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GRANT GLIDES TO ISW GLORY AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (July 21, 2019).........For Justin Grant, Lawrenceburg Speedway is akin to a second home.

For it was the track where Grant earned his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory and his lone previous Indiana Sprint Week win seven years earlier. It's the place in which he won with USAC in 2014 and again in the fall of 2018. And it's where he earned his latest triumph, Sunday in round four of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

"I've had a lot of special wins here at Lawrenceburg," Grant said. "I really like it. I raced down here a ton back when I was driving the 40 car for Mark Hery. It was our Saturday night venue. We raced 10-15 Saturday nights a year here for a few years. It's just a place I've always loved coming to."

In fact, coming into Sunday's event, Grant had led just two laps in his entire ISW career, both of which came at the conclusion of that 2012 ISW race at the very same track. It's an ISW career for Grant which includes 12 top-five finishes in 45 starts.

Grant left no doubt on this night, leading all 30 laps from start to finish to win his 15th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature, passing Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup to move to 34th on the all-time list.

In addition, he became the speedway's winningest sprint car driver on its reconfiguration into its current 3/8-mile, high banked state.

What had been a flurry of five victories in an eight-race span for Grant and TOPP Motorsports to close out the 2018 season, started off strong with a win in their second start of 2019 in Ocala, Fla. The wait for a return trip to victory lane took five months, but Grant feels the pieces to the puzzle were always there, the pieces just had to fit together.

"It's been awhile," Grant acknowledged. "I felt like we've had speed here and there early in the night, then we've had speed late in the night and just struggled to put a whole night together. We were finally good early and late and we're able to put all the pieces together. Lawrenceburg was pretty hammer down tonight and the car was screaming around there. It was a lot of fun to drive and I was just kind of hanging on to it trying to keep it out of the fence."

Although Grant began the 30-lapper from the outside of the front row, at the start, he made a beeline for the bottom, racing to the front of the line and shutting the door on Kokomo ISW winner Chris Windom to be the first to get to turn one. Grant then slid up to the top and broke out to a five-car-length lead.

Trouble ensued on the second lap as ninth-running Max Adams slipped sideways in turn four. Josh Hodges, the 2016 Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals winner, plowed sideways into Adams. Jarett Andretti clipped Hodges' left front wheel and flipped over. Meanwhile, leading series Rookie driver Brian VanMeveren ramped over the right rear tire of Adams, sending him into a set of barrel rolls toward the outside concrete which also entangled 2018 Lawrenceburg ISW winner Tyler Courtney.

VanMeveren and Andretti were both finished for the evening. Courtney, Adams and Hodges each restarted with Courtney actually racing back to a 10th place finish at the checkered.

Multiple times within the first ten laps, Windom was able to get a nose under Grant in between turns three and four as the pair ran two distinctive grooves, Grant up on top and Windom working the bottom.

But, as was the case, as such throughout the middle portion of the race, Windom was able to pull even with Grant as he slid to the exit of the corner. Each time, Grant had the momentum from the top to carry him back in front of Windom, no harm, no foul, no muss, no fuss, where Grant maintained an advantage of a tick under a second over Windom.

Justin Grant's 15th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win moved him past Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup to move to 34th on the all-time list.
(Dallas Breeze Photo)

With five to go, Grant greeted lapped traffic, but all heeded the courtesy flag and ventured to the bottom, allowing Grant to graze freely by his lonesome without much in the terms of pressure and the lap count dwindling while possessing a healthy advantage over Windom as light sprinkles began to fall.

Beyond the two at the front, C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Carson Short all ran nose-to-tail for third, fourth and fifth. With six to go, Short made an impressive bid for third, sliding up the hill in turn four to grab the spot from Leary. Leary then turned his nose left at the exit of four, hustling into turn one to return the favor and reclaim third.

There wasn't as much drama the further up front you glanced as Grant had them covered from flag-to-flag, winning by a relatively comfortable 1.63 second margin over Windom, Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Carson Short. A victory shower not made up of champagne, but actual precipitation greeted Indiana Sprint Week's fourth different feature winner in as many races in victory lane.

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dustin Christie (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brody Roa (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Josh Hodges (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Dickie Gaines (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Dave Darland (ProSource Hard Work Award) and Tom Harris (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 21, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.112; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.150; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.161; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.253; 5. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.258; 6. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-14.274; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.280; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.327; 9. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.344; 10. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-14.351; 11. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-14.356; 12. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.426; 13. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.467; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.514; 15. Scotty Weir, 23s, Simon-14.544; 16. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.570; 17. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.597; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Whitney-14.604; 19. Joe Liguori, 43JR, Tibbits-14.610; 20. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.641; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.648; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.712; 23. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.720; 24. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.772; 25. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-14.854; 26. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-15.053; 27. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-15.088; 28. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-15.205; 29. Callie Wolsiffer, 43w, Tibbits-16.071; 30. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Carson Short, 3. Isaac Chapple, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Jarett Andretti, 7. Tom Harris. 2:28.33

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dustin Christie, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Max Adams, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Matt Moore, 7. Joe Liguori. 2:27.42

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Brian VanMeveren, 5. Dickie Gaines, 6. Garrett Abrams, 7. Brady Bacon. 2:28.50

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Callie Wolsiffer. 2:28.91

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Jarett Andretti, 6. Dickie Gaines, 7. Tom Harris, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Matt Moore, 10. Terry Richards, 11. Garrett Abrams, 12. Callie Wolsiffer, 13. Joe Liguori. 3:00.09

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Chris Windom (1), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 5. Carson Short (4), 6. Brady Bacon (8), 7. Jason McDougal (10), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Kyle Cummins (9), 10. Tyler Courtney (16), 11. Dave Darland (22), 12. Max Adams (3), 13. Dickie Gaines (15), 14. Dustin Christie (20), 15. Isaac Chapple (19), 16. Dakota Jackson (21), 17. Scotty Weir (14), 18. Josh Hodges (12), 19. Brian VanMeveren (11), 20. Jarett Andretti (13), 21. Brody Roa (18), 22. Thomas Meseraull (17). NT
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**Jarett Andretti and Brian VanMeveren flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Justin Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (22nd to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dickie Gaines

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Tom Harris

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Josh Hodges

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Dave Darland

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,253, 2-Chris Windom-1,161, 3-Brady Bacon-1,122, 4-Tyler Courtney-1,112, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,097, 6-Chase Stockon-1,089, 7-Justin Grant-1,034, 8-Jason McDougal-951, 9-Carson Short-950, 10-Isaac Chapple-734.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-298, 2-Chris Windom-287, 3-Brady Bacon-277, 4-Justin Grant-257, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-244, 6-Jason McDougal-234, 7-Kyle Cummins-224, 8-Tyler Courtney-214, 9-Carson Short-214, 10-Chase Stockon-210.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-17, 2-Tyler Courtney, 3-Shane Cottle-17, 4-Dave Darland-16, 5-Kyle Cummins-12, 6-Jarett Andretti-12, 7-C.J. Leary-11, 8-Brent Beauchamp-11, 9-Max Adams-9, 10-Chris Windom-8.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 24, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week
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MARIA COFER EARNS FIRST WIN AT PETALUMA

PETALUMA, CA – JULY 20, 2019… Maria Cofer (Macdoel, CA) powered by Austin Liggett on the ninth lap and led the rest of the way to claim the 30-lap victory at Petaluma Speedway. Racing the family owned #57 Tule Vista Ranches / Bell Helmets Spike, Cofer earned her first career USAC Western States Midget triumph over Alex Schutte, Robert Dalby, Liggett, and Kyle Beilman.

Cofer scored Petaluma’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors after starting fifth. Randi Pankratz claimed his third Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Cory Elliott earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the season by posting a time of 14.968 over the 15-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Cofer (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and Schutte (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat).

Next Saturday, July 27th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their second appearance at Merced Speedway.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 20, 2019 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.968; 2. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.988; 3. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.110; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.111; 5. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.115; 6. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-15.359; 7. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.569; 8. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-15.781; 9. Britton Bock, 15DJ, Neverlift-15.801; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.942; 11. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-15.982; 12. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-16.204; 13. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-16.395; 14. Beau Lemire, 14, Lemire-17.117; 15. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-17.922.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cofer, 2. Bock, 3. Pankratz, 4. Carson, 5. Mitchell, 6. Dalby, 7. Elliott, 8. Prickett. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. McQueen, 3. Liggett, 4. Beilman, 5. Sarna, 6. Rucker, 7. Lemire. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Maria Cofer (5), 2. Alex Schutte (6), 3. Robert Dalby (7), 4. Austin Liggett (4), 5. Kyle Beilman (3), 6. Shannon McQueen (9), 7. C.J. Sarna (8), 8. Gage Rucker (11), 9. Beau Lemire (13), 10. Marvin Mitchell (12), 11. Robert Carson (14), 12. Britton Bock (1), 13. Randi Pankratz (2), 14. David Prickett (10). NT
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**Dalby flipped on lap 9 of the first heat. Sarna flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Liggett, Laps 9-30 Cofer.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Maria Cofer (5th to 1st)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Randi Pankratz

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Liggett-357, 2-Dalby-312, 3-McQueen-293, 4-Elliott-283, 5-Prickett-265, 6-Sarna-257, 7-Pankratz-207, 8-Beilman-198, 9-Mitchell-197, 10-Ben Worth-181.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: July 27 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California

 


WINDOM REIGNS AT KOKOMO
FOR FIRST ISW WIN IN 8 YEARS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (July 20, 2019).........When compiling statistics prior to the start of this year's NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week, one of the tidbits that stood out, and was hard to fathom, was the fact that it had been eight years since Chris Windom had won a feature event during ISW.

In that time span, Windom had become a two-time USAC National champion, added another Indiana Sprint Week title to his resume as well as multiple Eastern Storm championships all while developing into one of the top stars of his era. But, year-after-year, Windom's ISW win record had remained stagnant despite being in contention for the victory in a multitude of races throughout that span.

Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway, the Canton, Ill. native stuffed that stat in the garbage bin after leading the final 12 laps, which included a tight green-white-checkered tussle with Brady Bacon from which Windom prevailed, for his second career ISW victory and the 24th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, surpassing A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey on the all-time list.

"After winning Sprint Week last year, I honestly kind of forgot that I hadn't had won one since 2011," Windom admitted. "I heard that stat this week and it kind of pissed me off. So, I really wanted to get one this week. Like I told my guys, I wasn't going to lose that for them after busting balls above the cushion for 28 laps like that."

That he did, after starting third in the main event which, at first, began much as it started. Windom and pole sitter Bacon battled for the position on the opening lap while Scotty Weir crashed the party, splitting between the two with an impressive move entering turn three to take the lead.

After nipping both at the line as they remained nearly three-wide coming off turn four, Weir secured the position around Bacon off turn two and began to build a gap of nearly two seconds while the battle raged behind him. C.J. Leary entered the fray, slipping by Windom on the bottom momentarily off turn four on the second lap. A lap later, the two swapped positions on both ends of the racetrack, one diving in and the other countering underneath.

Windom used the diamond move off the top of turn three to run down Leary and drive past the ISW point leader into turn one the following lap. Bacon utilized the same diamond maneuver in turn three on lap five. Meanwhile, Windom threw a massive slider into three in front of Bacon. As Bacon was rolling downhill off the top of turn three, his momentum was stifled as Windom drove past to beat Bacon to the line by a car length.

Less than a lap later, Dakota Jackson flipped at the exit of turn four while running 19th. He walked away under his own power.

With 12 to go, Windom began to pressure Weir into turns one and two. Weir hopped on the curb in turn two, opening the door for Windom to drive underneath for the lead entering the back straightaway. Weir went back into attack mode, sliding across the nose of Windom for the lead entering turn three. Windom was quick on his feet as he put four wheels above the turn three cushion, drove under Weir once again off four to take the point by a mere car length as the two frontrunners passed under Tom Hansing's flags.

"I watched the B-Main and I actually watched Dave Darland come from the tail," Windom explained. "He was running that same line, so I knew it would probably end up working in the race. This place, after a few laps, it just seems like momentum always wins here. You've got to find out how you can generate the most speed around the track and that's what I figured out. Once I could get my momentum and run that diamond line the way I needed to, we ran Scotty down. Once he bobbled a little bit, we got by him.

With seven to go, 2016 ISW champ Bacon maneuvered around the outside of Weir in the second turn for the second spot. At that moment in time, Windom's advantage was roughly 10 car lengths, but Bacon chopped it up to narrow the distance little-by-little by the time Anthony D'Alessio, making his first career USAC start, spun in turn four to necessitate a yellow with just two laps to go.

Chris Windom's second career ISW victory was also the 24th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, surpassing A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey for 22nd on the all-time list.
(Rich Forman Photo)


After a 23-lap green flag run, Windom was in the zone and certainly didn't need a caution for any reason whatsoever at that point. The benefit was all to Bacon who now had a chance to take a run at Windom, starting directly from behind his rear bumper with two to go.

Windom had a pleasant restart, tearing away to a four-car-length margin midway down the back straight on the 29th lap. Windom had been using the patented diamond move in turn three lap-after-lap, but as soon as he saw Bacon to his left, Windom changed course mid-stream, aborting the line to move into defense mode, and shifted downward in front of Bacon on the bottom to secure the spot.

"It's tough to run that line on a restart because you have to slow down on entry," Windom explained. "It makes it easy for a guy to do what he did and sneak under you. I kind of cheated it some, and ran below it, and lost a little bit of speed on that restart. That's how he got next to us there. I knew I had to hit the bottom because he wasn't going to miss the bottom in three and four. I had to hit the bottom to get back by him."

Entering turns one and two on the final lap, Bacon surged ahead by a half-car length on the low line. Windom used the momentum from two lanes higher to pull dead-even midway down the back straight. Windom flatly denied Bacon the opportunity to take the bottom line into turn three. As the two nearly collided entering turn three, Windom ripped the bottom line from Bacon for his sole possession.

Rounding turns three and four on the bottom and headed for home, Windom closed out his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season just a tick under a half second over Bacon, Leary, Kyle Cummins and Weir, who led the first 19 laps.

The victory marked Windom's third career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Kokomo following wins in both 2012 and 2015.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Anthony D'Alessio (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Shane Cottle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Kyle Cummins (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Brandon Mattox (ProSource Hard Work Award), Max Adams (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Dakota Jackson (American Racing Ministries Redemption Hoosier Tire).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 20, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.001; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.008; 3. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.176; 4. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.177; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.191; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.196; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-13.233; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.256; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.316; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.342; 11. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-13.350; 12. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.464; 13. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-13.489; 14. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-13.537; 15. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.596; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.634; 17. Brandon Long, 02, Long-13.736; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-13.749; 19. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-13.749; 20. Andrew Prather, 16K, Knight-13.806.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.041; 2. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.145; 3. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-13.195; 4. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-13.241; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.282; 6. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-13.297; 7. Shane Cockrum, 24p, JP-13.309; 8. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.348; 9. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.399; 10. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.421; 11. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.463; 12. Joe Stornetta, 04, Burton-13.487; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.518; 14. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.578; 15. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-13.661; 16. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-13.723; 17. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-13.844; 18. T.J. Artz, 57x, Artz-13.934; 19. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-16.373; 20. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brody Roa, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Dakota Jackson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Mitchell Davis, 9. Matt McCarthy, 10. Brandon Long. 2:11.40

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Andrew Prather, 9. Dickie Gaines, 10. Matt Westfall. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Anthony D'Alessio, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Short, 4. Jarett Andretti, 5. Shane Cockrum, 6. Garrett Aitken, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Koby Barksdale, 9. Dustin Christie, 10. Matt Moore. 2:13.56

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Scotty Weir, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Joe Stornetta, 6. Brian VanMeveren, 7. Corey Smith, 8. Terry Richards, 9. T.J. Artz, 10. Clinton Boyles. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Koby Barksdale, 4. Shane Cockrum, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Dakota Jackson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Corey Smith, 9. Joe Stornetta, 10. Mitchell Davis, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Garrett Aitken, 13. Brian VanMeveren, 14. Andrew Prather, 15. Dustin Christie, 16. Terry Richards, 17. Brandon Long, 18. Matt McCarthy, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. T.J. Artz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (3), 2. Brady Bacon (1), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Kyle Cummins (10), 5. Scotty Weir (2), 6. Carson Short (5), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 8. Justin Grant (18), 9. Tyler Courtney (15), 10. Chase Stockon (7), 11. Jason McDougal (4), 12. Jarett Andretti (20), 13. Shane Cottle (12), 14. Brody Roa (16), 15. Shane Cockrum (14), 16. Koby Barksdale (9), 17. Dave Darland (21), 18. Brandon Mattox (22), 19. Brian VanMeveren (24), 20. Anthony D'Alessio (17), 21. Thomas Meseraull (13), 22. Isaac Chapple (23), 23. Dakota Jackson (19), 24. Josh Hodges (8). NT

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**Matt Westfall flipped during heat 2. Clinton Boyles flipped during heat 4. Dakota Jackson flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Scotty Weir, Laps 20-30 Chris Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (18th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shane Cottle

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Max Adams

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kyle Cummins

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Brandon Mattox

AMERICAN RACING MINISTRIES REDEMPTION HOOSIER TIRE: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,178, 2-Chris Windom-1,087, 3-Tyler Courtney-1,061, 4-Brady Bacon-1,059, 5-Chase Stockon-1,032, 6-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,027, 7-Justin Grant-957, 8-Jason McDougal-898, 9-Carson Short-883, 10-Isaac Chapple-695.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-223, 2-Brady Bacon-214, 3-Chris Windom-213, 4-Jason McDougal-181, 5-Justin Grant-180, 6-Kyle Cummins-176, 7-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-174, 8-Tyler Courtney-163, 9-Chase Stockon-153, 10-Carson Short-147.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-17, 2-Justin Grant-16, 3-Kyle Cummins-12, 4-Jarett Andretti-12, 5-Tyler Courtney-11, 6-Brent Beauchamp-11, 7-Max Adams-9, 8-C.J. Leary-8, 9-Chris Windom-8, 10-Matt Westfall-8.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 21, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week
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COURTNEY GETS BACK ON TRACK AT PLYMOUTH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana (July 19, 2019).........The ups and downs of racing night-after-night can take a toll on driver and team alike. It can also afford driver and team an opportunity to get back on the horse, so to speak, to find redemption in the face of adversity.

Tyler Courtney has seen all ends of the spectrum in just the last three nights alone, from the peak of winning Wednesday at Eldora to the valley of being collected in an incident on Thursday at Gas City that resulted in a 23rd place result.

Courtney and his Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing team persevered in Friday's NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week stop at Plymouth Speedway, riding the wave back to the top of the totem pole to become the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship's second four-time winner of the season alongside Brady Bacon.

The team's high success rate, now with Courtney and CMNR scoring 15 wins in 55 USAC Sprint Car races together since the beginning of their championship campaign in 2018, a winning rate of over 27% a clip, hasn't provided them much of an opportunity to be in a "bounce back" situation, all to their credit. But, when they've been put in that situation, they've prospered and did so again Friday night.

"That's what makes our team so good," Courtney explained. "We don't dwell on the night before. We just go back the next night and try to do our job. That's win races. We haven't won as much as we did at this point last year, but we're not going to give up. We have one heck of a team right now. (Crew Chief Tyler Ransbottom) is really working his tail off to make this thing perfect and make my job easy. I'm just getting back in the swing of running a sprint car again. I think I've been more of a midget guy here lately. If we're going to get into the swing, this is the week to do it."

Courtney started the 30-lap feature sixth after garnering quick time earlier in the evening during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying. Up front, however, front row occupiers Chris Windom and Chase Stockon raced side-by-side for the duration of the first lap with Stockon taking the advantage by a half car length at the stripe.

Windom immediately slid Stockon into turn one on the second lap to grab the position where he would stake claim for the first third of the race while Brady Bacon rolled the bottom in second behind the high-riding Windom.

Bacon continued to eat up ground, bottom-feeding to within a car length of Windom at the start/finish line at the conclusion of lap 12. Bacon tickled the infield tires and used a run off turn two to pull ahead of Windom just in time to greet lapped traffic in the third turn.

A red flag just one lap later brought the race to a halt when 18th running Brandon Mattox hopped in turn one, landed on the left side wheels and barrel-rolled. Mattox was uninjured.

On the ensuing restart, Bacon spurted away on the bottom while Windom and Courtney engaged in a side-by-side battle for the runner up spot. Courtney worked the top to race around Windom for second as the crossed flags were displayed for the halfway mark.

Courtney was charging, eating up the gap and appeared to have a run on Bacon around the outside for the lead at the exit of turn two on lap 18. Bacon drifted wide on exit, stifling Courtney's momentum, stealing his line momentarily, and forcing him to check up.

"I knew he was good on the bottom," Courtney recalled. "I could run down there, but I wasn't as good as him, so I needed to go do something else. That's the advantage of running second or third midway through the race. I got by Chris around the top, so I knew there was something there. I showed (Bacon) a little bit, but he did what he needed to do to maintain."

Courtney gathered himself and went back to work on Bacon. Moments later, 17th running series Rookie Zane Hendricks tagged the front straightaway wall with his right rear tire, then proceeded to go into turn one with a full head of steam, tagging the turn one wall and flipping wildly along the topside of the 3/8-mile dirt oval. He walked away under his own power.

During the red flag period, second-running Courtney and team made a couple of shock adjustments, but agreed they had a pretty good racecar and shouldn't have to do too much.

On the lap 19 restart, Courtney wasted no time putting himself back into contention, switching the game plan up when Bacon slid from the bottom of turn three to the top of turn four. Courtney anticipated the move and had his NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy locked and loaded to diamond off the top of three toward the bottom of turn four to win the race to the line by a car length


Tyler Courtney knocked out the 21st USAC National Sprint Car win of his career, equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for 28th all-time. The victory also marked Courtney's fourth career ISW win, and first at Plymouth.


"When we got that red there, I got a good restart," Courtney remembered. "He slid a little high in four, I got underneath him and cleared him at the line right before the yellow. That played in our favor. If I could just stick the bottom in one and two, I could get out and run my own race. These races are tough to win, especially when everybody's as close as they are right now."

Moments later, Thomas Meseraull, who was running 13th, spun around in turn four, forcing out the yellow. Courtney secured the lead with 12 to go, and there wasn't much that was going to alter that as a gaggle of cars led by Justin Grant, Windom, Bacon, Leary, Jason McDougal and a whole host of others battled for second as Courtney disappeared into the nighttime horizon, expanding his lead to more than a second in the dwindling laps.

Leary, who finished a heartbroken second the night prior at Gas City, was a rocket during the final laps, utilizing the topside to drive around the outside of Grant for the second spot at the finish line. But, crossing that same line three-quarters of a second earlier was Courtney, who knocked out the 21st USAC National Sprint Car win of his career, equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for 28th all-time. The victory also marked Courtney's fourth career ISW win, and first at Plymouth.

Behind Courtney, Leary and Grant at the checkered were fourth-place finisher Bacon and Jason McDougal who rounded out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Plymouth Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Matt Westfall (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Josh Hodges (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Kyle Cummins (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Max Adams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Jarett Andretti (ProSource Hard Work Award) and Dave Darland (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 19, 2019 - Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-13.485; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.531; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.548; 4. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.643; 5. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.656; 6. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-13.702; 7. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.848; 8. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-13.868; 9. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.018; 10. Brandon Long, 02, Long-14.116; 11. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.133; 12. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-14.151; 13. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-14.158; 14. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-14.176; 15. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-14.208; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.274; 17. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-14.394; 18. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.450; 19. T.J. Artz, 57x, Artz-14.495.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.358; 2. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.396; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.462; 4. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.507; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.599; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.746; 7. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-13.804; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.837; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Whitney-13.854; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-13.865; 11. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.871; 12. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-13.894; 13. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.969; 14. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.032; 15. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-14.122; 16. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.133; 17. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.158; 18. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.247; 19. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-14.307.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dustin Ingle, 5. Max Adams, 6. Dustin Christie, 7. Koby Barksdale, 8. Matt Moore, 9. Anthony D'Alessio, 10. T.J. Artz. 2:19.84

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Zane Hendricks, 4. Terry Richards, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Brandon Long, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Mitchell Davis. 2:20.87

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Carson Short, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Dakota Jackson, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Cole Ketcham, 10. Matt McCarthy. 2:20.37

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Brian VanMeveren, 7. Dickie Gaines, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Chad Boespflug. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Dakota Jackson, 3. Max Adams, 4. Jarett Andretti, 5. Mitchell Davis, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Brandon Long, 9. Dustin Christie, 10. Matt McCarthy, 11. T.J. Artz, 12. Dickie Gaines, 13. Cole Ketcham, 14. Matt Goodnight, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Matt Moore, 17. Koby Barksdale, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Anthony D'Alessio. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. C.J. Leary (7), 3. Justin Grant (9), 4. Brady Bacon (3), 5. Jason McDougal (4), 6. Chris Windom (1), 7. Dakota Jackson (13), 8. Chase Stockon (2), 9. Kyle Cummins (15), 10. Josh Hodges (8), 11. Matt Westfall (19), 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 13. Max Adams (10), 14. Carson Short (18), 15. Mitchell Davis (16), 16. Isaac Chapple (23), 17. Dustin Ingle (5), 18. Jarett Andretti (22), 19. Thomas Meseraull (17), 20. Zane Hendricks (20), 21. Clinton Boyles (21), 22. Brandon Mattox (14), 23. Terry Richards (12), 24. Dustin Christie (24). NT

**Brody Roa and Chad Boespflug flipped during the fourth heat. Brandon Mattox flipped on lap 14 of the feature. Zane Hendricks flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chase Stockon, Laps 2-12 Chris Windom, Laps 13-18 Brady Bacon, Laps 19-30 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Matt Westfall

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Max Adams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Dave Darland

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dakota Jackson

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Jarett Andretti
NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,102, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,010, 3-Chris Windom-1,010, 4-Brady Bacon-987, 5-Chase Stockon-980, 6-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-968, 7-Justin Grant-900, 8-Jason McDougal-848, 9-Carson Short-818, 10-Isaac Chapple-672.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-147, 2-Brady Bacon-142, 3-Chris Windom-136, 4-Jason McDougal-131, 5-Justin Grant-123, 6-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-115, 7-Dakota Jackson-114, 8-Tyler Courtney-112, 9-Kyle Cummins-108, 10-Chase Stockon-101.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-17, 2-Brent Beauchamp-11, 3-Max Adams-9, 4-Matt Westfall-8, 5-Chris Windom-6, 6-Justin Grant-6, 7-Dakota Jackson-6, 8-Kyle Cummins-6, 9-Cole Ketcham-6, 10-Tyler Courtney-5.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 20, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week
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COTTLE RACES TO FIRST ISW WIN
IN GAS CITY PHOTO FINISH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (July 18, 2019).........No longer will Shane Cottle have to answer the question of when his day will come during NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

It took 72 ISW feature starts for the Kansas, Ill. native to get his long-awaited breakthrough, and the way it all unfolded in Thursday night's opener at Gas City I-69 Speedway will be one that won't be forgotten anytime soon.

Starting 18th, Cottle picked his way through the field and positioned himself second with five laps remaining. Cottle worked the bottom as Leary operated up top and, on the final corner of the lap, Cottle surged ahead to beat Leary to the stripe for the win in one of the closest finishes in USAC racing history.

A glance at the timing showed Leary on top of the leaderboard as Cottle celebrated his triumph in victory lane. However, the transponder on the rear bumper of Leary's car crossed the timing loop prior to the transponder on the tail of Cottle's car, positioning Leary in front of Cottle on timing.

However, per USAC rule Part VI 9.4.C, a car will be officially credited with a lap only when its front wheels cross the start/finish line after completing one entire circuit of the course. The USAC chief scorer and race director unanimously agreed that Cottle's front wheels crossed the start/finish line before Leary's.

According to Cottle, his feelings following the dramatic final lap heroics were only comparable to his 2008 victory at Anderson Speedway's Little 500. Cottle's third career USAC National Sprint Car victory is the first series win for him since 2008, which also came at Gas City. In fact, all three of his wins have come on the quarter mile at Gas City dating back to his first career USAC victory in 2006.

Mired on the outside of the ninth row for the start of the 30-lap feature, it didn't take long for Cottle to realize he had something special on this night with a car that could take him to the front. He moved up three positions on the opening lap to 15th, then hovered around the edge of the top-ten for the remainder of the first half.

"I knew pretty quickly," Cottle said when asked when he knew he had a winning car. "I just knew that if I got to the bottom, we were going to be good as long as we could just pick them off one at a time. We got the right yellows at the right time; a lapped car helped us out one time. I tried wrecking it a couple times on those infield tires. The car was really good, and it was fun to drive."

On the 17th lap, ninth-running Thomas Meseraull got sideways at the entrance of turn three. Eleventh place driver Tyler Courtney had nowhere to go and plowed into the side of Meseraull, sending both to the sidelines for the remainder of the night.

When racing resumed, a pair of lapped cars separated leader Leary from the second-place car of Kevin Thomas, Jr. Leary had a near-perfect restart to open up his lead to 1.5 sec. as Thomas tried to keep tabs. As the pair of 19s broke away from the field, a scramble for third ensued involving the balance of the top-ten all under a figurative blanket. Defending ISW champ Chris Windom was riding high, splitting his way through traffic from ninth to break into the top-three with seven laps remaining while Cottle quietly, but methodically, snuck around the infield tires to move to third by Windom just before the caution.

Twelfth-place Isaac Chapple spun in turn one on the 25th lap, setting up a six-lap race to the finish with race-long dominator Leary out front ahead of Thomas while Cottle raised curiosity if he could continue his upward trajectory through the field in the final laps.

On the restart, Cottle stuck to his guns on the low line and pulled even with Thomas off the bottom of turn two before finally clearing him with a drive off the bottom of four to secure second. Now, the test was administered to see whose strategy would prevail, if Leary could continue to rip the top or if Cottle could breeze the infield tires to the front. It takes a virtue of patience to stay the course, to stuck with what got you there, to go low and slow into the corner as the driver beside you gasses it up and pulls away, momentarily, entering the corner.

"I could see him up there," Cottle recalled. "When they're out there in front of you, you just want to push the gas harder and harder, but you can't. You just have to roll around there and keep the wheels under you. I messed up a couple times during the last six laps and I thought I gave it away."

When Cottle initially slipped into second on the 25th lap, he was about five car lengths behind Leary. The same scenario played out lap-after-lap with Leary moving ahead in the corner, and Cottle seeming like his car was pulled by a chain off the corners, quickly erasing Leary's advantage.

Coming to the white flag, the interval seemingly never wavered between a car length in either direction between the two where they remained side-by-side for the entire duration of the 30th and final lap. Coming off four, with Cottle low and Leary high, the two hit the line nearly simultaneously with Cottle taking the victory over Leary, Windom, Brady Bacon and Thomas.

It was a monumental win for Cottle in many ways, but it was even more special coming with Epperson Racing, the team for which Cottle was associated with for several seasons in the decade of the 2010s and hadn't driven for in USAC competition since the beginning of the 2016 season in Ocala, Fla. It marked Tony Epperson's second USAC National Sprint Car victory as an owner following last August's win at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway with driver Tyler Thomas.

"I wanted to be the first to get him his USAC win, but Tyler Thomas got it last year," Cottle remembered. "I was so happy for (Tony) because he's one of the greatest car owners ever. We got him one tonight and I appreciate everything he does for me."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway were Carson Short (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Scotty Weir (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Max Adams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher & ProSource Hard Work Award), Shane Cottle (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Kyle Cummins (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) & Brody Roa (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 18, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-12.046; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.050; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.058; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-12.111; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-12.113; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.126; 7. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-12.133; 8. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-12.191; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.289; 10. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-12.313; 11. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-12.345; 12. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-12.416; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.425; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.426; 15. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-12.430; 16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-12.562; 17. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-12.573; 18. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-12.599; 19. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-12.679; 20. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-12.731; 21. Joe Stornetta, 04, Burton-12.732; 22. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.820.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.199; 2. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-12.269; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.300; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.310; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-12.338; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.367; 7. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.671; 8. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-12.673; 9. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-12.694; 10. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J-12.715; 11. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-12.797; 12. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-12.813; 13. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-13.040; 14. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.050; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-13.056; 16. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.061; 17. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-13.167; 18. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-13.178; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-13.209; 20. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-13.275; 21. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-14.010.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Koby Barksdale, 9. Joe Stornetta, 10. Terry Richards, 11. Carson Short. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brent Beauchamp, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Dustin Ingle, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Max Adams, 10. Zane Hendricks, 11. Matt Moore. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Dave Darland, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Dallas Hewitt, 6. Cole Ketcham, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Dustin Christie, 9. Matt McCarthy, 10. Anthony D'Alessio, 11. Eric Perrott. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dakota Jackson, 3. Corey Smith, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. A.J. Hopkins, 6. Dickie Gaines, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Mitchell Davis, 10. Brian VanMeveren. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 to the semi) 1. Max Adams, 2. Terry Richards, 3. Matt Goodnight, 4. Mitchell Davis, 5. Dustin Christie, 6. Koby Barksdale, 7. Dickie Gaines, 8. Zane Hendricks, 9. Matt Moore, 10. Matt McCarthy, 11. Eric Perrott. 2:18.56

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Carson Short, 3. Isaac Chapple, 4. A.J. Hopkins, 5. Cole Ketcham, 6. Max Adams, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Dallas Hewitt, 10. Dustin Ingle, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Clinton Boyles, 13. Mitchell Davis, 14. Brandon Mattox, 15. Matt Goodnight, 16. Terry Richards, 17. Brian VanMeveren, 18. Anthony D'Alessio. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Shane Cottle (18), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Chris Windom (9), 4. Brady Bacon (5), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 6. Jason McDougal (6), 7. Dakota Jackson (4), 8. Kyle Cummins (8), 9. Brent Beauchamp (20), 10. Justin Grant (3), 11. Cole Ketcham (17), 12. Chase Stockon (11), 13. Max Adams (22), 14. Josh Hodges (16), 15. Chad Boespflug (23), 16. Carson Short (7), 17. Isaac Chapple (14), 18. Brian VanMeveren (24), 19. Corey Smith (15), 20. Dave Darland (21), 21. A.J. Hopkins (19), 22. Thomas Meseraull (10), 23. Tyler Courtney (12), 24. Scotty Weir (13). NT

**Corey Smith flipped during qualifying. Carson Short flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 C.J. Leary, Lap 30 Shane Cottle.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Shane Cottle (18th to 1st)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Max Adams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Brody Roa

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kyle Cummins

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Max Adams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,027, 2-Chris Windom-947, 3-Tyler Courtney-929, 4-Chase Stockon-925, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-922, 6-Brady Bacon-918, 7-Justin Grant-830, 8-Jason McDougal-780, 9-Carson Short-776, 10-Isaac Chapple-641.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-74, 2-Chris Windom-73, 3-Brady Bacon-73, 4-C.J. Leary-72, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-69, 6-Jason McDougal-63, 7-Dakota Jackson-59, 8-Kyle Cummins-54, 9-Justin Grant-53, 10-Brent Beauchamp-51.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-17, 2-Brent Beauchamp-11, 3-Max Adams-9, 4-Chris Windom-6, 5-Cole Ketcham-6, 6-Josh Hodges-2, 7-Brady Bacon-1, 8-Dave Darland-1.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 19, 2019 - Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week
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SUNSHINE SCOOPS $10 GRAND IN ELDORA'S 200TH USAC SPRINT RACE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (July 17, 2019).........Throughout the past 199 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races held at Eldora Speedway, there are just a few who've displayed the kind of sustained dominance on the western Ohio half-mile that Tyler Courtney has shown over the past 10 months.

In the 200th series race Wednesday at the "Big E," Courtney put one in the record books as just the fourth driver to win three-straight USAC National Sprint Car features at Eldora. Jud Larson was the first to do it in 1964-65, followed by Bubby Jones in 1978-79 and Jack Hewitt, who put together two sets of back-to-back-to-back victories in 1988 and 1990-91, already putting Courtney in exclusive company in his young career.

Not to mention, the victory was worth $10,000, as the Indianapolis, Ind. native became the 29th driver to join the 20-win club with the series and now stands just one win behind equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for the next rung on the ladder.

"It seems like we win every race that doesn't pay any money," #LetsRaceTwo winner Courtney said with a laugh. "It's really cool to win $10,000. Thank you to Roger Slack, Tony Stewart and everybody here at Eldora for putting up the money. It's really cool to win the 200thUSAC (Sprint Car) race here. For people who appreciate history, like myself, that's pretty neat to put my name in the record book."

Courtney started third and, for all intents and purposes, on this particular night, it was over by the end of the first lap. Kevin Thomas, Jr. began the race from the pole and took a run for the lead, sliding side-by-side alongside outside front row starter Chase Stockon through turns one and two.

Courtney rode it high around the outside of Thomas exiting turn two, cut across and dove to the bottom to slide past Stockon entering turn three. Courtney glided up to the exit of turn four as Stockon mounted a charge underneath. Courtney, though, got the upper hand, and the momentum, to lead by a car length at the line.

That was as close as it ever got.

As C.J. Leary, Brady Bacon and Chase Stockon battled for second, going three-wide at times, Courtney was in another zip code, building up his lead to a half-straight by lap six and a full-straightaway by the 10th lap.

Just before midway, Courtney began to navigate lapped traffic. There, his lead wasn't exactly shrinking by any means, but it had stagnated at about a 4.8 second interval. When the caution fell with 14 laps remaining, on paper, it would initially appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel for the likes of Leary and Bacon who were trying to chase Courtney down in traffic.

In reality, with four lapped cars separating first and second, all it did was provide an open track for Courtney to run a qualifying simulation for much of the second half of the 30-lapper. All four lapped cars hopped on the bottom heading to turn one on the lap 17 restart, allowing Leary and Bacon to roam free unhindered up top. Courtney checked out once again, putting up a 2.5 second lead on the board within just three laps of the restart, never missing a beat.

With five to go, it was back to a full-straight lead for Courtney again. Back behind him, recent Knoxville $20K winner Bacon dug deep to find something to get around Leary for second. Instead, he found the concrete between turns three and four, subsequently bending the front axle. He drove it into one with quite different handling characteristics this time around, smacking the outside wall on the opposite end of the track where he rode wall for a ways before landing on all fours and soldiering on.

Leary snapped away from Bacon to close the door on that battle for position, putting the top-three from first to third a half-lap apart from each other with four to go.

Tyler Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., became the 29th driver to join the 20-win club with the series and now stands just one win behind equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for the next rung on the ladder at 21. (Rich Forman Photo)

All Courtney had to wonder on the final lap was whether lapped traffic would become any type of hindrance to his blistering five-plus second margin. Courtney split the lapped cars of Jason McDougal and Matt Goodnight into turn one and put the right rear up on the rim to ride home to his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the year, and third on a half-mile track, 5.336 seconds ahead of Leary, Bacon, Stockon and Chris Windom.

Right now, Courtney, his team and his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy are in unison. It's quite important heading into the portion of the season which comprises one-fourth of the entire year's schedule in a span of 11 days.

"When you put all the right things together, usually good things happen," Courtney said. "We've got a really good team right now. Rizzy (Crew Chief Tyler Ransbottom)'s on his game right now. We kind of messed up a little bit in Knoxville, but he was determined to make right on that, and I think we did tonight. It's nice to get a momentum boost going into Indiana Sprint Week here the next few nights. Hopefully we can keep going."

If you're wondering, yes, your eyes aren't deceiving you. The top-three of Courtney, Leary and Bacon is the same exact top-three from the series' first visit to the track in May.

Meanwhile, in qualifying, Justin Grant set Fatheadz Eyewear fast time for the 22nd time in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, tying him with Steve Butler with 18th all-time. He collected a total of $300 for his qualifying efforts courtesy of ProSource and Fatheadz Eyewear.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway were Justin Grant (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Scotty Weir (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Matt Westfall (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Carson Short (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Tom Harris (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Isaac Chapple (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Gage Etgen (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 17, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.957; 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.988; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.040; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.210; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.241; 6. Carson Short, 21, RCM-16.265; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.391; 8. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-16.459; 9. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-16.471; 10. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.526; 11. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-16.585; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.593; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.670; 14. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-16.726; 15. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-16.729; 16. Kody Swanson, 20N, Nolen-16.843; 17. Scotty Weir, 23s, Simon-16.849; 18. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-16.900; 19. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.926; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-16.931; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-17.042; 22. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-17.081; 23. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-17.159; 24. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.190; 25. Matt Cooley, 19c, Cooley-17.358; 26. Michael Fischesser, 44, Fischesser-17.484; 27. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-17.775; 28. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Isaac Chapple, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Brian VanMeveren, 9. Matt Cooley. 02:17.50

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Dustin Christie, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Zane Hendricks, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Dustin Ingle, 8. Michael Fischesser, 9. Paul Dues. 02:18.90

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tom Harris, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Carson Short, 7. Corey Smith, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Gage Etgen. 02:17.80

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Carson Short, 3. Dallas Hewitt, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Matt Goodnight, 6. Corey Smith, 7. Michael Fischesser, 8. Gage Etgen, 9. Matt Cooley, 10. Dustin Ingle, 11. Brian VanMeveren. 3:38.17

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Brady Bacon (3), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Chris Windom (9), 6. Matt Westfall (10), 7. Tom Harris (18), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 9. Zane Hendricks (8), 10. Isaac Chapple (13), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Scotty Weir (17), 13. Carson Short (7), 14. Jason McDougal (11), 15. Dustin Christie (14), 16. Dave Darland (15), 17. Brody Roa (12), 18. Matt Goodnight (21), 19. Michael Fischesser (22), 20. Corey Smith (20), 21. Justin Grant (6), 22. Brian VanMeveren (23), 23. Kody Swanson (16). NT

**Nick Bilbee flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Tyler Courtney

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tom Harris (18th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Carson Short

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Gage Etgen

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-955, 2-Tyler Courtney-898, 3-Chase Stockon-879, 4-Chris Windom-874, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-853, 6-Brady Bacon-845, 7-Justin Grant-777, 8-Carson Short-736, 9-Jason McDougal-717, 10-Isaac Chapple-610.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT PETALUMA SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JULY 16, 2019... The battle for the USAC Western States Midget championship resumes this Saturday, July 20th, at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the fifth point race is the only appearance of the year for USAC's "mighty midgets" at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. The event also features Winged 360 Sprint Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates open at 4:00pm, Practice starts at 4:00pm, and Racing at "The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California" will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted eight USAC Western States Midget races and four different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and holds the 1-lap track record of 14.200 that was set on October 5, 2013. A complete Petaluma series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fifth point race, there have been three different winners. Making his first career start, Ben Worth won the season opener at Bakersfield on April 6th. Point leader and rookie contender Austin Liggett topped the April 20th Merced debut and the Santa Maria feature on April 27th. Robby Josett claimed the Ventura checkered flags on June 22nd.

Heading to Petaluma, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) holds a 22-point advantage over the competition. Racing the family owned Liggett's #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett placed ninth at the June 22nd main event at Ventura. To date, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led to his credit. The rookie point leader will be looking to add Petaluma Speedway to his win list.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) ranks second in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott scored sixth at Ventura after starting ninth. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on his first victory at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby charged from eighth to third in the June 22nd main event. To date, the young driver has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. At Petaluma, Robert will be looking to earn his first career win this Saturday night.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) sits fourth in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen finished seventh at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2012 Champion has four top-10 finishes and will have her sights on her first win of the season at Petaluma.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth in the Western States point standings. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports' #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Western Performance Spike, Prickett charged to an eighth place finish after starting fourteenth at Ventura. At press time, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. David will pilot the NP Motorsports #1P Spike this Saturday night and will have his sights on his first win of the year.

While Liggett leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA), Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Ben Worth, Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, Marvin Mitchell, Michael Faccinto, Kyle Beilman, Alex Schutte, "Fireball" Maria Cofer, Clayton Ruston, Frankie Guerrini, and more.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets (64-12) are $16, Senior Tickets (65 and over) are $12, Junior Tickets (11-6) are $12, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive 2content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Ben Worth.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Shane Golobic.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. ®Austin Liggett-287, 2. Cory Elliott-265, 3. Robert Dalby-243, 4. Shannon McQueen-231, 5. David Prickett-229, 6. C.J. Sarna-201, 7. ®Ben Worth-181, 8. Cody Swanson-173, 9. Randi Pankratz-164, 10. Jake Swanson-156, 11. Marvin Mitchell-150, 12. Michael Faccinto-138, 13. Kyle Beilman-134, 14. Dylan Ito-114, 15. ®Mike Leach Jr.-107, 16. ®Troy Morris III-88, 17. Gage Rucker-87, 18. ®Jackson Dukes-85, 19. Shane Golobic-80, 20. Robby Josett-79.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 6: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
April 20: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
June 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Robby Josett)
July 20: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
July 27: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
October 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
November 15: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 19: *Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 20: *Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 23: *Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.
USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car action from Big Diamond Speedway.
(Steve Koletar Photo)


USAC EAST COAST SPRINTS SHINE AT BIG DIAMOND FRIDAY

Pottsville, Pennsylvania (July 17, 2019).........The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car Series hits Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. for the third time this season on Friday, July 19.

Series point leader and defending champion Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) won at Big Diamond back in May and finished second in the ensuing trip to the track in June. Interestingly, the top-four in the May race reside in the top-four, in the same order, of the series standings coming into this weekend's race.

Chandler Leiby (Carlisle, Pa.) ran second in May and lies 37 points out of the lead behind Drevicki. Leiby followed up with a 5th in June. Eddie Strada (Lake Ariel, Pa.) comes into the Big Diamond race third in the standings (-44) after finishing 3rd at Big Diamond in May and 6th in June. Strada won the most recent series race at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville, N.Y.

Chris Allen, Jr. (Wrightstown, N.J.) is 4th in the standings following 4th and 7th place finishes at Big Diamond in May and June, respectively. Bill Unglert (Old Bridge, N.J.) rounds out the top-five in the points with finishes of 9th and 8th in two Big Diamond starts this season.

Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) won the most recent series' visit to Big Diamond in June.

This Friday night, Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners are also in action with the USAC East Coast Sprints. Adult general admission is $25, seniors $23, kids 11-12 $10 and children 10 and under plus active military with valid ID are free.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-508, 2-Chandler Leiby-471, 3-Eddie Strada-464, 4-Chris Allen, Jr.-416, 5-Bill Unglert-366, 6-Timmy Buckwalter-363, 7-Ryan Quackenbush-324, 8-Eric Jennings-312, 9-Carmen Perigo-266, 10-Mark Bitner-230.
Midwest Thunder winner Alex Watson (Columbus, Ohio)
(Bill Miller Photo)


BUSY USAC SPEED2 MIDGET WEEK LIES AHEAD

Speedway, Indiana (July 17, 2019).........Summer is a bevy of racing activity with all four of USAC's Speed2 Midget series in action this weekend in the states of New Hampshire, North Carolina, Indiana and Illinois.

The USAC DMA Midgets make their debut at the The Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon this Friday, July 19. Seth Carlson (Brimfield, Mass.) captured the series' most recent race last Saturday at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. He also won the season opener back in May. Will Hull (Plainfield, Vt.) leads the series with four wins this season and holds the advantage in the standings with exactly half the season in the books.

Friday at New Hampshire, the U.S. Legend Cars International series is in action as well. Heat races start at 7:30pm (Eastern) with gates opening and practice starting at 6pm. Tickets, which include open garage and pit access, are $10 for adults with kids 12 and under free.

The USAC Eastern Midgets return to Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C. for the first time this season on Saturday, July 20. Jake Garcia won the most recent visit in 2018. Connor Gross (Asbury, N.J.) and Preston Lattomus (Landenberg, Pa.) each scored victories last weekend at North Carolina's Wake County Speedway and South Carolina's Dillon Motor Speedway, respectively. Two-time series champ Jessica Bean (Farmland, Ind.) leads the standings. She finished 5th at Southern National last year.

Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. welcomes back the USAC Engler Machine IMRA series for the seventh time this season on Saturday. Andy Baugh (Mason City, Ill.) returned to victory lane at the 3/8-mile for the fourth time this season in six starts. Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.) and Patrick Bruns (Champaign, Ill.) have each won at Spoon River this year as well. Baugh leads the standings with a commanding 56-point lead as he seeks a second consecutive title.

Midwest Thunder Midgets rumble again this Saturday at Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway. Alex Watson, the 2015 USAC Midwest HPD Midget champ, picked up victory number one of the season last Saturday at the quarter mile. Stratton Briggs (Anna, Ohio) also won at Montpelier at the tail end of June. Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio), a two-time and defending series champ and two-time 2019 winner, leads the standings.

Saturday at Southern National Motorsports Park, the Allison Legacy, Super Late Model and SELLM Challenger series will be on hand alongside the Eastern Midgets. Pits open at 2pm (Eastern) with practice at 3:30pm, qualifying at 5:45pm and racing at 7:15pm. Adults tickets are $20, youths age 7-14 are $5 and kids 6 and under free.

Saturday at Spoon River, the DirtCar Modifieds, E-Mods and DirtCar Pro Late Models and DirtCar Hornets are on hand. Pits open at 4pm (Central), grandstands at 5pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. General admission tickets are $10 with kids age 4-10 $3. Adult pit passes are $30 and kids 10 and under pit passes are $20.

Saturday at Montpelier, UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Cars and FWD Compacts join the Midgets. Gates open at 3pm (Eastern), hot laps at 5pm and racing at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15, kids (12 and under) are free (with paid adult). Pit passes are $30.

USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Will Hull-600, 2-Joe Krawiec-544, 3-Seth Carlson-506, 4-Justin Phillips-506, 5-Manny Dias-449, 6-Dean Christensen-416, 7-Jeff Horn-389, 8-Adam Whitney-378, 9-T.J. Foster-344, 10-Justin Sheridan-337.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-462, 2-Nolan Allison-455, 3-Connor Gross-451, 4-Preston Lattomus-406, 5-Alex Murray-405, 6-Neal Allison-264, 7-Sam Hatfield-247, 8-Eric Lewis-227, 9-Levi Riffle-217, 10-Daytona Spicola-135.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-434, 2-Tyler Roth-378, 3-Jake Sollenberger-331, 4-Mark McMahill-325, 5-Daltyn England-297, 6-Patrick Ryan-295, 7-Brent Burrows-276, 8-Russell Johnston-258, 9-Shane Morgan-253, 10-Jeff Sparks-250.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-338, 2-Stratton Briggs-292, 3-Alex Watson-265, 4-Cory Guingrich-261, 5-Gunnar Lucius-260, 6-Ian Creager-233, 7-Jacob Denney-220, 8-Kyle Kriegbaum-217, 9-Zane Briggs-198, 10-Tommy Bigelow-168.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT PETALUMA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

JULY 16, 2019... The battle for the USAC Western States Midget championship resumes this Saturday, July 20th, at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the fifth point race is the only appearance of the year for USAC’s “mighty midgets” at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. The event also features Winged 360 Sprint Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates open at 4:00pm, Practice starts at 4:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted eight USAC Western States Midget races and four different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and holds the 1-lap track record of 14.200 that was set on October 5, 2013. A complete Petaluma series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fifth point race, there have been three different winners. Making his first career start, Ben Worth won the season opener at Bakersfield on April 6th. Point leader and rookie contender Austin Liggett topped the April 20th Merced debut and the Santa Maria feature on April 27th. Robby Josett claimed the Ventura checkered flags on June 22nd.

Heading to Petaluma, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) holds a 22-point advantage over the competition. Racing the family owned Liggett’s #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett placed ninth at the June 22nd main event at Ventura. To date, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led to his credit. The rookie point leader will be looking to add Petaluma Speedway to his win list.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) ranks second in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott scored sixth at Ventura after starting ninth. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on his first victory at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.


Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby charged from eighth to third in the June 22nd main event. To date, the young driver has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. At Petaluma, Robert will be looking to earn his first career win this Saturday night.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) sits fourth in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen finished seventh at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2012 Champion has four top-10 finishes and will have her sights on her first win of the season at Petaluma.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth in the Western States point standings. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Western Performance Spike, Prickett charged to an eighth place finish after starting fourteenth at Ventura. At press time, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. David will pilot the NP Motorsports #1P Spike this Saturday night and will have his sights on his first win of the year.

While Liggett leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA), Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Ben Worth, Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, Marvin Mitchell, Michael Faccinto, Kyle Beilman, Alex Schutte, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Clayton Ruston, Frankie Guerrini, and more.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets (64-12) are $16, Senior Tickets (65 and over) are $12, Junior Tickets (11-6) are $12, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 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.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Ben Worth.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Shane Golobic.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. ®Austin Liggett-287, 2. Cory Elliott-265, 3. Robert Dalby-243, 4. Shannon McQueen-231, 5. David Prickett-229, 6. C.J. Sarna-201, 7. ®Ben Worth-181, 8. Cody Swanson-173, 9. Randi Pankratz-164, 10. Jake Swanson-156, 11. Marvin Mitchell-150, 12. Michael Faccinto-138, 13. Kyle Beilman-134, 14. Dylan Ito-114, 15. ®Mike Leach Jr.-107, 16. ®Troy Morris III-88, 17. Gage Rucker-87, 18. ®Jackson Dukes-85, 19. Shane Golobic-80, 20. Robby Josett-79.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 6: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
April 20: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
June 22: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Robby Josett)
July 20: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
July 27: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 15: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 19: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 20: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 23: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK BONUS MONEY ADDED

Speedway, Indiana (July 16, 2019).........Extra bonus money has been thrown into the pot for the 32nd annual edition of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week July 18-27 for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

ProSource, out of Grand Saline, Texas, has added "Hard Work" and "Passing Master" awards to the festivities totaling $2,000. The Hard Work award will pay $200 per night to the slowest qualifying driver who transfers into the night's feature event.

At the conclusion of the week, the points will be tallied up and the overall Passing Master who accumulates the most positions gained from his or her original starting spot during each feature event throughout the course of Indiana Sprint Week will earn $400 courtesy of ProSource. Provisional feature starters each night are excluded from gaining points toward the Passing Master standings.

B & W Auto Mart from Bloomington, Ind. has added a $100 "Hard Charger" bonus to the driver advancing the most positions from his or her starting spot during each night's feature event throughout the eight-race series.

These bonuses will be added to the season-long sponsors for USAC National competition in 2019, including NOS Energy Drink, the title sponsor of Indiana Sprint Week as well as the USAC Midget National Championship, and AMSOIL, the title sponsor of the USAC Sprint Car National Championship.

Fatheadz Eyewear awards each fast qualifier with $100 throughout the entire 2019 season while Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Auto Meter and Indy Race Parts are on-board throughout the entire season as heat race sponsors.

Wilwood Brakes sponsors the driver who finishes 13th in each National feature event. Saldana Racing Products will boost the spirits of the first non-transfer each night (the driver finishing one position out of the final transfer spot during the night's semi-feature. In addition, Saldana will reward any National Sprint and National Midget driver who performs a "sweep" of all the racing events for the night. The driver must record the fastest qualifying time during time trials, win his or her heat race, then conclude the night with a feature victory.

KSE Racing Products will run through the pack to honor each event's hard charger (the driver who advances the most positions from their original starting spot during the night's main event). Hoosier Tire serves as the official tire of USAC while VP Racing Fuels returns as the official fuel and Racing Electronics is the official communications provider. iRacing is the official motorsport simulation of USAC. Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts is the official trailer of USAC. Roger and Barb Tapy / R & B Truckers will supply a Hoosier Right Rear tire to the driver who qualifies 13th quickest during time trials of every USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event.

Watch all eight races from "Indiana Sprint Week" live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

ISW gets underway this Thursday, July 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway where pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 and kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece. 600cc Non-Wing Micros will be in action.

On Friday, July 19 at Plymouth Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get on track at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, reserved adult tickets are $30 and kids 12 and under are free. Reserved tickets can be purchased at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-indiana-sprint-week. Non-Wing Micros will be on hand.

On Saturday, July 20 at Kokomo Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 4pm, and hot laps start at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, children age 12 and under free. Reserved seating is $30 for the top-three rows in the front and backstretch grandstands. Front rows are 19-21 and back rows are 26-28. Seats in the top-three rows can be reserved in advance by calling 815-468-8690. Pit passes are $30. King of the TQ's are on the docket as well.

On Sunday, July 21 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get underway at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30. KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds are on the agenda as well.

After a couple days off from racing, the second half of ISW kicks off Wednesday, July 24, at the Terre Haute Action Track. Pits open at 3pm, front gates at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission grandstand tickets are $25, adult infield tickets are $15 in the infield, children 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. DIRTcar Modifieds will be racing as well on the half-mile.

Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville is next up on Thursday, July 25 where the drivers meeting begins at 6:30pm Eastern and hot laps are scheduled for 6:30pm. Indiana Super Stocks will also be in attendance.

The "Sheldon Kinser Memorial" on Friday, July 26 at Bloomington Speedway will have the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:40pm. Adult tickets are $25, students (with valid I.D.) are $10, children 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece. RaceSaver Sprint Cars are also on the event card.

For the finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 27, qualifying is slated to begin at 6:30pm and racing at 7:30pm Central. Adult tickets are $25, students 13-18 are $20 and children 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30. Modifieds will also be racing.

Watch all eight races from "Indiana Sprint Week" live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.


2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Friday, July 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Saturday, July 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sunday, July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Wednesday, July 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Thursday, July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Friday, July 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Saturday, July 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

 

 

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SOUVENIR PROGRAM AVAILABLE

Speedway, Indiana (July 16, 2019).........The official program for the 32nd edition of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week is being printed today and will be available at the USAC Merchandise trailer all throughout the week-plus tour, July 18-27, for the biggest week of sprint car racing in the Hoosier state.

The program is just $5 and features profile stories, statistics, photos from the archives, plus recaps and an inside look at the colorful history of Indiana Sprint Week, which began in 1988 and has been sanctioned by USAC since 1996.

ISW gets underway this Thursday, July 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway where pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 and kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece. 600cc Non-Wing Micros will be in action. On Friday, July 19 at Plymouth Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get on track at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, reserved adult tickets are $30 and kids 12 and under are free. Reserved tickets can be purchased at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-indiana-sprint-week. Non-Wing Micros will be on hand.

On Saturday, July 20 at Kokomo Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 4pm, and hot laps start at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, children age 12 and under free. Reserved seating is $30 for the top-three rows in the front and backstretch grandstands. Front rows are 19-21 and back rows are 26-28. Seats in the top-three rows can be reserved in advance by calling 815-468-8690. Pit passes are $30. King of the TQ's are on the docket as well.

On Sunday, July 21 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get underway at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30. KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds are on the agenda as well.

After a couple days off from racing, the second half of ISW kicks off Wednesday, July 24, at the Terre Haute Action Track. Pits open at 3pm, front gates at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission grandstand tickets are $25, adult infield tickets are $15 in the infield, children 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. DIRTcar Modifieds will be racing as well on the half-mile.

Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville is next up on Thursday, July 25 where the drivers meeting begins at 6:30pm Eastern and hot laps are scheduled for 6:30pm. Indiana Super Stocks will also be in attendance.

The "Sheldon Kinser Memorial" on Friday, July 26 at Bloomington Speedway will have the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:40pm. Adult tickets are $25, students (with valid I.D.) are $10, children 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece. RaceSaver Sprint Cars are also on the event card.

For the finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 27, qualifying is slated to begin at 6:30pm and racing at 7:30pm Central. Adult tickets are $25, students 13-18 are $20 and children 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30. Modifieds will also be racing.

2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE Thursday, July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN) Friday, July 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN) Saturday, July 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) Sunday, July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN) Wednesday, July 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN) Thursday, July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN) Friday, July 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN) Saturday, July 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

 

 

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK START TIMES SHIFTED

Speedway, Indiana (July 15, 2019).........The opening weekend of the 32nd annual NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week tour will have a cooler start with this Thursday through Sunday's event times pushed back to later in the evening.

On Thursday, July 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 7:30pm. On Friday, July 19 at Plymouth Speedway, pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get on track at 7:30pm. On Saturday, July 20 at Kokomo Speedway, pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 4pm, and hot laps start at 7:30pm. On Sunday, July 21 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get underway at 7pm. All times Eastern.

USAC is committed to running an efficient program each night with only two divisions on the event card.

Following the first four events, NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week continues with more USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing. The second half of ISW kicks off Wednesday, July 24, at the Terre Haute Action Track before heading to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 25, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 26, and the finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 27.

 



USAC SPRINTS TACKLE ELDORA WEDNESDAY FOR $10 GRAND

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (July 15, 2019).........The kickoff to one of the busiest stretches in the history of USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car division begins this Wednesday, July 17, on the high banks of "The Big E," Eldora Speedway for #LetsRaceTwo #TakeTwo in which the winner will take home $10,000!

The event is also the 200th for the series at Eldora dating back to Stan Bowman's triumph at the Rossburg, Ohio half-mile in 1962. The race begins a stretch of nine races in 11 nights for the series with NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week set to follow on July 18-27.

Defending series champion Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) won the first the first go-around at Eldora back in May, leading the final 25 laps after taking over the lead from Kevin Thomas, Jr.. In fact, he's won the last two there dating back to last Fall's "4-Crown Nationals." He's been victorious in all three USAC National divisions over the last couple of seasons at Eldora, winning in a Silver Crown car there in 2017 and again in a Midget in 2018. The current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader stands second in the standings with two wins, the other of which also came on a half-mile, at Pennsylvania's Port Royal Speedway in June.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has been the money man on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail this year with a $10,000 win at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway to open up Eastern Storm plus a $20,000 score at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa to ring in the month of July. He's also doubled up on the field as the winningest driver in the series this year, tallying four wins, two more than his closest competitor. The two-time series champ in 2014 and 2016 won Eldora USAC Sprint Car events in both 2014 and 2018 and ran 3rd there in the Spring.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) won the #LetsRaceTwo finale at Eldora in the Spring of 2018. It was his second career Sprint victory at Eldora following a win there in 2013. His Eldora record includes a pair of Silver Crown wins as well in 2013 and 2016. He ran 4th in the series visit to Eldora back in May. Windom's already won twice with the series this season, at the opener in Ocala, Fla. as well as a May trip to Granite City, Ill. and stands fourth in the standings.

With two #LetsRaceTwo scores to his name, Californian Justin Grant (Ione) is the winningest driver in the history of the event among those expected to compete on Wednesday. The injured Robert Ballou has two apiece as well. The odd numbered years of 2015 and 2017 have been kind to Grant at Eldora in recent times at #LetsRaceTwo. Grant has won on three occasions total at Eldora, in 2015-16-17. He took an 8th this Spring at Eldora there. Grant's latest capture of victory came in the second race of the season in Ocala in February.

Of all the entries for Wednesday's event, no driver has more Eldora USAC victories than Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland. The 1999 series champ has won in USAC Sprint Car competition at the "Big E" in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2012 and 2014, not to mention his five USAC Midget wins and four USAC Silver Crown victories. Darland flipped on the 3rd lap of the feature this Spring, finishing 23rd. He will compete for California-based car owner Dwight Cheney for the pairing's first venture to Eldora.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary came oh-so-close to winning the first ever #LetsRaceTwo event in 2015, leading until the final lap when Grant got by to snare the win. The Greenfield, Ind. driver has more than redeemed himself over the years at Eldora, winning his first there in a USAC Sprint Car in the Fall of 2017, then drove to a spectacular victory in the Silver Crown division last September. He's won just once this season, picking up the finale in Ocala back in February, but his consistency has been off the charts with 12 top-ten finishes in as many starts. He was the Fatheadz Eyewear fastest qualifier in both appearances at Eldora this year, finishing 2ndon the first night before being washed out by rain the following night.

Among those looking for their initial Eldora win are Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.). He led the first five circuits before being passed by eventual winner Courtney in May at Eldora. Despite a successive run of consistency that's positioned him in the 5th spot in the standings, Thomas remains on the hunt for his first win of the season.

Another driver looking for his first taste of Eldora victory lane is Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) who ran 7th in May, one his 12 top-ten finishes in 12 starts, joining Leary in that exclusive club which hadn't been achieved by any driver in the series in the previous 15 seasons. The one-time winner this season is third in the standings.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has two career USAC Sprint starts at Eldora, last Fall and this May where he finished 9th. Over the past month, he's become a winner in the Sprints (Swedesboro, N.J.) and Midgets (Fairbury, Neb.). He's shown his prowess for taking on the high banks in his Silver Crown debut in late 2018 where the driver who stands 9th in points collected a 4th place finish.

Pleasant Hill, Ohio's Matt Westfall was the Eldora hero in 2006 when he won his first and, so far, only career USAC National Sprint Car feature. The versatile driver finished 13th in the Spring at Eldora and recently had a solid top-ten effort on the half-mile at Knoxville, Iowa.

Fifth-place in May at Eldora, Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) looks for his first win with the series in three years while past Rookies of the Year Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.), 20th in May, as well as Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) are out to get their first series wins. Chapple grabbed a career-best 3rd place finish last Fall at Eldora and was 10th in the Spring. Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio) nearly pulled off his first career USAC Sprint win during #LetsRaceTwo in 2017, finishing 2nd behind Grant.

Add to the mix Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) who will make his Eldora debut Wednesday. Roa, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion, currently leads the USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car standings with a single victory and runs second in AMSOIL USAC/CRA points with a pair of victories.

Tickets sales begin at the main gate and turn four for this Wednesday's #LetsRaceTwo at 1:30pm Eastern both days. The turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm, spectator gates open at 2pm, drivers meeting begins at 5pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $29 and $34 for reserved. For children ages 12 and under, general admission tickets are FREE and $9 for reserved. Pit passes are $34 apiece.

Eldora Speedway is located at 13929 OH-118, New Weston, OH 45348. You can reach the track via phone at (937) 338-3815. The track's website can be found at http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/.

You can watch the USAC portion of the event LIVE on FloRacing or listen LIVE on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the USAC and Race Monitor apps.

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#LETSRACETWO USAC WINNERS
2015: Robert Ballou & Justin Grant
2016: Bryan Clauson & Chad Boespflug
2017: Justin Grant & Robert Ballou
2018: Brady Bacon & Chris Windom
2019: Tyler Courtney

 

 

IT'S SWEET, SWEET SPRINGS VICTORY FOR CARRICK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (July 14, 2019).........Most times, it seems the only thing predictable in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing is unpredictability. And sometimes when you think you know what's about to transpire, that's when everything turns on its head. At times, literally.

Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick found that out in Sunday's trip to Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex where he became the fourth first-time series winner this year, following Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom and Jason McDougal. It's the first time the series has produced four first-time winners in a single season since 2008, and it's still only mid-July.

Carrick ran fifth with five laps remaining as point leader and race leader Tyler Courtney and defending champ Logan Seavey waged their battle for the lead. Seavey mustered a big, bold slider for the lead entering turn three. Courtney quickly countered underneath to steal the spot back from Seavey off turn four.

Seavey remained just about three car-lengths back on the following lap until his car got a bit tight on the cushion in between turns three and four, allowing Courtney to open up a roughly eight car-length lead despite catching the lapped car of Brady Bacon in traffic as he worked turns one and two.

Traffic parted the seas for Courtney with a free path on the high side entering turn three. With seemingly everything in check, Courtney snagged the turn three cushion, flipping him over. On Courtney's rebound, second-running Logan Seavey clipped his own right front wheel against Courtney's tail tank, giving terminal damage to Seavey's car and eliminating him from a repeat Sweet Springs victory. Courtney restarted, albeit from the tail and out of contention for his seventh series win of the year.

That slotted Carrick into third on the final restart behind McDougal and Windom. Throughout much of the duration of the 40-lapper, Carrick had been waging in a see-saw slider session behind Courtney and Seavey, battling the likes of McDougal, Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr., just to name a few, for what, at the time, seemed to be for "best in class" for third as the front two checked out.

On the lap 38 restart, McDougal went topside as Windom headed to the bottom to toss a slider at McDougal. Windom appeared to not have enough mustard on the slide to get up in front of McDougal but was content to fall in line and chase him into the next corner. Before all that could even play out, McDougal's right rear snagged the turn two cushion, turning him to the right and pushing him into the outside wall.

Windom ducked under McDougal to take the lead momentarily heading down the back straightaway. Yet, even lower on the track was Carrick, who used the bottom to pull ahead of Windom at the entrance to turn three. Carrick slid up in front of Windom to the top, while Windom charged to the bottom as Carrick nipped Windom at the stripe by three-quarters of a car length.

"I just wanted to be there at the end," Seavey said. "I saved my stuff. I kind of figured (Windom) was going to try to slide McDougal (on the restart). My only odds were rolling the bottom on the last restart and getting to the lead. and it worked out."

Carrick was on a mission to take away Windom's line and prevent the slider into the first turn as he dove across the nose of Windom to secure the bottom before sliding up to the top in turn two as Windom had the front left wheel kicking up a little dust on the inner berm.

Carrick was meticulous in sliding himself into each corner from bottom to top, leaving Windom and hard-charging Zeb Wise a narrow window of opportunity that Carrick had no intentions of relinquishing.

Carrick, the 2017 series Rookie of the Year in his 54th career start, finished it out with authority for his first career series win. Wise, who returned from an opening lap flip, rode the rim around Windom on the final lap to take second by two car-lengths over Windom, while McDougal fell to fourth and Chad Boat rounded out the top-five after starting 15th.

 

 

THE DEMON STRIKES AT PERRIS

PERRIS, CA - JULY 13, 2019... After temperatures reached triple digits, fast qualifier "The Demon" Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) raced to victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner reclaimed the lead for good on lap 24 from "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams to earn the AMSOIL USAC/CRA & Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph. For Gardner, the win marked his second triumph of the season (82nd career USAC/CRA / 1st career USAC SouthWest) over R.J. Johnson, hard charger Stevie Sussex, Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm, and "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr.

Sussex earned the Specialty Fasteners / Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a twenty-fourth to third place run. "T-Dub" Trent Williams claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Gardner also scored the night's Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award by posting a time of 16.526 over the 25-car roster.

The night's 10-lap heat race victories went to Davis (Extreme Mufflers / Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat), Johnson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products / Competition Suspension Inc. Second Heat), and Austin Williams (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, August 10th, for the annual "California Racers Hall of Fame Night."

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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.
For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC Southwest Facebook and Twitter pages.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.526; 2. Tommy Malcom, 5X, Napier-16.636; 3. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.643; 4. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.724; 5. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.953; 6. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.971; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-17.014; 8. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.219; 9. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.253; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.287; 11. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.340; 12. Matt Stewart, 90, Waitman-17.431; 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.473; 14. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.536; 15. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-17.580; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-17.586; 17. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.753; 18. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.815; 19. Bill Rose, 6, Rose/Miller-17.817; 20. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.929; 21. Eric Englert, 35, Englert-17.978; 22. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.203; 23. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-18.399; 24. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-NT; 25. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS / BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Gardner, 3. Roa, 4. Tafoya, 5. Swanson, 6. Dyer, 7. C.Williams. 2:56.35

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Gansen, 3. Sweeney, 4. Martin, 5. Malcolm, 6. T.Williams, 7. Hix, 8. Rayborne. 3:00.46

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Bender, 3. Stewart, 4. McCarthy, 5. Timmons, 6. Waitman, 7. Englert, 8. Sussex. 3:03.32.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6), 2. R.J. Johnson (4), 3. Stevie Sussex (24), 4. Tommy Malcolm (7), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (2), 6. Austin Williams (5), 7. Chris Gansen (1), 8. Mike Martin (11), 9. Matt McCarthy (3), 10. Ryan Timmons (18), 11. Steve Hix (23), 12. Joel Rayborne (17), 13. Trent Williams (20), 14. Cody Williams (16), 15. Bill Rose (19), 16. Eric Englert (21), 17. Randy Waitman (15), 18. Brody Roa (10), 19. Verne Sweeney (14), 20. Jake Swanson (8), 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 22. Matt Stewart (12), 23. A.J. Bender (9), 24. Jeff Dyer (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Gansen, Laps 6-13 Gardner, Laps 14-23 A.Williams, Laps 24-30 Gardner.

SPECIALTY FASTENERS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (24th to 3rd)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Trent Williams

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner, 2-Roa-640, 3-A.Williams-611, 4-Swanson-511, 5-Malcolm-467, 6-Gansen-452, 7-Johnson-405, 8-McCarthy-374, 9-C.Williams-355, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-316.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-622, 2-Johnson-613, 3-Sussex-576, 4-Davis-548, 5-Martin-521, 6-Swanson-387, 7-Matt Rossi-381, 8-Matt Lundy-368, 9-Michael Curtis-347, 10-Chris Bonneau-300.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: August 13 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - "California Racers Hall of Fame Night"
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WATSON'S LAST-LAP PASS NETS VICTORY AT MONTPELIER

Montpelier, Indiana (July 13, 2019).........Past USAC champion Alex Watson used a last lap pass to get by two-time and defending series champ Aaron Leffel and win Saturday's USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget feature at Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway.

Columbus, Ohio's Watson, the 2015 USAC Midwest HPD Midget champ, earned his first series win of the year by leading one lap, but it was most important one of all. Adam Taylor (Dwight, Ill.) led the first six laps before falling back to 12th at the checkered. Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) assumed the lead on the seventh circuit, leading a race-high 13 laps until Watson got by on the 20th and final lap.

Leffel took second ahead of Stratton Briggs (Anna, Ohio), Gunnar Lucius (Delphos, Ohio) and Ohio's Jacob Denney who rounded out the top-five at the checkered.

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USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: - July 13, 2019 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 2. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 3. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 4. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 5. Jacob Denney (#11T Taylor), 6. Jon Steed (#7 Steed), 7. Cory Guingrich (#62 Guingrich), 8. Adam Schmenk (#6 Schmenck), 9. Ian Creager (#36 Creager), 10. Nate Foster (#57F Foster), 11. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 12. Adam Taylor (#7A Taylor), 13. Zane Briggs (#10 Briggs), 14. Don Bigelow (#4B Bigelow), 15. Bryce Dues (#23B Dues), 16. Tim Key (#6K Key), 17. Tom Hessel (#7T Hessel), 18. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 19. Mark Neift Jr. (#20N Neift). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Adam Taylor, Laps 7-19 Aaron Leffel, Lap 20 Alex Watson.

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SMITH SCORES SECOND USAC WSO WIN OF THE YEAR AT 81

Park City, Kansas (July 13, 2019).........Danny Smith raced to victory for the second time in his last three USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma starts, winning Saturday night's series visit to 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas.

Smith (Sand Springs, Okla.) took over the lead on the seventh lap and never looked back to earn the 20-lap victory, leading the final 14 circuits for the win in the first trip by the series outside the state of Oklahoma this season.

Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.) finished second ahead of Waylon Weaver (Claremore, Okla.), Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) with Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.) rounding out the top-five.

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2019 - 81 Speedway - Park City, Kansas

FIRST HEAT (6 Laps) 1. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver), 2. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 3. Grady Chandler (#22 Barksdale), 4. J.C. Wilson (#32x Wilson), 5. David Baxter (#7D Baxter). NT

SECOND HEAT: (6 Laps) 1. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), [1]; 2. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 3. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 4. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), 5. Ben Frey (#24 Frey). NT

FEATURE: (20 Laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Danny Smith [4], 2. Johnny Kent [6], 3. Waylon Weaver [5], 4. Cameron Hagin [1], 5. Brett Wilson [3], 6. J.C. Wilson [8], 7. Ryan Dean [7], 8. Ben Frey [10], 9. David Baxter [9]. (Original third place finisher Grady Chandler [2] disqualified after weighing in light in post-race tech).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Cameron Hagin, Laps 7-20 Danny Smith.

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COURTNEY GETS WIN #6 AT JEFF CO.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 13, 2019).........Only one driver has reached the six-win mark in a single USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season faster than Tyler Courtney has this season. That was none other than Rich Vogler who reached six in his 13th race in 1978 and in his 14th race in 1988.

If there's a driver to run second to in the annals of USAC history, Vogler isn't a bad one to be looking up to.

Thus far, through 15 races of the season, Courtney hasn't had to look up to much of anybody. Nor did he in Saturday night's Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation at Jefferson County Speedway where he fended off a pesky Kevin Thomas, Jr. on a late-race restart to win the 40-lapper.

To put the season into perspective, Courtney came into this season with just five USAC National Midget feature wins to his credit. It took him less than half a season to outdo that mark on the 1/5-mile bullring in Fairbury, Neb. By doing so, he maintained his 90-point lead in the standings and inched closer to becoming the first driver to reach double-digit wins in the series since Vogler in 1988.

Though it appeared mostly stress-free for Courtney through much of the middle portion of the feature as he cut through traffic, that wasn't the case in the end, as the Indianapolis, Ind. native had to endure a late-race restart versus Thomas after the yellow flag flew with four laps remaining.

"I didn't want to see that," Courtney admitted. "I hadn't been on the bottom since the beginning of the race. I knew on restarts, it might be alright, but I was committed to running the top. I saw (Kevin Thomas, Jr.) race me on the last restart, and I knew I just needed to hit my marks there on the top. I messed up a couple times, and luckily, I think he may have messed up too. It worked out tonight and we're standing here in victory lane."

Courtney started from the pole, but it was outside front row starter Thomas who got the jump initially, riding the top to the lead as Courtney got shuffled back to 4th on the opening lap while Tanner Thorson and Jerry Coons, Jr. snuck by for 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Courtney instantly worked his way back to the front, and quickly got returned to 3rd on the second lap and to the runner-up spot during a mad scramble behind race leader Thomas.

Following ninth-running Chad Boat's stoppage in between turns 3 and 4 on the fourth lap, Courtney took control on the ensuing restart as Thomas pulled the wheels up exiting the turn two cushion. Courtney drove by off the bottom to the lead.

Thomas ably reeled in Courtney by the halfway mark in traffic as the lappers went two and, at times, three-wide, forcing Courtney to split the cars of Lance Bennett and Shannon McQueen in turn one to find separation. He was successful and broke away, while Coons, Thomas and Seavey raced three-wide for fourth.

