The Midget and Silver Crown races are non-points special events under the USAC banner.

USAC’s Hall of Fame ceremony is slated to take place during opening ceremonies prior to the three feature events, which is scheduled to begin at 7:50pm Eastern as the new class of inductees are honored.

The Hall of Fame ceremony will be followed by a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win 500 Sprint Car Tour feature, a 25-lap, 10-car, $2,500-to-win race for the Silver Crown cars and finish up with the midgets going for $5,000 in a 35-lap A-Main.

The United States Auto Club has previously announced its eight inductees into its latest class. The list includes car owner/mechanic Doug Caruthers; driver Jay Drake; car owner/mechanic Galen Fox; driver Jeff Gordon; driver/car owner/builder/innovator Dan Gurney; car owner/mechanic Ray Nichels; car owner/official/promoter Johnny Vance; and track owner/promoter Joe Shaheen.

Jeff Gordon and representatives for the late Dan Gurney received their Hall of Fame awards during separate ceremonies in 2021.

Spectator gates will open at 4pm Eastern with practice set to begin for the three series starting at 4pm. Qualifying will start at 6:25pm with the opening ceremonies tabbed for 7:50pm and followed each of the three feature events.

General admission tickets are $25 apiece while tickets for kids age 12 and under are free.

The Silver Crown and Midget portions of the event will be shown live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

MEET THE USAC HALL OF FAME CLASS:

DOUG CARUTHERS

Californian Doug Caruthers’ 97 victories as a USAC National Midget entrant between 1962-78 ranks among the winningest car owners in the history of the series. In fact, his 65 wins from 1970-78 made him the winningest car owner during the entire decade of the 1970s.

Caruthers won four USAC National Midget entrant championships, in 1970 with son Jimmy Caruthers, in 1971 with a combination of sons Jimmy and Danny Caruthers, again in 1973 with the trio of Jimmy, Pancho Carter and Tommy Astone, and one final time with Rich Vogler in 1978.

The 1971 season stands as the most successful single-season in series’ history with 21 feature car owner wins for Caruthers.

Caruthers was also the recipient of the Jim Blunk Award during the 1976 USAC banquet, presented to him for his frequent contributions to the sport of USAC Midget racing.

JAY DRAKE

Val Verde, California’s Jay Drake stood on the main stage as a USAC driving champion on four occasions, first as a back-to-back USAC TQ Midget champion in 1990-91, then a USAC Western States Midget titlist in 1996, and finally, capturing the USAC National Sprint Car championship in 2004.

His 2000 season was legendary, winning 17 USAC national races throughout, which marked the second most in a year at the time. In total, Drake owns five USAC Silver Crown wins, 25 with the USAC National Sprint Cars, including the 1998 Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial at Salem, Ind., the 2000 National Open at Terre Haute, Ind. and was the 2000 Indiana Sprint Week titlist.

Drake’s prowess in the USAC National Midgets resulted in 17 feature triumphs. Among them were the 1997 & 2002 4-Crown Nationals, the 1998 Turkey Night Grand Prix, the 2000 Hut 100 and the first ever Indiana Midget Week feature held at Lawrenceburg, Ind. in 2005.

GALEN FOX

Bloomington, Indiana’s Galen Fox forged his two most successful racing pairings with two of the most successful racers of their era two decades apart – Sheldon Kinser in the 1970s and Dave Darland in the 1990s. However, it was Fox’s association with New York car owner Dick Hammond that set the tone for a run that featured 30 USAC National Sprint Car wins and 19 in the USAC Silver Crown division.

Utilizing the “Genesee Beer Wagon,” driver Sheldon Kinser won the 1977 USAC National Sprint Car title for Fox and Hammond’s Gohr Distributing team. In 1980, Gohr captured its lone USAC National Sprint Car entrant title thanks to a combined five victories from Kinser and Tom Bigelow.

In the meantime, the team was a stalwart on the IndyCar trail, even finishing 5th at the 1987 Indianapolis 500 with driver Gary Bettenhausen.

Under the Foxco Engineering banner with sons Brad and Steve, Galen hired Dave Darland for his USAC Silver Crown car in 1995, and together they’d win the 1997 USAC driving and entrant titles while scoring 14 victories along the way between 1995-2009, with Darland winning the team’s third, fourth and fifth Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1995, 1996 and 2004, respectively.

Fox was honored with the USAC Mechanical Achievement award in 2003.

JEFF GORDON

Making the move as a teenage sensation from Vallejo, Calif. to Pittsboro, Ind., Gordon was a racing prodigy who made an instant impact on the USAC racing scene by winning his first career USAC National Midget race in his first ever series start during the 1989 Night Before the 500 at Indianapolis Raceway Park en route to series Rookie of the Year honors.

Most notable was his association with car owner Rollie Helmling and the iconic Diet Pepsi No. 4 with which Gordon ran roughshod in his brief USAC National Midget career between 1989-91, winning 12 times and capturing the 1990 series title. In that time, Gordon became the first true breakout star from ESPN’s venerable Thursday and Saturday Night Thunder series.

Gordon added five more victories in USAC National Sprint Car competition, then took on the USAC Silver Crown series where he won the first two races of the 1991 season at Phoenix International Raceway and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, which paved the way for Gordon to collect the series’ driving title for car owner Fred Ede.

DAN GURNEY

There are slim to none facets of auto racing that Dan Gurney did not have a hand in throughout his illustrious career, as an innovator, a car constructor, team owner and driver.

A New Yorker by birth, but coming of age in Riverside, Calif., Gurney’s impact also arrived early in his driving career with the United States Auto Club in 1958. That year, Gurney earned the inaugural USAC Road Racing Championship.

In his USAC racing career, Gurney amassed a total of six Road Racing division wins, including a series-leading five in 1962 and finished as the runner-up in the championship fight to Roger Penske that year before garnering one more victory the following year in 1963.

Gurney also won seven times as a driver on the USAC National Championship trail, finishing as the runner-up in the Indianapolis 500 in 1968 and 1969.

As the owner of All American Racers, Gurney’s team scored 21 wins under the USAC “Indy Car” banner with an entrant championship in 1974 and an Indianapolis 500 win in 1975, both with driver Bobby Unser.

RAY NICHELS

No single person won more often in USAC’s Stock Car division than crew chief/mechanic and team owner Ray Nichels, who gathered up 70 series victories as entrant between 1961-72.

The stout Nichels Engineering ride saw its drivers race to USAC Stock Car championships on three occasions, first with Paul Goldsmith going back-to-back in 1961-62. Once more, the Nichels team found the brass ring with driver Don White capturing the series title in 1967.

Nichels’ prepared racecars were potent; they were dominant; and they attracted many of the highest profile names of the day to race, and win, in his cars. White won 36 of his series record 53 victories as a driver for Nichels while Goldsmith was the victor 22 times for the northwest Indiana based team.

In 1950, Nichels and driver Paul Russo constructed their own racecar inside the basement of Russo’s Hammond, Ind. home. The innovatively lightweight car, nicknamed “Basement Bessie,” was promptly disassembled then reconstructed once outside the home, then transported to compete in that year’s Indianapolis 500.

As the wrench on the SUMAR Special for driver Pat O’Connor, the pair put the car on the pole for the Indianapolis 500 in 1957, and less than a month later, set a new track record during the Race of Two Worlds at Monza, Italy in 1957.

JOE SHAHEEN

Springfield Speedway in Illinois was a frequent stop on the USAC National Midget tour from the time of the club’s inception through the 1987 season. Throughout that entire time, there was one mainstay – Joe Shaheen.

Shaheen served as the owner, operator and promoter of the dirt bullring affectionately known as “Little Springfield,” which served as the host for 92 USAC National Midget events in the three decade span and became an annual host of USAC National Sprint Car races at his track when the series was opened up to compete at venues less than a half-mile in length.

Shaheen, a veteran of World War II, also owned Shaheen’s Tire and Auto Glass and was a tireless promoter of USAC racing. Despite Shaheen’s Springfield Speedway being closed for three-and-a-half decades, it still remains one of USAC’s most oft-visited racetracks.

Shaheen received the Jim Blunk Award during the 1984 USAC banquet based on his contributions to the sport of USAC Midget racing.

JOHNNY VANCE

Johnny Vance, of Dayton, Ohio, was a second-generation car owner whose instantly-recognizable Aristocrat Products-sponsored cars were a force on both the USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car trails for decades. However, his 50+ years of involvement with USAC began with a two-decade tenure as a Chief Steward, Supervisor and Technical Chairman of the Sprint Car division beginning in the early 1960s. He also served as steward at the Indianapolis 500 for many years and also headed USAC's Mini-Indy division.

At the turn of the 1980s, Vance shifted gears to become a participant where he left an indelible mark on the sport over the next 30+ years.

Vance’s equipment was top-of-the-line and the drivers who sat in the seats of his racecars were top-shelf. Vance was a two-time USAC National Sprint Car owner champion in 1990 and 1998 and possesses 44 career USAC National Sprint Car owner wins and eight with the USAC Silver Crown division.

One of Vance’s greatest lasting legacies is as the founder of the 4-Crown Nationals at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, an idea conceived by Vance in 1981 to showcase all four of USAC’s National divisions on one track on a single weekend: Silver Crown, National Sprint, National Midget and the Stock Car series.

USAC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:

2012: J.C. Agajanian, Mario Andretti, Gary Bettenhausen, Tom Binford, Jimmy Bryan, Duane Carter, A.J. Foyt, Tony Hulman, Parnelli Jones, Mel Kenyon, Roger McCluskey & Rich Vogler

2013: Earl Baltes, Henry Banks, Tony Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Jack Hewitt, Johnny Rutherford, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, A.J. Watson, Don White & Bob Wilke

2014: Rollie Beale, George Bignotti, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Gus Hoffman, Jud Larson, Norm Nelson, Eddie Sachs, Don Smith, Bob Stroud, Rodger Ward & Bob Wente

2015: Clint Brawner, Jimmy Caruthers, Butch Hartman, Lindsey Hopkins, Jim Hurtubise, Don Kenyon, Sheldon Kinser, Fred Lorenzen, Roger Penske, Larry Rice, Shorty Templeman & Sleepy Tripp

2016: Steve Butler, Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Willie Davis, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Rick Mears, Pat O’Connor, Kevin Olson, Tony Stewart & Bob Tattersall

2017: Donald Davidson, Frankie DelRoy, Bob East, Chuck Gurney, Gene Hartley, Steve Lewis, Howard Linne, Lloyd Ruby, Ken Schrader, Robbie Stanley, Steve Stapp & Johnny Thomson

2018: Mike Devin, Tony Elliott, Paul Goldsmith, Jason Leffler, Bill Lipkey, Troy Ruttman, Bob/Gene Shannon & Jimmy Sills

2019: Bryan Clauson, Johnny Capels, Dick Jordan & Dave Steele

2020: None

2021: Doug Caruthers, Jay Drake, Galen Fox, Jeff Gordon, Dan Gurney, Ray Nichels, Johnny Vance & Joe Shaheen


 

DÉJÀ BALLOU: THE MADMAN STRIKES AGAIN WITH USAC SPRINT VICTORY AT ANGELL PARK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (June 26, 2022)………Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Back in 2015, Robert Ballou’s No. 12 carried a new engine into Angell Park Speedway, started ninth and charged his way up through the field to strike victory.

Seven years following that particular triumph in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship’s first trip to the Sun Prairie, Wisconsin oval since 2015, the Rocklin, Calif. native discovered that the song remains the same for all intents and purposes.

Starting from the eighth position on Sunday night, it took Ballou just seven laps to work his way into the top spot past early race leader Davey Ray before going relatively unscathed and relatively unchallenged for the balance of the 30-lap distance to capture his third series win of the season in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Dragonfly Aviation – Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy.

Ballou’s 34th career USAC National Sprint Car feature score moved him to within one win of 12th on the all-time list, which is currently occupied by both Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler. In doing so, Ballou won in uninterrupted start-to-finish fashion, taking the checkered flag in a brief 7 minutes and 57.6 seconds during the inaugural KO Klassic / CarIQ Wisconsin Jump Around.

The parallels to Ballou’s most recent Angell Park visit were readily apparent even before he hit the 1/3-mile dirt oval for hot laps. In the end, the team left the premises with the same sense of satisfaction the did seven years before. Ballou and crew chief Derrick Bye installed the engine on Friday night for a Midwest Sprint Car Series event at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and promptly won, setting the theme for the weekend.

“In 2015, I had a brand new engine. In 2022, I got a brand new Don Ott engine,” summarized Ballou in relating his last two Angell Park experiences. “This weekend was all about testing. I’ve changed my whole racecar and changed everything that we’ve done. We’ve spent a lot of hours in the shop. My buddy, Tom Harris from England, and I were on the phone all the time trying to get this thing better. He understands the fabrication along with what does what and how. I’m the knucklehead who steers it and says, ‘this doesn’t work’ and ‘let’s try something different.’ I’ve had something up my sleeve since December and I wanted to try it.”

It all worked to fruition on Sunday, just one week after Ballou struggled during USAC’s Eastern Storm tour in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, claiming that his experiences felt akin to having a boat anchor tied to his car. This time around, he was the first hard charger to also claim a victory in the very same feature event.

Pole sitter Ray, who’s collected numerous Badger Midget victories at Angell Park in his career, slid to the top and into the lead for the first time in USAC National Sprint Car career on the opening lap in turn one as outside front row starter Braydon Cromwell fought to keep in stride with Ray on the bottom.

In the background of the front runners was Ballou, who was on the move in a major way. He surpassed USAC National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant for third with a low rider maneuver between turns one and two on lap four. Next on Ballou’s hit list was Cromwell who hopped atop the third turn cushion, which allowed Ballou to slither underneath for second on lap five.

Ballou stuck to his guns on the low line, and when Ray wrestled with the turn three cushion on lap six, it opened the door for Ballou on the low line to scoot alongside, missing the lead by a sliver of a fingernail at the stripe, with Ray clinging to a .007 second margin.

“I was afraid of how quick it would go away,” Ballou admitted. “It’s one of those deals that’s a flip of the coin. You’re either going to be really good at the beginning and awful at the end or it’s one out of a hundred where you get lucky and it’s good the whole time.”

It was “game on” for Ballou who completed his overtake of Ray between turns one and two on the seventh lap, then set sail for the horizon as he put up a four second lead by the midway point while the battles raged on behind him. Ballou continued to negotiate the contiguous throngs of lapped traffic nearing the midway point while Emerson Axsom double-slid Grant and Ray in the first turn on lap 14 to go from fourth to second in the snap of a finger.

Meanwhile, Bacon utilized a similar route as Ballou to take over the third position from Grant at the exit of turn four on the 18th lap. Bacon then cruised the bottom to shoot to second on lap 22, using the lapped car of Brandon Mattox as a sort of pick, then rocketed from bottom to top at the exit of turn four to rip away the position.

Ballou held a near four-second lead when Bacon slotted into second with eight laps remaining. Quickly, though, Bacon knocked Ballou’s lead down to 1.7 with only five laps to go. However, Ballou cut through with ease, splitting Terry Babb and William Huck halfway down the back straight on the final lap, then was free and clean to the finish line, winning by a 1.953 second margin over Bacon, who had a right rear tire shred to smithereens on the cool down lap following the checkered flag. Axsom, Grant and C.J. Leary rounded out the top-five.

“I could go pretty much anywhere they would throw the crumbs off the bottom,” Ballou explained. “No one had run through there and, those last few laps, I could catch the middle really good. I was pretty tight on the curb getting into three. It’s a pretty tricky racetrack; they built this place to run midgets, but with sprint cars, it always puts on a pretty good race.”

The last time Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) competed with the USAC National Sprint Cars at Angell Park, he finished second in 2015. On Sunday night, he ran second again to Ballou at Angell Park after starting back in the seventh position in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Gressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy. In three USAC Sprint Car starts at Angell Park, Bacon has now finished 2nd in 2015, 4th in 2014 & 2nd in 2022.

“We were just a little too tight at the beginning to really get up through there like Robert did,” Bacon lamented. “We were a little bit better than him at the end, but I was kind of cobbled up in a traffic jam and we couldn’t really get into a spot on the track where we needed to be to gain on him enough there at the end.”

Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) collected his best USAC National Sprint Car feature finish since winning in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park. His third place run on Sunday night at Angell Park moved him up a spot in the series points to sixth overall in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

“I think our car was really good at the start and in the middle (of the race),” Axsom documented. “Once the track developed a curb, we were a little bit tight but my guys gave me a really great car.”

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) set Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time for the night, which was his ninth overall fast time in just 18 combined USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown starts. His new track record run 13.765 broke the former mark of 13.796 set by Kevin Thomas Jr. in 2015. Leary’s 36th career USAC National Sprint Car fast qualifying time passed Kevin Thomas Jr. and Rich Vogler on the list and tied Bryan Clauson for seventh all-time.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 26, 2022 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, Wisconsin – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – KO Klassic – CarIQ Wisconsin Jump Around

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-13.765; 2. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-13.869; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.955; 4. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.977; 5. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-14.082; 6. Davey Ray, 14AJ, FattFro-14.100; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.113; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.125; 9. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.132; 10. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.332; 11. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-14.633; 12. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-14.713; 13. Terry Babb, 8D, KCBJ-14.819; 14. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-15.045; 15. John Sluss, 4R, FattFro-15.104; 16. Nathan Crane, 89, Gaertner-15.243; 17. Ryan Marshall, 7, Boyd-15.451; 18. Derek Crane, 19WI, Crane-15.468; 19. Tom Eller, 29OG, Eller-15.688; 20. William Huck, 39, Huck-15.842; 21. Bryce Andrews, 17, Andrews-16.042; 22. Daniel Graumenz, 29J, Johnson-16.114.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Terry Babb, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Nathan Crane, 7. Tom Eller. 2:03.72 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Braydon Cromwell, 4. Brian Ruhlman, 5. Ryan Marshall, 6. Alex Banales, 7. William Huck. 2:03.96

PIT STOP USA & ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Davey Ray, 5. Derek Crane, 6. John Sluss, 7. Bryce Andrews. 2:09.09

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (8), 2. Brady Bacon (7), 3. Emerson Axsom (5), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. C.J. Leary (6), 6. Matt Westfall (11), 7. Jadon Rogers (9), 8. Braydon Cromwell (2), 9. Davey Ray (1), 10. Logan Seavey (10), 11. Brandon Mattox (3), 12. Alex Banales (12), 13. Terry Babb (13), 14. Nathan Crane (16), 15. Brian Ruhlman (14), 16. Derek Crane (18), 17. Ryan Marshall (17), 18. John Sluss (15), 19. Bryce Andrews (21), 20. William Huck (20), 21. Tom Eller (19). 7:57.60

**Daniel Graumenz flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Davey Ray, Laps 7-30 Robert Ballou.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-967, 2-Brady Bacon-956, 3-Robert Ballou-918, 4-Logan Seavey-897, 5-C.J. Leary-889, 6-Emerson Axsom-870, 7-Chase Stockon-810, 8-Matt Westfall-718, 9-Jake Swanson-616, 10-Jadon Rogers-593.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-54, 2-Thomas Meseraull-51, 3-Brady Bacon-48, 4-Alex Bright-46, 5-Buddy Kofoid-45, 6-Justin Grant-43, 7-Logan Seavey-39, 8-Jadon Rogers-37, 9-Matt Westfall-36, 10-Brenham Crouch-32.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 1-2, 2022 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 5/16-Mile Dirt Track – IndianaOpenWheel.com Bill Gardner Sprintacular – Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Matt Westfall

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Brady Bacon

Feature Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (8th to 1st)


AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 25, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway– Perris, California – “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.895; 2. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.941; 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.954; 4. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.053; 5. Max Adams, 73, Ford-17.106; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.137; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.188; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.265; 9. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.292; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.309; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.351; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-17.360; 13. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-17.368; 14. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.395; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.455; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.475; 17. Chris Tramel, 77, Tramel-18.279; 18. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-18.573; 19. Daylin Perreira, 21P, Perreira-18.627; 20. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-18.834.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING / FACTORY WRAPS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Gardner, 3. Roa, 4. A.Williams, 5. Sweeney, 6. Perreira, 7. Hodges. 2:55.00.

BILLSJERKY.NET / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Edwards, 3. McCarthy, 4. Bonneau, 5. L.Williams, 6. Tramel,. 7. Taylor. 2:59.53.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Tafoya, 3. Malcolm, 4. C.Williams, 5. Grabowski, 6. Schank. 2:57.01.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Roa (1), 2. Matt Mitchell (4), 3. Tommy Malcolm (2), 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (5), 5. Logan Williams (7), 6. Kyle Edwards (14), 7. Austin Williams (10), 8. Matt McCarthy (11), 9. Nate Schank (18), 10. Damion Gardner (6), 11. Chris Tramel (17), 12. Jake Hodges (13), 13. Daylin Perreira (19), 14. Verne Sweeney (16), 15. Max Adams (3), 16. A.J. Bender (15), 17. Chris Bonneau (8), 18. Dan Taylor (20), 19. Cody Williams (12), 20. Austin Grabowski (9). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Roa, Laps 2-16 Malcolm, Laps 17-18 Mitchell, Laps 19-25 Malcolm, Laps 26-28 Mitchell, Laps 29-30 Roa.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Nate Schank (18th to 9th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Daylin Perreira
IN MEMORY OF SHAWN MCDONALD QUALIFYING AWARD: Tommy Malcolm
IN MEMORY OF SHAWN MCDONALD FEATURE AWARD: Kyle Edwards

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-828, 2-Matt Mitchell-735, 3-Austin Williams-706, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-667, 5-Logan Williams-641, 6-Cody Williams-554, 7-Tommy Malcolm-532, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-497, 9-Brody Roa-484, 10-Matt McCarthy-468.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: July 8 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, California – “Spanky Mathews Memorial”

 

 

IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN: LEARY LEVELS USAC SILVER CROWN FOES AT MADISON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Oregon, Wisconsin (June 24, 2022)………It had been quite some time since C.J. Leary could lay claim to a victory on a racetrack with a pavement surface.

He’d won feature events on the asphalt behind the wheel of TQ Midgets and go karts in the early stages of his career. Yet, simply put, nothing could compare to the performance the Greenfield, Ind. native displayed throughout Friday night’s USAC Silver Crown Bytec Dairyland 100 at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway.

From start to finish, Leary was picture perfect. He was the fastest in Dirt Draft Hot Laps. He was the fastest in Fatheadz Qualifying. He was first in the feature and, in doing so, led all 100 laps while piloting the Klatt Enterprises/Wilwood Disc Brakes – Lucas Oil – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Beast/Ford.

Known as a “dirt guy” first and foremost, Leary looked the part of a pavement master at Madison, extending his lead to nearly a half-lap in the waning stages, then padlocked the gate with a race-clinching green-white-checkered restart to defeat one of this generation’s ultimate pavement Silver Crown kings, Bobby Santos.

He may not be a “pavement guy” by definition, but his performances on the hardtop thus far have pushed him to the top of the overall USAC Silver Crown standings this summer for the first time since early in the 2016 season.

Concentrating for many years solely on the dirt, Leary made brief dabbles on the pavement side of the equation intermittently in 2014 and 2015 in a car he and his dad operated on, then returned to pavement once again at the beginning of the 2019 season while driving a machine for Gene Nolen.

With two career Silver Crown victories on dirt entering Madison, he made sure to add one more, this time on the pavement, one in which he didn’t really expect to see as soon as he did, or if ever.

“I never thought I’d win a pavement Silver Crown race,” Leary admitted. “We’ve been trying for a long time.”

Leary started up front and remained their throughout the entire distance after recording his eighth fast qualifying time of the year in what was his 17th appearance in a USAC national event in 2022.

Side-by-side, wheel-to-wheel went Leary on the bottom and Santos on the outside for the lead during the opening three laps which all resulted in photo finish opportunities between the two, the second of which separated the two by a 0.001 second margin at the stripe, marking the third time in four 2022 Silver Crown races in which Leary led the opening laps.

While that certainly is a noble and noteworthy achievement, it wasn’t exactly great omen for Leary as he ultimately fell out of the lead in those previous two races that he led at Terre Haute and Port Royal.

Leary ultimately branched away from Santos and, while crossing the halfway point of the 50-lapper, it became a top-two breakaway with Leary leading the charge through lapped traffic with Santos just a half-second behind as third-running Swanson ran a full straightaway behind Santos in third.

Leary hammered down with 40 to go as he blitzed by top-10 combatants Travis Welpott, Nathan Byrd, Taylor Ferns and Eric Gordon, putting all a lap down in the process as he set a wickedly, torrid pace, rising his interval over Santos to 2.3 on lap 60 to four seconds by lap 70 as he tracked down series point leader Logan Seavey to put him down a lap for the second time tonight.

While the race up front was practically put to rest in the final quarter of the event, Brian Tyler ripped past Davey Hamilton Jr. for 5th on lap 76 and then dove to the inside of Justin Grant for 4th on lap 80.

Aptly illustrating Leary’s force in the latter stages was the fact that while third-running Swanson was getting into turn one with 15 laps remaining, Leary was lurking behind in turn four, on the same straightaway with Swanson in his line of sight. By that point in time, Leary was posting a 7.5 second lead over Santos with 15 laps to go and showed no signs of mercy.

“(Car builder) Bob (East) was on me after the Little 500 about being a little too cautious in lapped traffic,” Leary explained. “I just attacked tonight, and I knew with the good company behind me, if I didn’t make those moves fast, they’d be breathing down my neck. I’m really tuckered out; that was an intense 100 laps. I race dirt all the time and I don’t really have a problem, but this was really demanding tonight.”

If anything was going to hinder Leary’s path, it was going to be lapped traffic, which ran two-wide just ahead of him with 13 to go. He promptly blew by Welpott on the outside in turn two, then dove to the edge of the grass on the bottom of turn three to get by Ferns, clipping the infield grass with his left side tires along the way for good measure.

Meanwhile, Brian Tyler turned it up yet another notch, gliding underneath Swanson for the third position on lap 92 in turn one. At the same time, Leary wasn’t too far behind as he had raced back up through the field to put the fifth place car of Justin Grant a lap down with six laps remaining.

After going clean and green for 76 straight laps, since a debris caution on lap 20, the yellow fell for the second time on lap 96 for 7th running Eric Gordon who stopped at the top of turn four with a broken shock. That deleted Leary's near nine-second lead and set up a daunting two-lap dash which put all of Leary’s racelong work in jeopardy.

“I actually had no idea exactly what the lead was,” Leary acknowledged. “Tyler Kramer was up there spotting for me – he’s been spotting for me for a long time. We’ve been having some radio troubles, but tonight they worked flawlessly. It just seemed like I kind of got zoned out there toward the end of the race.”

Making all of Leary’s previous work practically for naught, Leary paced Santos around the half-mile paved oval for the final two laps as Santos clung tightly to Leary for the first time in the entire second half of the event. However, Leary was too quick and too strong to be rattled and finished off a dominant performance by 0.317 seconds over Santos, Tyler, Swanson and Grant.

“To beat Bobby on that restart, it means a lot to beat the best,” Leary beamed. “I knew he was going to give it all he had. I was told he was moving around and trying different lines. It got so slick there off turn two that I felt like I was struggling, but I felt like if I glued it to the bottom, he couldn’t pass me. We had a really good car in practice, a really good car in qualifying and a really good car in the feature.”

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) followed up his victory in May at Indianapolis Raceway Park with a fine 2nd place finish in his DJ Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions – Simpson Race Products/Beast/Speedway Chevy. It's Santos' third consecutive top-four finish at Madison after earning a 2nd in 2018 and a 4th in 2019.

“Overall, it was a good night; we had a good run,” a proud Santos stated. “I feel like we’re getting our car better and better each and every week. Obviously, the race was over until that restart. I thought maybe we could steal one at the end, but it didn’t quite work that way.”

Brian Tyler (Parma, Mich.) last competed in a USAC event at Madison in 1997. His 8th place finish that night in a sprint car a quarter century ago was trumped by his 3rd place result in Friday night's USAC Silver Crown 100-lapper. Tyler also earned hard charger honors, advancing from 9th to 3rd in his BCR Group/Flint Trucking – Duncan Oil – QS Components/Beast/Kercher Chevy.

“I had a pretty decent car, and I was trying not to use too much stuff early in the race,” Tyler explained. “The later it went, the more I decided that I just had to go for it.”

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 24, 2022 – Madison International Speedway – Oregon, Wisconsin – 1/2-Mile Paved Oval – Bytec Dairyland 100 – CarIQ Wisconsin Jump Around

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-17.115; 2. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-17.130; 3. Kody Swanson, 1, Doran/Dyson-17.203; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-17.308; 5. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-17.386; 6. Eric Gordon, 99, Armstrong-17.397; 7. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-17.486; 8. Mike McVetta, 94, Ram-17.522; 9. Brian Tyler, 81, BCR-17.535; 10. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-17.552; 11. Logan Seavey, 222, Rice-17.598; 12. Davey Hamilton Jr., 14, Hamilton/Puglio-17.635; 13. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-17.700; 14. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams-17.700; 15. Nathan Byrd, 11, Hamilton/Byrd-17.811; 16. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-18.807; 17. Tom Paterson, 111, Paterson-19.197; 18. Jake Day, 42, Day-NT; 19. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (1), 2. Bobby Santos (2), 3. Brian Tyler (9), 4. Kody Swanson (3), 5. Justin Grant (4), 6. Davey Hamilton Jr. (12), 7. Taylor Ferns (10), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Bryan Gossel (13), 10. Nathan Byrd (15), 11. Gregg Cory (14), 12. Travis Welpott (7), 13. Eric Gordon (6), 14. Derek Bischak (5), 15. Mike McVetta (8), 16. Tom Paterson (16), 17. Dave Berkheimer (17), 18. Austin Nemire (18). 36:50.805

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 C.J. Leary.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-244, 2-Logan Seavey-238, 3-Kody Swanson-232, 4-Justin Grant-186, 5-Brian Tyler-181, 6-Bobby Santos-143, 7-Travis Welpott-130, 8-Brady Bacon-128, 9-Austin Nemire-119, 10-Taylor Ferns-116.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-51, 2-Robert Ballou-47, 3-Alex Bright-46, 4-Buddy Kofoid-45, 5-Justin Grant-43, 6-Brady Bacon-43, 7-Logan Seavey-39, 8-Jadon Rogers-35, 9-Brenham Crouch-32, 10-Chase Stockon-31.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 30, 2022 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming – Non-Points Special Event

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Hard Charger: Brian Tyler (9th to 3rd)

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary

Simple K Leatherworks 10th Place Finisher: Nathan Byrd

 

ON WISCONSIN!
WILMOT & ANGELL PARK
SET FOR USAC SPRINTS FRI-SAT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 24, 2022)………Wisconsin’s two-step brings the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship northbound to a pair of venues that have combined to host nine of the series’ 23 past forays in the state.

