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GRANT PRIX:
A DREAM VICTORY FOR JG AT TURKEY NIGHT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 26, 2022)………”It's a dream come true to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Justin Grant’s dream became a reality at California’s Ventura Raceway as he charged, withstood, battled, banged and tussled for 98 laps en route to victory during Saturday night’s tumultuous 81st running of the ARP TNGP featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

The Ione, Calif. native started 13th in the 28-car field, then picked his path all the way to the front by blazing past 2015 race winner Tanner Thorson with 15 laps remaining to achieve what so many other frontrunners could not on this evening – stay out of trouble and stay put up front.

A cavalcade of race leaders ultimately found their winning efforts end abruptly due to a bevy of incidents which spared nobody, including top-notch talent like Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Carson Macedo and Tanner Thorson.

Not Grant, however, who had yet to finish inside the top-five in each of his three career Turkey Night starts dating back to 2017. This night belonged to the individual who, not so long ago, could be found on the other side of the fence in the grandstands viewing the Thanksgiving weekend classic as a spectator.

“My dad used to take me to Irwindale Speedway, and we’d watch Turkey Night there every year,” Grant recalled. “This is one of the races I fell in love with. I didn’t think I’d ever get a chance to run in it, never thought I’d make a show and certainly never thought I’d be able to win one.”
Grant’s 14th career USAC National Midget feature victory aboard his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota tied him with Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner, Leroy Warriner and Chris Windom for 51st on the series’ all-time win list.

Furthermore, Grant’s sixth series win of the 2022 season consisted of triumphs in both the first and last events of the season, making him one of just seven individuals to achieve that particular feat in the 67-year history of the series: Parnelli Jones (1964), Rich Vogler (1984), Billy Boat (1996), Jason Leffler (1999), Tony Stewart (2000) and Tanner Thorson (2020).

Early on, however, the class of the field was back-to-back series champion Buddy Kofoid who, like Grant, was also seeking his first career Turkey Night winning experience. Kofoid took off around the outside of pole sitter Kevin Thomas Jr. at the green and served as the centerpiece for the majority of the first half of the affair.

Mitchel Moles and Jonathan Beason were the two earliest misfortunate ones who found themselves upside down. Moles, the 2022 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, flipped over in turn one while contesting the 15th position on lap 10. On the 31st lap, Turkey Night Rookie Jonathan Beason ramped over the left side wheels of Spencer Bayston in turn one as the pair dueled for 17th.

Third-starting Cannon McIntosh, who had earlier begun his forward trajectory by nipping Thomas at the stripe by a wheel for second on lap 24, then made his way into the lead as he ripped around the outside of Kofoid to lead the 45th go around just before the halfway mark.

Just as soon as McIntosh established his dominant stance at the front of the field, along came Carson Macedo and Tanner Thorson into the scene. Macedo went topside to third around Thomas in turn four on lap 53 while Thorson followed suit to fourth under Thomas in between turns three and four on the 54th circuit.

Thorson and Macedo tossed each other sliders at will with Thorson taking the third spot away on lap 62 and Macedo returning the favor two laps later by reclaiming third from Thorson with a turn one slide job. On a lap 66 restart, the never-ending story of Macedo and Thorson’s crusade to the front carried on with Macedo swiping second from Kofoid in turn one while Thorson slipped by Kofoid as well to move himself up to third and drop Kofoid back to fourth.

However, that moment preceded circumstances that turned a relatively tame race into a fever pitch of sorts when Thorson clobbered the turn two cushion on lap 68. As Thorson’s car hooked left on the rebound, it occupied the path of the trailing Kofoid who ramped over Thorson’s front end and proceeded to barrel roll 3.5 times down the back straight, ending his championship season in an undesirable position, although he was able to walk away.

Now, that set forth Grant on his mission to third on the lap 68 restart past Thorson. The two went toe-to-toe, exchanging haymakers in the process until making contact in turn four, which dropped Thorson to fifth momentarily until entering the highline of turns one and two where he slipped sideways on lap 70, resulting in a calamity that took out Tyler Courtney (8th), Thomas Meseraull (10th) and Emerson Axsom (11th) who all stopped while Thorson continued on after being broadsided by Courtney.

The merry-go-round of misfortune befell race leader Cannon McIntosh who biked and nearly flipped before landing on all fours in turn on the 71st lap. After leading 26 laps, heartbreak hit McIntosh’s bid for victory and handed the lead off to Macedo who, himself, biked on the opposite end of the 1/5-mile dirt oval, which sent him into the wall and tipped over on his side on lap 78. Victory was out of the question for Macedo, but he did recover enough to finish with a ninth place result.

Grant led the field to the green on lap 78, but his lead proved to be short-lived as Thorson slid past in the first turn on lap 79 to go to the top of the board. For the next five laps, the two waged a war of who could blink first. Neither gave an inch nor a twitch nor a blink of the eye as they exchanged punches but kept on digging. Finally, for Grant, his persistence paid off when he drifted straight across the nose of Thorson in the third and fourth turns to overtake the position with a mere 15 laps to go on track 84.

A tricky proposition to defeat, Grant began sliding himself into turns one and three, with Thorson making a steady chase a way under or around, but he found it initially, ably sliding past Grant in turn three with 14 laps remaining but was unable to hold as Grant countered the move by scooting past underneath. Thorson gave chase for the next several laps until he too was snakebit by spinning on his own between turns three and four, ending his run with a 19th place result.

“I love racing with Tanner Thorson,” Grant stated. “I know a lot of guys don’t and a lot of guys don’t like racing with me. Tanner and I take the gloves off and we go at it; it’s an absolute blast. We were pulling out every trick in the book we knew to try and get each other pocketed, crossed over and repocketed. I don’t know if it looks like two idiots bashing around on the cushion but there’s so much race craft there and not getting yourself crashed and just paying attention. He rolled up right next to me when the yellow came out, blew my nose off, buzzed the tires like he was mad, and our adrenaline was still up. Then, a lap later, he rolled up next to me and he’s like, ‘we’re good; we’re having fun.’”

With his stiffest competition out of the picture, Grant’s path was now a bit clearer. But one individual back a bit further in the field was beginning to flex his muscle – Kyle Larson. The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion and three-time Turkey Night winner started 22nd and had elevated into the top-five by the time of the final restart. He quickly expelled fourth and third, then to second with four laps to go as he climbed the turn three infield berm, ricocheted off Thomas, completing the pass while all four wheels were airborne!

However, it wasn’t enough to run down Grant. In a race that no leader seemed to be able to put their full grasp upon, Grant took control and never relented as he closed the night and turned out the lights with a 1.367 second margin of victory over Larson, Bryant Wiedeman, Jake Andreotti and Thomas.

Three-time Turkey Night winner Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) was an unexpected entrant into the race, only deciding to participate about 36 hours earlier on Thursday evening following a glass or two of wine on Thanksgiving night while watching video of a few classic Turkey Night Grand Prix races. Larson placed a phone call to CB Industries team owner Chad Boat, and by Saturday afternoon, Larson was signing in to compete at Ventura Raceway.

In an incredible stat line, in 10 career Turkey Night Grand Prix starts, Larson now owns three wins, four seconds, a third and two fourths, adding another top-notch run on Saturday night in his CB Industries/PristineAuction.com/Spike/Speedway.

“We weren’t great but just hung around and it seemed like anybody who got to the lead crashed and collected some people,” Larson explained. “We made some passes throughout; in the mid-portion, we weren’t very good but then we got better at the end. I just ran really, really hard there, and knew I was running out of time, so I had to go. I made some pretty crazy and dumb moves, but I got to second and was hoping we could get a caution to get racing with Justin there. He was sliding himself at both ends and thought that maybe we could get a run and just out-angle him into one and get clear off two if we got a caution, but it just didn’t work out.”

It's been a very good year for Bryant Wiedeman on the USAC National Midget trail. He started all 33 features and finished on the podium on four occasions. The Colby, Kansas driver closed out the year with one of his finest performances yet, bringing home third at the Turkey Night Grand Prix in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Nutrien Ag Solutions – PurpleWave.com/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“We were definitely good on the bottom early and I think we were good there late too,” Wiedeman stated. “I had a chance for second there and just got to racing with Jake (Andreotti) and (Kevin Thomas Jr.), and that was a lot of fun there at the end racing with those kind of guys. It was just good clean racing, and it was a blast.”

Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) has been impressive throughout the entire USAC National Midget California swing. The USAC Western States Midget standout finished a strong fourth in his first run at Turkey Night. That earned him the distinction as the 2022 Don Basile Rookie of the Race.

To start the night, Kevin Thomas Jr. scored Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix pole position for the second time in his career, previously starting P1 in 2019. It was the Cullman, Ala. driver’s eighth career fast qualifying time with the USAC National Midgets. Oddly enough, six of his eight fast times have come either in the season opener or the season closer.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 26, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – 81st ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Top-10 Locked into the Feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-12.207; 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.249; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-12.252; 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.276; 5. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.284; 6. Chase Johnson, 73x, Ford-12.287; 7. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.289; 8. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-12.309; 9. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.320; 10. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-12.344; 11. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.346; 12. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.352; 13. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.383; 14. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-12.399; 15. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-12.424; 16. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.429; 17. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.438; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.443; 19. Jonathan Beason, 89x, CBI-12.478; 20. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.495; 21. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.496; 22. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.513; 23. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.514; 24. Tyler Courtney, 25, Malloy-12.550; 25. Jacob Denney, 25m, Malloy-12.557; 26. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.570; 27. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.599; 28. T.J. Smith, 22s, GR-12.613; 29. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.633; 30. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.639; 31. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.677; 32. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.683; 33. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.711; 34. Michael Faccinto, 14T, Streeter-12.828; 35. Troy Rutherford, 8w, Woodland-12.874; 36. Steve Paden, 56, Paden-12.906; 37. Kyle Larson, 87, CBI-12.986; 38. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-12.987; 39. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.009; 40. A.J. Bender, 1x, LKK-13.068; 41. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.159; 42. Steve Hix, 57x, Hix-13.208; 43. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-13.231; 44. Bryon Walters, 6, Rose-13.235; 45. Tuesday Calderwood, 73T, Ford-13.281; 46. Scott Orr, 88s, Orr-13.304; 47. Logan Calderwood, 73L, Ford-13.319; 48. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.407; 49. Terry Nichols, 1NP, NP-13.423; 50. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.464; 51. Blaze Bennett, 10, Bennett-13.755; 52. Jim Vanzant, 3v, Vanzant-13.988; 53. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-14.452; 54. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-14.649; 55. Zach Telford, 22G, GR-NT; 56. Josh Hodge, 5J, Rose-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Cade Lewis, 3. Brenham Crouch, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Dominic Gorden, 6. Ryan Timms, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Travis Buckley, 11. C.J. Sarna, 12. Logan Calderwood, 13. Randi Pankratz, 14. Nathan Byrd, 15. Bryon Walters, 16. Josh Hodge. 2:31.004

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Alex Bright, 8. Taylor Reimer, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Tuesday Calderwood, 11. Steve Paden, 12. Blaze Bennett, 13. Steve Hix, 14. Joey Bishop, 15. Bryan Drollinger. NT

PIT STOP USA / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Jonathan Beason, 4. Kyle Larson, 5. Jacob Denney, 6. T.J. Smith, 7. Michael Faccinto, 8. Caden Sarale, 9. Lance Bennett, 10. A.J. Bender, 11. Scott Orr, 12. Terry Nichols, 13. Jim Vanzant, 14. Zach Telford, 15. Daison Pursley. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Jacob Denney, 5. Dominic Gorden, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Alex Bright, 8. Michael Faccinto, 9. Taylor Reimer, 10. T.J. Smith, 11. Mariah Ede, 12. Hayden Reinbold, 13. Troy Rutherford, 14. Caden Sarale, 15. Lance Bennett, 16. C.J. Sarna, 17. Tuesday Calderwood, 18. A.J. Bender. NT

FEATURE: (98 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (13), 2. Kyle Larson (22), 3. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 4. Jake Andreotti (9), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 6. Logan Seavey (8), 7. Alex Bright (27-P), 8. Emerson Axsom (24), 9. Carson Macedo (7), 10. Jason McDougal (18), 11. Jake Swanson (16), 12. Chase Johnson (6), 13. Jacob Denney (26), 14. Ryan Timms (23), 15. Chance Crum (28-P), 16. Brenham Crouch (17), 17. Jonathan Beason (19), 18. Cade Lewis (14), 19. Tanner Thorson (11), 20. Cannon McIntosh (3), 21. Thomas Meseraull (15), 22. Tyler Courtney (21), 23. Buddy Kofoid (2), 24. Brody Fuson (5), 25. Mitchel Moles (20), 26. Daniel Whitley (10), 27. Kaylee Bryson (12), 28. Spencer Bayston (25). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-44 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 45-70 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 71-77 Carson Macedo, Lap 78 Justin Grant, Laps 79-83 Tanner Thorson, Laps 84-98 Justin Grant.

**Josh Hodge flipped during qualifying. Daison Pursley flipped during the third qualifier. Mitchel Moles flipped on lap 10 of the feature. Jonathan Beason flipped on lap 31 of the feature. Buddy Kofoid flipped on lap 68 of the feature. Carson Macedo flipped on lap 79 of the feature.

FINAL USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2141, 2-Justin Grant-1938, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1682, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1669, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1666, 6-Mitchel Moles-1637, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1544, 8-Jacob Denney-1306, 9-Brenham Crouch-1290, 10-Taylor Reimer-1244.

FINAL OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-213, 2-Logan Seavey-155, 3-Thomas Meseraull-152, 4-Brady Bacon-144, 5-Buddy Kofoid-128, 6-Robert Ballou-119, 7-Cannon McIntosh-114, 8-Kaylee Bryson-106, 9-Emerson Axsom-105, 10-Kyle Cummins-104.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Daniel Whitley (12.262)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr. (12.207)

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Tanner Thorson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Pit Stop USA / Rod End Supply Third Qualifier Winner: Justin Grant

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Ryan Timms

Feature Hard Charger: Kyle Larson (22nd to 2nd)

Don Basile Rookie of the Race: Jake Andreotti

 

 

1-2-3 FOR DENNEY, ROOKIE TOPS TURKEY NIGHT USAC MIDGET PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 25, 2022)………Jacob Denney not only recorded the fastest single lap during Friday night’s practice for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at California’s Ventura Raceway, he turned the fastest three laps!

The Don Basile Turkey Night Grand Prix Rookie from Galloway, Ohio timed in as the fastest overall of the 50 cars which hit the track for the open session in preparation for the 81st running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura on Saturday night, November 26.

Driving for the same team which captured the most recent Turkey Night Grand Prix victory in 2021, Denney’s three fastest practice laps of the night – 12.307, 12.367 and 12.377 – were faster than any other lap posted by any other driver in the field.

Denney, in his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring – Rodela Specialty Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota, was followed by Bixby, Oklahoma’s Taylor Reimer (12.397) while Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) put two different cars into the top-four. He took the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports No. 67K to third at 12.399 and the No. 71p to 12.481.

Rounding out the top-five on practice night was Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) at 12.514 seconds. The 2019 USAC National Midget champion was at the wheel of the same, exact winning Tom Malloy-owned car driven to victory a year ago at Turkey Night by Logan Seavey.

Newly crowned back-to-back USAC National Midget champion Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) was 12th fastest while past Turkey Night winners, 2021 victor Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and 2015 king Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), were 16th and 32nd, respectively.

Two on-track incidents occurred during the night. Jake Hodges (Camarillo, Calif.) flipped during the first session and was able to walk away under his own power. Later in the evening, Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) spun backwards into the turn three tire barrier at the pit entrance. Moments later, Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) tried to avoid the stopped car of Bryson, but clipped Bryson, which knocked out Bayston’s left front.

RACE DETAILS:

The 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix pays $10,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at Ventura on Saturday night, November 26.

Serving as grand marshals for the event are National Midget Hall of Famer Wally Pankratz and Dick Woodland.

Sprint car semi-feature and feature events, plus a full program for the USAC National Midgets, take place on Saturday, November 26 and conclude with a 98-lap feature event.

On Saturday, the pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:30pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: November 25, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – 81st ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix

PRACTICE: 1. Jacob Denney, 25m, Malloy-12.307; 2. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.397; 3. Daison Pursley, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.399; 4. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.481; 5. Tyler Courtney, 25, Malloy-12.514; 6. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-12.516; 7. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.556; 8. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.563; 9. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.578; 10. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.594; 11. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-12.629; 12. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.651; 13. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.702; 14. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.703; 15. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.705; 16. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-12.706; 17. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.708; 18. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.716; 19. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.721; 20. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.747; 21. Michael Faccinto, 14T, Streeter-12.772; 22. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.824; 23. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.827; 24. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.877; 25. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.903; 26. Jonathan Beason, 89x, CBI-12.903; 27. Troy Rutherford, 8w, Woodland-12.960; 28. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.070; 29. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.073; 30. Scott Orr, 88s, Orr-13.086; 31. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-13.210; 32. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-13.229; 33. Logan Calderwood, 73L, Ford-13.289; 34. Steve Hix, 57x, Hix-13.362; 35. Tuesday Calderwood, 73T, Ford-13.375; 36. Chase Johnson, 73x, Ford-14.046; 37. A.J. Bender, 1x, LKK-14.052; 38. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-14.057; 39. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-14.083; 40. T.J. Smith, 22s, GR-14.087; 41. Jim Vanzant, 3v, Vanzant-14.128; 42. Travis Buckley, A237NZ, BSL-14.158; 43. Steve Paden, 56, Paden-14.322; 44. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-14.346; 45. Terry Nichols, 1NP, NP-14.467; 46. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-14.536; 47. Blaze Bennett, 10, Bennett-14.607; 48. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-14.686; 49. Josh Hodge, 5J, Rose-14.781; 50. Bryon Walters, 6, Rose-15.086; 51. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-NT; 52. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-NT; 53. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-NT; 54. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-NT; 55. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-NT; 56. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-NT; 57. Zach Telford, 22G, Risner-NT.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 26, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – 81st ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix


 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS:

November 25, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “ARP 81st Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chase Johnson (#8W May), 2. Ricky Lewis (#41 Lewis), 3. Jake Swanson (#57 Hix), 4. Tyler Hatzikian (#27 Hatzikian), 5. Tom Dunkel (#17A Dunkel), 6. Gage Rucker (#10K Kruseman), 7. Chris Muraoka (#25 Muraoka), 8. Joey Bishop (#45 Bishop), 9. James Turnbull II (#2J Turnbull). NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Verne Sweeney (#98 Tracy), 2. Brody Roa (#8M May), 3. Colby Johnson (#38 Johnson), 4. T.J. Smith (#32 Sarale), 5. Heath Holdsclaw (#33 Case), 6. Alex Pettas (#2 Pettas), 7. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix), 8. David Lindt (#52 Lindt). NT.

VAHLCO WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchel Moles (#51T Roth), 2, Ronald Webster (#52W Webster), 3. Matt Mitchell (#37 Mitchell), 4. A.J. Bender (#21B Bender), 5. Austin Ervine (#21 Ervine), 6. Todd Pratt (#17 Pratt), 7. Jon DeWees (#63 DeWees), 8. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford). NT.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Logan Calderwood (#6 Calderwood), 2. Troy DeGaton (#39T DeGaton), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#4C Calderwood), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Cash Culp (#$ Culp), 6. Camie Bell (#29 Bell), 7. Nate Robinson (#54 Perkins), 8. James Herrera (#5J Herrera). NT.

ROD END SUPPLY FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brody Fuson (#51 Van Meter), 2. Ryan Timms (#5T Timms), 3. Grant Sexton (#22 Sexton), 4. Albert Pombo (#35 Pombo), 5. Tanner Boul (#99T Boul), 6. Nathan Byrd (#21K Kruseman), 7. Hannah Mayhew (#43 Mayhew), 8. Max Adams. NT.

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle Edwards (#39 Edwards), 2. Tony Gomes (#73 Ford), 3. Carson Macedo (#21T Tarlton), 4. Austin Grabowski (#13 Stanford), 5. Dennis Rodriguez (#19 Streeter), 6. Mark Hanson (#79 Matranga), 7. Michael Pombo (#98P Pombo), 8. Elexa Herrera (#16J Herrera). NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Timms, 3. Macedo, 4. Swanson, 5. Adams, 6. Sexton, 7. Pettas, 8. Hendrix, 9. Bell, 10. Ervine, 11. Lewis, 12. Turnbull, 13. Rodriguez. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Ch.Johnson, 3. Moles, 4. Deskins, 5. Bender, 6. Sweeney, 7. M.Pombo, 8. Rucker, 9. Hatzikian, 10. Lindt, 11. Rutherford, 12. Robinson. NT.

VAHLCO WHEELS THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Smith, 3. Calderwood, 4. Webster, 5. Byrd, 6. J.Herrera, 7. Grabowski, 8. Muraoka, 9. E.Herrera, 10. Pratt, 11. DeGaton, 12. Holdsclaw. NT.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Gomes, 2. Davis, 3. Edwards, 4. A.Pombo, 5. Mayhew, 6. Culp, 7. DeWees, 8. Dunkel, 9. Boul, 10. Co.Johnson, 11. Hanson. NT.

ROD END SUPPLY DASH: (15 laps) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Logan Calderwood, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Mitchell Moles, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Kyle Edwards, 8. Brody Fuson, 9. Chase Johnson, 10. Tony Gomes. NT. ---------------------------- **DeGaton flipped on lap 1 of the third qualifier. DeWees flipped on lap 1 of the fourth qualifier. Ch.Johnson flipped on lap 11 of the dash.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: November 26 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California –“ARP 81st Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix”


BIG STAR:
KOFOID WINS THIRTEEN,
PREVAILS ONCE AGAIN AT MERCED

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 23, 2022)………When all else fails, head to the top!

Buddy Kofoid successfully put this theory to the test en route to victory during Wednesday night’s penultimate round of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season at California’s Merced Speedway.

After making a charge from 14th to 2nd one night prior at Merced, the prevailing thought became ‘What could he have done if he started closer to the front?’

At first glance, Wednesday’s third place starting position for Kofoid seemed to be the remedy to rectify what ailed him a mere 24 hours earlier.

However, an uncharacteristic mishap in turn one on the opening lap sent the Penngrove, Calif. native skating up the racetrack and free-falling back to seventh in the running order, thus forcing him into the position of having to come-from-behind once again.

“It really started with me making a mistake on the first corner when I went from like third to seventh,” Kofoid explained. “Then I started to move around, and I got up there early because I didn’t want to follow and I started ripping it and couldn’t really go anywhere, so I decided to get back down. I felt pretty good on the bottom, it just kind of laid over and was too tight for my liking.”

As he’d demonstrated on 12 previous occasions throughout the USAC National Midget season, he has a knack for blazing his own trail rather than relying on the standard thought process. Even though he began to make some headway on the bottom momentarily just before halfway, Kofoid soon found an option up top that better suited his aspirations.

“I was able to make speed and pick off one or two guys on the bottom, but I had kind of had enough following them, so I decided to move up there and make it work,” Kofoid recalled. “Even if it wasn’t very good the first couple of laps, I knew if I could get it cleaned off then maybe I’d be okay.

That’s when the tide immediately turned for Kofoid and he began to make enormous strides in his quest to race to the front of the field.

With 10 laps remaining, the newly crowned back-to-back USAC National Midget champion picked off a succession of contemporaries on his way from fifth to second in a span of three laps, first by Jason McDougal for fourth on lap 21, then by Jade Avedisian for third on the 22nd circuit and passed Daniel Whitley for the runner-up position on the 23rd lap all while mainly making the topside of the quarter-mile dirt oval his figurative yellow brick road to the front.

Kofoid dug in on the cushion after having dug out of the hole he was seemingly buried in at the start of the 30-lapper. With five laps remaining, Kofoid’s spirited determination came to fruition when he zipped around racelong frontrunner Spencer Bayston on the high side of turn four on lap 26 to assume the position as the new leader.

“All of a sudden, I started running them down really fast. I picked one off, then picked a couple more off. Once I got into second and into open air, I could visually see myself getting closer. At that point, I knew that’s where I really needed to be, and I couldn’t let myself get taken off the top. Luckily, I got by Spencer for the lead before that red. Otherwise, he probably would’ve moved up and it could’ve been a different story.”

The late red flag came about with three laps remaining when 16th running Kaylee Bryson flipped between turns one and two on the 28th lap. She managed to restart from the tail of the field following the accident and finished in the 20th position.

Meanwhile, third running Whitley was unable to continue following the red flag period due to a broken rear end that put an early end in what was a career best run for the Californian making just his third career series start.

Upon the resumption of the final three laps, there was nary a single piece of ammunition anybody had in their arsenal to chase down Kofoid who completed the task with gusto and a 0.576 margin of victory over Bayston, McDougal, Avedisian and hard charger Jacob Denney who finished fifth after starting back in the 14th position.

“It was kind of fun,” Kofoid admitted. “I don’t want to say falling back is fun but having to dig your way out and finding something is kind of satisfying. I’d love to win it 10 times out of 10 running the cushion like that.”

Kofoid’s run of success in 2022 makes him one of just five drivers in the 67-year history of the USAC National Midget series to reach at least 13 wins in a single season. Mel Kenyon owns the most series wins in a season with 17 in 1967. Rich Vogler put together a 16-win campaign in 1988. Kenyon made the exclusive list again in 1969 when he notched 14. Sleepy Tripp also achieved 13 triumphant performances with the series in 1975.

Furthermore, Kofoid’s 22nd career USAC National Midget feature victory ties him with series champions Tom Bigelow, Bobby East and Shorty Templeman for 27th on the series’ all-time win list.

Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) turned in his best USAC National Midget performance in four years. The 2017 series champ led a race-high 25 laps en route to a second place finish in his Dyson Motorsport/Complete Parts & Equipment – Tarlton & Son – Empire/King/Speedway Toyota. That's his best series result since a runner-up finish at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on June 3, 2018.

“The bottom of (turns 1 and 2) were really good and I felt super confident with what I was doing down there,” Bayston stated. “Early in the race, in three and four, I felt good with what I was doing, but I could feel it starting to slow down. I just kept looking to the top and thinking, that’s a really big cushion, and it’s black to it.’ I was thinking there wasn’t going to be anybody up there making speed. But obviously, if anybody was going to do it, it was Buddy. His car has been really good, he’s done a really good job and he was able to make it work. I was counting the laps and looking at the board trying to sneak one out here and pick up a win. But I’m definitely happy with second. We’ve made a lot of progress from where we were last night.”

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) provided five-time USAC Western States Midget entrant champion Six8 Motorsports with its best ever USAC National Midget result with a third place run as he used the low line to scoot into third with two laps to go in his Six8 Motorsports/Esslinger Engineering – CSI – Extreme Mufflers – Maxwell Industries/Stewart/Esslinger.

McDougal’s third was his best finish with the series since June 12, 2021 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway while he gave the Esslinger powerplant a podium result in USAC National Midget competition for the first time in more than four years when Brent Beauchamp took second at the Southern Illinois Center in March of 2018.

“We tuned it to run the bottom after watching the B-Main,” McDougal noted. “These guys have poured in a bunch of time, and I’ve been a pain. So, it’s a little bit of a reward to be up here and it’s been a long time coming. I’ve always been really comfortable with these guys, but we’ve been fighting some small problems. We’ve stuck it out and they’ve figured a lot out for me.”

In Fatheadz Qualifying, Mitchel Moles recorded his third fast time of the season and 11th overall in USAC national competition, adding eight more in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship throughout the campaign.

Additionally, in one of the wildest moments of the season, New Zealand’s Michael Pickens executed a clockwise corkscrew flip during the first lap of his qualifying run. Miraculously, Pickens landed back on his wheels and drove away scot-free without any damage to the racecar or to himself.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 23, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-11.947; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-11.955; 3. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-12.012; 4. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.024; 5. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.029; 6. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.033; 7. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.050; 8. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.071; 9. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.079; 10. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-12.079; 11. Gavin Miller, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.090; 12. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-12.101; 13. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.130; 14. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-12.132; 15. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.145; 16. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.150; 17. Tanner Carrick, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.156; 18. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.166; 19. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.176; 20. Dylan Bloomfield, 14T, Streeter-12.182; 21. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-12.193; 22. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-12.198; 23. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.210; 24. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.231; 25. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.298; 26. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.317; 27. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.362; 28. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.365; 29. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.386; 30. Michael Pickens, 4, Dave Mac Dalby-12.429; 31. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-12.504; 32. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-12.519; 33. Zach Telford, 22G, Risner-12.521; 34. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.553; 35. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.557; 36. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-12.871; 37. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.884; 38. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-12.958; 39. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-13.212; 40. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-13.682; 41. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-NT; 42. Teddy Bivert, 22s, GR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Jake Andreotti, 6. Jacob Denney, 7. Emerson Axsom, 8. Daison Pursley, 9. Zach Telford, 10. Ben Worth. 2:02.69

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Michael Pickens, 7. Cannon McIntosh, 8. Brody Fuson, 9. Mariah Ede, 10. Travis Buckley. 2:03.29

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Jade Avedisian, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Austin Barnhill. 2:02.41

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Daniel Whitley, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Dylan Bloomfield, 5. Alex Bright, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Dominic Gorden, 8. Lance Bennett, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Nathan Byrd. 2:03.29

C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Austin Barnhill, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Kyle Beilman, 4. Travis Buckley, 5. Lance Bennett, 6. Nathan Byrd, 7. Zach Telford, 8. Mariah Ede. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Taylor Reimer, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Jacob Denney, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Jake Andreotti, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Michael Pickens, 8. Daison Pursley, 9. Alex Bright, 10. Chance Crum, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Brody Fuson, 13. Hayden Reinbold, 14. Dominic Gorden, 15. Emerson Axsom, 16. Austin Barnhill, 17. Travis Buckley, 18. Kyle Beilman. 2:27.31

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (3), 2. Spencer Bayston (1), 3. Jason McDougal (7), 4. Jade Avedisian (5), 5. Jacob Denney (14), 6. Carson Macedo (4), 7. Cannon McIntosh (15), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 9. Mitchel Moles (6), 10. Tanner Carrick (17), 11. Justin Grant (16), 12. Thomas Meseraull (23-P), 13. Ryan Timms (9), 14. Chance Crum (24-P), 15. Taylor Reimer (12), 16. Brenham Crouch (10), 17. Tanner Thorson (21), 18. Gavin Miller (20), 19. Jake Andreotti (13), 20. Kaylee Bryson (19), 21. Logan Seavey (8), 22. Bryant Wiedeman (18), 23. Daniel Whitley (2), 24. Dylan Bloomfield (22). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Spencer Bayston, Laps 26-30 Buddy Kofoid.

**Michael Pickens flipped during qualifying. Kaylee Bryson flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2113, 2-Justin Grant-1868, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1659, 4-Cannon McIntosh-1639, 5-Mitchel Moles-1614, 6-Bryant Wiedeman-1602, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1521, 8-Jacob Denney-1269, 9-Brenham Crouch-1259, 10-Taylor Reimer-1234.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-201, 2-Logan Seavey-153, 3-Thomas Meseraull-152, 4-Brady Bacon-144, 5-Buddy Kofoid-128, 6-Robert Ballou-119, 7-Cannon McIntosh-114, 8-Kaylee Bryson-106, 9-Kyle Cummins-104, 10-C.J. Leary-98.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 26, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jade Avedisian (11.928)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (11.947)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Ryan Timms

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Brenham Crouch

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Taylor Reimer

Feature Hard Charger: Jacob Denney (14th to 5th)

 

30 ROOKIE OF THE RACE CONTENDERS
PREPARE FOR TURKEY NIGHT 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 23, 2022)………The ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix annually presents the Don Basile Rookie of the Race Award, honoring the top performance by a first-time feature starter in the 98-lap classic each year.

This year’s crop of 30 Turkey Night Rookies arrive to stake their claim and make their initial mark on the great race featuring USAC’s NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, which will take place for the 81st time this Saturday night, November 26, at California’s Ventura Raceway.

No Rookie has won the race since Warren Mockler’s last lap heroics in 1986. Mitchel Moles topped all others making their Turkey Night debuts in the 2021 race, finishing third to round out the podium.

Nearly half of this year’s 61-car field is among the abundance of Rookie of the Race contenders. Among this year’s group are 2022 first-time USAC National Midget winner Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) as well as 2021 Gateway Dirt in December winner Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and 2021 USAC East Coast Sprint Car champ Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.).

USAC Western States Midget winners make up a substantial portion of the Rookie class, including Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.), Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Cade Lewis (Bakersfield, Calif.).

Reigning USAC West Coast Sprint Car Turkey Night winner A.J. Bender (San Diego, Calif.) is part of the crew as is USAC West Coast Sprint Car winner Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, Calif.) and BC39 Stoops Pursuit victor Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.).

New Zealand’s Travis Buckley (Auckland, N.Z.) is the lone international representative in the event. He’s joined in the lineup by fellow Turkey Night first-time starting hopefuls, Californians Terry Nichols (Delano, Calif.), Jake Hodges (Camarillo, Calif.), Caden Sarale (Stockton, Calif.), Joey Bishop (Camarillo, Calif.) and Steve Hix (Ventura, Calif.).

Badger Midget racing veteran Bryon Walters (Beaver Dam, Wis.) will be making his first foray to Turkey Night. Brothers Blaze Bennett (Parker, Colo.) and Lance Bennett (Aurora, Colo.) come to the event from the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association.

Josh Hodge (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Scott Orr (Columbia City, Ind.) are coming out from Indiana while Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.) goes coast-to-coast. Zach Telford (Middleton, Idaho) and Teddy Bivert (Payette, Idaho) have the Idaho connection going as they make the long haul from the north.

Bordering Arizona brings a handful of newcomers, including Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) and Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Ariz.) along with brother and sister, Logan and Tuesday Calderwood (Goodyear, Ariz.).

The award, named in memory of track owner, promoter and 1999 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Don Basile, made its debut in 1998 with Kasey Kahne the first recipient.

Over the years, the Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors at Turkey Night have been awarded to some of the most talented young racers in America. A glance at the list reveals some of the top names from the sport over the past two decades, including two race winners and seven who’ll be in this year’s field.

Tanner Thorson captured the Don Basile Rookie of the Race award in 2013 and eventually won the race in 2015. Furthermore, there’s a talented bunch of past Rookies who’ll all be in the hunt for a first Turkey Night win this Saturday night, including, Carson Macedo (2016), Jason McDougal (2018), Cannon McIntosh (2019) and Moles (2021).

RACE DETAILS

Automotive Racing Products, the title sponsor of the 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, paying $10,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at Ventura on Saturday night, November 26.

Serving as grand marshals for the event are National Midget Hall of Famer Wally Pankratz and Dick Woodland.

Midget practice, plus USAC West Coast Sprint Car heat races, qualifiers and dash will take place on Friday, November 25 with the sprint car semi-feature and feature events, and the 98-lap USAC Midget season finale taking place on Saturday, November 26.

On Friday and Saturday, the pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm.

Friday’s tickets are $22 for adult general admission, $18 for Senior/Military/Students and free for children under 12. Pit passes are $45 apiece for members and $50 for non-members.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

Race tickets are available now at www.venturaraceway.net.

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2022 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MIDGET ROOKIES: (30)

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

1 BRYON WALTERS/Beaver Dam, WI (Bill Rose Racing)

1NP TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

1x A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (LKK Motorsports)

3v JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

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

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

10 BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

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

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (Garland Risner)

22s TEDDY BIVERT/Payette, ID (Sue Risner)

25m JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

32 CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

45 JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports)

51 BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x ®STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

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

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

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

73L LOGAN CALDERWOOD/Goodyear, AZ (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73T TUESDAY CALDERWOOD/Goodyear, AZ (Josh Ford Motorsports)

86 JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (CB Industries)

88x SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

91 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)

® represents a Don Basile Rookie of the Race Contender

PAST DON BASILE TURKEY NIGHT ROOKIES OF THE RACE:

1998: Kasey Kahne – Finished 5th

1999: Dave Steele – Finished 5th

2000: Aaron Pollock – Finished 7th

2001: Bobby East – Finished 10th

2002: Jerome Rodela – Finished 9th

2003: Ryan Durst – Finished 10th

2004: Brad Loyet – Finished 9th

2005: Kevin Swindell – Finished 11th

2006: Kody Swanson – Finished 2nd

2007: Mike Murgoitio – Finished 4th

2008: Nic Faas – Finished 13th

2009: Levi Roberts – Finished 2nd

2010: Dalton Armstrong – Finished 3rd

2011: Kyle Larson – Finished 4th

2012: Ryan Bernal – Finished 3rd

2013: Tanner Thorson – Finished 10th

2014: Isaac Chapple – Finished 13th

2015: Robert Dalby – Finished 14th

2016: Carson Macedo – Finished 3rd

2017: Zeb Wise – Finished 5th

2018: Jason McDougal – Finished 8th

2019: Cannon McIntosh – Finished 2nd

2020: No Race

2021: Mitchel Moles – Finished 3rd


 


MACEDO MAKES IT A FIRST AT MERCED,
KOFOID CLINCHES USAC MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 22, 2022)………An Australian team, a New Zealand chassis and an American driver.

Those three ingredients combined to make up the perfect formula for Carson Macedo’s first career USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature victory on Tuesday night at California’s Merced Speedway.

Macedo had run a full season of USAC National Midgets in 2016 where he captured Rookie of the Year honors. That same season, the Lemoore, Calif. native collected a USAC Midwest Regional Midget title as well.

For this year’s leading feature winner on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car tour, one thing that had long eluded him was a USAC National Midget feature win.

It finally all came to fruition in his 37th career USAC National Midget start on Tuesday as he powered from his fifth starting position to the lead by lap 11 before closing out an inaugural series victory in his Dyson Motorsport/Complete Parts & Equipment – Tarlton & Son – Empire/King/Speedway Toyota.

“I’ve won World of Outlaw races, All Star races and things like that, but I’d never won a USAC National Midget race. I told (car owner) Sean Dyson last year when we raced together that I’d love to win one of these. It’s something I’ve really wanted to cross off my bucket list.”

Macedo became the third first-time feature winner this season, joining Jacob Denney and Mitchel Moles in that category.

At the start of November’s California swing, good fortune was a mythical ghost for Macedo, who was involved in a crash during the prelims which forced him to miss the feature start one week ago at Bakersfield Speedway, followed by progressively improved runs of 22nd, 10th and 4th across three nights at Placerville, a marked improvement over the eight-day span.

“Sean has taken to this midget deal really quick,” Macedo explained. “He’s my crew chief in this deal. Justin (Insley) is working on Spencer (Bayston)’s car. They’re bouncing ideas off each other and just doing an incredible job. I think the driver just needed to get a little better. I run winged sprint cars all year, so when I get in these things, I tend to drive them too straight or make mistakes that maybe other guys wouldn’t make, like Buddy (Kofoid) who runs these night-in, night-out and does an extremely good job.”

The victory came on a night in which Macedo was practically perfect come feature time. Just prior to the midget main, Macedo notched a hard-fought win with the Kings of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Cars.

While Macedo began his 30-lap midget journey from the inside of the third row, outside front row starter and USAC Western States Midget regular Jake Andreotti made hay on the outside to nip pole sitter Chance Crum at the line by mere fee at the conclusion of both laps one and two.

Crum took over the race leader baton from Andreotti on lap three as he slid up and occupied Andreotti’s groove on the top line between turns one and two. During what was a frenzied opening handful of laps, Grant then churned past Andreotti for second on the bottom of turn two on lap four, then repeated the same exact maneuver a single lap later to snare the lead away from Crum.

Over, under, sideways, down. Macedo made it all work on a lap nine restart as he blitzed around the outside of Andreotti for fourth at the exit of turn four, then darted between the two in the first and second turns to swipe second from Crum. Then, like a wind-up toy, Macedo hit the high side, steadily building up his momentum for a lap-and-a-half before steamrolling a path around the outside of Grant to put a lock on the race lead on the 11th lap.

As Macedo began to strengthen his command by slipping out to a near full-straightaway lead, Buddy Kofoid began to exert his force after overcoming a 14th place starting position in the 23-car field. First, Kofoid split the difference between Crum and Andreotti in turn three to travel from fifth to third in one fell swoop at the halfway point.

Kofoid tried his initial lap 22 slider on Grant in turns one and two to no avail as Grant crossed him over to deny the action with his own reaction. Immediately, Kofoid reloaded, drove it in deep into turn three and secured the position by the time the two were rounding turn four and headed for home.

Macedo seemingly had the race in the bag after taking the white flag while possessing a nearly insurmountable 2.494 second advantage over Kofoid. However, Daison Pursley (12th) came to a stop on the far side of the turn two banking to bring out the caution, thus bunching up the field for a green-white-checkered restart with Kofoid directly on the rear bumper of Macedo in nitty-gritty time.

“I didn’t want to see that caution come out,” Macedo acknowledged. “I looked up (at the scoreboard) and saw the 67 was behind me. I knew that I was going to have to get a good restart and I knew he’d probably throw a flyer. If it was me and I’m running second, I’d probably do the same. I had in mind what he’d do, but I was able to get a pretty good run off four and get down across turn one pretty good and I figured, after that, it’d be tougher to get me.”

Macedo went relatively unharassed over the final couple of trips around the 1/4-mile dirt oval and was able to stifle any bid to steal away his long-coveted first USAC National Midget win by a 1.123 second margin over Kofoid, Grant, Crum and Logan Seavey.

Andreotti initially finished a career-best third, but his car failed post-race technical inspection and he was deemed “disqualified” for the event.

Once Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) fired off the feature, the 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship was officially his, clinching his second consecutive title with two races remaining after delivering one of his most impressive drives of the year with a 14th to 2nd place bolt for his seventh straight podium finish with the series in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I got to third really quickly and felt extremely good, but I didn’t expect to get up there that fast,” Kofoid admitted. “I could go wherever I wanted, and I could make so much speed more center-off. Once the track started to take rubber, I knew we had an SP2 (tire compound) on, so once I got up third, I sort of pedaled back, then caught Justin and got by him. I could see Carson and was staying with him, but I pedaled back because I didn’t know how much we had left and could start to feel it go away, so I tried to tighten my car up a little bit. I got in the front stretch wall by accident, but I think we lost some tire just trying to come to the front and just didn’t have a lot left.”

Last year’s Merced Speedway opening night USAC National Midget winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led six laps and wound up as the final member of the night’s podium after the disqualification of Andreotti. It marked Grant’s second straight third-place result after a similar finish in his most recent outing at Placerville’s Hangtown 100 last Saturday night in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

According to a Facebook report posted by his father late Tuesday night, after his back straightaway incident and flip during the first heat race, Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.) suffered a broken left arm and a broken left kneecap.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 22, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-11.850; 2. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-11.879; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-11.917; 4. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-11.944; 5. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-11.957; 6. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-11.990; 7. Tanner Carrick, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.001; 8. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-12.006; 9. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.018; 10. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.022; 11. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.032; 12. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.052; 13. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-12.055; 14. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.068; 15. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.118; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.128; 17. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-12.131; 18. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.140; 19. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.140; 20. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.164; 21. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.164; 22. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.178; 23. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.183; 24. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.185; 25. Michael Pickens, 4, Dave Mac Dalby-12.189; 26. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.191; 27. Gavin Miller, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.219; 28. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.270; 29. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.272; 30. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-12.289; 31. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-12.309; 32. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-12.319; 33. Dylan Bloomfield, 14T, Streeter-12.340; 34. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.361; 35. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.370; 36. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.373; 37. Zach Telford, 22G, GR-12.395; 38. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.520; 39. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.537; 40. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-12.729; 41. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-13.035; 42. Teddy Bivert, 22s, GR-13.288; 43. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jake Andreotti, 3. Michael Faccinto, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jade Avedisian, 6. Michael Pickens, 7. Jason McDougal, 8. Dylan Bloomfield, 9. Nathan Byrd, 10. Blake Bower. 2:01.83

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Taylor Reimer, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Alex Bright, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Ben Worth, 11. Teddy Bivert. 2:02.28

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Jacob Denney, 4. Chance Crum, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Dominic Gorden, 8. Austin Barnhill, 9. Caden Sarale, 10. Daison Pursley. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Daniel Whitley, 8. Brody Fuson, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Lance Bennett. 2:04.41

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Mariah Ede, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Hayden Reinbold, 4. Dominic Gorden, 5. Dylan Bloomfield, 6. Caden Sarale, 7. Ben Worth, 8. Lance Bennett, 9. Nathan Byrd, 10. Zach Telford, 11. Teddy Bivert. 2:12.37

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daniel Whitley, 2. Jade Avedisian, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Michael Pickens, 9. Jason McDougal, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Alex Bright, 12. Dominic Gorden, 13. Brody Fuson, 14. Gavin Miller, 15. Hayden Reinbold, 16. Mariah Ede, 17. Kyle Beilman, 18. Austin Barnhill. 2:37.21

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Carson Macedo (5), 2. Buddy Kofoid (14), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Chance Crum (1), 5. Logan Seavey (6), 6. Mitchel Moles (3), 7. Kaylee Bryson (7), 8. Cannon McIntosh (19), 9. Tanner Thorson (13), 10. Brenham Crouch (23-P), 11. Spencer Bayston (15), 12. Thomas Meseraull (17), 13. Ryan Timms (9), 14. Tanner Carrick (12), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (8), 16. Emerson Axsom (22), 17. Jade Avedisian (10), 18. Michael Faccinto (18), 19. Jacob Denney (16), 20. Daniel Whitley (11), 21. Taylor Reimer (20), 22. Daison Pursley (21), DQ. Jake Andreotti (2). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Jake Andreotti, Laps 3-4 Chance Crum, Laps 5-10 Justin Grant, Laps 11-30 Carson Macedo.

**Blaze Bennett flipped during practice. Blake Bower flipped during the first heat. Daison Pursley flipped during the third heat.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2037, 2-Justin Grant-1820, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1620, 4-Cannon McIntosh-1586, 5-Bryant Wiedeman-1573, 6-Mitchel Moles-1556, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1492, 8-Brenham Crouch-1220, 9-Jacob Denney-1209, 10-Taylor Reimer-1194.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-196, 2-Logan Seavey-153, 3-Thomas Meseraull-152, 4-Brady Bacon-144, 5-Buddy Kofoid-126, 6-Robert Ballou-119, 7-Cannon McIntosh-106, 8-Kaylee Bryson-106, 9-Kyle Cummins-104, 10-C.J. Leary-98.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 23, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jade Avedisian (11.729)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jade Avedisian (11.850)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Ryan Timms

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Daniel Whitley

Feature Hard Charger: Buddy Kofoid (14th to 2nd)

 

A RACING FEAST!
TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX BRINGS
USAC MIDGETS, PRESTIGE & HUGE FIELD TO VENTURA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 22, 2022)………One more for the road!

The long, arduous and battle-tested road on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship tour comes down to one final stop on Saturday night, November 26, at California’s seaside oval – Ventura Raceway.

It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s the gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s the one every driver in the discipline wants to put “winner” next to on their racing resume along with a chance to kiss the Aggie hat trophy in honor of famed Turkey Night promoter J.C. Agajanian.

This is the 81st running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix.

The classic 98-lap race’s origins date back to the dawn of midget racing with National Midget Hall of Famer Bob Swanson’s victory in 1934 at Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif., which now stands as the home of CBS Television, site of the hit show, The Price is Right, throughout its entire run.

WINNERS & CHAMPS, SEAVEY & THORSON HEADLINE FIELD

The car was right, the driver was right, and all 98 laps went right for Logan Seavey at Ventura in 2021. For a born and bred California racer such as Seavey, the best truly was saved for last. The California born and bred driver led three different times in the 2021 race for a total of 70 laps, but the third time in the lead proved to be the charm.

Seavey swapped the lead with Buddy Kofoid a total of four times in a 25-lap span with Seavey taking the lead for good on the 42nd circuit, then controlling the remainder of the way with Kofoid in close quarters just behind.

Now, the Sutter, Calif. native enters as the defending race winner and is one of two past Turkey Night Midget winners entered for the event along with Tanner Thorson.

Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Midget champion, also scored a 7th in the 2019 TNGP. Thorson (Minden, Nev.), the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, won the 2015 race and was on the pole for the 2014 event. Thorson also possesses a 4th in 2017, a 6th in both 2014 and 2016, a 9th in 2021 and a 10th in 2013 on his Turkey Night resume.

VETERANS GALORE

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) led on two occasions for 11 total laps before finishing as the runner-up in the 2021 race. The current USAC National Midget point leader and reigning champion also earned a 6th place result in his first TNGP midget start in 2019.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) made his first career Turkey Night Grand Prix appearance in 2019 as well and led a race-high 67 laps before finishing 2nd in a classic 98-lap duel.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) possesses both Ventura and Turkey Night winning experience. The 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year captured a USAC Western States Midget feature win at Ventura in 2017. The following season, in 2018, he was the victor of the sprint car portion of Turkey Night. A 11-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car winner in 2022, Macedo scored a 3rd in a midget at the TNGP in 2016, a 6th in 2018 and a 5th in 2019.

Macedo’s Dyson Motorsport teammate, Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), collected a best of 3rd in 2019 and also notched a 9th in 2016. In 2017, he locked up the USAC National Midget driving championship during Turkey Night at Ventura.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) was highly impressive during his one and only Turkey Night run to this point, scoring a 3rd place result as well as the Don Basile Rookie of the Race award as the highest-finishing first-time starter in the event during the 2021 showdown.

Steve Paden (Downey, Calif.) made his most recent Turkey Night start nearly two decades ago in 2004! The 2003 USAC Western States Midget champ finished a best of 3rd in the 2003 event to go along with a 6th in 2002 and an 8th in 2000. To boot, the 2001 USAC National Most Improved Driver picked up a USAC Western States Midget win at Ventura in 2004.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has turned in two fine performances in two previous TNGP starts in 2018 and 2019. The 2018 Don Basile Rookie of the Race took 8th in 2018 and a best of 4th in 2019.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) owns Turkey Night winning experience. His victory in the 2017 sprint car portion of the event has been the highlight of his successes at Ventura. The 2019 USAC National Midget driving champion made his best showing in the midgets at TNGP with a 5th in 2018.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) scored the pole and led the first 20 laps of the 2019 TNGP. His finest result in the event came in a 5th place run in 2015 while Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has hovered around the top-five, etching a 6th in the 2021 race, supplemented by a 7th place finish in 2017 to go along with a 10th in 2018.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) has posted several wins on the board in his career at Ventura. There, he’s won three time with the USAC West Coast Sprints and once with the USAC Western States Midgets in 2018. His Turkey Night midget resume shows a 7th in 2013 and an 8th in 2016.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) has twice been a USAC Western States Midget champ, in 2018 and again reaching the pinnacle this year in 2022. He collected a USAC WSM victory this past May at Ventura and has posted a top Turkey Night finish of 10th in the 2017 race. In 2006, Faccinto won the USAC Ford Focus Midget portion of Turkey Night on the pavement at California’s Irwindale Speedway.

WOMEN MAKING HISTORY AT TURKEY NIGHT

In 2021, women took over the front row at the Turkey Night Grand Prix with Kaylee Bryson winning the pole and Taylor Reimer starting outside. Both return this year after making some noise on the big stage a year ago.

Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) made Turkey Night history as the first woman to win the pole, the first woman to lead laps in the event (17) and earned the best finish by a woman in the 80-year history of the race with a 5th while Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) had a fantastic showing with an 8th place result.

Five women are entered in this year’s race. Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.) earned a 19th in 2015. Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) took 23rd in her Rookie run of 2021. Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.) and Tuesday Calderwood (Goodyear, Ariz.) are also among this year’s Rookie class.

MAKING HAY ON TURKEY NIGHT

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has a career at the Turkey Night Grand Prix that dates back to 2000 at Irwindale. His best result in six previous TNGP starts came with an 11th back in 2004. Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), like Meseraull, a multi-time USAC National Midget feature winner, was 27th in 2021.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian’s bunch includes a total of 10 entries, many of whom have one year under their belt at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Among them are Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), likewise, bested Turkey Night with an 11th in 2021. Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) took 19th in his only Turkey Night experience in 2019. Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) posted a 24th in 2021. Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) took 25th in 2021.

June 2021 Ventura USAC Western States Midget winner, Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.), was a 15th place runner in 2019. Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) has numerous Ventura victories in the bag. He won the Turkey Night sprint car feature in 2019, and that same year was a USAC Western States Midget feature winner. He’s also been triumphant with both USAC WSM and the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars this year. His best Turkey Night midget run came in 2021 where he finished 21st.

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) returns to take on his bid for a second Turkey Night start after a 15th in 2021. C.J. Sarna (Palm Desert, Calif.) made his lone start in the event in 2019, finishing 21st.

Troy Rutherford (Ojai, Calif.) may very well be the winningest driver in the field at Ventura. He owns three USAC West Coast Sprint Cars victories, two with the USAC CRA Sprint Cars and another with the USAC Western States Midgets in 2007. His lone run with the midgets thus far at Turkey Night came in 2012 when he finished 21st.

ROOKIES IN ABUNDANCE

Nearly half the field is filled with Rookies. Several contenders will aim to become the first driver since Warren Mockler in 1986 to win in his very first Turkey Night appearance.

Among the group are 32 Don Basile Rookie of the Race candidates, including 2021 Turkey Night sprint car winner A.J. Bender (San Diego, Calif.), June Ventura USAC West Coast Sprint Car winner Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, Calif.) and October Ventura USAC Western States Midget winner Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Ariz.).

One-time USAC National Midget winner Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) is in the fold as is 2021 USAC East Coast Sprint Car champ Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.), 2021 USAC Western States Midget champion Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.), BC39 Stoops Pursuit winner Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.), 2021 Gateway Dirt in December midget winner Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.), plus USAC Western States Midget winners Brody Fuson and Cade Lewis, both of Bakersfield, Calif.

New Zealand’s Travis Buckley (Auckland, N.Z.) is the lone international representative in the event. He’s joined in the lineup by fellow Turkey Night first-time starting hopefuls, Californians Terry Nichols (Delano, Calif.), Jake Hodges (Camarillo, Calif.), Caden Sarale (Stockton, Calif.), Joey Bishop (Camarillo, Calif.) and Steve Hix (Ventura, Calif.).

Badger Midget racing veteran Bryon Walters (Beaver Dam, Wis.) will be making his first foray to Turkey Night. Brothers Blaze Bennett (Parker, Colo.) and Lance Bennett (Aurora, Colo.) come to the event from the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association.

Josh Hodge (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Scott Orr (Columbia City, Ind.) are coming out from Indiana while Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.) goes coast-to-coast. Zach Telford (Middleton, Idaho) and Teddy Bivert (Payette, Idaho) have the Idaho connection going as they make the long haul from the north.

Bordering Arizona brings a handful of newcomers, including Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) and Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Ariz.) along with brother and sister, Logan and Tuesday Calderwood (Goodyear, Ariz.).

RACE DETAILS

Automotive Racing Products, the title sponsor of the 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, paying $10,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at Ventura on Saturday night, November 26.

Serving as grand marshals for the event are National Midget Hall of Famer Wally Pankratz and Dick Woodland.

Midget practice, plus USAC West Coast Sprint Car heat races, qualifiers and dash will take place on Friday, November 25 with the sprint car semi-feature and feature events, and the 98-lap USAC Midget season finale taking place on Saturday, November 26.

On Friday and Saturday, the pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm.

Friday’s tickets are $22 for adult general admission, $18 for Senior/Military/Students and free for children under 12. Pit passes are $45 apiece for members and $50 for non-members.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

The Turkey Night Grand Prix will be aired live on Friday and Saturday at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX ENTRY LIST: (62 ENTRIES)

00 ®JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

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

1 ®BRYON WALTERS/Beaver Dam, WI (Bill Rose Racing)

1EM TBA (NP Motorsports)

1NP ®TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

1x ®A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (LKK Motorsports)

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

3v ®JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 ®JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

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

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

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

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

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

8w TROY RUTHERFORD/Ojai, CA (Woodland Autosports)

9 ®BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

10 ®BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett)

11K ®NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T ®DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

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

19 ®ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

20 C.J. SARNA/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)

22G ®ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (Garland Risner)

22s ®TEDDY BIVERT/Payette, ID (Sue Risner)

25 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Tom Malloy)

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

25m ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

32 ®CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

45 ®JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports)

51 ®BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

56 STEVE PADEN/Downey, CA (Steve Paden)

57 ®DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x ®STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

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

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

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

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

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

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73L ®LOGAN CALDERWOOD/Goodyear, AZ (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73T ®TUESDAY CALDERWOOD/Goodyear, AZ (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

86 ®JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

88x ®SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

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

91 ®LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)

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

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

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

® represents a Don Basile Rookie of the Race Contender

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MIDGET WINNERS:

1934: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1935: Ted Sizemore | Gilmore Stadium

1936: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1937: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1938: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1939: Mel Hansen | Gilmore Stadium

1940: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1941: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1942: No Race

1943: No Race

1944: No Race

1945: Danny Oakes | Gilmore Stadium

1946: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1947: Johnny McDowell | Gilmore Stadium

1948: Bill Vukovich | Gilmore Stadium

1949: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1950: Bill Zaring | Gilmore Stadium

1951: No Race

1952: No Race

1953: No Race

1954: No Race

1955: Johnnie Parsons | Gardena Stadium

1956: Edgar Elder | Gardena Stadium

1957: George Amick | Gardena Stadium

1958: Joe Garson | Gardena Stadium

1959: Tony Bettenhausen | Gardena Stadium

1960: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1961: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1962: Billy Cantrell | Ascot Park

1963: Mel Kenyon | Ascot Park

1964: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1965: Dick Atkins | Ascot Park

1966: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1967: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1968: Sammy Sessions | Ascot Park

1969: George Benson | Ascot Park

1970: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1971: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1972: Tony Simon | Ascot Park

1973: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1974: Danny McKnight | Ascot Park

1975: Mel Kenyon | Speedway 605

1976: Bubby Jones | Ascot Park

1977: Gary Patterson | Ascot Park

1978: Rick Goudy | Ascot Park

1979: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1980: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1981: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1982: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1983: Kevin Olson | Ascot Park

1984: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1985: Brent Kaeding | Ascot Park

1986: Warren Mockler | Ascot Park

1987: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1988: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1989: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1990: Stan Fox | Ascot Park

1991: Stan Fox | Saugus Speedway

1992: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1993: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1994: Jordan Hermansader | Bakersfield Speedway

1995: Billy Boat | Bakersfield Speedway

1996: Billy Boat | Perris Auto Speedway

1997: Billy Boat | Ventura Raceway

1998: Jay Drake | Bakersfield Speedway

1999: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2000: Tony Stewart | Irwindale Speedway

2001: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2002: Michael Lewis | Irwindale Speedway

2003: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2004: Bobby East | Irwindale Speedway

2005: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2006: Billy Wease | Irwindale Speedway

2007: Dave Darland | Irwindale Speedway

2008: Bobby Santos | Irwindale Speedway

2009: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2010: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2011: Caleb Armstrong | Irwindale Speedway

2012: Kyle Larson | Perris Auto Speedway

2013: Dave Darland | Perris Auto Speedway

2014: Christopher Bell | Perris Auto Speedway

2015: Tanner Thorson | Perris Auto Speedway

2016: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2017: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2018: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2019: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2020: No Race

2021: Logan Seavey | Ventura Raceway

 

NEXT STOP MERCED!
USAC MIDGETS GO TWO-STRAIGHT
IN THE GOLDEN STATE NOV. 22-23

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 21, 2022)………Onward to Merced!
The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship’s tour of California continues with two dates on back-to-back nights at Merced Speedway on Tuesday-Wednesday, November 22-23.

An expected field of 40-plus entries and all four past USAC National Midget winners at Merced will check in for both nights in pursuit of victory: Buddy Kofoid, Justin Grant, Tanner Thorson and Thomas Meseraull.

ALL FOUR PAST WINNERS

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) enters as the most recent Merced winner last November where he practically cemented his title aspirations. This Tuesday night, he could do the much the same. The magic number is 29. By gaining 29 more points, Kofoid will clinch the 2022 USAC National Midget title.

Riding into Merced on a two-race winning streak after last weekend’s $32,000 Hangtown 100 win at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway, Kofoid has finished 2nd, 3rd and 1st in his last three Merced starts. To boot, he’s also the one-lap track record holder in a midget at Merced with a time of 11.635 seconds.

RMS Racing cars have won the opening night at Merced in two consecutive seasons. Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) made his first ever visit to the quarter-mile dirt oval a victorious performance in 2020. Grant (Ione, Calif.) captured a non-stop, green-to-checkered feature at Merced in 2021, timing in with a 30-lap effort at a blazing 6:14.35. Grant also notched a 3rd on the second night a year ago.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) rotated turns with two other drivers during the final six laps to capture the second night victory in 2020 at Merced. He’s the only driver to finish all four USAC National Midget features at Merced inside the top-10 with a 5th in the 2020 opener followed by a 2nd and 9th in 2021.

A TRACK RECORD FOR YOU, A TRACK RECORD FOR ALL

Each visit by the USAC National Midgets to Merced has produced a new one-lap track record. Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) set quick time on the initial visit to the speedway in 2020. The 2017 USAC National Midget champ has finished solidly too, capturing an 8th and 5th in two appearances back in 2020.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) lowered the Merced track record on the opening night of 2021, eclipsing the mark set by Kyle Larson on night two in 2020. The 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie was a top-10 finisher on both nights in 2020 with a 4th and 7th and garnered a 9th on night one in 2021. His track record was short-lived, however, and was broken the following evening by Kofoid, the current holder.

UPPING THE ANTE IN MERCED

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) won his first USAC National Midget feature in three seasons a week ago at Placerville, providing Keith Kunz his record-breaking 134th victory as an entrant in USAC National Midget competition. Carrick led eight laps and finished as the runner-up in the series debut at Merced in 2020.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), a three-time USAC National Midget feature winner this season, has twice been a runner-up at Merced with a 3rd and a 5th on night one of 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) burst into the consciousness of the USAC National Midget brethren at Merced when she battled tooth-and-nail to a 4th place result on the second of two nights in 2021.

Two-time USAC National Midget feature winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) posted a pair of high-quality results at Merced in 2021 with a 4th and 6th in his two efforts. He’ll be taking on this week’s two nights with the same Tom Malloy team which won the season closer at Merced in 2020 with driver Tanner Thorson.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC National Midget champion, earned a best of 5th on night two at Merced in 2021 to go along with a 6th and 8th in 2020 and 2021, respectively speaking.

Additional top-10 runs throughout the field in Merced races’ past include Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) who scored a 6th in both 2020 and 2021 as well as an 8th in 2021. Golobic also reigned triumphant with the USAC Western States Midgets this past April at Merced. Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) notched a 7th on night two in 2021. Top 2022 series Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) recorded both of his best runs on night of 2020 (10th) and 2021 (7th).

Oklahomans Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) rounded out the top-10 on each night of the 2021 event at Merced.

RETURNING TO MERCED, WE SAID
Returning to the Merced lineup for another go are multi-time USAC National Midget feature winners Kevin Thomas Jr. and Daison Pursley. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) was a 12th place finisher on night two in 2021. Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) picked up a 12th on night two in 2020 and led a lap in that year’s opener.

Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) collected an 11th on night two of 2021. Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.), who advanced 21st to 2nd during last Saturday’s Hangtown 100 at Placerville, finished 14th at Merced on night two of 2021. Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) took 15th in 2021 with the National series and was 5th with USAC Western States this past June. Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) scored 16th in 2021 while Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) notched a 19th in 2021.

Two-time and current USAC Western States Midget champ Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) ran 2nd in both USAC Western States Midget races this season at Merced and was 22nd with the USAC National Midgets in 2020. Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) pocketed 24th in 2021.

GATEWAY TO YOSEMITE & TO A FIRST START AT MERCED

First-time Merced-starting hopefuls with the USAC National Midgets include Auckland, New Zealand natives Michael Pickens and Travis Buckley.

One-time USAC National Midget feature winner Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) will make his debut Merced appearance and will be joined by 2021 USAC Western States Midget champion Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.) who finished 3rd and 4th in a pair of 2021 USAC WS starts at Merced.

USAC’s East Coast Sprint Car titlist of 2021 and USAC Eastern Midget king of 2018, Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.), readies for his first run at Merced as does 2022 BC39 Stoops Pursuit victor Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.).

Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association’s Blaze Bennett (Parker, Colo.) and Lance Bennett (Aurora, Colo.) will make their first stop on the California swing at Merced.

USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature winner Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, Calif.) will be on hand along with Dylan Bloomfield (Oakley, Calif.) who made a USAC West Coast Sprint Car start at Merced in 2021. Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) will make his Merced debut along with Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.) and Zach Telford (Middleton, Idaho) who will team with newcomer Teddy Bivert (Payette, Idaho) in a second GR Motorsports machine.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Rookies Mariah Ede and Gavin Miller are on the route to Merced where they both look to make first feature starts at the track. Steve Hix (Ventura, Calif.) and Kyle Beilman (Los Angeles, Calif.) aim to do the same.

RACE DETAILS:
Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s events pay $4,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. Winged 360 Sprint Cars are also on the card both nights.

The pits open at 2pm Pacific and grandstands at 5pm with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

Adult general admission for ages 13 and up is $25. Kids 6-12 general admission is $10. Senior general admission is $20. Military general admission is $20.

Advance Tuesday tickets can be purchased at: https://www.myracepass.com/events/402690/tickets/

Advance Wednesday tickets can be purchased at: https://www.myracepass.com/events/402693/tickets/

Both Merced races this week will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3AMU46z.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1964, 2-Justin Grant-1749, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1576, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1532, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1526, 6-Mitchel Moles-1495, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1432, 8-Jacob Denney-1178, 9-Brenham Crouch-1177, 10-Taylor Reimer-1164.

PROJECTED MERCED ENTRY LIST: (43 CARS)

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

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

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

4 MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

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

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

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

10 BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

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

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

22s TEDDY BIVERT/Payette, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

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

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

31K KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

67K ®GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

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

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

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

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

71m TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

84 ®JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

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

91 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)

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

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

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

® Represents a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship Rookie of the Year Contender

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

1-Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Meseraull & Tanner Thorson

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

2020: Thomas Meseraull (11/20) & Tanner Thorson (11/21)

2021: Justin Grant (11/23) & Buddy Kofoid (11/24)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/24/2021 - Buddy Kofoid - 11.635 - 77.353 mph

10 Laps - 11/23/2021 - Chris Windom - 2:00.070 - 74.956 mph

12 Laps - 11/23/2021 - Carson Macedo - 2:28.240 - 72.855 mph

30 Laps - 11/23/2021 - Justin Grant - 6:14.350 - 72.125 mph

MERCED SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:

2020 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (6), 2. Tanner Carrick (2), 3. Cannon McIntosh (5), 4. Carson Macedo (8), 5. Tanner Thorson (15), 6. Shane Golobic (3), 7. Ryan Bernal (9), 8. Spencer Bayston (11), 9. Kyle Larson (19), 10. Emerson Axsom (14), 11. Mitchel Moles (7), 12. Buddy Kofoid (21), 13. Logan Seavey (16), 14. Tyler Courtney* (23), 15. Chris Windom (22), 16. Justin Grant (17), 17. Colby Copeland (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson (13), 19. Chase Randall (20), 20. Daison Pursley (1), 21. Zeb Wise (12), 22. Michael Faccinto (10), 23. Cole Bodine* (24), 24. Jesse Love (4). NT

2020 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (4), 2. Buddy Kofoid (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Kyle Larson (6), 5. Spencer Bayston (3), 6. Logan Seavey (5), 7. Carson Macedo (8), 8. Cannon McIntosh (10), 9. Justin Grant (7), 10. Mitchel Moles (11), 11. Shane Golobic (14), 12. Daison Pursley (13), 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12), 14. Colby Copeland (15), 15. Emerson Axsom (16), 16. Tanner Carrick (21), 17. Chris Windom (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson* (23), 19. Zeb Wise (19), 20. Bryant Wiedeman (20), 21. Robert Dalby* (24), 22. Ben Worth (17), 23. Chance Crum (22), 24. Chase Johnson (9). 7:18.810

2021 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Tanner Thorson (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Emerson Axsom (6), 5. Cannon McIntosh (5), 6. Shane Golobic (7), 7. Mitchel Moles (4), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Carson Macedo (10), 10. Jason McDougal (14), 11. Chris Windom (9), 12. Zeb Wise (12), 13. Tanner Carrick (16), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Ryan Bernal (18), 16. Kaylee Bryson (8), 17. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 18. Ryan Timms (21), 19. Jade Avedisian (19), 20. Maria Cofer (20), 21. Chase Johnson (22), 22. Brenham Crouch (15), 23. Bryant Wiedeman (23-P), 24. Hayden Reinbold (24-P). 6:14.35

2021 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (6), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Justin Grant (17), 4. Jade Avedisian (1), 5. Logan Seavey (5), 6. Emerson Axsom (9), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (11), 8. Shane Golobic (12), 9. Tanner Thorson (8), 10. Ryan Timms (16), 11. Taylor Reimer (13), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (23-P), 13. Maria Cofer (18), 14. Chance Crum (24-P), 15. Jake Andreotti (20), 16. Cannon McIntosh (4), 17. Mitchel Moles (14), 18. Kaylee Bryson (19), 19. Brenham Crouch (15), 20. Carson Macedo (3), 21. Thomas Meseraull (21), 22. Tanner Carrick (7), 23. Jason McDougal (22), 24. Kyle Larson (10). NT

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

VENTURA HOSTS “ARP 81ST RUNNING OF TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” DOUBLEHEADER
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 20, 2022... Starting this Friday, November 25th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Ventura Raceway for two nights of action. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the prestigious “ARP 81st Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will begin with a special Friday program for the traditional 360 Sprint Cars and practice sessions for the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets. On Saturday, the Sprints will return with their Consolation, Semi-Mains, and 30-lap feature while the Midgets will run a complete show. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at 11:00am, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, the Spectator Gates open at 3:00pm, and practice starts at 3:15pm.

LOCATION: Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

ENTRIES: At press time, there are 41 USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and over 60 USAC National Midgets entered in the Turkey Night Grand Prix. The Sprint Car entry list is at the end of this release, with more expected on race day.

DEFENDING SPRINT CAR WINNER: A.J. Bender.

GRAND MARSHALLS: Dick Woodland & Wally Pankratz.

PIT PARKING: Teams can park their trailers in the pit area on Thursday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Wednesday arrivals can drop off trailers in the parking lot, but must not block the pit gate to leave an open fire lane. Pit passes are $40-member and $50 non-member on Friday. Pit passes are $50 on Saturday.

FRIDAY SPRINT CAR FORMAT: A pill pick/passing points format will be used. The pill pick will set the six heat races and the earned passing points will set a round of qualifying races. The top-10 in passing points from the heat races and qualifiers will compete in a 15-lap dash paying $1,200-to-win and $150-to-win. The dash lineup will be straight up by points. The overall point leader after the dash will start on the pole position of Saturday’s main event.

FRIDAY DASH PURSE: 1-$1200, 2-$750, 3-$500, 4-$400, 5-$300, 6-$250, 7-$200, 8-$150, 9-$150, 10-$150.

SATURDAY SPRINT CAR FORMAT: Cars finishing eleventh and below after Friday’s passing points will run a Consolation and Semi-Mains. The lineups are based straight up on passing points. Saturday’s 30-lap feature with twenty-two (22) cars will pay $3,000-to-win and $225-to-start.

SATURDAY FEATURE PURSE: 1-$3000, 2-$1500, 3-$800, 4-$750, 5-$700, 6-$650, 7-$600, 8-$500, 9-$400, 10-$300, 11-22-$225.

DRIVER MEMBERSHIPS: USAC licenses ARE NOT REQUIRED for the event.

RACECEIVERS/TRANSPONDERS: Raceceivers and transponders ARE MANDATORY. Transponders are available for rent for $30 total for both nights.

FUEL: High Tech Performance will have fuel available for sale at the race track.

TIRE RULE: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice with the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. All four corners must be Hoosier. High Tech Performance and Hoosier will sell tires at the track.

APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

USED/OLD TIRES: Ventura Raceway will deduct $50 from the purse for each used/old tire left in the pit area. Racers must take their discarded/old tires and dispose of them properly.

FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front Axle Tethers (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.

FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.

COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

RULE BOOK: The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

When the Turkey Night Grand Prix returned to Ventura Raceway in 2016, track promoter Jim Naylor added the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars to the program. “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed the victory and the non-winged 360s have been a part of the prestigious event ever since. Last year, A.J. Bender of San Diego, California earned a popular victory and the complete winner’s list for Sprint Cars at the Turkey Night Grand Prix is at the end of this release.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held twenty-three (23) West Coast Sprint Car events and fifteen different drivers have claimed victory. Led by Tristan Guardino, Troy Rutherford, and Jake Swanson with three wins, Rutherford also set the 1-lap track record of 11.941 on June 4, 2022.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, ROW Signs and Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, Steve Lafond/Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson, 2022-Trent Carter.

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2001-Tony Hunt, 2002-Tony Stewart, 2003-Michael Lewis, 2004-Michael Lewis, 2005-Dave Steele, 2006-Tony Hunt, 2007-Bobby Santos III, 2008-Tracy Hines, 2009-Cole Whitt, 2010-Kody Swanson, 2011-Tanner Swanson, 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo, 2019-Chase Johnson, 2020-CANCELLED, 2021-A.J. Bender. (*2001-2011 = USAC Western Pavement Sprints, 2016-Date = USAC West Coast Sprints)

2022 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
2J-James Turnbull II / Indio, California / James Turnbull Sr.
3-Max Adams / Loomis, California / Kaleb Montgomery
3F-Daniel Whitley / Ferndale, California / Ted Finkenbinder
5J-James Herrera / New Cuyama, California / James Herrera
6-Logan Calderwood / Phoenix, Arizona / Rex Calderwood
8M-Brody Roa / Garden Grove, California / May Motorsports
8W-Chase Johnson / Penngrove, California / May Motorsports
11-Troy Rutherford / Ojai, California / Troy Rutherford
15-Rick Hendrix / Palmdale, California / Rick Hendrix
16J-Elexa Herrera / New Cuyama, California / James Herrera
17-Todd Pratt / Las Vegas, Nevada / Todd Pratt
17A-Tom Dunkel / Menifee, California / Tom Dunkel
19-Dennis Rodriguez / Las Vegas, Nevada / Matt Streeter Racing
20-Shon Deskins / Phoenix, Arizona / Shon Deskins Racing
21-A.J. Bender / San Diego, California / Kim & Richard Bender
21-Austin Ervine / Henderson, Nevada / Jay Ervine
21T-Carson Macedo / Lemoore, California / Tarlton Motorsports
22-Grant Sexton / Lakeside, California / Brent Sexton
25-Chris Muraoka / Makaha, Hawaii / Chris Muraoka
27-Tyler Hatzikian / Murrieta, California / Tyler Hatzikian
29C-Camie Bell / Bakersfield, California / Tim Bell
32-T.J. Smith / Fresno, California / Caden Sarale
35-Albert Pombo / Easton, California / Albert & Megan Pombo
38-Colby Johnson / Penngrove, California / Donny Johnson
39-Kyle Edwards / Fountain Valley, California / Gordon Edwards
39T-Troy DeGaton / Live Oak, California / Troy DeGaton
41-Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, California / Ricky Lewis
43-Hannah Mayhew / Acton, California / Chris Mayhew
45-Joey Bishop / Camarillo, California / Joey Bishop
51-Brody Fuson / Bakersfield, California / Bob & Toni Van Meter
51-Ronald Webster / Chandler, Arizona / Ron & Shea Webster
52-David Lindt / Sebastopol, California / Davis Lindt
54-Nate Robinson / Ventura, California / Bill Perkins
57-Jake Swanson / Anaheim, California / Steve Hix
63D-Jon DeWees / Lemoore, California / Jon DeWees
69-Ron LaPlant / Oroville, California / Ron LaPlant
79-Mark Hanson / Sacramento, California / Danny Matranga
98-Verne Sweeney / Lomita, California / Ken Tracy
98-Michael Pombo / Easton, California / Tony & Susan Pombo
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, California / Boul Racing
$-Cash Culp / Apple Valley, California / Cash Culp

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORD: Troy Rutherford - 11.941 (06/04/22)

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Troy Rutherford, 3-Jake Swanson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Chase Johnson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-A.J. Bender, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Daniel Whitley.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Fuson, 2-Chase Johnson, 1-Ricky Lewis, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Daniel Whitley.

FINAL 2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Trent Carter-531, 2. Troy Rutherford-504, 3. Kyle Edwards-485, 4. Tanner Boul-423, 5. Tyler Hatzikian ®-390, 6. Joey Bishop ®-386, 7. Brent Yarnal ®-350, 8. Hannah Mayhew-348, 9. Ricky Lewis-329, 10. Camie Bell ®-325, 11. Steve Hix-303, 12. Brody Fuson-295, 13. James Herrera-274, 14. Chase Johnson-242, 15. Elexa Herrera ®-224, 16. Cody Majors-212, 17. Rick Hendrix-185, 18. Travis Buckley-155, 19. Logan Calderwood ®-149, 20. Jake Andreotti ®-143, 21. Brody Roa-135, 22. Ryan Timmons-109, 23. Jacob Tuttle-107, 24. Ben Worth ®-104, 25. Nathan Byrd-98, 26. Daniel Whitley ®-81, 27. Jarrett Soares-76, --. Charlie Butcher-76, 29. Matt Day-74, --. Sterling Cling-74, 31. Dawson Faria ®-64, 32. Randy Nelson-63, 33. Troy DeGaton ®-53, 34. Chris Ennis-51, 35. Christopher Muraoka-49, 36. Bryan Whitley-48, 37. Gage Rucker-46, 38. Todd Pratt-45, 39. Jonas Reynolds-35, 40. Dale Curran-33, 41. Tuesday Calderwood ®-13.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 26: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 12: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ricky Lewis)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Daniel Whitley)
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 10: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
October 15: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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KOFOID COLLECTS $32,000 HANGTOWN 100
VICTORY AT PLACERVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 19, 2022)………Buddy Kofoid pocketed the biggest payday of his USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship career on Saturday night at California’s Placerville Speedway.

The Penngrove, Calif. native pocketed a total of $32,000 by virtue of scoring both the 100-lap feature victory worth $20,000 as well as the overall Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing points championship, which added $12,000 more for his efforts.

After going winless with the series for nearly two months, as it turned out, Friday’s Hangtown 100 prelim victory was merely the warmup act for Kofoid. On Saturday, he finished off his second victory in as many nights while also delivering a weekend sweep at Placerville for the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports bunch.

One year after leading a race-high 66 laps en route to a second place result on the final night of the 2021 Hangtown 100, on this evening, Kofoid led 95 laps, including the last 45 in succession in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

His first career 100-lap midget victory was the 21st overall of his USAC National Midget career, which passed A.J. Foyt to move into 30th on the all-time series feature win list alongside Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton and Ken Schrader.

“This is one of the biggest midget wins that I’ve gotten and, of course, 32-grand is pretty damn cool too,” Kofoid exclaimed. “That was a long race, and it was stressful. It’s hard to lead that many laps and know where you need to be or if you need to move around. When the track is this slick, it kind of brings the speed of everyone somewhat close together.”

In what has already been a historic season for Kofoid, his 12th win of the 2022 season has made 2022 one of the most successful single seasons by a driver in the 67-year history of the series.

Kofoid’s dozen victories are the fifth most in a USAC National Midget season, and he’s now the eighth driver to string together 12 wins or more in one year, joining Mel Kenyon’s all-time best 17 victories in 1967, Rich Vogler’s 16 in 1988, Kenyon’s 14 in 1969, Sleepy Tripp’s 13 in 1975 as well as the 12 turned in by Jimmy Davies (1961), Bob Tattersall (1965) and Danny Caruthers (1971).

With a randomly drawn invert of two, Hangtown 100 point leader Kofoid started from the outside of the front row in the 28-car field. From that spot, Kofoid jumped out to the early lead utilizing the topside while Shane Golobic elevated his position from fourth to second on the bottom to slot in behind Kofoid.

Cannon McIntosh, who won the series’ only other 100-lap race this past July at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway, moved into second past Golobic just before the yellow on lap 12 with a turn three slider, then spent the majority of the next 50 laps entrenched in his pursuit of Kofoid.

Kofoid and McIntosh put on a high wire act as they ran one/two around lapped traffic on lap 42. On lap 49, McIntosh’s persistence paid dividends as he zipped around the outside of Kofoid in turn two as Kofoid got himself wrapped up while tussling with a tail-end lead lap car.

However, it wasn’t long before Kofoid returned the favor, one lap later in fact, in similar fashion by charging around the outside of McIntosh in turn two at the halfway point on lap 50. McIntosh didn’t exactly fall away at that point as he remained stride-for-stride with Kofoid, perusing the bottom before striking once more to retake the top spot on lap 52.

Kofoid never let McIntosh get out of his sight, and on lap 56, Kofoid pressured and surrounded McIntosh in turn two, forcing McIntosh to either jump over the turn two cushion or lift. McIntosh chose the latter and Kofoid spurted past and led the way into the pre-scheduled mandatory “mid-race” stop at lap 60 where upon crews could add fuel and make minor adjustments but could not jack the car off the ground without a penalty.

Upon resumption, Grant slid his way into second by McIntosh on the lap 61 restart in turn three, but McIntosh countered back to retake the second position, then repeated the same exact maneuver on the following lap to beat Grant to the line by a half-car length.

That is, until lap 62 when trouble ensued for Brenham Crouch (21st) who got crossed up in turn three, sending him sideways into the path of Colby Copeland (22nd) who plowed into Crouch and tipped over. Copeland's car went away on the hook while Crouch headed to the pits with both drivers done for the rest of the race.

Over the next several laps, the Chance Crum story was delivered as headline material as he seemingly came out of nowhere to drive past Tanner Thorson, Grant and McIntosh in immediate succession to rise up from fifth to second in a span of three laps between laps 63-65 after starting the feature all the way back in the 21st position.

Crum rose all the way to the forefront in the ensuing laps and pulled even with Kofoid for the lead, but the buck stopped there for Kofoid who never relented the position to Crum over the next several laps as the race entered its last 30 lap sprint.

Behind the two frontrunners, McIntosh dropped from third to sixth on lap 70 when he drifted over the turn four banking. Spencer Bayston capitalized his way into third while his Dyson Motorsport teammate, Carson Macedo, bolted into fourth. Grant, meanwhile, stepped into the fifth position with less than 30 to go.

Grant found his second wind and came on strong in the final 10-lap stanza as he blew past both Macedo and Bayston in quick succession in a single lap to reassume third on the 92nd lap. Meanwhile, at the top of the board was Kofoid who was in the process of navigating through heavy lapped traffic during the final laps,

“When you get to traffic, it’s not one car by themselves,” Kofoid explained. “Then you get to the next car and there were like five all over each other. When I slid them, they raced me back and tried to race the guys in front of them. That made it a little bit tough, having to go back and forth with them. I haven’t felt great in traffic the last two nights, but I guess we’ve been good enough to get a win. You’ve just got to keep your speed up and not let their speed hinder your performance. A couple times, it did get a little bit tricky, and I didn’t know where to be but decided to stick with it and pounce on their mistakes and try to put as many cars as I could between myself and whoever was in second.”

While Kofoid was facing his own battles at the head of the field, that allowed Crum and Grant to pull within a few car lengths of Kofoid at the finish where Kofoid ultimately crossed the finish line 0.417 sec. ahead at the finish in front of Crum, Grant, Macedo and Thorson who rounded out the top-five.

“Right there, that was all (crew chief) Jarrett Martin, Kaleb Wyrick and Tanner Ashmore,” Kofoid credited. “I’m just lucky I get to drive the car. I’m proud to be one of the guys that Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby) selected to run their car for the last few years. It’s cool to put my name in some of their history for them.”

It was also a masterful drive put in by Crum (Snohomish, Wash.). Starting 21st, Crum worked his way to a second place finish in his Rudeen Racing/Hager Realty Services – Rayce Rudeen Foundation/Spike/Speedway Toyota. The runner-up result equaled his best career USAC National Midget feature finish.

“I kind of stuck in the middle for most of the race,” Crum stated. “Starting 21st, you’ve got to go where they’re not and the car stuck really good in the slick. We set up for that to try and get through the traffic and it worked. I moved down to the bottom of one and two for a while, just trying to keep pace, but toward the end, I was able to make some passes through the middle.”

Grant (Ione, Calif.) found the right path just a tick too late in order to contend for the win, but simply ran out of time in his bid to repeat as a Hangtown 100 winner. He made a splendid move to go from fifth to third with eight laps to go to put himself on the podium as a third place finisher after starting 11th in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I was moving around a lot, and I just got a little bit frustrated and just sailed her off in above three,” Grant admitted. “I was able to get above the rough stuff, stay in the moisture and just ring around there pretty wide open.”

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 19, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Johnson (#73x Ford), 2. Emerson Axsom (#25x Malloy), 3. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 4. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Daniel Whitley (#57 Abacus), 6. Carson Macedo (#99AU Dyson), 7. Jake Andreotti (#00 Davis), 8. Ryan Bernal (#27w Wood), 9. Michael Faccinto (#14J Graunstadt), 10. Travis Buckley (#7NZ BSL). 2:01.116

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Alex Bright (#19 Reinbold-Underwood), 3. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 4. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac Dalby), 5. Tanner Thorson (#88 Thorson), 6. Logan Seavey (#58 Abacus), 7. Jacob Denney (#25m Malloy), 8. Austin Barnhill (#17B Dave Mac Dalby), 9. Dylan Bloomfield (#14T Streeter), 10. Zach Telford (#22G Risner). 1:58.835

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney (#25x Malloy), 2. Corey Day (#4 Kahne), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 4. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Colby Copeland (#87 CBI), 6. Tanner Carrick (#71m Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 8. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 9. Mariah Ede (#71E Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 10. Blake Bower (#9 Boscacci). 1:59.732

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Gavin Miller (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Ryan Timms (#97K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Mitchel Moles (#89 CBI), 4. Michael Pickens (#4x Dave Mac Dalby), 5. Jade Avedisian (#84 CBI), 6. Spencer Bayston (#9AU Dyson), 7. Danny Stratton (#31K Beilman), 8. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 9. Dominic Gorden (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Tony Gomes (#73 Ford), 2. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Jason McDougal (#68 Six8), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5T Alexander), 5. Chris Windom (#89x CBI), 6. Caden Sarale (#32 Sarale), 7. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 8. Nathan Byrd (#11x Kruseman), 9. Daison Pursley (#71p Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT

C-MAIN: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Blake Bower, 2. Brenham Crouch, 3. Caden Sarale, 4. Austin Barnhill, 5. Danny Stratton, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Zach Telford, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Nathan Byrd, 10. Travis Buckley, 11. Mariah Ede. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (20 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chance Crum, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Tony Gomes, 4. Daniel Whitley, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Alex Bright, 8. Brenham Crouch, 9. Ryan Bernal, 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Gavin Miller, 12. Dominic Gorden, 13. Austin Barnhill, 14. Jade Avedisian, 15. Taylor Reimer, 16. Hayden Reinbold, 17. Caden Sarale, 18. Jacob Denney, 19. Blake Bower, 20. Daison Pursley. NT

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Chance Crum (21), 3. Justin Grant (11), 4. Carson Macedo (14), 5. Tanner Thorson (8), 6. Spencer Bayston (5), 7. Cannon McIntosh (1), 8. Shane Golobic (4), 9. Tanner Carrick (3), 10. Bryant Wiedeman (7), 11. Thomas Meseraull (17), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 13. Chris Windom (6), 14. Mitchel Moles (12), 15. Ryan Timms (22), 16. Jake Andreotti (18), 17. Kaylee Bryson (25-U), 18. Jade Avedisian (28-P), 19. Michael Pickens (9), 20. Michael Faccinto (27-P), 21. Emerson Axsom (19), 22. Tony Gomes (23), 23. Corey Day (20), 24. Brenham Crouch (26-U), 25. Colby Copeland (13), 26. Jason McDougal (10), 27. Logan Seavey (16), 28. Daniel Whitley (24). NT

(U) represents a USAC provisional

(P) represents a Promoter’s Option

**Mariah Ede flipped during the C-Main. Daison Pursley flipped during the semi. Colby Copeland flipped on lap 62.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-48 Buddy Kofoid, Lap 49 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 50-51 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 52-55 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 56-100 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1964, 2-Justin Grant-1749, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1576, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1532, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1526, 6-Mitchel Moles-1495, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1432, 8-Jacob Denney-1178, 9-Brenham Crouch-1177, 10-Taylor Reimer-1164.

FINAL HANGTOWN 100 POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-502, 2-Cannon McIntosh-476, 3-Spencer Bayston-459, 4-Tanner Carrick-458, 5-Shane Golobic-454, 6-Tanner Thorson-448, 7-Justin Grant-438, 8-Chris Windom-436, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-436, 10-Carson Macedo-426.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-195, 2-Logan Seavey-152, 3-Thomas Meseraull-147, 4-Brady Bacon-144, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Buddy Kofoid-114, 7-Kaylee Bryson-106, 8-Kyle Cummins-104, 9-C.J. Leary-98, 10-Cannon McIntosh-95.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 22-23, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kevin Thomas Jr. (11.696)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Johnson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Gavin Miller

Simpson Race Products Fifth Heat Winner: Tony Gomes

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Chance Crum

Feature Hard Charger: Chance Crum (21st to 2nd)

Hangtown 100 Points Champion: Buddy Kofoid


 

 

BUDDY’S TOWN:
KOFOID SCORES HOME TRACK VICTORY
AT HANGTOWN NIGHT TWO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 18, 2022)………Buddy Kofoid makes no bones about it. He wanted to be the one to deliver Keith Kunz Motorsport its record-breaking 134th USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship entrant victory.

However, a full day later, Kofoid took solace in his performance during Friday’s night two of the Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway.

The Penngrove, Calif. native took control on lap four and led the remaining 27 laps to earn his 11th series triumph of the season in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

In addition to raising the bar once more for Team KKM by garnering the outfit’s 135th series win, Kofoid set a number of personal marks in the process as he picked up his first ever midget win at the same venue he became the youngest ever sprint car feature winner at in 2016 at the age of 14.

“This one definitely feels really good, especially since this is where I cut my teeth in sprint cars,” Kofoid explained. “It feels really good to win at what I would consider my home track.”

Furthermore, his 20th career USAC National Midget score tied him with the legendary A.J. Foyt for 34th on the all-time series win list. Additionally, Kofoid became just the second driver to win at least 20 career USAC National Midget features for KKM, joining Christopher Bell who leads all drivers with 23.

Kofoid also moved up the charts to become only the 13th driver to win 11 races in a single USAC National Midget season. To boot, his 20th career series win came in his 100th career series start, which also cemented his status of one of the series’ all-time greats despite this being just his third full year.

Only 10 drivers in the 67-year history of the series have captured their 20th victory within their first 100 USAC National Midget starts: Kyle Larson (61st start), Christopher Bell (66th start), Sleepy Tripp (68th start), Bryan Clauson (80th start), Billy Vukovich (80th start), Parnelli Jones (83rd start), Tony Stewart (84th start), A.J. Foyt (89th start), Ken Schrader (97th start) and now Kofoid himself (100th start).

Most importantly, Kofoid has taken one step closer to cementing a second consecutive championship as he’s amid a seemingly unbreakable stride rolling into the final set of races out west. Right now, Kofoid’s at the top of his game.

“I wanted yesterday’s win badly, but winning today makes up for it,” Kofoid stated. “Seeing the list of drivers that have won for Keith, I didn’t expect my name to be that high on the list. I owe it all to (KKM President) Keith Kunz and (KKM CEO) Pete Willoughby. They took a chance on me in 2019; I moved to the Midwest just to race sprint cars and they picked me up. Now we’re chasing our second USAC National Midget championship. I owe it all to them.”

Kofoid started his race from the fifth spot on the grid while pole sitter Thomas Meseraull established the initial race lead, beating third-starting Bryant Wiedeman to the stripe by a wheel at the conclusion of lap one.

Wiedeman edged ahead moments later as the two entered turn three on the second go around. As Wiedeman drifted from the bottom to the top of the racetrack, Meseraull stuck to the high groove. As a result, the pair came to close quarters and wound up with Meseraull drifting over the edge and dropping 10 spots in the running order all the way back to 11th in the blink of an eye.

Meanwhile, it only took Kofoid four laps to track down Wiedeman for the lead as the series point leader dove under Wideman in turn three, completed the pass and carried onward into the night.

Further back in the pack, trouble ensued on the sixth lap when Michael Pickens (7th) clipped the infield turn four berm and spun, which also collected a pair of innocent victims in Kaylee Bryson (9th) and Meseraull (11th), sending all three to a stop. All were able to restart and resume.

While Kofoid led the field back to the green on lap six, outside front row starter Ryan Timms had worked his way back into contention when he zoomed under Wiedeman in turn three to grab the second position while Cannon McIntosh followed suit into third a half-lap later.

With eight laps remaining, Kofoid was cruising at the head of the field. That is, until he encountered traffic as thick as a chocolate milkshake ahead of him. As Kofoid picked his way through, Timms caught up and closed to within a single car length as the two crossed the start/finish line. A split second later, the complexion of the contest changed dramatically when Timms collided with the tail tank of Kofoid and flew backwards over the edge of the track until stopping outside of the turn one. Timms restarted but wound up 20th in the final running order.

As it turned out, when Timms contacted his rear bumper, Kofoid believed that something had gone mechanically awry on his machine. While it seemed as if Kofoid endured a relatively easy cruise, it’s not so much the case from the cockpit as he navigated his path through the 24-car field on the quarter-mile dirt oval confines.

“I just tightened my car up as the race went on,” Kofoid recalled. “I got to traffic and felt like I stalled out and hit a wall, if you will, and couldn’t get going. Then I reeled them back in and got by some guys who kind of held me up, then that let some of the guys behind me get to me. I went to the bottom and I’m not sure what happened there. I thought something was broke and it didn’t feel the same after that. Then I had to loosen my car back up for the cushion. But, overall, it was a good night and I think we’ll be sitting pretty good for tomorrow.”

Kofoid retained his status as the class of the field upon the ensuing restart, but the battles raged on just behind him. One lap after the race’s resumption, the fiercest race for position involved Thursday night’s feature winner Tanner Carrick and Jade Avedisian as they tussled for third. Carrick crossed over Avedisian’s turn three slider at the exit of turn four, and as the two raced side-by-side down the front straight, the two touched wheels, sending Avedisian ramping up the wall and flipping over three times in nose-to-tail fashion before coming to a rest on the other side of the turn one banking.

Avedisian walked away from the scene and, in fact, traveled on foot all the way from turn one to turn three to give Carrick a fist bump with nary a word said.

From that point onward, Kofoid traveled the remaining distance relatively uncontested, leading runner-up McIntosh to the line by a 1.372 second margin with Tanner Thorson third, Carrick fourth and Chris Windom rounding out the top-five.

McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) continued his string of success on his tour of California with his best performance yet this week, finishing as the runner-up in his Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/Crescent Tools – GearWrench – DriveWFX/Spike/Speedway Toyota following finishes of 4th at Bakersfield on Tuesday and 6th at Placerville on Thursday.

Thorson’s second night out as a driver/owner was a big step up from the team’s debut 24 hours earlier in his Tanner Thorson Racing/Smith Titanium – Bob Hurley RV – Keen Concrete/Sawyer/Stanton SR-11x. The previous night, Thorson was mired back in 16th after getting caught up in a late-race accident. On Friday night, the 2016 USAC National Midget driving champion came home a solid third to round out the podium.

In Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) earned the 11th fast time of his USAC National Midget career, which moved him into the top-50 all-time alongside Brady Bacon, Danny Caruthers, Lonnie Caruthers, Russ Congdon, Tommy Copp, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, Len Sutton, Brad Sweet and Sleepy Tripp.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 18, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Michael Pickens, 4x, Dave Mac Dalby-11.734; 2. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-11.758; 3. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-11.795; 4. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-11.844; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.872; 6. Chase Johnson, 73x, Ford-11.895; 7. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-12.021; 8. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.206; 9. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-12.600; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.734.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-11.635; 2. Colby Copeland, 87, CBI-11.742; 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.786; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-11.830; 5. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.844; 6. Danny Stratton, 31K, Beilman-11.960; 7. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-11.965; 8. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.997; 9. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.152.

FLIGHT THREE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.664; 2. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-11.669; 3. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-11.695; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.699; 5. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.764; 6. Jacob Denney, 25m, Malloy-11.775; 7. Dylan Bloomfield, 14T, Streeter-11.962; 8. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.033; 9. Zach Telford, 22G, Risner-12.105; 10. Gavin Miller, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT (Time of 11.724 disallowed after missing the scales)

FLIGHT FOUR FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 89x, CBI-11.738; 2. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-11.767; 3. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.858; 4. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.863; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-11.893; 6. Tyler Courtney, 25, Malloy-11.938; 7. Ryan Bernal, 27w, Wood-12.018; 8. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-12.105; 9. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.298.

FLIGHT FIVE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-11.731; 2. Corey Day, 4, Kahne-11.806; 3. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-11.826; 4. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.930; 5. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-11.944; 6. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-11.959; 7. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.021; 8. Tony Gomes, 73, Ford-12.100; 9. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-12.718; 10. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-3 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick (T), 2. Chance Crum (T), 3. Jake Andreotti (T), 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Michael Pickens (T), 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Caden Sarale, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Austin Barnhill, 10. Daniel Whitley. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-3 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson (T), 2. Bryant Wiedeman (T), 3. Shane Golobic (T), 4. Danny Stratton, 5. Alex Bright, 6. Colby Copeland, 7. Logan Seavey (T), 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Dominic Gorden. NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-3 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Jacob Denney (T), 2. Thomas Meseraull (T), 3. Tanner Thorson (T), 4. Buddy Kofoid (T), 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Taylor Reimer, 8. Dylan Bloomfield, 9. Zach Telford, 10. Michael Faccinto. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-3 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Bernal (T), 2. Ryan Timms (T), 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Cannon McIntosh (T), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Chris Windom (T), 7. Daison Pursley, 8. Blake Bower, 9. Travis Buckley. NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-3 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant (T), 2. Jason McDougal (T), 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Spencer Bayston (T), 5. Jade Avedisian (T), 6. Corey Day, 7. Tony Gomes, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Nathan Byrd. NT

FIRST ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Corey Day, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Tony Gomes, 7. Dominic Gorden, 8. Danny Stratton, 9. Alex Bright, 10. Daniel Whitley, 11. Austin Barnhill, 12. Nathan Byrd, 13. Mariah Ede. NT

SECOND ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Colby Copeland, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Taylor Reimer, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Caden Sarale, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Dylan Bloomfield, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Travis Buckley, 12. Zach Telford, 13. Blake Bower. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (5), 2. Cannon McIntosh (9), 3. Tanner Thorson (4), 4. Tanner Carrick (12), 5. Chris Windom (13), 6. Logan Seavey (19), 7. Spencer Bayston (15), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (3), 9. Shane Golobic (16), 10. Carson Macedo (22), 11. Jake Andreotti (10), 12. Corey Day (21), 13. Justin Grant (18), 14. Mitchel Moles (23), 15. Chance Crum (6), 16. Jason McDougal (17), 17. Jacob Denney (14), 18. Michael Pickens (8), 19. Ryan Bernal (20), 20. Ryan Timms (2), 21. Colby Copeland (24), 22. Kaylee Bryson (11), 23. Thomas Meseraull (1), 24. Jade Avedisian (7). NT

(T) represents a heat race transfer

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 2-3 Bryant Wiedeman, Laps 4-30 Buddy Kofoid.

**Daniel Whitley flipped during the first heat. Jade Avedisian flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1894, 2-Justin Grant-1685, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1535, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1489, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1474, 6-Mitchel Moles-1460, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1403, 8-Jacob Denney-1168, 9-Brenham Crouch-1154, 10-Taylor Reimer-1154.

HANGTOWN 100 POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-325, 2-Cannon McIntosh-317, 3-Tanner Carrick-311, 4-Spencer Bayston-303, 5-Chris Windom-298, 6-Shane Golobic-295, 7-Tanner Thorson-286, 8-Bryant Wiedeman-286, 9-Michael Pickens-281, 10-Jason McDougal-269.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-187, 2-Logan Seavey-152, 3-Brady Bacon-144, 4-Thomas Meseraull-141, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Buddy Kofoid-113, 7-Kaylee Bryson-106, 8-Kyle Cummins-104, 9-C.J. Leary-98, 10-Cannon McIntosh-95.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 19, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Corey Day (11.812)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey (11.635)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tanner Carrick

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Jacob Denney

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Ryan Bernal

Simpson Race Products Fifth Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts First Semi Winner: Corey Day

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Second Semi Winner: Carson Macedo

Feature Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (19th to 6th)

 

 

RECORD BREAKER:
KUNZ IS USAC MIDGETS’ WINNINGEST ENTRANT
AFTER CARRICK’S VICTORY AT PLACERVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 17, 2022)………No individual or team has been more synonymous with winning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature events in this era than Keith Kunz Motorsports.

