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6-TIME USAC WINNER KEVIN HUNTLEY PASSES AWAY AT 56

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 8, 2022)………Kevin Huntley, a six-time USAC National feature winning driver across three decades in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, passed away in his sleep overnight on January 8, 2022. He was 56 years old.

Affectionately known as “The Pup,” Huntley began his sprint car racing career on the bullrings near his Bloomington, Ind. home with a sprint car purchased with the help of his father, Rex, and three-time USAC National Sprint Car champion Sheldon Kinser.

In 1985, Huntley made his USAC National Sprint Car debut, finishing 19th at Paragon Speedway. He captured his first career sprint car victory on the local level during the 1986 season at Bloomington Speedway, and ultimately capped off the successful campaign with dual track championships at both Bloomington and at southeastern Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Branching out the following season, Huntley took on the USAC National Sprint Car series in 1987, winning his first series event for car owner Terry Winterbotham at Oregon, Wisconsin’s Impact Speedway en route to a career-best 4th place finish in the championship standings. He’d follow up in 1988 with a 9th place result in the final points.

Nearly a full decade later, Huntley scored his second career USAC National Sprint Car win, this time for team owner Dennis Stone at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, the half-mile dirt oval in which we won five of his six career USAC features at. He’d win twice more in USAC competition at Eldora in 1997, both for car owner Rick Daugherty, during a June matinee Sprint show, and for his first and only career Silver Crown score in September’s 4-Crown Nationals.

In 2004, Huntley earned the most lucrative triumph of his USAC Sprint Car career, fending off none other than Sammy Swindell to pocket $50,000 in the Mopar Thunder at Eldora for car owner Dan Roberts. Huntley and Roberts teamed up once again in 2005 to snare his final career USAC Sprint victory, in June of that season at Eldora.

He made 34 starts in his USAC Silver Crown career between 1992 and 2008, while his USAC National Sprint Car career spanned from 1985-2008, before stepping away to devote his main focus on his growing excavation, composting and recycling businesses.

Huntley, however, was not completely absent from the driver’s seat in the following years, and returned to Bloomington in 2015 to win a RaceSaver 305 Sprint Car feature, promptly retiring in victory lane at the venue where he won his first career feature at 30 years prior.

His 44 career All Star Circuit of Champions victories rank 9th all-time. He also notched two championships with the ASCoC in 1992 and 1993, the latter of which resulted in a rare tie in the final standings with rival Frankie Kerr.


 


SILVER CROWN’S CHIEF:
COCKRUM TO CHASE USAC TITLE IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 3, 2022)………For the first time in his career, Shane Cockrum will chase a USAC Silver Crown championship in 2022.

The Benton, Ill. native, and fire chief for the city by trade, owns 47 career series starts since 2011, but just three of them have occurred on pavement. Now, the four-time Silver Crown race winner is prepared to run the whole 11-race deal on dirt and pavement in the coming year in the BLS Motorsports No. 71, with five dirt races and six on pavement on the docket.

The dirt has been his been Cockrum’s playground in the series, winning the Ted Horn 100 on back-to-back occasions at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in 2014-15, the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 2015, and the Williams Grove 100 at the Mechanicsburg, Pa. dirt oval in 2021.

The 2021 victory also came in Cockrum’s first career start for the brand-new BLS team, and the instant success on the tour’s dirt tracks gave the team confidence to expand their operation to the entire schedule in the new year.

“We knew that it would be a process,” Cockrum admitted. “We have some experienced team members, but we had a new team, so getting them to jell and get good results quickly is sometimes easier said than done. Fortunately, on the dirt side of things, we were pleasantly surprised it came around as fast as it did, which opened this thing up and allowed us to venture into the races that it’s going to take to win a championship.”

Of course, he’s speaking of the pavement tracks, which make up more than half the Silver Crown schedule in 2022. Cockrum’s previous series starts on asphalt have all come at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., finishing 17th in 2014 and in 9th and 17th in 2016 for Hardy Boys Motorsports. These were moments in time Cockrum chalks up to pure learning experiences, the notes of which he’ll apply toward this venture.

“We got our feet wet in the pavement deal a few years ago and, honestly, we learned what we didn’t know,” Cockrum explained. “So, we’ve kind of had some time to prepare and change some things to where we can contend without one operation taking from the other. Obviously, it’s the same team for both (surfaces), but sometimes you can hurt your dirt program and help your pavement program when you’re a strong dirt team, and vice versa. Getting all those little issues worked out and understanding each program, I think that’s what’s going to help us be more successful than we have been in the past.”

Cockrum’s pavement experience is relatively limited, estimating just and handful of Kenyon Midget appearances to go along with the three Silver Crown starts, and a few others in a variety of vehicles. However, Cockrum feels that his style of driving lends itself to forthcoming success on both surfaces.

“I wouldn’t say my pavement experience is extensive by any means,” Cockrum acknowledges. “The pavement car really fits my smooth and straight driving style, so I’ve got my fingers crossed, but I certainly hope my style translates and we can battle the Swansons for some wins.”

Despite his role as primarily a sole dirt competitor throughout the majority of his career, Cockrum has still positioned himself within the top echelon of drivers in the year-end Silver Crown standings. He earned a career-best 5th place finish in 2015 and has finished 8th in 2014 as well as in each of the past two seasons in 2020 and 2021.

One thing Cockrum hasn’t had weighing on his mind in previous seasons is points racing. But he’s been there before in championship fights, winning three sprint car track championships at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway in 2016, 2018 and 2019. However, as a full season Silver Crown competitor now, Cockrum fully intends to retain his modus operandi of qualifying well, winning races, and letting the rest take care of itself.

“I think I’m going to try to take an in-between approach,” Cockrum laid out. “I’m just going to try to win races and hope the points will follow. In any series I’ve ever been a part of, our mind set has been to go win races, and if we do that, everything else will take care of itself.”

In the meantime, the ever-busy Cockrum will compete in several USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events for team owner Shane Wade. Among the events earmarked for the team in 2022 are June’s Eastern Storm, July’s Indiana Sprint Week and the Western trip in November. His first foray in the car with USAC will come February 17-18-19 at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park.

The new USAC Silver Crown season for Cockrum and his Maxim/Kistler dirt car begins on the dirt at Terre Haute on May 1. The pavement beckons on May 27 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Ind.

 

TYLER THE MENTOR
GOES FULL-TIME WITH USAC SILVER CROWN IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 3, 2022)………Brian Tyler’s three decades of USAC Silver Crown experience have seen him rise the ranks into becoming one of the series’ all-time greats.

With experience – especially winning experience – comes knowledge. The Parma, Mich. native, whose 201 career Silver Crown starts are tied for the most all-time, doesn’t skimp on parting with some of that knowledge to his team, to his crew and to those on his side aiding him to victory lane.

However, these days, Tyler also relishes his role as a mentor to his fellow competitors despite full-well knowing that those on the listening end are the same individuals trying to defeat him.

Tyler, who made his series debut in 1990, remembers where he came from, how it felt to be in those same Nomex shoes as a young racer, and how he dealt with those early years with the help of someone like himself, a role he now finds himself in, as that of a wise racing sage.

“I was the kid one day who ran wide open and then was beaten on experience by the old guy. Now, it’s my turn to do that,” the 54-year-old Tyler said. “I enjoy talking to these kids and giving them advice. If they ask me a question, I straight up give them the best answer I can because I had an older guy do that for me when I was coming up. People ask me why I do that when I’ve got to race against them. I’m at the end of my career and they’re beginning theirs. If I pass this information on to them, hopefully it’ll save them a little bit on the learning curve. All I expect of them when they get to be my age is that they’ll pass it on to the next kid.”

With that said, Tyler isn’t quite ready to step aside and let the young drivers of today pull away with all that knowledge. Tyler has plenty left in the tank and that’ll be on full display throughout the 2022 season as he contests the full Silver Crown schedule for the first-time since 2013, driving in all 11 events for the BCR Group, based out of Springfield, Ohio.

Plenty left of the tank? Yeah, that’s an understatement, and he’s got loads of it coming into the upcoming season.

“When I walk through the gates of a racetrack, look around and think ‘I’ve got as good of a chance winning as anybody here,’ I said I’m going to keep doing it. When I walk through the gates, look around and think, ‘I hope I can run 10th today,’ it’s probably going to be the last run.”

His first start for the team last September resulted in a victory on the Magic Mile of the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds dirt track, his first start of the season and his first ever start for the team. Two starts later, he finished 3rd for the team in the season finale on the pavement at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway.

BCR Group’s majority owner, crew chief, builder and designer Malcolm Lovelace relishes the opportunity to work with Tyler, whose 18 career Silver Crown wins ranks third all-time. Lovelace, a veteran of 36 career USAC National Sprint Car starts as a driver in the 1970s and 1980s, was out of the sport for a while, but over the last seven years, has built the team into one of the top contenders.

But, without any Silver Crown experience behind the wheel as a driver, Lovelace admitted he’s had to learn these cars from scratch. Enter Tyler, who’s freely swapped ideas back-and-forth with Lovelace during their three-race stint and throughout the winter, as they prepare for the full season ahead.

“Brian has taught me so much about these cars and everything; he and I think along the same lines, and I can understand what he’s telling me,” Lovelace said. “He’s probably one of the best teachers there’s ever been. He helped Kody Swanson when he came up, Tyler Roahrig, and a lot of other guys. Just by having him around for a few races, it’s been tremendous.”

Tyler enjoys the give and take of it all, everything it takes to do it the right way, to figure out and solve the puzzle together, as a team.

“I think some of my knowledge is going to help them on the pavement and some of what they know is going to help me on the dirt,” Tyler explained. “I’m used to running a coil car on the dirt, but they run a bar car, so I’ll have to relearn that a little bit. What we did at Du Quoin seemed to work pretty well. It’s going to be a give and take, and I think it’s a team that can contend for a championship.

Malcolm’s easy to get along with and when we sit down to talk about setups and what our gameplan is, I can go to him and tell him, ‘I’ve done this and it’s worked really well for me,’ and he can come to me and say, ‘I’ve done this and it’s worked really well for us,” Tyler continued. “We hash things over and can get together and come up with the best solution and go for it. He’s not afraid to try something new and neither am I.”

Lovelace is always searching to find that little aspect, that little nuance to help the team reach its pinnacle. Last year’s career best second place finish in entrant points just made the hunger grow even stronger, and he’s prepared to what it takes to reach that level. A new Kercher engine will be under the hood of the pavement car; Corey Fillip has been helping in the shock department. With Brian’s arrival, the team has also added the assistance of Brian’s brother, longtime successful racer Bill Tyler, and Brian’s wife Donna, daughter of American Racer Tire’s Dave Dayton, who aids in the tire department.

“You’re always trying to find that little edge,” Lovelace said. “There’s a lot of little things you can find, but it’s really all about getting the right combinations with the driver, crew, car, setup, all the things that matter. If one of those things isn’t right, it can keep you from finding success.”

Several years of one-off shots and spot appearances in the Silver Crown series since has brought Tyler back into the fold as one of the full-timers. Tyler holds the record streak for the most consecutive Silver Crown starts (97 starts between 2005-2013) and will take over the number one spot in all-time starts in 2022, but one thing that has forever eluded him is a Silver Crown championship, something he’d love to change after previous capturing the 1996 and 1997 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championships.

“A (Silver Crown) championship would be fun because it has gotten away from me so many times,”. Tyler admitted. “But our main goal is to go and be competitive every race. If we do that, and win some races, the points will come. I’m not saying I’m going to come out of the box and be a points chaser. I’m going to run every race like it’s my only race and we’ll take what we get at the end of the end of the year.”

The 2022 USAC Silver Crown season begins on the dirt at Terre Haute on May 1. The pavement portion of the schedule kicks off on May 27 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Ind.

 

 

TOP USAC STORYLINES OF 2021
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 31, 2021)………It was a year of triumph for drivers and teams both experienced and new. It was a year of comebacks, both on track and off. It was a year that inspired us. It was a year that thrilled us. It was a year that gave us everything we desired and delivered. It was year that won’t soon be forgotten.

Here, we take a look back at the biggest storylines of the 2021 USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget seasons.

BACON TACKES A LICKING, KEEPS ON TICKING

To win a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, sometimes you’ve got to take your lumps and persevere through the valleys to make it back to the top. Brady Bacon ran through the full gamut of emotions in a singular night on at least two major occasions in 2021.

Bacon’s remarkable comeback story in May’s Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track was one that will be talked about for a long time to come. His night began by setting the fastest qualifying time, but in the first heat race, following contact from Anthony D’Alessio, Bacon nearly touched the clouds in a sky-high crash that sent him flipping viciously over the turn one wall.

Following the incident, Bacon and Hoffman Auto Racing’s Matt Hummel and D.J. Lebow led team rolled out the backup car and raced from the tail (14th) to finish 3rd and transfer to the main event, then, to cap it all off, he made another charge from his 9th starting spot to a 3rd place finish in the feature.

In October at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, in what became an all too familiar storyline in 2021, Bacon flipped hard between turns one and two during the second heat race as a result of contact with C.J. Leary. The backup Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 was then rolled from the trailer where Bacon promptly utilized it to charge from 15th to 3rd in the semi-feature, then from 11th to 4th in the feature.

BUDDY OVERCOMES BROKEN BONES TO WIN USAC MIDGET TITLE

After capturing Rookie of the Year honors in 2020, the Penngrove, Calif. driver elevated his game even more the following year, scoring the series title in his second full season of competition on the strength of six victories in a campaign that saw its share of triumphs and tribulations, including an injury that very easily could’ve derailed what became the 19-year-old driver’s destiny.

A late model crash at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway in July resulted in a broken right wrist and a broken left foot for Kofoid. With an arm cast grooved to fit the curvature of his steering wheel, ala Jim Hurtubise, Kofoid was forced to acclimate to his new clime inside the racecar, firstly merely discovering a new comfort level in the car.

Since he couldn’t close his right hand all the way, the team beefed up the steering wheel with extra padding on one side to make it fatter and easier to grip. Furthermore, the body on the right side of the car was spaced out a bit more in order for him to lift his arm up higher since he had no wrist movement.

Kofoid reclaimed the point lead late in the going after swapping back-and-forth with defending champion Chris Windom. In the end, Kofoid won six times with the series and became the sixth teenager to win the USAC National Midget driving title, joining Jeff Gordon (1990), Bobby East (2004), Christopher Bell (2013), Spencer Bayston (2017) and Cole Whitt (2008), who was the youngest to win it at age 17.

THREE-CAR KODY

This was a championship that, admittedly, wasn’t in the plans for Kody Swanson. Without a full-time Silver Crown ride on both dirt and pavement, Swanson had to utilize a full assortment of resources.

A ride in the No. 77 with sports car racing standout and new Silver Crown entrant Doran Racing was secure for all four pavement events, three of which he won at Lucas Oil Raceway twice and Toledo once. But the dirt plan was a different story.

Swanson obtained a ride with the Mark Swanson Encore Team No. 21 for both Eldora rounds, then was tabbed for driving duties in Chris Dyson Racing’s No. 9 for Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway and the two Illinois dirt miles in Springfield and Du Quoin, winning at Springfield for the team.

In fact, on just 10 previous occasions did a driver win the Silver Crown championship by utilizing multiple cars throughout the season and no driver had ever won the championship while competing for three different teams in a year. That is, until Kody Swanson did it in 2021.

ALL WOMAN FRONT ROW AT TURKEY NIGHT

November’s Turkey Night Grand Prix was chock-full of historical USAC moments. The tops came in qualifying as Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) recorded Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time to become the first woman to win the pole in Turkey Night’s grand history, which dates back to its inaugural running in 1934.

Her Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports counterpart, Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), qualified second and started alongside Bryson on the front row, making it the first time in USAC National Midget history that two women qualified first and second.

The duo led the field to the green with Bryson controlling the pace early on, leading the initial 17 laps of the event, which were the first ever laps led by a woman in Turkey Night history.

Prior to that night, the best Turkey Night Grand Prix finish by a woman was 13th by Denise Bennet in 1988. In 2021, three drivers finished 13th or better with Kaylee Bryson leading the way in fifth, Taylor Reimer eighth and Macdoel, California’s Maria Cofer 13th.

PURSLEY INJURED, MAKING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

The most serious accident of the season occurred during the third heat race of the USAC National Midget Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway in November when Daison Pursley was involved in a vicious flip at the entrance to the high side of turn three while battling for position.

After several flips and somersaults, Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) was removed from the car and transported to an area hospital for further observation.

Suffering a significant spinal cord injury, Pursley has made an inspiration rally ever since. After spending weeks in an Arizona hospital, Pursley was transferred to a rehab center in Atlanta, Georgia where, just before New Year’s Eve, he is now walking without assistance as his balance and strength have made significant strides. He will even find himself back behind the wheel of a passenger car for the first time since on January 20.

KODY, THE $77,100 MAN

On a night in which he pocketed a total of $77,100 in total prizes, Kody Swanson saved his best for his last in an encore performance during August’s inaugural Hoosier Classic USAC Silver Crown feature at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

After winning the Sprint Car feature and finishing third in the midget earlier in the evening, the Kingsburg, Calif. native wrapped up the evening with a dominant, picture-perfect Silver Crown performance at the .686-mile paved oval, leading all 100 laps in his Doran Enterprises ride.

By winning two of the three features throughout the program, Swanson netted the Fatheadz Challenge $50,000 bonus and, added in with his $12,500 Silver Crown victory, $1,100 pole award courtesy of Fatheadz Eyewear and PJ1, along with his winnings from the sprint car and midget events, it totaled the richest day for any driver walking out of a Lucas Oil Raceway USAC event, surpassing the $60,280 captured by Dave Steele following his sweep of the Mopar Twin 25 Midget races in 2002.

USAC RETURNS TO WINCHESTER

In the first USAC sanctioned event at the famed eastern Indiana venue, Justin Grant had to muster every ounce of grit, determination and moxie on the last lap of Thursday night’s 100-lap Rich Vogler Classic presented by The Pallet Builder USAC Silver Crown National Championship race at Winchester Speedway.

Driving that point home is the fact that the driver chasing Grant on the green-white-checkered dash to the finish, Kody Swanson, posted his fastest lap of the race on the 100th and final lap in his pursuit of the win.

Simultaneously, Grant answered the bell by laying down his fastest lap of the entire race on the 100th and final lap to keep Swanson behind him.

At the line, Grant finished just a miniscule half car length ahead of Swanson in a dramatic ending to the heavyweight slugfest in the series’ debut on the 37-degree banked, three stories high oval. For Grant, it was his first pavement win with USAC and a triumph that he considered surreal after thinking it was the gnarliest thing he’d ever seen as a kid.

BRIAN TYLER JOINS NEW TEAM, WINS FIRST USAC RACE IN A DECADE AT Du QUOIN

In his storied USAC Silver Crown career, which has spanned three decades and 199 starts, perhaps none were more improbable than his performance on Labor Day afternoon at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.

For instance, it was his first run in the BCR Group, taking the reins of the ride exactly two weeks earlier following the parting of ways between the team and longtime driver Shane Cottle.
Secondly, it had been two years since the Parma, Michigan driver last sat in the seat of a USAC Silver Crown car, keeping the fires burning in the meantime by winning in a Gold Crown car at several of the most famed road racing circuits in the United States.

Tyler returned to the series in grand fashion to “steal their lunch money” so to speak, by charging from 11th to 1st to win his second career Ted Horn 100, and first since 2008, at the Magic Mile.

With a mid-race snooker of Kody Swanson for the lead, then thwarting repeated challenges from Logan Seavey down the stretch, Tyler’s performance put him in the win column with the series for the first time in more than a decade, since a victory on the Springfield Mile in 2011.

Furthermore, Tyler’s stretch of 10 years and 17 days between USAC Silver Crown wins is the second longest gap in series history. Cottle set the record in 2020 at 12 years, 11 months and 7 days, and achieved the feat in the same BCR Group No. 81 that Tyler won with at Du Quoin on Monday afternoon.

In doing so, at 53 years, 10 months and 10 days old, Tyler became USAC Silver Crown’s oldest race winner, surpassing the record of Chet Fillip, who was 51 years, 2 months and 25 days when he won at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in 2008.

FROM 0 TO 9 IN 365 DAYS: KTJ HAS CAREER BEST YEAR

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) earned a series best, and career best, nine USAC National Sprint Car victories in 2021 following a winless 2020 season. En route to a runner-up finish in the standings, Thomas scored the opener in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park, then added an April win at Bloomington and a June triumph in the series debut at Pennsylvania’s Bloomsburg Fair Raceway.

Moving into July, Thomas added an early July victory at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway after starting all the way back in 14th, then tabbed a second career Indiana Sprint Week championship in late July.

In August, KTJ notched a victory at Indiana’s Paragon Speedway, the first series race held at the track in 23 years. A daytime prelim Sprint Car Smackdown win followed at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway in August, as did a $12,000 Haubstadt Hustler victory at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway in September, a $10,000 win at the Lawrenceburg Speedway Fall Nationals in October and a third Oval Nationals victory lane celebration worth $10,000 at Perris in November.

AROUND THE USA IN 93 USAC RACES FOR GRANT

The 93 combined USAC National Sprint, Midget & Silver Crown events collectively held in 2021 were the third most all-time and the most since the 1977 season. Justin Grant was the lone driver to compete in all 93 USAC national features during the year, blowing away the former all-time record of starts in a season, 77 set in 2010.

Jumping between the Hemelgarn Racing Silver Crown car, the TOPP Motorsports Sprint Car and the RMS Racing Midget, Grant won a series-best-tying 12 times between the three series in 2021 – 7 Sprint, 4 Midget & 1 Silver Crown.

Furthermore, Grant is also just the sixth driver to finish inside the top-three in all three series in a single year, joining Rich Vogler (1980, 1981 & 1989), Ken Schrader (1983), Tony Stewart (1995), J.J. Yeley (2002 & 2003) and Chris Windom (2020).

Along the way, Grant added a ProSource Passing Master Award, passing 230 total cars in feature events throughout the season and also captured a second career Mike Curb Super License after scoring the most combined points between the three series.

SEAVEY’S INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TRIFECTA

Logan Seavey’s three-straight Indiana Sprint Week victories in July were the most since Kevin Thomas Jr. won three consecutively in 2013 and marked the longest winning streak in all of USAC National racing in 2021.

Jay Drake also captured three-straight Indiana Sprint Week wins in 2000 as did Cory Kruseman during the 2002 series. The longest winning streak in Indiana Sprint Week history belongs to Jon Stanbrough with four-in-a-row between 2006-07.

Seavey took over the reins of the standings after the rounds at Lincoln Park and Bloomington and led the standings entering the feature on the final night at Tri-State by nine over Brady Bacon and by 10 over Kevin Thomas Jr.

LEARY & WINDOM NET $20K AT HUSET’S

Repeating their performances from the night before, C.J. Leary and Chris Windom won again for their personal largest paydays of the 2021 season, taking $20,000 each in September’s inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in South Dakota.

In a race where multiple leaders fell by the wayside, Windom found himself in a seemingly envious position with 15 laps to go in the 100-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature. However, Windom had already been entrenched in this scenario multiple times throughout the weekend with varying degrees of success.
With just less than five laps left in the preceding, accompanying USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature, for just a brief, fleeting moment, Windom thought he had the $20,000 prize just within his grasp. However, he didn’t let the midget feature slip from his grasp.
Furthermore, when C.J. Leary gets on a roll, he’s routinely displayed his ability to ride that hot streak as long as he possibly can. In fact, since 2016, no driver has won two-in-a-row more often in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature events than the Greenfield, Ind. native with five.
In the Sprint feature, Leary became the first driver in the series’ 2021 season to win consecutive races on multiple occasions, turning the 1/3-mile dirt oval into his personal ATM as he followed Saturday’s preliminary win with the biggest payday of his racing career in the 40-lapper.

JAKE SWANSON WINS FIRST BY 1 ONE HUNDREDTHS

With four runner-up finishes throughout his first full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, Jake Swanson wasn’t about to settle for yet another in his ongoing pursuit of a first career series victory during November’s opener for the 25th Oval Nationals at southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway.

In fact, running second entering the final set of turns on the last lap wasn’t sufficient enough to satisfy the Anaheim, Calif. native who was making his first trip back to his home track since becoming a permanent resident of Indiana about a year ago.

Swanson threw a “Hail Mary” through the marbles on the final circuit, removing himself from the bottom to take one last shot at the top of turn four. Swanson ignited the sky with a shower of sparks as his right-side wheels glanced off the outside front straightaway wall, then promptly brushed Thomas’ left side wheels in a drag race to the finish line with Swanson ahead at the stripe by a mere 0.010 of a second for the closest finish of the year, and one of the closest in series history.

SEAVEY WINS ALL 3 DIRT FINALES

Logan Seavey knows how to close the curtain, fade to black and roll credits in style. Seavey slammed the door on the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship campaign with a monumental score in November’s 80th running of the 98-lap Turkey Night Grand Prix.

The season closing victory with the series at southern California’s Ventura Raceway allowed Seavey to become the first driver to win the season finales on dirt for all three of USAC’s National divisions.

In September, he etched his name as the winner of the final USAC Silver Crown race of the year on dirt at Eldora Speedway. In mid-November, he shut down the Arizona Speedway dirt oval for the final time with a triumph in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season finale.

CHASE ELLIOTT GOES USAC MIDGET RACING

He followed the tour to Florida, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana and California, just to have some fun in his “spare” time. Chase Elliott, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion, was a frequent visitor throughout the 2021 USAC National Midget season and showed well for a racing discipline in which he wasn’t accustomed to and hadn’t before attempted.

His highlight came at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park in February where the Dawsonville, Ga. native trounced the competition to win his heat race. In four feature starts, his best result was a 14th later that same night.

Moving out west, in November, at California’s Placerville Speedway, the night marked the first time that two NASCAR Cup Series champions started a USAC National Midget feature as both Elliott, along with Hendrick Motorsports teammate and 2021 titlist Kyle Larson, competed in the event.

RICE-A-RONI BECOMES FIRST SECOND GENERATION SILVER CROWN CHAMP

Robbie Rice had a dream to become a USAC Silver Crown champion, and in 2021, that dream was fully realized as the series’ entrant champion in 2021, making him the first ever second-generation Silver Crown champ, following his father, Larry Rice, who won titles as a driver in 1977 and 1981.

The team materialized as a dirt-only outfit on the 2020 USAC Silver Crown trail, contesting three events with 2018 USAC National Midget champion and 2021 Silver Crown Rookie, Logan Seavey, at the wheel where they displayed immediate speed and brilliance that just scraped the surface of the potential the Brownsburg, Ind. team possessed.

During the offseason prior to the start of the 2021 campaign, the team’s initial plans were to have Seavey compete solely on the dirt side of the equation. However, mere weeks before the season opener on the pavement of Brownsburg’s Lucas Oil Raceway in late May, a pavement car was added to the team’s arsenal, setting the course for an assault on the series championship.

Seavey finished second in the driver standings behind champion Kody Swanson after winning two races for Rice, both on dirt, at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway and Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

THORSON, A RECORD SETTING USAC SPRINT ROOKIE

Tanner Thorson’s first season in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition was downright historic. His five wins are the most ever by a Rookie with the series. His fourth-place finish in the final standings was the best for any driver in the past 31 years. His seven fast qualifying times were also the most for a series Rookie ever.

Starting all 43 events, he accumulated 22 top-fives and 32 top-tens. He’s a past USAC National Midget champion in 2016. Now, the Minden, Nevada driver is the 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year for the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports team.

GAMESTER & TYLER REACH 200 SILVER CROWN STARTS

Brian Tyler and Russ Gamester both surpassed the 200th USAC Silver Crown start mark in 2021. Together, both reached number 201 during the season finale at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway, which tied them for the all-time record in that category alongside Dave Darland.

Gamester became the second ever driver to reach the 200 start mark in August at Lucas Oil Raceway while Tyler became the third individual to hit 200 at Eldora in September.

IRONMAN'S STREAK ENDS AT 324

Perhaps the most incredible of all longevity streaks in the history of USAC National Sprint Car racing came to an end in April at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway when Chase Stockon finished 10th in the semi-feature, coming up shy of a transfer spot to the feature event.

Although the team did have a provisional starting position available, they elected not to utilize it. Thus, Stockon’s all-time record streak of 324 consecutive feature starts in USAC National Sprint Car competition was over, a record which dated back to every series race run since 2012.

TIMMS BECOMES YOUNGEST USAC MIDGET WINNER

At just 15 years, 3 months and 12 days old, Ryan Timms made history in November on night one of the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 at California’s Placerville Speedway by becoming the youngest feature winner in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

The Oklahoma City, Okla. native rewrote the record books just a mere five months after Corey Day’s triumph during Indiana Midget Week at Circle City Raceway, which he accomplished at 15 years, 6 months and 12 days old.

In just his 12th career USAC National Midget feature start, Timms earned not only his first career win, but also his first career top-five finish.

 

 

33 RACES FOR USAC’S EAST COAST SPRINT CARS IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 28, 2021)………Thirty-three events make up the 2022 schedule for the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars Presented by Capitol Trailers.

All 33 feature events will pay at least $2,000 to win & $300 to start during the series’ fifth season of competition, which begins on April 2 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, the first of five races at the New Jersey dirt oval. The series returns to Bridgeport on April 30 and July 2 as well as a two-day show on October 29-30 with heats on Saturday and features on Sunday. The series finale will take place there a week later on November 4.

Likewise, Pennsylvania’s Bloomsburg Fair Raceway will host five dates of its own on May 5, June 2, July 7, July 29 and August 18.

Three trips are slated for Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway on April 15, June 3 and July 8. The April date will mark the inaugural Bill Gallagher Memorial, paying $5,000-to-win.

Like Williams Grove, Pennsylvania’s Bedford Speedway and New Jersey’s New Egypt Speedway will welcome the series on three occasions. Bedford’s time comes April 22, May 20 and October 15. New Egypt is the place to be on May 28, July 30 and October 22.

Two visits apiece are on tap for Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway, Selinsgrove Speedway and Action Track USA in Kutztown. The big half-mile of Port Royal will host on both April 23 and August 20 while the half at Selinsgrove is the location for a pair of stops on May 21 and August 6. After a scintillating debut in 2021, the series returns to the Action Track USA bullring on July 13 and August 3.

One venue will make its debut on the USAC East Coast Sprint Car schedule in 2022 – Clinton County Speedway in Mill Hall, Pa. on August 19. It’s one of eight tracks that’ll see the series make a single tour stop in the coming year along with Delaware International Speedway on April 29, Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. on May 14, Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. on May 27, and Abbottstown, Pa.’s Lincoln Speedway on June 4.

Throughout the summer months, USAC East Coast travels for lone visits to Middletown, New York’s Orange County Fair Speedway on June 30, Virginia’s Winchester Speedway on September 17, and once again in the first state of Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway on September 30.

Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) is the series’ reigning champion after capturing the USAC East Coast title in 2021. Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) scored the first three series championships consecutively in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

2022 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:

Apr 2: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

Apr 15: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

Apr 22: Bedford Speedway | Bedford, PA

Apr 23: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

Apr 29: Delaware International Speedway | Delmar, DE

Apr 30: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

May 5: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

May 14: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA

May 20: Bedford Speedway | Bedford, PA

May 21: Selinsgrove Speedway | Selinsgrove, PA

May 27: Big Diamond Speedway | Pottsville, PA

May 28: New Egypt Speedway | New Egypt, NJ

Jun 2: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

Jun 3: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

Jun 4: Lincoln Speedway | Abbottstown, PA

Jun 30: Orange County Fair Speedway | Middletown, NY

Jul 2: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

Jul 7: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

Jul 8: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

Jul 13: Action Track USA | Kutztown, PA

Jul 29: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

Jul 30: New Egypt Speedway | New Egypt, NJ

Aug 3: Action Track USA | Kutztown, PA

Aug 6: Selinsgrove Speedway | Selinsgrove, PA

Aug 18: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA

Aug 19: Clinton County Speedway | Mill Hall, PA

Aug 20: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

Sep 17: Winchester Speedway | Winchester, VA

Sep 30: Georgetown Speedway | Georgetown, DE

Oct 15: Bedford Speedway | Bedford, PA

Oct 22: New Egypt Speedway | New Egypt, NJ

Oct 29: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

Oct 30: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

Nov 4: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ

 

 

USAC MIDWEST RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINTS ANNOUNCE 2022 SCHEDULE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 28, 2021)………Scheduled for 15 events at 11 different venues, the 2022 USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Car tentative schedule has been set, with the possibility of a handful of more dates to be added later.

The series’ third season will feature events at dirt tracks throughout Missouri and Kansas in 2022, with the opener slated for U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. on April 23. Missouri’s Nevada Speedway welcomes the series back on May 7.

Three consecutive nights of co-sanctioned events alongside the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship are on tap for May 12 at Lakeside in Kansas City, Kan., on May 13 at U.S. 36 and on May 14 at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo.

It’s back to U.S. 36 on June 3 for a Show Me State double race weekend with Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo. set for the following night, June 4. The month of June closes out with a date at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. on the 25th.

July is the time for new venues for the series with Butler, Missouri’s Electric City Speedway hosting MWRA on July 13 and Kansas’ Humboldt Speedway welcoming the series on July 15. A return visit to the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo. awaits on July 23.

August 5 takes the series back to Lakeside while August 27 brings Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan. to the forefront. The title stretch of September possesses two final events in Missouri, on September 4 at Bethany Speedway and the season finale Helm Memorial on September 24 at Valley Speedway.

Two yet-to-be-announced dates are locked in for May 28-29 at a yet-to-be-determined venue.

Previous series champs include Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kan.) in 2020 and Kory Schudy (Battlefield, Mo.) in 2021.

2022 USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE:

Apr 23: U.S. 36 Raceway | Osborn, MO

May 7: Nevada Speedway | Nevada, MO

May 12: Lakeside Speedway | Kansas City, KS (N)

May 13: U.S. 36 Raceway | Osborn, MO (N)

May 14: I-70 Speedway | Odessa, MO (N)

May 28: TBA

May 29: TBA

Jun 3: U.S. 36 Raceway | Osborn, MO

Jun 4: Valley Speedway | Grain Valley, MO

Jun 25: 81 Speedway | Park City, KS

Jul 3: Electric City Speedway | Butler, MO

Jul 15: Humboldt Speedway | Humboldt, KS

Jul 23: I-35 Speedway | Winston, MO

Aug 5: Lakeside Speedway | Kansas City, KS

Aug 27: Salina Speedway | Salina, KS

Sep 4: Bethany Speedway | Bethany, MO

Sep 24: Valley Speedway | Grain Valley, MO

(N) represents an event with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

 

 


 

D.J. QUICK: D.J. JOHNSON REACHES THE TOP AS 2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CHAMP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 27, 2021)……… After making just two series starts throughout the past four years, Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson returned with authority en route to becoming a first-time USAC champ with the West Coast Sprint Cars in 2021.

Making 10 feature appearances, Johnson’s campaign was highlighted by a trio of runner-up finishes in the Golden State of California, at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway, Merced Speedway and Ventura Raceway.

The Stockton, California driver’s eight top-fives, eight top-tens and four heat race wins led all drivers in each category and placed him in total control of the championship race from mid-May onward.

While D.J. missed out on victory lane in 2021, it was another Johnson – Chase Johnson – who won more times (3) and led more laps (69) than anybody else throughout the season. His three feature victories came in succession in the latter part of the season at Merced, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, making the Penngrove, Calif. driver the first to win three-in-a-row with the series since Ryan Bernal in 2017.

Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) returned to victory lane with the series for the first time since 2018 when he captured the opener in April at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif. A second victory followed for the 2011 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year in July at Merced to boost his all-time series record total to 35 points-paying feature wins.

Two drivers earned first career USAC West Coast Sprint Car victories in July of 2021, including series Rookie Cody Fendley (Fair Oaks, Calif.) at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway and Shawn Arriaga (Antioch, Calif.) at Petaluma (Calif.) Speedway.

Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, Calif.) added a victory in his lone start with the series in May at Petaluma (Calif.) Speedway. Also adding single wins to the list this past year were 2016 champion Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) in April in Tulare along with Troy Rutherford (Ojai, Calif.) who scored at Ventura in June, as well as 2016 series Rookie of the Year Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) at Ventura in October’s season finale, which solidified a runner-up finish in the standings for Timmons for the second-straight season.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, Calif.) snagged a spectacular victory in the non-points special event for the series in November as part of the 80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura.

Jarrett Soares (Discovery Bay, Calif.) was named series Rookie of the Year following his third-place finish in the standings. Austin Liggett (Tracy, Calif.), the 2017 series champion, finished fourth in the standings in 2021. Tanner Boul (Auberry, Calif.) tallied a career-best fifth in the final standings.

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2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS:

Driver Champion: D.J. Johnson

Rookie of the Year: Jarrett Soares

Most Feature Wins: 3-Chase Johnson

Laps Led: 69-Chase Johnson

Top-Fives: 8-D.J. Johnson

Top-Tens: 8-D.J. Johnson

Fast Qualifying Times: 2-Chase Johnson & Kaleb Montgomery

Heat Race Wins: 4-D.J. Johnson

Feature Starts: 10-D.J. Johnson

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 658 D.J. Johnson, Stockton, Calif.

2 532 Ryan Timmons, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

3 451 Jarrett Soares (R), Discovery Bay, Calif.

4 373 Austin Liggett, Tracy, Calif.

5 353 Tanner Boul, Auberry, Calif.

6 342 Kyle Edwards, Fountain Valley, Calif.

7 291 Jake Hodges, Camarillo, Calif.

8 266 Jacob Tuttle (R), Oakley, Calif.

9 257 Kaleb Montgomery, Templeton, Calif.

10 256 Brody Fuson (R), Bakersfield, Calif.

11 240 Chase Johnson, Penngrove, Calif.

12 229 Brody Roa, Garden Grove, Calif.

13 215 Trent Carter, Torrance, Calif.

14 210 Cody Fendley (R), Fair Oaks, Calif.

15 182 James Herrera, New Cuyama, Calif.

16 173 Travis Buckley, Auckland, N.Z.

17 165 Danny Faria Jr., Tipton, Calif.

18 153 Logan Calderwood (R), Goodyear, Ariz.

19 144 Kalib Henry, Mather, Calif.

20 139 Hannah Mayhew, Acton, Calif.

21 135 Tuesday Calderwood (R), Goodyear, Ariz.

22 131 Shane Hopkins, Placerville, Calif.

23 126 Chris Muraoka, Waianae, Hawaii

24 117 Steve Hix, Ventura, Calif.

25 69 Trent Williams, Apple Valley, Calif.

26 67 Heath Holdsclaw, Rocklin, Calif.

27 60 Bradley Terrell, Petaluma, Calif.

28 60 Trevor Schmid, Petaluma, Calif.

29 60 Tristan Guardino, Fremont, Calif.

30 52 Matt Day, Bakersfield, Calif.

31 47 Jake Morgan, Elk Grove, Calif.

32 42 Joey Bishop, Camarillo, Calif.

33 36 Dylan Bloomfield, Oakley, Calif.

34 32 Braidon Moniz, Wheatland, Calif.

35 25 Tom Hendricks, Simi Valley, Calif.

36 10 Kala Keliinoi, Waianae, Hawaii

**(R) represents a series Rookie of the Year

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS:

Apr 10: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA

WINNER: Ryan Bernal (Matt Wood Racing #17w)

Apr 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA

WINNER: Brody Roa (May Motorsports #8m)

May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA

WINNER: Geoff Ensign (Ted Finkenbinder #3F)

Jun 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

WINNER: Troy Rutherford (Troy Rutherford #11)

Jul 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

WINNER: Ryan Bernal (Matt Wood Racing #17w)

Jul 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

WINNER: Cody Fendley (Jessica Russell #73c)

Jul 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA

WINNER: Shawn Arriaga (Lindsey Arriaga #56)

Aug 7: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

WINNER: Chase Johnson (May Motorsports #8m)

Sep 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

WINNER: Chase Johnson (May Motorsports #8m)

Sep 19: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA

WINNER: Chase Johnson (May Motorsports #8m)

Oct 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

WINNER: Ryan Timmons (Timmons Racing #29T)

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (SE)

WINNER: A.J. Bender (K & R Motorsports #21B)

**(SE) represents a non-points special event

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS:

3-Chase Johnson (Aug 7 at Merced Speedway, Sep 18 at Bakersfield Speedway & Sep 19 at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park)

2-Ryan Bernal (Apr 10 at Keller Auto Speedway & Jul 9 at Merced Speedway)

1-Shawn Arriaga (Jul 31 at Petaluma Speedway)

1-Geoff Ensign (May 15 at Petaluma Speedway)

1-Cody Fendley (Jul 10 at Placerville Speedway)

1-Brody Roa (Apr 17 at Thunderbowl Raceway)

1-Troy Rutherford (Jun 26 at Ventura Raceway)

1-Ryan Timmons (Oct 16 at Ventura Raceway)

NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENT FEATURE WINS:

1-A.J. Bender (Nov 27 at Ventura Raceway)

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR FEATURE LAPS LED:

69-Chase Johnson

43-Ryan Bernal

34-Troy Rutherford

30-Shawn Arriaga

25-Geoff Ensign

23-Kaleb Montgomery

20-Brody Roa

19-Ryan Timmons

8-Kyle Edwards, Brody Fuson, Jake Morgan & Jace Vander Weerd

6-Steve Hix

5-D.J. Johnson

3-Tanner Boul, Austin Liggett & Caden Sarale

2-Kalib Henry & Jarrett Soares

1-Cody Fendley

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES:

8-D.J. Johnson

4-Ryan Timmons

3-Ryan Bernal, Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, Brody Roa & Jarrett Soares

2-A.J. Bender, Cody Fendley, Kalib Henry, Kaleb Montgomery, Troy Rutherford & Jacob Tuttle

1-Shawn Arriaga, Tanner Boul, Travis Buckley, Logan Calderwood, Trent Carter, Kyle Edwards, Geoff Ensign, Brody Fuson, Jake Hodges, Shane Hopkins, Caden Sarale, Trevor Schmid, Joe Stornetta, Jace Vander Weerd, Daniel Whitley & Trent Williams

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES:

8-D.J. Johnson

7-Ryan Timmons

6-Jarrett Soares

4-Tanner Boul, Jake Hodges & Austin Liggett

3-Ryan Bernal, Trent Carter, Kyle Edwards, Danny Faria Jr., Cody Fendley, Brody Fuson, Chase Johnson, Kaleb Montgomery, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford & Jacob Tuttle

2-A.J. Bender, Travis Buckley, Logan Calderwood, Kalib Henry, James Herrera, Shane Hopkins & Cody Smith

1-Zack Albers, Shawn Arriaga, Tuesday Calderwood, Bob Davis, Matt Day, Bruce Douglass, Jeff Dyer, Geoff Ensign, Tristan Guardino, Steve Hix, Hannah Mayhew, Chris Muraoka, Gary Paulson, Caden Sarale, Nate Schank, Trevor Schmid, Joe Stornetta, Grasen Ternora, Bradley Terrell, Jace Vander Weerd, Trey Walters, Daniel Whitley & Trent Williams

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR FEATURE STARTS:

10-D.J. Johnson

9-Ryan Timmons

8-Jarrett Soares

7-Tanner Boul & Kyle Edwards

6-Jake Hodges & Austin Liggett

5-Brody Fuson & Jacob Tuttle

4-Trent Carter, James Herrera & Kaleb Montgomery

3-Ryan Bernal, Travis Buckley, Logan Calderwood, Tuesday Calderwood, Danny Faria Jr., Cody Fendley, Chase Johnson, Hannah Mayhew, Chris Muraoka, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Cody Smith & Nate Schank

2-A.J. Bender, Bruce Douglass, Kalib Henry, Steve Hix, Heath Holdsclaw & Shane Hopkins

1-Zack Albers, Shawn Arriaga, Joey Bishop, Dylan Bloomfield, Bob Davis, Matt Day, Troy DeGaton, Jeff Dyer, Geoff Ensign, Tristan Guardino, Tom Hendricks, Rick Hendrix, Dave Lindt, Braidon Moniz, Jake Morgan, Gary Paulson, Caden Sarale, Trevor Schmid, Joe Stornetta, Matt Streeter, Grasen Ternora, Bradley Terrell, Jimmy Trulli, Jace Vander Weerd, Trey Walters, Daniel Whitley & Trent Williams

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

2-Chase Johnson & Kaleb Montgomery

1-Ryan Bernal, Brody Fuson, Steve Hix, Austin Liggett & Jacob Tuttle

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR HEAT RACE WINS:

4-D.J. Johnson

2-Travis Buckley & Brody Roa

1-Ryan Bernal, Kyle Edwards, Cody Fendley, Brody Fuson, Tristan Guardino, Kalib Henry, Steve Hix, Chase Johnson, Hannah Mayhew, Jake Morgan, Jarrett Soares, Ryan Timmons & Daniel Whitley

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

1-Tanner Boul & Geoff Ensign

ALL-TIME USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: (FULL POINTS EVENTS)

35-Ryan Bernal

15-Richard Vander Weerd

11-Bud Kaeding

10-Danny Faria Jr. & Austin Liggett

7-Troy Rutherford & Jace Vander Weerd

6-Tristan Guardino, Brody Roa & Jake Swanson

4-Chase Johnson, T.J. Smith & Craig Stidham

3-Ryan Timmons

2-Geoff Ensign, Wes Gutierrez, D.J. Johnson, Cory Kruseman, Kyle Larson, Matt Mitchell, Davey Pombo & Danny Sheridan

1-Max Adams, Dean Alexander, Shawn Arriaga, Bryan Clauson, Nic Faas, Cody Fendley, Justin Grant, Justyne Hamblin, Kyle Hirst, Josh Hodges, Dennis Howell, Ricky Kirkbride, Mike Martin, Kaleb Montgomery, Peter Murphy & Stevie Sussex

ALL-TIME USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: (NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENTS)

9-Bryan Clauson

5-Ryan Bernal

3-Brady Bacon & Dave Darland

2-Geoff Ensign, Josh Hodges, R.J. Johnson, Austin Liggett, Mike Spencer, Ryan Timmons & Richard Vander Weerd

1-A.J. Bender, Colby Copeland, Tyler Courtney, Charles Davis Jr., Dennis Gile, Tristan Guardino, Chase Johnson, C.J. Leary, Carson Macedo, Peter Murphy, Brody Roa, Matt Rossi & Terry Schank Jr.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

2010: Craig Stidham

2011: Richard Vander Weerd

2012: Bud Kaeding

2013: Danny Faria Jr.

2014: Matt Mitchell

2015: Danny Faria Jr.

2016: Brody Roa

2017: Jake Swanson

2018: Austin Liggett

2019: Tristan Guardino

2020: None

2021: D.J. Johnson

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

2010: Chris Ennis

2011: Ryan Bernal

2012: Austin Liggett

2013: Landon Hurst

2014: Trent Carter & Garrett Long

2015: Trey Marcham

2016: Ryan Timmons

2017: Brandon Wiley

2018: Britton Bock

2019: J.J. Ringo

2020: None

2021: Jarrett Soares

 

CURB STOMP:
GRANT CAPTURES 2ND
USAC MIKE CURB SUPER LICENSE IN 2021

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 27, 2021)………Four years after earning his first career Mike Curb Super License championship, Justin Grant did it once again in 2021, tallying the most total points throughout the USAC national racing season to pick up the $5,000 bonus and a license to compete in all three series in 2022.

Grant finished the campaign with 5,527 combined points throughout the 2021 USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget seasons, 315 more than his nearest competition, and was the only driver to compete in all 93 USAC national features during the year, blowing away the former all-time record of starts in a season, 77 set in 2010.

The Ione, California native’s first Super License award came in 2017 and now, after earning his second, he becomes just the sixth driver to earn the award multiple times, joining four-time winner Tracy Hines, three-time winners Bryan Clauson and J.J. Yeley as well as two-time recipients Dave Darland, Josh Wise & Tyler Courtney.

Grant’s second Super License is just as special to him but feels that his 2021 campaign was even stronger overall than his performance in 2017. Grant is thankful for that little extra award provided by Curb that comes along with the end of a rigorous, but successful season.

“It’s definitely a grind beating up and down the road running all of the national races, and it’s awesome that Mike Curb and Curb Records put up an award to recognize that and to support the guys who are doing it,” Grant said. “Mike is a great gentleman; I’ve met him a couple times and he’s an incredible supporter of racing. It’s great to win an award of his and they’re both really special. I also feel like I ran better in all three series than I did in 2017. Both of them are neat and both of them are an honor to win.”

Jumping between the Hemelgarn Racing Silver Crown car, the TOPP Motorsports Sprint Car and the RMS Racing Midget can be taxing night-after-night from February to November, but with a series-best-tying 12 wins between the three series – 7 Sprint, 4 Midget & 1 Silver Crown, and as one of two drivers to win in all three series – Grant chalks the season up to a full support system and superb equipment that allows him to live out his dream.

“I’m really fortunate to have great teams and great crews that support me as I jump all over the place and jam around from racetrack to racetrack,” Grant praised. “I drive awesome racecars and I couldn’t do that without my teams, the crews that work on them, and the partners that support us. I’m just in a fortunate position to be everywhere I want to be and hit all the national races.”

While a championship was certainly in the plans for Grant once again after capturing the 2020 USAC Silver Crown title, he came up just a tad short of that goal while also making history. In 2021, Grant became the first driver ever to finish right in third place in the USAC Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget standings in a single season.

Furthermore, Grant is also just the sixth driver to finish inside the top-three in all three series in a single year, joining Rich Vogler (1980, 1981 & 1989), Ken Schrader (1983), Tony Stewart (1995), J.J. Yeley (2002 & 2003) and Chris Windom (2020). With a myriad of changes during the offseason, Grant feels 2021 will be one that’ll always be remembered.

“We ultimately wanted to win some championships but coming home third in all of them was a pretty good effort,” Grant said. “It was my first year with the midget team and my first year running the sprint car team out of my shop in Indianapolis. We had kind of a rocky year in the Silver Crown car, but, for the other two, I felt those were really good efforts for new situations and new surroundings. It’s awesome to win the Super License and have something to show for, not only all my hard work, but also for my teams, crews and partners.”

This was the 23rd year for the Mike Curb Super License, which earns Grant a $5,000 reward and a USAC Super License worth $750 as the driver who finished with the most combined points with the three series during the season.

USAC Super License/USAC National Driver Championship titlists include Justin Grant (2017 & 2021), Dave Darland (1999 & 2015), Tracy Hines (2000-2008-2013-2014), J.J. Yeley (2001-2002-2003), Jay Drake (2004), Josh Wise (2005-2006), Jerry Coons Jr. (2007), Cole Whitt (2009), Bryan Clauson (2010-2011-2012), Brady Bacon (2016), and Tyler Courtney (2018-2019).


2021 USAC MIKE CURB SUPER LICENSE CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN
1 5527 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.
2 5212 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.
3 4949 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.
4 4857 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.
5 4381 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.
6 3461 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.
7 2972 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.
8 2780 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.
9 2742 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.
10 2586 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.
11 2322 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.
12 2099 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif.
13 1892 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.
14 1877 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.
15 1852 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.
16 1752 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.
17 1729 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.
18 1488 Chase Randall, Waco, Texas
19 1301 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.
20 1281 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.
21 1250 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio
22 1221 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas
23 1124 Ethan Mitchell, Mooresville, N.C.
24 1050 Brandon Mattox, Terre Haute, Ind.
25 1036 Jadon Rogers, Worthington, Ind.
26 909 Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.
27 901 Cole Bodine, Rossville, Ind.
28 859 Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill.
29 777 Hayden Reinbold, Gilbert, Ariz.
30 695 Max Adams, Loomis, Calif.
31 690 Ryan Timms, Oklahoma City, Okla.
32 650 Charles Davis Jr., Buckeye, Ariz.
33 598 Hayden Williams, Auckland, N.Z.
34 590 Mario Clouser, Auburn, Ill.
35 581 Chance Crum, Snohomish, Wash.
36 574 Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.
37 540 Stevie Sussex, Mesa, Ariz.
38 529 Taylor Reimer, Bixby, Okla.
39 505 Carmen Perigo, Stoystown, Pa.
40 485 Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, Calif.
41 481 Trey Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.
42 471 Isaac Chapple, Willow Branch, Ind.
43 469 Corey Day, Clovis, Calif.
44 455 Steven Drevicki, Reading, Pa.
45 436 Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pa.
46 404 Matt Goodnight, Winchester, Ind.
47 399 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.
48 399 Timmy Buckwalter, Douglassville, Pa.
49 392 David Byrne, Shullsburg, Wis.
50 383 Kyle Robbins, New Castle, Ind.
51 349 Sam Johnson, St. Peters, Mo.
52 348 Austin Nemire, Sylvania, Ohio
53 328 Shane Cockrum, Benton, Ill.
54 313 Brian Carber, Pipersville, Pa.
55 310 Travis Welpott, Pendleton, Ind.
56 305 Mike Haggenbottom, Levittown, Pa.
57 294 Austin Barnhill, Wilmington, N.C.
58 294 Mark Smith, Sunbury, Pa.
59 281 Brent Beauchamp, Fairland, Ind.
60 280 Nick Bilbee, Indianapolis, Ind.
61 265 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass.
62 264 Jade Avedisian, Clovis, Calif.
63 240 Riley Kreisel, Warsaw, Mo.
64 228 Carson Garrett, Littleton, Colo.
65 228 Ricky Lewis, Ventura, Calif.
66 224 Eric Gordon, Greenfield, Ind.
67 208 Dave Berkheimer, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
68 204 Kyle O'Gara, Beech Grove, Ind.
69 196 Travis Buckley, Auckland, N.Z.
70 187 Stephen Schnapf, Newburgh, Ind.
71 176 Jonathan Shafer, Ashland, Ohio
72 167 Davey Ray, Penngrove, Calif.
73 166 Casey Buckman, Chandler, Ariz.
74 164 Brian Tyler, Parma, Mich.
75 162 Ryan Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.
76 159 Patrick Lawson, Edwardsville, Ill.
77 155 Harley Burns, Brazil, Ind.
78 152 Kendall Ruble, Vincennes, Ind.
79 148 Aaron Pierce, Muncie, Ind.
80 146 Dave Darland, Lincoln, Ind.
81 145 Nathan Byrd, Goodyear, Ariz.
82 144 Jake Neuman, New Berlin, Ill.
83 139 Dallas Hewitt, Troy, Ohio
84 137 Tyler Thomas, Collinsville, Okla.
85 126 Robert Bell, Colfax, Iowa
86 125 Bryan Gossel, Fort Collins, Colo.
87 125 Zack Pretorius, Yorktown, Ind.
88 123 Taylor Ferns, Shelby Township, Mich.
89 122 Jerry Coons Jr., Tucson, Ariz.
90 121 Kent Schmidt, Owensville, Ind.
91 114 Critter Malone, Pittsboro, Ind.
92 112 Terry Babb, Decatur, Ill.
93 104 Tyler Roahrig, Mishawaka, Ind.
94 103 Annie Breidinger, Hillsborough, Calif.
95 95 Kyle Steffens, St. Charles, Mo.
96 93 Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind.
97 91 J.J. Hughes, Columbus, Ind.
98 91 Jake Day, Abilene, Texas
99 90 Blake Brannon, Morgan Hill, Calif.
100 90 Braxton Cummings, Bedford, Ind.
101 90 Oliver Akard, Fort Myers, Fla.
102 89 Tanner Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.
103 86 Chris Phillips, Plainfield, Ind.
104 85 Derek Bischak, Angola, Ind.
105 82 Brandon Morin, Jasonville, Ind.
106 82 Jim Anderson, Joliet, Ill.
107 80 Brayden Fox, Avon, Ind.
108 80 Noah Gass, Mounds, Okla.
109 79 Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind.
110 77 Clinton Boyles, Greenwood, Mo.
111 72 Kenney Johnson, Bethany, Conn.
112 71 Joey Biasi, Mary D, Pa.
113 62 Chris Fetter, Troy, Mo.
114 62 Jacob Denney, Galloway, Ohio
115 60 Dustin Clark, Washington, Ind.
116 60 Mike McVetta, Grafton, Ohio
117 60 Saban Bibent, Cincinnati, Ohio
118 60 Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill.
119 58 Davey Hamilton Jr., Meridian, Idaho
120 50 Emilio Hoover, Broken Arrow, Okla.
121 50 Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kan.
122 48 Jace Park, Overland Park, Kan.
123 44 Ken Schrader, Fenton, Mo.
124 43 Korey Weyant, Springfield, Ill.
125 42 Nathan Moore, Kaufman, Texas
126 40 Blake Spicer, Marysville, Kan.
127 40 Craig Pellegrini, Buena, N.J.
128 40 J.R. Ewing, Phillipsburg, Kan.
129 39 Chase Johnson, Davenport, Iowa
130 36 Danny Long, Bonne Terre, Mo.
131 34 Travis Berryhill, American Canyon, Calif.
132 33 Steven Russell, Rochester, Ill.
133 30 Mariah Ede, Fresno, Calif.
134 30 Tyler Nelson, Olathe, Kan.
135 23 Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind.
136 20 Anton Hernandez, Arlington, Texas
137 20 Brent Yarnal, Tampa, Fla.
138 20 Chayse Hayhurst, Evansville, Ind.
139 20 Chris Urish, Romulus, N.Y.
140 20 Erik Karlsen, Elkhart, Ill.
141 20 Joe Liguori, Phoenix, Ariz.
142 20 Ryan Bickett, Ramona, S.D.
143 20 Shane Butler, Bushnell, Fla.
144 16 Dave Peperak, Clinton, Ind.
145 10 Aaron Farney, Brookston, Ind.
146 10 Brian Gerster, Danville, Ind.
147 10 Cary Oliver, Buncombe, Ill.
148 10 Kyle Hamilton, Fishers, Ind.
149 10 Ronnie Wuerdeman, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

 

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE IS RELEASED
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 24, 2021... Series Director Tony Jones has announced the upcoming schedule for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. As this writing goes to press, the traditional 410s will showcase twenty-seven (27) events at nine (9) different racetracks in 2022. There are several dates to be announced as Jones continues to search for additional races and venues are finalized for the “Louie Vermeil Classic” and “Western World Championships.” The season opens at Cocopah Speedway (Yuma, AZ) with three nights of action, starting January 27 and the champion will be crowned at the November 5th finale of the “26th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” at Perris Auto Speedway.

Promoted by Brad Whitfield, Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona will open the calendar with three consecutive shows on January 27, 28, and 29. The fast 3/8-mile oval last hosted the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars on April 20, 2013 and “The Demon” Damion Gardner claimed the victory. In the three previous appearances at Cocopah, Gardner has two wins and Brody Roa claimed the June 12, 2012 debut. The 1-lap qualifying record of 16.451 was posted on April 19, 2013 by Nic Faas. Cocopah Speedway is located at 3450 West County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona and for more details, visit cocopahspeedway.com or call 602.292.7607.

Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, Steve Faria’s Thunderbowl Raceway will feature three events on the schedule. The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will tackle the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval on March 4, the April 2 “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” and July 9. Each event will work in conjunction with the nearby Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, providing fans and teams with two nights of racing in the Central Valley. 2016 Rookie of the Year, Max Adams became the ninth different Tulare winner on March 26 and Bryan Clauson set the 1-lap track record of 14.646 on November 14, 2009. Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California and for more information, visit thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

Promoted by Peter Murphy, the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, California returns to the USAC/CRA schedule with three nights on the calendar. The 3/8-mile oval will host the non-winged 410 sprints on March 5, April 1, and the July 8 “Spanky Matthews Memorial.” Jace Vander Weerd won last the last appearance on September 8, 2018 and Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three Hanford wins. 3-Time Oval Nationals Champion, Bud Kaeding set the 1-lap track standard of 14.793 on November 12, 2011. Keller Auto Speedway is located at the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Street and for more details, visit kellerautospeedway.com.

Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, Perris Auto Speedway will host ten races on the schedule. Promoted by Don Kazarian, “America’s Premier Dirt Track” continues to showcase events like the “So-Cal Showdown” with the World of Outlaws on March 26th, the April 30th “Sokola Shootout,” the May 28th “Salute to Indy,” June 25th “Bubby Jones & Ray Scheetz Memorial,” August 6, August 20th “California Racers Hall of Fame Night,” and the "Glenn Howard Classic" on September 17th. The AMSOIL USAC Nationals Sprints will clash with USAC/CRA at the prestigious “26th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” on November 3, 4, and 5. Last season, USAC National driver Kevin Thomas Jr. earned his third Oval Nationals triumph on November 6 and Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 49 “home track wins.” Nic Faas posted the 1-lap track record of 15.833 at the 1/2-mile oval on February 25, 2012. Perris Auto Speedway is located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California and for more information, visit perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Promoted by Ron Meyer, the Mohave Valley Raceway in Mohave Valley, Arizona will make their debut on the USAC/CRA schedule in 2022. The 1/3-mile oval will feature the traditional 410s for two shows, coming on April 23 and October 8. While new to USAC/CRA, the facility hosted the SCRA Sprint Cars on four occasions with wins scored by Ron Shuman (1994), Steve Ostling (1995), J. J. Yeley (1996), and Richard Griffin (1998). Mohave Valley Raceway is located at 2750 Laguna Road and for more details, visit mohavevalleyraceway.com or call 928.346.3000.

Bakersfield Speedway, returns to the AMSOIL USAC/CRA calendar on May 14th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval” saw Chase Johnson drive an iron block 360 powered car to victory on May 8th. “The Demon” Damion Gardner and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman are tied for the series lead with two Bakersfield wins and Gardner set the track record of 12.356 on March 12, 2005. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more information, visit bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

Promoted by Jim Naylor, the Ventura Raceway will host the USAC/CRA sprints on June 11th. Using an iron block 360 powered car, Troy Rutherford won the last visit at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” on May 4, 2019. “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman leads all drivers with six series wins at the 1/5-mile oval and “The Bullet” Blake Miller’s 1-lap record of 11.675 was set on October 25, 2008. Ventura Raceway is located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California. For more details, visit venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The 2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 19th. The venue will be announced soon and the celebration is open to all series racers, crews, family, friends, and fans. Details regarding ticket prices and order deadlines will follow shortly.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series in the 2022 season, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or 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 SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
February 19: TBA (2021 USAC/CRA Awards Banquet)
March 4: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
March 5: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
March 19: TBA
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (So Cal Showdown)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial)
July 2: TBA
July 8: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
July 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
August 6: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: TBA
September 3: TBA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: TBA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: TBA
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 1: TBA
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 28: *TBA (Western World Championships)
October 29: *TBA (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SEASON REVIEW: BRIGHT LIGHTS THE WAY TO 2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 23, 2021)………

In the end, Collegeville, Pennsylvania’s Bright prevailed with a whopping 11 victories and 22 top-five finishes in 23 starts aboard his Hummer Motorsports/Rodota Trucking & Excavating – Western Flyer Express/Maxim/Rider Chevy.

After collecting the USAC / ARDC Eastern Midget title in 2018, Bright put his name in the record books once more in 2021 as the USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion.

During Bright’s mega 2021 year, he more than doubled the previous series record of five single season wins, set by Steven Drevicki in 2019 and 2020. Bright scored early and often, winning the second race out of the box at Port Royal, Pa. in April, then again at Selinsgrove, Pa. in May, at Lincoln (Pa.) in June, at Big Diamond (Pa.) and Bridgeport (N.J.) in July, at Selinsgrove in August and at Bedford, Pa. in August.

Starting in September, Bright went on a tear, winning a series record four consecutive feature events at Delaware International, Winchester, Va., Bridgeport and Georgetown, Dela. to solidify his position atop of the championship bout.

Danner (Allentown, Pa.), in his first full season of sprint car competition, was an instant hit on the scene, capturing the opener at Bridgeport in April and on consecutive evenings in May at Bedford and Grandview (Pa.). He dialed up a total of nine victories with summer scores at Selinsgrove in June, and to start the month of July at Action Track USA (Pa.).

It was the following night after his victory at Action Track USA when tragedy struck Danner’s team with the passing of car owner Bill Gallagher. The team carried on with heavy hearts but retained their winning ways with crew chief Curt Michael just two weeks later at Georgetown in late July, then carried into August with a pair of triumphs at Bloomsburg, Pa. and Port Royal before closing out the campaign in November the same manner they started, with a win at Bridgeport, en route to a runner-up finish in the standings and 2021 series Rookie of the Year honors.

Series newcomer Damon Paul (Stony Point, N.Y.) took third in the series points and collected his first career series victory on the banks of Virginia’s Winchester Speedway in late July for car owner Lou Cicconi Jr.

Three-time series champion Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) notched a single win in June at Williams Grove (Pa.) for the DeGre Engineering team and finished seventh in the standings.

East Coast modified shoe, Billy VanInwegen (Port Jervis, N.Y.), likewise, collected his first career victory with the series in October for Van Dusen Racing at New York’s Orange County Fair Speedway, which came in a race that was shortened from 25 laps to 14 due to rain.

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2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS

Driver Champion: Alex Bright

Rookie of the Year: Briggs Danner

Most Wins: 11-Alex Bright

Most Laps Led: 237-Briggs Danner

Most Top-Fives: 22-Alex Bright

Most Top-Tens: 22-Alex Bright

Most Heat Race Wins: 13-Alex Bright

Most Feature Starts: 23-Alex Bright & Briggs Danner

2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1689 Alex Bright, Collegeville, Pa.

2 1549 Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pa.

3 1255 Damon Paul, Stony Point, N.Y.

4 1151 Nash Ely, Wernersville, Pa.

5 1051 Bruce Buckwalter Jr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.

6 981 Kenny Miller III, Morgantown, Pa.

7 954 Steven Drevicki, Reading, Pa.

8 880 Joey Amantea, Mt. Pocono, Pa.

9 870 Ed Aikin, Lincoln University, Pa.

10 832 Tommy Kunsman, Bethlehem, Pa.

11 790 Mike Thompson, Holland, Pa.

12 783 Chris Allen Jr., Wrightstown, N.J.

13 704 Christian Bruno, Deptford, N.J.

14 674 Jonathan Swanson, Yardville, N.J.

15 669 Jason Cherry, Blandon, Pa.

16 585 Colin White, Scranton, Pa.

17 559 Billy Ney, Laureldale, Pa.

18 492 David Swanson, Yardville, N.J.

19 456 Carmen Perigo, Stoystown, Pa.

20 444 Eric Jennings, Bloomingburg, N.Y.

21 360 Aidan Borden, Jackson, N.J.

22 323 Troy Fraker, Newville, Pa.

23 286 Blaine Emery, Oley, Pa.

24 286 Mike Meyers, Zionsville, Pa.

25 183 Lee Kauffman, Hellam, Pa.

26 177 Mark Bitner, Trenton, N.J.

27 170 Brian Spencer, Old Bridge, N.J.

28 163 Tom Savage, Red Lion, Pa.

29 152 Richy Carnathan, Northampton, Pa.

30 146 Craig Pellegrini, Buena, N.J.

31 139 Heidi Hedin, Pipersville, Pa.

32 93 Jermain Godshall, Telford, Pa.

33 71 Zack Burd, Maple Shade, N.J.

34 69 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

35 66 Joey Biasi, Mary D, Pa.

36 40 Preston Lattomus, Landenberg, Pa.

37 39 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

38 38 Kevin Darling, Wyoming, Dela.

39 31 John Stehman, Halifax, Pa.

2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS:

Apr 3: Bridgeport Motorsports Park - Swedesboro, NJ

WINNER: Briggs Danner (Bill Gallagher #5G)

Apr 10: Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA

WINNER: Alex Bright (Hummer Motorsports #20)

May 14: Bedford Speedway - Bedford, PA

WINNER: Briggs Danner (Bill Gallagher #5G)

May 15: Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, PA

WINNER: Briggs Danner (Bill Gallagher #5G)

May 22: Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA

WINNER: Alex Bright (Hummer Motorsports #20)

Jun 4: Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA

WINNER: Steven Drevicki (DeGre Motorsports #19)

Jun 5: Lincoln Speedway - Abbottstown, PA

WINNER: Alex Bright (Hummer Motorsports #20)

Jun 17: Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA

WINNER: Briggs Danner (Bill Gallagher #5G)

Jul 2: Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, PA

WINNER: Alex Bright (Hummer Motorsports #20)

Jul 7: Action Track USA - Kutztown, PA

WINNER: Briggs Danner (Bill Gallagher #5G)

Jul 23: Georgetown Speedway - Georgetown, DE

WINNER: Briggs Danner (Bill Gallagher #5G)

Jul 24: Bridgeport Motorsports Park - Swedesboro, NJ

WINNER: Alex Bright (Hummer Motorsports #20)

Jul 31: Winchester Speedway - Winchester, VA

WINNER: Damon Paul (Lou Cicconi Jr. #57)

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway - Bloomsburg, PA

WINNER: Briggs Danner (Bill Gallagher #5G)

Aug 8: Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA

WINNER: Alex Bright (Hummer Motorsports #20)

Aug 20: Bedford Speedway - Bedford, PA

WINNER: Alex Bright (Hummer Motorsports #20)

Aug 21: Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA

WINNER: Briggs Danner (Bill Gallagher #5G)

Sep 4: Delaware International Speedway - Delmar, DE

WINNER: Alex Bright (Hummer Motorsports #20)

Sep 11: Winchester Speedway - Winchester, VA

WINNER: Alex Bright (Hummer Motorsports #20)

Sep 25: Bridgeport Motorsports Park - Swedesboro, NJ

WINNER: Alex Bright (Hummer Motorsports #20)

Oct 1: Georgetown Speedway - Georgetown, DE

WINNER: Alex Bright (Hummer Motorsports #20)

Oct 23: Orange County Fair Speedway - Middletown, NY

WINNER: Billy VanInwegen (Van Dusen Racing #56)

Nov 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park - Swedesboro, NJ

WINNER: Briggs Danner (Bill Gallagher #5G)

2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS:

11-Alex Bright (Apr 10 at Port Royal Speedway, May 22 at Selinsgrove Speedway, Jun 5 at Lincoln Speedway, Jul 2 at Big Diamond Speedway, Jul 24 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Aug 8 at Selinsgrove Speedway, Aug 20 at Bedford Speedway, Sep 4 at Delaware International Speedway, Sep 11 at Winchester Speedway, Sep 25 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park & Oct 1 at Georgetown Speedway

9-Briggs Danner (Apr 3 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, May 14 at Bedford Speedway, May 15 at Grandview Speedway, Jun 17 at Selinsgrove Speedway, Jul 7 at Action Track USA, Jul 23 at Georgetown Speedway, Aug 6 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, Aug 21 at Port Royal Speedway & Nov 5 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park)

1-Steven Drevicki (Jun 4 at Williams Grove Speedway)

1-Damon Paul (Jul 31 at Winchester Speedway)

1-Billy VanInwegen (Oct 23 at Orange County Fair Speedway)

2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR FEATURE LAPS LED:

237-Briggs Danner

142-Alex Bright

52-Carmen Perigo

33-Chris Allen Jr.

32-Steven Drevicki

17-Damon Paul

13-Tommy Kunsman

12-Billy VanInwegen

8-Ed Aikin

5-Justin Grant

4-Joey Amantea

3-Kenny Miller III

1-Davie Franek

2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES:

22-Alex Bright

16-Briggs Danner

9-Steven Drevicki & Damon Paul

7-Tommy Kunsman & Kenny Miller III

6-Nash Ely

5-Chris Allen Jr. & Carmen Perigo

4-Christian Bruno & Bruce Buckwalter Jr.

3-Ed Aikin, Joey Amantea & Colin White

2-Mark Smith

1-Joey Biasi, Mark Bitner, Shane Cottle, Davie Franek, Eric Jennings, Billy Ney, Billy Pauch Jr., Matt Tanner, Mike Thompson & Billy VanInwegen

2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES:

22-Alex Bright

20-Briggs Danner

15-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. & Damon Paul

14-Kenny Miller III

13-Nash Ely

12-Ed Aikin, Tommy Kunsman & Mike Thompson

11-Chris Allen Jr. & Steven Drevicki

9-Joey Amantea & Christian Bruno

7-Eric Jennings

6-Carmen Perigo

4-Jonathan Swanson & Colin White

3-Troy Betts, Blaine Emery & Mark Smith

2-Mark Bitner, Jason Cherry, Mike Meyers & Billy Ney

1-Joey Biasi, Aidan Borden, Brenden Bright, Steve Buckwalter, Lou Cicconi Jr., Shane Cottle, Larry Drake, Troy Fraker, Davie Franek, Justin Mills, Billy Pauch Jr., Thomas Radivoy, David Swanson, Matt Tanner, Billy VanInwegen, Michael Walter & Steve Wilbur

2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR HEAT RACE WINS:

13-Alex Bright

12-Briggs Danner

6-Steven Drevicki

5-Chris Allen Jr. & Carmen Perigo

4-Tommy Kunsman

3-Christian Bruno

2-Nash Ely & Kenny Miller III

1-Ed Aikin, Troy Betts, Mark Bitner, Bruce Buckwalter Jr., Steve Buckwalter, Mark Smith, Jonathan Swanson & Colin White

2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR FEATURE STARTS:

23-Alex Bright & Briggs Danner

22-Nash Ely & Damon Paul

20-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.

19-Joey Amantea & Jason Cherry

17-Ed Aikin, Kenny Miller III & Mike Thompson

16-Steven Drevicki & Jonathan Swanson

14-Chris Allen Jr., Tommy Kunsman, Billy Ney & David Swanson

13-Christian Bruno & Colin White

10-Aidan Borden & Troy Fraker

9-Eric Jennings

7-Blaine Emery, Mike Meyers & Carmen Perigo

6-Troy Betts

5-Lee Kauffman & Tom Savage

4-Richy Carnathan, Heidi Hedin, Craig Pellegrini, Mark Smith & Brian Spencer

3-Brody Adamsky, Mark Bitner, Jermain Godshall & Ricky Rutt

2-Jacob Balliet, Steve Buckwalter, Zack Burd, Al Cheney, Lou Cicconi Jr., Thomas Radivoy, Michael Walter, Steve Wilbur & Colby Womer

1-Chris Allen Sr., J.R. Berry, Joey Biasi, Brenden Bright, Shane Cottle, Mick D'Agostino, Kevin Darling, Larry Drake, Davie Franek, Justin Grant, Joe Kata, Brian Krummel, Steve Kyser, Preston Lattomus, Kyle Lick, Dan Malley, Justin Mills, Billy Pauch Jr., Brett Perigo, Kyle Smith, John Stehman, Matt Tanner, Billy VanInwegen & Shea Wills

2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR SEMI-FEATURE WINS:

1-Aidan Borden, Brenden Bright, Kenny Miller III, Craig Pellegrini & Colin White

ALL-TIME USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS:

13-Alex Bright & Steven Drevicki

10-Briggs Danner

3-Eddie Strada

2-Joey Biasi, Mark Bitner, Timmy Buckwalter & Kenny Miller III

1-Chris Allen Jr., Brady Bacon, Ryan Godown, Coleman Gulick, Damon Paul, Billy VanInwegen & Ryan Watt

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

2018: Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.)

2019: Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.)

2020: Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.)

2021: Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.)

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

2018: None

2019: Connor Leoffler (Galivants Ferry, S.C.)

2020: Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.)

2021: Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.)


 

SEASON REVIEW: GARDNER PLANTS 8TH CONSECUTIVE USAC CRA SPRINT TITLE IN 2021

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 22, 2021)………Rich Vogler, A.J. Foyt, Sleepy Tripp, Mel Kenyon, Dave Darland, Bryan Clauson and now Damion Gardner.

In 2021, Gardner (Concord, Calif.) added his name to this exclusive cast of seven drivers to reach 100 career USAC feature victories, adding six more scores during the season.

Moreover, his 8th consecutive series championship, and 9th overall with the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car Series, made Gardner one of just six individuals to collect at least nine career USAC driving titles, a company he keeps with Foyt, Clauson, Vogler, Tripp and Tony Hunt.

The Concord, Calif. native won three of his six at California’s Perris Auto Speedway in April and June with number 100 arriving in October. A win at Santa Maria (Calif.) Raceway in July was followed by a memorable victory lane speech that put an exclamation mark on his Louie Vermeil Classic victory at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. The sixth and final came in October at Arizona Speedway.

The 38-point margin of victory provided the ninth title for the driver affectionately known as “The Demon” over chief rival Brody Roa. Gardner previously gathered USAC CRA Sprint Car championships in 2005-2013-2014-2015-2016-2017-2018-2019.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) scored twice at Perris in May’s Salute to Indy and in August during California Racers Hall of Fame Night. Roa’s second place standing in the points was his sixth consecutive top-three finish in the final rundown, and his third time as the series runner-up.

For Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.), it was his third-straight top-three result in the CRA standings, finishing third in 2021 on the strength of a pair of victories, the first coming at Perris in July for the 2009 series Rookie of the Year with the second coming at California’s Petaluma Speedway in September.

Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.), the 2016 USAC CRA Rookie of the Year, became the first driver to reach multiple victories with the series in 2021, winning for the first time with CRA in nearly three years with two early season scores in March at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. and again on March 26 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), the four-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion, migrated west during the month of November to capture two National/CRA co-sanctioned events – prelim nights for both the Oval Nationals at Perris and the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

Similar stories unfolded during the National tour’s venture to the west in November by Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) who captured a daring victory on the final corner of the final lap at Perris in an Oval Nationals prelim. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), meanwhile, took the Oval Nationals finale, the third of his career. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was the master in the closer at Arizona Speedway’s Western World.

Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) returned to USAC CRA victory lane for the first time in 14 seasons with a triumph at Perris in September. Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) made it to the checkered flag first in a wildly entertaining and controversial finish at California’s Bakersfield Speedway in May.

Two first-time USAC CRA feature winners dialed up victories in 2021, first by Ryan Timmons in the season opener in March at Kern County, doing so with a 360 c.i. engine versus a field full of 410s. Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) got the job done in the Louie Vermeil Classic opener in September at Silver Dollar.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, Calif.) finished a career-best 4th in the series standings. Best career points finishes were also earned by 8th place Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.) and 9th place Verne Sweeney (Lomita, Calif.). Corona, California’s Cody Williams returned to the top-five with a 5th place finish in the points while Corona, California’s Tommy Malcolm took 7th and Yorba Linda, California’s Logan Williams was 10th.

Austin Grabowski (Riverside, Calif.) finished 15th in the standings, tops among all first-year competitors, which earned him 2021 USAC CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors.

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2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS:

Driver Champion: Damion Gardner

Entrant Champion: Mark Alexander #4

Most Wins: 6-Damion Gardner

Rookie of the Year: Austin Grabowski

Most Laps Led: 125-Damion Gardner

Most Top-Fives: 14-Damion Gardner

Most Top-Tens: 16-Brody Roa

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 8-Damion Gardner

Most Heat Race Wins: 7-Damion Gardner

Most Feature Starts: 21-Damion Gardner & Brody Roa

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1352 Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif.

2 1314 Brody Roa, Garden Grove, Calif.

3 1183 Austin Williams, Yorba Linda, Calif.

4 1036 Chris Gansen, Verdemont Heights, Calif.

5 993 Cody Williams, Corona, Calif.

6 941 Charles Davis Jr., Buckeye, Ariz.

7 929 Tommy Malcolm, Corona, Calif.

8 708 Eddie Tafoya Jr., Chino Hills, Calif.

9 676 Verne Sweeney, Lomita, Calif.

10 605 Logan Williams, Yorba Linda, Calif.

11 590 Matt McCarthy, Riverside, Calif.

12 589 A.J. Bender, San Diego, Calif.

13 521 Danny Faria Jr., Tipton, Calif.

14 519 Matt Mitchell, Yorba Linda, Calif.

15 492 Austin Grabowski (R), Riverside, Calif.

16 474 Stevie Sussex, Mesa, Ariz.

17 386 R.J. Johnson, Laveen, Ariz.

18 357 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

19 354 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

20 345 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

21 327 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

22 316 Max Adams, Loomis, Calif.

23 312 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

24 310 Brent Owens (R), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

25 298 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

26 280 Jake Hodges (R), Camarillo, Calif.

27 271 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

28 250 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

29 243 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

30 223 Joel Rayborne, West Covina, Calif.

31 215 Steve Hix, Ventura, Calif.

32 211 Chris Muraoka (R), Waianae, Hawaii

33 207 Dan Taylor, Reily, Ohio

34 199 Shane Sexton (R), Warner Springs, Calif.

35 195 Ikaika O'Brien (R), Oahu, Hawaii

36 182 Austin Liggett, Tracy, Calif.

37 181 Trent Williams, Apple Valley, Calif.

38 146 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.

39 141 Nate Schank, Santa Rosa, Calif.

40 138 Austin Ervine, Bakersfield, Calif.

41 130 Chris Bonneau, Peoria, Ariz.

42 123 Tye Mihocko, Phoenix, Ariz.

43 119 Rick Hendrix, Palmdale, Calif.

44 117 Kyle Edwards, Fountain Valley, Calif.

45 115 Jake Helsel, Arlington, Wash.

46 105 Davey Ray, Davenport, Iowa

47 97 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

48 87 Randy Nelson, Peoria, Ariz.

49 77 James Herrera, New Cuyama, Calif.

50 75 Tanner Boul (R), Auberry, Calif.

51 75 Travis Buckley (R), Auckland, N.Z.

52 66 Jonas Reynolds, Peoria, Ariz.

53 53 Cal Smith, Phelan, Calif.

54 41 James Heling, San Bernardino, Calif.

55 40 Daylin Perreira, Hilo, Hawaii

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS:

1 1352 Mark Alexander, Torrance, Calif. (#1)

2 1314 BR Performance, Garden Grove, Calif. (#91R)

3 1183 Tom & Laurie Sertich, Huntington Beach, Calif. (#92)

4 1036 Gansen Engineering Motorsports, San Bernardino, Calif. (#4G)

5 993 Cody Williams, Norco, Calif. (#44)

6 929 Dino Napier, Corona, Calif. (#5x)

7 827 Charles Davis Jr., Buckeye, Ariz. (#47)

8 708 Eddie Tafoya Sr., Chino Hills, Calif. (#51T)

9 676 Ken Tracy, Buena Park, Calif. (#98)

10 605 John McCarthy, Riverside, Calif. (#5w)

11 590 John McCarthy, Riverside, Calif. (#28m)

12 405 Robbie & Gaye Allen, Cottonwood, Ariz. (#12)

13 357 Michael Motorsports, Chino Valley, Ariz. (#77m)

14 354 Dynamics, Inc., Milford, Ohio (#69)

15 345 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

16 327 Team AZ Racing, Danville, Ind. (#21AZ)

17 312 TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Ind. (#4)

18 298 KT Motorsports, Whitestown, Ind. (#9K)

19 271 Hayward Motorsports, Morrison, Ill. (#19)

20 250 Baldwin-Fox Racing, West Lafayette, Ind. (#5)

21 243 Hodges Motorsports, Albuquerque, N.M. (#74x)

22 232 Yeley Racing, Waddell, Ariz. (#2)

23 215 Steve Hix, Ventura, Calif. (#57)

24 146 Sterling Cling Racing, Tempe, Ariz. (#34)

25 123 Glenn Crossno, Chino Valley, Ariz. (#38)

26 117 Gordon Edwards, Fountain Valley, Calif. (#39E)

27 105 FattFro Motorsports/RayPro, Hoffman Estates, Ill. (#14AJ)

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS:

Mar 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA

WINNER: Ryan Timmons (Timmons Racing #29)

Mar 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA

WINNER: Max Adams (Keith Ford #73)

Mar 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA

WINNER: Max Adams (Keith Ford #73)

Apr 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

WINNER: Damion Gardner (Mark Alexander #4)

May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

WINNER: Chase Johnson (May Motorsports #8m)

May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

WINNER: Brody Roa (BR Performance #91R)

Jun 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

WINNER: Damion Gardner (Mark Alexander #4)

Jul 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA

WINNER: Damion Gardner (Mark Alexander #4)

Jul 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

WINNER: Austin Williams (Tom & Laurie Sertich #92)

Aug 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

WINNER: Brody Roa (BR Performance #91R)

Sep 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA

WINNER: Carson Short (Clayton Snow #17)

Sep 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA

WINNER: Damion Gardner (Mark Alexander #4)

Sep 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA

WINNER: Austin Williams (Tom & Laurie Sertich #92)

Sep 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

WINNER: Charles Davis Jr. (Davis Race Team #47)

Oct 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

WINNER: Damion Gardner (Mark Alexander #4)

Oct 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

WINNER: Damion Gardner (Mark Alexander #4)

Nov 4: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Nov 5: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Nov 6: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS:

6-Damion Gardner (Apr 24 at Perris Auto Speedway, Jun 19 at Perris Auto Speedway, Jul 3 at Santa Maria Raceway, Sep 5 at Silver Dollar Speedway, Oct 2 at Arizona Speedway & Oct 23 at Perris Auto Speedway)

2-Max Adams (Mar 13 at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park & Mar 26 at Thunderbowl Raceway)

2-Brady Bacon (Nov 5 at Perris Auto Speedway & Nov 12 at Arizona Speedway)

2-Brody Roa (May 22 at Perris Auto Speedway & Aug 21 at Perris Auto Speedway)

2-Austin Williams (Jul 17 at Perris Auto Speedway & Sep 6 at Petaluma Speedway)

1-Charles Davis Jr. (Sep 25 at Perris Auto Speedway)

1-Chase Johnson (May 8 at Bakersfield Speedway)

1-Logan Seavey (Nov 13 at Arizona Speedway)

1-Carson Short (Sep 4 at Silver Dollar Speedway)

1-Jake Swanson (Nov 4 at Perris Auto Speedway)

1-Kevin Thomas Jr. (Nov 6 at Perris Auto Speedway)

1-Ryan Timmons (Mar 12 at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park)

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE LAPS LED:

125-Damion Gardner

72-Austin Williams

59-Brody Roa

55-Logan Seavey

37-Charles Davis Jr. & Justin Grant

33-Kevin Thomas Jr.

31-Matt Mitchell

30-Carson Short

28-Max Adams

26-Stevie Sussex

20-Brady Bacon

17-Verne Sweeney & Cody Williams

15-Chase Johnson

13-Tanner Thorson

9-Chris Gansen

7-Ryan Timmons

5-Troy Rutherford

2-Tommy Malcolm & Jake Swanson

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES:

14-Damion Gardner

12-Brody Roa

9-Austin Williams

7-Charles Davis Jr. & Cody Williams

5-Brady Bacon & C.J. Leary

4-Chris Gansen, Matt Mitchell & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

3-Chase Johnson, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Tanner Thorson

2-Max Adams, Justin Grant, Tommy Malcolm, Logan Seavey & Stevie Sussex

1-A.J. Bender, Ryan Bernal, Danny Faria Jr., Tony Gomes, R.J. Johnson, Austin Liggett, Thomas Meseraull, Davey Ray, Carson Short, Verne Sweeney, Ryan Timmons & Daniel Whitley

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES:

16-Brody Roa

15-Chris Gansen & Austin Williams

14-Damion Gardner

13-Charles Davis Jr.

11-Tommy Malcolm

9-Cody Williams

6-Danny Faria Jr., Stevie Sussex, Verne Sweeney & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

5-Brady Bacon, A.J. Bender, Justin Grant, R.J. Johnson, C.J. Leary, Tanner Thorson, Logan Williams & Chris Windom

4-Chase Johnson, Matt McCarthy, Matt Mitchell & Jake Swanson

3-Max Adams, Shane Cottle, Austin Grabowski & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Ryan Bernal, Chris Bonneau, Tony Gomes, Jake Hodges, Logan Seavey, Daniel Whitley & Trent Williams

1-Kyle Edwards, Austin Ervine, Rick Hendrix, Steve Hix, Shane Hopkins, Austin Liggett, Thomas Meseraull, Davey Ray, Nate Schank, Carson Short & Ryan Timmons

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE STARTS:

21-Damion Gardner & Brody Roa

20-Chris Gansen, Austin Williams & Cody Williams

19-Tommy Malcolm

17-Charles Davis Jr.

15-Verne Sweeney, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Logan Williams

14-A.J. Bender

13-Matt McCarthy

12-Austin Grabowski

11-Matt Mitchell

10-Danny Faria Jr.

9-Stevie Sussex

8-R.J. Johnson, Brent Owens & Ryan Timmons

7-Jeff Dyer, Jake Hodges & Chase Johnson

6-Max Adams & Joel Rayborne

5-Brady Bacon, Shane Cottle, Justin Grant, Steve Hix, C.J. Leary, Troy Rutherford, Logan Seavey, Carson Short, Jake Swanson, Dan Taylor, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

4-Sterling Cling, Austin Liggett, Ikaika O'Brien & Trent Williams

3-Austin Ervine, Jake Helsel, Rick Hendrix, Tye Mihocko, Kaleb Montgomery, Nate Schank & Shane Sexton

2-Ryan Bernal, Chris Bonneau, Tanner Boul, Travis Buckley, Kyle Edwards, Dennis Gile, Tony Gomes, James Herrera, Shane Hopkins, Thomas Meseraull, Randy Nelson, Davey Ray, Trevor Schmid, Jarrett Soares, Jonas Reynolds & Daniel Whitley

1-Alex Banales, Logan Calderwood, Tyler Hatzikian, James Heling, Tom Hendricks, Kalib Henry, Frank Herman, Ron Laplant, Jake Morgan, Chris Muraoka, Gary Paulson, Danny Sheridan, Cal Smith, Caleb Stelzig & Jace Vander Weerd

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

8-Damion Gardner

3-Brody Roa & Tanner Thorson

1-Charles Davis Jr., Tony Gomes, Chase Johnson, Matt Mitchell, Jake Swanson, Daniel Whitley & Austin Williams

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR HEAT RACE WINS:

7-Damion Gardner

5-Tommy Malcolm & Brody Roa

4-Charles Davis Jr.