Wilmot Raceway’s 3/8-mile dirt oval hosts the series for the first time since a decade ago in 2012 on Saturday night, June 25. Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie welcomes the 900 horsepower heavy artillery to the 1/3-mile on Sunday night, June 26, following a seven-year absence, which also marked the series’ most recent trip to the Badger State in 2015.

Seven years later, it’s an irresistible two-race Wisconsin Sprint Car slate that brings with it a number of surgent drivers, mixed with those with experience on the dirt tracks of Wisconsin and those looking to “say cheese” for the initial time.

SURGING SEAVEY

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) enters as the hottest driver in the series right now with four consecutive podium finishes after winning the USAC Eastern Storm title, which has risen him to within 47 points of the championship lead, third in the standings. He’s been victorious at Angell Park with the midgets during the Firemen’s Nationals of 2019 and was 5th in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event in September of 2021.

UP TOP

At the top rung of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship points race is Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) who maintains a 14-point lead over four-time champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.). Both drivers won during last week’s Eastern Storm series, Bacon scoring twice at Grandview and Bloomsburg while Grant tamed Williams Grove.

WILMOT’S “ANGELLS”

Both Grant and Bacon share previous USAC National Sprint Car experience in Wisconsin. Grant has run exclusively at Angell Park, taking 14th in 2014 and 6th in 2015. Bacon, meanwhile, has had two successful USAC National Sprint Car excursions in the state, notching two top-fives with a 2nd in 2015 and a 4th in 2014 on the same night in which he was the fastest qualifier.

USAC National Sprint Car champions Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) and C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) are the lone drivers in this weekend’s field who’ve encountered USAC National Sprint Car competition at both Wilmot and Angell Park.

Ballou took 13th at Wilmot in 2012 before going on to Angell Park where he earned 8th in 2012 and then followed it up with a spectacular victory in 2015. His 10-lap time of 2:28.06 in 2015 represents the USAC National Sprint Car track record for the distance at Angell Park.

The duel for the 2015 Angell Park victory was a splendid battle between Ballou and Leary, where Leary led the first the 17 laps of the 30-lap main event. Leary wound up 3rd in that one for his best Wisconsin performance. He also raced to a 7th at Angell Park in 2014 and 14th in 2012. During his Rookie season of 2012, Leary placed 9th in the finishing order at Wilmot.

While Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) does possess Angell Park experience, this weekend marks his first sprint car appearance there. Axsom finished 7th in a September 2021 USAC National Midget feature at the track.

HOME SWEET WISCONSIN

For Davey Ray (Davenport, Iowa) and FattFro Motorsports, Wisconsin is basically a home race. Though he hails from Iowa and currently resides in Indiana, Ray has experienced many of his greatest moments in the state. Ray captured midget success at Angell Park as the winner of the 2003 Firemen’s Nationals, then later that year, captured a Badger Midget championship with Angell Park serving as its home base on Sunday nights.

At Wilmot, Ray won multiple Wisconsin wingLESS Sprint features in 2020 while Derek Crane (Racine, Wis.) who won with the series that same season at Wilmot and has been running on a semi-frequent basis on the local sprint car level in Indiana this Spring.

BADGERLAND BOUND

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) is Wisconsin bound for the first time this weekend. The 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has scored four top-ten finishes with the series this year, including a season best 6th last week at Bridgeport Motorsports Park in New Jersey.

Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver, has made 10 series starts in 2022. Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.) is a 2022 series Rookie, making six starts, and is returning to action after a feature flip that forced him to miss the last half of Eastern Storm.

Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) comes back to USAC Sprint Car action after making a single start in May of this year at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, Calif.) has been a USAC West Coast Sprint Car winner this year at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and captured a heat race victory on the USAC national trail in April at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway.

Brian Ruhlman (Clarklake, Mich.) made his first series start last week at Port Royal, where he pulled double-duty with the USAC Silver Crown series and finished as the top-Rookie in the field. Veteran Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.) has recorded a top-ten USAC Silver Crown finish this year. Meanwhile, Braydon Cromwell (Lone Jack, Mo.), Jack Hoyer (Frankfort, Ind.), Jackson Slone (Noblesville, Ind.) and two-time Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series champion Cam Schafer from Wisconsin’s neighboring state (Little Canada, Minn.) are all planning to make their first USAC starts this weekend.

DETAILS:

Saturday at Wilmot, it’s the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship along with the Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints, IRA Lightning Sprints and A Modifieds. Pits open at 2pm Central with the grandstands opening at 4pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30. Kids age 7-11 are $5. Kids 6 & under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Sunday at Angell Park, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship is joined by the Badger Midgets. Pit gates open at 1:30pm Central with front gates opening at 4pm and opening ceremonies starting at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25. Military/seniors $20. Students age 12-17 are $12. Kids age 6-11 are $5. Children age 5 & under are free. Pit passes are $30.

The event will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-872, 2-Brady Bacon-858, 3-Logan Seavey-825, 4-Robert Ballou-817, 5-C.J. Leary-795, 6-Chase Stockon-787, 7-Emerson Axsom-771, 8-Matt Westfall-634, 9-Jake Swanson-593, 10-Jadon Rogers-510.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS IN WISCONSIN:

3-Jack Hewitt

2-Dave Darland & Jon Stanbrough

1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Tom Bigelow, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Jay Drake, Bobby East, Tony Elliott, Kevin Huntley, Parnelli Jones, Danny Lasoski, Mat Neely, Ken Schrader, Dave Steele, Kevin Thomas & J.J. Yeley

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WILMOT RACEWAY MEDIA GUIDE:

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT WILMOT RACEWAY:

2-Jack Hewitt

1-Danny Lasoski & Jon Stanbrough

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT WILMOT RACEWAY:

1990: Danny Lasoski (6/19) & Jack Hewitt (8/29)

1995: Jack Hewitt (7/30)

2012: Jon Stanbrough (6/23)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT WILMOT RACEWAY:

1 Lap - 6/23/2012 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 14.665

8 Laps - 7/30/1995 - Eric Gordon - 2:11.40

10 Laps - 6/23/2012 - Jerry Coons Jr. - 2:36.96

30 Laps - 7/30/1995 - Jack Hewitt - 8:31.56

PAST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS AT WILMOT RACEWAY:

JUN 19, 1990 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Danny Smith, 3. Kim Mock, 4. Dave Moulis, 5. Carmen Manzardo, 6. Dave Hanna, 7. Dick Colburn, 8. Joe Roe, 9. Mike Frost, 10. Allen Winker, 11. Al Behling, 12. Gary Zobel, 13. Frank Filskov, 14. Bob Peterson, 15. Darrell Dodd, 16. Joe Kristan, 17. Larry Hillerud, 18. John Hajduk, 19. Jim Uttech, 20. Gib Wiser. NT

AUG 29, 1990 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Gib Wiser, 3. Kevin Thomas, 4. Greg Staab, 5. Mike Frost, 6. Dick Colburn, 7. Jim Moulis, 8. Dave Moulis, 9. Rick Howerton, 10. Randy Sippel, 11. Pete Ostrowski, 12. Jim Uttech, 13. Joe Symoens, 14. Joe Roe (#10), 15. Dave Hanna, 16. Steve Butler, 17. Tony Elliott, 18. Bob Robel, 19. Rick Keller. (Darrell Dodd, who originally finished 5th, was disqualified from the feature). NT

JUL 30, 1995 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Rusty McClure, 3. Allen Winker, 4. Kevin Doty, 5. Dave Moulis, 6. Todd Daun, 7. Tony Elliott, 8. Kevin Thomas, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Mark Cassella, 11. Greg Staab, 12. Doug Kalitta, 13. Tony Stewart, 14. Kurt Winker, 15. Eric Gordon, 16. Larry Vandevere, 17. Tim Cox, 18. Jim Uttech, 19. Dean Billings, 20. Tray House. 8:31.56

JUNE 23, 2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Darren Hagen, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Chris Gurley, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Steve Irwin, 13. Robert Ballou, 14. Ryan Irwin, 15. Bret Mellenberndt, 16. Craig Lager, 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Matt Vandervere, 20. Mike Hess, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Wayne Modjeski. NT

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ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY MEDIA GUIDE:

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY:

1-Robert Ballou, 2-Dave Darland, Jack Hewitt, Jon Stanbrough & J.J. Yeley

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY:

2001: Jack Hewitt (6/10)

2002: J.J. Yeley (7/7)

2012: Dave Darland (6/24)

2014: Jon Stanbrough (6/22)

2015: Robert Ballou (8/9)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 8/9/2015 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 13.796

10 Laps - 8/9/2015 - Robert Ballou - 2:28.06

12 Laps - 6/10/2001 - Jack Hewitt - 3:18.57

30 Laps - 6/24/2012 - Dave Darland - 7:42.47

PAST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY:

2001 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Tony Elliott, 4. Cory Kruseman, 5. J.J. Yeley, 6. Robbie Rice, 7. Jay Drake, 8. Derek Davidson, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Brian Tyler, 11. Bud Kaeding, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Ed Carpenter, 14. Bill Rose, 15. Kevin Doty, 16. Tim Cox, 17. Al Thomas, 18. Critter Malone, 19. Randy Sippel, 20. Gregg Dillion, 21. Corey Smith, 22. Kurt Winker. 8:39.19

2002 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. J.J. Yeley, 2. Tony Stewart, 3. Cory Kruseman, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Tony Elliott, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Brian Tyler, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Boston Reid, 11. Derek Davidson, 12. Jay Drake, 13. Dean Erfurth, 14. Marc Jessup, 15. Levi Jones, 16. A.J. Fike, 17. Jimmy Laser, 18. Al Thomas, 19. Jack Hewitt, 20. Scott Uttech, 21. Rick Kelsey, 22. Craig Lager, 23. Craig Dori, 24. Kurt Davis. NT

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Damion Gardner, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Mike Hess, 16. Bret Mellenberndt, 17. Wayne Modjeski, 18. John Fahl, 19. Steve Irwin. 7:42.47

2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Hunter Schuerenberg, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Bill Balog, 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Joe Bares, 13. Bryon Walters, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Chase Stockon, 16. Jarett Andretti, 17. Steve Thomas. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Joe Bares, 13. Steve Thomas, 14. Tony Rost, 15. Brian Kristan, 16. Rick Kelsey, 17. Jim Scanlon, 18. Steve Irwin, 19. Jarett Andretti, 20. Ray Seach, 21. Bill Balog, 22. Ryan Irwin. NT

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS READY TO CLASH AT PERRIS “BUBBY JONES & RAY SCHEETZ MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 22, 2022... This Saturday, June 25th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will take center stage at Perris Auto Speedway for the “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial.” Promoted by Don Kazarian, the twelfth point race will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and IMCA Modifieds plus “Power of Purple Night” benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Riverside County East. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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

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

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 236 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-two different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 50 “home track” wins, including the “So-Cal Showdown” on March 26th. The April 30th “Sokola Shootout” was won by Matt Mitchell and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams topped the May 28th “Salute to Indy.” Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012 and a complete USAC/CRA win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Saturday’s event honors the memory of Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz. Bubby was one of the original outlaw sprint car drivers from the Midwest who traveled in search of high paying races. By the time Bubby moved to California in 1980, he was already a top driver in USAC, competed in the 1977 Indianapolis 500, and won many prestigious races like the Western World Championships and Turkey Night Grand Prix. Piloting the famed Kazarian Gas Chem Products entry, Jones earned the 1983 and 1984 CRA Championships and also built his own “BJ” chassis. Also driving for Kathy Lewis, Alex Morales, Bruce Bromme, and Larry Henry, Bubby had won 82 races with CRA before his retirement in the early 1990s. Ray was a top notch mechanic and crew chief on the west coast. Working with the Morales, Gas Chem, Billy Wilkerson, and other teams, Ray is perhaps best known for winning races with Rick Goudy, Bubby Jones, and Ron Shuman. When Perris Auto Speedway was built in 1996, both Jones and Scheetz played key roles in the development of the 1/2-mile oval.

Entering Saturday’s race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 115-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner earned the June 11th hard charger award after racing from twenty-fourth to twelfth at Ventura. To date, the nine-time champion has posted five feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 134 feature laps led to his credit. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has ninety-four series wins and will be looking to win the “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial.”

After running seventh at Ventura, Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) has climbed to second in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Mitchell has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. The 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has eight career USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on another win at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC, Williams overcame early mechanical issues to score thirteenth at Ventura from twenty-third. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Big Game Hunter” has eleven career wins and will be looking to add another winning trophy to his collection.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, California) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA standings. Driving the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / DRC Chassis entry, Tafoya earned his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and placed fifth at Ventura. To date, the 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year has one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award and eight top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Eddie will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is fifth in championship points. Piloting John McCarthy’s #5W Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, Williams raced from fourteenth to tenth at Ventura. At press time, the 2014 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. Logan will be looking to earn his first USAC/CRA victory at the “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial.”

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks eleventh in the point chase. The pilot of the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine Maxim will be looking for his first victory at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, Brody Roa, Verne Sweeney, Chris Gansen, Austin Grabowski, A.J. Bender, Kyle Edwards, Jake Hodges, Dan Taylor, Steve Hix, Joel Rayborne, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $30, Senior tickets (65 & over) are $25, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $5, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. The Fairgrounds charges $10 for parking. Advance tickets are available and for more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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

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

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 2-Cody Williams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Tanner Boul, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Nic Faas – 15.833 (02/25/12)

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 50-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Matt Mitchell, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Brody Roa, 3-Brady Bacon, 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Jason York.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-772, 2. Matt Mitchell-657, 3. Austin Williams-649, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-595, 5. Logan Williams-574, 6. Cody Williams-524, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-497, 8. Tommy Malcolm-461, 9. Matt McCarthy-413, 10. Brody Roa-408, 11. Nate Schank ®-402, 12. Verne Sweeney-399, 13. Trent Williams-391, 14. Chris Gansen-371, --. Austin Grabowski-371, 16. A.J. Bender-331, 17. Chase Johnson-289, 18. Ricky Lewis ®-235, 19. Kyle Edwards-230, 20. Mike Martin-213, 21. Shane Sexton-208, 22. Tanner Boul-168, 23. Jeff Dyer-162, 24. Jake Hodges-151, 25. Logan Calderwood-144, 26. Austin Liggett-135, 27. Dan Taylor-117, 28. Dustin Cormany-114, 29. Travis Buckley-109, 30. Ryan Bernal-106, 31. Danny Parrish-102, 32. Steve Hix-101, 33. Brody Fuson-100, --. Chris Bonneau-100, 35. Joel Rayborne-93, 36. Danny Sheridan-90, 37. Jonas Reynolds-88, 38. Jess Beckett-87, 39. Ikaika O'Brien-80, 40. R.J. Johnson-76, 41. Troy Rutherford-75, 42. Dustin Burkhart-74, 43. Max Adams-68, 44. Shon Deskins-61, --. Gordon Rodgers-61, 46. Randy Nelson-57, 47. Dawson Faria-53, 48. J.J. Yeley-47, 49. Gary Marshall Jr.-44, 50. Richard McCormick-42, 51. Austin Ervine-37, 52. Stevie Sussex-35, --. Christopher Muraoka-35, 54. Andrew Sweeney-34, 55. Trent Carter-30, 56. Ben Worth-26, --. Tony Everhart-26, 58. Ryan Timmons-24, 59. Sterling Cling-13, 60. Grant Sexton-11, 61. Tuesday Calderwood-10, --. Jim Vanzant-10, --. Camie Bell-10.

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


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

RYAN BERNAL TOPS MERCED USAC/BCRA MIDGET FEATURE
By Lance Jennings

MERCED, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21, 2022… After a hard fought battle with Michael Faccinto, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) emerged victorious at Merced Speedway last Saturday night. Driving Keith Ford’s #73X Naturipe / Walker Performance Air Filtration Triple X, Bernal secured the lead for good on lap 23 and sped to his first $1,200 USAC Western States and BCRA Midget win of the season. Fast qualifier Faccinto, Austin Liggett, Ben Worth, and hard charger Jake Andreotti rounded out the top-five driver at the final round of the Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series.

Bernal began his night at the Merced County Fairgrounds by qualifying fifth overall. The 2-Time USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Champion ran second to C.J. Sarna in his heat race and stormed to his fourth career win after starting second.

Starting sixth, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) looked to have this third consecutive win well in hand before Bernal took command. Racing the Graunstadt Enterprises #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year by posting a time of 12.659 seconds over the 21-car roster. The 2018 Champion claimed the 10-lap Jordan Hanni Well Drilling Heat Race #1 win before settling for second at Merced. Michael won the 4-race Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series and has a 68-point advantage heading to Petaluma on July 23rd.

C.J. Sarna (Brea, California) won Merced’s 10-lap Ammonia Refrigeration Service Heat Race #2. Piloting his #20 ZMax / Final Final Lifestyle Spike, Sarna was seventeenth quick in time trials and finished sixteenth in the main event after an early exit. Despite missing a few races, the former rookie of the year is currently ninth in the point chase.

Austin Liggett (Linden, California) returned to USAC Western States Midget action and won the 10-lap Wireless 101 Third Heat Race. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett qualified twelfth overall and finished third in the feature after starting seventh. The former USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion finished second in the Elk Grove Ford standings and left Merced ranked eighth in series points.

Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, California) earned the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award with a fifth place run from eleventh. Driving the Pete Davis owned #00 Hot Head Competition Heaters / Buchanan Automotive Stealth, Andreotti was ninth fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. Jake finished third in the Elk Grove Ford standings and sits seventh in the chase for the championship.

Rookie contender Anthony Esberg (Kelseyville, California) earned the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event. Racing the #1K T&A Automotive / S&K Automotive Stealth, Esberg qualified eighteenth overall and was sixth in his heat race. Anthony ran seventeenth in Elk Grove Ford points and is currently ranked fifteenth in the standings.

The USAC Western States Midgets will return to action on Saturday, July 23rd, at Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, California. The event is co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midget Series.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service, AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Elk Grove Ford, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, High Tech Performance, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, ROW Signs and Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 18, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – “Elk Grove Ford Mini Series Round #4” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.659; 2. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.739; 3. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.740; 4. Colton Raudman, 2C, Schutte-12.891; 5. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-12.896; 6. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-12.923; 7. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.931; 8. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.950; 9. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-13.026; 10. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-13.166; 11. Randi Pankratz, 55, Lambert-13.180; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.215; 13. Danika Jo Parker, 13, Parker-13.250; 14. Sage Bordenave, 35, Felkins-13.262; 15. Braden Chiaramonte, 14JR, Streeter-13.307; 16. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-13.358; 17. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.365; 18. Anthony Esberg, 1K, Esberg-13.961; 19. Thomas Esberg, 8X, Esberg-14.618; 20. Kevin Gray, 7L, Gray-15.623; 21. Michael Snider, 6K, Snider-17.498.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Raudman, 3. Buckley, 4. Fuson, 5. Parker, 6. Bender, 7. T.Esberg. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sarna, 2. Bernal, 3. Worth, 4. Sarale, 5. Pankratz, 6. Bordenave, 7. Gray. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Chiaramonte, 3. Andreotti, 4. Hodges, 5. Bower, 6. A.Esberg, 7. Snider. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Ryan Bernal (2), 2. Michael Faccinto (6), 3. Austin Liggett (7), 4. Ben Worth (5), 5. Jake Andreotti (11), 6. Caden Sarale (10), 7. Brody Fuson (9), 8. Jake Hodges (1), 9. Blake Bower (4), 10. Braden Chiaramonte (16), 11. Travis Buckley (12), 12. Randi Pankratz (13), 13. Anthony Esberg (18), 14. Colton Raudman (3), 15. Sage Bordenave (15), 16. C.J. Sarna (8), 17. Thomas Esberg (19), 18. A.J. Bender (17), 19. Danika Jo Parker (14), 20. Michael Snider (21), 21. Kevin Gray (20). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Hodges, Lap 2 Raudman, Laps 3-20 Faccinto, Lap 21 Bernal, Lap 22 Faccinto, Laps 23-30 Bernal.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jake Andreotti (11th to 5th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Anthony Esberg

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-470, 2-Ben Worth-402, 3-Brody Fuson-390, 4-Travis Buckley-376, 5-Blake Bower-372, 6-A.J. Bender-366, 7-Jake Andreotti-318, 8-Austin Liggett-251, 9-C.J. Sarna-244, 10-Caden Sarale-236, --Michael Snider-236.

FINAL ELK GROVE FORD MINI-SERIES POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-322, 2-Austin Liggett-251, 3-Jake Andreotti-233, 4-Ben Worth-231, 5-Blake Bower-206, 6-Travis Buckley-196, 7-A.J. Bender-191, 8-Caden Sarale-193, 9-Brody Fuson-174, 10-Shane Golobic-159.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Ben Worth-25, --Michael Faccinto-25, 3-Shane Golobic-12, --Jake Andreotti-12, 5-Brody Fuson-9, 6-Blake Bower-8, 7-Chase Johnson-6, --Mitchel Moles-6, 9-Austin Liggett-5, --Robby Josett-5, --Colton Raudman-5.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-20, --Travis Buckley-20, 3-Caden Sarale-18, 4-Brody Fuson-17, 5-Randi Pankratz-16, 6-Thomas Esberg-15, 7-Michael Faccinto-14, 8-Ben Wiesz-12, 9-Danika Jo Parker-11, 10-Blake Bower-10, --Anthony Esberg-10.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: July 23 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

 

JUMP AROUND:
USAC SILVER CROWN
POUNDS MADISON PAVEMENT FRIDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Oregon, Wisconsin (June 22, 2022)………Jumping on the dirt. Jumping on the pavement. Jumping all around.

That’s the plan for USAC racing this weekend in the Badger state for the CarIQ Wisconsin Jump Around, which begins on the pavement of Madison International Speedway with the 100-lap Bytec Dairyland 100 slated for Friday night, June 24, round four of the USAC Silver Crown National Championship season.

But jumping around could also be the motto for the USAC Silver Crown series, which competes on both dirt and pavement surfaces. Through the first three events, we’ve witnessed three different race winners with Justin Grant taking Terre Haute Action Track’s dirt, Bobby Santos scoring on the pavement of Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park and Logan Seavey on Pennsylvania soil last weekend at Port Royal Speedway.

The top name in that bunch who has been absent from victory lane thus far is the all-time series king with a record six championships and 34 career wins, two of which have come at Madison. That’s Kody Swanson, who currently stands second in series points. Incredibly, Swanson hasn’t gone winless through the first three Silver Crown races of the season since 2013.

The Dairyland 100 has been mastered by Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), who has won both series events at the half-mile paved oval in 2018 and 2019. Swanson possesses the one-lap track record for the series at Madison with a time of 16.852 sec. (106.812 mph), set in 2019. Swanson’s 100-lap time of 36:49.04, set in 2018, is the record for the distance.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) enters Madison as the Silver Crown point leader following a last lap pass for the win last Saturday at Port Royal. While his dirt Silver Crown program has been top-flight, the 2018 USAC National Midget champion has made major strides on the asphalt, finishing fifth at IRP back in May.

Similar to Seavey, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) made his best impression on pavement at IRP as the 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion finished 4th, the best result of his Silver Crown career off the dirt and will be making his Madison debut this Friday night.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was the first-ever Silver Crown driver to garner quick time honors at Madison in 2018, starting from the pole, leading 42 laps and finishing 3rd. The 2020 USAC Silver Crown driving champion, and current fourth-place driver in points, was running 4th at the halfway mark in 2019 at Madison when his transmission let go.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.), a recent winner in May at IRP for the first time in Silver Crown action since 2018, has earned two consecutive top-four results in Silver Crown competition at Madison, finishing 2nd in 2018 and 4th in 2019.

Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) earned his one USAC Silver Crown win in the state of Wisconsin via the Milwaukee Mile during his Rookie year of 1990. Gordon started 3rd in the 2018 Madison race and was running 5th when he lost the brakes just 17 laps into the 100-lapper. The nine-time Little 500 winner and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer found a bit of redemption a year later in 2019 when he started 10th and finished 5th.

Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), the 1993 UMRA TQ Midget titlist and 2000 NAMARS Midget champ, finished 8th in 2018 at Madison and was running 8th again at the halfway point in 2019 when he became entangled in Grant’s transmission fluid and made hard contact with the turn three outside wall, ultimately finishing 18th.

At Madison, Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) was 14th in 2018 and 19th in 2019; Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), the 2019 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, was 18th in 2018 and 8th in 2019; while 2014 USAC Midwest HPD Dirt and Pavement Midget champion Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio) was 16th in 2019.

Two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion and 18-time Silver Crown winner Brian Tyler (Parma, Mich.) has yet to wheel a Silver Crown car at Madison, but he did compete in a USAC National Sprint Car race at the track a quarter-century ago. On that day in 1997, Tyler brought it home 8th.

First-time Madison visitor Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) is coming off the best result of her USAC Silver Crown career in May at IRP where she finished 3rd, which was the best result by a woman in series history.

She’s joined by series veterans who are making their first Madison Silver Crown appearances, including 2020 Rookie of the Year Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.) and seven-time series starter Davey Hamilton Jr. (Boise, Idaho).

The field is complimented by series Rookie of the Year candidates, the versatile Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.), Paragon Speedway sprint car track champion Gregg Cory (Shelbyville, Ind.), Midwest Supermodified Series champion Mike McVetta (Grafton, Ohio) and the winged pavement sprint car and Little 500 experienced Tom Paterson (Argos, Ind.).

Friday night’s Bytec Dairyland 100 at Madison is Salute to America Night featuring the USAC Silver Crown National Championship, Midwest Dash and will also have double features for NASCAR Late Models, plus the area's biggest and best aerial and ground fireworks display.

Pits open at 2:30pm Central and the grandstands at 4pm, with the drivers meeting at 4pm and practice starting at 4:45pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

Tickets sold at the gate are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $15 for students age 12-17, $5 for kids age 6-11, and free for children age 5 and under. Pit passes are $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

Advance tickets are available at misracing.com/tickets with adult tickets at $20 and seniors $18. A family ticket plan for 2 adults and up to 4 students/children is just $50.

The event will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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MADISON USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST:

06 Bryan Gossel/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

1 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Dyson Racing)

2 Patrick Lawson/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

11 Nathan Byrd/Goodyear, AZ (Hamilton-Byrd Racing)

14 Davey Hamilton Jr./Boise, ID (Hamilton-Puglio Racing)

16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

18 Travis Welpott/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

22 Bobby Santos/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

31 Derek Bischak/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

32 Gregg Cory/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing)

55 Taylor Ferns/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing)

81 Brian Tyler/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

94 Mike McVetta/Grafton OH (Dick & Deborah Myers)

99 Eric Gordon/Fortville, IN (Brad & Tara Armstrong)

111 Tom Paterson/Argos, IN (Tom Paterson)

222 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)


2022 USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-189, 2-Kody Swanson-171, 3-C.J. Leary-168, 4-Justin Grant-128, 5-Brady Bacon-128, 6-Brian Tyler-117, 7-Dallas Hewitt-102, 8-Carmen Perigo-92, 9-Austin Nemire-92, 10-Travis Welpott-91.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN AT MADISON INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 6/28/2019 - Kody Swanson - 16.852 - 106.812 mph

100 Laps - 6/29/2018 - Kody Swanson - 36:49.04 - 81.483 mph

MADISON USAC SILVER CROWN WINS:

2-Kody Swanson

MADISON USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS:

2018: Kody Swanson (6/29)

2019: Kody Swanson (6/28)

USAC SILVER CROWN WINS IN WISCONSIN:

2-Kody Swanson

1-Mike Bliss, Jay Drake, Bobby East, Eric Gordon, Wayne Reutimann Jr., George Snider & Dave Steele

PAST USAC SILVER CROWN RESULTS AT MADISON INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:

2018 FEATURE: (100 laps – starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (2), 2. Bobby Santos (6), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Jim Anderson (8), 5. Chris Windom (5), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 7. David Byrne (19), 8. Travis Welpott (9), 9. Matt Goodnight (11), 10. Kyle Robbins (14), 11. Kyle Hamilton (4), 12. Toni Breidinger (15), 13. Aaron Pierce (18), 14. Patrick Lawson (13), 15. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 16. Dave Darland (10), 17. Austin Blair (16), 18. Derek Bischak (12), 19. Eric Gordon (3). 36:49.04

2019 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Kyle Hamilton (3), 3. David Byrne (2), 4. Bobby Santos (5), 5. Eric Gordon (10), 6. Jim Anderson (11), 7. Cody Gallogly (8), 8. Derek Bischak (6), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (13), 10. Russ Gamester (14), 11. Toni Breidinger (15), 12. Kyle Robbins (20), 13. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 14. Chris Windom (12), 15. Cody Gerhardt (18), 16. Austin Nemire (9), 17. Justin Grant (4), 18. Travis Welpott (7), 19. Patrick Lawson (21), 20. Matt Goodnight (16), 21. Chris Dyson (19). NT

 

 

BADGER, BADGER! A HISTORY OF USAC SPRINT CARS IN WISCONSIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 22, 2022)………The seven-year itch is real in the racing sense.

After a seven-year absence from USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing in Wisconsin, it’s back in a big way with back-to-back weekend battles on Saturday night, June 25, at Wilmot Raceway and on Sunday night, June 26, at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, as part of the CarIQ Wisconsin Jump Around.

Just 23 times have the USAC National Sprint Cars ventured up north to the dairyland. Nine of those dates belong to this weekend’s venues alone with Wilmot hosting four and Angell Park five.

For many, Wisconsin will be a new adventure. For others, such as series champions Brady Bacon and Robert Ballou, they’re seeking to resume their success this weekend after winning each of the last two features held in the state back in 2015.

There’s an abundance of history at the two racetracks, and USAC National Sprint Car racing is no exception. It’s a brief history, albeit the fact that it spans more than six decades. With that said, we get to add a couple more chapters to that book this weekend.

WILMOT USAC SPRINT CAR HISTORY:

USAC National Sprint Car racing’s debut at Wilmot came in 1990 with a pair of events, one winged and one non-winged. Danny Lasoski recorded the second of his two career USAC victories at Wilmot that season, this one for car owner Ron Kohls, by leading the final 15 laps after passing Gib Wiser at the halfway point.

Jack Hewitt demonstrated his excellence later that same year at Wilmot as he recorded the sixth USAC Sprint victory of his personal-best eight-win season. Hewitt led the final nine laps in his Bob Hampshire-owned No. 63 after passing the tormented Gib Wiser who led the first 21 laps before being overtaken.

Four years later, Hewitt of Troy, Ohio continued his stranglehold of the USAC competition at Wilmot which had been postponed by rain nearly four days earlier. This time, Hewitt controlled all 30 laps from start to finish ahead of Rusty McClure, local star Allen Winker, Kevin Doty and Dave Moulis. Side note: Gib Wiser was not in attendance on this night.