Although Brady Bacon's stop with 14 to go on the other side of the turn two banking tightened up the gap, the three lapped cars of Curtis Spicer, McQueen and Sam Johnson lie between Courtney and Thomas for the restart. On the tight bullring, Thomas got hung up behind the traffic and Courtney once again shot away to a one second advantage.

With four to go and a near-certain victory in sight for Courtney, Ethan Mitchell found himself spun backwards in turn three, setting up a last ditch, trophy dash for the win. With under five to go, lapped cars are sent to the tail by rule, putting Thomas and Tuesday night's Red Dirt winner Seavey right on Courtney's tail tank for the restart.

Tyler Courtney's 11th victory moved him into 62nd on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career win list alongside Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos and Brad Sweet.
(Rich Forman Photo)


"Racing with these guys is tough," Courtney said. "Especially when you've got (Kevin Thomas, Jr.) and Logan behind you. Really, everybody in the field is tough right now. We're on our game now and we've got to capitalize on nights like this when we start up front like that. You can't give up positions. You don't have any to give up."

Thomas put the challenge right on Courtney as he utilized the bottom to pull even with high-riding Courtney exiting turn two. With two laps remaining, Thomas got a surge off turn two to edge ahead of Courtney midway down the back straightaway. Courtney showed no wavering, riding the top back around Thomas to secure the spot off turn four. Thomas stayed within striking distance throughout the final lap, but Courtney was flawless, finishing out the victory by 0.365 sec. over K. Thomas, Seavey, Coons and ProSource/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tyler Thomas, from 11th.

For Kevin Thomas, Jr., despite the win eluding him on Saturday night, a second is a welcome gift after front-running efforts during the first two "Mid-America Midget Week" events were all for naught after getting caught up in a pair of wrecks that were not of his doing.

"We had a good racecar," K. Thomas said. "If only I just didn't screw up there at the beginning of the race; track position's everything. We had pretty equal cars there and he got through lapped traffic a little bit better. It was a little greasy down and was hard to maneuver around down there, but it was a really good racetrack. I tried to get cute there by running the bottom and trying to sneak by. It worked until I hit the grease down there. I think if I wouldn't have pushed, I could've won that race, but I did push, and we didn't win the race."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Jefferson County Speedway were Logan Seavey (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger), Zeb Wise (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner) and Shannon McQueen (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2019 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.412; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-11.422; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-11.454; 4. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.476; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-11.530; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.550; 7. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.584; 8. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-11.588; 9. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.651; 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.652; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.700; 12. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.746; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-11.749; 14. Brady Bacon, 85, Central-11.768; 15. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.794; 16. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-11.891; 17. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-11.973; 18. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.982; 19. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-12.139; 20. Tyler Seavey, 117, Washburn-12.373; 21. A.J. Valim, 4T, Valim-12.572; 22. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-12.693; 23. Olivia Bennett, 77, Bennett-12.919.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Lance Bennett, 8. Curtis Spicer. 2:04.92

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Chad Boat, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Olivia Bennett. NT

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. A.J. Valim, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Andrew Layser. 2:03.04

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 3. Logan Seavey (6), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (4), 5. Tyler Thomas (11), 6. Jason McDougal (8), 7. Tanner Carrick (7), 8. Tanner Thorson (3), 9. Chris Windom (9), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 11. Zeb Wise (15), 12. Chad Boat (5), 13. Shannon McQueen (13), 14. Andrew Layser (18), 15. Sam Johnson (16), 16. Ethan Mitchell (12), 17. Curtis Spicer (22), 18. Brady Bacon (14), 19. Robert Dalby (17), 20. Lance Bennett (19), 21. Tyler Seavey (20), 22. Olivia Bennett (23), 23. A.J. Valim (21). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Laps 5-40 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tyler Thomas (11th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shannon McQueen

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1039, 2-Logan Seavey-949, 3-Chris Windom-926, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-872, 5-Zeb Wise-842, 6-Chad Boat-814, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-754, 8-Tanner Carrick-724, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-699, 10-Jason McDougal-657.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tyler Thomas-23, 2-Jerry Coons, Jr.-16, 3-Jonathan Beason-12, 4-Logan Seavey-11, 5-Chad Boat-11, 6-Zeb Wise-11, 7-Tyler Courtney-10, 8-Matt Sherrell-10, 9-Curtis Spicer-9, 10-Chris Windom-8.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 14, 2019 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval
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WINDOM'S APPROACH HAS BEEN KEY TO ISW SUCCESS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 13, 2019)........."Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing." It's a creed you hear repeated all throughout the sports world. However, what the quote doesn't tell you is that, more often than not, it's consistency that wins championships.

If an athlete's final product of results is "boom or bust," and met with the unpredictability of highs and lows throughout the duration of the campaign, the short-term reward may pay its dividends, but the ultimate result will find you behind the one who's always in the hunt, always has a chance, and never, seemingly, has a night off.

Over the past decade, that's been the mantra of Chris Windom. Yes, of course, he's won his fair share of feature events in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career. His 23 series victories equal that of A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey for 22nd all-time entering the 32nd edition of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week July 18-27.

The beginning of his 2019 season came with a different set of circumstances. After two highly successful tenures at Baldwin Brothers Racing, which resulted in a pair of ISW titles in 2011 and 2018, plus a USAC National title in 2017, the team unexpectedly shuttered its doors. Although this could've proven to be a major setback, at least in the short term, for Windom, the core of the group, namely Windom and crew chief Derek Claxton stuck together when they signed on with Goacher Racing, winning the first race out of the box in February of 2019 at Ocala, Fla.

Throughout the season, the team has been consistent, rattling off 11 finishes inside the top-ten through the first 12 races of the season, including becoming the first team to reach multiple wins with a May triumph at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. Consistency is of utmost importance in winning a title, and Windom has done just that during ISW with 45 top-ten finishes in 68 starts, a percentage of 66%. He's also finished in the top-five on 24 of 68 occasions, or 35% of the time.

Those are pretty solid numbers considering his most recent Indiana Sprint Week win came eight years ago, in 2011, at the Terre Haute Action Track. But, to win a title, it takes more than victories alone. In fact, it takes more than consistency too. You've got to have driver, crew chief and all facets of the team in perfect harmony.

"It's a week of consistency, that's for sure, between driver, crews, owner, everything," Windom explained. "You've got to be on point that week. It seems the last few years that (Crew Chief) Derek Claxton and I have jelled together during those long, grueling weeks whether it's Indiana Sprint Week, Eastern Storm, or anytime we have a long stretch, we seem to enjoy it. So far, we've had success with it. You have to have a little luck thrown into it too."

To illustrate the fact of how tough it is to succeed on the national tour, or in a shorter spurt such as ISW, consider this. Windom's two wins and nine top-fives in 12 season starts only have him fourth in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings. The standards have changed on what is considered a "good" or "bad" night at the track in recent times. Riding out an ill-handling car, having a driver error or getting caught up in something not of your doing and finishing mid-pack on just one of the eight nights of ISW, could prove to be the fly in the ointment. Driver and team have to be engaged and locked down to get every spot and point possible.

"The competition is so tough right now," Windom pointed out. "A bad night at Sprint Week may be a 10th place. Anymore, you've got to be in the top-five every night, I feel like, to be in contention. That's a tough feat when you're running against 10-12 guys who can win every night. We seemed to have capitalized on it the last few years. So far, I've been really happy with our speed this year. I think we're going to be in good shape to get another one this year."

The difference between a team sport and auto racing is start. The main ingredient in team sports, or even individual sports like tennis and golf, the objective is clear. Do the best you can, beat the competition and tally up the score in the end. In auto racing, drivers are in competition with the track, themselves, drivers who are aiming to win a title as well as those who are out there just to simply win the race without any points connotations. Yet, in Windom's eyes, it doesn't change his perspective much, but there is a balance you have to possess from the start of the week to the end of the week.

"You definitely go out to win races every night," Windom reiterated. "You're not going to go out and just set a mark you think you need to be at; you're still going to try to win the race. I would say, toward the end of the week, if you're in a tight battle for the points come Saturday feature time at Haubstadt, you race a little bit differently than you would if you're going out to win and nothing else mattered. I would say there's a happy medium between that. When it comes down to that final night, you might approach it differently. But you're still running as hard as you can and they're still running as hard as they can too. You're going to be competing with guys who are racing for wins and guys who are running for the championship. You got to beat both of them."

When Windom won his first ISW title in 2011, he was the new kid on the block, just making a name for himself. By the second title in 2018, he was the established championship-winning veteran, the one every driver is gunning to defeat. Yet, the contrast is much the same despite the seven years between the ISW championships. It still takes a ton of work, dedication and, yes, even a little luck on your side every now and then.

"The first one was really cool," Windom remembered. "I was 20 years old and Derek was a young crew chief then too. It was pretty cool for us kids to go out there and beat all those who we'd been racing against since we came into the sport. We really kind of put our names on the map after that."

"We had a few off years between the first one and the second one," Windom continued. "But I think when we came back and won the second, we felt just as good as we did the first time because it's a lot of work to get one of those. I wouldn't say it's as hard as winning a national championship, but it's definitely right up there. There's stiff competition for eight days straight against guys who have just as good of equipment and a good crew and you have to go out there and figure out how you're going to beat them every night."

2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Friday, July 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Saturday, July 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sunday, July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Wednesday, July 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Thursday, July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Friday, July 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Saturday, July 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

 

 

$10,000 ON THE LINE FOR 200TH USAC SPRINT RACE AT ELDORA

Rossburg, Ohio (July 13, 2019).........Ten-thousand dollars are on the line for the winner of this Wednesday's 200th USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event at Eldora Speedway on July 17.

#LetsRaceTwo #TakeTwo features both the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on the same event card. Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) has won each of the last two most recent USAC Sprint Car visits to the western Ohio high-banked, half-mile oval, including this past May where he led the final 25 laps to score the win.

The event becomes one of seven on the USAC Sprint Car schedule paying at least $10,000 to win this season. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), twice a USAC Sprint Car winner at Eldora in his career in 2014 and 2018, has won each of the largest-paying races this season, winning $10,000 in the June Eastern Storm opener at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway. Just one week ago, to open up the month of July, the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion swept both nights of the Brandt "Corn Belt Nationals" at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway, taking home $20,000 on the final night.

The $10,000 to win race is the 200th USAC Sprint Car event held at Eldora, a tradition that dates back to Stan Bowman's only career series victory in the Spring of 1962. Jack Hewitt leads all drivers with 13 victories in that category.

Among the drivers to have competed in a 2019 USAC National Sprint Car event to have taken a USAC Sprint Car checkered flag with the series at Eldora include Dave Darland and Robert Ballou (5), Justin Grant (3), Brady Bacon and Chris Windom (2) and C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug, Dickie Gaines, Matt Westfall, Thomas Meseraull and Tyler Courtney with one.

Wednesday's race at Eldora kickstarts a wildly busy nine race stretch in 11 nights. Following Eldora, the series begins NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week, which runs July 18-27 at eight different racetracks in the Hoosier state.

On raceday at Eldora, ticket sales begin (main gate and turn 4) at 1:30pm (Eastern), the turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm, spectator gates open at 2pm, drivers meeting begins at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $29, and $34 for reserved. Children ages 12 and under general admission tickets are free, and $9 for reserved. Pit passes are $34 apiece.

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McDOUGAL CHECKS OFF FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN AT JEFFERSON COUNTY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 12, 2019).........Just three races into their new relationship, Jason McDougal and FMR Racing appear to be the perfect match.

McDougal joined the team in late June, and by mid-July, the pair hit paydirt in Friday's Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., round two of "Mid-America Midget Week."

Just this past Tuesday, McDougal was running up front in the "MAMW" opener at Red Dirt Raceway until a melee at the halfway point put the Broken Arrow, Okla. native on his lid and forced him out of contention for his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory.

Three days later, the roles were reversed as, this time, it was McDougal who took advantage of a melee just after midway and was the only driver running in the top-four to avoid the carnage. McDougal seized the moment and powered to his first win in the series aboard the Black Watch Farms - Mobil 1 - Pro Shocks/Beast/Speedway Toyota.

McDougal has been strong on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour this season, particularly at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway during "Eastern Storm," where he picked up his second career sprint win exactly one month prior to his first midget win with USAC.

Although it's no easy task to win in any of USAC National divisions, McDougal relays the difficulty that is winning a USAC National Midget feature. He chalks it up to being in the right spot at the right time with the right people, making his part of the equation infinitely easier on him when he gets behind the wheel.

"I've been telling people for a while that I feel like I should be able to win a midget race," McDougal explained. "But, like I tell everyone that tries to go USAC Midget racing, the midgets are ten times harder than a sprint car. To be in the position I'm in with the team that I'm with, I have a lot of great guys supporting me now. Everything's just clicking at the right time."

The key elements in the string that helped guide McDougal to victory lane is a great crew, including Brad Noffsinger and USAC Hall of Fame car builder and crew chief Bob East. McDougal's first Silver Crown start, which resulted in a 4th at Eldora last Fall, had the East touch as did his midget ride in Friday's victory. Familiarity creates comfort, and McDougal seems right at home in the No. 76m.

"I've run Silver Crown for Chris Dyson and Sean Michael, and Bob helped us on the setup a little bit," McDougal revealed. "I've always gotten along with Bob. I've always looked up to the Klatt cars when they had Damion Gardner in them at the Chili Bowl and Turkey Night. They're some of my favorite cars in midget racing. To be able to be a part of this is spectacular, but I get along with these guys so great, it's making everything easy."

From the 4th starting spot, McDougal was in the thick of the battle from the word "go," moving to third around Chris Windom at the start and to 2nd on lap seven with a turn four run off the bottom past USAC Western States Midget standout Robert Dalby.

Thirty laps can breeze by in a blur on the southeastern Nebraska bullring, which also means lapped traffic can come up in a hurry. Tanner Thorson, whose last appearance at the track resulted in a victory back in 2017, found that out the hard way as he held a one second lead over McDougal on the 19th lap of the 30-lapper.

Coming off turn four, the lapped car of Olivia Bennett got sideways on the top side, sliding right into the path of oncoming race leader, Thorson. Thorson, plus third-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. and fourth place Tucker Klaasmeyer all saw their winning hopes dashed in a split second as McDougal escaped through the fray and with the race lead only 12 laps from the finish.

Jason McDougal became the third first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner in 2019, joining Cannon McIntosh (Du Quoin, Ill.) and Chris Windom (Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
(Rich Forman Photo)

Klaasmeyer's hopeful night went from bad to worse two laps later, escaping injury after flipping on the back straightaway.

On the restart with ten to go, the top-six were all suctioned to the bottom, momentarily, until Courtney bolted to the outside of CMR teammate Windom in a tussle for second with six lap remaining. The pair battled wheel-to-wheel for the next handful of laps while McDougal held steady at the head of the field.

On the final stretch, Courtney, who started 12th, finally cleared Windom and made a run on the high line at McDougal on the final lap. McDougal could hear somebody behind him, but wasn't exactly certain if it was a lapper or the second-place car. Courtney's charge halted short of the line as McDougal let his car float to the outside wall off turn four, up in front of Courtney's by a mere one tenth of a second.

McDougal was followed to the line by Courtney, Windom, 2016 Jefferson County winner Chad Boat and Jerry Coons, Jr., the two-time series champ, who finished in the top-five for the second consecutive race.

In victory lane, McDougal hoisted a sign reading "Get well soon, Frank," for FMR Racing owner Frank Manafort. McDougal became the third first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner in 2019, joining Cannon McIntosh (Du Quoin, Ill.) and Chris Windom (Lawrenceburg, Ind.)

Contingency award winners Friday night at Jefferson County Speedway were Logan Seavey (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tanner Carrick (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chad Boat (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 12, 2019 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.685 (New Track Record); 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-10.758; 3. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-10.842; 4. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.898; 5. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.910; 6. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-10.939; 7. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.947; 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.951; 9. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-10.962; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-10.984; 11. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.984; 12. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.985; 13. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.036; 14. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.059; 15. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-11.097; 16. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.141; 17. Brady Bacon, 85, Central-11.176; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-11.301; 19. A.J. Valim, 4T, Valim-11.930; 20. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-11.944; 21. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-11.976; 22. Olivia Bennett, 77, Bennett-11.993; 23. Tyler Seavey, 117, Washburn-NT; 24. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-NT.
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. A.J. Valim, 8. Olivia Bennett. 1:56.27 (New Track Record)
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Zeb Wise, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Tyler Seavey, 8. Curtis Spicer. 1:56.73

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Lance Bennett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (4), 2. Tyler Courtney (12), 3. Chris Windom (3), 4. Chad Boat (9), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 6. Tyler Thomas (14), 7. Logan Seavey (6), 8. Andrew Layser (7), 9. Zeb Wise (11), 10. Robert Dalby (2), 11. Brady Bacon (16), 12. Tanner Carrick (13), 13. Tanner Thorson (1), 14. Ethan Mitchell (18), 15. Sam Johnson (15), 16. Shannon McQueen (17), 17. Lance Bennett (19), 18. Curtis Spicer (22), 19. Olivia Bennett (20), 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 22. Tyler Seavey (23), 23. A.J. Valim (21). NT

**Tucker Klaasmeyer flipped in turn 3 on lap 20.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Tanner Thorson, Laps 19-30 Jason McDougal.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (12th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tanner Thorson

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-961, 2-Chris Windom-874, 3-Logan Seavey-871, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-798, 5-Zeb Wise-793, 6-Chad Boat-766, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-684, 8-Tanner Carrick-668, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-649, 10-Jason McDougal-595.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tyler Thomas-17, 2-Jerry Coons, Jr.-16, 3-Jonathan Beason-12, 4-Chad Boat-11, 5-Tyler Courtney-10, 6-Matt Sherrell-10, 7-Logan Seavey-8, 8-Chris Windom-8, 9-Hank Davis-8, 10-Zeb Wise-7.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 13, 2019 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval
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THE ROCKER:
AN INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TRADITION UNLIKE ANY OTHER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 12, 2019).........There are a number of Indiana Sprint Week traditions that have become staples of the mid-summer Hoosier state tour of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

Perhaps none have become as significant and more meaningful than the hand-crafted Bridgeport rocking chair awarded to the NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week owner champion each year.

The tradition began more than a decade ago by Air Force veteran John Youngs and his wife Terri of Vincennes, Ind. The upcoming installment of ISW marks the 10th year of the tradition, but the process began several years before that as John discovered and learned the craft.

"I started making rocking chairs in 2000," John recalled. "I took a seminar when I was in Texas and got the know-how on how to do it. I started making them and thought they were pretty cool."

John began making his custom rocking chairs for his family members and even a pen-pal he had in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s.

But, in the mid-2000s, an idea came to, John, an avid sprint car racing fan, when he saw a legend of the sport receive a gift that caught his attention. At that point, an idea was born, and a new tradition began to be put into motion.

"We were at Eldora Speedway when (track owner and promoter) Earl (Baltes) retired," John remembered. "They gave him a rocking chair for a retirement gift, but it was one of the Cracker Barrel ones. I looked at my boys and said, 'man, I could've done better than that!' Greg Staab, who worked for USAC at the time, I went up to him and showed him my pictures and said, 'I can do this. I can make a rocking chair for Indiana Sprint Week.' It turned out to be a pretty good deal. We figured, let's just give it to the car owner because he puts a lot of effort into it and it gives him something to strive for too."

John spends approximately 200 hours crafting his rockers. The sculpted joints and countless hours of sanding and shaping produces a flow of smooth lines that can be viewed from any angle. A finish of five coats of Tung Oil is applied by hand to highlight the beauty of the wood. Each rocker is signed and numbered for authenticity under the right arm.

Each chair is made from Indiana Ash with Walnut highlights in the back slats and incorporated into the rocker, which is valued at $4,000. Ash was chosen again because of the declining numbers of Ash trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that threatens thousands of Indiana trees.

With all the effort put into it, the main reward for John is the satisfaction the recipients get from receiving the unique "trophy." One of the memories that sticks out is how much the chair meant to car owner Richard Hoffman of the famed Hoffman Auto Racing team, who won a record 11 USAC National Sprint Car titles and more than 100 series races before his passing earlier this April.

"One of the best things to ever happen was when the Hoffmans won it up in Terre Haute," John said. "I didn't make the chair that year because I was working too much and couldn't get to it. So, I gave him one of my chairs and I said he could have this one or you can have whatever you want, and I'll make you another one. He saw that one that Kevin Thomas, Jr. got (in 2017) and said, 'I want a walnut one.' I said, 'you got it.' We went ahead and made him one and took it over to him. He told me, 'you know, this is one of my most prized possessions right here.' That meant a lot to me coming from Richard."

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2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Friday, July 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)

Saturday, July 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Sunday, July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Wednesday, July 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)

Thursday, July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Friday, July 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Saturday, July 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
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ROA TREKS TO THE HOOSIER STATE FOR INDIANA SPRINT WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 11, 2019).........Brody Roa continues a long tradition of top-shelf western U.S. Sprint Car racing talent who packs his things up, loads the hauler, and migrates to the Hoosier state for the summer to tackle NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

The Garden Grove, Calif. native is poised to make his fourth appearance, and third-straight, in the week-long summer tradition in the Hoosier state July 18-27 at venues such as Gas City, Plymouth, Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Terre Haute, Putnamville, Bloomington and Haubstadt.

Roa, who leads both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car standings coming into Indiana Sprint Week, has already notched a pair of wins in CRA competition at Perris and Santa Maria, Calif. and once in the Southwest series at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

But Indiana Sprint Week presents an entirely different challenge. Not only in terms of the competition side side of things and the mostly-unique tracks, to him, on the slate, but also in terms of the workload. The USAC/CRA schedule consists of only two occasions where the series races three-straight nights. At Indiana Sprint Week, right off the bat, it's five races in a row when you factor in Roa's Eldora Speedway debut the night before ISW begins. After two nights off in mid-Sprint Week, it's time to get back after it for four more consecutive nights to close out the event.

Roa's game for it and has shown continuous improvement in each of his previous three visits. His first year at ISW in 2014 saw results of 19th at Terre Haute and 12th at Bloomington in six appearances, both starts coming after utilizing a USAC/CRA provisional. He finished 31st in the standings.

After a couple years of retooling and picking up a USAC West Coast Sprint Car title in 2016, Roa returned to ISW in 2017, making a steady climb to 17th in the standings after making all five features he competed in. He showed flashes with an 8th at Lawrenceburg, but step one of making the show was complete, a tall task in this rough and tumble event.

Roa had a slight uptick in the 2018 ISW standings, earning 16th in the final tally, earning more at the top end with two top-ten runs, a 9that Lawrenceburg and a 10th at Putnamville serving as his best.

This year lies the hope for Roa to take one step further and begin competing for top-fives on a consistent basis at ISW. Roa continues a long line of west coast contingent who have made their mark in the Midwest over the years, which began in earnest during the 1997 season when SCRA regular J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.) took the racing world by storm, winning two races and the ISW title in his first try. Meanwhile, that same week, five-time SCRA champ Richard Griffin (Silver City, N.M.) was six-for-six on fast qualifying runs. The only race Griffin didn't record fast time, he was absent after returning to the west coast to compete in an SCRA event at Perris. Fellow west coaster Cory Kruseman (Ventura, Calif.) filled in the role nicely as fast qualifier that night.

The following year, in 1998, was the highwater mark for western representation at ISW, with drivers Griffin, Yeley, Rodney Argo, Gary Howard, Jeremy Sherman, Troy Cline, Josh Pelkey, Rickie Gaunt, Rip Williams, Cary Faas, Mike Boat and Scotty Burns, just to name a few, making the long tow to Indiana. The group had their way in qualifying with Sherman picking up fast time at Kokomo, Gaunt at Bloomington and Williams at Paragon, but, ultimately, USAC regulars owned the feature events and the title, won by Dave Darland.

That changed a bit in 1999 with the western invasion in full swing. Kruseman stepped up to the plate with a pair of victories at Bloomington and Kokomo, the first two of his USAC career. Kruseman went on to become one of ISW's most accomplished drivers, winning 12 in total to rank third all-time while also collecting a pair of titles in 2002 and 2005. Yeley's prowess on the trail in 1997, meanwhile, opened eyes that vaulted him into the starting field for the 1998 Indianapolis 500 where he finished 9th, recovering after a first-lap spin.

Since then, the number of west coast drivers visiting ISW has been whittled down to a few per year, with Roa, plus five-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.) and 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car titlist Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) making the tow.

Like many of those great names who have made the venture before him, Roa has dreams of becoming the next western driver to make a splash at Indiana Sprint Week. He's already been making a name for himself on the west coast over the past decade and stands atop two different point standings. Next, his aim is to make a name for himself at Indiana Sprint Week.

2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Friday, July 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Saturday, July 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sunday, July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Wednesday, July 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Thursday, July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Friday, July 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Saturday, July 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
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ROA-GARDNER USAC/CRA POINT BATTLE
HEADS TO PERRIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JULY 9, 2019... The battle for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship heats up this Saturday, July 13th, at Perris Auto Speedway.

Promoted by Don Kazarian, the tenth point event is also a co-sanctioned grudge race with the Arizona based Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest 410 Sprint Car Series. The PAS Senior Sprint Cars and Young Gun Sprint Cars will join the action packed card at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Located in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway. For more event information, visit the track's website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Since March 6, 2004, there have been 217 USAC/CRA events at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. There have been 39 different winners at Perris, led by "The Demon" Damion Gardner with 45 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. During the last four visits, Richard Vander Weerd has claimed two wins with other wins scored by Brody Roa and Hunter Schuerenberg. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

After winning last Saturday's "Doug Fort Memorial" at Santa Maria, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has reclaimed the point lead by a slim 1-point margin. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa has posted two feature wins, one heat race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and 73 feature laps led to his credit. Also leading the USAC SouthWest point chase, the 2016 USAC West Coast Champion will be looking to grow his point lead with another victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

"The Demon" Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) enters Saturday's event ranked second in the chase for the championship. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner placed eighth at Santa Maria after a flat tire ended his chance at the podium. At press time, the seven-time champion has one feature win, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led on the year. Also ranked sixteenth in SouthWest points, "The Demon" leads all drivers with 81 USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

"The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams raced from seventh to fourth at the "Doug Fort Memorial." To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. Currently sitting fourteenth in SouthWest points, Austin will be looking for his eighth USAC/CRA triumph this Saturday night.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting John Grau & Mike Burkhart's #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson raced from sixth to third at Santa Maria Raceway. At press time, the 2017 USAC West Coast Champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, six top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Jake sits eighth in USAC SouthWest points and will have his sights on his first Perris victory.

After running second to Brody Roa at Santa Maria. Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm (Corona, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Dino Napier's #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Rockstar Coatings Maxim, Malcolm has posted two heat race victories, two Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main wins, and four top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday night, Tommy "Thunder" will be looking to earn the first USAC/CRA victory of his career.

Currently twelfth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Gansen, R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, "The Cadillac" Cody Williams, Richard Vander Weerd, A.J. Bender, Verne Sweeney, "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr., Stevie Sussex, "The Magic Man" Mike Martin, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, Joel Rayborne, Austin Liggett, Matt Stewart, and more.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) leads a strong contingent with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr., "The Magic Man" Mike Martin, "The Real American" Matt Rossi, Jake Swanson, Michael Curtis, and Chris Bonneau round out the top-10 drivers.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, 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, contact PR Director Lance Jennings atlwjennings@earthlink.net.

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/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.

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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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Troy Rutherford.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 45-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, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-607, 2. Damion Gardner-606, 3. Austin Williams-544, 4. Jake Swanson-481, 5. Tommy Malcolm-397, 6. Chris Gansen-393, 7. R.J. Johnson-328, 8. Matt McCarthy-322, 9. Cody Williams-318, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-316, 11. A.J. Bender-267, 12. ®Eddie Tafoya Jr.-251, 13. Verne Sweeney-246, 14. Charles Davis Jr.-223, 15. Stevie Sussex-222, 16. ®Steve Hix-217, 17. Mike Martin-210, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-210, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-199, 20. Matt Mitchell-198.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-589, 2. R.J. Johnson-536, 3. Stevie Sussex-511, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-482, 5. Mike Martin-467, 6. Matt Rossi-381, 7. Matt Lundy-368, 8. Jake Swanson-357, 9. Michael Curtis-347, 10. Chris Bonneau-300, 11. Josh Hodges-202, 12. Jonas Reynolds-201, 13. Isaac Chapple-200, 14. Austin Williams-189, 15. Daylin Perreira-141, 16. Damion Gardner-139, 17. Dennis Gile-136, 18. Jason McDougal-124, 19. ®Ryan Cully-122, --. Logan Seavey-122.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.
#16 Mike Martin
(Doug Allen Photo)

USAC SOUTHWEST & USAC/CRA SPRINTS CLASH AT THE PAS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JULY 10, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will travel to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, July 13th.

Promoted by Don Kazarian, the ninth point race is a co-sanctioned grudge event with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints and the first of five appearances at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and Young Gun Sprint Cars. Located in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway. For more event information, visit the track's website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Since October 31, 2013, Perris Auto Speedway has hosted two Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. Mike Spencer and C.J. Leary scored victories at the "360 Oval Nationals" that were co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprints. Leary set the 1-lap track record of 16.416 on November 6, 2014.

Heading to the Saturday's race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 53-point lead over the competition. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa led the first 26 laps of the June 8th "Canyon Speedway Park Birthday Bash" before finishing second to Mike Martin. At press time, the point leader has one feature win, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led on the season. Also leading the USAC/CRA points, Brody will be looking to continue his championship bid with a win at Perris Auto Speedway.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the championship point chase. Driving the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson earned the June 8th hard charger award with a fifth place run from ninth. To date, the five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has posted one feature win, three heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit. R.J. is currently seventh in USAC/CRA points and will have his sights on his fifty-seventh USAC SouthWest victory.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen's #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex charged to a third place finish at the "CSP Birthday Bash." At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led in the campaign. At Perris, Stevie will be looking to claim his fourteenth career win.

"Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis was the fast qualifier and scored third at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the defending champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the season. "Chargin" Charles has thirty career SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his first victory of 2019.

"The Magic Man" Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin raced to victory at the June 8th "CSP Birthday Bash." At press time, the 2012 "Hall of Fame Classic" Winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the year. "The Magic Man" will be looking to earn his seventh series win this Saturday night.

Currently ranked nineteenth in points, Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are "The Real American" Matt Rossi, Matt Lundy, Jake Swanson, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Jonas Reynolds, "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams, "The Demon" Damion Gardner, Tyler Most, Kyle Shipley and more.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) also leads a strong contingent with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. "The Demon" Damion Gardner, "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams, Jake Swanson, Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm, Chris Gansen, R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, "The Cadillac" Cody Williams, and Richard Vander Weerd round out the top-10 drivers.

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

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the 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 at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

FloSports will have live streaming coverage available for purchase at floracing.com. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.

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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex.

PERRIS SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Spencer.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-589, 2. R.J. Johnson-536, 3. Stevie Sussex-511, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-482, 5. Mike Martin-467, 6. Matt Rossi-381, 7. Matt Lundy-368, 8. Jake Swanson-357, 9. Michael Curtis-347, 10. Chris Bonneau-300, 11. Josh Hodges-202, 12. Jonas Reynolds-201, 13. Isaac Chapple-200, 14. Austin Williams-189, 15. Daylin Perreira-141, 16. Damion Gardner-139, 17. Dennis Gile-136, 18. Jason McDougal-124, 19. ®Ryan Cully-122, --. Logan Seavey-122.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-607, 2. Damion Gardner-606, 3. Austin Williams-544, 4. Jake Swanson-481, 5. Tommy Malcolm-397, 6. Chris Gansen-393, 7. R.J. Johnson-328, 8. Matt McCarthy-322, 9. Cody Williams-318, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-316, 11. A.J. Bender-267, 12. ®Eddie Tafoya Jr.-251, 13. Verne Sweeney-246, 14. Charles Davis Jr.-223, 15. Stevie Sussex-222, 16. ®Steve Hix-217, 17. Mike Martin-210, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-210, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-199, 20. Matt Mitchell-198.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Mike Martin)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.
#53 Brett Wilson battles #24 Ben Frey.
(Jeff Taylor Photo)


USAC WSO SPRINTS INTO KANSAS SATURDAY AT 81 SPEEDWAY

Park City, Kansas (July 8, 2019).........USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma makes its first foray of the season outside of the Sooner State this Saturday, July 13, when the compass points northbound to 81 Speedway in Park City, Kans.

Brett Wilson (Sapulpa, Okla.) won the round at 81 a year ago and comes into this weekend's race as the series' most recent winner, capturing the victory at Oklahoma Sports Park to close out June.

Wilson stands third in a tightened-up championship race, just 14 points out of the lead behind one-time 2019 winners Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.) and Danny Smith (Sapulpa, Okla.) who finished second behind Wilson at 81 in 2018.

Saturday at 81 Speedway, USAC WSO is joined by the NCRA and ASCS Sooner Region Sprint Cars, plus late models and NCRA Mod Lites. Adult general admission $15, kids 11 and under are free and pit passes are $30 apiece. Gates open at 4pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7pm.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Johnny Kent-670, 2-Danny Smith-666, 3-Brett Wilson-656, 4-Cameron Hagin-634, 5-Tim Kent-621, 6-Waylon Weaver-544, 7-Ryan Dean-527, 8-Ben Frey-510, 9-J.C. Wilson-488, 10-Noah Harris-461.
Midwest Thunder Midget winner Stratton Briggs (Anna, Ohio)
(Bill Miller Photo)


SPEED2 MIDGET WEEKEND INCLUDES STOPS IN NC, SC, VT, IN, IL

Speedway, Indiana (July 8, 2019).........All four of USAC's Speed2 Midget divisions are in action this weekend from the Carolinas to the states of Vermont, Indiana and Illinois on July 12-13.

It's a doubleheader weekend for the USAC Speed2 Eastern Midgets beginning this Friday at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, N.C. Chris Lamb (Colfax, N.C.) claimed the Wake County win a year ago. This Saturday, July 13, it's onto Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C. where Sam Hatfield (Mooresville, N.C.) captured the season opener in April. Nolan Allison (Greensboro, N.C.) leads the standings heading into the weekend.

In the DMA world, the series makes its sixth appearance of the year at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. Will Hull (Plainfield, Vt.) comes in as the winner of three-straight series races and has been victorious in three of the last four at Bear Ridge. He holds a solid 56-point lead in the DMA standings as the series nears the mid-way point.

Stratton Briggs (Anna, Ohio) is the winner at the Midwest Thunder Midget series' one and only trip this season to Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier, Ind. He trails point leader, two-time series champion and two-time 2019 MTM winner Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) by 43 markers heading into Saturday's race.

Meanwhile, the sixth visit for the IMRA series this season to Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. lies ahead this Saturday. Point leader Andy Baugh (Mason City, Ill.) has won three, but Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.) and Patrick Bruns (Champaign, Ill.) have collected each of the last two.

Friday at Wake County, Late Models, Mini Stocks, Bandoleros, Bombers, Mod-4s and East Coast Flathead Fords are on the docket. Front gates open at 6pm (Eastern), practice at 7pm and racing at 8pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15, Seniors/Military/Students are $12, children 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children under 12.

Saturday at Dillon, Late Models, Super Trucks, MASS Street Stocks, Challenger AR, 4 Cylinders, Mini Cup, Jr. Mini Cup and Banger divisions are on tap. Pit gates open at 10am (Eastern), uncontrolled practice from 11-1pm, controlled practice starts at 2pm, qualifying at 4:30pm and racing at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15, and 11 and under are free. Senior and Military discounts are available. Pit passes are $25 apiece.

Saturday at Bear Ridge, Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes, C.A. Miller Limited Late Models and Peanuts Auto Four Cylinders are also in action. Pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates at 3pm and racing starts at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $10, students 12-17 are $8, seniors 62+ are $8 and kids 11 and under are $2.

Saturday at Montpelier, UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Cars and FWD Compacts join the midgets. Front gates open at 3pm (Eastern), hot laps at 5pm and racing at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Spoon River, it's free admission for all to the grandstands! Adult pit passes are $30 while kids 10 and under pit passes are $20.

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USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Nolan Allison-340, 2-Connor Gross-312, 3-Preston Lattomus-280, 4-Alex Murray-268, 5-Neal Allison-264, 6-Jessica Bean-219, 7-Eric Lewis-172, 8-Levi Riffle-147, 9-Daytona Spicola-135, 10-Sam Hatfield-127.

USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Will Hull-528, 2-Seth Carlson-429, 3-Joe Krawiec-475, 4-Dean Christensen-416, 5-Manny Dias-390, 6-T.J. Foster-344, 7-Jeff Horn-338, 8-Justin Phillips-440, 9-Justin Sheridan-276, 10-Adam Whitney-309.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-271, 2-Stratton Briggs-228, 3-Cory Guingrich-209, 4-Gunnar Lucius-199, 5-Alex Watson-195, 6-Ian Creager-187, 7-Kyle Kriegbaum-176, 8-Jacob Denney-162, 9-Zane Briggs-161, 10-Tommy Bigelow-141.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-434, 2-Tyler Roth-378, 3-Jake Sollenberger-331, 4-Mark McMahill-325, 5-Daltyn England-297, 6-Patrick Ryan-295, 7-Brent Burrows-276, 8-Russell Johnston-258, 9-Shane Morgan-253, 10-Jeff Sparks-250.
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2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

You hear it said time and time again. Indiana Sprint Week can make or break your season."

Those words always ring true, but none more than this year. The 32nd edition of the NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week tour has expanded to eight races for just the third time ever - 2003 and 2007 both featured eight events. With mother nature wreaking havoc on seven different events through the first 19 scheduled events on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail, this year's ISW will wind up making more than 20% of the entire schedule in a 10-day span.

In simpler terms, it's time to put or shut up, and stand on the gas. Once the proverbial snowball gets rolling, positively or negatively, it can have its lingering effects that last even after the curtain closes on ISW.

One driver whose seemingly mastered the course of consistency night-after-night is C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.). While he's won just once thus far, in February, in Ocala, Fla., he's been the fast qualifier on six occasions that have helped him rack up valuable bonus points toward a championship. By association, qualifying well time-after-time will put you in a solid position come feature time, and Leary hasn't disappointed in that regard. He's finished in the top-ten in all 12 races to this point in his first year for Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports and shows no signs letting up, coming off a recent runner-up finish in the Brandt "Corn Belt Nationals" at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway to open up July and hold the point lead coming in. He's a veteran of victory lane in "Indiana Sprint Week," winning on three occasions, in 2017 at both Lawrenceburg and Gas City, then again in 2018 at Bloomington.

Defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), has won, won and won again in USAC competition among the three national series, and is the only driver to win in all three this season. Thus far, he's tallied a Silver Crown win in the final "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and has won five of the first 13 races on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National tour where he holds a commanding point lead. He has two wins on the Sprint Car side of the equation this season, on the half-miles of Eldora and Port Royal. One of the items missing from his ever-growing resume is an ISW championship. In 2016, his first career USAC win came on an incredible charge from last to first at Gas City, and he got two last year at Lawrenceburg and Terre Haute. He's second in the overall standings heading in, and it seems once Courtney and team catch fire, it's one that's difficult to extinguish.

Like Leary, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) has been the model of consistency throughout the 2019 season, finishing all 12 races inside the top-ten. What's amazing about Leary and Stockon's feat is that not a single driver has been able to accomplish 10 top-tens in the first 10 races in 15 years prior to this season, but those two have upped their game to ultra-competitive levels not seen in years. He's won once this season already, taming the half-mile Terre Haute Action Track en route to a victory in the 49th "Tony Hulman Classic" in May. One part of Stockon's game is the ability to qualify well, as his 27 career fast qualifying times can attest to, which ranks 11th all-time alongside the likes of Dave Steele and Kevin Thomas, Jr. The two-time "Indiana Sprint Week" winner's sensational season has him third in points, but an ISW victory would be a nice feather to add to the cap following a 2015 win at Gas City and in 2016 at Terre Haute.

There's no denying the fact that Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is one of the most accomplished ISW drivers of all-time, joining the ranks last year as a multiple-time champion alongside Chuck Amati, Kevin Thomas, J.J. Yeley, Dave Darland, Cory Kruseman, Levi Jones, Jon Stanbrough and Bryan Clauson. What may shock and surprise you is that it's been eight years since Windom won his one and only career ISW race, at Terre Haute, during his first ISW title run in 2011. Without a doubt, Windom is fully capable of ending that streak at the drop of a hat, just by getting over the hump after finishing 2nd three times, 3rd once, 4th twice and 6th once in six 2018 starts. He was the first driver to reach multiple USAC Sprint Car victories this year, winning the season-opener in spectacular fashion in Ocala, Fla. then taking the victory in Granite City, Ill. back in May, and now stands fourth in the standings in pursuit of a second series crown.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) was the ISW champ during Windom's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title season in 2017 and owns five ISW wins in his run with the series, including the first, back in 2012 at Bloomington. You could say he's ripe to pick off a win during the week as he's the lone driver in the top seven of the National standings, at press time, yet to win a feature event this season. It's not for a lack of consistency, however, as he's been a frontrunner all season long with 10 finishes inside the top-six in 12 starts, including four 2nd place finishes and 43 laps led, which ranks third amongst all drivers.

Sixth in the standings is Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a driver who has led twice as many laps in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition this year than any other competitor. He arrives at "Indiana Sprint Week" riding a wave of the highest of highs following a two-night sweep of the Brandt "Corn Belt Nationals" in Knoxville, Iowa worth $25,000. In the Saturday night finale, he decimated the competition by a blistering margin of more than eight second over the second-place finisher. No driver this year has won more than twice with the series. That is, other than Bacon who owns four, including Bloomington, Ind. and Grandview Speedway in Pa. during "Eastern Storm." The three-time ISW winner is a two-time National champ and reached the ISW pinnacle with a championship in 2016.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is among the 20 drivers who've earned their first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and "Indiana Sprint Week" wins simultaneously, doing so at Lawrenceburg during the 2012 season. It remains Grant's only ISW win to this point in his USAC career, which includes 14 series victories and one this season during "Winter Dirt Games" back in February in Ocala, Fla. He's now 7th in the standings with only two results outside of the top-eight in 12 starts.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) has been consistently fast and exciting anywhere and everywhere the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail takes him. He's finished in the runner-up spot once this year and has been the top qualifier on two occasions. To this day, his lone USAC triumph came during USAC's 10,000th race at Tri-State Speedway during ISW in 2016 where he led all 30 to score a convincing victory. Short, 8th in the standings, will certainly be in the hunt and, if he can remain consistently fast throughout the week, the results will show, and you can expect him to challenge for a win.

Last July, Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was just jumping into a sprint car for the first time in his career. After showing flashes of brilliance in his first handful of starts, his week was grounded to a crashing half after contact with the outside front straightaway wall at Lincoln Park. Since that moment, the young driver's career has taken off. He teamed up with Daigh/Phillips Motorsports and has taken the team back to victory lane twice since last September, with a spectacular late-race pass for the win in Pevely, Mo., then picking off a win during "Eastern Storm" at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway as he prepares for his first full run at ISW.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) is the king of nearly every meaningful statistical category in the history of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing. The song remains the same for the USAC Triple Crown champ in terms of "Indiana Sprint Week" stats as well. The three-time champ (1998-2001-2007) owns 20 ISW wins, a staggering 15 more than his nearest competitors, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Brady Short, who each have five apiece. His 145 starts since the beginning of USAC's sanctioning of ISW in 1996 are heads and shoulders above all, and this isn't even accounting for all the starts he accumulated in the unsanctioned years of 1988-95. He also leads in top-fives, top-tens and fast qualifying times. His two ISW victories in 2018 at Lincoln Park and Tri-State were two of the most popular victories witnessed in some time. It would, perhaps, be even more popular this time around in 2019 if he were to get win No. 21.

Hovering around the top-ten of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings are a group of series regulars who'd love to put an exclamation point on a first career ISW win. Chad Boespflug (Hanford, Calif.) owns six USAC National Sprint Car points-paying wins in his career, two of which have come on ISW venues - Lincoln Park and Bloomington. He picked up a Kokomo Sprint Car win outside of USAC competition earlier this year against a stacked field. He'd love to break through for his first USAC win since that Spring Bloomington stop in 2017.

Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.), 12th in the standings, and Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) are both past series Rookies of the Year aiming to get both their first USAC and ISW wins in one fell swoop. The same holds true for fellow Rookies Brian VanMeveren (Woodbury, Minn.) and Dustin Christie (Washington, Ind.) who are locking horns in a close chase to become this season's Rookie title with VanMeveren holding an 18-point advantage.

Five-time ISW winner Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) and two-time ISW winners Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) are on the hunt to tally another win on their resume as are one-time victors Brent Beauchamp (Avon, Ind.), Jeff Bland, Jr. (Springville, Ind.) and Dickie Gaines (Mitchell, Ind.).

One of the long-held traditions of ISW is the west coast challenge coming aboard for the full week to compete against the National contingent. USAC/CRA point leader Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) is the man for the challenge this year. He's conquered a National win once before, albeit on his home turf of Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in 2017. This summer marks his fourth ISW appearance and his third-straight. He finished in the top-ten twice in last year's ISW and topped out with an 8th place run in 2017 at Lawrenceburg. He's already won twice in USAC/CRA competition this year, at Perris and Santa Maria, Calif.

2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Friday, July 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Saturday, July 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sunday, July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Wednesday, July 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Thursday, July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Friday, July 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Saturday, July 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
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SWEET SPRINGS SUNDAY SET FOR
USAC MID-AMERICA MIDGET WEEK FINALE

Sweet Springs, Missouri (July 10, 2019).........One year ago, Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex made a thrilling debut on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget schedule with a large count of 40 plus drivers and a spectacular feature in which Logan Seavey tracked down the lead with just four laps remaining to secure the victory en route to a USAC National title.

This Sunday, July 14, the 1/6-mile dirt oval at Sweet Springs once again serves as the finale for "Mid-America Midget Week." Though the history of USAC Midget racing at Sweet Springs is short, the series' history in the "Show-Me State" of Missouri has an extensive track record dating to 1957. It was there that a guy by the name of A.J. Foyt won his very first career USAC National event, at Olympic Stadium in Kansas City.

Over the past six decades, 38 USAC National Midget events have been run in Missouri with hometown boy and 1963 series champ Bob Wente leading the way with three victories alongside 1965-66 champ Mick McGreevy and Henry Pens. Missouri's Danny Frye won two while Arnie and Steve Knepper from bordering Illinois snagged a couple apiece. Champs Bob Tattersall and Rich Vogler each found their way to USAC Midget victory lane twice as well.

Prior to Seavey's win at Sweet Springs in 2018, it had been a decade-plus since the USAC Midgets last arrived in Missouri, back in 2006 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri. In 2019, Seavey and Coons are both top-shelf competitors in the series. In fact, it was those same two racing for the win during the final laps in Tuesday's "Mid-America Midget Week" opener at Red Dirt Raceway in Oklahoma, with Seavey ultimately prevailing.

Sunday at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Sweet Springs, Missouri, the drivers meeting begins at 5pm (Central), followed by engine heat and hot laps at 5:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, kids 12 and under general admission is free and pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

Leading up to the Sunday finale at Sweet Springs, Mo., the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets are in action during the meat of "Mid-America Midget Week," Thursday, July 11, at the Concordia High Banks in Concordia, Kansas for the "Chad McDaniel Memorial," before heading to Fairbury, Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway Friday-Saturday, July 12-13 for the "Midwest Midget Championship."

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET WINNERS IN MISSOURI (Through 2018)
1. (3) Mike McGreevy, Henry Pens & Bob Wente

4. (2) Danny Frye, Arnie Knepper, Steve Knepper, Bob Tattersall & Rich Vogler

9. (1) Steve Cannon, Bill Chennault, Jerry Coons, Jr., Tommy Copp, Jimmy Davies, Jay Drake, Rex Easton, A.J. Foyt, Steve Gennetten, Jason Leffler, Jerry McClung, Andy Michner, J.R. Miller, Richard Powell, Stevie Reeves, Logan Seavey, Dave Strickland, Joe Walter & Terry Wente
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CONCORDIA MID-AMERICA MIDGET WEEK RACE POSTPONED TO THURSDAY

Concordia, Kansas (July 10, 2019).........Overnight storms and saturated grounds have forced postponement of tonight's USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship 10th annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial" from the Concordia High Banks to Thursday night, July 11, in the series debut at the quarter-mile dirt oval in Kansas.

Thursday at Concordia, 600 Open Class Non-Wing Micro Sprints are also in action. The drivers meeting takes place at 6:15pm (Central), followed by engine heat at 6:45pm and hot laps at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for ages 13 and older, 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for all ages.

Past winners of the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" include Brad Kuhn (2010), Scott Hatton (2012), Christopher Bell (2013 & 2017), Bryan Clauson (2014 & 2016) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2015 & 2018).

Logan Seavey (Sutter, California) won the "Mid-America Midget Week" opener Tuesday at Red Dirt Raceway for his second series victory of the year. Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.) leads the ProSource Passing Master standings for "MAMW" with his charge from 17th to 5th at Red Dirt. Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) continues to lead the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings.

'Mid-America Midget Week" began Tuesday at Red Dirt, then travels to Concordia on Thursday before two-straight nights at Fairbury, Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway on Friday-Saturday, July 12-13 for the "Midwest Midget Championship." The mini-series concludes this Sunday, July 14, at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Sweet Springs, Missouri.
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SAVVY SEAVEY RIDES THE RED DIRT
TO TUESDAY NIGHT THUNDER WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Meeker, Oklahoma (July 9, 2019).........Logan Seavey has seemingly turned himself into Mr. Midget Week this year after capturing recent Indiana Midget Week and Illinois Midget Week titles in the month of June.

In the "Tuesday Night Thunder" Mid-America Midget Week opener at Red Dirt Raceway, the Sutter, Calif. native carried the Midget Week groove into the month of July, taking his second consecutive win in the "MAMW" series following last Summer's triumph in the finale at Sweet Springs, Mo.

In fact, he's finished inside the top-two positions in each of the last five "Mid-America Midget Week" races dating to 2018, and achieved a sense of redemption after leading 13 laps and losing the lead late in the going in last year's Red Dirt stop by the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

After a solid third place qualifying run, Seavey found the path toward a successful night most challenging, missing the transfer in his heat race before hanging on for the final transfer spot in the semi-feature. He lined up ninth and found himself in the very same spot by the halfway mark of the 30-lap feature.

"At the beginning of the night, we were actually really good," Seavey acknowledged. "Then I kind of struggled in the heat race and I just didn't make very good moves during the first couple of laps (of the feature). After that, it seemed like everybody was racing so hard, it was really hard to gain ground."

The scramble for position was tantamount in the first half with Jason McDougal racing from his outside front row position to rip around the lip and secure the lead on the opening lap around pole sitter and point leader Tyler Courtney. All the while, Seavey was mired at latter end of the top-ten and was practically just hanging on.

"The first few laps, I was wondering what (Crew Chief) Connor (Ridge) had going on in his head," Seavey wondered. "I was just trying not to get crashed. Everybody was running so hard and I was trying to run hard. It just seemed like every move I wanted to make, there was somebody already there. It's midget racing. Everyone runs so hard and that's what makes these races so exciting."

On a lap nine restart, though, Courtney made his bid for the lead, sliding by McDougal into turn one to grab the spot. By the time the pair crossed the line to complete the lap, Holley Hollan became the second driver of the night to pole vault over the turn three wall after Karsyn Elledge's similarly terrifying looking accident during the semi-feature. Both walked away from the wreckage under their own power.

On the ensuing tenth lap restart, McDougal was back on the attack, sliding by Courtney on the bottom of turn three and led the lap by inches at the stripe. Courtney returned the favor with a slider in turn one on lap 11, moving him back in front of McDougal and in control heading to halfway.

Tanner Carrick entered the fray with a first career USAC win on his mind. Carrick entered the topside of turn one side-by-side with McDougal for second. McDougal ran out of room, and as he tried to regain his footing to get back into the fight, he and fifth-running Kevin Thomas, Jr collided in turn two, sending both flipping over. Sixth-running Tanner Thorson slid sideways to a stop to avoid the carnage while 11th place Tyler Thomas had nowhere to go, plowing into the side of Thorson and becoming the third victim to flip upside down. All were uninjured, but, of the three flippers, only T. Thomas was able to restart.

Just when you thought the madness was put to rest, race leader Courtney slowed on the back straightaway with a mechanical issue with 12 laps remaining, completely opening up the list of contenders for the win down the stretch.

Carrick was in the lead role on the lap 18 restart with Chris Windom just behind. The two fought tooth-and-nail on laps 18-19, exchanging the lead on both ends of the track with Windom leading lap 18 and Carrick on 19. Meanwhile, two-time series champ Jerry Coons, Jr. surprised both by sneaking along the bottom to take the lead at the line off turn four with 10 laps to go.

Seavey made a charge and came along with Coons to second. One lap later, Carrick and Windom remained in hot pursuit of Coons and Seavey as they entered turn three with eight laps remaining. On Windom's slider into turn three, both refused to give an inch of ground, resulting in contact and a flat left rear tire for Carrick, forcing him to slow just as Seavey made his move around the outside of Coons for the lead.

As Carrick slowed, the yellow flag flew, negating the pass for the lead, sending Seavey back to second behind Coons. Meanwhile, Carrick pitted for new left rear rubber before returning to finish 12th.

After being mired in the thick of the battle behind the leaders, Seavey's race had finally come into his own control. Once he got to where he wanted to be, he was confident he had what it took to reach victory lane.

"Jerry's so good at running the bottom, I knew if I was going to pass anybody I needed to get down," Seavey admitted. "But, once the race came to me, I was patient. Once a couple of them crashed, it cleaned up the field a little bit and I was able to make the moves I really wanted to make. I knew once I got clear of those two (Windom and Carrick) and got to the top, this thing would be really good."

Seavey put his Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian/Mobil 1 - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota up top, and it only took one lap for him to clear Coons for the lead. From there on, it was smooth sailing for the defending USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ, where he led the final seven laps to conquer his fifth career series win, tying him with Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Jerry Weeks for 112th all-time.

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier and new one-lap track record holder Zeb Wise got by Coons for second with five laps to go while Windom nipped Coons at the line at the checkered for third. Coons took a second-straight fourth-place finish at Red Dirt while Jonathan Beason raced home to a fifth-place result in his season debut with the series.

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Red Dirt Raceway were Zeb Wise (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Jonathan Beason (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Holley Hollan (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chad Boat (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Shannon McQueen (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Andrew Layser (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Hank Davis (ProSource Hard Work Award).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 9, 2019 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma - "Tuesday Night Thunder" - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.207 (New Track Record); 2. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-13.318; 3. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.330; 4. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.351; 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz-Curb-Agajanian-13.362; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.366; 7. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.400; 8. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.428; 9. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-13.431; 10. Steven Shebester, 22x, Williams-13.444; 11. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.451; 12. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-13.484; 13. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.496; 14. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.521; 15. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.606; 16. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.609; 17. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-13.626; 18. Matt Sherrell, 10, Hunt-13.642; 19. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.670; 20. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.671; 21. Jonathan Beason, 8J, Hard Eight-13.674; 22. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.700; 23. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-13.720; 24. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.721; 25. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.730; 26. Brady Bacon, 85, Central-13.754; 27. Andrew Deal, 15D, Deal-13.809; 28. Andrew Felker, 44, Shields-13.830; 29. Grady Chandler, 19s, Mounce-13.866; 30. Hank Davis, 42, Franklin-13.914; 31. Frank Flud, 25s, Springer-13.996; 32. Tyler Seavey, 117, Washburn-14.064; 33. Emilio Hoover, 9H, Hoover-14.555; 34. Curtis Jones, 77s, Simmons-14.709; 35. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-14.815; 36. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-15.291.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jonathan Beason, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Grady Chandler, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Emilio Hoover. 1:50.17 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Holley Hollan, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Matt Sherrell, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Steven Shebester, 7. Hank Davis, 8. Zane Hendricks, 9. Curtis Jones. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Andrew Deal, 7. Frank Flud, 8. Sam Johnson, 9. Curtis Spicer. 1:50.72

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Jesse Colwell, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Andrew Felker, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Tyler Seavey, 8. Karsyn Elledge, 9. Shaun Shapel. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Zane Hendricks, 4. Andrew Deal, 5. Hank Davis, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Steven Shebester, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Andrew Felker, 11. Frank Flud, 12. Sam Johnson, 13. Emilio Hoover, 14. Shaun Shapel, 15. Ethan Mitchell, 16. Curtis Spicer, 17. Karsyn Elledge, 18. Grady Chandler, 19. Tyler Seavey. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (9), 2. Zeb Wise (7), 3. Chris Windom (11), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (15), 5. Jonathan Beason (17), 6. Matt Sherrell (16), 7. Chad Boat (13), 8. Tanner Thorson (3), 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 10. Tyler Thomas (19), 11. Jesse Colwell (14), 12. Tanner Carrick (6), 13. Shannon McQueen (18), 14. Hank Davis (22), 15. Robert Dalby (21), 16. Tyler Courtney (1), 17. Jason McDougal (2), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 19. Andrew Deal (20), 20. Holley Hollan (12), 21. Cannon McIntosh (4), 22. Zane Hendricks (8). NT
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**Karsyn Elledge flipped over the turn three wall during the semi. Holley Hollan flipped over the turn three wall on lap 9 of the feature. Jason McDougal, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Thomas flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Jason McDougal, Lap 9 Tyler Courtney, Lap 10 Jason McDougal, Laps 11-17 Tyler Courtney, Lap 18 Chris Windom, Lap 19 Tanner Carrick, Laps 20-23 Jerry Coons, Jr., Laps 24-30 Logan Seavey.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jonathan Beason (17th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shannon McQueen

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Andrew Layser

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Hank Davis

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-887, 2-Logan Seavey-808, 3-Chris Windom-803, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-766, 5-Zeb Wise-741, 6-Chad Boat-697, 7-Tanner Carrick-621, 8-Jerry Coons, Jr.-620, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-618, 10-Jesse Colwell-570.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Jonathan Beason-12, 2-Jerry Coons, Jr.-11, 3-Matt Sherrell-10, 4-Tyler Thomas-9, 5-Logan Seavey-8, 6-Chris Windom-8, 7-Hank Davis-8, 8-Chad Boat-6, 9-Robert Dalby-6, 10-Zeb Wise-5.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 10, 2019 - Concordia High Banks - Concordia, Kansas - "Mid-America Midget Week" / 10th "Chad McDaniel Memorial" - ¼-Mile Dirt Oval
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

ROA-GARDNER USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT BATTLE HEADS TO PERRIS
By Lance Jennings

JULY 9, 2019... The battle for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship heats up this Saturday, July 13th, at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the tenth point event is also a co-sanctioned grudge race with the Arizona based Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest 410 Sprint Car Series. The PAS Senior Sprint Cars and Young Gun Sprint Cars will join the action packed card at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Located in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
-2019 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.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Since March 6, 2004, there have been 217 USAC/CRA events at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. There have been 39 different winners at Perris, led by “The Demon” Damion Gardner with 45 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. During the last four visits, Richard Vander Weerd has claimed two wins with other wins scored by Brody Roa and Hunter Schuerenberg. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

After winning last Saturday’s “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has reclaimed the point lead by a slim 1-point margin. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa has posted two feature wins, one heat race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and 73 feature laps led to his credit. Also leading the USAC SouthWest point chase, the 2016 USAC West Coast Champion will be looking to grow his point lead with another victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) enters Saturday’s event ranked second in the chase for the championship. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner placed eighth at Santa Maria after a flat tire ended his chance at the podium. At press time, the seven-time champion has one feature win, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led on the year. Also ranked sixteenth in SouthWest points, “The Demon” leads all drivers with 81 USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams raced from seventh to fourth at the “Doug Fort Memorial.” To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. Currently sitting fourteenth in SouthWest points, Austin will be looking for his eighth USAC/CRA triumph this Saturday night.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson raced from sixth to third at Santa Maria Raceway. At press time, the 2017 USAC West Coast Champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, six top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Jake sits eighth in USAC SouthWest points and will have his sights on his first Perris victory.

After running second to Brody Roa at Santa Maria. Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Rockstar Coatings Maxim, Malcolm has posted two heat race victories, two Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main wins, and four top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday night, Tommy “Thunder” will be looking to earn the first USAC/CRA victory of his career.

Currently twelfth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Gansen, R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Richard Vander Weerd, A.J. Bender, Verne Sweeney, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Stevie Sussex, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, Joel Rayborne, Austin Liggett, Matt Stewart, and more.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) leads a strong contingent with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Jake Swanson, Michael Curtis, and Chris Bonneau round out the top-10 drivers.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, 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, contact 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 on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.
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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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Troy Rutherford.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 45-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, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-607, 2. Damion Gardner-606, 3. Austin Williams-544, 4. Jake Swanson-481, 5. Tommy Malcolm-397, 6. Chris Gansen-393, 7. R.J. Johnson-328, 8. Matt McCarthy-322, 9. Cody Williams-318, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-316, 11. A.J. Bender-267, 12. ®Eddie Tafoya Jr.-251, 13. Verne Sweeney-246, 14. Charles Davis Jr.-223, 15. Stevie Sussex-222, 16. ®Steve Hix-217, 17. Mike Martin-210, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-210, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-199, 20. Matt Mitchell-198.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-589, 2. R.J. Johnson-536, 3. Stevie Sussex-511, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-482, 5. Mike Martin-467, 6. Matt Rossi-381, 7. Matt Lundy-368, 8. Jake Swanson-357, 9. Michael Curtis-347, 10. Chris Bonneau-300, 11. Josh Hodges-202, 12. Jonas Reynolds-201, 13. Isaac Chapple-200, 14. Austin Williams-189, 15. Daylin Perreira-141, 16. Damion Gardner-139, 17. Dennis Gile-136, 18. Jason McDougal-124, 19. ®Ryan Cully-122, --. Logan Seavey-122.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DALBY & McQUEEN REPRESENT WESTERN CONTINGENT AT MID-AMERICA MIDGET WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 8, 2019).........A 20-plus hour drive from the most recent series race in Ventura, Calif. to Tuesday's USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship round in Meeker, Okla. brings a pair of drivers currently in the top-four of USAC's Western States Midget standings, Robert Dalby and Shannon McQueen, to the Heartland of America for "Mid-America Midget Week" July 9-14.

Dalby, of Anaheim, Calif., has been a top contender in recent years on the Western States campaign where he currently resides third in the series standings. This year, he was the fastest qualifier and finished 2nd at California's Santa Maria Raceway in April, then finished 3rd in the most recent event in June at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

Bakersfield, California's McQueen is the 2012 USAC Western States Midget champion and has a single career series win coming back in 2007 at California's Madera Speedway. This year, she's finished in the top-ten in all four of her Western States starts: 8th at Bakersfield, 10th at Merced, 5th at Santa Maria and 7th at Ventura and occupies the 4th spot in the standings.

Dalby will see four new tracks on the tour, beginning Tuesday, July 9 at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla., Wednesday, July 10 at the Concordia High Banks in Concordia, Kans., and Friday/Saturday, July 12-13 at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. and finishing up at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Sweet Springs, Mo. on Sunday, July 14. He did compete in last year's BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS. For McQueen, the weeklong trail of travels takes her to uncharted waters in her first trip to the Midwest for USAC competition.

Tuesday at Red Dirt, the Lucas Oil National Open Wheel 600 Series Non-Wing Micro Sprints are also on the card. Gates open at 5pm (Central), drivers meeting at 5:45pm, engine heat at 6:15pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, high school students and younger are just $5 and pit passes are $35 apiece. The tailgate section is $100 per carload with one ice chest allowed. Tailgate area tickets are now available for reserved purchase at www.RedDirtRaceway.com.

Wednesday at Concordia, 600 Open Class Non-Wing Micro Sprints are also in action. The drivers meeting takes place at 6:15pm (Central), followed by engine heat at 6:45pm and hot laps at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for ages 13 and older, 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for all ages.

Friday and Saturday at Jefferson County, gates open at 5pm (Central), drivers meeting at 5:30pm, engine heat at 6pm and hot laps at 6:15pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, kids 54 inches tall and under are just $5 and pit passes are $35.

Sunday at Sweet Springs, the drivers meeting begins at 5pm (Central), followed by engine heat and hot laps at 5:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $10, kids general admission is $7, military are $7 and pit passes are $25 apiece.

Watch all five races from "Mid-America Midget Week" live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

BACON RIDES AGAIN IN MID-AMERICA MIDGET WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 8, 2019).........Brady Bacon is on a roll right now, and he aims to continue the run in this week's "Mid-America Midget Week," July 9-14 as the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship swings through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri for five races in a six night span.

Bacon will compete in the first four events of the tour aboard the Central Motorsports No. 85 Tuesday, July 9 at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla., Wednesday, July 10 at the Concordia High Banks in Concordia, Kans., plus Friday/Saturday, July 12-13 at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. Bacon will then finish the week out piloting the Kelly Hinck No. 21H in the MAMW finale at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Sweet Springs, Mo. on Sunday, July 14.

Last weekend, the Broken Arrow, Okla. driver swept the two-night Brand Professional Agriculture "Corn Belt Nationals" for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Knoxville Raceway, collecting $25,000 in winnings over both nights.

In last year's "Mid-America Midget Week," Bacon earned three top-five finishes in four starts, including a 5th at Red Dirt, a 5th at Jefferson County and a 4th at Sweet Springs. Last September, Bacon was the winner of the richest Midget race of the season, the $15,000-to-win BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Bacon's made four USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts this season with a best finish of 6th at Bloomington Speedway during "Indiana Midget Week" in June. He competed for Hinck in March's "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, finishing 18th. Bacon owns seven career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victories.

Tuesday at Red Dirt, the Lucas Oil National Open Wheel 600 Series Non-Wing Micro Sprints are also on the card. Gates open at 5pm (Central), drivers meeting at 5:45pm, engine heat at 6:15pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, high school students and younger are just $5 and pit passes are $35 apiece. The tailgate section is $100 per carload with one ice chest allowed. Tailgate area tickets are now available for reserved purchase at www.RedDirtRaceway.com.

Wednesday at Concordia, 600 Open Class Non-Wing Micro Sprints are also in action. The drivers meeting takes place at 6:15pm (Central), followed by engine heat at 6:45pm and hot laps at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for ages 13 and older, 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for all ages.

Friday and Saturday at Jefferson County, gates open at 5pm (Central), drivers meeting at 5:30pm, engine heat at 6pm and hot laps at 6:15pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, kids 54 inches tall and under are just $5 and pit passes are $35.

Sunday at Sweet Springs, the drivers meeting begins at 5pm (Central), followed by engine heat and hot laps at 5:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $10, kids general admission is $7, military are $7 and pit passes are $25 apiece.

Watch all five races from "Mid-America Midget Week" live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

USAC'S MID-AMERICA MIDGET WEEK:
5 RACES, 6 NIGHTS, 4 STATES ON JULY 9-14

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 7, 2019).........Five races, four states, six nights. That's what lies ahead for the competitors of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship this coming week in "Mid-America Midget Week" beginning this Tuesday, July 9.

"Tuesday Night Thunder" begins the racing feast with the series' second appearance at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla., followed by the series debut at the Concordia (Kans.) High Banks on Wednesday, July 10, the two-night "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., on Friday-Saturday, July 12-13 and the finale at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on Sunday, July 14.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), second in the standings, is the top-returning finisher from the Red Dirt round a year ago, finishing in the runner-up spot behind Christopher Bell. The defending USAC National champ and recent "Indiana Midget Week" titlist proceeded to finish second in last year's ensuing races in the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" as well as in Fairbury before, finally, bagging the win at Sweet Springs with a winning pass four laps from the checkered.

Series point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) is aiming to tack on to his impressive 2019 campaign that has produced victories in all three of USAC's National series. Courtney drove to finishes of 10th at Red Dirt, 8th at the "McDaniel," 15th at Fairbury before securing a 5th at Sweet Springs. Courtney, the reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, has been on a tear in the midgets this season, leading the standings by a whopping 116 markers over Seavey and is the only driver to win more than once in the series, with five victories tallied thus far.

Third in the standings, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) stands just one point behind Seavey for second. While he did not participate in last year's MAMW, his Clauson/Marshall Racing ride won last year's go at Fairbury with Justin Grant at the wheel. Windom recently won his first career USAC National Midget feature at Lawrenceburg Speedway during "Indiana Midget Week," in his 102nd series start. Windom's CMR teammate Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), 5th in the standings, will make his MAMW debut in 2019 as well after missing the action last year due to a collarbone injury.

Positions second through fourth in the standings are bottlenecked with only two points separating the trio of Seavey, Windom and fourth-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.). Thomas, a one-time winner at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway this year, was victorious for the second time in his career at the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" in 2018, the same event in which he won his first career USAC National Midget race, in 2015. He also took an 8th at Red Dirt, a 3rd at Fairbury and an 11th at Sweet Springs during MAMW last year.

Sixth in the standings, Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.) won his first career USAC National Midget race in the series debut at Fairbury, Neb. in 2016. He finished 12th there last year to go along with results of 11th at Red Dirt, 7th at the "McDaniel" and 10th at Sweet Springs and is seeking his first win of the 2019 season.

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) is seventh in points and is coming off his best performance of the season, finishing 3rd in the most recent series feature in Joliet, Ill. He had a solid MAMW run in 2018, finishing 3rd at Red Dirt, 5th in the "McDaniel," 4th at Fairbury and 8th at Sweet Springs as he seeks his first career series victory.

It's a homecoming of sorts for Carrick's Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian teammate Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.), 8th in the standings, who returns to his Mid-America roots with his mind set on upping his 14th, 10th and 16th place results from a year ago. He's coming off one of his best runs of the year, a 7th in the recent round the Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill.

Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) is 9th in the standings and has made much of his success in the USAC National Midget division in the Heartland of America, winning seven of his 19 career races with the series in the states coming up on the tour. He's picked up six in Kansas, all of which have come on the Belleville High Banks, to go along with one win in Missouri, at Lake Ozark Speedway, in 2006. A year ago, he was 4th at Red Dirt, 14th at the "McDaniel," 6th at Fairbury and 14th at Sweet Springs.

Toward the end of June, top series Rookie C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) swapped rides with Leary moving into the Steve Reynolds No. 21KS and McDougal to the FMR No. 76m. Leary, 10th in points, is making his MAMW debut while McDougal earned finishes of 7th at Red Dirt, 4th at the "McDaniel," 7th at Fairbury and 24th at Sweet Springs. Both remain on the hunt for series victory number one.

Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), like Leary and Windom, is making his MAMW debut this week. The series Rookie led his first laps of the season in his most recent outing at Route 66. Meanwhile, KKM teammate Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) won at Fairbury, Neb. in 2017, and recently returned to action in spectacular fashion, winning in his third race back at Putnamville, Ind. in June.

Also scheduled to compete at MAMW is recent $20,000 "Corn Belt Nationals" winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), plus the third and fourth place drivers in the USAC Western States Midget standings, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) and Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.). Dalby finished 3rd in last year's final standings while McQueen captured the 2012 series title.

Tuesday at Red Dirt, the Lucas Oil National Open Wheel 600 Series Non-Wing Micro Sprints are also on the card. Gates open at 5pm (Central), drivers meeting at 5:45pm, engine heat at 6:15pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, high school students and younger are just $5 and pit passes are $35 apiece. The tailgate section is $100 per carload with one ice chest allowed. Tailgate area tickets are now available for reserved purchase at www.RedDirtRaceway.com.

Wednesday at Concordia, 600 Open Class Non-Wing Micro Sprints are also in action. The drivers meeting takes place at 6:15pm (Central), followed by engine heat at 6:45pm and hot laps at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for ages 13 and older, 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for all ages.

Friday and Saturday at Jefferson County, gates open at 5pm (Central), drivers meeting at 5:30pm, engine heat at 6pm and hot laps at 6:15pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, kids 54 inches tall and under are just $5 and pit passes are $35.

Sunday at Sweet Springs, the drivers meeting begins at 5pm (Central), followed by engine heat and hot laps at 5:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $10, kids general admission is $7, military are $7 and pit passes are $25 apiece.

Watch all five races from "Mid-America Midget Week" live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-849, 2-Logan Seavey-733, 3-Chris Windom-732, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-731, 5-Zeb Wise-664, 6-Chad Boat-637, 7-Tanner Carrick-574, 8-Tucker Klaasmeyer-567, 9-Jerry Coons, Jr.-553, 10-C.J. Leary-532.

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PAST RED DIRT RACEWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:
2018: Christopher Bell

PAST "CHAD McDANIEL MEMORIAL" WINNERS:
2010: Brad Kuhn
2012: Scott Hatton
2013: Christopher Bell
2014: Bryan Clauson
2015: Kevin Thomas, Jr.
2016: Bryan Clauson
2017: Christopher Bell
2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

PAST JEFFERSON COUNTY SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:
2016: Chad Boat
2017: Tanner Thorson
2018: Justin Grant

PAST SWEET SPRINGS MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:
2018: Logan Seavey

 


 

BRUNS BRINGS HOME IMRA WIN AT SPOON RIVER

Canton, Illinois (July 6, 2019).........Patrick Bruns led all 20 laps to capture his first USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget victory of the season Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway.

Bruns (Champaign, Ill.), a veteran of starts in USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget series, became the third different IMRA winner at Spoon River this season, following Andy Baugh's triple and Korey Weyant's win the week before.

Bruns was followed to the finish line by Karter Sarff (Mason City, Ill.), Andy Baugh (Mason City, Ill.), Shane Morgan (Creve Coeur, Ill.) and Brent Burrows (Lewistown, Ill).

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USAC SPEED2 ENGLER IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 6, 2019 - Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns (#7x Mahan), 2. Mark McMahill (#57 McMahill), 3. Karter Sarff (#24 Hull), 4. Patrick Ryan (#23 Ryan), 5. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 6. Scott Koerner (#1 Koerner), 7. Daltyn England (#19E England), 8. Christopher Adrien (#21 Spencer). 2:06.00

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 2. Jason Allen (#28 Allen), 3. Brandon Smith (#11 Smith), 4. James Picardi (#127 Picardi), 5. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 6. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman), 7. Stephanie Sparks (#27 Sparks), 8. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld). 2:08.00

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 2. Barry Trone (#69 Trone), 3. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 4. Tyler Roth (#18R Roth), 5. Russell Johnston (#0 Johnston), 6. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks), 2:06.00

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. Karter Sarff, 3. Andy Baugh, 4. Shane Morgan, 5. Brent Burrows, 6. Barry Trone, 7. Jake Sollenberger, 8. Jason Allen, 9. Patrick Ryan, 10. Tyler Roth, 11. James Picardi, 12. Mark McMahill, 13. Russell Johnston, 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Daltyn England, 16. Christopher Adrien, 17. John Heitzman, 18. Stephanie Sparks, 19. Dave Baugh, 20. Scott Koerner, 21. Jeff Sparks, 22. Jace Sparks (#40s Sparks). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bruns.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 ENGLER IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 13, 2019 - Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois

 

BRODY ROA EARNS 2ND FORT MEMORIAL WIN AT SANTA MARIA

SANTA MARIA, CA – JULY 6, 2019… Racing past Chris Gansen on the second lap, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ran away from the field to win his second “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa scored his second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory of the campaign and the eighth win of his career. “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, fast qualifier Jake Swanson, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and hard charger T.J. Smith followed Roa to the checkered flags.

Using an iron block 360 cubic-inch engine, Smith earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a tenth to fifth place run. Chris Gansen claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Swanson scored his 18th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 13.537 over the 18-car roster.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to Malcolm (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and Smith (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

The next event for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will be next Saturday, July 13th, at Perris Auto Speedway’s co-sanctioned clash with the USAC SouthWest Sprints.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, 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/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 6, 2019 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California – “11th Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.537; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-13.707; 3. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.741; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.785; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-13.865; 6. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.867; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.907; 8. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-13.980; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.118; 10. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-14.149; 11. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.157; 12. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.167; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.293; 14. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-14.696; 15. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-14.739; 16. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-14.758; 17. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.103; 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Liggett, 3. Swanson, 4. Gansen, 5. A.Williams, 6. C.Williams, 7. McCarthy, 8. Perkins, 9. Herrera. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Gardner, 3. Faria, 4. Roa, 5. Hix, 6. Sweeney, 7. Ervine, 8. Rayborne. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Brody Roa (4), 2. Tommy Malcolm (1), 3. Jake Swanson (6), 4. Austin Williams (7), 5. T.J. Smith (10), 6. Verne Sweeney (9), 7. Cody Williams (8), 8. Damion Gardner (3), 9. Matt McCarthy (13), 10. Steve Hix (12), 11. Joel Rayborne (16), 12. Austin Ervine (14), 13. Chris Gansen (2), 14. Danny Faria Jr. (5), 15. Kenny Perkins (15), 16. Austin Liggett (11), 17. James Herrera (17), 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (18). NT
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**Gansen flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Gansen, Laps 2-30 Roa
SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: T.J. Smith (10th to 5th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Chris Gansen

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-607, 2-Gardner-606, 3-A.Williams-544, 4-Swanson-481, 5-Malcolm-397, 6-Gansen-393, 7-R.J. Johnson-328, 8-McCarthy-322, 9-C.Williams-318, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-316.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: July 13 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – co-sanctioned with USAC SouthWest

 

 

BACON THE 20 GRAND MAN AT CORN BELT NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Knoxville, Iowa (July 6, 2019).........As it turned out, Brady Bacon's show of strength in Friday's opener was just the warm-up act for what was in store during Saturday night's inaugural Brandt Professional Agriculture "Corn Belt Nationals" finale at Knoxville Raceway.

The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion from Broken Arrow, Okla. backed up his Friday night victory at Knoxville with a masterfully dominating win Saturday night, leading all 30 laps en route to an 8.286 sec. triumph worth $20,000 that was never in doubt from start to finish, although at the end, he had to escape a maze of lapped traffic.

But, as it turned out, Bacon was in a race of his own, and the only competitive race for position was long behind, nearly a half-lap behind him. Bacon was A-Okay with that.