3-A.J. Bender, Austin Liggett, Matt McCarthy, Carson Short, Austin Williams & Cody Williams

2-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, R.J. Johnson, Matt Mitchell, Stevie Sussex, Verne Sweeney & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Max Adams, Danny Faria Jr., Chris Gansen, Jake Helsel, Chase Johnson, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Davey Ray, Troy Rutherford, Nate Schank, Logan Seavey, Shane Sexton, Caleb Stelzig, Jake Swanson, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Chris Windom

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR SEMI-FEATURE WINS:

2-Chris Windom

1-Shane Cottle, Charles Davis Jr., Tony Gomes, Jake Hodges, Kaleb Montgomery, Brody Roa, Verne Sweeney, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Tanner Thorson

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR DASH WINS:

1-C.J. Leary & Matt Mitchell

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR C-MAIN WINS:

1-Shane Cottle

ALL-TIME USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: (FULL POINTS EVENTS)

1. (89) Damion Gardner

2. (38) Mike Spencer

3. (35) Cory Kruseman

4. (20) Tony Jones

5. (12) Bryan Clauson

6. (11) Austin Williams

7. (10) Nic Faas, Mike Kirby, Brody Roa & Rip Williams

11. (9) Ryan Bernal, David Cardey & Richard Vander Weerd

14. (8) Dave Darland, Rickie Gaunt & Danny Sheridan

17. (7) Brady Bacon & Matt Mitchell

19. (6) Robert Ballou, Justin Grant, R.J. Johnson, Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, Blake Miller & Kevin Thomas Jr.

26. (5) Garrett Hansen & Jake Swanson

28. (4) Max Adams, Tyler Courtney, Charles Davis Jr., Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell & Chris Windom

34. (3) Rico Abreu, Jerry Coons Jr., Jesse Hockett, Chase Johnson, Thomas Meseraull, Jeremy Sherman, Chase Stockon, Scotty Weir & Josh Wise

43. (2) Tyler Brown, Josh Hodges, Kyle Larson, Austin Liggett, Troy Rutherford & Hunter Schuerenberg

49. (1) Alan Ballard, Jayme Barnes, Christopher Bell, Chad Boespflug, Greg Bragg, Daron Clayton, Colby Copeland, Shane Cottle, Danny Faria Jr., Ricci Faria, Josh Ford, Marty Hawkins, Tracy Hines, Kyle Hirst, Tim Kaeding, C.J. Leary, Mike Martin, Adam Mitchell, Johnny Rodriguez, Logan Seavey, Carson Short, Jon Stanbrough, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Timmons, Jace Vander Weerd, Cole Whitt, Cody Williams & Jason York

ALL-TIME USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: (NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENTS)

1. (2) C.J. Leary

2. (1) Tyler Courtney & Justin Grant

USAC CRA SPRINT CAR DRIVER 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: None

2021: Damion Gardner

USAC CRA SPRINT CAR ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

2004: JR Racing #3

2005: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50

2006: Glenn Crossno #38

2007: Mark Alexander #4

2008: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50

2009: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50

2010: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50

2011: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50

2012: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50

2013: Mark Alexander #4

2014: Mark Alexander #4

2015: Mark Alexander #4

2016: Mark Alexander #4

2017: Mark Alexander #4

2018: Mark Alexander #4

2019: Mark Alexander #4

2020: None

2021: Mark Alexander #4

USAC CRA SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

2004: Ronnie Case

2005: R.J. Johnson

2006: Blake Miller

2007: Scotty Weir

2008: Nic Faas

2009: Austin Williams

2010: Jace Vander Weerd

2011: David Bezio

2012: Jake Swanson

2013: Markus Niemela

2014: Logan Williams

2015: Parker Colston

2016: Max Adams

2017: Matt McCarthy

2018: Joel Rayborne & Austin Ervine

2019: Eddie Tafoya Jr.

2020: None

2021: Austin Grabowski

 

 

SEASON REVIEW: BACON IS USAC SPRINT KING AGAIN WITH 4TH CAREER TITLE IN 2021

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 22, 2021)………Throughout the past decade, Brady Bacon has consistently positioned himself as the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship’s prolific driver, winning more titles and feature races in that time span than any other individual.

That fact alone makes it even more remarkable that his fourth career series championship in 2021 just very well may have been his best of the bunch.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. driver’s 36 top-fives in 43 features starts throughout the 2021 USAC National Sprint Car trail was the most in series history. Sheldon Kinser previously held the record of 31 top-fives in 50 starts, set back in 1977.

Bacon’s 41 top-ten finishes in 2021 were also an all-time record for the series, breaking Sheldon Kinser’s record of 39, also set in 1977.

In 2021, Bacon shot to the point lead in race number three after winning at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on April 3 and patrolled the standings from that point forward, possessing the number one spot uninterrupted for the remaining 40 events to score the title by a 120-point margin over runner-up Kevin Thomas Jr.

In the process, Bacon became just the third driver to capture at least four USAC National Sprint Car driving championships in his career, joining five-timer Levi Jones (2005-07-09-10-11) and fellow four-time titlist Steve Butler (1986-87-88-90) while also garnering Dynamics, Inc. a record-extending 13th series entrant championship (1989-1992-1993-1996-1997-1999-2002-2004-2008-2014-2016-2020-2021).

During his banner 2021 season, Bacon also became just the ninth driver to win at least 40 career USAC National Sprint Car feature events. His 40th, in the penultimate race of the campaign at Arizona Speedway in November, tied him with Gary Bettenhausen for eighth on the all-time series win list. Bacon’s 43 career fast qualifying times also shot him to fourth all-time in that category.

Between Lawrenceburg and Arizona, Bacon sandwiched three more feature victories, for a total of five, including a fourth-straight win at Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway in April after previous “dubs” in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He captured the Indiana Sprint Week round at Bloomington Speedway in July and a prelim night of the Oval Nationals at California’s Perris Auto Speedway in November.

Perhaps, above all his wins, were Bacon’s comeback performances in 2021. A major, wall clearing turn one heat race incident in May at Terre Haute forced a black-eyed Bacon to the team’s backup car where he promptly drove to a 3rd place finish in the feature. A similar spectacular heat race crash in October at Lawrenceburg sent the team straight to the backup once again, returning to finish 4th in the feature.

It’s an asset Bacon feels fortunate to have on his side, led by 2021 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year, Matt Hummel, and D.J. Lebow.

“We just try to stay calm, do what we can do and, fortunately, this year, we were always able to get it done and get back out and get decent finishes,” Bacon explained. “There’s a lot of experience and a lot of time working together with the same crew. The chemistry over the years means a lot and we can get a lot more done faster when everyone kind of knows the routine and knows what the other people’s responsibilities are.”

With four series titles to his credit in 2014-2016-2020-2021, the 31-year-old Bacon shows no signs of letting up on this run of success with the series following the conclusion of the 2021 season. The hunger is strong for Bacon to attain championship number five in 2022.

“To get back-to-back championships, I’ve never been able to do that before,” Bacon exclaimed. “We’re going to go for another USAC National Sprint Car championship in 2021. I have a lot of great sponsors and supporters that help us make this happen, and we’ll try to keep everyone together and maybe add a few to come back even stronger next year.”

Despite a record-setting year, Bacon certainly had his fair share of obstacles, of which they overcame with a paramount of success in the Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy. However, Bacon and his crew still managed to make it look easy even when those two most notable of incidents would have resulted in a DNF for many other teams.

“Hopefully our team can just maintain this momentum and get another one next year,” Bacon pined. “Hopefully, we won’t have so many obstacles to climb and maybe it will be a little easier. My guys overcame a lot of stuff this year and it’s pretty much what won us the championship.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) earned a series best, and career best, nine USAC National Sprint Car victories in 2021 following a winless 2020 season. En route to a runner-up finish in the standings, Thomas scored the opener in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park, then added an April win at Bloomington and a June triumph in the series debut at Pennsylvania’s Bloomsburg Fair Raceway.

Moving into July, Thomas added an early July victory at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway after starting all the way back in 14th, then tabbed a second career Indiana Sprint Week championship in late July.

In August, KTJ notched a victory at Indiana’s Paragon Speedway, the first series race held at the track in 23 years. A daytime prelim Sprint Car Smackdown win followed at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway in August, as did a $12,000 Haubstadt Hustler victory at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway in September, a $10,000 win at the Lawrenceburg Speedway Fall Nationals in October and a third Oval Nationals victory lane celebration worth $10,000 at Perris in November.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) added seven wins of his own in his personal best season on his way to third in the final points after wins at Ocala in February, Grandview in June and again two nights later in the series’ first event at Pennsylvania’s Selinsgrove Speedway in 50 summers.

For Grant, an 18-lap Kokomo win came in July in what was the first-ever rain-shortened Indiana Sprint Week main event in the series’ 34-year history. Exactly one week later, Grant capped ISW with a win in the finale at Tri-State. Grant dominated Smackdown at Kokomo in August with victories on back-to-back evenings, including the final night worth $15,000.

Tanner Thorson’s first season in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition was downright historic. The Minden, Nevada native’s five wins were the most ever by a Rookie with the series and his fourth-place finish in the final standings was the best for any first-year USAC National Sprint Car driver since Rick Howerton in 1990. Thorson’s seven fast qualifying times were also the most ever for a series Rookie.

Thorson accumulated feature wins at Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Speedway and Path Valley Speedway Park in April, then bagged the Indiana Sprint Week round at Lincoln Park in July, as well as the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals opener in September in South Dakota, before winning the first dirt track race for the series in Indianapolis in 37 years during the debut at Circle City Raceway. The 2016 USAC National Midget champion was rewarded at season’s end as the 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year.

A new combination featuring C.J. Leary and Michael Motorsports garnered five series wins in 2021, including the first for a Ford-powered engine in 10 seasons in April at Pennsylvania’s BAPS Motor Speedway. Two sets of back-to-back wins followed for the Greenfield, Ind. driver at Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway on July 1 and at Lincoln Park on July 2. His biggest career payday came in successive victories at Huset’s on September 11-12, the latter of which paid $20,000 to win, all of which helped him to a fifth-place finish in the series standings.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) joined forces with Baldwin-Fox Racing in April, a combination which produced four series victories in 2021, three of which came in a season-best three-race winning streak in the middle of Indiana Sprint Week that netted the 2018 USAC National Midget champion victories at Lawrenceburg, Gas City I-69 Speedway and the Terre Haute Action Track. The 10th place finisher in series’ points, Seavey finished strong with a win in the final race of the season in November, the curtain closer for Arizona Speedway during the 54th annual Western World Championships.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) made Terre Haute his personal playground in 2021, getting both of his USAC Sprint Car victories on the year at the famed half-mile and finishing 6th in series points. Windom snagged his third career rifle, and second straight, in May during the 51st annual Tony Hulman Classic. In October, Windom engineered his eighth career series victory at Terre Haute, elevating him into a three-way tie with Gary Bettenhausen and Jack Hewitt as the track’s winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver. That win made Windom the lone five-time victor of the Jim Hurtubise Classic with scores in 2011, 2016, 2017, 2020 and now 2021.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) raced to his first USAC National Sprint Car victory in nearly three years after a spirited and daring duel with Tyler Courtney at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in May, denying Courtney a series record sixth consecutive series win at a single track. Ballou followed in suit with a win in the series’ debut at the new Bridgeport Motorsports Park in June on his way to a second career Eastern Storm championship (2015) and 8th in the series standings.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) made just five series starts in 2021, but won two of them, both at Eldora. The first came in the daylight in May during which he captured his fifth consecutive feature event at Eldora, Courtney became just the third driver in USAC National Sprint Car history to win five-in-a-row at one track following Jim Hurtubise at Terre Haute between 1960-62 and Steve Chassey at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1979.

Just last year, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) was in the process of migrating from California to the Midwest to chase his dream of competing on the USAC National Sprint Car trail. After four runner-up finishes during the 2021 season, Swanson finally broke through to become a USAC National Sprint Car winner late in the year at Perris, winning the closest finish of the entire USAC National slate (0.01 sec.) with a last corner, last lap, spark-showering triumph. For his efforts with the Sprints as well as the USAC Silver Crown division, Swanson was honored as USAC’s 2021 National Most Improved Driver.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) returned to victory lane in April at Tri-State with his sixth career USAC National Sprint Car win at the southern Indiana track, although it was his first career in the Spring Showdown in what was his ninth career start in the event.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) finished 9th in the final standings for 2021, marking 10 consecutive seasons in which he has finished inside the top-10 in points, tied for the sixth best streak in series history. His record run of longevity came to a close in April at Bloomington when his all-time series streak of 324 consecutive feature starts in USAC National Sprint Car competition ended after making an appearance in every starting lineup dating back to 2012.

The 43 USAC National Sprint Car events held in 2021 were the third most in series history, and the most in 44 years. The only other seasons that were busier had 44 race sin 1976 and a record 51 back in 1977.

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2021 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS

Most Wins: 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.

Driver Champion: Brady Bacon

Entrant Champion: Dynamics, Inc. #69

Rookie of the Year: Tanner Thorson

Most Laps Led: 222-Justin Grant

Most Top-Fives: 36-Brady Bacon

Most Top-Tens: 41-Brady Bacon

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 7-Tanner Thorson

Most Heat Race Wins: 15-Robert Ballou

Most Feature Starts: 43-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

Biggest Charge of the Year: 4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Alex Bright (18th to 4th) | 6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – C.J. Leary (21st to 7th) | 7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 8th)

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINTS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 2944 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

2 2824 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

3 2761 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

4 2656 Tanner Thorson (R), Minden, Nev.

5 2652 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

6 2533 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

7 2456 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

8 1987 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif.

9 1709 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

10 1627 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

11 1343 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

12 1244 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

13 1050 Brandon Mattox, Terre Haute, Ind.

14 1036 Jadon Rogers, Worthington, Ind.

15 988 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

16 972 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio

17 859 Paul Nienhiser (R), Chapin, Ill.

18 695 Max Adams, Loomis, Calif.

19 660 Cole Bodine (R), Rossville, Ind.

20 628 Charles Davis Jr., Buckeye, Ariz.

21 590 Mario Clouser, Auburn, Ill.

22 540 Stevie Sussex, Mesa, Ariz.

23 471 Isaac Chapple, Willow Branch, Ind.

24 455 Steven Drevicki (R), Reading, Pa.

25 436 Briggs Danner (R), Allentown, Pa.

26 399 Timmy Buckwalter, Douglassville, Pa.

27 399 Sterling Cling (R), Tempe, Ariz.

28 281 Brent Beauchamp, Fairland, Ind.

29 269 Mark Smith, Sunbury, Pa.

30 250 Carmen Perigo, Stoystown, Pa.

31 240 Riley Kreisel, Warsaw, Mo.

32 228 Ricky Lewis (R), Ventura, Calif.

33 228 Carson Garrett (R), Littleton, Colo.

34 206 Nick Bilbee, Indianapolis, Ind.

35 187 Stephen Schnapf, Newburgh, Ind.

36 162 Ryan Thomas (R), Indianapolis, Ind.

37 155 Harley Burns (R), Brazil, Ind.

38 152 Matt Goodnight, Winchester, Ind.

39 152 Kendall Ruble, Vincennes, Ind.

40 146 Dave Darland, Lincoln, Ind.

41 128 Davey Ray, Davenport, Iowa

42 126 Robert Bell, Colfax, Iowa

43 125 Zack Pretorius (R), Yorktown, Ind.

44 121 Kent Schmidt, Owensville, Ind.

45 114 Critter Malone, Pittsboro, Ind.

46 91 J.J. Hughes, Columbus, Ind.

47 90 Braxton Cummings (R), Bedford, Ind.

48 82 Brandon Morin (R), Jasonville, Ind.

49 80 Noah Gass (R), Mounds, Okla.

50 80 Brayden Fox (R), Avon, Ind.

51 71 Joey Biasi, Mary D, Pa.

52 60 Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill.

53 60 Dustin Clark, Washington, Ind.

54 60 Saban Bibent (R), Cincinnati, Ohio

55 50 Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kan.

56 40 Craig Pellegrini (R), Buena, N.J.

57 34 Travis Berryhill (R), American Canyon, Calif.

58 20 Anton Hernandez, Arlington, Texas

59 20 Chayse Hayhurst (R), Evansville, Ind.

60 20 Shane Butler (R), Bushnell, Fla.

61 10 Aaron Farney, Brookston, Ind.

(R) represents a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRANT POINTS

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 2944 Dynamics, Inc., Milford, Ohio (#69)

2 2824 KT Motorsports, Whitestown, Ind. (#9K)

3 2761 TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Ind. (#4)

4 2656 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

5 2652 Michael Motorsports, Chino Valley, Ariz. (#77m)

6 2533 Hayward Motorsports, Morrison, Ill. (#19)

7 2456 Team AZ Racing, Danville, Ind. (#21AZ)

8 2020 Ballou Motorsports, Tipton, Ind. (#12)

9 1763 Baldwin-Fox Racing, West Lafayette, Ind. (#5)

10 1709 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5s)

11 1513 Rock Steady Racing, Dupont, Ind. (#3R)

12 1473 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5m)

13 1133 Hodges Motorsports, Albuquerque, N.M. (#74x)

14 1050 Brandon Mattox Racing, Brazil, Ind. (#28)

15 972 Ray Marshall Motorsports, Forest, Ohio (#33m)

16 886 Clauson Marshall Newman Racing, Fishers, Ind. (#39BC)

17 713 Kyle Rogers, Worthington, Ind. (#14)

18 694 Yeley Racing, Waddell, Ariz. (#2)

19 628 Davis Race Team, Buckeye, Ariz. (#47D)

20 590 Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing, Greenfield, Wis. (#6)

21 491 Randy Edwards, Evansville, Ind. (#61m)

22 471 Isaac Chapple Racing, Fortville, Ind. (#52)

23 455 DeGre Engineering, Birdsboro, Pa. (#19s)

24 436 Bill Gallagher, King of Prussia, Pa. (#5G)

25 399 LNB Motorsports, Douglassville, Pa. (#7)

26 399 Sterling Cling Racing, Tempe, Ariz. (#34)

27 377 Epperson Racing, Camby, Ind. (#2E)

28 365 Hogue Racing, Westampton, N.J. (#39x)

29 365 Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#22)

30 315 On The Gass Racing, Advance, Ind. (#17G)

31 294 Tyler Sturgeon Racing, Indianapolis, Ind. (#77s)

32 267 Wingo Brothers Racing, Pittsboro, Ind. (#77)

33 256 Tom Eades Racing, Sharpsville, Ind. (#47)

34 250 John Stehman, Halifax, Pa. (#21)

35 240 DKR Motorsports, Warsaw, Mo. (#91)

36 234 Daigh-Phillips Motorsports, Indianapolis, Ind. (#71p)

37 228 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#15KO)

38 220 LB Racing, Needham, Ind. (#29)

39 218 Ricky Lewis, Indianapolis, Ind. (#11L)

40 206 Bilbee Motorsports, Indianapolis, Ind. (#17)

41 204 Zach Parker, Plainfield, Ind. (#5T)

42 187 Brian Martin, Vincennes, Ind. (#11m)

43 179 Scott Adams, Marion, Ind. (#5x)

44 169 Scott Pedersen, Indianapolis, Ind. (#4p)

45 162 Wingo Brothers Racing, Pittsboro, Ind. (#77FR)

46 152 Kendall Ruble Racing, Vincennes, Ind. (#17K)

47 152 Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#39)

48 145 Harley Burns Racing, Brazil, Ind. (#16)

49 129 Todd Keen, Union City, Ohio (#18)

50 128 FattFro Motorsports/Team RayPro, Hoffman Estates, Ill. (#14AJ)

51 126 Robert Bell, Colfax, Iowa (#71)

52 125 Pretorius Racing, Yorktown, Ind. (#9z)

53 121 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5K)

54 117 Paul Hazen, Columbia City, Ind. (#57)

55 114 Seven LLC, Pittsboro, Ind. (#7m)

56 98 Jerry Burton, Bloomington, Ind. (#04)

57 91 John Hughes, Indianapolis, Ind. (#76)

58 90 Bub & Amanda Cummings, Bedford, Ind. (#71B)

59 86 Larry Gentry, Robards, Ky. (#10)

60 82 Brandon Morin Racing, Jasonville, Ind. (#98)

61 80 Randy Gass, Mounds, Okla. (#20G)

62 80 Fox Brothers Racing, Avon, Ind. (#53)

63 75 Gray Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#81G)

64 71 Mary Biasi, Mary D, Pa. (#B1)

65 64 RMB Motorsports, Colfax, Ill. (#29)

66 60 Daum Motorsports, Pocahontas, Ill. (#5D)

67 60 Dustin Clark Racing, Washington, Ind. (#75)

68 50 Wyatt Burks Racing, Topeka, Kan. (#11w)

69 40 Michael Dutcher Motorsports, Cicero, Ind. (#17GP)

70 40 Craig Pellegrini, Buena, N.J. (#27c)

71 20 Cam Pottorff, Martinsville, Ind. (#11p)

72 20 Gary Densford, Austin, Ind. (#27D)

73 20 Vermillion Racing, Greencastle, Ind. (#5v)

74 20 Vermillion Racing, Greencastle, Ind. (#73)

75 20 Chayse Hayhurst Racing, Elberfeld, Ind. (#20)

76 20 Butler Motorsports, Bushnell, Fla. (#18)

77 10 DCT Racing, Fowler, Ind. (#15F)

78 10 Maury Bibent, Cincinnati, Ohio (#10B)

79 10 Hurst Brothers Racing, Bloomington, Ind. (#70)

80 10 Kenny McMillin, Rosedale, Ind. (#24)

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINTS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 2656 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

2 859 Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill.

3 660 Cole Bodine, Rossville, Ind.

4 455 Steven Drevicki, Reading, Pa.

5 436 Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pa.

6 399 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.

7 228 Ricky Lewis, Ventura, Calif.

8 228 Carson Garrett, Littleton, Colo.

9 162 Ryan Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.

10 155 Harley Burns, Brazil, Ind.

11 125 Zack Pretorius, Yorktown, Ind.

12 90 Braxton Cummings, Bedford, Ind.

13 82 Brandon Morin, Jasonville, Ind.

14 80 Noah Gass, Mounds, Okla.

15 80 Brayden Fox, Avon, Ind.

16 60 Saban Bibent, Cincinnati, Ohio

17 40 Craig Pellegrini, Buena, N.J.

18 34 Travis Berryhill, American Canyon, Calif.

19 20 Chayse Hayhurst, Evansville, Ind.

20 20 Shane Butler, Bushnell, Fla.

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 11: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Feb 12: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Apr 3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Apr 16: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Apr 17: (M) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Apr 22: Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Apr 23: Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, PA WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Apr 24: BAPS Motor Speedway – York Haven, PA WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Apr 25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Spring Run, PA WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

May 8: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #7BC)

May 8: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH WINNER: Robert Ballou (Ballou Motorsports #12)

May 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN WINNER: Chris Windom (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Jun 15: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jun 16: (E) Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ WINNER: Robert Ballou (Ballou Motorsports #12)

Jun 17: (E) Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, PA WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jun 20: (E) Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, PA WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Jul 1: Plymouth Speedway – Plymouth, IN WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Jul 2: (M) (A) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Jul 3: (M) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Jul 24: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 25: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 26: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 28: (I) Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 29: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Jul 30: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 31: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug. 22: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug 27: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Aug 28: (F) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Sep 10: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Sep 11: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Sep 12: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Sep 17: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Sep 18: (M) (A) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #7BC)

Oct 1: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN WINNER: Chris Windom (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Oct 2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Nov 4: (C) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Nov 5: (C) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Nov 6: (C) (F) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Nov 12: (C) Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Nov 13: (C) Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

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(M) represents an event co-sanctioned by MSCS

(E) represents an Eastern Storm event

(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event

(C) represents an event with the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Cars

(SE) represents a non-points, special event

(F) represents a race awarding feature points only

(A) represents a race awarding appearance points only

(P) represents an event co-sanctioned by POWRi WAR Sprints

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

9-Kevin Thomas Jr. (Feb 12 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 16 at Bloomington Speedway, Jun 20 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, Jul 3 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Aug 22 at Paragon Speedway, Aug 28 at Kokomo Speedway, Sep 18 at Tri-State Speedway, Oct 2 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & Nov 6 at Perris Auto Speedway)

7-Justin Grant (Feb 11 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jun 15 at Grandview Speedway, Jun 17 at Selinsgrove Speedway, Jul 24 at Kokomo Speedway, Jul 31 at Tri-State Speedway, Aug 27 at Kokomo Speedway & Aug 28 at Kokomo Speedway)

5-Brady Bacon (Apr 3 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Apr 22 at Grandview Speedway, Jul 30 at Bloomington Speedway, Nov 5 at Perris Auto Speedway & Nov 12 at Arizona Speedway)

5-C.J. Leary (Apr 24 at BAPS Motor Speedway, Jul 1 at Plymouth Speedway, Jul 2 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Sep 11 at Huset’s Speedway & Sep 12 at Huset’s Speedway)

5-Tanner Thorson (Apr 23 at Big Diamond Speedway, Apr 25 at Path Valley Speedway Park, Jul 29 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Sep 10 at Huset’s Speedway & Sep 17 at Circle City Raceway)

4-Logan Seavey (Jul 25 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Jul 26 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Jul 28 at Terre Haute Action Track & Nov 13 at Arizona Speedway)

2-Robert Ballou (May 8 at Eldora Speedway & Jun 16 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park)

2-Tyler Courtney (May 8 at Eldora Speedway & Sep 25 at Eldora Speedway)

2-Chris Windom (May 26 at the Terre Haute Action Track & Oct 1 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

1-Kyle Cummins (Apr 17 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Jake Swanson (Nov 4 at Perris Auto Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

222-Justin Grant

210-Kevin Thomas Jr.

162-Logan Seavey

158-C.J. Leary

146-Tanner Thorson

107-Brady Bacon

90-Jake Swanson

48-Chris Windom

44-Robert Ballou

39-Tyler Courtney

34-Kyle Cummins

26-Emerson Axsom

21-Jadon Rogers

17-Shane Cottle

12-Brady Short

10-Chase Stockon

6-Cole Bodine

2-Charles Davis Jr.

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES

36-Brady Bacon

29-Kevin Thomas Jr.

22-Justin Grant & Tanner Thorson

21-C.J. Leary

16-Chris Windom

13-Jake Swanson

10-Logan Seavey

9-Robert Ballou & Kyle Cummins

4-Shane Cottle & Tyler Courtney

3-Alex Bright, Thomas Meseraull & Chase Stockon

2-Charles Davis Jr., Jason McDougal, & Jadon Rogers

1-Isaac Chapple, Briggs Danner, Buddy Kofoid, Brandon Mattox & Paul Nienhiser

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES

41-Brady Bacon

38-Justin Grant

37-Kevin Thomas Jr.

34-C.J. Leary

33-Chris Windom

32-Tanner Thorson

27-Jake Swanson

22-Robert Ballou

20-Logan Seavey

17-Shane Cottle

14-Chase Stockon

12-Kyle Cummins

10-Jadon Rogers

7-Alex Bright, Jason McDougal & Thomas Meseraull

6-Timmy Buckwalter

5-Tyler Courtney & Briggs Danner

4-Steven Drevicki, Paul Nienhiser, Matt Westfall & Austin Williams

3-Emerson Axsom & Charles Davis Jr.

2-Max Adams, Isaac Chapple, R.J. Johnson, Buddy Kofoid, Riley Kreisel, Brandon Mattox, Cannon McIntosh, Brody Roa, Kendall Ruble, Brady Short & Stevie Sussex

1-Ryan Bernal, Cole Bodine, Mario Clouser, Zach Daum, A.J. Hopkins, Chase Johnson, Tommy Malcolm, Tye Mihocko, Carmen Perigo, Daison Pursley, Mark Smith & Scotty Weir

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FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (Presented by Fatheadz Eyewear)

7-Tanner Thorson

6-Brady Bacon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

3-Timmy Buckwalter, Justin Grant & Logan Seavey

2-Jadon Rogers

1-Brent Beauchamp, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Briggs Danner, Steven Drevicki, Brayden Fox, Damion Gardner, Jason McDougal, Chase Stockon, Jake Swanson & Chris Windom

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HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)

15-Robert Ballou

11-Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

9-Brady Bacon & Justin Grant

8-Kyle Cummins & Chase Stockon

7-C.J. Leary & Thomas Meseraull

6-Jake Swanson & Tanner Thorson

4-Charles Davis Jr., Brandon Mattox & Logan Seavey

3-Max Adams, Briggs Danner, & Jason McDougal

2-Emerson Axsom, Cole Bodine, R.J. Johnson, Paul Nienhiser & Brady Short

1-A.J. Bender, Ryan Bernal, Joey Biasi, Nick Bilbee, Alex Bright, Timmy Buckwalter, Sterling Cling, Mario Clouser, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Carson Garrett, Jake Helsel, Chase Johnson, Tye Mihocko, Davey Ray, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Mark Smith, Caleb Stelzig, Stevie Sussex & Matt Westfall

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SEMI WINS

4-Paul Nienhiser & Jake Swanson

3-Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

2-Timmy Buckwalter, Isaac Chapple, Shane Cottle, Charles Davis Jr., C.J. Leary & Jadon Rogers

1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Alex Banales, Koby Barksdale, Nick Bilbee, Cole Bodine, Briggs Danner, Brandon Mattox, Thomas Meseraull, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Scotty Weir

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D-MAIN WINS

1-Jack James

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C-MAIN WINS

2-Brent Beauchamp

1-Cole Bodine, Mario Clouser, Shane Cottle, Tim Creech, Braydon Cromwell, Aric Gentry, Chayse Hayhurst, Brandon Mattox, Tye Mihocko, Stevie Sussex, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Ryan Thomas

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FEATURE STARTS

43-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

36-Robert Ballou & Chase Stockon

29-Logan Seavey

27-Shane Cottle & Matt Westfall

25-Brandon Mattox

22-Kyle Cummins, Thomas Meseraull & Jadon Rogers

19-Paul Nienhiser

17-Jason McDougal

16-Max Adams & Cole Bodine

15-Mario Clouser & Stevie Sussex

14-Charles Davis Jr.

13-Isaac Chapple

10-Alex Bright, Steven Drevicki, Chase Johnson & Tye Mihocko

9-Briggs Danner

8-Timmy Buckwalter, Carson Short & Mark Smith

7-Emerson Axsom, Ricky Lewis & Carmen Perigo

6-Brent Beauchamp, Sterling Cling, Nash Ely, Chris Gansen & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

5-Alex Banales, Nick Bilbee, Tyler Courtney, Damion Gardner, Carson Garrett, R.J. Johnson, Cannon McIntosh, Brody Roa, Scotty Weir & Cody Williams

4-Dave Darland, Dallas Hewitt, Stephen Schnapf, Brady Short & Austin Williams

3-Koby Barksdale, A.J. Bender, Ryan Bernal, Harley Burns, Brayden Fox, Chad Frewaldt, Aric Gentry, J.J. Hughes, Riley Kreisel, Tommy Malcolm, Matt Mitchell, Davey Ray, Kendall Ruble, Glen Saville, Cam Schafer, Kent Schmidt, Verne Sweeney & Logan Williams

2-Collin Ambrose, Robert Bell, Joey Biasi, Shane Cockrum, Braydon Cromwell, Noah Gass, Dennis Gile, Austin Grabowski, Max Guilford, Korbyn Hayslett, Jake Helsel, A.J. Hopkins, Buddy Kofoid, Kenny Miller III, Brandon Morin, Terry Richards, Kory Schudy, Ryan Thomas & Mitch Wissmiller

1-Garrett Abrams, Ryan Barr, Travis Berryhill, Saban Bibent, Mark Bitner, Patrick Budde, Richy Carnathan, Cindy Chambers, Brayden Clark, Anthony D'Alessio, Zach Daum, Paul Dues, Danny Faria Jr., Matt Goodnight, Nic Harris, Chase Jones, Tyler Kendall, Jeremy Kerzman, Brandon Long, Critter Malone, Michael Markey, Matt McCarthy, Billy Ney, Justin Owen, Jeff Pellersels, Chris Phillips, Zack Pretorius, Daison Pursley, Chase Randall, Jake Scott, Alec Sipes, Brandon Spencer, Caleb Stelzig & Chet Williams

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Tyler Courtney

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Stevie Sussex

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Tye Mihocko

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Nic Harris

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Chris Windom

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Justin Grant

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Briggs Danner

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Brandon Mattox

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Isaac Chapple

5/8: Eldora Speedway – C.J. Leary

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Brady Bacon

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Jake Swanson

6/16: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Jake Swanson

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – C.J. Leary

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – Alex Bright

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Max Adams

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Collin Ambrose

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Nick Bilbee

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Zack Pretorius

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Brandon Mattox

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Cole Bodine & Jason McDougal

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Braydon Cromwell

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Chase Stockon

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Koby Barksdale

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Cole Bodine

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Chase Johnson

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Brent Beauchamp

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Charles Davis Jr.

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – Jeremy Kerzman

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Jadon Rogers

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Kyle Cummins

9/25: Eldora Speedway – Max Adams

10/1: Terre Haute Action Track – Chris Windom

10/2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brady Bacon

11/4: Perris Auto Speedway – Chris Gansen

11/5: Perris Auto Speedway – Carson Short

11/6: Perris Auto Speedway – Chris Windom

11/12: Arizona Speedway – Sterling Cling

11/13: Arizona Speedway – Brody Roa

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (12th to 4th)

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (10th to 2nd)

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Robert Ballou (22nd to 9th)

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Robert Ballou (20th to 10th)

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Kyle Cummins (11th to 1st)

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Robert Ballou (13th to 3rd)

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Alex Bright (19th to 8th)

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Alex Bright (16th to 4th)

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Alex Bright (18th to 4th)

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Dallas Hewitt (21st to 15th)

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues (22nd to 13th)

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Tanner Thorson (22nd to 11th)

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Chris Windom (13th to 7th)

6/16: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Brady Bacon (14th to 4th)

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – Jake Swanson (20th to 7th)

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – C.J. Leary (21st to 7th)

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Brady Bacon (13th to 5th)

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (20th to 8th)

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 1st)

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Shane Cottle (18th to 11th)

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Justin Grant (19th to 8th)

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Kyle Cummins (12th to 3rd)

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Jason McDougal (15th to 5th)

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Stevie Sussex (22nd to 9th)

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – A.J. Hopkins (21st to 10th)

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 8th)

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Chris Windom (18th to 5th)

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Chris Windom (10th to 2nd)

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Chase Stockon (18th to 10th)

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Emerson Axsom (15th to 7th)

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Brady Bacon (10th to 3rd)

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Chase Stockon (24th to 12th)

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – C.J. Leary (9th to 1st)

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Robert Ballou (20th to 12th)

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Robert Ballou (15th to 6th)

9/25: Eldora Speedway – Jadon Rogers (22nd to 10th)

10/1: Terre Haute Action Track – Shane Cottle (14th to 9th)

10/2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Justin Grant (14th to 6th)

11/4: Perris Auto Speedway – Chris Windom (18th to 8th)

11/5: Perris Auto Speedway – Carson Short (24th to 15th)

11/6: Perris Auto Speedway – Chris Windom (19th to 8th)

11/12: Arizona Speedway – Justin Grant (17th to 8th)

11/13: Arizona Speedway – Brady Bacon (15th to 5th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Noah Gass

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Jadon Rogers

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tanner Thorson

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Carson Garrett

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Critter Malone

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Justin Grant

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Steven Drevicki

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Matt Westfall

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Paul Nienhiser

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Jake Swanson

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Cole Bodine

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Logan Seavey

6/16: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Logan Seavey

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – Matt Westfall

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – Chris Windom

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Brandon Mattox

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Mario Clouser

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Carson Short

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Jake Swanson

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Scotty Weir

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Chase Stockon

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Nick Bilbee

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Kyle Cummins

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Justin Grant

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Jason McDougal

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Chase Randall

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Emerson Axsom

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Jadon Rogers

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Kyle Cummins

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Chase Stockon

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Terry Richards

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – Mario Clouser

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Koby Barksdale

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Jadon Rogers

9/25: Eldora Speedway – Nick Bilbee

10/1: Terre Haute Action Track – Mario Clouser

10/2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Dallas Hewitt

11/4: Perris Auto Speedway – Brody Roa

11/5: Perris Auto Speedway – Damion Gardner

11/6: Perris Auto Speedway – Logan Seavey

11/12: Arizona Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

11/13: Arizona Speedway – Stevie Sussex

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Matt Westfall

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Matt Goodnight

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Aaron Farney

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Brandon Mattox

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Cole Bodine

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Nash Ely

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Kyle Lick

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Mike Meyers

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Mike Meyers

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Brandon Mattox

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Paul Nienhiser

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Alex Banales

6/16: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Matt Westfall

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Alex Banales

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Max Adams

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Short

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Tye Mihocko

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Jordan Kinser

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Scotty Weir

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Chase Johnson

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Johnson

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Sterling Cling

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Critter Malone

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Tanner Thorson

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Scotty Weir

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Koby Barksdale

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Max Guilford

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Donovan Peterson

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Clinton Bruns

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – Jeff Pellersels

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Scott Hampton

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Sam Scott

9/25: Eldora Speedway – Chris Phillips

10/2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Mitchell Davis

11/4: Perris Auto Speedway – Danny Faria Jr.

11/5: Perris Auto Speedway – Kyle Edwards

11/6: Perris Auto Speedway – Austin Williams

11/12: Arizona Speedway – Logan Calderwood

11/13: Arizona Speedway – Chris Gansen

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS

ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

7. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [40 wins] Brady Bacon & Gary Bettenhausen

10. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

11. [36 wins] Kevin Thomas Jr.

12. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

14. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

15. [31 wins] Robert Ballou & Tyler Courtney

17. [30 wins] Chris Windom

18. [28 wins] Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Justin Grant, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

23. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

25. [25 wins] Steve Butler, Jay Drake & Parnelli Jones

28. [23 wins] Roger McCluskey

29. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sammy Sessions

32. [21 wins] Greg Weld

33. [17 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Jim Hurtubise & Bud Kaeding

36. [16 wins] Damion Gardner, Jud Larson & C.J. Leary

39. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman & Brian Tyler

42. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon & Bruce Walkup

46. [13 wins] Steve Chassey

47. [12 wins] Eric Gordon

48. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Elmer George, Tommy Hinnershitz & Greg Leffler

52. [10 wins] Kyle Cummins, Thomas Meseraull, Eddie Sachs, Tony Stewart & Johnny Thomson

57. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Pat O'Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

61. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

65. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

75. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Logan Seavey, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

84. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Shane Cottle, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh, Tanner Thorson & Cole Whitt

102. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Van Johnson, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Ralph Liguori, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

115. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Joe Barzda, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Andy Linden, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

136. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Ed Elisian, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, Jason McDougal, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Jim McWithey, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Fred “Jiggs” Peters, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Bob Sweikert, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams

170. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Billy Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Pat Flaherty, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jim McElreath, Charlie Musselman, Bobby Olivero, Jim Packard, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brody Roa, David Roahrig, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jake Swanson, Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Tyler Thomas, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Matt Westfall, Chuck Weyant, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (1956-PRESENT)

1. (65) Tom Bigelow

2. (62) Dave Darland

3. (60) Tracy Hines

4. (43) Brady Bacon

5. (39) Levi Jones

6. (37) Larry Dickson

7. (36) Bryan Clauson

8. (35) Kevin Thomas Jr. & Rich Vogler

10. (31) Sheldon Kinser

11. (30) Pancho Carter

12. (29) Don Branson, Justin Grant & C.J. Leary

15. (28) Chase Stockon

16. (27) Dave Steele

17. (26) Jay Drake

18. (24) Gary Bettenhausen & J.J. Yeley

20. (23) Jon Stanbrough

21. (22) Steve Butler

22. (21) A.J. Foyt

23. (20) Jerry Coons Jr., Tony Elliott & Roger McCluskey

26. (19) Greg Weld

27. (18) Parnelli Jones

28. (16) Rollie Beale, Jack Hewitt & Doug Kalitta

31. (15) Kenny Irwin Jr., Sammy Sessions & Brian Tyler

34. (14) Billy Cassella, Tyler Courtney & Damion Gardner

37. (13) Bobby East & Bruce Walkup

39. (12) Steve Chassey, Elmer George, Rick Hood, Jud Larson, Bill Puterbaugh, Joe Saldana & Chris Windom

46. (11) Jim McWithey & George Snider

48. (10) Sonny Ates & Jim Hurtubise

50. (9) Eddie Leavitt, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Rutherford & Josh Wise

54. (8) Robert Ballou, Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser, Pat O’Connor & Hunter Schuerenberg

59. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Lee Kunzman, Johnny Parsons, Larry Rice, Eddie Sachs, Carson Short, Mike Spencer, Johnny Thomson, Tanner Thorson, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser

77. (6) Mike Bliss, Daron Clayton, Derek Davidson, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jac Haudenschild, Tray House, James McElreath, Ken Schrader & Logan Seavey

87. (5) Chad Boespflug, Cy Fairchild, Blake Fitzpatrick, Bob Frey, Tommy Hinnershitz, Andy Michner, Jan Opperman, Boston Reid, Tom Sneva, Robbie Stanley & Kevin Thomas

98. (4) Jeff Bloom, Kevin Briscoe, Timmy Buckwalter, Billy Engelhart, Chet Fillip, Darren Hagen, Chuck Hulse, Kenny Jacobs, Van Johnson, Ralph Liguori, Jim McElreath, Don Nordhorn, Dave Peperak, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Joey Saldana, Terry Shepherd, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith, Brad Sweet & Bob Wente

118. (3) Tommy Astone, Brent Beauchamp, Dave Blaney, Karl Busson, Kevin Doty, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Gary Gray, John Heydenreich, Gordon Johncock, Greg Leffler, Andy Linden, Steve Long, Larry Martin, Justin Marvel, Jason McCord, Larry Moore, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Lee Osborne, Brandon Petty, Jerry Poland, Bob Pratt, Jadon Rogers, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Jake Swanson, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt & John Wolfe

152. (2) Jarett Andretti, Mario Andretti, Chad Boat, Keith Bloom Jr., Chuck Booth, Don Brown, Duke Cook, Allen Crowe, Nic Faas, Larry Gates, Gene Lee Gibson, Bobby Grim, Coleman Gulick, Dave Hanna, Darl Harrison, Shane Hmiel, Josh Hodges, Marc Jessup, Brad Marvel, Max McGhee, Kevin Miller, Dustin Morgan, Charlie Musselman, Brad Noffsinger, Gary Patterson, Fred “Jiggs” Peters, Byron Reed, Jerry Richert, Dave Roahrig, Jimmy Sills, Al Smith, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Stephens, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Tyler Thomas, Bob Veith, Jerry Weeks, Johnny White, Carl Williams & Jacob Wilson

194. (1) Pat Abold, Donnie Adams, Bobby Adamson, Mark Alderson, Chuck Amati, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Terry Babb, Joe Barzda, Ryan Bernal, Nick Bilbee, Lee Brewer Jr., Bill Brown, Dale Burton, Gary Cameron, Larry Cannon, Billy Cantrell, Dana Carter, Rob Chaney, Bob Cicconi, Bob Cleberg, Leon Clum, Peter Cozzolino, Briggs Danner, Don Davis, Doc Dawson, Brad Doty, Steven Drevicki, Rex Easton, Al “Cotton” Farmer, Dave Feese, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Brayden Fox, Jared Fox, Joe Gaerte, Harry Garrett, Rickie Gaunt, Chuck Gurney, Norm Hall, Jerry Hansen, Brian Hayden, Jonathan Hendrick, Hank Henry, Tyler Hewitt, Ted Hines, Jesse Hockett, Bob Hogle, Danny Holtsclaw, Kevin Huntley, Gary Irvin, Mike Johnson, Dee Jones, Page Jones, Todd Kane, Ray Kenens Jr., Joey Kerr, Russ Klar, Rich Leavell, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, John Logan, Ed Lynch Jr., Critter Malone, Louie Mann, Mike Mann, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, Nick McCormick, Jason McDougal, Wes McIntyre, Bob McLean, Blake Miller, Jerry Miller Jr., Ron Milton, Hal Minyard, Matt Mitchell, Warren Mockler, Mike Mosley, Mike Murgoitio, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Gary Ponzini, Ande Possman, Roger Rager, Davey Ray, Rex Records, Jerry Richert Jr., Red Riegel, Travis Rilat, Manny Rockhold, Hank Rogers, Bill Rose, Joe Roush, Jerry Russell, Bobby Santos, Don Schilling, John Sernett, Neil Shepherd, Jeremy Sherman, Dean Shirley, Eric Shively, Randy Smith, Wib Spalding, Ned Spath, Greg Staab, Steve Stapp, Richard Summers, Bob Sweikert, Jeff Swindell, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Tom Tepe, Leon Thickstun, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Billy Vukovich, Billy Vukovich III, Lennie Waldo, Buster Warke, Gus Wasson, Shawn Westerfeld, Chuck Weyant, Tony Weyant, Austin Williams, Rip Williams, Eddie Wirth & Mitch Wissmiller

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS: 1956: Pat O'Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern), 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern), 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern), 1961: Parnelli Jones, 1962: Parnelli Jones, 1963: Roger McCluskey, 1964: Don Branson, 1965: Johnny Rutherford, 1966: Roger McCluskey, 1967: Greg Weld, 1968: Larry Dickson, 1969: Gary Bettenhausen, 1970: Larry Dickson, 1971: Gary Bettenhausen, 1972: Sam Sessions, 1973: Rollie Beale, 1974: Pancho Carter, 1975: Larry Dickson, 1976: Pancho Carter, 1977: Sheldon Kinser, 1978: Tom Bigelow, 1979: Greg Leffler, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Sheldon Kinser, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Steve Butler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Robbie Stanley, 1992: Robbie Stanley, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Doug Kalitta, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Brian Tyler, 1997: Brian Tyler, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tony Elliott, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Josh Wise, 2007: Levi Jones, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement), 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement), 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Bryan Clauson, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Brady Bacon, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Tyler Courtney, 2019: C.J. Leary, 2020: Brady Bacon, 2021: Brady Bacon

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

1961: Sterling Plumbing & Heating, 1962: Bruce Homeyer, 1963: Bruce Homeyer, 1964: Jud Phillips, 1965: Jack Colvin, 1966: Anderson Products, 1967: Rufus Gray, 1968: Ray Smith, 1969: Willie Davis, 1970: Kenny Lay, 1971: Willie Davis, 1972: Mauri Amerling, 1973: R-B Racing Associates, 1974: Conger & Stapp Racing, 1975: Ernie Ensign, 1976: Steve Stapp Racing, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Sherman Armstrong, 1979: Lloyd Weaver, 1980: Gohr Distributing Co., 1981: Ben Leyba, 1982: Ben Leyba, 1983: Damon Fortune, 1984: Damon Fortune, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Phil Poor, 1987: Jeff Stoops, 1988: Jeff Stoops, 1989: Dynamics, Inc., 1990: Johnny Vance Racing Team, Inc., 1991: Ron Stanley, 1992: Dynamics, Inc., 1993: Dynamics, Inc., 1994: Utopia Services, Inc., 1995: Niebel Engines, Inc., 1996: Dynamics, Inc., 1997: Dynamics, Inc., 1998: Vance/Walker Racing, 1999: Dynamics, Inc., 2000: Walker/Lamers Racing, 2001: Walker/Gratton Racing, 2002: Dynamics, Inc., 2003: Tony Stewart Racing, 2004: Dynamics, Inc., 2005: 2B Racing, 2006: Tony Stewart Racing, 2007: Tony Stewart Racing, 2008: Dynamics, Inc., 2009: Tony Stewart Racing, 2010: Tony Stewart Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart Racing, 2012: CTR/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2013: Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian, 2014: Dynamics, Inc., 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Dynamics, Inc., 2017: Baldwin Brothers Racing, 2018: Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing, 2019: Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports, 2020: Dynamics, Inc., 2021: Dynamics, Inc.

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1971: Darl Harrison, 1972: Billy Cassella, 1973: Rich Leavell, 1974: Lee Osborne, 1975: Marvin Carman, 1976: Roger Rager, 1977: Eddie Leavitt, 1978: Tim Richmond, 1979: Jerry Carman, 1980: Frank Riddle, 1981: Steve Long & Johnny Coogan, 1982: Danny Milburn, 1983: Dean Shirley, 1984: Jerry Russell, 1985: Terry Shepherd, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Rick Ungar, 1988: Dean Jacobs, 1989: Eric Gordon, 1990: Rick Howerton, 1991: Tony Stewart, 1992: Gary Cameron II, 1993: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1994: Bobby Smith, 1995: Mark Cassella, 1996: Gus Wasson, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tracy Hines, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Bud Kaeding, 2001: Ed Carpenter, 2002: Boston Reid, 2003: Michael Lewis & Mat Neely, 2004: Josh Ford & Josh Wise, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Scotty Weir, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Henry Clarke, 2010: Justin Grant, 2011: Coleman Gulick, 2012: C.J. Leary, 2013: Tyler Courtney, 2014: Jarett Andretti, 2015: Aaron Farney, 2016: Isaac Chapple, 2017: Stevie Sussex, 2018: Timmy Buckwalter & Logan Seavey, 2019: Dustin Clark, 2020: Jadon Rogers, 2021: Tanner Thorson

 

 

MESERAULL TEAMS WITH DYSON FOR WINTER DIRT GAMES IN FEBRUARY
 

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (December 20, 2021)………Thomas Meseraull is headed to Winter Dirt Games XIII with Chris Dyson Racing for the 2022 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season openers on February 17-18-19 at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park.

Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) will be behind the wheel of the No. 20 owned by the two-time American Le Mans Series champion driver from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and wrenched by Sean Michael in his York Springs, Pa. shop.

T-Mez owns a multitude of successes over the years at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala, capturing a USAC National Sprint Car feature win there in 2016 and, most recently, scored a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature triumph in 2021.

It’s a renewal of a relationship between Meseraull, Dyson and Michael which collected a USAC National Sprint Car feature victory at New York’s Weedsport Speedway in 2018. Meseraull and Michael previously teamed up to win a USAC Sprint Car A-Main in 2017 at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Speedway for Heffner Racing.

To date, Dyson’s lone previous USAC National Sprint Car win came with Meseraull, the veteran of 10 career series wins who is tied for 52nd on the series’ all-time win list alongside Kyle Cummins, Eddie Sachs, Tony Stewart and Johnny Thomson.

The 13th edition of Winter Dirt Games at Ocala’s Bubba Raceway Park will take place over two consecutive weekends in the month of February 2022 with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget and USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championships making their only visits to the state of Florida.

Winter Dirt Games XIII festivities begin on Thursday, February 10, with a practice night for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, followed by two-straight nights of complete shows for the series at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track on Friday, February 11, and Saturday night’s finale on February 12 in which the winner’s share will be $5,000.

On-track action returns just a few nights later at Bubba Raceway Park with a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship practice night on Wednesday, February 16, followed by three nights in a row of racing on Thursday, February 17, on Friday, February 18, and the finale on Saturday, February 19, which pays $10,000-to-win.

 

J. SWANSON & BUCKMAN TO DRIVE FOR DMW
ON 2022 USAC SILVER CROWN TRAIL

Phoenix, Arizona (December 21, 2021)………DMW Motorsports, powered by Advanced Materials Technologies, has announced its plans to field multiple entries for the five dirt events during the 2022 USAC Silver Crown season for drivers Jake Swanson and Casey Buckman.

Returning to the No. 10 car – a DRC Chassis powered by a Wilcox Chevy – for the third consecutive season is the recipient of USAC’s 2021 USAC National Most Improved Driver award, Jake Swanson. The Anaheim, Calif. native, and current Danville, Ind. resident, recorded a pair of top-three Silver Crown finishes in 2021, breaking onto the podium at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway and at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.

Away from the champ cars of the Silver Crown Series, Swanson won the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint car championship and counts feature wins in USAC’s California Racing Association (CRA), Southwest and Western States Midget Series. In 2021, Swanson registered four runner-up finishes and a win in USAC’s AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

“I am excited to be back in the #10 car next year,” said Swanson, who competed in 50 races across a number of divisions in 2021 and had nine top-three finishes. “We are really hitting our stride, the car is working well, the engine hits hard and we really gel as a team.”

Joining Swanson as a DMW Motorsports entry in 2022 is Chandler, Arizona hot shoe Casey Buckman, who is entering his third season on the Silver Crown trail. Buckman will pilot the team’s #110 car, another Wilcox-powered Chevy, this one riding on a Meyer Chassis.

“We see incredible talent in Casey and think he has a bright future,” crew chief Mickey Meyer stated. “We are excited to have him join our team this year and bring his competitive experience to the track.”

Buckman began racing as a 13-year-old, winning some 60 feature wins across five states before advancing to winged sprint cars at age 17 in 2012. The youngest driver on the ASCS Southwest Sprint Car Series that season, Buckman earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 before going on to become a multi-time winner with the series.

Most recently, Buckman, a graduate of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, ran select Silver Crown Series races in 2020 and 2021, with a best finish of 8th coming last year in the Bettenhausen 100 on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the DMW team and show what I can do,” said Buckman, who is track and facility manager at Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park (formerly Firebird International Raceway) just southeast of Phoenix. “DMW has great equipment, a solid track record and is well respected.”

The 2022 USAC Silver Crown season gets underway on May 1 at the Terre Haute Action Track, a legendary half-mile dirt track in western Indiana. The schedule includes 11 points-paying events, six on pavement and five on dirt.

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, DMW and its stable of drivers are coming off a 2021 season in which they recorded three podium finishes while competing in USAC’s premier series.

The 2022 season will mark’s DMW’s fifth year of competition, and the team will once again field two cars. Team sponsors Advanced Materials Technology, Phoenix Pavers, Las Vegas Pavers, U.S. Auto Cure and Boulevard Truck Repair will provide the lifeblood of the formidable operation.

 

 

CLOUSER TAKES ON USAC SILVER CROWN AS A ROOKIE FOR ALL-ILLINOIS TEAM IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 21, 2021)………Mario Clouser has spent extensive behind the wheel of Sprint Cars and Midgets throughout his career, but in 2022, he’ll take on a new venture as a Rookie with the USAC Silver Crown National Championship aboard the Joliet, Ill.-based Kazmark Motorsports No. 92.

Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) has made a grand total of 101 career USAC National feature starts – 56 Midget & 45 Sprint – but never before has he competed in a USAC Silver Crown event outside of a brief test with RW Motorsports around a decade ago.

Now, the 32-year-old driver has been provided the opportunity to take the wheel of a champ car, something that he’s been eagerly awaiting his initial shot at. Now, that time arrives in 2022. “I’ve wanted to run some Silver Crown stuff for a long time,” Clouser admitted. “We used to run the pavement Midget and got to watch them often when we ran alongside the Silver Crown cars, so this is something I’ve always wanted to do. It’ll be a lot of fun.”

Clouser knows there’ll be a learning curve as he gets accustomed to the longer distance races, the bigger tracks, the extensive fuel load, etc., etc. However, he hopes the learning curve is shortened just a bit due to the crew he’ll be working with on the all-Illinois team.

Crew chief Bill Guess has worked with Clouser on the midget side of the equation for much of the past decade and the two have teamed up for a sprint car run in recent years at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Kazmark’s history of USAC Silver Crown success includes a victory with driver Chris Windom during the 2017 Sumar Classic at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track. The group’s success dates back to the Bob Hoerner No. 92 which won twice during the decade of the 1990s, first with Jimmy Kite at Phoenix International Raceway in 1997 and with Dave Steele at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1999.

The high majority of driver duties for Kazmark’s team in recent years belong to Jim Anderson on the pavement. The team, which hasn’t fielded a dirt entry with the series since Dave Darland in 2018, anticipates a full slate for the team’s program by season’s end as Clouser progresses throughout the coming year.

“We look forward to running all the pavement races in 2022 with Mario and hope to possibly add some dirt races to the mix later in the season,” team owner Gene Kazmark said.

Clouser has seen the success; he’s seen the equipment; and he’s prepared for his opportunity with an experienced crew who’ll be there to guide him as he learns the ropes of Silver Crown racing, so to speak.

“They’ve been doing it for a while, so they know what they need to do and what needs to happen to put together a good evening,” Clouser said of the Kazmark team. “That will hopefully take a lot of the load off me. I’ll be able to drive, and they’ll be able to teach me a lot in a short amount of time so I won’t have as steep of a learning curve as I would with someone else. Bill’s been great to work with over the past few years and he’s got a pretty good handle on what the car needs to go around the track really well, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Outside of IRP and Toledo, on the pavement side, Clouser is set to compete on a whole new slate of tracks, including Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway, Indiana’s Winchester Speedway and Madison, Illinois’ World Wide Technology Raceway. As a regular on USAC’s Midget trail early in his career, Clouser raced a fair share of pavement. In recent years, his sprint car racing has mostly been confined to dirt where he captured the 2021 POWRi WAR Sprint Car title.

However, Clouser is treating the new year as a completely new experience, from scratch, in a new type of a car with a whole set of new experiences to come in the new year.

“It’s essentially going to be all-new in my mind,” Clouser estimated. “I don’t have anything I can really lean on experience-wise besides the midget, which we’ve ran the last couple years here and there. Otherwise, it’s going to be kind of like starting over.”

Clouser plans to start his 2022 campaign with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship on February 17-18-19 at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park in the Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing No. 6. His first foray in the USAC Silver Crown car will arrive on May 27 during the Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.


 

 

SPLIT FIRE:
KODY SWANSON TO SPLIT USAC SILVER CROWN DUTIES WITH DORAN & DYSON IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 21, 2021)………Six-time and defending USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson will compete for an unprecedented seventh title in 2022 with a dual team effort for Doran Racing’s No. 77 on pavement and Chris Dyson Racing’s No. 9 on dirt.

Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) raced to a season-high four victories in 2021 in a triple-threat effort, winning three times for Doran on the pavement of Indiana’s Lucas Oil Raceway twice and the finale at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway, while also scoring on the dirt at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for Dyson. Additionally, Swanson notched a pair of top-fives for the Mark Swanson Encore Team in both races at Eldora.

The owner of 34 career Silver Crown victories and 36 poles, Swanson possesses the lead in practically all major statistical categories with the series. Last year’s championship was most unexpected for the Kingsburg, Calif. native as he began the season without a full-season ride outside of his pavement commitments with Doran.

By midseason of 2021, Swanson found himself in the lead of the point standings and, despite missing a race early in the year, he held strong as the point leader all the way to the dramatic end.

Prior to Swanson in 2021, no driver had ever won the championship while competing for three different teams. This coming year appears to be less stressful in that department as the series’ all-time king enters 2022 with two excellent, full-time rides on both surfaces solidified.

“I’m excited for the 2022 USAC Silver Crown season,” Swanson exclaimed. “These are two great teams, and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

Both the Ohio-based Doran Racing and the New York-based Dyson team – operated out of crew chief Sean Michael’s Pennsylvania shop – won for the first time in Silver Crown competition in 2021. Doran and Swanson teamed together to win the opener at Indiana’s Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, then won twice more at IRP again and at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway.

Dyson’s first victory came with driver Tyler Courtney at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in 2021, then captured victory once more with Swanson at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Eleven points paying events lie ahead for Swanson – six on pavement and five on dirt – on the 2022 USAC Silver Crown National Championship tour along with an additional special dash race.

The season kicks off on May 1 with the 19th running of the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. The first of three visits to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP) are on tap May 27 for the Carb Night Classic.

Also on tap is the speedy half-mile Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. for the first time ever on June 18. Oregon, Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway brings the series to the Dairyland 100 for the third time on June 24.

The first Silver Crown non-points special event since 1996 is headed to IRP for the USAC Silver Crown Shootout on June 30, which will feature a 10-car field fighting for the prize in a 25-lap sprint.

Winchester Speedway’s blazing fast, 37-degree banks in eastern Indiana is back on the docket for the second time ever with the Rich Vogler Classic on July 21.

The Glass City of Toledo, Ohio routinely proves to be a pivotal round for the series, and Toledo Speedway’s ninth appearance on the USAC Silver Crown schedule is set for August 6 with the Rollie Beale Classic.

It’s back to the pavement of World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill. on August 19, which, at 1.25 miles in length, is the largest track the series will compete on.

The two iconic Illinois mile dirt tracks in Springfield and Du Quoin are an annual staple of fair season during the late summer months. The 59th running of the Bettenhausen 100 is slated for August 20 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds while the 71st edition of the Ted Horn 100 is locked in for Labor Day Weekend, September 3.

Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway welcomes the 40th edition of the 4-Crown Nationals on September 23-24 for the dirt finale while the season concludes with a pavement stop on October 22 for the Open-Wheel Championship Saturday at IRP.

2022 USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:

May 1: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Sumar Classic

May 27: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Carb Night Classic

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

Jun 24: Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Dairyland 100

Jun 30: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | USAC Silver Crown Shootout | Non-Points Special Event

Jul 21: Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic

Aug 6: Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic

Aug 19: World Wide Technology Raceway | Madison, IL

Aug 20: Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100

Sep 3: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100

Sep 23-24: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals

Oct 22: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Open-Wheel Championship Saturday


 


JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL GOES INDOORS
WITH USAC MIDGETS SATURDAY NIGHT IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (December 16, 2021)………A boat load of wintertime talent will compete for Jason Leffler Memorial gold this Saturday night, December 18, as USAC Midgets go indoors for a non-points, special event – the $8,000-to-win Jason Leffler Memorial Presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Among the near 40 entries expected to compete are inaugural Jason Leffler Memorial winner Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), who captured the race back in 2013. The lone past event winner will compete for veteran car owner Jack Harris.

Also entered for Saturday’s race is 2013 USAC National Midget champion Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.), a wintertime Southern Illinois Center midget winner in 2017. The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series winner for Joe Gibbs at Daytona’s Road Course will make his debut for RMS Racing, who won in December at Du Quoin in 2018.

Three-time USAC National Midget feature winner Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) won his very first at the Southern Illinois Center in March of 2019. Joining him on the Dave Mac Motorsports team for the weekend is Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), who recently earned Rookie of the Race honors with a 3rd place finish at the Turkey Night Grand Prix in Ventura, Calif.

NASCAR’s Cup Series Rookie of the Year for 2021, Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.), has previous midget experience in December at the Southern Illinois Center, but Saturday night, in his Briscoe Racing ride, would mark his first career Jason Leffler Memorial appearance.

Daniel Robinson (Ewing, Ill.) is the most recent midget winner at the Southern Illinois Center, reigning triumphant in September at “The Center.” He’ll race for car owner A.J. Felker in Saturday night’s round.

Making their first Southern Illinois Center appearances are west coast racers Cory Eliason and Chance Crum for Rudeen Racing. Eliason (Visalia, Calif.) has finished second in the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car standings in each of the last two years and nearly pulled off a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory in his first series start at Arizona Speedway in November. He’s joined by Rudeen teammate and three-time 2021 USAC Midwest Regional Midget feature winner, Crum (Snohomish, Wash.).

The USAC Midget Special Event welcomes the 8th running of the Jason Leffler Memorial presented by Fatheadz Eyewear indoors for the first-time ever on the 1/5-mile dirt oval. The previous seven editions of the $8,000-to-win event have taken place at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill.

Saturday’s lineup presents a complete program for Midgets with pits opening at 10am Central, pill draw at 11:30am, the drivers meeting at 2:30pm, hot laps at 3pm and opening ceremonies at 5pm with racing to follow, utilizing a format similar to the Chili Bowl with drivers accumulating points based on their advancement and finishing position during the heats and qualifying races, which will seed the starting lineup for the 50-lap feature.

Indoor pit stall rentals for midgets are $40 each (10’ x 10’ stall) which can be reserved until December 8 by messaging the Jason Leffler Memorial Race Facebook page.

Micro sprint preliminary events will take place the night before, on Friday, December 17, at the Southern Illinois Center, featuring Winged Outlaws, Non-Wing Outlaws, A Class (Wing), Restrictors and Junior Sprints with hot laps, heat races and semi-features while all main events will be held on Saturday.

On Friday, pits open at 10am Central with pill draw at noon, the drivers meeting at 4pm, hot laps at 4:30pm and racing to follow.

The thrills of midget racing on a dirt bullring in southern Illinois remain unchanged with the event’s new venue. The Leffler Memorial has featured seven different winners in its previous seven editions. Since the dawn of the event in 2013, a new winner has emerged on each and every occasion.

The event honors the life and memory of Leffler, the four-time USAC National driving champion (1997-98-99 Midget & 1998 Silver Crown) who lost his life in a sprint car accident at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway in June of 2013.

Ten previous USAC-sanctioned midget events have been held at the Southern Illinois Center, including four in recent years during the month of December. Those wintertime classics were won by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2015), Tyler Courtney (2016), Christopher Bell (2017) and Thomas Meseraull (2018).

Saturday night’s Jason Leffler Memorial can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

Tickets for the Jason Leffler Memorial Presented by Fatheadz Eyewear are now on sale at https://sneed-motorsports-llc.ticketleap.com/.

JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL ENTRY LIST:

08 Cannon McIntosh

08B Austin Barnhill

08m Mitchel Moles

3 Joel Thorpe

3N Jake Neuman

4A Dillon Silverman

4F Chad Frewaldt

5 Chase Briscoe

5K Jordan Kinser

5o Chase Howard

6D Don Dawson

7 Cody Beard

7XT Christopher Bell

11 Kayla Roell

14R Jody Rosenboom

15 R.J. Corson

15c Carter Chevalier

20 Derek Doerr

23 Patrick Lawson

26 Cory Eliason

26R Chance Crum

28Q Sean Quinn

35 Tyler Robbins

37 Daniel Robinson

38 Braydon Cromwell

41 Oliver Akard

51 Will Armitage

53 Sean Robbins

55 Chuck Walker

56 Garrett Thomas

56x Mark Chisholm

72 Sam Johnson

77s Travis Berryhill

81 Rylan Gray

88 Terry Babb

91 Zach Daum

JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL WINNERS:

2013: Zach Daum (8/28)

2014: Daryn Pittman (8/26)

2015: Bryan Clauson (10/23)

2016: Brady Bacon (10/20)

2018: Tyler Thomas (10/21)

2019: Tyler Courtney (10/17)

2020: Tanner Thorson (10/9)

JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL WINS:

1-Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman, Tanner Thorson & Tyler Thomas

PAST JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL RESULTS:

(2013-14 sanctioned by POWRi & 2015-present sanctioned by USAC)

2013 FEATURE: 1. Zach Daum, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cockrum, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Chett Gehrke, 7. Dereck King, 8, Andrew Felker, 9. Hud Cone, 10. Daniel Robinson, 11. Bobby East, 12. Parker Price-Miller, 13. Tyler Robbins, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Jake Blackhurst, 16. Austin Brown, 17. Christopher Bell, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Tim Siner, 20. Colten Cottle, 21. Tyler Robbins, 22. Seth Motsinger.

2014 FEATURE: 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Christopher Bell. 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Rico Abreu, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Daniel Robinson, 15. Garrett Aitken, 16. Nick Knepper, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Colten Cottle, 19. Chett Gehrke, 20. Austin Brown, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Parker Price-Miller, 23. Seth Motsinger.

2015 FEATURE: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Payton Pierce, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Danny Stratton, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Anton Hernandez, 15. Ryan Robinson, 16. Tanner Thorson, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Dereck King, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Darren Hagen, 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 23. Austin Brown, 24. Spencer Bayston, 25. Justin Peck, 26. Tyler Courtney.

2016 FEATURE: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Andrew Felker, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Chett Gehrke, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Justin Peck, 13. Grady Chandler, 14. Jonathan Beason, 15. Chad Boat, 16. Riley Kreisel, 17. Ryan Robinson, 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 19. Andy Malpocker, 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 21. Jake Neuman, 22. Brayton Lynch, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Colten Cottle, 25. Holly Shelton, 26. Jason McDougal, 27. Rico Abreu, 28. Gage Walker. NT

2017 FEATURE: Rained Out

2018 FEATURE: (starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Thomas (2), 2. Chad Boat (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Justin Grant (16), 5. Jonathan Beason (18), 6. Christopher Bell (7), 7. Spencer Bayston (8), 8. Zeb Wise (12), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (17), 11. Ryan Robinson (21), 12. Cole Bodine (11), 13. Sam Johnson (23), 14. Alex Bright (14), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 16. Brady Bacon (6), 17. Tanner Carrick (15), 18. Dave Darland (13), 19. Jake Neuman (5), 20. Holly Shelton (20), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (22), 22. Jason McDougal (1), 23. Zach Daum (19).

2019 FEATURE: (starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (3), 2. Tyler Thomas (1), 3. Jason McDougal (2), 4. Logan Seavey (19), 5. Justin Grant (6), 6. Chris Windom (10), 7. Brady Bacon (16), 8. Daryn Pittman (15), 9. Sam Johnson (13), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 11. Jesse Colwell (4), 12. Russ Gamester (21), 13. Gio Scelzi (11), 14. Daniel Robinson (8), 15. Zeb Wise (17), 16. Thomas Meseraull (12), 17. Tanner Carrick (7), 18. Jake Neuman (14), 19. Cannon McIntosh (22), 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 21. Andrew Layser (20), 22. Holley Hollan (23), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (9).

2020 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (6), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 4. Cannon McIntosh (1), 5. Daison Pursley (3), 6. Tyler Courtney (10), 7. Kyle Cummins (11), 8. Chase Randall (5), 9. Emerson Axsom (7), 10. Justin Grant (9), 11. Jerry Coons Jr. (15), 12. Cole Bodine (20), 13. Cody Brewer (18), 14. Robert Dalby (19), 15. Tyler Thomas (14), 16. Chase Johnson (12), 17. Buddy Kofoid (17), 18. Kaylee Bryson (22), 19. Sam Johnson (21), 20. Hayden Reinbold (23*), 21. Brady Bacon (13), 22. Logan Seavey (8), 23. Jason McDougal (16). NT


 

 

REUNION!
McDOUGAL REUNITES WITH DAIGH-PHILLIPS
FOR USAC SILVER CROWN DIRT IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 16, 2021)………Jason McDougal will take on all five dirt races during the 2022 USAC Silver Crown National Championship season for Indianapolis, Indiana’s Daigh-Phillips Motorsports.

It’s a reunion between driver and team after McDougal previously competed for the Daigh-Phillips team in 2018-2019, winning twice in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competition with the team’s sprint car and turning in a spectacular drive for the team during the 2019 Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, charging from 25th to 6th.

Phillips fielded suggestions for 57 different drivers from fans, dads, wives, and mom’s regarding who they’d like to see in the No. 27 for 2022. After consideration, it was decided the Broken Arrow, Okla. native will be back in the seat for 2022.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing with Steve and Carla (Phillips); and I’m ready to do it again,” McDougal exclaimed when receiving word of the news.

McDougal has made nine career USAC Silver Crown starts, but only one for Phillips. McDougal made six series starts in 2021 for Klatt Enterprises with his best performance coming at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway, starting from the pole and finishing 6th. He finished a career best 4th in 2018 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway for car owner Chris Dyson.

McDougal and Phillips will team up for all five 2022 dirt USAC Silver Crown races, starting May 1 at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track, then June 18 at Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway, on August 20 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, on September 3rd at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois, and on September 23-24 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

 

 

SWANSON, BACON & KOFOID SHARE SPOTLIGHT AT 2021 USAC NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 10, 2021).........USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, Brady Bacon and Buddy Kofoid shared the spotlight along with other 2021 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night’s 66th USAC Night of Champions celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

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NATIONAL CHAMPIONS:

Ninety-three total events took place throughout the 2021 USAC National season, beginning with high hopes, dreams and pristine machinery back in February in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games, and closing out with a wheelstand at the conclusion of a historic Turkey Night Grand Prix in Ventura, Calif. It was a hectic and busy season, the busiest since 1977 in fact. This one, like all seasons, is one we’ll forever treasure. And, for those of whom earned their way onto this stage Friday night, that was especially true.

SILVER CROWN 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, California

Initially announcing his intentions to only compete with the USAC Silver Crown series part-time in 2021, this was a championship that, admittedly, wasn’t in the plans for Kody Swanson. Without a full-time ride on both dirt and pavement, he utilized a full assortment of resources to become the first driver to win the Silver Crown while driving for three different teams in a season – for Doran Racing, Chris Dyson Racing and the Mark Swanson Encore Team.

Totaling a series-high 4 wins, he was just the fifth driver to win races for multiple teams in a single season. Additionally, he became the first driver since Jimmy Sills in 1994 to win the Silver Crown championship while missing a race. With 5 poles, 304 laps led, 7 top-fives and 8 top-tens in 9 starts, he prevailed to score an unprecedented 6th USAC Silver Crown title.

SILVER CROWN 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: Rice Motorsports, Brownsburg, Indiana

Like father, like son. Robbie Rice had a dream to become a USAC Silver Crown champion and, this season, that dream was fully realized as a USAC Silver Crown entrant champion. In turn, it made him the first ever second-generation Silver Crown champ of any sort, following his father, Larry Rice, who won titles as a driver in 1977 and 1981. Their initial plans for 2021 were to compete solely on the dirt. However, mere weeks before the season opener, a pavement car was added to the team’s arsenal, setting the course for an assault on the series championship. In their first full year of competition with driver Logan Seavey, the team won twice, at Selinsgrove and Eldora, to lock up the series’ entrant title.

AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

RICHARD HOFFMAN AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: Dynamics, Inc., Loveland, Ohio

In 2021, Brady Bacon became just the third-ever driver to win at least four USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championships, joining Levi Jones and Steve Butler. His 36 top-five results and 41 top-tens throughout the 43-race season are the most in series history, breaking two records that Sheldon Kinser had held since 1977. He won five times in 2021 and his 40 career victories now stand 8th all-time alongside Gary Bettenhausen.

He’s one of the best in the business, and his team is the all-time greatest, as Dynamics, Inc. / Hoffman Auto Racing collected the most all-time feature wins in series history and is now a 13-time entrant champ.

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, California

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Indiana

Buddy Kofoid set a new record in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing in 2021. His 37 top-ten finishes were the most since Danny Caruthers in 1971 and his 28 top-fives were the most since Mel Kenyon in 1977. Along the way, there were six victories between he and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, including the biggest charge of the season from 16th to 1st at Port City.

Together, they captured the Indiana Midget Week title and Kofoid also overcame a broken wrist and foot in late summer. This driver acclimated himself just fine, winning twice in his home state of California and finishing on the podium in each of the final three races to become the sixth teenager to win the series title, his first and the team’s all-time record 11th.

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Chris Windom, Canton, Illinois

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: CB Industries, Mooresville, North Carolina

Over the past three-straight years, driver Chris Windom has slotted into all three positions on the podium in the final standings for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. A 3rd in 2019 was followed by a title in 2020 and, in 2021, it went down to the wire once again where he ultimately finished 2nd. He and his CB Industries team tied for a series-high seven wins in 2021, including the 4-Crown Nationals, the Western World Championships and a $20,000 grand prize at Huset’s Speedway. Driver Chris Windom and entrant CB Industries wound up as runner-up in points.

AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Alabama

AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: KT Motorsports, Whitestown, Indiana

No driver had more USAC National Sprint Car victories than Kevin Thomas Jr. with 9 this year, including the season opening Winter Dirt Games, plus the Haubstadt Hustler, the Fall Nationals and the Oval Nationals. He also scored his second career Indiana Sprint Week crown in July. It was his best overall season in several categories with 210 laps led, 29 top-fives, 37 top-tens and 6 fast qualifying times while making 43 starts. Kevin Thomas Jr. was your 2nd place USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver, and his own KT Motorsports team finished as the 2nd place entrant.

SILVER CROWN 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: BCR Group, Springfield, Ohio

Utilizing multiple drivers during the 2021 USAC Silver Crown season, Springfield, Ohio’s BCR Group raced to a stirring victory on the Magic Mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds on Labor Day weekend with driver Brian Tyler. For the veteran driver and team, it was their first ever race together after teaming up just one week before. Tyler, by the way, became the oldest driver to ever win a series race that afternoon in the BCR Group number 81 and also closed out the season with a third on the pavement at Toledo. The 2021 season was the team’s best ever finals result in the USAC Silver Crown standings, finishing 2nd.

SILVER CROWN 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Logan Seavey, Sutter, California

SILVER CROWN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Logan Seavey, Sutter, California

An exceptional first full-time season resulted in Logan Seavey’s first two career USAC Silver Crown victories in August at Selinsgrove Speedway as well as the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora, which put him just 34-points behind Swanson in the final standings. The Sutter, California driver’s runner-up finish in the points is the best in the series for a Rookie since Chris Windom was 2nd in 2013. He was the best Rookie finisher in 6 of the 10 events, also finishing as the runner-up at both Illinois dirt miles in Springfield and Du Quoin. Seavey was the 2nd place finishing driver in the USAC Silver Crown standings and he’s also the series Rookie of the Year.

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant, Ione, California

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: RMS Racing, Western Springs, Illinois

The pairing of Justin Grant and RMS Racing made its debut in 2021, and once they hit their stride, they were one to contend with night-in, night-out. Picking up four scores this season at Lanco, Arizona, Merced and a $20,000 top prize in the Hangtown 100 at Placerville, together they led 77 laps and accrued 22 top-fives and 32 top-tens while starting all 40 events. It’s the best career points finish with the series for both this driver and team. The 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget 3rd place driver is Ione, California’s Justin Grant while the your 3rd place entrant is RMS Racing.

AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant, Ione, California

AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Indiana

In 2021, Ione, California’s Justin Grant became just the sixth driver ever to finish inside the top-three in points for the USAC Silver Crown, USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget standings all in the same season. He’s now the only one to finish exactly in the third spot in all three in a single year! In each of the past three seasons, he’s edged closer to the top with a 5th in 2019, a 4th in 2020 and a 3rd in 2021. Meanwhile, his TOPP Motorsports team performed phenomenally with its third-straight top-five finish in points. They won seven times this season, highlighted by a Smackdown score at Kokomo in August, leading them to a 3rd place finish in driver and entrant points.

SILVER CROWN 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant, Ione, California

SILVER CROWN 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: Hemelgarn Racing, LaSalle, Michigan

For the fourth consecutive year, Justin Grant and Hemelgarn Racing finished inside the top-three of the USAC Silver Crown standings, ranking third overall in points in 2021 which was highlighted by an impressive win on the high banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, Grant’s first USAC National pavement feature win. Together, they led 67 laps, finished in the top-five three times at Winchester, Lucas Oil Raceway and Selinsgrove. The 3rd place USAC Silver Crown driver is Justin Grant and the 3rd ranking entrant is Hemelgarn Racing.

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INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: Friday night’s special awards segment celebrates those individuals who represent two segments of the racing world in both the future and present tense. Some who’ve burst into a new discipline with extraordinary efforts. Some who are just at the beginning of their big-time auto racing journey. And each of whom have put in the long hours and sacrifice to receive their well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

USAC CHIEF MECHANIC OF THE YEAR: Jarrett Martin of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports

Alongside Buddy Kofoid on his journey to the championship was the one who turned the wrenches on the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports number 67 – Jarrett Martin. Martin, who was named USAC’s 2021 Chief Mechanic of the Year on Friday night. It was just three years ago the two were competing on track in sprint cars against each other. Over the last two years, they’ve become a dynamic force on the tour, picking up wins in two of the first three races in Ocala and Port City, plus two during Indiana Midget Week at Bloomington and Gas City, then down the stretch at Bakersfield and Merced all while leading a series-high 217 laps.

NATIONAL SPRINT CAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nevada

Tanner Thorson’s first season in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition was downright historic. His five wins are the most ever by a Rookie with the series. His fourth-place finish in the final standings was the best for any driver in the past 31 years. His seven fast qualifying times were also the most for a series Rookie ever. Starting all 43 events, he accumulated 22 top-fives and 32 top-tens. He’s a past USAC National Midget champion in 2016. Now, the Minden, Nevada driver is the 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year.

BOB STROUD NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Chase Randall, Waco, Texas

Finishing 11th overall in the standings, Waco, Texas’ Chase Randall driver turned in impressive performances throughout 35 feature starts with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in 2021, best among all first-year drivers. He led 6 laps and finished a season-best 3rd at Grandview Speedway, then nearly won the 100-lapper at Huset’s Speedway before suffering a flat tire. With 12 top-ten finishes and 55 total laps led, he also set quick time during the Indiana Midget Week finale at Kokomo Speedway. Hailing from Waco, Texas, he’s another who rose through the ranks as a USAC quarter midget champ and now he’s the first Texan to capture Bob Stroud USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year honors since James McElreath in 1976.

NATIONAL MOST IMPROVED USAC DRIVER: Jake Swanson, Anaheim, California

At this time last year, this driver was in the process of migrating from California to the Midwest to chase his dream – to compete for a USAC National Sprint Car title. We’ve seen him grow by leaps and bounds over the past decade, capturing the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship and winning with CRA. He’s been consistently quick on the National trail, and after four runner-up finishes, finally became a USAC National winner late this season at Perris Auto Speedway, winning the closest finish of the entire USAC National slate. He started all 43 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events, finishing in the top-five 13 times, and he was USAC’s 2021 National Most Improved Driver.

DICK JORDAN AWARD: Pat Sullivan

For his dedication to USAC racing as announcer, writer, author and historian of USAC racing, Pat Sullivan was named the recipient of the Dick Jordan Award. Sullivan has announced more USAC events than any other individual. His boundless enthusiasm for the sport is contagious and Sullivan has long embodied the same devotion to the sport as his personal friend and colleague, the late USAC media guru Dick Jordan.

ROGER MCCLUSKEY AWARD: Ron Hemelgarn

Presented annually by the President of USAC in memory of USAC Executive Vice President and former champion driver Roger McCluskey, recognizing the standards of excellence in the sport of auto racing so astutely represented by McCluskey during his career as a USAC driver and official. Ron Hemelgarn has a deep-rooted love for auto racing, and as a longtime USAC Silver Crown team owner, sponsor and ambassador, the LaSalle, Mich. native was named the recipient of the Roger McCluskey award.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Levi Jones

Though he is moving into new territory with a new role at IndyCar, Jones’ presence and influence in USAC racing as a driver and official will never be forgotten. A champion on and off the racetrack, Jones was recognized for his countless contributions to the club by USAC president and CEO Kevin Miller during a special ceremony early in Friday night’s program.

MIKE CURB SUPER LICENSE NATIONAL CHAMPION: Justin Grant, Ione, California

But wait there’s more! Justin Grant was the only driver to start all 93 USAC National features in 2021. As the 3rd place finisher in all three USAC National series this season, he accumulated the most total points among all drivers, and was the first driver this season to win in all three series. After previously earning the award in 2017, for the second time in his career, he is the Mike Curb Super License champion.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER: Justin Grant, Ione, California

Justin Grant took the lead of the ProSource Passing Master standings with three races remaining and kept a tight grip down the stretch of the 2021 season, advancing a combined 230 positions throughout the 93 USAC National features run during his campaign in the Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget. That was the most among all drivers this year, which earned him a $2,500 reward from ProSource, a longtime, great ambassador for USAC racing.

RACE ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR: Cody Brewer

A racer turned promoter, Cody Brewer, has done Yeoman’s work into turning USAC’s Mid-America Midget Week into a successful week of racing in the Great Plains states of Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska over the last several seasons, turning races into major events at venues such as Red Dirt Raceway, Solomon Valley Raceway and Jefferson County Speedway. It’s a job that hasn’t gone unrecognized by racers, teams and fans, which has earned him and his crew high praise and acknowledgement as the Race Organizer of the Year.

USAC SPECIAL APPRECIATION (INDIVIDUAL): Dave Thompson

High school guidance counselor and wrestling coach by day, USAC official by night. Dave Thompson does it all. A tireless worker who’ll go the extra yard to make sure to lend a helping hand on the racetrack as an infield worker and is there to lend a word of advice and wisdom when queried by his peers. Thompson has been a longtime mainstay as a USAC official, and his highly deserved special appreciation award was presented to him by Levi Jones.

JASON LEFFLER AWARD: Gary Stanton

The Jason Leffler award goes to recognize an individual whose intense appreciation of the sport’s history is reflected in his professionalism and outstanding representation as an ambassador of the United States Auto Club and exhibiting the same standard of ideals upheld by the late Jason Leffler during his USAC racing career. Over the past half-century, Gary Stanton has exhibited those qualities ten-fold as a car owner, constructor, mechanic and champion. More than a half century later, those qualities have remained as strong as ever with his dedication to USAC and dirt track racing.

USAC .25 MIDGET SPIRIT OF YOUTH AWARD: Jeremy Reaves

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DEVELOPMENTAL SPRINT CAR & MIDGET SERIES

Six developmental Midget series, plus the Midwest Mini Sprint Association, took part in a total of 86 events spanning 15 different states in 2021 from the Northeast to the East Coast to the Midwest and the West Coast, producing five champions.

MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET: Jacob Denney, Galloway, Ohio

Coming off a championship season in 2020, Galloway, Ohio’s Jacob Denney had no thoughts of resting on his laurels in 2021, going back-to-back this past year. This season, he accrued one of the most dominant USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget seasons in series history, winning 7 of the 13 points races, including a stretch of seven-straight between the months of July and August. He provided Team Taylor its fifth consecutive series title while winning at six different venues.

ENGLER MACHINE IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET: Mark McMahill, Peoria, Illinois

Mark McMahill truly hit his stride in 2021, rebounding from a winless 2020 campaign to score a series-high five victories, three times at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Illinois, plus one each at the Champaign County Fairgrounds and East Moline Speedway where the Peoria, Ill. native became the third consecutive series driver to win the season finale en route to the Engler Machine IMRA SpeeD2 Midget championship.

DMA SPEED2 MIDGET: Seth Carlson, Stafford, Connecticut

Stafford, Connecticut’s Seth Carlson did it for the first time in 2020, and for an encore performance in 2021, he did one even better by racing to his second consecutive USAC Dirt Midget Association driving championship on the strength of three victories, all of which came at the series’ home track of Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont.

EASTERN FOCUS MIDGET: Jessica Bean, Farmland, Indiana

RADICAL FOCUS MIDGET: Jessica Bean, Farmland, Indiana

No woman has won more often in USAC National competition than her. No woman has won more USAC championships than her. In 2021, Farmland, Indiana’s Jessica Bean added two more to her ever-growing list of unprecedented accomplishments with the series. She was victorious seven times in USAC Focus Midget racing this season, which paved the way for a fifth consecutive Eastern Midget title and a first career Radical Midget crown.

MIDWEST MINI SPRINT: Brandon Coffey, Bloomington, Indiana

A pair of Hoosier state victories in July and August at Putnamville and North Vernon made Bloomington, Indiana’s Brandon Coffey good to the last drop in his quest to become the Midwest Mini Sprint Association champion for 2021.

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REGIONAL SPRINT & MIDGET SERIES

USAC’s Regional Sprint Car and Midget series hit dirt tracks from coast-to-coast throughout 2021, producing seven USAC champions, including a number of multi-time titlists and a handful of first timers who made their debut on the stage.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT DRIVER: Damion Gardner, Concord, California

Rich Vogler, A.J. Foyt, Sleepy Tripp, Mel Kenyon, Dave Darland and Bryan Clauson. This year, Concord, California’s Damion Gardner added his name to this exclusive cast of seven drivers who’ve reached 100 USAC feature victories in their racing career with six more scores in 2021 while also adding an 8th consecutive series championship, his 9th overall with the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car Series, which ties him for third in terms of all-time USAC titles.

WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA DRIVER: Brett Wilson, Coweta, Oklahoma

Coweta, Oklahoma’s Brett Wilson became the first USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma champion in 2018. He followed that performance up by becoming the second ever series champion in 2019. In 2021, he became the first driver to be named a three-time titlist with the series. The all-time winningest series driver added two more wins to his tally this season, upping his victory total to 11.

WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT DRIVER: Kory Schudy, Battlefield, Missouri

One year after an injury shelved his title aspirations, Battlefield, Missouri’s Kory Schudy put together a complete season in 2021 to capture his first career USAC championship. His moment arrived in 2021 by winning on three occasions which spurred a phenomenal run with only a single finish outside the top-five in 13 feature starts. He’s the second ever USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Car champion driver, and he’s number one this year.

WEST COAST SPRINT DRIVER: D.J. Johnson, Stockton, California

After making just two series starts throughout the past four years, Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson returned with authority in 2021, making 10 feature appearances which were highlighted by a trio of runner-up finishes at Tulare, Merced and Ventura. His eight overall top-five results led all drivers in that category and placed him in total control of the championship race from mid-May onward. He’s a first-time USAC champ and he’s the king of the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars in 2021.

RAPID TIRE SERVICE EAST COAST SPRINT DRIVER: Alex Bright, Collegeville, Pennsylvania

It’s one of the greatest new rivalries we’ve seen in sprint car racing in some time. Alex Bright versus Briggs Danner. The two repeatedly reset the measuring stick as they traded win after win, punch after punch, as the top of standings repeatedly changed hands between the two throughout the summer. In the end, Collegeville, Pennsylvania’s Alex Bright prevailed with a whopping 11 victories and 22 top-five finishes in 23 starts. After collecting the USAC / ARDC Eastern Midget championship in 2018, he put his name in the record book once again in 2021 as the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car champ.