The most recent event at Wilmot took place in 2012, and saw three leaders, including Kevin Thomas Jr. who led the bulk of the distance, a race-high 20 laps, until Jon Stanbrough tracked him down with three to go and yanked the rug out from under KTJ’s bid for a first career USAC win. Thomas only had to wait another month before reaching first-time USAC win status at Bloomington Speedway during Indiana Sprint Week.

ANGELL PARK USAC SPRINT CAR HISTORY:

Long deemed “a midget track,” when the USAC National Sprint Cars ventured to Angell Park for the first time in 2001, a curious eye was turned to whether the midgets’ big brother could race successfully.

After all, it was the first non-winged Sprint car race in the storied history of the 1/3-mile dirt oval. Any sense of trepidation was soon lost once cars hit the track and a popular winner emerged with Jack Hewitt scoring the 45th of his eventual 46 career series victories. The win tied Larry Dickson for second place on the all-time career list at the time.

Hewitt led every lap in the 30-lap race in the BWB Racing machine over Dave Darland who nearly claimed a $50,000 bonus posted by the Angell Park race organizers for any driver who could win both the 25-lap Midget and Sprint Car feature on the same night. Darland won the midget feature but came up one spot short in the sprint car night capper.

J.J. Yeley led all but the first three laps of the Coca Cola Showdown at the Prairie 30-lapper at Angell Park Speedway in July of 2002. Tony Stewart, who was en route to his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship that same season, led the first three laps before yielding to Yeley on lap four. Yeley led the rest of the way in his ABC Sand & Rock Twister to beat Stewart, who took notice and promptly hired Yeley to drive his sprint car for the following season in 2003.

Dave Darland had won in most of the United States that he had competed in during his USAC National Sprint Car career by the time the 2012 season rolled around. One piece of land he hadn’t yet conquered was Wisconsin where he chalked one up in dominant fashion during a non-stop 30-lap main event that lasted a mere 7 minutes and 42.47 seconds from start to finish.

Jon Stanbrough extended his stay at the top of the USAC National Sprint Car standings and ended his winless drought by late June of 2014 after picking up his first victory of the season after darting underneath leader Kevin Thomas Jr. on a restart with just three laps to go to decide the race.

Robert Ballou came from ninth to finish off the 2015 tour of Wisconsin with his eighth win of the year on his way to the series championship. Ballou cleared C.J. Leary for the lead on lap 18, but Leary came right back at him and slid up in front as they entered turn three. Ballou crossed back underneath to lead at the line for the first time by .037 seconds, then fended off a hard, high-side charge from fast qualifier Brady Bacon.

EPILOGUE:

Jack Hewitt is the winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver in Wisconsin with his three victories all coming at Wilmot (1990 & 1995) and Angell Park (2001).

Dave Darland and Jon Stanbrough have each won twice with Darland taking Wilmot in 2012 and at AMSOIL in Superior, Wis., which marked his milestone 100th career USAC feature victory.

The first USAC Sprint Car victory of Parnelli Jones’ legendary career came in June of 1960 at Wisconsin State Fair Park’s Milwaukee Mile when he captured the first of twin 50-lappers for the USAC Midwest Sprint Cars while 1959 and 1964 champ Don Branson grabbed the second leg.

Three-time series champion Larry Dickson started the 1970 campaign with five victories in the first eight races, including one at Capital Super Speedway when it was paved. Kevin Huntley won at the same track in 1987 when it was covered in dirt and rechristened Impact Speedway. The same venue had the dirt scraped off and was renamed Madison International Speedway where Dave Steele captured a victory in 1997.

Tom Bigelow picked up his 52nd and final career USAC National Sprint Car victory in 1981 at Wisconsin’s Raceway Park in Beaver Dam, a record which lasted 33 years until broken by Dave Darland in 2014. On the other hand, eventual 1983 champ Ken Schrader collected his first career win at the same place in 1982.

Longtime rivals Kevin Thomas and Tony Elliott each tallied Wisconsin wins, Thomas in 1996 at Hales Corners, whose land is now occupied by a Menards, while Elliott corralled one during his first USAC title season of 1998. Jay Drake also notched a Wisconsin win in his USAC Sprint championship season of 2004 at Beaver Dam’s Raceway @ Powercom Park, the same place in which Mat Neely won his first career USAC feature in 2005.

A mere 45 years after last competing at the Milwaukee Mile, USAC National Sprint Cars returned in 2005 with Bobby East collecting a rare mile track sprint car victory in the 21st century.

Ten years later, Brady Bacon was the victor at New Richmond, Wisconsin’s Cedar Lake Speedway in 2015, linking the year of USAC Sprint Car racing’s last foray to the Badger State to this weekend’s two events.

DETAILS:

Saturday at Wilmot, it’s the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship along with the Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints, Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series and A Modifieds. Pits open at 2pm Central with the grandstands opening at 4pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30. Kids age 7-11 are $5. Kids 6 & under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Sunday at Angell Park, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship is joined by the Badger Midgets. Pit gates open at 1:30pm Central with front gates opening at 4pm and opening ceremonies starting at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25. Military/seniors $20. Students age 12-17 are $12. Kids age 6-11 are $5. Children age 5 & under are free. Pit passes are $30.

The event will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS IN WISCONSIN:

3-Jack Hewitt

2-Dave Darland & Jon Stanbrough

1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Tom Bigelow, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Jay Drake, Bobby East, Tony Elliott, Kevin Huntley, Parnelli Jones, Danny Lasoski, Mat Neely, Ken Schrader, Dave Steele, Kevin Thomas & J.J. Yeley

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS IN WISCONSIN:

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/26/1960: West Allis, WI | Wisconsin State Fair Park | Parnelli Jones | Harlan Fike #51 | 50 L

6/26/1960: West Allis, WI | Wisconsin State Fair Park | Don Branson | Bob Estes #1 | 50 L

5/10/1970: Oregon, WI | Capital Super Speedway | Larry Dickson | Kenny Lay #2 | 40 L

7/30/1981: Beaver Dam, WI | Raceway Park | Tom Bigelow | Gohr Distributing #56 | 30 L

7/31/1982: Beaver Dam, WI | Raceway Park | Ken Schrader | Damon Fortune #39 | 30 L

6/6/1987: Oregon, WI | Impact Speedway | Kevin Huntley | Terry Winterbotham #6w | 30 L

6/19/1990: Wilmot, WI | Wilmot Speedway | Danny Lasoski | Ron Kohls #5 | 30 L

8/29/1990: Wilmot, WI | Wilmot Speedway | Jack Hewitt | Bob Hampshire #63 | 30 L

7/30/1995: Wilmot, WI | Wilmot Speedway | Jack Hewitt | Bob Hampshire/6R Racing #63 | 30 L

8/21/1996: Hales Corners, WI | Hales Corners Speedway | Kevin Thomas | Guy Applebee #3 | 30 L

7/9/1997: Oregon, WI | Madison International Speedway | Dave Steele | Johnny Vance Racing Team #2 | 30 L

4/11/1998: Beaver Dam, WI | Beaver Dam Raceway | Tony Elliott | Vance-Walker Racing #2 | 30 L

6/10/2001: Sun Prairie, WI | Angell Park Speedway | Jack Hewitt | BWB Racing #16 | 30 L

7/7/2002: Sun Prairie, WI | Angell Park Speedway | J.J. Yeley | GT Racing #76 | 30 L

4/24/2004: Beaver Dam, WI | Raceway @ Powercom Park | Jay Drake | Tony Stewart Racing #20 | 30 L

5/7/2005: Beaver Dam, WI | Raceway @ Powercom Park | Mat Neely | Kruse-Neely Motorsports #6 | 30 L

8/27/2005: West Allis, WI | Milwaukee Mile | Bobby East | Klatt Enterprises #5 | 30 L

6/23/2012: Wilmot, WI | Wilmot Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Roberts-Tate Racing #21x | 30 L

6/24/2012: Sun Prairie, WI | Angell Park Speedway | Dave Darland | Jeff Walker Racing #11 | 30 L

6/22/2014: Sun Prairie, WI | Angell Park Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Michael Dutcher Motorsports #37RW | 30 L

8/7/2015: Superior, WI | AMSOIL Speedway | Dave Darland | Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71p | 30 L

8/8/2015: New Richmond, WI | Cedar Lake Speedway | Brady Bacon | Dynamics, Inc. #69 | 30 L

8/9/2015: Sun Prairie, WI | Angell Park Speedway | Robert Ballou | Ballou Motorsports #12 | 30 L


 


2022 USAC EASTERN STORM REVIEW:
SEAVEY BOLTS TO THE SERIES TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 20, 2022)………Throughout his first five career USAC Eastern Storm feature starts between 2021 and the first race of 2022, Logan Seavey had yet to experience a finishing position in the top-half of the field.

Seavey’s Eastern Storm result sheet was uncharacteristically abysmal, for lack of a better term. The list included a pair of 13th place finishes, a 14th and a 20th in 2021, followed by another 13th during Tuesday night’s opener at Grandview Speedway.

However, perhaps, that was the turning point. In 2021, Seavey and his Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Chevy were stuck mid to back of the pack. At Grandview, Seavey was running as high as fourth with 13 laps to go when he had a tire pop.

Though the Grandview result didn’t show the full story, the Sutter, Calif. driver knew the limitless potential they possessed for the remainder of the week, and consequently, put that prowess on full display over the final four events of the five-race series.

A late surge past Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) with three laps to go resulted in Seavey’s first USAC victory of any kind this season on Wednesday night at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park.

Following a rain out on Thursday night at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, Seavey carried the momentum into fellow Pennsylvania half-mile dirt oval Williams Grove Speedway on Friday. Running second late, Seavey gave up second on the final restart, then anticipating moisture to be prevalent in the middle of turns one and two, drifted back to third, yet he remained pleased with their speed amid a solid podium finish.

Onto Saturday’s event at the big, fast and scenic Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway, Seavey finished off his first ever appearance at Port Royal with his first trip to victory lane in a 5.407 second stomping and romping at the finish line, which pushed him to the top of the Eastern Storm standings entering Sunday night’s finale at Bloomsburg (Pa.) Fair Raceway.

At Bloomsburg, Seavey wasn’t sure what to expect due to his less-than-ideal results in his previous two appearances there in both a sprint car and midget a year earlier. After struggling in his heat race, crew chief Ronnie Gardner provided a great car for Seavey to operate in the feature. Seavey was on the hunt to figure out where he needed to be on the 3/8-mile dirt oval and was able to get by Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) for third-place at the halfway mark, knowing full well he needed a little bit of a buffer to be safe and sound in the pursuit of his first Eastern Storm crown.

Seavey practically captured the Eastern Storm title by two positions, holding onto a five-point margin in the final tally over Bacon, making it the fourth closest title race in the series’ 15-year history, behind only Robert Ballou by 1 over Brady Bacon in 2021; Bryan Clauson by 1 over Dave Darland in 2013; and Chris Windom by 4 over Kevin Thomas Jr. in 2013.

Both Seavey and Bacon won twice during the week, making it the first time in Eastern Storm history that multiple drivers won multiple races in a year.

Bacon’s six career victories have him tied as the winningest Eastern Storm driver of all-time alongside Bryan Clauson, Levi Jones and Chris Windom.

Seavey’s two victories were his first in Eastern Storm action while Grant added a victory to raise his Eastern Storm total to three wins and is the only driver to win features during Eastern Storm in each of the last two seasons in 2021 and 2022.

In doing so, Bacon became just the third driver to win both the first and last feature in a single Eastern Storm week, joining Levi Jones in 2007 and Robert Ballou in 2015.

Bacon led all drivers with 70 laps led during Eastern Storm 2022, leading all 40 at Grandview and all 30 at Bloomsburg, and was also the lone driver to win multiple heat races throughout Eastern Storm, doing so on three occasions in five tries.

Three drivers earned top-five finishes in four of the five Eastern Storm races with Bacon equaled in that regard by fellow feature winners Grant and Seavey. Only two drivers finished inside the top-10 in all five races – Bacon and Danner.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) was the fastest qualifier in three of the five events while Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) collected the other two.

Fourteen drivers started all five Eastern Storm events in 2022: Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Bacon, Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.), Danner, Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.), Grant, Leary, Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), Seavey, Stockon, Swanson and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio).

Alex Bright was the hardest charger on three consecutive nights of Eastern Storm, passing a total of 40 cars throughout the week to lead all drivers in that category. In addition to earning career-best USAC National Sprint Car runner-up finishes on consecutive evenings at Williams Grove and Port Royal, Bright also earned the week’s biggest advancement with a 22nd to 7th performance at Bridgeport.

Danner finished fourth in the final Eastern Storm standings, marking the first such occasion that a Pennsylvania driver finished inside the top-five of the Eastern Storm points. Danner, the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car point leader, finished second at Grandview for his best career USAC National Sprint Car result.

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ROUND 1: GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY | TUESDAY, JUNE 14

After going on an undefeated stretch of 4-0 in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway, Brady Bacon was dethroned one year ago when he finished a distant second at the 1/3-mile dirt oval.

Seeing the door closed on his Grandview winning streak, there was only one remedy that could cure his subsequent blues – start a new winning streak.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native did exactly that on Tuesday night during the $6,000-to-win Jesse Hockett Classic USAC Eastern Storm opener by leading all 40 laps in nearly wire-to-wire fashion, with the exception of a brief moment when upstart Briggs Danner edged ahead just before the halfway point.

Bacon’s third series win of the year was also his 43rd career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory, which moved him ahead of 1974 and 1976 series champion Pancho Carter and into sole possession of 6th on the all-time list, which also vaulted him from fourth to second in the overall series standings as he pursues his fifth career title aboard the Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Gressman Sanitation – DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

“I knew we had a good shot starting up front, and I just had to not mess up,” Bacon explained. “I did mess up a couple of times, but, luckily, not bad enough for him to get by us.”

GRANDVIEW RESULTS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Thomas Meseraull

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Matt Westfall

Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Logan Seavey

Feature Hard Charger: Emerson Axsom (20th to 10th)

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. Briggs Danner (4), 3. Chase Stockon (3), 4. Justin Grant (10), 5. Robert Ballou (13), 6. C.J. Leary (6), 7. Thomas Meseraull (7), 8. Jadon Rogers (1), 9. Jake Swanson (16), 10. Emerson Axsom (20), 11. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 12. Matt Westfall (8), 13. Logan Seavey (5), 14. Shane Cottle (17), 15. Brandon Mattox (14), 16. Alex Banales (18), 17. Alex Bright (12), 18. Timmy Buckwalter (11), 19. Korbyn Hayslett (15), 20. Steven Drevicki (19). NT

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ROUND 2: BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15

Logan Seavey’s past USAC Eastern Storm results were just that – in the past. They were also certainly not representative of the type of run he could muster when everything aligns, from himself, the team, the setup and yes, even the aspect of luck.

All those attributes came together in simultaneous fashion during Wednesday night’s $6,000-to-win round two of USAC Eastern Storm 2022 at Bridgeport, for this evening ultimately belonged to the driver of the Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Chevy.

While Seavey remained in the hunt throughout, he quite nearly saved his best for last when he surged to the front late in the going, taking over the lead with a turn one slide job on Briggs Danner just three laps from the finish to score his first USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature win of the season.

Among the aforementioned results, Seavey’s Bridgeport resume was just as much of a puzzling puzzle with a 13th in both his USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget appearances during the 2021 campaign. But on this night, he made it imperative to turn the beat around.

“I’ve kind of struggled here in the past in the sprint car and the midget,” Seavey acknowledged. “I’m just so proud of (crew chief) Ronnie Gardner. We’ve just been so fast every race. To come out to Pennsylvania where I’ve struggled, and to now get a win here is really cool.”

BRIDGEPORT RESULTS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Briggs Danner

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

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

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Briggs Danner

Feature Hard Charger: Alex Bright (22nd to 7th)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (4), 2. Chase Stockon (12), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Briggs Danner (3), 5. Robert Ballou (9), 6. Jadon Rogers (7), 7. Alex Bright (22), 8. Thomas Meseraull (1), 9. Matt Westfall (14), 10. Brady Bacon (8), 11. Joey Amantea (19), 12. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 13. Jake Swanson (10), 14. Brandon Mattox (15), 15. Justin Grant (5), 16. Shane Cottle (13), 17. Charles Davis Jr. (18), 18. Korbyn Hayslett (20), 19. Steven Drevicki (17), 20. Michael Markey (21), 21. Alex Banales (11), 22. Emerson Axsom (2). NT

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ROUND 3: WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY | FRIDAY, JUNE 17

”Sprint car racing is supposed to be gnarly. They’re supposed to be won on the fence. We love big curbs, rough racetracks and, the more exciting it is for the fans, the more we like it and the better it is.”

Henry David Thoreau, T.S. Eliot and Lord Byron have nothing on Justin Grant when it comes to the manner of weaving words into a rich tapestry of linguistic expression to accurately describe the pure excitement of sprint car racing.

Then again, they’ve never endured the type of ride Grant partook during the final laps of Friday night’s $6,000-to-win USAC Eastern Storm round three at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway.

Grant authored a relatively flaw-free driving performance until the latter half of the 30-lap main event on the famed half-mile in which the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship first visited exactly 66 years ago to the day back in 1956.

En route to taking the white flag and holding a seemingly comfortable two-plus second margin lead as he encountered the turn three cushion, Grant ran up over the curb, nearly tagged the wall and pulled a reverse wheel stand with both rear tires kicking sky high like a bucking bronco, leaving the right front tire as the lone piece of Grant’s car still making contact with the track surface.

Nonetheless, Grant dug his way out of it and carried on through turn four and the front straightway, taking the signal for one lap to go from the flag stand. Turns one and two were as smooth as can be, as was his final trip beneath the famed landmark bridge that overhangs the back straightaway.

But, as Grant tiptoed through turn three on the bottom, he slid up and tagged the cushion in turn four with his right rear tire. Grant stabbed the gas and wriggled his way free like he was caught in a Chinese finger trap. As he shook loose and saw the checkered flag in the distance, smoke began to billow out of the headers of Grant’s ride as he chugged to the finish line just three car lengths ahead of the rapidly closing Alex Bright.

“I told some of the guys in the pits that I’m setting up to go bang the fence down,” Grant remembered. “I’m not running the bottom; I don’t care. We’re either going to win on the fence or run 20th on the fence.”

WILLIAMS GROVE RESULTS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jake Swanson

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Justin Grant

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Steven Drevicki

Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary

Feature Hard Charger: Alex Bright (13th to 2nd)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Alex Bright (13), 3. Logan Seavey (4), 4. Brady Bacon (7), 5. Matt Westfall (2), 6. Thomas Meseraull (9), 7. Timmy Buckwalter (11), 8. Briggs Danner (10), 9. C.J. Leary (5), 10. Steven Drevicki (8), 11. Jadon Rogers (16), 12. Robert Ballou (3), 13. Emerson Axsom (12), 14. Chase Stockon (15), 15. Shane Cottle (17), 16. Mark Smith (18), 17. Jake Swanson (6), 18. Brandon Mattox (19), 19. Joey Amantea (22), 20. Charles Davis Jr. (14), 21. Carmen Perigo (20), 22. Dallas Hewitt (21). NT

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ROUND 4: PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY | SATURDAY, JUNE 18

This is exactly what Logan Seavey pictured when he first became aware of Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway.

The Sutter, Calif. native had the intuition that the place was just his style, and that his first ever visit to the venue on this night could very well be a special night indeed.

Port Royal was the track Seavey was most looking forward to competing at on the entire schedule and how Seavey visualized it would unfold is exactly what occurred on Saturday night during the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship portion of Open Wheel Madness at the half-mile dirt oval.

Seavey took control for the entire second half of the feature to place a second checkmark into the USAC Eastern Storm win column this week after previously adding a victory on Wednesday night at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park, which ascended him to the top of the Eastern Storm standings and into a tie for the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Series point lead alongside Brady Bacon with four of the ten races completed thus far.

“Hammering the guardrail at a big, fast half-mile is tough to beat,” Seavey exclaimed following his second victory of the season worth $6,000 in his Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Chevy. “I knew this is a place I’d pick up quickly and I’d enjoy racing at.”

PORT ROYAL RESULTS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Mark Smith

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Brady Bacon

Feature Hard Charger: Alex Bright (16th to 2nd)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (5), 2. Alex Bright (16), 3. Justin Grant (10), 4. Brady Bacon (3), 5. Emerson Axsom (2), 6. Matt Westfall (12), 7. Robert Ballou (9), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Steven Drevicki (18), 10. Briggs Danner (1), 11. Shane Cottle (8), 12. C.J. Leary (6), 13. Brian Ruhlman (20), 14. Brandon Mattox (13), 15. Joey Amantea (15), 16. Dallas Hewitt (14), 17. Jake Swanson (4), 18. Austin Graby (21), 19. Jadon Rogers (19), 20. Mark Smith (11), 21. Charles Davis Jr. (17). NT

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ROUND 5: BLOOMSBURG FAIR RACEWAY | SUNDAY, JUNE 19

Brady Bacon finished what he started in USAC Eastern Storm 2022.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native opened and closed the five-race mini-series in a much familiar manner, winning last Tuesday’s opener at Grandview Speedway in wire-to-wire fashion. Bacon ended the busy weekend just the same during Sunday’s Eastern Storm finale at Bloomsburg (Pa.) Fair Raceway, rolling to his second triumph of the week where he led the entire non-stop, caution-free, 30-lap duration from start to finish in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Gressman Sanitation – DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

Bacon’s superb performance from start to finish in Bloomsburg’s $6,000-to-win feature, however, was not enough to overtake Logan Seavey for the Eastern Storm title. That honor went to the Sutter, Calif. native whose two victories and four overall podium finishes in five appearances secured him his first title in the series by a mere five points over Bacon. Seavey wrapped it up with a solid third-place performance at Bloomsburg.

“Luckily, we got to the front early,” Bacon stated. “Stockon poked a nose there and I stepped it up a little bit. Sometimes you lose them when you should win them, and we’ll take this one tonight. We did a lot of crazy stuff to the car to be tight enough and I think it paid off.”

BLOOMSBURG RESULTS

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jake Swanson

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Briggs Danner

Simpson Race Products / Pit Stop USA First Heat Winner: Briggs Danner

Competition Suspension, Inc. / Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Timmy Buckwalter

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Chase Stockon

Feature Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (12th to 9th)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. Justin Grant (3), 3. Logan Seavey (4), 4. Chase Stockon (1), 5. Jake Swanson (6), 6. Briggs Danner (7), 7. Robert Ballou (9), 8. Emerson Axsom (10), 9. Thomas Meseraull (12), 10. C.J. Leary (5), 11. Alex Bright (11), 12. Matt Westfall (13), 13. Joey Amantea (15), 14. Jadon Rogers (16), 15. Steven Drevicki (14), 16. Timmy Buckwalter (8), 17. Brandon Mattox (17). 8:51.95 (New Track Record)

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2022 USAC EASTERN STORM STAT LEADERS:

Champion: Logan Seavey

Most Wins: 2-Brady Bacon & Logan Seavey

Most Laps Led: 70-Brady Bacon

Most Top-Fives: 4-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant & Logan Seavey

Most Top-Tens: 5-Brady Bacon & Briggs Danner

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 3-C.J. Leary

Most Heat Race Wins: 3-Brady Bacon

Most Feature Starts: 5-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Alex Bright, Briggs Danner, Steven Drevicki, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Brandon Mattox, Jadon Rogers, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon, Jake Swanson & Matt Westfall
Biggest Charge of the Week: 6/15: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Alex Bright (22nd to 7th)

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2022 USAC EASTERN STORM POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 352 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

2 347 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

3 333 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

4 309 Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pa.

5 306 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

6 304 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

7 296 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif.

8 282 Alex Bright, Collegeville, Pa.

9 268 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio

10 239 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

11 237 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

12 225 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

13 224 Jadon Rogers, Worthington, Ind.

14 189 Steven Drevicki, Reading, Pa.

15 174 Brandon Mattox, Terre Haute, Ind.

16 172 Timmy Buckwalter, Douglassville, Pa.

17 161 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

18 144 Joey Amantea, Mount Pocono, Pa.

19 131 Charles Davis Jr., Buckeye, Ariz.

20 71 Korbyn Hayslett, Troy, Ohio

21 67 Mark Smith, Sunbury, Pa.

22 60 Alex Banales, Lafayette, Ind.

23 59 Dallas Hewitt, Troy, Ohio

24 42 Brian Ruhlman, Clarklake, Mich.

25 30 Austin Graby, Lebanon, Pa.

26 26 Carmen Perigo, Stoystown, Pa.

27 24 Michael Markey, Hanover, Pa.

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2022 USAC EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE & RESULTS

June 14: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

June 15: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

June 16: Selinsgrove Speedway | Selinsgrove, PA
WINNER: Rained Out

June 17: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

June 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

June 19: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

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2022 USAC EASTERN STORM STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

2-Brady Bacon (June 14 at Grandview Speedway & June 19 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway)

2-Logan Seavey (June 15 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park & June 18 at Port Royal Speedway)

1-Justin Grant (Feb June 17 at Williams Grove Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

70-Brady Bacon

30-Justin Grant

19-Thomas Meseraull

19-Logan Seavey

10-Briggs Danner

9-Emerson Axsom

3-C.J. Leary

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES

4-Brady Bacon

4-Justin Grant

4-Logan Seavey

3-Chase Stockon

2-Robert Ballou

2-Alex Bright

2-Briggs Danner

1-Emerson Axsom

1-C.J. Leary

1-Jake Swanson

1-Matt Westfall

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES

5-Brady Bacon

5-Briggs Danner

4-Robert Ballou

4-Justin Grant

4-C.J. Leary

4-Thomas Meseraull

4-Logan Seavey

4-Chase Stockon

3-Emerson Axsom

3-Alex Bright

3-Matt Westfall

2-Steven Drevicki

2-Jadon Rogers

2-Jake Swanson

1-Timmy Buckwalter

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FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (Presented by Fatheadz Eyewear)

3-C.J. Leary

2-Jake Swanson

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HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension Inc., Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply)

3-Brady Bacon

1-Robert Ballou

1-Timmy Buckwalter

1-Briggs Danner

1-Charles Davis Jr.

1-Steven Drevicki

1-Justin Grant

1-Thomas Meseraull

1-Jadon Rogers

1-Logan Seavey

1-Mark Smith

1-Matt Westfall

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FEATURE STARTS

5-Emerson Axsom

5-Brady Bacon

5-Robert Ballou

5-Alex Bright

5-Briggs Danner

5-Steven Drevicki

5-Justin Grant

5-C.J. Leary

5-Brandon Mattox

5-Jadon Rogers

5-Logan Seavey

5-Chase Stockon

5-Jake Swanson

5-Matt Westfall

4-Joey Amantea

4-Timmy Buckwalter

4-Shane Cottle

4-Charles Davis Jr.

4-Thomas Meseraull

2-Alex Banales

2-Korbyn Hayslett

2-Dallas Hewitt

2-Mark Smith

1-Austin Graby

1-Michael Markey

1-Carmen Perigo

1-Brian Ruhlman

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

6/14: Grandview Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

6/15: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Briggs Danner

6/17: Williams Grove Speedway – Justin Grant

6/18: Port Royal Speedway – Brady Bacon

6/19: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Briggs Danner

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“HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

6/14: Grandview Speedway – Emerson Axsom (20th to 10th)

6/15: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Alex Bright (22nd to 7th)

6/17: Williams Grove Speedway – Alex Bright (13th to 2nd)

6/18: Port Royal Speedway – Alex Bright (16th to 2nd)

6/19: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Thomas Meseraull (12th to 9th)

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DIRT DRAFT HOT LAPS FASTEST DRIVER

6/14: Grandview Speedway – Chase Stockon

6/15: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Logan Seavey

6/17: Williams Grove Speedway – Briggs Danner

6/18: Port Royal Speedway – C.J. Leary

6/19: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Brady Bacon

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ALL-TIME USAC EASTERN STORM STATS

USAC EASTERN STORM CHAMPIONS (2007-2022)

2007: Levi Jones

2008: Cole Whitt

2009: Cole Whitt

2010: Levi Jones

2011: Levi Jones

2012: Bryan Clauson

2013: Bryan Clauson

2014: Brady Bacon

2015: Robert Ballou

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Chris Windom

2018: Chris Windom

2019: C.J. Leary

2020: Not Held

2021: Robert Ballou

2022: Logan Seavey

USAC EASTERN STORM FEATURE WINS (2007-2022)

6-Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Levi Jones & Chris Windom

5-Robert Ballou

3-Justin Grant, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Cole Whitt

2-Tyler Courtney, Thomas Meseraull & Logan Seavey

1-Chad Boat, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Bobby East, Damion Gardner, Jesse Hockett, Jason McDougal, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jon Stanbrough, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Chase Stockon

**Landon Simon won a non-points, special event Eastern Storm feature at Grandview Speedway in 2016.

CLOSEST USAC EASTERN STORM POINTS RACES: (2007-2022)

2021: Robert Ballou by 1 over Brady Bacon

2013: Bryan Clauson by 1 over Dave Darland

2017: Chris Windom by 4 over Kevin Thomas Jr.

2022: Logan Seavey by 5 over Brady Bacon

2014: Brady Bacon by 12 over Chase Stockon

2019: C.J. Leary by 13 over Tyler Courtney

2016: Bryan Clauson by 14 over Chris Windom

2018: Chris Windom by 19 over Kevin Thomas Jr.