"I was like, 'Doug, Doug, throw the white, let's go. I'm done with this," Bacon said referring to flagman Doug Clark. "I was having some trouble with those lapped cars, and the cushion was getting really treacherous. Lapped cars were biking in front of me and I was like, 'man I don't want someone else to collect me up in this.' Obviously, you don't know how good you are. The competition in USAC is so tough right now, I assumed someone was breathing down my neck."

Bacon started from the outside of the front row alongside "Corn Belt" high-point man Justin Grant. Bacon took charge instantly, sweeping across Grant's nose to take the bottom line into turn one before sliding up to the cushion to secure the spot with USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary in tow.

Leary took his shot at Bacon with a slider in turn one on the third lap, but Bacon was unrattled and swept around the outside of Leary to regain control and blast away for a 10-car-length lead. With five laps in the books, Bacon was up by a half-straightaway and, by lap 10, the lead was a full-straight (4.5 seconds) over Leary with lapped traffic looming.

Initially, the traffic situation was tepid as Bacon ripped above and between the tail end of the field. Yet, seemingly defying the norm, the deeper into traffic Bacon got, the more he built his lead, to more than seven seconds with 10 laps remaining. Leary and 2018 Knoxville USAC winner Tyler Courtney's pursuit of Bacon was like the bystander chasing the proverbial dollar bill on a fishing line, with the lead seemingly out of reach, as those two waged their own war down the stretch.

Yet, unlike stick and ball sports, a blowout lead can literally vanish in the blink of an eye in sprint car racing. With five laps remaining, Bacon entered turn one behind the lapped car of Nick Bilbee. Bilbee biked it on the cushion about six or seven car lengths in front of the leader. Bacon was seemingly unfazed, but it certainly caught his attention as he counted down the dwindling laps.

"I was like, 'Doug, Doug, throw the white, let's go. I'm done with this," Bacon said referring to flagman Doug Clark. "I was having some trouble with those lapped cars, and the cushion was getting really treacherous. Lapped cars were biking in front of me and I was like, 'man I don't want someone else to collect me up in this.' Obviously, you don't know how good you are. The competition in USAC is so tough right now, I assumed someone was breathing down my neck."

However, that wasn't the case at all. Bacon had the field scattered, smothered and covered. Only a caution seemed to be the thing that could put the result in doubt. Behind him, though, Leary and Courtney had their own score to settle with the difference between second and third worth $6,000. Courtney got by Leary on lap 23 in traffic. Leary stayed in the hunt and pounced when Courtney stumbled on the cushion, going underneath Courtney for the position in turn four two laps from the finish.

Brady Bacon's $20,000 Knoxville win Saturday came just ten months after winning the richest USAC Midget race of 2018, a $15,000 victory in the BC39.
(Lee Greenawalt Photo)

Up front, Bacon was harvesting the field to the tune of more than eight seconds, closing out the biggest payday of his USAC Sprint Car career just less than a year after capturing the biggest prize in all of Midget racing in 2018, the $15,000-to-win BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Trailing Bacon at the finish line were Leary, Courtney, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Chris Windom.

Bacon's recent surge on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship trail began with a top-flight performance in the Eastern Storm opener at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway, which paid the previous season-high series' winner share of $10,000, beginning a string of three wins in the past five races that culminated in Saturday's $20,000 victory.

"We've been working hard, unfortunately we haven't gotten to race a lot," Bacon said, referring to the plague of rain throughout the season. "We picked up some momentum in Eastern Storm and we carried it into here. Anytime you can run well here is awesome. Obviously, the big check makes it a lot better."

Bacon became the first driver to reach three USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories on Friday night and the first to elevate to the four-win mark with Saturday's win. It was the 27th series win of Bacon's career, moving him past Tony Elliott and Dave Steele into sole possession of 16th on the all-time list, and just one behind the 28-win mark held by Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway included Justin Grant (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner), Tyler Courtney (AutoMeter Third Qualifier Winner), Brady Bacon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner), Korey Weyant (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Wyatt Burks (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), C.J. Leary (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Glen Saville (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 6, 2019 - Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, Iowa - Inaugural Brandt Professional Agriculture "Corn Belt Nationals" - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval (Co-Sanctioned by the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League)

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-19.312; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.719; 3. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-19.771; 4. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-19.818; 5. Carson Short, 21, RCM-19.847; 6. Kory Schudy, 28, Sawyer-19.866; 7. Landon Simon, 24s, LSR-19.972; 8. Cody Gardner, 9G, Appco-20.050; 9. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-20.122; 10. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-20.129; 11. Don Droud, Jr., 1m, Burch-20.259; 12. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-20.311; 13. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-20.320; 14. Ryan Bernal, 17B, Baughman/Reutzel-20.425; 15. Glen Saville, 75x, Saville-20.702; 16. Chris Morgan, 7c, Williams-20.730; 17. Terry Richards, 18, Richards-21.019; 18. Brandon Halverson, 13MJ, Halverson-21.031; 19. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-21.094; 20. Jori Hughes, 19x, Layton-21.125; 21. Braydon Cromwell, 4A, Cromwell-21.846; 22. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-22.283; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-NT; 24. Doug Sylvester, 12x, Sylvester-NT (Time of 21.767 disallowed).

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-19.823; 2. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-20.121; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-20.168; 4. Matt Westfall, 33m Marshall-20.194; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-20.241; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.323; 7. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-20.386; 8. Wyatt Burks, 11w, Burks-20.386; 9. Wesley Smith, 12, Helm-20.477; 10. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-20.589; 11. Anthony Nicholson, 16, Nicholson-20.694; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-20.805; 13. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-20.965; 14. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-21.024; 15. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-21.196; 16. Logan Faucon, 52F, Faucon-21.319; 17. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-21.414; 18. Steve Irwin, 0s, Flying Zero-21.461; 19. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-21.692; 20. T.J. Artz, 57, Artz-21.782; 21. Brandon Stevenson, 0, Stevenson-21.966; 22. Lane Stone, 73, Stone-22.008; 23. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-22.091; 24. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-NT; 25. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Carson Short, 3. Nick Bilbee, 4. Riley Kreisel, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Glen Saville, 7. Landon Simon, 8. Terry Richards, 9. Katlynn Leer, 10. Braydon Cromwell, 11. Doug Sylvester, 12. Don Droud, Jr. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Mitchell Davis, 4. Kory Schudy, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Cody Gardner, 7. Chris Morgan, 8. Rob Caho, Jr., 9. Brandon Halverson, 10. Jori Hughes, 11. Steve Thomas. 3:33.53 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Anthony Nicholson, 6. Timmy Buckwalter, 7. Dickie Gaines, 8. Korey Weyant, 9. Slater Helt, 10. Brandon Stevenson, 11. Chris Parkinson, 12. Wesley Smith. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Wyatt Burks, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Mario Clouser, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Lane Stone, 8. T.J. Artz, 9. Steve Irwin, 10. Logan Faucon, 11. Frank Rodgers III, 12. Dustin Christie. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the semi) 1. Chris Morgan, 2. Brandon Stevenson, 3. Lane Stone, 4. Slater Helt, 5. Jori Hughes, 6. Brandon Halverson, 7. Doug Sylvester, 8. Steve Thomas, 9. Braydon Cromwell, 10. Frank Rogers, 11. Chris Parkinson. 3:42.19

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Anthony Nicholson, 4. Kory Schudy, 5. Korey Weyant, 6. Steve Irwin, 7. Glen Saville, 8. Cody Gardner, 9. Mitchell Davis, 10. T.J. Artz, 11. Lane Stone, 12. Chris Morgan, 13. Rob Caho, Jr., 14. Katlynn Leer, 15. Dustin Christie, 16. Dickie Gaines, 17. Terry Richards, 18. Brandon Stevenson, 19. Logan Faucon, 20. Jori Hughes, 21. Slater Helt, 22. Brandon Halverson, 23. Landon Simon, 24. Don Droud, Jr. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. C.J. Leary (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (6), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 5. Chris Windom (8), 6. Justin Grant (1), 7. Jason McDougal (7), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Ryan Bernal (12), 10. Carson Short (11), 11. Matt Westfall (9), 12. Korey Weyant (23), 13. Wyatt Burks (10), 14. Josh Hodges (20), 15. Nick Bilbee (14), 16. Dave Darland (19), 17. Mario Clouser (16), 18. Steve Irwin (24), 19. Kory Schudy (22), 20. Anthony Nicholson (21), 21. Riley Kreisel (13), 22. Chad Boespflug (15), 23. Timmy Buckwalter (18), 24. Wesley Smith (17). 11:08.75
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**Wesley Smith flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Korey Weyant (23rd to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Wyatt Burks

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: C.J. Leary

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Glen Saville

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-876, 2-Tyler Courtney-816, 3-Chase Stockon-811, 4-Chris Windom-810, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-800, 6-Brady Bacon-770, 7-Justin Grant-742, 8-Carson Short-695, 9-Jason McDougal-681, 10-Chad Boespflug-599.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 17, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo #TakeTwo - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

BACON CRISP ON NIGHT 1 OF THE CORN BELT NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Knoxville, Iowa (July 5, 2019).........Following qualifying, Brady Bacon and the Dynamics, Inc. team certainly had their work cut out for them. On the second of two qualifying laps, the engine began to sound sour. Immediately after pulling into the infield pit area, the team immediately went to work to swap out the engine for a new bullet under the hood.

Under time constraints, the team prevailed. Under duress for much of the caution-free 25-lap main event, the team once again prevailed, firing on all cylinders figuratively and literally to capture the victory on night one of the inaugural Brandt Professional Agriculture "Corn Belt Nationals" Friday night at Knoxville Raceway.

The 26th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win for the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native moved the two-time series champion into a three-way tie for 16th on the all-time list alongside Tony Elliott and Dave Steele.

Additionally, he became the first two-time winner in the 11 USAC National Sprint Car events held at Knoxville, his first at the half-mile dirt oval since 2011. He also became the first driver to win three series races this year following an April victory at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway and in June at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway.

In his heat race, Bacon drove from 5th to 1st in the relative blink of an eye, displaying that the setback was only momentary, and that they were back in play as contenders where the No. 69 lined up 6th for the 25-lap feature.

In the early laps, the show was the side-by-side battle between pole sitter Chris Windom and third-starting Kevin Thomas, Jr. Windom slid up to the top line in front of outside front row starter Matt Westfall to lead the field into turn one as Thomas surged on the bottom.

The two maintained the high/low show on the 2nd lap as Windom lunged ahead by a bumper at the line to take the lead and would retain a nose-length lead over Thomas on the ensuing two laps as well. On the 5th lap, Thomas reversed the roles and found enough of a run off the bottom of four to take his turn at the front.

Just as Thomas found himself up front, Bacon made the Thomas/Windom tussle a three-way battle as he became the hot knife slicing right through the middle in turns three and four. First, sliding up in front of Windom off of four and putting the chase on Thomas. The middle was something Bacon anticipated coming in with extensive experience at Knoxville in the seat of USAC Sprint Cars, Midgets and wing sprint cars.

"I think just having a lot of laps around here, more than the competition, has helped a little bit there to know that that middle could come in," Bacon explained. "I was having to run a little bit different line, but luckily, I was able to catch the marbles in the middle and get the speed to pass a couple guys."

The top-three order was a juggling act the following lap with Windom rushing from 3rd to 1st utilizing the high line in three and four to zip by both Bacon and Thomas before cutting down to the now-preferred bottom in turn one.

On the 12th lap, Windom slipped off the bottom in turn one just enough to allow Bacon to capitalize, cutting under Windom between turns one and two to take over the lead. On the following lap, Bacon did the same as Windom, just narrowly missing the traction in turn one to allow Windom to once again lead.

Some say running the bottom is like having a job, but Bacon is certainly an expert at his craft. The bottom can be a test that can be unforgiving, but Bacon was determined to stick with it until it paid its dividends despite the slight hiccups.

"It's really hard to run the bottom here and I'm usually really good at it," Bacon said. "The cushion gets so big and it's flat up there. These cars don't really like that too much. It is really testing to run the bottom and slow down that much. I missed it a couple of times and Windom almost got back by me. Fortunately, I had a car good enough to make up for my mistakes and be able to get a little grip in the middle."

Windom went back to the top in turns three and four on lap 14, but this time, it was the top that wreaked a little havoc as he bobbled a tad atop the cushion. Bacon shot by underneath for the sixth lead change of the race and created a little separation between he and Windom with lapped traffic on the horizon and ten laps to go.

With five laps remaining, Bacon was amidst the throes of 5pm interstate traffic. He took the occasion to split the lapped cars of Carson Short and Mario Clouser entering turn three to get some distance on Windom. But that was just as short-lived as Bacon became pinned behind the lapped car of Josh Hodges exiting turn two. Bacon ventured to the outside of Hodges just as Windom was on the path up top midway down the back straightaway. Bacon and Windom swapped lines with Windom diving low into three and Bacon remained topside holding on to the advantage.

With two laps to go, Bacon cleared Hodges, yet Windom remained in his shadow down the stretch, only trailing Bacon by a half-car-length off turn four with the white flag in sight. Bacon was undeterred on the final lap as he found his way to another victory by 0.621 margin over Windom, Thomas, Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant.

Of note, in the C-Main, Kory Schudy broke the 47-year-old 10-lap USAC National Sprint Car track record at Knoxville, formerly held by Billy Thrasher in 1972, with a time of 3:39.34. The night's main event was the first 25-lap USAC National Sprint Car event at Knoxville to go caution-free, giving Bacon the new standard for the distance and his place in the record books at a time of 9:11.86.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Knoxville Raceway included C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Wesley Smith (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Don Droud, Jr. (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Matt Westfall (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 5, 2019 - Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, Iowa - Inaugural Brandt Professional Agriculture "Corn Belt Nationals" - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval (Co-Sanctioned by the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League)

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-19.297; 2. Carson Short, 21, RCM-19.313; 3. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-19.635; 4. Kory Schudy, 28, Sawyer-19.638; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.675; 6. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-19.724; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m Marshall-19.741; 8. Ryan Bernal, 17B, Baughman/Reutzel-19.766; 9. Wesley Smith, 12, Helm-19.777; 10. Don Droud, Jr., 1m, Burch-19.780; 11. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-19.793; 12. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-19.818; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-19.834; 14. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-19.957; 15. Landon Simon, 24s, LSR-20.121; 16. Steve Irwin, 0s, Flying Zero-20.185; 17. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-20.235; 18. Lane Stone, 73, Stone-20.472; 19. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-20.503; 20. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-20.508; 21. Doug Schenck, 71s, Final Effort-20.517; 22. Logan Faucon, 52F, Faucon-20.701; 23. Jori Hughes, 19x, Layton-21.162; 24. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-21.307; 25. Brandon Halverson, 13MJ, Halverson-21.714; 26. Braydon Cromwell, 4A, Cromwell-22.135.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-19.297; 2. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-19.535; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.573; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-19.583; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-19.642; 6. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-19.675; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-19.749; 8. Wyatt Burks, 11w, Burks-19.882; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-19.980; 10. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-19.986; 11. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-19.988; 12. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-20.128; 13. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-20.277; 14. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-20.286; 15. Anthony Nicholson, 16, Nicholson-20.434; 16. T.J. Artz, 57, Artz-20.442; 17. Cody Gardner, 9G, Appco-20.487; 18. Glen Saville, 75x, Saville-20.516; 19. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-20.552; 20. Brandon Stevenson, 0, Stevenson-20.720; 21. Craig Campton, 7s, Final Effort-20.771; 22. Chris Morgan, 7c, Williams-20.775; 23. Terry Richards, 18, Richards-21.572; 24. Doug Sylvester, 12x, Sylvester-22.092; 25. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-3 transfer to feature) 1. Leary, 2. Westfall, 3. Droud, 4. Irwin, 5. Parkinson, 6. Faucon, 7. Halverson, 8. Schudy, 9. Chapple. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-3 transfer to feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Darland, 3. Bernal, 4. Short, 5. Davis, 6. Leer, 7. Gaines, 8. Cromwell, 9. Hughes. 2:42.55

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-3 transfer to feature) 1. Smith, 2. Simon, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Christie, 5. Clouser, 6. Schenck, 7. S. Thomas, 8. Stone. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-3 transfer to feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Grant, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Hodges, 5. Artz, 6. Morgan, 7. Caho, 8. Helt, 9. Rodgers. 2:39.33

FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-3 transfer to feature) 1. Bilbee, 2. Burks, 3. Windom, 4. McDougal, 5. Weyant, 6. Gardner, 7. Richards, 8. Stevenson. 2:45.83

SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-3 transfer to feature) 1. Stockon, 2. Boespflug, 3. Nicholson, 4. Kreisel, 5. Saville, 6. Campton, 7. Sylvester, 8. VanMeveren. 2:46.13

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to semi) 1. Schudy, 2. Chapple, 3. Caho, 4. Gaines, 5. Richards, 6. Stevenson, 7. Stone, 8. Hughes, 9. Thomas, 10. Sylvester, 11. Halverson. 3:39.34 (New Track Record)

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to feature) 1. Short, 2. McDougal, 3. Weyant, 4. Hodges, 5. Clouser, 6. Kreisel, 7. Irwin, 8. Davis, 9. Gardner, 10. Christie, 11. Gaines, 12. Stevenson, 13. Schudy, 14. Caho, 15. Richards, 16. Faucon, 17. Artz, 18. Leer, 19. Saville, 20. Parkinson, 21. Schenck, 22. Morgan, 23. Chapple, 24. Campton. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (6), 2. Chris Windom (1), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (10), 5. Justin Grant (7), 6. Ryan Bernal (9), 7. Chase Stockon (5), 8. Jason McDougal (20), 9. C.J. Leary (8), 10. Matt Westfall (2), 11. Wyatt Burks (12), 12. Wesley Smith (11), 13. Don Droud, Jr. (13), 14. Korey Weyant (21), 15. Nick Bilbee (16), 16. Timmy Buckwalter (4), 17. Josh Hodges (22), 18. Mario Clouser (23), 19. Carson Short (19), 20. Dave Darland (15), 21. Anthony Nicholson (18), 22. Riley Kreisel (24), 23. Chad Boespflug (14), 24. Landon Simon (17). 9:11.86 (New Track Record)
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**Saville and Campton flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 K. Thomas, Laps 2-4 Windom, Laps 5-6 K. Thomas, Laps 7-11 Windom, Lap 12 Bacon, Lap 13 Windom, Laps 14-25 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (20th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Don Droud, Jr.

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Matt Westfall

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-826, 2-Courtney-766, 3-Stockon-761, 4-Windom-760, 5-K. Thomas-750, 6-Bacon-720, 7-Grant-692, 8-Short-645, 9-McDougal-631, 10-Robert Ballou-568.

NEW BRANDT PROFESSIONAL AGRICULTURE "CORN BELT NATIONALS" POINTS: 1-Bacon-492, 2-Grant-489, 3-Windom-484, 4-K. Thomas-484, 5-Stockon-484, 6-Leary-484, 7-Courtney-482, 8-McDougal-475, 9-Bernal-470, 10-Westfall-467.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 6, 2019 - Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, Iowa - Inaugural Brandt Professional Agriculture "Corn Belt Nationals" - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS READY TO BATTLE
AT SANTA MARIA'S "DOUG FORT MEMORIAL"

By: Lance Jennings

JULY 4, 2019... After a hard fought battle at Perris, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will invade the Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, July 6th. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the "11th Annual Doug Fort Memorial" is the first of two appearances at the central coast 1/3-mile oval. The action packed card will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and the NMRA TQ Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

Saturday's point race honors Doug Fort, who built and operated the Santa Maria facility. Opening on Sunday, March 31, 1964 with the California Racing Association (CRA) Sprint Cars, Fort continued to serve as owner and promoter until his passing in 1999. During his tenure, the Santa Maria track was named the "Best Short Track Operation West of the Mississippi" on two separate occasions and hosted a wide variety of race cars.

Originally a winged 410 Golden State Challenge Sprint car race, Tyler Walker claimed the inaugural "Doug Fort Memorial" in 2009. The USAC West Coast 360 Sprints headlined the event in 2012 and "The Kruser" Cory Kruseman won the next two memorials. The show became part of the USAC/CRA schedule in 2014 and "The Cadillac" Cody Williams added his name to the record books. Last season, 2016 USAC West Coast Champion, Brody Roa took the checkered flags ahead of Damion Gardner, Austin Williams, Cody Williams, and "Showtime" Danny Sheridan. Since its inception, the "Doug Fort Memorial" continues to be a popular event and the complete win list is at the bottom of this release.

Since June 18, 2005, Santa Maria Raceway has held twenty-five USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and sixteen different drivers have claimed victory. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with three wins and "The Bullet" Blake Miller set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.230 on June 14, 2008. A complete Santa Maria USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the ninth point race, "The Demon" Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads the USAC/CRA standings by twenty points. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner led seven laps before scoring third at Perris last Saturday night. At press time, the seven-time champion has one feature win, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led on the year. "The Demon" leads all drivers with 81 series wins and will be looking to add the "Doug Fort Memorial" to his resume.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa scored fourth at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the former Western World Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied for fifteenth on the series win list, Brody will have his sights on another "Doug Fort Memorial" victory.

"The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams drove from the back twice to score seventh in last Saturday's feature. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied for fifteenth on the series win list and will be looking earn another win at Santa Maria.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing John Grau & Mike Burkhart's #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson led the first two laps at Perris before scoring second last Saturday night. To date, the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, five top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Swanson has two career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on his first Santa Maria triumph.

After finishing eleventh at Perris, Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting the Gansen Engineering Motorsports' #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen has three top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday night, Chris will be looking to score his first win at the "Doug Fort Memorial."

Currently twelfth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt McCarthy, A.J. Bender, "The Cadillac" Cody Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, Verne Sweeney, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., Joel Rayborne, Austin Liggett, James Herrera, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $25, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, 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, contact 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 on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.

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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.

"DOUG FORT MEMORIAL" WINNERS: 2009-Tyler Walker, 2010-Tommy Tarlton, 2011-Jonathan Allard, 2012-Cory Kruseman, 2013-Cory Kruseman, 2014-Cody Williams, 2015-Rickie Gaunt, 2016-Ryan Bernal, 2017-Max Adams, 2018-Brody Roa.

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

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-549, 2. Brody Roa-529, 3. Austin Williams-475, 4. Jake Swanson-405, 5. Chris Gansen-351, 6. R.J. Johnson-328, 7. Tommy Malcolm-322, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-316, 9. Matt McCarthy-274, 10. A.J. Bender-267, 11. Cody Williams-261, 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-224, 13. Charles Davis Jr.-223, 14. Stevie Sussex-222, 15. Mike Martin-210, 16. Jace Vander Weerd-199, 17. Matt Mitchell-198, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg-196, 19. Verne Sweeney-188, 20. Steve Hix-170.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.


EAST COAST SPRINTS CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE
SATURDAY AT NEW EGYPT

New Egypt, New Jersey (July 1, 2019).........The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars get back after it this Saturday night, July 6, for their only appearance of the season at New Jersey's New Egypt Speedway.

The series was last in the Garden State near the end of May at Bridgeport where Joey Biasi (Mary D, Pa.) scored the victory. Eddie Strada (Lake Ariel, Pa.) scored the East Coast victory at New Egypt one year ago and, wouldn't you know it, he comes into this weekend's race as the series' most recent feature winner, which get got done last Sunday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in New York.

In last year's New Egypt race, Strada was followed to the line by defending champ and current point leader Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) and Chandler Leiby (Carlisle, Pa.). Those three finished in the top-four of Sunday's event at Glen Ridge as well.

Billy Pauch, Jr. has also confirmed that he will be in the USAC East Coast Sprint Car field on Saturday night, driving Bill Gallagher's No. 5G, substituting for Timmy Buckwalter, a two-time series winner this year.

Vahlco Wheels Modifieds, Crate Modifieds and Mike's Performance Center 4-Cylinders are also on the card Saturday. Adult (16+) admission is $26, Seniors (65+) are $24 while Teens (12-15) & Military with ID are $15 and Kids 11 & Under are FREE!

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-508, 2-Chandler Leiby-472, 3-Eddie Strada-464, 4-Ryan Quackenbush-424, 5-Chris Allen, Jr.-416, 6-Timmy Buckwalter-363, 7-Bill Unglert-362, 8-Eric Jennings-312, 9-Carmen Perigo-266, 10-Joey Biasi-237.


BLOOMINGTON AND SPOON RIVER
FIRE UP FOR WEEKEND MIDGET ACTION

Speedway, Indiana (July 1, 2019).........USAC Midget racing on two fronts are headed for the Midwest border states of Indiana and Illinois this weekend.

An open USAC Midwest Midget Regional Special Event race utilizing standard USAC Midget racing rules, will be competing alongside the USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midgets in a combined show at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway on Friday, July 5. Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.) won the first of these events at Bloomington back in May. Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) leads the Midwest Thunder standings while Stratton Briggs (Anna, Ohio) won the most recent round last Saturday at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway.

Stratton Briggs (Anna, Ohio) is coming straight off a Midwest Thunder Midget victory last Saturday at Montpelier. Briggs is second in the standings, 43 points behind two-time and defending series champ Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio), a two-time series winner this year.

In neighboring Illinois, the USAC Speed2 IMRA Midgets are back at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. this Saturday night, July 6. Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.) captured last Saturday's score there, ending defending series champion Andy Baugh's three-race reign at the 3/8-mile dirt oval. Baugh leads the standings 32 over Tyler Roth (Springfield, Ill.), a June winner at Macon (Ill.) Speedway.

Friday at Bloomington, it's the "Fireworks Extravaganza" presented by Curry Auto Center. UMP Modifieds, Midwest Mini Sprints and Super Stocks are also in action, concluding with an awesome fireworks display to celebrate USA's 243rd birthday. Pit gates open for the event at 3pm (Eastern) with grandstands opening at 5pm, hot laps at 6:30pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15, student/military tickets are $10 (with ID) and kids 12 and under are free.

Fireworks are on the docket this Saturday at Spoon River. Pits open at 3pm (Central), pill draw ends at 5:30pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:15pm with racing to follow.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-271, 2-Stratton Briggs-228, 3-Cory Guingrich-209, 4-Gunnar Lucius-199, 5-Alex Watson-195, 6-Ian Creager-187, 7-Kyle Kriegbaum-176, 8-Jacob Denney-162, 9-Zane Briggs-161, 10-Tommy Bigelow-141.

USAC SPEED2 ENGLER IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-362, 2-Tyler Roth-330, 3-Mark McMahill-279, 4-Jake Sollenberger-271, 5-Daltyn England-262, 6-Patrick Ryan-244, 7-John Heitzman-217, 8-Russell Johnston-217, 9-Jeff Sparks-216, 10-Brent Burrows-214.


TOBIAS MEMORIAL BEGINS
ACTION TRACK USA'S 2ND HALF ON JULY 10

Kutztown, Pennsylvania (July 3, 2019).........While that dreaded four-letter word - rain - dominated the first seven weeks of the 2019 campaign, track officials, racers, and fans are chomping at the bit to get the second half of the season underway at Championship Energy Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.

And the remaining slate of blockbuster events gets started in a big way on Wednesday, July 10, with the running of the Seventh Annual Ronnie Tobias Memorial. Honoring the memory of a talented dirt Modified wheel-twister and brother to Action Track USA co-owner Rich Tobias, the program will once again be highlighted by Twin 20-lap features for the USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs. They will be joined by the Hyper Racing EVO Injection 600 Sprints, the All Star Slingshots, and the Junior Slingshots.

Last year's Ronnie Tobias Memorial turned out to be a "first-of-its-kind" event, as one driver swept both ends of the SpeedSTR Twin 20's while another chauffeur copped both of theTwin 17's for the 600 Sprints. Briggs Danner, the teenage sensation from Allentown, PA, notched his second and third SpeedSTR victories and Tim Buckwalter recorded his first two wins of the season in the 600's. Dylan Hoch triumphed in the 40-lap main for the All Star Slingshots.

This year's agenda calls for the Twin 20's for SpeedSTR competitors, and a single, 25-lap shootout for the 600 Sprint jockeys. The All Star Slingshots will compete in a 40-lapper once again, and the Junior Slingshots take part in a 15-lap feature.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m., with grandstand gates swinging open at 5:00. Warm-ups get underway at 6:05, with qualifying races going green immediately after the hot lap sessions.

Coming up on July 17 is the highly anticipated debut of winged 600 Sprints at the Berks County oval. The winged race was postponed by rain on June 19. SpeedSTRs, Slingshots, and the Restricted 600's are also on the July 17 menu.

A huge night of racing is set for Wednesday, July 24, as the twice postponed Dick Tobias Classic, a 75-lap affair for the SpeedSTRs that pays a hefty $5,000 to the winner, will be a major part of the show. The All Star Slingshots will share the spotlight that night as they participate in the annual Kutztown Komet 100, a race that pays tribute to one of Kutztown's most well known citizens, the late, great Freddy Adam. Adam was one of the best dirt Modified pilots of the '60's and '70's, and was widely known as "the Kutztown Komet". The 600 Sprints are also on the July 24 docket.

Then, on July 31, the clay will be sprayed by one of the wildest, most competitive forms of motorsports on the planet. For the very first time, the USAC Nos Energy Drink National Midget Championship series will visit Championship Energy Action Track USA. Joining the mighty Midgets on the card will be Hyper Racing 600 Speedweek presented by 600cc Performance. The entire night is being sponsored by Belfor Property Restoration and Storm Chassis.

For additional information on all things Action Track USA, check the speedway's website at www.actiontrackusa.com or follow us at www.facebook.com/ActionTrackUSA. The Twitter handle is: @actiontrackusa.

 

 

 

STRADA EDGES THE FIELD AT GLEN RIDGE

By: Nick Fillman/USAC East Coast Sprint Cars

Fultonville, New York (June 30, 2019)........."The Edge" Eddie Strada from Lake Ariel, PA was able to grab his first Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series victory of the year after re-passing and holding off Steven Drevicki to take the checkers.

Strada would start his night off on the right foot after pulling the number one pill for the nights action and placing him on the pole of heat one. Strada would go on to win heat race number one by a comfortable margin over Thomas Radivoy. The top three drivers from each of the heat races would redraw for the top six positions, which would put Strada and Bill Unglert on the front row for the feature event.

Strada would quickly jump out to the early lead on the initial drop of the green flag, with Steven Drevicki moving into second from his third place starting spot. Drevicki would close in on Strada early on and take the lead from Strada on the backstretch and lead on lap six. Drevicki grabbed the lead of the field running the middle groove of the track with Strada not far behind. Strada would masterfully work the bottom groove to get back underneath Drevicki to take the lead back on lap thirteen.

The caution would fly on lap 14 as Chad Miller would spin in turns three and four and leave no place for Eric Jennings to go. Jennings would make contact with the Miller machine in the left side nerf bar, leaving both cars with no major mechanical issues. Both drivers would rejoin the back of the field.

The ensuing restart would see Strada leading over: Drevicki, Unglert, Buckwalter, Radivoy, and Chandler Leiby. As the field went back to green Buckwalter would quickly move underneath of Unglert to take the third spot away and try to hunt down the top two drivers.

The field would settle in for the next handful of laps before the caution would fly on lap 18 for Eric Jennings who would go for a spin in turn two. As the field took the green on the next restart, Chandler Leiby would utilize the bunched-up field to get by Unglert and move into the fourth-place spot. The caution flag would again fly on lap 22 for a spinning Thomas Radivoy machine in turns one and two. While the caution was coming out, Bill Unglert caught a tire on the back stretch and went for a tumble ending his feature event. The caution would set up a three-lap dash for the victory.

Strada would be able to hold off Drevick, Buckwalter and the rest of the field to collect his second career Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series victory, and his first on the 2019 tour. Strada has been consistent all season long, just like last season, and currently sits third in the points standings.

The night was off to a tough start for two drivers as Chris Allen and John Anderika would make hard contact in their hot lap session. Allen would suffer enough damage to force him to miss his heat race but would rebound in the feature to collect the Scotty Signs, KSE Racing Products, Vahlco Wheels hard charger award. Anderika would suffer significant damage, including a broken frame and would be done for the remainder of the evening.

As a side note, Sunday was the sixth wedding anniversary for our race director Matt Chambers and his wife Tammie, who is also an official with the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series. Most fans don't see or interact with Tammie as she works so very hard behind the scenes in the pit area to ensure the night goes smoothly. So, a very happy anniversary to Matt and Tammie and here's to many more!!

Up next for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is the second ever trip to the New Egypt Speedway on July 6th.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 30, 2019 - Glen Ridge Motorsports Park - Fultonville, New York

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Eddie Strada (#42E Strada), 2. Thomas Radivoy (#1Q Radavoy), 3. Timmy Buckwalter (#5G Gallagher), 4. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 5. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 6. Chad Miller (#88c Miller), NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 2. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 3. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q TQT), 4. Jeremy Quick (#3 Quick), 5. Jake Winters (#1J Winters). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Eddie Strada, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Chandler Leiby, 5. Jeremy Quick, 6. Jake Winters, 7. Chris Allen, Jr. (#71 Allen), 8. Chad Miller, 9. Eric Jennings, 10. Ryan Quackenbush, 11. Thomas Radivoy, 12. Bill Unglert, 13. John Anderika (#96 Anderika). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Strada, Laps 6-12 Drevicki, Laps 13-25 Strada.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT RACE: July 6 - New Egypt Speedway - New Egypt, New York

SCOTTY SIGNS/KSE RACING PRODUCTS/VAHLCO WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Chris Allen, Jr. (12th to 7th)

ULTRA-SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS 2ND PLACE $50 CERTIFICATE: Steven Drevicki

KEIZER WHEELS 3RD PLACE $50 CERTIFICATE: Timmy Buckwalter

WILWOOD BRAKES 4TH PLACE $50 CERTIFICATE: Chandler Leiby

ATL FUEL CELLS 5TH PLACE $100 CERTIFICATE: Jeremy Quick

KING RACING PRODUCTS 6TH PLACE $25 CERTIFICATE: Jake Winters

ULTRA-SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS 8TH PLACE $50 CERTIFICATE: Chad Miller

 

 

TRI-STATE USAC SPRINT RACE FALLS TO RAIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (June 30, 2019).........Following the first heat of Sunday's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship race from Tri-State Speedway, the skies opened up, drenching the ¼-mile dirt oval and forcing cancellation of the event.

Prior to the downpour, in Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) set quick time with a lap of 13.618, moving him into a tie for 11th on the series all-time list and equaling him with Dave Steele and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Kendall Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.) captured the victory in the first heat race under darkening and threatening skies before the rain hit.

The series returns to action this Friday and Saturday, July 5-6, at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway with the inaugural BRANDT Professional Agriculture "Corn Belt Nationals," which culminates with a $20,000-to-win prize going to the winner of Saturday's finale.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 30, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.618; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.703; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.737; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.847; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.860; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.895; 7. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.908; 8. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-13.931; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.933; 10. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.033; 11. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-14.040; 12. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.063; 13. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble-14.075; 14. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-14.090; 15. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-14.216; 16. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.235; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.236; 18. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.250; 19. Brady Short, 11p, Short/Pottorff-14.306; 20. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.511; 21. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.533; 22. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.591; 23. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.637; 24. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-14.644; 25. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.727; 26. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-14.949; 27. Ryan Bond, 7R, Bond-15.577; 28. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-15.654; 29. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-15.692; 30. Kyle Hathaway, 7H, 15.790; 31. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-16.005.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ruble, 2. Stockon, 3. Bacon, 4. K. Thomas, 5. Chapple, 6. Christie, 7. VanMeveren, 8. Budde. NT

REMAINDER OF PROGRAM RAINED OUT

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-776, 2-Courtney-716, 3-Stockon-711, 4-Windom-710, 5-K. Thomas-700, 6-Bacon-670, 7-Grant-642, 8-Short-595, 9-McDougal-581, 10-Robert Ballou-568.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 5-6, 2019 - Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, Iowa - BRANDT Professional Agriculture "Corn Belt Nationals" - ½-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

LARSON FINDS LATE NIGHT REDEMPTION AT ROUTE 66

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Joliet, Illinois (June 29, 2019).........Not that Kyle Larson needs any extra motivation when he straps into a Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian midget, but any little bit that's added to the equation just makes it that much more difficult for the competition.

In the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car feature that preceded the night's midget feature, Larson was leading when, under a red flag, the Elk Grove, California driver was disqualified from the event for having a crew member outside of the designated work area.

When the time came to jump back in the midget for the late-night cap, there seemed to be no stopping Larson. By the end of the first lap of Saturday's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget "Summer Slash" feature at the Dirt Oval at Route 66, Larson was contending for the lead. All this after starting sixth by virtue of setting quick time in his first ever visit to the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Larson just missed the lead by a wheel at the line on both laps one and two as he rolled the bottom and series Rookie Jesse Colwell ripped the top. Colwell hung tough, but on the third lap, Larson set up Colwell for a slider, clearing him in turn two to capture the lead.

From there, Larson set off toward a half-straightaway lead that was deleted on lap 10 when USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley snagged the turn four curb, sending him into a violent crash down the front straightaway. Yeley spiraled three times through the air before landing and flipping once more, coming to a rest just shy of the flag stand. Yeley escaped without injury.

The common assumption was Larson was in a zone of his own. However, following the lap 11 restart, defending series champ Logan Seavey, who started 12th, was on the prowl, melting Larson's advantage down to two car lengths by lap 13. Seavey pasted himself to Larson's trail and, on lap 15, dove to the bottom of turn one, sliding up to the top in turn two to snare the lead.

"I felt like I was running good laps," Larson recalled. "Then, Logan threw a slider on me. I guess I was running 90 percent. I was like, 'crap, I got to step it up,' and that's when I started making mistakes."

There was no mistake on the following lap on behalf of Larson. Seavey, though, bobbled atop the turn four cushion on lap 16, allowing Larson to get a run on the bottom, which he used to slide Seavey back into turn one to regain the advantage up front.

On a lap 24 restart following a Cole Bodine turn three spin, Seavey's pursuit of Larson fell apart just as it resumed. Seavey snagged that same turn four curb that had bitten others throughout the night, riding like a bucking bronco for a moment before continuing on. That allowed Larson to break away and series point leader Tyler Courtney to capitalize with a slider of his own in turn two for second.

Kyle Larson's 16th victory of his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career equaled him with Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero and Henry Pens for 39th all-time.
(Rich Forman Photo)

The curb was definitely something that had weighed on Larson's mind during the feature. But he found a countering measure in the second half that kept his mind slightly at ease.

"I was just so scared of the curb off of four," Larson said. "It was really tall. These midgets, when they hit it, it's difficult to be consistent. There in the last half, I just started following it around and it was definitely a lot easier to run, and I could have more straightaway speed."

However, the deck was reshuffled when third-running Seavey spun in turn two with less than two laps remaining that set up a green-white-checkered finish. Larson was perfection as soon as the green dropped, riding the rim over the final two laps to take a 0.775 second win over Courtney, Tanner Carrick, Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

The win was the first of the season for Larson, who had made two previous starts during the recent "Indiana Midget Week." It was also the 16th victory of his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career, equaling him with Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero and Henry Pens for 39th all-time.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Dirt Oval at Route 66 were Kyle Larson (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Jason McDougal (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tanner Carrick (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Ace McCarthy (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Zach Daum (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Jake Neuman (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 29, 2019 - Dirt Oval at Route 66 - Joliet, Illinois - "Summer Slash" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.667 (New Track Record); 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-16.708; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-16.715; 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-16.797; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-16.813; 6. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-16.830; 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.883; 8. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.896; 9. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-16.906; 10. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-16.935; 11. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.943; 12. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.946; 13. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-16.949; 14. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.973; 15. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-16.980; 16. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.986; 17. J.J. Yeley, 36, RMS-16.986; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-17.050; 19. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-17.075; 20. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-17.085; 21. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-17.095; 22. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-17.114; 23. C.J. Leary, 21KS, Reynolds-17.136; 24. Ace McCarthy, 28, Neuman-17.175; 25. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-17.184; 26. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-17.200; 27. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-17.255; 28. Presley Truedson, 5T, Daum-17.364; 29. Chance Morton, 7m, Morton-17.570; 30. Tyler Baran, 11, B-Boyz-17.811; 31. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-18.185; 32. Adam Taylor, 7T, Taylor-18.346; 33. Aaron Schuck, 53, Five-Three-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Windom, 3. Boat, 4. Larson, 5. Mitchell, 6. C. Morton, 7. Layser, 8. Yeley. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Elledge, 3. Wise, 4. Courtney, 5. Meseraull, 6. Seavey, 7. Baran, 8. McIntosh. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carrick, 2. Leary, 3. Daum, 4. K. Thomas, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Hendricks, 7. K. Morton, 8. Neuman. 2:21.24 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. McCarthy, 2. Thorson, 3. Bodine, 4. Colwell, 5. Coons, 6. Hollan, 7. Truedson, 8. Taylor. 2:22.23

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Coons, 3. Hendricks, 4. Seavey, 5. Meseraull, 6. Yeley, 7. Neuman, 8. Layser, 9. McIntosh, 10. Mitchell, 11. C. Morton, 12. Truedson, 13. K. Morton, 14. Baran, 15. Taylor, 16. Hollan. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (6), 2. Tyler Courney (5), 3. Tanner Carrick (11), 4. Chris Windom (9), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 6. Tyler Thomas (10), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 8. Jerry Coons, Jr. (7), 9. Jason McDougal (19), 10. Tanner Thorson (14), 11. Jesse Colwell (1), 12. Zeb Wise (2), 13. Zach Daum (13), 14. C.J. Leary (21), 15. Holley Hollan (23), 16. Karsyn Elledge (20), 17. Chad Boat (3), 18. Zane Hendricks (17), 19. Cole Bodine (18), 20. Ace McCarthy (22), 21. Logan Seavey (12), 22. Thomas Meseraull (16), 23. J.J. Yeley (15). NT

**Layser flipped during the first heat. Yeley flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Colwell, Laps 3-14 Larson, Lap 15 Seavey, Laps 16-30 Larson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (19th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Zach Daum

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Jake Neuman

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-849, 2-Seavey-733, 3-Windom-732, 4-K. Thomas-731, 5-Wise-664, 6-Boat-637, 7-Carrick-574, 8-Klaasmeyer-567, 9-Coons-553, 10-Leary-532.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 9, 2019 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma - "Mid-America Midget Week" / "Tuesday Night Thunder" - ¼-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

RICHARD VANDER WEERD MAKES STATEMENT AT THE PAS

PERRIS, CA - JUNE 29, 2019... Making his fourth start, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, CA) regained the lead from "The Demon" Damion Gardner on lap sixteen and sprinted to his second win of the campaign. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard claimed his ninth career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory at Perris Auto Speedway. Early leader Jake Swanson, fast qualifier Gardner, Brody Roa, and "The Cadillac" Cody Williams followed Vander Weerd to the checkered flags.

Matt Stewart earned the night's Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with an eighteenth to ninth place run. Rookie contender Jeff Dyer claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Gardner scored his 86th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 16.449 over the 24-car roster.

The Perris 10-lap heat race victories went to Gardner (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), A.J. Bender (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and Swanson (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The next event for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will be next Saturday, July 6th, at Santa Maria Raceway for the "Doug Fort Memorial."

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, 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/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 29, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.449; 2. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.686; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.806; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.864; 5. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.867; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.913; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.928; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-16.959; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-17.164; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.192; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.234; 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.278; 13. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.350; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.373; 15. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-17.447; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.548; 17. Kyle Shipley, 34, Grau-17.586; 18. Matt Stewart, 90S, Waitman-17.940; 19. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.029; 20. Eddie Tafoya Sr., 51E, Tafoya-18.251; 21. Scott Coffman, 98S, Tracy-18.857; 22. Will Perkins, 50P, Perkins-19.051; 23. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-19.152; 24. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Malcolm, 3. Roa, 4. Sweeney, 5. Gansen, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Dyer, 8. Perkins. 2:55.44.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Mitchell, 3. A.Williams, 4. Davis, 5. McCarthy, 6. Shipley, 7. Hix, 8. Tafoya Sr. NT.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. C.Williams, 4. Tafoya Jr., 5. Waitman, 6. Coffman, 7. Stewart. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (4), 2. Jake Swanson (1), 3. Damion Gardner (6), 4. Brody Roa (3), 5. Cody Williams (9), 6. Jace Vander Weerd (10), 7. Austin Williams (2), 8. Tommy Malcolm (7), 9. Matt Stewart (18), 10. Kyle Shipley (17), 11. Chris Gansen (16), 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (12), 13. Jeff Dyer (19), 14. Verne Sweeney (13), 15. Matt Mitchell (5), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (8), 17. Matt McCarthy (11), 18. A.J. Bender (14), 19. Randy Waitman (15), 20. Steve Hix (22), 21. Scott Coffman (20), 22. Will Perkins (21). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Swanson, Laps 3-7 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 8-15 Gardner, Laps 16-30 R.Vander Weerd

SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Matt Stewart (18th to 9th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Jeff Dyer

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-549, 2-Roa-529, 3-A.Williiams-475, 4-Swanson-405, 5-Gansen-351, 6-R.J. Johnson-328, 7-Malcolm-322, 8-R.Vander Weerd-316, 9-McCarthy-274, 10-Bender-267.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: July 6 - Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, California

 

 

BRIGGS LEADS LAST 7 TO WIN MONTPELIER MTM

Montpelier, IN........Stratton Briggs of Anna, OH passed Gunnar :Lucius on lap 14 and the the rest of Saturday night's 20-lap USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget race at Montpelier Motor Speedway. Cory Gu8ngrich took send at the checkered flag ahead of Aaron Leffel, Alex Watson and Jacob Denney.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: - June 29, 2019 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 2. Cory Guingrich (#62 Guingrich), 3. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 4. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 5. Jacob Denney (#11T Taylor), 6. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 7. Ian Creager (#36 Creager), 8. Tom Hessel (#7T Hessel), 9. Zane Briggs (#10 Briggs),10. Thomas Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 11. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 12. Jon Steed (#7 Steed), 13. Don Bigelow (#4B Bigelow), 14. Mark Neift Jr. (#20N Neift), 15. Bryce Dues (#23D Dues), 16. Chuck White (#C4 White), 17. Tim Key (#6k Key), 18. Jon Watson (#25 Watson). 19. Hayden Haas (##00 Haas), 20. Cody Downard (#3D Downard). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Lucius, Laps 14-20 Briggs.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-271, 2-Stratton Briggs-228, 3-Cory Guingrich-209, 4-Gunnar Lucius-199, 5-Alex Watson-195, 6-Ian Creager-187, 7-Kyle Kriegbaum-176, 8-Jacob Denney-162, 9-Zane Briggs-161, 10-Tommy Bigelow-141.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: July 5 - Bloomington Speedway

 

 

WILSON BREAKS THROUGH FOR FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR IN ADA

Ada, Oklahoma (June 29, 2019).........It took five races into the 2019 season but defending USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma champion Brett Wilson is back in victory lane following Saturday night's triumph in the series' lone visit to Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada, Oklahoma this season.

Wilson, of Sapulpa, Okla., took over the lead from last week's Creek County winner Danny Smith on lap three and led the remaining 23 circuits to score the victory over Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.), Smith (Sapulpa, Okla.) and Grady Chandler (Edmond, Okla.)

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: June 29, 2019 - Oklahoma Sports Park - Ada, Oklahoma

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson), 2. Danny Smith (5$ Smith), 3. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 4. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 5. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 6. Ben Frey (#24 Frey), 7. Michael Gossman (#54 Taylor), 8. J.C. Wilson (#77 Storm Chaser). 2:45.31

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 2. Grady Chandler (#22 Barksdale), 3. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 4. Craig Carroll (#24c Risley), 5. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 6. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver), 7. David Baxter (#7D Baxter), 8. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean). 2:43.77

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Brett Wilson (4), 2. Cameron Hagin (2), 3. Johnny Kent (7), 4. Danny Smith (1), 5. Grady Chandler (5), 6. Ty Hulsey (10), 7. Tim Kent (9), 8. Waylon Weaver (12), 9. David Stephenson (3), 10. Cody Jarvis (6), 11. Ben Frey (11), 12. Michael Gossman (13), 13. J.C. Wilson (15), 14. David Baxter (14), 15. Craig Carroll (8). 8:30.07 ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Smith, Laps 3-25 B. Wilson.

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SWANSON'S STAGGERING SUCCESS CONTINUES WITH 2ND STRAIGHT DAIRYLAND 100 WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Oregon, Wisconsin (June 28, 2019).........There was a moment captured during practice of Friday's Bytec "Dairyland 100" that perfectly encapsulated the character of Kody Swanson and his will to do what it takes to win.

With his helmet still strapped on, the four-time USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series titlist quickly exited his parked car in the infield and immediately brought out the tape measure to the stagger on his right rear.

A small gesture in the grand scheme of things? Perhaps to some, but not in the mind of Kody Swanson who is focused on going the extra meticulous mile to discover the finer details of what it takes to earn all the accolades he has throughout his Silver Crown career.

Swanson led the first 12 laps from the pole position, and then fell back to third where he'd run for the first half of the 100-lapper as David Byrne, then Kyle Hamilton took turns at the front. Swanson wasn't sure a win on this day was in the cards. However, the Kingsburg, Calif. native kept grinding and working until he put himself in a position to pounce.

"Earlier, I didn't know if I'd have anything for Kyle and David," Swanson admitted. "Not only were they faster than me, they were able to do it with ease. That's a disheartening feeling, but I love that they're 100 laps. The track changes and your car changes. I just stayed with it and kept moving around. I like what dirt teaches you, that you need to move around and follow the racetrack so that you're prepared for a position like that when you're in traffic."

At midway, though, the complexion of the race was altered on a variety of levels. On the 51st lap, fourth-running Justin Grant's car went up in smoke, dumping liquid and turning the surface in turn three into a skating ring, sending sixth-place Derek Bischak and eighth-place Travis Welpott sliding uncontrollably at the entrance of turn three. Welpott took the brunt of the impact, slamming the left side of his ride into the concrete, mangling his chassis. He walked away from the incident.

After the unplanned mid-race break, Swanson knew he had been able to preserve his equipment in the first half. The timing was now right to make a run, he felt.

"One of the biggest factors here is when you're on the brakes," Swanson explained. "No matter how fast you are, if you run out, you're sunk. I felt like once we got in the second half, it was okay to try what I could to keep pace. I felt like the longer it went, the better we got."

On lap 57, the timing was just right to set the first domino into motion. The top-three of Hamilton, Byrne and Swanson ran nearly nose-to-tail. Swanson hustled and forced Byrne into pressuring Hamilton, which opened the door on the bottom at the exit of turn four, where Swanson pulled even with Byrne near the end of the front straightaway before Byrne shut the door, albeit momentarily.

Byrne couldn't quite hold the bottom line, drifted up off turn two, which allowed Swanson to stay the course underneath to drive away with the second spot on the back straight with Hamilton now the only contender left in his sight as the pair began to encounter major lapped traffic.

"When catching lapped cars, you never know what can happen at the end, or anytime," Swanson reiterated. "You never know when you might be in a position to win one or not. With 12 to go at Williams Grove (two weeks ago), I thought I had a shot, but I made a mistake. We were battling issues. We all are. That's what I love about Silver Crown. Nobody gets a perfect game. You've got to figure it out, but I didn't. I missed it."

Like an elephant's memory, Swanson didn't forget. It simply empowered him not to reenact that particular moment. He recalled that, in traffic, sometimes you have to be smart and follow versus risking your race and the competition's race by putting yourself in a bad spot.

On the 77th lap, Swanson was amidst this very situation heading down the back straight, but was sort of in the bystander role, waiting to see what Hamilton does and counter that move. Hamilton chose the high route and got clogged in by a group of three lapped cars at the exit of turn four. Hamilton was stuck, but Swanson had an open space on the bottom to stick his nose in and forge forward with the lead.

"I love when you catch them in a group like that...in second place," Swanson clarified. "It's a huge advantage there. It's your job to take care of it. When you're trying to decide whether to go high or low, you pretty much get to pick the lane he doesn't. I was hoping he'd pick high personally just because the way I felt my car was rolling the bottom really well. I was able to make a move and get alongside and, from there, you have to capitalize on things like that. He's good enough, if he gets back out front, there may not be enough time left to get another opportunity.

Yet, Swanson was more than eager to put this one on ice, where he opened up a near four second lead by the closing laps. That is, until Austin Nemire slipped sideways to a stop in turn four as Swanson was eying the checkered flag, necessitating a green-white-checkered finish.

 

"Here, we were within coasting distance of making it happen, but they say, 'no dice,'" Swanson recalled. "On the radio, I was just quiet. What a bummer it really was, but I had to get focused and it's like 'hey you got to let it go.' It is what it is. It's our job to do the best two laps we can and finish this thing."

Swanson had no trouble on the final two lap sprint, opening up a 1.678 gap at the finish to score his 27th career series win, which is in a stratosphere all his own just one year following his Madison victory that tied him for the all-time win record. Hamilton hung on for second despite getting clipped in turn three by Byrne in a battle for the runner-up spot. Hamilton maintained the grip and hung on for second over Byrne, Bobby Santos and Eric Gordon.

It was a change of scenery for Swanson and the Nolen Racing team following their last pavement outing at Lucas Oil Raceway in May where they led for 53 laps before an engine let go on them while leading. Swanson credits the turnaround to the countless hours and sacrifices he and his team made to make sure everything was in order to give them a shot at winning, which they've been doing so much of in 2019 with three wins in six races already after the famed, yellow Nolen Racing No. 20 hadn't been victorious in the decade prior to this year.

"We've been putting in a lot of hours," Swanson explained. Not only my family and I, but a lot of guys that are part of this race team. Dale Latty and Rick Laughlin met my wife and I at the shop at 7am Wednesday so we could go to Salem (Ind.) Speedway to shake it down and make sure we had all the bugs worked out, but we weren't sure. We came home, started at 7am and worked until 11 at night, and never gave up."

"Yesterday, we did all our homework to make sure I was ready to deal whatever handling challenges were thrown at us," Swanson continued. "It was a completely different racetrack to me than we had a year ago. We made changes all the way through driver introductions on the front stretch. I wasn't sure if we had done it right, or if I had made the right calls, but the longer it went, we stayed in the hunt. You never know what's going to happen in the end. Luckily for us, persistence kept us in it and gave us a chance."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Madison International Speedway included Kody Swanson (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Kyle Robbins (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Mike Haggenbottom (WIlwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 28, 2019 - Madison International Speedway - Oregon, Wisconsin - Bytec "Dairyland 100"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-16.852 (New Track Record); 2. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-16.961; 3. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-17.055; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-17.156; 5. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-17.174; 6. Derek Bischak, 31, Bischak-17.233; 7. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-17.309; 8. Cody Gallogly, 81, Williams-17.322; 9. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-17.368; 10. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-17.400; 11. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-17.470; 12. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-17.531; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11, DHR/Byrd-17.573; 14. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-17.737; 15. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-17.761; 16. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.766; 17. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-18.091; 18. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Gerhardt-18.127; 19. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-18.189; 20. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-NT; 21. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-NT; 22. Brian Gerster, 94, Ram-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Kyle Hamilton (3), 3. David Byrne (2), 4. Bobby Santos (5), 5. Eric Gordon (10), 6. Jim Anderson (11), 7. Cody Gallogly (8), 8. Derek Bischak (6), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (13), 10. Russ Gamester (14), 11. Toni Breidinger (15), 12. Kyle Robbins (20), 13. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 14. Chris Windom (12), 15. Cody Gerhardt (18), 16. Austin Nemire (9), 17. Justin Grant (4), 18. Travis Welpott (7), 19. Patrick Lawson (21), 20. Matt Goodnight (16), 21. Chris Dyson (19). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Swanson, Laps 13-24 Byrne, Laps 25-76 Hamilton, Laps 77-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Robbins (20th to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Mike Haggenbottom

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-393, 2-Grant-343, 3-Byrne-291, 4-Gordon-274, 5-Santos-259, 6-Hamilton-256, 7-Haggenbottom-248, 8-Thomas-244, 9-Nemire-240, 10-Robbins-211.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: August 10, 2019 - Salem Speedway - Salem, Indiana - "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial"

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS HEADLINE AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY

By: Lance Jennings

JUNE 25, 2019... After a schedule break, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are ready to clash at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, June 29th.

Promoted by Don Kazarian, the eighth point race of the campaign marks the series' 217th appearance at their "home track." The open wheel showcase will also will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and Young Gun 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, visit the track's website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Since March 6, 2004, "The Demon" Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 45 wins at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. The 1-lap track record of 15.833 was established by Nic Faas, the 2008 Rookie of the Year, on February 25, 2012. At the last three visits, Brody Roa topped the March 30th "So-Cal Showdown," Richard Vander Weerd claimed the April 13th "Sokola Shootout," and Hunter Schuerenberg won the "Salute to Indy" on May 25th. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to Perris, "The Demon" Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads the USAC/CRA standings by twelve points. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner scored eleventh at the May 25th "Salute to Indy." At press time, the seven-time champion has one feature win, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the year. "The Demon" leads all drivers with 81 series wins and will be looking for the Saturday night triumph.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa started twelfth and charged to sixth in the May 25th main event. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied for fifteenth on the series win list, Brody will have his sights on reclaiming the lead with another victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

"The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams scored tenth in the "Salute to Indy." At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied for fifteenth on the series win list and will be looking earn another win at his "home track."

After running second to Hunter Schuerenberg, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing John Grau & Mike Burkhart's #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, four top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led to his credit. To date, the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on his first Perris victory.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson scored a fifth place finish at the "Salute to Indy." At press time, the five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has four heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the season. R.J. has six career USAC/CRA victories and will be a threat to win this Saturday night.

Currently sixteenth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Gansen, Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, Richard Vander Weerd, A.J. Bender, Stevie Sussex, "The Magic Man" Mike Martin, "The Cadillac" Cody Williams, "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr., Matt Mitchell, Verne Sweeney, Jace Vander Weerd, Joel Rayborne, Austin Liggett, 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 $25, Senior tickets (65 and over) are $20, Active Military (with ID), Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children's tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track's website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, 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, contact 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 on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.

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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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 45-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-471, 2. Brody Roa-459, 3. Austin Williams-415, 4. Jake Swanson-329, 5. R.J. Johnson-328, 6. Chris Gansen-306, 7. Tommy Malcolm-266, 8. Matt McCarthy-241, 9. Richard Vander Weerd-235, 10. A.J. Bender-232, 11. Stevie Sussex-222, 12. Mike Martin-210, 13. Cody Williams-197, 14. Hunter Schuerenberg-196, 15. Charles Davis Jr.-187, 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr.®-180, 17. Josh Hodges-164, --. Danny Faria Jr.-164, 19. Matt Mitchell-153, 20. Troy Rutherford-150.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DAIRYLAND 100 SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Oregon, Wisconsin (June 26, 2019).........Twenty-two drivers and cars are entered for this Friday night's Bytec "Dairyland 100" from Madison International Speedway on June 28, the second ever visit for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series on the half-mile paved oval following last year's debut.

Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) comes into the race as the most recent Silver Crown winner on the pavement of Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in May. His Klatt Enterprises team has been victorious in each of the past two Silver Crown events, both on pavement and dirt.

Meanwhile, four-time series champ and current point leader Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) arrives as the defending winner of the "Dairyland 100" and has already won twice on the pavement this season, along with three poles and 193 laps led in three races.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is the second of the two champs entered for the event, winning the Silver Crown title in 2016 and is an eight-time victor in the series, one of eight past Silver Crown winners in the lineup alongside 10-time winner Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.), six-time winner Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) and two-time winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) who won the pole for the 2018 "Dairyland 100."

One-time Silver Crown winners David Byrne and Eric Gordon have a bit of a Wisconsin connection in different ways. Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) is the lone representative of the state of Wisconsin in Friday night's field and owns the one-lap track record in a wing sprint car at Madison. Fortville, Indiana's Eric Gordon earned his only Silver Crown victory thus far, back in 1990, at the Milwaukee Mile and also won his only career Silver Crown pole position in 1993 at Milwaukee.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) and Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) are both veterans of victory lane in USAC's National Sprint Car and Midget divisions, but still have an eye on capturing Silver Crown win number one this Friday.

The field is filled with a strong crop of series Rookies, including leading Rookie driver, in terms of points earned, Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), along with Chris Dyson (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.), Cody Gerhardt (Fresno, Calif.) and Cody Gallogly (Pataskala, Ohio).

Silver Crown veterans in the lineup include Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) and Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.). Series veterans Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) and Toni Breidinger (Hillsborough, Calif.) aim to make their season debuts at Madison.

Friday at Madison, the pits open at 3pm (Central), drivers meeting at 4pm and cars on track for practice at 4:45pm. Qualifying is slated for 6:25 with racing set to begin at 7:30pm.

Adult tickets are $20. Seniors age 62+ are $18. Students age 12-17 are $10. Children age 6-11 are $5. Children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members, $40 for non-members.

It's also Salute to America Night with the area's biggest and best aerial and ground fireworks display by Spielbauer Fireworks. The Big 8 Late Model Series will also be on hand.

Watch the "Dairyland 100" from Madison live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

BYTEC DAIRYLAND 100 ENTRY LIST NO. / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT 2 Patrick Lawson/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson) 6 Kyle Hamilton/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises) 7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing) 9 ®Chris Dyson/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing) 11 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (DHR-Byrd Racing) 16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing) 17 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing) 18 Travis Welpott/Pendleton, IN (Travis Welpott/Ernie Gorman Racing) 20 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing) 22 Bobby Santos/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing) 24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom) 31 ®Derek Bischak/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak) 39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing) 40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing) 51 Russ Gamester/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing) 60 ®Cody Gerhardt/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt) 78 Eric Gordon/Fortville, IN (Armstrong-Slinkard Racing) 80 Toni Breidinger/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Motorsports) 81 ®Cody Gallogly/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams) 91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing) 92 Jim Anderson/Joliet, IL (Kazmark Motorsports) 94 Brian Gerster/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering) ® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS HEADLINE AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 25, 2019... After a schedule break, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are ready to clash at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, June 29th. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the eighth point race of the campaign marks the series’ 217th appearance at their “home track.” The open wheel showcase will also will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and Young Gun 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, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
-2019 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.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Since March 6, 2004, “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 45 wins at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. The 1-lap track record of 15.833 was established by Nic Faas, the 2008 Rookie of the Year, on February 25, 2012. At the last three visits, Brody Roa topped the March 30th “So-Cal Showdown,” Richard Vander Weerd claimed the April 13th “Sokola Shootout,” and Hunter Schuerenberg won the “Salute to Indy” on May 25th. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to Perris, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads the USAC/CRA standings by twelve points. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner scored eleventh at the May 25th “Salute to Indy.” At press time, the seven-time champion has one feature win, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the year. “The Demon” leads all drivers with 81 series wins and will be looking for the Saturday night triumph.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa started twelfth and charged to sixth in the May 25th main event. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied for fifteenth on the series win list, Brody will have his sights on reclaiming the lead with another victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams scored tenth in the “Salute to Indy.” At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied for fifteenth on the series win list and will be looking earn another win at his “home track.”

After running second to Hunter Schuerenberg, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, four top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led to his credit. To date, the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on his first Perris victory.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson scored a fifth place finish at the “Salute to Indy.” At press time, the five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has four heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the season. R.J. has six career USAC/CRA victories and will be a threat to win this Saturday night.

Currently sixteenth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, Richard Vander Weerd, A.J. Bender, Stevie Sussex, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt Mitchell, Verne Sweeney, Jace Vander Weerd, Joel Rayborne, Austin Liggett, 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 $25, Senior tickets (65 and over) are $20, Active Military (with ID), Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, 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, contact 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 on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.
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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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 45-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-471, 2. Brody Roa-459, 3. Austin Williams-415, 4. Jake Swanson-329, 5. R.J. Johnson-328, 6. Chris Gansen-306, 7. Tommy Malcolm-266, 8. Matt McCarthy-241, 9. Richard Vander Weerd-235, 10. A.J. Bender-232, 11. Stevie Sussex-222, 12. Mike Martin-210, 13. Cody Williams-197, 14. Hunter Schuerenberg-196, 15. Charles Davis Jr.-187, 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr.®-180, 17. Josh Hodges-164, --. Danny Faria Jr.-164, 19. Matt Mitchell-153, 20. Troy Rutherford-150.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (June 24, 2019).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. has an opportunity to reach a mark unknown to any driver when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and Midwest Sprint Car Series arrives this Sunday, June 30, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., is tied with Daron Clayton in terms of all-time USAC Sprint Car victories at the ¼-mile dirt oval in southwestern Indiana. It would be a welcoming victory for the driver who resides 5th in the series standings coming into the weekend as he's still seeking his first USAC Sprint Car victory of 2019. He's previously won twice there in 2013, once in 2017 and twice most recently in 2018.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) split between the two Thomas victories a year ago, winning in July of last year for the first win of his illustrious USAC career at Tri-State. Like Darland, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), got his long-awaited first USAC victory at Tri-State in the Spring of 2017, leading the final 27 laps en route to a score during his championship season. He's 3rd in points coming into this weekend's race with two victories to his credit.

Chase Stockon, who resides just down the road from the track in Fort Branch, made it home sweet home in the Spring of 2016 with his first and only series victory there. The consistent wheelman, who's made 270 consecutive feature starts with the series since 2012, is 4th in the standings with a signature win in the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in May.

Sixth in points, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) earlier this month finished off a quality weekend in the East where he became the second two-time USAC Sprint Car winner in the series with his third-straight win at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway. He followed up that up with a first career Silver Crown win at Williams Grove. The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ has won twice in USAC action at Tri-State, in a sprint car in 2015 and in a midget back in 2012.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) is one of the masters at Tri-State, winning twice aboard a USAC Sprint Car at Tri-State in 2016 and 2017, and is two-for-two already in Midwest Sprint Car Series features this year at the track.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) stands in the 8th spot in the standings. His first and still only USAC National Sprint Car feature win came at Tri-State during "Indiana Sprint Week" in 2016. He's primed for another victory following a runner-up performance at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. in May, one of his six top-ten finishes in 10 starts this season.

Recently crowned Eastern Storm champion C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) leads the USAC Sprint Car standings on the strength of 10 top-tens in 10 starts. He's yet to win at Tri-State with USAC but did have a fast time in the Spring of 2018 plus a strong showing in the Fall last year, leading until four laps to go and finishing 2nd.

Defending USAC Sprint champ Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) got incrementally better in his three Tri-State starts in 2018, finishing 12th in the Spring, 9th in the Summer and 6th in the Fall. Going back to 2017, however, Courtney had finishes of 3rd and 5th. Courtney is the lone driver to have won in all three USAC National divisions in 2019 and is second in the Sprint standings coming in.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) arrives in the 7th spot of the standings. He earned a 5th at Tri-State as recently as the Spring of 2018. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Jason McDougal's Tri-State debut last fall was impressive, finishing 3rd on the tricky paperclip. Chad Boespflug (Hanford, Calif.) finished a Tri-State USAC best 2nd in the Spring of 2017. Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) has eyes on his 8th career USAC Sprint start at Tri-State.

For the 42nd time, the USAC Sprint Cars are in the house at Tri-State. Sunday's event also features UMP Modifieds. Pits open at 3:30pm (Central), grandstands at 4:30pm, drivers meeting at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (ages 13-18) $20, children 12 and under free.

Watch the race from Tri-State live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-762, 2-Tyler Courtney-703, 3-Chris Windom-700, 4-Chase Stockon-695, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-688, 6-Brady Bacon-660, 7-Justin Grant-631, 8-Carson Short-585, 9-Jason McDougal-571, 10-Robert Ballou-568.

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS 1983: Rick Hood (9/4) 1984: Steve Butler (5/28) & Rick Hood (9/2) 1988: Kenny Jacobs (8/7) 1989: Rick Hood (6/3) 2000: Cory Kruseman (7/30) 2001: Tony Elliott (5/13) & Jay Drake (7/22) 2002: Tracy Hines (5/19) & Cory Kruseman (7/21) 2003: J.J. Yeley (7/20) 2004: Cory Kruseman (7/18) 2005: Cory Kruseman (7/17) 2006: Jon Stanbrough (7/15) & Daron Clayton (9/2) 2007: Daron Clayton (7/21) 2008: Hunter Schuerenberg (7/19) 2009: Levi Jones (7/18) 2010: Blake Fitzpatrick (7/17) 2011: Damion Gardner (7/16) & Casey Riggs (9/17) 2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (5/12), Jon Stanbrough (7/21) & Daron Clayton (9/15) 2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5/11) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/14) 2014: Daron Clayton (4/26), Robert Ballou (7/19) & Daron Clayton (9/13) 2015: Brady Bacon (4/18), Brady Short (7/18) & Brady Short (9/19) 2016: Chase Stockon (4/16), Carson Short (7/16) & Kyle Cummins (9/17) 2017: Chris Windom (4/15), Kyle Cummins (7/15) & Kevin Thomas, Jr., (9/16) 2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4/28), Dave Darland (7/28) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/15)

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS 1. (5) Daron Clayton & Kevin Thomas, Jr. 3. (4) Cory Kruseman 4. (3) Rick Hood 5. (2) Kyle Cummins, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short & Jon Stanbrough 9. (1) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Blake Fitzpatrick, Damion Gardner, Tracy Hines, Kenny Jacobs, Levi Jones, Casey Riggs, Carson Short, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

 

 

DIRT OVAL 66 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Joliet, Illinois (June 24, 2019).........It's been 15 years since the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship last turned a lap on Dirt Oval 66 in Joliet, Ill., but the series is back on the 3/8-mile dirt oval this Saturday, June 29 for "Summer Slash," the third venture into the Land of Lincoln in 2019.

Coming off a competitive "Indiana Midget Week" that saw five different winners in five races, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) emerged as the champion. The defending series titlist has turned up the wick, so to speak, in recent weeks, finishing in the top-three in five of his last six USAC starts. Back in 2017, Seavey finished 4th in a POWRi event at Route 66, leading the contingent of expected entrants for this Saturday's event.

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson, who finished 5th in 2017, made a miraculous reemergence from serious injuries in a March highway crash, returning to victory lane during the recent "Indiana Midget Week" with a spectacular win in the round at Lincoln Park Speedway after reuniting with Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, with whom he captured the 2016 USAC National Midget driving title. He leads all of Saturday's expected entrants with five career USAC Midget wins in Illinois, each coming at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Those two, along with KKM teammates Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) and Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) competed in that event, finishing 9th and 23rd, respectively. Both reside in the top-ten of the USAC standings, with Klaasmeyer 7th and Carrick 8th. Seavey elevated himself to 2nd in the standings, 63 behind Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.).

With seven different drivers scoring victories in the first 11 events of the season, it's been a seemingly balanced year for everyone else. That is, except for series point leader Courtney, who's notched four victories already this season, including the most recent visit to the state of Illinois, in May at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. It's one of his two career Illinois USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget points victories, the first coming at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena in Springfield in 2017.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) was the surprise victor of the first series race in Illinois this season, indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. As the season has progressed, the "Shamrock Classic" win has proven, without a doubt, to be no fluke as he's been a consistent frontrunner throughout the season with a pair of top-five finishes during IMW, including a 2nd at Gas City and a 5th at Lawrenceburg.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) finally broke through for his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win in his 102nd start in the IMW finale at Lawrenceburg and is 4th in the standings, just ahead of Clauson Marshall Racing teammate Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.). Wise, at 5th in the standings, is the driver highest in the standings who's still looking for win number one on the season.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), a winner at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in April, is 3rd in the standings and is eager to get back into the win column along with Petry Motorsports teammate Jerry Coons, Jr., the 2006-07 series champ out of Tucson, Ariz., a 2008 USAC Midget winner in Illinois in Granite City who currently resides 9th in the standings.

Chad Boat has been on the rise of late, finishing 2nd and 3rd in his two most recent USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts and is 6th in the standings. The Phoenix, Ariz. native remains on the hunt to break into the win column in 2019.

Meanwhile, Brady Bacon rejoined the FMR Racing team near the tail end of IMW, finishing 6th and 8th at Bloomington and Lawrenceburg, respectively, after stepping into the ride following C.J. Leary's exit. Bacon, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion from Broken Arrow, Okla., won five races for the team between 2016-18, the first of which came at an Illinois track, in Wayne City.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is fresh off his second career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win recently during "Eastern Storm" at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway. He's been superb this season with a 2nd and a pair of 4th place finishes to his credit as he eyes becoming this year's third first-time USAC National Midget winner following McIntosh and Windom.

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), a three-time USAC National Midget winner, finished 7th at Route 66 while Jake Neuman (New Berlin, Ill.) took 13th that night. Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) has yet to make a feature start at Route 66, but his USAC Midget breakthrough victory did come in Illinois last fall at Wayne City's "Jason Leffler Memorial."

In the four previous USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races held at Dirt Oval 66, Tracy Hines won in both 2001 and 2003. Critter Malone won in 2002 while Travis Miniea triumphed for his first and only career series win in 2004.

Saturday's event also features the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions on the card. The parking lot opens at 12pm (Central), front gates at 3pm, pre-race party at 3pm and showtime at 7:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25, children general admission is $10, reserved adult tickets are $30, adult pit passes are $40 apiece and children pit passes are $10.

Watch the Lincoln Park race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-772, 2-Logan Seavey-709, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-664, 4-Chris Windom-664, 5-Zeb Wise-618, 6-Chad Boat-600, 7-Tucker Klaasmeyer-511, 8-Tanner Carrick-502, 9-Jerry Coons, Jr.-498, 10-C.J. Leary-490.

 

 

BYTEC DAIRYLAND 100 USAC SILVER CROWN PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Oregon, Wisconsin (June 24, 2019).........One year ago, the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series tackled Madison International Speedway for the first time ever. Now, this Friday, June 28, and with a little more experience under their belts on the half-mile paved oval, the big cars return to the Oregon, Wisconsin track for the Bytec "Dairyland 100."

Kody Swanson was victorious in the inaugural "Dairyland 100" a year ago. In fact, in the six most recent instances in which Swanson made his first Silver Crown start at a particular pavement track, he's finished in the top-five: 2nd place finishes at both Michigan's Berlin Raceway and Ohio's Toledo Speedway in 2010; a 2nd at Gateway Motorsports Park in Illinois and a 5th at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado back in 2013; followed by wins at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in 2016 and Madison in 2018. At both Toledo and Salem, he followed up with a victory in his very next appearance there.

Ad Madison last year, Swanson started second, led the first five, then retook control just before midway to lead the remaining 53 laps and score the victory. The Kingsburg, Calif. native leads the standings coming in as the winningest series driver of all-time pursues an unprecedented fifth series title. The Nolen Racing team he's competing with in 2019 had two cars entered last year, finishing 5th with Chris Windom and 6th with Jerry Coons, Jr.

Justin Grant was the driver who took the lead from Swanson early in the going after starting from the pole position in last year's "Dairyland 100." The Ione, Calif. driver led 42 laps of the event and settled for third at the checkered. This season, he's been the only driver to keep Swanson in check in the championship battle, six points out of the lead, and is the only driver to finish in the top four in every race this season. He's garnered two 3rd place finishes and three 4th place runs in five starts.

David Byrne, third in the standings, is the lone Wisconsin native to enter the event. The Shullsburg driver owns the one-lap track record at Madison in a wing sprint car and was the hard charger in last year's "Dairyland 100." After qualifying 8th originally, his time was disallowed, forcing him to start from the rear of the field. He proceeded to charge all the way to a 7th place finish.

Along with Swanson, Eric Gordon (4th in points) is the only other driver entered for Friday's race who has been victorious in USAC Silver Crown competition in the state of Wisconsin. In 1990, the Fortville, Ind. driver was a winner at the Milwaukee Mile, outdueling the likes of Stan Fox and Dave Blaney to capture his first and, thus far, only career Silver Crown win. Last year at Madison, he qualified 3rd, but experienced brake problems 17 laps in, forcing him to drop out and take a 19th place finish.

Mike Haggenbottom is riding a wave coming into Madison 5th in the series standings after finishing a career-high 4th on the dirt at Williams Grove Speedway in his home state of Pennsylvania. The Levittown, Pa. driver finished 15th last year at Madison, which at the time, was just his second career Silver Crown appearance on pavement.

Sixth in points, Austin Nemire didn't get a chance to start last year's race at Madison following engine trouble during practice, forcing him to the sidelines before the start of the 100-lapper. The Sylvania, Ohio driver arrives at Madison coming off solid 9th and 6th place finishes in his two most recent starts.

Bobby Santos has scored all 10 of his career Silver Crown victories on pavement. Last year, in his first foray onto the banks of Madison aboard a Silver Crown car, he charged from his 6th starting spot to finish 2nd. He hasn't won yet this season, but the Franklin, Mass. driver is knocking on the door with finishes of 2nd (Memphis), 2nd (Toledo) and 3rd (Lucas Oil Raceway).

Kevin Thomas, Jr. dropped from 3rd to 8th in the Silver Crown standings after his ride fell through for the round at Williams Grove. The Cullman, Ala. native is back in for his Madison debut this Friday. The dirt standout was 2nd at the "Hoosier Hundred" in May, but has been solid on the pavement as well, finishing 6th (Memphis) and 8th (Lucas Oil Raceway).

Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton was the winner of the series' most recent pavement outing, in May at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. where he led the final 27 laps to score his first career Silver Crown victory. In fact, his Klatt Enterprises team has won the last two Silver Crown races on pavement with Hamilton and on dirt with Brady Bacon at Williams Grove. Last year at Madison, Hamilton started 4th and finished 11th after the car suffered a driveshaft issue. Hamilton has started all three of his 2019 Silver Crown appearances from the outside of the front row.