WESTERN STATES MIDGET DRIVER: Blake Bower, Brentwood, California

Despite not reaching victory lane as a race winner throughout the 13-race tour, Brentwood, California’s Blake Bower used consistency to put him in prime position in the season finale to reach the top. He did exactly that in 2021, carrying two new banners at the conclusion of a year’s worth of work – USAC Western States Midget Rookie of the Year and series champion – becoming the first driver in 13 years to snag both honors within a single season.

MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGET DRIVER: Chett Gehrke, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Five different drivers busted their way into victory lane throughout the 2021 USAC Midwest Regional Midget season. However, it was Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Chett Gehrke who made consistency the overarching theme, placing in the top-ten on nine occasions, which was three more than his next closest competitor, while his five top-fives were tops among all drivers. His third career USAC title follows previous crowns in 2007 with the Indiana Ford Focus Midgets and in 2020 with the Midwest Regional Midgets.

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PORT CITY RACEWAY TRACK CHAMPIONS:

The state of Oklahoma has been a hotbed of USAC racing talent over the past several seasons, and a track where many of them cut their teeth – Port City Raceway – celebrated its third season under the USAC banner in 2021 with six drivers in seven different divisions being crowned.

SPORTSMAN DRIVER: Bobby McIntosh, Tulsa, Oklahoma

With 5 wins, 18 top-fives and 24 top-tens to his credit, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Bobby McIntosh was a consistent frontrunner in nearly all his 31 starts this season at Port City and, by virtue of his performance, earned the Sportsman title for 2021.

JUNIOR SPRINT DRIVER: Tyler Crow, Drumright, Oklahoma

In 34 starts, Drumright, Oklahoma’s Junior Sprint Champion Tyler Crow racked up an incredible 20 feature victories during his campaign in 2021. That’s right, 20! He led all drivers in every statistical category with 27 top-fives and 30 top-tens to claim the title by a 101-point margin. He’s your Junior Sprint champion. He’s Drumright, Oklahoma’s Tyler Crow!

A-CLASS DRIVER: Kris Carroll, Claremore, Oklahoma

NON-WING DRIVER: Kris Carroll, Claremore, Oklahoma

It’s an admirable accomplishment to capture a race win during a season. A season championship is worth its weight in gold as well. Two championships in one season. Now, that’s something that’ll make you stand up in your seat. For Kris Carroll, that’s how the micro sprint season unfolded at Port City with a combined 14 feature victories throughout the year in two different classes – A-Class and Non-Wing.

RESTRICTED DRIVER: Chase McDougal, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

We’ve seen his brother Jason McDougal win with USAC’s National and Sprint Car and Midget divisions over the past few seasons. Now the time has come for the younger brother to make his own waves. With 3 wins, 9 top-fives and 20 top-tens in 31 starts, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Chase McDougal is Port City’s Restricted Micro champ for 2021.

OUTLAW DRIVER: Cole Roberts, Owasso, Oklahoma

For the second consecutive season, Owasso, Oklahoma’s Cole Roberts rose to the pinnacle of his division at Port City Raceway. Sporting 12 victories, 23 top-fives and 27 top-tens in all 27 of his feature starts, he’s now a back-to-back Outlaw Micro champion.

TURF TIRE DRIVER: Ruben Morris, Oakhurst, Oklahoma Concluding the season by knocking out eight top-five finishes in his final nine starts, Oakhurst, Oklahoma’s Ruben Morris was the model of consistency in 2021. Notching two wins among his 18 overall top-fives and 23 top-tens in each of his 23 starts at Port City, he locked up his first USAC title in the Turf Tire division. ===================

ACTION TRACK USA TRACK CHAMPIONS:

Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pennsylvania served as host to a myriad of events throughout the summer, culminating with four divisional champions in 2021.

SLINGSHOT DRIVER: Brett Bieber, Oley, Pennsylvania

Six years after capturing his first USAC crown, this driver scored four wins at the Kutztown, Pa. bullring in 2021. Hailing from Oley, Pennsylvania, your 2021 Action Track USA Slingshot champion, Brett Bieber.

JUNIOR SLINGSHOT DRIVER: Chase Schott, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

He wrapped up the title in grand fashion back on August 31, and comes to you from Lebanon, Pennsylvania. A four-time winner at Action Track USA this season, Chase Schott earned the 2021 Junior Slingshot championship.

HYPER RACING EVO INJECTION 600 SPRINT DRIVER: Steven Snyder Jr., Rising Sun, Maryland

Out of Rising Sun, Maryland, Steven Snyder Jr. captivated the micro sprint world this past season. A total of five victories elevated this driver to the top of the charts at Action Track USA this year, and you’ll see him as part of the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports midget lineup at the Chili Bowl in January. He’s a past USAC quarter midget national champion and he’s the 2021 Hyper Racing EVO Injection 600 Sprint champion.

SPEEDSTR DRIVER: Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pennsylvania

We’ve seen Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Briggs Danner tackle big block modifieds, micros, TQ Midgets, Sprint Cars, you name it. Anything with four wheels, he’s driven and had success, and he’s also a past USAC quarter midget titlist. He won nine times with the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars this season and was quick time and a top-five finisher with the USAC National Sprint Cars in 2021. In the meantime, he also mastered Action Track USA’s SpeedSTR division, winning twice en route to the title.

USAC .25 NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONS

.25 MIDGET MULTIPLE CHAMPIONS

GUNNAR PIO, Light 160 Dirt, Senior Animal Dirt, Light World Formula Dirt, Formula Mod Dirt, Light 160 Pavement, Senior Animal Pavement, Light World Formula Pavement & Formula Mod Pavement

JACOB BIERMAN, Heavy 160 Dirt & Unrestricted Animal Dirt

CODY KONTRA, Junior Honda Dirt & Junior Animal Dirt

REED WHITNEY, Heavy Honda Pavement, Heavy 160 Pavement, Heavy World Formula Pavement

.25 MIDGET DIRT CHAMPIONS

DAVID MILOSZAR, Senior Honda Dirt

PEYTON KNECHT, Heavy Honda Dirt

LOGAN WATT, Heavy World Formula Dirt

.25 MIDGET PAVEMENT CHAMPIONS

COLTON KNAPP, Junior Honda Pavement

HAYDEN WISE, Senior Honda Pavement

BRISTOL SPICOLA, Junior Animal Pavement

MAX REAVES, Unrestricted Animal Pavement

 

 

$300K TRIPLE CROWN BONUS & BIGGER POINT FUNDS FOR 2022 USAC SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 11, 2021)………Winning championships will already pay substantially larger sums of money than ever before for the 2022 USAC National season, but there’s even more at stake with the announcement of Double Down and Triple Crown bonuses. Much more at stake, in fact!

Any driver who can capture all three USAC National driving championships in 2022 – Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget – will earn a staggering $300,000 bonus in addition to their base payout.

Any driver who can score two of the three titles in 2022, that’ll put a $150,000 bonus in their pocket at season’s end.

Furthermore, the overall point fund for USAC’s National divisions now totals $320,000, an increase of 60 percent since the 2019 season.

The pay for USAC’s AMSOIL Sprint Car National champion has drastically risen to $50,000 to win in 2022 as part of a total point fund of $200,000. By comparison, the series’ point fund was $125,000 just two seasons ago in 2019.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National champion will now collect a $25,000 reward in 2022, as part of a point fund overhaul for the series, which has seen a three-year increase from $50,000 to $80,000 since 2019.

USAC Silver Crown’s champion in the coming year will take home $20,000 as part of an overall $40,000 point fund.

Entering USAC’s 67th year of competition, Tony Stewart (1995) and J.J. Yeley (2003) remain the lone drivers to notch USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget championships all within the same season.

Six more drivers have won two of the three USAC National championships in a single season: Rich Vogler (1980 Sprint & Midget), Rick Hood (1985 Silver Crown & Sprint), Steve Butler (1988 Silver Crown & Sprint), Jason Leffler (1998 Silver Crown & Midget), Jerry Coons Jr. (2008 Silver Crown & Sprint), Levi Jones (Silver Crown & Sprint) in both 2010 and 2011.


NEW YEAR, DIVERSE ARRAY OF RACES
FOR 2022 USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 10, 2021)………Eleven points paying events – six on pavement and five on dirt – make up the trail for the 2022 USAC Silver Crown National Championship season along with an additional special dash race, which marks the first occurrence of such a contest for the series in a quarter century.

The newest addition to the schedule takes the series to the speedy half-mile Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. for the first time ever on June 18 amid the Eastern Storm tour for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. The event will mark a true USAC National doubleheader with both the Silver Crown and National Sprint divisions contesting full programs on the same night.

On the pavement side of the equation, World Wide Technology Raceway, formerly known as Gateway when it most recently hosted the series in 2016. At 1.25 miles in length, the Madison, Ill. venue is the largest track the series will compete on during the 2022 campaign.

The dirt kicks off the season on May 1 with the 19th running of the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, one of three dirt half-miles on the schedule along with Port Royal and Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, which welcomes the 40th edition of the 4-Crown Nationals on September 23-24.

The two iconic Illinois mile dirt tracks in Springfield and Du Quoin are an annual staple of fair season during the late summer months. The 59th running of the Bettenhausen 100 is slated for August 20 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds while the 71st edition of the Ted Horn 100 is locked in for Labor Day Weekend, September 3.

Three visits to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park are on tap for USAC Silver Crown racing in 2022, the most ever in a single season. Two 100-lap full-points races are scheduled at the .686-mile paved oval, on May 27 for the Carb Night Classic and on October 22 for the season finale on Open-Wheel Championship Saturday.

The first Silver Crown non-points special event since 1996 is headed to IRP for the USAC Silver Crown Shootout on June 30, which will feature a 10-car field fighting for the prize in a 25-lap sprint.

The summer months of June, July and August present a trio of events on half-mile, high-banked paved ovals, starting with Oregon, Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway, which brings the series to the Dairyland 100 for the third time on June 24.

Winchester Speedway’s blazing fast, 37-degree banks served as the host of the closest USAC Silver Crown finish of the entire 2021 season. The legendary eastern Indiana venue is back on the docket for the second time this season with the Rich Vogler Classic.

The Glass City of Toledo, Ohio routinely proves to be a pivotal round for the series, and Toledo Speedway’s ninth appearance on the USAC Silver Crown schedule is set for August 6 with the Rollie Beale Classic.

2022 USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:

May 1: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Sumar Classic

May 27: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Carb Night Classic

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

Jun 24: Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Dairyland 100

Jun 30: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | USAC Silver Crown Shootout | Non-Points Special Event

Jul 21: Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic

Aug 6: Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic

Aug 19: World Wide Technology Raceway | Madison, IL

Aug 20: Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100

Sep 3: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100

Sep 23-24: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals

Oct 22: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Open-Wheel Championship Saturday


 

ROGERS GOES FULL-TIME WITH USAC SPRINTS IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 10, 2021)………Two seasons ago, Jadon Rogers was setting quick time for the first time in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career. One year ago, he was beginning to contend regularly for podium finishes.

In 2022, the 19-year-old recent high school graduate from Worthington, Ind. will take the next progressive step in his career as he goes full-time with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, planning to contest the entirety of the 51-race schedule for his father, Kyle Rogers, and Tim Engler.

Despite still being a teenager, Rogers already possesses seven years of sprint car racing under his belt, winning regularly on the local Indiana Sprint Car scene at places like Lincoln Park Speedway, Tri-State Speedway and Paragon Speedway in recent years as he’s grown into becoming one of the contenders night-in, night-out, and capturing USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors in 2020.

Thinking of the journey that led him to this point of going on the full USAC tour for the first time has left Rogers flabbergasted, considering how far they’ve come each successive year, the success they’ve already attained and the aspirations they possess for the upcoming season.

“To come from one car, one motor and any spare parts we can pick up, and now winning seven races one year, nine races another year, it’s crazy,” Jadon exclaimed. “Now someone like Tim Engler is actually putting the backing into me to run the full deal, which is humbling to think that somebody has the confidence in me to do that.”

Engler has backed Rogers’ operation for the last couple of years, which has seen Rogers run Engler engines, Engler injection and so forth. Since graduating from high school earlier this year, Engler has even become Rogers’ employer at his Princeton, Ind. business. Rogers will be competing in Engler’s No. 14, which will be maintained by Jadon and Kyle at their home shop in Worthington.

“He’s all in this year,” Rogers said of Engler. “So, we’re going to crazy with it and see if we can win a championship. There’s so much that’s going to be different – the amount of spare parts and just a lot of preparation things – that we haven’t done before.”

Rogers feels that, at many of the local tracks, he has the opportunity to win right out of the box. Yet, the USAC schedule will present to him a vast number of first-time venues that he’s not faced at this point.

He finished a career best second with USAC in April of 2021 at Tri-State, then followed up in the following race with an impressive third at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in the first leg of #LetsRaceTwo. Later that same night, he ran 21st in what was an eye-opening experience, that was a first-hand account which proved to him consistency is key and a necessity in chasing a championship at this level.

“Brady Bacon is the most consistent guy in USAC Sprint Car racing, and that’s why he’s winning championships,” Rogers pointed out. “That’s where we’ve got to be. We can’t have a third place run, then a 21st, and when we do, we’ve got to come back with another third-place run, or a win, or something to knock that off our shoulder. People have bad nights, but it just comes down to how your team handles it. Some teams can’t even stay together for half a season. We’ve just got to stay positive and stay on track.”

Rogers first full-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begins February 17-18-19 with Winter Dirt Games XIII at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

 

LEARY TO COMPETE FOR USAC SILVER CROWN
TITLE WITH KLATT IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 10, 2021)………C.J. Leary last competed for a USAC Silver Crown title during his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2015.

Seven years later, the Greenfield, Ind. native will take on the full series slate once more, this time as the driver of the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 for all 11 points paying events – six pavement and five dirt – in 2022.

Leary has competed regularly in Silver Crown competition over the past half-decade, most notably on the dirt, scoring victories during the 2016 Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and in the 2018 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

Entering the offseason, Leary was working on his sprint car arsenal at the shop when an unexpected call came in from USAC Hall of Fame constructor, mechanic, team manager and winning driver Bob East who made an offer C.J. couldn’t refuse.

“I think, in this new endeavor with Bob, Terry (Klatt) and Dave (Brzozowski), we’re going to work really well together,” Leary estimated. “With Silver Crown racing, I have a lot more experience with that, which I didn’t have much of in the midgets. Bob has really good stuff.”

Leary had a brief tenure as the driver of the FMR Racing car on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship tour in 2019 with East serving as one of the primary principles on the team. While the results didn’t live up to either Leary or East’s expectations, confidence remains in abundance for Leary that, in the “big cars,” expectations will meet performance.

C.J. is a veteran of 38 starts in USAC Silver Crown competition, interestingly enough, exactly the same number of starts his father, Chuck Leary, accrued during his racing career. Just six of C.J.’s 38 starts have come on pavement, though, including his first series start in 2014 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. C.J.’s best result came at the same .686-mile paved oval with a ninth in May of 2015.

Despite the relative pavement experience, which also includes a pair of Little 500 starts and a dabble in pavement late models for a time, Leary is amped to jump back into the pavement Silver Crown discipline with both feet in the coming year, especially in the potent Klatt ride, which has won nine series events over the years with the likes of Bobby East, Kyle Hamilton and Brady Bacon dating back to 2004.

“I’ve had to race against Bob and Terry’s car a lot whether Brady was driving it, or all the way back to (Bryan) Clauson,” Leary recalled. “They’ve always had a car that was able to win the race. In Silver Crown racing, there are a lot of guys who have a car capable of winning and there are a lot of factors that play into actually winning a 100-miler. I know I can get it done and Bob can get it done, so I’m just really excited to see what we can do.”

After winning a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2019, Leary is hungry to pursue a second in a different form. While USAC Sprint Car racing regularly consists of more than forty races annually, 30 laps in length, Silver Crown racing entails just a handful of events ranging from 50-100 laps, which requires being on the ball physically, mentally and mechanically each time out to put yourself into position to become the series champ, something C.J. greatly desires.

”If I could put a Silver Crown title on my resume, that would be awesome,” Leary stated. “That’s a crown jewel of mine, it’s super prestigious and I’m going to give it 100 percent. Silver Crown racing in general is my favorite form of racing. I just love getting to go race Silver Crown cars. “

The 2022 USAC Silver Crown National Championship season for Leary, Klatt, East and Brzozowski gets underway May 1 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track with the 19th running of the Sumar Classic, where Leary scored his first career series victory back in 2016.


USAC MIDGETS SET TO ROCK IT
WITH 38 RACE DOCKET IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 9, 2021)………Coming off the busiest USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season in more than three decades, the series’ drivers and teams will settle into a similar groove in 2022 with the release of the upcoming year’s schedule, featuring 38 events from coast-to-coast.

The docket is highlighted by a bevy of heavyweight events such as the $20,000-to-win Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in South Dakota on July 8-9-10. A figure of $20,000 is also up for grabs to the winner of the Hangtown 100 at California’s Placerville Speedway on Nov. 17-18-19.

$10,000 showdowns are the name of the game on the second of two nights during the July 15-16 Midwest Midget Championship at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway.

Ten grand will also go into the pocket of the winner on the backend of back-to-back races during the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sept. 23-24.

The season will conclude once again Saturday night on the beach and under the lights of California’s Ventura Raceway with $10,000 earmarked for the winner of the 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Nov. 26.

The lucrative crown jewel, the BC39 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, does not have a confirmed date as of press time. Stay tuned to www.usacracing.com and USAC’s various social media channels when the info becomes available.

Launching the USAC National Midget season for the fourth consecutive season is Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for two nights of Winter Dirt Games XIII on Feb. 11-12.

The sixth running of the Shamrock Classic indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin will now be a non-points special event for the series on March 11-12.

April doubles are the standard in 2022 with Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway welcoming the series for two complete events for the Kokomo Grand Prix on April 8-9. The case is the same on April 22-23 as the series makes the voyage to Tulsa, Okla. for the T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City Raceway.

June gets busy with a Thursday night jaunt over to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. for the first time in three seasons on June 2. The very next night, drivers, teams and fans will cross the border into the Hoosier state for the 18th annual USAC Indiana Midget Week series, starting June 3 at Bloomington, followed by Lawrenceburg on June 4, Tri-State on June 5, Circle City on June 8, Lincoln Park on June 9, Gas City on June 10 and Kokomo on June 11.

Mid-America Midget Week begins with a return trip to the state of Oklahoma on July 12 at Red Dirt Raceway, then heading back north the following night on July 13 for the series’ lone visit of the season to the state of Kansas for the Chad McDaniel Memorial at Beloit’s Solomon Valley Raceway with the aforementioned Jefferson County dates pinpointed on July 15-16.

The Firemen’s Nationals made a reemergence on the USAC National Midget calendar a season ago, and now the 38th running of the race takes shape in 2022 on Labor Day weekend, September 4.

Two evenings at the racy Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex are on tap for Sept. 9-10 with the running of the John Hinck Championship.

The James Dean Classic brings both the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the USAC National Midgets together in a doubleheader spectacular at Gas City on Sept. 22.

On October 7, the Jason Leffler Memorial returns to its roots at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. while Harvest Cup serves as the Midwest finale for the series on Oct. 8 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

A busy November tour of California makes seven stops at four different tracks across 12 nights, which will ultimately decide the series champion. Starting things off is Bakersfield Speedway’s November Classic on Nov. 15, followed by Placerville’s Hangtown 100 on Nov. 17-18-19, two nights at Merced Speedway on Nov. 22-23 and the season-capping Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway on Nov. 26.

2022 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:

Feb 11: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games

Feb 12: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games

Mar 11-12: Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, IL | Shamrock Classic | Non-Points Special Event

Apr 8: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix

Apr 9: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix

Apr 22: Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK | T-Town Midget Showdown

Apr 23: Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK | T-Town Midget Showdown

Jun 2: Tri-City Speedway | Granite City, IL

Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Midget Week

Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Midget Week

Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Midget Week

Jun 8: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Midget Week

Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Midget Week

Jun 10: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Midget Week

Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Midget Week

Jul 8: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

Jul 9: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

Jul 10: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

Jul 12: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | Tuesday Night Thunder

Jul 13: Solomon Valley Raceway | Beloit, KS | Chad McDaniel Memorial

Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship

Sep 4: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen's Nationals

Sep 9: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO | John Hinck Championship

Sep 10: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO | John Hinck Championship

Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | BeFour The Crowns

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals

Oct 7: Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, IL | Jason Leffler Memorial

Oct 8: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Harvest Cup

Nov 15: Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA | November Classic

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100

Nov 22: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness

Nov 23: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness

Nov 26: Ventura Raceway | Ventura, CA | Turkey Night Grand Prix

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39

 

2022 USAC SPRINT SCHEDULE:
51 DATES IN 10 STATES

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 9, 2021)………Fifty-one events are slated for the 67th season of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competition in 2022, beginning as far south as Florida before hitting mid-season tours as far east as New Jersey and as far north as South Dakota, then rounding out the season with the crowning a new champion out west in California.

A number of events marks returns to venues after lengthy absences, in addition to first-time tracks and an array of changeups from recent years.

The series last competed at Chillicothe, Ohio’s Atomic Speedway in 2010, albeit briefly, before rain washed away the remainder of the program. On April 16 of this year, USAC is back 28 years following its last feature event at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in 1994.

A hearty mid-May weekend makes a jaunt across the Mississippi River for three-straight USAC National Sprint Car races. Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. reenters the fold on May 12 after last holding a series race in 2017. The following night’s venue, U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., is the lone first-time host on the series schedule, which will be held on May 13. To round out the weekend, it’s off to I-70 Motorsports Park in Odessa, Mo., which was last visited by the series in 1996 when it was still pavement. The one and only occasion of USAC Sprint Car racing at I-70 on dirt came in 1982.

The 52nd annual Tony Hulman Classic is the longest-tenured race on the series’ schedule, dating back to 1971. The event has moved to the weekend for the upcoming season and has now doubled in size, going from one night to two on May 20-21, where it will now occupy two boxes on the calendar, with the second of two nights now paying $10,000-to-win for at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

Indiana’s newest dirt track, Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, is slated for two consecutive events during the Week of Indy, on May 25-26, with the second night there also paying $10,000-to-win.

A Badgerland weekend brings the USAC Sprint Cars to the state of Wisconsin on June 25-26. The first of the two nights takes the series to Wilmot Raceway for the first time since 2012 while Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie rolls out the red carpet for Thunder & Lightning division action after an absence since 2015.

The bulk of the schedule consists of tried and true, popular annual events across the board, starting off the campaign with Winter Dirt Games XIII at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for three-straight nights on Feb. 17-18-19, with the latter of the trio of evenings paying $10,000 to the winner.

Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway kicks off the first Midwest race of the season on April 2 with southern Indiana staples, Bloomington Speedway and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt serving up early season affairs on April 29 for the Larry Rice Classic and on April 30 for the Spring Showdown, respectively.

May brings us horsepower in the form of two-straight Eldora Speedway stops for #LetsRaceTwo alongside the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws on May 6-7 at the Rossburg, Ohio half-mile, both USAC events paying $10,000-to-win each night.

Eastern Storm takes the stage featuring six races in six nights during mid-June in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, starting at Grandview Speedway on June 14, Bridgeport (N.J.) Motorsports Park on June 15, Selinsgrove Speedway on June 16, and a return to Williams Grove Speedway for the initial time since 2018. The series rounds out with a USAC Silver Crown / USAC National Sprint Car doubleheader on June 18 at Port Royal Speedway with the Eastern Storm finale set for June 19 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway.

The Bill Gardner Sprintacular is annually spectacular, and the event provides back-to-back nights of activity on July 1-2 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., the finale paying $10,000 to the victor.

The following week, the series makes the trek to Brandon, South Dakota for the second edition of the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals, with three nights of USAC National Sprint Car and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget doubleheaders on the card for July 8-9-10, the finale of which pays $20,000 for the triumphant driver.

The 35th edition of Indiana Sprint Week has expanded to eight events over a nine-night span between July 22-30, featuring seven familiar Hoosier-state venues as well as a first-time host on the annual USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship summer tour.

Gas City, Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Terre Haute, Lincoln Park, Bloomington and Tri-State will be joined by Circle City in making 2022 tied for the largest ever Indiana Sprint Week slate. An eight-race schedule has also previously taken place in 2007 and 2019.

Sprint Car Smackdown XI welcomes USAC National Sprint Cars for three nights at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway on August 25-26-27, with a $15,000 top prize going to the winning driver on the final, championship night.

The final month of the season brings more high-powered, lucrative paying events with the $12,000-to-win Haubstadt Hustler on Sept. 17 at Tri-State Speedway, followed by the James Dean Classic at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway on Sept. 22, which leads right into the $10,000-to-win 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora on Sept. 24 and the $10,000-to-win Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg on Oct. 1.

USAC Sprints close out the 2022 campaign on Nov. 3-4-5 with the Oval Nationals at California’s Perris Auto Speedway, which concludes with a $15,000 payday going to the winner of the 26th running of the event.

Four TBA events are posted on the schedule during the latter stages of the season on September 16, September 30, October 28 and October 29.

2022 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:

Feb 17: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games

Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games

Feb 19: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games

Apr 2: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN

Apr 16: Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, OH

Apr 29: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Larry Rice Classic

Apr 30: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Spring Showdown

May 6: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo

May 7: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo

May 12: Lakeside Speedway | Kansas City, KS

May 13: U.S. 36 Raceway | Osborn, MO

May 14: I-70 Motorsports Park | Odessa, MO

May 20: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN

May 21: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Tony Hulman Classic

May 25: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Week of Indy

May 26: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Week of Indy

Jun 14: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA | Eastern Storm / Jesse Hockett Classic

Jun 15: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ | Eastern Storm

Jun 16: Selinsgrove Speedway | Selinsgrove, PA | Eastern Storm

Jun 17: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA | Eastern Storm

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Eastern Storm

Jun 19: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Bloomsburg, PA | Eastern Storm

Jun 25: Wilmot Raceway | Wilmot, WI

Jun 26: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI

Jul 1: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular

Jul 2: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular

Jul 8: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

Jul 9: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

Jul 10: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD | Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals

Jul 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Sprint Week

Jul 23: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Sprint Week

Jul 24: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Sprint Week

Jul 25: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Sprint Week

Jul 27: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Don Smith Classic

Jul 28: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Sprint Week

Jul 29: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial

Jul 30: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Sprint Week

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown

Aug 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown

Sep 16: TBA

Sep 17: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Haubstadt Hustler

Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals

Sep 30: TBA

Oct 1: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals

Oct 28: TBA

Oct 29: TBA

Nov 3: Perris Auto Speedway | Perris, CA | Oval Nationals

Nov 4: Perris Auto Speedway | Perris, CA | Oval Nationals

Nov 5: Perris Auto Speedway | Perris, CA | Oval Nationals

 

 

STOCKON TO DRIVE THE PINK 69 ON 2022 USAC SILVER CROWN TRAIL

 Evansville, Indiana (December 9, 2021)………Chase Stockon has been named the new driver of the Pink 69 Racing No. for the dirt portion of the 2022 USAC Silver Crown trail.

Stockon, of Fort Branch, Ind., owns the ultimate Ironman mark of 324 consecutive USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature starts, but has made just four Silver Crown starts in his career dating to 2015.

A single Silver Crown appearance in 2021 for DMW Motorsports at the Illinois State Fairgrounds led to a 10th place finish in what was his first series in six seasons and gave him the appetite to do more racing with big cars in 2022. It all came to fruition when team owner Bill Floyd made the call.

“Bill and the Pink 69 team seem are committed to bringing a top-notch car to the Silver Crown series and I’m honored to be chosen as part of it,” Stockon stated.

In addition to Stockon, a new 2022 Maxim chassis has been delivered to the Evansville, Ind. based team, whose participation in the series dates back to 2019 with driver Kyle Cummins where both learned the ropes of the series as Rookies.

Stockon takes the reins of car No. 69 following the mutual parting of ways between the team and Cummins after they made five starts together over the past two seasons.

"I am grateful that Kyle came on board with our new team and helped us through the learning curves,” Floyd said. “Silver Crown was new to both of us and from the beginning we wanted to give it a full season. Kyle’s busy Sprint car and Midget commitments, his thriving machining business, in addition to a growing family, made us both agree that its best to move in a different direction.”

Stockon is renowned for his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car success, having won 14 career series features. But he’s ready to add more Silver Crown racing to his plate in the coming year and Floyd anticipates success on the half-mile and one-mile-long dirt tracks on the circuit.

“Chase is a dynamic driver who has proven to be a top performer,” Floyd praised. “He excels at the larger, high-speed tracks and I'm excited for our team.”

 

 

USAC SCHEDULES TO BE RELEASED DURING “USAC LIVE” FROM PRI

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 7, 2021)………Schedules for all three of USAC’s national divisions and more will be part of “USAC Live” from the PRI Show in Indianapolis with six straight hours of programming on FloRacing on both Thursday and Friday, December 9-10.

You can look in live with USAC from 10am-4pm Eastern both days as a steady stream of USAC news, notes and features will be released in succession while a number of top USAC drivers and personalities will stop by for interviews discussing their upcoming plans for the 2022 season.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule is set to be released at 10am on Thursday, followed by an hour of SRO World Challenge coverage at 11am, the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule release at 1pm, USAC Cook Out .25 Midgets at 3pm and Road to Indy at 4pm.

On Friday, the USAC Silver Crown schedule is set for release at 10am Eastern with more SRO World Challenge coverage at 11am. The AMSOIL Racing Recap is set for noon and Porsche Sprint Challenge Series at 2pm.

In between, the debut of the 2021 season review videos for USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget racing will debut.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9:

10am: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Schedule Release

11am: SRO World Challenge

Noon: USAC Season Reviews, Etc.

1pm: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship Schedule Release

2pm: USAC Season Reviews, Etc.

3pm: USAC Cook Out .25 Midgets

4pm: Road to Indy

(All Times Eastern)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10:

10am: USAC Silver Crown Schedule Release

11am: SRO World Challenge

Noon: AMSOIL Racing Recap

1pm: USAC Season Reviews, Etc.

2pm: Porsche Sprint Challenge Series

3-4pm: USAC Season Reviews, Etc.

(All Times Eastern)

 

 

HARD CHARGIN’ GRANT IS USAC’S 2021 PASSING MASTER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 1, 2021)………Justin Grant’s $20,000 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory at California’s Placerville Speedway in November paid off in more ways than one.

The Ione, California native charged from seventh to first en route to his victory that night, which moved him to the top of the board for good in the ProSource Passing Master standings.

Grant kept a tight grip throughout the following three races to earn the Passing Master title with a total of 230 combined positions advanced throughout all 93 USAC National features run during the 2021 season in his Hemelgarn Racing Silver Crown car, TOPP Motorsports Sprint Car and RMS Racing Midget.

The 2020 USAC Silver Crown champion scored the top prize worth $2,500 from ProSource which rewarded the USAC licensed driver who passed the most total cars during feature events throughout USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget series.

“It’s cool to be the one to pass the most cars, but I think it mostly means I need to work on my qualifying,” Grant said with a laugh. “We didn’t qualify as good as we normally do this year that I feel like, but we raced better than we usually do. In the end, I think that was a net gain for us.”

Buck Rice from ProSource has been a longtime supporter of USAC and its racers, and 2021 marked the second year of the yearlong Passing Master Award, a gift which Grant is thankful for – an opportunity for drivers to make some extra dough after putting some extra work by consistently charging up through the field.

“Any time I get passing money, Buck says he wishes he wasn’t giving it to me because he doesn’t want me to have to work that hard,” Grant said. “But it’s awesome of Buck and ProSource to put up an award like that for us. It benefits guys like me who’ve had to dig out of some holes throughout the year.”

Inaugural ProSource Passing Master champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) tied for second place with 209 positions advanced while Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) and Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) were knotted up for fourth 177 passes apiece.

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FINAL 2021 USAC PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER STANDINGS:

230-Justin Grant

209-Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

177-Thomas Meseraull & Logan Seavey

170-Brady Bacon

166-Kevin Thomas Jr.

126-Robert Ballou & Buddy Kofoid

106-Shane Cottle

92-Emerson Axsom

91-Jake Swanson

88-Kyle Cummins

84-C.J. Leary

78-Cannon McIntosh & Chase Stockon

74-Jason McDougal

64-Brenham Crouch

63-Daison Pursley

59-Jadon Rogers & Bryant Wiedeman

57-Chase Randall

51-Brandon Mattox

50-Matt Westfall

48-Kaylee Bryson

45-Jerry Coons Jr.

44-Hayden Williams

43-Mike Haggenbottom

42-Shane Cockrum & Paul Nienhiser

38-Tanner Carrick & Carmen Perigo

34-Brian Carber, Hayden Reinbold & Kody Swanson

33-Stevie Sussex

32-Chance Crum

31-Austin Nemire

30-Cole Bodine & Isaac Chapple

29-Steven Drevicki

27-Patrick Lawson & Ethan Mitchell

26-Mario Clouser

25-Dallas Hewitt

23-Bryan Gossel

22-Nick Bilbee & Kyle Jones

21-Ryan Timms

20-Charles Davis Jr. & Eric Gordon

19-Max Adams

18-Jake Day, Kyle Robbins, Mark Smith & Brian Tyler

17-Annie Breidinger, Trey Gropp & Kyle O'Gara

16-David Byrne

15-Matt Goodnight

14-Dave Berkheimer, Tyler Courtney, Briggs Danner & Travis Welpott

13-Jake Neuman & Taylor Reimer

12-Austin Barnhill & Chris Phillips

10-Chase Johnson, Davey Ray & Tyler Thomas

9-Corey Day, Noah Gass, Davey Hamilton Jr., Sam Johnson, Kyle Steffens & Scotty Weir

8-Terry Babb

7-Nathan Byrd & Chris Fetter

6-Casey Buckman, Jacob Denney, Carson Garrett & Brandon Morin

5-Clinton Boyles, Sterling Cling, Kenney Johnson, Tyler Roahrig & Steven Russell

4-Travis Buckley & Tanner Swanson

3-Jade Avedisian, Brent Beauchamp, Robert Bell, Derek Bischak, Timmy Buckwalter, Braydon Cromwell, Dave Darland, Taylor Ferns, Erik Karlsen, Ricky Lewis & Jonathan Shafer

2-Bobby Santos & Kent Schmidt

1-Brayden Fox, Russ Gamester, Riley Kreisel, Critter Malone, Mike McVetta, Stephen Schnapf & Ken Schrader

 

 

AXSOM TO CHASE 2022 USAC SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP WITH CMNR

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 2, 2021)………Clauson Marshall Newman Racing, Driven2SaveLives, an Indiana Donor Network Program, and Emerson Axsom have teamed up to compete for the 2022 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in the Driven2SaveLives #47BC sprint car.

Axsom, who has been behind the wheel of a sprint car for CMR in select races in 2021, will also run the Driven2SaveLives #39BC in select USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship events in 2022.

Clauson Marshall Racing (CMR), co-owned by Tim Clauson and Richard Marshall, was established in 2016 to compete in the USAC National Midget series. In 2017, CMR brought NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman on board as an additional co-owner of the Clauson Marshall Newman Racing (CMNR) USAC sprint car entry. In its first full season, CMNR and driver Tyler Courtney captured the USAC National Sprint Car championship.

The 17-year-old Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) competed full-time in the USAC National Midget Series for Petry Motorsports in 2021, winning twice and finishing 4th in the championship points standings. He stepped into the Driven2SaveLives Sprint Car in August of 2021 and quickly got up to speed. The 2022 season will be his first full season competing in a Clauson Marshall Newman Racing Driven2SaveLives Sprint Car as he vies for Rookie of the Year honors with the series.

“I’m super excited to be working with Clauson Marshall racing again and excited about the schedule we have put together,” Axsom stated. “I have been working to be exactly where I am for a while now, so it feels great to have it finally pay off. I can’t thank Tim, Diana, Richard, Jennifer, Taylor and everyone at CMR and Driven2SaveLives enough for continuing to believe in me. I am so thankful to be given the opportunity to live my dream while spreading awareness for organ and tissue donation in honor of Bryan Clauson.”

“I am really excited to chase not only Rookie of the Year, but also the USAC National Sprint Car Championship with Emerson,” team co-owner Tim Clauson exclaimed. “We were fortunate to get to audition Emerson during the latter part of 2021, and I was really impressed with the speed we had right out of the gate with no previous sprint car experience. As much as I was impressed with his speed, I was more impressed with the way he represented himself, our company and especially our partners out of the race car.

Getting an opportunity is the first step but taking full advantage of that opportunity is what leads to where we are today,” Clauson continued. “One of the values we have as a company is to help grow the next generation of the sport, and there is little doubt in my mind that Emerson is going to be a big part of not only CMR’s future but the sport’s future as well.”

“Indiana Donor Network has been a loyal partner since we formed our company,” team co-owner Richard Marshall explained. “We are honored to have the opportunity to champion the Driven2SaveLives program again in 2022 with Emerson Axsom. This year, he demonstrated his talent on the track and a professional poise off the track, while representing the D2SL and CMR brands. I have no doubt this is going to be the team to watch in 2022.”

Driven2SaveLives has partnered with Clauson Marshall Racing since 2017 and has been a key part of the Clauson Marshall Racing program since then. Axsom will run all USAC National Sprint Car races and selected Indiana Midget races in 2022 as well as other select races that fit in to the schedule.

Taylor McLean, Marketing Program Specialist at Indiana Donor Network, stated, “Driven2SaveLives, an Indiana Donor Network Program, is extremely excited to continue its partnership with Clauson Marshall Racing and Emerson Axsom. In a very short amount of time, Emerson has become an amazing ambassador for organ, tissue and eye donation and has helped our program reach more race fans. We are excited to expand on our racing program and reach teenagers who are going to be asked if they want to be donors at the BMV when they get their driver’s license. We couldn’t think of a better representative for our donor heroes as we continue to talk about the importance of signing up to be an organ donor within the racing community and as we expand talking to youth about the impact they can have on others.”

 

 

KOFOID’S UPS & DOWNS LEAD HIM TO THE MOUNTAINTOP OF USAC MIDGETS IN 2021

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 1, 2021)………When posed the question prior to the start of his 2021 season of whether anything less than a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship would be a disappointment, Buddy Kofoid showed no hesitation in unequivocally acknowledging that fact.

After capturing Rookie of the Year honors in 2020, the Penngrove, Calif. driver elevated his game even more the following year, scoring the series title in his second full season of competition on the strength of six victories in a campaign that saw its share of triumphs and tribulations, including an injury that very easily could’ve derailed what became the 19-year-old driver’s destiny.

The pressure, whether it’s produced by Kofoid himself or thrust upon him, is what he thrives upon. An outlook of “championship and nothing less” gave the uber-talented Kofoid the chip on his shoulder that provided an unwavering edge needed to succeed at the national level.

“I bring that pressure on myself; I guess that’s kind of how I work,” Kofoid acknowledged. “To me, my job was to win the championship and that’s what I was brought on to do. I knew that, and I knew I wouldn’t accept anything less anyway. For me, personally, winning races and winning championships is what keeps you going. I like the pressure and, to me, if you don’t get nervous, that’s not a good thing. You get nervous because you care, and you want to do good, and you put that kind of pressure on yourself when you want to achieve something.”

Returning to the fold with the same crew chief as the previous year – Jarrett Kramer – the same venerable Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team and high expectations from himself, his peers and the public, Kofoid came flying right out the box with victories in two of the first three events, including February’s daytime opener at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. followed by the biggest charge by any driver during the season, a 16th to 1st performance to win at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway in April.

Adding victories at Bloomington Speedway and Gas City I-69 Speedway in June propelled Kofoid to the Indiana Midget Week title. A solid July saw three more top-ten finishes in four additional starts, which provided Kofoid a sturdy 37-point lead over defending series champion Chris Windom entering the second half of the season. But that’s where things took an unexpected excursion.

A late model crash at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway on July 24 resulted in a broken right wrist and a broken left foot for Kofoid. With an arm cast grooved to fit the curvature of his steering wheel, ala Jim Hurtubise, Kofoid finished 10th his first time out in the body armor at Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway. Coupled with Windom’s victory that same night, Kofoid’s point lead was in jeopardy after being sliced down to 13.

Kofoid was forced to acclimate to his new clime inside the racecar, firstly merely discovering a new comfort level in the car. Since he couldn’t close his right hand all the way, the team beefed up the steering wheel with extra padding on one side to make it fatter and easier to grip. Furthermore, the body on the right side of the car was spaced out a bit more in order for him to lift his arm up higher since he had no wrist movement.

“It was frustrating; It was a nuisance; and it hurt,” Kofoid explained. “I made sure that I could race because I wanted that championship, and I accepted the challenges that it was going to bring. I made sure to get a custom, form-fitted cast and tried to take all the right steps to make myself as comfortable as I could. When your wrist movement is taken away, it forces you to chicken wing. With little stuff like that, we did as much as we could to help. It was definitely tough, and I feel like I float my right hand a lot. But when you take it away completely, you realize how much you actually use it.”

While Kofoid didn’t win with the cast, coming as close as second on two occasions at Pennsylvania’s Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway and at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway, he continued to perform at a high level with 12 top-tens in 12 starts with the cast, including eight top-five results.

The spectacular run of consistency gave Kofoid the confidence that if he could run halfway decent with the cast, once he returned to normal, he felt like he would perform even better. Akin to running with ankle weights or swinging a fungo bat before going to the real deal, theoretically, everything would seemingly become easier once the medical shackles were released.

Despite that, Kofoid did lose his grip on the point lead following the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, falling behind Windom. However, that marked the final race Kofoid had to endure with the cast.

From that point forward, the season took on a new look for Kofoid beginning with the ensuing event in October at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway, which returned his full confidence despite a less-than-stellar finish that resulted in a dip further back in the point standings behind Windom. While battling for the race lead that night, Kofoid was involved in a kerfuffle that caused him to flip but managed to save face by returning to finish ninth in the final rundown.

At that juncture, Kofoid and team discovered something else that had been shackling their performance.

“We found out in October, after the cast came off, that the car that we had run during the summer months was built with a different kind of chromoly and it ended up not working really well for us,” Kofoid detailed. “We really struggled with it, and once we got rid of that car and back to what all the other cars were like, and what my older car was like, that fixed some of those problems we were having. That started to help get our speed back and getting the cast off helped even more.”

With knowledge of the car issue and now free of pain as he headed out west for the final nine events of the season, Kofoid felt a flip of the switch was coming soon in the Golden State.

“There’s something about home state racing; it does something to you; I don’t know what it is,” Kofoid comprehended. “The start of the western swing was really where it started to click again like it had been the rest of the year.”

Kofoid shot back ahead of Windom and into the point lead with his first victory in five months at Bakersfield Speedway on Nov. 16. However, a rough go in the Hangtown 100 opener at Placerville Speedway demoted Kofoid back to second in the standings, down 13 to Windom. The tables were turned the following night at Placerville as Kofoid took fifth and Windom uncharacteristically spun out on his own while leading the feature.

Kofoid never relinquished the point lead from that point forward, finishing on the podium in each of the final three races, starting with a second on the first night at Merced Speedway. His first career fast qualifying time with the series followed the next night, which was punctuated by a feature victory.

At the finale in Ventura, Calif., Kofoid wrapped up the championship by gaining four points in qualifying after timing in third quick. With house money, he took second place in the Turkey Night Grand Prix feature and celebrated an 89-point advantage in the final standings.

Kofoid became the sixth teenager to win the USAC National Midget driving title, joining Jeff Gordon (1990), Bobby East (2004), Christopher Bell (2013), Spencer Bayston (2017) and Cole Whitt (2008), who was the youngest to win it at age 17.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports’ 11th entrant title is a new record, breaking the tie it held with Steve Lewis. Kunz’s previous series entrant championships came in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The 40 races run in 2021 were the most contested by the USAC National Midget division since 49 were held in 1988, 33 years ago.

Kofoid became the sixth driver, and the first in seven seasons, to score the Indiana Midget Week title and the USAC National Midget championship in the same season. He joins Jerry Coons Jr. (2007), Bryan Clauson (2011), Darren Hagen (2012), Christopher Bell (2013) and Rico Abreu (2014) in that category.

For the first time since 1977, three drivers reached six wins or more during a USAC National Midget season: Tanner Thorson (7), Chris Windom (7) and Buddy Kofoid (6). Forty-four years ago, it was Johnny Parsons (10), Rich Vogler (6) and Sleepy Tripp (6).

Kofoid’s mark of 37 top-tens during the 2021 USAC National Midget season was the most since Danny Caruthers in 1971. Kofoid’s mark of 28 top-fives was also historic, with it being the most since Mel Kenyon 1977. All three drivers captured the championship during those respective seasons.

There were five first-time USAC National Midget winners in 2021, tied for the most over the last 13 seasons. Among them were Emerson Axsom, Daison Pursley, Kyle Cummins, Corey Day and Ryan Timms who, at just 15 years, 3 months and 12 days old, became the youngest feature winner in the history of the series with a victory at California’s Placerville Speedway in November.

Chris Windom and Justin Grant each scored the most lucrative victories of the 2021 USAC National Midget season. Windom collected $20,000 at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway in September while Grant notched $20 Grand for himself with a victory in November at Placerville. Both races were 100-lappers, the two longest races on the schedule.

Waco, Texas native Chase Randall became the first Texan to capture USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year honors since James McElreath in 1976.

Kyle Larson became the first driver ever to win a USAC National Midget feature on dirt and the NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season. The Elk Grove, Calif. driver won twice in 2021 with USAC, first at the BC39 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August then again at his home track of Placerville in November.

Logan Seavey, meanwhile, became the first driver to win the season finales on dirt for all three of USAC’s National divisions. In September, he etched his name as the winner of the final USAC Silver Crown race of the year on dirt at Eldora. In mid-November, he shut down the Arizona Speedway dirt oval for the final time with a triumph in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season finale, then finished off with a midget win in the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura in late-November. He also captured a score in June during Indiana Midget Week at Lawrenceburg.

Returning to victory lane during the 2021 season were Thomas Meseraull who scored four wins in four different months throughout the year as well as Tyler Courtney who moved into the top-five all-time in terms of USAC National feature victories at Eldora Speedway with his win in the race held the night before the 4-Crown Nationals.

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2021 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS

Driver Champion: Buddy Kofoid

Entrant Champion: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67

Rookie of the Year: Chase Randall (11th)

Most Feature Wins: 7-Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

Laps Led: 217-Buddy Kofoid

Top-Fives: 28-Buddy Kofoid

Top-Tens: 37-Buddy Kofoid

Fast Qualifying Times: 6-Tanner Thorson

Heat Race Wins: 10-Thomas Meseraull

Feature Starts: 40-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st) & Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Logan Seavey (22nd to 7th)

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL

WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Petry Motorsports #15)

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Jun 3: (I) Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN

WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jun 4: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 5: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Tom Malloy #25)

Jun 6: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Glenn Styres Racing #3G)

Jun 9: (I) Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Corey Day (Clauson Marshall Racing #47BC)

Jun 10: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jun 11: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 12: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Jul 13: (M) Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK

WINNER: Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Jul 15: (M) Solomon Valley Raceway – Beloit, KS

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jul 16: (M) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jul 17: (M) (F) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Petry Motorsports #15)

Aug 3: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Aug 4: (E) Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA

WINNER: Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Aug 5: (E) Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Aug 6: (E) Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, PA

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Aug 7: (E) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Newmanstown, PA

WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Aug. 19: (F) The Dirt Track at IMS – Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Kyle Larson (CB Industries #86x)

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Sep 10: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Sep 11: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Sep 12: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson Marshall Racing #7BC)

Sep 25: (F) Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Nov 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

WINNER: Ryan Timms (CB Industries #85T)

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Racing #1K)

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Nov 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Tom Malloy #25)

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(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event

(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event

(E) represents an Eastern Midget Week event

(F) represents a race awarding feature points only

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 2586 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

2 2497 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

3 2372 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

4 2322 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

5 2293 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

6 2214 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

7 1984 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

8 1972 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

9 1892 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

10 1852 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

11 1488 Chase Randall (R), Waco, Texas

12 1281 Bryant Wiedeman (R), Colby, Kan.

13 1221 Brenham Crouch (R), Lubbock, Texas

14 1124 Ethan Mitchell, Mooresville, N.C.

15 1108 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.

16 909 Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.

17 777 Hayden Reinbold (R), Gilbert, Ariz.

18 690 Ryan Timms (R), Oklahoma City, Okla.

19 598 Hayden Williams (R), Auckland, N.Z.

20 581 Chance Crum (R), Snohomish, Wash.

21 529 Taylor Reimer (R), Bixby, Okla.

22 524 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

23 485 Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, Calif.

24 481 Trey Gropp (R), Lincoln, Neb.

25 469 Corey Day (R), Clovis, Calif.

26 349 Sam Johnson, St. Peters, Mo.

27 313 Brian Carber (R), Pipersville, Pa.

28 294 Austin Barnhill (R), Wilmington, N.C.

29 278 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

30 264 Jade Avedisian (R), Clovis, Calif.

31 241 Cole Bodine, Rossville, Ind.

32 196 Travis Buckley (R), Auckland, N.Z.

33 176 Jonathan Shafer (R), Ashland, Ohio

34 144 Jake Neuman, New Berlin, Ill.

35 137 Tyler Thomas, Collinsville, Okla.

36 90 Blake Brannon (R), Morgan Hill, Calif.

37 90 Oliver Akard (R), Fort Myers, Fla.

38 77 Clinton Boyles, Greenwood, Mo.

39 72 Kenney Johnson (R), Bethany, Conn.

40 62 Jacob Denney (R), Galloway, Ohio

41 50 Emilio Hoover (R), Broken Arrow, Okla.

42 40 Blake Spicer (R), Marysville, Kan.

43 40 J.R. Ewing (R), Phillipsburg, Kan.

44 30 Tyler Nelson, Olathe, Kan.

45 30 Mariah Ede (R), Fresno, Calif.

46 20 Ryan Bickett (R), Ramona, S.D.

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 2586 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

2 2497 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)

3 2372 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#2J)

4 2322 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#15)

5 2214 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25)

6 2144 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71K)

7 2138 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19T)

8 1984 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#7x)

9 1972 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#5)

10 1852 Dave Mac Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08)

11 1488 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19A)

12 1281 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#01)

13 1221 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#97)

14 1124 Bundy Built Motorsports, Mooresville, N.C. (#19m)

15 909 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71)

16 777 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

17 730 Rudeen Racing, Liberty Lake, Wash. (#26)

18 636 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#85T)

19 634 Robert Dalby Motorsports, Chino, Calif. (#4)

20 598 BSL Racing, Auckland, N.Z. (#1NZ)

21 558 Mounce-Stout Motorsports, Collinsville, Okla. (#00)

22 529 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#25K)

23 524 Glenn Styres Racing, Ohsweken, Ont. (#3G)

24 469 Clauson Marshall Racing, Fishers, Ind. (#47BC)

25 442 Hayward Motorsports, Morrison, Ill. (#19)

26 410 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#84)

27 349 Sam Johnson Racing, O’Fallon, Mo. (#72J)

28 298 BSL Racing, Auckland, N.Z. (#7NZ)

29 278 TKH Motorsports, Sweet Springs, Mo. (#21H)

30 241 Clauson Marshall Racing, Fishers, Ind. (#39BC)

31 203 Dave Mac Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#17B)

32 176 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67K)

33 155 Dave Mac Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#88)

34 144 Jim Neuman, New Berlin, Ill. (#3N)

35 137 Tyler Thomas Motorsports, Catoosa, Okla. (#91T)

36 111 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#98K)

37 107 Chris Lewis, Jackson, Mo. (#49)

38 97 Klatt Enterprises, Hastings, Neb. (#4x)

39 90 Brannon Corporation, Morgan Hill, Calif. (#40)

40 90 OMR Motorsports, Fort Myers, Fla. (#41)

41 77 RAMS Racing, Lees Summit, Mo. (#14s)

42 72 Jeff Johnson, Bethany, Conn. (#46)

43 70 RAMS Racing, Lees Summit, Mo. (#4A)

44 69 Team Ripper, Springfield, Ill. (#21KS)

45 62 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#35)

46 50 Team Ripper, Springfield, Ill. (#21K)

47 40 Terry John, Marysville, Kan. (#4s)

48 40 J.R. Ewing, Phillipsburg, Kan. (#2c)

49 30 Tyler Nelson Racing, Indianapolis, Ind. (#88x)

50 20 Mounce-Stout Motorsports, Collinsville, Okla. (#14H)

51 20 Ryan Bickett, Ramona, S.D. (#17H)

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1488 Chase Randall (R), Waco, Texas

2 1281 Bryant Wiedeman (R), Colby, Kan.

3 1221 Brenham Crouch (R), Lubbock, Texas

4 777 Hayden Reinbold (R), Gilbert, Ariz.

5 690 Ryan Timms (R), Oklahoma City, Okla.

6 598 Hayden Williams (R), Auckland, N.Z.

7 581 Chance Crum (R), Snohomish, Wash.

8 529 Taylor Reimer (R), Bixby, Okla.

9 481 Trey Gropp (R), Lincoln, Neb.

10 469 Corey Day (R), Clovis, Calif.

11 313 Brian Carber (R), Pipersville, Pa.

12 294 Austin Barnhill (R), Wilmington, N.C.

13 264 Jade Avedisian (R), Clovis, Calif.

14 196 Travis Buckley (R), Auckland, N.Z.

15 176 Jonathan Shafer (R), Ashland, Ohio

16 90 Blake Brannon (R), Morgan Hill, Calif.

17 90 Oliver Akard (R), Fort Myers, Fla.

18 72 Kenney Johnson (R), Bethany, Conn.

19 62 Jacob Denney (R), Galloway, Ohio

20 50 Emilio Hoover (R), Broken Arrow, Okla.

21 40 Blake Spicer (R), Marysville, Kan.

22 40 J.R. Ewing (R), Phillipsburg, Kan.

23 30 Mariah Ede (R), Fresno, Calif.

24 20 Ryan Bickett (R), Ramona, S.D.

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

7-Tanner Thorson (Apr 11 at Port City Raceway, Jun 10 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Jul 15 at Solomon Valley Raceway, Jul 16 at Jefferson County Speedway, Aug 5 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Aug 6 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway & Sep 5 at Angell Park Speedway)

7-Chris Windom (May 1 at Kokomo Speedway, Jun 12 at Kokomo Speedway, Aug 3 at Grandview Speedway, Sep 11 at Huset’s Speedway, Sep 12 Huset’s Speedway, Sep 25 at Eldora Speedway & Nov 13 at Arizona Speedway)

6-Buddy Kofoid (Feb 6 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 10 at Port City Raceway, Jun 4 at Bloomington Speedway, Jun 11 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Nov 16 at Bakersfield Speedway & Nov 24 at Merced Speedway)

4-Justin Grant (Aug 7 at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, Nov 12 at Arizona Speedway, Nov 20 at Placerville Speedway & Nov 23 at Merced Speedway)

4-Thomas Meseraull (Feb 8 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jun 3 at Paragon Speedway, Sep 10 at Huset’s Speedway & Oct 9 at Tri-State Speedway)

2-Emerson Axsom (Apr 30 at Kokomo Speedway & Jul 17 at Jefferson County Speedway)

2-Kyle Larson (Aug 19 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway & Nov 19 at Placerville Speedway)

2-Daison Pursley (Jul 13 at Red Dirt Raceway & Aug 4 at Action Track USA)

2-Logan Seavey (Jun 5 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & Nov 27 at Ventura Raceway)

1-Tyler Courtney (Sept 24 at Eldora Speedway)

1-Kyle Cummins (Jun 6 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Corey Day (Jun 9 at Circle City Raceway)

1-Ryan Timms (Nov 18 at Placerville Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

217-Buddy Kofoid

204-Chris Windom

163-Logan Seavey

134-Tanner Thorson

103-Emerson Axsom

90-Thomas Meseraull

78-Justin Grant

77-Daison Pursley

63-Kevin Thomas Jr.

55-Chase Randall

50-Cannon McIntosh

30-Corey Day & Ryan Timms

29-Kyle Cummins

26-Kaylee Bryson

23-Cory Eliason

20-Zeb Wise

16-Kyle Larson

14-Tyler Courtney

9-Sam Johnson

7-Alex Bright & Jason McDougal

2-Bryant Wiedeman

1-Jonathan Beason

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TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES

28-Buddy Kofoid

26-Chris Windom

22-Justin Grant

20-Emerson Axsom

14-Daison Pursley & Tanner Thorson

11-Logan Seavey

10-Thomas Meseraull & Kevin Thomas Jr.

8-Cannon McIntosh

3-Brady Bacon, Shane Golobic, Kyle Larson, Jason McDougal & Bryant Wiedeman

2-Spencer Bayston, Tyler Courtney, Brenham Crouch & Corey Day

1-Jade Avedisian, Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Brian Carber, Tanner Carrick, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Cory Eliason, Carson Macedo, Ethan Mitchell, Mitchel Moles, Chase Randall, Ryan Timms & Hayden Williams

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TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES

37-Buddy Kofoid

32-Justin Grant & Chris Windom

30-Tanner Thorson

29-Logan Seavey

28-Emerson Axsom

25-Daison Pursley

23-Kevin Thomas Jr.

20-Thomas Meseraull

17-Cannon McIntosh

12-Jason McDougal & Chase Randall

8-Bryant Wiedeman

7-Shane Golobic

5-Tanner Carrick, Brenham Crouch, Corey Day & Ryan Timms

4-Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Cummins, Cory Eliason, Kyle Larson, Ethan Mitchell, Taylor Reimer & Hayden Williams

3-Brady Bacon, Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Tyler Courtney, Zach Daum, Carson Macedo, Mitchel Moles & Zeb Wise

2-Spencer Bayston, Brian Carber, Chance Crum, Kyle Jones & Joe B. Miller

1-Jade Avedisian, Jonathan Beason, Ryan Bernal, Trey Gropp, Jake Neuman & Hayden Reinbold

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

6-Tanner Thorson

4-Cannon McIntosh

3-Logan Seavey

2-Corey Day, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

1-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Shane Golobic, Buddy Kofoid, Carson Macedo, Ethan Mitchell, Mitchel Moles, Chase Randall, Taylor Reimer & Bryan Wiedeman

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HEAT RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)

10-Thomas Meseraull

9-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid & Tanner Thorson

7-Cannon McIntosh, Daison Pursley, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

5-Ethan Mitchell, Chase Randall

4-Tanner Carrick, Brenham Crouch, Jason McDougal & Bryant Wiedeman

3-Kaylee Bryson & Logan Seavey

2-Cole Bodine, Corey Day, Cory Eliason, Shane Golobic, Carson Macedo, Taylor Reimer, Tyler Thomas, Ryan Timms & Hayden Williams

1-Austin Barnhill, Jonathan Beason, Alex Bright, Jake Bubak, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Chance Crum, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Chase Elliott, Michael Faccinto, Trey Gropp, Chase Johnson, Colby Johnson, Sam Johnson, Kyle Jones, Max McLaughlin, Thomas Meseraull, Aiden Purdue, Caden Sarale & Zac Taylor

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS

31-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Brenham Crouch, Justin Grant, Cannon McIntosh, Kevin Thomas Jr., Bryant Wiedeman & Chris Windom

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ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE WINS

3-Chase Randall & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Emerson Axsom, Brenham Crouch, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Daison Pursley & Logan Seavey

1-Chance Crum, Michael Faccinto, Trey Gropp, Carson Macedo, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Jace Park, Karter Sarff, Jonathan Shafer, Tanner Thorson, Ryan Timms, Hayden Williams & Zeb Wise

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C-MAIN WINS

1-Jacob Denney, Dylan Ito, Chance Morton & Logan Seavey

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D-MAIN WINS

1-Jacob Denney & Tanner Thorson

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FEATURE STARTS

40-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

39-Kevin Thomas Jr.

35-Chase Randall

32-Daison Pursley

30-Brenham Crouch

29-Bryant Wiedeman

26-Ethan Mitchell

23-Kaylee Bryson

22-Jason McDougal

17-Hayden Reinbold & Ryan Timms

15-Taylor Reimer & Hayden Williams

13-Chance Crum

12-Kyle Cummins & Trey Gropp

11-Tanner Carrick

9-Corey Day & Sam Johnson

8-Brian Carber, Jerry Coons Jr., Zach Daum & Shane Golobic

7-Jade Avedisian, Maria Cofer & Cory Eliason

6-Cole Bodine, Kyle Jones, Kyle Larson, Carson Macedo, Mitchel Moles, Zeb Wise & Kevin Woody Jr.

5-Brady Bacon, Austin Barnhill & Alex Bright

4-Colby Copeland, Chase Elliott, Michael Faccinto, Jonathan Shafer, Tyler Thomas & Glenn Waterland

3-Spencer Bayston, Jonathan Beason, Ryan Bernal, Travis Buckley, Tyler Courtney, Chad Frewaldt, Jimmy Glenn, Chase Johnson, Jake Neuman, Bryan Stanfill & Brandon Waelti

2-Lance Bennett, Clinton Boyles, Jake Bubak, Steve Buckwalter, Trevor Casey, Eric Heydenreich, Casey Hicks, Kenney Johnson, Michael Markey, Shannon McQueen, Joe B. Miller, Greg Mitchell, Kade Morton, Brant O'Banion, Daniel Robinson, Alex Sewell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jim Vanzant & Aaron Werner

1-Jake Andreotti, Blaze Bennett, Tanner Berryhill, Chase Briscoe, Jacob Denney, Carson Garrett, Tony Gomes, Colby Johnson, Tommy Kunsman, Trey Marcham, Shannon Mausteller, Ace McCarthy, Chase McDermand, Max McLaughlin, Jace Park, Keith Rauch, Matt Rechek, Jack Routson, Tyler Rust, Caden Sarale, Karter Sarff, Stephen Schnapf, Mark Sokol, Carson Sousa, Zac Taylor, Brett Wanner & Jeff Zelinski

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE RACE:

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Trey Marcham

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Ace McCarthy

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Chris Windom

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Hayden Williams

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Corey Day

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Randall

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Jason McDougal

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Kaylee Bryson

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Jake Bubak

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Thomas Meseraull

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Cannon McIntosh

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Daison Pursley

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Brandon Waelti

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Shane Golobic

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Chase Randall

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Logan Seavey

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Spencer Bayston

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Tyler Rust

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – Justin Grant

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – Chase Randall

Nov 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Carson Macedo

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Justin Grant

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway – Cory Eliason

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Jade Avedisian

Nov 24: Merced Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Tanner Carrick (14th to 8th)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Daison Pursley (10th to 5th)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Chris Windom (13th to 4th)

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Tanner Thorson (17th to 7th)

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (13rd to 3rd)

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (12th to 1st)

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Emerson Axsom (22nd to 11th)

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brian Carber (22nd to 10th)

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant (19th to 8th)

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Logan Seavey (22nd to 7th)

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Corey Day (12th to 5th)

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Tanner Thorson (20th to 8th)

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (18th to 9th)

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Justin Grant (13th to 2nd)

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Logan Seavey (17th to 7th)

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Brenham Crouch (22nd to 11th)

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Buddy Kofoid (15th to 2nd)

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (15th to 8th)

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Alex Bright (16th to 6th)

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 6th)

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Kevin Woody Jr. (21st to 15th)

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Kevin Woody Jr. (20th to 11th)

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Emerson Axsom (19th to 5th)

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Brandon Waelti (22nd to 11th)

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Maria Cofer (20th to 12th)

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (16th to 8th)

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Tanner Thorson (18th to 4th)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Hayden Reinbold (20th to 15th)

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (20th to 10th)

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant (17th to 3rd)

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – Chance Crum (23rd to 14th)

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – Chase Randall (23rd to 9th)

Nov 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (22nd to 11th)

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (17th to 9th)

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Justin Grant (24th to 11th)

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway – Tanner Carrick (22nd to 9th)

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Jason McDougal (14th to 10th)

Nov 24: Merced Speedway – Justin Grant (17th to 3rd)

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway – Chase Randall (26th to 12th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Bryant Wiedeman

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Logan Seavey

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Daison Pursley

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Chase Randall

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chris Windom

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cole Bodine

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Chase Randall

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Taylor Reimer

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Hayden Reinbold

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Logan Seavey

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Ethan Mitchell

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Ethan Mitchell

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Jack Routson

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Ethan Mitchell

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Brant O’Banion

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Chance Crum

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Carson Garrett

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – Kaylee Bryson

Nov 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Brenham Crouch

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Tanner Carrick

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Brenham Crouch

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway – Colby Copeland

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Tanner Carrick

Nov 24: Merced Speedway – Maria Cofer

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway – Maria Cofer

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Andrew Felker

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Emilio Hoover

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Brenham Crouch

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Noah Harris

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Cole Bodine

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Kaylee Bryson

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Chett Gehrke

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Travis Buckley

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brian Carber

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Chase Randall

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Trey Gropp

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Jason McDougal

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Sam Johnson

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Jake Bubak

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Hayden Reinbold

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Michael Markey

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Dan Bennett

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – J.R. Booth

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Casey Hicks

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Bryan Stanfill

Nov 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Chance Crum

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Maria Cofer & Ethan Mitchell

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Ryan Robinson & Mitchel Moles

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway – Chase Randall

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Jake Andreotti

Nov 24: Merced Speedway – Chase Johnson

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway – Matt Mitchell

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Stewart & Tanner Thorson

17. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones, Kyle Larson & Dave Strickland

21. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart

22. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

28. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

30. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

34. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

35. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Stan Fox & Jason Leffler

39. [18 wins] Dave Steele

40. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

42. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

48. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

49. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

53. [13 wins] Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Stevie Reeves & Chris Windom

58. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman

64. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

70. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

76. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott, Justin Grant, Chuck Gurney & Buddy Kofoid

82. [8 wins] 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 & Josh Wise

96. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

105. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro Jr., Arnie Knepper, Thomas Meseraull, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. & Roger West

118. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

129. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise

161. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Cannon McIntosh, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

193. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Emerson Axsom, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Daison Pursley, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White & Cole Whitt

229. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook Jr., Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Ryan Timms, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

1. (93) Mel Kenyon

2. (84) Rich Vogler

3. (77) Jimmy Davies

4. (72) Bob Wente

5. (43) Mike McGreevy

6. (38) Tracy Hines, Dave Strickland & Bob Tattersall

9. (36) Johnny Parsons

10. (33) Chuck Rodee

11. (29) Jimmy Caruthers

12. (28) Tommy Astone & Kevin Olson

14. (27) Parnelli Jones

15. (26) Jason Leffler

16. (25) Gary Bettenhausen

17. (24) Gene Hartley

18. (23) Tanner Thorson

19. (22) Stan Fox

20. (21) Don Branson, Tony Stewart, Shorty Templeman

23. (20) Bryan Clauson, Dan Drinan, Bobby East & Bobby Grim

27. (19) Jay Drake & Kyle Larson

29. (17) Dave Steele & Mike Streicher

31. (16) Rico Abreu, Billy Engelhart, Darren Hagen, Steve Lotshaw & Bobby Olivero

36. (15) Tom Bigelow, Billy Cantrell, Tyler Courtney, Bob McLean & Les Scott

41. (14) Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Jeff Gordon & Kenny Irwin Jr.

45. (13) George Benson, Jimmy Knight & J.J. Yeley

48. (12) Larry Rice & Josh Wise

50. (11) Brady Bacon, Danny Caruthers, Lonnie Caruthers, Russ Congdon, Tommy Copp, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, Len Sutton, Brad Sweet & Sleepy Tripp

61. (10) George Amick, Pancho Carter, Allen Crowe, Logan Seavey, Billy Vukovich & Leroy Warriner

67. (9) A.J. Foyt, Doug Kalitta, Larry Patton, Stevie Reeves, Dave Strickland Jr. & Jerry Weeks

73. (8) Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Rex Easton, Russ Gamester, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sammy Sessions, George Snider & Jack Turner

83. (7) Mike Bliss, Ray Elliott, Allen Heath, Cannon McIntosh, Billy Mehner, Andy Michner, Henry Pens, Lowell Sachs, Kody Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

93. (6) Chad Boat, Burt Foland, Brian Gerster, Mike Gregg, Kyle Hamilton, Lee Kunzman, Jerry McClung, Ron Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Don Vogler, Chris Windom & Billy Wood

105. (5) Merle Bettenhausen, Billy Boat, Steve Cannon, Ray Crawford, Kevin Doty, Ronnie Duman, Aaron Fike, Rick Goudy, Jeff Heywood, Eddie Johnson, Steve Knepper, Brad Kuhn, Andy Linden, Bobby Santos, Chris Shultz, Billy Shuman, Chuck Weyant & Mauri Wilson

123. (4) Johnny Anderson, Caleb Armstrong, Sonny Ates, Gary Byers, Dane Carter, Joe Corrigan, Zach Daum, Mike Fedorcak, Robby Flock, Danny Frye, Joe Garson, Shane Golobic, Chuck Gurney, Jim Hettinger, Arnie Knepper, Chuck Marshall, Danny McKnight, Jeff Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Gary Ponzini, Richard Powell, Porky Rachwitz, Ricky Shelton, Tom Steiner, Bruce Walkup, Rodger Ward, Roger West, & Zeb Wise

151. (3) Bob Cicconi, Cole Carter, Don Anderson, Donnie Beechler, Dwight Brown, Hank Butcher, Harry Beck, Jack Calabrase, Larry Dickson, Mario Clouser, Steve Buckwalter, Tony Bettenhausen, Tony Elliott, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Gene Force, Justin Grant, Bob Hare, Ted Hines, P.J. Jones, Greg Leffler, Grier Manning, Mack McClellan, Roger McCluskey, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell, Johnny Moorhouse, Kenneth Nichols, Jerry Nuckles, Tim Pangborn, Forrest Parker, Johnnie Parsons, Johnny Roberts, Randy Roberts, Lloyd Ruby, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Tom Sellberg, Dale Swaim, Johnnie Tolan & Dillon Welch

192. (2) Sherman Armstrong Jr., Jack Bates, Gays Biro, Art Bisch, Dan Boorse, Kaylee Bryson, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Paul Clark, Bob Cortner, Chris Cumberworth, Bob Davison, Corey Day, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Nick Fornoro Jr., Gene Gennetten, Elmer George, Joe Giba, Ron Gregory, Ted Hartley, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Shane Hmiel, Eddie Jackson, Bubby Jones, Dick Jones, Page Jones, Ronnie Kaplan, Johnny Kay, Walt Kennedy, Michael Lewis, Brad Loyet, Carson Macedo, Jim Mahoney, Jim McClean, Sarah McCune, Warren Mockler, Earl Motter, Ken Nichols, Hank Nykaza, Steve Paden, Danny Pens, Michael Pickens, Parker Price-Miller, Daison Pursley, Levi Roberts, Johnny Rodriguez, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer, Ryan Scott, Jigger Sirois, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danny Stratton, Russ Sweedler, Buddy Taylor, George Tichenor, Bud Tingelstad, Steve Troxell, Bobby Unser, Billy Wease, Ken Weiland, Cole Whitt & Carl Williams

255. (1) Bobby Allen, Al Alpern, Chuck Amati, John Andretti, Capp Arnold, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Tony Ave, Emerson Axsom, Steve Barth, Dave Bartlett, Todd Barton, John Batts, Jim Beckley, Daniel Bedford, Dick Betts, Nick Bohanon, Tony Bonadies, Johnny Boyd, Alex Bright, Bob Burbridge, Larry Cannon, Roy Caruthers, Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bud Clemons, Johnny Cofer, Duke Cook, Jay Cornell, A.J. Davis, Duke DeRosa, Danny Ebberts, Bob Ellingham, Dean Erfurth, Russ Faucett, Sarah Fisher, Dan Ford, Josh Ford, Danny Frye Jr., Jim Gates, Johnny Gavin, Roy Gillhamer, Roy Graham, Bob Gregg, Mike Groff, Chuck Gurney Jr., Gene Gurney, Butch Haisman, Davey Hamilton, Garrett Hansen, Bob Harkey, Alex Harris, Scott Hatton, Jac Haudenschild, Jim Hemmings, Al Henderson, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hill, Larry Hillerud, Bob Hogle, Shane Hollingsworth, Bill Homeier, Rick Hood, Wally Hostettler, Billy Hughes, Jeff Hunt, Tony Hunt, Gary Irvin, Bob Jesser, Ronnie Johncox, Paul Jones, Jack Jordan, Brent Kaeding, Gary Kanawyer, Jim Keeker, Harry Kern, Jimmy Kirk, Danny Kladis, George Kladis, Clay Klepper, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Buddy Kofoid, Bill Kojis, Bill Kollman, Jim Lauri IV, Buddy Lee, Donnie Lehmann, Bob Lithgow, Eddie Loomis, Jim Bob Luebbert, Dave Lundy, Jim Malloy, Bobby Marshman, Larry McCloskey, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden, Al Miller, J.R. Miller, Stephanie Mockler, Mitchel Moles, Davey Moses, Mike Mosley, Brad Noffsinger, Danny O'Neill, Jan Opperman, Junior Parkinson, Gary Patterson, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Bill Puterbaugh, Jon Rahe, Bill Randall, Chase Randall, Norm Rapp, Keith Rauch, Dickie Reese, Taylor Reimer, Bill Renshaw, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Jack Runyon, John Sarna, Gio Scelzi, Chase Scott, Shane Scully, Roy Seidenstricker, Holly Shelton, Dean Shirley, Tony Simon, C.L. Smith, Bob Spoo, J.P. Standley, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas, Bob Twitty, Al Unser, Don Weaver, Terry Wente, Gene Weyant, Johnny White, Newt White, Bryant Wiedeman, Eric Wilkins & Don Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS

1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney, 2020: Chris Windom, 2021: Buddy Kofoid

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET OWNER CHAMPIONS

1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Buick Company, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: Don Kenyon, 1975: Ron Tripp, 1976: Ron Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: Don Kenyon, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2013: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2014: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2015: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2016: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2017: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2018: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2019: Clauson-Marshall Racing, 2020: Tucker-Boat Motorsports, 2021: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser, 2020: Buddy Kofoid, 2021: Chase Randall

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2021 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER & TEAM ROSTER:

A

MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (BSL Racing #7NZ)

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

JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis #00)

JARETT ANDRETTI/Mooresville, NC (RMS Racing #18)

JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries #84 & CB Industries #86)

EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports #15)

B

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

®AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Motorsports #17B & Sam Johnson Racing #17B)

KEVIN BAYER/Bixby, OK (Kenny & Kevin Bayer #91K)

SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (CB Industries #84)

JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Hard Eight Racing #8J)

BRETT BECKER/Odessa, TX (Brett Becker Racing #2B)

KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports #31)

ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell #71B)

BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett #10B)

DAN BENNETT/Akron, NY (Dan Bennett #5J)

LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason #10 & Cappy Mason #91)

RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing #87w)

TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK (Berryhill Family Racing #17)

®RYAN BICKETT/Ramona, SD (Ryan Bickett #17H)

JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports #45)

COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing #39BC)

J.R. BOOTH/Flemington, N.J. (Shannon Mausteller #5A)

SAGE BORDENAVE/French Camp, CA (MF Motorsports #35x)

BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci #9)

CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (RAMS Racing #14s)

®BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Brannon Corporation #40)

GLENN BRATTI/Springdale, AR (Glenn Bratti #24T)

KEVIN BREWER/Owasso, OK (Walrus Racing-Brewer Motorsports #47K)

ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Tom Malloy #25m)

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

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

JAKE BUBAK/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke #27B)

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

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

BOBBY BUTLER/Upper Black Eddy, PA (Glenn Motorsports #12)

C

JORDAN CALENDINE/Peru, IN (Alan Calendine #38)

®BRIAN CARBER/Lewisberry, PA (Hayward Motorsports #19)

TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K & Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #98K)

ROBERT CARSON/Concord, CA (Karen & Howard Segur #99)

TREVOR CASEY/Altoona, IA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #00 & Casey Racing #2c)

MICHAEL CLARK/Brazil, IN (Michael Clark #8)

MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing #57)

JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Jay Mounce & Gavin Stout #14H)

JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Central Motor Sports #85)

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

SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Danny Stamper #86)

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

CADE COWLES/Coweta, OK (Gariss Racing #70)

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

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

®CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing #26)

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

D

CONOR DALY/Noblesville, IN (DiaEdge Racing #47D

MASON DAUGHERTY/Lawton, OK (Berryhill Family Racing #97m)

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

®COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Clauson Marshall Racing #47BC)

ANDREW DEAL/Caney, KS (Mike Deal #15D)

®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Petry Motorsports #35)

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

TYLER DOLACKI/Fresno, CA (MF Motorsports #35)

E

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

TYLER EDWARDS/Salina, OK (Dragonfly Aviation #36x)

CORY ELIASON/Visalia, CA (Rudeen Racing #26)

CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA (Paul May Motorsports #9, Kyle Larson Racing #9 & CB Industries #84)

ANTHONY ESBERG/Kelseyville, CA (Anthony Esberg #1x)

THOMAS ESBERG/Kelseyville, CA (Thomas Esberg #8x)

®J.R. EWING/Phillipsburg, KS (J.R. Ewing #2c)

F

MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Marcie Campbell #7J & Graunstadt Enterprises #14)

ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (RAB Racing #57A)

SANTINO FERRUCCI/Woodbury, CT (Dave Mac Motorsports #16)

CHAD FREWALDT/Kansas City, KS (Chad Frewaldt #4c & Chad Frewaldt #9F)

BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile #51)

G

RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (R & G, Inc. #46)

RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Kevin Arnold #43)

CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett #15x)

NOAH GASS/Mounds, OK (Randy Gass #20G)

CHETT GEHRKE/Broken Arrow, OK (A.J. Felker #37)

KAMERON GLADISH/Indianapolis, IN (Gladish Motorsports #4K)

JIMMY GLENN/Middletown, DE (Glenn Motorsports #7G)

SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing #17w)

TONY GOMES/Modesto, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports #73x)

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

RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing #81G)

®TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE (Jay Mounce & Gavin Stout #00 & Team Ripper #21KS)

MAX GUILFORD/Auckland, NZ (Benic Enterprises #3NZ)

H

NOAH HARRIS/Broken Arrow, OK (Jimmy Harris #20H)

RON HAZELTON/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton #15ws)

ERIC HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (Rich Heydenreich #11)

JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens #22)

CASEY HICKS/Westwood, KS (Casey Hicks #5H)

®EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (Team Ripper #21K)

I

DYLAN ITO/Ventura, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports #73)

J

SHAWN JACKSON/Bear, DE (Shawn Jackson #7J)

CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (BSL Racing #7NZ & Six8 Motorsports #68)

COLBY JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris #17K)

KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson #46)

KYLER JOHNSON/Quinter, KS (Kyler Johnson Racing #45x)

SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson Racing #72J)

CURTIS JONES/Sand Springs, OK (Curtis Jones Motorsports #10x)

KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Tri-Fecta Motorsports #7u)

ROBBY JOSETT/Santa Clarita, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports #73B)

COREY JOYNER/Concordia, KS (Corey Joyner #11H)

K

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

TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Tommy Kouns #98)

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

TOMMY KUNSMAN/Bethlehem, PA (Tommy Kunsman #21)

CARSON KVAPIL/Mooresville, NC (Marc Dailey #2MD)

L

GAGE LANEY/Owasso, OK (Jay Mounce & Gavin Stout #14H)

KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Racing #1K & CB Industries #86x)

BILLY LAWLESS/Fresno, CA (Lawless Racing #17L)

C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Josh Ford Motorsports #89x)

AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing #11L)

BEAU LEMIRE/Placerville, CA (Lemire Racing #14)

RICKY LEWIS/Ventura, CA (NP Motorsports #1EM)

M

CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports #21)

MICHAEL MAGIC/Winder, GA (Mike Magic #4m)

TREY MARCHAM/Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham #32)

MICHAEL MARKEY/Hanover, PA (Michael Markey #7)

RANDY MAUSTELLER/Bloomsburg, PA (Randy Mausteller #21)

SHANNON MAUSTELLER/Selinsgrove, PA (Randy Mausteller #21m)

ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jay Mounce & Gavin Stout #00 & MSW Motorsports #00)

CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Chase McDermand #40m)

JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises #4, Robert Dalby Motorsports #4, RAMS Racing #4A, Dean Alexander #5T & Hayward Motorsports #19)

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

MAX McLAUGHLIN/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports #z8)

SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (McQueen Racing #7)

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

JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Chris Lewis #49)

ZAC MILLIKIN/Pryor, OK (Hunt Brothers #3ps)

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

GREG MITCHELL/Parkersburg, WV (Greg Mitchell #001)

MATT MITCHELL/Yorba Linda, CA (J.W. Mitchell Motorsports #37m)

MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Matt Wood Racing #07w)

KALEB MONTGOMERY/Templeton, CA (Woodland Autosports #8w)

JAKE MORGAN/Elk Grove, CA (Luke OB Racing #45)

CHANCE MORTON/Coweta, OK (Blane Morton #7MF)

KADE MORTON/Coweta, OK (Blane Morton #8m)

N

TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing #88)

JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman #3N)

RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing #6BC)

TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports #1p)

O

BRANT O’BANION/Norfolk, NE (Aaron McDonald #9)

P

RYAN PADGETT/Anadarko, OK (NP Motorsports #1N, Phil Shapel #84J & Wayne Crow #98)

RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz #8)

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

DAYLIN PERREIRA/Hilo, HI (Keliinoi Bros. Racing #8)

AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (Brian & Deidre Martin #11m & McCreery Motorsports #57D)

DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

R

®CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19A)

KEITH RAUCH/Thornton, CO (Patrick Bourke #27)

MATT RECHEK/Beaver Dam, WI (Shoestring Racing #38)

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

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

DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports #57D & RAB Racing #57K)

RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Del Morris #71R)

JODY ROSENBOOM/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom #14)

JACK ROUTSON/Waterman, IL (RAB Racing #57A)

KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Brian & Deidre Martin #11)

TYLER RUST/Haubstadt, IN (Jim Neuman #3x)

S

CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale #32)

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

C.J. SARNA/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna #20)

JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Brian & Deidre Martin #11)

STEPHEN SCHNAPF/Newburgh, IN (Brian & Deidre Martin #11s)

LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Tom Malloy #25)

ALEX SEWELL/Broken Arrow, OK (Andy Sewell #8)

®JONATHAN SHAFER/Ashland, OH (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K)

SHAUN SHAPEL/Wichita, KS (Phil Shapel #84s)

MIKE SNIDER/Kelseyville, CA (Lauren Snider #6K)

JARRETT SOARES/Discovery Bay, CA (Steven Soares #12)

MARK SOKOL/Doylestown, PA (Mark Sokol #50)

CARSON SOUSA/Red Bluff, CA (Jay Mounce & Gavin Stout #00)

®BLAKE SPICER/Marysville, KS (Terry John #4s)

ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Jim Neuman #3x)

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

JEFF STASA/Kingman, KS (SBR Motorsports #91)

KURT STELLHORN/Red Bud, IL (Kurt Stellhorn #17x)

RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson Marshall Racing #17s)

T

GARY TAYLOR/Snohomish, WA (Mike & Brian Dunlap #32)

ZAC TAYLOR/Green River, WY (Todd Henry #71T)

KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports #5)

TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports #91T)

TOMMY THOMPSON/Ten Mile, TN (Tommy Thompson #3T)

TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T & Dave Mac Motorsports #88)

®RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (CB Industries #84 & CB Industries #85T)

V

JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant #3v)

BEN VARNER/Harbor Springs, MI (Gladish Motorsports #25v)

W

BRANDON WAELTI/Sun Prairie, WI (Martin Racing #3w)

BRETT WANNER/Shoemakersville, PA (Jamie Speers #00)

GLENN WATERLAND/Christchurch, NZ (Glenn & Hayley Waterland #11c)

AARON WERNER/Colman, SD (Donovan Peterson Racing #11w)

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

BEN WIESZ/Colfax, CA (Colby Wiesz #21w)

®HAYDEN WILLIAMS/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing #1NZ)

KYLE WILSON/Jenks, OK (Jay Wilson #05)

JEFF WIMMENAUER/New Whiteland, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer #15J)

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

ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Matt Wood Racing #37w)

BRENDON WISELEY/Sand Springs, OK (Rick Horn #7w)

KEVIN WOODY JR./Victor, NY (Brian Buckwalter #0, Dave Mac Motorsports #10 & Brian Buckwalter #25B)

BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander #5K)

Y

J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Rick Ware Racing #51)

Z

JEFF ZELINSKI/Joliet, IL (Roger Engstrom #18)

 

 

A.J. BENDER BREAKS THROUGH AT VENTURA

VENTURA, CA – NOVEMBER 28, 2021… Using a borrowed engine, A.J. Bender (San Diego, CA) raced to victory in Saturday’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car portion of the “80th Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway. Racing the family owned #21B K&R Motorsports / Schweitzer Racing DRC, the regular competitor with the USAC/CRA 410s and California Lightning Sprints earned $3,000 for his efforts. Ryan Bernal, Carson Macedo, top qualifier Troy Rutherford, and Chase Randall rounded out the top-five drivers.

While constant winds were taking their toll on the racing surface, the eighth starting Bender steadily made his way to fourth and within striking distance of the leaders. As Rutherford and Bernal had a torrid battle for the top spot, the changing track conditions worked into Bender’s favor. As most of the racers chose the outside groove, Bender found traction on the bottom and within two laps had taken over the lead on lap 26. Still facing the challenge from Bernal, Bender escaped from the leader in series wins to score the biggest victory of his career.

Before winning his first USAC West Coast 360 main event, A.J. Bender was fourth in his heat race, finished second in his qualifying race, ran eighth in the dash, and ranked eighth out of the 28 racers in event points after Friday’s action.

Using a passing points format, Troy Rutherford (Ojai, CA) emerged as Friday’s Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier. Driving his Trench Shoring / Grimes Rock entry with a Roush-Yates Ford powerplant, Rutherford dominated the opening night by winning the Extreme Mufflers First Heat Race, Ultra Shield Products First Qualifier, and the $1,200 Rod End Supply Dash. The former Ventura track champion led 22 laps of the feature before scoring fourth at the checkered flags.

T.J. Smith (Fresno, CA) returned to USAC West Coast action and won the Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars Second Heat Race as well as the Saldana Racing Products Second Qualifier. Piloting Caden Sarale’s #32 Tel-Tac / SB Properties CS9, the former Santa Maria track champion placed second in the dash, was second in event points, and finished twenty-first in the main event after an early exit.

Chase Randall (Waco, TX) made his first series start and won the Competition Suspension Incorporated Third Heat Race. Driving the family owned #9 Competition Suspension Incorporated / Eagle Chassis entry, Randall placed third in his qualifier, ranked fourth in event points, and scored fourth in the 30-lap main event.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) won Saturday’s 12-lap Rod End Supply Semi-Main Event. Racing the May Motorsports’ #8M Fastenal / Coopers Propane Maxim, Johnson ran fifth in his heat race, scored sixth in his qualifier, ranked twelfth in event points, and finished sixth in the feature after starting tenth.

After having mechanical issues on Friday, Max Adams (Loomis, CA) rebounded to earn Saturday’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award with a twenty-first to seventh place run in the feature. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Adams was twenty-eighth in event points and finished twelfth in the Semi-main to earn a starting spot in the main event.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, James Herrera (New Cuyama, CA) earned the event’s Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award. Driving his #5J Cuyama Buckhorn / The Buck Stop Coffee Shop Maxim, Herrera was eighth in his heat race, ran eleventh in his qualifier, ranked twenty-fourth in passing points, and scored fourteenth in the semi-main.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS: November 26 & 27, 2021 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “ARP 80th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps – Held Nov. 26) 1. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 2. Kyle Edwards (#39 Edwards), 3. Ryan Bernal (#57 Silva), 4. Brody Roa (#8O May), 5. Bradley Terrell (#43 Terrell), 6. Jason McDougal (#21K Kruseman), 7. Ricky Lewis (#3F Finkenbinder), 8. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 9. Joey Bishop (#45 Bishop), 10. Gage Cheek (#22 Cheek). NT.

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps – Held Nov. 26) 1. T.J. Smith (#32 Sarale), 2. Carson Macedo (#21 Tarlton), 3. Tanner Boul (#99T Boul), 4. Jarrett Soares (#12 Soares), 5. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 6. Kaleb Montgomery (#73X Ford), 7. Nate Robinson (#0K Perkins), 8. Camie Bell (#29 Bell), 9. Colby Johnson (#38 Johnson). NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps – Held Nov. 26) 1. Chase Randall (#9 Randall), 2. Jacob Tuttle (#87P Tuttle), 3. Nick Robfogel (#3 Matterii), 4. A.J. Bender (#21B Bender), 5. Chase Johnson (#8M May), 6. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix), 7. Jake Hodges (#4 Hodges), 8. James Herrera (#5J Herrera), 9. Max Adams (#73 Ford). NT.

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps – Held Nov. 26) 1. Rutherford, 2. Macedo, 3. Randall, 4. Guardino, 5. Edwards, 6. Ch.Johnson, 7. Soares, 8. Montgomery, 9. Timmons, 10. Hendrix, 11. Herrera, 12. Boul, 13. Cheek, 14. Bell. NT.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps – Held Nov. 26) 1. Smith, 2. Bernal, 3. Bender, 4. Lewis, 5. McDougal, 6. Robfogel, 7. Co.Johnson, 8. Terrell, 9. Hodges, 10. Robinson, 11. Tuttle, 12. Bishop.13. Roa. NT.

