USAC Race Results & Press Releases

Courtesy, Dick Jordan

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 25, 2015 - Shenandoah, Virginia - Shenandoah Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.650; 2. Carson Hocevar, 7, Radical-15.701; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.719; 4. Kyle Craker, 12, Craker-15.752; 5. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.832; .6 Nic Davidson, 39, Radical-15.880; 7. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.891; 8. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.984; 9. Jeremy Frankoski, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-16.007; 10, Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-16.007; 11. Fletcher Wulff, 4, Wulff-16.013.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Kyle Craker, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Jeremy Frankoski, 6. Carson Hocevar, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Jake Nelke, 9. Sam Hatfield, 10. Fletcher Wulff, 11. Nic Davidson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bean, Laps 31-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-546, 2-Bean-479, 3-Layser-420, 4-Scott Hunter-415, 5-Craker-413, 6-Calvin Carroll-358, 7-Matt Lundstrom-351, 8-Hatfield-328, 9-Nelke-304, 10-Nikki Carroll-298.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: August 8 - Shenandoah (VA) Speedway

 

 

USAC SPECIAL EVENT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 25, 2015 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Lincoln Tech Indianapolis Speedrome - "Tony Stewart Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS:1. Grant Galloway, 84, Galloway-11.851; 2. Bryan Nuckles, 59, Nuckles-11.880; 3. Jeff Abold, 4, Seymour-11.884; 4. Kyle Hamilton, 33, Hamilton-11.959; 5. Jim Anderson, 199, Guess-11.974; 6. Teddy Beach, 15, Beach-12.009; 7. Blly Wease, 98, Burrow-12.028; 8. Kevin Studley, 57k, Studley-12.033; 9. Robby Parish, 7k, Irwin-12.048; 10. Derek Bischak, 31, Diversified Motorsports-12.052; 11. Gabby Chaves, 9c, USAC-12.056; 12. Nick Hamilton, 32, Hamilton-12.130; 13. Ross Rankine, 15R, USAC-12.136; 14. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-12.160; 15. Chase Jones, 27, SFH/RW-12.259; 16. Spencer Bayston, 9, 3-K-12.274; 17. Dave Baumgartner, 9B, Ryder-12.307; 18. Dameron Taylor, 8, Taylor-12.414; 19. Joey Burrow, 49, Burrow-12.416; 20. Jacob Taylor, 11, Taylor-12.581; 21. Kyle O'Gara, 27T, SFH-12.583; 22. Jon Laski, 01, Laski-(12.390 time disallowed); 23. Dameron Taylor, 61, Kenyon-(time disallowed due to driver change); 24. Austin Nemire, 19, O'Connell-25. Travis Welpott, 18, Gorman-NT; 26. Kyle O'Gara, 99, Guess-NT; 27. Andy Nock, 17k, Irwin-NT.

DASH: (6 laps) 1. K.Hamilton, 2. Anderson, 3. Nuckles, 4. Abold, 5. Galloway, 6. Beach. NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Parish, 2. Anderson, 3. Rankine, 4. Galloway, 5. K.O'Gara, 6. Baumgartner. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Beach, 2. Nuckles, 3. Smith, 4. Bischak, 5. D.Taylor (#8). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Burrow, 2. Baumgartner, 3. Wease, 4. Abold, 5. Jones, 6. Laski. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. K.Hamilton, 2. N.Hamilton, 3. Bayston, 4. Studley, 5. J.Taylor. NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Jones, 2. K.O'Gara, 3. D.Taylor, 4. Laski, 5. J.Taylor. NT

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kyle Hamilton, 2. Grant Galloway, 3. Kevin Studley, 4. Ross Rankine, 5. Gabby Chaves, 6. Jim Anderson, 7. Kyle O'Gara, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Joey Burrow, 10. Jake Smith, 11. Dameron Taylor, 12. Bryan Nuckles, 13, Jon Laski, 14, Jacob Taylor, 15. Teddy Beach, 16. Billy Wease, 17. Jeff Abold, 18, Robby Parish, 19. Chase Jones, 20. Dave Baumgartner, 21. Brad Armstrong (#61), 22. Derek Bischak, 23. Nick Hamilton, 24. Andy Nock, 25. Andy O'Gara (#99). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Wease, Laps 14-100 K.Hamilton.

 

 

TANNER TOPS KODY IN SILVER CROWN SIBLING DUEL FOR "RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" WIN

Brownsburg, Indiana.......Tanner Swanson continued his dominance on the pavement side of the Silver Crown Series schedule as he passed his brother Kody two-thirds of the way through Thursday's "Rich Vogler Classic" 100-lapper and took off for a comfortable 5.366-second victory in the Bowman Racing - Banjo Products #2 Beast/Kistler Chevy. The non-stop race was completed in 37 minutes and 25 seconds.

"I'm so thankful for the opportunity to race with these guys, and to get to battle with my brother for the win. I had an awesome race car tonight. I got snookered on the start and fell back to about seventh, so I tried to just get to some clean air and get some laps laid down. These things can go all 100, so I tried to run those top two down. I put some pressure on Kody just to see what I had, and I didn't know what I had either. We didn't have brakes for a while to end the race, so it got hairy a few times. Rich Vogler passed away about six months to the day before I was born, so all I really know about him are through the highlight reels, and there are plenty of them, so it's cool to win a race dedicated to him," Tanner Swanson said.

Aaron Pierce took the lead after setting ProSource "Fast Time" for the night's pole position. Kody Swanson was quickly on him, though, and took the lead on lap three as Pierce back-pedaled through the top-ten. Tanner's teammate for the night, 1999 series champion Ryan Newman, moved to second, with defending race winner David Byrne and most recent pavement Silver Crown winner Bobby Santos also lined up in front of Tanner, who ran fifth on lap ten.

Tanner started his ascent through the field right then, however, as he disposed of Santos and Byrne to leave them in a nearly race-long battle for fourth.

On lap 32, Tanner went by Newman for second, but the lead trio stayed in tight formation for much of the race as they carved through traffic. By halfway, they had lapped up to the tenth spot, and Tanner appeared ready to pounce for the top spot.

While coming up on a slower car, Tanner darted to the inside of Kody on lap 57 to make a bid for the lead, making it three-wide with the slower car as Kody slipped away to hold the lead. Tanner looked again to the inside down the frontstretch into turn-one on the next lap, but settled back in behind his brother.

Tanner Swanson, in his Bowman Racing #02, passed his brother, Kody, to take the lead on lap 66 of the 100-lap race. The Swanson brothers have combined to lead 497 of the previous 500 laps in USAC Silver Crown competition at Lucas Oil Raceway dating back to May of 2013. (David Nearpass Photo)

Again coming up on slower cars, this time Kody looked low into turn-three on lap 66 as Tanner jumped to the outside, circling for the lead as they exited onto the fronstretch and sliding to the bottom in front of Kody to work past the slower cars, now with the lead. From there, Tanner was untouchable, lapping up to sixth in the closing circuits to leave Kody to settle for second while lengthening his point lead in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Beast/Hampshire.

"This is two or three years and quite a few races where I've run second or third on pavement. Last year when we were here, we struggled to stay on the lead lap against Tanner, and this time we made him work for it for a little while. This 63 team doesn't quit, and we're always getting better. We're gaining on it and nobody here is giving up, so we're looking forward to trying it again," Kody Swanson said.

Nearly six seconds behind Kody was Newman, turning a rare appearance with the series into a podium finish aboard the Bowman/Armstrong Racing - Bricker's Pub #21 Beast/Chevy.

"I've gotta thank Mike Bowman and his whole group for letting me come out and run. They could roll the corner a bit better and easier than I could, while I had to cowboying it some and sliding my tires more than I wanted. When Tanner got the lead, I tried to save my tires and bide my time, but we just never caught a caution. It wasn't quite what we wanted, but we were better than last year," Newman said.

Santos finally cleared Byrne late in the race to take fourth in the DJ Racing - Simpson Race Products #22 Beast/VDS Chevy, and Windom snuck into the top-five late in the going after starting ninth in the Fred Gormly - RPM Auto Enterprise #98 Beast/Mopar.

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USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: July 23, 2015 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "Rich Vogler Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.006; 2. Ryan Newman, 121, Bowman/Armstrong-21.019; 3. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.117; 4. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-21.173; 5. Bobby Santos, 122, DJ-21.187; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.192; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.294; 8. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-21.310; 9. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.328; 10. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-21.365; 11. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-21.574; 12. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/Six-R-21.614; 13. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-21.625; 14. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-21.692; 15. Jarett Andretti, 4, Andretti-21.705; 16. Tim Barber, 28, Finkenbinder-22.018; 17. Jimmy McCune, 81, Williams-22.277; 18. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-22.531; 19. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-26.489.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Tanner Swanson, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Ryan Newman, 4. Bobby Santos, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Aaron Pierce, 7. David Byrne, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. A.J. Fike, 10. Austin Nemire, 11. Rex Norris III, 12. Joe Axsom, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Tim Barber, 15. Patrick Lawson, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Jacob Wilson, 18. Jimmy McCune, 19. Tad Roach. 37:25.11 ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Pierce, Laps 3-65 K.Swanson, Laps 66-100 T.Swanson. UPCOMING EVENT INFO

DATE: Friday, July 31, 2015

SERIES: USAC Silver Crown Series

TRACK: Belleville High Banks (Belleville, Kansas) - 1/2 mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT: "Hustle on the High Banks"

STARTING TIMES: Ticket window opens at 3pm Gates open at 5pm Hot Laps 6:30pm Racing at 7:30pm

TICKET PRICES: Adult General Admission: $25 Adult General Admission: Bottom 4 rows $20 Kids Age 6-12: $10 Pit Pass: $30

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

TULARE HOSTS SATURDAY’S $4,000-TO-WIN “PETER MURPHY CLASSIC”

By Lance Jennings

JULY 22, 2015... The cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are back in action this Saturday, July 25th, at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “2nd Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will also showcase the winged King of the West and Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials will begin at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

A special thanks goes to Peter Murphy and his family for making Saturday’s event one of the most anticipated dates on the schedule. In addition to the series contingencies, the fast qualifier will earn $400 ($300 plus $100 Woodland Auto Display Award), the hard charger will take home $200, and $400 will be awarded to the racer with the longest tow. There will also be a special 4-lap, 4-car “Dash for Cash” with the fastest four qualifiers paying $500 to first, $400 for second, $300 to third, and $200 to fourth. The winner of the main event will earn $4,000 and a custom helmet, second will pocket $2,000, third will get $1,200, and fourth will take home $1,000. The action packed feature will pay $400-to-start and the purse is posted at the end of this release.

Noted as one of the most popular drivers in the Central Valley, Murphy established himself in both the winged and non-wing sprint car ranks. Driving the potent Tarlton & Son #21, the Australian native won non-winged championships with the SCRA 360s, Bandits, Kings Bandits, VRA/Bandit Grand Slam Mini-Series, and the Santa Maria Sprint Cars. In West Coast action, Murphy won six races during the inaugural season and currently ranks fourth on the series win list. In addition, he posted one fast time award and still holds the track record at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. 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. Last year, Ryan Bernal won the unsanctioned non-wing 360 feature and Jonathan Allard scored the King of the West triumph.

Since March 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-six USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten wins, including two of the four appearances in 2015. On March 13th, Bernal broke his old 1-lap qualifying track record and set the new standard at 15.133. Other Tulare winners are Bud Kaeding (5), Richard Vander Weerd (3), Kyle Larson (2), Craig Stidham (2), Dean Alexander (1), Danny Faria Jr. (1), Dennis Howell (1), and Peter Murphy (1). Saturday’s race will be the fifth of six dates at the lightning fast 1/3-mile clay oval.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California sits atop the standings with a 121-point lead over the competition. Racing Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria was the fast qualifier at Hanford on June 27th and ran a close second to Richard Vander Weerd. To date, the 2013 Champion has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one high-point driver award, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 53 feature laps led. Currently ranked fifth on the West Coast win list, “Hollywood” will be looking to make the “Peter Murphy Classic” his eighth feature victory.

After winning the June 27th feature at Hanford, Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd has climbed to second in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led to his credit. The 2011 Champion is second on the series win list and will have his sights on the $4,000 payday at Tulare.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California is third in the point standings. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd placed eighth at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Heading to the “Peter Murphy Classic,” the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, and nineteen top-10 finishes on the season. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for eighth on the West Coast win list, Jace will be looking to score his fifth main event win.

Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson ran sixth in the Hanford main event. To date, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year is tied with Danny Faria Jr. for the series lead with four heat race victories on the season. In addition, he has posted one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led. At Thunderbowl Raceway, D.J. will have his sights on his claiming his first series win at the “Peter Murphy Classic.”

Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has risen to fifth in the championship standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham ran a strong race at Hanford and claimed fifth at the checkered flags. As this writing goes to press, the leading Rookie of the Year contender has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. Trey continues to improve as he looks to earn his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature triumph.

While Marcham leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, California’s Tristan Guardino, Shannon McQueen, and Ryan Timmons are also in contention. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Bernal, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Jeff Sibley, Bud Kaeding, Brody Roa, Austin Liggett, Troy Rutherford, Max Adams, Johnathon Henry, Kevin Barnes, Matt Mitchell, Kyle Smith, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Ronnie Gardner, Cody Majors, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved Grandstand Tickets are $20 and General Admission Seats are $18. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

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

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- PETER MURPHY CLASSIC PURSE: 1. $4,000; 2. $2,000; 3. $1,200; 4. $1,000; 5. $900; 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $600, 9. $550; 10. $500; 11. $400; 12. $400; 13. $400; 14. $400; 15. $400; 16. $400; 17. $400; 18. $400; 19. $400; 20. $400; 21. $400; 22. $400.

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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 2- Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-600, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-479, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-478, 4. D.J. Johnson-468, 5. Trey Marcham-467, 6. Ryan Bernal-451, 7. Landon Hurst-393, 8. Tristan Guardino-370, 9. Jeff Sibley-291, 10. Bud Kaeding-279, 11. Brody Roa-256, 12. Austin Liggett-215, 13. Troy Rutherford-201, 14. Shannon McQueen-186, --. Max Adams-186, 16. Colby Copeland-166, 17. Jonathan Henry-144, 18. Kevin Barnes-142, 19. Matt Mitchell-114, 20. Jake Swanson-101, --. Kyle Smith-101.

 

 

WATCH "RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" TRIBUTE VIDEO HERE

Twenty-five years ago, the racing world lost legendary, 7-time USAC national champion Rich Vogler. Join us to celebrate the life and career of "Rapid Rich" this Thursday night, July 23rd at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana for the "Rich Vogler Classic" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Series.

Among the entrants for this event are 1999 Silver Crown champ and 2013 Brickyard 400 winner Ryan Newman, defending race winner David Byrne, defending series champ Kody Swanson and his brother, Tanner Swanson, who has won 3 of the last 4 Silver Crown races at Lucas Oil Raceway. Cars hit the track at 5:45pm.

"RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" INFORMATION

DATE: Thursday, July 23, 2015

SERIES: USAC Silver Crown Series

TRACK: Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, Indiana) - .686-mile, slightly-banked paved oval

EVENT: "Rich Vogler Classic" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Series and the Mid-American Stock Car Series

STARTING TIMES: Pit Gate Opens 2:00pm Spectator Gates Open 5:00pm Silver Crown Practice 5:45pm Silver Crown Qualifying 6:45pm Opening Ceremonies 7:15pm Late Model Race 7:30pm Silver Crown Race 8:30pm

TICKET PRICES: Adult General Admission: $25 Children (age 5-12) General Admission: $10 **Bring a ticket stub from any 2015 "Indiana Sprint Week" event and receive $5 off regular general admission price. Pit Pass: $40 Purchase advance tickets at: www.eventbrite.com

TRACK ADDRESS: 10267 E US Hwy 136, Indianapolis, IN 46234

TRACK PHONE: (317) 291-4090

TRACK WEBSITE: www.lucasoilraceway.com

 

 

Honda USAC Western Midget Series

MICHAEL FACCINTO WINS THRILLER AT PETALUMA SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

JULY 21, 2015... In one of the closest finishes in the history of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series, Michael Faccinto of Hanford, California emerged victorious at Petaluma Speedway. Racing past Ronnie Gardner in a late race surge to the checkered flag, Michael earned the BCRA co-sanctioned triumph. Shannon McQueen was third, Cory Elliott took fourth, and Nick Chivello stormed to fifth from fifteenth.

Looking for her first win of the year, polesitter Shannon McQueen led the first twelve circuits. The veteran racer jumped the turn-two cushion and Ronnie Gardner took advantage. Starting eighth, the two-time champion sailed to the lead and began to run away from the pack. In search of his fourteenth series victory, Gardner had extended his lead to over a straightaway. It would not last as a yellow flag would bunch the field. On the restart, Ronnie got an excellent jump and controlled the main event. Behind the leader, racers were battling hard for position, but another late race caution halted the action.

With two laps to go, Faccinto powered by Ronnie Gardner to grab the top spot. The determined drivers raced hard and exchanged the lead back and forth several times. With the checkered flag waving, the duo charged out of turn four with Faccinto on the outside and Gardner on the bottom. Getting a huge bite off the Petaluma clay, Gardner executed a huge wheelie down the front straightaway and past the finish line. However, the night belonged to Faccinto, who claimed the main event win by .105 seconds.

Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / 3 Girls Spike, Michael Faccinto earned his second victory of the campaign. Qualifying tenth out of the twenty-seven racers in the pit area, Michael also won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The second generation driver left Petaluma tied for sixth in the point chase with one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, two top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit.

Corona, California’s Ronnie Gardner had to settle for second in the 30-lap main event. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner earned his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year and placed third in his heat race. With the runner-up finish, Ronnie has taken over the point lead with two feature wins, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes and 45 feature laps led.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California took third at the checkered flags. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen was ninth quick in time trials and won the 8-lap Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. The former champion has climbed to second in the point standings with five top-10 finishes and 12 feature laps led on the season.

In his second start of the season, Bakersfield, California’s Cory Elliott sliced his way to fourth at Petaluma after starting twelfth. Racing the family owned #11E Oilwize / Speed Quest Motorsports Spike, Elliott qualified thirteenth overall and took fourth in his heat race. To date, Cory has recorded one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes.

Nick Chivello of Manteca, California earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from fifteenth. Piloting the family owned #27 Rodgers Trucking / America’s Tire Spike, Chivello had a penalty in qualifications for missing the scales and ran second to Taylor Simas in his heat race. The former Rookie of the Year left Petaluma ranked eighth in the standings with one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led in the campaign.

Bakersfield, California’s Sean Dodenhoff won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff was eighth fast in time trials and scored seventh in the feature. To date, Sean sits tenth in the chase for the championship with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and one top-10 finish.

Taylor Simas of Orland, California claimed victory in the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Racing Doug Bock’s #62 Carson R&D / Astro Titanium Spike, Simas qualified third overall, scored eighth in his heat race, and placed thirteenth in the feature after a late tangle erased a top-five run from sixteenth.

The Honda USAC Western Midgets will take a break in the schedule and will return to action at the famed Calistoga Speedway on September 5th and 6th. Also showcasing the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, the “8th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” will open the “First Annual California Midget Week.” For more event information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, K&N Engineering, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. -------------------------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 18, 2015 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway - (Co-sanctioned by BCRA)

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.382; 2. Randi Pankratz, 8X, Pankratz-14.693; 3. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-14.709; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.718; 5. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.848; 6. Scott Pierovich, 31, Pierovich-14.850; 7. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.884; 8. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-14.909; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.969; 10. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.974; 11. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.029; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.089; 13. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.107; 14. Nick Foster, 9E, Dodenhoff-15.133; 15. Scott Kinney, 27C, Blackwell-15.198; 16. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-15.203; 17. Bill Lindsey, 8, Lindsey-15.274; 18. Rick Holbrook, 46, Holbrook-15.412; 19. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.519; 20. Gary Conterno, 55X, Conterno-15.602; 21. Floyd Alvis, 11F, Champion-15.733; 22. Michael Donaldson, 9, Donaldson-15.923; 23. Nate Waite, 35W, Waite-16.191; 24. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.224; 25. Tommy McCarthy, 27B, Blackwell-16.381; 26. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-NT; 27. Johnathon Henry, 77K, Bailey-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Guerrini, 3. Gardner, 4. Elliott, 5. Swanson, 6. Howard, 7. Donaldson, 8. McCarthy. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. Foster, 3. Nichols, 4. Gard, 5. Pankratz, 6. Chivello, 7. Lindsey, 8. Waite, 9. Conterno. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE #3: (8 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Pierovich, 3. Holbrook, 4. Cofer, 5. Kinney, 6. Alvis, 7. Williams, 8. Simas. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Simas, 2. Chivello, 3. Howard, 4. Bock, 5. Waite, 6. Kinney, 7. McCarthy, 8. Alvis, 9. Williams, 10. Lindsey, 11. Donaldson, 12. Conterno. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (7th), 2. Ronnie Gardner (8th), 3. Shannon McQueen (1st), 4. Cory Elliott (12th), 5. Nick Chivello (15th), 6. Frankie Guerrini (6th), 7. Sean Dodenhoff (2nd), 8. Randi Pankratz (5th), 9. Terry Nichols (10th), 10. Maria Cofer (9th), 11. Rick Holbrook (13th), 12. Cody Swanson (3rd), 13. Taylor Simas (16th), 14. Sparky Howard (18th), 15. Scott Kinney (14th), 16. Nick Foster (11th), 17. Tommy McCarthy (19th), 18. Britton Bock (17th), 19. Scott Pierovich (4th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 McQueen, Laps 13-29 Gardner, Lap 30 Faccinto. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Nick Chivello (15th to 5th)

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-294, 2. Shannon McQueen-277, 3. Cody Swanson-260, 4. Terry Nichols-243, 5. Trey Marcham-209, 6. Michael Faccinto-167, -. Scott Pierovich-167, 8. Nick Chivello-166, 9. Randi Pankratz-146, 10. Sean Dodenhoff-130, 11. Brian Gard-121, 12. Steve Davis-114, 13. Danny Faria, Jr.-92, 14. Brady Bacon-74, 15. David Prickett-57, 16. Jack Hawley-46, 17. Jimmy Voitel-42, --. Nate Waite-42, 19. Jeff Harrington-38, 20. Ricky Shelton-27, 21. Tyler Dolacki-25.

 

 

"TONY STEWART CLASSIC" AT THE LINCOLN TECH INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDROME

OFFERS SHEPHERD INSURANCE "TAIL GUNNER BONUS" MONEY;

USAC "HALL OF FAME" INDUCTIONS SET FOR SATURDAY

A $5,000 winner's share of the purse and a $10,000 cash bonus posted by Shepherd Insurance will make this Saturday night's Inaugural "Tony Stewart Midget Classic" at the Lincoln Tech Indianapolis Speedway a signature event as part of the activities surrounding this weekend's "Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard" NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Saluting the USAC Triple Crown Champion who was "Rookie of the Year" in the track's 1991 USAC Regional Midget series, this race hopes to spearhead a resurgence of pavement Midget racing in America. The 100-lap feature race is slated for a 9 pm green flag following a full day of preliminary activities.

Also on the docket is the 2015 USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, scheduled to start at 6:45 pm on the track's front stretch. Inductees among the fourth class to be honored this year are (in alphabetical order) Clint Brawner, Jimmy Caruthers, Butch Hartman, Lindsey Hopkins, Jim Hurtubise, Don Kenyon, Sheldon Kinser, Fred Lorenzen, Roger Penske, Larry Rice, Shorty Templeman and Sleepy Tripp.

Kyle O'Gara and Kyle Hamilton are among early favorites for Saturday's race. O'Gara, brother-in-law of Indianapolis 500 veteran Sarah Fisher, has won five times in the Kenyon Midget series so far this year, including two victories at the Speedrome. Hamilton, USAC's 2012 Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year," is also a pavement standout. Entries continue to be filed and Kenyon Midget point leader Dameron Taylor and USAC National Midget rookie Spencer Bayston are also pre-entered.

In addition to the sizeable purse postings, Shepherd Insurance has created the "Tail Gunner Bonus," a $10,000 award for a driver who elects, at the mandatory 75-lap intermission break, to restart last and win the 100-lap race. The offer will be made to the race leader at 75 laps, unless he declines. If so, the second place driver will receive the offer and if he declines the offer will go to the third-place driver, where the offer ends.

The Lincoln Tech Indianapolis Speedrome is USAC's most active track in history. A total of 496 feature events have been conducted there in numerous disciplines. The track also produced Tony Stewart's inaugural USAC victory, on August 9, 1991.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 18, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 2. Kenny Schrader (#29 Seymour), 3. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 4. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 5. Chris Donnelly (#17 Donnelly), 6. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 7. Alex Rose (#11R Miller), 8. Barry Kittredge (#21 Kittredge), 9. Lauren Byrd (#21 Burd), 10. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 2. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 3. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 4. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 5. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 6. Derek Graham (#5 Graham), 7. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 8. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 9. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime), 10. Rob Williams (#96 Williams). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Miller, 2. Pierson, 3. Sunn, 4. Whitney, 5. Schrader, 6. M.Chaffee, 7. K.Chaffee, 8. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Scott Holcomb, 3. Ray Miller, 4. Derek Graham, 5. Jeff Champagne, 6. Kenny Schrader, 7. Josh Sunn, 8. Adam Whitney, 8. Kenney Johnson, 10. Mike Chafrfee, 11. Chris Donnelly, 12. Dean Christensen, 13. Jeff Horn, 14. Alex Rose, 15. Lauren Byrd, 16. Kevin Chaffee, 17. Barry Kittredge, 18. Rob Williams. NT

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**Gallant flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 M.Chaffee, Laps 3-14 Champagne, Laps 15-22 Holcomb, Laps 23-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-515, 2-Sunn-497, 3-Christensen-420, 4-Holcomb-396, 5-K.Chaffee-393, 6-Horn-355, 7-Johnson-340, 8-Whitney-313, 9-Miller-306, 10-M.Chaffee-230.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: August 8 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 18, 2015 - Petaluma, California - Petaluma Speedway (Co-santcioned by BCRA)

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.382; 2. Randi Pankratz, 8X, Pankratz-14.693; 3. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-14.709; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.718; 5. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.848; 6. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-14.850; 7. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.884; 8. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-14.909; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.969; 10. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.974; 11. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.029; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.089; 13. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.107; 14. Nick Foster, 9E, Dodenhoff-15.133; 15. Scott Kinney, 27C, Blackwell-15.198; 16. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-15.203; 17. Bill Lindsey, 8, Lindsey-15.274; 18. Rick Holbrook, 46, Holbrook-15.412; 19. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.519; 20. Gary Conterno, 55X, Conterno-15.602; 21. Floyd Alvis, 11F, Champion-15.733; 22. Michael Donaldson, 9, Donaldson-15.923; 23. Nate Waite, 35W, Waite-16.191; 24. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.224; 25. Tommy McCarthy, 27B, Blackwell-16.381; 26. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-NT; 27. Johnathon Henry, 77K, Henry-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Guerrini, 3. Gardner, 4. Elliott, 5. Swanson, 6. Howard, 7. Donaldson, 8. McCarthy. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. Foster, 3. Nichols, 4. Gard, 5. Pankratz, 6. Chivello, 7. Lindsey, 8. Waite, 9. Conterno. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Pierovich, 3. Holbrook, 4. Cofer, 5. Kinney, 6. Alvis, 7. Williams, 8. Simas. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Simas, 2. Chivello, 3. Howard, 4. Bock, 5. Waite, 6. Kinney, 7. McCarthy, 8. Alvis, 9. Williams, 10. Lindsey, 11. Donaldson, 12. Conterno. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Cory Elliott, 5. Nick Chivello, 6. Frankie Guerrini, 7. Sean Dodenhoff, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Terry Nichols, 10. Maria Cofer, 11. Rick Holbrook, 12. Cody Swanson, 13. Taylor Simas, 14. Sparky Howard, 15. Scott Kinney, 16. Nick Foster, 17. Tommy McCarthy, 18. Britton Bock, 19. Scott Pierovich. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 McQueen, Laps 13-29 Gardner, Lap 30 Faccinto.

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-294, 2-McQueen-277, 3-C.Swanson-260, 4-Nichols-243, 5-Trey Marcham-209, 6-Faccinto-167, 7-Pierovich-167, 8-Chivello-166, 9-Pankratz-146, 10-Dodenhof-130.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 5 - Calistoga (CA) Speedway - "Louie Vermeil Classic"

 

 

SHORT ENDS DROUGHT WITH HAUBSTADT SCORE; BALLOU WINS "SPRINT WEEK" TITLE

Haubstadt, Indiana.......Brady Short ended an over-four-year winless streak in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series by closing "Indiana Sprint Week" with the victory in Saturday's 30-lap feature at Tri-State Speedway, and Robert Ballou charged from tenth to finish fourth to clinch his first Sprint Week title.

Short started from the pole, but Chris Windom took the lead from the outside at the onset. He opened up a lead in the first few laps, as Ballou quickly pressured Brady Bacon for position, one which would decide the Sprint Week title, as the duo came into the feature separated by just two points.

Windom was out front and still pulling the front wheels on lap nine before encountering traffic just two laps later, as Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Brady Short began to close the gap along with Chase Stockon.

Thomas reeled Windom in and went side-by-side with him on lap twelve and stayed in his shadow until lap sixteen, when they again battled wheel-to-wheel down the backstretch before Thomas cleared him for the lead.

As the lead pack stayed bottled in traffic, Short disposed of Windom on lap twenty for second. He put himself just a few car lengths back of Thomas on lap 22 as they raced into turn-one, with Thomas up higher and getting caught behind a slower car getting sideways in front of them. Short darted past on the bottom, going on to win by 1.157 seconds aboard the Sipe's Body & Glass - Indiana Stone Works #11P Maxim/SPEC in a race that took just over seven minutes to complete. It was the first USAC win for car owner Cam Pottorff.

"It's huge to get a win again in USAC. It's so tough out here. It's no secret, I've buried myself a lot in qualifying. I knew if I hit my marks tonight and gave us a decent spot, we'd have a good shot. Traffic is huge here, and you've got to know how to maneuver around them. If you can get your car to pin and run off the bottom, you're a lot better off. The motor was getting way hot the last few laps and starting to lose power, but luckily it made it to the end. Coming down here is always a blast and we have some great races with those guys, and it feels good to come out on top of them," Short said.

Ballou finally entered the top-five on lap 26, as he passed Josh Hodges, who had a strong run going but was visibly overheating. He then ran down Stockon in the closing laps to take fourth in the Blakesley Auto - TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott, joining the list of "Indiana Sprint Week" titlists by a final margin by 17 points. In addition to the $5,000 winner's share for the week, he took the coveted Bridgeport rocking chair supplied by John Youngs.

"I never really paid attention to points much, but I've figured it out this week and realized you've got to get every one you can, even in qualifying and heats. I've always said you shouldn't win a championship if you don't win a race, but I guess we kept our consistency and did what we had to do to get it done. We had a couple things, specifically the two rainouts, kinda play in our favor to help us. This is a tough place, and I know all the races we run here helps us a lot. Brady is fast and good, and I knew he'd fight us hard if he could, so to get by him early was kind of a relief. We were just a bit off tonight, but got up through there a bit to get the job done. As always, I have to thank Derrick Bye for all the work he puts into this operation, along with all the people on this race car who help us," Ballou said.

Thomas came home second and showed the heartbreak of a close miss on the week-long championship, as he also finished as runner-up for the week in the Bakken Concrete - Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

"That was everything we had, laid out there, since we ran 12th at Terre Haute and knew we had a lot to make up. We did everything we could the last couple nights, but it wasn't enough. Once again, we had some bad luck with the weather taking away some great opportunities this week. You gotta have some luck and be on your game every night this week to get the rocking chair, and we just had those small bad breaks. This week is so mentally straining and try to get every single point every time you're out there. Tonight, we were really good but just caught a couple lappers a little wrong being out front. It's a tough place to get around, and traffic can be a real headache. This place is hell on wheels for 30 laps, and tonight we came up just short," Thomas said.

Windom's fine run closed on the podium as he steered the Rick Pollock - Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced to a seventh-place overall finish for the week.

"To be honest, I wouldn't expect this when we first came here. Rick and I tried some different things here, and it was actually really good. Leading laps here and lapping cars is something I'm not used to in a while. It's nice to finish off with a good night to end Sprint Week. We had some good nights and could have had some really good ones, but rain stopped those. Once we got to traffic tonight, I just didn't quite have the grip and they could hustle the middle harder than me, and that's when they got me," Windom said.

Chase Stockon finished up fifth in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, with Hodges sixth and Kyle Cummins finishing up 7th after starting 16th to earn the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award," worth $300 on the night in the memory of sprint car fan and former official Larry Williams, who died while traveling to the Sprint Week event at Terre Haute on Wednesday.

Justin Grant took the night's ProSource "Fast Time Award" before finishing eighth in the feature.

Brady Bacon finished up third in Sprint Week points after coming into the night as the leader before finishing 11th in the feature.

Thomas Meseraull earned the night's American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award" as the last transfer from the Semi-Feature.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 18, 2015 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - 28th Annual "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.421; 2. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.429; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.436; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.444; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.454; 6. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-13.520; 7. Brady Short, 11P, Pottorff-13.523; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.525; 9. Tyler Courtney, 4, THR-13.535; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.539; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-13.555; 12. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.579; 13. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-13.585; 14. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.587; 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.645; 16. Kyle Cummins, 3c, Cummins-13.653; 17. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.687; 18. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.706; 19. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-13.830; 20. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.843; 21. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-13.870; 22. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.871; 23. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.893; 24. Jeff Bland, Jr., 04, Burton-13.917; 25. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.948; 26. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-13.948; 27. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-14.227; 28. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.233; 29. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.493; 30. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-14.571; 31. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-14.685; 32. Clyde Knipp, 13, Korte-15.659; 33. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.663; 34. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Thomas, 3. Boespflug, 4. Grant, 5. Courtney, 6. Shuman, 7. C. Short. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Ballou, 3. Hodges, 4. Windom, 5. Swanson, 6. Meseraull, 7. Gross, 8. Brackett. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. B. Short, 2. Stockon, 3. Bland, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Daum, 6. Andretti, 7. Schmidt, 8. Knipp. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jackson, 2. Cummins, 3. Bacon, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Leary, 6. Weir, 7. Gentry, 8. Bell. 2:18.92

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Courtney, 3. Weir, 4. Andretti, 5. Swanson, 6. Meseraull, 7. Schmidt, 8. Shuman, 9. Gentry, 10. Knipp, 11. Bell, 12. Daum, 13. C. Short. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Short, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 3. Chris Windom, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Scotty Weir, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 16. Jeff Bland, Jr., 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Tyler Courtney, 21. Dakota Jackson, 22. Jake Swanson. 7:31.50 ---------------------------- **Brackett flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Windom, Laps 16-21 Thomas, Laps 22-30 B. Short.

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 18, 2015 - Asheboro, North Carolina - Caraway Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Matt Lundstrom, 2, Lundstrom-17.366; 2. Calvin Carroll, 24, Carroll-17.377; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-17.386; 4. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-17.413; 5. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-17.458; 6. Kyle Craker, 12, Craker-17.480; 7. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-17.487; 8. Nikki Carroll, 5, Carroll-17.526; 9. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-17.674; 10. Nic Davidson, 39, Radical-17.697; 11. George Kurtz, 7, Radical-17.730; 12. Eric Lewis, 21, Leydig-17.932;

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Matt Lundstrom, 3. Scott Hunter, 4. Calvin Carroll, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Kyle Craker, 7. Jessica Bean, 8. Nikki Carroll, 9. Sam Hatfield, 10. George Kurtz, 11. Nic Davidson, 12. Eric Lewis. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-480, 2-Hunter-415, 3-Layser-365, 4-Craker-356, 5-C.Carroll-353, 6-Lundstrom-351, 7-Bean-310, 8-N.Carroll-298, 9-Hatfield-292, 10-Nelke-265.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 25 - Shenandoah, VA - Shenandoah Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 17, 2015 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.854; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32TBI-10.860; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-10.938; 4. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-10.985; 5. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-10.998; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-10.998; 7. Tyler Courtney, 4, THR/Eberhardt-11.010; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-11.017; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-11.049; 10. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-11.057; 11. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-11.066; 12. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-11.084; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-11.114; 14. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.120; 15. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.127; 16. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-11.151; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-11.153; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-11.157; 19. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-11.175; 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-11.209; 21. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-11.232; 22. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.249; 23. Carson Short, 21, Short-11.260; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.263; 25. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-11.311; 26. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-11.321; 27. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.324; 28. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.327; 29. Jeff Bland, 04, Burton-11.353; 30. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-11.370; 31. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-11.372; 32. Kyle Wissmiller, 3x, Simmons-11.450; 33. Shelby VanGilder, 22V, VanGilder-11.499; 34. Kent Christian, 1c, Christian-11.569; 35. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-12.071; 36. Clyde Knipp, 13, Korte-NT; 37. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Coons, 3. Windom, 4. Shuman, 5. Bilbee, 6. Bacon, 7. Hodges, 8. VanGilder, 9. Bland. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. B.Short, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Jackson, 4. Stockon, 5. Ballou, 6. Darland, 7. Weir, 8. Christian, 9. Babcock. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Beauchamp, 3. C.Short, 4. Thomas, 5. McGhee, 6. Courtney, 7. Swanson, 8. Jarrett, 9 .Bell. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Grant, 3. Leary, 4. Farney, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Knipp, 7. Dakus, 8. Andretti, 9. K.Wissmiller. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Darland, 4. Hodges, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Courtney, 7. McGhee, 8. Weir, 9. Bland, 10. Babcock, 11. Christian, 12. K.Wissmiller, 13. Swanson, 14. Knipp, 15. VanGilder, 16. Andretti, 17. Jarrett, 18. Bilbee, 19. Bell, 20. Dakus. NT

FEATURE EVENT RAINED OUT (Postponed with an announcement regarding the feature status to be made at 2 pm Saturday)

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**Simon flipped during qualifying. Babcock flipped during the second heat. Dakus flipped during the fourth heat. Bilbee flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,214, 2-Stockon-1,168, 3-Darland-1,156, 4-Bacon-1,084, 5-Stanbrough-1,062, 6-Thomas-1,001, 7-Tracy Hines-818, 8-Leary-790, 9-Windom-727, 10-Farney-706. (Pending completion of Bloomington program)

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bacon-252, 2-Ballou-249, 3-Thomas-224, 4-Darland-215, 5-Schuerenberg-214, 6-Stanbrough-189, 7-Coons-179, 8-Boespflug-171, 9-Windom-166, 10-Weir-156.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 18 - Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 

BACON DEFEATS NEMESIS LINCOLN PARK FOR "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" WIN

Putnamville, Indiana.......Brady Bacon listed Lincoln Park Speedway as his arch nemesis heading into Thursday night's Round 5 of "Indiana Sprint Week," but the defending AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion reversed his recent showings at the Putnamville, Indiana oval to pick up his fifth win of the year.

Bacon led at the outset from the front row as polesitter Max McGhee took the second spot while Kevin Thomas, Jr. got rolling early on the high side to take third. A caution on lap eight saw Jerry Coons, Jr. in the fourth spot, but he was on the move forward using the bottom.

A red flag on Lap 13 for Jake Swanson set up a restart that Coons used to take the lead, as he rotated underneath Bacon through turns one and two and powered down the backstretch in front. Bacon battled back, though, and he worked back in front of Coons on lap 14 just before the final caution of the night.

The final half of the race saw Bacon perform flawlessly down low on the speedway, as Thomas, Jr. finally cleared Coons for second and came after him using the extreme high side of the track. He closed to within a few car lengths before Bacon pulled away again. At the line, Bacon held a .596-second advantage to take his 13th career victory, tying him for 38th all-time with Don Branson and Steve Chassey. It was also the 91st victory for the famed Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"It's no secret that this place has had our number, but we've worked and worked and tried everything we could think of to try to make this car better here. We measured and cut on this car, and my Hoffman guys are just tireless workers who always put in the effort to get us better. I had one bad lap on the restart where my line had gone away some and the bottom was worked in enough for Jerry to sneak under me. I just got back after him and hit my marks to keep it out front after that," Bacon said.

Thomas rebounded from a tough Wednesday night to take home the runner-up spot after relentlessly trying every line imaginable in the Bakken Concrete - Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

"One and two worked for me early on, but it was my big problem at the end. We were rolling right through three and four and get a great run, but I couldn't finish on the other end. It's a lot better than how we ran last night, and we needed to get back in the battle up front. Obviously we want to win, but it was a good night and we were going forward," Thomas said.

Coons held strong in the third spot to take another podium finish at Putnamville aboard the Edison Motorsports - Crume Evans Insurance #10E Spike/Chevy.

"I was hoping I could sneak up there, and I had a good rhythm going on the bottom. I got him, and then I kinda goofed on my entry and he drove back by me when I screwed up. He got to the bottom more after that, and that yellow just cost me my rhythm or something, because we had nothing for him after that. It was a fun race coming from seventh, as tough as that is, and I'm happy with our run. We've definitely gotten better on that kinda race track and running that line," Coons said.

Hunter Schuerenberg continued his strong week with a fourth-place finish after capturing the ProSource "Fast Time Award" earlier in the night in the Epperson Painting - PPG #2E Spike/Claxton, and Brady Short came from 22nd to finish fifth and earn himself the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" in the Pottorff Logging - Sipe's Body & Glass #11P Maxim/SPEC.

Thomas Meseraull earned the night's American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award" as the last transfer spot from the night's Semi-Feature.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 16, 2015 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 28th Annual "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-12.953; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.097; 3. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-13.129; 4. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.214; 5. Cole Smith, 29x, Smith-13.225; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.226; 7. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.297; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.336; 9. Chase Stockon, 32, 32TBI-13.354; 10. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.381; 11. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-13.390; 12. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.394; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-13.419; 14. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-13.421; 15. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.446; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.446; 17. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.473; 18. Mike Gass, 17G, Gass-13.496; 19. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.498; 20. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.529; 21. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.583; 22. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.617; 23. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.628; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.674; 25. Mitch Wissmiller, 1W, Wissmiller-13.678; 26. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-13.685; 27. Tyler Courtney, 4, THR-13.693; 28. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.717; 29. Shelby VanGilder, 22V, VanGilder-13.722; 30. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.726; 31. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.778; 32. Bryan Clauson, 7, Clauson-13.800; 33. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.811; 34. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.838; 35. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-13.850; 36. Austin Prock, 77, Wingo-13.852; 37. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.867; 38. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.868; 39. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-13.870; 40. Kevin Studley, 57x, Studley-14.026; 41. Kyle Wissmiller, 3x, Simmons-14.074; 42. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-14.488; 43. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.019; 44. Matt McDonald, 5M, McDonald-15.558; 45. Clyde Knipp, 13, Korte-15.608; 46. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-NT; 47. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Beauchamp, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. M.Wissmiller, 5. Stockon, 6. Farney, 7. Robbins, 8. K.Wissmiller, 9. VanGilder, 10. Knipp, 11. Meseraull, 12. Smith. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Phillips, 3. McGhee, 4. K.Thomas, 5. Coons, 6. Gass, 7. B.Short, 8. Rose, 9. Andretti, 10. Ketcham, 11. Moore. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Boespflug, 4. Weir, 5. Leary, 6. Babcock, 7. Courtney, 8. Simon, 9. Shuman, 10. Bell, 11. J.Swanson. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Hodges, 3. C.Short, 4. S.Cottle, 5. Clauson, 6. Jarrett, 7. Prock, 8. Studley, 9. McDonald, 10. DiMattia, 11. Grant. NT

QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Farney, 3. B.Short, 4. Shuman, 5. Babcock,6. Prock, 7. Studley, 8. K.Wissmiller, 9. Bell, 10. Knipp. 2:22.15

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Coons, 2. J.Swanson, 3. Leary, 4. B.Short, 5. Clauson, 6. Meseraull, 7. Grant, 8. Courtney, 9. Farney, 10. Rose, 11. Jarrett, 12. Shuman, 13. VanGilder, 14. Andretti, 15. Gass, 16. Stockon, 17. Ketcham, 18. Robbins, 19. Simon. 2:47.80

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Brady Short, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Max McGhee, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Bryan Clauson, 16. Brent Beauchamp, 17. Chris Phillips, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Jake Swanson, 21. Carson Short, 22. Chad Boespflug, 23. C.J. Leary, 24. Mitch Wissmiller. NT ---------------------------- **Smith flipped during the first heat. Andretti flipped during the second heat. Grant flipped during the fourth heat. Swanson flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Bacon, Lap 13 Coons, Laps 14-30 Bacon.

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

QUEEN CREEK HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR “MONSOON MADNESS”

By Lance Jennings

JULY 15, 2015... The cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will invade Arizona Speedway, this Saturday, July 18th. Located in Queen Creek, Arizona’s ET Motopark, the “Monsoon Madness” will also showcase X-Mods, the Neils Garage Cabinets Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 8:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, fifteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Two-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nine wins, including the shows on April 18th and June 13th. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won his fourth Arizona Speedway triumph on May 16th and fresh off last Saturday’s win at Las Cruces, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin will be looking for his second win at Queen Creek.

Entering Saturday’s race, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona has a 56-point lead over the competition. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson raced from fifteenth to score seventh last Saturday in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To date, the second generation driver has seven feature wins, five heat race victories, one high-point driver award, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led. R.J. will be looking for his series leading thirtieth victory this Saturday night.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis claimed second in the Southern New Mexico Speedway feature. Heading to Queen Creek, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, two high-point driver awards, four heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list with twelve victories and will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona sits third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi finished third in last Saturday’s main event. To date, the defending Western World Champion has one feature win, two high-point driver awards, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the series win list, Matt will be looking for the $1,500 payday at Arizona Speedway.

After racing from eighteenth to eighth last Saturday night, Tempe, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Piloting Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Sussex has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one high point driver award, three hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied for sixth on the series win list, Stevie will have his sights on his fourth main event victory.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona is fifth in the championship standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey did not compete in the “Border Tour” finale. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, one high-point driver award, and ten top-10 finishes in the campaign. Currently ranked fourth on the USAC SouthWest win list, Josh will be looking for his sixth feature triumph.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Dennis Gile, Andy Reinbold, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Nick Aiuto, Josh Shipley, Shon Deskins, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, Tom Ogle, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children (6 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 9-R.J. Johnson, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: 7-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Matt Rossi.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-741, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-685, 3. Matt Rossi-666, 4. Stevie Sussex-607, 5. Josh Pelkey-592, 6. Mike Martin-563, 7. Brian Hosford-485, 8. Bruce St. James-447, 9. Mike Colegrove-432, 10. Dennis Gile-374, 11. Andy Reinbold-371, 12. Tye Mihocko-352, 13. Nick Aiuto-338, 14. Josh Shipley-318, 15. Shon Deskins-303, 16. Chris Bonneau-231, 17. Michael Curtis-220, 18. Mike Bonneau-187, 19. Tom Ogle-184, 20. Dalten Gabbard-165.

 

 

USAC WESTERN & BCRA MIDGETS CLASH AT PETALUMA SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JULY 15, 2015... This Saturday, July 18th, the cars and stars of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will battle with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the fifth point race will also showcase the Wingless Spec Sprints, BCRA Midget Lites, BCRA Vintage Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:30pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Petaluma Speedway has a strict state mandated sound rule if the sound levels are broken, the racer will be disqualified and not allowed to compete. We recommend that racers use their quietest mufflers at Petaluma. Also, 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.

Saturday’s “BCRA Hall of Fame” Race will be the fifth appearance of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Shane Golobic claimed the inaugural “Soares Classic” in 2012 and two-time and defending champion Ronnie Gardner has won the last three shows. Gardner also holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 14.200, set on October 5, 2013.

Heading to Petaluma, Cody Swanson of Covina, California holds a slim 2-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson ran fifth in the July 3rd “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria. The former VRA Midget Champion has three top-10 finishes and will be looking to extend his point lead with a second USAC victory.

Corona, California’s Ronnie Gardner is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner won Santa Maria’s “Doug Fort Memorial” on July 3rd. To date, the defending champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Jimmy Sills and Tony Stewart for tenth on the series win list, Ronnie will have his sights on his fourteenth triumph.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California is third in the USAC Western Midget standings. Racing the family owned #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen finished third at Santa Maria Raceway. Heading to Petaluma, the 2012 Champion has four top-10 finishes as she looks for her second Honda USAC Western Midget win.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham sits fourth in the Western point chase. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Marcham was the DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger” with a second place run from ninth. To date, the former Rookie of the Year has three top-10 finishes and 20 feature laps led on the season. At Petaluma, Trey will have his sights on claiming his fourth series victory.

“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols of Delano, California ranks fifth in the championship point standings. Driving his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols finished sixth in the 25-lap Santa Maria feature. Entering Saturday’s race, the 2009 West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. Terry will be looking to earn his first series win at Petaluma Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Scott Pierovich, Nick Chivello, Brian Gard, Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Sean Dodenhoff, Tyler Dolacki, and more.