Chris Windom, admittedly, hasn't had the season he's hoped for in the Silver Crown division in 2019, coming into Madison 10th in the standings with a best finish of 5th at Toledo in April. He was leading the "Hoosier Hundred" when a right rear tire gave way, sending him into a terrifying series of flips down the front straightaway. Earlier this month at Williams Grove, he was running up front when mayhem ensued as he and race leader Steve Buckwalter made contact, putting Windom up front for the final restart where the right rear tire gave way on the final lap, ultimately dropping him to 9th at the finish line. The 2016 series champ from Canton, Ill. started 5th and finished 5th at Madison in 2018.

Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.) took home a career-best 4th last year at Madison, while Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) and 2018 Rookie of the Year Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) rounded out the top-ten in positions 8, 9 and 10 last year. They, along with leading 2019 Rookie of the Year contender Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), Toni Breidinger (Hillsborough, Calif.) and Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) are back for a second Madison start. Breidinger and Lawson are aiming to make their season debuts with the series.

Meanwhile, 1989 USAC National Midget champion Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.), nine-time USAC National Midget and Sprint Car feature winner Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.), two-time American LeMans Series champ Chris Dyson (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.) and 2010 Pavement, California North and California South Ford Focus Midget champion Cody Gerhardt (Fresno, Calif.) are among those in for their first Madison experiences.

Madison International Speedway has hosted a smattering of USAC races over the decades. The National Sprint Cars have competed twice on the pavement with Larry Dickson taking the top honors in 1970 and Dave Steele capturing the checkered flag in 1997. In 1987, the track was covered with dirt with Kevin Huntley picking up the first of his five career USAC National Sprint Car victories.

The National Midgets have raced at Madison on five occasions with the legendary Mel Kenyon sweeping all three in 1969 and Gary Bettenhausen winning the following year in 1970. Jimmy McCune picked up the midget portion of the USAC doubleheader in 1997.

Friday at Madison, the pits open at 3pm (Central), drivers meeting at 4pm and cars on track for practice at 4:45pm. Qualifying is slated for 6:25 with racing set to begin at 7:30pm.

Adult tickets are $20. Seniors age 62+ are $18. Students age 12-17 are $10. Children age 6-11 are $5. Children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members, $40 for non-members.

It's also Salute to America Night with the area's biggest and best aerial and ground fireworks display by Spielbauer Fireworks. The Big 8 Late Model Series will also be on hand.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-320, 2-Justin Grant-314, 3-David Byrne-227, 4-Eric Gordon-216, 5-Mike Haggenbottom-211, 6-Austin Nemire-209, 7-Bobby Santos-198, 8-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-198, 9-Kyle Hamilton-186, 10-Chris Windom-175.


 

 

ROBBY JOSETT WINS BATTLE AT VENTURA

VENTURA, CA – JUNE 22, 2019… Making his first start of the campaign, Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) outdueled Robert Dalby, Jake Swanson, and Ben Worth to win at Ventura Raceway. Driving Keith Ford’s #73K Naturipe / Sun Valley AG Transport TCR, Josett reclaimed the lead on the tenth circuit and stormed to the fifth USAC Western States Midget triumph of his career. Swanson, Dalby, Cody Swanson, and defending champion Michael Faccinto rounded out the top-five drivers.

Randi Pankratz earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a tenth place run from nineteenth. C.J. Sarna claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the feature.

Jerome Rodela made his first start of the season earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 11.873 over the 23-car roster.
The ten-lap heat race victories went to Sarna (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), David Prickett (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Cory Elliott (Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

On July 20th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their only appearance of the year at Petaluma Speedway.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 22, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jerome Rodela, 25, Malloy-11.873; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.029; 3. Jake Swanson, 73S, Ford-12.107; 4. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.198; 5. Robby Josett, 73K, Ford-12.259; 6. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-12.302; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.312; 8. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.326; 9. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.344; 10. Michael Faccinto, 68, Six8-12.448; 11. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-12.525; 12. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.532; 13. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.595; 14. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.673; 15. Troy Morris III, 07X, Trinity-12.689; 16. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.715; 17. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-12.716; 18. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-12.934; 19. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.937; 20. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.531; 21. John Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-13.533; 22. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-NT, 23, Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sarna, 2. Faccinto, 3. McQueen, 4. Worth, 5. Rodela, 6. Pankratz, 7. Ito, 8. Hazelton. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Prickett, 2. Josett, 3. Dalby, 4. Liggett, 5. Ruston, 6. Leach, 7. Drollinger. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. J.Swanson, 3. C.Swanson, 4. Morris, 5. Beilman, 6. Rucker, 7. Dyson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Robby Josett (3), 2. Jake Swanson (5), 3. Robert Dalby (8), 4. Cody Swanson (2), 5. Michael Faccinto (10), 6. Cory Elliott (9), 7. Shannon McQueen (1), 8. David Prickett (14), 9. Austin Liggett (6), 10. Randi Pankratz (19), 11. Gage Rucker (18), 12. Jerome Rodela (7), 13. C.J. Sarna (13), 14. Troy Morris III (15), 15. Mike Leach Jr. (17), 16. Marvin Mitchell (23, #25M Mitchell), 17. Ben Worth (4), 18. Clayton Ruston (11), 19. Dylan Ito (16), 20. Bryan Drollinger (20), 21. Ron Hazelton (22), 22. John Dyson (21), 23. Kyle Beilman (12). NT
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**Ito flipped on lap 27 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Josett, Laps 7-9 Worth, Laps 10-30 Josett.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Randi Pankratz (19th to 10th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: C.J. Sarna.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Liggett-287, 2-Elliott-265, 3-Dalby-243, 4-McQueen-231, 5-Prickett-229, 6-Sarna-201, 7-Worth-181, 8-C.Swanson-173, 9-Pankratz-164, 10-J.Swanson-156.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: July 20 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

 

 

SMITH CASHES IN THE 5$ AT CREEK COUNTY

Sapulpa, Oklahoma.........Danny Smith (Sapulpa, Okla.), aboard his own orange No. 5$, dominated all 25 laps of Friday's USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at Creek County Speedway.

For Smith, it was his first series victory of the year after winning a series-high four features in 2018, including one at Creek County.

Smith was followed to the line by Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.), Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.) and Ty Hulsey (Owasso, Okla.).

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: June 21, 2019 - Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, Oklahoma

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle Jones (#04 Hefler), 2. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 3. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 4. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 5. Ben Frey (#24 Frey), 6. Michael Longacre (#53L Taylor), 7. David Baxter (#7D Baxter), 8. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 2. Danny Smith (5$ Smith), 3. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 4. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 5. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre), 6. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver), 7. Austin Shores (#8x Shores).

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Joshua Tyre (#25c Admire), 2. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), 3. J.C. Wilson (#77 Storm Chaser), 4. Roy Entze II (#2 Entze), 5. Craig Carroll (#24c Risley), 6. Noah Harris (#7F Fode).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Danny Smith (1), 2. Cameron Hagin (2), 3. Johnny Kent (11), 4. Brett Wilson (8), 5. Ty Hulsey (2), 6. Kyle Clark (6), 7. Tim Kent (10), 8. Ryan Dean (3), 9. Craig Carroll (17), 10. Austin Shores (19), 11. Waylon Weaver (15), 12. Ben Frey (13), 13. Noah Harris (18), 14. Michael Longacre (14), 15. David Stephenson (20), 16. Grady Chandler (#22 Barksdale) (23), 17. David Baxter (21), 18. Roy Entze II (12), 19. Joshua Tyre (4), 20. Michael Tyre II (16), 21. Keith Bolton (#82 Brown) (22), 22. Kyle Jones (5), 23. J.C. Wilson (7). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Smith.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE: June 29, 2019 - Oklahoma Sports Park - Ada, Oklahoma

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT BATTLE RESUMES AT VENTURA

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 18, 2019... After a schedule break, the USAC Western States Midgets will battle at Ventura Raceway, this Saturday, June 22nd. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the fourth point race is the first of four appearances at the 1/5-mile oval. Saturday's event will also feature the VRA Dwarf Cars, VRA Senior Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, and Focus / WMR Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, and Racing at "The Best Little Dirt Track in America" is set for 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track's website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

Since May 24, 1986, 145 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. At press time, Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675 that was set on November 18, 1995. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, there have been two different winners. Making his first career start, Ben Worth won the season opener at Bakersfield on April 6th. Then, Liggett topped the April 20th debut at Merced and Santa Maria on April 27th.

After his second win of the campaign at Santa Maria, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has a 29-point advantage over the competition. Racing the family owned Liggett's #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett also has one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led to his credit. The rookie point leader and defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will be looking to add Ventura to his win list.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) ranks second in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott led eight laps at Santa Maria before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. To date, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has posted two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on his first triumph at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is tied for third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen placed fifth in the Santa Maria feature. At press time, the 2012 Champion has three top-10 finishes and will be looking for her first win of the season.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is tied with McQueen for third in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Austin Liggett at Santa Maria. To date, the young driver has posted two top-10 finishes and will have his sights on his first career win this Saturday night.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) sits fifth in the Western States point standings. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports' #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Western Performance Spike, Prickett scored an eighth place finish on April 27th after starting twelfth. At press time, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has one heat race victory, two hard charger awards, and three top-10 finishes to his credit. David will be looking to claim his first win of the season at Ventura.

While Liggett leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA), Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Marvin Mitchell, Randi Pankratz, Kyle Beilman, Cody Swanson, Dylan Ito, Jake Swanson, Michael Faccinto, "The Panda" Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, "Fireball" Maria Cofer, Bryan Drollinger, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older), Active Military tickets (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $11. Kids tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track's website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 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. FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at www.floracing.com. #5$ Danny Smith (Sapulpa, Okla.) (Jeff Taylor Photo)

USAC WSO TOUR RISES FRIDAY AT CREEK COUNTY

Sapulpa, Oklahoma (June 17, 2019).........USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma hits the midway point of three-straight weekends of racing with this Friday's event at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.

This marks the second appearance by USAC/WSO this season at Creek County following Andrew Deal's victory on the last weekend of April. Danny Smith (Sapulpa, Okla.) ran second in that one to Deal (Caney, Kans.) followed by Tim Kent (Bristow, Okla.), Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla).

J. Kent leads the standings following last Friday's triumph at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla., 14 points in front of Smith, T. Kent, defending champion Brett Wilson (Sapulpa, Okla.) and Noah Harris.

Friday's event also features the POWRi West Midgets and Dwarf Cars.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Johnny Kent-400, 2-Danny Smith-386, 3-Tim Kent-383, 4-Brett Wilson-376, 5-Noah Harris-357, 6-Cameron Hagin-350, 7-Waylon Weaver-320, 8-Ryan Dean-313, 9-Cody Jarvis-300, 10-J.C. Wilson-297. #14 Connor Gross (Asbury, N.J.) (Jacob Seelman Photo)

NASHVILLE, MALTA, MONTPELIER, OH MY, AWAIT BIG USAC SPEED2 MIDGET WEEKEND

Speedway, Indiana (June 17, 2019).........Three USAC Speed2 Midget series prepare for this weekend's tripleheader of racing action featuring the DMA, Eastern and Midwest Thunder divisions in Malta, N.Y., Nashville, Tenn. and Montpelier, Ind., respectively.

This Friday, June 21, marks the first of two races this season for the DMA Midgets at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y. Jason Goff and Will Hull won last year's races at Albany-Saratoga. East Montpelier, Vermont's Hull leads the standings following last weekend's victory at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt.

On Saturday, June 22, the Eastern Midgets make their debut on the ¼-mile at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee. Nolan Allison (Greensboro, N.C.) was victorious in the most recent round at Virginia's Shenandoah Speedway on the first of June and leads the standings coming in.

After three consecutive rain outs, Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier, Ind. is more than eager to welcome the Midwest Thunder Midgets this Saturday night, June 22. Three races have been run thus far, two at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway won by Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) and Chett Gehrke (Broken Arrow, Okla.), and once at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway won by Leffel, the two-time and defending series champ who leads the series standings.

Saturday at Albany-Saratoga, pit gates open at 4pm, grandstand at 5pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $11, kids 11 and under are $2. Pit passes are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Saturday at Nashville, pits open at 9am, grandstands at 2:30pm and racing at 5:30. General admission tickets are $10 for seniors and military, $8 for kids 6-12, $5 for ladies and Kids 5 and under are free.

Saturday at Montpelier, gates open at 3pm, cars on track at 5pm and racing at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15, kids 12 and under are free (with paid adult). Pit passes are $30 apiece.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Will Hull-375, 2-Seth Carlson-357, 3-Joe Krawiec-337, 4-Dean Christensen-310, 5-Justin Phillips-277, 6-Manny Dias-276, 7-T.J. Foster-243, 8-Adam Whitney-233, 9-Dan Douville-227, 10-Justin Sheridan-226.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Nolan Allison-212, 2-Alex Murray-209, 3-Jessica Bean-191, 4-Connor Gross-197, 5-Eric Lewis-172, 6-Preston Lattomus-154, 7-Daytona Spicola-154, 8-Neal Allison-135, 9-Bronzie Lawson-85, 10-Sam Hatfield-75.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-207, 2-Stratton Briggs-158, 3-Gunnar Lucius-144, 4-Cory Guingrich-142, 5-Ian Creager-135, 6-Kyle Kriegbaum-135, 7-Alex Watson-134, 8-Zane Briggs-115, 9-Chris Bounds-113, 10-Jacob Denney-107.

 

 

BC39 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Speedway, Indiana (June 20, 2019).........Registration is now open for the second running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 4-5 at The Dirt Track at IMS in Speedway, Ind.

Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

With the expansion of grandstand seating around the quarter-mile dirt oval, teams purchasing pit passes for the BC39 will be able to add a grandstand seat. Five-hundred reserved seats in Tier 3 (lower level) have been made available for purchase at a discounted rate until August 15. Unsold tickets as of August 15 will be made available at public prices and may sell out.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

You may also purchase a grandstand seat from IMS with a pit pass upgrade, which is available at http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/.

Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of 2.5-mile paved oval track.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon was victorious in the inaugural BC39 in 2018, collecting $15,000 for the victory, which featured a USAC National Midget single event record 110 entries.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon followed by the heat race position draft at the USAC office, located at 4910 W. 16th Street, adjacent from turn one of IMS oval at 7pm (all times Eastern). All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters.

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

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

 

 

LEARY AND STOCKON'S CONSISTENCY
IS ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 19, 2019).........We're only a quarter of the way into the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season and two drivers, C.J. Leary and Chase Stockon, have already entered rarified air.

Since the USAC Sprint Car series began in its current National format in 1961, only seven drivers who'd wind up as the series champion at the end of the year began their campaign with ten consecutive top-ten finishes. Two drivers this year have reached that mark.

Leary, of Greenfield, Ind., leads the series standings coming into the Saturday, June 22, race at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. Thus far, Leary has earned ten finishes no worse than 9th, with a single victory at the "Winter Dirt Games X" finale in Ocala, Fla. He's tacked on three runner-up results to go along with a 3rd, a 4th, two 5th's and a 6th to string together an impressive run of consistency.

Meanwhile, Fort Branch, Indiana's Stockon is fourth in the standings, 67 behind Leary, but he too has finished with top-ten results in ten outings with a win in May's 49th "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, plus no finishes outside the top-eight, which he's done on three occasions this seasons. He's also finished 4th four times and 7th twice.

The only eventual champions to garner ten top-tens in their first ten starts are Roger McCluskey (1963 & 1966), Gary Bettenhausen (1969), Larry Dickson (1970), Sammy Sessions (1972), J.J. Yeley (2003) and Jay Drake (2004).

Of that group, only four have previously equaled Leary's feat by earning at least eight top-five finishes to go along with their ten top-tens: McCluskey, Dickson, Yeley and Drake.

Yes, neither Leary or Stockon have a championship sewn up yet. It's only June and there's a long journey ahead, but the company each have aligned themselves with by virtue of their early season success is definitely something worth applauding.

Many would tell you the adage, "it's not how you start, but how you finish." There's a reason they called MLB Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson "Mr. October" and not "Mr. April" based on his quality of being strong in a playoff setting at the end of the season.

But, certainly, a quality start always helps. In a sport where every point counts, these points count the same as they do in February in Ocala than they do in November in California and Arizona. And, let's just say, that's the point. But through ten races, these two certainly have put themselves in about as good of a position as you could possibly ask for with statistical numbers already reaching the hierarchy of the history of USAC Sprint Car racing.

Saturday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 4:30pm, drivers meeting at 5:15pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Modifieds, Super Stocks and Bombers are also in action. Adult general admission tickets are $25 and kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Watch the Lincoln Park race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPION DRIVER PERFORMANCES
THROUGH THE FIRST 10 RACES:
1961: Parnelli Jones (9 Top-Tens & 9 Top-Fives)
1962: Parnelli Jones (9 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
1963: Roger McCluskey (10 Top-Tens & 10 Top-Fives)
1964: Don Branson (8 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
1965: Johnny Rutherford (8 Top-Tens & 7 Top-Fives)
1966: Roger McCluskey (10 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
1967: Greg Weld (8 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
1968: Larry Dickson (9 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
1969: Gary Bettenhausen (10 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
1970: Larry Dickson (10 Top-Tens & 9 Top-Fives)
1971: Gary Bettenhausen (7 Top-Tens & 4 Top-Fives)
1972: Sammy Sessions (10 Top-Tens & 7 Top-Fives)
1973: Rollie Beale (8 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
1974: Pancho Carter (9 Top-Tens & 7 Top-Fives)
1975: Larry Dickson (7 Top-Tens & 4 Top-Fives)
1976: Pancho Carter (9 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
1977: Sheldon Kinser (6 Top-Tens & 4 Top-Fives)
1978: Tom Bigelow (8 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
1979: Greg Leffler (8 Top-Tens & 5 Top-Fives)
1980: Rich Vogler (8 Top-Tens & 4 Top-Fives)
1981: Sheldon Kinser (8 Top-Tens & 7 Top-Fives)
1982: Sheldon Kinser (8 Top-Tens & 7 Top-Fives)
1983: Ken Schrader (9 Top-Tens & 9 Top-Fives)
1984: Rick Hood (9 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
1985: Rick Hood (9 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
1986: Steve Butler (8 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
1987: Steve Butler (9 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
1988: Steve Butler (9 Top-Tens & 7 Top-Fives)
1989: Rich Vogler (7 Top-Tens & 5 Top-Fives)
1990: Steve Butler (8 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
1991: Robbie Stanley (9 Top-Tens & 5 Top-Fives)
1992: Robbie Stanley (8 Top-Tens & 7 Top-Fives)
1993: Robbie Stanley (7 Top-Tens & 7 Top-Fives)
1994: Doug Kalitta (7 Top-Tens & 4 Top-Fives)
1995: Tony Stewart (6 Top-Tens & 4 Top-Fives)
1996: Brian Tyler (8 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
1997: Brian Tyler (6 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
1998: Tony Elliott (6 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
1999: Dave Darland (8 Top-Tens & 5 Top-Fives)
2000: Tony Elliott (6 Top-Tens & 5 Top-Fives)
2001: J.J. Yeley (6 Top-Tens & 4 Top-Fives)
2002: Tracy Hines (9 Top-Tens & 7 Top-Fives)
2003: J.J. Yeley (10 Top-Tens & 10 Top-Fives)
2004: Jay Drake (10 Top-Tens & 9 Top-Fives)
2005: Levi Jones (5 Top-Tens & 5 Top-Fives)
2006: Josh Wise (8 Top-Tens & 3 Top-Fives)
2007: Levi Jones (9 Top-Tens & 5 Top-Fives)
2008: Jerry Coons, Jr. (5 Top-Tens & 3 Top-Fives)
2009: Levi Jones (9 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
2010: Levi Jones (9 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
2011: Levi Jones (9 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
2012: Bryan Clauson (8 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
2013: Bryan Clauson (8 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
2014: Brady Bacon (9 Top-Tens & 8 Top-Fives)
2015: Robert Ballou (8 Top-Tens & 5 Top-Fives)
2016: Brady Bacon (8 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
2017: Chris Windom (9 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)
2018: Tyler Courtney (8 Top-Tens & 6 Top-Fives)

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT BATTLE RESUMES AT VENTURA
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 18, 2019... After a schedule break, the USAC Western States Midgets will battle at Ventura Raceway, this Saturday, June 22nd. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the fourth point race is the first of four appearances at the 1/5-mile oval. Saturday’s event will also feature the VRA Dwarf Cars, VRA Senior Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, and Focus / WMR Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, and Racing at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” is set for 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Since May 24, 1986, 145 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. At press time, Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675 that was set on November 18, 1995. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, there have been two different winners. Making his first career start, Ben Worth won the season opener at Bakersfield on April 6th. Then, Liggett topped the April 20th debut at Merced and Santa Maria on April 27th.

After his second win of the campaign at Santa Maria, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has a 29-point advantage over the competition. Racing the family owned Liggett’s #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett also has one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led to his credit. The rookie point leader and defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will be looking to add Ventura to his win list.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) ranks second in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott led eight laps at Santa Maria before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. To date, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has posted two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on his first triumph at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is tied for third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen placed fifth in the Santa Maria feature. At press time, the 2012 Champion has three top-10 finishes and will be looking for her first win of the season.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is tied with McQueen for third in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Austin Liggett at Santa Maria. To date, the young driver has posted two top-10 finishes and will have his sights on his first career win this Saturday night.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) sits fifth in the Western States point standings. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Western Performance Spike, Prickett scored an eighth place finish on April 27th after starting twelfth. At press time, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has one heat race victory, two hard charger awards, and three top-10 finishes to his credit. David will be looking to claim his first win of the season at Ventura.

While Liggett leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA), Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Marvin Mitchell, Randi Pankratz, Kyle Beilman, Cody Swanson, Dylan Ito, Jake Swanson, Michael Faccinto, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Bryan Drollinger, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older), Active Military tickets (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $11. Kids tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 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.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Ben Worth.

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, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Robby Josett, 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-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Tommy White.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett (R)-231, 2. Cory Elliott-202, 3. Shannon McQueen-173, -. Robert Dalby-173, 5. David Prickett-172, 6. C.J. Sarna-156, 7. Ben Worth (R)-144, 8. Marvin Mitchell-119, 9. Randi Pankratz-118, 10. Kyle Beilman-107, 11. Cody Swanson-105, 12. Dylan Ito-87, 13. Jackson Dukes (R)-85, 14. Shane Golobic-80, 15. Jake Swanson-78, 16. Tyler Edwards-74, 17. Michael Faccinto-73, --. Mitchel Moles-73, 19. Chase Stockon-72, 20. Mike Leach Jr. (R)-71.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 6: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
April 20: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
June 22: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
July 20: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
July 27: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 15: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 19: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 20: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 23: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

LINCOLN PARK USAC SPRINT CAR PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (June 17, 2019).........The official start of summer begins this weekend with the return of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

The world's fastest 5/16-mile dirt track will host its 35th visit by the series this Saturday, June 22. Twelve of those 35 wins will be represented among five drivers in this weekend's lineup that includes Dave Darland, Robert Ballou, Chad Boespflug, Brady Bacon and Tyler Courtney.

Darland leads all drivers with six LPS victories, in 1997, 98, 99, 2005, 2012 and the series' most recent trip, in July of 2018. The Lincoln, Ind. driver will have a new ride for the event in Dwight Cheney's No. 42, with who he last competed for in USAC National competition during the 2011 "Oval Nationals" at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

Rocklin, California's Ballou, 10th in the standings, has been victorious with USAC at LPS on three occasions. The 2014 triumph was the first career USAC win for his own familiar white No. 12. The 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion won again in the summer of 2016 and followed it up with a repeat winning performance in 2017.

Speaking of firsts, Lincoln Park was home to Boespflug's first career USAC win in 2013, wiring all 30 laps to win that night for car owner Paul Hazen. The Hanford, Calif. native is back in the seat of the Eberhardt/Zirzow Racing No. 98e and stands 11th in the series standings with a win on the local level at Kokomo earlier this season.

Running second behind Boespflug that day six seasons ago at LPS was a young Tyler Courtney, his best USAC finish up to that point and would remain so until 2016. Since then, Courtney has won a title and 19 races with the series, including last year's final pre-Indiana Sprint Week tune-up at LPS as well as the series' most recent race, last Saturday at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway. The Indianapolis, Indiana driver, who stands second in points, has deep roots with LPS. His grandparents, Mike and Verla Farrar owned and operated the track from 1981-96.

Chris Windom, third in points, was the most consistent driver in the two LPS races a year ago, finishing with 4th and 2nd place results. However, the Canton, Ill. driver is yet to win a USAC race at LPS in his career. Just less than two weeks ago, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ finished 5th in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race there.

The last time Hoosier rubber touched Indiana soil in USAC Sprint Car competition, Chase Stockon was the man, winning the 49th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track. Like Windom, Stockon hasn't yet tasted a USAC victory at LPS where he finished 9th a year ago. The Fort Branch, Indiana driver's consistency of 10 top-tens in 10 starts this year has elevated him to fourth in the standings.

The only other driver to have collected top-ten finishes in all 10 starts thus far is Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary, the series point leader and recently-crowned Eastern Storm champ. Leary took a 7th place finish at LPS last year. Leary, who has earned five Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying times this season, scored his first career USAC quick time at LPS in 2014.

Fifth in points, Kevin Thomas, Jr. has two fast qualifying times at LPS, in 2014 and 2017. Although the Cullman, Ala. native remains on the hunt for LPS USAC win number one this Saturday, he came oh-so-close last summer while leading just eight laps from the checkered when he bucked the turn two cushion and flipped, denying him the victory. He followed that up with 4th place finish at LPS last July.

Brady Bacon is fresh off a pair of USAC victories in four starts among two different divisions. The Broken Arrow, Okla. pilot was victorious in the Eastern Storm Sprint Car opener at Grandview, then captured his first career Silver Crown win last Friday at Williams Grove. Bacon, who's sixth in the standings, won at LPS during the 2015 campaign.

Ione, California's Justin Grant, 7th in the standings, had a solid 5th place run at LPS one year ago, which is his best career finish there. Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) has always been contender in qualifying, especially at LPS, where he earned his first career quick time in 2015 and once again in 2018 for the driver who resides 8th in series points. Willow Branch, Indiana's Isaac Chapple, 12th in the standings, was 17th and 13th in two LPS appearances last year and has been named the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger on three occasions this year, tied with Courtney for most among all drivers.

LPS is the place where Jason McDougal first turned heads in a sprint car, charging from 22nd to 3rd in his first career start last summer. Since then, he's produced two more victories, including a sterling performance last Wednesday night on the Eastern Storm tour at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway, moving the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver up to 9th in the standings.

Saturday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 4:30pm, drivers meeting at 5:15pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Modifieds, Super Stocks and Bombers are also in action. Adult general admission tickets are $25 and kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Watch the Lincoln Park race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-762, 2-Tyler Courtney-703, 3-Chris Windom-700, 4-Chase Stockon-695, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-688, 6-Brady Bacon-660, 7-Justin Grant-631, 8-Carson Short-585, 9-Jason McDougal-571, 10-Robert Ballou-568.

LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS 1981: Sheldon Kinser (9/16) 1983: Kelly Kinser (5/25) & Sheldon Kinser (8/24) 1984: Chuck Amati (5/23) & Sheldon Kinser (7/18) 1985: Sheldon Kinser (5/4) & Steve Butler (9/7) 1986: Steve Butler (5/17) & Sheldon Kinser (8/23) 1997: Jack Hewitt (7/27) & Dave Darland (8/23) 1998: Dave Darland (7/26) & Brad Fox (8/15) 1999: Dave Darland (7/24) 2000: Jay Drake (7/29) 2001: Jon Stanbrough (7/21) 2002: Cory Kruseman (7/20) 2003: Jay Drake (7/19) 2004: Cory Kruseman (7/17) 2005: Dave Darland (7/19) 2010: Dickie Gaines (7/24) & Jon Stanbrough (9/10) 2012: Dave Darland (7/22) 2013: Chad Boespflug (7/4) & Bryan Clauson (7/18) 2014: Jerry Coons, Jr. (7/4) & Robert Ballou (7/17) 2015: Jerry Coons, Jr. (7/4) & Brady Bacon (7/16) 2016: Robert Ballou (7/1) & Brady Short (7/14) 2017: Robert Ballou (7/16) 2018: Tyler Courtney (7/6) & Dave Darland (7/26)

 

 

LEARY CAPTURES 2019 EASTERN STORM CHAMPIONSHIP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 16, 2019).........More often than not, Eastern Storm has proven to be a harbinger of even more success.

In eight of the first 12 editions of Eastern Storm, the driver who claimed the annual mini-series in June translated that success to become a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion later that same year. Levi Jones (2007-10-11), Bryan Clauson (2012-13), Brady Bacon (2014), Robert Ballou (2015) and Chris Windom (2017) have previously found the correlation between Eastern Storm and USAC titles in the same year.

Newly-crowned Eastern Storm champion C.J. Leary sure hopes his name can be added to that list after wrapping up the title with a third place run Saturday night at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway, followed by the cancellation of Sunday's finale at Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway.

The Greenfield, Ind. driver currently leads the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings heading into the summer months where a multitude of events strung together can either make or break a championship run. Leary passed his latest test admirably to become the first Indiana-born champion of the Eastern Storm series.

Leary never once qualified outside the top-two in each of the three races this past week in the series that was shortened from five scheduled events due to rain outs at both BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa. and Weedsport. He qualified 2nd at Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) on Tuesday and at Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, N.J.) as well, and finished strong, taking 2nd behind Brady Bacon at Grandview and a 5th at Bridgeport, a race won by Jason McDougal.

The half-mile at Port Royal served as Leary's showcase where he blistered the one-lap track record by more than four-tenths. In his heat race, he proceeded to establish a new 8-lap record, lowering the standard two full seconds en route to a dominating victory after starting sixth. His name in the record book didn't last as long as Leary would've preferred as Bacon took eight more tenths off in heat race two to establish a new record.

In the Port Royal feature, Leary worked his way to another consistent third-place result, which has been his calling card this year. In fact, Leary has yet to finish outside of the top-9 in 10 series starts this year with a win and a series-leading five Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying times to boot.

Consistently qualifying well, transferring through his heat and finishing in the top-five come feature time night-after-night will net positive results in the standings. It has thus far on the smaller weeklong scale of Eastern Storm. The 23-year-old hopes the success pays even more dividends in the long run toward the National championship by season's end.

FINAL 2019 EASTERN STORM POINT STANDINGS
1. (223) C.J. Leary
2. (210) Tyler Courtney
3. (206) Chase Stockon
4. (199) Chris Windom
5. (196) Brady Bacon
6. (196) Justin Grant
7. (182) Jason McDougal
8. (181) Kevin Thomas, Jr.
9. (158) Carson Short
10. (143) Robert Ballou
11. (125) Joey Biasi
12. (121) Chad Boespflug
13. (116) Isaac Chapple
14. (112) Dave Darland
15. (110) Steven Drevicki
16. (89) Dustin Christie
17. (84) Jarett Andretti
18. (76) Bill Balog
19. (75) Ryan Godown
20. (74) Timmy Buckwalter
21. (74) Brian VanMeveren
22. (70) Carmen Perigo
23. (37) Dominick Buffalino
24. (31) John Stehman
25. (31) Trevor Kobylarz
26. (24) Kyle Lick
27. (24) Craig Pellegrini, Jr.
28. (24) Jared Esh
29. (10) Heidi Hedin

 

 

GUARDINO CONTINUES TO ROLL AT SANTA MARIA

SANTA MARIA, CA – JUNE 15, 2019… Regaining the lead from Jake Swanson on lap 21, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) claimed the “Ron Otto Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino extended his point lead with his third USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the season. Fast qualifier Swanson, T.J. Smith, Troy Rutherford, and Cody Majors rounded out the top-five drivers.

Ryan Stolz earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with an eleventh place run from twenty-first. Tom Hendricks scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

Earlier in the program, Swanson posted his seventh career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 13.787 over the 22-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Brandon Wiley (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Guardino (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Smith (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway on Saturday, August 10th for the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.”

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2019 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California – “Ron Otto Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.787; 2. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.802; 3. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.081; 4. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.193; 5. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-14.214; 6. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-14.323; 7. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.416; 8. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.425; 9. Cody Majors, 81X, Watt-14.514; 10. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-14.605; 11. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-14.657; 12. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-14.657; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.664; 14. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-14.665; 15. Ricky Lewis, 81, Watt-14.784; 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 0K, Perkins-14.979; 17. Will Perkins, 50, Perkins-15.022; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.087; 19. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-15.304; 20. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.598; 21. Ryan Stolz, 72, Stolz-15.612; 22. Bill Jones, 16J, Jones-15.622.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1.Wiley, 2. Swanson, 3. Ringo, 4. Rutherford, 5. Mayhew, 6. Tafoya, 7. Hix, 8. Jones. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Hendricks, 3. Owens, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Shaw, 6. Perkins, 7. Herrera. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Lewis, 3. Timmons, 4. Majors, 5. Ervine, 6. Stolz, 7. Boul. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (5), 2. Jake Swanson (6), 3. T.J. Smith (1), 4. Troy Rutherford (3), 5. Cody Majors (9), 6. Ryan Timmons (4), 7. J.J. Ringo (10), 8. Ricky Lewis (15), 9. Koen Shaw (11), 10. Hannah Mayhew (19), 11. Ryan Stolz (21), 12. Austin Ervine (18), 13. Tom Hendricks (8), 14. James Herrera (20), 15. Brandon Wiley (13), 16. Bill Jones (22), 17. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (16), 18. Steve Hix (7), 19. Brent Owens (14), 20. Will Perkins (17), 21. Ricky Kirkbride (2), 22. Tanner Boul (12). NT ---------------------------- **Wiley flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Smith, Laps 8-19 Guardino, Lap 20 Swanson, Laps 21-30 Guardino. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Stolz (21st to 11tth) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Tom Hendricks

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-598, 2-Timmons-455, 3-Shaw-420, 4-Mayhew-320, 5-Swanson-318, 6-Austin Liggett-308, 7-Danny Faria Jr.-294, 8-Ervine-293, 9-Rutherford-290, 10-Smith-289.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: August 10 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California – “Bud Stanfield Memorial”

 

 

COURTNEY RULES PORT ROYAL EASTERN STORM ROUND

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Port Royal, Pennsylvania (June 15, 2019).........For Tyler Courtney, the date of June 15th and the location of Port Royal Speedway means more than just another stop on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour.

For Port Royal was the half-mile dirt oval where his mentor, Bryan Clauson, recorded his record sixth and final "Eastern Storm" win in 2016. Saturday night also marked what would've been Clauson's 30th birthday.

Courtney, the defending series champ, was bound and determined to make his own personal mark to honor BC on this night during round three of the 13th annual "Eastern Storm" series but felt there was a spirit helping him along the way.

"We've kind of struggled all week," Courtney admitted. "But I think we had somebody looking down on us tonight. This one's for him. He's done a lot for my career. He's done a lot for everybody on this team. Even without him being here, he helped us more than he knows."

The emotional victory for Courtney aboard his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy appeared as smooth as silk for 30 laps with barely any threats posed en route to his second series victory of the year. His half-mile record with the series in 2019 now includes wins at Eldora and Port Royal to go along with a 3rd at Terre Haute.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney started from the outside of the front row and was seemingly gone, ripping the top, as Chris Windom attempted to keep pace in second. Courtney's lead stretched out to three-quarters of a straightaway over Windom in the first-third of the race until 2015 Port Royal winner Robert Ballou made contact in turn three, heavily damaging the torsion bar and the left rear wheel, forcing him on the sideline for the remainder of the night.

Courtney had been solid as a rock at Port Royal in his previous two campaigns, finishing 4th in 2017 and 3rd in 2018. But Windom, who lined up second on the ensuing restart, was victorious in both of those instances. Windom's best opportunity to get past was to dive low in one to the inside guardrail to throw the slider on the restart. He did just that when racing resumed on lap 12, but there wasn't enough mustard on the fastball to surge ahead, and instead, tucked in behind Courtney exiting turn two.

Yellows and restarts were the only things tugging on Courtney's cape this night as each time Courtney stood on the throttle, his competition was left in the distant past. The separation from Courtney to Windom was instantly a half-straightaway while Windom found himself a 10-car length lead over the fierce battle for third between Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chase Stockon and new one-lap track record holder, C.J. Leary.

At the midway point, Thomas slid by Stockon on the bottom of turn three. Stockon countered to regain third exiting four. Stockon's grasp on the spot was hanging in the balance and Thomas was able to pick Stockon off by the time they reached turn two on the 16th lap. By turn four of the same lap, Leary had slid by Stockon to take ownership of fourth to begin the second half of the 30-lapper.

Meanwhile, Courtney was cruising with nothing but Warren Alston's double checkers on his mind and vision with six laps remaining. That was until third-running Thomas, who was on the topside of turn three and in the midst of a joust with Leary for third, suffered a blown right rear tire which sent him hard into the outside guardrail with a mighty wallop, elevating all four wheels of his car off the ground before landing back on all fours. The incident ended his night with a disappointing 18th place finish and placed a huge dent in his Eastern Storm title chances where he dropped form 2nd to 8th, and in the National Sprint points in which he fell from 2nd to 5th.

Four lapped cars separated race leader Courtney and second-running Windom on the lap 25 restart, negating any reasonable chance for Windom to toss a slider for the lead heading into turn one. Instead, all Windom could do was stay pat on the topside while the lappers cooperated on the bottom. Once again, any notion of anyone else having a shot at taking down Courtney was all for naught as Courtney opened it up to a lead of three seconds while Leary tried to step up a spot by challenging Windom, to no avail.

Courtney finished off a sterling performance by setting his fastest lap of the race on the 30th and final lap that ultimately resulted in his second career Eastern Storm victory by 3.15 seconds over Windom, Leary, Stockon and Justin Grant.

Courtney's win was the 19th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, moving him to within two of 1967 series champion Greg Weld's 21 victories for 28th on the all-time list. (Rich Forman Photo)

Courtney fell the struggle was real in the first two rounds this week with 4th and 6th place runs at Grandview and Bridgeport, respectively. The prevailing feeling was that they needed to return to the basics and remember why they do what they do in the first place, and when winning is part of the equation, the fun never seems to find an end.

"We've been banging our heads against the wall just trying to figure out what we're doing," Courtney explained. "I think we just came to the conclusion that we weren't really having fun. So, we went back to the basics, 'have some fun.' (Port Royal) is a place that suits our style, high speed, and when you get to run it nice and straight up against the wall like that, it's a lot of fun."

Courtney's win was the 19th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, moving him to within two of 1967 series champion Greg Weld's 21 victories for 28th on the all-time list.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear/Sprint Car Unlimited Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/In Memory of Mike Grassmyer Hard Charger), Chris Windom (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Dustin Christie (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2019 - Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - 13th "Eastern Storm" - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/SPRINT CAR UNLIMITED QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-18.105 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-18.332; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.457; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-18.518; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-18.670; 6. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-18.691; 7. Carson Short, 20, Dyson-18.730; 8. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-18.737; 9. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-18.779; 10. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-18.817; 11. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-18.856; 12. Steven Drevicki, 19s, Drevicki-18.886; 13. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-18.888; 14. Dave Darland, 39, Hogue-18.899; 15. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-18.927; 16. Carmen Perigo, 21, Perigo-18.971; 17. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.000; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-19.084; 19. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-19.153; 20. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-19.343; 21. John Stehman, 23, Treyco-19.678; 22. Jared Esh, 33, Ehrenzeller-20.212.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Thomas, 3. Perigo, 4. Short, 5. Boespflug, 6. Andretti, 7. Biasi, 8. Esh. 2:33.36

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Ballou, 3. Grant, 4. Courtney, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Christie, 7. Darland. 2:32.57 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Chapple, 3. Stockon, 4. Drevicki, 5. McDougal, 6. VanMeveren, 7. Stehman. 2:35.52

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (2), 2. Chris Windom (1), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Chase Stockon (4), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Carson Short (7), 7. Brady Bacon (17), 8. Jason McDougal (9), 9. Jarett Andretti (10), 10. Joey Biasi (19), 11. Isaac Chapple (18), 12. Timmy Buckwalter (8), 13. Dustin Christie (20), 14. Carmen Perigo (16), 15. Brian VanMeveren (15), 16. Dave Darland (14), 17. John Stehman (21), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 19. Chad Boespflug (13), 20. Steven Drevicki (12), 21. Robert Ballou (11), 22. Jared Esh (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/IN MEMORY OF MIKE GRASSMYER HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (17th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dustin Christie

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Chad Boespflug

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-762, 2-Courtney-703, 3-Windom-700, 4-Stockon-695, 5-K. Thomas-688, 6-Bacon-660, 7-Grant-631, 8-Short-585, 9-McDougal-571, 10-Ballou-568.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Leary-223, 2-Courtney-210, 3-Stockon-206, 4-Windom-199, 5-Bacon-196, 6-Grant-196, 7-McDougal-182, 8-Thomas-181, 9-Short-158. 10-Ballou-143.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 16, 2019 - Weedsport Speedway - Weedsport, New York - 13th"Eastern Storm" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

BACON THE LAST MAN STANDING
IN DRAMA-FILLED WILLIAMS GROVE 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (June 14, 2019).........For Brady Bacon, it was the best of times. For Steve Buckwalter and Chris Windom, in particular, it was the worst of times.
That about sums up the Helter Skelter roller coaster ride of emotions among the top-three drivers during the final laps of Friday's "Williams Grove 100" USAC Silver Crown race at Williams Grove Speedway.

For Bacon, the times couldn't have gotten any better as he avoided the misfortune in front of him. On the 100th and final lap, second-running Windom got into the rear bumper of Buckwalter, sending Buckwalter spinning out of the race lead.

On the ensuing restart, Windom, the new race leader, led the field into turn one on the final lap only to see his right rear tire give out, handing the lead to Bacon who ended the drama once-and-for-all by cruising the last three-quarters of a lap to capture his first career USAC Silver Crown win.

Bacon's score came in his 23rd series start aboard his Beast Chassis - Wilwood Disc Brakes - Hoosier Racing Tire-sponsored Beast/Ford, the second-straight win for the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 following Kyle Hamilton's victory on the pavement at Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway in May.

Bacon, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ out of Broken Arrow, Okla., started third, but dropped to sixth on the opening circuit which, though had him a tad worrisome, became an afterthought as he preserved his equipment and steadily moved up as the race wore on, running fourth as late as nine laps remaining with Buckwalter, Kody Swanson and Windom sitting ahead of him in the pecking order.

Following the lap 90 restart, Bacon surged from fourth to third to second between laps 91 and 93 and was challenging for the lead. Just a lap earlier, Swanson had slid by Buckwalter for the lead in turn one with just a bit too much gusto, sliding up just out of the bottom groove as Buckwalter didn't fret and drove back by underneath.

That opened up the door exiting turn two, allowing Bacon to sweep past Swanson to second as the field passed under the legendary back straightaway bridge, while Windom presented an inside challenge to Swanson entering the third turn. Windom's right front and Swanson's left rear tangled not once, but twice in between turns three and four, forcing Swanson wide off turn four and allowing Windom to take the third position.

Bacon challenged Buckwalter for the lead entering the outside of turn three on three consecutive laps to no avail. With five to go and Bacon unable to make the lane up from the bottom work to his liking, Windom took advantage and skirted underneath on the low line to grab second.

"It took me a lap to get going before I could start trying to squeeze on the outside of turn three," Bacon recalled. "But Buckwalter was really smart. He races a lot here, so he was keeping himself just far out enough to where I couldn't get a run on him, and then I slid out."

The top-four of Buckwalter, Windom, Bacon and Swanson ran practically nose-to-tail entering the conclusion. Heading into turn one on the final lap, though, local favorite Buckwalter from Royersford, Pa., a nine-time wing sprint car and five-time ARDC Midget winner at Williams Grove, seemed poised and primed to capture his first career Silver Crown victory in his 25th series start.

That's when the complexion of the race, and seemingly the universe, turned on its figurative head. Second-running Windom entered turn one a couple car lengths behind Buckwalter. Windom tagged Buckwalter's rear bumper with his own front bumper, turning Buckwalter sideways and, ultimately, to a stop in the middle of turn one. Windom barely escaped to the outside behind Buckwalter's tail tank while third-running Bacon snuck by underneath without getting caught in the melee.

Buckwalter didn't mince words in his thoughts of what happened just three-quarters of a lap away from payday.

"I knew I had to get in low and protect the bottom," Buckwalter explained. "I was running as hard as I had to (in order) to make that happen. I just feel bad for all the PA fans. We had them beat. I don't know what else to say. I guess he just didn't want to get second, but he just drove through me."

"You don't get that many opportunities to win one of these," Buckwalter continued. "We only run (Silver Crown Cars) four or five times a year. It's kind of out of my element. These guys are driving non-wing sprint cars all the time and I maybe run half a dozen midget races a year. To get out there and drive from eighth to the lead, and not touch anybody, and on the last corner to have somebody drive through your rear bumper, it's just heartbreaking."

From Windom's point of view, he admitted he just plainly misjudged the entry to turn one.

"I obviously misjudged it and I feel terrible about it," Windom admitted. "I'd been battling brake issues the last 40 laps of the race and he got in so slow and low to protect the bottom. Once the white flag came out, I got excited going down the front stretch and I got in too hard. I had my left foot through the floor trying to slow the car down. I just knew at that point that I had gotten in way too hard. I tried to turn up at the last second, but it just ended up catching him even harder with the bumper and spun him. I can't change it now. I had a bad misjudgment there."

That set up a green-white-checker finish. Though there was a tad fretfulness at the beginning, Bacon's car had come to life late. Once he gained a close-up look of the leader's tire situation, he knew there was blood in the water.

"I knew we had a better car at the end," Bacon noted. "I was a little worried when we weren't very good at the beginning, then I saw some tire issues come about. Buckwalter's tire was looking pretty bad and Windom's was looking bad. Once they had that little altercation over there, that gave us an extra lap. I knew that wasn't good for Windom because I could see his cords."

At that point, it was all about hanging on, although Windom still had the feeling that despite all the indicators he was feeling, he would still be able to preserve enough rubber to make it to the end.

"I knew it was low; I could feel it shaking down the straightaway," Windom remembered. "But I thought it was going to be enough to last to the end, but it just wasn't."

As Windom's tire went down, forcing him to slip up the racetrack in turn one, Bacon scooted underneath and it was in the books as Bacon drove away and got out of Dodge to claim one of the most drama-filled last laps in USAC Silver Crown history. Although confident, another yellow could've thrown a wrench into the deal for Bacon with tire wear weighing heavily on the mind and a hard-charging four-time champ in Swanson could have possibly resulted in a different outcome.

"Coming off turn two, maybe," Bacon explained when he thought he had the win sewn up. "But then I'm like, there's no telling who's behind me. I don't know how much I slowed down to miss (Windom), but I was pretty confident I had it. I was just hoping they didn't throw the yellow. It feels like I should've won a couple of these, but glad to get my first one," a cheerful Bacon said. "I love coming out here to PA. This is a really cool place to win a race."

Swanson finished six-tenths of a second behind Bacon in the second spot ahead of Fatheadz Eyewear pole winner Justin Grant in third. KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Mike Haggenbottom earned a career-best fourth from the 15th starting spot while Eric Gordon rounded out the top-five.

The breakthrough win for Bacon comes following consecutive second place finishes in Silver Crown competition at The Grove for the Klatt team, with drivers Bryan Clauson (2016) and Damion Gardner (2017). It's the first Silver Crown win for a Klatt-owned car on dirt and the first of any kind on dirt in USAC National competition since a 2011 Sprint Car win with Bobby East an hour and a half east at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa.

Friday's win marked Bacon's second career USAC-sanctioned win at Williams Grove following his ARDC Midget win in June of 2017.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway included Justin Grant (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Mike Haggenbottom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Shane Cottle (WIlwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 14, 2019 - Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - "Williams Grove 100"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.799; 2. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-21.816; 3. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-21.863; 4. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-21.938; 5. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-22.123; 6. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-22.245; 7. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-22.325; 8. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five Three-22.428; 9. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-22.441; 10. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-22.574; 11. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire-22.586; 12. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-22.599; 13. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker-22.642; 14. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-22.840; 15. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-22.933; 16. Johnny Petrozelle, 8, Cornell/Petrozelle-23.021; 17. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-23.293; 18. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-23.298; 19. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-28.427.

FEATURE: (101 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (3), 2. Kody Swanson (6), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Mike Haggenbottom (15), 5. Eric Gordon (14), 6. Austin Nemire (5), 7. David Byrne (12), 8. Steve Buckwalter (8), 9. Chris Windom (2), 10. Matt Goodnight (10), 11. Chad Kemenah (11), 12. John Heydenreich (13), 13. Shane Cottle (7), 14. Dallas Hewitt (18), 15. Kyle Robbins (9), 16. Dave Berkheimer (17), 17. Tyler Courtney (4), 18. Johnny Petrozelle (16), 19. C.J. Leary (19). 1:01.52.305
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-47 Windom, Laps 48-99 Buckwalter, Lap 100 Windom, Lap 101 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Mike Haggenbottom (15th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shane Cottle

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-320, 2-Grant-314, 3-Byrne-227, 4-Gordon-216, 5-Haggenbottom-211, 6-Nemire-209, 7-Bobby Santos-198, 8-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-198, 9-Kyle Hamilton-186, 10-Windom-175.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: June 28, 2019 - Madison International Speedway - Oregon, Wisconsin - Bytec "Dairyland 100"


 

WILLIAMS GROVE 100 STORYLINES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (June 13, 2019).........Scanning the headlines to bring you the notable things to look for in this weekend's USAC Silver Crown event at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. on Friday, June 14.

KLATT ATTACK: The Klatt Enterprises No. 6 has been spectacularly strong in its two most recent outings at Williams Grove, earning a second-place run with Bryan Clauson in 2016 followed up by another runner-up performance in 2017 after leading 83 laps with driver Damion Gardner. The car's current dirt pilot, Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla., is seeking his first career USAC Silver Crown win. He opened up his Eastern trip with a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car "Eastern Storm" victory Tuesday at Grandview Speedway and does have an ARDC Midget win at The Grove in 2017.

THE KYLE ROBBINS EXPERIENCE: Kyle Robbins is one of eight drivers in the field who holds USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car experience at Williams Grove, finishing 24th back in 2017. However, he and Mike Haggenbottom are the only members of that group aiming to make his first Silver Crown start, a group that includes Brady Bacon, C.J. Leary, Chris Windom, John Heydenreich, Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney.

BOUNCING BACK: The last time Johnny Petrozelle wheeled a Silver Crown car at Williams Grove in 2017, he tipped it over on his qualifying run. He's bounced back in several ways since then. For instance, following May's "Hoosier Hundred," Petrozelle proposed to his girlfriend on the Indiana State Fairgrounds front straightaway. She said "yes" by the way. The newly-engaged Denton, N.C. driver looks to bounce back on the track at Williams Grove this Friday.

HALF-MILE CLUB: The last time the Silver Crown cars were on a half-mile last September, C.J. Leary was standing in victory lane at Eldora Speedway. In fact, both of the Greenfield, Indiana's Silver Crown victories have come on half-miles, also scoring the win at Terre Haute in 2016. Leary was the fast qualifier at Williams Grove in 2016 and holds the one-lap USAC Silver Crown track record of 20.379.

GROVE DEBUTS: Alvada Ohio's Chad Kemenah has plenty of laps around Williams Grove in a wing sprint car, including a 5th place run in Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions action there in April of 2018. However, this will mark Kemenah's debut at Williams Grove in a Silver Crown car following his first career appearance in May, a 24thplace finish at the "Hoosier Hundred." Kemenah will be one to watch with National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Bob Hampshire as his crew chief.

THE HEWITT CONNECTION: Bob Hampshire is the winningest crew chief in Silver Crown history, helping Kody Swanson and Jack Hewitt to a combined six series championships and their number one and two positions on the all-time Silver Crown driver win list. Like Kemenah, Hewitt's nephew, Dallas Hewitt, of Troy Ohio, made his first start at the "Hoosier Hundred" and is eying his first Williams Grove action.

HARD CHARGER: Austin Nemire of Sylvania, Ohio was the hard charger in the most recent Williams Grove Silver Crown race in 2017, moving from 15th to 8th. He was strong early on in May's "Hoosier Hundred," starting 9th and running as high as 6th early on, and hovering around the top-ten for most of the race before a clutch issue 11 laps from the end derailed them to a 20th place finish.

OLDIE, BUT GOODIE: Chris Windom's horrific crash at the "Hoosier Hundred" took our breath away. It also took his car away, totaling the new Maxim in the first race of the year. Since that time, the Goodnight Racing team has acquired the Kazmark Motorsports No. 92, the very same car which Windom with in Kazmark colors in 2017 at Terre Haute, and in 2016 when it was owned by RPM/Fred Gormly with which Windom won with at Williams Grove, Du Quoin and Eldora en route to the championship. Windom will compete alongside teammate and first-time Grove competitor Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind.

BACK ON TRACK: The last time Silver Crown was at Williams Grove in, Kody Swanson was your winner, leading the final 17 laps to score the victory. This year, Swanson is in new digs with Nolen Racing. Their first two outing were superb as Kody started from the pole and won both events on the pavement. He took home a third at the "Hoosier Hundred" on the dirt, but then suffered an engine problem while leading at Lucas Oil Raceway to close out May. Kody and the team have had a few weeks to regroup and the series point leader aims to get the ball rolling again toward an unprecedented 5th series title.

PA SYSTEM: Four Pennsylvania drivers are in the lineup, including John Heydenreich, whose 103 career series starts rank 16th all-time. The Bloomsburg native owns seven Midget wins at The Grove between 1984 and 1996. Royersford's Steve Buckwalter is a nine-time 410 Wing Sprint Car and 5-time ARDC Midget winner at Williams Grove, and finished 9th in the Silver Crown race there in 2016. Mechanicsburg's own Dave Berkheimer finished 17th in his first career Silver Crown start at Williams Grove in 2016. Levittown's Mike Haggenbottom has competed with USAC at Williams Grove before, not in a Silver Crown as of yet, however, but in a Sprint Car where he finished 15th in his one and only USAC Sprint Car start in 1996.

BYRNE-ING DESIRE: David Byrne was once known as a pavement specialist to some, but his best results of late have come on the dirt. He was strong in May's "Hoosier Hundred," finishing 7th after starting 6th. He's finished 13th and 16th in his two Grove outings with the full potential to achieve a much better result this time around after setbacks hindered the Shullsburg, Wisc. driver's 2016 and 2017 runs.

GORDON AT THE GROVE: In Eric Gordon's long, illustrious USAC career, he has yet to get a chance to race at Williams Grove. That all changes this Friday for the nine-time "Little 500" winner from Fortville, Ind. who charged from 16th to 5th in his most recent Silver Crown race on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway.

COTTLE RECHARGED: Shane Cottle, a 10th place finisher at Williams Grove in 2016, was another driver who was flashy in his dirt season debut at the "Hoosier Hundred" in May where the Kansas, Ill. driver shot up through the field from his 19th starting spot and into the top-five just 41 laps into the 100-miler before clutch problems sidelined him to a 23rd place result on lap 64.

CLOSING IN: Only one driver has finished in the top-five of all four Silver Crown races thus far - Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. That's allowed him to close within six points of Kody Swanson in the title chase as we near the summer stretch. Grant has won a Silver Crown race on a track similar in size to Williams Grove, scoring the win in 2018 at the "Sumar Classic" at Terre Haute.

REDEMPTION: Tyler Courtney arrives at Williams Grove coming off a hard-fought victory at the "Hoosier Hundred" in May. His last attempt in a Crown car at Williams Grove ended before it even had a chance to begin after the car suffered mechanical woes during practice that didn't allow Courtney to even turn a lap during the main event.

The back pit gate opens at 4:30pm Eastern, front pit gate at 5:30pm, all general admission gates at 5:30pm. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 7pm. General admission tickets are $28, youth age 13-20 are $10 and age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Watch Friday's Williams Grove USAC Silver Crown race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

"WILLIAMS GROVE 100" ENTRY LIST:
# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Bob Hampshire)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (Felker Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH SATURDAY
AT SANTA MARIA'S "RON OTTO MEMORIAL"

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 11, 2019... This Saturday, June 15th, the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will make their second of four appearances at the newly renovated Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the "Ron Otto Memorial" will also showcase IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and the NMRA TQ Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

Primarily featuring the NMRA TQ Midgets, the "Ron Otto Memorial" has hosted sprint cars for several years. While some details are missing and different series were brought in, Josh Davis won the Bandit 360 Sprint feature in 2005. From 2006 to 2009, "The Kruser" Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, Tyler Brown, and Garrett Hansen won under the USAC/CRA 410 banner. In 2010, T.J. Smith claimed the USAC West Coast main event and the shows in 2011 and 2012 were rained out. James Herrera won the local 360 show in 2015, Ryan Bernal topped 2017, and Austin Liggett was victorious in last year's memorial. A win list for the "Ron Otto Memorial" is at the bottom of this release.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-eight West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series track record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354 by "Showtime" Danny Sheridan on September 11, 2004. Austin Liggett claimed the April 28th main event and the Santa Maria series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the ninth point race, there have been six different winners. Defending series champion Austin Liggett and Tristan Guardino have two victories, while Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, and Troy Rutherford have one win on the season. Rain washed out the May 18th show at Petaluma.

Returning to Santa Maria, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has a stout 125-point lead over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso's Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino won last Friday's nonstop "Chris and Brian Faria Memorial" at Tulare. At press time, the point leader has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led. Tristan ranks ninth on the series win list and will be looking to add the "Otto Memorial" to his resume.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons finished eighth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and five top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday, Ryan will have his sights on his third USAC West Coast triumph.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) sits third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw placed tenth in last Friday's "Faria Memorial." At press time, the versatile driver has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Koen will be looking for his first career USAC win at Santa Maria Raceway.

After running a close second to Guardino at Tulare, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has climbed to fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, the defending champion has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led on the season. Austin ranks sixth in feature wins and will have his sights on another "Otto Memorial" victory.

"Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) has risen to fifth in the West Coast point chase. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria scored a fourth place finish at Tulare. To date, the two-time champion has two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the year. "Hollywood" is tied with Bud Kaeding for third in series victories and will be looking to add his name to the winner's list of the "Ron Otto Memorial."

Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) and J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Ervine, Jake Swanson, Michael Faccinto, "The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride, Steve Hix, Troy Rutherford, T.J. Smith, Cody Majors, Tanner Boul, Brandon Wiley, D.J. Johnson, Ryan Stolz, and more.
Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

"RON OTTO MEMORIAL" SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2005-Josh Davis, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Mike Spencer, 2008-Tyler Brown, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-RAIN, 2012-RAIN, 2013-NO RACE, 2014-NO RACE, 2015-James Herrera, 2016-NO RACE, 2017-Ryan Bernal, 2018-Austin Liggett.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-515, 2. Ryan Timmons-390, 3. Koen Shaw-370, 4. Austin Liggett-308, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 6. Hannah Mayhew (R)-273, 7. Austin Ervine-250, 8. Slater Helt (R)-241, 9. Jake Swanson-238, 10. Michael Faccinto-231, 11. Ricky Kirkbride-225, 12. Steve Hix-221, --. Troy Rutherford-221, 14. T.J. Smith-216, 15. Ryan Bernal-206, 16. Cody Majors-203, 17. J.J. Ringo (R)-197, 18. Kyle Edwards-178, 19. Tanner Boul-166, 20. Brody Roa-154.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
April Red Dirt winner Steven Shebester of Mustang, Okla.
(Danny Clum Photo)


RED DIRT ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR USAC WSO FRIDAY

Meeker, Oklahoma (June 10, 2019).........The second of four visits to Red Dirt Raceway by USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma comes to Meeker, Okla. this Friday night, June 14, four round three of the 2019 season.

Mustang, Oklahoma's Steven Shebester captured the victory in the series opener at Red Dirt in April. Layne Himebaugh (Collinsville, Okla.), Andrew Deal (Caney, Kans.), Brett Wilson (Sapulpa, Okla.) and Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.) rounded out the top-five in the show.

Deal won the most recent USAC/WSO round at Creek County Speedway in the final week of April. Deal now leads the standings by 24 points over Danny Smith (Sapulpa, Okla.). Himebaugh, Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and J. Kent complete the top-five coming into Friday's race. Defending series champ Wilson is eighth in the standings.

On Friday, the gates open at 6pm Central, driver draw at 6:15pm at the USAC/WSO table until 7pm, USAC/WSO drivers meeting at 7pm, track drivers meeting at 7:15pm with hot Laps immediately following. Racing starts at 8pm.

Grandstand general admission tickets are just $15. High school students and younger are FREE (must show student ID). Pit passes are $30.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Andrew Deal-285, 2-Danny Smith-261, 3-Layne Himebaugh-258, 4-Cameron Hagin-252, 5-Johnny Kent-250, 6-Tim Kent-248, 7-Noah Harris-235, 8-Brett Wilson-234, 9-Alison Slaton-210, 10-Waylon Weaver-207.
USAC DMA action at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont
(John DaDalt Photo)


THREE USAC SPEED2 MIDGET SERIES IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND

Speedway, Indiana (June 10, 2019).........USAC Speed2 Midget racing takes to the track this weekend on three dirt ovals in the states of Indiana, Illinois and Vermont.

First up is Friday's Midwest Thunder round at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Gas City, Ind. on June 14. Two-time and defending series champion Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) is two-for-two in MTM action this season, scoring rounds at both Gas City and Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway during the month of May. He leads the standings by 30 markers entering round three of the season.

Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. is back on the plate for the Engler IMRA Midgets for the fourth time this year this Saturday night, June 15. Andy Baugh, of Mason City, Ill. has been the man to beat, winning all three Spoon River meets in 2019, including last Saturday's race. He's the defending series champ and leads the standings by just seven ahead of the consistent Tyler Roth (Springfield, Ill.), who's been the only other driver to defeat Baugh this year, which he did two weeks ago at Macon (Ill.) Speedway.

DMA's home track of Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont hosts the series for the fourth occasion in 2019. The highly-competitive series has seen parity with three different winners in the first three outings: Seth Carlson (Brimfield, Mass.), Will Hull (Plainfield, Vt.) and Adam Whitney (Warren, Vt.). Hull leads the standings over Carlson by ten points coming in.

Friday at Gas City, the SOD Winged Sprint Cars, UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Street Stocks and Hornets are on the event card. Pit gates open at 3pm Eastern, front gates at 5pm, hot laps at 6:30pm and racing at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $18, kids 12 and under are free and pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Spoon River, the pits open at 4pm Central with grandstands opening at 5pm. Draw will close at 5:30pm with cars hitting the track at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $10 with admission for kids age 4 thru 10 are $3. All pit passes are $30.

Saturday at Bear Ridge, the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes, C.A. Miller Limited Late Models and Peanuts Auto Four Cylinders will be on hand with the DMA Midgets. Pits open at 3pm, front gates at 3pm and racing at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $10, students 12-17 general admission is $8, seniors 62+ general admission is $8, kids 11 and under general admission is $2.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-140, 2-Ian Creager-110, 3-Stratton Briggs-100, 4-Gunnar Lucius-92, 5-Kyle Kriegbaum-86, 6-Cory Guingrich-81, 7-Zane Briggs-76, 8-Patrick Ryan-67, 9-John Heydenreich-64, 10-Jacob Denney-64.

USAC SPEED2 ENGLER IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-289, 2-Tyler Roth-282, 3-Mark McMahill-229, 4-Daltyn England-219, 5-Jake Sollenberger-210, 6-Jeff Sparks-189, 7-Patrick Ryan-184, 8-John Heitzman-177, 9-Adam Taylor-173, 10-Russell Johnston-171.

USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Will Hull-299, 2-Seth Carlson-289, 3-Joe Krawiec-271, 4-Dean Christensen-235, 5-Adam Whitney-233, 6-Justin Phillips-228, 7-Jeff Horn-225, 8-Manny Dias-223, 9-Justin Sheridan-186, 10-Wayne Kohler-186.
(John DaDalt Photo)


DMA MIDGETS TO RACE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE'S NEW FLAT TRACK ON JULY 19

LOUDON, N.H. - New Hampshire Motor Speedway's newest racing surface, The Flat Track, will host the first ever race under the lights on Friday, July 19.

Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel will be headlined by the U.S. Legend Cars International and the USAC Dirt Midget Association and feature a night of short track racing with NASCAR stars on the 0.25-mile dirt track during the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 weekend.

"We're always looking for ways we can improve the fan experience and add new features to our race weekend to give fans more opportunities to see the drivers and enjoy racing," said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "The Friday Night Dirt Duels will be a low cost, high energy event with some fan-favorite drivers racing in a short track setting. This is going to be a great show for New England race fans."

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Corey LaJoie and Daniel Hemric will race in the 35-lap U.S. Legend Cars International feature event with fellow Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney serving as Grand Marshal. The winner will take home $2,000, which is the largest legends purse in the Northeast this season. LaJoie, Hemric and Blaney will be in town for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 21 on the 1.058-mile speedway.

"It's been forever since I drove a legend car and I've never raced anything on dirt," said LaJoie. "I'm sure I'll figure out the new flat track at NHMS pretty quick and put on a good show with Hemric."

The 30-lap USAC Dirt Midget Association race marks their first appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"This is an incredible opportunity for our teams to be racing at such an iconic venue such as New Hampshire Motor Speedway," said Mark Hann, series director for USAC Dirt Midget Association. "The fans will be seeing a historic event since this will be the first time that a USAC and NASCAR race takes place on the same weekend at the same facility in New England."

Heat races start at 7:30 p.m. with gates opening and practice starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets, which include open garage and pit access, are $10 for adults with kids 12 and under free. This is a typical dirt track setting with standing room style viewing and fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. While coolers are not allowed at The Flat Track, $3 draft beer or hot dogs will be available while supplies last as part of the speedway's fans first pricing. This event will replace the Fan Jam, which was previously held in the speedway's infield.

The Flat Track, located directly behind the North East Motor Sports Museum, is the first track to be built in New England in the last 25 years. Crews turned roughly 186,095 square feet of ground and 3,000 tons of clay to build the 0.25-mile track. Construction began last fall, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on June 6, 2019. Motorcycles will be the first to race on the new surface on June 15 when American Flat Track, "America's Original Extreme Sport," takes over the venue during Laconia Motorcycle Week.

For ticket information for all 2019 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 19 Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel, the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

 

 

WHO OWNS THE HALF MILE ADVANTAGE
COMING INTO WILLIAMS GROVE?

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (June 13, 2019).........Of the 426 total USAC Silver Crown races contested since the series' inception in 1971, less than 20% of them have come on dirt half-mile tracks.

Of the 83 previous half-mile dirt tracks run by Silver Crown, less than 5% of them have occurred at Williams Grove, host of this Friday's fifth visit by the series that reaches one of the most storied tracks in the history of auto racing.

The Silver Crown schedule is one of the most versatile in all of racing with paved and dirt ovals, both small and short in stature that dot the series trail. It marks the fifth different size, shape and surface of track the series has visited thus far this year following Memphis (3/4-mile paved D-shape), Toledo (1/2-mile paved oval), Indiana State Fairgrounds (1-mile dirt oval) and Lucas Oil Raceway (.686-mile paved oval).

Some drivers have a knack for one surface over another, but some even have a decisive advantage on tracks depending on the length. Jack Hewitt was the man to beat on the half-miles in the Silver Crown Series during the 1980s and 1990s. Eldora Speedway was his personal ATM in every type of racecar he wheeled around the track, but mostly so in Silver Crown where he got eight of his nine career half-mile dirt track victories, with the other coming at Terre Haute in 1999.

However, the driver with the most dirt victories among those entered for this Friday's race at Williams Grove is a past winner there in 2016, Chris Windom. The Canton, Ill. driver has won five of his nine series races on the halves, which have come at four different tracks: Williams Grove, Terre Haute, Eldora and Belleville.

No other driver in this Friday's field has more than three, which were accrued by Williams Grove's most recent Silver Crown winner in 2017, Kody Swanson. The four-time champ kickstarted his prowess on the dirt with, what appeared to be at the time, a stunning victory at Terre Haute in 2014. We've learned our lesson to never doubt Swanson on any type of track along the way as he's accumulated 26 Silver Crown wins, most all-time. Later in 2014, he won on the Belleville, Kans. High Banks. However, the half-mile of Eldora Speedway remains the only track on this year's schedule that Swanson hasn't yet tamed.

The most recent time the Silver Crown cars were on a half-mile, C.J. Leary was lights out as he hammered away up against the outside wall to win the 2018 "4-Crown Nationals." In fact, the Greenfield, Indiana driver's first series win came on a half-mile at Terre Haute in 2016 and holds the one-lap track record for Silver Crown cars at The Grove entering Friday.

Ione, California's Justin Grant hustled to a victory at Terre Haute in early 2018 for his first half-mile dirt Silver Crown win a handful of months after his first Silver Crown win, which came on the Springfield Mile in 2017. Meanwhile, for recent "Hoosier Hundred" winner Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., it was the half-mile at Eldora that served as the stage for his first career Silver Crown in 2017.

All will be prime contenders on any particular track on the schedule, but this Friday at Williams Grove, you can't go wrong with picking one of these winners to get the job done. They've done it before, and they can get it done again half-mile or otherwise.

The back pit gate opens at 4:30pm Eastern, front pit gate at 5:30pm, all general admission gates at 5:30pm. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 7pm. General admission tickets are $28, youth age 13-20 are $10 and age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Watch Friday's Williams Grove USAC Silver Crown race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN WINS ON HALF-MILE DIRT TRACKS:

1. (9) Jack Hewitt

2. (5) Dave Darland & Chris Windom

4. (4) J.J. Yeley

5. (3) Jerry Coons, Jr., Rick Hood, Bud Kaeding, Larry Rice & Kody Swanson

10. (2) Donnie Beechler, Steve Butler, Bryan Clauson, Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Ron Shuman, Rich Vogler & Brian Tyler

19. (1) Christopher Bell, Gary Bettenhausen, Shane Carson, Shane Cockrum, Herb Copeland, Tyler Courtney, Jay Drake, Bobby East, Billy Engelhart, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Kevin Huntley, Sheldon Kinser, Steve Kinser, Kyle Larson, Eddie Leavitt, Mat Neely, Ken Schrader, Jimmy Sills, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Tony Stewart, Danny Smith, George Snider, Kevin Thomas, Tyler Walker, Josh Wise & Doug Wolfgang

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN RACES RUN ON HALF-MILE DIRT TRACKS:

1. (37) Eldora Speedway

2. (19) Terre Haute Action Track

3. (4) Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, Tulsa Fairgrounds & Williams Grove Speedway

6. (3) Belleville High Banks, Florida State Fairgrounds, Knoxville Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Manzanita Speedway, Raceland & USA Raceway

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"WILLIAMS GROVE 100" ENTRY LIST:
# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Bob Hampshire)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (Felker Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

McDOUGAL CROSSES BRIDGEPORT OFF
EASTERN STORM CHECKLIST

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Swedesboro, New Jersey (June 12, 2019).........To earn his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory last September in Pevely, Mo., Jason McDougal played the role of the chaser on a late-race restart.

To gain his second career series win Wednesday night in round two of the 13th annual "Eastern Storm" at Bridgeport Speedway, the roles were reversed as the Broken Arrow, Okla. native had to hold off the competition on a green-white-checker restart.

Initially, McDougal was heralded as a quick study after making an impressive series debut less than a calendar year ago. Now, after acing both of those particular exams in his young career, he's rapidly becoming one of the elite, earning his first career Eastern Storm triumph on the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Although, as hard as McDougal drove into turn one on the final restart, he might've made it stick on the 5/8-mile track that surrounds it.

"I drove it into one as deep as I could," McDougal exclaimed, emphasizing the word 'deep.' "That was the hardest I ran it into one during that whole race. It was either going to bike or stick."

Justin Grant, a 14-time USAC Sprint Car feature winner himself, was eager to tally his initial Eastern Storm win as he lined up second on the final restart, ready to make his run at McDougal.

"I was going to slide him into one, but I didn't have enough of a run," Grant explained. "Then I thought, 'well, if I can hook the bottom off of two, I can at least stay tucked up alongside of him and slide him going into three. Then, I about half-spun in the middle of one and two, and that whole plan went away."

McDougal checked out initially on the start from the outside of the front row, though pole sitter Carson Short made a bid for the lead, running side-by-side and edging ahead momentarily on the bottom of turn three on the opening lap before McDougal used the top to drive around the outside of Short to lead the field back to the stripe.

As McDougal checked out to a 1.5 second advantage, the battled raged for second with Kevin Thomas, Jr. smothering Short for second to no avail as Short slammed the door on Thomas on the tenth lap into one. Short had enough momentum each time to guard the challenge from Thomas, but three laps later, at the same spot, Thomas kicked the door open, grooving to the bottom and edging ahead for the second position exiting turn two.

Nearing midway, the sense was that, with an open track, Thomas would be able to start reeling McDougal in. Initially, he did, cutting a half-second off the interval to knock McDougal's lead down to nine-tenths of a second. As McDougal began to encounter the tail end of the field on lap 19, he built his lead back up to 1.3 seconds.

However, gridlock, road construction-type traffic lay ahead with not one, not two, but three cars occupying three different grooves together as McDougal approached. Seemingly stuck, McDougal tried to split two of the lappers on separate occasions without much luck. That allowed both Grant and Thomas to come back into play with five laps remaining.

On lap 26, Grant and Thomas' see-saw positioning saw Grant slide Thomas into turn three. Thomas countered and the two drag raced into turn one with Thomas poking ahead and briefly surging ahead by a car length over McDougal between turns one and two. That is, until McDougal zipped back past on the outside to regain the lead, albeit with the lapped cars of Brian VanMeveren and Dominick Buffalino running in tandem just ahead.

"They were racing just close enough side-by-side to where I couldn't split them getting into the corner," McDougal recalled. "One of them entered low enough every time, that I probably could've drove around the outside of him, but we would've crashed about halfway through the corner. Basically, I just waited until the guy on the bottom messed up enough to where I could almost push the guy at the top off the track."

Jason McDougal's first "Eastern Storm" victory came in just his second career "Eastern Storm" start. With Brady Bacon's win Tuesday at Grandview, it now makes Oklahoma natives 2-0 thus far in the mini-series. (Rich Forman Photo)

McDougal was on high alert and was able to wedge the front bumper between the two off the second turn on lap 28, cutting through the middle of both cars on the back straightaway to clear both in one fell swoop between turns three and four.

As soon as McDougal appeared to be in the clear, the yellow flag dropped for the stopped car of Dustin Christie in turn four, setting up one final two-lap showdown. However, McDougal was flawless on the resumption, spurting away uncontested throughout the last 1-3/4 of a lap earn the $6,000 victory, the money with which McDougal said he might spend on a new Gucci belt to boost his appearance for the fans.

McDougal's victory in the Daigh-Phillips Motorsports/Frank & Jill Daigh - Roger & Barb Tapy - Griffin's Propane/DRC/Foxco Chevy provided the Phillips team their first Eastern Storm feature victory since Dave Darland's win at Port Royal in 2013.

Thomas outdueled Grant in a ferocious battle in the waning laps to take second. Grant finished third ahead of fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder Chase Stockon, while new "Eastern Storm" point leader C.J. Leary rounded out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Bridgeport Speedway were Chase Stockon (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Dave Darland (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Joey Biasi (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 12, 2019 - Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, New Jersey - 13th "Eastern Storm" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.767 (New Track Record); 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.010; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.019; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.056; 5. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-16.089; 6. Carson Short, 20, Dyson-16.150; 7. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-16.163; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-16.186; 9. Bill Balog, 2, Lein-16.215; 10. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.278; 11. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.309; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.340; 13. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-16.408; 14. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.469; 15. Dave Darland, 39, Hogue-16.520; 16. Steven Drevicki, 19s, Drevicki-16.520; 17. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-16.560; 18. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-16.690; 19. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-16.836; 20. Dominick Buffalino, 3x, Wasitowski-17.181; 21. Ryan Godown, 4F, Freyer-17.284; 22. Craig Pellegrini, Jr., 11A, Pellegrini-17.476.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Biasi, 3. Stockon, 4. Thomas, 5. Windom, 6. Drevicki, 7. Christie, 8. Pellegrini. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. McDougal, 3. Leary, 4. VanMeveren, 5. Boespflug, 6. Chapple, 7. Buffalino. NT

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Darland, 2. Bacon, 3. Andretti, 4. Grant, 5. Short, 6. Balog, 7. Godown. 2:15.75 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Chase Stockon (6), 5. C.J. Leary (5), 6. Tyler Courtney (10), 7. Brady Bacon (12), 8. Chris Windom (7), 9. Carson Short (1), 10. Robert Ballou (14), 11. Bill Balog (9), 12. Steven Drevicki (16), 13. Chad Boespflug (8), 14. Isaac Chapple (11), 15. Joey Biasi (13), 16. Dave Darland (15), 17. Jarett Andretti (18), 18. Ryan Godown (21), 19. Dominick Buffalino (20), 20. Brian VanMeveren (17), 21. Dustin Christie (19), 22. Craig Pellegrini, Jr. (22). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 McDougal.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (12th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chad Boespflug

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Joey Biasi

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-684, 2-K. Thomas-651, 3-Courtney-626, 4-Windom-624, 5-Stockon-624, 6-Bacon-600, 7-Grant-562, 8-Ballou-538, 9-Short-525, 10-McDougal-518.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Leary-145, 2-Thomas-144, 3-Bacon-136, 4-Stockon-135, 5-Courtney-133, 6-McDougal-129, 7-Grant-127, 8-Windom-123, 9-Ballou-113, 10-Short-98.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 13, 2019 - BAPS Motor Speedway - York Haven, Pennsylvania - 13th "Eastern Storm" - 4/10-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA’S “RON OTTO MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 11, 2019... This Saturday, June 15th, the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will make their second of four appearances at the newly renovated Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the “Ron Otto Memorial” will also showcase IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and the NMRA TQ Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 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.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Primarily featuring the NMRA TQ Midgets, the “Ron Otto Memorial” has hosted sprint cars for several years. While some details are missing and different series were brought in, Josh Davis won the Bandit 360 Sprint feature in 2005. From 2006 to 2009, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, Tyler Brown, and Garrett Hansen won under the USAC/CRA 410 banner. In 2010, T.J. Smith claimed the USAC West Coast main event and the shows in 2011 and 2012 were rained out. James Herrera won the local 360 show in 2015, Ryan Bernal topped 2017, and Austin Liggett was victorious in last year’s memorial. A win list for the “Ron Otto Memorial” is at the bottom of this release.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-eight West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series track record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan on September 11, 2004. Austin Liggett claimed the April 28th main event and the Santa Maria series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the ninth point race, there have been six different winners. Defending series champion Austin Liggett and Tristan Guardino have two victories, while Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, and Troy Rutherford have one win on the season. Rain washed out the May 18th show at Petaluma.