ROD END SUPPLY DASH: (15 laps – Held Nov. 26) 1. Troy Rutherford, 2. T.J. Smith, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Ricky Lewis, 7. Tristan Guardino, 8. A.J. Bender, 9. Nick Robfogel, 10. Jason McDougal. NT.

ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps – Held Nov. 27) 1. Ch.Johnson, 2. Edwards, 3. Terrell, 4. Montgomery, 5. Soares, 6. Boul, 7. Roa, 8. Tuttle, 9. Timmons, 10. Hodges, 11. Hendrix, 12. Adams, 13. Bishop, 14. Herrera, 15. Cheek, 16. Robinson, 17. Bell, 18. Co.Johnson. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions – Held Nov. 27) 1. A.J. Bender (8), 2. Ryan Bernal (3), 3. Carson Macedo (5), 4. Troy Rutherford (1), 5. Chase Randall (4), 6. Chase Johnson (10), 7. Max Adams (21), 8. Jacob Tuttle (17), 9. Brody Roa (16), 10. Kyle Edwards (11), 11. Tanner Boul (15), 12. Rick Hendrix (20), 13. James Herrera (24), 14. Joey Bishop (22), 15. Cory Eliason (24, #21K Kruseman), 16. Tristan Guardino (7), 17. Bradley Terrell (12), 18. Ricky Lewis (6), 19. Kaleb Montgomery (13), 20. Jake Hodges (19), 21. T.J. Smith (2), 22. Ryan Timmons (18), 23. Nick Robfogel (9), 24. Jarrett Soares (14). NT.
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**Lewis and Hodges flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Rutherford, Lap 14 Bernal, Laps 15-23 Rutherford, Laps 24-30 Bender.
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TOP QUALIFIER: Troy Rutherford
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Max Adams (21st to 7th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: James Herrera


 

SEAVEY TAKES TURKEY NIGHT, KOFOID IS USAC MIDGET CHAMP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 27, 2021)………Logan Seavey knows how to close the curtain, fade to black and roll credits in style.

On Saturday night, Seavey slammed the door on the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship campaign with a monumental score in Saturday’s 80th running of the 98-lap ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix.

The season closing victory with the series at southern California’s Ventura Raceway allowed Seavey to become the first driver to win the season finales on dirt for all three of USAC’s National divisions.

In September of this year, he etched his name as the winner of the final USAC Silver Crown race of the year on dirt at Eldora Speedway. In mid-November, he shut down the Arizona Speedway dirt oval for the final time with a triumph in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season finale.

For a born and bred California racer such as Seavey, the best truly was saved for last.

The Sutter, Calif. native and his California based team led three different times for a total of 70 laps in the Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring – Rodela Specialty Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota, but their third time in the lead proved to be the charm.

Seavey swapped the lead with newly crowned USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion Buddy Kofoid a total of four times in a 25-lap span with Seavey taking the lead for good on the 42nd circuit, then controlling the remainder of the way with Kofoid in close quarters just behind.

The second victory of the year, and eighth of Seavey’s USAC National Midget career, moved him into a tie for 80th on the all-time series win list alongside Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Justin Grant, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Buddy Kofoid, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner and Josh Wise.

However, for Seavey, this particular win was, by far, the one they’ll most cherish.

“Turkey Night has basically been number one on the list for our whole team,” Seavey explained. “I’m from California, crewmen Jerome Rodela and Chris Tramel are both from California and (car owner) Tom Malloy is from California. This is the race we’ve been looking at all year and this is the race we’ve been preparing for. This is the biggest race of the year for us.”

Saturday night’s race was chock-full of historical USAC moments. Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) recorded Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time to become the first woman to win the pole in Turkey Night’s grand history, which dates back to its inaugural running in 1934.

Her Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports counterpart, Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), qualified second and started alongside Bryson, making it the first time in USAC National Midget history that two women qualified first and second.

The duo led the field to the green with Bryson controlling the pace early on, leading the initial 17 laps of the event, which were the first ever in Turkey Night history led by a woman.

The action was interrupted early on by a crash in turn three on the 15th lap which involved both Brenham Crouch and Thomas Meseraull while they tussled for the 27th spot. Crouch was the unluckiest victim, getting upside down.

Meseraull started the race via provisional after falling ill earlier in the day, arriving at the track just about an hour before feature time. Both drivers were okay, although both dropped out early after initially returning to the track following the incident.

Just before the red, Seavey, who started the race from the ninth position, had surged from fifth to third in one fell swoop on lap 15. After the red, he remained on a rapid advance to the second spot on lap 17 around the outside of Reimer for second, then around the outside of Bryson for the race lead just moments later on lap 18.

Following Seavey through the grapevine was Kofoid who utilized a slider to gravitate into the lead in turn three on lap 26. Seavey subsequently returned the favor and powered around the outside of Kofoid in turn four to regain the lead on lap 28.

Back and forth, back and forth, they went with Kofoid charging back into the lead on lap 33, using the topside to make the successful maneuver, amid both he and Seavey encountering an intimate meeting with lapped traffic.

Kofoid’s run proved to be short-lived yet again as, nine trips around the 1/5-mile dirt oval later, Seavey found a crevice to sneak back under Kofoid for the lead in turn one on lap 41 as the leaders continued to negotiate the endless logjam of lapped cars. It all came just in time, according to Seavey.

“When he went by for the lead, I knew it was going to be tough to get back,” Seavey admitted. “He was really trying to get to the rubber first. Luckily, it wasn’t quite in coming off four and I was able to drive back around him. We put on a decent race for a few laps, then the rubber came, and it was just hold on and save tires.”

A yellow on lap 50 for 22nd running Emerson Axsom’s backwards spin in turn one nearly collected the race leader, Seavey, as he darted right to narrowly avoid catastrophe. No harm, no foul. But the stoppage, as it turned out, would completely change the complexion of the race, something Seavey looked into his crystal ball and foretold.

“I kind of knew early that the rubber was coming, and I was just charging really hard to get to the front,” Seavey detailed. “As soon as I got to the lead, it was full save. But then Buddy got me, and I thought at the time, that was going to be it.

For me, it was just like Silver Crown racing where you get to the lead and try to hold on for the rest of the race,” Seavey continued. “That experience probably helped me a lot right there. I was able to get back by Buddy in lapped traffic and I saw him move down, so I knew he was feeling something on the bottom. As soon as I went by him, I went straight back to the bottom, and I wasn’t moving after that."

And that’s where he stayed throughout the remainder, never meandering from the bottom, which didn’t allow Kofoid any room to search and make an attack even though he was able to get to Seavey’s rear bumper numerous occasions throughout the second half of the race, keeping pace within one to five car lengths throughout.

Following a lap 85 restart in which 21st running Jade Avedisian spun in turn one and ninth-place Cannon McIntosh stopped with a flat right rear on the back straightaway, the 45-minute rule came into effect, forcing the feature to be red flagged and necessitating an open red situation for fuel and additional adjustments as long as tires did not leave the ground.

Mitchel Moles used the late-race restart with 15 laps remaining to blitz underneath and past Kyle Larson for third exiting turn two. One last caution hit with seven to go for a Cannon McIntosh spin between turns three and four, creating one more final restart for Seavey to handle.

Seavey expertly navigated the choppy waters, not allowing Kofoid much of a chance to get a bumper in edgewise. Although, there was once such occasion with five laps to go in which Kofoid got into Seavey, which received the full brunt of Seavey’s attention at that point, even though time was running out on his right rear rubber, and Kofoid’s too.

“Both of our tires were about gone,” Seavey noted of he and Kofoid’s right rears during the final laps. “I felt him bump me off four with a few to go and I knew it was time to go. I knew I had a little bit of tire left and kind of took off a little bit. I don’t know how close he was at the end, but I was nervous. I ran hard the last five laps, and I was praying the last lap that we didn’t blow a tire.”

The tire remained strong and the driver in the seat stood tall. Seavey kept Kofoid at bay in the final round and delivered the final knockout blow with an exhilarating wheelstand as he raced under the checkered flag for his first Turkey Night winning experience with Kofoid, Moles, Larson and Bryson rounding out the top-five.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) already had knowledge of his USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship when he took the green flag in Saturday night’s feature. The insurmountable 51-point lead allowed Kofoid to play with house money where he led twice for 11 laps to earn a career-best Turkey Night Grand Prix result of second in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) rounded out the podium in his first Turkey Night Grand Prix start, which earned him both a career best USAC National Midget feature finish and Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors to become just the seventh recipient of the award to finish inside the top-three, joining Kody Swanson (2nd in 2006), Levi Roberts (2nd in 2009), Dalton Armstrong (3rd in 2010), Ryan Bernal (3rd in 2012), Carson Macedo (3rd in 2016) and Cannon McIntosh (2nd in 2019).

Kyle Larson’s fourth-place finish was, oddly enough, the lowest finishing position of his Turkey Night Grand Prix career. The Elk Grove, Calif. native also finished fourth in his Rookie year of 2011. However, he did continue his incredible run in the event to nine consecutive top-four finishes in nine career starts.

Prior to Saturday, the best Turkey Night Grand Prix finish by a woman was 13th by Denise Bennet in 1988. In 2021, three drivers finished 13th or better with Kaylee Bryson leading the way in fifth, Taylor Reimer eighth and Macdoel, California’s Maria Cofer 13th.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 27, 2021 – Ventura Raceway Speedway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – 80th ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.678; 2. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.724; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.735; 4. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-11.740; 5. Ryan Timms, 85T, CBI-11.758; 6. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-11.778; 7. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-11.782; 8. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-11.801; 9. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-11.813; 10. Ryan Bernal, 87w, Wood-11.824; 11. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-11.834; 12. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.835; 13. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.845; 14. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-11.856; 15. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-11.875; 16. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.915; 17. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-11.923; 18. Chase Elliott, 9, Larson-11.979; 19. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-11.993; 20. Chance Crum, 26R, Rudeen-11.998; 21. Jade Avedisian, 86, CBI-12.022; 22. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-12.023; 23. Kaleb Montgomery, 8w, Woodland-12.053; 24. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.062; 25. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-12.062; 26. Zeb Wise, 37w, Wood-12.068; 27. Cory Eliason, 26, Rudeen-12.103; 28. Matt Mitchell, 37m, Mitchell-12.151; 29. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.205; 30. Chase Johnson, 68, Six8-12.227; 31. C.J. Leary, 89x, Ford-12.235; 32. Colby Copeland, 25m, Malloy-12.273; 33. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-12.297; 34. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.305; 35. Tyler Dolacki, 35, MF-12.307; 36. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.322; 37. Max Adams, 7NZ, BSL-12.326; 38. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-12.358; 39. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.536; 40. Robby Josett, 73B, Ford-12.726; 41. Sage Bordenave, 35x, MF-12.730; 42. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.912; 43. Terry Nichols, 1p, NP-12.966; 44. Ron Hazelton, 15ws, Hazelton-13.101; 45. Ryan Padgett, 1N, NP-13.282; 46. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-13.311; 47. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-NT; 48. Ricky Lewis, 1EM, NP-NT; 49. Jason McDougal, 5T, Alexander-NT; 50. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chance Crum, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Zeb Wise, 6. Colby Copeland, 7. Dylan Ito, 8. Kaleb Montgomery, 9. Carson Garrett, 10. Tyler Dolacki, 11. Sage Bordenave, 12. Ron Hazelton, 13. Randi Pankratz. 2:25.65

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Jade Avedisian, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Cory Eliason, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Chase Elliott, 7. Brody Fuson, 8. Ben Worth, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Ryan Padgett, 11. C.J. Sarna, 12. Jarrett Soares. 2:28.09

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Chase Randall, 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. Robby Josett, 8. Max Adams, 9. Caden Sarale, 10. Terry Nichols, 11. Joey Bishop, 12. C.J. Leary. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Chase Johnson, 3. Colby Copeland, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Matt Mitchell, 6. Robby Josett, 7. Kaleb Montgomery, 8. Max Adams, 9. Chase Elliott, 10. Caden Sarale, 11. Hayden Reinbold, 12. Ryan Padgett, 13. Terry Nichols, 14. Tyler Dolacki, 15. Brody Fuson, 16. Ben Worth, 18. Dylan Ito. NT

FEATURE: (98 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (9), 2. Buddy Kofoid (3), 3. Mitchel Moles (4), 4. Kyle Larson (8), 5. Kaylee Bryson (1), 6. Justin Grant (11), 7. Ryan Bernal (10), 8. Taylor Reimer (2), 9. Tanner Thorson (20), 10. Zeb Wise (23), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (13), 12. Chase Randall (26), 13. Maria Cofer (7), 14. Kevin Thomas Jr. (22), 15. Chance Crum (14), 16. Colby Copeland (25), 17. Chris Windom (17), 18. Carson Macedo (19), 19. Cannon McIntosh (6), 20. Tanner Carrick (16), 21. Chase Johnson (24), 22. Chase Elliott (27-O), 23. Jade Avedisian (15), 24. Ryan Timms (5), 25. Brenham Crouch (12), 26. Cory Eliason (21), 27. Emerson Axsom (18), 28. Thomas Meseraull (28-P). NT

(O) represents a promoter’s option

(P) represents a USAC provisional starter

**Jason McDougal flipped during practice. Dylan Ito flipped during the semi. Brenham Crouch flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Kaylee Bryson, Laps 18-25 Logan Seavey, Laps 26-27 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 28-32 Logan Seavey, Laps 33-41 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 42-98 Logan Seavey.

FINAL USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2586, 2-Chris Windom-2497, 3-Justin Grant-2372, 4-Emerson Axsom-2322, 5-Tanner Thorson-2293, 6-Logan Seavey-2211, 7-Thomas Meseraull-1982, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1972, 9-Daison Pursley-1892, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1852.

FINAL OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-230, 2-Tanner Thorson-209, 3-Chris Windom-204, 4-Thomas Meseraull-178, 5-Logan Seavey-171, 6-Brady Bacon-170, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-167, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Buddy Kofoid-123, 10-Shane Cottle-106.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Don Basile Rookie of the Race: Mitchel Moles

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kaylee Bryson

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner: Brenham Crouch

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Qualifier Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Zeb Wise

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chase Randall (26th to 12th)

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Matt Mitchell

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Maria Cofer


CANNON FIRES THE FIRST SHOT:
McINTOSH TOPS TURKEY NIGHT PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 26, 2021)………Cannon McIntosh led all challengers as the fastest driver in Friday night’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship practice at California’s Ventura Raceway.

The Bixby, Okla. native timed in with an 11.827 second lap in his Dave Mac Motorsports/DriveWFX.com – D.A. McIntosh – Smith Titanium/Spike/Speedway Toyota around the 1/5-mile dirt oval during the session, which was the final tune-up prior the 80th running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura on Saturday, November 27.

McIntosh took the track on Friday in the Dave Mac Motorsports No. 17B, renumbered to his traditional No. 08 for this weekend’s activity. The No. 08 was out of commission following a last lap incident during Wednesday night’s feature at Merced (Calif.) Speedway.

The last, and only prior visit by McIntosh to Ventura and Turkey Night, came in 2019 when he led a race-high 67 laps before finishing 2nd to Kyle Larson in the 98-lapper, and was subsequently named the Don Basile Rookie of the Race.

USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship point leader Buddy Kofoid was second overall in practice at 11.842. Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) holds a 47-point lead over defending series champion Chris Windom entering the season finale on Saturday. Windom (Canton, Ill.) was eighth overall.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) timed in third overall at 11.874 while Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) was fourth at 11.903 and the fastest Turkey Night Rookie, Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), was fifth at 11.954.

Forty-four cars took time in the practice. Three-time Turkey Night Grand Prix winner and 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) did not participate in practice nor did Turkey Night Rookie and 2020 NASCAR Cup Series titlist Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, Calif.) due to prior obligations.

Larson’s No. 1K was driven in practice by Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) who was 29th quickest in the car. Thomas also practiced in his ride for Saturday’s race, the Petry Motorsports No. 5, and timed in 20th quickest. Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) practiced Elliott’s No. 9, timing in 22nd overall. Golobic will compete in Matt Wood Racing’s No. 17w on Saturday.

Automotive Racing Products, the title sponsor of the 80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, has added $15,000 to the event purse from top-to-bottom for the $10,000-to-win USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at Ventura on Saturday night, November 27.

USAC Western States Midget champions Robby Flock (1986-1989-1993-2002) and Johnny Cofer (1994) will serve as co-grand marshals for Saturday’s race.

Saturday’s program features single-car qualifying, three last chance races and a 98-lap feature event for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship along with a USAC West Coast Sprint Car semi-feature and feature.

On Saturday, pits open at 11am Pacific, with the drivers meeting at 2:30pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:30pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $45 for members & $50 for non-members.

Race tickets are available now at www.venturaraceway.net.

The Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: November 26, 2021 – Ventura Raceway Speedway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – 80th ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix

PRACTICE: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-11.827; 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.842; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.874; 4. Ryan Bernal, 87w, Wood-11.903; 5. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-11.954; 6. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.970; 7. Zeb Wise, 37w, Wood-12.019; 8. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-12.036; 9. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.042; 10. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.048; 11. Chase Johnson, 68, Six8-12.084; 12. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.089; 13. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.095; 14. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.125; 15. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.143; 16. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-12.161; 17. Jade Avedisian, 86, CBI-12.182; 18. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-12.197; 19. Ryan Timms, 85T, CBI-12.205; 20. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-12.207; 21. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-12.218; 22. Shane Golobic, 9, Larson-12.224; 23. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.235; 24. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-12.283; 25. Max Adams, 7NZ, BSL-12.314; 26. Chance Crum, 26R, Rudeen-12.316; 27. Kaleb Montgomery, 8w, Woodland-12.411; 28. C.J. Leary, 89x, Ford-12.413; 29. Kevin Thomas Jr., 1K, Larson-12.427; 30. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.433; 31. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-12.437; 32. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.441; 33. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.458; 34. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.460; 35. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.490; 36. Ricky Lewis, 1EM, NP-12.524; 37. Tyler Dolacki, 35, MF-12.631; 38. Terry Nichols, 1p, NP-12.681; 39. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.780; 40. Sage Bordenave, 35x, MF-12.869; 41. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-12.900; 42. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-13.018; 43. Ron Hazelton, 15ws, Hazelton-13.063; 44. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.142.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 27, 2021 – Ventura Raceway Speedway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – 80th ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix

 

 

TURKEY NIGHT GP ROOKIE CLASS AIMS TO CONTEND SATURDAY AT VENTURA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 25, 2021)………Each year, the Turkey Night Grand Prix presents a massively talented crop of drivers from top to bottom, and this year, there’s 22 of them with varying degrees of experience and racing backgrounds.

Among them are the Rookies who arrive to stake their claim and make their initial mark on this great race featuring USAC’s NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, which will take place for the 80th time this Saturday night, November 27, at California’s Ventura Raceway.

The award, named in memory of track owner, promoter and 1999 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Don Basile, made its debut in 1998 with Kasey Kahne the first recipient.

Over the years, the Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors at Turkey Night have been awarded to some of the most talented young racers in America. A glance at the list reveals some of the top names from the sport over the past two decades, including two race winners and seven who’ll be in this year’s field.

The race winners include the likes of Kyle Larson (2011) and Tanner Thorson (2013), along with a talented bunch who’ll all be in the hunt for a win this Saturday night, including Ryan Bernal (2012), Carson Macedo (2016), Zeb Wise (2017), Jason McDougal (2018) and Cannon McIntosh (2019).

These are a group of individuals who've made an impact in their first appearance at the prestigious race early in their career before going onto achieve big things within the racing world.

This year’s Rookie lineup has its own share of drivers who are on the cusp of big things themselves along with some who’ve already established themselves as household names in the sport.

Among those are 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, Ga.), a four-time USAC National Midget feature starter this season, who’ll make his Turkey Night debut in a second car for Kyle Larson Racing.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) have already driven to victory lane with the USAC National Midgets in their young careers. Axsom has won twice and stands fourth in the series points while Timms recently won his first career USAC feature a week ago at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway, part of his 16 total sprint car and midget wins nationwide this season.

Cory Eliason (Visalia, Calif.) has finished in the top-ten in four of his six starts this season with the USAC National Midgets. The last two years, he’s been a frontrunner with the All Star Circuit of Champions winged sprint cars, finishing as the runner-up in points during the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Three women are Turkey Night Rookies in 2021, and both have had historic successes with the series in recent years. Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) and Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) are among the eight women in the history of USAC National Midget racing to have finished inside the top-ten during a series main event. Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), meanwhile, is one of six women to set fast qualifying time with the series, having done so a week ago at Placerville.

This year’s USAC Western States champion, Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.), will attempt to make his first Turkey Night start as is USAC National Midgets’ top Rookie for 2021, Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports teammate, Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.).

Seven-time Turkey Night Grand Prix winning car owner Keith Kunz has three Rookies in his stable on the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team with USAC National Midget Rookies Reimer, as well as 2021 POWRi Midget champ Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas).

Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.), Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) and Caden Sarale (Stockton, Calif.) are among the experienced Turkey Night Rookies who’ve all made previous USAC National Midget starts this season on the tour.

They’ll be joined by two-time 2021 USAC Western States Midget feature winner Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.), west coast winged sprint car standout Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, Calif.), USAC Western States Midget regulars Dylan Ito (Ventura, Calif.) and Terry Nichols (Delano, Calif.), plus versatile wheelman Jarrett Soares (Discovery Bay, Calif.) and Anadarko, Oklahoma’s Ryan Padgett.

Automotive Racing Products, the title sponsor of the 80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, has added $15,000 to the event purse from top-to-bottom for the $10,000-to-win USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at Ventura on Saturday night, November 27.

Midget practice, plus USAC West Coast Sprint Car heat races, qualifiers and dash will take place on Friday, November 26 with the sprint car semi-feature and feature events, and the 98-lap USAC Midget season finale taking place on Saturday, November 27.

All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $20 for ages 12 and under.

Race tickets are available now at www.venturaraceway.net.

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2021 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MIDGET ROOKIES: (22)

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

07w MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

1N RYAN PADGETT/Anadarko, OK (NP Motorsports)

1p TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

8w KALEB MONTGOMERY/Templeton, CA (Woodland Autosports)

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9E CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA (Kyle Larson Racing)

12 JARRETT SOARES/Discovery Bay, CA (Steven Soares)

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports)

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

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

26 CORY ELIASON/Visalia, CA (Rudeen Racing)

26R CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

32 CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

51 BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

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

73 DYLAN ITO/Ventura, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

85T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (CB Industries)

86 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

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

PAST DON BASILE TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX ROOKIES OF THE RACE:

1998: Kasey Kahne

1999: Dave Steele

2000: Aaron Pollock

2001: Bobby East

2002: Jerome Rodela

2003: Ryan Durst

2004: Brad Loyet

2005: Kevin Swindell

2006: Kody Swanson

2007: Mike Murgoitio

2008: Nic Faas

2009: Levi Roberts

2010: Dalton Armstrong

2011: Kyle Larson

2012: Ryan Bernal

2013: Tanner Thorson

2014: Isaac Chapple

2015: Robert Dalby

2016: Carson Macedo

2017: Zeb Wise

2018: Jason McDougal

2019: Cannon McIntosh

2020: No Race

 

KOFOID MAKES CHAMPIONSHIP STATEMENT
WITH USAC MIDGET VICTORY AT MERCED

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 24, 2021)………In crunch time, you’ve got to deliver the goods if you want to reap the awards.

Buddy Kofoid brought the hammer and nail to California’s Merced Speedway on Wednesday night and, ultimately, arrived one step closer to sealing up the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in the penultimate round of the series.

The Penngrove, Calif. native took control of the feature with 14 laps remaining, then prevailed following a bevy of late-race restarts to score his sixth series victory of the season in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Kofoid’s ninth career USAC National Midget feature triumph equaled Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott, Justin Grant and Chuck Gurney for ninth on the all-time win list.

Most importantly, though, Kofoid extended his lead to 47 in the series’ title race entering the season finale this Saturday night at southern California’s Ventura Raceway for the Turkey Night Grand Prix where another standard Kofoid performance would cement a championship season.

Kofoid maximized his effort, and point total, to open and close the curtain on the evening at Merced, earning his long-awaited first career USAC National Midget fast time during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying with a new one-lap track record run of 11.635, erasing the mark of 11.714 set by Carson Macedo 24 hours earlier.

Winning and winning often are two traits that make championship seasons easier to come by. After going more than five months sans a feature win, Kofoid broke through with a score at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 16 and one more for good measure, five races later.

And, speaking of breaking through, Kofoid’s Merced win included a hurdle that had stood in his way for over a calendar year after finishing 2nd in both of his two most recent USAC National Midget feature starts at the track dating back an entire calendar year.

“It’s really cool to get my sixth win,” Kofoid said. “We were close here last year, so I’m glad that we could be one spot better and pick up another win. We got some more points, which is crucial going into Ventura. But there’s nothing like winning; it’s pretty damn cool.”

Kofoid started his race from sixth while CB Industries teammates Jade Avedisian and Kofoid’s championship challenger, Chris Windom, occupied the front row. Windom nailed the start and tore around the outside of Avedisian to take over the top spot.

By lap seven, Kofoid had clawed his way to second with a slider of Avedisian between turns three and four. Avedisian, the 15-year-old Californian making just her sixth career series start, wasn’t gunshy on trading barbs with Kofoid as she countered Kofoid’s move with one of her own in turn one on the eighth lap, retaking the lead briefly before Kofoid got the last word a half-lap later in turns three and four on the cushion.

A lap past halfway of the 30-lap distance, Kofoid tracked down Windom, diving underneath the defending champ in turn three to occupy the spot briefly, but Windom turned down with great zeal and blitzed past Kofoid off the fourth corner to maintain the lead by a half-car length.

Suddenly, on lap 17, seventh starting Tanner Carrick became a player in the game, crawling the bottom to position himself in third place alongside Windom in turn two. However, Kofoid kicked a shine and split between the pair at the exit of two, promptly shooting out the other side and into the lead while Carrick slotted into second ahead of Windom.

“When Chris gets out front, he can set a really good pace himself and, sometimes, it’s hard to beat them when they’re in clear air,” Kofoid explained. “I felt like I could run the top really hard in turns one and two. If anything, I thought we were kind of even in three and four, then it just got too far around, so I just started sliding myself and picking it up off and it started to work. Luckily, (the track surface) started getting dark and I could see it taking rubber, so I got back up at the right time.”

Carrick’s thrill ride came to a crashing conclusion while running second, 1.1 ticks behind Kofoid, with only seven laps to go. At that moment, Carrick snagged the turn one cushion, sending him spiraling upside down over the banking and through turns one and two, to grandmother’s house we go. Carrick walked away unscathed.

While Kofoid decidedly had everything check at the front of the field, Avedisian cut in between the championship contenders on the lap 24 restart to put herself into second and in a prime position with a shot at becoming the first woman to ever win a USAC National Midget feature event.

Thomas Meseraull (17th) walked away from a lap 26 flip in turn two, setting up a restart with five laps remaining that saw Kofoid once again establish the alpha role as the leader of the pack while Avedisian and Windom tussled it out for second, each taking their respective turns in front of the other until both Windom (top) and Grant (bottom) simultaneously jetted by Avedisian for second and third at the exit of turn two.

Meanwhile, those two were just a distant note to Kofoid during the final stretch, stretching out to a comfortably pleasant 1.529 second victory over Windom, Grant, Avedisian and Logan Seavey.

Windom’s title defense now sees just a small glimmer of hope following Kofoid’s recent tear. Windom makes note of the little things that have compounded of late in comparison to point leader Kofoid throughout USAC’s western tour in November following the Canton, Illinois driver’s runner-up finish in his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“They’re just on their game now,” Windom said of Kofoid and KKM. “We aren’t on top of it. I made a couple mistakes at Placerville, and we just haven’t been that good here. I felt really good the first part of that race, then we ran out of tire, and I was just barely hanging on for second at the end. Luckily, we still ended up second to keep it alive going into Ventura, but Buddy and his crew are on top of their game. They deserve where they’re at. We’ll go to Ventura, and you never know what can happen; we’ll give it our best.”

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) followed up Tuesday night’s Merced victory with a third-place result on Wednesday night after starting 17th on the grid in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota. He’s now finished five of the last six races on the podium and his 13-place advancement in the feature earned him KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors.

“We were really just rolling the infield berm right from the get-go,” Grant recalled. “Our car was really good again, but we just got a little behind the eight-ball in qualifying, didn’t win our heat race and started pretty deep. My car would dig up off the corners really really hard. As we got to the front, those guys would start sliding each other, and when they killed their momentum off the corner, we could get them there and just go after the next one. The bottom kind of went away the last two laps and we weren’t able to get off turn four like we had earlier. But it was good night for us and everybody on this team.”

With her fourth-place finish, Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) became the fifth female driver to record a top-five finish in a dirt USAC National Midget feature event. She joins the late Jeri Rice, Sarah McCune, Holly Shelton and Kaylee Bryson as the only ones to accomplish the feat.

Tucson, Arizona’s Rice recorded a 5th place finish at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway in 1988. Perrysburg, Ohio’s Sarah McCune was a 5th place finisher at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois in 2003. Shelton raced to a pair of 3rd place results in 2017 at both Lawrenceburg Speedway during Indiana Midget Week and at Solomon Valley Speedway in Kansas.

Other top-fives earned by ladies throughout the history of USAC National Midget racing that occurred on pavement include Zionsville’s Bev Griffis, who finished 3rd at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1991, and Westfield, Indiana’s Stephanie Mockler who took a 3rd at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 2006 and 5th at Toledo (OH) Speedway in 2007. Taylor Ferns from Shelby Township, Michigan, took 5th at Fountain, Colorado’s Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2013.

No woman has ever won a USAC National Midget, National Sprint Car or Silver Crown feature. The best ever finish for a woman in a USAC National event was a 2nd, earned by Sarah McCune at a midget race at Winchester in 1999.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 24, 2021 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Midget Madness

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.635 (New Track Record); 2. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-11.754; 3. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-11.760; 4. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-11.775; 5. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.789; 6. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-11.798; 7. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-11.800; 8. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.830; 9. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-11.866; 10. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-11.866; 11. Jade Avedisian, 86, CBI-11.873; 12. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-11.875; 13. Ryan Bernal, 87w, Wood-11.906; 14. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.915; 15. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.933; 16. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.933; 17. Ryan Timms, 85T, CBI-11.945; 18. Chase Johnson, 7NZ, BLS-11.947; 19. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-11.969; 20. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-11.975; 21. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.982; 22. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.015; 23. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-12.020; 24. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.037; 25. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-12.053; 26. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.066; 27. Jason McDougal, 5T, Alexander-12.081; 28. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.167; 29. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-12.192; 30. Chase Elliott, 9, Larson-12.299; 31. Santino Ferrucci, 16, Dave Mac-12.440; 32. Zeb Wise, 37w, Wood-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Bryant Wiedeman, 8. Kyle Beilman. 2:01.46

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick, 2. Carson Macedo, 3. Jake Andreotti, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Kyle Larson, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Chase Randall, 8. Chase Elliott. 2:03.06

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Jade Avedisian, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Jason McDougal, 8. Santino Ferrucci. 2:03.02

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Maria Cofer, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Taylor Reimer, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Hayden Reinbold. 2:02.10

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Taylor Reimer, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Ryan Bernal, 10. Chase Randall, 11. Chance Crum, 12. Hayden Reinbold, 13. Chase Elliott, 14. Kyle Beilman, 15. Santino Ferrucci. 2:31.74

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (6), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Justin Grant (17), 4. Jade Avedisian (1), 5. Logan Seavey (5), 6. Emerson Axsom (9), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (11), 8. Shane Golobic (12), 9. Tanner Thorson (8), 10. Ryan Timms (16), 11. Taylor Reimer (13), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (23-P), 13. Maria Cofer (18), 14. Chance Crum (24-P), 15. Jake Andreotti (20), 16. Cannon McIntosh (4), 17. Mitchel Moles (14), 18. Kaylee Bryson (19), 19. Brenham Crouch (15), 20. Carson Macedo (3), 21. Thomas Meseraull (21), 22. Tanner Carrick (7), 23. Jason McDougal (22), 24. Kyle Larson (10). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

**Tanner Carrick flipped on lap 24 of the feature. Thomas Meseraull flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Chris Windom, Laps 17-30 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2515, 2-Chris Windom-2468, 3-Justin Grant-2317, 4-Emerson Axsom-2299, 5-Tanner Thorson-2247, 6-Logan Seavey-2141, 7-Thomas Meseraull-1959, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1937, 9-Daison Pursley-1892, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1826.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-225, 2-Chris Windom-204, 3-Tanner Thorson-198, 4-Thomas Meseraull-178, 5-Brady Bacon-170, 6-Logan Seavey-163, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-159, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Buddy Kofoid-122, 10-Shane Cottle-106.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 27, 2021 – Ventura Raceway Speedway – Ventura, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – 80th ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Thomas Meseraull

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Buddy Kofoid

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tanner Carrick

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Shane Golobic

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Justin Grant (17th to 3rd)

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Chase Johnson

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Maria Cofer


 

NO STOPPING GRANT IN NON-STOP MERCED USAC MIDGET OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 23, 2021)………Throughout the month of November, Justin Grant has repeatedly shown how the west is won.

Traveling south, east and north throughout the first 31 races on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule this season, the Ione, Calif. driver managed just one single victory.

In the past seven races, Grant has quadrupled his total to four wins on the season, including three of the last seven, and each of the last two.

The latest of those triumphs came Tuesday night in the first of two consecutive evenings at California’s Merced Speedway where Grant tussled to-and-fro with Tanner Thorson throughout the entire 30-lap distance, securing the spot on lap six, then taking control of the preferred line to stave off the frequent challenges posed by Thorson.

Grant, for the first time in his career, won back-to-back USAC National Midget feature events, and he did it in record fashion during a non-stop, green-to-checkered race that was completed in 6:14.35, demolishing the former 30-lap track record for the series at the quarter-mile dirt oval, a 7:18.810 set by Tanner Thorson in 2020.

The victory, in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota, was the ninth of Grant’s USAC National Midget career, tying him with Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott and Chuck Gurney for 76th place on the all-time list. Speaking of wins, it was Grant’s 12th overall in USAC National competition this season, tying himself with Thorson for the most in the series. Grant has 4 Midget, 7 Sprint and 1 Silver Crown. Thorson has 7 midget and 5 sprint.

As for the recent flurry of additions to the win column for Grant, he chalks it up to good ol’ fashioned momentum. Once the ball got rolling with an opening night win at Western World on November 12, followed by a 100-lap victory at Placerville on Nov. 20, the air of confidence became paramount for both driver and team, a self-assurance which carried over to even more success at Merced, where the team similarly won last year’s opening night with driver Thomas Meseraull.

“I’ve had a great car all year, but I really think we just finally got a little bit of momentum,” Grant explained. ‘’This series is so tough; everybody’s so, so close. Just catching a little bit of momentum can change your whole year; it can turn your whole year around, and we’ve seen that here.”

Grant began his race from the outside of the front row, alongside Thorson who jumped out to the early advantage at the drop of the green. However, Grant landed a barrage of sliders on Thorson that Thorson was able to counteract three different times throughout the first five circuits.

On lap six, Grant finally found the upper hand when he took a diamond approach between turns three and four. As Thorson slid through the middle, Grant dug in and powered underneath the 2016 USAC National Midget champ at the exit of turn four to lead by a half car length at the stripe.

“The first 10 laps, I had what was probably the best car I’ve ever driven,” Grant revealed. “This thing was just wide open, and I was hardly moving my hands.”

At the halfway point, Grant was in the midst of enjoying the relative comfort of a one-plus second lead as he navigated the topside of turns one and two and the bottom of turns three and four. However, as it goes on long green flag runs, a clear view out in front of him was on the brink of extinction as he continued his rapid descent on lapped traffic.

“Just watching lapped traffic, I was kind of running the top down there, then entering in the middle and coming off the bottom, and it got to where I couldn’t catch lapped cars anymore,” Grant explained. “I wasn’t closing on them and I couldn’t really get around them even if they were slow or just on the bottom, so I knew if I just stayed on the bottom, he was going to have to be a lot better than me to get around me, and I thought our car was good enough, so it wasn’t going to be a problem.”

Down to two car lengths by lap 19 and down to one car length by lap 20, Thorson was now wheel-to-wheel with Grant coming off the fourth corner with eight laps remaining, missing out on the lead by a mere half-car length at the line.

Thorson briefly appeared to have the bottom line to himself as the two entered turn one, but caught a crumb of the berm, and pushing him slightly up the track, erasing all the ground he had deleted from Grant. Five laps later, however, Thorson had caught back up to Grant in turn three, clipping the same pesky berm that wrote the epitaph for Thorson’s second-straight Merced winning bid.

“I tried to run the top a little bit when I was leading down in three and four and tried to peel off,” Thorson stated. “The fastest lane was on the bottom, so it would’ve taken a lot. I got to him at one point getting into turn three and got the left front on the berm and shot my chances right there.”

Grant sensed the pressure and subsequently realized he had to safeguard his position ever so subtly as the laps ticked down.

“We were a little free at the end and I knew I had to protect,” Grant remembered. “I figured Tanner would be getting better; his stuff digs up through the slick pretty good.”

For the most part, Grant’s path to victory down the stretch was unaffected as the lappers went straight to the top while Grant buckled in on the low line, keeping up his momentum through the turns, and in turn, the season, as was the theme of the night.

“I caught a lot of breaks with the lappers moving high and I was able to roll by,” Grant recalled. “I didn’t really break my momentum, which was huge. You don’t want to get into a dogfight with Tanner. He’s pretty good at dogfighting, but so am I. Between he and I, they usually get pretty rowdy. But we avoided that, and we ended up in victory lane.”

With one more clip of the berm between turns three and four by Thorson, Grant was on easy street from there on out as he opened his lead up to seven car lengths by races’ end, eventually closing the evening with a 0.515 second margin of victory over Thorson, Buddy Kofoid, Emerson Axsom and Cannon McIntohs.

“I’ve got to be the luckiest guy in the world, I tell you what,” Grant exclaimed. “I’ve got a smoking hot wife, I’ve got great kids, I get to come out here and drive racecars and lappers just seem to move out of the way. I’m catching inverts all the time. I might be the luckiest guy in the world. I’ll take them how I can get them anyway and I’ll take all the help I can get. I love driving midgets and I love racing this car.”

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) finished second for his best result since winning at Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway on September 5. Thorson acknowledges he felt Grant was better at the start but did his best to fend him off at the start to lead the opening five laps in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – MVT – Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

Buddy Kofoid’s third-place result, coupled with Chris Windom’s 11th place finish, put Kofoid up on Windom in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings by a relatively wide 41-point margin in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota with now just two races remaining.

Furthermore, new track records were rampant throughout the event with the one, 10, 12 and 30-lap records for USAC National Midgets at Merced falling.

The main man in Tuesday night’s Fatheadz Qualifying was Carson Macedo, who set quick time and a new USAC National Midget track record with a blistering lap of 11.714 seconds, which broke the previous record of 11.838, set by Kyle Larson in 2020.

Chris Windom's time of 2:00.07 in Simpson Race Products Heat Race One obliterated the previous 10-lap record of 2:06.569, which was set by Thomas Meseraull in 2020.

Macedo’s second track record of the night came during the Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Feature, when he paced the field for 12 laps in 2:28.240.

Merced’s former one-lap track record holder and newly crowned NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Kyle Larson suffered engine woes during hot laps and qualifying. He returned for his heat race, driving from 8th to 5th which put him one spot out of a transfer position. In the semi-feature, Larson made a valiant charge from 15th to 8th, missing the final transfer spot and a position in the feature starting lineup by two positions.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 23, 2021 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Midget Madness

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-11.714 (New Track Record); 2. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-11.738; 3. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-11.826; 4. Zeb Wise, 37w, Wood-11.884; 5. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-11.932; 6. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-11.947; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.969; 8. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.989; 9. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-11.997; 10. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-12.001; 11. Jason McDougal, 5T, Alexander-12.016; 12. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.020; 13. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.020; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-12.026; 15. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.053; 16. Ryan Bernal, 87w, Wood-12.056; 17. Jade Avedisian, 86, CBI-12.092; 18. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.100; 19. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-12.115; 20. Ryan Timms, 85T, CBI-12.116; 21. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-12.141; 22. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.141; 23. Jake Andreotti, 00A, Davis-12.148; 24. Chase Johnson, 7NZ, BLS-12.198; 25. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.215; 26. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.243; 27. Chase Elliott, 9, Larson-12.321; 28. Carson Sousa, 00, Mounce/Stout-12.421; 29. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-12.527; 30. Santino Ferrucci, 16, Dave Mac-12.560; 31. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-NT; 32. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-NT; 33. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT (Time of 11.996 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Carson Macedo, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Jade Avedisian, 8. Bryant Wiedeman, 9. Kyle Beilman. 2:00.070 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Santino Ferrucci. 2:01.960

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Maria Cofer, 5. Kyle Larson, 6. Jake Andreotti, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Chase Elliott. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Chase Randall, 8. Carson Sousa. 2:01.820

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Zeb Wise, 6. Jade Avedisian, 7. Jake Andreotti, 8. Kyle Larson, 9. Taylor Reimer, 10. Chance Crum, 11. Chase Elliott, 12. Hayden Reinbold, 13. Bryant Wiedeman, 14. Kyle Beilman, 15. Santino Ferrucci, 16. Chase Randall. 2:28.240 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Tanner Thorson (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Emerson Axsom (6), 5. Cannon McIntosh (5), 6. Shane Golobic (7), 7. Mitchel Moles (4), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Carson Macedo (10), 10. Jason McDougal (14), 11. Chris Windom (9), 12. Zeb Wise (12), 13. Tanner Carrick (16), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Ryan Bernal (18), 16. Kaylee Bryson (8), 17. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 18. Ryan Timms (21), 19. Jade Avedisian (19), 20. Maria Cofer (20), 21. Chase Johnson (22), 22. Brenham Crouch (15), 23. Bryant Wiedeman (23-P), 24. Hayden Reinbold (24-P). 6:14.35 (New Track Record)

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Tanner Thorson, Laps 6-30 Justin Grant.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2434, 2-Chris Windom-2393, 3-Justin Grant-2247, 4-Emerson Axsom-2236, 5-Tanner Thorson-2193, 6-Logan Seavey-2074, 7-Thomas Meseraull-1931, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1898, 9-Daison Pursley-1892, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1786.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-211, 2-Chris Windom-204, 3-Tanner Thorson-198, 4-Thomas Meseraull-178, 5-Brady Bacon-170, 6-Logan Seavey-163, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-159, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Buddy Kofoid-117, 10-Shane Cottle-106.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 24, 2021 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Jade Avedisian

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Carson Macedo

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Shane Golobic

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Carson Macedo

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Jason McDougal (14th to 10th)

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Jake Andreotti

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Tanner Carrick

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

VENTURA’S “80TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” STARTS FRIDAY
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 23, 2021... The “80th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” starts this Friday, November 26th, with two nights of action featuring the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets and the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars. The event will begin with a special non-point program for the 360 Sprints, capped off with a 10-car, $1,200-to-win dash and the midgets will have several practice sessions on Friday. On the following night, the sprint cars will return for their non-point semi-main and the $3,000-to-win main event, along with the complete midget show. For both days, the Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at 11:00am, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, the Spectator Gates open at 3:00pm, and practice starts at 3:15pm. The flag ceremony will be at 5:30pm with racing to follow. For more information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

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

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- $50 (TOTAL) ENTRY FEE FOR BOTH NIGHTS OF THE SPECIAL EVENT.
- USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ARE NOT REQUIRED.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE REQUIRED. THEY ARE AVAILABLE FOR RENT FOR $20 (TOTAL) FOR BOTH NIGHTS.
- TIRE RULE: Due to the current tire shortages, any Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- 2021 ENGINE RULES: Legal ASCS spec cylinder head w/ 2 3/16 Injector/Restrictor; or 2 3/16 with any open legal head. All Open head must be within 1 degree of OEM Head. All heads ASCS and Open must be Chevy 23 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Ford 20 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Dodge 18 degree plus or minus 1 degree.
- 2021 WEIGHT RULE: 1,475 lbs. with driver for cars with an open cylinder head. Cars with an ASCS cylinder head must weigh 1,450 lbs. including driver.
- 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.
- ANY WINGLESS SPEC SPRINT is invited to race with the USAC West Coast Sprints and can run their rules 100 percent, including the tire rule.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

GRAND MARSHALLS: Robby Flock & Johnny Cofer.

FRIDAY FORMAT:
- PILL DRAW: Racers will pill draw for heat race lineups.
- A PASSING POINTS SYSTEM WILL BE USED FOR HEAT RACES AND QUALIFIERS.
- HEAT RACES: There will be no more than 10 cars per heat race for ten (10) laps each.
- QUALIFYING RACES: Qualifying races will be twelve (12) laps each, lined up by passing points with a four (4) car inversion.
- DASH: The top-10 cars in points will make the fifteen (15) lap dash. The lineup will be straight up by points. The overall point’s leader after the dash will start on the pole position of Saturday’s main event.
- DASH PURSE: 1-$1200, 2-$750, 3-$500, 4-$400, 5-$300, 6-$250, 7-$200, 8-$150, 9-$150, 10-$150.

SATURDAY FORMAT:
- SEMI-MAIN LINEUP: The lineup for the twelve (12) lap semi-main is based on total passing points from the Friday heat races and qualifiers. The lineup will be straight up by points.
- FEATURE: The main event will be thirty (30) laps with twenty-two (22) cars.
- FEATURE PURSE: 1-$3000, 2-$1500, 3-$800, 4-$750, 5-$700, 6-$650, 7-$600, 8-$500, 9-$400, 10-$300, 11-22-$200.

When the Turkey Night Grand Prix returned to Ventura Raceway in 2016, track promoter Jim Naylor added the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars to the program. “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed victory and the 360 Sprints have been a part of the prestigious event ever since. Chase Johnson topped the 2019 race and the show was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

When the event was held at Irwindale Speedway in 2001, the USAC Western Pavement Sprint Cars joined the program. Tony Hunt took the checkered flag and NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart won the following year. Seven more drivers added the TNGP to their resume before the race was moved to the dirt at Perris Auto Speedway in 2012. A complete winner’s list for Sprint Cars at the Turkey Night Grand Prix is at the end of this release.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held eighteen (18) West Coast 360 events and twelve different drivers have claimed victory. Led by Tristan Guardino and Jake Swanson with three wins, Guardino also set the 1-lap track record of 11.958 on March 23, 2019. Troy Rutherford scored the June 26th main event and Ryan Timmons won the last Ventura appearance on October 16th.

After returning to USAC West Coast action in 2021, D.J. Johnson (Stockton, CA) won the series championship. The owner/driver of the #33 Bill’s Tire Service of Pacheco / The Halstead Realty Eagle did not post a feature win, but his title run came on the strength of four heat race victories, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, eight top-five finishes, and 5 feature laps led. To date, the 2013 USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has two career West Coast triumphs, with both wins coming at Tulare in 2016.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) finished second in the chase for championship. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons opened his year by claiming the March 12th USAC/CRA 410 win at Kern County with an iron block 360 engine. In West Coast action, the 2016 Rookie of the Year had one feature win, one heat race victory, two Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and seven top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led on the season. With five career victories, Ryan is tied with Chase Johnson and Jake Swanson for thirteenth on the series win list.

By finishing third in the point chase, Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Piloting the family owned #12 DenBeste Water Solutions / C&H Veteran Enterprises Maxim, Soares recorded one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led to his credit. Next year, the winged sprint car graduate will be looking to make a bid for the series championship.

Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) ranked fourth in the USAC West Coast 360 point standings. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett posted has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the year. The 2018 Champion has twelve career victories and sits third on the series win list.

Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA) placed fifth in the championship point chase. In limited action, the driver of the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X had one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. Tanner has been moving up the ranks and will have his sights on his first main event win.

After eleven point races, there were eight different winners on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car circuit. Chase Johnson led all drivers with three victories and Ryan Bernal scored two triumphs. Shawn Arriaga, “The Human Highlight Reel’ Geoff Ensign. Cody Fendley, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, and Ryan Timmons had one win on the season.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson.

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2001-Tony Hunt, 2002-Tony Stewart, 2003-Michael Lewis, 2004-Michael Lewis, 2005-Dave Steele, 2006-Tony Hunt, 2007-Bobby Santos III, 2008-Tracy Hines, 2009-Cole Whitt, 2010-Kody Swanson, 2011-Tanner Swanson, 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo, 2019-Chase Johnson, 2020-CANCELLED. (*2001-2011 = USAC Western Pavement Sprints, 2016-Date = USAC West Coast Sprints)

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

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Chase Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Shawn Arriaga, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Cody Fendley, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan Timmons.

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

FINAL 2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. D.J. Johnson-658, 2. Ryan Timmons-532, 3. Jarrett Soares ®-451, 4. Austin Liggett-373, 5. Tanner Boul-353, 6. Kyle Edwards-342, 7. Jake Hodges-291, 8. Jacob Tuttle ®-266, 9. Kaleb Montgomery-257, 10. Brody Fuson ®-256, 11. Ryan Bernal-241, 12. Chase Johnson-240, 13. Brody Roa-229, 14. Trent Carter-215, 15. Cody Fendley ®-210, 16. Troy Rutherford-199, 17. James Herrera-182, 18. Travis Buckley-173, 19. Danny Faria Jr.-165, 20. Cody Smith-158.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK - LOCATION
April 3: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
April 10: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Geoff Ensign)
June 12: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (CANCELLED)
June 26: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Cody Fendley)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Shawn Arriaga)
August 7: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
September 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
September 19: Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
October 9: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (CANCELLED)
October 10: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CANCELLED)
October 16: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
November 26: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

EXPANDED 8-RACE USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SET FOR 2022

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 22, 2021)………The 35th edition of Indiana Sprint Week has expanded to eight events over a nine-night span between July 22-30, 2022, featuring seven familiar Hoosier-state venues and a first-time host on the annual USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship summer tour.

Gas City, Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Terre Haute, Lincoln Park, Bloomington and Tri-State will be joined by Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. in making 2022 tied for the largest ever Indiana Sprint Week slate. An eight-race schedule has also taken place in 2007 and 2019.

The 2022 ISW schedule includes eight events, each paying $6,000-to-win and $600 to start, and features a total point fund of $20,000, with $10,000 going to the Indiana Sprint Week champion.

Eight distinct tracks with a rich history and unique characteristics each their own are on the docket, ranging from quarter miles to three-eighths to half-miles, with degrees of banking both flat and high throughout the mini-series, offering a unique challenge to both driver and machine throughout a rigorous week of racing.

For the ninth time overall, Gas City I-69 Speedway will host the ISW opener on Friday, July 22. The quarter mile has become the official kickoff for ISW throughout the past decade.

From there, the series travels due west the following day, Saturday, July 23, to the quarter-mile Kokomo Speedway, whose ISW origins date to the inaugural year of 1988.

The first weekend concludes Sunday, July 24. in the southeastern part of the state at the high-banked, 3/8-mile of Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The newest addition to the schedule, Circle City Raceway, will be the host on Monday night, July 25, at the quarter-mile dirt oval, which began operations during the 2021 season.

After a one-day break, the series returns for a final four-day stretch beginning at the famed half-mile Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 27, the largest track on the schedule.

Then, it’s off to the world’s fastest 5/16-mile, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, on Thursday, July 28, who first hosted an ISW event in the inaugural year of its existence.

Working southbound and down, the quarter-mile red clay of Bloomington Speedway hosts ISW for the 34th year on Friday, July 29.

The series concludes with the ISW finale and championship decider on Saturday, July 30, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, which has been the schedule host of the final race of the series since 2007.

Indiana Sprint Week debuted in 1988, but first became USAC-sanctioned in 1996. Since then, the event has grown from a single weekend to eight races over a week-and-a-half span and has become one of the marquee events, and most sought-after tickets, on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule that draws massive crowds and welcomes travelers from around the world, both driver and fan alike.

The USAC National Sprint Car division’s winningest driver, Dave Darland, owns the most Indiana Sprint Week victories with 20. Levi Jones and Kevin Thomas possess the most ISW titles with four. Kevin Thomas Jr. captured the most recent Indiana Sprint Week title in the summer of 2021.

2022 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:

Fri., July 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana

Sat., July 23: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana

Sun., July 24: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Mon., July 25: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana

Wed., July 27: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana

Thu., July 28: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana

Fri., July 29: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana

Sat., July 30: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana

 

TURKEY NIGHT ENTRY LIST
HITS 50-PLUS USAC MIDGETS FOR VENTURA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 23, 2021)………Two past winners highlight the 50-plus car USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget entry list for the 80th running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix on Saturday night, November 27, at southern California’s Ventura Raceway.

The new NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), has won the TNGP on three occasions in his career, the two most recent of which came at Ventura in 2016 and 2019. He scored his first win in the event in 2012 at Perris, Calif., and with one more victory this weekend, would become just the second driver to win the race at least four times. Ron Shuman has won the event a record eight times.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) captured his Turkey Night Grand Prix midget victory back in 2015 at Perris, Calif. The 2016 USAC National Midget champ has won seven series events in 2021, tied with Chris Windom for the most this season.

Throughout the field is an extensive list of champions, including Windom, the reigning USAC National Midget titlist who is waged in a fierce battle for this year’s crown with first-time championship hopeful, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.).

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC National Midget champion, is entered for the event as is 2020 USAC Silver Crown champ Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and even the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champ, Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, Ga.), who is making his bid as a Don Basile Rookie of the Race candidate this Saturday night.

USAC feature winners are scattered all throughout the field, all of whom dream that one of their next victories includes a coveted Turkey Night score. Those include Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) and recent first-time USAC National Midget feature winner, Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car front runner Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) is among the group still looking for a first career USAC National Midget feature victory as is two-time All Star Circuit of Champions runner-up Cory Eliason (Visalia, Calif.) who has been impressive in brief USAC Midget appearances, the debut of which came just two weeks ago.

The home state of California is represented by 30 of the 51 entered drivers. Among them are regional champions with USAC, including 2021 Western States Midget champion Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.), 2013-14 Western Classic Sprint Car titlist Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.), 2012 Western States Dirt Midget champ David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), plus 2018 BCRA Midget champ Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.).

Automotive Racing Products, the title sponsor of the 80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, has added $15,000 to the event purse from top-to-bottom for the $10,000-to-win USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at Ventura on Saturday night, November 27.

Midget practice, plus USAC West Coast Sprint Car heat races, qualifiers and dash will take place on Friday, November 26 with the sprint car semi-feature and feature events, and the 98-lap USAC Midget season finale taking place on Saturday, November 27.

All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $20 for ages 12 and under.

Race tickets are available now at www.venturaraceway.net.

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2021 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX ENTRY LIST: (51 PRE-ENTRIES)

00 CARSON SOUSA/Red Bluff, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

00A JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

07w MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

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

1EM DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (NP Motorsports)

1K KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Racing)

1N ®RYAN PADGETT/Anadarko, OK (NP Motorsports)

1p ®TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

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

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Dean Alexander)

7NZ CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (BSL Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing) 1

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

8w ®KALEB MONTGOMERY/Templeton, CA (Woodland Autosports)

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9E CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA (Kyle Larson Racing)

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

12 JARRETT SOARES/Discovery Bay, CA (Steven Soares)

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports)

15ws RON HAZELTON/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton)

15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

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

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 C.J. SARNA/Brea, CA (C.J. Sarna)

21 CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Tom Malloy)

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

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

26 CORY ELIASON/Visalia, CA (Rudeen Racing)

26R CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

32 CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

37 MATT MITCHELL/Yorba Linda, CA (J.W. Mitchell Motorsports)

37w ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Matt Wood Racing)

51 ®BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

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

73 ®DYLAN ITO/Ventura, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73B ROBBY JOSETT/Santa Clarita, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Josh Ford Motorsports)

85T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (CB Industries)

86 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

87w RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

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

® represents a Don Basile Rookie of the Race candidate

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MIDGET WINNERS:

1934: Bob Swanson

1935: Ted Sizemore

1936: Ronney Householder

1937: Ronney Householder

1938: Bob Swanson

1939: Mel Hansen

1940: Roy Russing

1941: Roy Russing

1945: Danny Oakes

1946: Perry Grimm

1947: Johnny McDowell

1948: Bill Vukovich

1949: Perry Grimm

1950: Bill Zaring

1951: Not Held

1952: Not Held

1953: Not Held

1954: Not Held

1955: Johnnie Parsons

1956: Edgar Elder

1957: George Amick

1958: Joe Garson

1959: Tony Bettenhausen

1960: A.J. Foyt

1961: A.J. Foyt

1962: Billy Cantrell

1963: Mel Kenyon

1964: Parnelli Jones

1965: Dick Atkins

1966: Parnelli Jones

1967: Gary Bettenhausen

1968: Sammy Sessions

1969: George Benson

1970: Gary Bettenhausen

1971: Billy Engelhart

1972: Tony Simon

1973: Billy Engelhart

1974: Danny McKnight

1975: Mel Kenyon

1976: Bubby Jones

1977: Gary Patterson

1978: Rick Goudy

1979: Ron Shuman

1980: Ron Shuman

1981: Ron Shuman

1982: Ron Shuman

1983: Kevin Olson

1984: Ron Shuman

1985: Brent Kaeding

1986: Warren Mockler

1987: Ron Shuman

1988: Chuck Gurney

1989: Chuck Gurney

1990: Stan Fox

1991: Stan Fox

1992: Ron Shuman

1993: Ron Shuman

1994: Jordan Hermansader

1995: Billy Boat

1996: Billy Boat

1997: Billy Boat

1998: Jay Drake

1999: Jason Leffler

2000: Tony Stewart

2001: Dave Steele

2002: Michael Lewis

2003: Dave Steele

2004: Bobby East

2005: Jason Leffler

2006: Billy Wease

2007: Dave Darland

2008: Bobby Santos

2009: Bryan Clauson

2010: Bryan Clauson

2011: Caleb Armstrong

2012: Kyle Larson

2013: Dave Darland

2014: Christopher Bell

2015: Tanner Thorson

2016: Kyle Larson

2017: Christopher Bell

2018: Christopher Bell

2019: Kyle Larson

2020: Not Held


 


TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX
RETURNS THIS SATURDAY WITH NEW DATE!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 22, 2021)………Following a year’s absence from the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix, USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing’s greatest tradition returns in 2021 for its 80th edition with a brand-new date of Saturday night, November 27, at southern California’s Ventura Raceway.

Star power is in abundance at this year’s Turkey Night Grand Prix with recently crowned NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson set to pilot the Kyle Larson Racing No. 1K in the event as he attempts to defend his victory in the race from 2019. Larson, from Elk Grove, Calif. has previously won the race in 2012, 2016 and 2019. His three Turkey Night Midget wins are tied for second all-time, only behind Ron Shuman’s eight.

Traditionally, the Turkey Night Grand Prix has been held on Thanksgiving night, but after several years of pondering the subject, and with the 2020 cancellation of the event due to COVID-19, promoters J.C. Agajanian Jr., Cary Agajanian and Ventura Raceway’s Jim Naylor decided the time was right to make the move to a new Saturday night date on the beach.

“For the last 20 years, we’ve discussed moving the event,” J.C. Jr. acknowledged. “Things change, families change, and we wanted to continue the tradition of it being held on Thursday night. But, once the virus came through, we discussed it with Jim Naylor and decided, if we were going to move the event, this would be the year to do it. All the signs pointed to doing it this year and I believe it will bring more local talent to the race and put more people in the grandstands.”

The Agajanian family is legendary in the racing world and, particularly with the promotion of USAC racing events throughout much of the past century. The family, spearheaded by family patriarch J.C. Agajanian Sr., has annually promoted the event since 1955, a tradition which continued with his sons J.C. Jr. and Cary following their father’s death in May of 1984.

Naylor, meanwhile, has been the sole promoter of Ventura Raceway ever since he personally financed the construction of the fairground facility in 1978. No group of individuals has more of a fondness for the Turkey Night Grand Prix, or as much of a stake in the game, as these three individuals, and it didn’t go without extensive conversation on whether to stand pat or take action by making Saturday the new Turkey Night race day.

“Cary, Jim and I are traditionalists,” J.C. Jr. acknowledges. “We come from racing families, we’ve been in racing all our lives and we do things the way they’re supposed to be done, in our opinion. Fans have traditions at Turkey Night, eating turkey from their trailers and motorhomes in the parking lot of the racetrack, and it’s a lot of fun. But there’s always been the thought that maybe it might be a good idea to move it to the weekend.”

The Agajanian family is used to making comebacks at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Turkey Night began in 1934, but after the 1950 race, had completely vanished from the schedule. It was then, five years later, that J.C. Agajanian stepped in to revive and revitalize the event in 1955, where it’s flourished in the 66 years since.

“My dad realized the importance of Turkey Night,” Agajanian stated. “In 1955, he sent his PR people out to bring life back into the race at Ascot. From 1955 on have been the Aggie years at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. We wouldn’t have had the race without him.”

While being midget racing’s most tenured event, the Turkey Night Grand Prix has seen a variety of venues over the years, both dirt and pavement, at Gilmore Stadium (1934–1950), Gardena Stadium (1955–1959), Ascot Park (1960–1974, 1976–1990), Speedway 605 (1975), Saugus Speedway (1991), Bakersfield Speedway (1992–1995, 1998), Perris Auto Speedway (1996, 2012–2015), Ventura Raceway (1997, 2016–2019, 2021–present) and Irwindale Speedway (1999–2011).

The constants with the Turkey Night Grand Prix since the mid-1950s have been midget racing in California promoted by the Agajanian family. But, until 1968, the race was 150 laps in length. From 1969-2006, the distance was changed to 100 where it remained until a chance meeting with a fan during the night of the 2006 race that, in turn, created a new tradition that stands to this day.

“A fan stopped by and asked me, ‘wouldn’t it be cool to make this 100-lapper into a 98-lapper in honor of your dad?’ J.C. Jr. remembered. “I went, ‘whoa, that’s a great idea.’ The only 98-lap race in the country, and 98 because that’s been the number of our racecars all our lives. USAC said it was fine with them and the drivers said, I don’t care how long Turkey Night is, as long as I’m leading the last lap.”

No family has promoted more USAC National Midget events, or more USAC National events period, than the Agajanian family. J.C. Sr., alone, promoted 250 in his lifetime, 204 of which were Midget races. This year’s 80th edition once again honors J.C. who brought Turkey Night back to life all those years ago.

“Turkey Night was so important to the industry, and not just to the west coast,” Agajanian recalled. “The housing industry, the realtors and the automobile people realized that first of all, they needed more people to move out to California and, secondly, all the midget tracks back east are snowed-in or done during this time of year. They wanted to show off the fact that we’re still running midgets this late in the year. That’s how the race came to be.”

A feather in the cap at the end of a long season still conjures up the emotions and the excitement for USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing’s finest, and come Saturday night, November 27, 2021, ninety-eight laps, a $10,000 check, a kiss of the Aggie hat trophy and racing immortality is all that matters at Ventura Raceway.

Automotive Racing Products, the title sponsor of the 80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, has added $15,000 to the event purse from top-to-bottom when the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship arrives at southern California’s Ventura Raceway for the prestigious event on Saturday night, November 27.

USAC West Coast Sprint Car heat races, qualifiers and dash will take place on Friday, November 26 with the sprint car semi-feature and feature events taking place on Saturday, November 27.

All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $20 for ages 12 and under.

Race tickets are available now at www.venturaraceway.net.

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2021 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST: (51 PRE-ENTRIES)

00 CARSON SOUSA/Red Bluff, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

00A JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

07w MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

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

1EM DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (NP Motorsports)

1K KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Racing)

1N ®RYAN PADGETT/Anadarko, OK (NP Motorsports)

1p ®TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

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

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Dean Alexander)

7NZ CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (BSL Racing)

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

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

8w ®KALEB MONTGOMERY/Templeton, CA (Woodland Autosports)

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9E CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA (Kyle Larson Racing)

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

12 JARRETT SOARES/Discovery Bay, CA (Steven Soares)

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports)

15ws RON HAZELTON/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton)

15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

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

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 C.J. SARNA/Brea, CA (C.J. Sarna)

21 CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Tom Malloy)

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

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

26 CORY ELIASON/Visalia, CA (Rudeen Racing)

26R CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

32 CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

37 MATT MITCHELL/Yorba Linda, CA (J.W. Mitchell Motorsports)

37w ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Matt Wood Racing)

51 ®BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

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

73 ®DYLAN ITO/Ventura, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73B ROBBY JOSETT/Santa Clarita, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Josh Ford Motorsports)

85T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (CB Industries)

86 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

87w RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

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

® represents a Don Basile Rookie of the Race candidate

 

MERCED WE SAID!
USAC MIDGETS GO TWO-STRAIGHT NIGHTS
IN THE GOLDEN STATE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 22, 2021)………For Thomas Meseraull and Tanner Thorson, Merced Speedway was a home away home to conclude the series’ season one year ago.

While he is a native Californian, Meseraull’s first visit to the quarter-mile dirt oval came during his victorious performance in the penultimate round of the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

For Tanner Thorson, he rotated turns with two other drivers during the final six laps to capture the second night victory, etching his name into the record books as just the sixth driver, and the first in 20 years, to win both the first and last race during a USAC National Midget season while also establishing Merced’s 30-lap track record in the process at 7:18.810.

Those two will arrive at Merced this Tuesday and Wednesday night, November 23-24, to defend their victories in rounds 38 and 39 of the 2021 season.

They’ll have an eclectic group of drivers to contend with come the middle of this week with the past two NASCAR Cup Series champs, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott, participating, as well as three-time Indianapolis 500 top-ten finisher Santino Ferrucci.

Larson, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champ from Elk Grove, Calif., owns the one-lap Merced USAC National Midget track record of 11.838 seconds, set in 2020, and was a 9th and 4th place finisher there in his only two appearances at the fairgrounds dirt track.

Dawsonville, Georgia’s Elliott, the 2020 NASCAR Cup titlist, will make his debut at Merced. The son of 1988 NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, Chase has made three USAC National Midget feature starts in 2021, recently finishing 20th in last Saturday’s Hangtown 100 at California’s Placerville Speedway.

Ferrucci (Woodbury, Conn.) is a three-time Indianapolis 500 top-10 finisher in three career starts during the 2019-20-21 running of the May classic and will make his USAC National Midget debut in a car for Dave Mac Motorsports after making a few appearances with the midgets earlier this season, including the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., where he finished 10th in the semi-feature during his prelim night and 10th in the G-Main on the final night.

The USAC National Midget championship race is tight coming into the two nights at Merced. Buddy Kofoid holds a 19-point advantage over defending champ Chris Windom in the title fight. Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) led a race-high 22 laps on night two of last year before finishing second to Thorson. Windom, meanwhile, took 15th and 17th across the two nights.

Kofoid’s five Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates for Merced include last year’s second-place finisher, Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), plus Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson (18th in 2020), and Colby, Kansas’ Bryant Wiedeman (20th in 2020), plus first-time Merced starting hopefuls Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas).

Matt Wood shifts his focus from race promotion last week to car owner this week with four cars and drivers at Merced. Three of his cars finished in the top-10 in the event last year. Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) took 6th while Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) was 7th and Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) was 10th. Four-time USAC National Midget winner Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) looks to improve upon his 19th finish from 2020.

Cannon McIntosh and Carson Macedo were top-ten finishers on both nights at Merced in 2020. McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) was 3rd and 8th while Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) turned in 4th and 7th place performances.

Logan Seavey will wheel the Tom Malloy No. 25, the same winning team that won the Merced finale last year when it was piloted by Thorson. Seavey, the recent Hangtown 100 overall points champion from Sutter, Calif., earned a best of 6th in two Merced starts during his last run. He’s joined by Colby Copeland as a teammate, the Roseville, Calif. native who scored 14th and 17th a year ago.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was the victor of last Saturday’s Hangtown 100 at Placerville, which netted him a $20,000 top prize. He drives for the RMS Racing team which captured the opening night win at Merced in 2020. The 2020 USAC Silver Crown champion pocketed a 9th place result at Merced in 2020 as his best.

Two-time USAC National Midget feature winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) took a best of 10th a year ago for Petry Motorsports, who’ll team with first-time Merced racer and nine-time 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.).

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) was 24th in the event last year, but his biggest Merced moment came with the USAC Western States series where he won at on July 9 of this year after leading the final 18 laps. The 2021 USAC Western States Midget champion, Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.), was 3rd in the race and finished 4th on August 7 after leading a race-high 22 laps. Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) led the first three on July 9th before finishing 5th and was 22nd in the 2020 USAC National Midget event there.

Top USAC National Midget Rookie Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) was 19th in his Merced debut run in 2020 and will team up with Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports cohorts, Merced first-timer Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) and defending winner Thorson.

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) was 23rd in the event and will be joined on the Rudeen Racing team by Cory Eliason (Visalia, Calif.), a recent USAC National Midget newcomer and an 18th place finisher with the World of Outlaws at Merced in 2014.

Last Thursday’s Hangtown 100 opening night winner and first-time USAC National Midget winner Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) will make his Merced midget debut this week along with CB Industries teammate and micro sprint standout, Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.).

Two-time USAC National Midget winner Jason McDougal found a new ride with Dean Alexander in time for the Hangtown 100. He’ll hang around with the New Zealand car owner throughout the rest of the west coast trip following a 4th place showing on the second night at Placerville, Calif.

Three-time USAC National Midget winner Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) will return to action this week at Merced as a teammate to Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), who’s made the cross-country visit from the east coast.

Maria Cofer scored a BCRA Midget triumph at Merced in 2018 and led both USAC Western States Midget features in 2019 for a total of 24 laps. She’s one of 20 Californians – half the field – expected to compete in this week’s events along with Carson Sousa (Red Bluff, Calif.), Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) and Caden Sarale (Stockton, Calif.).

325 previous USAC National Midget events have been held in California. Billy Cantrell, Parnelli Jones and Billy Vukovich lead all drivers with 15 series wins in the state.

Pit gates open at 2pm PT, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

Adult tickets are $22, seniors & military are $20, kids 6-12 are $5 and age 5 and under are free.
Both Merced races this week will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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PROJECTED MERCED SPEEDWAY DRIVER ENTRIES:

CAR # | DRIVER | HOMETOWN | ENTRANT

00 CARSON SOUSA/Red Bluff, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

00A JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

07w MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

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

1K KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Racing)

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

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Dean Alexander)

7NZ CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (BSL Racing)

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

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9E CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA (Kyle Larson Racing)

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

10 SANTINO FERRUCCI/Woodbury, CT (Dave Mac Motorsports)

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

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

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

21 CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Tom Malloy)

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

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

26 CORY ELIASON/Visalia, CA (Rudeen Racing)

26R CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

32 CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

37w ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Matt Wood Racing)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

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

71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

85T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (CB Industries)

86 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

87w RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

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

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2362, 2-Chris Windom-2344, 3-Justin Grant-2171, 4-Emerson Axsom-2165, 5-Tanner Thorson-2119, 6-Logan Seavey-2020, 7-Thomas Meseraull-1896, 8-Daison Pursley-1892, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1864, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1719.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

1-Thomas Meseraull & Tanner Thorson

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

2020: Thomas Meseraull (11/20) & Tanner Thorson (11/21)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/21/2020 - Kyle Larson - 11.838 - 76.026 mph

10 Laps - 11/20/2020 - Thomas Meseraull - 2:06.569 - 71.108 mph

30 Laps - 11/21/2020 - Tanner Thorson - 7:18.810 (New Track Record)

MERCED SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:

2020 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (6), 2. Tanner Carrick (2), 3. Cannon McIntosh (5), 4. Carson Macedo (8), 5. Tanner Thorson (15), 6. Shane Golobic (3), 7. Ryan Bernal (9), 8. Spencer Bayston (11), 9. Kyle Larson (19), 10. Emerson Axsom (14), 11. Mitchel Moles (7), 12. Buddy Kofoid (21), 13. Logan Seavey (16), 14. Tyler Courtney* (23), 15. Chris Windom (22), 16. Justin Grant (17), 17. Colby Copeland (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson (13), 19. Chase Randall (20), 20. Daison Pursley (1), 21. Zeb Wise (12), 22. Michael Faccinto (10), 23. Cole Bodine* (24), 24. Jesse Love (4). NT

2020 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (4), 2. Buddy Kofoid (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Kyle Larson (6), 5. Spencer Bayston (3), 6. Logan Seavey (5), 7. Carson Macedo (8), 8. Cannon McIntosh (10), 9. Justin Grant (7), 10. Mitchel Moles (11), 11. Shane Golobic (14), 12. Daison Pursley (13), 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12), 14. Colby Copeland (15), 15. Emerson Axsom (16), 16. Tanner Carrick (21), 17. Chris Windom (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson* (23), 19. Zeb Wise (19), 20. Bryant Wiedeman (20), 21. Robert Dalby* (24), 22. Ben Worth (17), 23. Chance Crum (22), 24. Chase Johnson (9). 7:18.810 (New Track Record)

 


 

KODY SWANSON TEAMS WITH BERTRAND FOR 4 LOR MIDGET RACES IN 2022

Brownsburg, Indiana (November 21, 2021)………Kody Swanson has announced a partnership with Tim Bertrand and Bertrand Motorsports to compete in all four races with the 2022 Pavement Midget Series at Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Raceway.

The dynamic duo of Swanson and Bertrand own an impressive 186 open wheel wins and a combined 22 championships across the midget, sprint car and Silver Crown ranks.

Swanson is USAC’s winningest Silver Crown driver and the second winningest USAC driver in the 61-year history at the .686-mile paved oval with 13 total victories (4 Midget, 2 Sprint, 7 Silver Crown). He will team with Bertrand, a 10-time champion car owner with the Northeastern Midget Association, which regularly competes with wings.

Bertrand may be new to the non-wing midget ranks as a car owner, but no stranger to midgets. His accomplishments also include 10 NEMA titles, 94 National NEMA feature wins and 98 overall NEMA victories.

“We are very excited about the 2022 season,” Bertrand said. “We’ve always tried to associate ourselves with the best in the business, starting off in midgets with the Cicconi family, Danny Drinan, Dan Esslinger/Esslinger Engineering, etc. I’ve been watching Kody for years and have been really impressed by his humble nature, family values, and of course, his tremendous talent. He is undoubtedly one of the best open wheel drivers in the world, in my opinion.”

Swanson, the six-time USAC Silver Crown champion, and all-time USAC Silver Crown winner, has a resume of 88 career open wheel wins, 12 USAC sanctioned midget wins and three wins at the coveted Anderson Speedway “Little 500”. Known as a humble, family man, Swanson, his wife Jordan, and two boys – Trevor and Adam, are devout supporters of open wheel auto racing.

“I'm fortunate to have been surrounded by great people throughout my career in racing,” Swanson stated. “I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with Tim and the Bertrand Motorsports team. They have been incredibly successful throughout the Northeast and the NEMA series and have established themselves as one of the top teams in the history of winged midget racing.

Over the past few years, Tim has demonstrated his commitment to competing at Lucas Oil Raceway and the dedication to develop his non-wing program into a championship caliber team as well,” Swanson continued. “I'm thankful for the opportunity to join them in their dedication and effort. I’m looking forward to working together more as we prepare for 2022 and can’t wait to get on the track next spring,”

The duo will be sponsored by Bertrand’s company, project44. One of the highest growth companies in the United States, project44 is the world's leading advanced transportation visibility platform, providing real time visibility to global organizations across all transportation modes (ocean, trucking, air, rail and parcel). During the Suez Canal crisis, as an example, project44 provided visibility to over 250 of the Fortune 500 to track their ocean containers, stuck in the Canal. Project44 raised a $200 million round of funding on a $1.2 billion valuation, from Goldman Sachs in May of 2021. Project44 was also recently ranked #1 on the FreightTech Index, beating out Amazon, after ranking #2 for the previous 3 years.

The midgets will compete four times at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2022, starting with Open-Wheel Opening Day on Saturday, March 26; the Carb Night Classic on Friday, May 27; Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming on Thursday, June 30; and Open-Wheel Championship Saturday on October 22.

All Midget and Sprint Car programs at Lucas Oil Raceway will be considered USAC non-points special events, meaning no points will be awarded toward the USAC National series' championship standings.

Additionally, all four midget events at Lucas Oil Raceway will pay $5,000 to win. The end-of-season "track championship" point fund will be worth $10,000, with the champion taking home $2,500. There will also be a bonus payout for the Rookie of the Year in midget competition at Lucas Oil Raceway.

 

HOMECOMING KING:
IT’S A $20,000 PAYDAY FOR GRANT AT HANGTOWN 100

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 20, 2021)……… “This is where I grew up; this is where I fell in love with racing; this is the place where I decided I wanted to be a racecar driver.”

Justin Grant fondly remembers those days of yesteryear at California’s Placerville Speedway which set the course for his life’s journey in the arena of auto racing – a path which has taken him from a teenage upstart BCRA Midget champion in 2007 to a USAC Silver Crown titlist in 2020 and as one of today’s biggest USAC stars.

All those winding roads throughout the decades since weaved its way back to his stomping grounds, back to the 1/4-mile dirt oval located just a half hour away from his Ione, Calif. home and to the most lucrative victory of his racing career on Saturday night in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Grant tracked down USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship point leader Buddy Kofoid in front of a standing-room only crowd 14 laps from the finish of the 100-lapper, then slid past with authority and garnered himself a monumental victory worth $20,000 on the final night of the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100.

His third series victory of the year moved him into a tie for 80th on the all-time USAC National Midget feature win list alongside Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr., Eddie Johnson, Buddy Kofoid, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner and Josh Wise.

Winning at Placerville is meaningful in so many ways to Grant. It was there as a child where he once played in the dirt with his own toy racecars while watching from afar and dreaming of a day when he too could become one of those heroes he looked up to at a young age.

“My dad would bring me here and buy me diecast cars in turn one, and we’d sit up there and watch sprint car races,” Grant revealed. “I have a lot of family here and it’s close to home in front of all these fans. It’s just a really special win.”

Grant began his quest from the seventh position in the 28-car field, looking on as outside front row starter Zeb Wise slotted into the early race lead.

Prior to the feature, Friday night’s Hangtown 100 prelim winner and top point driver, Kyle Larson, had his son, Owen, draw the inversion number with 12, 14 and 16 being the only available options. Owen pulled out a 12, meaning Larson would have to start the main event from the 12th position while the 12th place driver in weekend points, Taylor Reimer, started from the pole.

Larson’s first bump in the road came on the 12th lap when he, Brenham Crouch (11th) and Tanner Carrick (18th) all tangled and stopped in between turns one and two. Larson went to the work area briefly then restarted as did Carrick, while Crouch was finished for the evening.

The top-two of Wise and sixth-starting Kofoid formed a two-car breakaway in the ensuing laps with Kofoid perusing the bottom of turns one and two while scouring the top of three and four as he studied his path to get by Wise. Kofoid passed the test and passed Wise as he dove past on the bottom of turn three 21 laps into the event.

Mere moments later, on lap 24, Grant and Wise banged wheels entering turn three with Grant forging way past and into the second spot.

From there on, the chase was on as Grant relentlessly pursued Kofoid for the lead, shadowing him low in turns one and two and on the top in turns three and four all while being encapsulated by the traffic that surrounded them as they encroached the halfway mark.

However, on lap 54, Michael Faccinto and Thomas Meseraull were engaged in a tussle for the 20th spot on the back straightaway, which resulted in Faccinto spinning right in the middle of the racetrack and in the direct path of the leaders. Kofoid swerved to miss as did Grant. However, Bryant Wiedeman (3rd) and Shane Golobic (4th) were the misfortunate ones caught up in the melee, as they both smashed into the front end of Faccinto. Wiedeman continued onward, but Golobic slid to a stop, requiring a right rear tire change.

The scheduled midway stop for fuel was signaled at that moment and, under open red conditions, teams topped off with fuel and made tweaks and adjustments to prepare for the final 47 laps.

Running 12th at the time of the red, Larson became one of the prime movers as soon as action resumed. Just six laps after the drop of the green, Larson ran sixth and was hauling. Just as soon as Larson put himself back into contention, heartbreak hit the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champ on lap 67 when he drifted sideways on entry to turn one on the cushion, which sent him barrel-rolling over the banking. He was okay, and after quick repairs, returned to the fray.

Up front, lap after lap of pulling to the outside of Kofoid in one and two and to the inside in turns three and four finally paid off for Grant on lap 87 as he slid across the nose of Kofoid in turn three, drifting to the top of turn four, then promptly nipping Kofoid by a wheel at the line before slicing to the bottom of turn one to deny Kofoid a chance at retaliation.

“The track was really kind of momentum based there,” Grant explained. “You got on a long run, and it was harder and harder to capitalize the more a guy could get in his rhythm. Buddy was killing us on the starts there early but this car really came around late. I kind of figured out in one and two I could enter outside his right rear a little bit and not lose any team and have way better angle up off two and then stay in the moisture down the backstretch.”

On the ensuing restart following a turn two spin by 2019 race winner Larson, who finished 18th, Grant steadily constructed a two car lengths lead, which stretched out to four, then to six with just five laps remaining and nary a morsel of traffic or obstructions awaiting ahead.

Grant rounded the final corner with both eyes on the prize as he passed under the double checkers to win by a 0.959 second margin over Kofoid in second with Logan Seavey third, Chris Windom fourth and Carson Macedo rounding out the top-five.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) didn’t shy away from expressing his disappointment in finishing second after leading a race high 66 laps in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – Toyota/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota. While the disappointment of letting a win slip away took its immediate effect, Kofoid could also take some solace in the fact that he extended his USAC National point lead from 12 to 18 over Windom with just three races now remaining this season.

“It’s pretty frustrating,” Kofoid admitted. “I guess, at the end of the day, it was a good points night. It sucks to lead that many laps and lose it. Justin was just better on the long runs at the end, and I faded at the end. I was probably too good too early, but a second is nothing to hang your head about.”

A late charge to a third-place finish paid off in a big way for Logan Seavey and his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring – Rodela Specialty Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota. But it was his total accumulation of points throughout the weekend that truly paid off with a $12,000 bonus being paid out as the overall Hangtown 100 points champion.

“I was really trying to give it away the first half of the race,” Seavey recalled. “I just kept making mistakes, but I started coming on strongly at the end. My car kept getting better as the race went on and that’s what you’ve got to do here in these 100 lap races. I think I may have hurt my tires a little too much at the beginning of the race which may have hurt me those last few laps. We were charging really hard those last 30 laps and I could really make the middle work in one and two and that’s where I was gaining a lot of speed, then I was able to clear a slider down into three. That’s really where I could make ground, and when the middle cleaned off, this thing came to life right when I needed to make some moves and win this point championship.”


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 20, 2021 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Colby Copeland (#25m Malloy), 3. Mitchel Moles (#07w Wood), 4. Ryan Timms (#85T CBI), 5. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 6. Kyle Larson (#1K Larson), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5 Petry), 9. Mariah Ede (#71E Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 10. Caden Sarale (#32 Sarale), 11. Ben Worth (#5K Alexander), 12. Austin Barnhill (#17B Dave Mac), 13. Anthony Esberg (#1x Esberg). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson (#19T Reinbold-Underwood), 2. Blake Bower (#9 Boscacci), 3. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 4. Carson Macedo (#21 Tarlton), 5. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 6. Michael Faccinto (#14 Graunstadt), 7. Emerson Axsom (#15 Petry), 8. Colby Johnson (#17K Morris), 9. Chase Elliott (#9E Larson), 10. Chance Crum (#26R Rudeen), 11. Dylan Ito (#73 Ford), 12. Ben Wiesz (#21w Wiesz). 2:04.455

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Randall (#19A Reinbold-Underwood), 2. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Logan Seavey (#25 Malloy), 4. Chase Johnson (#7NZ BLS), 5. Jade Avedisian (#86 CBI), 6. Maria Cofer (#57 Abacus), 7. Chris Windom (#89 CBI), 8. Jake Andreotti (#00A Davis), 9. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 10. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 11. Jake Morgan (#45 Luke OB), 12. Thomas Esberg (#8x Esberg). NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Cory Eliason (#26 Rudeen), 2. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 3. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Ryan Robinson (#71R Morris), 5. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Jason McDougal (#5T Alexander), 7. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Ryan Bernal (#87w Wood), 9. Zeb Wise (#37w Wood), 10. Carson Souza (#00 Mounce-Stout), 11. Mike Snider (#6K Snider), 12. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz). NT

C-MAIN: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Dylan Ito, 2. Hayden Reinbold, 3. Mariah Ede, 4. Jake Morgan, 5. Ben Worth, 6. Chase Elliott, 7. Ben Wiesz, 8. Mike Snider, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Austin Barnhill, 11. Ryan Bernal, 12. Thomas Esberg. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (20 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Cory Eliason, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Jade Avedisian, 9. Mitchel Moles, 10. Jake Andreotti, 11. Caden Sarale, 12. Carson Sousa, 13. Jake Morgan, 14. Dylan Ito, 15. Blake Bower, 16. Chance Crum, 17. Ryan Robinson, 18. Colby Johnson, 19. Hayden Reinbold, 20. Mariah Ede. NT

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (7), 2. Buddy Kofoid (6), 3. Logan Seavey (11), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Carson Macedo (13), 6. Tanner Thorson (14), 7. Cory Eliason (25-P), 8. Emerson Axsom (10), 9. Tanner Carrick (22), 10. Shane Golobic (9), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 12. Thomas Meseraull (23), 13. Colby Copeland (15), 14. Kaylee Bryson (24), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 16. Taylor Reimer (1), 17. Zeb Wise (2), 18. Kyle Larson (12), 19. Cannon McIntosh (17), 20. Chase Elliott (28-O), 21. Jade Avedisian (27-O), 22. Ethan Mitchell (19), 23. Michael Faccinto (21), 24. Ryan Timms (8), 25. Jason McDougal (18), 26. Maria Cofer (20), 27. Carson Sousa (26-P), 28. Brenham Crouch (5). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Zeb Wise, Laps 21-86 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 87-100 Justin Grant.

(P) represents a provisional starter

(O) = represents a promoter’s option

**Mariah Ede flipped during the semi. Hayden Reinbold flipped during the semi. Colby Johnson flipped during the semi. Ryan Robinson flipped during the semi. Blake Bower flipped during the semi. Kyle Larson flipped on lap 67 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2362, 2-Chris Windom-2344, 3-Justin Grant-2171, 4-Emerson Axsom-2165, 5-Tanner Thorson-2119, 6-Logan Seavey-2020, 7-Thomas Meseraull-1896, 8-Daison Pursley-1892, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1864, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1719.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-210, 2-Chris Windom-204, 3-Tanner Thorson-198, 4-Thomas Meseraull-178, 5-Brady Bacon-170, 6-Logan Seavey-160, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-159, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Buddy Kofoid-117, 10-Shane Cottle-106.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 23-24, 2021 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Hangtown 100 Points Champion: Logan Seavey

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Cory Eliason

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tanner Carrick

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Chase Randall

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Cory Eliason

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Michael Faccinto

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Tanner Carrick (22nd to 9th)

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Chase Randall

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Colby Copeland


 


KYLE LARSON HANGS ‘EM HIGH
WITH WIN ON HANGTOWN 100 NIGHT #2

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 19, 2021)………It was only a matter of time before Kyle Larson found his way back to USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship victory lane at California’s Placerville Speedway.

Following the 2019 Hangtown 100 winner’s sixth-place finish in Thursday’s opener, the Elk Grove, Calif. native reacclimated himself to the track of his youth, where he honed his racing skills as a young phenom more than a decade earlier.

He put those attributes on full display during Friday’s second event of the three-night Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100, starting seventh in the field for the 30-lap feature before rising his way up to the front, making the winning move nine laps from the finish with a dive under Emerson Axsom in turn four to score his second victory of the series’ season in just three starts.

Larson’s 25th career USAC National Midget feature victory moved him past Billy Engelhart on the all-time series win list. Larson now stands tied for 17th all-time alongside Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones and Dave Strickland.

The triumph elevated Larson to the top of the overall Hangtown 100 points standings as well, which the accumulation of will ultimately set the lineups for Saturday night’s $20,000-to-win, 100-lap main event.

Seemingly any car Larson steps into, it’s instantly a top-flite favorite to succeed. The combination of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion behind the wheel and his Kyle Larson Racing owned, FloRacing and HendrickCars.com sponsored Silva chassis with a Speedway engine required some ironing out on night one, but on night two, the combination had already proven itself as a winner.

“Thanks to everybody who took the time to build this car,” Larson praised. “Nobody’s got a car like it in the field, so it’s neat to win out in our second race.”

Larson spoke of the ability to be confident enough in the car to drive it deeper into the corner than his competition, a characteristic that certainly aided in his rapid advancement throughout the second half of the race.

“I was finally able to carry speed on entry and have grip and be confident with it,” Larson explained. “That helped me kind of stay low in the center of three and four and when I could hit it right in one and two and exit low. My car got better and better throughout the race. I didn’t want any cautions there at the end, but we were able to get good launches and kind of pull away a little bit.”

Larson’s outlook was in jeopardy early on, not by any of his own doing, but because of Mother Nature. A misty and rainy early afternoon delayed the program by well more than an hour, which resulted in a smothering and lingering fog which encompassed the 1/4-mile dirt oval during the preliminary events.