When Tanner Carrick crossed the finish line at the conclusion of Thursday night’s Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing opener at California’s Placerville Speedway, he delivered an all-time record victory for the Columbus, Indiana based team.

Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) led the final 29 laps of the 30-lap feature to give Kunz his 134th career series triumph, making him the winningest USAC National Midget entrant of all-time.

The new mark broke the standard of 133 series wins, which had long been held by Steve Lewis and the venerable “Nine Cars” which dominated the circuit throughout the 1990s and into the mid-2000s.

Three decades since his first taste of USAC success as a National Midget entrant with Page Jones at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in 1992, Kunz’s name is at the top of the list by itself. However, Kunz is quick to give credit to the many great drivers for him over the years who are the epitome of success.

“Steve Lewis was one of the greatest car owners ever and I never even dreamed of being anywhere close to this,” Kunz said. “Thirty years ago, was my first win so it’s been a long time. I’ve had such good guys drive for me over the years.”

On a historic night, it was one of KKM’s longest-tenured drivers who delivered the goods. Carrick has been with the team either full-time or in a partial role since 2017 but had only picked off one victory in that span in 2019 at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex. Thursday night produced a proud moment not only for Carrick himself, but also under the watchful eye of Kunz.

“I’m just really happy for Tanner coming in and doing this at his home track,” Kunz acknowledged. “He’s driven for me a lot, and when we got here tonight, he was feeling pretty good about this place. We knew right from the beginning of the night that he was going to be a factor in this.”

Carrick lives less than an hour from Placerville’s quarter-mile dirt oval and is a frequent competitor in winged sprint car competition at his self-described “home track.” In fact, his most recent start at the track came during early September’s Nor*Cal Posse Shootout – a race in which he won.

The success translated to the midgets on this night where he set the tone early as the fastest qualifier in the 49-car field, then followed it up by posting his first USAC National Midget victory in more than three seasons, collecting the $5,000 top prize at the wheel of his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD – Toyota – Mobil 1/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

For Carrick and Kunz, the bond runs deeper than just simply a driver and his boss. Carrick often goes hunting with Kunz and two spend time together away from the racetrack. They don’t just race, they do things together as a family, a true illustration of “the family that races together stays together.”

“Keith and (CEO) Pete (Willoughby) have always been there for me,” Carrick stated. “When I wanted to come back and run for them, they had a car for me. Ever since then, whenever I ask if I can come run, they’ve got a ride for me. That means a lot and, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here and be able to do this.

Carrick rolled form the outside of the front row, and right from the get-go, was embroiled in a racelong tussle up front with pole sitter Michael Pickens out of Auckland, New Zealand. Pickens struck first as he slid past Carrick and into the lead in turns three and four on lap one to ultimately lead by a half car length at the stripe.

As it turned out, it was the only lap Pickens led. Carrick blazed a trail around the outside in turn four a lap later to retake the lead on lap two. Pickens returned the favor on lap four, sliding from the bottom of turn three to the top of the fourth turn, then got a bit of the chrome horn on his rear bumper from the front bumper of Carrick. Pickens turned sideways but stayed on the gas to remain second.

The red flag was displayed on the sixth lap when 19th running Justin Grant got upside down in turn two. After making substantial front end repairs in the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area under the stoppage, the RMS Racing crew sent him on his way back into competition where he ended up 14th.

Carrick once again spurted away on the ensuing restart, building up a 0.8 second lead over Pickens as the race hit the halfway point. By lap 20, Carrick had reached the tail end of lapped traffic. Dropping from the high line, Carrick dipped low under teammate Kaylee Bryson to put her a lap down while also extending his lead to 1.1 second in the process.

However, a yellow flag on lap 22 was waved for an incident that began when 15th running Jake Andreotti’s car went up in smoke and slowed dramatically on the front straightaway. Tanner Thorson (17th), debuting his new Tanner Thorson Racing team, had no room to escape and ramped over Andreotti's left rear, sending him into a 180-degree spin before sliding to a stop.

The resumption of action didn’t fare too long afterward as a major melee in turn one on lap 24 resulted in a double flip for Jade Avedisian (12th) and Daniel Whitley (21st), which also marked the ninth and tenth flips of the evening. Carson Macedo (11th) also came to a stop with his front end knocked out. Emerson Axsom (14th) and Daison Pursley (17th) also came to a halt.

Back at the front, Pickens found a second wind with five to go as he used a run on the bottom to edge ahead of Carrick on the back straightaway. Carrick kept his foot in it and used the cushion to ride back around Pickens in turn four. After Pickens showed Carrick how successful the bottom of turns one and two could be, Carrick clamped down and didn’t allow Pickens to get in a word edgewise.

After shaking off the challenge, Carrick finished ‘er off to win by a 1.047 second margin over Pickens with Buddy Kofoid third, Kevin Thomas Jr. fourth and Spencer Bayston fifth.

Carrick notched the 12th victory of the year for the KKM bunch while also becoming the third driver to reach victory lane for the team in 2022, joining Kofoid (10) and Ryan Timms (1).

“(Crew chief) Jarrett (Martin) had this thing on rails,” Carrick praised. “I struggled there the last couple of laps; I kept messing up in three and four on the curb and I wasn’t hitting the bottom as well in one and two and I started slowing down for it. Other than that, we were pretty good.”

Michael Pickens nearly pulled off his first USAC National Midget win since 2017. On this night, he finished as the runner-up for the second time in two starts on the California swing in his Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/CRC – TRD – Mobil 1/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

It was another championship-level drive for Buddy Kofoid on Thursday evening at Placerville as he charged from his ninth starting position to finish third. It's his second straight third place result this week after also finishing third on Tuesday at Bakersfield. He’s also finished on the podium in nine of his past 11 starts in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

With Thursday night’s events paying 50 appearance points across the board to all USAC Nationally licensed Midget drivers and entrants, Kofoid remains the point leader by a 209-point margin over Justin Grant.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 17, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-11.819; 2. Jacob Denney, 25m, Malloy-11.930; 3. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.087; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.100; 5. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.124; 6. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.143; 7. Danny Stratton, 31K, Beilman-12.803; 8. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.033; 9. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-15.100.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Carrick, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.686; 2. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-11.806; 3. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.909; 4. Tyler Courtney, 25, Malloy-11.941; 5. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-12.012; 6. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.075; 7. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.198; 8. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.525.

FLIGHT THREE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-11.746; 2. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-11.797; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-11.819; 4. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.919; 5. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-11.949; 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.978; 7. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.098; 8. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-12.798.

FLIGHT FOUR FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.752; 2. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.020; 3. Colby Copeland, 87, CBI-12.027; 4. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.283; 5. Dylan Bloomfield, 14T, Streeter-12.362; 6. Zach Telford, 22G, Risner-12.451; 7. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-12.681; 8. Gavin Miller, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT.

FLIGHT FIVE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Michael Pickens, 4x, Dave Mac Dalby-11.801; 2. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.012; 3. Ryan Bernal, 27w, Wood-12.080; 4. Chris Windom, 89x, CBI-12.202; 5. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.350; 6. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.353; 7. Tony Gomes, 73, Ford-12.705; 8. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-NT.

FLIGHT SIX FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-11.777; 2. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-11.958; 3. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-11.976; 4. Corey Day, 4, Kahne-12.035; 5. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-12.080; 6. Chase Johnson, 73x, Ford-12.251; 7. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.349; 8. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.574.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo (T), 2. Justin Grant (T), 3. Spencer Bayston (T), 4. Danny Stratton, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Jacob Denney, 8. Nathan Byrd, 9. Randi Pankratz. 2:01.99

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Bright (T), 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Dominic Gorden (T), 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Tanner Carrick (T), 7. Mitchel Moles, 8. Mariah Ede. 2:01.38

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman (T), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (T), 3. Shane Golobic (T), 4. Ryan Timms, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Jade Avedisian, 7. Austin Barnhill, 8. Kaylee Bryson. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom (T), 2. Colby Copeland (T), 3. Buddy Kofoid (T), 4. Travis Buckley, 5. Dylan Bloomfield, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Zach Telford, 8. Michael Faccinto. NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom (T), 2. Tony Gomes, 3. Blake Bower, 4. Taylor Reimer, 5. Jake Andreotti (T), 6. Michael Pickens (T), 7. Ryan Bernal. 2:02.02

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal (T), 2. Cannon McIntosh (T), 3. Hayden Reinbold, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Logan Seavey (T), 6. Caden Sarale, 7. Daniel Whitley, 8. Corey Day. 1:59.81

FIRST ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Daniel Whitley, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Blake Bower, 6. Jacob Denney, 7. Gavin Miller, 8. Chance Crum, 9. Dylan Bloomfield, 10. Danny Stratton, 11. Randi Pankratz, 12. Austin Barnhill, 13. Ryan Timms, 14. Brenham Crouch. NT

SECOND ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Jade Avedisian, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Taylor Reimer, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Corey Day, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Tony Gomes, 9. Ryan Bernal, 10. Mariah Ede, 11. Travis Buckley, 12. Michael Faccinto, 13. Caden Sarale, 14. Kaylee Bryson, 15. Nathan Byrd. 2:23.79

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Carrick (2), 2. Michael Pickens (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (9), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 5. Spencer Bayston (8), 6. Cannon McIntosh (12), 7. Shane Golobic (10), 8. Chris Windom (4), 9. Colby Copeland (5), 10. Jason McDougal (3), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (14), 12. Mitchel Moles (22), 13. Thomas Meseraull (21), 14. Justin Grant (16), 15. Dominic Gorden (13), 16. Tanner Thorson (19), 17. Alex Bright (18), 18. Daison Pursley (24), 19. Emerson Axsom (11), 20. Taylor Reimer (26-P), 21. Kaylee Bryson (25-P), 22. Carson Macedo (7), 23. Jade Avedisian (20), 24. Daniel Whitley (23), 25. Jake Andreotti (15), 26. Logan Seavey (17).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Michael Pickens, Laps 2-30 Tanner Carrick.

**Ben Worth flipped during practice. Danny Stratton flipped during qualifying. Gavin Miller flipped during qualifying. Kaylee Bryson flipped during the third heat. Zach Telford flipped during the fourth heat. Brenham Crouch flipped during the first semi. Ryan Timms flipped during the first semi. Justin Grant flipped on lap 6 of the feature. Jade Avedisian & Daniel Whitley flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

(P) represents a USAC provisional starter

(T) represents a heat race transfer

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1844, 2-Justin Grant-1635, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1485, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1439, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1424, 6-Mitchel Moles-1410, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1353, 8-Jacob Denney-1118, 9-Brenham Crouch-1104, 10-Taylor Reimer-1104.

HANGTOWN 100 POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-162, 2-Cannon McIntosh-159, 3-Spencer Bayston-158, 4-Tanner Carrick-157, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-157, 6-Michael Pickens-155, 7-Shane Golobic-154, 8-Chris Windom-149, 9-Colby Copeland-147, 10-Jason McDougal-142.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-182, 2-Brady Bacon-144, 3-Thomas Meseraull-141, 4-Logan Seavey-139, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Buddy Kofoid-109, 7-Kaylee Bryson-106, 8-Kyle Cummins-104, 9-C.J. Leary-98, 10-Matt Westfall-95.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 18-19, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Cannon McIntosh (11.755)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Carrick (11.686)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Carson Macedo

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Alex Bright

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts First Semi Winner: Tanner Thorson

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Second Semi Winner: Jade Avedisian

Feature Hard Charger: Mitchel Moles (22nd to 12th)

 

TURKEY NIGHT USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST
HITS 60 FOR NOV. 26 AT VENTURA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 17, 2022)………Sixty USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets have been entered for the 81st running of the prestigious 98-lap ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix on Saturday, November 26, at California’s Ventura Raceway.

The Agajanian Promotions event at Jim Naylor's Ventura’s 1/5-mile seaside dirt oval includes two past Turkey Night Grand Prix midget winners. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) comes in as the defending race victor from 2021 while Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) captured the event win in 2015.

Seavey (2018) and Thorson (2016) are two of the five past USAC National Midget champions in the lineup along with Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston (2017), Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney (2019) and Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid (2021). Recently crowned USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) will be gunning for his first Turkey Night victory.

All the aforementioned drivers have captured USAC National Midget feature wins in their career and are among the 17 drivers who’ve tallied series feature wins. Those seeking a first Turkey Night Grand Prix score include 2022 series winners Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

Additional USAC National Midget feature winners in the Turkey Night field include Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.), Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.).

Furthermore, a trio of USAC Western States Midget champions will take on the national stars, a list of consisting of Hanford, California’s Michael Faccinto (2018 & 2022), Brentwood, California’s Blake Bower (2021) and Downey, California’s Steve Paden (2003).

Last year’s members of an all-female front row will return to the Turkey Night lineup this year – pole winner Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) and outside front row starter Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.). Additionally, 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) is back in the seat of a midget after scoring a series-high 11 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car wins in 2022.

Day, Denney and Bower are in the mix for the Don Basile Rookie of the Race award, which, thus far, encompasses 23 drivers. The award was captured in 2021 by third-place finisher Mitchel Moles. The most recent Rookie driver to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix is Warren Mockler in 1986 – 36 years ago.

RACE DETAILS:

The ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix officially gets underway on Friday night, November 25, with racing action from the USAC West Coast / VRA Sprint Cars as well as USAC Midget practice.

On Friday and Saturday, the pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:30pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:30pm.

Friday’s tickets are $22 for adult general admission, $18 for Senior/Military/Students and free for children under 12. Pit passes are $45 apiece for members and $50 for non-members.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX ENTRY LIST: (60 ENTRIES)

00 ®JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

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

1 ®BRYON WALTERS/Beaver Dam, WI (Bill Rose Racing)

1EM TBA (NP Motorsports)

1NP ®TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

1x ®A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (LKK Motorsports)

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

3v ®JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 ®JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

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

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

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

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

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

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

8w ®TROY RUTHERFORD/Templeton, CA (Woodland Autosports)

9 ®BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

10 ®BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett)

11K ®NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

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

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ®ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

20 C.J. SARNA/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)

22G ®ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Tom Malloy)

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

25m ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

45 ®JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports)

51 ®BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

56 STEVE PADEN/Downey, CA (Steve Paden)

57 ®DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x ®STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

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

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

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

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

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

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73T ®TONY GOMES/Modesto, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

86 ®JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

88x ®SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

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

91 ®LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)

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

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

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

® Represents a Don Basile Rookie of the Race Contender

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MIDGET WINNERS:

1934: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1935: Ted Sizemore | Gilmore Stadium

1936: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1937: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1938: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1939: Mel Hansen | Gilmore Stadium

1940: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1941: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1942: No Race

1943: No Race

1944: No Race

1945: Danny Oakes | Gilmore Stadium

1946: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1947: Johnny McDowell | Gilmore Stadium

1948: Bill Vukovich | Gilmore Stadium

1949: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1950: Bill Zaring | Gilmore Stadium

1951: No Race

1952: No Race

1953: No Race

1954: No Race

1955: Johnnie Parsons | Gardena Stadium

1956: Edgar Elder | Gardena Stadium

1957: George Amick | Gardena Stadium

1958: Joe Garson | Gardena Stadium

1959: Tony Bettenhausen | Gardena Stadium

1960: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1961: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1962: Billy Cantrell | Ascot Park

1963: Mel Kenyon | Ascot Park

1964: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1965: Dick Atkins | Ascot Park

1966: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1967: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1968: Sammy Sessions | Ascot Park

1969: George Benson | Ascot Park

1970: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1971: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1972: Tony Simon | Ascot Park

1973: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1974: Danny McKnight | Ascot Park

1975: Mel Kenyon | Speedway 605

1976: Bubby Jones | Ascot Park

1977: Gary Patterson | Ascot Park

1978: Rick Goudy | Ascot Park

1979: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1980: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1981: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1982: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1983: Kevin Olson | Ascot Park

1984: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1985: Brent Kaeding | Ascot Park

1986: Warren Mockler | Ascot Park

1987: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1988: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1989: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1990: Stan Fox | Ascot Park

1991: Stan Fox | Saugus Speedway

1992: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1993: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1994: Jordan Hermansader | Bakersfield Speedway

1995: Billy Boat | Bakersfield Speedway

1996: Billy Boat | Perris Auto Speedway

1997: Billy Boat | Ventura Raceway

1998: Jay Drake | Bakersfield Speedway

1999: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2000: Tony Stewart | Irwindale Speedway

2001: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2002: Michael Lewis | Irwindale Speedway

2003: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2004: Bobby East | Irwindale Speedway

2005: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2006: Billy Wease | Irwindale Speedway

2007: Dave Darland | Irwindale Speedway

2008: Bobby Santos | Irwindale Speedway

2009: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2010: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2011: Caleb Armstrong | Irwindale Speedway

2012: Kyle Larson | Perris Auto Speedway

2013: Dave Darland | Perris Auto Speedway

2014: Christopher Bell | Perris Auto Speedway

2015: Tanner Thorson | Perris Auto Speedway

2016: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2017: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2018: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2019: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2020: No Race

2021: Logan Seavey | Ventura Raceway

 

 

100 LAPS TO HANGTOWN GLORY; 3 NIGHTS OF USAC MIDGETS AWAIT AT PLACERVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 16, 2022)………Winning at California’s Placerville Speedway is meaningful in so many ways to Justin Grant.

Located just a half hour away from his Ione, Calif. home, Placerville is where he fell in love with racing and it’s the place where he decided he wanted to become a racecar driver.

In 2021, Placerville became the home of his most lucrative victory during the Hangtown 100 Presented by Matt Wood Racing, a race in which he tracked down the lead just 14 laps from the finish to score a monumental 100-lap victory in front of a standing-room only crowd.

For Grant, the victory was worth a cool $20,000, and this year, he aims to become the event’s first repeat winner when more than 50 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship drivers and cars arrive at Placerville’s 1/4-mile dirt oval for three consecutive nights on Thursday-Friday-Saturday, November 17-18-19.

A POSSIBLE $42,000 WEEKEND?

The three-night event will pay $5,000-to-win on each of the two preliminary night features on Thursday and Friday while the 100-lap main event on Saturday will pay $20,000-to-win. In addition, another $12,000 will be awarded to the overall Hangtown 100-point champion throughout the three nights.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) collected the 2021 Hangtown 100 overall points title by virtue of three top-10 finishes, with a 10th, 8th and 3rd in successive nights. The 2018 USAC National Midget champ opened the inaugural Hangtown 100 in 2019 with a runner-up result on the first night.

TIMMS OF THE SEASON

During the 2021 Hangtown 100 opener, Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) became the youngest ever USAC National feature winner and doing so in the fastest 30-lap feature run in the now 67-year history of the series with a time of 6:07.97. This year, he looks to strike gold with a $20,000 payday in Saturday night’s main event.

CHAMPIONSHIP ASPIRATIONS

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) is on the brink of a second consecutive USAC National Midget title and may be able to clinch by the end of the Placerville weekend with a 209-point lead entering the contests.

On Thursday and Friday night at Placerville, every licensed driver and entrant will receive 50 appearance points, regardless of finishing position. On Saturday night, only feature points will be issued with a maximum of 70 up for grabs to the winner down to 23 for last place. All non-feature starters will receive 10 points only on Saturday.

En route to the 2021 title, Kofoid collected a 5th and a 2nd during the Hangtown 100 and led a race-high 66 laps in the 100-lap finale. In 2016, Kofoid became Placerville’s youngest ever sprint car winner at the age of 14.

HANGING CLOSE TO TOWN Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) flourished on the opening night of 2021, taking a second-place finish. New USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) was a top-10 runner on all three nights in 2021 with a 5th, 2nd and 8th and led a race-high 14 laps on night two.

Kofoid’s Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate, Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) led a pair of laps and tallied a 3rd on the second night of 2021.

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) has won in both a midget and sprint car at Placerville, wining with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars there in late 2019. He also was a victor with the USAC Western States Midgets at Placerville in 2013 and 2017. At his self-described "favorite racetrack in the world," the 2017 Indiana Midget Week champ was a best of 4th at the Hangtown 100 on night one of 2021 and 5th on night one in 2019.

Golobic’s Matt Wood Racing teammate is Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) who was a 16th place finisher on night one of the event in 2019 and an impressive 4th on the second of two nights.

Six8 Motorsports captured a USAC Western States Midget feature win with Ronnie Gardner at the helm in 2016. This weekend, Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has the wheel at Placerville where he scored a 9th on night one and a 4th on night two, both in 2021.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) opened Hangtown 2021 with a 7th in the opener and topped the weekend with a 4th in the finale. The 2020 USAC National Midget champ also led the first five laps on the second night before mechanical problems put an end to his winning bid.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year and 11-time 2022 World of Outlaws winner, led a race-high 23 laps in the 2019 WoO feature at Placerville before finishing 2nd behind Golobic. At the Hangtown 100, he collected a 6th and 5th on nights two and three in 2021.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) owns Placerville’s one-lap USAC National Midget track record of 11.397, set during the 2021 Hangtown 100 opener. He also possesses the 12-lap track record as well. His 6th place run on the final night in 2021 is his best performance yet. The 2016 USAC National Midget champ will debut his new Tanner Thorson Racing team in the event.

Another of the USAC Midget champs, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) will step back into a midget this weekend for car owner Tom Malloy. The 2019 USAC National Midget titlist and two-time All Star Circuit of Champions king collected an 8th at Hangtown in 2019.

Fellow series champion Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) picked up a 7th and 9th in 2019 at Hangtown. The 2022 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year collected the USAC National Midget crown in 2017. Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), winner of Tuesday’s western swing opener at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway, scored a 9th on night one of the 2021 Hangtown 100.

Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) set quick time for the first time in her USAC Midget career during qualifying on the second night at Hangtown in 2021. That same night, she finished 9th in the feature. KKM teammate Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) took 9th on the last night of 2021 and has been a frequent winner at Placerville in winged sprint car competition. He earned an 8th and 3rd on the two nights of the Hangtown 100 in 2019.

Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.) returns to the Hangtown 100 for the first time since 2019 where he finished 10th on night two. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) ran inside the top-10 with a 10th on night two a year ago in 2021.

EXPERIENCED AT THIS PLAC-ERVILLE

Two-time and current USAC Western States Midget champion Michael Faccinto has been a winner in a midget at Placerville already this season. He captured a USAC Western States Midget main back in May and was also 21st on the second night of Hangtown in 2021.

Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) has the 10-lap USAC Midget track record in his back pocket at Placerville. His best result came with a 11th on night one in 2021. Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) finished one spot behind Crouch on the same evening, coming home 12th. Colby Copeland (Roseville, Calif.) ran 13th in the event, his best performance thus far at the Hangtown 100.

Josh Ford Motorsports is bringing two to the battle with Jake Swanson and Chase Johnson in the seats. Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) was a 20th place finisher on night one in 2019. Johnson, meanwhile, was a Hangtown best of 21st on night two in 2021.

Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) will pilot a car from the same team (CB Industries), with the same car number (#84), that won the first ever Hangtown 100 feature with driver Gio Scelzi in 2019. Avedisian made one of the first starts of her USAC National Midget career at Placerville with a 21st on night three of 2021. Also competing in the 2021 event and also returning this year are 24th place finisher Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Caden Sarale (Stockton, Calif.) with a 25th.

HANGTOWN DEBUTS

Hangtown 100 debuts come from a varied lot, from Placerville winners to USAC National winners and champions across the board.

Four USAC National Midget feature winners are in this particular group, including top series Rookie and three-time winner Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), two-time winner Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) as well as one-time winners Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) and Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.). Day captured the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial Sprint Car race at Placerville earlier this year.

Steve Paden (Downey, Calif.), the 2003 USAC Western States Midget champion, is back on track with the series for the first time in nearly two decades. Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) notched a Western States feature victory back in March of this year at Placerville.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.) corralled the 2021 USAC Western States Midget title while Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) has been both a USAC Eastern Midget champ and USAC East Coast Sprint Car titlist in his career.

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) and Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) have both won features in USAC Regional Midget competition over the past few seasons. They’re joined by KKM Rookies Gavin Miller (Allentown, Pa.), Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.), Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.) and Cade Lewis (Bakersfield, Calif.).

Fellow first-time Hangtown 100 starting hopefuls in the field belong to Jake Hodges (Camarillo, Calif.), Lonny Alton (Fair Oaks, Calif.), Mike Snider (Kelseyville, Calif.), Travis Buckley (Auckland, N.Z.), Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.), Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.), Dylan Bloomfield (Oakley, Calif.), Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.), Zach Telford (Middleton, Idaho), Kyle Beilman (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, Calif.).

THE DETAILS:

On Thursday and Friday of the Hangtown 100, pits open at 9am Pacific, qualifying/heat race draft at 2:30pm, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 3pm and on track at 4:30pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

On Saturday, pits open at 9am Pacific, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm and on track at 5pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

Three-night reserved and general admission ticket packages for the Hangtown 100, along with single night tickets, are available at https://www.eventsprout.com/event/hangtown-2022.

Also sharing the card will be the BCRA/California Lightning Sprints, who are set to run without wings each night.

The expanded three-night event will utilize a modified Trophy Cup style format, featuring larger than normal inverts.

All three nights of racing at the Hangtown 100 can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST: (54 ENTRIES)

CAR # | DRIVER | HOMETOWN | ENTRANT

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

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

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

4 JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

4p MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

4x COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Willie Kahne)

5A LONNY ALTON/Fair Oaks, CA (Lonny Alton)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

6K MIKE SNIDER/Kelseyville, CA (Lauren Snider)

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

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

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

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

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Tom Malloy)

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

25m (R) JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

31K KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

32 CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

56 STEVE PADEN/Downey, CA (Steve Paden)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

67K (R) GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

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

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

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

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

71m TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 (R) JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

87 COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (CB Industries)

87w RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

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

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

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

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

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

101 (R) CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Dean Alexander)

(R) represents a USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Candidate

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1719, 2-Justin Grant-1525, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1357, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1346, 5-Mitchel Moles-1328, 6-Cannon McIntosh-1301, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1259, 8-Jacob Denney-1045, 9-Zach Daum-1031, 10-Taylor Reimer-1025.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

2-Kyle Larson

1-Justin Grant, Gio Scelzi & Ryan Timms

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

2019: Gio Scelzi (11/19) & Kyle Larson (11/20)

2021: Ryan Timms (11/18), Kyle Larson (11/19) & Justin Grant (11/20)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/18/2021 - Tanner Thorson - 11.397 - 78.968 mph

10 Laps - 11/19/2021 - Brenham Crouch - 1:56.949 - 77.353 mph

12 Laps - 11/18/2021 - Tanner Thorson - 2:25.95 - 73.998 mph

30 Laps - 11/18/2021 - Ryan Timms - 6:07.97 - 73.376 mph

PLACERVILLE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:

2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Gio Scelzi (2), 2. Logan Seavey (8), 3. Jesse Colwell (1), 4. Kyle Larson (23), 5. Shane Golobic (3), 6. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5), 7. Spencer Bayston (11), 8. Tanner Carrick (6), 9. Jason McDougal (7), 10. Aaron Reutzel (17), 11. Dillon Welch (12), 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (18), 13. Brady Bacon (10), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Christopher Bell (15), 16. Ryan Bernal (24), 17. Rico Abreu (16), 18. Dave Darland (25), 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 20. Jake Swanson (19), 21. Robert Dalby (14), 22. Colby Copeland (20), 23. Brad Sweet (21), 24. Michael Pickens (4), 25. Justin Grant (26), 26. Cannon McIntosh (22). NT

2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (10), 2. Christopher Bell (13), 3. Tanner Carrick (6), 4. Ryan Bernal (19), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 6. Dillon Welch (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (11), 8. Tyler Courtney (24), 9. Spencer Bayston (9), 10. Michael Pickens (16), 11. Logan Seavey (12), 12. Aaron Reutzel (4), 13. Chris Windom (23), 14. Colby Copeland (20), 15. Jason McDougal (3), 16. Brady Bacon (1), 17. Thomas Meseraull (17), 18. Buddy Kofoid (28), 19. Jake Swanson (22), 20. Justin Grant (27), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15), 22. Jesse Colwell (8), 23. Shane Golobic (7), 24. Zeb Wise (25), 25. Brad Sweet (21), 26. Rico Abreu (18), 27. Tucker Klaasmeyer (26), 28. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5). NT

2021 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ryan Timms (2), 2. Cannon McIntosh (5), 3. Justin Grant (6), 4. Shane Golobic (8), 5. Emerson Axsom (3), 6. Kyle Larson (12), 7. Chris Windom (10), 8. Zeb Wise (4), 9. Thomas Meseraull (17), 10. Logan Seavey (11), 11. Brenham Crouch (9), 12. Kaylee Bryson (14), 13. Tanner Carrick (18), 14. Buddy Kofoid (22), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (1), 16. Tanner Thorson (20), 17. Taylor Reimer (16), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (19), 19. Chase Randall (7), 20. Colby Copeland (13), 21. Michael Faccinto (21), 22. Colby Johnson (15), 23. Carson Macedo (23), 24. Hayden Reinbold (25-P), 25. Cory Eliason (26-P), 26. Ryan Bernal (24). 6:07.97 (New Track Record)

2021 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (7), 2. Emerson Axsom (6), 3. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 4. Jason McDougal (8), 5. Buddy Kofoid (9), 6. Carson Macedo (3), 7. Zeb Wise (1), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Taylor Reimer (12), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 11. Justin Grant (24), 12. Ethan Mitchell (5), 13. Brenham Crouch (17), 14. Maria Cofer (10), 15. Chris Windom (2), 16. Colby Copeland (13), 17. Ryan Timms (20), 18. Tanner Carrick (25-P), 19. Shane Golobic (19), 20. Tanner Thorson (22), 21. Chase Johnson (15), 22. Michael Faccinto (14), 23. Cory Eliason (23), 24. Cannon McIntosh (26-P), 25. Caden Sarale (18), 26. Thomas Meseraull (21). NT

2021 NIGHT #3 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (7), 2. Buddy Kofoid (6), 3. Logan Seavey (11), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Carson Macedo (13), 6. Tanner Thorson (14), 7. Cory Eliason (25-P), 8. Emerson Axsom (10), 9. Tanner Carrick (22), 10. Shane Golobic (9), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 12. Thomas Meseraull (23), 13. Colby Copeland (15), 14. Kaylee Bryson (24), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 16. Taylor Reimer (1), 17. Zeb Wise (2), 18. Kyle Larson (12), 19. Cannon McIntosh (17), 20. Chase Elliott (28-O), 21. Jade Avedisian (27-O), 22. Ethan Mitchell (19), 23. Michael Faccinto (21), 24. Ryan Timms (8), 25. Jason McDougal (18), 26. Maria Cofer (20), 27. Carson Sousa (26-P), 28. Brenham Crouch (5). NT


 


TALENT-LOADED USAC MIDGET FIELD
SET FOR MERCED RETURN ON NOV. 22-23

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 16, 2022)………All four of Merced (Calif.) Speedway’s past USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature winners are entered for the series’ return to the 1/4-mile dirt oval for back-to-back nights on Tuesday and Wednesday night, November 22-23.

RMS Racing teammates Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) have captured the opening night of the doubleheader during both visits to the track in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Series champions Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) have each scored victories on the second night the Merced trip in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Four is the magic number for Merced with a quintuplet of past USAC National Midget champs with 2018 titlist Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and 2017’s top dawg, Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.).

They’re joined by a slew of USAC National Midget feature winners in this talented and deep field. Among the 17 past series winners are Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), also a USAC Western States Midget feature winner at Merced in April of this year.

Also in the category of National winners are Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.), Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), leading series Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

USAC Western States Midget champions Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.) and Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) seek success at Merced as does Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), the 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year who led all drivers with 11 victories on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car victories in 2022.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s events pay $4,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. Winged 360 Sprint Cars are also on the card both nights.

The pits open at 2pm Pacific and grandstands at 5pm with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

Adult general admission for ages 13 and up is $25. Kids 6-12 general admission is $10. Senior general admission is $20. Military general admission is $20.

Advance Tuesday tickets can be purchased at: https://www.myracepass.com/events/402690/tickets/

Advance Wednesday tickets can be purchased at: https://www.myracepass.com/events/402693/tickets/

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PROJECTED MERCED ENTRY LIST: (44 CARS)

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

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

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

4 MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

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

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

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

10 BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

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

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (Garland Risner)

25 ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

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

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

31K KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

67K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

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

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

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

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

71m ®GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

84 ®JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

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

91 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)

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

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

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

101 ®CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Dean Alexander)


T-MEZ SEZ VICTORY,
SCORES BAKERSFIELD’S NOVEMBER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 15, 2022)………Twenty-two years ago, a teenage Thomas Meseraull stood in victory lane at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway after winning his very first USAC-sanctioned feature race in the Western States Midget division.

Twenty-two years later, the San Jose, Calif. native stood in the very same spot at Bakersfield’s 1/3-mile dirt oval as he did on that night in the year 2000, replicating the unwavering exuberance that has remained a constant throughout his career.

It also produced the same sense of satisfaction. This time, it came on the national stage.

Meseraull completed the task at hand during Tuesday night’s November Classic when he tracked down leader Taylor Reimer on the seventh circuit, then led the final 24 laps in succession to earn his third USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature victory of the season in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Entering Tuesday night, T-Mez had been on the uptick, having finished 5th, 4th and 3rd in his three most recent series starts. This time, he bypassed a runner-up finish and skipped right to the front line and to the top of the podium using a simple motto of instruction in order to get the job done.

“With the midget, you just hang it to the floor and try not to crash it,” Meseraull stated. “I managed to not crash it and I hung it to the floor.”

T-Mez’s ninth career USAC National Midget win moved him into 78th on the all-time series win list alongside Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott and Chuck Gurney, and he did it by adding a little changeup to his pitch selection in order get back on top.

“I’ve been watching a lot of GoPro footage lately and the 67 car (Kofoid) has just been better,” Meseraull said. “I changed my package up a little bit tonight and it looks like it worked.”

Meseraull rolled off third in the 22-car field, then slipped into second in turn three on the opening lap following a close encounter with outside front row starter Mitchel Moles who lost two positions in the process as he got over the cushion but averted the outside wall.

Much of the early going for Meseraull was spent chasing down Reimer for the lead. After multiple attempts to snare the it away, Meseraull made a line drive under Reimer in turn three to pass by, then slid across the racetrack and up over the cushion in turn four. Despite that, Meseraull still managed to power out and come away with the top spot by a car length at the line upon the completion of lap seven.

Reimer remained in tune with Meseraull, attempting a slider one full revolution around the speedway later on lap eight in the same spot. She managed to pull alongside, but it was not enough to thrust her ahead to retake over the spot.

Meanwhile, Pickens had caught up to the lead pack and shot past Reimer and into the second position on lap 12 with a turn three slide job.

Behind him, point leader Buddy Kofoid was engaged in a see-saw battle with Cannon McIntosh that saw them exchange positions no less than five times in a three-lap span between laps 15-17. Eventually, the way swayed Kofoid’s direction when McIntosh bounced atop the turn four cushion, then was clipped on his left front wheel by the right rear tire of Kofoid as he went by.

Meseraull entered heavy traffic on lap 18, which allowed Pickens to close up on the lead to the tune of a three-tenths of a second. All the while, Meseraull pulled out some of his techniques from the playbook, sliding himself into turns one and three while also crowding the infield berm, which even got him up solely on his right rear tire just a tad after halfway as he more than doubled his lead to put him in total control during the waning laps.

Nonetheless, a couple of cautions during the final five laps disrupted Meseraull’s flow and forced him to endure a bit of stop-and-go in the late stages. With five laps remaining, Reimer (5th) nearly flipped over at the top of turn three. After biking it, she landed on all four wheels and was subsequently met by Moles (6th), resulting in both drivers stopping upright.

Reimer’s machine was taken off the track on a hook with the culprit being a broken right shock and radius rod for. Moles refired from the tail of the field and collected a non-indicative 18th place result.

With all things seemingly in tip-top shape, Meseraull was head and shoulders above the competition with the white flag in sight and a win on the cusp. However, Daison Pursley (7th) got over the cushion between turns three and four before tapping the wall and tumbling over to bring out the red flag. Pursley walked away under his own power.

As it turned out, the third restart was the charm for Meseraull who took off like a thief in the night at the drop of the green, leading both go-arounds of the green-white-checker finish to score a 0.583 second triumph over Pickens, Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh and Logan Seavey who came home fifth in his debut for Abacus Racing.

It had been three years since Auckland, New Zealand’s Michael Pickens last raced at Bakersfield. In 2019, he finished second. On Tuesday night, he finished second once again in his Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/CRC – TRD – Mobil 1/Spike/Speedway Toyota. For Pickens, it was his best USAC National Midget feature result since that same night three years ago.

“It’s payback to these guys for giving me the opportunity to run their car,” Pickens praised. “It’s a professional team and all I have to do is strap on my helmet, jump in the car and go. I don’t have to worry about what bars to run or stagger or whatever. I don’t have to second guess.”

Forced into a backup car after hot laps due to mechanical issues, Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid salvaged his night in a monumental way. Although he came two spots short of extending his Bakersfield winning streak to three, he finished a solid third to extend his USAC National Midget point lead to 209 with six races remaining in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“They got it to where I could be comfortable enough and fast out of the gate in a brand new car that I had never sat in,” Kofoid revealed. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t get three-in-a-row, but I felt like we had the speed to do it. It was just a matter of getting there. It was good point night, though, and it’s good to be on the podium again.”

To begin the evening, Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) recorded her third Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time of the year with the USAC National Midgets. Her three fast times set a new record as she became the first woman in series history to set fast time on three occasions in a single season.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 15, 2022 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – November Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-12.416; 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.452; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-12.474; 4. Michael Pickens, 4x, Dave Mac Dalby-12.486; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.542; 6. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.551; 7. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.587; 8. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.590; 9. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.614; 10. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.634; 11. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-12.639; 12. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.640; 13. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.641; 14. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.656; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-12.680; 16. Gavin Miller, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.683; 17. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.697; 18. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.717; 19. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-12.719; 20. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.763; 21. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-12.774; 22. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.780; 23. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.829; 24. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-12.829; 25. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.843; 26. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.851; 27. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.853; 28. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.870; 29. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.909; 30. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.917; 31. Chase Johnson, 73x, Ford-12.919; 32. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.956; 33. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.966; 34. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.976; 35. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-12.981; 36. Jake Hodges, 4, Laserworx-13.073; 37. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-13.267; 38. Zach Telford, 22G, Risner-13.341; 39. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-14.685.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Jade Avedisian, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Jacob Denney, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Ben Worth, 10. Ryan Timms. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Bryant Wiedeman, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Spencer Bayston, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Brody Fuson, 10. Zach Telford. 2:07.345

PIT STOP USA/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Hayden Reinbold, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Daniel Whitley, 8. Nathan Byrd, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Blake Bower. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Andreotti, 2. Michael Pickens, 3. Taylor Reimer, 4. Gavin Miller, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Travis Buckley, 7. Jake Hodges, 8. Cade Lewis, 9. Dominic Gorden. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Dominic Gorden, 2. Brody Fuson, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Ben Worth, 6. Jake Hodges, 7. Nathan Byrd, 8. Zach Telford, 9. Kyle Beilman. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Jade Avedisian, 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Dominic Gorden, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Ryan Timms, 9. Brody Fuson, 10. Jacob Denney, 11. Blake Bower, 12. Travis Buckley, 13. Cade Lewis, 14. Mariah Ede, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Carson Macedo, 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Daniel Whitley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (3), 2. Michael Pickens (4), 3. Buddy Kofoid (6), 4. Cannon McIntosh (5), 5. Logan Seavey (7), 6. Justin Grant (10), 7. Brenham Crouch (16), 8. Emerson Axsom (8), 9. Chance Crum (14), 10. Spencer Bayston (21), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (13), 12. Kaylee Bryson (15), 13. Gavin Miller (17), 14. Jake Andreotti (11), 15. Jade Avedisian (9), 16. Dominic Gorden (22), 17. Alex Bright (18), 18. Mitchel Moles (2), 19. Hayden Reinbold (20), 20. Cade Lewis (24-P), 21. Daison Pursley (12), 22. Taylor Reimer (1), 23. Jacob Denney (23-P), 24. Jason McDougal (19). NT
(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Taylor Reimer, Laps 7-30 Thomas Meseraull.

**Ryan Timms flipped during the first heat. Cade Lewis flipped during the fourth heat. Jake Swanson flipped during the semi. Daison Pursley flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1794, 2-Justin Grant-1585, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1435, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1389, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1374, 6-Mitchel Moles-1360, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1303, 8-Jacob Denney-1068, 9-Brenham Crouch-1054, 10-Taylor Reimer-1054.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-180, 2-Brady Bacon-144, 3-Logan Seavey-139, 4-Thomas Meseraull-133, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Kaylee Bryson-106, 7-Kyle Cummins-104, 8-Buddy Kofoid-103, 9-C.J. Leary-98, 10-Matt Westfall-95.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 17-18-19, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Hangtown 100

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Taylor Reimer (12.636)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jade Avedisian (12.416)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Jake Andreotti

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Justin Grant

Feature Hard Charger: Spencer Bayston (21st to 10th)


HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST:
A FIELD OF 50, A RACE OF 100
FOR $20,000 AT PLACERVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 12, 2022)………The third edition of the Hangtown 100 is a biggie in all facets – 50-plus cars, 100 laps and $20,000-to-win.

That’s what’s on tap when the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship heads west for the third installment of the three-night event at California’s Placerville Speedway on Thursday-Friday-Saturday, November 17-18-19.

At press time, 53 USAC Midget drivers and cars are set to do battle on the 1/4-mile dirt oval at the racy joint which welcomes the USAC National Midgets for the sixth, seventh and eighth time, all of whom are on the hunt for the biggest prize in midget racing.

The entry list includes the likes of defending Hangtown 100 winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), the newly crowned USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion.

Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) returns after becoming the youngest winner in USAC National Midget history during the opening night of the Hangtown 100 in 2021.

Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson (2016) is one of six USAC National Midget champions in the Hangtown 100 field along with Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston (2017), Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey (2018), Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney (2019), Canton, Illinois’ Chris Windom (2020) and current point leader Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid (2021).

Thorson was the opening night fastest qualifier a year ago. Bayston finished inside the top-10 twice during the inaugural edition in 2019. Seavey was the overall points champion for the event in 2021. Courtney finished 8th on the final night in 2019. Windom led laps on night two in 2021 and finished 4th on the last night. Kofoid led a race-high 66 laps in the 2021 finale before finishing 2nd.

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) has won with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars at Placerville. He returns to the Hangtown 100 field as does Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), who led the WoO with 11 victories this year and finished inside the top-five at the Hangtown 100 a year ago.

Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.) captured the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial wing sprint car race victory earlier this year at Placerville. The one-time USAC National Midget victor is in this year’s field as are night two lap leaders Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) and Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) as well as 2021 night two fast qualifier Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.).

Drivers who’ve graced USAC National Midget victory lane this season in the Hangtown 100 field include Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) and Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), who also stands as the series’ leading Rookie of the Year contender coming in.

Three-night reserved and general admission ticket packages for the Hangtown 100, along with single night tickets, are available at https://www.eventsprout.com/event/hangtown-2022.

Also sharing the card will be the BCRA/California Lightning Sprints, who are set to run without wings each night.

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HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST: (53 ENTRIES)

CAR # | DRIVER | HOMETOWN | ENTRANT

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

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

08x MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

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

3v JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

4x COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Willie Kahne)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

6K MIKE SNIDER/Kelseyville, CA (Lauren Snider)

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

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

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

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

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Tom Malloy)

25m ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

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

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

31B KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

32 CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

67K ®GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

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

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

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

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

71m TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 ®JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

86 COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (CB Industries)

87w RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

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

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

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

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

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

101 ®CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Dean Alexander)

® represents a USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender


 

TURKEY NIGHT ENTRY LIST EXCEEDS 50-PLUS
USAC MIDGETS FOR NOV. 26 AT VENTURA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 11, 2022)………A spectacular field of 50-plus USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship drivers have announced their intentions to compete in the 81st running of the 98-lap ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix on Saturday, November 26, at California’s Ventura Raceway.

At press time, 54 cars are entered for the Agajanian Promotions event at Jim Naylor's Ventura’s 1/5-mile seaside dirt oval, including two past Turkey Night Grand Prix midget winners. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) comes in as the defending race victor from 2021 while Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) captured the event win in 2015.

Seavey (2018) and Thorson (2016) are two of the five past USAC National Midget champions in the lineup along with Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston (2017), Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney (2019) and Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid (2021). Recently crowned USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) will be gunning for his first Turkey Night victory.

All the aforementioned drivers have captured USAC National Midget feature wins in their career and are among the 17 drivers who’ve tallied series feature wins. Those seeking a first Turkey Night Grand Prix score include 2022 series winners Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

International racing standout Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.) can count himself in the group of USAC National Midget feature winners in the Turkey Night field along with Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.), Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.).

Furthermore, a trio of USAC Western States Midget champions will take on the national stars, a list of consisting of Hanford, California’s Michael Faccinto (2018 & 2022), Brentwood, California’s Blake Bower (2021) and Downey, California’s Steve Paden (2003).

Last year’s members of an all-female front row will return to the Turkey Night lineup this year – pole winner Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) and outside front row starter Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.). Additionally, 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) is back in the seat of a midget after scoring a series-high 11 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car wins in 2022.

Day, Denney and Bower are in the mix for the Don Basile Rookie of the Race award, which, thus far, encompasses 23 drivers. The award was captured in 2021 by third-place finisher Mitchel Moles. The most recent Rookie driver to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix is Warren Mockler in 1986 – 36 years ago.

RACE DETAILS:

The ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix officially gets underway on Friday night, November 25, with racing action from the USAC West Coast / VRA Sprint Cars as well as USAC Midget practice.

On Friday and Saturday, the pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:30pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:30pm.

Friday’s tickets are $22 for adult general admission, $18 for Senior/Military/Students and free for children under 12. Pit passes are $45 apiece for members and $50 for non-members.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX ENTRY LIST: (54 ENTRIES)

00 ®JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

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

08x MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

1EM TBA (NP Motorsports)

1NP ®TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

1x ®A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (LKK Motorsports)

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

3v ®JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 ®JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

4x ®COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Willie Kahne)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

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

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

8w ®KALEB MONTGOMERY/Templeton, CA (Woodland Autosports)

9 ®BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

11K ®NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

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

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ®ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

20 C.J. SARNA/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)

22G ®ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Tom Malloy)

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

25m ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

45 ®JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports)

51 ®BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

56 STEVE PADEN/Downey, CA (Steve Paden)

57 ®DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x ®STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

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

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

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

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

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

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

86 ®JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

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

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

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

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

® represents a Don Basile Rookie of the Race Contender

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MIDGET WINNERS:

1934: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1935: Ted Sizemore | Gilmore Stadium

1936: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1937: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1938: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1939: Mel Hansen | Gilmore Stadium

1940: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1941: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1942: No Race

1943: No Race

1944: No Race

1945: Danny Oakes | Gilmore Stadium

1946: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1947: Johnny McDowell | Gilmore Stadium

1948: Bill Vukovich | Gilmore Stadium

1949: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1950: Bill Zaring | Gilmore Stadium

1951: No Race

1952: No Race

1953: No Race

1954: No Race

1955: Johnnie Parsons | Gardena Stadium

1956: Edgar Elder | Gardena Stadium

1957: George Amick | Gardena Stadium

1958: Joe Garson | Gardena Stadium

1959: Tony Bettenhausen | Gardena Stadium

1960: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1961: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1962: Billy Cantrell | Ascot Park

1963: Mel Kenyon | Ascot Park

1964: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1965: Dick Atkins | Ascot Park

1966: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1967: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1968: Sammy Sessions | Ascot Park

1969: George Benson | Ascot Park

1970: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1971: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1972: Tony Simon | Ascot Park

1973: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1974: Danny McKnight | Ascot Park

1975: Mel Kenyon | Speedway 605

1976: Bubby Jones | Ascot Park

1977: Gary Patterson | Ascot Park

1978: Rick Goudy | Ascot Park

1979: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1980: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1981: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1982: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1983: Kevin Olson | Ascot Park

1984: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1985: Brent Kaeding | Ascot Park

1986: Warren Mockler | Ascot Park

1987: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1988: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1989: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1990: Stan Fox | Ascot Park

1991: Stan Fox | Saugus Speedway

1992: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1993: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1994: Jordan Hermansader | Bakersfield Speedway

1995: Billy Boat | Bakersfield Speedway

1996: Billy Boat | Perris Auto Speedway

1997: Billy Boat | Ventura Raceway

1998: Jay Drake | Bakersfield Speedway

1999: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2000: Tony Stewart | Irwindale Speedway

2001: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2002: Michael Lewis | Irwindale Speedway

2003: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2004: Bobby East | Irwindale Speedway

2005: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2006: Billy Wease | Irwindale Speedway

2007: Dave Darland | Irwindale Speedway

2008: Bobby Santos | Irwindale Speedway

2009: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2010: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2011: Caleb Armstrong | Irwindale Speedway

2012: Kyle Larson | Perris Auto Speedway

2013: Dave Darland | Perris Auto Speedway

2014: Christopher Bell | Perris Auto Speedway

2015: Tanner Thorson | Perris Auto Speedway

2016: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2017: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2018: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2019: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2020: Not Held

2021: Logan Seavey | Ventura Raceway

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

RUTHERFORD, BENDER, ROA & JOHNSON AMONG EARLY TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 11, 2022... The competition continues to grow for the upcoming “ARP 81st Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway. At press time, there are 29 early entries for the non-point USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car portion of the November 25 & 26th events with more expected to be announced soon. Also featuring the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series, the prestigious race will draw a talented roster of drivers from across the country. For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

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

Troy Rutherford of Ojai, California finished second in USAC West Coast point standings, Piloting his Ford powered #11 Trench Shoring / Woodland Auto Display Spike, Rutherford scored the May 21st victory at Ventura and had four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards. Despite missing the February 26th season opener at Kern County, the Ventura track record holder finished 27 points behind Trent Carter.

Defending race winner, A.J. Bender of San Diego, California will return to USAC West Coast action in the family owned #21 Bender Pool & Spa / Schweitzer Racing DRC. The versatile driver had a full schedule in 2022, racing with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, USAC/BCRA Midgets, and the California Lightning Sprints. For his efforts, Bender scored two Bakersfield CLS wins and earned Rookie of the Year honors with the USAC Western States Midgets.

Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa and Chase Johnson of Penngrove, California will drive team cars for May Motorsports. Johnson claimed the February 26th season opener at Kern County and Roa topped the August 27th Ventura feature in the potent RDM Mechanics / Keen Concrete #8M entry. In addition, both drivers have raced the May 360 powered cars to victory with the USAC/CRA 410 Sprints. Roa, the 2016 USAC West Coast Champion, topped the August 6th Santa Maria return and Johnson scored a Bakersfield win on May 8, 2021.

Max Adams of Loomis, California will race Kaleb Montgomery’s #3 Luxton / David Crye Maxim. Now primarily racing in the Midwest, the 2016 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one career USAC West Coast triumph, coming at Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial” on August 12, 2017.

Ferndale, California’s Daniel Whitley will pilot Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray DRC. The young driver had one West Coast start during the season and raced to victory on June 4th at Ventura Raceway.

2015 Santa Maria Sprint Car Champion, James Herrera of New Cuyama, California will compete at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. The owner/driver of the #5J Cuyama Buckhorn / Santa Barbara Pistachios Ellis will also field a team car for his daughter Elexa.

Rick Hendrix of Palmdale, California has entered the prestigious event in his #15 Rick’s Gate Works / Wilwood Disc Brakes Maxim. The veteran driver has won championships with the USAC Western Pavement Sprints, USAC Western States Midgets, USAC TQ Midgets, VRA Sprints, and PAS Senior Sprint Cars.

Phoenix, Arizona’s Shon Deskins was the first driver to enter the Turkey Night Grand Prix. The 2017 NMMRA Sprint Car Champion recently won at Imperial Raceway (El Centro) aboard his #20 Mesilla Valley Transportation / Premium Coach Group entry.

2022 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, Tyler Hatzikian of Murrieta, California has joined the talented driver roster. The owner/driver of the #27 Tyler Surfboards / ZARP Incorporated Maxim is known for his tribute paint schemes. This season, his car honored the famed Gas Chem Products / Bubby Jones entry and previous cars have paid tribute to Bruce Bromme and the Alex Morales “Tamale Wagon.”

Fountain Valley, California’s Kyle Edwards finished third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #39 Safehouse Security / Simpson Race Products Triple X, Edwards set a new track record at Kern County in February and had a shot at the crown at the October 15th “Championship Night.”

Ricky Lewis of Oxnard, California will pilot his #41 Beyoutiful Foundation / Physical Medical Consultant DRC. Now primarily racing in the Midwest, the young driver scored the first USAC West Coast victory of his career at Bakersfield on March 12th.

Bakersfield, California’s Brody Fuson had two USAC West Coast Sprint Car and USAC Western States Midgets wins in 2022. Driving Bob & Toni Van Meter’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, Fuson became the 60th USAC West Coast winning driver at Bakersfield on September 10th.

Verne Sweeney of Lomita, California will make the first USAC West Coast start of his career at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. The driver of Ken Tracy’s #98 Bill’s Ol Fashion Jerky / Faas Cores DRC scored a victory with the original California Racing Association (CRA) at Manzanita Speedway (Phoenix, Arizona) on February 2, 1991.

Tanner Boul of Auberry, California placed fourth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X, Boul won Ventura’s USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature on June 11th using a 360 engine.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, ROW Signs and Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, Steve Lafond/Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson, 2022-Trent Carter.

2022 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
2J-James Turnbull II / Indio, California / James Turnbull Sr.
3-Max Adams / Loomis, California / Kaleb Montgomery
3F-Daniel Whitley / Ferndale, California / Ted Finkenbinder
5J-James Herrera / New Cuyama, California / James Herrera
6-Logan Calderwood / Phoenix, Arizona / Rex Calderwood
8M-Brody Roa / Garden Grove, California / May Motorsports
8W-Chase Johnson / Penngrove, California / May Motorsports
11-Troy Rutherford / Ojai, California / Troy Rutherford
15-Rick Hendrix / Palmdale, California / Rick Hendrix
16J-Elexa Herrera / New Cuyama, California / James Herrera
17-Todd Pratt / Las Vegas, Nevada / Todd Pratt
17A-Tom Dunkel / Menifee, California / Tom Dunkel
19-Dennis Rodriguez / Las Vegas, Nevada / Matt Streeter Racing
20-Shon Deskins / Phoenix, Arizona / Shon Deskins Racing
21-A.J. Bender / San Diego, California / Kim & Richard Bender
21-Austin Ervine / Henderson, Nevada / Jay Ervine
25-Chris Muraoka / Makaha, Hawaii / Chris Muraoka
27-Tyler Hatzikian / Murrieta, California / Tyler Hatzikian
29C-Camie Bell / Bakersfield, California / Tim Bell
39-Kyle Edwards / Fountain Valley, California / Gordon Edwards
39T-Troy DeGaton / Live Oak, California / Troy DeGaton
41-Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, California / Ricky Lewis
51-Brody Fuson / Bakersfield, California / Bob & Toni Van Meter
52-David Lindt / Sebastopol, California / Davis Lindt
54-Nate Robinson / Ventura, California / Bill Perkins
63D-Jon DeWees / Lemoore, California / Jon DeWees
98-Verne Sweeney / Lomita, California / Ken Tracy
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, California / Boul Racing
$-Cash Culp / Apple Valley, California / Cash Culp

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORD: Troy Rutherford - 11.941 (06/04/22)

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Troy Rutherford, 3-Jake Swanson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Chase Johnson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-A.J. Bender, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Daniel Whitley.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Fuson, 2-Chase Johnson, 1-Ricky Lewis, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Daniel Whitley.

FINAL 2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Trent Carter-531, 2. Troy Rutherford-504, 3. Kyle Edwards-485, 4. Tanner Boul-423, 5. Tyler Hatzikian ®-390, 6. Joey Bishop ®-386, 7. Brent Yarnal ®-350, 8. Hannah Mayhew-348, 9. Ricky Lewis-329, 10. Camie Bell ®-325, 11. Steve Hix-303, 12. Brody Fuson-295, 13. James Herrera-274, 14. Chase Johnson-242, 15. Elexa Herrera ®-224, 16. Cody Majors-212, 17. Rick Hendrix-185, 18. Travis Buckley-155, 19. Logan Calderwood ®-149, 20. Jake Andreotti ®-143, 21. Brody Roa-135, 22. Ryan Timmons-109, 23. Jacob Tuttle-107, 24. Ben Worth ®-104, 25. Nathan Byrd-98, 26. Daniel Whitley ®-81, 27. Jarrett Soares-76, --. Charlie Butcher-76, 29. Matt Day-74, --. Sterling Cling-74, 31. Dawson Faria ®-64, 32. Randy Nelson-63, 33. Troy DeGaton ®-53, 34. Chris Ennis-51, 35. Christopher Muraoka-49, 36. Bryan Whitley-48, 37. Gage Rucker-46, 38. Todd Pratt-45, 39. Jonas Reynolds-35, 40. Dale Curran-33, 41. Tuesday Calderwood ®-13.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 26: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 12: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ricky Lewis)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Daniel Whitley)
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 10: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
October 15: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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SE = Special Event / Non-Points.

 

 

THE BAKERSFIELD SOUND ROARS WITH USAC MIDGETS AT TUESDAY’S NOVEMBER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 10, 2022)………Just like clockwork.

For the past two years, Buddy Kofoid has made an annual imperative statement during the November Classic at California’s Bakersfield Speedway.

In 2020, his pursuit required some late-race heroics and, in 2021, he made his way up front by the midway point.

This coming Tuesday night, November 15, the Penngrove, Calif. native looks to achieve a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in more than a half-century – winning three USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship races in a row at Bako.

Billy Vukovich did the deed at Bakersfield between 1966-1967 as he picked up three-straight at the facility. Fifty-five years later, Kofoid will vie to become the next as he also looks to lock up a second consecutive USAC National Midget driving title, a race in which he currently leads the standings by 194.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports is the winningest team at the 1/3-mile dirt oval in USAC National Midget competition. Each time, its’ been the No. 67 that’s represented the team in victory lane dating back to 2000 with Jay Drake, 2018 with Logan Seavey and in each of the past two seasons with Kofoid.

WINNING THEIR WAY DOWN IN BAKERSFIELD

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is one of two past November Classic winners slated to compete in Tuesday’s event along with Buddy Kofoid.

Seavey captured the 2018 Bakersfield round in grand style by utilizing the high line to pass for the victory coming out of the fourth turn on the 30th and final lap, which also locked up the series title for him in one fell swoop. Seavey garnered a 10th place result at Bakersfield in 2021 and will make his debut with Abacus Racing who’ll field two cars for he and Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, Calif.).

NEW DIGS

Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.) returns to Bakersfield for the first time since 2019 where he led 10 laps and finished as the runner-up in the feature. He’ll be in the seat of one of three Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports entries along with Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), who collected a 5th at Bakersfield in 2021 along with a fast qualifier award as well as an 8th place finish in 2020. Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.) will attempt to qualify for his first Bakersfield feature lineup.

Australia and the United States have teamed up to field two entries throughout the November USAC National Midget swing for World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car winners Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) and Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.). Macedo, the 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year and that year’s USAC Midwest Regional Midget champ, finished 10th with the USAC Midgets at Bakersfield in 2020. Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champion, has scored three top-five finishes at Bako with a 2nd in 2017, a 4th in 2018 and a 5th in 2020.

Two-time USAC National Midget feature winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) returns to the lineup at Bakersfield behind the wheel of the Six8 Motorsports No. 68, which won five-straight USAC Western States Midget entrant titles between 2013-17 along with six features at Bakersfield. McDougal’s Bakersfield experience includes finishes of 9th in 2018 and 6th in 2019.

The Tom Malloy team will prepare two cars for battle with drivers Emerson Axsom and Jacob Denney. The 2022 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), led a race-high 17 laps during the 2021 Bakersfield race en route to a 2nd place result. Denney, a 2022 Indiana Midget Week winner at Lincoln Park Speedway, will make his Bakersfield debut.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) will make his first USAC National Midget appearance since February. For the month of November, you’ll find KTJ in Dean Alexander’s No. 5T as a teammate to Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.). Thomas finished a best of 9th at Bako in 2021. Worth, meanwhile, notched his first career USAC Western States Midget win in April of 2019 at Bakersfield, leading the final nine laps en route to victory.

Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) will make the cross country trip to compete at Bakersfield for the first time. The 2021 USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion, 2018 USAC Eastern Midget titlist and past Chili Bowl prelim night winner, will compete for Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports alongside third-year series driver Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.).

BAKO FRONT RUNNERS

Newly crowned USAC National Sprint Car champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) earned his best Bakersfield result in USAC National Midget competition with a 3rd in 2021 and a 5th in 2017. His RMS Racing teammate, Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), was a top-10 runner with the series at Bakersfield all the way back in 2000, finishing 7th. In 2019, T-Mez ripped through the pack from his 20th starting position to finish 8th, which earned him hard charger honors.

This year’s USAC Western States Midget champion Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) has twice been a winner with the regional series at Bakersfield in 2016 and 2018. The now two-time USAC WSM king (2018 & 2022) led the first six laps of the November Classic and finished 9th.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) finished 4th in the November Classic of 2020 and went undefeated in three different USAC series at Bakersfield in 2021, first with the USAC Western States Midgets, then again with the USAC CRA Sprint Cars using a last lap pass for the win after starting 16th and, finally, with the West Coast Sprint Cars after charging all the way from 14th.

Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) has had a fantastic season in USAC National Midget racing as he hopes to spark a first career series victory at Bakersfield following an 8th in 2021. Wildly enough, Steve Paden (Downey, Calif.) made his most recent USAC National Midget start at Bakersfield before Wiedeman was born. The 2003 USAC Western States titlist tallied an 8th at Bakersfield in 2000 and a 10th in 1999.

KUNZ/CURB-AGAJANIAN GOES UP TO 11

Among the returnees to the field from previous Bakersfield lineups include Lubbock, Texas’ Brenham Crouch (13th in 2021), Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson (14th in 2021), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Ryan Timms (15th in 2021), Bixby, Oklahoma’s Taylor Reimer (17th in 2021) and Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley (19th in 2019).

Crouch, Bryson, Reimer, and two-time series winners Pursley and Timms are among an astonishing 11-car lineup for the team, which also consists of those four plus Kofoid, Wiedeman and series Rookies Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.), Gavin Miller (Allentown, Pa.), Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.) and Cade Lewis who hails from Bakersfield, Calif.

BACK TO BAKO SUCCESS

Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson and Brody Fuson have all been victorious in their careers at Bakersfield.

Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) is the top Rookie on the 2022 USAC National Midget trail, having won three times as of this writing. In USAC Western States Midget competition, he dominated Bakersfield this past May by sweeping the entire night as the fastest qualifier, heat race winner and feature victor.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) has finished as the USAC Western States Midget runner-up in each of the past two years. He was the fastest qualifier with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at Bakersfield in September of 2021, then followed up with a feature win in September of 2022.

The 2021 USAC Western States Midget champ, Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.), finished 8th with the Regional series at Bakersfield in 2021. He too eyes a first USAC National Midget feature start this time around.

FRESH AT BAKERSFIELD

First-time Bakersfield USAC National Midget starters are all throughout the field, including recent Western World Champion Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) in one of two Josh Ford Motorsports machines alongside Chase Johnson.

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) has been both a fast qualifier and a podium finisher with the USAC National Midgets this season. He shoots for his first November Classic feature start coming up.

Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) has been a winner with the USAC Western States Midgets this season. He’ll be joined in the field by Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) who will make his USAC National Midget debut at Bakersfield and has finished inside the top-five with the USAC Silver Crown series this season – on pavement.

The driver lineup of 40-plus drivers is a worldwide bunch with Auckland, New Zealand’s Travis Buckley making the call for Bakersfield along with fellow first-time November Classic starting hopefuls Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Ariz.), Jake Hodges (Camarillo, Calif.), Zach Telford (Middleton, Idaho) and Joey Bishop (Camarillo, Calif.), a sixth place finisher in this year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car point standings.

THE DETAILS:

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and California’s Bakersfield Speedway have a history that dates back six decades. Davey Moses won the first trip by the USAC National Midgets in the summer of 1959. Over that period, 23 series races have been held at the lightning-quick 1/3-mile that has been both paved and dirt throughout its history.

Jay Drake and Billy Vukovich are the winningest USAC National Midget drivers at Bakersfield with three victories apiece.

Tuesday at Bakersfield, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will be joined by the California Lightning Sprints.

The pits open at 2pm Pacific with the grandstands opening at 5pm, the drivers meeting at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $20. Kids 6-12 general admission tickets are $10. Kids 5 and under general admission tickets are free. Senior and military 65+ (ID required) general admission tickets are $18.

The NOS Energy Drink November Classic from Bakersfield will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3AMU46z

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1719, 2-Justin Grant-1525, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1357, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1346, 5-Mitchel Moles-1328, 6-Cannon McIntosh-1301, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1259, 8-Jacob Denney-1045, 9-Zach Daum-1031, 10-Taylor Reimer-1025.

PROJECTED BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY DRIVER ENTRIES:

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

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

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

08x MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

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

3v JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

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

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

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

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

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

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

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

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

45 JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports)

51 BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

56 STEVE PADEN/Downey, CA (Steve Paden)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

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

67K ®GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

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

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

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

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

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

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 ®JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

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

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

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

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

® represents a USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Candidate

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/16/2021 - Cannon McIntosh - 12.347 - 97.092 mph

6 Laps - 11/23/1991 - Lynn Carter - 1:26.460 - 83.192 mph

8 Laps - 11/17/2018 - Tyler Courtney - 1:43.590 - 92.580 mph

10 Laps - 11/17/2020 - Jonathan Beason - 2:03.059 - 97.417 mph

12 Laps - 11/16/2021 - Chase Randall - 2:31.417 - 95.077 mph

15 Laps - 11/25/1993 - Sleepy Tripp - 3:25.910 - 87.678 mph

100 Laps - 11/23/1995 - Billy Boat - 26:58.12 - 74.086 mph

BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:

3-Jay Drake & Billy Vukovich

2-Buddy Kofoid, Ron Shuman & Sleepy Tripp

1-Brady Bacon, Billy Boat, Dave Darland, Terry Farrar, Jordan Hermansader, Page Jones, Kyle Larson, Davey Moses, Logan Seavey, Frank Secrist & Rich Vogler

BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

1959: Davey Moses (8/2)

1966: Frank Secrist (8/14) & Billy Vukovich (9/11)

1967: Billy Vukovich (7/2) & Billy Vukovich (7/16)

1974: Sleepy Tripp (11/24)

1988: Rich Vogler (11/11)

1989: Sleepy Tripp (11/18)

1990: Terry Farrar (11/17)

1991: Page Jones (11/23)

1992: Ron Shuman (11/26)

1993: Ron Shuman (11/25)

1994: Jordan Hermansader (11/24)

1995: Billy Boat (11/23)

1997: Jay Drake (11/22)

1998: Jay Drake (11/26)

1999: Dave Darland (11/20)

2000: Jay Drake (11/18)

2017: Brady Bacon (11/18)

2018: Logan Seavey (11/17)

2019: Kyle Larson (11/23)

2020: Buddy Kofoid (11/17)

2021: Buddy Kofoid (11/16)

BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS:

1959 FEATURE: 1. Davey Moses, 2. Joe Garson, 3. Billy Cantrell, 4. Norm Rapp, 5. Cal Niday, 6. Johnny Wood, 7. Leroy Neumayer, 8. Gene Gurney, 9. Johnny Melton, 10. Jim Gilchrist, 11. Johnnie Tolan, 12. Chuck Booth, 13. Dempsey Wilson, 14. Joe Soares, 15. Norm Hall, 16. Don Staudinger. NT

1966 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Frank Secrist, 2. George Benson, 3. Duane Sears, 4. Tom Trader, 5. Johnny Moorhouse, 6. Larry Ferrua, 7. Jimmy Caruthers, 8. Jim Bob Luebbert, 9. Bernie Schechter, 10. Al Henderson, 11. Ned Spath, 12. Clark Templeman, 13. Ed Johns, 14. Joe Garson, 15. Walt Kennedy, 16. Paul Jones, 17. Porky Rachwitz, 18. Jack Sachse. NT

1966 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2.Al Henderson, 3. George Benson, 4. Rick Henderson, 5. Jimmy Caruthers, 6. Don Melton, 7. Billy Wilkerson, 8. Dickie Deis, 9. Bruce Walkup, 10. Johnny Moorhouse, 11. Tom Trader, 12. Ed Johns, 13. Ron Hughes, 14. Mike Mosley, 15. Paul Jones, 16. Frank Secrist, 17. George Todd, 18. Larry Ferrua.

1967 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2. Duane Sears, 3. Mike McGreevy, 4. Hank Butcher, 5. Johnny Moorhouse, 6. George Benson, 7. Jan Opperman, 8. Dave Strickland, 9. Herman Hutton, 10. Walt Kennedy, 11. Billy Wilkerson, 12. Gil Alcala, 13. Don Sparks, 14. Henry Rossi, 15. Don White, 16. Ray Lattie, 17. Ed Johns, 18. Dickie Deis. NT

1967 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2. Walt Kennedy, 3. George Benson, 4. Johnny Moorhouse, 5. Larry Ferrua, 6. Dickie Deis, 7. Ray Lattie, 8. Ron Hughes, 9. Jerry Welton, 10. Clark Templeman, 11. Tom McCoy, 12. Jim Vaughan, 13. Sonny White, 14. Dennis Johansen, 15. Jack Yeley, 16. Porky Rachwitz, 17. Johnny Parsons, 18. Billy Wilkerson. NT

1974 FEATURE: (30 laps), 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Chuck Gurney, 3. Pancho Carter, 4. Mel Kenyon, 5. Jimmy Caruthers, 6. Jerry Weeks, 7. Danny O'Neill, 8. Bill Weingarten, 9. Danny McKnight, 10. Larry Rice, 11. Johnny Anderson, 12. Jim Beckley, 13. Gary Irvin, 14. Mark Alderson, 15. Wheeler Gresham, 16. Hank Butcher, 17. Roger Mears, 18. Bobby Tripp, 19. Jeff Heywood, 20. George Snider.

1988 FEATURE (40 laps) 1. Rich Vogler, 2. Darryl Haugh, 3. Wally Pankratz, 4. Kevin Olson, 5. Dave Strickland Jr., 6. Ken Nichols, 7. Mario Bringetto Jr., 8. Tommy White, 9. Chuck West, 10. Floyd Alvis, 11. Johnny Cofer, 12. Rick Zermani, 13. Rusty Rasmussen, 14. Jim Berg, 15. Larry Derwin, 16. Joe Winters, 17. Sleepy Tripp, 18. Robby Flock, 19. P.J. Jones, 20. Frank Pedregon, 21. John Starks, 22. Terry Wente. NT

1989 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Mario Bringetto Jr., 3. Jimmy Sills, 4. Terry Farrar, 5. Kevin Olson, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Dirk VanCott, 8. Kevin Doty, 9. Bob Davison, 10. Dennis Hart, 11. Terry Tarditi, 12. Ray Derby, 13. Hank Butcher, 14. Jeff Gordon, 15. P.J. Jones, 16. Ron Hughes Jr., 17. Rick Taylor, 18. Tommy White, 19. Dan Drinan, 20. Frank Pedregon. NT

1990 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Terry Farrar, 2. Dave Strickland Jr., 3. Sleepy Tripp, 4. Ricky Gray, 5. P.J. Jones, 6. Jeff Gordon, 7. Russ Gamester, 8. Mike Streicher, 9. Robby Flock, 10. Rick Taylor, 11. John McLaughlin, 12. George Ito, 13. Terry Tarditi, 14. Ray Derby, 15. Kevin Doty, 16. Mike Appio, 17. Lee Yetter, 18. Frank Pedregon, 19. Kevin Olson, 20. Stephen Lewis.

1991 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Page Jones, 2. P.J. Jones, 3. Stevie Reeves, 4. Robby Flock, 5. Doug Kalitta, 6. Mike Streicher, 7. Johnny Cofer, 8. Tony Elliott, 9. Andy Pierce, 10. Jordan Hermansader, 11. Tyce Carlson, 12. Critter Malone, 13. Terry Tarditi, 14. John Kaiser, 15. Stan Fox, 16. Doug Silva, 17. Wally Pankratz, 18. Ricky Gray, 19. George Ito, 20. Keith Rauch. NT

1992 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Ron Shuman, 2. Tony Elliott, 3. Stevie Reeves, 4. Hank Butcher, 5. Chuck Gurney, 6. Stan Fox, 7. John Heydenreich, 8. George Ito, 9. Brent Kaeding, 10. Brett Horrobin, 11. Keith Chrisco, 12. Jordan Hermansader, 13. Mike Streicher, 14. Glenn Carson, 15, Joe Gaerte, 16. Lealand McSpadden, 17. Jimmy Sills, 18. Jason Jonkman, 19, John Harkrader, 20. Page Jones, 21. Billy Garcia, 22. Sleepy Tripp, 23. Billy Boat, 24. Terry Tarditi. NT

1993 FEATURE: (100 laps): 1. Ron Shuman, 2. Robby Flock, 3. Johnny Cofer, 4. George Ito, 5. Jay Drake, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Tony Stewart, 8. Jordan Hermansader, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Stan Fox, 11. Ron Hazelton, 12. Keith Chrisco, 13. Chuck Gurney, 14. Hank Butcher, 15. Rick Hendrix, 16. Richard Griffin, 17. Stevie Reeves, 18. Page Jones, 19. Jimmy Sills, 20. Robert Dolacki, 21. Ronnie Day, 22. Sleepy Tripp, 23. Cary Faas, 24. Billy Boat. NT

1994 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Jordan Hermansader, 2. Hank Butcher, 3. Kenny Irwin Jr., 4. Billy Boat, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Johnny Cofer, 8. George Ito, 9. Jack Runyon, 10. Sleepy Tripp, 11. Robby Flock, 12. Robert Dolacki, 13. Ronnie Day, 14. Tony Elliott, 15. Jay Drake, 16. Ronnie Johncox, 17. Jimmy Sills, 18. Jason Leffler, 19. Rick Hendrix, 20. Wally Pankratz, 21. Tony Stewart, 22. Lealand McSpadden, 23. Donnie Beechler, 24. Andy Michner. 25:56.85

1995 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Billy Boat, 2. Kenny Irwin Jr., 3. Kevin Doty, 4. Richard Griffin, 5. Rick Hendrix, 6. George Ito, 7. Tony Stewart, 8. Jimmy Sills, 9. Andy Michner, 10. Ron Shuman, 11. Hank Butcher, 12. Larry Brown, 13. Shane Scully, 14. J.J. Ercse, 15. Frankie Kerr, 16. Jeremy Sherman, 17. Danny Lasoski, 18. Jason Leffler, 19. Wally Pankratz, 20. Jim Keene, 21. Jay Drake, 22. Brian Gerster, 23. Johnny Cofer, 24. J.R. Lawson. 26:58.12

1997 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Billy Boat, 2. Jay Drake, 3. Jimmy Sills, 4. Wally Pankratz, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Ricky Shelton, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Clay Klepper, 9. Craig Brady, 10. Dwayne Marcum, 11. Rick Hendrix, 12. Shane Scully, 13. Steve Paden, 14. Cory Kruseman, 15. Larry Brown, 16. Jason Leffler, 17. Nick Lundgreen, 18. Steve Barth, 19. John Heydenreich, 20. Danny Lasoski, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Kevin Thomas, 23. Robert Dolacki, 24. Marc DeBeaumont. NT

1998 FEATURE: (100 laps - Held Nov. 26) 1. Jay Drake, 2. Jason Leffler, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kasey Kahne, 6. Dan Boorse, 7. Jimmy Sills, 8. Ricky Shelton, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Brian Tyler, 11. Robby Flock, 12. Michael Lewis, 13. Ronnie Day, 14. Rick Hendrix, 15. Aaron Fiscus, 16. Dane Carter, 17. Kevin Doty, 18. Scott Hansen, 19. Steve Paden, 20. Bryan Stanfill, 21. Shane Scully, 22. Jordan Hermansader, 23. John Starks, 24. Donnie Beechler. NT

1999 FEATURE: (50 Laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Jay Drake, 3. Michael Lewis, 4. Travis Welpott (#8), 5. Marc DeBeaumont, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Clay Klepper, 8. Glenn Carson, 9. Bobby Boone, 10. Steve Paden, 11. Dane Carter, 12. Rick Vaughn, 13. Dave Stoltz, 14. A.J. Felker (MCI), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 16. Bryan Stanfill, 17. Ed Carpenter, 18. Dwayne Marcum, 19. Derrick Hearron, 20. Ryan Newman, 21. Dean Alexander, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Bud Kaeding, 24. Bruce Donaldson, 25. Thomas Meseraull. NT

2000 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Jay Drake, 2. Kasey Kahne, 3. Aaron Fike, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Ronnie Day, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Steve Paden, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Bryan Stanfill, 11. Jimmy Sills, 12. John Nervo, 13. Jimmy Christian, 14. Dwayne Marcum, 15. A.J. Johnson, 16. Sarah McCune, 17. Derrick Hearron, 18. Ryan Scott, 19. Wally Pankratz (#37x), 20. Rick Hendrix, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Marc DeBeaumont, 23. Shane Scully, 24. Michael Lewis. NT

2017: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. Alex Schutte, 9. Michael Faccinto, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Frankie Guerrini, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Courtney Crone, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. David Prickett, 16. Ronnie Gardner, 17. Michael Pickens, 18. Cory Elliott, 19. Zeb Wise, 20. Robert Dalby, 21. Mason Daniel, 22. Holly Shelton, 23. Dustin Golobic, 24. Shannon McQueen. NT

2018: (starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Rico Abreu (2), 3. Shane Golobic (6), 4. Spencer Bayston (11), 5. Chad Boat (7), 6. Tanner Carrick (13), 7. Brady Bacon (4), 8. Holly Shelton (25), 9. Jason McDougal (21), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (9), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 12. Cole Bodine (23), 13. Cody Swanson (17), 14. Sam Johnson (8), 15. Dustin Golobic (3), 16. Robert Dalby (24), 17. Alex Schutte (16), 18. Holley Hollan (18), 19. C.J. Sarna (26), 20. Zeb Wise (5), 21. Ryan Robinson (10), 22. Tyler Courtney (15), 23. Sterling Cling (19), 24. Michael Faccinto (14), 25. Justin Grant (12), 26. Michael Pickens (20). NT

2019: (starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (6), 2. Michael Pickens (1), 3. Rico Abreu (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (10), 5. Jesse Colwell (4), 6. Jason McDougal (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (9), 8. Thomas Meseraull (20), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (5), 10. Tanner Carrick (16), 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer (21), 12. Chase Johnson (13), 13. Buddy Kofoid (15), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 15. Carson Macedo (14), 16. Chris Windom (19), 17. Ethan Mitchell (18), 18. Spencer Bayston (3), 19. Daison Pursley (23), 20. Cory Elliott (25), 21. Robert Dalby (24), 22. Aaron Reutzel (7), 23. Logan Seavey (8), 24. Cannon McIntosh (22), 25. Zeb Wise (17). NT

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (5), 2. Kyle Larson (2), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Chase Johnson (1), 5. Spencer Bayston (4), 6. Chris Windom (20), 7. Tanner Thorson (6), 8. Cannon McIntosh (16), 9. Justin Grant (14), 10. Carson Macedo (21), 11. Jonathan Beason (8), 12. Emerson Axsom (12), 13. Clinton Boyles (10), 14. Ethan Mitchell (11), 15. Kaylee Bryson (7), 16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9), 17. Andrew Layser* (24), 18. Michael Faccinto (13), 19. Tanner Carrick (15), 20. Cole Bodine* (23), 21. Bryant Wiedeman (19), 22. Frankie Guerrini (22), 23. Thomas Meseraull (18), 24. Daison Pursley (17). NT

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Emerson Axsom (1), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Tanner Thorson (5), 5. Cannon McIntosh (11), 6. Cory Eliason (8), 7. Chris Windom (7), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (3), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 10. Logan Seavey (17), 11. Thomas Meseraull (22), 12. Tanner Carrick (20), 13. Brenham Crouch (15), 14. Kaylee Bryson (19), 15. Ryan Timms (13), 16. Tony Gomes (18), 17. Taylor Reimer (16), 18. Chase Randall (12), 19. Jade Avedisian (6), 20. Carson Macedo (10), 21. Ethan Mitchell (14), 22. Michael Faccinto (21). NT

 

 

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Join us at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on Friday, December 9, to honor the 2022 USAC champions.

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WHEN: Friday, December 9, 2022

WHERE: Indiana Roof Ballroom, Indianapolis, Indiana

WHAT: Cocktails at 6:00 | Dinner/Awards 6:30

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BACON POCKETS $10-GRAND REWARD
AS USAC'S BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER CHAMP

Speedway, Indiana (November 7, 2022)………Brady Bacon won the opener. Brady Bacon won the closer.

With those two victories, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native bookended the inaugural Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series Presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment with success in 2022.

With his victory in last Saturday’s 26th running of the Oval Nationals at California’s Perris Auto Speedway, Bacon collected the “Bubby Jones” championship and a cool $10,000 reward.

Bacon accumulated the most points throughout the 10-race miniseries for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, ultimately scoring the title by 34 points over Justin Grant.

Praising the extra bonuses up for grabs in the brand-new series, Bacon applauded the addition of such events to add to his hall-of-fame worthy career resume as well as to his racing funds.

“The championship pays more; we ran second in the championship and won the Master of Going Faster, which pays more than my first two championships combined,” Bacon commended. “Hats off to everyone behind the scenes and everyone who supports USAC racing, helping to raise the tide and keep these purses raising up. I’m very thankful for that and it makes it a lot easier to survive the winter when we have that extra money at the end of the year."

With a victory in the opening round at Kansas, City, Kansas’ Lakeside Speedway in May, Bacon nearly led the series from start-to-finish, only trailing once by a single point to Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) following Ballou's triumph in the second event at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in late May.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) led all drivers with three wins in the series at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway, Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway and Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

Other feature winners throughout the series’ slate included Logan Seavey (June 18 at Port Royal), Kyle Cummins (July 29 at Bloomington & October 1 at Lawrenceburg) and Jadon Rogers (September 17 at Tri-State Speedway).

The series honored the memory of the late, great Norman “Bubby“ Jones was a 27-time winner in USAC National competition during his National Sprint Car Hall of Fame career and also captured back-to-back CRA Sprint Car titles in 1983 and 1984. Jones passed away in 2020.

Bacon will receive a custom trophy provided by Potter Metal Art for earning the title along with his monetary rewards at the 2022 USAC Night of Champions on Friday, December 9, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, located at 140 W Washington St. in Indianapolis. Ind.

Cocktail hour will begin at 6pm Eastern followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm.

Tickets are on sale now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2022-night-of-champions. The RSVP deadline is December 1.

2022 BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER WINNERS:

May 12: Lakeside Speedway | WINNER: Brady Bacon

May 22: Terre Haute Action Track | WINNER: Robert Ballou

Jun 17: Williams Grove Speedway | WINNER: Justin Grant

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway | WINNER: Logan Seavey

Jul 26: Kokomo Speedway | WINNER: Justin Grant

Jul 29: Bloomington Speedway | WINNER: Kyle Cummins

Sep 17: Tri-State Speedway | WINNER: Jadon Rogers

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway | WINNER: Justin Grant

Oct 1: Lawrenceburg Speedway | WINNER: Kyle Cummins

Nov 5: Perris Auto Speedway | WINNER: Brady Bacon

FINAL 2022 BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINT STANDINGS:

1. 707-Brady Bacon

2. 673-Justin Grant

3. 630-C.J. Leary

4. 552-Robert Ballou

5. 551-Emerson Axsom

6. 533-Logan Seavey

7. 502-Chase Stockon

8. 482-Matt Westfall

9. 452-Jadon Rogers

10. 392-Jason McDougal

11. 347-Kyle Cummins

12. 343-Mitchel Moles & Jake Swanson

14. 280-Brandon Mattox

15. 275-Kevin Thomas Jr.

16. 235-Shane Cottle

17. 182-Briggs Danner

18. 166-Max Adams

19. 156-Alex Bright

20. 130-Thomas Meseraull

21. 122-Charles Davis Jr.

22. 116-Carson Garrett

23. 102-Anton Hernandez

24. 101-Steven Drevicki

25. 84-Sterling Cling

26. 83-Dallas Hewitt & Brody Roa

28. 77-Dustin Clark

29. 74-Cole Bodine

30. 67-Mark Smith

31. 66-Xavier Doney

32. 62-Joey Amantea

33. 60-Ryan Timms

34. 59-Dalton Stevens

35. 58-Timmy Buckwalter & Brandon Morin

37. 57-Geoff Ensign

38. 55-Mario Clouser

39. 52-Brian Ruhlman

40. 46-Shane Cockrum

41. 44-Brent Beauchamp & Tye Mihocko

43. 43-Keith Sheffer II

44. 42-Nick Bilbee

45. 41-Wyatt Burks

46. 40-Wesley Smith

47. 39-Alex Banales, R.J. Johnson, Daison Pursley & Scotty Weir

51. 35-Kendall Ruble & Cody Williams

53. 34-Dave Darland & Zach Daum

55. 33-Collin Ambrose

56. 31-Dustin Beck & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

58. 30-Koby Barksdale & Austin Graby

60. 29-Brian Hayden, Tommy Malcolm & Brady Short

63. 28-Jack Hoyer & Chris Parkinson

65. 27-Cody Baker

66. 26-Isaac Chapple, Zach Clark, J.J. Hughes & Carmen Perigo

70. 25-Stan Beadles, Saban Bibent & Tripp Gerrald

73. 24-Jordan Kinser & Rece Wommack

75. 23-Damion Gardner, Aric Gentry, Austin Grabowski, Ricky Lewis, Adyn Schmidt, Carson Short, Brandon Smith, Daniel Whitley & Austin Williams

84. 20-Travis Berryhill, Braydon Cromwell, Tom Harris, Korbyn Hayslett, Jack James, Hunter Maddox, Critter Malone & Corey Smith

92. 10-Jason Billups, Chris Bonneau, Donny Brackett, Andy Bradley, Harley Burns, Tyler Burton, Logan Calderwood, Troy Carey, Cindy Chambers, Andrew Cockman, Colten Cottle, Braxton Cummings, Troy DeGaton, Dakota Earls, Gage Etgen, Brayden Fox, Parker Frederickson, Chad Frewaldt, Chris Gansen, Ivan Glotzbach, Matt Goodnight, Dustin Griffitts, Todd Hobson, Chase Howard, Allen Howard Jr., John Ivers, A.J. Bender, Justin Johnson, Chase Johnson, Larry Kingseed Jr., Gary Marshall Jr., Matt McCarthy, Nate McMillin, Matt Mitchell, Nathan Moore, Evan Mosley, Jake Neal, Buddy Parker, Chris Phillips, Zack Pretorius, Davey Ray, Chad Ruhlman, Sam Scott, Nathan Seale, Kyle Shipley, Chad Tye, Lee Underwood, Cooper Welch, Logan Williams & Chris Windom


BACON BANKS 20-GRAND AT OVALS,
GRANT GRABS USAC SPRINT TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 5, 2022)………For Brady Bacon, winning four of the six Oval Nationals preliminary night features that have been held at California’s Perris Auto Speedway since 2019 was a nice feather to have in his cap.

However, the biggest prize of them all had eluded the 32-year-old driver for, quite literally, half his life.

Thirteen starts and sixteen years since his “Ovals” debut in 2006, Bacon had waited patiently for his time to finally arrive on championship night of the Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals.

There was no more time spent in the waiting room for the Broken Arrow, Okla. native on Saturday night’s 26th running of the marquee event as Bacon had no room to wait any longer.

Starting fourth, Bacon tore around the outside of Friday night prelim winner Robert Ballou to take over third on lap four. When pole sitter Justin Grant drifted off the bottom in turn four on lap eight, again, Bacon was there to capitalize.

On the 11th circuit, Bacon took his ride to the front of the field, launching down the back straight and blowing past Axsom for the race lead, then carrying onward to score one of his largest paydays with a $20,000 score aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

For the four-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National champion, it was a long time to wait for a coveted “Ovals” win, and it was a long time coming. But, when all was said and done, this one was finally his, ending years and years of oh-so-closes and almosts.

“It feels good to finally get this one,” Bacon exhaled. “It seems like we always miss it a little bit for the Saturday night feature here.”

There was no such consternation this time around for Bacon, who had previously logged five top-five finishes on the final night of the “Ovals” throughout his career, bested with a third in 2017. Bacon led the final 30 laps to record his second feature victory in a three-night span.

Bacon’s latest triumph was the 46th of his USAC National Sprint Car career, moving him past three-time champion Larry Dickson and into a tie for fourth on the all-time list alongside USAC and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jack Hewitt.

The evening was a lucrative one for Bacon as he not only pocketed $20,000 for his Oval Nationals main event win, but also added a $10,000 bonus as the champion of the 10-race Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series Presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment.

“This race is pretty important for our season financially,” Bacon explained. “If things faltered, or if I had a problem, it could’ve been a $20,000 loss. I was kind of nervous about that all day. Obviously, the goal was to win this race and now I’ve got a $40,000 swing the other way.”

Bacon didn’t exactly get away scot-free once he initially established himself as the race leader. Nearing the middle stages of the 40-lap feature, Axsom didn’t go away quietly as he kept pace with Bacon and, at times, was able to pull even in the fight for the lead.

On lap 17, calamity ensued in turn three when car of newly crowned 10-time AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner (10th) slowed suddenly. In a desperate attempt to avert the scene of the wreckage, Max Adams (13th), Tommy Malcolm (14th) and Daniel Whitley (17th) all tangled and stopped.

Meanwhile, Gardner made an excursion to the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area, wounded with a flat right rear tire, which was promptly swapped out for new rubber that returned him to the race. Gardner eventually dropped out soon after and finished 22nd. Oval Nationals Rookie Daniel Whitley was pushed away as well until his right front wheel decided to go solo and rolled aimlessly on the track through turns three and four.

Thereafter, the biggest mover and shaker instantly became Jake Swanson. The seventh starting driver grazed the bottom, and when Ballou drifted up a full lane at the exit of turn four on lap 20, that left the door open for Swanson to scoot under Ballou for third at the halfway mark. Swanson then took on Axsom and shot underneath in turn three with three laps remaining to slot into second.

At that point, Bacon had race officials with Sharpies in hand preparing to endorse his name on the mega-sized victory lane check. His lead stood at four-plus seconds with little obstruction along the way, sans a singular pack of lapped cars that caused little to no hiccups on Bacon’s warpath of dominance on both ends of the half-mile dirt oval.

“We kind of had a little mixture,” Bacon noted on the team’s car setup. “We had turns three and four from Thursday night and one and two from Friday night, so we did a combination on the car. It was something that worked pretty well, and even though I was making mistakes on top, I didn’t think anyone else could do it a whole lot better than me.”

He was right. Nobody did it better than Bacon in any facet down the stretch as he went on to collect a monumental win for his team and himself after a trying week that took its emotional toll. Brady’s grandfather, Ted, passed away on Tuesday morning and the team has been competing with heavy hearts ever since. Brady soldiered on to win not once, but twice in three nights at the Oval Nationals.

“It was a sweet win we had, especially after the hard week we’ve had,” Bacon acknowledged. “We definitely had a smoother week than we normally have here so, hopefully, he was helping us out and we’ll take it. It sure is a good way to top off the season.”

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) and his late-race effort earned him his best career Oval Nationals result. He swept by Axsom with three laps to go on his way to scoring a second place finish, besting his previous top Oval Nationals Saturday night performance of sixth one year earlier in 2021. Swanson finished the 2022 USAC National Sprint Car season on a high note with four podium finishes in his last five starts, including a 2nd, 1st, 3rd and 2nd in his Team AZ Racing/Beaver Stripes – RSS Industries – USW Cat Construction/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

“I’m glad we started seventh even though I wish we would’ve been in the Super Six and be able to start up there with those guys,” Swanson stated. “But starting seventh was the best case scenario for us tonight and we were able to methodically work the bottom and work our way up through those guys. By the time I got to second, Brady was already checked out. I didn’t even know how hard he was running it or where he was running it. I felt like I was all by myself out there. At some point, I’m going to win one of these eagle (trophies). I love this place too much and I plan on doing it. Hopefully, it will be in the near future.”

It was a highly impressive debut for Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) who led the first 10 laps of his first career Oval Nationals start en route to a third place result in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy. Axsom ended the season as the top-Rookie finisher in the USAC National Sprint Car standings, which was part of the learning curve, among other things, that played a role in his result which rounded out the podium.

“I think a lot of it was experience and we also had a tire delaminate,” Axsom revealed. “It was a tough deal, but obviously, Brady and Jake are really good here. My guys gave me a really great car. That’s probably about the best I’ve felt all year, but it’s a little disappointing with the tire. This is the biggest race for us, and I wanted to win.”

C.J. Leary came home fourth while Robert Ballou took home fifth. Landing just outside the top-five was sixth place finisher Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.). By firing off for wheel pack/engine heat at the beginning of the evening, Grant clinched his first career USAC National Sprint Car driving championship after more than a decade-plus of close calls and heartbreaks. Grant earned a $50,000 reward as the series' newest king. It’s his second overall USAC National title after capturing the Silver Crown championship in 2020. Meanwhile, he drove Rochester, Ind.-based TOPP Motorsports to its first series entrant crown.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) was the man of the move throughout his debut weekend at Perris. He advanced more positions across the past three nights of feature racing than any other driver with 21 cars passed. On Saturday, he traveled 21st to 8th, which clinched him a $1,000 bonus as the All Coast Construction Tony Jones Oval Nationals Hard Charger.

No driver passed more cars throughout the entirety of Oval Nationals than Tommy Malcolm (Corona, Calif.) who advanced 26 positions during the weekend, which encompassed heat races, C-Mains, the Super Six Dash, semi-feature and feature events. The effort worked in his favor as he came out on top of the ProSource Oval Nationals Passing Master award.

During Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) became the most successful Rookie qualifier in USAC National Sprint Car history. Moles’ eighth quick time in his first year of series competition surpassed Tanner Thorson's former record of seven from 2021. Wildly enough, both drivers achieved the feat while driving for the same team – the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 5, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: (Top-6 in Oval Nationals points did not qualify) 1. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.222; 2. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.483; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.517; 4. Max Adams, 73, Ford-16.587; 5. Daniel Whitley, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.613; 6. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.634; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.641; 8. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-16.643; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.722; 10. Jason McDougal, 22AZ, Team AZ-16.777; 11. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.814; 12. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-16.824; 13. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-16.825; 14. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.834; 15. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.857; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.971; 17. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.987; 18. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-16.993; 19. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-16.998; 20. Chase Johnson, 8m, May-17.042; 21. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-17.042; 22. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.066; 23. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-17.086; 24. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.101; 25. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.116; 26. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.118; 27. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.126; 28. Jake Neal, 214, Kracht-17.237; 29. Troy DeGaton, 39T, DeGaton-17.537; 30. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-18.108.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Tommy Malcolm, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Max Adams, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Austin Williams, 8. A.J. Bender, 9. Logan Williams, 10. Jake Neal. 2:52.22

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Austin Grabowski, 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Daniel Whitley, 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. Chris Bonneau, 10. Troy DeGaton. 2:51.40

PIT STOP USA / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Ricky Lewis, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Sterling Cling, 5. Cody Williams, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Logan Calderwood, 8. Chris Gansen, 9. Matt McCarthy, 10. Gary Marshall Jr. 2:49.19

SUPER SIX DASH: (6 laps, determines the first three rows of the feature starting lineup) 1. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 2. Emerson Axsom (#47BC Clauson Marshall Newman), 3. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou), 4. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#17GP Dutcher), 6. C.J. Leary (#77m Michael). 1:40.24

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS / FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Daniel Whitley, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Austin Williams, 8. A.J. Bender, 9. Matt Mitchell, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. Matt McCarthy, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Chris Bonneau, 14. Chase Johnson, 15. Gary Marshall Jr., 16. Jake Neal, 17. Logan Calderwood, 18. Troy DeGaton. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (4), 2. Jake Swanson (7), 3. Emerson Axsom (2), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Robert Ballou (3), 6. Justin Grant (1), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 8. Jadon Rogers (21), 9. Matt Westfall (8), 10. Mitchel Moles (16), 11. Brody Roa (10), 12. R.J. Johnson (13), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 14. Cody Williams (22), 15. Logan Seavey (20), 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (15), 17. Tommy Malcolm (11), 18. Sterling Cling (18), 19. Jason McDougal (24), 20. Austin Williams (25-P), 21. Max Adams (19), 22. Damion Gardner (9), 23. Daniel Whitley (23), 24. Ricky Lewis (14), 25. Austin Grabowski (17). NT

(P) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Emerson Axsom, Laps 11-40 Brady Bacon.

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2536, 2-Brady Bacon-2485, 3-C.J. Leary-2452, 4-Robert Ballou-2369, 5-Emerson Axsom-2298, 6-Logan Seavey-2127, 7-Matt Westfall-1833, 8-Jake Swanson-1786, 9-Jadon Rogers-1736, 10-Chase Stockon-1711.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1309, 2-Austin Williams-1073, 3-Matt Mitchell-1047, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-1046, 5-Tommy Malcolm-967, 6-Brody Roa-935, 7-Cody Williams-916, 8-Logan Williams-868, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-884, 10-Matt McCarthy-687.

FINAL BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER PRESENTED BY SPIRE SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-707, 2-Justin Grant-673, 3-C.J. Leary-630, 4-Robert Ballou-552, 5-Emerson Axsom-551, 6-Logan Seavey-533, 7-Chase Stockon-502, 8-Matt Westfall-482, 9-Jadon Rogers-452, 10-Jason McDougal-392.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-176, 2-Brady Bacon-144, 3-Logan Seavey-137, 4-Thomas Meseraull-131, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Kyle Cummins-104, 7-Kaylee Bryson-103, 8-Buddy Kofoid-100, 9-C.J. Leary-98, 10-Matt Westfall-95.

FINAL ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION TONY JONES HARD CHARGER POINTS: 1-Jadon Rogers-21, 2-Logan Seavey-15, 3-R.J. Johnson-15, 4-Tommy Malcolm-14, 5-C.J. Leary-12, 6-Cody Williams-12, 7-Brady Bacon-11, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-8, 9-Jake Swanson-7, 10-Emerson Axsom-7.

FINAL OVAL NATIONALS PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tommy Malcolm-26, 2-Jadon Rogers-25, 3-R.J. Johnson-25, 4-Brady Bacon-19, 5-Logan Seavey-17, 6-Jake Swanson-16, 7-Cody Williams-16, 8-Chase Johnson-16, 9-C.J. Leary-15, 10-Ricky Lewis-14.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Max Adams (16.989)

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (16.222)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Fastest Qualifier: Jake Swanson

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: R.J. Johnson

Competition Suspension, Inc. / BillsJerky.net Second Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Pit Stop USA / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Third Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts / Factory Wraps Semi Winner: Max Adams

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Brody Roa

In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Feature Hard Charger: Jadon Rogers (21st to 8th)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Place Feature Finisher: Justin Grant

Wildwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13: Charles Davis Jr.

Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Governor’s Bonus Third Place Feature Finisher: Emerson Axsom

All Coast Construction Tony Jones Hard Charger: Jadon Rogers

Dean Thompson Oval Nationals Points Champion: Brady Bacon

 

THE MADMAN COMETH:
BALLOU SWIPES LATE-RACE VICTORY AT OVALS NIGHT TWO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 4, 2022)………During a red flag period 10 laps into Friday night’s feature event at California’s Perris Auto Speedway, Robert Ballou was feeling confident.

Sitting third at the time, the Rocklin, Calif. native felt that he had a good enough car to, at least, run second.

With that said, he wasn’t quite sold on whether another Oval Nationals prelim victory was within the realm of possibility on this night.

In that particular moment, Ballou felt that then-race leader Kevin Thomas Jr. was the class of the field after checking out to a considerable lead in the early stages.

However, that’s why they run the races, and the balance of the 30-lap distance from that point forward ultimately painted a completely different picture in Ballou’s favor.

In fact, it was pure artistry from one of the best to ever do it on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour and, despite the earlier estimation, Ballou wasn’t going to go down without a fight.

“(C.J.) Leary got under me one lap (with 10 laps to go), but I was too tight to run down there then,” Ballou explained. “I tried to get my shocks a little bit better to where I could hold it down around the bottom and not get tight. It was really tough, but then Brady (Bacon) shot right by me, and I’m like, the 69 isn’t getting by me tonight and I sat up in the seat.”