Returning to Santa Maria, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has a stout 125-point lead over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino won last Friday’s nonstop “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” at Tulare. At press time, the point leader has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led. Tristan ranks ninth on the series win list and will be looking to add the “Otto Memorial” to his resume.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons finished eighth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and five top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday, Ryan will have his sights on his third USAC West Coast triumph.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) sits third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw placed tenth in last Friday’s “Faria Memorial.” At press time, the versatile driver has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Koen will be looking for his first career USAC win at Santa Maria Raceway.

After running a close second to Guardino at Tulare, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has climbed to fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, the defending champion has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led on the season. Austin ranks sixth in feature wins and will have his sights on another “Otto Memorial” victory.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) has risen to fifth in the West Coast point chase. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria scored a fourth place finish at Tulare. To date, the two-time champion has two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the year. “Hollywood” is tied with Bud Kaeding for third in series victories and will be looking to add his name to the winner’s list of the “Ron Otto Memorial.”

Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) and J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Ervine, Jake Swanson, Michael Faccinto, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Steve Hix, Troy Rutherford, T.J. Smith, Cody Majors, Tanner Boul, Brandon Wiley, D.J. Johnson, Ryan Stolz, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

"RON OTTO MEMORIAL" SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2005-Josh Davis, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Mike Spencer, 2008-Tyler Brown, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-RAIN, 2012-RAIN, 2013-NO RACE, 2014-NO RACE, 2015-James Herrera, 2016-NO RACE, 2017-Ryan Bernal, 2018-Austin Liggett.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-515, 2. Ryan Timmons-390, 3. Koen Shaw-370, 4. Austin Liggett-308, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 6. Hannah Mayhew (R)-273, 7. Austin Ervine-250, 8. Slater Helt (R)-241, 9. Jake Swanson-238, 10. Michael Faccinto-231, 11. Ricky Kirkbride-225, 12. Steve Hix-221, --. Troy Rutherford-221, 14. T.J. Smith-216, 15. Ryan Bernal-206, 16. Cody Majors-203, 17. J.J. Ringo (R)-197, 18. Kyle Edwards-178, 19. Tanner Boul-166, 20. Brody Roa-154.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BACON GETS $10K GRANDVIEW TRIFECTA IN EASTERN STORM OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania (June 11, 2019)………In each of the last two years, Brady Bacon had to pull some late-race heroics out of his pocket in the final laps of the “Jesse Hockett Classic” / “Eastern Storm” opener at Grandview Speedway.

This one Tuesday night was anything but a nail-biter as the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver led all 40 laps in dominant fashion to collect $10,000 and become the first driver in Eastern Storm history to win three races at a single track, an achievement which took him just three years to accomplish.

As opposed to his 2017-18 Grandview triumphs, Bacon felt he had car to beat right from the get-go, though it very nearly ended as soon as it started with a huge bike in turn two during hot laps that he managed to save, carry on and then thrive, on a night and a 1/3-mile track he seems to have a knack for winning at.

“This is the first year I actually think we had the best car,” Bacon admitted. “The other couple of years, we managed to sneak to the front and find some stuff to get the wins. This time, I feel like we had a really good car all night. We had a game plan going in here, and even though it was rough at the beginning of the night, we wanted to stick to our guns and make sure we got tight enough for the feature.”

Bacon’s victory was also special in personal ways, both for the car owner he won his two USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titles for and for the race’s namesake, who won at Grandview in 2009, and was one of Bacon’s closest fellow competitors on the USAC trail.

“This is the first win since the passing of (car owner) Richard Hoffman and with this being the Jesse Hockett race, I was close friends with him too. That’s pretty special,” Bacon beamed.

To set Bacon’s Grandview backstory, in 2017, Bacon started sixth and worked his way to lead laps 25-35 before being overtaken by C.J. Leary with five laps remaining. Bacon reeled Leary back in, and on lap 38 in lapped traffic, Bacon shot underneath as Leary got hung up on the outside.

In 2018, Bacon started from the pole, fell back, then charged to the front to lead laps 13-29 before Kevin Thomas, Jr. snatched the lead away with 11 laps to go. Again, when it all looked to be over for Bacon, he found his second wind and tracked down Thomas with three to go to pull off the victory.

None of that transpired Tuesday night. Bacon got the jump on the start, using the topside from his outside front row starting position to power around polesitter Justin Grant to grab the lead exiting turn two. By the fourth lap, Bacon was wheels up and just about ready for takeoff as he crossed the stripe with a one second lead.

As would be the case throughout the duration of the race, the battle was for second on back. Just before the end of the first quarter of the 40-lapper, Tyler Courtney went around the outside of Grant for position in turn four. Grant fought back to reclaim second going into turn three before Courtney got Grant at the line on lap six.

Grant got the runner-up position back from Courtney on lap seven and the pair tussled until the ninth lap when Courtney made contact with Grant’s rear bumper. Courtney swung wide in turn three, laying down the red carpet for series point leader C.J. Leary to duck underneath for third.

Moments later, disaster struck for local favorite and 12th running Timmy Buckwalter of Douglassville, Pa., who slid wide off turn four, clipped the right rear against the wall and rode out a wild flip down the front straightaway that ripped the tail tank off and displaced the engine from its normal position. The 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car co-Rookie of the Year climbed out and walked away.

By the halfway mark, Bacon stepped away once again as second through seventh were all under a blanket, but the one surging through it all was ninth-place starter Chris Windom. The two-time and defending Eastern Storm champ zipped by Kevin Thomas, Jr. for fourth on the bottom. Then, on lap 22, disposed of Leary for third in the same spot on the track.

Two laps later, on lap 24, Windom slid Grant into turn one. Grant countered back underneath off turn two. On lap 25, it was déjà vu with both swapping the lead on each end of the track before Windom prevailed a lap later with the position in turn three. Leary moved to third by Grant one lap later, likewise, on the bottom of three.

All the while, Bacon was grinning as he constructed an unchallenged 3.5 second lead with less than 10 laps left and to 4 seconds with just five to go. Although, the race for second was not on ice just quite yet. Leary stormed his way back by Windom with just two laps left to nab second at the end, though, still 4.352 seconds behind Bacon at the finish.

Leary finished second ahead of Windom, Courtney and Thomas. Robert Ballou, fast qualifier Chase Stockon, Justin Grant, Jason McDougal and Chad Boespflug rounded out the top-ten.

Bacon’s 25th career USAC National Sprint Car win moved him into a tie for 18th all-time with Steve Butler, Jay Drake and Kevin Thomas, Jr. He also joined Windom as the second driver to win multiples races in the series this year.

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway were Chase Stockon (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Timmy Buckwalter (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Carson Short (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Dave Darland (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Steven Drevicki (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Ryan Godown (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 11, 2019 – Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania – 13th “Eastern Storm” – 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.478; 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.616; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.792; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.799; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.829; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.936; 7. Steven Drevicki, 19s, Drevicki-13.956; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.959; 9. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.992; 10. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.024; 11. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.127; 12. Carmen Perigo, 21p, Perigo-14.170; 13. Dave Darland, 39, Hogue-14.188; 14. Carson Short, 20, Dyson-14.209; 15. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-14.294; 16. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-14.377; 17. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-14.516; 18. Ryan Godown, 4F, Freyer-14.551; 19. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.611; 20. Bill Balog, 2, Lein-14.627; 21. Kyle Lick, 8, Lick-14.673; 22. Dominick Buffalino, 3x, Wasitowski-14.925; 23. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.953; 24. Heidi Hedin, 3H, Hedin-15.797; 25. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Biasi, 3. Courtney, 4. Darland, 5. Stockon, 6. Drevicki, 7. Chapple, 8. Christie, 9. Buffalino. 1:57.53

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Short, 2. Ballou, 3. Kobylarz, 4. Bacon, 5. Leary, 6. Balog, 7. VanMeveren, 8. McDougal. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Thomas, Jr., 3. Windom, 4. Godown, 5. Grant, 6. Perigo, 7. Lick, 8. Hedin. 1:56.93

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. McDougal, 2. Drevicki, 3. Perigo, 4. Chapple, 5. Lick, 6. Balog, 7. Christie, 8. VanMeveren, 9. Buffalino, 10. Hedin. 3:01.48 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Chris Windom (9), 4. Tyler Courtney (3), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 6. Robert Ballou (8), 7. Chase Stockon (6), 8. Justin Grant (1), 9. Jason McDougal (11), 10. Chad Boespflug (15), 11. Ryan Godown (18), 12. Carson Short (14), 13. Steven Drevicki (7), 14. Dave Darland (13), 15. Joey Biasi (16), 16. Bill Balog (20), 17. Isaac Chapple (22), 18. Carmen Perigo (12), 19. Trevor Kobylarz (17), 20. Kyle Lick (21), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (10), 22. Dustin Christie (19). NT

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**Buckwalter flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Bacon

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Godown (18th to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Steven Drevicki

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dave Darland

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-615, 2-K. Thomas-576, 3-Windom-571, 4-Courtney-563, 5-Stockon-551, 6-Bacon-541, 7-Grant-489, 8-Ballou-487, 8-Short-474, 10-McDougal-439.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Bacon-77, 2-Leary-76, 3-Windom-70, 4-Courtney-70, 5-Thomas-69, 6-Ballou-62, 7-Stockon-62, 8-Grant-54, 9-Boespflug-51, 10-McDougal-50.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 12, 2019 – Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, New Jersey – 13th “Eastern Storm” – 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

WILLIAMS GROVE USAC SILVER CROWN PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (June 11, 2019).........Two of the classics in all of American motorsports meet up when the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars take on the half-mile Williams Grove Speedway this Friday, June 14.

The "Williams Grove 100" marks the fifth Silver Crown event held at the half-mile dirt oval in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Previous Silver Crown races at The Grove have included Sheldon Kinser (1980), Eddie Leavitt (1981), Chris Windom (2016) and Kody Swanson (2017).

Windom and Swanson return for the first Silver Crown race held at the famed track in two seasons, a track whose history with champ car racing dates back to AAA sanction in 1946.

Windom, of Canton, Ill., led the final 63 laps of the 2016 race at Williams Grove, a race that is still talked about as one of the greatest finishes in the history of the series where Windom fended off a late-race charge from Bryan Clauson to win in the return of the Silver Crown cars for the first time in 35 years.

Windom has been superb at Williams Grove in any type of car, backing up his Silver Crown win with a 4th in 2017. In USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition, he's finished 3rdin 2017 and scored the victory in USAC's most recent trip in a Sprint Car in 2018.

Meanwhile, Kingsburg, California's Swanson is a frontrunner everywhere he goes on the Silver Crown trail, and The Grove is no exception. The four-time Silver Crown champ and series' winningest driver was victorious in the most recent appearance in 2017 and was 3rdin 2016. He leads the standings coming in by virtue of victories in the first two events of the season, on the pavement, at Memphis and Toledo.

Justin Grant, of Ione, Calif., trails Swanson by a mere six points after four-straight top-five finishes to begin the season, the only one to accomplish the feat in every race so far thus year. Grant led eight laps and finished 5th in his Crown debut at Williams Grove in 2016. He was 9th a year later in the Silver Crown car in 2017 and 4th in the USAC Sprint feature.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon was an ARDC Midget winner at Williams Grove in 2017. The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion's four Grove USAC outings have been remarkably consistent. In the Silver Crown car, he finished 4th in 2016 and 5th in 2017. In the Sprint, he earned a 5th in 2017 and a runner-up result in 2018.

Bacon's Klatt Enterprises ride nearly won the 2017 Silver Crown race, winning the pole, leading 83 of 100 laps and finishing 2nd with driver Damion Gardner. The Klatt car was the winner of the most recent Silver Crown race in 2019, on pavement, with driver Kyle Hamilton.

Williams Grove Silver Crown veteran C.J. Leary was Fast Qualifier in 2016 and holds the one-lap track record for the series at 20.379. He led the first 29 laps of the event before an engine issue sent him to the sideline. The same trouble befell the Greenfield, Ind. native in 2017, forcing him to retire from the 100-lapper 30 laps in after a 5th place qualifying run.

Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio) was the hard charger in 2017, starting 15th and finishing 8th. David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) is aiming to up his first two results of 13th and 17that Williams Grove. He was superb on the dirt in the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in May, starting 6th and finishing 7th. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) took a top-ten finish in 2016. One of the first career Silver Crown appearances by Denton, North Carolina's Johnny Petrozelle came in 2017 where he flipped in qualifying. He aims for a bit of redemption this Friday.

Four Pennsylvania drivers are in the lineup, including John Heydenreich, whose 103 career series starts rank 16th all-time. The Bloomsburg native owns seven Midget wins at The Grove between 1984 and 1996. Royersford's Steve Buckwalter is a nine-time 410 Wing Sprint Car and 5-time ARDC Midget winner at Williams Grove, and finished 9th in the Silver Crown race there in 2016. Mechanicsburg's own Dave Berkheimer finished 17th in his first career Silver Crown start at Williams Grove in 2016. Levittown's Mike Haggenbottom has competed with USAC at Williams Grove before, not in a Silver Crown as of yet, however, but in a Sprint Car where he finished 15th in his one and only USAC Sprint Car start in 1996.

May's "Hoosier Hundred" winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) will make his Williams Grove Silver Crown debut on Friday after suffering mechanical problems in his 2017 appearance. He finished 8th in the USAC Sprint stop in 2018. Although Eric Gordon of Fortville, Ind. is one of USAC's most prolific wheelman at 134 Silver Crown starts (9th all-time), this will mark his first USAC appearance of any kind at the prestigious track.

Chad Kemenah (Arvada, Ohio) has plenty of laps at Williams Grove in a wing sprint car, but none without a wing. He has the right man in his corner with Bob Hampshire turning the wrenches, the crew chief on Kody Swanson's 2017 winner. Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) has a USAC Sprint Car start at Williams Grove to his credit but is making his Silver Crown debut at The Grove this weekend along with Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) and Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio).

The back pit gate opens at 4:30pm Eastern, front pit gate at 5:30pm, all general admission gates at 5:30pm. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 7pm. General admission tickets are $28, youth age 13-20 are $10 and age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

The Williams Grove Silver Crown race comes amidst a flurry of USAC activity in the east. Tuesday at Grandview, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. NASCAR 358 Modifieds will join the USAC Sprint Cars. Adult general admission tickets are $30, kids 6-11 are $10. Children 6 and under are free. Advance tickets may be ordered by calling (443) 513-4456.

Wednesday at Bridgeport, racing starts at 7:30pm (Eastern). Adult general admission tickets are $30, students 10-15 are $10, children 9 and under are free.

Thursday at BAPS, Adult general admission tickets are $25, seniors are $15, students 13-17 are $15, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Saturday at Port Royal, it's a sprint car doubleheader with 410 wing sprints also on hand. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students are $10 and pit passes are $35 apiece.

Sunday at Weedsport, pits open at 4pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 7pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Champion Oil Modifieds and NY6A Micro Sprints are also on the docket. Reserved seating is $32, adult general admission tickets are $28, age 11-17 are $12 and age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $32 apiece for members and $36 for non-members. Reserve camping is $30 and general camping is $24.

Watch each and every "Eastern Storm" race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

HARD CHARGING WINDOM WINS PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER AWARD

Speedway, Indiana (June 9, 2019).........Following Saturday's victory in the 15th annual "Indiana Midget Week" finale at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Chris Windom lamented the fact that they had put themselves behind the eight ball early on in each of the first four races of the series, forcing them to fight from the back of the pack every night.

However, passing cars can pay plenty of dividends, and Windom did plenty of that over the past five nights to capture the $300 ProSource Passing Master bonus.

No driver passed more cars throughout the five-race series than did Windom, who overtook a total of 46 cars for a tick over an average of nine positions of advancement each night. However, on the second night of IMW at Gas City, his 14-place advancement from 23rd to 9thdidn't calculate toward the ProSource Passing Master standings due to being a provisional starter, giving him an official total of 32 passes during IMW.

Windom started 11th and finished 10th in the opener at Montpelier, then the big charges began to happen in rapid succession. The Canton, Ill. driver charged from 23rd to 9th at Gas City, from 14th to 5th at Lincoln Park, from 22nd to 4th at Bloomington and, finally, 5th to 1st at Lawrenceburg.

ProSource paid out $100 to each race's hard charger who advanced the most positions from his or her starting spot (provisional starters excluded). Jerry Coons, Jr. (20th to 11th at Montpelier), Tyler Courtney (15th to 6th at Gas City), Tanner Thorson (15th to 1st at Lincoln Park), Chris Windom (22nd to 4th at Bloomington), Chad Boat (15th to 2nd at Lawrenceburg).

Furthermore, ProSource sponsored the Hard Work award, which rewarded $100 to the slowest qualifying driver each night who transferred to the night's main event: Boat (Montpelier), Andrew Layser (Gas City), Boat (Lincoln Park), Windom (Bloomington) and Zeb Wise (Lawrenceburg).

FINAL 2019 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK
PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER STANDINGS
1. (32) Chris Windom
2. (31) Tanner Thorson
3. (29) Zeb Wise
4. (28) Chad Boat
5. (21) Logan Seavey
6. (21) Zach Daum
7. (15) Jason McDougal
8. (15) Jesse Colwell
9. (14) Tyler Courtney
10. (13) Cannon McIntosh
11. (10) Shane Golobic
12. (10) Andrew Layser
13. (9) Jerry Coons, Jr.
14. (8) Tanner Carrick
15. (8) Tucker Klaasmeyer
16. (7) Kevin Thomas, Jr.
17. (6) Holley Hollan
18. (4) Brady Bacon
19. (3) Cole Bodine
20. (2) Kyle Larson
21. (2) Ethan Mitchell
22. (2) Dillon Welch
23. (2) Dave Darland
24. (1) Justin Grant
25. (0) Anton Hernandez, Billy Wease, Brent Watson, C.J. Leary, Chris Baue, Critter Malone, Davey Ray, Karsyn Elledge, Kyle Cummins, Michael Koontz, Michael Pickens, Noah Gass, Oliver Akard, Ryan Padgett, Sterling Cling, Thomas Meseraull, Tyler Nelson, Zane Hendricks, Sam Johnson, Justin Dickerson, Kendall Ruble & Justin Peck

 

 

MIKE MARTIN'S LATE CHARGE EARNS CSP BIRTHDAY BASH VICTORY

PEORIA, AZ - JUNE 8, 2019... Starting third, "The Magic Man" Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) worked his way past Brody Roa on lap 27 and powered to the "CSP Birthday Bash" win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American Flowtech Consulting Services Maxim, Martin's 30-lap triumph was his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the season. Roa, fast qualifier "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr., Stevie Sussex, and hard charger R.J. Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Johnson claimed the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from ninth. For the second consecutive race, Matt Lundy earned the AAA Car Buying 360 bonus with an eighth place finish.

Defending champion Davis had top honors in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 15.373 over the 15-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Johnson (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat) and Roa (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, July 13th at Perris Auto Speedway in a co-sanctioned event with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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 southwessprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2019 - Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, Arizona - "CSP Birthday Bash"

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.373; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.477; 3. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.619; 4. Kyle Shipley, 34, Grau-15.651; 5. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.711; 6. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.857; 7. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.972; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.137; 9. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-16.255; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, Roa-16.257; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.265; 12. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-16.333; 13. Daylin Perreira, 21, Perreira-17.209; 14. Justin Kierce, 43, Kierce-17.340; 15. Tyler Most, 3, Most-18.064.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Gile, 3. Martin, 4. Davis, 5. Sussex, 6. Curtis, 7. Kierce. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Bonneau, 3. Lundy, 4. Shipley, 5. Perreira, 6. Most, 7. Reynolds. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Mike Martin (3), 2. Brody Roa (1), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (6), 4. Stevie Sussex (7), 5. R.J. Johnson (9), 6. Chris Bonneau (2), 7. Kyle Shipley (5), 8. Matt Lundy (4), 9. Daylin Perreira (11), 10. Michael Curtis (8), 11. Justin Kierce (12), 12. Jonas Reynolds (10), 13. Tyler Most (13). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Roa, Laps 27-30 Martin.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (9th to 5th)

AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-589, 2-Johnson-536, 3-Sussex-511, 4-Davis-482, 5-Martin-467, 6-Matt Rossi-381, 7-Lundy-368, 8-Swanson-357, 9-Curtis-347, 10-Bonneau-300.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 13 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - co-sanctioned with USAC/CRA

 

 

SEAVEY CROWNED INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 9, 2019).........Last November, Logan Seavey added a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship to his resume. Now, just a little over six months later, the Sutter, Calif. has gained an "Indiana Midget Week" title for 2019.
Seavey began his "Indiana Midget Week" with a flourish, leading the final 24 laps to win the opener on Tuesday at Montpelier Motor Speedway, which put him in the driver's seat for the title right out of the box.

Wednesday's round at Gas City I-69 Speedway proved to be the only setback to the week where he started 14th and finished 12th. Despite that, he remained 4th in the IMW standings, 18 markers behind the point leader at the time, Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammate Tanner Thorson.

Rolling into Lincoln Park Speedway for Thursday's third round of IMW was the turning point for the team. Although coming up short for the win, Seavey led eight laps and finished 2nd behind Thorson. Seavey managed to clip off only a single point to knock down the IMW deficit to 17. But, in championship battles, any slip can cause a loss of the grip in the position you hold. That was proven the very next night.

Onward to Bloomington on Friday, Seavey was once again in position to challenge for the win, coming up just short on a last lap, turn three slider to winner Tyler Courtney, his closest suitor in the IMW standings. The fortuitous wavering of the standings saw point leader Thorson walk away uninjured from a flip over the turn one banking on lap seven, giving Thorson a last-place result of 24th and the minimum 23 points. Seavey's consistent consistency provided him with a 67-point feature night, swaying the IMW title race completely in his direction where he now held a six-point bump over Courtney.

In what turned out to be the 2019 IMW finale due to Sunday's Kokomo rain out, like he did the night before at Bloomington, Seavey was once again right in the thick of the hunt for the victory. With less than three laps remaining, he actually claimed the lead briefly and was engaged in a side-by-side battle with Chris Windom for the win before being relegated to 2nd for the restart. He wound up 3rd in the end as Chad Boat got by on the final lap to finish in the runner-up spot.

However, once again, it pays to have the fortitude and the fortune to finish up front consistently without having a mechanical issue or the misfortune that Tyler Courtney encountered when he had a right rear tire go down on lap 22 while running third. He was relegated to a 15th place finish in the end, putting him, as it turned out, out of contention for a first IMW title after consecutive runner-up finishes the last two years.

Seavey claimed he felt like he had a car to win four of the five races and indicated a bit of remorse on not being able to pull out at least one more victory during the week. However, it's a race all its own for a driver just to simply put themselves in a position to win at the end. Seavey has time and again accomplished that on the regular, a major reason why you can now call him both a National Champ and an "Indiana Midget Week" champ.

Seavey's $1,000 IMW title was also the fifth for car owner Keith Kunz who also captured IMW crowns with Christopher Bell (2013), Rico Abreu (2014-15) and Spencer Bayston (2018).

In the meantime, Seavey also became the sixth driver to win the IMW title the year directly after winning the USAC National Midget championship, joining Jerry Coons, Jr. (2007), Brad Kuhn (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011), Rico Abreu (2015) and Spencer Bayston (2018).

FINAL 2019 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK STANDINGS
1. (352) Logan Seavey
2. (316) Tanner Thorson
3. (316) Tyler Courtney
4. (276) Shane Golobic
5. (267) Chris Windom
6. (253) Chad Boat
7. (247) Kevin Thomas, Jr.
8. (231) Jerry Coons, Jr.
9. (222) Jason McDougal
10. (222) Zeb Wise
11. (217) Justin Grant
12. (216) Zach Daum
13. (207) Tanner Carrick
14. (200) Cannon McIntosh
15. (200) Michael Pickens
16. (180) Tucker Klaasmeyer
17. (177) Jesse Colwell
18. (165) Andrew Layser
19. (155) Thomas Meseraull
20. (144) Brady Bacon
21. (124) Holley Hollan
22. (124) Dave Darland
23. (118) Karsyn Elledge
24. (117) C.J. Leary
25. (105) Ethan Mitchell
26. (103) Kyle Larson
27. (97) Dillon Welch
28. (74) Cole Bodine
29. (68) Noah Gass
30. (56) Kyle Cummins
31. (53) Zane Hendricks
32. (50) Sterling Cling
33. (40) Michael Koontz
34. (30) Anton Hernandez, Chris Baue & Oliver Akard
37. (20) Sam Johnson
38. (10) Billy Wease, Tyler Nelson, Ryan Padgett, Justin Peck, Critter Malone, Brent Watson, Kendall Ruble, Davey Ray & Justin Dickerson


 

WINDOM BREAKS THROUGH FOR FIRST MIDGET WIN AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (June 8, 2019).........All throughout "Indiana Midget Week," Chris Windom was confident that he had a car to win. Yet, when it came time to start the first four feature events this week, the Canton, Ill. driver found himself seemingly light years away from his destination.

Through the first four nights, no driver had passed more cars than Windom (42), an astonishing 24 more than his nearest competition. But that's what happens when you start 11th, 23rd, 14th and 22nd. He got up on the wheel on each of those nights and drove to finishes of 10th, 9th, 5th and 4th.

Just imagine the shot in the arm he felt in Saturday's penultimate round of IMW at Lawrenceburg Speedway when he qualified 2nd and secured the 5th starting spot for the 30-lap feature. The same refrain lingered in his mind all week. "If only..."

"I knew we've had fast cars all week," Windom said. "We've just been behind the eight ball early in the night all week and have had to come from 20th, 21st and 16th. Like I've been saying all week, if we start up front, I think we can pull one off."

Few drivers had ever had to wait as long as Windom to reach victory lane in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition, 102 starts to be exact. Finally, that night arrived for the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion on Saturday.

Even before the green flag dropped, track position was key. Scheduled outside front row starter Jerry Coons, Jr. had a left rear tire go flat, sending him to the work area for new rubber and a new starting spot from the tail. That moved previous night's Bloomington winner and National point leader Tyler Courtney up to the outside of the front row, where he took full advantage.

Initially, Shane Golobic took his brief turn at the point, sliding past Courtney on the start in between turns one and two. Courtney, using the "mo" from the topside, drove downhill off turn two to zip past the 2017 IMW champ. Golobic took another shot in turn three, but Courtney was ready, countered off turn four and shot away to a 2.5 second lead.

Sixth-running Andrew Layser clipped the infield berm in turn three on the sixth lap, spinning sideways up to the middle of the racetrack where all incomers were able to scatter and dodge contact with the car of the series Rookie of the Year contender.

On the restart, Windom made quick work to get by Golobic and set forth toward CMR teammate Courtney and the race lead. Entering turn one on lap seven, Windom dove to the bottom, sliding up the hill past Courtney who turned down and drove back past Windom midway down the back straight. Windom shot to the bottom of turn three and stuck it, riding the low line by Courtney to secure the top spot at the stripe.

The following lap, Courtney arched turns one and two like a three-point line around the top to get a massive run that took him underneath Windom as the two hit turn three. Windom, though, slammed the lid on Courtney's fingers, keeping him in check behind him.

"When I got to Courtney, it was about being in the right place at the right time," Windom explained. "He messed up on the cushion and I hit the bottom just right that lap and got a big run to throw a slider on him into one. That worked out just out of luck, but I knew we had a car that could win."

At the halfway mark, similarly to how he executed the night prior at Bloomington, Seavey began to surge, sliding by Courtney for second in turn one on lap 16 before turning up the pressure on Windom. Seavey put his right rear up on the cushion all the way around the 3/8-mile dirt oval, while Windom switched it up with a rim-riding line in one and two and the catfish line in three and four.

On the 22nd lap, heartbreak befell Courtney who ran third as he slowed with a flat right rear tire, sending him to the tail where he eventually finished 15th, putting a damper on his hopes for a first "Indiana Midget Week" title following runner-up finishes in each of the last two years.

For the first two laps following the ensuing restart, March "Shamrock Classic" winner Cannon McIntosh poked his nose under Seavey for second. The two ran side-by-side for a back-to-back laps before Seavey cleared him around the outside of four for second and aimed to make a run at Windom.

With three laps remaining, Seavey had not only caught Windom, but slid by him into one to take the lead. Windom countered and matched him wheel-to-wheel to the bottom of three. Windom stuck the bottom again and throttled off the corner to edge Seavey by the width of dzus button. As the pair headed into turn one with two laps remaining, the caution fell for fifth-running Michael Pickens of New Zealand, whose hard luck week continued as he slowed off turn four. That set up one final restart, and one final opportunity to receive last-minute final instruction as it turned out.

 

KOKOMO RAINED OUT; SEAVEY IS INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMP

Kokomo, Indiana (June 9, 2019).........Morning rain and continuing precipitation throughout the day has forced cancellation of Sunday's "Indiana Midget Week" finale at Kokomo Speedway.

USAC and Kokomo Speedway are looking into the possibility of adding an additional USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget at the ¼-track later this year.

By virtue of the cancellation, Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. has claimed the 2019 "Indiana Midget Week" title.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship returns to action on Saturday, June 29, at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. Kokomo Speedway is back on Sunday, June 23, for the "Bob Darland Memorial" featuring Sprint Cars, 600cc Winged Micros, Thunder Cars and Hornets.

 

 

MIKE MARTIN’S LATE CHARGE EARNS CSP BIRTHDAY BASH VICTORY

PEORIA, AZ – JUNE 8, 2019… Starting third, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) worked his way past Brody Roa on lap 27 and powered to the “CSP Birthday Bash” win at Canyon Speedway Park. Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American Flowtech Consulting Services Maxim, Martin’s 30-lap triumph was his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the season. Roa, fast qualifier “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Stevie Sussex, and hard charger R.J. Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Johnson claimed the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from ninth. For the second consecutive race, Matt Lundy earned the AAA Car Buying 360 bonus with an eighth place finish.

Defending champion Davis had top honors in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 15.373 over the 15-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Johnson (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat) and Roa (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, July 13th at Perris Auto Speedway in a co-sanctioned event with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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 southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2019 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “CSP Birthday Bash”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.373; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.477; 3. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.619; 4. Kyle Shipley, 34, Grau-15.651; 5. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.711; 6. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.857; 7. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.972; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.137; 9. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-16.255; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, Roa-16.257; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.265; 12. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-16.333; 13. Daylin Perreira, 21, Perreira-17.209; 14. Justin Kierce, 43, Kierce-17.340; 15. Tyler Most, 3, Most-18.064.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Gile, 3. Martin, 4. Davis, 5. Sussex, 6. Curtis, 7. Kierce. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Bonneau, 3. Lundy, 4. Shipley, 5. Perreira, 6. Most, 7. Reynolds. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Mike Martin (3), 2. Brody Roa (1), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (6), 4. Stevie Sussex (7), 5. R.J. Johnson (9), 6. Chris Bonneau (2), 7. Kyle Shipley (5), 8. Matt Lundy (4), 9. Daylin Perreira (11), 10. Michael Curtis (8), 11. Justin Kierce (12), 12. Jonas Reynolds (10), 13. Tyler Most (13). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Roa, Laps 27-30 Martin. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (9th to 5th) AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-589, 2-Johnson-536, 3-Sussex-511, 4-Davis-482, 5-Martin-467, 6-Matt Rossi-381, 7-Lundy-368, 8-Swanson-357, 9-Curtis-347, 10-Bonneau-300.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 13 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – co-sanctioned with USAC/CRA

 

 

COURTNEY CONNECTS IN BLOOMINGTON IMW VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (June 7, 2019).........On Friday morning, the engine that Tyler Courtney would use later that night was in the process of being rebuilt. On Friday night, that same engine helped power the Indianapolis, Ind. driver to victory in round four of "Indiana Midget Week" at Bloomington Speedway.

It had been a trying week for Clauson/Marshall Racing throughout the first three races of IMW. Courtney had gone through one engine and had a minor issue on another. Teammate Chris Windom went through two and another teammate, Andrew Layser, had to step into a backup as well.

Still, when the deck seemed stacked against them amidst trying circumstances, the team was able to persevere as Courtney drove to his fifth USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory of the year with only ten races in the books. In fact, his quick start already has him halfway to the double-digit win mark, something that hasn't been achieved in the series since Rich Vogler's magical 16-win season in 1988.

"It's crazy," Courtney said. "But, you know, I wouldn't want to do this with anybody else. These guys are never going to stop. The least I can do is do my job and give them 110 percent because I know they're going to give me 110 percent. It's been nuts, but if this was easy, everybody would do it. It's part of it."

Courtney started from the fourth spot, while Justin Grant bolted to the lead from the pole position, utilizing the high line as outside front row starter Thomas Meseraull followed in tow and Chad Boat worked the bottom.

Meanwhile, Thursday night's Lincoln Park hero Tanner Thorson saw his feature go from bad to worse, first spinning over the turn three banking to a stop on lap four while running 16th. Three laps later, as the Indiana Midget Week point leader coming in tried to work his way back through the field, he found contact at the bottom of turn one, bounced and flipped sidewinder style over the banking. Noah Gass and Jesse Colwell were also collected. Thorson walked away, but only Colwell restarted.

Back to the front, Boat had the low groove working, and had already moved into the second position by lap five. Following the incident, he went right back to the well on the bottom and was digging his way closer to race leader Grant, missing the point at the strip by a half car length at the conclusion of lap 8.

One lap later, series Rookie Karsyn Elledge, who had been having a career-best fifth place run at the time, caught the turn three lip and flipped over the banking. She walked away without injury but finished 22nd.

On the restart, the high/low battle between Grant and Boat would resume with Grant ripping the cush and Boat skimming inches from the infield tires. Boat surged once again, but Grant was precise on the high line, nipping Boat by the width of a dime at the stripe, 0.012 of a second to be precise.

Suddenly, series point leader Courtney emerged as a contender just behind Grant and Boat, carving through the middle as a third line came to fruition between turns three and four. By lap 17, they were three-wide for the lead with Courtney clearing around the outside of Boat in turn four for second and were still three-wide by the conclusion of the 18th lap.

"I saw where they'd blown the good stuff off the bottom," Courtney observed. "Chad was running the bottom and JG the top and I just had to go where they weren't. I did it once and it worked alright. I did it again a little differently and it worked pretty well. I knew if I could keep doing it, keep chipping away, chipping away, we were going to catch them."

Catching is one part of the equation, passing is another, and Grant was the class through the first two-thirds of the 30-lapper. However, it all went awry for Grant, Wednesday's Gas City winner, who had a right rear tire give way entering turn one on the 20th lap. He managed to control the car from jumping over the banking while Courtney did a masterful job of avoiding tagging the back of suddenly off-the-pace Grant who crawled around the quarter mile before stopping in turn four. Grant restarted, but only mustered a 20th place finish after leading a race-high 19 laps.

On the lap 20 restart, second-running Boat once again found solace on the low line, appearing to have the kind of surge that could carry him to the front, missing out on the lead by a mere 0.026 of a second to Courtney at the line. The bottom appeared to slightly fade for Boat who dropped back from Courtney by a few car lengths the following time by.

Taking Boat's place in second was opening night IMW winner Logan Seavey who found the outside rubber to run his fastest lap of the race with seven circuits remaining and was invading Courtney's fortress of solitude at the front. However, Courtney heard the oncoming freight train that was Seavey and moved off the middle line to go to the top and stifle Seavey's charge on the open path up on the cushion.

Tyler Courtney's third career "Indiana Midget Week" victory Friday at Bloomington was also the 10th USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win of his career, tying him for 68th on the all-time list with Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant. (Rich Forman Photo)


"I figured somebody would be coming and the middle kind of went away there in three and four," Courtney recalled. "I started hearing somebody doing something and I knew it didn't sound like somebody on the bottom, so I knew I needed to get up and take their line away, run my own race and make sure I didn't fall off the track and do anything dumb the last few laps."

To get into a rhythm in a which a driver is trying to hit his marks lap-after-lap is key, but once those marks change midstream with another driver ready to pounce, it can present a difficult challenge, but Courtney was game.

"It's a big change, especially here," Courtney explained. "This place gets really technical. It gets slick up to a big curb. If you hit it too hard, you're throwing the nose. You take the chance of bouncing over it and you throw your whole race away. So, you have to kind of ease your way into it. I knew Logan was probably pounding (the cushion) a lot harder than I was. I just knew if I could stay smooth on it, we would be alright. I felt we had good enough speed to maintain up there."

During the final laps, Seavey remained about two car lengths behind the tail tank of Courtney and, on the final lap, fired one last shot, repositioning at the midway point of the back straightaway, angling his car toward the bottom of turn three. Seavey slid up between turns three and four, but had to tuck in behind the flawless Courtney who made no mistakes down the stretch to win his second-straight Bloomington USAC Midget race. Seavey took second ahead of Boat, hard-charging Chris Windom (from 22nd) and a career-best performance from the night's fast qualifier Ethan Mitchell to round out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bloomington Speedway were Ethan Mitchell (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Chad Boat (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chris Windom (ProSource Passing Master/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger & ProSource Hard Work Award), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Cannon McIntosh (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2019 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - ¼- Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.652; 2. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.707; 3. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-11.750; 4. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-11.807; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.824; 6. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-11.834; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-11.840; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.844; 9. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-11.865; 10. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.869; 11. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.877; 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-11.885; 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.888; 14. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.901; 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-11.909; 16. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-11.937; 17. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.946; 18. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-11.956; 19. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-11.982; 20. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.005; 21. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-12.021; 22. Dave Darland, 36, RMS-12.035; 23. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.054; 24. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-12.064; 25. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.075; 26. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-12.128; 27. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.153; 28. Kendall Ruble, 11m, Martin-12.216; 29. Michael Koontz, 17, Koontz-12.314; 30. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Yeley/Styres-12.315; 31. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-12.504; 32. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-12.764; 33. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. Courtney, 3. Hollan, 4. Windom, 5. McDougal, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Mitchell, 8. Koontz. 2:03.18 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Thorson, 3. Elledge, 4. Gass, 5. Daum, 6. Layser, 7. Cummins, 8. Seavey. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Colwell, 3. Pickens, 4. Carrick, 5. Wise, 6. Bacon, 7. Cling, 8. Johnson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Boat, 2. Golobic, 3. Meseraull, 4. Coons, 5. McIntosh, 6. Bodine, 7. Dickerson, 8. Ruble. NT
SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Seavey, 2. Bacon, 3. McDougal, 4. Mitchell, 5. Layser, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. McIntosh, 8. Wise, 9. Daum, 10. Bodine, 11. Koontz, 12. Cling, 13. Dickerson, 14. Akard. 2:40.02 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. Logan Seavey (8), 3. Chad Boat (5), 4. Chris Windom (22), 5. Ethan Mitchell (7), 6. Brady Bacon (9), 7. Michael Pickens (6), 8. Thomas Meseraull (2), 9. Andrew Layser (10), 10. Shane Golobic (18), 11. Zach Daum (24), 12. Zeb Wise (23), 13. Jerry Coons, Jr. (12), 14. Tanner Carrick (11), 15. Tucker Klaasmeyer (13), 16. Jesse Colwell (21), 17. Jason McDougal (19), 18. Dave Darland (20), 19. Holley Hollan (16), 20. Justin Grant (1), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15), 22. Karsyn Elledge (3), 23. Noah Gass (17), 24. Tanner Thorson (14). NT
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**Thorson flipped on lap 7 of the feature. Elledge flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Grant, Laps 20-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE/ANDY PETERSON RE/MAX ACCLAIMED PROPERTIES HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (22nd to 4th)

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Chris Windom

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jerry Coons, Jr.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Cannon McIntosh

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-730, 2-Seavey-637, 3-Thomas-611, 4-Windom-584, 5-Wise-573, 6-Boat-525, 7-C.J. Leary-490, 8-Carrick-470, 9-Klaasmeyer-469, 10-Coons-450.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Seavey-280, 2-Courtney-274, 3-Thorson-251, 4-Golobic-218, 5-McDougal-212, 6-Thomas-194, 7-Windom-187, 8-Coons-183, 9-Grant-181, 10-Boat-178.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Windom-28, 2-Thorson-18, 3-Wise-18, 4-Boat-15, 5-McDougal-15, 6-Courtney-14, 7-Daum-14, 8-Seavey-12, 9-McIntosh-10, 10-Golobic-10.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 8, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

TRISTAN GUARDINO WINS NONSTOP FARIA MEMORIAL

TULARE, CA - JUNE 7, 2019... After taking command from "The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride on the second lap, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) held off several challenges from Ryan Bernal to win the nonstop "Chris and Brian Faria Memorial." Driving the family owned #15T Dorso's Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino's USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Thunderbowl Raceway was his second win of the campaign. The point leader repeated as the "Faria Memorial" champion over fast qualifier Austin Liggett, Bernal, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., and hard charger T.J. Smith.

Smith earned the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from tenth.

Earlier in the night, Liggett posted his fifth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 15.854 over the 12-car roster. Michael Faccinto claimed the Peter Murphy Racing / Hoosier Tire Award (Right Rear Tire) by qualifying fourth overall.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Liggett (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and Smith (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars return to action on Saturday, June 15th at Santa Maria Raceway for the "Ron Otto Memorial."

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2019 - Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, California - "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.854; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.861; 3. Ryan Bernal, 21, Tarlton-15.893; 4. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-15.912; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.961; 6. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-16.080; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.089; 8. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-16.372; 9. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-16.486; 10. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-16.795; 11. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.836; 12. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-17.134.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Guardino, 3. Timmons, 4. Bernal, 5. Shaw, 6.Boul. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Faria, 3. Faccinto, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Mayhew, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (2), 2. Austin Liggett (6), 3. Ryan Bernal (4), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (5), 5. T.J. Smith (10), 6. Michael Faccinto (3), 7. Ricky Kirkbride (1), 8. Ryan Timmons (7), 9. Tanner Boul (9), 10. Koen Shaw (11), 11. Hannah Mayhew (8). 8:38.82 ---------------------------- **Ervine flipped on lap 1 of the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Kirkbride, Laps 2-30 Guardino.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: T.J. Smith (10th to 5th)

PETER MURPHY RACING / HOOSIER TIRE AWARD: Michael Faccinto

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-515, 2-Timmons-390, 3-Shaw-370, 4-Liggett-308, 5-Faria-294, 6-Mayhew-273, 7-Ervine-250, 8-Slater Helt-241, 9-Jake Swanson-238, 10-Faccinto-231.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 15 - Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, California - "Ron Otto Memorial"

 

 

BUCKWALTER BLASTS TO BIG DIAMOND VICTORY

By: Nick Fillman - USAC East Coast Sprint Cars

Pottsville, Pennsylvania (June 7, 2019).........For the second time in their first four races together, Timmy Buckwalter piloted the Bill Gallagher-owned, Curt Michael-prepared entry into victory lane in Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series action.

The win for Buckwalter kicks off what is a busy schedule for the driver as he will compete in modified action on Saturday at Grandview Speedway before moving on to action next week with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series in their annual "Eastern Storm."

Buckwalter was able to maneuver his way to the heat race victory in a duel with Carmen Perigo which would send Buckwalter to the redraw. Timmy drew the second-place position, start him alongside Chandler Leiby.

As the field went to green Buckwalter slid back a couple of positions with Leiby grabbing the early race lead. A caution would quickly fly for Joe Biasi who clipped an infield tire and sent him spinning into the infield ending his night. As the field would go back to green Leiby would again work his way into the lead holding off challenges from Carson Short and Steven Drevicki.

The caution would again fly on lap 9 for Jonathan Swanson and Ryan Quackenbush bunching the field back up. On the ensuing restart Buckwalter would power to the outside around Leiby in turns three and four, taking the lead and looking to run away. Buckwalter would maintain a solid lead while the battle was on for positions two through seven. Steven Drevicki, Leiby, Short, Perigo, Strada, and Chris Allen were all in close competition with no driver feeling in comfortable control of their position. A caution flag would fly again on lap 16 for a spinning Eric Jennings, setting up a restart.

The restart would again see high contention for positions inside the top 10 with Drevicki moving into the second-place position. Other drivers would see highly contested action for spots in the top six. The final caution of the event would fly on lap 22 for Steve Surniak who ended up getting into an infield tire. The restart would be the chance the Drevicki wanted to try and grab the win away from Buckwalter, but it wasn't meant to be as Buckwalter would go on to take the checkers. Steven Drevicki would come home second, Carson Short third, Carmen Perigo made a strong high side move to grab fourth powering to the outside around Strada and Leiby, with Chandler Leiby collecting yet another top five finish.

While the night was great for some, it was bad for others, with some in the in between. The night started off rough for Ryan Quackenbush and Brian Riccio. Quackenbush would have the front end folded up on his machine on lap one, of heat one before collecting Riccio who would go for a series of flips into the infield. Riccio was making just his second start of the season before the flip.

Trevor Kobylarz would make his return to the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Series, following missing the last two events with engine issues. Kobylarz was out to a solid lead in heat race number three before an exploding left rear would end his heat race. Unfortunately, the tire failure broke the shock and other components off the Kobylarz car. The team opted to sit out for the remainder of the night to keep things fresh for the upcoming eastern swing.

Despite the troubles in the heat race for Ryan Quackenbush, and a caution early on in the feature, he would rebound with a solid effort to collect the Scotty Signs Hard Charger award. The New York turned Pennsylvania transplant has had a bit of an up and down season, but the team never quits and works hard to get to every event. They were rewarded with a solid finish and a few extra winnings on Friday night, proving that while they may get down, they're never out.

In their first race together Carson Short, and the Chris Dyson Racing, Sean Michael-prepared entry had a solid night. The team pulled the number one pill for the night and started on the pole of heat one. Carson would cruise to the heat victory before having a strong third place run in the feature event as a great tune up before next week's USAC National Sprint action.

The next event for the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series comes on Sunday, June 30th at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park where the series will make their inaugural visit.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2019 - Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Carson Short (#20 Dyson), 2. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 3. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 4. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 5. Steve Surniak (#1ST Surniak), 6. John Stehman (#23 Stehman), 7. Craig Pellegrini, Jr. (#11A Pellegrini), 8. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q TQT), 9. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 2. Eddie Strada (#42E Strada), 3. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 4. Jake Winters (#1J Winters), 5. Austin Bishop (#11 Bishop), 6. Larry McVay (#83 McVay), 7. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin), 8. David Swanson (#117 Swanson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Timmy Buckwalter (#5G Gallagher), 2. Carmen Perigo (#21 Perigo), 3. Chris Allen, Jr. (#71 Allen), 4. Tyler Brehm (#21R Brehm), 5. Connor Leoffler (#22 Leoffler), 6. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 7. Jonathan Swanson (#17J Swanson), 8. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz). NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Jennings, 2. Stehman, 3. McVay, 4. Pellegrini, 5. J. Swanson, 6. Hedin, 7. D. Swanson. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Carson Short, 4. Carmen Perigo, 5. Chandler Leiby, 6. Eddie Strada, 7. Chris Allen, Jr., 8. Bill Unglert, 9. Connor Leoffler, 10. Mark Bitner, 11. Tyler Brehm, 12. Austin Bishop, 13. Ryan Quackenbush, 14. John Stehman, 15. Eric Jennings, 16. Larry McVay, 17. Jonathan Swanson, 18. Jake Winters, 19. Steve Surniak, 20. Craig Pellegrini, Jr., 21. Joey Biasi. NT
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**Riccio flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Leiby, Laps 10-25 Buckwalter.

SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Quackenbush (21st to 13th)

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT RACE: June 30 - Glen Ridge Motorsports Park - Fultonville, New York

 

 

EASTERN STORM PREVIEW 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 8, 2019).........Three past Eastern Storm champions are headed eastbound June 11-16 for one of the most-highly anticipated events on the USAC calendar with five USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship races in a six-day span at five different tracks in three states - Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

The series begins Tuesday, June 11, at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville and honors the memory of the 2009 Grandview Eastern Storm winner who lost his life tragically in the Spring of 2010 with the "Jesse Hockett Classic." The 40-lap event pays a sweet $10,000-to-win prize.

From there, the series travels to the 3/8-mile Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey for the second time ever on Wednesday, June 12. Then, it's back to the Keystone State and BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa. on Thursday, June 13. The following night is an idle night for the Sprint Cars, but the USAC Silver Crown Cars are in action on the half-mile Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. on Friday, June 14.

It's the Sprint Cars turn on the half-mile the following night on Saturday, June 15, at Port Royal Speedway in Pa. The series closes out on Sunday, June 16, in New York at the 3/8-mile Weedsport Speedway.

In each of the last two years, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has been the dominant force, capturing three wins and both titles. The 2017 USAC National Sprint champ is the lone driver to have won Eastern Storm feature events in each of the past three seasons and owns six career wins in the series, including last year's round at Williams Grove and the two most recent trips to Port Royal. His six Eastern Storm victories are tied with Levi Jones and Bryan Clauson for the most all-time. His first career USAC win came in 2010 at Big Diamond.

Robert Ballou's stellar 2015 Eastern Storm performance was one for the ages as the Rocklin, Calif. driver swept all three nights and walked away with a title. The Eastern part of the country has been kind to Ballou, who also claimed the 2015 National title. Last year's trip to BAPS is the most recent of his 29 career USAC National Sprint Car victories, which rank 13th on the all-time list.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) captured the Eastern Storm crown in 2014 and has won thrice in the series along the way. The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion in 2014 and 2016 has been spectacular the past two seasons when the series has arrived at Grandview, using late race passes to claim each of the wins.

A handful of additional drivers are aiming to add onto their Eastern Storm feature win title. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has been victorious the last two seasons, first in 2017 at Williams Grove and in last year's debut at Bridgeport. He's been excellent this year with six top-6 finishes in seven series starts and, at press dates, has won four local sprint features in four nights at four different tracks in the state of Indiana.

The Eastern Storm one-win club includes a talented bunch who are hungry to reach the pinnacle once again during the series. Defending USAC National Sprint Car titlist Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) took the BAPS closer by storm in 2017. Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), your most recent USAC Sprint winner in May's "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, nailed down the win in the 2014 Grandview opener. Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), a 2013 Port Royal winner, was recently tabbed as the driver of New Jersey car owner Tim Hogue's ride for Eastern Storm. Chad Boespflug (Hanford, Calif.) was dominant in his lone Eastern Storm triumph at New Egypt in New Jersey back in 2016.

Drivers who've tasted USAC victory lane but are seeking a first Eastern Storm include current USAC National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), a winner in Ocala, Fla. in February. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has won in both USAC National Sprint Cars and Midgets in 2019, including a last-lap midget win at BAPS in 2017. His TOPP Motorsports team was previously victorious in Eastern Storm with Courtney at BAPS in 2017.

Speaking of victorious teams with drivers aiming for Eastern Storm victory number one, you can include Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) who has joined Chris Dyson Racing for the tour. Dyson's ride took the 2018 finale at Weedsport with driver Thomas Meseraull. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is an Eastern Storm Rookie, arriving on the scene with Daigh/Phillips Motorsports who won with Darland at Port Royal in 2013.

Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) made his USAC Sprint Car debut at Eastern Storm in 2015. The North Pole Nightmare Bill Balog (Brookfield, Wisc.) is set to make his debut as well along with Brian VanMeveren (Woodbury, Minn.) and Dustin Christie (Washington, Ind.).

A strong representation from the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series contingent will be on display with three of the series' winners making plans to do the tour, including 2018 East Coast champ and current point leader Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.), who will pilot his own car with technical assistance from 2018 USAC National Sprint Car owner champ Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing and 2013 Eastern Storm feature winning car owner Gene Franckowiak. Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) is a force on the National scene, capturing co-Rookie of the Year honors in 2018. Joey Biasi (Mary D, Pa.) and Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) have been regular competitors on the National scene and are top-flight forces to reckon with when USAC travels to their home turf.

Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, N.C.) has had some impressive Eastern Storm performances, earning his best career USAC National Sprint Car feature finish of 2nd at Lincoln Speedway in 2017. Landon Simon (Tipp City, Ohio) won a USAC Sprint Car Special Event feature at Lincoln in 2016. Versatile racing veteran Ryan Godown (Ringoes, N.J.) was a regular on the Eastern Storm tour a year ago while the ever-popular "Colfax Comet" Robert Bell (Colfax, Iowa) is making the trip east for the full deal.

Tuesday at Grandview, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and racing at 7:30pm. NASCAR 358 Modifieds will join the USAC Sprint Cars. Adult general admission tickets are $30, kids 6-11 are $10. Children 6 and under are free. Advance tickets may be ordered by calling (443) 513-4456.

Wednesday at Bridgeport, racing starts at 7:30pm (Eastern). Adult general admission tickets are $30, students 10-15 are $10, children 9 and under are free.

Thursday at BAPS, Adult general admission tickets are $25, seniors are $15, students 13-17 are $15, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Friday at Williams Grove for the Silver Crown race, pits open at 5pm (Eastern), hot laps begin at 7pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. The 410 wing sprints are also on the event card. Adult general admission tickets are $28, age 13-20 are $10, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Saturday at Port Royal, it's a sprint car doubleheader with 410 wing sprints also on hand. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students are $10 and pit passes are $35 apiece.

Sunday at Weedsport, pits open at 4pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 7pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Champion Oil Modifieds and NY6A Micro Sprints are also on the docket. Reserved seating is $32, adult general admission tickets are $28, age 11-17 are $12 and age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $32 apiece for members and $36 for non-members. Reserve camping is $30 and general camping is $24.

Watch each and every "Indiana Midget Week" race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 


TRISTAN GUARDINO WINS NONSTOP FARIA MEMORIAL

TULARE, CA – JUNE 7, 2019… After taking command from “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride on the second lap, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) held off several challenges from Ryan Bernal to win the nonstop “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial.” Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Thunderbowl Raceway was his second win of the campaign. The point leader repeated as the “Faria Memorial” champion over fast qualifier Austin Liggett, Bernal, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and hard charger T.J. Smith.

Smith earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from tenth.

Earlier in the night, Liggett posted his fifth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 15.854 over the 12-car roster. Michael Faccinto claimed the Peter Murphy Racing / Hoosier Tire Award (Right Rear Tire) by qualifying fourth overall.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Liggett (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and Smith (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars return to action on Saturday, June 15th at Santa Maria Raceway for the “Ron Otto Memorial.”

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2019 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.854; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.861; 3. Ryan Bernal, 21, Tarlton-15.893; 4. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-15.912; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.961; 6. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-16.080; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.089; 8. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-16.372; 9. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-16.486; 10. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-16.795; 11. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.836; 12. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-17.134.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Guardino, 3. Timmons, 4. Bernal, 5. Shaw, 6.Boul. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Faria, 3. Faccinto, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Mayhew, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (2), 2. Austin Liggett (6), 3. Ryan Bernal (4), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (5), 5. T.J. Smith (10), 6. Michael Faccinto (3), 7. Ricky Kirkbride (1), 8. Ryan Timmons (7), 9. Tanner Boul (9), 10. Koen Shaw (11), 11. Hannah Mayhew (8). 8:38.82
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**Ervine flipped on lap 1 of the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Kirkbride, Laps 2-30 Guardino.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: T.J. Smith (10th to 5th)
PETER MURPHY RACING / HOOSIER TIRE AWARD: Michael Faccinto

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-515, 2-Timmons-390, 3-Shaw-370, 4-Liggett-308, 5-Faria-294, 6-Mayhew-273, 7-Ervine-250, 8-Slater Helt-241, 9-Jake Swanson-238, 10-Faccinto-231.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 15 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California – “Ron Otto Memorial”

 

 

THORSON TRIUMPHS IN FRENZIED IMW ROUND AT PUTNAMVILLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (June 6, 2019).........There are comeback stories. And then there's the Tanner Thorson comeback story from Thursday night's third round of "Indiana Midget Week" from Lincoln Park Speedway.

With the wounds and scars still readily evident on his body after sustaining a broken left arm and right foot, a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung following a multi-car incident on Highway 99 in Modesto, Calif. in March of this year, the Minden, Nevada native delivered a performance that he said is "definitely one I'll remember forever." And is one that will certainly remembered by those who were there to witness it as well.

Thorson used the bottom to capture the lead with just four laps remaining, enduring attack after attack from Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Kyle Larson to earn his 13th career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory, a dream scenario for the 2016 series champ in just his third race back since his injuries three months earlier.

"It's a dream come true again, to be honest," Thorson said. "I sat out for three months just wondering if I was going to be able to do it again. I've been having doubting feelings in my mind and I didn't know if I was going to be okay to run. I knew I probably could've run; I would've just had to change my ways. Obviously, it's hard to do that."

Thorson appeared to be the same driver as before and, perhaps recharged, following Tuesday's IMW opener at Montpelier and Wednesday's race at Gas City where he finished 2nd and 5th, respectively. Thorson had an uphill battle to climb at Lincoln Park, having to start from the 15th position.

"I knew at about lap five that I had a car to win," Thorson admitted. "When you know that in your mind, nothing can stop you at that point."

These truths were not self-evident initially as he remained on the cusp of the top-ten for the first third of the 30-lapper before steadily moving his way through the top half of the field. Early on, it appeared series point leader Tyler Courtney and Thomas Meseraull were on point, running one-two in a pair of lucky sevens and quickly separating themselves from the rest in the opening laps.

The sevens weren't so lucky entering turn one on lap five as Meseraull closed the gap on Courtney and the two made contact, sending Courtney into a spin and forcing Meseraull to stop, knocking them both out of contention for the victory. Meseraull eventually wound up 23rd while Courtney charged back through the pack to take an impressive 7th.

Montpelier winner Logan Seavey inherited the lead for the lap five restart, ringing the topside as Thomas put on the chase through the middle until the 11th lap when series Rookie of the Year contender Andrew Layser flipped between turns three and four, escaping injury.

On the ensuing restart, fifth-running Michael Pickens, who drove to victory during IMW at Lincoln Park in 2017, looped it between turns one and two. It was the second-straight night the Auckland, New Zealand midget racing star saw a front-running bid slip away.

Thomas stayed true to the middle and used a great drive off turn two to blast past defending champ Seavey on the 13th lap where he remained for the next several trips around the 5/16-mile dirt oval with a swarm behind him ready to attack with Seavey remaining close by and Thorson, plus Larson, digging low and high.

With seven laps remaining, Seavey fired the first shot that set forth a wild sequence of events that saw the lead change 13 unofficial times in a six-lap span.

First, on the 23rd lap, Thorson nudged his way past Thomas on the bottom of turn one. Thomas recovered to resume the point momentarily on the back straight. Seavey then fired his Bullet to the bottom of turn three to slide past Thomas. Thomas diamonded off midway through the corner and beat Seavey to the stripe just as Seavey dove low into one and up to the top past Thomas just as Thorson entered the frame on the bottom. Thomas proceeded to slither his way through the gap between Seavey and Thorson exiting turn two to reclaim the top spot. Seavey instantly reloaded and slid past Thomas entering turn three, but Thomas answered by sliding across the nose of Seavey off turn four. Seavey instantly turned left to throw another haymaker at Thomas at the start/finish line, but suddenly Thorson was there inside to make it three-wide at the line at the conclusion of lap 25.

Seavey chose the topside as Thomas shot down off the turn one banking to get a run that would propel him past Thorson midway down the back straightway and into turn three on the 26th circuit. Rinse and repeat, Thorson ably limboed underneath Thomas into turn one on lap 27, but Thomas counter-punched to get back by underneath exiting turn two. Thorson stayed in touch, and off turn four, surged past Thomas once again for the umpteenth time to nip him at the line by a wheel.

Just as soon as one might've thought Thorson had it covered, here arrived an orange streak ripping the high side with Kyle Larson in the seat. Larson used the momentum up top and appeared momentarily to have the edge with as quickly as he was erasing the gap coming to the white flag. Off turn four, however, Thomas slid up in front of Larson's lane on the outside, stifling his charge momentarily as the two made contact while Thorson was a mere two car lengths ahead of them out front.

Larson gave it one last shot on the high line of one and two, but snagged the turn two cushion with the right rear, then landed on the left rear, sending him off the track in a pirouette and a couple of endos toward the billboard that prematurely ended his final IMW run of the week from which he walked away uninjured.

On the green-white-checker finish, Thorson got a strong jump to stretch his lead out to roughly six car lengths, allowing him to go relatively unchallenged the rest of the way while a tussle for second saw Seavey dive into three past Thomas on the final lap to snare second, while Jerry Coons, Jr. utilized the bottom to squeak past Thomas by a bumper for third at the line - his best finish since a third-place run at the Southern Illinois Center in 2017. Chris Windom rounded out the top-five.

The clean, yet hard racing between Thorson, Thomas and Larson was a thrill to witness from the outside and from within the cockpit as well, which Thorson attributes to the respect each of these drivers has for each other.

"I think a lot of it was knowing how they race," Thorson explained. "I'm good buddies with KT and Larson and I've raced with both of them for years. We're going to be aggressive toward each other, but there's also a lot of respect. I respect Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Kyle Larson more than just about anybody in this pit. Those two people out of anybody are the ones that I would prefer to race with day in day out."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Lincoln Park Speedway were Kyle Larson (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Jason McDougal (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Jesse Colwell (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (ProSource Passing Master/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chad Boat (ProSource Hard Work Award), Holley Hollan (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Kyle Cummins (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 6, 2019 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.383 (New Track Record); 2. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.496; 3. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-12.577; 4. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-12.706; 5. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.730; 6. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.738; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.751; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-12.765; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.774; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.792; 11. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.800; 12. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.816; 13. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-12.839; 14. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.849; 15. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-12.885; 16. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.898; 17. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.902; 18. Dave Darland, 36, RMS-12.971; 19. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Yeley/Styres-12.991; 20. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.003; 21. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-13.006; 22. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-13.021; 23. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.022; 24. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-13.066; 25. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.080; 26. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.096; 27. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.112; 28. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.214; 29. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-13.425; 30. Chris Baue, 9, Baue-13.445; 31. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-13.493; 32. Brady Bacon, 1ST, Saucier-13.493; 33. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-13.498; 34. Anton Hernandez, 8JR, Wood-13.747; 35. Michael Koontz, 17x, Koontz-NT; 36. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Thorson, 3. Courtney, 4. Grant, 5. Larson, 6. Golobic, 7. Elledge, 8. Mitchell, 9. Cling. 2:14.82

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Leary, 3. Seavey, 4. Coons, 5. Carrick, 6. Layser, 7. Hernandez, 8. Baue, 9. McIntosh. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Meseraull, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. Pickens, 4. Wise, 5. Welch, 6. Johnson, 7. Cummins, 8. Hollan, 9. Koontz. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Colwell, 2. Thomas, 3. Daum, 4. Windom, 5. Boat, 6. Bodine, 7. Hendricks, 8. Gass, 9. Bacon. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Larson, 2. Boat, 3. Golobic, 4. Welch, 5. Carrick, 6. Layser, 7. Cummins, 8. Mitchell, 9. Bodine, 10. Johnson, 11. Cling, 12. McIntosh, 13. Hollan, 14. Elledge, 15. Baue, 16. Hernandez, 17. Koontz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (15), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Jerry Coons, Jr. (1), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 5. Chris Windom (14), 6. Shane Golobic (8), 7. Tyler Courtney (2), 8. Jesse Colwell (10), 9. Zach Daum (17), 10. Jason McDougal (18), 11. Zeb Wise (21), 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer (20), 13. Holley Hollan (23), 14. Justin Grant (11), 15. Michael Pickens (5), 16. Chad Boat (22), 17. Andrew Layser (12), 18. Tanner Carrick (9), 19. C.J. Leary (19), 20. Cole Bodine (24), 21. Kyle Larson (7), 22. Dillon Welch (13), 23. Thomas Meseraull (4), 24. Dave Darland (16). NT
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**Hendricks flipped during the fourth heat. Hollan flipped during the semi. Elledge flipped during the semi. Layser flipped on lap 11 of the feature. Larson flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Courtney, Laps 5-12 Seavey, Laps 13-26 Thomas, Laps 27-30 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tanner Thorson (15th to 1st)

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Chad Boat

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Holley Hollan

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Kyle Cummins

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-651, 2-K. Thomas-580, 3-Seavey-561, 4-Wise-534, 5-Windom-518, 6-Leary-490, 7-Boat-450, 8-Klaasmeyer-435, 9-Carrick-430, 10-Coons-408.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Thorson-221, 2-Seavey-204, 3-Courtney-195, 4-McDougal-181, 5-Golobic-168, 6-Wise-167, 7-Thomas-163, 8-Grant-150, 9-Daum-144, 10-Coons-141.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thorson-18, 2-Wise-18, 3-Daum-14, 4-McDougal-13, 5-Boat-13, 6-Courtney-11, 7-McIntosh-10, 8-Windom-10, 9-Coons-9, 10-Layser-9.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 7, 2019 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - ¼-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

ANATOMY OF A COMEBACK:
THE RETURN OF TANNER THORSON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 7, 2019).........The Accident: It was Monday morning, March 4, 2019. USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Tanner Thorson had wrapped up competing with the World of Outlaws at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway days earlier and was driving the Tri-C Motorsports hauler back to the team's Sacramento, Calif. shop.

Thorson wouldn't get a chance to complete the mission, the result of a fiery multi-car incident on Highway 99 in Modesto, Calif. that left the Minden, Nevada driver battered, broken and bruised, but, thankfully, alive.

Thorson's hospitalization resulted in multiple surgeries to repair a broken right foot and a broken left arm. He also had a breathing tube put in to help pump up his collapsed lungs. He'd also suffered a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung in the accident.

The Hospital:
"It's been really hard," Thorson admitted. "I've never been through anything like this. I thought for sure if I was going to get hurt, it was going to be in a racecar."

This was the reality that Thorson was living. He went from traveling the country gravitating from race-to-race, track-to-track, in midgets and sprint cars one minute to lying in a hospital bed contemplating the future. Would it involve racing? Tanner didn't know that answer and, in fact, attempted to cleanse himself from racing, refusing to let it cross his mind until he knew he was capable of doing it. One aspect that Tanner was not privy of early on in the recovery was the full situation with his left hand.

"I didn't find out until about a month and a half, two months ago, that the doctor came out and told my parents that I may never be able to use my left hand again. No one told me because they didn't want me to get down on myself. I feel like that helped me. My parents were by my side for so long through that time, all they wanted was the best for me and they tried to keep that away from me. When I figured that out, I really started to wonder that I might not be able to do this. My hand might give out or something. I just kept pushing. That's all I could do."

The Recovery:
Once Tanner was released from the hospital, the bite of the racing bug still had just as much teeth as it did prior to the accident. Tanner kept going to the racetrack and, in fact, was back in the pits for a World of Outlaws race at Chico, Calif. the weekend following his release. He helped his friends, wrenched on a few cars and kept his head in the racing game and off the pain.

However, much of his focus went toward personal reflection and improvement, the things he felt he could control amidst the thoughts of what the future could hold.

"I just focused on trying to better myself in that time period of being out," Thorson said. "There's a lot of time you don't realize you're missing as far as spending time with family and friends. It's something I tried to focus on as much as I could and not worry about the racing aspect of it because it was either going to work or it wasn't."

"Obviously, I was dwelling on it and wondering at the same time if I could do it again," Thorson continued. "I'd tell people 'I want to race. I can race right now.' But I think that was more me trying to settle my mind down."

The Call:
After a successful five-year run for the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian USAC Midget team between 2013-2017, Tanner set off on his own course, running winged sprint cars on the west coast for Clyde Lamar and part-time with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for owner Randy Young while making an occasional midget start.

However, Thorson never forgot where he got his start. After all, KKM is where he made his first laps in a midget, scored his first win a midget and his first championship in a midget in 2016. Vice versa, the same can be said for KKM, which gave him a phone call with an offer that Tanner couldn't refuse.

"When I got the phone call from (KKM's) Pete (Willoughby) to come run for them again, it was one of the best phone calls I could've had at that time, just knowing that someone was still out there," Thorson said. "Pete and Keith and all these guys are like family to me. It's my other family over here."

The Return:
The announcement of Thorson's return was both stunning and admirable. Many were surprised at the remarkably rapid recovery made by Thorson to even entertain the idea of jumping back in a racecar for the most grueling week of midget racing all year in "Indiana Midget Week." Once he was in the car, the question became 'How long will it take him to shake off the rust and get back to speed?' Those particular questions didn't take long to get answered.

In the opener at Montpelier, Thorson timed in second quickest, transferred through his heat and finished 2nd in the feature. Rather quickly, this became more than just a fuzzy, warm, feel-good story. This became the comeback of a driver who was ready to contend for wins right away.

Tanner backed up his performance the following night by qualifying 3rd, winning the semi, then finishing 5th in the main event, the only driver to finish in the top-five in each of the first two races. By virtue, he found himself at the top of the "Indiana Midget Week" standings entering round three at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville.

But, as Tanner said pretty bluntly, there was still room for improvement.

"I'm really, really hard on myself," Thorson said. "I ran second my first night out, and that still wasn't good enough for me."

The Triumph:
With the wounds and scars still visible on his body, Tanner delivered a performance that he said is "definitely one I'll remember forever." And is one that will certainly remembered by those who were there to witness it as well.

Thorson used the bottom to capture the lead with just four laps remaining, enduring attack after attack from Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Kyle Larson down the stretch to earn his 13th career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory, a dream scenario.

"It's a dream come true again, to be honest," Thorson said. "I sat out for three months just wondering if I was going to be able to do it again. I've been having doubting feelings in my mind and I didn't know if I was going to be okay to run. I knew I probably could've run; I would've just had to change my ways. Obviously, it's hard to do that."

The situation put Thorson and Kunz working in tandem on the No. 98 for the entirety of "Indiana Midget Week," something of which they haven't been able to do in a number of years.

"Keith has worked really hard and close with me. I haven't worked with Keith since 2014. We work really well together. It's really cool to work with him and be able to talk to him one on one versus one on five like it used to be. I'm just really blessed to be able to come back and race with these guys. I needed that win."

The Future:
The future for the 23-year-old Thorson certainly holds a lot left in the tank where he reiterates his home is in midget racing. Tanner has taken inspiration from the team that he has seen up close and person, and one that's been a major part of his life and career. Something of which he hopes to give back one day to young, up-and-coming drivers like himself.

"I have a lot of passion for this sport. The midget world, this is my gig," Thorson made clear. "I eventually want to own a team like Keith Kunz and be able to develop drivers and have a big company like they have. This is kind of my dream ever since I started there. I want to do this one day. I still want to race, but I want to help kids out and try to make them as good as they can and try to go out there and win races. I think that's what pushed me along during those three months of just not giving up.

With three races remaining in the IMW series, Thorson holds a 17-point lead over Logan Seavey, Tyler Courtney (-26), Jason McDougal (-40) and Shane Golobic (-53).

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprints will be on hand as well. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students with valid ID are $10, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds will join the Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Sunday at Kokomo, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. It'll be a true doubleheader with Sprint Cars and Midgets on the docket. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Watch each and every "Indiana Midget Week" race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.


 

 

USAC EAST COAST SPRINTS READY FOR BIG DIAMOND FRIDAY

Pottsville, Pennsylvania (June 3, 2019).........The Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars head to Pottsville, Pennsylvania's Big Diamond Speedway this Friday night, June 7, for "Kids Night," round six for the series and the second of three visits to the 3/8-mile dirt oval in 2019.

Defending series champ and current series point leader Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) was victorious at Big Diamond on May 17 and is the lone driver to have reached USAC East Coast victory lane twice thus far in the season. In fact, the top-four finishers from that night's feature mirror the series standings coming in.

Chandler Leiby (Carlisle, Pa.) finished second in May at Big Diamond and is second in points, 18 behind Drevicki. Third-place finisher Eddie Strada (Lake Ariel, Pa.) is third in the standings, 34 out of the lead, while fourth-place finisher Chris Allen, Jr. (Wrightstown, N.J.) stands fourth in the points, 57 back.

"Kids Night" also features Sportsman, Roadrunner and Street Stock action along with face painting, bike giveaways, games and much more for the kids. Kids age 10 and under are free, kids age 11-12 are $10 and adult general admission is $15. Front gates open at 5:30pm (Eastern) with cars getting on track at 7:15pm (Eastern).

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-360, 2-Chandler Leiby-342, 3-Eddie Strada-326, 4-Chris Allen, Jr.-303, 5-Bill Unglert-262, 6-Ryan Quackenbush-235, 7. Eric Jennings-226, 8-Joey Biasi-207, 9-Carmen Perigo-198, 10-Mike Thompson-185.
#51 Austin Ervine
(Lance Jennings Photo)


TULARE HOSTS FRIDAY'S USAC WEST COAST SPRINT FARIA MEMORIAL

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 3, 2019... After a hard fought battle at Ventura, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade Tulare's Thunderbowl Raceway this Friday, June 7th. Promoted by Steve Faria, the "Chris and Brian Faria Memorial" was moved after rains washed out the final night of the "Peter Murphy Classic" on May 18th. The second and final appearance of the non-winged 360s at the Tulare County Fairgrounds will also showcase the Kings of Thunder Sprints, Western RaceSaver Sprints, and IMCA Stock Cars. The Front Gates will open at 3:00PM, Time Trials are scheduled for 5:30PM, and Racing will start at 6:00PM. For more information, visit the track's website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 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.

- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.

- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.

- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8" with open heads and 2-3/16" with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

The "Chris and Brian Faria Memorial" is one of the most prestigious dates on the USAC West Coast schedule. This year's event marks the twenty-sixth running of the race and Peter Murphy won the first non-winged 360 memorial in 2009. Last year, Tristan Guardino added his name to the winner's list, which is at the bottom of this release.

Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted 42 USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with fourteen victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 14.984 on March 17, 2017. Austin Liggett topped the "Peter Murphy Classic" on May 17th and the Tulare series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the eighth point race, there have been six different winners. Defending series champion Austin Liggett has two victories, while Brody Roa, Swanson, Chase Johnson, Guardino, and Troy Rutherford have one win in the campaign. Rain washed out the May 18th event at Petaluma.

Heading to Tulare, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has a stout 101-point lead over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso's Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino scored nineteenth last Saturday night after an early exit. At press time, the point leader has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led to his credit. Tristan is tied with Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, and Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will be looking for his second "Faria Memorial" triumph.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons set fast time and placed thirteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and four top-10 finishes on the season. At Tulare, Ryan will have his sights on his third career feature win.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) sits third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw charged from thirteenth to fifth at last Saturday night. At press time, the versatile driver has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the year. This Friday night, Koen will be looking for his first career USAC win at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving Steve Watt's #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Helt scored twenty-second at Ventura after having mechanical issues ended his night. To date, the leading rookie contender has posted one Wilwood Brakes Lucky 13 Award and one top-10 finish in the campaign. The Missouri driver will have his sights on his first USAC West Coast victory this Friday night.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranks fifth in the point standings. The pilot of Keith Ford's #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X skipped Ventura to compete in Arizona. At press time, the 2017 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth in wins, Jake might skip Tulare as he travels to Canyon Speedway Park.

While Helt leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Ervine, Austin Liggett, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr. Steve Hix, Cody Majors, Michael Faccinto, "The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride, T.J. Smith, Tanner Boul, D.J. Johnson, Jace Vander Weerd, Richard Vander Weerd, and more.

Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $18 and Bleacher Seats are $15. Senior Grandstand Tickets are $16 and Bleacher Seats are $13. Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $9 and Bleacher Seats are $8. Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track's website at thunderbowlraceway.com

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 atlwjennings@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 westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL NON-WING WINNERS: 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Not Held, 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Austin Liggett, 2017-Ryan Bernal, 2018-Tristan Guardino.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 14-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-436, 2. Ryan Timmons-335, 3. Koen Shaw-323, 4. Slater Helt-241, 5. Jake Swanson-238, 6. Austin Ervine-237, 7. Hannah Mayhew-228, 8. Austin Liggett-227, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-221, --. Steve Hix-221, --. Troy Rutherford-221, 12. Cody Majors-203, 13. J.J. Ringo-197, 14. Kyle Edwards-178, 15. Michael Faccinto-167, --. Ricky Kirkbride-167, 17. Brody Roa-154, 18. T.J. Smith-150, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-147, 20. Stevie Sussex-145.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

CARSON SHORT ROLLS WITH DYSON FOR EASTERN STORM

From Chris Dyson Racing PR

Poughkeepsie, New York (June 5, 2019).........Southern Illinois hotshoe Carson Short will drive the blue and white #20 CD Racing Thetford / ProtectAll Maxim Speedway Chevy in next week's five-race Eastern Storm series for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. In only his second year as a full-time touring sprint car driver, 23-year-old Short has already won three sprint features this season.

"Carson was parked next to us for several days during the Florida race series earlier this year," said Sean Michael, who looks after the CD racing stable of USAC Silver Crown, sprint car and midget equipment. "Chris (Dyson) and I were looking for someone to run the sprint car when the USAC series made its annual swing through Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We were both impressed with Carson's approach to racing, both on the track and off. He ran good - fast every night. So, Carson was at the top of our list of potential drivers for the Eastern Storm."

Short not only owns and maintains the sprint car he drives in Midwestern events, but is responsible for making his program's financial ends meet. So, he's well aware of the fine line between winning races and breaking cars. "I learned when I was young, you've got to be hard and fast, but not tear up the equipment," Short said. "I run off what I make, and you don't get paid if you put the car in the fence. I'm not going to take second place when I've got a winning car, but I won't tear it up, either."