2015: Robert Ballou by 21 over Jon Stanbrough

2011: Levi Jones by 26 over Robert Ballou

2010: Levi Jones by 26 over Chris Windom

2012: Bryan Clauson by 28 over Levi Jones

2009: Unknown

2008: Unknown

2007: Unknown

PAST USAC EASTERN STORM FEATURE WINNERS:

2007 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/6: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Levi Jones | Tony Stewart Racing #20 | 30 L

6/7: Pottsville, PA | Big Diamond Speedway | Ricky Stenhouse Jr. | Tony Stewart Racing #21 | 30 L

6/9: Hagerstown, MD | Hagerstown Speedway | Levi Jones | Tony Stewart Racing #20 | 30 L

2008 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/5: Minersville, PA | Big Diamond Speedway | Cole Whitt | Keith Kunz Motorsports #67K | 30 L

6/7: Hagerstown, MD | Hagerstown Speedway | Chad Boat | Billy Boat Motorsports #30 | 30 L

2009 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/2: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Jesse Hockett | Tom Buch/VKCC #13 | 50 L

6/4: Minersville, PA | Big Diamond Speedway | Cole Whitt | Keith Kunz Motorsports #67K | 30 L

6/6: Mercer, PA | Mercer Raceway Park | Cole Whitt | Keith Kunz Motorsports #67K | 30 L

2010 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/1: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Levi Jones | Tony Stewart Racing #20 | 40 L

6/2: Abbottstown, PA | Lincoln Speedway | Levi Jones | Tony Stewart Racing #20 | 40 L

6/3: New Egypt, NJ | New Egypt Speedway | Levi Jones | Tony Stewart Racing #20 | 40 L

6/4: Minersville, PA | Big Diamond Speedway | Chris Windom | Jeff Walker Racing #11 | 40 L

2011 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

5/30: Sarver, PA | Lernerville Speedway | Jon Stanbrough | Foxco Racing #53 | 30 L

5/31: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Bobby East | Terry Klatt #5 | 40 L

6/1: Abbottstown, PA | Lincoln Speedway | Levi Jones | Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #20 | 40 L

6/2: New Egypt, NJ | New Egypt Speedway | Hunter Schuerenberg | Rock Steady Racing #35 | 40 L

2012 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/5: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian #7 | 40 L

6/7: New Egypt, NJ | New Egypt Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian #7 | 40 L

6/8: Minersville, PA | Big Diamond Speedway | Chris Windom | Baldwin Brothers Racing #5 | 40 L

6/9: Port Royal, PA | Port Royal Speedway | Damion Gardner | DG Racing #71 | 30 L

2013 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/5: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Daron Clayton | Daron Clayton #92 | 40 L

6/8: Port Royal, PA | Port Royal Speedway | Dave Darland | Phillips Motorsports #71p | 30 L

6/9: York Haven, PA | Susquehanna Speedway Park | Shane Cottle | Gene Franckowiak #65 | 30 L

2014 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/3: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Chase Stockon | 32 TBI Racing #32 | 40 L

6/5: New Egypt, NJ | New Egypt Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian #20 | 30 L

6/7: Port Royal, PA | Port Royal Speedway | Brady Bacon | Dynamics, Inc. #69 | 30 L

2015 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/4: New Egypt, NJ | New Egypt Speedway | Robert Ballou | Ballou Motorsports #12 | 30 L

6/6: Port Royal, PA | Port Royal Speedway | Robert Ballou | Ballou Motorsports #12 | 30 L

6/7: York Haven, PA | Susquehanna Speedway Park | Robert Ballou | Ballou Motorsports #12 | 30 L

2016 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/7: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Dooling-Hayward Motorsports #63 | 40 L

6/8: Abbottstown, PA | Lincoln Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Dooling-Hayward Motorsports #63 | 30 L

6/9: New Egypt, NJ | New Egypt Speedway | Chad Boespflug | NineEight-EZR #98E | 30 L

6/11: Port Royal, PA | Port Royal Speedway | Bryan Clauson | Dooling-Hayward Racing #63 | 30 L

6/12: York Haven, PA | Susquehanna Speedway | Chris Windom | Baldwin Brothers Racing #5 | 30 L

2017 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/13: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Brady Bacon | Dooling-Hayward Motorsports #63 | 40 L

6/14: Abbottstown, PA | Lincoln Speedway | Thomas Meseraull | Heffner Racing #27 | 30 L

6/15: Mechanicsburg, PA | Williams Grove Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Pace Brothers Racing #44 | 30 L

6/17: Port Royal, PA | Port Royal Speedway | Chris Windom | Baldwin Brothers Racing #5 | 30 L

6/18: York Haven, PA | Susquehanna Speedway | Tyler Courtney | TOPP Motorsports #23c | 30 L

2018 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/14: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Brady Bacon | Brady Bacon Racing #99 | 40 L

6/15: Mechanicsburg, PA | Williams Grove Speedway | Chris Windom | Baldwin Brothers Racing #5 | 30 L

6/16: Port Royal, PA | Port Royal Speedway | Chris Windom | Baldwin Brothers Racing #5 | 30 L

6/17: York Haven, PA | BAPS Motor Speedway | Robert Ballou | Ballou Motorsports #12 | 30 L

6/18: Swedesboro, NJ | Bridgeport Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | Dynamics, Inc. #69 | 30 L

6/19: Weedsport, NY | Weedsport Speedway | Thomas Meseraull | Chris Dyson Racing #20 | 30 L

2019 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/11: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Brady Bacon | Dynamics, Inc. #69 | 40 L

6/12: Swedesboro, NJ | Bridgeport Speedway | Jason McDougal | Daigh-Phillips Motorsports #71p | 30 L

6/15: Port Royal, PA | Port Royal Speedway | Tyler Courtney | Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #7BC | 30 L

2020 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

Not Held

2021 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/15: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | 40 L

6/16: Swedesboro, NJ | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Robert Ballou | Ballou Motorsports #12 | 30 L

6/17: Selinsgrove, PA | Selinsgrove Speedway | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | 30 L

6/20: Bloomsburg, PA | Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Kevin Thomas Jr. | KT Motorsports #9K | 30 L

2022 USAC EASTERN STORM WINNERS

DATE | LOCATION | TRACK | WINNING DRIVER | WINNING TEAM | DISTANCE

6/14: Bechtelsville, PA | Grandview Speedway | Brady Bacon | Dynamics, Inc. #69 | 40 L

6/15: Swedesboro, NJ | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Logan Seavey | Baldwin-Fox Racing #5 | 30 L

6/17: Mechanicsburg, PA | Williams Grove Speedway | Justin Grant | TOPP Motorsports #4 | 30 L

6/18: Port Royal, PA | Port Royal Speedway | Logan Seavey | Baldwin-Fox Racing #5 | 30 L

6/19: Bloomsburg, PA | Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Brady Bacon | Dynamics, Inc. #69 | 30 L

 

KTJ RETURNS TO DEFEND
USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TITLE IN JULY

Speedway, Indiana (June 20, 2022)………Two-time USAC Indiana Sprint Week champion Kevin Thomas Jr. is set to defend his title as a teammate to Carson Garrett on the BGE/Dougherty Motorsports team for the eight-race series that will take place July 22-30.

Team owners Broc Garrett and Doug Dougherty of BGE/Dougherty Motorsports will have a two-car effort for the entire Indiana Sprint Week series with Littleton, Colorado’s Carson Garrett in car number 15 and Cullman, Alabama's Thomas Jr. in a nearly identical number 15K. Both machines are 2022 DRC chassis powered by 1-Way Technologies Chevy engines.

Thomas was the 2021 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship points runner-up and owns 36 career series feature victories, which ranks 11th all-time. Thomas’ two Indiana Sprint Week titles came in 2017 and once more in 2021.

Garrett, meanwhile, was the 2021 Midwest Sprint Car Series runner-up in addition to being named Rookie of the Year.

2022 USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:

July 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN

July 23: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN

July 24: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN

July 25: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN

July 27: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN

July 28: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN

July 29: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN

July 30: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN


 

 

BACON BLAZES BLOOMSBURG,
SEAVEY SECURES EASTERN STORM TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania (June 19, 2022)………Brady Bacon finished what he started in USAC Eastern Storm 2022.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native opened and closed the five-race mini-series in a much familiar manner, winning last Tuesday’s opener at Grandview Speedway in wire-to-wire fashion. Bacon ended the busy weekend just the same during Sunday’s Eastern Storm finale at Bloomsburg (Pa.) Fair Raceway, rolling to his second triumph of the week where he led the entire non-stop, caution-free, 30-lap duration from start to finish in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Gressman Sanitation – DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

In doing so, Bacon became just the third driver to win both the first and last feature in a single Eastern Storm week, joining Levi Jones in 2007 and Robert Ballou in 2015. Bacon’s 44th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory moved him to within one win of Larry Dickson’s 45 for fifth on the all-time list.

Bacon’s superb performance from start to finish in Bloomsburg’s $6,000-to-win feature, however, was not enough to overtake Logan Seavey for the Eastern Storm title. That honor went to the Sutter, Calif. native whose two victories and four overall podium finishes in five appearances secured him his first title in the series by a mere five points over Bacon. Seavey wrapped it up with a solid third-place performance at Bloomsburg.

Rolling from the outside of the front row, Bacon stayed true to the high line early on as pole sitter and one-lap track record holder Chase Stockon worked the middle ground and repeatedly offered a challenge to Bacon’s stranglehold of the top spot a couple car lengths in arrears.

On the fifth trip around the 3/8-mile dirt oval, Stockon saw his best opportunity at hand as he pulled even alongside Bacon for the race lead in turn two. Charging down the back straightaway and into turn three, Stockon and Bacon swapped lines as Stockon went topside and Bacon carved through the middle. Reacting to the changeup, Bacon slid himself into turn one on lap six while Stockon trucked through the middle.

As Bacon steadily built his lead to over a second, the ongoing jockeying for position behind him never ceased operations. On the eighth lap, Justin Grant and Seavey were engaged in a fierce tussle for the third position between turns one and two when Seavey jumped over the cushion. The closely following Jake Swanson, running fifth, had no extra room to maneuver and climbed the back of Seavey’s tail tank, nearly spelling doom for Seavey’s Eastern Storm title chances as well as Swanson’s opportunity for his best result of the week. Yet, as it turned out, it was a no-harm, no-foul interaction, and both continued on their merry way running fourth and fifth in the order.

Meanwhile, at the halfway mark of the 30-lap feature, on lap 15, Bacon was in the midst of his trouncing as he held a 1.8 second advantage over Grant, who, on lap 14, had dove under Stockon in turn one then raced ahead at the exit of turn two to steal away second. Seavey spurted ahead of Stockon a lap later on 15 when he out-drag raced Stockon to the entry of turn three to position himself into second.

While Grant was able to close to within six-tenths of leader Bacon with five laps remaining, Bacon remained in solid shape as he put together a succession of qualifying-like laps as he resided alone at the front, rising the final interval to 1.251 second at the finish line to win and place himself at the top of the all-time Eastern Storm win list with six along with Bryan Clauson, Levi Jones and Chris Windom.

“Luckily, we got to the front early,” Bacon stated. “Stockon poked a nose there and I stepped it up a little bit. Sometimes you lose them when you should win them, and we’ll take this one tonight. We did a lot of crazy stuff to the car to be tight enough and I think it paid off.”

A major role in adapting to the track conditions throughout a 30-lap feature involves finding a sufficient amount of bite to propel yourself forward all while keeping an open mind and open eyes on how the surface progresses and changes over time and how, as a driver, you can quickly adapt even though it may be difficult to do so when running alone up front and having no frame of reference to compare to.

“Being in front the whole time, you don’t really know of the changes in the track,” Bacon explained. “Last time, it kind of moved up then moved back down. I was keeping an eye on the bottom, and it didn’t look like it was cleaning up. There weren’t a bunch of others running down there enough to get it any more grip, so I just stuck to my guns but, luckily, we have a lot of sidebite, so I could slide across one and two pretty well, I thought. We’ve tried some different stuff to get our forward bite a little bit better when it’s super slick like this and I think we’re making some gains on it.”

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) collected four top-four finishes during Eastern Storm this past week. He earned a fourth at Grandview, followed by a first at Williams Grove and a third at Port Royal before finishing up second at Bloomsburg while also staying ahead of Bacon in the overall USAC National Sprint Car championship fight in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries – LA Poly/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

“I felt like our car was really good there,” Grant said. “I could hook the middle of one and two and drive off the bottom of two and make up some ground. At the end, we had a tire issue, and the thing was shaking like crazy, and things started to back away for me. Brady is really good at these flat racetracks and I’m typically not very good at these types of racetracks. We made big, big strides on the car and we feel really good about that going into this stretch of the season.”

Prior to hot laps, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) had a head gasket issue on the primary Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Chevy, which required the team to go to the backup machine for the remainder of the night. Seavey promptly put his stamp on a first Eastern Storm championship with a third place finish in the finale at Bloomsburg. Seavey finished the week with authority by snagging wins at both Bridgeport and Port Royal while also adding thirds at Williams Grove and Bloomsburg.

“We came out and I wasn’t sure what to expect because I haven’t run very great out here in the past,” Seavey recounted of his previous Bloomsburg experiences. “I started fourth there and I figured my car was really good in the feature after struggling in the heat race. (Crew chief) Ronnie (Gardner) gave me a great car for the feature. I was trying to figure out where I needed to be on the racetrack. I was able to get by Stockon and I knew that gave me a little bit of a buffer for the Eastern Storm points at least. I started moving around a little bit and, the last two or three laps, I actually found a little bit and closed the gap, but it was way too late by that point. It was another really great run and it’s what we needed for our season to keep putting this thing on the podium and we’ve done that. I’m really happy about our speed leaving here and excited for the rest of the year.”

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 19, 2022 – Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 18th USAC Eastern Storm

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.993; 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.031; 3. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-16.075; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.202; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.211; 6. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-16.223; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.314; 8. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.332; 9. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-16.636; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 20m, Dyson-16.709; 11. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner South-16.732; 12. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, Lotier/Nemeth-16.904; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.189; 14. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-17.282; 15. Steven Drevicki, 19, DeGre-17.307; 16. Joey Amantea, 88J, Amantea-17.772; 17. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS & PIT STOP USA FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Briggs Danner, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Steven Drevicki, 9. Jadon Rogers. 2:11.42 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) & ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Joey Amantea. 2:17.58

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. Justin Grant (3), 3. Logan Seavey (4), 4. Chase Stockon (1), 5. Jake Swanson (6), 6. Briggs Danner (7), 7. Robert Ballou (9), 8. Emerson Axsom (10), 9. Thomas Meseraull (12), 10. C.J. Leary (5), 11. Alex Bright (11), 12. Matt Westfall (13), 13. Joey Amantea (15), 14. Jadon Rogers (16), 15. Steven Drevicki (14), 16. Timmy Buckwalter (8), 17. Brandon Mattox (17). 8:51.95 (New Track Record)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon.

**Brandon Mattox & Jadon Rogers flipped during qualifying.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-872, 2-Brady Bacon-858, 3-Logan Seavey-825, 4-Robert Ballou-817, 5-C.J. Leary-795, 6-Chase Stockon-787, 7-Emerson Axsom-771, 8-Matt Westfall-634, 9-Jake Swanson-593, 10-Jadon Rogers-510.

USAC EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Logan Seav2ey-352, 2-Brady Bacon-347, 3-Justin Grant-333, 4-Briggs Danner-309, 5-C.J. Leary-306, 6-Chase Stockon-304, 7-Robert Ballou-296, 8-Alex Bright-282, 9-Matt Westfall-268, 10-Jake Swanson-239.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-51, 2-Robert Ballou-47, 3-Alex Bright-46, 4-Buddy Kofoid-45, 5-Justin Grant-43, 6-Brady Bacon-43, 7-Logan Seavey-36, 8-Jadon Rogers-35, 9-Brenham Crouch-32, 10-Chase Stockon-31.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 25, 2022 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, Wisconsin – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – CarIQ Wisconsin Jump Around

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jake Swanson

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Briggs Danner

Simpson Race Products / Pit Stop USA First Heat Winner: Briggs Danner

Competition Suspension, Inc. / Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Timmy Buckwalter

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Chase Stockon

Feature Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (12th to 9th)


 


USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – “Elk Grove Ford Mini Series Round #4” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.659; 2. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.739; 3. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.740; 4. Colton Raudman, 2C, Schutte-12.891; 5. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-12.896; 6. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-12.923; 7. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.931; 8. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.950; 9. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-13.026; 10. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-13.166; 11. Randi Pankratz, 55, Lambert-13.180; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.215; 13. Danika Jo Parker, 13, Parker-13.250; 14. Sage Bordenave, 35, Felkins-13.262; 15. Braden Chiaramonte, 14JR, Streeter-13.307; 16. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-13.358; 17. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.365; 18. Anthony Esberg, 1K, Esberg-13.961; 19. Thomas Esberg, 8X, Esberg-14.618; 20. Kevin Gray, 7L, Gray-15.623; 21. Michael Snider, 6K, Snider-17.498.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Raudman, 3. Buckley, 4. Fuson, 5. Parker, 6. Bender, 7. T.Esberg. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sarna, 2. Bernal, 3. Worth, 4. Sarale, 5. Pankratz, 6. Bordenave, 7. Gray. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Chiaramonte, 3. Andreotti, 4. Hodges, 5. Bower, 6. A.Esberg, 7. Snider. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Ryan Bernal (2), 2. Michael Faccinto (6), 3. Austin Liggett (7), 4. Ben Worth (5), 5. Jake Andreotti (11), 6. Caden Sarale (10), 7. Brody Fuson (9), 8. Jake Hodges (1), 9. Blake Bower (4), 10. Braden Chiaramonte (16), 11. Travis Buckley (12), 12. Randi Pankratz (13), 13. Anthony Esberg (18), 14. Colton Raudman (3), 15. Sage Bordenave (15), 16. C.J. Sarna (8), 17. Thomas Esberg (19), 18. A.J. Bender (17), 19. Danika Jo Parker (14), 20. Michael Snider (21), 21. Kevin Gray (20). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Hodges, Lap 2 Raudman, Laps 3-20 Faccinto, Lap 21 Bernal, Lap 22 Faccinto, Laps 23-30 Bernal.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jake Andreotti (11th to 5th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Anthony Esberg

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-470, 2-Ben Worth-402, 3-Brody Fuson-390, 4-Travis Buckley-376, 5-Blake Bower-372, 6-A.J. Bender-366, 7-Jake Andreotti-318, 8-Austin Liggett-251, 9-C.J. Sarna-244, 10-Caden Sarale-236, --Michael Snider-236.

FINAL ELK GROVE FORD MINI-SERIES POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-322, 2-Austin Liggett-251, 3-Jake Andreotti-233, 4-Ben Worth-231, 5-Blake Bower-206, 6-Travis Buckley-196, 7-A.J. Bender-191, 8-Caden Sarale-193, 9-Brody Fuson-174, 10-Shane Golobic-159.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Ben Worth-25, --Michael Faccinto-25, 3-Shane Golobic-12, --Jake Andreotti-12, 5-Brody Fuson-9, 6-Blake Bower-8, 7-Chase Johnson-6, --Mitchel Moles-6, 9-Austin Liggett-5, --Robby Josett-5, --Colton Raudman-5.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-A.J. Bender-20, --Travis Buckley-20, 3-Caden Sarale-18, 4-Brody Fuson-17, 5-Randi Pankratz-16, 6-Thomas Esberg-15, 7-Michael Faccinto-14, 8-Ben Wiesz-12, 9-Danika Jo Parker-11, 10-Blake Bower-10, --Anthony Esberg-10.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: July 23 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

ATTACHED PHOTO:
-Merced Top 3. Michael Faccinto (2nd), Ryan Bernal (1st), Austin Liggett (3rd). Photo by MMRacingPhotos.com.

 

ROYAL FLUSH:
SEAVEY’S LAST LAP HEROICS
NET USAC SILVER CROWN WIN AT PORT ROYAL

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Port Royal, Pennsylvania (June 18, 2022)………They say an individual receives just one opportunity to make a first impression.

If that’s truly the case, then Logan Seavey’s introduction to Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway is a match made straight out of a storybook.

The Sutter, California’s fairytale racing evening began with him collecting a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature victory on the half-mile dirt oval. Later that night, when he re-strapped himself into a USAC Silver Crown car, the end result was just the same.

However, while the sprint car portion was a relative comfort cruise for Seavey, his subsequent USAC Silver Crown run was anything but.

Seavey led on two different occasions within the final nine laps of the first ever USAC Silver Crown event held at Port Royal, then used a late-race restart with two laps remaining of the 50-lapper to work his way back by Matt Westfall just a half-lap from the finish line while banging the outside guardrail for the majority of the distance to propel him forward off the turns and down the straightaways.

Ironically, it was Seavey himself who may have inadvertently saved his own race. With two laps remaining and trailing Westfall by a car length, Seavey clocked the turn two guardrail three different times, which sheared off his own right rear wheel cover.

With Seavey’s wheel cover sitting right smack dab in the middle of the highline groove near the outside rail in turn two, a debris caution was called, which set up a two-lap dash between Westfall and Seavey.

Westfall led the initial lap following the lap 49 restart by running through the middle of the racetrack while Seavey committed himself to banging off the outside fence up top. Westfall stayed steady and led Seavey by a single car length as the two crossed under Warren Alston’s white flag.

Seavey clipped the turn two wall not once, but twice and possibly three times as he vaulted himself ahead of Westfall midway down the back straightaway. Once Seavey’s rear bumper cleared Westfall’s front bumper, Seavey changed course and headed to the bottom to steal away Westfall’s low line. Both couldn’t quite hold the grip on the bottom in turn three, and both simultaneously drifted up the track surface in synchronicity. Exiting turn four for the final time, Seavey could finally breathe a sense of relief with a mere two car length gap separating each other at the checkered flag.

The third win of Seavey’s Silver Crown career was his most impressive yet as he utilized every ounce of grit he could muster out of his car and of himself to earn the $8,000 winner’s share – minus $100 for the dislodged wheel cover per USAC rules.

Nonetheless, it’s quite clear that Seavey loves Port Royal and Port Royal’s love back to him is requited. Seavey’s sweep of the two features he ran on Saturday at Port Royal made him the first driver to capture main event wins in the USAC Silver Crown and USAC National Sprint Car divisions on the same day since Chris Windom in 2013.

“I knew this was going to be a place I was going to fall in love with,” Seavey noted while basking in the afterglow of victory beside his STIDA.com – Lucas Oil – Legacy Motorsports/DRC/Pink Foxco Chevy. “I have such a good racecar and we really just based it off how we race at Eldora and these cars are really good there. I knew we were going to be good but, actually, I struggled really bad in the beginning of the race, and I was complaining to my crew chief Ronnie (Gardner) under the yellow with 20 to go when I said that I can’t run the middle or the bottom like these guys, so I’m just going to free myself up a little bit and commit to the wall, and that’s what I did.”

C.J. Leary was the epitome of the class of the field early on as he rolled from the pole position to lead the opening 15 circuits, the latter of which he battled lap-after-lap, side-by-side with the ever-pursuant Brady Bacon. Yet, while all eyes were affixed on those two, fourth-starting Westfall was masterfully patrolling the low line as he drove by both and put himself in the lead where he’d remain for the bulk of the race for a total of 26 laps.

Up to that point, Seavey was a bit-player in the mix as he strode in fifth for practically the entire first half-plus until a yellow on lap 30 was displayed for seventh-running Justin Grant who slowed with a torsion bar and shock issue on the right rear, ending his race with an uncharacteristic 21st place result.

Moments later, on the lap 30 restart, Seavey put on his spurs, got on the horse and rode the high side from fifth to second, but Bacon was momentarily able to stave off the pressure and regained third back from Seavey for the time being. Just three laps later, however, Seavey cleared both Bacon and Shane Cottle on the top side to take the reins of the second position.

Digging and digging some more, Seavey made his own personal path on the outside to leap past Westfall on lap 42, but Westfall was able to stick with him as lapped traffic loomed ahead. However, just as the traffic was within arm’s length, sixth-place Jake Swanson’s car came to a rest, spun and stopped, in turn three with seven laps remaining, causing some consternation with Seavey’s bid for victory.

“I hated to see that yellow,” Seavey stated. “All those lappers were on the bottom and that’s where Matt was.”

On lap 45, Westfall found a run on Seavey for the number one spot as he dove under in turn three. Seavey countered back underneath and, suddenly, the two found themselves in unfamiliar positions with Seavey low and Westfall higher entering turn one. Seavey promptly slid up just a tad while Westfall found grip and motored away with less than five to go before ultimately constructing a six-car length lead until the aforementioned caution for Seavey’s displaced wheel cover, which necessitated a final green-white-checkered duel between the two.

“I didn’t know if I was going to have enough there at the end with a two-lap run to get to him,” Seavey admitted. “(Westfall) seemed like he was searching a little bit. I was not searching. I had one goal in mind, and that was to just use the wall to drive around him. There are 22 other guys that would’ve probably run me into the fence on the back stretch, but he left me just enough to bounce off the wall and sneak by.”

It was so close for Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) as the two-decade veteran of USAC Silver Crown racing came within a half-lap of winning his first career series feature after leading a race-high 30 laps in his Westfall Motorsports/Lynn Cook – Bordner Welding – Lake City Bowl – Ray Marshall Motorsports/Maxim/J & D Chevy. His second-place result ties his best career series result after similar runner-up finishes at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in 2013 and again in 2021.

It’s now two starts and two podium finishes for Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) during the 2022 USAC Silver Crown season thus far in his Five Three Motorsports/Fatheadz Eyewear – Smith Titanium – Indy Powdercoat/Maxim/Kistler Chevy. Bacon ran inside the top-three for all 50 laps at Port Royal, and the end result saw him finish third for the second consecutive time this season after also scoring a third in May at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 18, 2022 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, Pennsylvania – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – Open Wheel Madness

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Top-16 locked into the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-21.402 (New Track Record); 2. Brady Bacon, 53, Five Three-21.539; 3. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-21.590; 4. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-21.786; 5. Kody Swanson, 1, Doran/Dyson-21.858; 6. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice-21.914; 7. Shane Cottle, 74, Hodges-21.985; 8. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-22.091; 9. Mark Smith, 01, L & M-22.246; 10. Shane Cockrum, 71, BLS-22.320; 11. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-22.512; 12. Jason McDougal, 27, Daigh/Phillips-22.536; 13. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-22.806; 14. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams-23.126; 15. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-23.207; 16. Brian Tyler, 81, BCR-23.273; 17. Chase Stockon, 69, Pink 69-22.487; 18. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-23.196; 19. Mark Bitner, 4, Yeska-23.307; 20. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-23.309; 21. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-23.315; 22. Casey Buckman, 110, DMW-23.382; 23. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-23.510; 24. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-23.612; 25. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-24.000; 26. Tom Paterson, 11, Paterson-24.129; 27. Dave Peperak, 77, Peperak-25.209; 28. Jake Simmons, 3, Simmons-25.212; 29. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-NT; 30. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT.

QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-8 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Jimmy Light, 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Mike Haggenbottom, 5. Austin Nemire, 6. Mark Bitner, 7. Travis Welpott, 8. Tom Paterson, 9. Russ Gamester, 10. Jake Simmons, 11. Casey Buckman. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (6), 2. Matt Westfall (4), 3. Brady Bacon (2), 4. Dallas Hewitt (11), 5. C.J. Leary (1), 6. Shane Cottle (7), 7. Shane Cockrum (10), 8. Kody Swanson (5), 9. Jason McDougal (12), 10. Carmen Perigo (19), 11. Brian Tyler (16), 12. Chase Stockon (17), 13. Brian Ruhlman (15), 14. Jimmy Light (18), 15. Austin Nemire (21), 16. Mark Smith (9), 17. Jake Swanson (3), 18. Travis Welpott (23), 19. Mark Bitner (22), 20. Mike Haggenbottom (20), 21. Tom Paterson (24), 22. Justin Grant (8), 23. Gregg Cory (14), 24. Kyle Robbins (13).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 C.J. Leary, Laps 16-41 Matt Westfall, Laps 42-45 Logan Seavey, Laps 46-49 Matt Westfall, Lap 50 Logan Seavey.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-189, 2-Kody Swanson-171, 3-C.J. Leary-168, 4-Justin Grant-128, 5-Brady Bacon-128, 6-Brian Tyler-117, 7-Dallas Hewitt-102, 8-Carmen Perigo-92, 9-Austin Nemire-92, 10-Travis Welpott-91.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-48, 2-Alex Bright-46, 3-Buddy Kofoid-45, 4-Robert Ballou-45, 5-Justin Grant-42, 6-Brady Bacon-42, 7-Logan Seavey-35, 8-Jadon Rogers-33, 9-Brenham Crouch-32, 10-Chase Stockon-31.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 24, 2022 – Madison International Speedway – Oregon, Wisconsin – 1/2-Mile Paved Oval – Bytec Dairyland 100

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Hard Charger: Carmen Perigo (19th to 10th)

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Shane Cockrum

 


 

ORANGE CRUSH: SEAVEY STORMS TO PORT ROYAL USAC SPRINT GLORY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Port Royal, Pennsylvania (June 18, 2022)………This is exactly what Logan Seavey pictured when he first became aware of Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway.

The Sutter, Calif. native had the intuition that the place was just his style, and that his first ever visit to the venue on this night could very well be a special night indeed.

Port Royal was the track Seavey was most looking forward to competing at on the entire schedule and how Seavey visualized it would unfold is exactly what occurred on Saturday night during the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship portion of Open Wheel Madness at the half-mile dirt oval.

Seavey took control for the entire second half of the feature to place a second checkmark into the USAC Eastern Storm win column this week after previously adding a victory on Wednesday night at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park, which ascended him to the top of the Eastern Storm standings and into a tie for the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Series point lead alongside Brady Bacon with four of the ten races completed thus far.

“Hammering the guardrail at a big, fast half-mile is tough to beat,” Seavey exclaimed following his second victory of the season worth $6,000 in his Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Chevy. “I knew this is a place I’d pick up quickly and I’d enjoy racing at.” The victory by Seavey was the eighth of his USAC National Sprint Car career, tying him for 61st all-time along with Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford and Joe Saldana.

Seavey started fifth on the grid, but immediately dropped to seventh during the opening two circuits before steadily making up ground in the ensuing laps. Pole sitter Briggs Danner galloped out to the early lead and controlled the first two laps before tagging the cushion at the top of turn two on lap three, which packed his right rear wheel full of mud and forced him to the work area for repairs from which he’d recover from to finish 10th.

Fatheadz Fast Qualifier C.J. Leary had set a torrid pace early in the feature after starting 6th, finding his way to the second spot by the end of lap one and then taking over his role at the head of the pack when Danner had his troubles.

Bacon became the first to issue a challenge to Leary for the lead on lap four but was unable to complete the pass. That opened the door for a suddenly surging Emerson Axsom who shot to the bottom and veered past Bacon for the runner-up position and, subsequently, the race lead on lap six in between turns one and two.

The previous night’s winner on the somewhat similar half-mile dirt oval of nearby Williams Grove Speedway was Justin Grant who, while running 7th at Port Royal, slowed with a flat right rear tire on lap six. His car was pushed to the work area where it received extensive help from his crewman Dylan Cook as well as rival Brady Bacon's Dynamics, Inc. Racing crew where it was all hand on deck.

Starting with the lap seven restart, Bacon and Seavey, along with Shane Cottle, zipped by second-running Leary who dropped from second to fifth in no time flat. Bacon closed rapidly on Axsom shortly thereafter and was able to get right to his rear bumper on lap 12 but couldn't make the pass.

The door swung wide open for Seavey at that exact moment, allowing him to rip by Bacon for 2nd with a major slider in turn one. As the new second-place car of Axsom challenged Seavey for the top spot at the halfway point, lap 15, Bacon himself closed in on Axsom for 2nd.

Alex Bright, seemingly out of nowhere for the second-straight night, flew from the 16th starting spot past Bacon for third on the 18th lap and to second on lap 19 by Axsom utilizing a patented Port Royal slide job to accomplish the task at hand. However, Seavey still maintained a sizable, near-straightaway lead over Bright with 10 to go.