San Rafael, California’s Frankie Guerrini III leads the BCRA Midget point standings. Gary Conterno, Floyd Alvis, Mark Malipaard, J.R. Williams, Mike Snider, Scott Pierovich, Brian Gard, Cody Gerhart, and Sean Dodenhoff round out the top-10 drivers.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets (64-12) are $18, Senior Tickets (65 and over) are $15, Junior Tickets (11-6) are $15, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, K&N Engineering, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club’s website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 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.

PETALUMA HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINNERS: 10/06/12: Shane Golobic, 06/15/03: Ronnie Gardner, 10/05/13: Ronnie Gardner, 08/09/04: Ronnie Gardner.

2015 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Michael Faccinto.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Cody Swanson-227, 2. Ronnie Gardner-225, 3. Shannon McQueen-215, 4. Trey Marcham-209, 5. Terry Nichols-201, 6. Scott Pierovich-144, 7. Nick Chivello-115, 8. Brian Gard-114, --.Steve Davis-114, 10. Michael Faccinto-99, 11. Randi Pankratz-98, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-92, 13. Sean Dodenhoff-80, 14. Brady Bacon-74, 15. David Prickett-57, 16. Jack Hawley-46, 17. Jimmy Voitel-42, 18. Nate Waite-41, 19. Jeff Harrington-38, 20. Ricky Shelton-27.

BCRA MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: (July 4) 1. Frankie Guerrini III-530, 2. Gary Conterno-520, 3. Floyd Alvis-510, 4. Mark Malipaard-395, 5. JR Williams-376, 6. Mike Snider-349, 7. Scott Pierovich-316, 8. Brian Gard-275, 9. Cody Gerhardt-241, 10. Sean Dodenhoff-238, 11. Chad Nichols-227, 12. Nick Chivello-213, 13. Barry Pries Jr.-206, 14. Alan Beck-196, 15. Lauren Snider-188, 16. Michael Donaldson-187, 17. Britton Bock-168, 18. Kevin Morris-163, 19. Bill Lindsey-149, 20. David Goodwill-140.

 

 

FANTASTIC FARNEY WINS FIRST CAREER IN TERRE HAUTE "DON SMITH CLASSIC"

Aaron Farney of Brookston, Ind. won his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature Wednesday night during "Indiana Sprint Week" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. David Nearpass Photo

Terre Haute, Indiana.......Aaron Farney completed a dominant, wire-to-wire first career win in Wednesday night's "Don Smith Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track. The 19-year-old from Brookston, Indiana ran the extreme high side of the vaunted half-mile and continually pulled away from the field, slicing through lapped traffic and capping it off with a spiritied fist pump at the finish line after a 5.193-second victory in the DCT Motorsports - Brettnacher Farms #15F Maxim/Ott.

"It means the world to me. I can't believe it. The whole race, I just thought someone would be there every time I screwed up. I hit the wall too many times, and luckily it always bounced just right. To say that I won at Terre Haute is amazing, and to do it on the fence. I can't even explain it. I can't thank Robert Ballou enough. He sets up my car and tries to teach me how to do this right. He told me it would be up there, and I have had to learn how to run a cushion. I knew had to get through traffic quickly, so I tried to be as aggressive as possible. It's not easy in USAC, and I never would have thought it would come this fast, or especially at this track," Farney said.

Farney took the lead from the pole, as Chad Boespflug took second and Robert Ballou jumped all the way to fourth from ninth on the opening lap, sneaking past Justin Grant for third right after. A pair of cautions after four laps were complete showed that Ballou was strong, as he was attacking for second on both restarts.

Ballou slid to the second spot on the restart on lap four, and he took off after Farney for the lead. The lead duo took off and checked out on the field, as the race went past halfway in a torrid pace. Farney was flawless as he encountered traffic, making huge runs on the backmarkers to put some distance between himself and Ballou.

A red flag for Thomas Meseraull with 13 laps to go set up a run to the checkered, as Farney had one lapped car between himself and Ballou. He cleared that one quickly, but Farney was running high and hard down the stretch. He continually entered up in the fluff of turn-one and kissed the concrete in turn-two on multiple occasions.

As Farney pulled away when they hit traffic again, and Ballou had to settle for second in the Blakesley Auto - Twister X #12 Maxim/Ott.

"I couldn't be happier. If I'm ever gonna get beat by anybody, I want it to be him. They're a great family, and they've let me help them with these sprint cars and building their cars and teaching Aaron. I knew on that red that as long as he could keep that thing pointed forward, it was his race to win. He showed up ready to run and run hard tonight, and he had a one-track mind toward the end, trying to knock down laps as fast as he could. I've been there before myself, and I'm glad the rope didn't ever break on him. I know what I've got, probably even before the green drops, and I knew we were a bit too good too early. I'm tickled with a 1-2 finish for us and ready for tomorrow," Ballou said.

Behind the lead duo, it was a great dice for position as Dave Darland used a lower line and a diamond to march his way onto the podium in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

"I found something down through the middle through turns one and two. I kept doing that and using the cushion through turns three and four. I had to experiment a lot to find where my car wanted to work the best, and we took advantage of the last restart to pass some cars. We got a terrible start and had to work our way forward, one time going three-wide to get to the top-five. We were strong late, so we salvaged a pretty good finish out of it," Darland said.

Boespflug held on for fourth in the Amati Racing - Marion Underground Construction #66 DRC/Dynotech, and Chase Stockon drove his way into the top-five from 13th in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

Mitch Wissmiller started the night by setting the ProSource "Fast Time Award" but fell out of the feature early in the going. Scotty Weir earned the American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award" as the final transfer out of the Semi-Feature. Shane Cottle earned the night's B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" as he came from 21st up to tenth.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2015 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - 28th Annual "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-21.361; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-21.453; 3. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-21.466; 4. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-21.542; 5. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-21.597; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-21.685; 7. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-21.690; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-21.713; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-21.723; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-21.734; 11. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-21.778; 12. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-21.809; 13. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-21.817; 14. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-21.830; 15. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-21.835; 16. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-21.871; 17. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-21.885; 18. Chase Stockon, 32, 32TBI-21.892; 19. Carson Short, 21, Short-21.905; 20. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-21.920; 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-21.923; 22. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-21.925; 23. Kent Christian, 1c, Christian-21.935; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-21.938; 25. Shane Cottle, 17, McGhee-21.969; 26. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-22.021; 27. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-22.088; 28. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-22.106; 29. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-22.310; 30. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-22.387; 31. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-22.440; 32. Josh Hodges, 4, THR/Hodges-22.520; 33. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-22.853; 34. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-23.708; 35. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-23.788; 36. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-NT; 37. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Boespflug, 4. Simon, 5. M.Wissmiller, 6. Meseraull, 7. Cottle, 8. Rose, 9. Shuman. 2:52.66

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Thomas, 4. Coons, 5. B.Short, 6. Dakus, 7. Swanson, 8. Babcock, 9. Bell. 2:50.07

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Short, 2. Windom, 3. Grant, 4. Hughes, 5. Christian, 6. Ketcham, 7. Gross, 8. DiMattia, 9. Andretti, 3:03.96

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Bacon, 3. Farney, 4. Darland, 5. Hodges, 6. Weir, 7. Leary, 8. K.Wissmiller. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Cottle, 3. Andretti, 4. M.Wissmiller, 5. B.Short, 6. Weir, 7. Swanson, 8. Hodges, 9. Leary, 10. Shuman, 11. Ketcham, 12. Rose, 13. Christian, 14. Babcock, 15. K.Wissmiller, 16. DiMattia, 17. Bell, 18. Dakus, 19. Gross. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Aaron Farney, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. J.J. Hughes, 17. Landon Simon, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Carson Short, 21. Brady Short, 22. Mitch Wissmiller. NT ----------------------------

**Bell flipped during the semi. Meseraull flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Farney. DRIVERS WHO'VE WON THEIR FIRST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE DURING "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK"

July 28, 1996 Kokomo Speedway Brad Marvel

July 25, 1997 Bloomington Speedway Brad Fox

July 26, 1997 Paragon Speedway Bill Rose

July 25, 1998 Paragon Speedway Derek Davidson

July 21, 1999 Terre Haute Action Track Terry Pletch

July 23, 1999 Bloomington Speedway Cory Kruseman

July 20, 2000 Twin Cities Raceway Park Bud Kaeding

July 27, 2001 Bloomington Speedway A.J. Anderson

July 14, 2006 Bloomington Speedway Brady Short

July 9, 2008 Lawrenceburg Speedway Jeff Bland, Jr.

July 19, 2008 Tri-State Speedway Hunter Schuerenberg

July 15, 2009 Terre Haute Action Track Brad Sweet July 17, 2010 Tri-State Speedway Blake Fitzpatrick July 14, 2011 Brownstown Speedway Casey Riggs

July 15, 2012 Lawrenceburg Speedway Justin Grant

July 20, 2012 Bloomington Speedway Kevin Thomas, Jr.

July 15, 2015 Terre Haute Action Track Aaron Farney

 

 

MIKE MARTIN SPRINTS TO “BORDER TOUR” VICTORY AT LAS CRUCES

By Lance Jennings

JULY 13, 2015... After rain washed out Friday’s race at El Paso, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma, Arizona led all 30-laps to win the “Border Tour” finale in Las Cruces, New Mexico. For Martin, Saturday’s $2,000 USAC SouthWest and NMMRA Sprint Car triumph at Southern New Mexico Speedway was his first victory of the campaign. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt Rossi, Brian Hosford, and Dennis Gile chased “The Magic Man” across the finish line.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Mike Martin moves into a tie for sixth on the SouthWest win list with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Matt Rossi, Stevie Sussex, and Rick Ziehl. Currently ranked sixth in the point chase, the pilot of the #16 Sherwin-Williams / Desert Building Materials won his series leading eighth heat race of the year. In addition, the veteran driver has two high-point driver awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 53 feature laps led to his credit. “The Magic Man” will be looking to add another trophy to his collection this Saturday at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. claimed second in the USAC-NMMRA “Border Tour” finale. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the night’s first heat race and left Las Cruces placed second in points. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has one feature win, two high-point driver awards, four heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles has four SouthWest wins at Queen Creek and will be one of the favorites to watch on Saturday.

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona scored third in the Las Cruces main event. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi won his first 8-lap heat race of the season. The defending Western World Champion sits third in points with one feature win, two high-point driver awards, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the season. Matt will have his sights on Saturday’s $1,500 payday at Arizona Speedway.

Gilbert, Arizona’s Brian Hosford charged from tenth to claim fourth at Southern New Mexico Speedway. Piloting Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford ran third in his heat race and heads to Queen Creek ranked seventh in the standings. At press time, the veteran driver has two heat race victories and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday, Brian will be looking to earn his first USAC SouthWest main event win.

Dennis Gile of Phoenix, Arizona had his best run of the year with a fifth place finish at Las Cruces, New Mexico. Racing his #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile scored third in the program’s first heat race. Continuing to improve, Dennis is currently tenth in points with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes to his credit. Gile will be looking to earn his first sprint car win at Arizona Speedway.

Farmington, New Mexico’s Jason Grady earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from twenty-third. Driving his #45 RSS Industries / Revis Auto Finish RSS, Grady took sixth in his heat race and ran seventh in the semi-main. In limited starts, the NMMRA regular is thirty-fifth in USAC SouthWest point standings.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert, Arizona won his first 8-lap heat race of the season. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold scored twenty-second in the feature and left Las Cruces placed eleventh in points. As this writing goes to press, the veteran racer has seven top-10 finishes on the year. Andy will have his sights on his first USAC win at Queen Creek.

Las Cruces, New Mexico’s “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl took the victory in the semi-main. Racing John Ziehl’s #20Z Lucas Oil / Bay Hayes Motorsports Maxim, Ziehl scored fifth in his heat race and fifteenth in the main event. In limited starts, the multi-time ASCS Champion is tied for forty-third in points with two top-10 finishes.

This Saturday, July 18th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will battle at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located at the ET Motopark, the “Monsoon Madness” will also feature X-Mods, Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 11, 2015 – Las Cruces, New Mexico – Southern New Mexico Speedway – “Border Tour” (Co-Sanctioned with NMMRA)

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 5. Dillon Tanner (#11W West), 6. Jerry Gonzalez (#00 Gonzalez), 7. Jesse Baker (#7 Baker), 8. Michael Fanelli (#38 Fanelli). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Robert Marfia (#6 Marfia), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Brandon Schure (#21TX Schure), 5. Justin Lasiter (#22 Lasiter), 6. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 7. Nick Rael (#73 Rael), 8. Joshua Jackson (#37 Jackson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Wes Wofford (#19W Wofford), 3. John Carney II (#74B Carney), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 6. Bo Baker (#22M Baker), 7. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 8. Stevie Sussex (#13S Giles). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Derek Demartino (#99.5 Demartino), 3. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Joseph Hernandez (#5H Hernandez), 6. Stephen Spiak (#17 Spiak), 7. Matthew Cardenas (#7M Cardenas), 8. Matt Ziehl (#36DD Ziehl). NT

SEMI: (8 laps) 1. R.Ziehl, 2. Sussex, 3. Shipley, 4. J.Baker, 5. Spiak, 6. Jackson, 7. Grady, 8. Gonzalez, 9. Cardenas, 10. Lasiter, 11. Rael, 12. Fanelli, 13. Tanner, 14. Hernandez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Mike Martin (2nd), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (3rd), 3. Matt Rossi (5th), 4. Brian Hosford (10th), 5. Dennis Gile (7th), 6. Tye Mihocko (14th), 7. R.J. Johnson (15th), 8. Stevie Sussex (18th), 9. Shon Deskins (11th), 10. Jason Grady (23rd), 11. Jesse Baker (20th), 12. Bruce St. James (16th), 13. Joshua Jackson (22nd), 14. Nick Aiuto (1st), 15. Rick Ziehl (17th), 16. Michael Fanelli (24th), 17. Wes Wofford (9th), 18. Derek Demartino (6th), 19. Josh Shipley (19th), 20. Brandon Schure (12th), 21. Robert Marfia (13th), 22. Andy Reinbold (8th), 23. John Carney II (4th), 24. Stephen Spiak (21st). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Martin. HARD CHARGER: Jason Grady (23rd to 10th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-741, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-685, 3. Matt Rossi-666, 4. Stevie Sussex-607, 5. Josh Pelkey-592, 6. Mike Martin-563, 7. Brian Hosford-485, 8. Bruce St. James-447, 9. Mike Colegrove-432, 10. Dennis Gile-374, 11. Andy Reinbold-371, 12. Tye Mihocko-352, 13. Nick Aiuto-338, 14. Josh Shipley-318, 15. Shon Deskins-303, 16. Chris Bonneau-231, 17. Michael Curtis-220, 18. Mike Bonneau-187, 19. Tom Ogle-184, 20. Dalten Gabbard-165.

 

 

KOKOMO RACE AGAIN POSTPONED, TO RESUME WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

Tonight's resumption of the Kokomo Speedway Indiana Sprint Week AMSOIL USAC Sprint race has again been postponed by rain and will now be completed on Wednesday night, August 26 as the opening event of this year's "Sprint Car Smackdown" at the Kokomo track. Rains forced the initial postponement at Kokomo last Saturday night during the semi feature. The August event will include the semi and the feature to complete that program.

The August 26 race will not be part of the Indiana Sprint Week activities. Indiana Sprint Week is scheduled to conclude this Saturday night, July 18 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

This week's Indiana Sprint Week now resumes Wednesday night with the "Don Smith Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track, followed by Thursday night's race at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Friday night's race at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday night's finale at Haubstadt.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 12, 2015 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.115; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.116; 3. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.217; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.252; 5. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-14.263; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.264; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.264; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.267; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-14.336; 10. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.363; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-14.421; 12. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.429; 13. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.438; 14. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-14.501; 15. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-14.504; 16. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-14.528; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-14.535; 18. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-14.553; 19. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.597; 20. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-14.625; 21. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-14.646; 22. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.661; 23. Kody Swanson, 41, SST-14.680; 24. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-14.731; 25. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.781; 26. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.859; 27. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.992; 28. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-15.003; 29. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-15.006; 30. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-15.010; 31. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-15.018; 32. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-15.091 ;33. Garrett Abrams, 32a, Abrams-15.332; 34. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Pearson-15.399; 35. Michael Fischesser, 4F, Fischesser-15.825; 36. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-15.964; 37. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-16.093; 38. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.684; 39. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Boespflug, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Grant, 5. J.Swanson, 6. Westerfeld, 7. Hery, 8. Abrams, 9. Hughes, 10. VanHise. 2:27.90

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Darland, 3. Bacon, 4. Ballou, 5. Simon, 6. Stockon, 7. D.Hewitt, 8. Dakus, 9. Hines, 10. Bell. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Andretti, 3. K.Swanson, 4. Windom, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Short, 7. Fischesser, 8. DiMattia, 9. Stanbrough. 2:26.39

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Weir, 3. Farney, 4. Rose, 5. Coons, 6. Hodges, 7. Moffatt, 8. Goodnight, 9. Shuman. 2:26.22

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Westerfeld, 4. Simon, 5. Hodges, 6. Abrams, 7. Dakus, 8. Hughes, 9. DiMattia, 10. J.Swanson, 11. Hery, 12. D.Hewitt, 13. Fischesser, 14. VanHise, 15. Bell, 16. Shuman, 17. Moffatt, 18. Stockon, 19. Hines, 20. Goodnight, 21. Coons. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Aaron Farney, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Jarett Andretti, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Shawn Westerfeld, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Thomas Meseraull, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Landon Simon, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Garrett Abrams, 20. Kyle Cummins, 21. Kody Swanson, 22. Josh Hodges, 23. Bill Rose.

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**Cottle flipped during qualifying. Hines, Stockon and J.Swanson all flipped during the semi. Rose flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 K.Thomas, Laps 2-6 Farney, Laps 7-30 Bacon.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Ballou-120, 2-Bacon-119, 3-Thomas-107, 4-Schuerenberg-104, 5-Darland-99, 6-Grant-90, 7-Weir-89, 8-Andretti-81, 9-Boespflug-75, 10-Stanbrough-74.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 13 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 11, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 2. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime), 3. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 4. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 5. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 6. Mark Cole (#17 Cole), 7. Alex Rose (#11R Miller), 8. Ryan Christian (#10c Christian), 9. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 2. Derek Graham (#5 Graham), 3. David Moriz (#9 Moriz), 4. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 7. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 8. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Champagne, 2. Moniz, 3. Johnson, 4. Graham, 5. Sunn, 6. Holcomb, 7. Duhaime, 8. Miller. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Derek Graham, 3. Josh Sunn, 4. Kevin Chaffee, 5. Scott Holcomb, 6. Kenney Johnson, 7. Dean Christensen, 8. Dylan Duhaime, 9. Adam Whitney, 10. Jeff Champagne, 11. Jeff Horn, 12. Mark Cole, 13. Ray Miller, 14. David Moniz, 15. Alex Rose, 16. Ryan Christian, 17. Mike Chaffee. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Johnson, Laps 10-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-515; 2-Sunn-497, 3-Christensen-420, 4-Holcomb-396, 5-K.Chaffee-393, 6-Horn-355, 7-Johnson-340, 8-Whitney-313, 9-Miller-306, 10-M.Chaffee-230.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: July 18 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 11, 2015 - Las Curces, New Mexico - Southwern New Mexico Speedway - "Border Tour" - (Co-sanctioned by NMMRA)

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 5. Dillon Tanner (#11W West), 6. Jerry Gonzalez (#00 Gonzalez), 7. Jesse Baker (#7 Baker), 8. Michael Fanelli (#38 Fanelli). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Robert Marfia (#6 Marfia), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Brandon Schure (#21TX Schure), 5. Justin Lasiter (#22 Lasiter), 6. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 7. Nick Rael (#73 Rael), 8. Joshua Jackson (#37 Jackson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Wes Wofford (#19W Wofford), 3. John Carney II (#74B Carney), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 6. Bo Baker (#22M Baker), 7. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 8. Stevie Sussex (#13S Giles). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Derek Demartino (#99.5 Demartino), 3. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Joseph Hernandez (#5H Hernandez), 6. Stephen Spiak (#17 Spiak), 7. Matthew Cardenas (#7M Cardenas), 8. Matt Ziehl (#36DD Ziehl). NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. R.Ziehl, 2. Sussex, 3. Shipley, 4. J.Baker, 5. Spiak, 6. Jackson, 7. Grady, 8. Gonzalez, 9. Cardenas, 10. Lasiter, 11. Rael, 12. Fanelli, 13. Tanner, 14. Hernandez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Martin, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Matt Rossi, 4. Brian Hosford, 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Shon Deskins, 10. Jason Grady, 11. Jesse Baker, 12. Bruce St. James, 13. Joshua Jackson, 14. Nick Aiuto, 15. Rick Ziehl, 16. Michael Fanelli, 17. Wes Wofford, 18. Derek Demartino, 19. Josh Shipley, 20. Brandon Schure, 21. Robert Marfia, 22. Andy Reinbold, 23. John Carney II, 24. Stephen Spiak. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Martin.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Johnson-741, 2-Davis-685, 3-Rossi-665, 4-Sussex-607, 5-Josh Pelkey-592, 6-Martin-563, 7-Hosford-485, 8-St. James-447, 9-Mike Colegrove-432, 10-Gile-374.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: July 18 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 11, 2015 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Gerhardt Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Tommy McCarthy, 44m, Love-14.925; 2. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-15.057; 3. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.086; 4. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.096; 5. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-15.156; 6. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-15.773; 7. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.914.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dylan Nobile, 2. Cody Jessop, 3. Tom Paterson, 4. Tommy McCarthy, 5. Toni Breidinger, 6. Jesse Love IV, 7. Ashley Hazelton. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Jessop, Laps 11-26 Paterson, Laps 27-30 Nobile.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-764, 2-Nobile-680, 3-A.Hazelton-612, 4-T.Breidinger-569, 5-Love IV-532, 6-Annie Breidinger-469, 7-Paterson-455, 8-Shawn Buckley-294, 9-Ron Hazelton-282, 10-Jet Davison-223.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nobile-680, 2-T.Breidinger-569, 3-Jessop-561, 4-Hazelton-527, 5-Annie Breidinger-469, 6-Love-348, 7-Paterson-315, 8-Dezel West-149, 9-Ethan Lesser-130, 10-McCarthy-126.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: July 18 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 11, 2015 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-12.805; 2. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-12.933; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.946; 4. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-12.973; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-13.021; 6. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.024; 7. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.035; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.056; 9. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-13.111; 10. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-13.144; 11. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.151; 12. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.165; 13. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.211; 14. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.250 ;15. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.276; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.287; 17. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.309; 18. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.338; 19. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.339; 20 .Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.369; 21. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-13.403; 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.404; 23. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.464; 24. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.551; 25. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-13.559; 26. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.585; 27. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-13.590; 28. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.609; 29. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.644; 30. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.681; 31. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-13.714; 32. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-13.765; 33. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-13.767; 34. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.802; 35. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.850; 36. Colten Cottle, 42E, Jackson-13.852; 37. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.870; 38. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.018; 39. Todd Gnat, 51, Gnat-14.048; 40. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.104; 41. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-14.125; 42. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.229; 43. Jamie Frederickson, 3W, Sweat-14.309; 44. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-14.399; 45. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-14.554; 46. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.253.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Short, 2. Shuman, 3. Weir, 4. Jackson, 5. J.Swanson, 6. Hanft, 7. Moore, 8. S.Thomas, 9. Leary, 10. Meseraull. 11. Grant, 12. Simon. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Windom, 4. Farney, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Cummins, 7. Andretti, 8. DiMattia, 9. Harris, 10. Hery, 11. Bell, 12. Courtney. 2:15.58

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Bacon, 3. Ballou, 4. Hines, 5. McGhee, 6. Robbins, 7. Dakus, 8. Rose, 9. Goodnight, 10. Gnat, 11. Frederickson. 2:11.92

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Hodges, 3. Boespflug. 4. K.Thomas, 5. Jarrett, 6. Coons, 7. Karraker, 8. Spencer, 9. C.Cottle, 10. T.Hewitt. 2:13.32

QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Hery, 2. C.Cottle, 3. J.Swanson, 4. Spencer, 5. Goodnight, 6. Frederickson, 7. S.Thomas, 8. Bell, 9. Gnat, 10. Harris, 11. T.Hewitt, 12. DiMattia, 13. Moore. NT

REMAINDER OF PROGRAM SUSPENDED AFTER RAIN FELL DURING THE SEMI. THE EVENT WILL RESUME WITH THE SEMI AND FEATURE EVENTS ON MONDAY, JULY 13, WITH WARMUPS SCHEDULED AT 7 P.M.

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Grant, Leary and Meseraull flipped during the first heat. Moore flipped during the qualifying race. Harris flipped during the qualifying race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Stockon-1,058, 2-Ballou-1,033, 3-Darland-922, 4-Stanbrough-914, 5-Bacon-900, 6-K.Thomas Jr.-847, 7-Hines-817, 8-Leary-749, 9-Windom-607, 10-Grant-600.

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Stockon-70, 2-Schuerenberg-68, 3-Coons-60, 4-Ballou-57, 5-K.Thomas-56, 6-Weir-51, 7-Bacon-48, 8-S.Cottle-45, 9-Darland and Boespflug-41.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 12 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 

STOCKON STAMPS GAS CITY "SPRINT WEEK" AS FIRST WIN OF YEAR

Gas City, Indiana.......AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Chase Stockon started off "Indiana Sprint Week" in style, as he notched his first victory of the season at Gas City I-69 Speedway on Friday night. The Elizabethtown, Indiana conquered a challenging surface for the fifth win of his career aboard the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

"It's huge for us to come in here and win this. We've been really strong, especially lately, and things are going our way. I knew Jerry was committed to the top, and I just wanted to keep with him and wait until it slowed down a little up there. I knew it was go time before we got to traffic, and I found a line that worked for me to get by him. It was constantly changing with slick spots and rough spots, so it was important to be able to see to get in the right spot," Stockon said.

Most recent National Sprint Car winner Jerry Coons, Jr. led from the front row, as Stockon quickly sliced by Scotty Weir for the second spot. Coons and Stockon pulled away from the field as Weir raced with Hunter Schuerenberg, Robert Ballou, and Kevin Thomas, Jr. for top-five spots.

The lead duo raced hard for the top spot, as Coons used the outside lane while Stockon tried to move through the middle. On lap eight, Stockon held the lead by inches at the line but Coons took it back on lap nine. They continued to battle as they neared lapped traffic, with Stockon again nosing past for the lead on lap thirteen. Just a lap later, Tyler Courtney spun in turn-two to bring out the only caution of the race.

After the restart, Coons would not let Stockon get away, as he again reeled him in and looked for the lead with less than ten to go. Coons caught a rut, however, and lost a bunch of ground to Stockon, falling into the clutches of Schuerenberg in the closing laps while Stockon pulled away.

As Coons again caught a hole in turn-four, Schuerenberg slipped past just as they came to the white flag, with the Sikeston, Missouri driver taking the runner-up spot in the Epperson Painting - PPG #2E Spike/Claxton.

"It was difficult out there tonight, and I'm pretty happy here for still getting used to the non-wing car. We kept the car pretty basic tonight and just tried to get used to driving again. You had to try to make the least amount of mistakes possible, because it was a handful for everybody out there. Tony Epperson and Gary Ooley are great to drive for, and they really deserve to win every race for as much fun as they make it. I didn't expect to set the world on fire out of the box, but he doesn't put on much pressure, and it's fun to be around guys like that," Schuerenberg said.

Coons held on for the third spot in the Edison Motorsports - Crume Evans Insurance #10E Spike/Chevy, as the Kokomo-based team brought out an older car after a crash on Sunday destroyed their winning mount from Lincoln Park on July 4th.

"I'm kinda upset with giving that spot away coming for the white. The holes kept changing and a line that was smooth for a while would turn into something that would bounce you. I was searching and found a bad spot. We ran three nights last weekend and these guys had to build a new car to race this week, and I appreciate all that hard work from them. I'm happy to get them a solid finish for as hard as they work. We had a good battle with Chase, and I got pretty racy with him even after he got by us for a couple laps, but he got away from us. Glad to see him win," Coons said.

Ballou made his way to fourth at the checkers in the Blakesley Auto - Twister X #12 Maxim/Ott, and Thomas rounded out the top-five in the Bakken Concrete - Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

Chad Boespflug set the night's ProSource "Fast Time Award" before finishing 14th in the Feature. Brady Bacon earned the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" after going from 19th to finish ninth. Logan Jarrett received the American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award" as the final transfer out of the night's Semi-Feature.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 10, 2015 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - 28th Annual "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-12.161; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-12.323; 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-12.340; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-12.355; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.397; 6. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-12.402; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.418; 8. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-12.462; 9. Kody Swanson, 41, SST-12.512; 10. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-12.512; 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-12.515; 12. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-12.521; 13. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-12.541; 14. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-12.544; 15. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-12.562; 16. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-12.578; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-12.586; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-12.657; 19. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-12.664; 20. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-12.667; 21. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.669; 22. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-12.693; 23. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-12.707; 24. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-12.712; 25. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.733; 26. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-12.780; 27. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.826; 28. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-12.847; 29. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-12.882; 30. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-12.917; 31. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-12.934; 32. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-12.991; 33. Travis Welpott, 18T, Welpott-13.061; 34. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.133; 35. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.158; 36. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.214; 37. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.345; 38. Mike Gass, 17G, Gass-13.361; 39. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.389; 40. Jamie Frederickson, 3W, Sweat-13.671; 41. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-13.778; 42. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.225; 43. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.382; 44. Colten Cottle, 42E, Jackson-14.497; 45. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Pearson-NT.46. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT (Time of 14.251 disallowed).

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Boespflug, 3. Robbins, 4. T.Hines, 5. Ballou, 6. Hodges, 7. K.Swanson, 8. DiMattia, 9. Welpott, 10. Moore, 11. T.Hewitt. 2:01.65

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Short, 3. Courtney, 4. Farney, 5. McGhee, 6. Thomas, 7. Darland, 8. Cummins, 9. Spencer, 10. Hery, 11. Bell, 12. Gass. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Coons, 4. Leary, 5. Jarrett, 6. Ketcham, 7. Gurley, 8. J.Swanson, 9. Harris, 10. Andretti, 11. Dakus. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Stockon, 3. Weir, 4. Windom, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Simon, 7. Shuman, 8. Frederickson, 9. Goodnight, 10. Hanft, 11. C.Cottle. NT

QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Ketcham, 2. Jarrett, 3. Simon, 4. DiMattia, 5. T.Hewitt, 6. Frederickson, 7. Harris, 8. D.Hewitt, 9. Bell, 10. Hery, 11. Cummins, 12. Welpott. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Thomas, 3. S.Cottle, 4. Darland, 5. Andretti, 6. Jarrett, 7. K.Swanson, 8. J.Swanson, 9. Ketcham, 10. Spencer, 11. DiMattia, 12. Gurley, 13. Hanft, 14. Goodnight, 15. Shuman, 16. Hodges, 17. Simon ,18. Moore, 19. McGhee, 20. Dakus. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Hunter Schuerenberg, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Scotty Weir, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Brady Short, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Thomas Meseraull, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Tracy Hines, 19. Justin Grant, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Aaron Farney, 22. Logan Jarrett. NT ---------------------------- **Hodges cartwheeled during qualifying. Gass flipped during the second heat. Andretti flipped during the third heat. Welpott flipped during the qualifying race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Coons, Lap 8 Stockon, Laps 9-12 Coons, Laps 13-30 Stockon.

 

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DAMION GARDNER TAKES “FIRECRACKER 40” VICTORY AT PERRIS

By Lance Jennings

JULY 8, 2015... Racing past Richard Vander Weerd on lap seventeen, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California won Saturday’s “Firecracker 40” at Perris Auto Speedway. The $3,000 Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph was Gardner’s fourth victory of the campaign. Vander Weerd, Austin Williams, fast qualifier Mike Spencer, and Brody Roa rounded out the top-five drivers.

Looking for his first series win, polesitter Jake Swanson led the first five circuits of the “Firecracker 40.” Richard Vander Weerd dashed Swanson’s hopes and controlled the event until Gardner’s pass for the top spot. Using the outside line to his advantage, Gardner pressured the Vander Weerd with extra momentum before successfully grabbing the lead. Once out front, Damion had to contend with slower traffic as Vander Weerd and Spencer began a spirited battle for second. Trading the position back and forth with “slide jobs” and crossovers, Vander Weerd managed to shake free from Spencer and began to pressure Gardner. Damion escaped from the challenger as Austin Williams rallied from the back to take second from Vander Weerd. Richard regained the runner-up spot on the last lap as “The Demon” powered to his third “Firecracker” victory.

Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner claimed his 61st USAC/CRA win and the sixth 4th of July Classic for his car owner. The three-time champion had qualified fourth out of thirty-three racers and won the 10-lap Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Pyrotect Racing Cells Heat Race #4. “The Demon” left Perris ranked second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 89 feature laps led.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd finished second in a hard fought main event. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was fifth quick in time trials and took fourth in his heat race. To date, the former USAC West Coast Sprint Champion is third in points with four feature wins, four heat race victories, one DMI / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led to his credit.

After an incident on the initial start, Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California raced through the field to score third in the “Firecracker 40.” Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified second overall and took third in his heat race. The former Rookie of the Year heads to Perris’ California Racers Hall of Fame Night seated fifth in the standings with one heat race victory and eight top-10 finishes on the season.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer battled hard with Richard Vander Weerd before claiming fourth at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer earned his sixty-first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The five-time champion has a three point lead over the competition with four fast time awards, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign.

Brody Roa of Garden Grove, California finished fifth in the annual “Firecracker 40.” Piloting Lee and Norma Leonard’s #48 HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was seventh fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The former Wagsdash Champion left Perris ranked seventh in championship points with seven top-10 finishes to his credit.

Yorba Linda, California’s Logan Williams earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from twenty-first. Driving Jack Jory’s #5 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified twenty-second overall and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is currently ninth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona won the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, Johnson was eleventh quick in time trials and scored twentieth in the main event. In limited appearances, the two-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Champion is tied for seventeenth in points with three heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the year.

Lake Elsinore’s “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston raced to his first USAC/CRA victory by winning the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Piloting Richard Gore’s #64 Circle Track Performance / Jim Ruth Maxim, Colston qualified ninth overall, scored ninth in his heat race, and finished twenty-second in the main event. The leading Rookie of the Year candidate is thirteenth in the standings with two top-10 finishes.

On Saturday, August 15th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 4, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Firecracker 40”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.550; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.629; 3. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.676; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.733; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.780; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.789; 7. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-16.874; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.980; 9. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-16.993; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.014; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.018; 12. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-17.066; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.097; 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.184; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.188; 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-17.306; 17. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-17.356; 18. Danny Sheridan, 9, McDonald-17.380; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98X, Tracy-17.567; 20. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-17.641; 21. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.663; 22. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.699; 23. Anthony Lopiccolo, 42, Springstead-17.736; 24. Michael Curtis, 45C, Turner/Wheeler-17.759; 25. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.818; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-18.047; 27. Austin Smith, 33, Smith-18.052; 28. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-18.094; 29. Braedon Enos, 00, Enos-18.105; 30. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-18.602; 31. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-19.082; 32. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-19.131; 33. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Pelkey, 3. Malcolm, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Schank, 6. Ellertson, 7. Enos, 8. Everhart, 9. Colston. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Swanson, 3. A.Williams, 4. Sheridan, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Gansen, 7. Edwards, 8. Sampson. 2:57.66

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Mitchell, 3. Roa, 4. Bender, 5. Sweeney, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. Tafoya, 8. A.Smith. NT

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR / PYROTECT RACING CELLS HEAT RACE #4: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faria, 3. C.Williams, 4. Bezio, 5. Gaunt, 6. Curtis, 7. C.Smith, 8. Dyson. 2:59.04

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Colston, 2. Gaunt, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Gansen, 5. Sweeney, 6. Schank, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. Curtis, 9. Everhart, 10. Edwards, 11. C.Smith, 12. A.Smith, 13. Ellertson, 14. Dyson, 15. Enos. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (3rd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (2nd), 3. Austin Williams (5th), 4. Mike Spencer (6th), 5. Brody Roa (7th), 6. Jake Swanson (1st), 7. Cody Williams (8th), 8. Josh Pelkey (17th), 9. Danny Faria Jr. (16th), 10. Logan Williams (21st), 11. Jace Vander Weerd (14th), 12. Tommy Malcolm (13th), 13. Terry Schank Jr. (22nd), 14. Chris Gansen (10th), 15. Jeremy Ellertson (23rd), 16. Verne Sweeney (19th), 17. Danny Sheridan (18th), 18. A.J. Bender (15th), 19. Rickie Gaunt (12th), 20. R.J. Johnson (11th), 21. Matt Mitchell (4th), 22. Parker Colston (9th), 23. David Bezio (20th). NT ------------------------------------ **Mitchell flipped during the feature. **Ellertson used a provisional.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Swanson, Laps 6-16 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 17-40 Gardner. DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Logan Williams (21st to 10th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Mike Spencer-594, 2. Damion Gardner-591, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-547, 4. Matt Mitchell-545, 5. Austin Williams-542, 6. Jake Swanson-484, 7. Brody Roa-401, 8. Cody Williams-348, 9. Logan Williams-290, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-266, 11. Rickie Gaunt-250, 12. A.J. Bender-207, 13. Parker Colston-199, 14. Chris Gansen-181, 15. Tommy Malcolm-170, 16. David Bezio-150, 17. R.J. Johnson-136, ---. Brady Bacon-136, 19. Ronnie Gardner-135, 20. Jeremy Ellertson-134.

 

 

RONNIE GARDNER ADDS SANTA MARIA’S “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL” TO WIN LIST

By Lance Jennings

JULY 8, 2015... Powering past Richard Vander Weerd on the third lap, Ronnie Gardner of Corona, California led the rest of the way to win the “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria. Friday’s $1,000 Honda USAC Western Midget triumph was the second victory of the campaign for the two-time champion. Trey Marcham, Shannon McQueen, Vander Weerd, and Cody Swanson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Charging from the sixth starting sport, Ronnie Gardner piloted the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart to his thirteenth career series victory. Now tied with Tony Stewart and Jimmy Sills for tenth overall, Gardner earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year and ran fourth in his heat race. Heading to Petaluma on July 18th, Ronnie is second in points with one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from ninth. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham qualified seventh overall and scored sixth in his heat race. The former Rookie of the Year left Santa Maria ranked fourth in the standings with three top-10 finishes and 20 feature laps led on the season.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California ran third in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Racing the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen was fifth quick in time trials and placed third in her heat race. Heading to Petaluma, the former champion sits third in points with four top-10 finishes in the campaign.

After leading the first two circuits, Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd scored fourth in the Santa Maria feature. Piloting Mike Sala’s #19 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Spike, Vander Weerd qualified sixth overall and ran third in his heat race. Last season’s “Fort Memorial” winner has one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes on the year.

Corona, California’s Cody Swanson placed fifth in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson was third fast in time trials and finished second to Cory Elliott in his heat race. The point leader left Santa Maria with a two point advantage on the strength of three top-10 finishes.

In his first start of the season, Cory Elliott of Bakersfield, California raced to victory in the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Racing the family owned #11E Oilwize / Speed Quest Motorsports Spike, Elliott qualified ninth overall and finished seventh in the main event.

Delano, California’s Terry Nichols held off Cory Kruseman to claim victory in the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Piloting his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols was eighth quick in time trials and ran sixth in the 25-lap main event. The former West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year is currently fifth in the standings with two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes to his credit.

On Saturday, July 18th, the Honda USAC Western Midgets will travel to Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, California. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the event is co-sanctioned with the BCRA Midgets and will also feature the Joe Hunt Wingless Sprints, BCRA Midget Lites, Vintage Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints. For more information, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, K&N Engineering, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. -------------------------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS RACE RESULTS: July 3, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.898; 2. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.949; 3. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.957; 4. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-15.075; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.109; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 19, Sala-15.139; 7. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-15.314; 8. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.465; 9. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.520; 10. Doug Hunting, 2, Hunting-15.901; 11. Chris Dyson, 12K, Kruseman-16.113.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Swanson, 3. McQueen, 4. Gardner, 5. Dyson, 6. Marcham. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (8 laps) 1. Nichols, 2. Kruseman, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Pankratz, 5. Hunting. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 2. Trey Marcham (9th), 3. Shannon McQueen (2nd), 4. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 5. Cody Swanson (4th), 6. Terry Nichols (7th), 7. Cory Elliott (8th), 8. Chris Dyson (11th), 9. Doug Hunting (10th), 10. Cory Kruseman (3rd), 11. Randi Pankratz (5th). NT ------------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Vander Weerd, Laps 3-25 Gardner. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Trey Marcham (9th to 2nd)

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Cody Swanson-227, 2. Ronnie Gardner-225, 3. Shannon McQueen-215, 4. Trey Marcham-209, 5. Terry Nichols-201, 6. Scott Pierovich-144, 7. Nick Chivello-115, 8. Brian Gard-114, --.Steve Davis-114, 10. Michael Faccinto-99, 11. Randi Pankratz-98, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-92, 13. Sean Dodenhoff-80, 14. Brady Bacon-74, 15. David Prickett-57, 16. Jack Hawley-46, 17. Jimmy Voitel-42, 18. Nate Waite-41, 19. Jeff Harrington-38, 20. Ricky Shelton-27.

 

 

RICKIE GAUNT WINS EMOTIONAL “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL” AT SANTA MARIA

By Lance Jennings

JULY 7, 2015... After leading all 30-laps, “Super” Rickie Gaunt of Torrance, California won Friday’s “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. For Gaunt, the emotional $2,500 Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory was his first triumph since February 28, 2009. Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, fast qualifier “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and Austin Williams followed “Super” Rickie to the checkered flags.

Piloting Shawn McDonald’s #9 Sander Engineering / Smiley Crane Sled, Rickie Gaunt got the jump on polesitter Richard Vander Weerd to grab the early lead. Setting a fast pace around the Santa Maria oval, Gaunt held off several challenges from Austin Williams as the leaders raced through heavy traffic. In the closing laps, a miscue by Williams became a three-way battle for second with Richard Vander Weerd and Matt Mitchell. This allowed Gaunt to extend his lead and score the popular victory in front of the large Santa Maria crowd.

By claiming the “Doug Fort Memorial,” Gaunt earned his eighth USAC/CRA main event win. Starting his career in the late 1980s at Ascot Park with CRA, Santa Maria was also the site of his first victory. On April 27, 1991, Rickie won the winged NARC / Golden State Challenge feature for Danny Pivovaroff. Last Friday, the veteran driver qualified sixth out of the twenty-four racers in the pit area and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3 after teammate Danny Sheridan did not report to the scales.

After falling back to third, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd ran second in the Santa Maria feature. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was seventh quick in time trials and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California had a solid night at Santa Maria Raceway with a third place finish. Driving his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell qualified fifth overall and placed third in his heat race.

Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner ran fourth in the “Doug Fort Memorial” after starting sixth. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner recorded his 64th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and claimed third in his heat race.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California pressured Gaunt for several laps before falling back to fifth. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was third fast in time trials and scored third in his heat race.

Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from sixteenth. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Buckley with 360 power, Swanson qualified sixteenth, ran fifth in his heat race, and took sixth in the semi-main.

“Thunder” Tommy Malcolm of Corona, California earned his first USAC/CRA Sprint Car heat race victory at Santa Maria. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&D Powder Coating Victory, Malcolm was eighth fast in time trials, won the DJ Safety event, and had his best run with an eighth place finish in the main event.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified fourth overall, took sixth in his heat race, and salvaged a fourteenth place finish in the main after a tangle on lap seventeen.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com and follow the series on Facebook or Twitter. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 3, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.527; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.639; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14,703; 4, Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-14.722; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.831; 6. Rickie Gaunt, 9, McDonald-14.837; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.852; 8. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.876; 9. Danny Sheridan, 93, Gardner-14.982; 10. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-15.014; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.029; 12. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-15.041; 13. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-15.084; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.247; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.290; 16. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.306; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.354; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.444; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.605; 20. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-15.616; 21. James Herrera, 91, Herrera-15.649; 22. Tyler Schmidt, 49, Schmidt-15.730; 23. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-16.393; 24. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-16.698.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. Colston, 5. Swanson, 6. Spencer, 7. Ellertson, 8. Schmidt. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Mitchell, 4. C.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Sibley, 7. Dyson, 8. Linson. NT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

RICKIE GAUNT WINS EMOTIONAL “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL” AT SANTA MARIA By Lance Jennings

JULY 7, 2015... After leading all 30-laps, “Super” Rickie Gaunt of Torrance, California won Friday’s “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. For Gaunt, the emotional $2,500 Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory was his first triumph since February 28, 2009. Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, fast qualifier “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and Austin Williams followed “Super” Rickie to the checkered flags.

Piloting Shawn McDonald’s #9 Sander Engineering / Smiley Crane Sled, Rickie Gaunt got the jump on pole sitter Richard Vander Weerd to grab the early lead. Setting a fast pace around the Santa Maria oval, Gaunt held off several challenges from Austin Williams as the leaders raced through heavy traffic. In the closing laps, a miscue by Williams became a three-way battle for second with Richard Vander Weerd and Matt Mitchell. This allowed Gaunt to extend his lead and score the popular victory in front of the large Santa Maria crowd.

By claiming the “Doug Fort Memorial,” Gaunt earned his eighth USAC/CRA main event win. Starting his career in the late 1980s at Ascot Park with CRA, Santa Maria was also the site of his first victory. On April 27, 1991, Rickie won the winged NARC / Golden State Challenge feature for Danny Pivovaroff. Last Friday, the veteran driver qualified sixth out of the twenty-four racers in the pit area and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3 after teammate Danny Sheridan did not report to the scales.

After falling back to third, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd ran second in the Santa Maria feature. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was seventh quick in time trials and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California had a solid night at Santa Maria Raceway with a third place finish. Driving his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell qualified fifth overall and placed third in his heat race.

Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner ran fourth in the “Doug Fort Memorial” after starting sixth. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner recorded his 64th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and claimed third in his heat race.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California pressured Gaunt for several laps before falling back to fifth. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was third fast in time trials and scored third in his heat race.

Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from sixteenth. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Buckley with 360 power, Swanson qualified sixteenth, ran fifth in his heat race, and took sixth in the semi-main.

“Thunder” Tommy Malcolm of Corona, California earned his first USAC/CRA Sprint Car heat race victory at Santa Maria. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&D Powder Coating Victory, Malcolm was eighth fast in time trials, won the DJ Safety event, and had his best run with an eighth place finish in the main event.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified fourth overall, took sixth in his heat race, and salvaged a fourteenth place finish in the main after a tangle on lap seventeen.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com and follow the series on Facebook or Twitter. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 3, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.527; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.639; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14,703; 4, Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-14.722; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.831; 6. Rickie Gaunt, 9, McDonald-14.837; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.852; 8. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.876; 9. Danny Sheridan, 93, Gardner-14.982; 10. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-15.014; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.029; 12. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-15.041; 13. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-15.084; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.247; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.290; 16. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.306; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.354; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.444; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.605; 20. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-15.616; 21. James Herrera, 91, Herrera-15.649; 22. Tyler Schmidt, 49, Schmidt-15.730; 23. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-16.393; 24. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-16.698.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. Colston, 5. Swanson, 6. Spencer, 7. Ellertson, 8. Schmidt. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Mitchell, 4. C.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Sibley, 7. Dyson, 8. Linson. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. Gaunt, 2. Bender, 3. A.Williams, 4. L.Williams, 5. Boles, 6. Herrera, 7. Strole, 8. Sheridan. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Sheridan, 3. Boles, 4. Gansen, 5. Sibley, 6. Swanson, 7. Schmidt, 8. Ellertson, 9. Strole, 10. Dyson, 11. Linson, 12. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Rickie Gaunt (2nd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 3. Matt Mitchell (3rd), 4. Damion Gardner (6th), 5. Austin Williams (4th), 6. Tommy Malcom (8th), 7. Jake Swanson (16th), 8. Danny Sheridan (9th), 9. A.J. Bender (18th), 10. Parker Colston (13th), 11. Brody Roa (10th), 12. Logan Williams (15th), 13. Jeremy Ellertson (19th), 14. Mike Spencer (7th), 15. Chris Gansen (17th), 16. Tyler Schmidt (21st), 17. Geoffrey Strole (22nd), 18. Jeff Sibley (14th), 19. Cody Williams (5th), 20. Jace Vander Weerd (11th), 21. Luke Boles (12th), 22. Chris Dyson (20th). NT ------------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gaunt. DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (16th to 7th)

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & NMMRA “BORDER TOUR” STARTS FRIDAY AT EL PASO

By Lance Jennings

JULY 7, 2015... This Friday, July 10th, the two-race “Border Tour” featuring the USAC SouthWest and New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA) Sprint Cars will open at El Paso Speedway Park. The following night, Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, New Mexico will host the finale of the popular mini-series. Both main events will pay $2,000-to-win and $200-to-start, with an additional $250 going to the highest finishing 305 powered sprinter courtesy of Casey Minks and Truck Country. These will be “must see” events as drivers from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas battle for bragging rights between the two series.