"I am pleased we are able to do this with Carson," said Dyson. "We won a race and had some other good finishes in last year's Eastern storm with Thomas Meseraull. We learned a lot last year and I believe the potential is here for us to do even better in 2019. It is going to be exciting."

Dyson noted that the team would enter Short in a pair of races this week as a tune-up for next week's Eastern Storm. "Sean will run him in the USAC East Coast Sprint Car race at Big Diamond this Friday night and then put a wing on the car for Saturday's URC race at Lincoln. We thought this would be a good way to for everyone to get to know each other better before next week's opening Eastern Storm race at Grandview."

2019 Eastern Storm Schedule Tuesday, June 11: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) Wednesday, June 12: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, N.J.) Thursday, June 13: BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, Pa.) Friday, June 14: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) **Silver Crown** Saturday, June 15: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, Pa.) Sunday, June 16: Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, N.Y.)

 

 

GRANT GETS REDEMPTION IN GAS CITY INDIANA MIDGET WEEK RD. 2

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (June 5, 2019).........Less than 24 hours after what he termed was a "toolbox issue" that put him behind eight ball just prior to Tuesday's "Indiana Midget Week" opening night feature, Justin Grant found the ultimate redemption by scoring his first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory of the season in round two of the series Wednesday at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

One way of looking at the six-night stretch of consecutive races that is "Indiana Midget Week" is as a grueling physical and mental test that can take a toll, especially when things don't go as anticipated. On the other side of the coin, an individual can look at the week as chance to immediately redeem yourself again and again, night-after-night, if an issue happens to arise along the journey.

Either way, there's no time to dwell on the past. Another opportunity for success is just around the corner. That's the path the Ione, California driver and his RAMS Racing crew chose to take.

"Last night, it's all over and everybody's upset," Grant recalled. "But, that's why there's more than one race a year. Let's go to the carwash. Let's do our jobs. Let's act like we're ready to win tomorrow."

"What's great about this team is its people constantly building you up," Grant explained. "Last night, I had a huge blunder on my part. I really let my car owners and my team down in our race prep. But the first text message I got after the race was from Rick Young who said, 'I'm not upset in the least. Every time I see that racecar on the track, I'm proud of it. Go win tomorrow.' Having that kind of support system and that kind of backing is huge. Just being able to shake that night off, nobody's more worried about it than you are, so just shake it off and go do your job tomorrow."

When that tomorrow arrived on Wednesday night, Grant went to work from the word "go," leading the troops into turn one from his outside front row starting spot. Meanwhile, pre-race favorite Kyle Larson, who started fifth, was shuffled back to ninth on the opening lap, forcing him into playing catchup mode for much of the 30-lap event.
Following a lap three caution for Jesse Colwell, who stopped in the infield grass at the bottom of turn one, Grant knew he had a good car. One of those indicators came from an unlikely source over the one-way radio.

"I felt really good out of the gate," Grant said. "It was a little tight, which was a good thing, but the track really came to us right out of the gate more or less. After that first caution, (USAC Race Director) Kirk Spridgeon said, 'alright, hustle around' to the second-place car. I thought we must be way out there. It got me a bit worried because I thought we were too good too early. If this thing goes away, we might be in trouble."

There was no indication of that happening any time soon as Grant proceeded to click off his best laps of the race, just less than a tenth off his qualifying time. Grant opened his lead to roughly eight car lengths over Jason McDougal nearing the midway point as the two lone past IMW champs collided at the exit of turn four while battling for eighth. Shane Golobic, the 2017 champ, and Jerry Coons, Jr., the 2007 titlist, made contact with Golobic inheriting the worst end of the deal, stopping, and necessitating a yellow flag.

One lap following the ensuing restart, on the 16th circuit, March "Shamrock Classic" winner Cannon McIntosh slipped into second under McDougal in turn four. Moments later, Colwell spun to a rest in turn four to bring out the yellow. That moment seemed to flip a switch for a pair of previous Gas City IMW winners in Michael Pickens (2017) and Larson (2013).

Justin Grant celebrated his first career "Indiana Midget Week" win Wednesday at Gas City, which was also his fourth career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory. (David Nearpass Photo)

New Zealand's Pickens began the second half running sixth while Larson held down eighth. Steadily, the two moved forward nearly in tandem, with Larson hitting the top and Pickens alternating between the bottom and the middle as they worked their way past Tanner Thorson and McDougal, while both Pickens and Larson occupied positions three and four, respectively, with just five laps remaining.

Meanwhile, up front, race leader Grant was enjoying a nice half-straightaway cushion over McIntosh with a first win for the Grant/RAMS combo seemingly within grasp. As Grant saw the white flag on the horizon, however, 16th running Tucker Klaasmeyer slid off the edge in turn four, forcing a green-white-checker finish for Grant, McIntosh, Pickens, Larson and a host of others.

Grant's pattern around the quarter mile was a circle, swinging out to the wall on the straightaways, then straight to the bottom in the turns. He'd keep his NOS Energy Drink - Rockwell Security - MPV Express/Bullet/Stanton SR-11 tighter on the bottom when he heard noise from a trailing car, then opened it a bit wider when the atmosphere became a bit quieter.

However, for Grant, it was anything but quiet on the lap 29 restart.

"On the second to last restart, I let the motor get loaded up and it didn't take off," Grant recalled. Then I got tight, then I missed the bottom, then I was hanging off four, then I was hanging down the front stretch. I'm like 'oh god, here it goes.' Fortunately, our car was good enough and I was able to get back to the bottom of (turn) one quick enough and shut the door on that. I thought, just stick the bottom from here and we'll be good."

That plan would be drafted into action one last time following a Coons and Karsyn Elledge tangle on the front straightaway, forcing one final GWC try where Grant executed perfectly on the bottom to slip away from McIntosh and disallow any move generated from him into one.

Third-running Pickens' bid for a repeat Gas City IMW win evaporated as he ran out of fuel on the restart. At the head of the field, Grant distanced himself from McIntosh by four car lengths with both seeking their initial IMW win. Heading into turn three, McIntosh had a nice run through the middle on entry, then angled his car down toward the infield tires at the exit of turn four. Grant swung just a tad wide at the exit, but it was still good enough by two car lengths to capture his fourth career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory over McIntosh with Larson, McDougal and new IMW point leader Thorson rounding out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway were Shane Golobic (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & ProSource Passing Master/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Holley Hollan (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Logan Seavey (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Andrew Layser (ProSource Hard Work Award & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Ethan Mitchell (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 5, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - ¼-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.349; 2. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-12.416; 3. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.421; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.450; 5. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-12.455; 6. Kyle Larson, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.457; 7. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-12.503; 8. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-12.524; 9. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.561; 10. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.569; 11. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.594; 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.630; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-12.663; 14. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.673; 15. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-12.701; 16. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-12.702; 17. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.720; 18. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-12.734; 19. Kyle Cummins, 1G, Yeley/Styres-12.735; 20. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.753; 21. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.756; 22. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.773; 23. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.779; 24. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.829; 25. Dave Darland, 36, RMS-12.897; 26. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-12.923; 27. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.928; 28. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-12.938; 29. Anton Hernandez, 8JR, Wood-12.939; 30. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.976; 31. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-12.994; 32. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-13.080; 33. Michael Koontz, 17x, Koontz-13.093; 34. Justin Peck, 17, Bus-13.106; 35. Brady Bacon, 1ST, Saucier-13.320; 36. Chris Baue, 9, Baue-13.473; 37. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-13.537; 38. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-13.611; 39. Brent Watson, 17K, Watson-14.561; 40. Davey Ray, 8, Cornell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. Leary, 4. Larson, 5. Daum, 6. Coons, 7. Welch, 8. Hernandez, 9. Koontz, 10. Ray. 2:05.54 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Hollan, 2. Bodine, 3. Colwell, 4. McIntosh, 5. Pickens, 6. Cummins, 7. Hendricks, 8. Bacon, 9. Watson, 10. Windom. 2:05.68

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Seavey, 2. Wise, 3. Golobic, 4. Grant, 5. Gass, 6. Thorson, 7. Layser, 8. Cling, 9. Peck, 10. Akard. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Boat, 3. Elledge, 4. McDougal, 5. Carrick, 6. Darland, 7. Mitchell, 8. Malone, 9. Baue, 10. Meseraull. 2:06.32

C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Bacon, 2. Mitchell, 3. Peck, 4. Koontz, 5. Baue, 6. Watson, 7. Malone. 1:43.50

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Thorson, 2. Pickens, 3. Coons, 4. Carrick, 5. Layser, 6. Daum, 7. Mitchell, 8. Darland, 9. Bacon, 10. Cummins, 11. Cling, 12. Gass, 13. Hernandez, 14. Windom, 15. Welch, 16. Peck, 17. Koontz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Cannon McIntosh (3), 3. Kyle Larson (5), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Tanner Thorson (7), 6. Tyler Courtney (15), 7. Zach Daum (12), 8. Tanner Carrick (13), 9. Chris Windom (23), 10. Zeb Wise (18), 11. C.J. Leary (1), 12. Logan Seavey (14), 13. Andrew Layser (22), 14. Holley Hollan (17), 15. Shane Golobic (6), 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (16), 17. Karsyn Elledge (10), 18. Cole Bodine (21), 19. Jesse Colwell (11), 20. Jerry Coons, Jr. (8), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (19), 22. Michael Pickens (9), 23. Chad Boat (20). NT
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**Akard flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (15th to 6th)

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Andrew Layser

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Andrew Layser

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Ethan Mitchell

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-593, 2-K. Thomas-512, 3-Wise-488, 4-Seavey-483, 5-Leary-458, 6-Windom-455, 7-Boat-416, 8-Carrick-401, 9-Klaasmeyer-389, 10-Colwell-341.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Thorson-144, 2-Courtney-137, 3-McDougal-130, 4-Seavey-126, 5-Wise-121, 6-McIntosh-119, 7-Grant-110, 8-Golobic-109, 9-Carrick-106, 10-Thomas-95.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Courtney-11, 2-McIntosh-10, 3-Coons-9, 4-Layser-9, 5-Wise-8, 6-Thomas-7, 7-Boat-7, 8-Daum-6, 9-McDougal-5, 10-Carrick-5.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 6, 2019 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

SEAVEY SEIZES MONTPELIER INDIANA MIDGET WEEK OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Montpelier, Indiana (June 4, 2019).........He had to wait until the month of June, but Logan Seavey returned to the championship form he used to win last year's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget title when he arrived at Montpelier Motor Speedway Tuesday night for the "Indiana Midget Week" opener.

It became readily apparent following an incident during his heat race that forced him to restart from the tail. From there, he carved his way through the field to win on a last lap, corner pass. The thread continued into the feature where he had to slide by Zeb Wise not once, but twice, after a yellow forced him into 'Take Two.'

Seavey got to the front on the seventh lap and never surrendered despite having to wade through heavy traffic on a tricky track surface with a swarm of hungry drivers behind him seeking the same promised land for their first time in 2019.

The Sutter, Calif. native drove to his fourth career USAC win along with his first "Indiana Midget Week" triumph just one race after he finally broke through for his first top-five of the season, a second place run in Granite City, Ill. that, in a sense, foreshadowed what was to come at Montpelier after a rough start to his Sophomore USAC season.

"It's been a frustrating start to the year," Seavey admitted. "Really, ever since (roommate and crew chief) Connor (Ridge) and I have been working together, we've just been on kill every time we're at the racetrack. He's really good about that. We just feed off each other's energy and it just makes it a lot of fun to go racing with someone like that. We're just having fun right now, and every time I have fun, I normally run up front. So, it's a good feeling."

Seavey started the 30-lapper from the pole but was beat to the punch in turn one by outside front row starter Wise. Fourth-starting Tanner Thorson, making his first appearance since February after sustaining serious injuries in a highway crash, put in a bid below Seavey for second on the back straightaway, but Seavey was able to clear Thorson by turn three where the high line was the chosen path and track position was imperative right from the get-go.

"It was really tricky out there," Seavey recalled. "I think we all knew the rubber was coming, but just didn't know when. When Zeb beat me on the start, I was kind of surprised, but it was still just a little bit greasy on the bottom. He got a really good start and I was just tracking him from there. I knew our car was a little bit better and I just knew I had to make my move at the right time and not give him any second chances. But, as soon as I did, the yellow came out. That wasn't what we were planning for."

When Thomas Meseraull slowed to a stop atop turn four on the fifth lap, it came just a tick after Seavey used a monster slider to clear Wise for the lead between turns one and two. The resulting yellow negated the move and positioned Seavey behind Wise for the ensuing restart, thus forcing him to re-rack and try the move once more.

Seavey stayed right with Wise for the two laps following the restart and was right on his bumper as the two crossed the stripe. Seavey threw it down to the infield tires in turn one and slid up in front of Wise in turn two before driving away to distance himself from Wise by more than a second at the halfway mark as he split his way through lapped traffic.

Tuesday's win was Logan Seavey's fourth career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory and his first during "Indiana Midget Week." (David Nearpass Photo)

"Once we were able to get back by him again, not too long after that, the rubber came like we were kind of expecting," Seavey remembered. "I was trying to take it easy on the tires. If you run too hard with these things, you can blow the tires right off it. After that, I had to take it easy, try to be smart in lapped traffic and not allow myself to lose the race. The rubber's always tricky, and you never really know what's going on behind you. You just have to run your own race."

Truth is, there was a lot going on behind him, with Wise and a rapidly closing Thorson trying to take advantage of any misstep Seavey might make through traffic as they remained on the rail up top and Seavey dipped down off the line to dispose of the lappers.

"It's tough to decide when you want to do it and when you can time it right," Seavey explained. "The first five, six lapped cars were easy to get by. The track hadn't completely laid rubber yet. When it locked down, that made it really tough. I tried to pull out of line three or four times to get by, which made me kind of rethink my moves. Every time I did that, I probably lost half a second. Do you stay in line and follow them or try to get another car in between you and second place? These are the decisions you have to make. Sometimes you make the wrong ones, but, luckily, everything went smooth tonight."

It did for him, although when Thorson slid by Wise for second with five laps remaining, he was running a tick quicker than Seavey, but Seavey made all the right moves through traffic down the stretch to notch his first victory of the year over Thorson, Wise, point leader Tyler Courtney and Dillon Welch.

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Montpelier Motor Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tanner Carrick (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Logan Seavey (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Zach Daum (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Cannon McIntosh (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (ProSource Passing Master/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chad Boat (ProSource Hard Work Award), Michael Pickens (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Noah Gass (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 4, 2019 - Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - ¼-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.029; 2. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.046; 3. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-14.160; 4. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-14.190; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.199; 6. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.199; 7. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-14.231; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.268; 9. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-14.298; 10. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.331; 11. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.338; 12. Dave Darland, 36, RMS-14.413; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-14.465; 14. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-14.466; 15. Billy Wease, 12, Wease-14.473; 16. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.488; 17. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-14.518; 18. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.551; 19. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.618; 20. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.639; 21. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-14.644; 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.651; 23. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.726; 24. Kyle Cummins, 1G, Yeley/Styres-14.773; 25. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.800; 26. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-14.832; 27. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-14.884; 28. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-14.932; 29. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.940; 30. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-14.983; 31. Anton Hernandez, 8JR, Wood-14.988; 32. Chris Baue, 9, Baue-15.063; 33. Brady Bacon, 1ST, Saucier-15.752; 34. Ryan Padgett, 98p, Crow-15.830; 35. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-16.407; 36. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-19.097; 37. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-NT; 38. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carrick, 2. Thomas, 3. Grant, 4. Golobic, 5. Elledge, 6. Hollan, 7. Cling, 8. Koontz, 9. Colwell, 10. Akard. 2:04.77 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Seavey, 2. McDougal, 3. Boat, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. Bodine, 6. Darland, 7. Wease, 8. Hernandez, 9. Welch. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daum, 2. Courtney, 3. Coons, 4. Pickens, 5. Leary, 6. Bacon, 7. Meseraull, 8. Layser, 9. Nelson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. McIntosh, 2. Wise, 3. Thorson, 4. Windom, 5. Gass, 6. Baue, 7. Hendricks, 8. Cummins, 9. Padgett. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Meseraull, 2. Leary, 3. Welch, 4. Darland, 5. Cummins, 6. Hendricks, 7. Gass, 8. Layser, 9. Koontz, 10. Bacon, 11. Baue, 12. Hollan, 13. Hernandez, 14. Bodine, 15. Nelson, 16. Colwell, 17. Cling, 18. Elledge, 19. Wease, 20. Akard. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Tanner Thorson (4), 3. Zeb Wise (2), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Dillon Welch (7), 6. Shane Golobic (5), 7. Jason McDougal (12), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15), 9. Tanner Carrick (3), 10. Chris Windom (11), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (20), 12. Cannon McIntosh (21), 13. Michael Pickens (9), 14. C.J. Leary (13), 15. Chad Boat (22), 16. Zach Daum (17), 17. Zane Hendricks (16), 18. Justin Grant (10), 19. Kyle Cummins (18), 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer (19), 21. Jesse Colwell (23), 22. Dave Darland (14), 23. Andrew Layser (24), 24. Thomas Meseraull (8). NT ---------------------------- **Cling flipped during qualifying. Darland flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Wise, Laps 7-30 Seavey.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER/KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons, Jr. (20th to 11th)

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Chad Boat

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Michael Pickens

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Noah Gass

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-530, 2-K. Thomas-473, 3-Wise-438, 4-Seavey-436, 5-Leary-411, 6-Windom-409, 7-Boat-386, 8-Klaasmeyer-359, 9-Carrick-351, 10-Coons-341.

NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Seavey-79, 2-Thorson-78, 3-Courtney-74, 4-Wise-71, 5-Golobic-64, 6-Welch-63, 7-McDougal-59, 8-Thomas-56, 9-Carrick-56, 10-Windom-48.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Coons-9, 2-McIntosh-9, 3-Thomas-7, 4-Boat-7, 5-McDougal-5, 6-Thorson-2, 7-Courtney-2, 8-Welch-2, 9-Windom-1, 10-Daum-1.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 5, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - ¼-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

“CSP BIRTHDAY BASH” THIS SATURDAY AT PEORIA
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 4, 2019... After Saturday’s clash at San Tan Valley, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, June 8th, at Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the “CSP Birthday Bash” will be the fourth of five appearances at the Peoria, Arizona oval. The eighth point race will also feature the AZ Differential Modifieds, Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Allscapes Stock Cars, and non-winged Micro Sprints. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled for 7:30pm. In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Friday, starting at 7:00pm and General Admission is FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Canyon Speedway Park. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.
- 360 BONUS / AAA Car Buying is offering a $100 bonus to the highest finishing 360.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at.usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixty-seven Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nineteen victories. In the three previous visits, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges, Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg, and California’s Brody Roa claimed victory at the 1/3-mile oval. “The Demon” Damion Gardner set the 1-lap track record of 13.469 on March 9th and the Peoria win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to the “CSP Birthday Bash,” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 44-point lead over the competition. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa ran second to R.J. Johnson last Saturday at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the point leader has one feature win, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 38 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, Brody will be looking to continue his championship bid with a Canyon triumph.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson earned his first win of the season last Saturday night. To date, the five-time USAC SouthWest Champion also has two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit. R.J. has fifty-six USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex placed third at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led in the campaign. Stevie will be looking to claim his fourteenth career win this Saturday night.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth championship point chase. Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis led the first five laps at San Tan Valley before scoring fifth in the main event. To date, the defending champion has four heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles has thirty SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his first victory the year.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin earned San Tan Valley’s hard charger award with a ninth to fourth place run. At press time, the 2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner has one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, and five top-10 finishes in on the year. “The Magic Man” has six career SouthWest victories and will be looking to earn his first win of 2019.

Currently ranked seventeenth in points, Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Jake Swanson, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Jonas Reynolds, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (11 and under) are FREE.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the 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 at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 19-R.J. Johnson, 10-Charles Davis Jr., 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Josh Hodges, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Mike Martin, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-514, 2. R.J. Johnson-470, 3. Stevie Sussex-442, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-407, 5. Mike Martin-391, 6. Matt Rossi-381, 7. Jake Swanson-342, 8. Matt Lundy-312, 9. Michael Curtis-299, 10. Chris Bonneau-238, 11. Josh Hodges-202, 12. Isaac Chapple-200, 13. Austin Williams-189, 14. Jonas Reynolds-160, 15. Damion Gardner-139, 16. Jason McDougal-124, 17. Ryan Cully-122, --. Logan Seavey-122, 19. Dennis Gile-119, --. Hunter Schuerenberg-119.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (CSP Birthday Bash)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PREVIEW 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 4, 2019).........A new breed is ready to head to the forefront as an Indiana Midget Week champion, with Jerry Coons, Jr. and Shane Golobic as the lone past champions of the series set to tackle the six race, six night spectacular that lies before the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in the Hoosier state June 4-9.

Coons and Golobic remain hungry and are eager to add a second IMW trophy to their collections. Petry Motorsports' Coons, of Tucson, Ariz., has won twice in IMW competition, back in 2007 and 2009. He's 11th in the current National points coming in and has several top-five IMW points finishes over the years, including a 2nd in 2006, a 4th in 2009 and 2012, as well as 5th place results in both 2013 and 2015.

Fremont, California's Golobic, who will pilot the Matt Wood Racing No. 17w, won the Indiana Midget Week title two years ago on the strength of consistency, finishing 6th at Montpelier, 8th at Gas City, 6th at Lincoln Park, 3rd at Bloomington, 4th at Lawrenceburg and 2nd in the finale at Kokomo to win the championship by a mere six points.

Tyler Courtney leads the National standings by a 39-point margin coming into the series that begins Tuesday, June 4 at Montpelier Motor Speedway. You can say that IMW has been kind or cruel to the Indianapolis, Ind. driver who came oh-so-close to picking up the title in each of the past two years, missing out on the title by 12 points to Spencer Bayston in 2018 and by six to Shane Golobic in 2017. On the kind side, IMW and Montpelier are where Courtney earned his first career USAC National Midget points victory in 2017.

Courtney's already won four times in six outings this year with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, but he is among a strong Clauson/Marshall Racing group that features three drivers within the top-ten. Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. finished seventh in the IMW standings a year ago and is fourth in the National points. Fifth-place Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. hasn't contested the full IMW series in a number of years but has a third-place finish in the points to his credit in 2012. Meanwhile, Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser is a National series Rookie in 2019, currently 13th in points, but did get his feet wet in IMW a year ago, finishing 25th in the standings.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Coons are part of a four-car Petry Motorsports stable that include first-timers Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) and Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.). Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) is the most recent winner in IMW, taking last year's Kokomo finale. In fact, he's won the last two series races at Kokomo, capturing a memorable last-lap, last-corner victory in April. Thomas is second in the National standings right now, but his IMW resume is impressive with a 5th in 2018 and a 4th in 2015 as his best.

C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. made his first career USAC National Midget appearances way back in 2012. Seven years later, he's still classified as a series Rookie as he makes his first go at an IMW title run after making just one appearance in the opener last year. Chad Boat, seventh in National points, kicked the door open for his first IMW win at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville last year. The Phoenix, Ariz. racer has finished in the top-ten of IMW points in each of the last three years: 3rd in 2018, 9th in 2017 and 6th in 2016. Boat brings along series Rookie Karsyn Elledge of Mooresville, N.C. for the full tour along with race driver/commentator dual threat Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.) who will contest the first three nights only.

Sutter, California's Logan Seavey was in the hunt for the IMW title last season, finishing fourth in his first series' appearance en route to the USAC National Midget championship. He's sixth in National points at the moment, tops of all five of the full-time Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian cars. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8th) will make his fourth IMW appearance and Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) his third while Jesse Colwell and Holley Hollan make their IMW debuts.

KKM usually brings out an extra car or two to join in on IMW along with their regular stable. This year is no different with Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) joining the tour for rounds two and three at Gas City and Lincoln Park, respectively. Furthermore, just three months after sustaining serious injuries in a highway accident, Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) is back behind the wheel for the full week, reuniting him with the team he won the 2016 USAC Midget championship with.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon has scaled back to a part-time USAC Midget schedule this year but will remain full-time for the upcoming Indiana Midget Week aboard Daryl Saucier's No. 1ST, which has been victorious twice during IMW, in 2007 with Shane Cottle at Gas City and again in 2010 with Cottle at Bloomington.

The RMS team has an all-star cast of drivers with USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), two-time IMW feature winner/international racing sensation Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.) and last December's "Junior Knepper 55" Midget winner and nine-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.).

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is back in the RAMS Racing No. 4A, the team with whom he nearly pulled off a victory this year at Kokomo and he's already won once in a sprint car in February at Ocala. He finished 7th in the 2017 IMW standings. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was ninth last year in his first foray at IMW. He's been impressive early on this season as he looks for his first series win with 2ndand 4th place finishes among his three starts. Meanwhile, Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), who's won three times in USAC Sprint Car competition, will attempt to make his first USAC Midget feature start this week for car owner Jack Yeley.

Tuesday at Montpelier, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds are also on the event card. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Wednesday at Gas City, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and 600cc Non-Wing Micro Sprints will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Thursday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm (Eastern) and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprint will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprints will be on hand as well. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students with valid ID are $10, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds will join the Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Sunday at Kokomo, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. It'll be a true doubleheader with Sprint Cars and Midgets on the docket. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Watch each and every "Indiana Midget Week" race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

TULARE HOSTS FRIDAY’S “CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 3, 2019... After a hard fought battle at Ventura, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway this Friday, June 7th. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” was moved after rains washed out the final night of the “Peter Murphy Classic” on May 18th. The second and final appearance of the non-winged 360s at the Tulare County Fairgrounds will also showcase the Kings of Thunder Sprints, Western RaceSaver Sprints, and IMCA Stock Cars. The Front Gates will open at 3:00PM, Time Trials are scheduled for 5:30PM, and Racing will start at 6:00PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 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.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

The “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” is one of the most prestigious dates on the USAC West Coast schedule. This year’s event marks the twenty-sixth running of the race and Peter Murphy won the first non-winged 360 memorial in 2009. Last year, Tristan Guardino added his name to the winner’s list, which is at the bottom of this release.

Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted 42 USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with fourteen victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 14.984 on March 17, 2017. Austin Liggett topped the “Peter Murphy Classic” on May 17th and the Tulare series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the eighth point race, there have been six different winners. Defending series champion Austin Liggett has two victories, while Brody Roa, Swanson, Chase Johnson, Guardino, and Troy Rutherford have one win in the campaign. Rain washed out the May 18th event at Petaluma.

Heading to Tulare, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has a stout 101-point lead over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino scored nineteenth last Saturday night after an early exit. At press time, the point leader has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led to his credit. Tristan is tied with Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, and Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will be looking for his second “Faria Memorial” triumph.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons set fast time and placed thirteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and four top-10 finishes on the season. At Tulare, Ryan will have his sights on his third career feature win.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) sits third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw charged from thirteenth to fifth at last Saturday night. At press time, the versatile driver has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the year. This Friday night, Koen will be looking for his first career USAC win at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Helt scored twenty-second at Ventura after having mechanical issues ended his night. To date, the leading rookie contender has posted one Wilwood Brakes Lucky 13 Award and one top-10 finish in the campaign. The Missouri driver will have his sights on his first USAC West Coast victory this Friday night.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranks fifth in the point standings. The pilot of Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X skipped Ventura to compete in Arizona. At press time, the 2017 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth in wins, Jake might skip Tulare as he travels to Canyon Speedway Park.

While Helt leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Ervine, Austin Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. Steve Hix, Cody Majors, Michael Faccinto, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, T.J. Smith, Tanner Boul, D.J. Johnson, Jace Vander Weerd, Richard Vander Weerd, and more.

Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $18 and Bleacher Seats are $15. Senior Grandstand Tickets are $16 and Bleacher Seats are $13. Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $9 and Bleacher Seats are $8. Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL NON-WING WINNERS: 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Not Held, 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Austin Liggett, 2017-Ryan Bernal, 2018-Tristan Guardino.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 14-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-436, 2. Ryan Timmons-335, 3. Koen Shaw-323, 4. Slater Helt-241, 5. Jake Swanson-238, 6. Austin Ervine-237, 7. Hannah Mayhew-228, 8. Austin Liggett-227, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-221, --. Steve Hix-221, --. Troy Rutherford-221, 12. Cody Majors-203, 13. J.J. Ringo-197, 14. Kyle Edwards-178, 15. Michael Faccinto-167, --. Ricky Kirkbride-167, 17. Brody Roa-154, 18. T.J. Smith-150, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-147, 20. Stevie Sussex-145.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DARLAND AND HOGUE TEAM UP FOR EASTERN STORM RUN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 3, 2019).........USAC's winningest AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver Dave Darland has teamed up with Woodbury, New Jersey car owner Tim Hogue to compete on the upcoming five-race Eastern Storm tour June 11-16 through Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Darland's lone Eastern Storm win came in 2013 at Pennsylvania's Port Royal Speedway, the same year in which he posted his best career points finish in the series, taking the runner-up spot just one marker behind Bryan Clauson. He's also earned points finishes of 4th in 2015, 3rd in 2014 and 3rd in 2012 to go along with last year's 7th place result after 5th place runs at Port Royal and New York's Weedsport Speedway.

The Hogue No. 39 has been a familiar staple on the Eastern Storm tour over the last four seasons, with Visalia, California's Richard Vander Weerd in the seat for the 2015 campaign, while Darland's USAC Triple Crown contemporary, Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., took the wheel in 2016-17-18.

Hogue's sprinter has competed on the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car trail this season with driver Mike Thompson at the controls.

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., owns four USAC National titles, including the 1997 Silver Crown, 1999 Sprint Car and the 2001-02 Midget championships, and leads all drivers in USAC Sprint Car starts with 741, and in terms of career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories with 62. This year, he's earned a pair of top-ten finishes in five Sprint starts, all while competing for three different teams - Chase Briscoe Racing, Epperson Racing and Michael Dutcher Motorsports.

The 13th edition of Eastern Storm begins June 11 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., then heads to Swedesboro, N.J.'s Bridgeport Speedway on June 12, BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa. on June 13, Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. on June 15 and the finale at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y. on June 16.

Watch each and every Eastern Storm race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

CUMMINS GAINS INDIANA MIDGET WEEK RIDE WITH YELEY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 3, 2019).........Kyle Cummins, a veteran of 117 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts and three victories, will attempt to make his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget start this week during the 15th annual "Indiana Midget Week" mini-series June 4-9.

Cummins, of Princeton, Ind., will take the wheel of Jack Yeley's Ohsweken Speedway-sponsored car in at least five of the six events during IMW, which begins Tuesday, June 4 at Montpelier Motor Speedway, then carries on to Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 5, Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville) on June 6, Bloomington Speedway on June 7, Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 8 and Kokomo Speedway on June 9.

Cummins drove for Yeley in this year's Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. where he finished 9th in the A-Main on his qualifying night, then advanced as far as the B-Main on the final night. Cummins piloted a midget in USAC competition as recently as March of 2017 in the "Shamrock Classic" indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, finishing 10th in the semi-feature and missing the transfer aboard a car for Chase Briscoe Racing.

Cummins' trio of USAC National Sprint Car wins came in 2016-17, two of which came in another weeklong USAC racing event, "Indiana Sprint Week." He won his first during ISW in 2016 at Kokomo, then scored again that fall at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., and again during ISW in 2017 at Tri-State, all for Rock Steady Racing, with whom he recently won twice with in MSCS competition at Tri-State in May.

Cummins has made three USAC Sprint Car starts in 2019, all in Ocala, Fla., where he finished 8th, 10th and 12th in his three appearances.

Tuesday at Montpelier, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds are also on the event card. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Wednesday at Gas City, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and 600cc Non-Wing Micro Sprints will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Thursday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm (Eastern) and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprint will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprints will be on hand as well. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students with valid ID are $10, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds will join the Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Sunday at Kokomo, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. It'll be a true doubleheader with Sprint Cars and Midgets on the docket. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Watch each and every "Indiana Midget Week" race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON IS BACK ON TOP AT SAN TAN VALLEY

SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ – JUNE 1, 2019… Taking command from polesitter “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. on lap six, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) sailed to his first win of the season at Arizona Speedway. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Proflyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson’s $2,000 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was the 56th win of his career. Brody Roa, Stevie Sussex, hard charger “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Davis rounded out the top-five drivers.

Martin claimed the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fourth place run from ninth. Matt Lundy earned the AAA Car Buying 360 bonus with a sixth place finish.

For the second time this season, Jake Swanson took top honors in Beaver Stripes Time Trials by posting a time of 15.679 over the 12-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Swanson (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat) and Sussex (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, June 8th at Canyon Speedway Park for the “CSP Birthday Bash.”

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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 southwessprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 1, 2019 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.679; 2. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.833; 3. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.985; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.014; 5. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.021; 6. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-17.040; 7. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-17.656; 8. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.902; 9. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-17.982; 10. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-18.022; 11. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-18.284; 12. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Lundy, 3. Rossi, 4. Bonneau, 5, Curtis, 6. Reynolds. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Davis, 3. Roa, 4. Johnson, 5. Martin, 6. Seavey. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (5), 2. Brody Roa (3), 3. Stevie Sussex (7), 4. Mike Martin (9), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (1), 6. Matt Lundy (8), 7. Michael Curtis (10), 8. Jonas Reynolds (11), 9. Matt Rossi (4), 10. Logan Seavey (12), 11. Chris Bonneau (2). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Davis, Laps 6-30 Johnson. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Mike Martin (9th to 4th) AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-514, 2-Johnson-470, 3-Sussex-442, 4-Davis-407, 5-Martin-391, 6-Rossi-381, 7-Swanson-342, 8-Lundy-312, 9-Curtis-299, 10-Bonneau-238.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 8 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “CSP Birthday Bash”

 

 

RUTHERFORD TRIUMPHS AT VENTURA

VENTURA, CA – JUNE 1, 2019… After mechanical issues sidelined Ricky Lewis, Troy Rutherford (Ojai, CA) led the last four laps to win the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2” at Ventura Raceway. Racing his #11 Trench Shoring / Grimes Rock Maxim, Rutherford became the sixth different driver to win a USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature in 2019. Brandon Wiley, Tanner Boul, hard charger Charlie Butcher, and Koen Shaw chased the former track champion to the checkered flags.

Butcher earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fourth place run from sixteenth. Ryan Timmons scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish. Earlier in the program, Timmons claimed his second career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 12.174 over the 21-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Wiley (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Steve Hix (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Rutherford (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Friday, June 7th at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway for the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.”

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 1, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2” – co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.174; 2. Cody Majors, 81X, Watt-12.191; 3. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.207; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-12.250; 5. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-12.281; 6. Ricky Lewis, 81, Watt-12.324; 7. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.388; 8. Slater Helt, 81M, Watt-12.441; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.508; 10. Bruce Douglass, 13, Douglass-12.525; 11. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.615; 12. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-12.650; 13. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-12.808; 14. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-12.868; 15. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.882; 16. Charlie Butcher, 96, B&B-12.900; 17. Gage Rucker, 87K, Kruseman-12.900; 18. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-12.928; 19. Will Perkins, 50, Perkins-12.945; 20. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-13.215; 21. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-13.373.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Wiley, 2. Douglass, 3. Timmons, 4. Williams, 5. Butcher, 6. Shaw, 7. Perkins. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hix, 2. Kirkbride, 3. Helt, 4. Majors, 5. Ervine, 6. Rucker, 7. Mayhew. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Boul, 3. Guardino, 4. Lewis, 5. Hendrix, 6. Stolz, 7. Bishop. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Troy Rutherford (4), 2. Brandon Wiley (7), 3. Tanner Boul (12), 4. Charlie Butcher (16), 5. Koen Shaw (13), 6. Rick Hendrix (15), 7. Will Perkins (19), 8. Bruce Douglass (10), 9. Austin Ervine (14), 10. Cody Majors (5), 11. Steve Hix (11), 12. Joey Bishop (20), 13. Ryan Timmons (6), 14. Ricky Lewis (1), 15. Ricky Kirkbride (2), 16. Gage Rucker (17), 17. Austin Williams (3), 18. Ryan Stolz (18), 19. Tristan Guardino (9), 20. Hannah Mayhew (21 / #0 Perkins), 21. Slater Helt (8). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Lewis, Laps 27-30 Rutherford. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Charlie Butcher (16th to 4th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Ryan Timmons

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-436, 2-Timmons-335, 3-Shaw-323, 4-Helt-241, 5-Jake Swanson-238, 6-Ervine-237, 7-Mayhew-228, 8-Austin Liggett-227, 9-Danny Faria Jr.-221, --Hix-221, --Rutherford-221.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 7 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

 

 

PROSOURCE ADDS BONUSES FOR INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

Speedway, Indiana (May 31, 2019).........Longtime USAC supporter ProSource has posted $1,500 in bonus awards to USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competitors during the 15th annual edition of "Indiana Midget Week" June 4-9.

Each night, the ProSource Hard Work Award will present $100 to the slowest qualifier who transfers to the feature event. Additionally, another $100 each night will go to the ProSource Hard Charger, the driver who advances the most positions from his or her starting spot during the night's feature event. Provisional starters are ineligible to receive the nightly $100 bonus.

At the end of the week, the driver who advances the most total positions from his or her feature starting spot throughout the entirety of "Indiana Midget Week" will receive $300 as the ProSource Passing Master.

Fast Qualifying time each night will be sponsored by Fatheadz Eyewear, who'll pay $100 to the driver clocking in the fastest in time trials. Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, AutoMeter and Indy Race Parts proudly sponsor each of the four heat races. KSE Racing Products supports the Hard Charger, Wilwood Brakes the 13th place finisher each night, and Saldana Racing Products as the sponsor of the first non-transfer and the "sweep," if a driver can set fast time in qualifying, win his or her heat, then capture the victory in the feature event all in one night.

Tuesday at Montpelier, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds are also on the event card. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Wednesday at Gas City, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and 600cc Non-Wing Micro Sprints will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Thursday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm (Eastern) and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprint will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprints will be on hand as well. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students with valid ID are $10, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds will join the Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Sunday at Kokomo, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. It'll be a true doubleheader with Sprint Cars and Midgets on the docket. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Watch each and every "Indiana Midget Week" race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

2017 CHAMP GOLOBIC TAKES ON INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 31, 2019).........Shane Golobic, who raced to an "Indiana Midget Week" title in 2017, will compete in all six races on the upcoming IMW mini-series June 4-9.

Golobic will pilot the Matt Wood Racing No. 17w sponsored by the "Hangtown 100," the high-dollar paying, two-night USAC NOS Energy National and Western States Midget event on November 19-20 at California's Placerville Speedway.

Golobic, of Fremont, Calif., won the Indiana Midget Week title two years ago on the strength of consistency, finishing 6th at Montpelier, 8that Gas City, 6th at Lincoln Park, 3rd at Bloomington, 4th at Lawrenceburg and 2nd in the finale at Kokomo to win the championship by a mere six points. He joins 2007 IMW titlist Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) as the two past champs expected to compete for an "Indiana Midget Week" crown in 2019.

The lone USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory for Golobic came in the 2016 season opener, indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. where he captured the inaugural "Shamrock Classic." That same year, he competed in his first "Indiana Midget Week," finishing 10th in the IMW standings.

Golobic, who earned a degree in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University, has a racing resume that includes victories with the USAC Western States Midget (on both pavement and dirt) and the World of Outlaws as well as a runner-up finish in the final 2017 USAC National Midget standings and a sweep of the midget portion of the "Louie Vermeil Classic" in 2018 at California's Calistoga Speedway.

Tuesday at Montpelier, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds are also on the event card. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Wednesday at Gas City, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and 600cc Non-Wing Micro Sprints will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Thursday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm (Eastern) and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprint will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprints will be on hand as well. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students with valid ID are $10, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds will join the Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Sunday at Kokomo, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. It'll be a true doubleheader with Sprint Cars and Midgets on the docket. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Watch each and every "Indiana Midget Week" race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

BACON BACK FOR INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WITH SAUCIER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 31, 2019).........A pair of past "Indiana Midget Week" winners in driver Brady Bacon and car owner Daryl Saucier have teamed up to contest the six-race USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship IMW mini-series June 4-9.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon has scaled back to a part-time USAC Midget schedule this year but plans to go full-time for the upcoming IMW aboard Saucier's No. 1ST, which has been victorious twice during IMW, in 2007 with Shane Cottle at Gas City and again in 2010 with Cottle at Bloomington.

Bacon, himself, has also found success in IMW. In fact, IMW was where Bacon earned his first career USAC triumph at the age of 16 in 2006 at Kokomo Speedway. Bacon had a best IMW finish of 6th in last year's edition at both Lawrenceburg and Kokomo. He's made a pair of starts this year, finishing 18th in March at the Southern Illinois Center and a 16th at Tri-City Speedway after leading five laps.

In recent years, Bacon has earned finishes of 8th, 6th and 5th in the final IMW standings to go along with a 7th in 2013 and a 4th in 2007. Meanwhile, Saucier-owned cars have earned top-ten points finishes in the IMW standings in 2011 (10th) and 2007 (8th), both with Cottle.

Tuesday at Montpelier, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds are also on the event card. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Wednesday at Gas City, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and 600cc Non-Wing Micro Sprints will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Thursday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm (Eastern) and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprint will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprints will be on hand as well. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students with valid ID are $10, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds will join the Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Sunday at Kokomo, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. It'll be a true doubleheader with Sprint Cars and Midgets on the docket. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

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THORSON IS BACK AND READY FOR INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 30, 2019).........Tanner Thorson, who suffered serious injuries in a highway crash on March 4, will return to the cockpit of a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget in time for the start of the 15th annual edition of "Indiana Midget Week" June 4-9.

Thorson will make his return to the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team for the upcoming six-race mini-series aboard the Walker Filtration-sponsored No. 98. The team reunites after a successful run that resulted in 12 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins and the 2016 series championship.

Two of Thorson's 12 career series victories came during IMW, including his first triumph in 2015 at Gas City I-69 Speedway and in 2016 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. Among other notable victories for the Minden, Nev. native are the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" in 2015 and the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in 2015 and 2016.

Thorson was injured earlier this year in a multi-car incident on Highway 99 in Modesto, Calif. Thorson underwent surgery for a broken left arm and right foot and also sustained a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung.

The accident occurred while Thorson was on his way back home to the Tri-C Motorsports team's Sacramento, Calif. shop after competing in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In the first two events of the 2019 USAC National Midget season, Thorson finished 9th on the opening night of "Winter Dirt Games X" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. and 7th in the second event where he charged from 24th to 7th to earn hard charger honors.

"I'm back! Excited to get back with these guys for my comeback/race week," Thorson exclaimed in an Instagram post earlier Thursday.

Tuesday at Montpelier, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds are also on the event card. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Wednesday at Gas City, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and 600cc Non-Wing Micro Sprints will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Thursday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm (Eastern) and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprint will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprints will be on hand as well. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students with valid ID are $10, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds will join the Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Sunday at Kokomo, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. It'll be a true doubleheader with Sprint Cars and Midgets on the docket. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Watch each and every "Indiana Midget Week" race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

LARSON RETURNS FOR TWO ROUNDS OF INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 30, 2019).........Kyle Larson, who ranks in a tie for second all-time in terms of "Indiana Midget Week" victories with five, returns to the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship for rounds two and three of the 15th edition of IMW, Wednesday, June 5, at Gas City I-69 Speedway and on Thursday, June 6, at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Elk Grove's Larson, a five-time Monster Energy Cup Series winner and recent victor of the Monster Energy All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will drive the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian No. 97 in the pair of Midget races.

Larson's first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win came during "Indiana Midget Week" in 2011 at Bloomington Speedway. He won again in 2012 at Kokomo Speedway and again in 2013 at Gas City. His two most recent IMW victories both came at Montpelier Motor Speedway, in 2016 and 2018. Larson finished runner-up in the IMW standings in 2011, six points shy of Bryan Clauson.

Larson will be joined on the Indiana Midget Week tour by teammates and series regulars Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the defending USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, as well as Tucker Klaasmeyer of Paola, Kans., Tanner Carrick of Lincoln, Calif., Jesse Colwell of Red Bluff, Calif. and Holley Hollan of Broken Arrow, Okla.

Tuesday at Montpelier, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds are also on the event card. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Wednesday at Gas City, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and 600cc Non-Wing Micro Sprints will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Thursday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm (Eastern) and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprint will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprints will be on hand as well. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students with valid ID are $10, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds will join the Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Sunday at Kokomo, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. It'll be a true doubleheader with Sprint Cars and Midgets on the docket. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Watch each and every "Indiana Midget Week" race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS RETURN TO SAN TAN VALLEY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 29, 2019... The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will head to Arizona Speedway this Saturday, June 1st, for the seventh point race of the season. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the “Jersey Mike’s Subs Kool Summer Nights” will also feature IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, Dwarf Cars, and the Robert Horne Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:30pm. For more event and ticket information, visit arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Since April 13, 2013, Arizona Speedway has hosted thirty-nine USAC SouthWest Coast Sprint Car events. Five-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with eighteen victories and April 20th winner Logan Seavey set a new track record of 14.714.

Entering the seventh point race, there have been six different winners. Stevie Sussex won his third “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Casa Grande on May 18th. Other wins were claimed by C.J. Leary, Josh Hodges, Hunter Schuerenberg, Seavey, and Brody Roa.

Heading to San Tan Valley, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 48-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa ran second to Stevie Sussex at the Casa Grande “Hank Arnold Memorial.” At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, six top-10 finishes, and 38 feature laps led. With three USAC SouthWest wins to his credit, Roa will be looking to continue his championship bid with another victory.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) is second in the championship point chase. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson scored fifth in the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” To date, the five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led on the season. R.J. has fifty-five USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his first triumph of the season.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex earned his thirteenth career win at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has also posted five top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led on the season. Stevie will be looking to claim his second win in a row this Saturday night.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis placed third at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. To date, the defending champion has four heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has thirty SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his first victory of 2019.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) sits fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin placed seventh at Central Arizona Speedway. At press time, the 2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner has one heat race victory and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. “The Magic Man” has six career SouthWest victories and will be looking to earn his first main event win of the season.

Currently ranked sixteenth in points, Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Jake Swanson, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Jonas Reynolds, Andy Reinbold, Daylin Perreira, Tyler Most, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $18, Senior Tickets are $15, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the 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 at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 18-R.J. Johnson, 8-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Jake Swanson.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-438, 2. R.J. Johnson-390, 3. Stevie Sussex-370, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-341, 5. Mike Martin-326, 6. Matt Rossi-325, 7. Jake Swanson-318, 8. Matt Lundy-250, 9. Michael Curtis-243, 10. Josh Hodges-202, 11. Isaac Chapple-200, 12. Chris Bonneau-190, 13. Austin Williams-189, 14. Damion Gardner-139, 15. Jason McDougal-124, 16. Ryan Cully-122, 17. Dennis Gile-119, --. Hunter Schuerenberg-119, 19. Jonas Reynolds-108, 20. Stephen Sanchez-105.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (CSP Birthday Bash)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE AT THE BEACH” RESUMES AT VENTURA
By Lance Jennings

MAY 29, 2019... This Saturday, June 1st, the USAC West Coast and VRA (Ventura Racing Association) Sprint Cars will clash at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2” is the second of five appearances at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. VRA Dwarf Cars, VRA Senior Sprint Cars, California Lightning Sprints, and Hobby Stocks are also featured on the action packed card. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 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.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held thirteen West Coast 360 Sprint Car races. Nine different drivers have claimed victory, led by Tristan Guardino with three main event wins. Guardino also set a new 1-lap track record of 11.958 on March 23rd and a complete series Ventura win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the seventh point race, there have been five different winners. Defending series champion Austin Liggett has won the last two races, including the May 17th “Peter Murphy Classic” at Tulare. Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, and Guardino have one win on the season and rain washed out the May 18th event at Petaluma.

Heading to Ventura, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has a stout 119-point lead over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino led the first eight laps before finishing eleventh at Tulare’s “Peter Murphy Classic.” To date, the young driver has posted one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led. Tristan is tied with Brody Roa and Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will be looking add another Ventura trophy to his collection.

After finishing seventh at Tulare, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons has one heat race victory and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. At Ventura, the 2016 Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his third career triumph.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) has climbed to third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw scored a sixteenth place finish at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. At press time, the versatile driver has posted one heat race victory and one top-10 finish in the campaign. This Saturday night, Koen will be looking for his first career victory with the USAC West Coast Sprints.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. The pilot of Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X skipped Tulare to compete in Arizona. At press time, the 2017 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth in wins, Jake will skip Ventura for USAC SouthWest action in San Tan Valley, Arizona.

After winning the last two features, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC West Coast standings. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett has one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led to his credit. To date, the defending champion ranks sixth on the win list and will have his sights on his tenth victory.

Currently seventh in points, Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. Austin Ervine, Steve Hix, T.J. Smith, Cody Majors, Troy Rutherford, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, D.J. Johnson, Tom Hendricks, and more.

Rick Hendrix (Palmdale, CA) leads a strong contingent with the Ventura Racing Association. The 2016 Champion is expected to be joined by Charlie Butcher, Kyle Smith, Brandon Wiley, Tyler Hatzikian, Bruce Douglass, Tyler Williams, Kenny Perkins, Gage Rucker, and Chris Meredith.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $11, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are $11, Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and Kid’s tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Jake Swanson.

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

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-405, 2. Ryan Timmons-286, 3. Koen Shaw-262, 4. Jake Swanson-238, 5. Austin Liggett-227, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-221, 7. Slater Helt-212, 8. Hannah Mayhew-203, 9. J.J. Ringo-197, 10. Austin Ervine-187, 11. Kyle Edwards-178, 12. Steve Hix-172, 13. Michael Faccinto-167, 14. Brody Roa-154, 15. T.J. Smith-150, --. Cody Majors-150, 17. Charles Davis Jr.-147, 18. Stevie Sussex-145, 19. Troy Rutherford-139, 20. Ryan Bernal-135.

2019 VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Rick Hendrix-1145, 2. Charlie Butcher-1050, 3. Kyle Smith-660, 4. Brandon Wiley-425, 5. Tyler Hatzikian-420, 6. Bruce Douglass-405, 7. Tyler Williams-365, 8. Kenny Perkins-355, 9. Gage Rucker-350, 10. Chris Meredith-340, 11. Ricky Lewis-325, 12. Joey Bishop-300, 13. Tyler Edwards-240, 14. Cody Majors-235, 15. Tanner Boul-220, 16. Bruce St. James-215, 17. Danny Parrish-205, 18. Brent Owens-185, 19. Evan Jonker-180, 20. Will Perkins-175.

2019 ARP BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino–245, 2. Jake Swanson-235, 3. Carson Macedo-215, 4. Troy Rutherford-210, 5. Cody Majors-205, 6. Ryan Timmons-185, -. Kyle Edwards-185, 8. Slater Helt-170, 9. Koen Shaw-160, 10. Jeff Fillingame-155, --. Steve Hix-155, 12. Rick Hendrix-150, 13. Charlie Butcher-135, 14. Darren Vanderly-125, 15. Tom Hendricks-125, 16. Tyler Williams-120, 17. J.J. Ringo-115, 18. Gage Rucker-110, 19. Austin Ervine-100.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

ATTACHED PHOTOS/IMAGES:
#43 Hannah Mayhew. 8th in USAC West Coast Sprint Car Points. Photo by Lance Jennings / SCRAFAN.COM.

 

 

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK READY TO ROCK JUNE 4-9

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 29, 2019).........The 15th edition of "Indiana Midget Week" is nearly upon us, beginning Tuesday, June 4, and kickstarting an exhilarating week of racing that features the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship as well as Sprint Cars for six-straight nights on six of the baddest bullrings in the Hoosier State.

It all begins Tuesday, June 4, at Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier, Ind. The ¼-mile dirt oval joined the IMW slate in 2016, and over the last three years, have presented feature events that've kicked off the week in thrilling fashion. Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) won the first visit in 2016. Last year, he brought out the broom, sweeping the night while establishing a new track record of 13.712 in qualifying and setting a new standard in the ten-lap heat race at 2:24.23. In 2017, current series point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) won his first career series points-paying win at Montpelier.

Gas City I-69 Speedway is the next stop on the tour a night later on Wednesday, June 5. The ¼-mile dirt oval has been a staple on the IMW schedule since the beginning in 2005. Shane Cottle and Darren Hagen have each won twice there, most among all drivers, but interestingly enough, four of the ten drivers who've won in IMW at Gas City, their win was the very first of their USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career. Last year's event was claimed by rain, but New Zealand's Michael Pickens was the hero in the most recent race in 2017.

The round at Lincoln Park Speedway on Thursday, June 6, brings us to the halfway point of IMW. The world's fastest 5/16-mile dirt oval joined the IMW schedule in 2010. Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.) won his first USAC Midget race inside the state of Indiana and his first outside the month of August in last year's IMW race at LPS. Clauson leads all drivers in terms of Indiana Midget Week wins with nine, three of which he picked up at the Putnamville, Ind. track in 2011-12-15.

Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, Ind. starts the second half of IMW on Friday, June 7. The ¼-mile, high-banked red clay oval has been on the IMW calendar every year since 2008. Last year's event was claimed by Mother Nature midway through qualifying. Of note, Christopher Bell dominated the event three-years-running between 2014-16. Kyle Larson won his very first career USAC Midget feature at Bloomington in 2011.

The penultimate round of IMW 2019 brings us to Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind. on Saturday, June 8. Throughout the course of Indiana Midget Week's history, the series has seen two iterations of the track, first starting out as a ¼-mile speedway for Jay Drake's victory in 2005 - which was also the first race in the history of IMW - to today's 3/8-mile, high-banked venue that hosted Spencer Bayston's victory a year ago and has been host to some of the wildest races in series' history, namely Rico Abreu's win in 2017 in which Holly Shelton led 26 of the 30 laps, with her third-place finish ultimately being, thus far, the best dirt track finish by a female in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget history.

Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind. has served as the finale in 12 of the 14 years of IMW, and this year, the 1/4-mile dirt oval is back in that slot where it will crown the series champion as well as the one who tames the track that's proven to be one of the most difficult places to win with a different winner in each of the past eight IMW races there. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) won last year's round at Kokomo and is the most recent USAC Midget winner at Kokomo, taking April's "Kokomo Grand Prix" finale in April on a last lap, last corner pass. Clauson is the only driver to repeat IMW wins at Kokomo, where he owns three. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won his first career USAC race during IMW at Kokomo in 2006 at the age of 16.

Shane Cottle won the first two IMW titles in 2005-06 and is one of two drivers alongside Rico Abreu (2014-15) to have won the championship in consecutive years. Jerry Coons, Jr. picked up the title in 2007 and is the only past IMW champion expected to compete in all six events on the schedule in 2019. Tracy Hines picked up the first of his two IMW crowns in 2008 before grabbing another in 2010 as co-champion with Brad Kuhn. Unsurprisingly, the winningest driver in the history of the series is the one with the most championships. That'd be Bryan Clauson, who scored titles in 2009-11-16. Darren Hagen (2012), Christopher Bell (2013), Shane Golobic (2017) and Spencer Bayston (2018) each earned individual titles.

Golobic (2017), along with Cottle (2005), Hines (2008) and Clauson (2016), are the only drivers to capture the IMW title without the aid of a win. For nine of the 26 drivers who've won an IMW feature, it was the first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win of his career: Johnny Rodriguez (Terre Haute 2005), Cottle (Gas City 2006), Bacon (Kokomo 2006), Steve Buckwalter (Gas City 2010), Larson (Bloomington 2011), Bell (Lincoln Park 2013), Tanner Thorson (Gas City 2015), Bayston (Gas City 2016) and Courtney (Montpelier 2017). For Rodriguez and Buckwalter, it remains their only career series wins.

Tuesday at Montpelier, pits open at 2pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds are also on the event card. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Wednesday at Gas City, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and 600cc Non-Wing Micro Sprints will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Thursday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm (Eastern) and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprint will also be racing. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini-Sprints will be on hand as well. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students with valid ID are $10, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds will join the Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Sunday at Kokomo, pits open at 3pm (Eastern), front gates open at 3pm and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. It'll be a true doubleheader with Sprint Cars and Midgets on the docket. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Watch each and every "Indiana Midget Week" race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

BIASI DOMINATES BRIDGEPORT FOR USAC EAST COAST WIN

By: Nick Fillman

Swedesboro, New Jersey (May 26, 2019).........Joey Biasi of Mary D, Pennsylvania wrapped up a dominant weekend by cruising to a convincing win in the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars feature event at the Design for Vision, Sunglass Central 3/8ths mile oval at the Bridgeport Speedway.

Biasi started out the weekend by collecting a second place on Friday at the Trail-ways Speedway, and a win at the Path Valley speedway in wingless Super Sportsman Sprint car competition and wrapped up the weekend with another checkered at Bridgeport.

Biasi was able to jump out to the lead from the pole position following the heat race redraw. Biasi was challenged as best as he could by Chandler Leiby in the feature event. A caution for a spinning Craig Pellegrini on lap 2 would bring the field together for a restart. Following the restart, the top two settled in as the feature laps started to wind down and caught the back of the field. As the leaders entered lapped traffic, Leiby would try his best to try and work to the low side of Biasi, especially in turns three and four.

The top two would battle for position through the lapped traffic, with Leiby waiting for Biasi to make a mistake. Timmy Buckwalter who started in the 9th position for the feature event would methodically work his way up through the field to the top five near the halfway point. Buckwalter would utilize the lapped traffic the front of the field was encountering to slide passed Eddie Strada for the third-place position. Unfortunately for Buckwalter and Leiby it would be as far as they could go as Joey Biasi would take the checkers.

The speed for Biasi at Bridgeport is no surprise as Biasi was involved in a heavy battle with Coleman Gulick for last year's inaugural feature event win at the new 3/8ths mile oval but ended up in the second spot. Biasi has been fast all season with the USAC Series since returning from injury. Biasi was injured in a frightening hot lap session crash at the Lincoln Speedway and was left with a broken arm. Biasi was forced to miss the show at Delaware International, but since his return Biasi has collected a top 10, top 4, and now has returned to victory lane.

The string of consistent finishes continues for Steven Drevicki and Chandler Leiby who both would finish in the top five. Drevicki and Leiby are positions one and two in the points standings. Both drivers have also finished in the top five in every feature event so far this season. Drevicki leads the way with two wins, while Leiby is still searching for his first series win, but he is ever so close.

Up next for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is a return trip to the Big Diamond Speedway on June 7th for their second show of the year at the Speedway.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 26, 2019 - Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, New Jersey

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 2. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 3. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 4. Chris Allen, Jr. (#71 Allen), 5. Larry Drake (#8L Drake), 6. Larry McVay (#83 McVay), 7. Kevin Darling (#9D Darling). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 2. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 3. Kyle Lick (#8 Lick), 4. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q TQT), 5. Jonathan Swanson (#17J Swanson), 6. David Swanson (#117 Swanson), 7. Zack Burd (#5z Burd). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Eddie Strada (#42E Strada), 2. Timmy Buckwalter (#5G Gallagher), 3. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 4. Mike Thompson (#39 Hogue), 5. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio), 6. Craig Pellegrini, Jr. (#11A Pellegrini), 7. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin). NT

SEMI: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. McVay, 2. D. Swanson, 3. Burd, 4. Hedin, 5. Pellegrini, 6. Darling. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Joey Biasi, 2. Chandler Leiby, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Eddie Strada, 5. Steven Drevicki, 6. Bill Unglert, 7. Chris Allen, Jr., 8. Mark Bitner, 9. Kyle Lick, 10. Eric Jennings, 11. Ryan Quackenbush, 12. Brian Riccio, 13. Mike Thompson, 14. Kevin Darling, 15. Larry McVay, 16. Larry Drake, 17. Jonathan Swanson, 18. David Swanson, 19. Heidi Hedin, 20. Craig Pellegrini, Jr., 21. Zack Burd. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Biasi.

SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Kevin Darling (21st to 14th)

NEW USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-360, 2-Chandler Leiby-342, ,3-Eddie Strada-326, 4-Chris Allen, Jr.-303, 5-Bill Unglert-262, 6-Ryan Quackenbush-235, 7.Eric Jennings-226, 8-Joey Biasi-207, 9-Carmen Perigo-198, 10-Mike Thompson-185.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT RACE: June 7 - Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, Pennsylvania

 

 

HUNTER SCHUERENBERG ADDS PERRIS SALUTE TO INDY TO WIN LIST

PERRIS, CA - MAY 25, 2019... After battling back and forth with Jake Swanson, Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO) took command on lap 7 and led the rest of the way to win the "Salute to Indy" at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood's #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Schuerenberg earned his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph over Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, and R.J. Johnson.

Matt McCarthy earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a twenty-first to ninth place run. Stevie Sussex claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

"The Demon" Damion Gardner scored his 85th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 16.409 over the 25-car field.

The night's 10-lap heat race victories went to R.J. Johnson (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Richard Vander Weerd (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and "The Cadillac" Cody Williams (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat). A.J. Bender topped the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main.

The next event for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will be June 29th at Perris Auto Speedway.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, 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/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 25, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - "Salute to Indy"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.409; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.671; 3. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.703; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.735; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.811; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.870; 7. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.874; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-16.898; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.918; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.931; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.939; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.034; 13. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.060; 14. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.104; 15. Tommy Malcolm, 5, Napier-17.144; 16. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.228; 17. Matt Stewart, 90S, Waitman-17.308; 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.405; 19. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.520; 20. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.544; 21. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.592; 22. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.699; 23. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.840; 24. Blade Hildebrand, 5, Hildebrand-18.073; 25. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.103.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Gardner, 3. A.Williams, 4. Sweeney, 5. Bender, 6. McCarthy, 7. Gansen, 8. Sussex, 9. Dyer. 2:54.96.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. T.Williams, 3. Faria, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Stewart, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Rayborne, 8. Waitman. 2:56.73.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. Mitchell, 5. Malcolm, 6. Martin, 7. Tafoya. 2:55.90.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Stewart, 3. Malcolm, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Sussex, 6. McCarthy, 7. Gansen, 8. Tafoya, 9. Martin, 10. Rayborne, 11. Dyer. 3:41.60

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg (2), 2. Jake Swanson (1), 3. Richard Vander Weerd (5), 4. Matt Mitchell (4), 5. R.J. Johnson (7), 6. Brody Roa (12), 7. Danny Faria Jr. (8), 8. Chris Gansen (10), 9. Matt McCarthy (21), 10. Austin Williams (3), 11. Damion Gardner (6), 12. Jace Vander Weerd (11), 13. Steve Sussex (18), 14. Mike Martin (20), 15. Verne Sweeney (13), 16. Cody Williams (9), 17. A.J. Bender (15), 18. Matt Stewart (16), 19. Jeff Dyer (22), 20. Joel Rayborne (19), 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (17), 22. Trent Williams (14). NT ---------------------------- **Bender flipped on lap 22 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Lap 4 Schuerenberg, Laps 5-6 Swanson, Laps 7-30 Schuerenberg.

SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Matt McCarthy (21st to 9th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Stevie Sussex

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-471, 2-Roa-459, 3-A.Williams-415, 4-Swanson-329, 5-Johnson-328, 6-Gansen-306, 7-Malcolm-266, 8-McCarthy-241, 9-R.Vander Weerd-235, 10-Bender-232.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 29 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California

 

 

HUNTER SCHUERENBERG ADDS PERRIS SALUTE TO INDY TO WIN LIST

PERRIS, CA – MAY 25, 2019… After battling back and forth with Jake Swanson, Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO) took command on lap 7 and led the rest of the way to win the “Salute to Indy” at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Schuerenberg earned his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph over Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, and R.J. Johnson.

Matt McCarthy earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a twenty-first to ninth place run. Stevie Sussex claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner scored his 85th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 16.409 over the 25-car field.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to R.J. Johnson (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Richard Vander Weerd (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat). A.J. Bender topped the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main.

The next event for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will be June 29th at Perris Auto Speedway.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, 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/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 25, 2019 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.409; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.671; 3. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.703; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.735; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.811; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.870; 7. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.874; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-16.898; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.918; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.931; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.939; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.034; 13. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.060; 14. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.104; 15. Tommy Malcolm, 5, Napier-17.144; 16. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.228; 17. Matt Stewart, 90S, Waitman-17.308; 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.405; 19. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.520; 20. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.544; 21. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.592; 22. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.699; 23. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.840; 24. Blade Hildebrand, 5, Hildebrand-18.073; 25. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.103.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Gardner, 3. A.Williams, 4. Sweeney, 5. Bender, 6. McCarthy, 7. Gansen, 8. Sussex, 9. Dyer. 2:54.96.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. T.Williams, 3. Faria, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Stewart, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Rayborne, 8. Waitman. 2:56.73.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. Mitchell, 5. Malcolm, 6. Martin, 7. Tafoya. 2:55.90.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Stewart, 3. Malcolm, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Sussex, 6. McCarthy, 7. Gansen, 8. Tafoya, 9. Martin, 10. Rayborne, 11. Dyer. 3:41.60

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg (2), 2. Jake Swanson (1), 3. Richard Vander Weerd (5), 4. Matt Mitchell (4), 5. R.J. Johnson (7), 6. Brody Roa (12), 7. Danny Faria Jr. (8), 8. Chris Gansen (10), 9. Matt McCarthy (21), 10. Austin Williams (3), 11. Damion Gardner (6), 12. Jace Vander Weerd (11), 13. Steve Sussex (18), 14. Mike Martin (20), 15. Verne Sweeney (13), 16. Cody Williams (9), 17. A.J. Bender (15), 18. Matt Stewart (16), 19. Jeff Dyer (22), 20. Joel Rayborne (19), 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (17), 22. Trent Williams (14). NT ---------------------------- **Bender flipped on lap 22 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Lap 4 Schuerenberg, Laps 5-6 Swanson, Laps 7-30 Schuerenberg. SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Matt McCarthy (21st to 9th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Stevie Sussex

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-471, 2-Roa-459, 3-A.Williams-415, 4-Swanson-329, 5-Johnson-328, 6-Gansen-306, 7-Malcolm-266, 8-McCarthy-241, 9-R.Vander Weerd-235, 10-Bender-232.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 29 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

 

 

HOOSIER HUNDRED'S SUNSET BELONGS TO SUNSHINE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (May 23, 2019).........Bravery, machismo, bravado, call it what you will. On a late restart with seven laps remaining, Tyler Courtney used every ounce of it in his figurative tank to rip around near-race-long leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. to win a bittersweet "Hoosier Hundred" Thursday night, in the final running of the event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Courtney, the Indianapolis, Ind. native whose parents were part of the promotion team for the 2005 Hoosier Hundred, kept pace with Thomas, following him for 92 straight laps until making the winning move on a restart that made all the difference, one that came with a bit of advice courtesy of a voice from above.

"(Tyler Ransbottom), who's my crew chief on the sprint car and midget, and my spotter tonight, told me on the open red that Jason McDougal had been making up time on restarts doing that same move. KT was lifting on restarts into one. So, I knew that if I could just outbrave him a little bit getting in and make sure I didn't blow past it, it would work. Luckily, it did. You get the open track, no lapped cars, nothing, I got to run as hard as I wanted to for the last eight laps and that's what I did. If it was going to blow, it was going to blow with me trying."

The Hoosier Hundred's illustrious history runs the gamut in terms of the names that have won since its debut in 1953. Courtney is fully aware of the history, and Thursday night's win was something he doesn't take for granted.

"My name is now alongside a lot of great names," Courtney realized. "Including Kody Swanson, one of the best Silver Crown drivers in our lifetime. Foyt, Andretti, Pancho Carter, all those names. It's incredible."

Courtney started third on the grid as Chris Windom got the jump on the field on the initial start from his outside front row starting position. Windom led the first five trips around the one-mile dirt oval, but Thomas and Courtney were able to make up ground and close the gap. Thomas ducked to the inside of Windom coming off turn four with Courtney a car length behind in third when all broke loose.

Seemingly without warning, Windom's right rear tire shredded, sending the 2016 Silver Crown champ into one of the most harrowing crashes witnessed in the century-plus history of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Windom's car immediately veered his car right, hitting nose first into the outside wall, which sent him barrel-rolling seven times and lasting nearly a half-straightaway.

Brian Tyler and Brady Bacon took evasive action, swerving to miss the helpless Windom machine as it bounced aimlessly toward the middle of the racetrack.

Miraculously, Windom climbed from the mangled wreckage unscathed and plans to move on with his weekend, which includes his Indy Lights debut Friday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a Friday night Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and a 500-lap Sprint Car race in Anderson, Ind.

Following the lengthy red flag, Thomas dominated up front, driving for four-time "Hoosier Hundred" winning team Foxco Racing to lead a race-high 87 laps. By lap 16, Thomas had already infiltrated lapped traffic and the interval between he and Courtney rarely fluctuated as Thomas built a half-straightaway lead over Courtney with a quarter of the laps in the books.

Just after halfway, four-time "Hoosier Hundred" winner Kody Swanson put the heat on Courtney for second while Thomas managed to stretch his lead from 1.5 sec. to 2.5 sec. over the following ten laps. Six-time All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Chad Kemenah then found t the turn two wall in his maiden Silver Crown start.

Though Swanson applied pressure, Courtney wasn't going to allow him to make any sort of run at him as he bid his time in anticipation of making his own move.

"I knew if I kept KT within sight and Kody behind me, I was going to be at a good pace," Courtney realized. "We tried not to let KT get too far. If he got too far, then I'd pick up the pace a bit. Luckily, we got that last red there and made a few adjustments, timed the restart right and made a bold move. I wanted it really bad."

On the lap 69 restart, Swanson turned up the wick, getting to second briefly by going underneath Courtney between turns one and two. Courtney fought back on the outside and regained second by the exit of turn two as Swanson slipped back to third. Jason McDougal, meanwhile, making his second career Silver Crown start was mega-impressive using the cushion long thought to be extinct to travel from his 25th starting spot and into the top-five with 25 laps remaining.

Meanwhile, following an early-race pit stop that sent him to 28th, Brady Bacon had been shot out of a cannon and drove into the top tier nearing the race's end and into the top-five.

Thomas worked through lapped traffic once again, getting hung up ever so slightly, allowing Courtney to close the gap briefly while Thomas nudged ahead, yet Courtney remained within striking distance, chopping down Thomas' lead to a half-second with nine to go.

With Thomas and Courtney's battle set to rage on down the stretch, just in front of them in turn two was two-time ALMS champion Chris Dyson who banged the turn two wall and endured his own upside-down thrill ride from which he escaped injury.

During the open red flag, Joe Devin, chassis builder for Courtney's Hans Lein-owned entry, came over and talked to my crew chief Greg Nelson and I told him I was lacking sidebite in the middle of the corner. So, we made a couple of adjustments that helped me a ton."

It appeared the changes helped immensely when the green flag dropped on the lap 93 restart. Without lapped traffic on the horizon now, Courtney showed no hesitation whatsoever, aiming for the top and driving it into turn one harder than he had all night up to that point. Thomas showed no vital signs of reestablishing the top spot down the stretch as Courtney grew his lead by leaps and bounds to win his second career Silver Crown race, but first on one of the historic one-mile dirt ovals where he became the first driver won in all three USAC National divisions in 2019.

Thomas finished his fourth-straight USAC Silver Crown race on dirt in the runner-up spot. Swanson's bid for a fifth-straight "Hoosier Hundred" victory to break a tie with Al Unser (1970-73) came up short, finishing third ahead of Justin Grant and Bacon.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Jason McDougal and Mike Haggenbottom (WIlwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 23, 2019 - Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, Indiana - 64th "Hoosier Hundred"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Top-24 locked into feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 56, Foxco-32.929; 2. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-33.011; 3. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-33.600; 4. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-33.671; 5. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-33.810; 6. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-33.831; 7. Johnny Petrozelle, 8, Cornell/Petrozelle-33.884; 8. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-33.894; 9. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-33.973; 10. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-34.067; 11. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-34.099; 12. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-34.140; 13. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-34.235; 14. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 22, Rice/PBR-34.298; 15. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-34.434; 16. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-34.519; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five Three-34.523; 18. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-34.680; 19. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-34.682; 20. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker-34.757; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-34.931; 22. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-34.953; 23. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-35.061; 24. Chris Phillips, 4, Phillips/Nolen-35.075; 25. Jason McDougal, 27, Phillips-35.106; 26. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-35.188; 27. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-35.249; 28. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire-35.267; 29. Chuck Leary, 30, Leary-35.294; 30. Dave Darland, 14, McQuinn-35.361; 31. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-35.665; 32. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-36.034; 33. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-36.045; 34. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-38.013; 35. Casey Buckman, 74, C-Buck-NT; 36. Joey Schmidt, 25, Pierce-NT; 37. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-NT; 38. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-NT; 39. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-NT.

QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. McDougal, 2. Gordon, 3. Steffens, 4. Kemenah, 5. Darland, 6. Mundie, 7. C. Leary, 8. Weyant, 9. Rose, 10. Buckman, 11. Robbins, 12. Berkheimer. 7:16.97

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (3), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 3. Kody Swanson (4), 4. Justin Grant (13), 5. Brady Bacon (8), 6. Jason McDougal (25), 7. David Byrne (6), 8. Steve Buckwalter (17), 9. Brian Tyler (5), 10. Jacob Wilson (11), 11. C.J. Leary (23), 12. Russ Gamester (10), 13. Mike Haggenbottom (18), 14. Jimmy Light (16), 15. Kyle Steffens (27), 16. Matt Goodnight (21), 17. Chris Phillips (24), 18. Dave Darland (29), 19. Chris Dyson (22), 20. Austin Nemire (9), 21. Kyle Robbins (31), 22. Eric Gordon (26), 23. Shane Cottle (19), 24. Chad Kemenah (28), 25. Jeff Swindell (15), 26. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. (14), 27. Johnny Petrozelle (7), 28. Austin Mundie (30), 29. John Heydenreich (20), 30. Bill Rose (32), 31. Chris Windom (2), 32. Dallas Hewitt (12). NT ------------------------------ **Windom flipped on lap 6 of the feature. Dyson flipped on lap 92 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Windom, Laps 6-92 Thomas, Laps 93-100 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (25th to 6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Mike Haggenbottom

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-216, 2-Grant-125, 3-Thomas-149, 4-Bobby Santos-134, 5-Byrne-120, 6-Kyle Hamilton-116, 7-Schmidt-114, 8-Haggenbottom-113, 9-Nemire-108, 10-Dyson-102.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: May 24, 2019 - Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, Indiana - "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic"

 

 

I-80 / LAKESIDE USAC SPRINT WEEKEND CANCELLED

Speedway, Indiana (May 23, 2019).........Recent rainfall that has flooded Lakeside Speedway has forced cancellation of both events of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car doubleheader weekend, May 31 at I-80 Speedway and June 1 at Lakeside.

Lakeside Speedway officials have learned there is an anticipated three-foot rise in river levels due to all of the recent rainfall and already high water levels. The Kansas City, Kans. track has been proactively moving equipment to higher grounds and taking proactive measures to minimize damage. There is already damage on the grounds regarding light poles, and with the expected rise in waters, the situation remains unsafe.

The decision was made to cancel both events, including the I-80 Dirt Classic in Greenwood, Neb., to save teams the expenses of a far travel for a single race weekend.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion now aims for the 13th edition of Eastern Storm, June 11 at Grandview Speedway, June 12 at Bridgeport Speedway, June 13 at BAPS Motor Speedway, June 15 at Port Royal Speedway and June 16 at Weedsport Speedway. Additionally, a Silver Crown event is scheduled for June 14 at Williams Grove Speedway.

 

 

USAC WSO SPRINTS CROSS THE BORDER TO WICHITA SATURDAY

Wichita, Kansas (May 23, 2019).........USAC's Wingless Sprints Oklahoma makes a rare out-of-state appearance this Saturday night, May 25, at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kans., the first of two events at the track this year.

Defending series champ Brett Wilson of Sapulpa, Okla. won the lone appearance at 81 Speedway a year ago. He's eighth in the standings now coming into the third points race of 2019. Andrew Deal (Caney, Kans.) leads the standings by 24 over Danny Smith (Sapulpa, Okla.), Collinsville, Oklahoma's Layne Himebaugh (-27), with Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Cameron Hagin (-33) and Kiefer, Oklahoma's Johnny Kent (-35) rounding out the top-five.

Steven Shebester (Mustang, Okla.) captured the USAC/WSO opener at Red Dirt Raceway in early-April while Deal took the most recent score at Creek County Speedway in late-April.

Gates open at 4pm (Central) on Saturday, with driver draw at the USAC/WSO table closing at 5:45pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 6pm followed by the track drivers meeting at 6:15pm. Hot laps will Immediately follow the drivers meeting with racing starting at 7pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma 2019 Season is brought to you by United States Auto Club, Hoosier Tires, Amsoil, Tri-State Claims of Oklahoma, Barksdale Automotive, Green Turf Sod, Machine Services, Stinger Chassis, Boyd's Racing Engines, Downtown Digital Design, Annette Leesekamp, Jim Carr in remembrance of his father "#7 The Flying Dutchman," Hardwood Innovations & Jett Starr of Dagwell Dixie.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Andrew Deal-285, 2-Danny Smith-261, 3-Layne Himebaugh-258, 4-Cameron Hagin-252, 5-Johnny Kent-250, 6-Tim Kent-248, 7-Noah Harris-235, 8-Brett Wilson-234, 9-Alison Slaton-210, 10-Waylon Weaver-207.

 

 

STOCKON FINALLY HOLDS THE RIFLE; WINS TONY HULMAN CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 22, 2019).........Chase Stockon had tamed the Terre Haute Action Track multiple times in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career with a "Jim Hurtubise Classic" win in 2012 and a "Don Smith Classic" victory in 2016 to his credit.

But the one that eluded him happened to be the longest-continually running event on the series schedule, the "Tony Hulman Classic."

Wednesday night, the "Tony Hulman Classic" and its famed rifle trophy eluded him no more as the Fort Branch, Indiana driver led all 30 laps to capture the 49th annual running of the event.