Meanwhile, Grant, who restarted last after his blown tire on lap seven, had blown by nearly the entire field as he climbed to fourth on lap 26 with an outside pass of Axsom in turn two, then did even one better on the final lap when he slid Bacon in turn three to secure the third and final spot on the podium.

Up and out ahead of those two was Seavey who made his Port Royal debut an astounding and resounding success as he finished off his first ever appearance at Port Royal with his first trip to victory lane at the scenic venue over Bright, Grant, Bacon and Axsom, while leading by a whopping 5.407 second margin at the finish line.

“I had no idea how big of a lead I had,” Seavey acknowledged. “I knew I had good speed, but I didn’t feel like I was running that hard. I feel like the harder you run, the more you hit the cushion and it kind of eats you up. I had kind of a different line down there in three and four and I noticed it’s pretty flat right up by the wall. I was working that, then I bounced off the wall and turned back down. I was just looking for any kind of grip we could find there. (Crew chief) Ronnie Gardner had this car really, really good.”

Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) endured a blown engine early in the night, then swapped engines in his Hummer Motorsports/Rodota Trucking & Excavating – DriveWFX.com/Maxim/Rider Chevy. Bright unearthed the middle groove and found it to his liking as he experienced near déjà vu from the night before. On Friday night at Williams Grove, Bright earned hard charger honors by driving from 13th to 2nd. On Saturday night, he earned hard charger honors by driving from 16th to 2nd, equaling his best career USAC National Sprint Car finish in the process.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) made a miraculous drive to finish 3rd in the feature after pitting for a flat right rear tire on lap seven which was the result of smacking the fence and cutting his tire down. Grant restarted from the tail and blitzed to a 3rd place finish without the aid of a caution, putting on the finishing touches with a last lap pass of Bacon in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries – LA Poly/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

C.J. Leary’s Fast Qualifying effort to start the program was the 35th of his USAC National Sprint Car driving career, equaling him with Kevin Thomas Jr. and Rich Vogler in that category for the eighth most all-time.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 18, 2022 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, Pennsylvania – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 18th USAC Eastern Storm – Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Race #4

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-18.617; 2. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-19.095; 3. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-19.136; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.184; 5. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-19.196; 6. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner South-19.232; 7. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-19.259; 8. Shane Cottle, 39, Hogue-19.317; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.318; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-19.395; 11. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-19.417; 12. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-19.624; 13. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-19.679; 14. Joey Amantea, 88J, Amantea-19.692; 15. Mark Smith, M1, L & M-19.735; 16. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-19.776; 17. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-19.827; 18. Steven Drevicki, 19, DeGre-19.842; 19. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-19.941; 20. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-20.582; 21. Austin Graby, 7, Lotier/Nemeth-20.795.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Jadon Rogers.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Brian Ruhlman, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Joey Amantea, 7. Charles Davis Jr.

PIT STOP USA / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Mark Smith, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Briggs Danner, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Steven Drevicki, 6. Austin Graby, 7. Brandon Mattox.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (5), 2. Alex Bright (16), 3. Justin Grant (10), 4. Brady Bacon (3), 5. Emerson Axsom (2), 6. Matt Westfall (12), 7. Robert Ballou (9), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Steven Drevicki (18), 10. Briggs Danner (1), 11. Shane Cottle (8), 12. C.J. Leary (6), 13. Brian Ruhlman (20), 14. Brandon Mattox (13), 15. Joey Amantea (15), 16. Dallas Hewitt (14), 17. Jake Swanson (4), 18. Austin Graby (21), 19. Jadon Rogers (19), 20. Mark Smith (11), 21. Charles Davis Jr. (17). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Briggs Danner, Laps 3-5 C.J. Leary, Laps 6-14 Emerson Axsom, Laps 15-30 Logan Seavey.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-799, 2-Brady Bacon-780, 3-Robert Ballou-758, 4-Logan Seavey-753, 5-C.J. Leary-743, 6-Chase Stockon-720, 7-Emerson Axsom-716, 8-Matt Westfall-593, 9-Jake Swanson-526, 10-Jadon Rogers-474.

USAC EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-280, 2-Brady Bacon-269, 3-Justin Grant-260, 4-C.J. Leary-254, 5-Briggs Danner-246, 6-Chase Stockon-237, 7-Robert Ballou-237, 8-Alex Bright-237, 9-Matt Westfall-236, 10-Jadon Rogers-227.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-299, 2-Logan Seavey-299, 3-Robert Ballou-267, 4-Justin Grant-266, 5-C.J. Leary-248, 6-Emerson Axsom-234, 7-Matt Westfall-224, 8-Chase Stockon-198, 9-Jake Swanson-187, 10-Jadon Rogers-150.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-48, 2-Alex Bright-46, 3-Buddy Kofoid-45, 4-Robert Ballou-45, 5-Justin Grant-42, 6-Brady Bacon-42, 7-Jadon Rogers-33, 8-Brenham Crouch-32, 9-Logan Seavey-30, 10-Kyle Cummins-29.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 19, 2022 – Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 18th USAC Eastern Storm

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Mark Smith

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Brady Bacon

Feature Hard Charger: Alex Bright (16th to 2nd)

 

RUMBLIN’, STUMBLIN’ & WINNIN’:
GRANT GRABS GRAND GROVE VICTORY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (June 17, 2022)………”Sprint car racing is supposed to be gnarly. They’re supposed to be won on the fence. We love big curbs, rough racetracks and, the more exciting it is for the fans, the more we like it and the better it is.”

Henry David Thoreau, T.S. Eliot and Lord Byron have nothing on Justin Grant when it comes to the manner of weaving words into a rich tapestry of linguistic expression to accurately describe the pure excitement of sprint car racing.

Then again, they’ve never endured the type of ride Grant partook during the final laps of Friday night’s $6,000-to-win USAC Eastern Storm round three at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway.

Grant authored a relatively flaw-free driving performance for much of the 30-lap main event on the famed half-mile in which the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship first visited exactly 66 years ago to the day back in 1956.

However, en route to taking the white flag and holding a seemingly comfortable two-plus second margin lead as he encountered the turn three cushion, Grant ran up over the curb, nearly tagged the wall and pulled a reverse wheel stand with both rear tires kicking sky high like a bucking bronco, leaving the right front tire as the lone piece of Grant’s car still making contact with the track surface.

Nonetheless, Grant dug his way out of it and carried on through turn four and the front straightway, taking the signal for one lap to go from the flag stand. Turns one and two were as smooth as can be as was his final trip beneath the famed landmark bridge that overhangs the back straightaway.

But, as Grant tiptoed through turn three on the bottom, he slid up and tagged the cushion in turn four with his right rear tire. Grant stabbed the gas and wriggled his way free like he was caught in a Chinese finger trap. As he shook loose and saw the checkered flag in the distance, smoke began to billow out of the headers of Grant’s ride as he chugged to the finish line just three car lengths ahead of the rapidly closing Alex Bright.

For Grant, his long-awaited first series victory since February couldn’t have come at a better time. It was the Ione, California native’s 30th career USAC National Sprint Car feature win, tying him with Chris Windom for 17th on the all-time list.

Furthermore, Grant’s performance in his NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries – LA Poly/Maxim/Kistler Chevy was historic as well, marking his and TOPP Motorsports 22nd victory together as a driver/team in USAC National Sprint Car competition. That moves the Grant/TOPP combo into the top-10 all-time in this category alongside Parnelli Jones/Harlan Fike, Levi Jones/Tony Stewart Racing and Jack Hewitt/Bob Hampshire.

Getting the job done in his backup “T” car to boot, Grant rolled from the pole for the feature after earlier earning a heat race victory with a last lap, last corner pass on the outside of Shane Cottle, which rewarded him with the GSP Quality Driving Performance of the Night award. That right there sent a foreshadowing message to the rest of the 22-car field regarding just the kind of performance that Grant expected of himself.

“I told some of the guys in the pits that I’m setting up to go bang the fence down,” Grant remembered. “I’m not running the bottom; I don’t care. We’re either going to win on the fence or run 20th on the fence.”

Grant was a man of his word and put it on the fence often and early, zipping by outside front row starter Matt Westfall on the opening lap while fourth-starting Logan Seavey made a beeline using the topside to climb to third past Ballou and to second ahead of Westfall by lap three.

Up front, Grant was cruising while holding a three-second lead over Seavey at the midway point until Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier and ninth-running Jake Swanson slowed to a stop in turn two to bring out the yellow flag, thus bunching up the field.

While Ballou and Brady Bacon tussled for the third position on lap 17, hard-charging Alex Bright slithered under both on the low line in turn two to move into the top-three after starting all the way back in the 13th position. Grant was steady as he goes with a lead of one second over Seavey with Bright another full second behind Seavey.

As Grant steadily increased his lead to 2.2 seconds by lap 25, 20th running Dallas Hewitt spun backwards and came to a rest against the turn four outside guardrail to bring out the final caution.

On the ensuing restart with six laps remaining, Bright picked off Seavey for the second position on the bottom of turn two while Grant stood on the throttle on the outside lane, briefly making it three-wide between the top-three with the laps dwindling and the pressure mounting.

“I saw Bright down there looking underneath me on the bottom, and I’m like ‘oh boy,’ and the curb was getting really tough to run,” Grant recalled. “You could almost slip through (the cushion) on entry. If I cheated it, I would bang the big ledge and bike, but if I entered against it, I would blow through it and end up on top of it and I about turned over once in turn one and once in turn four. I kept smashing the right rear off the wall off in turn two, and I bent the wheel about three-quarters of the way in; it was shaking like a son of a gun the rest of the way.”

Slightly behind Grant, Seavey answered the message and roared back past Bright for second coming to the line with three laps to go. The see-saw tug-of-war went right back into Bright’s hands the very next trip around with two laps left. But, at that moment, Grant had increased his lead to a 1.8 second margin and, seemingly, all was in hand.

But that’s why they play the game and that’s why the race the races. Grant stumbled on the cushion and become airborne between turns three and four as he rumbled to the white flag but hung on and maintained his sizable lead. It was a relatively no harm, no foul situation for Grant despite losing seven tenths of his lead in the blink of an eye, which was now down to 1.1.

One lap later, it happened again for Grant as he tripped over the curb and fell into the fluff that acted more like quicksand as he carved his way out and, mercifully, got to the checkered flag first, just 0.297 of a second ahead of Bright, Seavey and Bacon with Westfall rounding out the top-five.

The triumph was doubly meaningful for Grant as this was race three of ten for the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series in 2022, which honors the life and memory of his father-in-law and one of the mentors throughout his racing career.

“Ol’ Bub was the master of going faster,” Grant stated. “He helped me a ton to get my packages dialed in. We’ve incorporated a lot of what he taught me and always tried to beat into my head. It’s awesome and it’s great to win one of his races. It feels great to finally do a good job representing the family in one of these and get our car back in victory lane.”

Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) put on a show as he turned in his best career USAC National Sprint Car feature finish with a 2nd place result in his Hummer Motorsports/Rodota Trucking & Excavating – DriveWFX.com/Maxim/Rider Chevy at the same venue he captured a USAC East Coast Sprint Car win less than two weeks earlier. For the first time in some time, Bright didn’t have to worry about setting up his own racecar, which took loads of pressure off his back and allowed him to simply concentrate on the driving aspect where he became the hard charger on this night after starting way back in 13th.

“Everybody kind of made it easy; they all went to the top,” said Bright who made his run to the front primarily on the bottom side of the racetrack. “We were working the bottom where I had to be really aggressive and sometimes had to make the car a little wide. I got fired as a crew chief last night, so we had some new guys, Lou and my brother (Brendan) stepped up tonight, and they did a great job. This car was on rails tonight, but I wish we had a few more laps. The top was starting to get treacherous, and Grant was making mistakes, but he ran a great race and I’m happy to come home second.”

Fresh off his first Eastern Storm victory two nights earlier at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif) followed it up with a 3rd place result in his Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Chevy. The podium finish thrusted Seavey right into the thick of the Eastern Storm title race where he now sits second, five points behind C.J. Leary for the lead with two races to go.

“That was really tricky,” Seavey admitted. “You had to slow down so much on entry just to make the corner, then you had a big ol’ curb, so you had to get the tires spinning really quickly again. It’s amazing that Justin even held onto that thing. I thought that maybe my car was a little bit better than his, but he was just running harder than I was. It looked like he was on the verge of crashing every three or four laps, but he came out with the win. I gave up second there on the restart and I thought there was moisture in the middle of one and two, but it was dirty and dusty, but overall, I’m pretty happy with our speed.”

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 17, 2022 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 18th USAC Eastern Storm

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-20.065; 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-20.170; 3. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-20.227; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.374; 5. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-20.396; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.505; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 20m, Dyson-20.533; 8. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner South-20.569; 9. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, Lotier/Nemeth-20.606; 10. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-20.625; 11. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-20.625; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-20.753; 13. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-20.768; 14. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-20.800; 15. Shane Cottle, 39, Hogue-20.831; 16. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.838; 17. Steven Drevicki, 19, DeGre-20.951; 18. Mark Smith, M1, L & M-21.032; 19. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.050; 20. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-21.215; 21. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-21.244; 22. Joey Amantea, 88J, Amantea-21.381; 23. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Joey Amantea.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Alex Bright, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Briggs Danner, 6. Carmen Perigo, 7. Jadon Rogers.

PIT STOP USA / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Mark Smith, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Dallas Hewitt.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Alex Bright (13), 3. Logan Seavey (4), 4. Brady Bacon (7), 5. Matt Westfall (2), 6. Thomas Meseraull (9), 7. Timmy Buckwalter (11), 8. Briggs Danner (10), 9. C.J. Leary (5), 10. Steven Drevicki (8), 11. Jadon Rogers (16), 12. Robert Ballou (3), 13. Emerson Axsom (12), 14. Chase Stockon (15), 15. Shane Cottle (17), 16. Mark Smith (18), 17. Jake Swanson (6), 18. Brandon Mattox (19), 19. Joey Amantea (22), 20. Charles Davis Jr. (14), 21. Carmen Perigo (20), 22. Dallas Hewitt (21). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Justin Grant.

**Korbyn Hayslett flipped during qualifying.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-729, 2-Brady Bacon-708, 3-Robert Ballou-699, 4-C.J. Leary-691, 5-Logan Seavey-670, 6-Chase Stockon-667, 7-Emerson Axsom-650, 8-Matt Westfall-531, 9-Jake Swanson-488, 10-Jadon Rogers-447.

USAC EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-202, 2-Logan Seavey-197, 3-Brady Bacon-197, 4-Briggs Danner-196, 5-Justin Grant-190, 6-Chase Stockon-184, 7-Robert Ballou-178, 8-Thomas Meseraull-172, 9-Matt Westfall-165, 10-Alex Bright-164.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-227, 2-Logan Seavey-216, 3-Robert Ballou-208, 4-Justin Grant-196, 5-C.J. Leary-196, 6-Emerson Axsom-168, 7-Matt Westfall-162, 8-Jake Swanson-149, 9-Chase Stockon-145, 10-Jadon Rogers-123.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-48, 2-Buddy Kofoid-45, 3-Robert Ballou-43, 4-Brady Bacon-42, 5-Justin Grant-35, 6-Jadon Rogers-33, 7-Alex Bright-32, 8-Brenham Crouch-32, 9-Kyle Cummins-29, 10-Mario Clouser-29.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 18, 2022 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, Pennsylvania – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 18th USAC Eastern Storm

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jake Swanson

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Justin Grant

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Steven Drevicki

Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary

Feature Hard Charger: Alex Bright (13th to 2nd)

 


 


USAC ANNOUNCES “THE GOLDEN GREEK AWARD”
IN MEMORY OF JOHNNY CAPELS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 15, 2022)………Beginning this season, USAC’s Chief Mechanic of the Year Award will be named in honor of championship winning mechanic and USAC president, Johnny Capels.

The Golden Greek Award, named after Capels’ nickname, given to him by National Speed Sport News’ Bill Hill early in his racing career, will reward the top mechanical achievement from USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.

The award, which will be presented annually each December during USAC’s Night of Champions celebration, will recognize the individual deemed most worthy based on the criteria of their mechanical performance, team success and how the individual deals with race officials and the media. The special perpetual trophy is being commissioned to be made by an artist and will be on permanent display at the USAC Headquarters building in Speedway, Ind. as a permanent tribute to Capels.

The recipient must be a USAC nationally-licensed member and must have worked in one of the three USAC national series during the year to be eligible for the Golden Greek Award, and will receive a one-of-a-kind, specialized trophy for their achievement, plus a $10,000 award.

Capels passed away recently on June 9 at age 86 and served in numerous roles within the auto racing community from builder to driver to chief mechanic to team manager to car owner and series president.

“He was a man that meant so much to the United States Auto Club,” said USAC President and COO Kevin Miller. “The Golden Green Award is a way to preserve his legacy while honoring the present and future chief mechanics who have and will follow in his path.”

After winning his only USAC National Sprint Car feature as a driver at New York’s Erie County Fairgrounds, Capels made his mark as a premier racing mechanic, and was instrumental on the Vel’s Parnelli Jones team crew during back-to-back Indianapolis 500-mile victories with driver Al Unser and his famed Johnny Lightning Special in 1970-71.

Shortly thereafter, Capels was integral in back-to-back USAC National championships, turning the wrenches for driver Joe Leonard in 1971-72. He also earned USAC Championship Dirt Car titles as a mechanic on the famed Viceroy cars for Al Unser in 1973 and Mario Andretti in 1974, and as a car owner and constructor for Pancho Carter in 1978.

In 1975, Capels began a new role when he partnered with car owner Alex Morales as the team’s chief mechanic and team manager. In that position, he scored marquee victories in CART’s inaugural Michigan 500 in 1981 with driver Pancho Carter and once again in the 1986 event with Johnny Rutherford as the driver.

In 1992, Capels became USAC Senior VP and Director of Competition before becoming USAC President and COO from 1997 to 2001, then served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for USAC from 2002 to 2010.


THE SPEED PALACE:
USAC SPRINTS MAKE PORT ROYAL RETURN SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Port Royal, Pennsylvania (June 16, 2022)………The Speed Palace is more than just a nickname; it’s an apt description of Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway.

USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing’s kings have excelled and thrived at this joint with names like Brady Bacon and Robert Ballou presiding over the win list at the half-mile dirt oval, and who will be vying to ascend the throne once more this Saturday night, June 18, for the penultimate round of USAC Eastern Storm.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was victorious at Port Royal in 2014, winning the Eastern Storm crown that year before adding a first USAC National Sprint Car title as the cherry on top. The now four-time USAC National Sprint Car champion finished 2nd at Port Royal in 2016, 3rd in 2017, 4th in 2013 and 7th in both 2015 and 2019. His time of 2:32.57 set in 2019 is the 8-lap USAC National Sprint Car track record at Port Royal.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) had an Eastern Storm for the ages in 2015, sweeping the series, including the stop at Port Royal en route to a dominating Eastern Storm championship and was the king of the USAC National Sprint Cars at season’s end. He enters this week as the reigning Eastern Storm champ and, at Port Royal, he’s also cooked up 4th place finishes in 2012, 2014 and 2018, as well as an 8th in 2016.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) possesses the one-lap USAC National Sprint Car track record at Port Royal of 18.105 seconds, set during his Eastern Storm and USAC National Sprint Car championship season of 2019, a night in which he earned his best career finish at the track, a 3rd in the feature. Leary added a 5th in 2016 and a 10th in 2018.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has twice been a fast qualifier in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at Port Royal in both 2014 and 2017. The 2020 USAC Silver Crown champ finished a best of 2nd in 2017, and added a 5th in 2019, 7th in 2014, 7th in 2018 and 8th in 2015.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) was the fastest qualifier at Port Royal in 2016 and finished as the runner-up in the feature during 2015 Eastern Storm, adding that to his resume along with a 4th in 2019, 5th in 2013, 6th in 2014, 6th in 2018 and 7th in 2017.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) earned a pair of 10th place finishes at Port Royal with the USAC National Sprint Cars in both 2013 and 2015. Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has earned a top-10 during Port Royal’s Eastern Storm date with a 6th in 2017 while Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.) took 9th in 2014.

Mark Smith (Sunbury, Pa.) was 11th in the first Eastern Storm visit to Port Royal in 2012 and was 5th in USAC East Coast Sprint Car action this past April. Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), meanwhile, was a best of 14th in the Eastern Storm event at Port in 2018.

A number of USAC East Coast Sprint Cars’ best have performed well at Port Royal. Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) won two USAC EC features, first in 2020 and again in 2021. With the USAC National Sprint Cars at Port Royal, Bright finished 13th back in 2017.

Three-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) finished 2nd behind Bright back in April’s EC race. Drevicki was 20th in the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car race at Port Royal. Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) has garnered the last two consecutive USAC East Coast Sprint Car feature victories in 2021 and in April of this year. Joey Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.) was a 15th place runner back in April of this year with East Coast.

Port Royal first-timers are in abundance this weekend with Wednesday night Bridgeport Eastern Storm winner Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) in attendance along with two-time 2022 USAC National Sprint Car feature winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) and 2018 USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.).

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.) will be on hand for his first Port Royal run as will be Korbyn Hayslett (Troy, Ohio) and Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio), plus late model/modified standout Brian Ruhlman (Clarklake, Mich.) and Austin Graby (Lebanon, Pa.), who will take the wheel of the Lotier-Nemeth Motorsports No. 7, normally driven by Timmy Buckwalter, who has modified racing obligations that same night.

Saturday night’s Eastern Storm/Open Wheel Madness II “USAC Eastern Blast” featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, the USAC Silver Crown National Championship and 410 Wing Sprint Cars.

Pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 4pm and hot laps at 6pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

Adult admission tickets are $30, students age 13 to 18 are $15 and children 12 and under will be admitted free. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

All Eastern Storm events will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.


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2022 USAC EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE:

June 14: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA

June 15: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

June 16: Selinsgrove Speedway | Selinsgrove, PA

June 17: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

June 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

June 19: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA


PORT ROYAL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:

2-Chris Windom

1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland & Damion Gardner

PORT ROYAL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

2012: Damion Gardner (6/9)

2013: Dave Darland (6/8)

2014: Brady Bacon (6/7)

2015: Robert Ballou (6/6)

2016: Bryan Clauson (6/11)

2017: Chris Windom (6/17)

2018: Chris Windom (6/16)

2019: Tyler Courtney (6/15)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 6/15/2019 - C.J. Leary - 18.105 - 99.420 mph

8 Laps - 6/15/2019 - Brady Bacon - 2:32.57 - 94.383 mph

12 Laps - 6/17/2017 - Dave Darland - 4:06.66 - 87.570 mph

PAST RESULTS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY:

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Levi Jones, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Chris Windom, 11. Mark Smith, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Bobby East, 14. Mark Bitner, 15. Jonathan Hendrick, 16. Chad Layton, 17. Kyle Moody, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 20. Daryl Stimeling, 21. Brian Ehrenzeller, 22. Trevor Utt, 23. Chase Stockon. NT

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Daron Clayton, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Mark Smith, 14. Kyle Moody, 15. Tyler Courtney, 16. Billy Pauch Jr., 17. Dalten Gabbard, 18. Tim Glatfelter, 19. Mark Bitner, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Joey Biasi, 22. Nick Drake. NT

2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Bryan Clauson, 9. Shane Cockrum, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Chris Windom, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Dalten Gabbard, 16. Mark Bitner, 17. Trevor Kobylarz, 18. Joey Biasi, 19. Daron Clayton, 20. Curt Stroup, 21. Billy Pauch, Jr., 22. Brian Ehrenzeller, 23. Tracy Hines. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Landon Simon, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Logan Jarrett, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Aaron Farney, 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15. Kyle Cummins, 16. Trevor Kobylarz, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. J.R. Berry, 20. Joey Biasi, 21. Casey Shuman, 22. Isaac Chapple. NT

2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Max McGhee, 4. Dave Darland, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Carmen Perigo, 10. Isaac Chapple, 11. Kyle Moody, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Dustin Smith, 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Mark Smith, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Shane Golobic, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Kyle Moody, 13. Alex Bright, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. C.J. Leary, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Robert Ballou, 19. Tony DiMattia, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Carmen Perigo, 22. Trevor Kobylarz. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Tyler Courtney (4), 4. Robert Ballou (5), 5. Dave Darland (10), 6. Chase Stockon (7), 7. Justin Grant (12), 8. Chad Boespflug (9), 9. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 10. C.J. Leary (17), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (11), 12. Brady Bacon (2), 13. Isaac Chapple (18), 14. Matt Westfall (15), 15. Jarett Andretti (8), 16. Tony DiMattia (14), 17. Joey Biasi (21), 18. Carmen Perigo (20), 19. Kyle Moody (22), 20. Thomas Meseraull (3), 21. Robert Bell (23), 22. Zach Daum (13), 23. Trevor Kobylarz (19). NT

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (2), 2. Chris Windom (1), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Chase Stockon (4), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Carson Short (7), 7. Brady Bacon (17), 8. Jason McDougal (9), 9. Jarett Andretti (10), 10. Joey Biasi (19), 11. Isaac Chapple (18), 12. Timmy Buckwalter (8), 13. Dustin Christie (20), 14. Carmen Perigo (16), 15. Brian VanMeveren (15), 16. Dave Darland (14), 17. John Stehman (21), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 19. Chad Boespflug (13), 20. Steven Drevicki (12), 21. Robert Ballou (11), 22. Jared Esh (22). NT

USAC EASTERN STORM CHAMPIONS:

2007: Levi Jones

2008: Cole Whitt

2009: Cole Whitt

2010: Levi Jones

2011: Levi Jones

2012: Bryan Clauson

2013: Bryan Clauson

2014: Brady Bacon

2015: Robert Ballou

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Chris Windom

2018: Chris Windom

2019: C.J. Leary

2020: Not Held

2021: Robert Ballou

USAC EASTERN STORM FEATURE WINS: (2007-2022)

6-Bryan Clauson, Levi Jones & Chris Windom

5-Robert Ballou

4-Brady Bacon

3-Kevin Thomas Jr. & Cole Whitt

2-Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Thomas Meseraull

1-Chad Boat, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Bobby East, Damion Gardner, Jesse Hockett, Jason McDougal, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, Jon Stanbrough, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Chase Stockon

 

FIT FOR A CROWN:
PORT ROYAL HOSTS
USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT SATURDAY
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Port Royal, Pennsylvania (June 16, 2022)………Port Royal Speedway and USAC Silver Crown racing make for a royal union.

Twenty-eight majestic champ cars arrive for their long-awaited series debut at the Pennsylvania half-mile for a 50-lap main event at The Speed Palace this Saturday night, June 18.

Obviously, none in the field of 28 have prior Silver Crown experience at Port Royal, but many have competed on its surface in USAC National Sprint Car competition.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is the lone driver in the lineup who owns a USAC national feature victory at Port Royal in 2014 and his time of 2:32.57 set in 2019 is the 8-lap USAC National Sprint Car track record at Port Royal. His initial Silver Crown triumph came in the Keystone State at Williams Grove Speedway in 2019.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2015 USAC Silver Crown top Rookie, possesses the one-lap USAC National Sprint Car track record at Port Royal of 18.105 seconds and finished a best of 3rd at the track in 2019.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has twice been a fast qualifier in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car at Port Royal in both 2014 and 2017. The 2020 USAC Silver Crown champ finished a best of 2nd in 2017.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) was the fastest qualifier at Port Royal with the USAC National Sprint Cars in 2016 and finished as the runner-up in the feature during 2015.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) recorded an 8th in his lone USAC National Sprint Car start at Port Royal in 2019 while Pennsylvanian Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) scored a 9th in 2016.

Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), meanwhile, took 9th in a USAC Sprint Car during 2014 Eastern Storm at Port Royal and won in June of 2021 during USAC Silver Crown’s visit to Pennsylvania at Williams Grove.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) earned a pair of 10th place finishes at Port Royal with the USAC National Sprint Cars in both 2013 and 2015 and won with the Silver Crown series in PA during the 2020 Selinsgrove trip.

USAC Silver Crown point leader and six-time series champion Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) captured a series victory in Pennsylvania at Williams Grove in 2017.

Last year’s series runner-up and Rookie of the Year Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) made a successful last visit with the USAC Silver Crown car to Pennsylvania in 2021, winning at Selinsgrove.

Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) made his most recent appearance in USAC Silver Crown victory lane on the pavement in Pennsylvania, at Nazareth Speedway in 2001.

Mark Smith (Sunbury, Pa.) will make a rare Silver Crown appearance after finishing 5th in USAC East Coast Sprint Car action this past April while 2002 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) was earned a best placing of 14th in the sprint car at Port in 2018.

Brian Tyler (Parma, Mich.), the author of a record 202 career USAC Silver Crown starts and 18 victories, will make the trip to Port Royal as will one-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) and Dave Peperak (Clinton, Ind.) and the woman who owns more USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature starts than any other, Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), who is making her Silver Crown debut for car owner Sam Pierce.

Pennsylvanians make up five positions on the grid with Smith and Perigo joined by Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and Jimmy Light (West Springfield, Pa.), and are joined in the field by full-timers from the Midwest, Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio) and Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.).

Silver Crown vets Jake Simmons (New Palestine, Ind.) and Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio) are headed to Port Royal alongside top Rookie point leader Gregg Cory (Shelbyville, Ind.), fellow first-year Silver Crown racer Brian Ruhlman (Clarklake, Mich.) and first-time Silver Crown entrant Mark Bitner (Trenton, N.J.).

Saturday night’s Eastern Storm/Open Wheel Madness II “USAC Eastern Blast” featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, the USAC Silver Crown National Championship and 410 Wing Sprint Cars.

Pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 4pm and hot laps at 6pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

Adult admission tickets are $30, students age 13 to 18 are $15 and children 12 and under will be admitted free. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

All Eastern Storm events will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-122, 2-Logan Seavey-119, 3-Justin Grant-107, 4-C.J. Leary-107, 5-Bobby Santos-76, 6-Brian Tyler-76, 7-Jerry Coons Jr.-67, 8-Taylor Ferns-64, 9-Brady Bacon-64, 10-Travis Welpott-64.

PORT ROYAL USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST: (28 Entries)

01 MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA (L & M Motorsports)

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

3 JAKE SIMMONS/New Palestine, IN (Tim Simmons)

4 (R) MARK BITNER/Trenton, NJ (Mark Bitner)

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

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

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

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 (R) KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce)

27 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

32 (R) GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing)

49 (R) BRIAN RUHLMAN/Clarklake, MI (Brian Ruhlman)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

52 CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

53 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Five Three Motorsports)

54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Motorsports)

57 DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

69 (R) CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (BLS Motorsports)

74 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

77 (R) DAVE PEPERAK/Clinton, IN (Peperak Motorsports)

81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

123 JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

SEAVEY WEATHERS THE STORM, REIGNS USAC SPRINTS AT BRIDGEPORT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Swedesboro, New Jersey (June 15, 2022)………In his five career USAC Eastern Storm feature starts coming into Wednesday night’s event at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Logan Seavey had yet to experience a finishing position in the top-half of the field.