For the fourth consecutive season, El Paso Speedway Park has featured the traditional sprint cars of Arizona and New Mexico. Last year, R.J. Johnson took the lead from Shon Deskins on the last lap to earn his second victory at the 3/8-mile oval. On June 8, 2012, veteran driver Rickey Hood claimed the inaugural ASCS Canyon Region event at El Paso. Friday’s point race will also showcase X-Mods, Street Stocks, Mini-Sprints, and Hornets. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.epspeedwaypark.com or call 915.791.8749.

Like El Paso, the Southern New Mexico Speedway has showcased the Arizona and New Mexico Sprints for four years. Last September, R.J. Johnson added the fast 5/16-mile facility to his win list by leading all 30-laps. On June 9, 2012, Rickey Hood backed up his El Paso triumph and “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl earned a popular hometown win on July 20, 2013. Saturday’s point race will also feature X-Mods, Street Stocks, Mini-Sprints, and Hornets. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call 575.524.7913.

Heading to Friday’s “showdown,” R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona has a 77-point lead over the competition. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his seventh win of the season at Tucson’s USA Raceway on July 26th. In addition, the two-time champion has five heat race victories, one high point driver award, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led. R.J. will be looking to continue his championship bid with wins at El Paso and Las Cruces.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the championship point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis claimed sixth in the Tucson feature. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, two high point driver awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. “Chargin” Charles is one of the favorites to claim the $2,000 paydays in annual “Border Tour.”

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi charged from thirteenth to score fourth at USA Raceway. Heading to El Paso, Matt has one feature win, one high point driver award, three hard charger awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the season. The defending Western World Champion will be looking for his fourth series main event win.

Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Pelkey sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey scored third at Tucson after starting tenth. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, one high point driver award, and ten top-10 finishes on the year. Entering the “Border Tour,” Josh ranks fourth on the SouthWest win list and will have his sights on his sixth victory.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona is fifth in the point standings. Piloting Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Sussex claimed sixteenth in the SouthWest debut at Tucson. Heading to El Paso, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one high point driver award, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led on the season. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Matt Rossi, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the win list, Stevie will be looking to score the $2,000 “Border Tour” victories.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Dennis Gile, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Josh Shipley, Shon Deskins, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, and more.

Tijeras, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges leads the NMMRA point standings. Jason Grady, Josh Grady, Jesse Baker, Michael Fanelli, Randy Smith, Dillon Tanner, Joshua Jackson, Stephen Spiak, and Robert Marfia round out the top-10 drivers.

El Paso Speedway Park is at 14751 Marina Boulevard in El Paso, Texas. Located 6 miles east of FM 375 on US 62, then 0.5 miles north on Krag Street, then east on Tangerine Avenue. Adult Tickets are $15, Family Packs at $30 (2 Adults & 4 Children Under 16), Kids Tickets (10 & Under) are FREE, and Pit Passes are $35. For more event information, visit www.epspeedwaypark.com or call 915.791.8749.

Southern New Mexico Speedway is located at 12125 Robert Larson Boulevard in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To get to the track, I-10 to exit 132, then south to the frontage road, then 3.1 miles west on Robert Larson Blvd. Adult Tickets are $15, Family Packs at $30 (2 Adults & 4 Children Under 16), Kids Tickets (10 & Under) are FREE, and Pit Passes are $35. For more event information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call 575.524.7913.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

EL PASO USAC SOUTHWEST WINNERS: 07/19/13: R.J. Johnson, 08/29/14: R.J. Johnson.

LAS CRUCES USAC SOUTHWEST WINNERS: 07/20/13: Rick Ziehl, 08/30/14: R.J. Johnson.

BORDER TOUR WINS: 4-R.J. Johnson, 2-Rickey Hood, 1-Rick Ziehl.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: 7-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Matt Rossi.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-694, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-617, 3. Matt Rossi-598, 4. Josh Pelkey-592, 4. Matt Rossi-470, 5. Stevie Sussex-565, 6. Mike Martin-493, 7. Mike Colegrove-432, 8. Brian Hosford-428, 9. Bruce St. James-413, 10. Andy Reinbold-350, 11. Dennis Gile-320, 12. Nick Aiuto-305, 13. Tye Mihocko-302, 14. Josh Shipley-301, 15. Shon Deskins-256, 16. Chris Bonneau-231, 17. Michael Curtis-220, 18. Mike Bonneau-187, 19. Tom Ogle-184, 20. Dalten Gabbard-165.

NEW MEXICO MOTOR RACING ASSOCIATION POINT STANDINGS 1. Josh Hodges-191, 2. Jason Grady-184, 3. Josh Grady-176, 4. Jesse Baker-152, 5. Michael Fanelli-148, 6. Randy Smith-139, 7. Dillon Tanner-131, 8. Joshua Jackson-126, 9. Stephen Spiak-125, 10. Robert Marfia-123, 11. Matthew Cardenas-118, 12. John Carney-100, 13. Austin Mansfield-99, 14. Dustin Cormany-97, 15. Bo Baker-94, 16. Cody Mansfield-92, ---. Bobby Marcum-92, 18. Nick Rael-85, 19. Jerill Higginbotham-84, 20. Wes Wofford-83.

 

 

ABREU USES LAST CORNER PASS ON THORSON FOR "PEPSI NATIONALS" CROWN

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.......It took a final corner slidejob for Rico Abreu to win the "Pepsi Nationals" on Sunday night at the Angell Park Speedway as the reigning Honda National Midget champion added another big midget win to his list, as he edged out teammate Tanner Thorson by just .093 seconds for the tenth win in his National Midget career.

Thorson got the jump from outside the front row and led throughout. Behind him, ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Bryan Clauson quickly moved into second, but he slowed on lap five with a right-rear wheel packed with mud. He visited the work area but was able to restart.

Thorson led Kevin Thomas, Jr. from there, as Abreu slipped to third when Darren Hagen slapped the big cushion in turn-four and darted up the track. After another yellow, Hagen went to the extreme high side in one and two and came with a full head of steam just as Abreu bobbled in the middle of the corner, with the two making contact that slowed Hagen and put him well back in the field before he regained speed.

The Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team ran 1-4 as the race hit halfway, but the red flag flew on lap 18 for Tracy Hines, who flipped in turn-four while running in the fifth spot.

The race went green from there, as Thorson and Abreu pulled away from their teammate Thomas, while Clauson and Hagen fought back through the pack. With a few laps to go, Thorson hesitated with a lapped car, allowing Abreu to draw near. At the white flag, Abreu was not close enough for a pass, so he went to the extreme high side and gathered momentum as he exited turn-two.

With a full head of steam down the backstretch, he dove to the bottom and swept past Thorson for the top spot, leaving Thorson to cross back underneath him and try to beat him back to the line. It wasn't enough, though, as Abreu finished it off by just a nose in the Toyota TRD - Curb Records #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I don't know how it looked from the stands, but that was just a hell of a race from my seat. The last lap was one of those laps where you have to tell yourself 'Go Big or Go Home.' I got above the cushion and kept my car straight on exit to get all the speed I could and was able to pull the trigger on him at the other end. You cherish moments like that, winning on the final lap in front of a great crowd. It's special to win the Pepsi Nationals and knock another big race off my bucket list. I'm having a lot of fun right now just getting to do this," Abreu said.

Thorson came home in the runner-up spot in the first race since his spectacular crash during "Indiana Midget Week" at Lincoln Park Speedway on June 11th. Still sporting some blood in his eyes, the Minden, Nevada driver returned to the seat with a strong finish aboard the Toyota TRD - Abreu Vineyards #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"It's good to be back in the car, and I felt great from the start. I could hear one of them back there working something, and I figured it was Rico after hearing him above me a few times. My teammates are out there trying everything imaginable to find a way by me while I'm leading, so it's tough to be out front the entire time. This is a new car, and we got my confidence back quickly to be able to run hard with these guys after being out for a few weeks," Thorson said.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. joined his teammates on the podium and put himself atop the series point standings with the Toyota TRD - Bakken Concrete #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"You never want to come home third, but these guys are good and it's a solid night for us to end up on the podium. In the big picture, we gave ourselves another good finish towards the season-long goal," Thomas said.

Clauson cleared Andrew Felker in the final laps to take home fourth in the Curb Records - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar, and Hagen also slipped into the top-five at the finish aboard the KBR Performance - Great Clips #17 Boss/Esslinger.

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USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 5, 2015 - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin - Angell Park Speedway - "Pepsi Nationals" (co-sanctioned by POWRi)

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-14.316; 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.333; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.372; 4. Bill Balog, 57, Ecker-14.467; 5. Austin Brown, 7, KBR-14.539; 6. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-14.600; 7. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.606; 8. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.620; 9. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-14.647; 10. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-14.677; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.699; 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-14.724; 13. Darren Hagen, 17, KBR-14.727; 14. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-14.776; 15. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.821; 16. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-14.960; 17. David Budres, 31, Manic-15.061; 18. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-15.107; 19. Eric Johnson, 82, Johnson-15.345; 20. Brandon Waelti, 15, Triple H-15.552; 21. Kurt Mayhew, 21K, Mayhew-16.003; 22. Scott Zane, 77, Zane-16.790; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-NT; 24. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Hagen, 3. Clauson, 4. Thorson, 5. Hines, 6. Balog, 7. Johnson. 2:29.80

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Felker, 3. Brown, 4. Robinson, 5. Abreu, 6. Chapple, 7. Budres. 2:30.56

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Quin, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Schuett, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. Leer, 6. Mayhew, 7. Ray, 8. Weisensel. 2:33.07

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Spencer Bayston, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Kyle Schuett, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Kurt Mayhew, 13. Austin Brown, 14. Tracy Hines, 15. Katlynn Leer, 16. Eric Johnson, 17. Jimi Quin, 18. Bill Balog, 19. David Budres, 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 21. Cody Weisensel. NT ---------------------------- **Hines flipped on Lap 17 of the Feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Thorson, Lap 30 Abreu.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-K.Thomas-360; 2-T.Thomas-339; 3-Hines-333; 4-Abreu-326; 5-Hagen-321; 6-Bayston-300; 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-287; 8-Thorson-280; 9-Dave Darland-159; 10-Christopher Bell-152.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: July 28 - Beloit, KS - Solomon Valley Raceway - "Chad McDaniel Memorial"

 

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY PR: STYRES, SHANTZ, SAULT, JANSSENS, & DEBOER TAKE WINS ON STRICKLAND’S GMC “CORR/PAK VS. SOS” NIGHT

by Tommy Goudge (July 3, 2015) – 134 drivers signed in to race on Strickland's GMC "Corr/Pak vs. SOS" Night on Friday. Glenn Styres, Josh Shantz, Karl Sault, Brandon Janssens, and Dusty DeBoer visited Mobil 1 Victory Lane.

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY RACE REPORT FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015 OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO, CANADA STRICKLAND'S GMC "SOS VS. CORR/PAK" NIGHT TOTAL ENTRIES - 134

----------------------------------------------------------- CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CARS VS. SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS (27 entries) Glenn Styres and Todd Hoddick started the 25 lap 360 Sprint Car feature on the front row, and the race ended with Hoddick chasing Styres to the checkered flag for the second time in four days. Third starter Dain Naida bicycled after catching a rut in the first turn of the first lap, and later finished 12th after a brief trip to the pit area.

Keith Dempster held the third spot until sixth row starter Chris Steele got by just before the halfway mark, but Mitch Brown then passed Steele a few laps later. Brown finished third behind Styres and Hoddick, with Steele and Cory Turner rounding out the top 5.

Two red flags stopped the race, as Jamie Turner tipped over in turn two, and Warren Mahoney crashed hard into the inside wall entering turn one. Both drivers were uninjured, but Mahoney's car especially was heavily damaged.

Hoddick now holds a 20 point lead over Brown in the championship standings, with Styres in third, another 15 points behind.

A-FEATURE (25 laps) Finish. Number Name (Start) 1. 0 Glenn Styres (1) 2. 49 Todd Hoddick (2) 3. 10 Mitch Brown (7) 4. 80 Chris Steele (12) 5. 19 Cory Turner (4) 6. 3r Shane Ross (6) 7. 5 Keith Dempster (5) 8. 81 Derek Jonathan (13) 9. 5c Conor Mahoney (9) 10. 14h Jim Huppunen (10) 11. 91 Ryan Turner (15) 12. 77 Dain Naida (3) 13. 38 Tyler Hendricks (11) 14. 30 Adam West (20) 15. 10c Chris Jones (16) 16. 6 Curtis Gartly (18) 17. 66 Frank Baranowski (21) 18. 15 Mike Ferrell (14) DNF. 25 Warren Mahoney (19) DNF. 71s Shawn Sliter (17) DNF. 11 Jamie Turner (8) DNF. 2 Lee Winger (22) No Time A-Feature Lap Leaders – Glenn Styres (1-25)

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps - Top 5 transferred to A-Feature) Finish. Number Name (Hometown) 1. 19 Cory Turner (Caistor Centre), 2. 5c Conor Mahoney (Waterdown), 3. 0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken), 4. 38 Tyler Hendricks (Chatham), 5. 15 Mike Ferrell (London), 6. 66 Frank Baranowski (Mount Hope), 7. 22 James Thompson (St. Catharines), 8. 10c Bob Crawford (Sutton), 9. 2 Lee Winger (Mount Hope). Time - 1:55.977

PASWORD PROTECTION HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps - Top 5 transferred to A-Feature) Finish. Number Name (Hometown) 1. 5 Keith Dempster (Alton), 2. 77 Dain Naida (Tecumseh, MI), 3. 80 Chris Steele (St. Catharines), 4. 81 Derek Jonathan (Lewiston, NY), 5. 3r Shane Ross (Thedford), 6. 11j Chris Jones (Picton), 7. 6 Curtis Gartly (Thamesford), 8. 11z Zach Zumpe (St. Catharines), 9. 94z Stan Zanchin (Fort Erie). Time - 1:57.096

TRANSPORT SALES & SERVICE HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps - Top 5 transferred to A-Feature) Finish. Number Name (Hometown) 1. 11 Jamie Turner (Caistor Centre), 2. 49 Todd Hoddick (Cheektowaga, NY), 3. 10 Mitch Brown (Brantford), 4. 14h Jim Huppunen (Welland), 5. 91 Ryan Turner (Caistor Centre), 6. 30 Adam West (Ridgetown), 7. 71s Shawn Sliter (Port Colborne), 8. 25 Warren Mahoney (Lefroy), 9. 43 Scott Sherk (Port Colborne). Time - 1:57.410

B-FEATURE (10 laps – Top 5 transferred to A-Feature) Finish. Number Name 1. 11j Chris Jones, 2. 71s Shawn Sliter, 3. 6 Curtis Gartly, 4. 25 Warren Mahoney, 5. 30 Adam West, 6. 2 Lee Winger, 7. 94z Stan Zanchin, 8. 43 Scott Sherk, 9. 22 James Thompson, 10. 66 Frank Baranowski, DNF. 10c Bob Crawford, 12. 11z Zach Zumpe. Time - 2:28.617

PROVISIONAL A-FEATURE STARTERS: Lee Winger (Corr/Pak), Frank Baranowski (SOS)

NATHAN ACKLAND STATE FARM INSURANCE “TOP GUN” AWARD ($150 – heat race passing points high score): Cory Turner

----------------------------------------------------------- STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS (15 entries) Polesitter Mark Czuba looked to have the Crate Sprint Car feature under control early in the race, but couldn't maintain that pace. Josh Shantz used the outside lane to track Czuba down and take his first win of the season. A late charge by sixth row starter Ryan Hunsinger kept the result in question until the final turn. Hunsinger settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Czuba, Jake Brown, and Mack DeMan.

Dylan Westbrook saw his lead in the championship standings dwindle when he flipped hard in the first turn just as his teammate Aaron Turkey brought out a yellow flag when he lost power in turn four. Westbrook was uninjured, but his car was damaged heavily, and his points lead is down to just 10 markers over Alex Hill, with four other drivers within 5 points of Hill.

A-FEATURE (15 laps) Finish. Number Name (Start) 1. 18 Josh Shantz (4) 2. 7h Ryan Hunsinger (11) 3. 00 Mark Czuba (1) 4. 1-10 Jake Brown (6) 5. 4 Mack DeMan (5) 6. 77x Alex Hill (2) 7. 12 Brad Herron (3) 8. 55 Mike Thorne (7) 9. 9 Steve Lyons (9) 10. 1 Holly Porter (10) 11. 54 Ed Green (13) 12. 68 Aaron Turkey (8) DNF. 47x Dylan Westbrook (13) DNS. 6m Eric McGlone (14) DNS. 43k Shane Butler (15) No Time A-Feature Lap Leaders – Mark Czuba (1-9), Josh Shantz (10-15)

CREATIVE EDGE SIGNS & GRAPHICS HEAT RACE #1 (6 laps) Finish. Number Name (Hometown) 1. 00 Mark Czuba (Burlington), 2. 77x Alex Hill (Ohsweken), 3. 12 Brad Herron (Waterford), 4. 18 Josh Shantz (St. Agatha), 5. 1-10 Jake Brown (Brantford), 6. 4 Mack DeMan (Mississauga), 7. 54 Ed Green (Ohsweken). Time - 1:31.294

CREATIVE EDGE SIGNS & GRAPHICS HEAT RACE #2 (6 laps) Finish. Number Name (Hometown) 1. 55 Mike Thorne (Caledonia), 2. 68 Aaron Turkey (Ohsweken), 3. 47x Dylan Westbrook (Oakland), 4. 7h Ryan Hunsinger (Stouffville), 5. 9 Steve Lyons (Carlisle), 6. 1 Holly Porter (Delhi), DNS. 6m Eric McGlone (Union), DNS. 43k Shane Butler (St. Thomas). Time - 1:32.831

NATHAN ACKLAND STATE FARM INSURANCE “TOP GUN” AWARD ($50 – fastest heat race single lap time): Mark Czuba

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 4, 2015 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "Firecracker 40"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.550; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.629; 3. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.676; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.733; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.780; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.789; 7. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-16.874; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.980; 9. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-16.993; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.014; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.018; 12. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-17.066; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.097; 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.184; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.188; 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-17.306; 17. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-17.356; 18. Danny Sheridan, 9, McDonald-17.380; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98X, Tracy-17.567; 20. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-17.641; 21. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.663; 22. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.699; 23. Anthony Lopiccolo, 42, Springstead-17.736; 24. Michael Curtis, 45C, Turner/Wheeler-17.759; 25. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.818; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-18.047; 27. Austin Smith, 33, Smith-18.052; 28. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-18.094; 29. Braedon Enos, 00, Enos-18.105; 30. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-18.602; 31. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-19.082; 32. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-19.131; 33. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Pelkey, 3. Malcolm, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Schank, 6. Ellertson, 7. Enos, 8. Everhart, 9. Colston. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Swanson, 3. A.Williams, 4. Sheridan, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Gansen, 7. Edwards, 8. Sampson. 2:57.66

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Mitchell, 3. Roa, 4. Bender, 5. Sweeney, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. Tafoya, 8. A.Smith. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faria, 3. C.Williams, 4. Bezio, 5. Gaunt, 6. Curtis, 7. C.Smith, 8. Dyson. 2:59.04

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Colston, 2. Gaunt, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Gansen, 5. Sweeney, 6. Schank, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. Curtis, 9. Everhart, 10. Edwards, 11. C.Smith, 12. A.Smith, 13. Ellertson, 14. Dyson, 15. Enos. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Cody Williams, 8. Josh Pelkey, 9. Danny Faria Jr., 10. Logan Williams, 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 12. Tommy Malcolm, 13. Terry Schank Jr., 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Verne Sweeney, 17. Danny Sheridan, 18. A.J. Bender, 19. Rickie Gaunt, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Matt Mitchell, 22. Parker Colston, 23. David Bezio. NT

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**Mitchell flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Swanson, Laps 6-16 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 17-40 Gardner.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Spencer-594, 2-Gardner-591, 3-R.Vander Weerd-547, 4-Mitchell-545, 5-A.Williams-542, 6-Swanson-484, 7-Roa-401, 8-C.Williams-308, 9-L.Williams-290, 10-J.Vander Weerd-266.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: August 15- Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 4, 2015 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - Inaugural"Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

COONS REPEATS INDEPENDENCE DAY LINCOLN PARK WIN IN "BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR"

Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Arizona and his crew in victory lane after Saturday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. It was Coons' second consecutive Independence Day victory at the track.

Putnamville, Indiana.......Jerry Coons, Jr. returned to right where he spent Independence Day last year, parked in victory lane at Lincoln Park Speedway, this time as the winner of the finale of the inaugural "Bill Gardner Sprintacular." The former series champion's 17th career victory came in wire-to-wire fashion as he was flawless in the Edison Motorsports - Crume Evans Insurance #10E Spike/Chevy.

"It's always a lot of fun to win with this group of guys. They're as laid-back as they come and were still happy with me last night even after I went backwards and was frustrated. We've struggled a little bit with the slick stuff especially, and a lot of things fell in line for us tonight, but we were really good tonight. You'd think as long as we've been doing this that we wouldn't still be learning, but I'm real happy with what we picked up tonight," Coons said.

Coons took the early lead with Chad Boespflug in pursuit on the high side, as series point-leader Robert Ballou made his early move from row-three to throttle around the high side for the third spot. Those three broke away from the field, but on lap nine, Ballou had problems on the left-rear and spun in turn-three to bring out the yellow. He went to the work area, but was unable to rejoin the field in time for the green.

After another caution a lap later, the race went green the rest of the way with Coons opening up a comfortable lead while Boespflug still tried to run the high side, but to no avail. Kyle Cummins came on to take the second spot from him, but behind them were cars dicing for the balance of the top-ten spots with Chase Stockon and Jon Stanbrough the big movers, along with Dave Darland.

Coons' lead shrunk with less than ten laps to go, but he pulled away to a 1.057-second win over Cummins, who matched his best career finish in the Rock Steady Racing - Greenwell Auto Body #3R Mach-1/Chevy.

"We've got ourselves a race car now that we can work with and try to race with these guys. We've struggled and been frustrated for the most part this year, to the point I even pulled off during the feature last night, and the major changes we made to bring this thing to life a little had some instant success tonight. I was reeling him in a bit at one point for the lead, but he was stuck on the bottom and just didn't ever mess up," Cummins said.

Stockon finished off his spirited run to take third from 14th in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, re-taking the point lead over Ballou in the process.

"If this thing was a 40-lap race, I think we had a chance to win it. We got a tough draw and didn't qualify all that well, so that put us in a spot from behind where we had to pass cars. We were able to roll up through the middle and make up most of our ground there, but even on the bottom I think we were a tick quicker than the top-two. Matt Hummel of FK Indy has gotten our shocks tuned and running really well in the slick, and (crew chief) D.J. (Ott) gave me a great car tonight that could move around to pass cars," Stockon said.

Boespflug wound up fourth in the Amati Racing - Marion Underground Construction #66 DRC/Dynotech, and Jon Stanbrough earned the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" for his drive from 17th to finish fifth in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D.

Carson Short started the night by taking the ProSource "Fast Time Award."

AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 4, 2015 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.282; 2. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.485; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.491; 4. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-13.626; 5. Casey Shuman, 21K, Krockenberger-13.684; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.703; 7. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.704; 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.742; 9. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-13.749; 10. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-13.773; 11. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-13.773; 12. Cole Smith, 29x, Smith-13.778 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.780; 14. Lukas Smith, 26, Smith-13.821; 15. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.844; 16. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.847; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.885; 18. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.939; 19. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-13.980; 20. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.984; 21. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.021; 22. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.024; 23. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.039; 24. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-14.116; 25. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-14.153; 26. Scott Hampton, 4J, Ottinger-14.278; 27. Jeff Bland Jr., 04, Burton-14.319; 28. Shelby VanGilder, 22V, VanGilder-14.413; 29. Mike Gass, 17G, Gass-14.418; 30. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.462; 31. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.462; 32. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-14.465; 33. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-14.526; 34. Matthew McDonald, 5M, McDonald-14.568; 35. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-14.704; 36. Chris Phillips, 6, Phillips-14.776; 37. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.859; 38. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-19.551; 39. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-NT; 40. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Coons, 3. Beauchamp, 4. Farney, 5. Short, 6. Shuman, 7. Babcock, 8. Gass, 9. Bell, 10. Studley. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Simon, 3. Cummins, 4. Bacon, 5. Hines, 6. Leary, 7. Andretti, 8. Hampton, 9. L.Smith, 10. McDonald. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Darland, 3. Cottle, 4. Mattox, 5. Thomas, 6. Jarrett, 7. Light, 8. Bland, 9. Wissmiller, 10. VanHise. 2:23.29

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Hodges, 4. C.Smith, 5. Courtney, 6. Phillips, 7. Gurley, 8. VanGilder, 9. Schuerenberg, 10. Gross, NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Short, 2. Thomas, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Shuman, 5. Babcock, 6. Courtney, 7. Hines, 8. Light, 9. Jarrett, 10. L.Smith, 11. Leary, 12. Bland, 13. Andretti, 14. Gurley, 15. Hampton, 16. Gass, 17. Phillips, 18. Studley, 19. VanGilder, 20. Wissmiller, 21. Bell, 22. VanHise. 2:44.81

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Josh Hodges, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Cole Smith, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Carson Short, 17. Brady Bacon, 18. Chris Babcock, 19. Brandon Mattox, 20. Brent Beauchamp, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Aaron Farney. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Coons.

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Coons.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Stockon-988, 2-Ballou-976, 3-Darland-951, 4-Stanbrough-887, 5-Bacon-852, 6-Hines-795, 7-Thomas-791, 8-Leary-715, 9-Chris Windom-575, 10-Justin Grant-571.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 10 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 3, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.527; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.639; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14,703; 4, Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-14.722; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.831; 6. Rickie Gaunt, 9, McDonald-14.837; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.852; 8. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.876; 9. Danny Sheridan, 93, Gardner-14.982; 10. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-15.014; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.029; 12. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-15.041; 13. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-15.084; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.247; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.290; 16. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.306; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.354; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.444; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.605; 20. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-15.616; 21. James Herrera, 91, Herrera-15.649; 22. Tyler Schmidt, 49, Schmidt-15.730; 23. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-16.393; 24. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-16.698.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. Colston, 5. Swanson, 6. Spencer, 7. Ellertson, 8. Schmidt. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Mitchell, 4. C.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Sibley, 7. Dyson, 8. Linson. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gaunt, 2. Bender, 3. A.Williams, 4. L.Williams, 5. Boles, 6. Herrera, 7. Strole, 8. Sheridan. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Sheridan, 3. Boles, 4. Gansen, 5. Sibley, 6. Swanson, 7. Schmidt, 8. Ellertson, 9. Strole, 10. Dyson, 11. Linson, 12. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rickie Gaunt, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Danny Sheridan, 9. A.J. Bender, 10. Parker Colston, 11. Brody Roa, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Mike Spencer, 15. Chris Gansen, 16. Tyler Schmidt, 17. Geoffrey Strole, 18. Jeff Sibley, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Jace Vander Weerd, 21. Luke Boles, 22. Chris Dyson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gaunt

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: July 4 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Firecracker 40”

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS RACE RESULTS:

 July 3, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.898; 2. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.949; 3. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.957; 4. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-15.075; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.109; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 19, Sala-15.139; 7. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-15.314; 8. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.465; 9. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.520; 10. Doug Hunting, 2, Hunting-15.901; 11. Chris Dyson, 12K, Kruseman-16.113.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Swanson, 3. McQueen, 4. Gardner, 5. Dyson, 6. Marcham. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nichols, 2. Kruseman, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Pankratz, 5. Hunting. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Shannon McQueen, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Trey Marcham, 5. Cody Swanson, 6. Terry Nichols, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Chris Dyson, 9. Doug Hunting, 10. Cory Kruseman, 11. Randi Pankratz. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Vander Weerd, Laps 3-25 Gardner.

NEW USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: July 18 – Petaluma (CA) Speedway – “John Soares Classic”

 

 

COCKRUM CLAMPS DOWN

FOR "SUMAR CLASSIC" TRIUMPH

Shane Cockrum of Benton, Illinois celebrates his victory in the USAC Silver Crown Series' "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on Thursday night.

Terre Haute, Indiana.......Shane Cockrum survived a late-race challenge and used a little luck to hold on for Thursday night's "Sumar Classic" win at the Terre Haute Action Track. After capturing his first Silver Crown Series win last fall at Du Quoin, Illinois, Cockrum led most of the night's 100-lap feature only to see his lead taken away in the late stages by C.J. Leary, but a timely caution and strong finish propelled the Benton, Illinois driver to a .424-second victory in the Hardy Boys Motorsports - Financial Transportation Services #71 Maxim/Chevy.

"This is championship dirt car racing, and it's exciting right now with a ton of talented drivers out there, and it's awesome to be able to come out on top of them. It's a thinking man's game in these races, so you have to be methodical and move around to find where you need to be. I knew being out front put us in a tough spot, and the bottom usually comes in here, so I wasn't surprised to see someone coming. Leary is a talented kid and is gonna win a lot of races; it's a tough deal to lose the lead like that late, but we'll definitely take it. We've worked hard with our team to stay up front after last year, and it's satisfying to get another big win in this series," Cockrum said.

Cockrum got the jump on the start over polesitter Kody Swanson, who helped his series point lead by taking the ProSource "Fast Time Award" to begin the night. Cockrum led Jerry Coons, Jr. and Swanson early, as the top-three opened up on the rest of the field. A few laps later, Brady Bacon reeled in Swanson and took third. Coons got a run on Cockrum for the lead on lap 21 as he came roaring off turn-two, but Cockrum held him off. By lap 28, Coons was back again, this time riding the cushion off turn-two to the lead.

Cockrum didn't let Coons get away, however, as he stuck with him for a lap before scooting underneath to re-take the lead as they completed lap 29. A caution a few laps later put the race past lap 40, with Cockrum leading Coons, Bacon, Swanson, and Shane Cottle. Just before halfway, Cottle too went by Swanson to take over fourth.

After a restart with 35 laps to go, the track was changing rapidly, and C.J. Leary was on the move into the top-five as the leaders searched all over the track to find the fast way around. Another quick caution with 25 laps to go produced a restart that saw Leary surge forward on the very bottom, getting all the way to third on lap 81.

With 13 to go, a restart after Aaron Pierce stopped on the fronstretch saw a chain reaction in turn-four, with tenth-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. spinning and collecting Joey Moughan, who flipped over. He had been running 12th. He was unhurt but done for the event.

Leary reeled in Cockrum on the restart and was all over him for the lead as the race hit ten laps to go. Leary hit the bottom on lap 92 to wrestle the lead away from Cockrum, but before the lap could be completed, Tyler Courtney spun in turn-four to bring out the final caution of the night. That put Leary back behind Cockrum on the ensuing restart.

Cockrum pulled away from Leary in the final six-lap run to the checkers, leaving the young Greenfield, Indiana driver just short of his first USAC National win as Leary came home second in the Leary Construction Company - Jet Star #30 DRC/Claxton Toyota.

"That was a heartbreaker. I was biding my time for a while, and I knew we had something towards the end. I made my move after the restart there as we hit ten to go, and I got up next to Cockrum and cleared him, but the yellow came out just as we were completing the lap. He saw what I was doing and knew where to be on the restart, so we had to get the finish and come home second. This is Joe Devin's baby, and he's been working on this thing for a long time, so it's fun to go out and race such a strong DRC car," Leary said.

Coons made a bid on the final restart by running the extreme high side, but he could only threaten the top-two over the first set of corners before fading to a comfortable third aboard the Nolen Racing - Columbus Container #20 Eagle/Chevy.

"I was pretty good still in one and two up high, but I had to hit it just right, and it was easier on the restarts with coming to it just a little slower pace. I got a real good restart on that end, but once the top went away in three and four, I couldn't get through there at all. We've gotta get a little bit better, but a pretty good night. This is a new car to the Nolen team and to me, so we're still figuring it out some but we've got great race cars and hopefully take what we learn to the busy stretch coming," Coons said.

Cottle's run ended in the fourth spot aboard the Williams Precision Engines - QS Components #81 Maxim/Chevy, and Bacon rounded out the top-five in the Martens Machine Shop - Womack Machine Supply #48 DRC/Chevy.

Chase Stockon earned the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" for his drive from 18th to finish 11th.

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USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: July 2, 2015 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Sumar Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-20.712; 2. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-21.162; 3. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-21.212; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.227; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-21.351; 6. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-21.466; 7. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-21.495; 8. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-21.650; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17, RW-21.765; 10. Chris Windom, 99, RPM/Gormly-22.074; 11. Tracy Hines, 98, RPM/Gormly-22.075; 12. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-22.208; 13. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-22.216; 14. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-22.224; 15. Tyler Courtney, 153, Capie-22.265; 16. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-22.347; 17. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-22.380; 18. Chase Stockon, 14, McQuinn-22.498; 19. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-23.441;0 20. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-23.672; 21. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-23.679; 22. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-NT (time of 21.091 disallowed), 23. Kent Wolters, 21, Swanson-NT (Time of 22.904 disallowed), 24. Austin Nemire, 91, Hamelgarn-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Shane Cockrum, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Kody Swanson, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. A.J. Fike, 14. Jacob Wilson, 15. Patrick Lawson, 16. Terry James, 17. Rex Norris III, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Joey Moughan, 20. Aaron Pierce, 21. Russ Gamester, 22. Kent Wolters, 23. Austin Nemire, 24. Steve Buckwalter. NT ------------------------------

**Nemire flipped during practice. Moughan flipped on lap 88 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Cockrum, Lap 28 Coons, Laps 29-100 Cockrum.

 

 

RICHARD VANDER WEERD EARNS DRAMATIC VICTORY AT HANFORD

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 30, 2015... Coming off the last corner, Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California passed Danny Faria Jr. to claim his second USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the season. For his efforts, the 2011 Champion earned $1,500 by winning Saturday’s main event at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Fast qualifier Faria, Brody Roa, Mike Spencer, and Trey Marcham rounded out the top-five drivers.

Five-time USAC/CRA Champion Mike Spencer sped by pole sitter Trey Marcham to take the early lead. Making his first West Coast start, Spencer began to run away from the field but would have to deal with the sixth starting Faria. The two veteran drivers swapped the lead several times as Vander Weerd entered the battle. The leaders raced in close quarters as they caught the slower traffic and ran three-wide on the speedway. Faria found the bottom groove to his liking and grabbed the lead on lap eighteen. Choosing to run the outside line, Vander Weerd powered by Spencer to take second and set his sights on the leader. Gaining momentum off the corners, Vander Weerd pressed Faria for the top spot, but Danny was able to shake free. On the last lap, Vander Weerd continued to use the high line and made up some ground. With the checkered flag waving, Richard powered by Danny to take his 17th series win by .44 seconds.

Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard Vander Weerd qualified second out of fourteen racers and took fifth in his heat race. Starting fifth in the main event, Vander Weerd also earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with his performance. Richard has climbed to second in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led.

After leading twelve laps, Tipton, California’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. had to settle for second at Hanford. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria earned his twelfth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and placed third in his heat race. On the strength of one feature win, two fast time awards, four heat race victories, one high point driver award, eight top-10 finishes, and 53 feature laps led, the point leader has a 121-point advantage.

Brody Roa from Garden Grove, California battled hard to take third at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was third quick in time trials and finished second to Max Adams in his heat race. In limited starts, the former Wagsdash Champion sits eleventh in the standings with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer led the first seventeen laps and claimed fourth at the checkered flags. Racing Mark Priestley’s #7M Roy Miller Freightlines / Sander Engineering Maxim, Spencer qualified fourth overall and placed fourth in his heat race. Mike left Hanford ranked twenty-ninth in the point standings.

Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma scored fifth in Hanford’s 30-lap feature. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham was sixth fast in time trials and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The leading rookie candidate has risen to fifth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led to his credit.

Loomis, California’s Max Adams raced to his first heat race victory of the year in the Extreme Mufflers sponsored event. Driving his #5X ART Speed Equipment / MotoWear International ART, Adams qualified fifth overall and took seventh in the main event. The young driver heads to July 25th’s Peter Murphy Classic tied for fourteenth in the standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and four top-10 finishes.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will take a break in the schedule and will return to action at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on July 25th. The “2nd Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will also showcase the King of the West and Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

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

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 27, 2015 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-18.063; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-18.091; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-18.149; 4. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-18.219; 5. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-18.348; 6. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-18.563; 7. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-18.601; 8. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-18.604; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-18.623; 10. Kolby Araki, 30K, Araki-18.903; 11. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-18.963; 12. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-19.173; 13. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-19.233; 14. Tyler Schmidt, 49, Schmidt-19.645.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Roa, 3. Faria, 4. Sibley, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Smith, 7. Guardino. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps) 1. Marcham, 2. Johnson, 3. Hurst, 4. Spencer, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Araki, 7. Schmidt. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (5th), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (6th), 3. Brody Roa (4th), 4. Mike Spencer (3rd), 5. Trey Marcham (1st), 6. D.J. Johnson (7th), 7. Max Adams (2nd), 8. Jace Vander Weerd (8th), 9. Landon Hurst (10th), 10. Kyle Smith (13th), 11. Jeff Sibley (9th), 12. Kolby Araki (12th), 13. Tyler Schmidt. (14th) NT ------------------------------------ *Guardino was slated to start 14th, but did not start.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Spencer, Laps 18-29 Faria, Lap 30 R.Vander Weerd. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Richard Vander Weerd (5th to 1st)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-600, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-479, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-478, 4. D.J. Johnson-468, 5. Trey Marcham-467, 6. Ryan Bernal-451, 7. Landon Hurst-393, 8. Tristan Guardino-370, 9. Jeff Sibley-291, 10. Bud Kaeding-279, 11. Brody Roa-256, 12. Austin Liggett-215, 13. Troy Rutherford-201, 14. Shannon McQueen-186, --. Max Adams-186, 16. Colby Copeland-166, 17. Jonathan Henry-144, 18. Kevin Barnes-142, 19. Matt Mitchell-114, 20. Jake Swanson-101, --. Kyle Smith-101.

 

 

 

WESTERN MIDGETS AT SANTA MARIA FRIDAY

Cody Swanson of Norco, Calif. leads the Honda USAC Western Midget points entering this Friday's race at Santa Maria (Calif.) Raceway. He has a 14-point lead over defending series champion Ronnie Gardner.

Friday's program also includes the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.

Richard Vander Weerd won last year's Santa Maria Midget race over Gatdner while Swanson did not compete.

Lady driver Shannon McQueen, the 2012 USAC Western Midget Champion, stands third in the latest series standings, only 15 points behind the leader.

2015 Honda USAC Western Midget Standings: 1-Cody Swanson-168, 2-Ronnie Gardner-154, 3-Shannon McQueen-153, 4-Trey Marcham-149, 5-Terry Nichols-148, 6-Scott Pierovich-144, 7-Nick Chivello-115, 8-Brian Gard-114, 9-Steve Davis-114, 10-Michael Faccinto-99.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 27, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 2. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 3. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 4. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 5. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 6. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 7. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 8. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows), 9. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Derek Graham (#5 Graham), 2. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 3. Chris Donnelly (#17 Donnelly), 4. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 5. David Moriz (#9 Moriz), 6. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 7. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Holcomb, 2. Graham, 3. Pierson, 4. Champagne, 5. Sunn. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK:Rob Williams (#96 Williams).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Josh Sunn, 3. Chris Donnelly, 4. Dean Christensen, 5. Scott Holcomb, 6. Adam Whitney, 7. Jeff Champagne, 8. Jeff Horn, 9. Ray Miller, 10. Alex Rose (#11R Miller), 11. Andrew Barrows, 12. Kenney Johnson, 13. Mike Chaffee, 14. Kevin Chaffee, 15. Derek Graham, 16. Tim Gallant, 17. David Moriz. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Champagne, Laps 8-17 Sunn, Lap 18 Holcomb, Laps 19-24 Sunn, Lap 25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-389, 2-Sunn-369, 3-Christensen-328, 4-Horn-289, 5-Holcomb-284, 6-K.Chaffee-273, 7-Miller-242, 8-Whitney-239, 9-Johnson-238, 10-M.Chaffee-190.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: July 11 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC RETURNS TO TV THIS THURSDAY

ON MAV-TV'S DIRTY 30 PROGRAM

The United States Auto Club returns to national television this week as the USAC Honda National Midget Championship event from Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, originally recorded on June 12 during "Indiana Midget Week," will be aired on MAVTV's "Dirty 30" program.

The event from Bloomington will have two airings, first on Thursday, July 2 at 8:30am eastern with a repeat airing on Tuesday, July 7 at 4:30pm eastern on MAVTV.

A recap of all four nights of "Indiana Midget Week" featuring highlights from Gas City I-69 Speedway, Lincoln Park Speedway, Bloomington Speedway, and Lawrenceburg Speedway will air on Thursday, July 9 at 8:30am eastern with a second airing on Tuesday, July 14 at 4:30pm eastern on MAVTV.

The two episodes mark the USAC Honda National Midget series' first appearance on national television since a 2008 event at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona, won by Darren Hagen.

"Dirty 30" is a 30-minute weekly TV show focusing on Sprint Car, Midget, and Silver Crown racing. Eight USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events aired on "Dirty 30" in 2014, but the series expands to USAC's other national divisions in 2015 with broadcasts of the USAC Honda National Midgets as well as the USAC Silver Crown Series.

Thursday's running of the annual "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown 100-lapper at the Terre Haute Action Track will be recorded and will air at a date and time yet to be determined on MAVTV. It is the first time a Silver Crown Series event from the famed half-mile dirt track in Terre Haute, Ind. will air on national television and the first Silver Crown race broadcast on television since Jerry Coons, Jr. took the checkered flag in "The Copper on Dirt" Manzanita in February 2008.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 27, 2015 – Tucson, Arizona – USA Raceway – “Hot Summer Nights”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 2. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 5. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam), 4. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Jeremy Sherman (#71M Michaels). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. Matt Rosi, 5. Josh Shipley, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Brian Hosford, 8. Tom Ogle, 9. Nick Aiuto, 10. Dennis Gile, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Mike Bonneau, 14. Andy Reinbold, 15. Koty McGullam, 16. Stevie Sussex, 17. Jeremy Sherman, 18. Ronnie Clark. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Martin, Laps 20-30 Johnson.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: July 10 – El Paso (TX) Speedway Park – “Border Tour” – Co-Sanctioned with NMMRA

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 27, 2015 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-18.063; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-18.091; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-18.149; 4. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-18.219; 5. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-18.348; 6. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-18.563; 7. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-18.601; 8. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-18.604; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-18.623; 10. Kolby Araki, 30K, Araki-18.903; 11. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-18.963; 12. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-19.173; 13. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-19.233; 14. Tyler Schmidt, 49, Schmidt-19.645.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Roa, 3. Faria, 4. Sibley, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Smith, 7. Guardino. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Marcham, 2. Johnson, 3. Hurst, 4. Spencer, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Araki, 7. Schmidt. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Brody Roa, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Trey Marcham, 6. D.J. Johnson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 9. Landon Hurst, 10. Kyle Smith, 11. Jeff Sibley, 12. Kolby Araki, 13. Tyler Schmidt. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Spencer, Laps 18-29 Faria, Lap 30 R.Vander Weerd.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: July 25 – Tulare, CA – Thunderbowl Raceway – “Peter Murphy Classic”

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS DEBUT AT TUCSON SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 24, 2015... This Saturday, June 27th, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their debut at USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona. The “Hot Summer Nights honoring America’s Military” will also showcase the IMCA Modifieds, SCRA Stock Cars, XMods, and Dwarf Cars. The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. The facility will also host an open practice session on Friday night. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074.

Heading to USA Raceway, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona leads the standings with a 67-point advantage. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson finished eighth last Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the two-time defending champion has six feature wins, five heat race victories, one high point driver award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led on the season. At Tucson, R.J. will be looking to continue his championship bid with his series leading 29th victory.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis finished second to Matt Rossi in Saturday’s “Father’s Day Classic.” Heading to USA Raceway, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, two high point driver awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list and will have his sights on his twelfth win.

After winning last Saturday’s “Father’s Day Classic,” Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona has climbed to third in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi has one high point driver award, three hard charger awards, eighth top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in the campaign. Currently tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Stevie Sussex, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the win list, the Western World Champion will be looking for his fourth triumph.

Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Pelkey sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey finished sixth at Canyon Speedway Park after starting ninth. At press time, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, one high point driver award, and nine top-10 finishes on the year. Heading to Tucson, Josh ranks fourth on the SouthWest win list and will have his sights on his sixth win.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona is fifth in the championship standings. Racing Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Sussex ran third last Saturday night. To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has two feature wins, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led on the season. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Matt Rossi, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the win list, Stevie will be looking for the Saturday night win at Tucson.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Dennis Gile, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Nick Aiuto, Shon Deskins, Josh Shipley, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, and more.

USA Raceway is located at 4300 E. Los Reales Road in Tucson, Arizona. To get to the track, take Interstate 10 to exit 265. Drive 2.5 miles south on S. Alvernon Way, then 0.5 miles east on Los Reales Road. Adult tickets are $18, VIP Skybox tickets (with pit access) are $40, Junior tickets (12-6) are $8, and Children (5 & Under) are FREE. This event is also Military Appreciation Night and Military (Active & Retired) with valid ID will get free admission. Advance tickets are on sale now and more event information can be found at www.raceusaraceway.com or calling 520.664.2074.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Matt Rossi.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-629, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-562, 3. Matt Rossi-543, 4. Josh Pelkey-533, 5. Stevie Sussex-530, 6. Mike Colegrove-432, 7. Mike Martin-424, 8. Brian Hosford-381, 9. Bruce St. James-369, 10. Andy Reinbold-319, 11. Dennis Gile-283, 12. Tye Mihocko-270, 13. Nick Aiuto-263, 14. Shon Deskins-256, 15. Josh Shipley-249, 16. Chris Bonneau-231, 17. Michael Curtis-220, 18. Dalten Gabbard-165, 19. Mike Bonneau-152, 20. Tom Ogle-142.

 

 

MATT ROSSI SCORES CANYON FATHER’S DAY CLASSIC VICTORY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 23, 2015... Inheriting the lead on lap 26, Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona held off all challengers to win the “5th Annual Father’s Day Classic” at Canyon Speedway Park. For Rossi, Saturday’s $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was his first win of the season. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Stevie Sussex, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin”, and “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James chased Rossi to the finish line.

Looking for his first series win, pole sitter Mike Colegrove grabbed the early lead and set a torrid pace around the speedway. With the main event well in control, disaster struck on the 25th circuit. The leader flipped his machine out of the track and officials and safety crew rushed to his aid. Taking precautions, Mike was extracted from his car and transported to a local hospital. As this writing goes to press, Colegrove is back home and is starting the healing process from his injuries. Everyone with the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series wishes Mike a complete and speedy recovery.

Staring sixth, Matt Rossi had sliced his way to second before the Colegrove crash. Once out front, the defending Western World Champion was not to be denied and sailed to the checkered flags. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi had claimed his third career USAC SouthWest victory and earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors. After finishing second to Mike Martin in his heat race, Matt also scored the night’s high point driver award. Heading to Saturday’s race at Tucson, Rossi has climbed to third in points with three hard charger awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. claimed second in the “Father’s Day Classic.” Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran third in his heat race and ranked fifth in passing points. The five-time Arizona Champion left Canyon placed second in the standings with one feature win, two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona came home third in the 30-lap main event. Driving Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex ran second to Bruce St. James in his heat race and placed fourth in passing points. Heading to USA Raceway, Stevie is fifth in the point chase with two feature wins, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led in the campaign.

Yuma, Arizona’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin scored fourth at Canyon Speedway Park. Piloting his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin won the night’s second 8-lap heat race and ranked third in passing points. The former Hall of Fame Classic Champion is currently seventh in the standings with two high point driver awards, six heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the season.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James had a solid night at Canyon with his fifth place finish. Racing his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James earned his second heat race win of the season and placed second in passing points. To date, the veteran driver sits ninth in points with three top-10 finishes to his credit.

This Saturday, June 27th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will travel to USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona. After rain washed away two January races, “The Hot Summer Nights” honoring America’s Military will be the series debut at the fast 3/8-mile oval. The action packed card will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, SCRA Stock Cars, XMods, and Dwarf Cars. In addition, the speedway will host an Open Practice on Friday night. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 20, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Father’s Day Classic”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 3. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 6. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Matt Rossi (6th), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (2nd), 3. Stevie Sussex (3rd), 4. Mike Martin (4th), 5. Bruce St. James (5th), 6. Josh Pelkey (9th), 7. Nick Aiuto (12th), 8. R.J. Johnson (8th), 9. Dennis Gile (11th), 10. Andy Reinbold (14th), 11. Brian Hosford (10th), 12. Michael Curtis (13th), 13. Mike Colegrove (1st), 14. Tye Mihocko (7th). NT ---------------------------- **Colegrove flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Colegrove, Laps 26-30 Rossi. HARD CHARGER: Matt Rossi (6th to 1st.)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-629, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-562, 3. Matt Rossi-543, 4. Josh Pelkey-533, 5. Stevie Sussex-530, 6. Mike Colegrove-432, 7. Mike Martin-424, 8. Brian Hosford-381, 9. Bruce St. James-369, 10. Andy Reinbold-319, 11. Dennis Gile-283, 12. Tye Mihocko-270, 13. Nick Aiuto-263, 14. Shon Deskins-256, 15. Josh Shipley-249, 16. Chris Bonneau-231, 17. Michael Curtis-220, 18. Dalten Gabbard-165, 19. Mike Bonneau-152, 20. Tom Ogle-142.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

TRISTAN GUARDINO BREAKS THROUGH AT SANTA MARIA

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 22, 2015... Continuing his bid for Rookie of the Year, Tristan Guardino of Fremont, California led all 30-laps to claim his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory. By claiming Saturday’s main event at Santa Maria Raceway, Guardino earned $1,500 for his efforts. Brody Roa, Bud Kaeding, Trey Marcham, and Richard Vander Weerd followed the young driver to the checkered flags.

Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Tristan Guardino outdueled polesitter Richard Vander Weerd to grab the lead. Once out front, the rookie contender built a small lead, but had to fend off several challenges from the fourth starting Brody Roa. Once in heavy traffic, Tristan avoided disaster with a few near misses and a spinning lapped car. In the closing laps, Roa closed to within striking distance but could not catch Guardino on this night.

Becoming the 38th driver to claim a West Coast feature win, Guardino left Santa Maria ranked seventh in the standings. Currently 42 points behind leading rookie Trey Marcham, Tristan began his night by qualifying sixth out of twenty-two racers and placing fourth in his heat race. To date, Guardino one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and five top-10 finishes on the season.

Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa pressured Guardino, but had to settle for second at Santa Maria. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was fourth quick in time trials and took third in his heat race. In limited starts, the former Wagsdash Champion is thirteenth in points with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell, California scored third in the Saturday night feature after starting fifth. Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprise / Kaeding Performance Maxim, Kaeding qualified second overall and ran second to Tom Hendricks in his heat race. The 2012 Champion is currently ninth in the point chase with one feature win, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham had a solid night at Santa Maria with a fourth place finish. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham was fifth fast in time trials and was third in his heat race. The leading rookie contender is tied for fifth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and four feature laps led to his credit.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California placed fifth at the checkered flags. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard qualified seventh and finished fourth in his heat race. The 2011 Champion is tied for fifth in the standings with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year.

Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from fifteenth. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson was fifteenth quick in time trials and won the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heart Race #3. Heading to Hanford, the former USAC Western Classic Sprint Rookie of the Year is fourth in points with four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California earned his eleventh career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and scored twenty-first in the feature after an early exit. The 2013 Champion leads the point standings with one feature win, one high point driver award, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led on the season.

Tom Hendricks of Simi Valley, California raced to victory in the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving his #14 Snap-On Tools / Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car & Midget Driving School ITI, Hendricks qualified fourteenth overall and scored fourteenth in his first West Coast start. The Ventura veteran left Santa Maria tied with Corey Ballard for fortieth in the championship points.

This Saturday, June 27th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will head to the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the winged RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks, and Stock Cars. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

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

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 20, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-15.287; 2. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.616; 3. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-15.645; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.810; 5. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-15.822; 6. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-15.920; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.985; 8. Ronnie Gardner, 19, Sala-16.115; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.134; 10. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-16.179; 11. Corey Ballard, 34, Ballard-16.230; 12. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.286; 13. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-16.294; 14. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-16.321; 15. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.328; 16. Hobie Conway, 2K, Kruseman-16.427; 17. Tyler Schmidt, 49, Schmidt-16.529; 18. Luke Boles, 56, Boles-16.578; 19. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-16.592; 20. Bill Jones, 91, Jones-17.378; 21. James Herrera, 16J, Herrera-17.635; 22, Johnathon Henry, 17, Shanoian-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Adams, 3. Roa, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Swanson, 6. Conway, 7. McQueen. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps) 1. Hendricks, 2. Kaeding, 3. Marcham, 4. Gardner, 5. Ballard, 6. Schmidt, 7. Jones. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Boles, 3. Williams, 4. Guardino, 5. Smith, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 2. Brody Roa (4th), 3. Bud Kaeding (5th), 4. Trey Marcham (3rd), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 6. Ronnie Gardner (8th), 7. Jake Swanson (10th), 8. Jace Vander Weerd (9th), 9. Max Adams (13th), 10. D.J. Johnson (15th), 11. Kyle Smith (7th), 12. Corey Ballard (11th), 13. Luke Boles (18th), 14. Tom Hendricks (14th), 15. Shannon McQueen (19th), 16. Hobie Conway (16th), 17. Bill Jones (20th), 18. James Herrera (21st), 19. Trent Williams (12th), 20. Johnathon Henry (22nd), 21. Danny Faria Jr. (6th). NT ------------------------------------ *Tyler Schmidt was slated to start 17th, but DNS.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Guardino.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-531, 2. Ryan Bernal-451, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-435, 4. D.J. Johnson-416, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-410, --. Trey Marcham-410, 7. Tristan Guardino-368, 8. Landon Hurst-351, 9. Bud Kaeding-279, 10. Jeff Sibley-255, 11. Austin Liggett-215, 12. Troy Rutherford-201, 13. Brody Roa-191, 14. Shannon McQueen-186, 15. Colby Copeland-166, 16. Jonathan Henry-144, 17. Kevin Barnes-142, 18. Max Adams-134, 19. Matt Mitchell-114, 20. Jake Swanson-101.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION June 27: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA July 25: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic) August 1: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA August 22: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial) September 26: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points) October 3: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA October 10: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout) November 19: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series) November 20: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series) November 21: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 20, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Father’s Day Classic”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 3. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 6. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Matt Rossi, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Bruce St. James, 6. Josh Pelkey, 7. Nick Aiuto, 8. R.J. Johnson, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Andy Reinbold, 11. Brian Hosford, 12. Michael Curtis, 13. Mike Colegrove, 14. Tye Mihocko. NT

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**Colegrove flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Colegrove, Laps 26-30 Rossi.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: June 27 – Tucson, AZ – USA Raceway – “Hot Summer Nights”

 

 

SANTOS SLAYS SILVER CROWN FIELD AT IOWA

Eventual race winner #122 Bobby Santos (outside) battles #98 Chris Windom for the lead at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, June 20. (Jim Morrison Photo)

Bobby Santos knows his way around Iowa Speedway; that's for sure. The three-time winner at the 7/8 mile speed plant in Honda USAC National Midget competition (2009, 2010 and 2012) added his name to the list of Silver Crown victors at the track by winning Saturday afternoon's "Casey's General Stores 100."

Kody Swanson and Kyle Hamilton occupied the front row at the start, but it was third-starting Aaron Pierce who got the jump from the inside of the second row to take the lead for the first eight laps. Meanwhile, pole sitter Kody Swanson fell back at the start, dropping out of the top-five in the first few laps.

On lap nine, Windom, subbing for the injured Tracy Hines, overtook Pierce for the top spot, but a lap 15 caution for wall contact by Hamilton delivered the race's first caution.

On the ensuing restart, Jacob Wilson and Santos took a full head of steam to the front of the pack as Windom fell to third. A blanket could've covered the top-three of Wilson, Santos, and Windom as they swapped the lead back-and-forth until Windom took charge on the 27th lap.A struggling Kody Swanson, who had not finished outside the top-two in any of the three races this season, slowed dramatically on the 37th lap before crawling back to pit lane where his rear axle gave way, resulting in a right rear wheel disconnecting and rolling down the front straightaway bringing a halt to the action.On the lap 46 restart, Santos roared to the lead past Windom, with Wilson, Byrne, and Jerry Coons, Jr., hot on the trail.

Santos continued to extend his lead until Wilson's car came to a stop, suffering from an oil line issue just seven laps from the checkered flag. As a result, the second, third, and fourth place cars of Windom, Pierce, and Byrne were lined up directly behind leader Santos as the drivers prepared for a green-white-checkered finish.

Santos once again laid the lumber on the cars behind him while a three-car gaggle battled for the runner-up position. Byrne's outside move coming to the white flag in turn four white-walled the right side tires. Coming to the checkered flag, Byrne made a daring outside move to get past Pierce and nipped Windom at the line for a 2nd place finish.However, at the front of the pack, it was all Bobby Santos. The Franklin, Mass. native dominated the final 55 laps, wheeling the DJ Racing/Simpson Race Products Beast/Chevy #122 for his sixth career Silver Crown victory and became the all-time winningest driver in USAC competition at Iowa Speedway with his fourth triumph. Santos was followed by Byrne, Windom, Pierce, rookie Austin Nemire, A.J. Fike, Rex Norris III, Wilson, Tim Barber, and Coons rounding out the top-ten.

"These races are so long. You have to take care of your car. That's the beauty of Silver Crown racing," Santos admitted. "With the big fuel load, it's critical not to hurt your tires. I don't intend to be the rabbit at the beginning of these races. I just want to be there at the end."

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 20, 2015 - Newton, Iowa - Iowa Speedway - "Casey's General Stores 100"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-22.407; 2. Kyle Hamilton, 33, Six-R/Hamilton-22.440; 3. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-22.471; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-22.489; 5. Bobby Santos, 122, DJ-22.561; 6. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-22.631; 7. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-22.703; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-22.798; 9. Billy Wease, 99, RPM/Gormly-23.062; 10. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-23.163; 11. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-23.665; 12. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-23.826; 13. Tim Barber, 28, Finkenbinder-24.055; 14. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-24.153; 15. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-27.442; 16. Jarett Andretti, 4, Andretti-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. David Byrne, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Aaron Pierce, 5. Austin Nemire, 6. A.J. Fike, 7. Rex Norris III, 8. Jacob Wilson, 9, Tim Barber, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Patrick Lawson, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Kyle Hamilton, 14. Billy Wease, 15. Tad Roach, 16, Jarett Andretti. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Pierce, Laps 9-22 Windom, Laps 23-24 Wilson, Laps 25-26 Santos, Laps 27-45 Windom, Laps 46-100 Santos.

 

 

CJ Johnson Claims NCRA Sprint Victory at 81 Speedway!

Park City, Kansas – June 20, 2015 - C. J. Johnson took the lead at the races midway point and cruised to his first series victory of the season as the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division made their second appearance of the season at 81 Speedway in Park City on Saturday night.

Luke Cranston and Don Droud, Jr. started on the front row for the twenty-five lap feature and after an aborted start, took the lead on the complete restart and quickly opened up a ten car length lead. Cranston settled into the runner up position after the first lap was completed but quickly fell back to third when Johnson took over the runner up position one lap later.

Johnson cut Droud’s advantage to five car lengths by lap five and that deficit continued as Droud, aboard the Ochs Brothers #1x, began approaching the slower cars on lap nine. Then on lap eleven Johnson set Droud up, cutting the leaders advantage to two car lengths before driving underneath Droud going down the backstretch on lap twelve.

Johnson quickly opened up a full straightaway lead while behind him, sixth starting Jeremy Campbell began making his move into the top three, taking over that position on lap fifteen from Cranston and set his sights on Droud. With two laps to go Campbell would pass Droud for the runner up position and while Johnson had kept his full straightway lead, Campbell tried making things interesting as he closed the deficit to eight car lengths entering turns three and four.

But there was no stopping Johnson on this night he would go on to claim his first victory of the season aboard his familiar #45x and became the fourth different feature winner in the four events that have been held thus far this season.

Droud settled for third while Cranston’s strong performance earned him a fourth place finish. J.D. Johnson would round out the top five.

After the original start was nullified, the rest of the twenty-five lap feature went caution free.

In heat race action, former 1994 tour champion Kevin Ramey slid high in turns one and two, hit the back stretch wall and rolled over. Forrest Southerland had nowhere to go and collected Ramey. Both drivers were uninjured and were able to make repairs for the night’s $2000 to win feature finale.

The NCRA sprint car division will be back in action this Father’s Day, Sunday, at the famed Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas with race time scheduled for 7:00 PM.

NCRA Sprints

81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas

June 20, 2015

19 Cars

1st Heat: 1) CJ Johnson (Quinter, Ks), 2) Don Droud Jr. (Lincoln, Ne), 3) Jeff Stasa (Kingman, Ks), 4) Josh Fairbank (Wichita, Ks), 5) Danny Jennings (Norman, Ok), 6) Keith Meyer (Norman, Ok), 7) Jake Greider (Haysville, Ks)

2nd Heat: 1) Luke Cranston (Ness City, Ks), 2) J.D. Johnson (Wichita, Ks), 3) Fred Mattox (Drumright, Ok), 4) Michelle Decker (Guthrie, Ok), 5) Kevin Ramey (Fort Worth, Tx), 6) Forest Sutherland (Cherryvale, KS)

3rd Heat: 1) Jon Freeman (Salina, Ks), 2) Jeremy Campbell (Wichita, Ks), 3) Raymond Seeman (Jetmore, Ks), 4) Brian Herbert (Dodge City, Ks), 5) Gavin Stout (Haysville, Ks), 6) J.R. Topper

A Feature: 1) CJ Johnson (Quinter, Ks), 2) Jeremy Campbell (Wichita, Ks), 3) Don Droud Jr. (Lincoln, Ne), 4) Luke Cranston (Ness City, Ks), 5) J.D. Johnson (Wichita, Ks), 6) Kevin Ramey (Fort Worth, Tx), 7) Jon Freeman (Salina, Ks), 8) Jeff Stasa (Kingman, Ks), 9) Raymond Seeman (Jetmore, Ks), 10) Danny Jennings (Norman, Ok), 11) Michelle Decker (Guthrie, Ok), 12) Josh Fairbank (Wichita, Ks), 13) Forest Sutherland (Cherryvale, KS), 14) Gavin Stout (Haysville, Ks), 15) Fred Mattox (Drumright, Ok), 16) Brian Herbert (Dodge City, Ks), 17) Keith Meyer (Norman, Ok), 18) Jake Greider (Haysville, Ks), 19) J.R. Topper

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 20, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-15.287; 2. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.616; 3. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-15.645; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.810; 5. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-15.822; 6. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-15.920; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.985; 8. Ronnie Gardner, 19, Sala-16.115; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.134; 10. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-16.179; 11. Corey Ballard, 34, Ballard-16.230; 12. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.286; 13. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-16.294; 14. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-16.321; 15. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.328; 16. Hobie Conway, 2K, Kruseman-16.427; 17. Tyler Schmidt, 49, Schmidt-16.529; 18. Luke Boles, 56, Boles-16.578; 19. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-16.592; 20. Bill Jones, 91, Jones-17.378; 21. James Herrera, 16J, Herrera-17.635; 22, Johnathon Henry, 17, Shanoian-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Adams, 3. Roa, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Swanson, 6. Conway, 7. McQueen. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hendricks, 2. Kaeding, 3. Marcham, 4. Gardner, 5. Ballard, 6. Schmidt, 7. Jones. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Boles, 3. Williams, 4. Guardino, 5. Smith, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tristan Guardino, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Trey Marcham, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 9. Max Adams, 10. D.J. Johnson, 11. Kyle Smith, 12. Corey Ballard, 13. Luke Boles, 14. Tom Hendricks, 15. Shannon McQueen, 16. Hobie Conway, 17. Bill Jones, 18. James Herrera, 19. Trent Williams, 20. Johnathon Henry, 21. Danny Faria Jr. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1- 30 Guardino.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: June 27 – Hanford, CA - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 20, 2015 - Newton, Iowa - Iowa Speedway - "Casey's General Stores 100"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-22.407; 2. Kyle Hamilton, 33, Six-R/Hamilton-22.440; 3. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-22.471; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-22.489; 5. Bobby Santos, 122, DJ-22.561; 6. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-22.631; 7. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-22.703; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-22.798; 9. Billy Wease, 99, PRM/Gormly-23.062; 10. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-23.163; 11. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-23.665; 12. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-23.826; 13. Tim Barber, 28, Finkenbinder-24.055; 14. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-24.153; 15. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-27.442; 16. Jarett Andretti, 4, Andretti-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. David Byrne, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Aaron Pierce, 5. Austin Nemire, 6. A.J. Fike, 7. Rex Norris III, 8. Jacob Wilson, 9, Tim Barber, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Patrick Lawson, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Kyle Hamilton, 14. Billy Wease, 15. Tad Roach, 16, Jarett Andretti. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Pierce, Laps 9-22 Windom, Laps 23-24 Wilson, Laps 25-26 Santos, Laps 27-45 Windom, Laps 46-100 Santos.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-218, 2-Fike-198, 4-Byrne-162, 5-Coons-160, 6-Wilson-159, 7-Santos-138, 8-Nemire-134, 8-Norris-127, 10-Lawson-110.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 2 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - "Sumar Classic"

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-218, 2-Pierce-204, 3-Fike-198, 4-Byrne-162, 5-Coons-160, 6-Wilson-159, 7-Santos-138, 8-Nemire-134, 9-Norris-127, 10-Lawson-110.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS BATTLE AT CANYON’S “5TH ANNUAL FATHER’S DAY CLASSIC”

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 18, 2015... This Saturday, June 20th, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “5th Annual Father’s Day Classic” will also showcase the 9th World Vapor IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, AZ Differential Pure Stocks, and the Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive Renegades. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. The facility will also host an open practice session on Friday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

On January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park hosted the inaugural USAC SouthWest Sprint Car event. Since then, the non-winged 360 cubic-inch powered sprints have returned 36 more times. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with 12 Canyon wins, followed by Bryan Clauson (5), Ryan Bernal (4), Dave Darland (3), Charles Davis Jr. (3), and more.

Entering the “Father’s Day Classic,” R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona sits atop the standings with an 89-point advantage. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his sixth win of the year last Saturday at Queen Creek. To date, the two-time defending champion also has five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led. R.J. will be looking to earn his series leading 27th victory and continue his championship bid.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis led the first two laps at Arizona Speedway before taking second at the checkered flags. At press time, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on gaining valuable points with his twelfth series victory.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey scored fifth in last Saturday’s feature. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one high point driver award, one heat race victory, and eight top-10 finishes on the year. Currently fourth on the USAC SouthWest win list, Josh will be looking to make the Father’s Day Classic” his sixth series win.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi is currently fourth in the championship points. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi placed fourth in the Queen Creek main event. As this writing goes to press, the defending Western World Champion has two hard charger awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in the campaign. Tied with Mike Martin and Mike Spencer for tenth on the series win list, Matt will have his sights on earning his third SouthWest victory.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona is fifth in the point standings. Racing Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex charged from tenth to score third at Arizona Speedway. To date, the hard charging driver has two feature wins, three hard charger awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led on the season. Currently tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the win list, Stevie will be looking for his fourth series win. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Mike Colegrove, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Shon Deskins, Josh Shipley, Dennis Gile, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Chris Bonneau, Nick Aiuto, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, Tom Ogle, 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 $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

PEORIA USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 12-R.J. Johnson, 5-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Charles Davis Jr.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-586, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-497, 3. Josh Pelkey-484, 4. Matt Rossi-470, 5. Stevie Sussex-466, 6. Mike Colegrove-398, 7. Mike Martin-361, 8. Brian Hosford-345, 9. Bruce St. James-308, 10. Andy Reinbold-284, 11. Shon Deskins-256, 12. Josh Shipley-249, 13. Dennis Gile-244, 14. Tye Mihocko-240, 15. Chris Bonneau-231, 16. Nick Aiuto-218, 17. Michael Curtis-189, 18. Dalten Gabbard-165, 19. Mike Bonneau-152, 20. Tom Ogle-142.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 18, 2015... This Saturday, June 20th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will travel to Santa Maria Raceway for their second of three appearances. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the ninth point race of the season will also feature the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, Mini Stocks, American Stocks, WRA Vintage Sprints & Midgets, Mod Lites, Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, The pit gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 9:00am, the front gates open at 4:00pm, and racing will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

Saturday’s race will be the 26th West Coast Sprint Car event at the fast 1/3-mile oval. On April 11th, Richard Vander Weerd passed D.J. Johnson to claim his series leading fifth win at Santa Maria. On September 17, 2011, Bernal set the USAC West Coast qualifying record of 13.529 and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan posted the all-time 360 1-lap record of 13.354 on September 11, 2004.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Santa Maria will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

After running second at Tulare on May 30th, Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. has a 53-point lead over the competition. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, the 2013 Champion has one feature win, one high point driver award, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led to his credit. Currently fifth on the series win list, “Hollywood” will be looking to continue his championship bid by scoring his eighth West Coast victory.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister is second in the point standings. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Tri-L Mandarin Ranch ART, Bernal led all 30-laps to claim his sixth win of the year at Tulare. To date, the two-time Santa Maria Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high-point driver awards, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 111 feature laps led. Ryan will have his sights on gaining valuable points by earning his series leading 27th main event win.

Visalia’s Jace Vander Weerd is third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd scored eighth in the May 30th feature. At press time, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, and five top-10 finishes on the year. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for eighth on the series win list, Jace will be looking to score his fifth win on Saturday.

D.J. Johnson of Stockton has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Piloting the family owned #33 Unique Breeds / Proplant Farm Services Eagle, Johnson scored fifth at Tulare after starting eighth. Heading to Santa Maria, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, D.J. will have his sights on his first USAC West Coast feature victory.

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd sits fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard retired early form the Tulare feature and scored fifteenth. Entering Saturday’s race, the 2011 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led in the campaign. At Santa Maria, Vander Weerd will be looking to claim his 17th West Coast main event.

Currently sixth in points, Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Fremont’s Tristan Guardino, Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, and Ryan Timmons of Pleasant Hill are also in contention.

Among the other USAC West Coast drivers expected to be in action are “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Jeff Sibley, Austin Liggett, Kevin Barnes, Johnathon Henry, The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Luke Boles, and more.

Santa Maria’s Bill Jones sits atop the local track point standings with James Herrera of New Cuyama in second, and Arroyo Grande’s Jordan Linson in third.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $13, Kids tickets (6-12) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 4-Ryan Bernal, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Jace Vander Weerd, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Craig Stidham.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-504, 2. Ryan Bernal-451, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-393, 4. D.J. Johnson-375, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-357, 6. Trey Marcham-351, --. Landon Hurst-351, 8. Tristan Guardino-302, 9. Jeff Sibley-255, 10. Austin Liggett-215, 11. Bud Kaeding-213, 12. Troy Rutherford-201, 13. Colby Copeland-166, 14. Shannon McQueen-161, 15. Kevin Barnes-142, 16. Johnathon Henry-131, 17. Brody Roa-125, 18. Matt Mitchell-114, 19. Tye Mihocko-99, 20. Chris Ennis-97.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON STAYS HOT WITH QUEEN CREEK VICTORY

By Lance Jennings

QUEEN CREEK, AZ – JUNE 14, 2015... R.J. Johnson of Phoenix continued his winning ways last Saturday at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Grabbing the lead from “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. on the third lap, Johnson sailed to his sixth USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory of the year. Davis, Stevie Sussex, Matt Rossi, and Josh Pelkey chased the two-time champion to the checkered flags.

Piloting the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson claimed his series leading 28th victory. Before winning six of the last nine point races, Johnson won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and ranked third in passing points. Heading to Saturday’s “Father’s Day Classic” at Peoria, R.J. leads the point chase with five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led.

After leading the first two circuits, Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. ran second at Arizona Speedway. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored third in his heat race and placed sixth in passing points. “Chargin” Charles left Queen Creek second in points with one feature win, two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe raced from tenth to claim third in the Queen Creek feature. Driving Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex was fourth in his heat race and ranked tenth in passing points. At press time, Stevie is fourth in the standings with two feature wins, three hard charger awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led on the season.

South Central’s Matt Rossi finished fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi ran second to Mike Martin in his heat race and placed second in the nightly passing points. The defending Western World Champion is currently fifth in the point chase with two hard charger awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria claimed fifth at the checkered flags. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts RSS, Pelkey ran second to Dennis Gile in his heat race and ranked fifth in passing points. The former ASCA Sprint Car Champion is currently third in the standings with one high point driver award, one heat race victory, and eight top-10 finishes on the year.

Peoria’s “The Bull” Tye Mihocko earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eleventh place run from twentieth. Driving the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking RSS, Mihocko scored seventh in his heat race and placed twentieth in passing points. Heading to Canyon, the young driver is fourteenth in points with two top-10 finishes.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma earned the night’s high point driver award over the 21 races in the pit area. Piloting his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin won the night’s third 8-lap heat race and took seventh in the main event. The former Hall of Fame Classic Champion is seventh in the standings with two high point driver awards, five heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led.

Phoenix’s Dennis Gile claimed his first 8-lap heat race victory of the campaign. Racing Gene Gile’s #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile was fourth in passing points and claimed eighteenth in the main event. Dennis left Arizona Speedway ranked thirteenth in USAC SouthWest points.

This Saturday, June 20th, the cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will battle at Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park. The “5th Annual Father’s Day Classic” will also feature the 9th World Vapor IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, AZ Differential Pure Stocks, and the Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive Renegades. In addition, there will be an open practice session for all divisions on Friday from 6pm to 9pm. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 13, 2015 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 2. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 5. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Robert King Jr., (#7S King), 7. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 6. Joe Scheopner (#17X Schoepner), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau)

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (4th), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (1st), 3. Stevie Sussex (10th), 4. Matt Rossi (5th), 5. Josh Pelkey (2nd), 6. Mike Colegrove (12th), 7. Mike Martin (6th), 8. Andy Reinbold (15th), 9. Brian Hosford (7th), 10. Bruce St. James (11th), 11. Tye Mihocko (20th), 12. Tom Ogle (14th), 13. Josh Shipley (17th), 14. Joe Scheopner (18th), 15. Koty McGullam (19th), 16. Nick Aiuto (8th), 17. Robert King Jr. (16th), 18. Dennis Gile (3rd), 19. Michael Curtis (13th), 20. Chris Bonneau (9th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Davis, Laps 3-30 Johnson. HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (20th to 11th.)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-586, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-497, 3. Josh Pelkey-484, 4. Matt Rossi-470, 5. Stevie Sussex-466, 6. Mike Colegrove-398, 7. Mike Martin-361, 8. Brian Hosford-345, 9. Bruce St. James-308, 10. Andy Reinbold-284, 11. Shon Deskins-256, 12. Josh Shipley-249, 13. Dennis Gile-244, 14. Tye Mihocko-240, 15. Chris Bonneau-231, 16. Nick Aiuto-218, 17. Michael Curtis-189, 18. Dalten Gabbard-165, 19. Mike Bonneau-152, 20. Tom Ogle-142.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER CLAIMS 60TH USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR VICTORY

By Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CA – JUNE 14, 2015... Leading all 30-laps, Concord’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner earned his third Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the season. For Gardner, the $2,500 triumph at Perris Auto Speedway was his series leading 60th career victory. Fast qualifier Mike Spencer, Austin Williams, Matt Mitchell, and Jake Swanson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting fourth, Gardner sliced his way past front row starters Chris Gansen and A.J. Bender to claim the top spot. Once in command, the 3-time champion began to run away from the field. With furious racing behind the leader, Swanson and Spencer managed to break free from the pack. As the leader reached slower traffic, Swanson and Spencer began to close the gap. Looking for his first win of the campaign, Spencer took over second and set his sights on Gardner. The leaders set a torrid pace on the speedway and Mike inched closer. However, the night belonged to “The Demon,” who gave car owner Mark Alexander his 55th USAC/CRA win.

Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner qualified third out of twenty-three racers and ran third in his heat race. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” left Perris ranked third in points with three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 65 feature laps led.

Mike Spencer of Temecula finished second in the 30-lap main event. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer earned his 60th career USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The five-time champion and current point leader heads to Santa Maria with three fast time awards, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the year.

Yorba Linda’s Austin Williams scored third at Perris Auto Speedway after starting fifth. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was second fast in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. Heading to the Santa Maria-Perris doubleheader, the former Rookie of the Year sits fourth in the standings with one heat race victory and six top-10 finishes to his credit.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda raced from ninth to claim fourth in the Saturday night feature. Driving his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell qualified ninth overall and ran second to Richard Vander Weerd in his heat race. The defending USAC West Coast Sprint Champion is second in the point chase with two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, eight top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led.

Anaheim’s Jake Swanson raced hard and took fifth at the checkered flags. Racing Tom & Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Victory, Swanson was fifth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The 2012 Rookie of the Year is sixth in the point standings with three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one DMI / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, and seven top-10 finishes on the season.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from fifteenth. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard qualified fifteenth overall and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Heading to Santa Maria, Vander Weerd is fifth in points with four feature wins, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led.

Richard’s twin brother Jace Vander Weerd claimed victory in the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace was eleventh fast in time trials and scored eleventh in the feature. To date, the former Rookie of the Year sits tenth in points with three top-10 finishes on the season.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprints will take a break in the schedule before returning to action with a special doubleheader. On Friday, July 3rd, the traditional 410 sprints will travel to Mike Kappmeyer’s Santa Maria Raceway in Nipomo for the “Doug Fort Memorial” with the Honda USAC Western Midgets, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, and American Stocks. For more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The following night, Saturday July 4th, USAC/CRA will battle at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the “Firecracker 40.” Also showcasing the popular “Sky Concert,” the event will feature the PAS Senior Sprints, Young Gun Sprints, and California Sprints at the "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com and follow the series on Facebook or Twitter. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 13, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.521; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.558; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.640; 4. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.717; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.723; 6. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.746; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.755; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.795; 9. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.798; 10. Rickie Gaunt, 9, McDonald-16.841; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.916; 12. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-17.189; 13. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.376; 14. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.385; 15. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.539; 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.610; 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.739; 18. Eddie Tafoya, 51, Tafoya-17.874; 19. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-18.113; 20. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-18.627; 21. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-19.239; 22. Jon Kairot, 98J, Ellertson-19.281. 23. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Gaunt, 3. L.Williams, 4. Gansen, 5. Collins, 6. Kairot, 7. C.Williams, 8. Lopiccolo. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. A.Williams, 5. Malcolm, 6. Ellertson, 7. Sampson, 8. Smith. 2:57.19

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Mitchell, 3. Gardner, 4. Bender, 5. Bezio, 6. Tafoya, 7. Colston. 2:53.91

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (4th), 2. Mike Spencer (6th), 3. Austin Williams (5th), 4. Matt Mitchell (9th), 5. Jake Swanson (3rd), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (15th), 7. Brody Roa (8th), 8. Rickie Gaunt (10th), 9. A.J. Bender (2nd), 10. Cody Williams (7th), 11. Jace Vander Weerd (11th), 12. Logan Williams (13th), 13. Tommy Malcolm (14th), 14. Chris Gansen (1st), 15. Jeremy Ellertson (16th), 16. Jon Kairot (21st), 17. Eddie Tafoya (17th), 18. Mike Collins (18th), 19. Tobey Sampson (19th), 20. David Bezio (12th), 21. Cal Smith (22nd), 22. Parker Colston (20th). NT ------------------------------------ **Spencer flipped during the first heat. Smith flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Richard Vander Weerd (15th to 6th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Mike Spencer-497, 2. Matt Mitchell-459, 3. Damion Gardner-457, 4. Austin Williams-419, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-418, 6. Jake Swanson-388, 7. Brody Roa-309, 8. Cody Williams-275, 9. Logan Williams-215, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-213, 11. Ronnie Gardner-169, 12. Rickie Gaunt-163, 13. Parker Colston-144, 14. A.J. Bender-142, 15. Brady Bacon-136, 16. David Bezio-132, 17. Chris Gansen-131, 18. R.J. Johnson-115, 19. Dave Darland-110, 20. Mike Martin-92.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 13, 2015 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 2. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 5. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Robert King Jr., (#7S King), 7. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 6. Joe Scheopner (#17X Schoepner), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Josh Pelkey, 6. Mike Colegrove, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Bruce St. James, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Tom Ogle, 13. Josh Shipley, 14. Joe Scheopner, 15. Koty McGullam, 16. Nick Aiuto, 17. Robert King Jr., 18. Dennis Gile, 19. Michael Curtis, 20. Chris Bonneau. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Davis, Laps 3-30 Johnson.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 20 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Father’s Day Classic”

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 13, 2015 - Bakersfield, California - Kern County Raceway Park

QUALIFYING: 1. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-13.816; 2. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-13.978; 3, Jesse Love III, 44, Love-14.196; 4. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.222; 5. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.279; 6. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.522; 7. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-NT.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Nobile, 2. Love III, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. A.Breidinger, 5. Hazelton, 6. Love IV, 7. Jessop. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dylan Nobile, 2. Toni Breidinger, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Jesse Love III, 5. Annie Breidinger, 6. Jesse Love IV, 7. Ashley Hazelton. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 T.Breidinger, Laps 4-30 Nobile.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-704, 2-Nobile-618, 3-A.Hazelton-569, 4-T.Breidinger-517, 5-Love IV-487, 6-A.Breidinger-469, 7-om Paterson-369, 8-Shawn Buckley-294, 9-Ron Hazelton-282, 10-Jet Davison-223.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nobile-618, 2-T,Breidinger-517, 3-Jessop-501, 4-A.Hazelton-484, 5-A.Breidinger-469, 6-Love IV-303, 7-Tom Paterson-256, 8-Dezel West-149, 9-Ethan Lesser-130, 10-Jeff Kelley-120.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: July 11- Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 13, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 2. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 3. Andy Barroughs (#64 Barroughs), 4. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime), 5. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 6. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 7. Rich Blanchard (#10 Blanchard), 8. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 9. Rob Williams (#96 Williams). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 2. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 3. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 4. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 5. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 6. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 7. Derek Graham (#5 Graham), 8. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Pierson, 2. K.Chaffee, 3. Whitney, 4. Christensen, 5. Barrows, 6. Miller. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Dean Christensen, 3. Kevin Chaffee, 4. Derek Graham, 5. Josh Sunn, 6. Scott Holcomb, 7. Jeff Horn, 8. Andy Barrows, 9. Adam Whitney, 10. Dylan Duhaime, 11. Ray Miiller, 12. Kenney Johnson, 13. Tim Gallant, 14. Jeff Champagne, 15. Mike Chaffee, 16. Rob Williams. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Horn, Laps 4-16 Christensen, Laps 17-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-321, 2-Sunn-306, 3-Christensen-275, 4-Horn-245, 5-K.Chaffee-244, 6-Holcomb-229, 7-Johnson-207, 8-Miller-201, 9-Whitney-191, 10-M.Chaffee-160.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: June 27 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 13, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.521; 2. Austin Wiliams, 2, Jory-16.558; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.640; 4. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.717; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.723; 6. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.746; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.755; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.795; 9. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.798; 10. Rickie Gaunt, 9, McDonald-16.841; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.916; 12. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-17.189; 13. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.376; 14. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.385; 15. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.539; 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.610; 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.739; 18. Eddie Tafoya, 51, Tafoya-17.874; 19. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-18.113; 20. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-18.627; 21. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-19.239; 22. Jon Kairot, 98J, Ellertson-19.281. 23. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Gaunt, 3. L.Williams, 4. Gansen, 5. Collins, 6. Kairot, 7. C.Williams, 8. Lopiccolo. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. A.Williams, 5. Malcolm, 6. Ellertson, 7. Sampson, 8. Smith. 2:57.19

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Mitchell, 3. Gardner, 4. Bender, 5. Bezio, 6. Tafoya, 7. Colston. 2:53.91

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Matt Mitchell, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Rickie Gaunt, 9. A.J. Bender, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Tommy Malcolm, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Jon Kairot, 17. Eddie Tafoya, 18. Mike Collins, 19. Tobey Sampson, 20. David Bezio, 21. Cal Smith, 22. Parker Colston. NT

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**Spencer flipped during the first heat. Smith flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: July 3 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

 

 

ABREU ATTACKS FOR LAWRENCEBURG MIDGET WEEK TRIUMPH

Rico Abreu of Rutherford, Calif. wins Saturday night's USAC Honda National Midget feature at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway during the fourth leg of "Indiana Midget Week." (Rich Forman Photo) Abreu took the "Indiana Midget Week" series point lead by a single marker over second place Bryan Clauson heading into the five race series' finale at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway (Rich Forman Photo)

Lawrenceburg, Indiana...Just like last year, Rico Abreu stood in victory lane at Lawrenceburg Speedway after a spirited 30-lap "Indiana Midget Week" feature on the high banks. The reigning Honda National Midget champion used a lap 21 restart for his first win of the season, making it four feature wins for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports with four different drivers this season.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. grabbed the early lead and led a high-speed breakaway on the cushion in the early circuits, as Jerry Coons, Jr. and Abreu stayed with him while Bryan Clauson moved from seventh to fourth in the early going.

On lap 12, Tracy Hines got turned over in turn-four to bring out the red flag. Hines walked to the ambulance. Coons used that restart to his advantage, as he fired a slide-job on Thomas for the top spot, with Abreu and Clauson scrambling to come along with him. By the caution for Isaac Chapple on lap 14, Thomas had been kicked back to fourth.

Just a lap later, Alex Bright went high in the air in turn-one, landing a monster flip in the middle of turns one and two. He took his time exiting the #56, but walked away.

Abreu tried his first slider on Coons at that restart, but Coons was ready for a battle. He fought off Abreu a couple times and put some distance between them, but Abreu regrouped and came back at him, finally able to hold off Coons' crossover on lap 21. Coons lost some distance to Abreu and slowed on lap 24 with a flat left-rear tire. He visited the work area and restarted from the tail.

By that point, 15th-starting Tyler Thomas had passed two cars in one lap to enter the top-five and lined up behind Clauson in third for the restart with seven to go. He nailed the top and took second, but it appeared Abreu was too far out front. That changed with two to go as Ryan Bernal, who had been running inside the top-ten all race, nailed the turn-four wall, bringing out the final yellow.

Abreu got a good restart, and his teammate Kevin Thomas, Jr. threw a slider on Tyler Thomas for second, allowing Rico to pull away. Tyler Thomas crossed over, and Clauson hit the bottom to go back by Thomas, Jr., but it was all Abreu out front as he scored his ninth-career series win to tie Chuck Gurney, Tony Elliott & Billy Boat for 72nd on the all-time list. He also set the ProSource "Fast Time" earlier in the night aboard the Toyota TRD - Curb Records #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I love the big moments, and it looks like we're headed for another one tomorrow going against Bryan at his favorite track for the Midget Week title. It's cool to come out on top tonight and hang in there with him; I know how much it would mean to me to win it, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow night. We've been a top-three car all week and late-race restarts have been killing me, honestly. We got racing with Jerry and Bryan, and it was hard to tell who was gonna win the thing," Abreu said.

Tyler Thomas finished off his fine run to earn another B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" while posting his best-career USAC National Midget finish aboard the American Racing Custom Wheels - BT Machine #91T Spike/Esslinger.

"I had an absolute blast tonight. We had an awesome race track to race on, and we have all week, to allow us to race our way up through the pack. We were good up on the curb and could go down and run the bottom a little bit too. We got to racing too hard with Clauson and Thomas to be able to make a run at the lead, but that was some of the most fun racing I've gotten to do. We couldn't quite get away from them on the last restart to get our momentum up to try to make a run at Rico. I'm proud of how much better we've made our car after switching to Spike Chassis this year, and we've got it rolling now and I'm comfortable. We're looking forward to Kokomo tomorrow and couldn't be happier with how everything is going so far, but I'm ready for that first win," Thomas said.

Clauson rounded out the podium in the Curb Records - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar and trails Abreu by one point going into the Midget Week finale at Kokomo Speedway on Sunday.

"We weren't quite good enough to battle for the win tonight, and we had to pull out all the tricks to put ourselves up on the podium. The DNF in the heat race hurt us in the Midget Week points, but we're going to Kokomo tomorrow with a shot at it. There's no place I'd rather have a winner-take-all race for the Midget Week crown," Clauson said.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. ended up fourth in the Toyota TRD - Bakken Concrete #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Chase Stockon rounded out the top-five with a late charge aboard the Jerome Rodela - Trench Shoring #25 Breka/Pink Toyota.

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USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 13, 2015 - Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Rico Abreu, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.824; 2. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-14.938; 3. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-14.956; 4. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-15.152; 5. Ryan Bernal, 2, Taylor-15.161; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, Heffner-15,206; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.227; 8. Shane Cottle, 57, Ecker-15,228; 9. Brad Mosen, 1NZ, Buckley- 15.256; 10. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-15.268; 11. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-15.274; 12. Chett Gehrke, 37, Felker-15.333; 13. Alex Bright, 56, Hmiel-15.379; 14. Chase Stockon, 25K, Rodela-15.404; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-15.424; 16. Tyler Courtney, 7K, Irwin-15.430; 17. Hayden Williams, 27NZ, HLR-15.526; 18. Ronnie Gardner, 37x, Felker-15.605; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.789; 20. Brett Thomas, 69, Thomas-16.028; 21. Nick Rowe, 5F, Daum-16.370; 22. Ted Hines, 51, Bailey-16.567; 23. David Budres, 31, Manic-16.741; 24. Darren Hagen, 17, Brown-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Bright, 2. K.Thomas Jr., 3. Courtney, 4. Abreu, 5. Felker, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Chapple, 8. Budres. 2:06.65

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. Stockon, 3. B.Bright, 4. Bernal, 5. Williams, 6. Hagen (#69), 7. Rowe, 8. Clauson. 2:06.31

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Mosen 3. Bayston, 4. Coons, 5. Gardner, 6. Gehrke, 7. Ted Hines. 2:08.40

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Hayden Williams, 8. Brad Mosen, 9. Darren Hagen, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Ronnie Gardner, 13. Chett Gehrke, 14. Brenden Bright, 15. Tyler Courtney, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Nick Rowe, 18. David Budres, 19. Ryan Bernal, 20. Alex Bright, 21. Spencer Bayston, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Ted Hines. NT ---------------------------- **Tracy Hines flipped on lap 12 of the feature. A.Bright flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 K.Thomas, Laps 12-20 Coons, Laps 21-30 Abreu.

 

BELL MAKES IT BACK-TO-BACK BLOOMINGTON MIDGET WEEK WINS

Christopher Bell of Norman, Oklahoma captured round three of "Indiana Midget Week" for the USAC Honda National Midgets Friday night at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway.

Bloomington, Indiana...Christopher Bell duplicated his Bloomington Speedway "Indiana Midget Week" win from 2014 on Friday night, as the Norman, Oklahoma knocked off his first Honda National Midget victory of the season. The 2013 National Midget champion flipped in Wednesday night's IMW opener before rebounding to second on Thursday night, but he was not to be denied as he took the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota to victory while subbing for teammate Tanner Thorson, who sat out after a wild flip on Thursday night at Lincoln Park.

Jerry Coons, Jr. and Davey Ray brought the field to green, and Ray jumped down in front of Coons on the bottom as Kevin Thomas, Jr. roared by them off turn-two with the lead. He brought teammate Rico Abreu with him. A red flag on lap three for Hayden Williams saw the two Kunz cars out front over Ray, Coons, Brad Mosen, Bryan Clauson, and Bell.

Coons took care of Ray on the restart and hung with the lead duo as they stretched it out over the rest of the field. Bell and Clauson came along as they made it a five-car breakaway up front, while a hive of cars battled two-wide for sixth on back. As Coons tried to slide past Abreu for second, Abreu crossed back over and Bell took the opportunity to sneak by both of them.

Bell carved into Thomas' lead as they reeled in traffic, and he pulled alongside on lap 21, though Thomas held the top spot by .023 seconds at the line. The next time by, Bell had taken over the lead while Abreu crossed just inches ahead of Clauson for third in a side-by-side battle. Clauson went by both Abreu and Thomas on lap 23, but the yellow appeared for a stalled car and moved him back to the fourth spot on the restart.

Bell was untouchable in the final eight laps, leading Thomas on the cushion and stretching it to 1.465-seconds at the finish for his 15th-career series victory.

"I really like this place! If I'm not winning, I'm not happy, so it's good to get back to winning with these guys. The surface was great, and you could move around really well. We got a terrible start and I found myself running seventh in the first few laps. Once we got going and I could choose my line, I was able to get back up through there. I was pretty good up top in three and four, but I was really, really good on the bottom down there. We had options on where to go, for sure. It was a relief to get the lead and some open race track with the caution at the end," Bell said.

Thomas rebounded from a tough two nights to start the week as he held the runner-up position in the Toyota TRD - Bakken Concrete #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I was committed to the top throughout, and I got to traffic and guys were all over the place racing each other. I got schooled in lapped traffic there, got passed for the lead, but it is what it is. It's a major improvement from the last two nights, but I'm sure not happy about it, losing the lead in the last ten laps," Thomas said.

Clauson's bid for the front ended as he searched around for a little more to challenge Thomas, ending up third in the Curb Records - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"I was really upset to see that late caution. It not only took away our advantage of being in traffic, but it took us from second to fourth. Once we were in clear track, all of us were pretty equal. Again, our car was tight enough to move around and traffic played into our hand, but it just didn't fall our way at the end. We were able to beat Rico, and our goal is to win the week, so we'll move on to Lawrenceburg tomorrow," Clauson said.

Abreu, who set ProSource "Fast Time" for the night with a new Bloomington Speedway midget track record, wound up fourth in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Coons rounded out the top-five in the Heffner Racing Enterprises - Lelands.com #27 Triple X/Esslinger.

Tyler Thomas drove from 17th to finish seventh and earn the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award," while Chett Gehrke took another right-rear tire courtesy of the American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award" as the last transfer from the Semi-Feature.

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USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 12, 2015 - Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.551; 2. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-11.663; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.681; 4. Christopher Bell, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.750; 5. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-11.768; 6. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-11.854; 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, Heffner-11.856; 8. Brad Mosen, 1NZ, Buckley-11.894; 9. Darren Hagen, 17, Brown-11.924; 10. Chase Stockon, 25k, Rodela-11.944; 11. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-11.956; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-11.966; 13. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-11.970; 14. Tyler Courtney, 7K, Irwin-11.971; 15. Alex Bright, 56, 5IVE-6IX-11.980; 16. Hayden Williams, 27NZ, HLR-11.992; 17. C.J. Leary, 11, Gray-12.003; 18. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-12.005; 19. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.026; 20. Brock Maskovich, 5D, Daum-12.039; 21. Brett Thomas, 69, Thomas-12.045; 22. Chett Gehrke, 37, Felker-12.050; 23. Nathan Smee, 7AU, Cooper-12.064; 24. Ryan Bernal, 2, Taylor-12.070; 25. Ronnie Gardner, 37x, Felker-12.071; 26. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-12.079; 27. Justin Peck, 5x, Peck-12.096; 28. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-12.104; 29. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-12.119; 30. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-12.141; 31. Andy Malpocker, 22, Malpocker-12.155; 32. Anton Hernandez, 51, Bailey-12.178; 33. Shane Cottle, 57, Ecker-12.190; 34. Nick Rowe, 5F, Daum-12.205; 35. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27k, Klaasmeyer-12.297; 36. Chris Cochran, 7c, Klaasmeyer-12.301; 37. Clinton Boyles, 98, Boyles-12.317; 38. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-12.353; 39. Justin Dickerson, 7R, Dickerson-12.379; 40. Chase Briscoe, 33D, Davis-12.403; 41. Cole Fehr, 15, Live Loud-12.438; 42. Michael Koontz, 17k, Koontz-12.459; 43. Dave Darland, 2x, Bush-12.465; 44. David Budres, 31, Manic-12.614.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Leary, 3. Hagen, 4. Gardner, 5. B.Thomas, 6. Nemire, 7. Boyles, 8. Marcham, 9. Hines, 10. S.Cottle, 11. Fehr. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. B.Bright, 3. Clauson, 4. Ray, 5. Gehrke, 6. Courtney, 7. Felker, 8. Walker, 9. Rowe, 10. DiMattia, 11. Koontz. 2:04.58

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smee, 2. A.Bright, 3. K.Thomas Jr., 4. Coons, 5. Bayston, 6. Peck, 7. Darland, 8. T.Thomas, 9. Klaasmeyer, 10. Malpocker, 11. Dickerson. 2:03.38

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Bernal, 3. Williams, 4. Mosen, 5. Chapple, 6. Neuman, 7. Briscoe, 8. Hernandez, 9. Budres, 10. Maskovich, 11. Cochran. NT

C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. Rowe, 3. Darland, 4. DiMattia, 5. Boyles, 6. Koontz, 7. Briscoe, 8. Budres, 9. Dickerson.

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Bayston, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Courtney, 5. Neuman, 6. Gehrke, 7. Felker, 8. Chapple, 9. Hernandez, 10. Peck, 11. Darland, 12. S.Cottle, 13. Malpocker, 14. B.Thomas, 15. DiMattia, 16. Nemire, 17. Walker, 18. Rowe, 19. Marcham, 20. Maskovich. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Tyler Thomas, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Brad Mosen, 11. Davey Ray, 12. Brenden Bright, 13. Nathan Smee, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Hayden Williams, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. Ryan Bernal, 18. Gage Walker, 19. Chett Gehrke, 20. Darren Hagen, 21. Ronnie Gardner, 22. Jake Neuman, 23. Alex Bright, 24. Isaac Chapple. NT ---------------------------- **Hines flipped during the first heat. Maskovich flipped during the fourth heat. Marcham flipped during the semi. Williams flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 K.Thomas Jr., Laps 22-30 Bell.