It's the one Stockon wanted, and the emotion was quite evident on the "Ironman" driver who holds the current series record of 268 consecutive starts with the series dating to 2012.

"I'm about to cry," Stockon exclaimed in victory lane. "I've been wanting to win this one so bad. At this point, it's probably the one I wanted to win the most. This rifle right here means everything. It's awesome. This is the one that's gotten away from us multiple times and we're pretty proud to be able to put this one on the wall."

When Stockon speaks of this one being the one that got away, he ain't kidding. Last year, he led 20 laps before he was passed by Tyler Courtney with nine laps remaining, ultimately finishing fifth. Two years ago, Stockon led the first 27 laps before being passed by Kevin Thomas, Jr. with three to go, ending up third.

This one wasn't going to slip from the grip of the now 12-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner, tying Eric Gordon for 45thon the all-time list. This one, he put into the hands of his trusty sidekick who made the right calls to help put Stockon up front and stay up front to snap their 46-race winless streak that reached back to the 2018 season opener in Ocala, Fla.

"It's tough," Stockon admitted. "Everybody keeps getting quicker and quicker. We've been really good here the last five or six years here and have had a couple slip away from us. I like these big fast half-miles, but we struggled being tight all night tonight and (Crew Chief) D.J. (Ott) made the call after the heat race of what he wanted to do to the car, and I was like, 'You know what, if you want to do it, it's in your hands. I'll just drive it.' Luckily, I held up my end of the deal for him."

Stockon started the main event from the outside of the front row, blitzing around pole sitter Carson Short for the lead on the opening lap. Meanwhile, Chris Windom ripped past the inside of Brady Bacon off turn two on the second lap for third, then constructed a déjà vu moment on lap four with nearly the same move on Short once more to get to second.

Windom appeared hooked up on the surface that saw heavy early morning showers and seemed poise to threaten Stockon's status for the top spot. However, that was about as close as Windom got following a handful of restarts.

Seventh-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. broke on lap seven, slowing the pace for the initial time, putting him out for the remainder of the evening. Furthermore, Short stopped in turn four on the 11th lap, like Thomas, running seventh. Nate McMillin stopped in turn three on lap 20 while running 15th.

With 11 laps remaining, the showdown for the rifle consisted of Stockon and a pair of past "Hulman Classic" winners in Windom (2011) in second and Courtney (2018) in third. The mover on the restart was another "Hulman" winner, two-time victor Robert Ballou (2015-16), who secured sixth off turn four on the 20th circuit as he and Bacon banged wheels. Ballou, then whipped by Justin Grant for fifth on lap 22 just before point leader and fourth place running C.J. Leary lost a right rear tire on lap 23 to bring out the final yellow.

Stockon's good run of restarts had no inkling of ending on the final one on lap 23 as he immediately broke away to a six car-length advantage by the time the front runners hit the back stretch with Courtney working to the inside of Windom briefly in turn three. Windom was able to withstand the challenge to secure the runner-up spot for good.

With the front runners cruising on the middle line on the heavy racing surface, Stockon edged away in the final laps, defeating Windom by 1.963 seconds while Courtney, Ballou and Grant rounded out the top-five.

With Leary (9th) and K. Thomas (18th) suffering misfortune in the feature, Stockon is now the only driver who has finished in the top-eight in all seven starts this season. Stockon dedicated the victory to his grandpa, who's in the hospital.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear/EPA Photography Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Carson Short (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Brandon Mattox (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Isaac Chapple (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 22, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 49th "Tony Hulman Classic" - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/EPA PHOTOGRAPHY QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-19.750; 2. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-19.800; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-19.834; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.887; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.014; 6. Carson Short, 21, RCM-20.036; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.187; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-20.192; 9. Bill Balog, 2, Lein-20.231; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.281; 11. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-20.367; 12. Nate McMillin, 24m, McMillin-20.414; 13. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-20.469; 14. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-20.561; 15. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-20.720; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.982; 17. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-21.495; 18. Paul May, 71m, May-21.572; 19. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-21.590; 20. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-24.467.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Leary, 3. Mattox, 4. Bacon, 5. Chapple, 6. Grant, 7. S. Thomas. 2:43.50

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Boespflug, 3. Windom, 4. Stockon, 5. McDougal, 6. Mihocko, 7. Perrott. 2:44.77

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Short, 2. Courtney, 3. May, 4. Balog, 5. McMillin, 6. VanMeveren. 2:44.53

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

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (16th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brandon Mattox

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brandon Mattox

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-539, 2-K. Thomas-507, 3-Windom-501, 4-Courtney-493, 5-Stockon-489, 6-Bacon-464, 7-Grant-435, 8-Short-427, 9-Ballou-425, 10-McDougal-389.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 31, 2019 - I-80 Speedway - Greenwood, Nebraska - "I-80 Dirt Classic" - 4/10-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC ENTRY LIST RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 22, 2019).........Six past USAC Silver Crown winners at Lucas Oil Raceway are ready to roll this Friday, May 24, in the "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" at the .686-mile paved oval in Brownsburg, Ind.

Those six drivers make up a total of 15 Silver Crown wins at LOR, led by Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. who owns five victories between 2013 and 2016, including the May race in three-straight years between 2014 and 2016. With another victory, he would break a tie with Mike Bliss as the winningest driver in the history of the series at LOR.

Older brother Kody, of Kingsburg, Calif., has four Silver Crown wins at LOR in 2011, 2016-18, including the last two May races there. His team, Nolen Racing, has won twice themselves at LOR, in 1991 with Johnny Parsons and in 1995 with Jim Keeker. They've won the first two, both on pavement, to open the season at Memphis and Toledo and carry the series point lead with them into Friday at LOR.

Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass. is a member of the four-win club at LOR as well with wins in 2009, twice in 2012 and 2017. He also owns three wins at LOR in USAC Sprints (2006, 2007 & 2011) as well as one in USAC Midgets in 2006. He's finished in the runner-up spot in each of the first two Silver Crown races in 2019 at Memphis and Toledo.

Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne and Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester have notched Silver Crown wins at LOR. Byrne's came on a last lap, last corner pass back in 2014 while Gamester, the 1989 USAC National Midget champ, rocketed to victory on a Sunday afternoon at what was then known as IRP during the Summer of 2000.

While not a Silver Crown winner at LOR, although he does own one series win at Milwaukee in 1990, Fortville, Indiana's Eric Gordon has won on three occasions at LOR, all in USAC Sprint Car competition, in 1990-91-92.

Two Silver Crown champions are entered with Kody Swanson (2014-15-17-18) and Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. (2016). Windom is aiming for his first win at LOR.

Past USAC Silver Crown winners C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) have gotten it done on the dirt, but are seeking their first series wins on the pavement. Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) has won three times on pavement tracks with the series at Chicagoland, Kansas and Darlington, but not yet at LOR where he finished third in May one year ago.

Three drivers are in the category of USAC Sprint and Midget winners who are looking to tally their first career Silver Crown victories: Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., Kyle Hamilton of Danville, Ind. and Brian Gerster of Fishers, Ind.

A solid core of veterans are mixed with a nice Rookie crop, with veterans Austin Nemire of Sylvania, Ohio, Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Ind., Mike Haggenbottom of Levittown, Pa., Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind. and Terry James of St. Louis, Mo. returning to the lineup. They are joined by a group of Silver Crown Rookies consisting of Chris Dyson of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., Joey Schmidt of Ellisville, Miss., Derek Bischak of Angola, Ind., Cody Gerhardt of Fresno, Calif. and Cody Gallogly of Pataskala, Ohio.

The "Come from the Back Challenge" is back again this year, providing a driver the option on whether they would prefer to start in their qualified position or start from the tail with a chance to take home a $10,000 bonus courtesy of Legacy Motorsports and Gatekeeper Services.

In fact, the challenge is just one of several contingency bonuses added exclusively for the event. $19,000 in lap money has been added by a number of sponsors, a fitting number as Steele won numerous races in Bob Gratton-owned No. 19 Sprint Cars and Silver Crown cars during his career. Additionally, the fastest qualifier will earn a $1,000 bonus from Mac and Carol Steele. Carl Edwards has added $1,000 in hard charger money for the driver advancing the most positions from his or her starting spot during the night's 100-lap main event ("Come from the Back Challenge" taker is excluded). Finally, Steele Performance Parts is paying for all Silver Crown driver pit passes.

Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" activities get underway with USAC pits opening at Noon eastern, drivers meeting at 2:30pm, front gates at 2:50pm, Silver Crown practice one from 3:15pm-3:55pm, USF2000 practice from 4:05-4:25pm, Pro Mazda practice from 4:30-4:50pm, Silver Crown practice two from 5-5:30pm, Qualifying from 5:45-6:30pm, Freedom 75 USF2000 race at 6:45p, Freedom 90 Pro Mazda race at 7:50pm and the USAC Silver Crown Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" at 9pm.

Tickets are $25 for adult general admission and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Watch the race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

2019 DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC ENTRY LIST
NO. / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT
02 Tanner Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)
6 Kyle Hamilton/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 ®Chris Dyson/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
11 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (DHR-Byrd Racing)
16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
22 Bobby Santos/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
25 ®Joey Schmidt/Ellisville, MS (Sam Pierce)
26 Aaron Pierce/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
31 ®Derek Bischak/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
51 Russ Gamester/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
60 ®Cody Gerhardt/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
78 Eric Gordon/Fortville, IN (Armstrong-Slinkard Racing)
81 ®Cody Gallogly/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
94 Brian Gerster/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering)
116 Terry James/St. Louis, MO (Dr. Jim Logan)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “SALUTE TO INDY”
By Lance Jennings

MAY 21, 2019... This Saturday, May 25th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to their “home track,” Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Salute to Indy.” Promoted by Don Kazarian, the American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the Up, Down 'n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run will also feature the PAS Senior and Young Gun 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, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
-2019 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.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

The annual "Salute to Indy" has been a Southern California tradition going back to 1948 when Dempsey Wilson claimed the checkered flags with the original California Racing Association. When Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996, the Riverside County oval brought the tradition back and NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley scored the victory. Last year, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams claimed his second Memorial Classic over Jake Swanson, Max Adams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and Richard Vander Weerd.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 215 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and thirty-eight different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 45 “home track” wins and the 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. At the last two visits, Brody Roa topped the March 30th “So-Cal Showdown” and Richard Vander Weerd topped the April 13th “Sokola Shootout.” A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to the seventh point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads the standings by twenty points. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner scored his first win of the season at Bakersfield on May 11th. To date, the seven-time champion also has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the year. “The Demon” leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 81 feature wins and will be looking to claim his fifth “Salute to Indy.”

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa finished fourteenth at Bakersfield after an early tangle ended his night. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied for fifteenth on the series win list, Brody will have his sights on making the “Salute to Indy” his eighth triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams placed eleventh in the May 11th main event. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied for fifteenth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his third “Salute to Indy” victory.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) sits fourth in the championship point standings. The driver of the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman skipped Bakersfield with three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the year. The five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has six USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on adding the Perris “Salute to Indy” to his resume.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen powered to an eighth place finish at Bakersfield on May 11th. At press time, the veteran driver has posted two top-10 finishes and will be looking to earn his first victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Currently sixteenth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Stevie Sussex, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Richard Vander Weerd, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Austin Liggett, Joel Rayborne, Verne Sweeney, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, 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, contact 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 on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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.

"SALUTE TO INDY" WINNERS: 1948-Dempsey Wilson, 1949-Bob Denny, 1950-NO RACE, 1951-NO RACE, 1952-Colby Scroggin, 1953-Bob Denny, 1954-Harry Stockman, 1955-Rosie Roussel, 1956-Art Bisch, 1957-Ray Clark, 1958-Bud Rose, 1959-Roy Prosser, 1960-NO RACE, 1961-Jack Brunner, 1962-Colby Scroggin, 1963-Billy Cantrell, 1964-Hal Minyard, 1965-NO RACE, 1966-Bruce Walkup, 1967-Bob Hogle, 1968-Billy Wilkerson, 1969-Billy Wilkerson, 1970-NO RACE, 1971-Dick Zimmerman / Don Hamilton, 1972-Billy Wilkerson, 1973-Billy Wilkerson, 1974-Jimmy Oskie, 1975-Clark Templeman, 1976-Mike Shaw, 1977-John Redican, 1978-Dean Thompson / Tony Simon, 1979-Bobby Olivero, 1980-Bubby Jones / Dean Thompson / Dean Thompson, 1981-Dean Thompson / Dean Thompson, 1982-Dean Thompson / Bubby Jones, 1983-Rip Williams / Bubby Jones, 1984-Bubby Jones, 1985-Eddie Wirth, 1986-Bubby Jones, 1987-Mike Sweeney, 1988-Lealand McSpadden, 1989-Brad Noffsinger, 1990-Ron Shuman, 1991-NO RACE, 1992-NO RACE, 1993-NO RACE, 1994-NO RACE, 1995-NO RACE, 1997-Cory Kruseman, 1998-Mike Kirby, 1999-Troy Rutherford, 2000-Richard Griffin, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Mike Kirby, 2003-Damion Gardner, 2004-Damion Gardner, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Blake Miller, 2008-RAIN, 2009-Blake Miller, 2010-David Cardey, 2011-Matt Mitchell, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Matt Mitchell, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Austin Williams, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Austin Williams. (Some events were two day shows or twin main events.)

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 45-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-417, 2. Brody Roa-397, 3. Austin Williams-363, 4. R.J. Johnson-262, 5. Chris Gansen-256, 6. Jake Swanson-255, 7. Tommy Malcolm-254, 8. A.J. Bender-199, 9. Matt McCarthy-194, 10. Charles Davis Jr.-187, 11. Stevie Sussex-184, 12. Mike Martin-174, 13. Josh Hodges-164, 14. Richard Vander Weerd-158, --. Cody Williams-158, 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-156, 17. Troy Rutherford-150, 18. Steve Hix-145, 19. Austin Liggett-128, 20. Isaac Chapple-126.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN RESCHEDULED FOR AUG. 30

Granite City, Ill. (May 21, 2019).........The Brandt "River Town Showdown," featuring a USAC doubleheader with the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in addition to the B-Mods, has been rescheduled for Friday, August 30, at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. It will now be the start of a big racing weekend in Southern Illinois with Du Quoin State Fair events Saturday-Monday.

The event will be a full show for each series with qualifying, heat races, a semi-feature, culminating in a 30-lap main event for the Midgets and Sprint Cars. Last Saturday's Track Enterprises promotion of the event was rained out with severe weather in the area.

Track Enterprises wants to express apologies for any inconvenience from Saturday's rainout. At the time, there were reports of severe weather in the area and the decision was made to cancel when the rain started in the interest of fan safety.

The night prior, Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. (Midgets) and Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. (Sprint Cars) won each end of the doubleheader.

Anyone who was at Saturday night's event is reminded to bring the May 18 wristband with them on August 30 to receive entry at that event. Anyone who doesn't bring the band as their raincheck will have to pay full price.

Anyone who purchased pit passes through TracPass for last Saturday's USAC event at Tri-City Speedway may bring their armband to the TracPass window at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 22, in order to receive a new armband good for admission to that night's "Tony Hulman Classic" USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event.

Pit gates will open at 3pm (Central), grandstands at 5pm, hot laps will begin at 6pm, qualifying at 6:45pm, and racing will go green at 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.usacracing.com, www.trackenterprises.com, or www.tricityspeedway.net.

 

 

TULARE’S FARIA MEMORIAL MOVED TO FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH
By Lance Jennings

MAY 21, 2019… The previously scheduled “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” for Saturday, June 8th, at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway has been moved to Friday, June 7th. In addition to the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, the event will also feature the winged Kings of Thunder Sprints, Western RaceSaver Sprints, and IMCA Stock Cars. The front gates will open at 3PM, with racing scheduled for 6PM. For more Tulare information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

The following night, the track will host the finale of the “Peter Murphy Classic” after rains washed out last Saturday’s show with the NARC King of the West and Kings of Thunder Sprints.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action on Saturday, June 1st at Ventura Raceway for the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2” with the VRA Sprints.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Tristan Guardino-405, 2-Ryan Timmons-286, 3-Koen Shaw-262, 4-Jake Swanson-238, 5-Austin Liggett-227, 6-Danny Faria Jr.-221, 7-Slater Helt-212, 8-Hannah Mayhew-203, 9-J.J. Ringo-197, 10-Austin Ervine-187, 11-Kyle Edwards-178, 12-Steve Hix-172, 13-Michael Faccinto-167, 14-Brody Roa-154, 15-T.J. Smith-150, --Cody Majors-150, 17-Charles Davis Jr.-147, 18-Stevie Sussex-145, 19-Troy Rutherford-139, 20-Ryan Bernal-135.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

STEVIE SUSSEX BREAKS THROUGH AT CASA GRANDE

CASA GRANDE, AZ – MAY 18, 2019… After a torrid battle with Jake Swanson and Brody Roa, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) became the sixth different winner in as many races with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex reclaimed the lead for good on lap 29 to score his third “Hank Arnold Memorial” win at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. Fast qualifier Roa, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Real American” Matt Rossi, and R.J. Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Roa earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a second place run from sixth. In addition, the point leader claimed his first career Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award by posting a new 410 track record of 15.133 over the 14-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Charles Davis Jr. (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat) and R.J. Johnson (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, June 1st at Arizona Speedway.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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 southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2019 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Arizona – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.133 (New 410 Track Record); 2. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.267; 3. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.463; 4. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.529; 5. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.649; 6. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.989; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-16.084; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.148; 9. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.202; 10. Andy Reinbold, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.276; 11. Tyler Most, 3, Most-16.585; 12. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.619; 13. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-17.048; 14. Daylin Perriera, 21, Perreira-17.138.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. Rossi, 5. Curtis, 6. Most, 7. Reynolds. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Sussex, 3. Martin, 4. Bonneau, 5. Lundy, 6. Reinbold. 7. Perreira. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Stevie Sussex (1), 2. Brody Roa (6), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (7), 4. Matt Rossi (4), 5. R.J. Johnson (5), 6. Jake Swanson (2), 7. Mike Martin (3), 8. Chris Bonneau (8), 9. Michael Curtis (9), 10. Daylin Perriera (14), 11. Tyler Most (12), 12. Andy Reinbold (11), 13. Matt Lundy (10), 14. Jonas Reynolds (13). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-25 Sussex, Laps 26-27 Swanson, Lap 28 Roa, Laps 29-30 Sussex. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (6th to 2nd)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-438, 2-Johnson-390, 3-Sussex-370, 4-Davis-341, 5-Martin-326, 6-Rossi-325, 7-Swanson-318, 8-Lundy-250, 9-Curtis-243, 10-Josh Hodges-202.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 1 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona

 

 

NEW RIDE, NO PROBLEM:
BUCKWALTER BANKS GRANDVIEW EAST COAST WIN

By: Nick Fillman

It all started with a phone call on Monday and ended with victory lane photos on Saturday for Timmy Buckwalter of Douglassville, PA as he was able to collect his first Rapid Tire USAC East Coast 360 sprint car win at his weekly home track, Grandview Speedway.

Joey Biasi and Carmen Perigo would lead the field to the green flag, but the caution would quickly wave as Eddie Strada and Chris Allen got together on the initial start and collected Eric Jennings and John Stehman. Strada kept his position as he never stopped. Stehman rejoined, but at the tail of the field. Allen and Jennings, however, were not so lucky and their nights were over

The following restart would again have chaos in turn one as a spinning Eddie Strada would collect the cars of Connor Leoffler and Bill Unglert. All suffering front end damage and sending the three drivers pit side.

When the field went green again on Biasi was able to grab the lead with Carmen Perigo hot in his bumper. Buckwalter had now found himself in third after starting the feature in the fifth position. Buckwalter made quick work of passing the stout Perigo machine, before setting his sights on Biasi. Buckwalter would make the pass on Biasi and look to set sail before a caution flew on lap 7 for a slowing Ryan Quackenbush machine.

From the ensuing restart on Timmy Buckwalter had a comfortable lead over the rest of the field, but the rest of the finishing positions were under fire as an intense battle for positions 2-4 occurred between Biasi, Perigo, and 11th starting Steve Drevicki. Drevicki would make a fantastic "two for one" pass in turns three and four passing both Perigo and Biasi on lap 23. Unfortunately for Drevicki and the rest of the field, it was too late as Timmy Buckwalter would cruise on to collect his first ever USAC East Coast victory, and the first ever series win at the Grandview Speedway. Steven Drevicki, Carmen Perigo, Joey Biasi, and the hard charger of the night, Chandler Leiby rounding out the top five.

Leiby would have a tough night turn better following a heat race flip and a trip to the B Main. Leiby started in the 17th position and was able to work his way through the field and miss the incidents to collect the 5th place finish.

Twenty-Three cars would be in the pit area for competition in the inaugural event at the Grandview Speedway with Carmen Perigo, Joey Biasi, and Timmy Buckwalter collecting the heat race wins. Zack Burd was able to collect the checkers in the semi event.

Up next for the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is a trip to the 3/8ths mile inner oval at the Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, New Jersey.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2019 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Carmen Perigo (#21 Perigo), 2. Chris Allen, Jr. (#71 Allen), 3. Connor Leoffler (#22 Leoffler), 4. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q TQT), 5. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 6. Jake Winters (#1J Winters), 7. Kyle Lick (#8 Lick), 8. George Suprick (#96 Suprick). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 2. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 3. Tyler Brehm (#21R Brehm), 4. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 5. Steve Surniak (#1ST Surniak), 6. Zack Burd (#5z Burd), 7. Trey Hivner (#7 Hivner), 8. Jason Cherry (#67 Cherry). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Timmy Buckwalter (#5G Gallagher), 2. Eddie Strada (#42E Strada), 3. John Stehman (#8L Stehman), 4. Mike Thompson (#39 Hogue), 5. Jonathan Swanson (#17J Swanson), 6. David Swanson (#117 Swanson), 7. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby). NT

SEMI: (5 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Burd, 2. Leiby, 3. D. Swanson, 4. Cherry, 5. Winters, 6. Lick, 7. Hivner, 8. Suprick. NT

FEATURE: 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Joey Biasi, 5. Chandler Leiby, 6. Tyler Brehm, 7. Mike Thompson, 8. Jonathan Swanson, 9. Steve Surniak, 10. John Stehman, 11. David Swanson, 12. Jason Cherry, 13. Zack Burd, 14. Ryan Quackenbush, 15. Chris Allen, Jr., 16. Eddie Strada, 17. Eric Jennings, 18. Connor Leoffler, 19. Bill Unglert, 20. Jake Winters. NT
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**Suprick flipped during the first heat. Leiby flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Biasi, Laps 5-25 Buckwalter.

SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Chandler Leiby (17th to 5th)

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT RACE: May 26 - Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, New Jersey

 

 

MOTHER NATURE TAKES RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN USAC MIDGET EVENT AT TRI-CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 18, 2019).........Rain fell just as cars were pushed off for the start of the semi-feature, forcing cancellation of Saturday's Brandt "River Town Showdown" program for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Tri-City Speedway. A subsequent makeup date for the event will be announced soon.

Tyler Courtney swept Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying on both Friday and Saturday night in both the midget and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship divisions. Chad Boat, Cannon McIntosh and Brady Bacon claimed heat race victories.

Next up on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule is the 15th annual running of "Indiana Midget Week," six races in six nights beginning at Montpelier Motor Speedway on June 4, then to Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 5, Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville) on June 6, Bloomington Speedway on June 7, Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 8 and Kokomo Speedway on June 9.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-City Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Chad Boat (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Cannon McIntosh (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner) and Brady Bacon (Auto Meter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - Brandt "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.270; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.515; 3. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.521; 4. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-15.577; 5. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-15.624; 6. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.735; 7. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.779; 8. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.823; 9. Brady Bacon, 76, FMR-15.841; 10. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.849; 11. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-15.870; 12. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.878; 13. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.935; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-15.948; 15. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-15.991; 16. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-16.005; 17. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-16.020; 18. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.100; 19. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-16.203; 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.296; 21. Presley Truedson, 5T, Daum-16.402; 22. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-16.414; 23. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-16.462; 24. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-16.565; 25. Kyle O'Gara, 67F, SFHR-17.319; 26. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. McDougal, 3. Windom, 4. Courtney, 5. Grant, 6. Elledge, 7. Leary, 8. Wise. 2:09.42

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. McIntosh, 2. Coons, 3. Colwell, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. Daum, 6. T. Thomas, 7. K. Thomas, 8. Neuman. 2:12.19

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Layser, 3. Carrick, 4. Seavey, 5. Hollan, 6. Hendricks, 7. Bodine, 8. Truedson. 2:14.50

REMAINDER OF EVENT CANCELLED ---------------------------- **Cling flipped during qualifying.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-456, 2-K. Thomas-417, 3-Leary-373, 4-Wise-367, 5-Windom-361, 6-Seavey-357, 7-Boat-347, 8-Klaasmeyer-331, 9-Carrick-295, 10-Colwell-287.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 4, 2019 - Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

TRI-CITY USAC SPRINTS FALL TO RAIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 18, 2019).........For the second consecutive Saturday, rain captured the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature, this time in Saturday's Brandt "River Town Showdown" at Tri-City Speedway. A subsequent makeup date for the event will be announced soon.

Tyler Courtney's impressive qualifying feats continued Saturday at Tri-City, sweeping Fatheadz Eyewear Quick time in both the Sprint Car and the NOS Energy Drink National Midget for the second-straight night. Robert Ballou, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Brady Bacon captured heat race wins.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-City Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner) and Chase Stockon (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

C.J. Leary remains the series point leader heading into Wednesday's 49th annual "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. He leads by eight points over Thomas, Chris Windom (-57), Courtney (-62) and Chase Stockon (-68).

"Tony Hulman Classic" activities get underway with pits opening at 3pm eastern, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm, with qualifications and racing to immediately follow. Tickets are $25 for adult general admission and $15 adult infield tickets. Children 11 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy." A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 "Tony Hulman Classic" for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 "Hoosier Hundred" for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

For more information on any of the events, visit http://www.trackenterprises.com/, http://www.usacracing.com/, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47807. You can reach the promoter, Track Enterprises, by phone at (217) 764-3200 and on race day at (812) 232-4040.

Watch the race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - Brandt "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.737; 2. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.875; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.945; 4. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.020; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-15.022; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.027; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-15.088; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-15.155; 9. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-15.232; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.264; 11. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-15.268; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-15.314; 13. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.329; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.608; 15. T.J. Artz, 57, Artz-15.612; 16. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-15.706; 17. Dustin Smith, 77s. Smith-15.826; 18. James Lyerla, 11, Lyerla-16.081; 19. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-16.795; 20. Brad Wyatt, 41, RNS-16.856; 21. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-17.193; 22. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-17.603; 23. Scottie Gretzmacher, 16G, Gretzmacher-17.785; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Leary, 3. Courtney, 4. Stockon, 5. Boespflug, 6. Davis, 7. Weyant, 8. Budde. 2:13.90

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Short, 3. Windom, 4. McDougal, 5. Chapple, 6. Smith, 7. Wyatt, 8. Gretzmacher. NT

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Clouser, 3. Daum, 4. Grant, 5. Lyerla, 6. Artz, 7. S. Thomas. NT
REMAINDER OF EVENT CANCELLED
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NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-480, 2-K. Thomas-472, 3-Windom-423, 4-Courtney-418, 5-Stockon-412, 6-Bacon-401, 7-Grant-374, 8-Short-369, 9-Ballou-356, 10-McDougal-333.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 22, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 49th"Tony Hulman Classic" - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

DREVICKI GRABS SECOND USAC EAST COAST SPRINT WIN OF SEASON AT BIG DIAMOND

After fighting off an evening thunderstorm, a stellar field of 31 Rapid Tire USAC East Coast 360 Sprint Cars jammed the pit area at the Big Diamond Speedway for a fantastic night of open wheel racing.

Following the top eight redraw, Timmy Buckwalter in his new Gallagher 5g ride, and sprint car rookie Tyler Brehm would share the front row of the talented 20 car feature field and lead them to green.

Buckwalter would quickly jump out to the race lead and try and establish the pace early on. The first caution would fly on lap one for duel spins of Ryan Quackenbush and Chris Allen, Jr. A caution would then fly on lap two of the feature event for a slowing Mark Bitner who had suffered a flat left front tire.

When the field went back green it was again Timmy Buckwalter jumping back out front to lead the field with Brehm in second, and Chandler Leiby moving into third. A red flag would then fly again on the fourth circuit for a flat by Joe Biasi that would then collect drivers: Carmen Perigo, Bill Unglert, and JR Berry who took a light tumble into the infield.

While under the red flag period, it was discovered that Timmy Buckwalter suffered a flat tire and was pushed pit side allowing the team to make the change and return to the field. Unglert, Biasi, and Perigo also rejoined the field leaving some talented drivers and cars in the back of the field.

On the ensuing restart Brehm would get out front and lead the field with Chandler Leiby, and Steven Drevicki in third and closing quickly on the top two drivers. Heading into turn one on lap eight, Drevicki would make the move to the inside of Brehm after passing Leiby to grab the lead of the feature event and look to take off.

A caution on lap 19 for a slowing Eric Jennings with a right rear flat tire, would set up a six-lap dash for the checkered for the field.

When the field went back green, Drevicki would be challenged by Leiby but unable to make the pass for the win. Behind Drevicki and Leiby the action was fierce with seventh starting Eddie Strada in competition with the hard charging cars of Chris Allen, Jr. and Timmy Buckwalter recovering from his flat tire.

When the checkers flew Steven Drevicki collected his second win of the 2019 Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series over: Chandler Leiby, Eddie Strada, Chris Allen, Jr. and Timmy Buckwalter.

A tough night at the fell upon driver Craig Pellegrini Jr., Trey Hivner and Trevor Kobylarz. Pellegrini went for a wild flip in the B Main, with Hivner and Kobylarz suffering mechanical issues during the B Main.

The next event for the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is Saturday May 18th at the Grandview Speedway.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2019 - Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Eddie Strada (#42E Strada), 2. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 3. Steve Surniak (#1ST Surniak), 4. Johnny Petrozelle (#59 Petrozelle), 5. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz), 6. Jason Cherry (#67 Cherry), 7. Larry Drake (#8 Drake), 8. Jake Winters (#1J Winters). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 2. Carmen Perigo (#21 Perigo), 3. J.R. Berry (#74 Berry), 4. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q TQT), 5. Trey Hivner (#7 Hivner), 6. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin), 7. Craig Pellegrini, Jr. (#11A Pellegrini), 8. David Swanson (#117 Swanson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 2. Tyler Brehm (#21R Brehm), 3. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 4. Zack Burd (#5z Burd), 5. Connor Leoffler (#22 Leoffler), 6. Jonathan Swanson (#17J Swanson), 7. John Anderika (#96 Anderika). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Timmy Buckwalter (#5G Gallagher), 2. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 3. Kyle Lick (#8 Lick), 4. Chris Allen, Jr. (#71 Allen), 5. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 6. John Stehman (#8L Stehman), 7. Mike Thompson (#39 Hogue). NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Unglert, 2. Connor, 3. Stehman, 4. Thompson, 5. Hedin, 6. J. Swanson, 7. Cherry, 8. Drake, 9. D. Swanson, 10. Winters, 11. John Anderika, 12. Hivner, 13. Pellegrini, 14. Kobylarz. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Chandler Leiby, 3. Eddie Strada, 4. Chris Allen, Jr., 5. Timmy Buckwalter, 6. Connor Leoffler, 7. Ryan Quackenbush, 8. Carmen Perigo, 9. Bill Unglert, 10. Joey Biasi, 11. Tyler Brehm, 12. Mike Thompson, 13. John Stehman, 14. Zack Burd, 15. Steve Surniak, 16. Kyle Lick, 17. Johnny Petrozelle, 18. J.R. Berry, 19. Eric Jennings, 20. Mark Bitner. NT ---------------------- **Pellegrini flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Buckwalter, Laps 5-8 Brehm, Laps 9-25 Drevicki.

SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Chris Allen, Jr.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 18, 2019 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania

 

 

HOOSIER HUNDRED ENTRY LIST REVEALED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (May 18, 2019).........The entry list for the 64th running of the "Hoosier Hundred" brings 42 USAC Silver Crown cars and drivers to the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 23, for the final edition of the race at the legendary one-mile dirt oval.

The event features four past "Hoosier Hundred" winners in Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson, who's racing for an unprecedented fifth consecutive "Hoosier Hundred" win dating to 2014. Also entered is 1995, 1996 and 2004 winner Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., 1991 and 1993 winner Jeff Swindell of Germantown, Tenn. and Chuck Leary of Greenfield, Ind., who was the victor in 1997.

Swanson (2014-15-17-18) and Darland (1997) are among three past Silver Crown champions entered along with Chris Windom (2016) of Canton, Ill.

Swanson, Darland and Swindell are included in a star-studded group of drivers who've conquered victory lane with the Silver Crown series, along with a host of others who've won in the series but are seeking their first "Hoosier Hundred" win: C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Brian Tyler (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.), Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.), David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.), Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.), Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.).

Not only vying for a first "Hoosier Hundred" win, but also their first career Silver Crown victory is a talent-laden list of drivers who've won in either USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car or NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition during their career: Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. (Brownsburg, Ind.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) and Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.).

Last year's Silver Crown Rookie of the Year Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) is entered for his second "Hoosier Hundred" while 2019 leading Rookie Joey Schmidt (Ellisville, Miss.) prepares for his first. Drivers also making their first attempt on the Indy Mile include Chris Phillips (Plainfield, Ind.), Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio), Casey Buckman (Chandler, Ariz.), Jimmy Light (West Springfield, Pa.) and Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio).

Kemenah and Chris Dyson, who returns for his second "Hoosier Hundred" start, are drivers who've attained success in other racing disciplines, Kemenah as a multi-time champion with the All Star Circuit of Champions and Dyson as a two-time American LeMans Series titlist.

Returning veterans aiming for one more shot at the Indy Mile include Kyle Steffens (St. Louis, Mo.), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), last year's fifth place finisher Johnny Petrozelle (Denton, N.C.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Austin Mundie (Dallas, Texas), Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.) and Kenny Gentry (Henderson, Ky.).

"Hoosier Hundred" activities get underway with pits opening at noon eastern, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4pm and practice from 4:45-6pm, with qualifications and racing to immediately follow. Tickets are $25 for advance adult general admission and $30 the day of the event. Infield tickets are $20, while general admission for children 11 and under is $10. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy." A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 "Tony Hulman Classic" for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 "Hoosier Hundred" for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.
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Watch the race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

2019 HOOSIER HUNDRED ENTRY LIST

# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
4 ®CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Phillips-Nolen Racing)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 ®CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Bob Hampshire)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Travis Welpott-Ernie Gorman Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Mark Swanson Encore Team)
22 BILLY PUTERBAUGH, JR./Brownsburg, IN (Robbie Rice-PBR Motorsports)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
25 ®JOEY SCHMIDT/Ellisville, MS (Sam Pierce)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
27 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Phillips Motorsports)
30 CHUCK LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Chuck & Tammi Leary)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
47 ®AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les & Patty Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
56 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Motorsports)
74 ®CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Motorsports)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
118 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY (Kenny Gentry)
123 ®JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT TOPS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE

TULARE, CA - MAY 17, 2019... Securing the lead from Richard Vander Weerd on lap 14, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) held off all challengers to win the "Peter Murphy Classic" at Tulare's Thunderbowl Raceway. For Liggett, the $4,000 USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory was his second win of 2019 and the ninth of his career. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, the defending champion finished ahead of Ryan Bernal, Jace Vander Weerd, Richard Vander Weerd, and "The Radio Flyer" Bruce St. James.

Michael Faccinto earned the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from twenty-first. "The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish.

2011 Champion Richard Vander Weerd posted his series leading 20th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 22-car roster with a time of 15.432. Richard's twin brother Jace won the special $500 3-lap Dash For Cash.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Jace Vander Weerd (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Koen Shaw (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Faccinto (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action on Saturday, June 1st at Ventura Raceway for the "ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2."

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2019 - Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, California - "6th Annual Peter Murphy Classic"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.432; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.444; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.828; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.866; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.933; 6. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.022; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.118; 8. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-16.149; 9. Ryan Bernal, 21, Tarlton-16.155; 10. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-16.157; 11. Slater Helt, 81X, Watt-16.247; 12. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-16.295; 13. Kyler Shaw, 92K, Shaw-16.362; 14. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.450; 15. Tanner Boul, 99T, Quiring-16.478; 16. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-16.490; 17. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-16.495; 18. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-16.543; 19. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.769; 20. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-NT; 21. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-NT; 22. Colby Copeland, 16A, Copeland-NT.

BUTLERBUILT SEATS DASH FOR CASH: (3 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Liggett, 4. R.Vander Weerd. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Ky.Shaw, 4. Timmons, 5. Ringo, 6. Farmer, 7. Copeland, 8. Hix. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ko.Shaw, 2. Guardino, 3. St. James, 4. Liggett, 5. Helt, 6. Kirkbride, 7. Ervine. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Boul, 3. Faria, 4. Johnson, 5. Bernal, 6.Smith, 7. Mayhew. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (5), 2. Ryan Bernal (9), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (3), 4. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 5. Bruce St. James (8), 6. Michael Faccinto (21), 7. Ryan Timmons (7), 8. Colby Copeland (22), 9. T.J. Smith (12), 10. Kyler Shaw (13), 11. Tristan Guardino (2), 12. Tanner Boul (15), 13. Ricky Kirkbride (17), 14. D.J. Johnson (1), 15. Steve Hix (19), 16. Koen Shaw (14), 17. Hannah Mayhew (18), 18. Austin Ervine (20), 19. Danny Faria Jr. (4), 20. Scotty Farmer (16), 21. J.J. Ringo (10), 22. Slater Helt (11). NT ---------------------------- **Johnson flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Guardino, Laps 9-13 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 14-30 Liggett.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto (21st to 6th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Ricky Kirkbride

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-405, 2-Timmons-286, 3-Ko.Shaw-262, 4-Jake Swanson-238, 5-Liggett-227, 6-Faria-221, 7-Helt-212, 8-Mayhew-203, 9-Ringo-197, 10-Ervine-187.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 1 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - "ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2" - co-sanctioned with VRA

 

 

WINDOM FIRST TO REPEAT IN USAC SPRINT WIN AT TRI-CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 17, 2019).........In a season with so much parity, the first winner of 2019 became the first repeat winner of the season as Chris Windom outdueled Carson Short in a wild Brandt "River Town Showdown" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature Friday night at Tri-City Speedway.

In a race of attrition and heart-stopping sliders, Windom and Short were the class of the field in the end with each going after the other's jugular in a see-saw stretch for much of the race that witnessed the pair swap the lead numerous times until Windom, the 2017 series champ, emerged with his 23rd career USAC National Sprint Car victory, tying him for 22nd all-time with the great A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey.

The Canton, Ill. native started fifth for the start of 30-lap main event, while up front, Chase Stockon whipped around the outside of pole sitter Chad Boespflug to take the top spot on the opening lap, instantly breaking out to a five car length advantage.

Shortly thereafter, on the second lap, Justin Grant found himself spinning backwards at the exit of turn two. Mitch Wissmiller couldn't avoid the carnage, plowing into the stopped Grant, which sent both drivers and cars to the sideline for the remainder of the night.

On the lap two restart, Kevin Thomas, Jr. drover around Boespflug for second, bringing Tyler Courtney, Short and a slew of others along with him. Thomas dove inside Stockon in turn three for first on the sixth lap, but Stockon fought back on the bottom off turn four, beating Stockon by a half car length at the stripe. Meanwhile, Short and Windom were approaching the party, with Windom eventually getting Short for second on the 10th lap with a turn three slider.

Jason McDougal dropped a driveshaft in turn three one lap later to bring out the caution, erasing the half-straightaway lead Thomas had constructed.

hoturn two to recapture the point and keep Windom at bay for the meantime. Thomas fended off Windom's slider in turn one on lap 12, but that allowed Short stick his nose in and capitalize on the back straightaway, going from third to first in an instant past both Windom and Thomas, who whiffed the outside wall exiting turn four as Short took over the lead and Windom moved past Thomas.

At the midway point, Windom answered by running downhill off turn four to surge past Short heading into turn one, but it would be all for naught as fifth-running Brady Bacon flipped in turn four to necessitate a red flag. Incredibly, the two-time series champ restarted and drove all the way back to a ninth-place finish.

That moved Short back into the lead, with a new engine loaded in the chamber after experiencing engine troubles following a fifth place finish the weekend before. Short cut off any attempt for a Windom slider by taking a lower line into turn one on the restart, allowing Short to gain some space on Windom.

Windom reeled Short in again and slid past again in turn three, forcing Short to counter back to the lead off turn four. Windom kept the pressure applied and two raced across the line on lap 20 side-by-side. Windom kept digging and the relentless assault paid off finally on lap 21 with a divebomb into turn three that saw him emerge with the lead. Short tried once more a lap later, sliding in front of Windom in turn three on the 22nd lap, but a slowing Korey Weyant put a cease-fire on the entertaining battle momentarily with a yellow flag.

Windom cut through the middle on the following restart, keeping his Goacher Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Parallax Power Supply - Jonathan Byrd's/DRC/Claxton Mopar up top until yet another yellow stopped the event when fourth-running Courtney, who had won the Midget feature earlier in the night, biked and pirouetted against the outside turn four wall, putting out for the remainder of the race and giving him a finish of 14th.

On the final restart, on lap 24, Windom ignited with an excellent restart, at least momentarily, as Short hung with Windom just a couple lengths back. Short continued in the role of pursuant during the final laps, banging hard off the turn four cushion on the 26th lap, but unable to make up any substantial ground on Windom who carried on to a 1.832 second victory over Short, Thomas, point leader C.J. Leary and Isaac Chapple.

"I couldn't get to the lead there, and when I did, the caution came out and set us back," Windom recalled. "I knew, for the entire race, we had a car to win this race. We didn't get a very good start and had to get back through the field. (Crew Chief) Derek Claxton, (Car Owner) Jason Goacher, john and these guys, gave me a great racecar to get back to the front like we needed to. It was a hell of a battle with Carson and KT."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Tri-City Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Mario Clouser (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Jason McDougal (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and James Lyerla (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - Brandt "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.607; 2. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-14.774; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.838; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.878; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.908; 6. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-14.919; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.941; 8. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.993; 9. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.007; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.098; 11. T.J. Artz, 57, Artz-15.196; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-15.252; 13. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-15.267; 14. Mitch Wissmiller, 1, Wissmiller-15.346; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.438; 16. Dustin Smith, 77s. Smith-15.439; 17. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-15.838; 18. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-15.968; 19. Justin Standridge, 8D, KCBJ-15.969; 20. Logan Faucon, 52F, Faucon-15.973; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-16.061; 22. James Lyerla, 11, Lyerla-16.103; 23. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-16.323; 24. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-16.891; 25. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-17.936; 26. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT; 27. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-NT (Time of 15.647 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Courtney, 3. McDougal, 4. Grant, 5. Bacon, 6. Smith, 7. Lyerla, 8. Standridge, 9. Perrott. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Daum, 3. Stockon, 4. Wissmiller, 5. Artz, 6. Faucon, 7. S. Thomas, 8. Short, 9. Bell. 2:12.49

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Chapple, 4. Boespflug, 5. Weyant, 6. Mattox, 7. Clouser, 8. Davis, 9. Budde. 2:13.55 INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Clouser, 2. Short, 3. Smith, 4. Mattox, 5. Davis, 6. Standridge, 7. Faucon, 8. Lyerla, 9. S. Thomas, 10. Perrott, 11. Budde.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (5), 2. Carson Short (8), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 4. C.J. Leary (9), 5. Isaac Chapple (15), 6. Robert Ballou (10), 7. Mario Clouser (12), 8. Chase Stockon (2), 9. Brady Bacon (7), 10. Chad Boespflug (1), 11. T.J. Artz (11), 12. Brandon Mattox (21), 13. Mitchell Davis (18), 14. Tyler Courtney (6), 15. Korey Weyant (22), 16. Justin Standridge (19), 17. Jason McDougal (13), 18. Zach Daum (17), 19. Justin Grant (3), 20. Mitch Wissmiller (14), 21. Dustin Smith (16), 22. Logan Faucon (20). NT ---------------------------- **Bacon flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Stockon, Laps 6-11 K. Thomas, Laps 12-20 Short, Laps 21-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (15th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Mitchell Davis

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: James Lyerla

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-447, 2-K. Thomas-441, 3-Windom-392, 4-Stockon-384, 5-Courtney-383, 6-Bacon-369, 7-Grant-342, 8-Short-334, 9-Ballou-325, 10-McDougal-305.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 18, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

COURTNEY CHALKS UP HISTORY IN TRI-CITY MIDGET WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 17, 2019).........Tyler Courtney's early-season USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship prowess has been paramount, and with his fourth win in the first six races of the season, he became the first driver to ever accomplish the feat following his victory in Friday night's Brandt "River Town Showdown" opener at Tri-City Speedway.

Additionally, Courtney backed up his USAC Sprint Car win from a year ago by winning his first USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Granite City, Ill. By doing so, the Indianapolis, Ind. driver became just the third driver to win in both divisions at Tri-City, joining Jack Hewitt and Josh Wise.

Courtney ran down reigning series champion Logan Seavey entering lapped traffic with nine laps remaining to win the ninth race of his USAC Midget career in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Stanton SR-11x, tying himself with Billy Boat, Tony Elliott and Chuck Gurney for 74th all-time.

Courtney opened up the night by setting Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time in both the sprint car and midget divisions, putting him back on the outside of row three for the start of the 30-lap midget main event. Courtney began a methodical charge toward the front while Kevin Thomas, Jr. worked the bottom by Justin Grant to grab the early lead with Brady Bacon slicing his way to slot into second right behind Thomas before a caution for Tanner Carrick's flat left rear tire brought a halt to the action on lap four.

On the ensuing restart, Bacon stuck like glue to the bottom to rip by Thomas for the lead and appeared to be in command until lap nine when he clipped the turn three infield tractor tire, upsetting the front end, which forced him off the pace and into the work area for adjustments under the yellow. He returned, but only managed a 16th in his first race back with FMR after the combo competed full-time on the USAC trail over the past three seasons.

Inheriting the lead was Seavey who slipped away as Thomas and Justin Grant swapped sliders back-and-forth, to and fro, until Grant emerged with the runner-up spot on lap 12. Courtney got by Thomas a lap later and began his pursuit of Grant as they took part in a three-car breakaway led by race leader Seavey.

On the 19th lap, as the frontrunners approached lapped traffic, Courtney slid Grant in turn three to take second, with now only Seavey left in his sight. The lappers cooperated, hanging on the low line, while Seavey and Courtney ringed the top. Courtney was inching closer each corner, but, on lap 22, was like a rocket shooting out of a Coke bottle, springing forward with a burst that slid him right past Seavey in turn three.

"You got to take it when you can get it," Courtney said of the pass. "I didn't know if it was quite going to get there because you could get a run there in (turns) three and four, but luckily it stuck. Then, you can kind of do your own race after that."

And that's exactly what Courtney did. From there, Courtney immediately pulled away, building a three-quarters of a straightaway advantage as he ripped the top to a victory margin just shy of three seconds over Seavey, Grant, Zeb Wise and Chad Boat.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Tri-City Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Jake Neuman (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Jesse Colwell (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (Auto Meter Third Heat Winner), Cannon McIntosh (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Tanner Carrick (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Andrew Layser (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - Brandt "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.189; 2. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.232; 3. Brady Bacon, 76, FMR-15.314; 4. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.393; 5. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-15.407; 6. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-15.447; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.498; 8. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.525; 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.526; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.547; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-15.555; 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-15.578; 13. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-15.601; 14. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.610; 15. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-15.629; 16. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.702; 17. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.719; 18. Presley Truedson, 5T, Daum-15.724; 19. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-15.730; 20. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-15.731; 21. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-15.768; 22. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.843; 23. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.918; 24. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-16.098; 25. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-16.437; 26. Johnny Murdock, 0, Zero-17.731.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Neuman, 2. Windom, 3. Courtney, 4. K. Thomas, 5. Carrick, 6. Boat, 7. McIntosh, 8. Hendricks, 9. Elledge. 2:02.81

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Colwell, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Wise, 4. Seavey, 5. Leary, 6. Daum, 7. Hollan, 8. Murdock, 9. Layser. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. McDougal, 2. Coons, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. Bacon, 5. Grant, 6. Truedson, 7. Bodine, 8. Cling. 2:07.31

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. McIntosh, 2. Boat, 3. Daum, 4. Truedson, 5. Bodine, 6. Elledge, 7. Hollan, 8. Layser, 9. Cling, 10. Hendricks, 11. Murdock. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Logan Seavey (5), 3. Justin Grant (2), 4. Zeb Wise (8), 5. Chad Boat (7), 6. Jerry Coons, Jr. (12), 7. Cannon McIntosh (18), 8. C.J. Leary (3), 9. Zach Daum (19), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer (9), 12. Chris Windom (16), 13. Tanner Carrick (10), 14. Jesse Colwell (14), 15. Tyler Thomas (11), 16. Brady Bacon (4), 17. Jason McDougal (15), 18. Holley Hollan (22), 19. Presley Truedson (17), 20. Andrew Layser (23), 21. Sterling Cling (24), 22. Cole Bodine (20), 23. Karsyn Elledge (21), 24. Jake Neuman (13). NT ---------------------------- **Layser flipped during the second heat. Elledge flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 K. Thomas, Laps 4-8 Bacon, Laps 9-21 Seavey, Laps 22-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Cannon McIntosh (18th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tanner Carrick

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Andrew Layser

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-440, 2-K. Thomas-402, 3-Leary-363, 4-Wise-357, 5-Windom-351, 6-Seavey-343, 7-Boat-337, 8-Klaasmeyer-321, 9-Carrick-284, 10-Colwell-277.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 18, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT TOPS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE

TULARE, CA – MAY 17, 2019… Securing the lead from Richard Vander Weerd on lap 14, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) held off all challengers to win the “Peter Murphy Classic” at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. For Liggett, the $4,000 USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory was his second win of 2019 and the ninth of his career. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, the defending champion finished ahead of Ryan Bernal, Jace Vander Weerd, Richard Vander Weerd, and “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James.

Michael Faccinto earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from twenty-first. “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

2011 Champion Richard Vander Weerd posted his series leading 20th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 22-car roster with a time of 15.432. Richard’s twin brother Jace won the special $500 3-lap Dash For Cash.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Jace Vander Weerd (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Koen Shaw (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Faccinto (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action on Saturday, June 1st at Ventura Raceway for the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2.”

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2019 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “6th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.432; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.444; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.828; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.866; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.933; 6. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.022; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.118; 8. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-16.149; 9. Ryan Bernal, 21, Tarlton-16.155; 10. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-16.157; 11. Slater Helt, 81X, Watt-16.247; 12. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-16.295; 13. Kyler Shaw, 92K, Shaw-16.362; 14. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.450; 15. Tanner Boul, 99T, Quiring-16.478; 16. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-16.490; 17. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-16.495; 18. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-16.543; 19. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.769; 20. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-NT; 21. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-NT; 22. Colby Copeland, 16A, Copeland-NT. . BUTLERBUILT SEATS DASH FOR CASH: (3 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Liggett, 4. R.Vander Weerd. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Ky.Shaw, 4. Timmons, 5. Ringo, 6. Farmer, 7. Copeland, 8. Hix. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ko.Shaw, 2. Guardino, 3. St. James, 4. Liggett, 5. Helt, 6. Kirkbride, 7. Ervine. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Boul, 3. Faria, 4. Johnson, 5. Bernal, 6.Smith, 7. Mayhew. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (5), 2. Ryan Bernal (9), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (3), 4. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 5. Bruce St. James (8), 6. Michael Faccinto (21), 7. Ryan Timmons (7), 8. Colby Copeland (22), 9. T.J. Smith (12), 10. Kyler Shaw (13), 11. Tristan Guardino (2), 12. Tanner Boul (15), 13. Ricky Kirkbride (17), 14. D.J. Johnson (1), 15. Steve Hix (19), 16. Koen Shaw (14), 17. Hannah Mayhew (18), 18. Austin Ervine (20), 19. Danny Faria Jr. (4), 20. Scotty Farmer (16), 21. J.J. Ringo (10), 22. Slater Helt (11). NT ---------------------------- **Johnson flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Guardino, Laps 9-13 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 14-30 Liggett. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto (21st to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Ricky Kirkbride

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-405, 2-Timmons-286, 3-Ko.Shaw-262, 4-Jake Swanson-238, 5-Liggett-227, 6-Faria-221, 7-Helt-212, 8-Mayhew-203, 9-Ringo-197, 10-Ervine-187.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 1 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2” – co-sanctioned with VRA

 

 

DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 17, 2019).........The Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" honors one of USAC's most accomplished drivers and one who attained much of that success on the .686-mile Lucas Oil Raceway paved oval, where his race, in his memory, returns Friday night, May 24.

Last year's event was memorable in a number of ways, specifically for the Swanson family. Kody's personal "Week of Indy" a year ago began with a Hoosier Hundred victory on Thursday, followed by a Carb Night Classic win on Friday and a Little 500 Sprint Car win at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway on Saturday to become the first driver to win all three of those within a three-day span - a feat in which the Kingsburg, Calif. native hopes to repeat once again this May.

Kody and Nolen Racing are two-for-two in USAC Silver Crown competition in 2019, winning both at Memphis and Toledo, giving him an 18-point advantage in the standings.

Kody's younger brother, Tanner, perhaps you could say, was the one who stole the show in last year's "Carb Night Classic." After claiming the pole by posting the quickest lap in qualifying, the Kingsburg, Calif. driver elected to start from the tail for an opportunity to win bonus money. Tanner nearly did the deal, storming to the front of the pack and was hounding Kody throughout the last several laps until fuel became an issue for him, costing him a possible victory, but still advanced 20 positions to take second at the checkered.

The "Come from the Back Challenge" is back again this year, providing a driver the option on whether they would prefer to start in their qualified position or start from the tail with a chance to take home a $10,000 bonus courtesy of Legacy Motorsports and Gatekeeper Services.

In fact, the challenge is just one of several contingency bonuses added exclusively for the event. $19,000 in lap money has been added by a number of sponsors, a fitting number as Steele won numerous races in Bob Gratton-owned No. 19 Sprint Cars and Silver Crown cars during his career. Additionally, the fastest qualifier will earn a $1,000 bonus from Mac and Carol Steele. Carl Edwards has added $1,000 in hard charger money for the driver advancing the most positions from his or her starting spot during the night's 100-lap main event ("Come from the Back Challenge" taker is excluded). Finally, Steele Performance Parts is paying for all Silver Crown driver pit passes.

Aaron Pierce, of Muncie, Ind., finished third in last year's race and is seventh in the series standings after a third place run in the most recent race at Toledo. Following the race, he and second-place finisher Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass. had a heated exchange on the front-straightaway that made for some entertaining post-race fodder. Santos, a four-time winner at Lucas Oil Raceway, finished second at both Memphis and Toledo and is the most recent driver not named Kody Swanson to win a pavement Silver Crown race. Kody's won six-in-a-row on the blacktop dating back to last May.

Ione, California's Justin Grant resides third in the standings with third and fourth place finishes in his first two outings and remains on the hunt for his first career Silver Crown win on pavement. He took sixth at LOR in 2018, but he's won two on the dirt, in 2017 at Springfield and in 2018 at Terre Haute.

Pavement specialists are a unique breed, running for glory and race wins without a concentration on championship points. Santos is one in that group as is Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton who stands fourth in the standings right now following fourth and sixth place results in Memphis and Toledo, respectively, and was 10th last Spring at LOR. Derek Bischak, of Angola, Ind., is another of the specialists, finishing eighth in each of the first two events.

Series Rookie Joey Schmidt of Ellisville, Miss. has been a pleasant surprise in the early season, driving to fifth and ninth place finishes in his first two career starts and runs fifth overall in points.

Past Silver Crown champion Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. has a new team in Byrd/Goodnight Racing this year. After a rough first start at Memphis where mechanical trouble befell them, the team and the 2016 titlist dug in for a fifth place run at Toledo to move up to ninth in the standings coming into LOR where he had a fifth place run a year ago.

Austin Nemire of Sylvania, Ohio is eighth in the standings following a strong seventh place finish at his "hometown" track of Toledo. Sprint Car standouts Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15th) and C.J. Leary (18th) have fallen into early season misfortune after a massive crash at Toledo that involved both. Thomas, Cullman, Ala., is aiming to make his first start at LOR while Greenfield, Indiana's Leary seeks his first start at the track since 2015.

Fortville, Indiana's Eric Gordon is a three-time winner at LOR, all in a Sprint Car, back in 1990-91-92, and finished ninth in last year's 100-lap Silver Crown race. He's tenth in the standings following a seventh-place finish at Memphis and a front-running effort at Toledo after a driveline issues put the nine-time Little 500 winner out of contention.

David Byrne, of Shullsburg, Wisc., is a past LOR Silver Crown winner, picking up the victory in last-lap fashion during the summer of 2014. He was 10th in the Memphis opener and 19th at Toledo after suffering engine issues. He ran seventh in last year's LOR trip.

Tanner Swanson has won five times in USAC Silver Crown competition at Lucas Oil Raceway and needs one more to overtake Mike Bliss as the winningest Silver Crown driver at the track. Kody Swanson, meanwhile, has won four.

The event will mark just the sixth time in the 49-year history of the Silver Crown Champ Car Series that races have been held on consecutive days, with four of the previous five having included the versatility of having to race one night on dirt and one on pavement.

In 1974, Mario Andretti won both ends of a dirt doubleheader one night at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, then won the next afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. In 2003, J.J. Yeley won at Lucas Oil Raceway's paved oval, then followed up with a win on dirt at the Indiana State Fairgrounds less than 24 hours later to pick up a $50,000 bonus for winning both. In 2008, Dave Darland captured the dirt end at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track with Bobby East scoring the victory the following night on pavement at LOR. Brothers Kody and Tanner owned late May of 2016 with Kody winning the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Tanner claiming the victory at LOR. In 2018, Kody followed in Andretti and Yeley's footsteps by becoming the third driver to sweep both nights, winning Thursday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and again Friday at LOR.

Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" activities get underway with USAC pits opening at Noon eastern, drivers meeting at 2:30pm, front gates at 2:50pm, Silver Crown practice one from 3:15pm-3:55pm, USF2000 practice from 4:05-4:25pm, Pro Mazda practice from 4:30-4:50pm, Silver Crown practice two from 5-5:30pm, Qualifying from 5:45-6:30pm, Freedom 75 USF2000 race at 6:45p, Freedom 90 Pro Mazda race at 7:50pm and the USAC Silver Crown Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" at 9pm.

Tickets are $25 for adult general admission and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy." A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 "Tony Hulman Classic" for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 "Hoosier Hundred" for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

For more information on any of the events, visit http://www.trackenterprises.com/, http://www.usacracing.com/, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47807. You can reach the promoter, Track Enterprises, by phone at (217) 764-3200 and on race day at (812) 232-4040.

Watch the race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

EAST COAST SPRINT DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND HITS BIG DIAMOND, GRANDVIEW

Speedway, Indiana (May 16, 2019).........The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars' Pennsylvania doubleheader weekend begins Friday, May 17, with the first of three visits this season to Big Diamond Speedway, then follow up it a night later with their lone visit of the season to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, May 18.

Ringoes, New Jersey's Ryan Godown and Mary D, Pennsylvania's Joey Biasi captured the two Big Diamond visits a year ago in Pottsville, Pa. Saturday marks the first-ever visit for the series at Grandview.

Gates open Friday at Big Diamond at 5:30pm (Eastern) with cars set to hit the track at 7:15pm and racing getting underway at 7:45pm. General admission tickets for Friday are $15 for adults, $10 for kids age 11-12 and FREE for kids 10 and under. Active military members with a valid ID are also admitted free of charge.

Saturday at Grandview, the grandstand opens at 5:30pm Eastern with racing set for 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, children age 6-11 are $5 and kids under 6 are FREE! Pit passes are $30.

Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. leads the standings by a single point by virtue of a win at Lincoln Speedway. Wrightstown, New Jersey's Chris Allen, Jr. won the most recent race at Delaware International Speedway.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-146, 2-Eddie Strada-145, 3-Chris Allen Jr.-143, 4-Chandler Leiby-132, 5-Bill Unglert-122, 6-Trebor Kobylarz-113, 7-Eric Jennings-109, 8-Mark Bitner-92, 9-Ryan Quackenbush-92, 10-Johnathon Swanson-89.

 

 

TONY HULMAN CLASSIC PREVIEW - MAY 22

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 16, 2019).........No single race has a longer tenure on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule than the "Tony Hulman Classic" at western Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track.

The grand event arrives at its 49th annual edition on Wednesday, May 22, at the legendary half-mile dirt oval at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds with five former winners gunning to grab the coveted rifle awarded to the race winner.

Tyler Courtney is the defending winner of the "Hulman Classic," leading the final nine laps after sliding by Chase Stockon in turn one on a late-race restart that came just moments after he almost saw his bid for a first victory at Terre Haute vanish before his eyes.

While running second late in the going, Courtney took evasive action to avoid a flipping lapped car. Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., didn't get away completely unscathed. Courtney bounced his right rear off the flipping car but motored on with just a bent wheel cover.

In the post-race festivities, the traditional rifle was the first time Courtney had ever held a gun in his life. As it turned out, Courtney was on the hunt to bag more victories at Terre Haute, which he did again during last summer's "Indiana Sprint Week," before rounding out the Terre Haute season with a seventh place run last September.

Steve Butler (1987-88), Levi Jones (2008-09) and Robert Ballou (2015-16) are the only previous drivers to have gone back-to-back to victory lane at the "Hulman Classic." Courtney just recently won the round at Eldora for his first win of the season in five attempts and appears prime to make a bid for consecutive wins.

But, several others are also in that same boat. Ballou, of Rocklin, Calif., set fast time during qualifying of last Fall's Terre Haute visit and is looking for his first win of the year as is 2017 "Hulman Classic" winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. who has three runner-up finishes in five starts this season. Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. earned his first career USAC win during the 1993 "Hulman Classic" before waiting 21 years to do it again by winning in 2014.

Canton, Ill. driver Chris Windom has a "Hulman Classic" win in his back pocket, taking the 2011 race. He was victorious in the season opener in Ocala, Fla. to get the year started off on the right foot with his new Goacher Racing team. In fact, Windom has a total of five USAC wins at the Action Track, four total in National Sprint Cars and one in Silver Crown.

Bacon's win at Terre Haute late last year isn't the only one on his resume. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native's first one came in 2014, one of four occasions the Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 has gone to victory lane at Terre Haute, along with Robbie Stanley in 1993, Tracy Hines in 2003 and Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2010, the latter of which is team's lone "Hulman Classic" score.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon has tallied a pair of USAC Sprint wins at Terre Haute, in 2012 and 2016. He's itching to get his first series victory of the year and is fourth in the standings, 51 points behind point leader C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney.

Leary, of Greenfield, Indiana, hasn't yet won a USAC Sprint race at Terre Haute, but did reach the promised land in a Silver Crown car there, taking the 2016 "Sumar Classic" for his first win in that division. Justin Grant, who Leary passed late in the going that particular day, is also seeking USAC Sprint win number one at Terre Haute after winning the "Sumar" in 2018.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Jason McDougal finished in the top-two in each of his first two Terre Haute appearances last season, a seventh in July and a 10th in September. Carson Short, of Marion, Ill., has set fast time twice already this year and finished fifth last weekend in his most recent outing at Eldora.

Chad Boespflug, of Hanford, Calif., came oh-so-close to his Terre Haute breakthrough in late-2016, coming up three laps short of victory and finishing second behind Windom. Willow Branch, Indiana's Isaac Chapple, meanwhile, is coming off his best run of the season, an 18thto 10th run last weekend at Eldora that netted him hard charger honors.

"Tony Hulman Classic" activities get underway with pits opening at 3pm eastern, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm, with qualifications and racing to immediately follow. Tickets are $25 for adult general admission and $15 adult infield tickets. Children 11 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy." A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 "Tony Hulman Classic" for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 "Hoosier Hundred" for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

For more information on any of the events, visit http://www.trackenterprises.com/ http://www.usacracing.com/, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47807. You can reach the promoter, Track Enterprises, by phone at (217) 764-3200 and on race day at (812) 232-4040.

Watch the race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

CASA GRANDE HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT “HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

MAY 14, 2019... This Saturday, May 18th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash at Central Arizona Speedway for the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” Promoted by Dave Ellis, the popular event is the second of three appearances at the Casa Grande, Arizona oval. The sixth point race will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, Bombers, and Power 600 Micro Sprints. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Friday, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. For more event and ticket information, visit centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at.usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Since 1967, the “Hank Arnold Memorial” has been a part on the Arizona sprint car scene. Widely regarded as one of the most popular drivers, mechanics, and car builders in the state, Arnold lost his life in a terrible crash at Manzanita Speedway on June 16, 1967. One week later, Bob Huebner claimed the first of his two memorial victories. “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman leads all drivers with six victories and other winners include Wayne Bennet (4), Charles Davis Jr. (3), Billy Shuman (3), Eric Wilkins (3), Larry Clark (2), Bob Cleberg (2), Dennis Matousek (2), Bob Ream Jr. (2), Stevie Sussex (2), Lealand McSpadden (1), Buddy Taylor (1), Billy Boat (1), Marty Wilcox (1), Jerry Coons Jr. (1), Josh Pelkey (1), and Rick Ziehl (1). Davis has won the last two Arnold Memorials, topping the 2016 race at Canyon Speedway Park and last year’s show at Casa Grande. The event win list is at the end of this release.

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted fifteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. Defending champion, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. leads all drivers with seven USAC victories at the 3/8-mile oval and Josh Hodges set the new 410 1-lap track record of 16.233 on March 2nd. Indiana’s C.J. Leary topped the March feature and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to Saturday’s race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 39-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa won the April 27th “State 48 Classic” at Canyon Speedway Park. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led. With three USAC SouthWest wins, Roa will be looking to add the “Hank Arnold Memorial” to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson scored fifth in the “State 48 Classic.” To date, the five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led on the season. R.J. has fifty-five USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his second “Arnold Memorial” victory.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex led five laps at Canyon Speedway Park before finishing second to Brody Roa. At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has also posted four top-10 finishes on the season. The second generation driver has twelve SouthWest wins and will be looking for his third “Arnold Memorial” triumph.

After scoring fourth at Canyon Speedway Park, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) has climbed to fourth in the championship point standings. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis has three heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led on the year. The defending champion has three “Hank Arnold Memorial” wins and will have his sights on his 31st SouthWest victory.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) sits fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin placed seventh in the April 27th main event. To date, the 2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. “The Magic Man” has six career SouthWest victories and will be looking to add the “Hank Arnold Memorial” trophy to his collection.

Currently ranked sixteenth in points, Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Jake Swanson, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Sterling Cling, Andy Reinbold, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, and more.

The pit gate will open at 4:00pm and pit passes are $35 for Adults.

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east seven miles to the fairgrounds. Adult Tickets are $20, Senior/Military tickets are $17, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the 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 at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL WINNERS: 1967-Bob Huebner, 1968-Bob Cleberg, 1969-Jerry McClung, 1970-Bob Cleberg, 1971-Bob Huebner, 1972-Billy Shuman, 1973-Lealand McSpadden, 1974-Buddy Taylor, 1975-Billy Shuman, 1976-Billy Shuman, 1977-Dennis Matousek, 1978-Dennis Matousek, 1979-Larry Clark, 1980-Wayne Bennett, 1981-Larry Clark, 1982-NO RACE, 1983-Wayne Bennet, 1984-Wayne Bennet, 1985-NO RACE, 1986-NO RACE, 1987-NO RACE, 1988-Billy Boat, 1989-Wayne Bennet, 1990-Marty Wilcox, 1991-Dick Kelm, 1992-Bob Ream Jr., 1993-Curt Brown, 1994-Mike Boat, 1995-NO RACE, 1996-Jerry Coons Jr., 1997-Josh Pelkey, 1998-Bob Ream Jr., 1999-Eric Wilkins, 2000-Eric Wilkins, 2001-Eric Wilkins, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Jeremy Sherman, 2005-Jeremy Sherman, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Jeremy Sherman, 2008-Andy Reinbold, 2009-Rick Ziehl, 2010-Jeremy Sherman, 2011-Stevie Sussex, 2012-NO RACE, 2013-NO RACE, 2014-Stevie Sussex, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-Charles Davis Jr., 2017-NO RACE, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

CASA GRANDE SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows): 7-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-358, 2. R.J. Johnson-319, 3. Stevie Sussex-292, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-269, 5. Mike Martin-265, 6. Matt Rossi-258, 7. Jake Swanson-255, 8. Matt Lundy-209, 9. Josh Hodges-202, 10. Isaac Chapple-200, 11. Michael Curtis-195, 12. Austin Williams-188, 13. Damion Gardner-139, 14. Chris Bonneau-136, 15. Jason McDougal-124, 16. Ryan Cully-122, 17. Landon Cling-121, 18. Dennis Gile-119, --. Hunter Schuerenberg-119, 20. Stephen Sanchez-105.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (CSP Birthday Bash)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TULARE & PETALUMA DOUBLE ON TAP FOR USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS
By Lance Jennings

MAY 14, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are set for a rare doubleheader. Starting this Friday, May 17th, the non-winged 360s will battle at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway for the “6th Annual Peter Murphy Classic.” Paying $4,000-to-win, the popular event will also showcase the winged Sprint Car Challenge Tour (SCCT) vs. Kings of Thunder Sprint Cars. The Front Gates will open at 3:00PM, Time Trials are scheduled for 5:00PM, and Racing will start at 6:00PM. For more Tulare information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

The following night, Saturday, May 18th, the series will travel to Petaluma Speedway to headline an action packed card with Modifieds, Dwarf Cars, and 600 Micro Sprints. The Front Gates will open at 4:00PM and Racing will start at 6:00PM. For more Petaluma details, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- TULARE 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.
- PETALUMA APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10 OR SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK MUFFLERS ONLY. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at.westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Since its inception, the “Peter Murphy Classic” is one of the best paying dates on the schedule. A special thanks goes to Peter and his family for gathering sponsorship and raising extra prize money. As this writing goes to press, Murphy is working to increase the purse and create extra bonuses right up until raceday. Murphy has already announced a $500 bonus for longest tow, $500 for quick time (plus $100 Woodland Auto Display Award), $500 for hard charger, and a special 3-lap Dash For Cash paying $500 (1st), $400 (2nd), $300 ($3rd), and $200 (4th).

Noted as one of the most popular drivers in the Central Valley, Peter Murphy established himself in both the winged and non-wing sprint car ranks. Driving the potent Tarlton & Son #21 entry, the Australia native won championships with the SCRA 360s, Bandits, Kings Bandits, VRA/Bandit Grand Slam Mini-Series, and the Santa Maria Sprint Cars. In West Coast series action, Murphy won six races in the inaugural 2009 season and is currently tied for sixth on the win list with eight victories. In addition, he posted one fast time award and still holds the track record at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway. Returning to the winged 410s, Murphy was very competitive until injuries sustained in a July 2013 crash forced his retirement as a driver. Still a great ambassador for sprint car racing, he has worked behind the scenes to make the “Peter Murphy Classic” a successful event to rave reviews and higher purses. Ryan Bernal won the inaugural 2014 non-sanctioned event and following races were claimed by Matt Mitchell, Troy Rutherford, Kyle Hirst, and Richard Vander Weerd.

Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted 41 USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with fourteen victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 14.984 on March 17, 2017. The series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

On July 29, 2017, the USAC West Coast Sprints made their only appearance at Petaluma Speedway. “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign won the feature at the Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds and set the 1-lap track record of 13.728.

Entering the sixth point race, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has a stout 117-point advantage over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino ran second to Austin Liggett at Santa Maria on April 27th. To date, the young driver has posted one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led. Tristan is tied with Brody Roa and Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will be looking to score wins at Tulare and Petaluma.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranks second in the USAC West Coast point standings. The pilot of Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X skipped the Santa Maria show to compete in Arizona. At press time, the 2017 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth in wins, Jake might skip Tulare and Petaluma for USAC SouthWest action in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons scored twentieth at Santa Maria after an early exit. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Ryan will be looking to gain valuable points with victories this Friday and Saturday nights.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) has climbed to fourth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw scored a fourteenth place finish on April 27th after a crash ended his night. At press time, the versatile driver has recorded one top-10 finish and will be looking for his first career USAC West Coast triumph.

Two-time champion, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) ranks fifth in the championship point chase. The pilot of the #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike skipped Santa Maria, but has two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season. Currently tied with Bud Kaeding for third on the series win list, “Hollywood” will have his sights on victories at Tulare and Petaluma.

Currently sixth in points, Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Ervine, Cody Majors, Austin Liggett, Troy Rutherford, Steve Hix, T.J. Smith, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Kaleb Montgomery, Ryan Stolz, D.J. Johnson, and more.

Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $30 and Bleacher Seats are $25. Senior Grandstand Tickets are $28 and Bleacher Seats are $23. Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $15 and Bleacher Seats are $13. Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at tularethunderbowl.com.

Petaluma Speedway is located at the Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $18, Senior Grandstand Tickets are $14, Junior (6-11) Grandstand Tickets are $14 and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 707.763.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

PETER MURPHY CLASSIC WINNERS: 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Matt Mitchell, 2016-Troy Rutherford, 2017-Kyle Hirst, 2018-Richard Vander Weerd.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Jake Swanson.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 14-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Geoff Ensign.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-355, 2. Jake Swanson-238, 3. Ryan Timmons-229, 4. Koen Shaw-223, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-186, 6. Slater Helt-185, 7. Kyle Edwards-178, 8. Hannah Mayhew-172, 9. J.J. Ringo-170, 10. Austin Ervine-158, 11. Brody Roa-154, 12. Cody Majors 150, 13. Charles Davis Jr.-147, --. Austin Liggett-147, 15. Stevie Sussex-145, 16. Troy Rutherford-139, 17. Steve Hix-138, 18. Dennis Gile-113, 19. Michael Faccinto-104, 20. Colton Hardy-101, --. T.J. Smith-101.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2)
June 8: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TRI-CITY USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 14, 2019).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing has a heritage at Tri-City Speedway that dates back to 1961. Over the past three years now, the sight of the series on the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Granite City, Ill. has been absent, and the sound of midget racing has grown silent.

That all ends this weekend at the River Town Showdown, which brings the series back to Tri-City for two-straight nights, Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, in conjunction with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars.

This weekend's events will mark races number 47 and 48 for USAC's Midget division at Tri-City. The lone driver from the current crop who's won there in USAC Midget competition is Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr., who was victorious in 2008. He's part of a four-car Petry Motorsports contingent that carries the momentum into Tri-City as the winner of the most recent series race, in April at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway with Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., who resides second in the standings, ahead of teammates Coons (12th), Rossville, Indiana's Cole Bodine (15th) and Tempe, Arizona's Sterling Cling (22nd).

Tyler Courtney has been on a tear during the young USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season, winning three times in five races, twice in Ocala, Fla. and once at Kokomo to hold down the point lead coming into the event. He's one of three Clauson/Marshall Racing drivers currently in the top-five of the standings, along with Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. in fourth and Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. in fifth. Fast Rookie Andrew Layser of Collegeville, Pa. lurks just outside the top-ten in 11th.

Layser is among a strong Rookie class which sees C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. at the top, third overall in the standings. He's been stout this year so far with three top-fives in four starts for FMR Racing. He led nine laps in last year's USAC Sprint Car race at Tri-City and will be joined by two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ and seven-time USAC Midget winner Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. who returns in a second car for the team in which he won five races with between 2016-18.

Sixth through tenth in the points are separated by a mere 40 points with Tucker Klaasmeyer of Paola, Kans. at the top end of the scale, edging Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat, reigning series champion and teammate Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif., followed by a pair of more Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian drivers in Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick (9th) and Red Bluff, California's Jesse Colwell (10th) rounding out the top-ten.

The most recent time the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets raced outdoors in the state of Illinois, Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Okla. collected his long-awaited first career victory in Wayne City, Ill. He's currently 13th in the standings ahead of a slew of Rookies in Holley Hollan of Broken Arrow, Okla. (14th), Bodine (15th), Stillwater, Oklahoma's Zane Hendricks (16th), Mooresville, N.C.'s Karsyn Elledge (17th) and fellow Mooresville native Ethan Mitchell (19th).

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Jason McDougal is 18th, but was impressive in two starts at Kokomo, finishing 2nd and 4th.

Tanner Thorson, who earned two top-ten finishes in the first two races of the season, has won five-in-a-row at Tri-City, dating back to the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in 2015-16, and is the winningest USAC Midget driver in the history of the track at five. He is currently recovering from injuries suffered in a March highway accident.

Darren Hagen and Bob Tattersall each have four wins apiece. Bryan Clauson, Jeff Gordon, Tracy Hines, Mel Kenyon, Steve Knepper, Kyle Larson and Brad Sweet have two each while Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell, Merle Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Jimmy Caruthers, Jerry Coons, Jr., Danny Frye, Russ Gamester, Jack Hewitt, Levi Jones, Mel Kenyon, Don Meacham, Billy Mehner, Larry Rice, Les Scott, Bob Wente, Josh Wise and J.J. Yeley each have one.

The "River Town Showdown" features complete shows for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and B-Mods on consecutive nights, May 17-18, on the 3/8-mile Tri-City Speedway dirt oval in Granite City, Ill.

Registration and pit gates open at 3pm (Central). Grandstands and ticket office open at 5pm. Cars on track at 6:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 12 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

Tri-City Speedway is located at 5100 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, IL 62040. You can reach the promotion team of Track Enterprises at (217) 764-3200 and Tri-City Speedway at (618) 931-7836. For more information, visit the series website at http://www.usacracing.com and the track website at http://www.tricityspeedway.net/.

Both nights of action will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on http://www.FloRacing.com. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-358, 2-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-354, 3-C.J. Leary-308, 4-Chris Windom-305, 5-Zeb Wise-290, 6-Tucker Klaasmeyer-274, 7-Chad Boat-273, 8-Logan Seavey-266, 9-Tanner Carrick-243, 10-Jesse Colwell-234.