Running as deep as fourth with just 10 laps remaining, Ballou found a sudden burst that put him right back into the thick of the hunt. It came just as he foretold during the earlier stoppage, that he would be a player for the win once the fuel load began to burn off.

Ballou charged under Brady Bacon for third on the back straight with nine to go. One lap later, Ballou glided his way into second with a turn one slide past Emerson Axsom to put him within a full two seconds of Thomas who seemingly held a commanding lead with the sands in the hourglass collecting piling up.

Finding his way into his front-running position by utilizing the bottom side of the racetrack, Thomas cut a swath of land for his own use by entering turns one and three on the bottom, then letting his car sweep to the top at the exit of turns two and four.

But with two laps until the bell tolled for thee, Thomas faced a bout of traffic. Charging into turn one hot on the heels of the 24th place car of Chris Gansen, Thomas was forced to alter his line on the bottom, skating his ride up the track a tad earlier in the corner than he had all race long.

The loss of momentum for Thomas was all Ballou needed to dig his talons in on the low line and drive his way past on the back straight to rise to the top of the leaderboard once and for all and for good.

Ballou negotiated turns three and four splendidly, scraping the infield berm with his left front wheel along the way as he dipped under Gansen who cleared a courteous path for the frontrunners by swinging wide on the front straightaway just as the white flag was being presented.

Ballou, Thomas and now Leary entered the final lap separated by a single car length between each driver. Ballou gained some much obliged separation from Thomas on the backside of the half-mile dirt oval, carrying onward to a 0.632 second victory in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru - Dragonfly Aviation - Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy.

Thomas collected a second place result after leading a race-high 27 laps while Jake Swanson made a last lap, last corner surge to beat Leary to the line by a single car length for the third position. Thursday night’s Oval Nationals opening night winner Brady Bacon rounded out the top-five with a fifth-place result.

Emerson Axsom, who led the opening lap, was the sixth place finisher and scored the best finish among Oval Nationals Rookies in the field.

But Ballou was the main man on this evening as he punched his ticket for series victory number 37, which tied him with Sheldon Kinser for 11th on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car feature win list.

Ballou’s sixth series victory of the year equals him with Justin Grant as the season’s winningest driver, making it his most successful and winningest campaign since his 2015 championship year, which just so happened to be the last time in which he was victorious at Perris.

That is, until Friday night. That’s when Ballou found something even more than he knew he had, which resulted in his fifth career USAC triumph at Perris after taking advantage of the situation at hand.

“When you’re out front, you don’t know where to go, especially on a long green. I just saw him sliding out,” Ballou recalled of Thomas’ lap 29 misfortune.

Three-time and defending Oval Nationals champion Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) nearly provided Michael Dutcher Motorsports with its first USAC National Sprint Car feature win since February of 2015 at Florida’s East Bay Raceway Park, which came with Thomas behind the wheel of his Lifestyle Homes – Griffin’s Propane – ProSource/Maxim/Chevy.

“We just got a little bit free at the end,” Thomas acknowledged. “I lost brakes with about eight or 10 laps to go. I’m kind of bummed, but we’ve been making a lot of gains on this thing. I’ve never won a prelim night feature here, but as long as we’re locked in, tomorrow’s what we care about. We’ve made some great strides on what we need to do and some different little things we need to change. It’s about getting acclimated with these guys again and just getting comfortable. Once we do that, the car has speed and we’ve just got to work a few little bugs out. Dutch and the guys work really hard on it, he takes very good care of his equipment and takes a lot of pride in it.”

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) put together a redeeming third-place performance on Friday night at Perris. After a crash into the turn four wall the night before, Swanson zipped by Leary on the last lap to grab the final spot on the podium in his Team AZ Racing/Beaver Stripes – RSS Industries – USW Cat Construction/DRC/1-Way Chevy. It was Swanson’s third stop in the top-three during his last four USAC National Sprint Car feature starts.

“I think we needed a 40-lapper there,” Swanson admitted. “It was just getting faster and faster the more the track opened up and we were able to pass. I felt like we were really fast, but it was just a matter of getting the room to get by. We were on C.J.’s tail tank there at the end and we’re able to make something happen. C.J. did a good job, but he just got a little bit crossed up there racing with (Thomas). I was working the middle and trying to make it work early, but it wasn’t really working for me. Brady was able to do it then I think I finally figured it out by the end.”

Leary set Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time for the 41st time of his USAC National Sprint Car career Friday night at Perris. For the Greenfield, Ind. driver, it was his second fast time in as many nights and his 12th of the series season. Oddly enough, it also marked the fifth time Leary and Swanson have qualified first and second during a USAC event this year (4 Sprint & 1 Silver Crown).

Two drivers got upside down during the evening, first being Mitchel Moles who tipped over and caught a brief flame during the semi-feature.

Daniel Whitley, making his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature start, flipped into the catchfence on lap 10 and never came back down, at least for a little while. His Ted Finkenbinder-owned ride became lodged in the fence between three and four, prompting a nearly 25-minute red flag to corral the car and make fence repairs. Both Moles and Whitley walked away from their respective incidents.

Six drivers are locked into Saturday night's 40-lap Oval Nationals feature event by virtue of their accumulated point totals throughout Thursday and Friday’s programs: Brady Bacon (275), C.J. Leary (274), Robert Ballou (271), Kevin Thomas Jr. (268), Justin Grant (258) and Emerson Axsom (244). The group of six will also participate in the Super Six Dash to determine the first three rows of starting spots for the main event.

Meanwhile, Justin Grant’s eighth place feature finish garnered him a 66-point lead over Bacon entering the final race of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season. An appearance in Saturday’s racing program will clinch a first career USAC National Sprint Car title for Grant and TOPP Motorsports.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 4, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.477; 2. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.519; 3. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-16.660; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.700; 5. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.716; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.742; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.771; 8. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.779; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.785; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.801; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.826; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.842; 13. Max Adams, 73, Ford-16.897; 14. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.964; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.009; 16. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-17.027; 17. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-17.031; 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.058; 19. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.065; 20. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-17.085; 21. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-17.119; 22. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.137; 23. Daniel Whitley, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.147; 24. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.193; 25. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-17.193; 26. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.271; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.284; 28. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.333; 29. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.537; 30. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.546; 31. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-17.628; 32. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-17.729; 33. Troy DeGaton, 39T, DeGaton-17.742; 34. Jake Neal, 214, Kracht-17.801; 35. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-18.391; 36. Jason McDougal, 22AZ, Team AZ-NT; 37. Chase Johnson, 8m, May-NT; 38. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Max Adams, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Matt McCarthy, 8. Troy DeGaton, 9. Mitchel Moles. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cody Williams, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Jake Neal, 9. Chris Bonneau. 2:51.78

PIT STOP USA / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Austin Grabowski, 3. Daniel Whitley, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. A.J. Bender, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Nate Schank, 9. Gary Marshall Jr. 2:50.93

ROD END SUPPLY / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Logan Williams, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Ricky Lewis, 7. Logan Calderwood, 8. Tommy Malcolm, 9. Chase Johnson. 2:55.40

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS / FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps, top-8 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. A.J. Bender, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Ricky Lewis, 9. Mitchel Moles, 10. Sterling Cling, 11. Chris Gansen, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. Logan Calderwood, 14. Chase Johnson, 15. Nate Schank, 16. Jake Neal, 17. Gary Marshall Jr., 18. Troy DeGaton, 19. Matt Mitchell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (4), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 3. Jake Swanson (5), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Brady Bacon (8), 6. Emerson Axsom (2), 7. Matt Westfall (3), 8. Justin Grant (11), 9. Cody Williams (7), 10. Max Adams (13), 11. Damion Gardner (9), 12. R.J. Johnson (22), 13. Austin Williams (12), 14. Tommy Malcolm (23), 15. Logan Seavey (10), 16. Jadon Rogers (16), 17. Brody Roa (20), 18. Logan Williams (15), 19. Mitchel Moles (25-N), 20. Charles Davis Jr. (19), 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (17), 22. A.J. Bender (14), 23. Matt Mitchell (26-C), 24. Chris Gansen (27-C), 25. Ricky Lewis (24), 26. Daniel Whitley (21), 27. Austin Grabowski (18). NT

(N) represents a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car provisional starter

(C) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Emerson Axsom, Laps 2-28 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 29-30 Robert Ballou.

**Mitchel Moles flipped during the semi. Daniel Whitley flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2481, 2-Brady Bacon-2415, 3-C.J. Leary-2391, 4-Robert Ballou-2311, 5-Emerson Axsom-2234, 6-Logan Seavey-2094, 7-Matt Westfall-1787, 8-Jake Swanson-1719, 9-Chase Stockon-1711, 10-Jadon Rogers-1687.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1286, 2-Austin Williams-1050, 3-Matt Mitchell-1037, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-1015, 5-Tommy Malcolm-938, 6-Brody Roa-894, 7-Cody Williams-881, 8-Logan Williams-858, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-847.

TOP-SIX IN OVAL NATIONALS POINTS: (Locked into Saturday’s feature) 1-Brady Bacon-275, 2-C.J. Leary-274, 3-Robert Ballou-271, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-268, 5-Justin Grant-258, 6-Emerson Axsom-244.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-176, 2-Brady Bacon-141, 3-Logan Seavey-132, 4-Thomas Meseraull-131, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Kyle Cummins-104, 7-Kaylee Bryson-103, 8-Buddy Kofoid-100, 9-C.J. Leary-96, 10-Matt Westfall-95.

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION TONY JONES HARD CHARGER POINTS: 1-R.J. Johnson-14, 2-Tommy Malcolm, 3-C.J. Leary-10, 4-Logan Seavey-10, 5-Brady Bacon-8, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-8, 7-Jadon Rogers-8, 8-Emerson Axsom-7, 9-Ricky Lewis-4, 10-Justin Grant-4.

OVAL NATIONALS PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tommy Malcolm-26, 2-R.J. Johnson-23, 3-Chase Johnson-16, 4-Brady Bacon-14, 5-Ricky Lewis-14, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-13, 7-C.J. Leary-13, 8-Emerson Axsom-10, 9-Logan Seavey-10, 10-Jadon Rogers-9.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 5, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Damion Gardner (16.860)

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.477)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Fastest Qualifier: Robert Ballou

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. / BillsJerky.net Second Heat Winner: Cody Williams

Pit Stop USA / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Third Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Rod End Supply / Laserworx Manufacturing Fourth Heat Winner: Damion Gardner

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts / Factory Wraps Semi Winner: Justin Grant

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Daniel Whitley

In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Feature Hard Charger: R.J. Johnson (22nd to 12th)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Place Feature Finisher: Emerson Axsom

Wildwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13: Austin Williams

 

 

HIS ONE’S FOR TED:
BACON’S TRIUMPH A SPECIAL ONE AT OVALS OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 3, 2022)……… When Brady Bacon stands on the throttle, everybody soon takes notice.

In a similar manner, the same could be said for Brady’s grandfather, Ted Bacon. When Ted spoke, everyone listened.

Sadly, the words of the Bacon family’s racing patriarch fell silent on Tuesday morning when Ted passed away.

Two days later, Brady strapped into a sprint car and ultimately pulled into victory lane on the opening night of the 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals at California’s Perris Auto Speedway.

It’s the same drill Brady had performed 44 previous times in his USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship career, but this one carried extra significance. This one was for Grandpa Ted.

“It’s bittersweet,” Brady admitted. “You never want to lose anybody, but he wasn’t doing well with not being able to do everything he wanted to do. He was on the go all the time, and not being able to do that wasn’t ideal for him.”

When posed the question of what his grandfather would’ve said to him had he witnessed his victorious performance on Thursday night, Brady theorized that Ted would’ve remarked something short and sweet along the lines of, “Ahh, pretty good.”

Succinct and straight to the point. Just like Ted’s words of praise, Brady approached the start of the Oval Nationals in a highly-familiar fashion.

Brady reached the front of the field just six laps in, then raced away to his first USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature victory since June 19 – a span of 24 races and roughly four-and-a-half months – in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

Brady’s fourth career Perris feature victory was his 45th overall in USAC National Sprint Car competition, tying him for fifth all-time with 1968-70-75 series champion, Larry Dickson.

Grandpa Ted was a supermodified standout in his heyday during the 1970s-80 who competed against contemporaries like Emmett Hahn, Harold Leep and Mike Peters at dirt tracks from Dewey, Oklahoma to Hutchinson, Kansas. Yet, his grandson Brady’s feat sure would’ve been something he’d have been proud of, and something he’d have had no reservations telling Brady what was on his mind.

“He was hardnosed, and he’d tell you what he thought regardless of whether you had a dollar or 10 million or if you were five-foot tall or seven-foot tall. He didn’t care. He always liked to have a good time, did things his way and that was the only way. That’s what we always used to say. There’s Ted’s way and the wrong way.”

Brady and the Dynamics, Inc. team unloaded with a fast piece right from the get-go, first by recording the best lap during Wednesday night’s open practice. Starting sixth in the 30-lap feature, Brady wasted little time in showing that they were up to the task.

Methodically marching up through the field one-by-one, Brady picked off one spot per lap throughout the first five circuits. On the fifth lap, Bacon used a drive to wedge a path into the lead entering turn three in front of Robert Ballou. However, Ballou defied the change of position for a moment as he turned down underneath Bacon to regain the position.

Bacon’s second try became the second verse, different from the first, as he roared past on the back straightaway on lap six to take over, retain and maintain the lead from there on out.

With the lap count dwindling to six laps remaining, Bacon controlled the remote, dialing up a 3.609 second lead over second-running Max Adams, who was in the midst of his best career USAC National Sprint Car run.

But things can change in a hurry as evidenced by fourth place Jake Swanson who tagged the outside wall with his right rear tire in turn four, which sent him into a spin-cycle, airborne 360. Swanson’s car was straightened out only due to the fifth-running car of Justin Grant who hit the front left of Swanson’s car squarely. Back on the gas, Swanson found himself as a passenger with the front end knocked out, thus sending him on a beeline to the left that stopped him in his tracks about a foot from the inside front straightaway wall. Nonetheless, the 2021 “Ovals” opening night winner’s victory defense was finished while Grant continued on.

Once more, Bacon scooted away on the lap 26 restart over Adams. Meanwhile, Ballou and Grant exchanged a bevy of sliders in a duel for third with Ballou escaping back into the spot just prior to the yellow flag for Kyle Edwards (21st) who climbed the turn four wall, knocking him out of the contest.

Adams subsequently slipped above the cushion in turn two on the lap 28 restart, handing over two pieces of real estate to Ballou and Grant who promptly zoomed past. Grant surpassed Ballou for second at the entry to turn three with the white flag being waved just ahead on the horizon. Meanwhile, Leary streamed a path past Adams along the inside berm in turns three and four to gain fifth.

Just then, Brody Roa (6th) whipped against the turn four wall and was subjected to a similar fate as Swanson just a handful of laps earlier with Roa pirouetting along the outside wall before beaching his front wheels atop the turn four concrete, forcing yet another in a barrage of restarts that Brady was forced to endure down the stretch.

“I was getting nervous with all those restarts at the end,” Brady relayed. “I just felt like something was going to happen – a tire going down or me messing up on the start and opening the door for somebody to slide me. But luckily, that didn’t happen.”

Foreshadowing, Bacon hit the “Esc” key to distance himself from the fray without another obstruction in his path during the green-white-checkered finish which sent the four-time USAC National Sprint Car driving champion to another Perris victory while closing the gap on his deficit in the championship race from 83 points to 76 behind Grant who grabbed runner-up honors 0.959 sec. behind Bacon at the line.

“Anything’s still possible with the points as well, but that would require some misfortune from some other people,” Bacon stated, regarding the final two races of the year this weekend. “I’d never wish that on anybody, but we’ll just try to do the best we can, and if something like that were to happen, we would be in a position to capitalize.”

In fact, the top-four in USAC National Sprint Car points ran first, second, third and fourth. Leary rounded out the podium in third while Ballou landed fourth. Reigning Oval Nationals champion Kevin Thomas Jr. mounted an excellent charge from 13th to fifth to round out the top-five.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) made a superb late-race bolt to the forefront of the field, advancing from fifth to second over the final seven laps to finish in the runner-up spot in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy, and now stands on the cusp of what we hopes is a first career series championship with just two races remaining.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) set quick time and turned in a solid result to score a third place feature finish in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/1-Way Chevy. It’s the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champion's fifth consecutive top-five feature result at Perris dating back to 2019.

During Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying, Leary moved into sole possession of fifth all-time in terms of career fast qualifying times with the USAC National Sprint Cars. The 40th of Leary’s career moved him into sole possession of fifth all-time ahead of five-time series titlist Levi Jones. Furthermore, his 11 quick times in 2022 are the third most in a single season, equaling his own mark in 2019 and trailing only Kevin Thomas Jr.’s 15 in 2018 and Tom Bigelow’s 14 in 1978.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 3, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.347; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.459; 3. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.461; 4. Jason McDougal, 22AZ, Team AZ-16.559; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.583; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.606; 7. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.646; 8. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.647; 9. Max Adams, 73, Ford-16.661; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.717; 11. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.786; 12. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.786; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.801; 14. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-16.830; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.836; 16. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.877; 17. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.901; 18. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.965; 19. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.972; 20. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.977; 21. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-17.005; 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.010; 23. Danny Sheridan, 12A, Allen-17.071; 24. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-17.126; 25. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.159; 26. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.168; 27. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.175; 28. Daniel Whitley, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.176; 29. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-17.245; 30. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.321; 31. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.358; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.366; 33. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.407; 34. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-17.422; 35. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.471; 36. Jake Neal, 214, Kracht-17.489; 37. Chase Johnson, 8m, May-17.569; 38. Troy DeGaton, 39T, DeGaton-18.050; 39. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-18.063; 40. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-18.243.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Max Adams, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Justin Grant, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. R.J. Johnson, 7. Tommy Malcolm, 8. Logan Seavey, 9. Chase Johnson, 10. Kyle Edwards. 2:47.24

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Eddie Tafoya, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Jadon Rogers, 8. Logan Calderwood, 9. Logan Williams, 10. Troy DeGaton. 2:50.96

PIT STOP USA / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. A.J. Bender, 7. Danny Sheridan, 8. Austin Grabowski, 9. Nate Schank, 10. Matt McCarthy. 2:51.69

ROD END SUPPLY / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Mitchell, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Ricky Lewis, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Verne Sweeney, 7. Daniel Whitley, 8. Jake Neal, 9. Dan Taylor, 10. Sterling Cling. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi-feature) 1. Verne Sweeney, 2. A.J. Bender, 3. Logan Williams, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Nate Schank, 6. Kyle Edwards, 7. Jake Neal, 8. Troy DeGaton. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS / FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps, top-8 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Tommy Malcolm, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. Chris Gansen, 10. Austin Grabowski, 11. Logan Williams, 12. A.J. Bender, 13. Logan Calderwood, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Danny Sheridan, 16. Daniel Whitley, 17. Verne Sweeney, 18. Chris Bonneau. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (6), 2. Justin Grant (3), 3. C.J. Leary (11), 4. Robert Ballou (2), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 6. Max Adams (1), 7. Emerson Axsom (14), 8. Jadon Rogers (16), 9. Logan Seavey (19), 10. Jason McDougal (4), 11. Damion Gardner (12), 12. Matt Westfall (15), 13. Cody Williams (17), 14. Austin Williams (18), 15. Ricky Lewis (21), 16. Brody Roa (9), 17. Tommy Malcolm (22), 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (20), 19. R.J. Johnson (23), 20. Chris Gansen (25-P), 21. Kyle Edwards (26-P), 22. Jake Swanson (8), 23. Chase Johnson (24), 24. Mitchel Moles (5), 25. Charles Davis Jr. (10), 26. Matt Mitchell (7). NT

(P) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

**Sterling Cling flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Robert Ballou, Laps 6-30 Brady Bacon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2425, 2-Brady Bacon-2349, 3-C.J. Leary-2319, 4-Robert Ballou-2235, 5-Emerson Axsom-2174, 6-Logan Seavey-2054, 7-Matt Westfall-1730, 8-Chase Stockon-1711, 9-Jadon Rogers-1655, 10-Jake Swanson-1643.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1237, 2-Matt Mitchell-1014, 3-Austin Williams-1006, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-991, 5-Tommy Malcolm-902, 6-Brody Roa-859, 7-Cody Williams-827, 8-Logan Williams-825, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-817, 10-Matt McCarthy-667.

OVERALL OVAL NATIONALS POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-146, 2-Justin Grant-138, 3-C.J. Leary-138, 4-Robert Ballou-131, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-128, 6-Max Adams-126, 7-Emerson Axsom-121, 8-Jason McDougal-117, 9-Jadon Rogers-111, 10-Logan Seavey-106.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-173, 2-Brady Bacon-138, 3-Logan Seavey-132, 4-Thomas Meseraull-131, 5-Robert Ballou-116, 6-Kyle Cummins-104, 7-Kaylee Bryson-103, 8-Buddy Kofoid-100, 9-Matt Westfall-95, 10-C.J. Leary-94.

OVAL NATIONALS PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chase Johnson-12, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-10, 3-Logan Seavey-10, 4-C.J. Leary-9, 5-Emerson Axsom-9, 6-Tommy Malcolm-9, 7-R.J. Johnson-9, 8-Brady Bacon-8, 9-Jadon Rogers-8, 10-A.J. Bender-7.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 4-5, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jason McDougal (16.584)

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.347)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Fastest Qualifier: Robert Ballou

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Competition Suspension, Inc. / BillsJerky.net Second Heat Winner: Brody Roa

Pit Stop USA / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Third Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Rod End Supply / Laserworx Manufacturing Fourth Heat Winner: Matt Mitchell

C-Main First Non-Transfer: Nate Schank

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts / Factory Wraps Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Cody Williams

In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Feature Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (19th to 9th)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Place Feature Finisher: Max Adams

Wildwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13: Cody Williams

 


BACON BEST ON OVAL NATIONALS
PRACTICE NIGHT AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 2, 2022)………Brady Bacon is in the midst0 of trying to track down Justin Grant in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings.

During Wednesday night’s open practice, he was the fastest on track at southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway with a time of 16.204 seconds around the half-mile dirt oval in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

It was the final tune-up before the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars do the real thing for three-straight full nights of racing on Thursday-Friday-Saturday, November 3-4-5, at The PAS.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a three-time Oval Nationals prelim winner, bested a field of 23 drivers and cars that took to the track and turned a lap during practice on Wednesday night. Forty-three drivers are entered for the Oval Nationals.

Yorba Linda, California’s Matt Mitchell was second overall in practice behind Bacon at 16.448 with three-time and defending Oval Nationals victor Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) third at 16.486. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) timed in fourth at 16.545 while Oval Nationals Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) clocked in fifth at 16.686.

Outside of the top-five, USAC National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was sixth overall at 16.696. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 Oval Nationals winner, was ninth at 16.774. Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), the 2014 Ovals champion, was 12th at 16.803.

While no on-track incidents took place, Jason McDougal’s Team AZ entry experienced engine trouble which sidelined him for the remainder of the night after timing in eighth quickest. The team will swap engines and be ready to go for Thursday night’s Ovals opener.

RACE DETAILS:

Tickets for the 26th Annual Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals are on sale online at www.perrisautospeedway.com or by calling 1-800-595-4849. For those who do not wish to buy tickets in advance, there will be tickets available for everyone at the ticket window all three nights.

On Thursday and Friday night, the pits open at Noon Pacific with the drivers meeting at 4:30pm, grandstands opening at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. The features each night will be 30 laps in length and will pay $5,000-to-win.

Thursday and Friday adult general admission is $35. General admission tickets for children 6-12 are $10. Three-day general admission tickets are $90 for adults and $30 for children 6-12. Three-day reserved tickets are $125 for adults and $40 for children 6-12.

On Saturday night, the pits open at Noon Pacific with the grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm. The feature will be 40 laps in length and will pay $20,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start.

Saturday adult general admission is $40. General admission tickets for children 6-12 are $15. Three-day general Admission Tickets are $90 for adults and $30 for children 6-12. Three-day reserved tickets are $125 for adults and $40 for children 6-12.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: November 2, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

PRACTICE: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.204; 2. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.448; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.486; 4. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-16.545; 5. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.686; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.696; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.716; 8. Jason McDougal, 22AZ, Team AZ-16.740; 9. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.774; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.789; 11. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-16.799; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.803; 13. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.823; 14. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.838; 15. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.838; 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.856; 17. Max Adams, 73, Ford-16.876; 18. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-16.887; 19. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.984; 20. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.177; 21. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-17.209; 22. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.240; 23. Troy DeGaton, 39T, DeGaton-17.529.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 3-4-5, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

 


OVALS-CENTRIC:
A DEEP DIVE INTO THE USAC OVAL NATIONALS FIELD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 2, 2022)………A select few individuals know the feeling of clutching the coveted eagle trophy following a triumphant performance at the Oval Nationals.

Four ovalmeisters in this weekend’s 40-plus driver lineup have experienced the exhilaration of an Oval Nationals victory at Perris Auto Speedway and all feel the pull of pocketing a $20,000 top prize at the conclusion of three-straight nights of racing with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in conjunction with the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car Series.

“The PAS” is the place where they’ll all convene, along with a slew of racing daredevils vying to etch their name in history for the first time during this southern California showcase at the 26th running of the Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, November 3-4-5.

One year ago, Kevin Thomas Jr. joined the Mount Rushmore of Oval Nationals glory as the Cullman, Ala. native became the fourth three-time winner of the event, joining Bud Kaeding (2001-02-07), Damion Gardner (2009-11-16) and Dave Darland (2005-06-13).

MOUNT OVAL-MORE

Thomas and Gardner will both be in this weekend’s field as they attempt to become the first four-time “Ovals” winner. KTJ has won three of the past four editions of the Oval Nationals, capturing victories in 2017, 2018 and 2021 while also garnering a 6th in 2019.

Gardner (Concord, Calif.), who’s on the brink of a 10th career USAC CRA driving title, has won thrice and has also added another pair of prelim feature wins 2005 and 2010. Additionally, on the final night at the Ovals, he’s been 2nd in 2005 and 2010, 3rd in 2015 and 2019, 4th in 2003 and 2012, and 5th in 2018. His 51 career USAC CRA wins at Perris are far and away the most in series history.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) is another past Ovals winner and just so happens to be making his first appearance as a driver in the event since 2017. The 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champion reeled off four-straight wins in the event between 2014 and 2015, highlighted by his 2014 final night score. In the capper, he’s also been 5th in both 2015 and 2017.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) notched his Oval Nationals score during his USAC National Sprint Car season of 2019. In fact, he’s the only driver to finish on the podium in each of the two most recent Oval Nationals in 2019 and 2021, the latter of which he collected a 3rd.

MULTIPLE GRANT VS. BACON TITLE RACES

Justin Grant and Brady Bacon are locked up in two furious championship battles entering the Oval Nationals. Furthermore, both are seeking first career Oval Nationals victories after previously winning multiple times throughout their careers on prelim nights.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) won back-to-back prelim nights at Perris in 2018 and boasts a best final night finish of 2nd in both 2017 and 2021. He’s one of four drivers to sweep prelims on consecutive nights at the Ovals along with Rip Williams (1996), Robert Ballou (2015) and Brady Bacon (2019).

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has captured three prelim victories in his career and is the only one to score USAC National Sprint Car feature wins during the past two Oval Nationals. He swept both prelims in 2019 and then followed up with a last lap score on the second night in 2021. His best final night finish came with a 3rd in 2007 to go along with a 5th in 2006-13-16-21.

Grant leads Bacon by 83 points in the race for the USAC National Sprint Car championship, worth a $50,000 prize. A total of 238 points are up for grabs throughout the weekend with a maximum of 84 available on both Thursday and Friday as well as 70 on Saturday.

In the quest for the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Presented By Spire Sports + Entertainment, Bacon finds himself with a 19-point advantage over Grant. The 10-race miniseries concludes on Saturday at Perris and is worth another $10,000 bonus to the champ.

SHOOTING FOR THE TOP

Jake Swanson and Brody Roa, both past USAC West Coast Sprint Car titlists, are among the drivers who’ve earned their first career USAC National Sprint Car feature victories at Perris during an Oval Nationals prelim.

Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) won the 2021 Ovals prelim opener by a mere 0.010 of a second to capture the victory in one of the closest finishes in series history. Last weekend’s Western World Championships winner at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway, Swanson has finished inside the top-seven in his past two Ovals starts with a 7th in 2019 and a 6th in 2021.

Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) broke through as the most recent USAC CRA regular to win an Oval Nationals prelim in 2017. On the final night of the event, he has been a best of 4th in 2016 and has also tallied a 6th in 2017, a 9th in 2018 and a 10th in 2015.

PERRIS MASTERS

Speaking of breakthroughs, a number of westerners would like to put themselves in the club of first-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winners at Perris, all of whom have previously won there in USAC CRA competition.

Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.), the 2018 USAC Southwest Sprint Car champ, has won three times in his USAC CRA career dating back to 2006, two of which have come in each of the past two seasons. His best Oval Nationals results came via a 7th in both 2001 and 2004.

Fellow Arizonian R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.), a five-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car titlist, has also won three with USAC CRA in his career at Perris between 2007-17. He’s earned a pair of 10ths at the Ovals in both 2016 and 2021.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, Calif.) has won seven USAC CRA main events at Perris going back to 2010. His latest came during a run this past April. His top Oval Nationals performance came in an 8th place finish during the 2010 installment.

Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, Calif.) has collected six USAC CRA victories of his own at Perris between 2006-16. His best run at the Ovals came in 2007 when he finished 6th, and in 2010, he took home a 9th.

Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) counts six Perris USAC CRA victories on his resume. He earned a best of 7th at the Oval Nationals in 2018 and is one of three Williams brothers in this year’s Ovals field, all sons of 1997 race winner Rip Williams. Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was a 10th place runner at the Oval Nationals in 2017 while Cody Williams (Corona, Calif.) was 14th in 2017. Cody earned his first Perris USAC CRA victory this past May.

NEVER FORGET PERRIS

Several drivers are returnees to the Oval Nationals and are champing at the bit to make their initial mark in the event.

The USAC National Midget champ of 2018 and this year’s Eastern Storm king, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), finished 6th at the Ovals in 2018. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) returns to the event for the first time since 2018 in the seat of a second Team AZ entry alongside teammate Jake Swanson. McDougal took 22nd in 2018.

USAC CRA winners Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) and Verne Sweeney (Lomita, Calif.) are all USAC CRA or CRA winners in their career, all of whom are seeking a first Perris feature win. At the Ovals, Johnson was 10th in 2018, Adams was 15th in 2021 and Sweeney was 12th in 1998.

Returning to the lineup are a bevy of west coast natives, including San Diego, California’s A.J. Bender (11th in 2021), Corona, California’s Tommy Malcolm (15th in 2019), Verdemont Heights, California’s Chris Gansen (17th in 2018), Phoenix, Arizona’s Tye Mihocko (21st in 21), Chino Hills, California’s Eddie Tafoya Jr. (24th in 2019 & 2021) and Phoenix, Arizona’s Chris Bonneau (27th in 2019).

A SPECIAL ROOKIE CLASS

No driver has ever won in his first Oval Nationals appearance. There’s four 2022 USAC National Sprint Car winners looking to change that premise this weekend.

Leading series Rookie Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) has won three series features this year and, most recently, achieved a victory on the opening night of Western World a week ago.

A two-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner this season, Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) is in the same Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports ride that won the 2019 Oval Nationals.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) just reached USAC National Sprint Car victory lane for the first time about a month-and-a-half ago and has made his first venture to the west this past week.

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) won his lone USAC National Sprint Car main in 2006 but is currently at the top of his game following his first podium result in 10 seasons last Friday night at Cocopah.

Fellow Oval Nationals Rookies include top 2022 USAC CRA Rookie Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, Calif.) who went 18th to 9th in June with the series at Perris. Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored a 6th in June at Perris. Matt McCarthy (Riverside, Calif.), the 2017 USAC CRA Rookie of the Year, was 7th in March and the fastest qualifier on a night in August. The 2021 USAC CRA Rookie of the Year, Austin Grabowski (Riverside, Calif.) collected a best of 10th in September.

Fellow Oval Nationals Rookies in the field include Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.), USAC West Coast Sprint Car winner Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, Calif.), Dan Taylor (Reily, Ohio), Logan Calderwood (Goodyear, Ariz.), Troy DeGaton (Live Oak, Calif.), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Gary Marshall Jr. (Pomona, Calif.), Shane Sexton (Warner Springs, Calif.) and Jake Neal (Omaha, Neb.).

RACE DETAILS:

Tickets for the 26th Annual Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals are on sale online at www.perrisautospeedway.com or by calling 1-800-595-4849. For those who do not wish to buy tickets in advance, there will be tickets available for everyone at the ticket window all three nights.

Adult general admission is $35. General admission tickets for children 6-12 are $10. Three-day general admission tickets are $90 for adults and $30 for children 6-12. Three-day reserved tickets are $125 for adults and $40 for children 6-12.

In addition to the three nights of racing, there will be a practice for Oval Nationals entered cars on Wednesday, November 2. The practice will begin at 6pm Pacific and it will be free for fans in the grandstands. In addition, fans will be treated to $2 pizza, beer and soda.

On Thursday and Friday night, the pits open at Noon Pacific with the drivers meeting at 4:30pm, grandstands opening at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. The features each night will be 30 laps in length and will pay $5,000-to-win.

On Saturday night, the pits open at Noon Pacific with the grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm. The feature will be 40 laps in length and will pay $20,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start.

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2022 OVAL NATIONALS ENTRIES:

NO./DRIVER/HOMETOWN/TEAM

1 DAMION GARDNER/Concord, CA (Alexander)

1$ NATE SCHANK/Santa Rosa, CA (Schank)

2 AUSTIN WILLIAMS/Yorba Linda, CA (Williams)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP)

4G CHRIS GANSEN/Verdemont Heights, CA (Gansen)

5 TYE MIHOCKO/Phoenix, AZ (Mihocko)

5T DAN TAYLOR/Reily, OH (Taylor)

5w LOGAN WILLIAMS/Yorba Linda, CA (McCarthy)

5x TOMMY MALCOLM/Corona, CA (Napier)

6 ©LOGAN CALDERWOOD/Goodyear, AZ (Calderwood)

8m CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (May)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou)

12x DANNY SHERIDAN/Santa Maria, CA (Allen)

14 JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Engler)

15 CHRIS BONNEAU/Phoenix, AZ (Bonneau)

17GP KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dutcher)

19AZ ®MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Reinbold-Underwood)

21 A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (Bender)

21AZ JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ)

22AZ JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Team AZ)

28m MATT McCARTHY/Riverside, CA (McCarthy)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Marshall)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Cling)

37 MATT MITCHELL/Yorba Linda, CA (Mitchell)

39E KYLE EDWARDS/Fountain Valley, CA (Edwards)

39T TROY DeGATON/Live Oak, CA (DeGaton)

41 ®RICKY LEWIS/Oxnard, CA (Stensland-Halley)

42 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Cheney)

44 CODY WILLIAMS/Corona, CA (Williams)

47 CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Davis)

47BC ®EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Newman)

51 R.J. JOHNSON/Laveen, AZ (Johnson)

51T EDDIE TAFOYA JR./Chino Hills, CA (Tafoya)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics)

71 BRENT OWENS/Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Russell)

72 AUSTIN GRABOWSKI/Riverside, CA (Grabowski)

72m GARY MARSHALL JR./Pomona, CA (Bellegante)

73 MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Ford)

74 SHANE SEXTON/Warner Springs, CA (Sexton-Gatlin)

77m C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Michael)

91R BRODY ROA/Garden Grove, CA (BR)

98 VERNE SWEENEY/Lomita, CA (Tracy)

214 JAKE NEAL/Omaha, NE (Kracht)

(R) = A USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Contender

© = An AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Contender

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2351, 2-Brady Bacon-2268, 3-C.J. Leary-2245, 4-Robert Ballou-2168, 5-Emerson Axsom-2115, 6-Logan Seavey-2007, 7-Chase Stockon-1711, 8-Matt Westfall-1685, 9-Jake Swanson-1612, 10-Jadon Rogers-1604.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1195, 2-Matt Mitchell-983, 3-Austin Williams-964, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-963, 5-Tommy Malcolm-870, 6-Brody Roa-820, 7-Logan Williams-815, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-786, 9-Cody Williams-785, 10-Matt McCarthy-657.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-637, 2-Justin Grant-618, 3-C.J. Leary-569, 4-Chase Stockon-502, 5-Logan Seavey-500, 6-Robert Ballou-494, 7-Emerson Axsom-487, 8-Matt Westfall-436, 9-Jadon Rogers-403, 10-Jason McDougal-367.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/2/2012 - Mike Spencer - 15.891 - 113.272 mph (USAC National Record)

1 Lap - 2/25/2012 - Nic Faas - 15.833 - 113.687 mph (USAC CRA Record)

6 Laps - 11/3/2012 - Mike Spencer - 1:39.42 - 103.631 mph

8 Laps - 10/29/2004 - Rodney Argo - 2:59.53 - 80.209 mph

10 Laps - 11/2/2013 - Damion Gardner - 2:46.58 - 108.056 mph

12 Laps - 11/3/2011 - Tracy Hines - 3:22.84 - 106.488 mph

30 Laps - 11/9/2018 - Justin Grant - 9:01.84 - 99.661 mph

OVAL NATIONALS FINAL NIGHT WINS:

3-Dave Darland, Damion Gardner, Bud Kaeding & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Cory Kruseman

1-Rodney Argo, Robert Ballou, Bryan Clauson, Rickie Gaunt, Jesse Hockett, Tony Jones, C.J. Leary, Jimmy Sills, Mike Spencer, Rip Williams & Chris Windom

OVAL NATIONALS WINS: (PRELIMS INCLUDED)

6-Rip Williams

5-Damion Gardner & Tony Jones

4-Robert Ballou, Dave Darland & Bud Kaeding

3-Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Mike Kirby, Cory Kruseman & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Nic Faas, Justin Grant, Jesse Hockett, Levi Jones, Mike Spencer, & Chris Windom

1-Rodney Argo, Chad Boespflug, David Cardey, Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons Jr., Troy Cline, Rickie Gaunt, Richard Griffin, Darren Hagen, Jac Haudenschild, C.J. Leary, Steve Ostling, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Jimmy Sills, Chase Stockon & Jake Swanson

OVAL NATIONALS FINAL NIGHT WINNERS:

1996: Jimmy Sills (10/19)

1997: Rip Williams (9/27)

1998: Rodney Argo (9/27)

1999: Rickie Gaunt (11/13)

2000: Tony Jones (11/11)

2001: Bud Kaeding (11/3)

2002: Bud Kaeding (11/2)

2003: Cory Kruseman (11/15)

2004: Cory Kruseman (10/30)

2005: Dave Darland (11/5)

2006: Dave Darland (11/4)

2007: Bud Kaeding (11/3)

2008: Jesse Hockett (11/1)

2009: Damion Gardner (11/7)

2010: Chris Windom (11/6)

2011: Damion Gardner (11/5)

2012: Mike Spencer (11/3)

2013: Dave Darland (11/2)

2014: Robert Ballou (11/8)

2015: Bryan Clauson (11/14)

2016: Damion Gardner (11/12)

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr. (11/11)

2018: Kevin Thomas Jr. (11/10)

2019: C.J. Leary (11/9)

2020: No Race

2021: Kevin Thomas Jr. (11/6)

OVAL NATIONALS PRELIM NIGHT WINNERS:

1996: Rip Williams (10/18) & Rip Williams (10/18)

1997: Cory Kruseman (9/26) & Mike Kirby (9/27)

1998: Richard Griffin (9/26) & Tony Jones (9/26)

1999: Troy Rutherford (11/12)

2000: Mike Kirby (11/10)

2001: Rip Williams (11/1), Troy Cline (11/1), Tony Jones (11/2) & Jerry Coons Jr. (11/2)

2002: Steve Ostling (10/31) & Rip Williams (11/1)

2003: Jac Haudenschild (11/13) & Bud Kaeding (11/14)

2004: Mike Kirby (10/28) & Rip Williams (10/29)

2005: Darren Hagen (11/3) & Damion Gardner (11/4)

2006: Mike Spencer (11/2) & Tony Jones (11/3)

2007: Daron Clayton (11/1) & Jesse Hockett (11/2)

2008: Tony Jones (10/30) & David Cardey (10/31)

2009: Bryan Clauson (11/5) & Levi Jones (11/6)

2010: Levi Jones (11/4) & Damion Gardner (11/5)

2011: Nic Faas (11/3) & Chris Windom (11/5)

2012: Bryan Clauson (11/2)

2013: Nic Faas (11/1)

2014: Robert Ballou (11/7)

2015: Robert Ballou (11/12) & Robert Ballou (11/13)

2016: Chad Boespflug (11/10) & Dave Darland (11/11)

2017: Chase Stockon (11/9) & Brody Roa (11/10)

2018: Justin Grant (11/8) & Justin Grant (11/9)

2019: Brady Bacon (11/7) & Brady Bacon (11/8)

2020: No Race

2021: Jake Swanson (11/4) & Brady Bacon (11/5)

OVAL NATIONALS FINAL NIGHT RESULTS: (1996-2021)

1996: 1. Jimmy Sills, 2. Ron Shuman, 3. Richard Griffin, 4. Tony Elliott, 5. Cary Faas, 6. Rusty McClure, 7. Jeremy Sherman, 8. Rickie Gaunt, 9. Rip Williams, 10. Jay Drake, 11. Kevin Thomas, 12. Steve Ostling, 13. Bobby Michnowicz, 14. Cal Smith, 15. Bob Walker, 16. Rodney Argo, 17. Eric Wilkins, 18. Tony Jones, 19. Alex Grigoreas, 20. Richard Harvey Jr., 21. Jimmy May, 22. John Scott, 23. Jim Watson, 24. J.J. Yeley.

1997: 1. Rip Williams, 2. Mike Kirby, 3. Ron Shuman, 4. Troy Rutherford, 5. Steve Ostling, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Tony Jones, 8. Rickie Gaunt, 9. Mike English, 10. Marc Hart, 11. Rodney Argo, 12. Bob Walker, 13. John Scott, 14. Bob Meli, 15. J.J. Yeley, 16. Cory Kruseman, 17. Rusty McClure, 18. Bobby Michnowicz, 19. Richard Griffin, 20. Cary Faas, 21. Danny Ent, 22. Jimmy Sills, 23. Alex Grigoreas, 24. Mike Boat.

1998: 1. Rodney Argo, 2. Jeremy Sherman, 3. Mike Kirby, 4. Rip Williams, 5. Richard Griffin, 6. Troy Cline, 7. Tony Jones, 8. Marc Hart, 9. Brad Noffsinger, 10. Gary W. Howard, 11. Mike English, 12. Verne Sweeney, 13. Ed Patterson III, 14. Jason Statler, 15. John Scott, 16. Jordan Hermansader, 17. Danny Ent, 18. Steve Ostling, 19. Cory Kruseman, 20. Rickie Gaunt, 21. Mike Boat, 22. Troy Rutherford.

1999: 1. Rickie Gaunt, 2. Cory Kruseman, 3. Tony Jones, 4. Troy Rutherford, 5. J.J. Yeley, 6. Mike English, 7. Steve Ostling, 8. Brent Kaeding, 9. Marc Hart, 10. Mike Boat, 11. John Scott, 12. Richard Griffin, 13. Rodney Argo, 14. Mike Kirby, 15. Jimmy Sills, 16. Alex Grigoreas, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Jay Drake, 19. Danny Sheridan, 20. Larry Brown, 21. Troy Cline, 22. Jeremy Sherman, 23. Rusty McClure, 24. Rip Williams.

2000: 1. Tony Jones, 2. Mike Kirby, 3. Richard Griffin, 4. Rip Williams, 5, John Scott, 6. Brent Kaeding, 7. Rickie Gaunt, 8. Cory Kruseman, 9. Jeremy Sherman, 10. Jay Drake, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Steve Ostling, 13. Troy Rutherford, 14. Derek Davidson, 15. Bud Kaeding, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Jarrett Chaney, 18. Mike English, 19. Jimmy May, 20. Robby Flock, 21. Brad Noffsinger, 22. Danny Sheridan, 23. Tony Elliott, 24. Cary Faas.

2001: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bud Kaeding (1), 2. Tony Jones (6), 3. Brent Kaeding (2), 4. J.J. Yeley (5), 5. Cory Kruseman (10), 6. John Scott (14), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 8. Richard Griffin (9), 9. Jeremy Sherman (24), 10. Mike Kirby (15), 11. Troy Cline (23), 12. Steve Ostling (21), 13. Michael Hinrichsen (19), 14. Brian Venard (11), 15. Gary W. Howard (18), 16. Rickie Gaunt (13), 17. Troy Rutherford (8), 18. Rip Williams (7), 19. Rodney Argo (3), 20. Jarrett Chaney (16), 21. Tracy Hines (20), 22. Jerry Coons Jr. (4), 23. Danny Sheridan (17), 24. Tony Elliott (22).

2002: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bud Kaeding (2), 2. Troy Rutherford (16), 3. J.J. Yeley (5), 4. Tony Elliott (10), 5. Mike Spencer (22), 6. Rip Williams (14), 7. Mike English (18), 8. Richard Griffin (3), 9. Mike Faria (17), 10. Cory Kruseman (1), 11. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 12. Tracy Hines (20), 13. Verne Sweeney (23), 14. Brent Kaeding (12), 15. Danny Faria Jr. (24), 16. Steve Ostling (6), 17. Dave Darland (15), 18. John Scott (25), 19. Rickie Gaunt (4), 20. Levi Jones (13), 21. Josh Wise (9), 22. Tony Jones (8), 23. Damion Gardner (7), 24. Mike Kirby (26), 25. Adam Mitchell (21), 26. Cary Faas (19).

2003: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cory Kruseman (1), 2. Jeremy Sherman (21), 3. Bud Kaeding (6), 4. Damion Gardner (12), 5. Richard Griffin (10), 6. Rickie Gaunt (18), 7. Mike Spencer (3), 8. J.J. Yeley (4), 9. Brent Kaeding (2), 10. Bill Rose (14), 11. Josh Wise (5), 12. John Scott (16), 13. Steve Ostling (11), 14. Andy Forsberg (25), 15. Brian Venard (17), 16. Jac Haudenschild (7), 16. Troy Rutherford (13), 18. Levi Jones (24), 19. Tracy Hines (9), 20. Cary Faas (8), 21. Tony Elliott (15), 22. Jon Stanbrough (20), 23. Adam Mitchell (23), 24. Rip Williams (22), 25. Troy Cline (19).

2004: 1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Josh Ford, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Tony Elliott, 6. Mike Spencer, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Rip Williams, 9. Steve Ostling, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Danny Sheridan, 13. Brian Venard, 14. Brent Kaeding, 15. Jay Drake, 16. Troy Rutherford, 17. Greg Bragg, 18. Mike Kirby, 19. Damion Gardner, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Troy Cline, 22. Tom Hessert, 23. Brad Sweet, 24. Dickie Gaines, 25. Bobby Cody.

2005: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Rip Williams, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Mike Kirby, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Mat Neely, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Brad Sweet, 10. Josh Ford, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Josh Wise, 14. Jason York, 15. Rick Williams, 16. Tom Hessert III, 17. Jordan Hermansader, 18. Charles Davis Jr., 19. Seth Wilson, 20. Bryan Clauson, 21. Jon Stanbrough, 22. Jay Drake, 23. Alan Ballard, 24. Rickie Gaunt, 25. Dickie Gaines, 26. Danny Sheridan, 27. Cory Kruseman

2006: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Cory Kruseman, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Josh Wise, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Darren Hagen, 13. Charles Davis Jr., 14. Tony Jones, 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Rickie Gaunt, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. R.J. Johnson, 19. Mat Neely, 20. Danny Sheridan, 21. Garrett Hansen, 22. Alan Ballard, 23. Seth Wilson, 24. Greg Taylor, 25. Critter Malone, 26. Rip Williams, 27. Bobby Cody.

2007: 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Casey Shuman, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jesse Hockett, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Danny Sheridan, 7. Cory Kruseman, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Tony Jones, 10. Cole Whitt, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 13. Blake Miller, 14. Charles Davis Jr., 15. Dustin Morgan, 16. Levi Jones, 17. David Cardey, 18. Josh Ford, 19. R.J. Johnson, 20. Tim Kaeding, 21. Damion Gardner, 22. Rip Williams, 23. Kevin Swindell, 24. Mike Spencer, 25. Rickie Gaunt, 26. Daron Clayton, 27. Dave Darland, 28. Troy Rutherford.

2008: 1. Jesse Hockett, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Kevin Swindell, 4. Brad Sweet, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Tony Jones, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Danny Sheridan, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Josh Ford, 16. Damion Gardner, 17. Tyler Brown, 18. Blake Miller, 19. David Cardey, 20. Rickie Gaunt, 21. Tracy Hines, 22. Levi Jones, 23. Cole Whitt, 24. Chris Windom, 25. R.J. Johnson, 26. Dustin Morgan, 27. Daron Clayton, 28. Shane Cottle.

2009: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Garrett Hansen, 7. Rip Williams, 8. Cory Kruseman, 9. Henry Clarke, 10. Brady Short, 11. Greg Bragg, 12. Keith Bloom Jr., 13. Danny Sheridan, 14. Ronnie Gardner, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Tony Jones, 17. David Cardey, 18. Blake Miller, 19. Kevin Swindell, 20. Nic Faas, 21. Cole Whitt, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Chad Boat, 24. Jon Stanbrough, 25. Matt Mitchell, 26. Darren Hagen.

2010: 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Bobby East, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Matt Mitchell, 9. Danny Sheridan, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Keith Bloom, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Casey Riggs, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 18. Henry Clarke, 19. Kyle Larson, 20. Blake Fitzpatrick, 21. Rickie Gaunt, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Johnathon Henry, 24. Cody Williams, 25. Nic Faas, 26. Cory Kruseman, 27. Austin Williams.

2011: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Nic Faas, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Bryan Clauson, 9. Bobby East, 10. Cory Kruseman, 11. Casey Shuman, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Kyle Larson, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. Cody Williams, 16. R.J. Johnson, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Ronnie Gardner, 19. Danny Sheridan, 20. John Aden, 21. Keith Bloom Jr., 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Matt Mitchell, 24. Richard Vander Weerd, 25. Brady Bacon, 26. Rip Williams.

2012: 1. Mike Spencer, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Rickie Gaunt, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Ronnie Gardner, 11. Austin Williams, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Brody Roa, 14. Rip Williams, 15. Wes McIntyre, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 17. Bud Kaeding, 18. David Bezio, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Nic Faas, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Johnathon Henry, 23. Richard Vander Weerd, 24. Troy Rutherford, 25. C.J. Leary, 26. David Cardey.

2013: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Cory Kruseman, 12. Austin Williams, 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Brody Roa, 16. Bud Kaeding, 17. Nic Faas, 18. Matt Mitchell, 19. Robert Ballou, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Jace Vander Weerd, 22. David Cardey, 23. Cody Williams, 24. Justin Grant, 25. Ronnie Gardner, 26. Nick Drake, 27. Jake Swanson.

2014: 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Christopher Bell, 13. Darren Hagen, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Rickie Gaunt, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Josh Pelkey, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Garrett Hansen, 24. Geoff Ensign, 25. Nic Faas, 26. Justin Grant.

2015: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Brody Roa, 11. Justin Grant, 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Austin Williams, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Matt Mitchell, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Ryan Bernal, 25. Aaron Farney, 26. Josh Hodges.

2016: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Austin Williams, 13. Joe Stornetta, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. Austin Liggett, 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. Aaron Farney, 22. C.J. Leary, 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Logan Williams, 25. Max Adams, 26. Josh Hodges, 27. Ryan Bernal.

2017: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Justin Grant, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Mike Spencer, 12. Austin Williams, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Cody Williams, 15. Jake Swanson, 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. Mike Martin, 19. Chris Gansen, 20. Dennis Gile, 21. C.J. Leary, 22. Brady Bacon, 23. Max Adams, 24. Jace Vander Weerd, 25. Tommy Malcolm, 26. Richard Vander Weerd.

2018: (starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 2. Chase Stockon (4), 3. Chris Windom (8), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Damion Gardner (6), 6. Logan Seavey (15), 7. Austin Williams (14), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Brody Roa (10), 10. Chase Johnson (13), 11. Brady Bacon (7), 12. Danny Faria Jr. (26), 13. Isaac Chapple (19), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (23), 15. C.J. Leary (1), 16. Logan Williams (25), 17. Chris Gansen (20), 18. Max Adams (11), 19. Bud Kaeding (18), 20. R.J. Johnson (12), 21. Cody Williams (22), 22. Jason McDougal (16), 23. Josh Hodges (17), 24. A.J. Bender (24), 25. Austin Liggett (21), 26. Dave Darland (9).

2019: (starting position in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (1), 2. Chris Windom (8), 3. Damion Gardner (7), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Tyler Courtney (5), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 7. Jake Swanson (13), 8. Austin Williams (15), 9. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 10. Bud Kaeding (17), 11. Jace Vander Weerd (9), 12. Brady Bacon (4), 13. Thomas Meseraull (11), 14. R.J. Johnson (21), 15. Tommy Malcolm (22), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (19), 17. Max Adams (12), 18. Logan Seavey (10), 19. Justin Grant (3), 20. Stevie Sussex (20), 21. Josh Hodges (23), 22. Cody Williams (24), 23. Chris Gansen (25), 24. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (26), 25. Austin Liggett (14), 26. Brody Roa (18), 27. Chris Bonneau (28), 28. Hunter Schuerenberg (27).

2021: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. C.J. Leary (1), 4. Tanner Thorson (3), 5. Brady Bacon (4), 6. Jake Swanson (6), 7. Shane Cottle (7), 8. Chris Windom (19), 9. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 10. R.J. Johnson (10), 11. A.J. Bender (12), 12. Brody Roa (16), 13. Logan Seavey (13), 14. Cody Williams (15), 15. Max Adams (9), 16. Carson Short (21), 17. Chase Johnson (17), 18. Dennis Gile (24), 19. Verne Sweeney (25-P), 20. Chris Gansen (22), 21. Tye Mihocko (23), 22. Damion Gardner (8), 23. Logan Williams (14), 24. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (18), 25. Matt Mitchell (20). NT

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & NATIONAL SPRINTS RUMBLE AT $20,000-TO-WIN PERRIS “OVAL NATIONALS”
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 1, 2022... The chase for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship returns to Perris Auto Speedway for the "26th Heimark/Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals." Promoted by Don Kazarian, the prestigious co-sanctioned event with the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars opens with a special practice session on Wednesday, November 2nd, followed by three nights (November 3,4,5) of intense racing with a total purse reaching $118,270. The Thursday and Friday main events will pay $5,000-to-win and $600-to-start, with Saturday paying $20,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information or advance tickets, visit perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

PRACTICE NIGHT: The festivities will begin on Wednesday, November 2nd with a special practice session for cars that are only entered in the Oval Nationals. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 5:00pm. The concession stands will be open with $2 Pizza, Beer, and Soft Drink specials for fans in attendance.

EARLY ENTRY LIST: At press time, 41 cars have entered the event with more entries expected on race day. The current Oval Nationals pre-entry list is at the end of this release, courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The USAC National Rule Book will be followed and can be found at usacracing.com.
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Hoosier 105/16 Medium, 105/16 H15, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are legal for the Oval Nationals. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners.
- TIRES / FUEL: Tires and fuel will be available at the race track.
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- PURSE: Thursday and Friday will pay $5,000-to-win and $600-to-start. Saturday will pay $20,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start. The full purse can be found at http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/2022/22ovalpurse.pdf
- Protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since 1996, the Budweiser Oval Nationals has been one of the most prestigious events for non-wing sprint car racing across the country. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills won the inaugural race and there have been sixteen different drivers that have claimed the checkered flags. Bud Kaeding, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr. lead all drivers with three Oval National wins. Last year, Thomas added his third eagle trophy to his collection. The winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 239 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-two different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 51 “home track” wins, including the “So-Cal Showdown” on March 26th and the “Glenn Howard Memorial” on September 17th. The April 30th “Sokola Shootout” was won by Matt Mitchell and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams topped the May 28th “Salute to Indy.” “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa topped the June 25th “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial” and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. raced to victory at the August 20th “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012 and a complete USAC/CRA win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to the Oval Nationals, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 212-point advantage over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner finished twelfth at Yuma’s “Western World Championships” finale last Saturday night. To date, the nine-time champion has six feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 179 feature laps led to his credit. Gardner has ninety-five USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid with his fourth “Oval Nationals” victory.

After finishing fourteenth at Cocopah Speedway, Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. At press time, the owner/driver of the #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 46 feature laps led on the season. With eight career wins, Mitchell is currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan. The 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will have his sights on earning his first Oval Nationals win and the $20,000 payday.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) ranks third in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC, Williams scored tenth in the semi-main of the “Western World Championships.” To date, “The Big Game Hunter” has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award,” eleven top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year ranks seventh with eleven career triumphs and will be looking for his first win of the year at the “Oval Nationals.”

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, California) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / DRC Chassis entry, Tafoya scored sixteenth in the “Western World” finale. At press time, Eddie has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one semi-main win, one Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award,” thirteen top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led on the season. The 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year will have his sights on the first win of his career at Perris Auto Speedway.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm placed eleventh in the “Western World Championships.” To date, “Thunder” has recorded four heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, ten top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led in the campaign. Tommy will be looking to earn the first victory of his career at the “Oval Nationals.”

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks eleventh in the point chase. The pilot of the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Sonoma Paint Center entry will have his sights the first win of his career at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

Justin Grant (Ione, California) leads the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series point chase over “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, C.J. Leary, Robert Ballou, Emerson Axsom, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon, Matt Westfall, Jake Swanson, and Jadon Rogers.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. The Fairgrounds charges $10 for parking and Advance tickets are available. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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

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

HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS PRESENTED BY ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION WINNERS: 1996-Jimmy Sills, 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Rodney Argo, 1999-Rickie Gaunt, 2000-Tony Jones, 2001-Bud Kaeding, 2002-Bud Kaeding, 2003-Cory Kruseman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Dave Darland, 2006-Dave Darland, 2007-Bud Kaeding, 2008-Jesse Hockett, 2009-Damion Gardner, 2010-Chris Windom, 2011-Damion Gardner, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Robert Ballou, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2018-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2019-C.J. Leary, 2020-Not Held, 2021-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2022 HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS PRESENTED BY ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION ENTRY LIST: (courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway) 1-Damion Gardner, 1J-Jake Neal, 1$-Nate Schank, 2-Austin Williams, 4-Justin Grant, 4G-Chris Gansen, 5-Tye Mihocko, 5W-Logan Williams, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 6-Logan Calderwood, 8M-Chase Johnson, 12-Danny Sheridan, 12-Robert Ballou, 14-Jaden Rogers, 15-Chris Bonneau, 17GP-Kevin Thomas Jr., 19AZ-Mitchell Moles, 21-A.J. Bender, 21AZ-Jake Swanson, 22AZ-Jason McDougal, 28M-Matt McCarthy, 33M-Matt Westfall, 34-Sterling Cling, 39E-Kyle Edwards, 39T-Troy DeGaton, 41-Ricky Lewis, 42-Logan Seavey, 44-Cody Williams, 47-Charles Davis Jr., 47BC-Emerson Axsom, 51-R.J. Johnson, 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr., 69-Brady Bacon, 71-Brent Owens, 72-Austin Grabowski, 72-Gary Marshall Jr., 74-Shane Sexton, 77M-C.J. Leary, 91R-Brody Roa, 98-Verne Sweeney, T5-Dan Taylor

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Cody Williams, 1-Emerson Axsom, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Tanner Boul, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Jake Swanson.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Nic Faas – 15.833 (02/25/12)

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Mike Spencer – 15.891 (11/02/12)

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 51-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Matt Mitchell, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 5-Brody Roa, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Brady Bacon, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Jason York.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1195, 2. Matt Mitchell-983, 3. Austin Williams-964, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-963, 5. Tommy Malcolm-870, 6. Brody Roa-820, 7. Logan Williams-815, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-786, 9. Cody Williams-785, 10. Matt McCarthy-657, 11. Nate Schank (R)-625, 12. Verne Sweeney-622, 13. Austin Grabowski-544, 14. A.J. Bender-519, 15. Chris Gansen-489, 16. Chase Johnson-426, 17. Kyle Edwards-401, 18. Trent Williams-391, 19. Shane Sexton-275, 20. Ricky Lewis (R)-255, 21. Chris Bonneau-235, 22. Mike Martin-233, 23. Logan Calderwood-227, 24. Tanner Boul-204, 25. Jake Hodges-192, ... Shon Deskins-192, 27. Dan Taylor-186, 28. Jake Swanson-164, 29. Dustin Cormany-162, ... Jeff Dyer-162, 31. Joel Rayborne-159, 32. Brody Fuson-147, 33. Emerson Axsom-145, 34. C.J. Leary-142, 35. Robert Ballou-136, 36. Austin Liggett-135, 37. Troy Rutherford-125, 38. Justin Grant-119, 39. Sterling Cling-117, 40. Matt Westfall-116, 41. Brady Bacon-114, 42. Steve Hix-111, ... Max Adams-111, 44. Logan Seavey-109, ... Mitchel Moles-109, ... Travis Buckley-109, 47. Kyle Cummins-108, 48. Danny Parrish-102, 49. Jonas Reynolds-88, 50. Kevin Thomas Jr.-83, 51. Dustin Burkhart-74, 52. Randy Nelson-67, 53. Gordon Rodgers-61, 54. Jadon Rogers-59, 55. Jake Helsel-45, 56. Grant Sexton-41, 57. James Herrera-39, 58. Stevie Sussex-35, 59. Andrew Sweeney-34, ... Justin Zimmerman-34, 61. Trent Carter-30, 62. Tony Everhart-26, ... Ben Worth-26, 64. Ryan Timmons-24, 65. Brent Owens-23, 66. Camie Bell-20, ... Jeremy Jonas-20, ... Jake Neal-20, 69. Troy DeGaton-10, ... Tuesday Calderwood-10.

2022 AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Justin Grant-2351, 2-Brady Bacon-2268, 3-C.J. Leary-2245, 4-Robert Ballou-2168, 5-Emerson Axsom-2115, 6-Logan Seavey-2007, 7-Chase Stockon-1711, 8-Matt Westfall-1685, 9-Jake Swanson-1612, 10-Jadon Rogers-1604.

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


 


TOMMIE ESTES NAMED
COMPETITION DIRECTOR OF USAC

Speedway, Indiana (November 1, 2022)………Tommie Estes, a name that has been a fixture in dirt track racing for over 45 years, was named Competition Director for USAC’s Circle Track division effective today.

Estes will lead the USAC Silver Crown National Championship in all forms of competition and be an advisor to USAC National Series Director Kirk Spridgeon, who will continue to oversee USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget divisions.

Estes has previously served as the Competition Director for both the ASCS National Sprint Tour and the Chili Bowl Nationals. Estes also oversaw the racing operations at Dodge City Raceway Park for over 10 years.

For many years, Estes competed extensively in sprint car and midget racing, including with USAC’s National Midget and Silver Crown divisions and was a frequent competitor at the Chili Bowl and the Belleville Midget Nationals.

“Tommie is familiar with USAC’s operations and has been a trusted colleague to us over the past several seasons,” Spridgeon said. “It’s a great asset to have someone to fully devote their time to the promoters, track and competitor base to build up the momentum the Silver Crown series is experiencing.”

As the new leader of USAC’s Silver Crown series, Estes will work with tracks and teams for the 2023 program as the series has experienced new growth in recent years in car counts and an evolving schedule.

The added individual focus of Silver Crown racing comes at a time of resurgence for the series with a growing car count and added premier races slated.

Tommie will also be a key advisor in the USAC Sprint and Midget programs, working with Series Director and Competition Leader Kirk Spridgeon. Tommie’s vast racing and track management experience will be a great complement to the traveling series, adding value in all aspects, including technical oversight.

 

HOME SWEEP HOME:
SWANSON DELIVERS WESTERN WORLD
PERFECTION FOR TEAM AZ AT COCOPAH

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Somerton, Arizona (October 29, 2022)………Perhaps it was an omen. Perhaps he had a statement to make. Perhaps it was simply his moment. Perhaps it was all of the above.

But one night following a second-place qualifying run and a runner-up finish in the feature, Jake Swanson made certain that he was “the one” in all aspects during Saturday night’s 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance & Avanti.

One couldn’t help but wonder if it was a harbinger of things to come when the Anaheim, Calif. native kicked open the door at the forefront of Saturday’s program at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway by setting a new track record during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying.

As it soon became abundantly clear, Swanson’s evening was just getting started.

Swanson turned up the wick with a last turn, last lap pass to win his heat race after starting sixth, then followed through by once again charging from sixth to first in the feature, overtaking Robert Ballou for the lead with 13 laps remaining in the 30-lapper to score a complete sweep of the night in his Team AZ Racing/Stratis Construction - Lucas Oil - RSS Industries/DRC/Claxton Chevy.

The complete dominance displayed by Swanson in all phases – from qualifying to his heat race and to the feature – was the first such sweep in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competition since Tyler Courtney did so during the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in September of 2019.

To boot, the second USAC National Sprint Car victory of Swanson’s career was his most lucrative thus far with a $10,000 payday and, by doing so, he came through by delivering a dream come true for the Arizona-based Team AZ operation, which finally achieved one of its prized aspirations – winning in their home state at the Western World.

It’s a long way from the sort of season that Swanson described as “chaos” at certain points this summer due to injury, bad luck and misfortune running roughshod over the team in USAC competition during 2022.

“It’s just been non-stop work and there’s been no time for any sort of relaxation. I’ve got a little cold and it turned into a weeklong thing because I couldn’t ever just rest,” Swanson explained. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be able to do this. It’s been such a blessing moving to the Midwest (to race more often and for a living) and I didn’t really think I’d ever get the chance. I felt like I was too old. I didn’t really think it was going to happen but then COVID came, and it was one of those decisions where we jumped on it, went all-in and just hoped it would pan out.”

Not only was it a winning performance for Swanson, but it was also a riveting dissection of the 24-car field which witnessed him make all the right moves at all the right times throughout the non-stop, caution-free affair which presented Swanson with his second new track record of the night, this one for the distance of 30 laps.

“My job is so easy when I have such a fast racecar; holy cow,” Swanson exclaimed. “This thing has just been on rails. I was rolling out there starting six and I’m like, man, I’ve got some good guys up here in front of us. I still felt like, as long as I do my job, this car can win the race. I’ve just got to make it happen.”

While Swanson had an eagle eye view of the front of the pack proceedings from his outside row three starting position of the USAC National and USAC CRA co-sanctioned event, pole sitter Ballou stepped away to the early race lead while, in between Ballou and Swanson, a bit of high speed, close-quarters jockeying was at full intensity right from the get-go.

As C.J. Leary darted down the back straightaway right up against the outside wall, the squeeze play was on as Damion Gardner refused Leary access to have free reign to the fourth spot. The ensuing moment put Leary in the pinch position as he bounced his right rear tire off the concrete and lost quite a bit of ground. Leary caught up to Gardner in turn four and the resulting bumper-to-bumper contact sent Gardner slashing sideways across traffic all while retaining his position as Leary slid back to eighth.

Ballou maintained his steady presence on the bottom line for the first third of the race while Friday night winner Emerson Axsom stepped up to the top with a resurgent Leary and Swanson right in tow. However, Swanson was quickly gaining a full head of steam and slid under Leary in turn three to grab the third spot on lap 10.

Swanson soon made a bid for second as he peeked under Axsom for second in turn three on the very next lap before falling back into line and reloading. Swanson utilized his ammo to ultimately breeze past Axsom for second, then completed the pass exiting turn four on lap 13.

Riding the rim like the hero of a paperback novel, Swanson challenged Ballou to an all-out duel just after the midway point with the pair of native Californians riding two-wide down the back straight on the 18th circuit. Digging in, Swanson put the hammer to the nail and rode the wave around the outside of Ballou to complete the pass, and his quest for the lead, off turn four.

“I was worried about the racetrack kind of getting single file and I wanted to get to the lead as soon as I could and make sure I had track position when I needed it,” Swanson noted. “I don’t think it would’ve mattered, though. We still would’ve been able to drive to the front.”

Meanwhile, moments later, Ballou became the one who got burned in a three-way script. Enter number two, which was Leary, who flew around the outside to gain second from Ballou on lap 21, then reeled in Swanson in a hurry and was now within a handful of car lengths outside the lead as the frontrunners work heavy traffic.

Just when Leary seemed poised to strike on lap 24, he tagged the turn two wall in his pursuit of Swanson to reach the head of the class. That caused Leary to lose a substantial enough amount of ground to prevent him from formulating another attack, although he reloaded and was poised to return.

Leary lured his way back into the race for the lead on the final lap and was a mere single car length behind Swanson in turn two when Leary drifted over the top of the cushion, unceremoniously ending his one last chance to take a shot at Swanson.

Though two-wide traffic loomed ahead for Swanson in turns three and four on the final go-around, he was able to navigate swiftly and decisively to clean sail his way into the books as a Western World champion with Leary .816 of a second behind in the runner-up spot. Axsom nipped Ballou at the line for third by a nose with Ballou fourth in the order and Brady Bacon fifth.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) overcame an adventurous first lap in which he free-fell from fourth to eighth. He then gathered it up to advance all the way back to a second place result in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

“On the start there, I gave up some ground and I had a run-in with the 1 car,” Leary recalled. “We were so good at the end there and I was going to race Jake really hard. I was hoping to get a run at him in lapped traffic but, overall, it was a good weekend.”

A successful first Western World is in the books for Axsom (Franklin, Ind.). A night after winning the Western World opener, he raced by Ballou on the final lap to take third by inches at the finish line. It's Axsom’s first run of back-to-back podium finishes since February of this season aboard his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

“Once you find a good package for something, you just stick to it and fine-tune,” Axsom said of the blueprint for CMNR’s success throughout the weekend. “I felt like, at the end, we were really coming alive to get Robert at the line. I think it was getting a little abrasive in turn one and, if there was a little bit more time, maybe we would’ve had a shot.”

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), meanwhile, pocketed up more than $1,100 in bonus bucks for his hard-charging performances during Western World weekend. Seavey passed 26 total cars across both nights to earn the Western World ProSource Passing Master Award. Furthermore, Seavey’s run from 21st to 6th in Saturday’s feature race earned him the coveted Lafond Jar of Change, which made up more than $900 of Seavey’s bonuses courtesy of fan donations.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 29, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance & Avanti

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.127 (New Track Record); 2. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-16.291; 3. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.342; 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.347; 5. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.388; 6. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.410; 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.413; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.416; 9. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.490; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.494; 11. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.539; 12. Justin Zimmerman, 1J, Zimmerman-16.655; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-16.697; 14. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.699; 15. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.717; 16. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.719; 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.730; 18. Chase Johnson, 2i, Yeley/Petty-16.738; 19. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-16.752; 20. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.772; 21. Kyle Cummins, 2J, Yeley/Petty-16.807; 22. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.840; 23. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-16.870; 24. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-16.898; 25. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-16.938; 26. Shon Deskins, 20, SDR-16.990; 27. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.004; 28. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.030; 29. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.079; 30. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.146; 31. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-17.174; 32. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.223; 33. Jeremy Jonas, 54, Pardo-17.371; 34. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.439; 35. Jake Neal, 214, Kracht-17.670; 36. Wayne Siddle, 007, Siddle-18.972; 37. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-19.096.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Matt McCarthy, 6. Logan Williams, 7. Austin Grabowski, 8. Jeremy Jonas, 9. Nate Schank, 10. Mitchel Moles. 2:19.357

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Brody Roa, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Logan Calderwood, 9. Austin Williams. 2:20.935

PIT STOP USA / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Cody Williams, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Verne Sweeney, 7. Ricky Lewis, 8. Jake Neal, 9. Mike Martin. 2:24.291

ROD END SUPPLY / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Matt Mitchell, 6. Justin Zimmerman, 7. Tommy Malcolm, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Wayne Siddle. 2:23.146

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS / FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Tommy Malcolm, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Justin Zimmerman, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Verne Sweeney, 10. Austin Williams, 11. Sterling Cling, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Logan Calderwood, 14. Mike Martin, 15. Nate Schank, 16. Jake Neal, 17. Wayne Siddle, 18. Jeremy Jonas, 19. Austin Grabowski, 20. Ricky Lewis, 21. Matt McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jake Swanson (6), 2. C.J. Leary (4), 3. Emerson Axsom (3), 4. Robert Ballou (1), 5. Brady Bacon (13), 6. Logan Seavey (21), 7. R.J. Johnson (7), 8. Mitchel Moles (12), 9. Justin Grant (8), 10. Kyle Cummins (20), 11. Matt Westfall (22), 12. Damion Gardner (5), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 14. Matt Mitchell (16), 15. Brody Roa (15), 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (2), 17. Chase Johnson (18), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 19. Tommy Malcolm (11), 20. Verne Sweeney (24-P), 21. Cody Williams (14), 22. Justin Zimmerman (19), 23. Logan Williams (23-P), 24. Jadon Rogers (10). 9:45.759 (New Track Record)

(P) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Robert Ballou, Laps 18-30 Jake Swanson.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2351, 2-Brady Bacon-2268, 3-C.J. Leary-2245, 4-Robert Ballou-2168, 5-Emerson Axsom-2115, 6-Logan Seavey-2007, 7-Chase Stockon-1711, 8-Matt Westfall-1685, 9-Jake Swanson-1612, 10-Jadon Rogers-1604.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1195, 2-Matt Mitchell-983, 3-Austin Williams-964, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-963, 5-Tommy Malcolm-870, 6-Brody Roa-820, 7-Logan Williams-815, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-786, 9-Cody Williams-785, 10-Matt McCarthy-657.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-172, 2-Brady Bacon-133, 3-Thomas Meseraull-131, 4-Logan Seavey-122, 5-Robert Ballou-116, 6-Kyle Cummins-104, 7-Kaylee Bryson-103, 8-Buddy Kofoid-100, 9-Matt Westfall-92, 10-C.J. Leary-86.

FINAL WESTERN WORLD PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-26, 2-Jake Swanson-18, 3-Matt Westfall-16, 4-Robert Ballou-14, 5-Kyle Cummins-13, 6-Brady Bacon-11, 7-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-11, 8-Nate Schank-10, 9-Mitchel Moles-8, 10-Chase Johnson-9.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 3-4-5, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Emerson Axsom (16.123)

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Jake Swanson (16.127)

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Competition Suspension, Inc. / BillsJerky.net Second Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Pit Stop USA / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Third Heat Winner: R.J. Johnson

Rod End Supply / Laserworx Manufacturing Fourth Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts / Factory Wraps Semi Winner: Tommy Malcolm

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Matt Westfall

In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Feature Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (21st to 6th)

Wildwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13: Charles Davis Jr.

Western World ProSource Passing Master Champion: Logan Seavey (26)

LaFond Jar of Change: Logan Seavey


“THE WAIT” IS LIFTED:
AXSOM WINS FIRST USAC SPRINT RACE
IN 8TH MONTHS AT WESTERN WORLD NIGHT #1
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Somerton, Arizona (October 28, 2022)………More often than not, the most preferred method of ending a drought isn’t one that involves heading straight into the desert.

However, Emerson Axsom found the arid surroundings of southwestern Arizona quite replenishing on Friday night during the 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance & Avanti at Somerton’s Cocopah Speedway.

For Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), it had been more than eight months since he last visited victory lane with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, scoring wins in two of the first three rounds during February’s Winter Dirt Games at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park.

Eight months later, the leading Rookie of the Year contender found himself in an envious position within the USAC National Sprint Car ranks during the series’ first ever visit to Cocopah Speedway, starting on the outside of the front row and proceeding to lead all 30 laps of the main event co-sanctioned by USAC CRA aboard his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

Including the two early season wins, Axsom has been consistent, reeling off 14 top-fives and 27 top-tens in 35 feature starts while routinely residing inside the top-five in series points. Axsom knew that it was only a matter of time before they could experience that winning feeling once again.

Entering Western World, the pondering of Axsom’s mind as to exactly when “the wait” would be lifted off his shoulders was punctuated by the question, “Why not me?”

“I feel like we’ve had so much speed this season and not a lot of luck, just Rookie mistakes,” Axsom explained. “We’ve had a shot to win a lot of these races, but I feel like I needed a little bit of luck. I felt like if anyone deserves it, maybe it’s me.”

Western World has treated Clauson Marshall Newman Racing beautifully in recent years. With Tyler Courtney in the driver’s seat, the team captured final night victories in three consecutive seasons between 2018-2020. With Axsom stepping into the role this year, he’s picked up the baton successfully to carry on the team’s Western World prosperity, doing so in the driver and team’s first year working together.

“We haven’t had the wins, but it’s not like the speed hasn’t been there,” Axsom noted. “We’ve been up front basically all year and been really consistent especially for a first year group. This is our first year working together so I feel like it’s been a pretty solid year for my first full sprint car season and for all of us working together.”

Axsom bolted out of the gate and into the lead as he blazed a trail around the outside of pole sitter Matt Westfall on the opening lap, firmly finding a line up top in turns one and two and on the bottom of three and four.

Brady Bacon initially closed up the gap on Axsom and found himself within a car length of the race lead on lap five when he drifted into the outside wall on exit, which promptly allowed Jake Swanson to charge underneath to rip the second spot away a single circuit later.

The feature’s initial yellow flag came with seven laps completed as Logan Seavey came to a halt on the back straightaway while running 12th. After a touch up in the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area, the reigning Western World champion restarted 24th and came all the way through to finish an impressive ninth, all things considered.

Under caution, Bacon’s right rear tire looked visibly wonky, to use a technical term. When racing resumed, it was only a matter of time before his rubber gave way, which it finally did on lap 12 while running third. With the tire completely flat and his ride slowing dramatically, Bacon detoured to the Work Area where he was fitted with fresh rubber.

Bacon’s subsequent 10th place result severely hampered his chances at a fifth career USAC National Sprint Car title, losing 15 points in the process to eventual fifth place finisher Justin Grant who extended his lead to 93 markers with four events remaining.

Swanson was now the nearest challenger to Axsom’s hold of the lead and made a run on the topside of turn two on the lap 12 restart to show his might. However, he got tight on the cushion and nearly tagged the wall, causing him to lose several car lengths in his pursuit of Axsom.

Simultaneously, Westfall slotted back into third as he slipped under Grant for the third spot entering turn three. But, up front, Axsom built his lead to a full two seconds over Swanson as he moved up a lane off the low line to put the cars of Verne Sweeney, Logan Williams and Matt Mitchell a lap down.

From there, Axsom went untouched for the remaining handful of dwindling laps to post a 1.936 second margin of victory with Jake Swanson second and Matt Westfall third. Robert Ballou picked off Justin Grant with a move underneath off turn four with four laps remaining to take over fourth at the line. Grant rounded out the top-five.

Seemingly inching closer to a first win of the 2022 USAC season is Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) who took the home state ride from fifth to second in the feature. The run marked his third runner-up result of the USAC National Sprint Car season and the second in his last three feature starts in the seat of the Team AZ Racing/Stratis Construction - Lucas Oil - RSS Industries/DRC/Claxton Chevy.

“I felt like I was making it work up there and I might have a shot, but it got to a point where it was so thin up there, I started smashing the wall,” Swanson recalled. “I didn’t want to end up like Brady with a flat right rear, but I tried as hard as I could. I don’t know, maybe if I would’ve backed the corner up and made up a little more ground the first couple laps, I might’ve been able to get around him. At that point, it was track position. (Emerson) was really good in the black, but I think we know exactly what to do to be just a little bit better tomorrow.”

For Matt Westfall, it was his best performance in 10 years. The Pleasant Hill, Ohio native earned his best USAC National Sprint Car finish since April of 2012 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. That night a decade ago, he finished third. On this night, in his first trip to Cocopah, he grabbed another third at the wheel of his Ray Marshall Motorsports/Buckeye Machine – Hempy Water/DRC/Gressman Chevy.

“On the start, the tires didn’t fire all that well and I got behind and fell to fifth,” Westfall replayed. “When Brady had that flat tire, it helped us out as we got back to third, and we ended up having a good run.”

While establishing the USAC National Sprint Car track record at Cocopah, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) officially entered the upper crust alongside the best qualifiers in the history of the sport. His Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time was the 39th of his USAC National Sprint Car career, tying him with Levi Jones for fifth on the all-time list.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 28, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance & Avanti

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.509 (New Track Record); 2. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.540; 3. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.774; 4. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.847; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.873; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.910; 7. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.990; 8. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.022; 9. Kyle Cummins, 2J, Yeley/Petty-17.037; 10. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-17.173; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-17.212; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.213; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.285; 14. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-17.339; 15. Chase Johnson, 2i, Yeley/Petty-17.351; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-17.358; 17. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.365; 18. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-17.375; 19. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.416; 20. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-17.426; 21. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.458; 22. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.468; 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-17.522; 24. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.526; 25. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-17.541; 26. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.549; 27. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.570; 28. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-17.579; 29. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.652; 30. Justin Zimmerman, 1J, Zimmerman-17.764; 31. Tye Mihocko, 8, Ream-18.003; 32. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-18.030; 33. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-18.158; 34. Jeremy Jonas, 54, Pardo-18.205; 35. Jake Neal, 214, Kracht-18.386; 36. Wayne Siddle, 007, Siddle-19.344; 37. Jim Vanzant, 3v, Vanzant-NT; 38. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-NT; 39. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-NT; 40. Shon Deskins, 20, SDR-NT (Time of 17.667 disallowed due to missing the scales)

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Brody Roa, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Tommy Malcolm, 6. Logan Williams, 7. Austin Grabowski, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Logan Calderwood. 2:17.26

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Justin Zimmerman, 8. Jeremy Jonas, 9. Verne Sweeney, 10. Logan Seavey. 2:14.24

PIT STOP USA / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Austin Williams, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Matt McCarthy, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Tye Mihocko. 2:16.13

ROD END SUPPLY / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Sterling Cling, 5. Cody Williams, 6. Ricky Lewis, 7. Nate Schank, 8. Wayne Siddle, 9. Matt Mitchell. 2:14.08 (New Track Record)

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS / FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Chase Johnson, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 5. Tommy Malcolm, 6. Logan Williams, 7. Justin Zimmerman, 8. Chris Bonneau, 9. Austin Grabowski, 10. Logan Calderwood, 11. Mike Martin, 12. Nate Schank, 13. Verne Sweeney, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Jeremy Jonas, 16. Jake Neal, 17. Wayne Siddle, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Ricky Lewis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Emerson Axsom (2), 2. Jake Swanson (5), 3. Matt Westfall (1), 4. Robert Ballou (13), 5. Justin Grant (4), 6. C.J. Leary (6), 7. Kyle Cummins (7), 8. Mitchel Moles (10), 9. Logan Seavey (18), 10. Brady Bacon (3), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 12. R.J. Johnson (12), 13. Chase Johnson (16), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (8), 15. Brody Roa (17), 16. Tommy Malcolm (14), 17. Damion Gardner (15), 18. Sterling Cling (20), 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (22), 20. Matt Mitchell (23-P), 21. Logan Williams (21), 22. Verne Sweeney (24-P), 23. Austin Williams (19), 24. Jadon Rogers (11). NT

(P) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Emerson Axsom.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2297, 2-Brady Bacon-2204, 3-C.J. Leary-2170, 4-Robert Ballou-2100, 5-Emerson Axsom-2045, 6-Logan Seavey-1946, 7-Chase Stockon-1711, 8-Matt Westfall-1639, 9-Jadon Rogers-1575, 10-Jake Swanson-1528.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1146, 2-Austin Williams-954, 3-Matt Mitchell-946, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-927, 5-Tommy Malcolm-838, 6-Logan Williams-792, 7-Brody Roa-780, 8-Cody Williams-755, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-741, 10-Matt McCarthy-647.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-172, 2-Thomas Meseraull-131, 3-Brady Bacon-125, 4-Robert Ballou-116, 5-Logan Seavey-107, 6-Kaylee Bryson-103, 7-Buddy Kofoid-100, 8-Kyle Cummins-94, 9-C.J. Leary-84, 10-Cannon McIntosh-81.

WESTERN WORLD PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-11, 2-Logan Seavey-11, 3-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-10, 4-Jake Swanson-8, 5-Justin Zimmerman-7, 6-Verne Sweeney-7, 7-Mike Martin-5, 8-Chase Johnson-4, 9-C.J. Leary-3, 10-Kyle Cummins-3.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 29, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance & Avanti

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kevin Thomas (16.942)

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.509)

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Competition Suspension, Inc. / BillsJerky.net Second Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Pit Stop USA / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Rod End Supply / Laserworx Manufacturing Fourth Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

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

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Logan Williams

In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Feature Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (13th to 4th)

Wildwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13: Chase Johnson


BACON TOPS THURSDAY’S
USAC WESTERN WORLD PRACTICE AT COCOPAH

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Somerton, Arizona (October 27, 2022)………Brady Bacon possesses a sensational record throughout his career at the Western World Championships.

He’s already gotten off on the right foot to begin his quest for another Western World success story after recording the fastest lap during Thursday night’s open practice for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars at Somerton, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway.

Bacon’s time of 16.019 around the 3/8-mile dirt oval bested the 34 cars that were in attendance for the open practice, which served as the final tune up before the running of the 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance and Avanti on Friday and Saturday night, October 28-29.

In fact, the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native’s lap was under the official USAC CRA track record of 16.213, set in January of 2022, by Cody Williams. Bacon turned the quick lap during the second round of Thursday’s practice in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

Bacon won the opening night feature during the 2021 Western World held at the now-defunct Arizona Speedway. He’s also won two 360 c.i. non-wing sprint car races at Tucson, Arizona’s USA Raceway in 2009 and repeated in the same division there once more in 2010 with the ASCS Canyon Region series.

Furthermore, at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park in 2012, Bacon was an ASCS Winged 360 Sprint Car feature winner. He returned to USA Raceway in 2015 to add a USAC National Sprint Car triumph on a prelim night. When Western World migrated to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz., Bacon’s winning ways continued with USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Car scores in 2016-17-18, followed by a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win in 2019.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) timed in second quickest at 16.038 while USAC CRA point leader Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) was third at 16.250. USAC National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.). took eighth at 16.386 while reigning Western World champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was 14th.

RACE DETAILS

The Western World Championships features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars along with IMCA Northern SportMods and IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Each night, the pits open at 3pm Mountain Time with the grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing to immediately follow.

Advance tickets are on sale now at www.racecocopahspeedway.com.

Friday and Saturday’s events will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: October 27, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance and Avanti

PRACTICE: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.019; 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.038; 3. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.250; 4. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.261; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.310; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.334; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.343; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.386; 9. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.476; 10. Kyle Cummins, 2J, Yeley/Petty-16.575; 11. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.622; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.632; 13. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-16.649; 14. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-16.720; 15. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.734; 16. Shon Deskins, 20, SDR-16.753; 17. Chase Johnson, 8m, May-16.769; 18. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.778; 19. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-16.822; 20. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-16.829; 21. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.867; 22. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.925; 23. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.948; 24. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-17.046; 25. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-17.056; 26. Tye Mihocko, 8, Ream-17.074; 27. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.265; 28. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.287; 29. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.673; 30. Wayne Siddle, 007, Siddle-18.089; 31. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.282; 32. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-NT; 33. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-NT; 34. Justin Zimmerman, 1J, Zimmerman-NT.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: October 28-29, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 55th annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance and Avanti


 

SEAVEY & WHITLEY RIDE WITH ABACUS
FOR USAC MIDGET WESTERN SWING

Speedway, Indiana (October 28, 2022)………Abacus Racing will field entries for Logan Seavey and Daniel Whitley during the final seven-race California swing of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season in November.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will pilot the no. 58 entry with primary sponsorship from Indy Custom Stone. The 2018 USAC National Midget champion captured the most recent USAC National Midget foray in California last November at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Now Seavey will look to finish the 2022 season equally as strong.

“I am excited to drive for Abacus,” Seavey exclaimed. “We have been in discussions for a while about working together and it made sense to do the races in California.”

The first race of the November stretch takes place at Bakersfield Speedway on November 15, followed by three races at Placerville Speedway on November 17-18-19 and two races at Merced Speedway on November 22-23. The western stretch concludes with Turkey Night at Ventura Raceway on November 26 where Seavey is the defending champion.

Having Seavey in the car provides Abacus with veteran experience, which had its primary driver since the team's inception, Maria Cofer, step away from racing due to health issues.

“It was tough to know Maria wasn't going to be in the car anymore,” said Brent Cox, team principal for Abacus Racing. “But, as a team, we knew we needed to do what we could to field entries for these races and Logan was a natural selection for us.”

Continuing the California connection for Abacus Racing will be Daniel Whitley from Ferndale, Calif. who will drive the team’s familiar no. 57. The 18-year-old debuted with the team earlier this month. In his first night with the team, Whitley won his heat race.

Like Seavey, Whitley's racing roots began in California. Whitley has extensive experience in 410 and 360 wingless sprint cars in California, having won seven times this year, including with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars in June at Ventura. It's a youthful compliment to Seavey's extensive racing resume.

“We are very happy with our California driver line-up,” Cox beamed. “Both have experience at these tracks and have had success and won races. Having both of them along with Johnny (Cofer) and Kirk (Simpson) who also have experience at these tracks gives us a lot of confidence as a team going into these races.”

2022 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CALIFORNIA SWING:

Nov 15: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

Nov 22: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA

Nov 23: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA

Nov 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA


 

STEERING WESTWARD: 55TH WESTERN WORLD PRESENTS USAC SPRINT DEBUT AT COCOPAH

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Somerton, Arizona (October 25, 2022)………If at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again.

Logan Seavey lived and breathed this particular 21st century proverb through and through during both nights of last year’s Western World Championships.

On opening night, the Sutter, Calif. native led 25 of 30 laps before one tiny mistake cost him the victory. The following evening, Seavey vowed not to repeat his misfortune nor his ultimate fate, and instead, led all 30 circuits, only briefly relenting the top spot to C.J. Leary just past the halfway mark.

Now Seavey will attempt to make it back-to-back scores at a first-time venue for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship this Friday and Saturday, October 28-29, at Somerton, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway, an event co-sanctioned by the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars.

The 3/8-mile dirt oval on the deep southwest border of Arizona will serve as a first-time host of one of the most venerable events in all of dirt track racing – the 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance and Avanti.

Reigning race winner Seavey will pilot Dwight Cheney’s No. 42 in the event, a car in which he has finished as the runner-up in during his past two USAC National Sprint Car feature starts. He’s one of a multitude of past Western World Winners looking forward to the challenge of competing at Cocopah, which last hosted a USAC National event in 1989, a midget feature won by Robby Flock.

Among the past Western World victors looking to challenge for Friday’s $6,000 and Saturday’s $10,000 top prizes are Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) who captured a 2021 opening night triumph. Bacon’s Western World record is impeccable. He won two 360 c.i. non-wing sprint car races at Tucson, Arizona’s USA Raceway in 2009 and repeated in the same division there once more in 2010 with the ASCS Canyon Region series.

Furthermore, at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park in 2012, Bacon was an ASCS Winged 360 Sprint Car feature winner. He returned to USA Raceway in 2015 to add a USAC National Sprint Car triumph on a prelim night. When Western World migrated to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz., Bacon’s winning ways continued with USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Car scores in 2016-17-18, followed by a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win in 2019.

Bacon resides second in USAC National Sprint Car points entering the event behind Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) who holds a 76-point lead as he pursues a first career series driving championship. Grant has won three preliminaries in Western World competition. He took a 360 Sprint prelim in 2015 followed by a USAC National Sprint Car score in 2018 and a USAC National Midget win during the 2021 opener.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) will make the trip west with the USAC national tour to compete as a driver for the first time since 2017. Ballou was spectacular during the 2015 season en route to the USAC National Sprint Car championship. His 13th win that year came during Western World on a prelim night.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) makes the venture to Arizona with Michael Dutcher Motorsports, a combo which hasn’t hit the west since the 2015 season. KTJ found Western World victory lane with the midget back in 2019.

USAC Southwest Sprint Cars’ winningest driver, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.) posted a pair of Western World prelim Sprint Car wins with the 360s in both 2009 and 2013. He’s also experienced success at Cocopah, winning a USAC Southwest round there in 2015. His most successful run with the USAC National Sprint Cars in his home state came in 2017 with a 3rd in the closer. R.J.’s father, Ricky Johnson, collected a non-wing 360 sprint car win at Western World in 1995.

Like Johnson, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) has also tasted the sweetness of success at Cocopah, capturing the USAC CRA Sprint Car feature there in 2012. This past January with USAC CRA at Cocopah, Roa tabbed results of 4th, 5th and 6th in consecutive outings. His success expands to Western World as well where he stamped a victory on the final night of the 2015 event with the USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Cars.

However, no driver in the field has experienced as much success at Cocopah as Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) who has won each of the last five visits by USAC CRA to the track since 2013. He won three-in-a-row at Cocopah on consecutive nights this past January. Gardner also owns a Western World prelim victory in 2005 at Manzanita. The nine-time USAC CRA Sprint Car champion currently holds a commanding 188-point lead in the series standings as he eyes a record 10th series title.

THE NATIONAL TRAVELERS

In addition to Seavey, Bacon, Ballou and Thomas, the USAC National travelers include the likes C.J. Leary, Emerson Axsom, Jadon Rogers, Kyle Cummins, Mitchel Moles and Matt Westfall.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has won four USAC-sanctioned sprint car events in the state of Arizona, all of which have been with either the CRA or Southwest series. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car titlist’s Michael Motorsports-owned machine won a Western World prelim in the 360 division back in 2013 with R.J. Johnson as his driver.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) is the top Rookie in USAC National Sprint Car points coming into the weekend, buoyed by two feature victories. While it’s his first Western World sprint car attempt, it’s not the first rodeo for his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing team. CMNR won the sprint car portion on the final night of Western World during a three-year stretch between 2018-19-20.

Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) is taking on the west for the first time in his young career after just recently winning his first USAC National Sprint Car feature during mid-September’s Haubstadt Hustler at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.

Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has won each of the last two events on the USAC National Sprint Car schedule and four overall during the 2022 season. He’ll make his Western World debut driving an Arizona-bred machine, owned by Yeley-Petty Racing.

Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) has performed superbly throughout his Rookie USAC Sprint Car season with a pair of feature wins and seven fast qualifying times. He rides with a team that has Arizona origins to the core – Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports.

Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) is among the veterans traveling to Western World for the first time. Westfall has turned in a wonderful with the USAC National Sprint Cars and currently sits a career-best eighth in the series standings.

CRA IN ‘ZONA

The most recent USAC CRA regular to defeat the USAC National Sprint Car contingent was Brody Roa at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in 2017. CRA competitors do hold the upper hand in terms of experience at Cocopah with several participating in January’s three-night show earlier this year.

The Williams brothers were all quick at Cocopah this winter with Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scoring a runner-up feature result and a fast qualifying time during the weekend. Cody Williams (Corona, Calif.) set the one-lap USAC CRA track record of 16.213 at Cocopah and finished a best of 5th in the main event. Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.), meanwhile, notched finishes of 6th, 7th and 7th.

Tommy Malcolm (Corona, Calif.) and Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.) each grabbed solid second-place finishes on nights two and three at Cocopah in January. Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, Calif.) slotted into the third spots in the finishing order during the first two evenings of racing.

Tye Mihocko (Phoenix, Ariz.) may hail from the Grand Canyon State, but he has spent the bulk of the season racing in the Midwest, collecting a Lincoln Park Speedway track championship in Putnamville, Ind. this year. He does possess Cocopah experience, however, finishing 7th with the USAC Southwest series in 2016. Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.), likewise, spent much of his summer racing in the Midwest but returns home for a Western World run.

Verne Sweeney (Lomita, Calif.) had the biggest night of his racing career in Arizona when he won the CRA season opening night feature at Manzanita in 1991. He ran 10th at Cocopah earlier this year.

The ever-popular Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) finished inside the top-five on all three nights of racing at Cocopah to begin the 2022 USAC CRA season, taking 4th, 4th and 5th. Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Ariz.) ran 3rd at Cocopah with the USAC Southwest Sprints in 2015.

Logan Calderwood and Chris Bonneau each competed with the ASCS Southwest Region Winged 360 Sprints at Cocopah back in May of this year. Calderwood (Goodyear, Ariz.), the grandson of famed 1990 USAC car owner Dave Calderwood, finished 4th in that event while Bonneau (Phoenix, Ariz.) took 5th.

USAC CRA regulars returning for their second visit to Cocopah this year include Santa Rosa, California’s Nate Schank (11th), Warner Springs, California's Shane Sexton (11th), Riverside, California's Matt McCarthy (14th) and Riverside, California’s Austin Grabowski (15th).

RACE DETAILS

The Western World Championships feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars along with IMCA Northern SportMods and IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Each night, the pits open at 3pm Mountain Time with the grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing to immediately follow.

There is a practice night on Thursday night, October 27. Grandstand admission is free. Pit passes are $30 apiece. A pit party will follow practice courtesy of Yuma Auto and RV Center featuring a free rib tip meal with sides for anyone with a pit pass wristband.

Advance tickets are on sale now at www.racecocopahspeedway.com.

Friday and Saturday’s events will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2232, 2-Brady Bacon-2154, 3-C.J. Leary-2103, 4-Robert Ballou-2032, 5-Emerson Axsom-1970, 6-Logan Seavey-1898, 7-Chase Stockon-1711, 8-Matt Westfall-1569, 9-Jadon Rogers-1545, 10-Jake Swanson-1448.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1112, 2-Austin Williams-924, 3-Matt Mitchell-920, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-901, 5-Tommy Malcolm-806, 6-Logan Williams-768, 7-Cody Williams-745, 8-Brody Roa-740, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-698, 10-Matt McCarthy-637.

PAST WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL NIGHT WINNERS:

1968: Bob Cleberg (Non-Wing Sprint)

1969: Bob Huebner (Non-Wing Sprint)

1970: Jerry McClung (Non-Wing Sprint)

1971: Jan Opperman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1972: Jan Opperman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1973: Earl Wagner (Non-Wing Sprint)

1974: Rick Ferkel (Non-Wing Sprint)

1975: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1976: Bubby Jones (Non-Wing Sprint)

1977: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1978: Lealand McSpadden (Non-Wing Sprint)

1979: Tim Green (Non-Wing Sprint)

1980: Jeff Swindell (Non-Wing Sprint)

1981: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1982: Steve Kinser (Non-Wing Sprint)

1983: Steve Kinser (Non-Wing Sprint)

1984: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1985: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint) & Lealand McSpadden (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1986: Bobby Davis Jr. (Winged Sprint) & Ron Shuman (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1987: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint) & Lealand McSpadden (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1988: Mark Kinser (Winged Sprint) & Jack Yeley (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1989: Sammy Swindell (Winged Sprint) & Gary Faucett (Midget)

1990: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint)

1991: Danny Lasoski (Winged Sprint), Wayne Bennet (Non-Winged 360 Sprint) & Ron Shuman (Arizona Midget Racing Association)

1992: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint), Bob Ream Jr. (Non-Winged 360 Sprint) & Bob Broseman (Midget)

1993: Lealand McSpadden (Non-Wing Sprint)

1994: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1995: Lealand McSpadden (SCRA Sprint), Ricky Johnson (Non-Wing 360 Sprint) & Josh Pelkey (Midget)

1996: Steve Kinser (World of Outlaws Sprint)

1997: Mark Kinser (World of Outlaws Sprint)

1998: Tyler Walker (World of Outlaws Sprint)

1999: Donny Schatz (World of Outlaws Sprint)

2000: Jay Drake (SCRA Sprint)

2001: Jeremy Sherman (SCRA Sprint)

2002: Bud Kaeding (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2003: Tony Elliott (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2004: Bud Kaeding (USAC Sprint) & Josh Ford (360 Sprint)

2005: Dave Darland (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2006: Josh Wise (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2007: Jerry Coons Jr. (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2008: Kevin Swindell (USAC Sprint) & Jesse Hockett (360 Sprint)

2009: Brady Bacon (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Sammy Swindell (ASCS Winged Sprint)

2010: Brady Bacon (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Donny Schatz (ASCS Winged Sprint)

2011: Tracy Hines (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Donny Schatz (ASCS Winged Sprint)

2012: Bryan Clauson (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Wayne Johnson (ASCS Winged Sprint)

2013: Bryan Clauson (USAC Southwest Sprint & USAC Midget)

2014: Matt Rossi (USAC Southwest Sprint) & Darren Hagen (USAC Midget)

2015: Bryan Clauson (USAC Sprint) & Brody Roa (USAC Southwest Sprint)

2016: Chris Windom (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (USAC Southwest Sprint)

2017: Chase Stockon (USAC Sprint) & Chris Windom (USAC Southwest Sprint)

2018: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (USAC Southwest Sprint)

2019: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (USAC Midget)

2020: Tyler Courtney (USAC CRA Sprint) & Buddy Kofoid (USAC Midget)

2021: Logan Seavey (USAC Sprint) & Chris Windom (USAC Midget)

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS IN ARIZONA:

5-Bryan Clauson

3-Jerry Coons Jr. & Tyler Courtney

2-Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Bud Kaeding, Chase Stockon, Kevin Swindell, Chris Windom & Josh Wise

1-Mario Andretti, Robert Ballou, Don Branson, Bob East, Chet Fillip, A.J. Foyt, Damion Gardner, Justin Grant, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Levi Jones, Mike Martin, Lealand McSpadden, Thomas Meseraull, Andy Michner, Logan Seavey & Brian Tyler

RECENT CRA / SCRA / USAC CRA SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT COCOPAH SPEEDWAY

CRA

9/29/1989: Ron Shuman (Alex Morales #2)

3/7/1992: Lealand McSpadden (Frank Lewis #91)

11/7/1992: Mike Kirby (Danny Pivovaroff #59)

SCRA

3/6/1998: Richard Griffin (Ron Chaffin #50)

USAC CRA

6/2/2012: Brody Roa (BR Performance #91R)

4/19/2013: Damion Gardner (Mark Alexander #4A)

4/20/2013: Damion Gardner (Mark Alexander #4A)

1/27/2022: Damion Gardner (Mark Alexander #1)

1/28/2022: Damion Gardner (Mark Alexander #1)

1/29/2022: Damion Gardner (Mark Alexander #1)

 

LEARY TO CHASE USAC SPRINT TITLE
WITH BGE/DOUGHERTY IN 2023

Speedway, Indiana (October 25, 2022)………C.J. Leary has joined forces with BGE/Dougherty Motorsports to compete for a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2023.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champion, will team with driver and teammate Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) in a two-car effort as they both plan to run full USAC tour starting with the 2023 season, which kicks off on February 16-17-18 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

“I'm excited to be joining BGE/Dougherty motorsports for the 2023 season,” Leary exclaimed. “We are building a powerhouse team with all the right pieces to come out of the gate swinging to be championship title contenders.”