The laundry list of Seavey’s results included a pair of 13th place finishes, a 14th and a 20th in 2021, followed by another 13th during Tuesday night’s Eastern Storm opener at Grandview Speedway, which was not indicative of his performance that saw him running as high as fourth late in the going before suffering a flat tire.

Seavey’s results were also certainly not representative of the type of run he could muster when everything aligns, from himself, the team, the setup and yes, even the aspect of luck.

All those attributes came together in simultaneous fashion on Wednesday night during round two of USAC Eastern Storm 2022 at Bridgeport, for this evening ultimately belonged to the driver of the Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Chevy.

While Seavey remained in the hunt throughout, he quite nearly saved his best for last when he surged to the front late in the going, taking over the lead with a turn one slide job on Briggs Danner just three laps from the finish to score his first USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature win of the season.

The $6,000 triumph was the seventh of the Sutter, California driver’s USAC National Sprint Car career, tying him with Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser and Josh Wise.

Among the aforementioned results, Seavey’s Bridgeport resume was just as much of a puzzling puzzle with a 13th in both his USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget appearances during the 2021 campaign. But on this night, he made it imperative to turn the beat around.

“I’ve kind of struggled here in the past in the sprint car and the midget,” Seavey acknowledged. “I’m just so proud of (crew chief) Ronnie Gardner. We’ve just been so fast every race. To come out to Pennsylvania where I’ve struggled, and to now get a win here is really cool.”

Seavey started fourth on the grid and witnessed trouble up ahead right from the get-go on the initial lap when outside front row starter, and early leader, Emerson Axsom slipped high in turn three and slapped the outside wall. Axsom instantly slowed to a crawl and, subsequently, after pulling into the work area, his crew found a brake line issue on the car that sidelined him for the rest of the 30-lap feature, resulting in a 22nd place result.

While Seavey was running solidly in second behind early leader Thomas Meseraull, his Baldwin-Fox Racing teammate Alex Banales found the outside wall to be just as solid, unfortunately, as he tagged the concrete perimeter between turns three and four and flipped over. The Lafayette, Ind. native was uninjured in the incident and finished 21st.

On the ensuing lap six restart, Danner cracked the whip and slid past Seavey on the entry into turn one for the second position as the USAC East Coast Sprint Car point leader put himself in prime position to challenge Meseraull in his drive for a first career series win.

Following Korbyn Hayslett (15th) and Charles Davis Jr.’s (16th) spin and stop in turn two on the 16th circuit, Danner utilized the resumption to make his bid to get out ahead of Meseraull for the lead in turn one, but Meseraull countered and drove past Danner in turn two, then slyly stole his line as he cut across Danner’s nose at the entry to turn three before, ultimately, ducking back in line as a swarm consisting of C.J. Leary, Seavey and more closed in.

“I fell back to third,” Seavey recalled. “I was a little bit better than T-Mez early but after a couple yellows, I don’t know what changed, but I didn’t really love how I was feeling when the track got slick. That restart about halfway through, I really just committed to pounding the fence in one and two because I couldn’t really cut the middle very good. My left rear tire grabbed some grip and it just cleaned up. I found a really good lane in one and two to gain some speed.”

The unforeseen became the standard down the stretch as heartbreak hit race leader Meseraull’s machine when he shockingly ran out of fuel at the start/finish line 11 laps from the finish. He’d return to the lineup at the tail of the running order and salvage an 8th place finish for the night.

Danner assumed his newfound position as the leader and, on the lap 20 restart, he stretched his advantage to nearly a full second over Leary as Leary contended with a challenge from both Seavey and Ballou who were on the move. Shortly thereafter, Seavey came to life as he slid by Leary for 2nd in turn three on lap 25 and clamped down to within a car length of Danner.

“The top didn’t really have a cushion, so you couldn’t really make a lot of speed early; that’s where I was giving up spots,” Seavey explained. “I was trying to get some momentum going early and I just kept getting slid on restarts. I felt like I was getting decent restarts, but it’s just so easy to slide people here. Luckily, it’s also easy to cross them over. I didn’t give up too much, and then we came on at the end when it mattered.”

With three to go, Seavey got right to the back bumper of Danner on the front straightaway, then slid by in turn one on lap 28 to take over at the front, completing the lap just before Jake Swanson (8th) performed a 360 degree spin in turn four to bring out the yellow.

Danner was out of line on the lap 29 restart attempt, which was called back. As a result, Danner was docked one spot from second to third, which moved him to 3rd behind Seavey and Stockon for the green flag and was promptly passed by Leary for the final spot on the podium as soon as action resumed.

A little bit further ahead, Seavey was up front and in control as he successfully completed the task over the next three laps and earned his accolades as a Bridgeport USAC Eastern Storm winner by 0.599 of a second over Stockon, Leary, Danner and Ballou.

Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) became the lone driver to finish on the podium in each of the first two nights of Eastern Storm. After taking 3rd the night before at Grandview Speedway, Stockon took a season-best 2nd place finish at Bridgeport in his KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere – Superior Tank & Trailer – AMSOIL/Flea RC/Fisher Chevy. It's his best result in a USAC National Sprint Car feature since winning at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway in September of 2020.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) corralled his best career finish at Bridgeport, securing a 3rd place result in the main event in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/Chevy. The 2019 Eastern Storm titlist now stands tied atop the six-race series standings alongside Stockon with two races completed and four to go.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2022 – Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, New Jersey – 4/10-Mile Dirt Track – 18th USAC Eastern Storm

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.779 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.785; 3. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.809; 4. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner South-15.147; 5. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.283; 6. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-15.316; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 20m, Dyson-15.374; 8. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-15.426; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.437; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.460; 11. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-15.604; 12. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.617; 13. Shane Cottle, 39, Hogue-15.664; 14. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.857; 15. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.866; 16. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, Lotier/Nemeth-15.872; 17. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-15.970; 18. Steven Drevicki, 19, DeGre-15.985; 19. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.053; 20. Joey Amantea, 88J, Amantea-16.403; 21. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-16.640; 22. Michael Markey, 3x, Wasitowski-19.560.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Thomas Meseraull , 5. Briggs Danner, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Michael Markey. 2:11.89

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Alex Banales, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Joey Amantea. 2:14.96

PIT STOP USA / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Korbyn Hayslett, 7. Steven Drevicki. 2:16.43

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (4), 2. Chase Stockon (12), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Briggs Danner (3), 5. Robert Ballou (9), 6. Jadon Rogers (7), 7. Alex Bright (22), 8. Thomas Meseraull (1), 9. Matt Westfall (14), 10. Brady Bacon (8), 11. Joey Amantea (19), 12. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 13. Jake Swanson (10), 14. Brandon Mattox (15), 15. Justin Grant (5), 16. Shane Cottle (13), 17. Charles Davis Jr. (18), 18. Korbyn Hayslett (20), 19. Steven Drevicki (17), 20. Michael Markey (21), 21. Alex Banales (11), 22. Emerson Axsom (2). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 20-27 Briggs Danner, Laps 28-30 Logan Seavey.

**Alex Banales flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-650, 2-Justin Grant-650, 3-Brady Bacon-639, 4-C.J. Leary-634, 5-Chase Stockon-628, 6-Emerson Axsom-608, 7-Logan Seavey-598, 8-Matt Westfall-466, 9-Jake Swanson-447, 10-Jason McDougal-443.

USAC EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Chase Stockon-145, 2-C.J. Leary-145, 3-Briggs Danner-143, 4-Robert Ballou-129, 5-Brady Bacon-128, 6-Logan Seavey-125, 7-Jadon Rogers-118, 8-Thomas Meseraull-114, 9-Justin Grant-111, 10-Matt Westfall-100.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-45, 2-Thomas Meseraull-45, 3-Robert Ballou-43, 4-Brady Bacon-39, 5-Justin Grant-35, 6-Brenham Crouch-32, 7-Kyle Cummins-29, 8-Mario Clouser-29, 9-Jadon Rogers-28, 10-Kaylee Bryson-27.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 16, 2022 – Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 18th USAC Eastern Storm

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Briggs Danner

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

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

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Briggs Danner

Feature Hard Charger: Alex Bright (22nd to 7th)

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

MERCED HOSTS FINAL ROUND OF USAC/BCRA MIDGET ELK GROVE FORD MINI-SERIES
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 14, 2022... After a break in the schedule, the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will invade Merced Speedway this Saturday, June 18th. Promoted by Chris Shannon and Paul Stone, the fourth and final round of the Elk Grove Ford Mini Series will also feature Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, and IMCA Modifieds. Located at the Merced County Fairgrounds at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Merced, California, the pit booth will open at 2:00pm, the spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, and racing will start at 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at mercedspeedway.net or call 209.600.8382.

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

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

Since April 20, 2019, seven USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Merced County Fairgrounds. Austin Liggett scored the inaugural victory and is tied with Robert Dalby, Shane Golobic, Thomas Meseraull, Tanner Thorson, Chase Johnson, and Colby Johnson with one Merced triumph. When the series last visited the 1/4-mile oval on April 23rd, Shane Golobic added his name to the record books. Kyle Larson set the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.838 on November 21, 2020 and a complete series win list at Merced is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to the seventh point race, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has a 53-point lead over the competition. Driving the Graunstadt Enterprises #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto has won the last two races, including the May 21st event at Ventura. To date, the 2018 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 38 feature laps led to his credit. Michael has eleven career victories and is tied with Josh Wise for fifteenth on the series win list. Faccinto also leads the Elk Grove Mini-Series point standings and will be looking for his first win at Merced.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender finished seventeenth at Ventura on May 21st. To date, the leading rookie contender has one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes on the season. A.J. also ranks fourth in the Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series and will be looking for his first USAC Midget win.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) is third in the USAC Western Midget point standings. Racing Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth placed eleventh at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2019 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes and sits eighth in mini-series points. With two career wins, Ben will have his sights on adding a Merced triumph to his resume.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, California) is fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth won his heat race and scored fourteenth at Bakersfield. To date, the 2019 Rookie of the Year has one top-10 finish and is tied with Shane Golobic for fifth in the mini-series points. With two career wins, Ben will have his sights on adding a Merced trophy to his collection.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand) ranks fifth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #7NZ Buckley Systems / Esslinger Engineering Spike, Buckley raced to sixth at Ventura after starting eighth. The rookie contender has posted one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the year. Currently ranked second in rookie points and eighth in Elk Grove Ford standings, Travis will contend his first win at Merced.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Blake Bower, Jake Andreotti, Michael Snider, C.J. Sarna, Austin Liggett, Danika Jo Parker, Randi Pankratz, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Jake Hodges, Floyd Alvis, and more.

Merced Speedway is located on the Merced County Fairgrounds at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Merced, California. Adult tickets (12 and up) are $17, Senior and Military tickets are $15, Kids tickets (6-14) are $5, and Children (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at mercedspeedway.net or call 209.600.8382.

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

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Jake Andreotti, 1-Brody Fuson, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Mitchel Moles.

MERCED USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Kyle Larson – 11.838 (11/21/20)

MERCED USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Robert Dalby, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Colby Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Tanner Thorson.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-389, 2. A.J. Bender ®-336, 3. Brody Fuson-333, 4. Ben Worth-330, 5. Travis Buckley ®-329, 6. Blake Bower-318, 7. Jake Andreotti-254, 8. Michael Snider-211, 9. C.J. Sarna-205, 10. Austin Liggett-179, 11. Caden Sarale ®-176, 12. Thomas Esberg ®-172, 13. Danika Jo Parker-167, 14. Randi Pankratz-165, 15. Shane Golobic-159, 16. Anthony Esberg ®-149, 17. Robby Josett-136, 18. Dylan Bloomfield ®-133, 19. Terry Nichols-132, 20. Chase Johnson -121, 21. Cade Lewis-116, 22. Braden Chiaramonte ®-109, 23. Matt Mitchell-104, 24. Ben Wiesz ®-101, 25. Jake Hodges-89, 26. Mitchel Moles-84, 27. Racin Silva ®-69, 28. Shannon McQueen-68, 29. Dawson Faria-65, 30. Beau Lemire ®-62, 31. Zach Telford ®-61, 32. Jake Morgan-60, 33. Troy Rutherford-57, 34. Colton Raudman ®-56, 35. Dylan Ito-55, 36. Sage Bordenave-45, 37. Cody Williams-43, 38. Nick Velasquez ®-42, 39. Kyle Beilman-40, 40. Dave Stoltz-38, 41. Ryan Bernal-37, 42. Floyd Alvis-31, 43. Greg Edenholm-26, 44. Steve Hix-25, --. Steve Paden-25, 46. Dakota Albright-24, --. Mike Leach Jr.-24.

2022 ELK GROVE FORD MINI-SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-241, 2. Austin Liggett-179, 3. Jake Andreotti-169, 4. A.J. Bender ®-161, 5. Shane Golobic-159, --. Ben Worth-159, 7. Blake Bower-152, 8. Travis Buckley ®-149, 9. Dylan Bloomfield ®-133, 10. Caden Sarale ®-123, 11. Brody Fuson-117, 12. Danika Jo Parker-114, 13. Michael Snider-113, 14. Ben Wiesz ®-101, 15. Randi Pankratz-100, 16. Thomas Esberg ®-83, 17. Anthony Esberg ®-69, 18. Shannon McQueen-68, 19. Chase Johnson-66, 20. Dawson Faria-65, 21. Beau Lemire ®-62, 22. Jake Morgan-60, 23. Colton Raudman ®-56, 24. Cade Lewis-53, 25. Jake Hodges-52, 26. C.J. Sarna-42, 27. Kyle Beilman-40, 28. Terry Nichols-38, ---. Dave Stoltz-38, 30. Ryan Bernal-37, 31. Floyd Alvis-31, 32. Zach Telford ®-26, 33. Dakota Albright-24.

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


 

 

A TREASURE GROVE:
USAC SPRINTS STORM INTO WILLIAMS GROVE FRIDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (June 14, 2022)………When it comes to USAC racing history in Pennsylvania, Williams Grove Speedway is second to none.

The Mechanicsburg, Pa. dirt oval held a prominent presence on the series schedule in USAC’s inaugural 1956 season with victories turned in by Johnny Thomson and 1955 Indianapolis 500 victor Pat Flaherty and remains a fixture on the racing landscape to this day.

This Friday night, June 17, that fixture returns to the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship fold for the 34th time overall, and for the first time since 2018, for USAC Eastern Storm round four.

A pair of drivers have found their Williams Grove success in other types of racing machinery, but plan to etch their first “W” into the win column with the USAC National Sprint Cars on Friday night.

Four-time USAC National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) notched a USAC Eastern Midget victory in 2017 as well as USAC Silver Crown score there in 2019. In two USAC Sprint Car appearances at The Grove, he’s recorded two top-fives, a 2nd in 2018 and a 5th in 2017.

Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.) delivered a USAC Silver Crown victory at Williams Grove in 2021 and will make his first foray to the half-mile dirt oval for Sprint Car action this weekend.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) has been a solid citizen in his only two USAC Sprint Car feature starts at Williams Grove, taking a runner-up finish in 2017 followed by a 7th in 2018. Two-time Eastern Storm champ Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) corralled a 3rd in 2018. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) notched a 4th in 2017 and a 9th in 2018 while also collecting a Silver Crown quick time award in 2019. Local hot shoe Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) achieved his best USAC National Sprint Car result of 5th in 2018.

The USAC East Coast contingent is strong and the three most successful drivers in its history have all been winners at Williams Grove and all three will be shooting for their first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories on Friday night. Three-time USAC East Coast champ Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) won there once each in 2020 and 2021. Reigning USAC EC champ Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) won at The Grove less than two weeks ago while current point leader Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) won there in April.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) ran second with the Silver Crown car at Williams Grove in 2021. Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) earned 7th and 11th place results during Eastern Storm at Williams Grove in 2017 and 2018, respectively. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 Eastern Storm titlist, scored a 10th during Eastern Storm in 2018 and was the Silver Crown fast qualifier in 2016.

Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) put together top-10 performances at Williams Grove in both a USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown car in his career, taking a 10th during Eastern Storm’s sprint car feature in 2017 and 7th with the Silver Crown series in 2021. Fellow Keystone stater Mark Smith (Sunbury, Pa.) has, likewise, performed in both at the track, taking 6th with Silver Crown in 2016 and 18th with the USAC Sprints in 2017.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion of 2018, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), notched a 20th in his Silver Crown performance at Williams Grove, which was not indicative of his performance after leading 22 laps in the first half of the event and was leading when mechanical trouble befell his ride.

Pennsylvanian USAC East Coast Sprint Car pilots Joey Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.) was 6th with the series this past April while Kenny Miller III (Morgantown, Pa.) took an 8th. Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio) made his initial Williams Grove run with the Silver Crown series in 2019, finishing 14th, while BOSS Sprint titlist Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) was a 17th place runner back in 2018, and 2018 USAC Southwest Sprint Car champ Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) made a Silver Crown start in 2021, finishing 21st.

Looking to make their initial stamp at Williams Grove are two-time 2022 USAC National Sprint Car winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), 2021 USAC National Most Improved Driver Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), USAC National Sprint Car Rookie Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.), Korbyn Hayslett (Troy, Ohio) and late model/modified standout Brian Ruhlman (Clarklake, Mich.)

Friday’s Eastern Storm event at Williams Grove features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and Winged 410 c.i. Sprint Cars. Pits open at 4:30pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 5:30pm, the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult admission tickets are $30, ages 13 to 20 are $10 and kids age 12 and under are free.

All Eastern Storm events will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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2022 USAC EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE:

June 14: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA

June 15: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

June 16: Selinsgrove Speedway | Selinsgrove, PA

June 17: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

June 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

June 19: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA


TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 6/15/2018 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 19.509

6 Laps - 9/13/1996 - Len Thompson - 2:12.23

8 Laps - 6/15/2018 - Jerry Coons Jr. - 2:42.81

10 Laps - 9/22/1973 - Jan Opperman - 4:01.77

12 Laps - 9/22/1973 - Tom Bigelow - 4:51.11

30 Laps - 6/30/1962 - Jiggs Peters - 12:55.09

40 Laps - 9/23/1972 - Lee Kunzman - 16:11.81

50 Laps - 10/8/1961 - Parnelli Jones - 20:56.40

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS AT WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY:

4-A.J. Foyt

3-Van Johnson

2-Tommy Hinnershitz, Roger McCluskey, Jan Opperman, Mitch Smith & Johnny Thomson

1-Don Branson, Cotton Farmer, Pat Flaherty, Elmer George, Parnelli Jones, Lee Kunzman, Ralph Liguori, Jim McWithey, Charlie Musselman, Billy Pauch, Jiggs Peters, Eddie Sachs, Kevin Thomas Jr., Dick Tobias, Bruce Walkup & Chris Windom

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS AT WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY:

1956: Johnny Thomson (6/17), Pat Flaherty (6/17), Charlie Musselman (8/12) & Van Johnson (10/21)

1957: Van Johnson (4/7) & Van Johnson (10/20)

1958: Johnny Thomson (4/13), Elmer George (7/27) & Eddie Sachs (10/19)

1959: Jim McWithey (6/13), Tommy Hinnershitz (9/13) & Tommy Hinnershitz (10/11)

1960: A.J. Foyt (10/9)

1961: Roger McCluskey (4/23) & Parnelli Jones (10/8)

1962: Jiggs Peters (6/30) & Cotton Farmer (10/14)

1963: Don Branson (3/31), Roger McCluskey (7/7) & A.J. Foyt (10/5)

1964: A.J. Foyt (4/12) & A.J. Foyt (7/18)

1970: Dick Tobias (7/11) & Ralph Liguori (9/26)

1971: Mitch Smith (6/19) & Mitch Smith (9/25)

1972: Lee Kunzman (9/23)

1973: Jan Opperman (6/24) & Jan Opperman (9/22)

1974: Bruce Walkup (7/6)

1996: Billy Pauch (9/13)

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr. (6/15)

2018: Chris Windom (6/15)

PAST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Carmen Perigo, 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Kyle Moody, 13. Danny Dietrich, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Chad Boespflug, 16. Joey Biasi, 17. Tyler Courtney, 18. Mark Smith 19. Dave Darland, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Stevie Sussex, 22. Trevor Kobylarz, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Kyle Robbins. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (5), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Robert Ballou, (2), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 5. Timmy Buckwalter (3), 6. Dave Darland (11), 7. Chase Stockon (7), 8. Tyler Courtney (9), 9. Justin Grant (10), 10. C.J. Leary (1), 11. Thomas Meseraull (8), 12. Jerry Coons Jr. (14), 13. Isaac Chapple (20), 14. Chad Boespflug (19), 15. Kyle Moody (13), 16. Joey Biasi (17), 17. Matt Westfall (21), 18. Jarett Andretti (15), 19. Trevor Kobylarz (12), 20. Carmen Perigo (18), 21. Zach Daum (16), 22. Tony DiMattia (22), 23. Robert Bell (23). NT

USAC EASTERN STORM CHAMPIONS:

2007: Levi Jones

2008: Cole Whitt

2009: Cole Whitt

2010: Levi Jones

2011: Levi Jones

2012: Bryan Clauson

2013: Bryan Clauson

2014: Brady Bacon

2015: Robert Ballou

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Chris Windom

2018: Chris Windom

2019: C.J. Leary

2020: Not Held

2021: Robert Ballou

USAC EASTERN STORM FEATURE WINS: (2007-2022)

6-Bryan Clauson, Levi Jones & Chris Windom

5-Brady Bacon & Robert Ballou

3-Kevin Thomas Jr. & Cole Whitt

2-Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Thomas Meseraull

1-Chad Boat, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Bobby East, Damion Gardner, Jesse Hockett, Jason McDougal, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jon Stanbrough, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Chase Stockon


 

 

ONE-IN-A-ROW:
BACON BEGINS NEW GRANDVIEW WIN STREAK
IN USAC EASTERN STORM OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania (June 14, 2022)………After going on an undefeated stretch of 4-0 in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway, Brady Bacon was dethroned one year ago when he finished a distant second at the 1/3-mile dirt oval.

Seeing the door closed on his Grandview winning streak, there was only one remedy that could cure his subsequent blues – start a new winning streak.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native did exactly that on Tuesday night during the $6,000-to-win Jesse Hockett Classic USAC Eastern Storm opener by leading all 40 laps in nearly wire-to-wire fashion, with the exception of a brief moment when upstart Briggs Danner edged ahead just before the halfway point.

Bacon’s third series win of the year was also his 43rd career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory, which moved him ahead of 1974 and 1976 series champion Pancho Carter and into sole possession of 6th on the all-time list, which also vaulted him from fourth to second in the overall series standings as he pursues his fifth career title aboard the Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Gressman Sanitation – DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

“I knew we had a good shot starting up front, and I just had to not mess up,” Bacon explained. “I did mess up a couple of times, but, luckily, not bad enough for him to get by us.”

Bacon started from the outside of the front row and quickly established the point as he shot by pole sitter Jadon Rogers on the opening circuit of the 40-lap main event. Danner came right along in Bacon’s wake on the outside from the fourth starting position and pulled right to the rear bumper of Bacon.

On the 14th lap, Bacon began to encounter the tail end of the field. Nineteenth-place running Alex Banales occupied the middle groove entering the first turn. Bacon opted to drive underneath Banales, slightly knocking Bacon out of his rhythmic procession. Meanwhile, Danner chose to take the high road, and it very nearly paid off.

Danner pulled ahead of Bacon by a full car length off the exit of turn two but, midway down the back straight, Danner swung just a bit too wide and slapped his right rear tire, then the right front, against the outside concrete wall. That promptly delivered the race lead on a platter right back to Bacon who gladly accepted and raced away back to a three to four car gap between he and Danner.

“Briggs definitely pressured us there,” Bacon recalled. “I thought we were going to be pretty good out there in clean air, but he poked his nose in there a couple times. I had to get my elbows up a little bit more.”

The first stoppage of the evening came in turn four on lap 21 when 16th running Shane Cottle slowed just moments after Bacon slid past him to put him a lap down. Cottle ultimately came to a stop on the front straightaway to bring out the yellow flag with the race halfway complete – 20 down, 20 to go.

With a clear, open road up ahead of him now, Bacon had no traffic to negotiate and simply had to pedal it to keep Danner, the youthful USAC East Coast Sprint Car point leader, at an arm’s length distance, doing so admirably as he constructed a half-straightaway lead during the ensuing laps, which reached to more than a full second interval despite having to muscle his machine with all his might around the track.

“I thought, eventually, the top would go away, and we’d go back down to driving across the bottom, but it never did,” Bacon revealed. “I was waiting on that, and it never happened, so I had to keep my elbows up longer than we usually have to here.”

Fourth-running Logan Seavey encountered trouble on lap 28 when he slowed with a flat right front tire, which forced the second yellow flag of the feature and relegated Seavey back to 13th in the final running order after returning from the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area.

That issued Bacon another restart and another opportunity for Danner to pounce from 2nd, but for Bacon, on any track surface he’s been presented with over the years, and in any curves thrown his way, Bacon has proven to excel at any situation that arises.

“We were pretty tight, and we we’re set up for this place to go glass slick from top to bottom,” Bacon noted. “That little lip (in turn one) was giving us a little bit of trouble. I kind of had to cheat it on entry and, for the one in the center after the restarts, when my tires were low, I had to manhandle it a little bit; it was bucking around a little bit. Once we got the air up and our tires hot again, after a few laps, we were able to get through it all right.”

One last final restart with 13 laps remaining resulted in the same postscript for Bacon as he distanced himself from Danner down the stretch and chalked up yet another feature victory in his illustrious career by a 1.442 second margin over Danner, Chase Stockon, Justin Grant and Robert Ballou.

Briggs Danner, the impressive young driver from Allentown, Pa., turned in his most impressive performance yet by scoring a career-best USAC National Sprint Car finish with a runner-up result in his Heffner Racing Enterprises South/E. Schneider & Sons Recycling – Wingstop/Triple X/Rider Chevy. To the roar of the crowd, the popular home state driver came up just one spot short becoming the first Pennsylvania to win a USAC National Sprint Car feature since Frankie Kerr in 1999 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

“I really had my hopes up in the beginning,” Danner admitted. “I think we were a little tight once it started to slick off to the curb. Brady’s got a couple more laps than I do, so this is like a win for us here. Starting up front helped, but I started making a few mistakes there at the end. Nobody showed me a nose, so I can’t complain.”

Grandview’s 2014 Eastern Storm winner, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), came home in 3rd place, equaling his best USAC National Sprint Car result of the season after also taking 3rd in February's Ocala, Florida finale in his KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere – Superior Tank & Trailer – AMSOIL/Flea RC/Fisher Chevy.

“Those two (Bacon and Danner) were out there on their own and we were just maintaining there,” Stockon recalled. “I was kind of glad the race was over. At the end, we were hanging on for dear life, it felt like.”

What a comeback effort it was for both Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing team. After a vicious bit of wall contact and flip in his heat race, which also involved Robert Ballou, Axsom’s team utilized a backup car for the feature. Axsom started 20th and raced to a 10th place finish to become the night's hardest charger at +10 in his Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 14, 2022 – Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – 18th USAC Eastern Storm / Jesse Hockett Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/CLEVER GIRL WINERY QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-13.713; 2. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-13.734; 3. Briggs Danner, 5G, Heffner South-13.831; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.078; 5. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.114; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.193; 7. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-14.213; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.228; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 20m, Hummer-14.269; 10. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-14.299; 11. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.303; 12. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, Lotier/Nemeth-14.332; 13. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.342; 14. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-14.361; 15. Shane Cottle, 39, Hogue-14.410; 16. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.582; 17. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-14.586; 18. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.616; 19. Steven Drevicki, 19, DeGre-14.711; 20. Alex Banales, 5x, Baldwin/Fox-14.801.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Steven Drevicki, 6. Emerson Axsom, 7. Robert Ballou. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Korbyn Hayslett, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Alex Banales. 2:28.62

PIT STOP USA / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Briggs Danner, 6. Timmy Buckwalter. 2:25.98

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. Briggs Danner (4), 3. Chase Stockon (3), 4. Justin Grant (10), 5. Robert Ballou (13), 6. C.J. Leary (6), 7. Thomas Meseraull (7), 8. Jadon Rogers (1), 9. Jake Swanson (16), 10. Emerson Axsom (20), 11. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 12. Matt Westfall (8), 13. Logan Seavey (5), 14. Shane Cottle (17), 15. Brandon Mattox (14), 16. Alex Banales (18), 17. Alex Bright (12), 18. Timmy Buckwalter (11), 19. Korbyn Hayslett (15), 20. Steven Drevicki (19). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Brady Bacon.

**Emerson Axsom flipped during the first heat.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-607, 2-Brady Bacon-588, 3-Robert Ballou-584, 4-Emerson Axsom-580, 5-C.J. Leary-557, 6-Chase Stockon-554, 7-Logan Seavey-519, 8-Jason McDougal-443, 9-Matt Westfall-413, 10-Jake Swanson-405.

EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-77, 2-Briggs Danner-75, 3-Chase Stockon-71, 4-Justin Grant-68, 5-C.J. Leary-68, 6-Robert Ballou-63, 7-Thomas Meseraull-60, 8-Jadon Rogers-55, 9-Jake Swanson-51, 10-Charles Davis Jr.-49.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-45, 2-Thomas Meseraull-45, 3-Brady Bacon-39, 4-Robert Ballou-39, 5-Justin Grant-35, 6-Brenham Crouch-32, 7-Kyle Cummins-29, 8-Mario Clouser-29, 9-Kaylee Bryson-27, 10-Jadon Rogers-27.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 15, 2022 – Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, New Jersey – 4/10-Mile Dirt Track – 18th USAC Eastern Storm

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Thomas Meseraull

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Matt Westfall

Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Logan Seavey

Feature Hard Charger: Emerson Axsom (20th to 10th)


 


JERSEY BOYS:
BRIDGEPORT MARKS THE SPOT FOR WEDNESDAY’S ROUND 2 OF USAC EASTERN STORM

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Swedesboro, New Jersey (June 13, 2022)………Robert Ballou’s first career victory in the state of New Jersey during the 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season led him to an Eastern Storm title and, ultimately, a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National title later that year.

In the 2021 edition of Eastern Storm, Ballou’s triumph at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park just so happened to propel the Rocklin, Calif. driver to a second Eastern Storm title. Seems to be a theme for the Rocklin, Calif. native.

He’d like to achieve the same when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship brings the Eastern Storm tour to Bridgeport’s 4/10-mile dirt oval in Swedesboro, N.J. on Wednesday night, June 15.