 

CLAUSON STORMS TO LINCOLN PARK MIDGET WEEK WIN

Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson (middle) and the RKR/Curb-Agajanian crew celebrate Thursday night's "Indiana Midget Week" USAC Honda National Midget feature win at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana.

Putnamville, Indiana...Bryan Clauson used every inch of Lincoln Park Speedway on Thursday night to drive from tenth for the win in Round 2 of "Indiana Midget Week." The two-time Honda National Midget champion made it 34 career wins in the division with the 30-lap winning drive.

Tyler Thomas got to the early lead from the pole, but Rico Abreu was building steam on the high side and roared by on the cushion to take the lead on lap three. His teammate and the night's ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Tanner Thorson, fresh off his first National Midget win on Wednesday night, was coming along with Abreu as they took over the 1-2 spots.

Clauson was on the move to fourth as the first caution hit, with Christopher Bell showing he was on the charge, too, as he sat ninth after starting 16th. Clauson disposed of Thorson for second on the restart, and it appeared an Abreu-Clauson duel was shaping up for the top spot. Behind them, Tracy Hines and Darren Hagen both got by Thorson and were racing for third.

Thorson got turned around on lap seventeen to bring out the next caution, and Bell had just broken into the top-five with a slick move to split two cars down the frontstretch. On the restart, Clauson began to work Abreu hard for the lead as Bell moved up to third. Clauson finally had the momentum he needed on lap 22 as he threw a big slider into turn-three for the lead. At the same time, Bell crossed under Abreu and had the runner-up spot.

On lap 23, as he was racing back through the field, Thorson got pinched into the frontstretch wall and flipped wildly up and over turn-one. He crawled out of the car but was held for observation. From there, Clauson held Bell at bay as Hines took over third down the stretch.

Bell looked to have a run at Clauson as they came to the white, trying to gain enough momentum on the high side to mount a charge, but he pushed slightly in turn-two, ending his bid at the win. Clauson made it win number one on the year for himself and the Curb Records - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"This week is special to anybody, but especially to somebody like me who grew up here, the Midget Week and Sprintweek wins mean a lot. I don't get to race full-time in this series now, but we're trying to get this team an owner's championship, too. Rusty (Kunz) has these things good, especially when things get slick and technical. We weren't quite as good as those guys at the top of three and four, but we could move around and that gave us the chance to go by them. This place can get so technical, and you have to be close to perfect to have a chance. It's a fun place, and a real driver's race track," Clauson said.

Bell, who crashed violently last year at Lincoln Park and was nursing some bruises from Wednesday night's crash at Gas City, came home second in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota. He earned the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" for his drive to the front.

"It was a really tough deal tonight. It was so technical, and you couldn't run it too hard and make mistakes with that curb being so firm. I didn't get a good lap down in qualifying, and that buried us, but Bryan was back there pretty far too. I could use the bottom through one and two to get some guys, and we could roll the cushion nicely on the other end. We've had to pass a ton of cars in the last week, but we just have to be better early in the night," Bell said.

Hines gave himself a 25-point gap in the National Midget standings with another podium finish aboard the Parker Machinery - Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.

"Tonight was a difference between making good laps down low and trying to wait out the mistakes they made up high. They were a bit better, and we got back to about fifth at one point before taking advantage of some bobbles to get back to third. We had some things off for the race last night, but we got those fixed and had another good night tonight," Hines said.

Abreu wound up fourth in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Jerry Coons, Jr. rounded out the top-five in the Heffner Racing Enterprises - Lelands.com #27 Triple X/Esslinger.

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USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 11, 2015 - Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.130; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, Heffner-13.203; 3. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.237; 4. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-13.272; 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27k, Klaasmeyer-13.282; 6. Darren Hagen, 17, Brown-13.319; 7. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.328; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.336; 9. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.340; 10. Brad Mosen, 1NZ, Buckley-13.343; 11. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-13.349; 12. Alex Bright, 56, Hmiel-13.369; 13. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-13.372; 14. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-13.379; 15. Ryan Bernal, 2, Taylor-13.431; 16. Hayden Williams, 27NZ, HLR-13.431; 17. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cotle-13.442; 18. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.448; 19. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.458; 20. Andy Malpocker, 22, Malpocker-13.488; 21. Tyler Courtney, 7K, Irwin-13.492; 22. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-13.530; 23. Brett Thomas, 69, Thomas-13.541; 24. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.554; 25. Chett Gehrke, 37, Felker-13.574; 26. Chase Stockon, 25k, Rodela-13.579; 27. Dave Darland, 2x, Bush-13.657; 28. Brock Maskovich, 5D, Daum-13.659; 29. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.674; 30. Ronnie Gardner, 37x, Felker-13.675; 31. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-13.840; 32. Ryan Criswell, 11R, R & C-13.843; 33. Nathan Smee, 7AU, Cooper-13.846; 34. Anton Hernandez, 51, Bailey-13.852; 35. Chris Cochran, 7c, Klaasmeyer-13.932; 36. Katlynn Leer, 77, Leer-13.981; 37. Nick Rowe, 5F, Daum-14.011; 38. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-14.035; 39. Ross Rankine, 39R, Rankine-14.061; 40. Cole Fehr, 15, Live Loud-14.474; 41. Justin Peck, 5x, Peck-18.259; 42. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Cottle, 2. Courtney, 3. Thorson, 4. T.Thomas, 5. Marcham, 6. Peck, 7. Klaasmeyer, 8. Smee, 9. Rowe, 10. Gehrke, 11. DiMattia. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Clauson, 3. Mosen, 4. Stockon, 5. Coons, 6. B.Bright, 7. Hagen, 8. Gardner, 9. Hernandez, 10. Nemire. 2:15.02

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Bernal, 3. Abreu, 4. Darland, 5. Ray, 6. B.Thomas, 7. Chapple, 8. Bayston, 9. Cochran, 10. Rankine. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Walker, 2. A.Bright, 3. Hines, 4. K.Thomas Jr., 5. Maskovich, 6. Criswell, 7. Leer, 8. Fehr, 9. Williams, 10. Malpocker. 2:20.08

C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Smee, 2. Hernandez, 3. Peck, 4. Nemire, 5. Leer, 6. Cochran, 7. Fehr, 8. Rowe, 9. Rankine. 2:22.63

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Hagen, 3. Bayston, 4. Williams, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. DiMattia, 7. Peck, 8. Gardner, 9. Smee, 10. Maskovich, 11. B.Bright, 12. Malpocker, 13. Ray, 14. Nemire, 15. Chapple, 16. Criswell, 17. Marcham, 18. B.Thomas, 19. Gehrke, 20. Hernandez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Darren Hagen,7. Tyler Thomas, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Spencer Bayston, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Davey Ray, 12. Gage Walker, 13. Hayden Williams, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Nathan Smee, 17. Alex Bright, 18. Brad Mosen, 19. Colten Cottle, 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Ryan Bernal, 23. Tyler Courtney, 24. Steve Buckwalter. NT ---------------------------- **Bayston flipped during qualifying. DiMattia flipped during the first heat. Thorson flipped on lap 24 of the feature. Mosen flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 T.Thomas, Laps 3-21 Abreu, Laps 22-30 Clauson.

 

LEFFLER MEMORIAL, PEPSI NATIONALS ADDED TO USAC CALENDAR

Two more of America's Midget racing crown jewels join the Honda USAC National Midget calendar this year with the announcement that the July 5 "Pepsi Midget Nationals" and the October 23 "Jason Leffler Memorial" will carry both USAC and Powri sanction.

The "Pepsi Midget Nationals" at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc. continues a rich tradition begun in 1982 when Bill Engelhart captured the inaugural title. Ensuing winners have included five-time champions Kevin Olson and Kevin Doty, three-time winner Tracy Hines, two-time winner Dan Boorse and Scott Hatton plus Rich Vogler, Stevie Reeves, Marty Davis, Page Jones, Kevin Koch, Jay Drake, Davey Ray, Jerry Coons Jr., Brady Bacon, Josh Wise, Caleb Armstrong, Zach Daum and 2014 winner Christopher Bell.

The :Jason Leffler Memorial" at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. is in its third year honoring the late USAC National Champion who lost his life in a 2013 Sprint car accident. Daryn Pittman won last year's race while Zach Daum was the 2013 inaugural champion.

Angell Park's USAC history spans the past 45 years while the Wayne City event will mark USAC's debut at that one-eighth dirt oval. Larry Rice won the first USAC race at Sun Prairie in 1970 and the 57 ensuing races have produced 36 different winners in USAC Sprint Car, Midget and HPD Midget competition. Bryan Clauson is the winningest USAC driver at the one-third dirt oval with six career wins.

The two additional races virtually replace a pair of previously-to-be-announced races originally scheduled for late-June.

Jason Leffler's USAC career included a trio of USAC National Midget titles (1977-1999) and a USAC Silver Crown title in 1998. A veteran of both the Daytona and Indianapolis 500s, Leffler is now remembered each year at the United States Auto Club's National Awards Dinner where the "Jason Leffler Award" has been won in 2013 by Dave Darland and in 2014 by Pete Willoughby. A winner or 18 USAC Midget races and six Silver Crown races Jason was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.

Tracy Hines, one of only three driver with at least three "Pepsi Midget Nationals" victories, is challenging for the 2015 Honda USAC National Midget Series standings in search of the elusive USAC Triple Crown. He owns previous titles in USAC's Silver Crown and AMSOIL Sprint Car divisions and is a six-time National Midget series runner-up. He hopes to join Dave Darland, Pancho Carter, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Jerry Coons Jr. in the prestigious Triple Crown club.

 

 

HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 10, 2015 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-12.390; 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.424; 3. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-12.532; 4. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-12.609; 5. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.630; 6. Justin Grant, 38, Gardner-12.637; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7K, Irwin-12.677; 8. Chase Stockon, 25k, Rodela-12.685; 9. Ryan Bernal, 2, Taylor-12.686; 10. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.691; 11. Brad Mosen, 1NZ, Buckley-12.696; 12. Brady Bacon, 73x, Ford-12.700; 13. Hayden Williams, 27NZ, HLR-12.706; 14. Darren Hagen, 17, Brown-12.706; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.745; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, Heffner-12.749; 17. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-12.751; 18. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-12.767; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-12.781; 20. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.787; 21. Chett Gehrke, 37, Felker-12.915; 22. Brock Maskovich, 5D, Daum-12.919; 23. Alex Bright, 56, 5VIE-6IX-12.989; 24. Brett Thomas, 69, Thomas-13.059; 25. Dave Darland, 2x, Bush-13.100; 26. Justin Peck, 5x, Peck-13.101; 27. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.106; 28. Andy Malpocker, 22, Malpocker-13.117; 29. Chris Cochran, 7c, Klaasmeyer-13.119; 30. Tony DiMattia, 50, Brandywine-13.129; 31. Anton Hernandez, 51, Bailey-13.158; 32. Ronnie Gardner, 37x, Felker-13.164; 33. Nick Rowe, 5F, Daum-13.202; 34. Nathan Smee, 7AU, Cooper-13.218; 35. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27k, Klaasmeyer-13.234; 36. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-13.431; 37. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-13.506; 38. Katlynn Leer, 77, Leer-13.707; 39. Gary Gipson, 5, Byers-13.741; 40. Cole Fehr, 15, Live Loud-13.935; 41. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-NT (time of 13.327 disallowed).

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Hines, 3. Darland, 4. Williams, 5. Marcham, 6. Walker, 7. Bell, 8. Gehrke, 9. Rowe, 10. Cochran, 11. Dickerson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Abreu, 3. Grant, 4. Smee, 5. B.Bright, 6. Peck, 7. DiMattia, 8. Leer, 9. Hagen, 10. Maskovich. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. K.Thomas Jr., 2. Mosen, 3. Buckwalter, 4. A.Bright, 5. Bayston, 6. Courtney, 7. Chapple, 8. Klaasmeyer, 9. Hernandez, 10. Gipson. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. T.Thomas, 3. Stockon, 4. Bacon, 5. Clauson, 6. Gardner, 7. Malpocker, 8. B.Thomas, 9. Nemire, 10. Fehr. NT

C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Rowe, 3. Walker, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. Nemire, 6. Fehr, 7. Leer, 8. Dickerson. 2:17.57

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Bayston, 3. B.Bright, 4. Courtney, 5. Bell, 6. Gehrke, 7. Chapple, 8. Walker, 9. Hagen, 10. Hernandez, 11. Gardner. 12. Rowe, 13. DiMattia, 14. Cochran, 15. Maskovich, 16. Klaasmeyer, 17. Malpocker, 18. Marcham, 19. Peck, 20. B.Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Ryan Bernal, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Tyler Thomas, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 14. Alex Bright, 15. Brad Mosen, 16. Nathan Smee, 17. Hayden Williams, 18. Gage Walker, 19. Brenden Bright, 20. Christopher Bell, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Steve Buckwalter, 24. Chett Gehrke. NT

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**Bell flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Thorson.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Thorson-193, 2-Hines-180, 3-Hagen-159, 4-Bayston-141, 5-Coons-140, 6-T.Thomas-139, 7-K.Thomas Jr.-132, 8-Darland-128, 9-Buckwalter-98, 10-Walker-83.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Thorson-68, 2-Clauson-64, 3-Bayston-61, 4-Abreu-60, 5-Grant-58, 6-Bernal-53, 7-Coons-50, 8-Hines-49, 9-T.Thomas-46, 10-Stockon-39.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: June 11 - Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

ARIZONA SPEEDWAY HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 10, 2015... This Saturday, June 13th, the cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to Arizona Speedway. Located in Queen Creek, Arizona’s ET Motopark, the ninth point race of the season will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Dwarf Cars, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:45pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, fourteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Two-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with eight wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (4), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), and Josh Pelkey (1). Saturday’s event will be the third of six dates for the traditional sprints at ET Motopark. On April 18th, Johnson won the “4th Annual Spring Fling” and Davis claimed the May 16th feature.

After scoring his fifth win of the year at Canyon’s “Salute to Indy” on May 24th, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona holds an 81-point advantage. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson also has one high point driver award, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 81 feature laps led to his credit. At Queen Creek, R.J. will be looking to extend his point lead by earning his series leading 28th main event win.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis raced to fifth at the “Salute to Indy” after starting tenth. Entering Saturday’s event, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one main event win, two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on his twelfth series triumph and gaining valuable points at Arizona Speedway.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts RSS, Pelkey placed seventh in the May 24th main event. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one high point driver award, one heat race victory, and seven top-10 finishes. Currently fourth on the USAC SouthWest win list, Josh will be looking to claim his sixth feature victory.

Tempe, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex is fourth in the point standings. Racing Gene Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Sussex ran second to Johnson at the “Salute to Indy.” At press time, the 2-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has two feature wins, three hard charger awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led on the year. Currently tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the series win list, Stevie will have his sights on his fourth USAC SouthWest win.

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona is fifth in the championship points. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi placed fourth at Canyon Speedway Park. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the defending Western World Champion has two hard charger awards and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. Tied with Mike Martin and Mike Spencer for tenth in the SouthWest win list, Matt will be going for his third win on Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Mike Colegrove, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Shon Deskins, Andy Reinbold, Josh Shipley, Dennis Gile, Chris Bonneau, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Nick Aiuto, Michael Curtis, Dalten Gabbard, Mike Bonneau, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children 6 and under are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 8-R.J. Johnson, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Charles Davis Jr.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-514, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-433, 3. Josh Pelkey-427, 4. Stevie Sussex-407, 5. Matt Rossi-407, 6. Mike Colegrove-348, 7. Mike Martin-305, 8. Brian Hosford-302, 9. Bruce St. James-271, 10. Shon Deskins-256, 11. Andy Reinbold-241, 12. Josh Shipley-219, 13. Dennis Gile-216, 14. Chris Bonneau-212, 15. Tye Mihocko-207, 16. Nick Aiuto-191, 17. Michael Curtis-169, 18. Dalten Gabbard-165, 19. Mike Bonneau-151, 20. Tom Ogle-109.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS WILL RUMBLE AT PERRIS THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 9, 2015... This Saturday, June 13th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will headline an open wheel showcase at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the eighth point race of the season will also feature the PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprint Cars. Located in Perris, California on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Saturday’s race will mark the 175th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car event at Perris Auto Speedway. Dating back to March 6, 2004, the “Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing” has been the “home track” for USAC/CRA. At press time, “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 33 series wins at Perris and Nic Faas holds the 1-lap track record of 15.833, set on February 25, 2012.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Per USAC/CRA rules, all fuel-injected 410 and 360 powered sprint cars must run the Hoosier 105/16 Medium Right Rear Tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California has a 25-point lead over the competition, Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer ran seventh in the May 23rd “Salute To Indy” at Perris. To date, the five-time champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, Mike will be looking to extend point lead by claiming his 36th career USAC/CRA main event.

After finishing second in the “Salute to Indy,” Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell has climbed to second in the point chase. Racing his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, seven top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led. Currently tied with Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, and Blake Miller for thirteenth on USAC/CRA’s win list, Matt will have his sights on his seventh career victory.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored nineteenth on May 23rd after an early exit. Heading to Perris, the three-time champion has two main event wins, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” will be looking to earn his series leading 60th win.

Arguably the hottest driver on the circuit is Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd. Currently fourth in points, the driver of the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim made the “Salute to Indy” his fourth win of the campaign. The former USAC West Coast Sprint Champion also has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led. Currently tied with Garrett Hansen for 17th on the series win list, Vander Weerd will have his sights on scoring his sixth career USAC/CRA feature.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California sits fifth in the point standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams charged to third in the May 23rd feature after starting ninth. Entering Saturday’s race, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and five top-10 finishes on the season. Currently in a nine-way tie for 21st on USAC/CRA’s win list, Austin will be looking to claim his fourth career win this Saturday night.

Sitting thirteenth in the point standings, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, California leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Michael Curtis, Anthony Lopiccolo, and Tommy Malcolm are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, Brody Roa, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, Ronnie Gardner, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, David Bezio, Chris Gansen, A.J. Bender, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets are $20, Active Military, Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- 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.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS: 33-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Mike Kirby, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Matt Mitchell, 5-Danny Sheridan, 4-Bryan Clauson, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Robert Ballou, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

2015 USAC/CRA FEATURE WINNERS: 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Damion Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Mike Spencer-426, 2. Matt Mitchell-401, 3. Damion Gardner-387, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-365, 5. Austin Williams-355, 6. Jake Swanson-332, 7. Brody Roa-260, 8. Cody Williams-237, 9. Logan Williams-184, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-174, 11. Brady Bacon-136, 12. Ronnie Gardner-135, 13. Parker Colston-129, 14. Rickie Gaunt-117, 15. R.J. Johnson-115, ---. David Bezio-115, 17. Dave Darland-110, 18. Chris Gansen-101, 19. A.J. Bender-100, 20. Mike Martin-92.

 

 

BALLOU SWEEPS EASTERN STORM WITH SUSQUEHANNA SCORE

Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California won his third consecutive USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car feature Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway Park in Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, which earned him a sweep and the title for the "Eastern Storm" tour. Rich Forman Photo

Newberrytown, Pennsylvania...Robert Ballou is officially en fuego. He made it a sweep of the "Eastern Storm" on Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway Park, edging into the lead just before halfway and going relatively unchallenged over the final stages of the evening's 30-lap AMSOIL Sprint Car Feature to take his seventh victory of the young season.

Shane Cottle got the jump from the pole to take the lead over Justin Grant, but Grant was fast early and closed to Cottle's tailtank as they completed lap one. Grant tried a slidejob into turn-one, but he looped it in the middle of the corner, bringing out the first caution.

Three more cautions followed in the first five laps with nothing changing among the top-five runners. Cottle was strong on the high side as Kevin Thomas, Jr. ran second, racing three-wide with Jon Stanbrough and Chase Stockon, who tried the bottom and middle. It didn't take long for Ballou to start moving, as he ducked low and moved all the way to Stockon and started chasing down Cottle.

He finally squirted underneath Cottle for the lead on lap 14, coming to the line just .038-seconds ahead. A lap later, the final caution of the event appeared, but Ballou was strong and the bottom and marched away from a top-five battle including Cottle, Stanbrough, Stockon, and a charging Chad Boespflug.

Up front, it was all Ballou as he nailed down the bottom to take home his 16th career series victory in the Tom Buch - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott. Ballou also posted the night's ProSource "Fast Time" award.

"This is what we've been trying to build this team up to. We wanted to contend for a championship this year, and we've gotten people to put the pieces in place, so if we just keep winning races, everything will work out. They love sprint car racing out here in Pennsylvania, so I love winning out here. Tom Buch makes this trip possible for us, and I'm happy to get some wins for him. We were pretty darn good on the bottom tonight, and I pushed too hard in the heat race and made a mistake, so I knew I couldn't screw it up," Ballou said.

Stanbrough was charging on the bottom, as well, in the latter stages and rolled to the second spot aboard the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D. "Tonight, I made some mistakes and lost some spots, and then gained some back too. I finally committed myself to the bottom just because I hadn't been going anywhere. I don't know if I had anything towards the end for Robert - I felt like I was gaining on him a little, but it woulda taken a long, long race to ever catch him. I'm never happy with second, but I feel like we're making more and more gains. It's been a lot of work to get this team going and make our stuff better, so we'll try to make ourselves a little bit better and try to win some races back home," Stanbrough said.

Stockon was again on the move in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, and he rounded out the podium, as he tries to keep up with Ballou in the point race for the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

"The yellows again tonight hurt us really bad. The first part of the race, we could go pretty good through the middle, but every time we were going forward and getting away from Robert, we caught a yellow. As the middle slicked off some, it got harder for me to make ground. I had to move around as the race went on and ran those guys down, and it's good to be on the podium again. We've had a couple good nights out here and ready to get back home," Stockon said.

Dave Darland came from tenth to snag the fourth spot in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco, and Cottle held on to round out the top-five in the Specialty Rigging - Viper Risk Management #3 Spike/Rider.

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AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2015 - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway Park - "Eastern Storm"

QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.251; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-17.623; 3. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.648; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-17.839; 5. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.973; 6. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-18.070; 7. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-18.129; 8. Shane Cottle, 3, Franckowiak-18.174; 9. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-18.201; 10. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-18.307; 11. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-18.349; 12. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-18.445; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-18.519; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-18.576; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-18.715; 16. Casey Shuman, 75, Barnhill/Hockett-18.882; 17. Richard Vander Weerd, 39, Hogue-18.952; 18. J.R. Berry, 74JR, Berry-19.055; 19. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-19.207; 20. Rick Horn, 01, Horn-19.301; 21. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-19.407; 22. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-19.412; 23. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-19.420; 24. Brett Arndt, 1A, Biasi-19.466; 25. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-19.858; 26. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-20.210; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-20.431; 28. Michael Hamer, 47, Hamer-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Boespflug, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Jarrett, 5. Ballou, 6. Mahoney, 7. Vander Weerd. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Grant, 3. Stockon, 4. Berry, 5. Cummins, 6. DiMattia, 7. Kohen. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Hines, 3. Andretti, 4. Windom, 5. Leary, 6. Kobylarz, 7. Bell. 2:35.19

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shuman, 2. Thomas, 3. Farney, 4. Cottle, 5. Arndt, 6. Hamer, 7. Horn. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Leary, 3. Cummins, 4. Kobylarz, 5. Vander Weerd, 6. Arndt, 7. DiMattia, 8. Hamer, 9. Bell, 10. Mahoney. 3:43.10

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Tracy Hines, 15. Brett Arndt, 16. J.R. Berry, 17. Logan Jarrett, 18. Trevor Kobylarz, 19. C.J. Leary, 20. Kyle Cummins, 21. Casey Shuman, 22. Richard Vander Weerd. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Cottle, Laps 14-30 Ballou.

 

 

 

 

USAC AUTO VALUE BUMPER TO BUMPER SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 6, 2015 - Kalamazoo, Michigan - Kalamazoo Speedway - "Lucky 7 Night at the Zoo"

QUALIFYING: 1. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-10.114; 2. Ryan Gillenwater, 45, Gillenwater-10.503; 3. Jason Blonde, 42, Blonde-10.559; 4. Cody Gallogly, 71H, Galloway-10.662; 5. Jason Cox, 40, Cox-10.696; 6. Bobby Santos, 22A, DJ Racing-10.747; 7. Kyle Edwards, 11, Wilshe-10.790; 8. Kevin Feeney, 61, Carman-10.866; 9. Derek Snyder, 71R, Snyder-10.889; 10. Jeff Bloom, 26E, Bloom-11.104; 11. Mike Astrauskas, 3A, Astraukas-11.207; 12. John Turnbull, 12, Turnbull-11.301; 13. Mike Stutsman, 21, Stutsman-11.836; 14. Matt Kinzinger, 31, Kinzinger-13.259; 15. Tom Geren, 11G, Geren-14.745.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Edwards, 2. Blonde, 3. Cox, 4. Astrauskas, 5. Pierce, 6. Snyder, 7. Stutsman, 8. Geren. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Turnbull, 2. Feeney, 3. Gallogly, 4. Gillenwater, 5. Santos, 6. Bloom, 7. Kinzinger. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Kyle Edwards, 2. Aaron Pierce, 3. Jason Blonde, 4. Bobby Santos, 5. Ryan Gillenwater, 6. Derek Snyder, 7. Kevin Feeney, 8. Cody Gallogly, 9. John Turnbull, 10. Mike Stutsman, 11. Mike Astrauskas, 12. Jason Cox, 13. Jeff Bloom, 14. Tom Geren, 15. Matt Kinzinger. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Feeney, Laps 15-50 Edwards.

NEW USAC AUTO VALUE SPRINT POINTS: 1-Edwards-120, 2-Pierce-114, 3-Santos-112, 4-Blonde-59, 5-Troy DeCaire-54, 6-Gillenwater-54, 7-Mickey Kempgens-53, 8-Gallogly-50, 9-Jacob Wilson-49, 10-Feeney-48.

NEXT USAC AUTO VALUE SPRINT RACE: - June 12 - Toledo (OH) Speedway

 

 

BALLOU HEATING UP, POCKETS PORT ROYAL EASTERN STORM

Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California won his series-leading sixth USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car feature of the season and second consecutive "Eastern Storm" event Saturday night at Port Royal (Penn.) Speedway.

Port Royal, Pennsylvania...It's beginning to look like a record-breaking season for Robert Ballou, as the Rocklin, California native continued his sensational season with his sixth victory of the year on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway. He made it two-in-a-row during "Eastern Storm," banking $6,000 for each trip to victory lane.

Landon Simon out-gunned Logan Jarrett down the frontstretch to take the lead, as the Tipp City, Ohio driver tried to stay out front for his first ever USAC feature win. Tracy Hines pressured Jarrett as Ballou and Chase Stockon traded the fourth spot in the early circuits. Hines went to second on lap four and was all over Simon.

As Ballou fought off Jon Stanbrough, Stockon took third on lap nine and joined a developing three-car fray for the top spot. Simon was holding on for dear life as the veteran Hines peeked under him, pulling completely alongside on lap ten. Simon repelled all advances, however, before the only caution flag of the race flew on lap fifteen.

On the restart, Ballou attacked the top as Hines and Stockon dogged Simon on the bottom half of the track. Ballou snuck past Hines right up against the outside guardrail on lap eighteen and went right at Simon, using the high side to drive to the lead as they came to complete lap nineteen.

Ballou seemed to be untouchable out front, but Stockon wasn't done. He drove by Hines for the third spot and took off after Simon for second. Behind the top-four, it was a frenzy from fifth through ninth as Stanbrough, 12th-starting Dave Darland, 13th-starting Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, and Jarrett all battled. Stanbrough fell to seventh with ten to go before rallying to drive back by Bacon and Darland.

Up front, Stockon was closing slightly on Ballou in the final five laps as Stockon took second on lap 27. In the final five laps, Stockon trimmed nearly 1.4 seconds off Ballou's lead, but it wasn't enough as the Tom Buch - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott went back to victory lane now for the 15th time in his career, tied for 27th all-time.

"I really wanted to win this one tonight for my guys and Tom Buch, who helps me and has hosted us this week. I messed up in qualifying - I knew we were better than our time showed. I did a lot of second-guessing on our changes for the feature, and we really went the wrong way. We had to earn it tonight - it wasn't easy at all. At one point, I was back to fifth and pretty sure somebody was about to drive by me for that spot, too. The yellow helped us, and I knew I had to go where they weren't, so I hit the top and got rolling up there as it was the smoothest way around. We freed up a little as it went, and it got better. I honestly thought someone would be coming, but luckily we finished it off," Ballou said.

Stockon finished a phenomenal night with his runner-up finish aboard the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, ending up 1.072-seconds behind Ballou.

"We were definitely happy with the car tonight. We were gaining on him at the end, working the middle of one and two and top of three and four. We were inching away at his lead, but just not fast enough. I was a little frustrated to see the yellow. I think it cost us our best shot to win it, as we were already on those guys. We've had to change a lot of things lately, and it's getting more comfortable again. I really like these big, sweeping places and happy to be back on the podium," Stockon said.

Simon held on for his best-career finish in the third spot aboard the Mount Baker Vapor - Snap21 #24 DRC/Rider.

"It's a dream come true to be competing with these guys. That's all I've ever wanted to do, and tonight is an awesome feeling. To get it on the podium, I don't know what more to say. I gotta thank Mount Baker Vapor and Snap21 for making this possible. It's just my dad and I out here, and it's pretty cool to have such a good night. I was trying to keep a good pace out front and seemed to be okay whenever I felt pressure, but the caution at halfway definitely wasn't what I needed. We got a little free towards the end and I made a couple mistakes - these guys were good enough to capitalize on them," Simon said.

Hines wound up in the fourth spot aboard his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy. Stanbrough came out on top of the war for the fifth spot in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D.

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AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 6, 2015 - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - Port Royal Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Cottle, 3, Franckowiak-18.896 (New Track Record); 2. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-18.997; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-19.007; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-19.019; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.019; 6. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-19.069; 7. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-19.086; 8. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-19.175; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-19.184; 10. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-19.198; 11. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-19.240; 12. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-19.242; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.251; 14. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-19.263; 15. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-19.316; 16. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-19.393; 17. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-19.428; 18. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-19.439; 19. Richard Vander Weerd, 39, Hogue-19.498; 20. Isaac Chapple, 7G, Goacher-19.515; 21. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-19.694; 22. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-19.964; 23. Brett Arndt, 1A, Biasi-20.298; 24. J.R. Berry, 74JR, Berry-20.793; 25. Michael Hamer, 47, Hamer-20.912; 26. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-21.321; 27. Rick Horn, 01, Horn-21.422; 28. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Stockon, 3. Jarrett, 4. Grant, 5. Biasi, 6. Cottle, 7. Andretti, 8. Vander Weerd, 9. Hamer. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Shuman, 3. Simon, 4. Kobylarz, 5. Chapple, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Windom, 8. Arndt, 9. Mahoney. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Boespflug, 3. Hines, 4. Leary, 5. Thomas, 6. Farney, 7. Berry, 8. Cummins. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Cottle, 3. Windom, 4. Farney, 5. Cummins, 6. Andretti, 7. Berry, 8. Arndt, 9. Hamer, 10. Mahoney, 11. Vander Weerd, 12. Horn. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Landon Simon, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Logan Jarrett, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Aaron Farney, 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 15. Kyle Cummins, 16. Trevor Kobylarz, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. J.R. Berry, 20. Joey Biasi, 21. Casey Shuman, 22. Isaac Chapple.

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Simon, Laps 19-30 Ballou.

 

 

USAC KING OF THE WING WESTERN REGIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

 June 6, 2015 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Summertime Horsepower Nationals"

QUALIFYING: 1. Cody Gerhardt, 40, Gerhardt-13.142; 2. Kyle Vanderpool, 51, Penix-13.276; 3. Eric Humphries, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.286; 4. Mike Murgoitio, 45m, Murgoitio-13.428; 5. Anthony Simone, 10, Simone-13.933; 6. Davey Pombo, 9, Hamilton-14.334; 7. Tom Baker, 3T, Baker-14.925; 8. Anthony Pombo, 7p, Hamilton-15.198; 9. Bob Beck, 46, Beck-16.031; 10. Dillon Hutchinson, 8, Hutchinson-20.616; 11. Marvin Mitchell, 68, Mitchell-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gerhardt, 2. Humphries, 3. Simone, 4. Mitchell, 5. Beck, 6. Baker. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Vanderpool, 2. Murgoitio, 3. Hutchinson, 4. D.Pombo, 5. A.Pombo. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Vanderpool, 2. Mike Murgoitio, 3. Eric Humphries, 4. Anthony Simone, 5. Cody Gerhardt, 6. Dillon Hutchinson, 7. Marvin Mitchell, 8. Bob Beck, 9. Tom Baker, 10. Davey Pombo, 11. Anthony Pombo. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Murgoitio, Laps 13-30 Vanderpool.

NEW USAC KING OF THE WING WESTERN REGIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Vanderpool-129, 2-Simone-110, 3-D.Pombo-101, 4-Mitchell-92, 5-Beck-91, 6-A.Pombo-90, 7-Gerhardt-71, 8-Davey Hamilton Jr.-65, 9-Murgoitio-60, 10-Humphries-59.

NEXT USAC KING OF THE WING REGIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 11- Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 6, 2015 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Summertime Horsepower Nationals"

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.098; 2. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-15.227; 3. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.261; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.387; 5. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-15.463; 6. Ethan Lesser, 73, Lesser-15.746; 7. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-16.327; 8. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-16.360; 9. Cody Jessop, 25, Mitchell-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nobile, 2. T.Breidinger, 3. Jessop, 4. Paterson, 5. A.Breidinger, 6. Lesser, 7. Love, 8. A.Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dylan Nobile, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Ashley Hazelton, 5. Ethan Lesser, 6. Jesse Love IV, 7. Toni Breidinger, 8. Cody Jessop (#25 Mitchell). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Paterson, Laps 10-30 Nobile.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-642, 2-Nobile-545, 3-Hazelton-523, 4-T,Breidinger-451, 5-Love-438, 6-A,Breidinger-414, 7-Paterson-396, 8-Shawn Buckley-294, 9-Ron Hazelton-282, 10-Jet Davison-223.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nobile-545, 2-T,Breidinger-451, 3-Jessop-439, 4-Hazelton-438, 5-A.Breidinger-414, 6-Paterson-256, 7-Love-254, 8-Dezel West-149, 9-Lesser-130, 10-Jeff Kelley-120.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: June 13 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 6, 2015 - South Boston, Virginia - South Boston Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Calvin Carroll, 24, Carroll-16.047; 2. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-16.065; 3. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-16.086; 4. Kyle Craker, 12, Craker-16.129; 5. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-16.180; 6. Matt Lundstrom, 2, Lundstrom-16.272; 7. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-16.285; 8. Nikki Carroll, 5, Carroll-16.350; 9. George Kurtz, 7, Radical-16.499; 10. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-16.593; 11. Nic Davidson, 39, Radical-16.640; 12. Mike Ward, 80, Ward-16.692; 13. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-16.694; 14. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.714.

FEATURE: (36 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Scott Hunter, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Matt Lundstrom, 6. Sam Hatfield, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Calvin Carroll, 9. Kyle Craker, 10. Jake Nelke, 11. Mike Ward, 12. Nikki Carroll, 13. George Kurtz, 14. Nic Davidson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Layser, Laps 14-36 Bean.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-355, 2-Bean-338, 3-Hunter-320, 4-C.Carroll-270, 5-Craker-259, 6-Layser-256, 7-Nelke-233, 8-Lundstrom-228, 9-N.Carroll-228, 10-Hatfield-214.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 17 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 6, 2015 - Port Royal Pennsylvania - Port Royal Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Cottle, 3, Franckowiak-18.896 (New Track Record); 2. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-18.997; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-19.007; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-19.019; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.019; 6. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-19.069; 7. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-19.086; 8. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-19.175; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-19.184; 10. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-19.198; 11. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-19.240; 12. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-19.242; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.251; 14. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-19.263; 15. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-19.316; 16. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-19.393; 17. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-19.428; 18. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-19.439; 19. Richard Vander Weerd, 39, Hogue-19.498; 20. Isaac Chapple, 7G, Goacher-19.515; 21. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-19.694; 22. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-19.964; 23. Brett Arndt, 1A, Biasi-20.298; 24. J.R. Berry, 74JR, Berry-20.793; 25. Michael Hamer, 47, Hamer-20.912; 26. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-21.321; 27. Rick Horn, 01, Horn-21.422; 28. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Stockon, 3. Jarrett, 4. Grant, 5. Biasi, 6. Cottle, 7. Andretti, 8. Vander Weerd, 9. Hamer. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Shuman, 3. Simon, 4. Kobylarz, 5. Chapple, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Windom, 8. Arndt, 9. Mahoney. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Boespflug, 3. Hines, 4. Leary, 5. Thomas, 6. Farney, 7. Berry, 8. Cummins. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Cottle, 3. Windom, 4. Farney, 5. Cummins, 6. Andretti, 7. Berry, 8. Arndt, 9. Hamer, 10. Mahoney, 11. Vander Weerd, 12. Horn. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Landon Simon, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Logan Jarrett, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Aaron Farney, 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15. Kyle Cummins, 16. Trevor Kobylarz, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. J.R. Berry, 20. Joey Biasi, 21. Casey Shuman, 22. Isaac Chapple. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Simon, Laps 19-30 Ballou.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-880, 2-Stockon-861, 3-Darland-846, 4-Bacon-791, 5-Stanbrough-767, 6-Hines-730, 7-Thomas-710, 8-Leary-670, 9-Windom-530, 10-Grant-521.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Ballou-137, 2-Stanbrough-121, 3-Stockon-120, 4-Darland-118, 5-Hines-118, 6-Bacon-93, 7-Thomas-91, 8-Windom-84, 9-Cottle-83, 10-Grant-81.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 7 - Newberrytown, Pa. - Susquehanna Speedway Park - "Eastern Storm"

 

 

HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 5, 2015 - Raleigh, North Carolina - Wake County Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-12.886; 2. Matt Lundstrom, 2, Lundstrom-13.035; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-13.108; 4. Kyle Craker, 12, Craker-13.109; 5. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-13.130; 6. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-13.152; 7. Calvin Carroll, 24, Carroll-13.221; 8. Fletcher Wulff, 4, Wulff-13.279; 9. Nikki Carroll, 5, Carroll-13.298; 10. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-13.326; 11. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-13.406; 12. George Kurtz, 7, Radical-13.479; 13. Jet Davison, 39, Radical-14.118; 14. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Scott Hunter, 3. Chris Lamb, 4. Matt Lundstrom, 5. Kyle Craker, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Nikki Carroll, 8. Calvin Carroll, 9. Sam Hatfield, 10. George Kurtz, 11. Jet Davison, 12. Nolan Allison, 13. Fletcher Wulff, 14. Jake Nelke. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 C.Carroll, Laps 26-35 Bean.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-293, 2-Bean-274, 3-Hunter-266, 4-C.Carroll-225, 5-Craker-220, 6-Layser-203, 7-Nelke-200, 8-N.Carroll-199, 9-Lundstrom-179, 10-Hatfield-169.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 6 - South Boston (VA) Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 4, 2015 - New Egypt, New Jersey - New Egypt Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-15.579 (New Track Record); 2. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-15.655; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-15.665; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-15.688; 5. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.724; 6. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-15.779; 7. Shane Cottle, 3, Franckowiak-15.839; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.843; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.890; 10. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-15.900; 11. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-15.930; 12. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-15.969; 13. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-15.978; 14. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-16.025; 15. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-16.040; 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 39, Hogue-16.101; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-16.243; 18. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-16.271; 19. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-16.484; 20. Isaac Chapple, 7G, Goacher-16.490; 21. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-16.580; 22. Kyle Moody, 99M, Moody-16.608; 23. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-16.732; 24. Brett Arndt, 1A, Biasi-16.793; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.210; 26. J.R. Berry, 74JR, Berry-17.324; 27. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-17.765; 28. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.876; 29. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Ballou, 3. Biasi, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Farney, 6. Cummins, 7. DiMattia. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Kobylarz, 3. Windom, 4. Hines, 5. Moody, 6. Berry, 7. Jarrett. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Leary, 3. Thomas, 4. Boespflug, 5. Andretti, 6. Cottle, 7. Kohen. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chapple, 2. Bacon, 3. Shuman, 4. Stockon, 5. Vander Weerd, 6. Arndt, 7. Bell. 2:30.29

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Vander Weerd, 3. Cottle, 4. Farney, 5. Andretti, 6. Moody, 7. DeMattia, 8. Jarrett, 9. Arndt, 10. Berry, 11. Bell, 12. Kohen. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Trevor Kobylarz, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Isaac Chapple, 21. Joey Biasi, 22. Kyle Moody. NT

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**Jarrett flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1- 20 Stanbrough, Laps 21-30 Ballou.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-810, 2-Stockon-794, 3-Darland-793, 4-Bacon-741, 5-Stanbrough-710, 6-Thomas-677, 7-Hines-672, 8-Leary-634, 9-Windom-499, 10-Grant-477.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Ballou-67, 2-Darland-65, 3-Stanbrough-64, 4-Hines-60, 5-Thomas-58, 6-Stockon-53, 7-Windom-53, 8-Bacon-43, 9-Cottle-41, 10-Boespflug-38.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 6 - Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

 

 

RYAN BERNAL TAMES THE THUNDERBOWL

By Lance Jennings

TULARE, CA – JUNE 2, 2015... Leading all 30-laps, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal dominated Saturday’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. For Bernal, the $1,500 victory was his series leading 26th career triumph and sixth of the campaign. Point leader “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Tristan Guardino, Bud Kaeding, and D.J. Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Piloting Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Tri-L Mandarin Ranch ART, Ryan Bernal qualified sixth out of the fifteen racers in the pit area. After placing third in his heat race, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion set the pace of the feature from the pole position. At the drop of Willie Williams’ green flag, Ryan sped to the lead ahead of fellow front row starter Tristan Guardino. Primarily choosing to run the outside lane of the speedway, Bernal was sprinting away from the competition.

Guardino, a Rookie of the Year candidate, was running strong in second as Bernal extended his lead. Charging from fourth, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. was able to take over the runner-up spot and began to set sail after Bernal. Midway through the event, the leader moved through the slower cars with ease as Faria had a serious challenge from Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon. For several laps, the veteran drivers drag raced for second until Faria secured the spot and Brady retired from the race. Out front with a near half-track advantage, Bernal was not to be denied on this night and captured his tenth USAC West Coast victory at Tulare.

Currently second in the standings, Ryan Bernal left Thunderbowl Raceway 53-points behind Faria. Heading to Santa Maria on June 20th, Ryan has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 111 feature laps led to his credit.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton claimed second at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Racing Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprise / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria was third fast in time trials and ran second to D.J. Johnson in his heat race. To date, the point leader has one feature win, one high point driver award, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the season.

Fremont’s Tristan Guardino race hard up front and had one of his best finishes of the season. Driving Steve Watt’s Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Guardino qualified fifth overall and claimed fifth in his heat race. Currently eighth in the standings and second in rookie points, Tristan has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, four top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in 2015.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell battled from seventh to claim fourth at the checkered flags. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprise / Kaeding Performance Maxim, Kaeding was eighth quick in time trials and ran second to Austin Liggett in his heat race. In limited starts, the 2012 Champion is eleventh in the chase for the crown with one feature win, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

Stockton’s D.J. Johnson sliced his way to fifth in the 30-lap main event after starting eighth. Racing the family owned #33 Unique Breeds / Proplant Farm Services Eagle, Johnson qualified ninth overall and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. At press time, the former USAC Western Classic Sprint Rookie of the Year sits fourth in points with three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the season.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from fourteenth. Driving Bob & Toni Van Meter’s #87 Twin Arrow Transportation / Simpson Race Products Maxim, McQueen was fourteenth fast in time trials and placed sixth in her heat race. To date, the former USAC Western Midget Champion is fourteenth in the point chase with one top-10 finish on the year.

Ojai’s Troy Rutherford earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year. Racing his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford placed fourth in his heat race and took sixth in the main event. In limited starts, the former VRA Champion heads to Santa Maria ranked twelfth in the standings with three top-10 finishes.

Austin Liggett of Tracy won the night’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Making his first start in Steve Watt’s #81M Excel Environmental Services / Home Connections Inc. Maxim, Liggett qualified tenth overall and scored twelfth in the feature after an early exit. The former Rookie of the Year left Tulare placed tenth in points with three heat race victories and three top-10 finishes in 2015.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, June 20th, at Santa Maria Raceway in Nipomo, California. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, the event will also showcase Mini Stocks, American Stocks, Vintage Super Modifieds, Mod Lites, Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. For more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 30, 2015 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.081; 2. Brady Bacon, 73X, Ford-16.089; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.330; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.364; 5. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.385; 6. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.451; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.658; 8. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.773; 9. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.790; 10. Austin Liggett, 81M, Watt-16.797; 11. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.831; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.924; 13. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.926; 14. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-17.439; 15. Johnathon Henry, 17, Shanoian-17.594.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Faria, 3. Marcham, 4. Rutherford, 5. Guardino, 6. Hurst, 7. Henry, 8. R.Vander Weerd. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Kaeding, 3. Bernal, 4. Bacon, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. McQueen, 7. Sibley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ryan Bernal (1st), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (4th), 3. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 4. Bud Kaeding (7th), 5. D.J. Johnson (8th), 6. Troy Rutherford (6th), 7. Trey Marcham (10th), 8. Jace Vander Weerd (3rd), 9. Jeff Sibley (12th), 10. Shannon McQueen (14th), 11. Brady Bacon (5th), 12. Austin Liggett (9th), 13. Landon Hurst (13th), 14. Johnathon Henry (15th), 15. Richard Vander Weerd (11th). NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bernal DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shannon McQueen (14th to 10th)

WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-504, 2. Ryan Bernal-451, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-393, 4. D.J. Johnson-375, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-357, 6. Trey Marcham-351, --. Landon Hurst-351, 8. Tristan Guardino-302, 9. Jeff Sibley-255, 10. Austin Liggett-215, 11. Bud Kaeding-213, 12. Troy Rutherford-201, 13. Colby Copeland-166, 14. Shannon McQueen-161, 15. Kevin Barnes-142, 16. Johnathon Henry-131, 17. Brody Roa-125, 18. Matt Mitchell-114, 19. Tye Mihocko-99, 20. Chris Ennis-97.

 

 

RYAN BERNAL TAMES THE THUNDERBOWL

 By Lance Jennings

TULARE, CA – JUNE 2, 2015... Leading all 30-laps, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal dominated Saturday’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. For Bernal, the $1,500 victory was his series leading 26th career triumph and sixth of the campaign. Point leader “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Tristan Guardino, Bud Kaeding, and D.J. Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Piloting Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Tri-L Mandarin Ranch ART, Ryan Bernal qualified sixth out of the fifteen racers in the pit area. After placing third in his heat race, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion set the pace of the feature from the pole position. At the drop of Willie Williams’ green flag, Ryan sped to the lead ahead of fellow front row starter Tristan Guardino. Primarily choosing to run the outside lane of the speedway, Bernal was sprinting away from the competition.

Guardino, a Rookie of the Year candidate, was running strong in second as Bernal extended his lead. Charging from fourth, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. was able to take over the runner-up spot and began to set sail after Bernal. Midway through the event, the leader moved through the slower cars with ease as Faria had a serious challenge from Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon. For several laps, the veteran drivers drag raced for second until Faria secured the spot and Brady retired from the race. Out front with a near half-track advantage, Bernal was not to be denied on this night and captured his tenth USAC West Coast victory at Tulare.

Currently second in the standings, Ryan Bernal left Thunderbowl Raceway 53-points behind Faria. Heading to Santa Maria on June 20th, Ryan has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 111 feature laps led to his credit.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton claimed second at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Racing Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprise / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria was third fast in time trials and ran second to D.J. Johnson in his heat race. To date, the point leader has one feature win, one high point driver award, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the season.

Fremont’s Tristan Guardino race hard up front and had one of his best finishes of the season. Driving Steve Watt’s Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Guardino qualified fifth overall and claimed fifth in his heat race. Currently eighth in the standings and second in rookie points, Tristan has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, four top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in 2015.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell battled from seventh to claim fourth at the checkered flags. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprise / Kaeding Performance Maxim, Kaeding was eighth quick in time trials and ran second to Austin Liggett in his heat race. In limited starts, the 2012 Champion is eleventh in the chase for the crown with one feature win, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

Stockton’s D.J. Johnson sliced his way to fifth in the 30-lap main event after starting eighth. Racing the family owned #33 Unique Breeds / Proplant Farm Services Eagle, Johnson qualified ninth overall and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. At press time, the former USAC Western Classic Sprint Rookie of the Year sits fourth in points with three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the season.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from fourteenth. Driving Bob & Toni Van Meter’s #87 Twin Arrow Transportation / Simpson Race Products Maxim, McQueen was fourteenth fast in time trials and placed sixth in her heat race. To date, the former USAC Western Midget Champion is fourteenth in the point chase with one top-10 finish on the year.