While a little digging was a must Larson could not avoid in his path to the front of the field from his inside row four starting position, USAC National Midget point leader Chris Windom was on a relatively easy street early in the going as he spurted out to a six-car-length lead from the outside of the front row.

However, lap three was the base of the first feature stoppage of the evening when Maria Cofer (10th) flipped in turn four. Caden Sarale (17th) attempted to avoid the upside-down Cofer but made slight contact with her idle machine before also coming to a stop himself. Both drivers restarted the event with Cofer 14th and Sarale 25th in what was his initial USAC feature start.

On the sixth lap, one of the most uncharacteristic events came via one of the most unlikely sources for such an incident. Series point leader, defending champion and race leader Chris Windom got sideways all by his lonesome on entry to turn one. As he tapped the brakes to righten the ship and avoid spinning all the way around, the car locked up, the engine shut off, and Windom was completely stopped.

Windom subsequently returned to the lineup to finish 15th while his point lead dwindled from 13 points up to 12 points down in an instant flash with just four races remaining.

The new race leader became series Rookie Bryant Wiedeman who led the field to the green on the lap six restart. However, his lead proved to be short-lived as Axsom charged around the outside of Wiedeman two laps later in turn four to lead lap eight and take control of the top spot, where he’d remain for the bulk of the event.

By midway, Larson had moved his way into third, using a variety of attack angles, first up top above the cushion, then a slice toward the bottom, which he used to carve his way past Wiedeman for the second position on lap 17, slotting himself squarely between the now third-running Wiedeman and race leader Axsom.

Lap-after-lap-after-lap, Larson swung to the top side of turns one and two, then made a beeline from the top of turn two to the bottom of turn three where he slid side-by-side with Axsom repeatedly, rinse, lather and repeat. However, time and time again, Axsom got enough of a drive in three and four to thwart Larson’s exhaustive pursuit, but Larson remained hungry and confident that his persistence would pay off in droves soon enough.

“It was difficult,” Larson acknowledged. “The track was so fast there. I got to third by a couple cars at the top of three and four. The momentum of the yellows, and when they fell, kind of helped me out. I found the line there in three and four right before one of the cautions and was able to really use that to my advantage with Emerson and Bryant running the top. That worked out, and I was thankful that Emerson didn’t move down after I’d showed my nose so many times.”

On the 22nd lap, Larson’s constant hounding of Axsom paid dividends when he got the drive he so desired through turns three and four to slide up across and clear the chrome horn of Axsom at the exit of the fourth turn, all while the sizable crowd sent up a deafening roar of approval from under the covered grandstands.

Meanwhile, Cannon McIntosh escaped injury following the 14th place driver’s flip along the front straightaway with just two laps remaining. He’d walk away from the incident unscathed.

The green-white-checkered finish presented a two-lap dash in which Larson went unheeded, unmatched and unbeatable as he reached the finish line first by a 0.663 second margin of victory over Axsom in second with Wiedeman third, Jason McDougal fourth and new point leader Buddy Kofoid in fifth.

Emerson Axsom’s fine California stretch has been buttery smooth thus far with the Franklin, Ind. driver earning his second runner-up finish in the past three races in the Golden State after leading a race-high 14 laps in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends – Iron Born Studio/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota, a “T car” the team constructed following a major crash last weekend at Arizona Speedway.

“This is a backup car, and it took us a minute to get used to it, but I think we got it figured out after running second to Kyle. It’s pretty cool, and I’m kind of out there fan-girling when the 1K goes by, but not really,” Axsom said, accompanied by a sizable grin. “It’s pretty cool because it’s my dad and I working on this car. We got our speed back and now we’ve got one more night.”

Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) led the first two laps of his USAC National Midget career early in Friday’s feature and carried on to record the best finish of his young USAC career, a 3rd, behind Larson and Axsom in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Coleman Power Sports – Yerf Dog/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“It was definitely a good run for our team,” Wiedeman noted. “I goofed up last night pretty bad on my part. I had a chance at Bakersfield for a podium but made a couple mistakes there at the end. I’m glad to be on the podium, especially with a couple of the best USAC Midget drivers there are. I didn’t really know where to run early on and let Axsom by me, then Larson got me on the restart. We’re just going to keep clicking off these nights and keep working towards that first win.”

Furthermore, two more of Weideman’s Kunz/Curb-Agajanian teammates posted special nights. Taylor Reimer set fast time during Fatheadz Qualifying for the first time in her USAC National Midget career while Brenham Crouch set a new 10-lap record during his heat race at a time of 1:56.949.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 19, 2021 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.569; 2. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.668; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-11.696; 4. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.742; 5. Colby Copeland, 25m, Malloy-11.752; 6. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-11.776; 7. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.814; 8. Jake Andreotti, 00A, Davis-11.843; 9. Mike Snider, 6K, Snider-12.552.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-11.622; 2. Chance Crum, 26R, Rudeen-11.700; 3. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-11.760; 4. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-11.772; 5. Colby Johnson, 17K, Morris-11.800; 6. Carson Souza, 00, Mounce/Stout-11.851; 7. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.113; 8. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.197.

FLIGHT THREE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-11.627; 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.646; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-11.697; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-11.699; 5. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-11.736; 6. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.880; 7. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-11.942; 8. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-11.973.

FLIGHT FOUR FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-11.572; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-11.592; 3. Zeb Wise, 37w, Wood-11.688; 4. Ryan Timms, 85T, CBI-11.769; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.809; 6. Michael Faccinto, 14, Graunstadt-11.833; 7. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.453; 8. Anthony Esberg, 1x, Esberg-NT.

FLIGHT FIVE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-11.590; 2. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.623; 3. Ryan Robinson, 71R, Morris-11.708; 4. Jade Avedisian, 86, CBI-11.776; 5. Chase Johnson, 7NZ, BLS-11.792; 6. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-11.879; 7. Ryan Bernal, 87w, Wood-12.001; 8. Ben Wiesz, 21w, Wiesz-12.659.

FLIGHT SIX FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.553; 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.687; 3. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-11.706; 4. Jason McDougal, 5T, Alexander-11.768; 5. Cory Eliason, 26, Rudeen-11.963; 6. Chase Elliott, 9E, Larson-12.069; 7. Jake Morgan, 45, Luke OB-13.298; 8. Thomas Esberg, 8x, Esberg-14.335.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch (T), 2. Colby Copeland (T), 3. Justin Grant, 4. Jake Andreotti, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (T), 6. Tanner Carrick, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Mike Snider. 1:56.949 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Caden Sarale (T), 2. Colby Johnson, 3. Chris Windom (T), 4. Chase Randall, 5. Emerson Axsom (T), 6. Chance Crum, 7. Dylan Ito, 8. Carson Sousa. 1:59.97

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo (T), 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Buddy Kofoid (T), 4. Maria Cofer (T), 5. Blake Bower, 6. Mariah Ede, 7. Cannon McIntosh, 8. Ben Worth. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Michael Faccinto (T), 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Ryan Timms, 4. Zeb Wise (T), 5. Kyle Larson (T), 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Randi Pankratz, 8. Anthony Esberg. 1:59.883

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Johnson (T), 2. Logan Seavey (T), 3. Jade Avedisian, 4. Ethan Mitchell (T), 5. Ryan Robinson, 6. Ryan Bernal, 7. Ben Wiesz, 8. Austin Barnhill. NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal (T), 2. Taylor Reimer (T), 3. Cory Eliason, 4. Bryant Wiedeman (T), 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Chase Elliott, 7. Thomas Esberg, 8. Jake Morgan. NT

FIRST ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Cory Eliason, 4. Ryan Robinson, 5. Jade Avedisian, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Jake Andreotti, 8. Blake Bower, 9. Ben Worth, 10. Kaylee Bryson, 11. Cannon McIntosh, 12. Jake Morgan, 13. Ben Wiesz, 14. Anthony Esberg, 15. Carson Sousa. NT

SECOND ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Tanner Carrick, 7. Colby Johnson, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Austin Barnhill, 10. Dylan Ito, 11. Chase Elliott, 12. Mike Snider, 13. Hayden Reinbold, 14. Randi Pankratz, 15. Thomas Esberg. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (7), 2. Emerson Axsom (6), 3. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 4. Jason McDougal (8), 5. Buddy Kofoid (9), 6. Carson Macedo (3), 7. Zeb Wise (1), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Taylor Reimer (12), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 11. Justin Grant (24), 12. Ethan Mitchell (5), 13. Brenham Crouch (17), 14. Maria Cofer (10), 15. Chris Windom (2), 16. Colby Copeland (13), 17. Ryan Timms (20), 18. Tanner Carrick (25-P), 19. Shane Golobic (19), 20. Tanner Thorson (22), 21. Chase Johnson (15), 22. Michael Faccinto (14), 23. Cory Eliason (23), 24. Cannon McIntosh (26-P), 25. Caden Sarale (18), 26. Thomas Meseraull (21). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Chris Windom, Laps 6-7 Bryant Wiedeman, Laps 8-21 Emerson Axsom, Laps 22-30 Kyle Larson.

(P) represents a provisional starter

(T) represents a heat race transfer

**Cannon McIntosh flipped during the third heat. Ryan Robinson flipped during the fifth heat. Bryant Wiedeman flipped during the sixth heat. Maria Cofer flipped on lap 3 of the feature. Cannon McIntosh flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2295, 2-Chris Windom-2283, 3-Emerson Axsom-2116, 4-Justin Grant-2101, 5-Tanner Thorson-2064, 6-Logan Seavey-1956, 7-Daison Pursley-1892, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1857, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1823, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1694.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-204 & Justin Grant-204, 3-Tanner Thorson-190, 4-Brady Bacon-170, 5-Thomas Meseraull-167, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-154, 7-Logan Seavey-152, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Buddy Kofoid-113, 10-Shane Cottle-106.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 20, 2021 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Justin Grant

Fatheadz Fast Qualifier: Taylor Reimer

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Brenham Crouch

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Caden Sarale

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Carson Macedo

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Michael Faccinto

First Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Shane Golobic

First Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Ryan Timms

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Justin Grant (24th to 11th)

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Ryan Robinson & Mitchel Moles

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Brenham Crouch

 

 

TIMMS BECOMES YOUNGEST USAC MIDGET
WINNER IN HANGTOWN 100 OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 18, 2021)………At just 15 years, 3 months and 12 days old, Ryan Timms made history Thursday on night one of the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 at California’s Placerville Speedway by becoming the youngest feature winner in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

The Oklahoma City, Okla. native rewrote the record books just a mere five months after Corey Day’s triumph during Indiana Midget Week at Circle City Raceway, which he accomplished at 15 years, 6 months and 12 days old.

Although the victorious occasion marked Timms’ first career series win, his performance also produced a déjà vu moment that harkened back to the opening night of the most recent Hangtown 100 in 2019.

It was then and there two years ago that a Chad Boat-owned car started on the outside of the front row, took the lead at the drop of the green flag, and led all 30 laps en route to a first career USAC National Midget feature victory, that driver being Gio Scelzi.

One day shy of exactly two years later, a Chad Boat-owned car started on the outside of the front row, took the lead at the drop of the green flag, and led all 30 laps en route to a first career USAC National Midget feature victory, this time that driver being Ryan Timms.

In just his 12th career USAC National Midget feature start, Timms earned not only his first career win, but also his first career top-five finish after a previous best result of 6th in August’s BC39 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Full of potential, talent and poise, Timms’ has earned 16 total sprint car and midget victories this season, including his first with USAC that arrived sooner than he would’ve even thought.

“It’s just really unexpected,” Timms admitted. “I got a really good start and I figured if I could just keep my momentum up on the top, they wouldn’t have anything for me.”

Timms ran roughshod through the field, never wavering from the high line in a non-stop feature that went green to checkered in a mere six minutes and 7.97 seconds in his CB Industries/Western Flyer Express – DriveWFX.com – PristineAuction.com/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

By lap seven, Timms had constructed a full-straightaway lead and was already on the cusp of sailing through the tail end of the field. Shortly thereafter, fifth starting Cannon McIntosh slid his way into the third position in turn three past Justin Grant, then a half a lap later, made the same maneuver on the opposite end of the racetrack to streak by Zeb Wise for second.

With the combination of Timms’ fight through traffic and McIntosh now being in the clear and possessing a full head of steam, the naked eye could undoubtedly tell that Timms’ advantage was sheared in half from a full-straightaway to just a half.

Timms made his escape through the jungle of machinery, clearing Colby Copeland in turn four on lap 24 to put him a lap down, then promptly stretching his lead to a full straightaway without a bit of traffic in his view and only six laps remaining. McIntosh quickly disposed of Copeland as well and quickly carved into Timms’ lead in half once again, from a half-straightaway to a quarter-straightaway and closing.

With McIntosh now standing just a single car length back of Timms’ coming to the white flag, the sands were filling the bottom of the hourglass. Timms stayed tried and true to the high line while McIntosh, who shadowed him up on the cushion, was forced to hatch a plan for an alternate path in order to get by.

In the final set of corners in turns three and four, Timms worked to the outside of 19th running Chase Randall, who occupied the bottom. McIntosh dove toward the infield berm but ran out of room in which to toss a possible slide job with Randall occupying the groove. Meanwhile, up top, Timms maintained the momentum and, subsequently, delivered victory number one.

McIntosh took second, three car lengths and 0.347 seconds behind Timms at the finish line, with Justin Grant third, Shane Golobic fourth and Emerson Axsom fifth.

Two nights after starting off his California Midget swing with a 15th place result at Bakersfield, Timms felt the swing of momentum, and the swing of emotion, take a path in his direction on this night, as one Oklahoman beat another Oklahoman for the $5,000 top prize.

“There was a bunch of lapped traffic and I figured he’d be right there, but I never saw his nose,” Timms recalled of his battle to the finish with McIntosh. “It’s been a pretty humbling trip. We’ll have a great run then run dang near last the next night. So, to get this one is just awesome.”

Of late, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) has been among the quickest and most consistent in the series in his Dave Mac Motorsports/DriveWFX.com – D.A. McIntosh – Smith Titanium/Spike/Speedway Toyota. Although his streak of three consecutive Fatheadz Fast Qualifying times came to an end Thursday, he did record his second runner-up finish in his last three outings as he gets ever closer to his first series win of the season, but just ran out of time.

“I was really driving it hard,” McIntosh said. “I honestly thought we had more laps left, then I saw the white and we just ran out of time there. It would’ve been nice to get a yellow and see what we could’ve done with the field bunched up without traffic but, sometimes, that’s how it goes. I felt like we had a shot to win tonight. We have two more nights and I’m really excited because I feel like we have a really good racecar.”

For the second consecutive race, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) rounded out the podium with a third-place finish in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota. Located about 30 miles or so from his hometown of Ione, Calif., for Grant, Placerville served as a homecoming of sorts, conjuring up memories of his early days of competition with the Bay Cities Racing Association, where he was the 2007 series champ.

“We want to get to victory lane every night, but if we can’t win, coming out with a good solid run is a bonus, especially on a three-day event like this,” Grant said. “We want to win Saturday and we’re doing everything we can to put ourselves in a good position to do that. We’re going to have to be a little better to beat those guys, though. They were ripping around there pretty good.”

Four new track records were set on Thursday night at Placerville with Tanner Thorson recording the 23rd Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time of his career in USAC National Midget competition, moving him past Stan Fox for sole possession of 17th on the all-time list. Thorson’s time of 11.397 broke the former one-lap track record of 11.979 seconds, set by Dillon Welch in 2019.

Thomas Meseraull’s time of 1:57.13 in Simpson Race Products broke his own track record by more than 11 seconds during Simpson Racing heat one, completely demolishing his former mark of 2:08.68, set in 2019.

Thorson posted a second new track record of the evening for himself in the second of two Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Features. His time of 2:25.95 set the new standard for the 12-lap distance at the 1/4-mile dirt oval.

Timms’ winning time of 6:07.97 signaled the fifth green-to-checker USAC National Midget feature this season and, by far, the fastest. Preceding non-stop races this season occurred on Aug. 3 at Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway; Sept. 11 at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway; and Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

With his seventh-place feature finish, Chris Windom reclaimed the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship point lead by a 13-point margin over Buddy Kofoid, who scored a 14th place result. Five races now remain this season.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 18, 2021 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-11.463, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-11.464, 3. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-11.533, 4. Jade Avedisian, 86, CBI-11.571, 5. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-11.600, 6. Ryan Robinson, 71R, Morris-11.620, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.624, 8. Chance Crum, 26R, Rudeen-11.640.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-11.605, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.672, 3. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.818, 4. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-11.870, 5. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-11.951, 6. Carson Souza, 00, Mounce/Stout-12.311, 7. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.721, 8. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-NT.

FLIGHT THREE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-11.436, 2. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-11.456, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-11.546, 4. Michael Faccinto, 14s, Graunstadt-11.647, 5. Jake Andreotti, 00A, Davis-11.785, 6. Chase Johnson, 7NZ, BSL-11.854, 7. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.143, 8. Tony Gomes, 73x, Ford-NT (Time of 11.831 disallowed due to bypassing the scales).

FLIGHT FOUR FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-11.397 (New Track Record), 2. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-11.570, 3. Ryan Timms, 85T, CBI-11.612, 4. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-11.627, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.710, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.733, 7. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-11.778, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.813.

FLIGHT FIVE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-11.546, 2. Zeb Wise, 37w, Wood-11.561, 3. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-11.594, 4. Ryan Bernal, 87w, Wood-11.644, 5. Ben Wiesz, 21w, Wiesz-12.501, 6. Jake Morgan, 45, Luke OB-12.702, 7. Beau Lemire, 14, Lemire-NT.

FLIGHT SIX FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.590, 2. Cory Eliason, 26, Rudeen-11.685, 3. Colby Copeland, 25m, Malloy-11.709, 4. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-11.722, 5. Jason McDougal, 5T, Alexander-11.738, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.765, 7. Chase Johnson, 7NZ, BLS-11.785, 8. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.959.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull (T), 2. Shane Golobic (T), 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Cannon McIntosh (T), 5. Chance Crum, 6. Maria Cofer, 7. Jade Avedisian, 8. Ryan Robinson. 1:57.13 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch (T), 2. Carson Sousa, 3. Chris Windom (T), 4. Bryant Wiedeman (T), 5. Dylan Ito, 6. Austin Barnhill, 7. Randi Pankratz. 2:01.21

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Colby Johnson (T), 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Justin Grant (T), 5. Chase Randall (T), 6. Jake Andreotti, 7. Tony Gomes, 8. Caden Sarale. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson (T), 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Ryan Timms (T), 4. Emerson Axsom (T), 5. Blake Bower, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Ben Worth, 8. Hayden Reinbold. 1:58.21

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey (T), 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Kyle Larson (T), 4. Zeb Wise (T), 5. Ben Wiesz, 6. Jake Morgan, 7. Beau Lemire. NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick (T), 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Colby Copeland (T), 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Mitchel Moles, 7. Taylor Reimer (T), 8. Cory Eliason. NT

FIRST ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Maria Cofer, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Carson Sousa, 8. Ben Worth, 9. Dylan Ito, 10. Austin Barnhill, 11. Chance Crum, 12. Beau Lemire, 13. Jade Avedisian.

SECOND ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Blake Bower, 6. Cory Eliason, 7. Jason McDougal, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Jake Andreotti, 11. Caden Sarale, 12. Ben Wiesz, 13. Jake Morgan, 14. Randi Pankratz. 2:25.95 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ryan Timms (2), 2. Cannon McIntosh (5), 3. Justin Grant (6), 4. Shane Golobic (8), 5. Emerson Axsom (3), 6. Kyle Larson (12), 7. Chris Windom (10), 8. Zeb Wise (4), 9. Thomas Meseraull (17), 10. Logan Seavey (11), 11. Brenham Crouch (9), 12. Kaylee Bryson (14), 13. Tanner Carrick (18), 14. Buddy Kofoid (22), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (1), 16. Tanner Thorson (20), 17. Taylor Reimer (16), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (19), 19. Chase Randall (7), 20. Colby Copeland (13), 21. Michael Faccinto (21), 22. Colby Johnson (15), 23. Carson Macedo (23), 24. Hayden Reinbold (25-P), 25. Cory Eliason (26-P), 26. Ryan Bernal (24). 6:07.97 (New Track Record)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ryan Timms.

(P) represents a provisional starter

(T) represents a heat race transfer

**Beau Lemire flipped during qualifying.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-2250, 2-Buddy Kofoid-2237, 3-Justin Grant-2060, 4-Emerson Axsom-2049, 5-Tanner Thorson-2041, 6-Logan Seavey-1907, 7-Daison Pursley-1892, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1834, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1780, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1671.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-204, 2-Justin Grant-191, 3-Tanner Thorson-188, 4-Brady Bacon-170, 5-Thomas Meseraull-167, 6-Logan Seavey-149, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-148, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Buddy Kofoid-109, 10-Shane Cottle-106.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 19-20, 2021 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Carson Macedo

Fatheadz Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Brenham Crouch

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Colby Johnson

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

First Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

First Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Tanner Thorson

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (17th to 9th)

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Maria Cofer & Ethan Mitchell

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Tanner Carrick


LARSON EYES HANGTOWN 100 REPEAT
THIS WEEKEND AT PLACERVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 17, 2021)………Placerville Speedway is the home to some of Kyle Larson’s most cherished racing moments.

It’s the place he made his first sprint car start. It’s the place he won his first sprint car race. It’s the place he describes as his “home track.”

It’s also the place the Elk Grove, Calif. native will be competing at for three-straight nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing this coming weekend, Thursday-Friday-Saturday, November 18-19-20, during the second running of the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100.

The three-night event will pay $5,000-to-win on each of the two preliminary night features on Thursday and Friday while the 100-lap main event on Saturday will pay $20,000-to-win. In addition, another $12,000 will be awarded to the overall Hangtown 100-point champion throughout the three nights.

Back in 2019, Larson chalked up another memorable moment at the northern California 1/4-mile dirt oval, starting 10th and laying claim as the winner of the richest event in USAC National Midget history, earning a total of $32,000 in total earnings for the evening.

In fact, Larson also scored wins in a pair of regional midget events at Placerville earlier that same season as a tune-up to Hangtown, his only aberration being the opening night of the 2019 Hangtown weekend when he was mired in the back, yet still charged from 23rd to finish 4th in the feature.

Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, Ga.) will team alongside Larson in a second Kyle Larson Racing machine for the Hangtown 100. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion has competed in three USAC National Midget events in 2021, highlighted by a heat race win in Ocala, Fla. in February.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) opened Hangtown 2019 with a runner-up result after starting 8th, then followed up with an 11th on the final night. Teaming up with Seavey in a second Tom Malloy-owned car this weekend is Colby Copeland (Roseville, Calif.) who was 22nd on night one and 14th in the following night’s closer that year.

Seven Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports cars are entered for the event. Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) has been a frequent winner at Placerville in a winged sprint car this season, capturing a Sprint Car Challenge Tour main event in March, plus three more of the winged 360 variety throughout the summer. He took 8th and 3rd on the two nights of the Hangtown 100 in 2019.

USAC National Midget point leader Buddy Kofoid’s first Hangtown 100 start came on night two of the 2019 race, with the Penngrove, Calif. driver recording an 18th. He’s joined on the KKM team by a slew of Hangtown 100 Rookies, including Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas).

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) has won in both a midget and sprint car at Placerville, wining with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars there in late 2019. He also was a victor with the USAC Western States Midgets at Placerville in 2013 and 2017. At his self-described "favorite racetrack in the world," the 2017 Indiana Midget Week champ was 5th on night one of the Hangtown 100 in 2019 and, most recently, scored a 360 Sprint Car win at the track in May.

Hangtown 100 promoter Matt Wood has entered four cars for the event with Golobic joined by Zeb Wise, Ryan Bernal and Mitchel Moles. Wise (Angola, Ind.) finished 24th in his lone Hangtown 100 appearance on night two in 2019. Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) was a 16th place finisher on night one of the event in 2019 and an impressive 4th on the second of two nights. Moles is a Rookie in the event but was the fastest qualifier with a new track record with the USAC National Midgets at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway in September.

Returning 2019 Hangtown feature starters include a myriad of USAC National Midget feature winners, highlighted by the likes of series champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) for one, who charged from 23rd to 13th on night two. Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) notched 14th and 17th place finishes, whereas Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) was 19th and 21st, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) 25th and 20th, and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) 26th on night one.

Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) was a BCRA Midget feature winner at Placerville in 2018 and finished 4th earlier this year in USAC Western States Midget competition. Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) took 3rd in the event with Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) 5th, Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.) 7th and Ben Wiesz (Colfax, Calif.) 9th.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year and 11-time 2020 World of Outlaws winner, led a race-high 23 laps in the 2019 WoO feature at Placerville before finishing 2nd behind Golobic.

More than half of the entries will be trying to crack into their first Hangtown 100 feature starting lineup. Jake Morgan (Elk Grove, Calif.) won a 360 non-wing sprint car race at Placerville in April of this year. Ryan Robinson (Foresthill, Calif.) captured a winged 360 sprint main event victory in May of 2021.

USAC National Midget feature winners in 2021 looking to make their first Hangtown 100 start this weekend include 2016 series champion Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), plus series winners Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), along with series veteran Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) and series Rookies Chase Randall (Waco, Texas), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.)

All Star Circuit of Champions runner-up Cory Eliason was a three-time Placerville winged 360 Sprint Car feature winner in 2017. His Rudeen Racing teammate, Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.), is a three-time USAC Midwest Regional Midget winner this season.

Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) will pilot a car from the same team (CB Industries), with the same car number (#84), that won the first ever Hangtown 100 feature with driver Gio Scelzi in 2019. Looking to become a first-time USAC winner is CBI teammate Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.), who recently captured victory on the final night of Trophy Cup in Tulare, Calif.

Recently crowned USAC Western States Midget champ Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.) is in the Hangtown field for the first time while series winner Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) seeks his first feature event start. They’ll be joined by familiar western competitors, including Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.), both a past Gas City (Ind.) Speedway track champ and a multi-time USAC CRA Sprint Car feature winner.

Carson Sousa (Red Bluff, Calif.) makes his first Hangtown appearance and first USAC Midget appearance since 2019, along with fellow Californians, 2021 BCRA titlist Colby Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), Tony Gomes (Modesto, Calif.), Randi Parnkratz (Atascadero, Calif.), Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.), Lonny Alton (Cordova, Calif.), Beau Lemire (Placerville, Calif.) and 2019 BCRA champ, Robert Carson (Concord, Calif.).

On Thursday and Friday of the Hangtown 100, pits open at 9am Pacific, qualifying/heat race draft at 2:30pm, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 3pm, driver autographs from 4-4:30pm and on track at 4:30pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

On Saturday, pits open at 9am Pacific, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm and on track at 5pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

Three-night reserved and general admission ticket packages for the Hangtown 100, along with single night tickets, are available at https://happsnow.com/event/Placerville-Speedway.

Reserved seating will make up rows J-T and General Admission will be comprised of rows A-I. Pit pass combo upgrades are also available for $20 each day.

Also sharing the card will be the BCRA/California Lightning Sprints, who are set to run without wings each night.

The expanded three-night event will utilize a modified Trophy Cup style format, featuring larger than normal inverts.

Camping is available on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the event and can be reserved by calling 530-621-5860.

All three nights of racing at the Hangtown 100 can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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2021 HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST: (49 ENTRIES)

CAR # | DRIVER | HOMETOWN | ENTRANT

00 CARSON SOUSA/Red Bluff, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

00A JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

07w MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

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

1K KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Racing)

1x MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (LKK Motorsports)

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

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5A LONNY ALTON/Rancho Cordova, CA (Lonny Alton)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

7NZ CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (BSL Racing)

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

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9E CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA (Kyle Larson Racing)

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

14 BEAU LEMIRE/Placerville, CA (Lemire Racing)

14s MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Matt Streeter)

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports)

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

17K COLBY JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

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

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

21 CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)

21w BEN WIESZ/Colfax, CA (Ben Wiesz)

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Tom Malloy)

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

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

26 CORY ELIASON/Visalia, CA (Rudeen Racing)

26R CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

37w ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Matt Wood Racing)

45 JAKE MORGAN/Elk Grove, CA (Luke OB Racing)

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

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

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

71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71R RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Del Morris)

73 TONY GOMES/Modesto, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

85T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (CB Industries)

87w RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

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

99 ROBERT CARSON/Concord, CA (Karen & Howard Segur)

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2202, 2-Chris Windom-2198, 3-Tanner Thorson-2010, 4-Justin Grant-1996, 5-Emerson Axsom-1991, 6-Daison Pursley-1893, 7-Logan Seavey-1864, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1788, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1753, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1604.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

1-Kyle Larson & Gio Scelzi

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

2019: Gio Scelzi (11/19) & Kyle Larson (11/20)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/19/2019 - Dillon Welch - 11.979 - 75.132 mph

10 Laps - 11/19/2019 - Thomas Meseraull - 2:08.680 - 69.941 mph

PLACERVILLE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:

2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Gio Scelzi (2), 2. Logan Seavey (8), 3. Jesse Colwell (1), 4. Kyle Larson (23), 5. Shane Golobic (3), 6. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5), 7. Spencer Bayston (11), 8. Tanner Carrick (6), 9. Jason McDougal (7), 10. Aaron Reutzel (17), 11. Dillon Welch (12), 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (18), 13. Brady Bacon (10), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Christopher Bell (15), 16. Ryan Bernal (24), 17. Rico Abreu (16), 18. Dave Darland (25), 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 20. Jake Swanson (19), 21. Robert Dalby (14), 22. Colby Copeland (20), 23. Brad Sweet (21), 24. Michael Pickens (4), 25. Justin Grant (26), 26. Cannon McIntosh (22). NT

2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (10), 2. Christopher Bell (13), 3. Tanner Carrick (6), 4. Ryan Bernal (19), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 6. Dillon Welch (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (11), 8. Tyler Courtney (24), 9. Spencer Bayston (9), 10. Michael Pickens (16), 11. Logan Seavey (12), 12. Aaron Reutzel (4), 13. Chris Windom (23), 14. Colby Copeland (20), 15. Jason McDougal (3), 16. Brady Bacon (1), 17. Thomas Meseraull (17), 18. Buddy Kofoid (28), 19. Jake Swanson (22), 20. Justin Grant (27), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15), 22. Jesse Colwell (8), 23. Shane Golobic (7), 24. Zeb Wise (25), 25. Brad Sweet (21), 26. Rico Abreu (18), 27. Tucker Klaasmeyer (26), 28. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5). NT


BAKO-TO-BAKO:
KOFOID WINS 2ND STRAIGHT USAC MIDGET
NOVEMBER CLASSIC AT BAKERSFIELD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 16, 2021)………One year earlier at California’s Bakersfield Speedway, Buddy Kofoid’s pursuit of victory required a late-race duel that went right down to the wire.

On Tuesday night, Kofoid made it imperative to put closure on his latest Bakersfield duel early and decisively at the 1/3-mile dirt oval.

Kofoid stalked racelong leader Emerson Axsom before making the attack, then reloaded for a second shot, which sent him straight into the lead for good 13 laps from the finish.

From there, Kofoid withstood three separate restarts following a late avalanche of cautions, which he successfully navigated to earn his fifth USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature victory of the season, and his first since all the way back on June 11 during Indiana Midget Week at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

“I knew getting off to a good start would be critical, but (Axsom) got me both times,” Kofoid remarked, referring to the initial aborted start followed by a complete restart at the green. “I tried a little bit of something the second time and it was still just a little hard to get going on the outside. He’s running the top on both ends, so I decided I’ll just try the middle/bottom in one and two and it kept sticking good. Early on, I felt like I wanted to flip over backwards because it was gripped up so much.”

In the big picture, Kofoid’s victory thrusted him into the series point lead over Chris Windom with six events remaining as he seeks his first USAC championship in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

It was certainly a victory that had been a longtime coming for the Penngrove, Calif. native who picked up his eighth career series win, placing him 80th on the all-time list 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 and Josh Wise.

Interestingly enough, Kofoid became the first driver to win USAC National Midget features at Bakersfield in consecutive years since current KKM team manager/driver coach Jay Drake captured two-straight in 1997 and 1998.

Furthermore, the win was the 121st for car owner Keith Kunz who now stands just 12 behind Steve Lewis for the most all-time. It was the first victory for the KKM team since Daison Pursley reached victory lane on August 4 at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa.

In victory lane, Kofoid dedicated the victory to teammate Daison Pursley who remains hospitalized following a crash during a USAC National Midget heat race last Saturday night at Arizona Speedway, as well as injured team member Shane Marquez.

Kofoid began his venture from the outside of the front row and had an inkling that time and track position were of utmost importance right from the get-go and not something to let go to chance. However, Axsom got the upper hand through the middle early on in a contentious side-by-side battle that saw Kofoid able to edge ahead on the bottom of turn two each lap throughout the first third of the race only to fall short with Axsom’s outside momentum able to carry him back to the front.

Axsom, driving the blue-colored mobile instead of his normal red colored No. 15 after crashing it during a flip during last weekend’s Western World at Arizona, hele steady with a two-car length lead over Kofoid as the race crossed over the halfway mark and moved into the thick of lapped traffic.

On lap 17, Axsom became a tad too sideways on his entry into turn three, allowing Kofoid to subsequently shoot past underneath. Axsom, steaming right rear tire and all, countered and cut back underneath to reclaim the lead at the exit of turn four. Exactly one trip around Bakersfield Speedway later, Axsom clung to a slim advantage, and when sliding from the bottom of turn three to the cushion atop turn four, his car became slightly askew, which was the crack in the window Kofoid needed to establish himself as the leader when he raced by to lead at the stripe with a single car length of separation between he and Axsom.

“I was just kind of biding my time, waiting for traffic, and I feel like I can contend with people or snooker them a little bit in traffic if I’m there, and I was able to do that,” Kofoid explained. “Then, after that point, I just needed to move back to the top of one and two and just start running laps.”

Kofoid was, for all intents and purposes, became unattainable at that point, especially without a bevy of traffic to contend with out in front following a barrage of cautions, beginning on lap 22 with 14th running Ethan Mitchell’s ride going up in an eruption of white smoke.

World of Outlaws star and 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo became the next victim of circumstance on lap 25 when the 12th running driver biked in turn three, then plowed into the outside wall and the catchfence with the right side of his car before coming to a rest on all fours.

Jade Avedisian was the final contestant to find trouble, doing so while she competed for the 11th position alongside Chase Randall with the white flag right in their sights, which wound up with her in the wall and the car tipped over on its side.

Although his 1.669 second lead was abruptly erased, Kofoid found no issue whatsoever resuming his voyage during the final green-white-checkered restart which he engaged without issue as he raced away to a 1.130 second victory at the checkered over Axsom, who used a last corner crossover to gain back the runner-up spot ahead of Grant in third. Tanner Thorson was fourth with Cannon McIntosh fifth.

Axsom’s second-place result was the Franklin, Indiana driver’s first top-ten finish in his past five starts with the series in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends – Iron Born Studio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota. His second-place finish was his highest finishing position since Action Track USA back in early August.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) felt a little more racy toward the end of the 30-lapper in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota as the track became more technical, barely missing the second position in the final corner as Axsom raced back by to claim the spot.

Two track records were broken during the evening with Cannon McIntosh earning his third consecutive Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time with the series, the most recent of which broke Bakersfield’s 26-year-old record for USAC Midgets at the track. McIntosh’s lap of 12.347 was just a tick quicker than Billy Boat’s time of 12.349, set in November of 1995.

Chase Randall, meanwhile, set a new 12-lap track record during the Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Feature, with his time of 2:31.417 breaking Brady Bacon’s record of 2:35.690 from 2017.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 16, 2021 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – November Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.347 (New Track Record); 2. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-12.454; 3. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-12.511; 4. Ryan Timms, 85T, CBI-12.528; 5. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-12.528; 6. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-12.560; 7. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.574; 8. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.582; 9. Chance Crum, 26R, Rudeen-12.595; 10. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.600; 11. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.601; 12. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.602; 13. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.607; 14. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.608; 15. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-12.616; 16. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.616; 17. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-12.646; 18. Tony Gomes, 73x, Ford-12.660; 19. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.664; 20. Cory Eliason, 26, Rudeen-12.674; 21. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.688; 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-12.742; 23. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.752; 24. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-12.796; 25. Michael Faccinto, 7J, Campbell-12.825; 26. Kevin Woody Jr., 10, Dave Mac-12.847; 27. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.890; 28. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-12.890; 29. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-12.941; 30. Chase Johnson, 7NZ, BSL-12.957; 31. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.999; 32. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.092; 33. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-13.149; 34. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-13.224.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Kevin Woody Jr., 9. Jake Andreotti. 2:07.787

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Tony Gomes, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Ben Worth, 8. Jason McDougal. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Jade Avedisian, 5. Ethan Mitchell, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Maria Cofer, 8. Dylan Ito. 2:06.941

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cory Eliason, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Michael Faccinto, 5. Ryan Timms, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Blake Bower, 8. Zach Daum. 2:05.251

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Randall, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Ryan Timms, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. Kevin Woody Jr., 10. Dylan Ito, 11. Ben Worth, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Jake Andreotti, 14. Blake Bower, 15. Hayden Reinbold. 2:31.417 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Emerson Axsom (1), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Tanner Thorson (5), 5. Cannon McIntosh (11), 6. Cory Eliason (8), 7. Chris Windom (7), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (3), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 10. Logan Seavey (17), 11. Thomas Meseraull (22), 12. Tanner Carrick (20), 13. Brenham Crouch (15), 14. Kaylee Bryson (19), 15. Ryan Timms (13), 16. Tony Gomes (18), 17. Taylor Reimer (16), 18. Chase Randall (12), 19. Jade Avedisian (6), 20. Carson Macedo (10), 21. Ethan Mitchell (14), 22. Michael Faccinto (21). NT

**Jade Avedisian flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Emerson Axsom, Laps 18-30 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2202, 2-Chris Windom-2198, 3-Tanner Thorson-2010, 4-Justin Grant-1996, 5-Emerson Axsom-1991, 6-Daison Pursley-1893, 7-Logan Seavey-1864, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1788, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1753, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1604.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-201, 2-Justin Grant-188, 3-Tanner Thorson-184, 4-Brady Bacon-170, 5-Thomas Meseraull-159, 6-Logan Seavey-148, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-147, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Shane Cottle-106, 10-Buddy Kofoid-101.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 18-19-20, 2021 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Thomas Meseraull

Fatheadz Fast Qualifier: Cannon McIntosh

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Carson Macedo

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Cory Eliason

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (22nd to 11th)

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Chance Crum

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Brenham Crouch

 

STAT BOOK:
WINDOM & THORSON ACCOMPLISH A FEAT THAT HASN’T BEEN DONE IN 43 YEARS!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 16, 2021)………Over the last four decades, multiple drivers putting up big feature winning totals during a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship has occurred about as often as a barely cooked steak. It’s rare.

But, with Chris Windom’s victory last Saturday night during the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway, he equaled Tanner Thorson with seven feature series wins this season.

Certainly, it’s a noble accomplishment by both, but a deeper dig into the numbers shows that this is one of the most rare accomplishments in recent USAC history.

The last time two different drivers earned at least seven USAC National Midget wins in a single season was, in fact, 1978! That’s 43 years ago for those of you playing at home. That season saw first-time series champ Rich Vogler and Sleepy Tripp score a grand total of 11 and eight wins, respectively.

Interestingly enough, this used to be a common occurrence in the early years of USAC when the Midget series schedule regularly reached 60-70 events per year, peaking at a whopping 79 races held in 1964.

Rex Easton (11) and George Amick (7) were the first duo to accomplish the feat in 1957. The trio of Jimmy Davies (9), Bob Wente (7) and Gene Hartley (7) duplicated seven-win seasons in 1960, marking the first time three drivers did the deal.

Mel Kenyon hit the still-standing high watermark of USAC National Midget feature single season wins during the 1967 season with 17 en route to the second of his seven career series driving championships. Billy Vukovich chimed in with seven victories of his own that same season.

In 1969, four different drivers hit on seven or more victories for the first and only time: Mel Kenyon (14), Bob Tattersall (11), Bob Wente (8) & Lee Kunzman (8).

Jimmy Davies notched seven or more amidst three consecutive championship seasons in 1960-61-62 while Kenyon collected three-in-a-row in 1967-68-69, the first two seasons of which resulted in championships two and three for the “King of Midgets.”

For Windom and Thorson, however, their seasons aren’t quite finished. They’ve still got seven races remaining, all in the state of California, starting on Tuesday, November 16 at Bakersfield Speedway for the November Classic. With seven to go, three more victories are needed to become the first double-digit race winner since Rich Vogler in 1988. Another record we could, perhaps, talk more about next week.

Bakersfield’s round is followed by three-straight nights at the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 at Placerville Speedway on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 18-19-20.

The final stretch includes two dates at Merced Speedway on Tuesday, November 23 and Wednesday, November 24. The season comes to a close with the 80th running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway on its new date of Saturday night, November 27.
Tuesday at Bakersfield, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will be joined by the California Lightning Sprints.

The pits open at 2pm Pacific with the grandstands opening at 5pm, the drivers meeting at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $20. Kids 6-12 general admission tickets are $10. Kids 5 and under general admission tickets are free. Pit passes are $45 for USAC members & $50 for non-members.

The NOS Energy Drink November Classic from Bakersfield, and all remaining USAC National Midget races, will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

SEASONS WITH AT LEAST TWO DRIVERS WINNING 7 OR MORE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURES:

1957: Rex Easton (11) & George Amick (7)

1960: Jimmy Davies (9), Gene Hartley (7) & Bob Wente (7)

1961: Jimmy Davies (12) & A.J. Foyt (9)

1962: Jimmy Davies (9) & Bob Wente (8)

1963: Bob Wente (10) & Billy Cantrell (8)

1964: Tommy Copp (8), Mel Kenyon (7) & Parnelli Jones (7)

1965: Bob Tattersall (12), Mel Kenyon (7) & Mike McGreevy (7)

1966: Don Meacham (9) & Bob Tattersall (8)

1967: Mel Kenyon (17) & Billy Vukovich (10)

1968: Mel Kenyon (11) & Henry Pens (7)

1969: Mel Kenyon (14), Bob Tattersall (11), Bob Wente (8) & Lee Kunzman (8)

1970: Dave Strickland (10) & Jimmy Caruthers (7)

1971: Danny Caruthers (12) & Jimmy Caruthers (8)

1972: Pancho Carter (8) & Tom Bigelow (7)

1978: Rich Vogler (11) & Sleepy Tripp (8)

2021: Tanner Thorson (7) & Chris Windom (7)

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2021 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS

Driver Point Leader: Chris Windom

Owner Point Leader: CB Industries #89

Leading Rookie Driver in Points: Chase Randall (11th)

Most Feature Wins: 7-Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

Laps Led: 183-Chris Windom

Top-Fives: 24-Chris Windom

Top-Tens: 31-Buddy Kofoid

Fast Qualifying Times: 5-Tanner Thorson

Heat Race Wins: 9-Justin Grant & Thomas Meseraull

Feature Starts: 33-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st) & Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Logan Seavey (22nd to 7th)

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Petry Motorsports #15)

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Jun 3: (I) Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jun 4: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 5: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Tom Malloy #25)

Jun 6: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Glenn Styres Racing #3G)

Jun 9: (I) Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN
WINNER: Corey Day (Clauson Marshall Racing #47BC)

Jun 10: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jun 11: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 12: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Jul 13: (M) Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK
WINNER: Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Jul 15: (M) Solomon Valley Raceway – Beloit, KS
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jul 16: (M) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jul 17: (M) (F) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE
WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Petry Motorsports #15)

Aug 3: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Aug 4: (E) Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA
WINNER: Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Aug 5: (E) Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Aug 6: (E) Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, PA
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Aug 7: (E) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Newmanstown, PA
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Aug. 19: (F) The Dirt Track at IMS – Indianapolis, IN
WINNER: Kyle Larson (CB Industries #86x)

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Sep 10: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Sep 11: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Sep 12: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson Marshall Racing #7BC)

Sep 25: (F) Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Nov 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Nov 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

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(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event

(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event

(E) represents an Eastern Midget Week event

(F) represents a race awarding feature points only

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 2138 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

2 2125 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

3 1942 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

4 1926 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

5 1918 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

6 1893 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

7 1814 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

8 1742 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

9 1699 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

10 1537 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

® = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 2138 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)

2 2125 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

3 1926 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#2J)

4 1918 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#15)

5 1893 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71K)

6 1814 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25)

7 1787 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19T)

8 1742 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#7x)

9 1699 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#5)

10 1537 Dave Mac Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08)

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1348 Chase Randall, Waco, Texas

2 1009 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas

3 974 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.

4 681 Hayden Reinbold, Gilbert, Ariz.

5 598 Hayden Williams, Auckland, N.Z.

6 481 Trey Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.

7 469 Corey Day, Clovis, Calif.

8 463 Chance Crum, Snohomish, Wash.

9 422 Ryan Timms, Oklahoma City, Okla.

10 313 Brian Carber, Pipersville, Pa.

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

7-Tanner Thorson (Apr 11 at Port City Raceway, Jun 10 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Jul 15 at Solomon Valley Raceway, Jul 16 at Jefferson County Speedway, Aug 5 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Aug 6 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway & Sep 5 at Angell Park Speedway)

7-Chris Windom (May 1 at Kokomo Speedway, Jun 12 at Kokomo Speedway, Aug 3 at Grandview Speedway, Sep 11 at Huset’s Speedway, Sep 12 Huset’s Speedway, Sep 25 at Eldora Speedway & Nov 13 at Arizona Speedway)

4-Buddy Kofoid (Feb 6 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 10 at Port City Raceway, Jun 4 at Bloomington Speedway & Jun 11 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

4-Thomas Meseraull (Feb 8 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jun 3 at Paragon Speedway, Sep 10 at Huset’s Speedway & Oct 9 at Tri-State Speedway)

2-Emerson Axsom (Apr 30 at Kokomo Speedway & Jul 17 at Jefferson County Speedway)

2-Justin Grant (Aug 7 at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway & Nov 12 at Arizona Speedway)

2-Daison Pursley (Jul 13 at Red Dirt Raceway & Aug 4 at Action Track USA)

1-Tyler Courtney (Sept 24 at Eldora Speedway)

1-Kyle Cummins (Jun 6 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Corey Day (Jun 9 at Circle City Raceway)

1-Kyle Larson (Aug 19 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

1-Logan Seavey (Jun 5 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

183-Chris Windom

129-Tanner Thorson

113-Buddy Kofoid

93-Logan Seavey

90-Thomas Meseraull

77-Daison Pursley

72-Emerson Axsom

63-Kevin Thomas Jr.

55-Chase Randall

50-Cannon McIntosh

39-Justin Grant

30-Corey Day

29-Kyle Cummins

23-Cory Eliason

14-Tyler Courtney

9-Kaylee Bryson & Sam Johnson

7-Alex Bright, Kyle Larson & Jason McDougal

1-Jonathan Beason

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TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES

24-Chris Windom

22-Buddy Kofoid

17-Justin Grant

16-Emerson Axsom

14-Daison Pursley

12-Tanner Thorson

10-Thomas Meseraull & Kevin Thomas Jr.

8-Logan Seavey

5-Cannon McIntosh

3-Brady Bacon

2-Spencer Bayston, Tyler Courtney, Brenham Crouch, Corey Day, Shane Golobic, Jason McDougal & Bryant Wiedeman

1-Alex Bright, Brian Carber, Tanner Carrick, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Cory Eliason, Kyle Larson, Ethan Mitchell, Chase Randall & Hayden Williams

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TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES

31-Buddy Kofoid

28-Chris Windom

26-Justin Grant

25-Daison Pursley & Tanner Thorson

22-Emerson Axsom & Logan Seavey

21-Kevin Thomas Jr.

19-Thomas Meseraull

14-Cannon McIntosh

12-Chase Randall

10-Jason McDougal

5-Brenham Crouch, Corey Day & Bryant Wiedeman

4-Tanner Carrick, Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Cummins, Ethan Mitchell, & Hayden Williams

3-Brady Bacon, Alex Bright, Tyler Courtney, Zach Daum, Shane Golobic & Ryan Timms

2-Spencer Bayston, Kaylee Bryson, Brian Carber, Chance Crum, Cory Eliason, Kyle Jones, Joe B. Miller, Taylor Reimer

1-Jonathan Beason, Trey Gropp, Kyle Larson, Mitchel Moles, Jake Neuman & Hayden Reinbold

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

5-Tanner Thorson

3-Cannon McIntosh & Logan Seavey

2-Corey Day, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

1-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Alex Bright, Shane Golobic, Ethan Mitchell, Mitchel Moles, Chase Randall & Bryan Wiedeman

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HEAT RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)

9-Justin Grant & Thomas Meseraull

8-Emerson Axsom & Buddy Kofoid

7-Cannon McIntosh, Daison Pursley & Tanner Thorson

6-Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Ethan Mitchell

4-Chase Randall, Bryant Wiedeman & Chris Windom

3-Jason McDougal

2-Cole Bodine, Brenham Crouch, Corey Day, Taylor Reimer, Logan Seavey, Tyler Thomas, Ryan Timms & Hayden Williams

1-Austin Barnhill, Jonathan Beason, Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Jake Bubak, Tanner Carrick, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Chance Crum, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Chase Elliott, Shane Golobic, Trey Gropp, Sam Johnson, Kyle Jones, Max McLaughlin, Thomas Meseraull, Aiden Purdue & Zac Taylor

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS

1-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Cannon McIntosh, Kevin Thomas Jr & Chris Windom

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ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE WINS

2-Emerson Axsom, Brenham Crouch, Justin Grant, Daison Pursley, Chase Randall, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Chance Crum, Trey Gropp, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Jace Park, Karter Sarff, Jonathan Shafer & Hayden Williams

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C-MAIN WINS

1-Jacob Denney, Chance Morton & Logan Seavey

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D-MAIN WINS

1-Jacob Denney & Tanner Thorson

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FEATURE STARTS

33-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

32-Daison Pursley, Chase Randall & Kevin Thomas Jr.

23-Brenham Crouch & Ethan Mitchell

22-Bryant Wiedeman

18-Jason McDougal

17-Kaylee Bryson

15-Hayden Reinbold & Hayden Williams

12-Kyle Cummins & Trey Gropp

11-Chance Crum

10-Ryan Timms

9-Corey Day, Sam Johnson & Taylor Reimer

8-Brian Carber, Zach Daum & Jerry Coons Jr.

6-Cole Bodine, Kyle Jones & Kevin Woody Jr.

5-Brady Bacon, Austin Barnhill & Alex Bright

4-Tanner Carrick, Jonathan Shafer, Tyler Thomas & Glenn Waterland

3-Spencer Bayston, Jonathan Beason, Travis Buckley, Tyler Courtney, Chad Frewaldt, Jimmy Glenn, Shane Golobic, Mitchel Moles, Jake Neuman, Bryan Stanfill & Brandon Waelti

2-Jade Avedisian, Lance Bennett, Clinton Boyles, Jake Bubak, Steve Buckwalter, Trevor Casey, Maria Cofer, Cory Eliason, Chase Elliott, Eric Heydenreich, Casey Hicks, Kenney Johnson, Michael Markey, Shannon McQueen, Joe B. Miller, Greg Mitchell, Kade Morton, Brant O'Banion, Daniel Robinson, Alex Sewell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jim Vanzant & Aaron Werner

1-Blaze Bennett, Tanner Berryhill, Chase Briscoe, Jacob Denney, Carson Garrett, Tommy Kunsman, Kyle Larson, Trey Marcham, Shannon Mausteller, Ace McCarthy, Chase McDermand, Max McLaughlin, Jace Park, Keith Rauch, Matt Rechek, Jack Routson, Tyler Rust, Karter Sarff, Stephen Schnapf, Mark Sokol, Zac Taylor, Brett Wanner, Zeb Wise & Jeff Zelinski

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE RACE:

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Trey Marcham

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Ace McCarthy

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Chris Windom

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Hayden Williams

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Corey Day

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Randall

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Jason McDougal

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Kaylee Bryson

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Jake Bubak

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Thomas Meseraull

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Cannon McIntosh

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Daison Pursley

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Brandon Waelti

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Shane Golobic

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Chase Randall

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Logan Seavey

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Spencer Bayston

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Tyler Rust

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – Justin Grant

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – Chase Randall

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Tanner Carrick (14th to 8th)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Daison Pursley (10th to 5th)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Chris Windom (13th to 4th)

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Tanner Thorson (17th to 7th)

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (13rd to 3rd)

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (12th to 1st)

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Emerson Axsom (22nd to 11th)

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brian Carber (22nd to 10th)

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant (19th to 8th)

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Logan Seavey (22nd to 7th)

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Corey Day (12th to 5th)

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Tanner Thorson (20th to 8th)

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (18th to 9th)

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Justin Grant (13th to 2nd)

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Logan Seavey (17th to 7th)

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Brenham Crouch (22nd to 11th)

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Buddy Kofoid (15th to 2nd)

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (15th to 8th)

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Alex Bright (16th to 6th)

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 6th)

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Kevin Woody Jr. (21st to 15th)

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Kevin Woody Jr. (20th to 11th)

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Emerson Axsom (19th to 5th)

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Brandon Waelti (22nd to 11th)

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Maria Cofer (20th to 12th)

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (16th to 8th)

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Tanner Thorson (18th to 4th)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Hayden Reinbold (20th to 15th)

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (20th to 10th)

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant (17th to 3rd)

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – Chance Crum (23rd to 14th)

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – Chase Randall (23rd to 9th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Bryant Wiedeman

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Logan Seavey

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Daison Pursley

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Chase Randall

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chris Windom

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cole Bodine

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Chase Randall

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Taylor Reimer

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Hayden Reinbold

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Logan Seavey

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Ethan Mitchell

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Ethan Mitchell

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Jack Routson

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Ethan Mitchell

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Brant O’Banion

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Chance Crum

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Carson Garrett

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – Kaylee Bryson

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Andrew Felker

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Emilio Hoover

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Brenham Crouch

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Noah Harris

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Cole Bodine

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Kaylee Bryson

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Chett Gehrke

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Travis Buckley

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brian Carber

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Chase Randall

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Trey Gropp

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Jason McDougal

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Sam Johnson

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Jake Bubak

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Hayden Reinbold

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Michael Markey

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Dan Bennett

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – J.R. Booth

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Casey Hicks

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Bryan Stanfill

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Stewart & Tanner Thorson

17. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

20. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart & Kyle Larson

22. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

28. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

30. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

34. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

35. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Stan Fox & Jason Leffler

39. [18 wins] Dave Steele

40. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

42. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

48. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

49. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

53. [13 wins] Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Stevie Reeves & Chris Windom

58. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman

64. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

70. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

76. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney

80. [8 wins] 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 & Josh Wise

93. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Justin Grant, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Buddy Kofoid, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Logan Seavey, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

105. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro Jr., Arnie Knepper, Thomas Meseraull, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. & Roger West

118. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

129. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise

161. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Cannon McIntosh, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

193. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Emerson Axsom, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Daison Pursley, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White & Cole Whitt

229. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook Jr., Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

1. (93) Mel Kenyon

2. (84) Rich Vogler

3. (77) Jimmy Davies

4. (72) Bob Wente

5. (43) Mike McGreevy

6. (38) Tracy Hines, Dave Strickland & Bob Tattersall

9. (36) Johnny Parsons

10. (33) Chuck Rodee

11. (29) Jimmy Caruthers

12. (28) Tommy Astone & Kevin Olson

14. (27) Parnelli Jones

15. (26) Jason Leffler

16. (25) Gary Bettenhausen

17. (24) Gene Hartley

18. (22) Stan Fox & Tanner Thorson

20. (21) Don Branson, Tony Stewart, Shorty Templeman

23. (20) Bryan Clauson, Dan Drinan, Bobby East & Bobby Grim

27. (19) Jay Drake & Kyle Larson

29. (17) Dave Steele & Mike Streicher

31. (16) Rico Abreu, Billy Engelhart, Darren Hagen, Steve Lotshaw & Bobby Olivero

36. (15) Tom Bigelow, Billy Cantrell, Tyler Courtney, Bob McLean & Les Scott

41. (14) Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Jeff Gordon & Kenny Irwin Jr.

45. (13) George Benson, Jimmy Knight & J.J. Yeley

48. (12) Larry Rice & Josh Wise

50. (11) Brady Bacon, Danny Caruthers, Lonnie Caruthers, Russ Congdon, Tommy Copp, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, Len Sutton, Brad Sweet & Sleepy Tripp

61. (10) George Amick, Pancho Carter, Allen Crowe, Logan Seavey, Billy Vukovich & Leroy Warriner

67. (9) A.J. Foyt, Doug Kalitta, Larry Patton, Stevie Reeves, Dave Strickland Jr. & Jerry Weeks

73. (8) Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Rex Easton, Russ Gamester, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sammy Sessions, George Snider & Jack Turner

83. (7) Mike Bliss, Ray Elliott, Allen Heath, Billy Mehner, Andy Michner, Henry Pens, Lowell Sachs, Kody Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

92. (6) Chad Boat, Burt Foland, Brian Gerster, Mike Gregg, Kyle Hamilton, Lee Kunzman, Jerry McClung, Cannon McIntosh, Ron Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Don Vogler, Chris Windom & Billy Wood

105. (5) Merle Bettenhausen, Billy Boat, Steve Cannon, Ray Crawford, Kevin Doty, Ronnie Duman, Aaron Fike, Rick Goudy, Jeff Heywood, Eddie Johnson, Steve Knepper, Brad Kuhn, Andy Linden, Bobby Santos, Chris Shultz, Billy Shuman, Chuck Weyant & Mauri Wilson

123. (4) Johnny Anderson, Caleb Armstrong, Sonny Ates, Gary Byers, Dane Carter, Joe Corrigan, Zach Daum, Mike Fedorcak, Robby Flock, Danny Frye, Joe Garson, Shane Golobic, Chuck Gurney, Jim Hettinger, Arnie Knepper, Chuck Marshall, Danny McKnight, Jeff Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Gary Ponzini, Richard Powell, Porky Rachwitz, Ricky Shelton, Tom Steiner, Bruce Walkup, Rodger Ward, Roger West, & Zeb Wise

151. (3) Bob Cicconi, Cole Carter, Don Anderson, Donnie Beechler, Dwight Brown, Hank Butcher, Harry Beck, Jack Calabrase, Larry Dickson, Mario Clouser, Steve Buckwalter, Tony Bettenhausen, Tony Elliott, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Gene Force, Justin Grant, Bob Hare, Ted Hines, P.J. Jones, Greg Leffler, Grier Manning, Mack McClellan, Roger McCluskey, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell, Johnny Moorhouse, Kenneth Nichols, Jerry Nuckles, Tim Pangborn, Forrest Parker, Johnnie Parsons, Johnny Roberts, Randy Roberts, Lloyd Ruby, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Tom Sellberg, Dale Swaim, Johnnie Tolan & Dillon Welch

192. (2) Sherman Armstrong Jr., Jack Bates, Gays Biro, Art Bisch, Dan Boorse, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Paul Clark, Bob Cortner, Chris Cumberworth, Bob Davison, Corey Day, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Nick Fornoro Jr., Gene Gennetten, Elmer George, Joe Giba, Ron Gregory, Ted Hartley, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Shane Hmiel, Eddie Jackson, Bubby Jones, Dick Jones, Page Jones, Ronnie Kaplan, Johnny Kay, Walt Kennedy, Michael Lewis, Brad Loyet, Jim Mahoney, Jim McClean, Sarah McCune, Warren Mockler, Earl Motter, Ken Nichols, Hank Nykaza, Steve Paden, Danny Pens, Michael Pickens, Parker Price-Miller, Daison Pursley, Levi Roberts, Johnny Rodriguez, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer, Ryan Scott, Jigger Sirois, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danny Stratton, Russ Sweedler, Buddy Taylor, George Tichenor, Bud Tingelstad, Steve Troxell, Bobby Unser, Billy Wease, Ken Weiland, Cole Whitt & Carl Williams

253. (1) Bobby Allen, Al Alpern, Chuck Amati, John Andretti, Capp Arnold, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Tony Ave, Emerson Axsom, Steve Barth, Dave Bartlett, Todd Barton, John Batts, Jim Beckley, Daniel Bedford, Dick Betts, Nick Bohanon, Tony Bonadies, Johnny Boyd, Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Bob Burbridge, Larry Cannon, Roy Caruthers, Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bud Clemons, Johnny Cofer, Duke Cook, Jay Cornell, A.J. Davis, Duke DeRosa, Danny Ebberts, Bob Ellingham, Dean Erfurth, Russ Faucett, Sarah Fisher, Dan Ford, Josh Ford, Danny Frye Jr., Jim Gates, Johnny Gavin, Roy Gillhamer, Roy Graham, Bob Gregg, Mike Groff, Chuck Gurney Jr., Gene Gurney, Butch Haisman, Davey Hamilton, Garrett Hansen, Bob Harkey, Alex Harris, Scott Hatton, Jac Haudenschild, Jim Hemmings, Al Henderson, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hill, Larry Hillerud, Bob Hogle, Shane Hollingsworth, Bill Homeier, Rick Hood, Wally Hostettler, Billy Hughes, Jeff Hunt, Tony Hunt, Gary Irvin, Bob Jesser, Ronnie Johncox, Paul Jones, Jack Jordan, Brent Kaeding, Gary Kanawyer, Jim Keeker, Harry Kern, Jimmy Kirk, Danny Kladis, George Kladis, Clay Klepper, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kojis, Bill Kollman, Jim Lauri IV, Buddy Lee, Donnie Lehmann, Bob Lithgow, Eddie Loomis, Jim Bob Luebbert, Dave Lundy, Carson Macedo, Jim Malloy, Bobby Marshman, Larry McCloskey, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden, Al Miller, J.R. Miller, Stephanie Mockler, Mitchel Moles, Davey Moses, Mike Mosley, Brad Noffsinger, Danny O'Neill, Jan Opperman, Junior Parkinson, Gary Patterson, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Bill Puterbaugh, Jon Rahe, Bill Randall, Chase Randall, Norm Rapp, Keith Rauch, Dickie Reese, Bill Renshaw, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Jack Runyon, John Sarna, Gio Scelzi, Chase Scott, Shane Scully, Roy Seidenstricker, Holly Shelton, Dean Shirley, Tony Simon, C.L. Smith, Bob Spoo, J.P. Standley, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas, Bob Twitty, Al Unser, Don Weaver, Terry Wente, Gene Weyant, Johnny White, Newt White, Bryant Wiedeman, Eric Wilkins & Don Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS

1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney, 2020: Chris Windom

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET OWNER CHAMPIONS

1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Buick Company, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: Don Kenyon, 1975: Ron Tripp, 1976: Ron Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: Don Kenyon, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2013: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2014: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2015: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2016: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2017: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2018: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2019: Clauson-Marshall Racing, 2020: Tucker-Boat Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser, 2020: Buddy Kofoid

 


 

KOFOID AIMS TO MAKE A STATEMENT TUESDAY AT BAKERSFIELD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 15, 2021)………Coming up through the ranks in the earliest years of his racing career, Buddy Kofoid idolized Kyle Larson.

In November 2020’s November Classic at California’s Bakersfield Speedway, the two competed as teammates for the first time on the venerable Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team where, not only did Kofoid team up with him, he went toe-to-toe and prevailed.

“I can’t believe we just beat Kyle,” Kofoid exclaimed at the time. “As a young kid coming out of California and racing Outlaw Karts, I always looked up to him. Everyone already knows how good he is and racing with the best helps you become better.”

While Larson won’t be in attendance in this year’s edition, Kofoid will be front and center. He enters this Tuesday night’s November Classic on November 16 at Bakersfield in an even better spot on his second full season on the trail, winning four times and positioning himself right in the thick of the championship race.

Kofoid now stands at a 13-point deficit behind leader and defending champion, Chris Windom, the winner of the most recent series round last Saturday during the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

Windom’s only previous Bakersfield appearances came in 2019 where he won his heat but flipped on the 2nd lap of the feature. He restarted but only managed a 16th place finish. His most memorable Bakersfield moment came in 2020 where he raced from 20th to 6th to clinch the championship by one point in a wild and controversial final lap flourish. He’ll be joined on the CB Industries team by series Rookies Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) won the November Classic at Bakersfield in 2018 in grand style by driving around Rico Abreu in the fourth turn on the 30th and final lap to score the victory, which also locked up the series title for him in one fell swoop.

Kofoid’s KKM teammate Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) finished inside the top-10 in three-straight Bakersfield USAC National Midget races with a 10th in 2017, a 6th in 2018 and another 10th in 2019. Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) made her debut in 2020 with a 15th while Bryant Weideman (Colby, Kans.) was 21st. Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) will be aiming for his first Bakersfield start as will Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.).

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) is two-for-two in earning top-tens during his USAC National Midget career at Bakersfield, taking a best of 3rd in 2017 and 7th in 2020. The 2016 series champ is equaled with Windom as the winningest driver in the series this year, earning seven feature victories on the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports team, which will also have top series Rookie Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) in its arsenal.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) was a top-ten runner with the USAC National Midgets at Bakersfield all the way back in 2000, finishing 7th. In 2019 at the 1/3-mile dirt oval, Meseraull ripped through the pack from his 20th starting position to finish 8th and earn hard charger honors.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), a 2007 BCRA Midget titlist, earned his best Bakersfield result in USAC National Midget competition with a 5th in 2017. A 2018 USAC Western States Midget champion and a winner with the series at Bakersfield in 2016 and 2018, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) led the first six laps and finished 9th in the 2017 November Classic.

USAC National Midget series vets Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) look to break through for their first wins of the season. Mitchell was the fastest qualifier during the 2020 November Classic at Bakersfield and finished a best of 17th in 2019, while McIntosh returns for his third appearance at Bakersfield after a career best 8th place result in 2020 and will team with Kevin Woody Jr. (Victor, N.Y.) on the Dave Mac Motorsports stable.

Lemoore, California’s Carson Macedo, a past USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, and third-place finisher in 2020 World of Outlaws points, will be eying his first career USAC National win in the Tarlton Motorsports ride after finishing 10th in the 2020 November Classic.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) finished 4th in the November Classic in 2020 and has been undefeated in three different USAC series at Bakersfield this season. He captured the Western States Midget opener there in March after being the fastest qualifier. He won the USAC CRA round on the last lap after starting 16th. Finally, he scored in September with the West Coast Sprint Cars, coming all the way from 14th.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) captured his first, and to date, only career USAC Western States Midget win in April of 2019 at Bakersfield, leading the final nine laps en route to victory. He’s seeking his first Bakersfield USAC National Midget start on Tuesday.

Two-time USAC National Midget feature winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) returns to the lineup at Bakersfield following finishes at Bakersfield of 9th in 2018 and 6th in 2019. After a one-year absence, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) will be back at Bakersfield after finishing 14th in 2019. Thomas’ Petry Motorsports’ teammate, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), took 12th in his lone Bakersfield start in 2020.

First-time Bakersfield USAC National Midget starters are all throughout the field, including recently crowned USAC Western States Midget champ, Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.), who finished 8th with the series there this year. Western States Midget runner-up Brody Fuson was the fastest qualifier with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at Bakersfield in Sept. He won his heat and finished 11th with the midgets there back in March.

Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) was 20th at Bakersfield’s USAC Western States Midget round in March of 2021. Her father, Johnny, finished 3rd with the USAC National Midgets at Bako in 1993. Dylan Ito’s uncle, George Ito, finished one spot behind Cofer in that same race with a 4th. Dylan’s Josh Ford Motorsports teammate for Bako will be Tony Gomes (Modesto, Calif.).

Three-time USAC National Midget feature winner Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) will make his first attempt at a Bakersfield feature start this Tuesday. Looking for first November Classic starts include 2020-21 All Star Circuit of Champions runner-up Cory Eliason (Visalia, Calif.) and Rudeen Racing teammate Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.).

Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) finished 5th with the USAC Western States Midgets in March of 2021. He’ll try to crack his first November Classic lineup on Tuesday along with fellow Californians Carson Sousa (Red Bluff, Calif.) and Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.).

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and California’s Bakersfield Speedway have a history that dates back six decades. Davey Moses won the first trip by the USAC National Midgets in the summer of 1959. Over that period, 22 series races have been held at the lightning-quick 1/3-mile that has been both paved and dirt throughout its history.

Jay Drake and Billy Vukovich are the winningest drivers with the series at Bakersfield with three victories apiece.

Tuesday at Bakersfield, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will be joined by the California Lightning Sprints.

The pits open at 2pm Pacific with the grandstands opening at 5pm, the drivers meeting at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $20. Kids 6-12 general admission tickets are $10. Kids 5 and under general admission tickets are free. Pit passes are $45 for USAC members & $50 for non-members.

The NOS Energy Drink November Classic from Bakersfield will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-2138, 2-Buddy Kofoid-2125, 3-Tanner Thorson-1942, 4-Justin Grant-1926, 5-Emerson Axsom-1918, 6-Daison Pursley-1893, 7-Logan Seavey-1814, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1742, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1699, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1537.

PROJECTED BAKERSFIELD DRIVER ENTRIES:

00 CARSON SOUSA/Red Bluff, CA

00A JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

4 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA

7J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA

7NZ CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA

9m ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL

10 KEVIN WOODY JR./Victor, NY

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV

21 CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK

26 CORY ELIASON/Visalia, CA

26R CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA

51 BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK

71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA

73 DYLAN ITO/Ventura, CA

73x TONY GOMES/Modesto, CA

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA

85T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX

 

 

ON TOP OF THE WORLD: WINDOM RETURNS TO USAC MIDGET POINT LEAD WITH WESTERN WORLD WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 13, 2021)………Time and time again, it seems when Chris Windom is against the proverbial ropes, he’s able to fight his way out of the corner, dig in and find something within himself that elevates him to another level, especially when it comes to “winning time” in the latter part of the year.

The Canton, Ill. native and USAC Triple Crown champion found himself in a similar position once more during Saturday night’s 54th annual Western World Championships finale at Arizona Speedway.

One night after seeing his 13-point advantage vanish in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings, the reigning series titlist rose to the occasion and put his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota back in victory lane for the seventh time this season, equaling Tanner Thorson as the winningest driver with the series thus far in 2021.

Windom’s performance also elevated him back to the top of the standings by the same exact margin he came into the weekend with, 13, with the final seven races of the year in California taking place over the next couple of weeks.

“We’re in a championship battle here, so it makes it even sweeter,” Windom acknowledged of his 13th career series victory, which tied Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman and Stevie Reeves for 53rd all-time. “But (team owner) Chad (Boat) and I want to win races too. This is our seventh USAC win this year, so that’s pretty cool. That’s what we’re here for; we want to win a championship and we want to win as many races as possible. We had a lot of smack talkers after we won the championship last year, so I’d like to shut them up and go win another one.”

Windom’s performance the night before was one that just didn’t quite satisfy himself or the team, especially in a championship fight when every single inch and every single yard becomes of utmost importance, and a victory is as satisfying as it gets, no matter how you slice it.

“Any time you can get a win, it’s a big momentum swing,” Windom admitted. “I was frustrated after running sixth last night. To come here and back it up with a win is a testament to all these guys. All these guys on CB Industries gave me such a good racecar.”

Windom fired off from the outside of the front row for the start of the $4,000-to-win, 30-lap main event, immediately finding a jewel of a line early on. Diamonding from top on entry to the bottom off exit, Windom stepped away from the rest of the field to the tune of 2.757 seconds in the first third of the event until the margin was erased by a yellow flag for 22nd running Kevin Woody Jr. who spun backward in turn one but returned to finish 18th.

Under yellow, 20th running Chase Randall also pulled to the infield work area. Randall started the feature 23rd in a backup Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports machine after damaging the primary via rear-end contact with the turn one outside wall in his heat race. Randall restarted and took the backup all the way to a 9th place finish, earning both KSE Racing Product Hard Charger honors and the GSP Quality Driving Performance of the Race.

Upon resumption on the 11th lap, Windom found beside him a challenger in Zach Daum, who pulled even with the leader at the exit of turn two. Daum’s initial charge was short-lived, for the time being, as 8th running Tanner Thorson, the defending Western World Midget winner, slowed to bring out the caution. After a brief foray in the work area, Thorson returned, then promptly drove from the back of the pack to finish 6th.

For the five successive laps following the stoppage, Daum proved to be a thorn in Windom’s side, pulling ahead to the lead briefly at the exit of turns two and four each lap until Windom blew by with the momentum firmly in hand, subsequently slamming the door on Daum and regaining all of his battleground on the straightaways.

Windom successfully staved off Daum’s advances throughout the mid-section of the event with Daum’s pursuit of a first USAC National Midget feature victory since 2014 going up in a cloud of smoke just 10 laps from the finish, relegating the Pocahontas, Ill. driver back to a disappointing 21st place finish in the final rundown.

Cannon McIntosh assumed the second position and mimicked Windom’s line around the 1/3-mile dirt oval, but Windom was near perfect down the stretch, a run that was interrupted only by 4th place running Kevin Thomas Jr.’s mechanical demise on lap 22.

There was no answer for Windom, leaving no question to the final result on this evening as the laps waned during the final USAC National Midget event at the venue before its closure later this month. Despite being comfortably in control from an outside vantage point, Windom took preventative measures into his own hands and switched lanes while constructing an eight-car-length lead.

“It felt like the track moved around a little bit,” Windom pointed out. “It felt like I was slowing down quite a bit down there in one and two toward the end. I kind of changed my line a little bit and moved to the bottom, and it was kind of sketchy in three and four.”

Unfettered and untouched, Windom glided to victory once again at the San Tan Valley, Ariz. track by a 2.015 second margin to earn his third career Western World final night triumph after previously capturing a USAC National Sprint Car victory in 2016 and a USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Car score in 2017.

Windom was followed to the line by Cannon McIntosh in second with Thomas Meseraull third, Tanner Carrick fourth and Buddy Kofoid fifth.

McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) had his throttle hung wide open for practically the entire second half of the feature but managed to race to his best result since the Indiana Midget Week opener at Paragon (Ind.) Speedway on June 3, scoring a second-place finish at Arizona in his Dave Mac Motorsports/DriveWFX.com – D.A. McIntosh – Smith Titanium/Spike/Speedway Toyota. Earlier in the evening, McIntosh recorded his second consecutive fast time during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying.

Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) took a solid third-place finish in the midget feature and was the only driver to finish inside the top-ten in both the midget and sprint car main events on Saturday night, the latter of which he finished fourth in. Meseraull delivered with a fine performance in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota, which came 24 hours following a 13th place finish the night before.

The most serious accident of the night occurred during the third heat race when Daison Pursley was involved in a vicious flip at the entrance to the the high side of turn three while battling for fourth alongside Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate, Buddy Kofoid. After several flips and somersaults, Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) was removed from the car and transported to an area hospital for further observation. Initial reports from the scene were that Pursley was awake and alert.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 13, 2021 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-15.264; 2. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.299; 3. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-15.335; 4. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-15.336; 5. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-15.357; 6. Cory Eliason, 26, Rudeen-15.404; 7. Tanner Carrick, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.409; 8. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-15.445; 9. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.455; 10. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-15.470; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-15.472; 12. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.491; 13. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.516; 14. Chance Crum, 26R, Rudeen-15.569; 15. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.578; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-15.583; 17. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-15.587; 18. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-15.587; 19. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-15.590; 20. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-15.655; 21. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.870; 22. Trevor Casey, 00, Mounce/Stout-16.007; 23. Kevin Woody Jr., 10, Dave Mac-16.426; 24. Jim Vanzant, 3v, Vanzant-17.493.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Trevor Casey, 8. Chase Randall. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Jade Avedisian, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Taylor Reimer, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Kevin Woody Jr. 2:06.40

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Cory Eliason, 7. Jim Vanzant, 8. Daison Pursley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (2), 2. Cannon McIntosh (6), 3. Thomas Meseraull (7), 4. Tanner Carrick (1), 5. Buddy Kofoid (11), 6. Tanner Thorson (12), 7. Justin Grant (17), 8. Logan Seavey (4), 9. Chase Randall (23), 10. Cory Eliason (9), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (16), 12. Emerson Axsom (8), 13. Kaylee Bryson (19), 14. Chance Crum (15), 15. Brenham Crouch (14), 16. Jade Avedisian (10), 17. Taylor Reimer (5), 18. Kevin Woody Jr. (21), 19. Trevor Casey (20), 20. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 21. Zach Daum (3), 22. Ethan Mitchell (18), 23. Jim Vanzant (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Chris Windom.

**Daison Pursley flipped during the third heat.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-2138, 2-Buddy Kofoid-2125, 3-Tanner Thorson-1942, 4-Justin Grant-1926, 5-Emerson Axsom-1918, 6-Daison Pursley-1893, 7-Logan Seavey-1814, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1742, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1699, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1537.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-198, 2-Justin Grant-186, 3-Tanner Thorson-183, 4-Brady Bacon-160, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-147, 6-Thomas Meseraull-144, 7-Logan Seavey-140, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Shane Cottle-106, 10-Buddy Kofoid-100.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 16, 2021 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – November Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Chase Randall

Fatheadz Fast Qualifier: Cannon McIntosh

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chase Randall (23rd to 9th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Kaylee Bryson

 

 

THE CLOSER: SEAVEY FINISHES USAC SPRINT SEASON AS WESTERN WORLD VICTOR

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 13, 2021)………If at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again.

Logan Seavey lived and breathed this particular proverb through and through during both nights of the 54th annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford at Arizona Speedway.

On Friday night, the Sutter, Calif. native led 25 of 30 laps before one tiny mistake cost him the victory. The following evening, Seavey vowed not to repeat his misfortune nor his ultimate fate, and instead, fully intending to capitalize on the opportunity at hand with an outside front row starting spot and a winning race car in his grasp.

Seavey led all 30 circuits of Saturday’s feature, only briefly relenting the top spot to C.J. Leary just past the halfway mark. Without a rattle, without a hesitation, Seavey calmly raced back by to capture the season finale for the USAC AMSOIL National and USAC CRA Sprint Cars.

It was Seavey’s first USAC National Sprint Car victory since running off three-straight in succession during Indiana Sprint Week in July, a Western World triumph worth $7,500 after piloting the Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – Claxton Engines/DRC/Claxton Chevy to victory lane in the last ever USAC event to be held at the 1/3-mile dirt oval before its permanent closure later this month.

“It’s awesome,” Seavey exclaimed following his sixth career USAC National Sprint Car win, which equaled him for 75th place all-time alongside Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider and Dick Tobias. “We led so many laps last night. I really, really love this place and I hate that it’s our last time coming here.”

The main crux of finding redemption is slaying those small landmines that are constantly thrown in the direction of team and driver and are bound to trip up individuals on occasion. Seavey attempted to thwart those aspects, but ultimately resigned to be patient and wait for the track to come to him, as opposed to the reverse, as the surface changed throughout the duration.

“Last night, I got myself too tight with the shocks under yellow, trying to over-adjust, and I almost did the same thing tonight going the wrong way, getting myself freer,” Seavey explained. “The rubber just wasn’t quite as much as I thought it was there with a few to go. Then, it finally latched up and my car got really good.

It was maybe just a little overthinking on my end, but you’ve got to do everything you can to win these races,” Seavey continued. “Everybody’s so good and you’ve got to be perfect. It showed last night. We had a good car, good enough to win, and I messed up and gave it away. I knew I had I had a good car, and I could win tonight. I just had to do everything I could not to give this one away.”

From the drop of the green, it was all Seavey as he sprinted to the lead from the outside of the front row, then surpassed pole sitter Austin Williams around the outside at the exit of turn four and promptly led the charge throughout the first half with C.J. Leary in tow on the high line, likewise, shooting around Williams on the top for the second position in turn four on lap two.

Seavey’s 1.1 second lead over Leary began to dwindle in traffic and was carved in half by lap 18 when fifth running Kevin Thomas Jr.’s end-of-year misfortune continued with a flat right rear tire, which brought out the caution. Thomas returned to action but wound up a disappointing 22nd.

The stoppage put the traffic situation on the shelf and delivered Leary a golden opportunity that he nearly made work. With the top line paved in rubber, making a clean pass became a challenging proposition, but Leary was game.

On the first lap of the lap 18 restart, Leary stuck right to Seavey’s rear bumper through turns one and two, and midway down the back straightaway, before diving to the bottom of turn three. However, Leary’s momentum took him up the racetrack, to the very top off turn four, freeing the lane for Seavey to cross over back underneath and reclaim the lead.

“I knew my car was good up top,” Seavey claimed. “Racing here in the past and knowing how clean the top got, I knew the rubber was coming. I got to lapped traffic and felt it coming, then a yellow came out and I freed myself way up for the rubber and I did it too early and about gave it away. C.J. got a huge run and about went by us. Luckily, I was able to hold on just long enough for the rubber to come.”

With Leary’s shot fired, Seavey was safe and sound for the final 13 laps as he contested the high line unchallenged the rest of the way, raising the interval to a whopping 3.127 seconds as he raced under the checkered flag with C.J. Leary second, Jake Swanson third, Thomas Meseraull fourth and newly crowned 2021 USAC National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon rounding out the top-five.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) completed his season with a flurry of successful outings, finishing inside the top-five in each of his last five starts aboard his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Valvoline/DRC/Cressman Ford.

Swanson’s daring turn one pass of Meseraull for the third position with 10 laps remaining put the Anaheim, California driver on the podium for the seventh time with the USAC National Sprint Cars this year in his Team AZ Racing/Beaver Stripes – USW Cat Construction – RSS Industries – CSI/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) clinched his fourth career USAC National Sprint Car driving championship on Friday night at Western World, but was officially crowned following Saturday night’s finale, placing him as the third member of an exclusive club of drivers who’ve won at least four titles with the series: Levi Jones (2005-07-09-10-11) and Steve Butler (1986-87-88-90).

Furthermore, Bacon became the first back-to-back USAC National Sprint Car driving champion since Bryan Clauson in 2012-13. Meanwhile, the Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 for Bacon earned its unprecedented 13th series entrant title after previously being crowned in 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2020.

Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) racked up an awe-inspiring eighth consecutive AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car driving championship, and ninth overall, this year while also providing entrant Mark Alexander and car No. 1 its eighth-straight series entrant title, and ninth overall. The Gardner and Alexander partnership has garnered previous series titles in 2013-14-15-16-17-18-19. No 2020 champion was crowned. Gardner first earned a USAC CRA driving championship in 2005 while Alexander first did so in the entrant category during the 2007 campaign.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 13, 2021 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.497; 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.601; 3. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.631; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.780; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.829; 6. Tye Mihocko, 38, Crossno-14.852; 7. Jake Helsel, 44H, Helsel-14.882; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.888; 9. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-14.924; 10. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-14.933; 11. Stevie Sussex, 34AZ, Grau-14.972; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-15.175; 13. Kyle Shipley, 57, Stone-15.489; 14. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-15.539; 15. Caleb Stelzig, 21x, Stelzig-15.543; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-15.820; 17. Ikaika O'Brien, 11o, O'Brien-15.896; 18. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-16.172; 19. Jimmy Pontin, 24, Pontin-16.397.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.847; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.904; 3. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-14.940; 4. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-15.026; 5. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-15.030; 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.049; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.073; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.115; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley-15.225; 10. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.303; 11. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-15.310; 12. Alex Banales, 5A, Baldwin/Fox-15.319; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.330; 14. Colt Treharn, 77, Treharn-15.468; 15. Spencer Hill, 7D7, West-15.472; 16. Danny Mathus, 42, Mathus-15.775; 17. Daylin Perreira, 21p, Perreira-15.975; 18. Brent Yarnal, 29, Yarnal-16.159.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Caleb Stelzig, 7. Jake Helsel, 8. Kyle Shipley, 9. Ikaika O’Brien, 10. Jimmy Pontin. 2:05.70

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Tommy Malcolm, 6. Austin Grabowski, 7. Verne Sweeney, 8. Logan Calderwood, 9. Brody Roa. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING / ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Cody Williams, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Spencer Hill, 9. Daylin Perreira. 2:01.52 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS / COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. Alex Banales, 5. Colt Treharn, 6. Danny Mathus, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Brent Yarnal. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Tommy Malcolm, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Jake Helsel, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Caleb Stelzig, 10. Chris Bonneau, 11. Spencer Hill, 12. Colt Treharn, 13. Austin Grabowski, 14. Kyle Shipley, 15. Logan Calderwood, 16. Verne Sweeney , 17. Daylin Perreira, 18. Ikaika O’Brien, 19. Jimmy Pontin, 20. Danny Mathus, 21. Brent Yarnal. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (2), 2. C.J. Leary (4), 3. Jake Swanson (5), 4. Thomas Meseraull (8), 5. Brady Bacon (15), 6. Justin Grant (7), 7. Tanner Thorson (6), 8. Chris Windom (11), 9. Shane Cottle (9), 10. Austin Williams (1), 11. Jake Helsel (14), 12. Brody Roa (16), 13. Stevie Sussex (20), 14. Tye Mihocko (12), 15. Sterling Cling (10), 16. Damion Gardner (18), 17. R.J. Johnson (17), 18. Charles Davis Jr. (19), 19. Cody Williams (23-P), 20. Alex Banales (22), 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 22. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 23. Austin Grabowski (24-P), 24. Tommy Malcolm (21). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

**Brody Roa flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Logan Seavey.

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2944, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2824, 3-Justin Grant-2761, 4-Tanner Thorson-2656, 5-C.J. Leary-2652, 6-Chris Windom-2533, 7-Jake Swanson-2456, 8-Robert Ballou-1987, 9-Chase Stockon-1709, 10-Logan Seavey-1627.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1352, 2-Brody Roa-1314, 3-Austin Williams-1180, 4-Chris Gansen-1036, 5-Cody Williams-993, 6-Charles Davis Jr.-941, 7-Tommy Malcolm-929, 8-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-708, 9-Verne Sweeney-676, 10-Logan Williams-605.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-201, 2-Justin Grant-187, 3-Tanner Thorson-183, 4-Brady Bacon-170, 5-Thomas Meseraull-148, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-147, 7-Logan Seavey-141, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Shane Cottle-106, 10-Buddy Kofoid-100.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Brody Roa

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. / Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Second Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Indy Metal Finishing / All Coast Construction Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Race Parts / Component Repair Company Fourth Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

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

KSE Racing Products / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger: Brady Bacon (15th to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Stevie Sussex

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Chris Gansen

Bill’s Jerky Hard Luck Award: Chris Gansen


ICING ON THE CAKE:
GRANT CAPS BIRTHDAY WITH WIN
IN USAC MIDGET WESTERN WORLD OPENER
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 12, 2021)………Friday night at Arizona Speedway, Justin Grant made it his personal mission to dispel an old, idiomatic proverb by proving that, yes indeed, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Grant’s 31st birthday happened to fall on the same day as the opener for the 54th annual Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford, opening the biggest and most prized present with seven laps remaining in the feature event.

It was there where the Ione, Calif. native charged around racelong leader Cory Eliason, then fended off Buddy Kofoid down the stretch to snag his second USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature victory of the year in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Celebrating his seventh career series win was sweet and getting the opportunity to ride the steer in victory lane was just the icing on the cake, all fit for a driver who felt he was overdue for a follow-up triumph after last winning more than three months prior at Lanco in Pennsylvania.

“I haven’t won nearly enough in it, so it feels good to get a win tonight,” Grant exclaimed. “This thing was awesome, and I could just go to town, pounding the cushion there. It got pretty far around and pretty curby there in one and two. Buddy was running the bottom there and kinda showed me, and I was able to get back by him and get to the bottom. This thing could go anywhere.”

Before the 24-car field even reached turn one on lap one, eighth starting Emerson Axsom launched into a moon shot, gaining major altitude after flipping into the catchfence between turns one and two before landing hard on the track surface of the 1/3-mile dirt oval. Axsom managed to climb out and walk away under his own power.

Grant started from the pole position but found himself relegated to second on the opening lap to Eliason and, ultimately, to third just before the midway point as Logan Seavey pulled alongside on the back straightaway, then counterpunched Grant’s turn three slider by cutting a diamond back under at the exit of four to move into the runner-up position.

“I got off the bottom there on the start and I felt like, ‘man, this thing is pretty good,’” Grant recalled. “But the top got cleaner and faster than I thought it was going to. I tried to slide (Eliason) on a restart and got to bouncing and let Logan go by us.”

With just eight laps remaining, heartbreak hit the second-place car of Seavey whose right rear tire went flat entering the cushion in turn one. Seavey was unable to make the call for the restart, seeing his bid for victory end abruptly with a non-indicative 20th place showing, subsequently placing Grant back in the hunt in second place for the final eight lap flourish.

“I got to the top and just tried to pick my spots on the cushion there and see what made speed and what didn’t to start trying to track Cory down,” Grant explained. “I’m always better when the cushion gets cleaned off. Once it gets slick below, I can usually find some speed, so I just bided my time waiting for that slick line to get cleaned up to where I could pick and choose my marks and try to get this car to victory lane.”

That moment had its foundations rooted on the lap 23 restart when Grant followed Eliason through turns one and two, then dove to the bottom in three and four only to see Eliason counter back underneath and stave off Grant’s advance at the line by a single car length.

On this night, Eliason was making his first career USAC National Midget feature start, and the 2020 and 2021 All Star Circuit of Champions series runner-up looked the part of a seasoned midget racing vet 24 hours after turning the quickest overall lap in an open practice at the track on Thursday night.