Team owners Broc Garrett and Doug Dougherty of BGE/Dougherty Motorsports will have Leary and Garrett in a pair of cars numbered 15. Leary’s will be red and black while Garrett will sport a red and white machine. Both cars will be DRC chassis powered by 1-Way Technologies power plants.

BGE/Dougherty found much success on the USAC tour in late summer of this past season, scoring three series wins in during an August/September stretch with driver Kevin Thomas Jr.

With a winning team and a winning driver behind the wheel, Leary is thrilled for this chance to put themselves on top of the pedestal in the coming year.

“I'm looking forward to working closely with Broc, Doug and Carson all season,” Leary said. “I appreciate the opportunity they are giving me to come race and also help further Carson's career.”

Leary is one of the most prolific USAC National Sprint Car drivers of his era. His 19 career feature wins rank 33rd all-time while his 38 fast qualifying times are the sixth most in the history of the series.

In 2022, Leary has won three times and set fast time on a series-leading nine occasions while driving for car owner Bill Michael.

The accolades for Leary include the 2012 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year award. He’s also captured championships for Indiana Sprint Week and Eastern Storm, both in 2019.


AMSOIL USAC/CRA & NATIONAL SPRINTS EYE $10,000-TO-WIN YUMA “WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 25, 2022... The AMSOIL USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Cars are ready to battle at Cocopah Speedway (Yuma, Arizona) for the “Chapman Chevrolet Yuma 55th Western World Championships presented by Yuma Insurance Inc. and Avanti Windows & Doors.” Promoted by Brad Whitfield, the prestigious event opens with a Thursday, October 27th (6:00pm) practice night with FREE grandstand admission, followed by two nights (October 28 & 29) of intense racing that also features the IMCA Northern SportMods and IMCA Hobby Stocks. Located at 3450 West County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street, the pit gates will open at 3:00pm (Mountain Time), spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, hotlaps at 6:00pm, with qualifying and racing to follow. For more information, visit the track’s website at racecocopahspeedway.com or call 602.292.7607.

For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The USAC National Rule Book will be followed and can be found at usacracing.com.
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Hoosier 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are legal with the USAC National Series. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners.
- TIRES / FUEL: Tires and fuel will be available at the race track. Gordie's Speed Center will supply tires at the track and call ahead to place your order at 928-782-4744.
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: Mufflers ARE NOT REQUIRED at Cocopah Speedway.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- PURSE: Friday will pay $6,000-to-win and $600-to-start with $150 for non-transfers. Saturday will pay $10,000-to-win and $600-to-start, with $150 for non-transfers.
- Protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

PRACTICE SESSION: The festivities will begin on Thursday, October 27th with a special practice session. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Adult pit passes are $30. There will be a pit party that will follow courtesy of Yuma Auto and RV Center with a free rib tip meal with sides for anyone with a pit pass wristband.

Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World Championships” has been a premier event for sprint car racing. While the headline divisions and host tracks may have changed, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. Last year, Logan Seavey claimed his first Western World Championship at the now closed Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley. The winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Friday’s event marks the seventh race in USAC/CRA history at the fast 3/8-mile clay oval. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with five Cocopah Speedway wins, including the three January season openers. “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa won the first Yuma series main event on June 2, 2012 and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams established a new track record of 16.213 seconds on January 29, 2022.

Heading to the Cocopah Speedway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 188-point advantage over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner led eight laps at Mohave Valley on October 8th before finishing second to Brody Roa. To date, the nine-time champion has six feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 179 feature laps led to his credit. Gardner has ninety-five USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid with his first “Western World” triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC, Williams scored fourteenth at Mohave Valley Raceway. At press time, “The Big Game Hunter” has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award,” eleven top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year ranks seventh with eleven career triumphs and will be looking for his first win of the year at Cocopah Speedway.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. On October 8th, the owner/driver of the #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim did not compete in USAC/CRA’s return to Mohave Valley. To date, the 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 46 feature laps led on the season. Matt is tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan with eight career USAC/CRA triumphs.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, California) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / DRC Chassis entry, Tafoya scored an eighth place finish in the Mohave Valley main event. At press time, Eddie has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one semi-main win, one Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award,” thirteen top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led on the season. The 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year will have his sights on the first win of his career at Cocopah.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm charged from tenth to third at Mohave Valley Raceway. To date, “Thunder” has recorded four heat race victories, one hard charger award, ten top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led in the campaign. Tommy will be looking to earn the first victory of his career at the “Western World Championships.”

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks eleventh in the point chase. The pilot of the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Sonoma Paint Center entry will have his sights the first win of his career at Cocopah Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt McCarthy, Verne Sweeney, Austin Grabowski, A.J. Bender, Chris Gansen, “T-Dub” Trent Williams, Chase Johnson, “Sugah” Shane Sexton, Ricky Lewis, Chris Bonneau, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Logan Calderwood, Shon Deskins, and more.

Justin Grant (Ione, California) leads the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series point chase over “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, C.J. Leary, Robert Ballou, Emerson Axsom, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon, Matt Westfall, Jadon Rogers, and Jake Swanson.

Cocopah Speedway is located at 3450 West County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street. Advance tickets are available. Adult tickets are $35, Reserved tickets are $40, Pit Passes are $40 for members and $45 for non-members. VIP Camping is available for $100. For more information, visit racecocopahspeedway.com or call 602.292.7607.

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

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

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Sammy Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Chris Windom, 2017-Chase Stockon, 2018-Tyler Courtney, 2019-Tyler Courtney, 2020-Tyler Courtney, 2021-Logan Seavey.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Cody Williams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Tanner Boul, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell.

YUMA AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Cody Williams – 16.213 (01/29/22)

YUMA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 1-Brody Roa

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner 1112, 2. Austin Williams 924, 3. Matt Mitchell 920, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr. 901, 5. Tommy Malcolm 806, 6. Logan Williams 768, 7. Cody Williams 745, 8. Brody Roa 740, 9. Charles Davis Jr. 698, 10. Matt McCarthy 637, 11. Nate Schank (R) 605, 12. Verne Sweeney 576, 13. Austin Grabowski 524, 14. A.J. Bender 519, 15. Chris Gansen 489, 16. Kyle Edwards 391, ... Trent Williams 391, 18. Chase Johnson 356, 19. Shane Sexton 275, 20. Ricky Lewis (R) 235, 21. Chris Bonneau 215, 22. Mike Martin 213, 23. Logan Calderwood 207, 24. Tanner Boul 204, 25. Jake Hodges 192, 26. Dan Taylor 186, 27. Shon Deskins 172, 28. Dustin Cormany 162, ... Jeff Dyer 162, 30. Joel Rayborne 159, 31. Brody Fuson 147, 32. Austin Liggett 135, 33. Troy Rutherford 125, 34. Max Adams 111, ... Steve Hix 111, 36. Travis Buckley 109, 37. Danny Parrish 102, 38. Jonas Reynolds 88, 39. Sterling Cling 75, 40. Dustin Burkhart 74, 41. Randy Nelson 67, 42. Gordon Rodgers 61, 43. Grant Sexton 41, 44. James Herrera 39, 45. Stevie Sussex 35, 46. Andrew Sweeney 34, 47. Trent Carter 30, 48. Tony Everhart 26, ... Ben Worth 26, 50. Ryan Timmons 24, 51. Brent Owens 23, 52. Camie Bell 20, 53. Troy DeGaton 10, ... Tuesday Calderwood 10.

2022 AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Justin Grant 2232, 2. Brady Bacon 2154, 3. C.J. Leary 2103, 4. Robert Ballou 2032, 5. Emerson Axsom ® 1970, 6. Logan Seavey 1898, 7. Chase Stockon 1711, 8. Matt Westfall 1569, 9. Jadon Rogers 1545, 10. Jake Swanson 1448.

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


 


2023 USAC SPRINT SEASON LAUNCHES
IN FLORIDA WITH FEBRUARY’S WINTER DIRT GAMES

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (October 22, 2022)………For the 13th consecutive season, the 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship campaign will launch at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park during the month of February.

The 14th annual edition of Winter Dirt Games will take place on February 16, 17 and 18 at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track with a practice night set to begin the festivities on Wednesday night, February 15.

USAC’s one and only visit of the year to the Sunshine State will commence with three-straight nights of complete shows for the series on Thursday and Friday paying $5,000-to-win followed by Saturday night’s finale, which will feature a winner’s share of $10,000.

“We are honored to be able to start the USAC season at Bubba Raceway Park in 2023,” track general manager Tom Bean said. “We’ve been able to grow this event and we look forward to improving on it and again making this a destination for USAC Sprint Car fans in February.”

The three-night event will present a format that pays points throughout the weekend. Over the first two nights, total points will be calculated, which will “lock-in” the top-five in total combined points into Saturday night’s feature event.

The program for the USAC Sprints on Saturday night will have no qualifying, and will instead consist of three qualifying races, each 10 laps in length, lined up “straight-up” based on each driver’s best single points night. The lineup will snake with the driver possessing the 6th best single points night on the pole of the first qualifying race, 7th will be on the pole for the second qualifying race and 8th starting from the pole position in the third qualifying race, and so on.

The top-four finishers from each qualifying race will transfer to the feature. Those finishing 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th in each qualifying race will be placed into the semi-feature. Those finishing 10th on back in each qualifying race will be placed into a 10-lap C-Main, if needed, where the top-3 finishers will transfer to the semi-feature and occupy the final three starting positions of that race.

The winning drivers of each qualifying race will transfer into an eight-car dash along with the top-five locked in drivers. Locked-in drivers will draw for starting positions one through five followed by qualifying race winners drawing for positions six through eight when they stop for their winner’s interview. The finish of the four-lap dash will determine the first four rows of the feature.

The top-5 finishers from the 12-lap semi-feature will transfer into the night’s feature, filling the final five positions in the feature starting lineup.

Saturday’s feature will consist of 22 cars (not counting up to two provisionals) and 35 laps, as determined by the finishing order of the dash – 1st place finisher starts 1st, 2nd place finisher starts 2nd and so on. Thursday and Friday night feature races will be 30 laps in length.

If Thursday’s or Friday’s events are canceled, Saturday night’s event will retain the standard format.

Additional information on times and ticket prices for the event will be made available shortly.

Thirty-one previous USAC National Sprint Car events have been held at Bubba Raceway Park since 2011. Emerson Axsom (twice) and Justin Grant (once) won features on each of the three nights back in February of 2022 in Ocala. Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson and Grant are the winningest USAC Sprint Car drivers at Bubba's with four victories apiece.

Damion Gardner has won three USAC Sprint features at Bubba’s, while Tracy Hines, Tyler Courtney, Robert Ballou and Axsom have each scored a pair of victories. Kevin Thomas Jr., Chris Windom, C.J. Leary, Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon and Hunter Schuerenberg have all won once.

Bubba Raceway Park is the longest continuously operating auto racing venue in the state of Florida, celebrating its 72nd season of competition after opening back in 1952. USAC racing and the “Sunshine State” have a history that dates back to the decade of the 1950s as well.

In fact, the first three USAC Sprint Car races ever held took place in Florida in February of 1956. Bob Sweikert won the first such event at Southland Speedway in West Palm Beach, followed by Chuck Weyant at Jacksonville Speedway and Pat O’Connor at Medley Speedway in Miami.

 

 

7TH HEAVEN:
KODY SWANSON IS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP,
DORAN-DYSON THE ENTRANT KINGS
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 24, 2022)………Throughout the first 51 years of the USAC Silver Crown series’ existence, the number 1 had never captured the championship.

But if there’s anybody who was up to the task to alter that half-a-century narrative, it was certainly Kody Swanson.

Swanson’s efforts led him to become just the third driver in USAC history to earn seven national championships within a single division. A.J. Foyt grabbed seven USAC Championship Car titles between 1960-79. Mel Kenyon performed likewise, scoring seven crowns with the USAC National Midgets between 1964-1985.

Kody has made quick work of his seven USAC Silver Crown championships, which have all been earned in a nine-season span between 2014-2022.

In a unique partnership, Swanson wheeled entries for both Doran Racing and Chris Dyson Racing as completely separate entities throughout his quest to the 2021 series championship. In 2022, the two teams combined forces on paper to earn each team’s first ever entrant title.

The newly christened Doran-Dyson Racing partnership operated from separate shops to house Doran’s pavement car and Dyson’s dirt car for Swanson to drive. The shared team name and number presented an opportunity for all parties to compete under the same umbrella for the same united goal – to win a season championship.

What’s unparallelly interesting about the Doran and Dyson pairing is the two team’s shared backgrounds in road racing. In fact, a photo from the 1980s currently hangs in the Doran team shop and features Al Holbert at speed in IMSA Camel GT competition, driving the famed Lowenbrau Porsche 962 that Kevin Doran was the crew chief of. In the background of that same photo, as fate would have it, was a Dyson Racing machine.

All these years later, the two teamed up for left turns only, and became champions of the oval track variety.

“I’m really fortunate to have the opportunities that I’ve had,” Swanson acknowledged. “I’ve driven for a lot of great race teams and I’m thankful for each one. This year, to have driven for Doran and Dyson in a combination effort, what a special year to do it and have it come down right to the end. We gave it all we had and it’s really special to win the championship any way you can. Winning a USAC title really means a lot and to have it be a seventh is really special.”

While finishes of 7th at Terre Haute, 2nd at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, 8th at Port Royal and 4th at Madison and a third-place position in points may not seem that unsettling to most observers, consider this. The four-race drought was the longest winless stretch Swanson has endured to start a Silver Crown season since 2013, nearly a full decade ago.

Oddly enough, it was a non-points, special event that kickstarted Swanson’s summertime turnaround which put the Kingsburg, Calif. native in the driver’s seat of the championship run following the first non-championship Silver Crown event of its kind since 1996.

Swanson led the 25-lap, 10-car shootout wire-to-wire in June at IRP. It’s a roll he matriculated into Winchester Speedway where he avenged the previous year’s half-car-length defeat with a triumph in which he was 10 seconds ahead of the field at the finish line, putting all but second place finisher Logan Seavey a lap down.

Since 1976, there had been one individual who stood head and shoulders above all others in terms of USAC national feature victories at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway. That was Rollie Beale. In August, Swanson topped the 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champion’s long-standing win record in the race named after the legend he passed. Swanson once again led all 100 laps in succession for his sixth career Toledo victory.

Onto mid-August, it was relatively the same story at Illinois’ World Wide Technology Raceway. Earlier in the day, Swanson became the first to reach 40 career USAC Silver Crown pole positions during a qualifying run which set a new world speed record for a traditional USAC Silver Crown with a time of 30.675 seconds, which translates to 146.699 mph, eclipsing the former speed record for a traditional Silver Crown car set by himself at Iowa Speedway with a 146.212 mph in 2012.

The term “traditional” is used in this matter due to the utilization of a “New Generation” “Super Speedway” car that was used in competition solely during the years of 2006-07. Aaron Pierce turned a qualifying lap of 175.012 mph during the brief era in USAC history at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2006.

At WWTR, Swanson saw the lead slip away early, but made his way back to the front to lead the final 48 laps of the 80-lap affair at the 1.25-mile paved oval located in the shadow of the St. Louis arch.

Now 63 points ahead, the championship seemed well within hand for Swanson as the series moved into a stretch of dirt races. However, that part of the equation suited second place points runner Seavey quite well down the stretch.

Seavey made up ground with a victory in an attrition-filled race at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, which saw just seven of the 30 starters still running at the checkered of the 100-lap distance. In doing so, Seavey became the third driver to win both a stock car and champ car race at the Du Quoin Mile along with Jimmy Bryan and A.J. Foyt.

Swanson still maintained full control of the point standings by late September after a somewhat sluggish beginning, but one bit of misfortune can spell near doom and gloom, and that’s what eventually came to be.

“We struggled at the beginning of the year; it was just kind of the way it went,” Swanson recalled. “We didn’t have the dirt race finishes that we wanted, and it was the same with the pavement. We struggled at Madison, but we got hot there in that stretch of summer to resurrect it, but I hate that I made an error at Eldora and almost gave it all away.”

The 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in September proved to be exhilarating for Seavey and crushing for Swanson. While Seavey was punishing the field en route to his third consecutive dirt Silver Crown victory of the season, Swanson experienced the complete other end of the spectrum in the first turn on the first lap.

That’s when fifth-starting Swanson and fellow third row starter Carmen Perigo collided, sending Swanson backwards into the outside retaining wall where he was then clipped by the right rear tire of the oncoming Matt Westfall, resulting in a bent axle for Swanson which knocked him out of the race and into a 27th place result, the worst finishing position of his entire USAC Silver Crown career.

The melee accrued disastrous consequences for Swanson as his commanding 57-point lead entering the race dwindled to zero by the end of the night and emerged knotted up alongside Seavey atop the standings with two races remaining.

Seavey and Swanson stayed pretty much in lock step following October’s run at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile. There, Seavey took third and Swanson fourth, giving Seavey a three-point edge entering the finale right in Swanson’s wheelhouse a week later on the pavement at IRP.

Swanson performed as expected, winning the pole to grab three bonus points which drew him even with Seavey going into the final 100 laps of the year. Swanson took off with the lead while Seavey stayed in the hunt, running a solid third on lap 12 when the proverbial carpet was pulled from beneath him. The culprit for Seavey was a broken oil pump belt, ending his shot at a title run.

Meanwhile, when Swanson crossed the line in front on lap 51, he clinched three more bonus points for leading the most laps which elevated him ahead of Seavey once and for all. With Seavey on the sidelines, Swanson finished 4th once more and ultimately took the title by a 41-point margin. He also became the 14th driver overall, and the first since 2016, to overtake the point leader for the championship in the final race.

Seven driver tallied victories during the 2022 Silver Crown season with Seavey and Swanson both putting one on the board on three occasions. All three for Seavey came on dirt and all three came on pavement for Swanson.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) won the season opener in May at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track via a pass of Jerry Coons Jr. with four laps remaining and extended his consecutive start streak with the series to 71, which ranks as the fourth most all-time behind Brian Tyler’s 97, Kody Swanson’s 88 and Dave Darland’s 79.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) earned his first USAC Silver Crown score in more than four years after regaining the lead back from Kody Swanson late in the going during a late-May go at IRP.

So-called “dirt guy” C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) displayed his pavement prowess with a dominant performance in June at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway, his first win on pavement since he was behind the wheel of TQ Midgets and karts during the early stages of his racing career.

Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.) became the 26th driver to win a AAA/USAC Champ Car race at both Illinois dirt miles in his career. He found redemption in October at the Illinois State Fairgrounds with popular victory after previously winning at Du Quoin in 2014-15.

Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) made it an all-Swanson evening in October’s finale at IRP, passing brother Kody for the lead with 35 laps to go on his way to his first series win in two years while his older sibling celebrated a series championship.

Swanson led or was tied in nearly every single statistical category. His 322 laps led were the most as were his top-tens (10) and pole positions (5). He and Seavey each pegged eight top-fives throughout the run.

Gregg Cory (Shelbyville, Ind.) made his first foray into USAC Silver Crown racing a successful one in 2022 after previously finding success in TQ Midgets and Sprint Cars, bagging a Paragon (Ind.) Speedway track championship in 2006. He made starts in 10 of the 11 main events and finished a best of 10th at IRP in May.

Third place was the best finish by a series Rookie in 2022 with two drivers reaching the mark. Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) snared a third in August at World Wide Technology Raceway while Tyler Roahrig (Plymouth, Ind.) rode the high line to pick up third in the last show of the year at IRP.

Casey Buckman (Chandler, Ariz.) recorded his best career USAC Silver Crown finish at the Du Quoin 100-miler where he also made the biggest move of the season. Buckman, the track and facility manager at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park by day, charged from his 23rd starting position to finish 5th.

Six drivers made feature starts in all 11 events during the 2022 campaign: Grant, Leary, Seavey, Swanson, Brian Tyler (Parma, Mich.) and Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.).

Women made a huge impact on the USAC Silver Crown scene with historical performances from two different drivers. Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) became the first woman to finish on the podium of a USAC Silver Crown event at IRP in May, then repeated her feat with another third place result in July at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.

Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) captivated the audience with a rim-riding effort on seven cylinders at the Illinois State Fairgrounds while becoming the first woman to lead a single lap in the history of the Silver Crown series. In fact, she led 72 out of the 100 laps before finishing in the 5th spot.

The series was saddened to learn of the death of Terre Babb (Decatur, Ill.), who passed away from a heart attack while leading a winged sprint car feature in a non-USAC sanctioned event at Missouri’s Saint Francois County Raceway in July at the age of 55. Babb had competed with the USAC Silver Crown series since 1989, and in May of 2022, made his 31st and final USAC Silver Crown start at Terre Haute, finishing 9th. His career best finish with the series came at the same track in 2010 where he earned a 4th.

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2022 USAC SILVER CROWN STAT LEADERS:

Most Wins: 3-Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

Driver Champion: Kody Swanson

Entrant Champion: Doran-Dyson Racing #1

Rookie of the Year: Gregg Cory

Most Laps Led: 322-Kody Swanson

Most Top-Fives: 8-Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

Most Top-Tens: 10-Kody Swanson

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 5-Kody Swanson

Best Finish By A Rookie: 3rd - Aug 19 at World Wide Technology Raceway (Mario Clouser) & Oct 22 at Lucas Oil Raceway (Tyler Roahrig)

Most Feature Starts: 11-Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson, Brian Tyler & Travis Welpott

Most Positions Advanced in a Race: Sep 5 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Casey Buckman (23rd to 5th)

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2022 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE & RESULTS

May 1: (D) Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (Hemelgarn Racing #91)

May 27: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park - Brownsburg, IN
WINNER: Bobby Santos (DJ Racing #22)

Jun 18: (D) Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports #22)

Jun 24: (P) Madison International Speedway - Oregon, WI
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Klatt Enterprises #6)

Jun 30: (P-SE) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park - Brownsburg, IN
WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran-Dyson Racing #1)

Jul 21: (P) Winchester Speedway - Winchester, IN
WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran-Dyson Racing #1)

Aug 6: (P) Toledo Speedway - Toledo, OH
WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran-Dyson Racing #1)

Aug 19: (P) World Wide Technology Raceway - Madison, IL
WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran-Dyson Racing #1)

Sep 3: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - Du Quoin, IL
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports #22)

Sep 23-24: (D) Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports #22)

Oct 15: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, IL
WINNER: Shane Cockrum (BLS Motorsports #71)

Oct 22: (P#) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park - Brownsburg, IN
WINNER: Tanner Swanson (Bowman Racing #2)

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(D) represents a dirt event

(P) represents a pavement event

# represents a daytime event

(SE) represents a non-points special event

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FINAL 2022 USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 668 Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.

2 627 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

3 599 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

4 518 Brian Tyler, Parma, Mich.

5 517 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

6 404 Travis Welpott, Pendleton, Ind.

7 332 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass.

8 325 Kyle Robbins, New Castle, Ind.

9 319 (R) Gregg Cory, Shelbyville, Ind.

10 255 Taylor Ferns, Shelby Township, Mich.

11 246 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio

12 245 (R) Mario Clouser, Auburn, Ill.

13 244 Dave Berkheimer, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

14 238 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

15 230 (R) Nathan Byrd, Goodyear, Ariz.

16 229 Davey Hamilton Jr., Boise, Idaho

17 223 Eric Gordon, Greenfield, Ind.

18 217 Shane Cockrum, Benton, Ill.

19 199 Derek Bischak, Angola, Ind.

20 197 (R) Mike McVetta, Grafton, Ohio

21 193 Dallas Hewitt, Troy, Ohio

22 182 (R) Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.

23 178 Bryan Gossel, Fort Collins, Colo.

24 176 Carmen Perigo, Stoystown, Pa.

25 174 (R) Brian Ruhlman, Clark Lake, Mich.

26 157 (R) Tom Paterson, Argos, Ind.

27 154 Casey Buckman, Chandler, Ariz.

28 153 (R) Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

29 147 Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind.

30 142 Austin Nemire, Sylvania, Ohio

31 129 Kyle O'Gara, Beech Grove, Ind.

32 128 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

33 124 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

34 119 (R) Nick Hamilton, Danville, Ind.

35 118 Mike Haggenbottom, Levittown, Pa.

36 113 Jerry Coons Jr., Tucson, Ariz.

37 104 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.

38 101 Tanner Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.

39 100 Patrick Bruns, Champaign, Ill.

40 93 (R) Jake Day, Abilene, Texas

41 91 Kyle Steffens, Saint Charles, Mo.

42 89 (R) Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

43 88 Patrick Lawson, Edwardsville, Ill.

44 82 Jimmy Light, West Springfield, Pa.

45 79 Davey Ray, Davenport, Iowa

46 64 (R) Tyler Roahrig, Plymouth, Ind.

47 55 Bill Rose, Plainfield, Ind.

48 51 Danny Long, Bonne Terre, Mo.

49 46 Terry Babb, Decatur, Ill.

50 43 Jake Simmons, New Palestine, Ind.

51 42 (R) Dave Peperak, Clinton, Ind.

52 41 A.J. Fike, Galesburg, Ill.

52 41 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

54 39 Matt Goodnight, Winchester, Ind.

55 38 Korey Weyant, Springfield, Ill.

56 37 (R) Tye Mihocko, Phoenix, Ariz.

57 37 (R) Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

58 36 (R) Cary Oliver, Buncombe, Ill.

59 33 (R) Nathan Moore, Kaufman, Texas

60 33 Steven Russell, Rochester, Ill.

61 31 Mark Smith, Sunbury, Pa.

62 31 Chris Urish, Elkhart, Ill.

63 27 Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind.

64 25 (R) Mark Bitner, Columbus, N.J.

65 24 Chris Fetter, Troy, Mo.

66 18 (R) Tommy Nichols, Tampa, Fla.

67 10 David Byrne, Shullsburg, Wis.

68 10 (R) Ronnie Wuerdeman, Cincinnati, Ohio

69 10 (R) Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa.

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

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FINAL 2022 USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 668 Doran-Dyson Racing, Lebanon, Ohio / Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (#1)

2 627 Rice Motorsports, Brownsburg, Ind. (#222)

3 599 Klatt Enterprises, Hastings, Neb. (#6)

4 518 BCR Group, South Vienna, Ohio (#81)

5 517 Hemelgarn Racing, LaSalle, Mich. (#91)

6 404 Welpott Racing, Pendleton, Ind. (#18)

7 332 DJ Racing, Boca Raton, Fla. (#22)

8 325 KR Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#7)

9 319 Williams Racing, Saint Paul, Ind. (#32)

10 255 Taylor Ferns Racing, Shelby Township, Mich. (#155)

11 246 Westfall Motorsports, Pleasant Hill, Ohio (#54)

12 245 Kazmark Motorsports, Joliet, Ill. (#92)

13 244 Berkheimer Racing, Mechanicsburg, Pa. (#31)

14 238 Hodges Motorsports, Albuquerque, N.M. (#74)

15 231 Sam Pierce, Daleville, Ind. (#26)

16 230 Hamilton-Byrd Racing, Jamestown, Ind. (#11)

17 229 Hamilton-Puglio Racing, Jamestown, Ind. (#14)

18 223 Brad & Tara Armstrong, New Palestine, Ind. (#99)

19 217 BLS Motorsports, Benton, Ill. (#71)

20 199 Derek Bischak, Indianapolis, Ind. (#131)

21 197 Ram Engineering, Waterford, Mich. (#94)

22 193 Dallas Hewitt, Fletcher, Ohio (#57)

23 178 Bryan Gossel, Fort Collins, Colo. (#06)

24 176 John Stehman, Halifax, Pa. (#52)

25 174 Brian Ruhlman, Clark Lake, Mich. (#49)

26 169 Five Three Motorsports, Joliet, Ill. (#53)

27 157 Tom Paterson, Argos, Ind. (#111)

28 154 DMW Motorsports, Phoenix, Ariz. (#110)

29 153 Pink 69 Racing, Evansville, Ind. (#69)

30 147 Gamester Racing, Peru, Ind. (#51)

31 142 Nemire-Lesko Racing, Toledo, Ohio (#16)

32 129 SFHR Development, Indianapolis, Ind. (#67)

33 124 DMW Motorsports, Phoenix, Ariz. (#10)

34 119 Breidinger Motorsports, Hillsborough, Calif. (#80)

35 118 John Haggenbottom, Bristol, Pa. (#24)

36 113 Patty Bateman, Murphysboro, Ill. (#55)

37 104 Daigh-Phillips Motorsports, Indianapolis, Ind. (#27)

38 101 Bowman Racing, Brownsburg, Ind. (#02)

39 100 Full Throttle Racing, Champaign, Ill. (#95)

40 93 Jake Day, Abilene, Texas (#42)

41 91 Gordon Steffens, Saint Charles, Mo. (#08)

42 89 Nolen Racing, Greenwood, Ind. (#20)

43 88 Patrick Lawson, Edwardsville, Ill. (#2)

44 82 Two-Three Motorsports, Pittsboro, Ind. (#123)

45 79 Cornell Racing Stables, Monee, Ill. (#8)

46 65 Bill Rose Racing, Crawfordsville, Ind. (#66)

47 64 Legacy Autosport, Pittsboro, Ind. (#19)

48 51 Danny Long, Bonne Terre, Mo. (#44)

49 46 Terry Babb, Decatur, Ill. (#188)

50 43 Tim Simmons, Cabot, Ark. (#3)

51 42 Peperak Motorsports, Clinton, Ind. (#177)

52 39 Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#39)

53 38 Scott Weyant, Springfield, Ill. (#199)

54 37 Sammy & Mouren Fetter, Bridgeton, Mo. (#88)

55 37 Hans Lein, Edgerton, Wis. (#97)

56 36 Cary Oliver, Buncombe, Wis. (#11)

57 33 Joe Moore, Kaufman, Texas (#48)

58 33 McQuinn Motorsports, Springfield, Ill. (#14)

59 31 L & M Motorsports, Sunbury, Pa. (#01)

60 31 Chris Urish, Elkhart, Ill. (#77)

61 27 Johnny Vance Racing Team, Dayton, Ohio (#2v)

62 25 Henry Yeska, Columbus, N.J. (#4)

63 24 Chris Fetter, Troy, Mo. (#15)

64 10 Byrne Racing, Monroe, Wis. (#40)

65 10 Wuerdeman Family Racing, Cincinnati, Ohio (#33)

66 10 Chris Dyson Racing, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (#9)

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FINAL 2022 USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 319 Gregg Cory, Shelbyville, Ind.

2 245 Mario Clouser, Auburn, Ill.

3 230 Nathan Byrd, Goodyear, Ariz.

4 197 Mike McVetta, Grafton, Ohio

5 182 Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.

6 174 Brian Ruhlman, Clark Lake, Mich.

7 157 Tom Paterson, Argos, Ind.

8 153 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

9 119 Nick Hamilton, Danville, Ind.

10 93 Jake Day, Abilene, Texas

11 89 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

12 64 Tyler Roahrig, Plymouth, Ind.

13 42 Dave Peperak, Clinton, Ind.

14 37 Tye Mihocko, Phoenix, Ariz.

15 37 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

16 36 Cary Oliver, Buncombe, Ill.

17 33 Nathan Moore, Kaufman, Texas

18 25 Mark Bitner, Columbus, N.J.

19 18 Tommy Nichols, Tampa, Fla.

20 10 Ronnie Wuerdeman, Cincinnati, Ohio

21 10 Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa.

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RACE WINS:

3-Logan Seavey (Jun 18 at Port Royal Speedway, Sep 5 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds & Sep 24 at Eldora Speedway)

3-Kody Swanson (Jul 21 at Winchester Speedway, Aug 6 at Toledo Speedway & Aug 19 at World Wide Technology Raceway)

1-Shane Cockrum (Oct 15 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds)

1-Justin Grant (May 1 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

1-C.J. Leary (Jun 24 at Madison International Speedway)

1-Bobby Santos (May 27 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park)

1-Tanner Swanson (Oct 22 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park)

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LAPS LED:

322-Kody Swanson

192-C.J. Leary

101-Shane Cockrum

100-Bobby Santos

72-Kaylee Bryson

47-Logan Seavey

35-Tanner Swanson

30-Matt Westfall

28-Buddy Kofoid

25-Justin Grant

15-Davey Hamilton Jr.

10-Jerry Coons Jr.

3-Jake Swanson

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TOP-FIVE FINISHES:

8-Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

6-C.J. Leary

5-Justin Grant

3-Bobby Santos

2-Brady Bacon, Shane Cockrum, Shane Cottle, Taylor Ferns, Davey Hamilton Jr., Brian Tyler & Matt Westfall

1-Emerson Axsom, Patrick Bruns, Kaylee Bryson, Casey Buckman, Nathan Byrd, Mario Clouser, Jerry Coons Jr., Russ Gamester, Dallas Hewitt, Tyler Roahrig & Tanner Swanson

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TOP-TEN FINISHES:

10-Kody Swanson

9-C.J. Leary & Logan Seavey

7-Brian Tyler

6-Justin Grant

4-Mario Clouser, Taylor Ferns, Davey Hamilton Jr., Bobby Santos & Matt Westfall

3-Nathan Byrd, Shane Cockrum, Shane Cottle, Carmen Perigo & Kyle Robbins

2-Brady Bacon, Derek Bischak, Jerry Coons Jr., Eric Gordon, Bryan Gossel, Nick Hamilton, Dallas Hewitt & Travis Welpott

1-Emerson Axsom, Terry Babb, Patrick Bruns, Kaylee Bryson, Casey Buckman, Gregg Cory, Russ Gamester, Mike Haggenbottom, Jason McDougal, Mike McVetta, Kyle O’Gara, Davey Ray, Tyler Roahrig, Bill Rose, Brian Ruhlman, Kyle Steffens, Chase Stockon & Tanner Swanson

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FEATURE STARTS:

11-Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson, Brian Tyler & Travis Welpott

10-Gregg Cory & Kyle Robbins

9-Dave Berkheimer

7-Tom Paterson

6-Eric Gordon, Mike McVetta & Bobby Santos

5-Derek Bischak, Nathan Byrd, Mario Clouser, Shane Cottle, Taylor Ferns, Bryan Gossel, Dallas Hewitt, Austin Nemire, Brian Ruhlman, Jake Swanson & Matt Westfall

4-Kaylee Bryson, Casey Buckman, Shane Cockrum, Russ Gamester, Mike Haggenbottom, Davey Hamilton Jr., Carmen Perigo & Chase Stockon

3-Jake Day, Nick Hamilton, Patrick Lawson, Jason McDougal, Kyle O’Gara, Davey Ray & Kyle Steffens

2-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Patrick Bruns, Jerry Coons Jr., Jimmy Light, Danny Long, Cary Oliver, Dave Peperak, Tanner Swanson & Korey Weyant

1-Terry Babb, Mark Bitner, Chris Fetter, A.J. Fike, Matt Goodnight, Buddy Kofoid, Tye Mihocko, Nathan Moore, Ryan Newman, Tommy Nichols, Tyler Roahrig, Bill Rose, Steven Russell, Jake Simmons, Mark Smith, Chris Urish & Chris Windom

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

5-Kody Swanson

3-C.J. Leary

1-Shane Cockrum, Justin Grant & Bobby Santos

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ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

1-Kyle Steffens & Chase Stockon

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TOP ROOKIE FINISHER OF THE RACE:

May 1: Terre Haute Action Track – Emerson Axsom (5th)

May 27: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Mario Clouser (7th)

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway – Brian Ruhlman (13th)

Jun 24: Madison International Speedway – Nathan Byrd (10th)

Jul 21: Winchester Speedway – Mike McVetta (7th)

Aug 6: Toledo Speedway – Mario Clouser (9th)

Aug 19: World Wide Technology Raceway – Mario Clouser (3rd)

Sep 5: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Chase Stockon (12th)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Brian Ruhlman (7th)

Oct 15: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Kaylee Bryson (5th)

Oct 22: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Tyler Roahrig (3rd)

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“HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE:

May 1: Terre Haute Action Track – Brady Bacon (16th to 3rd)

May 27: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Mario Clouser (24th to 7th)

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway – Carmen Perigo (19th to 10th)

Jun 24: Madison International Speedway – Brian Tyler (9th to 3rd)

Jul 21: Winchester Speedway – C.J. Leary (19th to 4th)

Aug 6: Toledo Speedway – Derek Bischak (19th to 6th)

Aug 19: World Wide Technology Raceway – Bryan Gossel (17th to 8th)

Sep 5: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Casey Buckman (23rd to 5th)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Eric Gordon (27th to 14th)

Oct 15: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Brian Tyler (22nd to 6th)

Oct 22: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – C.J. Leary (10th to 2nd)

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DIRT DRAFT FASTEST PRACTICE LAP

May 1: Terre Haute Action Track – Justin Grant

May 27: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Bobby Santos

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway – Shane Cockrum

Jun 24: Madison International Speedway – C.J. Leary

Jul 21: Winchester Speedway – Kody Swanson

Aug 6: Toledo Speedway – Kody Swanson

Aug 19: World Wide Technology Raceway – Kody Swanson

Sep 5: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Shane Cockrum

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Kody Swanson & Kody Swanson

Oct 15: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Shane Cockrum

Oct 22: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Kody Swanson

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STATS

ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINS:

1. [37 wins] Kody Swanson

2. [23 wins] Jack Hewitt

3. [18 wins] Brian Tyler

4. [16 wins] Dave Steele

5. [15 wins] J.J. Yeley

6. [14 wins] Dave Darland & Chuck Gurney

8. [12 wins] Jimmy Sills

9. [11 wins] Bobby East & Bobby Santos

11. [10 wins] Gary Bettenhausen & Mike Bliss

13. [9 wins] Tracy Hines & Tanner Swanson

15. [8 wins] Chris Windom

16. [7 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Rick Hood & George Snider

19. [6 wins] Tom Bigelow, Russ Gamester, Kenny Irwin Jr., Jason Leffler, Ken Schrader & Al Unser

25. [5 wins] Mario Andretti, Donnie Beechler, Pancho Carter, Shane Cockrum, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Bud Kaeding, Sheldon Kinser, Larry Rice & Logan Seavey

35. [4 wins] Justin Grant, Kyle Larson, Jeff Swindell & Rich Vogler

39. [3 wins] Steve Butler, Tyler Courtney, Cameron Dodson, A.J. Fike, Levi Jones, Kasey Kahne, Jim Keeker, Steve Kinser, C.J. Leary, Bobby Olivero, Johnny Parsons, Aaron Pierce, Ron Shuman, Tony Stewart, Tyler Walker & Paul White

55. [2 wins] Pat Abold, Brady Bacon, Steve Chassey, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Larry Dickson, Billy Engelhart, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Joe Saldana, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Cole Whitt, Josh Wise & Doug Wolfgang

70. [1 win] Teddy Beach, Christopher Bell, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Marvin Carman, Shane Carson, Bob Cicconi, Herb Copeland, Bruce Field, Aaron Fike, Chet Fillip, Bob Frey, Eric Gordon, Kyle Hamilton, John Heydenreich, Gary Hieber, Shane Hmiel, Shane Hollingsworth, Jimmy Horton, Jackie Howerton, Kevin Huntley, Kenny Jacobs, Bubby Jones, Keith Kauffman, Jimmy Kite, Chuck Leary, Eddie Leavitt, Jason McCord, Jim McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Mat Neely, Brad Noffsinger, Stevie Reeves, Wayne Reutimann Jr., Danny Smith, Kevin Thomas, Rich Tobias Jr., Chris Urish, Billy Vukovich & Jacob Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

41-Kody Swanson

21-Jimmy Sills

19-Dave Steele

17-Tracy Hines

14-Jerry Coons Jr.

13-J.J. Yeley

10-Bobby East & Rich Vogler

9-Chuck Gurney & Jason Leffler

8-Dave Darland, Russ Gamester, Levi Jones, Johnny Parsons & Tanner Swanson

7-Tom Bigelow, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary & Josh Wise

6-Gary Bettenhausen, Steve Chassey, Jack Hewitt & Larry Rice

5-Kenny Irwin Jr., Aaron Pierce, Jeff Swindell & Al Unser

4-Donnie Beechler, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Rick Hood, Jim Keeker, Sheldon Kinser, Kyle Larson, Brad Noffsinger, Joe Saldana, Bobby Santos, George Snider, Brian Tyler & Greg Weld

3-Mario Andretti, Mike Bliss, Steve Butler, Pancho Carter, Shane Cottle, Robby Flock, Shane Hmiel, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader & Ron Shuman

2-Dave Blaney, Ed Carpenter, Dane Carter, A.J. Fike, Shane Hollingsworth, Bud Kaeding, Steve Kinser, Lee Kunzman, Chuck Leary, Jon Stanbrough, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tyler Walker, Jacob Wilson & Chris Windom

1-Mark Alderson, Brady Bacon, Teddy Beach, Christopher Bell, Bob Cicconi, Shane Cockrum, Derek Davidson, Cameron Dodson, Pablo Donoso, Thad Dosher, Paul Durant, Bob Ewell, Chet Fillip, Stan Fox, Damion Gardner, Gene Lee Gibson, Eric Gordon, Jeff Gordon, Davey Hamilton, Jac Haudenschild, John Heydenreich, Gary Hieber, Tray House, Jackie Howerton, Kenny Jacobs, Jon Johnson, Bubby Jones, P.J. Jones, Kasey Kahne, Keith Kauffman, Steve Kent, Arnie Knepper, Michael Lewis, Jason McDougal, Lealand McSpadden, Warren Mockler, Mat Neely, Roger Rager, Wayne Reutimann Jr., Bill Rose, Randy Tolsma, Billy Vukovich, Bruce Walkup & Doug Wolfgang

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENT RACE WINS:

1. [3 wins] Jack Hewitt

2. [2 wins] Rick Hood

3. [1 win] George Snider, Kody Swanson, Rich Vogler & Billy Vukovich

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

1971: George Snider, 1972: A.J. Foyt, 1973: Al Unser, 1974: Mario Andretti, 1975: Jimmy Caruthers, 1976: Billy Cassella, 1977: Larry Rice, 1978: Pancho Carter, 1979: Bobby Olivero, 1980: Gary Bettenhausen, 1981: Larry Rice, 1982: Ken Schrader, 1983: Gary Bettenhausen, 1984: Dave Blaney, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Jack Hewitt, 1987: Jack Hewitt, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Chuck Gurney, 1990: Jimmy Sills, 1991: Jeff Gordon, 1992: Steve Butler, 1993: Mike Bliss, 1994: Jimmy Sills, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Jimmy Sills, 1997: Dave Darland, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Tracy Hines, 2001: Paul White, 2002: J.J. Yeley, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Dave Steele, 2005: Dave Steele, 2006: Bud Kaeding, 2007: Bud Kaeding, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Bud Kaeding, 2010: Levi Jones, 2011: Levi Jones, 2012: Bobby East, 2013: Bobby East, 2014: Kody Swanson, 2015: Kody Swanson, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Kody Swanson, 2018: Kody Swanson, 2019: Kody Swanson, 2020: Justin Grant, 2021: Kody Swanson, 2022: Kody Swanson

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

1971: Leader Card Racers, 1972: A.J. Foyt Enterprises, 1973: Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing, 1974: Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing, 1975: George Middleton, 1976: Louis Seymour & Sons, 1977: Dave LeFevre, 1978: Johnny Capels, 1979: Leader Card Racers, 1980: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1981: Johnny Vance, 1982: Steve Enslow, 1983: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1984: Ralph & Jim DePalma, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Bob Hampshire, 1987: Bob Hampshire, 1988: Kenneth Jarrett Farms, 1989: Junior Kurtz, 1990: Bob Consani, 1991: Fred Ede, 1992: Kenneth Jarrett Farms, 1993: Del McClure, 1994: Gary Stanton, 1995: Glen Niebel, 1996: Stanton Racing, 1997: Foxco, Inc., 1998: Goetz Racing, 1999: Snider-Foyt Racing, 2000: Terry Riggs, 2001: Paul Cook Racing, 2002: East-Stewart Racing, 2003: East-Stewart Racing, 2004: East-Stewart Racing, 2005: East-Stewart Racing, 2006: Leffler-BK Racing, 2007: BK Racing, 2008: RW Motorsports, 2009: BK Motorsports, 2010: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2012: RW Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2013: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2014: DePalma Motorsports, 2015: DePalma Motorsports, 2016: DePalma Motorsports, 2017: DePalma Motorsports, 2018: DePalma Motorsports, 2019: Klatt Enterprises, 2020: Hemelgarn Racing, 2021: Rice Motorsports, 2022: Doran-Dyson Racing

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1981: Jack Hewitt, 1982: Keith Kauffman, 1983: Rick Hood, 1984: Dave Blaney, 1985: Steve Butler, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Jeff Swindell, 1988: Gene Lee Gibson, 1989: Jimmy Sills, 1990: Eric Gordon, 1991: Stevie Reeves, 1992: Jim Keeker, 1993: Randy Tolsma, 1994: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1995: Chuck Leary: 1996: Ryan Newman, 1997: Jimmy Kite, 1998: Todd Kane, 1999: Paul White, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Aaron Fike, 2002: Matt Westfall, 2003: Ron Gregory, 2004: Aaron Pierce, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Mat Neely, 2007: Cameron Dodson, 2008: Steve Arpin, 2009: Kody Swanson, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Kyle Hamilton, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Caleb Armstrong, 2015: C.J. Leary, 2016: Casey Shuman, 2017: Joss Moffatt, 2018: Kyle Robbins, 2019: Derek Bischak, 2020: Bryan Gossel, 2021: Logan Seavey, 2022: Gregg Cory
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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STARTS:

212-Brian Tyler

205-Russ Gamester

201-Dave Darland

180-Jerry Coons Jr.

172-Tracy Hines

163-Jack Hewitt

153-Eric Gordon

151-Johnny Parsons

147-Tony Elliott

129-George Snider

128-Kody Swanson

125-Gary Hieber

115-Chuck Gurney

113-Bud Kaeding & Jimmy Sills

111-Dave Steele

110-John Heydenreich

104-A.J. Fike & Aaron Pierce

100-Larry Rice

94-Jay Drake & Paul White

91-J.J. Yeley

90-Tom Bigelow

88-Mark Alderson

84-Jason McCord

83-Gary Bettenhausen

79-Donnie Beechler & Levi Jones

78-Chris Windom

77-Rich Vogler

76-Larry Dickson

75-Ryan Newman

74-Steve Chassey & Justin Grant

73-Rich Tobias Jr.

72-Bobby East

71-David Byrne, Shane Cottle, Robby Flock & Sheldon Kinser

70-Steve Butler

68-Billy Engelhart

67-Joe Saldana & Bobby Santos

66-Brad Noffsinger

65-Jerry Nemire

62-Ron Shuman

60-Randy Bateman, Austin Nemire, Wally Pankratz & Bill Rose

58-Rick Hood

55-Gary Irvin

54-Tom Capie, Shane Hollingsworth & Jacob Wilson

53-Chet Fillip & Jason Leffler

52-Wayne Reutimann Jr.

51-Shane Cockrum

50-Patrick Lawson

49-C.J. Leary & Tony Stewart

48-Mike Bliss & Ken Schrader

47-Bob Cicconi

46-Jim Keeker, Billy Vukovich & Bentley Warren

45-Derek Davidson, Kyle Robbins, Tanner Swanson & Jeff Swindell

43-Kenny Irwin Jr. & Tyler Walker

42-Dane Carter & Jon Stanbrough

41-Matt Goodnight, Danny Milburn & Matt Westfall

40-Aaron Fike, Andy Hillenburg, Warren Mockler & Chip Thomas

39-Tray House & Jim McElreath

38-Chuck Leary, Bobby Olivero, Chris Urish & Travis Welpott

37-Pancho Carter, Duke Cook, Todd Kane, Rusty McClure, Billy Puterbaugh Jr. & Roger Rager

36-Ed Carpenter & Ron Dunstan

35-Mike Haggenbottom

34-Brady Bacon, Ronnie Burke, Davey Hamilton, Kevin Huntley, Greg Staab & Kevin Thomas

33-Cary Faas, Jimmy Kite & Josh Wise

32-Dave Berkheimer & Brent Kaeding

31-Terry Babb, Steve Cannon, Ron Gregory, Arnie Knepper, Jim Mahoney, Mat Neely & Stevie Reeves

30-Tim Barber, Teddy Beach, Jeff Bloom, Zach Daum, Stan Fox, Manny Rockhold & Jerry Russell

29-Rocky Hodges & Michael Lewis

28-Dave Blaney & Bill Puterbaugh

27-Brad Armstrong & Bryan Clauson

26-Steve Buckwalter, Dan Drinan & Joe Liguori

25-Kasey Kahne, Nick Lundgreen, Jerry Miller & Davey Ray

24-Pat Abold, Derek Hagar, Kenny Jacobs & Logan Seavey

23-Cameron Dodson

22-Billy Cassella, Kevin Doty & Bob Frey

21-Kyle Hamilton & Walt Kennedy

20-Bill Baue, Dave Feese, John Starks & Randy Tolsma

19-Taylor Ferns, Bruce Field, Brian Gerster, Gene Lee Gibson, Shane Hmiel, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden & Casey Shuman

18-Rollie Beale, Jackie Burke, Tyler Courtney, Chris Fetter, Mike Murgoitio, Al Unser & Jonathan Vennard

17-Derek Bischak, Jimmy Caruthers, A.J. Foyt, Sammy Sessions, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Kramer Williamson

16-Robert Ballou & Pablo Donoso

15-Patrick Bruns, Paul Clark, P.J. Jones & Bruce Walkup

14-Jarett Andretti, Billy Boat, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Bryan Gossel, Dallas Hewitt, Bubby Jones, Keith Kauffman, Ralph Liguori, Boston Reid, Danny Smith, Smokey Snellbaker, Kyle Steffens, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

13-Tyce Carlson, Dana Carter, Jim Childers, Jac Haudenschild, Jackie Howerton, Jon Johnson, Greg Leffler, Andy Michner, Brian Paulus, Jake Swanson, Billy Wease, Rodney Weesner & Bud Wilmot

12-Casey Buckman, Brad Fox, Mike Gregg, Mike Hess, Danny Long, Jason McDougal, Billy Pauch, Carmen Perigo, Ricky Shelton & Bill Tyler

11-Mario Andretti, J.C. Bland, Justin Carver, Hud Cone, Craig Dori, Dickie Gaines, David Gough, Terry James, Steve Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Lee Kunzman, Kyle Larson, James McElreath, Bobby McMahan, Joey Moughan, Rex Norris III, Kyle O’Gara, Mike Peters, Tad Roach, Greg Weld & Greg Wilson

10-Gregg Cory, Ronnie Day, Gary Gray, Richard Griffin, Coleman Gulick, Davey Hamilton Jr., Bob Harkey, Page Jones, Terry Kawell, Jim Moughan, Kenneth Nichols, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Jack Runyon, Robert Smith & Robbie Stanley

9-Bobby Adkins, Chuck Amati, Caleb Armstrong, Toni Breidinger, Karl Busson, Nathan Byrd, Bob Evans, Bryn Gohn, Wayne Hammond, Jim Hurtubise, Rebel Jackson Jr., Chappy Knaack, Eddie Leavitt, Larry Martin, Joss Moffatt, Johnny Petrozelle, Johnny Rutherford & Mark Smith

8-Jim Anderson, Joe Axsom, Christopher Bell, Cole Carter, Mel Cornett, Chris Cumberworth, Doug Didero, Paul Durant, Ray Joe Fager, Larry Gates, Ken Hamilton, Darl Harrison, Roy Hicks, Rod Holshouser, Dakota Jackson, Mike Johnson, Frankie Kerr, Mike McVetta, Jan Opperman, Lee Osborne, Junior Parkinson, Greg Peterson, Aaron Pollock, Tracy Potter, Steve Siegel, Ryan Smith, Chase Stockon, Sammy Swindell, Rick Treadway, Lennie Waldo, Carl Williams & Doug Wolfgang

7-John Andretti, Eric Butze, Rob Chaney, Lou Cicconi Jr., Chris Dyson, Bob East, Perry Ferrell, Nick Fornoro Jr., Joe Gaerte, Cody Gallogly, Damion Gardner, Cody Gerhardt, Brian Hayden, Jesse Hockett, Blake Hollingsworth, Tony Hunt, Paul Huntington, Chad Kemenah, Paul Koch, Jimmy Light, Joe McCarthy, Thiago Medeiros, Austin Mundie, Tom Paterson, Michael Roselli Jr., Steven Russell, Hunter Schuerenberg, Alex Shanks, Pete Shepherd III, Mike Thomas, Korey Weyant, Billy Whitaker & Mitch Wissmiller

6-Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Annie Breidinger, Mike Brooks, Bill Burks Jr., Kellen Conover, Palmer Crowell, Jake Day, Ryan Durst, Bob Ewell, Spike Gehlhausen, Kenny Gentry, Darren Hagen, Tom Hessert III, Larry Hoppes, John Hubbard, Marc Jessup, Doug Kalitta, Kevin Koch, Bill Kojis, Mike Lichty, Jeff Mitrisin, Don Nordhorn, Brian Seidel, Jake Simmons, Jimmy Stinson, Jerry Stone & Mike Winblad

5-Sport Allen, Todd Beach, Barry Camp, Larry Cannon, Shane Carson, Mark Cassella, Mario Clouser, Kyle Cummins, John Hunt, Brad Kuhn, Rich Leavell, Donnie Lehmann, Mario Marietta, Brad Marvel, Mack McClellan, Kevin Olson, Chris Phillips, Brian Ruhlman, Mike Stroehle, Neil Shepherd, Red Stauffer, Sleepy Tripp, Terry Uehling, Cole Whitt & Rip Williams

4-Tony Armstrong, Steve Arpin, John Batts, Mike Brecht, Jimmy Brewer, David Bridges, Kaylee Bryson, Ray Bull, Keith Burch, Keith Butler, Herb Copeland, Casey Diemert, Lee Dunn, Danny Ebberts, Murray Erickson, Ray Evans, Scott Hansen, Don Hawley, Steve Kent, Dereck King, Steve Knepper, Mike Larrison, Mike Ling, Bobby Marcum, Von McGee, Wes Miller, David Mirk, Dave Peperak, Rodney Ritter Jr., Billy Shuman, Dean Shirley, Donny Schatz, Tim Siner, Billy Vukovich III, Clark Templeman, Kevin Whitesides, Leon Thickstun, Miranda Throckmorton & Ronnie Wuerdeman

3-Steve Adams, Johnny Anderson, Ed Angle, Robin Bank, Justin Barger, John Barrick, Kipp Beard, Doug Berryman, Merle Bettenhausen, Art Bisch Jr., Kevin Bloomstran, Lee Brewer Jr., Rick Brown, Dave Burns, Gary Cameron II, Keith Campbell, Marvin Carman, Roy Caruthers, Wayne Chinn, Bill Compton, Tim Cox, Erin Crocker, Troy DeCaire, Thad Dosher, Tommie Estes Jr., Dean Franklin, Jeff Gardner, Emmett Hahn, Nick Hamilton, Darryl Haugh, Kelly Kinser, Lance Kobusch, Red Kunstbeck, Ricky Logan, Steve Long, Jim Malloy, Mike Martin, Zach Martini, Bob Meli, Larry Moore, Nathan Moore, Ryan Moore, Mike Mosley Jr., Mike Ordway, Gary Patterson, Gary Ponzini, Rusty Rasmussen, Wayne Reutimann, Robbie Rice, Travis Rilat, Tyler Roahrig, A.J. Russell, Zach Schiff, Frankie Schneider, Ryan Scott, Terry Shepherd, Ron Smoker, Kevin Studley, Brad Sweet, Buz Tapply, Cale Thomas, Dick Tobias, Rick Ungar, Tony Weyant, George White, Jim Whiteside & Greg Wooley

2-Mike Adkins, Mike Andreeta, Tommy Astone, Emerson Axsom, Todd Bammer, Randy Bauer, Dave Baumgartner, Nick Bilbee, Dean Billings, Austin Blair, Dan Boorse, Ken Brewer, Shane Butler, Steve Carithers, Tim Clark, Jason Conn, Stan Constant, Johnny Coogan, Frank D’Alonso, Daryl Daugherty, Tom Davies, Charles Davis Jr., James Davison, Greg DeCaires, Duke DeRosa, Scott Edmiston, Dean Erfurth, Jay Ervine, Mike Fedorcak, Billy Felts, A.J. Foyt IV, Stewart Friesen, Greg Furlong, Leon Gentry, Mike Gigot, Joe Gosek, Rick Goudy, Chuck Gurney Jr., Randy Hannagan, Scott Hatton, Jon Herb, Jordan Hermansader, Sparky Howard, Bill Hudson, Bruce Jennings, Jerry Karl, Kevin Kierce, Mike Lauterborn, Steve Lotshaw, Ed Lynch, Garry Lee Maier, Troy Matchen, Jay Maupin, Randy Mausteller, Van May, Roger McCluskey, Mike McCreary, Frank McDaniel, Lyn McIntosh, Dustin Morgan, Aaron Mosley, Larry Neighbors, John Nervo, Cary Oliver, Lynn Paxton, Scott Pierovich, Troy Regier, Rick Salem, Joey Schmidt, Howie Sewell, David Shain, Rick Sipes, Jigger Sirois, Mark Sokola, Randy Standridge, Nelson Stewart, Rodney Stone, Rob Summers, Kevin Swindell, Al Thomas, Troy Thompson, Troy Vaccaro, Butch Wilkerson, Charlie Workman, Salt Walther, Brent Yarnal & Jack Ziegler

1-Bobby Allen, Taylor Andrews, Dakoda Armstrong, Jon Backlund, Tom Ball, Steve Barnett, Steve Barth, Mark Bitner, Jarid Blondel, Chad Boat, Ray Bragg, Jerry Bruce, Bob Brutto, Will Cagle, Daryl Campbell, Don Carr, Kent Christian, Drew Church, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Kevin Conway, Donnie Crawford, Wally Dallenbach, Bobby Davis Jr., Brad Davis, Bob Davison, Brian DeFord, Terry Doss, Brad Doty, Rodney Duncan, Jesse Dunham, Sondi Eden, Andrew Felker, Elvin Felty, Dan Ford, Michael Ford, Andy Forsberg, Jeff Forshee, Ronnie Franklin, Pete Frazier, Danny Frye Jr., Jeff Galas, Ronnie Gardner, Rickie Gaunt, Cheryl Glass, David Gravel, Gary Griffith, Brett Hearn, Jojo Helberg, Jim Hettinger, Nathan High, Larry Hillerud, Ted Hines, Jimmy Horton, Brian Hosford, Rick Howerton, Steve Irwin, Jim Jackson, Earnest Jennings, Rickey Jennings, Matt Jewell, Chase Johnson, Erik Karlsen, Kraig Kinser, Buddy Kofoid, Dana LaLiberte, Harold Leep, Jeff Leka, Ryan Litt, Ed Lynch Jr., Pepi Marchese, David McCreary, Dave McGough, Paul McMahan, Joe Melnick, Thomas Meseraull, Curt Michael, Tye Mihocko, Jim Mills, Mark Monico, Mike Mosley, Jack Moulton Jr., Peter Murphy, Rick Muther, Fred Neighbors, Greg Nelson, Kevin Newton, Kyle Nicholas, Tommy Nichols, Don O’Keefe, Jimmy Parsons, Billy Pauch Jr., Stan Ploski, Art Pollard, Jerry Potter, Richard Powell, Pat Quinn, Ron Rae, Fred Rahmer, Robbie Ray, Byron Reed, David Reutimann, Jim Reynard, Randy Roberts, Joe Roush, John Ryals, Eddie Sachs Jr., Doug Saunier, Bill Schemonia, Shane Scully, Jon Sciscoe, Ron Semelka, Steve Sheppard Jr., Danny Shouse, Grant Simpson, Anthony Simone, Carl Smith, Steve Smith, Mike Spencer, Darren Spiers, Greg Stephens, Robert Stout, Charlie Swartz, Fred Tegarden Jr., Todd Thomas, Tanner Thorson, Bud Tingelstad, Eric Todd, Rick Tomasik, Eric Trousdale, LeRoy Van Conett, Kaylene Verville, Todd Wanless, Curt Waters, Jeff West, Brent Whited, Bryan Whited, Eddie Wirth, Kyle Wissmiller, Kent Wolters, Mike Woodring, Ken Woolley & Tiffany Wyzard

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2022 USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER & TEAM ROSTER:

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(R) EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Nolen Racing #20)

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TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb #88)

BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Five Three Motorsports #53)

DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing #31)

DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak #131)

(R) MARK BITNER/Columbus, NJ (Henry Yeska #4)

PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL (Full Throttle Racing #95)

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

CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (DMW Motorsports #110)

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

DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing #40)

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

SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (BLS Motorsports #71)

JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Patty Bateman #55)

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

SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports #74)

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(R) JAKE DAY/Abilene, TX (Jake Day #42)

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

CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Chris Fetter #15) & (Chris Fetter #89)

A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Five Three Motorsports #53)

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RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing #51)

MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing #39)

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

BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel #06)

JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing #91)

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MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom #24)

DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID (Hamilton-Puglio Motorsports #14)

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

DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt #57)

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(R) BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Hans Lein #97)

L

PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson #2)

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

JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports #123)

DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long #44)

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(R) ANTHONY MACRI/Dillsburg, PA (Chris Dyson Racing #9)

JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Daigh-Phillips Motorsports #27)

(R) MIKE McVETTA/Grafton, OH (Ram Engineering #94)

(R) TYE MIHOCKO/Phoenix, AZ (Sammy & Mouren Fetter #88)

(R) NATHAN MOORE/Kaufman, TX (Joe Moore #48)

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

RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Johnny Vance Racing Team #2v)

(R) TOMMY NICHOLS/Tampa, FL (Sam Pierce #26)

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

(R) CARY OLIVER/Buncombe, IL (Cary Oliver #11)

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

(R) DAVE PEPERAK/Clinton, IN (Dave Peperak Motorsports #177)

CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman #52)

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DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Cornell Racing Stables #8)

(R) TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Legacy Autosport #19)

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

BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing #66)

(R) BRIAN RUHLMAN/Clark Lake, MI (Brian Ruhlman #49)

STEVEN RUSSELL/Rochester, IL (McQuinn Motorsports #14)

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BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing #22)

LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports #222)

JAKE SIMMONS/New Palestine, IN (Tim Simmons #3)

MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA (L & M Motorsports #01)

KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens #08)

(R) CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (Pink 69 Racing #69)

JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports #10)

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

TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing #02)

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BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR Group #81)

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CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish #77)

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TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing #18)

MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Motorsports #54)

KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant #199)

CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Sam Pierce #26) & (Bill Rose Racing #66)

(R) RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Wuerdeman Family Racing #33)

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

 

SANTOS SCHOOLS ‘EM,
IS CLASS OF IRP MIDGET FIELD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (October 22, 2022)………Bobby Santos completed his pavement midget season at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in the exact same manner he started it – standing in victory lane.

Five months after kicking off the year with a triumph in May, the Franklin, Mass. native led all 40 laps of Saturday night’s Championship Saturday USAC Midget non-points, special event feature following a first lap melee that forced him to take evasive action in order to escape.

The final outcome for Santos resulted in him capturing IRP’s season-long Pavement Midget championship in his 3 Stooges Racing/Indy Performance Composites – Carpenter’s Crew/Beast/Stanton SR-11.

“It was a great year with the midget,” Santos stated. “(Car owner Jeff West) gives me a great car and I’m just lucky enough to drive it.”

While Santos’ humility is appreciated, his record at the .686-mile paved oval tells a story that few others have come close to accomplishing. His 14th overall victory at IRP moves him into sole possession of second all-time in terms of combined sprint car, midget and Silver Crown victories at the track. He now trails only Tracy Hines who accumulated 15 in his career.

Furthermore, this win was most meaningful on a personal level to the driver and crew as this was the first victory for the team since Jeff West’s father, Lenny West, passed away on June 20 of this year, making this one an extra special event.

“This one is for Jeff and his whole family,” Santos said. “This is their first win since we lost Lenny, so this one definitely goes to their family. I’ve got to thank them for everything.”

With a four-car invert, second quickest qualifier Santos started third on the grid. However, trouble ensued on the opening lap just after outside front row starter Johnny Zych edged ahead to the lead in turn two in front of pole sitter Tanner Swanson.

Suddenly, the rear wheels stepped out from underneath three-time NEMA champion Zych’s ride, sending him flipping once over like a ragdoll before landing back on all four wheels. Just behind Zych, the entire field scattered to avoid mayhem. Justin Grant slowed to avert, sending Cole Carter ramping over Grant’s left rear tire. Grant glanced off the outside wall with his right side wheels while Kyle O’Gara spun to a stop on the inside of the track.

A broken torsion bar was the result for Grant while a broken steering arm and no brakes were Carter’s ailments. Zych went away on the hook with a broken Panhard bar.

With the starting order reshuffled, Santos was moved to the outside of the front row where he promptly took off in warp speed mode, constructing an eight-tenth of a second lead over teammate, fellow Massachusetts native and fast qualifier Jake Trainor.

Meanwhile, Kyle O'Gara, who was involved in the opening lap altercation, restarted at the tail and had moved himself all the way up to the third spot by lap seven as he sliced through the field with Ginsu Knife-like precision.

O’Gara closed in on the top-two of Santos and Trainor, pulling to within a second on the stopwatch until lap 27 when Trainor fell off the pace and pulled into the pit area, the second of the frontrunning 3 Stooges Racing team to fall by the wayside.

From that point forward, just like Moe was the leader of Larry, Curly and, at times, Shemp, Joe and Curly Joe on the Three Stooges shorts, Santos was the commanding presence of all challengers on this evening at IRP.

The rest of the way, Santos cruised to a stress-free, 4.221 second triumph over O’Gara, who put in a valiant effort to charge from the back to near the front of the line. Tanner Swanson grabbed third with Justin Grant fourth after recovering from an opening lap incident. Nick Hamilton was the biggest mover as he started 11th and advanced six positions to round out the top-five.

With his winning performance, Santos became the 10th driver to record at least five career midget wins at IRP. The others to achieve the feat include Johnny Parsons with an all-time best seven. Dan Drinan, Tracy Hines, Mel Kenyon and Kenneth Nichols each possess six. Ryan Newman, Santos, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart and Rich Vogler all stand at five.

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

QUALIFYING: (Two laps combined) 1. Jake Trainor, 01, 3 Stooges-42.460; 2. Bobby Santos, 98, 3 Stooges-42.806; 3. Johnny Zych, 51, 3 Stooges-43.113; 4. Tanner Swanson, 26, Pierce-43.273; 5. Kyle O'Gara, 67K, SFHR-43.323; 6. Justin Grant, 57, Abacus-43.363; 7. Nathan Byrd, 47, Bertrand-43.374; 8. Cole Carter, 7, Bertrand-43.382; 9. Kody Swanson, 44, Bertrand-43.475; 10. Dakoda Armstrong, 7A, C & A-43.963; 11. Nick Hamilton, 7K, Irwin-44.169; 12. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Western Speed-44.657; 13. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-44.708; 14. Blake Brannon, 40, Western Speed-46.259; 15. Annie Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-NT.

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (3), 2. Kyle O’Gara (5), 3. Tanner Swanson (1), 4. Justin Grant (6), 5. Nick Hamilton (11), 6. Cody Gerhardt (12), 7. Kevin Studley (13), 8. Blake Brannon (14), 9. Kody Swanson (9), 10. Jake Trainor (4), 11. Nathan Byrd (7), 12. Dakoda Armstrong (10), 13. Johnny Zych (2), 14. Cole Carter (8), 15. Annie Breidinger (15). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Bobby Santos.

**Johnny Zych flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

 

 

THE TURNING POINT: USAC SILVER CROWN POINT LEAD CHANGES IN THE FINAL RACE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (October 20, 2022)………Logan Seavey and Kody Swanson are engaged in an ultimate game of high-speed tug-of-war entering this Saturday’s USAC Silver Crown season finale on October 22 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) possesses a mere three-point advantage over Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) entering the event.

While Seavey is seeking his first USAC Silver Crown title, he did previously pick up the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. Meanwhile, Swanson is attempting to overtake Seavey to become a seven-time Silver Crown champion.

For Swanson to accomplish that, it will require a change at the top in the final race of the season, a relative rarity in the sport. There is precedent, though. In 13 of the 51 years of Silver Crown history, a lead change in the standings has been produced during the season’s final event.

In 1973, Mario Andretti came into the final race of the Championship Dirt division with an unblemished record, having won at both Springfield and Du Quoin. However, he burned a piston during early morning practice and was forced to start the race on only seven cylinders. He dropped back drastically at the start from his seventh starting spot and retired from the race on lap 33. Two laps earlier, Al Unser had lapped him en route to the victory and the championship.

Consistency did the job for Billy Cassella in 1976 while point leader Johnny Parsons fell to 10th at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. All the while, Cassella did exactly what he had to do – stay out of trouble and finish solidly. His subsequent fourth-place result dropped Parsons 60 points in arrears, jumbling up the standings and vaulting Cassella to the top of the championship leaderboard.

In the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, which wrapped up the 1979 campaign, Bobby Olivero came all the way from 17th to duck beneath defending race winner Billy Engelhart going down the backstretch with only three-and-a-half laps remaining, then went on to claim the first-place prize and the championship in one fell swoop while point leader Billy Vukovich dropped out early with a mechanical issue.

An accident in the recent Hut Hundred Midget race at Terre Haute took Rich Vogler out of contention late during the 1981 season, paving the way for Larry Rice to become USAC Silver Crown’s first multi-time champion after finishing second in the Eldora finale to elevate him past the injured Vogler.

Ken Schrader’s USAC Silver Crown championship season in 1982 was one of smooth, calm performances. At least, that was the case until the year’s final event at Pennsylvania’s Nazareth National Motor Speedway. When Schrader’s own mount suffered engine problems, he borrowed Sheldon Kinser’s regular ride, owned by Ben Leyba, then came from the 29th starting position to finish fourth in just 54 laps of action when the race was called due to darkness. So thankful was Schrader to Kinser’s gracious offer that he ultimately named his own son, “Sheldon.”

Steve Butler thought his chance at a championship was over in 1992 following his late-race confrontation with a spinning car in the final race at Eldora Speedway. With nine laps to go, Butler emerged from the wreckage after bouncing off three different cars during the melee, then had the engine stall on him. Butler, however, managed to keep going, then found daylight as the leader of the race and the title race by a close seven point margin.

Mike Bliss admitted the points race didn’t enter his mind until midseason. After a pair of pavement wins at IRP and Milwaukee, Bliss turned up the wick on the dirt to come from behind to beat Ron Shuman by two points in the closest title race in series history. After Shuman was forced to pit during the finale in Sacramento, Calif., Bliss then tried to conserve his tires and finish the best he could. Not knowing where Shuman finished, Bliss came into the pits still unsure of the outcome until USAC’s Johnny Capels delivered the news that Bliss had won the title by one position.

Of the three USAC National championships he procured in 1995, for Tony Stewart, the Silver Crown title was the most surprising. Entering the finale at Sacramento, California’s Cal Expo State Fairgrounds, Dave Darland led Jack Hewitt by eight points, and each needed only a top-seven finish to eliminate Stewart from contention. Stewart needed a second-place finish or better and DNFs by both Darland and Hewitt for any chance at the crown. Darland was the first out of the race, an oil fire putting him on the sidelines only 11 laps into the contest. Hewitt slid wide and hit the outside wall on lap 33, ending his night, leaving Stewart to chase winner Donnie Beechler to the checkered flag. The second-place finish gave Stewart a two-point victory over Darland, equaling the closest finish ever from 1993.

“I didn’t know I’d won the championship until after I pulled into victory lane,” Jimmy Sills said in reflecting on the 1996 USAC Silver Crown finale at California’s Del Mar Fairgrounds. Sills’ unexpected Silver Crown championship came amid a heartbreaking finish for Kenny Irwin Jr. who led the standings most of the season. Needing only a sixth-place finish in the finale to clinch the championship, Irwin had the title in the bag, running fourth on the last lap when a tire blew, and he eventually slid into the outside wall in the fourth and final turn. Irwin dropped to 11th while Sills raced by for the win and the title.

Jason Leffler’s 1998 season began with him coming drastically close to his first series victory at Walt Disney World but could only watch helplessly as he ran out of fuel on the final lap while Brian Tyler stormed by him to take his first series victory. Trailing Tyler in the points coming into the final event at Gateway International Raceway, Jason knew he would need a solid finish and some help. He got both. Leffler finished the Gateway race a solid fourth while Tyler suffered from brake problems all day and came home 16th, losing the championship to Jason by only 16 points.

After several close calls in his career of chasing a USAC national championship, Tracy Hines was part of a fantastic three-way battle in 2000 that also included eventual runner-up Dave Darland and Brian Tyler. Hines cut deeply into Darland’s lead at the penultimate event in Irwindale. Hines and his Indiana Underground team went on to finish second to Tyler in the finale at Memphis, but the performance was enough to thrust him past Darland who finished a distant 15th. It finally put all the close calls behind Hines who ultimately went on to attain USAC Triple Crown status.

Levi Jones needed to finish one position ahead of Bud Kaeding in the final race of the season at Toledo Speedway in 2010. As it turned out, he did exactly that to win the title by a mere two points, equaling the closest margin between first and second in the history of the Silver Crown series alongside 1993 and 1995. Jones edged Kaeding by finishing seventh with Kaeding lurking just behind in eighth. Kaeding had been running ahead of Jones until 27 laps to go when he was involved in a three-car tangle on the backstretch. Kaeding continued but was unable to catch and pass Jones for the title.

At the season-ending 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway, Chris Windom completely dismantled the field, holding a 17-second lead at one point around the half-mile oval as he put all but the top-three finishers a lap down by race end. By virtue of his convincing win and point leader Kody Swanson’s steering issues following early race contact, Windom leapfrogged Swanson in the standings, pulling five points ahead to claim his first USAC championship, ending Swanson’s two-year reign as champ.

RACE DETAILS:

Howard Companies Championship Saturday consists of a tripleheader featuring the USAC Silver Crown National Championship, 500 Sprint Car Tour and Pavement Midgets.

Spectator gates open at Noon Eastern. 500 Sprint Car Tour practice begins at 12:30pm with Pavement Midget practice at 12:55pm and USAC Silver Crown practice at 1:20, followed by a second round of practice for the sprint cars at 1:50, midgets at 2:15 and Silver Crown at 2:40. Sprint Car qualifying commences at 3:10, midgets at 3:40 and Silver Crown at 4:10. Opening ceremonies are slated for 4:45 with the sprint car feature rolling off at 5:05, midgets at 6:05 and Silver Crown at 7:05.

Advance tickets are on sale now at www.raceIRP.com. Tickets will be on sale at the gate on race day.

Saturday’s event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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USAC SILVER CROWN POINT LEAD CHANGES DURING THE FINAL RACE:

1973: Entering Finale: Al Unser trailed by 140 to Mario Andretti. Result: Al Unser wins by 60 over Mario Andretti.

1976: Entering Finale: Billy Cassella trailed by 30 to Johnny Parsons. Result: Billy Cassella won by 60 over Johnny Parsons.

1979: Entering Finale: Bobby Olivero trailed by 27 to Billy Vukovich. Result: Bobby Olivero won by 43 over Billy Engelhart. Billy Vukovich finished 4th by 169.

1981: Entering Finale: Larry Rice trailed by 17 to Rich Vogler. Result: Larry Rice won by 23 over Rich Vogler.

1982: Entering Finale: Ken Schrader trailed by 19 to Ron Shuman. Result: Ken Schrader won by 74 over Mark Alderson & by 91 over Ron Shuman.

1992: Entering Finale: Steve Butler trailed by 18 to Jeff Swindell. Result: Steve Butler won by 7 over Jeff Swindell.

1993: Entering Finale: Mike Bliss trailed by 58 to Ron Shuman. Result: Mike Bliss won by 2 over Ron Shuman.

1995: Entering Finale: Tony Stewart trailed by 155 to Dave Darland. Result: Tony Stewart won by 2 over Dave Darland.

1996: Entering Finale: Jimmy Sills trailed by 138 to Kenny Irwin Jr. Result: Jimmy Sills won by 42 over Kenny Irwin Jr.

1998: Entering Finale: Jason Leffler trailed by 14 to Brian Tyler. Result: Jason Leffler won by 16 over Brian Tyler.

2000: Entering Finale: Tracy Hines trailed by 5 to Dave Darland. Result: Tracy Hines won by 29 over Dave Darland.

2010: Entering Finale: Levi Jones trailed by 1 to Bud Kaeding. Result: Levi Jones won by 2 over Bud Kaeding.

2016: Entering Finale: Chris Windom trailed by 10 to Kody Swanson. Result: Chris Windom won championship by 5 over Kody Swanson.

 

 


THIS IS IT:
IRP’S USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON FINALE
TO DECIDE CHAMP ON SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (October 19, 2022)………Figuring out the arithmetic for the 2022 USAC Silver Crown finale is as easy as one-two-three.

One race. Two title contenders. Three points of separation.

That’s what the 2022 USAC Silver Crown championship race comes down to this Saturday, October 22, at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Ind.

Logan Seavey and Kody Swanson are engrossed in one of the tightest point battles in USAC Silver Crown history with Seavey holding a three-point edge entering the 100-lap, 68.6-mile Howard Companies Championship Saturday event on the .686-mile paved oval.

The race to the crown has been practically even throughout the first 10 events of the season. To demonstrate how close the championship fight is going into this weekend’s race. Consider this stat line and tell us whose resume you think this belongs to.

This Californian owns three wins, one runner-up finish, a single third-place result and two fourth place runs in addition to nine top-tens in 10 starts. This driver also has a worst finish of eighth when still running at the finish of the race.

Is it Seavey? Could it be Swanson? Nope. Actually, it’s both. Seavey and Swanson carry the exact same statistics thus far at this point in the year.

So, who holds the edge? Well, it’s certainly no secret that Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) holds the upper hand at IRP. In fact, he holds the upper hand over everybody who’s ever sat in the seat of a champ car at IRP. His seven victories and nine poles in Silver Crown competition at the track are both records. In fact, he’s finished inside the top-two in 15 of his 21 career series starts at IRP. Furthermore, he’s been victorious in the last four pavement races on the schedule, including the non-points, 10-car, 25-lap special event in June at IRP.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has been stellar on the dirt all year long, picking up all three of his 2022 victories on Earth’s soil. However, he’s upped his game on the asphalt this year, finishing as high as second at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway while also grabbing a stellar fifth at IRP in May’s Carb Night Classic. In 2021 at IRP, he also collected a 7th and 8th.

Every point is crucial from the word “go,” from qualifying to laps led to where a driver crosses the stripe when the checkered flag is waved one last time. Three bonus points are up for grabs for the pole winner. Three more are available to the driver who leads the most laps.

However, the bulk of the points are made at the finish line with the winner receiving 70 points while each position’s point total decreases by three throughout the top-10 with tenth earning 43 points. From 10th to 20th in the final running order, the points decrease by two for each position with 20th collecting 23 points. Beyond 20th, the points situation decreases by one for each spot through the balance of the field. The least amount any driver can gain is 13 for the event. Ten points are awarded to any driver not starting the event.

In addition to the championship battle between the drivers are their teams. The entrant title battle is currently separated by the same three-point margin with Seavey’s Rice Motorsports No. 222 standing atop the pylon ahead of the combined team effort of Doran-Dyson Motorsports for Swanson’s No. 1. For Rice, it would be his second consecutive entrant title while, for Doran-Dyson, it would be both the first for either department.

With all that said, there’s a big score still yet to be settled between an array of talent throughout the field who possesses 12 IRP Silver Crown victories between themselves. Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) captured the most recent Silver Crown points race in May, which was his fifth win overall with the series at the track after earlier winning the pole position for the race, his third.

Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) owns six IRP Silver Crown wins in his career, second only to his brother, Kody. Tanner has also set quick time on another five occasions, and like Santos and Kody, he is one of the few and the proud who can lay claim to victories in a sprint car, midget and Silver Crown car at IRP.

Brian Tyler (Parma, Mich.) made his IRP Silver Crown debut back in 1996 for master mechanic and car owner Jack Steck. His lone IRP Silver Crown winning performance came in the “New Generation” machine during the 2006 season. In the traditional champ car, Tyler won the pole for the 2001 IRP race and went on to finish 2nd. The two-time USAC National Sprint Car driving champion can also boast IRP Silver Crown finishes of 3rd in 1999 and 2003 as well as a 5th in 2000.

Two-time Little 500 winner Tyler Roahrig (Plymouth, Ind.) returns to Silver Crown competition for the first time this year after finishing as the runner-up last August at IRP. He’ll pilot a brand new Legacy chassis built my Legacy Autosport who is making its first foray into Silver Crown racing. Both have winning experience at IRP in other divisions. Roahrig captured a 500 Sprint Car Tour win this past August while Legacy Autosport scored an Indy Pro 2000 win in 2020 with driver Kody Swanson.

Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) made history in May at IRP when she became the first woman to finish on the podium of a Silver Crown race, taking a career-best 3rd with her effort. She also finished inside the top-five with a 5th in early 2021.

Two past USAC National champions have previously risen to the occasion at IRP. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), the 2020 Silver Crown champ, has recorded three top-five results in his Silver Crown career at IRP with a 4th in both 2019 and 2021, plus a 5th in 2021. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car titlist, tallied a best pavement run of 4th this past May. His father, Chuck Leary, won the Silver Crown pole at IRP in 1999.

Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) made the biggest position advancement of any driver this season when he charged from 24th to 7th at IRP in May in what was his first career Silver Crown start. Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) has a been a traveling man of late at IRP, moving from 21st to a career-best 7th in 2020 and from 17th to 9th in 2021. Davey Hamilton Jr. was very nearly a first-time winner in his last Silver Crown outing in Madison, Ill. where he finished a career-best 2nd. At IRP, he’s completed the task 8th in 2022 and 9th in 2017.

Kyle Robbins, Travis Welpott and Gregg Cory have all been top-10 finishers in their Silver Crown careers at IRP. Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) snagged a 10th in 2019 with Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) grabbing 10th in 2021 and Cory (Shelbyville, Ind.) earning his best career result of 10th in 2022. Cory is well on his way to collecting series Rookie of the Year honors with the series for 2022.

Returning to IRP action this Saturday are Silver Crown combatants looking to up their performances from years past in Silver Crown competition at the track, a list which includes Goodyear, Arizona’s Nathan Byrd (12th in 2022), 2020 Rookie of the Year Bryan Gossel from Fort Collins, Colo. (13th in 2021), 2019 Rookie of the Year Derek Bischak from Angola, Ind. (15th in 2019), plus Danville, Indiana’s Nick Hamilton (15th in 2022), Abilene, Texas’ Jake Day (18th in 2021), Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Dave Berkheimer (22nd in 2021) and Grafton, Ohio’s Mike McVetta (22nd in 2022) who pulled off a Midwest Supermodified feature victory at IRP in 2018.

Two drivers will be making their IRP Silver Crown debuts. Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) turned the world on its collective ear with her performance during last Saturday’s event on the one-mile dirt oval at the Illinois State Fairgrounds where she led 72 of the 100 laps and finished a career-best 5th. Her car, the Sam Pierce Racing No. 26, won the pole for a Silver Crown round at IRP in 2015 with driver Aaron Pierce.

Series Rookie Tom Paterson (Argos, Ind.), the 2021 Auto Value Super Sprint Series champion driver, will make his first go with the big cars at IRP in his familiar yellow No. 111.

RACE DETAILS:

Howard Companies Championship Saturday consists of a tripleheader featuring the USAC Silver Crown National Championship, 500 Sprint Car Tour and Pavement Midgets.

Spectator gates open at Noon Eastern. 500 Sprint Car Tour practice begins at 12:30pm with Pavement Midget practice at 12:55pm and USAC Silver Crown practice at 1:20, followed by a second round of practice for the sprint cars at 1:50, midgets at 2:15 and Silver Crown at 2:40. Sprint Car qualifying commences at 3:10, midgets at 3:40 and Silver Crown at 4:10. Opening ceremonies are slated for 4:45 with the sprint car feature rolling off at 5:05, midgets at 6:05 and Silver Crown at 7:05.

Advance tickets are on sale now at www.raceIRP.com. Tickets will be on sale at the gate on race day.