Three starts and three top-ten results have been the name of the game for Ballou at Bridgeport where he’s also finished 6th in 2018 and 10th in 2019, winning his heat races in all three of those years to boot. His 2021 victory was in non-stop fashion with him turning 30 Laps in a track record time of 8:47.620.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), a 2013 Eastern Storm winner at BAPS, returns to Eastern Storm full-time once again in the Hogue No. 39. He led a race-high 16 laps and finished as the runner-up a year ago at Bridgeport.

Eastern Storm’s 2014 champ, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), has, amazingly, earned hard charger honors in all three of his Bridgeport USAC National Sprint Car starts, going 13th to 4th in 2018 and 12th to 7th in 2019 and 14th to 4th in 2021.

Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) has won more USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car features at Bridgeport than any other driver, winning five times since 2020, including twice this season. His 2020 victory came in his first ever sprint car start. The current East Coast point leader turned in his best career USAC National Sprint Car finish at Bridgeport a year ago with a 5th.

Reigning USAC East Coast champ Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) finished 17th in last year’s Eastern Storm run at Bridgeport. In East Coast competition there, he’s been stellar, winning twice in 2021. He led 16 laps in this year’s season opener and also ran 2nd there in late April.

Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.), the three-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion in 2018-19-20, has won in a USAC SpeedSTR feature on the new Bridgeport layout, doing so in 2020. He traveled 19th to 9th there during Eastern Storm in 2021 and ran 2nd with the East Coast series in this year’s opener.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has scored three top-tens in each of his Bridgeport Eastern Storm goes, with a 3rd in 2019, a 6th in 2021 and an 8th in 2018 as his best. The 2020 USAC Silver Crown champion holds Bridgeport’s USAC one-lap track record of 15.799, set in 2021.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 Eastern Storm and USAC National Sprint Car champion, has recorded top-seven finishes in his last two Bridgeport appearances, tackling a 5th in 2019 and a 7th in 2021.

East Coaster Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) is a numerous-time modified victor at Bridgeport and was an 8th place finisher in Bridgeport’s Eastern Storm feature in 2021. His eight-lap heat race victory that same night established the USAC National Sprint Car track record for the distance at Bridgeport with a time of 2:11.630.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a two-time Eastern Storm feature winner in his career, made his lone Bridgeport Eastern Storm appearance in 2018 where he finished 9th on the former 3/8-mile configuration that was located inside the bygone 5/8-mile.

Returning to Bridgeport for Eastern Storm on Wednesday includes Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson, the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car titlist (11th in 2021); plus Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Midget champ (13th in 2021); Buckeye, Arizona’s Charles Davis Jr., the 2018 USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion (14th in 2021); as well as Terre Haute, Indiana’s Brandon Mattox, the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver (19th in 2021); and Pleasant Hill, Ohio’s Matt Westfall (16th in 2018), who has been a champion of NAMARS Midgets, Eldora Speedway Late Models and Modifieds as well as the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series.

The group of newcomers to Bridgeport is led by USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship point leader Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), whose Clauson Marshall Newman Racing team finished 3rd and 6th with driver Tyler Courtney at Bridgeport back in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Axsom is joined by fellow first-time Eastern Storm competitors at Bridgeport, 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), USAC National Sprint Car Rookie Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.) and Korbyn Hayslett (Troy, Ohio), plus USAC East Coast regulars Kenny Miller III (Morgantown, Pa.) and Joey Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.). Miller has finished 3rd and 6th in two Bridgeport appearances this year while Amantea has scored a 4th and a 7th.

Only 11 previous USAC National Sprint Car races have been held in the state of New Jersey, and just three at Bridgeport, in 2018, 2019 and 2021. Johnny Thomson captured the first USAC Sprint Car feature victory held in the state of New Jersey during USAC’s inaugural season of 1956. Thomson’s Eastern Sprint Car triumph came aboard Sam Traylor’s No. 9 in a 20-lapper at Trenton’s New Jersey State Fairgrounds.

Round two of Eastern Storm at Bridgeport features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the 602 Sportsman. Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm & cars on track at 6:15pm

General admission tickets are $30, children 10 to 15 are $15 and children 9 and under will be admitted free. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

All Eastern Storm events will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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2022 USAC EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE:

June 14: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA

June 15: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

June 16: Selinsgrove Speedway | Selinsgrove, PA

June 17: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

June 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

June 19: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA


USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK:

1-Robert Ballou, Jason McDougal & Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK:

2018: Kevin Thomas Jr. (6/18)

2019: Jason McDougal (6/12)

2021: Robert Ballou (6/16)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK:

1 Lap - 6/16/2021 - Justin Grant - 15.799

8 Laps - 6/16/2021 - Timmy Buckwalter - 2:11.630

12 Laps - 6/16/2021 - Paul Nienhiser - 3:43.172

30 Laps - 6/16/2021 - Robert Ballou - 8:47.620

BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE RESULTS:

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 2. Chris Windom (3), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Brady Bacon (13), 5. Chase Stockon (5), 6. Robert Ballou (9), 7. Dave Darland (8), 8. Justin Grant (7), 9. Thomas Meseraull (18), 10. Isaac Chapple (12), 11. Chad Boespflug (1), 12. C.J. Leary (10), 13. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 14. Jarett Andretti (4), 15. Joey Biasi (17), 16. Matt Westfall (14), 17. Zach Daum (15), 18. Tony DiMattia (11), 19. Kyle Lick (22), 20. Mark Bitner (20), 21. Ryan Godown (19), 22. Robert Bell (21). NT

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (2), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Chase Stockon (6), 5. C.J. Leary (5), 6. Tyler Courtney (10), 7. Brady Bacon (12), 8. Chris Windom (7), 9. Carson Short (1), 10. Robert Ballou (14), 11. Bill Balog (9), 12. Steven Drevicki (16), 13. Chad Boespflug (8), 14. Isaac Chapple (11), 15. Joey Biasi (13), 16. Dave Darland (15), 17. Jarett Andretti (18), 18. Ryan Godown (21), 19. Dominick Buffalino (20), 20. Brian VanMeveren (17), 21. Dustin Clark (19), 22. Craig Pellegrini (22). NT

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (5), 2. Shane Cottle (1), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Brady Bacon (14), 5. Briggs Danner (4), 6. Justin Grant (6), 7. C.J. Leary (3), 8. Timmy Buckwalter (8), 9. Steven Drevicki (19), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 11. Jake Swanson (9), 12. Tanner Thorson (10), 13. Logan Seavey (12), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (16), 15. Isaac Chapple (11), 16. Paul Nienhiser (13), 17. Alex Bright (22), 18. Chase Stockon (7), 19. Brandon Mattox (18), 20. Mark Bitner (21), 21. Mark Smith (20), 22. Matt Westfall (23), 23. Nash Ely (17). 8:47.620 (New Track Record)

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS IN NEW JERSEY:

2-Robert Ballou & Bryan Clauson

1-Tom Bigelow, Chad Boespflug, Levi Jones, Jason McDougal, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Johnny Thomson

USAC EASTERN STORM CHAMPIONS:

2007: Levi Jones

2008: Cole Whitt

2009: Cole Whitt

2010: Levi Jones

2011: Levi Jones

2012: Bryan Clauson

2013: Bryan Clauson

2014: Brady Bacon

2015: Robert Ballou

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Chris Windom

2018: Chris Windom

2019: C.J. Leary

2020: Not Held

2021: Robert Ballou

USAC EASTERN STORM FEATURE WINS: (2007-2021)

6-Bryan Clauson, Levi Jones & Chris Windom

5-Robert Ballou

4-Brady Bacon

3-Kevin Thomas Jr. & Cole Whitt

2-Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Thomas Meseraull

1-Chad Boat, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Bobby East, Damion Gardner, Jesse Hockett, Jason McDougal, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jon Stanbrough, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Chase Stockon

 

SELINSGROVE, SIGNED & DELIVERED:
USAC’S EASTERN STORM BRINGS IT THURSDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (June 13, 2022)………A year ago, we were amid an absence of 50 years between the first and second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car appearances at Pennsylvania’s Selinsgrove Speedway.

Come this Thursday night, June 16, we will have only had to wait another 364 days before USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing returns to the half-mile for Eastern Storm round three.

It was 364 days ago in which Justin Grant only had to wait a mere 48 hours between Eastern Storm win number one and Eastern Storm win number two.

Two days after his initial Eastern Storm triumph, after a near decade of trying, the Ione, Calif. driver collected the second of his career, leading the final seven laps at the track which had last hosted a USAC National Sprint Car event in 1971.

Grant took the lead from Windom seven laps from the finish, then withstood multiple Robert Ballou slide job attempts during the final restart to win. Funny enough, it was Grant who initiated the drive to bring USAC Sprint Car racing back to Selinsgrove following a half-century absence. Later in the 2021 season, Grant collected a 5th in Silver Crown action at Selinsgrove.

The debut USAC Silver Crown National Championship race took place at Selinsgrove in 2020 and was won by Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) who made an incredible charge from the 23rd starting position to the victory. Cottle finished 11th in the sprinter there during Eastern Storm 2021.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) captured the USAC Silver Crown 75-lapper at Selinsgrove in 2021 and took 20th in his lone Eastern Storm Sprint Car run there in 2021.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) can also count himself as a winner at Selinsgrove, as the 2014 Eastern Storm king captured the 2020 USAC East Coast Sprint Car feature. At S-Grove, he’s been 7th and 8th, and was 5th during Eastern Storm a year ago.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) holds the USAC Silver Crown track record at Selinsgrove in a USAC Silver Crown car. The 2019 Eastern Storm champ started from the pole in Silver Crown action at Selinsgrove in both 2020 and 2021, and finished 2nd in the main event both years. He ran 3rd in the 2021 Eastern Storm Sprint Car feature.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), the 2015 and 2021 Eastern Storm champion, was leading the 2020 USAC East Coast Sprint Car feature at Selinsgrove with seven laps remaining when he flipped. He found much better fortune during Eastern Storm in 2021, finishing as the runner-up.
Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) won with the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars twice at Selinsgrove in 2021 en route to the championship and took 6th with the USAC national series during the same year.

Current USAC East Coast point leader Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) has won races with the series in both 2021 and 2022. His USAC National Sprint Car record at Selinsgrove includes the eight-lap track record for the series at 2:51.33.

Three-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) took the runner-up spot in a 2020 race at Selinsgrove, and finished 14th during Eastern Storm in 2021.

Sportsman superstar Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) has finished inside the top-10 twice in USAC national competition at Selinsgrove in 2021, 8th in the Sprint Car and 9th in the Silver Crown. Fellow Pennsylvanian Mark Smith (Sunbury, Pa.), 9th during his 2021 Eastern Strom run, is a four-time sprint car track champion at Selinsgrove and turned in a 5th with USAC East Coast this year. Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) is set to make his Selinsgrove Eastern Storm debut on Thursday.

USAC East Coast stalwart Kenny Miller III (Morgantown, Pa.) finished 5th with the East Coast series in 2021 while Joey Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.) took 3rd this past May.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) made a couple fine appearances at Selinsgrove in 2021 with a 3rd in the Silver Crown main event and 7th in the sprint car. Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) was rock solid at Selinsgrove in 2021, finishing 7th with the Crown car and 13th aboard the sprinter.

Also returning to the Selinsgrove lineup are 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) who finished 16th in 2021 as well as USAC National Sprint Cars’ Ironman, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), 17th in 2021. Also on board is 2018 USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.), 19th in 2021.

Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.) joins the Eastern Storm lineup in time for Selinsgrove where he ran 4th with the USAC Silver Crown series in 2021. He joins a group of Selinsgrove first-timers, a group that is highlighted by two-time 2022 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), two-time Eastern Storm winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), USAC National Sprint Car Rookie Alex Banales (Lafayette, Ind.), Korbyn Hayslett (Troy, Ohio), veteran Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio) as well as Eldora Speedway’s four-time late model and two-time modified titlist, Brian Ruhlman (Clarklake, Mich.).

Thursday’s Eastern Storm event at Selinsgrove features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and Winged 410 c.i. Sprint Cars.

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

Adult admission tickets are $25, students age 12 to 17 are $15 and children 11 and under will be admitted free. Add $2 for grandstand reserved seats. Pit passes are $40.

All Eastern Storm events will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3u7ID2N.

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2022 USAC EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE:

June 14: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA

June 15: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

June 16: Selinsgrove Speedway | Selinsgrove, PA

June 17: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

June 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

June 19: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 6/17/2021 - Chris Windom - 19.506

8 Laps - 6/17/2021 - Briggs Danner - 2:51.33

10 Laps - 7/17/1971 - Mitch Smith - 4:01.56

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY:

1-Justin Grant & Mitch Smith

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY:

1971: Mitch Smith (7/17)

2021: Justin Grant (6/17)

PAST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY

1971 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Mitch Smith, 2. Lee Osborne, 3. Bobby Adamson Sr., 4. Dick Tobias, 5. Lee Kunzman, 6. Joe Saldana, 7. Bruce Walkup, 8. Tom Bigelow, 9. Pancho Carter, 10. Larry Cannon, 11. Greg Weld, 12. Darl Harrison, 13. Rollie Beale, 14. Bill Koepfer, 15. Leigh Earnshaw Jr., 16. Larry Dickson, 17. Gary Bettenhausen, 18. Jimmy Kirk, 19. Jimmy Sheaffer, 20. Lennie Waldo. NT

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (4), 2. Robert Ballou (7), 3. C.J. Leary (2), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 5. Brady Bacon (5), 6. Alex Bright (10), 7. Jake Swanson (20), 8. Carmen Perigo (14), 9. Mark Smith (17), 10. Chase Johnson (11), 11. Shane Cottle (13), 12. Tanner Thorson (3), 13. Matt Westfall (15), 14. Steven Drevicki (16), 15. Chris Windom (6), 16. Brandon Mattox (21), 17. Chase Stockon (18), 18. Paul Nienhiser (19), 19. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 20. Logan Seavey (9), 21. Briggs Danner (8), 22. Isaac Chapple (22). NT

USAC EASTERN STORM CHAMPIONS:

2007: Levi Jones

2008: Cole Whitt

2009: Cole Whitt

2010: Levi Jones

2011: Levi Jones

2012: Bryan Clauson

2013: Bryan Clauson

2014: Brady Bacon

2015: Robert Ballou

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Chris Windom

2018: Chris Windom

2019: C.J. Leary

2020: Not Held

2021: Robert Ballou

USAC EASTERN STORM FEATURE WINS: (2007-2021)

6-Bryan Clauson, Levi Jones & Chris Windom

5-Robert Ballou

4-Brady Bacon

3-Kevin Thomas Jr. & Cole Whitt

2-Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Thomas Meseraull

1-Chad Boat, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Bobby East, Damion Gardner, Jesse Hockett, Jason McDougal, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jon Stanbrough, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Chase Stockon


 


BACK-TO-BACK:
BUDDY KOFOID IS USAC’S
INDIANA MIDGET WEEK KING AGAIN IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 12, 2022)………Buddy Kofoid stormed out of the gates and never relented throughout the 18th edition of USAC Indiana Midget Week in 2022, earning victories in the first two events to become the mini-series’ third back-to-back champion.

The Penngrove, Calif. native’s consecutive IMW titles joined him with Shane Cottle (2005-06) and Rico Abreu (2014-15) in accomplishing the feat, and Kofoid’s triumphs in the first two features of the week made him just the second driver in the history of the series to do just that, and the first since Kyle Larson to do so in 2020.

Kofoid’s first two scores at Bloomington Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway were part of an overall four-race USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship winning streak that dated back to April’s score at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway and in early June on the eve of Indiana Midget Week at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

En route to a 36-point margin of victory in the final standings, Kofoid provided his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team its seventh Indiana Midget Week championship, following in the steps of Christopher Bell (2013), Abreu (2014-15), Spencer Bayston (2018), Logan Seavey (2019) and Kofoid himself (2021-22).

The driving record of Kofoid throughout Indiana Midget Week included four finishes inside the top-five and all five results residing within the top-10. His successive wins were subsequently followed by a 2nd at Tri-State Speedway, a 9th at Lincoln Park Speedway and a 5th at Kokomo Speedway, while also securing fast qualifying time on two occasions at Lawrenceburg and Tri-State.

At Bloomington, Kofoid became the first reigning Indiana Midget Week titlist to collect an opening night IMW feature victory in the following year since 2005 champ Shane Cottle achieved the feat in 2006. Like Cottle, Kofoid used it as the springboard he needed to push him toward a back-to-back Indiana Midget Week throne. In doing so, Kofoid escaped the clutches of Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) who led the first 24 laps at Bloomington and just narrowly missed earning his first career USAC National Midget victory by taking a personal-best 2nd at the finish line.

Despite Lawrenceburg Speedway being his own self-described “favorite racetrack,” Kofoid had felt the frustrations of finishing as the runner-up during the 3/8-mile dirt oval’s USAC Indiana Midget Week round in each of his two previous appearances in 2020 and 2021.

But this year was different as he exorcised the demons at The Burg to break through for his first triumphant performance at the southeastern Indiana high banks in round two to become the eighth driver in the 67-year history of USAC National Midget racing to have strung together at least four-in-a-row: Shorty Templeman (1956), Mel Kenyon (1969), Rich Vogler (1978-79), Kevin Olson (1987), Rich Vogler (1988), Billy Boat (1995-96), Dave Darland (2003) and Kyle Larson (2012-13).

In an unpredictable event filled to the brim with its share of drama, tempers and an incalculable amount of madness for 30 laps, Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) maintained his stranglehold in USAC National Midget competition at Haubstadt’s Tri-State Speedway. With all those things and more hanging in the balance, Meseraull was forced to fend off Kofoid amid his bid for a record-tying fifth-straight win that would’ve equaled Rich Vogler in 1978.

As it turned out, it took near perfection for Meseraull to prevent Kofoid from achieving perfection himself, as he thwarted several Kofoid slide jobs throughout the duration on the path to his third career series victory at Tri-State to remain the only multi-time USAC National Midget feature winner at the track dating back to 1969.

Following a Wednesday night rainout at Indianapolis’ Circle City Raceway, Putnamville’s Lincoln Park Speedway was the host of what turned into a night full of firsts for USAC National Midget racing a night later as two-time USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget champ Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) delivered his first career series victory in round four at.

The 17-year-old Denney, making just his sixth career USAC National Midget start, had to do it by tracking down one of the all-time greats in USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons Jr., getting by for the top spot when he snuck by Coons on the bottom of turn four with 11 laps remaining.

Earlier in the evening at Lincoln Park, the storyline that was buzzing all over the racing landscape was delivered during qualifying in which the top-four fastest times were turned in by four women: fast-time Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.). The feat is most likely the first of its kind in auto racing.

A night later, Mother Nature claimed the event at Gas City I-69 Speedway after qualifying and all four heat races had been completed. Ma Nature tried its best to intervene in the following night’s round at Kokomo Speedway with two separate rain delays which pushed the finish of the event to after midnight. However, it was unable to contain Cannon McIntosh.

Entering the event, McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) had endured a more than 20-month absence from USAC victory lane, a span of 57 series races without a triumphant celebration. But this one belonged to him as he raced past Justin Grant nine laps in on his way to victory, which came after a miserable week leading up to that point which featured a destroyed racecar, a backup that wouldn’t work properly, a multiple-tire trailer blowout, mechanical issues, then having his brother deliver a new frame from Oklahoma to Indiana so that the team could pull an all-nighter to put it together in time for the next race.

As it turned out, that was the conclusion of Indiana Midget Week 2022, which was cut short a night early when the rescheduled Circle City date on Sunday was washed out by more rain.

Kofoid led practically all Indiana Midget Week stat categories with wins (2), laps led (34), top-fives (4) and was tied in top-tens (5) with Grant (Ione, Calif.). Kofoid also notched two fast qualifying times and was among four drivers who won a pair of heat races alongside Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), McIntosh and Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.).

Forty-six drivers competed during Indiana Midget Week while 14 of them started all five feature events, including Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Crouch, Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), Denney, Grant, Kofoid, McIntosh, Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.). Three of the fourteen drivers required the use of a provisional starting spot during at least one of the events: Avedisian, Mitchell and Reinbold.

Bryson turned in what might’ve been the finest run of all throughout the week when she charged from the 22nd starting position to finish 4th at Tri-State, passing quote unquote “a crap ton of cars” in the process.

Grant finished a career-best second in the final Indiana Midget Week standings while Rookie Denney slotted into a highly-impressive third. Bryson became the first woman to finish inside the top-five of the IMW points with a fourth-place result. Meseraull, likewise, had a career-best Indiana Midget Week with a fifth in the final rundown.

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK STAT LEADERS

Driver Champion: Buddy Kofoid

Most Feature Wins: 2-Buddy Kofoid

Laps Led: 34-Buddy Kofoid

Top-Fives: 4-Buddy Kofoid

Top-Tens: 5-Justin Grant & Buddy Kofoid

Fast Qualifying Times: 2-Buddy Kofoid

Heat Race Wins: 2-Brenham Crouch, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh & Bryant Wiedeman

Feature Starts: 5-Jade Avedisian, Kaylee Bryson, Brenham Crouch, Kyle Cummins, Jacob Denney, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell, Mitchel Moles, Taylor Reimer, Hayden Reinbold & Bryant Wiedeman

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway – Kaylee Bryson (22nd to 4th)

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

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

Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jun 8: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN
WINNER: Rained Out

Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN
WINNER: Jacob Denney (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #61)

Jun 10: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN
WINNER: Rained Out

Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08)

Jun 12: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN
WINNER: Rained Out

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK DRIVER POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 377 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

2 341 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

3 309 Jacob Denney, Galloway, Ohio

4 296 Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.

5 293 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

6 293 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.

7 291 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

8 282 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

9 259 Taylor Reimer, Bixby, Okla.

10 253 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas

11 244 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

12 210 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.

13 186 Jade Avedisian, Clovis, Calif.

14 179 Ethan Mitchell, Mooresville, N.C.

15 178 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

16 173 Jace Park, Overland Park, Kan.

17 164 Chase McDermand, Springfield, Ill.

18 156 Maria Cofer, Macdoel, Calif.

19 147 Dominic Gorden, Clovis, Calif.

20 136 Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill.

21 132 Sam Johnson, Saint Peters, Mo.

22 124 Chance Crum, Snohomish, Wash.

23 121 Cade Lewis, Bakersfield, Calif.

24 119 Mariah Ede, Fresno, Calif.

25 119 Hayden Reinbold, Gilbert, Ariz.

26 98 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

27 91 Jerry Coons Jr., Tucson, Ariz.

28 79 Blake Brannon, Morgan Hill, Calif.

29 76 Travis Buckley, Auckland, N.Z.

30 65 Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas

31 46 Rylan Gray, Greenfield, Ind.

32 44 Kaidon Brown, Sydney, NSW

33 43 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

34 40 Bryan Stanfill, Bakersfield, Calif.

35 30 Mike Griffiths, Melbourne, Vic.

36 30 Justin Dickerson, Pittsboro, Ind.

37 30 Robert Carson, Concord, Calif.

38 24 Chris Baue, Indianapolis, Ind.

39 20 Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa.

40 20 Jeff Schindler, Evansville, Ind.

41 10 Chett Gehrke, Broken Arrow, Okla.

42 10 Jakeb Boxell, Zanesville, Ind.

43 10 Garrett Mitchell, Parkersburg, W.Va.

44 10 Greg Mitchell, Parkersburg, W.Va.

45 10 Michael Magic, Winder, Ga.

46 10 Kyle Beilman, Los Angeles, Calif.

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK STATISTICS


2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE WINS

2-Buddy Kofoid (Jun 3 at Bloomington Speedway & June 4 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

1-Jacob Denney (Jun 9 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

1-Cannon McIntosh (Jun 11 at Kokomo Speedway)

1-Thomas Meseraull (Jun 5 at Tri-State Speedway)

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE LAPS LED

34-Buddy Kofoid

30-Thomas Meseraull

24-Chance Crum

22-Cannon McIntosh

19-Jerry Coons Jr.

11-Jacob Denney

10-Justin Grant

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES

4-Buddy Kofoid

3-Jacob Denney

3-Justin Grant

2-Kaylee Bryson

2-Kyle Cummins

2-Mitchel Moles

1-Jerry Coons Jr.

1-Brenham Crouch

1-Chance Crum

1-Zach Daum

1-Jason McDougal

1-Cannon McIntosh

1-Thomas Meseraull

1-Jace Park

1-Bryant Wiedeman

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES

5-Justin Grant

5-Buddy Kofoid

4-Kaylee Bryson

4-Kyle Cummins

4-Jacob Denney

4-Thomas Meseraull

4-Mitchel Moles

3-Bryant Wiedeman

2-Brenham Crouch

2-Zach Daum

2-Jason McDougal

2-Cannon McIntosh

2-Taylor Reimer

1-Brady Bacon

1-Jerry Coons Jr.

1-Chance Crum

1-Dominic Gorden

1-Chase McDermand

1-Jace Park

1-Logan Seavey

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

2-Buddy Kofoid

1-Jade Avedisian

1-Chance Crum

1-Justin Grant

1-Cannon McIntosh

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK HEAT RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply)

2-Brenham Crouch

2-Buddy Kofoid

2-Cannon McIntosh

2-Bryant Wiedeman

1-Jade Avedisian

1-Kyle Cummins

1-Jacob Denney

1-Dominic Gorden

1-Kyle Jones

1-Cade Lewis

1-Thomas Meseraull

1-Ethan Mitchell

1-Taylor Reimer

1-Logan Seavey

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE STARTS

5-Jade Avedisian

5-Kaylee Bryson

5-Brenham Crouch

5-Kyle Cummins

5-Jacob Denney

5-Justin Grant

5-Buddy Kofoid

5-Cannon McIntosh

5-Thomas Meseraull

5-Ethan Mitchell

5-Mitchel Moles

5-Taylor Reimer

5-Hayden Reinbold

5-Bryant Wiedeman

4-Maria Cofer

4-Sam Johnson

4-Chase McDermand

4-Jason McDougal

4-Jace Park

4-Logan Seavey

3-Mariah Ede

3-Dominic Gorden

2-Brady Bacon

2-Chance Crum

2-Zach Daum

2-Cade Lewis

1-Chris Baue

1-Blake Brannon

1-Kaidon Brown

1-Travis Buckley

1-Jerry Coons Jr.

1-Rylan Gray

1-Kyle Jones

1-Chris Windom

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE WINS

1-Jade Avedisian

1-Cannon McIntosh

1-Jace Park

1-Hayden Reinbold

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK IRVIN KING HARD CHARGERS OF THE RACE

Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (22nd to 10th)

Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Kyle Cummins (19th to 9th)

Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway – Kaylee Bryson (22nd to 4th)

Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Bacon (14th to 6th)

Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway – Brenham Crouch (18th to 8th)

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2022 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK DIRT DRAFT FASTEST HOT LAP DRIVER

Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway – Buddy Kofoid

Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Buddy Kofoid

Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway – Jade Avedisian

Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway – Ethan Mitchell

Jun 10: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway – Justin Grant

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ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK STATISTICS


ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMPIONS

2005: Shane Cottle

2006: Shane Cottle

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Bryan Clauson

2010: Tracy Hines & Brad Kuhn

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Darren Hagen

2013: Christopher Bell

2014: Rico Abreu

2015: Rico Abreu

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Shane Golobic

2018: Spencer Bayston

2019: Logan Seavey

2020: Kyle Larson

2021: Buddy Kofoid

2022: Buddy Kofoid

ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE WINS: (2005-2022)

9-Bryan Clauson & Kyle Larson

5-Christopher Bell & Tanner Thorson

4-Rico Abreu

3-Spencer Bayston, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Darren Hagen, Buddy Kofoid, Brad Kuhn, Thomas Meseraull, Michael Pickens & Chris Windom

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

1-Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Steve Buckwalter, Kyle Cummins, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Corey Day, Jacob Denney, Jay Drake, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Levi Jones, Cannon McIntosh, Johnny Rodriguez, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Swindell & Kevin Thomas Jr.

ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FAST QUALIFIERS

9-Rico Abreu & Kyle Larson

5-Bryan Clauson

4-Brady Bacon & Chris Windom

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

2-Christopher Bell, Jerry Coons Jr., Corey Day, Bobby East, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Buddy Kofoid, Ethan Mitchell & Logan Seavey

1-Jade Avedisian, Spencer Bayston, Tanner Carrick, Tyler Courtney, Chance Crum, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Darren Hagen, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Michael Pickens, Chase Randall, Danny Stratton & Kevin Thomas Jr.

ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES

28-Bryan Clauson

22-Tracy Hines

21-Jerry Coons Jr. & Kyle Larson

18-Chris Windom

16-Tanner Thorson

15-Rico Abreu

14-Brad Kuhn

13-Justin Grant & Darren Hagen

12-Brady Bacon, Christopher Bell, Tyler Courtney & Buddy Kofoid

10-Spencer Bayston, Shane Cottle & Brad Sweet

9-Logan Seavey

8-Dave Darland & Kevin Thomas Jr.

7-Michael Pickens

6-Chad Boat, Steve Buckwalter, Zach Daum & Cannon McIntosh

5-Bobby East, Shane Golobic, Thomas Meseraull & Davey Ray

4-Emerson Axsom, Kyle Cummins, Levi Jones, Jason McDougal, Kevin Swindell & Cole Whitt

3-Caleb Armstrong, Brenham Crouch, Jacob Denney, Brad Mosen, Daison Pursley, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Tyler Thomas & Josh Wise

2-Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Tanner Carrick, Corey Day, Jay Drake, Brad Loyet, Mitchel Moles, Jeremy Warren, Bryant Wiedeman & Zeb Wise

1-Gary Altig, Brent Beauchamp, Clinton Boyles, Chance Crum, Andrew Felker, Brian Gerster, Ryan Kaplan, Ethan Mitchell, Jace Park, Johnny Rodriguez, Gio Scelzi, Hunter Schuerenberg, Holly Shelton, Jon Stanbrough, Chase Stockon, Gary Taylor & Dillon Welch

ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES

42-Jerry Coons Jr.

35-Tracy Hines

34-Bryan Clauson

29-Chris Windom

27-Brady Bacon

26-Rico Abreu & Tanner Thorson

24-Darren Hagen & Brad Kuhn

22-Kyle Larson

21-Zach Daum & Justin Grant

20-Michael Pickens

18-Buddy Kofoid, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas Jr.