Ojai’s Troy Rutherford earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year. Racing his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford placed fourth in his heat race and took sixth in the main event. In limited starts, the former VRA Champion heads to Santa Maria ranked twelfth in the standings with three top-10 finishes.

Austin Liggett of Tracy won the night’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Making his first start in Steve Watt’s #81M Excel Environmental Services / Home Connections Inc. Maxim, Liggett qualified tenth overall and scored twelfth in the feature after an early exit. The former Rookie of the Year left Tulare placed tenth in points with three heat race victories and three top-10 finishes in 2015.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, June 20th, at Santa Maria Raceway in Nipomo, California. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, the event will also showcase Mini Stocks, American Stocks, Vintage Super Modifieds, Mod Lites, Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. For more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 30, 2015 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.081; 2. Brady Bacon, 73X, Ford-16.089; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.330; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.364; 5. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.385; 6. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.451; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.658; 8. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.773; 9. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.790; 10. Austin Liggett, 81M, Watt-16.797; 11. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.831; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.924; 13. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.926; 14. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-17.439; 15. Johnathon Henry, 17, Shanoian-17.594.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Faria, 3. Marcham, 4. Rutherford, 5. Guardino, 6. Hurst, 7. Henry, 8. R.Vander Weerd. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Kaeding, 3. Bernal, 4. Bacon, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. McQueen, 7. Sibley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ryan Bernal (1st), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (4th), 3. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 4. Bud Kaeding (7th), 5. D.J. Johnson (8th), 6. Troy Rutherford (6th), 7. Trey Marcham (10th), 8. Jace Vander Weerd (3rd), 9. Jeff Sibley (12th), 10. Shannon McQueen (14th), 11. Brady Bacon (5th), 12. Austin Liggett (9th), 13. Landon Hurst (13th), 14. Johnathon Henry (15th), 15. Richard Vander Weerd (11th). NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bernal DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shannon McQueen (14th to 10th)

WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-504, 2. Ryan Bernal-451, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-393, 4. D.J. Johnson-375, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-357, 6. Trey Marcham-351, --. Landon Hurst-351, 8. Tristan Guardino-302, 9. Jeff Sibley-255, 10. Austin Liggett-215, 11. Bud Kaeding-213, 12. Troy Rutherford-201, 13. Colby Copeland-166, 14. Shannon McQueen-161, 15. Kevin Barnes-142, 16. Johnathon Henry-131, 17. Brody Roa-125, 18. Matt Mitchell-114, 19. Tye Mihocko-99, 20. Chris Ennis-97.

 

 

GRANDVIEW SPRINT RAINED OUT

Tuesday's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car event at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Penn. has been canceled due to heavy rain. The event was to be the opener for the annual five-race "Eastern Storm."

The opener now shifts to Wednesday night, June 3 when the USAC Sprint Cars travel to Lincoln Speedway in New Oxford, Penn. that includes double features! A complete new show will be run as well as a non-point, special event, make-up feature from last year's "Eastern Storm" stop.

Tickets for Wednesday's event at Lincoln are $25 for adult general admission, $20 for students 12-17 years old, $10 for children 6-11 years old, free admission for children under 6 years old, and $30 for a pit pass.

After the visit to Lincoln, the "Eastern Storm" tour continues to New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway on Thursday, June 4; Port Royal (Penn) Speedway on Saturday, June 6; and concludes at Susquehanna Speedway Park in Newberrytown, Penn. on Sunday, June 7.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 30, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 2. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 3. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 4. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 7. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 8. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Donnelly (#17 Donnelly), 2. Seth Carlson (#6 Carlson), 3. Barry Kittredge (#21 Kittredge), 4. Scott Duell (#29 Duell), 5. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 6. Frank Malec (#7 Malec), 7. Rob Williams (#96 Williams). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Holcomb, 2. M.Chaffee, 3. Pierson, 4. Donnelly, 5. Carlson, 6. Kittredge. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: John Heydenreich (#5

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Josh Sunn, 3. Dean Christensen, 4. Scott Holcomb, 5. Frank Malec, 6. Seth Carlson, 7. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 8. Jeff Horn, 9. Scott Duell, 10. Andrew Barroughs (#64 Barroughs)

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 30, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 2. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 3. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 4. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 7. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 8. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Donnelly (#17 Donnelly), 2. Seth Carlson (#6 Carlson), 3. Barry Kittredge (#21 Kittredge), 4. Scott Duell (#29 Duell), 5. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 6. Frank Malec (#7 Malec), 7. Rob Williams (#96 Williams). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Holcomb, 2. M.Chaffee, 3. Pierson, 4. Donnelly, 5. Carlson, 6. Kittredge. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: John Heydenreich (#5

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Josh Sunn, 3. Dean Christensen, 4. Scott Holcomb, 5. Frank Malec, 6. Seth Carlson, 7. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 8. Jeff Horn, 9. Scott Duell, 10. Andrew Barroughs (#64 Barroughs), 11. Vince Lucca, 12. Tim Gallant, 13. David Moniz (#9 Moniz), 14. Chris Donnelly, 15. Mike Chaffee, 16. Rob Williams, 17. Ray Miller, 18. Kenny Johnson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 M.Chaffee, Laps 3-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-254, 2-Sunn-253, 3-Christensen-212, 4-Horn-200, 5-Holcomb-183, 6-K.Chaffee-181, 7-Johnson-174, 8-Miller-163, 9-Lucca-157, 10-Adam Whitney-147.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: June 13 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 30, 2015 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring

QUALIFYING: 1. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-15.556; 2. Jeff Kelley, 55, Kelley-15.655; 3. Dezel West, 21, West-15.736; 4. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.980; 5. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-16.023; 6. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-17.665.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Nobile, 2. Kelley, 3. West, 4. Jessop, 5. T.Breidinger, 6. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dylan Nobile, 2. Cody Jessop, 3. Jeff Kelley, 4. Toni Breidinger, 5. Ashley Hazelton, 6. Dezel West. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Kelley, Laps 28-30 Nobile.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-593, 2-Nobile-472, 3-A.Hazelton-471, 4-T.Breidinger-396, 5-Jesse Love IV-391, 6-Annie Breidinger-353, 7-Tom Paterson-332, 8-Shawn Buckley-294, 9-Ron Hazelton-282, 10-Jet Davison-223.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nobile-472, 2-T,Breidinger-396, 3-Jessop-390, 4-A.Hazelton-386, 5-Annie Breidinger-353, 6-Jesse Love IV-207, 7-Tom Paterson-192, 8-West-149, 9-Kelley-120, 10-Joel Rayborne-89.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: June 6 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 30, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 2. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 3. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 4. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 7. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 8. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Donnelly (#17 Donnelly), 2. Seth Carlson (#6 Carlson), 3. Barry Kittredge (#21 Kittredge), 4. Scott Duell (#29 Duell), 5. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 6. Frank Malec (#7 Malec), 7. Rob Williams (#96 Williams). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Holcomb, 2. M.Chaffee, 3. Pierson, 4. Donnelly, 5. Carlson, 6. Kittredge. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: John Heydenreich (#5

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Josh Sunn, 3. Dean Christensen, 4. Scott Holcomb, 5. Frank Malec, 6. Seth Carlson, 7. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 8. Jeff Horn, 9. Scott Duell, 10. Andrew Barroughs (#64 Barroughs), 11. Vince Lucca, 12. Tim Gallant, 13. David Moniz (#9 Moniz), 14. Chris Donnelly, 15. Mike Chaffee, 16. Rob Williams, 17. Ray Miller, 18. Kenny Johnson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 M.Chaffee, Laps 3-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-254, 2-Sunn-253, 3-Christensen-212, 4-Horn-200, 5-Holcomb-183, 6-K.Chaffee-181, 7-Johnson-174, 8-Miller-163, 9-Lucca-157, 10-Adam Whitney-147.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: June 13 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 30, 2015 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brady Bacon, 73X, Ford-16.829; 2. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-16.833; 3. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-16.997; 4. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-17.059; 5. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-17.164; 6. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-17.184; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 19S, Sala-17.322; 8. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-17.332; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 19W, Sala-17.365; 10. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-17.518; 11. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-17.680; 12. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-17.783; 13. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-18.018; 14. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-18.712.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Faria, 3. McQueen, 4. Marcham, 5. Swanson, 6. Vander Weerd, 7. Bock .NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Pierovich, 2. Gard, 3. Chivello, 4. Gardner, 5. Faccinto, 6. Nichols, 7. Davis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Cody Swanson, 4. Nick Chivello, 5. Danny Faria Jr., 6. Scott Pierovich, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. Terry Nichols, 9. Steve Davis, 10. Britton Bock, 11. Trey Marcham, 12. Ronnie Gardner, 13. Michael Faccinto, 14. Brian Gard. NT

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**Gard flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Chivello, Lap 6 Marcham, Laps 7-9 Chivello, Lap 10 Marcham, Laps 11-30 Bacon.

NEW USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: July 3 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 30, 2015 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.081; 2. Brady Bacon, 73X, Ford-16.089; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.330; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.364; 5. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.385; 6. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.451; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.658; 8. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.773; 9. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.790; 10. Austin Liggett, 81M, Watt-16.797; 11. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.831; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.924; 13. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.926; 14. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-17.439; 15. Johnathon Henry, 17, Shanoian-17.594.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Faria, 3. Marcham, 4. Rutherford, 5. Guardino, 6. Hurst, 7. Henry, 8. R.Vander Weerd. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Kaeding, 3. Bernal, 4. Bacon, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. McQueen, 7. Sibley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Tristan Guardino, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. D.J. Johnson, 6. Troy Rutherford, 7. Trey Marcham, 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 9. Jeff Sibley, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Austin Liggett, 13. Landon Hurst, 14. Johnathon Henry, 15. Richard Vander Weerd. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bernal

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: June 20 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

KEVIN THOMAS, JR. TAKES FIRST

USAC MIDGET WIN AT PLYMOUTH

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Middle) of Cullman, Alabama captured Friday night's USAC Honda National Midget feature at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway. Tanner Thorson (Right) tied a career-best series finish of 2nd place ahead of new series point leader, Tracy Hines (Left) who finished 3rd.

Plymouth, Indiana...Kevin Thomas, Jr. only needed until the second race of the 2015 Honda National Midget Championship season in his teaming with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports to notch his first-career win with the series in Friday's 30-lapper at Plymouth Speedway. The Cullman, Alabama driver held on through three restarts over the second half of the race to post a .448-second victory in the Toyota TRD #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"This is a relief, for sure. I struggled when I got into this car at first, and now we've got some momentum building, both in this car and our USAC sprint car. It's a great opportunity, and I can't thank everyone enough who is helping me get in situations like this. I'm just glad to be here. It was tough to get the speed up around the top, especially after restarts, so it was a challenge to do it and not make mistakes. I made one big one, and a yellow was my best friend tonight to save us those spots after I plowed the cushion and smoked the fence early. I'm excited and ready to go racing a bunch in the next couple weeks," Thomas said.

Tyler Courtney got the jump from outside the front-row and held back Tanner Thorson to take the early lead. Thomas, Jr. went straight to the high side, nearly getting to fourth before banging the cushion in turn-two on lap-five, which looked to cost him about five spots. Instead, a caution waved for a stopped car, and Thomas restarted fourth.

After that, Thomas got his momentum on the high side while Courtney held off Thorson on the bottom. Thomas finally had himself wound up and took the lead on lap twelve, and just a lap later the second caution appeared.

From there, Thomas ran the bottom through turns one and two and against the thick cushion through turns three and four while his teammate Thorson ran the bottom on both ends, with the night's ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Tracy Hines roaming everywhere as he battled with Thorson.

Steve Buckwalter, who had been racing nearly to the top-five, stopped with ten laps to go, and Thorson looked stout on the restart. He and Thomas crossed nearly dead-even on lap 21 before Hines flashed to the outside and took over the second spot, coming within a couple feet of Thomas' lead at the stripe on lap 23.

A final caution with two to go looked to give Hines a chance, but a slow restart bottled up the challengers and Thorson moved under Hines for the runner-up spot. The Minden, Nevada driver matched his best career finish aboard the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toytota TRD #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"We were really close tonight. We had an awesome car, and the yellows didn't necessarily play in our favor a whole lot towards the end. They worked at it and gave us a really good race track tonight, and we were able to move around a lot. He brought us down really slow on that last restart, and that kinda killed our chance to win it," Thorson said.

Hines came home in the third spot aboard the Parker Machinery - Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.

"We just weren't quite as good as I expected we'd be after the heat race. It just didn't really respond, so I had to drive the wheels off of it just to try to keep with those guys. It would be good for stretches, and then not as good as we built air pressure. I'm obviously happy with third, but I thought we shoulda been in the mix a little more as good as we were earlier tonight," Hines said.

Dave Darland finished up fifth in the Curb Records - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar, and Darren Hagen rallied from starting 15th to finish fifth in the Kenny Brown Racing - Boss Chassis #17 Boss/Esslinger.

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USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: May 29, 2015 - Plymouth, IN - Plymouth Speedway - "Midget Maynia"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-13.676; 2. Dave Darland, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-13.776; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.875; 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 27, Heffner-13.915; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7K, K & R-14.026; 6. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.026; 7. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-14.072; 8. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.077; 9. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-14.092; 10. Brett Thomas, 69, Thomas-14.100; 11. Robby Parish, 7R, K & R-14.195; 12. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-14.222; 13. Ross Rankine, 39R, Rankine-14.337; 14. Garrett Aitken, 32, Aitken-14.355; 15. Darren Hagen, 17, Brown-14.468; 16. Nathan Smee, 7AU, Cooper-14.514; 17. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-14.565; 18. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.626; 19. Tony DiMattia, 50, Brandywine-14.743; 20. Gary Gipson, 5, Byers-14.931; 21. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-15.022; 22. Cole Fehr, 15, Live Loud-15.068.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Smee, 2. Hines, 3. Coons, 4. Rankine, 5. Bayston, 6. Fehr, 7. DiMattia, 8. B.Thomas. 1:57.89

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Aitken, 2. T.Thomas, 3. Darland, 4. Courtney, 5. Robinson, 6. Gipson, 7. Parish. 1:59.81

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Thorson, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Buckwalter, 5. Walker, 6. Nemire, 7. Chapple. 1:59.45

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Tyler Thomas, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Nathan Smee, 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Gage Walker, 12. Daniel Robinson, 13. Brett Thomas, 14. Tony DiMattia, 15. Gary Gipson, 16. Garrett Aitken, 17. Ross Rankine, 18. Austin Nemire, 19. Steve Buckwalter, 20. Isaac Chapple, 21. Cole Fehr, 22. Robby Parish. NT ---------------------------- **B.Thomas flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Courtney, Laps 12-30 K. Thomas.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hines-131, 2-Hagen-128, 3-Thorson-125, 4-Darland-109, 5-K.Thomas-97, 6-T.Thomas-93, 7-Coons-90, 8-Bayston-80, 9-Buckwalter-79, 10-Walker-66.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: May 30 - Plymouth, IN - Plymouth Speedway

 

 

TULARE HOSTS HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

MAY 28, 2015... This Saturday, May 30th, the “mighty midgets” of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will make their final appearance of the year at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the third point race will also showcase the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and Vintage Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm and racing is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Saturday’s event will mark the seventh race in the history of the Honda USAC Western Midgets at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory on September 7, 1988 as Robby Flock, Sleepy Tripp, Tracy Hines, Trey Marcham, and Michael Faccinto have also earned wins at Tulare. At press time, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco, California leads the standings with a four point advantage over the competition. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner scored eleventh at Tulare on May 2nd. To date, the two-time defending champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one top-10 finish, and 5 feature laps led. Currently tied with Jay Drake and Tommy White for twelfth on the series win list, Ronnie will be looking for his 13th feature victory.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham is second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Marcham was ninth in the May 2nd Tulare feature. Heading to Tulare, the former Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes and 18 feature laps led to his credit. Trey is also racing with the USAC West Coast Sprints and will have his sights on adding both winning trophies to his collection.

Cody Swanson of Covina, California is tied for third in the Western Midget standings. Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson raced to second at Tulare after starting fifth. To date, the former VRA Midget Champion has one top-10 finish in the campaign. Cody will be looking for his second career series win this Saturday night.

Delano, California’s “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols is tied with Swanson for third in the point chase. Racing the family owned #1P Neverlift Motorsports / Crysalli Water Spike, Nichols scored fifth at Tulare on May 2nd. With one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season, the former West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first win.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California sits fifth in the championship points. Piloting the family owned #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen charged from ninth to score third in the May 2nd feature. Heading to Tulare, the 2012 Champion has one top-10 finish on the year and will be looking for her second career series victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Scott Pierovich, Brian Gard, Sean Dodenhoff, Steve Davis, Michael Faccinto, Nick Chivello, Tyler Dolacki, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Brady Bacon, and more. Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved tickets are $15 and General Admission seats are $13. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club’s website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook or Twitter pages. ----------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 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 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Ronnie Gardner.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-115, 2. Trey Marcham-111, 3. Cody Swanson-106, -.Terry Nichols-106, 5. Shannon McQueen-105, 6. Scott Pierovich-91, 7. Brian Gard-82, 8. Sean Dodenhoff-80, 9. Steve Davis-76, 10. Michael Faccinto-65, 11. Nick Chivello-57, --. David Prickett-57, --. Randi Pankratz-57, 14. Jack Hawley-46, 15. Jimmy Voitel-42, 16. Nate Waite-41, 17. Jeff Harrington-38, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-37, 19. Ricky Shelton-27, 20. Tyler Dolacki-25.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS HEADLINE TULARE OPEN WHEEL SHOWCASE

By Lance Jennings

MAY 28, 2015... This Saturday, May 30th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will clash at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the eighth point race will also showcase the Honda USAC Western Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and Vintage Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials will begin at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Since March 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-five USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with nine wins and set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.133 on March 13th. Bud Kaeding (5), Richard Vander Weerd (3), Kyle Larson (2), Craig Stidham (2), Dean Alexander (1), Danny Faria Jr. (1), Dennis Howell (1), and Peter Murphy (1) have also earned feature wins. Saturday’s event will be the fourth of six dates at the lightning fast 1/3-mile, as Faria added the May 16th “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” to his resume.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

After moving to fifth on the series win list, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California sits atop the standings with a 52-point lead. Racing Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria has one feature win, one high point driver award, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led on the year. The 2013 Champion is also racing with the USAC Midgets and will be looking to earn both winning trophies.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal is second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving Mike Phulps’ #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Bernal led six laps of the Faria Memorial before taking second at the checkered flags. To date, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high-point driver awards, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 81 feature laps led. This Saturday, Ryan will have his sights on his series leading twenty-sixth career win.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California is third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd claimed ninth in the May 16th Faria Memorial. Heading to Tulare, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, and seven top-10 finishes. Jace will be looking to make Saturday’s 30-lap feature his fifth career series victory.

Fresh off Saturday’s Perris USAC/CRA “Salute to Indy” triumph, Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd is fourth in the point chase. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd scored eleventh at Tulare on May 16th. To date, the 2011 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. At Tulare, Richard will have his sights on winning his seventeenth career West Coast main event.

After scoring third in the “Faria Memorial,” “Shifter” Landon Hurst of Riverdale, California has climbed to fifth in points. Driving the family owned #179 Kings River Commodities / Duinkerken Farms Maxim, Hurst has one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led in the campaign. Landon continues to impress as he looks for his first series win this Saturday night.

Currently seventh in points, Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. California’s Tristan Guardino, Shannon McQueen, and Ryan Timmons are also in contention. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are D.J. Johnson, Jeff Sibley, Austin Liggett, Kevin Barnes, Jonathan Henry, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Max Adams, USAC National Champion Brady Bacon, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved Grandstand Tickets are $15 and General Admission Seats are $13. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

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

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-436, 2. Ryan Bernal-384, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-347, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-333, 5. Landon Hurst-321, 6. D.J. Johnson-319, 7. Trey Marcham-303, 8. Tristan Guardino-242, 9. Jeff Sibley-217, 10. Austin Liggett-178, 11. Colby Copeland-166, 12. Bud Kaeding-155, 13. Troy Rutherford-145, 14. Kevin Barnes-142, 15. Brody Roa-125, ---. Shannon McQueen-125, 17. Matt Mitchell-114, 18. Johnathon Henry-104, 19. Tye Mihocko-99, 20. Chris Ennis-97.

 

 

NAPA AUTO PARTS & THUNDER ON THE HILL PRESENT. . . . . .

RUB RAILS & ROOSTER TAILS. . . . . .THE AMSOIL 9TH ANNUAL EASTERN STORM TO OPEN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY TUESDAY NIGHT, JUNE 2

Most race tracks want to avoid the storms, but Tuesday night, June 2 the Grandview Speedway and the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is anxiously awaiting the return of the AMSOIL 9th Annual Eastern Storm for the USAC Non-Wing Sprint Cars and the ARDC Non-Wing Midgets. Gates open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM. If you have never seen non-wing sprint car racing, USAC at Grandview is a treat fill with rub rails and rooster tails. This special night of racing is also a salute to one of the all-time greats, Jesse Hockett, a two time USAC winner at Grandview who lost his life in a tragic accident in his garage in 2010.

Time trials and heat race qualifying for the USAC Non-Wing sprint cars will open the show followed by qualifying for the ARDC Non-Wing midgets. Be sure to get to the track on time, many race fans find the USAC times trials equally entertaining as the always action-packed feature events. The Jesse Hockett Classic will go a distance of 35 laps and pay a lucrative $6,000 to the event winner. The ARDC Midgets will close out the show with a 25 lap feature event.

Advance tickets for the Grandview Speedway Eastern Storm may be reserved by calling 443 513 4456. Please leave your name, number of tickets you need and a phone number. We will hold your tickets at the WILL CALL Window and you may pay for and pick up your tickets after 3:30 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstand at 4:30 PM with advance tickets going on sale at 5 PM.

Some nationally known drivers planning to make the visit to Grandview include Dave Darland of Lincoln, IN a ninety-nine time winner with USAC. Could he land his 100th win at Grandview. Casey Shuman of Tempe, AZ, Tracy Hines of New Castle, IN, Robert Ballou of Rocklin, CA, Jarett Andretti of Mooresville, NC, Jerry Coons Jr of Tucson, AZ, Logan Jarrett of Kokomo, IN, Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown, IN and Justin Grant of Ione, CA are some of the pre entries.

Don’t forget, the AMSOIL Eastern Storm will move to the Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA on Wednesday night, June 3 with a 7 PM starting time.

For additional information, please call Bob Miller at 443 513 4456.

 

 

SILVER CROWN CARS AT IOWA SPEEDWAY JUNE 20;

SWANSONS SHARE INDY SILVER CROWN GLORY

Kody Swanson (Left) and brother Tanner Swanson (Right) collected victories in USAC Silver Crown action last week. Kody won his second consecutive "Hoosier Hundred" on Thursday night while Tanner picked up his third win in the previous four races at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis after winning Saturday's "Day Before the 500."

The Swanson brothers swept to victories in last week's USAC Silver Crown races and Kody takes a 33-point lead over Aaron Pierce into round four of the series June 20 at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Kody, last year's series champion, won Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, while Tanner dominated Saturday afternoon's "Day Before the 500" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Kody trailed A.J. Fike for the first 67 circuits around the one-mile fairgrounds oval Thursday, then led the final 33 miles in his Radio Hospital/Hampshire Racing Engines Maxim/Chevy.

Tanner led all 100 laps of Saturday's race at Lucas Oil Raceway in his Banjo Liquid Handling Products/Bowman Elmore Beast/Chevy.

Pierce finished second to Kody in the "Hoosier Hundred" and was fifth in Satuday's race. Brian Tyler was spectacular in his third-place finish at the fairgrounds in a "borrowed" car! He subbed for driver Randy Bateman, started last and ended up on the podium after a stirring drive. Fike was fourth and Justin Grant fifth. Brady Bacon won the "Rookie of the Race" award.

Tanner nearly lapped the field Saturday as Kody took second and lapped drivers Bobby Santos, Jerry Coons Jr. and Pierce rounded out the top-five at the checkered flag.

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RACE RECAP

Brownsburg, Indiana......Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg, California reclaimed his throne as dominator of USAC Silver Crown events at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, picking up his third victory in the last four series events at the .686 mile paved oval in Saturday afternoon's "Day Before the 500."

Tanner is familiar with running up front at the track, leading 385 of the last 386 laps of competition in the series at Lucas Oil Raceway dating back to July of 2013.

After a heartbreaking last lap defeat at the hands of David Byrne in last July's Silver Crown event at the track, Tanner decimated the field in his Bowman Racing/Banjo Liquid Handling Products - Bowman Elmore/Beast/Chevy, leading all 100 laps and lapping every driver in the field except older brother and 2nd place finisher Kody Swanson. The #02 car that Tanner sat behind the wheel of was a "backup" to Tanner's traditional #11 mount that was damaged in a scary incident in the series' season opening event at Toledo on May 1.

At the start, fast qualifier and pole sitter, Tanner, jumped out to the lead, but a lap two caution brought the action to an early halt when Jimmy Parsons' car came to a stop on the backstretch. After the restart, Tanner was able to continually extend his race lead with each ensuing lap.

The afternoon Indiana heat took a toll as the track temperatures climbed and a handful of cars in the 18-car starting field had dropped out of the race by the midway point as Tanner kept pace ahead of Bobby Santos, Kody Swanson, A.J. Fike, and Aaron Pierce.

Kody Swanson and Santos engaged in a lap-after-lap war, but on lap 61, Swanson was able to clear Santos with an outside pass to take the 2nd spot. Just four laps later, Jerry Coons, Jr. made an inside pass on Fike for fourth and Pierce got by Fike on the outside of turn two to get to fifth on the ensuing lap.

Up front, Tanner was never challenged, going on to win the 100-lap event by an astonishing 16.685 seconds over K. Swanson, Santos, Coons, Pierce, Fike, Hines, Byrne, Leary, and Nemire rounding out the top ten.

It was quite a return for Tanner after his spectacular somersault down Toledo Speedway's front straightaway just three weeks ago. The unknowns played into Tanner's mind, yet he still remained confident making his series return.

"The main thing was the unknown," Tanner admitted. "I was running the backup car and was just worried about how it would handle compared to our primary car."

The race was different for most of the Silver Crown competitors at Lucas Oil Raceway on this day as the traditional racing under the lights was replaced with racing under the sun; the first mid-day Silver Crown event at the track since August of 2000. Despite that fact, Tanner felt that the heat did not play a huge role.

"It was actually a lot like the night races here," Tanner proclaimed. "Of course, tire wear was a concern and my feet and knees definitely felt the effects of the sun, but the handling on my car didn't change much at all; it stayed consistent all day."

 

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 24, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 7. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 8. Ray Bishop (#20AZ Bishop), NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 2. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Bobby Marcum (#85 Marcum), 7. Dustin Burkhart (#22 Burkhart), 8. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Stevie Sussex (#13S Sussex), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 7. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 8. Katherine Aragon (#42 Aragon). NT

SEMI: (8 laps) 1. Gabbard, 2. Gile, 3. Reinbold, 4. Marcum, 5. Burkhart, 6. Aragon, 7. Mark Morin (#28 Morin), 8. McGullam. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Mike Colegrove, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Nick Aiuto, 7. Josh Pelkey, 8. Dalten Gabbard, 9. Josh Shipley, 10. Brian Hosford, 11. Chris Bonneau, 12. Mike Martin, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Dennis Gile, 15. Tom Ogle, 16. Bobby Marcum, 17. Dustin Burkhart, 18. Mike Bonneau, 19. Andy Reinbold, 20. Bruce St. James, 21. Katherine Aragon, 22. Michael Curtis. NT

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**St. James flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Colegrove, Laps 4-30 Johnson.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: June 13 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 23, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 5. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 8. Mark Morin (#28 Morin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Michael Curtis (Turner/Wheeler), 3. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 4. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 6. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 7. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 3. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam), 7. Ray Bishop (#20AZ Bishop). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Bruce St. James, 6. Matt Rossi, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Dalten Gabbard, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Tom Ogle, 12. Josh Shipley, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Dennis Gile, 15. Mike Bonneau, 16. Koty McGullam, 17. Tye Mihocko, 18. Brian Hosford, 19. Mike Colegrove, 20. Nick Aiuto, 21. Ray Bishop, 22, Mark Morin. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Curtis, Laps 2-30 Sussex.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 24 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 23, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.354; 2. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.500; 3. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.516; 4. Rickie Gaunt, 9, McDonald-16.584; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.645; 6. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.743; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.756; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.820; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.827; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.901; 11. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.920; 12. Cody Swanson, 93, Gardner-17.050; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.062; 14. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.146; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.208; 16. Chad Boespflug, 42, Cheney-17.324; 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.555; 18. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.591; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.641; 20. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.700; 21. Austin Smith, 33, Smith-17.798; 22. Jesse Denome, 6, Denome-17.834; 23. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-18.343; 24. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-18.404.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. C.Williams, 3. J.Swanson, 4. Bender, 5. Gaunt, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Gansen, 8. Denome. 2:51.77

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Roa, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. T.Williams, 5. Ellertson, 6. Malcolm, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. Colston. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. L.Williams, 3. Gardner, 4. Mitchell, 5. Sweeney, 6. C.Swanson, 7. Smith, 8. Sampson. 2:53.25

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. A.J. Bender, 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 11. Cody Swanson, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Austin Smith, 14. Tommy Malcolm, 15. Chris Gansen, 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 17. Tobey Sampson, 18. Rickie Gaunt, 19. Damion Gardner, 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 21. Trent Williams, 22. Parker Colston, 23. Verne Sweeney, 24. Jesse Denome. NT

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**Ellertson flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Mitchell, Laps 3-40 R.Vander Weerd

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: June 13 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

KODY SWANSON GOES BACK-TO-BACK WITH HOOSIER HUNDRED WIN

Indianapolis, Indiana...Kody Swanson etched his name in the record books as a two-time "Hoosier Hundred" winner on Thursday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, as he distanced himself from the field over the final laps to earn his tenth career Silver Crown Series victory, tying him for ninth on the all-time list with Mike Bliss and Gary Bettenhausen.

Swanson started from the pole after taking the ProSource "Fast Time Award," but a first-corner tangle slowed the initial start of the race, and A.J. Fike claimed the lead as the race finally hit a green-flag run. C.J. Leary went with him early as Swanson held down the third spot. He was looking for second on lap eleven when fourth-running Tracy Hines slowed to a stop on the backstretch, bringing out a yellow.

After the restart, Swanson went after Leary, taking the second spot on lap 22 and chopping into Fike's lead. Shane Cockrum was also quick early, as he battled for third with Leary. Meanwhile, Brian Tyler was on the move from the tail of the field after taking over Randy Bateman's ride for the feature when his original mount experienced engine issues. Tyler ran from 27th up to the top-ten by lap 40.

Just after that, the third caution of the night appeared. The race hit halfway with Fike and Swanson building a lead over Cockrum and Jerry Coons, Jr., who had disposed of Leary for the fourth spot. Steve Buckwalter was also on the move, as he had driven up to sixth after starting 16th. Tyler found himself in seventh on the yellow.

A few laps later, Buckwalter's night ended as he broke and met the turn-two concrete, flipping over and necessitating a red-flag period. Under red, both Leary and Dave Darland changed right-rear tires, costing them a one-lap penalty.

Swanson pressured Fike hard on the restart, but Fike was able to hold him off on lap 55. Behind them, Tyler was inside the top-five and passed Coons for the fourth spot.

Just as they completed lap 67, Swanson had a big run to the outside of Fike down the front-stretch, outracing him into the corner for the lead on lap 68. Tyler moved to third and began to run down Fike as the race hit the lap-75 mark. A caution on lap 84 set up an 11-lap race to the finish, and Swanson drew away from the field. Tyler jumped to the inside of Fike on lap 96 and made a daring move to take second. But Aaron Pierce was coming with him, and he wrestled the runner-up spot away from Tyler on the next lap.

With two laps to go, tenth-running race rookie Tyler Courtney lost a right-rear tire down the backstretch and brought out a final caution, setting up a two-lap race to the checkers. Swanson would not be threatened, however, and he motored to a 2.044-second victory over the final two laps in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

"I'm not a 'statement' kinda guy, but we answered some questions from others and from ourselves tonight. After last year, it was hard to know what this year would be like, especially with the tire change. Nobody had a year like last year since Hewitt in 1986, and I'm no Jack Hewitt. To find out that we can get it done again this year, it's exciting to me, and to win it a second time is just hard to believe. Every time we show up, I feel like we've got a shot to win, and it makes it a lot of fun. They worked really hard from last night when they were still assembling the engine - Bob Hampshire and Clark Lamme pulled an all-nighter and prepared a car capable of winning the Hoosier Hundred, which just sums up how incredible this DePalma family and team is," Swanson said.

Pierce completed his best ever "Hoosier Hundred" run, coming home second in the Sam Pierce Chevrolet - G&G Oil #26 Beast/Chevy.

"It's the best I've ever done here and the best I've ever done on the dirt, and it was a lot of fun. We are usually on the loose side of things in these dirt races, and we either burn the tire off or get into trouble. We kept it tight enough tonight and knew we'd be solid if we could keep the right-front tire on it. I probably used it up once I got to second and tried to catch Kody. I thought we were in pretty good shape catching the last caution, but there just wasn't enough left. I'm glad to see such a good field, and it's great that some guys are coming back," Pierce said.

Tyler's magical run ended on the podium as he picked up the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" in the Randy & Patty Bateman - Chance's Chassis Repair #55 Beast/Chevy.

"I've known Randy and them for a long time, and I knew they had a good car that wouldn't fall apart. It takes a couple laps to get a feel for the brakes, steering, and all that. I had to learn what I had, and I figured we could make our way up through there pretty decent. We get up through there, and get to second, and I think, 'Ya know, we might get this done.' I gotta say, it was a lot of fun to run up through there. There were a bunch of good racers here tonight, and it ended up being a good race, too," Tyler said.

Fike came home in the fourth spot aboard the RFMS Racing - Liberty Village #3 Beast/Foxco, while Justin Grant rounded out the top-five after starting 19th in his first outing with the Chris Carli Motorsports - Finish Line Racing Equipment #8 Beast/Chevy.

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USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: May 21, 2015 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Indiana State Fairgrounds - "Hoosier Hundred"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-33.223; 2. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-33.597; 3. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-33.816; 4. Tracy Hines, 98, RPM/Gormly-33.857; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-33.944; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-34.260; 7. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-34.399; 8. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-34.488; 9. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-34.503; 10. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-34.504; 11. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-34.537; 12. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-34.558; 13. Steven Russell, 14, McQuinn-34.630; 14. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-34.721; 15. Rickey Hood, 56, Foxco-34.847; 16. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-34.853; 17. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-34.860; 18. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-34.876; 19. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-35.039; 20. Tyler Courtney, 153, Courtney-35.097; 21. Levi Jones, 57, Rogers-35.230; 22. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-35.583; 23. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-35.923; 24. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-36.109; 25. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-36.138; 26. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-36.738; 27. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-39.503; 28. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry-NT; 29. Brian Tyler, 7, Classy Chassy-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Aaron Pierce, 3. Brian Tyler (#55), 4. A.J. FIke, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Cockrum, 7. Rickey Hood, 8. Patrick Lawson, 9. Jacob Wilson, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Dave Darland, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 15. Rex Norris III, 16. David Byrne, 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Steven Russell, 19. Terry James, 20. Russ Gamester, 21. Levi Jones, 22. Austin Nemire, 23. Shane Cottle, 24. Davey Ray, 25. Tracy Hines, 26. Chris Fetter, 27. Tad Roach. NT ------------------------------ **Buckwalter flipped on lap 55.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-67 Fike, Laps 68-100 Swanson.

 

 

CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK HOSTS “4TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO INDY”

By Lance Jennings

MAY 20, 2015... This Saturday and Sunday, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park for the “4th Annual Salute to Indy.” Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the two nights of action will also feature Mini Sprints, AZ Differential Pure Stocks, AMA Modlites, and Renegades. In addition, there will be an open practice session for all divisions on Friday from 6pm to 9pm. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm on both nights.

While fairly new to the Canyon Speedway Park, the "Salute to Indy" has been an Arizona tradition going back to the legendary Manzanita Speedway. In 1991, Ricky Johnson won the first of his record three Memorial Day Classics. Since then, Johnson’s record has been tied by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman, and last season by his son, R.J. Other past winners of the prestigious race are “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr. (2), Mike Boat, Marty Miller, Josh Pelkey, Eric Wilkins, Casey Shuman, and Colby Copeland.

On January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park hosted the inaugural USAC SouthWest Sprint Car event. Since then, the non-winged 360 cubic-inch powered sprints have returned 35 more times. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with 11 series wins at Canyon, followed by Bryan Clauson (5), Ryan Bernal (4), Dave Darland (3), Charles Davis Jr. (3), and Josh Pelkey (2).

Heading into the “Salute to Indy,” R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona sits atop the standings with a 53-point advantage. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran sixth in last Saturday’s main event at Arizona Speedway. To date, the two-time defending champion has four main event wins, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, R.J. will be looking to earn his series leading 27th victory and continue his championship bid.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis earned his first win of the year last Saturday at Queen Creek. At press time, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on gaining valuable points with his fourth “Salute to Indy” victory.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey finished third in last Saturday’s feature at Queen Creek. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one high point driver award, one heat race victory, and five top-10 finishes. Josh is currently fourth on the USAC SouthWest win list as he looks to add another “Salute to Indy” to his resume.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi is fourth in the championship points. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi fished second to Davis at Arizona Speedway. As this writing goes to press, the defending Western World Champion has one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, Matt will have his sights on making the “Salute to Indy” his third career SouthWest victory.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona is fifth in the point standings. Racing Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex earned his third “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from nineteenth at Queen Creek. To date, the hard charging driver has one feature win, six top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Sussex will be looking to gain valuable points by winning at Canyon Speedway Park.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Mike Colegrove, Shon Deskins, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Dennis Gile, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Josh Shipley, Nick Aiuto, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, Koty McGullam, 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 $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

CANYON SALUTE TO INDY WINNERS: 2012-Colby Copeland, 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-384, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-331, 3. Josh Pelkey-314, 4. Matt Rossi-298, 5. Stevie Sussex-275, 6. Mike Colegrove-260, 7. Shon Deskins-256, 8. Mike Martin-243, 9. Brian Hosford-236, 10. Brice St. James-201, 11. Andy Reinbold-178, 12. Dennis Gile-160, 13. Tye Mihocko-152, 14. Josh Shipley-148, 15. Nick Aiuto-117, 16. Chris Bonneau-110, 17. Michael Curtis-103, 18. Mike Bonneau-101, 19. Koty McGullam-83, 20. Dalten Gabbard-82.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR 40-LAP “SALUTE TO INDY”

By Lance Jennings

MAY 20, 2015... This Saturday, May 23rd, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will battle at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Salute to Indy.” “The Power of Purple Night” benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and the California Lightning Sprints. 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 www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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 kept the tradition alive and current NASCAR competitor J.J. Yeley scored the victory. Last year, “The Demon” Damion Gardner won his third “Salute to Indy” on his way to his third USAC/CRA Championship.

On March 6, 2004, Perris Auto Speedway hosted the inaugural USAC/CRA Sprint Car event. Since then, the traditional 410 cubic-inch powered sprints have returned their “home track” 172 more times. Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 33 series wins at Perris and Nic Faas holds the 1-lap track record of 15.833, set on February 25, 2012.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Per USAC/CRA rules, all fuel-injected 410 and 360 powered sprint cars must run the Hoosier 105/16 Medium Right Rear Tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

After charging from seventeenth to claim seventh at Ventura’s “All Coast Challenge,” Mike Spencer of Temecula, California has regained the point lead. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, the five-time champion will be looking to extend his six-point advantage by claiming his 36th career USAC/CRA main event.

Heading to Saturday’s “Salute to Indy,” Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner is second in the point chase. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner raced from twenty-third to score tenth in the May 9th feature at Ventura. To date, the defending champion has two main event wins, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season. At Perris, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” will have his sights on his 60th career USAC/CRA victory.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell finished a very close second to Richard Vander Weerd in the “All Coast Challenge.” Heading to Perris, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, six top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led. Currently tied with Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, and Blake Miller for thirteenth on USAC/CRA’s win list, Matt will be looking to win his third “Salute to Indy.”

After winning the $5,000 “All Coast Challenge,” Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd has climbed to fourth in points. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 71 feature laps led. Currently tied with Darren Hagen and Kevin Swindell for 18th on USAC/CRA’s win list, Vander Weerd will have his sights on adding the “Salute to Indy” to his resume.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California is currently fifth in the championship standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams scored third at Ventura Raceway. Entering Saturday’s race at Perris, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has four top-10 finishes on the season. With three career USAC/CRA victories to his credit, Austin will be looking for his first “home track” victory.

Currently tied with R.J. Johnson and David Bezio for twelfth in points, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, California leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Michael Curtis, Anthony Lopiccolo, and Tommy Malcolm are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, Brody Roa, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, David Bezio, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, Chris Gansen, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, A.J. Bender, “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug, Cody Swanson, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets are $20, Active Military, Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com and follow the series on Facebook or Twitter. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- 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.

PERRIS "SALUTE TO INDY" WINNERS: 1996-J.J. Yeley; 1997-Cory Kruseman; 1998-Mike Kirby; 1999-Troy Rutherford; 2000-Richard Griffin; 2001-Mike Kirby; 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 USAC/CRA FEATURE WINNERS: 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Damion Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Mike Spencer-371, 2. Damion Gardner-365, 3. Matt Mitchell-335, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-297, 5. Austin Williams-293, 6. Jake Swanson-272, 7. Brody Roa-208, 8. Cody Williams-179, 9. Logan Williams-148, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-138, 11. Brady Bacon-136, 12. R.J. Johnson-115, ---. Parker Colston-115, --.David Bezio-115, 16. Dave Darland-110, 17. Rickie Gaunt-93, 18. Mike Martin-92, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-88, 20. Josh Hodges-83.

 

 

CHARLES DAVIS JR. IS BACK ON TOP AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

QUEEN CREEK, AZ – MAY 18, 2015... Leading all 30 laps, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona earned his first USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the year. For Davis, the $1,500 victory at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway was his eleventh career series triumph. Matt Rossi, Josh Pelkey, high point driver R.J. Johnson, and Chris Bonneau rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting third, Charles Davis Jr. took command on the opening lap and dominated the main event. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second to Bruce St. James in his heat race and ranked fourth in the night’s passing points. After breaking R.J. Johnson’s four-race win streak, “Chargin” Charles is 53 points behind Johnson in the chase for the championship. To date, the five-time Arizona Champion has two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi came home second in the Queen Creek feature. Racing the family owned #02 the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi took third in his heat race and placed fifth in passing points. The Western World Champion heads to Canyon’s “Salute to Indy” ranked fourth in points with one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led to his credit.

After starting on the pole position, Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona scored third at Arizona Speedway. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey was second to R.J. Johnson in his heat race and was sixth in passing points. The 1997 ASCA Champion left Queen Creek sitting third in the point chase with one high point driver award, one heat race victory, and five top-10 finishes.

Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson claimed fourth in the feature after starting sixth. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson won the night’s first heat race and earned his first high point driver award of the year. The point leader heads to the two-night “Salute to Indy” with four main event wins, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led on the year.

Chris Bonneau of Phoenix, Arizona charged from thirteenth to claim fifth in the Queen Creek main event. Racing his #78 Priced Right Auto Sales / XXX machine, Bonneau claimed fourth in his heat race and ranked thirteenth in passing points. In limited starts, the veteran driver is sixteenth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Tempe, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex earned his third “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from nineteenth. Driving Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex ran sixth in his heat race and placed nineteenth in passing points. To date, the hard charging driver is fifth in the standings with one feature win, six top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season.

Brian Hosford of Gilbert, Arizona raced to victory in the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Piloting Bernie Weber’s #22B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford placed second in passing points and finished twelfth in the main event. The veteran racer left Queen Creek sitting ninth in series points with two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Phoenix, Arizona’s “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James won the night’s third 8-lap heat race at Arizona Speedway. Piloting his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James was third in passing points and scored sixteenth in the main event. Heading to Canyon, “The Radio Flyer” is tenth in the standings with two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the year.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will be back for two days of action starting May 23rd at Canyon Speedway Park’s “4th Annual Salute to Indy.” The showcase will also feature Mini Sprints, AZ Differential Pure Stocks, AMA Modlites, and Renegades. In addition, there will be an open practice session for all divisions on Friday from 6pm to 9pm. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 16, 2015 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 2. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 8. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam), 6. Katherine Aragon (#42 Aragon), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#4 Harland). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 7. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (3rd), 2. Matt Rossi (2nd), 3. Josh Pelkey (1st), 4. R.J. Johnson (6th), 5. Chris Bonneau (13th), 6. Stevie Sussex (19th), 7. Josh Shipley (7th), 8. Tye Mihocko (9th), 9. Mike Colegrove (10th), 10. Mike Bonneau (8th), 11. Shon Deskins (12th), 12. Brian Hosford (5th), 13. Mike Martin (17th), 14. Michael Curtis (18th), 15. Dennis Gile (11th), 16. Bruce St. James (4th), 17. Rick Shuman (20th), 18. Koty McGullam (14th), 19. Tom Ogle (15th), 20. Andy Reinbold (22nd), 21. Katherine Aragon (16th). NT ---------------------------- **Reinbold flipped during the feature. **Jonas Reynolds was slated to start 21st, but did not start

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Davis HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex 19th to 6th.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-384, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-331, 3. Josh Pelkey-314, 4. Matt Rossi-298, 5. Stevie Sussex-275, 6. Mike Colegrove-260, 7. Shon Deskins-256, 8. Mike Martin-243, 9. Brian Hosford-236, 10. Brice St. James-201, 11. Andy Reinbold-178, 12. Dennis Gile-160, 13. Tye Mihocko-152, 14. Josh Shipley-148, 15. Nick Aiuto-117, 16. Chris Bonneau-110, 17. Michael Curtis-103, 18. Mike Bonneau-101, 19. Koty McGullam-83, 20. Dalten Gabbard-82.

 

 

DANNY FARIA JR. SPRINTS TO EMOTIONAL WIN AT TULARE

By Lance Jennings

TULARE, CA – MAY 17, 2015... After running second last year, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California added the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” to his resume. Culminating a twenty-two year quest, Faria honored his late brothers in perhaps the most emotional victory lane in USAC West Coast Sprint history. Claiming his first series win at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway, “Hollywood” was followed by Bernal, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Troy Rutherford, and Tristan Guardino.

Starting fifth, Danny Faria Jr. piloted Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprise / SurfnSprint Spike past Ryan Bernal on lap sixteen. Shaking free from all challengers while bouncing through the ruts, the point leader earned his seventh career series triumph and moved to fifth on the win list. Earlier in the program, Danny qualified second out of the nineteen racers in the pit area and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Faria left Tulare with a 52-point lead on the strength of one feature win, one high point driver award, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal earned his second DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from eighth. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Bernal was eighth quick in time trials and placed second to Faria in his heat race. Taking command from Tristan Guardino on the tenth circuit, Ryan was looking for his sixth win of the campaign. Six laps later, Ryan bounced his mount off the turn four cushion as Faria grabbed the top spot. Breaking a torsion bar stop in the late stages, Bernal was able to carry his car to second at the checkered flags. Heading back to Tulare on May 30th, the two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint Champion is second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 81 feature laps led to his credit.

“Shifter” Landon Hurst of Riverdale, California scored third in the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” Driving the family owned #179 Kings River Commodities / Duinkerken Farms Maxim, Hurst was fifth quick in time trials and ran fourth in his heat race. The 2013 Rookie of the Year has climbed to fifth in the point chase with one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led on the year.

Ojai, California’s Troy Rutherford made the trip to the Central Valley and scored fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford qualified seventh overall and took second in his heat race after battling with Jeff Sibley. In limited starts, the former VRA Champion sits thirteenth in the point standings with two top-10 finishes on the season.

Rookie contender Tristan Guardino of Fremont, California led the first nine laps before taking fifth at Thunderbowl Raceway. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Guardino was sixth fast in time trials and ran second to D.J. Johnson in his heat race. The micro-sprint standout is currently eighth in championship points with one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and three top-10 finishes.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the rookie contender was third in his heat race and scored sixteenth in the feature after an early exit. Marcham left the Faria Memorial ranked seventh in points with one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led.

Jeff Sibley of Oakdale, California won the first heat race of his sprint car career. Claiming the Extreme Mufflers sponsored event, Sibley piloted his #42N Haidlen Ford / A&A Cattle Spike to thirteenth in time trials and eighth in the main event from twelfth. Looking to move up the ranks, Jeff is currently ninth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes in the season.

Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson raced to victory in the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. Racing the family owned #33 Unique Breeds / Proplant Farm Services Eagle, Johnson qualified ninth overall and placed sixth in the Faria Memorial. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year is sixth in the standings with two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will be back at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on May 30th. On that night, the Honda USAC Western Midgets and the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Vintage Cars. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360). Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 16, 2015 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.053; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.076; 3. Matt Mitchell, 57, Hix-16.121; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.144; 5. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.170; 6. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.249; 7. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.362; 8. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.369; 9. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.423; 10. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.427; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.703; 12. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.892; 13. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.905; 14. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.936; 15. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-17.180; 16. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-17.855; 17. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-21.387; 18. Johnathon Henry, 17, Shanoian-NT; 19. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Sibley, 2. Rutherford, 3. Marcham, 4. Majors, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Liggett. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Bernal, 3. Kaeding, 4. Hurst, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Richardson. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Guardino, 3. Mitchell, 4. Ennis, 5. McQueen, 6. Henry. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Danny Faria Jr. (5th), 2. Ryan Bernal (8th), 3. Landon Hurst (3rd), 4. Troy Rutherford (1st), 5. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 6. D.J. Johnson (9th), 7. Matt Mitchell (4th), 8. Jeff Sibley (12th), 9. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 10. Cody Majors (15th), 11. Richard Vander Weerd (7th), 12. Shannon McQueen (14th), 13. Bud Kaeding (13th), 14. Jim Richardson (16th), 15. Johnathon Henry (17th), 16. Trey Marcham (6th), 17. Chris Ennis (11th). NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Guardino, Laps 10-15 Bernal, Laps 16-30 Faria. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (8th to 2nd)

WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-436, 2. Ryan Bernal-384, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-347, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-333, 5. Landon Hurst-321, 6. D.J. Johnson-319, 7. Trey Marcham-303, 8. Tristan Guardino-242, 9. Jeff Sibley-217, 10. Austin Liggett-178, 11. Colby Copeland-166, 12. Bud Kaeding-155, 13. Troy Rutherford-145, 14. Kevin Barnes-142, 15. Brody Roa-125, ---. Shannon McQueen-125, 17. Matt Mitchell-114, 18. Johnathon Henry-104, 19. Tye Mihocko-99, 20. Chris Ennis-97.

 

 

Mechanical Woes Derail Richard Vander Weerd In Tulare, CA

PETERSEN MEDIA- Heading to the Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday night after a huge win at the Ventura Raceway a week prior, Richard Vander Weerd would endure a frustrating night, that ultimately saw mechanical woes end his night a lap early.

“Saturday night was a night that I would like to put behind me as fast as possible,” Richard Vander Weerd admitted.

Taking to the high banked Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA on Saturday night with the USAC West Coast 360’s for the Chris and Brian Faria Memorial, Vander Weerd got his night started off by timing this Vander Weerd Construction/Stonegate Development/Battery Worx No. 10 machine in fourth fastest.

Heat race action saw Vander Weerd involved in a tangle, and it would ultimately line him up in the fourth row for the A Main event on what was a tacky and rough Thunderbowl Raceway surface.

When the race went green, Vander Weerd carefully worked his way up to the fifth spot, as he began what would turn into an extended battle with Troy Rutherford. Trying everything he could to get the fourth spot, Vander Weerd would continue to run in the fifth position.

As the race drew to a close, Vander Weerd would make one final run at the fourth spot, until something went south under the hood of his machine, and he would come to a stop, and be credited with an 11th place finish.

“We had an okay car in the feature event, but we struggled some,” Vander Weerd added. “We did have a really good battle for the fourth spot, but unfortunately something went south, and we ended up with a DNF.”

Richard and his Vander Weerd Racing team would like to thank Vander Weerd Construction, Stonegate Development, Battery Worx, Mid-Valley Pipe, Basic Industries, Steve Watt Enterprises, FK Rod Ends, PXP Raceway and K&N for their support in 2015.

2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-15, Wins-4, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-9.

ON TAP: Richard will return to action on Saturday night as he heads to the Perris Auto Speedway in Lake Perris, CA on Saturday night.

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HOOSIER HUNDRED SPORTS NEW DRIVERS & COMBOS;

TWIN PEAKS "KICKOFF" TO BENEFIT SCHMIDT PARALYSIS FOUNDATION

An expanded lineup of cars and drivers for next Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" USAC Silver Crown race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis features several race "rookies" and some new driver-car combinations for 2015.

One of America's most revered traditions unfolds on the one-mile dirt oval with a 100-mile race expected to be pivotal in the early battle for USAC's Silver Crown championship. The race dates back to 1953 and remains an event near and dear to the hearts of participants and race fans alike.

Previously-announced series returns of USAC Champions Brian Tyler and Rickey Hood are joined by first-time "Hoosier Hundred" drivers Brady Bacon, C.J. Leary, Austin Nemire, Joey Moughan, Tyler Courtney and Steven Russell, plus new car assignments for former race winner Levi Jones and Sprint car standouts Justin Grant and Shane Cottle.

Courtney's entry signals the inaugural Silver Crown appearance of USAC's 2013 Sprint Car "Rookie of the Year" and follows a special benevolent appearance by Courtney on Tuesday at Twin Peaks Castleton Restaurant at 6880 E. 82nd St. That fund raiser will target proceeds to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. Courtney, team owner Tom Capie of Avon, Ind. and their car will be on hand to meet and greet attendees. A silent auction is also planned from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Defending USAC Sprint Car Champion Bacon, 2014 USAC Midwest HPD Midget Champion Nemire and Russell, son of long-time USAC driver Jerry Russell, will be among Hoosier Hundred rookies as will Moughan and Courtney. Bacon is in an entry from Paul Martens of Fairview, Okla. while Nemire's entry is fielded by 1996 Indianapolis 500 winning car owner Ron Hemelgarn. Russell will drive for Springfield, Ill. car owners Dennis and Dave McQuinn and Moughan, also from Springfield, is fielding his own car.

Jones, who finally triumphed in the Hoosier Hundred in 2013, will return in a new car fielded by Jack Rogers of Evansville, Ind. Grant, who won last Saturday's "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" Sprint race at Rossburg, Ohio, will pilot a new car fielded by Chris Carli of Elk Grove, Calif., while Cottle will drive a car fielded by Curtis Williams of Springfield, Ohio.

Thursday's race is part of a busy week of traditional USAC racing. The 45th "Tony Hulman Classic" Sprint race is scheduled Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track and Saturday afternoon's "Day Before the 500" Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway features the USAC Silver Crown cars in another 100-lap event.

 

 

HOOSIER HUNDRED, DAY BEFORE THE 500

SPOTLIGHT SILVER CROWN SERIES THIS WEEK

Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" and Saturday afternoon's "Day Before the 500" will be pivotal in the early battle for USAC's 2015 Silver Crown Championship.

Thursday's 100-mile race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds has tradition dating back to 1953, while Saturday's 100-lap race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis sports a new timetable for a tradition dating back to 1946.

Defending Silver Crown Champion Kody Swanson is the odds-on favorite to repeat his victory in Thursday's race and he and his brother Tanner figure to be among favorites for Saturday's race at the paved oval located in Brownsburg. Ind.

Kody's string of success that includes six victories in his last 11 Silver Crown races dates back to 2014 when he claimed the series crown, plus victories at both of this week's venues. He enters the week with a nine-point lead over Jacob Wilson after winning the May 1 "Rollie Beale Classic" at Toledo, Ohio.

An expanded field for Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" includes some surprises for race fans. Among the entries are USAC Champions Brian Tyler, who returns after a brief hiatus, and Rickey Hood, who returns after a lengthy hiatus.

Former "Hoosier Hundred" race winners Levi Jones, Jerry Coons Jr. and Dave Darland and previous Lucas Oil Raceway Silver Crown race winners Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos and Tracy Hines are also top prospects for victories this week.

Saturday's event in Brownsburg continues a long tradition while starting a new one. Formerly a night-time Midget race, the "Night Before the 500" classic become the "Day Before the 500" this year with Saturday's Silver Crown race starting at 1:15 pm following a 12:15 pm USF2000 race. A Pro Mazda race follows at 2:45 pm.

 

 

CRA'S "SALUTE TO INDY" AT THE PAS SATURDAY

The torrid battle for the 2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car title resumes this Saturday night as Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway salutes the Indianapolis 500 with its annual "Salute to Indy."

The three series point leaders have accounted for victories in the last three "Salute to Indy" feature events. Damion Gardner won last year, Matt Mitchell won in 2013 and Mike Spencer won in 2012.

Spencer, seeking a record sixth series title, holds a six-point lead over defending champ Gardner in the latest standings. Mitchell stands third, thirty behind Gardner entering Saturday's race.

Saturday's feature race is 40 laps around the half-mile dirt oval located east of Los Angeles.

 

 

DARLAND EYES #100 IN 45TH "TONY HULMAN CLASSIC" WEDNESDAY; BACON TAKES GAS CITY 30-LAPPER, HOFFMAN'S 89TH

Wednesday's "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track marks the 45th running of one of America's most traditional motorsports events. Debuting in 1971, the event has been a signature race for USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car participants.

Defending race winner Dave Darland is now USAC's all-time leader in terms of series victories, but another career milestone awaits Wednesday. He has 99 USAC wins in the three National series and a victory Wednesday would put him in select company with A.J. Foyt, Rich Vogler and Mel Kenyon as the only drivers ever to reach the century plateau.

Darland led four laps in last Friday's "May Meltdown" at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, but finished third behind winner Brady Bacon and runner-up Thomas Meseraull. That kept Darland third in the latest series point standings entering Terre Haute.

Darland, who also won the "Tony Hulman Classic" in 1993, is expected to be joined Wednesday by former race winners Tracy Hines (2001), Jon Stanbrough (2002 and 2007), Daron Clayton (2006), Jerry Coons Jr. (2010 and 2013) and Chris Windom (2011). Darland, Stanbrough and Coons hope to join Cary Faas and Levi Jones as the only three-time race winners.

Bacon, the defending series champion from Broken Arrow, Okla., led the final 14 laps at Gas City to post the record 89th victory for his car owners, Dynamics, Inc./Hoffman Auto Racing. Meseraull finished second ahead of Darland, Stanbrough and C.J. Leary. Meseraull led the first 12 laps and was pressing Bacon at the finish. Bacon, who also claimed the ProSource fast qualifying award, piloted the Mean Green/Lykins Oil Triple X/Williams Mopar.

Robert Ballou continues to lead the standings and holds a slim two-point lead over Chase Stockon.

 

 

SOUTHWEST INVADES CANYON SATURDAY, SUNDAY;

DAVIS #1 AT QUEEN CREEK; FARIA TAKES TULARE'S "FARIA MEMORIAL"

USAC's Southwest Sprint cars invade Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. this weekend for the 4th Annual "Salute to Indy." Races are scheduled both Saturday and Sunday nights at the one-third mile dirt oval which will be celebrating 30 years this June.

Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. led all the way to win Saturday night's USAC Southwest Sprint feature at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. Matt Rossi took the runner-up spot ahead of Josh Pelkey, R.J. Johnson and Chris Bonneau. Johnson continues to lead the series standings.

USAC West Coast Sprint Car point leader Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. won Saturday night's 30-lap "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial" race at Thunderbowl Raceway. He took the lead from Ryan Bernal on lap 16 and led to the end to beat Bernal, Landon Hurst, Troy Rutherford and Tristan Guardino. Guardino led the first nine laps and Bernal the next six.

The West Coast series returns to action May 30 at Tulare.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 16, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 2. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 3. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 4. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 5. Kenny Johnson (#46 Johnson), 6. Alex Rose (#11R Miller), 7. Vince Lucca (#50 Miller), 8. Joe Krawiec (#3 Matczak), 9. Rob Williams (#96 Williams). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 2. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 3. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 4. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 5. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 6. Chris Donnelly (#17 Donnelly), 7. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 8. David Moniz (#9 Moniz). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Dean Christensen.

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Kenny Johnson, 2. Adam Pierson, 3. Scott Holcomb, 4. Josh Sunn, 5. Vince Lucca, 6. Ray Miller, 7. Jeff Horn, 8. Dean Christensen, 9. Adam Whitney, 10. Kevin Chaffee, 11. David Moniz, 12. Alex Rose, 13. Jeff Champagne, 14. Mike Chaffee. NT

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**Krawiec flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Holcomb, Laps 15-25 Johnson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Sunn-191, 2-Pierson-187, 3-Horn-160, 4-Johnson-154, 5-Christensen-154, 6-Whitney-147, 7-Miller-142, 8-K.Chaffee-139, 9-Lucca-126, 10-Holcomb-124.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: May 30 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 16, 2015 - Lemoore, California - Lemoore Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-11.962; 2. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-11.978; 3. Tom Paterson, 51, Paterson-12.125; 4. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-12.195; 5. Jet Davison, 59, Davison-12.266; 6. John Gerber, 11E, Elliott-12.298; 7. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-12.306; 8. Robert Dalby, 4D, Holmes-12.520; 9. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-12.625; 10 Antonia Bosacci, 44, Love-13.058.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Buckley, 2. Jessop, 3. Davison, 4. Paterson, 5. Love IV. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R. Hazelton, 2. A.Hazelton, 3. Dalby, 4. Gerber, 5. Bosacci. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Shawn Buckley, 2. Cody Jessop, 3. Ashley Hazelton, 4. Ron Hazelton, 5. Jet Davison, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Jesse Love IV, 8. John Gerber, 9. Antonia Bosacci, 10. Tom Paterson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 A.Hazelton, Laps 8-25 Buckley.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-528, 2-A.Hazelton-419, 3-Dylan Nobile-398, 4-Love IV-391, 5-Annie Breidinger-353, 6-Toni Breidinger-339, 7-Paterson-332, 8-Buckley-294, 9-Davison-223, 10-Dalby-186.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Buckley-261, 2-R.Hazelton235, 3-Davison-223, 4-Jessop-203, 5-A.Hazelton-187, 6-Dalby-186, 7-Love IV-184, 8-Paterson-140, 9-Randi Pankratz-129, 10-Bosacci-86.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 30 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 16, 2015 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 2. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 8. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam), 6. Katerine Aragon (#42 Aragon), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#4 Harland). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 7. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Matt Rossi, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Josh Shipley, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Mike Colegrove, 10. Mike Bonneau, 11. Shon Deskins, 12. Brian Hosford, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Dennis Gile, 16. Bruce St. James, 17. Rick Shuman, 18. Koty McGullam, 19. Tom Ogle, 20. Andy Reinbold. NT

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**Reinbold flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Davis

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: May 23 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute To Indy”

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 16, 2015 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.053; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.076; 3. Matt Mitchell, 57, Hix-16.121; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.144; 5. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.170; 6. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.249; 7. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.362; 8. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.369; 9. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.423; 10. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.427; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.703; 12. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.892; 13. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.905; 14. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.936; 15. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-17.180; 16. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-17.855; 17. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-21.387; 18. Johnathon Henry, 17, Shanoian-NT; 19. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sibley, 2. Rutherford, 3. Marcham, 4. Majors, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Liggett. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Bernal, 3. Kaeding, 4. Hurst, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Richardson. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Guardino, 3. Mitchell, 4. Ennis, 5. McQueen, 6. Henry. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Landon Hurst, 4. Troy Rutherford, 5. Tristan Guardino, 6. D.J.Johnson, 7. Matt Mitchell, 8. Jeff Sibley, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Cody Majors, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Shannon McQueen, 13. Bud Kaeding, 14. Jim Richardson, 15. Johnathon Henry, 16. Trey Marcham, 17. Chris Ennis. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Guardino, Laps 10-15 Bernal, Laps 16-30 Faria.

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: May 30 - Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 15, 2015 - Visalia, California - Keller Auto Raceway at Plaza Park.

QUALIFYING: 1. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-11.981; 2. David Prickett, 11E, Elliott-12.277; 3. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-12.315; 4. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-12.354; 5. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-12.403; 6. Robert Dalby, 4D, Holmes-12.553; 7. Jet Davison, 59, Davison-12.642; 8. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-12.697; 9. Antonia Bosacci, 44, Love-13.458; 10. Tom Paterson, 51, Paterson-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Hazelton, 2. Dalby, 3. Buckley, 4. Love IV, 5. R.Hazelton. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jessop, 2. Prickett, 3. Paterson, 4. Davison, 5. Bosacci. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. David Prickett, 2. Shawn Buckley, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Ron Hazelton, 5. Tom Paterson, 6. Jesse Love IV, 7. Antonia Bosacci, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Jet Davison, 10. Ashley Hazelton. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Jessop, Laps 4-25 Prickett.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-464, 2-Dylan,398, 3-A.Hazelton-355, 4-Annie Breidinger-353, 5-Love IV-345, 6-Toni Breidinger-339, 7-Paterson-290, 8-Buckley-220, 9-R.Hazelton-218, 10-Davison-167.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Buckley-187, 2-R.Hazelton-171, 3-Davison-167, 4-Jessop-139, 5-Love IV-138, 6-Dalby-135, 7-Randi Pankratz-129, 8-A.Hazelton-123, 9-Paterson-98, 10-Prickett-72.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 16 - Lemoore (CA) Raceway

 

 

Brady Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma won Friday night's AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car feature at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway.

Gas City, Indiana...Brady Bacon held on in a frenetic 30-lapper Friday at Gas City I-69 Speedway, edging past a last-lap Thomas Meseraull slidejob through the final set of corners to take his third AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season.

Meseraull cut under fellow front-row starter Jon Stanbrough off turn-two to take the opening lead, as most of the field stuck to the bottom half of the quarter-mile. Dave Darland was on the move early, as he ducked past Stanbrough for the second spot on lap four.

A large lead for Meseraull was erased on lap eight with a caution for Kyle Robbins, and put Darland right on his tailtank. Darland finally cut the bottom underneath Meseraull for the lead on lap 13, but by that time Bacon had jumped to the top while C.J. Leary was running the high side from 16th into the top-ten.

Just as Bacon took the third spot, the caution flew just short of halfway. Darland decided to head to the high side on the restart, but Bacon was strong and looked underneath off turn-two for the lead on lap 17. He completed the pass on the other end and tried to separate himself from the pack.

Traffic was thick in front of Bacon, and Darland reeled him back in with less than ten laps to go. As Darland tried to scoot low, Meseraull stuck to the high side and squeezed past Darland off turn-two on lap 26 to retake the second spot. He ran down Bacon in the closing laps and drew to his back bumper as the duo took the white flag.

Bacon bobbled a bit into turn-three on the final set of corners as Meseraull tried the bottom, but it was Bacon with the momentum to win the race to the line by .403-seconds for his 11th career victory in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"I saw Thomas (Meseraull) at the end, and that got me a little nervous knowing he could get a decent run off the bottom, but we got a good enough run and got some good momentum back after a tough weekend at Eldora. We've had good cars, and tonight it was time to make something happen and take a chance up top. I couldn't get clear of that traffic for like four laps, and I had to try to putt around the bottom to clear them, which almost cost me the lead. I got back to the top and tried to keep my momentum up over the last few laps," said Bacon, who also set his fourth ProSource "Fast Time" of the year earlier in the night.

Meseraull completed an impressive performance for his best career finish in the second-spot aboard the Keen's Body Shop - Spirit Transport #18x DRC/Claxton.

"I just kept thinking 'I've got a shot at this. I probably should have tried to slide him into one, but I thought I'd wait for three. Brady is one of the best and moved down just enough to slide across three and hold me off. That's as close as I've ever gotten to winning a USAC show, and that's the goal for us. It was an awesome race, and I'm so happy to see Gas City this way. Racing up front with those guys, it's eat or be eaten and so much fun," Meseraull said.

Darland rounded out the top-three in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

"I knew the top was looking good as the race went on, and I went up there after the mid-race restart, but I wasn't quite aggressive enough. We tried to get him back in traffic, but we just weren't in the right spot at the right time and ended up giving a spot back. We still got out of here with a third-place run, and the track was great and allowed us to race hard for the win tonight, so thanks to the O'Connors," Darland said.

Stanbrough held on for the fourth spot in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D, and Leary finished his drive from 16th by taking the fifth spot in the Leary Construction Company - Green Tech Lubricants #30 DRC/Claxton Mopar.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 15, 2015 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.855; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-11.900; 3. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-11.987; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.018; 5. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-12.037; 6. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-12.093; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-12.132; 8. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-12.147; 9. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-12.162; 10. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-12.173; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-12.312; 12. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-12.312; 13. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-12.318; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10E, Edison-12.333; 15. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-12.348; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.426; 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-12.444; 18. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-12.465; 19. Conner Donelson, 42, Donelson-12.530; 20. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-12.595; 21. Mike Gass, 17G, Gass-12.603; 22. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-12.604; 23. Frank Flud, 41, SST-12.618; 24. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-12.688; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-12.734; 26. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.140; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.270; 28. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-14.349.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Cottle, 3. Bacon, 4. Stanbrough, 5. McGhee, 6. Gass, 7. Goodnight. 2:04.78

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Robbins, 3. Jarrett, 4. Coons, 5. Shuman, 6. Hines, 7. Ketcham. 2:06.17

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Farney, 3. Darland, 4. Meseraull, 5. Donelson, 6. Flud, 7. Bell. 2:03.84

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Ballou, 3. Spencer, 4. Leary, 5. Grant, 6. Gurley, 7. Hanft. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Hines, 3. Shuman, 4. McGhee, 5. Goodnight, 6. Donelson, 7. Flud, 8. Gass, 9. Gurley, 10. Ketcham, 11. Bell, 12. Hanft. 2:29.95

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Justin Grant, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Landon Simon, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Chris Windom, 18. Aaron Farney, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Matt Goodnight, 21. Josh Spencer, 22. Conner Donelson. NT ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Meseraull, Laps 13-16 Darland, Laps 17-30 Bacon.

 

 

TULARE HOSTS CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

MAY 13, 2015... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action this Saturday, May 16th, at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” will also showcase the winged King of the West and Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials will begin at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” is one of the most prestigious dates on the USAC West Coast schedule. While this year’s event marks the twenty-second running of the race for winged sprints, Peter Murphy won the non-winged 360 memorial in 2009. The popular driver has been joined by Craig Stidham, Bud Kaeding, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Bernal on the winner’s list.

Since March 2010, twenty-four USAC West Coast Sprint Car races have been held at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with nine wins and set the new 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.133 on March 13th. Bud Kaeding (5), Richard Vander Weerd (3), Kyle Larson (2), Craig Stidham (2), Dean Alexander (1), Dennis Howell (1), and Peter Murphy (1) have also earned Tulare victories. Saturday’s event will be the third of six dates at the lightning fast 1/3-mile, as Kaeding raced to victory on March 13th and Bernal won the following night.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

After finishing third at Santa Maria on April 11th, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California sits atop the standings with a 43-point lead. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria has one high point driver award, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit. “Hollywood” will be looking to gain valuable points at Tulare with his seventh career West Coast victory.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal is second in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Bernal has five main event wins on the season. In addition, the two-time Santa Maria track champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high-point driver awards, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 75 feature laps led. At Tulare, Ryan will have his sights on his series leading twenty-sixth career win.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California is third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd took seventh in the Santa Maria feature. To date, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, and six top-10 finishes on the season. Jace will be looking to claim the “Faria Memorial” as his fifth career series triumph.

Fresh off Saturday’s USAC/CRA “All Coast Challenge” win at Ventura, Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd sits fourth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd won the April 11th Santa Maria feature. Entering Saturday’s race, the 2011 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led. This Saturday, Richard will have his sights on winning his seventeenth career West Coast main event.

Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is fifth in the championship point chase. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham placed fifth at Santa Maria. As this writing goes to press, the leading Rookie of the Year contender has one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. Trey continues to impress as he looks for his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory.

While Marcham leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, and Shannon McQueen, and Colton Slack are also in contention. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are D.J. Johnson, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Austin Liggett, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, Brody Roa, Max Adams, Johnathon Henry, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Matt Day, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved Grandstand Tickets are $20 and General Admission Seats are $18. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

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

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell.

CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL NON-WING 360 WINNERS: 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Not Held, 2014-Ryan Bernal.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-363, 2. Ryan Bernal-320, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-307, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-295, 5. Trey Marcham-270, 6. D.J. Johnson-266, 7. Landon Hurst-260, 8. Tristan Guardino-186, 9. Austin Liggett-175, 10. Jeff Sibley-70, 11. Colby Copeland-166, 12. Kevin Barnes-141, 13. Brody Roa-125, 14. Bud Kaeding-122, 15. Tye Mihocko-99, 16. Shannon McQueen-92, 17. Max Adams-91, 18. Troy Rutherford-87, 19. Jonathan Henry-78, 20. Chris Ennis-73.

 

 

USAC CHAMPS HOOD, TYLER RETURN FOR THE "HOOSIER HUNDRED"

Two of USAC's greatest champions, Rickey Hood of Phoenix, Ariz. and Brian Tyler of Mount Pleasant, N.C., will make their return to the USAC Silver Crown Championship Series to compete in next week's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Round two of the 2015 championship is scheduled Thursday night, May 21, and this year's expanded field provides a true challenge for Hood and Tyler. Tyler's last Silver Crown start came in the 2013 "Tony Bettenhausen 100" in Springfield, Ill. while 19 years have passed since Hood's last appearance, also at Springfield, in 1996.

Tyler, USAC's 1996 and 1997 National Sprint Car Champion, has more Silver Crown victories (17) than anybody with the exception of all-time series leader Jack Hewitt (23). Hood recorded seven Silver Crown victories during his 15-year career. Tyler also leads the all-time list of Silver Crown drivers with 187 career starts.

Hood won his first Silver Crown start, at the Indiana mile in 1982. Tyler, whose initial series start came in 1990, is still seeking his first victory at the Indianapolis track despite winning four times at the Springfield, Ill. mile and once on the Magic Mile at DuQuoin, Ill.

Hood won USAC's 1984 and 1985 Sprint crowns and added the 1985 Silver Crown title.

"I always had fun in the Silver Crown cars," he says. "Actually, I was subbing for Doug Wolfgang in that 1982 debut and that win was one of the most satisfying of my career."

Rickey, who competed in selected Arizona Sprint races in 2014, will pilot the Plastic Express/Jarvis Enterprises Beast/Chevy for car owner Galen Fox, who is no stranger to victory lane at the Indy mile. Now working daily at the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum and Motorsports Hall of Fame in Phoenix, Hood adds: "Galen (Fox) and I put this deal together and I'm really looking forward to it."

Tyler, who runs a fabrication and maintenance shop at his 30-acre North Carolina spread and services all types of farm vehicles, has always enjoyed the challenge of Silver Crown racing.

"The long races and the strategy needed to win have always intrigued me," he says. "I've run well at Indy, but it seems like something always happens late in the race there that puts me on the sidelines. Hopefully we can change all that this time around."

Tyler's car owner next Thursday also returns after a series hiatus. Californian Ray "Junior" Kurtz will field Tyler's Club 164 Beast/Chevy. Race fans will fondly remember the Kurtz entries driven to numerous Silver Crown victories by Chuck Gurney. Last year, Kurtz assisted Shane Cockrum in his victory at DuQuoin.

"I'm looking forward to working with Junior and Bill Simpson and hope we can finally land that elusive Indy win," adds Tyler.

Drivers will continue to chase Johnny Parsons' 20-year-old track qualifying record of 114.726 mph. when qualifying opens for the May 21 event. Kenny Jacobs established the existing 100-mile race record of 106.977 mph. in 1987.

The race is the first of two for the USAC Silver Crown cars next week. The "Day Before the 500" Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis will sport a 1:15 pm Silver Crown green flag.

 

 

Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

VANDER WEERD WINS DRAMATIC $5,000 ALL COAST CHALLENGE AT VENTURA

By Lance Jennings

VENTURA, CA – MAY 11, 2015... In one of the closest finishes in Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car history, Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California emerged victorious at Ventura Raceway. Besting Matt Mitchell in a photo finish, Vander Weerd’s 40-lap, $5,000 “All Coast Challenge” triumph was his third win of the campaign. Mitchell, Austin Williams, Brody Roa, and Ronnie Gardner chased Richard to the checkered flags.

After a near three year layoff, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan led the first 35-laps before contact with another car ended his night. Mitchell took command and while most competitors were content to run the low line, Vander Weerd made his charge from sixth on the outside groove. Vander Weerd was able to pressure the leader and with the checkered flag waving, Mitchell switched to the top. Vander Weerd crossed over to the bottom in the last corner and it was a drag race to the finish line. Vander Weerd surged past Mitchell by the narrowest of margins to claim the victory in front of the large crowd.

Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd began his night by earning the special $500 Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. After out-qualifying the other 49 racers in the pit area, the former USAC West Coast Champion scored fourth in his 10-lap heat race. Leaving Ventura with his fourth career USAC/CRA win, Vander Weerd has climbed to fourth in points with two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 71 feature laps led to his credit.

Yorba Linda, California’s Matt Mitchell had to settle for second in the All Coast Challenge. Driving his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell was fifth quick in time trials, ran third in his heat race, and led four laps of the main event. Heading to the May 23rd Salute to Indy at Perris, the defending USAC West Coast Champion is third in points with two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, six top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California placed third in the 40-lap main event. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified twelfth overall and scored third in his heat race. The former rookie of the year left the Ventura County Fairgrounds ranked fifth in the point standings with four top-10 finishes on the season.

Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa had a solid night and claimed fourth in the All Coast Challenge. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was second fast in time trials and took third in his heat race. The former Wagsdash Champion is seventh in championship points with four top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco, California charged from ninth to finish fifth at Ventura Raceway. Racing his #93 Esslinger Engineering / Six8 Motorsports Sled, Gardner qualified seventh overall, placed seventh in his heat race, and was third in the semi-main. The 2-time defending USAC Western Midget Champion is currently twelfth in USAC/CRA points with two top-10 finishes on the year.

After using a provisional, Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson earned Jimbo McCoskey’s $500 DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from twenty-fourth. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Victory, Swanson was twentieth quick in time trials and placed eighth in his heat race. The former rookie of the year is sixth in points with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards and five top-10 finishes.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified twenty-first overall and charged to seventh in the main event from seventeenth. The five-time champion has reclaimed the point lead with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

Torrance, California’s “Super” Rickie Gaunt drove to victory in the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing David Miller’s #66 Tom Roberts Designs / Barnes Systems Eagle, Gaunt was fourteenth fast in time trials and scored twenty-first in the main event after an early exit. In limited action, the former SCRA Champion is currently seventeenth in points with one top-10 finish.

Making his first USAC/CRA start of 2015, Jimmy Crawford of Ventura, California won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Piloting his #51 Twister X / Steve Gresham Racing Engines Triple X, Crawford qualified twenty-third overall and placed twenty-fourth in the main event.

Simi Valley, California’s Tom Hendricks claimed victory in the 10-lap Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Pyrotect Racing Cells Heat Race #4. Driving his #14 Snap-On Tools / Cory Kruseman Sprint Car & Midget Driving School Viper, Hendricks was twenty-fourth quick in time trials and took sixteenth in the feature. In limited appearances, Tom is twenty-ninth on the point standings.

Trent Williams of Victorville, California made his first USAC/CRA start of the year and won the 8-lap Ultra Shield Race Products C-Main. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92M Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Buckley with 360 power, Williams qualified thirty-eighth overall and took nineteenth in the semi-main.

Ventura, California’s Greg Taylor grabbed the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main victory. Racing his 360 powered #7T Westco International Consulting / Clark Engineering Maxim, Taylor was fourth quick in time trials, ran sixth in his heat race, and placed sixth in the feature.

On Saturday, May 23rd, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the 40-lap “Salute to Indy.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA). Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 9, 2015 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “All Coast Challenge”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-12.351; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.439; 3. Nic Faas, 73X, Ford-12.451; 4. Greg Taylor, 7T, Taylor-12.580; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-12.632; 6. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-12.652; 7. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-12.663; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.715; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 73, Ford-12.743; 10. Danny Sheridan, 9. McDonald-12.758; 11. Chris Wakim, 81M, Watt-12.813; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.824; 13. Mike Colegrove, 17, Colegrove-12.902; 14. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-12.936; 15. Johnathon Henry, 47, Gansen-12.947; 16. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-12.980; 17. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-13.012; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.026; 19. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-13.039; 20. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.064; 21. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.074; 22. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-13.079; 23. Jimmy Crawford, 51, Crawford-13.110; 24. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-13.189; 25. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.213; 26. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.228; 27. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.242; 28. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-13.251; 29. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-13.359; 30. Kyle Smith, 55X, Smith-13.461; 31. David Taylor, 74, Taylor-13.482; 32. Hobie Conway, 2K, Kruseman-13.492; 33. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-13.529; 34. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-13.547; 35. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.569; 36. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-13.594; 37. R.J. Johnson, 91, Ferro-13.599; 38. Trent Williams, 92M, Sertich-13.639; 39. Ron Bach, 49, Bach-13.649; 40. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.721; 41. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-13.807; 42. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.831; 43. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-13.852; 44. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.898; 45. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.050; 46. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.057; 47. Luis Espinoza, 09, Espinoza-14.086; 48. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.271; 49. Cal Smith, 39, Cal Sun-14.490; 50. Mike Trottochau, 16, Trottochau-16.206.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Rutherford, 3. Mitchell, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Colegrove, 6. Johnson, 7. Deskins, 8. Schuerenberg, 9. Bezio, 10. Boles. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Gaunt, 2. Sheridan, 3. Roa, 4. Pelkey, 5. T.Williams, 6. Douglass, 7. K.Smith, 8. Woodward, 9. Gansen, 10. Kruseman. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. Crawford, 2. Guardino, 3. Henry, 4. Faas, 5. D.Gardner, 6. D.Taylor, 7. Wakim, 8. Bach, 9. R.Gardner, 10. C.Williams. NT

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR / PYROTECT RACING CELLS HEAT RACE #4: (10 laps) 1. Hendricks, 2. Bernal, 3. A.Williams, 4. Faria, 5. Colston, 6. G.Taylor, 7. J.VanderWeerd. 8. Swanson, 9. Conway, 10. L.Williams. NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. T.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Conway, 4. D.Taylor, 5. Majors, 6. Bender, 7. Sampson, 8. Bach, 9. Bezio, 10. Trottachau, 11. L.Williams, 12. Everhart, 13. Edwards, 14. C.Smith, 15. Ellertson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps) 1. G.Taylor, 2. Kruseman, 3. R.Gardner, 4. Colegrove, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Wakim, 8. Boles, 9. Woodward, 10. Douglass, 11. C.Williams, 12. K.Smith, 13. Johnson, 14. Gansen, 15. Deskins, 16. D.Taylor, 17. Conway, 18. Colston, 19. T.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (6th), 2. Matt Mitchell (3rd), 3. Austin Williams (1st), 4. Brody Roa (5th), 5. Ronnie Gardner (9th), 6. Greg Taylor (7th), 7. Mike Spencer (17th), 8. Jake Swanson (24th), 9. Troy Rutherford (20th), 10. Damion Gardner (23rd), 11. Cory Kruseman (8th), 12. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 13. Tristan Guardino (16th), 14. Mike Colegrove (12th), 15. Johnathon Henry (14th), 16. Tom Hendricks (19th), 17. Danny Sheridan (2nd), 18. Josh Pelkey (21st), 19. Ryan Bernal (15th), 20. Hunter Schuerenberg (11th), 21. Rickie Gaunt (13th), 22. Danny Faria Jr. (22nd), 23. Nic Faas (4th), 24. Jimmy Crawford (18th). NT ------------------------------------ **Gansen flipped during the second heat. C.Williams flipped during the third heat. Everhart flipped during the C-Main. Faas and Bernal flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Sheridan, Laps 36-39 Mitchell, Lap 40 R.Vander Weerd, DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (24th to 8th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Mike Spencer-371, 2. Damion Gardner-365, 3. Matt Mitchell-335, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-297, 5. Austin Williams-293, 6. Jake Swanson-272, 7. Brody Roa-208, 8. Cody Williams-179, 9. Logan Williams-148, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-138, 11. Brady Bacon-136, 12. R.J. Johnson-115, ---. Parker Colston-115, --.David Bezio-115, 16. Dave Darland-110, 17. Rickie Gaunt-93, 18. Mike Martin-92, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-88, 20. Josh Hodges-83.

 

 

NEW TIMETABLE GREETS INDY'S "DAY BEFORE THE 500" CLASSIC;

USAC SILVER CROWN JOINS USF2000 AND PRO MAZDA

The 2015 "Day Before the 500" will sport a new look and feel this year as Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, located in nearby Brownsburg, Ind., hosts one of America's most traditional motorsports events May 23.

The USAC Silver Crown cars will make their debut in the event, which switches to day-time this year, with practice beginning at 8 am. The Cooper Tires USF2000 and Pro Mazda series return for the three-tiered program. The USF2000 feature is slated at 12:15 pm, followed by the Silver Crown 100-lapper at 1:15 and the Pro Mazda finale at 2:45.

The timetable change allows for race fans to experience more of the buildup to the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, scheduled May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The myriad of motorsports-related events has necessitated the changes but this new timetable should create a spectacular opportunity for race fans to absorb as much of the Indiana racing experience as possible.

The event, previously titled "Night Before the 500," has roots beginning in 1946 when Leroy Warriner and Benny Emerick swept to victory in Midget feature events at the 16th Street Speedway, which no longer exists.

Spanning the next 69 years, the race travelled from Indianapolis to Kokomo, Ind. (1959-1961), back to Indianapolis at the Speedrome (1962-1964), back to Kokomo (1965-1968), then to Indianapolis Raceway Park (1969-1971), the Indiana State Fairgrounds (1972-1973), IRP (1974-1978) and the Speedrome (1979) before returning to IRP in 1980. It has been held every year since at the speed plant which now calls Brownsburg home.

Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. won the 2012 and 2014 USAC runnings which incorporated the Midgets. He is expected to return for the May 23 Silver Crown race, along with former "Night Before the 500" champions Bobby Santos and Tanner Swanson.

The race concludes a busy four-day USAC slate which opens with Wednesday night's 45th "Tony Hulman Classic" AMSOIL Sprint race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and continues with Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" Silver Crown race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Practice at Terre Haute starts at 6 pm and practice at the State Fairgrounds begins at 5.

 

 

ELECTRICITY IN THE AIR AT IMS WEDNESDAY

AS USAC PRESENTS THE PURDUE evGRANDPRIX

The innovative International Intercollegiate evGrandPrix unfolds this week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the result of a joint venture with USAC and Purdue University as the event enters its fifth year.

Featuring electric-powered go-karts, the event annually includes vehicles constructed by colleges around the world competing in an educational contest during the month of May. Tech inspection today (Monday) will be followed by practice, qualifying and heat races on Tuesday. Wednesday's timetable begins with a preview at 10 am, followed by the driver's meeting at 11. The green flag for the 50-lap race on a specially constructed track located behind the Tower Suites will drop at 12:15 pm. An awards ceremony follows at 2:15.

The development of the go-karts with intentions to compete at IMS is fueled by individual ingenuity as well as driven by on-track testing and competition.

"USAC is excited about this partnership with Purdue," says USAC CEO Kevin Miller. "Obviously motorsports takes many forms and karting has produced many of our champions through the years. We are excited about what we can offer in terms of on-site assistance and media coverage for this event."

Prof. Jim Caruthers, Skidmore Prof. of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University is the academic lead for the evGrandPrix. Caruthers says, "The evGrandPrix has provided the opportunity for college students at Purdue as well as students at other colleges and universities across Indiana, the nation and the world to participate in the technology and excitement of motorsports. However, the most important feature of the evGrandPrix is that it provides an exciting, hands-on engineering design project that complements the material that students learn in their lecture classes."

The evGrandPrix was initiated as part of a multi-institution grant from the United States Department of Energy led by Purdue University in partnership with University of Notre Dame,University of Indianapolis,Ivy Tech Community College,Purdue University Calumet, andIndiana University Northwest.United States Department of Energy. This grant was awarded to create The Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium (I-AEVtec). The goal of this consortium is to educate and train the workforce needed to design, manufacture, and maintain advancedelectric vehiclesand the associated infrastructure. This goal includes creating online courses related to batteries, fuel cells, motors, controls, electric vehicles, and environmental impact. As part of this grant, Purdue created an event called the Electric Vehicle Grand Prix as a vehicle to provide students a hands-on experience to demonstrate their classroom knowledge - an event that is fun and gets their competitive juices flowing. The grant was part of the grants announced byPresident Obamaat a speech inElkhart, Indianain August 2009.

The Electric Vehicle Grand Prix is an event that allows students to get real experience with electric vehicles. The first evGrandPrix was held on April 18, 2010 at the Purdue Grand Prix go-kart track. Students joined a team either through a gp-kart build class or a student-organized team. Each team builds a battery-powered electric go-kart and races it in the event. Scoring is based upon a combination of race placement, engineering design, energy efficiency and community outreach. The 2010 race consisted of 80 laps and a batterychange. In 2011, a second event took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where teams began competing in the International evGrandPrix. In the 2013 International evGrandPrix, the event was split up into two races that allowed for different levels of competition.

Currently at Purdue, there are three classes being offered that relate directly to electric vehicles and the planning for a major event like the evGrandPrix - courses that cross multiple disciplines. They include "Introduction to Motorsports", "Electric Vehicle Technology" and "Event Planning."

 

 

WESTERN HPDs VISIT VISALIA & LEMOOORE

THIS WEEKEND

USAC's Western HPD Midget series resumes this weekend with races at Visalia and Lemoore, Calif.

Cody Jessop is the overall Western HPD leader and has a two-point lead over Dylan Nobile while Randi Pankratz has a three-point lead over Jet Davison in the Western Dirt standings entering Friday night's race at Keller Auto Raceway at Plaza Park in Visalia. Saturday night's race is at Lemoore Raceway.

Defending USAC Western HPD Champion Shawn Buckley and Davey Key were winners in 2014 races at Lemoore, while Sean Elliott and Ashley Hazelton scored a pair of Visalia wins last year. Sean Watts also scored a 2014 win at Visalia.

 

 

JOHNSON GOES FOR 5 AT QUEEN CREEK SATURDAY;

WEST COAST "CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL" SPRINTS AT TULARE

R.J. Johnson goes for an unprecedented fifth consecutive USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series victory this Saturday when the series visits Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz.

Johnson now has 24 series wins to his credit, including an April 18 win at Queen Creek. He also won three times at Arizona Speedway in 2013.

Charles Davis Jr. trails Johnson by 58 points in the most recent standings. He has "top-10" finishes in all five races conducted so far this year.

Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. hosts Saturday night's "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial" USAC West Coast Sprint car event where former champion Danny Faria, Jr. holds a 43-point lead over Ryan Bernal.

Five of Bernal's 22 career West Coast wins have come this year, including a March 14 victory at Tulare. UPCOMING EVENT INFO

DATE: Saturday, May 16, 2015

SERIES: USAC Southwest Sprint Cars

TRACK: Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona) - 1/3 Mile, High-Banked Dirt Oval

EVENT: Central Arizona College Student Night featuring the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars, X-Mods, Mod-Lites & Bombers

TRACK ADDRESS: 47346 N Ironwood Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

TRACK PHONE: (480) 926-6688

TRACK WEBSITE: www.arizonaspeedway.net

TICKETS: Grandstands: Adults $15 Seniors $12 Kids (7-12) $5 Kids 6 and under FREE!

Pit Passes:

Adults $30

Kids (7-12) $15

Kids (6 & Under) FREE!

Camping and Parking always FREE night of show!!!!!

 

 

GAS CITY (Friday) & TERRE HAUTE (May 20) UP NEXT;

BALLOU, GRANT STAR IN HISTORIC ELDORA WEEKEND

Robert Ballou of Rocklin, Calif. vaulted into a two-point lead over Chase Stockon in the new AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car standings after winning Friday night's 30-lap feature at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and taking fifth in Saturday night's "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" 30-lapper.

The series resumes this Saturday at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway before visiting the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track May 20 for the 45th "Tony Hulman Classic."

Ballou and his MPHG Promotions/Blakesley's Auto Maxim/Ott were unbeatable in leading all 30 laps Friday in the first appearance of the AMSOIL National Sprint cars in "doubleheader" conjunction with the World of Outlaws. The two-night event at Eldora was billed the "Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends" and it lived up to its advance billing with spectacular racing.

Jon Stanbrough finished second in Friday's race ahead of C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull and Tracy Hines as Stockon finished 10th.

Saturday's 30-lapper produced a dramatic finish as Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. caught Leary on the final lap for the victory in his Dick's Paint & Body/Knupp's Tire and Muffler DRC/Claxton Chevy. Leary, who continues to seek his first career series win, finished second ahead of Hines, Aaron Farney and Ballou. Leary had paced the first 29 circuits before Grant's last-lap pass.

Stockon earned ProSource Fast Qualifier awards both nights at the half-mile dirt oval.

 

 

CRA'S "SALUTE TO INDY" MAY 23 AT PERRIS;

VANDER WEERD WINS VENTURA'S

"ALL COAST CHALLENGE"

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, Calif. passed Matt Mitchell coming off turn four on the final lap to win Saturday night's "All Coast Challenge" AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. (Scott Sheldon Photo)

Mike Spencer is back atop the standings in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car series and takes a six-point lead over defending series champion Damion Gardner into the May 23 "Salute to Indy" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Spencer, a five-time champion, finished seventh in Saturday night's 40-lap "All Coast Challenge" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway while Gardner finished 10th.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, Calif. passed Matt Mitchell coming off turn four on the final lap to win at Ventura. Vander Weerd piloted his Vander Weerd Construction/Battery Worx Maxim Shark to the win in the event which drew 50 cars and drivers!

Vander Weerd was also the fastest qualifier. Mitchell finished second ahead of Austin Williams, Brody Roa and Ronnie Gardner. Danny Sheridan led the first 35 laps before Mitchell led 36-39 and Vander Weerd led the last lap.