Saturday’s event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST:

02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

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

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

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

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

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

14 DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID (Hamilton-Puglio Motorsports)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

19 (R) TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Legacy Autosport)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

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

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Dave Berkheimer)

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

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

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

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

81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

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

94 (R) MIKE McVETTA/Grafton, OH (Ram Engineering)

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

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

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

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-604, 2-Kody Swanson-601, 3-C.J. Leary-532, 4-Brian Tyler-477, 5-Justin Grant-462, 6-Travis Welpott-365, 7-Kyle Robbins-290, 8-Gregg Cory-282, 9-Bobby Santos-280, 10-Taylor Ferns-255.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN AT INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK:

1 Lap - 5/20/2000 - Jason Leffler - 20.298 - 121.667 mph

10 Laps - 8/2/2001 - Derek Davidson - 3:35.06 - 104.789 mph

15 Laps - 5/22/2003 - Chet Fillip - 5:16.38 - 117.087 mph

20 Laps - 8/2/1995 - Eric Gordon - 7:14.71 - 113.621 mph

25 Laps - 7/11/1987 - Jim Childers - 9:51.91 - 104.306 mph

100 Laps - 5/12/2001 - Mike Bliss - 35:41.40 - 115.326 mph

150 Laps - 7/11/1987 - Jeff Bloom - 1:02:32.109 - 98.728 mph


USAC SILVER CROWN WINS AT IRP:

7-Kody Swanson

6-Tanner Swanson

5-Mike Bliss & Bobby Santos

3-Bobby East

2-Kenny Irwin Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader

1-Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Kyle Hamilton, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley

USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS AT IRP:

1985: Rick Hood (7/13)

1986: Ken Schrader (7/13)

1987: Jeff Bloom (7/11)

1988: Bruce Field (7/9)

1989: Bob Cicconi (7/8) & Ken Schrader (7/8)

1990: George Snider (6/30)

1991: Johnny Parsons (6/29)

1992: Jim Keeker (6/27)

1993: Mike Bliss (6/26)

1994: Mike Bliss (8/4)

1995: Jim Keeker (8/2)

1996: Mike Bliss (5/18) & Kenny Irwin Jr. (7/31)

1997: Pat Abold (5/17) & Kenny Irwin Jr. (7/30)

1998: Tony Stewart (5/16) & Jason Leffler (7/29)

1999: Ryan Newman (5/22) & Dave Steele (8/4)

2000: Jason Leffler (5/20) & Russ Gamester (8/6)

2001: Mike Bliss (5/12) & Kasey Kahne (8/2)

2002: Mike Bliss (8/1)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/22) & Jason McCord (7/31)

2004: Jay Drake (8/5)

2005: Bobby East (8/4)

2006: Brian Tyler (8/3)

2007: Bobby East (7/26)

2008: Bobby East (7/24)

2009: Bobby Santos (7/23)

2010: Tracy Hines (7/22)

2011: Kody Swanson (7/28)

2012: Bobby Santos (5/19) & Bobby Santos (7/26)

2013: Tanner Swanson (7/27)

2014: Tanner Swanson (5/17) & David Byrne (7/24)

2015: Tanner Swanson (5/23) & Tanner Swanson (7/23)

2016: Tanner Swanson (5/27) & Kody Swanson (7/21)

2017: Kody Swanson (5/26) & Bobby Santos (7/20)

2018: Kody Swanson (5/25)

2019: Kyle Hamilton (5/24) & Kody Swanson (9/7)

2020: Tanner Swanson (8/21)

2021: Kody Swanson (5/29) & Kody Swanson (8/14)

2022: Bobby Santos (5/27)


USAC SILVER CROWN RESULTS AT INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK:

JULY 13, 1985 FEATURE: (150 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Rick Hood (5), 2. Ken Schrader (2), 3. Dave Blaney (4), 4. Larry Rice (21), 5. Gary Bettenhausen (13), 6. Joe Saldana (18), 7. Bruce Field (6), 8. John Andretti (12), 9. Rich Vogler (1), 10. Sheldon Kinser (3), 11. John Batts Jr. (24), 12. Jac Haudenschild (16), 13. Tom Bigelow (7), 14. Jerry Nemire (10), 15. Kramer Williamson (22), 16. Ken Hamilton (8), 17. Billy Engelhart (11), 18. Mark Alderson (23), 19. George Snider (9), 20. Gary Irvin (15), 21. Steve Chassey (17), 22. Doug Saunier (20), 23. Danny Milburn (19), 24. Johnny Parsons (14). 1:07:16.06

JULY 13, 1986 FEATURE: (150 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ken Schrader (2), 2. Steve Butler (15), 3. Rick Hood (9), 4. Dave Blaney (7), 5. Billy Engelhart (3), 6. Jack Hewitt (21), 7. George Snider (5), 8. Gary Bettenhausen (1), 9. Warren Mockler (16), 10. Bob Frey (12), 11. Tom Bigelow (10), 12. Larry Dickson (13), 13. Jeff Bloom (20), 14. Manny Rockhold (23), 15. Greg Staab (19), 16. Steve Chassey (18), 17. Duke Cook (17), 18. Taylor Andrews (24), 19. Larry Rice (4), 20. Nick Fornoro Jr. (11), 21. Bruce Field (6), 22. Gary Irvin (8), 23. Johnny Parsons (22), 24. Mark Alderson (14). 1:03:15.05

JULY 11, 1987 FEATURE: (150 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jeff Bloom (3), 2. Jack Hewitt (17), 3. Steve Butler (2), 4. Rick Hood (16), 5. Jeff Swindell (14), 6. Bruce Field (12), 7. Steve Chassey (13), 8. Warren Mockler (19), 9. Mark Alderson (7), 10. Tony Elliott (26), 11. Kenny Jacobs (9), 12. Duke Cook/Ken Schrader (18), 13. Larry Rice (21), 14. Jim Childers (15), 15. Terry Kawell (24), 16. Manny Rockhold (20), 17. Gary Bettenhausen (11), 18. Bob Frey (8), 19. Bob Cicconi (6), 20. Rich Vogler (1), 21. Andy Hillenburg (10), 22. Ron Dunstan (23), 23. Kelly Kinser (22), 24. Mike Bliss (25), 25. Ken Schrader (4), 26. Dave Blaney (5). 1:02:32.109

JULY 9, 1988 FEATURE: (150 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bruce Field (6), 2. Steve Butler (17), 3. Bob Frey (16), 4. George Snider (15), 5. Steve Chassey (9), 6. Tray House (14), 7. Billy Vukovich III (3), 8. Gene Lee Gibson (1), 9. Jack Hewitt (19), 10. Jerry Russell (23), 11. Larry Rice (10), 12. Jim Keeker (21), 13. Kenny Jacobs (11), 14. Palmer Crowell (5), 15. Gary Bettenhausen (4), 16. Andy Hillenburg (8), 17. Ray Joe Fager (25), 18. Mark Alderson (13), 19. Ken Schrader (7), 20. Johnny Parsons (2), 21. Gary Irvin (18), 22. Gary Hieber (22), 23. Tony Elliott (24), 24. Bob Cicconi (20), 25. Rich Vogler (26), 26. Jeff Bloom (12). NT

JULY 8, 1989 FEATURE: (75 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Bob Cicconi (6), 2. Ken Schrader (2), 3. Bruce Field (9), 4. Gary Bettenhausen (12), 5. Mark Alderson (4), 6. Johnny Parsons (13), 7. Bob Frey (3), 8. Larry Rice (14), 9. Rusty Rasmussen (8), 10. Walt Kennedy (23), 11. George Snider (19), 12. Andy Hillenburg (15), 13. Tony Elliott (10), 14. Tom Bigelow (21), 15. Wayne Hammond (11), 16. Warren Mockler (22), 17. Gene Lee Gibson (20), 18. Gary Hieber (17), 19. Steve Butler (5), 20. Manny Rockhold (7), 21. Jim Mahoney (16), 22. Steve Chassey (18), 23. Rich Vogler (1), 24. Jeff Bloom (24). NT

JULY 8, 1989 FEATURE: (75 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Ken Schrader (2), 2. Gary Bettenhausen (4), 3. Bob Cicconi (1), 4. Andy Hillenburg (12), 5. Bruce Field (3), 6. Wayne Hammond (15), 7. Mark Alderson (5), 8. Rusty Rasmussen (9), 9. Johnny Parsons (6), 10. Jeff Bloom (20), 11. George Snider (11), 12. Larry Rice (8), 13. Warren Mockler (16), 14. Tom Bigelow (14), 15. Rick Tomasik (24), 16. Gary Hieber (18), 17. Danny Milburn (21), 18. Tony Elliott (13), 19. Mike Thomas (23), 20. Lyn McIntosh (22), 21. Bob Frey (7), 22. Gene Lee Gibson (17), 23. Walt Kennedy (10), 24. Jim Mahoney (19). NT

JUNE 30, 1990 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. George Snider (16), 2. Ken Schrader (11), 3. Eric Gordon (2), 4. Bob Frey (10), 5. Brent Kaeding (3), 6. Jeff Gordon (6), 7. Jack Hewitt (15), 8. Davey Hamilton (9), 9. Wally Pankratz (7), 10. Andy Hillenburg (17), 11. Bob Cicconi (5), 12. Warren Mockler (1), 13. Chuck Gurney (13), 14. Roy Caruthers (14), 15. Rusty McClure (23), 16. Wayne Hammond (12), 17. Jimmy Sills (18), 18. Steve Butler (19), 19. Tray House (20), 20. Gary Hieber (21), 21. Rich Vogler (8), 22. Stan Fox (4), 23. Tony Elliott (22), 24. Bentley Warren (25), 25. Manny Rockhold (24). NT

JUNE 29, 1991 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Johnny Parsons (1), 2. Eric Gordon (6), 3. Jim Keeker (15), 4. Steve Butler (16), 5. Wally Pankratz (5), 6. Russ Gamester (8), 7. Chuck Gurney (9), 8. Steve Chassey (11), 9. Larry Dickson (14), 10. Tony Elliott (21), 11. Tray House (20), 12. Gary Hieber (18), 13. Andy Hillenburg (13), 14. Mike Fedorcak (22), 15. Greg Staab (19), 16. Jerry Nemire (23), 17. Gene Lee Gibson (10), 18. Jeff Gordon (3), 19. Brad Marvel (24), 20. Robbie Stanley (12), 21. Stan Fox (4), 22. Bob Cicconi (17), 23. Jimmy Sills (2), 24. George Snider (7). 42:09.55

JUNE 27, 1992 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jim Keeker (1), 2. Johnny Parsons (2), 3. Jimmy Sills (7), 4. Mike Bliss (4), 5. Jim Mahoney (11), 6. Tony Stewart (5), 7. Steve Butler (8), 8. Stevie Reeves (17), 9. Chip Thomas (9), 10. Russ Gamester (6), 11. Eric Gordon (13), 12. Joe Gaerte (10), 13. Wally Pankratz (3), 14. Tony Elliott (20), 15. Larry Dickson (23), 16. Tray House (22), 17. Greg Staab (24), 18. Cary Faas (18), 19. Page Jones (14), 20. Jack Hewitt (15), 21. Tyce Carlson (16), 22. Mike Fedorcak (19), 23. Davey Hamilton (12), 24. Warren Mockler (21). NT

JUNE 26, 1993 FEATURE: (60 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Mike Bliss (3), 2. Johnny Parsons (2), 3. George Snider (4), 4. Stevie Reeves (9), 5. Eric Gordon (16), 6. Ron Shuman (14), 7. Jim Keeker (11), 8. Steve Butler (6), 9. Tony Elliott (10), 10. Jim Mahoney (8), 11. Gary Hieber (12), 12. Bob Cicconi (21), 13. Ronnie Burke (19), 14. Bob Frey (20), 15. Greg Staab (18), 16. Wally Pankratz (5), 17. Bill Baue (24), 18. Jimmy Sills (1), 19. Tray House (22), 20. Larry Dickson (13), 21. Tyce Carlson (15), 22. Chip Thomas (17), 23. Tony Stewart (7), 24. Gary Cameron II (23). NT

AUGUST 4, 1994 FEATURE: (60 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mike Bliss (4), 2. P.J. Jones (1), 3. Johnny Parsons (3), 4. Kenny Irwin Jr. (8), 5. Jimmy Sills (12), 6. Tony Elliott (6), 7. Ron Shuman (15), 8. George Snider (20), 9. Randy Tolsma (14), 10. Chuck Gurney (17), 11. Jack Runyon (19), 12. Wally Pankratz (13), 13. Kenneth Nichols (24), 14. Rocky Hodges (23), 15. Bentley Warren (10), 16. Jack Hewitt (21), 17. Chuck Leary (16), 18. Rusty McClure (11), 19. Andy Michner (2), 20. Gary Hieber (18), 21. Page Jones (5), 22. Eric Gordon (7), 23. Russ Gamester (9), 24. Dave Steele (22). NT

AUGUST 2, 1995 FEATURE: (60 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jim Keeker (1), 2. Tony Stewart (2), 3. Kenny Irwin Jr. (11), 4. Mike Bliss (3), 5. Davey Hamilton (12), 6. Dave Darland (7), 7. Eric Gordon (5), 8. Dave Steele (13), 9. Johnny Parsons (9), 10. Dan Drinan (15), 11. Bentley Warren (22), 12. Jack Runyon (14), 13. Lee Brewer Jr. (24), 14. Gary Hieber (17), 15. Jimmy Sills (8), 16. Jack Hewitt (4), 17. Chuck Gurney (6), 18. Tyce Carlson (20), 19. Randy Tolsma (18), 20. Jimmy Kite (23), 21. Kevin Doty (19), 22. Andy Michner (16), 23. Chuck Leary (21), 24. Rocky Hodges (10). NT

MAY 18, 1996 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mike Bliss (7), 2. Kenny Irwin Jr. (4), 3. Dave Blaney (2), 4. Kevin Doty (5), 5. Dave Steele (3), 6. Jim Keeker (6), 7. Johnny Parsons (17), 8. Chuck Gurney (8), 9. Chet Fillip (22), 10. Dave Darland (24), 11. Jack Hewitt (9), 12. Russ Gamester (13), 13. Wally Pankratz (14), 14. Chip Thomas (27), 15. Jimmy Sills (29), 16. Sammy Swindell (11), 17. Ryan Newman (12), 18. Pat Abold (16), 19. Robby Flock (1), 20. Tony Elliott (26), 21. Jim Mahoney (19), 22. Frankie Kerr (10), 23. Jackie Burke (23), 24. Chuck Leary (15), 25. John Heydenreich (20), 26. Bill Baue (21), 27. Kenneth Nichols (25), 28. Bill Rose (30), 29. Eric Gordon (18), 30. Bentley Warren (28). NT

JULY 31, 1996 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kenny Irwin Jr. (1), 2. Jimmy Sills (2), 3. Mike Bliss (11), 4. Robby Flock (8), 5. Eric Gordon (24), 6. Davey Hamilton (7), 7. Jack Hewitt (14), 8. Dave Darland (15), 9. Andy Michner (13), 10. Pat Abold (10), 11. Donnie Beechler (23), 12. Paul Durant (27), 13. Kenneth Nichols (29), 14. Steve Barth (12), 15. Chuck Gurney (20), 16. Randy Tolsma (21), 17. Gary Hieber (30), 18. Rocky Hodges (5), 19. Tracy Hines (19), 20. Tony Stewart (3), 21. Ryan Newman (9), 22. Dan Drinan (6), 23. Jackie Burke (18), 24. Bill Baue (28), 25. Gary Irvin (17), 26. Brian Tyler (22), 27. Dave Steele (4), 28. Tony Elliott (26), 29. Jim Keeker (16), 30. Bill Rose (25). NT

MAY 17, 1997 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Pat Abold (4), 2. Jimmy Kite (8), 3. Jack Hewitt (6), 4. Donnie Beechler (28), 5. Jim Keeker (1), 6. Davey Hamilton (2), 7. Kenny Irwin Jr. (7), 8. Chuck Leary (9), 9. Andy Michner (11), 10. Russ Gamester (16), 11. Chuck Gurney (13), 12. Bentley Warren (12), 13. Brian Tyler (23), 14. Eric Gordon (29), 15. Dave Darland (27), 16. Ronnie Burke (26), 17. Rocky Hodges (19), 18. Joe Gosek (30), 19. Cory Kruseman (18), 20. Bill Baue (25), 21. Todd Thomas (20), 22. Tracy Hines (17), 23. Ryan Newman (14), 24. Robby Flock (15), 25. Jimmy Sills (5), 26. Kevin Thomas (10), 27. Brian Gerster (3), 28. Jason McCord (24), 29. Jay Drake (22), 30. Dave Steele (21). NT

JULY 30, 1997 FEATURE: (100 Laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kenny Irwin Jr. (28), 2. Mike Bliss (12), 3. Dan Drinan (13), 4. Pat Abold (9), 5. Bentley Warren (26), 6. Chet Fillip (8), 7. Tracy Hines (19), 8. Jimmy Kite (5), 9. Jim Keeker (15), 10. Jeff Mitrisin (30), 11. Jason McCord (23), 12. Joe Gosek (29), 13. Jason Leffler (21), 14. Dave Darland (14), 15. Andy Michner (27), 16. Russ Gamester (1), 17. Robby Flock (18), 18. Ryan Newman (11), 19. Davey Hamilton (10), 20. Jack Hewitt (3), 21. Donnie Beechler (22), 22. J.J. Yeley (20), 23. Tony Stewart (2), 24. Jay Drake (4), 25. Brian Gerster (6), 26. Doug Kalitta (24), 27. Ronnie Burke (25), 28. John Heydenreich (16), 29. Paul Durant (7), 30. Chuck Leary (17). NT

MAY 16, 1998 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tony Stewart (2), 2. Pat Abold (5), 3. Dave Steele (13), 4. Russ Gamester (3), 5. Jason Leffler (1), 6. Doug Didero (7), 7. Tracy Hines (21), 8. Brian Tyler (19), 9. Chet Fillip (11), 10. Jimmy Sills (6), 11. Ryan Newman (26), 12. Bentley Warren (18), 13. Gary Hieber (25), 14. Kevin Thomas (15), 15. J.J. Yeley (27), 16. Ronnie Day (22), 17. John Heydenreich (20), 18. Eric Gordon (16), 19. Jason McCord (10), 20. Mike Brooks (12), 21. Lou Cicconi Jr. (28), 22. Dave Darland (14), 23. Donnie Beechler (4), 24. Troy Regier (30), 25. Jay Drake (9), 26. Todd Kane (23), 27. Chuck Leary (8), 28. Ken Hamilton (24), 29. Bill Rose (29), 30. Robby Flock (17). 44:57.26

JULY 29, 1998 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jason Leffler (1), 2. Dave Steele (2), 3. Russ Gamester (3), 4. Ryan Newman (4), 5. Tony Stewart (21), 6. Brian Tyler (6), 7. Robby Flock (11), 8. Jack Hewitt (9), 9. Eric Gordon (16), 10. Dan Drinan (12), 11. Dave Darland (18), 12. Pat Abold (15), 13. Tracy Hines (22), 14. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (14), 15. Donnie Beechler (17), 16. Bentley Warren (23), 17. Jimmy Sills (10), 18. Gary Hieber (20), 19. Brad Armstrong (27), 20. John Heydenreich (7), 21. Chet Fillip (19), 22. Mike Brooks (24), 23. Mike Bliss (5), 24. Derek Davidson (26), 25. Doug Didero (25), 26. Bill Baue (29), 27. Brian Gerster (13), 28. Lou Cicconi Jr. (30), 29. Dave Blaney (8), 30. Johnny Parsons (28). NT

MAY 22, 1999 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ryan Newman (1), 2. Tracy Hines (5), 3. Brian Tyler (14), 4. Russ Gamester (7), 5. Pat Abold (9), 6. Robby Flock (20), 7. Jason McCord (16), 8. Tony Elliott (8), 9. Doug Didero (4), 10. Derek Davidson (12), 11. Chet Fillip (17), 12. Jack Hewitt (21), 13. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (25), 14. Bentley Warren (18), 15. J.J. Yeley (29), 16. Gary Hieber (2), 17. Kipp Beard (15), 18. Ken Hamilton (19), 19. Jimmy McCune (22), 20. Dane Carter (23), 21. Mike Ordway (26), 22. Bill Tyler (28), 23. Tim Cox (30), 24. Jay Drake (11), 25. Brad Noffsinger (10), 26. Jason Leffler (#2) (13), 27. Paul White (27), 28. Dave Darland (3), 29. Jimmy Sills (6), 30. Bill Baue (24). NT

AUGUST 4, 1999 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dave Steele (4), 2. Kenny Irwin Jr. (2), 3. Chuck Leary (1), 4. Ryan Newman (3), 5. Russ Gamester (7), 6. Jack Hewitt (8), 7. Gary Hieber (12), 8. Jason Leffler (5), 9. Tracy Hines (11), 10. Jay Drake (9), 11. Mike Bliss (21), 12. Bentley Warren (24), 13. Dave Darland (13), 14. Brian Paulus (26), 15. Rebel Jackson Jr. (10), 16. Eric Gordon (25), 17. Chet Fillip (19), 18. Jason McCord (23), 19. J.J. Yeley (16), 20. Brad Noffsinger (6), 21. Jimmy Sills (17), 22. Rick Treadway (28), 23. Rich Tobias Jr. (29), 24. Brian Gerster (30), 25. Tony Elliott (18), 26. Tom Capie (20), 27. Brian Tyler (14), 28. Jimmy McCune (22), 29. Dane Carter (27), 30. Paul White (15). 41:00.18

MAY 20, 2000 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jason Leffler (1), 2. Ryan Newman (10), 3. Jimmy McCune (3), 4. Kasey Kahne (27), 5. Brian Tyler (13), 6. Brian Paulus (14), 7. Dave Darland (24), 8. Russ Gamester (16), 9. Tony Elliott (19), 10. Jack Hewitt (26), 11. Dave Steele (2), 12. John Heydenreich (4), 13. Pat Abold (29), 14. Paul White (17), 15. Jimmy Sills (20), 16. Jay Drake (21), 17. Bobby McMahan (22), 18. Brad Noffsinger (18), 19. Billy Whittaker (6), 20. Eric Gordon (23), 21. J.J. Yeley (15), 22. Gary Hieber (7), 23. Ed Carpenter (8), 24. Todd Kane (28), 25. Jason McCord (5), 26. Chet Fillip (9), 27. Tracy Hines (11), 28. Bud Kaeding (12), 29. A.J. Fike (25), 30. Bentley Warren (30). NT

AUGUST 6, 2000 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Russ Gamester (5), 2. J.J. Yeley (1), 3. Chet Fillip (10), 4. Dave Steele (12), 5. John Heydenreich (13), 6. Jason McCord (8), 7. Jason Leffler (4), 8. Brad Noffsinger (7), 9. Tony Stewart (2), 10. Jimmy McCune (24), 11. Brian Tyler (20), 12. Dave Darland (23), 13. Kasey Kahne (9), 14. Ed Carpenter (26), 15. Eric Gordon (27), 16. Tracy Hines (16), 17. A.J. Fike (17), 18. Pat Abold (21), 19. Derek Davidson (25), 20. Jack Hewitt (11), 21. Ryan Newman (3), 22. Bud Kaeding (6), 23. Rich Tobias Jr. (28), 24. Dane Carter (22), 25. Gary Hieber (15), 26. Brian Paulus (18), 27. Bill Rose (19), 28. Tony Elliott (30), 29. Chuck Leary (29), 30. Paul White (14). 39:07.17

MAY 12, 2001 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mike Bliss (5), 2. Russ Gamester (6), 3. Tracy Hines (1), 4. Derek Davidson (12), 5. Paul White (2), 6. Ed Carpenter (19), 7. Jason McCord (20), 8. Kasey Kahne (3), 9. Dave Darland (8), 10. Chet Fillip (7), 11. J.J. Yeley (9), 12. Jay Drake (10), 13. Brian Tyler (21), 14. Dane Carter (4), 15. Brad Noffsinger (15), 16. John Heydenreich (17), 17. Bud Kaeding (13), 18. Tony Elliott (23), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (27), 20. Gary Hieber (18), 21. Michael Lewis (25), 22. Bobby McMahan (30), 23. Jimmy McCune (28), 24. Eric Gordon (22), 25. Dave Steele (11), 26. Brian Paulus (16), 27. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (24), 28. Carl Edwards (26), 29. Tyler Walker (14), 30. Rich Tobias Jr. (29) 35:41.40

AUGUST 2, 2001 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kasey Kahne (9), 2. Brian Tyler (1), 3. Brad Noffsinger (3), 4. J.J. Yeley (7), 5. Michael Lewis (5), 6. Tracy Hines (8), 7. Paul White (6), 8. P.J. Jones (15), 9. Tyler Walker (2), 10. Russ Gamester (4), 11. Bud Kaeding (11), 12. Jason McCord (10), 13. Dave Steele (17), 14. Derek Davidson (22), 15. Jonathan Vennard (30), 16. Tony Elliott (28), 17. Ed Carpenter (20), 18. Aaron Fike (19), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (14), 20. Carl Edwards (24), 21. Cory Kruseman (13), 22. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (25), 23. Tom Capie (29), 24. John Heydenreich (21), 25. Jay Drake (18), 26. Rich Tobias Jr. (26), 27. Mike Bliss (23), 28. Tony Stewart (16), 29. Dave Darland (#135) (27). (Dane Carter car disqualified for failing to pass post-race technical inspection) (12). 38:33.06

AUGUST 1, 2002 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mike Bliss (1), 2. Russ Gamester (3), 3. Jason Leffler (6), 4. J.J. Yeley (2), 5. Tracy Hines (8), 6. Carl Edwards (16), 7. Dave Steele (12), 8. John Heydenreich (20), 9. Brian Tyler (7), 10. Tony Stewart (22), 11. Aaron Pollock (9), 12. Ed Carpenter (18), 13. Tyler Walker (25), 14. Dave Darland (14), 15. Derek Davidson (11), 16. Tony Elliott (31), 17. Paul White (19), 18. Teddy Beach (27), 19. Jimmy Kite (30), 20. P.J. Jones (15), 21. Aaron Fike (5), 22. Jerry Coons Jr. (29), 23. Brad Noffsinger (17), 24. David Gough (28), 25. Jason McCord (24), 26. Jonathan Vennard (13), 27. Chet Fillip (4), 28. Jay Drake (26), 29. Kasey Kahne (21), 30. Rich Tobias Jr. (23), 31. Bobby East (10). 44:55.65

MAY 22, 2003 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. J.J. Yeley (4), 2. Dave Steele (1), 3. Brian Tyler (11), 4. Dave Darland (19), 5. Tracy Hines (6), 6. Chet Fillip (21), 7. A.J. Fike (18), 8. John Starks (10), 9. Tyler Walker (2), 10. Michael Lewis (20), 11. Jason McCord (22), 12. Russ Gamester (7), 13. Bobby East (9), 14. Jay Drake (13), 15. Teddy Beach (26), 16. Paul White (25), 17. Dane Carter (30), 18. Matt Westfall (23), 19. Donny Schatz (16), 20. Ron Gregory (5), 21. Ed Carpenter (15), 22. Aaron Pierce (8), 23. John Heydenreich (31), 24. Levi Jones (27), 25. Brad Noffsinger (28), 26. Lance Kobusch (14), 27. Bentley Warren (29), 28. Jason Leffler (3), 29. Jimmy McCune (17), 30. Aaron Fike (24), 31. Bud Kaeding (12). NT

JULY 31, 2003 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McCord (15), 2. J.J. Yeley (1), 3. Carl Edwards (4), 4. Dave Darland (12), 5. Dave Steele (2), 6. Bobby East (3), 7. Tony Elliott (18), 8. Paul White (7), 9. Dane Carter (24), 10. Brad Noffsinger (13), 11. Jimmy McCune (17), 12. Jonathan Vennard (30), 13. David Bridges (27), 14. John Starks (16), 15. Rich Tobias Jr. (25), 16. Aaron Pierce (28), 17. Tyler Walker (14), 18. Ron Gregory (10), 19. Jason Leffler (8), 20. John Heydenreich (19), 21. Eric Butze (11), 22. Jimmy Kite (23), 23. Levi Jones (29), 24. Kasey Kahne (26), 25. Tracy Hines (6), 26. Brian Tyler (5), 27. Mike Bliss (9), 28. Michael Lewis (22), 29. Aaron Fike (20), 30. Chet Fillip (21), 31. Eric Gordon (31). NT

AUGUST 5, 2004 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jay Drake (1), 2. Dave Darland (6), 3. Jason McCord (10), 4. Eric Gordon (21), 5. Dave Blaney (7), 6. Chet Fillip (26), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (12), 8. Bobby Santos (13), 9. Bobby East (11), 10. Aaron Pierce (19), 11. Dave Steele (22), 12. Bud Kaeding (3), 13. Dane Carter (4), 14. Russ Gamester (14), 15. Ron Gregory (25), 16. Aaron Fike (29), 17. P.J. Jones (18), 18. Boston Reid (15), 19. Paul White (5), 20. John Heydenreich (30), 21. Brian Tyler (17), 22. Tony Elliott (28), 23. Jeff Gardner (23), 24. Jimmy Kite (20), 25. Mike Bliss (2), 26. Tracy Hines (27), 27. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (8), 28. Tyler Walker (9), 29. Michael Lewis (16), 30. Aaron Pollock (24). 44:35.25

AUGUST 4, 2005 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Bobby East (4), 2. Jason Leffler (1), 3. Josh Wise (5), 4. Jason McCord (22), 5. Tracy Hines (9), 6. Eric Gordon (21), 7. Chet Fillip (16), 8. Jimmy Kite (24), 9. Michael Lewis (23), 10. Dave Steele (8), 11. Ryan Durst (14), 12. Stevie Reeves (27), 13. Ron Gregory (12), 14. Tim Barber (17), 15. Todd Beach (25), 16. John Heydenreich (32), 17. Brian Tyler (29), 18. Dave Darland (10), 19. Kasey Kahne (3), 20. Teddy Beach (15), 21. Carl Edwards (13), 22. Jerry Coons Jr. (18), 23. Marc Jessup (6), 24. Tyler Walker (7), 25. Paul White (19), 26. Jay Drake (2), 27. Kyle Nicholas (28), 28. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (11), 29. Brad Armstrong (30), 30. Kevin Swindell (26), 31. Mike Bliss (20), 32. Russ Gamester (31). 40:07.731

AUGUST 3, 2006 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brian Tyler (3), 2. Carl Edwards (5), 3. Dave Steele (4), 4. Aaron Pierce (7), 5. Bryn Gohn (12), 6. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (10), 7. Thiago Medeiros (9), 8. Josh Wise (1), 9. Mat Neely (8), 10. Jay Drake (6), 11. Bud Kaeding (2), 12. Bobby Santos (13), 13. Tim Barber (11), 14. Rodney Weesner (14). 42:43.281

JULY 26, 2007 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby East (2), 2. Pablo Donoso (7), 3. Tim Barber (5), 4. Cameron Dodson (3), 5. Mike Murgoitio (9), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (11), 7. Bud Kaeding (12), 8. Jason Leffler (1), 9. Brian Tyler (15), 10. Billy Wease (10), 11. A.J. Fike (4), 12. Mat Neely (8), 13. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (16), 14. Aaron Pierce (6), 15. Marc Jessup (14), 16. Paul White (17), 17. Brad Armstrong (18), 18. P.J. Jones (13). 47:41.509

JULY 24, 2008 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby East (2), 2. Ryan Newman (3), 3. Chet Fillip (4), 4. Dave Darland (17), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (9), 6. Aaron Pierce (11), 7. Levi Jones (6), 8. A.J. Fike (13), 9. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (12), 10. Mike Murgoitio (8), 11. Brian Tyler (14), 12. Eric Gordon (5), 13. Jacob Wilson (20), 14. Shane Hmiel (1), 15. Tracy Hines (7), 16. Steve Arpin (21), 17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (24), 18. Michael Annett (25), 19. Brad Armstrong (22), 20. Ryan Smith (19), 21. Zach Schiff (16), 22. Mario Marietta (15), 23. Shane Hollingsworth (18), 24. Tom Capie (26), 25. Cameron Dodson (23), 26. Shane Cottle (10). 42:46.92

JULY 23, 2009 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (2), 2. Bobby East (3), 3. Bud Kaeding (4), 4. Chet Fillip (1), 5. Tyler Walker (10), 6. Kody Swanson (19), 7. Eric Gordon (6), 8. Ryan Newman (9), 9. Cameron Dodson (20), 10. Tracy Hines (12), 11. Josh Wise (21), 12. Dakoda Armstrong (5), 13. Mike Lichty (11), 14. Davey Hamilton (23), 15. Mario Marietta (16), 16. Levi Jones (14), 17. A.J. Fike (15), 18. Jerry Coons Jr. (8), 19. Jacob Wilson (7), 20. Brian Tyler (18), 21. Aaron Pierce (27), 22. Zach Daum (25), 23. Shane Hmiel (17), 24. Ryan Smith (28), 25. Brad Armstrong (26), 26. Tony Hunt (22), 27. Russ Gamester (13), 28. Dave Darland (24), 29. Patrick Bruns (29), 30. Rodney Weesner (30). 37:41.05

JULY 22, 2010 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tracy Hines (3), 2. Levi Jones (7), 3. Jacob Wilson (8), 4. Brad Sweet (1), 5. Bobby East (10), 6. Bobby Santos (13), 7. Bud Kaeding (11), 8. Shane Hmiel (16), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (9), 10. Troy DeCaire (30), 11. Bryan Clauson (14), 12. Brian Tyler (17), 13. Eric Gordon (15), 14. Mario Marietta (20), 15. A.J. Fike (5), 16. Justin Carver (24), 17. Aaron Pierce (22), 18. Shane Hollingsworth (25), 19. Mike Larrison (23), 20. Tanner Swanson (6), 21. Coleman Gulick (28), 22. Derek Hagar (27), 23. Kody Swanson (4), 24. Ryan Newman (2), 25. Mike Lichty (26), 26. Russ Gamester (19), 27. Zach Daum (12), 28. Jason Leffler (18), 29. Zach Martini (29), 30. Tyler Walker (21). NT

JULY 28, 2011 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (6), 2. Tracy Hines (1), 3. Tanner Swanson (5), 4. Levi Jones (4), 5. Bobby Santos (19), 6. Bryan Clauson (12), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 8. Ryan Newman (8), 9. Bobby East (3), 10. Eric Gordon (9), 11. Brian Tyler (11), 12. Aaron Pierce (18), 13. Bud Kaeding (17), 14. Josh Wise (14), 15. Jacob Wilson (15), 16. A.J. Fike (13), 17. Russ Gamester (16), 18. Dave Steele (22), 19. Kyle Larson (10), 20. Zach Daum (21), 21. Jimmy Kite (28), 22. Todd Kane (29), 23. Mike Larrison (24), 24. David Byrne (20), 25. Derek Hagar (27), 26. John Heydenreich (26), 27. Jason Leffler (2), 28. Ryan Smith (23), 29. Brian Gerster (25). NT

MAY 19, 2012 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (3), 2. Kody Swanson (1), 3. Bud Kaeding (2), 4. Tanner Swanson (4), 5. Jacob Wilson (5), 6. Tracy Hines (11), 7. Eric Gordon (14), 8. Levi Jones (7), 9. A.J. Fike (8), 10. Russ Gamester (19), 11. Bobby East (6), 12. Kyle Hamilton (12), 13. Zach Daum (15), 14. Jerry Coons Jr. (10), 15. Jimmy Kite (17), 16. Doug Berryman (16), 17. David Byrne (13), 18. Brian Tyler (9), 19. Donnie Beechler (18). 47:57.38

JULY 26, 2012 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (1), 2. Kody Swanson (4), 3. Bobby East (11), 4. Kyle Larson (3), 5. Tanner Swanson (2), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (6), 7. Eric Gordon (7), 8. Russ Gamester (9), 9. Levi Jones (14), 10. Bud Kaeding (16), 11. Jacob Wilson (12), 12. Kyle Hamilton (10), 13. Brian Tyler (8), 14. A.J. Fike (15), 15. Taylor Ferns (13), 16. Tracy Hines (5), 17. Aaron Pierce (17), 18. Jimmy Kite (18). 36:48.05

JULY 27, 2013 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (4), 2. Kody Swanson (1), 3. David Byrne (6), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Tracy Hines (5), 6. Jacob Wilson (8), 7. Bobby East (11), 8. Aaron Pierce (13), 9. Brian Tyler (15), 10. Taylor Ferns (9), 11. Russ Gamester (12), 12. Frank D’Alonso (17), 13. Randy Bateman (16), 14. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 15. Jarett Andretti (14), 16. Bobby Santos (7), 17. Shane Hollingsworth (10). NT

MAY 17, 2014 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (1), 2. Kody Swanson (18), 3. David Byrne (3), 4. Tracy Hines (2), 5. Bobby Santos (5), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Kyle O’Gara (9), 8. Jacob Wilson (4), 9. Bobby East (12), 10. A.J. Fike (11), 11. Taylor Ferns (6), 12. Cale Thomas (14), 13. Christopher Bell (17), 14. Jarett Andretti (10), 15. John Hunt (16), 16. Caleb Armstrong (7), 17. Shane Cockrum (13), 18. Davey Ray (15), 19. Dave Darland (19). NT

JULY 24, 2014 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. David Byrne (4), 2. Tanner Swanson (1), 3. Kody Swanson (5), 4. Ryan Newman (2), 5. Bobby Santos (3), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Jacob Wilson (9), 8. Bobby East (10), 9. Jarett Andretti (14), 10. Ken Schrader (12), 11. Davey Hamilton Jr. (18), 12. Chris Phillips (20), 13. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 14. Davey Ray (22), 15. Patrick Lawson (24), 16. Kyle O’Gara (13), 17. Caleb Armstrong (11), 18. Cale Thomas (16), 19. Tracy Hines (6), 20. C.J. Leary (15), 21. Ryan Litt (17), 22. John Heydenreich (19), 23. A.J. Fike (21), 24. Jarid Blondel (23). NT

MAY 23, 2015 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (1), 2. Kody Swanson (5), 3. Bobby Santos (4), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 5. Aaron Pierce (8), 6. A.J. Fike (2), 7. Tracy Hines (3), 8. David Byrne (10), 9. C.J. Leary (9), 10. Austin Nemire (12), 11. Jarett Andretti (11), 12. Rex Norris III (13), 13. Jacob Wilson (6), 14. Dave Baumgartner (14), 15. Patrick Lawson (15), 16. Davey Ray (18), 17. Tad Roach (16), 18. Jimmy Parsons (17). 40:23.16

JULY 23, 2015 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (4), 2. Kody Swanson (3), 3. Ryan Newman (2), 4. Bobby Santos (5), 5. Chris Windom (9), 6. Aaron Pierce (1), 7. David Byrne (7), 8. Jerry Coons Jr. (6), 9. A.J. Fike (10), 10. Austin Nemire (11), 11. Rex Norris III (13), 12. Joe Axsom (14), 13. Jarett Andretti (15), 14. Tim Barber (16), 15. Patrick Lawson (18), 16. C.J. Leary (12), 17. Jacob Wilson (8), 18. Jimmy McCune (17), 19. Tad Roach (19). 37:25.11

MAY 27, 2016 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (4), 2. Kody Swanson (2), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. Robert Stout (5), 5. Aaron Pierce (6), 6. Justin Grant (12), 7. David Byrne (9), 8. Joe Axsom (11), 9. Shane Cockrum (16), 10. Joe Liguori (10), 11. Austin Nemire (13), 12. Casey Shuman (14), 13. Shane Cottle (15), 14. Jacob Wilson (8), 15. Bobby Santos (1), 16. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 17. Patrick Lawson (17). 51:38.838

JULY 21, 2016 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Tanner Swanson (4), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 4. Bobby Santos (5), 5. Chris Windom (6), 6. Ryan Newman (2), 7. Justin Grant (9), 8. Jacob Wilson (8), 9. Joe Axsom (10), 10. Joe Liguori (11), 11. Casey Shuman (15), 12. Austin Nemire (12), 13. Kevin Studley (17), 14. David Byrne (7), 15. Patrick Lawson (16), 16. Shane Cottle (13), 17. Shane Cockrum (14). 45:52.428

MAY 26, 2017 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (3), 3. Tanner Swanson (2), 4. Chris Windom (6), 5. Aaron Pierce (9), 6. David Byrne (7), 7. Kevin Studley (15), 8. A.J. Russell (11), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (5), 10. Patrick Lawson (17), 11. Toni Breidinger (13), 12. Joss Moffatt (14), 13. Troy Thompson (20), 14. Justin Grant (4), 15. Davey Hamilton Jr. (8), 16. Bill Rose (18), 17. Joe Liguori (16), 18. Joe Axsom (10), 19. J.C. Bland (19), 20. Cody Gerhardt (12). 47:17.986

JULY 20, 2017 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (3), 2. Tanner Swanson (1), 3. Aaron Pierce (4), 4. Kody Swanson (2), 5. Chris Windom (10), 6. Justin Grant (5), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 8. David Byrne (8), 9. Davey Hamilton Jr. (12), 10. Annie Breidinger (18), 11. Kevin Studley (13), 12. Tyler Courtney (17), 13. Joss Moffatt (16), 14. Matt Goodnight (21), 15. Patrick Lawson (14), 16. Joe Liguori (20), 17. Joe Axsom (11), 18. Ryan Newman (6), 19. Bill Rose (15), 20. Damion Gardner (9), 21. Shane Cottle (19). 47:34.181

MAY 25, 2018 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Tanner Swanson (22), 3. Aaron Pierce (6), 4. Bobby Santos (2), 5. Chris Windom (4), 6. Justin Grant (5), 7. David Byrne (3), 8. Jim Anderson (8), 9. Eric Gordon (9), 10. Kyle Hamilton (21), 11. Travis Welpott (17), 12. Patrick Lawson (16), 13. Cody Gerhardt (14), 14. Dave Darland (13), 15. Kyle Robbins (11), 16. Toni Breidinger (15), 17. Matt Goodnight (12), 18. Bill Rose (18), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 20. Derek Bischak (20), 21. Austin Blair (10), 22. Mike Haggenbottom (19). 40:54.232

MAY 24, 2019 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Hamilton (2), 2. Tanner Swanson (17), 3. Bobby Santos (4), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Eric Gordon (16), 6. David Byrne (6), 7. Brian Gerster (9), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (10), 9. Austin Nemire (12), 10. Cody Gallogly (8), 11. Kyle Robbins (11), 12. John Heydenreich (15), 13. Mike Haggenbottom (14), 14. Chris Windom (5), 15. Derek Bischak (7), 16. Kody Swanson (1), 17. Matt Goodnight (13). NT

SEPTEMBER 7, 2019 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (2), 2. Tanner Swanson (1), 3. Kyle Hamilton (6), 4. Jim Anderson (10), 5. James Davison (9), 6. David Byrne (5), 7. Bobby Santos (3), 8. Justin Grant (4), 9. Chris Windom (11), 10. Kyle Robbins (20), 11. Joe Liguori (12), 12. Patrick Lawson (18), 13. Annie Breidinger (22), 14. Austin Nemire (14), 15. Matt Goodnight (15), 16. Eric Gordon (8), 17. Mike Haggenbottom (19), 18. John Heydenreich (21), 19. Ryan Newman (7), 20. Cameron Dodson (17), 21. Derek Bischak (23), 22. Cody Gallogly (16), 23. Brian Gerster (13), 24. Dave Berkheimer (24). 50:56.46

AUGUST 21, 2020 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (2), 2. Aaron Pierce (7), 3. Kyle Hamilton (4), 4. Bobby Santos (5), 5. Justin Grant (3), 6. Eric Gordon (6), 7. Patrick Lawson (21), 8. Russ Gamester (8), 9. Chris Windom (10), 10. Kody Swanson (1), 11. Shane Cottle (13), 12. Austin Nemire (14), 13. Matt Goodnight (15), 14. Travis Welpott (18), 15. Mike Haggenbottom (20), 16. Toni Breidinger (17), 17. Kyle Robbins (19), 18. Derek Bischak (11), 19. Kyle O’Gara (12), 20. John Heydenreich (9), 21. Bryan Gossel (22), 22. Jim Anderson (16), 23. Dave Berkheimer (24), 24. Brent Yarnal (23). 50:44.343

MAY 29, 2021 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (2), 3. David Byrne (3), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. Taylor Ferns (8), 6. Jim Anderson (5), 7. Logan Seavey (12), 8. Shane Cottle (6), 9. Patrick Lawson (17), 10. Austin Nemire (13), 11. Kyle Robbins (10), 12. Kyle O'Gara (14), 13. Bryan Gossel (16), 14. Mike Haggenbottom (19), 15. Eric Gordon (11), 16. Matt Goodnight (15), 17. Annie Breidinger (18), 18. Jake Day (21), 19. Tanner Swanson (23), 20. Travis Welpott (9), 21. Nathan Byrd (7), 22. Dave Berkheimer (22), 23. Brent Yarnal (20). NT

AUGUST 14, 2021 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Tyler Roahrig (7), 3. Bobby Santos (3), 4. Tanner Swanson (2), 5. David Byrne (6), 6. Kyle O'Gara (11), 7. Austin Nemire (16), 8. Logan Seavey (9), 9. Russ Gamester (10), 10. Travis Welpott (13), 11. Mike Haggenbottom (23), 12. Annie Breidinger (22), 13. Aaron Pierce (12), 14. Eric Gordon (14), 15. Nathan Byrd (18), 16. Bryan Gossel (24), 17. Derek Bischak (4), 18. Justin Grant (8), 19. Jake Day (25), 20. Ryan Newman (5), 21. Kyle Robbins (20), 22. Shane Cottle (15), 23. Joe Liguori (19), 24. Taylor Ferns (17), 25. Patrick Lawson (21), 26. Dave Berkheimer (26). 57:28.825

MAY 27, 2022 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (1), 2. Kody Swanson (3), 3. Taylor Ferns (10), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Logan Seavey (8), 6. Brian Tyler (13), 7. Mario Clouser (24), 8. Davey Hamilton Jr. (22), 9. Eric Gordon (21), 10. Gregg Cory (18), 11. Kyle O’Gara (11), 12. Nathan Byrd (14), 13. Justin Grant (12), 14. Bryan Gossel (20), 15. Nick Hamilton (5), 16. Tanner Swanson (7), 17. Travis Welpott (25), 18. Ryan Newman (2), 19. Russ Gamester (9), 20. Kyle Robbins (16), 21. Austin Nemire (15), 22. Mike McVetta (19), 23. Patrick Lawson (17), 24. Derek Bischak (4), 25. Dave Berkheimer (23). 50:50.044

 

 

USAC WESTERN RACERS HONORED AT KERN COUNTY AWARDS BANQUET
By Lance Jennings

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 18, 2022... Last Saturday night, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car and USAC Western States Midget Series celebrated their 2022 season. Starting approximately 30 minutes after the final checkered flag at “The George Snider Classic & Championship Night,” the racers and families gathered at Kern County Raceway Park’s banquet room. With over 120 people in attendance, the event was sold out and deemed a success.

KCRP announcer Steve Hughes served as master of ceremonies. The event gave recognition to the top-five in driver points, rookies of the year, newly crowned champions, and special awards. Series champions, Trent Carter and Michael Faccinto will also be honored at the December 9th “USAC Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tyler Hatzikian (Murrieta, California) earned the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors after a hard fought battle with Joey Bishop and Brent Yarnal. The owner/driver of the #27 Original Roadhouse Bar & Grill / ZARP Incorporated Triple X had one BR Motorsports / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award and seven top-10 finishes on the season. After eight point races, Hatzikian recorded his best finish at Ventura with a seventh place run on June 4th. The top rookie climbed to fifth in the chase for the championship and fourth in passing masters points.

Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) claimed the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Championship. The pilot of the family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville Collision Center Maxim posted two heat race victories and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2014 Co-Rookie of the Year scored his best finish at the February 26th season opener at Kern County, where he was a runner-up to Chase Johnson. The 3-time Santa Maria Sprint Car Champion became the second driver in series history to earn both rookie and champion honors.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) earned Rookie of the Year honors with the USAC Western States Midget Series by a narrow margin over Travis Buckley. Driving the LKK Racing owned #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender posted four heat race victories, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, and eight top-10 finishes on the season. The CLS and USAC/CRA driver had his best finish on September 24th at Ventura where he ran second to Ben Worth. After scoring seventh in the “George Snider Classic,” A.J. climbed to fourth in the point chase and fifth in the passing master standings.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) claimed his second USAC Western States Midget Championship and joined Sleepy Tripp, Robby Flock, Johnny Rodriguez, Jerome Rodela, and Ronnie Gardner as multi-time champions. The pilot of the Graunstadt Enterprises owned #14J Gary Silva Ranches / T&T Trucking Spike recorded three feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led to his credit. In addition, the series “Top Qualifier” won the four-race Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series. Faccinto left KCRP after the “Championship Night” main event to compete in Lemoore.

Lance Jennings earned a Special Appreciation Award from the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series for his dedication to the sport. The PR Director was hired by series founder Chris Kearns in 2010 and has done a lot of work behind the scenes, including gathering sponsorship and contingency awards.

Dean “Kiwi” Alexander was recognized with a Special Appreciation Award from the USAC Western States Midget Series. In addition to fielding a car for Ben Worth and sometimes a second entry, the former driver is a heat race sponsor with his company Wireless 101, found other cash heat race sponsors, added purse money for special events, and brought tires to the races from Hoosier for his fellow competitors.

A special thanks goes to Larry Collins, Sean Killion, Steve Hughes, and the staff at Kern County Raceway Park for their hospitality and opening the doors to their amazing banquet room.

Thanks to Series Director Stephanie Odom for her efforts throughout the year and organizing the season ending banquet. Thanks to Joseph Odom, Jesse Odom, Cody Jameson, Diane, and Lance Jennings for their help in setting up the banquet room. Thanks to Brandon Mathews for his help at the races.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car and USAC Western States Midget Series thanks their race teams, car owners, drivers, families, and fans, United States Auto Club, Larry Collins (Kern County Raceway Park), Nick Duggan & David Castaneda (Santa Maria Raceway), Rick Faeth (Petaluma Speedway), Steve Faria (Thunderbowl Raceway), Peter Murphy (Keller Auto Speedway), Jim Naylor (Ventura Raceway), Scott Russell & Kami Arnold (Placerville Speedway), Scott Schweitzer (Bakersfield Speedway), Chris Shannon, Paul Stone, Doug Lockwood (Merced Speedway), Matt Wood (Elk Grove Ford), SCRAFAN.COM, Bill Little, Kelly Sawyer & Push Truck Crew, Loudpedal Productions, Tim Truex, Mike Truex, A.J. Johnson, Steve Lafond, Mark Sublett, Matt Sublett, Doug Bushey, John Candy, Scott Daloisio, Bobby Gerould, Steve Hughes, Ron Lingron, Gary Thomas, and the Bay Cities Racing Association for a great season.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, ROW Signs and Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, Steve Lafond/Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Over $8,700 in product certificates and bonuses were awarded.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service Incorporated, AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Elk Grove Ford, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters, Jim and Bob’s Tire Service, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Steve Lafond / Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, T&T Trucking, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, Woodland Auto Display, and Woodworks Unlimited for their support. Over $9,000 in product certificates and bonuses were awarded.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action on November 25 and 26 for the “81st Running of the Turkey Night Grant Prix” at Ventura Raceway. The prestigious non-point events will also showcase the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series. For more event information, visit venturaraceway.com.

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Trent Carter-531, 2. Troy Rutherford-504, 3. Kyle Edwards-485, 4. Tanner Boul-423, 5. Tyler Hatzikian ®-390, 6. Joey Bishop ®-386, 7. Brent Yarnal ®-350, 8. Hannah Mayhew-348, 9. Ricky Lewis-329, 10. Camie Bell ®-325, 11. Steve Hix-303, 12. Brody Fuson-295, 13. James Herrera-274, 14. Chase Johnson-242, 15. Elexa Herrera ®-224, 16. Cody Majors-212, 17. Rick Hendrix-185, 18. Travis Buckley-155, 19. Logan Calderwood ®-149, 20. Jake Andreotti ®-143, 21. Brody Roa-135, 22. Ryan Timmons-109, 23. Jacob Tuttle-107, 24. Ben Worth ®-104, 25. Nathan Byrd-98, 26. Daniel Whitley ®-81, 27. Jarrett Soares-76, --. Charlie Butcher-76, 29. Matt Day-74, --. Sterling Cling-74, 31. Dawson Faria ®-64, 32. Randy Nelson-63, 33. Troy DeGaton ®-53, 34. Chris Ennis-51, 35. Christopher Muraoka-49, 36. Bryan Whitley-48, 37. Gage Rucker-46, 38. Todd Pratt-45, 39. Jonas Reynolds-35, 40. Dale Curran-33, 41. Tuesday Calderwood ®-13.

FINAL USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-854, 2. Brody Fuson-745, 3. Ben Worth-708, 4. A.J. Bender ®-654, 5. Travis Buckley ®-651, 6. Jake Andreotti-563, 7. Blake Bower-539, 8. Caden Sarale ®-397, 9. C.J. Sarna-389, 10. Randi Pankratz-345, 11. Chase Johnson-343, 12. Michael Snider-324, 13. Cade Lewis-293, 14. Thomas Esberg ®-289, 15. Anthony Esberg ®-286, 16. Austin Liggett-251, 17. Danika Jo Parker-247, 18. Robby Josett-235, --. Jake Hodges ®-235, 20. Zach Telford ®-194, 21. Terry Nichols-161, 22. Shane Golobic-159, --. Braden Chiaramonte ®-159, 24. Dylan Bloomfield ®-133, 25. Ryan Bernal-116, 26. Steve Paden-111, 27. Cody Williams-110, 28. Matt Mitchell-104, 29. Kyle Beilman-103, 30. Ben Wiesz ®-101, --. Colton Raudman ®-101, 32. Racin Silva ®-99, --. Nathan Byrd-99, 34. Steve Hix-98, 35. Daniel Whitley-92, --. Mike Leach Jr.-92, 37. Mitchel Moles-84, 38. Sage Bordenave ®-81, 39. Dave Stoltz-77, 40. Floyd Alvis-75, 41. Samuel May-74, 42. Shannon McQueen-68, --. Troy Rutherford-68, 44. Dawson Faria-65, --. T.J. Smith-65, 46. Danny Sheridan-63, 47. Beau Lemire ®-62, 48. Jake Morgan-60, --. Kevin Gray ®-60, 50. Dylan Ito-55, 51. Brandon Wiley-54, 52. Cole Schroeder-47, 53. Nick Velasquez ®-42, --. Billy Rayburn-42, 55. Gage Rucker-40, 56. Dale Curran-36, --. David Gasper-36, 58. Tyler Edwards-32, 59. Jason McDougal-31, 60. Tres Van Dyne-28, 61. Greg Edenholm-26, 62. Jim Vanzant-25, 63. Dakota Albright-24, 64. Darin Snider-12.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

CADE LEWIS POWERS TO KCRP “CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT” VICTORY

By Lance Jennings

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 17, 2022… Making his first start in Dean “Kiwi” Alexander’s #101 Wireless 101 / driveWFX.com Spike, Cade Lewis (Bakersfield, California) won last Saturday’s “George Snider Classic” at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. For Lewis, the $2,000 feature sponsored by T&T Trucking, Woodworks Unlimited, and Jim & Bob’s Tire Service was the first USAC Western States & BCRA Midget win of his career. Newly crowned champion Michael Faccinto, Brody Fuson, new track record holder Jake Andreotti, and hard charger Kyle Beilman rounded out the top-five “Championship Night” drivers.

At the drop of starter Jason Vance’s green flag, polesitter Ben Worth grabbed the early lead and looked to claim his second win in a row. Despite a couple of caution and red flags, Worth continued to dominate the main event at the fast 1/3-mile oval. The 2019 Rookie of the Year’s hopes were dashed when a mechanical failure ended his night on lap seventeen. Worth’s Alexander teammate Cade Lewis inherited the top spot and soon shook free from his challengers on his way to becoming the 190th winner in series history.

In the USAC Western States Midget debut at Kern County, Cade Lewis opened the night by qualifying second overall and running fifth in his heat race. While also racing in the Midwest, the rookie finished thirteenth in championship points after five appearances.

Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, California) posted his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign and established a new track record of 15.480 seconds over the 20-car roster. Racing the Pete Davis owned #00 Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters / Buchanan Automotive Stealth, Andreotti ran third in his heat race and finished fourth in the “George Snider Classic” after starting sixth. Jake also raced in the companion USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature and claimed fourth. The young driver finished sixth overall in the final USAC Western States Midget point standings.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) raced to his seventh heat race win of the year by topping the 10-lap Jordan Hanni Well Drilling First Heat Race. Piloting the Graunstadt Enterprises owned #14J Gary Silva Ranches / T&T Trucking Spike, Faccinto was seventh quick in time trials and finished second in the “Championship Night” main event after starting seventh. It has been a stellar season as Michael won the 4-race Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series and earned “Top Qualifier” honors. After earning his second crown, Faccinto joins Sleepy Tripp, Robby Flock, Johnny Rodriguez, Jerome Rodela, and Ronnie Gardner as multi-time champions.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) made his first start of the year in the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Competition Suspension Incorporated / Extreme Mufflers Stewart and won the 10-lap Ammonia Refrigeration Service Second Heat Race. The veteran driver qualified eighth overall but scored twentieth in the feature after an early exit. After leaving The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park, McDougal placed fifty-ninth in the point standings.

Another first time starter in 2022, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Wireless 101 Third Heat Race. Driving Keith Ford’s #73B Naturipe / Sun Valley AG Transport TCR, Sheridan was fifteenth fast in time trials and scored sixth in the main event after starting eighth. The veteran driver placed forty-sixth in the point chase for the championship.

Returning to USAC Western States action, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, California) earned the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with an fifth place run from fifteenth. Racing the family owned #31B Dave.com / BP Fab Spike, Beilman qualified fourteenth overall and placed fourth in his heat race. After two appearances, the 2018 Rookie of the Year finished twenty-ninth in the point standings.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) earned Kern County’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X Naturipe / Pacific Coast Maintenance Service Triple X, Williams was ninth quick in time trials and finished sixth in the “George Snider Classic.” In limited starts, the USAC/CRA Sprint Car driver finished twenty-seventh in the championship points.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) earned the 2022 Rookie of the Year honors after a hard fought battle with Travis Buckley. Driving the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender qualified fifth overall, ran second to McDougal in his heat race, scored seventh in the “Championship Night” main event, and scored fourth in the final point standings.

By virtue of her eleventh place finish in the “George Snider Classic” after starting twentieth, Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, California) topped the season’s “Passing Masters” point chase. Racing the family owned #8 HASA Pool & Spa Products Edmunds, Pankratz was twentieth in qualifying after having mechanical problems, finished seventh in her heat race, and placed tenth in the championship point chase.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service Incorporated, AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Elk Grove Ford, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters, Jim and Bob’s Tire Service, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Steve Lafond / Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, T&T Trucking, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, Woodland Auto Display, and Woodworks Unlimited for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 15, 2022 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California – “Championship Night & George Snider Classic” - Co-Sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA)

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-15.480 (New Track Record); 2. Cade Lewis, 101, Alexander-15.866; 3. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-15.974; 4. Steve Paden, 56, Paden-16.160; 5. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-16.276; 6. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-16.310; 7. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-16.333; 8. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-16.358; 9. Cody Williams, 73X, Ford-16.436; 10. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-16.488; 11. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-16.535; 12. Zach Telford, 22G, GR-16.587; 13. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.662; 14. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-16.711; 15. Danny Sheridan, 73B, Ford-17.060; 16. Thomas Esberg, 8X, Esberg-17.113; 17. Michael Snider, 6K, Snider-17.113; 18. David Gasper, 14JR, Streeter-17.172; 19. Anthony Esberg, 1K, Esberg-NT; 20. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-NT.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Bower, 3. Andreotti, 4. Paden, 5. A.Esberg, 6. T.Esberg, 8. Sarna. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McDougal, 2. Bender, 3. Buckley, 4. Beilman, 5. Lewis, 6. Snider, 7. Pankratz. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sheridan, 2. Worth, 3. Fuson, 4. Gasper, 5. Telford, 6. Williams. NT.

T&T TRUCKING / JIM & BOB’S TIRE SERVICE / WOODWORKS UNLIMITED FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Cade Lewis (5), 2. Michael Faccinto (7), 3. Brody Fuson (4), 4. Jake Andreotti (6), 5. Kyle Beilman (15), 6. Danny Sheridan (8), 7. A.J. Bender (2), 8. Zach Telford (13), 9. Anthony Esberg (19), 10. Thomas Esberg (16), 11. Randi Pankratz (20), 12. Steve Paden (3), 13. Cody Williams (9), 14. Ben Worth (1), 15. Travis Buckley (12), 16. Davis Gasper (18), 17. Michael Snider (17), 18. Blake Bower (10), 19. C.J. Sarna (14), 20. Jason McDougal (11). NT. ---------------------------- ** Snider flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Buckley flipped on lap 15 of the feature. Paden and Williams flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Worth, Laps 18-30 Lewis. ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Kyle Beilman (15th to 5th)

FINAL USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-854, 2-Brody Fuson-745, 3-Ben Worth-708, 4-A.J. Bender-654, 5-Travis Buckley-651, 6-Jake Andreotti-563, 7-Blake Bower-539, 8-Caden Sarale-397, 9- C.J. Sarna-389, 10-Randi Pankratz-345.

FINAL TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-38, 2-Ben Worth-32, 3-Jake Andreotti-25, 4-Chase Johnson-24, 5-Blake Bower-16. 6-Brody Fuson-14, 7-Shane Golobic-12, 8-Robby Josett-11, 9-Cade Lewis-9, 10-A.J. Bender-8.

FINAL PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Randi Pankratz-43, 2-Travis Buckley-38, 3-Brody Fuson-26, --Michael Faccinto-26, 5-A.J. Bender-25, 6-Anthony Esberg-24, 7-Nathan Byrd-21, --Thomas Esberg-21, 9-Caden Sarale-18, --Danika Jo Parker-18.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

BRODY FUSON TOPS “GEORGE SNIDER CLASSIC” AT KERN COUNTY
By Lance Jennings

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 17, 2022… Starting third, Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) took command from Sterling Cling on the fourteenth lap and raced to last Saturday’s “George Snider Classic” victory at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #51 W.E. / Taylor Backhoe Spike, Fuson claimed his second $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the season. Fast qualifier Troy Rutherford, Cling, Jake Andreotti, and Trent Carter, the 2022 Champion followed Brody to the checkered flag. Former champion Brody Roa had crossed the finish line in fourth, but failed to go to post race scales.

At the drop of starter Jason Vance’s green flag, Sterling Cling bested Trent Carter to grab the early lead. Making his first start at the Kern County oval, Cling began to inch away from the field. Brody Fuson found the outside line to his liking and caught the leader within a couple of laps. Brody competed the pass for the lead on the fourth circuit, but a bobble in the second corner cost the top spot. Once he regained the lead, Cling looked to increase his advantage, but Fuson stayed within striking distance. The lead duo caught slower traffic and Fuson made the most of the opportunity. Brody retook the lead on lap 14 and was not to be denied at the fast 1/3-mile oval.

Before earning the second win of his career, Brody Fuson qualified fourth overall and finished third in his heat race. Running double duty, the young driver ran third in the companion USAC Western States debut at Kern County. In limited starts, Fuson finished his season ranked twelfth in the West Coast point chase.

Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) opened the night by posting his fourth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign with a time of 15.297 seconds over the 19-car roster. Driving his #11 Westco International Consulting / Shine Supply Spike with Ford power, the veteran driver earned “Top Qualifier” honors, claimed second in his heat race, and ran second to Fuson in the main event. Troy finished his season ranked second in championship points.

Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) raced to victory in the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers First Heat Race. Driving the family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville Collision Center Maxim, Carter was seventh fast in time trials and scored fifth in the main event. After taking the “Championship Night” checkered flag, Trent clinched the 2022 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Championship. The 2014 Co-Rookie of the Year became the second driver in series history to earn both rookie and champion honors.

Making his first start of the season, Sterling Cling (Tempe, Arizona) won the night’s 10-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated / Vahlco Wheels Second Heat Race. Racing the family owned #34 Sterling Cling Racing / Jeff’s Jam It In Storage DRC, Cling qualified fifth overall and finished third in the main event after leading twelve laps. Sterling left KCRP tied with Matt Day for twenty-ninth in the point standings.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) returned to USAC West Coast action and won the 10-lap Rod End Supply / Saldana Racing Products Third Heat Race. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Track Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons had early mechanical problems in time trials and retired on lap 25 of the feature, resulting in a thirteenth place finish in the “George Snider Classic.” The 2016 Rookie of the Year claimed the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” and wrapped up his 2022 season ranked twenty-second in points.

Tanner Boul (Auberry, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award with a sixth place run from thirteenth. Driving the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X, Boul was twelfth fast in time trials and ran second to Timmons in his heat race. The June 11 Ventura USAC/CRA winner closed out his season ranked fourth in the point chase.

Tyler Hatzikian (Murrieta, California) earned the 2022 Rookie of the Year honors after a hard fought battle with Joey Bishop and Brent Yarnal. Driving his #27 Original Roadhouse Bar & Grill / ZARP Incorporated Triple X, Hatzikian was sixth quick in qualifying, ran sixth in his heat race, and placed eighth in the “George Snider Classic.” Tyler finished fifth in the chase for the championship.

By virtue of her twelfth place finish at “Championship Night” after starting seventeenth, Camie Bell (Bakersfield, California) topped the season’s “Passing Masters” point chase. Racing the family owned #29C American Fabrication / Hydraulic Controls TCR, Bell qualified sixteenth and ran sixth in her heat race. Camie finished her rookie season ranked tenth in championship points

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, ROW Signs and Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, Steve Lafond / Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the series Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 15, 2022 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California – “Championship Night & George Snider Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-15.297; 2. Brent Yarnal, 29, Yarnal-15.747; 3. Jake Andreotti, 7P, Andreotti-15.843; 4. Brody Fuson, 51, Van Meter-16.206; 5. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.207; 6. Tyler Hatzikian, 27, Hatzikian-16.290; 7. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-16.337; 8. Brody Roa, 8M, May-16.338; 9. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-16.510; 10. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-16.604; 11. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-16.619; 12. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-16.653; 13. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-17.058; 14. Todd Pratt, 17, Pratt-17.331; 15. Elexa Herrera, 16J, Herrera-17.586; 16. Camie Bell, 29C, Bell-17.956; 17. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-NT; 18. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-NT; 19. Steve Hix, 57 Hix-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Carter, 2. Rutherford, 3. Fuson, 4. Bishop, 5. Ennis, 6. Bell. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / VAHLCO WHEELS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cling, 2. Yarnal, 3. Mayhew, 4. Roa, 5. Pratt. NT.

ROD END SUPPLY / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Boul, 3. Lewis, 4. Andreotti, 5. Herrera, 6. Hatzikian. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Fuson (3), 2. Troy Rutherford (6), 3. Sterling Cling (2), 4. Jake Andreotti (4), 5. Trent Carter (1), 6. Tanner Boul (13), 7. Hannah Mayhew (12), 8. Tyler Hatzikian (8), 9. Elexa Herrera (16), 10. Joey Bishop (11), 11. Todd Pratt (15), 12. Camie Bell (17), 13. Ryan Timmons (7), 14. Kyle Edwards (18), 15. Ricky Lewis (10), 16. Brent Yarnal (5), 17. Brody Roa (9). NT.
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**Ennis did not start feature. Roa did not report to post-race scales.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Cling, Lap 4 Fuson, Laps 5-13 Cling, Laps 14-30 Fuson.
BR MOTORSPORTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tanner Boul (13th to 6th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Ryan Timmons

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Trent Carter-531, 2-Troy Rutherford-504, 3-Kyle Edwards-485, 4-Tanner Boul-423, 5-Tyler Hatzikian-390, 6-Joey Bishop-386; 7-Brent Yarnal-350, 8-Hannah Mayhew-348, 9-Ricky Lewis-329, 10-Camie Bell-325.

FINAL TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Troy Rutherford-31, 2-Ricky Lewis-19, 3-Trent Carter-16, 4-Chase Johnson-14, 5-Kyle Edwards-12, --Brody Fuson-12, 7-Jake Andreotti-10, 8-Steve Hix-9, 9-Tanner Boul-7, --Brody Roa-7.

FINAL PASSING MASTERS POINTS: 1-Camie Bell-41, 2-Joey Bishop-39, 3-Hannah Mayhew-29, 4-Tyler Hatzikian-22, 5-Travis Buckley-18, --Troy Rutherford-18, 7-Brent Yarnal-15, 8-Nathan Byrd-13, --Brody Fuson-13, --Elexa Herrera-13.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS: November 25 & 26 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “81st Turkey Night Grand Prix”

 


LESSON LEARNED:
COCKRUM GETS ILLINOIS DIRT MILE
REDEMPTION AT SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 15, 2022)………Shane Cockrum vowed vengeance on the Illinois dirt miles entering Saturday’s Bettenhausen 100 Presented By Hunt Brothers Pizza at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Cockrum absolutely dominated at southern Illinois’ Du Quoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile on Labor Day weekend in early September of this season.

For nearly the entirety of the race at Du Quoin, Cockrum punished the field to the tune of a double-digit second lead throughout. Seemingly on cruise control, Cockrum enjoyed a healthy lead entering the latter stages. That is, until his car ran out fuel with 14 laps remaining, relegating him to an agonizing defeat.

A month-and-a-half – and a harsh lesson learned – later, Cockrum drew up his plan and followed it to a T from start-to-finish at Springfield by strategically opting not to be the rabbit that all others chased. This time around, his state of mind for the first half of the 100-miler was simply to “let ‘em go.”

“You can’t lead every lap at Du Quoin, then lose that sucker and not learn from it,” Cockrum offered following his fifth career series triumph in his BLS Motorsports/Hustler Turf Equipment – Ben’s Lawn Service & Trailer Sales/Maxim/Kistler Chevy. “If you don’t learn, you just ought to stay home. We’ve always prided ourselves on being one of the smartest ones and, this time, I just let them go.”

Cockrum already possessed an intimate knowledge of the thrill of a USAC Silver Crown victory on an Illinois mile. However, the fact was that he’d not yet experienced that same feeling at the Springfield Mile in central Illinois. He’d previously won twice at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and, after crossing the southern Illinois mile off his personal checklist in 2014-15, there wasn’t a track on the schedule that Cockrum longed for a win at more than the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

In eight Springfield starts since 2011, Cockrum had come up empty handed in terms of a visit to victory lane. However, on this day, that time had finally arrived for the Benton, Ill. native.

Cockrum made a strong surge on a restart with 26 laps remaining in the 100-miler, overtaking near racelong leader Kaylee Bryson on lap 75, then sealed the deal by withstanding multiple restarts during the waning laps to finally realize a lifelong elusive goal by reigning triumphant at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“The Illinois miles,” Cockrum stated ecstatically. “There isn’t anything better in Silver Crown racing than this.”

For the entire duration, Cockrum never drifted outside the top-five after starting in the fifth position on the grid. Meanwhile, Bryson, making just her third career series start, felt more than comfortable on the topside, riding higher on the track surface than any other soul dared to travel on this day in a fantastic display of bravery and skill that awed the throng of fans as well as Cockrum who admitted he was “fanboying” from his driver’s seat a few positions back.

Prior to Saturday, no woman had ever started from the front row of a dirt USAC Silver Crown race nor led a single lap of any sort in the 52-year history of the series. The Muskogee, Okla. native changed all those old facts immediately as she blitzed by pole sitter Justin Grant at the start, then promptly led the initial 22 laps of the main event.

She’d soon find company in the form of C.J. Leary who took a different approach by setting up shop next to the inside guardrail. However, on lap 23, Leary caught up to Bryson, then split between her and the lapped car Cary Oliver to take over the lead at the exit of turn four.

Just then, Bryson didn’t fret as she stayed true to the top and muscled back past Leary to retake the lead a full lap later on the 24th circuit between turns three and four, then completely reconstructed another two-plus second advantage over the field.

The most harrowing incident of the day came on lap 33 as Bryson worked around the outside of the tail-end lead lap cars. While Bryson was pinned to the top in turn two, Dallas Hewitt (18th) & Mike Haggenbottom (19th) were racing side-by-side for position underneath. Haggenbottom’s right rear tire and Hewitt’s left rear met tread to tread, sending Haggenbottom into a series of vicious end-over-end flips. Haggenbottom ultimately climbed out of the mangled wreckage under his own power.

When racing resumed, Leary continued to lurk. He dove under Bryson in turn four on the lap 33 restart, but Bryson clung on tightly to remain in control by a margin of 0.003 sec. at the stripe. Leary stuck to it and made his move stick a lap later. Nonetheless, Bryson and her never-say-die attitude answered the bell once more a single lap later as she surpassed Leary deep into the back stretch, then swept to the bottom to steal away Leary’s line in turn three.

Bryson continued to hold serve, and then some, as the race passed the halfway mark but, soon after, second-running Leary discovered that another run to the front wasn’t in the cards this time around. On the 57th lap, Leary’s engine expired, forcing him to coast to a stop at the exit of turn four.

The relentless pursuit displayed by Bryson allowed her to up her lead to more than four seconds by lap 72 when Springfield native Korey Weyant (15th) shredded a left rear tire in turn two, sending shards of rubber as high as the clouds before crawling to a halt midway down the back straight.

As it turned out, the resulting caution spelled doom for Bryson’s victory bid when the race returned to green at the completion of lap 75. Moments after the green waved, Cockrum cracked the whip on his horse to gallop past Bryson to the inside as the two traveled side-by-side down the front straightaway.

Cottle subsequently zipped past for second on lap 80 while Seavey followed suit to third on lap 81 as Bryson free-fell back to fourth. Consequently, Cockrum constructed a full two-second lead which vanished into thin air when Brian Ruhlman (17th) stalled in turn one on lap 91. Ditto for sixth-running Justin Grant who fell to the wayside on the 95th lap after his car went up in a cloud of smoke.

Cockrum was undeterred with either of the stoppages and successfully gapped both Cottle and Seavey each time to break away and avoid any major challenges as the sand in the race’s proverbial hourglass was running out.

In the end, it was all Cockrum as he stuffed a first Bettenhausen 100 triumph into his pocket with a 1.836 second margin of victory over Cottle and Seavey while Kody Swanson slipped by Bryson with three laps remaining to take fourth while Bryson rounded out the top-five.

Cockrum and his BLS Motorsports team endured a rough bit of mechanical turmoil and personal tragedy in recent days. The team thought all was copacetic heading into Springfield before discovering an engine issue which required overnight delivery from California to Illinois of an order of replacement parts just less than 24 hours before showtime that came just in the nick of time for them to compete.

Furthermore, Joe Gass, the grandfather of Cockrum’s spotter and crew member Aaron Gass, passed away in late September. In honor of Joe, from the cockpit, Cockrum spread some of Joe’s ashes during the parade lap, then carried the rest of the ashes in his car for the 100-lap ride and into victory lane.

In what was his ninth career Bettenhausen 100 start, Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) made this one his best yet. Cottle bolted from his seventh place starting spot to finish second and give his Hodges Motorsports team its best ever USAC Silver Crown result in the Hodges Automotive – JB Henderson – Ortega’s Appliance Service/DRC/J & D Chevy.

“We were hoping to sneak underneath (Cockrum),” Cottle recounts. “It’s hard to pass on these miles and you’ve got to take them whenever you can get them. Restarts are usually the best chance to do that, and we had our car set up pretty decent. Cockrum was fast and we just didn’t have anything for him.”

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) experienced an inauspicious beginning to his day when his car continuously smoked and spewed oil throughout practice and qualifying, but initial fears of a blown engine were unfounded. After repairs, Seavey finished the day with a third-place result Rice Motorsports/STIDA.com – Lucas Oil – DiaEdge Mitsubishi Materials/DRC/Felker Chevy as well as a spot atop the standings as the new USAC Silver Crown championship leader by three points entering the Saturday, October 22, season finale at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

“I could run a really good lap, then I got into Cottle at the end, then let him drive back around me (for second place),” Seavey explained about his late-race altercation with two laps to go. “I made a lot of little mistakes; I need to be a little bit more aggressive. Overall, from where we started, we didn’t know if we were going to make five laps or 100 laps. We had a long, long day but this is what we needed to do. We’ll go to IRP and try to have a good race there and see how it plays out.”

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 15, 2022 – Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, Illinois – 1-Mile Dirt Oval – 59th Bettenhausen 100 Presented By Hunt Brothers Pizza

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-30.850; 2. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-30.898; 3. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-30.991; 4. Kody Swanson, 1, Doran/Dyson-31.009; 5. Shane Cockrum, 71, BLS-31.024; 6. Davey Ray, 8, Cornell-31.095; 7. Shane Cottle, 74, Hodges-31.141; 8. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice-31.155; 9. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-31.528; 10. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-31.628; 11. Chase Stockon, 69, Pink 69-31.636; 12. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-31.693; 13. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-31.828; 14. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-32.011; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-32.383; 16. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-32.457; 17. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-32.567; 18. Casey Buckman, 110, DMW-32.695; 19. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-32.857; 20. Korey Weyant, 199, Weyant-32.902; 21. Steven Russell, 14, McQuinn-32.999; 22. Brian Tyler, 81, BCR-33.171; 23. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-33.207; 24. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-33.348; 25. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-33.629; 26. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams-35.355; 27. Dave Peperak, 77, Peperak-35.462; 28. Tom Paterson, 111, Paterson-35.466; 29. Cary Oliver, 11, Oliver-35.865; 30. Danny Long, 44, Long-61.716; 31. Anthony Macri, 9, Dyson-NT; 32. Emerson Axsom, 20, Nolen-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Shane Cockrum (5), 2. Shane Cottle (7), 3. Logan Seavey (8), 4. Kody Swanson (4), 5. Kaylee Bryson (2), 6. Brian Tyler (22), 7. Matt Westfall (10), 8. Kyle Steffens (12), 9. Chase Stockon (11), 10. Davey Ray (6), 11. Travis Welpott (16), 12. Patrick Bruns (9), 13. Casey Buckman (18), 14. Carmen Perigo (17), 15. Steven Russell (21), 16. Danny Long (30), 17. Dave Berkheimer (24), 18. Justin Grant (1), 19. Brian Ruhlman (23), 20. Korey Weyant (20), 21. Jake Swanson (25), 22. C.J. Leary (3), 23. Dallas Hewitt (15), 24. Mike Haggenbottom (19), 25. Cary Oliver (28), 26. Bryan Gossel (14), 27. Tom Paterson (29), 28. Dave Peperak (27), 29. Kyle Robbins (13), 30. Gregg Cory (26). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Kaylee Bryson, Lap 23 C.J. Leary, Laps 24-33 Kaylee Bryson, Lap 34 C.J. Leary, Laps 35-74 Kaylee Bryson, Laps 75-100 Shane Cockrum.

**Mike Haggenbottom flipped on lap 33 of the feature.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-604, 2-Kody Swanson-601, 3-C.J. Leary-532, 4-Brian Tyler-477, 5-Justin Grant-462, 6-Travis Welpott-365, 7-Kyle Robbins-290, 8-Gregg Cory-282, 9-Bobby Santos-280, 10-Taylor Ferns-255.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-172, 2-Thomas Meseraull-131, 3-Brady Bacon-125, 4-Robert Ballou-107, 5-Kaylee Bryson-103, 6-Buddy Kofoid-100, 7-Logan Seavey-98, 8-Kyle Cummins-94, 9-Cannon McIntosh-81, 10-Shane Cottle-81.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 22, 2022 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Howard Companies Championship Saturday

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Shane Cockrum (29.826)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant (30.850)

Hard Charger: Brian Tyler (22nd to 6th)


SWANSON V. SEAVEY PART II:
CLOSEST EVER USAC SILVER CROWN TITLE RACE
HITS SPRINGFIELD SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 14, 2022)………Never before has the USAC Silver Crown championship race been tied with two races remaining.

However, Kody Swanson and Logan Seavey find themselves knotted up atop the points entering this Saturday’s 59th running of the Bettenhausen 100 Presented By Hunt Brothers Pizza at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile in Springfield.

It couldn’t really get much closer and the parallels between the two drivers’ 2022 seasons are staggering. Both drivers own three victories this season and both possess one runner-up finish apiece. Both have suffered only one DNF. Furthermore, both drivers’ worst finishes while still running at the finish is eighth.

However, Swanson has the tiebreaker in his back pocket at the moment with one third place result to his credit, that being the only difference in the closest title fight in series history.

Swanson has won the Bettenhausen 100 on three occasions in 2014, 2015 and one year ago in 2021. Seavey, meanwhile, has won each of the past three Silver Crown races on dirt this season at Port Royal, Du Quoin and Eldora, and is one short of tying the series record for consecutive victories on dirt, set by Jack Hewitt in 1986.

Not to mention that Swanson and Seavey swapped the lead during the 2021 Bettenhausen with the same two finishing first and second in the rain-shortened affair.

It sets up a rematch of the two after a similar fight from a year ago when Swanson led Seavey by 16 with two races to go. Seavey whittled the margin down to one heading into the finale, which Swanson dominated to give himself a 34-point cushion for the title at the final checkered.

The closest previous Silver Crown points battle with two races remaining on the season also involved Swanson. He led by a mere four points over Bobby East in 2012. East captured the title by a 12-point margin over Jerry Coons Jr. while Swanson fell to third in the final rundown.

In fact, nearly half of all the USAC Silver Crown championship tug-of-wars have seen the lead change hands throughout the final two races.

Jim McElreath held an 80-point edge over Don Hawley in the inaugural 1971 Silver Crown season, but it was George Snider who surged ahead of both drivers at the buzzer to win it all. A.J. Foyt did likewise in 1972 as did Al Unser in 1973 over Mario Andretti. Billy Cassella ripped away Johnny Parsons’ chance at a USAC national title during the 1976 season finale while Pancho Carter overcame Gary Bettenhausen’s advantage down the stretch in 1978. To close out the decade, Bobby Olivero and Billy Vukovich flip-flopped their point throughout the last two rounds with Olivero ultimately taking top honors.

At the dawn of the 1980s, Gary B. got his revenge on Pancho from 1978 by nipping Pancho for the title in a rare November finale at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Three drivers shared the lead over the last two events during the next two seasons with Larry Rice leapfrogging Jack Hewitt and Rich Vogler to become the first two-time Silver Crown champ in 1981. Ken Schrader did the same in 1982, bypassing Bobby Olivero and Ron Shuman with the aid of Sheldon Kinser’s Ben Leyba-owned ride in the closer at Nazareth. So appreciative of the generous offer, Schrader named his own son after Sheldon.

Dave Blaney went winless throughout the 1984 campaign, but his consistency rose him to the top after trailing George Snider with two to go. Johnny Parsons was heartbroken again in 1989 when dirt mile master Chuck Gurney surpassed him in the waning moments of the season to score his only crown.

Jimmy Sills’ bid to repeat as champion in 1991 came up short as a young upstart named Jeff Gordon blitzed past to earn himself a big car title before going on to NASCAR legend status. Steve Butler overcame leads by both Sills and Jeff Swindell during the final two races by winning the final round at Eldora to eke out a seven-point margin of triumph. Mike Bliss made a miraculous recovery in the last race of the 1993 season, overcoming Ron Shuman’s 39-point lead to win the points by two, marking the closest final points difference in series history.

That record two-point gap was tied two years later in 1995 when Tony Stewart came out of nowhere when the championship race was thought to be a two-horse tussle between Dave Darland and Jack Hewitt who were separated by eight going into the last round. Stewart, down by 155, was nearly perfect as both Darland and Hewitt experienced trouble and dropped out early. Stewart finished second and completed another leg of his miraculous USAC Triple Crown season with a two-point advantage.

Kenny Irwin Jr. led Jimmy Sills by 138 going into the 1996 finale in Del Mar, California. The worst case scenario occurred for Irwin who experienced a flat tire on the last lap while firmly in position to win the championship. In the ensuing moments, Irwin tangled with another car and hit the wall all while Sills raced to the win and the title in one fell swoop.

Jason Leffler lurked all year long but didn’t get by Brian Tyler until the Gateway finale in 1998, reigning on top in a 16-point contest. Tracy Hines overcame Dave Darland in 2000 while Tyler again came up just short of an elusive title in 2006 behind Bud Kaeding. Kaeding found himself on the other side of the equation in 2010 when Levi Jones trailed by 41 with two to go. Jones closed the interval to one entering the capper at Toledo, having to finish only a single position ahead of Kaeding. Jones wound up seventh and Kaeding eighth in the feature finishing order with the pair separated by two points when all was tallied up.

After coming from behind to win it all in 2012, Bobby East repeated his feat in 2013 as, for the second year in a row, East overcame a nine-point difference with two races remaining to score by a margin of six. Chris Windom came back to deny Swanson’s bid for a third-straight championship in 2016 as he erased Swanson’s 13-point lead with a pair of races to go, winning by five at the end.

In 2020, on a mid-October afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, just like this Saturday’s race will be, Justin Grant closed out his first Silver Crown championship. He shaved away Swanson’s lead with two races left, then pounced late to finish the season on a strong note with a championship in his hand.

We’re in for another incredible ride over these next two races on Saturday, October 15, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and on Saturday, October 22, on the pavement at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Two of the drivers who have entertained us time after time this year and have waged in fantastic championship battles over the past two seasons, will take us to the finish line again over these next two weekends. Hang tight. Odds are it’s going to be a memorable ride.

RACE DETAILS

On Saturday in Springfield, pits and registration open at 8am Central with the infield spectator gates opening at 9am, the ticket office and grandstands opening at 10am, the drivers meeting at 10:30am, practice from 11am-12:10pm, Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 12:15pm, followed by the qualifying race, pre-race ceremonies and the 100-lap main event.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-6661. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. At the gate on race day, adults are $30 and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for USAC members and $40 for non-members. Infield parking is $5 for those park in infield with no infield or pit passes.

Every lap of Saturday’s Bettenhausen 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACES WITH 2 RACES TO GO, 1 RACE TO GO & FINAL MARGIN

2021 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Kody Swanson by 16 over Logan Seavey
1 To Go: Kody Swanson by 1 over Logan Seavey
Final: Kody Swanson by 34 over Logan Seavey

2020 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Kody Swanson by 10 over Justin Grant
1 To Go: Justin Grant by 22 over Kody Swanson
Final: Justin Grant by 46 over Kody Swanson

2019 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Kody Swanson by 39 over Justin Grant
1 To Go: Kody Swanson by 63 over Justin Grant
Final: Kody Swanson by 60 over Justin Grant

2018 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Kody Swanson by 79 over Justin Grant
1 To Go: Kody Swanson by 76 over Justin Grant
Final: Kody Swanson by 82 over Justin Grant

2017 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Kody Swanson by 96 over Jerry Coons Jr.
1 To Go: Kody Swanson by 105 over Jerry Coons Jr.
Final: Kody Swanson by 88 over Jerry Coons Jr.

2016 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Kody Swanson by 13 over Chris Windom
1 To Go: Kody Swanson by 10 over Chris Windom
Final: Chris Windom by 5 over Kody Swanson

2015 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Kody Swanson by 100 over Jerry Coons Jr.
1 To Go: Kody Swanson by 124 over Jerry Coons Jr.
Final: Kody Swanson by 142 over Jerry Coons Jr.

2014 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Kody Swanson by 27 over Tracy Hines
1 To Go: Kody Swanson by 12 over Tracy Hines
Final: Kody Swanson by 27 over Tracy Hines

2013 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Tracy Hines by 9 over Jerry Coons Jr.
1 To Go: Bobby East by 5 over Jerry Coons Jr.
Final: Bobby East by 6 over Chris Windom

2012 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Kody Swanson by 4 over Bobby East
1 To Go: Bobby East by 6 over Jerry Coons Jr.
Final: Bobby East by 12 over Jerry Coons Jr.

2011 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Levi Jones by 6 over Jerry Coons Jr.
1 To Go: Levi Jones by 12 over Jerry Coons Jr.
Final: Levi Jones by 3 over Jerry Coons Jr.

2010 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Bud Kaeding by 41 over Levi Jones
1 To Go: Bud Kaeding by 1 over Levi Jones
Final: Levi Jones by 2 over Bud Kaeding

2009 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Bud Kaeding by 59 over A.J. Fike
1 To Go: Bud Kaeding by 71 over A.J. Fike
Final: Bud Kaeding by 59 over A.J. Fike

2008 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Jerry Coons Jr. by 23 over Dave Darland
1 To Go: Jerry Coons Jr. by 20 over Dave Darland
Final: Jerry Coons Jr. by 5 over Dave Darland

2007 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Bud Kaeding by 60 over Mat Neely
1 To Go: Bud Kaeding by 54 over Wayne Reutimann Jr.
Final: Bud Kaeding by 38 over Wayne Reutimann Jr.

2006 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Brian Tyler by 8 over Bud Kaeding
1 To Go: Bud Kaeding by 24 over Brian Tyler
Final: Bud Kaeding by 44 over Brian Tyler

2005 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Dave Steele by 14 over Josh Wise
1 To Go: Dave Steele by 31 over Josh Wise
Final: Dave Steele by 19 over Josh Wise

2004 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Dave Steele by 80 over Bud Kaeding
1 To Go: Dave Steele by 53 over Bud Kaeding
Final: Dave Steele by 47 over Bud Kaeding

2003 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: J.J. Yeley by 48 over Dave Darland
1 To Go: J.J. Yeley by 75 over Dave Darland
Final: J.J. Yeley by 81 over Dave Darland

2002 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: J.J. Yeley by 16 over Dave Steele
1 To Go: J.J. Yeley by 26 over Dave Steele
Final: J.J. Yeley by 38 over Dave Steele

2001 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Paul White by 27 over Russ Gamester
1 To Go: Paul White by 42 over Russ Gamester
Final: Paul White by 78 over Russ Gamester

2000 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Dave Darland by 20 over Tracy Hines
1 To Go: Dave Darland by 5 over Tracy Hines
Final: Tracy Hines by 29 over Dave Darland

1999 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Ryan Newman by 20 over Russ Gamester
1 To Go: Ryan Newman by 59 over Russ Gamester
Final: Ryan Newman by 47 over Russ Gamester

1998 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Brian Tyler by 11 over Jason Leffler
1 To Go: Brian Tyler by 14 over Jason Leffler
Final: Jason Leffler by 16 over Brian Tyler

1997 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Dave Darland by 35 over Donnie Beechler
1 To Go: Dave Darland by 44 over Donnie Beechler
Final: Dave Darland by 49 over Donnie Beechler

1996 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Jimmy Sills by 20 over Kenny Irwin Jr.
1 To Go: Kenny Irwin Jr. by 138 over Jimmy Sills
Final: Jimmy Sills by 42 over Kenny Irwin Jr.

1995 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Dave Darland by 68 over Jack Hewitt
1 To Go: Dave Darland by 8 over Jack Hewitt
Final: Tony Stewart by 2 over Dave Darland

1994 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Jimmy Sills by 22 over Chuck Gurney
1 To Go: Jimmy Sills by 62 over Chuck Gurney
Final: Jimmy Sills by 82 over Chuck Gurney

1993 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Mike Bliss by 22 over Ron Shuman
1 To Go: Ron Shuman by 39 over Chuck Gurney
Final: Mike Bliss by 2 over Ron Shuman

1992 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Jimmy Sills by 18 over Steve Butler
1 To Go: Jeff Swindell by 18 over Steve Butler
Final: Steve Butler by 7 over Jeff Swindell

1991 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Jimmy Sills by 61 over Jeff Gordon
1 To Go: Jeff Gordon by 58 over Jimmy Sills
Final: Jeff Gordon by 55 over Jimmy Sills

1990 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Jimmy Sills by 74 over Chuck Gurney
1 To Go: Jimmy Sills by 25 over Eric Gordon
Final: Jimmy Sills by 11 over Eric Gordon

1989 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Johnny Parsons by 137 over Chuck Gurney
1 To Go: Chuck Gurney by 58 over Johnny Parsons
Final: Chuck Gurney by 38 over Johnny Parsons

1988 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Steve Butler by 111 over George Snider
1 To Go: Steve Butler by 46 over George Snider
Final: Steve Butler by 49 over Jack Hewitt

1987 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Jack Hewitt by 321 over Jeff Swindell
1 To Go: Jack Hewitt by 336 over Jeff Swindell
Final: Jack Hewitt by 314 over Steve Butler

1986 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Jack Hewitt by 241 over Steve Butler
1 To Go: Jack Hewitt by 440 over Steve Butler
Final: Jack Hewitt by 489 over Steve Butler

1985 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Rick Hood by 294 over Chuck Gurney
1 To Go: Rick Hood by 150 over Sheldon Kinser
Final: Rick Hood by 159 over Sheldon Kinser

1984 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: George Snider by 25 over Chuck Gurney
1 To Go: Dave Blaney by 141 over Chuck Gurney
Final: Dave Blaney by 121 over Gary Bettenhausen

1983 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Gary Bettenhausen by 112 over Ken Schrader
1 To Go: Gary Bettenhausen by 113 over Ken Schrader
Final: Gary Bettenhausen by 63 over Ken Schrader

1982 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Bobby Olivero by 21 over Ron Shuman
1 To Go: Ron Shuman by 19 over Ken Schrader
Final: Ken Schrader by 74 over Mark Alderson

1981 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Jack Hewitt by 100 over George Snider
1 To Go: Rich Vogler by 17 over Larry Rice
Final: Larry Rice by 23 over Rich Vogler

1980 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Pancho Carter by 61 over Gary Bettenhausen
1 To Go: Gary Bettenhausen by 15 over Pancho Carter
Final: Gary Bettenhausen by 65 over Pancho Carter

1979 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Bobby Olivero by 40 over Rich Vogler
1 To Go: Billy Vukovich by 27 over Bobby Olivero
Final: Bobby Olivero by 43 over Billy Engelhart

1978 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Gary Bettenhausen by 40 over Pancho Carter
1 To Go: Pancho Carter by 156 over Gary Bettenhausen
Final: Pancho Carter by 56 over Gary Bettenhausen

1977 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Larry Rice by 100 over Tom Bigelow
1 To Go: Larry Rice by 160 over Sheldon Kinser
Final: Larry Rice by 90 over Billy Vukovich

1976 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Johnny Parsons by 60 over Tom Bigelow
1 To Go: Johnny Parsons by 30 over Billy Cassella
Final: Billy Cassella by 60 over Johnny Parsons

1975 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Jimmy Caruthers by 140 over Arnie Knepper
1 To Go: Jimmy Caruthers by 120 over Tom Bigelow
Final: Jimmy Caruthers by 60 over Tom Bigelow

1974 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Mario Andretti by 120 over Tom Bigelow
1 To Go: Mario Andretti by 160 over Tom Bigelow
Final: Mario Andretti by 180 over Tom Bigelow

1973 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Mario Andretti by 40 over Al Unser
1 To Go: Mario Andretti by 140 over Al Unser
Final: Al Unser by 60 over Mario Andretti

1972 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Tom Bigelow by 80 over Al Unser
1 To Go: A.J. Foyt by 40 over Arnie Knepper
Final: 1972: A.J. Foyt by 100 over Al Unser

1971 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:
2 To Go: Jim McElreath by 80 over Don Hawley
1 To Go: George Snider by 20 over Jim McElreath
Final: George Snider by 100 over Jim McElreath

2022 USAC SILVER CROWN STAT LEADERS:

Most Wins: 3-Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

Driver Point Leader: Kody Swanson & Logan Seavey

Entrant Point Leader: Doran-Dyson Racing #1

Leading Rookie in Points: Gregg Cory (9th)

Most Laps Led: 257-Kody Swanson

Most Top-Fives: 7-Logan Seavey

Most Top-Tens: 8-C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 4-Kody Swanson

Best Finish By A Rookie: Aug 19 at World Wide Technology Raceway – Mario Clouser (3rd)

Most Feature Starts: 9-Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson, Brian Tyler & Travis Welpott

Most Positions Advanced in a Race: Sep 5 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Casey Buckman (23rd to 5th)

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2022 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE & RESULTS

May 1: (D) Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (Hemelgarn Racing #91)

May 27: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park - Brownsburg, IN
WINNER: Bobby Santos (DJ Racing #22)

Jun 18: (D) Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports #22)

Jun 24: (P) Madison International Speedway - Oregon, WI
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Klatt Enterprises #6)

Jun 30: (P-SE) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park - Brownsburg, IN
WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran-Dyson Racing #1)

Jul 21: (P) Winchester Speedway - Winchester, IN
WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran-Dyson Racing #1)

Aug 6: (P) Toledo Speedway - Toledo, OH
WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran-Dyson Racing #1)

Aug 19: (P) World Wide Technology Raceway - Madison, IL
WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran-Dyson Racing #1)

Sep 3: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - Du Quoin, IL
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports #22)

Sep 23-24: (D) Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports #22)

Oct 15: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, IL

Oct 22: (P#) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park - Brownsburg, IN

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(D) represents a dirt event

(P) represents a pavement event

# represents a daytime event

(SE) represents a non-points special event

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2022 USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 540 Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.

2 540 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

3 511 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

4 432 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

5 422 Brian Tyler, Parma, Mich.

6 324 Travis Welpott, Pendleton, Ind.

7 280 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass.

8 276 Kyle Robbins, New Castle, Ind.

9 269 (R) Gregg Cory, Shelbyville, Ind.

10 255 Taylor Ferns, Shelby Township, Mich.

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

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2022 USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 540 Doran-Dyson Racing, Lebanon, OH/Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (#1)

2 540 Rice Motorsports, Brownsburg, Ind. (#222)

3 511 Klatt Enterprises, Hastings, Neb. (#6)

4 432 Hemelgarn Racing, LaSalle, Mich. (#91)

5 422 BCR Group, South Vienna, Ohio (#81)

6 324 Welpott Racing, Pendleton, Ind. (#18)

7 280 DJ Racing, Boca Raton, Fla. (#22)

8 276 KR Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#7)

9 269 Williams Racing, Saint Paul, Ind. (#32)

10 255 Taylor Ferns Racing, Shelby Township, Mich. (#155)

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2022 USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 269 Gregg Cory, Shelbyville, Ind.

2 199 Mario Clouser, Auburn, Ill.

3 181 Nathan Byrd, Goodyear, Ariz.

4 168 Mike McVetta, Grafton, Ohio

5 149 Brian Ruhlman, Clarklake, Mich.

6 141 Tom Paterson, Argos, Ind.

7 107 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

8 96 Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.

9 79 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

10 76 Nick Hamilton, Danville, Ind.

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RACE WINS:

3-Logan Seavey (Jun 18 at Port Royal Speedway, Sep 5 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds & Sep 24 at Eldora Speedway)

3-Kody Swanson (Jul 21 at Winchester Speedway, Aug 6 at Toledo Speedway & Aug 19 at World Wide Technology Raceway)

1-Justin Grant (May 1 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

1-C.J. Leary (Jun 24 at Madison International Speedway)

1-Bobby Santos (May 27 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park)

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LAPS LED:

257-Kody Swanson

190-C.J. Leary

100-Bobby Santos

75-Shane Cockrum

47-Logan Seavey

30-Matt Westfall

28-Buddy Kofoid

25-Justin Grant

15-Davey Hamilton Jr.

10-Jerry Coons Jr.

3-Jake Swanson

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TOP-FIVE FINISHES:

7-Logan Seavey

6-Kody Swanson

5-Justin Grant

5-C.J. Leary

3-Bobby Santos

2-Brady Bacon

2-Taylor Ferns

2-Brian Tyler

2-Matt Westfall

1-Emerson Axsom

1-Patrick Bruns

1-Casey Buckman

1-Nathan Byrd

1-Mario Clouser

1-Shane Cockrum

1-Jerry Coons Jr.

1-Shane Cottle

1-Russ Gamester

1-Davey Hamilton Jr.

1-Dallas Hewitt

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TOP-TEN FINISHES:

8-C.J. Leary

8-Logan Seavey

8-Kody Swanson

6-Brian Tyler

5-Justin Grant

4-Taylor Ferns

3-Mario Clouser

3-Davey Hamilton Jr.

3-Carmen Perigo

3-Kyle Robbins

3-Bobby Santos

3-Matt Westfall

2-Brady Bacon

2-Derek Bischak

2-Nathan Byrd

2-Shane Cockrum

2-Jerry Coons Jr.

2-Shane Cottle

2-Eric Gordon

2-Bryan Gossel

2-Dallas Hewitt

2-Travis Welpott

1-Emerson Axsom

1-Terry Babb

1-Patrick Bruns

1-Casey Buckman

1-Gregg Cory

1-Russ Gamester

1-Mike Haggenbottom

1-Nick Hamilton

1-Jason McDougal

1-Mike McVetta

1-Kyle O’Gara

1-Bill Rose

1-Brian Ruhlman

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FEATURE STARTS:

9-Justin Grant

9-C.J. Leary

9-Logan Seavey

9-Kody Swanson

9-Brian Tyler

9-Travis Welpott

8-Gregg Cory

8-Kyle Robbins

7-Dave Berkheimer

6-Eric Gordon

6-Tom Paterson

5-Derek Bischak

5-Taylor Ferns

5-Mike McVetta

5-Austin Nemire

5-Bobby Santos

4-Nathan Byrd

4-Mario Clouser

4-Shane Cottle

4-Dallas Hewitt

4-Brian Ruhlman

4-Jake Swanson

4-Matt Westfall

3-Casey Buckman

3-Shane Cockrum

3-Russ Gamester

3-Bryan Gossel

3-Mike Haggenbottom

3-Davey Hamilton Jr.

3-Patrick Lawson

3-Jason McDougal

3-Kyle O’Gara

3-Carmen Perigo

3-Chase Stockon

2-Emerson Axsom

2-Brady Bacon

2-Kaylee Bryson

2-Jerry Coons Jr.

2-Jake Day

2-Nick Hamilton

2-Jimmy Light

2-Davey Ray

2-Kyle Steffens

1-Terry Babb

1-Mark Bitner

1-Patrick Bruns

1-Chris Fetter

1-A.J. Fike

1-Matt Goodnight

1-Buddy Kofoid

1-Danny Long

1-Tye Mihocko

1-Nathan Moore

1-Ryan Newman

1-Tommy Nichols

1-Cary Oliver

1-Dave Peperak

1-Bill Rose

1-Jake Simmons

1-Mark Smith

1-Tanner Swanson

1-Chris Urish

1-Korey Weyant

1-Chris Windom

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

4-Kody Swanson

3-C.J. Leary

1-Shane Cockrum

1-Bobby Santos

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ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

1-Kyle Steffens & Chase Stockon

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TOP ROOKIE FINISHER OF THE RACE:

May 1: Terre Haute Action Track – Emerson Axsom (5th)

May 27: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Mario Clouser (7th)

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway – Brian Ruhlman (13th)

Jun 24: Madison International Speedway – Nathan Byrd (10th)

Jul 21: Winchester Speedway – Mike McVetta (7th)

Aug 6: Toledo Speedway – Mario Clouser (9th)

Aug 19: World Wide Technology Raceway – Mario Clouser (3rd)

Sep 5: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Chase Stockon (12th)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Brian Ruhlman (7th)

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“HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE:

May 1: Terre Haute Action Track – Brady Bacon (16th to 3rd)

May 27: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Mario Clouser (24th to 7th)

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway – Carmen Perigo (19th to 10th)

Jun 24: Madison International Speedway – Brian Tyler (9th to 3rd)

Jul 21: Winchester Speedway – C.J. Leary (19th to 4th)

Aug 6: Toledo Speedway – Derek Bischak (19th to 6th)

Aug 19: World Wide Technology Raceway – Bryan Gossel (17th to 8th)

Sep 5: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Casey Buckman (23rd to 5th)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Eric Gordon (27th to 14th)

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DIRT DRAFT FASTEST PRACTICE LAP

May 1: Terre Haute Action Track – Justin Grant

May 27: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Bobby Santos

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway – Shane Cockrum

Jun 24: Madison International Speedway – C.J. Leary

Jul 21: Winchester Speedway – Kody Swanson

Aug 6: Toledo Speedway – Kody Swanson

Aug 19: World Wide Technology Raceway – Kody Swanson

Sep 5: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Shane Cockrum

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Kody Swanson & Kody Swanson

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STATS

ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINS:

1. [37 wins] Kody Swanson

2. [23 wins] Jack Hewitt

3. [18 wins] Brian Tyler

4. [16 wins] Dave Steele

5. [15 wins] J.J. Yeley

6. [14 wins] Dave Darland & Chuck Gurney

8. [12 wins] Jimmy Sills

9. [11 wins] Bobby East & Bobby Santos

11. [10 wins] Gary Bettenhausen & Mike Bliss

13. [9 wins] Tracy Hines

14. [8 wins] Tanner Swanson & Chris Windom

16. [7 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Rick Hood & George Snider

19. [6 wins] Tom Bigelow, Russ Gamester, Kenny Irwin Jr., Jason Leffler, Ken Schrader & Al Unser

25. [5 wins] Mario Andretti, Donnie Beechler, Pancho Carter, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Bud Kaeding, Sheldon Kinser, Larry Rice & Logan Seavey

34. [4 wins] Shane Cockrum, Justin Grant, Kyle Larson, Jeff Swindell & Rich Vogler

39. [3 wins] Steve Butler, Tyler Courtney, Cameron Dodson, A.J. Fike, Levi Jones, Kasey Kahne, Jim Keeker, Steve Kinser, C.J. Leary, Bobby Olivero, Johnny Parsons, Aaron Pierce, Ron Shuman, Tony Stewart, Tyler Walker & Paul White

55. [2 wins] Pat Abold, Brady Bacon, Steve Chassey, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Larry Dickson, Billy Engelhart, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Joe Saldana, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Cole Whitt, Josh Wise & Doug Wolfgang

70. [1 win] Teddy Beach, Christopher Bell, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Marvin Carman, Shane Carson, Bob Cicconi, Herb Copeland, Bruce Field, Aaron Fike, Chet Fillip, Bob Frey, Eric Gordon, Kyle Hamilton, John Heydenreich, Gary Hieber, Shane Hmiel, Shane Hollingsworth, Jimmy Horton, Jackie Howerton, Kevin Huntley, Kenny Jacobs, Bubby Jones, Keith Kauffman, Jimmy Kite, Chuck Leary, Eddie Leavitt, Jason McCord, Jim McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Mat Neely, Brad Noffsinger, Stevie Reeves, Wayne Reutimann Jr., Danny Smith, Kevin Thomas, Rich Tobias Jr., Chris Urish, Billy Vukovich & Jacob Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

40-Kody Swanson

21-Jimmy Sills

19-Dave Steele

17-Tracy Hines

14-Jerry Coons Jr.

13-J.J. Yeley

10-Bobby East & Rich Vogler

9-Chuck Gurney & Jason Leffler

8-Dave Darland, Russ Gamester, Levi Jones, Johnny Parsons & Tanner Swanson

7-Tom Bigelow, C.J. Leary & Josh Wise

6-Gary Bettenhausen, Steve Chassey, Justin Grant, Jack Hewitt & Larry Rice

5-Kenny Irwin Jr., Aaron Pierce, Jeff Swindell & Al Unser

4-Donnie Beechler, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Rick Hood, Jim Keeker, Sheldon Kinser, Kyle Larson, Brad Noffsinger, Joe Saldana, Bobby Santos, George Snider, Brian Tyler & Greg Weld

3-Mario Andretti, Mike Bliss, Steve Butler, Pancho Carter, Shane Cottle, Robby Flock, Shane Hmiel, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader & Ron Shuman

2-Dave Blaney, Ed Carpenter, Dane Carter, A.J. Fike, Shane Hollingsworth, Bud Kaeding, Steve Kinser, Lee Kunzman, Chuck Leary, Jon Stanbrough, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tyler Walker, Jacob Wilson & Chris Windom

1-Mark Alderson, Brady Bacon, Teddy Beach, Christopher Bell, Bob Cicconi, Shane Cockrum, Derek Davidson, Cameron Dodson, Pablo Donoso, Thad Dosher, Paul Durant, Bob Ewell, Chet Fillip, Stan Fox, Damion Gardner, Gene Lee Gibson, Eric Gordon, Jeff Gordon, Davey Hamilton, Jac Haudenschild, John Heydenreich, Gary Hieber, Tray House, Jackie Howerton, Kenny Jacobs, Jon Johnson, Bubby Jones, P.J. Jones, Kasey Kahne, Keith Kauffman, Steve Kent, Arnie Knepper, Michael Lewis, Jason McDougal, Lealand McSpadden, Warren Mockler, Mat Neely, Roger Rager, Wayne Reutimann Jr., Bill Rose, Randy Tolsma, Billy Vukovich, Bruce Walkup & Doug Wolfgang

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENT RACE WINS:

1. [3 wins] Jack Hewitt

2. [2 wins] Rick Hood

3. [1 win] George Snider, Kody Swanson, Rich Vogler & Billy Vukovich

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

1971: George Snider, 1972: A.J. Foyt, 1973: Al Unser, 1974: Mario Andretti, 1975: Jimmy Caruthers, 1976: Billy Cassella, 1977: Larry Rice, 1978: Pancho Carter, 1979: Bobby Olivero, 1980: Gary Bettenhausen, 1981: Larry Rice, 1982: Ken Schrader, 1983: Gary Bettenhausen, 1984: Dave Blaney, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Jack Hewitt, 1987: Jack Hewitt, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Chuck Gurney, 1990: Jimmy Sills, 1991: Jeff Gordon, 1992: Steve Butler, 1993: Mike Bliss, 1994: Jimmy Sills, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Jimmy Sills, 1997: Dave Darland, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Tracy Hines, 2001: Paul White, 2002: J.J. Yeley, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Dave Steele, 2005: Dave Steele, 2006: Bud Kaeding, 2007: Bud Kaeding, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Bud Kaeding, 2010: Levi Jones, 2011: Levi Jones, 2012: Bobby East, 2013: Bobby East, 2014: Kody Swanson, 2015: Kody Swanson, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Kody Swanson, 2018: Kody Swanson, 2019: Kody Swanson, 2020: Justin Grant, 2021: Kody Swanson

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

1971: Leader Card Racers, 1972: A.J. Foyt Enterprises, 1973: Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing, 1974: Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing, 1975: George Middleton, 1976: Louis Seymour & Sons, 1977: Dave LeFevre, 1978: Johnny Capels, 1979: Leader Card Racers, 1980: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1981: Johnny Vance, 1982: Steve Enslow, 1983: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1984: Ralph & Jim DePalma, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Bob Hampshire, 1987: Bob Hampshire, 1988: Kenneth Jarrett Farms, 1989: Junior Kurtz, 1990: Bob Consani, 1991: Fred Ede, 1992: Kenneth Jarrett Farms, 1993: Del McClure, 1994: Gary Stanton, 1995: Glen Niebel, 1996: Stanton Racing, 1997: Foxco, Inc., 1998: Goetz Racing, 1999: Snider-Foyt Racing, 2000: Terry Riggs, 2001: Paul Cook Racing, 2002: East-Stewart Racing, 2003: East-Stewart Racing, 2004: East-Stewart Racing, 2005: East-Stewart Racing, 2006: Leffler-BK Racing, 2007: BK Racing, 2008: RW Motorsports, 2009: BK Motorsports, 2010: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2012: RW Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2013: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2014: DePalma Motorsports, 2015: DePalma Motorsports, 2016: DePalma Motorsports, 2017: DePalma Motorsports, 2018: DePalma Motorsports, 2019: Klatt Enterprises, 2020: Hemelgarn Racing, 2021: Rice Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:
1981: Jack Hewitt, 1982: Keith Kauffman, 1983: Rick Hood, 1984: Dave Blaney, 1985: Steve Butler, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Jeff Swindell, 1988: Gene Lee Gibson, 1989: Jimmy Sills, 1990: Eric Gordon, 1991: Stevie Reeves, 1992: Jim Keeker, 1993: Randy Tolsma, 1994: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1995: Chuck Leary: 1996: Ryan Newman, 1997: Jimmy Kite, 1998: Todd Kane, 1999: Paul White, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Aaron Fike, 2002: Matt Westfall, 2003: Ron Gregory, 2004: Aaron Pierce, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Mat Neely, 2007: Cameron Dodson, 2008: Steve Arpin, 2009: Kody Swanson, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Kyle Hamilton, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Caleb Armstrong, 2015: C.J. Leary, 2016: Casey Shuman, 2017: Joss Moffatt, 2018: Kyle Robbins, 2019: Derek Bischak, 2020: Bryan Gossel, 2021: Logan Seavey

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STARTS:

210-Brian Tyler

204-Russ Gamester

201-Dave Darland

180-Jerry Coons Jr.

172-Tracy Hines

163-Jack Hewitt

153-Eric Gordon

151-Johnny Parsons

147-Tony Elliott

129-George Snider

126-Kody Swanson

125-Gary Hieber

115-Chuck Gurney

113-Bud Kaeding & Jimmy Sills

111-Dave Steele

110-John Heydenreich

104-A.J. Fike & Aaron Pierce

100-Larry Rice

94-Jay Drake & Paul White

91-J.J. Yeley

90-Tom Bigelow

88-Mark Alderson

84-Jason McCord

83-Gary Bettenhausen

79-Donnie Beechler & Levi Jones

78-Chris Windom

77-Rich Vogler

76-Larry Dickson

75-Ryan Newman

74-Steve Chassey

73-Rich Tobias Jr.

72-Bobby East & Justin Grant

71-David Byrne, Robby Flock & Sheldon Kinser

70-Steve Butler & Shane Cottle

68-Billy Engelhart

67-Joe Saldana

66-Brad Noffsinger & Bobby Santos

65-Jerry Nemire

62-Ron Shuman

60-Randy Bateman, Austin Nemire, Wally Pankratz & Bill Rose

58-Rick Hood

55-Gary Irvin

54-Tom Capie, Shane Hollingsworth & Jacob Wilson

53-Chet Fillip & Jason Leffler

52-Wayne Reutimann Jr.