But the seed had been planted within Eliason’s subconscious. Eliason immediately invaded the groove one lane off the bottom of turn one on lap 24, sending his car trampolining up the racetrack, allowing Grant, Kofoid and Kevin Thomas Jr. to zip by and occupy the top-three positions while Eliason free-fell to fourth.

Kofoid attempted to pounce immediately, charging to the low side of turn three and sliding past Grant only to see Grant cross over and motor back by. In turn one on the following lap, Kofoid flashed low, but Thomas Jr. got even lower, so low in fact that the infield photographers even felt the need to take a step back.

Clearing Thomas Jr. was Kofoid who regrouped, regathered and returned for another run at Grant with four laps remaining, sliding across the nose of Grant once more turn three, but only momentarily, as Grant answered the challenge, cut back under and regained the position at the exit of four, then beelined to the bottom of turn one, thus preventing a retaliating slide job courtesy of Kofoid.

That sequence ultimately sealed the fate for both Grant and Kofoid on the opposite sides of the coin. Thereafter, Grant stretched his lead out to eight car lengths over Kofoid, whose race transformed into a quest to keep Thomas Jr. behind him on the final lap, which he did quite successfully.

Henceforth, Grant was by his lonesome on the way to victory, like a vapor trail in the empty air, blowing out the candles with a 0.917 second victory ahead of Kofoid, Thomas Jr., Eliason and Tanner Thorson.

With his runner-up result, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) erased a 13-point deficit to 6th place finisher Chris Windom for the lead in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings. He now finds himself tied with Windom atop the standings at 2,061 points with eight races remaining in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – Toyota/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) earned his first USAC National Midget podium finish since a race four months earlier this season at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on July 16, finishing 2nd in his Petry Motorsports/West Side Tractor Sales – Gray Auto/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 12, 2021 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-14.828; 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.960; 3. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-15.031; 4. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-15.066; 5. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-15.086; 6. Cory Eliason, 26, Rudeen-15.099; 7. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-15.099; 8. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-15.106; 9. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-15.120; 10. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.130; 11. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-15.150; 12. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.184; 13. Tanner Carrick, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.205; 14. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.219; 15. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-15.295; 16. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.321; 17. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-15.330; 18. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-15.372; 19. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.420; 20. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-15.421; 21. Chance Crum, 26R, Rudeen-15.481; 22. Kevin Woody Jr., 10, Dave Mac-15.948; 23. Trevor Casey, 00, Mounce/Stout-16.485; 24. Daylin Perreira, 8, Keliinoi-16.717; 25. Jim Vanzant, 3v, Vanzant-17.225.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brenham Crouch, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Kevin Woody Jr., 9. Jim Vanzant. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Jade Avedisian, 8. Trevor Casey. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Cory Eliason, 6. Chase Randall, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Daylin Perreira. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Buddy Kofoid (5), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 4. Cory Eliason (2), 5. Tanner Thorson (12), 6. Chris Windom (4), 7. Chase Randall (10), 8. Zach Daum (11), 9. Tanner Carrick (7), 10. Daison Pursley (15), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (16), 12. Cannon McIntosh (6), 13. Thomas Meseraull (20), 14. Chance Crum (23), 15. Ethan Mitchell (14), 16. Jade Avedisian (19), 17. Brenham Crouch (13), 18. Taylor Reimer (17), 19. Kevin Woody Jr. (21), 20. Logan Seavey (3), 21. Kaylee Bryson (18), 22. Trevor Casey (22), 23. Jim Vanzant (24), 24. Emerson Axsom (8). NT

**Emerson Axsom flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Cory Eliason, Laps 24-30 Justin Grant.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-2061, 2-Buddy Kofoid-2061, 3-Daison Pursley-1882, 4-Tanner Thorson-1879, 5-Emerson Axsom-1871, 6-Justin Grant-1870, 7-Logan Seavey-1754, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1670, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1669, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1459.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-197, 2-Tanner Thorson-169, 3-Justin Grant-167, 4-Brady Bacon-158, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-147, 6-Logan Seavey-140, 7-Thomas Meseraull-140, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Shane Cottle-98, 10-Buddy Kofoid-94.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 13, 2021 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Justin Grant

Fatheadz Fast Qualifier: Cannon McIntosh

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tanner Carrick

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chance Crum (23rd to 14th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Thomas Meseraull


CLINCHED!
BACON CEMENTS USAC SPRINT TITLE WITH
WESTERN WORLD NIGHT #1 WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 12, 2021)………There’s just something magical in the symbiosis between Brady Bacon and Western World.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. driver collected his 10th career victory in the event Friday night at Arizona Speedway as he tracked down racelong leader Logan Seavey with five laps remaining, then thwarted Seavey’s comeback slider in the final corner on the final lap, driving back by to capture the victory in the 54th annual Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford opener for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

With his winning performance and Kevin Thomas Jr.’s subsequent misfortune, Bacon clinched the 2021 USAC National Sprint Car driving championship with one race remaining Saturday night.

Bacon’s fourth career series title makes him just the third driver to capture at least four championships in his career, joining five-timer Levi Jones (2005-07-09-10-11) and fellow four-time titlist Steve Butler (1986-87-88-90) while also garnering Dynamics, Inc. a record-extending 13th series entrant championship.

The milestones were racked up in droves throughout the night with Bacon also becoming just the ninth driver to win at least 40 career USAC National Sprint Car feature events. His 40th ties him with Gary Bettenhausen for eighth on the all-time series win list.

Bacon’s Western World record continues to be remarkable and impeccable ever since winning his first race in the esteemed event in 2009. He won two 360 c.i. non-wing sprint car races at Tucson, Arizona’s USA Raceway in 2009 and repeated in the same division there once more in 2010 with the ASCS Canyon Region series.

Furthermore, at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park in 2012, Bacon was an ASCS Winged 360 Sprint Car feature winner. He returned to USA Raceway in 2015 to add a USAC National Sprint Car triumph.

When Western World migrated to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz., Bacon’s winning ways continued with USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Car scores in 2016-17-18, followed by a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win in 2019 and, finally, his USAC National Sprint Car tally Friday night, displaying a knack for success in the event unlike any other.

“This race has been great to me over the years, and I’ve got another win tonight,” Bacon exclaimed. “I’ve won at three different tracks that the Western World has been at. I don’t know what it is about the race; we just seem to find our way to victory lane. It doesn’t matter if it’s wing, non-wing, 360, 410 or midget, there’s just something about this race. There’s great fans in Arizona and a lot of history here, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Bacon started third in the 30-lap feature event aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy while Arizona native and USAC National Sprint Car Rookie Sterling Cling led the charge to the green flag. However, it was outside front row starter Logan Seavey who established the pace up front from the get-go.

Drifting from third back to sixth on the opening lap, Bacon was forced to steadily work his way back into contention, to fifth on lap five, to fourth on lap seven and to third just past the midway point as he slid past his nearest championship foe, Kevin Thomas Jr., with a turn three slide job on lap 17.

Two laps later, Bacon surged past Jake Swanson for the second position, utilizing the bottom of turns one and two, then set his sights on tracking down the leader, Seavey, who, at that point in time, was mired knee deep in a tussle with myriad of cars on the tail end of the lead lap, thus shrinking the 1.5 interval in half between himself and Seavey.

That margin was scrunched up even more on the 22nd lap when the lapped cars of Jake Helsel and Caleb Stelzig tangled in turn three, sending Helsel spinning backwards to a stop. Second running Thomas Jr. was already committed and affixed to the bottom groove, and with nowhere to roam, connected right rear to right rear with Hessel, ending Hessel’s evening and ending Thomas Jr. slim title chances for good when he came to a stop. Thomas Jr. did, however, restart and finish 13th.

With Bacon now right on the back bumper of Seavey with eight laps remaining, both drivers stayed attached to their comfort zones, Seavey striding on the cushion and Bacon rolling the bottom, which proved to be equal with both drivers side-by-side lap-after-lap, with nary a car length separating the two on laps 22-23-24-25.

It was the 26th lap that turned the tide in Bacon’s favor after Seavey got tight on the cushion in turns one and two, sending him skating up the 1/3-mile dirt oval which allowed Bacon to break free with six car lengths of daylight between the two on the back straightaway.

Seavey regained his footing and began rapidly reeling in Bacon who had occupied the low line in turns one and two and the top in three and four during the late stages. Seavey took the high road in turns one and two to close within a car length of Bacon midway down the back straight.
“Three and four was kind of the question, I didn’t know where I should be and whether I should stay on the bottom or go back to the top,” Bacon quizzed. “I felt like it was going to have to be harder for someone else to pass me on the bottom that it would be for them to rip around me on the top if I made a mistake.”

It was right there, at that moment, Seavey fired a deep shot at Bacon on the bottom of three, sliding three lengths ahead of Bacon before plowing his right rear into and over the edge of the turn four cushion. Bacon was prepared and had his front wheels pointed straight to the bottom of four to charge back by and cross the stripe 0.495 of a second ahead of Seavey with Tanner Thorson third, C.J. Leary fourth and Charles Davis Jr. fifth.

“It was easier to make a mistake on the top, I felt like, and the bottom is kind of my bread and butter and the top is probably his,” Bacon noted. “It was just going to be whoever messed up. On the last lap, I messed up on the bottom of one and two and gave him a shot at me. Luckily, I had enough drive off the bottom of four to get back by him.”

Despite coming up just short after leading a race-high 25 laps, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) displayed his reemergence after a rough go last weekend during three nights of racing in Perris, Calif. which saw all three finishes outside the top-ten. Seavey’s second place performance was his best result with the series since a runner-up finish during the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in his Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – Claxton Engines/DRC/Claxton Chevy.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) obliterated the one-lap USAC National Sprint Car track record at Arizona Speedway in Fatheadz Qualifying with a lap of 14.390 seconds, erasing the five-year-old record of 13.625, set by Chad Boespflug in 2016. Thorson was briefly in contention for the win with seven laps remaining before ultimately finishing third in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy, his 14th finish of sixth or better in his last 15 starts.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 12, 2021 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford0

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.390 (New Track Record); 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.549; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.609; 4. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-15.005; 5. Stevie Sussex, 34AZ, Grau-15.231; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley-15.267; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.269; 8. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-15.290; 9. Jake Helsel, 44H, Helsel-15.415; 10. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.416; 11. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-15.548; 12. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-15.590; 13. Kyle Shipley, 57, Stone-15.610; 14. Tye Mihocko, 38, Crossno-15.677; 15. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-15.706; 16. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.771; 17. Spencer Hill, 7D7, West-16.061; 18. Jimmy Pontin, 24, Pontin-16.670; 19. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-19.960.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.700; 2. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.723; 3. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-14.873; 4. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-15.003; 5. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-15.046; 6. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-15.099; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.157; 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.170; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-15.237; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.269; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-15.292; 12. Caleb Stelzig, 21x, Stelzig-15.465; 13. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.473; 14. Alex Banales, 5A, Baldwin/Fox-15.664; 15. Colt Treharn, 77, Treharn-15.844; 16. Daylin Perreira, 21p, Perreira-16.090; 17. Danny Mathus, 42, Mathus-16.213; 18. Ikaika O'Brien, 11o, O'Brien-16.314; 19. Tuesday Calderwood, 4c, Calderwood-16.355.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Helsel, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Logan Calderwood, 7. Austin Grabowski, 8. Kyle Shipley, 9. Spencer Hill, 10. Shane Cottle. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Tommy Malcolm, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Verne Sweeney, 8. Bruce St. James, 9. Jimmy Pontin. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING / ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Cody Williams, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Colt Treharn, 8. Tuesday Calderwood, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Danny Mathus. NT

INDY RACE PARTS / COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Caleb Stelzig, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Sterling Cling, 4. Chris Gansen, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. Alex Banales, 8. Daylin Perreira, 9. Ikaika O’Brien. NT

C-MAIN: (6 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Spencer Hill, 3. Daylin Perreira, 4. Jimmy Pontin, 5. Ikaika O’Brien, 6. Tuesday Calderwood, 7. Bruce St. James. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Logan Calderwood, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Chris Bonneau, 11. Alex Banales, 12. Austin Grabowski, 13. Kyle Shipley, 14. Daylin Perreira, 15. Verne Sweeney, 16. Colt Treharn, 17. Spencer Hill, 18. Jimmy Pontin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (3), 2. Logan Seavey (2), 3. Tanner Thorson (11), 4. C.J. Leary (5), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (8), 6. Chris Windom (23-P), 7. Austin Williams (15), 8. Justin Grant (17), 9. Brody Roa (16), 10. Tommy Malcolm (18), 11. Jake Swanson (4), 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (19), 13. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 14. Shane Cottle (22), 15. Damion Gardner (13), 16. R.J. Johnson (9), 17. Chris Gansen (21), 18. Verne Sweeney (24-P), 19. Caleb Stelzig (10), 20. Jake Helsel (7), 21. Sterling Cling (1), 22. Stevie Sussex (12), 23. Thomas Meseraull (14), 24. Cody Williams (20). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Logan Seavey, Laps 26-30 Brady Bacon.

**Bruce St. James flipped during the C-Main. Tuesday Calderwood flipped during the C-Main.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2880, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2793, 3-Justin Grant-2696, 4-Tanner Thorson-2591, 5-C.J. Leary-2572, 6-Chris Windom-2477, 7-Jake Swanson-2386, 8-Robert Ballou-1987, 9-Chase Stockon-1709, 10-Logan Seavey-1548.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1315, 2-Brody Roa-1274, 3-Austin Williams-1132, 4-Chris Gansen-1026, 5-Cody Williams-968, 6-Charles Davis Jr.-907, 7-Tommy Malcolm-904, 8-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-679, 9-Verne Sweeney-666, 10-Logan Williams-605.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-197, 2-Tanner Thorson-177, 2-Justin Grant-176, 4-Brady Bacon-160, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-147, 6-Logan Seavey-140, 7-Thomas Meseraull-140, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Shane Cottle-106, 10-Buddy Kofoid-94.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA RACE: November 13, 2021 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Sterling Cling

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Jake Helsel

Competition Suspension, Inc. / Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Second Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing / All Coast Construction Third Heat Winner: R.J. Johnson

Indy Race Parts / Component Repair Company Fourth Heat Winner: Caleb Stelzig

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

KSE Racing Products / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger: Justin Grant (17th to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Logan Calderwood

Bill’s Jerky Hard Luck Award: Logan Calderwood

 

Quick Study Eliason Fastest in USAC Midget Western World Practice
NOVEMBER 11, 2021
Cory Eliason (Visalia, Calif.) was the fastest overall in Thursday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship practice session at Arizona Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)
QUICK STUDY ELIASON FASTEST
IN USAC MIDGET WESTERN WORLD PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 11, 2021)………On the eve of what will be his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget appearance, Cory Eliason took to it like a natural, leading all drivers in Thursday night's practice at Arizona Speedway.

It was the final tune-up for the series leading into two-straight nights of racing in the 54th annual Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford at Arizona Speedway on Friday night, November 12 and Saturday night, November 13.

Eliason (Visalia, Calif.), the 2020-21 All Star Circuit of Champions championship runner-up, ripped around the 1/3-mile dirt oval with a time of 15.137 seconds in his Rudeen Racing/Rayce Rudeen Foundation – Hager Realty Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

The time set by Eliason unofficially equaled the official one-lap track record for the series at Arizona Speedway, set by Logan Seavey in 2020.

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) was second overall, one-one thousandths of a second behind Eliason at 15.138. Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), the 2020 Western World opening night midget winner, was third at 15.188. Reigning Western World midget champion, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) timed in fourth at 15.211. Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) rounded out the top-five with a 15.212.

Series point leader, and defending series champion, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), recorded the 15th fastest overall lap with a time of 15.559.

On Friday, pits open at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:10pm.

On Saturday, pits open at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, autograph session from 4-4:35pm drivers meeting at 4:45pm and cars on track at 5:10pm.

General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under. Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

Both nights of racing at the Western World Championships can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: November 11, 2021 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

PRACTICE: 1. Cory Eliason, 26, Rudeen-15.137; 2. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.138; 3. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-15.188; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.211; 5. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-15.212; 6. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-15.226; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-15.274; 8. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-15.280; 9. Tanner Carrick, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.336; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-15.341; 11. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-15.42; 12. Chance Crum, 26R, Rudeen-15.440; 13. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.498; 14. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-15.555; 15. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-15.559; 16. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.567; 17. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-15.723; 18. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.753; 19. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.824; 20. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-15.844; 21. Kevin Woody Jr., 10, Dave Mac-16.421; 22. Trevor Casey, 00, Mounce/Stout-17.075.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 12-13, 2021 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

 

 

SWANSON SPEEDS TO THE TOP IN USAC SPRINT WESTERN WORLD PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 11, 2021)………Exactly one week following his first career USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature victory, Jake Swanson rose to the top of the pylon in Thursday night’s practice for the series at Arizona Speedway.

The session was the kickoff to the final weekend of the series’ season in conjunction with the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car Series for the final preparations prior to two-straight nights of racing in the 54th annual Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford at Arizona Speedway on Friday night, November 12 and Saturday night, November 13.

The Anaheim, Calif. native scurried around the 1/3-mile dirt oval with a best lap of 14.700 seconds during the three-hour practice in his Team AZ Racing/Beaver Stripes – USW Cat Construction – RSS Industries – CSI/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

Swanson has previously been victorious during Western World, scoring a 30-lap prelim night triumph in USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Car action in 2018. Earlier that same season, he also added a USAC CRA win at Arizona.

Following Swanson in practice were Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) at 14.813 with Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) third at 14.959, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) fourth at 15.097 and Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.), who rounded out the top-five with a 15.141.

Championship contenders Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) did not participate in the practice session. Bacon leads the standings entering the final two races this weekend with a 52-point advantage over Thomas. Bacon is seeking his fourth series title while Thomas is pursuing his first.

Western World, an Arizona tradition which debuted in 1968, will feature a doubleheader this weekend with both the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship co-sanctioned by the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car Series along with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

On Friday, pits open at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:10pm.

On Saturday, pits open at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, autograph session from 4-4:35pm drivers meeting at 4:45pm and cars on track at 5:10pm.

General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under. Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

Both nights of racing at the Western World Championships can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR PRACTICE RESULTS: November 11, 2021 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

PRACTICE: 1. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.700; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.813; 3. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.959; 4. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-15.097; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.141; 6. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.153; 7. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-15.194; 8. Stevie Sussex, 34AZ, Grau-15.231; 9. Jake Helsel, 44, Helsel-15.266; 10. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-15.295; 11. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-15.318; 12. Tye Mihocko, 38, Crossno-15.372; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley-15.528; 14. Caleb Stelzig, 21, Stelzig-15.568; 15. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-15.608; 16. Alex Banales, 5A, Baldwin/Fox-15.663; 17. Bruce St. James, 7K, 15.707-15.707; 18. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-15.897; 19. Spencer Hill, 7D7, West-15.900; 20. Colton Treharn, 77, Treharn-16.088; 21. Kyle Shipley, 57, Stone-16.169; 22. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-16.173; 23. Tuesday Calderwood, 4c, Calderwood-16.461.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA RACES: November 12-13, 2021 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

 

 

USAC CHAMPS & NASCAR CHAMPS HEADLINE HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST

 By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 11, 2021)………USAC champs, NASCAR champs, feature winners, racing veterans, phenoms and young guns - the entry list for the second running of the three-night Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event truly has it all.

The November 18-19-20 event at southern California’s Placerville Speedway brings together the two most recent NASCAR Cup Series champions who’ll also be teammates in the Hangtown 100 – Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.

Fresh off his first NASCAR title, Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) enters the event as the defending winner. He captured the inaugural Hangtown 100 at Placerville in 2019, pocketing $20,000 for winning the final night main event, plus an extra $12,000 as the overall point champion. Elliott (Dawsonville, Ga.), the 2020 NASCAR king, will drive a team car to Larson in his Placerville debut.

Three past USAC National Midget champs will attempt to bag the big payday at Placerville, including reigning series champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), 2018 champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), all of whom have been victorious in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition in 2021.

The homeland of California is well-represented in the driver lineup with Larson, Windom and Seavey being joined by 2020 USAC Silver Crown champ Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), USAC superstars Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), plus winged sprint car standouts Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) and Cory Eliason (Visalia, Calif.). Golobic is a past Indiana Midget Week champion (2017) while Macedo grabbed USAC’s 2016 Regional Midget title.

You can also add in the versatility from USAC Midget winner and west coast sprint car winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), 2018 USAC Western States Midget champion Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) and two-time USAC Regional Sprint Car champ Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.).

USAC National Midget winners are based nationwide, and a number of others will be contenders to take over the throne from the natives on their own Golden State soil. Those include Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) and his Petry Motorsports teammate Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) as well as rising stars Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) and Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.).

Looking to become a first-time USAC winner is Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.), who recently captured victory on the final night of Trophy Cup in Tulare, Calif. as well as recently crowned USAC Western States Midget champ Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.).

The three-night event will pay $5,000-to-win on each of the two preliminary night features Thursday, Nov. 18 and Friday, Nov. 19 while the 100-lap main event on Saturday, Nov. 20 will pay $20,000-to-win. In addition, another $12,000 will be awarded to the overall point champion throughout the three nights.

Three-night reserved and general admission ticket packages for the Hangtown 100, along with single night tickets, are available at https://happsnow.com/event/Placerville-Speedway.

Reserved seating will make up rows J-T and General Admission will be comprised of rows A-I. Pit pass combo upgrades are also available for $20 each day.

Also sharing the card will be the BCRA/California Lightning Sprints, who are set to run without wings each night.

The expanded three-night event will utilize a modified Trophy Cup style format, featuring larger than normal inverts.

Camping is available on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the event and can be reserved by calling 530-621-5860.

To stay up to date with event news be sure and visit www.hangtown100.com and follow along on Twitter https://twitter.com/hangtown100.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST: (44 ENTRIES)

CAR # | DRIVER | HOMETOWN | ENTRANT

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

00x CARSON SOUSA/Red Bluff, CA (Mounce-Stout Motorsports)

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

07w MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

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

1K KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)

1x MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (LKK Motorsports)

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

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

5A LONNY ALTON/Rancho Cordova, CA (Lonny Alton)

7NZ CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (BSL Racing)

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

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

9 CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)

9B BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

14 BEAU LEMIRE/Placerville, CA (Lemire Racing)

14s MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Matt Streeter)

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports)

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

17K COLBY JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

21 BEN WIESZ/Colfax, CA (Ben Wiesz)

21T CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Tom Malloy)

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

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

26 CORY ELIASON/Visalia, CA (Rudeen Racing)

26R CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

37W ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Matt Wood Racing)

45 JAKE MORGAN/Elk Grove, CA (Luke OB Racing)

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

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

71K DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71R RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Del Morris)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

85T RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (CB Industries)

87W RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

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

97K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

99 ROBERT CARSON/Concord, CA (Karen & Howard Segur)

 


 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS WILL BE CROWNED AT 54TH WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 10, 2021... After a hard fought Oval Nationals at Perris, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Car Champions will be crowned at Arizona Speedway’s “54th Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford.” Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the prestigious event opens with a practice session on Thursday, November 11th (6:30pm), followed by two nights (November 12 & 13) of intense racing that also features the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets. Located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, Arizona, the spectator gates on Friday and Saturday will open at 3:00pm with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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:
- The USAC National Rule Book will be followed in regards to weight rule (1,375 lbs. with driver).
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Hoosier 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are legal with the USAC/CRA. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners and this follows the USAC National Series rulebook.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 2021 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.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

PRACTICE SESSION: The festivities will begin on Thursday, November 11th with a special practice session. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 6:30pm. Adult pit passes are $30 and Kids (7-12) & (6 & Under) pit passes are $15.

Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World Championships” has been a premier event for sprint car racing. While the headline divisions and host tracks may have changed, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. Last year, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney claimed his third consecutive Western World Championships and the winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Since November 4, 2016, Arizona Speedway has held 14 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and eight different drivers have claimed victory. “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney leads all drivers with 4 wins and Chad Boespflug set the 1-lap track record of 14.625 on November 5, 2016. “The Demon” Damion Gardner topped the “Hall of Fame Classic” on October 2nd. A complete series win list at the San Tan Valley oval is at the end of this release.

Entering the twentieth point race, there have been eleven different winners in the campaign. “The Demon” Damion Gardner has six victories, while Max Adams, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams are tied with two wins. “The Macho Man: Brady Bacon, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Chase Johnson, Carson Short, Jake Swanson, “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr., and Ryan Timmons have one win on the season.

Heading to the final nights at the San Tan Valley oval, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 56-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner scored twenty-second in last Saturday’s finale of the Oval Nationals. To date, the eight-time champion has posted six feature wins, eight Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 125 feature laps led on the year. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has eighty-nine series wins and will be looking to add the Western World Championships to his resume.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) is second in the championship point standings. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa scored twelfth in the Oval Nationals finale. At press time, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, fifteen top-10 finishes and 59 feature laps led in the campaign. With ten career victories, Brody will have his sights on winning the Western World and the series crown.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Corona, CA) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams finished seventh in last Saturday’s semi-main event. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes and 72 feature laps led to his credit. “The Big Game Hunter” has eleven career wins and will be looking to add his name to the winner’s list of the Arizona classic.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Cam 2 Blue Blood Oil Maxim, Gansen placed twentieth in last Saturday’s feature of the Oval Nationals. At press time, the veteran driver has posted one heat race victory, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and 9 feature laps led on the season. Chris will have his sights on earning his first USAC/CRA victory at Arizona Speedway.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Norco, CA) ranks fifth in the point chase. Racing his #44 Trench Shoring / CRW Designs and Machining DRC, Williams ran fourteenth in the Oval Nationals finale. To date, the 2010 Victorville Sprint Car Champion has three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign. Cody has one career USAC/CRA win and will be looking to looking to earn his first triumph at the San Tan Valley oval.

Heading to Arizona Speedway, Austin Grabowksi (Riverside, CA) has clinched the Rookie of the Year honors. Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA). Jake Hodges (Camarillo, CA), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), Ikaika O’Brien (Oahu, HI), and Shane Sexton (Warner Springs, CA) were other rookies in contention.

“The Macho Man” Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) leads a talented roster from the AMSOIL USAC National Series. “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant, Tanner Thorson, C.J. Leary, Chris Windom, Jake Swanson, Robert Ballou, Chase Stockon, and Logan Seavey round out the top-ten drivers.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, Arizona, just five minutes from Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $30, Senior Tickets are $30, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are $15 to $$20. For more event and ticket information, visit arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, 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.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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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.

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Sammy Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Chris Windom, 2017-Chase Stockon, 2018-Tyler Courtney, 2019-Tyler Courtney, 2020-Tyler Courtney.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Damion Gardner, 2-Max Adams, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Carson Short, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Ryan Timmons.

SAN TAN VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Tyler Courtney, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Justin Grant, 2-Chris Windom, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1279, 2. Brody Roa-1223, 3. Austin Williams-1078, 4. Chris Gansen-992, 5. Cody Williams-940, 6. Tommy Malcolm-860, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-841, 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-639, --. Verne Sweeney-639, 10. Logan Williams-605, 11. Matt McCarthy-590, 12. A.J. Bender-589, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-521, 14. Matt Mitchell-519, 15. Austin Grabowski ®-459, 16. Chase Johnson-406, 17. Stevie Sussex-405, 18. Max Adams-316, 19. R.J. Johnson-312, 20. Brent Owens ®-310.

2021 AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brady Bacon-2799, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr.-2747, 3. Justin Grant-2640, 4. Tanner Thorson ®-2517, 5. C.J. Leary-2499, 6. Chris Windom-2421, 7. Jake Swanson-2336, 8. Robert Ballou-1987, 9. Chase Stockon-1709, 10. Logan Seavey-1475, 11. Shane Cottle-1257, 12. Kyle Cummins-1244, 13. Brandon Mattox-1050, 14. Jadon Rogers-1036, 15. Matt Westfall-972, 16. Thomas Meseraull-891, 17. Paul Nienhiser ®-859, 18. Max Adams-695, 19. Cole Bodine ®-660, 20. Mario Clouser-590.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park– Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
March 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (CANCELLED)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Winner: Carson Short)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Charles Davis Jr.)
October 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brady Bacon)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.)
November 12: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 13: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

SPRINT CAR SUNSET:
USAC SEASON FINISHES STRONG
AT ARIZONA’S WESTERN WORLD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 11, 2021)………There’s nothing quite like an Arizona sunset, with its iridescent pink, orange and purple hues igniting the southwestern sky.

There’s also nothing quite like the moment the sun begins to fade into the horizon, and the horn is sounded for USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing to commence under the Arizona sky.

That’s the setting this Friday and Saturday night, November 12-13, as the sun sets at the end of the trail for both the National and USAC CRA Sprint Car seasons with the final two races of the year taking place at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway for the 54th annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford.

Brady Bacon and Kevin Thomas Jr. remain in a dog fight for the USAC National Sprint Car title with just 52 points of separation between the two and Bacon seeking his fourth title while Thomas has sights set on his first.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has been unflappable throughout the campaign, entering the weekend on a streak of 17-straight top-tens and eight top-fives in his last nine series starts. Bacon owns six Western World feature wins: ASCS Wingless Sprint Car wins in 2009 and 2010, then captured USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Car final night wins in 2016 and 2018, a prelim 360 score in 2017 and a USAC National Midget victory in 2019.

However, a USAC National Sprint Car win at the 1/3-mile dirt oval remains absent from Bacon’s resume. But he’s been oh-so-close, finishing 2nd in the 2017 opener, 3rd in both the 2016 opener and the final night in 2019 and 4th on the opening night in 2016.

Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) is fresh off a major score in last Saturday’s Oval Nationals at California’s Perris Auto Speedway. At Arizona, he’s a USAC National Midget winner during Western World, which came in the 2019 opener. With the USAC National Sprint Cars there, Thomas finished a best of 2nd in 2019 on the final night and was 5th in the 2018 opener.

No driver has been as consistent of a frontrunner at Arizona in USAC National Sprint Car competition than 2017 series champion Chris Windom. The Canton, Ill. native swept to victories on both nights in 2016. He’s also been 4th on four different occasions, in the 2017 opener, on both nights in 2017, and in the 2019 finale. He also corralled the Western World 360 Sprint Car feature in 2017 and collected the first night in 2016 for a total of four Western World wins.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) hit Western World paydirt for the first time with the USAC National Sprint Cars at Arizona in 2018. He reached the promised land yet again for the second time, first under sole USAC CRA sanctioning, in the 2020 opener. The 2020 Silver Crown champ also posted a 2nd at Western World in 2019’s curtain riser.

Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) is on the cusp of an eighth consecutive (ninth overall) USAC CRA Sprint Car title, possessing a 56-point edge over Brody Roa. Gardner has won with USAC CRA on two occasions at Arizona, first in 2018, and as recently October 2 of this year. The spoils of a Western World victory have eluded him thus far after a pair of runner-up results on both nights of 2016, plus a 3rd in the 2018 lid-lifter.

Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) stamped his legacy on Western World lore, garnering a 2015 final night triumph with the USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Cars when the event was held at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. At Arizona, the 2019 Southwest champ has posted solid results in the latter half of the top-ten each year with a 9th in 2016, 6th in 2017, 7th in 2018 and 10th in 2019.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) owns a USAC Southwest Sprint Car score at Arizona Speedway, which he gained during the 2019 campaign with the 360 c.i. series. The Arizona Speedway one-lap USAC National Midget track record holder took a career-best 5th with the USAC National Sprints in 2018, a 9th in 2019 and a 10th in 2018.

Top USAC National Sprint Car Rookie Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) has a USAC National Midget win under his belt at Arizona Speedway, capturing the opener of the 2020 event. This weekend, however, will mark the 2016 USAC National Midget champ’s Sprint Car debut at the track.

For Arizona car owner Bill Michael, one of his lifelong dreams is to win at Western World. He has a substantial shot at it this weekend with 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champ C.J. Leary at the controls. The Greenfield, Ind. native has been in the hunt at Western World in recent years, finishing 3rd in 2018 and 5th in 2019.

Arizona Speedway’s winningest USAC Southwest Sprint Car driver is R.J. Johnson who’s far and away the leader in that category with 19 career tallies. The Laveen, Arizonian put up a pair of Western World prelim Sprint Car wins with the 360s in both 2009 and 2013. His most successful run with the USAC National Sprint Cars at Arizona came in 2017 with a 9th in the opener and a career-best 3rd in the closer. R.J.’s father, Ricky Johnson, collected a non-wing 360 sprint car win in the 1995 Western World.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) broke through for his first career USAC National Sprint Car win last Thursday night at Perris. At Arizona, he broke through with a 30-lap Western World prelim victory in USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Car action in 2018. Earlier that same season, he added a USAC CRA win at Arizona. The 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ can count two top-ten runs with the USAC National Sprints at Arizona, an 8th in 2019 and a 10th in 2016.

Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) has quite a hefty notebook of success stories at Arizona Speedway with eight USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Car wins to his credit. His, at the time, best career USAC National Sprint finish came via a 4th in 2019 at Western World, which was ultimately eclipsed by his 3rd place result at South Dakota’s Huset’s this past September.

Arizona’s own Tye Mihocko (Phoenix, Ariz.) picked himself up a USAC Southwest 360 Sprint win at Arizona during the 2018 season. His lone USAC National Sprint Car feature start at the venue resulted in a 20th place showing during the first night of the 2018 event.

Returning to the Western World lineup this weekend are 2021 USAC CRA winners Austin Williams, Cody Williams and Max Adams. Austin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) took 9th in the 2019 program while brother Cody (Norco, Calif.) recorded an 18th in 2018. The third Williams brother, Logan (Yorba Linda, Calif.), was the 22nd place combatant in both 2017 and 2018. Adams (Loomis, Calif.), meanwhile, was 15th in 2019.

Tommy Malcolm (Corona, Calif.) brought the thunder for a 9th place finish in 2019, while Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, Calif.) was 16th in 2019 and Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.) penned a 20th in 2019.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) led the first 13 laps of October’s USAC CRA feature at Arizona before a mechanical issue sent him careening into the turn one wall. He looks to make his first USAC National Sprint Car start at Arizona after finishing 9th in the midget there in 2020. Johnson will pilot a car owned by Jack Yeley, a 1988 Western World winner in the Mighty Midget of Arizona portion of the program.

Fellow first-time USAC National Sprint Car starting hopefuls at Arizona Speedway this weekend include USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), plus Arizona’s Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.), Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Ariz.).

Also hailing from the Grand Canyon State are USAC Southwest Sprint Car and USAC Silver Crown veteran Brent Yarnal (Phoenix, Ariz.) and the Calderwood siblings from Goodyear, Ariz., Logan and Tuesday, who are the grandchildren of Dave Calderwood, a winning USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget car owner during the 1990s.

Three-plus decade veteran and past California Racing Association feature winner Verne Sweeney (Lomita, Calif.) is on the road to Arizona following a 10th place USAC CRA finish in October while Sprint Car Rookie Alex Banales (West Lafayette, Ind.), seeks his first ever appearance at the track.

Forty-one previous USAC National Sprint Car events have been held in the state of Arizona. Bryan Clauson is the all-time leader in that category with five. Bob Cleberg was victorious in the inaugural Western World Championships held in 1968 at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz.

On Friday, pits open at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:10pm. On Saturday, pits open at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, autograph session from 4-4:35pm drivers meeting at 4:45pm and cars on track at 5:10pm.

General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under. Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

An open practice for sprint cars and midgets will take place on Thursday night, November 11 from 6:30-9:30pm Mountain. Pits open at Noon with a racer and pit crew appreciation BBQ in the pit area featuring free food and drinks set for 5-6pm.

On practice night, adult pit passes are $30, kids 7-12 pit passes are $15 and kids 6 and under pit passes are $15.

Both nights of racing at the Western World Championships can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2799, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2747, 3-Justin Grant-2640, 4-Tanner Thorson-2517, 5-C.J. Leary-2499, 6-Chris Windom-2421, 7-Jake Swanson-2336, 8-Robert Ballou-1987, 9-Chase Stockon-1709, 10-Logan Seavey-1475.

ARIZONA SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:

3-Tyler Courtney

2-Chris Windom

1-Justin Grant, Thomas Meseraull & Chase Stockon

ARIZONA SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

2016: Chris Windom (11/4) & Chris Windom (11/5)

2017: Thomas Meseraull (11/3) & Chase Stockon (11/4)

2018: Justin Grant (11/2) & Tyler Courtney (11/3)

2019: Tyler Courtney (11/15) & Tyler Courtney (11/16)

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA:

5-Bryan Clauson

3-Jerry Coons Jr. & Tyler Courtney

2-Dave Darland, Bud Kaeding, Chase Stockon, Kevin Swindell, Chris Windom & Josh Wise

1-Mario Andretti, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Don Branson, Bob East, Chet Fillip, A.J. Foyt, Damion Gardner, Justin Grant, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Levi Jones, Mike Martin, Lealand McSpadden, Thomas Meseraull, Andy Michner & Brian Tyler

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/5/2016 - Chad Boespflug - 14.625 - 82.051 mph

8 Laps - 11/5/2016 - Ryan Bernal - 2:05.61 - 76.427 mph

12 Laps - 11/4/2017 - Robert Ballou - 3:13.65 - 74.361 mph

PAST WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL NIGHT WINNERS:

1968: Bob Cleberg (Non-Wing Sprint)

1969: Bob Huebner (Non-Wing Sprint)

1970: Jerry McClung (Non-Wing Sprint)

1971: Jan Opperman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1972: Jan Opperman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1973: Earl Wagner (Non-Wing Sprint)

1974: Rick Ferkel (Non-Wing Sprint)

1975: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1976: Bubby Jones (Non-Wing Sprint)

1977: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1978: Lealand McSpadden (Non-Wing Sprint)

1979: Tim Green (Non-Wing Sprint)

1980: Jeff Swindell (Non-Wing Sprint)

1981: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1982: Steve Kinser (Non-Wing Sprint)

1983: Steve Kinser (Non-Wing Sprint)

1984: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1985: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint) & Lealand McSpadden (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1986: Bobby Davis Jr. (Winged Sprint) & Ron Shuman (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1987: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint) & Lealand McSpadden (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1988: Mark Kinser (Winged Sprint) & Jack Yeley (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1989: Sammy Swindell (Winged Sprint) & Gary Faucett (Midget)

1990: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint)

1991: Danny Lasoski (Winged Sprint), Wayne Bennet (Non-Winged 360 Sprint) & Ron Shuman (Arizona Midget Racing Association)

1992: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint), Bob Ream Jr. (Non-Winged 360 Sprint) & Bob Broseman (Midget)

1993: Lealand McSpadden (Non-Wing Sprint)

1994: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1995: Lealand McSpadden (SCRA Sprint), Ricky Johnson (Non-Wing 360 Sprint) & Josh Pelkey (Midget)

1996: Steve Kinser (World of Outlaws Sprint)

1997: Mark Kinser (World of Outlaws Sprint)

1998: Tyler Walker (World of Outlaws Sprint)

1999: Donny Schatz (World of Outlaws Sprint)

2000: Jay Drake (SCRA Sprint)

2001: Jeremy Sherman (SCRA Sprint)

2002: Bud Kaeding (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2003: Tony Elliott (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2004: Bud Kaeding (USAC Sprint) & Josh Ford (360 Sprint)

2005: Dave Darland (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2006: Josh Wise (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2007: Jerry Coons Jr. (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2008: Kevin Swindell (USAC Sprint) & Jesse Hockett (360 Sprint)

2009: Brady Bacon (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Sammy Swindell (ASCS Winged Sprint)

2010: Brady Bacon (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Donny Schatz (ASCS Winged Sprint)

2011: Tracy Hines (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Donny Schatz (ASCS Winged Sprint)

2012: Bryan Clauson (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Wayne Johnson (ASCS Winged Sprint)

2013: Bryan Clauson (USAC Southwest Sprint & USAC Midget)

2014: Matt Rossi (USAC Southwest Sprint) & Darren Hagen (USAC Midget)

2015: Bryan Clauson (USAC Sprint) & Brody Roa (USAC Southwest Sprint)

2016: Chris Windom (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (USAC Southwest Sprint)

2017: Chase Stockon (USAC Sprint) & Chris Windom (USAC Southwest Sprint)

2018: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (USAC Southwest Sprint)

2019: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (USAC Midget)

2020: Tyler Courtney (USAC CRA Sprint) & Buddy Kofoid (USAC Midget)

PAST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE RESULTS AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY:

2016 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Jake Swanson, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Austin Williams, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Carson Macedo, 17. Mike Spencer, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 21. Max Adams, 22. Cody Williams, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Jeremy Ellertson, 25. Dave Darland, 26. Stevie Sussex. NT

2016 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. Ryan Bernal, 9. Carson Macedo, 10. Josh Hodges, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Brody Roa, 17. Thomas Meseraull, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Max Adams, 20. Mike Spencer, 21. Matt Rossi, 22. Mike Martin, 23. Cody Williams, 24. Austin Williams. NT

2017 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brady Bacon, 3, Robert Ballou, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. R.J. Johnson, 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Brody Roa, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Mike Spencer , 15. Dave Darland, 16. Charles Davis Jr., 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Austin Williams, 19. Justin Grant, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. C.J. Leary, 22. Chet Williams, 23. Isaac Chapple, 24. Landon Cling. NT

2017 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Chris Windom, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. Charles Davis, Jr., 18. Danny Faria, Jr., 19. Mike Spencer, 20. Austin Williams, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Cody Williams. NT

2018 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Logan Seavey, 11. R.J. Johnson, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Thomas Meseraull, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Matt Rossi, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Josh Hodges, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Danny Faria Jr., 20. Tye Mihocko, 21. Ryan Bernal, 22. Joel Rayborne, 23. Logan Williams, 24. Jason McDougal. NT

2018 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dave Darland, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Ryan Bernal, 12. Jake Swanson, 13. Brody Roa, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Brady Bacon, 16. Josh Hodges, 17. R.J. Johnson, 18. Danny Sheridan, 19. Matt Rossi, 20, Austin Williams, 21. Stevie Sussex, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Joel Rayborne, 24. Cody Williams. NT

2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Justin Grant (4), 3. Jason McDougal (9), 4. Charles Davis, Jr. (16), 5. Stevie Sussex (24), 6. C.J. Leary (11), 7. Josh Hodges (13), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Austin Williams (2), 10. Tommy Malcolm (23), 11. Jake Swanson (10), 12. Thomas Meseraull (18), 13. Damion Gardner (14), 14. R.J. Johnson (15), 15. Max Adams (21), 16. Chris Gansen (19), 17. Brady Bacon (12), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 19. Brody Roa (20), 20. Chris Windom (1), 21. Hunter Schuerenberg (7), 22. Kyle Shipley (22), 23. Dustin Clark (17), 24. Logan Seavey (6). NT

2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 3. Brady Bacon (2), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. C.J. Leary (6), 6. Damion Gardner (4), 7. Josh Hodges (1), 8. Jake Swanson (8), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Brody Roa (22), 11. Stevie Sussex (23), 12. R.J. Johnson (18), 13. Austin Williams (20), 14. Chase Stockon (13), 15. Thomas Meseraull (21), 16. Eric Wilkins (11), 17. Dustin Clark (17), 18. Chris Gansen (14), 19. Chris Bonneau (19), 20. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (15), 21. Justin Grant (7), 22. Jason McDougal (16), 23. Charles Davis, Jr. (24), 24. Hunter Schuerenberg (12). NT

 

 

TURKEY NIGHT GP PURSE INCREASES BY $15,000 COURTESY OF ARP

 By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 10, 2021)………Automotive Racing Products, the title sponsor of the 80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, has added $15,000 to the event purse from top-to-bottom when the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship arrives at southern California’s Ventura Raceway for the prestigious event on Saturday night, November 27.

ARP, the world leader in fastener technology, is the title sponsor for the for the famed 98-lap race at the 1/5-mile dirt oval, a crown jewel race rich with tradition that dates back to 1934.

The payout increases are evident for all positions throughout the field with the winner’s share being increased to $10,000, nearly double the payout from the most recent edition of Turkey Night in 2019, in addition to a specially designed trophy to commemorate the world-famous race.

Second and third place have also received substantial boosts with the runner-up spot being increased by two-grand to $5,000 while third will nearly double with the last spot on the podium now generating $3,500. In fact, each top-10 finisher will earn, at minimum, a $1,000 payday while paying a minimum of $600 to start.

Among the legends who’ve been victorious at the Turkey Night Grand Prix are Indianapolis 500 winners Bill Vukovich, Johnnie Parsons, A.J. Foyt and Parnelli Jones, plus multi-time National Champion Tony Bettenhausen, son Gary Bettenhausen, 111-time USAC National Midget winner Mel Kenyon, Bubby Jones and eight-time Turkey Night winner Ron Shuman.

IndyCar, NASCAR and USAC Triple Crown champ Tony Stewart has won at Turkey Night as has fellow USAC Triple Crown winner Dave Darland, Bryan Clauson and current NASCAR stars Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell.

For the first time in 2021, the Turkey Night Grand Prix will be contested on Saturday, November 27 along with the main event for the USAC West Coast & VRA 360 Sprint Cars. Midget practice and Sprint Car prelims the night before on Friday, November 26.

The race will serve as the season finale for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Midgets in 2021.

Tickets for the Turkey Night Grand Prix are now on sale at www.venturaraceway.com. For more information, please call (805) 985-5433.

FEATURE PURSE BREAKDOWN FOR THE 2021 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX:

1st: $10,000 | (Increase of $4,000)

2nd: $5,000 | (Increase of $2,000)

3rd: $3,500 | (Increase of +$1,500)

4th: $2,500 | (Increase of +$1,000)

5th: $2.000 | (Increase of +$750)

6th: $1,500 | (Increase of +$500)

7th: $1,200 | (Increase of +$300)

8th: $1,100 | (Increase of +$250)

9th: $1,050 | (Increase of +$250)

10th: $1,000 | (Increase of +$225)

11th: $950 | (Increase of +$200)

12th: $900 | (Increase of +$175)

13th: $875 | (Increase of +$175)

14th: $850| (Increase of +$175)

15th: $800 | (Increase of +$150)

16th: $775 | (Increase of +$150)

17th: $750 | (Increase of +$150)

18th: $725 | (Increase of +$150)

19th: $700 | (Increase of +$150)

20th: $675 | (Increase of +$150)

21st: $650 | (Increase of +$150)

22nd: $625 | (Increase of +$150)

23rd: $600 | (Increase of +$150)

24th: $600 | (Increase of +$150)

25th: $600 | (Increase of +$150)

26th: $600 | (Increase of +$150)

Semi-Feature Non-Transfers: $200 | (Increase of +100)

All Other Non-Transfers: $100

Best Finishing Double-Duty Driver in Midgets & Sprint Cars: $500

 

 

NASCAR STAR CHASE ELLIOTT ENTERS USAC’S HANGTOWN 100 AT PLACERVILLE

By: Gary Thomas

Placerville, California (November 10, 2021)………With excitement ramping up for the “Hangtown 100,” race officials are thrilled to announce that 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott will make his Placerville Speedway debut at the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event to be held on November 18-19-20, 2021.

Elliott will be in competition at the event along with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson, who just wrapped up the NASCAR Cup Series title last weekend. The 25-year-old Elliott has broadened his racing horizons this season, competing in several USAC events on the dirt, including the annual Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Next week’s running of the Hangtown 100 will be Elliott’s first taste of the famed Placerville Speedway red clay. The Dawsonville, Georgia native will be aboard a Midget owned by Kyle Larson Racing at the much-anticipated event.

“It’s truly an exciting thing for everyone involved to have Chase Elliott compete at the Hangtown 100,” said Placerville Speedway Promoter Scott Russell. “We are thrilled that Chase has decided to run the event along with his teammate Kyle Larson. Having the last two NASCAR Cup Series champions in action at the Hangtown 100 is unprecedented. We hope everyone has their tickets and will come enjoy three nights of spectacular USAC National Midget racing with us.”

Elliott this season drove to a pair of NASCAR Cup Series victories to go along with his 15 top-five finishes. The second-generation racer has also earned the Most Popular Driver Award each of the past three seasons.

Three-night reserved and general admission ticket packages for the Hangtown 100, along with single night tickets are available at https://happsnow.com/event/Placerville-Speedway.

Reserved seating will make up rows J-T and General Admission will be comprised of rows A-I. Pit pass combo upgrades are also available for $20 each day.

The Hangtown 100 occurs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 18th, 19th and 20th and marks the second ever appearance by the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series to Placerville Speedway. Also sharing the card will be the BCRA / California Lightning Sprints, who are set to run without the wings each night.

The expanded three-night event will utilize a modified Trophy Cup style format, featuring larger than normal inverts. All the biggest names in USAC National Midget racing will be in action, as well as special guest appearances by some of racing’s biggest stars.

To stay up to date with event news be sure and visit www.hangtown100.com and follow along on Twitter https://twitter.com/hangtown100

Camping is available on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the event and can be reserved by calling 530-621-5860.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667.

For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

 

 

WESTERN’S BEST: USAC MIDGETS OPEN WESTERN SWING NOV. 12-13 AT ARIZONA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 10, 2021)………Three-hundred-sixty-four nights after arriving at Arizona Speedway’s Western World Championships for his first-ever USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget appearance, Buddy Kofoid became a Western World champion.

That accomplishment was realized in late November 2020 as the Penngrove, Californian led wire-to-wire from his outside front row starting spot, withstanding a steady challenge from Tanner Thorson as well as a late-race restart, to capture the victory in what he described as a “feather in his cap” to win at such a historic event.

One big step in 2019 was followed by major winning step in 2020. Now, this coming Friday and Saturday night, November 12-13, Kofoid looks to take the next leap into becoming a first-time USAC National Midget champion.

Kofoid trails point leader and reigning series champion Chris Windom by 13 points entering this weekend’s two races at San Tan Valley’s 1/3-mile Arizona Speedway for the 54th annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford as the series begins its largest ever year-end western trip for the first two of nine races in a 16-day span.

Though traditionally a sprint car event since its debut in 1968, Western World has become a haven for spectacular midget racing in the Grand Canyon State, with such winners as Lealand McSpadden, Ron Shuman, Jack Yeley, Bryan Clauson, Darren Hagen and Brady Bacon over the past few decades.

This year’s driver lineup boasts three past USAC National Midget feature winners at Arizona Speedway, featuring Kofoid, 2020 opening night winner Tanner Thorson and 2019 opening night victor, Kevin Thomas Jr. In addition to his victory, Kofoid finished fourth in the 2020 Western World midget opener the night prior.

USAC Triple Crown champion, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), has won more often at the Western World than any other driver in this weekend’s lineup, with three sprint car wins, including a sweep of the 2016 National Sprint features along with a USAC Southwest Sprint prelim victory that same weekend. He added another USAC Southwest win on the final night of Western World in 2017 as well. In the Midget at Arizona Speedway, Windom finished 7th on both nights of 2019, then was 8th and 4th in two rounds during the 2020 season.

Windom drives for Arizona native Chad Boat, who is the son of a past USAC National Midget winner in the state of Arizona, Billy Boat, who prevailed in a last lap thrash at Phoenix International Raceway in 1996. Joining Windom on the CB Industries team for the western tour are Western World Rookies Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.), a 15-time winner in sprint car and midget competition this season, and a recent Trophy Cup final night winner in Tulare, Calif. Twelve-time 2021 micro sprint winner Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) is also on board for her USAC National Midget debut.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) was victorious in his Arizona Speedway midget debut in the 2020 Western World opener, capturing the midget feature on the final green-white-checkered restart, in which he started third. The 2016 series champ followed the performance up with a runner-up finish the next night while also setting fast time.

Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) will make his return to Midget racing at Arizona Speedway this weekend after notching a hard-fought victory in the debut for the series at the track in 2019. He then tallied a 6th place run the following night, adding to his solid weekend.

Just as he did one year ago, Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) enters Western World after having won in his last time out in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. Meseraull also possesses winning experience at Arizona Speedway, having won the Western World Sprint Car opener in the 2017 event. His best Arizona Midget finish thus far is a 12th on the final night in 2020.

Meseraull’s RMS Racing teammate is Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is a two-time winner at Arizona, having captured the opening night Western World Sprint Car features in both 2018 and 2020. Grant finished in the 6th position on both nights of midget racing in 2020.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has finished as the runner-up twice in his four previous Western World Midget starts at Arizona Speedway, doing so in the 2019 finale and the 2020 opener. He’s a two-time Western World Midget fast qualifier and is also the one-lap and 12-lap track record holder for USAC Midgets at Arizona. His one-lap time of 15.137 was set on 11/13/2020. The 2018 USAC National Midget champion won at Arizona Speedway with the USAC Southwest Sprint Car series in 2019.

Like his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate, Buddy Kofoid, Pursley made his first career USAC National Midget start during the 2019 Western World. The Locust Grove, Okla. driver turned around in 2020 and delivered two sensational performances with a 5th in the opener and a 3rd in the finale.

First-time Western World Midget starters in 2020 who are looking to up their scorecard in this weekend’s events are third-place point man, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), who was 13th in 2020 and Bixby, Oklahoma’s Cannon McIntosh who stands 10th in the standings and finished 10th in 2020.

KKM teammates Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) took 11th on night two of 2020 while Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) notched a 15th on night one after starting on pole. Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) tallied a 16th on night two of 2020.

Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports teammates Chase Randall and Hayden Reinbold are back for their second year at Western World. Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) scored a 17th while Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) finished 18th and enters the weekend as the leading contender for Rookie of the Year.

First-time Western World entrants include Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) for KKM along with series veteran Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), plus Kevin Woody Jr. (Victor, N.Y.) in a second Dave Mac Motorsports car, Trevor Casey (Altoona, Iowa) for Mounce-Stout Motorsports and first-time series competitor Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Ariz.).

Eighty-three previous USAC National Midget events have been held in Arizona. In fact, the fourth ever race in series history occurred on March 31, 1956, at South Mountain Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz., a 100-lap feature won by National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Famer Johnnie Tolan, a two-time Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association champion in 1946-47, AAA Midwest Midget champion in 1950 & 1952, and AAA National Midget champion in 1952.

On Friday, pits open at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:10pm. On Saturday, pits open at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, autograph session from 4-4:35pm drivers meeting at 4:45pm and cars on track at 5:10pm.

General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under. Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

An open practice for sprint cars and midgets will take place on Thursday night, November 11 from 6:30-9:30pm Mountain. Pits open at Noon with a racer and pit crew appreciation BBQ in the pit area featuring free food and drinks set for 5-6pm.

On practice night, adult pit passes are $30, kids 7-12 pit passes are $15 and kids 6 and under pit passes are $15.

Both nights of racing at the Western World Championships can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1996, 2-Buddy Kofoid-1983, 3-Emerson Axsom-1840, 4-Daison Pursley-1834, 5-Tanner Thorson-1814, 6-Justin Grant-1796, 7-Logan Seavey-1725, 8-Thomas Meseraull-1627, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1597, 10-Cannon McIntosh-1409.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY:

1-Brady Bacon, Buddy Kofoid, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Tanner Thorson

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA:

7-Mel Kenyon

3-Gary Bettenhausen, Bobby East, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Dave Steele & Tony Stewart

2-Christopher Bell, Merle Bettenhausen, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton, Chuck Gurney, Jason Leffler, Roger McCluskey, Chuck Rodee, Brad Sweet, Johnnie Tolan, Sleepy Tripp & J.J. Yeley

1-Chuck Arnold, Brady Bacon, Tom Bigelow, Billy Boat, Billy Cantrell, Bryan Clauson, Larry Dickson, Dan Drinan, Billy Engelhart, Robby Flock, Stan Fox, A.J. Foyt, Billy Garrett, Rick Goudy, Allen Heath, Parnelli Jones, Buddy Kofoid, Cory Kruseman, Kyle Larson, Michael Lewis, Jerry McClung, Bobby Olivero, Aaron Pollock, Larry Rice, Bobby Santos, Les Scott, Tom Sellberg, Bob Tattersall, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson, Rich Vogler, Billy Vukovich, Bruce Walkup & Bob Wente

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap: 11/13/2020 - Logan Seavey - 15.137 - 79.197 mph

8 Laps: 11/15/2019 - Jesse Colwell - 2:07.777 - 75.056 mph

12 Laps: 11/14/2020 - Logan Seavey - 3:13.982 - 74.160 mph

PAST WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL NIGHT WINNERS:

1968: Bob Cleberg

1969: Bob Huebner

1970: Jerry McClung

1971: Jan Opperman

1972: Jan Opperman

1973: Earl Wagner

1974: Rick Ferkel

1975: Ron Shuman

1976: Bubby Jones

1977: Ron Shuman

1978: Lealand McSpadden

1979: Tim Green

1980: Jeff Swindell

1981: Ron Shuman

1982: Steve Kinser

1983: Steve Kinser

1984: Ron Shuman

1985: Steve Kinser (Sprint) & Lealand McSpadden (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1986: Bobby Davis Jr. (Sprint) & Ron Shuman (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1987: Steve Kinser (Sprint) & Lealand McSpadden (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1988: Mark Kinser (Sprint) & Jack Yeley (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1989: Sammy Swindell (Sprint) & Gary Faucett (Midget)

1990: Steve Kinser

1991: Danny Lasoski (410 Sprint), Wayne Bennet (360 Sprint) & Ron Shuman (Arizona Midget Racing Association)

1992: Steve Kinser (410 Sprint), Bob Ream Jr. (360 Sprint) & Bob Broseman (Midget)

1993: Lealand McSpadden

1994: Ron Shuman

1995: Lealand McSpadden (410 Sprint), Ricky Johnson (360 Sprint) & Josh Pelkey (Midget)

1996: Steve Kinser

1997: Mark Kinser

1998: Tyler Walker

1999: Donny Schatz

2000: Jay Drake

2001: Jeremy Sherman

2002: Bud Kaeding (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2003: Tony Elliott (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2004: Bud Kaeding (USAC Sprint) & Josh Ford (360 Sprint)

2005: Dave Darland (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2006: Josh Wise (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2007: Jerry Coons Jr. (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2008: Kevin Swindell (USAC Sprint) & Jesse Hockett (360 Sprint)

2009: Brady Bacon (360 Sprint) & Sammy Swindell (Winged)

2010: Brady Bacon (410 Sprint), R.J. Johnson (360 Sprint) & Donny Schatz (Winged)

2011: Tracy Hines (USAC Sprint) & Donny Schatz (Winged)

2012: Bryan Clauson & Wayne Johnson (Winged)

2013: Bryan Clauson (Sprint Car & USAC Midget)

2014: Matt Rossi (360 Sprint) & Darren Hagen (USAC Midget)

2015: Bryan Clauson (USAC Sprint) & Brody Roa (360 Sprint)

2016: Chris Windom (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (360 Sprint)

2017: Chase Stockon (USAC Sprint) & Chris Windom (360 Sprint)

2018: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (360 Sprint)

2019: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (USAC Midget)

2020: Tyler Courtney (USAC CRA Sprint) & Buddy Kofoid (USAC Midget)

PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY:

2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Zeb Wise (3), 3. Tanner Carrick (4), 4. Logan Seavey (6), 5. Carson Macedo (8), 6. Rico Abreu (7), 7. Chris Windom (11), 8. Tyler Courtney (5), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 10. Brady Bacon (10), 11. Jason McDougal (15), 12. Gio Scelzi (2), 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer (23), 14. Kyle Cummins (21), 15. Jesse Colwell (19), 16. Cory Elliott (22), 17. Andrew Layser (12), 18. Holley Hollan (20), 19. Robert Dalby (9), 20. Daison Pursley (17), 21. Conor Daly (16), 22. C.J. Sarna (24), 23. Thomas Meseraull (18), 24. Karsyn Elledge (13), 25. Marvin Mitchell (23). NT

2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. Logan Seavey (4), 3. Zeb Wise (1), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Rico Abreu (18), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 7. Chris Windom (9), 8. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 9. Gio Scelzi (8), 10. Tanner Carrick (13), 11. Andrew Layser (11), 12. Daison Pursley (16), 13. Shannon McQueen (22), 14. Holley Hollan (19), 15. Kyle Cummins (17), 16. Noah Gass (23), 17. Conor Daly (20), 18. Karsyn Elledge (7), 19. Jason McDougal (15), 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 21. Jesse Colwell (3), 22. Buddy Kofoid (12), 23. Thomas Meseraull (21). NT

2020 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (3), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Tyler Courtney (13), 4. Buddy Kofoid (2), 5. Daison Pursley (4), 6. Justin Grant (9), 7. Tanner Carrick (12), 8. Chris Windom (20), 9. Clinton Boyles (21), 10. Cannon McIntosh (11), 11. Spencer Bayston (5), 12. Bryant Wiedeman (10), 13. Jerry Coons Jr. (17), 14. Emerson Axsom (22), 15. Brenham Crouch (1), 16. Thomas Meseraull (19), 17. Noah Gass (7), 18. Andrew Layser* (23), 19. Cole Bodine (15), 20. Robert Dalby (18), 21. Kaylee Bryson (16), 22. Chase Johnson (14), 23. Chase Randall (8). NT

2020 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Tanner Thorson (6), 3. Daison Pursley (16), 4. Chris Windom (5), 5. Spencer Bayston (8), 6. Justin Grant (7), 7. Andrew Layser (13), 8. Logan Seavey (10), 9. Chase Johnson (19), 10. Tanner Carrick (4), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (14), 12. Thomas Meseraull (15), 13. Emerson Axsom (9), 14. Cannon McIntosh (12), 15. Robert Dalby (1), 16. Kaylee Bryson (18), 17. Hayden Reinbold* (23), 18. Chase Randall (11), 19. Noah Gass (20), 20. Brenham Crouch (22), 21. Clinton Boyles (21), 22. Tyler Courtney (3), 23. Cole Bodine (17). NT

 


 

BIGGEST WESTERN TOUR EVER! USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS BEGIN BUSIEST NOVEMBER SLATE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 9, 2021)………USAC’s NOS Energy Drink National Midgets are headed west for the series’ most expansive west coast trip ever.

A run of nine events in a 16-day span is set to begin this Friday and Saturday night, November 12-13, at Arizona Speedway for the 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford. Then, it’s off to the Golden State of California for the final flourish of seven races to finish out the 40-race schedule.

Interestingly enough, the most recent time the USAC National Midget schedule reached a total of 40 events throughout the year prior to 2021 came in 1988, which is the highwater mark for end-of-season western voyages by the series.

That year, 33 years ago, featured seven venues, including two that are on this year’s schedule – Bakersfield, Calif. and Ventura, Calif. – won by USAC’s winningest driver, Rich Vogler, and upstart P.J. Jones, respectively. USAC Western States Midgets’ all-time winner Sleepy Tripp scored at Raven Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. while Vogler was victorious once more at Hanford, Calif. Dave Strickland Jr., meanwhile, took the finale at El Centro, Calif.

Two defunct California venues – Fremont’s Baylands Raceway Park and Gardena’s Ascot Park – were on that ’88 western tour with Kevin Olson the winner while Chuck Gurney took the third-from-last Turkey Night Grand Prix held at Ascot, which is now held on the beach at Ventura.

Ventura is where the 2021 journey ends on, but there’s so much sandwiched between Arizona and Bakersfield in a short timeframe. After Arizona, the trail leads straight to California for the final seven, starting at Bakersfield Speedway’s November Classic on Nov. 16, then three-in-a-row at Placerville Speedway for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 on Nov. 18-19-20, twice at Merced Speedway on Nov. 23-24, then the finale at Ventura Raceway on Nov. 27 for the 80th running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix.

Just five years ago, the western tour consisted of just one race. Now, there’s nearly a full, standalone docket of events that’s truly large in the historical sense.

All roads leading west to the warmer climes in order to extend the racing season another month is a yearly tradition for USAC dating to the beginning, in 1956, and Edgar Elder’s triumph at Gardena Stadium for the Turkey Night Grand Prix.

Tradition is history and history is tradition. Now, today’s racing heroes of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets are prepared to make history on the track.

The quest begins this weekend at Arizona Speedway on Friday with pits opening at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:10pm. On Saturday, pits open at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, autograph session from 4-4:35pm drivers meeting at 4:45pm and cars on track at 5:10pm.

General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under. Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

An open practice for sprint cars and midgets will take place on Thursday night, November 11 from 6:30-9:30pm Mountain. Pits open at Noon with a racer and pit crew appreciation BBQ in the pit area featuring free food and drinks set for 5-6pm.

Both nights of the Western World Championship racing can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

END-OF-THE-YEAR USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACES IN THE WEST:

7 Races: 1988

6 Races: 1961, 1965, 1989 & 2019

5 Races: 1962, 1967, 1987 & 2020

4 Races: 1958, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2013 & 2014

3 Races: 1960, 1974, 1995, 1997 & 2002

2 Races: 1957, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2017 & 2018

1 Race: 1956, 1963, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2015 & 2016

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2021 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS

Driver Point Leader: Chris Windom

Owner Point Leader: CB Industries #89

Leading Rookie Driver in Points: Chase Randall (11th)

Most Feature Wins: 7-Tanner Thorson

Laps Led: 153-Chris Windom

Top-Fives: 23-Chris Windom

Top-Tens: 29-Buddy Kofoid

Fast Qualifying Times: 5-Tanner Thorson

Heat Race Wins: 9-Justin Grant

Feature Starts: 31-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st) & Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Logan Seavey (22nd to 7th)

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Petry Motorsports #15)

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Jun 3: (I) Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jun 4: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 5: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN WINNER: Logan Seavey (Tom Malloy #25)

Jun 6: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Glenn Styres Racing #3G)

Jun 9: (I) Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN WINNER: Corey Day (Clauson Marshall Racing #47BC)

Jun 10: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jun 11: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 12: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Jul 13: (M) Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK WINNER: Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Jul 15: (M) Solomon Valley Raceway – Beloit, KS WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jul 16: (M) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Jul 17: (M) (F) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Petry Motorsports #15)

Aug 3: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Aug 4: (E) Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA WINNER: Daison Pursley (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Aug 5: (E) Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Aug 6: (E) Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, PA WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Aug 7: (E) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Newmanstown, PA WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Aug. 19: (F) The Dirt Track at IMS – Indianapolis, IN WINNER: Kyle Larson (CB Industries #86x)

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

Sep 10: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Sep 11: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Sep 12: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson Marshall Racing #7BC)

Sep 25: (F) Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Nov 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

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(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event

(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event

(E) represents an Eastern Midget Week event

(F) represents a race awarding feature points only

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1996 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

2 1983 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

3 1840 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

4 1834 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

5 1814 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

6 1796 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

7 1725 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

8 1627 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

9 1597 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

10 1409 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

® = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 1996 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)

2 1983 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

3 1840 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#15)

4 1834 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71K)

5 1796 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#2J)

6 1725 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25)

7 1659 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19T)

8 1627 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#7x)

9 1597 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#5)

10 1409 Dave Mac Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08)

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1242 Chase Randall, Waco, Texas

2 938 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas

3 882 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.

4 681 Hayden Reinbold, Gilbert, Ariz.

5 598 Hayden Williams, Auckland, N.Z.

6 481 Trey Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.

7 469 Corey Day, Clovis, Calif.

8 422 Ryan Timms, Oklahoma City, Okla.

9 388 Chance Crum, Snohomish, Wash.

10 313 Brian Carber, Pipersville, Pa.

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

7-Tanner Thorson (Apr 11 at Port City Raceway, Jun 10 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Jul 15 at Solomon Valley Raceway, Jul 16 at Jefferson County Speedway, Aug 5 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Aug 6 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway & Sep 5 at Angell Park Speedway)

6-Chris Windom (May 1 at Kokomo Speedway, Jun 12 at Kokomo Speedway, Aug 3 at Grandview Speedway, Sep 11 at Huset’s Speedway, Sep 12 Huset’s Speedway & Sep 25 at Eldora Speedway)

4-Buddy Kofoid (Feb 6 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 10 at Port City Raceway, Jun 4 at Bloomington Speedway & Jun 11 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

4-Thomas Meseraull (Feb 8 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jun 3 at Paragon Speedway, Sep 10 at Huset’s Speedway & Oct 9 at Tri-State Speedway)

2-Emerson Axsom (Apr 30 at Kokomo Speedway & Jul 17 at Jefferson County Speedway)

2-Daison Pursley (Jul 13 at Red Dirt Raceway & Aug 4 at Action Track USA)

1-Tyler Courtney (Sept 24 at Eldora Speedway)

1-Kyle Cummins (Jun 6 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Corey Day (Jun 9 at Circle City Raceway)

1-Justin Grant (Aug 7 at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway)

1-Kyle Larson (Aug 19 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

1-Logan Seavey (Jun 5 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

153-Chris Windom

129-Tanner Thorson

113-Buddy Kofoid

93-Logan Seavey

90-Thomas Meseraull

77-Daison Pursley

72-Emerson Axsom

63-Kevin Thomas Jr.

55-Chase Randall

50-Cannon McIntosh

32-Justin Grant

30-Corey Day

29-Kyle Cummins

14-Tyler Courtney

9-Kaylee Bryson & Sam Johnson

7-Alex Bright, Kyle Larson & Jason McDougal

1-Jonathan Beason

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TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES

23-Chris Windom

20-Buddy Kofoid

16-Emerson Axsom & Justin Grant

14-Daison Pursley

11-Tanner Thorson

9-Thomas Meseraull & Kevin Thomas Jr.

8-Logan Seavey

4-Cannon McIntosh

3-Brady Bacon

2-Spencer Bayston, Tyler Courtney, Brenham Crouch, Corey Day, Shane Golobic, Jason McDougal & Bryant Wiedeman

1-Alex Bright, Brian Carber, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Kyle Larson, Ethan Mitchell, Chase Randall & Hayden Williams

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TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES

29-Buddy Kofoid

26-Chris Windom

24-Justin Grant & Daison Pursley

23-Tanner Thorson

22-Emerson Axsom

21-Logan Seavey

20-Kevin Thomas Jr.

18-Thomas Meseraull

13-Cannon McIntosh

10-Jason McDougal & Chase Randall

5-Brenham Crouch, Corey Day & Bryant Wiedeman

4-Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Cummins, Ethan Mitchell, & Hayden Williams

3-Brady Bacon, Alex Bright, Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic & Ryan Timms

2-Spencer Bayston, Kaylee Bryson, Brian Carber, Tanner Carrick, Chance Crum, Zach Daum, Kyle Jones, Joe B. Miller, Taylor Reimer

1-Jonathan Beason, Trey Gropp, Kyle Larson, Mitchel Moles, Jake Neuman & Hayden Reinbold

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

5-Tanner Thorson

3-Logan Seavey

2-Corey Day, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

1-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Alex Bright, Shane Golobic, Cannon McIntosh, Ethan Mitchell, Mitchel Moles, Chase Randall & Bryan Wiedeman

---------------------------------------------------------------------------- HEAT RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)

9-Justin Grant

8-Buddy Kofoid & Thomas Meseraull

7-Cannon McIntosh & Daison Pursley

6-Emerson Axsom & Tanner Thorson

5-Ethan Mitchell & Kevin Thomas Jr. 4-Chase Randall, Bryant Wiedeman & Chris Windom

3-Jason McDougal

2-Cole Bodine, Brenham Crouch, Corey Day, Taylor Reimer, Logan Seavey, Tyler Thomas, Ryan Timms & Hayden Williams

1-Austin Barnhill, Jonathan Beason, Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Jake Bubak, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Chance Crum, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Chase Elliott, Shane Golobic, Trey Gropp, Sam Johnson, Kyle Jones, Max McLaughlin, Thomas Meseraull, Aiden Purdue & Zac Taylor

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS

1-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Cannon McIntosh, Kevin Thomas Jr & Chris Windom

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ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE WINS

2-Emerson Axsom, Brenham Crouch, Justin Grant, Daison Pursley, Chase Randall, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Chance Crum, Trey Gropp, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Jace Park, Karter Sarff, Jonathan Shafer & Hayden Williams

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C-MAIN WINS

1-Jacob Denney, Chance Morton & Logan Seavey

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D-MAIN WINS

1-Jacob Denney & Tanner Thorson

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FEATURE STARTS

31-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

30-Chase Randall & Kevin Thomas Jr.

23-Brenham Crouch & Ethan Mitchell

20-Bryant Wiedeman

18-Jason McDougal

15-Kaylee Bryson, Hayden Reinbold & Hayden Williams

12-Kyle Cummins & Trey Gropp

10-Ryan Timms

9-Chance Crum, Corey Day & Sam Johnson

8-Brian Carber & Jerry Coons Jr.

7-Taylor Reimer

6-Cole Bodine, Zach Daum & Kyle Jones

5-Brady Bacon, Austin Barnhill & Alex Bright

4-Jonathan Shafer, Tyler Thomas, Glenn Waterland & Kevin Woody Jr.

3-Spencer Bayston, Jonathan Beason, Travis Buckley, Tyler Courtney, Chad Frewaldt, Jimmy Glenn, Shane Golobic, Mitchel Moles, Jake Neuman, Bryan Stanfill & Brandon Waelti

2-Lance Bennett, Clinton Boyles, Jake Bubak, Steve Buckwalter, Tanner Carrick, Maria Cofer, Chase Elliott, Eric Heydenreich, Casey Hicks, Kenney Johnson, Michael Markey, Shannon McQueen, Joe B. Miller, Greg Mitchell, Kade Morton, Brant O'Banion, Daniel Robinson, Alex Sewell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Aaron Werner

1-Blaze Bennett, Tanner Berryhill, Chase Briscoe, Jacob Denney, Carson Garrett, Tommy Kunsman, Kyle Larson, Trey Marcham, Shannon Mausteller, Ace McCarthy, Chase McDermand, Max McLaughlin, Jace Park, Keith Rauch, Matt Rechek, Jack Routson, Tyler Rust, Karter Sarff, Stephen Schnapf, Mark Sokol, Zac Taylor, Brett Wanner, Zeb Wise & Jeff Zelinski

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE RACE:

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Trey Marcham

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Ace McCarthy

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Chris Windom

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Hayden Williams

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Corey Day

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Randall

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Jason McDougal

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Kaylee Bryson

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Jake Bubak

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Thomas Meseraull

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Cannon McIntosh

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Daison Pursley

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Brandon Waelti

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Shane Golobic

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Chase Randall

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Logan Seavey

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Spencer Bayston

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Tyler Rust

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Tanner Carrick (14th to 8th)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Daison Pursley (10th to 5th)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Chris Windom (13th to 4th)

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Tanner Thorson (17th to 7th)

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (13rd to 3rd)

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (12th to 1st)

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Emerson Axsom (22nd to 11th)

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brian Carber (22nd to 10th)

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant (19th to 8th)

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Logan Seavey (22nd to 7th)

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Corey Day (12th to 5th)

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Tanner Thorson (20th to 8th)

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (18th to 9th)

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Justin Grant (13th to 2nd)

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Logan Seavey (17th to 7th)

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Brenham Crouch (22nd to 11th)

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Buddy Kofoid (15th to 2nd)

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (15th to 8th)

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Alex Bright (16th to 6th)

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 6th)

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Kevin Woody Jr. (21st to 15th)

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Kevin Woody Jr. (20th to 11th)

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Emerson Axsom (19th to 5th)

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Brandon Waelti (22nd to 11th)

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Maria Cofer (20th to 12th)

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (16th to 8th)

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Tanner Thorson (18th to 4th)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Hayden Reinbold (20th to 15th)

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (20th to 10th)

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant (17th to 3rd)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Bryant Wiedeman

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Logan Seavey

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Daison Pursley

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Chase Randall

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chris Windom

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cole Bodine

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Chase Randall

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Taylor Reimer

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Hayden Reinbold

Aug 5: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Logan Seavey

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Ethan Mitchell

Aug 7: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Ethan Mitchell

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Jack Routson

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Ethan Mitchell

Sep 11: Huset’s Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 12: Huset’s Speedway – Brant O’Banion

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Chance Crum

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Carson Garrett

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Andrew Felker

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Emilio Hoover

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Brenham Crouch

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Noah Harris

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Cole Bodine

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Kaylee Bryson

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Chett Gehrke

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Travis Buckley

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Bryant Wiedeman

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brian Carber

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Chase Randall

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Trey Gropp

Jul 13: Red Dirt Raceway – Jason McDougal

Jul 15: Solomon Valley Raceway – Sam Johnson

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Jake Bubak

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Hayden Reinbold

Aug 3: Grandview Speedway – Michael Markey

Aug 4: Action Track USA – Dan Bennett

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – J.R. Booth

Aug 19: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Sep 10: Huset’s Speedway – Casey Hicks

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Bryan Stanfill

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Stewart & Tanner Thorson

17. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

20. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart & Kyle Larson

22. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

28. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

30. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

34. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

35. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Stan Fox & Jason Leffler

39. [18 wins] Dave Steele

40. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

42. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

48. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

49. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

53. [13 wins] Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman & Stevie Reeves

57. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim, Ron Shuman & Chris Windom

64. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

70. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

76. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney

80. [8 wins] 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 & Josh Wise

93. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Buddy Kofoid, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Logan Seavey, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

104. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro Jr., Justin Grant, Arnie Knepper, Thomas Meseraull, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. & Roger West

118. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

129. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise

161. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Cannon McIntosh, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

193. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Emerson Axsom, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Daison Pursley, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White & Cole Whitt

229. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook Jr., Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

1. (93) Mel Kenyon

2. (84) Rich Vogler

3. (77) Jimmy Davies

4. (72) Bob Wente

5. (43) Mike McGreevy

6. (38) Tracy Hines, Dave Strickland & Bob Tattersall

9. (36) Johnny Parsons

10. (33) Chuck Rodee

11. (29) Jimmy Caruthers

12. (28) Tommy Astone & Kevin Olson

14. (27) Parnelli Jones

15. (26) Jason Leffler

16. (25) Gary Bettenhausen

17. (24) Gene Hartley

18. (22) Stan Fox & Tanner Thorson

20. (21) Don Branson, Tony Stewart, Shorty Templeman

23. (20) Bryan Clauson, Dan Drinan, Bobby East & Bobby Grim

27. (19) Jay Drake & Kyle Larson

29. (17) Dave Steele & Mike Streicher

31. (16) Rico Abreu, Billy Engelhart, Darren Hagen, Steve Lotshaw & Bobby Olivero

36. (15) Tom Bigelow, Billy Cantrell, Tyler Courtney, Bob McLean & Les Scott

41. (14) Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Jeff Gordon & Kenny Irwin Jr.

45. (13) George Benson, Jimmy Knight & J.J. Yeley

48. (12) Larry Rice & Josh Wise

50. (11) Brady Bacon, Danny Caruthers, Lonnie Caruthers, Russ Congdon, Tommy Copp, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, Len Sutton, Brad Sweet & Sleepy Tripp

61. (10) George Amick, Pancho Carter, Allen Crowe, Logan Seavey, Billy Vukovich & Leroy Warriner

67. (9) A.J. Foyt, Doug Kalitta, Larry Patton, Stevie Reeves, Dave Strickland Jr. & Jerry Weeks

73. (8) Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Rex Easton, Russ Gamester, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sammy Sessions, George Snider & Jack Turner

83. (7) Mike Bliss, Ray Elliott, Allen Heath, Billy Mehner, Andy Michner, Henry Pens, Lowell Sachs, Kody Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

92. (6) Chad Boat, Burt Foland, Brian Gerster, Mike Gregg, Kyle Hamilton, Lee Kunzman, Jerry McClung, Ron Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Don Vogler, Chris Windom & Billy Wood

103. (5) Merle Bettenhausen, Billy Boat, Steve Cannon, Ray Crawford, Kevin Doty, Ronnie Duman, Aaron Fike, Rick Goudy, Jeff Heywood, Eddie Johnson, Steve Knepper, Brad Kuhn, Andy Linden, Bobby Santos, Chris Shultz, Billy Shuman, Chuck Weyant & Mauri Wilson

121. (4) Johnny Anderson, Caleb Armstrong, Sonny Ates, Gary Byers, Dane Carter, Joe Corrigan, Zach Daum, Mike Fedorcak, Robby Flock, Danny Frye, Joe Garson, Shane Golobic, Chuck Gurney, Jim Hettinger, Arnie Knepper, Chuck Marshall, Cannon McIntosh, Danny McKnight, Jeff Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Gary Ponzini, Richard Powell, Porky Rachwitz, Ricky Shelton, Tom Steiner, Bruce Walkup, Rodger Ward, Roger West, & Zeb Wise

151. (3) Bob Cicconi, Cole Carter, Don Anderson, Donnie Beechler, Dwight Brown, Hank Butcher, Harry Beck, Jack Calabrase, Larry Dickson, Mario Clouser, Steve Buckwalter, Tony Bettenhausen, Tony Elliott, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Gene Force, Justin Grant, Bob Hare, Ted Hines, P.J. Jones, Greg Leffler, Grier Manning, Mack McClellan, Roger McCluskey, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell, Johnny Moorhouse, Kenneth Nichols, Jerry Nuckles, Tim Pangborn, Forrest Parker, Johnnie Parsons, Johnny Roberts, Randy Roberts, Lloyd Ruby, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Tom Sellberg, Dale Swaim, Johnnie Tolan & Dillon Welch

192. (2) Sherman Armstrong Jr., Jack Bates, Gays Biro, Art Bisch, Dan Boorse, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Paul Clark, Bob Cortner, Chris Cumberworth, Bob Davison, Corey Day, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Nick Fornoro Jr., Gene Gennetten, Elmer George, Joe Giba, Ron Gregory, Ted Hartley, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Shane Hmiel, Eddie Jackson, Bubby Jones, Dick Jones, Page Jones, Ronnie Kaplan, Johnny Kay, Walt Kennedy, Michael Lewis, Brad Loyet, Jim Mahoney, Jim McClean, Sarah McCune, Warren Mockler, Earl Motter, Ken Nichols, Hank Nykaza, Steve Paden, Danny Pens, Michael Pickens, Parker Price-Miller, Daison Pursley, Levi Roberts, Johnny Rodriguez, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer, Ryan Scott, Jigger Sirois, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danny Stratton, Russ Sweedler, Buddy Taylor, George Tichenor, Bud Tingelstad, Steve Troxell, Bobby Unser, Billy Wease, Ken Weiland, Cole Whitt & Carl Williams

253. (1) Bobby Allen, Al Alpern, Chuck Amati, John Andretti, Capp Arnold, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Tony Ave, Emerson Axsom, Steve Barth, Dave Bartlett, Todd Barton, John Batts, Jim Beckley, Daniel Bedford, Dick Betts, Nick Bohanon, Tony Bonadies, Johnny Boyd, Alex Bright, Kaylee Bryson, Bob Burbridge, Larry Cannon, Roy Caruthers, Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bud Clemons, Johnny Cofer, Duke Cook, Jay Cornell, A.J. Davis, Duke DeRosa, Danny Ebberts, Bob Ellingham, Dean Erfurth, Russ Faucett, Sarah Fisher, Dan Ford, Josh Ford, Danny Frye Jr., Jim Gates, Johnny Gavin, Roy Gillhamer, Roy Graham, Bob Gregg, Mike Groff, Chuck Gurney Jr., Gene Gurney, Butch Haisman, Davey Hamilton, Garrett Hansen, Bob Harkey, Alex Harris, Scott Hatton, Jac Haudenschild, Jim Hemmings, Al Henderson, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hill, Larry Hillerud, Bob Hogle, Shane Hollingsworth, Bill Homeier, Rick Hood, Wally Hostettler, Billy Hughes, Jeff Hunt, Tony Hunt, Gary Irvin, Bob Jesser, Ronnie Johncox, Paul Jones, Jack Jordan, Brent Kaeding, Gary Kanawyer, Jim Keeker, Harry Kern, Jimmy Kirk, Danny Kladis, George Kladis, Clay Klepper, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kojis, Bill Kollman, Jim Lauri IV, Buddy Lee, Donnie Lehmann, Bob Lithgow, Eddie Loomis, Jim Bob Luebbert, Dave Lundy, Carson Macedo, Jim Malloy, Bobby Marshman, Larry McCloskey, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden, Al Miller, J.R. Miller, Stephanie Mockler, Mitchel Moles, Davey Moses, Mike Mosley, Brad Noffsinger, Danny O'Neill, Jan Opperman, Junior Parkinson, Gary Patterson, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Bill Puterbaugh, Jon Rahe, Bill Randall, Chase Randall, Norm Rapp, Keith Rauch, Dickie Reese, Bill Renshaw, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Jack Runyon, John Sarna, Gio Scelzi, Chase Scott, Shane Scully, Roy Seidenstricker, Holly Shelton, Dean Shirley, Tony Simon, C.L. Smith, Bob Spoo, J.P. Standley, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas, Bob Twitty, Al Unser, Don Weaver, Terry Wente, Gene Weyant, Johnny White, Newt White, Bryant Wiedeman, Eric Wilkins & Don Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS

1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney, 2020: Chris Windom

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET OWNER CHAMPIONS

1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Buick Company, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: Don Kenyon, 1975: Ron Tripp, 1976: Ron Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: Don Kenyon, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2013: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2014: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2015: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2016: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2017: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2018: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2019: Clauson-Marshall Racing, 2020: Tucker-Boat Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser, 2020: Buddy Kofoid

 

STAT BOOK:
KTJ AIMS TO “HANG 10”
WITH USAC SPRINTS AT WESTERN WORLD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 9, 2021)………Amid a career year in 2021, Kevin Thomas Jr.’s nine USAC AMSOIL Sprint National Championship feature victories have him on the brink of one of the most historical seasons in series history.

On just 10 past occasions, among eight drivers, the double-digit mark has been reached in terms of single season wins. With one more score in one of the final two races of the year at the 54th annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford this weekend at Arizona Speedway, KTJ can join that elite crew.

The Cullman, Alabama native’s ninth win last Saturday night in his KT Motorsports No. 9K at California’s Perris Auto Speedway put him right on the cusp of an achievement which only a select few have previously encountered.

Tom Bigelow set the all-time record in 1977 with a blistering season consisting of 14 USAC National Sprint Car feature wins in Sherman Armstrong’s No. 43. In fact, the year of 1977 produced the only such season in which multiple drivers had 10 wins or more. Pancho Carter hit exactly 10 that same year. Here’s the kicker, though. Neither driver won the title. That honor belonged to seven-time feature winner Sheldon Kinser.

J.J. Yeley’s near unbeatable USAC Triple Crown season of 2003 included 13 wins in the Sprint division alone for Tony Stewart Racing in its first year of USAC operation, a number matched by Robert Ballou in his title season of 2015, which was the most successful championship drive by a driver/owner in series history.

Two championship drivers – Larry Dickson and Pancho Carter – raced to 12 scores in 1968 and 1976, respectively. Dickson’s 1968 campaign included half of those in succession when he tallied a USAC National Sprint Car record six-straight in the early part of the season for car owner Ray Smith before finishing out strong with Steve Stapp.

Stapp and Carter subsequently teamed up in the following decade of the 1970s, putting their best season together in 1976 with a dozen wins and a second series crown.

Dickson and Carter are also the lone two to reach 10 or more USAC Sprint wins in a season on two separate occasions. Dickson did it again in his second championship season of 1970, reaching exactly 10, for Kenny Lay’s team. Carter, meanwhile, did the feat in consecutive years, winning 10 more for Stapp in 1977.

Bubby Jones force of a year in 1979 led all drivers with 11 triumphs, but still wasn’t enough to overcome Greg Leffler in the final championship standings. Ol’ Bub finished second in the points in what was a banner season for he and car owner Don Siebert. Shortly thereafter, Bubby promptly packed up and headed to the west coast to become a California Racing Association superstar at the dawn of the 1980s.

Tyler Courtney’s dominant 2018 season made him a first-time USAC National driving champion as he collected a grand total of 11 Sprint wins in what was also the first USAC Sprint Car season for the new Clauson Marshall Newman Racing operation.

Nearly two decades before, Jay Drake got off the starting blocks at a torrid pace and continued his roll through mid-summer in the Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 67, taking 10 victories. A lack of a pavement ride until halfway through the year thwarted a grand opportunity for a championship, which he’d ultimately earn in 2004.

On top of that fact, Thomas also remains in the title chase, cutting rival Brady Bacon’s lead to 52 markers entering Western World this Friday and Saturday night, November 12-13, at the 1/3-mile dirt oval in San Tan Valley, Arizona.

On Friday, pits open at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:10pm. On Saturday, pits open at 1:30pm Mountain time, grandstands at 3pm, autograph session from 4-4:35pm drivers meeting at 4:45pm and cars on track at 5:10pm.

General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under. Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

An open practice for sprint cars and midgets will take place on Thursday night, November 11 from 6:30-9:30pm Mountain. Pits open at Noon with a racer and pit crew appreciation BBQ in the pit area featuring free food and drinks set for 5-6pm.

Both nights of the Western World Championship racing can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

MOST WINS IN A SINGLE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SEASON:

14 WINS: Tom Bigelow (1977)

13 WINS: J.J. Yeley (2003) & Robert Ballou (2015)

12 WINS: Larry Dickson (1968) & Pancho Carter (1976)

11 WINS: Bubby Jones (1979) & Tyler Courtney (2018)

10 WINS: Larry Dickson (1970), Pancho Carter (1977) & Jay Drake (2000)

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2021 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS

Most Wins: 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.