17-Steve Buckwalter & Dave Darland

16-Spencer Bayston, Chad Boat, Shane Cottle & Thomas Meseraull

15-Tyler Courtney

14-Shane Golobic

13-Bobby East

12-Christopher Bell & Jason McDougal

11-Cannon McIntosh & Brad Sweet

10-Caleb Armstrong, Levi Jones & Tyler Thomas

8-Kaylee Bryson, Tanner Carrick & Brad Loyet

7-Kyle Cummins, Daison Pursley & Davey Ray

6-Alex Bright, Andrew Felker, Brad Mosen & Ryan Robinson

5-Emerson Axsom, Brent Beauchamp, Corey Day, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Cole Whitt, Josh Wise & Zeb Wise

4-Brenham Crouch, Jacob Denney, Carson Macedo, Chase Stockon, Kevin Swindell & Bryant Wiedeman

3-Clinton Boyles, Cole Carter, Shane Hmiel & Kody Swanson

2-Gary Altig, Chase Barber, Jay Drake, Damion Gardner, Ronnie Gardner, Brian Gerster, Shane Hollingsworth, Darren Jenkins, Chase Randall, Taylor Reimer, Johnny Rodriguez, Holly Shelton, Matt Smith, Gary Taylor, Jeremy Warren & Hayden Williams

1-Garrett Aitken, A.J. Anderson, Dakoda Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Ryan Bernal, Cole Bodine, Austin Brown, Brian Carber, Henry Clarke, Jesse Colwell, Colten Cottle, Chance Crum, Ryan Durst, A.J. Fike, Blake Fitzpatrick, Josh Ford, Alfred Galedrige, Dominic Gorden, Chuck Gurney Jr., Scott Hatton, Jonathan Hendrick, Chase Johnson, Ryan Kaplan, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Trevor Kobylarz, Andrew Layser, Brock Maskovich, Chase McDermand, Ethan Mitchell, Mat Neely, Jake Neuman, Jace Park, Justin Peck, Parker Price-Miller, Jimi Quin, Gio Scelzi, Hunter Schuerenberg, Matt Sherrell, Jake Slotten, Nathan Smee, Jon Stanbrough, Danny Stratton, Ryan Timms, Brandon Wagner, Gage Walker, Dillon Welch & John Wolfe

ALL-TIME USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE STARTS

64-Jerry Coons Jr.

50-Zach Daum

46-Brady Bacon

45-Chris Windom

44-Dave Darland & Tanner Thorson

42-Bryan Clauson

40-Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines & Thomas Meseraull

39-Justin Grant

37-Steve Buckwalter

36-Brad Kuhn

35-Rico Abreu

33-Michael Pickens

32-Chad Boat & Kevin Thomas Jr.

30-Davey Ray

28-Alex Bright & Tyler Courtney

27-Bobby East

26-Levi Jones

25-Tyler Thomas

24-Shane Cottle, Kyle Larson & Jason McDougal

23-Caleb Armstrong & Logan Seavey

22-Shane Golobic & Cannon McIntosh

21-Tanner Carrick

20-Spencer Bayston

19-Buddy Kofoid

18-Christopher Bell

17-Brad Loyet & Brad Sweet

16-Kaylee Bryson & Kyle Cummins

15-Holly Shelton

14-Cole Bodine, Ethan Mitchell, Daison Pursley & Ryan Robinson

13-Brenham Crouch, Brad Mosen & Bryant Wiedeman

12-Ronnie Gardner, Jake Neuman & Gage Walker

11-Mario Clouser, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Danny Stratton, Dillon Welch & Hayden Williams

10-Chase Barber, Andrew Felker, Sam Johnson, Jimi Quin, Nathan Smee & Cole Whitt

9-Trevor Kobylarz, Andrew Layser, Josh Wise & Zeb Wise

8-Emerson Axsom, Brenden Bright, Corey Day, Shane Hmiel, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Kevin Swindell

7-Dalton Armstrong, Brent Beauchamp, Cole Carter, Henry Clarke, Maria Cofer, Tom Hessert III, Chase Randall, Hayden Reinbold, Levi Roberts, Matt Smith & Kody Swanson

6-Dakoda Armstrong, Brian Carber, Ryan Greth, Trey Gropp, Shane Hollingsworth, Chase Johnson, Brayton Lynch & Carson Macedo, Taylor Reimer & Matt Westfall

5-Jade Avedisian, Austin Brown, Jesse Colwell, Chance Crum, Jacob Denney, C.J. Leary, Trey Marcham, Mitchel Moles, Dustin Morgan & Billy Pauch Jr.

4-Gary Altig, Ryan Bernal, Clinton Boyles, David Budres, Ryan Criswell, Ricky Ehrgott, Scott Hatton, Holley Hollan, Dayne Kingshott, Chase McDermand, Tyler Nelson, Jace Park, Chase Stockon, Tanner Swanson, Gary Taylor, Bryce Townsend & Nick Wean

3-Garrett Aitken, Isaac Chapple, Tony DiMattia, Jay Drake, Mariah Ede, Karsyn Elledge, A.J. Fike, Josh Ford, Noah Gass, Chett Gehrke, Brian Gerster, Dominic Gorden, Zane Hendricks, Mike Hess, Darren Jenkins, Ryan Kaplan, Jimmy Light, Critter Malone, Dene McAllan, Justin Peck, Parker Price-Miller, Johnny Rodriguez, Hunter Schuerenberg, Ryan Smith, Jon Stanbrough & Jeremy Warren

2-A.J. Anderson, Teddy Beach, Alex Bowman, Cody Brewer, Daron Clayton, Kellen Conover, Colten Cottle, Courtney Crone, Robert Dalby, Ryan Durst, Tony Elliott, Damion Gardner, Bobby Grewohl, Chuck Gurney Jr., Garrett Hansen, Nathan High, Chase Jones, Cade Lewis, Greg Lueckert, Brock Maskovich, Jaimie McKinlay, Matt Moore, Adam Pierson, Daryn Pittman, Domain Ramsay, Gio Scelzi, Kent Schmidt, Matt Sherrell, Jimmy Simpson, Ryan Timms & Jason Yount

1-Robert Ballou, Adam Barth, Chris Baue, Jeff Bland Jr., Blake Brannon, Kaidon Brown, Mark Brown, Travis Buckley, Adam Clarke, Shane Cockrum, Kyle Craker, Justin Dickerson, Sean Dodenhoff, Don Droud Jr., Dave Ely, Murray Erickson, A.J. Felker, Blake Fitzpatrick, Alfred Galedrige, Bradley Galedrige, Rylan Gray, Ron Gregory, Russ Harper, Jonathan Hendrick, Ted Hines, Matt Hummel, Logan Jarrett, Kyle Jones, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lewis, Joe Liguori, Andy Malpocker, Mario Marietta, Chance Morton, Seth Motsinger, Mat Neely, Brian Postle, Brody Roa, Nick Rowe, Stephen Schnapf, Kyle Schuett, Alex Schutte, Jonathan Shafer, Casey Shuman, Landon Simon, Jake Slotten, Bryan Stanfill, Brandon Wagner, Todd Wanless & John Wolfe

 

CIRCLE CITY’S USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK
FINALE RAINED OUT, KOFOID IS THE CHAMP

Indianapolis, Indiana (June 12, 2022)………The Sunday night, June 12, USAC Indiana Midget Week event at Circle City Raceway has been rained out due to saturated grounds and more showers that hit the 1/4-mile dirt oval in Indianapolis midday Sunday.

The event was to be the 18th annual Indiana Midget Week finale, meaning Buddy Kofoid of Penngrove, Calif. has earned his second straight USAC Indiana Midget Week title.

USAC makes its next visit to Circle City Raceway on July 25 for USAC Indiana Sprint Week featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and once more on September 16.

The USAC season resumes this week with seven events in six nights featuring the USAC National Sprint Cars for Eastern Storm. The event begins on June 14 at Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway, June 15 at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park, June 16 at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, June 17 at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway, June 18 at Port Royal (Pa.) in conjunction with the USAC Silver Crown National Championship, and on June 19 at Bloomsburg (Pa.) Fair Raceway.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 11, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-12.735; 2. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.837; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-12.837; 4. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-12.977; 5. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-13.032; 6. Max Adams, 73, Ford-13.224; 7. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-13.232; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.288; 9. Ikaika O’Brien, 11O, O’Brien-13.296; 10. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-13.319; 11. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-13.365; 12. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-13.395; 13. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-13.459; 14. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-13.566; 15. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-13.586; 16. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-13.592; 17. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-13.623; 18. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.731; 19. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-13.898; 20. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.019; 21. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-14.030; 22. Gordon Rodgers, 94, Dusin-16.839; 23. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-NT; 24. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-NT.

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

BILLSJERKY.NET / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Roa, 3. Rutherford, 4. L.Williams, 5. McCarthy, 6. Hix, 7. Schank, 8. A.Williams. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Edwards, 3. Adams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Gardner, 6. Rayborne, 7. O’Brien, 8. Hodges. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Tanner Boul (1), 2. Brody Roa (2), 3. Troy Rutherford (6), 4. Max Adams (3), 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (7), 6. A.J. Bender (11), 7. Matt Mitchell (4), 8. Kyle Edwards (12), 9. Austin Grabowski (16), 10. Logan Williams (14), 11. Trent Williams (9), 12. Damion Gardner (24), 13. Austin Williams (23), 14. Nate Schank (17), 15. Joel Rayborne (21), 16. Matt McCarthy (8), 17. Tommy Malcolm (18), 18. Jake Hodges (15), 19. Ikaika O’Brien (10), 20. Dan Taylor (19), 21. Gordon Rodgers (22), 22. Steve Hix (20), 23. Cody Williams (5), 24. Verne Sweeney (13). NT. ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Boul. IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Damion Gardner (24th to 12th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Austin Williams

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-772, 2-Matt Mitchell-657, 3-Austin Williams-649, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-595, 6-Cody Williams-524, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-497, 8-Tommy Malcolm-461, 9-Matt McCarthy-413, 10-Brody Roa-408.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 25 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial”

 

 

MAC IS BACK: McINTOSH MASTERS USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (June 11, 2022)………It had been a long time coming for Cannon McIntosh.

Entering Saturday night’s USAC Indiana Midget Week round at Kokomo Speedway, the Bixby, Oklahoma driver had endured a more than 20 month absence from USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship victory lane, a span of 57 series races without a triumphant celebration.

But Saturday night all belonged McIntosh as he steered his Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/Crescent Tools – GearWrench – DriveWFX/Spike/Speedway Toyota to the race lead past Justin Grant, taking just nine laps to race to the front after starting sixth en route to a convincing victory by a 2.243 second margin.

It was one that McIntosh yearned for badly, not only to rid himself of his pesky never-ending winless drought in USAC competition, but also because of how his Indiana Midget Week had unfolded to this point with only one finish better than 19th in his first four starts this week.

After his car was destroyed during a flip at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway last Sunday, the team had worked all day, then thrashed all night to get the backup car ready. On the way to Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway for the following night’s event, two of the three right side tires blew out on the team’s trailer on the way to the track. They barely arrived at the track in time, rolling into the pits just before the driver’s meeting then, promptly, endured a categorically bad night and discovering a major lack of speed in the car.

With the rapid-fire pace of Indiana Midget Week’s schedule, there’s little time available at one’s disposal to spend time making wholesale changes and, figuratively, throwing darts without a feather at the proverbial board. Something needed to be done, and quick.

“We just couldn’t get it to where we wanted; every car has a different sweet spot,” McIntosh explained. “We didn’t want to mess around too long, so my brother (Jace) actually drove a frame here from Oklahoma the next night, got it here and we built it in a day. I seemed to like it better right off the bat (the next race at Lincoln Park Speedway). We had the speed we were looking for and it was doing more what we expected it to do when doing certain things.”

However, before they could even start the Lincoln Park feature, more mechanical woes had come to a head, and the team was forced to sit out and watch the feature from the sidelines.

Come Saturday night at Kokomo, they found the speed right off the bat by setting quick time during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying and, thus, setting the tone for the remainder of the night and, ultimately, his first career USAC Indiana Midget Week win.

Mind you, McIntosh came oh-so-close during the 2021 IMW opener when he had one seemingly in the bag only to lose the race on the last corner of the last lap to a hard-charging Thomas Meseraull at Paragon Speedway. This too was a long-awaited moment in time that the 19-year-old McIntosh was eager to rectify.

With that said, to reach that point from the beginning of Saturday’s program to the finish was just as “long-awaited” when it was usurped by dear ol’ Mother Nature, who interrupted the on-track action for roughly two hours just before hot laps. Rain struck again while the field was lining up for the feature, obstructing the start of the main event for another 20 minutes.

The only thing the weather did was slightly delay McIntosh’s ultimate beeline from start to finish as he surged through the field, gliding underneath leader Grant in turn one on lap nine to take over at the front.

“I was able to get by one or two guys there in the first corner and then just followed in suit while watching what the guys in front of me were doing,” McIntosh disclosed. “I tried to move around a little bit and was able to find something to my liking and something that the car really liked too. We were able to start picking guys off one-by-one and, once we got up front, I felt like we could just make smooth consistent laps and run away with it.”

One lap after McIntosh took over the lead, 22nd running Kaidon Brown of Australia flipped upside down in turn four but walked away without injury.

The lap 10 restart witnessed a serious surge by those in back half of the top-five and top-10 as Indiana Midget Week point leader Buddy Kofoid zipped from fifth to third by splitting between Kaylee Bryson and Jason McDougal on entry into turn one. One’s misstep is another’s treasure as Kofoid got tight on the turn two cushion, allowing McDougal and ninth-starting Jacob Denney to rise into the fourth spot on the low line.

Coming to 11 laps to go, Denney had cleared McDougal for third and began to work on Grant for second. However, exiting turn four, Denney and his outside foe Grant glanced wheels, ricocheting Denney into a sideways drift down the front straightaway, yet throttling on to continue without issue. Just moments later, ninth running Mitchel Moles nearly did the same thing as Denney but slid down the front straight and stopped. Moles restarted but finished a disappointing 17th.

The resulting yellow erased McIntosh’s daunting 3.2 second lead, but he quickly reloaded following the lap 20 restart and took off from there while Denney utilized the low line to stroll from third to second past Grant off the bottom of turns three and four. Denney continued to waltz on the low line but could not draw any closer to McIntosh’s now 1.2 second advantage with five to go.

McIntosh pumped his left fist outside the cockpit of his racecar in pure jubilance coming out of turn four on the final lap as he closed out his first USAC National Midget feature victory since September of 2020 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, and the fourth of his career, with a convincing turnaround winning performance over Denney, Grant, McDougal and Kofoid.

Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) continued to make positive waves in the racing world in his seventh career USAC National Midget feature start. He followed up his first career series victory on Thursday night at Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway with a runner-up at Kokomo in the seat of the Mounce-Stout Motorsports/Rockwell Security – MPV Express – Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) won the Kokomo Sprint Car feature that immediately preceded the start of the midget feature. He followed it up with a solid third-place run in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota midget. During Indiana Midget Week action at Kokomo, Grant has now finished a best of 2nd in 2021, 3rd in 2021 and 4th in 2017.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 11, 2022 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 18th Annual Indiana Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.115; 2. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.117; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.118; 4. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.137; 5. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-13.149; 6. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-13.163; 7. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.168; 8. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.193; 9. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-13.215; 10. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.257; 11. Jason McDougal, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.289; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-13.292; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-13.319; 14. Jace Park, 87, CBI-13.332; 15. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.353; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.360; 17. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.374; 18. Dominic Gorden, 83, CBI-13.382; 19. Jacob Denney, 61, Mounce/Stout-13.382; 20. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.386; 21. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.491; 22. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-13.495; 23. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.522; 24. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.528; 25. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-13.568; 26. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-13.623; 27. Travis Buckley, 31B, Beilman-13.627; 28. Kaidon Brown, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.637; 29. Blake Brannon, 40B, Western Speed-13.695; 30. Bryan Stanfill, 75AU, Griffiths-14.030; 31. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.051; 32. Robert Carson, 99K, LOK-14.734; 33. Kyle Jones, 7u, Trifecta-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Jade Avedisian, 6. Chase McDermand, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Blake Brannon. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dominic Gorden, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Sam Johnson, 4. Jace Park, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Bryan Stanfill, 8. Kyle Beilman. NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jacob Denney, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Cade Lewis, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Travis Buckley, 8. Justin Dickerson. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Taylor Reimer, 2. Kaylee Bryson, 3. Maria Cofer, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Mariah Ede, 7. Kaidon Brown, 8. Robert Carson. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Hayden Reinbold, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Kaidon Brown, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Chase McDermand, 7. Cade Lewis, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Mariah Ede, 10. Bryan Stanfill, 11. Blake Brannon, 12. Travis Buckley, 13. Justin Dickerson, 14. Robert Carson, 15. Jade Avedisian. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (6), 2. Jacob Denney (9), 3. Justin Grant (2), 4. Jason McDougal (1), 5. Buddy Kofoid (5), 6. Kaylee Bryson (4), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (7), 8. Brenham Crouch (18), 9. Thomas Meseraull (17), 10. Taylor Reimer (10), 11. Ethan Mitchell (16), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Chase McDermand (21), 14. Dominic Gorden (8), 15. Maria Cofer (14), 16. Hayden Reinbold (12), 17. Mitchel Moles (3), 18. Jade Avedisian (23-P), 19. Jace Park (15), 20. Sam Johnson (19), 21. Kyle Cummins (20), 22. Chance Crum (13), 23. Kaidon Brown (22). NT

(P) represents a provisional feature starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Justin Grant, Laps 9-30 Cannon McIntosh.

**Kaidon Brown flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-761, 2-Justin Grant-715, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-581, 4-Mitchel Moles-580, 5-Thomas Meseraull-569, 6-Kaylee Bryson-543, 7-Cannon McIntosh-542, 8-Taylor Reimer-448, 9-Brenham Crouch-441, 10-Logan Seavey-436.

USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-377, 2-Justin Grant-341, 3-Jacob Denney-309, 4-Kaylee Bryson-296, 5-Thomas Meseraull-293, 6-Bryant Wiedeman-293, 7-Mitchel Moles-291, 8-Kyle Cummins-282, 9-Taylor Reimer-259, 10-Brenham Crouch-253.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-45, 2-Thomas Meseraull-45, 3-Brady Bacon-38, 4-Brenham Crouch-32, 5-Robert Ballou-31, 6-Justin Grant-29, 7-Kyle Cummins-29, 8-Mario Clouser-29, 9-Kaylee Bryson-27, 10-Jadon Rogers-27.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 12, 2022 – Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 18th Annual Indiana Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Cannon McIntosh

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Dominic Gorden

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Jacob Denney

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Taylor Reimer

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

Irvin King Hard Charger: Brenham Crouch (18th to 8th)

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Justin Grant

 

 

RAIN CONQUERS FRIDAY’S GAS CITY USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK RUN

Gas City, Indiana (June 10, 2022)………Mother nature scored the victory during Friday night’s USAC Indiana Midget Week program at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Rain fell at the start of the Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts semi-feature and continued to precipitate progressively harder throughout the night, forcing cancellation of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

Tickets from Friday night’s event are good to use for the remaining USAC events at Gas City during the 2022 season, including USAC Indiana Sprint Week on July 22 and the James Dean Classic on September 22.

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) captured his first career Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time earlier in the evening. Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) scored the victory in Simpson Race Products Heat One; Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) in Competition Suspension, Inc. Heat Two; Kaidon Brown (Sydney, NSW) in Pit Stop USA Heat Three; and Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) in Rod End Supply Heat Four. Moles was the Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver.

USAC Indiana Midget Week resumes on Saturday night, June 11, at Kokomo Speedway, and concludes on Sunday night, June 12, at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 10, 2022 – Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 18th Annual Indiana Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.087; 2. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-12.096; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.102; 4. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-12.122; 5. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.149; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.155; 7. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.157; 8. Jason McDougal, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.159; 9. Jacob Denney, 61, Mounce/Stout-12.177; 10. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.194; 11. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-12.204; 12. Kyle Jones, 7u, Trifecta-12.205; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.225; 14. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.226; 15. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.240; 16. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.251; 17. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-12.252; 18. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.253; 19. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-12.260; 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-12.315; 21. Dominic Gorden, 83, CBI-12.351; 22. Jace Park, 87, CBI-12.373; 23. Kaidon Brown, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.387; 24. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.432; 25. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.516; 26. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.543; 27. Rylan Gray, 06, Gray-12.608; 28. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-12.629; 29. Bryan Stanfill, 75AU, Griffiths-12.727; 30. Blake Brannon, 40B, Western Speed-12.827; 31. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-12.848; 32. Michael Magic, 5m, Magic-13.045; 33. Mike Griffiths, 75, Griffiths-13.167; 34. Greg Mitchell, 001, Mitchell-13.426; 35. Robert Carson, 99K, LOK-13.524; 36. Garrett Mitchell, 002, Mitchell-13.574; 37. Jakeb Boxell, 44JB, Boxell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jacob Denney, 2. Dominic Gorden, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Maria Cofer, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Cade Lewis, 8. Blake Brannon, 9. Greg Mitchell.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Taylor Reimer, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Jace Park, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Travis Buckley, 9. Robert Carson.

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaidon Brown, 2. Mariah Ede, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Chase McDermand, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Rylan Gray, 8. Michael Magic, 9. Garrett Mitchell.

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Jade Avedisian, 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Mike Griffiths, 8. Kyle Jones.

REMAINDER OF PROGRAM RAINED OUT

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-693, 2-Justin Grant-644, 3-Mitchel Moles-544, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-521, 5-Thomas Meseraull-518, 6-Kaylee Bryson-481, 7-Cannon McIntosh-460, 8-Taylor Reimer-397, 9-Logan Seavey-390, 10-Brenham Crouch-387.

USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-309, 2-Justin Grant-270, 3-Mitchel Moles-255, 4-Kyle Cummins-254, 5-Thomas Meseraull-242, 6-Jacob Denney-234, 7-Kaylee Bryson-234, 8-Bryant Wiedeman-233, 9-Taylor Reimer-208, 10-Brenham Crouch-199.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-45, 2-Brady Bacon-38, 3-Thomas Meseraull-37, 4-Robert Ballou-31, 5-Justin Grant-29, 6-Kyle Cummins-29, 7-Mario Clouser-29, 8-Kaylee Bryson-27, 9-Jadon Rogers-27, 10-Tanner Thorson-25.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 11, 2022 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 18th Annual Indiana Midget Week

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Chance Crum

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jacob Denney

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Kaidon Brown

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Jerry Coons Jr.

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Mitchel Moles


 


GRAND SLAM!
DENNEY DELIVERS FIRST
USAC MIDGET WIN AT LINCOLN PARK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (June 9, 2022)………In what was a night full of firsts in USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing, Jacob Denney delivered his first career series victory on Thursday night during round four of USAC Indiana Midget Week at Putnamville’s Lincoln Park Speedway.

The 17-year-old Denney (Galloway, Ohio), making just his sixth career USAC National Midget start, had to do it by tracking down one of the all-time greats in USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons Jr., getting by for the top spot when he snuck by Coons on the bottom of turn four with 11 laps remaining.

Denney’s first career USAC National Midget feature win from the driver’s seat also provided his Mounce-Stout Motorsports team its first victorious performance with the series as a car entrant, taking the Rockwell Security – MPV Express – Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11 to the top of the podium.

With Denney’s victory, the two-time USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget champion became the first Ohioan to earn a USAC National Midget feature triumph since Teddy Beach in 2005 at the Indianapolis (Ind.) Speedrome.

All throughout Indiana Midget Week, Denney has continuously turned heads with consistently impressive runs, including a 6th, 8th and 4th within the past seven nights. At Lincoln Park, Denney’s sudden emergence hit a crescendo as he became the first first-time victor of the USAC National Midget season.

“I knew we had the car to do it,” Denney explained. “I just had to put a whole night together; I either do good in qualifying, am good in the heat, then struggle in the feature, or it’s completely the opposite. I can’t thank Jay Mounce and Gavin Stout enough for giving me the opportunity to run this car. This is what I want to do my whole life and, hopefully, I get to.”

This wasn’t even Denney’s first foray into Lincoln Park’s victory lane during his rapid ascent earlier in his racing career. He captured a USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget win at the 5/16-mile dirt oval in July of 2020. He thought just maybe, this could become the locale that would serve as the setting for his first career USAC National Midget win.

“I had a feeling, and I was praying and hoping it would,” Denney admitted. “(The track) was actually kind of the same it was that night. It worked to my favor, and we got it done. This is better than any of my first wins in anything before.”

Denney rolled off for the 30-lap main event from the pole position, but the storyline that was buzzing all over the racing landscape came earlier in the night when the top-four fastest times during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying were turned in by four women: fast-time Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.).

The unprecedented achievement was monumental, and all four women lined up in the front half of the feature starting field after transferring to the feature through their preliminary events. However, all looked ahead early on as Coons shot out to the lead from his outside front row starting position.

However, trouble ensued a mere half lap later when Mariah Ede (12th) nearly flipped in turn three. As Ede’s car was rotating like a whirling dervish, Thomas Meseraull (18th) collided with her, which straightened Ede’s car out and allowed her to drive away, while Meseraull slid sideways to a stop.

The complete restart found practically the same result as Coons rushed around the outside of Denney to nip him by a wheel at the stripe upon the completion of lap one and held serve until the third circuit when Jade Avedisian (7th) clipped the turn four infield tire and spun, nearly collecting Taylor Reimer (9th) in the process as Reimer ramped over Avedisian’s left front wheel but kept going. Chase McDermand (10th) was left with nowhere to go and became ensnarled in the aftermath, plowing into the left side of Avedisian’s car and stopping as well. Both Avedisian and McDermand were finished for the evening.

Over the course of the next several laps, Coons distanced himself from Denney and the rest of the field, climbing to nearly a half-straightaway advantage. Slowly but surely, as the laps ticked away and lapped traffic became more nearer than farther, Denney had closed the gap between he and Coons to zilch as he quickly found himself right on Coons’ rear bumper.

On the 20th lap, Denney pulled both of his front wheels even with Coons at the entry to turn three, preventing Coons from securing the bottom line. As the pair rolled through turn four side-by-side, Denney had the low line locked down with Coons a groove higher. Denney used the drive off the bottom to propel himself past Coons and into the lead for the first time in his young career with the USAC National Midgets.

Negotiating gobs of traffic down the stretch, Denney was forced to move up a lane to overtake the backmarkers just as Coons was drawing back nearer to Denney ever so slightly. As Coons became stymied behind the cars of Mariah Ede and Jace Park late, Zach Daum slipped by Coons for the second position on lap 27 and remained there for the final four-lap distance.

Also remaining in place for the rest of the distance was Denney up front who led the final 11 laps to secure his first series checkered flag by 0.301 seconds over a hard-charging Daum who was just three car lengths back at the finish line. Coons took third while Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) earned a fourth place finish and Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) rounded out the top-five with yet another solid showing.

With his runner-up result, Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) earned his best USAC National Midget finish since October of 2016 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. He also scored the best ever finish for a Honda powerplant with the USAC National Midgets as he took second in his Bundy Built Motorsports/5d Speed Shop – Diesel Exhaust Services/Spike/Bundy Built-PME Honda.

“We just tightened up too much and we ran second,” Daum said matter of factly. “We got better and better as the race went on, but second is all we could do.”

Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) led a race-high 19 laps in the feature aboard a newly constructed Central Motorsports/Schmidt’s Inc. – Gateway Paintball – Paintball Dave/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. Seeking his first series feature win since 2010, the USAC Triple Crown champ slid back to third in the final tally, equaling his best career USAC Midget finish at LPS where he also finished third in 2019.

“I just kind of started falling off there,” Coons explained. “I think we were too good early, and I was trying to make some shock adjustments, but I just couldn’t keep the car down where I needed to. I changed lanes and I kept hooking a rut. This is a new car this year and we’ve made some changes. All night, it felt better than the car did last year.”

Meanwhile, Coons delivered high praise to Denney whom he observed closely as he practically grew up in a racecar. Coons served as the series director for USAC’s .25 Midget division and Denney was among the frequent frontrunners of the series during Coons’ tenure. Denney collected USAC .25 titles in 2018 for Light 160 and Light World Formula and twice more during 2019 in the Unrestricted Animal Pavement and Heavy World Formula Pavement divisions.

“I’ve known this kid through quarter midgets,” Coons recalled. “I posted on social media that if I had a team with enough money, he’d be in the driver’s seat. I can’t say enough about that kid. He’s very talented and doesn’t come from any money. They work hard for it, and he deserves this win.”

On top of all the accolades going around on Thursday night, Kaylee Bryson became the new all-time leader in feature starts by a woman with the USAC National Midgets. Her 54th career series start surpassed Holly Shelton for the number one spot as Bryson went on to finish in the 10th position.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 9, 2022 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 5/16-Mile Dirt Track – 18th Annual Indiana Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-12.538; 2. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.641; 3. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.649; 4. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.746; 5. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-12.752; 6. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.761; 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-12.766; 8. Jacob Denney, 61, Mounce/Stout-12.805; 9. Chase McDermand, 40, Mounce/Stout-12.826; 10. Brady Bacon, 21H, TKH-12.841; 11. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.870; 12. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.878; 13. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-12.883; 14. Jason McDougal, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.894; 15. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.930; 16. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.951; 17. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-12.955; 18. Kyle Jones, 7u, Trifecta-12.965; 19. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.966; 20. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.999; 21. Jace Park, 87, CBI-13.029; 22. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-13.044; 23. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.054; 24. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.055; 25. Kaidon Brown, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.073; 26. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.111; 27. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-13.164; 28. Dominic Gorden, 83, CBI-13.175; 29. Rylan Gray, 06, Gray-13.291; 30. Blake Brannon, 40B, Western Speed-13.294; 31. Jeff Schindler, 8x, Schindler-13.420; 32. Chett Gehrke, 4K, Roell-13.477; 33. Bryan Stanfill, 75AU, Griffiths-13.488; 34. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-13.642; 35. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-14.035; 36. Mike Griffiths, 75, Griffiths-14.131; 37. Robert Carson, 99K, LOK-14.380; 38. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Jade Avedisian, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Jace Park, 5. Maria Cofer, 6. Chase McDermand, 7. Rylan Gray, 8. Kaidon Brown, 9. Robert Carson, 10. Bryan Stanfill. 2:15.18

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Jones, 2. Kaylee Bryson, 3. Sam Johnson, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Cade Lewis, 8. Blake Brannon, 9. Justin Dickerson, 10. Brady Bacon. 2:13.49

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Taylor Reimer, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Travis Buckley, 9. Jeff Schindler. 2:14.24

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Jacob Denney, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Dominic Gorden, 7. Chett Gehrke, 8. Mike Griffiths, 9. Mariah Ede. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ethan Mitchell, 2. Jeff Schindler, 3. Bryan Stanfill, 4. Chett Gehrke, 5. Justin Dickerson, 6. Travis Buckley, 7. Mike Griffiths, 8. Robert Carson. 1:52.32

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the semi-feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Taylor Reimer, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Mariah Ede, 6. Maria Cofer, 7. Jason McDougal, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Chance Crum, 10. Kaidon Brown, 11. Hayden Reinbold, 12. Dominic Gorden, 13. Bryan Stanfill, 14. Rylan Gray, 15. Cade Lewis, 16. Chett Gehrke, 17. Blake Brannon, 18. Jeff Schindler. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jacob Denney (1), 2. Zach Daum (