 

 

TRI-CITY USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR
RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 13, 2019).........Tyler Courtney's 18 wins have come at numerous racetracks in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, 13 to be precise.

After a few bumps in the road in the early going of the season, the defending series champ got off the relative schneid last Friday with his first series win of 2019, just in time to hit another venue he's already conquered in his still-young career, Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., this Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, for the "River Town Showdown," back-to-back nights of doubleheaders featuring USAC Sprints and the NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Courtney broke through in his Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing No. 7BC last weekend at Eldora, leading the final 25 laps for a simply dominating performance on the half-mile dirt oval in Ohio. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver became the fifth different series winner in five races, something that's only been accomplished once in the past decade - 2014 when there were eight winners in the first eight races.

In the series' most recent visit to Tri-City last August, the feature proved pivotal for Courtney. It's where he won and recaptured the point lead en route to the season title. On the last restart, Courtney had to withstand an assault from Kevin Thomas, Jr. Concluding the season knotted up with the same amount of points, any change in position at the end that night at Tri-City could've flipped the roles for who was going to enjoy the thrill of victory and who was going to endure the agony of defeat.

Perhaps it's too soon for championship talk at this point five races in, but the points swung at the top once again over the weekend as C.J. Leary vaulted to the head of the class by 12 markers over Thomas with Courtney surging to third, 43 points behind the leader.

Leary was a rocket all weekend, setting Fatheadz Eyewear quick time both nights and finishing second in Friday's feature. On Saturday, he followed up quick time with a heat race win before the rains came and washed away the remainder of the evening. Last year at Tri-City, Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) led the first nine laps before encountering trouble and dropping back to a 20th place finish.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., was fast time at Tri-City a year ago and was charging hard at the end before coming up just short to Courtney. Thomas hasn't won just yet with the series in 2019, but he's been about as consistent as you can ask for, not yet finishing outside the top-six and scoring three runner-up finishes.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon had a third-place result in last year's Tri-City trip. He's fifth in points with a win at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway on his resume thus far in 2019. Chase Stockon of Fort Branch, Ind. is a spot ahead of Bacon in the standings. He started on the pole and finished ninth at Tri-City last season.

The first two series' winners of the year, Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. and Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. are locked up for sixth in the standings. Windom was sixth and Grant eighth at Tri-City in 2018. Windom captured a fourth over the weekend at Eldora while Grant took eighth.

Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou, the 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, was fourth in the most recent Tri-City tango after starting ninth. Ballou is tenth in the standings and seeking his first win of 2019.

Eighth in points Jason McDougal won his heat and finished 18th in his debut at Tri-City last year while Isaac Chapple, 12th in the standings, captured his heat and ran 11th a year ago. At Eldora last weekend, McDougal and Chapple raced across the line together, McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) in ninth and Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) in tenth, a hard-charging performance from the 18th starting spot that earned him his best finish of the 2019 campaign.

Carson Short and Chad Boespflug are eager to make their USAC debuts at Tri-City this weekend. Short, of Marion, Ill., finished fifth last time out at Eldora and has recorded fast time twice already on the way to ninth in points. Boespflug, of Hanford, Calif., finished 21st at Eldora after suffering an engine problem just after taking the checkered flag in his heat, and continued to plague the team into the future.

He and whole host of others are ready to regroup and head to Tri-City for the 21st time in series history. Jay Drake, Jack Hewitt, Danny Smith, Greg Weld and Doug Wolfgang each have scored two victories at Tri-City while Steve Butler, Tyler Courtney, Rick Hood, Kelly Kinser, Ralph Liguori, Troy Rutherford (a Special Event win), Randy Standridge, Tony Stewart, Sammy Swindell and Josh Wise have one each.

The "River Town Showdown" features complete shows for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and B-Mods on consecutive nights, May 17-18, on the 3/8-mile Tri-City Speedway dirt oval in Granite City, Ill.

Registration and pit gates open at 3pm (Central). Grandstands and ticket office open at 5pm. Cars on track at 6:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 12 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

Tri-City Speedway is located at 5100 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, IL 62040. You can reach the promotion team of Track Enterprises at (217) 764-3200 and Tri-City Speedway at (618) 931-7836. For more information, visit the series website at http://www.usacracing.com and the track website at http://www.tricityspeedway.net/.

Both nights of action will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on http://www.FloRacing.com/. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-362, 2-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-351, 3-Tyler Courtney-323, 4-Chase Stockon-313, 5-Brady Bacon-306, 6-Justin Grant-299, 7-Chris Windom-298, 8-Carson Short-264, 9-Jason McDougal-260, 10-Robert Ballou-252.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER WINS USAC/CRA BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD

BAKERSFIELD, CA – MAY 11, 2019… Taking the lead from Troy Rutherford on lap five, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) scored the $3,000 victory at Bakersfield Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner became the sixth different winner in as many races with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. Damion’s 30-lap triumph was the eighty-first series win of his career as he was followed by Rutherford, fast qualifier Jake Swanson, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and Trent Carter.

James Herrera earned the night’s Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a seventeenth to ninth place run. “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Swanson posted his 17th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 17-car field with a time of 12.636.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action on Saturday, May 25th, at Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Salute to Indy.”

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, 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/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 11, 2019 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 42, Cheney-12.636; 2. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-12.747; 3. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-12.762; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.783; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.820; 6. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-12.913; 7. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.919; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-12.956; 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-12.963; 10. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.993; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.024; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.027; 13. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-13.102; 14. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-13.120; 15. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-13.268; 16. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-13.581; 17. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.154.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Gansen, 3. Swanson, 4. Rutherford, 5. A.Williams, 6. Ervine, 7. Rayborne, 8. Tafoya, 9. Herrera. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Hix, 3. Roa, 4. Carter, 5. McCarthy, 6. Kirkbride, 7. C.Williams, 8. Bender. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Damion Gardner (3), 2. Troy Rutherford (2), 3. Jake Swanson (6), 4. Cody Williams (9), 5. Trent Carter (5), 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (10), 7. Steve Hix (1), 8. Chris Gansen (11), 9. James Herrera (17), 10. Joel Rayborne (15), 11. Austin Williams (7), 12. Tommy Malcolm (12), 13. Ricky Kirkbride (14), 14. Brody Roa (4), 15. Matt McCarthy (8), 16. A.J. Bender (16), 17. Austin Ervine (13). NT ---------------------------- **A.Williams flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Rutherford, Laps 5-30 Gardner. SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: James Herrera (17th to 9th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Ricky Kirkbride

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-417, 2-Roa-397, 3-A.Williams-363, 4-R.J. Johnson-262, 5-Gansen-256, 6-Swanson-255, 7-Malcolm-254, 8-Bender-199, 9-McCarthy-194, 10-Charles Davis Jr.-187.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 25 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

RAIN CLAIMS #LETSRACETWO FINALE AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 11, 2019).........Saturday's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car #LetsRaceTwo event from Eldora Speedway was preempted by heavy rainfall following the completion of heat races.

A complete, new show for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, featuring qualifying, heats, a semi-feature and feature event, will be run on Wednesday night, July 17, at Eldora. The NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will have a complete show that same night as well.

Fans who purchased tickets and wristbands through Eldora Speedway can use them as rain checks for any event at Eldora Speedway throughout the 2019 season. Those who purchased pit passes through TracPass can use them at any USAC National event during 2019 or get a refund.

C.J. Leary set the tone Saturday night, setting Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time for the third consecutive series' race. He then captured the victory in the first heat, while Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chase Stockon and Robert Ballou followed with heat victories just before the skies let loose and heavy rain washed away the remainder of the program.

Qualifying points earned Saturday will count toward the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings due to it being a completed session. Points for the heat races will not count toward the standings because a semi-feature wasn't completed.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner) and Matt Westfall (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 11, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.546; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-15.596; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.708; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.793; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, CMNR-15.849; 6. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-15.908; 7. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-15.926; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.939; 9. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-15.996; 10. Carmen Perigo, 21p, Perigo-15.999; 11. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-16.029; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.037; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.195; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.257; 15. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-16.286; 16. Dustin Smith, 77s. Smith-16.424; 17. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-16.466; 18. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-16.481; 19. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-16.514; 20. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.529; 21. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-16.532; 22. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-16.570; 23. Michael Fischesser, 44, Fischesser-16.727; 24. Kory Crabtree, 60, Gagliardi-16.740; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.742; 26. Mike Burkin, 79, Mahoney-16.778; 27. Cody Gardner, 9G, APPCO-16.851; 28. Justin Owen, 4J, Owen-16.961; 29. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.178; 30. Steve Little, 53, Little-17.287; 31. Brandon Moore, 7m, Moore-17.870; 32. Matt Cooley, 19c, Cooley-NT (Time of 17.244 Disallowed); 33. Luke Harbison, 40, Harbison-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Westfall, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Hendricks, 5. Ingle, 6. Goodnight, 7. Ruhlman, 8. Courtney. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Thomas, 2. Windom, 3. Perigo, 4. Chapple, 5. Etgen, 6. C. Smith, 7. Burkin, 8. Little. 2:17.73

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Stockon, 2. McDougal, 3. Boespflug, 4. VanMeveren, 5. Rose, 6. Fischesser, 7. Gardner, 8. Moore. NT

INDY RACE FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Grant, 4. Hewitt, 5. Crabtree, 6. D. Smith, 7. Owen. 2:16.40

REMAINDER OF PROGRAM RAINED OUT ---------------------------- NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-378, 2-Thomas-366, 3-Courtney-335, 4-Stockon-327, 5-Bacon-319, 6-Grant-309, 7-Windom-309, 8-McDougal-270, 9-Carson Short-264, 10-Ballou-262.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 17-18, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - "River Town Showdown"

 

 

CONVINCING COURTNEY CRUSHES ELDORA FIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 11, 2019).........Over the past two seasons, Tyler Courtney has experienced the feeling of winning in all three of USAC's National divisions at Eldora Speedway.

Perhaps none of those performances were as impressive as the one the Indianapolis, Ind. driver turned in during Friday's night one of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship portion of #LetsRaceTwo.

Courtney didn't bat an eye having to start from the inside of row four, charging to the front of the field in rapid-fire succession to the point by lap six with a turn one slider on Kevin Thomas, Jr. From there, Courtney staged a disappearing act from everyone second on back, winning by a whopping 8.704 seconds and lapping up to seventh place.

"We kind of got behind the eight-ball starting seventh there," Courtney explained. "You've got to get your way to the front early and we were fortunate enough to have a really good car. With (crew chief Tyler Ransbottom) on the wrenches, I had one spot-on racecar and that made my job pretty easy."

Right from the get-go, Courtney was on a mission, which was briefly halted following a turn four flip on lap three by Dave Darland, who eventually walked away after the rough and tumble ride into the catch fence.

Following the restart, Courtney put his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy up top, racing around Carson Short for second on the fourth circuit, then set forth to challenge Thomas for the race lead.

It didn't take long for Courtney to rope Thomas in, as he sized Thomas up coming to the stripe at the completion of lap five before diving low at the entrance to turn one, sliding up and securing the spot. Thomas took a run back at Courtney in turn three a half lap later to no avail as Courtney extended his rapidly-growing advantage to 2.5 seconds with a third of the race in arrears.

Courtney's interval was wiped clean and re-racked when five-time Eldora USAC winner Robert Ballou slowed coming off turn two while running eighth. His machine limped to the turn four pit entrance, stopping just shy, bringing out the second and final stoppage of the evening.

Courtney's 18th career series win moved him into sole possession of 28th on the all-time list, surpassing Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

Courtney slid himself into turn one on the ensuing restart, closing the curtain on any thought of an attempted slider from Thomas. Courtney powered away and took command of a full-straightaway lead past the halfway mark of the 30-lapper.

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier C.J. Leary and Thomas exchanged the second position multiple times before Leary limbo'd by Thomas on the bottom of turn three on the 18th lap. Thomas contested the spot before Leary ultimately cleared Thomas for the runner-up position on the high side between turns one and two. Brady Bacon mimicked Leary's tactic one lap later to snare third.

Courtney continued to gain ground as the interval increased lap-by-lap while slicing between the lapped cars of Nick Bilbee and Matt Westfall in turn one on the 22nd lap. Courtney drove into the top-ten late in the going, albeit an entire lap ahead of them, with no indication of showing any mercy.

"This is Eldora. You can't relax here," Courtney reiterated. "You've got to get up on the wheel every lap because, if not, this place will bite you. It's done it to me before. This is a place you can't slack off for 30 laps."

With two to go, Courtney drove by eighth place Justin Grant and was closing in on Chase Stockon in seventh and Thomas and sixth when the checkered fell for the defending series champ. Behind Courtney at the line were new point leader Leary in second, followed by Bacon, Chris Windom and Short.

Courtney's 18th career series win was his first of the season and moved him into sole possession of 28th on the all-time list, surpassing Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Eldora Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Carson Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Matt Westfall (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Isaac Chapple (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dallas Hewitt (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 10, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.203; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.347; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.535; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-15.564; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.570; 6. Carson Short, 21, RCM-15.613; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.644; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.683; 9. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-15.692; 10. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-15.734; 11. Dave Darland, 17GP, Dutcher/Curb-Agajanian-15.747; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-15.857; 13. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-15.860; 14. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.891; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.008; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.066; 17. Carmen Perigo, 21p, Perigo-16.067; 18. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.107; 19. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-16.120; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-16.249; 21. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-16.254; 22. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-16.313; 23. Kory Crabtree, 60, Gagliardi-16.416; 24. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-16.426; 25. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-16.444; 26. Dustin Smith, 77s. Smith-16.538; 27. Matt Cooley, 19c, Cooley-16.606; 28. Michael Fischesser, 44, Fischesser-16.689; 29. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.885; 30. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-16.986; 31. Steve Little, 53, Little-17.066; 32. Mike Burkin, 79, Mahoney-17.069; 33. Mike Miller, 82, Miller-17.091; 34. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-17.096; 35. Justin Owen, 4J, Owen-17.240; 36. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.747; 37. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Thomas, 4. Leary, 5. Bilbee, 6. Hewitt, 7. C. Smith, 8. Burkin, 9. Etgen, 10. Jackson. 2:09.64

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Stockon, 3. Darland, 4. Hodges, 5. Crabtree, 6. Tilton, 7. Little, 8. Underwood, 9. Miller. 2:10.42

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Windom, 3. Westfall, 4. Grant, 5. Chapple, 6. VanMeveren, 7. Cooley, 8. Goodnight, 9. Ruhlman. 2:11.70

INDY RACE FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Short, 2. Ballou, 3. McDougal, 4. Ingle, 5. D. Smith, 6. Perigo, 7. Owen, 8. Fischesser. 2:13.01

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Bilbee, 2. Tilton, 3. Perigo, 4. Chapple, 5. VanMeveren, 6. D. Smith, 7. Hewitt, 8. C. Smith, 9. Crabtree, 10. Underwood, 11. Fischesser, 12. Burkin, 13. Owen, 14. Goodnight, 15. Cooley, 16. Little, 17. Etgen, 18. Ruhlman, 19. Miller. 3:36.74

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (7), 2. C.J. Leary (6), 3. Brady Bacon (5), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Carson Short (3), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 7. Chase Stockon (4), 8. Justin Grant (1), 9. Jason McDougal (12), 10. Isaac Chapple (18), 11. Ty Tilton (17), 12. Nick Bilbee (20), 13. Matt Westfall (16), 14. Dustin Smith (21), 15. Carmen Perigo (15), 16. Brian VanMeveren (23), 17. Matt Goodnight (22), 18. Dustin Ingle (19), 19. Josh Hodges (14), 20. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 21. Chad Boespflug (13), 22. Robert Ballou (8). 23. Dave Darland (11). NT ---------------------------- **Hendricks flipped during qualifying. Darland flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Thomas, Laps 6-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (18th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Matt Westfall

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Dallas Hewitt

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-362, 2-Thomas-351, 3-Courtney-323, 4-Stockon-313, 5-Bacon-306, 6-Grant-299, 7-Windom-298, 8-Short-264, 9-McDougal-260, 10-Ballou-252.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 11, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

 

USAC RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN SHIFTS TO TWO-STRAIGHT NIGHTS IN GRANITE CITY MAY 17-18

Speedway, Indiana (May 9, 2019) The upcoming two-night Brandt River Town Showdown will have a different look on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, with consecutive nights of USAC doubleheaders, which will both now take place at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., featuring the AMSOIL Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championships.

Due to the extreme flooding in the areas surrounding Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., Saturday's portion of the event has been shifted to the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Granite City.

Track Enterprises promoter Bob Sargent stated, "This is an event that we have really been looking forward to. Unfortunately, flooding at Federated Auto Parts Raceway won't allow that event to happen so we will double the fun at Tri-City."

Both nights of racing in Granite City will feature USAC's National Sprint and Midget divisions as well as B-Mods. Pits open at 3pm Central with grandstands opening at 5pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and FREE for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. was victorious in last season's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event at Granite City. USAC Midgets haven't made an appearance there since 2016, a victory by Tanner Thorson.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the USAC Sprint standings while Courtney holds down the advantage in the USAC Midget points. Thomas and Courtney will be among several USAC stars pulling double-duty during the weekend, which will mark two of the five events this season that features USAC National Sprints and National Midgets on the same event card.

For more information on the show, visit www.usacracing.com, www.tricityspeedway.net, and www.trackenterprises.com.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS HEADLINE BAKERSFIELD RETURN

By Lance Jennings

MAY 7, 2019... After a furious battle at Ventura, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, May 11th, at Bakersfield Speedway.

Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the sixth point race will also feature Hobby Stocks, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The pit gate will open at 3:00pm, spectator gates are open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For more event information, visit the track's website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

Heading to Saturday's race, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted three USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. "The Demon" Damion Gardner won the last Bakersfield appearance on April 15, 2017 and "The Kruser" Cory Kruseman topped the October 2004 and March 2005 events. At press time, Gardner holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 12.356, set on March 12, 2005 and the series win list at Bakersfield Speedway is at the bottom of this release.

After scoring fifth last Saturday at Ventura, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits atop the point standings with a sixteen-point advantage. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa has one feature win, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led to his credit. The 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will be looking for his eighth USAC/CRA win of his career this Saturday night.

"The Demon" Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner placed eighth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the seven-time champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, and five top-10 finishes on the season. At Bakersfield, "The Demon" will have his sights on the eighty-first USAC/CRA win of his career.

After running second to Troy Rutherford at Ventura, "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) has climbed to third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has seven career feature wins and will be looking to add Bakersfield to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. The driver of the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman skipped the action at Ventura but has three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and sixteen feature laps led on the year. The five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has six career USAC/CRA wins and is a threat to add another trophy to his collection.

Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm (Corona, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Dino Napier's #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Low Buck Tools Victory, Malcolm claimed twenty-third at Ventura after an early exit. With two Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main wins and two top-10 finishes, Tommy "Thunder" will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA victory.

Currently twenty-second in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA), Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), and Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Gansen, Jake Swanson, A.J. Bender, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt McCarthy, Austin Liggett, Verne Sweeney, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, "The Cadillac" Cody Williams, Matt Mitchell, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $14, Military tickets (with ID) are $14, Kids tickets (12-6) are $8, and Children's tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track's website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, 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, contact 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 on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live streaming videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.

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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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.
BAKERSFIELD AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Cory Kruseman, 1-Damion Gardner.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-353, 2. Damion Gardner-337, 3. Austin Williams-314, 4. R.J. Johnson-262, 5. Tommy Malcolm-207, 6. Chris Gansen-200, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-187, 8. Stevie Sussex-184, 9. Jake Swanson-179, 10. Mike Martin-174, 11. A.J. Bender-167, 12. Josh Hodges-164, 13. Richard Vander Weerd-158, 14. Matt McCarthy-156, 15. Austin Liggett-128, 16. Isaac Chapple-126, 17. Jason McDougal-124, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg-119, 19. Verne Sweeney-110, 20. Danny Faria Jr.-106.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS HEADLINE BAKERSFIELD RETURN
By Lance Jennings

MAY 7, 2019... After a furious battle at Ventura, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, May 11th, at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the sixth point race will also feature Hobby Stocks, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The pit gate will open at 3:00pm, spectator gates are open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
-2019 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.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rulebook can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Heading to Saturday’s race, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted three USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the last Bakersfield appearance on April 15, 2017 and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman topped the October 2004 and March 2005 events. At press time, Gardner holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 12.356, set on March 12, 2005 and the series win list at Bakersfield Speedway is at the bottom of this release.

After scoring fifth last Saturday at Ventura, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits atop the point standings with a sixteen-point advantage. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa has one feature win, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led to his credit. The 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will be looking for his eighth USAC/CRA win of his career this Saturday night.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner placed eighth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the seven-time champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, and five top-10 finishes on the season. At Bakersfield, “The Demon” will have his sights on the eighty-first USAC/CRA win of his career.

After running second to Troy Rutherford at Ventura, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) has climbed to third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has seven career feature wins and will be looking to add Bakersfield to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. The driver of the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman skipped the action at Ventura but has three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and sixteen feature laps led on the year. The five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has six career USAC/CRA wins and is a threat to add another trophy to his collection.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Low Buck Tools Victory, Malcolm claimed twenty-third at Ventura after an early exit. With two Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main wins and two top-10 finishes, Tommy “Thunder” will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA victory.

Currently twenty-second in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA), Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), and Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Gansen, Jake Swanson, A.J. Bender, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt McCarthy, Austin Liggett, Verne Sweeney, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Matt Mitchell, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $14, Military tickets (with ID) are $14, Kids tickets (12-6) are $8, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, 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, contact 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 on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live streaming videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-353, 2. Damion Gardner-337, 3. Austin Williams-314, 4. R.J. Johnson-262, 5. Tommy Malcolm-207, 6. Chris Gansen-200, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-187, 8. Stevie Sussex-184, 9. Jake Swanson-179, 10. Mike Martin-174, 11. A.J. Bender-167, 12. Josh Hodges-164, 13. Richard Vander Weerd-158, 14. Matt McCarthy-156, 15. Austin Liggett-128, 16. Isaac Chapple-126, 17. Jason McDougal-124, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg-119, 19. Verne Sweeney-110, 20. Danny Faria Jr.-106.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

#LETSRACETWO ELDORA USAC SPRINT CAR PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 7, 2019).........Eldora Speedway is the proud home of many unprecedented events on the racing calendar each year. This weekend marks one of those as the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Cars and the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprints cars compete on the same night at the same venue for the only such occurrence during the season.

#LetsRaceTwo has quickly established its status as a can't miss event, and this Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 brings that notion to reality for the fifth consecutive Spring.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) won the most recent #LetsRaceTwo events a year ago at Eldora. For each, it was their second career victory at the half-mile, high-banked dirt oval. Bacon was victorious back in 2014 while Windom picked up a win in 2013. For both Bacon and Windom last year, the Eldora scores marked their first victories of the season. Thus far in 2019, both have already enjoyed the spoils of victory with Windom notching the opener at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. while Bacon triumphed in the series' most recent event, in April, at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway.

Bacon and Windom are among five past #LetsRaceTwo USAC winners expected for this weekend's lineup. Californians Justin Grant (Ione) and Robert Ballou (Rocklin) are the winningest drivers in the race's history with two apiece. If you're into statistical oddities, in odd numbered years of the event in 2015 and 2017, Grant and Ballou have swept the event. Grant has won on three occasions at Eldora, in 2015-16-17, while Ballou has won five times, equaling Darland for the most among active drivers. Ballou won his first three career USAC features at Eldora, twice in 2007 and again in 2010, before reeling off a pair in 2015 and 2017. Grant captured his latest victory in the second race of the season in Ocala. Ballou finished a season-best 5th in the Ocala opener.

Chad Boespflug (Hanford, Calif.) was dominant in his #LetsRaceTwo win during a breakout 2016 season. The 2016 USAC Most Improved Driver has had a resurgence in the early season, finishing 4th with USAC in Ocala and also winning the Kokomo Sprint Car portion of the "Kokomo Grand Prix" in April.

Of all the expected entrants for this weekend, no driver has more Eldora USAC victories than Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland. The 1999 series champ has won in USAC Sprint Car competition at the "Big E" in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2012 and 2014, not to mention his five USAC Midget wins and four USAC Silver Crown victories.

Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. is the most recent USAC Sprint Car winner at Eldora, taking last Fall's "4-Crown Nationals." He's won in all three USAC National divisions over the last couple of seasons at Eldora, winning in a Silver Crown car there in 2017 and again in a Midget in 2018. The defending series champ has yet to reach victory lane with the USAC Sprint Cars thus far in 2019, but has finished 3rd, 3rd and 4th in his last three outings.

C.J. Leary came oh-so-close to winning the first ever #LetsRaceTwo event in 2015, leading until the final lap when Grant got by to snare the win. The Greenfield, Ind. driver has more than redeemed himself over the years at Eldora, winning his first there in a USAC Sprint Car in the Fall of 2017, then drove to a spectacular victory in the Silver Crown division last September. He's already won once this season, picking up the finale in Ocala back in February.

Pleasant Hill, Ohio's Matt Westfall was the Eldora hero in 2006 when he won his first and, so far, only career USAC National Sprint Car feature. The versatile driver has made three starts with the series in 2019.

There's a handful of drivers near the top of the standings who've yet to drive to Eldora Speedway victory lane in a USAC Sprint Car, namely series point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.). Impressively, he hasn't finished outside the top-five in four starts this year, including three runner-up finishes. Third in points is Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) who has two fourths and two eighths in four outings this season. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has only one career USAC Sprint start at Eldora, which came last Fall. Although, of note, he's shown he can get around this joint with his Silver Crown debut that same night resulting in a 4th place finish.

Among a few of the other top guns expected to compete include Ocala fast timers Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) and Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) as well as Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.), who grabbed a career-best 3rd place finish last Fall at Eldora and Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio) who nearly pulled off his first career USAC Sprint win during #LetsRaceTwo in 2017, finishing 2nd behind Grant.

In addition to #LetsRaceTwo festivities, Friday's portion of the event marks the 35th running of the Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic. Dave Peperak won the first in 1981, but in recent years has been captured by the likes of Ballou (2007 & 2010), Darland (2014), Grant (2015 & 2017), Bryan Clauson (2016) and Bacon (2018).

Tickets sales begin at the main gate and turn four for this Friday and Saturday's #LetsRaceTwo at 1:30pm Eastern both days. The turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm, spectator gates open at 2pm, drivers meeting begins at 5pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $29 and $34 for reserved. For children ages 12 and under, general admission tickets are FREE and $9 for reserved. Pit passes are $34 apiece.

Eldora Speedway is located at 13929 OH-118, New Weston, OH 45348. You can reach the track via phone at (937) 338-3815. The track's website can be found at http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/.

You can watch the event LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com/ or listen LIVE on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

EAST COAST SPRINT CHAMP DREVICKI GRABS EASTERN STORM RIDE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 6, 2019).........Steven Drevicki has conquered championships in the Eastern U.S. in midgets twice as an ARDC champ in 2014-15 and as a titlist in the inaugural Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car season in 2018.

Now, the Reading, Pa. driver has plans to enter the fray on the National level when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship arrives for the 13th edition of "Eastern Storm" June 11-16, driving his own No. 19 Maxim chassis, utilizing a Rider engine from Gene Franckowiak and technical assistance from Clauson Marshall Newman Racing.

"Gene called me a couple weeks ago," Drevicki recalled. "He threw an offer out to team up with him and CMNR for an Eastern storm deal. It's going to be my car and crew all that stuff, Gene's motor and technical assistance from CMNR. From my end, it's a pretty neat opportunity for someone from the East Coast to have the opportunity to work with a national team like that. I've been trying for the last two years to put a deal together, but last year, the pieces didn't all fall together. This deal came together, and it was something I couldn't pass up."

Drevicki, a graduate of Penn State University and a project engineer in the industrial crane business, leads the USAC East Coast Sprint Car standings following a season-opening victory with the series at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. He won twice on the East Coast trail a year ago and has competed on the National stage in USAC's NOS Energy Drink National Midget division, racing at Eldora during the "4-Crown Nationals" as well as "Pennsylvania Midget Week."

Franckowiak has fielded front-running cars during Eastern Storm for a number of years, winning the Eastern Storm round at BAPS Motor Speedway in 2013 with driver Shane Cottle. CMNR had Franckowiak's Rider-power under the hood en route to 11 victories and a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car crown in 2018. With that kind of championship pedigree in his corner, Drevicki relishes the opportunity.

"It's about as exciting as it can get really," Drevicki exclaimed. "We've raced on the national level with the midgets the last few years during Pennsylvania Midget Week. It's a little bit of a different level than it is on the East Coast. Not to take anything away from the East Coast, but you're racing with the absolute best there is. To get to do that in front of the home crowd, it's definitely an exciting opportunity."

Tim Clauson of CMNR is thrilled with the opportunity to put this program together for Eastern Storm, something of which could become an annual reward for the USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion on a yearly basis in the future.

"I think we'll take it one year at a time and see the first year goes," Clauson said. "Our partner, Gene Franckowiak, normally runs a car of his own and we talked about running a second car. Gene actually had the idea to give the East Coast champion a chance and try to figure out something to do with them to help as a reward for that. I thought it was a great idea!"

USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series Director Curt Michael is pleased to see the champion from the East get to go to battle on the big stage.

"It's a great deal," Michael said. "I'm glad those guys are helping and working with us. "The series is really going to give us a boost to show Drevicki is a really good racer. I think Drevicki is going to do a really good job. It's going to be a challenge to run up front, but he's a smart racer and I think he'll do really well at the racetracks they go to that he's been to before.

"To have CMNR back our series like that is really going to help," Michael continued. I think you just might have people wanting to come run the series to try to catch that deal. It's really excellent the way CMNR helps racing."

With a focus on defending his East Coast Sprint Car title in 2019, Drevicki stated that he'd like to do more 410 racing in the future, with a possible trip to the Midwest in the works later this season if all comes to fruition.

First up for Drevicki will be Eastern Storm, with five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races in six nights, beginning June 11 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., followed up on June 12 at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J., June 13 at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa., a Silver Crown race on June 14 at Williams Grove Speedway in Williams Grove, Pa., June 15 at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. and June 16 at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y.


 

TROY RUTHERFORD WINS USAC/CRA SHOWDOWN AT VENTURA

VENTURA, CA – MAY 4, 2019… Reclaiming the lead from Jake Swanson on lap 27, Troy Rutherford (Ojai, CA) scored the Saturday night victory at Ventura Raceway. Racing his #11 Trench Shoring / Grimes Rock Maxim with an iron block 360 cubic-inch engine, Rutherford started eleventh and earned his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph. Hard charger Austin Williams, Swanson, A.J. Bender, and point leader Brody Roa followed Troy to the checkered flags.

Williams earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a twenty-second to second place run. Verne Sweeney scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner scored his 84th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 23-car field by posting a time of 12.454.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to Brody Roa (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Troy Rutherford (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and Ricky Lewis (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

Next Saturday, May 11th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at Bakersfield Speedway.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, 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/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 4, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.454; 2. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.678; 3. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-12.919; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.001; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-13.044; 6. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-13.097; 7. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-13.175; 8. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-13.178; 9. Jeremy Ellertson, 98J, Ellertson-13.240; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.273; 11. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.318; 12. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.599; 13. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.741; 14. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.855; 15. Ricky Lewis, 81M, Watt-13.930; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.036; 17. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-14.101; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-14.351; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.510; 20. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-14.576; 21. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.630; 22. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.684; 23. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Liggett, 4. A.Williams, 5. Sweeney, 6. Timmons, 7. Gansen, 8. Bender. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Mitchell, 3. Swanson, 4. Owens, 5. McCarthy, 6. Tafoya, 7. Rayborne, 8. Dyer. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Lewis, 2. Malcolm, 3. Hendrix, 4. Ellertson, 5. T.Williams, 6. Hix, 7. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Troy Rutherford (11), 2. Austin Williams (22), 3. Jake Swanson (5), 4. A.J. Bender (8), 5. Brody Roa (10), 6. Austin Liggett (3), 7. Chris Gansen (19), 8. Damion Gardner (6), 9. Rick Hendrix (12), 10. Steve Hix (21), 11. Matt McCarthy (23), 12. Trent Williams (7), 13. Verne Sweeney (16), 14. Ryan Timmons (13), 15. Jeremy Ellertson (1), 16. Ricky Lewis (15), 17. Joel Rayborne (9), 18. Brent Owens (17), 19. Jeff Dyer (20), 20. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (14), 21. Austin Ervine (18), 22. Matt Mitchell (2), 23. Tommy Malcolm (4).
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**Mitchell flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Ellertson, Laps 8-25 Rutherford, Lap 26 Swanson, Laps 27-30 Rutherford.
SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (22nd to 2nd)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Verne Sweeney

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-353, 2-Gardner-337, 3-A.Williams-314, 4-R.J. Johnson-262, 5-Malcolm-207, 6-Gansen-200, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-187, 8-Stevie Sussex-184, 9-Swanson-179, 10-Mike Martin-174.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 11 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California

 

MONTH OF MAY BRINGS BUSY USAC SCHEDULE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 1, 2019).........With another turn of the calendar, we have officially reached the month of May.

May means Spring has fully sprung as the temps rise, the days become longer, and flowers are in full bloom.

"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun," poet Khalil Gibran once wrote. However, when it comes to racing this time of the year, it's best to turn your face toward a racetrack since there is a multitude of USAC racing on tap in May from coast-to-coast covering all types of divisions.

A few of the highlights include two-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing at Eldora Speedway May 10-11, teamed up with the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars each night for a salivating taste of two disciplines at the same venue on the same night.

Speaking of doubleheaders, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and NOS Energy Drink National Midgets share a twin-bill on consecutive nights, May 17 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., followed by a trip over the Mighty Mississipp' to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. for another sprint/midget double-dip.

Closing in on the Week of Indy, in the leadup to the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, USAC National racing consumes the Hoosier State with AMSOIL National Sprints on May 22 at the Terre Haute Action Track for the 49th annual "Tony Hulman Classic."

The next two nights are filled with Silver Crown racing on the dirt and the pavement on back-to-back evenings. On May 23, racing arrives at the Indiana State Fairgrounds as the 64th running of the prestigious "Hoosier Hundred" roars to life on the famed one-mile dirt oval for the final time. A night later, the series is back on the black top of Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. for the Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic."

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy" on May 22-23-24 at Terre Haute, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Lucas Oil Raceway. A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices. For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

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COMPLETE USAC MONTH OF MAY SCHEDULE:
May 4: Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway (AMSOIL CRA Sprints)
May 4: Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway (Speed2 DMA Midgets)
May 4: Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway (Speed2 IMRA Midgets)
May 4: Madera, CA - Madera Speedway (Speed2 Western U.S. Midgets)
May 10: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway (AMSOIL National Sprints)
May 11: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway (AMSOIL National Sprints)
May 11: Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway (AMSOIL CRA Sprints)
May 11: Spotsylvania, VA - Dominion Raceway (Speed2 Eastern Midgets)
May 11: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway (Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midgets)
May 17: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway (AMSOIL National Sprints & NOS Energy Drink National Midgets)
May 17: Pottsville, PA - Big Diamond Speedway (Rapid Tire East Coast Sprints)
May 17: Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway (West Coast Sprints)
May 17: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway (Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midgets)
May 18: Pevely, MO - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (AMSOIL National Sprints & NOS Energy Drink National Midgets)
May 18: Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway (Rapid Tire East Coast Sprints)
May 18: Petaluma, CA - Petaluma Speedway (West Coast Sprints)
May 18: Casa Grande, AZ - Central Arizona Speedway (Southwest Sprints)
May 18: Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway (Speed2 DMA Midgets)
May 18: Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway (Speed2 IMRA Midgets)
May 18: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway (Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midgets)
May 22: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track (AMSOIL National Sprints)
May 23: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds (Silver Crown)
May 24: Brownsburg, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway (Silver Crown)
May 24: Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway (Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midgets)
May 25: Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway (AMSOIL CRA Sprints)
May 25: Wichita, KS - 81 Speedway (Wingless Sprints Oklahoma)
May 26: Swedesboro, NJ - Bridgeport Speedway (Rapid Tire East Coast Sprints)
May 26: Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway (Speed2 IMRA Midget)
May 31: Greenwood, NE - I-80 Speedway (AMSOIL National Sprints)

 

 

RICHARD HOFFMAN PASSES AWAY AT 76

Speedway, Indiana (April 30, 2019).........Richard Hoffman, an owner of the most prolific USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car team in series' history, passed away Tuesday, April 30, surrounded by his family. He was 76 years old.

"It's hard to even put into words what Richard meant to the sport," USAC Series Coordinator Levi Jones said. "It doesn't seem possible he won't be with us in the pits anymore. He was a fierce competitor and a staple of the series. Over the years, racing has made us all feel like family. He was always somebody you could lean on for advice and someone who was always there for the betterment of the sport."

Hoffman Auto Racing, and later, Dynamics, Inc., notched 11 career USAC National Sprint Car owner titles in 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2014 and 2016 with drivers Rich Vogler, Robbie Stanley, Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Brady Bacon.

Richard, of Milford, Ohio, began his racing career working for father Gus Hoffman's team in the initial season of USAC racing in 1956. Throughout the past six decades, Gus, Richard and, eventually, his son Rob, and Dynamics, Inc. would accumulate 116 USAC victories, dating back to Eddie Sachs' midget win at Ohio's Dayton Speedway in 1956 to Brady Bacon's Sprint Car score at Indiana's Bloomington Speedway less than two weeks ago.

In addition to those listed above, a who's who list of the top drivers of the era won USAC Sprint car features in top-flight Hoffman sprinters, including Jim Hemmings, Larry Cannon, Steve Butler, Cary Faas, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Andy Michner, Brian Tyler, Jon Stanbrough, Daron Clayton, Kyle Larson, Darren Hagen, Chad Boespflug and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Whether it was on pavement on dirt, Hoffman cars are tough to beat from the paved high banks of Winchester and Salem, to the dirt tracks of Eldora and Terre Haute, Manzanita and Perris. All of which were conquered by Hoffman racecars.

Richard, a 2013 inductee of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, was also an author of seven career USAC Silver Crown wins as a team owner, with Johnny Parsons, Pat Abold and Brian Tyler. With Tyler, the team claimed victory in the 1999 Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway.

Hoffman/Dynamics, Inc. also competed on the USAC Championship trail during the 1970s and 80s, making six starts with Larry Cannon (1974-76), Joe Saldana (1978-79), Jerry Sneva (1982) and Spike Gehlhausen (1984).

 

 

HOLY TOLEDO! SWANSON WINS 4TH ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 28, 2019).........Mother Nature may have delayed Sunday's USAC Silver Crown race at Toledo Speedway by one day, but it still couldn't keep Kody Swanson out of victory lane as he wired all 100 laps to score his fourth career Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" victory, his record-extending 26th overall Silver Crown victory and second-straight in the series to begin the 2019 season.

Granted, any victory is difficult to come by. The Kingsburg, Calif. native always seems to make it look relatively easily, although the backstories certainly tell a different tale.

In the March Memphis opener, Swanson and Nolen Racing endured a number of mechanical issues that forced them to a backup car on raceday. The team went on to win their debut after starting from the pole. To onlookers, the story appeared to unfold much the same Sunday at Toledo, winning his 26th career pole position and leading all 100 laps to win his sixth-straight Silver Crown race on pavement, an all-time record.

However, as with most success stories in racing, chapter one begins "Once upon a time..." somewhere in the race shop, with a crew burning the midnight oil with hour-after-hour of tedious maintenance and improvements. Or, perhaps, on the road, the setting may become a parking lot, as it was with Swanson and Nolen.

"The Nolen Racing 20 and everybody that's involved is just digging harder and harder," Swanson explained. "Yesterday, we worked in the parking lot for six-and-a-half hours before the rain came to make sure we'd be ready. Whether we liked it or not at the time, it's the kind of stuff like that that gives you a chance to finish 100 laps and a chance to win on race day."

Just two days shy of Kody and his wife, and spotter, Jordan's eighth anniversary, Swanson was able to scoot out to the lead at the drop of the green, leading a three-car breakaway with outside front row starter Kyle Hamilton and Eric Gordon in tow.

On the 20th lap, second-running Hamilton encountered an issue and began to slow to bring out the yellow, ending a promising bid for a win after challenging Swanson in the early-going. An inadvertent yellow slotted him back to eighth on the ensuing restart where he was able to gather himself and race back to a sixth-place finish by race's end.

On lap 33, seventh-running C.J. Leary's car blew off a radiator hose in turn two. Chaos developed behind him as the oncoming drivers took evasive action. Justin Grant went right to avoid the spinning Leary. Kevin Thomas, Jr. had no place to go, ramping over Grant's right rear and slamming nose-first into the outside back straightaway wall, sending his car into a 360-degree, mid-air roundabout before landing on all fours. Hamilton was also caught up in the incident, spinning to the inside without contact. Hamilton restarted, but the incident marked the end of the day for both Leary and Thomas.

Following the cleanup, and through the mid-portion of the race, the man on the move was 2017 "Rollie Beale Classic" winner Bobby Santos. Santos started 11th, but before the yellow, was up to sixth before turning up the wick, using the high line to enter the top-five around the outside of 2016 series champ Chris Windom between turns three and four on lap 48.

Three laps later, he used the bottom to drive by David Byrne on the low line for fourth on the 51st lap, then took third on lap 54 when second-running Gordon fell off the pace with a driveline issue, then set forth toward Aaron Pierce for the runner-up position before two-time American LeMans Series champ Chris Dyson spun backward into the infield grass in turn three on lap 59.


In his addition to his 26th win Sunday at Toledo, Kody Swanson also picked up his 26th career USAC Silver Crown pole position. (Rich Forman Photo)


On the lap 67 restart, Windom entered the fray once again as a four-car battle for second ensued between Pierce in second, while Windom and Santos dueled side-by-side for third, with Grant trailing the herd in fifth. Santos finally cleared Windom with just a little more than a quarter of the race left in the tank and set forth once again toward Pierce for second.

In the meantime, Swanson had boosted his lead up to 2.5 seconds and growing while Pierce and Santos duked it out western saloon-style more than a half-straightaway back. Santos aimed low in turns three and four below Pierce on lap 90 of 100 to pull even off the exit of turn four. Santos had the run on Pierce into turn one. Pierce wound up wide in turn two, allowing Santos to breakaway with the runner-up spot. However, dwindling time and hope impeded Santos' opportunity to chase down Swanson who was, by then, more than four seconds ahead.

Swanson closed out yet another "Rollie Beale Classic" victory, following triumphs in 2011, 2015 and 2018. Swanson held the advantage by 4.121 seconds at the checkered over Santos, Pierce, Grant and Windom. Swanson now holds an 18-point lead over Santos, Grant, Hamilton and leading Rookie Joey Schmidt.

Of note, the relatively frosty afternoon got a bit heated between Santos and Pierce during the post-race ceremonies with Santos challenging Pierce to a boxing match on the front straightaway to the delight of the fans. Tempers were tempered, cooler heads prevailed and racing continued with an Auto Value Bumper-to-Bumper Super Sprint Car Series feature. Santos ended upside down after a scary-looking crash on lap four. Under the red flag, Pierce helped tip Santos' damaged ride back on its wheels before Pierce went on to score the 25-lap victory over fellow Silver Crown starters Grant, Schmidt and Russ Gamester.

Contingency award winners Sunday at Toledo Speedway were Kody Swanson (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Austin Nemire (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Cody Gerhardt (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 28, 2019 - Toledo Speedway - Toledo, Ohio - Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-14.856; 2. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-15.098; 3. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-15.129; 4. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-15.165; 5. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-15.201; 6. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-15.202; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-15.220; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11, DHR/Byrd-15.233; 9. Jason Conn, 88, DHR-15.324; 10. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-15.327; 11. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-15.363; 12. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-15.376; 13. Joey Schmidt, 25, Pierce-15.460; 14. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-15.476; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-15.485; 16. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-15.552; 17. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-15.603; 18. Cody Gallogly, 81, Williams-15.624; 19. Brian Gerster, 94, Ram-15.647; 20. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-15.663; 21. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Gerhardt-15.710; 22. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-16.103; 23. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT; 24. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-NT.

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

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Nemire (20th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Cody Gerhardt

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-152, 2-Santos-134, 3-Grant-125, 4-Hamilton-116, 5-Schmidt-104, 6-Bischak-98, 7-Pierce-91, 8-Nemire-85, 9-Windom-81, 10-Gordon-79.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: May 23, 2019 - Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, Indiana - 64th "Hoosier Hundred"

 

2 IN A ROW FOR AUSTIN LIGGETT AT SANTA MARIA

SANTA MARIA, CA - APRIL 27, 2019... Racing past Cory Elliott on lap 26, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) sailed to his second straight USAC Western States Midget triumph. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett topped the 30-lap Santa Maria feature over fast qualifier Robert Dalby, Chase Stockon, Elliott, and Shannon McQueen.

Missouri's Gage Rucker earned the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with an eleventh place run from sixteenth. Marvin Mitchell claimed his third Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Robert Dalby earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign by posting a time of 14.079 over the 17-car roster.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to Kyle Beilman (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and David Prickett (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat).

The USAC Western States Midgets will take a break in their schedule before returning to action on June 22 at Ventura Raceway.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 27, 2019 - Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.079; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.141; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.333; 4. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.414; 5. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.466; 6. Chase Stockon, 25, Malloy-14.565; 7. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-14.567; 8. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-14.576; 9. Tyler Edwards, 73K, Ford-14.580; 10. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.647; 11. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-14.651; 12. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-14.771; 13. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-15.284; 14. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.298; 15. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-15.338; 16. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-15.867; 17. Jackson Dukes, 73T, Ford-16.109.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Beilman, 2. Elliott, 3. Dalby, 4. Liggett, 5. Edwards, 6. Mitchell, 7. Leach, 8. Dukes, 9. Nichols. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Prickett, 2. Stockon, 3. Swanson, 4. McQueen, 5. Sarna, 6. Pankratz, 7. Rucker, 8. Ito. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (4), 2. Robert Dalby (6), 3. Chase Stockon (2), 4. Cory Elliott (3), 5. Shannon McQueen (5), 6. Cody Swanson (1), 7. Kyle Beilman (11), 8. David Prickett (12), 9. C.J. Sarna (10), 10. Dylan Ito (14), 11. Gage Rucker (16), 12. Mike Leach Jr. (15), 13. Marvin Mitchell (13), 14. Tyler Edwards (9), 15. Terry Nichols (8), 16. Jackson Dukes (17), 17. Randi Pankratz (7). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Stockon, Laps 13-17 Swanson, Laps 18-25 Elliott, Laps 26-30 Liggett.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Gage Rucker (16th to 11th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Marvin Mitchell

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Liggett-231, 2-Elliott-202, 3-McQueen-173, -Dalby-173, 5-Prickett-172, 6-Sarna-156, 7-Ben Worth-144, 8-Mitchell-119, 9-Pankratz-118, 10-Beilman-107

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: June 22 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California

 

 

BRODY ROA TOPS STATE 48 CLASSIC AT PEORIA

PEORIA, AZ – APRIL 27, 2019… Starting seventh, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) took the lead from Stevie Sussex on lap 7 and held off all challengers to win the “State 48 Classic” at Canyon Speedway Park. For Roa, the $2,000 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory was the first series win of the campaign and the third of his career. Sussex, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and R.J. Johnson followed the point leader to the checkered flags.

Making his first start of 2019, Andy Reinbold claimed the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from thirteenth.

Jake Swanson took top honors in the Beaver Stripes Time Trials by posting a time of 13.804 over the 14-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat) and Roa (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on May 18th at Central Arizona Speedway for the “Hank Arnold Memorial.”

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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 southwessprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 27, 2019 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “State 48 Classic”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.804; 2. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-14.029; 3. R.J. Johnson, 13, Gile-14.101; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-14.148; 5. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.159; 6. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-14.192; 7. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.252; 8. Brody Roa, 91, BR-14.277; 9. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-14.423; 10. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.470; 11. Sterling Cling, 54C, Cling-14.484; 12. Daylin Perreira, 21, Perreira-14.688; 13. Andy Reinbold, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-14.930; 14. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-15.755.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Martin, 2. Swanson, 3. Johnson, 4. Lundy, 5. Cling, 6. Curtis, 7. Reinbold. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Davis, 3. Sussex, 4. Rossi, 5. Bonneau, 6. Perreira, 7. Reynolds. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Brody Roa (7), 2. Stevie Sussex (2), 3. Matt Rossi (5), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (3), 5. R.J. Johnson (4), 6. Andy Reinbold (13), 7. Mike Martin (8), 8. Matt Lundy (1), 9. Sterling Cling (11), 10. Daylin Perreira (12), 11. Chris Bonneau (10), 12. Jonas Reynolds (14), 13. Jake Swanson (6), 14. Michael Curtis (9). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Lundy, Laps 2-6 Sussex, Laps 7-30 Roa. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Andy Reinbold (13th to 6th)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-358, 2-Johnson-319, 3-Sussex-292, 4-Davis-269, 5-Martin-265, 6-Swanson-255. –Rossi-255, 8-Lundy-209, 9-Josh Hodges-202, 10-Isaac Chapple-200.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 18 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Arizona – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

 

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT DOUBLES UP AT SANTA MARIA

SANTA MARIA, CA – APRIL 27, 2019… After winning the companion USAC Western States Midget feature at Santa Maria, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) scored his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of 2019. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett claimed his eighth career win over fast qualifier Michael Faccinto, Tristan Guardino, Kaleb Montgomery, and J.J. Ringo.

Ringo earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from sixteenth. Austin Ervine scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

Defending USAC Western States Midget Champion Faccinto claimed Santa Maria’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 22-car roster with a time of 14.109.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Liggett (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), D.J. Johnson (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Guardino (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action on Friday, May 17th at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway for the “Peter Murphy Classic.” The following night, the series will travel to Petaluma Speedway for their first of two appearances at the Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 27, 2019 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-14.109; 2. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.111; 3. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.119; 4. Kaleb Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-14.179; 5. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.365; 6. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-14.430; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.444; 8. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.445; 9. Cody Majors, 81, Watt-14.449; 10. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.457; 11. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-14.587; 12. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.616; 13. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-14.633; 14. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-14.658; 15. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.747; 16. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-14.776; 17. Cody Fendley, 73C, Russell-15.040; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.126; 19. Slater Helt, 81X, Watt-15.180; 20. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-15.263; 21. Gage Rucker, 87K, Kruseman-15.288; 22. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.515.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Kirkbride, 3. Ringo, 4. Faccinto, 5. Wiley, 6. Montgomery, 7. Helt, 8. Herrera. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Timmons, 3. Rutherford, 4. Shaw, 5. Mayhew, 6. Stolz, 7. Fendley. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Carter, 3. Majors, 4. Edwards, 5. Hix, 6. Rucker, 7. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (1), 2. Michael Faccinto (6), 3. Tristan Guardino (4), 4. Kaleb Montgomery (7), 5. J.J. Ringo (16), 6. Cody Fendley (17), 7. Brandon Wiley (10), 8. Hannah Mayhew (11), 9. Steve Hix (12), 10. Gage Rucker (21), 11. James Herrera (22), 12. D.J. Johnson (5), 13. Austin Ervine (18), 14. Koen Shaw, 15. Ricky Kirkbride (13), 16. Kyle Edwards (2), 17. Slater Helt (19), 18. Ryan Stolz (20), 19. Cody Majors (9), 20. Ryan Timmons (8), 21. Troy Rutherford (3), 22. Trent Carter. NT ---------------------------- **Rutherford flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Edwards flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Edwards, Laps 7-30 Liggett. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: J.J. Ringo (16th to 5th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Austin Ervine

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-352, 2-Jake Swanson-238, 3-Timmons-229, 4-Shaw-223, 5-Danny Faria Jr.-186, 6-Helt-185, 7-Edwards-178, 8-Mayhew-172, 9-Ringo-170, 10-Ervine-158.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACES: May 17 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “Peter Murphy Classic”

 

 

2 IN A ROW FOR AUSTIN LIGGETT AT SANTA MARIA

SANTA MARIA, CA – APRIL 27, 2019… Racing past Cory Elliott on lap 26, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) sailed to his second straight USAC Western States Midget triumph. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett topped the 30-lap Santa Maria feature over fast qualifier Robert Dalby, Chase Stockon, Elliott, and Shannon McQueen.

Missouri’s Gage Rucker earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with an eleventh place run from sixteenth. Marvin Mitchell claimed his third Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Robert Dalby earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign by posting a time of 14.079 over the 17-car roster.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to Kyle Beilman (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and David Prickett (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat).

The USAC Western States Midgets will take a break in their schedule before returning to action on June 22 at Ventura Raceway.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 27, 2019 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.079; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.141; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.333; 4. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.414; 5. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.466; 6. Chase Stockon, 25, Malloy-14.565; 7. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-14.567; 8. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-14.576; 9. Tyler Edwards, 73K, Ford-14.580; 10. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.647; 11. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-14.651; 12. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-14.771; 13. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-15.284; 14. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.298; 15. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-15.338; 16. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-15.867; 17. Jackson Dukes, 73T, Ford-16.109.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Beilman, 2. Elliott, 3. Dalby, 4. Liggett, 5. Edwards, 6. Mitchell, 7. Leach, 8. Dukes, 9. Nichols. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Prickett, 2. Stockon, 3. Swanson, 4. McQueen, 5. Sarna, 6. Pankratz, 7. Rucker, 8. Ito. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (4), 2. Robert Dalby (6), 3. Chase Stockon (2), 4. Cory Elliott (3), 5. Shannon McQueen (5), 6. Cody Swanson (1), 7. Kyle Beilman (11), 8. David Prickett (12), 9. C.J. Sarna (10), 10. Dylan Ito (14), 11. Gage Rucker (16), 12. Mike Leach Jr. (15), 13. Marvin Mitchell (13), 14. Tyler Edwards (9), 15. Terry Nichols (8), 16. Jackson Dukes (17), 17. Randi Pankratz (7). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Stockon, Laps 13-17 Swanson, Laps 18-25 Elliott, Laps 26-30 Liggett. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Gage Rucker (16th to 11th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Marvin Mitchell

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Liggett-231, 2-Elliott-202, 3-McQueen-173, -Dalby-173, 5-Prickett-172, 6-Sarna-156, 7-Ben Worth-144, 8-Mitchell-119, 9-Pankratz-118, 10-Beilman-107

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: June 22 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

 

 

DEAL GRABS CREEK COUNTY OKLAHOMA SPRINT

Sapulpa, OK........Andrew Deal of Casey, Kans. led all but the first lap of Friday night's 25-lap USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at Creek County Speedway. Danny Smith took second ahead of Tim Kent, Cameron Hagin and Johnny Kent.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: April 26, 2019 - Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, Oklahoma

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 2. Danny Smith ($5 Smith), 3. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 4. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 5. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver), 6. Ben Frey (#24 Frey), 7. Daniel Abrahms (#32 Abrahms), 8. KimberlyTyre (#39 Tyre). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 2. Andrew Deal (#15D Deal), 3. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), 4. Alison Slaton (#6 Newton), 5. James Shoun (#62 Shoun), 6. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson), 7. Matt Sherrell (#54 Sherrell), 8. Noah Harris (#7F Fode). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 2. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 3. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 4. Jimmy Taylor (#23 Taylor), 5. Layne Himebaugh (#94L Himebaugh), 6. Donovan Wise (#1X Taylor), 7. Patrick Prescott (#5P Prescott), 8. J.C. Wilson (#77 Storm Chaser). NT

B MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Harris, 2. Stephenson, 3. Frey, 4. Sherrell, 5. Abrahms, 6. J.C. Wilson, 7. Tyre, 8. Prescott, 9. Shoun, 10. Wise. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Andrew Deal, 2. Danny Smith, 3. Tim Kent, 4. Cameron Hagin, 5. Johnny Kent, 6. Craig Carroll, 7. Noah Harris, 8. Layne Himebaugh, 9. Waylon Weaver, 10. Alison Slaton, 11. Daniel Abrahms, 12. J.C. Wilson, 13. Brett Wilson, 14. Matt Sherrell, 15. Jimmy Taylor, 16. Ben Frey, 17. Kyle Clark, 18. David Stephenson, 19. Ryan Dean, 20. Cody Jarvis. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Slaton, Laps 2-25 Deal.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Deal-285, 2-Smith-261, 3-Himebaugh-258, 4-Hagin-252, 5-J. Kent-250, 6-T. Kent-248, 7-Harris-235, 8-B. Wilson-234, 9-Slaton-210, 10-Weaver-207.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE: May 25, 2019 - 81 Speedway - Wichita, Kansas

 

 

WEATHER PUSHES BACK TOLEDO'S
ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC TO SUNDAY

Toledo, Ohio-Friday, April 26: With a strong cold front approaching, which includes rain and snow, Toledo Speedway management, in cooperation with USAC and the Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series, has decided to postpone the Saturday, April 27 Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic to the advertised rain date of Sunday afternoon, April 28.

The time schedule will be altered for Sunday's show, taking into account the time to dry the track surface. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 30's Sunday morning, but the sun is scheduled to appear, with temps rising to the 50's by early afternoon.

The pit gates will open at 9 a.m. The front gates and ticket office open at Noon, with practice to start at that time, pending track conditions. Time trials will go at 1:15, followed by show time at 2 p.m.

"The wet forecast for Saturday, and, having a Sunday rain date, made this early announcement the best decision in the interest of both the race teams and fans," noted Ron Drager, Promoter of Toledo Speedway. "We are very excited about the entry lists for this new format for our one and only open wheel event in 2019, and we think Sunday's weather gives us the best opportunity to run this show."

USAC's Silver Crown Series cars will compete in a 100 lap feature event, while the Non-Wing Sprint race will go 50 laps, all part of the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic presented by Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores Sunday afternoon.

Race fans can save $5 on advance tickets by calling the track at 419-727-1100. The advance sale ends Friday night.

A Vintage Race Car display will be part of the Sunday's activities, along with an open-wheel Racer's Reunion.

The race will pay tribute to the late Rollie Beale, a Toledo native. Rollie was the 1973 USAC Sprint Car champion and a former USAC Series director.

NOTE: TONIGHT (April 26)--- FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSIC CAR SHOW AND THE DONALD DAVIDSON/RON HEMELGARN QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION ARE STILL ON SCHEDULE FOR TONIGHT!

CAR SHOW, 5 P.M. TO 8 P.M., GIVING AWAY 2 PAIR OF INDY 500 TICKETS! MUSIC-FOOD-FUN!

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION, 5 P.M. TO 6:30 P.M. AT SPEEDWAY BAR/GRILLE

 

 

STORYLINES: ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 26, 2019).........The storylines are plentiful heading into the seventh appearance for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series at Toledo Speedway this Saturday, April 27, in the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic."

Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson is the only driver to have started all six USAC Silver Crown events at Toledo. He's yet to finish outside the top-four and has won the "Rollie Beale Classic" on three occasions, in 2011, 2015 and 2019. He's also won the pole on three times in 2011, 2015 and 2017 and has led 255 of the 600 laps ever run by Silver Crown cars at Toledo.

Bobby Santos has won at Toledo in a USAC Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown car in his career, taking the checkered in 2017. He's the most recent driver not named Kody Swanson to win at Toledo and is also the last one other than Kody to win a Silver Crown race, taking the Phoenix opener in 2018.

Swanson has won five-straight races on the pavement dating to 2018, an all-time USAC Silver Crown record, with victories at Toledo, Lucas Oil Raceway, Madison International Raceway, Salem Speedway and this year's opener at Memphis International Raceway. The previous record of four-straight was held by Dave Steele, set during the 2005 season.

Interestingly, no driver has ever repeated a Silver Crown victory at Toledo despite only three different winners in six starts: Jerry Coons, Jr. (2010 & 2012), Swanson (2011, 2015 & 2018) and Santos (2017).

Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton returns to the place where he made his first career Silver Crown start, back in 2011, finishing 8th. His team, Klatt Enterprises, has won three USAC National Sprint Car races at Toledo, in 2004, 2009 and 2011 with driver Bobby East.

Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne has been consistent at Toledo in his three most recent starts, not once finishing outside the top-eight, scoring a best of 3rd last year. He's the only driver other than Swanson to finish in the top-eight in each of the last three years.

Last year, Fortville, Indiana's Eric Gordon returned to Silver Crown racing after a six-year absence. Toledo is the home of Gordon's first career USAC Sprint Career win back in 1989. He was the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger in last year's Toledo race, moving from 16th to 4th.

Muncie, Indiana's Aaron Pierce has Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown experience at Toledo and has finished in the top-five in two of his last three Toledo starts.

Pierce, along with Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind., showed the most advancement from their 2017 results to their 2018 results at Toledo. Pierce was 12th in 2017 and 5th in 2018, while Goodnight was 15th in 2017 and 8th in 2018.

Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester, the 1989 USAC National Midget champion, will make his return to the Silver Crown lineup at Toledo for the first time since 2011.

Ione, California's Justin Grant set quick time in qualifying at Toledo a year ago. His car owner is Toledo native and race sponsor Ron Hemelgarn, who was also the owner for Buddy Lazier's 1996 Indianapolis 500 victory. Dennis LaCava turned the wrenches for Lazier on that day and will do so for Grant at Toledo this weekend.

Two Ohioans are in the lineup: Sylvania's Austin Nemire and Pataskala's Cody Gallogly. Nemire made his first career Silver Crown start at Toledo in 2015, finishing 7th, then came back last year with a solid 6th. Gallogly, meanwhile, has been on track in the last two events at Toledo, but has had mishaps with the turn three wall during practice in consecutive years. He's since garnered a pair of starts at Salem and Memphis, and now aims to make his first Toledo Silver Crown start.

An Ohio native hasn't won a Silver Crown race in the state of Ohio since Jack Hewitt's "4-Crown" sweep at Eldora Speedway in 1998. An Ohio native has not won a USAC National race at Toledo since the race's namesake, Rollie Beale, won in a 40-lap Sprint Car feature in 1976.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. has been a contender at Toledo in each of the past two years, qualifying and running in the top-five in each instance. He took 3rd in 2017 and wound up 15th in 2018 after losing the brakes. This will be his third start at Toledo with a third different team after driving for Gene Kazmark in 2017, Gene Nolen in 2018 and now Goodnight Racing in 2019.

Annie Breidinger, twin sister of Toni Breidinger, makes her way back to Silver Crown racing for the first time since 2017. The most recent of the Hillsborough, Calif. native's two career series starts came at Toledo in 2017, finishing a career-best 9th. She owns five career USAC Western HPD Midget wins.

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary will make his first Toledo Silver Crown appearance since 2015 after returning to run the full schedule this year. The Ocala USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner and leading USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie finished 11th in 2015.

Fresno, California's Cody Gerhardt was the best finisher of drivers making their first Silver Crown appearances at Toledo in 2018, finishing 7th, with fellow first-timers Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) and 2018 series Rookie of the Year Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) finishing just behind in 9th and 11th, respectively.

Ten of the 26 drivers in the field are making their first Toledo Silver Crown appearances this weekend: two-time American LeMans Series champ Chris Dyson (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.), USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Silver Crown veteran Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), first-time pavement starter Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), leading series Rookie Joey Schmidt (Ellisville, Miss.), series Rookie Jason Conn (Prince George, B.C.), USAC D1 Midget champ Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.), nine-time USAC National winner Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.), "Rumble in Ft. Wayne" winner Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) and Gallogly.

Pit gates for the Saturday, April 27, USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series event at Ohio's Toledo Speedway open at 11am and front gates open at 2:15pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 2:30-3:15pm and 3:40-4:05pm with Sprint Car practice set for 3:15-3:40pm and 4:05-4:25pm. Fatheadz Eyewear Silver Crown qualifying begins at 5pm, followed by Sprint Car qualifying. Vintage Car laps are set for 5:40pm with invocation/anthems slotted for 5:55pm and racing at 6pm. (All times Eastern)

Adult general admission tickets are $20 advance and $25 on raceday. Kids age 6-12 are $3, children age 5 and under are FREE!

Toledo Speedway is located at 5639 Benore Rd, Toledo, OH 43612. You can reach the track via phone at (419) 727-1100 and on their website at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen to LIVE audio of all the happenings on the USAC app. Following along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the Race Monitor app.


HEMELGARN RACING/SUPER FITNESS "ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST:
NO. / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT
6 Kyle Hamilton/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 ®Chris Dyson/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
11 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (DHR-Byrd Racing)
16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
18 Travis Welpott/Pendleton, IN (Travis Welpott-Ernie Gorman Racing)
20 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
22 Bobby Santos/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
25 ®Joey Schmidt/Ellisville, MS (Sam Pierce)
26 Aaron Pierce/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
31 ®Dave Berkheimer/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
51 Russ Gamester/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
60 ®Cody Gerhardt/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
78 Eric Gordon/Fortville, IN (Armstrong-Slinkard Racing)
80 ®Annie Breidinger/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Motorsports)
81 ®Cody Gallogly/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
88 ®Jason Conn/Prince George, BC (Davey Hamilton Racing)
91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 ®Jim Anderson/Joliet, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)
94 Brian Gerster/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering)
131 ®Derek Bischak/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie

 

 

Taylor Starting Season in Non-Wing Sprint Car Saturday at El Paso County Raceway

Inside Line Promotions - GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (April 24, 2019) - Zac Taylor will begin his 2019 sprint car season in a different way - non-wing style.

Taylor, who hasn't raced since the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in January, will be embarking on a different experience - a non-wing sprint car powered by a 360ci engine. In the past few years he has competed in midgets and in a 305ci winged sprint car.

"We had horrible luck at the Chili Bowl," he said. "I'm ready to put that behind me and get this racing season started. I'm very excited to race a non-wing sprint car. Then in a couple of weeks I get to race a modified on asphalt. I'm just trying to gain as much experience in as many forms of racing as possible."

Taylor said the family-owned sprint car had to be stripped to have the new safety bars added to the roll cage as many organizations are now requiring.

"It's at the powder coating place and we should pick it up Friday and get it assembled and ready to go for Saturday," he said. "Everything is new on the car this year."

Saturday's event is with the Lucas Oil POWRi Warrior Sprint Series at El Paso County Raceway in nearby Calhan, Colo.

"We have a lot of laps around that place with the 305 winged car," he said. "This will be completely different and I'm excited for the challenge."

As for the 2019 season, Taylor said he and Todd Henry will once again team up for midget events. Taylor added that the plans for his family owned 360ci winged sprint car are to "get to some bigger races in the region."

UP NEXT -

Saturday at El Paso County Raceway in Calhan, Colo.

MEDIA LINKS -

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zac-Taylor-Racing/176561235888527

Twitter: https://twitter.com/zac86taylor

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THE TOLEDO EXPERIENCE TALE OF THE TAPE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 24, 2019).........The bulk of the field for this Saturday's Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" is an experienced bunch when it comes to USAC Silver Crown competition at Toledo Speedway.

Sixteen of the 26 expected entries have previous Silver Crown starts at the half-mile, high-banked oval and own four wins in the six-race history of the event.

Bobby Santos has been incomparable at Toledo, becoming the first and only driver to win in all three current USAC National divisions at Toledo, capturing an AMSOIL National Sprint Car win there in 2006, a NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature in 2009 and completing the trifecta with a Silver Crown victory during the 2017 season. The Franklin, Mass. native also finished 3rd in the Rollie Beale Classic in 2012 and in the runner-up spot in 2018.

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. is the only driver to start all six Silver Crown races at Toledo and, get this, he's won three times, finished 2nd twice and took home a 4th in 2012. Additionally, he's started from the pole on three of those occasions and holds the one-lap Silver Crown track record of 14.809 set in 2011.

David Byrne and Kyle Hamilton are among the most experienced drivers in the lineup. Byrne, of Shullsburg, Wisc., finished a career-best 3rd at Toledo a year ago and arrives with three-straight top-eight finishes at the track. Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton has been bitten by the bad luck bug in recent starts at Toledo, but he did score an 8th in 2011 and a 6th in 2012 during his first two appearances in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Eric Gordon and Aaron Pierce have miles and miles of experience at Toledo in a variety of cars and both have each made three starts in the "Big Cars" at Toledo. Gordon, of Fortville, Ind., won his very first USAC National Sprint Car feature here in 1989. He came back last season to Silver Crown competition after a six-year layoff and showed no rust, finishing 4th, one spot ahead of Pierce who grabbed his second career top-five finish in a Silver Crown car at Toledo, equaling his 5th from his first run in 2015.

Five drivers have made a pair of Toledo Silver Crown starts, including 1989 USAC National Midget champ Russ Gamester of Peru, Ind. (12th in 2010 & 16th in 2011), Winchester, Indiana's Matt Goodnight (15th in 2017 & 8th in 2018), Ione, California's Justin Grant (10th in 2017 & 10th in 2018), Sylvania, Ohio's Austin Nemire (7th in 2015 & 6th in 2018) and Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. (3rd in 2017 & 15th in 2018).

A handful of drivers are expected to make their second Silver Crown visit to Toledo. Hillsborough, California's Annie Breidinger hasn't been in a Crown car in nearly two years. She returns to where she earned her best career result with the series, a 9th in 2017. Two-time dirt Silver Crown winner C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. is back on the pavement this year for the first time in four years, finishing 11th in 2015. Cody Gerhardt of Fresno, Calif. finished a solid 7th in his Toledo debut last year, just ahead of fellow first-timers Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Ind. (11th) and Pendleton, Indiana's Travis Welpott (9th).

A talented group of drivers aiming to make their first Toledo Silver Crown start are Chris Dyson (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Joey Schmidt (Ellisville, Miss.) Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Jason Conn (Prince George, B.C.), Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.), all-time Toledo Speedway track record holder Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) and Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.). Cody Gallogly of Pataskala, Ohio has appeared in each of the last two runnings of the "Rollie Beale Classic," but did not make a start either time after experiencing trouble during practice.

Pit gates for the Saturday, April 27, USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series event at Ohio's Toledo Speedway open at 11am and front gates open at 2:15pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 2:30-3:15pm and 3:40-4:05pm with Sprint Car practice set for 3:15-3:40pm and 4:05-4:25pm. Fatheadz Eyewear Silver Crown qualifying begins at 5pm, followed by Sprint Car qualifying. Vintage Car laps are set for 5:40pm with invocation/anthems slotted for 5:55pm and racing at 6pm. (All times Eastern)

Adult general admission tickets are $20 advance and $25 on raceday. Kids age 6-12 are $3, children age 5 and under are FREE!

Toledo Speedway is located at 5639 Benore Rd, Toledo, OH 43612. You can reach the track via phone at (419) 727-1100 and on their website at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen to LIVE audio of all the happenings on the USAC app. Following along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

SANTA MARIA HOSTS
USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS & WESTERN MIDGETS

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 23, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first of four appearances at the newly renovated Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, April 27th. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the fifth point race will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Santa Maria Dwarf Cars. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-seven West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series track record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004 by "Showtime" Danny Sheridan. A complete series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this release.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) enters Saturday's race with 38-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso's Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino earned his first win of year at Ventura on March 23rd. To date, the young driver has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led. Tristan is tied with Brody Roa and Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will be looking for his seventh main event victory.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranks second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Moving to Keith Ford's #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Swanson led two laps before finishing second at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2017 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, three top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth in wins, Jake will have his sights on his fifth triumph at Santa Maria.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons placed seventh in the March 23rd feature at Ventura. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday night, Ryan will be looking to earn the third feature win of his career.

Two-time champion, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. The pilot of the #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike skipped Ventura, but has two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season. Currently tied with Bud Kaeding for third on the series win list, "Hollywood" will have his sights on his twelfth victory at Santa Maria.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw finished eleventh at Ventura after starting fifteenth. At press time, the versatile driver has recorded one top-10 finish and will be looking for his first career win this Saturday night.
Currently sixth in points, Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Kyle Edwards, Cody Majors, Austin Ervine, Troy Rutherford, T.J. Smith, Steve Hix, Tom Hendricks, Austin Liggett, Trent Carter, Jeff Fillingame, "The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride, Ryan Stolz, Matt Day, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 atlwjennings@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 westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Jake Swanson.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-276, 2. Jake Swanson-238, 3. Ryan Timmons-199, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-186, 5. Koen Shaw-183, 6. Slater Helt-154, .. Brody Roa-154, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-147, 9. Stevie Sussex-145, 10. Kyle Edwards-141, 11. Cody Majors-119, ... Austin Ervine-119, ... Hannah Mayhew-119, 14. Dennis Gile-113, 15. Troy Rutherford-108, 16. J.J. Ringo-106, 17. T.J. Smith-101, ... Colton Hardy-101, 19. Steve Hix-88, 20. Tom Hendricks-84, ... Chase Johnson-84.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
June 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WESTERN MIDGETS & WEST COAST SPRINT CARS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 23, 2019... After a successful debut at Merced, the USAC Western States Midgets are back in action this Saturday, April 27th, at Santa Maria Raceway.

Promoted by Nick Duggan, the third point race is the first of two events at the newly renovated 1/3-mile oval. The action packed card will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Santa Maria Dwarf Cars. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

After earning his first career win at Merced, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has taken over the point lead. Holding a 20-point advantage, the pilot of the family owned Liggett's #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike also has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. The defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will be looking to add a Santa Maria winning trophy to his collection.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott charged to fourth at Merced after starting seventh. To date, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has posted two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights the 30-lap victory at Santa Maria.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Piloting Drea Prickett's Ecotec powered #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Western Performance Spike, Prickett earned his second Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a thirteenth to ninth place run at Merced. At press time, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has two top-10 finishes and will be looking to gain valuable points with the Saturday night victory.

C.J. Sarna (Palm Desert, CA) sits fourth in the championship point standings. Racing his #20 Cactus Jacks Bar & Grill / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna claimed an eighth place finish last Saturday night from tenth. To date, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes and will have his sights the second win of his career.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is fifth in the Western States point standings. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, Shannon placed tenth in the Merced debut. At press time, the 2012 Champion has two top-10 finishes and will be looking to claim the victory at Santa Maria Raceway.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, Marvin Mitchell, Jake Swanson, Michael Faccinto, Alex Schutte, "Fireball" Maria Cofer, Kyle Beilman, Cody Swanson, Dylan Ito, Terry Nichols, and Bryan Drollinger.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, 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 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.
FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at www.floracing.com.

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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 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Ben Worth.

SANTA MARIA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 6-Sleepy Tripp, 3-Rusty Rasmussen, 2-Billy Boat, 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Tommie Estes Jr., 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Frankie Guerrini, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Jeff Meyer, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Danny Stratton, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Tommy White, 1-Josh Wise.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-152, 2. Cory Elliott-132, 3. David Prickett-115, 4. C.J. Sarna-106, 5. Shannon McQueen-105, 6. Robert Dalby-94, 7. Randi Pankratz-83, 8. Marvin Mitchell-79, 9. Jake Swanson-78, 10. Michael Faccinto-73, 11. Alex Schutte-58, 12. Maria Cofer-55, 13. Jackson Dukes-53, 14. Troy Morris III-48, 15. Kyle Beilman-47, 16. Cody Swanson-44, 17. Dylan Ito-43, 18. Terry Nichols-33, 19. Mike Leach Jr.-30.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 6: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
April 20: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 20: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
July 27: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
October 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
November 15: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 19: *Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 20: *Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 23: *Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS HEADLINE
CANYON'S "STATE 48 CLASSIC"

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 23, 2019... After Saturday's popular "Lealand McSpadden Classic," the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, April 27th, at Canyon Speedway Park.

Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the "State 48 Classic" is the third of five appearances at the Peoria, Arizona oval. The fifth point race will also feature the AZ Differential Modifieds, Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Sport Compacts, and Dwarf Cars. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:30pm. In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Friday, starting at 6:30pm and General Admission is FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixty-six Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nineteen victories. In the two previous events of the campaign, New Mexico's Josh Hodges and Missouri's Hunter Schuerenberg topped the USAC/CRA co-sanctioned "Spring Showcase." During that event, "The Demon" Damion Gardner set the new 1-lap standard of 13.469 on March 9th and the Peoria win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the "State 48 Classic," Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 29-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa ran sixth in last Saturday's "Lealand McSpadden Classic" at Arizona Speedway. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led. With two USAC SouthWest wins, Roa will be looking to add the "State 48 Classic" trophy to his collection.
After finishing fourth in the "McSpadden Classic," R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson has one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led in the campaign. The five-time champion has fifty-five USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the "State 48 Classic" victory.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen's #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex raced from eighth to fifth in the Arizona Speedway feature. At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has three top-10 finishes on the season. The second generation driver has twelve wins and will be looking for the victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

"The Magic Man" Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin placed ninth in last Saturday's "McSpadden Classic." To date, the 2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner has two top-10 finishes and will have his sights on his seventh SouthWest victory.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is tied for fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting John Grau and Mike Burkhart's #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / Stratis Construction DRC, Swanson earned San Tan Valley's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a seventeenth to second place run. At press time, the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Main Win, and 11 feature laps led to his credit. Jake will be looking for his second career SouthWest win this Saturday night.

Currently ranked fifteenth in points, Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr., "The Real American" Matt Rossi, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, "The Radio Flyer" Bruce St. James, "The Bull" Tye Mihocko, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (11 and under) are FREE.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the 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 at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 19-R.J. Johnson, 10-Charles Davis Jr., 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Josh Hodges, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Mike Martin, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-280, 2. R.J. Johnson-251, 3. Stevie Sussex-218, 4. Mike Martin-205, .. Jake Swanson-205, 6. Josh Hodges-202, 7. Isaac Chapple-200, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-198, 9. Austin Williams-188, 10. Matt Rossi-184, 11. Matt Lundy-155, 12. Michael Curtis-153, 13. Damion Gardner-139, 14. Jason McDougal-124, 15. Ryan Cully-122, 16. Landon Cling-121, 17. Dennis Gile-119, ... Hunter Schuerenberg-119, 19. Stephen Sanchez-105, 20. Chris Bonneau-91.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 2: C