Driver Point Leader: Brady Bacon

Owner Point Leader: Dynamics, Inc. #69

Top Rookie in Points: Tanner Thorson

Most Laps Led: 222-Justin Grant

Most Top-Fives: 34-Brady Bacon

Most Top-Tens: 39-Brady Bacon

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 6-Brady Bacon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

Most Heat Race Wins: 15-Robert Ballou

Most Feature Starts: 41-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

Biggest Charge of the Year: 4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Alex Bright (18th to 4th) | 6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – C.J. Leary (21st to 7th) | 7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 8th)

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 2799 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

2 2747 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

3 2640 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

4 2517 (R) Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

5 2499 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

6 2421 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

7 2336 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

8 1987 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif.

9 1709 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

10 1475 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

(R) represents a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 2799 Dynamics, Inc., Milford, Ohio (#69)

2 2747 KT Motorsports, Whitestown, Ind. (#9K)

3 2640 TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Ind. (#4)

4 2517 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

5 2499 Michael Motorsports, Chino Valley, Ariz. (#77m)

6 2421 Hayward Motorsports, Morrison, Ill. (#19)

7 2336 Team AZ Racing, Danville, Ind. (#21AZ)

8 2020 Ballou Motorsports, Tipton, Ind. (#12)

9 1709 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5s)

10 1611 Baldwin-Fox Racing, West Lafayette, Ind. (#5)

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 2517 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

2 859 Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill.

3 660 Cole Bodine, Rossville, Ind.

4 455 Steven Drevicki, Reading, Pa.

5 436 Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pa.

6 336 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.

7 228 Carson Garrett, Littleton, Colo.

8 228 Ricky Lewis, Ventura, Calif.

9 162 Ryan Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.

10 155 Harley Burns, Brazil, Ind.

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 11: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Feb 12: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Apr 3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Apr 16: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Apr 17: (M) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Apr 22: Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Apr 23: Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, PA
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Apr 24: BAPS Motor Speedway – York Haven, PA
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Apr 25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Spring Run, PA
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

May 8: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #7BC)

May 8: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Robert Ballou (Ballou Motorsports #12)

May 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN
WINNER: Chris Windom (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Jun 15: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jun 16: (E) Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, NJ
WINNER: Robert Ballou (Ballou Motorsports #12)

Jun 17: (E) Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, PA
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jun 20: (E) Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, PA
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Jul 1: Plymouth Speedway – Plymouth, IN
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Jul 2: (M) (A) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Jul 3: (M) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Jul 24: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 25: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 26: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 28: (I) Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

Jul 29: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Jul 30: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 31: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug. 22: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug 27: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Aug 28: (F) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Sep 10: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Sep 11: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Sep 12: (F) Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

Sep 17: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Sep 18: (M) (A) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #7BC)

Oct 1: Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN
WINNER: Chris Windom (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Oct 2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Nov 4: (C) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Nov 5: (C) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Nov 6: (C) (F) Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
WINNER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (KT Motorsports #9K)

Nov 12: (C) Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
Nov 13: (C) Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

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(M) represents an event co-sanctioned by MSCS

(E) represents an Eastern Storm event

(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event

(C) represents an event with the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Cars

(SE) represents a non-points, special event

(F) represents a race awarding feature points only

(A) represents a race awarding appearance points only

(P) represents an event co-sanctioned by POWRi WAR Sprints

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2021 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

9-Kevin Thomas Jr. (Feb 12 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 16 at Bloomington Speedway, Jun 20 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, Jul 3 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Aug 22 at Paragon Speedway, Aug 28 at Kokomo Speedway, Sep 18 at Tri-State Speedway, Oct 2 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & Nov 6 at Perris Auto Speedway)

7-Justin Grant (Feb 11 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jun 15 at Grandview Speedway, Jun 17 at Selinsgrove Speedway, Jul 24 at Kokomo Speedway, Jul 31 at Tri-State Speedway, Aug 27 at Kokomo Speedway & Aug 28 at Kokomo Speedway)

5-C.J. Leary (Apr 24 at BAPS Motor Speedway, Jul 1 at Plymouth Speedway, Jul 2 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Sep 11 at Huset’s Speedway & Sep 12 at Huset’s Speedway)

5-Tanner Thorson (Apr 23 at Big Diamond Speedway, Apr 25 at Path Valley Speedway Park, Jul 29 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Sep 10 at Huset’s Speedway & Sep 17 at Circle City Raceway)

4-Brady Bacon (Apr 3 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Apr 22 at Grandview Speedway, Jul 30 at Bloomington Speedway & Nov 5 at Perris Auto Speedway)

3-Logan Seavey (Jul 25 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Jul 26 at Gas City I-69 Speedway & Jul 28 at Terre Haute Action Track)

2-Robert Ballou (May 8 at Eldora Speedway & Jun 16 at Bridgeport Speedway)

2-Tyler Courtney (May 8 at Eldora Speedway & Sep 25 at Eldora Speedway)

2-Chris Windom (May 26 at the Terre Haute Action Track & Oct 1 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

1-Kyle Cummins (Apr 17 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Jake Swanson (Nov 4 at Perris Auto Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

222-Justin Grant

210-Kevin Thomas Jr.

158-C.J. Leary

146-Tanner Thorson

107-Logan Seavey

102-Brady Bacon

90-Jake Swanson

48-Chris Windom

44-Robert Ballou

39-Tyler Courtney

34-Kyle Cummins

26-Emerson Axsom

21-Jadon Rogers

17-Shane Cottle

12-Brady Short

10-Chase Stockon

6-Cole Bodine

2-Charles Davis Jr.

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES

34-Brady Bacon

29-Kevin Thomas Jr.

22-Justin Grant

21-Tanner Thorson

19-C.J. Leary

16-Chris Windom

12-Jake Swanson

9-Robert Ballou & Kyle Cummins

8-Logan Seavey

4-Shane Cottle & Tyler Courtney

3-Alex Bright & Chase Stockon

2-Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull & Jadon Rogers

1-Isaac Chapple, Briggs Danner, Charles Davis Jr., Buddy Kofoid, Brandon Mattox & Paul Nienhiser

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES

39-Brady Bacon

37-Kevin Thomas Jr.

36-Justin Grant

32-C.J. Leary

31-Chris Windom

30-Tanner Thorson

26-Jake Swanson

22-Robert Ballou

18-Logan Seavey

16-Shane Cottle

14-Chase Stockon

12-Kyle Cummins

10-Jadon Rogers

7-Alex Bright & Jason McDougal

6-Timmy Buckwalter & Thomas Meseraull

5-Tyler Courtney & Briggs Danner

4-Steven Drevicki, Paul Nienhiser & Matt Westfall

3-Emerson Axsom

2-Max Adams, Isaac Chapple, Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, Buddy Kofoid, Riley Kreisel, Brandon Mattox, Cannon McIntosh, Kendall Ruble, Brady Short, Stevie Sussex & Austin Williams

1-Ryan Bernal, Cole Bodine, Mario Clouser, Zach Daum, A.J. Hopkins, Chase Johnson, Tye Mihocko, Carmen Perigo, Daison Pursley, Brody Roa, Mark Smith & Scotty Weir

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FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (Presented by Fatheadz Eyewear)

6-Brady Bacon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Tanner Thorson

3-Timmy Buckwalter, Justin Grant & Logan Seavey

2-Jadon Rogers

1-Brent Beauchamp, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Briggs Danner, Steven Drevicki, Damion Gardner, Jason McDougal, Chase Stockon, Jake Swanson & Chris Windom

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HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)

15-Robert Ballou

11-Chris Windom

9-Brady Bacon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

8-Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant & Chase Stockon

7-Thomas Meseraull & Jake Swanson

6-C.J. Leary & Tanner Thorson

4-Brandon Mattox & Logan Seavey

3-Max Adams, Briggs Danner & Jason McDougal

2-Emerson Axsom, Cole Bodine, Charles Davis Jr., Paul Nienhiser, & Brady Short

1-A.J. Bender, Ryan Bernal, Joey Biasi, Nick Bilbee, Alex Bright, Timmy Buckwalter, Sterling Cling, Mario Clouser, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Carson Garrett, Chase Johnson, R.J. Johnson, Tye Mihocko, Davey Ray, Jadon Rogers, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Mark Smith, Stevie Sussex & Matt Westfall

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SEMI WINS

4-Paul Nienhiser & Jake Swanson

3-Logan Seavey & Chris Windom

2-Timmy Buckwalter, Isaac Chapple, Charles Davis Jr., C.J. Leary, Jadon Rogers & Tanner Thorson

1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Alex Banales, Koby Barksdale, Nick Bilbee, Cole Bodine, Shane Cottle, Briggs Danner, Brandon Mattox, Thomas Meseraull, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Scotty Weir

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D-MAIN WINS

1-Jack James

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C-MAIN WINS

2-Brent Beauchamp

1-Cole Bodine, Mario Clouser, Tim Creech, Braydon Cromwell, Aric Gentry, Chayse Hayhurst, Brandon Mattox, Tye Mihocko, Stevie Sussex, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Ryan Thomas

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FEATURE STARTS
41-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

36-Robert Ballou

35-Chase Stockon

27-Logan Seavey & Matt Westfall

25-Shane Cottle & Brandon Mattox

22-Kyle Cummins & Jadon Rogers

20-Thomas Meseraull

19-Paul Nienhiser

17-Jason McDougal

16-Max Adams & Cole Bodine

15-Mario Clouser

13-Isaac Chapple & Stevie Sussex

12-Charles Davis Jr. & Chase Johnson

10-Alex Bright & Steven Drevicki

9-Briggs Danner & Tye Mihocko

8-Timmy Buckwalter, Carson Short & Mark Smith

7-Emerson Axsom, Ricky Lewis & Carmen Perigo

6-Brent Beauchamp & Nash Ely

5-Nick Bilbee, Tyler Courtney, Carson Garrett, Cannon McIntosh & Scotty Weir

4-Alex Banales, Sterling Cling, Dave Darland, Dallas Hewitt, Stephen Schnapf, Brady Short & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

3-Koby Barksdale, A.J. Bender, Ryan Bernal, Harley Burns, Brayden Fox, Chad Frewaldt, Chris Gansen, Damion Gardner, Aric Gentry, J.J. Hughes, R.J. Johnson, Riley Kreisel, Matt Mitchell, Davey Ray, Brody Roa, Kendall Ruble, Glen Saville, Cam Schafer, Kent Schmidt, Cody Williams & Logan Williams

2-Collin Ambrose, Robert Bell, Joey Biasi, Shane Cockrum, Braydon Cromwell, Chris Gansen, Noah Gass, Dennis Gile, Max Guilford, Korbyn Hayslett, A.J. Hopkins, Buddy Kofoid, Kenny Miller III, Brandon Morin, Terry Richards, Kory Schudy, Verne Sweeney, Ryan Thomas, Austin Williams & Mitch Wissmiller

1-Garrett Abrams, Ryan Barr, Travis Berryhill, Saban Bibent, Mark Bitner, Patrick Budde, Richy Carnathan, Cindy Chambers, Brayden Clark, Anthony D'Alessio, Zach Daum, Paul Dues, Danny Faria Jr., Matt Goodnight, Austin Grabowski, Nic Harris, Chase Jones, Tyler Kendall, Jeremy Kerzman, Brandon Long, Tommy Malcolm, Critter Malone, Michael Markey, Matt McCarthy, Billy Ney, Justin Owen, Jeff Pellersels, Chris Phillips, Zack Pretorius, Daison Pursley, Chase Randall, Jake Scott, Alec Sipes, Brandon Spencer & Chet Williams

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Tyler Courtney

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Stevie Sussex

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Tye Mihocko

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Nic Harris

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Chris Windom

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Justin Grant

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Briggs Danner

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Brandon Mattox

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Isaac Chapple

5/8: Eldora Speedway – C.J. Leary

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Brady Bacon

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Jake Swanson

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Jake Swanson

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – C.J. Leary

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – Alex Bright

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Max Adams

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Collin Ambrose

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Nick Bilbee

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Zack Pretorius

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Brandon Mattox

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Cole Bodine & Jason McDougal

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Braydon Cromwell

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Chase Stockon

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Koby Barksdale

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Cole Bodine

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Chase Johnson

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Brent Beauchamp

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Charles Davis Jr.

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – Jeremy Kerzman

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Jadon Rogers

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Kyle Cummins

9/25: Eldora Speedway – Max Adams

10/1: Terre Haute Action Track – Chris Windom

10/2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brady Bacon

11/4: Perris Auto Speedway – Chris Gansen

11/5: Perris Auto Speedway – Carson Short

11/6: Perris Auto Speedway – Chris Windom

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (12th to 4th)

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon (10th to 2nd)

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Robert Ballou (22nd to 9th)

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Robert Ballou (20th to 10th)

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Kyle Cummins (11th to 1st)

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Robert Ballou (13th to 3rd)

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Alex Bright (19th to 8th)

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Alex Bright (16th to 4th)

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Alex Bright (18th to 4th)

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Dallas Hewitt (21st to 15th)

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues (22nd to 13th)

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Tanner Thorson (22nd to 11th)

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Chris Windom (13th to 7th)

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Brady Bacon (14th to 4th)

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – Jake Swanson (20th to 7th)

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – C.J. Leary (21st to 7th)

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Brady Bacon (13th to 5th)

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (20th to 8th)

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 1st)

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Shane Cottle (18th to 11th)

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Justin Grant (19th to 8th)

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Kyle Cummins (12th to 3rd)

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Jason McDougal (15th to 5th)

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Stevie Sussex (22nd to 9th)

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – A.J. Hopkins (21st to 10th)

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 8th)

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Chris Windom (18th to 5th)

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Chris Windom (10th to 2nd)

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Chase Stockon (18th to 10th)

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Emerson Axsom (15th to 7th)

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Brady Bacon (10th to 3rd)

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Chase Stockon (24th to 12th)

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – C.J. Leary (9th to 1st)

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Robert Ballou (20th to 12th)

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Robert Ballou (15th to 6th)

9/25: Eldora Speedway – Jadon Rogers (22nd to 10th)

10/1: Terre Haute Action Track – Shane Cottle (14th to 9th)

10/2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Justin Grant (14th to 6th)

11/4: Perris Auto Speedway – Chris Windom (18th to 8th)

11/5: Perris Auto Speedway – Carson Short (24th to 15th)

11/6: Perris Auto Speedway – Chris Windom (19th to 8th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Noah Gass

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Jadon Rogers

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tanner Thorson

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Carson Garrett

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Critter Malone

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Justin Grant

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Steven Drevicki

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Matt Westfall

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Paul Nienhiser

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Jake Swanson

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Cole Bodine

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Logan Seavey

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Logan Seavey

6/17: Selinsgrove Speedway – Matt Westfall

6/20: Bloomsburg Fair Speedway – Chris Windom

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Brandon Mattox

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Mario Clouser

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Carson Short

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Jake Swanson

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Scotty Weir

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Chase Stockon

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Nick Bilbee

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Kyle Cummins

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Justin Grant

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Jason McDougal

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Chase Randall

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Emerson Axsom

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Jadon Rogers

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Kyle Cummins

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Chase Stockon

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Terry Richards

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – Mario Clouser

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Koby Barksdale

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Jadon Rogers

9/25: Eldora Speedway – Nick Bilbee

10/1: Terre Haute Action Track – Mario Clouser

10/2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Dallas Hewitt

11/4: Perris Auto Speedway – Brody Roa

11/5: Perris Auto Speedway – Damion Gardner

11/6: Perris Auto Speedway – Logan Seavey

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER

2/11: Bubba Raceway Park – Matt Westfall

2/12: Bubba Raceway Park – Matt Goodnight

4/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Aaron Farney

4/16: Bloomington Speedway – Brandon Mattox

4/17: Tri-State Speedway – Cole Bodine

4/22: Grandview Speedway – Nash Ely

4/23: Big Diamond Speedway – Kyle Lick

4/24: BAPS Motor Speedway – Mike Meyers

4/25: Path Valley Speedway Park – Mike Meyers

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Paul Dues

5/8: Eldora Speedway – Brandon Mattox

5/26: Terre Haute Action Track – Paul Nienhiser

6/15: Grandview Speedway – Alex Banales

6/16: Bridgeport Speedway – Matt Westfall

7/1: Plymouth Speedway – Alex Banales

7/2: Lincoln Park Speedway – Max Adams

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Short

7/24: Kokomo Speedway – Tye Mihocko

7/25: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Jordan Kinser

7/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Scotty Weir

7/28: Terre Haute Action Track – Chase Johnson

7/29: Lincoln Park Speedway – Chase Johnson

7/30: Bloomington Speedway – Sterling Cling

7/31: Tri-State Speedway – Critter Malone

8/22: Paragon Speedway – Tanner Thorson

8/27: Kokomo Speedway – Scotty Weir

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Koby Barksdale

8/28: Kokomo Speedway – Max Guilford

9/10: Huset’s Speedway – Donovan Peterson

9/11: Huset’s Speedway – Clinton Bruns

9/12: Huset’s Speedway – Jeff Pellersels

9/17: Circle City Raceway – Scott Hampton

9/18: Tri-State Speedway – Sam Scott

9/25: Eldora Speedway – Chris Phillips

10/2: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Mitchell Davis

11/4: Perris Auto Speedway – Danny Faria Jr.

11/5: Perris Auto Speedway – Kyle Edwards

11/6: Perris Auto Speedway – Austin Williams

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS

ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

7. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

9. [39 wins] Brady Bacon

10. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

11. [36 wins] Kevin Thomas Jr.

12. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

14. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

15. [31 wins] Robert Ballou & Tyler Courtney

17. [30 wins] Chris Windom

18. [28 wins] Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Justin Grant, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

23. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

25. [25 wins] Steve Butler, Jay Drake & Parnelli Jones

28. [23 wins] Roger McCluskey

29. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sammy Sessions

32. [21 wins] Greg Weld

33. [17 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Jim Hurtubise & Bud Kaeding

36. [16 wins] Damion Gardner, Jud Larson & C.J. Leary

39. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman & Brian Tyler

42. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon & Bruce Walkup

46. [13 wins] Steve Chassey

47. [12 wins] Eric Gordon

48. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Elmer George, Tommy Hinnershitz & Greg Leffler

52. [10 wins] Kyle Cummins, Thomas Meseraull, Eddie Sachs, Tony Stewart & Johnny Thomson

57. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Pat O'Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

61. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

65. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

75. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

83. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Shane Cottle, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson & Cole Whitt

102. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Van Johnson, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Ralph Liguori, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith, Danny Smith

115. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Joe Barzda, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Andy Linden, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

136. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Ed Elisian, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, Jason McDougal, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Jim McWithey, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Jiggs Peters, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Bob Sweikert, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams

170. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Billy Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Pat Flaherty, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jim McElreath, Charlie Musselman, Bobby Olivero, Jim Packard, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brody Roa, David Roahrig, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jake Swanson, Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Tyler Thomas, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Matt Westfall, Chuck Weyant, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (1956-Present)

1. (65) Tom Bigelow

2. (62) Dave Darland

3. (61) Tracy Hines

4. (43) Brady Bacon

5. (39) Levi Jones

6. (37) Larry Dickson

7. (36) Bryan Clauson

8. (35) Kevin Thomas Jr. & Rich Vogler

10. (31) Sheldon Kinser

11. (30) Pancho Carter

12. (29) Don Branson & C.J. Leary

14. (28) Justin Grant & Chase Stockon

16. (27) Dave Steele

17. (26) Jay Drake

18. (24) Gary Bettenhausen & J.J. Yeley

20. (23) Jon Stanbrough

21. (22) Steve Butler

22. (21) A.J. Foyt

23. (20) Jerry Coons Jr., Tony Elliott & Roger McCluskey

26. (19) Greg Weld

27. (18) Parnelli Jones

28. (16) Rollie Beale, Jack Hewitt & Doug Kalitta

31. (15) Kenny Irwin Jr., Sammy Sessions & Brian Tyler

34. (14) Billy Cassella, Tyler Courtney & Damion Gardner

37. (13) Bobby East & Bruce Walkup

39. (12) Steve Chassey, Elmer George, Rick Hood, Jud Larson, Bill Puterbaugh, Joe Saldana & Chris Windom

46. (11) Jim Hurtubise, Jim McWithey & George Snider

49. (10) Sonny Ates

50. (9) Eddie Leavitt, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Rutherford & Josh Wise

54. (8) Robert Ballou, Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser, Pat O’Connor & Eddie Sachs

59. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Larry Rice, Hunter Schuerenberg, Carson Short, Mike Spencer, Johnny Thomson, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser

74. (6) Mike Bliss, Daron Clayton, Derek Davidson, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jac Haudenschild, Tray House, James McElreath, Johnny Parsons, Ken Schrader & Logan Seavey

85. (5) Chad Boespflug, Cy Fairchild, Blake Fitzpatrick, Bob Frey, Tommy Hinnershitz, Andy Michner, Jan Opperman, Boston Reid, Tom Sneva, Robbie Stanley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas & Tanner Thorson

98. (4) Jeff Bloom, Kevin Briscoe, Timmy Buckwalter, Billy Engelhart, Chet Fillip, Darren Hagen, Chuck Hulse, Kenny Jacobs, Van Johnson, Lee Kunzman, Ralph Liguori, Jim McElreath, Don Nordhorn, Dave Peperak, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Joey Saldana, Terry Shepherd, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Bob Wente

118. (3) Tommy Astone, Brent Beauchamp, Dave Blaney, Karl Busson, Kevin Doty, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Gary Gray, John Heydenreich, Gordon Johncock, Greg Leffler, Andy Linden, Steve Long, Larry Martin, Justin Marvel, Jason McCord, Larry Moore, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Lee Osborne, Brandon Petty, Jerry Poland, Bob Pratt, Jadon Rogers, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Jake Swanson, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt & John Wolfe

151. (2) Jarett Andretti, Mario Andretti, Keith Bloom, Chuck Booth, Don Brown, Duke Cook, Allen Crowe, Nic Faas, Larry Gates, Gene Lee Gibson, Bobby Grim, Coleman Gulick, Dave Hanna, Darl Harrison, Shane Hmiel, Josh Hodges, Marc Jessup, Brad Marvel, Max McGhee, Kevin Miller, Dustin Morgan, Charlie Musselman, Brad Noffsinger, Gary Patterson, Jiggs Peters, Byron Reed, Jerry Richert, Dave Roahrig, Jimmy Sills, Al Smith, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Stephens, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Tyler Thomas, Bob Veith, Jerry Weeks, Johnny White, Carl Williams & Jacob Wilson

191. (1) Pat Abold, Donnie Adams, Bobby Adamson, Mark Alderson, Chuck Amati, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Terry Babb, Joe Barzda, Ryan Bernal, Nick Bilbee, Lee Brewer Jr., Bill Brown, Dale Burton, Gary Cameron, Larry Cannon, Billy Cantrell, Dana Carter, Rob Chaney, Bob Cicconi, Bob Cleberg, Leon Clum, Peter Cozzolino, Briggs Danner, Don Davis, Doc Dawson, Brad Doty, Steven Drevicki, Rex Easton, Cotton Farmer, Dave Feese, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Brayden Fox, Jared Fox, Joe Gaerte, Harry Garrett, Rickie Gaunt, Chuck Gurney, Norm Hall, Jerry Hansen, Brian Hayden, Jonathan Hendrick, Hank Henry, Tyler Hewitt, Ted Hines, Jesse Hockett, Bob Hogle, Danny Holtsclaw, Kevin Huntley, Gary Irvin, Mike Johnson, Dee Jones, Page Jones, Todd Kane, Ray Kenens, Joey Kerr, Russ Klar, Kyle Larson, Rich Leavell, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, John Logan, Ed Lynch Jr., Critter Malone, Louie Mann, Mike Mann, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, Nick McCormick, Jason McDougal, Wes McIntyre, Bob McLean, Blake Miller, Jerry Miller Jr., Ron Milton, Hal Minyard, Matt Mitchell, Warren Mockler, Mike Mosley, Mike Murgoitio, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Gary Ponzini, Ande Possman, Roger Rager, Davey Ray, Rex Records, Jerry Richert Jr., Red Riegel, Travis Rilat, Manny Rockhold, Hank Rogers, Bill Rose, Joe Roush, Jerry Russell, Bobby Santos, Don Schilling, John Sernett, Neil Shepherd, Jeremy Sherman, Dean Shirley, Eric Shively, Randy Smith, Wib Spalding, Ned Spath, Greg Staab, Steve Stapp, Richard Summers, Bob Sweikert, Jeff Swindell, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Tom Tepe, Leon Thickstun, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Billy Vukovich, Billy Vukovich III, Lennie Waldo, Buster Warke, Gus Wasson, Shawn Westerfeld, Chuck Weyant, Tony Weyant, Austin Williams, Rip Williams, Eddie Wirth & Mitch Wissmiller

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

1956: Pat O'Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern), 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern), 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern), 1961: Parnelli Jones, 1962: Parnelli Jones, 1963: Roger McCluskey, 1964: Don Branson, 1965: Johnny Rutherford, 1966: Roger McCluskey, 1967: Greg Weld, 1968: Larry Dickson, 1969: Gary Bettenhausen, 1970: Larry Dickson, 1971: Gary Bettenhausen, 1972: Sam Sessions, 1973: Rollie Beale, 1974: Pancho Carter, 1975: Larry Dickson, 1976: Pancho Carter, 1977: Sheldon Kinser, 1978: Tom Bigelow, 1979: Greg Leffler, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Sheldon Kinser, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Steve Butler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Robbie Stanley, 1992: Robbie Stanley, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Doug Kalitta, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Brian Tyler, 1997: Brian Tyler, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tony Elliott, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Josh Wise, 2007: Levi Jones, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement), 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement), 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Bryan Clauson, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Brady Bacon, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Tyler Courtney, 2019: C.J. Leary, 2020: Brady Bacon

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR OWNER CHAMPIONS:
1961: Sterling Plumbing & Heating, 1962: Bruce Homeyer, 1963: Bruce Homeyer, 1964: Jud Phillips, 1965: Jack Colvin, 1966: Anderson Products, 1967: Rufus Gray, 1968: Ray Smith, 1969: Willie Davis, 1970: Kenny Lay, 1971: Willie Davis, 1972: Mauri Amerling, 1973: R-B Racing Associates, 1974: Conger & Stapp Racing, 1975: Ernie Ensign, 1976: Steve Stapp Racing, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Sherman Armstrong, 1979: Lloyd Weaver, 1980: Gohr Distributing Co., 1981: Ben Leyba, 1982: Ben Leyba, 1983: Damon Fortune, 1984: Damon Fortune, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Phil Poor, 1987: Jeff Stoops, 1988: Jeff Stoops, 1989: Dynamics, Inc., 1990: Johnny Vance Racing Team, Inc., 1991: Ron Stanley, 1992: Dynamics, Inc., 1993: Dynamics, Inc., 1994: Utopia Services, Inc., 1995: Niebel Engines, Inc., 1996: Dynamics, Inc., 1997: Dynamics, Inc., 1998: Vance/Walker Racing, 1999: Dynamics, Inc., 2000: Walker/Lamers Racing, 2001: Walker/Gratton Racing, 2002: Dynamics, Inc., 2003: Tony Stewart Racing, 2004: Dynamics, Inc., 2005: 2B Racing, 2006: Tony Stewart Racing, 2007: Tony Stewart Racing, 2008: Dynamics, Inc., 2009: Tony Stewart Racing, 2010: Tony Stewart Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart Racing, 2012: CTR/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2013: Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian, 2014: Dynamics, Inc., 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Dynamics, Inc., 2017: Baldwin Brothers Racing, 2018: Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing, 2019: Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports, 2020: Dynamics, Inc.

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
1971: Darl Harrison, 1972: Billy Cassella, 1973: Rich Leavell, 1974: Lee Osborne, 1975: Marvin Carman, 1976: Roger Rager, 1977: Eddie Leavitt, 1978: Tim Richmond, 1979: Jerry Carman, 1980: Frank Riddle, 1981: Steve Long & Johnny Coogan, 1982: Danny Milburn, 1983: Dean Shirley, 1984: Jerry Russell, 1985: Terry Shepherd, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Rick Ungar, 1988: Dean Jacobs, 1989: Eric Gordon, 1990: Rick Howerton, 1991: Tony Stewart, 1992: Gary Cameron II, 1993: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1994: Bobby Smith, 1995: Mark Cassella, 1996: Gus Wasson, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tracy Hines, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Bud Kaeding, 2001: Ed Carpenter, 2002: Boston Reid, 2003: Michael Lewis & Mat Neely, 2004: Josh Ford & Josh Wise, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Scotty Weir, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Henry Clarke, 2010: Justin Grant, 2011: Coleman Gulick, 2012: C.J. Leary, 2013: Tyler Courtney, 2014: Jarett Andretti, 2015: Aaron Farney, 2016: Isaac Chapple, 2017: Stevie Sussex, 2018: Timmy Buckwalter & Logan Seavey, 2019: Dustin Clark, 2020: Jadon Rogers


 

 

OVALMEISTER:
KTJ HUNTS DOWN 3RD CAREER
OVAL NATIONALS WIN AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 6, 2021)………Like any young person raised on the sport of auto racing, having racing heroes of your own is a natural consequence.

Kevin Thomas Jr. is among those individuals.

One of the Cullman, Alabama native’s racing heroes just so happens to be among the select gifted who, themselves, have won the Oval Nationals on three occasions.

Following his performance on Saturday night at southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway, a new name, a new face was added to the books as one of four drivers to capture glory in the traditional November event three different times.

Kevin Thomas Jr. is now among those individuals.

Thomas joined Bud Kaeding (2001-02-07), Damion Gardner (2009-11-16) and Dave Darland (2005-06-13) to become the latest driver to earn three eagle trophies, accomplishing the feat in Saturday’s finale for the 25th running of the Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction.

Thomas Jr. tracked down Justin Grant just four laps from the finish, then blazed a trail straight to racing immortality, straight to the land of legends, and straight to the realm of where several of the biggest sprint car racing names have cemented themselves as a hero of the Oval Nationals.

“This is a race I love to win,” a choked-up Thomas stated. “I love taking home those eagles. It’s emotional. It’s our third one. Not many people have done that. I know Dave Darland has and he’s one of my heroes. It’s pretty cool to tie him.”

Thomas’ USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car leading ninth win of the season in his KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper Presents the Ronald McDonald House Charities/DRC/Speedway Chevy was especially pertinent based on how his weekend in Perris began – on the wrong side of a historic photo finish in Thursday’s opener with winner Jake Swanson.

Following his runner up result, Swanson finished third on Friday and seemed to be on the cusp of breaking through. However, 40 laps annually present a test of wills, fortune (good and bad), and fortitude of position oneself in the right place at exactly the right time.

Starting fifth in the 25-car field, Thomas remained in constant pursuit of the leaders throughout the first three-quarters of the race. Meanwhile, at the head of the field, Grant had established a foothold in the lead from the outset as he powered around pole sitter and Super Six Dash winner C.J. Leary on lap one while all others continuously strategized how to reel him back in to their grasp.

A melee put a stoppage to the event just two laps in when 13th running Logan Williams spun sideways in turn four. He was then T-boned by the oncoming 20th place car of Matt Mitchell. Both came to a rest near the outside wall with damage. At the same time, 18th running Eddie Tafoya Jr. was collected in the incident and walloped the inside front straightaway wall. All drivers were uninjured but the same could not be said for their cars as all had their races come to a premature conclusion.

During the yellow, 7th running and fast qualifier Damion Gardner bowed out with brake issues that ended his bid for a record fourth Oval Nationals score, relegating hm to a 22nd place result.

Coming up on the halfway mark, Grant found a close encounter of the traffic kind in turn four when he and 19th place Dennis Gile met wheel-to-wheel, but Grant continued on safely, no harm-no foul, while the encroaching machines of Leary in 2nd, Tanner Thorson in 3rd and Thomas in 4th became stifled in the quagmire of lapped cars, which allowed Grant to build up his lead to 2.5 seconds.

However, the gridlock did help Thomas a bit further back as he picked and grinned his way around the outside of Thorson for 3rd at the stripe on lap 19, then struck once more in much cleaner air on lap 23 as he bolted past Leary around the outside on the front straightaway to move to 2nd.

In short order, Thomas downsized Grant’s lead a full two seconds in the ensuing laps, turning the quickest lap amongst anybody in the entire race on the 25th circuit, ultimately charging around the outside of Grant to nip him by a wheel at the line on lap 31. Grant surged back ahead of Thomas on the bottom of turn one mere moments later, but now inherited a Noah’s Ark of traffic within his view, two by two, marching high and low.

Grant and Thomas played the game with Grant drifting high and Thomas sticking low as they split Gile midway down the back straightaway with eight laps remaining. Grant staved off Thomas’ charge for the time being with the topside cleared away and the bottom clamped down by the lappers.

“I knew that the 4 car was going to give it everything he had,” Thomas recalled. “Whenever we got to lapped traffic, it was just about who was going to make the right move at the right time. We had a couple different opportunities to take advantage and I didn’t do that at the right time, but everything happens for a reason.”

That reason soon became clear when Thomas’ shining moment rose with four laps remaining as he stuck the bottom in turns three and four while Grant negotiated the long road home up top on the cushion. A major run by Thomas shot him past Grant to a car length advantage at the line on the 37th lap and, from there on, Thomas took the stage front and center, all for his own as he began his countdown to victory.

A quick dismissal of the now-lapped car of Charles Davis Jr. by Thomas in turn one with two go put a mountainous, insurmountable half-straightaway separation between Thomas and Grant that completed the final chapter of the silver edition of the event which began 25 years earlier in 1996.

Thomas ran away to a final winning margin of 3.129 seconds at the finish line with Grant second, Leary third, Thorson fourth and point leader Brady Bacon rounding out the top-five.

“We got the win and I’m just so proud of these guys and everybody that’s behind us,” Thomas said in praise after corralling the $10,000 winning prize. “A lot of those people believed in me when a lot of people didn’t. I’m fortunate to have all those people behind me and doing good things for us. They gave me one heck of a racecar and they read that track perfectly. They did their job 100 percent. That was a good one to drive.”

Thomas’ 36th career USAC National Sprint Car feature win moved him past Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler for sole possession of 11th on the all-time list. He now stands just one victory behind Sheldon Kinser for 10th all-time.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led a race-high 35 laps of the 40-lap distance in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy, equaling his best career Oval Nationals final night result of 2nd place, which he also earned back in 2017.

“The bottom started getting narrow and the top stayed so dirty,” Grant explained. “I had to slow down so much to try and get stuck on the bottom. I don’t do a whole lot other than go pound the fence, so we usually leave that thing set on ‘cushion kill.’ When the bottom gets that narrow, it’s hard on us. We figured if we were going to win this race, it was going to be on the boards, but when the bottom got that thin, I had to get so slow. KTJ was just better than we were at the end, and we really started fading with about 10 to go and got real bad with about five to go.”

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) had a successful 2021 Oval Nationals, following up 4th place finishes in both prelims with a 3rd place result in Saturday night's finale aboard the Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Valvoline/DRC/Cressman Ford.

“This car was really consistent all weekend, which is something we haven’t had a lot of the year,” Leary admitted. “We’ve struggled and we’ve been really good, then we’ve been not so good. This weekend was not bad at all.”

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 6, 2021 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 25th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: (Top-6 in Oval Nationals points did not qualify) 1. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.613; 2. Max Adams, 73 Ford-16.700; 3. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-16.790; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.831; 5. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.867; 6. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-16.904; 7. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.912; 8. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.912; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.923; 10. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-16.969; 11. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-16.982; 12. Alex Banales, 5A, Baldwin/Fox-17.018; 13. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-17.021; 14. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.030; 15. Chase Johnson, 2, Yeley-17.030; 16. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-17.086; 17. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-17.129; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.140; 19. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.226; 20. Carson Short, 17, Snow-17.244; 21. Tye Mihocko, 38, Crossno-17.257; 22. Danny Faria Jr., 17v, Hollywood-17.337; 23. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.424; 24. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.549; 25. Brent Owens, 71, RMR-17.697; 26. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.120; 27. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-18.276; 28. Chris Muraoka, 73x, Ford-19.085.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Logan Williams, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Brent Owens, 10. Chris Muraoka. 2:55.10

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. A.J. Bender, 2. Cody Williams, 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. Max Adams, 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Verne Sweeney, 7. Carson Short, 8. Shane Sexton, 9. Austin Williams. 2:54.62

INDY METAL FINISHING/ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION/INDY RACE PARTS/COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Chris Gansen, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Kyle Edwards, 8. Alex Banales, 9. Dan Taylor. NT

FAST ARMED SUPER SIX DASH: (6 laps, finishing order set the first 3 rows of the feature) 1. C.J. Leary (#77m Michael), 2. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 3. Tanner Thorson (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 4. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#9K KT), 6. Jake Swanson (#21AZ Team AZ). 1:42.75

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Carson Short, 4. Chris Gansen, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Dennis Gile, 7. Austin Williams, 8. Verne Sweeney, 9. Danny Faria Jr., 10. Alex Banales, 11. Kyle Edwards, 12. Shane Sexton, 13. Brent Owens, 14. Dan Taylor, 15. Chris Muraoka, 16. Sterling Cling.

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. C.J. Leary (1), 4. Tanner Thorson (3), 5. Brady Bacon (4), 6. Jake Swanson (6), 7. Shane Cottle (7), 8. Chris Windom (19), 9. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 10. R.J. Johnson (10), 11. A.J. Bender (12), 12. Brody Roa (16), 13. Logan Seavey (13), 14. Cody Williams (15), 15. Max Adams (9), 16. Carson Short (21), 17. Chase Johnson (17), 18. Dennis Gile (24), 19. Verne Sweeney (25-P), 20. Chris Gansen (22), 21. Tye Mihocko (23), 22. Damion Gardner (8), 23. Logan Williams (14), 24. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (18), 25. Matt Mitchell (20). NT

(P) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Justin Grant, Lap 31 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 32-36 Justin Grant, Laps 37-40 Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2799, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2747, 3-Justin Grant-2640, 4-Tanner Thorson-2517, 5-C.J. Leary-2499, 6-Chris Windom-2421, 7-Jake Swanson-2336, 8-Robert Ballou-1987, 9-Chase Stockon-1709, 10-Logan Seavey-1475.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1279, 2-Brody Roa-1223, 3-Austin Williams-1078, 4-Chris Gansen-992, 5-Cody Williams-940, 6-Tommy Malcolm-860, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-841, 8-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-639, 9-Verne Sweeney-639, 10-Matt McCarthy-590.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-197, 2-Justin Grant-167, 3-Tanner Thorson-162, 4-Brady Bacon-158, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-141, 6-Logan Seavey-140, 7-Thomas Meseraull-133, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Shane Cottle-98, 10-Buddy Kofoid-91.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA RACES: November 12-13, 2021 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval – 54th Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Chris Windom

Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Damion Gardner

Simpson Race Products/Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Competition Suspension, Inc./Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Second Heat Winner: A.J. Bender

Indy Metal Finishing/All Coast Construction/Indy Race Parts/Component Repair Company Third Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

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

KSE Racing Products/In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner/All Coast Construction Tony Jones Hard Charger: Chris Windom (19th to 8th)

Fast Armed Super Six Dash Winner: C.J. Leary

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Austin Williams

Schoenfeld Hard Work Award: Tye Mihocko

Shawn McDonald Memorial 6th Place Qualifying Award: R.J. Johnson

Shawn McDonald Memorial 6th Place Feature Award: Jake Swanson

 

 

BRIGGS DANNER CAPS OFF WITH BRIDGEPORT WIN IN USAC EAST COAST FINALE

By: Nick Fillman, USAC ECSC

Swedesboro, New Jersey (November 5, 2021) ………Briggs Danner of Allentown, Pennsylvania capped off a great 2021 Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, presented by Capitol Renegade by winning his ninth feature event of the season, worth a series historic $3,000 pay day.

Davie Franek and Alex Bright lead the field to green for the final twenty-five lap feature event of the 2021 season at the Bridgeport Speedway, with Franek getting the jump on Bright for the race lead into turn one and two. Franek maintained his lead for the opening circuit of the feature event before Bright would work to the outside of Franek for the race lead at the completion of lap two.

Bright was looking to put a massive exclamation point on his historic 2021 season by picking up the final win of the season, but fifth starting Briggs Danner was foot to the floor fast and quickly worked his way into the third-place position by the completion of lap three. A pair of laps later, Danner had moved by Franek into the runner up position and began to close in on the tail tank of the Hummer Motorsports number twenty of leader Alex Bright.

Meanwhile behind the battle for the lead, Franek ran by his lonesome in third, but an absolute war was just beginning to form for positions four and five, with Damon Paul and Kenny Miller lll trading multiple slide jobs for position lap after lap. While, even further behind them a host of drivers like Nash Ely, Colin White, Joey Amantea, and more were three and sometimes four-wide for position early on in the feature event.

By lap seven, Danner was all over Bright for the race lead, and would work his way by to assume the race lead on lap eight of the feature event. Danner began to put some distance between himself and second place Alex Bright as the next handful of laps would go on, before the caution flag flew on lap twelve for a spinning Thomas Radivoy.

The lap twelve restart saw Danner, Bright, Franek, Miller lll and Paul nose to tail once again with one lap shy of half the race to go. As the green flag flew on the restart, the battle for the lead was absolutely ferocious as over the next four laps, Danner and Bright would exchange the race lead lap, after lap, after lap before Danner established a couple car length lead again over Bright as the field raced toward the conclusion of the feature event.

Just as before the caution flag flew, Kenny Miller lll and Damon Paul continued their incredible side by side battle at the tail end of the top five. Further behind them, Nash Ely, Joey Amantea, Colin White, and from the semi feature: Christian Bruno and Brenden Bright were putting on an amazing show trading positions inside the top ten with each and every lap that went by.

While battling hard for position just outside of the top five, Nash Ely and Joey Amantea would make contact heading into turns three and four, leaving Amantea with a collapsed front end and unable to continue in the feature event.

A seven-lap shootout would take place to cap off an exciting feature event with the top five remaining the same from the previous restart. Christian Bruno and Brenden Bright continued to be the stars of the top ten as they battled up from the Semi feature, bringing Bruce Buckwalter and Eric Jennings along with them, making the middle of the pack some of the most exciting racing of the whole season.

Danner again nailed the restart, but Bright would not let him get too far away. Danner showed no signs of slowing down as he set his sights on victory lane one more time in 2021. Bright held strong for second, with Franek again impressive in third. Kenny Miller and Damon Paul continued to wage their race long war for fourth and fifth as the laps went on as well.

Christian Bruno continued his march to the front of the field and had worked his way up into the seventh-place position and tried to reel in Nash Ely for sixth. Brenden Bright, Bruce Buckwalter Jr and Eric Jennings all from the semi feature, were rounding out the top ten in what was a tremendous battle for position.

But out front it did not matter, as Briggs Danner went on to collect the $3,000 paycheck, and his ninth win of the season over 2021 Points Champion Alex Bright, Davie Franek, Kenny Miller lll, and Damon Paul in what was easily a top five race of the year.

The win for Danner was his ninth of the season and helped to cap off a great year for the Gallagher Racing 5G Entry. While it may have turned into a rough season through the middle of the year with the untimely passing of car owner Bill Gallagher, and a freighting crash at the Selinsgrove Speedway, the team never lost their focus on winning races and trying to secure the championship. While they may have come up short in the championship hunt, the team, with driver, Briggs Danner were able to capture the 2021 Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade, Rookie of the Year honors, as Danner was in a league of his own as far as rookie drivers were concerned.

While Alex Bright and Hummer Motorsports were not doubt hopping to end their 2021 season with a massive walk off win, back-to-back runner up finishes, 22 of 23 events finishing inside the top five, and eleven wins left the team with a historic run on their way to being crowned the 2021, Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade Champions. Bright and team were night in and night out the most dominant car of the season, showing up every week with the mindset of winning each and every time the car hit the speedway. While we will probably not see too much of the Hummer Motorsports team in 2022, we certainly wish them all the best, and a massive congratulations on their dominant championship run.

Coming home in the third-place position in a very impressive run was veteran winged 360 sprint car driver Davie Franek. Franek has made two previous starts with the series at Orange County and Port Royal in 2020, and made his first, and final start of the year Friday at Bridgeport. The former Patriot Sprint, and URC Champion started on the pole of the feature event by virtue of making the redraw, lead lap one of the feature event, and held his own against the entire field of regular wingless drivers. We certainly hope to see Davie a few more times on the series trail in 2022.

While Kenny Miller lll was unable to grace victory lane in 2021, Miller was one of the most consistent cars whenever the team was pit-side. An early season internship for most of the season kept Miller from running full time with the series, but once the team returned in the late summer swing, the top ten and top five runs were rattled off week after week. While plans are not completely worked out for the team in 2022, we are hopeful to see one of the most exciting up and coming drivers in the series return to action and battle for victories, and possibly the 2022 championship.

Rounding out the top five, backing up his third place points run, was Stony Point, NY driver Damon Paul. The micro sprint veteran was a rookie on tour in 2021 with car owner Lou Cicconi Jr. and impressed many throughout the season. Paul was able to find victory lane one time in 2021 at the Winchester Speedway but put on many impressive runs from start to finish. As is the case with all our drivers and teams, we hope that Cicconi and driver Damon Paul will return next season as Paul continued to develop night after night behind the wheel of a sprint car.

One of the most impressive runs of the night belonged to a driver making his series debut in the form of Brenden Bright. The former micro sprint and midget regular, made his series debut in a second Hummer Motorsports entry as a teammate to brother Alex Bright. Brenden won the semi feature, and led the charge of Christian Bruno, Bruce Buckwalter and Eric Jennings through the field to the top ten, before Bruno ultimately got by him late in the race, earning him hard charger honors. Perhaps Bright has opened some eyes for 2022 and could possible find himself behind the wheel of a sprint car with the series a handful of times next season.

All of us here with the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series would like to that everyone that has made the 2021 season possible. Without all our sponsors, the incredible tracks that have allowed us to come into their facilities and put on our events, our amazing drivers and teams who may have supported us all season long, or just on a part time basis, and of course all of the amazing fans who have supported us through this journey none of this would be possible, and we thank you!

As the 2022 series schedule begins to take shape, stay tuned to our social media pages as always for all the latest news and information regarding the 2022 racing season!!

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE RACE RESULTS: November 5, 2021 – Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, New Jersey

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 5G-Briggs Danner (8), 2. 3BC-Nash Ely (5), 3. 23m-Kenny Miller III (4), 4. 88J-Joey Amantea (2), 5. 62-Brian Spencer (1), 6. 20x-Brenden Bright (7), 7. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. (10), 8. 22B-Troy Betts (9), 9. 16CW-Eric Jennings (3), 10. 12-Blaine Emery (6). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 20-Alex Bright (1), 2. 57-Damon Paul (3), 3. 28F-Davie Franek (2), 4. 32K-Kyle Smith (4), 5. 7-Ed Aikin (6), 6. 17-Christian Bruno (9), 7. 67-Jason Cherry (8), 8. 96-Lee Kauffman (7), 9. 71-Chris Allen Jr. (5). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 21-Carmen Perigo (9), 2. 32-Colin White (2), 3. 1Q-Thomas Radivoy (7), 4. 73-Al Cheney (4), 5. 56-Jermain Godshall (6), 6. 8-Larry Drake (8), 7. 3H-Heidi Hedin (3), 8. 8B-D.J. Hunt (5), 9. 74JR-J.R. Berry (1). NT

SEMI: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 20x-Brenden Bright (1), 2. 17-Christian Bruno (2), 3. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. (4), 4. 22B-Troy Betts (7), 5. 16CW-Eric Jennings (10), 6. 74JR-J.R. Berry (12), 7. 12-Blaine Emery (13), 8. 96-Lee Kauffman (8), 9. 67-Jason Cherry (5), 10. 8B-D.J. Hunt (9), 11. 3H-Heidi Hedin (6), 12. 8-Larry Drake (3), 13. 71-Chris Allen Jr. (11). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Briggs Danner (5), 2. Alex Bright (2), 3. Davie Franek (1), 4. Kenny Miller III (6), 5. Damon Paul (7), 6. Nash Ely (3), 7. Christian Bruno (17), 8. Brenden Bright (16), 9. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. (18), 10. Eric Jennings (20), 11. Colin White (9), 12. Kyle Smith (11), 13. 7-Ed Aikin (14), 14. 62-Brian Spencer (13), 15. 1Q-Thomas Radivoy (8), 16. 56-Jermain Godshall (15), 17. 73-Al Cheney (12), 18. 21-Carmen Perigo (4), 19. 88J-Joey Amantea (10), 20. 22B-Troy Betts (19). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Davie Franek, Laps 2-7 Alex Bright, Laps 8-25 Briggs Danner.

FINAL USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE POINTS: 1-Alex Bright-1689, 2-Briggs Danner-1549, 3-Damon Paul-1255, 4-Nash Ely-1151, 5-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-1051, 6-Kenny Miller III-981, 7-Steven Drevicki-954, 8-Joey Amantea-880, 9-Ed Aikin-870, 10-Tommy Kunsman-832.

 

 


BACON FINDS LAST LAP OVALS FORTUNE
AMID GRANT’S MISFORTUNE AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 5, 2021)………In a season that has been earmarked by a consistency matched by no other individual, feature wins have been, rather surprisingly, relatively few and far between for USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship point leader, Brady Bacon.

As it turned out, all the Broken Arrow, Okla. native needed for that to occur was a little bit of good fortune to fall his way, somehow, someway.

Bacon became the leader for the third and final occasion while Justin Grant’s car faltered with a broken nozzle line in Friday’s night two of the Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway.

Bacon cruised past the rapidly slowing Grant on the last of the 30th circuits to prevail with his fourth win of the year and marked his first time standing in victory lane since July’s Indiana Sprint Week round at Bloomington Speedway.

The three-time series champion’s 39th career USAC National Sprint Car feature win moved him to within one of Gary Bettenhausen for 8th on the all-time win list. Bacon’s third career Perris win also went toward cementing his bid for a fourth career title as he incrementally elevated his lead from 63 to 64 with just three races left on the championship trail.

“We’ve had a good enough car to win a bunch of races this year and it just never went our way,” Bacon explained. “Tonight, we probably didn’t deserve to win but we did, so we’ll take it after all the races we’ve lost throughout the year.”

After experiencing a rare downward descent when starting from the front row during Thursday night’s opener at The PAS, Bacon was bound and determined not to let history repeat itself on consecutive nights. Bacon led the opening three circuits before being overtaken by Thorson, then regained the top spot from him just past halfway, then saw his lead slip into the abyss with Grant getting by just three laps from the end.

“I made a mistake there by letting him by,” Bacon recalled of Grant’s late-race pass. “We just had a little luck on our side tonight and I was able to capitalize on that and get the win. I thought we had a pretty good car, but we just got a little tight there after those couple cautions, probably because of low air pressure, which caused it to push really bad off four. After he got me, I just tried to not make any mistakes and, if he did, I was going to be able to capitalize. Unfortunately for him, something happened, but we’ll definitely take it after the year we’ve had.”

Bacon initially lost the lead to Thorson on the fourth lap when Thorson went third to first within a half lap, first charging by Grant for second midway down the back straightaway, then dove to the bottom of turns three and four to swipe the lead from Bacon.

Following a front straightaway flip performed by Sterling Cling (24th), which also ensnarled Danny Faria Jr. (25th) on lap five, Grant relegated Bacon back to third on the sixth lap as Grant muscled his way under at the exit of turn four to put himself in the runner-up spot. Bacon ultimately regained the second position from Grant a mere three laps later.

Out front, Thorson continued to pull away on top, with everyone else following suit on the high line in their pursuit of the 2015 Turkey Night Grand Prix Midget winner when it was held at Perris.

Thorson, meanwhile, had lost his brakes about halfway through, and the issue came into focus as he attempted to put Tommy Malcolm a lap down in the running order with a turn one slider on the 17th lap that initially worked in his favor. However, as Thorson drifted past and glided up the racetrack, all momentum was lost, and opportunity was gained by both Malcolm to get his lap back momentarily as well as Bacon to race past and become the new leader.

As Bacon caressed a 2.089 second advantage with 10 laps remaining, Carson Short and Logan Williams were waging their own battle for the 17th position, which resulted in Williams enduring a rapid tumble after contact with both Short and the wall sent him on a wild ride of which he walked away from.

While Thorson went on the attack in turn two for second with Grant on lap 22, Grant had his sights set on ripping away Bacon’s lead entering turn three. Grant ably pulled even with Bacon through the corners but was unable to make a successful go of it as of yet.

Grant tailed Bacon around the entire circumference of the half-mile dirt oval from his view a half-car length back as the two crossed underneath the flag stand with three laps to go. That’s precisely where Grant made a swift maneuver to the bottom of turn one and stole the lead away with the race’s distance waning in the balance.

Taken by utter and complete surprise just two laps later, Bacon pounced as Grant slowed to a crawl on the topside of the racetrack, clearing him between turns one and two as he cut underneath Grant with Thorson in tow to second. Thorson nearly climbed Grant’s left rear tire coming off turn two, which stifled him momentarily, and allowed Bacon free reign to put the clamp and his stamp on the victory over Thorson, Kevin Thomas Jr., C.J. Leary and Thursday’s winner Jake Swanson.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) finished a fine second after leading 13 laps in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) followed up Thursday’s runner-up finish with a solid third on Friday in his KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper Presents the Ronald McDonald House Charities/DRC/Speedway Chevy. The 2017-18 Oval Nationals winner feels like he’s got a good gameplan if the track conditions are similar to Thursday’s and acknowledges having to find a little bit something more for conditions akin to those he faced on Friday night.

Six drivers – Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Brady Bacon, Tanner Thorson, C.J. Leary and Justin Grant ranked as the top-six overall points-getters throughout the first two evenings of the Oval Nationals. All six are locked into the first three rows of Saturday night’s 40-lap main event. The starting order of those first three rows will be determined via a Super 6 Dash which pits six cars against each for a six-lap race with high stakes.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 5, 2021 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 25th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.434; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-16.486; 3. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.508; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.576; 5. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-16.593; 6. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.634; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.653; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.763; 9. Chase Johnson, 2, Yeley-16.781; 10. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-16.798; 11. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.803; 12. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-16.830; 13. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-16.862; 14. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.865; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.885; 16. Max Adams, 73 Ford-16.916; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.932; 18. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.004; 19. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.045; 20. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.058; 21. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-17.065; 22. Alex Banales, 5A, Baldwin/Fox-17.136; 23. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-17.148; 24. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.157; 25. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.173; 26. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-17.175; 27. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.181; 28. Danny Faria Jr., 17v, Hollywood-17.230; 29. Carson Short, 17, Snow-17.255; 30. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.295; 31. Tye Mihocko, 38, Crossno-17.388; 32. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.489; 33. Brent Owens, 71, RMR-17.516; 34. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-17.552; 35. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-18.025; 36. Chris Muraoka, 73x, Ford-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. A.J. Bender, 4. Carson Short, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Dennis Gile, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Matt McCarthy, 9. Brent Owens. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Damion Gardner, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Logan Williams, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Alex Banales, 7. Shane Sexton, 8. Verne Sweeney, 9. Sterling Cling. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING/ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Tommy Malcolm, 6. Cody Williams, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Dan Taylor. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Kyle Edwards, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 8. Max Adams, 9. Chris Muraoka. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-8 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Cody Williams, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Dennis Gile, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Max Adams, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Kyle Edwards, 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 11. Brody Roa, 12. Alex Banales, 13. Shane Sexton, 14. Brent Owens, 15. Dan Taylor, 16. Matt McCarthy, 17. Tye Mihocko, 18. Chris Gansen, 19. Verne Sweeney. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Tanner Thorson (4), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 4. C.J. Leary (3), 5. Jake Swanson (6), 6. Shane Cottle (13), 7. Justin Grant (2), 8. Chris Windom (7), 9. Austin Williams (12), 10. Brody Roa (25-P), 11. Chase Johnson (10), 12. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 13. Damion Gardner (15), 14. Max Adams (17), 15. Carson Short (24), 16. Logan Seavey (22), 17. Dennis Gile (14), 18. Cody Williams (16), 19. Matt Mitchell (21), 20. Chris Gansen (26-P), 21. Tommy Malcolm (20), 22. R.J. Johnson (8), 23. A.J. Bender (18), 24. Logan Williams (11), 25. Sterling Cling (19), 26. Danny Faria Jr. (23). NT

(P) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

**Matt McCarthy flipped during the semi. Sterling Cling flipped on lap 5 of the feature. Logan Williams flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Brady Bacon, Laps 4-16 Tanner Thorson, Laps 17-27 Brady Bacon, Laps 28-29 Justin Grant, Lap 30 Brady Bacon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2741, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2677, 3-Justin Grant-2573, 4-Tanner Thorson-2456, 5-C.J. Leary-2435, 6-Chris Windom-2372, 7-Jake Swanson-2281, 8-Robert Ballou-1987, 9-Chase Stockon-1709, 10-Logan Seavey-1438.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1256, 2-Brody Roa-1184, 3-Austin Williams-1068, 4-Chris Gansen-969, 5-Cody Williams-905, 6-Tommy Malcolm-860, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-795, 8-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-616, 9-Verne Sweeney-614, 10-Matt McCarthy-590.

OVAL NATIONALS POINTS: (TOP-6 LOCKED INTO SATURDAY’S FEATURE) 1-Jake Swanson-285, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-284, 3-Brady Bacon-284, 4-Tanner Thorson-276, 5-C.J. Leary-270, 6-Justin Grant-252, 7-Chris Windom-233, 8-Austin Williams-232, 9-Shane Cottle-227, 10-Carson Short-212.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-186, 2-Justin Grant-167, 3-Tanner Thorson-162, 4-Brady Bacon-158, 5-Logan Seavey-140, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-137, 7-Thomas Meseraull-133, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Shane Cottle-98, 10-Buddy Kofoid-91.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA RACE: November 6, 2021 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 25th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Carson Short

Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Jake Swanson

Simpson Race Products/Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Competition Suspension, Inc./Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Second Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing/All Coast Construction Third Heat Winner: R.J. Johnson

Indy Race Parts/Component Repair Company Fourth Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

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

KSE Racing Products/In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger: Carson Short (24th to 15th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Damion Gardner

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Kyle Edwards

Schoenfeld Hard Work Award: Carson Short

Shawn McDonald Memorial 6th Place Qualifying Award: C.J. Leary

Shawn McDonald Memorial 6th Place Feature Award: Shane Cottle

 

 

HAIL MARY! SWANSON’S LAST LAP NETS FIRST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT WIN AT OVAL NATIONALS OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 4, 2021)………With four runner-up finishes throughout his first full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, Jake Swanson wasn’t about to settle for yet another in his ongoing pursuit of a first career series victory during Thursday night’s opener for the 25th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway.

In fact, running second entering the final set of turns on the last lap wasn’t sufficient enough to satisfy the Anaheim, Calif. native who was making his first trip back to his home track since becoming a permanent resident of Indiana about a year ago.

Swanson threw a “Hail Mary” through the marbles on the final circuit, removing himself from the bottom to take one last shot at the top of turn four. Swanson ignited the sky with a shower of sparks as his right-side wheels glanced off the outside front straightaway wall, then promptly brushed Thomas’ left side wheels in a drag race to the finish line with Swanson ahead at the stripe by a mere 0.010 of a second for the closest finish of the year, and one of the closest in series history.

Not only was it dramatic, it was downright historic for Swanson who earned his first victory in what was his 84th career USAC National Sprint Car feature start. A long time coming and a long time to wait patiently, but his turn arrived Thursday night. A dream fully realized. A dream come true.

“I’m speechless. I’m absolutely speechless. I could cry I’m so happy,” Swanson exclaimed after bringing his Team AZ Racing/Beaver Stripes – USW Cat Construction – RSS Industries – CSI/DRC/1-Way Chevy to USAC victory lane for the first time ever.

“I cannot say enough about this race team,” Swanson continued. “This racecar was so dynamite. My race team is absolutely incredible, and I know it sounds cliché, but these guys are the best and I’m so glad to finally get this done for them. I can’t thank everybody on the side of this racecar enough who has helped us and helped me get to the level I want to be at, and we finally accomplished that tonight.”

Equipped with a new powerplant under the hood, Swanson started third on the grid, but for the majority of the distance, was resigned to chasing Thomas around the bottom of the 1/2-mile dirt oval all while simultaneously negotiating copious amounts of lapped traffic.

With six laps remaining, the cards fell in Swanson’s favor after spying an opportunity on the back straightaway when Thomas split high to maneuver around the lapped car of Chris Gansen. With a big drive, Swanson cut under Gansen, making it three-wide as the trio hit turn three.

Thomas swung across both Gansen and Swanson, and back to the bottom with his left front tire teetering over the edge of the infield berm, but couldn’t quite stick to the bottom, opening up the low line for Swanson to eke by for the lead exiting the fourth corner.

The moment was fleeting, as it turned out, when he became entrapped behind Logan Williams at the tail end of the lead lap entering low in turn one just a straightaway later. Thomas took to the top in one and two and gleefully reestablished his position at the head of the field on lap 26. At that precise moment, now back in second and chasing Thomas once again, Swanson readily admitted to nearly feeling resigned to the fact that a first win just might be out of reach.

“I was worried; I didn’t really think I could do it,” Swanson said. “He’s so good on the bottom and it was just a chess match dealing with lapped traffic. I tried to split the lapped car there off turn two and it almost worked, then I tried to do it again, but the next few lappers were running too tight down there.”

Swanson shadowed Thomas for four-straight laps until reaching the white flag, sitting just a single car length back, and even saw Bacon briefly edge ahead of him by a bumper for the second spot off turn two on the last lap. Swanson got back into the groove and carried his momentum back by Bacon and deeper into turn three than he had all evening, at any cost, and the ultimate result wound up as the proudest achievement of his racing career.

“I wasn’t lifting,” Swanson flatly stated. “It didn’t matter if we hit the fence. It didn’t matter if I flipped the length of the front straightaway. I was not going to lift. I was buried in it. I bounced off the fence, I bounced off him, and he gave me just enough room. I really appreciate that, so I didn’t go for a ride. I didn’t think I was going to get it, but all of a sudden, I found some grip either on the wall or right next to the wall and I think I got him by an inch or two. It was unreal.”

Swanson dedicated the victory to his grandfather, who passed away recently while Kevin Thomas Jr. finished second and series point leader Brady Bacon took third, just a single car length behind the front two. Defending Oval Nationals winner C.J. Leary grabbed fourth while Justin Grant rounded out the top-five.

Pole sitter Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) came out on the short end of the photo finish in his KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper Presents the Ronald McDonald House Charities/DRC/Speedway Chevy, finishing second by the smallest of margins.

“It was wild,” Thomas said. “It was a good race, though, and congrats to Jake. They’ve been working so hard and have been very, very close. We did all that and ran that close and that hard and we never touched each other. I’ve got a lot of respect for Jake and what he’s done. Everybody on our crew did a great job and our car was good. I just got passed. It’s not what we wanted, obviously, but we had a good solid run, and we’ll try to duplicate it tomorrow and try to win a race.”

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) collected yet another top-five – his 32nd in 39 series starts this year – while finishing third, 0.129 sec. behind the winner, aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy. Bacon started on the outside of the front row but lost the spot to Swanson on lap two, yet still had a shot to win despite engine issues hampering the team throughout their night.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) became the second driver this season (Logan Seavey) to record Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier awards after previously doing so in early October at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

Three drivers got upside down throughout the night: Dan Taylor and Chris Gansen did so during qualifying, while Chris Muraoka flipped during the fourth heat. All drivers walked away without injury and, in fact, Gansen returned to action with the same car, transferring through his heat race finish 18th in the feature.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 4, 2021 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 25th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.487; 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.511; 3. Max Adams, 73 Ford-16.529; 4. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.532; 5. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.562; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.613; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-16.675; 8. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-16.696; 9. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-16.736; 10. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-16.748; 11. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-16.753; 12. Chase Johnson, 2, Yeley-16.754; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.770; 14. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.772; 15. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.810; 16. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.819; 17. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-16.862; 18. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-17.000; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.024; 20. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.052; 21. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-17.084; 22. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.092; 23. Carson Short, 17, Snow-17.115; 24. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-17.125; 25. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.146; 26. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.162; 27. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.167; 28. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.206; 29. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.280; 30. Danny Faria Jr., 17v, Hollywood-17.322; 31. Tye Mihocko, 38, Crossno-17.342; 32. Alex Banales, 5A, Baldwin/Fox-17.507; 33. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.517; 34. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-17.880; 35. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-18.006; 36. Chris Muraoka, 25, Sure Can-18.199.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Logan Williams, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Dennis Gile, 7. Austin Grabowski, 8. Tommy Malcolm, 9. Chris Windom. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Gansen, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Verne Sweeney, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Shane Sexton, 9. Cody Williams. 2:53.53

INDY METAL FINISHING/ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Short, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Max Adams, 5. Matt Mitchell, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Matt McCarthy, 9. Dan Taylor. 2:53.80

INDY RACE PARTS/COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. A.J. Bender, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Kyle Edwards, 7. Alex Banales, 8. Chris Muraoka, 9. Chase Johnson. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-8 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Cody Williams, 4. Matt Mitchell, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Verne Sweeney, 7. Austin Grabowski, 8. Matt McCarthy, 9. Danny Faria Jr., 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 12. Sterling Cling, 13. Tommy Malcolm, 14. Dennis Gile, 15. Kyle Edwards, 16. Shane Sexton, 17. Chase Johnson, 18. Dan Taylor. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jake Swanson (3), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 3. Brady Bacon (2), 4. C.J. Leary (5), 5. Justin Grant (7), 6. Tanner Thorson (6), 7. Austin Williams (9), 8. Chris Windom (18), 9. R.J. Johnson (10), 10. Max Adams (4), 11. Carson Short (8), 12. Shane Cottle (12), 13. Brody Roa (14), 14. Damion Gardner (17), 15. Charles Davis Jr. (23), 16. A.J. Bender (21), 17. Logan Williams (11), 18. Chris Gansen (15), 19. Matt Mitchell (16), 20. Logan Seavey (13), 21. Matt McCarthy (20), 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (25-P), 23. Verne Sweeney (22), 24. Cody Williams (19), 25. Austin Grabowski (24). NT

(P) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

**Dan Taylor & Chris Gansen flipped during qualifying. Chris Muraoka flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Kevin Thomas Jr., Lap 25 Jake Swanson, Laps 26-29 Kevin Thomas Jr., Lap 30 Jake Swanson.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-2663, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2600, 3-Justin Grant-2515, 4-Tanner Thorson-2378, 5-C.J. Leary-2367, 6-Chris Windom-2315, 7-Jake Swanson-2210, 8-Robert Ballou-1987, 9-Chase Stockon-1709, 10-Logan Seavey-1406.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1212, 2-Brody Roa-1141, 3-Austin Williams-1017, 4-Chris Gansen-946, 5-Cody Williams-875, 6-Tommy Malcolm-836, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-749, 8-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-606, 9-Verne Sweeney-604, 10-Logan Williams-554.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-186, 2-Justin Grant-167, 3-Tanner Thorson-160, 4-Brady Bacon-158, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-135, 6-Logan Seavey-134, 7-Thomas Meseraull-133, 8-Robert Ballou-131, 9-Buddy Kofoid-91, 10-Shane Cottle-91.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA RACES: November 5-6, 2021 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 25th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Chris Gansen

Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products/Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc./Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Second Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Indy Metal Finishing/All Coast Construction Third Heat Winner: Carson Short

Indy Race Parts/Component Repair Company Fourth Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

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

KSE Racing Products/In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger: Chris Windom (18th to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Brody Roa

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Danny Faria Jr.

Shawn McDonald Memorial Qualifying Award: Brady Bacon

Shawn McDonald Memorial Feature Award: Tanner Thorson


 

 

THORSON TOPS WEDNESDAY'S
USAC OVAL NATIONALS PRACTICE AT PERRIS

 

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 3, 2021)………Tanner Thorson recorded the fastest lap in Wednesday night’s practice session at southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway, the final tune-up prior to the start of the 25th running of the Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction.

The Minden, Nev. driver circled the 1/2-mile dirt oval with a time of 16.264 seconds in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Stanton Chevy, the same team which won the most recent Oval Nationals with driver C.J. Leary in 2019.

Thorson is in the midst of his first full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season and, likewise, is making his first Oval Nationals appearance this weekend.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), a 2019 USAC CRA victor at Perris, was second overall in practice at 16.269. Three-time series champ and current point leader Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was third at 16.329. Two-time Oval Nationals prelim feature winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was fourth at 16.358. Brody Roa, a two-time Perris AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car winner this year, rounded out the top-five at 16.469.

Thirty-nine cars are expected for this week’s running of the Oval Nationals, which kicks off Thursday night, Nov. 4 with three-straight full nights of racing, with each evening offering qualifying, heats, semi-feature and feature events. The program resumes the following night on Friday, Nov. 5, with the grand finale taking place on Saturday night, Nov. 6.

The drivers meeting takes place at 4:30pm PT during each night of racing with cars slated to be on track at 5:30pm.

All three nights of racing will be shown LIVE on FloRacing at at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: November 3, 2021 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 25th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction

PRACTICE: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.264; 2. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.269; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.329; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.358; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.469; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-16.555; 7. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.587; 8. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.609; 9. Carson Short, 17, Snow-16.662; 10. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-16.736; 11. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.839; 12. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox-16.840; 13. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.872; 14. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.893; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.966; 16. Max Adams, 73 Ford-17.047; 17. Alex Banales, 5A, Baldwin/Fox-17.103; 18. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.109; 19. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.157; 20. Danny Faria Jr., 17v, Hollywood-17.202; 21. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.238; 22. Chase Johnson, 2, Yeley-17.239; 23. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.376; 24. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-17.572; 25. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-17.954; 26. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-18.337; 27. Chris Muraoka, 25, Sure Can-19.089.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 4-5-6, 2021 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 25th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction


 


USAC NATIONALS RETURNS TO HUSET’S
WITH A NEW DATE IN JULY 2022!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (November 3, 2021)………The Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals returns to the USAC calendar in 2022 with a new date on July 8-9-10 at the Brandon, South Dakota 1/3-mile dirt oval.

The Friday, Saturday, Sunday night program will feature three consecutive nights of doubleheader events for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

The inaugural event was held this past September with C.J. Leary (Sprint) and Chris Windom (Midget) each collecting $20,000 paydays on the final night. Both Leary and Windom also won Friday night’s programs. Tanner Thorson (Sprint) and Thomas Meseraull (Midget) captured Thursday’s opener.

Huset’s first hosted USAC National Midget racing in 1996 with Kenny Irwin Jr. scoring the victory. A pair of USAC Sprint Car non-points special events were held in 2016 with Chad Boespflug the big winner on both nights.

Additional info and ticket sales for the 2022 Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals will be available soon at www.husetsspeedway.com.

 

FLOCK & COFER NAMED TURKEY NIGHT GP
CO-GRAND MARSHALS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 2, 2021)………USAC Western States Midget champions Robby Flock and Johnny Cofer have been named co-grand marshals for the 80th running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix on Saturday night, November 27, at southern California’s Ventura Raceway.

Flock (Murietta, Calif.) captured four USAC Western States Midget titles in three different decades – the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. He earned his first in 1986, then was crowned as champion again in 1989, 1993 and 2002. His 51 USAC Western States feature victories rank second all-time, five of which came at Ventura.

Additionally, six USAC National Midget wins are a part of Flock’s resume, with three in 1989 at Eagle, Neb., at Yuma, Ariz. and at Eldora Speedway’s 4-Crown Nationals in Rossburg, Ohio. Further National wins came at El Centro, Calif. in 1992, the Belleville (Kan.) Midget Nationals in 1996 and at Mount Lawn Speedway in New Castle, Ind. in 1997.

Additionally, Flock made 12 Turkey Night Grand Prix starts between 1982 and 2005, finishing a best of second in the 1993 race.

Standing beside Flock on the podium that night in the third position was Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), which was his best result in five Turkey Night midget starts between 1988 and 1996. The 1994 USAC Western States Midget titlist tallied half of his 10 career series wins at Ventura, and his lap of 11.675 sec. from 1995 still remains the one-lap track record to this day after 26 seasons.

Cofer can count two USAC National Midget wins to his credit with his first coming in 1991 at Rocky Mountain Speedway in Denver, Colo. while the second came arrived at Ventura during the 1994 campaign.

The 80th running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix will pay a winner’s share of $10,000 for the feature winner of the storied USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship 98-lap feature event.

ARP, the world leader in fastener technology, is the title sponsor for the for the famed race at the 1/5-mile dirt oval that sits right on the beach. The event dates back to the origins of midget racing and maintains its prestige today as one of the crown jewels of dirt track auto racing.

For the first time in 2021, the Turkey Night Grand Prix will be contested on Saturday, November 27, with practice and sprint car prelims the night before on Friday, November 26.

The race will serve as the season finale for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Midgets in 2021.

Tickets for the Turkey Night Grand Prix are now on sale at www.venturaraceway.com. For more information, please call (805) 985-5433.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & NATIONAL SPRINTS CLASH AT $10,000-TO-WIN PERRIS OVAL NATIONALS
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 2, 2021... The chase for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship heads to Perris Auto Speedway for the "25th Heimark/Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction." Promoted by Don Kazarian, the prestigious event opens with a special practice session on Wednesday, November 3rd, followed by three nights (November 4,5,6) of intense racing that also features the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars. With a total purse reaching over $98,000, the Thursday and Friday main events will pay $5,000-to-win, with Saturday’s winner taking home $10,000. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information or advance tickets, visit 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.

PRACTICE NIGHT: The festivities will begin on Wednesday, November 3rd with a special practice session for cars that are only entered in the Oval Nationals. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 5:00pm. The concession stands will be open with specials for fans in attendance.

ENTRY LIST: At press time, 34 cars have entered the event with more entries expected on race day. The current Oval Nationals pre-entry list is at the end of this release, courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway.

360 BONUS: The top three drivers using a 360 engine will receive an extra cash bonus at each night of the Oval Nationals. $500 for the top 360, $300 for second, and $200 for third. These bonuses are guaranteed. In addition, the top 360 driver who accumulates the most points over the three days will get a guaranteed starting spot in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature at the Turkey Night Grand Prix on the Ventura Raceway.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The USAC National Rule Book will be followed in regards to weight rule (1,375 lbs. with driver).
- The race format is posted on perrisautospeedway.com
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Hoosier 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are legal with the USAC/CRA. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners and this follows the USAC National Series rulebook.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 2021 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.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

Since 1996, the Budweiser Oval Nationals has been one of the most prestigious events for non-wing sprint car racing across the country. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills won the inaugural race and there have been sixteen different drivers that have claimed the checkered flags. Bud Kaeding, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner lead all drivers with three Oval National wins. In 2019, Indiana’s C.J. Leary added the eagle trophy to his collection and last year’s show was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 230 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-two different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 49 “home track” wins and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. This season, Gardner (three), “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (twice), “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. have claimed feature wins at the series’ “home track.” A complete USAC/CRA win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Entering the seventeenth point race, there have been eight different winners with USAC/CRA. “The Demon” Damion Gardner has six victories, while Max Adams, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams are tied with two wins. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Chase Johnson, Carson Short, and Ryan Timmons have one win on the season.

Heading to the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 75-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner topped the October 23rd feature at Perris, To date, the eight-time champion has posted six feature wins, seven Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 125 feature laps led on the year. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has eighty-nine series wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid with his fourth Oval Nationals victory.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) is second in the championship point standings. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa scored fourth at Perris on October 23rd. At press time, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, fourteen top-10 finishes and 59 feature laps led in the campaign. With ten career victories, Brody will have his sights on adding the Oval Nationals to his resume.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams scored twenty-second at Perris after an early flip ended his night. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes and 72 feature laps led to his credit. “The Big Game Hunter” has eleven career wins and will be looking to join his father (“The Ripper” Rip Williams”) on the Oval Nationals winner’s list.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Cam 2 Blue Blood Oil Maxim, Gansen led the first eight laps before scoring third in the Perris feature. At press time, the veteran driver has posted one heat race victory, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and 9 feature laps led on the season. Chris will have his sights on earning his first USAC/CRA victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) ranks fifth in the point chase. Racing his #44 Trench Shoring / CRW Designs and Machining DRC, Williams charged to a second place finish at Perris after starting eighth. To date, the 2010 Victorville Sprint Car Champion has three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign. Cody has one career USAC/CRA win and will be looking to looking to join his father (“The Ripper” Rip Williams”) on the Oval Nationals winner’s list.

Heading to Perris, Austin Grabowksi (Riverside, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA). Jake Hodges (Camarillo, CA), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), Ikaika O’Brien (Oahu, HI), and Shane Sexton (Warner Springs, CA) are also in contention.

“The Macho Man” Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) leads a talented roster from the AMSOIL USAC National Series. “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant, Tanner Thorson, C.J. Leary, Chris Windom, Jake Swanson, Logan Seavey, and Shane Cottle have pre-entered the event.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Walk up tickets will be sold and advance tickets can be purchased online at perrisautospeedway.com or by calling 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, 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.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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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.

HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS PRESENTED BY ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION WINNERS: 1996-Jimmy Sills, 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Rodney Argo, 1999-Rickie Gaunt, 2000-Tony Jones, 2001-Bud Kaeding, 2002-Bud Kaeding, 2003-Cory Kruseman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Dave Darland, 2006-Dave Darland, 2007-Bud Kaeding, 2008-Jesse Hockett, 2009-Damion Gardner, 2010-Chris Windom, 2011-Damion Gardner, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Robert Ballou, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2018-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2019-C.J. Leary, 2020-Not Held.

2021 HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS PRESENTED BY ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION ENTRY LIST: (courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway) 1-Damion Gardner, 2-Chase Johnson, 4-Justin Grant, 4-Jake Hodges, 4G-Chris Gansen, 5-Logan Seavey, 5X-Alex Banales, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr., 11O-Ikaika O’Brien, 12-Stevie Sussex, 17V-Danny Faria Jr., 19-Chris Windom, 19AZ-Tanner Thorson, 21-A.J. Bender, 21AZ-Jake Swanson, 25-Christopher Muraoka, 37-Matt Mitchell, 38-Tye Mihocko, 39E-Kyle Edwards, 44-Cody Williams, 47-Charles Davis Jr., 51-R.J. Johnson, 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr., 52V-Trent Williams, 69-Brady Bacon, 72-Austin Grabowski, 74-Shane Sexton, 74X-Shane Cottle, 77M-C.J. Leary, 91R-Brody Roa, 92-Austin Williams, 92M-TBA, 98-Verne Sweeney.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Damion Gardner, 2-Max Adams, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Carson Short, 1-Ryan Timmons.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 49-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Brody Roa, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 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-Jake Swanson, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1172, 2. Brody Roa-1097, 3. Austin Williams-960, 4. Chris Gansen-912, 5. Cody Williams-850, 6. Tommy Malcolm-826, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-715, 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-583, 9. Verne Sweeney-580, 10. Matt McCarthy-554, 11. Logan Williams-520, 12. A.J. Bender-481, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-473, 14. Matt Mitchell-438, 15. Austin Grabowski ®-435, 16. Stevie Sussex-405, 17. Chase Johnson-324, 18. Ryan Timmons ®-290, ---. Brent Owens ®-290, 20. Jake Hodges ®-280.

2021 AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brady Bacon-2590, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr.-2526, 3. Justin Grant-2449, 4. Tanner Thorson ®-2311, 5. C.J. Leary-2295, 6. Chris Windom-2262, 7. Jake Swanson-2129, 8. Robert Ballou-1987, 9. Chase Stockon-1709, 10. Logan Seavey-1377, 11. Kyle Cummins-1244, 12. Shane Cottle-1100, 13. Brandon Mattox-1050, 14. Jadon Rogers-1036, 15. Matt Westfall-972, 16. Thomas Meseraull-891, 17. Paul Nienhiser ®-859, 18. Cole Bodine ®-660, 19. Mario Clouser-590, 20. Max Adams-574.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park– Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
March 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (CANCELLED)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Winner: Carson Short)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Charles Davis Jr.)
October 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 12: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 13: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

LOCKED & LOADED: OVAL NATS ENTRIES INCLUDES 4 PAST WINNERS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 1, 2021)………Four past Oval Nationals winners are on the pre-entry list for this week’s 25th running of the Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction on November 4-5-6 at southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway.

Thirty-six cars are entered for the event which features such Perris headliners as three-time Oval Nationals winner Damion Gardner, the Concord, Calif. native, eight-time AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car champion and current point leader, who is seeking to become the first four-time Oval Nationals winner in this Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win finale.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) enters as the defending Oval Nationals winner, collecting the top prize in 2019. The 2020 event was not held due to COVID-19 restrictions. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) captured back-to-back Oval Nationals triumphs in 2017-2018. Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) became the youngest Oval Nationals winner at the age of 19 in 2010.

Prelim winners looking to break through for a monumental first Oval Nationals final night score this weekend include USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National championship point leader, and three-time champ, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.). Bacon swept both preliminary nights in 2019, same as Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) did in 2018. Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) notched his only career USAC National win in a prelim during the 2017 event.

In USAC CRA competition this season, Gardner has added three wins at The PAS, with Roa netting two, while both Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) have added one. Austin is the son of 1997 Oval Nationals winner Rip Williams.

Making his Oval Nationals debut is Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), a 2015 Turkey Night Grand Prix USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature winner at Perris, who has won five times with the USAC National Sprints this year.

Another 2021 USAC National Sprint Car winning driver entered is Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) who, like Thorson, is a past USAC National Midget champion. Seavey is one of two drivers to win in all three USAC National divisions this year along with Grant.

This week, five-time USAC National Sprint Car winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) will make his first Oval Nationals appearance in 13 years. USAC National Sprint Car’s top Rookie in 2017, Stevie Sussex (Laveen, Ariz.), returns to the Oval Nationals lineup.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.) and Matt Mitchell (Costa Mesa, Calif.) are all past USAC CRA feature winners at Perris who are looking to reach USAC National victory lane for the first time in their careers this weekend.

The Oval Nationals begins with practice from 6-9pm PT on Wednesday night, November 3. Three-straight full nights of racing, with each evening offering qualifying, heats, semi-feature and feature events, begins at Perris on Thursday, Nov. 4, then returns the following night on Friday, Nov. 5, with the grand finale taking place on Saturday night, Nov. 6.

The drivers meeting takes place at 4:30pm PT during each night of racing with cars slated to be on track at 5:30pm.

All three nights of racing will be shown LIVE on FloRacing at at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

PRE-ENTERED OVAL NATIONALS DRIVERS:

1 Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Mark Alexander)

2 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Jack Yeley)

4 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

4G Chris Gansen/Verdemont Heights, CA (Gansen Motorsports)

4x Jacob Hodges/Camarillo, CA (Jacob Hodges)

5 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Baldwin-Fox Racing)

5A Alex Banales/West Lafayette, IN (Baldwin-Fox Racing)

5x Tommy Malcolm/Corona, CA (Dino Napier)

9K Kevin Thomas Jr./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

11o Ikaika O'Brien/Aiea, HI (Ikaika O'Brien)

12 Stevie Sussex/Laveen, AZ (Robbie & Gaye Allen)

13 Dennis Gile/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile Racing)

17v Danny Faria Jr./Tipton, CA (Hollywood Motorsports)

19 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

21 A.J. Bender/Ramona, CA (Rich Bender)

21AZ Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ Racing)

25 Chris Muraoka/Waianae, HI (Sure Can LLC)

37 Matt Mitchell/Costa Mesa, CA (J.W. Mitchell Motorsports)

38 Tye Mihocko/Phoenix, AZ (Glenn Crossno)

39E Kyle Edwards/Fountain Valley, CA (Gordon Edwards)

44 Cody Williams/Norco, CA (Cody Williams)

47 Charles Davis Jr./Buckeye, AZ (Davis Race Team)

51 R.J. Johnson/Laveen, AZ (Ricky Johnson)

51T Eddie Tafoya Jr./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya Sr.)

52v Trent Williams/Hesperia, CA (Ron & Brandi Williams)

69 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

72 Austin Grabowski/Riverside, CA (Austin Grabowski)

73 Max Adams/Loomis, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

74 Shane Sexton/Warner Springs, CA (Stan Sexton)

74x Shane Cottle/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

77m C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Michael Motorsports)

91R Brody Roa/Garden Grove, CA (BR Performance)

92 Austin Williams/Corona, CA (Tom & Laurie Sertich)

92m TBA (Tom & Laurie Sertich)

98 Verne Sweeney/Lomita, CA (Ken Tracy)

 

 

MICHAEL FACCINTO IS KING AT HANFORD; BLAKE BOWER EARNS CHAMPIONSHIP

HANFORD, CA – OCTOBER 29, 2021… Charging from fourth, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) raced to victory at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway. Driving Marcie Campbell’s #7J Marcie Campbell Realtor / Rodela Fabrication Spike, the 2018 Champion earned his first USAC Western States Midget win of the year at the season ending “Anthony Simone Classic.” Frankie Guerrini, newly crowned champion and rookie of the year Blake Bower, Jake Andreotti, and Ben Worth chased Faccinto to the checkered flags.

Making his first start of 2021, pole-sitter Frankie Guerrini led the first sixteen laps on the lightning fast surface. Faccinto had made his way to second early in the feature and gradually reeled in the leader. With the laps winding down, the hometown driver powered to the top spot and led the final three circuits.

Before the program began, technical problems with the electronic scoring loop forced officials to cancel time trials. A passing point format was used and after running second to Colby Johnson in his heat race, Faccinto ranked third overall. In limited appearances, Michael finished the campaign placed twenty-second in championship points.

Equaling a feat by Nic Faas in 2008, Blake Bower (Brentwood, CA) clinched the championship and rookie of the year honors. Piloting Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Sold Buy Guys entry, Bower finished second to Jake Andreotti in his heat race, placed fourth in passing points, and ran third in the feature.

After heat race action was completed, Colby Johnson (Penngrove, CA) was the night’s Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier. Racing the Robyn Morris owned #17K Morris Insurance Agency / Cal Crush Spike, Johnson won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers / LMG Ag Products First Heat Race and scored tenth in the main event after an early flip. Colby finished the season ranked eleventh in USAC Western States Midget points and won the BCRA Championship.

Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, CA) won the night’s Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products / Hanni Well Drilling Second Heat Race. Driving Pete Davis’ #00 Hot Head Competition Heaters / Buchannan Automotive Stealth, Andreotti was second in passing points and finished fourth in the main event. In limited action, the rookie contender closed out the season ranked twelfth in points.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) earned the night’s Rod End Supply / Finish Line Promotions by Stephanie Odom Hard Charger Award with a seventh place run from eleventh. The pilot of the Nichols / Peckfelder #1NP NP Motorsports / Masters Design and Construction Spike missed his heat race due to mechanical problems. The team made repairs in time to compete in the season ending 20-lap main event. Despite missing several events, the veteran driver finished eleventh in the point standings.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Finish Line Promotions by Stephanie Odom, FloRacing.com, Hanni Well Drilling, Hoosier Racing Tire, LMG Ag Products, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Superior Bearing and Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, Walker Performance Filtration, Western Flyer Xpress, 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.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 29, 2021 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, California – “Anthony Simone Classic” – co-sanctioned with BCRA

EXTREME MUFFLERS / LMG AG PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colby Johnson (#17K Morris), 2. Michael Faccinto (#7J Campbell), 3. Frankie Guerrini (#71R Morris), 4. Ron Hazelton (#15 Hazelton), 5. C.J. Sarna (#20 Sarna). NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / HANNI WELL DRILLING SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Andreotti (#00 Davis), 2. Blake Bower (#9 Boscacci), 3. Ben Worth (#5K Alexander), 4. Brody Fuson (#51 Carlile), 5. Terry Nichols (#1N Nichols/Peckfelder). NT.

FEATURE: (20 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (4), 2. Frankie Guerrini (1), 3. Blake Bower (3), 4. Jake Andreotti (5), 5. Ben Worth (2), 6. Brody Fuson (7), 7. David Prickett, (11, #1NP Nichols/Peckfelder), 8. Ron Hazelton (8), 9. Terry Nichols (10), 10. Colby Johnson (6). NT.
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**Johnson flipped on lap one of the feature. Sarna did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Guerrini, Laps 17-20 Faccinto.

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TOP QUALIFIER: Colby Johnson
ROD END SUPPLY / FINISH LINE PROMOTIONS BY STEPHANIE ODOM HARD CHARGER: David Prickett (11th to 7th)

FINAL USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Blake Bower-862, 2-Brody Fuson-792, 3-C.J. Sarna-662, 4-Austin Liggett-549, 5-Ben Worth-471, 6-Chase Johnson-460, 7-Shannon McQueen-418, 8-Ron Hazelton-400, 9-Jarrett Soares-392, 10-David Prickett-386.

 

 

GOING BIG: LUCAS OIL RACEWAY REVEALS 2022 USAC SCHEDULE

Indianapolis, Indiana (October 27, 2021)………America’s great race place, Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., will host a bevy of mega events throughout the 2022 season for USAC Silver Crown, Sprint Cars and Midget racing at the .686-mile paved oval.

OPEN-WHEEL OPENING DAY: SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022

The 2022 schedule on the Lucas Oil Raceway oval begins with Open-Wheel Opening Day, a doubleheader of open-wheel action on Saturday, March 26. Lucas Oil Raceway's Pavement Midget Championship will make its debut with a 35-lap, $5,000 to win feature as well as the return of Champion Sprint Cars for their own 35-lap, $5,000 to win feature.

All Midget and Sprint Car programs at Lucas Oil Raceway will be considered USAC non-points special events, meaning no points will be awarded toward the USAC National series' championship standings.