50-Shane Cockrum & Patrick Lawson

49-Tony Stewart

48-Mike Bliss & Ken Schrader

47-Bob Cicconi & C.J. Leary

46-Jim Keeker, Billy Vukovich & Bentley Warren

45-Derek Davidson & Jeff Swindell

44-Tanner Swanson

43-Kenny Irwin Jr., Kyle Robbins & Tyler Walker

42-Dane Carter & Jon Stanbrough

41-Matt Goodnight & Danny Milburn

40-Aaron Fike, Andy Hillenburg, Warren Mockler, Chip Thomas & Matt Westfall

39-Tray House & Jim McElreath

38-Chuck Leary, Bobby Olivero & Chris Urish

37-Pancho Carter, Duke Cook, Todd Kane, Rusty McClure, Billy Puterbaugh Jr. & Roger Rager

36-Ed Carpenter, Ron Dunstan & Travis Welpott

34-Brady Bacon, Ronnie Burke, Mike Haggenbottom, Davey Hamilton, Kevin Huntley, Greg Staab & Kevin Thomas

33-Cary Faas, Jimmy Kite & Josh Wise

32-Brent Kaeding

31-Terry Babb, Steve Cannon, Ron Gregory, Arnie Knepper, Jim Mahoney, Mat Neely & Stevie Reeves

30-Tim Barber, Teddy Beach, Dave Berkheimer, Jeff Bloom, Zach Daum, Stan Fox, Manny Rockhold & Jerry Russell

29-Rocky Hodges & Michael Lewis

28-Dave Blaney & Bill Puterbaugh

27-Brad Armstrong & Bryan Clauson

26-Steve Buckwalter, Dan Drinan & Joe Liguori

25-Kasey Kahne, Nick Lundgreen & Jerry Miller

24-Pat Abold, Derek Hagar, Kenny Jacobs & Davey Ray

23-Cameron Dodson

22-Billy Cassella, Kevin Doty, Bob Frey & Logan Seavey

21-Kyle Hamilton & Walt Kennedy

20-Bill Baue, Dave Feese, John Starks & Randy Tolsma

19-Taylor Ferns, Bruce Field, Brian Gerster, Gene Lee Gibson, Shane Hmiel, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden & Casey Shuman

18-Rollie Beale, Jackie Burke, Tyler Courtney, Chris Fetter, Mike Murgoitio, Al Unser & Jonathan Vennard

17-Derek Bischak, Jimmy Caruthers, A.J. Foyt, Sammy Sessions, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Kramer Williamson

16-Robert Ballou & Pablo Donoso

15-Paul Clark, P.J. Jones & Bruce Walkup

14-Jarett Andretti, Billy Boat, Patrick Bruns, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Bubby Jones, Keith Kauffman, Ralph Liguori, Boston Reid, Danny Smith, Smokey Snellbaker, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

13-Tyce Carlson, Dana Carter, Jim Childers, Jac Haudenschild, Dallas Hewitt, Jackie Howerton, Jon Johnson, Greg Leffler, Andy Michner, Brian Paulus, Kyle Steffens, Billy Wease, Rodney Weesner & Bud Wilmot

12-Brad Fox, Bryan Gossel, Mike Gregg, Mike Hess, Jason McDougal, Billy Pauch, Ricky Shelton, Jake Swanson & Bill Tyler

11-Mario Andretti, J.C. Bland, Casey Buckman, Justin Carver, Hud Cone, Craig Dori, Dickie Gaines, David Gough, Terry James, Steve Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Lee Kunzman, Kyle Larson, Danny Long, James McElreath, Bobby McMahan, Joey Moughan, Rex Norris III, Kyle O’Gara, Carmen Perigo, Mike Peters, Tad Roach, Greg Weld & Greg Wilson

10-Ronnie Day, Gary Gray, Richard Griffin, Coleman Gulick, Bob Harkey, Page Jones, Terry Kawell, Jim Moughan, Kenneth Nichols, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Jack Runyon, Robert Smith & Robbie Stanley

9-Bobby Adkins, Chuck Amati, Caleb Armstrong, Toni Breidinger, Karl Busson, Bob Evans, Bryn Gohn, Davey Hamilton Jr., Wayne Hammond, Jim Hurtubise, Rebel Jackson Jr., Chappy Knaack, Eddie Leavitt, Larry Martin, Joss Moffatt, Johnny Petrozelle, Johnny Rutherford & Mark Smith

8-Jim Anderson, Joe Axsom, Christopher Bell, Nathan Byrd, Cole Carter, Mel Cornett, Chris Cumberworth, Doug Didero, Paul Durant, Ray Joe Fager, Larry Gates, Ken Hamilton, Darl Harrison, Roy Hicks, Rod Holshouser, Dakota Jackson, Mike Johnson, Frankie Kerr, Jan Opperman, Lee Osborne, Junior Parkinson, Greg Peterson, Aaron Pollock, Tracy Potter, Steve Siegel, Ryan Smith, Sammy Swindell, Rick Treadway, Lennie Waldo, Carl Williams & Doug Wolfgang

7-John Andretti, Eric Butze, Rob Chaney, Lou Cicconi Jr., Gregg Cory, Chris Dyson, Bob East, Perry Ferrell, Nick Fornoro Jr., Joe Gaerte, Cody Gallogly, Damion Gardner, Cody Gerhardt, Brian Hayden, Jesse Hockett, Blake Hollingsworth, Tony Hunt, Paul Huntington, Chad Kemenah, Paul Koch, Jimmy Light, Joe McCarthy, Mike McVetta, Thiago Medeiros, Austin Mundie, Michael Roselli Jr., Hunter Schuerenberg, Alex Shanks, Pete Shepherd III, Chase Stockon, Mike Thomas, Billy Whitaker & Mitch Wissmiller

6-Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Annie Breidinger, Mike Brooks, Bill Burks Jr., Kellen Conover, Palmer Crowell, Ryan Durst, Bob Ewell, Spike Gehlhausen, Kenny Gentry, Darren Hagen, Tom Hessert III, Larry Hoppes, John Hubbard, Marc Jessup, Doug Kalitta, Kevin Koch, Bill Kojis, Mike Lichty, Jeff Mitrisin, Don Nordhorn, Tom Paterson, Steven Russell, Brian Seidel, Jake Simmons, Jimmy Stinson, Jerry Stone, Korey Weyant & Mike Winblad

5-Sport Allen, Todd Beach, Barry Camp, Larry Cannon, Shane Carson, Mark Cassella, Kyle Cummins, Jake Day, John Hunt, Brad Kuhn, Rich Leavell, Donnie Lehmann, Mario Marietta, Brad Marvel, Mack McClellan, Kevin Olson, Chris Phillips, Mike Stroehle, Neil Shepherd, Red Stauffer, Sleepy Tripp, Terry Uehling, Cole Whitt & Rip Williams

4-Tony Armstrong, Steve Arpin, John Batts, Mike Brecht, Jimmy Brewer, David Bridges, Ray Bull, Keith Burch, Keith Butler, Mario Clouser, Herb Copeland, Casey Diemert, Lee Dunn, Danny Ebberts, Murray Erickson, Ray Evans, Scott Hansen, Don Hawley, Steve Kent, Dereck King, Steve Knepper, Mike Larrison, Mike Ling, Bobby Marcum, Von McGee, Wes Miller, David Mirk, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brian Ruhlman, Billy Shuman, Dean Shirley, Donny Schatz, Tim Siner, Billy Vukovich III, Clark Templeman, Kevin Whitesides, Leon Thickstun, Miranda Throckmorton & Ronnie Wuerdeman

3-Steve Adams, Johnny Anderson, Ed Angle, Robin Bank, Justin Barger, John Barrick, Kipp Beard, Doug Berryman, Merle Bettenhausen, Art Bisch Jr., Kevin Bloomstran, Lee Brewer Jr., Rick Brown, Dave Burns, Gary Cameron II, Keith Campbell, Marvin Carman, Roy Caruthers, Wayne Chinn, Bill Compton, Tim Cox, Erin Crocker, Troy DeCaire, Thad Dosher, Tommie Estes Jr., Dean Franklin, Jeff Gardner, Emmett Hahn, Darryl Haugh, Kelly Kinser, Lance Kobusch, Red Kunstbeck, Ricky Logan, Steve Long, Jim Malloy, Mike Martin, Zach Martini, Bob Meli, Larry Moore, Nathan Moore, Ryan Moore, Mike Mosley Jr., Mike Ordway, Gary Patterson, Dave Peperak, Gary Ponzini, Rusty Rasmussen, Wayne Reutimann, Robbie Rice, Travis Rilat, A.J. Russell, Zach Schiff, Frankie Schneider, Ryan Scott, Terry Shepherd, Ron Smoker, Kevin Studley, Brad Sweet, Buz Tapply, Cale Thomas, Dick Tobias, Rick Ungar, Tony Weyant, George White, Jim Whiteside & Greg Wooley

2-Mike Adkins, Mike Andreeta, Tommy Astone, Emerson Axsom, Todd Bammer, Randy Bauer, Dave Baumgartner, Nick Bilbee, Dean Billings, Austin Blair, Dan Boorse, Ken Brewer, Kaylee Bryson, Shane Butler, Steve Carithers, Tim Clark, Jason Conn, Stan Constant, Johnny Coogan, Frank D’Alonso, Daryl Daugherty, Tom Davies, Charles Davis Jr., James Davison, Greg DeCaires, Duke DeRosa, Scott Edmiston, Dean Erfurth, Jay Ervine, Mike Fedorcak, Billy Felts, A.J. Foyt IV, Stewart Friesen, Greg Furlong, Leon Gentry, Mike Gigot, Joe Gosek, Rick Goudy, Chuck Gurney Jr., Nick Hamilton, Randy Hannagan, Scott Hatton, Jon Herb, Jordan Hermansader, Sparky Howard, Bill Hudson, Bruce Jennings, Jerry Karl, Kevin Kierce, Mike Lauterborn, Steve Lotshaw, Ed Lynch, Garry Lee Maier, Troy Matchen, Jay Maupin, Randy Mausteller, Van May, Roger McCluskey, Mike McCreary, Frank McDaniel, Lyn McIntosh, Dustin Morgan, Aaron Mosley, Larry Neighbors, John Nervo, Lynn Paxton, Scott Pierovich, Troy Regier, Tyler Roahrig, Rick Salem, Joey Schmidt, Howie Sewell, David Shain, Rick Sipes, Jigger Sirois, Mark Sokola, Randy Standridge, Nelson Stewart, Rodney Stone, Rob Summers, Kevin Swindell, Al Thomas, Troy Thompson, Troy Vaccaro, Butch Wilkerson, Charlie Workman, Salt Walther, Brent Yarnal & Jack Ziegler

1-Bobby Allen, Taylor Andrews, Dakoda Armstrong, Jon Backlund, Tom Ball, Steve Barnett, Steve Barth, Mark Bitner, Jarid Blondel, Chad Boat, Ray Bragg, Jerry Bruce, Bob Brutto, Will Cagle, Daryl Campbell, Don Carr, Kent Christian, Drew Church, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Kevin Conway, Donnie Crawford, Wally Dallenbach, Bobby Davis Jr., Brad Davis, Bob Davison, Brian DeFord, Terry Doss, Brad Doty, Rodney Duncan, Jesse Dunham, Sondi Eden, Andrew Felker, Elvin Felty, Dan Ford, Michael Ford, Andy Forsberg, Jeff Forshee, Ronnie Franklin, Pete Frazier, Danny Frye Jr., Jeff Galas, Ronnie Gardner, Rickie Gaunt, Cheryl Glass, David Gravel, Gary Griffith, Brett Hearn, Jojo Helberg, Jim Hettinger, Nathan High, Larry Hillerud, Ted Hines, Jimmy Horton, Brian Hosford, Rick Howerton, Steve Irwin, Jim Jackson, Earnest Jennings, Rickey Jennings, Matt Jewell, Chase Johnson, Erik Karlsen, Kraig Kinser, Buddy Kofoid, Dana LaLiberte, Harold Leep, Jeff Leka, Ryan Litt, Ed Lynch Jr., Pepi Marchese, David McCreary, Dave McGough, Paul McMahan, Joe Melnick, Thomas Meseraull, Curt Michael, Tye Mihocko, Jim Mills, Mark Monico, Mike Mosley, Jack Moulton Jr., Peter Murphy, Rick Muther, Fred Neighbors, Greg Nelson, Kevin Newton, Kyle Nicholas, Tommy Nichols, Don O’Keefe, Cary Oliver, Jimmy Parsons, Billy Pauch Jr., Stan Ploski, Art Pollard, Jerry Potter, Richard Powell, Pat Quinn, Ron Rae, Fred Rahmer, Robbie Ray, Byron Reed, David Reutimann, Jim Reynard, Randy Roberts, Joe Roush, John Ryals, Eddie Sachs Jr., Doug Saunier, Bill Schemonia, Shane Scully, Jon Sciscoe, Ron Semelka, Steve Sheppard Jr., Danny Shouse, Grant Simpson, Anthony Simone, Carl Smith, Steve Smith, Mike Spencer, Darren Spiers, Greg Stephens, Robert Stout, Charlie Swartz, Fred Tegarden Jr., Todd Thomas, Tanner Thorson, Bud Tingelstad, Eric Todd, Rick Tomasik, Eric Trousdale, LeRoy Van Conett, Kaylene Verville, Todd Wanless, Curt Waters, Jeff West, Brent Whited, Bryan Whited, Eddie Wirth, Kyle Wissmiller, Kent Wolters, Mike Woodring, Ken Woolley & Tiffany Wyzard

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

BRODY ROA CHARGES TO VICTORY AT MOHAVE VALLEY

By Lance Jennings

MOHAVE VALLEY, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 12, 2022… Starting eleventh, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) powered by “The Demon” Damion Gardner on lap 27 to take last Saturday’s $3,000 victory at Mohave Valley Raceway. For Roa, the win marked his third AMSOIL USAC/CRA triumph of the season and the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion moves to fifth on the series win list with thirteen victories. Gardner, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, hard charger Shon Deskins, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. followed Roa to the checkered flags.

Outside front row starter “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., led the opening six laps in his #50 MP Environmental J&J. As track conditions were changing, polesitter Jake Helsel slipped by the multi-time Arizona champion for the top spot. Making his first start in the Ream Industries owned #8 GF1 with a 360 cubic inch engine, Helsel maintained the lead for the next twelve circuits. Taking advantage on a restart, point leader Damion Gardner took over from Helsel as the race leader. Looking for his seventh win of the year, Gardner set a torrid pace around the 1/3-mile oval. As the laps counted down, Roa had sliced his way to the front and challenged Gardner for the top spot. Roa snatched the lead and “The Demon” briefly regained command. Brody countered, secured the lead for good, and was not to be denied at Mohave Valley.

Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa began his night by qualifying eleventh out of a season high of 32 cars. From there, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion won the 10-lap In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Third Heat Race. Brody left Mohave Valley ranked eighth in the point chase.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, California) earned the second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of his career with a time of 14.660 seconds at Mohave Valley. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Cam 2 Blue Blood Oil Maxim, Gansen placed fifth in his heat race, scored third in the semi-main, and finished twentieth in the main event.

Making his first start in the Yeley Racing #2J Avanti Windows and Doors Twister, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) raced to victory in the 10-lap Flowdynamics Incorporated First Heat Race. The multi-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion was seventeenth quick in time trials and raced to seventh in the main event after starting fifteenth.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) raced to victory in the night’s 10-lap BillsJerky.net Second Heat Race. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm qualified tenth overall and raced to third in the feature from tenth. Tommy left Mohave Valley ranked fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase.

Racing Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, “The Demon” Demon Gardner (Concord, California) took the checkered flags in the 10-lap Laserworx Manufacturing Heat Race. Gardner was fourth fast in time trials and led eight main event laps before finishing second to Roa. Looking for his tenth championship, the USAC/CRA point leader heads to Cocopah Speedway with a 188-point advantage.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) won the 12-lap Factory Wraps Semi-Main Event. Driving the family owned #21 Bender Pools & Spa / Schweitzer Racing DRC, Bender qualified eighteenth overall, ran sixth in his heat race, and finished twenty-third in the feature after an early flip ended his night.

Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) claimed Mohave Valley’s hard charger / best passing job honors with a fourth place run from twentieth. Racing his #20 Mesilla Valley Transportation / Premium Coach Group DRC, Deskins was twenty-third quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish from seventeenth, Verne Sweeney (Lomita, California) earned the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.” Piloting Ken Tracy’s #98 BillsJerky.net / Faas Cores DRC, Sweeney qualified nineteenth overall, placed fifth in his heat race, and ran fifth in the semi-main.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to action on October 28 and 29th at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Arizona for the “Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma 55th Annual Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance and Avanti.” Co-sanctioned with the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series, the prestigious race is a must see event for race fans across the country. For more information, visit racecocopahspeedway.com.

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

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 8, 2022 – Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.660; 2. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.667; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-14.678; 4. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-14.694; 5. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.701; 6. Daylin Perreira, 21P, Perreira-14.770; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.775; 8. Jake Helsel, 8, Ream-14.811; 9. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-14.882; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.891; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.907; 12. Ronald Webster, 51, Webster-14.957; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-15.066; 14. Dustin Cormany, 29, Holloway-15.098; 15. Randy Nelson, 9X, Nelson-15.122; 16. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-15.145; 17. R.J. Johnson, 2J, Yeley-15.156; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.235; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-15.244; 20. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.265; 21. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-15.309; 22. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-15.432; 23. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-15.470; 24. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-15.663; 25. Richard McCormick, 71X, Luport-15.902; 26. Austin Ervine, 21, AJ-15.931; 27. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-16.159; 28. Eddie Chacon, 17US, Chacon-16.704; 29. James Turnbull II, 2JT, Turnbull-17.937; 30. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-NT; 31. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-NT; 32. Todd Pratt, 71T, Pratt-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. McCarthy, 3. L.Williams, 4. Cling, 5. Gansen, 6. Calderwood, 7. McCormick, 8. Turnbull. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Cormany, 3. C.Williams, 4. Tafoya, 5. Ervine, 6. Bender, 7. Perreira, 8. Owens. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. A.Wiliams, 3. Deskins, 4. Davis, 5. Sweeney, 6. Nelson, 7. Schank, 8. G.Sexton. NT.

LASERWORX MANUFACTURING FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Bonneau, 3. Helsel, 4. Grabowski, 5. S.Sexton, 6. Webster, 7. Pratt. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Calderwood, 3. Gansen, 4. Schank, 5. Sweeney, 6. S.Sexton, 7. Perreira, 8. McCormick, 9. Pratt, 10. G.Sexton, 11. Webster, 12. Turnbull. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Roa (11), 2. Damion Gardner (4), 3. Tommy Malcolm (10), 4. Shon Deskins (20), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (2), 6. Sterling Cling (3), 7. R.J. Johnson (15), 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (6), 9. Cody Williams (23), 10. Matt McCarthy (12), 11. Dustin Cormany (13), 12. Jake Helsel (1), 13. Verne Sweeney (17), 14. Austin Williams (5), 15. Nate Schank (22), 16. Logan Williams (19), 17. Shane Sexton (21), 18. Chris Bonneau (18), 19. Daylin Perreira (8), 20. Chris Gansen (7), 21. Logan Calderwood (9), 22. Austin Grabowski (14), 23. A.J. Bender (16). NT. ---------------------------- **G.Sexton & C.Willams flipped during time trials. Grabowski flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-6 Davis, Laps 7-18 Helsel, Laps 19-26 Gardner, Laps 27-30 Roa. IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Shon Deskins (20th to 4th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Verne Sweeney

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1112, 2-Austin Williams-924, 3-Matt Mitchell-920, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-901, 5-Tommy Malcolm-806, 6-Logan Williams-768, 7-Cody Williams-745, 8-Brody Roa-740, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-698, 10-Matt McCarthy-637.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: October 28 & 29 – Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, Arizona – Co-sanctioned with USAC National Series – “Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma 55th Annual Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance and Avanti”

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE SETTLED AT KERN COUNTY
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 12, 2022... The battle for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Championship will be settled this Saturday, October 15th, at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP). Promoted by Larry Collins, the “Championship Night” and “George Snider Classic” will also feature the USAC Western States vs. Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets and West Coast Sport Compacts. Located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard in Bakersfield, California, the Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, Hot Laps are scheduled for 4:20pm, Time Trials at 4:45pm, and Racing is scheduled at 6:30pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

After the races, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and USAC Western States Midgets will celebrate their 2022 season with an awards banquet / after party. The event is nearly sold out, but interested parties can contact Stephanie Odom at odom.stephanie@me.com for tickets.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- MUFFLERS: Mufflers ARE NOT REQUIRED at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP).
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since September 19, 2021, The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park has held two USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car events. Driving for May Motorsports, Chase Johnson won both shows including the February 26th season opener over Trent Carter, Ricky Lewis, Kyle Edwards, and Brody Fuson. Edwards lowered the track standard to a time of 14.394 seconds on that night.

Heading to Kern County, Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) leads the championship point standings by 15 markers. Piloting the family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville Collision Center Maxim, the three-time Santa Maria Sprint Car Champion raced from eleventh to fifth at Ventura on September 24th. To date, Carter has posted one heat race victory and six top-10 finishes on the year. Trent will have his sights on earning the first USAC victory and championship this Saturday night.

After running second to Chase Johnson at Ventura, Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) has climbed to second in the championship chase. Driving the family owned #39 Safehouse Security / Van Dyne Engineering Triple X, Edwards has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led to his credit. Kyle will be looking for the first win of his career and the crown at KCRP.

Just 41 points behind Carter, Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) ranks third in the championship standings and has a chance at the crown. Racing his #11 Ford powered Westco International / Shine Supply Spike, Rutherford placed seventeenth at Ventura after a tangle ended his night. At press time, the former VRA Champion has one feature win, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race wins, five top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led in the campaign. Currently tied for seventh with Tristan Guardino, Peter Murphy, Brody Roa, and Jace Vander Weerd with eight career triumphs, Rutherford will be looking for the win and the championship at Kern County.

Tanner Boul (Auberry, California) has risen to fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X, Boul had his West Coast finish of the year on September 24th with a third at Ventura. To date, the June 11 Ventura USAC/CRA feature winner has one heat race victory and four top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Tanner will have his sights on his first career win with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

Joey Bishop (Camarillo, California) sits fifth in the West Coast point chase. Driving his #45 Gnarly Premium Jerky / Smith Family Racing Ellis, Bishop raced from sixteenth to eleventh at Ventura. At press time, the leading rookie contender has one BR Motorsports / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award and four top-10 finishes to his credit. Joey will be looking for his first career win at KCRP and Rookie of the Year honors.

While Joey Bishop leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Tyler Hatzikian (Murrieta, California) and Brent Yarnal (Phoenix, Arizona) are also in contention. The battle will be settled this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Steve Hix, Ricky Lewis, Hannah Mayhew, Camie Bell, James Herrera, Brody Fuson, Rick Hendrix, Elexa Herrera, Logan Calderwood, Brody Roa, Charlie Butcher, Matt Day, Jake Andreotti, Ryan Timmons, Chris Ennis, Sterling Cling, and more.

The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP) is located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard in Bakersfield, California. To get to the speedway, take Interstate-5 and exit at Enos Lane (CA 43, Exit 246) and drive to Raceway Blvd. The track is on the west side of the interstate. Adult tickets are $25, Junior Tickets (10 and under) are $10, and Children (5& Under) are FREE. CAMPING IS FREE and for more event information, visit kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, ROW Signs and Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, Steve Lafond/Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson.

KERN COUNTY USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORD: Kyle Edwards – 14.394 (02/26/22)

KERN COUNTY USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Chase Johnson.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Fuson, 1-Ricky Lewis, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Daniel Whitley.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Trent Carter-465, 2. Kyle Edwards-450, 3. Troy Rutherford-424, 4. Tanner Boul-361, 5. Joey Bishop ®-338, 6. Tyler Hatzikian ®-337, 7. Brent Yarnal ®-307, 8. Steve Hix-293, 9. Ricky Lewis-290, --. Hannah Mayhew-290, 11. Camie Bell ®-283, 12. James Herrera-274, 13. Chase Johnson-242, 14. Brody Fuson-216, 15. Cody Majors-212, 16. Rick Hendrix-185, 17. Elexa Herrera ®-174, 18. Travis Buckley-155, 19. Logan Calderwood ®-149, 20. Jacob Tuttle-107, 21. Ben Worth ®-104, 22. Brody Roa-101, 23. Nathan Byrd-98, 24. Daniel Whitley ®-81, 25. Jarrett Soares-76, 26. Charlie Butcher-76, 27. Matt Day-74, 28. Jake Andreotti ®-73, 29. Ryan Timmons-64, --. Dawson Faria ®-64, 31. Randy Nelson-63, 32. Troy DeGaton ®-53, 33. Christopher Muraoka-49, 34. Bryan Whitley-48, 35. Gage Rucker-46, 36. Chris Ennis-37, 37. Jonas Reynolds-35, 38. Dale Curran-33, 39. Tuesday Calderwood ®-13.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 26: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 12: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ricky Lewis)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Daniel Whitley)
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 10: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
October 15: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night / George Snider Classic)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

FACCINTO LEADS USAC WESTERN MIDGETS TO “GEORGE SNIDER CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 12, 2022... This Saturday, October 15th, the USAC Western States Midgets will invade The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP) for the first time in series history. Promoted by Larry Collins, the season ending “Championship Night” and “George Snider Classic” are co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets and will also feature the West Coast Sport Compacts. Located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard in Bakersfield, California, the Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, Hot Laps are scheduled for 4:20pm, Time Trials at 4:45pm, and Racing is scheduled at 6:30pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

Thanks to T&T Trucking, Woodworks Unlimited, and Jim & Bob’s Tire Service, Saturday’s final point race will pay $2,000-to-win, $1,000 for second, $350 for fast time, along with other bonuses.

After the races, the USAC Western States Midgets and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will celebrate their 2022 season with an awards banquet / after party. The event is nearly sold out, but interested parties can contact Stephanie Odom at odom.stephanie@me.com for tickets.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- MUFFLERS: Mufflers ARE NOT REQUIRED at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP).
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

After finishing third at Ventura on September 24th, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has clinched his second series championship. Driving the Graunstadt Enterprises / Streeter Racing #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto has posted three feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with former champions Tommy White and Jay Drake for thirteenth on the series win list, Michael will be looking to celebrate his championship with a win at KCRP.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Piloting Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports/ W.E. Spike, Fuson charged from eight to fourth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the young driver has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps led in the campaign. Brody has four career series wins and will have his sights on adding a Kern County win to his resume.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, California) sits third in the championship point chase. Racing Dean “Kiwi” Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth earned his first win of the season on September 24th at Ventura. To date, the 2019 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes and 30 feature laps led to his credit. With three career wins, Ben will be looking to finish the year with another victory this Saturday night.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #7NZ Buckley Systems / Esslinger Engineering Spike, Buckley charged to fifth at Ventura after starting twelfth. At press time, the leading rookie contender has one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the year. Travis will have his sights on his first career win at The Dirt Track at KCRP and earn top rookie honors.

Rookie contender A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) is fifth in the point standings. Racing the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender ran second to Ben Worth at Ventura after starting seventh. To date, the USAC/CRA and CLS driver has posted four heat race victories, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, and seven top-10 finishes on the season. Last year’s Turkey Night Grand Prix Sprint Car Winner will be looking for the first USAC Midget victory and taking home the Rookie of the Year honors.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Blake Bower, Jake Andreotti, Caden Sarale, C.J. Sarna, Randi Pankratz, Michael Snider, Danika Jo Parker, Thomas Esberg, Anthony Esberg, Jake Hodges, Cade Lewis, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Zach Telford, Racin Silva, Steve Hix, Steve Paden, and more.

Michael Snider leads the BCRA point standings over Thomas Esberg, Danika Jo Parker, Anthony Esberg, Dave Stoltz, Floyd Alvis, Dakota Albright, and Darin Snider.

The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP) is located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard in Bakersfield, California. To get to the speedway, take Interstate-5 and exit at Enos Lane (CA 43, Exit 246) and drive to Raceway Blvd. The track is on the west side of the interstate. Adult tickets are $25, Junior Tickets (10 and under) are $10, and Children (5& Under) are FREE. CAMPING IS FREE and for more event information, visit kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service Incorporated, AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Elk Grove Ford, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters, Jim and Bob’s Tire Service, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Steve Lafond / Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, T&T Trucking, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, Woodland Auto Display, and Woodworks Unlimited for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower, 2022-Michael Faccinto.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Michael Faccinto, 2-Blake Fuson, 1-Jake Andreotti, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Mitchel Moles, 1-Ben Worth.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-779, 2. Brody Fuson-671, 3. Ben Worth-665, 4. Travis Buckley ®-612, 5. A.J. Bender ®-593, 6. Blake Bower-505, 7. Jake Andreotti-490, 8. Caden Sarale ®-397, 9. C.J. Sarna-362, 10. Chase Johnson-343, 11. Randi Pankratz-302, 12. Michael Snider-292, 13. Austin Liggett-251, 14. Danika Jo Parker-247, 15. Thomas Esberg ®-243, 16. Anthony Esberg ®-236, 17. Robby Josett-235, --. Jake Hodges ®-235, 19. Cade Lewis-214, 20. Terry Nichols-161, 21. Shane Golobic-159, --. Braden Chiaramonte ®-159, 23. Zach Telford ®-141, 24. Dylan Bloomfield ®-133, 25. Ryan Bernal-116, 26. Matt Mitchell-104, 27. Ben Wiesz ®-101, --. Colton Raudman ®-101, 29. Racin Silva ®-99, --. Nathan Byrd-99, 31. Steve Hix-98, 32. Daniel Whitley-92, --. Mike Leach Jr.-92, 34. Mitchel Moles-84, 35. Sage Bordenave ®-81, 36. Dave Stoltz-77, 37. Floyd Alvis-75, 38. Samuel May-74, 39. Cody Williams-70, 40. Shannon McQueen-68, --. Troy Rutherford-68, 42. Dawson Faria-65, --. T.J. Smith-65, 44. Steve Paden-64, 45. Beau Lemire ®-62, 46. Jake Morgan-60, --. Kevin Gray ®-60, 48. Dylan Ito-55, 49. Brandon Wiley-54, 50. Cole Schroeder-47, 51. Nick Velasquez ®-42, --. Billy Rayburn-42, 53. Kyle Beilman-40, --. Gage Rucker-40, 55. Dale Curran-36, 56. Tyler Edwards-32, 57. Tres Van Dyne-28, 58. Greg Edenholm-26, 59. Jim Vanzant-25, 60. Dakota Albright-24, 61. Darin Snider-12.

2022 BCRA MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Snider-304, 2. Thomas Esberg-253, 3. Danika Jo Parker-244, 4. Anthony Esberg-240, 5. Dave Stoltz-85, 6. Floyd Alvis-84, 7. Dakota Albright-24, 8. Darin Snider-8.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 4: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Rained Out)
March 5: *Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Rained Out)
March 26: *#Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Jake Andreotti)
April 2: *Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
April 16: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Mitchel Moles)
April 23: *#Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Shane Golobic)
May 7: *#Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Michael Faccinto)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Michael Faccinto)
June 18: *#Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
July 23: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
August 13: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Michael Faccinto)
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
October 15: *The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Championship Night / George Snider Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Elk Grove Ford Mini-Series.
This schedule is subject to change.


TAKE TWO!
USAC SILVER CROWN SPRINGS TO ACTION
FOR 100 MILES SATURDAY IN SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 15, 2022)………It’s “take two” for the USAC Silver Crown National Championship as the champ car division makes just its fourth October appearance at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Thirty-eight (38) brave souls are entered to compete this Saturday, October 15, during the 59th running of the Bettenhausen 100 Presented By Hunt Brothers Pizza, which will require a true test of skill, strategy, bravery, machismo and concentration for 100 miles and 100 laps.

A rain out on the traditional mid-August date pushed the date to October, a month in which champ car races at the Springfield Mile have come few and far between. Emil Andres scored a non-points special event in the Autumn of 1939, followed up with a victory by the race’s namesake, Tony Bettenhausen, in 1950, and the most recent October date was captured by NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson who made a triumphant return to the mile in 2020.

REVIEWING THE TAPE

In the most recent edition of the Bettenhausen 100, Kody Swanson knew he had a long row to hoe starting from the 23rd position during the 2021 100-miler. As it turned out, he didn’t even need the full 100-lap distance to make it to the lead.

Swanson’s 2021 Springfield victory put him back in winner’s circle on the dirt for the first time in three years, and this Saturday afternoon, he hopes to notch his first on the dirt since that moment in time.

The hard charging effort put forth by Swanson from the inside of the 12th row was the second furthest back any winner has started at Springfield in the USAC Silver Crown division, only trailing Kenny Irwin Jr.’s all-time series record run from 28th to 1st in 1995.

Swanson’s rain-shortened victory was also his third in the champ cars at Springfield after previously winning in 2014-15, making him one of 10 drivers to win in champ car competition at the track on three occasions, joining Chuck Gurney (7), A.J. Foyt (4), Jack Hewitt (4), Brian Tyler (4), Mario Andretti (3), Tony Bettenhausen (3), Dave Darland (3), Al Unser (3) and Rodger Ward (3) in that group.

Early on, Swanson got behind the eight ball despite laying down a blistering fast qualifying lap, but as it turned out, it was a blistering lap in more ways than one, a lap which necessitated a right rear tire change prior to the feature. Therefore, by rule, he relinquished his position on the pole, instead taking new rubber, a gamble that turned out to be well worth the risk.

THE TITLE RACE

Just like the 2021 Bettenhausen 100, which featured a tussle for the lead between Swanson and Logan Seavey, the same two are currently involved in a dogfight for the ages with both tied atop the overall Silver Crown standings entering Saturday’s penultimate round at Springfield.

Swanson is among four past Bettenhausen 100 winners in Saturday’s field. Aside from his three wins, the six-time series champion has also finished 2nd in 2017, 7th in 2013, 8th in 2011 and 9th in 2008. His 178 laps led at Springfield ranks tied for 13th all-time alongside Jim Hurtubise, who won the first two editions of the Bettenhausen 100 in 1961-62.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has won each of the past three dirt USAC Silver Crown races this season at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway, the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. With one more victory on Saturday, he’d become the first driver since Jack Hewitt in 1986 to win four-in-a-row with the series on dirt.

Seavey has been exceptional in his dirt mile runs in a USAC Silver Crown car, finishing inside the top-two in each of his last three at Springfield and Du Quoin in 2021 and again with a win at Du Quoin this year. He led a race-high 32 laps in the 2021 Bettenhausen 100. The 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion has also been swell in ARCA Stock Car competition at Springfield, starting 3rd and finishing 4th in 2018 and winning the pole and finishing 4th in 2019.


BETTING THE HOUSE ON THEM

Swanson, Brian Tyler, Russ Gamester and Justin Grant make up the four past Bettenhausen 100 winners gunning for another this Saturday.

Four-time race winner Tyler (Parma, Mich.) has led 306 laps at the Bettenhausen 100, second all-time and far more than anybody else in Saturday’s field. His four wins rank second all-time in terms of Bettenhausen 100 success, trailing only Chuck Gurney’s seven. Tyler hasn’t raced at Springfield since 2018, but as recently as last year, he was a winner on an Illinois dirt mile, taking charge at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in September of 2021.

Gamester (Peru, Ind.) is the most experienced Bettenhausen 100 driver in Saturday’s field with 25 previous Bettenhausen 100 starts dating back to 1989. The 1989 USAC National Midget champ won back-to-back poles in 1997 and 1998, the latter of which he used to race to his lone Bettenhausen 100 win.

Grant (Ione, Calif.), the 2020 Silver Crown king, is a veteran of five starts at Springfield and a veteran of victory lane at the Bettenhausen 100 in 2017. He’s finished inside the top-three in three of the last four Springfield races, also recording 3rd place results in both 2018 and 2020, the latter of which he started from the pole.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SOIL SUCCESS TO CENTRAL ILLINOIS STARDOM

Shane Cottle, Shane Cockrum and Chris Urish have all won Silver Crown events on the Du Quoin Mile in southern Illinois but are still hunting for their first on the central Illinois dirt mile of Springfield.

Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) has an impressive Springfield resume in eight starts, tallying a 3rd in 2015, 5th in 2007, 6th in 2017 and 7th in 2018. Cockrum (Benton, Ill.) charged from 25th to 3rd at Springfield in 2021, his best result in eight career starts, which also includes a 5th in 2013. Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) possesses 11 previous Bettenhausen 100 starts dating back to 2005, earning a best finish of 10th at Springfield in 2012.

SPRINGFIELD VETS

Eric Gordon (Greenfield, Ind.) returns to the Bettenhausen 100 for the first time since 2003. He’s made 13 previous starts in the event, finishing as the runner-up in his first try back in 1990. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer also tallied a 7th in 2001.

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), a veteran of five Springfield starts, was 5th in both 2002 and 2004 and 7th a year ago in 2021. St. Charles, Missouri’s Kyle Steffens made his fourth Springfield start his best, recording the top finish of his two-decades-long USAC Silver Crown career with a 5th in 2021. Three-time Springfield starter and a winner on the pavement at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway in June, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) was 6th in 2015.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) led 28 laps in an outstanding 2021 Bettenhausen 100 performance which saw him finish 6th. Out of Kyle Robbins’ (New Castle, Ind.) three Springfield starts, he was most impressive in a 6th place run in 2018.

Casey Buckman (Chandler, Ariz.) turned in a fine, career-best 8th place effort at Springfield in 2021, and recently turned in his best career Silver Crown performance with a 5th at Du Quoin in September. Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) was a showman in the 2021 race, battling for the lead late before falling back to 9th. Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) rode the high line to a 10th place result in 2021.

Seeking their first rides inside the top-ten are the Bettenhausen 100-experienced pack of Levittown, Pennsylvania’s Mike Haggenbottom (2 starts, 12th in 2018); Davenport, Iowa’s Davey Ray (2 starts, 13th in 2014) and Pendleton, Indiana’s Travis Welpott (3 starts, 14th in 2021).

Bonne Terre, Missouri native and Vietnam War veteran Danny Long (3 starts, 20th in 2020) owns the most life experience in Saturday’s field at 72 years old. He returns to the mile as will Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Dave Berkheimer (2 starts, 23rd in 2020), Troy, Ohio’s Dallas Hewitt (1 start, 26th in 2022) and Clinton, Indiana’s Dave Peperak (1 start, 27th in 2021).

FLYIN’ ILLINI

Nine Flying Illini racers are entered in the lineup return for a go at Springfield this Saturday, including Cockrum, Cottle and Urish, plus Edwardsville, Illinois’ Patrick Lawson (7 starts, 12th in 2017); Rochester, Illinois’ Steven Russell (3 starts, 14th in 2014) and Champaign, Illinois’ Patrick Bruns (3 starts, 15th in 2009), who recently scored his best career series finish with a 4th at the Du Quoin mile in September.

Springfield, Illinois’ Korey Weyant (2 starts, 19th in 2017) returns to the field while race Rookie Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) makes his first appearance. Cary Oliver (Buncombe, Ill.), meanwhile, is back in the saddle at Springfield after a vicious qualifying crash into the turn three wall at Springfield in 2021.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Steven Russell’s father, Jerry Russell, made seven Springfield starts, finishing a best of 6th in his 1984 debut. Korey Weyant’s great uncle Chuck Weyant made AAA and USAC National Championship starts in 1954 and 1959, finishing 11th on both occasions. Korey’s uncle, Tony Weyant, made two starts at Springfield in 1980 and 1983.

C.J. Leary’s father, Chuck Leary, recorded three Springfield starts, finishing 7th in 1999. Brian Tyler’s older brother, Bill Tyler, charged 24th to 5th in his lone Bettenhausen 100 start in 1980.

Dallas Hewitt’s uncle, Jack Hewitt, won the Bettenhausen 100 four times in 1986, 1987, 1993 and 2000. Logan Seavey’s car owner, Robbie Rice, has a deep connection as well. Robbie’s father, Larry, raced to the Bettenhausen win during his first USAC Dirt Car titles season of 1977.

THESE GO TO 11

No Bettenhausen 100 race Rookie has won the event in his first start since Cole Whitt in 2009. Eleven Bettenhausen 100 Rookies are seeking their first start in the event on Saturday.

The 11 consists of 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) as well as 2022’s winningest sprint car driver, Anthony Macri (Dillsburg, Pa.) in one of two Chris Dyson Racing, Sean Michael-prepared machines, which have won each of the past two runnings of the Bettenhausen 100.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car top Rookie Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) is entered for his third career Silver Crown appearance along with 2022 Silver Crown Rookie point leader Gregg Cory (Shelbyville, Ind.), USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars’ ultimate ironman, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) and longtime sprint car veteran and USAC winner, Dave Peperak (Clinton, Ind.).

Recent Gas City USAC Midget 2nd place finisher Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) makes her dirt mile debut this Saturday at Springfield as does POWRi WAR Sprint Car champion Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.). Eldora Speedway late model and modified champ Brian Ruhlman (Clarklake, Mich.) is in for his first Springfield Silver Crown run along with 2021 Auto Value Super Sprint titlist Tom Paterson (Argos, Ind.) and second-time entrant, Cary Oliver.

THE BETTENHAUSEN LEGACY

The event has been graced with the name of the Tinley Park, Illinois-based Bettenhausen family since 1961, shortly after patriarch Tony Bettenhausen lost his life in a practice crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway three months prior. Tony was the 1951 AAA and 1958 USAC National Champion and won thrice in a champ car at Springfield between 1947-51.

Tony’s son, Gary Bettenhausen, twice a USAC Silver Crown champ in 1980 and 1983, won the event initially named in his father’s memory in both 1978 and 1983. Tony’s son, Merle Bettenhausen, twice finished inside the top-ten at Springfield in 1970-71 while Tony Bettenhausen Jr. made 103 IndyCar starts and 33 NASCAR Winston Cup starts in his career, including the Indianapolis 500 11 times.

RACE DETAILS

On Saturday in Springfield, pits and registration open at 8am Central with the infield spectator gates opening at 9am, the ticket office and grandstands opening at 10am, the drivers meeting at 10:30am, practice from 11am-12:10pm, Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 12:15pm, followed by the qualifying race, pre-race ceremonies and the 100-lap main event.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-6661. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. At the gate on race day, adults are $30 and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for USAC members and $40 for non-members. Infield parking is $5 for those park in infield with no infield or pit passes.

Every lap of Saturday’s Bettenhausen 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3O5Fb2j.

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ENTRY LIST FOR THE 2022 BETTENHAUSEN 100 PRESENTED BY HUNT BROTHERS PIZZA:

(38 Entries)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens)

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

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

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

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

8 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Cornell Racing Stables)

9 (R) ANTHONY MACRI/Dillsburg, PA (Dyson Racing)

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

11 (R) CARY OLIVER/Buncombe, IL (Cary Oliver)

14 STEVEN RUSSELL/Rochester, IL (McQuinn Motorsports)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 (R) EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Nolen Racing)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

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

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

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

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

49 (R) BRIAN RUHLMAN/Clarklake, MI (Brian Ruhlman)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

52 CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Motorsports)

57 DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

69 (R) CHASE STOCKON/Ft. Branch, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (BLS Motorsports)

74 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

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

95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL (Full Throttle Racing)

97 (R) BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Hans Lein)

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

110 CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (DMW Motorsports)

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

177 (R) DAVE PEPERAK/Clinton, IN (Dave Peperak Motorsports)

199 KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

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


USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-540, 2-Logan Seavey-540, 3-C.J. Leary-511, 4-Justin Grant-432, 5-Brian Tyler-422, 6-Travis Welpott-324, 7-Bobby Santos-280, 8-Kyle Robbins-276, 9-Gregg Cory-269, 10-Taylor Ferns-255.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS:

1 Lap - 8/19/2006 - Tracy Hines - 29.305 - 122.846 mph

8 Laps - 8/22/1987 - Manny Rockhold - 4:32.25 - 105.785 mph

10 Laps - 8/18/2001 - Aaron Fike - 5:19.91 - 112.532 mph

12 Laps - 8/19/1989 - George Snider - 6:44.91 - 106.690 mph

15 Laps - 8/20/2005 - Matt Westfall - 7:58.00 - 112.971 mph

100 Laps - 8/22/1987 - Jack Hewitt - 56:07.00 - 106.920 mph

BETTENHAUSEN 100 WINS:

7-Chuck Gurney

4-A.J. Foyt, Jack Hewitt & Brian Tyler

3-Mario Andretti, Dave Darland, Kody Swanson & Al Unser

2-Gary Bettenhausen, A.J. Fike, Jim Hurtubise & Bobby Olivero

1-Tom Bigelow, Don Branson, Pancho Carter, Steve Chassey, Russ Gamester, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Kenny Irwin Jr., Kyle Larson, Roger McCluskey, Larry Rice, Jimmy Sills, George Snider, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Rodger Ward, Paul White, Cole Whitt, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

AAA / USAC CHAMP CAR WINNERS AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS:

1934: Billy Winn

1935: Billy Winn

1936: Wilbur Shaw

1937: Mauri Rose

1938: Tony Willman

1939: Emil Andres

1940: Rex Mays

1947: Tony Bettenhausen

1948: Ted Horn & Myron Fohr

1949: Mel Hansen & Johnnie Parsons

1950: Paul Russo & Tony Bettenhausen

1951: Tony Bettenhausen

1952: Bill Schindler

1953: Rodger Ward & Sam Hanks

1954: Jimmy Davies

1955: Jimmy Bryan

1956: Jimmy Bryan

1957: Rodger Ward

1958: Johnny Thomson

1959: Len Sutton

1960: Jim Packard

1961: Jim Hurtubise

1962: Jim Hurtubise

1963: Rodger Ward

1964: A.J. Foyt

1965: A.J. Foyt

1966: Don Branson

1967: A.J. Foyt

1968: Roger McCluskey

1969: Mario Andretti

1970: Al Unser

1971: A.J. Foyt

1972: Al Unser

1973: Mario Andretti

1974: Mario Andretti

1975: Al Unser

1976: Tom Bigelow

1977: Larry Rice

1978: Gary Bettenhausen

1979: Bobby Olivero

1980: Pancho Carter

1981: George Snider

1982: Larry Dickson & Bobby Olivero

1983: Gary Bettenhausen

1984: Chuck Gurney

1985: Chuck Gurney

1986: Jack Hewitt

1987: Jack Hewitt

1988: Steve Chassey

1989: Chuck Gurney

1990: Chuck Gurney

1991: Chuck Gurney

1992: Jimmy Sills

1993: Jack Hewitt

1994: Chuck Gurney

1995: Kenny Irwin Jr.

1996: Chuck Gurney

1997: Dave Darland

1998: Russ Gamester

1999: Dave Darland

2000: Jack Hewitt

2001: Paul White

2002: J.J. Yeley

2003: Dave Darland

2004: Brian Tyler

2005: Brian Tyler

2006: Tracy Hines

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

2008: Brian Tyler

2009: Cole Whitt

2011: Brian Tyler

2012: A.J. Fike

2013: A.J. Fike

2014: Kody Swanson

2015: Kody Swanson

2017: Justin Grant

2018: Chris Windom

2020: Kyle Larson

2021: Kody Swanson

1961-2021 BETTENHAUSEN 100 RESULTS

1961 FEATURE: 1. Jim Hurtubise (4), 2. A.J. Foyt (3), 3. Dick Rathman (10), 4. A.J. Shepherd (2), 5. Shorty Templeman (13), 6. Rodger Ward (17), 7. Cotton Farmer (16), 8. Elmer George (18), 9. Bobby Marshman (8), 10. Len Sutton (7), 11. Parnelli Jones (1), 12. Jack Turner (15), 13. Chuck Hulse (9), 14. Don Davis (5), 15. Don Branson (6), 16. Lloyd Ruby (11), 17. Allen Crowe (12), 18. Al Keller (14). 1:00:57

1962 FEATURE: 1. Jim Hurtubise (2), 2. Parnelli Jones (8), 3. Don Branson (3), 4. Bobby Marshman (10), 5. Jim McElreath (16), 6. Lloyd Ruby (7), 7. A.J. Foyt (5), 8. Bobby Grim (9), 9. Bobby Marvin (17), 10. Elmer George (6), 11. Jiggs Peters (13), 12. Keith Rachwitz (14), 13. Shorty Templeman (18), 14. Cotton Farmer (11), 15. Roger McCluskey (1), 16. Leroy Neumayer (15), 17. Rodger Ward (4), 18. Bob Mathouser (12). 1:04:47

1963 FEATURE: 1. Rodger Ward (4), 2. A.J. Foyt (1), 3. Don Branson (5), 4. Roger McCluskey (15), 5. Johnny Rutherford (2), 6. Jim McElreath (9), 7. Johnny White (7), 8. Parnelli Jones (6), 9. Lloyd Ruby (12), 10. Arnie Knepper (18), 11. Bud Tingelstad (10), 12. Len Sutton (8), 13. Bob Harkey (11), 14. Ralph Liguori (17), 15. Bobby Marshman (3), 16. Ronnie Duman (15), 17. Jim Hurtubise (16), 18. Bobby Unser (14). 1:02:47

1964 FEATURE: 1. A.J. Foyt (16), 2. Bobby Marshman (2), 3. Don Branson (7), 4. Bobby Unser (10), 5. Len Sutton (3), 6. Mario Andretti (9), 7. Arnie Knepper (12), 8. Bud Tingelstad (13), 9. Ralph Liguori (17), 10. Bob Harkey (6), 11. Jud Larson (4), 12. Lloyd Ruby (11), 13. Parnelli Jones (5), 14. Dee Jones (18), 15. Rodger Ward (1), 16. Bill Horstmeyer (14), 17. Johnny Rutherford (8), 18. Gordon Johncock (15). 1:03:00

1965 FEATURE: 1. A.J. Foyt (5), 2. George Snider (8), 3. Mario Andretti (6), 4. Johnny Rutherford (2), 5. Jim McElreath (1), 6. Don Branson (3), 7. Bud Tingelstad (12), 8. Jud Larson (9), 9. Gary Congdon (14), 10. Bobby Unser (10), 11. Gordon Johncock (16), 12. Al Miller (15), 13. Carl Williams (11), 14. Red Riegel (7), 15. Ronnie Duman (13), 16. Arnie Knepper (4), 17. Mike McGreevy (17). 1:02:23

1966 FEATURE: 1. Don Branson (1), 2. Mario Andretti (4), 3. A.J. Foyt (2), 4. Joe Leonard (15), 5. Bobby Unser (7), 6. George Snider (8), 7. Bud Tingelstad (6), 8. Ralph Liguori (12), 9. Larry Dickson (14), 10. Carl Williams (16), 11. Jim McElreath (13), 12. Dick Atkins (11), 13. Bob Harkey (10), 14. Roger McCluskey (5), 15. Gary Congdon (9), 16. Bob Tattersall (17), 17. Ronnie Duman (18), 18. Chuck Hulse (3). 1:03:00

1967 FEATURE: 1. A.J. Foyt (2), 2. Mario Andretti (3), 3. Bud Tingelstad (8), 4. Norm Brown (16), 5. Jim Hurtubise (11), 6. Billy Vukovich (9), 7. Bob Wente (15), 8. Bobby Unser (7), 9. Carl Williams (10), 10. Larry Dickson (1), 11. Al Unser (6), 12. Jim McElreath (14), 13. Roger McCluskey (5), 14. Ronnie Duman (13), 15. Rollie Beale (18), 16. Johnny Rutherford (12), 17. Wally Dallenbach (17), 18. George Snider (4). 1:09:30

1968 FEATURE: 1. Roger McCluskey (4), 2. Larry Dickson (12), 3. George Snider (8), 4. Billy Vukovich (5), 5. Jim Malloy (11), 6. Bill Puterbaugh (10), 7. Wally Dallenbach (16), 8. Bud Tingelstad (15), 9. Ralph Liguori (18), 10. Roger West (7), 11. Arnie Knepper (13), 12. Al Unser (1), 13. Gary Bettenhausen (2), 14. Chuck Booth (9), 15. Bruce Walkup (14), 16. Jigger Sirois (17), 17. A.J. Foyt (3), 18. Mario Andretti (6). 1:06:38

1969 FEATURE: 1. Mario Andretti (2), 2. George Snider (13), 3. Billy Vukovich (8), 4. Larry Dickson (10), 5. A.J. Foyt (3), 6. Gary Bettenhausen (9), 7. Wally Dallenbach (14), 8. Al Unser (12), 9. Bill Puterbaugh (5), 10. Bobby Unser (6), 11. Arnie Knepper (16), 12. Carl Williams (17), 13. Bud Tingelstad (11), 14. Sammy Sessions (15), 15. Roger McCluskey (7), 16. Greg Weld (1), 17. Mike Mosley (4), 18. Ralph Liguori (18). 1:02:05

1970 FEATURE: 1. Al Unser (6), 2. Carl Williams (17), 3. Jim McElreath (8), 4. Bruce Jacobi (25), 5. Bentley Warren (26), 6. Jimmy Caruthers (20), 7. Tom Bigelow (12), 8. Merle Bettenhausen (24), 9. Bobby Unser (10), 10. Mike Mosley (7), 11. Johnny Rutherford (2), 12. Bob Harkey (11), 13. Ralph Liguori (27), 14. George Snider (22), 15. A.J. Foyt (9), 16. Johnny Parsons (15), 17. Sammy Sessions (23), 18. Arnie Knepper (21), 19. Toby Tobias (14), 20. Gary Bettenhausen (4), 21. Will Cagle (18), 22. Jim Malloy (13), 23. Karl Busson (19), 24. Mario Andretti (5), 25. Larry Dickson (1), 26. Bruce Walkup (16), 27. Greg Weld (3), 28. Bill Puterbaugh (28).

1971 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. A.J. Foyt, 2. George Snider, 3. Jim McElreath, 4. Don Hawley, 5. Jimmy Caruthers, 6. Rollie Beale, 7. Merle Bettenhausen, 8. Bob Harkey, 9. Carl Williams, 10. Larry Dickson, 11. Arnie Knepper, 12. Mario Andretti, 13. Salt Walther, 14. Greg Weld, 15. Karl Busson, 16. Johnny Rutherford, 17. Bill Puterbaugh, 18. Joe Saldana, 19. Gary Bettenhausen, 20. Jim Malloy, 21. Billy Vukovich, 22. Lee Kunzman, 23. Ralph Liguori. 1:08:31.00

1972 FEATURE: (100 Laps) 1. Al Unser, 2. A.J. Foyt, 3. Lee Kunzman, 4. Johnny Rutherford, 5. Bill Puterbaugh, 6. Tom Bigelow, 7. Ralph Liguori, 8. Billy Engelhart, 9. Rollie Beale, 10. Arnie Knepper, 11. Darl Harrison, 12. Dick Tobias, 13. Bob Evans, 14. Ronnie Burke, 15. Pancho Carter, 16. Sammy Sessions, 17. Bruce Walkup, 18. Greg Weld, 19. Rick Goudy, 20. Jim McElreath, 21. George Snider, 22. Carl Williams, 23. Larry Dickson, 24. Billy Vukovich.

1973 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Mario Andretti (3), 2. Al Unser (1), 3. Bill Puterbaugh (19), 4. Tom Bigelow (18), 5. Mel Cornett (7), 6. Johnny Parsons (2), 7. Arnie Knepper (9), 8. Sammy Sessions (11), 9. Bob Evans (24), 10. Billy Engelhart (15), 11. Joe Saldana (5), 12. Johnny Rutherford (21), 13. Don Nordhorn (23), 14. Ronnie Burke (12), 15. Gary Bettenhausen (22), 16. Jerry Miller (4), 17. Jimmy Caruthers (6), 18. Billy Vukovich (14), 19. Pancho Carter (13), 20. Billy Shuman (17), 21. Jigger Sirois (16), 22. George Snider (20), 23. A.J. Foyt (8), 24. Jim McElreath (10). 1:02:53.00

1974 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mario Andretti (2), 2. Tom Bigelow (3), 3. Greg Weld (1), 4. Ralph Liguori (7), 5. Mel Cornett (4), 6. Bill Puterbaugh (8), 7. Billy Cassella (13), 8. Darl Harrison (23), 9. Billy Engelhart (16), 10. Lee Osborne (19), 11. Arnie Knepper (18), 12. John Hubbard (17), 13. Jimmy Caruthers (6), 14. Sammy Sessions (20), 15. Tommy Astone (22), 16. A.J. Foyt (12), 17. Bob Harkey (15), 18. Larry Dickson (14), 19. Billy Vukovich (5), 20. Bob Evans (11), 21. Sheldon Kinser (24), 22. Johnny Parsons (10), 23. Gary Ponzini (21), 24. Pancho Carter (9).

1975 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Al Unser (6), 2. Jimmy Caruthers (8), 3. Jackie Howerton (5), 4. Billy Engelhart (17), 5. Billy Cassella (9), 6. Jim Hurtubise (21), 7. Spike Gehlhausen (22), 8. James McElreath (7), 9. Larry Dickson (19), 10. Lee Kunzman (23), 11. Tom Bigelow (10), 12. Joe Saldana (18), 13. Rollie Beale (12), 14. Lee Osborne (15), 15. Gary Bettenhausen (11), 16. Steve Chassey (16), 17. Billy Vukovich (2), 18. Arnie Knepper (13), 19. Pancho Carter (3), 20. Jerry Miller (24), 21. Bruce Walkup (4), 22. Sammy Sessions (20), 23. Johnny Parsons (1), 24. Johnny Anderson (14).

1976 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tom Bigelow (1), 2. Johnny Parsons (3), 3. Billy Cassella (11), 4. Rollie Beale (13), 5. Jerry Miller (14), 6. Roy Hicks (15), 7. Ronnie Burke (21), 8. Jim Hurtubise (6), 9. Bobby Olivero (19), 10. Larry Moore (22), 11. Joe Saldana (9), 12. James McElreath (18), 13. Jim McElreath (7), 14. Jan Opperman (16), 15. Larry Rice (20), 16. Sheldon Kinser (2), 17. Billy Engelhart (12), 18. Pancho Carter (4), 19. Gary Bettenhausen (17), 20. Chuck Gurney (5), 21. Larry Dickson (10), 22. Arnie Knepper (23), 23. Bubby Jones (8), 24. Roger Rager (24). 1:04:42.20

1977 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Larry Rice (7), 2. Sheldon Kinser (10), 3. Billy Engelhart (20), 4. James McElreath (6), 5. Chuck Gurney (18), 6. Jim McElreath (17), 7. Rich Vogler (22), 8. Jerry Miller (15), 9. Johnny Parsons (4), 10. George Snider (13), 11. Jim Hurtubise (11), 12. Bruce Walkup (9), 13. Rollie Beale (5), 14. Billy Vukovich (14), 15. Junior Parkinson (16), 16. Mark Alderson (23), 17. Bubby Jones (24), 18. Dean Shirley (19), 19. Tom Bigelow (12), 20. Jerry Stone (21), 21. Jackie Howerton (2), 22. Thad Dosher (1), 23. Ron Shuman (3), 24. Pancho Carter (8). 1:10:04.30

1978 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Gary Bettenhausen (5), 2. Jim McElreath (12), 3. Bubby Jones (1), 4. Pancho Carter (4), 5. Steve Cannon (11), 6. Arnie Knepper (3), 7. Mike Johnson (24), 8. Clark Templeman (22), 9. Rich Vogler (2), 10. Jerry Miller (19), 11. Roy Hicks (23), 12. Roger Rager (27), 13. Ed Lynch (18), 14. Greg Leffler (28), 15. Bob East (26), 16. Kramer Williamson (25), 17. Bill Burks Jr. (17), 18. Larry Rice (6), 19. Billy Engelhart (7), 20. Ron Shuman (15), 21. Billy Cassella (13), 22. Jon Backlund (20), 23. Johnny Parsons (21), 24. Sheldon Kinser (9), 25. George Snider (8), 26. Bill Puterbaugh (16), 27. Robert Smith (10), 28. Dana Carter (14). 1:15:56.00

1979 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Olivero (13), 2. Rich Vogler (15), 3. Tom Bigelow (3), 4. Pancho Carter (8), 5. Billy Engelhart (7), 6. Bobby Adkins (2), 7. Sheldon Kinser (22), 8. Steve Chassey (1), 9. Sleepy Tripp (18), 10. Billy Vukovich (10), 11. Robert Smith (19), 12. Butch Wilkerson (12), 13. Gary Bettenhausen (26), 14. Larry Dickson (11), 15. Dana Carter (27), 16. Jim McElreath (5), 17. Junior Parkinson (9), 18. George Snider (14), 19. Bob East (20), 20. Bill Burks Jr. (23), 21. Bill Puterbaugh (21), 22. Bubby Jones (25), 23. Gary Irvin (17), 24. Steve Cannon (28), 25. Duke Cook (16), 26. Greg Leffler (24), 27. Larry Rice (4), 28. Johnny Parsons (6). 1:02:59.80

1980 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Pancho Carter (4), 2. Bobby Olivero (12), 3. Rich Vogler (3), 4. Joe Saldana (9), 5. Bill Tyler (24), 6. Jan Opperman (28), 7. Gary Irvin (26), 8. Lennie Waldo (19), 9. Tom Bigelow (6), 10. Bill Puterbaugh (20), 11. Mack McClellan (10), 12. Robert Smith (11), 13. Tony Weyant (22), 14. Larry Rice (1), 15. Bill Vukovich (2), 16. Larry Dickson (18), 17. Duke Cook (15), 18. Gary Bettenhausen (8), 19. Dean Shirley (21), 20. Jerry Miller (13), 21. Jack Hewitt (7), 22. George Snider (16), 23. Bill Burks Jr. (27), 24. Gary Hieber (23), 25. Steve Chassey (5), 26. Frankie Schneider (25), 27. Steve Cannon (14), 28. Sheldon Kinser (17).

1981 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. George Snider (9), 2. Larry Rice (11), 3. Jim McElreath (21), 4. Jack Hewitt (18), 5. Joe Saldana (6), 6. Chuck Amati (16), 7. Johnny Coogan (24), 8. Roger Rager (4), 9. Greg Leffler (20), 10. Art Bisch Jr. (26), 11. Rich Vogler (8), 12. Tom Bigelow (1), 13. Gary Gray (15), 14. Tracy Potter (22), 15. Ron Shuman (5), 16. Ken Schrader (3), 17. Billy Vukovich (23), 18. Bobby Olivero (25), 19. Mark Alderson (19), 20. Gary Bettenhausen (2), 21. Larry Dickson (13), 22. Sheldon Kinser (7), 23. Larry Martin (17), 24. Johnny Parsons (10), 25. Manny Rockhold (12), 26. Steve Chassey (14). 49:03.75

1982 (8/14) FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Olivero (12), 2. Joe Saldana (2), 3. Sheldon Kinser (1), 4. Mark Alderson (3), 5. Ron Shuman (4), 6. Larry Rice (6), 7. Rick Hood (5), 8. Ken Schrader (16), 9. Billy Engelhart (17), 10. Walt Kennedy (10), 11. Mike Peters (19), 12. Dana Carter (9), 13. Ronnie Burke (25), 14. Doug Wolfgang (15), 15. Arnie Knepper (13), 16. Elvin Felty (23), 17. Chuck Amati (24), 18. Keith Kauffman (8), 19. Mike Winblad (20), 20. Rich Vogler (14), 21. Jerry Nemire (22), 22. Gary Irvin (21), 23. Bob Cicconi (18), 24. Emmett Hahn (26), 25. Steve Cannon (7), 26. Roger Rager (11). 1:01:14.00

1983 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Gary Bettenhausen (2), 2. Ron Shuman (4), 3. Ken Schrader (10), 4. Larry Rice (8), 5. George Snider (5), 6. Chuck Gurney (19), 7. Billy Engelhart (26), 8. Mark Alderson (6), 9. Tom Bigelow (14), 10. Terry Uehling (13), 11. Larry Martin (15), 12. Jerry Weeks (28), 13. Steve Siegel (22), 14. Rick Hood (3), 15. Billy Vukovich (23), 16. Steve Kinser (16), 17. Mike Gregg (29), 18. Rich Vogler (18), 19. Jack Hewitt (30), 20. Jeff Bloom (21), 21. Larry Dickson (12), 22. Steve Chassey (1), 23. Billy Pauch (27), 24. Tracy Potter (20), 25. Gary Hieber (25), 26. Ronnie Burke (9), 27. Johnny Parsons (11), 28. Tony Weyant (17), 29. Sheldon Kinser (7), 30. Bobby Olivero (24). 1:04:28.05

1984 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chuck Gurney (1), 2. Dave Blaney (6), 3. Gary Bettenhausen (27), 4. Bobby Olivero (3), 5. Mark Alderson (7), 6. Jerry Russell (23), 7. Jerry Nemire (20), 8. Nick Fornoro Jr. (18), 9. Bob Cicconi (16), 10. Herb Copeland (28), 11. Joe Saldana (29), 12. Gary Hieber (22), 13. Paul Koch (21), 14. Keith Campbell (13), 15. Warren Mockler (19), 16. George Snider (8), 17. Rich Vogler (31), 18. Tom Bigelow (12), 19. Ken Schrader (2), 20. Danny Milburn (15), 21. Billy Engelhart (11), 22. Mike Johnson (9), 23. Larry Dickson (24), 24. Sheldon Kinser (5), 25. Ron Shuman (4), 26. Gary Irvin (14), 27. Randy Bateman (25), 28. Manny Rockhold (26), 29. Duke Cook (17), 30. Bill Hudson (30), 31. Larry Rice (10). 1:05:46.46

1985 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chuck Gurney (3), 2. Joe Saldana (1), 3. Rick Hood (4), 4. Jack Hewitt (23), 5. Bobby Olivero (20), 6. Duke Cook (21), 7. John Andretti (7), 8. Steve Butler (9), 9. Steve Cannon (24), 10. Mike Peters (13), 11. Jerry Russell (26), 12. Rodney Ritter Jr. (28), 13. Sheldon Kinser (11), 14. Warren Mockler (29), 15. Paul Clark (18), 16. Mike Gregg (30), 17. Steve Chassey (2), 18. Tom Bigelow (8), 19. Duke DeRosa (27), 20. Larry Rice (22), 21. Billy Shuman (19), 22. Billy Engelhart (17), 23. Gary Bettenhausen (6), 24. Dave Blaney (16), 25. George Snider (10), 26. Ken Schrader (12), 27. Gary Irvin (15), 28. Rich Vogler (5), 29. Mark Alderson (14), 30. Larry Dickson (25). 1:02:09.00

1986 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jack Hewitt (10), 2. Chuck Gurney (31), 3. Larry Rice (15), 4. Rick Hood (21), 5. Bobby Olivero (17), 6. Warren Mockler (20), 7. Brent Kaeding (25), 8. Tom Bigelow (19), 9. Manny Rockhold (16), 10. Leon Thickstun (32), 11. Steve Chassey (3), 12. Andy Hillenburg (30), 13. Greg Staab (24), 14. Terry Kawell (29), 15. Randy Standridge (28), 16. Kevin Olson (23), 17. Gary Irvin (8), 18. Billy Engelhart (9), 19. Jack Ziegler (27), 20. George Snider (1), 21. Duke Cook (12), 22. Danny Milburn (18), 23. Gary Bettenhausen (2), 24. Larry Dickson (14), 25. Kevin Koch (7), 26. Sheldon Kinser (22), 27. Gary Hieber (6), 28. Steve Butler (4), 29. Steve Cannon (26), 30. Paul Clark (11), 31. Kenny Jacobs (13), 32. Rich Vogler (5). 1:05:19.00

1987 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jack Hewitt (18), 2. Jeff Bloom (6), 3. Andy Hillenburg (16), 4. Jim Childers (27), 5. Rusty McClure (8), 6. Ron Dunstan (12), 7. Jerry Russell (11), 8. Gary Irvin (22), 9. Greg Staab (26), 10. Gary Hieber (25), 11. Steve Butler (15), 12. Kevin Koch (28), 13. Bob Frey (23), 14. Manny Rockhold (21), 15. Bob Cicconi (13), 16. Steve Chassey (17), 17. Mark Alderson (7), 18. Tom Bigelow (3), 19. Kenny Jacobs (14), 20. Steve Knepper (29), 21. Tommie Estes Jr. (19), 22. Billy Engelhart (10), 23. Paul Clark (20), 24. Jeff Swindell (1), 25. Danny Milburn (34), 26. Larry Rice (4), 27. Steve Cannon (32), 28. Jim Mahoney (30), 29. George Snider (9), 30. Gary Bettenhausen (5), 31. Jim Moughan (33), 32. Duke Cook (24), 33. Rick Hood (2), 34. Terry Kawell (31). 56:07.00

1988 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Steve Chassey (20), 2. Gary Bettenhausen (8), 3. Bruce Field (28), 4. Andy Hillenburg (3), 5, Steve Butler (4), 6. Bob Cicconi (18), 7. Gene Lee Gibson (25), 8. Gary Irvin (19), 9. Rusty McClure (11), 10. Larry Hoppes (17), 11. Gary Hieber (13), 12. Ray Joe Fager (26), 13. Jim Mahoney (24), 14. Jack Hewitt (15), 15. Kenny Jacobs (2), 16. Tony Elliott (6), 17. Mark Alderson (21), 18. Dean Billings (27), 19. Manny Rockhold (29), 20. Larry Rice (16), 21. Jon Johnson (10), 22. Jerry Nemire (22), 23. Ron Dunstan (5), 24. Jeff Bloom (30), 25. Jim Childers (23), 26. Chuck Gurney (9), 27. George Snider (1), 28. Jerry Russell (7), 29. Rick Hood (14), 30. Dave Feese (12). 1:09.09.00

1989 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chuck Gurney (1), 2. Johnny Parsons (2), 3. Larry Rice (9), 4. Ron Dunstan (4), 5. Steve Butler (15), 6. George Snider (22), 7. Andy Hillenburg (5), 8. Jack Hewitt (12), 9. Gary Bettenhausen (11), 10. Tom Bigelow (8), 11. Tony Elliott (17), 12. Manny Rockhold (26), 13. Jim McElreath (28), 14. Darryl Haugh (25), 15. Terry Kawell (13), 16. Gene Lee Gibson (19), 17. Danny Smith (10), 18. Jerry Nemire (7), 19. Gary Irvin (20), 20. Dave Feese (21), 21. Bob Cicconi (16), 22. Gary Hieber (3), 23. Mike Thomas (29), 24. Russ Gamester (27), 25. Danny Milburn (23), 26. Wayne Hammond (24), 27. Mark Alderson (14), 28. Jon Johnson (18), 29. Jim Moughan (30), 30. Jim Mahoney (6). 1:06:46.30

1990 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chuck Gurney (1), 2. Eric Gordon (7), 3. George Snider (16), 4. Jeff Swindell (8), 5. Johnny Parsons (17), 6. Jeff Gordon (22), 7. Gary Hieber (4), 8. Wally Pankratz (6), 9. Jimmy Sills (19), 10. Mark Alderson (26), 11. Warren Mockler (23), 12. Tray House (11), 13. Chip Thomas (10), 14. Russ Gamester (21), 15. Robbie Stanley (28), 16. Walt Kennedy (14), 17. Rusty McClure (29), 18. Kevin Olson (12), 19. Jerry Nemire (25), 20. Jim McElreath (15), 21. Jack Hewitt (20), 22. Danny Milburn (30), 23. Jerry Russell (2), 24. Dave Feese (27), 25. Andy Hillenburg (9), 26. Steve Butler (13), 27. Tony Elliott (18), 28. Jim Mahoney (24), 29. Gary Irvin (3), 30. Stan Fox (5). 58:20.31

1991 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chuck Gurney (3), 2. Jimmy Sills (2), 3. Stan Fox (1), 4. Jeff Gordon (14), 5. Larry Dickson (12), 6. Warren Mockler (11), 7. Tony Elliott (20), 8. Gary Hieber (9), 9. Wally Pankratz (16), 10. Brent Kaeding (18), 11. George Snider (4), 12. Russ Gamester (10), 13. Jim Mahoney (27), 14. Rick Ungar (28), 15. Ron Dunstan (23), 16. Jerry Russell (13), 17. Bill Kojis (21), 18. Randy Bateman (22), 19. Art Bisch Jr. (30), 20. Greg Staab (31), 21. Fred Tegarden Jr. (34), 22. Jerry Nemire (26), 23. Tray House (19), 24. Steve Chassey (5), 25. Gary Irvin (38), 26. Eric Gordon (17), 27. Jeff Swindell (7), 28. Dan Ford (36), 29. Chip Thomas (29), 30. Mike McCreary (33), 31. Dave Feese (25), 32. Blake Hollingsworth (35), 33. Dave Darland (24), 34. Tom Bigelow (32), 35. Eddie Sachs Jr. (37), 36. Jack Hewitt (6), 37. Johnny Parsons (8), 38. Danny Smith (15). 1:02:01.53

1992 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jimmy Sills (1), 2. Steve Butler (2), 3. Jeff Swindell (5), 4. George Snider (9), 5. Jack Hewitt (14), 6. Chuck Gurney (12), 7. Stan Fox (7), 8. Russ Gamester (6), 9. Warren Mockler (4), 10. Stevie Reeves (18), 11. Eric Gordon (20), 12. Chip Thomas (11), 13. Rick Hood (13), 14. Tony Stewart (17), 15. Brent Kaeding (22), 16. Wally Pankratz (23), 17. Larry Dickson (26), 18. Mike Bliss (28), 19. Brad Noffsinger (16), 20. Steve Chassey (27), 21. Jim McElreath (15), 22. Jerry Russell (8), 23. Bob Meli (30), 24. Jim Childers (21), 25. Rusty McClure (29), 26. Johnny Parsons (10), 27. Joe Gaerte (25), 28. Cary Faas (3), 29. Lealand McSpadden (24), 30. Rocky Hodges (19). NT

1993 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jack Hewitt (7), 2. Chuck Gurney (2), 3. Jeff Swindell (3), 4. Jimmy Sills (6), 5. Gary Hieber (4), 6. Ron Shuman (5), 7. Mike Bliss (21), 8. Chip Thomas (10), 9. Steve Butler (22), 10. Tray House (28), 11. Stevie Reeves (14), 12. Johnny Parsons (25), 13. Larry Dickson (1), 14. Jim Keeker (16), 15. Perry Ferrell (9), 16. Mark Alderson (18), 17. Lee Dunn (15), 18. Jerry Nemire (27), 19. Eric Gordon (11), 20. Tony Elliott (13), 21. Dave Darland (19), 22. Blake Hollingsworth (12), 23. Ronnie Burke (29), 24. Donnie Beechler (23), 25. Ron Dunstan (17), 26. George Snider (8), 27. Greg Staab (24), 28. Tony Stewart (20), 29. Randy Tolsma (26), 30. Jim Whiteside (30). NT

1994 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chuck Gurney (7), 2. Jack Hewitt (2), 3. Randy Tolsma (3), 4. Russ Gamester (18), 5. Wally Pankratz (15), 6. Johnny Parsons (1), 7. Rusty McClure (26), 8. Rocky Hodges (17), 9. Donnie Beechler (22), 10. Davey Hamilton (13), 11. Jack Runyon (20), 12. Dave Darland (23), 13. Ron Shuman (6), 14. Stan Fox (12), 15. Jimmy Sills (10), 16. Mark Alderson (27), 17. Eric Gordon (11), 18. Kenny Irwin Jr. (5), 19. George Snider (9), 20. Billy Boat (25), 21. Kevin Doty (28), 22. Mike Bliss (8), 23. Lealand McSpadden (24), 24. Tony Elliott (21), 25. Gary Hieber (14), 26. Chip Thomas (16), 27. Ron Dunstan (30), 28. Page Jones (19), 29. Jon Stanbrough (29), 30. Tony Stewart (4). 1:08:25.00

1995 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kenny Irwin Jr. (28), 2. Chuck Gurney (2), 3. George Snider (23), 4. Johnny Parsons (1), 5. Robby Flock (24), 6. Rocky Hodges (14), 7. Donnie Beechler (15), 8. Jack Runyon (12), 9. Jimmy Sills (4), 10. Tony Stewart (18), 11. Gary Hieber (21), 12. Richard Griffin (13), 13. Tony Elliott (7), 14. Rusty McClure (22), 15. Brian Hayden (17), 16. Kevin Thomas (11), 17. Dave Darland (10), 17. Eric Gordon (5), 19. Lee Brewer Jr. (20), 20. Jim Keeker (9), 21. Russ Gamester (16), 22. Mark Cassella (27), 23. Dave Steele (29), 24. Chuck Leary (19), 25. Tyce Carlson (6), 26. Jon Stanbrough (8), 27. Jack Hewitt (3), 28. Kevin Doty (26), 29. Jerry Nemire (30), 30. Randy Bateman (25). 1:03:44.70

1996 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chuck Gurney (3), 2. Jimmy Sills (2), 3. Robby Flock (1), 4. Kevin Thomas (13), 5. Cary Faas (16), 6. Kenny Irwin Jr. (19), 7. Gary Hieber (17), 8. Tracy Hines (12), 9. Dave Darland (29), 10. Ryan Newman (23), 11. Rick Hood (20), 12. Jim Keeker (11), 13. Rip Williams (15), 14. Steve Knepper (24), 15. Eric Gordon (25), 16. John Heydenreich (18), 17. Jon Stanbrough (26), 18. Kenneth Nichols (22), 19. Derek Davidson (27), 20. Al Thomas (30), 21. Dan Drinan (5), 22. Scott Hatton (7), 23. Billy Engelhart (10), 24. Tray House (28), 25. George Snider (14), 26. Bill Rose (21), 27. Mark Cassella (6), 28. Donnie Beechler (4), 29. Tony Elliott (8), 30. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (9). NT

1997 FEATURE: (100 Laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dave Darland (3), 2. Russ Gamester (1), 3. Donnie Beechler (11), 4. Jimmy Sills (2), 5. Jim Keeker (12), 6. Jack Hewitt (22), 7. Cary Faas (21), 8. Brian Gerster (8), 9. Gary Hieber (23), 10. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (10), 11. Eric Gordon (15), 12. J.J. Yeley (13), 13. Ronnie Burke (14), 14. Brian Tyler (18), 15. Derek Davidson (16), 16. Kenneth Nichols (19), 17. Rod Holshouser (28), 18. Mike Gregg (27), 19. Chuck Gurney (4), 20. Wally Pankratz (20), 21. Jerry Nemire (26), 22. Bill Baue (29), 23. Billy Engelhart (24), 24. Robby Flock (25), 25. George Snider (9), 26. Ryan Newman (17), 27. Daryl Daugherty (30), 28. Kevin Thomas (5), 29. Johnny Parsons (6), 30. Chuck Leary (7). NT

1998 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Russ Gamester (1), 2. Dave Darland (14), 3. Jack Hewitt (4), 4. Robby Flock (9), 5. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (7), 6. Tracy Hines (8), 7. Brian Tyler (11), 8. Ryan Newman (2), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (22), 10. Gary Hieber (13), 11. Tony Elliott (5), 12. Jason Leffler (21), 13. Derek Davidson (15), 14. Rusty McClure (12), 15. Greg Wilson (23), 16. Al Thomas (27), 17. Bill Rose (29), 18. Donnie Beechler (3), 19. Jimmy Sills (6), 20. J.J. Yeley (18), 21. Cary Faas (19), 22. Jackie Burke (24), 23. Eric Gordon (16), 24. John Barrick (30), 25. Wally Pankratz (10), 26. Bill Baue (26), 27. Mike Mosley Jr. (28), 28. Terry Babb (25), 29. Johnny Parsons (20), 30. Kevin Thomas (17). 1:02:25.00

1999 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dave Darland (3), 2. Tracy Hines (10), 3. Tony Elliott (2), 4. Russ Gamester (6), 5. Jack Hewitt (8), 6. Jimmy Sills (19), 7. Chuck Leary (11), 8. Brian Tyler (16), 9. Bill Rose (1), 10. Jason Leffler (18), 11. Ryan Newman (24), 12. Cary Faas (13), 13. Rich Tobias Jr. (21), 14. Eric Gordon (4), 15. Tom Capie (14), 16. J.J. Yeley (7), 17. Donnie Lehmann (29), 18. Dean Franklin (25), 19. Dane Carter (27), 20. Ron Smoker (17), 21. Jay Drake (5), 22. Robby Flock (9), 23. Scott Hatton (28), 24. Kevin Doty (26), 25. Dave Steele (22), 26. Rick Treadway (30), 27. Rocky Hodges (23), 28. Todd Kane (12), 29. Terry Babb (20), 30. Randy Bateman (15). 1:05:28.403

2000 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jack Hewitt (8), 2. Bud Kaeding (4), 3. Jay Drake (2), 4. Dave Darland (10), 5. Tony Elliott (1), 6. Robby Flock (7), 7. Brian Tyler (15), 8. John Heydenreich (17), 9. Tracy Hines (3), 10. Ed Carpenter (6), 11. Donnie Beechler (18), 12. Kasey Kahne (13), 13. Johnny Parsons (14), 14. Tom Capie (22), 15. Paul White (25), 16. Jimmy Sills (21), 17. Brad Noffsinger (24), 18. Jerry Coons Jr. (16), 19. Gary Hieber (9), 20. Rod Holshouser (27), 21. Brad Fox (19), 22. Eric Gordon (26), 23. Steve Sheppard Jr. (29), 24. Ryan Newman (20), 25. J.J. Yeley (11), 26. Chuck Gurney (23), 27. Russ Gamester (5), 28. Bill Rose (12), 29. Randy Bateman (30), 30. Terry Pletch (28). NT

2001 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Paul White (2), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 3. Russ Gamester (9), 4. J.J. Yeley (1), 5. Rich Tobias Jr. (10), 6. Dave Darland (12), 7. Eric Gordon (8), 8. Robby Flock (15), 9. Aaron Fike (21), 10. Ed Carpenter (30), 11. Jason McCord (27), 12. Jack Hewitt (18), 13. Michael Lewis (28), 14. Brad Noffsinger (25), 15. Tracy Hines (4), 16. Dane Carter (24), 17. Kevin Huntley (13), 18. Rick Shelton (11), 19. Dave Steele (17), 20. Bud Kaeding (14), 21. John Heydenreich (19), 22. Jay Drake (3), 23. Johnny Parsons (23), 24. Tom Capie (26), 25. Manny Rockhold (16), 26. Levi Jones (29), 27. Derek Davidson (5), 28. Roger Rager (6), 29. Jackie Burke (20), 30. Bill Rose (22). 59:14.14

2002 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. J.J. Yeley (1), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 3. Tracy Hines (5), 4. Dave Darland (13), 5. Matt Westfall (7), 6. Kevin Huntley (9), 7. Jay Drake (2), 8. Jason McCord (14), 9. Russ Gamester (6), 10. Carl Edwards (19), 11. Derek Davidson (29), 12. Tony Elliott (17), 13. Terry Babb (20), 14. Michael Lewis (27), 15. Nick Lundgreen (28), 16. Roger Rager (10), 17. Dave Steele (18), 18. Aaron Fike (23), 19. George White (8), 20. Johnny Parsons (15), 21. Jason Leffler (16), 22. Brad Noffsinger (24), 23. Dane Carter (22), 24. Tom Capie (12), 25. Paul White (4), 26. Rich Tobias Jr. (26), 27. Brad Fox (11), 28. John Starks (25), 29. John Heydenreich (21), 30. Jonathan Vennard (30). NT

2003 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Dave Darland (1), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 3. Tyler Walker (9), 4. Jay Drake (6), 5. Tracy Hines (4), 6. Paul White (18), 7. Kevin Huntley (7), 8. Donnie Beechler (11), 9. Dave Steele (14), 10. Nick Lundgreen (10), 11. Greg Wilson (30), 12. Tony Elliott (5), 13. Matt Westfall (19), 14. Dane Carter (27), 15. Ron Gregory (26), 16. Jason McCord (16), 17. J.J. Yeley (3), 18. Rich Tobias Jr. (13), 19. Brian Tyler (17), 20. Eric Gordon (15), 21. Tom Capie (21), 22. A.J. Fike (20), 23. Levi Jones (12), 24. Johnny Parsons (23), 25. Brad Noffsinger (24), 26. Teddy Beach (8), 27. Russ Gamester (25), 28. Rod Holshouser (28), 29. Murray Erickson (29), 30. Roger Rager (22). NT

2004 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brian Tyler (21), 2. Rich Tobias Jr. (12), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (1), 4. John Heydenreich (20), 5. Matt Westfall (13), 6. Dave Darland (3), 7. Dave Steele (11), 8. Bud Kaeding (8), 9. Tony Elliott (6), 10. Shane Hollingsworth (4), 11. Todd Kane (18), 12. Jason McCord (28), 13. Ron Gregory (29), 14. Jay Drake (10), 15. Aaron Pierce (30), 16. Randy Bateman (27), 17. Mike Brecht (16), 18. Sport Allen (19), 19. Hud Cone (17), 20. Boston Reid (9), 21. Jon Stanbrough (2), 22. Tyler Walker (5), 23. Nick Lundgreen (24), 24. Roger Rager (23), 25. Kevin Huntley (15), 26. Jim Moughan (14), 27. Russ Gamester (7), 28. Aaron Fike (25), 29. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (26), 30. Donnie Beechler (22). NT

2005 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brian Tyler (16), 2. Tom Capie (7), 3. Josh Wise (1), 4. Tyler Walker (2), 5. Kevin Huntley (4), 6. John Heydenreich (11), 7. Nick Lundgreen (17), 8. Teddy Beach (12), 9. Jason McCord (13), 10. Hud Cone (23), 11. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (24), 12. Dave Steele (8), 13. Kyle Steffens (29), 14. A.J. Fike (10), 15. Jon Stanbrough (20), 16. Shane Hollingsworth (22), 17. Paul White (19), 18. Chris Urish (30), 19. Justin Allgaier (25), 20. Dave Darland (5), 21. Jerry Coons Jr. (6), 22. Johnny Parsons (18), 23. Ryan Durst (26), 24. Matt Westfall (21), 25. Ron Gregory (27), 26. Alex Shanks (28), 27. Randy Bateman (14), 28. Tracy Hines (9), 29. Rich Tobias Jr. (15), 30. Cole Carter (3). 1:04:20.00

2006 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tracy Hines (1), 2. Brian Tyler (6), 3. Josh Wise (4), 4. Donnie Beechler (14), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (11), 6. Jay Drake (3), 7. Aaron Pierce (10), 8. Paul White (20), 9. Jeff Swindell (16), 10. Chappy Knaack (28), 11. Ray Bull (29), 12. Alex Shanks (26), 13. Tim Siner (25), 14. Dave Darland (2), 15. Roger Rager (17), 16. Mat Neely (8), 17. Shane Hollingsworth (7), 18. Dereck King (27), 19. Johnny Parsons (22), 20. Bud Kaeding (18), 21. Shane Cottle (5), 22. Dickie Gaines (24), 23. Davey Ray (12), 24. Levi Jones (9), 25. Russ Gamester (13), 26. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (31), 27. Tom Capie (19), 28. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (21), 29. Chris Urish (23), 30. John Heydenreich (30). 1:14:27.29 (Dave Steele disqualified due to failing to pass post-race technical inspection after winning race).

2007 FEATURE: (75 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3), 2. Billy Wease (17), 3. Bud Kaeding (7), 4. Paul White (10), 5. Shane Cottle (8), 6. Johnny Parsons (18), 7. Kevin Huntley (21), 8. John Heydenreich (13), 9. Donnie Beechler (24), 10. Brian Tyler (6), 11. Mitch Wissmiller (2), 12. Mat Neely (12), 13. Ray Bull (32), 14. Shane Hollingsworth (19), 15. Roger Rager (22), 16. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (31), 17. Tim Barber (37), 18. Mike Murgoitio (26), 19. Hud Cone (28), 20. Tim Siner (34), 21. Kyle Steffens (23), 22. Chappy Knaack (36), 23. Levi Jones (1), 24. Cameron Dodson (30), 25. Tom Capie (4), 26. Justin Allgaier (11), 27. Dave Darland (16), 28. Jerry Coons Jr. (5), 29. Dereck King (35), 30. A.J. Fike (15), 31. Aaron Pierce (14), 32. Randy Bateman (39), 33. Mike Stroehle (38), 34. Russ Gamester (27), 35. Ron Gregory (20), 36. Jon Stanbrough (9), 37. Chris Urish (25), 38. Mike Hess (29), 39. Dickie Gaines (33). NT

2008 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brian Tyler (2), 2. Dave Darland (6), 3. Shane Hollingsworth (1), 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9), 5. Bud Kaeding (17), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (25), 7. Shane Cottle (5), 8. Tom Capie (7), 9. Kody Swanson (4), 10. Jon Stanbrough (10), 11. Tracy Hines (8), 12. A.J. Fike (14), 13. Levi Jones (3), 14. Russ Gamester (15), 15. Mat Neely (12), 16. Patrick Bruns (20), 17. Randy Bateman (13), 18. Craig Dori (22), 19. Paul White (19), 20. Jeff Leka (23), 21. Johnny Parsons (21), 22. Donnie Beechler (11), 23. Chris Urish (18), 24. Derek Hagar (24), 25. Kevin Huntley (16), 26. Mike Stroehle (26). NT

2009 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cole Whitt (1), 2. Jon Stanbrough (5), 3. Levi Jones (3), 4. A.J. Fike (6), 5. Josh Wise (9), 6. Dave Darland (4), 7. Bud Kaeding (22), 8. Tracy Hines (2), 9. Derek Hagar (11), 10. Shane Hollingsworth (8), 11. Tony Elliott (14), 12. Zach Daum (16), 13. Tom Capie (13), 14. Eric Todd (20), 15. Patrick Bruns (23), 16. Justin Carver (21), 17. Rex Norris III (24), 18. Terry Babb (17), 19. Donnie Beechler (15), 20. Kody Swanson (18), 21. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 22. Brian Tyler (10), 23. Matt Westfall (19), 24. Shane Hmiel (12), 25. John Barrick (25), 26. Russ Gamester (26). NT

2010: RAINED OUT

2011 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brian Tyler (14), 2. Levi Jones (3), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (4), 4. Kyle Larson (6), 5. Tracy Hines (1), 6. Jon Stanbrough (8), 7. Bud Kaeding (17), 8. Kody Swanson (15), 9. Russ Gamester (13), 10. Chris Windom (9), 11. Shane Hollingsworth (12), 12. A.J. Fike (7), 13. Dave Darland (11), 14. Derek Hagar (16), 15. Bobby East (5), 16. Mike Hess (18), 17. Shane Cockrum (19), 18. Bryan Clauson (2), 19. Mike Martin (25), 20. Zach Daum (20), 21. Donnie Beechler (21), 22. Darren Hagen (24), 23. Randy Bateman (10), 24. Craig Dori (26), 25. Tanner Swanson (23), 26. Chris Urish (22). NT

2012 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. A.J. Fike (5), 2. Brian Tyler (4), 3. Tanner Swanson (17), 4. Levi Jones (1), 5. Bryan Clauson (9), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (11), 7. Bud Kaeding (2), 8. Bobby East (7), 9. Rich Tobias Jr. (6), 10. Chris Urish (10), 11. Bobby Santos (20), 12. Steve Adams (18), 13. Tracy Hines (14), 14. Russ Gamester (16), 15. Kody Swanson (3), 16. Randy Bateman (13), 17. Shane Hollingsworth (8), 18. Shane Cottle (12), 19. Shane Cockrum (15), 20. Joey Moughan (19). NT

2013 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. A.J. Fike (1), 2. Chris Windom (4), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (6), 4. Tracy Hines (7), 5. Shane Cockrum (11), 6. Brian Tyler (2), 7. Kody Swanson (5), 8. Bobby East (9), 9. Robert Ballou (14), 10. Taylor Ferns (16), 11. Chris Urish (8), 12. Jarett Andretti (10), 13. Dave Darland (18), 14. Patrick Lawson (15), 15. Todd Kane (12), 16. Miranda Throckmorton (13), 17. Kenny Gentry (17), 18. Russ Gamester (3). NT

2014 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Tracy Hines (2), 3. Bobby East (4), 4. A.J. Fike (5), 5. Chris Windom (11), 6. Bryan Clauson (7), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (12), 8. Dave Darland (8), 9. Levi Jones (16), 10. Brady Bacon (3), 11. Russ Gamester (17), 12. Jacob Wilson (13), 13. Davey Ray (15), 14. Steven Russell (9), 15. Chris Fetter (18), 16. David Byrne (14), 17. Randy Bateman (20), 18. Jackie Burke (19), 19. Patrick Lawson (21), 20. Caleb Armstrong (10), 21. Shane Cockrum (6), 22. John Hunt (22), 23. Kenny Gentry (24), 24. Chris Urish (23). NT

2015 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (16), 2. Levi Jones (9), 3. Shane Cottle (4), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (8), 5. Steve Buckwalter (15), 6. C.J. Leary (13), 7. Casey Shuman (12), 8. Shane Cockrum (2), 9. Rickey Hood (11), 10. Chris Windom (6), 11. David Byrne (21), 12. Chase Stockon (17), 13. Austin Nemire (26), 14. Chris Urish (18), 15. Randy Hannagan (20), 16. A.J. Fike (3), 17. Justin Grant (1), 18. Terry James (30), 19. Jacob Wilson (5), 20. Rex Norris III (28), 21. Steven Russell (19), 22. Brian Tyler (14), 23. Brady Bacon (7), 24. Tad Roach (29), 25. Jackie Burke (24), 26. Russ Gamester (23), 27. Dave Darland (10), 28. Danny Long (31), 29. Joey Moughan (22), 30. Terry Babb (25), 31. Patrick Lawson (27), 32. Chris Fetter (32). NT

2016: RAINED OUT

2017 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Kody Swanson (9), 3. Jeff Swindell (28), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (1), 5. Dave Darland (12), 6. Shane Cottle (13), 7. Aaron Pierce (11), 8. David Byrne (33), 9. Joe Liguori (29), 10. Steve Buckwalter (14), 11. Jacob Wilson (31), 12. Patrick Lawson (24), 13. David Shain (17), 14. Matt Goodnight (26), 15. Joss Moffatt (23), 16. Chris Fetter (32), 17. Damion Gardner (18), 18. Chris Urish (27), 19. C.J. Leary (5), 20. Tyler Courtney (8), 21. Brian Tyler (10), 22. Korey Weyant (25), 23. Casey Shuman (20), 24. J.C. Bland (3), 25. Chris Windom (4), 26. Zach Daum (15), 27. Austin Nemire (34), 28. Joey Moughan (7), 29. Keith Burch (16), 30. Dakota Jackson (6), 31. Terry Babb (21), 32. Patrick Bruns (19), 33. Russ Gamester (22), 34. Danny Long (30). NT

2018 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (13), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 3. Justin Grant (6), 4. Jacob Wilson (10), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (1), 6. Kyle Robbins (7), 7. Joe Liguori (19), 8. Austin Nemire (16), 9. Joey Moughan (11), 10. David Byrne (25), 11. Brady Bacon (8), 12. Mike Haggenbottom (20), 13. Chris Dyson (28), 14. Chris Urish (26), 15. Russ Gamester (21), 16. Keith Burch (29), 17. Travis Welpott (31), 18. J.C. Bland (23). 19. Matt Goodnight (15), 20. Tyler Courtney (4), 21. Jeff Swindell (18), 22. C.J. Leary (9), 23. Shane Cockrum (5), 24. Neil Shepherd (17), 25. Dave Darland (12), 26. Kody Swanson (2), 27. Johnny Petrozelle (22), 28. Bill Rose (14), 29. Patrick Lawson (30), 30. Brian Tyler (24). 31. Terry Babb (27). NT

2019: RAINED OUT

2020 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (2), 2. David Gravel (26), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Brady Bacon (4), 5. Jacob Wilson (6), 6. Casey Shuman (12), 7. Shane Cockrum (14), 8. Logan Seavey (9), 9. Chris Windom (24), 10. Kody Swanson (13), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 12. Chad Kemenah (8), 13. Jake Swanson (15), 14. Kyle Steffens (11), 15. Jimmy Light (10), 16. Terry Babb (18), 17. Travis Welpott (17), 18. Patrick Lawson (20), 19. Bryan Gossel (19), 20. Danny Long (22), 21. Matt Goodnight (16), 22. Shane Cottle (5), 23. Dave Berkheimer (21), 24. Kyle Robbins (25), 25. Terry James (23), 26. Aaron Pierce (7). 1:03:50.977

2021 FEATURE: (100 laps, shortened to 76 laps due to rain, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (23), 2. Logan Seavey (1), 3. Shane Cockrum (25), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 5. Kyle Steffens (9), 6. Jake Swanson (4), 7. Matt Westfall (2), 8. Casey Buckman (12), 9. Carmen Perigo (13), 10. Chase Stockon (5), 11. Austin Nemire (19), 12. Kyle Robbins (8), 13. Chris Phillips (11), 14. Travis Welpott (14), 15. Steven Russell (20), 16. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 17. Patrick Lawson (27), 18. Nathan Moore (18), 19. Korey Weyant (16), 20. Justin Grant (10), 21. Ken Schrader (22), 22. Terry Babb (6), 23. Shane Cottle (26), 24. Chris Fetter (29), 25. Matt Goodnight (7), 26. Dallas Hewitt (15), 27. Dave Peperak (21), 28. Jason McDougal (24), 29. Dave Berkheimer (28), 30. Robert Ballou (30). NT


38 STRONG FOR USAC SILVER CROWN’S
BETTENHAUSEN 100 SATURDAY IN SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 11, 2022)………Thirty-eight (38) USAC Silver Crown cars and drivers are set to square off for a historic battle this Saturday, October 15, during the 59th running of the Bettenhausen 100 Presented By Hunt Brothers Pizza at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Four past Bettenhausen 100 winners are in this year’s field, led by four-time victor Brian Tyler (Parma, Mich.), three-time and defending race winner Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) as well as one-time winners Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.).

Nine Illinoisans will be vying for one of 30 starting positions in the 100-lap, 100-mile event on the historic Springfield mile dirt oval. Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) have all been victorious with the Silver Crown series on the Du Quoin mile in southern Illinois but are seeking their first at Springfield. They are joined by fellow Land of Lincolners Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, (Ill.), Cary Oliver (Buncombe, Ill.), Steven Russell (Rochester, Ill.), Patrick Bruns (Champaign, Ill.) and Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.).

Four past Bettenhausen 100 pole winners are in the lineup, including Swanson (2014-15-21), Gamester (1997-98), Tyler (2012) and Grant (2020).

USAC national champions Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Swanson are involved in a dogfight atop the championship standings heading into the final dirt race of the year in the standings. Seavey has won the past three dirt races in the series and is tied atop the title race with Swanson. Two races remain on the schedule with Springfield on Saturday and at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park’s pavement oval on Saturday, October 22.

Fellow USAC national titlist C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) looks for his dirt mile win this weekend while reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National champion and current point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) will be making his maiden voyage at the Bettenhausen 100 this Saturday.

Anthony Macri (Dillsburg, Pa.) will make his USAC Silver Crown debut with the same Chris Dyson Racing team that has captured the past two Springfield Silver Crown races with Kyle Larson (2020) and Kody Swanson (2021). Macri is fresh off his first two career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car victories last weekend at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway.

On Saturday in Springfield, pits and registration open at 8am Central with the infield spectator gates opening at 9am, the ticket office and grandstands opening at 10am, the drivers meeting at 10:30am, practice from 11am-12:10pm, Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 12:15pm, followed by the qualifying race, pre-race ceremonies and the 100-lap main event.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-6661. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. At the gate on race day, adults are $30 and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for USAC members and $40 for non-members. Infield parking is $5 for those park in infield with no infield or pit passes.

Every lap of Saturday’s Bettenhausen 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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ENTRY LIST FOR THE 2022 BETTENHAUSEN 100 PRESENTED BY HUNT BROTHERS PIZZA:

(38 Entries)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens)

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

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

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

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

8 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Cornell Racing Stables)

9 (R) ANTHONY MACRI/Dillsburg, PA (Dyson Racing)

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

11 (R) CARY OLIVER/Buncombe, IL (Cary Oliver)

14 STEVEN RUSSELL/Rochester, IL (McQuinn Motorsports)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 (R) EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Nolen Racing)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

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

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

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

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

49 (R) BRIAN RUHLMAN/Clarklake, MI (Brian Ruhlman)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

52 CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman)

54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Motorsports)

57 DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

69 (R) CHASE STOCKON/Ft. Branch, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (BLS Motorsports)

74 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports)

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

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

95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL (Full Throttle Racing)

97 (R) BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Hans Lein)

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

110 CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (DMW Motorsports)

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

177 (R) DAVE PEPERAK/Clinton, IN (Dave Peperak Motorsports)

199 KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

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

 

 

MACRI’S USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT ARRIVES SATURDAY IN SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 10, 2022)………Anthony Macri finds himself as the winningest sprint car driver in the country thus far in 2022, amassing 23 victories during his outstanding campaign.

All the wins and adulation for Macri this season have come in winged sprint car competition, including a two-night sweep of the Nittany Showdown this past weekend at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars.

This weekend presents a different animal for the Dillsburg, Pa. native to tame as he attempts to continue his winning prowess, this time in the seat of a USAC Silver Crown for the first time in his career.

The 23-year-old will strap into a second car for Chris Dyson Racing for his USAC Silver Crown debut in this Saturday's 59th running of the Bettenhausen 100 Presented By Hunt Brothers Pizza on October 15 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds’ Springfield Mile.

His intention to run brings to mind a similar Bettenhausen 100 performance from the recent past by a winged sprint car standout who made a splash in his first Silver Crown outing.

Just two months after his 2020 Knoxville Nationals victory, David Gravel charged from his 26th starting position to finish 2nd at the Springfield one-mile dirt oval, a rousing performance which instantly became one of the best debuts in Silver Crown history.

While 100 laps on a dirt mile is a task unlike most other disciplines in auto racing, there is a winning precedent, however, for Silver Crown first timers.

It should be noted that Macri finds himself in high-quality hands as the chosen wheelman for the Dyson owned, Sean Michael-wrenched machine which has won each of the past two runnings of the Bettenhausen 100 in 2020 with Kyle Larson and Kody Swanson in 2021.