Spencer is seeking a record sixth USAC/CRA title after sweeping championships from 2008-2012.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 9, 2015 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway - "All Coast Challenge"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-12.351; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.439; 3. Nic Faas, 73X, Ford-12.451; 4. Greg Taylor, 7T, Taylor-12.580; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-12.632; 6. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-12.652; 7. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-12.663; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.715; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 73, Ford-12.743; 10. Danny Sheridan, 9. McDonald-12.758; 11. Chris Wakim, 81M, Watt-12.813; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.824; 13. Mike Colegrove, 17, Colegrove-12.902; 14. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-12.936; 15. Johnathon Henry, 47, Gansen-12.947; 16. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-12.980; 17. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-13.012; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.026; 19. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-13.039; 20. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.064; 21. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.074; 22. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-13.079; 23. Jimmy Crawford, 51, Crawford-13.110; 24. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-13.189; 25. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.213; 26. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.228; 27. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.242; 28. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-13.251; 29. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-13.359; 30. Kyle Smith, 55X, Smith-13.461; 31. David Taylor, 74, Taylor-13.482; 32. Hobie Conway, 2K, Kruseman-13.492; 33. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-13.529; 34. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-13.547; 35. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.569; 36. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-13.594; 37. R.J. Johnson, 91, Ferro-13.599; 38. Trent Williams, 92M, Sertich-13.639; 39. Ron Bach, 49, Bach-13.649; 40. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.721; 41. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-13.807; 42. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.831; 43. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-13.852; 44. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.898; 45. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.050; 46. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.057; 47. Luis Espinoza, 09, Espinoza-14.086; 48. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.271; 49. Cal Smith, 39, Cal Sun-14.490; 50. Mike Trottochau, 16, Trottochau-16.206.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Rutherford, 3. Mitchell, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Colegrove, 6. Johnson, 7. Deskins, 8. Schuerenberg, 9. Bezio, 10. Boles. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gaunt, 2. Sheridan, 3. Roa, 4. Pelkey, 5. T.Williams, 6. Douglass, 7. K.Smith, 8. Woodward, 9. Gansen, 10. Kruseman. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Crawford, 2. Guardino, 3. Henry, 4. Faas, 5. D.Gardner, 6. D.Taylor, 7. Wakim, 8. Bach, 9. R.Gardner, 10. C.Williams. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hendricks, 2. Bernal, 3. A.Williams, 4. Faria, 5. Colston, 6. G.Taylor, 7. J.VanderWeerd. 8. Swanson, 9. Conway, 10. L.Williams. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. T.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Conway, 4. D.Taylor, 5. Majors, 6. Bender, 7. Sampson, 8. Bach, 9. Bezio, 10. Trottachau, 11. L.Williams, 12. Everhart, 13. Edwards, 14. C.Smith, 15. Ellertson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. G.Taylor, 2. Kruseman, 3. R.Gardner, 4. Colegrove, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Wakim, 8. Boles, 9. Woodward, 10. Douglass, 11. C.Williams, 12. K.Smith, 13. Johnson, 14. Gansen, 15. Deskins, 16. D.Taylor, 17. Conway, 18. Colston, 19. T.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. Greg Taylor, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Damion Gardner, 11. Cory Kruseman, 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 13. Tristan Guardino, 14. Mike Colegrove, 15. Johnathon Henry, 16. Tom Hendricks, 17. Danny Sheridan, 18. Josh Pelkey, 19. Ryan Bernal, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Rickie Gaunt, 22. Danny Faria Jr., 23. Nic Faas, 24. Jimmy Crawford. NT

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**Gansen flipped during the second heat. C.Williams flipped during the third heat. Everhart flipped during the C-Main. Faas and Bernal flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Sheridan, Laps 36-39 Mitchell, Lap 40 R.Vander Weerd.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 9, 2015 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “All Coast Challenge”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-12.351; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.439; 3. Nic Faas, 73X, Ford-12.451; 4. Greg Taylor, 7T, Taylor-12.580; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-12.632; 6. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-12.652; 7. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-12.663; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.715; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 73, Ford-12.743; 10. Danny Sheridan, 9. McDonald-12.758; 11. Chris Wakim, 81M, Watt-12.813; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.824; 13. Mike Colegrove, 17, Colegrove-12.902; 14. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-12.936; 15. Johnathon Henry, 47, Gansen-12.947; 16. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-12.980; 17. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-13.012; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.026; 19. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-13.039; 20. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.064; 21. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.074; 22. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-13.079; 23. Jimmy Crawford, 51, Crawford-13.110; 24. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-13.189; 25. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.213; 26. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.228; 27. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.242; 28. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-13.251; 29. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-13.359; 30. Kyle Smith, 55X, Smith-13.461; 31. David Taylor, 74, Taylor-13.482; 32. Hobie Conway, 2K, Kruseman-13.492; 33. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-13.529; 34. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-13.547; 35. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.569; 36. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-13.594; 37. R.J. Johnson, 91, Ferro-13.599; 38. Trent Williams, 92M, Sertich-13.639; 39. Ron Bach, 49, Bach-13.649; 40. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.721; 41. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-13.807; 42. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.831; 43. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-13.852; 44. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.898; 45. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.050; 46. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.057; 47. Luis Espinoza, 09, Espinoza-14.086; 48. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.271; 49. Cal Smith, 39, Cal Sun-14.490; 50. Mike Trottochau, 16, Trottochau-16.206.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Rutherford, 3. Mitchell, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Colegrove, 6. Johnson, 7. Deskins, 8. Schuerenberg, 9. Bezio, 10. Boles. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gaunt, 2. Sheridan, 3. Roa, 4. Pelkey, 5. T.Williams, 6. Douglass, 7. K.Smith, 8. Woodward, 9. Gansen, 10. Kruseman. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Crawford, 2. Guardino, 3. Henry, 4. Faas, 5. D.Gardner, 6. D.Taylor, 7. Wakim, 8. Bach, 9. R.Gardner, 10. C.Williams. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hendricks, 2. Bernal, 3. A.Williams, 4. Faria, 5. Colston, 6. G.Taylor, 7. J.VanderWeerd. 8. Swanson, 9. Conway, 10. L.Williams. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. T.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Conway, 4. D.Taylor, 5. Majors, 6. Bender, 7. Sampson, 8. Bach, 9. Bezio, 10. Trottachau, 11. L.Williams, 12. Everhart, 13. Edwards, 14. C.Smith, 15. Ellertson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. G.Taylor, 2. Kruseman, 3. R.Gardner, 4. Colegrove, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Wakim, 8. Boles, 9. Woodward, 10. Douglass, 11. C.Williams, 12. K.Smith, 13. Johnson, 14. Gansen, 15. Deskins, 16. D.Taylor, 17. Conway, 18. Colston, 19. T.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. Greg Taylor, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Damion Gardner, 11. Cory Kruseman, 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 13. Tristan Guardino, 14. Mike Colegrove, 15. Johnathon Henry, 16. Tom Hendricks, 17. Danny Sheridan, 18. Josh Pelkey, 19. Ryan Bernal, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Rickie Gaunt, 22. Danny Faria Jr., 23. Nic Faas, 24. Jimmy Crawford. NT

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**Gansen flipped during the second heat. C.Williams flipped during the third heat. Everhart flipped during the C-Main. Faas and Bernal flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Sheridan, Laps 36-39 Mitchell, Lap 40 R.Vander Weerd,

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: May 23 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Salute To Indy”

 

 

GRANT DENIES LEARY IN MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND THRILLER AT ELDORA

TeeJay Crawford Photo

Rossburg, Ohio...Justin Grant threw a slidejob into turn-one on the final lap of Saturday night's 30-lap "Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends" finale for the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars to deny C.J. Leary his first-career win, picking up a thrilling victory to cap a busy weekend at Eldora Speedway. The Ione, California driver used a lapped car as a pick just past the white flag and came up in front of Leary, navigating the final half-lap to pick up his first win of the season.

Leary got the jump from the pole over Grant, and those two set off on a one-on-one duel through traffic for the entire green-to-checker distance. Behind them, Tracy Hines quickly moved to third as Robert Ballou came from seventh to assault rookie Aaron Farney for the fourth spot.

Chase Stockon, who set ProSource "Fast Time" for the second-straight night, was the man on the move early, coming from tenth into the top-five on lap nine with huge slide-jobs. Stockon got past Ballou and Farney in successive laps to take fourth on lap ten and set sail for Hines in the third spot.

Just past halfway, Stockon began to noticeably lose speed. He was fading back out of the top-five as up front, Leary and Grant stayed close as they drew away from Hines as the race hit its final ten laps. It appeared Grant may have lost his chance at the last-race when we he was held up in traffic with eight laps to go, but he rebounded and then turned his fastest lap of the race on lap 26.

As the duo hit two to go, Grant entered turn-one right on Leary's tailtank. He followed him into turn-three on the cushion but turned down the track on exit with a run to the flagstand. As they encountered two cars just ahead, Grant dove to the bottom and slid up with the lead, bringing home the Mark Hery Motorsports - Dick's Paint & Body #40 DRC/Claxton .511-seconds ahead. The race was completed in under eight and a half minutes.

"It's huge to win here and put my name on the list of guys who have won USAC sprint car races here," Grant said. "Eldora Speedway is such a special place, and it's awesome to be in that list of drivers. This car has always been fast here, with a lot of podiums and top-fives, but we finally pulled one off! We were basically flat-out all the way around tonight with the track being so smooth and fast on entry, which makes it tough to make a pass."

Leary again just missed out on his first series win, but finished an impressive weekend that saw him on the podium both nights in the Leary Construction Company - Green Tech Lubricants #30 DRC/Claxton Mopar.

"I'm pretty heartbroken," Leary admitted. "To lead 29 and a quarter laps and lose it like that is tough to take. We just caught a car at the very worst spot, and Justin was back there and able to see it coming. Hats off to him for a great, clean move to beat us, but I just really hate to miss out on that first one for me and my team. The place was fast tonight, and it made it tough to get through traffic at times. We'll try not to be too down - running top-three both nights surely exceeded our expectations coming over here," Leary said.

Hines held onto third, nearly six seconds ahead of his closest challenger in his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy.

"We could stay right with them, but lapped traffic made a huge difference tonight and let them get away a little late in the race," Hines said. "Our package has been really consistently fast lately with so much grip, so I'm just trying to keep it free enough. It was tough to do much with guys as fast as it was, so you kinda had to hold your ground a lot. I was watching to see those guys have an issue with the cushion at some point, and give myself some room to avoid them and move past. We'll just keep our mind straight and keep digging," Hines said.

Farney notched his best career finish in the DCT Racing - Brettnacher Farms #15F Maxim/Ott, holding off Robert Ballou, who took over the point lead in the Blakesley Auto - MPHG Promotions #12 Maxim/Ott. He now sits two points ahead of Stockon, who wound up ninth.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 9, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.432; 2. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-16.544; 3. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-16.834; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.051; 5. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-17.063; 6. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.206; 7. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-17.224; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.375; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.408; 10. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Hewitt-17.451; 11. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-17.498; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-17.511; 13. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.600; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-17.684; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.737; 16. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.741; 17. Adam Cruea, 83, Cruea-17.802; 18. Daron Clayton, 66, Amati-17.835; 19. Tyler Hewitt, 24p, Paul-17.916; 20. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.020; 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Grant, 3. Stockon, 4. D.Hewitt, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Swanson, 7. T.Hewi tt. 2:10.42

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Leary, 3. Darland, 4. Farney, 5. Cruea, 6. Whited, 7. Bell. 2:08.77

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Clayton, 3. Windom, 4. Hines, 5. Bacon, 6. Goodnight. 2:11.73

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Aaron Farney, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Chris Windom, 12. Dallas Hewitt, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Kody Swanson, 15. Adam Cruea, 16. Brandon Whited, 17. Tyler Hewitt, 18. Robert Bell, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Daron Clayton, 21. Jerry Coons, Jr. 8:26.25 ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Leary, Lap 30 Grant.

 

BALLOU BLOWS AWAY FIELD TO WIN "MOTHER OF ALL SPRINT CAR WEEKENDS" NIGHT ONE FEATURE AT ELDORA

Rossburg, Ohio...Robert Ballou continued his hot stretch on Friday night as he wired the field to win the "Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends" opening 30-lapper for the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Eldora Speedway. It was the Rocklin, California native's fourth victory of the season in the Blakesley Auto - MPHG Promotions #12 Maxim/Ott.

"It's so hard to win these races, as good as everyone is up front right now, but when you catch that front row like tonight, you have to take advantage. We had obstacles from the beginning. The engine wasn't quite right in hot laps, but we decided to leave it for qualifying. After the heat, I knew we needed to change it to have a chance to win. So, we took the engine out of our back-up car and replaced the engine we had in the primary car to make it out there. They kept a lot of grip in it tonight, which surprised me some for running both divisions of sprint cars, and luckily we were strong enough. Our motors are really a strong point for us, and hopefully we can use that to keep us up front," Ballou said.

Ballou led the opening half as most of the field ran the top-side of the famed half-mile. The best battle developed for fourth, as Justin Grant and Thomas Meseraull went at it as they neared the halfway point. Grant tried to slide past Meseraull into turn-three on lap 15, but the two made contact and Grant ended up in the wall, ending his night.

Defending National Series champion Brady Bacon was on the move from his 11th starting spot, moving into the top-six and challenging Jerry Coons, Jr. for fifth, as Meseraull had moved by him for the third spot and C.J. Leary came along for fourth. On lap 24, Bacon got over the turn-two cushion and hit the wall, coming to a stop to bring out the final caution.

Over the final seven laps, Ballou was unchallenged as Stanbrough distanced himself from the rest of the field to take home the second spot in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D.

"We didn't have anything for Robert tonight, but this is a good run for us here and good for my confidence here as this hasn't been one of my better places lately. We tried some things early in the night, and I was honestly shocked that we were as fast as we were in qualifying. We weren't that good, but we threw some things at it and had it pretty good for the feature. We've gotten better and better, finding what to do to the car to make it happy and make me happy," Stanbrough said.

Leary came on strong in the closing laps, pulling a slider on Meseraull to claim the final podium spot in the Leary Construction Company - Green Tech Lubricants #30 DRC/Claxton Mopar.

"We finally started a little closer to the front, especially here, and it's huge just to be up in the clear and be able to see the cushion and the wall while you're racing guys. We moved forward, and a third is a really solid night for us here. Our confidence is high between running strong in these USAC races and picking off some local wins, and Derek (Claxton) has had the car great every night, so we'll try to keep it going," Leary said.

Meseraull made his opening night with USAC this season pay off as he finished fourth in the Keen's Body Shop - Spirit Medical Transport #18x DRC/Claxton, and Tracy Hines rounded out the top-five in his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy.

Chase Stockon set the night's ProSource "Fast Time" and came home tenth to retain his National point lead, which is now just six over Ballou.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 8, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.587; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 18x, Keen-15.833; 3. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-15.885; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-15.906; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.936; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.984; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.078; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-16.079; 9. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-16.086; 10. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-16.105; 11. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-16.110; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.148; 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-16.195; 14. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-16.198; 15. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-16.233; 16. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Hewitt-16.238; 17. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-16.363; 18. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-16.449; 19. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-16.598; 20. Kent Wolters, 12x, Wolters-16.630; 21. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-16.636; 22. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.640; 23. Chad Boespflug, 5, Baldwin-16.698; 24. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.704; 25. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-16.713; 26. Daron Clayton, 66, Amati-16.734; 27. Jake Simmons, 3, Simmons-17.391; 28. Adam Cruea, 83, Cruea-17.604; 29. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.664; 30. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Cottle, 3. Simon, 4. Thomas, 5. Leary, 6. Smith, 7. Whited, 8. Bell. 2:10.24

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Ballou, 3. Meseraull, 4. Hines, 5. Goodnight, 6. Clayton, 7. Andretti. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Grant, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Simmons, 6. Jarrett, 7. Hery. 2:10.59

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Farney, 3. Swanson, 4. Hewitt, 5. Cruea, 6. Wolters, 7. Bacon. 2:13.64

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Bacon, 3. Goodnight, 4. Clayton, 5. Smith, 6. Simmons, 7. Wolters, 8. Whited, 9. Cruea, 10. Hery, 11. Bell. 3:20.69

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Dave Darland, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Landon Simon, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Matt Goodnight, 16. Brady Bacon, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Dallas Hewitt, 19. Jake Simmons, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Dustin Smith. NT

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Mattox flipped during qualifying. Andretti flipped during the second heat. Bacon flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ballou.

 

VENTURA HOSTS USAC/CRA $5,000-TO-WIN “ALL COAST CHALLENGE” THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

MAY 6, 2015... This Saturday, May 9th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will travel to Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway for the highly anticipated “All Coast Challenge.” The special event will be capped off with a $5,000-to-win, $500-to-start, 40-lap main event. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track In America.”

A special thanks goes out to “Big” Mike Grosswendt and All Coast Construction for their support of the event. Mike has been a major supporter of Sprint Car racing on the West Coast for several years and his contributions are appreciated very much. Woodland Auto Display and Jimbo McCoskey have also bolstered the race and over 50 racers have entered the “All Coast Challenge.” In addition to the USAC/CRA contingencies, the fast qualifier will earn $500, the hard charger will take home $500, the winner will get $5,000 and a custom surfboard, second will pocket $2,500, and third will earn $1,250. The action packed 40-lap main event will pay $500-to-start.

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

Ventura Raceway has a strict 95db at 100 feet state mandated sound rule and track legal mufflers are Extreme Mufflers (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part #3615-3535), Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech (180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series), B&B Performance (FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet), Flowmaster (Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.) The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal muffler for Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway.

Saturday’s “All Coast Challenge” will mark the 17th appearance of the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. “The Ripper” Rip Williams claimed the inaugural Ventura USAC/CRA main event on May 22, 2004 on his way to the championship. Since then, nine drivers have earned victories and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman leads all racers with six wins. Last season, “The Demon” Damion Gardner led all 30-laps at Ventura to score one of his eleven triumphs. “The Bullet” Blake Miller holds the 1-lap series record of 11.675, set on October 28, 2008. Ventura’s all-time 410 non-winged track record of 11.527 was posted on October 1, 1994 by “The Flying Shoe” Ron Shuman.

Heading to the “All Coast Challenge,” Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner has an eleven point advantage over the competition. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner won his second feature of the year last Saturday at Perris. To date, the defending champion has three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” will be looking to extend his point lead and earn his series leading 60th win on Saturday.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California ranks second in USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer led ten laps at Perris before scoring third at the checkered flags. To date, the five-time champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. At Ventura, Mike will have his sights on the $5,000 payday and claiming his 36th USAC/CRA triumph.

Yorba Linda, California’s Matt Mitchell is third in the chase for the championship. Piloting his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell charged from thirteenth to finish sixth last Saturday night. At press time, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, five top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led. Currently tied with Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, and Blake Miller for thirteenth on USAC/CRA’s win list, Matt will be looking for his 7th feature victory.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California is tied for fourth in the point standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams took fourth at Perris after starting seventh. Entering Saturday’s race, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. With three career USAC/CRA victories to his credit, Austin will have his sights on the $5,000 “All Coast Challenge” win.

After placing sixth last Saturday, Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson has tied Austin Williams for fourth in the point chase. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Victory, Swanson has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards and four top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, the 2012 Rookie of the Year will be looking for his first career USAC/CRA feature win at Ventura.

Currently tied for eleventh in points, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, California leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Michael Curtis, Anthony Lopiccolo, and Tommy Malcolm are also in contention.

As of May 5th, the entry list for Saturday’s “All Coast Challenge” is listed at the end of this release. Thanks to Scott Daloisio for the information.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $15, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are #15, Student tickets (with ID) are $15, Kids tickets (7-12) are $10, and Children’s tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com and follow the series on Facebook or Twitter. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- 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 USAC/CRA FEATURE WINNERS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Brady Bacon.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-332, 2. Mike Spencer-321, 3. Matt Mitchell-270, 4. Austin Williams-233, -. Jake Swanson-233, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-226, 7. Cody Williams-178, 8. Logan Williams-147, 9. Brody Roa-146, 10. Brady Bacon-136, 11. R.J. Johnson-114, --. Parker Colston-114, --. David Bezio-114, 14. Dave Darland-110, 15. Jace Vander Weerd-108, 16. Mike Martin-92, 17. Charles Davis Jr.-88, 18. Ronnie Gardner-85, 19. Josh Hodges-83, 20. Michael Curtis-77.

VENTURA ALL COAST CHALLENGE ENTRIES: 2-Austin Williams, 2K-Hobie Conway, 2X-Wally Pankratz, 4-Damion Gardner, 4G-Chris Gansen, 5-Logan Williams, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 7-Cory Kruseman, 7T-Greg Taylor, 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 11-Troy Rutherford, 12-Josh Pelkey, 12B-Tobey Sampson, 13-Bruce Douglass, 14-Tom Hendricks, 15-Rick Hendrix, 16-Mike Martin, 16X-Mike Trottochau, 17-Mike Colegrove, 17V-Danny Faria Jr., 20-Shon Deskins, 21-A.J. Bender, 24-Guy Woodward, 37-Matt Mitchell, 37X-David Bezio, 39-Cal Smith, 39E-Kyle Edwards, 42N Jeff Sibley, 44-Cody Williams, 45C-Michael Curtis, 47-Johnathon Henry, 49-TBA, 50-Mike Spencer, 51-Jimmy Crawford, 52-Trent Williams, 54-Cody Majors, 55-Tony Everhart, 55X Kyle Smith, 56-Ryan Bernal, 56A-Luke Boles, 64-Parker Colston, 66-Rickie Gaunt, 73-Hunter Schuerenberg, 73X-Nic Faas, 74-David Taylor, 81-Tristan Guardino, 81M-Chris Wakim, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 91R-Brody Roa, 92-Jake Swanson, 93-Ronnie Gardner, 98-Jeremy Ellertson, 0K-Malyssa Perkins, 04-Luis Espinoza, TBA-Shaun Torbert.

 

 

MICHAEL FACCINTO CHARGES TO FIRST VICTORY AT TULARE

By Lance Jennings

TULARE CA – MAY 4, 2015... Starting tenth, Hanford, California’s Michael Faccinto took the lead from Trey Marcham on the fourth lap and sailed to victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. For Faccinto, the 30-lap triumph was his first career win with the Honda USAC Western Midget Series. Cody Swanson, Shannon McQueen, Brian Gard, and Terry Nichols rounded out the top-five drivers.

Piloting the #35F MF Motorsports’ Chevy powered Spike, Michael Faccinto and his crew thrashed to change a rear end early in the program. Missing time trials, the second generation driver officially placed fourteenth overall and rebounded to score fourth in his heat race. Earning the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors in the main event, Faccinto has climbed to tenth in points as the series returns to the Tulare on May 30th.

Cody Swanson of Norco, California raced to second in the 30-lap main event from fifth. Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson qualified second out of the fifteen racers in the pit area. The former Bakersfield feature winner left Tulare ranked third in championship points.

Bakersfield, California’s Shannon McQueen charged from ninth to take third at Thunderbowl Raceway. Racing the family owned #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen was tenth fast in time trials and scored fifth in her heat race. Returning to Tulare on May 30th, the former champion sits fifth in the point standings.

Brian Gard of Kelseyville, California scored fourth at Tulare after starting seventh. Piloting the Arata Bros.’ #88 Storcks Garage / Cliff Marden Snap-On Tools Ellis, Gard qualified seventh overall and took fifth in his heat race. At press time, last year’s Chico Gold Cup winner is currently seventh in the point chase.

Delano, California’s “Panda Express” Terry Nichols finished fifth in Tulare’s main event. Driving the family owned #1P Neverlift Motorsports / Crysalli Water Spike, Nichols was ninth quick in time trials and won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The former West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year left Tulare tied for third in the standings.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco, California earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner ran fourth in his heat race and scored eleventh in the feature after an early exit. The defending champion has a four point advantage heading to the May 16th return to Tulare.

Manteca, California’s Nick Chivello raced to victory in the 8-lap DJ Safety Hat Race #2. Piloting the family owned #27 Rodgers Trucking / Vic Hubbard’s Auto Parts Spike, Chivello qualified sixth overall and placed sixth in the main event. The former rookie of the year left Tulare in a three-way tie for eleventh in the point chase.

On Saturday, May 30th, the Honda USAC Western Midgets will return to the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the showcase will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Vintage Cars. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Honda USAC Western Midget Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_WSMIDGET). -------------------------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: May 2, 2015 - Tulare, California - Thunderbowl Raceway - "J.D. Heiskell Race Night"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-17.168; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-17.261; 3. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-17.270; 4. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-17.546; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 19W, Sala-17.600; 6. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-17.661; 7. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-17.780; 8. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-17.861; 9. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-17.987; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-17.991; 11. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-18.265; 12. Jack Hawley, 56, Hawley-18.615; 13. Nate Waite, 35W, Waite-NT; 14. Michael Faccinto, 35F, Faccinto-NT; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 99, JK-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Nichols, 2. Marcham, 3. Faria, 4. Gardner, 5. Gard, 6. Pierovich, 7. Waite. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Chivello, 2. Dodenhoff, 3. Swanson, 4. Faccinto, 5. McQueen, 6. Davis. 7. Hawley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (10th), 2. Cody Swanson (5th), 3. Shannon McQueen (9th), 4. Brian Gard (7th), 5. Terry Nichols (8th), 6. Nick Chivello (1st), 7. Jack Hawley (13th), 8. Nate Waite (14th), 9. Trey Marcham (4th), 10. Scott Pierovich (12th), 11. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 12. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd), 13. Steve Davis (11th), 14. Sean Dodenhoff (3rd). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Marcham, Laps 4-30 Faccinto. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto (10th to 1st)

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-115, 2. Trey Marcham-111, 3. Cody Swanson-106, -.Terry Nichols-106, 5. Shannon McQueen-105, 6. Scott Pierovich-91, 7. Brian Gard-82, 8. Sean Dodenhoff-80, 9. Steve Davis-76, 10. Michael Faccinto-65, 11. Nick Chivello-57, --. David Prickett-57, --. Randi Pankratz-57, 14. Jack Hawley-46, 15. Jimmy Voitel-42, 16. Nate Waite-41, 17. Jeff Harrington-38, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-37, 19. Ricky Shelton-27, 20. Tyler Dolacki-25.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON CONTINUES WINNING STREAK AT CANYON CLASH

 By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – MAY 4, 2015... Continuing to rewrite the record books, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona won the “5th Annual Canyon Clash” at Canyon Speedway Park. Saturday’s $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was Johnson’s fourth straight victory and the 26th win in series history. High point driver Josh Pelkey, Mike Colegrove, Brian Hosford, and Dalten Gabbard followed Johnson to the checkered flags.

Starting seventh, R.J. Johnson tied his series record of four consecutive victories for the second time. Driving Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran second to Mike Martin in his heat race, placing the defending champion seventh in the night’s passing points. With a late race charge, R.J. took command on the twenty-seventh lap from Stevie Sussex to seal the victory. The point leader extended his advantage to 58 points heading to Queen Creek on May 16th.

After posting high point driver honors on the night, Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Pelkey claimed second in the “Canyon Clash” from sixth. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey also won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. The former ASCA Champion left his home track ranked third in the standings.

Mike Colegrove of Peoria, Arizona charged to third from the eighth starting spot at Canyon. Racing his #17 Precision Tile / Ellis Race Cars entry, Colegrove took fourth in his heat race and was seated eighth overall in passing points. After a solid performance at Canyon, Mike heads to Arizona Speedway placed seventh in championship points.

Gilbert, Arizona’s Brian Hosford had one of his best showings with a fourth place finish in the “Canyon Clash.” Driving Bernie Weber’s #22B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford won his first 8-lap heat race of the campaign and ranked fifth in passing points. Currently sitting ninth in SouthWest points, Brian will be looking for his first victory at Queen Creek.

Dalten Gabbard of Peoria, Arizona claimed fifth at his hometown race track. Piloting the family owned #77 BG Chemicals / AZ Heat Trucking Maxim, Gabbard took second to Hosford in his heat race and placed third in passing points. Dalten left Saturday’s “Canyon Clash” ranked sixteenth in the chase for the championship.

Peoria, Arizona’s “The Bull” Tye Mihocko earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from nineteenth. Driving the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Beaver Stripes RSS, Mihocko was seventh in his heat race and placed nineteenth in passing points. The young driver heads to Arizona Speedway ranked fourteenth in series points.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma, Arizona won the night’s third 8-lap heat race. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin placed fourth in passing points and scored nineteenth in the main event. The former Hall of Fame classic winner is eighth in points and will be looking to rebound at Queen Creek on May 16th.

On Saturday, May 16th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will battle at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located at the ET Motopark, the event will also feature the X-Mods, ModLites, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 2, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Canyon Clash”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford, (#22B Weber), 2. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 3. Stevie Sussex (#13S Sussex), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (7th), 2. Josh Pelkey (6th), 3. Mike Colegrove (8th), 4. Brian Hosford (5th), 5. Dalten Gabbard (4th), 6. Andy Reinbold (11th), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (16th), 8. Tye Mihocko (19th), 9. Chris Bonneau (14th), 10. Bruce St. James (10th), 11. Dennis Gile (9th), 12. Shon Deskins (13th), 13. Mike Bonneau (20th), 14. Michael Curtis (17th), 15. Stevie Sussex (1st), 16. Matt Rossi (2nd), 17. Koty McGullam (18th), 18. Nick Aiuto (12th), 19. Mike Martin (3rd), 20. Josh Shipley (15th). NT ---------------------------- **Rossi and Deskins flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Rossi, Laps 23-26 Sussex, Laps 27-30 Johnson. HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (19th to 8th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-319, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-261, 3. Josh Pelkey-252, 4. Matt Rossi-233, 5. Stevie Sussex-227, 6. Shon Deskins-220, 7. Mike Colegrove-218, 8. Mike Martin-213, 9. Brian Hosford-194, 10. Bruce St. James-168, 11. Andy Reinbold-164, 12. Dennis Gile-133, 13. Nick Aiuto-117, 14. Tye Mihocko-107, 15. Josh Shipley-99, 16. Dalten Gabbard-82, 17. Michael Curtis-76, 18. Ryan Bernal-71, 19. Mike Bonneau- 65, 20. Matt Mitchell-62, --. Koty McGullam-62.

 

 

“THE DEMON” DAMION GARDNER IS BACK ON TOP AT PERRIS

By Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CA – MAY 4, 2015... Powering past Mike Spencer on lap twelve, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California earned Saturday’s $2,500 victory at Perris Auto Speedway. For Gardner, the 30-lap feature win was his 59th career Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph. Richard Vander Weerd, Spencer, Austin Williams, and fast qualifier Jake Swanson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting fifth, Damion Gardner was able to break Vander Weerd’s two-race “home track” win streak. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified second out of the twenty-one racers and finished second to Vander Weerd in his heat race. With the victory, “The Demon” extended his lead to eleven points heading to Saturday’s “All Coast Challenge” at Ventura.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd charged from eighth to claim second in the Perris main event. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was eighth quick in time trials and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. With two wins on the season, the former USAC West Coast Champion left Perris ranked sixth in the standings.

Looking for his first win of the campaign, Mike Spencer of Temecula, California led ten laps before taking third at the checkered flags. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified third overall and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. The five-time champion is currently second in championship points.

Yorba Linda, California’s Austin Williams raced from seventh to a fourth place finish at Perris Auto Speedway. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was seventh fast in time trials and ran second to Matt Mitchell in his heat race. The former rookie of the year is tied for fourth in points and will be looking for his first Ventura win.

Jake Swanson of Anaheim, California took fifth in the Saturday night main event. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Victory, Swanson claimed his fourth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran third in his heat race. Currently tied for fourth in the standings, the former rookie of the year has his sights on the $5,000 “All Coast Challenge” win.

Yorba Linda, California’s Anthony Lopiccolo earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a thirteenth place run from twenty-first. Racing John & Evelyn Springstead’s #36 Jasper Ray Foundation / Trabuco Vaper Company Buckley, Lopiccolo qualified twenty-first and ran seventh in his heat race. The rookie of the year contender left his home track placed thirty-seventh in the standings.

Yorba Linda, California’s Matt Mitchell won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell was thirteenth fast in time trials and scored sixth in the main event after starting thirteenth. The defending USAC West Coast Champion heads to Ventura’s All Coast Challenge third in points.

This Saturday, May 9th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will invade Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway for the 40-lap, $5,000-to-win, $500-to-start “All Coast Challenge.” Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, more event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA). Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 2, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.636; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.644; 3. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.669; 4. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.773; 5. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-16.806; 6. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.808; 7. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.849; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.873; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.023; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.052; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.155; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.179; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.203; 14. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.203; 15. Verne Sweeney, 98X, Tracy-17.547; 16. Jesse Denome, 6, Denome-17.571; 17. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.600; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.900; 19. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.983; 20. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-18.048; 21. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-18.722.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. A.Williams, 3. Swanson, 4. C.Williams, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Denome, 7. Smith. 2:52.06.

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Gardner, 3. Colston, 4. Bezio, 5. L.Williams, 6. Hendricks, 7. Everhart. 2:49.50.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Roa, 3. Bender, 4. Sweeney, 5. Gansen, 6. Ellertson, 7. Lopiccolo. 2:52.70.

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (5th), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (8th), 3. Mike Spencer (4th), 4. Austin Williams (7th), 5. Jake Swanson (6th), 6. Matt Mitchell (13th), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 8. David Bezio (2nd), 9. Logan Williams (14th), 10. Parker Colston (11th), 11. A.J. Bender (1st), 12. Chris Gansen (12th), 13. Anthony Lopiccolo (21st), 14. Tom Hendricks (20th), 15. Cody Williams (3rd), 16. Jeremy Ellertson (18th), 17. Jesse Denome (16th), 18. Brody Roa (9th), 19. Tony Everhart (17th), 20. Cal Smith (19th), 21. Verne Sweeney (15th). NT ------------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Bezio, Laps 2-11 Spencer, Laps 12-30 Gardner. DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Anthony Lopiccolo (21st to 13th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-332, 2. Mike Spencer-321, 3. Matt Mitchell-270, 4. Austin Williams-233, -. Jake Swanson-233, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-226, 7. Cody Williams-178, 8. Logan Williams-147, 9. Brody Roa-146, 10. Brady Bacon-136, 11. R.J. Johnson-114, --. Parker Colston-114, --. David Bezio-114, 14. Dave Darland-110, 15. Jace Vander Weerd-108, 16. Mike Martin-92, 17. Charles Davis Jr.-88, 18. Ronnie Gardner-85, 19. Josh Hodges-83, 20. Michael Curtis-77.

 

 

DMA MIDGETS CONTINUE MAY 16 AT BRADFORD;

SUNN SHINES IN BEAR RIDGE OPENER

Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. hosts all but one of this year's USAC DMA Midget races and is the May 16 venue when the series resumes.

Josh Sunn of White River Junction, Vt. won Saturday night's 20-lap USAC DMA Midget Series opener at Bradford. He passed Jeff Horn on lap eight and led the rest of the way to beat Adam Pierson, Horn, Adam Whitney and Dean Christensen.

Sunn's point lead after the opener stands at 12 points after last Saturday's event, one of five this year awarding "double points."

2015 USAC DMA Midget Point Standings: 1-Josh Sunn-136, 2-Adam Pierson-124, 3-Jeff Horn-116, 4-Dean Christensen-108, 5-Adam Whitney-106, 6-Kevin Chaffee-98, 7-Ray Miller-92, 8-Ken Johnson-90, 9-Lauryn Burd-76, 10-Vince Lucca-76.

 

 

HPDs OFF UNTIL MAY 15 AT VISALIA;

LAMB, STICKLE & McCARTHY EARN VICTORIES

USAC's HPD Midget series, coming off a busy week in which all three series competed, are idle this week awaiting a May 15 Western race at Keller Auto Speedway at Plaza Park in Visalia, Calif.

Tommy McCarthy of Mountain View, Calif. scored a pair of feature wins during Saturday night's "Vukovich Classic" at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. He won the 30-lap USAC Western HPD Midget main and the accompanying 15-lap Restricted HPD feature as well. In the HPD finale, he passed Toni Breidinger on lap 15 and led the rest of the way to beat Cody Jessop, Annie Breidinger, Dylan Nobile and Tom Paterson. He led all the way to win the Restricted feature over Jessop, Jesse Love IV, Ethan Lesser and Blake Brannon.

Jacob Stickle of Xenia, Ohio won Friday night's 20-lap USAC Midwest HPD Midget opener at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. He took the lead from Jacob Taylor on lap four and led the rest of the way in his Kreider Corporation/Willie's Sport Bar & Grill Hawk/Focus. Alex Watson took second ahead of Leffel and Taylor.

Saturday night's scheduled Midwest race at DeGraff, Ohio was postponed with track and USAC officials discussing a possible rescheduling later in the season. The next Midwest event is June 6 at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio.

Chris Lamb of Colfax, N.C. won Saturday night's 35-lap USAC Eastern HPD Midget race at Franklin County Speedway. He passed Scott Hunter on lap five and led the rest of the way to beat Hunter, Jessica Bean, Calvin Carroll and Kyle Craker. Friday night's Eastern race at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. was rained out.

The Eastern series resumes action June 5 at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, N.C.

2015 HPD USAC Western Midget Standings: 1-Cody Jessop-400, 2-Dylan Nobile-398, 3-Annie Breidinger-353, 4-Toni Breidinger-339, 5-Ashley Hazelton-311, 6-Jesse Love IV-295, 7-Tom Paterson-236, 8-Ron Hazelton-159, 9-Shawn Buckley-151, 10-Randi Pankratz-129.

2015 HPD Western Midget Pavement Standings: 1-Dylan Nobile-398, 2-Annie Breidinger-353, 3-Toni Breidinger-339, 4-Cody Jessop-325, 5-Ashley Hazelton-232, 6-Jesse Love IV-207, 7-Tom Paterson-192, 8-Dezel West-94, 9-Joel Rayborne-89, 10-Ethan Lesser-78.

2015 HPD USAC Western Midget Restricted Standings: 1-Ethan Lesser-133, 2-Blake Brannon-122, 3-Jesse Love III-71. 4-Tommy McCarthy-68, 5-Jesse Love IV-67, 6-Cody Jessop-57.

2015 HPD USAC Eastern Midget Standings: 1-Chris Lamb-233, 2-Jessica Bean-212, 3-Scott Hunter-208, 4-Calvin Carroll-186, 5-Jake Nelke-175, 6-Kyle Craker-169, 7-Nikki Carroll-157, 8-Andrew Layser-154, 9-Sam Hatfield-133, 10-Matt Lundstrom-123.

2015 HPD USAC Midwest Midget Standings: 1-Jacob Stickle-60, 2-Alex Watson-57, 3-Aaron Leffel-54, 4-Jacob Taylor-51.

 

 

WESTERN MIDGETS RETURN TO TULARE MAY 30;

FACCINTO WINS THUNDERBOWL 30-LAPPER

Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. hosted the Honda USAC Western Midget Series last Saturday night and will be the site of the next race on May 30.

Michael Faccinto of Hanford, Calif., USAC's 2006 National Ford Focus Midget Champion, wheeled the MF Motorsports Spike/Chevy to victory in Saturday night's 30-lapper at Tulare on J.D. Heiskell Race Night.

Faccinto passed Trey Marcham on lap four and led the rest of the way to beat Cody Swanson, Shannon McQueen, Brian Gard and Terry Nichols. Series point leader Ronnie Gardner was the fastest qualifier, but finished 11th.

2015 Honda USAC Western Midget Standings: 1-Ronnie Gardner-115, 2-Trey Marcham-111; 3-Cody Swanson-106, 4-Terry Nichols-106, 5-Shannon McQueen-105, 6-Scott Pierovich-91, 7-Brian Gard-82, 8-Sean Dodenhoff-80, 9-Steve Davis-76, 10-Michael Faccinto-65.

 

 

MAY 21 "HOOSIER HUNDRED" NEXT FOR SILVER CROWN;

KODY SWANSON WINS "ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC"

The "Hoosier Hundred" is next on the calendar for USAC's Silver Crown Championship Series. The May 21 race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis continues a tradition now 62 years deep. Defending race winner Kody Swanson, last year's series champion, appears to again be the pre-race favorite after winning the 2015 series opener Friday night at Toledo, Ohio.

Swanson and the DePalma Motorsports Radio Hospital/Hampshire Racing Engines Beast/Chevy lead the 2015 standings after leading all 100 laps of Friday's Hemelgarn Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" at Toledo Speedway. Jacob Wilson finished second ahead of A.J. Fike, Jerry Coons Jr. and Aaron Pierce.

Swanson's brother Tanner had just inched ahead of Kody at the start/finish line at the end of lap 49 before he was involved in a spectacular crash into the catch fence in turn one. He emerged uninjured.

The victory was Swanson's sixth in his last 11 Silver Crown starts and he started from the pole after posting the ProSource fast qualifying time.

The May 21 Hoosier Hundred is part of a busy week for USAC participants which also includes the May 23 Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The May 23 race is slated to take the green flag at 1:30 p.m.

2015 USAC Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Kody Swanson-66, 2-Jacob Wilson-57, 3-A.J. Fike-54, 4-Jerry Coons Jr.-51, 5-Aaron Pierce-48, 6-David Byrne-45, 7-Austin Nemire-42, 8-Dave Baumgartner-39, 9-Tracy Hines-36, 10-Rex Norris III-33.

 

 

SOUTHWEST EYES QUEEN CREEK MAY 16;

JOHNSON NOW 4-IN-A-ROW AFTER "CANYON CLASH" VICTORY

Defending two-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car Champion R.J. Johnson will try to set a series record May 16 when the series returns to Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. He is on a streak of four consecutive victories and could become the first driver to win five in a row.

Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz., won Saturday night's 5th Annual "Canyon Clash" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Wheeling the Michaels entry, he took the lead with four laps remaining and led to the flag to beat Josh Pelkey, Mike Colegrove, Brian Hosford and Dalten Gabbard.

The win was Johnson's 22nd in USAC racing in the state of Arizona, another all-time record.

2015 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-319. 2-Charles Davis Jr.-261, 3-Josh Pelkey-252, 3-Matt Rossi-233, 5-Stevie Sussex-227, 6-Shon Deskins-220, 7-Michael Colegrove-218, 8-Mike Martin-213, 9-Brian Hosford-194, 10-Bruce St. James-168.

 

 

HISTORIC USAC/WoO "DOUBLEHEADERS" FRIDAY, SATURDAY AT ELDORA;

DARLAND SEEKS HISTORY-MAKING 100TH NATIONAL USAC WIN

What is being billed as the "Mother of all Sprint Car Weekends" unfolds this weekend at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and race fans will witness a historic first.

The AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series joins the World of Outlaws in the first "doubleheaders" ever for the two series. Both series compete both nights at the famed half-mile oval.

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., whose 55 career feature wins are an all-time series record, will seek his 100th USAC National feature victory in the two-night extravaganza. A victory would place him in the company of only three previous USAC drivers who achieved the century mark during their careers. A.J. Foyt scored 154, Rich Vogler grabbed 134 and Mel Kenyon 111.

Tracy Hines, who has 11 career Eldora wins to his credit, is also approaching the magic century mark. He ranks fifth on USAC's all-time National win list at 91.

Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown, Ind. currently leads the series standings with "top-10" finishes in all 10 previous outings this season. He has a trio of runner-up finishes but continues to seek his first 2015 victory.

Robert Ballou, a three-time winner already in 2015, trails Stockon by just 37 points entering Friday night's race. Darland stands third in the standings, just one point behind Ballou.

2015 AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car National Championship Points: 1-Chase Stockon-591, 2-Robert Ballou-564, 3-Dave Darland-563, 4-Brady Bacon-559, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-503, 6-Jon Stanbrough-477, 7-Tracy Hines-453, 8-C.J. Leary-433, 9-Chris Windom-342, 10-Justin Grant-315.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINTS AT VENTURA SATURDAY;

GARDNER GETS CRA #59 AT PERRIS

Defending AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Champion Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. enters this Saturday night's race at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway as the 2015 point leader and he'll try to repeat a victory he scored at Ventura last year.

Gardner recorded his 59th series win Saturday night at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. He passed Mike Spencer on lap 12 and led the rest of the way in his Mark Alexander Scott Sales Company/J & D Performance Spike and led the rest of the way to beat Richard Vander Weerd, Spencer, Austin Williams and Jake Swanson. David Bezio led lap one and Spencer 2-11.

Ventura has been one of USAC's staples for Western participants and Saturday's race will witness a continuing battle for the series point lead. Five-time champion Spencer trails Gardner by 11 points while 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion Matt Mitchell ranks third in the latest points.

Like Gardner, Vander Weerd has a pair of 2015 USAC/CRA wins and although sixth in the current standings, he could be among top threats for victory Saturday.

2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-332, 2-Mike Spencer-321, 3-Matt Mitchell-270, 4-Austin Williams-233, 5-Jake Swanson-233, 6-Richard Vander Weerd-226, 7-Cody Williams-178, 8-Logan Williams-147, 9-Brody Roa-146, 10-Brady Bacon-136.

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 - Tulare, California - Thunderbowl Raceway - "J.D. Heiskell Race Night"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-17.168; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-17.261; 3. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-17.270; 4. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-17.546; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 19W, Sala-17.600; 6. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-17.661; 7. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-17.780; 8. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-17.861; 9. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-17.987; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-17.991; 11. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-18.265; 12. Jack Hawley, 56, Hawley-18.615; 13. Nate Waite, 35W, Waite-NT; 14. Michael Faccinto, 35F, Faccinto-NT; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 99, JK-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nichols, 2. Marcham, 3. Faria, 4. Gardner, 5. Gard, 6. Pierovich, 7. Waite. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chivello, 2. Dodenhoff, 3. Swanson, 4. Faccinto, 5. McQueen, 6. Davis. 7. Hawley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Cody Swanson, 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Brian Gard, 5. Terry Nichols, 6. Nick Chivello, 7. Jack Hawley, 8. Nate Waite, 9. Trey Marcham, 10. Scott Pierovich, 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12. Danny Faria Jr., 13. Steve Davis, 14. Sean Dodenhoff. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Marcham, Laps 4-30 Faccinto.

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-115, 2-Marcham-111; 3-C.Swanson-106, 4-Nichols-106, 5-McQueen-105, 6-Pierovich-91, 7-Gard-82, 8-Dodenhoff-80, 9-Davis-76, 10-Faccinto-65.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 30 - Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec (#3 Matczak), 2. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 3. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 4. Vincent Lucca (#50 Lucca), 5. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 6. Alex Rose (#11R Miller), 7. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 2. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 3. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 4. Adam Pierson (#76M Manafort), 5. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 6. Ken Johnson (#46 Johnson), 7. Lauryn Byrd (#27 Burd). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1.Holcomb, 2. Christensen, 3. Sunn, 4. Krawiec, 5. Miller, 6. M.Chaffee. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Josh Sunn, 2. Adam Pierson, 3. Jeff Horn, 4. Adam Whitney, 5. Dean Christensen, 6, Kevin Chaffee, 7. Ken Johnson, 8. Ray Miller, 9. Lauryn Burd, 10. Vince Lucca, 11. Mike Chaffee, 12. Alex Rose, 13. Joe Krawiec, 14. Scott Holcomb. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Horn, Laps 8-25 Sunn.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Sunn-136, 2-Pierson-124, 3-Horn-116, 4-Christensen-108, 5-Whitney-106, 6-K.Chaffee-98, 7-Miller-92, 8-Johnson-90, 9-Burd-76, 10-Lucca-76.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: May 16 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 - Tulare, California - Thunderbowl Raceway - "J.D. Heiskell Race Night"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-17.168; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-17.261; 3. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-17.270; 4. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-17.546; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 19W, Sala-17.600; 6. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-17.661; 7. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-17.780; 8. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-17.861; 9. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-17.987; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-17.991; 11. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-18.265; 12. Jack Hawley, 56, Hawley-18.615; 13. Nate Waite, 35W, Waite-NT; 14. Michael Faccinto, 35F, Faccinto-NT; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 99, JK-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nichols, 2. Marcham, 3. Faria, 4. Gardner, 5. Gard, 6. Pierovich, 7. Waite. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chivello, 2. Dodenhoff, 3. Swanson, 4. Faccinto, 5. McQueen, 6. Davis. 7. Hawley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Cody Swanson, 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Brian Gard, 5. Terry Nichols, 6. Nick Chivello, 7. Jack Hawley, 8. Nate Waite, 9. Trey Marcham, 10. Scott Pierovich, 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12. Danny Faria Jr., 13. Steve Davis, 14. Sean Dodenhoff. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Marcham, Laps 4-30 Faccinto.

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-115, 2-Marcham-111; 3-C.Swanson-106, 4-Nichols-106, 5-McQueen-105, 6-Pierovich-91, 7-Gard-82, 8-Dodenhoff-80, 9-Davis-76, 10-Faccinto-65.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 30 - Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Canyon Clash”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford, (#22B Weber), 2. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 3. Stevie Sussex (#13S Sussex), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Josh Pelkey, 3. Mike Colegrove, 4. Brian Hosford, 5. Dalten Gabbard, 6. Andy Reinbold, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Chris Bonneau, 10. Bruce St. James, 11. Dennis Gile, 12. Shon Deskins, 13. Mike Bonneau, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Matt Rossi, 17. Koty McGullam, 18. Nick Aiuto, 19. Mike Martin, 20. Josh Shipley. NT

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**Rossi and Deskins flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Rossi, Laps 23-26 Sussex, Laps 27-30 Johnson.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 16 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-15.625; 2. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.661; 3. Tony Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.743; 4. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.881; 5. Tommy McCarthy, 44, Love-15.940; 6. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-16.053; 7. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-NT; 8. Marvin Mitchell, 25, Mitchell-NT.

RESTRICTED QUALIFYING: 1. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-16.187; 2. Ethan Lesser, 73, Lesser-16.446; 3. Blake Brannon, 98, Brannon-16.798.

RESTRICTED HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Love IV, 3. Lesser, 4. Brannon. NT

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nobile, 2. McCarthy, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. Hazelton. NT

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

RESTRICTED FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Tommy McCarthy, 2. Cody Jessop, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. Ethan Lesser, 5. Blake Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tommy McCarthy, 2, Cody Jessop, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Dylan Nobile, 5. Tom Paterson, 6. Ashley Hazelton (#25 Mitchell), 7. Toni Breidinger, 8. Jesse Love IV, 9. Ethan Lesser. NT

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RESTRICTED FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 McCarthy.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 T.Breidinger, Laps 15-30 McCarthy.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-400, 2-Nobile-398, 3-A.Breidinger-353, 4-T.Breidinger-339, 5-A,Hazelton-311, 6-Love IV-295, 7-Paterson-236, 8-RonnHazelton-159, 9-Shawn Buckley-151, 10-Randi Pankratz-129.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nobile-398, 2-A.Breidinger-353, 3-T.Breidinger-339, 4-Jessop-325, 5-A.Hazelton-232, 6-Love IV-207, 7-Paterson-192, 8-Dezel West-94, 9-Joel Rayborne-89, 10-Lesser-78.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RESTRICTED POINTS: 1-Lesser-133, 2-Brannon-122, 3-Jesse Love III-71. 4-McCarthy-68, 5-Love IV-67, 6-Jessop-57.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 15 - Visalia, CA - Plaza ParkSpeedway

 

 

USAC KING OF THE WING WESTERN REGIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Vanderpool, 51, Penix-13.960, 2. Davey Hamilton Jr., 45, DJ-14.266; 3. Cody Gerhardt, 81, Gerhardt-14.494; 4. Davey Pombo, 9, Hamilton-14.497, 5. Anthony Simone, 10, Simone-14.612, 6. Anthony Pombo, 7p, Hamilton-15.044; 7. Bob Beck, 46, Beck-15.912; 8. Marvin Mitchell, 68, Mitchell-NT; 9. Dillon Hutchinson, 8, Hutchinson-NT; 10. Bill Copey, 60, Copey-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Vanderpool, 2. Gerhardt, 3. Simone, 4. Beck. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hamilton, 2. D.Pombo, 3. A.Pombo, 4. Mitchell, 5. Hutchinson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Davey Hamilton Jr., 2. Kyle Vanderpool, 3. Anthony Simone, 4. Davey Pombo, 5. Marvin Mitchell, 6. Bob Beck, 7. Anthony Pombo. (Cody Gerhardt car disqualified for failing to pass post-race technical inspection after finishing second) NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Hamilton.

NEW USAC KING OF THE WING WESTERN REGIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Hamilton-65, 2-Vanderpool-64, 3-D.Pombo and Simone-56, 5-A.Pombo-49, 6-Beck & Mitchell-48, 8-Gerhardt-13, 9-Hutchinson-4, 10-Copey-1.

NEXT USAC KING OF THE WING REGIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 6- Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

 


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