Additionally, this will be the first of four events on the 2022 Lucas Oil Raceway oval calendar that will host a Pavement Midget Championship feature, with each race paying $5,000 to win. The end-of-season "track championship" point fund will be worth $10,000, with the champion taking home $2,500. There will also be a bonus payout for the Rookie of the Year in midget competition at Lucas Oil Raceway.

An open test will be held on Friday, March 25 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM preceding this event for teams to prepare.

CARB NIGHT CLASSIC: FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022

The Carb Night Classic returns to Lucas Oil Raceway in 2022 on Friday, May 27. Featuring multiple classes of open-wheel racing on the Friday before the Indianapolis 500, it will be a night to remember.

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

THURSDAY NIGHT THUNDER HOMECOMING: THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2022

After being revived in 2021, the Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming will return in 2022 with a focus on celebrating the personalities and broadcasts that made the track a staple in living rooms across the country.

The event, which helped establish names like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne, will continue to build a foundation for racers of current and future generations.

This night will feature the third points race in the National Pavement Midget Championship (a 35-lap feature, $5,000 to win), Champion Sprint Cars (35-lap feature, $5,000 to win) and the exclusive USAC Silver Crown Shootout, a 10-car field fighting for $13,000 in prize money within a 25-lap non-points special event feature.

OPEN-WHEEL CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2022

Capping off a busy oval season, Championship Saturday will feature three unique season-finales for the USAC Silver Crown National Championship, National Pavement Midget Championship and Sprint Cars – all in one day!

The Saturday, October 22 event will host the 100-lap, $10,000 to win USAC Silver Crown National Championship finale, as well as 40-lap, $5,000 to win features in the National Pavement Midget Championship and Sprint Cars.

Additionally, the 2022 A.J. Foyt Championship winner will be crowned on this day, adding a new name to a list of track champions that includes legends such as Jeff Gordon, Parnelli Jones, Ryan Newman and more.

 

 

HANFORD HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET “CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 26, 2021... A champion will be crowned this Friday, October 29th, as the USAC Western States and the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets clash at Keller Auto Speedway. Promoted by Peter Murphy, the “Anthony Simone Classic” is the third appearance for the “mighty midgets” at the 3/8-mile oval. The action packed card will also showcase the NARC King of the West 410 Winged Sprint Cars and IMCA Stock Cars. In addition, the King of the West 410s will also hold a special non-winged main event in honor of “Mr. Excitement” Anthony Simone. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California, the Spectator Gates will open at 4:00pm, Hot Laps at 6:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at kellerautospeedway.com.

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

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- NO ENTRY FEE IN 2021. ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS OR TEMPORARY PERMITS (TPs) ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150.
- 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.
- 2021 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.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY.
- The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

Since June 6, 1986, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted 45 USAC Western States Midget races and thirty-one different drivers have claimed victory. Robby Flock scored the inaugural victory as Mitchel Moles and Brody Fuson topped the last two visits on the season. Billy Boat leads all drivers with six Hanford triumphs and Ronnie Day set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.555 on October 3, 1998. The series win list at Hanford is at the end of this release.

Leading rookie contender, Blake Bower (Brentwood, CA) has a 56-point lead over the competition. Piloting Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Mountain Cascade Inc. Spike, Bower raced from ninth to sixth at Ventura Raceway on October 16th. At press time, Blake has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the year. Blake will be looking to end his championship bid with his first USAC win this Saturday night.

Ranked second in points, Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) still has a mathematical chance of winning the championship. Driving Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, Fuson scored fifteenth at Ventura after an early exit. To date, the rookie contender has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Award, four heat race wins, eight top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led to his credit. Brody will have his sights on the crown by claiming another Hanford victory.

C.J. Sarna (Brea, CA) is third in the championship point standings. Racing his #20 ZMAX / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna finished seventh at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has four heat race victories, three Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. Sarna has one career victory and will have his sights winning at Keller Auto Speedway.

Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) sits fourth in USAC Western Midget point standings. The pilot of the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike skipped the night’s action at Ventura. To date, the 2018 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes and 57 feature laps led in the campaign. With four career wins, Liggett is a threat to win on any given night.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) ranks fifth in the chase for the championship. Driving Bill Buckley’s #7NZ Buckley Systems / Esslinger Engineering Bullet, Johnson scored third at Ventura after starting fifth in the main event. At press time, the versatile driver has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led on the season. Chase has three career wins and will be looking to add a Hanford trophy to his collection.

While Bower leads the chase for rookie honors, Fuson (Bakersfield, CA), Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA), Tony Gomes (Modesto, CA), Colby Johnson (Penngrove, CA), Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, CA), and Colton Raudman (Redding, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ben Worth, Ron Hazelton, Dylan Ito, Colby Johnson, Jake Andreotti, Tony Gomes, Kyle Mentch, Alex Schutte, and more.

Colby Johnson leads the BCRA point standings. Brody Fuson, David Prickett, Blake Bower, Chase Johnson, Kyle Mentch, Shannon McQueen, Robert Carson, C.J. Sarna, and Jarrett Soares round out the top-10 drivers.

Keller Auto Speedway is located at the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, General Admission Senior (62 and older), Active Military (ID Required), and General Admission Junior tickets (6 to 17) are $15. Kids tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit kellerautospeedway.com or the track’s social media.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Finish Line Promotions by Stephanie Odom, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Superior Bearing and Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, Walker Performance Filtration, Western Flyer Xpress, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

HANFORD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Ronnie Day – 15.555 (10/3/98)

HANFORD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 6-Billy Boat, 4- Robby Flock, 3-Jimmy Sills, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Alex Harris, 2-Rusty Rasmussen, 2-Ron Shuman, 1-Tommy Astone, 1-Donnie Beechler, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Mark DeBeaumont, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Brody Fuson, 1-Joe Gaerte, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Dallen McKenney, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Andy Michner, 1-Mitchel Moles, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Ricky Shelton, 1-Tony Stewart, 1-Danny Stratton, 1-Matt Streeter, 1-Sleepy Tripp, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Josh Wise.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Brody Fuson, 2-Chase Johnson, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Andreotti, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Colby Johnson, 1-Mitchel Moles, 1-Hayden Williams, 1-Ben Worth.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Blake Bower ®-788, 2. Brody Fuson ®-732, 3. C.J. Sarna-648, 4. Austin Liggett-549, 5. Chase Johnson-460, 6. Shannon McQueen-418, 7. Ben Worth-405, 8. Jarrett Soares ®-392, 9. Ron Hazelton-346, 10. David Prickett-334, 11. Dylan Ito-286, 12. Maria Cofer-282, 13. Colby Johnson ®-281, 14. Jake Andreotti ®-226, 15. Tony Gomes ®-222, 16. Randi Pankratz-212, 17. Mitchel Moles-205, 18. Robby Josett-202, 19. Kyle Beilman-190, 20. Terry Nichols-173, ---. Kyle Mentch-173, 22. Troy Rutherford-151, 23. Mike Leach Jr.-117, 24. Colton Raudman ®-116, 25. Alex Schutte-113, 26. Caden Sarale-107, 27. Matt Mitchell-104, 28. Joey Bishop-86, 29. Dylan Bloomfield-82, 30. Hayden Williams-80, 31. Logan Seavey-79, 32. Michael Faccinto-78, 33. Shane Golobic-77, 34. Ryan Bernal-75, ---. Travis Buckley-75, 36. Davey Ray-72, 37. Jade Avedisian-68, 38. Max Adams ®-65, 39. Beau Lemire-58, 40. Floyd Alvis-56, 41. Ashlyn Rodriguez-55, 42. Michael Snider-54, ---. Matt Streeter-54, 44. Thomas Esberg-53, 45. Troy Morris III-50, ---. Sparky Howard-50, ---. Ronnie Gardner-50, ---. Robert Carson-50, 49. Ben Wiesz-49, ---. Gage Rucker-49, 51. Kenny Welch-46, 52. Kaleb Montgomery-36, 53. Jake Vermeer-27.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 27: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
April 10: #Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Mitchel Moles)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Maria Cofer)
June 5: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
August 7: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Colby Johnson)
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
September 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Hayden Williams)
October 9: #Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
October 10: #Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CANCELLED)
October 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Andreotti)
October 29: #Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Anthony Simone Classic)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA)
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

 

VanINWEGEN COLLECTS FIRST CAREER USAC EC WIN AT ORANGE COUNTY

By: Nick Fillman – USAC ECSC

Middletown, New York (October 23, 2021)………Local modified regular, and former USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series regular, Billy VanInwegen collected his first career victory with the Rapid Tire Services, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series on Saturday night at the conclusion of fourteen laps due to rain after half way.

Kenny Miller lll and winged 360 veteran Matt Tanner lead the field to green for the USAC East Coast portion of Eastern States Weekend 2021. Immediately the non-wing veteran Miller III took the race lead and would try to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field, by being glued to the bottom lane of the speedway. Matt Tanner was in second and found himself quickly under-fire from another modified regular at the speedway in the form of Brian Krummel.

Alex Bright had worked right behind the battle for the top three on the bottom lane of the speedway at the completion of lap one. As the field worked their way into turn three and four, Brian Krummel would lose the handle on the second Hamilton Racing entry and spin to the high side of the speedway. As Krummel was slowing to a stop, Briggs Danner made right rear to right rear contact with Krummel, with Danner being able to pull away.

Danner did suffer some right side damage on the Heffner Racing 5G entry, as the right side nerf bar would be caved in onto the rear tire with a slight tire rub, along with suffering right side header damage.

When the field returned to green Miller again bolted out to the race lead, with Bright sneaking under Matt Tanner for second, with Billy VanInwegen being the first driver to explore the fresh moisture that was laid down on the high side of the speedway. Danner would follow along in the tire tracks of Billy V on the high side of the speedway as well.

As the field worked to the completion of lap three, Billy V motored to the high side of turn three and four around the outside of both Bright and Miller to take the race lead on lap three. Bright tried to follow VanInwegen to the high side, but then opted for the middle, using a diamond line off of the corner to try and keep pace with the leader.

In the laps after the pass for the lead, Miller began to struggle on the bottom side of the speedway losing spots to Tanner, and eventually Briggs Danner who had worked his way into the top five by lap seven despite the tire rub and damage to the 5G entry. Danner would continue to work the high side of the speedway just as the race leader VanInwegen would and worked by Matt Tanner for third on lap eleven.

Tanner stuck to his line and would not quit on the bottom side of the speedway and worked back by Danner for the third place position on only two laps later on lap thirteen while both were trying their best to catch the leaders VanInwegen and Bright.

VanInwegen had a solid four car length lead over Bright as they began to encounter lapped traffic on the bottom side of the speedway. VanInwegen was strong up top and would allow Bright to draw closer on corner entry, and through the middle of the corner, but the momentum for VanInwegen off of the high side of the speedway allowed him to rocket off the corners and re-establish the distance between he and Bright.

Ultimately, the caution flag would fly on lap fourteen for rains that had persistently picked up over the course of the last two to three laps under green flag conditions. The field would be sent to the pit are of the Orange County Speedway as the track was lost due to increasing rain. The field would remain idle in the pit area as rains continued to fall on the speedway, lightening up at times, but not going away.

A decision was reached with USAC East Coast Official in the interest of time, for our traveling teams, many of them being at the speedway since eight A.M. or earlier, to make the results official being that the race was passed the halfway point and was legally completed, per USAC East Coast Rules.

Billy VanInwegen grabbed his first career Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, presented by Capitol Renegade victory over: Alex Bright, Matt Tanner, Briggs Danner, and Damon Paul.

VanInwegen backed up his run from last season at Orange County where he finished in the top three in his wingless sprint car series debut. The run last season lead to the opportunity for Billy V to be tabbed as the driver of the Bill Gallagher 5G entry for the bulk of the 2020 series tour after Timmy Buckwalter was injured in a modified incident. Billy V had many strong runs last season with the team, nearly picking up wins at Delaware International and at the famed Williams Grove Speedway. The win on Saturday night was the first for Billy and the VanDusen team, and they have intended their plans on making a few more shows with the series in 2022.

The incredible runs for Alex Bright and the Hummer Motorsports team continued on Saturday night at Orange County as the pair, who were not at the speedway last July, came home in a solid runner up finish. Bright had never race on the “Hard Clay” of the Orange County Speedway, but as he has all year, looked as strong as ever running at the front of the field. While Bright and team no doubt would have liked to see the rest of the feature event be run under green, they will have one more shot to crack victory lane at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park in two weeks.

Stephentown, NY driver Matt Tanner made his series debut on Saturday night aboard the no.17 entry that last season was piloted by VanInwegen in select wing and non-wing events. Tanner a veteran and multi time winner on the ESS and Patriot Sprint Series throughout New York aboard his family-owned 90 car, made quick work on Saturday night figuring out how to pilot a wingless sprint car. Tanner had a great second place effort in his heat race locking him into the redraw and ran an extremely impressive third in the feature event. Perhaps Tanner will venture out and try a few more wingless shows in the future with the series. Only time will tell.

Coming home fourth despite some feature event difficulties was Allentown, PA drive Briggs Danner. While Danner has cooled off some in terms collecting feature event wins, the team has been fast in their last two events. The rain and completion of the feature event after fourteen laps was a bit of a blessing for Danner and the Heffner 5G team as their right rear tire would more than likely have not survived the remaining eleven laps of the feature event following a nerf-bar rub after contact with a spinning Brian Krummel.

Rounding out the top five in Saturday’s event was Stony Point, New York driver Damon Paul. If there was a driver who was more excited to be in the pit area and racing a sprint car during Eastern States Weekend than Damon Paul, we certainly did not encounter them! Paul who lives a short half hour drive away, has been to many ESW events in his lifetime, and was thrilled at the opportunity to run at his home track on the series trail. A one time winner on tour this season, Paul was able to collect another top five run after starting in the ninth place spot.

All of us at the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank everyone involved at the Orange County Fair Speedway for their hospitality, along with Brett Hearn for not only bumping the winner’s purse to $2,000, but our start money to $400. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all of the teams who supported us on Saturday night. Whether they were from New York or some of our series regulars who made the trip up, we appreciate your support on Saturday night and all season long.

Up Next for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, presented by Capitol Renegade is our series finale at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park on Friday, November 5th! The Friday night finale will pay a historic $2,500 to win, and $300 to start!

As always, stay up to date with the latest news, results, points, and much more by following along on our social media pages! On Facebook at: USAC East Coast Sprint Cars, and on Twitter at: @USACecsc.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE RACE RESULTS: October 23, 2021 – Orange County Fair Speedway – Middletown, New York

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 23m-Kenny Miller III (1), 2. 56-Billy VanInwegen Jr. (4), 3. 16cw-Eric Jennings (5), 4. M1-Justin Mills (7), 5. 57-Damon Paul (2), 6. 1Q-Thomas Radivoy (6), 7. 96-Lee Kauffman (8), 8. 6-Steve Kyser (3), 9. 91-Mick D'Agostino (9). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 5G-Briggs Danner (1), 2. 17-Matt Tanner (2), 3. 20-Alex Bright (6), 4. 32K-Brian Krummel (4), 5. 17J-Jonathan Swanson (3), 6. 32-Colin White (7), 7. 98-Dan Malley (8), 8. 67-Jason Cherry (5). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, shortened to 14 laps due to rain, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Billy VanInwegen Jr. (5), 2. Alex Bright (3), 3. Matt Tanner (2), 4. Briggs Danner (7), 5. Damon Paul (9), 6. Kenny Miller III (1), 7. Justin Mills (6), 8. Eric Jennings (8), 9. Jonathan Swanson (10), 10. Thomas Radivoy (11), 11. Brian Krummel (4), 12. Colin White (12), 13. Dan Malley (14), 14. Jason Cherry (16), 15. Lee Kauffman (13), 16. Mick D'Agostino (17), 17. Steve Kyser (15). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Kenny Miller III, Laps 3-14 Billy VanInwegen.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE POINTS: 1-Alex Bright-1614, 2-Briggs Danner-1471, 3-Damon Paul-1190, 4-Nash Ely-1089, 5-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-1003, 6-Steven Drevicki-954, 7-Kenny Miller III-914, 8-Joey Amantea-850, 9-Tommy Kunsman-832, 10-Ed Aikin-829.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE RACE: November 5, 2021 – Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, New Jersey

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Penske Shocks $100: Billy VanInwegen

Penske Shocks $50: Alex Bright

Penske Shocks $25: Matt Tanner

Ultra Shield 3rd Place: Matt Tanner

Ultra Shield 6th Place: Kenny Miller lll

Vahlco Wheels $50 Hard Charger: Billy VanInwegen (5th to 1st)

 

 

DAMION GARDNER STRIKES AGAIN AT PERRIS

PERRIS, CA – OCTOBER 23, 2021… Starting sixth, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) powered by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. on the sixteenth lap and led the rest of the way to score the victory at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner’s 30-lap triumph was his sixth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the campaign. “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Chris Gansen, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa, and hard charger Eddie Tafoya Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting on the pole position, Chris Gansen set a torrid pace and led the first eight circuits on the half-mile clay oval. September 25th Perris winner “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. had sliced his way from third and took over the top spot. Davis was running strong until mid-race, when a rear tire began to lose air pressure. Gardner was now in striking distance and slipped past the multi-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion. From there, the night belonged to “The Demon.”

Before claiming the 89th series win of his career, Gardner earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time honors in qualifying by posting a time of 16.149 over the 24-car roster. The eight-time champion ran second in his heat race to Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm and would leave the Lake Perris Fairgrounds with a 75-point lead heading to the 25th Heimark / Anheuser Busch Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction on November 4-6th.

Driving Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating Maxim, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) held off Gardner to win the Flowdynamics Incorporated First Heat Race. Malcolm had qualified thirteenth overall and finished seventh in the main event. The versatile driver ranks sixth in championship points.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) raced to victory in the night’s 10-lap Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror Second Heat Race. Piloting the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Cam 2 Blue Blood Oil Maxim, Gansen was eighth fast in time trials and finished third in the feature after leading the opening laps. At press time, Chris is fourth in the USAC/CRA point chase.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) won the program’s All Coast Construction Third Heat Race. Racing the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / DRC Chassis entry, Tafoya qualified fifteenth overall and was the In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award winner with a fifth place run from fifteenth. The 2019 Rookie of the Year sits eighth in the point standings.

By qualifying sixth, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Norco, CA) was the Shawn McDonald Memorial Qualifying Award Winer. Driving his #44 Trench Shoring / CRW Design and Machine DRC, Williams ran fifth in his heat race and had one of his best nights of the season with a second place run. “The Cadillac” is currently fifth in the point standings.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, CA) claimed the night’s Shawn McDonald Memorial Feature Award with a sixth place finish. Piloting the family owned #21B K&R Motorsports / Schweitzer Racing DRC, Bender was tenth quick in time trials and placed sixth in his heat race. In limited starts, the California Lightning Sprint Car veteran is twelfth in USAC/CRA points.

Making his first start of the year, Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, CA) placed thirteenth in the feature and earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development KPC, Jace was sixteenth fast in time trials and was fifth in his heat race. The 2010 Rookie of the Year is tied for 56th in points.

The USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action at Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA) for the “25th Heimark / Anheuser Busch Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction” on November 4-6th.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, 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: October 23, 2021 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.149; 2. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.184; 3. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.348; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.508; 5. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.598; 6. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.605; 7. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-16.605; 8. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.637; 9. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.653; 10. A.J. Bender, 21B, Bender-16.679; 11. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.741; 12. Tye Mihocko, 38, Crossno-16.777; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.786; 14. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-16.887; 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.920; 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.006; 17. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.181; 18. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.283; 19. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-17.312; 20. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.565; 21. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.749; 22. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.583; 23. Ikaika O’Brien, 11O, O’Brien-17.618; 24. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-18.297.

FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Gardner, 3. Roa, 4. Sussex, 5. Vander Weerd, 6. Bender, 7. Hodges, 8. O’Brien. 2:48.95

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gansen, 2. Mitchell, 3. Sweeney, 4. Davis, 5. McCarthy, 6. T.Williams, 7. Owens, 8. A.Williams. 2:49.60.

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tafoya, 2. L.Williams, 3. Cling, 4. Mihocko, 5. C.Williams, 6. Grabowski, 7. Dyer, 8. Taylor. 2:49.63.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6), 2. Cody Williams (8), 3. Chris Gansen (1), 4. Brody Roa (4), 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (15), 6. A.J. Bender (10), 7. Tommy Malcolm (13), 8. Logan Williams (9), 9. Trent Williams (14), 10. Charles Davis Jr. (3), 11. Matt McCarthy (20), 12. Jake Hodges (19), 13. Jace Vander Weerd (16), 14. Verne Sweeney (17), 15. Ikaika O’Brien (22), 16. Dan Taylor (24), 17. Sterling Cling (5), 18. Brent Owens (23), 19. Austin Grabowski (18), 20. Tye Mihocko (12), 21. Matt Mitchell (11), 22. Austin Williams (7), 23. Stevie Sussex (2), 24. Jeff Dyer (21). NT.
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**A.Williams flipped on lap 15 of the feature. Mitchell flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Gansen, Laps 9-15 Davis, Laps 16-30 Gardner
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Eddie Tafoya (15th to 5th)
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL QUALIFYING AWARD: Cody Williams
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL FEATURE AWARD: A.J. Bender
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Jace Vander Weerd

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1172, 2-Brody Roa-1097, 3-Austin Williams-960, 4-Chris Gansen-912, 5-Cody Williams-850, 6-Tommy Malcolm-826, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-715, 8-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-583, 9-Verne Sweeney-580. 10-Matt McCarthy-554,

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 4-6 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “25th Heimark / Anheuser Busch Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction” – Co-Sanctioned with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series


 


LEFFLER MEMORIAL GOES INDOORS FOR
USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT DEC. 18 AT Du QUOIN
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (October 21, 2021)………The Jason Leffler Memorial has been a staple of the racing calendar for much of the past decade, but on Saturday night, December 18, the eighth running of the event will see a new venue as the race goes indoors for the first time in its history.

The 8th running of the Jason Leffler Memorial Presented by Fatheadz Eyewear returns to the USAC schedule under the roof of the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for a USAC Midget non-points special event that will pay $8,000 to win the 50-lap feature on the 1/5-mile dirt oval.

Initially, the event was to be held outdoors at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. on October 8, but was rained out. With the event going indoors, rain is out of the question, but the thrills of midget racing on a dirt bullring in southern Illinois remain unchanged.

The Leffler Memorial has featured seven different winners in its previous seven editions. Since the dawn of the event in 2013, a new winner has emerged on each and every occasion.

The event honors the life and memory of Leffler, the four-time USAC National driving champion (1997-98-99 Midget & 1998 Silver Crown) who lost his life in a sprint car accident at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway in June of 2013.

A format similar to the Chili Bowl will be utilized with drivers accumulating points based on their advancement and finishing position during the heats and qualifying races, which will seed the feature lineup.

Ten previous USAC-sanctioned midget events have been held at the Southern Illinois Center, including four in recent years during the month of December. Those wintertime classics were won by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2015), Tyler Courtney (2016), Christopher Bell (2017) and Thomas Meseraull (2018). Daniel Robinson captured a USAC Midwest Regional Midget victory at SIC on September 1 of this year.

Event times, ticket prices and more will be announced shortly.

 


 

USAC TO SANCTION THREE SERIES
ON THE ROAD TO INDY

PALMETTO, Fla. – Andersen Promotions today announced a new agreement with the United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) to become the sanctioning body for the three racing series owned and operated by the organization – the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires as well as the new USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires.

Both USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 are key steps on the highly visible Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, a scholarship-supported driver development platform to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indianapolis 500. The recently announced USF Juniors is a pre-step to the ladder system offering its champion a scholarship package to enter USF2000.

USAC Racing has enjoyed a storied history since being formed in 1956 as a sanctioning body for the United States National Championship and the Indianapolis 500. While its portfolio is best known in the circle track arena with Silver Crown, Sprint, Midget and .25 Midget sanctioning, it now governs a diverse motorsports platform which also includes the SRO World Challenge, Porsche Sprint Challenge and the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks.

“Thirty years ago when I first announced the USF2000 series launch in 1991, USAC stepped up and was my first sanctioning body,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “We’ve come full circle and I am very pleased to be back with them and look forward to a long-term relationship. USAC Racing is widely recognized for its operation of Midgets, Sprint cars and Silver Crown cars but they are also becoming increasingly prominent in road racing with Porsche and SRO. This is a great sanctioning body, and we are proud to be with them.

“I would also like to thank INDYCAR, which has sanctioned the Road to Indy since its inception in 2010. INDYCAR’s focus is, understandably, on series it owns and operates. We’ll continue to use their services on race weekends and look forward to our ongoing relationship as a support series where our drivers continue along their path toward the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”

USAC Racing sanctioning services will include licensing and membership management, which will result in cost savings for teams and drivers. Andersen Promotions will continue to contract the services of INDYCAR for Race Control, Timing & Scoring and the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team with all events on its 2022 calendar for USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 in support of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

The Road to Indy will be back in action later this month with its traditional Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on October 30/31. The outing will feature all three levels of the ladder including Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, which is owned by INDYCAR and will continue to operate under its sanction.

About USAC: Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) has proven itself as being the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today’s largest racing series including its own suite of circle track series in Silver Crown, Sprint, Midget and .25 Midget racing, SRO World Challenge, Porsche Sprint Challenge, NRX Rallycross, American Rally Association, International Snowmobile Racing, Robby Gordon Stadium Trucks, Ultra 4 Racing, Red Bull Scramble Series and USAC Karting. USAC has over 20,000 competitors racing at more than 1,000 sanctioned events globally.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 19, 2021... The championship battle for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will continue this Saturday, October 23rd at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the sixteenth point race will also feature the popular PAS Senior Sprint Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information or advance tickets, visit 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.

At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a USAC/CRA driver/team meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- THE 2019 RULE BOOK will be followed in regards to race format and weight rule (1,325 lbs. with driver)
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Hoosier 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are legal with the USAC/CRA. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners and this follows the USAC National Series rulebook.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 2021 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.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 229 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-two different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 48 “home track” wins and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. This season, Gardner (twice), “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (twice), “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. have claimed feature wins at the series’ “home track.” A complete USAC/CRA win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 62-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner won the October 2nd “Hall of Fame Classic” at Arizona Speedway, At press time, the eight-time champion has posted five feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 110 feature laps led on the year. The “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has eighty-eight series wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid with another victory at The PAS!

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa charged from ninth to score third at the “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, thirteen top-10 finishes and 59 feature laps led in the campaign. With ten career victories, Brody will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a victory this Saturday night.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) sits third in the championship point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams finished second to Gardner at San Tan Valley after starting seventh. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes and 72 feature laps led to his credit. “The Big Game Hunter” has eleven career wins and will be looking to add another Perris trophy to his collection.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Cam 2 Blue Blood Oil Maxim, Gansen placed ninth in the October 2nd main event. At press time, the veteran driver has posted one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and 1 feature lap led on the season. This Saturday night, Chris will have his sights on earning his first USAC/CRA victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) ranks fifth in the point standings. Racing his #44 Trench Shoring / CRW Designs and Machining DRC, Williams scored sixteenth at San Tan Valley after an early flip. To date, the 2010 Victorville Sprint Car Champion has three heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign. Cody has one career USAC/CRA win and will be looking to claim his first triumph at his “home track.”

Heading to Perris, Austin Grabowksi (Riverside, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA). Jake Hodges (Camarillo, CA), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), Ikaika O’Brien (Oahu, HI), and Shane Sexton (Warner Springs, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Verne Sweeney, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Matt McCarthy, Logan Williams, A.J. Bender, Matt Mitchell, “Speedy” Stevie Sussex, Jeff Dyer, Joel Rayborne, Steve Hix, Troy Rutherford, Dan Taylor, “T Dub” Trent Williams, 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 and over) are $25, Kids tickets (6-12) are $5, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. Walk up tickets will be sold and advance tickets can be purchased online at perrisautospeedway.com or by calling 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, 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.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 2-Max Adams, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Carson Short, 1-Ryan Timmons.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 48-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Brody Roa, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 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-Jake Swanson, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1089, 2. Brody Roa-1027, 3. Austin Williams-931, 4. Chris Gansen-840, 5. Cody Williams-778, 6. Tommy Malcolm-766, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-665, 8. Verne Sweeney-539, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-517, 10. Matt McCarthy-509, 11. Danny Faria Jr.-473, 12. Logan Williams-464, 13. A.J. Bender-423, 14. Matt Mitchell-408, 15. Austin Grabowski ®-407, 16. Stevie Sussex-377, 17. Chase Johnson-324, 18. Ryan Timmons ®-290, 19. Brent Owens ®-261, 20. Jake Hodges ®-239, 21. Jeff Dyer-233, 22. Joel Rayborne-223, 23. Steve Hix-215, 24. Max Adams-195, 25. R.J. Johnson-186, 26. Austin Liggett-182, 27. Shane Sexton ®-169, 28. Troy Rutherford-160, 29. Dan Taylor-145, 30. Ikaika O'Brien ®-141, 31. Nate Schank-141, 32. Austin Ervine-138, 33. Daniel Whitley-132, ---. Trent Williams-132, 35. Tony Gomes-129, 36. Ryan Bernal-122, 37. Rick Hendrix-119, 38. Carson Short-111, 39. Kaleb Montgomery-110, ---. Chris Bonneau-110, 41. Davey Ray-105, 42. Kyle Edwards-87, ---. Randy Nelson-87, 44. Shane Hopkins-79, 45. James Herrera-77, 46. Tanner Boul ®-75, ---. Travis Buckley-75, 48. Jarrett Soares-72, 49. Trevor Schmid-68, 50. Jonas Reynolds-66, 51. Cal Smith-53, 52. Christopher Muraoka-51, 53. Ron Laplant-50, 54. Tyler Hatzikian-42, ---. Jake Helsel-42, 56. James Heling-41, 57. Gary Paulson-39, 58. Frank Herman-35, ---. Kalib Henry-35, ---. Jake Morgan-35, 61. Logan Calderwood-34, 62. Tom Hendricks-28, 63. Danny Sheridan-26, 64. Daylin Perreira-21, 65. Denny McNary-20, ---. Cody Smith-20, 67. Gary Marshall Jr.-10, ---. Sheldon Moniz-10, ---. Tony Richards-10, ---. Bradley Terrell-10, ---. Clint Motta-10, ---. Boy Moniz-10, ---. Nathan Johnson-10, ---. Ryan Owens-10, ---. Troy DeGaton-10.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park– Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
March 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (CANCELLED)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Winner: Carson Short)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Charles Davis Jr.)
October 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 12: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 13: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.


GRANT STANDS ATOP CURB SUPER LICENSE POINTS
ENTERING NOVEMEBER USAC RACES

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 19, 2021)………Justin Grant has won in all three USAC National divisions in 2021, and his prowess in Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget competition has positioned the Ione, Calif. driver atop the Mike Curb Super License point standings entering the final month of the season in November.

Grant’s combined total of 4639 points in the three divisions has given him a 199-point lead in the Curb points as he aspires for his second Super License title after winning previously in 2017.

Reigning champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) stands second behind Grant with Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) 3rd, Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) 4th and Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) 5th encompassing the top-five.

This is the 23rd consecutive year for the Mike Curb Super License, which will pay a $5,000 reward and a USAC Super License worth $750 to the driver who finishes with the most combined USAC National points in the three series throughout the season.

Previous Super License/USAC National Driver Championship titlists include Dave Darland (1999 & 2015), Tracy Hines (2000-2008-2013-2014), J.J. Yeley (2001-2002-2003), Jay Drake (2004), Josh Wise (2005-2006), Jerry Coons Jr. (2007), Cole Whitt (2009), Bryan Clauson (2010-2011-2012), Brady Bacon (2016), Justin Grant (2017), Tyler Courtney (2018-2019) and Chris Windom (2020).

Fourteen USAC National events remain in November – five Sprint Car and nine Midget. The five Sprint Car dates include three-straight nights at California’s Perris Auto Speedway on Nov. 4-5-6 and back-to-back evenings at Arizona Speedway on Nov. 12-13.

The run of nine Midget events begins at Arizona Speedway on Nov. 12-13, then it’s onto California for the final seven, starting at Bakersfield Speedway on Nov. 16, then three-in-a-row at Placerville Speedway on Nov. 18-19-20, twice at Merced Speedway on Nov. 23-25, then the finale at Ventura Raceway on Nov. 27.

2021 USAC MIKE CURB SUPER LICENSE POINT STANDINGS:
(As of October 19, 2021)

1. 4639 Justin Grant
2. 4440 Chris Windom
3. 4184 Kevin Thomas Jr.
4. 4125 Tanner Thorson
5. 3642 Logan Seavey
6. 3107 Brady Bacon
7. 2518 Thomas Meseraull
8. 2423 C.J. Leary
9. 2415 Jake Swanson
10. 2099 Robert Ballou
11. 1983 Buddy Kofoid
12. 1877 Kyle Cummins
13. 1840 Emerson Axsom
14. 1834 Daison Pursley
15. 1752 Chase Stockon
16. 1486 Shane Cottle
17. 1409 Cannon McIntosh
18. 1250 Matt Westfall
19. 1242 Chase Randall
20. 1112 Jason McDougal
21. 1050 Brandon Mattox
22. 1036 Jadon Rogers
23. 966 Ethan Mitchell
24. 938 Brenham Crouch
25. 901 Cole Bodine
26. 882 Bryant Wiedeman
27. 859 Paul Nienhiser
28. 681 Hayden Reinbold
29. 598 Hayden Williams
30. 590 Mario Clouser
31. 582 Kaylee Bryson
32. 574 Kody Swanson
33. 574 Max Adams
34. 505 Carmen Perigo
35. 481 Trey Gropp
36. 477 Stevie Sussex
37. 471 Isaac Chapple
38. 469 Corey Day
39. 455 Steven Drevicki
40. 436 Briggs Danner
41. 424 Charles Davis Jr.
42. 422 Ryan Timms
43. 404 Matt Goodnight
44. 399 Timmy Buckwalter
45. 392 David Byrne
46. 388 Chance Crum
47. 383 Kyle Robbins
48. 349 Sam Johnson
49. 348 Austin Nemire
50. 328 Shane Cockrum
51. 313 Brian Carber
52. 310 Travis Welpott
53. 305 Mike Haggenbottom
54. 294 Mark Smith
55. 292 Sterling Cling
56. 281 Brent Beauchamp
57. 280 Nick Bilbee
58. 265 Bobby Santos
59. 264 Austin Barnhill
60. 240 Riley Kreisel
61. 228 Carson Garrett
62. 228 Ricky Lewis
63. 224 Eric Gordon
64. 219 Taylor Reimer
65. 208 Dave Berkheimer
66. 204 Kyle O'Gara
67. 196 Travis Buckley
68. 187 Stephen Schnapf
69. 176 Jonathan Shafer
70. 167 Davey Ray
71. 166 Casey Buckman
72. 164 Brian Tyler
73. 162 Ryan Thomas
74. 159 Patrick Lawson
75. 155 Harley Burns
76. 152 Kendall Ruble
77. 148 Aaron Pierce
78. 146 Dave Darland
79. 145 Nathan Byrd
80. 144 Jake Neuman
81. 139 Dallas Hewitt
82. 137 Tyler Thomas
83. 126 Robert Bell
84. 125 Bryan Gossel
85. 125 Zack Pretorius
86. 123 Taylor Ferns
87. 122 Jerry Coons Jr.
88. 121 Kent Schmidt
89. 114 Critter Malone
90. 112 Terry Babb
91. 111 Tanner Carrick
92. 104 Tyler Roahrig
93. 103 Annie Breidinger
94. 95 Kyle Steffens
95. 93 Tyler Courtney
96. 91 Jake Day
97. 91 J.J. Hughes
98. 90 Blake Brannon
99. 90 Braxton Cummings
100. 90 Oliver Akard
101. 89 Tanner Swanson
102. 86 Chris Phillips
103. 85 Derek Bischak
104. 82 Brandon Morin
105. 82 Jim Anderson
106. 80 Noah Gass
107. 80 Brayden Fox
108. 79 Russ Gamester
109. 77 Clinton Boyles
110. 72 Kenney Johnson
111. 71 Joey Biasi
112. 62 Chris Fetter
113. 62 Jacob Denney
114. 60 Dustin Clark
115. 60 Mike McVetta
116. 60 Saban Bibent
117. 60 Zach Daum
118. 58 Davey Hamilton Jr.
119. 50 Emilio Hoover
120. 50 Wyatt Burks
121. 44 Ken Schrader
122. 43 Korey Weyant
123. 42 Nathan Moore
124. 40 Blake Spicer
125. 40 Craig Pellegrini
126. 40 J.R. Ewing
127. 39 Chase Johnson
128. 36 Danny Long
129. 34 Travis Berryhill
130. 33 Steven Russell
131. 30 Tyler Nelson
132. 23 Ryan Newman
133. 20 Anton Hernandez
134. 20 Brent Yarnal
135. 20 Chayse Hayhurst
136. 20 Chris Urish
137. 20 Erik Karlsen
138. 20 Joe Liguori
139. 20 Ryan Bickett
140. 20 Shane Butler
141. 16 Dave Peperak
142. 10 Aaron Farney
143. 10 Brian Gerster
144. 10 Cary Oliver
145. 10 Kyle Hamilton
146. 10 Ronnie Wuerdeman

 

 

JAKE ANDREOTTI GETS FIRST WIN AT VENTURA

VENTURA, CA – OCTOBER 16, 2021… Starting second, Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, CA) led 27 laps to earn his first career USAC Western States Midget triumph at Ventura Raceway. Racing the Pete Davis owned #00 Hot Head Competition Heaters / Buchannan Automotive Stealth, the rookie contender finished ahead of fast qualifier Logan Seavey, Chase Johnson, Robby Josett, and hard charger Dylan Ito.

Pole-sitter Mike Leach Jr. led the opening three circuits at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Searching for traction, the young driver bobbled and Andreotti sliced his way to the top spot. Once out front, Jake began to build a lead as Seavey took over second with Johnson close by in third. Seavey applied pressure to Andreotti for the lead, however, the young driver continued to hit his marks and sailed to the checkered flag.

Before winning the 30-lap main event, Andreotti qualified seventh overall out of the eighteen car roster and ran second to C.J. Sarna in his heat race. Racing a limited schedule, Jake heads to Hanford’s final point race on October 29th ranked fourteenth in the point standings.

Making his first USAC Western start of the year, Logan Seavey (Brownsburg, IN) earned fast time honors in Woodland Auto Display Qualifying with a time of 11.889. Driving Tom Malloy’s #25 Trench Shoring / Rodela Fabrication King, Seavey claimed third in his heat race and finished second in the feature. Preparing for November’s “80th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura, Logan sits thirty-first in points.

C.J. Sarna (Brea, CA) raced to victory in the night’s Extreme Mufflers / Walker Performance Filtration First Heat Race. Piloting his #20 ZMAX / Final Final Lifestyle Spike, Sarna was ninth quick in time trials and scored seventh in the main event. At press time, the second generation driver is third in championship points.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) won the night’s Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products / Superior Bearing & Supply Second Heat Race. Racing Keith Ford’s #73B Sun Valley AG Transport / Pacific Coast Maintenance Service TCR, Josett qualified tenth overall and scored fourth in the main event after starting eighth. The veteran driver left the seaside oval ranked eighteenth in the point chase.

Dylan Ito (Ventura, CA) earned the night’s Rod End Supply / Finish Line Promotions by Stephanie Odom Hard Charger Award with a fifth place run from fourteenth. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Ito was fourteenth fast in qualifying and seventh in his heat race. Dylan left Ventura Raceway placed eleventh in the chase for the championship.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, Caden Sarale (Stockton, CA) claimed the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.” Piloting his #32 Tel-Tac / Sarale Trucking CS9, Sarale qualified sixth overall and placed fifth in his heat race. In limited action, the second generation driver is twenty-sixth in USAC Western points.

Officials with the USAC Western States Midget Series want to give special thanks to Walker Performance Filtration, Superior Bearing and Supply, Western Flyer Xpress, Wireless 101, and Finish Line Promotions by Stephanie Odom for their additional sponsorship at Ventura.

The USAC Western States Midgets will return to action on Friday, October 29th, for their final point race / “Anthony Simone Classic” at Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 16, 2021 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATONS: 1. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-11.889; 2. Chase Johnson, 7NZ, Buckley-11.947; 3. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.152; 4. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.194; 5. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.281; 6. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.307; 7. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.424; 8. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-12.457; 9. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.515; 10. Robby Josett, 73B, Ford-12.576; 11. Tony Gomes, 1X, LKK-12.590; 12. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.600; 13. Troy Rutherford, 8W, Woodland-12.714; 14. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.998; 15. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.222; 16. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-13.409; 17. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-NT; 18. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS / WALKER PERFORMANCE FILTRATION FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sarna, 2. Andreotti, 3. Seavey, 4. McQueen, 5. Bower, 6. Rutherford, 7. Hazelton. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / SUPERIOR BEARING & SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Josett, 2. Johnson, 3. Leach, 4. Worth, 5. Sarale, 6. Fuson, 7. Ito, 8. Bishop. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Jake Andreotti (2), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Chase Johnson (5), 4. Robby Josett (8), 5. Dylan Ito (14), 6. Blake Bower (9), 7. C.J. Sarna (7), 8. Ron Hazelton (15), 9. Ben Worth (3), 10. Troy Rutherford (13), 11. Joey Bishop (16), 12. Mike Leach Jr. (1), 13. Caden Sarale (10), 14. Shannon McQueen (4), 15. Brody Fuson (12), 16. Randi Pankratz (17). NT. ---------------------------- **Fuson flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Gomes did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Leach, Laps 4-30 Andreotti

ROD END SUPPLY / FINISH LINE PROMOTIONS BY STEPHANIE ODOM HARD CHARGER: Dylan Ito (14th to 5th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Caden Sarale

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Blake Bower-788, 2-Brody Fuson-732, 3-C.J. Sarna-648, 4-Austin Liggett-549, 5-Chase Johnson-460, 6-Shannon McQueen-418, 7-Ben Worth-405, 8-Jarrett Soares-392, 9-Ron Hazelton-346, 10-David Prickett-334.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: October 29 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, California – “Anthony Simone Classic”

 

TIMMONS TOPS VENTURA FEATURE; JOHNSON EARNS CHAMPIONSHIP

VENTURA, CA – OCTOBER 16, 2021… Taking control from Kyle Edwards on the twelfth lap, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) scored his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car win of the season. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Red Line Oil Maxim, Timmons won the 30-lap feature at Ventura Raceway over newly crowned champion D.J. Johnson, Caden Sarale, Troy Rutherford, and hard charger Jarrett Soares, who earned rookie of the year honors.

Making his first start of the year, Sarale led the first three laps from the pole position. With changing track conditions, Edwards slipped by the second generation driver for the top spot. As most drivers found the bottom groove to their liking, Edwards searched for another line to attack the speedway. Racing from third, Timmons took advantage of an Edwards miscue to grab the top spot nine laps later. Once out front, the night belonged to the former rookie of the year who earned the fifth series win of his career.

Before winning the season’s final point race, Timmons qualified sixth overall out of the sixteen car roster and won the night’s Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars Second Heat Race. Ryan finished the campaign ranked second in the chase for the championship.

Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) posted the first Woodland Auto Display fast time award of his career. Driving his #57 No Limit Motorsports / Raney Racing Engines Triple X, Hix placed third in his heat race and finished seventh in the main event. In limited starts, Hix finished twenty-ninth in the point standings.

Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, CA) took the checkered flags in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers First Heat Race. Racing the family owned #39 Safehouse Security / Van Dyne Engineering Maxim, Edwards was seventh quick in time trials and placed sixth in the main event. Despite missing some key races, Kyle placed sixth in the USAC West Coast point chase.

Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA) earned the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award with a fifth place run from tenth. Piloting the family owned #12 DenBeste Water Solutions / C&H Veteran Enterprises Maxim, Soares qualified ninth overall and ran fifth in his heat race. By finishing third in the point standings, Jarrett earned rookie of the year honors after a hard fought season.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA) claimed the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.” Piloting the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X, Boul was fourth quick in time trials and placed sixth in his heat race. Tanner closed out his 2021 campaign ranked fifth in championship points.

Ventura Raceway will feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars on November 26th and 27th as part of the “80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” The non-point special events will also showcase the USAC National Midget Series.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 16, 2021 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATONS: 1. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.586; 2. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.632; 3. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.679; 4. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-12.746; 5. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-12.773; 6. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.844; 7. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-12.882; 8. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-13.066; 9. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-13.114; 10. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-13.145; 11. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-13.182; 12. Troy DeGaton, 39T, DeGaton-13.270; 13. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-13.310; 14. Bruce Douglass, 13X, Davis-13.368; 15. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-13.398; 16. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-13.551.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Edwards, 2. Bishop, 3. Hix, 4. Johnson, 5. Soares, 6. Carter, 7. Herrera, 8. Hendrix. NT.

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Sarale, 3. Rutherford, 4. DeGaton, 5. Hodges, 6. Boul, 7. Douglass, 8. Mayhew. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Ryan Timmons (3), 2. D.J. Johnson (4), 3. Caden Sarale (1), 4. Troy Rutherford (5), 5. Jarrett Soares (10), 6. Kyle Edwards (2), 7. Steve Hix (6), 8. Trent Carter (13), 9. Bruce Douglass (14), 10. Jake Hodges (9), 11. James Herrera (15), 12. Troy DeGaton (12), 13. Tanner Boul (8), 14. Joey Bishop (11), 15. Hannah Mayhew (16). NT.
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**Hendrix did not start feature

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Sarale, Laps 4-11 Edwards, Laps 12-30 Timmons.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jarrett Soares (10th to 5th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Tanner Boul

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-D.J. Johnson-658, 2-Ryan Timmons-532, 3-Jarrett Soares-451, 4-Austin Liggett-373, 5-Tanner Boul-353, 6-Kyle Edwards-342, 7-Jake Hodges-291, 8-Jacob Tuttle-266, 9-Kaleb Montgomery-257, 10-Brody Fuson-256.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS: November 26 & 27 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “80th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix”


 

BATTLE FOR USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CROWN HEADS TO VENTURA
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 13, 2021... After a hard fought race at Hanford, the battle for the USAC Western States Midget Championship continues this Saturday, October 16th at Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA). Promoted by Jim Naylor, the penultimate point race is also a tune-up for November’s “80th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” The action packed card will also showcase the USAC West Coast versus VRA 360 Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars, WMR Western Midgets, Hobby Stocks, and Motorcycles. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE. For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- NO ENTRY FEE IN 2021. ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS OR TEMPORARY PERMITS (TPs) ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150.
- 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.
- 2021 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.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY.
- The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

ADDITIONAL CASH BONUSES AT VENTURA:
- The first heat race winner will earn $100 cash (Thanks to Walker Performance Filtration).
- The second heat race winner will receive $100 cash (Thanks to Superior Bearing & Supply).
- The third heat race winner will earn $100 cash (Thanks to Western Flyer Xpress).
- The long haul award will receive $100 cash (Thanks to Wireless 101).
- The hard charger will earn $100 cash (Thanks to Finish Line Promotions by Stephanie Odom).
- Walker Performance Filtration will also award a complete filtration system to a random driver that supports midget racing through November 16th.

Since May 24, 1986, 151 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. Ben Worth took the checkered flags on June 5th and Hayden Williams took top honors on September 11th. At press time, Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Blake Bower (Brentwood, CA) has a 31-point lead over the competition. Driving Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Mountain Cascade Inc. Spike, Bower led four laps at Hanford before scoring fifth last Saturday night. At press time, the point leader has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit. The rookie contender will be looking for his first USAC win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, Fuson won last Saturday’s “Morrie Williams Memorial / Kenny Takeuchi Tribute” at Hanford. To date, the rookie contender has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Award, four heat race wins, eight top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led on the season. Brody will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a Ventura triumph.

C.J. Sarna (Brea, CA) has climbed to third in the championship point standings. Piloting his #20 ZMAX / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna placed eleventh at the Kings County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has three heat race victories, three Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. Sarna has one career victory and will have his sights winning this Saturday night.

Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) sits fourth in USAC Western Midget point chase. The driver of the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike skipped the night’s action at Hanford. To date, the 2018 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes and 57 feature laps led in the campaign. With four career wins, Liggett is a threat to win on any given night.

C.J. Sarna (Brea, CA) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. Racing his #20 ZMAX / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna placed fifteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has three heat race victories, three Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. Sarna has one career victory and will have his sights winning at Keller Auto Speedway.

After running second to Brody Fuson at Hanford, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) has climbed to fifth in the point standings. Driving several cars, including Bill Buckley’s #7NZ Buckley Systems / Esslinger Engineering Bullet, Johnson has posted two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led on the season. In limited appearances, the versatile driver is becoming a fan favorite.

While Bower leads the chase for rookie honors, Fuson (Bakersfield, CA), Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA), Tony Gomes (Modesto, CA), Colby Johnson (Penngrove, CA), Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, CA), and Colton Raudman (Redding, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Shannon McQueen, Ben Worth, Ron Hazelton, Dylan Ito, Tony Gomes, Randi Pankratz, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Jake Andreotti, Robby Josett, Troy Rutherford, Mike Leach Jr., Joey Bishop, and more.

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

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

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

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

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Brody Fuson, 2-Chase Johnson, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Colby Johnson, 1-Mitchel Moles, 1-Hayden Williams, 1-Ben Worth.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Blake Bower ®-727, 2. Brody Fuson ®-696, 3. C.J. Sarna-588, 4. Austin Liggett-549, 5. Chase Johnson-384, 6. Jarrett Soares ®-382, 7. Shannon McQueen-374, 8. Ben Worth-351, 9. David Prickett-334, 10. Ron Hazelton-295, 11. Maria Cofer-282, 12. Colby Johnson ®-281, 13. Dylan Ito-226, 14. Tony Gomes ®-212, 15. Mitchel Moles-205, 16. Kyle Beilman-190, 17. Randi Pankratz-181, 18. Terry Nichols-173, ---. Kyle Mentch-173, 20. Jake Andreotti ®-149, 21. Robby Josett-133, 22. Colton Raudman ®-116, 23. Alex Schutte-113, 24. Troy Rutherford-105, 25. Matt Mitchell-104, 26. Dylan Bloomfield-82, 27. Hayden Williams-80, 28. Michael Faccinto-78, 29. Shane Golobic-77, 30. Ryan Bernal-75, ---. Travis Buckley-75, 32. Davey Ray-72, ---. Mike Leach Jr.-72, 34. Jade Avedisian-68, 35. Max Adams ®-65, ---. Caden Sarale-65, 37. Beau Lemire-58, 38. Floyd Alvis-56, 39. Ashlyn Rodriguez-55, 40. Michael Snider-54, ---. Matt Streeter-54, 42. Thomas Esberg-53, 43. Troy Morris III-50, ---. Sparky Howard-50, ---. Ronnie Gardner-50, ---. Robert Carson-50, 47. Ben Wiesz-49, ---. Gage Rucker-49, 49. Kenny Welch-46, 50. Joey Bishop-44, 51. Kaleb Montgomery-36, 52. Jake Vermeer-27.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 27: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
April 10: #Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Mitchel Moles)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Maria Cofer)
June 5: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
August 7: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Colby Johnson)
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
September 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Hayden Williams)
October 9: #Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
October 10: #Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CANCELLED)
October 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 29: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Anthony Simone Classic)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA)
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TRIFECTA: SENSATIONAL SEAVEY MAKES USAC HISTORY WITH SILVER CROWN ROOKIE SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 14, 2021)………There have been scant few Rookies who were right in the thick of the USAC Silver Crown championship hunt going into the final event of the season.

Logan Seavey became one of those select few individuals during his 2021 campaign, getting as close as one point going into the season finale before, ultimately, finishing as the series runner-up behind now six-time series champion, Kody Swanson.

The Sutter, California driver’s masterful efforts were good enough to earn himself 2021 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honors, giving the past USAC National Midget champ a rare trifecta in the USAC National racing record books.

Seavey became just the second driver to earn Rookie of the Year honors in all three USAC National divisions in his career, joining Ryan Newman.

Seavey previously notched National Sprint Car and National Midget Rookie of the Year awards in 2018 as well. Newman was the National Midget top Rookie in 1995 and did so once again with Silver Crown in 1996 and National Sprint Cars in 1999.

The performance of Seavey also netted his Rice Motorsports team the series’ entrant title in its first ever full-time try, giving both Rookie team and Rookie driver a satisfying conclusion to their debut season.

“I know it’s a dream come true for (team owner) Robbie Rice as it is for me to be racing in this series, especially under the Rice Motorsports name,” Seavey said. “It means a lot to him, and I’m happy I can be the guy doing it for him.”

Seavey’s Silver Crown journey with Rice Motorsports began in the 2020 season where he very nearly captured the Rookie of the Year title that season, coming up just five points shy of Bryan Gossel despite only making three starts. Seavey maintained his Rookie eligibility entering 2021 due to his total number of starts remaining under the five-start cutoff.

With that said, Seavey’s initial intentions of capturing Rookie of the Year turned into season-long championship aspirations with the purchase of a pavement car from California’s Ted Finkenbinder just mere weeks before the first race.

Quickly putting together the effort and instantly becoming a race-winning and championship-contending team in such a short amount of time is nothing short of extraordinary for the Fatheadz Eyewear – STIDA.com – Lucas Oil sponsored team which utilized a Beast chassis and a Foxco Chevy on pavement and a DRC/Pink Foxco Chevy on dirt.

“I have such an awesome team,” Seavey reiterated. “Robbie has given me the opportunity of a lifetime to go Silver Crown racing. It’s a huge dream of mine just to be able to drive one of these racecars. To be in contention for a championship in our first try is pretty unbelievable. I don’t think anybody really saw it coming, even ourselves. We didn’t even know we were going to be pavement racing this year until a couple weeks before the first race.”

Seavey’s second-place finish in the final standings ranks among the best all-time. In 1984, Dave Blaney became the first, and still only, Rookie to capture the Silver Crown championship. Eric Gordon (1990), Josh Wise (2005) and Chris Windom (2013) all finished as series runners-up during their initial years.

However, none of those listed above were able to win multiple races as Seavey did in 2021 on the half-mile dirt ovals of Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway and Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Only three Rookie drivers prior to Seavey had ever won twice: Jim Keeker (1992), Kenny Irwin Jr. (1994) and Kyle Larson (2011).

Likewise, Seavey also ended the longest drought of Rookie winners with the series, becoming the first to put his ride into victory lane in eight seasons, since Windom did so in 2013.

As expected, the dirt saw the bulk of the success for Seavey, Rice and the crew, featuring Ronnie Gardner. However, the early part of the season saw mixed results at the outset, leading 22 laps at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway before a steering issue knocked the team out just before halfway. An 8th place finish at Eldora in June followed, then the team truly hit its stride.

A win at Selinsgrove was followed up by consecutive second-place results on the Illinois dirt miles of Springfield and Du Quoin, then a second victory came in the series’ return to Eldora during a dominating 4-Crown Nationals performance in September.

The pavement side of things saw steady finish after steady finish, led off by a 7th in May’s season opener at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., followed by an 11th in the series debut at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, an 8th at LOR and a 10th at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway.

Most importantly, the team’s goal of finishing all the pavement races came to fruition as they were running at the checkered flag in all four asphalt races, completing 395 of the 400 laps along the way.

With the foundation built and a year of groundwork laid down this season, a driving championship could be within reach heading into 2022 where they’ll be earmarked as one of the odds-on favorites.

“Our dirt car was unbelievable,” Seavey exclaimed. “The pavement car – we’re still working on it. We just don’t really have any experience in this kind of stuff, but we’re getting better after every race. With the four races we did this year, we learned what we needed to do better and some things we can do to our racecar to make it better for these long races. We just struggle on the long runs, and that’s what you’ve got to do to beat a guy like Kody.”

Seavey was one of six drivers to start all 10 feature events on dirt and pavement. His eight top-10 finishes were tied with Swanson for the most in the series. His 169 laps ranked second only to Swanson with 304. Four top-five finishes by Seavey were dotted with the two best finishes by a Silver Crown Rookie this season.

In fact, Seavey was the top Rookie finisher in six of the 10 Silver Crown events: 7th on May 29 at Lucas Oil Raceway; 8th on June 26 at Eldora Speedway; 1st on August 8 at Selinsgrove Speedway; 2nd on August 21 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds; 2nd on September 6 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds; and 1st on September 25 at Eldora Speedway.

 

USAC'S WINTER DIRT GAMES XIII
DATES SET FOR FEBRUARY 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (October 14, 2021)………The dates are set to kick off the 2022 USAC National racing season!

The 13th edition of Winter Dirt Games at Ocala’s Bubba Raceway Park will take place over two consecutive weekends in the month of February 2022 with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget and USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championships making their only visits to the state of Florida.

Winter Dirt Games XIII festivities begin on Thursday, February 10, with a practice night for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, followed by two-straight nights of complete shows for the series at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track on Friday, February 11, and Saturday night’s finale on February 12 in which the winner’s share will be $5,000.

On-track action returns just a few nights later at Bubba Raceway Park with a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship practice night on Wednesday, February 16, followed by three nights in a row of racing on Thursday, February 17, on Friday, February 18, and the finale on Saturday, February 19, which pays $10,000-to-win.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets made their debut at Bubba Raceway Park in 2019 with Tyler Courtney sweeping both nights of feature events. Tanner Thorson and Chris Windom each scored Midget victories there in 2020. Buddy Kofoid and Thomas Meseraull each won the midget features in Ocala in 2021.

Twenty-eight previous USAC National Sprint Car events have been held at Bubba Raceway Park since 2011. Kevin Thomas Jr. and Justin Grant won features on each of the two nights back in February. Brady Bacon and Bryan Clauson are the winningest USAC Sprint Car drivers at Bubba's with four victories apiece.

Grant and Damion Gardner have each won three USAC Sprint features at Bubba’s, while Tracy Hines, Tyler Courtney and Robert Ballou have each scored a pair of victories. Thomas Jr., Chris Windom, C.J. Leary, Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon and Hunter Schuerenberg have all won once.

USAC racing and the “Sunshine State” have a history that dates back to the club’s origins in 1956. In fact, the first three USAC Sprint Car races ever held took place in Florida in February of 1956. Bob Sweikert won the first such event at Southland Speedway in West Palm Beach, followed by Chuck Weyant at Jacksonville Speedway and Pat O’Connor at Medley Speedway in Miami.

Likewise, Florida and USAC Midget racing have a history dating back to the initial years of the club. Only 24 times have USAC Midgets ventured to Florida over the years. Prior to the 2019 visit to Bubba’s, the series took part in a 11-race series entitled the Tangerine Tournament in early 1957. Jimmy Knight, Sonny McDaniel, Andy Linden, Al Keller, Al Alpern, Leroy Warriner and Len Duncan were among the winners held at several different Florida venues. Linden took home the overall Tangerine Tournament crown.

USAC Midgets took on the pavement of New Smyrna Speedway for two nights in 2013, won by Bobby Santos and Kyle Larson. The first full USAC National Midget points races in Florida came in a weeklong span during 1963. Johnny Riva and Bob Wente were victorious at Palmetto Speedway while Chuck Rodee and Wente also picked up victories at Golden Gate Speedway. It was another 42 years before the series returned in 2005 for a non-points special event at Orlando Speed World Speedway, won by Josh Wise.

 

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

VENTURA HOSTS USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR “CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 12, 2021... This Saturday, October 16th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will crown their champion at Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA). Promoted by Jim Naylor, the final point race will also serve as a tune-up for November’s “80th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Co-sanctioned with the Ventura Racing Association (VRA), the event will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets, Dwarf Cars, WMR Western Midgets, Hobby Stocks, and Motorcycles. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE. For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- NO ENTRY FEE IN 2021. ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS OR TEMPORARY PERMITS (TPs) ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. TPs are $25 and Memberships are $150.
- 2021 ENGINE RULES: Legal ASCS spec cylinder head w/ 2 3/16 Injector/Restrictor; or 2 3/16 with any open legal head. All Open head must be within 1 degree of OEM Head. All heads ASCS and Open must be Chevy 23 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Ford 20 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Dodge 18 degree plus or minus 1 degree.
- 2021 WEIGHT RULE: 1,475 lbs. with driver for cars with an open cylinder head. Cars with an ASCS cylinder head must weigh 1,450 lbs. including driver.
- 2021 TIRE RULE: Due to the current tire shortages, any Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- 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.
- ANY WINGLESS SPEC SPRINT is invited to race with the USAC West Coast Sprints and can run their rules 100 percent, including the tire rule.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held seventeen West Coast 360 events and eleven different drivers have claimed victory. Led by Tristan Guardino and Jake Swanson with three wins, Guardino also set the 1-lap track record of 11.958 on March 23, 2019. Troy Rutherford won the last appearance at Ventura on June 26th.

Returning to USAC West Coast action, D.J. Johnson (Stockton, CA) holds a stout 134 point lead and has clinched the championship. Racing his #33 Bill’s Tire Service of Pacheco / The Halstead Real Estate Eagle, Johnson scored fourth at Bakersfield on September 18th and missed the following night’s debut at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. The 2013 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has yet to score a feature win this season, but has been very consistent by posting four heat race victories, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led. Johnson has two career triumphs and will be looking to add Ventura to his win list.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. The pilot of the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim skipped the Bakersfield and Kern County shows to race in the Midwest. At press time, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and six top-10 finishes on the season. With four series wins to his credit, Ryan will have his sights on a victory at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA) has climbed to third in the point chase and has earned rookie of the year honors. Driving the family owned #12 DenBeste Water Solutions / C&H Veteran Enterprises Maxim, Soares finished eleventh at Bakersfield and fourth at Kern County. To date, the young driver has one heat race victory, and five top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led in the campaign. Jarrett will be looking to claim his first USAC West Coast victory this Saturday night.

Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast point standings. The pilot of the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Liggett Trucking Maxim did not compete at Bakersfield and Kern County. At press time, the 2018 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four top-10 finishes and three feature laps led to his credit. With twelve career victories, Austin is a threat to win on any given night.

Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA) is fifth in the championship point chase. The driver of the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X did not compete at Bakersfield and Kern County. To date, the young driver has posted one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. Tanner will have his sights on earning his first win at Ventura Raceway.

Other rookie contenders are Jacob Tuttle (Oakley, CA), Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA), Cody Fendley (Placerville, CA), Cody Smith (Chico, CA), Logan Calderwood (Goodyear, AZ), Tuesday Calderwood (Goodyear, AZ), and Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, CA).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Kyle Edwards, Kaleb Montgomery, Jake Hodges, Chase Johnson, Trent Carter, A.J. Bender, James Herrera, Troy Rutherford, Christopher Muraoka, Hannah Mayhew, Trent Williams, Steve Hix, and more.

A strong contingent of racers with the Ventura Racing Association (VRA) will be on hand. Veteran driver Rick Hendrix leads James Herrera, Jake Hodges, Chris Meredith, Travis Buckley, Troy Rutherford, Bruce Douglass, Hannah Mayhew, Joey Bishop, and Camie Bell.

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson.

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

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Chase Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Shawn Arriaga, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Cody Fendley, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford.

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

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. D.J. Johnson-584, 2. Ryan Timmons-453, 3. Jarrett Soares ®-389, 4. Austin Liggett-373, 5. Tanner Boul-310, 6. Kyle Edwards-279, 7. Jacob Tuttle ®-266, 8. Kaleb Montgomery-257, 9. Brody Fuson ®-256, 10. Jake Hodges-244, 11. Ryan Bernal-241, 12. Chase Johnson-240, 13. Brody Roa-229, 14. Cody Fendley ®-210, 15. Travis Buckley-173, 16. Danny Faria Jr.-165, 17. Trent Carter-163, 18. Cody Smith-158, 19. Logan Calderwood ®-153, 20. A.J. Bender-146, 21. Kalib Henry-144, 22. James Herrera-139, 23. Tuesday Calderwood ®-135, 24. Shane Hopkins-131, 25. Nate Schank ®-130, 26. Troy Rutherford-127, 27. Christopher Muraoka-126, 28. Hannah Mayhew-105, 29. Geoff Ensign-78, 30. Daniel Whitley-77, 31. Shawn Arriaga-75, 32. Joe Stornetta Jr.-73, 33. Trent Williams-69, 34. Heath Holdsclaw-67, 35. Jace Vander Weerd-66, 36. Tristan Guardino-60, ---. Bradley Terrell-60, 38. Trevor Schmid-60, 39. Trey Walters-56, 40. Gary Paulson-55, 41. Steve Hix-53, 42. Matt Day-52, 43. Grasen Ternora-50, 44. Bob Davis-48, ---. Zack Albers-48, 46. Bruce Douglass-47, ---. Jake Morgan-47, ---. Jeff Dyer-47, 49. David Lindt-45, 50. Rick Hendrix-42, 51. Dylan Bloomfield-36, 52. Braidon Moniz-32, 53. Jimmy Trulli-27, 54. Tom Hendricks-25, 55. Matt Streeter-24, 56. Bill Cornwell-11, 57. Kala Keliinoi-10, ---. Michael Faccinto-10.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK - LOCATION
April 3: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
April 10: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Geoff Ensign)
June 12: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (CANCELLED)
June 26: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Cody Fendley)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Shawn Arriaga)
August 7: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
September 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
September 19: Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
October 9: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (CANCELLED)
October 10: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CANCELLED)
October 16: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
November 26: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: RICE ADDS A USAC SILVER CROWN TITLE OF HIS OWN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 13, 2021)………Like father, like son.

Robbie Rice had a dream to become a USAC Silver Crown champion, and in 2021, that dream was fully realized as the series’ entrant champion, making him the first ever second-generation Silver Crown champ, following his father, Larry Rice, who won titles as a driver in 1977 and 1981.

The team materialized as a dirt-only outfit on the 2020 USAC Silver Crown trail, contesting three events with 2018 USAC National Midget champion and Silver Crown Rookie, Logan Seavey, at the wheel where they displayed immediate speed and brilliance that just scraped the surface of the potential the Brownsburg, Ind. team possessed.

During the offseason prior to the start of the 2021 campaign, the team’s initial plans were to have Seavey compete solely on the dirt side of the equation. However, mere weeks before the season opener on the pavement of Brownsburg’s Lucas Oil Raceway in late May, a pavement car was added to the team’s arsenal, setting the course for an assault on the series championship.

“We got all the pavement stuff from (team owner) Ted Finkenbinder,” Rice revealed. “He’s such a nice guy and a diehard racer. Without his continued support, the pavement wouldn’t have happened. He’s been very patient.”

A miniscule level of pavement experience presented a continuous learning curve throughout the season, with a crew consisting of Rice, who last appeared on the pavement as a USAC Sprint Car driver in 2001, and crew member Ronnie Gardner, the five-time USAC Western States Midget titlist who won all 23 of his series races on the dirt. Plus, there was Seavey, whose open wheel experience on the asphalt was zilch.

As expected, the team excelled on the dirt in 2021, capturing both Rice’s and Seavey’s first triumphs with the series by winning twice on the half-mile ovals of Pennsylvania’s Selinsgrove Speedway in August’s Bill Holland Classic and once more at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in September’s 4-Crown Nationals, while adding a pair of second place results on the Illinois miles of Springfield and Du Quoin in August and September, respectively.

On the pavement, the expectations were tempered, but the team excelled in that area with steady and realistic goals in mind – to finish, to be there at the end. That aspiration was checked off with the team finishing all four paved events to completion while completing all but five of the 400 laps run this season.

“We really wanted to concentrate on the dirt this year and get a win and we accomplished that,” Rice explained. “We also just wanted to finish all the laps on the pavement, and we did that also. We accomplished our main goals this year, so that’s great. Logan got some laps and got some experience. Ronnie (Gardner) and I got some experience in the shop as well, so we’ll be ready to hit it again next year.”

Officially licensed as No. 222, Rice Motorsports became the highest-numbered car to score the USAC Silver Crown entrant title, surpassing the No. 111 which Snider-Foyt Racing utilized during the 1999 season. Furthermore, Rice Motorsports’ 109-point gap between themselves and second place BCR Group was 109 points, the largest margin of victory in the entrant standings since 2015.

Like Kody Swanson’s driving championship season, Rice Motorsports’ entrant title initially wasn’t in the plans. With a Rookie driver and a relatively new Silver Crown team with just three prior races under its belt entering the year, it just proves what big things can be accomplished when a small, but dedicated group puts it together to fulfill a dream.

“I think we surprised ourselves a little bit,” Rice admitted. “I just wish my dad was here. It was his favorite division of all, and to do this with Ronnie and Logan, it’s been special.”

USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

1971: Leader Card Racers #4

1972: A.J. Foyt Enterprises #3

1973: Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing #2

1974: Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing #2

1975: George Middleton #55

1976: Louie Seymour & Sons #29

1977: Dave LeFevre #4

1978: Johnny Capels #21

1979: Leader Card Racers #30

1980: Delrose-Holt Racing #12

1981: Johnny Vance #3

1982: Steve Enslow #9

1983: Delrose-Holt Racing #9

1984: Ralph & Jim DePalma #58

1985: Damon Fortune #39

1986: Bob Hampshire #63

1987: Bob Hampshire #63

1988: Kenneth Jarrett Farms #10

1989: Junior Kurtz #30

1990: Bob Consani #54

1991: Fred Ede #4

1992: Kenneth Jarrett Farms #10

1993: Del McClure #69

1994: Gary Stanton #75

1995: Glen Niebel #25

1996: Gary Stanton #75

1997: Foxco Engineering #56

1998: Goetz Racing #9

1999: Snider-Foyt Racing #111

2000: Terry Riggs #37

2001: Paul Cook Racing #10

2002: East/Stewart Racing #9

2003: East/Stewart Racing #9

2004: East/Stewart Racing #9

2005: East/Stewart Racing #9

2006: Leffler/BK Racing #29

2007: BK Racing #29

2008: RW Motorsports #27

2009: BK Motorsports #29

2010: Tony Stewart Racing #10

2011: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #10

2012: RW Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Racing #17

2013: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #10

2014: DePalma Motorsports #63

2015: DePalma Motorsports #63

2016: DePalma Motorsports #63

2017: DePalma Motorsports #63

2018: DePalma Motorsports #63

2019: Klatt Enterprises #6

2020: Hemelgarn Racing #91

2021: Rice Motorsports #222

 

 

TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS: OKTOBERFEST HITS MAIN STREET IN SPEEDWAY THIS FRIDAY

Speedway, Indiana (October 13, 2021)………Takin’ it to the streets!

In conjunction with the Indianapolis 8-Hour endurance road race taking place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, USAC will be hosting Oktoberfest, a community event scheduled for Friday night, October 15.

Oktoberfest will be held on Main Street, between 13th Street and 16th Street, from 6pm to 10pm ET. The event will feature food to purchase, a beer garden, a showcase displaying elite racing cars, a celebration of the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America Champions, and a free concert by Clayton Anderson. There is no admittance fee for the event.

Also taking place on the main stage will be the induction of innovator, car constructor, team owner and driver, the late, great Dan Gurney, into the USAC Hall of Fame.

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 1968 and 1969 Indianapolis 500-mile races.

As the team principle for All American Racers, Gurney’s car captured both the USAC National entrant championship in 1974 and the Indianapolis 500 in 1975, both with driver Bobby Unser.

For the safety of residents and visitors, please be mindful of the street closures and parking restrictions noted by the Speedway PD. On-street parking is not allowed within this street closure area between 2pm until the conclusion of the event. Parking will be available on adjacent lots and streets.

 

 

2021 USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON REVIEW: IT TAKES 3 TO MAKE A THING GO RIGHT

Speedway Indiana (October 12, 2021)………This was a championship that, admittedly, wasn’t in the plans for Kody Swanson.

Not that it was unlikely he could pull it off for a sixth time, but it was for the simple fact that he announced during the offseason that he was only going to compete in the pavement events on the USAC Silver Crown trail in 2021 while he also pursued part-time roles in stock cars and with the SRX series throughout the summer.

Without a full-time Silver Crown ride on both dirt and pavement, Swanson had to utilize a full assortment of resources. A ride in the No. 77 with sports car racing standout and new Silver Crown entrant Doran Racing was secure for all four pavement events. But the dirt was a different story.

Swanson obtained a ride with the Mark Swanson Encore Team No. 21 for both Eldora rounds, then was tabbed for driving duties in Chris Dyson Racing’s No. 9 for Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway and the two Illinois dirt miles in Springfield and Du Quoin.

“I’m thankful that I had a chance with the Mark Swanson Encore Team and Chris Dyson to score points on the dirt,” Swanson praised. “It was just one race at a time – that was it – and thought I might as well try to stay alive as long as I could.”

While jumping back and forth between rides can be a difficult chore for most individuals without the aid of continuity and camaraderie that is a byproduct of being with a team for the full season, for Swanson, it presented an all-new challenge that he was willing to take on as the dawn of summer took hold.

In fact, on just 10 previous occasions did a driver win the Silver Crown championship by utilizing multiple cars throughout the season: Larry Rice (1977 & 1981), Ken Schrader (1982), Chuck Gurney (1989), Jimmy Sills (1990), Tony Stewart (1995), Ryan Newman (1999), J.J. Yeley (2002), Chris Windom (2016) and Swanson himself in 2019.

With that said, no driver had ever won the championship while competing for three different teams. That is, until Kody Swanson did it in 2021. None of the three teams were full-time entrants on both dirt and pavement, thus did not concern themselves with the prospects of a championship run, and instead, could go all-out and focus solely on winning races, all to the benefit of Kody.

“I’m so fortunate to have had three great race teams this year that put me in great cars and gave me great opportunities,” Swanson said. “But I can’t believe it all worked out like this.”

During the year, Swanson became just the fifth driver to win USAC Silver Crown races for multiple teams in a single season, joining Steve Kinser in 1981 for Bill King and Johnny Vance; Brian Tyler in 2002 for Dynamics Inc. and Six-R Racing; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2007 for Carl Edwards/RE Technologies and Tony Stewart Racing; plus Cole Whitt in 2009 for CW Management Service and Johnny Vance.

After Swanson’s victory in the season opener at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. on May 29, the Kingsburg, California native’s 88-race start streak (2nd all-time) came to an end at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. with his first Silver Crown absence since 2011, a race won by Shane Cockrum.

Eventually, Swanson became the first driver in 27 years to miss a race entirely and go on to win a USAC Silver Crown championship. Jimmy Sills had been the most recent to do so in 1994. Also accomplishing the feat were Gary Bettenhausen (1980 & 1983), Dave Blaney (1984), Rick Hood (1985), Jack Hewitt (1986), Chuck Gurney (1989), Jeff Gordon (1991), Mike Bliss (1993) and Sills (1994).

While Tyler Courtney obliterated the largest-ever Eldora Silver Crown field of 30 cars on June 26, an astute run from 15th to 3rd at Eldora for the Mark Swanson Encore Team suddenly changed the course of Kody’s plans. Coupled with rough outings for several other championship frontrunners, Kody suddenly found himself thrusted into the title race, sitting second in the standings entering July.

The point lead belonged to Swanson despite missing out on a victory by a half car length to Justin Grant in the series’ debut on the Winchester Speedway high banks in eastern Indiana in July. A 6th at Selinsgrove, Pa. came next, which kept him abreast at the top of the points entering two-straight rounds to finish out August that would cement his championship ambitions.

A dominating win at Lucas Oil Raceway on August 14 was followed by a rain-shortened score on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, placing him 51 points ahead in the title race with a final three-race stretch on the horizon.

When things go as smoothly and as flawlessly as it did for Swanson throughout the first three-quarters of the year, despite possessing an abundance of confidence, it’s only human to wonder if misfortune is lurking around the corner looking to strike a pose at a moment’s notice. While running second on Labor Day at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, Swanson’s afternoon went to shambles as his ignition box faltered, forcing him to slow and stop on the back straightaway on lap 59. He’d return to the fray, albeit four laps down and finishing a season-worst 17th. Coupled with Logan Seavey’s runner-up finish that day, Swanson’s lead now stood at just 16.

Seavey’s subsequent victory at Eldora’s 4-Crown Nationals in late September and Swanson’s 5th place result put the margin at just one single point, with Swanson leading going into the October 10 finale on the pavement of Ohio’s Toledo Speedway, right in Swanson’s wheelhouse, at a place where he’d won four previous times.

Swanson was dominant throughout, but a near catastrophe in lapped traffic with 17 laps remaining almost cost him everything in a mere split second. As Annie Breidinger spun sideways in turn three and was hit by Tyler Roahrig, Swanson had no time to avoid the carnage, hitting Roahrig in the rear bumper, which put a good-sized puncture in the nose and bent the front axle.

Surviving the melee, Swanson fended off Bobby Santos throughout the remainder of the 100-lapper to simultaneously win the season finale race and the championship, making Swanson the first driver to achieve that feat on three separate occasions after previously doing so in both 2014 and 2015.

It’s just the 13th occasion that feat has been accomplished in the 51-year history of the series that a driver has “walked-off” with a win in the final race of the season and a driving title: Al Unser (1973), Bobby Olivero (1979), Gary Bettenhausen (1980), Jack Hewitt (1986), Steve Butler (1992), Jimmy Sills (1996), J.J. Yeley (2002 & 2003), Bobby East (2012) and Chris Windom (2016).

Four wins, 5 poles, 304 laps led, 7 top-fives and 8 top-tens in 9 starts is an amazing run by any stretch. To do it all with three separate teams is on the brink of astonishing. Kody continues to rewrite the record books and, once more, has rewritten what we consider to be astonishing. What we consider astonishing, for Kody, this has become a common occurrence for him do the types of things we thought never could be done. In 2021, Kody upped the ante and captured our imaginations once again.

“I thought it was a big success to win with Doran Racing in our first year together on the pavement,” Swanson recapped. “It was a big success for Kent Wolters, Josh Carpenter, Ryan Roberts and I to put the 21 car together and come from 15th to 3rd at Eldora in the summer. And it was big for me to have a chance with Chris Dyson and Sean Michael and his whole team to get my first dirt win in three years at Springfield.

It’s been a big year,” Swanson continue. “I didn’t do any of it alone and I certainly didn’t do any of it without my wife (and spotter) Jordan. I’m just thankful.”

Meanwhile, an exceptional Rookie season for Logan Seavey resulted in his first two career victories at Selinsgrove and the Fall race at Eldora, which put him just 34-points behind Swanson in the final standings and earned him series Rookie of the Year honors. His runner-up finish in the points is the best in the series since Chris Windom was 2nd in 2013.

Seavey’s team, Rice Motorsports, secured the series’ entrant championship in its first year of full-time competition. Team owner Robbie Rice joined his father, 1977 and 1981 Silver Crown driving champion Larry Rice, as a series champion himself.

The season also marks just the seventh time in which the driver champion and entrant champion were not on the same team: driver Larry Rice & entrant Johnny Vance (1981); driver Ken Schrader & entrant Steve Enslow (1982); driver Ryan Newman & entrant Snider-Foyt Racing (1999); driver Bobby East & entrant RW Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Racing (2012); driver Chris Windom & entrant DePalma Motorsports (2016); driver Kody Swanson & entrant Klatt Enterprises (2019); and driver Kody Swanson & entrant Rice Motorsports (2021).

At 53 years, 10 months and 10 days old, Brian Tyler became USAC Silver Crown’s oldest race winner after capturing a barnburner at Du Quoin in September, which was his first series start in two years. That surpassed the age record of Chet Fillip, who was 51 years, 2 months and 25 days when he won at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in 2008.

Tyler’s win came following a gap of 10 years and 17 days since his most recent USAC Silver Crown victory, which was the second longest gap in series history behind Shane Cottle who set the record with a triumph at Selinsgrove in 2020 at 12 years, 11 months and 7 days. Both wins were achieved in the very same BCR Group No. 81.

Additionally, Tyler and Russ Gamester both wrapped up their 201st career USAC Silver Crown starts in the season finale at Toledo, tying them for the all-time record in that category alongside Dave Darland. Gamester became the second driver to reach the 200 start mark in August at Lucas Oil Raceway while Tyler became the third individual to hit 200 at Eldora in September.

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2021 USAC SILVER CROWN STAT LEADERS:

Most Wins: 4-Kody Swanson

Driver Champion: Kody Swanson

Entrant Champion: Rice Motorsports #222

Rookie of the Year: Logan Seavey

Most Laps Led: 304-Kody Swanson

Most Top-Fives: 7-Kody Swanson

Most Top-Tens: 8-Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 5-Kody Swanson

Best Finish By A Rookie: Aug 8: Selinsgrove Speedway & Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Logan Seavey (1st)

Most Feature Starts: 10-Dave Berkheimer, Justin Grant, Austin Nemire, Kyle Robbins, Logan Seavey & Travis Welpott

Most Positions Advanced in a Race: Aug 21: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Kody Swanson (23rd to 1st) & Shane Cockrum (25th to 3rd)

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2021 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE & RESULTS

May 29: (P#) Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, IN WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran Enterprises #77)

Jun 18: (D) Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA WINNER: Shane Cockrum (BLS Motorsports #71)

Jun 26: (D) Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Chris Dyson Racing #9)

Jul 22 (P) Winchester Speedway – Winchester, IN WINNER: Justin Grant (Hemelgarn Racing #91)

Aug 8: (D) Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, PA WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports #22)

Aug 14: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, IN WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran Enterprises #77)

Aug 21: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, IL WINNER: Kody Swanson (Chris Dyson Racing #9)

Sep 6: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Du Quoin, IL WINNER: Brian Tyler (BCR Group #81)

Sep 25: (D) Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports #22)

Oct 10: (P#) Toledo Speedway – Toledo, OH WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran Enterprises #77)

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(D) represents a dirt event

(P) represents a pavement event

# represents a daytime event

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2021 USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN 1 574 Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif. 2 540 Logan Seavey (R), Sutter, Calif. 3 394 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif. 4 392 David Byrne, Shullsburg, Wis. 5 386 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill. 6 383 Kyle Robbins, New Castle, Ind. 7 348 Austin Nemire, Sylvania, Ohio 8 328 Shane Cockrum, Benton, Ill. 9 310 Travis Welpott, Pendleton, Ind. 10 305 Mike Haggenbottom, Levittown, Pa. 11 286 Jake Swanson (R), Anaheim, Calif. 12 278 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio 13 265 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass. 14 255 Carmen Perigo (R), Stoystown, Pa. 15 252 Matt Goodnight, Winchester, Ind. 16 239 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla. 17 224 Eric Gordon, Greenfield, Ind. 18 208 Dave Berkheimer, Mechanicsburg, Pa. 19 204 Kyle O'Gara (R), Beech Grove, Ind. 20 193 Jason McDougal (R), Broken Arrow, Okla. 21 182 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill. 22 166 Casey Buckman (R), Chandler, Ariz. 23 164 Brian Tyler, Parma, Mich. 24 159 Patrick Lawson, Edwardsville, Ill. 25 148 Aaron Pierce, Muncie, Ind. 26 145 Nathan Byrd (R), Goodyear, Ariz. 27 139 Dallas Hewitt, Troy, Ohio 28 128 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind. 29 125 Bryan Gossel, Fort Collins, Colo. 30 123 Taylor Ferns, Shelby Township, Mich. 31 122 Jerry Coons Jr., Tucson, Ariz. 32 112 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif. 33 112 Terry Babb, Decatur, Ill. 34 109 Kyle Cummins (R), Princeton, Ind. 35 104 Tyler Roahrig (R), Mishawaka, Ind. 36 103 Annie Breidinger (R), Hillsborough, Calif. 37 95 Kyle Steffens, St. Charles, Mo. 38 93 Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind. 39 91 Jake Day (R), Abilene, Texas 40 89 Tanner Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif. 41 86 Chris Phillips (R), Plainfield, Ind. 42 85 Derek Bischak, Angola, Ind. 43 82 Jim Anderson, Joliet, Ill. 44 79 Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind. 45 74 Nick Bilbee (R), Indianapolis, Ind. 46 62 Chris Fetter, Troy, Mo. 47 61 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala. 48 60 Mike McVetta (R), Grafton, Ohio 49 58 Davey Hamilton Jr., Meridian, Idaho 50 44 Ken Schrader, Fenton, Mo. 51 43 Chase Stockon (R), Fort Branch, Ind. 52 43 Korey Weyant (R), Springfield, Ill. 53 42 Nathan Moore (R), Kaufman, Texas 54 39 Davey Ray, Davenport, Iowa 55 39 Chase Johnson (R), Penngrove, Calif. 56 36 Danny Long, Bonne Terre, Mo. 57 33 Steven Russell, Rochester, Ill. 58 25 Mark Smith, Sunbury, Pa. 59 23 Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind. 60 22 Charles Davis Jr. (R), Buckeye, Ariz. 61 20 Joe Liguori, Tampa, Fla. 62 20 Brent Yarnal (R), Phoenix, Ariz. 63 20 Erik Karlsen (R), Romulus, N.Y. 64 20 Chris Urish, Elkhart, Ill. 65 16 Dave Peperak (R), Clinton, Ind. 66 10 Kyle Hamilton, Danville, Ind. 67 10 Brian Gerster, Fishers, Ind. 68 10 Ronnie Wuerdeman (R), Cincinnati, Ohio 69 10 Cary Oliver (R), Buncombe, Ill.

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2021 USAC SILVER CROWN OWNER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION 1 540 Rice Motorsports, Brownsburg, Ind. (#222) 2 431 BCR Group, Springfield, Ohio (#81) 3 394 Hemelgarn Racing, LaSalle, Mich. (#91) 4 392 Byrne Racing, Shullsburg, Wis. (#40) 5 383 KR Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#7) 6 348 Nemire-Lesko Racing, Toledo, Ohio (#16) 7 328 BLS Motorsports, Benton, Ill. (#71) 8 310 Welpott Racing, Pendleton, Ind. (#18) 9 307 Klatt Enterprises, Hastings, Neb. (#6) 10 305 John Haggenbottom, Bristol, Pa. (#24) 11 299 Chris Dyson Racing, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (#9) 12 292 Doran Enterprises, Lebanon, Ohio (#77) 13 286 DMW Motorsports, Phoenix, Ariz. (#10) 14 278 Westfall Motorsports, Pleasant Hill, Ohio (#54) 15 265 DJ Racing, Boca Raton, Fla. (#22) 16 255 John Stehman, Halifax, Pa. (#52) 17 252 Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#39) 18 239 Five Three Motorsports, Joliet, Ill. (#53) 19 224 Brad & Tara Armstrong, Fountaintown, Ind. (#99) 20 209 Sam Pierce, Daleville, Ind. (#26) 21 208 Berkheimer Racing, Mechanicsburg, Pa. (#31) 22 204 SFHR Development, Indianapolis, Ind. (#1) 23 182 Hans Lein, Edgerton, Wis. (#97) 24 166 Mark Swanson Encore Team, West Des Moines, Iowa (#21) 25 166 C-Buck Racing, Chandler, Ariz. (#74) 26 162 DMW Motorsports, Phoenix, Ariz. (#110) 27 159 Patrick Lawson, Edwardsville, Ill. (#2) 28 145 Hamilton-Byrd Racing, Jamestown, Ind. (#11) 29 139 Dallas Hewitt, Fletcher, Ohio (#57) 30 128 Leary Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#30) 31 125 Bryan Gossel, Fort Collins, Colo. (#06) 32 123 Taylor Ferns Racing, Shelby Township, Mich. (#155) 33 122 Patty Bateman, Murphysboro, Ill. (#55) 34 112 Terry Babb, Decatur, Ill. (#188) 35 109 Pink 69 Racing, Evansville, Ind. (#69) 36 103 Breidinger Motorsports, Hillsborough, Calif. (#80) 37 96 Tim Simmons, Cabot, Ark. (#3) 38 95 Steffens Motorsports, St. Charles, Mo. (#08) 39 91 Jake Day, Abilene, Texas (#42) 40 89 Bowman Racing, Brownsburg, Ind. (#02) 41 86 Nolen Racing, Greenwood, Ind. (#20) 42 85 Derek Bischak, Indianapolis, Ind. (#131) 43 82 Kazmark Motorsports, Joliet, Ill. (#92) 44 79 Gamester Racing, Peru, Ind. (#51) 45 70 Dick & Deborah Myers, Waterford, Mich. (#94) 46 66 Bill Rose Racing, Crawfordsville, Ind. (#66) 47 58 Hamilton-Byrd Racing, Jamestown, Ind. (#14) 48 43 Scott Weyant, Springfield, Ill. (#199) 49 42 Joe Moore, Kaufman, Texas (#48) 50 39 Cornell Racing Stables, Monee, Ill. (#8) 51 39 Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#17) 52 36 Danny Long, Bonne Terre, Mo. (#44) 53 34 Sammy & Mouren Fetter, Bridgeton, Mo. (#88) 54 33 McQuinn Motorsports, Springfield, Ill. (#14) 55 28 Fetter Racing, Troy, Mo. (#89) 56 25 L & M Motorsports, Sunbury, Pa. (#01) 57 23 Johnny Vance Racing Team, Dayton, Ohio (#2v) 58 20 Roger Williams, St. Paul, Ind. (#32) 59 20 Brent Yarnal, Phoenix, Ariz. (#29) 60 20 T.J. Karlsen, Romulus, N.Y. (#166) 61 20 Chris Urish, Lincoln, Ill. (#77) 62 16 Dave Peperak Motorsports, Clinton, Ind. (#177) 63 10 Wuerdeman Family Racing, Cincinnati, Ohio (#33) 64 10 Cary Oliver, Buncombe, Ill. (#11)

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2021 USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN 1 540 Logan Se