This season has already witnessed its share of memorable Silver Crown debuts with Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) scoring a 5th at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in May. Meanwhile, in that same race, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) nearly earned the victory in his first Silver Crown try, leading 28 laps before a mechanical issue sent him into the wall and upside down with 14 laps remaining.

Since the Silver Crown series’ inception in 1971, only 39 previous drivers have finished inside the top-five in their first series start, including the likes of USAC national champions A.J. Foyt, Rick Hood, Ken Schrader, Brady Bacon, Pancho Carter, Gary Bettenhausen, Jimmy Caruthers and Jeff Gordon.

Of those 39, seven drivers have won in their first career USAC Silver Crown start. Jim McElreath in 1971 at Nazareth (Pa.) National Motor Speedway and A.J. Foyt in 1971 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds both accrued significant experience in the dirt champ cars during the previous decade leading up to their initial win, but under the history of the “Silver Crown” banner, they achieved success right off the bat.

Danny Smith became the next first-time starter, first-time Silver Crown winner in 1982 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, then was followed by Rick Hood in 1982 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Jimmy Horton in 1983 at Nazareth, Herb Copeland in 1983 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds and Marvin Carman in 1984 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, who remains the most recent to achieve the feat nearly four decades ago.

Thirty-eight years later, Macri would sure love to add the Bettenhausen 100 to his lengthy list of success stories in 2022. Despite the lack of big car, long-distance racing experience, don’t count him out.

Whether Macri starts up front or deep in the pack, Silver Crown races have routinely been proven to be unpredictable of late. Anything can happen, for a first-timer or an old-timer, and all eyes are fixed to see how the “Concrete Kid” performs during his first time on the Silver Crown stage.

On Saturday in Springfield, pits and registration open at 8am Central with the infield spectator gates opening at 9am, the ticket office and grandstands opening at 10am, the drivers meeting at 10:30am, practice from 11am-12:10pm, Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 12:15pm, followed by the qualifying race, pre-race ceremonies and the 100-lap main event.

Tickets will be available on race day or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-6661. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. At the gate on race day, adults are $30 and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for USAC members and $40 for non-members. Infield parking is $5 for those park in infield with no infield or pit passes.

Every lap of Saturday’s Bettenhausen 100 will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3AMU46z.

 

 

BRODY ROA WINS USAC/CRA MOHAVE VALLEY RETURN

Starting eleventh, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa claimed Saturday’s $3,000 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory at Mohave Valley Raceway. Roa earned his third win of the season over “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, hard charger Shon Deskins, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 8, 2022 – Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.660; 2. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.667; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-14.678; 4. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-14.694; 5. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.701; 6. Daylin Perreira, 21P, Perreira-14.770; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.775; 8. Jake Helsel, 8, Ream-14.811; 9. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-14.882; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.891; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.907; 12. Ronald Webster, 51, Webster-14.957; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-15.066; 14. Dustin Cormany, 29, Holloway-15.098; 15. Randy Nelson, 9X, Nelson-15.122; 16. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-15.145; 17. R.J. Johnson, 2J, Yeley-15.156; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.235; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-15.244; 20. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.265; 21. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-15.309; 22. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-15.432; 23. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-15.470; 24. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-15.663; 25. Richard McCormick, 71X, Luport-15.902; 26. Austin Ervine, 21, AJ-15.931; 27. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-16.159; 28. Eddie Chacon, 17US, Chacon-16.704; 29. James Turnbull II, 2JT, Turnbull-17.937; 30. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-NT; 31. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-NT; 32. Todd Pratt, 71T , Pratt-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. McCarthy, 3. L.Williams, 4. Cling, 5. Gansen, 6. Calderwood, 7. McCormick, 8. Turnbull. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Cormany, 3. C.Williams, 4. Tafoya, 5. Ervine, 6. Bender, 7. Perreira, 8. Owens. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. A.Wiliams, 3. Deskins, 4. Davis, 5. Sweeney, 6. Nelson, 7. Schank, 8. G.Sexton. NT.

LASERWORX MANUFACTURING FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Bonneau, 3. Helsel, 4. Grabowski, 5. S.Sexton, 6. Webster, 7. Pratt. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Calderwood, 3. Gansen, 4. Schank, 5. Sweeney, 6. S.Sexton, 7. Perreira, 8. McCormick, 9. Pratt, 10. G.Sexton, 11. Webster, 12. Turnbull. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Roa (11), 2. Damion Gardner (4), 3. Tommy Malcolm (10), 4. Shon Deskins (20), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (2), 6. Sterling Cling (3), 7. R.J. Johnson (15), 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (6), 9. Cody Williams (23), 10. Matt McCarthy (12), 11. Dustin Cormany (13), 12. Jake Helsel (1), 13. Verne Sweeney (17), 14. Austin Williams (5), 15. Nate Schank (22), 16. Logan Williams (19), 17. Shane Sexton (21), 18. Chris Bonneau (18), 19. Daylin Perreira (8), 20. Chris Gansen (7), 21. Logan Calderwood (9), 22. Austin Grabowski (14), 23. A.J. Bender (16). NT.
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**G.Sexton & C.Willams flipped during time trials. Grabowski flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-6 Davis, Laps 7-18 Helsel, Laps 19-26 Gardner, Laps 27-30 Roa.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Shon Deskins (20th to 4th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Verne Sweeney

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1112, 2-Austin Williams-924, 3-Matt Mitchell-920, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-901, 5-Tommy Malcolm-806, 6-Logan Williams-768, 7-Cody Williams-745, 8-Brody Roa-740, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-698, 10-Matt McCarthy-637.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: October 28 & 29 – Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, Arizona – Co-sanctioned with USAC National Series – “55th Western World Championships”

 


TOP OF THE CROP:
GRANT ENDS 6-MONTH USAC MIDGET DROUGHT
AT HARVEST CUP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (October 8, 2022)………Justin Grant had waited long enough.

The same line can be used to describe his entire USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season in addition to Saturday night’s Harvest Cup feature at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.

After becoming the first driver in USAC National Midget history to win the first three feature events to start a season, Grant endured a lengthy six-month wait that encompassed a 21-race winless drought between April and October.

In a microcosm of his effort to halt his winning withdrawals, the Ione, Calif. native raced from his seventh starting position to the front with six laps remaining, dialing up a successful slide job on the driver who’s been practically unstoppable all summer long – Buddy Kofoid.

Grant tracked him down, overtook him, then was forced to fend off a bevy of haymakers from the reigning series champ and current point leader throughout the final circuits, but was able to surge back ahead and prevail once more for the fourth time this season in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

For Grant, this one was more than “a long time coming.”

“I have been absolutely terrible in a midget for the last seven months,” Grant admitted. “It feels really, really good to get a win and it feels really, really good to beat Buddy and the 67. I like Buddy really well, so I don’t mean anything bad by that, but he’s just been really good and it’s an accomplishment to beat him. I’m proud we were able to do that tonight.”

In turn, Grant provided RMS Racing with its third consecutive Harvest Cup victory after Thomas Meseraull scored the past two in 2020 and 2021.

By doing so, Grant earned his 13th career USAC National Midget feature victory, which moved him past series champions Danny Caruthers, Russ Gamester and Jeff Gordon, plus Gene Force, Bobby Grim and Ron Shuman, on the all-time series win list. Grant is now equaled for 55th all-time in series wins with Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman and 1992-93 series titlist, Stevie Reeves.

And with all that, Grant’s race on Saturday night nearly came to a crashing halt practically before it began. While pole sitter Jacob Denney was the beacon up front, Grant (7th) and Zach Daum (8th) connected in turn three. As a result, Grant's right side nerf bar entrapped Daum’s left front wheel. Both remained hooked together from turn three until the exit of turn four when the two finally parted ways. The newly freed Daum was then clipped by Daison Pursley as he passed by on the outside, sending Daum into a 180-degree spin and to a stop.

Daum restarted from the tail due to the incident, but Grant retained his position as he kept matriculating around the quarter-mile dirt oval and soon became a factor at the top of the tote board. He received some assistance in his pursuit on the ensuing restart when Meseraull (4th) and Cannon McIntosh (5th) entangled, sending both to a stop, which also collected Pursley (6th) and Jason McDougal (8th), forcing all to a stop and to the tail of the field for the restart.

Thereafter, it became a patented Tri-State Speedway midget slider fest at the top of the field as Denney and Kofoid unofficially swapped the lead 13 times in a five-lap span between laps seven and 11 as each driver traded haymaker after haymaker on each end of the racetrack.

Kofoid assumed the number one position by roughly a foot or so over Denney as they crossed the stripe on the 11th lap. Moments later, over in turn three, Taylor Reimer (8th), Mitchel Moles (10th) and Kyle Cummins (15th) all became snarled in a jumble and stopped to bring out the yellow, which positioned Kofoid as the leader coming back to the lap 12 restart.

The Kofoid/Denney duel that raged at the forefront had been to the benefit of third-place Grant as he was able to turn uncontested laps while the front two swapped endless barbs, which lent a helpful hand to Grant as he worked to find the sweet spot on the surface and began to reel his way into contention.

“I was really just trying to work my lines to figure out what was going to work for this car tonight,” Grant relayed. “Tri-State is so weird. You can be in one spot and be terrible, then you move a foot and you’re really good. I was spending a lot of that time just trying to figure out where I was good. Those guys were racing each other pretty hard, and that kept them close to me, which was fortunate for me at that time.”

Kofoid drove away once the green flag dropped and ballooned his advantage to the tune of 1.9 seconds. Meanwhile, Grant slid Denney for the second spot on the 15th lap and began to carve into Kofoid's lead, snipping it in half down to less than a second.

Simultaneously, Meseraull was in the midst of a miraculous drive from the tail. After restarting 19th on lap six, he reemerged in the top-five by the 16th lap, then into the fourth position by lap 19 after gliding past Brenham Crouch for the spot.

With six to go, the contest became a renewal of June’s Indiana Midget Week face-off at Tri-State between Kofoid and Grant, which experienced its share of fireworks and resulted in Grant getting upside down while the two battled for position up front late in the feature four months earlier.

Grant ably slid Kofoid for the race lead in turn one on lap 25. However, as expected, Kofoid crossed over and reassumed his position when he chased Grant back down in turn three. Grant delivered a crossover of his own and ripped the lead away once more off the turn four exit to rise ahead of Kofoid by a little over a car length at the line.

You could throw the top-four under a proverbial blanket at that point as Meseraull slipped past Denney for third coming off turn four to the line on lap 27. However, Denney’s night came to a crashing halt a half lap later when the fourth-place driver became intertwined in a turn four kerfuffle which also collected Crouch (5th) and McIntosh (8th), sending all to a stop.

With two laps remaining, it was go-time for Kofoid who drag raced Grant down the back straightway into turn three and drifted back into the lead briefly. Grant got on the binders, cranked the steering wheel left and drove down the banking to zip back past, then shot to the outside on the front straight to yank Kofoid’s line away from him under the waving white flag.

Kofoid wound it up on the top side in turns one and two for the last time and caught Grant midway down the back straight. The two driver’s bumpers collided as Kofoid’s chrome horn met face-to-face with Grant’s rear bumper just before the two entered turn three. Grant took away Kofoid’s slider line and came off four with victory in hand, tripping the loop on the last go-around by a 0.227 margin over Kofoid to take the victory.

“Buddy’s got a few tricks, but I’m pretty old; I’ve got a lot of them,” Grant quipped. “So, I knew what was coming down the back stretch and got on the brakes and crossed him over then got back up to speed. I’ve been doing this a long time, so we’ve got a few tricks of our own.”

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) led a race-high 15 laps and traded a boatload of sliders for the lead with Denney and then Grant in the final laps. His second place run is his second of the year at Tri-State after scoring a similar runner-up result this past June during Indiana Midget Week. Overall, it’s Kofoid’s 17th top-three finish in 24 series starts this season in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Meseraull, Daum and McDougal collected third, fourth and fifth place finishes, which came about after all three restarted at the back of the pack following early race incidents. Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) went through the wringer, restarting 19th before charging all the way back to a 3rd place result in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota. After winning Harvest Cup in 2020-21, he's now finished on the podium in each of his last five USAC National Midget feature starts at Tri-State.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 8, 2022 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Harvest Cup

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jason McDougal, 08w, Dave Mac Dalby-13.621; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.630; 3. Zach Daum, 9m, Bundy Built-13.630; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.711; 5. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.740; 6. Jacob Denney, 61, Mounce/Stout-13.799; 7. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.805; 8. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.810; 9. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.859; 10. Adam Taylor, 7T, ATM-13.864; 11. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.885; 12. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-13.900; 13. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.903; 14. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.923; 15. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-13.936; 16. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.988; 17. Chase McDermand, 86, CBI-14.020; 18. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-14.022; 19. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-14.042; 20. Hayden Reinbold, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-14.199; 21. Jeff Schindler, 8x, Schindler-14.457; 22. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-14.589; 23. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-14.709; 24. Mark McMahill, 91, Harris-14.873; 25. Talin Turner, 15, Mounce/Stout-15.039; 26. Aaron Sanders, 1s, Sanders-15.708; 27. Blake Sholders, 11, Martin-19.044.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Dominic Gorden, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Adam Taylor, 8. Talin Turner, 9. Kyle Beilman. 2:19.57

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Taylor Reimer, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Chase McDermand, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Maria Cofer, 9. Aaron Sanders. 2:20.26

PIT STOP USA/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Jacob Denney, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Jeff Schindler, 8. Mark McMahill, 9. Blake Sholders. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Adam Taylor, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Chance Crum, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Maria Cofer, 7. Talin Turner, 8. Kyle Beilman, 9. Jeff Schindler, 10. Mark McMahill, 11. Blake Sholders. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (7), 2. Buddy Kofoid (3), 3. Thomas Meseraull (5), 4. Zach Daum (4), 5. Jason McDougal (6), 6. Kaylee Bryson (12), 7. Dominic Gorden (16), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (14), 9. Ethan Mitchell (9), 10. Kyle Cummins (19), 11. Chase McDermand (17), 12. Mitchel Moles (13), 13. Daison Pursley (10), 14. Hayden Reinbold (20), 15. Brenham Crouch (2), 16. Talin Turner (22), 17. Taylor Reimer (15), 18. Chance Crum (18), 19. Maria Cofer (21), 20. Jacob Denney (1), 21. Cannon McIntosh (8), 22. Adam Taylor (11). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Jacob Denney, Lap 8 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 9-10 Jacob Denney, Laps 11-24 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 25-30 Justin Grant.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1719, 2-Justin Grant-1525, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1357, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1346, 5-Mitchel Moles-1328, 6-Cannon McIntosh-1301, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1259, 8-Jacob Denney-1045, 9-Zach Daum-1031, 10-Taylor Reimer-1025.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-172, 2-Thomas Meseraull-131, 3-Brady Bacon-125, 4-Robert Ballou-107, 5-Kaylee Bryson-103, 6-Buddy Kofoid-100, 7-Kyle Cummins-94, 8-Logan Seavey-93, 9-Cannon McIntosh-81, 10-Matt Westfall-78.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 15, 2022 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – November Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Thomas Meseraull (13.435)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jason McDougal (13.621)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Pit Stop USA / Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

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

Feature Hard Charger: Dominic Gorden (16th to 7th)

 


MOLES HITS PAYDIRT,
WINS JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois (October 7, 2022)………As part of his initiation to the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, Mitchel Moles has been required to make a plethora of first-time visits to a variety of racetracks in his Rookie season with the series.

On three separate occasions in 2022, he has been triumphant in his debut appearance with the series at a particular venue. First, there was July’s round at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway. He then accomplished the feat for a second time in September at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

The first time he laid eyes on Wayne City, Illinois’ Wayne County Speedway Friday night, the story remained the same as the Raisin City, Calif. native pulled off the season hattrick as a first time caller, first-time winner yet again, this time during the ninth running of the Peoples National Bank Jason Leffler Memorial.

In similar hattrick fashion, Moles led the CB Industries’ team’s latest rally by racking up the outfit’s third-straight series feature victory after a pair of wins in the two most recent events at Eldora two weeks prior.

By doing so, Moles continued the Leffler Memorial’s miraculous string of nine different drivers and nine different teams to have won the event in its first nine renditions.

As fate had it, Moles’ bid for victory was challenged throughout the high majority of the second half of the 40-lapper by the lone past Leffler Memorial winner in the entire field – Zach Daum.

In what was a slightly unexpected route, juxtaposed to his thrilling rim-riding style, Moles displayed the finesse, patience and grace of a seasoned veteran by remaining steadfast to the bottom of the racetrack as he carved out a route past Thomas Meseraull for the lead on lap 22, which sent him on his way to the $5,000 win in his CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall – NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I knew right from the start of this deal that we were going to have to be patient,” Moles foretold. “I figured it was going to go to the bottom because the top gets tricky when it gets right up on the guardrail. Shane Golobic is pretty good at doing that. He actually taught me a lot about how to do this.”

Moles started third on the grid in the 22-car feature field, directly behind pole sitter Meseraull, whom Moles followed in the path of during the early stages as he slipped under Bryant Wiedeman for the second position on lap two.

Point leader Buddy Kofoid was the big mover early on as grazed the bottom to go to third on the lap four restart, then brazenly jumped to the topside. The move initially proved unfruitful for Kofoid as Daum stuck to his guns and his gameplan to blitz past Kofoid for the third spot on the seventh lap.

Kofoid remained the lone occupant of the top groove thereafter but saw Wiedeman glide past on lap eight with the two exchanging their grip of the position lap-after-lap. Wiedeman clipped the turn two infield tire on lap 15, forcing him into regathering mode. Kofoid surged past at the exit of turn four, then made a split-second decision to abandon the top, change course and get right back into line on the bottom in fourth behind the top-three of Meseraull, Moles and Daum.

At the halfway mark, Moles was able to pull completely alongside to the inside of Meseraull for the lead. Meseraull was able to stave off the challenge for multiple laps until Moles ripped it away from him on lap 22 after nearly getting caught behind the lapped car of Maria Cofer. Daum, likewise, followed suit to second underneath Meseraull on lap 24.

Suddenly, it was a top-two breakaway as Moles and Daum ran nose-to-tail for the top spot on lap 29, a half-straight ahead of Kofoid who was nestled into third. The verses repeated throughout the ensuing 11 laps as Daum never strayed further than a car length away from Moles’ rear bumper.

Just when all seemed written in stone and with Moles just two turns away from the score, 17th running Justin Grant climbed over a left rear and tumbled upside down while tussling for position in turn three, which put a halt to the proceedings, clearing the path to make it void of any traffic and, thus, setting up a green-white-checkered dash to the flag.

“Zach’s one of the best at running the bottom; he’s no stranger to it,” Moles acknowledged. “I knew if I stuck with my line and hit my marks, I’d be okay. The tires got pushed out, so it was really tough around turns one and two. I felt like I did a decent job at just maintaining and keeping myself calm. That hasn’t been one of the strong points of my career, but I’m learning.”

Moles couldn’t be contained on the final two ventures around the 1/8-mile dirt oval as he gapped himself slightly from Daum, who was unable to pull as close as he did just before the caution. Moles punctuated his drive with a 0.582 second margin of victory over Daum with Kofoid third, Meseraull fourth and Wideman rounding out the top-five.

The event honored the life and memory of Jason Leffler, the four-time USAC National driving champion (1997-98-99 Midget & 1998 Silver Crown) who lost his life in a sprint car accident at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway in June of 2013. Being the winner of such an event memorializing such a fantastic talent is a badge that Moles is quite proud to carry.

“Jason is somebody I looked up to when I was younger,” Moles explained. “I’m glad to see his legacy live on and to put my name in the books as a winner of his race.”

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) scored his best Jason Leffler Memorial finish since winning the thing in 2013. His second place result equaled his best finish of the USAC National Midget season, and he has now finished on the podium in four of his last five series starts in his Bundy Built Motorsports/Whitz Racing Products – ZMax/Spike/Bundy Built-PME Honda.

“It is frustrating not to win,” Daum acknowledged. “But I think it says a lot to be consistent every night. I don’t really see too many other people who have been in the top-five or six in the last 10 or 12 nights, or whatever we’ve been. We’ve been really, really consistent and really, really good. I felt like we had a really good car there and, if he slid up, I was going to try to fill the hole. If he didn’t slide up, I wasn’t going to run over him.”

Even though the night wasn't punctuated by a victory, Penngrove, Calif. racer Buddy Kofoid’s third place result came in another championship-level drive. The point leader's performance was his 16th podium finish in 23 series starts this year, helping him extend his series lead to 198 points in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, all that despite taking the high road for a good portion of his run.

“The top was literally twice as far around,” Kofoid estimated. “I was able to make it work before it got too dirty, which made it almost impossible to run. I feel like I had to try it with the position I was in, but I felt like I was good enough to where I wouldn’t really lose a position or, if I did, I felt like I could get it back. I felt like I was gaining on those front couple guys around the halfway point. Overall, it was a good point run and good to be on the podium, of course. It’s cool to race in Jason’s honor and to remember how great of a driver he really was.”

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 7, 2022 – Wayne County Speedway – Wayne City, Illinois – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track – Peoples National Bank Jason Leffler Memorial

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 2. Mitchel Moles (#89 CBI), 3. Karter Sarff (#21K Sarff), 4. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Sam Johnson (#72J Johnson), 6. Chelby Hinton (#4 Klatt), 7. Kyle Beilman (#31B Beilman), 8. John Heitzman (#00 Heitzman). 1:43.92 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 2. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Cody Beard (#7 Beard), 6. Talin Turner (#15 Mounce-Stout), 7. Aaron Sanders (#1s Sanders). 1:45.12

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 2. Daison Pursley (#71p Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Jacob Denney (#61 Mounce-Stout), 4. Dominic Gorden (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Maria Cofer (#57 Abacus), 6. Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres), 7. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac-Dalby), 8. Mark McMahill (#91 Harris). NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Zach Daum (#9m Bundy Built), 3. Chase McDermand (#86 CBI), 4. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 5. Daniel Robinson (#56 McCreery-Fifty6x), 6. Hayden Reinbold (#19 Reinbold-Underwood), 7. Jeff Schindler (#8x Schindler), 8. Chuck Walker (#55 Walker). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x)

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Daniel Robinson 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Chance Crum, 4. Maria Cofer, 5. Taylor Reimer, 6. Kyle Beilman, 7. John Heitzman, 8. Dominic Gorden. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Karter Sarff, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Talin Turner, 7. Mark McMahill, 8. Aaron Sanders. 1:54.65

PIT STOP USA THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Sam Johnson, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Jacob Denney, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Jeff Schindler, 8. Chuck Walker. 1:57.42

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Brenham Crouch, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Chase McDermand, 6. Chelby Hinton, 7. Cody Beard. 1:59.49

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Dominic Gorden, 4. Maria Cofer, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Kyle Beilman, 8. Cody Beard, 9. Mark McMahill, 10. Jeff Schindler, 11. John Heitzman, 12. Chuck Walker, 13. Talin Turner, 14. Aaron Sanders. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mitchel Moles (3), 2. Zach Daum (4), 3. Buddy Kofoid (5), 4. Thomas Meseraull (1), 5. Bryant Wiedeman (2), 6. Ethan Mitchell (7), 7. Sam Johnson (9), 8. Chase McDermand (15), 9. Jacob Denney (14), 10. Cannon McIntosh (18), 11. Dominic Gorden (19), 12. Daison Pursley (6), 13. Daniel Robinson (13), 14. Chance Crum (10), 15. Kyle Cummins (21), 16. Karter Sarff (8), 17. Brenham Crouch (17), 18. Kaylee Bryson (11), 19. Hayden Reinbold (22), 20. Justin Grant (16), 21. Taylor Reimer (12), 22. Maria Cofer (20). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 22-40 Mitchel Moles.

**Justin Grant flipped on lap 40 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1645, 2-Justin Grant-1447, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1290, 4-Mitchel Moles-1285, 5-Thomas Meseraull-1280, 6-Cannon McIntosh-1270, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1200, 8-Jacob Denney-1016, 9-Taylor Reimer-990, 10-Ethan Mitchell-968.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-166, 2-Thomas Meseraull-129, 3-Brady Bacon-125, 4-Robert Ballou-107, 5-Buddy Kofoid-99, 6-Kaylee Bryson-97, 7-Logan Seavey-93, 8-Kyle Cummins-85, 9-Cannon McIntosh-81, 10-Matt Westfall-78.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 8, 2022 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Harvest Cup

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Taylor Reimer (9.903)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Heat Winner: Ethan Mitchell

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Daniel Robinson

Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Qualifier Winner: Daison Pursley

Pit Stop USA Third Qualifier Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Rod End Supply Fourth Qualifier Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Brenham Crouch

Feature Hard Charger: Cannon McIntosh (18th to 10th)


 

WOODLAND & PANKRATZ NAMED TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX CO-GRAND MARSHALS

Ventura, California (October 6, 2022)………Dick Woodland and Wally Pankratz have been named co-Grand Marshals of this year’s 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California’s Ventura Raceway.

The USAC Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix will be held on Friday-Saturday, November 25-26, 2022 at the seaside oval on the Ventura County Fairgrounds and will feature the legendary 98-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature as well as the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars.

Dating back to 1934, the Midget Grand Prix is the longest running auto race west of the Mississippi River and this year will feature two of the all-time greats serving a prominent role in the event’s festivities.

“We like honoring two people at a time because there are so many worthwhile candidates out there,” said Ventura Raceway’s Jim Naylor. “Dick and Wally, in this case, have participated in different ways over many years. Anything we can do to recognize them in front of today’s fans is good for the sport.”

Richard (Dick) Woodland is a Vietnam-era veteran, businessman and race car owner. He raced sprint cars at Ascot Park for some time before deciding that life as car owner/mechanic better fit with his business and family priorities.

Woodland founded the Woodland Auto Display museum in Paso Robles after closing his race shop and has seen it grow to over 20,000 square feet in size. The Woodland Auto Display recently joined forces with the Estrella War Birds Museum to create a must see collection of race cars and aircraft.

Wally Pankratz has been driving race cars since he was old enough to reach the pedals and remains a fixture on the Southern California racing scene.

Pankratz competed with the USAC Western States Midget Series since inception four decades ago, finally claiming the driving championship in 2000 – at age 55! He finished as high as third in the Turkey Night Grand Prix (1991), besting his father’s top effort of fourth (1947) in the event. The versatile Pankratz was good on both dirt and pavement and was always a factor in midgets, sprint cars and super modifieds. Both Bob and Wally Pankratz are in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the Turkey Night Grand Prix can be purchased at www.venturaraceway.com or by calling 805-648-RACE.

 

 

TRI-STATE HARVESTER: USAC MIDGETS TAKE A BOW WITH MIDWEST FINALE SATURDAY IN HAUBSTADT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (October 6, 2022)………Thomas Meseraull has made a habit of changing up the narratives at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway in recent years.

Two years ago, the San Jose, California driver erased two decades of frustration by scoring his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature victory.

One year ago, Meseraull, henceforth, became the first driver ever to score multiple USAC National Midget victories at the track, ending a string of 12 consecutive series races held at the 1/4-mile dirt oval since 1969 in which a different winning driver emerged.

Just this past June, Meseraull once again paced the field to become the first three-time USAC National Midget winner at The Class Track and now holds the belt as the undisputed king of midget racing at The Class Track.

This Saturday night, October 8, Meseraull will attempt to keep the roll going in his RMS Racing number 7x during Harvest Cup at Tri-State, the final USAC National Midget event in the Midwest this year before the series heads west.

Meseraull’s USAC Midget experience at the track goes back more than a decade where he finished 10th in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and 8th in 2019 and 3rd once more in June of 2021. He also possesses the 10-lap record set in October of 2021, a time of 2:17.42, which broke his own previous record from 10 years earlier.

Over the past four USAC Midget events at Tri-State, only Kyle Cummins has put a halt to Meseraull’s winning streak. By now, everyone is fully cognizant of his scores of wins in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and MSCS competition at the track. However, he’s yet to finish outside the top-six in each of five career midget starts at the track. His victorious run in the summer of 2021 is sandwiched between a pair of third-place results, a 5th and a 6th.

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) captured his first career USAC National Midget victory at Tri-State back in the 2011 Hut 100. He’s also been a top-five runner in 2010 with a fifth and, most recently, slotted into the 6th position this past June.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has finished inside the top-10 in all five of his USAC Midget starts at Tri-State. He earned hard charger honors in the 2019 TSS USAC Midget Harvest Cup feature, ripping through the field to finish 5th after starting 16th. In the 2021 Harvest Cup, he took 3rd for his best series result at the track. The July 2021 TSS Indiana Sprint Week winner also owns an 8th, 8th and 9th with the midgets on his TSS resume.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) has progressively finished higher in each of his USAC Midget appearances at Tri-State. He finished 12th in his 2020 debut, followed by a 10th and 9th in 2021 to go along with a runner-up result this past June in a race that involved several fireworks, so to speak, as he and Justin Grant tussled for the position near the end.

The lucky number for Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) at Tri-State has been four in his last two go-arounds at Tri-State, finishing an impressive 4th in both 2021 rounds. They’re joined by KKM’s Tri-State experienced pilots who both finished inside the top-10 in June of this year with Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) scoring a 7th and Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.) notching a 10th.

Their Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates include Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) who knows how to charge at Tri-State. She bolted from 22nd to 9th in the Fall of 2021 and, this past June, made the biggest advancement of the season with a 22nd to 4th surge. Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) took 8th in the 2021 Harvest Cup while Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) tallied a best of 14th in June.

Mitchel Moles and Chase McDermand will team up on CB Industries’ weekend roster for Tri-State. Both made their Tri-State debuts back in June of this year with both turning in impressive performances. Top-rated Rookie Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) traveled 10th to 3rd in that night’s feature while McDermand made a similarly magnificent advancement from 16th to 8th.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) has been a top-10 occupant of the finishing order at Tri-State, collecting a 7th in June of 2021. Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) posted a 15th in the 2021 Harvest Cup while Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) finished 17th in June in the same event that both Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) made their Tri-State debuts, finishing 21st and 22nd, respectively.

First-time Tri-State USAC Midget feature starting hopefuls include BCRA Midget champion Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) and Midwest Mini Sprint Association standout Jeff Schindler (Evansville, Ind.) as well as micro sprint talent Talin Turner (Basehor, Kan.) and more.

UP NEXT:

Next up on the USAC calendar are a pair of National Midget outings this weekend, Friday, October 7, in the 9th running of the Peoples National Bank Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. and on Saturday, October 8, in the Harvest Cup at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.

Saturday night’s 30-lap race will be the 15th USAC National Midget event held at Tri-State Speedway since the series’ debut at the track in 1969, won by two-time series champion Mike McGreevy.

Saturday at Tri-State, pits open at 3pm Central with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm and hot laps at 5:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students aged 13-18 are $20 and kids aged 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Also racing at the Harvest Cup are the Midwest Sprint Car Series and the Midwest Mini Sprint Association.

Both of this weekend’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship events can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3AMU46z.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1581, 2-Justin Grant-1424, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1232, 4-Cannon McIntosh-1227, 5-Thomas Meseraull-1219, 6-Mitchel Moles-1215, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1173, 8-Jacob Denney-970, 9-Taylor Reimer-967, 10-Brenham Crouch-928.

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS

3-Thomas Meseraull

1-Brady Bacon, Barry Butterworth, Lonnie Caruthers, Bryan Clauson, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Jason McDougal, Mike McGreevy, Johnny Parsons, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Sleepy Tripp

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS

1969: Mike McGreevy (6/27)

1978: Sleepy Tripp (5/5)

1979: Johnny Parsons (6/15) & Barry Butterworth (8/24)

1980: Lonnie Caruthers (5/2)

2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5/12)

2010: Bryan Clauson (5/8)

2011: Zach Daum (5/21)

2012: Brady Bacon (6/2)

2019: Jason McDougal (10/19)

2020: Thomas Meseraull (10/10)

2021: Kyle Cummins (6/11) & Thomas Meseraull (10/9)

2022: Thomas Meseraull (6/5)

HARVEST CUP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

2-Thomas Meseraull

1-Jason McDougal

HARVEST CUP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

2019: Jason McDougal (10/19)

2020: Thomas Meseraull (10/10)

2021: Thomas Meseraull (10/9)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 10/9/2021 - Tanner Thorson - 13.266

3 Laps - 6/27/1969 - Bob Tattersall - 50.000

8 Laps - 6/8/2011 - Hunter Schuerenberg - 1:43.14

10 Laps - 10/9/2021 - Thomas Meseraull - 2:17.42

12 Laps - 10/19/2019 - Tanner Thorson - 2:59.89

40 Laps - 6/15/1979 - Johnny Parsons - 11:07.40

50 Laps - 6/27/1969 - Mike McGreevy - 14:15.27

PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY:

1969 FEATURE: 1. Mike McGreevy, 2. Dave Strickland, 3. Roger West, 4. Les Scott, 5. Clark Templeman, 6. George McBeath, 7. Gary Irvin, 8. Dave Ward, 9. Bill Renshaw, 10. Sonny Ates, 11. Mel Cornett, 12. Rob Greentree, 13. Merle Bettenhausen, 14. Bob Tattersall, 15. Larry Kirkpatrick, 16. Mel Kenyon, 17. Jack Fitzpatrick, 18. Steve Troxell.

1978 FEATURE: 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Ron Shuman, 3. Lonnie Caruthers, 4. Mel Kenyon, 5. Steve Cannon, 6. Larry Gates, 7. Jeff Heywood, 8. Mack McClellan, 9. Steve Lotshaw, 10. Jeff Nuckles, 11. Ron Eden, 12. Dave Stoltz, 13. Bubby Jones, 14. Tim Pangborn, 15. Rich Vogler, 16. Jerry Weeks, 17. Stan Fox, 18. Chris Cumberworth, 19. Kevin Olson, 20. Wes Stafford.

1979 FEATURE: (6/15) 1. Johnny Parsons, 2. Jerry Weeks, 3. Steve Lotshaw, 4. Dana Carter, 5. Rick Goudy, 6. Rich Vogler, 7. Wes Stafford, 8. Barry Butterworth, 9. Stan Fox, 10. Lonnie Caruthers, 11. Lee Carey, 12. Ken Schrader, 13. Terry Wente, 14. Tim Pangborn, 15. Steve Cannon, 16. Mel Kenyon, 17. Ron Mullen, 18. Bob Wente, 19. Jerry Nuckles, 20. Chuck Gurney.

1979 FEATURE: (8/24) 1. Barry Butterworth, 2. Sleepy Tripp, 3. Rich Vogler, 4. Bob Wente, 5. Mel Kenyon, 6. Steve Lotshaw, 7. Lonnie Caruthers, 8. Chuck Gurney, 9. Ken Schrader, 10. Jeff Nuckles, 11. Warren Mockler, 12. Nick Gojmeric, 13. Chris Cumberworth, 14. Jerry Weeks, 15. Kenneth Nichols, 16. Bob Bennett, 17. Bill Renshaw, 18. Stan Fox, 19. Dave Ray, 20. Danny Frye, Jr.

1980 FEATURE: 1. Lonnie Caruthers, 2. Jerry Weeks, 3. Johnny Parsons, 4. Sleepy Tripp, 5. Steve Lotshaw, 6. Jeff Heywood, 7. Mel Kenyon, 8. Bob Wente, 9. Nick Gojmeric, 10. Marty Davis, 11. Warren Mockler, 12. Dave Keith, 13. Bob Bennett, 14. Kenneth Nichols, 15. Alan Brown, 16. Jerry Nuckles, 17. Tracy Potter, 18. Bob Carey, 19. Bobby Grim, Jr., 20. Jerry Harris.

2007 FEATURE: 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2. Hud Cone, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Brad Kuhn, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Cole Carter, 7. Davey Ray, 8. Tom Hessert III, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Danny Stratton, 11. Kevin Swindell, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Mike Hess, 14. Bobby East, 15. Levi Jones, 16. Brad Loyet, 17. Zach Daum, 18. Mat Neely, 19. Gary Taylor, 20. Donnie Lehmann, 21. A.J. Felker, 22. Nick Knepper, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Josh Wise, 25. Dave Darland.

2010 FEATURE: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Caleb Armstrong, 4. Shane Hmiel, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Dereck King, 7. Nick Knepper, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Brad Loyet, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Henry Clarke, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Tim Siner, 14. Daniel Adler, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Kyle Hamilton, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Tyler Robbins, 19. Levi Jones, 20. Kent Schmidt, 21. Hud Cone, 22. Bobby East, 23. Tracy Hines, 24. Austin Brown, 25. Davey Ray, 26. Evan Lents, 27. Alex Bowman, 28. Darren Hagen, 29. Gavin Galbraith, 30. Kellen Conover, 31. Andrew Felker, 32. Levi Roberts, 33. Travis Berryhill.

2011 FEATURE: 1. Zach Daum, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Darren Hagen, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Caleb Armstrong, 8. Davey Ray, 9. Bobby East, 10. Kyle Larson, 11. Kellen Conover, 12. Levi Jones, 13. Mario Clouser, 14. Travis Berryhill, 15. John Campbell, 16. Levi Roberts, 17. Bubba Altig, 18. Shane Cockrum, 19. Tanner Swanson, 20. Kody Aldrich, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Jimmy Simpson, 24. Seth Motsinger, 25. Kent Schmidt, 26. Chase Barber, 27. Michael Koontz, 28. Tyler Robbins, 29. Gavin Galbraith, 30. Mike Hess, 31. Brad Kuhn, 32. Doug Day, 33. Dalton Armstrong.

2012 FEATURE: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Darren Hagen, 8. Brett Anderson, 9. Levi Roberts, 10. Steve Buckwalter, 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Thomas Meseraull, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Mario Clouser, 15. Bobby East, 16. Caleb Armstrong, 17. Tyler Thomas, 18. Rico Abreu, 19. Cameron Hagin, 20. Dalton Armstrong, 21. Zach Daum, 22. Austin Brown, 23. Bubba Altig, 24. Chett Gehrke, 25. Colten Cottle, 26. Andy Malpocker, 27. Ryan Criswell, 28. Ted Hines, 29. Tyler Robbins, 30. Daniel Robinson, 31. Tracy Hines, 32. Mike Hess, 33. C.J. Leary, 34. Jimmy Simpson.

2019 FEATURE: (Starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Kyle Cummins (7), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Justin Grant (16), 6. Logan Seavey (1), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 8. Thomas Meseraull (12), 9. Tanner Thorson (17), 10. Zeb Wise (19), 11. Chris Windom (11), 12. Tyler Thomas (8), 13. Jerry Coons, Jr. (13), 14. Robert Dalby (3), 15. Andrew Layser (10), 16. C.J. Leary (21), 17. Tanner Carrick (14), 18. Karsyn Elledge (9), 19. Critter Malone (15), 20. Jake Swanson (22), 21. Gio Scelzi (6), 22. Kendall Ruble (20).

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (7), 2. Tanner Thorson (4), 3. Kyle Cummins (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (9), 5. Emerson Axsom (23*), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (10), 7. Clinton Boyles (18), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Kaylee Bryson (22), 10. Chase Johnson (15), 11. Cole Bodine (2), 12. Buddy Kofoid (16), 13. Chase Randall (13), 14. Logan Seavey (17), 15. Jerry Coons Jr. (21), 16. Chris Windom (6), 17. Jason McDougal (3), 18. Sam Johnson (14), 19. Daison Pursley (11), 20. Brady Bacon (19), 21. Andrew Layser (1), 22. Stephen Schnapf (8), 23. Cannon McIntosh (20). NT

2021 FEATURE: (6/6) (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (3), 2. Chris Windom (6), 3. Thomas Meseraull (9), 4. Daison Pursley (1), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 6. Jason McDougal (15), 7. Cannon McIntosh (4), 8. Justin Grant (19), 9. Tanner Thorson (8), 10. Buddy Kofoid (2), 11. Corey Day (11), 12. Emerson Axsom (12), 13. Logan Seavey (5), 14. Cole Bodine (17), 15. Brenham Crouch (18), 16. Bryant Wiedeman (10), 17. Brian Carber (22), 18. Kaylee Bryson (21), 19. Trey Gropp (14), 20. Stephen Schnapf (20), 21. Hayden Williams (16), 22. Ethan Mitchell (13). NT

2021 FEATURE: (10/9) (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (7), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 3. Justin Grant (17), 4. Daison Pursley (1), 5. Chris Windom (14), 6. Kyle Cummins (10), 7. Logan Seavey (5), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (20), 9. Buddy Kofoid (3), 10. Tanner Thorson (6), 11. Kaylee Bryson (16), 12. Jace Park (9), 13. Carson Garrett (19), 14. Emerson Axsom (18), 15. Chance Crum (15), 16. Sam Johnson (12), 17. Tyler Rust (22), 18. Cannon McIntosh (4), 19. Brenham Crouch (11), 20. Ethan Mitchell (8), 21. Jake Neuman (21), 22. Chase Randall (13). NT

2022 FEATURE: (6/5) (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (2), 2. Buddy Kofoid (6), 3. Mitchel Moles (10), 4. Kaylee Bryson (22), 5. Kyle Cummins (12), 6. Zach Daum (3), 7. Taylor Reimer (1), 8. Chase McDermand (16), 9. Justin Grant (5), 10. Dominic Gorden (15), 11. Jade Avedisian (9), 12. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 13. Chris Windom (14), 14. Brenham Crouch (7), 15. Cade Lewis (8), 16. Mariah Ede (21), 17. Ethan Mitchell (11), 18. Jason McDougal (13), 19. Cannon McIntosh (17), 20. Chris Baue (18), 21. Jacob Denney (20), 22. Hayden Reinbold (19). NT

 

8 FOR 8:
STREAK OF DIFFERENT WINNERS CARRIES INTO
FRIDAY’S USAC MIDGET LEFFLER MEMORIAL

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois (October 5, 2022)………Eight years. Eight races. Eight different winners.

The beat goes on with this Friday night’s ninth running of the Peoples National Bank Jason Leffler Memorial for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship on October 7 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill.

Throughout the past decade, the event has sustained its unpredictability with a new feature winner emerging each and every year since the inaugural edition back in 2013.

Just one past winner of the event is expected to compete in this year’s installment of the Leffler Memorial, and he’d sure like to put an end to the string of different winners on an annual basis for a myriad of reasons.

Zach Daum captured victory in the first Leffler Memorial in 2013 and went on to also garner a 5th in 2014 and a 3rd in 2015. In 2021, he added an 8th to his resume when the event was moved indoors to the Southern Illinois Center for the first time. This year on the USAC tour, he’s finished on the podium in three of his last four feature starts as he looks for his first USAC victory since 2014.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) is the only driver to finish inside the top-four during each of the past two runnings of the Leffler Memorial. He finished 2nd a year ago in 2021 after leading the initial 13 laps. In 2020, he started on the pole and was in contention for the lead throughout much of the feature before a turn three fence bang dropped him back to 4th in the final running order.

Current point leader, reigning series champ and 10-time 2022 USAC National Midget feature winner Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) was 17th in 2020 during his only previous Leffler Memorial start. He’s one of seven entries out of the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports stable for the event as Kunz vies for a USAC National Midget record 134th victory as a series entrant. Kunz currently stands tied with Steve Lewis for number one all-time with 133. However, a Kunz car has yet to win the Leffler Memorial thus far.

The KKM stable also brings Leffler Memorial returnees Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) and Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) back to the event for the first time since 2020. As Rookies that year, Pursley scored a 5th while Bryson took 18th. Meanwhile, Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.) are among those attempting to make their first Leffler Memorial feature start on Friday.

CB Industries comes into the event as the reigning winning team after Christopher Bell captured the Leffler Memorial in 2021. The CBI team will sport two entries for the event with Mitchel Moles and Chase McDermand at the wheel. Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), the leading series Rookie, is fresh off a victory at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway two weeks ago. He finished a solid 5th at the Leffler Memorial in 2021. McDermand (Springfield, Ill.) will be making his “Leffler” debut.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif) has recorded top-five results in two of his past three starts at the Leffler Memorial. Grant notched a best of 4th in both 2014 and 2018, then followed up with a 5th in 2019 and a 10th in 2020. Grant was also a feature starter in the inaugural Leffler Memorial in 2013. His RMS Racing teammate, Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), will make his return to the Leffler Memorial after making his only previous start in the event in 2019, finishing 16th.

After sweeping last weekend’s pair of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship features at Kokomo and Lawrenceburg, Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) is eying a second career Leffler Memorial start after finishing 7th in the 2020 main while also setting a new 10-lap track record of 1:51.378 during a 10-lap heat race.

Series Rookie Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) will make his Leffler Memorial debut this Friday. He previously won this season with the USAC National Midgets at Lincoln Park Speedway during Indiana Midget Week. The two-time USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget titlist will be one of two Mounce-Stout Motorsports entries for the race along with micro sprint standout Talin Turner (Basehor, Kan.).

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) will make his comeback to action this weekend after a wild crash at Eldora on September 24. Crum finished on the podium in his Leffler Memorial debut in 2021, finishing 3rd. Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) also returns for his second Leffler Memorial appearance following a 20th place result in 2020.

Furthermore, series veterans Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) and BCRA Midget champion Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) plan to make their first Leffler Memorial starts this Friday night along with many more.

The $5,000-to-win event honors the life and memory of Leffler, the four-time USAC National driving champion (1997-98-99 Midget & 1998 Silver Crown) who lost his life in a sprint car accident at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway in June of 2013.

The 40-lap main event will pay feature points only to all USAC nationally licensed participating drivers and teams, with all non-transfers receiving 10 appearance points.

Friday at Wayne City, the grandstands open at 5pm Central with the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Kids 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Non-Wing Outlaw Micros, Restrictors and Junior Sprints will also be on hand.

It’s all part of a doubleheader weekend for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. The following night, on Saturday, October 8, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., Harvest Cup will feature the series along with MSCS Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini Sprints.

Both of this weekend’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship events can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1581, 2-Justin Grant-1424, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1232, 4-Cannon McIntosh-1227, 5-Thomas Meseraull-1219, 6-Mitchel Moles-1215, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1173, 8-Jacob Denney-970, 9-Taylor Reimer-967, 10-Brenham Crouch-928.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT WAYNE COUNTY (IL) SPEEDWAY:

10 Laps - 10/9/2020 - Kyle Cummins - 1:51.378

12 Laps - 10/21/2016 - Ryan Robinson - 2:19.19

JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL WINNERS:

2013: Zach Daum (8/28)

2014: Daryn Pittman (8/26)

2015: Bryan Clauson (10/23)

2016: Brady Bacon (10/20)

2017: Rained Out

2018: Tyler Thomas (10/21)

2019: Tyler Courtney (10/17)

2020: Tanner Thorson (10/9)

2021: Christopher Bell (12/18)

JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL WINS:

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

PAST JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

2017 FEATURE: Rained Out

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

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

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

2021 FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Christopher Bell (3), 2. Cannon McIntosh (2), 3. Chance Crum (5), 4. Sam Johnson (9), 5. Mitchel Moles (4), 6. Jordan Kinser (13), 7. Chad Boespflug (8), 8. Zach Daum (10), 9. Chett Gehrke (14), 10. Chase Briscoe (1), 11. Terry Babb (12), 12. Greg Mitchell (15), 13. Chase Howard (20), 14. Rylan Gray (7), 15. Jake Neuman (18), 16. Cory Eliason (6), 17. Max Adams (11), 18. Zach Boden (19), 19. Dillon Silverman (17), 20. Daniel Robinson (16). NT

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

MOHAVE VALLEY HOSTS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RETURN THIS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 4, 2022... The championship chase for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will resume this Saturday, October 8th at Mohave Valley Raceway. Promoted by Ron Meyer, the sixteenth point race will also feature the California Lightning Sprints, Dwarf Cars, and Vintage Sprint Cars. Located at 2750 Laguna Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona, the pit gates at the 1/3-mile track will open at 2:30pm, the spectator gates will open at 5:30pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit mohavevalleyracceway.com or call 928.346.3000.

For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: Mufflers ARE NOT REQUIRED at Mohave Valley Raceway.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- Protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

SPECIAL NOTICE AT MOHAVE VALLEY:
- CASH ONLY: Mohave Valley Raceway is a cash only facility. Pit Passes can be paid in advance using the Pit Pay App. The app is available for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play.
- PIT AREA PARKING: Personal vehicles or side by sides, etc. are NOT allowed in the pits. If it is not towing the race car/truck, on the trailer with the car, or in the trailer with the car, then it will NOT be allowed. NO exceptions!

Saturday’s event marks the second event in series history at the Mohave Valley clay oval. On April 23rd, point leader and nine-time champion “The Demon” Damion Gardner raced to victory over “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Eddie Tafoya Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Chase Johnson. “The Cadillac” Cody Williams established a new track record by posting a time of 13.974 seconds over the 27-car roster.

While still new to USAC/CRA, the 1/3-mile oval hosted the wingless SCRA 410 Sprint Cars on four occasions. Ron Shuman (1994), Steve Ostling (1995), J.J. Yeley (1996), and Richard Griffin (1998) raced to victory at Mohave Valley. Ostling set the SCRA track record of 14.95 on September 30, 1995.

Heading to Mohave Valley, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 114-point advantage over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner recorded his sixth win of the season at the September 17th “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris Auto Speedway. In addition, “The Demon” has five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 171 feature laps led to his credit. Gardner has ninety-five USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid with another win this Saturday night.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. Piloting his #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim, Mitchell ran second to Gardner at the “Glenn Howard Classic.” To date, the 2014 USAC West Coast Champion has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 46 feature laps led on the season. Matt is tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan with eight career USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on a victory at Mohave Valley Raceway.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC, Williams scored fifth in the September 17th feature at Perris. At press time, “The Big Game Hunter” has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award,” eleven top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year ranks seventh with eleven career triumphs and will be looking for his first win of the year at Mohave Valley.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, California) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / DRC Chassis entry, Tafoya raced from twelfth to eighth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. To date, Eddie has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one semi-main win, one Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award,” twelve top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led on the season. The 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year will have his sights on the first win of his career this Saturday night.

After charging from tenth to fourth at the “Glenn Howard Classic,” Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) has climbed to fifth in the point chase. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm has posted three heat race victories, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led in the campaign. Tommy will be looking to earn the first victory of his career at Mohave Valley Raceway.

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks eleventh in the point chase. The pilot of the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Industrial Machine entry will have his sights the first win of his career at Mohave Valley.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt McCarthy, Verne Sweeney, Austin Grabowski, A.J. Bender, Chris Gansen, “T-Dub” Trent Williams, Chase Johnson, “Sugah” Shane Sexton, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau Shon Deskins, Jonas Reynolds, and more.

Mohave Valley Raceway is located at 2750 Laguna Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona. For more event information, visit the track’s website at mohavevalleyracceway.com or call 928.346.3000. Mohave Valley Raceway is a cash only facility and grandstand tickets are available on race day. General Admission tickets are $20, Senior tickets (60 & over) are $18, Military tickets (with ID) are $18, Children tickets (6 to 12) are $10, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. Outside food, beverages, and ice chests are not permitted.

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

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

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Cody Williams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Tanner Boul, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell.

MOHAVE VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Cody Williams – 13.974 (04/23/22)

MOHAVE VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Damion Gardner

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1034, 2-Matt Mitchell-920, 3-Austin Williams-878, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-842, 5-Tommy Malcolm-734, 6-Logan Williams-731, 7-Cody Williams-693, 8-Brody Roa-662, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-635, 10-Matt McCarthy-587.

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


LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER:
JOHNNY & MARIA COFER SET RARE USAC FEAT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 4, 2022)………Like father, like daughter.

On September 22 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, Maria Cofer became one of the select few offspring to follow in their father’s footsteps in becoming a fast qualifier with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Maria’s father, Johnny Cofer, accomplished the same feat during the tail-end of the 1995 season when he set fast time at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, setting a new track record which still stands to this day.

Next, Maria is set to take on a pair of USAC National Midget events this weekend, starting Friday night, October 7, at Wayne City, Illinois’ Wayne County Speedway and on Saturday night, October 8, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

Now, the Cofers enter the weekend as just one of 17 parent/child duos to record a fast time with the series since its inception in 1956.

In doing so, they became the second father/daughter to tally fast times with the USAC National Midget series. Warren Mockler scored a fast qualifying award twice on the Illinois’ dirt bullrings of Godfrey Speedway in 1981 and Belle-Clair Speedway in 1982. Daughter Stephanie Mockler’s turn came in 2007 when she earned P1 in time trials on the pavement of Ohio’s Mansfield Motorsports Park.

Overall, the first father/child pair to achieve the mark was Gene and Ted Hartley in 1961. Most unusual about this case is that Gene, the son, set fast time prior to his father, Ted!

After winning the first ever feature in 1956 at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Memorial Coliseum, Gene recorded his first USAC National Midget fast time in the third event of the inaugural season at Michigan’s Grand Rapids Stadium, a February event which was halted with 37 laps complete due to snow!

Ted, meanwhile, had to wait until November 1961 when he set quick time at the slightly more comfortable confines indoors at Ohio’s Cincinnati Gardens.

On four separate occasions, a father and his multiple children were fast-timers with the series. The first to do so was Tony Bettenhausen followed by his two sons Gary and Merle. Parnelli Jones sons, P.J. and Page, followed suit as well in the coming years. Jim Hines and his two boys, Ted and Tracy, all hit the top of the speed chart in qualifying during their careers. All three of these father/sons pairings – Bettenhausen, Jones and Hines – won USAC National Midget features as well.

Pancho Carter and sons Dane and Cole soon added their names to the fast qualifying list in the coming years. Dane and Cole set those marks under the watchful eye of their father, USAC’s first Triple Crown champion driver to capture a USAC National Midget, National Sprint Car and Silver Crown title in his career.

There’s been just one single instance of three generations from a single family emerging as USAC National Midget fast qualifiers. Gene Gurney notched his first in 1960 at California’s Kearney Bowl. His son, Chuck, tripped the timing light fastest overall on Valentine’s Day 1975 when he turned the quickest lap at the Oklahoma City Sports Arena. Gene’s grandson and Chuck’s son, Chuck Gurney Jr., made his historic mark on the timing charts and in the USAC record books with fast time at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 2010.

UP NEXT:

Next up on the USAC calendar are a pair of National Midget outings this weekend, Friday, October 7, in the 9th running of the Peoples National Bank Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. and on Saturday, October 8, in the Harvest Cup at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.

Friday at Wayne City, the grandstands open at 5pm Central with the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm with racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Kids 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Non-Wing Outlaw Micros, Restrictors and Junior Sprints will also be on hand.

Saturday at Tri-State, pits open at 3pm Central with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm and hot laps at 5:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students aged 13-18 are $20 and kids aged 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Also racing at the Harvest Cup are the Midwest Sprint Car Series and the Midwest Mini Sprint Association.

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MULTIPLE GENERATIONS OF USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FAST QUALIFIERS:

(As of October 4, 2022)

Father: Don Vogler (6) & Son: Rich Vogler (84)

Father: Bob Wente (72) & Son: Terry Wente (1)

Father: Jim Hines (2) & Sons: Tracy Hines (38) & Ted Hines (3)

Father: Dave Strickland (38) & Son: Dave Strickland Jr. (9)

Father: Johnnie Parsons (3) & Son: Johnny Parsons (36)

Father: Parnelli Jones (27) & Sons: P.J. Jones (3) & Page Jones (2)

Father: Tony Bettenhausen (3) & Sons: Gary Bettenhausen (25) & Merle Bettenhausen (5)

Father: Ted Hartley (2) & Son: Gene Hartley (24)

Father: Pancho Carter (10) & Sons: Dane Carter (4) & Cole Carter (3)

Father: Henry Pens (7) & Son: Danny Pens (2)

Father: Billy Boat (5) & Son: Chad Boat (6)

Father: Bob Gregg (1) & Son: Mike Gregg (6)

Father Danny Frye (4) & Son: Danny Frye Jr. (1)

Father: Gene Gurney (1), Son: Chuck Gurney (4) & Grandson: Chuck Gurney Jr. (1)

Father: Warren Mockler (2) & Daughter: Stephanie Mockler (1)

Father: Johnny Cofer (1) & Daughter: Maria Cofer (1)

Father: Danny Kladis (1) & Son: George Kladis (1)

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2022 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS

Driver Point Leader: Buddy Kofoid

Entrant Point Leader: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67

Leading Rookie Driver in Points: Mitchel Moles

Most Feature Wins: 10-Buddy Kofoid

Laps Led: 140-Buddy Kofoid

Top-Fives: 19-Buddy Kofoid

Top-Tens: 21-Buddy Kofoid

Fast Qualifying Times: 5-Buddy Kofoid

Heat Race Wins: 7-Buddy Kofoid

Feature Starts: 23-Kaylee Bryson, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Mitchel Moles & Bryant Wiedeman

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway – Kaylee Bryson (22nd to 4th)

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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 11: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Feb 12: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Apr 22: Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Apr 23: Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 2: Tri-City Speedway | Granite City, IL
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN (I)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN (I)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN (I)
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN (I)
WINNER: Jacob Denney (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #61)

Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN (I)
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08)

Jul 8: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD (A)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jul 9: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD (A)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jul 10: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD (A)
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08)

Jul 12: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK (M)
WINNER: Ryan Timms (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97K)

Jul 13: Solomon Valley Raceway | Beloit, KS (M)
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE (M)
WINNER: Mitchel Moles (CB Industries #89)

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE (M) (F)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Aug 3-4: (F) The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Speedway, IN
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Sep 9: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08)

Sep 10: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Mitchel Moles (CB Industries #89)

Sep 24: (F) Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89x)

Oct 7: (F) Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, IL

Oct 8: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN

Nov 15: Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA

Nov 17: (A) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA (A)

Nov 18: (A) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA (A)

Nov 19: (F) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA (F)

Nov 22: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA

Nov 23: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA

Nov 26: Ventura Raceway | Ventura, CA

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(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event

(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event

(A) represents an event awarding appearance points only

(N) represents an indoor event

(F) represents an event awarding feature points only

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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1,581 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

2 1,424 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

3 1,232 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.

4 1,227 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

5 1,219 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

6 1,215 (R) Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

7 1,173 Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.

8 970 (R) Jacob Denney, Galloway, Ohio

9 967 Taylor Reimer, Bixby, Okla.

10 858 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas

® = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender

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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 1,581 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

2 1,424 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#2J)

3 1,247 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#7x)

4 1,232 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#01)

5 1,227 Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08)

6 1,215 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)

7 1,173 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71)

8 1,134 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#97)

9 1,023 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#25K)

10 1,003 Bundy Built Motorsports, Mooresville, N.C. (#9m)

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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1,215 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

2 970 Jacob Denney, Galloway, Ohio

3 666 Chase McDermand, Springfield, Ill.

4 653 Jade Avedisian, Clovis, Calif.

5 585 Jace Park, Overland Park, Kan.

6 525 Cade Lewis, Bakersfield, Calif.

7 513 Dominic Gorden, Clovis, Calif.

8 278 Mariah Ede, Fresno, Calif.

9 264 Blake Brannon, Morgan Hill, Calif.

10 96 Travis Buckley, Auckland, N.Z.
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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

10-Buddy Kofoid (Apr 23 at Port City Raceway, Jun 2 at Tri-City Speedway, Jun 3 at Bloomington Speedway, Jun 4 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Jul 8 at Huset’s Speedway, Jul 9 at Huset’s Speedway, Jul 16 at Jefferson County Speedway, Aug 4 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sep 10 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex & Sep 22 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

3-Justin Grant (Feb 11 at Bubba Raceway Park, Feb 12 at Bubba Raceway Park & Apr 22 at Port City Raceway)

3-Cannon McIntosh (Jun 11 at Kokomo Speedway, Jul 10 at Huset’s Speedway & Sep 9 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex)

2-Thomas Meseraull (Jun 5 at Tri-State Speedway & Jul 13 at Solomon Valley Raceway)

2-Mitchel Moles (Jul 15 at Jefferson County Speedway & Sep 23 at Eldora Speedway)

1-Jacob Denney (Jun 9 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

1-Ryan Timms (Jul 12 at Red Dirt Raceway)

1-Chris Windom (Sep 24 at Eldora Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

140-Buddy Kofoid
135-Cannon McIntosh
111-Justin Grant
90-Mitchel Moles
63-Thomas Meseraull
47-Ryan Timms
36-Chance Crum
36-Jacob Denney
23-Chris Windom
22-Chase McDermand
19-Jerry Coons Jr.
18-Jade Avedisian
18-Kaylee Bryson
16-Zach Daum
12-Cade Lewis
11-Brenham Crouch
3-Daison Pursley

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TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES

19-Buddy Kofoid
13-Justin Grant
10-Cannon McIntosh
8-Thomas Meseraull
7-Jacob Denney
7-Mitchel Moles
6-Brenham Crouch
6-Zach Daum
5-Kaylee Bryson
5-Bryant Wiedeman
3-Jerry Coons Jr.
3-Ryan Timms
2-Jade Avedisian
2-Alex Bright
2-Chance Crum
2-Kyle Cummins
2-Kyle Larson
2-Logan Seavey
2-Chris Windom
1-Emerson Axsom
1-Brady Bacon
1-Shane Golobic
1-Chase McDermand
1-Jason McDougal
1-Ethan Mitchell
1-Jace Park
1-Daison Pursley
1-Tanner Thorson

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TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES

21-Buddy Kofoid
20-Justin Grant
16-Cannon McIntosh
16-Thomas Meseraull
14-Mitchel Moles
14-Bryant Wiedeman
13-Kaylee Bryson
12-Zach Daum
12-Jacob Denney
11-Brenham Crouch
9-Logan Seavey
6-Chance Crum
6-Ethan Mitchell
6-Taylor Reimer
5-Jerry Coons Jr.
4-Brady Bacon
4-Kyle Cummins
3-Jade Avedisian
3-Dominic Gorden
3-Chase McDermand
3-Tanner Thorson
3-Ryan Timms
2-Alex Bright
2-Tanner Carrick
2-Shane Golobic
2-Kyle Larson
2-C.J. Leary
2-Jason McDougal
2-Jace Park
2-Daison Pursley
2-Chris Windom
1-Emerson Axsom
1-Maria Cofer
1-Trey Gropp
1-Anton Hernandez
1-Kyle Jones
1-Cade Lewis
1-Hayden Reinbold
1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

5-Buddy Kofoid
2-Jade Avedisian
2-Justin Grant
2-Cannon McIntosh
2-Mitchel Moles
2-Taylor Reimer
1-Maria Cofer
1-Chance Crum
1-Shane Golobic
1-Ethan Mitchell
1-Tanner Thorson

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

7-Buddy Kofoid
6-Thomas Meseraull
6-Bryant Wiedeman
5-Zach Daum
4-Jade Avedisian
4-Ethan Mitchell
4-Mitchel Moles
3-Jerry Coons Jr.
3-Dominic Gorden
3-Justin Grant
3-Cade Lewis
3-Cannon McIntosh
3-Taylor Reimer
2-Kaidon Brown
2-Maria Cofer
2-Brenham Crouch
2-Jacob Denney
2-C.J. Leary
2-Jace Park
2-Logan Seavey
2-Chris Windom
1-Brady Bacon
1-Tyler Courtney
1-Chance Crum
1-Kyle Cummins
1-Michael Faccinto
1-Kyle Jones
1-Chase McDermand
1-Hayden Reinbold
1-Jody Rosenboom
1-Tanner Thorson

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

1-Kaylee Bryson
1-Jacob Denney
1-Buddy Kofoid
1-Cannon McIntosh
1-Jace Park
1-Bryant Wiedeman

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SEMI WINS: (Presented by Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts)

3-Jace Park
2-Jade Avedisian
1-Brenham Crouch
1-Justin Grant
1-Chase McDermand
1-Cannon McIntosh
1-Joe B. Miller
1-Mitchel Moles
1-Hayden Reinbold
1-Bryant Wiedeman

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FEATURE STARTS
23-Kaylee Bryson
23-Justin Grant
23-Buddy Kofoid
23-Cannon McIntosh
23-Mitchel Moles
23-Bryant Wiedeman
22-Thomas Meseraull
22-Hayden Reinbold
21-Taylor Reimer
20-Ethan Mitchell
19-Jacob Denney
18-Brenham Crouch
18-Logan Seavey
16-Chase McDermand
15-Zach Daum
14-Jade Avedisian
13-Jace Park
12-Dominic Gorden
11-Cade Lewis
10-Maria Cofer
10-Chance Crum
10-Trey Gropp
7-Jerry Coons Jr.
7-Kyle Cummins
7-Mariah Ede
6-Brady Bacon
6-Jason McDougal
5-Blake Brannon
5-Ryan Timms
4-Sam Johnson
4-Corey Joyner
4-Tanner Thorson
4-Chris Windom
3-Emerson Axsom
3-Alex Bright
3-Tanner Carrick
3-Shane Golobic
3-Joe B. Miller
3-Alex Schriever
2-Jonathan Beason
2-Tanner Berryhill
2-Kaidon Brown
2-Steve Buckwalter
2-Braden Chiaramonte
2-J.R. Ewing
2-Andrew Felker
2-Luke Icke
2-Kyle Jones
2-Kameron Key
2-Kyle Larson
2-C.J. Leary
2-Michael Magic
2-Shannon McQueen
2-Daison Pursley
2-Ben Rhodes
2-Jody Rosenboom
2-Kevin Thomas Jr.
1-Oliver Akard
1-Chris Baue
1-Frank Beck
1-Lance Bennett
1-Jakeb Boxell
1-Chase Briscoe
1-Travis Buckley
1-Tyler Courtney
1-Andrew Deal
1-Rylan Gray
1-Noah Harris
1-Anton Hernandez
1-Trey Marcham
1-Michael Pickens
1-Karter Sarff
1-Alex Sewell
1-Matt Sherrell
1-Bryan Stanfill
1-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
1-Adam Taylor

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HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE

Feb 11: Bubba Raceway Park – Thomas Meseraull (13th to 4th)
Feb 12: Bubba Raceway Park – Kevin Thomas Jr. (15th to 9th)
Apr 22: Port City Raceway – Andrew Felker (22nd to 11th)
Apr 23: Port City Raceway – Justin Grant (10th to 3rd)
Jun 2: Tri-City Speedway – Kyle Larson (13th to 2nd)
Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (22nd to 10th)
Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Kyle Cummins (19th to 9th)
Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway – Kaylee Bryson (22nd to 4th)
Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Bacon (14th to 6th)
Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway – Brenham Crouch (18th to 8th)
Jul 8: Huset's Speedway – Buddy Kofoid (12th to 1st)
Jul 9: Huset's Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (24th to 10th)
Jul 10: Huset's Speedway – Logan Seavey (14th to 3rd)
Jul 12: Red Dirt Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (18th to 5th)
Jul 13: Solomon Valley Raceway – Ryan Timms (16th to 3rd)
Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (16th to 5th)
Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (17th to 9th)
Aug 4: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Justin Grant (18th to 4th)
Sep 9: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Bryant Wiedeman (11th to 4th)
Sep 10: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Kaylee Bryson (22nd to 5th)
Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (23rd to 7th)
Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Chris Windom (14th to 4th)
Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (16th to 7th)

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DIRT DRAFT FASTEST HOT LAP DRIVER

Feb 11: Bubba Raceway Park – Cannon McIntosh
Feb 12: Bubba Raceway Park – Justin Grant
Apr 22: Port City Raceway – Tanner Berryhill
Apr 23: Port City Raceway – Ethan Mitchell
Jun 2: Tri-City Speedway – Justin Grant
Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway – Buddy Kofoid
Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Buddy Kofoid
Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway – Jade Avedisian
Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway – Ethan Mitchell
Jun 10: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Mitchel Moles
Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway – Justin Grant
Jul 8: Huset's Speedway – Brady Bacon
Jul 9: Huset's Speedway – Cannon McIntosh
Jul 10: Huset's Speedway – Brady Bacon
Jul 12: Red Dirt Raceway – Jonathan Beason (13.094)
Jul 13: Solomon Valley Raceway – Mitchel Moles
Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway – Cade Lewis (11.170)
Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Ryan Timms (10.979)
Aug 4: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (12.136) & Michael Pickens (12.074)
Sep 9: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Zach Daum (11.520)
Sep 10: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Chase McDermand (11.708)
Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Kaylee Bryson (12.319)
Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Jacob Denney (16.658)
Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Chris Windom (16.816)

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS
1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon
2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler
3. [78 wins] Bob Wente
4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall
5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp
6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies
7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson
8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines
9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee
11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons
14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Stewart & Tanner Thorson
17. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones, Kyle Larson & Dave Strickland
21. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart
22. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich
27. [22 wins] Tom Bigelow, Bobby East & Shorty Templeman
30. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader
34. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt
35. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Stan Fox, Buddy Kofoid & Jason Leffler
40. [18 wins] Dave Steele
41. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley
43. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens
49. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice
51. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner, Leroy Warriner & Chris Windom
55. [13 wins] Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman & Stevie Reeves
59. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Justin Grant, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman
65. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet
71. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant
78. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney
82. [8 wins] Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr., Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Thomas Meseraull, Andy Michner, Logan Seavey & Josh Wise
97. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan
106. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro Jr., Arnie Knepper, Cannon McIntosh, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. & Roger West
119. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks
130. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise
162. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease
193. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Emerson Axsom, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Mitchel Moles, Aaron Pollock, Daison Pursley, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Ryan Timms, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White & Cole Whitt
232. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook Jr., Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Jacob Denney, Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

1. (93) Mel Kenyon
2. (84) Rich Vogler
3. (77) Jimmy Davies
4. (72) Bob Wente
5. (43) Mike McGreevy
6. (38) Tracy Hines, Dave Strickland & Bob Tattersall
9. (36) Johnny Parsons
10. (33) Chuck Rodee
11. (29) Jimmy Caruthers
12. (28) Tommy Astone & Kevin Olson
14. (27) Parnelli Jones
15. (26) Jason Leffler
16. (25) Gary Bettenhausen
17. (24) Gene Hartley & Tanner Thorson
19. (22) Stan Fox
20. (21) Don Branson, Tony Stewart, Shorty Templeman
23. (20) Bryan Clauson, Dan Drinan, Bobby East & Bobby Grim
27. (19) Jay Drake & Kyle Larson
29. (17) Dave Steele & Mike Streicher
31. (16) Rico Abreu, Billy Engelhart, Darren Hagen, Steve Lotshaw & Bobby Olivero
36. (15) Tom Bigelow, Billy Cantrell, Tyler Courtney, Bob McLean & Les Scott
41. (14) Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Jeff Gordon & Kenny Irwin Jr.
45. (13) George Benson, Jimmy Knight & J.J. Yeley
48. (12) Larry Rice & Josh Wise
50. (11) Brady Bacon, Danny Caruthers, Lonnie Caruthers, Russ Congdon, Tommy Copp, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, Len Sutton, Brad Sweet & Sleepy Tripp
61. (10) George Amick, Pancho Carter, Allen Crowe, Logan Seavey, Billy Vukovich & Leroy Warriner
67. (9) A.J. Foyt, Doug Kalitta, Cannon McIntosh, Larry Patton, Stevie Reeves, Dave Strickland Jr. & Jerry Weeks
74. (8) Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Rex Easton, Russ Gamester, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sammy Sessions, George Snider & Jack Turner
84. (7) Mike Bliss, Ray Elliott, Allen Heath, Billy Mehner, Andy Michner, Henry Pens, Lowell Sachs, Kody Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.
93. (6) Chad Boat, Burt Foland, Brian Gerster, Mike Gregg, Kyle Hamilton, Buddy Kofoid, Lee Kunzman, Jerry McClung, Ron Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Don Vogler, Chris Windom & Billy Wood
106. (5) Merle Bettenhausen, Billy Boat, Steve Cannon, Ray Crawford, Kevin Doty, Ronnie Duman, Aaron Fike, Shane Golobic, Rick Goudy, Justin Grant, Jeff Heywood, Eddie Johnson, Steve Knepper, Brad Kuhn, Andy Linden, Bobby Santos, Chris Shultz, Billy Shuman, Chuck Weyant & Mauri Wilson
126. (4) Johnny Anderson, Caleb Armstrong, Sonny Ates, Gary Byers, Dane Carter, Joe Corrigan, Zach Daum, Mike Fedorcak, Robby Flock, Danny Frye, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney, Jim Hettinger, Arnie Knepper, Chuck Marshall, Danny McKnight, Ethan Mitchell, Jeff Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Gary Ponzini, Richard Powell, Porky Rachwitz, Ricky Shelton, Tom Steiner, Bruce Walkup, Rodger Ward, Roger West, & Zeb Wise
154. (3) Bob Cicconi, Cole Carter, Don Anderson, Donnie Beechler, Dwight Brown, Hank Butcher, Harry Beck, Jack Calabrase, Larry Dickson, Mario Clouser, Steve Buckwalter, Tony Bettenhausen, Tony Elliott, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Gene Force, Bob Hare, Ted Hines, P.J. Jones, Greg Leffler, Grier Manning, Mack McClellan, Roger McCluskey, Thomas Meseraull, Mitchel Moles, Johnny Moorhouse, Kenneth Nichols, Jerry Nuckles, Tim Pangborn, Forrest Parker, Johnnie Parsons, Taylor Reimer, Johnny Roberts, Randy Roberts, Lloyd Ruby, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Tom Sellberg, Dale Swaim, Johnnie Tolan & Dillon Welch
195. (2) Sherman Armstrong Jr., Jade Avedisian, Jack Bates, Gays Biro, Art Bisch, Dan Boorse, Kaylee Bryson, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Paul Clark, Bob Cortner, Chris Cumberworth, Bob Davison, Corey Day, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Nick Fornoro Jr., Gene Gennetten, Elmer George, Joe Giba, Ron Gregory, Ted Hartley, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Shane Hmiel, Eddie Jackson, Bubby Jones, Dick Jones, Page Jones, Ronnie Kaplan, Johnny Kay, Walt Kennedy, Michael Lewis, Brad Loyet, Carson Macedo, Jim Mahoney, Jim McClean, Sarah McCune, Warren Mockler, Earl Motter, Ken Nichols, Hank Nykaza, Steve Paden, Danny Pens, Michael Pickens, Parker Price-Miller, Daison Pursley, Levi Roberts, Johnny Rodriguez, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer, Ryan Scott, Jigger Sirois, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danny Stratton, Russ Sweedler, Buddy Taylor, George Tichenor, Bud Tingelstad, Steve Troxell, Bobby Unser, Billy Wease, Ken Weiland, Cole Whitt & Carl Williams
260. (1) Bobby Allen, Al Alpern, Chuck Amati, John Andretti, Capp Arnold, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Tony Ave, Emerson Axsom, Steve Barth, Dave Bartlett, Todd Barton, John Batts, Jim Beckley, Daniel Bedford, Dick Betts, Nick Bohanon, Tony Bonadies, Johnny Boyd, Alex Bright, Bob Burbridge, Larry Cannon, Roy Caruthers, Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bud Clemons, Johnny Cofer, Maria Cofer, Duke Cook, Jay Cornell, Chance Crum, A.J. Davis, Duke DeRosa, Danny Ebberts, Bob Ellingham, Dean Erfurth, Russ Faucett, Sarah Fisher, Dan Ford, Josh Ford, Danny Frye Jr., Jim Gates, Johnny Gavin, Roy Gillhamer, Roy Graham, Bob Gregg, Mike Groff, Chuck Gurney Jr., Gene Gurney, Butch Haisman, Davey Hamilton, Garrett Hansen, Bob Harkey, Alex Harris, Scott Hatton, Jac Haudenschild, Jim Hemmings, Al Henderson, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hill, Larry Hillerud, Bob Hogle, Shane Hollingsworth, Bill Homeier, Rick Hood, Wally Hostettler, Billy Hughes, Jeff Hunt, Tony Hunt, Gary Irvin, Bob Jesser, Ronnie Johncox, Paul Jones, Jack Jordan, Brent Kaeding, Gary Kanawyer, Jim Keeker, Harry Kern, Jimmy Kirk, Danny Kladis, George Kladis, Clay Klepper, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, , Bill Kojis, Bill Kollman, Jim Lauri IV, Buddy Lee, Donnie Lehmann, Bob Lithgow, Eddie Loomis, Jim Bob Luebbert, Dave Lundy, Jim Malloy, Bobby Marshman, Larry McCloskey, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden, Al Miller, J.R. Miller, Stephanie Mockler, Davey Moses, Mike Mosley, Brad Noffsinger, Danny O'Neill, Jan Opperman, Junior Parkinson, Gary Patterson, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Bill Puterbaugh, Jon Rahe, Bill Randall, Chase Randall, Norm Rapp, Keith Rauch, Dickie Reese, Bill Renshaw, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Jack Runyon, John Sarna, Gio Scelzi, Chase Scott, Shane Scully, Roy Seidenstricker, Holly Shelton, Dean Shirley, Tony Simon, C.L. Smith, Bob Spoo, J.P. Standley, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas, Bob Twitty, Al Unser, Don Weaver, Terry Wente, Gene Weyant, Johnny White, Newt White, Bryant Wiedeman, Eric Wilkins & Don Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS

1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney, 2020: Chris Windom, 2021: Buddy Kofoid

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET OWNER CHAMPIONS
1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Buick Company, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: Don Kenyon, 1975: Ron Tripp, 1976: Ron Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: Don Kenyon, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2013: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2014: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2015: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2016: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2017: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2018: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2019: Clauson-Marshall Racing, 2020: Tucker-Boat Motorsports, 2021: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser, 2020: Buddy Kofoid, 2021: Chase Randall

 

 

USAC & NASCAR ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP IN YOUTH RACING; 9 CHAMPIONSHIP RACES SLATED IN 2023 IN CONJUNCTION WITH NASCAR CUP EVENTS

TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 2, 2022) — In an effort to continue to grow the motorsports community and offer unique opportunities to kids and families, USAC and NASCAR have teamed up to form the NASCAR Youth Series, which will debut as the quarter midget series brand starting in 2023. This new series will be recognized as a NASCAR Regional Series.

Since 2018, NASCAR has welcomed the former USAC.25 Series at numerous venues including Daytona International Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix Raceway, Darlington Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hundreds of young racers and their families have experienced once-in-a-lifetime thrills with meet-and-greets with their racing heroes, recognized during pre-race festivities and even having drivers stop by and watch them race.

“When we started the USAC.25 Series in 2009, our goal was to provide a safe, fun, yet competitive youth racing series that provided families with a way to create lasting memories,” said Kevin Miller, USAC President. “Through the years, the series has grown tremendously. We are proud of our alumni that began their racing careers in the USAC.25 Series and have continued to succeed professionally in the NASCAR ranks. Since we began incorporating NASCAR races on our schedule, families across the country have been able to experience amazing opportunities. We realize that partnering with NASCAR to create the NASCAR Youth Series will provide even more unique experiences and opportunities for our families.”

The NASCAR Youth Series’ nine-race national championship schedule will be comprised of seven pavement and two dirt races at temporarily constructed racetracks at the following venues:

2023 SCHEDULE

Feb 26: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.

Apr 2: Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Va.

Jun 4: *World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison, Ill.

Jul 4: **Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind.

Jul 23: *Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.

Aug 20: Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Sep 3: Darlington Raceway, Darlington, S.C.

Oct 1: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.

Oct 8: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.

* denotes dirt race | ** denotes stand-alone event

“We are extremely excited about this new venture with USAC,” said Chip Wile, SVP, Chief Track Properties Office for NASCAR. “We feel the NASCAR Youth Series will provide aspiring drivers and their families a platform to both showcase their talents along with providing the entire family memories that will last a lifetime at our facilities. The drivers will not only fiercely compete on the track but will get an opportunity to be a part of NASCAR’s event weekend in a memorable way. Some of today’s NASCAR Cup Series stars cut their teeth in the NASCAR Youth Series and are now battling for the Bill France Cup. The future is bright.”

Quarter midget racing has been around since before World War II. It is a family-oriented motorsport platform that involves children ages 5-16 racing in specially prepared cars. The cars, rules and safety procedures are designed specifically for kids. Quarter midget racing is divided into 15 classes/divisions. Kids typically race on oval tracks approximately 1/20th of a mile long. The surface of these tracks are dirt, concrete or asphalt.

A quarter midget is a scaled down version of an actual midget racer, approximately 1/4 scale. The cars are built around a tubular frame and are fully suspended with springs or torsion bars and shocks. The bodies are fiberglass. The engines are single cylinder and are manufactured by Honda and Briggs & Stratton.

With more than 55 clubs located all across the country, thousands of kids ages five and up, along with their families, participate in USAC-sanctioned quarter midget series events. Some notable NASCAR graduates of quarter midget racing include NASCAR Hall of Famer and four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon, 2018 premier NASCAR series champion Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, Carson Hocevar and Todd Gilliland.

Media Contacts: Danielle Frye USAC 704-363-1833 dfrye2323@gmail.com

About USAC

Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) has proven itself as being the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today’s largest racing series including its own suite of circle track series in Sprint, Silver Crown, Midget, Micro and .25 Midget racing (quarter midgets), Porsche Sprint Challenge North America, Pirelli World Challenge, American Rally Association, International Snowmobile Racing, Robby Gordon Stadium Trucks, Radical Racing, Ultra 4 Racing, Formula Race Promotions and Karting. USAC has over 18,000 competitors racing at more than 500 sanctioned events globally. For more information, visit www.usacracing.com

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series) and three international series (NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).


CHERRY ON TOP:
CUMMINS’ $10,000 FALL NATIONALS TRIUMPH
COMPLETES USAC WEEKEND SWEEP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (October 1, 2022)………On the eve of the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway Fall Nationals, Kyle Cummins firmly stated that Lawrenceburg is the place where he really wanted to get one.

On Saturday night, the Princeton, Ind. native got the one that had eluded him for so long as he slid into the lead on a restart just after the halfway mark and carried onward to a $10,000 top prize in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship’s final Midwest event of the season.

His fourth win of the season was his second of the weekend, sweeping both events over the past two nights at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and Lawrenceburg in his Rock Steady Racing/Ultimate Predator Boats – Mid-America Safety Solutions/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy.

Cummins has now laid claim to dominance at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway and Kokomo in addition to USAC victories at Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway, Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway and now Lawrenceburg, which, out of all of them, Cummins admitted meant the most to him for one simple reason – it scares him to death, quote unquote.

“For me personally, this is the biggest win of my career,” an unabashed Cummins stated. “Those (other) places don’t intimidate me but going into turn three here does. To win here and win $10,000, it just proves we can win anywhere we go.”

Full disclosure – Cummins hasn’t exactly gone winless at Lawrenceburg in his career. He did collect a victory in a local, non-sanctioned show at the track in 2015. However, this was his first with USAC, which elevated him to 14 career series wins, passing Steve Chassey and tying him with Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon and Bruce Walkup for 42nd on the all-time list.

Cummins started the 30-lap main from the outside of the front row and immediately engaged in a see-saw battle for the lead with pole sitter Logan Seavey throughout the first pair of laps with Seavey fending off and crossing over Cummins’ relentless assault.

About as quickly as it began, the race churned to a halt on the second lap when 13th starting Saban Bibent became sideways in turn two and collected Keith Sheffer II, Tripp Gerrald and J.J. Hughes. Hughes got the worst end of the deal, which sent him flipping over. He, Bibent and first-time USAC starter Gerrald were all unable to restart. Sheffer managed to restart and finish 16th.

Seavey stretched his lead out in the immediacy of the lap three restart to boast a half-straight advantage over Cummins as both rode the path of the treacherous high line at the head of the field.

Back behind Seavey, the battle raged on for second between Cummins and Grant. Grant slid past in turn three on lap 15, but Cummins countered the move and retook the spot. Grant tried to throw one in turns one and two a half-lap later to no avail, allowing Cummins to pull away from Seavey, yet remained a full two seconds behind leader Seavey.

A yellow flag on lap 17 came about when sixth running C.J. Leary slowed with a flat right rear tire, relegating him to the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area for fresh rubber where he returned to finish 12th.

Insanity ensued on the resumption as Cummins stumbled atop the turn cushion, allowing Grant to drive under Cummins for the second position. That, in turn, caused a chain reaction which forced fourth-running Meseraull to check up behind Cummins. Behind those two, Anton Hernandez (5th) and Mitchel Moles (6th) ruffled each other’s feathers, sending Hernandez sideways as he dropped like an anchor and subsequently lost eight positions.

However, 12th place Max Adams’ misfortune was a massive break for both Cummins and Hernandez after Adams spun into the infield and stopped in turn three to bring out the yellow. Due to the incident, the running order reverted to the last completed lap, sending Cummins’ back to second and Hernandez to sixth for the next restart.

Survive, advance, overcome and conquer. That was the name of the game for Cummins as he wrestled his mind on how to navigate each end of a tricky Lawrenceburg Speedway.

“I could run one and two all day long around the top but, getting into three, I don’t know what it is but I’m just not good,” Cummins admitted. “I’m uncomfortable, I was hitting the fence and I was trying a couple different lines. Seavey and Grant are the best, they can just bust it in there; they’re fearless up there. I started slowing down getting into three just a little bit more but stayed a little higher and it seemed to work out.”

Those were the two main culprits Cummins faced in his venture while sandwiched in second between leader Seavey and third-running Grant as they confronted yet another lap 17 restart. This one proved to be a charm for Cummins as he flicked the wheel and took the low line to slide up in front of Seavey and take over possession of the race lead.

“When Justin (Grant) got around me, that lit a fire into me a little bit,” Cummins noted. “I tried to turn up and got stuck on the cushion a little bit. I’m glad we had that yellow and came back, but Logan didn’t get as good of a start. At that point, I knew that was it.”

The ride up front nearly became short-lived for Cummins as he drifted over the turn two cushion on lap 21. That allowed Seavey to gain on him and use the momentum to drift past Cummins in turn three to briefly take ownership of the number one spot before Cummins pitched his car sideways and drove down the turn four banking to retake the lead.

From that point forward, Cummins spurted away from Seavey, but had loads of traffic to handle. Cummins successfully completed a daring slide job of Jadon Rogers in turns one and two with two to go that saw Cummins’ lead sliced by a full second, down to just a tick over a half second.

But that’s all the space Cummins needed as he finished off yet another remarkable performance, winning by a 0.797 second margin over Seavey, Grant and hard charger Mitchel Moles (10th to 4th) with Brady Bacon rounding out the top-five. Bacon now leads the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Series Presented By Spire Sports + Entertainment standings by 19 markers entering the 10th and final race of the mini-series on November 5 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) led a race-high 16 laps before going on to finish second in his Dwight Cheney/Racing Optics – Steel-Co USA – Barnes Systems/DRC/Claxton Chevy, his best career performance in his third Fall Nationals start. Seavey came oh-so-close again to grabbing the first USAC National Sprint Car feature win for car owner Cheney. Together, they also finished as the runner-up two weeks ago at Indianapolis, Indiana’s Circle City Raceway.

“I felt good the first time I went to the top on that first restart; I got a good launch,” Seavey recalled. “The second time, I took off more in the slick and I got spinning a little bit. I had two options. Either protect and let him get a big run down the back stretch and slide me in three or try to get going and get my momentum up as quickly as possible. Obviously, I made the wrong decision. It would’ve been better to protect myself in one and two and let him slide me in three and four. There was so much moisture in the middle, he just went right back by me. I made the wrong decision on that restart and gave it to him.”

The universe was nearly in order for Seavey as he looked to return to USAC National Sprint Car victory lane for the first time since June’s Eastern Storm championship run, but it was not to be for the 2021 USAC Indiana Sprint Week Lawrenceburg victor.

“We were both pounding the fence there in three and four, which was about as intimidating as I’ve ever seen it here,” Seavey continued. “You get in there and you slide until you hit the wall and hold on from there. I thought all the stars were aligning for us to finally get a win tonight, but we just didn’t quite get there. Just a little mistake on the restart is all it takes here when you’re racing against really good guys.”

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) made it seven career top-five finishes at the Fall Nationals, but it was his first since 2019 in the seat of his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy. In the process, Grant gained seven points on Bacon toward the USAC Sprint Car National Championship, which now has him up by 78 points with five races remaining.

“That darn yellow there at the end,” Grant lamented. “I got Kyle on the restart there, then he did the same thing to Seavey. I couldn’t even keep track of what was going on; it was a handful. You could blow through the cushion, and it could trip you up. We were running around there at a pretty high rate of speed, trying to hang on and keep the thing out of the fence. It was a lot of fun and I felt like we had a really good racecar, but we caught the yellow wrong there and then just got in the scrum on the restart and had to fend that off. By then, Kyle was off and running.”

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), meanwhile, set quick time during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying with a lap at 13.926 seconds. That was the 38th fast qualifying time of his USAC National Sprint Car career, which moved him past 1968-70-75 series champion Larry Dickson and into sole possession of sixth all-time. Furthermore, it was Leary’s series-leading ninth fast time of the season with the series, which is the most in a single season since C.J. himself recorded 11 in 2019.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 1, 2022 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – Fall Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-13.926; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 2E, Epperson-14.013; 3. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.093; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.143; 5. Anton Hernandez, 2B, 2B Racing-14.168; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.202; 7. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-14.208; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.215; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.320; 10. Saban Bibent, 98, Wedgewood-14.326; 11. Max Adams, 17GP, Dutcher-14.385; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17, Dutcher-14.445; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.465; 14. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-14.539; 15. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.566; 16. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-14.578; 17. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.641; 18. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-14.687; 19. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-14.706; 20. Tripp Gerrald, 4G, Gerrald-14.914; 21. Keith Sheffer II, 86, Sheffer-14.960; 22. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.418.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Justin Grant, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Saban Bibent, 8. Brandon Mattox. 2:00.04

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Max Adams, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Anton Hernandez, 6. J.J. Hughes, 7. Tripp Gerrald. 2:00.03

PIT STOP USA / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Mitchel Moles, 7. Keith Sheffer II. 2:02.47

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (2), 2. Logan Seavey (1), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Mitchel Moles (10), 5. Brady Bacon (11), 6. Anton Hernandez (3), 7. Thomas Meseraull (5), 8. Chase Stockon (8), 9. Robert Ballou (12), 10. Max Adams (14), 11. Emerson Axsom (7), 12. C.J. Leary (6), 13. Jake Swanson (18), 14. Jadon Rogers (19), 15. Matt Westfall (16), 16. Keith Sheffer II (21), 17. Brandon Mattox (22), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 19. Jason McDougal (9), 20. Saban Bibent (13), 21. Tripp Gerrald (20), 22. J.J. Hughes (17). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Logan Seavey, Laps 17-30 Kyle Cummins.

**J.J. Hughes flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2232, 2-Brady Bacon-2154, 3-C.J. Leary-2103, 4-Robert Ballou-2032, 5-Emerson Axsom-1970, 6-Logan Seavey-1898, 7-Chase Stockon-1711, 8-Matt Westfall-1569, 9-Jadon Rogers-1545, 10-Jake Swanson-1448.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-166, 2-Thomas Meseraull-129, 3-Brady Bacon-125, 4-Robert Ballou-107, 5-Buddy Kofoid-97, 6-Kaylee Bryson-97, 7-Logan Seavey-93, 8-Kyle Cummins-79, 9-Matt Westfall-78, 10-C.J. Leary-76.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-637, 2-Justin Grant-618, 3-C.J. Leary-569, 4-Chase Stockon-502, 5-Logan Seavey-500, 6-Robert Ballou-494, 7-Emerson Axsom-487, 8-Matt Westfall-436, 9-Jadon Rogers-403, 10-Jason McDougal-367.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 28-29, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 55th annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance and Avanti

NEXT BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER RACE: November 5, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Oval Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Mitchel Moles (14.022)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (13.926)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Pit Stop USA / Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Anton Hernandez

Feature Hard Charger: Mitchel Moles (10th to 4th)


 

 

LET’S JUST WIN:
CUMMINS REPEATS WITH USAC SPRINTS
AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (September 30, 2022)………”Here at Kokomo, it doesn’t feel easy, but it seems like the car is just on kill.”

The same could be said for both man and machine of late on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour, but especially at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway for Kyle Cummins and his Rock Steady Racing/Ultimate Predator Boats - Mid-America Safety Solutions/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy.

In Friday night’s Let’s Just Race Presented By Schroeder Products, the Princeton, Ind. driver displayed his prowess of Kokomo’s 1/4-mile dirt oval, racing into the lead at the halfway point despite initially feeling he didn’t quite have enough mustard to defeat Jake Swanson.

“I kept telling (the crew) I was too tight, too tight,” Cummins revealed. “Plus, the track was way slicker than I thought. On the first couple laps, I was just holding on. I probably just didn’t drive hard enough to really get the car running.”

However, a lap 10 red flag changed Cummins’ portrait to landscape even though, at first, he wasn’t as confident as he would’ve liked, but that outlook turned on a dime as soon as the green flag came back out.

“I thought, on that red, that Jake’s got this,” Cummins admitted. “It was going to be hard to pass him. (His crew) came down and told him to watch the top. So, I knew if he went to the top, we were not going to have anything for him. It was good to take a moment just to think about what was going on, where I was going to have to pass him and how my car was going to be. I just made a couple shock adjustments, and I didn’t touch it from there on out.”

When all was said and done after he cleared Swanson for good, Cummins was a feature winner for the third time during the 2022 USAC National Sprint Car season and for the 13th time in his career, moving him past Eric Gordon and into a tie for 46th on the all-time win list alongside Steve Chassey.

Earlier this month, Cummins wrapped up the Kokomo Speedway track championship and has been on a tear on the USAC trail. He’s finished inside the top-five in nine of his last 10 USAC National Sprint Car feature starts, including 13 of 18 in overall totality throughout 2022.

Furthermore, Cummins became the first driver to record five top-five USAC National Sprint Car feature finishes in a single season at Kokomo Speedway following a 1st, 2nd, 2nd and 4th at the track already this year.

Rewarded with the pole starting position for the 30-lap feature, it seemed as if it was Cummins’ race to lose at that point. However, outside front row starter Stockon showed some fierce moxie to grab the initial lead. By lap three, Cummins found himself relegated back to the third spot as Swanson worked his way around in turns three and four to slot in behind leader Stockon.

Following three laps of near dead heats at the stripe, Swanson finally slashed his way underneath Stockon and into the race lead on lap six.

Trouble befell National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Dave Darland on the 10th lap when he became a victim of circumstance after Harley Burns (20th) slipped sideways at the exit of turn four, collecting the 21st running Darland who was sent forth on a spectacular end-over-end flip down the front straightway, which he promptly walked away from under his own power.

Like a little wind-up toy, Cummins got keyed up on the ensuing restart, initially fending off Emerson Axsom – celebrating his 18th birthday on this night – to his inside all while ripping the top to stay directly in touch with the leaders. On the 13th lap, Cummins’ second wind began to breathe new life into him as he slide jobbed Stockon in turn three for the second position.

Cummins tracked down Swanson instantaneously and, by lap 15, had surpassed him with a slider in turns one and two. However, Swanson kept his foot in it and escaped around the outside. One lap later, Cummins reloaded and refired once more, ultimately clearing Swanson. Nonetheless, Swanson crossed over, then attempted to return the favor to Cummins in turn three, but swung wide at the exit of turn four, allowing Cummins to race back by and wave goodbye, for the most part.

With seemingly all in hand and victory within his grasp, Cummins’ 1.1 second lead and road to victory came to an abrupt halt on the final lap when the yellow flag was displayed for a turn four tangle involving C.J. Leary and Anton Hernandez who were tussling for the ninth spot. However, the two locked wheels, and Hernandez received the short end of the stick as he spun backwards down the front straightaway. Hernandez restarted but managed just a 15th place result.

Riding the rim on the green-white-checkered restart, Cummins went scot-free into the horizon over the final two laps, pushing forth to a 0.633 second advantage at the checkered flag over Swanson, Stockon, Axsom and Fatheadz Fast Qualifier Mitchel Moles.

Cummins’ performance couldn’t be matched on this evening at Kokomo, and neither was his machinery, which has no comparisons on the track and in the pit area, and is a different animal in contrast to all the equipment that he went toe-to-toe with.

“This is a Mach-1 Chassis,” Cummins explained. “No one else has a Mach-1 Chassis. I’m glad they’re not buying them. It isn’t good on sales for constructor Mark (Smith), but this thing is just killer. I’ve never been in a racecar that’s like this one. It’s just unbelievable.”

Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) led nine laps and tied his best career Kokomo Speedway USAC National Sprint Car finish of second in his Team AZ Racing/Stratis Construction - Lucas Oil - RSS Industries/DRC/Claxton Chevy. His runner-up result was nearly uncanny to his Kokomo performance on August 26 where he also scored a second after leading 10 laps. In the end, he came up just one spot short again of garnering a first Kokomo USAC victory.

“Once you’re in the lead, you’re kind of a sitting duck,” Swanson pointed out. “I feel like I lost the race here at Smackdown that way. The bottom wore out and, maybe if I had more laps, I would’ve known to move up. I tried to make sure I knew when to move up by watching both lines and seeing when the top was coming in. I felt the bottom starting to fade a little bit and the top was getting cleaned off. I jumped up there, but it was no match for the 3R car. He’s really good here. To run second to him is cool and, obviously, we want to beat him and we’re not going to stop until we do.”

September in Kokomo is a time to remember for Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.). He finished third in the main event aboard his KO Motorsports/Banded Ag - Dewig Meats - AMSOIL - Superior Tank & Trailer/Flea RC/Fisher Chevy, which marked his best USAC National Sprint Car result at Kokomo since the most recent previous series race held at the track during the month of September. That came about in 2020 where he also ran third.

“It’s been awhile since we’ve put together some good runs with USAC,” Stockon exhaled. “It seems like every time we do, we have something go wrong. The car was pretty maneuverable, but we just had a few things we should’ve changed to make the car a little bit better. With that said, we were able to search around a little bit there and try to hunt those two down. Kyle and Jake had really fast racecars tonight and we’re very fortunate to run third to them.”

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) flipped during his heat race, which, consequently, had its ill effects on the remainder of his night at the track. The incident resulted in a stuck lifter in his car’s engine, which forced the team to watch from the sidelines. Thomas had won with USAC at Kokomo as recently as this past August.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2022 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Let’s Just Race Presented By Schroeder Products

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.306; 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-12.366; 3. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-12.698; 4. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-12.703; 5. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.710; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.711; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15K, BGE Dougherty-12.726; 8. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-12.745 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.801; 10. Anton Hernandez, 2B, 2B Racing-12.803; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 2E, Epperson-12.826; 12. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.830; 13. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.852; 14. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.900; 15. Jack Hoyer, 57, Hazen-12.954; 16. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-12.958; 17. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-12.992; 18. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-13.006; 19. Geoff Ensign, 5, Baldwin/Fox-13.031; 20. Max Adams, 17GP, Dutcher-13.075; 21. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland/Curb-Agajanian-13.122; 22. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.240; 23. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-13.272; 24. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-13.285; 25. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-13.321; 26. Larry Kingseed Jr., 59, Powell-13.333; 27. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-13.368; 28. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.524; 29. Brian Hayden, 2H, Hayden-13.550; 30. Travis Thompson, 7, Thompson-13.611; 31. Kevin Newton, 16TH, Newton-13.625; 32. Keith Sheffer II, 86, Sheffer-13.642.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Larry Kingseed Jr., 8. Travis Thompson. 2:12.54

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Anton Hernandez, 6. Corey Smith, 7. Hunter Maddox. 2:11.18

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Jack Hoyer, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Harley Burns, 7. Keith Sheffer II, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Ricky Lewis, 6. Zack Pretorius, 7. Brian Hayden. 2:13.75

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Anton Hernandez, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Harley Burns, 5. Zack Pretorius, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Larry Kingseed Jr., 8. Ricky Lewis, 9. Corey Smith, 10. Brian Hayden, 11. Keith Sheffer II, 12. Travis Thompson, 13. Hunter Maddox. 2:43.01

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (1), 2. Jake Swanson (4), 3. Chase Stockon (2), 4. Emerson Axsom (3), 5. Mitchel Moles (6), 6. Brady Bacon (12), 7. Jadon Rogers (8), 8. Justin Grant (15), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Robert Ballou (16), 11. Thomas Meseraull (7), 12. C.J. Leary (5), 13. Geoff Ensign (21), 14. Max Adams (10), 15. Anton Hernandez (13), 16. Zack Pretorius (18), 17. Jack Hoyer (17), 18. Brandon Mattox (20), 19. Harley Burns (19), 20. Jason McDougal (11), 21. Matt Westfall (14), 22. Dave Darland (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Chase Stockon, Laps 7-15 Jake Swanson, Laps 16-30 Kyle Cummins.

**Evan Mosley flipped during qualifying. Kevin Thomas Jr. flipped during the third heat. Dave Darland flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2160, 2-Brady Bacon-2089, 3-C.J. Leary-2054, 4-Robert Ballou-1982, 5-Emerson Axsom-1921, 6-Logan Seavey-1824, 7-Chase Stockon-1654, 8-Matt Westfall-1530, 9-Jadon Rogers-1507, 10-Jake Swanson-1406.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-165, 2-Thomas Meseraull-129, 3-Brady Bacon-119, 4-Robert Ballou-104, 5-Buddy Kofoid-97, 6-Kaylee Bryson-97, 7-Logan Seavey-93, 8-Kyle Cummins-78, 9-Matt Westfall-77, 10-C.J. Leary-76.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 1, 2022 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – Fall Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Chase Stockon (12.718)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (12.306)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Max Adams

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Justin Grant

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Brandon Mattox

Racer’s Trade Show & Swap Meet Feature Hard Charger: Geoff Ensign (21st to 13th)

 

 

LAST DANCE IN THE MIDWEST: $10,000-TO-WIN FOR USAC SPRINTS SATURDAY AT LAWRENCEBURG

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (September 29, 2022)………Kevin Thomas Jr. knew what was coming on the final lap of last year’s running of the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

On the fly, he had to conjure up a plan on whether to fight the inevitable slide job on the final lap or just let it happen and prepare himself with a counter measure in response After missing his mark in turn one on the 30th and last lap of the $10,000-to-win main event, those exact thoughts raced through his mind.

Although he hadn’t felt any pressure up to that point, from there, he knew his best option was to let him go, then hit the ridge in the middle of three and four and cross him over. And that’s just what KTJ did as he raced under the checkered flag to become the first three-time winner of the Fall Nationals.

This Saturday night, October 1, at “The Burg,” he’ll try to cash in the $10,000 check by putting number four on the board after previously winning the race in 2017-19-21.

The Cullman, Ala. racer owns five career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins at Lawrenceburg dating back to 2013, which ranks tied for second all-time with Jon Stanbrough. Dave Darland has won the most often with seven.

However, in that 2021 race, for the longest time, it appeared outside front row starter Emerson Axsom had the upper hand as he led the first 26 laps of the feature until exiting the fourth turn on lap 26. That’s when Axsom’s right rear tire suddenly gave away, forcing him to a complete stop in a heartbreaking moment that denied him, at the time, his first career series victory. The series leading Rookie in points looks to return to USAC victory lane for the first time since February in Ocala, Fla.

Championship point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was triumphant in the 2018 Fall Nationals where he led the first lap and the final 18 after being mired in a spirited duel with Bacon. Four of Grant’s USAC National Sprint wins have come at Lawrenceburg, including the first of his career back in 2012. He has six career top-five finishes at the Fall Nationals, including a 5th in 2013, a 4th in 2014, a 5th in 2016, a 3rd in 2017, a 1st in 2018 and a 3rd in 2019.

Dueling with Grant for the series title entering the weekend is 2020 Fall Nationals victor Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) who finds himself 80 points behind in second. The four-time champ owns three USAC scores at Lawrenceburg, with additional victory lane visits coming in the summer of 2015 and the spring of 2021. At the Fall Nationals, Bacon has been the fastest qualifier in 2011 and has finished in the top-four five times over the years, including 2nd in 2014 and 2017 as well as 4th in 2015 and 2021.

Two-time Fall Nationals winner Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) won the first two editions of the event under Midwest Sprint Car Series sanction in 2007 and 2008, the first one coming on the former 1/4-mile and the latter coming on the 3/8-mile version. Ballou has been a Lawrenceburg USAC Sprint winner once before in his career, scoring the “W” during 2011 Indiana Sprint Week. At the Fall Nationals, the 2015 series champion has also finished 4th in 2017 and 5th in 2020.

The very first of Chase Stockon’s 13 career USAC National Sprint Car victories came at the Fall Nationals in 2012. He’s started all 12 Fall Nationals under USAC sanction since 2009. The Fort Branch, Ind. native also finished as the runner-up in the Fall Nationals during the 2013 race. He took 9th in 2021 and 10th at the event in 2019.

Fall Nationals winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) made his first start in the event with a solid 6th place result back in 2012. His next came in 2015 when he took over the lead on lap two and dominated the rest of the distance in what was his second career USAC National Sprint Car victory at the time.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has raced to a pair of Lawrenceburg USAC Sprint Car victories during the Indiana Sprint Week round in both 2017 and 2019. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champion also won the 2013 Lawrenceburg Speedway track championship and has finished in the top-three twice at the Fall Nationals in his career. He was 3rd in 2015 and 2nd in 2017. He was 4th in each of the last two years in 2019 and 2020. In both 2015 and 2018, he was the fastest qualifier at the Fall Nationals.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has been the winner of a USAC National Sprint Car feature at Lawrenceburg, scoring a decisive victory during the 2021 Indiana Sprint Week round. Back in June of 2021, Seavey swept both ends of the night, taking wins in both the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget portion and the ensuing Lawrenceburg Sprint car feature. The 2018 USAC National Midget champ experienced his best Fall Nationals performance yet in 2021, finishing 7th.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) was the fastest qualifier and a 9th place finisher in his Fall Nationals debut in 2020. In 2021, the USAC National Most Improved Driver upped his game once more by traveling from 10th to finish 5th.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) took 7th in the Fall Nationals of 2012. His ride for the Fall Nationals, the Hodges Motorsports No. 74x, won the event with Josh Hodges as the driver during the 2016 season. In fact, the Hodges car has finished in the top-10 at the Fall Nationals on three occasions: 1st in 2016, 8th in 2017 and 10th in 2018. The 2016 run still stands as the fastest 30-lap USAC Sprint Car race in the history of Lawrenceburg Speedway at 7:21.09.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) owns three career top-six results in his Fall Nationals career, led by a 4th in 2016, followed by a 5th in 2009 and a 6th most recently in 2020. He’s finished eight of his last nine USAC National Sprint Car feature starts inside the top-five.

Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) made the most recent Fall Nationals run his best with an 8th in 2021. Among the Fall Nationals veterans joining him in the field include 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver, Terre Haute, Indiana’s Brandon Mattox (12th in 2021), Cincinnati, Ohio’s Saban Bibent (14th in 2021), recent first-time USAC winner Worthington, Indiana’s Jadon Rogers (15th in 2021), plus one-time USAC winner, Pleasant Hill, Ohio’s Matt Westfall (15th in 2018) and two-time USAC National Sprint Car winner, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal (17th in 2018).

Impressive USAC Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) set Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time during Lawrenceburg’s abbreviated, rained out Indiana Sprint Week round in July, but will plan to make his first series feature start at the track this Saturday. In June, he ran 8th at the Burg during USAC Indiana Midget Week.

Moles will be joined by Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) as far as Fall Nationals Rookies, and will be driving for 2B Racing, which won a local show at Lawrenceburg in April with driver Chad Boespflug. Hernandez captured his first career 410 Sprint Car victory at Lawrenceburg in 2020.

Furthermore, it’s race number nine of ten for the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Series presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment. Brady Bacon leads the 10-race miniseries’ point standings by 26 points of Justin Grant (-26) with C.J. Leary (-52) in third. The champion of which will receive a $10,000 bonus. One race remains after Lawrenceburg, on November 5, in the Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Pits open for Saturday’s Fall Nationals at 3pm Eastern with front gates opening at 5pm, the drivers meeting at 5:15pm and hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

The event features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship along with the KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds. Adult general admission tickets are $30, kids 7-12 are $7 and children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Saturday’s Fall Nationals from Lawrenceburg can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-572, 2-Justin Grant-546, 3-C.J. Leary-520, 4-Chase Stockon-445, 5-Robert Ballou-444, 6-Emerson Axsom-438, 7-Logan Seavey-426, 8-Matt Westfall-397, 9-Jadon Rogers-365, 10-Jason McDougal-334.

FALL NATIONALS WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

2007: Robert Ballou (MSCS)

2008: Robert Ballou (MSCS)

2009: Damion Gardner (USAC) & Jon Stanbrough (MSCS)

2010: Rained Out

2011: Levi Jones (USAC)

2012: Chase Stockon (USAC)

2013: Bryan Clauson (USAC)

2014: Bryan Clauson (USAC)

2015: Thomas Meseraull (USAC)

2016: Josh Hodges (USAC)

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr. (USAC)

2018: Justin Grant (USAC)

2019: Kevin Thomas Jr. (USAC)

2020: Brady Bacon (USAC)

2021: Kevin Thomas Jr. (USAC)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 7/9/2008 - Levi Jones - 12.926 - 104.441 mph

8 Laps - 9/28/2013 - Tracy Hines - 1:51.91 - 96.506 mph

10 Laps - 7/10/2008 - Cole Whitt - 2:18.199 - 7.692 mph

12 Laps - 10/1/2016 - Stevie Sussex - 2:51.399 - 4.521 mph

30 Laps - 10/1/2016 - Josh Hodges - 7:21.09 - 91.818 mph

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

7-Dave Darland

5-Jon Stanbrough & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Justin Grant & Jack Hewitt

3-Brady Bacon, Kevin Briscoe, Bryan Clauson & Rick Hood

2-Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Danny Milburn & Brian Tyler

1-Robert Ballou, Jeff Bland Jr., Mark Cassella, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Kevin Doty, Jay Drake, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, Logan Jarrett, Thomas Meseraull, Rodney Ritter Jr., Logan Seavey, Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Chris Windom, Josh Wise & J.J. Yeley

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1983: Danny Milburn (9/18)

1984: Rick Hood (6/9) & Danny Milburn (9/16)

1985: Rick Hood (6/8)

1986: Rick Hood (6/7)

1988: Jack Hewitt (6/4)

1989: Rodney Ritter Jr. (7/1)

1992: Kevin Thomas (8/8)

1993: Jack Hewitt (7/10)

1994: Jon Stanbrough (6/18)

1995: Jack Hewitt (7/1)

1996: Mark Cassella (8/31)

1997: Brian Tyler (7/19) & Brian Tyler (8/30)

1998: Kevin Doty (5/30), Dave Darland (7/18) & Dave Darland (8/29)

1999: Kevin Briscoe (6/5), Jack Hewitt (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/28)

2000: Kevin Briscoe (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/26)

2001: Dave Darland (7/26)

2002: Kevin Briscoe (7/25)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/31), Jay Drake (6/1) & Jon Stanbrough (7/24)

2004: Jon Stanbrough (7/22)

2005: Dickie Gaines (7/21)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (4/22)

2007: Levi Jones (4/21), Jon Stanbrough (7/11) & Dave Darland (7/12)

2008: Jeff Bland (7/9) & Brady Short (7/10)

2009: Josh Wise (4/18), Dave Darland (7/10), Jerry Coons Jr. (8/22 Special Event) & Damion Gardner (10/2)

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (4/17) & Dave Darland (7/9)

2011: Robert Ballou (7/10), Levi Jones (10/1)

2012: Justin Grant (7/15) & Chase Stockon (9/29)

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/6), Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/14) & Bryan Clauson (9/28)

2014: Justin Grant (4/5) & Bryan Clauson (9/27)

2015: Logan Jarrett (4/4), Brady Bacon (7/12) & Thomas Meseraull (10/3)

2016: Dave Darland (4/2), Bryan Clauson (7/10) & Josh Hodges (10/1)

2017: Chris Windom (4/1), C.J. Leary (7/9) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (9/30)

2018: Tyler Courtney (7/22) & Justin Grant (9/29)

2019: Justin Grant (7/21) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (10/5)

2020: C.J. Leary (7/26) & Brady Bacon (10/3)

2021: Brady Bacon (4/3), Logan Seavey (7/25) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (10/2)

FALL NATIONALS USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY

2007 FEATURE: 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Kevin Swindell, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Casey Shuman, 5. A.J. Anderson, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Dakoda Armstrong, 8. Kyle Wissmiller, 9. Jeff Bland Jr., 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Derek Franks, 12. Ricky Williams, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Sammy Imel, 15. Kevin Briscoe, 16. Darren Hagen, 17. Matt Westfall, 18. Alex Shanks, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Joss Moffatt, 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 22. Kent Christian, 23. Brett Burdette, 24. Chris Windom.

2008 FEATURE: 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Daron Clayton, 5. Joss Moffatt, 6. Ricky Williams, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Jeff Bland Jr., 10. J. J. Yeley, 11. Lance Grimes, 12. Logan Hupp, 13. Ryan Pace, 14. Critter Malone, 15. John Memmer, 16. Dickie Gaines, 17. Bobby Stines, 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Kurt Gross, 20. Kevin Thomas Jr., 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Brett Burdette, 23. Kyle Robbins, 24. Josh Clemons.

2009 NIGHT ONE FEATURE: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Cole Whitt, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Jeff Bland Jr., 13. Nic Faas, 14. Bobby East, 15. Darren Hagen, 16. Casey Riggs, 17. Brady Short, 18. Bryan Clauson, 19. Jesse Hockett, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. John Memmer, 22. Chad Boat, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Chase Stockon.

2009 NIGHT TWO FEATURE: 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Brady Short, 9. Jeff Bland Jr., 10. Dave Darland, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Coleman Gulick, 13. Casey Riggs, 14. Jonathan Hendrick, 15. Ty Deckard, 16. Ricky Williams, 17. Shawn Westerfeld, 18. Blake Fitzpatrick, 19. Hud Cone, 20. Scotty Weir, 21. Jesse Hockett, 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 23. Jerry Coons Jr., 24. Joss Moffatt.

2010 FEATURE: Rained Out

2011 FEATURE: 1. Levi Jones, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Casey Riggs, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Ted Hines, 9. Bobby East, 10. Bryan Clauson, 11. Jac Haudenschild, 12. Brady Short, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Blake Fitzpatrick, 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Matt Westfall, 17. Logan Hupp, 18. Chase Stockon, 19. Jonathan Hendrick, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Coleman Gulick, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Critter Malone. NT

2012 FEATURE: 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Bobby East, 13. Logan Hupp, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Brady Short, 18. Wes McIntyre, 19. Dave Darland, 20. Jonathan Hendrick, 21. Dakota Jackson, 22. Daron Clayton, 23. Coleman Gulick.

2013 FEATURE: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Gary Taylor, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Shawn Westerfeld, 12. Daron Clayton, 13. Kyle Cummins, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Joss Moffatt, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Ted Hines, 20. Scotty Weir, 21. Tyler Courtney, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Matt Westfall.

2014 FEATURE: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jac Haudenschild, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 18. Thomas Meseraull, 19. C.J. Leary, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Shane Cottle. NT

2015 FEATURE: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Kody Swanson, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Scotty Weir, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Jerry Coons Jr., 19. Dustin Ingle, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Garrett Abrams, 22. Kyle Cummins.

2016 FEATURE: 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Jarett Andretti, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Carson Short, 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 15. Nick Bilbee, 16. A.J. Hopkins, 17. C.J. Leary, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Joss Moffatt, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Drew Abel. 7:21.09 (NTR)

2017 FEATURE: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. Nick Bilbee, 12. Scotty Weir, 13. Joss Moffatt, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Kyle Robbins, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Garrett Abrams, 18. J.J. Hughes, 19. Tony McVey, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Aric Gentry, 22. Shawn Westerfeld, 23. Chad Boespflug. NT

2018 FEATURE: 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Chris Windom (18), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 6. Dave Darland (1), 7. Jarett Andretti (11), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Isaac Chapple (8), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Tyler Thomas (20), 13. Dakota Jackson (13), 14. Nick Bilbee (16), 15. Matt Westfall (14), 16. Justin Peck (15), 17. Jason McDougal (12), 18. Shane Cottle (10), 19. Dickie Gaines (17), 20. Brandon Spithaler (21), 21. C.J. Leary (6). NT

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 2. Tyler Courtney (6), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. C.J. Leary (3), 5. Chris Windom (8), 6. Nick Bilbee (10), 7. Brady Bacon (2), 8. Jarett Andretti (13), 9. Scotty Weir (14), 10. Chase Stockon (4), 11. Josh Hodges (7), 12. Dustin Clark (16), 13. Mario Clouser (15), 14. Isaac Chapple (17), 15. Max Adams (9), 16. Dustin Smith (11), 17. J.J. Hughes (19), 18. Tyler Kendall (21), 19. Justin Owen (18), 20. Garrett Abrams (20), 21. Kyle Cummins (12), 22. Aric Gentry (22). NT

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 3. Chris Windom (1), 4. C.J. Leary (5), 5. Robert Ballou (19), 6. Kyle Cummins (11), 7. Justin Grant (3), 8. Dave Darland (18), 9. Jake Swanson (6), 10. Cole Bodine (8), 11. Scotty Weir (14), 12. Max Adams (10), 13. Shane Cottle (12), 14. Tye Mihocko (16), 15. Chase Stockon (22), 16. Carson Short (17), 17. J.J. Hughes (7), 18. Logan Seavey (15), 19. Nick Bilbee (21), 20. Mario Clouser (13), 21. Joss Moffatt (20), 22. Tyler Courtney (4) (Courtney was initially declared the winner but was repositioned to 22nd for being 15 pounds underweight in post-race tech inspection.) NT

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 2. Chris Windom (8), 3. Tanner Thorson (6), 4. Brady Bacon (11), 5. Jake Swanson (10), 6. Justin Grant (14), 7. Logan Seavey (4), 8. Max Adams (9), 9. Chase Stockon (7), 10. C.J. Leary (5), 11. Thomas Meseraull (16), 12. Brandon Mattox (19), 13. Dallas Hewitt (20), 14. Saban Bibent (1), 15. Jadon Rogers (15), 16. Ryan Thomas (12), 17. Emerson Axsom (2), 18. Justin Owen (18), 19. Shane Cottle (22), 20. Robert Ballou (13), 21. J.J. Hughes (17), 22. Jason McDougal (21). NT

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

CHASE JOHNSON POWERS TO VENTURA VICTORY

By Lance Jennings

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 28, 2022… Starting fifth, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, California) grabbed the lead from Kyle Edwards on the seventh lap and powered to last Saturday’s win at Ventura Raceway. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe / SureCan LLC Triple X, Johnson scored his second $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the season. Edwards, Tanner Boul, Steve Hix, and point leader Trent Carter rounded out the top-five drivers.

At the drop of starter Kris Kornder’s green flag, Ventura USAC/CRA winner Tanner Boul took the top spot from the pole position. Looking for his first USAC West Coast 360 win, Boul’s hopes were dashed as Edwards slipped by on the second circuit. Edwards set a torrid pace and soon faced the challenges from former track champion Troy Rutherford. Contact between the two knocked Rutherford out of contention, but Edwards would soon have to battle with Johnson. Chase proved to be too strong on this night and lapped the seventh running Hannah Mayhew before taking the checkered flag.

Before earning the seventh win of his career, Chase Johnson qualified second overall and finished second in his heat race to Rick Hendrix. After limited starts, Chase left the Ventura County Fairgrounds ranked thirteenth in the point chase.

Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) opened the night by winning the “Lucky Pill Draw” presented by High Tech Performance and five free gallons of fuel. The veteran driver then posted his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign with a time of 12.461 seconds over the 19-car roster. Driving his #11 Westco International Consulting / Shine Supply Spike with Ford power, Rutherford won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers First Heat Race and scored seventeenth in the feature after an early exit. Heading to the October 15th “Championship Night,” Troy sits third in points with a shot at the championship.

Veteran Rick Hendrix (Palmdale, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated / Vahlco Wheels Second Heat Race. Piloting his #15 Rick’s Gate Works / Wilwood Disc Brakes Maxim, the multi-time USAC Champion was eleventh quick in time trials and scored sixth in the main event. In limited starts, Hendrix is sixteenth in the point standings.

August 27th Ventura winner, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) took the checkered flags in the 10-lap Rod End Supply / Saldana Racing Products Third Heat Race. Racing the May Motorsports’ #8M RDM Mechanics / Keen Concrete Eagle, Roa qualified third overall and scratched before the main event with engine issues. After a couple of starts, the 2016 Champion heads to The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park ranked twenty-second in points.

Gage Rucker (Truxton, Missouri) returned to USAC West Coast action and earned the night’s BR Motorsports / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award with a tenth place run from nineteenth. Driving the Kruseman Motorsports’ #21K Kruseman Sprint Car and Midget Driving School / Lucas Oil machine, Rucker was nineteenth in qualifications after mechanical issues and ran sixth in his heat race. For his efforts, Gage also earned a copy of Caged Heat, a sprint car racing photo book, courtesy of Steve Lafond. After his first start of 2022, Rucker is ranked thirty-fifth in championship points.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, James Herrera (New Cuyama, California) claimed his second Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” of the season. Racing his #5E Cuyama Buckhorn / The Buck Stop Coffee Stop Maxim, Herrera qualified fourteenth overall and placed sixth in his heat race. The 2015 Santa Maria Champion heads to the upcoming “Championship Night” sitting twelfth in the chase for the championship.

The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will take a break before returning to action on Saturday, October 15th, at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park’s (Bakersfield, California) “Championship Night” and “George Snider Classic.” The final point race will also feature the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, ROW Signs and Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the series Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 24, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.461; 2. Chase Johnson, 73, Ford-12.570; 3. Brody Roa, 8M, May-12.977; 4. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-12.993; 5. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.018; 6. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-13.141; 7. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-13.171; 8. Tyler Hatzikian, 27, Hatzikian-13.225; 9. Brent Yarnal, 29, Yarnal-13.247; 10. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-13.308; 11. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.351; 12. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-13.416; 13. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-13.719; 14. James Herrera, 5E, Herrera-13.756; 15. Nathan Byrd, 10K, Kruseman-13.829; 16. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-13.883; 17. Elexa Herrera, 16J, Herrera-13.993; 18. Camie Bell, 29C, Bell-14.821; 19. Gage Rucker, 21K, Kruseman-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Carter, 3. Majors, 4. Edwards, 5. Mayhew, 6. Rucker, 7. Bishop. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / VAHLCO WHEELS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hendrix, 2. Johnson, 3. Hix, 4. Hatzikian, 5. E.Herrera, 6. J.Herrera. NT.

ROD END SUPPLY / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Yarnal, 3. Boul, 4. Ennis, 5. Byrd, 6. Bell. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Chase Johnson (5), 2. Kyle Edwards (3), 3. Tanner Boul (1), 4. Steve Hix (2), 5. Trent Carter (11), 6. Rick Hendrix (7), 7. Hannah Mayhew (13), 8. Tyler Hatzikian (9), 9. Brent Yarnal (10), 10. Gage Rucker (19), 11. Joey Bishop (16), 12. Nathan Byrd (15), 13. James Herrera (14), 14. Camie Bell (18), 15. Chris Ennis (12), 16. Elexa Herrera (17), 17. Troy Rutherford (6), 18. Cody Majors (8). NT. ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Boul, Laps 2-6 Edwards, Laps 7-30 Johnson BR MOTORSPORTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Gage Rucker (19th to 10th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: James Herrera HIGH TECH PERFORMANCE LUCKY PILL DRAW: Troy Rutherford

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Trent Carter-465, 2-Kyle Edwards-450, 3-Troy Rutherford-424, 4-Tanner Boul-361, 5-Joey Bishop-338; 6-Tyler Hatzikian-337, 7-Brent Yarnal-307, 8-Steve Hix-293, 9-Ricky Lewis-290, ---Hannah Mayhew-290.

NEW TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Troy Rutherford-25, 2-Ricky Lewis-19, 3-Trent Carter-13, 4-Chase Johnson-14, 5-Kyle Edwards-12, 6-Brody Fuson-9, --Steve Hix-9, 8-Tanner Boul-7, --Brody Roa-7, 10-Jake Andreotti-6.

NEW PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Joey Bishop-38, 2-Camie Bell-36, 3-Hannah Mayhew-24, 4-Tyler Hatzikian-22, 5-Travis Buckley-18, 6-Brent Yarnal-15, 7-Troy Rutherford-14, 8-Nathan Byrd-13, 9-Brody Fuson-11, 10-Kyle Edwards-10, --Chase Johnson-10.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 15 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California – “Championship Night” / “George Snider Classic”

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

BEN WORTH CAPTURES VENTURA USAC MIDGET FEATURE
By Lance Jennings

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 27, 2022… Leading all 30-laps, third starting Ben Worth (Coalinga, California) raced to last Saturday’s triumph at Ventura Raceway. Driving Dean “Kiwi” Alexander’s #5K WFX / Walker Air Filtration Spike, Worth claimed his first USAC Western States Midget win of the season over A.J. Bender, point leader Michael Faccinto, Brody Fuson, and leading rookie Travis Buckley. For his efforts, Ben had a $1,800 payday courtesy of T&T Trucking after scoring the third win of his career.

Worth, the 2019 Rookie of the Year, opened the night by qualifying fourth out of the 24-car roster and placed second to Brody Fuson in his heat race. Worth had control of the main event but soon faced the challenge from Faccinto. Faccinto looked for an opening to grab the top spot, but a late bobble gave Worth all the room he needed to take the checkered flag. Ben heads to the October 15th “Championship Night” at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park ranked third in the point chase.

After winning the previous race at Ventura, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, California) posted his third consecutive (fourth overall) Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Racing Keith Ford’s #73X Naturipe / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Johnson’s time of 12.398 seconds bested the season-high of 24 “mighty midgets.” The versatile driver ran third in his 10-lap heat race and scored eighth in the main event. Chase left the Ventura County Fairgrounds placed tenth in the standings.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Jordan Hanni Well Drilling First Heat Race. Piloting Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, Fuson was tenth quick in time trials and charged to fourth in the main event after starting eighth. On the strength of two wins, the young driver ranks second in the chase for the championship.

Second generation driver C.J. Sarna (Brea, California) took the checkered flag in the 10-lap Ammonia Refrigeration Service Second Heat Race. Racing his #20 ZMax / Final Final Lifestyle Spike, Sarna qualified fourteenth overall and finished twelfth in the main event. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year heads to Kern County sitting ninth in points.

Rookie contender A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) won the 10-lap Wireless 101 Third Heat Race. Driving the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender was ninth fast in qualifying and ran second to Worth in the feature after starting seventh. Last year’s Turkey Night Grand Prix USAC 360 Sprint Car Winner left Ventura ranked fifth in points and second in the rookie standings.

Veteran Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, California) earned the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award with a sixth place run from eighteenth. Piloting the family owned #8 HASA Pool Products / Pentair Edmunds, Pankratz qualified eighteenth overall and scored fifth in her heat race. For her efforts, Randi also earned a copy of Caged Heat, a sprint car racing photo book, courtesy of Steve Lafond / Tear-Off Heaven Fotos. As this writing goes to press, Pankratz is eleventh in the point chase despite missing several races.

Gage Rucker (Truxton, Missouri) earned Ventura’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event from twentieth. Driving the Kruseman Motorsports’ #15K Kruseman Sprint Car and Midget Driving School / FK Rod Ends entry, Rucker was twentieth fast in time trials and scored sixth in his heat race. Before racing began, Gage also won the High Tech Performance “Lucky Pill Draw” and five gallons of fuel thanks to Jack Parker and his staff. After his first start, Rucker left the speedway tied for fifty-third in the point standings.

After scoring third in the feature, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has officially clinched his second USAC Western States Midget Championship. Racing the Graunstadt Enterprises / Streeter Racing #14J Gary Silva Ranches / T&T Trucking Spike, Faccinto qualified second overall and placed fourth in his heat race. The newly crowned champion will be looking to celebrate in style at the October 15th “George Snider Classic.”

The USAC Western States Midgets will take a break before returning to action on Saturday, October 15th, at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park’s (Bakersfield, California) “Championship Night” and “George Snider Classic.” The final point race is co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) and will also feature the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Ammonia Refrigeration Service, AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Elk Grove Ford, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, High Tech Performance, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, ROW Signs and Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, T&T Trucking, Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 24, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Johnson, 73X, Ford-12.398; 2. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt/Streeter-12.569; 3. Cade Lewis, 73, Ford-12.596; 4. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.644; 5. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.654; 6. Robby Josett, 68, Six8-12.670; 7. Cody Williams, 8W, Woodland-12.684; 8. Steve Paden, 56, Paden-12.688; 9. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-12.728; 10. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.740; 11. Samuel May, 55, Lambert-12.761; 12. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-12.775; 13. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-12.871; 14. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.969; 15. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-13.103; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.130; 17. Zach Telford, 22G, GR-13.221; 18. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.222; 19. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-13.564; 20. Gage Rucker, 15K, Kruseman-13.815; 21. Tres Van Dyne, 14JR, Streeter-14.030; 22. Kevin Gray, 7L, Gray-15.144; 23. Billy Rayburn, 6K, Kruseman-15.618; 24. Jim Vanzant, 3V, Vanzant-NT.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Worth, 3. Johnson, 4. Leach, 5. Williams, 6. Byrd, 7. Gray, 8. Hix. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sarna, 2. Andreotti, 3. May, 4. Faccinto, 5. Paden, 6. Rucker, 7. Telford, 8. Rayburn. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Lewis, 3. Buckley, 4. Josett, 5. Pankratz, 6. Hodges, 7. Vanzant, 8. Van Dyne. NT.

T&T TRUCKING FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Ben Worth (3), 2. A.J. Bender (7), 3. Michael Faccinto (5), 4. Brody Fuson (8), 5. Travis Buckley (12), 6. Randi Pankratz (18), 7. Nathan Byrd (19), 8. Chase Johnson (6), 9. Zach Telford (17), 10. Jake Andreotti (13), 11. Billy Rayburn (23), 12. C.J. Sarna (9), 13. Gage Rucker (20), 14. Steve Paden (10), 15. Cade Lewis (4), 16. Jake Hodges (15), 17. Samuel May (11), 18. Tres Van Dyne (21), 19. Robby Josett (2), 20. Mike Leach Jr. (14), 21. Steve Hix (16), 22. Kevin Gray (22), 23. Jim Vanzant (24), 24. Cody Williams (1). NT.
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**#8W Williams did not go to scales.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Worth
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Randi Pankratz (18th to 6th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Gage Rucker
HIGH TECH PEFORMANCE LUCKY PILL DRAW: Gage Rucker

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-779, 2-Brody Fuson-671, 3-Ben Worth-665, 4-Travis Buckley-612, 5-A.J. Bender-593, 6-Blake Bower-505, 7-Jake Andreotti-490, 8-Caden Sarale-397, 9- C.J. Sarna-362, 10-Chase Johnson-343.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-38, 2-Ben Worth-31, 3-Chase Johnson-24, 4-Jake Andreotti-19, 5-Blake Bower-16. 6-Shane Golobic-12, 7-Robby Josett-11, 8-Brody Fuson-10, 9-Mitchel Moles-6, --Travis Buckley-6, --A.J. Bender-6.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Travis Buckley-37, 2-Randi Pankratz-34, 3-Brody Fuson-25, --A.J. Bender-25, 5-Michael Faccinto-21, --Nathan Byrd-21, 7-Caden Sarale-18, --Danika Jo Parker-18, 9-Chase Johnson-17, 10-Thomas Esberg-15, --Jake Andreotti-15.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: October 15 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California – “Championship Night” / “George Snider Classic” - Co-sanctioned with BCRA

 

 


LET’S JUST RACE:
THAT’S JUST WHAT USAC SPRINTS WILL DO
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (September 28, 2022)………Let’s just race. That’s the sentiment all will feel this Friday night, September 30, at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes its fifth stop of the year at the 1/4-mile dirt oval.

Let’s Just Race Presented By Schroeder Products brings along with it an abundance of storylines and items to keep an eye on for the final USAC event in the month of September.

Justin Grant aims to become the second driver ever to win three USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship races at Kokomo in a single season.

Kyle Cummins aspires to become the first driver to not only become the first driver to finish inside the top-five on five different occasions with the series at Kokomo in a single season, but also to repeat his dominant Smackdown performance.

Kevin Thomas Jr. eyes the opportunity to keep the streak of alternating victories on the tour alive as he seeks his second USAC victory of the year at Kokomo.

All three have won at Kokomo in USAC National Sprint Car competition in 2022 and all three seem to be the hottest drivers on the tour at the moment.

To boot, either Grant, Cummins or Thomas has won the last eight appearances of USAC National Sprint Car racing at Kokomo between 2021-22. Furthermore, each of three have been victorious in six of the last seven races on the tour leading into this Friday night’s event.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) won both July’s Indiana Sprint Week round and the opening night of Sprint Car Smackdown in August and has been the winner of five of the past eight USAC features at Kokomo. The 2017-19-21 track champion’s six overall USAC Sprint triumphs at Kokomo rank tied for third all-time with Tyler Courtney and trails only Dave Darland (9) and Tony Elliott (8).

Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has won once, finished 2nd twice and 4th once in USAC National Sprint Car action at Kokomo this year. He’s also been fast time twice in August of this year and owns four career series wins at the joint. His Smackdown win in August was punctuated with a $35,000 top prize.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) collected a Smackdown prelim night win at Kokomo in August, which propelled him to two more USAC victories since that point, at Circle City Raceway and at Gas City I-69 Speedway. He’s alternated wins over the past six series races and, if you’re into numerology, the 2016 Kokomo track champion is due for a win at Kokomo this Friday night where’s he won five USAC National Sprint Car features.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is attempting to scratch and claw his way into USAC National Sprint Car championship contention. He sits 80 points behind Grant in the runner-up spot at the moment. The 2020 track champion needs no reminder that Kokomo Speedway is one of the few tracks the four-time series titlist has yet to win at in his USAC National Sprint Car career, nor has his Dynamics, Inc./Hoffman Auto Racing team. Bacon has finished a best of 3rd this year at Kokomo on the final night of Smackdown.

There’s not been too many that have been as solid at Kokomo this year in USAC competition than Robert Ballou. The 2015 USAC National Sprint Car king and one-time Kokomo USAC victor has finished inside the top-five in three of his four starts this year at Kokomo with a 3rd in July, another 3rd in August and a 5th in the Smackdown finale.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) owns the longest active top-ten streak with the series at 12 dating back to July 25. That span includes all four of his USAC starts at Kokomo: a 4th, 7th, 3rd and 2nd for the three-time USAC Kokomo winner and 2015 track champion.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) is the only other driver this year to finish all of his 2022 USAC National Sprint Car starts at Kokomo inside the top-ten, garnering a 6th, 5th, 5th and 8th. The leading USAC National Sprint Car Rookie’s first USAC national win of any kind came in a NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship race where he scored top honors in April of 2021.

Likewise, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) notched his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Kokomo in 2019 with the Sprint Cars. In four series starts this year at the track, he’s managed a best of 11th.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) is one of only 12 drivers to win at least three USAC National Sprint Car races at Kokomo. His three came in the successive years of 2017-18-19. His best result at Kokomo in 2022 came on the opening night of Smackdown when he snagged an 8th.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) has finished a best of 9th twice at Kokomo this season, but his shining moment at the track came in 2015 when he grabbed a second night Smackdown score.

Scotty Weir and Shane Cottle have earned six career Kokomo track championships between the two. Weir (Marion, Ind.) the 2008 and 2012 track title holder, was 14th this year with USAC at Kokomo back in August. Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) has collected four track championships at Kokomo in 2004-05-07-11. He was 15th in his only Kokomo USAC start this season, missing the ensuing three during Smackdown due to injury.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) has been a standout Rookie in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car action this year, winning twice. Off the trail however, he did pick up his first sprint car feature win without a wing on Independence Day weekend at Kokomo, July 3. He finished 10th twice in his two USAC National Sprint Car starts in August of this year at Kokomo this year.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) had himself his best run of the 2022 USAC season in August at Kokomo when he led 10 laps and finished 2nd on the penultimate night of Smackdown, which led into the following night where he connected on a fourth-place result.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has taken home three top-tens in four Kokomo USAC National Sprint Car starts this year with 4th, 7th and 9th. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), meanwhile, bagged a best of 6th and 8th with USAC at Kokomo in 2022. Rogers then went on to pick up his first career USAC victory in mid-September at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

USAC feature starts this season at Kokomo have also been recorded by Pleasant Hill, Ohio’s Matt Westfall (11th), who has been victorious with the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) at the track. Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas), Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) and Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) have collected all the 13th place results between them in their USAC National Sprint Car performances this year while Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) took a 19th. Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), meanwhile, has finished 23rd on three occasions this year at Kokomo, but in the last September USAC race held at Kokomo in 2020, he delivered by leading the six opening laps and tallying a 4th place result.

Mix those in with a full house of others for Friday night’s 30-lap, $5,000-to-win race, which is the 76th USAC National Sprint Car race ever held at Kokomo Speedway.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will be joined by the Indiana RaceSaver Sprints and Thunder Cars.

Grandstands and pit gates will open at 3pm Eastern with the drivers meeting taking place at 6pm. Hot laps will begin at 6:30pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

General admission tickets are $25 for adults with kids age 12 under free. Pit passes are $35 for members and $30 for non-members.

General admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

The Kokomo event begins a double-race weekend for the series’ final Midwest events of the season with Lawrenceburg Speedway’s Fall Nationals on tap one night later on Saturday, October 1.

Friday’s event can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2107, 2-Brady Bacon-2027, 3-C.J. Leary-2003, 4-Robert Ballou-1933, 5-Emerson Axsom-1852, 6-Logan Seavey-1770, 7-Chase Stockon-1583, 8-Matt Westfall-1501, 9-Jadon Rogers-1447, 10-Jake Swanson-1328.

KOKOMO SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:

9-Dave Darland

8-Tony Elliott

6-Tyler Courtney & Justin Grant

5-Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Bryan Clauson & Kyle Cummins

3-Jack Hewitt, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Jon Stanbrough & Chris Windom

1-Robert Ballou, Tom Bigelow, Chad Boat, Jay Drake, Russ Gamester, Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, Kelly Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Brad Marvel, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, Dean Shirley, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Tyler Thomas, Rich Vogler & J.J. Yeley

KOKOMO SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

1981: Tom Bigelow (7/22)

1982: Rich Vogler (7/21)

1983: Dean Shirley (7/20)

1984: Jack Hewitt (7/11)

1985: Jack Hewitt (8/4)

1989: Jack Hewitt (6/25)

1990: Russ Gamester (6/24)

1991: Kelly Kinser (6/23) & Tony Elliott (8/25)

1992: Tony Elliott (6/28)

1993: Dave Darland (6/27)

1995: Tony Elliott (7/5)

1996: Tony Elliott (6/30) & Brad Marvel (7/28)

1997: Kevin Thomas (6/15) & J.J. Yeley (7/20)

1998: Tony Elliott (7/19) & Tony Elliott (8/9)

1999: Cory Kruseman (7/25) & Tony Elliott (8/8)

2000: Jay Drake (7/23)

2001: Tony Elliott (7/29)

2003: Bud Kaeding (7/23)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (7/16)

2007: Jon Stanbrough (7/15)

2008: Dave Darland (7/13)

2009: Chad Boat (7/12)

2010: Bryan Clauson (4/18) & Levi Jones (7/11)

2011: Hunter Schuerenberg (7/9)

2012: Dave Darland (7/16), Bryan Clauson (8/23), Chris Windom (8/24) & Bryan Clauson (8/25)

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/13), Bryan Clauson (8/22), Dave Darland (8/23) & Dave Darland (8/24)

2014: Dave Darland (7/12), Jon Stanbrough (8/22), Dave Darland (8/23) & Dave Darland (8/24)

2015: Chris Windom (8/26), Robert Ballou (8/27), Chase Stockon (8/28) & Dave Darland (8/29)

2016: Kyle Cummins (7/9), Kevin Thomas Jr. (8/25), C.J. Leary (8/26) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (8/27)

2017: Thomas Meseraull (7/8), C.J. Leary (8/24), Tyler Courtney (8/25) & Tyler Courtney (8/26)

2018: Thomas Meseraull (7/24), Tyler Courtney (8/23), Tyler Thomas (8/24) & Justin Grant (9/27)

2019: Chris Windom (7/20), Thomas Meseraull (8/22), Logan Seavey (8/23) & Tyler Courtney (8/24)

2020: C.J. Leary (7/25), Kyle Cummins (8/27), Kyle Cummins (8/28), Tyler Courtney (8/29) & Tyler Courtney (9/26)

2021: Justin Grant (7/24), Justin Grant (8/27), Kevin Thomas Jr. (8/28) & Justin Grant (8/28)

2022: Justin Grant (7/26), Justin Grant (8/25), Kevin Thomas Jr. (8/26) & Kyle Cummins (8/27)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS

1 Lap - 7/26/2022 - C.J. Leary - 12.284 - 73.266 mph

3 Laps - 8/27/2022 - C.J. Leary - 39.543 - 68.280 mph

6 Laps - 7/23/2003 - Mike Spencer - 1:32.52 - 58.366 mph

8 Laps - 7/13/2013 - Tyler Hewitt - 1:49.60 - 65.693 mph

10 Laps - 8/26/2017 - Chris Windom - 2:10.23 - 69.109 mph

12 Laps - 8/22/2014 - Dave Darland - 2:41.06 - 67.056 mph

15 Laps - 8/27/2016 - Tyler Thomas - 3:28.93 - 64.615 mph

30 Laps - 8/23/2019 - Logan Seavey - 6:48.92 - 66.028 mph

2022 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS AT KOKOMO SPEEDWAY:

JULY 26 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (4), 2. Kyle Cummins (3), 3. Robert Ballou (2), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Brady Bacon (13), 6. Emerson Axsom (5), 7. Ryan Timms (9), 8. Jadon Rogers (8), 9. Chase Stockon (7), 10. Briggs Danner (16), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Cole Bodine (22), 14. Matt Westfall (20), 15. Shane Cottle (18), 16. Brent Beauchamp (19), 17. Tye Mihocko (21), 18. Jack Hoyer (12), 19. Jason McDougal (15), 20. Mitchel Moles (1), 21. Scotty Weir (10), 22. Dave Darland (14), 23. Brandon Mattox (23-P). NT

AUGUST 25 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Kyle Cummins (6), 3. Robert Ballou (1), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Emerson Axsom (10), 6. Jadon Rogers (9), 7. C.J. Leary (7), 8. Thomas Meseraull (16), 9. Chase Stockon (11), 10. Mitchel Moles (5), 11. Brady Bacon (3), 12. Jake Swanson (17), 13. Anton Hernandez (8), 14. Scotty Weir (21), 15. Mario Clouser (18), 16. Max Adams (20), 17. Logan Seavey (14), 18. Matt Westfall (12), 19. Dave Darland (13), 20. Cole Bodine (19), 21. Alex Bright (22), 22. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 23. Brandon Mattox (23-P). NT

AUGUST 26 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 2. Jake Swanson (2), 3. C.J. Leary (5), 4. Kyle Cummins (6), 5. Emerson Axsom (1), 6. Brady Bacon (7), 7. Jason McDougal (10), 8. Robert Ballou (12), 9. Justin Grant (15), 10. Mitchel Moles (4), 11. Matt Westfall (11), 12. Jadon Rogers (14), 13. Max Adams (19), 14. Dave Darland (18), 15. Thomas Meseraull (13), 16. Anton Hernandez (20), 17. Korbyn Hayslett (21), 18. Parker Frederickson (22), 19. Carson Garrett (9), 20. Logan Seavey (8), 21. Chase Stockon (17), 22. Scotty Weir (16). NT

AUGUST 27 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (2), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Brady Bacon (8), 4. Jake Swanson (6), 5. Robert Ballou (7), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 7. Justin Grant (5), 8. Emerson Axsom (4), 9. Jason McDougal (3), 10. Thomas Meseraull (14), 11. Logan Seavey (16), 12. Mitchel Moles (11), 13. Max Adams (20), 14. Jadon Rogers (13), 15. Matt Westfall (10), 16. Chase Stockon (9), 17. Tom Harris (21), 18. Cole Bodine (19), 19. Dave Darland (17), 20. Anton Hernandez (15), 21. Mario Clouser (18), 22. Alex Bright (24-P), 23. Brandon Mattox (23-P), 24. Scotty Weir (22). NT

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 24, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Johnson, 73X, Ford-12.398; 2. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.569; 3. Cade Lewis, 73, Ford-12.596; 4. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.644; 5. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.654; 6. Robby Josett, 68, Six8-12.670; 7. Cody Williams, 8W, Woodland-12.684; 8. Steve Paden, 56, Paden-12.688; 9. A.J. Bender, 1X, LKK-12.728; 10. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.740; 11. Samuel May, 55, Lambert-12.761; 12. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-12.775; 13. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-12.871; 14. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.969; 15. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-13.103; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.130; 17. Zach Telford, 22G, GR-13.221; 18. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.222; 19. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-13.564; 20. Gage Rucker, 15K, Kruseman-13.815; 21. Tres Van Dyne, 14JR, Streeter-14.030; 22. Kevin Gray, 7L, Gray-15.144; 23. Billy Rayburn, 6K, Kruseman-15.618; 24. Jim Vanzant, 3V, Vanzant-NT.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Worth, 3. Johnson, 4. Leach, 5. Williams, 6. Byrd, 7. Gray, 8. Hix. NT.

AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SERVICE SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sarna, 2. Andreotti, 3. May, 4. Faccinto, 5. Paden, 6. Rucker, 7. Telford, 8. Rayburn. NT.

WIRELESS 101 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Lewis, 3. Buckley, 4. Josett, 5. Pankratz, 6. Hodges, 7. Vanzant, 8. Van Dyne. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Ben Worth (3), 2. A.J. Bender (7), 3. Michael Faccinto (5), 4. Brody Fuson (8), 5. Travis Buckley (12), 6. Randi Pankratz (18), 7. Nathan Byrd (19), 8. Chase Johnson (6), 9. Zach Telford (17), 10. Jake Andreotti (13), 11. Billy Rayburn (23), 12. C.J. Sarna (9), 13. Gage Rucker (20), 14. Steve Paden (10), 15. Cade Lewis (4), 16. Jake Hodges (15), 17. Samuel May (11), 18. Tres Van Dyne (21), 19. Robby Josett (2), 20. Mike Leach Jr. (14), 21. Steve Hix (16), 22. Kevin Gray (22), 23. Jim Vanzant (24), 24. Cody Williams (1). NT.
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**#8W Williams did not go to scales.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Worth
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Randi Pankratz
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Gage Rucker
HIGH TECH PERFORMANCE LUCKY PILL DRAW: Gage Rucker

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-779, 2-Brody Fuson-671, 3-Ben Worth-665, 4-Travis Buckley-612, 5-A.J. Bender-593, 6-Blake Bower-505, 7-Jake Andreotti-490, 8-Caden Sarale-397, 9- C.J. Sarna-362, 10-Chase Johnson-343.

TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Michael Faccinto-38, 2-Ben Worth-31, 3-Chase Johnson-24, 4-Jake Andreotti-19, 5-Blake Bower-16. 6-Shane Golobic-12, 7-Robby Josett-11, 8-Brody Fuson-10, 9-Mitchel Moles-6, --Travis Buckley-6, --A.J. Bender-6.

PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Travis Buckley-37, 2-Randi Pankratz-34, 3-Brody Fuson-25, --A.J. Bender-25, 5-Michael Faccinto-21, --Nathan Byrd-21, 7-Caden Sarale-18, --Danika Jo Parker-18, 9-Chase Johnson-17, 10-Thomas Esberg-15, --Jake Andreotti-15.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: October 15 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California – “Championship Night” / “George Snider Classic”


 

 

BACK-TO-BACK:
WINDOM WINS 4-CROWN MIDGETS
FOR 2ND STRAIGHT YEAR

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 24, 2022)………”It was good last year, but I almost think it was better this year.”

That line spoken by Chris Windom could describe his satisfaction in a myriad of manners after he captured victory of his second consecutive USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature on the Saturday night of the 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

Those words were specifically referring to how good his car was on the topside of the racetrack throughout the 25-lap feature, but it was also an apt description of the sense of relief of a much-needed first feature victory of any kind this season, which came after a tumultuous weekend and culminated by taking his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/ Spike/Speedway Toyota to a $10,000 score at the half-mile dirt oval.

During Friday’s USAC Silver Crown practice, Windom hit the turn one wall and flipped several times, ending his weekend prematurely in the champ cars. Furthermore, he missed the final transfer spot by one position in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship portion of the program earlier Saturday evening.

This triumph was much needed for the Canton, Ill. native as he became the fourth driver to win the midget feature at the 4-Crown in consecutive years, joining Rich Vogler (1985-86), Kyle Larson (2011-12) and Tyler Courtney (2018-19).

Meanwhile, Windom became the sixth driver to reach five overall victories at the 4-Crown after previously winning the USAC Silver Crown race in 2013 and 2016, the USAC Sprint Car main event in 2013 and now the USAC Midget feature in both 2021 and 2022. He joins the fairly exclusive category along with Jack Hewitt (19), Courtney (7), Dave Darland (7), Vogler (5) and Tracy Hines (5).

Windom’s 14th career USAC National Midget win moved him into 51st all-time alongside Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner and Leroy Warriner, and he accomplished it by completing a CB Industries weekend sweep after teammate Mitchel Moles was victorious in Friday night’s midget feature.

“I love this place, and it feels great to get this done because it definitely hasn’t been the 4-Crown I wanted in the other classes,” Windom acknowledged. “Laps around here are key, and it’s taken me a lot of years to get good at running the fence here. It’s definitely tough to do and to hit your marks, especially when you’re out front by yourself for that long, it’s kind of easy to get distracted from stuff. You’ve got to stay laser-focused when you’re running that close to the fence, but this car was so good tonight.”

Windom started fourth on the grid while outside front row starter Chance Crum took the early advantage by leading the first two laps. Windom steadily edged forward and tore around the outside right up against the outside wall and into the lead on lap three.

Trouble came early for Moles whose Saturday night performed a complete 180-degree turn from his success 24 hours earlier. Running fifth, Moles got into the turn four wall and tumbled nose-to-tail down the banking. Moles ultimately was able to walk away from his heavily damaged racecar.

On the lap nine resumption, Crum made a charge on the bottom to pull even with Windom for the race lead, but Windom was able to stave off the pressure as he kept his foot on the throttle wide-open up top. Point leader Buddy Kofoid followed suit with Windom and rode the highwire around Crum and into the runner-up spot on lap 14.

Disaster struck on lap 17 as second running Kofoid’s right rear tire came apart upon entry on the turn one cushion. Suddenly, Kofoid’s car veered right and went nose first into the outside wall, whipped around like a propeller in mid-air directly into the path of third-running Crum who plowed in with no place to go. The resulting high speed collision sent both drivers flipping several times before coming to a rest upright in their mangled machines. Thankfully, both drivers emerged from the wreckage and walked away under their own power.

From that point forward, the story was written with the contest well in Windom’s hands as he closed out the victory by a 3.462 second margin over Bryant Wiedeman who grabbed second after dicing it up with Alex Bright late in the going. Bright came home third with RMS Racing teammates Justin Grant fourth and Thomas Meseraull fifth.

On Friday night, Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) earned his best career USAC National Midget feature result with a second-place finish. On Saturday night, he tied that mark with another runner-up placing in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Nutrien Ag Solutions – PurpleWave.com/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Meanwhile, Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) brought the Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring – Rodela Specialty Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota to its best finish of the season on Saturday night. Bright also collected his first USAC National Midget podium finish since a second place run at Pennsylvania’s Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in 2018. He also became the first Pennsylvanian to finish on the podium of the 4-Crown USAC National Midget feature since John Heydenreich in 1991.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 24, 2022 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 40th 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary (#25L Petry), 2. Logan Seavey (#19 Reinbold-Underwood), 3. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Mitchel Moles (#89 CBI), 5. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Alex Bright (#25 Malloy), 7. Jacob Denney (#25m Malloy), 8. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood). 2:17.92

PIT STOP USA/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom (#89x CBI), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 3. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 4. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 5. Tanner Carrick (#97K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac-Dalby), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). 2:17.49

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (4), 2. Bryant Wiedeman (8), 3. Alex Bright (3), 4. Justin Grant (10), 5. Thomas Meseraull (12), 6. Taylor Reimer (11), 7. Cannon McIntosh (16), 8. C.J. Leary (7), 9. Logan Seavey (1), 10. Hayden Reinbold (13), 11. Kaylee Bryson (14), 12. Jacob Denney (15), 13. Tanner Carrick (9), 14. Buddy Kofoid (5), 15. Chance Crum (2), 16. Mitchel Moles (6). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Chance Crum, Laps 3-25 Chris Windom.

**Mitchel Moles flipped on lap 8 of the feature. Buddy Kofoid & Chance Crum flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1581, 2-Justin Grant-1424, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1232, 4-Cannon McIntosh-1227, 5-Thomas Meseraull-1219, 6-Mitchel Moles-1215, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1173, 8-Jacob Denney-970, 9-Taylor Reimer-967, 10-Brenham Crouch-928.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-152, 2-Thomas Meseraull-129, 3-Brady Bacon-111, 4-Robert Ballou-98, 5-Buddy Kofoid-97, 6-Kaylee Bryson-97, 7-Logan Seavey-83, 8-Kyle Cummins-76, 9-Emerson Axsom-75, 10-Cannon McIntosh-73.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 7, 2022 – Wayne County Speedway – Wayne City, Illinois – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track – Jason Leffler Memorial

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Chris Windom (16.816)

Simpson Race Products / Competition Suspension (CSI) First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Pit Stop USA / Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Feature Hard Charger: Cannon McIntosh (16th to 7th)

Rosewood Machine & Tool Precision Move of the Race: Cannon McIntosh


 

 

CLOUD NINE:
GRANT GETS 50TH USAC NATIONAL TRIUMPH
IN 4-CROWN SPRINT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 24, 2022)………On a milestone night, Justin Grant became the 26th driver to reach 50 USAC national feature victories as he checked off his second career 4-Crown Nationals USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship victory on Saturday night at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

The Ione, Calif. native, who won the 2016 4-Crown race, took over the lead on the fifth lap of the 30-lap feature from Jason McDougal and finished it off in fashion by becoming the first driver to reach six series victories on the season to remain afloat with an 80-point lead in his pursuit of a first career USAC National Sprint Car driving title.

Grant’s fourth overall USAC National Sprint Car victory at Eldora came in the 300th USAC national open wheel points paying event ever held at Eldora, and in doing so, Grant reaped the rewards for a rim-riding performance on one the most famed dirt tracks in the land in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

“Eldora Speedway is so awesome,” Grant exclaimed. “It’s on the fence. It’s high stakes. It’s high risk. It’s high reward. I was having an absolute blast out there. I’ve really kind of struggled the last couple of years at Eldora and I about wrote myself off during 4-Crown here last year.”

Grant flipped during a hot lap run at the 4-Crown in 2021, but there were no such qualms this time around as he earned his 34th career USAC National Sprint Car triumph, which sits just one notch below Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler for 13th all-time.

The only hindrance came early on and, by chance, during a red flag period in the preceding USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature, Grant was able to communicate from the track to the pits that a few changes needed to be made to the sprint car.

“We rolled into Eldora with our normal (set-up),” Grant revealed. “(We thought) it would be slick, and we’d go ahead and tighten up. I was way too tight in qualifying and way too tight in the heat race. So, we left it alone. During that red in the midget feature, I pulled down to the fence, and I was yelling for (crew chief) Dylan Cook, saying, “tighten it up, it’s slick, it’s slick!” He got it tightened up and got the motor detuned on it and gave me one heck of a hot rod. I can’t thank him enough. He works his absolute tail off. I had kind of lost my way on set up here a little bit lately and I’ve had Dan Drinan coming with me the last couple of nights just to give me another set of eyes to get us back on track.”

Every win is meaningful for Grant, but this particular one especially, as he became the first driver to win three Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster races in 2022 – a 10-race miniseries within the USAC National Sprint Car schedule. Jones was Grant’s father-in-law who won six USAC National Sprint Car features at Eldora, including the first of his career in 1977.

“It’s special to win every one of these, but to win a Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster race at Eldora, this is as cool as sprint car racing gets for me,” Grant prided. “I’m on cloud nine.”

Grant started his race from the third position, but in the beginning, the point was controlled by pole sitter McDougal who scooted along the bottom to lead the opening lap while Grant shot along the outside to slot into second.

The first sign of trouble came on lap three when Dallas Hewitt (16th) tagged the turn four wall and flipped several times. Robert Ballou, who had already advanced from 22nd to 18th in the first two laps, got collected into the incident, and he too flipped heavily, ending both drivers nights prematurely with both walking away under their own power.

A side-by-side battle commenced up front once racing resumed as Grant raced around the outside of McDougal for the lead on the back straight on lap five. Meanwhile, Brady Bacon was hauling on the high line as he doubled up on lap seven to move from fifth to third past Jake Swanson and Shane Cottle. A full circuit later, on lap eight, Bacon continued to pour it on as he powered around the outside of McDougal for the runner-up spot.

However, Bacon still stood roughly two seconds behind leader Grant as the surging C.J. Leary began to apply pressure to Bacon for third after starting back in eighth. With five to go, Leary made it happen as he slide jobbed Bacon for the second spot in turn one and promptly began to go to work to track down Grant.

Leary shaved Grant’s advantage in half, down to a second, as Grant worked lapped traffic and even gave a patented Jack Hewitt-esque kiss of the right rear tire off the outside wall in turn three as he came back to the white flag.

Grant remained in total control and completed the quest by racing under the checkered flag 0.644 sec. ahead of Leary at the finish line with Bacon third, McDougal fourth and Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier Chase Stockon rounding out the top-five.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) came one spot shy of his second career 4-Crown USAC National Sprint Car win in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/Chevy. However, he was able to secure his third career top-two result in the event after winning in 2017 and finishing as the runner-up in 2018.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) took the final spot on the podium in his Dynamics, Inc./Cobalt Civil – Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation/Triple X/Rider Chevy. His third-place tally was his best in the event since finishing second back in 2017.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) set the fastest qualifying time for the 31st time in his USAC National Sprint Car career on Saturday night at Eldora. That moved him into a tie for 11th all-time with Sheldon Kinser while surpassing the 30 of Pancho Carter and Justin Grant.

Meanwhile, Grant joined an elite crew of drivers who’ve earned at least 50 career USAC national series feature victories: A.J. Foyt (159), Rich Vogler (134), Mel Kenyon (111), Dave Darland (106), Tracy Hines (91), Gary Bettenhausen (82), Bryan Clauson (81), Tom Bigelow (81), Bob Wente (79), Jack Hewitt (76), Pancho Carter (70), Parnelli Jones (69), Bob Tattersall (63), Dave Steele (60), J.J. Yeley (60), Sleepy Tripp (59), Tyler Courtney (57), Bobby East (56), Bobby Unser (56), Mario Andretti (56), Roger McCluskey (55), Brady Bacon (54), Don White (53), Larry Dickson (52) and Chris Windom (52).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 24, 2022 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 40th 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-16.032; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.051; 3. Geoff Ensign, 5, Baldwin/Fox-16.066; 4. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-16.104; 5. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.184; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.194; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.221; 8. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-16.237; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-16.276; 10. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.278; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15K, BGE Dougherty-16.316; 12. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-16.335; 13. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.339; 14. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-16.340; 15. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.341; 16. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.391; 17. Anton Hernandez, 2B, 2B Racing-16.460; 18. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-16.488; 19. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-16.500; 20. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-16.529; 21. Braxton Cummings, 71B, Cummings-16.567; 22. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.576; 23. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-16.618; 24. Jack James, 99J, James-16.683; 25. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-16.705; 26. Keith Sheffer II, 86, Sheffer-16.720; 27. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-16.747; 28. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-16.749; 29. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-16.982; 30. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-16.984; 31. Larry Kingseed Jr., 59, Powell-17.002; 32. Alex Bright, 37, Felker-17.062; 33. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-17.089; 34. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-17.130; 35. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-17.216; 36. Chris Phillips, 6, Phillips-17.235; 37. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-17.269; 38. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.339; 39. Chad Ruhlman, 49c, Ruhlman-17.584; 40. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Anton Hernandez, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Braxton Cummings, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Evan Mosley, 8. Corey Smith, 9. Korbyn Hayslett, 10. Gage Etgen. 2:11.97

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Dustin Clark, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Lee Underwood, 8. Keith Sheffer II, 9. Hunter Maddox, 10. Matt Goodnight. 2:11.68

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Geoff Ensign, 6. Brian Ruhlman, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Larry Kingseed Jr., 9. Ryan Barr, 10. Chad Ruhlman. 2:09.23

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Alex Bright, 8. Chris Phillips, 9. Jack James, 10. Nathan Moore. 2:13.44

C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Korbyn Hayslett, 2. Larry Kingseed Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Lee Underwood, 6. Chad Ruhlman, 7. Hunter Maddox, 8. Chris Phillips, 9. Matt Goodnight. 2:19.32

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Carson Garrett, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Isaac Chapple, 5. Dallas Hewitt, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Braxton Cummings, 9. Brian Ruhlman, 10. Ryan Barr, 11. Korbyn Hayslett, 12. Evan Mosley, 13. Corey Smith, 14. Jack James, 15. Larry Kingseed Jr., 16. Nathan Moore, 17. Keith Sheffer II. 3:32.07

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. C.J. Leary (8), 3. Brady Bacon (5), 4. Jason McDougal (1), 5. Chase Stockon (6), 6. Shane Cottle (4), 7. Mitchel Moles (9), 8. Matt Westfall (2), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (14), 10. Kyle Cummins (12), 11. Geoff Ensign (10), 12. Logan Seavey (20), 13. Emerson Axsom (13), 14. Anton Hernandez (18), 15. Brandon Mattox (21), 16. Carson Garrett (16), 17. Jake Swanson (7), 18. Jadon Rogers (15), 19. Dustin Clark (19), 20. Isaac Chapple (11), 21. Dallas Hewitt (17), 22. Robert Ballou (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Jason McDougal, Laps 5-30 Justin Grant.

**Dallas Hewitt & Robert Ballou flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2107, 2-Brady Bacon-2027, 3-C.J. Leary-2003, 4-Robert Ballou-1933, 5-Emerson Axsom-1852, 6-Logan Seavey-1770, 7-Chase Stockon-1583, 8-Matt Westfall-1501, 9-Jadon Rogers-1447, 10-Jake Swanson-1328.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-154, 2-Thomas Meseraull-129, 3-Brady Bacon-113, 4-Robert Ballou-98, 5-Buddy Kofoid-97, 6-Kaylee Bryson-97, 7-Logan Seavey-91, 8-Kyle Cummins-78, 9-C.J. Leary-76, 10-Emerson Axsom-75.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-572, 2-Justin Grant-546, 3-C.J. Leary-520, 4-Chase Stockon-445, 5-Robert Ballou-444, 6-Emerson Axsom-438, 7-Logan Seavey-426, 8-Matt Westfall-397, 9-Jadon Rogers-365, 10-Jason McDougal-334.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 30, 2022 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Let’s Just Race Presented By Schroeder Products

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Brady Bacon (15.782)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Chase Stockon (16.032)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Emerson Axsom

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Mitchel Moles

Feature Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (20th to 12th)

Rosewood Machine & Tool Precision Move of the Race: Logan Seavey


 


SUCCESSIVE SUCCESS STORY:
SEAVEY SCORES 2ND STRAIGHT
USAC SILVER CROWN 4-CROWN WIN AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 24, 2022)………”I love racing Silver Crown cars and I love coming to Eldora.”

It’s certainly easy to see why for Logan Seavey as he kept his unblemished, undefeated USAC Silver Crown record at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway intact during Saturday night’s 40th running of the 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO.

The Sutter, Calif. racer now stands at two starts and two victories in the event following his exceptional performance which repeated his champ car victory from a year ago at Eldora.

Seavey’s fifth career USAC Silver Crown victory put him 25th on the all-time series win list beside many of the greats of the sport, including Mario Andretti, Donnie Beechler, Pancho Carter, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Bud Kaeding, Sheldon Kinser and Larry Rice.

Becoming the third and final race leader just nine laps into the 50-lap race, Seavey took over and controlled the remaining 42 laps in his DiaEdge Mitsuibishi Materials – STIDA.com – Lucas Oil/DRC/Felker Chevy, which marked his third victory of the year, and his second consecutive, after winning in early September on the mile at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and required a brand new powerplant under the hood for Eldora, which worked to absolute perfection.

“We kind of melted the engine down in Du Quoin a couple weeks ago,” Seavey explained. “A.J. Felker got us an engine and got it driving really good.”

The 50-lap distance on the half-mile dirt oval is among the shortest events of the USAC Silver Crown season, akin to a full-out sprint. The only other race of its ilk – in June at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway – Seavey also mastered the victory there.

But mainly, it’s been the dirt that Seavey has mastered as he’s become the fifth driver in series history to connect on wins in three consecutive dirt races in a single season: Mario Andretti (1974), Jack Hewitt (1986), Kody Swanson (2014) and Chris Windom (2016).

“That was 50 laps running nearly as hard as I could,” Seavey pointed out. “My spotter (and crew chief) Ronnie (Gardner) did such a good job in helping me keep my distance with C.J. (Leary) behind me. I knew he was really good, and I was running really hard. I didn’t want to have to run that hard for 50 laps, but my car was so good, and it was easy to do. Ronnie does such a good job with this thing. We won last year through the middle, then we could still go up there and hammer the wall if we have to. I knew right away my car was really good and I kind of wanted to get to the lead, set the pace and keep a gap there.”

Starting third, Seavey had to overcome a talented front row of pole sitter C.J. Leary and outside front row starter Jake Swanson. However, in what was perhaps the unlikeliest event of the Silver Crown season, fifth starting Kody Swanson and sixth starting Carmen Perigo collided on the opening lap in turn one, sending Swanson backwards into the outside retaining wall, then was clipped while spinning by the right rear tire of the oncoming Matt Westfall.

The result was a bent front axle on Swanson’s ride, which knocked him out of the race and into a 27th place result, which is the worst finishing result of his USAC Silver Crown career, which now stands at 126 career starts. The melee accrued disastrous consequences as his commanding 57-point lead entering the race dwindled to zero by race’s end with the six-time champ and Seavey knotted up atop the standings with two races remaining.

With urgency on his mind, Seavey already knew this was the time to pounce, but now he knew a victorious performance would be especially crucial to his title hopes.

“I knew if we were going to gain anything to be close, this would be the race to do it,” Seavey revealed. “We saw him crash there on the first lap, which is unfortunate, but I knew I still had to win the race and get as many points as I could, and I wasn’t holding back there. I was running hard; I slapped the fence a couple times off (turn) two, but, luckily, this thing stayed together and was just a dream to drive.”

Perigo, meanwhile, suffered a flat left rear tire. However, after making a pit stop in the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area, the tire was changed, and the Pennsylvanian charged back from the 26th spot to finish an impressive eighth, all things considered.

Jake Swanson raced to the early for the initial three circuits, but Leary wasted little time in catching and sliding by in between turns one and two on lap four to assume the lead. One lap later, Seavey dipped below Jake Swanson for second and beat him to the stripe for the position.

Seavey reeled Leary in on lap nine and executed a patented Eldora slide job to corral the lead in turns one and two. However, Leary fought back and dove under Seavey to briefly retake the lead a half lap later in turn three. However, Seavey pulled no punches and successfully crossed over Leary’s slider to beat him back to the lead by a half car length.

Tripling his lead to 1.5 sec., Seavey began to manhandle the rest of the field and even upped his lead to the tune of 2.5 sec. when he successfully parted the sea of lapped traffic and discovered some clear air and some clarity with just 20 laps to go.

The final stoppage came on the 37th lap when Kyle Robbins (15th) became entangled with another car and backed into the outside wall on the front straight at the exit of turn four, ending his night with a mashed-in rear bumper.

Seavey went uninterrupted the rest of the way despite the bunched up field with 14 laps to go and secured the victory to become the first driver since Dave Darland in 2008-09 to notch consecutive 4-Crown USAC Silver Crown victories.

Trailing Seavey to the line by a 0.836 sec. margin was Leary while Justin Grant rounded out the podium with a third-place finish after wrestling the position away from Matt Westfall with nine laps remaining. Westfall grabbed fourth while Cottle extended his top-five Silver Crown streak at Eldora to five consecutive races dating back to 2017 with a fifth-place result on Saturday night.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) led five laps en route to a second place finish in his Klatt Enterprises/Wilwood Disc Brakes – Lucas Oil – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Beast/Ford, his best Silver Crown result at Eldora since winning in 2018. It was a solid night for Leary, who also finished second in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship main event earlier in the night.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) capped off an impressive evening at Eldora by recording his third career podium finish in USAC Silver Crown competition at the 4-Crown, scoring a third place result in his Hemelgarn Racing/NOS Energy Drink – Super Fitness – Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Ford. Grant also finished second in 2016 and third in 2019 during the Silver Crown portion of the 4-Crown. He was also the only driver to finish inside the top-five in all three USAC features on Saturday night with a win in the Sprint Car, a third with Silver Crown and fourth in the midget.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 23-24, 2022 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 40th 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Held on September 23) 1. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-17.288; 2. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-17.366; 3. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice-17.371; 4. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-17.377; 5. Kody Swanson, 1, Doran/Dyson-17.399; 6. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-17.560; 7. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-17.612; 8. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-17.620; 9. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.629; 10. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-17.651; 11. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-17.670; 12. Buddy Kofoid, 97, Lein-17.752; 13. Emerson Axsom, 20, Nolen-17.773; 14. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-17.777; 15. Shane Cottle, 74, Hodges-17.907; 16. Brian Tyler, 81, BCR-17.972; 17. Chase Stockon, 69, Pink 69-18.049; 18. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-18.064; 19. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-18.156; 20. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams-18.173; 21. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-18.176; 22. Casey Buckman, 110, DMW-18.280; 23. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-18.333; 24. Eric Gordon, 99, Armstrong-18.395; 25. Jake Simmons, 3, Simmons-18.517; 26. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-18.540; 27. Tom Paterson, 11, Paterson-19.215; 28. Dave Peperak, 77, Peperak-19.801; 29. Chris Windom, 66, Rose-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses, held on September 24) 1. Logan Seavey (3), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Justin Grant (7), 4. Matt Westfall (8), 5. Shane Cottle (14), 6. Dallas Hewitt (17), 7. Brian Ruhlman (9), 8. Carmen Perigo (6), 9. Brian Tyler (15), 10. Mike Haggenbottom (13), 11. Jake Swanson (2), 12. Kaylee Bryson (4), 13. Jimmy Light (22), 14. Eric Gordon (27), 15. Nathan Moore (10), 16. Gregg Cory (19), 17. Travis Welpott (18), 18. Russ Gamester (20), 19. Dave Berkheimer (24), 20. Jake Simmons (23), 21. Kyle Robbins (11), 22. Emerson Axsom (12), 23. Casey Buckman (21), 24. Chase Stockon (16), 25. Tom Paterson (25), 26. Dave Peperak (26), 27. Kody Swanson (5). 34:20.563

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Jake Swanson, Laps 4-8 C.J. Leary, Laps 9-50 Logan Seavey.

**Chris Windom flipped during practice.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-540, 2-Logan Seavey-540, 3-C.J. Leary-511, 4-Justin Grant-432, 5-Brian Tyler-422, 6-Travis Welpott-324, 7-Bobby Santos-280, 8-Kyle Robbins-276, 9-Gregg Cory-269, 10-Taylor Ferns-255.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-158, 2-Thomas Meseraull-129, 3-Brady Bacon-113, 4-Robert Ballou-98, 5-Buddy Kofoid-97, 6-Kaylee Bryson-97, 7-Logan Seavey-93, 8-Kyle Cummins-78, 9-Matt Westfall-77, 10-C.J. Leary-76.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 15, 2022 – Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, Illinois – 1-Mile Dirt Oval – 59th Bettenhausen 100 Presented By Hunt Brothers Pizza

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kody Swanson (16.279) & Kody Swanson (17.354)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (17.288)

Hard Charger: Eric Gordon (27th to 14th)

Rosewood Machine & Tool Precision Move of the Race: Eric Gordon

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 24, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.461; 2. Chase Johnson, 73, Ford-12.570; 3. Brody Roa, 8M, May-12.977; 4. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-12.993; 5. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.018; 6. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-13.141; 7. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-13.171; 8. Tyler Hatzikian, 27, Hatzikian-13.225; 9. Brent Yarnal, 29, Yarnal-13.247; 10. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-13.308; 11. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.351; 12. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-13.416; 13. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-13.719; 14. James Herrera, 5E, Herrera-13.756; 15. Nathan Byrd, 10K, Kruseman-13.829; 16. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-13.883; 17. Elexa Herrera, 16J, Herrera-13.993; 18. Camie Bell, 29C, Bell-14.821; 19. Gage Rucker, 21K, Kruseman-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Carter, 3. Majors, 4. Edwards, 5. Mayhew, 6. Rucker, 7. Bishop. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / VAHLCO WHEELS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hendrix, 2. Johnson, 3. Hix, 4. Hatzikian, 5. E.Herrera, 6. J.Herrera. NT.

ROD END SUPPLY / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Yarnal, 3. Boul, 4. Ennis, 5. Byrd, 6. Bell. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Chase Johnson (5), 2. Kyle Edwards (3), 3. Tanner Boul (1), 4. Steve Hix (2), 5. Trent Carter (11), 6. Rick Hendrix (7), 7. Hannah Mayhew (13), 8. Tyler Hatzikian (9), 9. Brent Yarnal (10), 10. Gage Rucker (19), 11. Joey Bishop (16), 12. Nathan Byrd (15), 13. James Herrera (14), 14. Camie Bell (18), 15. Chris Ennis (12), 16. Elexa Herrera (17), 17. Troy Rutherford (6), 18. Cody Majors (8). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Boul, Laps 2-6 Edwards, Laps 7-30 Johnson
BR MOTORSPORTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Gage Rucker (19th to 10th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: James Herrera
HIGH TECH PERFORMANCE LUCKY PILL DRAW: Troy Rutherford

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Trent Carter-465, 2-Kyle Edwards-450, 3-Troy Rutherford-424, 4-Tanner Boul-361, 5-Joey Bishop-338; 6-Tyler Hatzikian-337, 7-Brent Yarnal-307, 8-Steve Hix-293, 9-Ricky Lewis-290, ---Hannah Mayhew-234.

NEW TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Troy Rutherford-25, 2-Ricky Lewis-19, 3-Trent Carter-13, 4-Chase Johnson-14, 5-Kyle Edwards-12, 6-Brody Fuson-9, --Steve Hix-9, 8-Tanner Boul-7, --Brody Roa-7, 10-Jake Andreotti-6.

NEW PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Joey Bishop-38, 2-Camie Bell-36, 3-Hannah Mayhew-24, 4-Tyler Hatzikian-22, 5-Travis Buckley-18, 6-Brent Yarnal-15, 7-Troy Rutherford-14, 8-Nathan Byrd-13, 9-Brody Fuson-11, 10-Kyle Edwards-10, --Chase Johnson-10.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 15 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California – “Championship Night” / “George Snider Classic”

 

LEARY WINS USAC SILVER CROWN POLE
FOR SATURDAY’S 4-CROWN AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 23, 2022)………C.J. Leary will start from the pole position during Saturday night’s 40th 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO USAC Silver Crown feature event at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

The Greenfield, Ind. native turned the quickest lap during Friday night’s Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying session with a time of 17.288 seconds around the half-mile dirt oval in his Klatt Enterprises/Wilwood Disc Brakes – Lucas Oil – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Beast/Ford.

For Leary, it was his seventh career USAC Silver Crown pole position and his second at Eldora after earlier starting from the top spot in June of 2021. It was his 11th overall quick time during the 2022 season between USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship (8) and Silver Crown (3) competition, most among all drivers.

The 2018 Eldora 4-Crown USAC Silver Crown race winner led the field of 29 with Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) second, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) third, Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) fourth and current series point leader Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) fifth.

Two incidents occurred during the evening with 2013 and 2016 Eldora Silver Crown winner Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) pounding the turn one wall and barrel-rolling several times during practice. Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) slapped the wall in turn four on the second lap of his qualifying run, damaging both the right front and right rear. Both drivers walked away under their own power.

On Saturday, it’s full programs for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC Silver Crown and the Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions. Spectator gates open at Noon Eastern with a driver autograph session scheduled from 3-4 pm in the Fan Zone, followed by the drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

General admission tickets are $39 for adults and free for ages 12 and under. Reserved tickets are $44 for adults and $9 for ages 12 and under.

The entire Saturday night racing program can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj


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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 23-24, 2022 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 40th 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Held on September 23) 1. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-17.288; 2. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-17.366; 3. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice-17.371; 4. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-17.377; 5. Kody Swanson, 1, Doran/Dyson-17.399; 6. Carmen Perigo, 52, Stehman-17.560; 7. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-17.612; 8. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-17.620; 9. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.629; 10. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-17.651; 11. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-17.670; 12. Buddy Kofoid, 97, Lein-17.752; 13. Emerson Axsom, 20, Nolen-17.773; 14. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-17.777; 15. Shane Cottle, 74, Hodges-17.907; 16. Brian Tyler, 81, BCR-17.972; 17. Chase Stockon, 69, Pink 69-18.049; 18. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-18.064; 19. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-18.156; 20. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams-18.173; 21. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-18.176; 22. Casey Buckman, 110, DMW-18.280; 23. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-18.333; 24. Eric Gordon, 99, Armstrong-18.395; 25. Jake Simmons, 3, Simmons-18.517; 26. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-18.540; 27. Tom Paterson, 11, Paterson-19.215; 28. Dave Peperak, 77, Peperak-19.801; 29. Chris Windom, 66, Rose-NT.

**Chris Windom flipped during practice.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-524, 2-Logan Seavey-467, 3-C.J. Leary-444, 4-Brian Tyler-376, 5-Justin Grant-368, 6-Travis Welpott-295, 7-Bobby Santos-280, 8-Taylor Ferns-255, 9-Kyle Robbins-254, 10-Gregg Cory-238.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 24, 2022 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval – 40th 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kody Swanson (16.279)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (17.288)

 


HANG 10:
KOFOID’S USAC MIDGET WIN TOTAL IS MOST SINCE ‘88,
KUNZ TIES RECORD AT GAS CITY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 22, 2022)………One-thirty-three is just a number. But when it comes to USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing, it’s more than “just a number.”

Steve Lewis’ long-held record of 133 series feature wins as an entrant was tied by car owner Keith Kunz whose driver earned his own significant piece of history as well during Thursday night’s James Dean Classic at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Penngrove, California’s Kofoid raced to his 10th victory of the season, making him the first driver since Rich Vogler in 1988 to reach double-figures in terms of single season USAC National Midget victories.

For Kofoid, it was his second consecutive series victory at Gas City’s 1/4-mile dirt oval after notching his first during Indiana Midget Week in June of 2021.

He did it all after starting back in the eighth position before climbing his way to the lead with 12 laps remaining following a back-and-forth tussle between himself and teammate Kaylee Bryson on the 19th lap, then carried on to the checkered aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Kofoid’s 19th career triumph moved him another notch on the all-time USAC National Midget feature win list. He now stands tied for 35th all-time alongside Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Stan Fox and Jason Leffler.

To boot, Kofoid won it in style as he led a KKM sweep of the podium with himself, Bryson and Brenham Crouch occupying the top-three.

It was an especially proud night for Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Bryson as she led a race-high 18 laps and finished as the runner-up, which equals the best ever finish by a woman in USAC National Midget competition. Sarah McCune also finished second at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway during the 1999 season.

But, in the end, the night once again belonged to Kofoid who brought the team one step closer to an all-time record while also moving himself one step closer to a second straight series championship.

“I wanted to come into this weekend by getting closer or by breaking Steve Lewis’ record,” Kofoid acknowledged. “It’s fun to be a part of it and have something else to chase outside of getting double-digit wins or trying to chase a championship again. It would be really cool to do that for KKM.”

Yet, it was Bryson who had the early upper hand as she shot out to the initial lead from the outside of the front row, but pole sitter Crouch constantly shadowed her rear bumper throughout the first seven laps until 10th running Bryant Wiedeman struck the turn three cushion with his right rear tire, which snapped the car to the left side and sent him spiraling through the air four-and-a-half times before landing upside down. The incident knocked him out of the contest, but he was able to walk away.

On the ensuing restart, race leader Bryson bounced like a pogo stick through turns three and four. Crouch instantaneously pulled to the inside of Bryson while Kofoid took to the outside to make it three-wide off turn four. Mere moments later, Crouch encountered the same scenario on the opposite end, bouncing through turns one and two, which cost him the second spot to Kofoid.

Following an uncharacteristic 12th place qualifying run, Kofoid pieced his night back together by snagging a heat race victory, thus putting him on the outside of the fourth row for the 30-lap feature.

From there, it didn’t take long for Kofoid to carve his way up the totem pole as he was fifth by the end of lap one, up to third by lap four and into second with nine laps in the book, but he suddenly hit a snag on lap 12 when hard-charging Jacob Denney slid past him for second. Kofoid reacted by cutting to the bottom of the racing surface at the entry to turn one a half lap later when he too bounced like a basketball right into the path of the rim-riding Denney. The two tapped wheels which sent Denney over the hill in turn two and all the way back to the eighth position by the time he regained his marbles.

“It was kind of an up and down night,” Kofoid admitted. “I qualified not so good and then felt really good in the heat race. I was good in the feature, then I didn’t feel quite so good, then I got back on it again. Sorry to Jacob Denney. I messed up on the cushion and he got by, then I tried to slide him and just caught the hole wrong and bounced into him. That’s on me.”

Kofoid gathered it back up and slid Bryson for the lead on lap 18, but Bryson was waiting and countered the move by ducking under Kofoid in turn two to regain the lead. Kofoid wound it up again and attempted the same move in turns one and two on lap 19, which, this time, forced Bryson to check up. Moving into turn three, Bryson attempted to return the favor, but took a hop into turn three that halted her momentum and allowed Kofoid to race by and say “sayonara.”

“I felt like it was hard to make speed on the cushion,” Kofoid explained. “It took me awhile to get it cleaned off kind of like the heat race, and I figured if I was close, I needed to throw (a slide job) right there. A couple times, it was too early, and she got by. Then, I finally got the cushion rolling and just needed to run it mistake free with how big it got. Where I come from, I love tracks like this, and I feel like it’s in my wheelhouse.”

Kofoid jetted away from the field over the final 10 laps, building up a 5.515 second lead coming to the checkered flag, crossing the line just as 19th running Blake Brannon was enduring a flip atop the cushion in turns three and four. Brannon emerged unscathed while Kofoid emerged victorious over Bryson, Crouch, Chance Crum and Denney.

Seventh-place finisher Cannon McIntosh turned in a whale of a performance after flipping during his qualifying run, which resulted in him not recording a qualifying time. Forced to start at the tail of the feature in the 23rd starting spot, McIntosh advanced 16 positions. Tack those onto the four spots he gained in his heat race, not only was the Bixby, Okla. driver the feature hard charger, he was also the overall ProSource Passing Master for the evening, earning him a $200 bonus.

Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) became the eighth woman to set Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time in USAC National Midget history to start the night. By doing so, she joined Taylor Reimer, Kaylee Bryson, Sarah McCune, Jade Avedisian, Sarah Fisher, Stephanie Mockler and Holly Shelton in that class.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2022 – Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 4th James Dean Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Maria Cofer, 57, Abacus-12.052; 2. Ethan Mitchell, 9m, Bundy Built-12.080; 3. Jacob Denney, 25m, Malloy-12.135; 4. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.139; 5. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.178; 6. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.190; 7. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.255; 8. Tanner Carrick, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.256; 9. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.280; 10. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.295; 11. Hayden Reinbold, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.328; 12. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.331; 13. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.372; 14. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.377; 15. Alex Bright, 25, Malloy-12.439; 16. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-12.446; 17. Adam Taylor, 7T, ATM-12.501; 18. Blake Brannon, 40, Western Speed-12.503; 19. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.594; 20. Bryan Stanfill, 75AU, Griffiths-12.817; 21. Michael Magic, 4m, Magic-12.937; 22. Jakeb Boxell, 44JB, Boxell-12.961; 23. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-NT; 24. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Taylor Reimer, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Maria Cofer, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Dominic Gorden, 7. Jakeb Boxell, 8. Kyle Cummins. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Adam Taylor, 8. Bryan Stanfill. NT

PIT STOP USA/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Jacob Denney, 6. Michael Magic, 7. Blake Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (8), 2. Kaylee Bryson (2), 3. Brenham Crouch (1), 4. Chance Crum (3), 5. Jacob Denney (4), 6. Ethan Mitchell (5), 7. Cannon McIntosh (23), 8. Thomas Meseraull (9), 9. Tanner Carrick (10), 10. Justin Grant (11), 11. Dominic Gorden (19), 12. Mitchel Moles (14), 13. Alex Bright (15), 14. Kyle Cummins (16), 15. Taylor Reimer (7), 16. Maria Cofer (6), 17. Michael Magic (21), 18. Hayden Reinbold (13), 19. Adam Taylor (17), 20. Blake Brannon (18), 21. Bryan Stanfill (20), 22. Bryant Wiedeman (12), 23. Jakeb Boxell (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Kaylee Bryson, Laps 19-30 Buddy Kofoid.

**Cannon McIntosh flipped during qualifying. Bryant Wiedeman flipped on lap 7 of the feature. Blake Brannon flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1474, 2-Justin Grant-1313, 3-Cannon McIntosh-1140, 4-Thomas Meseraull-1114, 5-Mitchel Moles-1104, 6-Kaylee Bryson-1096, 7-Bryant Wiedeman-1091, 8-Brenham Crouch-928, 9-Ethan Mitchell-913, 10-Jacob Denney-897.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-137, 2-Thomas Meseraull-118, 3-Brady Bacon-111, 4-Buddy Kofoid-97, 5-Kaylee Bryson-93, 6-Robert Ballou-91, 7-Logan Seavey-83, 8-Kyle Cummins-73, 9-Matt Westfall-72, 10-Emerson Axsom-70.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 23-24, 2022 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 40th 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kaylee Bryson (12.319)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Maria Cofer (12.052)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Taylor Reimer

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Pit Stop USA / Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Feature Hard Charger: Cannon McIntosh (23rd to 7th)

 

 

SECOND WIND: KTJ FINDS A NEW PATH TO USAC SPRINT VICTORY AT GAS CITY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 22, 2022)………Kevin Thomas Jr. and Logan Seavey have had their moments at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway before, chiefly recalling the last lap 2020 Indiana Sprint Week tangle which saw Seavey get the upper hand.

More than two years later, during Thursday night’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event at the quarter-mile dirt oval, it was KTJ’s turn to get the best of the duel.

Thomas led the opening 20 circuits of the 30-lap feature before giving way to Seavey. Out of necessity, Thomas went where Seavey wasn’t – on the bottom – and found a second wind as he raced back into the lead and straight to victory lane for the third time in his last five series starts.

KTJ’s performance made him the first repeat winner of the James Dean Classic in his BGE Dougherty Motorsports/Altoz – Schaeffer Oil – Hornbeck Concrete/DRC/1-Way Chevy. The Cullman, Ala. native also captured the inaugural event in 2018.

Thomas’ feature score was the 39th of his USAC National Sprint Car career, moving him to within one shy of 1969 and 1971 series champion Gary Bettenhausen’s mark of 40, which stands ninth on the all-time list.

It was a major turn of the tables from Thomas’ last Gas City appearance in July during Indiana Sprint Week when he flipped during qualifying, then proceeded to miss the feature.

“I was a little gun-shy during qualifying,” Thomas acknowledged regarding his first visit since that time. “I didn’t want to go flying through the air again. That’s for sure.”

However, despite an 11th place qualifying run, Thomas’ good fortune paid dividends this time around after he transferred through his heat race while five others missed the cut, moving him to the pole for the night’s main event.

Thomas broke loose to a commanding lead throughout the opening laps of the feature and, by lap five, possessed a two second advantage over the field while outside front row starter Seavey slotted comfortably into second.

“About 10 laps in, I felt really good, especially with that little bit of water that they laid down,” Thomas noted of the brief track work prior to the feature. “I was pretty comfortable and was able to use quite a bit of throttle. But, in about two laps, it went from pretty grippy underneath it to dead slick. It took me a little bit to figure how to maneuver.”

As the track transformed itself, by halfway, the tide of fortunes began to change rapidly. Thomas’ lead was cut from two seconds to one second to a half-second all within the span of two laps when all had just seemed hunky-dory for Thomas with just a third of the race remaining.

“Getting into (turn) three when it’s a big curb like that is just weird,” Thomas explained. “I always feel like I lose the right front and I can’t ever make a good corner. Like one and two, I felt all right, but coming off two, I couldn’t ever figure out if I needed to move down or follow the cushion all the way around.”

Seavey’s surge pushed him to breeze by Thomas entering the bottom of turn three with 10 laps to go. As Seavey skated from high to low and back to higher ground, Thomas stuck to his new guns on the bottom and blazed a path right back by Seavey two laps later to secure the lead right back for himself.

It was a situation all brought about by happenstance for Thomas and, as luck would have it, it turned out it was where he needed to be all along and where he had no intentions of leaving once he found his comfort zone.

“By luck, Logan got by me, and I went down to the bottom to just to see,” Thomas pointed out. “I had really good grip there and, especially, coming down the back stretch, I felt like I could shortcut that entry into three and maybe try to make something happen there. I was searching everywhere.”

With two to go, Seavey was able to pull even momentarily in turn two alongside the bottom-feeding Thomas. Thomas slid the final car on the lead lap, driven by Max Adams, getting into turn three. As Thomas slid off the bottom and to the top, Adams stayed to the low side even keel with Thomas down the front straightaway. Instead of moving off the low line to get around Adams, Thomas stuck his car behind Adams, appearing to initially lose a scant amount of valuable ground. However, Seavey got a little too close to the edge off the top of turn two and saw his chance at a win wither away.

Thomas raced under and past Adams once more in turns three and four on the last lap and finished off a satisfying performance with a 0.720 second margin of victory over Seavey, fast qualifier Kyle Cummins, Robert Ballou (from 11th) and Justin Grant (from 14th).

For Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), who split with the Baldwin-Fox team last week and is finishing out the season for car owner Dwight Cheney, it was his best series result since winning at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway in June. In turn, he gave the Dwight Cheney/Racing Optics – Steel-Co USA – Barnes Systems/DRC/Claxton Chevy it’s best ever run in USAC National Sprint Car competition with a runner-up finish just five days after failing to transfer to the feature at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.

Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) continued his personal tear by recording his eighth consecutive top-four finish with the USAC National Sprint Cars, setting quick time, winning his heat from sixth and notching a third-place result in his Rock Steady Racing/Ultimate Predator Boats - Mid-America Safety Solutions/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2022 – Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – 4th James Dean Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.585; 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-11.627; 3. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-11.717; 4. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.778; 5. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-11.799; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.829; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.873; 8. Colten Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.875; 9. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-11.960; 10. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-11.975; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15K, BGE Dougherty-11.990; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-11.999; 13. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-12.002; 14. Thomas Meseraull, 2E, Epperson-12.034; 15. Max Adams, 17GP, Dutcher-12.042; 16. Anton Hernandez, 2B, 2B Racing-12.046; 17. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-12.052; 18. Geoff Ensign, 44, Ensign-12.056; 19. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-12.075; 20. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.106; 21. Scotty Weir, 24, Simon-12.154; 22. Brent Beauchamp, 11, Beauchamp-12.154; 23. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-12.178; 24. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-12.217; 25. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.223; 26. Colin Grissom, 00, Grissom-12.265; 27. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.314; 28. Gabriel Gilbert, 10G, Gilbert-12.345; 29. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-12.347; 30. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-12.438; 31. Alec Sipes, 99, Sipes-12.460; 32. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-12.540; 33. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-12.611; 34. Larry Kingseed Jr., 59, Powell-12.636; 35. Steve Irwin, 0, Flying Zero-12.698; 36. Kevin Newton, 16TH, Newton-12.739.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Evan Mosley, 8. Corey Smith, 9. Dustin Ingle.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brent Beauchamp, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Emerson Axsom, 7. Larry Kingseed Jr., 8. Colin Grissom, 9. Ricky Lewis.

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Max Adams, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Jason McDougal , 7. Kyle Shipley, 8. Steve Irwin, 9. Alec Sipes.

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Harley Burns, 5. Anton Hernandez, 6. Colten Cottle, 7. Gabriel Gilbert, 8. Zack Pretorius, 9. Kevin Newton.

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Colten Cottle, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Anton Hernandez, 9. Ricky Lewis, 10. Evan Mosley, 11. Larry Kingseed Jr., 12. Steve Irwin, 13. Gabriel Gilbert, 14. Alec Sipes, 15. Kevin Newton, 16. Kyle Shipley, 17. Colin Grissom, 18. Dustin Ingle, 19. Zack Pretorius, 20. Corey Smith.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 2. Logan Seavey (2), 3. Kyle Cummins (6), 4. Robert Ballou (11), 5. Justin Grant (14), 6. Mitchel Moles (4), 7. C.J. Leary (5), 8. Emerson Axsom (13), 9. Brent Beauchamp (8), 10. Brady Bacon (3), 11. Jake Swanson (10), 12. Thomas Meseraull (16), 13. Jason McDougal (9), 14. Geoff Ensign (18), 15. Shane Cottle (15), 16. Jadon Rogers (20), 17. Colten Cottle (12), 18. Max Adams (17), 19. Chase Stockon (7), 20. Scotty Weir (19), 21. Matt Westfall (22), 22. Harley Burns (21).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 21-22 Logan Seavey, Laps 23-30 Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2030, 2-Brady Bacon-1950, 3-C.J. Leary-1928, 4-Robert Ballou-1903, 5-Emerson Axsom-1811, 6-Logan Seavey-1726, 7-Chase Stockon-1512, 8-Matt Westfall-1446, 9-Jadon Rogers-1413, 10-Jake Swanson-1291.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-146, 2-Thomas Meseraull-122, 3-Brady Bacon-111, 4-Robert Ballou-98, 5-Buddy Kofoid-97, 6-Kaylee Bryson-93, 7-Logan Seavey-83, 8-Kyle Cummins-76, 9-Emerson Axsom-75, 10-Matt Westfall-73.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 24, 2022 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 40th 4-Crown Nationals Presented By NKTELCO

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Anton Hernandez (11.837)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kyle Cummins (11.585)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Brent Beauchamp

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Robert Ballou

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Kyle Cummins

ProSource Hard Work Award: Matt Westfall

Feature Hard Charger: Justin Grant (14th to 5th)


 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

DAMION GARDNER MAKES HISTORY AT PERRIS WITH HOWARD CLASSIC WIN
By Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 21, 2022… After taking command from Brody Roa on the tenth lap, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) led the rest of the way to win last Saturday’s “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris Auto Speedway. For Gardner, the 30-lap main event was his sixth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory of the season as Matt Mitchell, Roa, hard charger Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams chased the 9-time champion to the checkered flag.

Piloting Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, “The Demon” began his night by earning his series leading 104th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Gardner had bested the 24-car roster and his time of 16.202 seconds was the fastest lap of the year at the half-mile oval. Next, the point leader ran second to Malcolm in his heat race and then proceeded win his fifth “Glenn Howard Classic.” In addition, Damion captured his 108th West Coast non-winged 410 (CRA-SCRA-USAC/CRA) victory to break a tie with 3-Time CRA Champion Dean Thompson (107) as the all-time winner.

In victory circle, Gardner remarked, “It’s a true honor to beat Dean. He came down the first day I ever came down here (February 9, 2002) and told me I was something special. I didn’t know who he was and later it meant a lot to me.” Damion left the Lake Perris Fairgrounds with a 114-point advantage over the competition.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) raced to victory in the night’s 10-lap Flowdynamics Incorporated / Laserworx Manufacturing / Factory Wraps First Heat Race. Driving Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm was tenth quick in time trials and earned the In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with a tenth to sixth place run. Tommy ranks fifth in the point chase as the series will return to Perris Auto Speedway on October 1st.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) won his fourth heat race of the campaign in the 10-lap Billsjerky.net / Laserworx Manufacturing / Factory Wraps sponsored event. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa qualified eighth overall and ran third in the main event after leading the first nine circuits. Running a limited schedule, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Champion sits eighth in points on the strength two feature wins and strong finishes.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) scored the victory in the 10-lap In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Third Heat Race. Driving his #37 J.W. Mitchell Motorsports / Roy Miller Freight Lines Maxim, Mitchell was ninth quick in time trials and ran second to Gardner in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” The 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion left Perris ranked second in the point standings.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, California) earned the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.” Piloting the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Cam 2 Blue Blood Oil Maxim, Gansen qualified seventeenth overall, placed fourth in his heat race, and raced to thirteenth in the “Howard Classic” after starting sixteenth.

Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) took home the Shawn McDonald Memorial Qualifying Award by timing in sixth quick overall. Driving the family owned #28M Flowdynamics Incorporated / Drinkpak DRC, McCarthy placed fifth in his heat race and scored twelfth in the main event. The 2017 Rookie of the Year is tenth in the point chase as the series returns to their home track on October 1st.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) claimed the night’s Shawn McDonald Memorial Feature Award with a sixth place finish in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Racing his #47 MP Environmental / Black Magic Bead Breaker DRC, Davis qualified fifth overall and ran second to Roa in his heat race. As this writing goes to press, the 7-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion is ninth in the point standings.

On Saturday, October 1st, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, California) for their last tune up race before November’s Oval Nationals.” For more information on the sixteenth point race, visit perrisautospeedway.com.

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

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 17, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.202; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.348; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.442; 4. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.471; 5. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.511; 6. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.532; 7. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-16.539; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.540; 9. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.565; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.604; 11. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.681; 12. Danny Sheridan, 12, Allen-16.708; 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.779; 14. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.848; 15. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-16.850; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.121; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.141; 18. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.385; 19. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-17.700; 20. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.734; 21. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-17.871; 22. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-17.900; 23. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-23.945; 24. Grant Sexton, 18, Sexton-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING / FACTORY WRAPS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Gardner, 3. Tafoya, 4. Bender, 5. Edwards, 6. Sweeney, 7. Schank, 8. Taylor. 2:56.44

BILLSJERKY.NET / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Davis, 3. Bonneau, 4. Gansen, 5. Calderwood, 6. C.Williams, 7. L.Williams, 8. Marshall. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Grabowski, 3. A.Williams, 4. Sheridan, 5. McCarthy, 6. Owens, 7. S.Sexton. 3:17.02

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6), 2. Matt Mitchell (1), 3. Brody Roa (2), 4. Tommy Malcolm (10), 5. Austin Williams (5), 6. Charles Davis Jr. (3), 7. Danny Sheridan (11), 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (12), 9. Kyle Edwards (9), 10. Austin Grabowski (14), 11. Chris Bonneau (13), 12. Matt McCarthy (8), 13. Chris Gansen (16), 14. Shane Sexton (19), 15. Logan Calderwood (18), 16. Nate Schank (20), 17. Dan Taylor (17), 18. Cody Williams (7), 19. Verne Sweeney (15), 20. A.J. Bender (4), 21. Gary Marshall Jr. (21), NT.
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**G.Sexton flipped during hotlaps. L.Williams flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-9 Roa, Laps 10-30 Gardner.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Tommy Malcolm (10th to 4th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Chris Gansen
SHAWN MCDONALD MEMORIAL QUALIFIER: Matt McCarthy
SHAWN MCDONALD MEMORIAL FEATURE AWARD: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1034, 2-Matt Mitchell-920, 3-Austin Williams-878, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-842, 5-Tommy Malcolm-734, 6-Logan Williams-731, 7-Cody Williams-693, 8-Brody Roa-662, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-635, 10-Matt McCarthy-587.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 1 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

VENTURA HOSTS USAC WESTERN MIDGETS & USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 21, 2022... This Saturday, September 24th, the USAC Western States Midgets are back in action at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the eleventh point race will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, VRA Dwarf Cars, IMCA Sport Compacts, and Kids Classes. Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

For those that cannot travel to the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action.

NOTICE TO RACERS: - MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com. Season memberships come with extra insurance. - ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick. - TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent. - APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event. - ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY. - FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY. - RULE BOOK: The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com. - California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since May 24, 1986, 154 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. Point leader Michael Faccinto topped the May 21st event and Chase Johnson claimed the August 27th race. At press time, Johnny Cofer set the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675 on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has a 103-point lead over the competition. Driving the Graunstadt Enterprises #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto ran second to Chase Johnson at Ventura’s August 27th event. To date, the 2018 Champion has posted three feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with former champions Tommy White and Jay Drake for thirteenth on the series win list with twelve victories, Michael will be looking to continue his championship bid with a win at Ventura.

Fresh off his first USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car win at Bakersfield, Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Piloting Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports/ W.E. Spike, Fuson scored third at Ventura on August 27th. At press time, the young driver has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps led in the campaign. Brody has four career series wins and will have his sights on adding a Ventura triumph to his resume.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, California) sits third in the championship point chase. Racing Dean “Kiwi” Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth finished placed seventh at the last Ventura appearance. To date, the 2019 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and five top-10 finishes to his credit. With two career wins, Ben will be looking for his first victory of the campaign this Saturday night.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #7NZ Buckley Systems / Esslinger Engineering Spike, Buckley charged from thirteenth to sixth in the August 27th feature. At press time, the leading rookie contender has one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the year. Travis will have his sights on his first career win this Saturday at Ventura Raceway.

Rookie contender A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) is fifth in the point standings. Racing the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender placed fifth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, the USAC/CRA and CLS driver has posted three heat race victories, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, and six top-10 finishes on the season. Last year’s Turkey Night Grand Prix Sprint Car Winner will be looking for the first USAC Midget victory of his career.

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